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February 2015 Issue

Samson Receives Circle of Excellence Award
Samson (Ferndale, Washington) has again received the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Business Research Institute (NBRI). This award is given to companies earning the distinction of Customer Satisfaction Excellence from NBRI.

In 2014, NBRI conducted a survey on behalf of Samson to measure customer satisfaction and provided results that revealed trends unique to Samson customers.

Ocean Leadership Names Sherri Goodman CEO, President
The board of trustees of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership announced the appointment of Sherri Goodman as the organization’s CEO and president, effective February 17, 2015. Goodman will succeed Bob Gagosian, who has served as Ocean Leadership’s founding president since 2007 and was named president emeritus by the board.

Bollinger Delivers Fast Response Cutter to USCG
Bollinger Shipyards LLC (Lockport, Louisiana) has delivered the Isaac Mayo to the United States Coast Guard.

The 154-foot patrol craft is the 12th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC) program. To build the FRC, Bollinger used an in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-foot cutter boat.

New Tanker Named in Philadelphia
Exxon Mobil Corp.’s marine affiliate, SeaRiver Maritime Inc. (Houston, Texas), named the Liberty Bay, the first of two new, U.S.-flag crude oil tankers, at a ceremony at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

The first-in-class vessel, constructed at the shipyard, incorporates the latest safety, navigation and engine-room technologies. The vessel will begin supplying crude oil from Alaska’s North Slope to refineries along the U.S. West Coast later this year. The Liberty Bay is 820 feet long and has capacity to carry 800,000 barrels of oil.

Teledyne RD Instruments to Provide Navigation on Iver AUVs
Teledyne RD Instruments (Poway, California) has received an order for 10 custom-designed Explorer Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) to provide navigation and current profiling on board OceanServer Technology’s (Fall River, Massachusetts) Iver3-580 AUVs.

The DVLs will be installed on board vehicles designed for various customers and applications.

US Onshore Rig Market Confirms Strain of Falling Oil Price
Gaffney, Cline & Associates (Houston, Texas) has instituted a new weekly commentary and tracking service looking at U.S. onshore and Gulf of Mexico rig activity. Based on the Baker Hughes rig count, it will highlight the reported week-on-week changes and compare these to the evolving fall seen in 2009 during the financial crisis. Figures released in January confirmed a fall of 60 in the onshore rig count, the largest weekly drop since early 2009.

MakaiLay Power Used to Install Power Cable
Makai Ocean Engineering Inc. (Kailua, Hawaii) recently modified the telecom cable lay software, MakaiLay, to address specific issues experienced by the subsea power cable industry. The result of this effort was MakaiLay Power, a real-time software tool for controlling power cable deployment at sea. This software was recently purchased and used by the OUOCI Consortium to install a subsea power cable in Venezuela for the Chacopata-Margarita Submarine Cable Interconnection Project.

MacArtney Opens Fifth North American Location
The MacArtney Underwater Technology Group (Esbjerg, Denmark) announced the inauguration of its fifth dedicated business unit in North America. Located in Jupiter, Florida, just north of West Palm Beach, Florida, the new MacArtney “Southeast Operations” will cover a six-state area, including Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Headed by General Manager Lou Dennis, the new operations will supply underwater technology products and solutions to clients and operators within the region.

OceanServer Awarded AUV Contract From the MODUM Project
An Iver AUV from OceanServer Technology Inc. (Fall River, Massachusetts) was recently delivered for the MODUM project, supported under the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program. The goal of the project is to establish a cost-effective, research-based monitoring network, using underwater vehicles to enhance understanding about dumped munitions in the Baltic Sea, which pose both environmental and human security threats. The Iver AUV is equipped with high-resolution side scan sonar, a magnetometer and a full suite of environmental sensors.

Management Changes at Hemisphere GNSS
Chuck Joseph has been named president and chief executive officer at Hemisphere GNSS (Scottsdale, Arizona). Joseph has also been appointed to the Hemisphere GNSS board of directors.

Joseph has more than 30 years of executive leadership across multiple industries, serving in corporate officer and board of director capacities. He has extensive experience in GNSS OEM and direct sales market segments, including survey and mapping, GIS, machine control, marine, avionics, personal (mobile) navigation and tracking systems.

WWL Vehicle Services Expands with Acquisition
With the acquisition of integrated logistics provider Carlogistics (Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico), Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), based in Oslo, Norway, has expanded its Mexico operations. The expansion adds two facilities and nearly 100 employees to WWL’s auto logistics network in Mexico. Processing centers in Cuautitlán and Veracruz, Mexico, (the largest auto port in North America) will cater to the integrated logistics needs of car manufacturers in preparation for export and domestic consumption. Key services at the facilities include vehicle processing, body shop work and storage, as well as supply chain and distribution management (including rail and truck loading/unloading).

CTG Awarded TR-343 Sonar Transducer Contract
Sonatech Inc., doing business as Channel Technologies Group (Santa Barbara, California), is being awarded a $34,384,013 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of TR-343 sonar transducer ship sets. The TR-343 transducer is part of the AN/SQS-53 hull-mounted sonar array assembly, which is a component of AN/SQQ-89(V) acoustic sonar weapons system.

Proposed USGS Rule Focuses on Access to Maritime Facilities
The Federal Register published a notice of proposed rulemaking by the U.S. Coast Guard to implement section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-281). This proposed rule would provide clear regulatory requirements for each facility owner or operator to provide seafarers associated with a vessel moored at the facility, and other individuals, access between the vessel and facility gate without unreasonable delay, and at no cost.

ABS Extends General Design Approval for Cargo Containment System Design
Extended general design approval for the KC-1 LNG cargo containment system (CCS) has been granted by ABS (Houston, Texas). The new membrane type will be installed on newbuild LNG carriers currently on order for Seongnam, South Korea-based Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS). The LNG CCS design is a corrugated membrane type based on KOGAS’s membrane containment system technology used for land-based LNG storage tanks. KOGAS developed the design concept for the KC-1 CCS in cooperation with the DSME (Seoul, South Korea), Samsung Heavy Industries (Seoul) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (Ulsan, South Korea) shipyards.

Panama Canal Proposes New Toll Structure, Solicits Industry Feedback
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), based in Panama City, Panama, announced a proposal for a new toll structure, following more than a year of informal consultations with representatives from various industry segments.

The ACP board of directors approved the proposal on December 24, 2014. Starting January 5, 2015, the ACP has been inviting formal comments on the proposal. A public hearing will take place on February 27.

MARAD Releases Report, Issues for Public Comment Environmental Impact Statement
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a public database that chronicles U.S.-flagged, privately owned domestic articulated tug-barge and integrated tug-barge vessels. In the report, MARAD has cataloged more than 130 tug-barge units in service.

Through a Federal Register notice, MARAD has notified the public that the draft environmental impact statement for the Port Ambrose LNG Deepwater Port License application is available for public comment.

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