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November 2014 Issue
Reef Subsea and Port of Blyth Announce Service Agreement
Reef Subsea (Thornaby, England) has signed a service agreement with the Port of Blyth for a new storage, maintenance and mobilization facility as part of the company’s continued growth plan. The new facility provides 1,800 square meters of serviced internal and external storage space for asset maintenance and storage combined with office facilities for a team of personnel.
Renewable NRG Systems, FLiDAR Enter Partnership
Renewable NRG Systems (Hinesburg, Vermont) and FLiDAR (Oostende, Belgium) announced that they have entered an exclusive partnership for the distribution of FLiDAR’s offshore wind measurement buoys in the Americas. Under this agreement, Renewable NRG Systems will provide the WindCube lidar systems to FLiDAR to equip the floating wind measurement technology that the Belgian company is bringing into the offshore market in the Americas. FLiDAR will also be able to take advantage of Renewable NRG Systems’s lidar service and supply center.
Updated Anti-Piracy Guidelines Released
The round table of international shipping industry associations has released an updated version of Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region. The guidelines have been jointly developed by several organizations.
Piracy and armed robbery in the waters off West Africa has become an established criminal activity of very serious concern to the maritime sector.
Ahrenkiel Steamship Consolidates Fleet at DNV GL
Ahrenkiel Steamship (Hamburg, Germany) will consolidate its entire fleet at DNV GL (Høvik, Norway). Ahrenkiel Steamship currently has 62 ships under technical management, all of which will join the DNV GL fleet in service.
Plans for developing the fleet managed by Ahrenkiel Steamship are already underway. According to the company, the focus is on building a strong fleet, maximizing the quality of services and becoming more efficient.
SMD Delivers Trenching Spread
DeepOcean (Haugesund, Norway) has received delivery of the 1,000-horsepower QTrencher 1000 from SMD (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) and completed a number of projects. The upgraded T-3200 heavy-duty trenching tractor is set to sit alongside the trenching ROV on DeepOcean’s Havila Phoenix vessel. The vessel will offer construction, installation and trenching support. As well as two SMD vehicles, the vessel’s trenching spread features an active heave compensated offshore crane, 140-berth accommodation and optional 2,000-te carousel.
Intellian FB500 Approved for Inmarsat XpressLink
Inmarsat (London, England) announced that Intellian (Irvine, California) has been selected to deliver XpressLink services across its FB500 antenna. XpressLink is a Ku-band and L-band solution used with VSAT and FleetBroadband terminals. It offers unlimited data for a fixed monthly fee and an easy upgrade path to Global Xpress.
Previously approved to deliver XpressLink services over its V100GX VSAT antennas, the inclusion of FB500 within the XpressLink terminal offerings further strengthens Intellian’s position as an important partner supporting Inmarsat’s future maritime portfolio.
Almarin Supplies 14 Buoys to OAS Constructor
Almarin (Barcelona, Spain) has provided 14 buoys to OAS (São Paulo, Brazil) for the GNL del Plata LNG import terminal project in Uruguay. The terminal is currently under construction, and OAS contacted Almarin for the supply of the navaids to mark an exclusion zone for the project work.
The B1600S model was selected from the Balizamar range for its performance in shallow water with strong currents. B1600 Balizamar buoys have a diameter of 1,600 millimeters and a rotomolded polyethylene hull filled with expanded polyurethane, which makes them unsinkable, the company said.
Deep Sea Mooring Targets Australian Market
Deep Sea Mooring (Bergen, Norway) is expanding its international footprint with the opening of a new office in Perth, Australia. The facility will provide sales and technical support to customers across Australasia.
To support its mooring operations, the company has also secured a 13,000-square-meter yard in Karratha, Australia, 1,500 kilometers north of Perth, which is a main access point to major oil and gas developments offshore western Australia.
VSTEP Joins Green Award Foundation
VSTEP Simulation (Rotterdam, Netherlands) has joined Green Award as an incentive provider. All Green Award-certified offices are granted a full year of free premium support when purchasing a VSTEP maritime simulator (product category NAUTIS). The offer applies to all maritime simulator types, ranging from desktop simulators and ECDIS systems all the way up to DNV Class A Full Mission Bridge Simulators. Premium support is valued at an average of around €15,000, depending on simulator type, and will be offered free to all Green Award certificate holders that purchase a simulator from VSTEP.
YoungShip Young Corp. Award Winner Announced
For its efforts to promote young employee development, marine insurer GARD (Arendal, Norway) has been awarded the 2014 YoungShip (Bergen, Norway) Young Corporation Award.
The shipping industry is acknowledged as one of Norway’s key strategic industries. If shipping is to stay ahead in global competition and solve tomorrow’s challenges, the industry must attract the brightest brains and the hardest-working employees in order to compete with other core industries for critical competence.
Damen Vessel Leaves for Trinidad
ARC Towage signed four contracts at Damen Shipyards Group (Gorinchem, Netherlands). The new building contracts with ARC Towage are the result of a joint venture set up for the terminal berthing services for a significant energy industry player in Trinidad and Tobago.
The first DAMEN ASD 2810 left for Trinidad, while the second vessel was to leave in two weeks. The last two tugs will arrive mid-December this year. The tugs are being built at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania, and will be delivered by Damen Services in Trinidad and Tobago before January 2015.
Unique System FZE Appointed as Service Center for Meridian Gyros
Unique System FZE (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) has been appointed as the authorized service center for Teledyne TSS’s (Watford, England) Meridian Gyros in the Middle East region. Unique System FZE is already an authorized sales agent for TSS products in the region.
Engineers at Unique System FZE have undergone an extensive hands-on training session on the servicing, testing and calibration procedures for the Meridian Rev. B Type Gyro.
AXYS Deploys First WindSentinel in Europe
AXYS Technologies Inc.’s (Sidney, Canada) WindSentinel platform has been deployed off the coast of Portugal near Viana do Castelo. The WindSentinel floating lidar platform was delivered ahead of schedule, and EDP Inovação (Lisbon, Portugal) will now use it to test and monitor the performance of their prototype floating wind turbine and contribute to the development of new methodologies for deep offshore resource assessment.
On-Site Collision Damage Repair in Greece
Hydrex (Antwerp, Belgium) mobilized a team to Syros, Greece, for a complex repair operation on a chemical tanker. The vessel had suffered large cracks in its hull plating as the result of a collision. Hydrex proposed a permanent on-site repair using an open-top cofferdam.
The damaged area on the portside was closed off with an open-top cofferdam. This allowed the Hydrex team to create a dry environment in which the shipyard performed permanent repairs in drydock-like conditions.
Alstom Receives Final Type Certificate
Alstom’s (Levallois-Perret, France) ECO 122 in its 2.7-megawatt version has successfully obtained the full type certificate from DEWI-OCC1, just seven months after prototype commissioning at ECN2 site, installed in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. Following the power curve certification obtained in March this year, this key milestone proves the machine’s overall efficiency, with more than 450 ECO 122 2-megawatt wind turbines ordered for a total of more than 1.8 gigawatts.
Flextech Invests in Research, Development Hub
Flextech (Aberdeen, Scotland) has invested £500,000 in a new manufacturing and fabrication base. Since its inception in March 2013, the company has achieved turnover of £1 milllion, and it is on track to reach £2.5 million by the end of year two.
Flextech’s new base will help to expand its presence across the U.K., with plans to extend its capabilities and offerings into the renewables sector.
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