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November 2014 Issue

Furukawa Supplies Batteries for Green Ferry
Eco Marine Power (EMP), based in Fukuoka, Japan, announced that the Furukawa Battery Co. Ltd. has joined the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project and has supplied batteries for the Blue Star Delos, a high-speed passenger and car ferry.

The project will evaluate in stages a number of innovative solutions developed by EMP and its strategic partners on board the ferry.

The batteries from Furukawa Battery will be used as part of the trial energy storage solution and will be connected to a marine solar panel array and the Aquarius Management and Automation System (MAS) jointly developed by KEI System Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) and EMP. The battery pack to be used for the trial comprises 12 valve-regulated, lead-acid FC38-12 batteries that have an approximate cycle life of 1,000 cycles at 25° C. Eco Marine Power will also conduct further lab tests with the FC38-12 batteries.


Italian, German Teams Win euRathlon
After the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge - Europe (SAUC-E), hosted for the fifth year in a row at the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in September, the first euRathlon sea robotic competition was held in the same venue from September 29 to October 3.

Participants in euRathlon were: ENSTA Bretagne (France), with the SAUC-ISSE and CISSAU teams; the DFKI GmbH-University of Bremen team (Germany), with the robot Avalon; the mixed industry/academic Robdos/UPM team (Spain), with the robot Robdos; the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna team (Italy), with the robot Shark; and the University of Girona (Spain), with the robot Vicorob.

The competition consisted of five different marine scenarios: long-range autonomous underwater navigation, environmental survey of the accident area, leak localization and structure inspection, interaction with underwater structures, and a combined scenario. Teams and their robot vehicles had the possibility to compete in one or more scenarios.

Vicorob by the University of Girona won four out of five scenarios. In the “environmental survey of the accident area” scenario, the DFKI GmbH-University of Bremen team won, using the robot Avalon.

The euRathlon project is a three-year effort, funded by the European Commission, where robots and their teams of designers go head-to-head in a series of demanding outdoor scenarios that mock the real challenges of a disaster situation. The overall scenarios have been designed to lead up to the Grand Challenge, the final euRathlon event in 2015 that will feature all three elements of land, sea and air as part of a mock disaster scenario inspired by the Fukushima accident in Japan.


NATO Conducts MANEX ’14, Maps Seabed With AUVs
The NATO Research Vessel Alliance conducted the Multinational AutoNomy Experiment (MANEX ’14) along the Ligurian coast to demonstrate the advantages of mapping the seabed using autonomous vehicles. From September 22 to October 13, multiple AUVs equipped with modern sensors relevant to NATO mine-hunting missions were deployed at sea along the Italian coast, between Framura and Bonassola.

On board the NATO RV Alliance, scientists and engineers from eight institutions and 10 nations exercised state-of-the-art, high-resolution underwater acoustic imaging systems and autonomous vehicle behaviors. The purpose of the trial was to collect data that will allow NATO researchers to advance the state of the art in the area of seabed mapping using autonomous vehicles, mainly for mine countermeasures.

The use of robots removes the need for Navy personnel to operate in a potentially dangerous area like a minefield and ensures their safety. Improved capabilities in seabed mapping can also lead to positive advancements in other fields, such as support for environmental and archeological surveys.

During MANEX ’14, automatic target recognition algorithms were “stressed” in a high-clutter and complex environment, with the objective of maximizing detection rates while minimizing false alarms.

Overall, the multinational aspect of the MANEX ’14 trial enabled NATO to gain experience in how autonomous systems can be used in joint mine countermeasures missions.


SUT-Houston Awards Scholarships, Global Awards
The Houston Chapter of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT-Houston) hosted their Ninth Annual Offshore Engineering Scholarship Awards Dinner in Houston, Texas, during which nine students from the University of Houston, Lone Star College and Houston Community College were each awarded $3,000 scholarships.

The scholarship recipients were: Stacy Short, Ghaith Al Samman, Ashray Kulageri Venkatesh, Nebolisa Egbunike, Hardik Minocha, Azizah Mohamed, Nnadozie Nzeogu, Ademola Oladinni and Chukwudi Omire.

SUT-Houston also presented two companies and an individual with the SUT Global Award. This award recognizes generous support of SUT-Houston and outstanding commitment to furthering educational programs for subsea engineers and technologists. The award recipients were: PennWell (Tulsa, Oklahoma), FMC (Houston) and Rusty Sturgis.


DM100 VDR Receives Russian Type Approval
Danelec Marine’s (Birkerød, Denmark) new-generation DM100 VDR has been type approved by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) under the new IMO standard, which came into force July 1.

The type approval certifies that the Danelec DM100 VDR meets all the revised performance standards and technical requirements as defined in IMO Resolution MSC.333(90). The DM100 has also been type approved by the German authority BSH and the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority, signifying compliance with the new IMO standard.

“The Danelec DM100 VDR is the first VDR to have received full unconditional type approval and EU Wheelmark under the new IMO standard,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine.


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