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October 2016 Issue

Keel-Laying Ceremony
For Damen Stan Tugs

A keel-laying ceremony was recently held at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio, for 10 Damen Stan Tugs 1907 ICE. The vessels will be ice-class and operated by the yard’s affiliate, The Great Lakes Towing Co. These are the first tugs in the U.S. built in compliance with new Coast Guard regulations subchapter M under ABS classification.

Trident Maritime Systems Acquires
Callenberg Technology Group

Trident Maritime Systems has signed an agreement to acquire Callenberg Technology Group from Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS. Trident is an independent provider of turnkey marine joiner, distributed, electromechanical, and power, propulsion and control systems and solutions for government and commercial customers.

Callenberg designs, assembles, integrates and supports HVAC, electrical energy management and insulation systems for commercial and government vessels worldwide.

Klein Marine Signs Dasco as
International Representative

Klein Marine Systems announces the addition of Dasco Equipment as an international representative for Klein Marine Systems side scan and bathymetry sonar systems in Canada.

Dasco will be responsible for supplying Klein side scan and bathymetry sonar systems to the commercial and government marketplace in Canada.

ARIS Explorer for UXO Project
Sound Metrics has supplied an ARIS Explorer 3000 to aid an organization in the identification and classification of unexploded ordnance (UXO) off the coast of the North Sea. Characteristics of the target were found to be consistent with a highly explosive German LMB ground mine.

Due to the successful identification of the target, the team could effectually evaluate risk and carry out a plan of action to protect seafarers in accordance to industry practice and protocol.

ROVOP to Create New Jobs as a
Result of Gulf Business Growth

Independent ROV service provider ROVOP is set to increase its Houston, Texas, workforce as a result of further business growth including recent contract wins in the Gulf of Mexico region. The growth follows the successful completion of a pipeline installation campaign in Mexico with Drebbel de Mexico. ROVOP anticipates increasing its workforce in Houston by 10 percent this year.

US Division of Aqualuma
Merges with Tides Marine

The Florida-based U.S. division of Aqualuma has merged with Tides Marine. Since 2004, Aqualuma’s LEDs are the light of choice for many of the world’s leading boat manufacturers, the company said. Aqualuma products will continue to be manufactured at their state-of-the-art facility in Australia.

Bollinger Delivers USCGC Rollin Fritch
Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Rollin Fritch to the United States Coast Guard. The 154-ft. patrol craft is the 19th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. It has a flank speed of 28 kt., state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-ft. cutter boat.

Beier Integrated Systems Purchases
South Coast Electric Systems

Beier Integrated Systems has purchased South Coast Electric Systems of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, from American Electric Technologies. The acquisition expands Beier’s manufacturing capabilities in the marine market and strengthens their position in integrated, turnkey technology options.

ASL Celebrates 30 Years of
Leasing Metocean Instruments

Back in the 1980s, ASL Environmental Sciences were leasing equipment such as the Neil Brown ACM2 acoustic current meter and Aanderaa RCM4 rotor and vane current meter. Now, the lease pool contains over 50 TRDI ADCPs, 100 water quality loggers and profilers, over 70 EdgeTech acoustic releases and deck boxes and a dozen wave and tide pressure gauges. ASL is now celebrating its 30th anniversary of leasing metocean instruments.

DuPont Brings Innovation to the
Marine Scrubber Marketplace

DuPont, through its subsidiary Belco Technologies, announced the first installations of its proprietary in-line, multiengine marine scrubber serving three auxiliary engines on two newbuild bulk carriers. They have submitted a patent application for this innovative scrubber inlet configuration, which connects multiple exhaust sources at the bottom of a single in-line scrubber tower with minimal space requirements.

ABS Classes World’s Largest
LNG-Powered Ethane Carrier

ABS has confirmed the delivery of the ABS-classed Navigator Aurora to Navigator Gas by Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China. The Navigator Aurora is the world’s largest ethane/ethylene-capable liquefied gas carrier. It is the first of four Navigator Gas ethane/ethylene midsize vessels, has a cargo carrying capacity of 37,000 cbm and duel engines.

RJE International Celebrates 25 Years
RJE International is celebrating 25 years in business. The company has built a reputation as a renowned manufacturer of high-tech underwater products including diving navigation, diver sonar and underwater relocation products.

“We’ve built our business on long-term relationships,” said Robert Jechart, CEO, RJE International.

“Our products are manufactured in the U.S. and tested to the highest standards in the industry. We are most appreciative of our valued customers in more than 45 countries who are the reason we are still here today.”

exactEarth Tracking Cruise Ship
Traversing the Northwest Passage

For the first time, a luxury cruise ship has embarked on a journey through the Northwest Passage, with exactEarth tracking the journey. The Crystal Serenity left Anchorage, Alaska, August 16 on its way to New York and its ultimate groundbreaking trip to Ulukhaktok in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

With ice levels down, the cruise ship looks to usher in a new era of mass tourism in Canada’s Arctic.

MaK, Caterpillar Marine Asset
Intelligence Partnering with DNV GL

MaK and Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence have partnered with DNV GL to help make the change from time-based maintenance to condition-based maintenance by leveraging predictive analytics of Cat Asset Intelligence in accordance with DNV GL’s Survey Arrangement Machinery Condition Monitoring requirements.

“This is going to be a major step forward for many shipowners and their operations in the future,” said Ken Krooner, technology and operations manager, Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence.

Saildrone Inc. Raises
$14 Million in Series A Funding

Saildrone Inc. has closed $14 million in Series A funding to expand its fleet of unmanned and autonomous sailing drones, enhance ocean data services and scale commercial operations.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with like-minded investors, who are mission driven and have deep expertise in marrying innovative hardware with big data,” said Richard Jenkins, founder and CEO of Saildrone. “Data collected by the Saildrones will not only transform the understanding of our oceans, but will also bring insight into issues like weather, fish populations, ocean acidification and climate change—processes that will affect every person on this planet. Understanding these processes, and their rate of change, is crucial to our economies and ultimately our survival.”

Okeanus Acquires Sound
Ocean Systems Inc.

Okeanus Science and Technology LLC has acquired Sound Ocean Systems Inc. (SOSI). This combination will allow Okeanus to offer SOSI’s full catalog of equipment and services to Okeanus customers and give the combined company a local presence in the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Northwest.

The companies will maintain offices in Redmond, Washington, and Houma, Louisiana, after the combination of the businesses to leverage opportunities in both regions. Ted Brockett, president of SOSI, will become CEO of the combined companies, while Benton LeBlanc will continue as president and general manager.


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