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August 2016 Issue
Swathe Services Becomes
HYPACK Dealer for UK, Ireland
Swathe Services announced they are now a HYPACK dealer for the U.K. and Ireland. They now offer HYPACK hydrographic survey software to customers purchasing R2Sonic packages and to anyone operating within the offshore industry. The software is suited for both small and large vessels. Existing customers include those on vessels with just a GPS and single-beam echosounder to those on vessels with large networked sensors and systems.
ROVOP Wins New Contracts, Appoints
New VP of Business Development
ROVOP has been awarded £3 million worth of new contracts, expanding the company in Southeast Asia and Mexico. The company also announced the appointment of Neil Francis as vice president of business development in Houston, Texas.
Francis brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role, having been in various commercial and operational positions. The contracts will help the company reduce its pricing to ensure they are competitive by reducing vessel time and increasing efficiency.
Fugro Opens New Training
Center in Middle East
A new branch of the Fugro Training Academy Center has been established in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The new training center comprises three training suites, an engineering workshop, a simulation suite, a seven-function manipulator trainer and offices. It also has direct access to Fugro’s own quayside and equipment within the base area. Hundreds of Fugro staff are expected to visit the center each year.
MacGregor Service Benefits
Greek Shipping Industry
MacGregor continues to serve the Greek shipping industry from its new premises at Akti Miaouli, the heart of the Greek port of Piraeus. Serving 1,500 Greek-owned vessels annually and handling more than 4,000 customer requests for spare parts and services around the world, MacGregor has been a presence in the city for nearly half a century.
“We continuously want to develop our skills and services and aim to provide the fastest possible supply of spare parts, maintenance activities, training and remote technical support to our customers,” said Athena Kanellatou, managing director, MacGregor Greece.
Elcome Expands Marine Service Network
With Branch Offices in Middle East, Asia
Elcome International has expanded its maritime service network with the opening of three new facilities in Egypt, Sri Lanka and Singapore. These offices are fully operational, staffed and stocked with essential spares for ready access locally. They are authorized to perform class-approved radio surveys, VDR annual performance tests, shore-based maintenance for EPIRBS, and service and repairs for products from more than 35 leading marine equipment manufacturers. With these additions, Elcome is now performing more than 830 shipboard service calls per month with a first-time fix rate of 96 percent.
ABS Partners with Greek Shipowners
To Address EU MRV Regulations
ABS has completed a project with a group of leading Greek shipowners to support preparations for implementing the European Union’s monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) regulation for CO² emission. The EU MRV regulation applies to ships above 5,000 GT calling at EU ports, and requires owners establish and maintain accurate processes for all aspects of the regulation to provide evidence of compliance.
Hydrex Carries Out Underwater
Seal Repairs in New Zealand
A Hydrex diver/technician team recently carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a container vessel in Tauranga, New Zealand. The ship was suffering from an oil leak requiring on-site repairs. Hydrex developed a technology that enables repairs or replacements of all types of steel shaft seals to be carried out afloat, helping the ship keep on schedule.
SeeByte CoPilot Software
Integrated with Tritech’s Gemini
SeeByte has successfully integrated the Gemini sonar onto the CoPilot software. CoPilot provides ROV pilots with a simple point-and-click tool to fly the ROV. By integrating Gemini, the ROV pilot can simply point on the sonar data and the ROV will automatically move to the required coordinates.
ClassNK Returns to Iran
ClassNK has resumed operations in Iran with the reopening of its Tehran office and agreements with the Iranian Classification Society and Ports and Maritime Organization, Ministry of Roads & Urban Development of Iran. In light of changes to the region, ClassNK decided to reopen the office after nearly four years of closure.
AEGIR-Marine’s Beach Volleyball Team
Qualifies for 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio
AEGIR’s beach volleyball team of VanderVlist-VanGestel won the Continental Cup in Stavanger, Norway, and qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The duo lost the first set but roared back to a 21-15 second set and a 15-9 dominating final set to clinch the last spot for the Olympic games.
MacArtney Group Announces
Representative Agreement Signing
The MacArtney Group recently announced the signing of representative agreements with EnvitecK S.a.s., Isetek S.A., M/S Irtisaal Enterprises, and Qualitas Instruments to function as official representatives of MacArtney underwater technology products. They will all have access to the entire range of MacArtney products, systems and integrated solutions for the purpose of ensuring global access with local support and service around the clock.
ECOSLOPS to Meet Regenerated Slops
Production Targets from Port of Sinés
ECOSLOPS announced in its H1 2016 operational report that it is on track to meet its annual target of producing at least 30,000 t of regenerated slops in 2017 from its industrial site in the Port of Sinés. The facility in Portugal is the world’s first plant capable of transforming maritime slop into commercial products.
Small Vessel Tracking Trials
Successful in South Africa
exactEarth Europe Ltd. has successfully concluded the main part of its South Africa Safety Initiative for Small Vessels (OASIS) project—a small vessel tracking trial with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), part-funded by the U.K. Space Agency under its International Partnership Space Program. With IPSP funding, exactEarth Europe and its IPSP partners SRT Marine Technology (U.K.) and Marine Data Solutions (South Africa) were able to carry out extensive sea trials in South Africa of their cost-effective Advanced Class B Satellite Enabled AIS (ABSEA) Identifier—designed specifically to support long- and short-range small vessel tracking.
Aquatec Group Launches Photo Contest
For the second consecutive year, Aquatec Group invites your photos of sediment along with a clever caption. Whether it’s a sandy beach, an underwater scene or lab experiment, they want to see people’s creativity shine. The prize up for grabs is an underwater camera. Aquatec customers that submit their photos of Aquatec instruments in deployment will receive an additional promotion of a £25 voucher.
Tweet photos to @AquatecGroup using hashtag #SummerofSuspension on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name and caption by August 31. For more information, visit www.aquatecgroup.com/2-uncategorised/94-photo.
NIRAS, CMACS Join Forces
NIRAS has completed the acquisition of CMACS. Dr. Ian Gloyne-Phillips will manage the NIRAS coastal and marine ecology team, based in Liverpool, England. Dr. Terry Holt will become the technical director, based in the Isle of Man. NIRAS now offers: marine and civil engineering; planning and consenting; environmental impact assessment; ecology and ornithology; survey and monitoring; and data management and GIS.
Forum Launches New
Deepwater Test Tank
Forum Technologies Ltd. has unveiled a deepwater test facility and received industry accreditation for the calibration technology at its new European Operational Centre in Aberdeen. The indoor test tank is one of the largest in the northeast of Scotland and is dedicated to testing subsea tooling and survey sensors, as well as work-class ROVs.
The test tank has a primary purpose to provide full control, certification and faster turnaround in preparing Forum’s rental inventory for hire.
In addition, the firm offers a full test and calibration service to customers.
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