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April 2017 Issue

OceanGate Expeditions Announces Manned Submersible Survey of the Titanic
OceanGate Expeditions has announced that it will conduct the first manned submersible expedition to the wreck of the RMS Titanic since 2005. The survey team will use the latest subsea imaging technology and newly build manned submersible to assess the condition of the century-old shipwreck and document artifacts in the debris field.

The seven-week expedition departs from St. John’s, Canada, in late May 2018 with scientists, content experts and mission specialists with a crew size of 20 people each.


AAPA Celebrates
Second Annual ‘Ports Day’

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) had its entire membership in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean celebrating Western Hemisphere Ports Day April 4. The association recognized the industry’s role in supporting job creation and propelling the economies of the nations they serve across the Americas.

“Ports Day is a part of an ongoing commitment to remind policy makers, policy influencers and the public about important roles ports play in facilitating movement of trade and linking their nations to a global economy,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA president and CEO.


MakaiLay Commissioned on
Four Subsea Cable Ships

Cable installation software MakaiLay has been commissioned on four cable laying vessels around the world. KT Submarine (KTS, Korea) recently completed a challenging installation with one of their cable laying vessels, Segero. They also commissioned the software on the Responder and are currently using it to manage a cable installation in the Pacific.

MakaiLay is currently being commissioned on NTT World Engineering Marine Corp.’s (NTTWEM, Japan) newly constructed cable laying vessel Kizuna.


In-Situ Expands Into Flow Monitoring
In-Situ has acquired all operations of Australia-based Measuring and Control Equipment (MACE). MACE designed and manufactured ultrasonic flow meters, data loggers and controllers for more than three decades.

Combined with MACE, In-Situ will expand into flow monitoring, using several water level and quality applications.


Borets Acquires New Operations Facility
Borets has purchased a new operations facility in Midland, Texas. The 11.2-acre site provides them with more than 58,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and service capabilities, along with 10,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art office space.

The new facility will accommodate assembly and dismantle operations, a full service cable shop and the sales and field service teams equipped to serve customers throughout the Permian Basin, helping with the additional capacity to accommodate their U.S. operations.


General Dynamics NASSCO to
Deliver Final ECO-Class Tanker

General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the Liberty, the third and final ship to be constructed for SEA-Vista LLC as part of a larger eight-ship ECO-Class tanker program.

In 2013, NASSCO entered into an agreement with SEA-Vista to design and build three 50,000 dwt, LNG-conversion-ready product carriers to include a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity each.


Metal Shark Debuts First Two Citywide Ferries
The first two passenger vessels built by Metal Shark for New York’s new Citywide Ferry Service are now on the water. In late February, operators from Berard Transportation began the elaborate process of moving the first of two 86-by-26-ft. catamaran-hulled aluminum passenger vessels from Metal Shark’s final assembly building to the waiting cranes from H. Brown Crane Service.

Metal Shark is currently building six of the Incat Crowther-designed, 149-passenger, USCG Subchapter T passenger ferries for HNY Ferry Fleet LLC, operator of New York’s Citywide Ferry Service.


Subsea Global Acquires All-Sea
Subsea Global Solutions has acquired All-Sea Underwater Solutions. Subsea Global Solutions has revolutionized the methods of repair and maintenance for ships and advanced procedures used in underwater marine construction. All-Sea Underwater Solutions is a leader in underwater ship repair and maintenance.

The two companies will combine to become a global leader in providing underwater ship maintenance, repair and marine construction solutions.


Winner Announced at the Second Annual
High School Offshore Technology Stars Challenge

Team Quantum Electronic’s performance in several challenges won them the second annual High School Offshore Technology Stars Challenge. The eight-person team from College Station High School in College Station, Texas, successfully piloted their helicopter, simulating travel to and from an offshore oil platform, for a total distance of 650 yards. They defeated 14 other teams to claim the $2,500 grand prize, as well as a $1,500 teaching grant for their school. They have also been invited to the Offshore Technology Conference by BSEE in May.


Cox Powertrain Names First Distributor
Cox Powertrain has named Elite Diesel Service as its first distribution partner for the company’s new marine diesel outboard, the CXO300. As Cox’s U.S. distributor for Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, Elite Diesel will play a key role in bringing its technology to market in this region.


Kraken Sonar Completes Phase One of Sea Trials
Kraken Sonar Inc. has successfully completed phase one sea trials of its KATFISH towed synthetic aperture sonar system. The goals of the initial sea trials were to validate KATFISH’s towing performance at various speeds and sea states; to operate and validate the system’s hydrodynamic flight sensors; and to operate onboard sonars including the AquaPix MINSAS 180 Synthetic Aperture Sonar.


VideoRay Provides ROV
For Inspecting Ballast Tanks

Recent, rapid advancement of underwater drone technology is making the task of inspecting ballast tanks on ongoing vessels much more efficient and safer, saving time and money for shipowners while producing better inspections. The success of the project will be determined by safety, speed, accuracy, cost and completeness of inspections, as judged by the classification societies that monitor, accept, and approve ballast tank inspections and reports. Click for more details.\


Link-Belt Cranes Approved
For K-100 Hoist Line

Samson has announced the approved use of K-100 synthetic crane hoist line on their telescopic cranes. K-100 is the first synthetic hoist rope designed specifically for mobile cranes. It remains the only OEM-approved, commercially operating synthetic crane hoist cable for mobile cranes.


Pacific Basin Completes KVH Mini-VSAT
System Deployment on 99 Vessels

Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd. has completed the deployment of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband solution to support Pacific Basin’s initiative to modernize ship-shore communications on their entire fleet of ships. Pacific Basin chose KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service to provide crew members with NEWSlink TV content—international news channels plus TV channels in crew members’ native languages. The fully integrated solution, including antenna hardware, control units and all connecting cables, is shipped with a compact footprint.


Volaris Group Expands
Presence in Marine Vertical

Volaris Group has announced the acquisition of ShipNet A/S in the marine vertical. ShipNet’s deep domain expertise and comprehensive solutions are designed to help shipping companies operate more efficiently and profitably in these changing environments. ShipNet’s ERP solution covers the full range of chartering and operations, finance and accountancy, technical management, procurement, and disbursement management and is used by more than 300 shipping-related companies worldwide.


Government of Canada Funding
For Observatory Junction Boxes

The OceanWorks Subsea Instrument Interface Modules, or junction boxes, have approved funding thanks to the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). These boxes were developed for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) NEPTUNE and VENUS observatories, where they have been in place since 2006.


Sewage Hitting Beaches Prompts Investigations
The United States and Mexico Commissioners of the International Boundary and Water Commission have agreed to investigate a transboundary sewage spill at San Diego, California-Tijuana, Baja California that was first reported in February. The investigation will determine when the spill occurred, quantify how much sewage spilled, specify the characteristics of the sewage, and identify problems in procedures to notify the commission and the public.


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