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April 2016 Issue

FAU Harbor Branch Partners with
Renowned Aquafeed Company

Fish farming researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) are now lending their knowledge and experience to Zeigler Bros. Inc. to collaborate on the development of high-quality sustainable shrimp feeds. The partnership includes the creation of the Zeigler Aquaculture Research Center at HBOI, providing a platform for researchers to conduct their evaluations.

ABS Group to Provide Certification,
Design Verification Services

ABS Group Ltd. has received a contract to provide third-party certification and design verification services for Hexicon AB for the planned Dounreay Tri Floating Offshore Wind Farm demonstrator project in Scotland.

The project, expected to be operational in 2018, will consist of two wind turbines, up to 6 MW each, located offshore in northern Scotland. The platforms allow wind turbines to be deployed efficiently in remote areas where winds are stronger and more stable and the platforms are not limited to water depth.

Jensen Maritime Completes Engineering
Work for 170-Ft. Fishing Vessel

Jensen Maritime is providing engineering services, including structural and mechanical work, for the conversion of a 170-ft.-long, 40-ft.-wide, fishing vessel for Global Seas and Patti Marine Enterprises Inc. The vessel, now named Defender, underwent significant conversion to make it the first fish pumping vessel in the Global Seas fleet.

Structural work included: a stern extension, bulbous bow with refurbishing of the thruster, whale back bow cover for the refurbished anchor windlass, an anti-roll tank, aft decks and bulwarks. Mechanical work included: rebuilding the main engines and generators, installation of new propellers, nozzles and deflector rudder system.

Autonomous Marine Systems Secures
Funds for Autonomous Ocean Monitoring

Autonomous Marine Systems Inc. (AMS) has been given $1.6 million in seed funding. This investment will allow AMS to deploy an additional $1.9 million in grant funding that the company won in 2015.

The capital will go toward advancing existing contracts with customers in the offshore energy industry and the U.S. Department of Defense, and allow the company to pursue interest from other private and public sector customers both domestic and international.

Klein, Elbit Team Up During
Mine Countermeasure Exercises

Klein Marine Systems, Inc. teamed with Elbit Systems, Ltd. to conduct structured mine countermeasure exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. Klein’s advanced 5900 mine- hunting side scan sonar, integrated onboard Elbit’s Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) successfully detected and classified all detectable moored and mine-like objects (MLOs) and did so in one-third the allotted time period for each exercise.

Bow 2 Stern Technologies Appointed
Agent for New Engine Technology

The Houma, Louisiana-based Bow 2 Stern Technologies LLC will provide sales and technical service support for the Enginei system, which uses powerful data collection software to significantly expand the range of fuel, engine performance and voyage data used for crucial fuel analysis and optimization decisions.

The move to establish formal distribution arrangements in the U.S. follows the successful installation of an Enginei system earlier this year on a vessel operating in the Seabulk Towing fleet.

Texas A&M Galveston
Teams Up With Shell Oil

Texas A&M University at Galveston has received a grant from Shell to help students explore opportunities in maritime careers, as well as enhance leadership and diversity in the industry. The three-phase program will be administered over the next year and includes opportunities for elementary, middle and high-school students, as well as college sophomores and juniors.

Program development is already underway, with the leadership programs due to begin in spring of 2016.

AXYS Leads the Way to Commercial
Acceptance of Floating Lidar

AXYS Technologies Inc. has recently completed another two successful validation campaigns for its FLiDAR 6M wind assessment platform. This latest achievement marks the ninth and 10th independently reviewed offshore validations undertaken by AXYS.

The latest validation campaigns took place at FINO 1 in the North Sea and at West of Duddon Sands in the Irish Sea, adding 11 more months of validation data to an already substantial body of evidence for commercial acceptance.

TE Connectivity Gains
DNV GL Approval

TE Connectivity’s models of its pressure sensors have received DNV GL type approval to complement its established ABS certification in addressing marine and offshore applications. Proof of high quality and safety standards, DNV GL approval confirms that TE Connectivity pressure sensors are compliant to their manufacturing rules with suitable facilities for product manufacturing, testing and inspection; methods for constant monitoring of product quality; and qualified manufacturing personnel.

DANTE Buoy Controller
System Delivers Live Data

The University of Washington recently deployed a new oceanographic observing buoy featuring Soundnine Inc.’s DANTE System.

The new buoy was deployed February 11 in Bellingham Bay (Puget Sound), Washington. The DANTE controller collects data from a suite of meteorological and oceanographic instruments.

SeaTrepid International Opens
New Deep-Sea Division

SeaTrepid International LLC has formed a new division, expanding its service offerings to include autonomous underwater vehicle mapping operations.

“With SeaTrepid’s deep knowledge and expertise in robotic operations coupled with our deep talent pool, contacts and infrastructure, we are well-placed for an optimal and cost-effective alternative to current methods for deepsea mapping,” said Bob Christ, SeaTrepid’s CEO and founder.

Lagersmit Names Subsea Global
Solutions Exclusive Service Agent in US

Subsea Global Solutions (SGS) has been named the exclusive U.S.-based service agent for Lagersmit. Under the agreement, SGS will provide service, installation and repair services to Lagersmit customers in the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean.

DeepWater Buoyancy, Unique Group
To Distribute Products in GCC Region

DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc. has entered a distribution agreement with Unique Group, who will act as sales representative and distributor of DeepWater Buoyancy’s subsea buoyancy products within the GCC region.

The product line includes ADCP deployment solutions, mooring buoys, cable and marker floats, instrument collars, trawl-resistant bottom mounts and ROV buoyancy.

ClassNK Gains USCG Authorization
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has authorized the classification society ClassNK to participate in its Alternate Compliance Program (ACP), in addition to granting the authorization to carry out statutory surveys for U.S.-flagged ships in 2011.

The ACP was developed as an alternative method for U.S.-flagged vessels to fulfill the regulatory requirements for construction and operation. Under the program, ClassNK can now carry out a wide range of surveys and inspections on US-flagged vessels on behalf of the USCG.

OceanServer Sees Strong
Demand for Iver3 AUV

OceanServer Technology announced that it has received eight new Iver3 AUV orders for delivery to a variety of survey, research, military and water quality organizations. The Iver3-580 AUV is the third-generation AUV produced by OceanServer. Research-related vehicles will be delivered to Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory and other undisclosed customers.

ION Acquires Global Dynamics Inc.
ION Geophysical Corp. has acquired Global Dynamics Inc. ION plans to leverage SailWing technology to develop and sell commercial products for both source control and streamer deployment optimization in the towed streamer segment and to commercialize SailWings for use by its OceanGeo ocean bottom seismic acquisition company.

SailWings offer an innovative foil-based alternative to conventional marine diverters, with multiple patents pending.


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