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June 2016 Issue

Applied Weather Technology
Announces ISO Approval

Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT), has been approved certification to international Quality Management System Standard ISO 9001:2008 by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. AWT’s documented quality management system is now certified for: provision of ship route advisory services, maritime weather forecasts, ship performance analysis and design, and development and sales of related software.

AWT’s goals in achieving this level of business and quality assurance were to improve customer service and product quality, improve process efficiency and provide improved mechanisms for client and user feedback.

Survey Shows US Ports Plan Big
Investments in Capital Projects

In its just-released 2016 to 2020 Port Planned Infrastructure Investment Survey, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) asked its U.S. member ports how much they and their private-sector partners plan to spend on port-related freight and passenger infrastructure over the next five years. The answer was a whopping $154.8 billion.

AAPA then contrasted that number with what it believes is the “best-case” scenario for investments by the federal government into U.S. ports. The answer was just $24.8 billion.

According to AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle, the vast difference between the two investment numbers poses tangible concerns, particularly considering the need to increase government investments in America’s federal navigation channels and the “first-and-last mile” connections with ports.

Aqueos Corp. Receives Award
Aqueos Corp. has received the award of honor from the National Safety Council—South Louisiana Chapter. The award recognizes Aqueos Corp. for Occupational Safety for 2015, identifying them as working 500,000 to 1 million hr. without a recordable incident.

“This award is a high-visibility acknowledgement of commitment of all Aqueos personnel that demonstrates passion and commitment from senior management,” said Jerry Zebor, HSEQ director.

Intergraph Process, Power & Marine
Completes Acquisition of HostSure Ltd.

Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) has recently completed the acquisition of HostSure Ltd. of Ireland. The acquisition further solidifies Intergraph’s strategic commitment to delivering best-in-class cloud solutions and growth objectives for Intergraph PP&M’s SmartPlant Cloud solution.

This allows Intergraph to provide a unique cloud solution for EPCs, fabricators and owner operators of all sizes tailored to their core engineering business processes.

Hemisphere GNSS Announces
Strategic Partnership Expansion

Hemisphere GNSS has chosen a significant expansion of the strategic partnership with CPAC Systems, Gothenburg, Sweden (CPAC), owned by the Volvo Group. After signing a large contract, Hemisphere will now be the sole source of GNSS positioning and heading systems to CPAC Systems.

Hemisphere’s technology will soon be used in the Co-Pilot series for Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) as part of Volvo CE’s machine control solutions.

exactEarth, Larus Technologies
Introduce Strategic Alliance

exactEarth Ltd. introduced a strategic alliance agreement with Larus Technologies. Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop and market big data analytics-based software applications and information services for the global surveillance and intelligence markets.

As part of the agreement, exactEarth will gain an exclusive license to Larus’s big data analytics platform (Total:Insight) for the maritime market. Larus will gain access to exactEarth’s map visualization IP for integration into Total:Insight-based solutions for nonmaritime markets and to exactEarth’s extensive data archive to perform advanced pattern-of-life analysis.

Restored US Coast Guard
Helicopter Dedicated at Smithsonian

A restored Coast Guard HH-52A Seaguard helicopter was dedicated into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center during a ceremony in April.

The 1960s-era HH-52A, which bore the tail number 1426, was renovated by Vector CSP and is now the only Coast Guard aircraft on display in a Smithsonian museum.

Broco, BluHaptics
Form Tech Partnership

Broco, Inc. and BluHaptics, Inc. of Seattle, Washington, have formed a technology partnership to deliver advanced ROV solutions to enhance the safety and performance of cutting and welding for underwater service companies and subsea industries worldwide.

The new partnership combines proven cutting and welding technologies with advanced force-feedback control software with collision avoidance, machine learning, active 3D imagery and precision guidance.

One of the technologies that will be available from the partnership, for example, is Broco’s new BR-22PLUS cutting torch, with over 21 design improvements.

ABB to Modernize Pierre Radisson
ABB has been chosen to modernize the 38-year-old Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Pierre Radisson, installing the latest hardware and software on board. As part of the complete upgrade, eight new drives will also be installed.

The contract with ABB includes the option to modernize two other Coast Guard ships, Des Groseilliers and Amundsen, both of which have more than 30 years of service.

Bollinger Receives Award
For Excellence in Safety

Bollinger Shipyards was recently awarded the 2015 Award for Excellence in Safety by the Shipbuilders Council of America for the 11th consecutive year. The award is given to member companies with the lowest total of recordable incident rates.

“For 11 consecutive years, Bollinger Shipyards was recognized for outstanding performance in workplace safety,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger president and CEO. “Earning the SCA Award for Excellence in Safety is a testament to our employees’ unwavering dedication and focus.”

UTEC Survey Announces
Significant Brand Strengthening

UTEC Survey has announced significant strengthening of its global brand by integrating UTEC Starnet into UTEC Survey. UK-based UTEC Starnet (originally Starnet Geomatics) became part of the UTEC family in 2013 and has since played a leading role in continuing to grow UTEC’s reputation as a market leader in providing customized survey solutions to its global customer base.

Liquid Robotics, Ingenieros
Electrónicos Asociados to Partner

Liquid Robotics introduced a new channel partnership with Ingenieros Electrónicos Asociados (IEA). This agreement enables IEA to sell, support and service Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders throughout Argentina and Uruguay.

Wave Gliders are wave-powered ocean robots that collect and communicate real-time ocean data without the need for fuel, while performing long-duration missions.

AccessESP Installs First
Commercial Access375 Systems

AccessESP has successfully installed two of its new Access375 systems on the North Slope of Alaska, the first commercial deployments of this system.

Both the first and second installations of the Access375 annular flow permanent completion with 130-horsepower Access375 retrievable assemblies were completed flawlessly, with no lost time.

Rowe Technologies Inc. Appoints
Ransone Technology

Ransone Technology Associates (RTA) has been named an exclusive agent for distribution in the following states of the Mid-Atlantic region: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Washington D.C., and GSA contracting. RTA will be selling and supporting Rowe equipment across the region.

Kraken to Receive €$400,000 From
Major European Defense Contractor

Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has invoiced a major European defense contractor for over €$400,000. Proceeds are expected to be received in the second quarter of 2016. Due to competitive reasons, the customer cannot be named at this time.

Kraken recently provided an AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) for integration and sea trials on the customer’s AUV.

Klein Marine Systems Signs SATELCA
As International Representative

Klein Marine Systems Inc. has added Satélites y Telecommunicaciones, C.A. (SATELCA) as an international representative for maritime security and surveillance systems in Venezuela and Panama. SATELCA will be responsible for the market penetration, expansion and sales of the Klein HarborGuard Pro Early Warning Detection and Security Systems (EWDSS) within the two countries.


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