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February 2017 Issue

Canadian Type Approval
For Wastewater Systems

ACO Marine has received Transport Canada type approval for its advanced Maripur NF and Clarimar MF wastewater management systems, certifying that the technology is completely compliant with Canada’s stringent sewage discharge requirements for vessels operating in the Great Lakes.

Transport Canada’s certification underpins ACO Marine’s strategic decision to grow their Canadian customer base, following the recent appointment of Ontario-based Marine and Offshore as their new distributor for the region.

With some exceptions, the rules ban the discharge of untreated sewage within 3 naut. mi. of land from ships less than 400 t and 12 naut. mi. from ships larger than 400 t.


US House Passes
Weather Research Bill

The U.S. House passed H.R. 353, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, to improve weather research at NOAA by advancing programs and activities that will make critical investments in observational, computing and modeling capabilities to support more accurate, timely and effective weather warnings and forecasts. With the increasing frequency of severe weather events, improvements in forecasting capabilities and delivery are needed to protect American lives, property and livelihoods.

“Strengthening our resilience to severe weather events is both vital and necessary to strengthen our nation’s economic security,” said Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.


Students Operate Falcon
ROV to Explore Ocean

Students are now able to get hands-on experience operating a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV in the Gulf of Maine on the eastern seaboard of the U.S., where they can explore the undersea world and develop their environmental awareness. The project brings students, scientists, teachers and marine professionals together and is run by OceansWide, a nonprofit that supports the outreach requirements of the National Science Foundation and other granting agencies.

Young people are encouraged to participate in real-life scientific research and write reports on their findings. The activities are run both in class and on board OceansWide’s research ship, from where the Falcon is deployed.

The project aims to support industry and marine science by creating innovative programs that use ROVs to inspire young people to expand their horizons and teach them about the world’s oceans through first-hand shipboard experience.


BMT ARGOSS Launches
Ice Charting

BMT ARGOSS has launched its ice charting capability, to be coupled with its extensive weather forecasting expertise. More and more clients are looking at these harsher environments and needing both a comprehensive understanding of the weather and the ice regime in a complete package for cost efficiencies.

As part of this new capability, a number of BMT’s key senior meteorologists have completed an intensive training program at the Danish Meteorological Institute to better understand the ice regime: how ice builds up, how it moves and reacts, and how it evolves during the season. The ice buildup and movement is very dependent on the weather. Interpreting satellite images is also a key requirement for delivering an effective output.


Verifavia, INSB Class
Partner on MRV Services

Verifavia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the independent Greek ship classification society and certification organization INSB Class. As part of the new strategic partnership, INSB Class will offer MRV (monitoring, reporting, verification) services to its customers by leveraging the knowledge and expertise of its partner Verifavia Shipping Hellas.

As an established independent verification company, Verifavia will utilize their tools, knowledge and expertise to instill shipowners and operators with the confidence that the right systems, capabilities and understanding are in place to achieve compliance.

Shipping companies with vessels exceeding 5,000 GT operating in the EU have until August 2017 to prepare plans to monitor and report their carbon emissions, fuel consumption and associated transport work. Adopted July 2015, the MRV regulation will see the EU collect and make publicly available data for more than 12,000 vessels visiting EU ports.

The regulation is the industry’s first step toward cutting carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport in the EU, and compliance is nonnegotiable. Owners and operators must submit a monitoring plan (MP) to a verifier, and all MPs must be successfully assessed by an accredited verifier by December 31, 2017, before the start of the first monitoring period.


FSI, RigStat Install
Current Monitoring Systems

Falmouth Scientific Inc. (FSI) and RigStat have successfully installed ocean current monitoring systems with aids to navigation (AtoN) over AIS communications at the Puerta Maya Cruise Terminal in Cozumel, Mexico.

The monitoring systems will not only assist captains in navigating into the port, but will also increase the safety for the many thousands of cruise ship passengers that visit the resort city each year, according to the general manager of the Puerta Maya Terminal.

AtoN transceivers are a subclass of AIS that communicate critical navigation information, such as marine hazards and meteorological data, to benefit mariners and authorities.

The systems that were installed on the two Puerta Maya Terminal piers integrate FSI ACM-PLUS current meters with RigStat environmental monitoring systems to send real-time current speed, current direction and water temperature data to incoming cruise vessels to enhance the safety of their approach to the terminal. The data are displayed to the ship’s captain as part of the standard AIS data stream.

FSI and RigStat teamed to provide a fully integrated solution that included instruments, hardware, battery backup, AIS communication, user interface software and installation services. The AtoN data format is now a standard data output option on the FSI ACM-PLUS family of current sensors.


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