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December 2016 Issue

Maritime Day Kicks Off
AUVSI Conference

Sea Technology attended day one of AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems Defense conference, which dealt with the Maritime theme. A few months on the job, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy for unmanned systems Frank Kelley said in the kickoff speech that his year-old office is working to set up a tactical roadmap for Navy unmanned systems, one that will become a living document and involve input from everyone in the industry.

Later on in the morning session, RAdm. Mathias Winter, chief of naval research, said his office has several major areas of investment he considers priorities, including advanced technology areas such as energy weaponry, cybersecurity and synthetic biology and bio-inspired systems.

In the afternoon session, a panel on innovation in the acquisition process brought together an engaging group of legislative and defense representatives to discuss the future of defense acquisition.

DEA, TriAxis Announce Merger
David Evans and Associates Inc. (DEA) and TriAxis Engineering Inc. announced a merger that will make TriAxis a division of DEA. The merger brings electrical engineering into DEA’s portfolio of professional services, including design services and studies for the power industry. It also allows DEA to focus on their key expertise of electrical engineering with in-house support in other disciplines.

Newton Labs Appoints
J. Bornhoeft as Representative

Newton Labs has appointed J. Bornhoeft as exclusive sales representative for underwater laser scanners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Newton’s underwater laser scanners capture sub-millimeter measurements beyond the capabilities of ultrasound. The Newton Scanners reach depths up to 4,000 m and capture raw as-built data to within 0.005 in.

ACEL Selects Corvus Energy Orca ESS
ACEL AS of Norway has ordered an Orca Energy, Energy Storage System (ESS) from Corvus Energy to begin integration testing for uses across multiple maritime applications.

The ACEL Group consists of several companies with strong electrical ability and professional resources in the field of offshore platform service vessels, including newbuilds, servicing and conversions. Utilizing Corvus Energy’s Orca ESS solution for the power and propulsion systems will improve efficiency, cut exhaust emissions and lower maintenance and capital costs of these vessels.

AXYS Forms Partnership with
Incostas in Latin America

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) has announced the appointment of Incostas as a value-added reseller in Latin America. Headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela, Incostas offers technical expertise in offshore environments throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. The AXYS range of metocean solutions, including the TRIAXYS family of wave buoys, complements the existing Incostas range of offerings and enables them to extend their capacity to support coastal and offshore developments.

MetOcean, JouBeh Merge to
Create metOcean telematics

MetOcean Data Systems and JouBeh Technologies have merged to create metOcean telematics. The merger brings together two well-established and innovative organizations with global reach. metOcean telematics will offer complete end-to-end telematics services with a focus on MetOcean solutions and custom defense and security products.

Oceaneering Acquires
Blue Ocean Technologies

Oceaneering International announced it has acquired Blue Ocean Technologies for about $30 million in cash. Included are three RLWI systems, two of which are currently under construction and are expected to be fully functional by mid-2017. Oceaneering expects to invest around $10 million to complete construction of the two RLWI systems.

Subsea well intervention services are intended to maximize production and increase the recovery rate from offshore oil and gas reservoirs or prepare wells to be plugged and abandoned.

San Diego To Launch
Smart Ocean Planning

The California State Lands Commission and the Port of San Diego have agreed to launch an ocean planning process for state waters off the coast of San Diego. During separate public meetings, the two agencies approved a memorandum of agreement (MoA) that describes how the agencies will collaborate.

With the approvals, ocean planning can commence as a pilot project on a manageable scale in San Diego and can be used as a model for comprehensive, science-based data and stakeholder-driven planning.

Pentair Acquires Vaki
Aquaculture Systems

Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement with Vaki Aquaculture Systems Ltd., whereby Pentair will acquire Vaki, an aquaculture equipment manufacturer based in Kópavogur, Iceland. The transaction should be completed in late 2016.

The addition of Vaki will strengthen Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems’ business by broadening its range of systems, products and services in the growing aquaculture market space.

Ports of Jersey, UK Recently Purchases
Multibeam System from Swathe Services

Ports of Jersey, UK recently took delivery of a new multibeam system from Swathe Services. The comprehensive equipment, software and support package was chosen to enhance the organization’s new commercial survey capability. Swathe delivered the R2Sonic Sonic 2024 with TruePix and UHR 700-kHz capability.

Aaron Gavey, deputy marine operations manager, Ports of Jersey, and his team also chose the new SBG Systems Apogee-U inertial navigation system and the HYSWEEP module software capability.

TE SubCom to Supply MAREA
Submarine Cable System

TE SubCom has been named the system supply partner for the new MAREA submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean. TE SubCom has completed the route survey and begun manufacture of the system at its facility in Newington, New Hampshire. The parties are on track to begin laying cable using TE SubCom’s state-of-the-art cable installation ships next year.

Led by Facebook and Microsoft, TE SubCom is constructing MAREA to be interoperable with a wide variety of network equipment.

Seafloor Systems Signs International
Distributor Agreement with Teledyne Marine

Seafloor Systems has signed an international distributorship agreement with Teledyne RESON and Teledyne BlueView, business units of Teledyne Instruments Inc. RESON manufactures the advanced SeaBat multibeam sonar systems. BlueView manufactures a variety of underwater surveying systems, including M900-2250 2D and 3D imaging sonars, and BV5000 3D multibeam inspection sonars.

Blue Ocean Film Festival Announces
Making Waves Award Honoree

Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit (BLUE) has announced the recipient of its 2016 Making Waves Award: entrepreneur and ocean conservation pioneer David E. Shaw. The Making Waves Award is presented to individuals who “risk more than others think is safe, care more than others think is wise, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more that others think is possible.”

KVH Media Group
Expands NEWSlink Porfolio

KVH Media Group has extended its Far East coverage with the launch of two new daily local language editions in Japanese and Korean. These new versions raise the count to nearly 110 NEWSlink editions in 23 languages and, together, they reflect KVH’s ability to address the crew welfare needs of seafarers around the world.

ABS Chairman Honored with Admiral
Of the Ocean Seas Award

Christopher J. Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of ABS, was honored for his outstanding contribution to the maritime industry by the United Seamen’s Service as a recipient of the Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award. One of the most prestigious honors in the industry, it is conferred on those who have made noteworthy contributions to the maritime industry.

GE, Baker Hughes Agree to Create New
Fullstream Digital Industrial Services Company

GE and Baker Hughes announced that the companies have entered into an agreement to combine GE’s oil and gas business and Baker Hughes to create what is intended to be a world-leading oilfield technology provider with a mix of service and equipment capabilities. The “New” Baker Hughes will provide physical and digital technology solutions for customer productivity.


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