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June 2015 Issue

Fastest ROV sprints with Sonardyne SPRINT
MMT has completed offshore integration trials of its new high-speed ROV with Sonardyne International’s SPRINT inertial navigation system.

The 2,000-m-rated vehicle, named Surveyor Interceptor, has been developed by MMT to improve the speed and efficiency of seabed mapping and pipeline inspection surveys. Its design features a hydrodynamic hull and drivetrain, enabling the vehicle to travel at up to 6 knots, around 50 percent faster than conventional work-class ROVs.

Hyperlocal Forecasting Capabilities Enable Safe, Effective Marine Operations
MetraWeather demonstrated its marine forecasting solutions during the Coastal Trident 2015 Regional Port and Maritime Security Program in June, a series of exercises and demonstrations. The program is run by the Department of Homeland Security and focused on the threat posed by vessel-borne improvised explosive devices to maritime commerce, port and maritime operations, and other critical maritime infrastructure.

OXIS Solar Centre for Autonomous Research Launches Project Helios
The OXIS Solar Centre for Autonomous Research (OSCAR) launched Project Helios as a launchpad for cheaper commercial solar energy across the world. OSCAR is a specially-built demonstration center that houses OXIS’s solar storage technology.

The Project Helios demonstration comprises a 3.8-kWp solar photovoltaic power generation system, which is fully integrated with a 3-kWh OXIS lithium-sulfur battery. It has 16 PV panels, which are connected in series to produce 600 V DC.

Data Released to Enhance Pipeline Design Safety
The subject of CO2 transportation by pipeline is of increasing importance. The transportation aspect is, however, often looked upon as the missing link. The DNV GL-led CO2PIPETRANS joint industry project (JIP) has just released a third batch of experimental data that will assist in the design process of CO2 pipelines.

The data made available by the CO2PIPETRANS JIP can be used to validate computer models used in CO2 pipeline design, thus strengthening the design process.

Dubai Launches Maritime Advisory Council
Dubai has launched an initiative to engage more closely with maritime businesses. The newly created Maritime Advisory Council (MAC), led by the Dubai Maritime City Authority, will now foster collaboration and coordination between industry stakeholders from both the private and public sectors.

The MAC push supports both the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021, which aims to build a truly integrated and sustainable maritime economy, and Dubai Maritime Vision 2030, a plan conceived to strengthen the emirate’s competitive advantages.

BIMCO Takes Ownership of Shipping KPI System
BIMCO has taken ownership of the Shipping KPI System that allows ship owners and managers to compare their ships’ efficiency against performance of the industry and sector averages.

The Shipping KPI System is based on a standard of 64 different performance indicators (such as ship unavailability and number of environmental-related deficiencies) to allow for a specific and accurate comparison of ships. The data collected are anonymized, so it does not compromise commercially sensitive information.

BOMOS Lowers Manning Costs
Blue Ocean Marine & Offshore Solutions (BOMOS) has a new strategy to focus on cost reductions, as shipping and offshore companies continue to face challenging market conditions.

Labor is a major cost for a shipping company’s P&L. BOMOS says that many shipowners are reducing their own permanent crew, so the company is promoting more cost-effective, qualified crewing to supply trained temporary crew during this very tight period.

Wärtsilä Launches Container Feeder Vessel Design
Wärtsilä is launching a series of four new container feeder vessel designs based on achieving optimal fuel efficiency, while being compliant with environmental regulations.

The four ship designs, namely the WSD80-1500, WSD80-2400, WSD80-4000 and WSD84-2400, feature low fuel consumption. Each design is available in three versions: conventional, using HFO as fuel; environmental, using HFO with exhaust-cleaning scrubber systems; and clean, with dual-fuel capability and running mainly on liquefied natural gas.

N-Sea Expands to Norwich
Subsea IMR provider N-Sea Offshore Ltd. has moved into new, Norwich, England-based premises as business continues to grow. An integral part of its growth strategy, the premises signify further expansion for N-Sea and will support the company’s increased activity in the oil and gas and renewable market.

Offshore renewable activity currently accounts for almost 30 percent of N-Sea’s business, through its bases in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Zierikzee, Netherlands. The new office facility will serve to maintain and grow this market.

MSI Opens New Company
Metocean Services International (MSI) has now established a new company based in Maputo, Africa.

Sondamar LDA, the third company in the MSI stable, has been officially registered in Mozambique to support clients in the oil and gas, port and harbor development, and coastal engineering industries. The name Sondamar directly translates to “survey of the sea.”

Contracts Expand Bestobell’s Chinese Presence
Bestobell Marine has secured two new contracts with Chinese shipyards. The first contract will see the company supply cryogenic valves to the Guangzhou Shipyard International, China, for use in a new ferry’s LNG fuel gas system. The second contract involves Bestobell Marine producing its small cryogenic miniature needle globe valves for the Hudong shipyard in Shanghai, China, where they will be installed on four 174 K liquefied natural gas carriers.

It is the first time Bestobell Marine’s cryogenic valves will be fitted within a fuel gas system for a Chinese-built project.

Rotor Sail to Help Save Fuel
Norsepower Oy Ltd. and Bore Ltd. announced the successful sea trial of Norsepower’s Rotor Sail solution, a new wind propulsion technology for ships. The sea trials, verified by NAPA and supported by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, confirmed fuel savings of 2.6 percent using a single small Rotor Sail on a route in the North Sea. With these fuel savings, the technology has a payback period of four years.

MacArtney Provides Technology For Remote Platform
MacArtney Underwater Technology has supplied a consignment of underwater technology products and systems to the Bibby HydroMap dynamic remotely operated platform (d’ROP). The MacArtney scope of supply included a Moog Focal type 176 slip ring (electrical and optical) for the appurtenant winch system and Moog Focal fiber-optic multiplexer boards, MacArtney OptoLink fiber-optic connectors and several SubConn connectors and connectivity assemblies for interfacing various systems and sensors on board the d’ROP vehicle.

Firm Launches Vessel as Part of Modernization
Atlantic Offshore Rescue unveiled the third new vessel in the past year as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling £300 million.

Ocean Falcon, a brand new Class-A, multirole and emergency response and rescue (MRV/ERRV) vessel, will be commencing a contract with a major U.K. operator. Atlantic Offshore Rescue will provide emergency recovery, rescue cover, tanker assistance and general field support for offshore operations at the Curlew Field in the North Sea.

Thome Group Enters Norwegian Market
Thome Group has established a local presence in Norway by opening a new office in Oslo. The Thome Ship Management Norway AS office in Oslo is headed by Sverre Ditlev-Simonsen, newly appointed director of business development, and Sverre Eikestøl, who supervises the management of Thome’s NIS flag vessels. Ditlev-Simonsen will build on business and relationships developed in Norway by Olav Eek Thorstensen and Claes Eek Thorstensen.

Shell Expands Availability of App
Shell Marine Products (SMP) has expanded the availability of its app to 40 markets, more than double its original footprint when it was launched in October 2014.

The app is now available to customers on both iOS and Android mobile platforms in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Panama, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE and the United States. SMP has also expanded its port coverage in seven countries, bringing its network to 532 ports in 40 countries.


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