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November 2016 Issue

Turner Designs Inc.
Partners with WSS

Turner Designs will partner with Wilhelmsen Ship Services (WSS) to supply the ballast water community with Ballast-Check 2, a small, handheld fluorometer that enables quick, indicative checks of ballast water samples. Turner Designs will continue to work with their existing customer base of scientists, government agencies, port state control and testing authorities, while WSS will work with shipowners as well as companies that supply ships with equipment.

BIRNS Invests in New Custom
Automated Molding Press

BIRNS Inc. has enhanced its existing molding capabilities with the addition of a new custom 40-t hydraulic transfer press. It will provide additional firepower to BIRNS’s molding facility for connector inserts, allowing computer-controlled precision for functions such as injecting glass reinforced epoxy (GRE) and providing increased speed and output for large orders.

The press has an advanced user interface for seamless setup and process control, offers the options of either manual or fully automated cycles, and features multiple-zone heat control, with closed-loop thermocouple connections on the system used for monitoring precise mold temperature.

USCG Confirms Optimarin as First
Supplier in Line for Ballast Water Approval

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has confirmed that Optimarin has become the first supplier to submit an application for type approval. John Mauger, commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Center (MSC), describes the move as “a milestone” in the fight to protect marine biodiversity in U.S. waters.

Optimarin’s application was submitted by DNV GL after the firm’s Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) satisfied the USCG’s stringent testing criteria for fresh, brackish and marine water.

Precision Measurement CEO Named Among
San Diego’s 40 Under 40 Honorees

Precision Measurement Engineering (PME), has announced CEO Kristin Elliott has been named among San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 40 Under 40. PME produces innovative instruments for freshwater and oceanographic research all over the world.

“My father started PME in 1978, and I am ecstatic to carry on the family legacy and represent PME as well as the scientific industry to be recognized as a 40 under 40 honoree among such distinguished other community and industry leaders,” said Elliott. “Government agencies and research institutions all over the world utilize our instruments, and I am proud that our products are on the forefront of research that supports regions across the globe.”

In Memoriam: Cappy Bisso
NOIA member of 20 years Cappy Bisso has passed away. Bisso was an active participant in NOIA activities and faithful in his attendance at meetings, NOIA reported. He served twice on NOIA’s Board and was serving on both the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the time of his death. He also was a committed and active member of the NOIA Membership Committee.

International Industries Inc. Now
Ransone Technology Associates Inc.

International Industries Inc. has changed to Ransone Technology Associates, representing Rowe Technologies Inc., Hemisphere GNSS and Imagenex. Sales began with the sale of the Hemipshere GNSS V113 Compass and Positioning System to the University of Delaware Geology Department.

For more information, contact Chic Ransones at chic@ransonetech.com or 410-903-8992.

American Society of Civil Engineers Issues
Tsunami-Safe Building Standards

When the next huge tsunami strikes the western United States, people in and around some newly built coastal structures will be more safe thanks to national construction standards that have been announced. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has developed these tsunami standards, known as ASCE 7-16.

The tsunami standards are only for steel-reinforced concrete buildings in “inundation zones,” which in the future may be stronger and safer with only moderate increases in cost, experts say. They will not apply to wood-frame structures.

Louisiana Cat Is First Cat Propulsion
Dealer in North, South America

Louisiana Cat is the first Caterpillar dealership in the Americas to reach all requirements for training and technical sales and support to become a gold level dealer for the full line of Cat Propulsion equipment. This expansion from engine and generator to the entire marine propulsion system will help maximize uptime, while reducing operating costs for offshore platform service and towing vessels, inland river cargo and transportation vessels, fishing and governmental vessels.

HydroComp Inc. Introduces 6Sigma
Naval Architects as New Representative

HydroComp Inc. has chosen 6Sigma Naval Architects of Capetown, South Africa, as their new representative. 6Sigma represents various software company options for the African market. Their core competencies are engineering design for shipbuilding and offshore structures and engineering courses for research and development and software.

BLUE Ocean Film Festival Announces
2016 Legacy Award Honorees

BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit (BLUE) has announced two recipients of its 2016 Legacy Awards—ocean filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and ocean voyager Nainoa Thompson. The award is given to individuals in recognition of extraordinary achievements that create a lasting legacy in ocean conservation, exploration, innovation, and the pursuit of ocean knowledge. The awards will be presented at BLUE 2016 held November 10 to 13 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Hendry Marine Industries President and CEO
Aaron W. Hendry Passes Away at 80

Aaron W. Hendry, husband, father and grandfather, as well as a noted Florida business leader, died October 3 at the age of 80. A fourth-generation Floridian, Hendry started his career at Hendry Corp. as a teenager in 1952 as a deckhand. He worked his way up through the ranks as a boatman, foreman, mate and leverman. Knowing education was essential to the success of the family business, he earned a civil engineering degree from Georgia Tech, an M.B.A. from the University of Tampa, and also graduated from the Harvard Business School’s prestigious business owners program.

Hart, Beduhn Join Teledyne CARIS
After 10 years at the helm of Teledyne CARIS USA, Paul Cooper will be retiring. Cooper joined CARIS after an illustrious career with the U.S. Naval Oceanographic office. Following his October retirement, Karen Hart will take on the responsibility of director of Teledyne CARIS’s USA operations and will be spearheading the team to further develop the U.S. market. Also involved in the reorganization is Tami Beduhn, who takes over the NOAA account manager position.

Trident Maritime Systems Acquires
Callenberg Technology Group

Trident Maritime Systems has completed the acquisition of Callenberg Technology Group from Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS. Callenberg designs, assembles, integrates and supports HVAC, electrical energy management and insulation systems for commercial and government vessels around the world. Trident is a leading independent provider of turnkey marine joiner, distributed, electromechanical, and power, propulsion and control systems and solutions.

Oceaneering Expands AUV
Operations into West Africa

Oceaneering International is expanding its presence for AUV survey services to the West African region. They are mobilizing a 3,000-m-rated AUV capable of performing deepwater geophysical hazard and pipeline inspection surveys.

Oceaneering currently serves the U.S Gulf of Mexico with a fleet of commercial AUVs.

Newton Labs Appoints C.A. Richards &
Associates as Gulf Coast Representative

Newton Labs has appointed C. A. Richards & Associate Inc. as exclusive sales representative of Newton’s Underwater Laser Scanner Line in Houston, Louisiana and Mississippi. Newton’s underwater laser scanners capture submillimeter measurements beyond the capabilities of ultrasound. The Newton subsea laser scanners operate at depths up to 4,000 m and capture raw as-built data to within 0.005 in.

ROVOP Expands Fleet to Help Operators
ROVOP has expanded its fleet of ROVs for the U.S. region. The company has taken delivery of the Seaeye Leopard ROV, a powerful vehicle in relation to its size. With 1/2 t forward thrust and its iCON intelligent control system, the 2,000-m-rated Leopard powers at a speed of 4 kt., while providing a stable work platform for handling work tasks in strong currents.


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