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August 2014 Issue

KVH Industries Acquires Maritime Training Service Producer
KVH Industries Inc. (Middletown, Rhode Island) has acquired Videotel (London, England), a producer of high-quality training films and e-Learning services for the commercial maritime industry. Servicing more than 11,000 vessels, Videotel is a market leader in the provision of maritime training services, offering video, animation, e-learning computer-based training and interactive distance learning courses.

TE Connectivity Completes Acquisition of the SEACON Group
TE Connectivity Ltd. (Berwyn, Pennsylvania) completed the acquisition of the SEA CON group (El Cajon, California), which serves the military marine and subsea sectors for ROV/AUV, oil and gas, environmental and oceanographic applications. The group will become part of TEís industrial solutions segment and will be integrated into the aerospace, defense and marine business unit. The addition of the SEA CON group combines their fiber-optic capability with TEís cable product line and the power connector range.

HYPACK Used at Texas A&M Universityís Nautical Archaeology Program
HYPACK Inc. (Middletown, Connecticut) was involved in the Remote Sensing Survey Workshop 2014, which is part of the nautical archaeology program at Texas A&M University. Several graduate students from the nautical archaeology program and undergraduate students from Texas A&M, Galveston, attended the seminar.

Each student was able to successfully learn how to configure HYPACK with a single-frequency side scan sonar, a magnetometer and a Trimble (Sunnyvale, California) GPS system.

Power Products LLC Acquires Professional Mariner
Power Products LLC (Menomonee Falls , Wisconsin) announced its acquisition of Professional Mariner LLC (Portsmouth, New Hampshire). ProMariner designs and manufactures advanced electronic onboard marine charging systems, ABYC-compliant galvanic isolation products, TruePower marine inverters, marine binoculars and accessories.

ProMariner will continue operations in its existing location under the current leadership team as the new partnership works to grow synergies within the current marine and mobile division.

Explorer DVL Selected to Provide Navigation
Teledyne RD Instrumentsís (Poway, California) Explorer Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) has been specified by OceanServer (Fall River, Massachusetts) to provide precision navigation on board their IVER2 and IVER3 AUVs.

OceanServer has recently placed an order for 10 Teledyne RDI Explorer DVL products, bringing the total number of DVLs ordered for IVER systems to 22. The Explorer DVL provides a flexible solution for high-quality navigation aboard small underwater platforms.

WESMAR Announces New Dealer in Italy
WESMAR (Woodinville, Washington) has further expanded into the Italian market with the appointment of Yachtalia (Massa, Italy) as their newest international dealer.

The company is situated on the Mediterranean Sea between the western coast of Italy and the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. It has a fully staffed, knowledgeable and active sales department, a well-trained service department and technicians trained on WESMAR products.

Krakenís Sonar Technology to Be Deployed During Search for Franklin Expedition
Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. (St. Johnís, Canada) will collaborate with organizations from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, using state-of-the-art underwater technology, to locate the historic ships of the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition.

Four ships will serve as the main platforms, and a number of additional vessels, along with AUVs and ROVs, will be utilized.

Blue Water Ventures Reveals Marine Exploration Plan
Blue Water Ventures International Inc. (BWVI), based in St. Augustine, Florida, is offering collateralized participation units in two marine exploration projects.

BWVI is launching a new project to locate and recover the cargo from specific shipwrecks that it believes were lost in the waters off the East Coast of the United States. These target exploration projects are the result of the research that BWVI and its crew of expert archaeologists, historians and third-party contractors have uncovered.

Auxiliary Cutter Assembly has Commenced at SMD
Nautilus Minerals Inc.ís (Toronto, Canada) assembly of its seafloor production tool, the auxiliary cutter, has commenced at Soil Machine Dynamicsí (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England).

The auxiliary cutter is a preparatory machine that deals with rough terrain and creates benches for other seafloor production tools to work. It will operate on tracks with spud assistance and has a boom-mounted cutting head for flexibility. The auxiliary cutter will weigh in at 250 tonnes when fully assembled.

AML Oceanographic Wins Innovative Excellence Award
AML (Sidney, Canada) was crowned the champion of Innovative Excellence at the VIATeC Technology Awards.

The Innovative Excellence Award recognizes a company that has designed and produced a revolutionary product. AML won for the development of UV•Xchange, a biofouling control product. UV•Xchange prevents fouling by bathing critical surfaces in ultraviolet light, keeping the desired area clean and sensor data accurate.

exactEarth Joins MEOPAR as Industry Partner
exactEarth Ltd. (Cambridge, Canada) announced a new partnership with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR). exactEarth is joining the MEOPAR network as one of the first commercial partners and will support new internships and various workshops, while also collaborating to further research and training activities within the MEOPAR network. In return, MEOPAR will now have access to the exactAIS data service for use in multiple projects across the maritime academic and research community of Canada.

Water-Level, Metocean Data Enable Safe Loading Operations
AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) has delivered two buoy systems to assist PB Sea-Tow (Australia) Pty Ltd. (Perth, Australia) with setting up loading operations.

Sea-Tow will deploy two systems: a WatchMate buoy equipped with Nortek (Providence, Rhode Island) 1-megahertz Z-Cell current profiler and AXYSís HydroLevel payload, and a TRIAXYS with Currents Directional Wave Buoy.

Thrustmaster Brings Water Jet Manufacturing to the US
Thrustmaster (Houston, Texas) acquired the designs and manufacturing license of DOEN (Braeside, Australia), a designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems. DOEN is one of only five marine waterjet manufacturers in the world building water jets up to 4,000 kilowatts.

To meet the demands of large-scale, commercial vessel applications Thrustmaster has introduced two new models to the DOEN waterjet product lineup. The 400/450 series Thrustmaster water jets extend the power range to 6,400 kilowatts, accommodating vessels of more than 70 meters in length.

Satellite-Based Study of Water Quality
ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. (Victoria, Canada) completed the LakeView Project, funded by the Canadian Space Agency Earth Observation Application Development Program. LakeViewís objective was to apply advanced remote-sensing technologies to improve understanding of factors that control freshwater survival of Sockeye salmon. Historical archived environmental and satellite data were used in conjunction with in-situ data to understand the present and historical water quality of Chilko Lake.

Bollinger Delivers Raymond Evans
Bollinger Shipyards Inc. (Lockport, Louisiana) delivered the Raymond Evans, the 10th fast response cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. To build the FRC, Bollinger used an in-service parent craft design based on the Damen (Gorinchem, Netherlands) 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 vessels 26-foot cutter boat.

Marinexplore to Map Planetary Big Data
Marinexplore (Sunnyvale, California) announced an expansion of its platform to cover land, air and space-based sensor and machine data. In order to communicate the expanded capabilities of the company, Marinexplore has become Planet OS. Founded in 2012, the company developed a big-data platform for analyzing sensor data for marine industries and governments. It has been working with industry leaders and government agencies concerned with oil and gas, shipping and ocean science.


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