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August 2014 Issue

EIVA Drops Anchor in China
Chinese Smartsea Technology Co. Ltd. (Wuxi, China) has become an authorized reseller of EIVA (Skanderborg, Denmark) software and hardware solutions for the offshore industry. The Chinese market has shown interest in the EIVA NaviSuite software and ScanFish range of ROVs.

Smartsea Technology specializes in oceanographic, hydrographic and offshore engineering inspection equipment sales and technical service.

Unique System FZE Supports Hydrographic Project
Unique System FZE (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) has supported a significant hydrographic project that included the installation of Kongsberg’s (Kongsberg, Norway) EM 2040 multibeam echosounder units for Bayanat (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) for mapping and surveying services in two vessels.

Bayanat’s focus is to provide both a strategic capability for the UAE and to support clients in both the government and commercial sectors with high-quality, national-level geospatial products and services.

Green Light for Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm
Statoil (Stavanger, Norway) and Statkraft (Oslo, Norway)have decided to start building the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Norfolk, England. The project aims for full production in late 2017.

When completed, Dudgeon will provide renewable energy for about 410,000 households in the U.K. The Dudgeon development will move into a new phase, starting with construction of onshore cables and an onshore substation. Offshore construction work will start in 2016.

World’s First RSD CNG Tug to Launch
Three companies have teamed up to bring the first reverse stern drive (RSD) compressed natural gas (CNG) tug to the market. Damen Shipyards (Gorinchem, Netherlands), MTU (Friedrichshafen, Germany) and SVITZER (Copenhagen, Denmark) have embarked on the project with the official launch of the new ecofriendly tug planned for 2016. The new RSD CNG tug combines high power with lower fuel costs and a substantial reduction in emissions.

Navis NavDP 4000 Installed on Mein Schiff 3
Recently completed sea trials by the cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 have confirmed the performance of Navis Engineering’s (Vantaa, Finland) dynamic positioning control system, Navis Nav DP4000.

Designed and constructed for TUI Cruises (Hamburg, Germany) by STX Shipyard (Turku, Finland), the 294-meter-long and 36-meter-wide Mein Schiff 3 operates in the German premium-class cruise market.

Fairmount Summit Tows Jack-Up Rig West Ariel to Singapore
Tug Fairmount Summit has towed jack-up rig West Ariel safely from Vung Tau, Vietnam, to Singapore. The towage of more than 1,305 miles was performed in seven days with an average speed of 4 knots. The West Ariel was built in 2008 by Keppel FELS (Singapore) and is owned by Seadrill Ltd. (London, England). The 73-meter-long rig can drill up to 9,144 meters in depth.

INTECSEA Expands Into New Zealand
Following the recent brand transition of Transfield Worley Ltd. (New Plymouth, New Zealand), INTECSEA (Houston, Texas) has taken the opportunity to expand its presence into New Zealand. This expansion will help strengthen INTECSEA and WorleyParsons’s market position in Australia and New Zealand. Philip Furr will lead the upstream offshore and subsea business across New Zealand as offshore and subsea manager, based in the New Plymouth office.

EV Secures £69 Million Investment to Drive International Growth
EV (Norwich, England) has completed a £69 million management buyout backed by Dunedin, the U.K. mid-market buyout house.

EV has experienced significant global growth and expansion since it was established in 2000, recording an increase in turnover from £1 million in 2010 to almost £20 million in 2014. EV has a strong exporting record, with 85 percent of its revenues currently generated overseas. Earlier this year, the company was awarded a Queen’s Award for enterprise in international trade, in recognition of its continued growth in overseas business.

Chinese Ports Lead the World in Berth Productivity
Chinese container ports are the world’s most productive, according to the 2013 JOC Port Productivity Data rankings. Last year’s top three ports globally in terms of berth productivity were Tianjin, Qingdao and Ningbo. The top three terminals were APM Terminals Yokohama and Tianjin Xingang Sinor, which tied for the number one ranking, and Ningbo Beilun Second Terminal. In the top port position, China’s Tianjin averaged 130 moves per hour last year.

Maersk Supply Service Vessel Installs Royston Enginei System
The Maersk Logger anchor handling tug supply vessel has been fitted with a Royston (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) Enginei system to monitor fuel consumption during all phases of its operation.

The 90-meter ship was built in 2009 under the Clean Design Class Notation, and since the vessel’s charterer is also the fuel owner, they wanted a system for the continuous monitoring of its bunker consumption. This has now been installed, and in the future the Enginei system will enable the ship’s environmental impact and fuel consumption to be monitored more closely by the crew and by technical staff onshore.

Vessel Traffic Service Center Goes Live
The first of five Norwegian regional vessel traffic service (VTS) centers to be upgraded under the contract between the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) and Kongsberg Norcontrol IT (Horten, Norway), KNC, has been completed.

The NCA, Western Coastal Administration celebrated the opening of the modernized Kvitsøy VTS Center, which was renovated as part of the 36 million NOK national VTS upgrade project. With a new KNC-developed C-Scope VTS system and six new radars, the Kvitsøy VTS Center is equipped to regulate and monitor ship traffic along the Rogaland coast of Norway.

TE Connectivity to Acquire Measurement Specialties Inc.
TE Connectivity Ltd. (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) has entered into an agreement to acquire Measurement Specialties Inc. (Hampton, Virginia) for $86 cash per share, a total transaction value of approximately $1.7 billion.

Measurement Specialties is a designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, with expected revenue of $540 million in its current fiscal year. It offers a broad portfolio of sensor technologies for a wide range of applications and industries.

SeaKing Electrical Expands Through Shipyard Deal With PIC
SeaKing Electrical (Birkenhead, England) is spearheading an international export drive after signing a strategic partnership with a leading Spanish shipyard. The Birkenhead business, which has an £11 million turnover, is known for its marine electrical engineering services. The firm signed a partnership agreement with Zamacona Shipyard, in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, to provide extra capacity engineering support.

The strategic partnership announcement comes as the Zamacona Shipyard completed a deal to overhaul generators on three fishing vessels.

Supreme Group Acquires EMS Seven Seas
Supreme Group (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) announced completion of the purchase of EMS Seven Seas ASA (Lysaker, Norway).

Following announcements to the Oslo Stock Exchange, Supreme now owns about 90 percent of the total outstanding shares in EMS. Supreme will make a mandatory offer to the remaining shareholders in the company.

Fiber-Optic Submarine Cable Company Enters Partnership to Extend Internet Coverage
Angola Cables (Luanda, Angola) has entered a strategic partnership with DE-CIX (Frankfurt, Germany). The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that established a long-term collaboration and created the foundation for a new neutral interconnection environment in the Republic of Angola and in the Southern African Region. Angola Cables will be supported by DE-CIX via the MoU, as the company aims to create an enhanced interconnection environment to deliver more robust Internet services throughout the region.

DNV GL Helps Improve Incident Reporting
In order to improve industry safety performance, DNV GL (Høvik, Norway) has carried out a study for the newly launched Marine Transfer Forum. The forum brings together offshore operators, vessel operators, lifting specialists and transfer system manufacturers to increase industry knowledge and mitigate risk. By creating this forum, operators will for the first time have a system to provide (anonymous) data on personnel transfer activity.


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