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April 2015 Issue

Horizon Lines Sells Puerto Rico Terminal Assets
Horizon Lines Inc. (Charlotte, North Carolina) has entered into and executed an asset purchase agreement with Luis Ayala Colon Sucrs. (Ponce, Puerto Rico) selling certain San Juan, Puerto Rico, container terminal assets and assigning its lease with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority.

The agreement follows Horizon Lines’ announcement to cease providing liner service between the U.S. and Puerto Rico by the end of 2014.

EdgeTech to Deliver OOI Acoustic Releases
EdgeTech (West Wareham, Massachusetts) received an order from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for 50 additional 8242XS Deep Water Acoustic Transponding Releases. The follow-on order brings the total dollar value of the acoustic transponding releases ordered for the National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) to more than $1 million.

The EdgeTech 8242XS Acoustic Release Transponder is a 6,000-meter-rated, versatile mooring instrument.

Polar Star Returns Home Following 101-Day Antarctic Deployment
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the nation’s only operable heavy icebreaker, returned to its homeport of Seattle, Washington, from a 101-day Antarctic deployment. The crew deployed in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2015, a multiagency operation managed by the National Science Foundation. Polar Star will spend the summer months in dry dock preparing for a resupply mission of McMurdo Station, a U.S. Antarctic research center on the south tip of Ross Island, that will take place next year.

Marine Transmission for Arctic Service Vessel
Bowhead Transport’s (Seattle, Washington) newest addition to its fleet, MV Unalaq, will service the Alaskan coast and north into the Beaufort Sea. Utilizing Twin Disc’s (Racine, Wisconsin) MGX-5135 SC marine transmissions and EC300 power commander controls, the shallow-draft landing craft will bring supplies to the area, including isolated villages above the Arctic Circle. Unalaq was built to function in Bowhead Transport’s lighterage operations. The boat ferries cargo to and from an ocean-going barge offshore.

Cargo-Handling Equipment Contract Awarded
The order for the cargo-handling equipment to be used on Nautilus Minerals Inc.’s (Toronto, Canada) production support vessel has been awarded to Bedeschi SPA (Limena, Italy). This is the second major equipment contract to be awarded by the shipyard Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd. (Fuzhou, China). This cargo-handling system will be used on the production support vessel to load the dewatered material into four storage holds.

KVH Expands mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity
KVH Industries Inc. (Middletown, Rhode Island) completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world, including offshore oil and gas, fishing and shipping. Utilizing 17 satellites and 24 transponders to provide global coverage, KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband is designed for expansion by accessing commercial satellite capacity.

AXYS Deploys Dual-Lidar WindSentinel Buoys
AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) has deployed two dual-lidar WindSentinel floating systems, utilizing the U.K.’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s offshore anemometry mast. This will be the first deployment of a floating lidar system to feature two lidars, as each system has an additional Zephir 300, according to AXYS.

The WindSentinel systems will be deployed in the North Sea, 3 nautical miles off the coast of Blyth, England, for a one-month validation and research study at the ORE Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre.

OceanWorks Delivers SMM Handling Aid
OceanWorks International (Houston, Texas) designed and delivered the static mixer module (SMM) handling aid to Marine Well Containment Co. (Houston) as part of the OceanWorks-designed subsea dispersant fluid system.

The delivery of the static mixer module handling aid allows for the safe handling and storage of the SMM, which enables dispersant to be injected directly at a wellhead in the event well fluids are released. The SMM has unique transportation requirements due to its size, which OceanWorks took into account when designing the handling aid.

Brunswick Designs Boat for Oil Spill Response
Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (Edgewater, Florida) has designed a mission-specific boat for the Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC), based in Herdon, Virginia. The specialized 650 IMPACT RHIBs are engineered to fit aboard MSRC Responder-class oil spill response vessels (OSRVs) and will act as a support boat for oil recovery operations. Each of MSRC’s 15 OSRVs will be outfitted with two of the 650 IMPACT boats.

Powered by a Volvo Penta (Chesapeake, Virginia) D3-170 inboard diesel engine, this configuration allows for the engine to be installed forward underneath the console.

Fugro Expands AUV Fleet
Fugro (Leidschendam, Netherlands) has taken delivery of the Kongsberg (Kongsberg, Norway) Hugin 1000 AUV, the Echo Surveyor VII. Depth rated to 4,500 meters, the new AUV now holds the record for the deepest Hugin AUV dive, surveying in water depths surpassing 4,200 meters.

As the latest addition to Fugro’s AUV fleet, the Echo Surveyor VII is designed for high-resolution and efficient survey operations.

Jack W. Fisher Passes
Jack W. Fisher, president of JW Fishers Mfg. (Taunton, Massachusetts), passed away at his home after a brief illness on February 20. He was 73 years old.

The business was started because Fisher, an avid diver, needed an underwater metal detector to use on a salvage project in the mid 1960s. He discovered there was no such device available. Over the next several years, he designed and constructed his own underwater metal detector, which led to JW Fishers Mfg. being formed. Fisher began building and selling his detectors to other divers.

General Monitors Gas, Flame Detectors Receive Approvals
General Monitors, based in Lake Forest, California, announced that its advanced gas and flame detectors now meet the marine equipment directive (MED) for DNV (Høvik, Norway) offshore standards, as well as DNV GL type approval.

MED is the European directive requiring that gas and flame detectors installed in marine environments be tested to specific standards and inscribed with the wheel mark of approval.

Rescue 21 Achieves Safety of Life at Sea Declaration
The U.S. Coast Guard is declaring Sea Area A1 service in certain areas off the coast of the United States based on the performance of the General Dynamics (Falls Church, Virginia)-built Rescue 21 system.

The declaration is in accordance with provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and follows testing and analysis by the Coast Guard, validating that Rescue 21 provides more than 90 percent coverage for very-high-frequency radio distress communications and digital selective calling.

Port of Houston Authority Recognized for Maritime Academies
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized the Port of Houston Partners in Maritime Education as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program.

Since 2009, the Port of Houston Authority has been organizing maritime academies at four area school districts at the high-school level to introduce youth to maritime transportation systems and career pathways as mariners, and in shipbuilding and repair, and port operations.

Seatronics Abu Dhabi Appointed Distributor for SBG in Middle East
Seatronics Ltd. in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has been appointed as a distributor of SBG Systems’ (Rueil-Malmaison, France) products in the Middle East region. This enables Seatronics Abu Dhabi to expand its scope of product supply to customers.

A deepwater Ekinox-U INS will be available immediately from the Abu Dhabi base. Ekinox-U is a compact, titanium-based inertial navigation system.

Exxon Mobil Employees Encourage Girls to Pursue Engineering
Exxon Mobil (Irving, Texas) is encouraging girls to consider science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers through the 12th-annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day program to be held at 14 Exxon Mobil and subsidiary XTO Energy (Fort Worth, Texas) sites nationwide over the next several months.

Building on the success of Exxon Mobil’s recent “Be An Engineer” efforts, more than 2,000 middle-school girls across the country will take part.

OneWater Marine Acquires American Boat Brokers
OneWater Marine Holdings LLC (Buford, Georgia) has acquired American Boat Brokers (Buford). Larry Sosnow, former owner of American Boat Brokers, will continue to operate American Boat Brokers as a division of OneWater Marine

“We are very excited to incorporate American Boat Brokers into our growing family of marine dealerships,” said Austin Singleton, CEO of OneWater Marine Holdings. “American Boat Brokers is the largest reseller of used and consignment boats in the state of Georgia, which compliments Singleton Marine’s four new boat stores in Georgia and the Used Boat Super Center already in our dealership portfolio.”

American Boat Brokers will continue to operate under its current name and personnel.

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