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February 2017 Issue
Phantom V Wins Phuket
2016 Kings Cup Regatta
Phantom V, a stealth 13s built by Asia Catamarans and designed by Alan Carwardine, won the 2016 Kings Cup Regatta. The Kings Cup was started in 1987 by Thailand’s yachting fraternity as a special tribute to the King’s 60th birthday. Colligo Marine was featured with their Standing Rigging and Colligo Dux Shrouds on the yacht.
Airmar Acquires Materials Systems Inc.
Airmar Technology Corp. has acquired the assets of the former Materials Systems Inc. (MSI) group located in Littleton, Massachusetts, from Channel Technologies Group (CTG).
“The integration of our piezoceramic transducers and sensor technology coupled with MSI’s piezocomposite transducer offerings enables us to diversify our product line and significantly broaden our offerings to the commercial and defense markets,” Matthew Boucher, Airmar’s president and COO, said. “We are excited to add the MSI team to the Airmar family.”
Deep Trekker Relocating
Office In Waterloo Region
Deep Trekker is relocating their head office to a larger manufacturing facility to accommodate the increasing demand for their underwater ROVs and Pipe Crawlers. The new facility in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, is an 8,000-sq.-ft. building (compared to the 3,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility) that will help improve safety, reduce costs and save time. There they will continue to build portable, commercial-grade and easy-to-use robotic systems.
Panama Canal Welcomes
Largest Capacity Vessel to Date
In December, the Panama Canal welcomed Hapag-Lloyd’s Valparaiso Express, the largest capacity vessel to date to transit the expanded locks. The 10,589-TEU Neopanamax containership was made to take advantage of the greater capacity offered by the Expanded Panama Canal. The vessel was constructed with an environmentally friendly land-side shore connection, which allows the auxiliary diesels on board to be switched off while in port. In addition, the vessel features a fuel-efficient 46,530-hp main engine with an emissions-reducing valve control and ballast water treatment units on board in accordance with the new International Ballast Water Management Convention, which purify the ship’s ballast water without the use of harmful chemicals.
ABS-Classed VLEC Loads
First Ethane Shipment
ABS-classed Ethane Crystal, the first very large ethane carrier (VLEC), has loaded its first shipment of ethane cargo at the Enterprise Products Partner’s Morgan’s Point Terminal. The vessel operates on a trade route between the U.S. and India, carrying ethane to be used as feedstock for petrochemical production.
Alfa Laval PureBallast Receives
USCG Type Approval
In December, Alfa Laval received U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for the third generation of its ballast water treatment system, PureBallast. The approval allows shipowners who deballast in the U.S. waters to use this treatment technology.
The USCG based its type approval of PureBallast on CMFDA/FDA testing conducted at DHI in Denmark. This testing was performed using the same hardware, power consumption and flow as the IMO-certified version of the PureBallast 3 family.
New Vessel Allows
Greater Reach for Scientists
A new vessel has been developed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center that provides new capabilities to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ scientists and engineers. The coring barge allows researchers to take sediment samples in areas otherwise inaccessible with conventional equipment.
The 28-ft. barge drafts only 9 in. and can be independently powered by a 40-hp outboard motor. It’s equipped with a collapsible drilling rig that can take samples up to 20 ft. below the sediment.
OceanSaver Obtains Final
USCG Type Approval
OceanSaver has received final type approval from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as the first ballast water treatment system supplier utilizing electrochlorination. The system is now available for medium and large vessels like LR1s, VLCCs and large gas carriers.
The USCG testing has been carried out with OceanSaver’s existing MKII system without significant modifications. The certificate does not impose any restrictions on daily vessel operations.
Metal Shark Announces New Contracts
Metal Shark has announced several new contracts with Latin America and Caribbean operators, expanding the company’s presence in the region. Puerto Rico’s Police Department commissioned the first of three Metal Shark 36-ft. Fearless-class center console patrol boats. The Colombian National Police received a 33-ft. Relentless-class patrol boat. In addition, Metal Shark was also awarded a contract to produce 12 38-ft. Defiant-class pilothouse patrol boats for the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard.
World Fuel Services To Provide Fuel at
Sunoco Logistics Nederland Terminal
World Fuel Services (WFS) has been named the exclusive provider of marine fuel at the Sunoco Logistics Nederland Terminal in Texas starting in March. WFS will supply both RMG 380 and MGO 0.1 percent Sulfur with both available “ex-pipe” and can be delivered to the vessel simultaneously as the cargo is loaded or discharged.
The Nederland Terminal provides storage and distribution service for refiners and other large transporters of crude oil and NGLs. The terminalling services operate with an aggregate storage capacity of 26 million barrels of crude oil and 1 million barrels of NGLs.
ASL Assigned as Sales Rep
For Teledyne Benthos
ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. has been assigned by Teledyne Benthos to be the sales representative for British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, and Alaska. This expanded role complements the established relationships with Teledyne RD Instruments and Teledyne Oceanscience. With the addition of Teledyne Benthos, a broadened range of acoustic releases and modems, flotation and locators for metocean projects can be offered.
NMRA to Offer Scholarship to
Student of Maritime Trades
The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) has announced they are offering a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding individual pursuing education and a career in the maritime trades. High-school seniors, college and vocational students are encouraged to apply.
The application can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/2i3tIlE. Applications are due by April 1, with the winner to be announced this summer.
TMEIC to Supply Drive, Automation Solutions
For Automated-Stacking Cranes Project
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp. (TMEIC) has been selected to provide industrial drive and automation solutions for world’s largest automated-stacking cranes project at The Port of Virginia. This historic expansion project, totaling 86 Konecranes Automated-Stacking Cranes (ASC) is the largest ASC order TMEIC has received to date and the largest single ASC order ever placed by a port.
Seafloor To Conduct Dockside
Demos at Ocean Business 2017
Seafloor Systems Inc. will conduct dockside demonstrations of the fully autonomous EchoBoat-G2-ASV, featuring a multibeam sonar system, integrated with INS and sound velocity probe, at Ocean Business 2017 in Southampton, England, April 4 and 5. The portable, multipayload vehicle features dual-DC motors for ease of control and redundancy, noncorrosive materials, an integral transducer well and multisensor payload capability. The demonstration will include a presentation of the autonomous multibeam survey data, taken from the previous days’ trials.
Corvus Orca ESS Solution
Passes Norwegian Maritime Test
Corvus Energy’s next-generation Orca Energy Storage System (ESS) successfully passed the Norwegian Maritime Authority Thermal Runaway Propagation Test 1 with its proprietary passive cell-level isolation design. The testing included three tests in strict compliance with NMA circular Propagation Test 1. The Orca EES reaches an unprecedented level of safety without the need for an active cooling method, such as liquid cooling, increasing the reliability and safety without increasing costs.
Corvus introduced the Orca ESS about six months ago with interest across multiple applications and vessel types—from port cranes to cruise ships. The Orca ESS product line from Corvus is specifically designed for hybrid and all-electric maritime applications.