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December 2016 Issue
Gdansk, CH2M and BESIX Celebrate Expansion
Of Poland’s Sole Deep-Sea Terminal
Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk, CH2M and Belgian contractor BESIX celebrated the opening of Terminal 2 (T2), expanding Poland’s sole deep-sea terminal to become the largest container hub in the Baltic Sea. The new 650-m-long and 17-m-deep quay increases DCT’s annual handling capacity to up to 3 million TEU. Additionally, the new terminal berth can now accommodate ultralarge container vessels of capacity exceeding 18,000 TEU.
Students Crowned 2016 Engineering
Education Scheme National Champions
Global Marine Systems Ltd., with Huawei Marine Networks (HMN), mentored a team of four sixth-form students to the 2016 Engineering Education Scheme (EES) National finals, where they were crowned champions.
The EES provides students the opportunity to work on commercial projects within a range of engineering companies. Over a six-month period, the team of Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, including Charlotte Buttery, Jahnina Queddeng, Alicia Trew and Abbie Cook, designed, constructed and developed a tar-cleaning device known as the “Tarminator” that has been adopted by HMN and is expected to bring both time and cost savings during the maintenance of transatlantic communication cables.
Kulow Sets World Diving Record
At a diving depth of no greater than 10 m, Wolfgang Kulow traversed the 20-km (12.5-mi.) distance from the Danish island of Lolland to the German island Fehmarn. Doing this in only 4 hr. and 9 min. Kulow set a new world record for the “fastest underwater crossing of the Fehmarn Belt”. Kulow was equipped with a scuba tank and a SEABOB F5 S. The escort team took care of exchanging equipment during the dive without the 67-year-old extreme athlete having to leave the water.
Braemar Calls for More Training
To Deal with Vessel Casualties
Braemar SA has called for more training to be given in order to make vessel casualties manageable in the event of high-risk incidents. Addressing delegates at the annual International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit in Singapore, Graeme Temple, Far East regional director for Braemar SA, said: “Training is essential to managing incidents effectively and looking at how processes can be improved. Often we see casualties needlessly occurring because of human error, this can be managed, if not avoided, by providing the appropriate training before such events occur.”
Maritime Companies Sign Agreement to Further
Develop and Educate for Ice Operations
Kongsberg Digital, Viking Supply Ships, the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Kalmar Maritime Academy at the Faculty of Technology, Linnaeus University in Sweden signed a memorandum of understanding for academic exchange and cooperation within the framework of the Kalmar Ice Academy.
The focus of the cooperation under the agreement is on helping the offshore and shipping industries to increase operational safety and efficiency while reducing environmental impact through furthering understanding of maritime operations in ice.
Dr. Park, Chairman and
CEO of Korean Register, Passes
The Korean Register is deeply saddened to report the death of their Chairman and CEO Dr. B S Park at the age of 63. Dr. Park was appointed Chairman and CEO in December 2014, making a significant impact on the classification society. He will be remembered as a modernizer and as someone who cared deeply for the people he worked with.
New Marine Aids to
Navigation for Maltese Ports
Transport Malta has improved its marine aids to navigation with 20 new buoys, supplied by Almarin, in collaboration with the local partner Boat Maintenance. Four buoys are located in Valleta, four in Marsaxlokk, one in Marsalforn, one in Gozo island and one in Comino island. The remaining nine will be stored as replacement buoys.
EofE Ultrasonics Delivers
Scanning Sonar to Tetis Group
EofE Ultrasonics, Korea, has delivered 10 sets of scanning sonar Echologger MRS900 to Tetis Group. The 2,000-m-rated ultracompact scanning sonar will be installed on Tetis ROVs.
EofE Ultrasonics said: “We are delighted that Tetis decided to have Echologger scanning sonar for their ROVs after intensive testings and comparisons. It demonstrates that performance and compactness of the device are outstanding and suitable for navigation and search operation of the vehicles.”
Unique’s Seaflex Brand Welcomes
Three New Partners to European Network
The Seaflex brand of Unique Group’s Buoyancy and Ballast division welcomes three new water bag partners to their European network. Seaflex WaterLoad bags and Seaflex-trained service technicians are now deployed at Acebi SAS of Saint Herblon, Nantes (France), Woell Marine Safety of Ahrensburg, Hamburg (Germany) and Navaltech of Piraeus, Athens (Greece).
Every bag will be thoroughly inspected and tested between rentals to assure that the bags they receive will perform as required straight out of the crate.
MacArtney Docking Head MERMAC D to
Ensure Handling of ROV SuBastian
The RV Falkor will be setting sail again to study the sea with some help. ROV SuBastian is a new underwater robotic vehicle equipped with a modular frame to provide scientists with a flexible vehicle for ocean exploration into, e.g., the link between interfacial processes at the sea surface and marine biogeochemical cycles, air-sea interactions and climate. The MacArtney MERMAC D docking head for SuBastian was designed with one single suspension point to ensure safe launch and recovery of the ROV.
Sonardyne Strengthens Maritime
Security Presence in Scandinavia
Sonardyne International Ltd. has appointed Scandinavian Aerospace and Industry AB (SAI) as a reseller of its maritime security products in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and surrounding territories.
SAI will now promote Sonardyne’s family of underwater security products; Sentinel IDS, NOAS (Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance Sonar) and high-resolution mine-hunting sonar Solstice. They are among the first of Sonardyne’s resellers to have the opportunity to market NOAS.
Aquatec Announces 2016
Photo Contest Winner
Aquatec has announced Richard Sheryll as the 2016 winner of their photo contest with his entry of the Deep Ocean Benthic Sampler collecting benthic boundary layer sediment samples in absence of decompression. The image captures the role of technology in the ocean environment, in the midst of a benthic boundary layer sediment plume. He will receive a waterproof Polaroid Cube with complimentary accessories.
To look at all the entries, visit www.aquatecgroup.com/aquatecs-photo-contest.
N-Sea, BODAC UXO Sign Agreement
N-Sea and BODAC UXO have agreed to jointly market and execute marine UXO survey, identification and removal projects across Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia. In doing so, they will have the capability to offer developers, contractors and operators of offshore wind farms a complete suite of UXO solutions.
Plan B Energy Storage Announces
Creation of PBES Denmark ApS
Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) announced the creation of PBES Denmark ApS. PBES Denmark seeks to be the cornerstone of the energy storage industry in Denmark, delivering local jobs and focusing on bringing energy storage systems to marine and grid solutions in Denmark.
Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd.
Successfully Completes Recertification
Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd. successfully completed recertification to ISO 9001; ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, demonstrating a commitment to quality, the environment and health and safety.
“The triple recertification underpins the company’s total focus on customer service as the way to achieve the very highest performance standards at every level possible,” said Martin Charles, managing director.
GE Completes Upgrade
Service to Queen Mary 2
GE’s Marine Solutions provided an extensive upgrade service to one of the world’s most famous ocean liners, the Queen Mary 2 (QM2). The upgrade service with new technology supplied by GE was completed in just 18 days. GE was chosen to carry out multiple crucial upgrade activities on Carnival’s flagship liner, including: a controls upgrade, the replacement of oil distribution boxes on steerable pods, modification of harmonic filters and general maintenance on the propulsion plant.
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