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May 2017 Issue

Investment in Centre for Ocean
Ventures and Entrepreneurship

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. will invest $4.52 million in the new Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Canada.

At COVE, ocean science research, start-ups, R&D-intensive companies, industry and Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions will work together to create a cluster of marine innovation and commercialization.


New NOIA Board Members
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has elected 16 industry leaders to its board of directors.

Those appointed to their first term on the board are: Chris Beckett, CEO, Pacific Drilling; Kenny Lang, president & COO, Ridgewood Energy Corp.; Mike McCauley, operations GM, Arena Offshore; David de Roode, senior vice president, Lockton Marine & Energy; Douglas Stephens, president & CEO, Frank’s International; and Jim Wicklund, managing director, Credit-Suisse LLC.

Those reappointed to the board for a second term are: Erik Bartsch, exploration manager, Gulf of Mexico, Shell Energy Resources Co.; Cornelius Dupré, chairman & CEO, Dupré Energy Services; Bill Flores, Houston, Texas; Cliffe Laborde, managing member, Laborde Marine Management; Mark Meunier, vice president, Kiewit Offshore Services; Lee Orgeron, Montco Offshore; and Will Pecue, president, Taylor Energy Co.

Appointed to the executive committee of the board are: Robert Abendschein, vice president, Deepwater Americas, Anadarko Petroleum Co.; Erik Bartsch, exploration manager, Gulf of Mexico, Shell Energy Resources Co.; Matt McCarroll, president & CEO, Fieldwood Energy; and David Williams, chairman, president and CEO, Noble Corp.


Nonjacketed Mooring Lines
Support Fleet Safety

BW Fleet Management (BWFM) has solved the safety and operational issue of their failing jacketed HMPE mooring lines by replacing them throughout the fleet with nonjacketed lines.

BWFM chose Samson’s nonjacketed, single-braid, 12-strand mooring lines, AmSteel-Blue, made with Dyneema SK78.


Polar Star Returns,
Newest Cutter Commissioned

The crew of the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned home following a 107-day deployment to Antarctica, where they provided a safe channel through ice for cargo ships, facilitating the delivery of supplies to the U.S. National Science Foundation’s McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations.

In other Coast Guard news, National Security Cutter (NSC) Munro was commissioned into service as the sixth NSC in the fleet. This vessel honors the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, Douglas A. Munro, who was mortally wounded in World War II while providing cover fire for U.S. Marines under attack.

Finalists Announced for 2017
Seafood Champion Innovation Award

Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) is one of four finalists for the 2017 Seafood Champion Award for Innovation for its vessel-tracking technology, based on a solar-powered data collection device for small vessels, to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing worldwide.

The other finalists are: FISH-i Africa, Alan Lovewell of Real Good Fish and Karl Warr of Better Fishing.

The annual Seafood Champion Awards recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in promoting environmentally responsible seafood.


Kraken Subsidiary to Receive
Funding Support for Robotics

Kraken Sonar Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., will receive up to $1,470,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to develop an underwater robotics program, including a technology demonstration platform.

The first phase will utilize the Fraunhofer Institute’s DEDAVE AUV as the base platform, to be enhanced with hydrodynamic, control system and payload upgrades.


Roxtec Launches
Specialized Service Company

Safety seal provider Roxtec has launched its second specialized service company offering inspections and maintenance of cable and pipe transits. The new Roxtec Services US LLC is a subsidiary of Roxtec Services AB. It is based in Houston, Texas, and will cover ships and offshore units in North America.


WFS Now Supplying
Marine Fuel at Texas Terminal

World Fuel Services’ (WFS) exclusive agreement to supply marine fuel at the Sunoco Logistics Nederland Terminal in Texas is now fully operational. WFS is supplying RMG 380 and MGO 0.1 percent sulphur “ex-pipe” and concurrent to vessels while loading and discharging cargo.


More Than 7,000 Mini-VSAT
Broadband Systems Shipped

KVH Industries has shipped more than 7,000 mini-VSAT Broadband systems providing mobile connectivity at sea. The TracPhone V-series satellite communications antenna systems are in use on everything from sailboats to 1,000-ft. commercial freighters.

KVH launched the mini-VSAT Broadband service 10 years ago. The service’s popularity has grown as reliance on maritime broadband connectivity increases.


Training for US-Canada
Shiprider Program

Officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Brockville Police Service and U.S. Coast Guard recently attended a Shiprider Training Program at the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.

Canada-U.S. Integrated Cross Border Law Enforcement Operations, or Shiprider, involve vessels with specially trained officers to enforce the law in shared waterways to support national security.


Vesconite Purchases Machining Center Vesconite, specializing in engineered marine thermoplastics, has purchased a Haas VF-11 five-axis vertical CNC machining center. It will produce complex parts from the company’s polymers, Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube, and offer boat builders many design options.


ABS Guide for LNG
Regasification Vessels

ABS has published the ABS Guide for Building and Classing LNG Regasification Vessels. Floating LNG regasification uses specialized ships: LNG regasification vessels or floating storage and regasification units.

This guide covers both purpose-built LNG regasification vessels and converted LNG carriers with regasification plants on board.


Patrick Taylor Academy Wins High School
Offshore and Technology Stars Challenge
The Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy team won the second annual High School Offshore and Technology Stars Challenge, co-hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Ocean Energy Safety Institute at Louisiana State University. The grand prize was $2,500, plus a $1,500 teaching grant for the school.

Student teams designed and built an energy-harvesting circuit based on piezoelectric technology to charge battery packs for remote-control cars, which they then drove through a course, accumulating points for course completion and the distance their cars drove in a 10-min. period.


Infinity Phoenix Subsea
Joint Venture

Phoenix International Holdings Inc. and Infinity Offshore Pty Ltd. have formed a joint venture to provide quality inspection, maintenance, repair (IMR) and decommissioning works in the Australasia region with the highly successful Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) Hardsuit.

The joint venture, Infinity Phoenix Subsea, will be based in Perth, Australia.


Oceanix Nearshore Correction Service
For Precise Point Positioning

NovAtel unveiled its Oceanix Nearshore correction service, a subscription-based GNSS correction service for precise point positioning (PPP) that provides subdecimeter positioning for applications such as dredging, hydrographic survey, mapping and coastal patrolling.

Oceanix data are generated utilizing a network of more than 80 GNSS reference stations globally.


Savannah Harbor Expansion Update
The Savannah River entrance channel deepening is now approximately 60 percent complete. This will benefit ship traffic by opening a wider tidal window and greater scheduling flexibility for neo-Panamax vessels. At the Port of Brunswick, the latest entrance channel maintenance dredging has resulted in channel depths estimated at up to 37 ft., the deepest draft for Brunswick in several years.


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