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September 2017 Issue

US Coast Guard Updates Electronic Chart Policy To Include ENCs
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issued an update to its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-16, which identifies acceptable electronic equivalencies to paper charts and publications. It also addresses the use of electronic records as opposed to paper records for real-time recording of position fixing and plotting, noting that electronic records such as electronic navigation charts (ENCs) meet USCG requirements.


exactEarth and FleetMon
Enter Data-Sharing Agreement

exactEarth Ltd., a provider of real-time satellite AIS (S-AIS) data, has entered into an agreement with FleetMon, a global network provider of real-time terrestrial AIS (T-AIS) data. The companies combined their data services to provide the maritime market with an integrated real-time AIS solution. exactEarth has 19 assets in orbit, with more than 70 additional launches expected by the end of 2018. FleetMon currently has 350,000 users in the global maritime community.


Deep Ocean ROV Inspects
California Dam Infrastructure

Deep Ocean Engineering Inc.’s Phantom T4H ROV documented the intake riser at Cherry Lake Dam near Yosemite in California and recorded the position of the gates at a depth of 258 ft. (78.6 m). The inspection used a dynamic positioning (DP) capable triple pontoon boat with a forward-mounted ROV launch and recovery system (LARS), which deployed the underwater drone to the coordinates of the intake riser. The ROV scanned the area with Imagenex 881 sonar as it descended.


National Research Council of Canada
Works with US to Develop Icebreaker Technology

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) shared progress on the testing and evaluation of design models for the U.S. heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program.

Current testing assesses the model’s maneuverability and icebreaking resistance in order to build baseline requirements for new U.S. heavy polar icebreakers and expand current design and operational knowledge.

The Canadian and U.S. governments are also working on long-term management of the polar icebreaker’s hull integrity.


Simrad and Patti Marine Partner On New Clamming Vessel Bridge
Simrad Commercial in partnership with Patti Marine Enterprises is outfitting a vessel for the Truex clamming fleet with a suite of Simrad Commercial marine electronics. Seawatcher II, a 152-ft. clamming vessel, features two Simrad NSO evo2 processors driving five 18.5-in. monitors, an AP70 Autopilot, Halo-4 and Halo-6 Pulse Compression Radar systems and two SonarHub sonar processing systems. The vessel can carry nearly 200 cages of clams and is the first ABS-class clamming vessel ever constructed.


Pelican BioThermal Receives
Queen’s Award for Innovation

The Queen’s Award for Innovation was presented to Pelican BioThermal Inc. for its Chronos Advance line of temperature-controlled packaging products designed to mitigate supply chain risks during the global transportation of pharmaceutical payloads. The single-use shippers utilize advanced insulation and phase-change material to provide temperature stability for Pelican clients in the life sciences.


ION Releases New 3D Multiclient
Reimaging Program Offshore Brazil

ION Geophysical Corp.’s Picanha program provides a regional 3D framework that can reprocess and reimage 100,000 sq. km of data from more than 50 interconnecting public-domain 3D surveys to create a regionally calibrated 3D data set. The program uses accelerated imaging to produce 40-Hz TTI RTM and Kirchhoff products from raw gathers through PSDM, pre-salt imaging, RTM depth imaging and an anisotropic velocity model.


Intertrust Acquires Planet OS
To Integrate Big Data Analytics

The geospatial big data platform Planet OS is integrating with the security and analytics solutions offered by Intertrust to create a combined platform to help users in energy, transportation and healthcare fields manage big data and pursue a broad range of applications for the Internet of Things (IOT).

Planet OS users can manage and visualize multiformat, large-scale data from numerous sources and apply geospatial data solutions to prepare for future artificial intelligence-enabled applications such as predictive maintenance.


Canadian Funding Allocated for
Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency allocated $109,917.35 in federal funds to six recipients to assist their participation in the environmental assessment of the proposed Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion Project, located in Contrecoeur, Quebec.

It will assist public and indigenous participation in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment, which include reviewing and providing comments on the environmental impact statement, the draft environmental assessment report and the potential environmental assessment conditions.


USCG Type-Approval Tests Completed
For Evoqua SeaCURE System

SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has successfully completed all biological efficacy U.S. Coast Guard Type-Approval tests. It is one of the smallest electrochlorination-based ballast water treatment systems to complete USCG testing, with one unit capable of treating up to 6,000 m3/h from a skid of 2 by 1.5 m.

NSF International, the first independent laboratory to be certified by the USCG for BWMS testing, will now compile test data for submission to the USCG for approval.


RJE Partners with China’s National Deep Sea Center
To Explore Deep Waters and Gather Data

RJE International is partnering with China’s major oceanographic institute to take a closer look at the ocean floor. The National Deep Sea Center will deploy scientific equipment to depths of 6,000 m below the surface to gather data from the sediment and surrounding subsea environment. Once the study is complete, RJE will recover the equipment mooring using its ATT-400/6KM acoustic transponder and STI-350 surface acoustic receiver, if the equipment surfaces far from its original location.


FarSounder Long-Range Sonar Added to RRS Sir David Attenborough
FarSounder’s longest-range sonar system, FarSounder-1000, will be incorporated into the British Antarctic Survey’s new polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. On long voyages to remote aquatic regions, FarSounder sonar will provide navigation and obstacle avoidance, as well as gather data beyond that provided by traditional onboard science mission sensors.


Harvest is the First Complex Liquefied-Ammonia
Transport Barge Built in the US Since 1982

Harvest is an articulated tug barge (ATB) built to transport liquefied anhydrous ammonia. It has been classed by ABS Global Gas Solutions and delivered to a subsidiary of Savage Companies by U.S. shipbuilder Vigor.

Harvest will support the Jones Act trade of Tampa Port Services LLC, a subsidiary of The Mosaic Co., a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. The ATB will carry up to 22,000 tons of anhydrous ammonia (NH3), a key ingredient in phosphate-based fertilizer.


American Waterways Operators Launches Study On Economic Contributions of the Barge Industry
Developed through a cooperative agreement between AWO and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the study documents the contribution of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry to the U.S. economy. The study explores contributions to employment, gross domestic product and taxes; details commodities transported; and compares waterborne transport to other modes of freight transport.


Advanced Tugboat Simulators Now Operational
At MITAGS-PMI

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies/Pacific Maritime Institute (MITAGS-PMI) expanded its tractor-tug simulation facilities to integrate up to four assist-tugs and two full-mission bridges in one exercise.

The Transas NT Pro 5000 has improved hydrodynamic modeling and interaction for training in offshore operations, ship assist, high-speed escort, anchor equipment operation, platform moves and tug master and pilot training. The two additional tug bridges also benefit the Navigation Skills Assessment Program (NSAP), tanker escorts, tug and barge operations, ARPA and ECDIS training program.


ASL to Represent
DeepWater Buoyancy

ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. will represent DeepWater Buoyancy in British Columbia, Alberta and Alaska in sales of buoys and flotation systems and solutions for mooring and oceanographic instruments. ASL offers support for mooring design, deployment and data analysis and post-processing.


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