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September 2014 Issue

USJ-IMECO Completes the Acquisition of Joiner Systems Inc.
Affiliates of USJ-IMECO Holding Company LLC announced the acquisition of Joiner Systems Inc. (Montreal, Canada). Joiner Systems designs, engineers and manufactures accommodation systems for commercial and government ships. USJ-IMECO is an independent provider of turnkey marine joiner, distributed systems and electromechanical solutions for government and commercial customers involved in new ship construction and vessel maintenance, repair and overhaul.

Forum Subsea Technologies Expands Texas Facility
Forum Energy Technologies Inc. (Houston, Texas) completed the expansion of its DYNACON facilities in Bryan, Texas. The expansion doubles the square footage of manufacturing space to 110,775 square feet, which includes larger welding and assembly shops. Additionally, a new testing facility has been added as well as a new environmentally controlled blast and paint booth, which will speed associated processes.

Metal Shark Commences Operations At New Louisiana Shipyard
Metal Shark (Jeanerette, Louisiana) has commenced operations at its new shipyard, where the first of its Endurance-class catamarans is now in production.

In January, Metal Shark acquired a 25-acre waterfront tract situated on the Charenton Bypass Canal in Franklin, Louisiana, and announced plans to develop the new property into a facility to support its planned aluminum and steel shipbuilding efforts for vessels up to 250 feet in length. Metal Shark’s Franklin shipyard features more than 60,000 square feet of workspace.

Oceanographic Assessment of Production Facility
RDSEA International Inc. (St. Pete Beach, Florida) and Olin Hydrographic Solutions (Coconut Grove, Florida) completed an oceanographic assessment and side scan survey for a new platform production facility to be installed in Cook Inlet, Alaska, for Furie-Operating Alaska LLC (League City, Texas) and Crowley Maritime (Jacksonville, Florida). Furie is presently drilling both exploration and development wells with a jack-up rig in the Cook Inlet region. A platform, pipeline and onshore production facility was to be installed this summer, with production starting in the fall.

Resolve Maritime Academy Begins Construction on Wet Trainer
Resolve Maritime Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) announced the construction of a new, two-story wet trainer, the LV Gray Manatee.

Utilizing props meant to simulate flooding from breaches, broken pipes and hatches, the new wet trainer is designed to give first responders the knowledge and understanding necessary to deal with survivable hull breaches. Four times the size of the first, this wet trainer is 40 feet long by 8 feet wide, two stories high and spans 640 square feet. It features a wet room for practicing different types of damage control techniques.

Corvus Energy and Green Marine Capital Close Financing Agreement
Corvus Energy (Richmond, Canada) has completed a strategic investment by Green Marine Capital (Singapore). Corvus Energy has the largest portfolio of deployed energy storage systems in the marine industry, according to the company. Designed to provide rugged, high-power energy storage, Corvus systems are found in hybrid- and fully electric-powered offshore supply vessels, tugboats and ferries.

Engineering Agreement Announced For Ballast Water Treatment Systems
Hyde Marine Inc. (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania) has launched an agreement with Goltens (Miami, Florida) green technologies division to help shipowners determine how to best fit the chemical-free Hyde Guardian Gold ballast water treatment system onto their existing vessels.

Shipowners can benefit from 3D laser scanning and modeling, which helps eliminate complications during the ballast water treatment system installation process. Laser scanning provides an accurate and efficient solution for fitting systems on board.

GPA Tops 3 Million TEUs, Sets Tonnage Record
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved more than 29 million tons of cargo, 3 million 20-foot-equivalent container units (TEUs) and more than 700,000 auto and machinery units in fiscal year (FY) 2014. The Port of Savannah handled a record 3.14 million TEUs in FY 2014, up by 6.3 percent or 186,567 TEUs compared to the previous year. It was the first time the port has moved more than 3 million TEUs in a fiscal year.

Dredging on Channel Project Under Way
Dredging has started on the first of two improvement projects to deepen the Port of Houston Authority’s container terminal channels from 40 to 45 feet, matching the depth of the Houston Ship Channel. The contractor has been on site preparing the dredge material placement areas to receive material since May 2014. The Barbours Cut Channel is being dredged first to ready it for the arrival of new container cranes. Dredging will begin on the Bayport Channel this fall.

Maersk Demonstrates Marine Scrubber Technology
BELCO Technologies Corp. (Parsippany, New Jersey) has partnered with the Maersk Group (Copenhagen, Denmark) to demonstrate BELCO marine scrubber technology aboard the Maersk Tukang.

The BELCO marine scrubber was tested for more than six days as it sailed from the Port of Algeciras, Spain, to Genoa, Italy. The system awaits class certification, expected later this year. The marine scrubber reduces SOx and particulate emissions from ship engines and boilers.

Expansion of S9 Product Line
Soundnine Inc. (S9), based in Kirkland, Washington, announced the recent shipment of eight Dante buoy controller systems with a new solar PowerPak. Imbros Pty. Ltd. (Cambridge, Tasmania) will install the buoy controllers, solar PowerPaks and Sea-Bird Scientific (Bellevue, Washington) water quality monitoring instruments on locally fabricated buoys, producing turnkey monitoring systems with Iridium data telemetry.

Northern Gateway Project Wins Approval, Faces More Hurdles
Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas), the Northern Gateway Project, which is planned to be a $6.1 billion crude oil and condensate pipeline and marine terminal, was recently approved by the Canadian government.

The approval, which was widely expected, does not mean dirt is ready to be turned on the project. Before construction permits can be issued, Northern Gateway must fulfill 209 specific conditions established by the national government, as well as five additional conditions set by British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.

Manufacturing Begins for Transatlantic Submarine Cable System
TE SubCom (Eatontown, New Jersey) began work on the new Hibernia Express submarine cable system. The 4,600-kilometer cable will provide a low-latency, fiber-optic path between New York and London, connecting Canada and Brean, England, with terrestrial fiber to extend connectivity to the major metro areas.

Hibernia Express will initially launch with 100 gigabytes per second transmission capacity using TE SubCom’s C100 SLTE platform.

TIW Corp. Delivers Ball-Type Safety Valves
TIW Corp. (Houston, Texas) completed and delivered two large-diameter, Ball-Type Safety Valves to Marine Well Containment Co. (Houston) for use with its expanded containment system.

The class II Ball-Type Hurricane Valve is a custom valve design derived from the TIW Kelly Valve used for drilling operations worldwide.

ABB to Maintain all Turbochargers for Cruise Fleet
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) announced that it has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with Prestige Cruise Holdings (Miami, Florida) to provide services, parts and support for all turbochargers installed on its fleet of eight cruise ships. The contract provides global access to maintenance services for the turbochargers to ensure safe and reliable operation. Under the agreement, the vessels will be serviced throughout ABB’s network of turbocharger service stations. The contract is valued at $5.6 million.

Satellite Service Offers World Cup Coverage
KVH Industries Inc. (Middletown, Rhode Island) achieved a maritime first by delivering the entire World Cup final to more than 1,000 seafarers via the IP-MobileCast content delivery service while the match was still in progress. The coverage of the final match followed a month in which video highlights of all World Cup matches were delivered via multicasting technology as part of KVH’s IP-MobileCast SPORTSlink service. The coverage provided a morale boost for crewmembers worldwide.


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