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November 2014 Issue

Volvo Penta Supplies Propulsion System
Fort Ripley, a new offshore emergency response craft now entering service in Charleston, South Carolina, is the first commercial vessel in North America to be powered by triple Volvo Penta (Chesapeake, Virginia) IPS drives.

The U.S. Coast Guard-certificated, 64-foot aluminum boat, owned by Southeast Ocean Response Services Inc. (Charleston), was commissioned in a ceremony in Charleston.

Stena Line and NAPA Group Receive SHIPPINGInsight Award
Recognizing achievement in fleet optimization, the SHIPPINGInsight Award was presented to Stena Line (Hoek van Holland, Netherlands) and NAPA Group (Novato, California) during a gala awards luncheon at the SHIPPINGInsight 2014 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition in Stamford, Connecticut.

Presented for the first time, the award honors a ship operating company and its technology partners for the successful implementation of an innovative technology or initiative that reduced operating costs and improved operating efficiencies.

New Eco-Friendly Facility on Cape Cod
Hydroid Inc. (Pocasset, Massachusetts) has opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and applied research facility in Pocasset.

The eco-friendly facility is 40,000 square feet and houses the company’s engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance operations. The building includes a 20-foot testing pool, a 6,000-meter-rated hyperbaric test chamber and a 289-kilowatt solar array.

Sound Ocean Systems Inc. Delivers Two Mooring Winches
Sound Ocean Systems Inc. (Redmond, Washington) delivered two large mooring winches. These all-electric, custom-designed, VFD-controlled winches were developed for Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Washington (UW). Although configured differently, both the 175-horsepower OSU heavy-lift winch and the 75-horsepower UW medium-lift winch contain the continuous position sensing level wind system.

Companies Partner to Fund LNG Engine Upgrades
WesPac Midstream LLC (Irvine, California) announced a partnership agreement with Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), based in the Hague, Netherlands, the global facilitator of finance mechanisms for LNG conversion and emission control area compliance. This strategic partnership will ensure the supply and delivery of LNG to ship owners utilizing CME’s emissions compliance service agreement to convert to cleaner fueling.

Teledyne Oil & Gas Announces Record Contract
Teledyne Technologies Inc. (Thousand Oaks, California) announced that its Teledyne Oil & Gas group has been awarded a contract by Aker Solutions (Fornebu, Norway) for materials and engineering support covering subsea electrical and optical wet-mate interconnects. Shipments are expected to commence late in the fourth quarter of 2014 and continue throughout 2015.

New Firm for Underwater Intervention, Project Management
Henderson & Associates Inc. (Miami, Florida) has merged with Sea3 Undersea Systems Inc. (Boca Raton, Florida) to form Henderson, Hanes & Associates, a full-service engineering firm that brings a holistic approach to underwater intervention and project management services.

The new firm draws on the experience base of its founders and specializes in quick turnaround refit and repair projects that may span multiple technical disciplines and trades.

Mississippi Enterprise for Technology Awarded Contract
A U.S. Small Business Administration award of $523,742 will help the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) at Stennis Space Center fortify its mission to put Mississippi on the map as a center of activity for the nation’s marine science and technology industry.

This is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s support of four new regional innovation clusters, adding to its portfolio of high-performing regional innovation networks across the country.

Survey Released on Technology in Ocean Shipping Industry
INTTRA (Parsippany, New Jersey) announced the results of its Technology Outlook survey, which identifies the top technology priorities and challenges on the minds of international logistics and shipping industry professionals from leading direct shippers, carriers and freight forwarders around the world. According to the survey, the industry’s top technology priority is “improving supply chain visibility capabilities to integrate higher quality data,” demonstrating the importance now placed on having easy access to quality shipping information that is timely, accurate and complete.

300th Tug Brokered by Marcon International
Marcon International Inc. (Coupeville, Washington) sold the U.S.-flag, twin-screw tug Pacific Patriot (ex-Pacific King) from Kirby Offshore Marine (Staten Island, New York) to U.S. West Coast buyers on private terms. This was the 300th tug brokered by Marcon and the 1,351st sale or charter since the sale of the vintage, 135-foot supply boat Low Tide in the early 1980s. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction and has handled numerous sales and purchases over the years for the seller.

GPA Sees 13 Percent Growth in Container Traffic
With nearly 13 percent growth in container traffic over the first two months of the fiscal year, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has made a strong start to fiscal year 2015.

For July and August, the GPA moved 595,711 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), up 12.9 percent or 68,246 TEUs compared to the same period last year. Both months set consecutive TEU records, with 293,889 TEUs crossing GPA docks in July and 301,822 TEUs in August. The August number grew by 21,009 TEUs, or 7.5 percent, compared to the same month a year ago.

Western Towboat Teams up with Rapp Hydema
Western Towboat Co. (Seattle, Washington) has chosen Rapp Hydema U.S. (Seattle) to build a custom towing winch for the new vessel Bering Titan. Rapp Hydema has a long working history with Western Towboat Co., equipping their various tugboats with deck machinery for more than a decade. The main drum capacity for the winch is more than 3,200 feet of 2.25-inch steel cable, with an additional 2,700 feet of 2-inch cable stored onto the smaller drum.

Phoenix Contracted to Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Phoenix International Holdings Inc. (Largo, Maryland) has been contracted by DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (DEFTECH), based in Shah Alam, Malaysia, to provide deep-water towed side scan sonar services in support of continuing underwater search operations for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. DEFTECH and Phoenix are working for Petroliam Nasional Berhad, Malaysia’s leading international petroleum corporation, and the government of Malaysia. Phoenix will be an integral part of the international search team, which will be closely coordinated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Edison Chouest Offshore Signs Letter of Intent with Hyde Marine
Hyde Marine Inc. (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania) has been selected as a supply partner for ballast water treatment (BWT) systems by Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), based in Cut Off, Louisiana, for use on ECO’s fleet of vessels. Hyde Marine executed a letter of intent with ECO to guarantee the availability of BWT systems for compliance with regulations for ECO’s growing fleet of more than 250 vessels. ECO has ordered more than 15 Hyde GUARDIAN systems to date, with several already installed and in operation.

HC2 Acquires Bridgehouse Marine, Global Marine Systems Ltd.
HC2 Holdings Inc. (Herndon, Virginia) announced the acquisition of Bridgehouse Marine Ltd. (London, England), the parent holding company of Global Marine Systems Ltd. (Chelmsford, England). Global Marine is a provider of engineering and underwater services, responding to the subsea cable installation, maintenance and burial requirements of its customers around the world. The company has a fleet of vessels and specialized subsea trenching and burial equipment.

US Joins Anti-Piracy Organization
The U.S. will become the 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP). Established in 2006, ReCAAP’s mission is to enhance regional cooperation through information sharing, capacity building and cooperative arrangements in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in the region. It is the first government-to-government agreement to promote this type of enhanced collaboration for fighting piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.


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