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August 2015 Issue
Business Groups Support Transportation Legislation
The National Retail Federation and more than 100 other business groups called for passage of legislation that would require the U.S. Transportation Department to track port statistics, saying it could help avoid a repeat of the congestion and slowdowns that occurred along the West Coast during the labor dispute resolved earlier this year.
The letter was sent to the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to support the Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection Act.
Aqueos Corp., Bibby Subsea Form Alliance
Aqueos Corp. and Bibby Subsea ROV LLC have entered into a strategic alliance to jointly market their combined services to pursue subsea-related projects in the Gulf of Mexico and other targeted regions. The goal of the alliance is to increase each company’s respective market share and expand its global footprint in targeted offshore oil and gas markets.
Bibby Subsea provides diving and diverless support vessels, manned diving, ROV and engineering services, and Aqueos Corp. is a provider of manned diving and other subsea services.
First North American LNG Ferry Commissioned in Canada
The NM F.-A.-Gauthier, the first ferry to run on LNG in North America, was recently commissioned. It is also the first ship of any kind to run on LNG in Canada. By choosing natural gas as the fuel for its new admiral-ship, the Société des traversiers du Québec is reaching an important milestone in the Québec maritime transport sector and paving the way for local ship owners to use a cleaner technology. The use of LNG makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 percent compared with marine diesel.
NOAA Seeks Applicants for Advisory Panel
NOAA is soliciting applications for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on the agency’s hydrographic programs, products and technology. Applicants should have expertise in marine navigation; port administration; marine shipping or other intermodal transportation industries; cartography and geographic information systems; geodesy; physical oceanography; coastal resource management, including coastal resilience and emergency response; or other science-related fields.
Academic Product Grant Awardees Announced
Omar Lopez-Feliciano, a coastal engineering doctoral candidate at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and Robert Walker, a geoscience graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, have been awarded Teledyne RD Instruments’s 2015 Academic Product Grants. Academic institutions from around the world were invited to submit applications detailing oceanographic projects that would benefit from the use of the company’s Sentinel V acoustic Doppler current profiler, its Citadel CTD sensor, or both. The grant recipients are paired with an expert Teledyne RDI field advisor, and the products are provided to them for up to six months.
SubC Imaging Helps to Survey Shipwrecks
SubC Imaging has worked with Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum to successfully survey the shipwrecks of the Australian warship HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean 200 km west of Shark Bay in western Australia. The water depth at the site is approximately 2,500 m. The 1Cam 3D, which was used in the mission, features 10x optical zoom.
Enrollment Open for Leadership Development Program
Louisiana State University Executive Education and WorkBoat have opened enrollment for the 2015 to 2016 WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Development Program. The program, now entering a second year of leadership education for individuals in the mid-to-upper career levels within marine industry organizations, is designed for managers who are working in technical/functional areas and individuals who desire to sharpen their analytical and decision-making skills.
NEWSlink Team Now Producing 100 Different Newspaper Titles
KVH Media Group has launched “Philippine Business,” the 100th unique newspaper title produced under the NEWSlink brand. The new title joins NEWSlink’s roster of high-quality daily and weekly newspaper digests, which are currently enjoyed by seafarers and cruise guests on more than 8,500 vessels around the world.
Produced for the multinational audience common to the seafaring world, the NEWSlink titles cover current events, sports, finance and entertainment news in 17 languages tailored to 80 different regions and countries.
INTTRA Raises $9.5 Million
INTTRA announced that it has raised $9.5 million in a strategic financing round with participation by ABS Capital Partners, a growth equity firm, as well as other existing INTTRA shareholders and management. The new funds will be used to enhance INTTRA’s e-shipping platform for carriers, third-party logistics providers and shippers, and to support the continued development of products and services.
A network of more than 220,000 ocean shipping professionals rely on the INTTRA platform to book more than 600,000 ocean shipping container orders per week.
Sea Trials Complete for ROV
Local sea trials and training have been completed for the new Fukada Salvage and Marine Works, Japan, HYSUB ROV. This 50-hp, 3,000-m-depth-rated vehicle will be the 10th ISE-built ROV for Fukada. ISE has also provided Fukada with a 3,000-m-depth Explorer AUV.
Upgrades for HUGO Subsea Cable System
Xtera Communications Inc. has deployed its next-generation repeater into the high-capacity, undersea Guernsey optical-fiber (HUGO) subsea cable system, connecting Porthcurno, England; Guernsey, England; and Lannion, France. This project represents the first deployment of Xtera’s repeater in a commercial system, as well as the industry’s first deployment of a Raman-based submarine repeater. The repeater insertion extends the lifetime and capacity of the HUGO subsea cable.
Construction Begins on Second SEA-Vista Commercial Product Tanker
General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction for the second of three 50,000-deadweight-ton, 330,000-barrel cargo capacity product tankers for SEA-Vista Newbuild III LLC, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. Each LNG-conversion-ready product tanker will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, California, under Jones Act requirements.
These new 610-foot-long vessels are a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design, offering improved fuel efficiency.
Umbilicals International Invests in Cable Production
Umbilicals and cables specialist, Umbilicals International, has invested more than $2 million in new cable manufacturing lines at its Houston, Texas, production facility. The two lines will streamline cable production and mark a significant expansion of the company’s dynamic cable manufacturing capability. The new machines are a 56-position, dual-purpose planetary cabling and armoring line and a 12-position, large-reel-capacity cabling line suitable for production of dynamic cables of 4 km and longer.
Second Node Pod Received for Refurbishment
A second node pod recently arrived at OceanWorks International to be refurbished and upgraded to the latest standard, showcasing OceanWorks’s continued support of the ongoing operation and maintenance of CSnet International’s offshore communications backbone (OCB) system. The delivery of this node pod follows the successful upgrade and refurbishment of the first node pod.
OceanWorks delivered CSnet’s OCB subsea infrastructure, including five seafloor nodes, which form the existing seafloor observatory portion of the system.
Crowley Maritime CEO Awarded Honorary Degree
Webb Institute presented Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., CEO and chairman of the board of directors at Crowley Maritime, with an honorary doctorate of commercial science degree at Webb Institute’s 119th commencement.
Since 1994, Thomas B. Crowley, Jr. has served as CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Crowley Maritime, succeeding his father and grandfather in these roles, dating back to the company’s founding in 1892.
Hyde Marine Appoints Agent for BWTS
Hyde Marine Inc. has appointed LEMAG Engineering GmbH as its exclusive sales agent in Germany to help ship owners deploy the chemical-free Hyde GUARDIAN Gold ballast water treatment system (BWTS) onto their newbuild or existing vessels. The Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS uses efficient filtration and ultraviolet disinfection to treat ships’ ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port. Hyde Marine also recently initiated authorized installation partner agreements with STX Marine Service Co. Ltd. and Nordic Made AS.
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