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September 2014 Issue

SMD to Supply Atom Work-Class ROV
Sistac (Macaé, Brazil) has taken delivery of an SMD (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) Atom 100-horsepower, 2,000-meter-rated, work-class ROV. The ROV system will be mobilized during the fourth quarter of this year and will be used initially for survey and inspection duties.

The Atom is comparable in size to a large electric ROV. The system is suitable for drill support, IRM, survey and construction duties and is especially suited for vessels and rigs with limited deck space.

Blyth Workcats Delivers new Boat for Atlantic Coast Divers
Blyth Workcats (Canvey Island, England) has delivered a new 11-meter dive boat to the Mevagh Dive Centre on the west coast of Ireland. The new boat has now begun work transporting groups of up to 12 divers to sites along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, where numerous wrecks make it an interesting region for recreational divers.

The Laura Dean is powered by two Iveco (Turin, Italy) N67 420-horsepower engines.

DNV GL Extends OPITO-Approved Training
DNV GL (Høvik, Norway) is extending an offshore safety training program, which aims to advance the role of elected safety representatives (ESRs) in minimizing the risk of accidents and improving safety. The course, which is accredited by OPITO, will now be available at DNV GL’s Manchester, England, offices. DNV GL is the only accredited provider of this training, which was started last year and is available to more than 2,000 ESRs working across the industry.

Cammell Laird Strengthens Energy Division
Cammell Laird (Birkenhead, England) is ramping up its activity in the energy sector by investing more than £1.5 million in its facilities and appointing a leading nuclear sector engineer.

The current spend on the U.K.’s £70 billion decommissioning program is around £3 billion a year, and the new nuclear power plant program is estimated to be worth £100 billion. The refurbishment has seen six cranes overhauled and a new roof, floor, electronics and lighting installed. It will provide a facility to test and assemble modules and rigs for nuclear clients.

New Partnership Will Enable Development of Marine Lithium Sulfur Batteries
OXIS (Abingdon, England) and Multi Source Power (MSP), based in Cumbria, England, will launch a new battery in the spring of 2015. The development will be part of the Ghost Power Brand. It will be a versatile system scalable from 20 to 50 kilowatt hours and will provide multiple configurable voltage outputs that will not only power electric motor boats, but can also be used to power air conditioning and navigation systems. The battery will be designed for Lloyd’s Register Group (London, England) approval and will help to lower insurance premiums.

UBM Buys Seatrade Communications
UBM (London, England) has acquired Seatrade Communications Ltd. (Colchester, England).

UBM and Seatrade have a history of partnerships on various maritime events worldwide. This acquisition brings together two portfolios in this sector, serving to simplify the events landscape for customers and industry stakeholders.

Chris Hayman will remain with Seatrade as chairman, ensuring continuity of relationships, content and strategic guidance.

Refurbished Seajacks Vessels Leave Shipdock Amsterdam
Seajacks Leviathan and Seajacks Kraken are prepared for their coming assignments, following a series of repair and renewal jobs by Shipdock Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands). The shipyard, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (Gorinchem, Netherlands), had been commissioned for the two jack-ups by Seajacks U.K. Ltd. (Great Yarmouth, England). Seajacks has assigned the shipyard various adjustments on the two jack-up sister vessels in between North Sea offshore windfarm and oil and gas installation contracts.

Certifications Recognize GAC Marine Logistics
Global ship spares logistics provider GAC Marine Logistics Inc. (GML), based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has secured ISO certifications in recognition of its quality management, environmental management and occupational health and safety systems.

The ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certificates were presented to GML Global Director Jan Kielmann. GAC Marine Logistics specializes in the provision of an international door-to-deck delivery service for ship spares and marine parts to ship owners, operators, charterers and ship management companies.

Rohr Dredge Continues European Expansion
Rohr International Dredge Holdings Inc. (New Richmond, Wisconsin) has acquired Eurl Rohr France (Betting, France), including its current backlog, inventory and all associated intellectual property. Rohr France was a Rohr licensee and will continue at the same location. Rohr France has been a Rohr distributor and service center for more than 10 years for its land-based and floating-bucket-ladder dredges, clamshell dredges and conveyors to the mining industry in France.

WFS Technologies and Fugro to Offer Wireless ROV Integration
WFS Technologies, based in Livingston, Scotland, and Fugro Subsea Technologies (Singapore) will offer subsea wireless capability on all FCV work-class ROVs from 2015 onward. Having worked together in the past to deliver Seatooth Video deepwater systems to Fugro for the Moho Nord project in Congo, the companies agreed to enter a partnership delivering enhanced ROV solutions for subsea projects.

The integrated systems support three functions, including high-speed data for video streaming and downloading data from wireless data loggers, medium-speed data for command and control of remote wireless devices, and wireless wake-up remote devices from a low-power state.

NewLead Holdings Ltd. Announces Delivery of Eco-Type Handysize Vessel
NewLead Holdings Ltd.’s (Piraeus, Greece) Newlead Albion, a 2012-built, dry-bulk, eco-type handysize vessel of 32,318 deadweight tonnage, was delivered to NewLead’s fleet. The Newlead Albion is trading on the spot market and is expected to generate $2.0 million EBITDA, per year assuming $1.73 million yearly OPEX. It is one of the two eco-type vessels that the company agreed to acquire. The market value of these vessels is estimated to be approximately $20.25 million each.

North Sea Atlantic Joins the Technip Fleet
The latest subsea construction vessel to join the Technip (Paris, France) fleet was named the North Sea Atlantic during a ceremony in Bergen, Norway. More than 200 guests from ship owner North Sea Shipping (Bakkasund, Norway), ship charterer Technip and supply chain partners gathered to attend the ceremony. Technip announced in 2012 that it had signed a long-term charter agreement for an advanced newbuild construction vessel. The multipurpose vessel is capable of undertaking pipelay and subsea construction projects.

Singapore Approves New-Generation VDR
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a certificate of approval for the Danelec (Birkeroed, Denmark) DM100 VDR for installation on ships under the Singapore registry. The Singapore approval follows on the type approval and European Union wheelmark certification for the Danelec DM100 issued by the German authority Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie.

ClassNK Holds Vessel Technologies Seminars
ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan) held LNG-Fuelled Vessel Technologies seminars in Shanghai, China, and Singapore.

With the industry looking to adopt cleaner fuels to meet new environmental regulations, as well as future economic growth, the demand for LNG as a fuel is rapidly increasing. ClassNK organized these seminars to provide the industry with the latest technical information on the use of LNG as a fuel and related technology.

Inauguration of Euro-Argo ERIC
Euro-Argo is the European contribution to the international Argo array of 3,000 profiling floats (small autonomous robots), measuring temperature and salinity from the surface down to 2,000 meters throughout the oceans. This is the first time a European legal entity (European Research Infrastructure Consortium, ERIC) has been established for in-situ observation of the global oceans. Euro-Argo was created by the European Commission on May 12, 2014. It is also the first ERIC to be set up for environmental sciences.

Furuno and ENL Join Forces
Electronic Navigation Ltd. (ENL), based in Auckland, New Zealand, and Furuno (Nishinomiya, Japan) have announced that Furuno will take an initial 10 percent shareholding in ENL and its wholly owned subsidiary WASSP Ltd. (Auckland).

The investment reflects the companies’ near-50-year relationship, with ENL representing and supporting Furuno’s products to the commercial fishing industry and recreational markets in New Zealand.


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