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March 2017 Issue

Polar Star Arrives
At McMurdo Station

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star has arrived at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) McMurdo Station after cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 mi. of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea, with thickness ranging from 2 to more than 10 ft.

By carving a navigable path through seasonal and multiyear ice, the Polar Star assists in the annual delivery of operating supplies and fuel for two of NSF’s three U.S. research stations in Antarctica.


ASL Ice Profilers
Measure Freshwater Flux

Dr. Andreas Muenchow and Ph.D. student Pat Ryan from the University of Delaware were involved in an international collaboration to measure the freshwater flux through Nares Strait from 2003 to 2012. The fresh water flux into the North Atlantic affects ocean circulation, heat transfer and global climate.

To measure the freshwater flux due to ice, two ASL IPS4 ice profilers were deployed to obtain near-continuous measurements of ice draft. The Nares Strait remains ice infested through the summer, so the IPS units had to run all year.


ABS Releases New Guide
For LNG Bunkering

ABS has published the ABS “Guide for LNG Bunkering” that provides standards for the design, construction and survey of LNG bunkering systems on board a vessel.

As LNG fuel becomes more widely adopted in the marine industry, the infrastructure will continue to expand. LNG bunkering vessels are a prime example of that supply chain expansion and will provide a viable refueling option worldwide.


Delivery of MV Cole Guidry
Towboat in Louisiana

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the MV Cole Guidry, an 80-ft., 2,000-hp inland towboat to Lorris G. Towing of Cut Off, Louisiana. The vessel is powered by three Caterpillar C18 Tier 3 engines rated at 670 hp each, supplied by Louisiana Machinery. The reduction gears are Twin Disc Model MGX517ODC, and electrical power is provided by three Kohler generators, 65 kW each, from Caroline Marine of Cut Off, Louisiana.


Rugged Controls Gets
New Certification

Previously operating under the brand Measurement Technology Northwest (MTNW), Rugged Controls produces robust and accurate rugged programmable controllers, smart deck machinery, and OEM control solutions suitable for aggressive marine and hostile applications. The company now has a new certification, ISO 9001, which, it says, supports a commitment to providing the highest quality instrumentation, automation and machinery to customers.


Canada Becomes First Country
With Marine Noise Reduction Incentive

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority launched an industry-leading incentive program for marine vessels operating in the Port of Vancouver regarding underwater vessel noise affecting at-risk marine life. On January 1, the port authority added new incentive criteria to its existing EcoAction program to include harbor due rate discounts for quieter ships. This makes Canada the first country in the world with a marine noise reduction incentive.


Aquatica Signs Several
Partner Agreements

Aquatica Submarines and Subsea Technology Inc. has signed several strategic partner agreements to accelerate sales into the North American, European and Asian markets. Each agreement will enable Aquatica to promote the Stingray 500 and the operational services of the team for defense, research and offshore commercial applications. Aquatica’s Stingray 500, the first in a series of models, recently completed sea trials to 690 ft. with DNV GL.


Cathie Associates Forms
Offshore Wind Business

The offshore geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy Cathie Associates has formed the U.S. entity Cathie Associates Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts, to serve offshore wind development in the U.S. With Statoil entering the market, momentum is beginning to build for offshore wind. Cathie Associates has more than 25 GW of offshore wind experience.


Optech Galaxy Lidar
Wins MAPPS Tech Award

Teledyne Optech’s Optech Galaxy airborne lidar system has won the 2016 MAPPS Grand Award for Technology. With its SwathTRAK technology, the Galaxy vastly increases operational efficiency and data consistency in low- to high-relief terrain. Traditional lidar scanners utilize a fixed field of view (FOV), which presents challenges in varying terrain. SwathTRAK has a dynamic FOV scanner that adjusts the FOV when the range to the ground changes so that the swath width on the ground remains constant.


Pamlico Invests in
Veson Nautical

Pamlico Capital has completed a growth investment in Veson Nautical LLC. Co-founder and CEO John Veson, COO Sean Riley and other management team members will maintain significant ownership in Veson and continue to manage the growth of the company with support from Pamlico. The Pamlico Capital fund has $650 million of committed capital. Veson’s flagship integrated solutions (IMOS and Veslink) form a technology platform for buyers and sellers of marine freight and create a unique community of users for collaborating and sharing mission-critical voyage and vessel data.


Wave Glider Yields
Unexpected Typhoon Data

Thanks to new technology, scientists have a better view into how a tropical cyclone can affect surface currents in the open ocean, Eos reported. Until recently, ocean current data collected during a typhoon have been gathered only from shallow coastal waters.

A new study used a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider to gather atmospheric and oceanic data in the open ocean during Typhoon Danas in the Pacific Ocean October 2013. The Wave Glider became entangled with a cable, causing it to float around in a large spiraling motion with the current, which unexpectedly provided the oscillation pattern of the surface current at Earth’s inertial rotation frequency. The data were also used to calculate how much energy was transferred from the surface wind to the ocean currents.

This new data collection tool will help scientists study exactly how cyclones and storms affect ocean processes.


SeaStar Solutions Acquires
Marine Digital Integrators

SeaStar Solutions has acquired Marine Digital Integrators (MDI) LLC. MDI supplies turnkey systems focused on new technology, digital switching and advanced battery management that allow brand-specific features and benefits with modular plug-and-play systems. SeaStar has a long history of close collaboration with boat builders, and MDI will contribute with more integrated solutions and smart systems.


Two New Ice-Class
Bulk Carriers for Pangaea

Pangaea Logistics Solutions Ltd. has taken delivery of two ultramax ice-class 1C dry bulk carriers from Oshima Shipyard in Japan. The delivery completes Pangaea’s newbuild program of six ice-class bulk carriers. The new ships bring its existing ice-class fleet to 10 ships.


Corvus Chosen Among
2017 Global Cleantech 100

Corvus Energy Inc. has been selected for the 2017 Global Cleantech 100. These recognized companies represent the most innovative and promising solutions in clean technology. Corvus was selected for its environmentally sustainable lithium-ion energy storage systems for hybrid and all-electric industrial applications, such as marine propulsion and power.


Jamaica Seeks Election to
Category C of IMO Council

Jamaica launched its bid to be elected to Category C of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council in February in a move to position Jamaica as a viable maritime hub. The IMO Council comprises three groups of states, designated as Categories A, B and C. Category C is open to 20 states that have special interests in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.


Lambertsson Kran Pairs Crane
With Synthetic Rope

Sweden’s Lambertsson Kran is taking delivery of a Grove GMK4100L-1 crane and Samson K-100 synthetic rope. The two products will be used together, which marks the company’s first foray into synthetic rope and the first time that a company has paired the product with an all-terrain crane.


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