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September 2015 Issue

Lloyd's Register Energy Releases
New Guidance Note

Lloyd’s Register Energy has released a new Guidance Note on Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) of hull structures.

While the new Guidance Note focuses on RBI of hull structures, the scope of the service offered also extends to topside static equipment for fixed and floating installations and facilities, both on and offshore.

Videotel Supports Concentrated Inspection Campaign For Enclosed Spaces
Videotel, a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has backed the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on crew familiarization for enclosed space entry recently launched by the maritime authorities of Tokyo and Paris.

The training program “Entry into Enclosed Spaces” explains all relevant regulations and guidelines; raises awareness of the hazards of enclosed spaces entry; explains enclosed space entry procedures and the equipment required for safe entry into enclosed spaces; and provides details about emergency procedures, rescue techniques, and the use of a self-contained breathing apparatus.

¡VAMOS! Project Progresses
SMD has completed its first deliverable for the ¡VAMOS! (Viable Alternative Mine Operating System) project, finalizing the system architecture on schedule.

¡VAMOS! is a 42-month research and development project, launched in March this year as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. The project will help to provide an opportunity to tap into the wealth of unexploited European mineral resources.

First Yemen Aid Ship
Under ESCGS Protection

The first UN aid ship to arrive in war-torn Yemen for more than four months was under the armed protection of ESC Global Security while it unloaded more than 7,000 t of food and medicine in Aden.

The UN food agency described the arrival as a “major breakthrough” since the internal war in Yemen began in March.

Aquatic AV Appoints Bainbridge
For UK, Ireland Distribution

Marine audio products manufacturer Aquatic AV has appointed Bainbridge Marine as the exclusive distributor for its product range in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Aquatic AV has introduced a new Bluetooth and USB media player to expand its range of fully waterproof marine audio systems. Compatible with most smartphones and media devices, the player streams music wirelessly via a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or MP3 device, or via USB connection.

NEAH GES Announces Launch
of Maritime Division

NEAH GES, a Dubai-based holding company, recently announced its U.K.-based maritime division, “GES Maritime”, has achieved commercial operations. GES is the only integrated service provider in its class, the company said, and is engaged in a roll-up strategy of key vendors to expand its growth in revenue and operating income and enhance its dominant position on the African continent.

¡MPE Interiors Completes Tug
Supply Vessel Fit Out

Liverpool City Region, England-based ship interiors specialist MPE has completed a fit out of the tug supply vessel the Sentinel Ranger for UK Docks Marine Services.

MPE undertook the work at UK Docks’ Wear dockyard, in Sunderland, England. MPE Director John Whetnall said it supplied a team of men to undertake a range of jobs to help upgrade the 1,400-dwt U.K.-flagged vessel. The team further manufactured and installed additional new furniture for an upgrade of 12 deluxe cabins on the vessel.

SeaKing Strikes Partnership with Valmet
Merseyside, England, marine electrical engineering firm SeaKing has recently formed a strategic partnership with Finnish oil technology firm Valmet.

The partnership makes SeaKing an official distributor for Valmet’s automation services to the maritime industry in the U.K. SeaKing’s role will involve a professional first-line response operation providing highly skilled engineers to install and maintain Valmet’s automation systems.

COOEC Takes Delivery of Three
SMD Quantum ROVs

SMD recently announced the delivery of three Quantum work-class ROV (WROV) systems to China’s largest offshore engineering construction company, COOEC Subsea Technology Co. Ltd.

SMD was awarded contracts to supply COOEC with three Quantum MkIII 3,000-m-rated WROV systems in the first quarter of 2015. The orders include one 12-te and two 15-te launch and recovery systems, SMD DVECS-S control systems for each vehicle, and a comprehensive spares and support package.

Sparrows Group Increases
Malaysian Market Presence

Sparrows Group has expanded into the Malaysian market after forming a strategic partnership with a local service provider in the region, Efficient Technology Sdn Bhd (Eftech), as part of the company’s ambitious plans to increase business in Asia Pacific over the next five years.
As part of the country-wide agreement, Sparrows Group will offer services such as offshore crane maintenance, crane hire, fluid power, inspection, and cable and pipe lay products, which are in particularly high demand in the region.

Cat Continues
Dual-Fuel Engine Conversions

Building on the success of recent MaK diesel engine, dual-fuel retrofit conversions, Caterpillar Marine is currently underway on another dual-fuel engine retrofit conversion on board the 472-ft. Fure West tanker, owned by Furetank Rederi A/B. The MaK M 43 C diesel engine on board the tanker will be retrofitted in hull to the seven-cylinder M 46 dual-fuel platform, with each cylinder offering 900 kW of rated power.

Additionally, Caterpillar is also supplying the complete gas system for the tanker, including bunker stations, 2x LNG tanks measuring 4.15 m by 24 m, and the vaporizer.

EIVA Opens Office in Singapore
EIVA recently opened a Singapore office as a result of increasing activities in the Asia-Pacific region, thereby offering customers and partners a local point of contact.
EIVA Singapore Pte Ltd. will open its doors in the Regus building situated in Holland Village.

America's Cup Challenger Land Rover
BAR Selects iXBlue as Technical Supplier

iXBlue, a provider of navigation, positioning and imaging solutions, will be providing high-performance heading and attitude sensors to Land Rover BAR to help the British team bring the America’s Cup home to where it all began on the Solent in 1851.

The iXBlue navigation system will monitor the relative orientations and motions of Land Rover BAR’s wing-sailed foiling catamarans.

Caley IWOCS Deployment System
Completes Deepwater Interventions

A portable Intervention Work Over Control System (IWOCS) developed by Caley Ocean Systems, part of the Seanamic Group, has been used to successfully test the manifold functions on four deepwater subsea manifolds post-installation.
The Caley IWOCS deployment system is a self-contained portable skid comprising A-frame, umbilical reeler/power unit and deployment frame.

Deployed from a vessel of opportunity, the IWOCS deployment system enabled the subsea in-situ testing and operation of all manifold mounted valves via the manifold subsea control module (SCM).

TOP Ships Announces Delivery of
Third Newbuild Vessel

TOP Ships Inc., an international owner and operator of modern, fuel-efficient “ECO” MR tanker vessels focusing on the transportation of petroleum products, announced that it has taken delivery of the MT Ecofleet, a 39,000-dwt tanker, the third of six vessels under construction in the company’s fleet.

The company also announced that the MT Ecofleet has commenced its time charter employment with BP Shipping Ltd. The remaining three vessels are scheduled for delivery between the first and the third quarter of 2016.

¡GLISTEN '15 On Board
NATO RV Alliance

From August 26 to September 9, the NATO RV Alliance will be conducting the oceanographic campaign GLISTEN ‘15 in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Elba Island.

During GLISTEN ‘15, scientists from the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) and their partners will collect acoustic, oceanographic and geophysical data by traditional and novel observational methods, including underwater gliders, the greenest unmanned underwater robotic platforms that are available to date.


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