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January 2017 Issue
SpeedCast International Acquires
Harris CapRock for $425 Million
SpeedCast International Ltd. announced the acquisition of Harris CapRock from Harris Corp. for $425 million. Harris CapRock provides communication networks for remote and harsh environments and primarily serves customers in maritime and energy markets. The acquisition expands SpeedCast’s product offering to a more global customer base with improved quality and choice, increased R&D and innovative new services.
GE Marine Solutions Appoints Jason Electronics
Pte. Ltd. as Reseller in ASEAN, China Region
GE’s Marine Solutions appointed Jason Electronics Pte. Ltd. as its value-added reseller for SeaStream dynamic positioning (DP) systems in the ASEAN region and China.
“The collaboration between GE and Jason Electronics ensures that GE will acquire a long-term reliable partner in key regions,” said Tim Schweikert, president and CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions. “It also provides Jason Electronics with one of GE’s latest digital marine innovations in the quest to further expand the offshore marine coverage in the market.”
BHM Penlaw Partners with Human Rights at Sea
The international law firm BHM Penlaw has partnered with Human Rights at Sea to help organizations in the maritime and marine industries, as well as the governmental, nongovernmental and diplomatic spaces.
According to Philipp Hermes, founder and managing partner, BHM Penlaw, this partnership will raise appreciation and awareness of human rights and its protection beyond public awareness, particularly in the shipping and maritime community.
Kongsberg Maritime Opens
New South African Facility
Kongsberg has formally opened its first office and warehouse facility in the Republic of South Africa. Located in Cape Town’s airport zone, Kongsberg Maritime South Africa has been established to better serve customers located in, or visiting ports across, the country and throughout the Sub-Saharan region.
The new facility joins an extensive global network of first-party sites, consisting of 64 offices located in 20 countries, employing more than 4,000 people.
Thales Joins NOC’s Marine
Robotics Innovation Centre
Thales has announced it will be taking space in the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, England, to facilitate its ongoing partnership with the NOC on marine autonomy projects.
Thales and the NOC are currently working together on the regulatory, environmental risk, policies and laws associated with marine autonomous systems.
ECS Saves Time with Sonardyne
An important metrology campaign conducted off the coast of Western Australia has been completed in just 26 hr. thanks to the time-saving features offered by Sonardyne International Ltd.
The project was led by global offshore construction company Emas Chiyoda Subsea (ECS), who was contracted by Apache Energy to install infrastructure at the Julimar natural gas field. The scope of work included installation of two manifolds, connected by five 30-m vertical spools and five 80-m horizontal spools.
Shell Indonesia Plant Ramps Up Production
In just over one year from the start of its operations, Shell’s lubricant oil blending plant (LOBP) in Marunda Centre, near Jakarta, Indonesia, has more than doubled its production slate and is now producing 99 different products. This includes its latest additions, Shell marine engine oils Shell Argina, Shell Gadinia and Shell Melina. The local production of these marine lubricants is in response to the increase in demand for marine lubricants, due to the growing domestic maritime sector in Indonesia.
Cranemaster Partners with Unique Group
Cranemaster has appointed Unique Group as representative in the United Arab Emirates and India. Cranemaster units will be stored locally, and Unique Group can also provide service technicians if assistance is needed. This ensures easy access for Middle East and Indian customers to Cranemaster products and services. The new partnership supports Cranemaster’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.
Timsah to be Launched with
Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi UV
Timsah’s new multipurpose supply vessel will be launched complete with a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi underwater vehicle as a key onboard resource package. The A1-class, 2,441-ton ship is rated for towing, firefighting and offshore support and includes a helicopter pad and accommodation for 60 crew.
Newton Labs Appoints Worldwide-China
Representative for Nuclear Products
Newton Labs has appointed Worldwide-China its exclusive sales representative for nuclear products in China. Newton’s nuclear products include the NM200UW Underwater Laser Scanner and NM200E Core Verification System, both recipients of industry awards. All of these systems have been successfully deployed in active nuclear facilities and function in radioactive environments.
STR Reaches Agreement with Guidance Marine
Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd. (STR), global specialists in the design, manufacture and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore energy industry, has made an agreement with Guidance Marine to supply their range of position reference sensors for dynamic positioning (DP).
Designed to meet all IMO DP class requirements, their laser and microwave Artemis, CyScan, RadaScan, RadaScan View and RangeGuard sensors will now be available for hire direct from STR’s head office in Great Yarmouth, England.
Planned Upgrades Approved for
JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre
JFD has announced the planned expansion of its National Hyperbaric Centre’s fixed hyperbaric reception facility (HRF) from an 18-man to a 24-man system.
Housing the only land-based saturation diving system in the U.K., the National Hyperbaric Centre’s expansion will ensure it retains its leading position in the diving industry, with the ability to support and facilitate the arrival of the new-generation 24-man self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHLs).
Scandlines names MV Copenhagen
Newest Hybrid Ferry
Scandlines has named the MV Copenhagen their newest hybrid ferry. The ferry will join the world’s largest fleet of hybrid ferries, utilizing a low-emission and fuel-saving diesel electric hybrid propulsion system powered by a Corvus Energy ESS (Energy Storage System). The MV Copenhagen is the sixth Scandlines hybrid ferry to utilize a Corvus ESS.
Extension of EUNAVFOR Mandate
Necessary and Welcome
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the extension of EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta, following a decision by the EU Council, which will see military forces deployed for counterpiracy operations in the western Indian Ocean until December 2018.
“The presence of military forces is an essential component of the package of government actions that has helped to suppress the activities of Somali pirates, in support of the protective measures that continue to be taken by the shipping industry,” said ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe.
Caterpillar to Deliver 3,500 Marine Engines,
Generator Sets from Tianjin, China
The first Cat Marine engines and generator sets to be produced at their plant in Tianjin, China, are being prepared for delivery. Caterpillar Tianjin Ltd. (CTL), which began turning out generator sets for power market customers in early 2014, will become the company’s second global center for marine engines and genset production.
The Caterpillar-owned facility is the result of a $300 million investment by Caterpillar, with mainstream Caterpillar engine production for electric power and the oil and gas segment.
The Nautical Institute Publishes
‘Navigation Assessments’ Guide
Many maritime incidents could have been prevented by the use of a navigation assessment. The way that an assessment should be conducted to the best advantage of ship operator and crew alike is the subject of a new book published by The Nautical Institute.
“Navigation Assessments” explains how an assessment conducted in a positive and constructive way can provide tangible benefits for maritime safety while contributing to the professional development of bridge team members.
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