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October 2014 Issue

Optimarin Partners With Zeppelin
Optimarin (Sandnes, Norway) has an exclusive partnership with Zeppelin Power Systems (Hamburg, Germany) for the engineering, supply and after-sales service of the Optimarin ballast system (OBS) technology. Zeppelin will now become the exclusive dealer of the OBS in Germany, Poland, Russia and all CIS countries, with the exclusion of Ukraine.

The agreement has been made ahead of the anticipated ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s Ballast Water Management Convention.


Sonardyne Receives Queen’s Award for 6G
Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England) has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire. Dame Mary Fagan presented the award in the innovation category for Sonardyne’s sixth-generation (6G) product platform during a visit to the company’s head office and manufacturing facilities. The 6G platform was judged by the Queen’s Award review panel to have addressed the need for underwater technology that is low risk, versatile and easy to use.


Rolls-Royce and Fairplay to Test MTU Diesel Genset
The Rolls-Royce (London, England) brand MTU and Fairplay Towage (Hamburg, Germany) are to test an MTU diesel genset with SCR exhaust after treatment in a harbor tug in order to verify compliance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III emission requirements that come into force as of 2016. The nitrogen oxide emissions will be cut by 90 percent, compared with the IMO Tier I regulation that was introduced in 2000.

The new Fairplay tug, with a bollard pull of 90 tons, is currently being built and is scheduled to go into service in 2015.


OptaSense, Shell Install Permanent DAS Production Flow Monitoring System
OptaSense (Farnborough, England) announced the delivery of the first permanent, fiber-optic distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) in-well production flow monitoring system in North America.

The production flow monitoring system continuously monitors a well through on-demand measurements of flow along the entire wellbore. The DAS-Flow system is now in service, after being developed by the OptaSense and Shell (Hague, Netherlands) teams. Flow reports are sent through a secure network system.


OSIL Supplies Tern Buoy
Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (Havant, England) has recently supplied a 1.2-meter Tern Buoy to Gardline Environmental Ltd. (Great Yarmouth, England) for installation in Cyprus, Greece.

The 1.2-meter Tern Buoy system is robust, with all cables held internally, protected by the enclosed top section, which has been designed to minimize damage from the elements or outside interference. The platform also offers a higher-visibility profile, easily seen in high-traffic areas, and has a central structure that offers a high degree of protection for equipment.


Network to Address Gender Diversity In Oil and Gas Industry
A networking organization set up to address gender diversity across the energy industry with a predominant focus on increasing female retention was launched in September.

Aberdeen X-Industry Support (AXIS) network aims to foster a collaborative environment that delivers business value by connecting professionals, both male and female, by being an independent forum for sharing industry best practices and providing access to role models and mentors.


Alstom Moves Equipment to Offshore Wind Turbine Facilities
Alstom (Levallois-Perret, France) recently moved 150 tons of equipment and partly assembled machines to new plants located at the port of Saint-Nazaire, France. Special logistics had to be set up to move the equipment. Currently under production, the wind turbines intended for the deepwater farm in the U.S. were transferred so their assembly could continue in the new plants. The transfer of equipment is a vital step in the plant project.


Lloyd’s Register Energy Approves Container Design Type
Lloyd’s Register (London, England) Energy has approved the 200th cargo carrying unit design type for OEG Offshore (Houston, Texas), marking five years of collaboration between the two global firms.

Design type 200 was certified according to the Lloyd’s Register Container Certification Scheme, which ensures that containers meet all of the required international regulations. For offshore containers in particular, the requirements for design appraisal, inspection and certification are particularly stringent.


Free Trial of Pipelaying Buoyancy Modules
Unique Seaflex (Cowes, England) will supply a mutually agreed style and quantity of their pipeline buoyancy modules free of charge to new customers for use on an upcoming project. Contractors may assess for themselves the benefits of the Seaflex solution alongside their existing steel or solid plastic units.

When provided with the main project parameters, Unique Seaflex will make recommendations as to the most suitable buoyancy and rigging solution and can also assist with the definition of methods.

Statoil, DNV GL Team up to Provide Industry Standardization
Statoil (Stavanger, Norway) has entered into an agreement with DNV GL (Høvik, Norway) to establish an industrial cooperation to introduce an international industry standard for subsea process technology. DNV GL will lead a joint industry project with important subsea operators to find industrial standards, which will make it more profitable to develop larger projects with subsea processing technology.

Today, subsea developments are characterized by tailormade solutions. Subsea pumps have been used in many oil fields, and the first subsea compression systems will be installed in 2014.


Joint Venture Inaugurates Marine Engine Factory in China
Wärtsilä Yuchai Engine Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Wärtsilä (Helsinki, Finland) and Yuchai Marine Power Co. Ltd. (Zhuhai, China), has inaugurated its new factory in Zhuhai.

The new factory covers a total area of 266,700 square meters and will be used for the assembly and testing of Wärtsilä 20, Wärtsilä 26 and Wärtsilä 32 medium-speed engines. The assembly lines and test beds are in partial operation already.


Teledyne RESON Acquires new Business
Teledyne RESON GmbH (Slangerup, Denmark) has acquired assets of ATLAS HYDROGRAPHIC GmbH (Bremen, Germany).

The business, product lines and a number of employees from ATLAS HYDROGRAPHIC GmbH are now part of the Teledyne Marine Acoustics Imaging group. The product portfolio consists of deepwater multibeam echosounders, parametric sub-bottom profilers that going forward are to be sold under the product line name Teledyne ATLAS Hydrographic.


New Agencies for Swale Oceanographic
Swale Oceanographic (Bordon, England) received official confirmation of their U.K. appointment to represent Teledyne Benthos (North Falmouth, Massachusetts), a manufacturer of acoustic equipment. The company already represents a corporate sibling, Teledyne Webb Research (North Falmouth). Swale also builds battery packs compatible with many of the leading brands of equipment in use.


Wave Industry Leaders Develop Standardized Offshore Power System
A number of leading wave energy firms have joined forces with Bosch Rexroth (Lohr am Main, Germany) in a bid to create a standardized, self-contained offshore electricity generator for the wave industry.

The project tackles the challenge of how to generate electricity reliably and cost effectively at sea. The WavePOD (wave power offtake device) will provide a commercial solution for transforming linear motion into electrical energy. It comprises an offshore hydraulic generator housed in a sealed nacelle.


Nortek Partners With Sea and Land Technologies
Sea and Land Technologies (SALT), based in Singapore, is now a part of the Nortek (Rud, Norway) family of global sales and support agents. SALT has recently been appointed Nortek’s exclusive sales and support agent covering the ASEAN countries. The company will be responsible for selling Nortek’s laboratory and oceanographic products, as well as acting as Nortek’s authorized repair center in the region.

Over the last 20 years, SALT has supplied and supported high technology survey and diving products and services designed for the oil and gas sectors, commercial survey, diving and construction sectors, government statutory boards, militaries and other clients in the ASEAN region.


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