MacArtney and OSIL to Provide Products and
Service for Chinese Ocean Science Industries

MacArtney Singapore entered into an exclusive sales agreement with Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL). The agreement covers the ocean science industry and aims to improve business relations in the Chinese market by supplying complete systems such as mooring, sediment samplers, box cores and giant piston cores, launch and recovery for existing and new research vessels and providing after-sales service.


Aerodynamically Alleviated Vessels Provide
Options for Efficient Passenger Transport

A2V is involved in projects ranging from maritime airport connections and coastal passenger transport to opening up of isolated regions and coastal surveillance. With ships already in service in Gabon and Geneva Lake, the company is working on a 45-kt. fast-transport vessel for the Gironde Estuary. The 18-m-long catamaran would take 40 passengers between Royan and Bordeaux in France. A2V is also working on alternatives to diesel-based propulsion systems through aerodynamic alleviation to provide fast transport with half the power required by conventional vessels. An electric version of the A2V-shuttle based on batteries is under development.


Dutch Nonprofit to Deploy Ocean
Plastic Cleanup and Monitoring System

Seiche Water Technology Group will provide an AutoNaut USV and technologies to monitor marine life during the first deployment of an ocean clean-up system by The Ocean Cleanup. Seiche systems for passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) will be deployed to track whales and dolphins. The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. A full-scale deployment of these systems is estimated to clean up 50 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years.


International Women’s Shipping and Trading
Group Granted Consultative Status at IMO

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) governing body has granted consultative status to the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) International. WISTA says its efforts to provide a voice for female executives in the maritime industry support the overarching principles in IMO’s strategic plan, especially the promotion of gender equality. WISTA International was formed in 1974 and now has more than 3,000 members worldwide.


Port State Control Annual Report Released

ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control, and the report shows that fire safety-related deficiencies continue to be the most frequent detainable deficiency, followed by deficiencies in ISM, lifesaving appliances and safety of navigation. The report also provides detailed analyses on detentions by flag state, port state, ship type, ship size and ship age, as well as a summary of amendments to international conventions such as the SOLAS Convention.


Silent Thruster Earns Award in Scotland

Copenhagen Subsea produces a silent marine thruster—with no gearbox or oil inside and lubricant provided solely by surrounding seawater. At the 2018 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) conference and exhibition in Glasgow, the product earned the Babcock Innovation Zone Best Pitch award for its innovative approach to sustainability. The competition included 11 start-ups and small businesses that pitched ocean technology innovations to a panel of judges.


Damen Offers Ballast Bunkering for
Newbuilds and Repair Yards Worldwide

The new inland coastal tanker Elena H. will make her maiden voyage from the Netherlands to Argentina on her own keel, and following her arrival, she will remain permanently in local waters. To meet the BWM Convention’s D2 standard, Damen’s InvaSave supplied clean D2-standard ballast water for the new vessel in the Netherlands. As part of a cooperation between Damen Green Solutions and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), this ballast water service is available to fill/empty ballast tanks of newbuild vessels in an IMO-certified manner.


New Shipbuilding Concept Focuses on
Modular Designs and Sustainability

NAVAIS is a multiannual research and innovation program for the shipbuilding industry that will increase efficiency of design and flexibility of production networks with an investment of €6.5 million from the European Commission over a period of four years.

NAVAIS will develop a platform-based modular product family focused on sustainability in ship design. NAVAIS will support the transfer from an engineered-to-order business model to an assemble-to-order business model, which will allow shorter process lead-times and better integration of the SME supply chain.


Safety Equipment to Be Assembled in Japan

Now that it has obtained Japanese government approval to supply life rafts to Japanese-flagged vessels and carry out final assembly in the country, Viking Life-Saving Equipment is establishing a local subsidiary to bring new value to Japanese shipowners and managers. Viking Japan builds upon an alliance with MOL Techno-Trade that began five years ago when Viking’s products were first added to the maritime supplier’s portfolio. Yasin Kasa will lead the new subsidiary in Tokyo.


Oceanscan Adds USBL for 4,000-M Depths

Oceanscan has added Sonardyne underwater acoustic positioning technology to its rental fleet. The Mini-Ranger 2 ultrashort baseline (USBL) vessel-based systems and Wideband Sub-Mini 6 (WSM 6) transponders were acquired following demand from clients in the offshore wind and shallow-water hydrographic survey markets. Mini-Ranger 2 offers an operating range of 995 to 4,000 m and the ability to simultaneously track up to 10 subsea targets at fast update rates.


Surface Vehicle to Study Sediment Movement

A USV designed and built by Unmanned Survey Solutions has been purchased by Trondheim University for research studies in Norway, including mapping lakes and river sediment. The Inception Class Mark 2 USV is designed for hydrographic surveys and data acquisition in ports and harbors, lakes and rivers, shallow coastal or enclosed inland areas. The university will receive an R2SONIC 2020 MBES, SBG Ekinox2 inertial navigation system (INS), Valeport sound velocity sensors and Hypack software for data post‐processing.


Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine
Sold to Kongsberg for £500 Million

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA and Rolls-Royce plc have agreed Kongsberg will acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine. The final purchase price will be determined based on Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine’s cash, debt and working capital at the time of the transaction. The transaction is structured as an acquisition by Kongsberg of the marine products, systems and aftermarket services businesses carried out by subsidiaries of Rolls-Royce plc.


Ocean Infinity Expands with Vessel Contract

Ocean Infinity has agreed to a seven-year contract with Island Offshore for Island Pride. The vessel will expand Ocean Infinity’s platform for AUV data acquisition and analysis and support a variety of operations globally. Island Pride is a multi-functional subsea support and construction vessel of UT 737 design. The vessel is 103 m in length with a beam of 21 m and free deck space of 880 sq. m and is equipped with a deepwater crane and two work-class ROVs.


Total and CCCC Expand Cooperation

Total and China Communications Construction Co. (CCCC) have signed a mutual preferred supplier agreement to extend their existing relationship worldwide. CCCC is a fully integrated engineering company, and Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider.


Cox Powertrain to Distribute in Africa

Cox Powertrain announced Seascape Marine Services as its exclusive distributor for South Africa and the Sub-Saharan region. Seascape Marine is the first distributor of Cox’s CXO300 diesel outboard engine to be named outside of Europe, the U.S. and Australasia.


Ship Design Training for Vietnam

Vietnam has developed an official marine strategy to expand its maritime economy. Educating ship designers and engineers is a key component. To help realize Vietnam’s maritime vision, a training course on SSI’s ShipConstructor software will be held at Vietnam Maritime University, the country’s main facility for training in the maritime field.



Scottish Underwater Training Center
Revived with Industry Support

The Underwater Centre, a facility for testing subsea equipment located in the Scottish Highlands, has received support from Oil & Gas UK, Subsea 7, TechnipFMC, Premier Oil and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It will operate as a nonprofit company funded and supported by its members. Representatives of Subsea 7, TechnipFMC and Premier Oil will join the board of The Underwater Centre, which began operating in May.


WWI Australian Submarine Located

A joint U.S.-Australian expedition to survey Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1 has provided detailed new images of the 103-year-old shipwreck, which lies on the seafloor off the Duke of York Islands in Papua New Guinea. The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS AE1 was lost at sea on September 14, 1914. It was the first loss for the RAN and the first Allied submarine loss in World War I. The recent survey was undertaken by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s research vessel Petrel and coordinated by Find AE1 Ltd.


IMO Approves Fleet Safety Solution

The International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee has approved Inmarsat’s Fleet Safety solution as a new service to support the Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS). Ship owners and operators currently deploying FleetBroadband or Fleet One will be able to access GMDSS-approved safety services, as well as new safety features only available via the Inmarsat Fleet Safety system. Inmarsat intends to create a new generation of stand-alone terminals that incorporate FleetBroadband and MST into a single device and deliver speeds in excess of 1 Mbps.


Teledyne Marine to Collaborate on
Development of Saudi Arabian Technology

Teledyne Marine and Research Products Development Co. (RPDC) are collaborating on global commercialization of new technologies developed within Saudi Arabia. A first success is the award of a development contract that will integrate a unique sensor design developed by Saudi Aramco. The integrated sensor can perform both ultrasonic thickness readings and cathodic protection voltage measurements at a single touchdown, reducing inspection costs for shallow-water pipelines, minimizing inspection safety hazards and enabling the inspection of hard-to-reach sections.


New Chinese Icebreaker Fitted
With Moving Vessel Profiler

The Polar Research Institute of China has chosen AML Oceanographic’s MVP300 as the profiling system for their new icebreaker, Xuelong 2. With expedition objectives ranging from climate change research to natural resource studies, the MVP will be a critical system in support of realizing the icebreaker’s mandate. This is the second contract for the MVP300 within the last four months and includes instrumentation, installation and training services.


Next-Generation Open Ocean USVs
To Be Developed with Grant

The next generation of USVs, the accession class from Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS), will proceed with development with a grant from Marine-i, partly funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). USS, based in Hayle, Cornwall, introduced inception-class Mark 1 and Mark 2 USVs to the market for surveying in shallow coastal or inland areas. The next generation accession-class USV is larger, for use in the open ocean.


Search for Malaysian Airlines
Flight MH370 Concludes

Ocean Infinity has concluded its current search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. During the course of its operation, Ocean Infinity searched and collected high-quality data from more than 112,000 sq. km of ocean floor in challenging conditions and terrain. The total area covered, in a little more than three months of operational days, is in excess of the initial 25,000 sq. km target and almost the same area as the previous search achieved in 2.5 years.


DeepOcean Launches Cable Repair Service

DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd. has launched a subsea cable repair service called Reconnect to reduce the likelihood of cable damage and subsequent failure through periodic inspection and maintenance, as well as reducing the impact upon the operator should a cable failure occur. The service includes fault identification and fault location services, cable decommissioning, recovery and disposal, and support from engineering, geotechnical and operational experience.


Newport Shipping Opens Three New Offices

Newport Shipping Group opened new offices in New York City, Shanghai and Athens to expand its presence in key shipowning and ship repair communities around the world. The Athens, Istanbul, Shanghai and Singapore offices are focused on ship repair and technical needs, while New York and the London headquarters manage corporate and international operations.


STEM Subjects Encouraged by European
Marine Energy Centre Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) are volunteers who seek to raise the profile of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students. EMEC has a significant resource in STEM subjects, covering chemistry, environmental science, marine engineering and renewable energy.

EMEC’s STEM Ambassadors’ first assignment was during Orkney School’s Japan Week, after an invitation to attend St. Andrew’s Primary School to discuss the connection between Orkney and Japan in renewable energy.


UMAR|WSR Cooperates to Expand Operations

The UMAR|WSR Group is expanding its operations into Singapore, the Middle East and Russia following the signing of cooperation agreements with two of its main principals, Lagersmit of the Netherlands and the Detyens Shipyard in Charleston in the U.S. Under the agreement, UMAR|WSR will represent the interests of Lagersmit in Dubai, Oman and Qatar and the interests of Detyens in Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Russia. It already acts for both companies in Cyprus and Greece.


DNV GL Releases Cybersecurity Notation

Classification society DNV GL announced the release of its first class notations to help shipowners and operators protect their assets from cybersecurity incidents. The new class notations, “cyber secure,” help owners and operators protect vital systems from cybersecurity threats. They will be published on the DNV GL rules page in July 2018.


Trade Mission to France Led
By Marine Renewables Canadian

Representatives of Canada’s marine renewable energy industry traveled to Cherbourg, France, to showcase expertise and capabilities to an international audience in a trade mission that included 30 delegates to the seventh International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE). The conference is a significant event for the emerging global marine renewable energy industry aimed at building partnerships and sharing recent experiences from project and technology development.


DP World Joins World Ocean Council

DP World has become the first company in its sector to join the World Ocean Council (WOC). DP World operates multiple related businesses, including marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services to technology-driven trade solutions. The announcement was made on World Oceans Day in June.


New Corrosion Consortia Provides Data for
Better Research in Corrosion Solutions

NACE International has formed the NACE Corrosion Consortia, a service facilitating corrosion mitigation research for companies, government bodies, research organizations and universities. The NACE Corrosion Consortia is engaging multiple organizations to perform research in key industries including maritime, offshore (wind energy), fish farming, additive manufacturing, construction and architecture.


Forum Energy to Distribute Electric ROVs
In Netherlands and Belgium

Forum Energy Technologies expanded its operations in Europe by appointing a new distributor for subsea vehicles across the Netherlands and Belgium. Seascape Subsea Technology BV will represent Forum Energy Technologies for the sale of the company’s ROVs in the two countries, including its recently launched electric ROV, the XLe Spirit.


Funding Awarded for UK Deep-Learning Research

ASV Global is leading a £1.2 million research project to enhance the safety and reliability of autonomous navigation using deep-learning machine vision systems that are trained with a combination of simulated and real-world data.

The Synthetic Imagery training for Machine Vision in Extreme Environments (SIMVEE) project will build upon ASV’s existing, COLREG cognizant, autonomous collision avoidance and path planning capability. The project will use BMT’s REMBRANDT simulator to train vision algorithms to detect and classify objects.


Major Expansion for Samson’s Spain Distributor

Samson is increasing its presence in Spain as major distributor Baitra S.L. expands its facilities. Baitra has been a partner distributor of Samson products since 2015, supporting the commercial and recreational marine industries in Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean Sea and Bay of Biscay regions. Baitra’s new location on the northwest coast of Spain in Nigran (Pontevedra) increases the size of their facility six-fold.

Chelsea Technologies Transitions to
Higher Accreditation Standard

Following a triennial two-day audit by inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS, Chelsea Technologies Group has transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 accreditation. Based on quality management principles, the ISO 9001:2015 certification defines the way an organization operates to meet the requirements of its customers and stakeholders, including customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making and relationship management.


Singapore ROV Outfitted with New Multiplexer

A custom version of MacArtney’s EMO DOMINO-7 fiber-optic multiplexer system (MUX) was built for installation on an ROV in Singapore with the aim of upgrading its subsea survey and camera interfaces. The DOMINO-7 MUX is a compact fiber-optic system with a range of MUX channel and power supply configurations. Offering three videos with 10-bit data channels, the design also offers gigabit Ethernet (GBE) communications coupled with 48-VDC supply voltage.


Mining Deep-Sea Polymetallic Nodules

Fugro is supporting deep-sea polymetallic nodule mining in a contract with Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. Polymetallic nodules are potato-sized concretions enriched in nickel, copper and cobalt that also contain metals and nonmetals important to green tech enterprises. The surveys involve high-resolution imagery, geophysical data and sampling of minerals from the seafloor, as well as geotechnical properties, cataloging mineral resources and determining optimal mining areas in water depths of up to 4,500 m over a 400-sq.-km area. The field work will employ the Echo Surveyor VII AUV.


New Partnership Brings Advanced
Cybersecurity Education to Malaysia

Naval Group, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) and EURECOM are developing cybersecurity training in Malaysia with a high-level digital security program The project involves human capital development at the master’s, Ph.D. and postdoctoral levels. The master program will be available at the UPNM campus by 2019.

The project will enable students from UPNM to take master’s courses and Malaysian professors to train at the French institute EURECOM in Sophia Antipolis.


Offshore Pipeline Company Installs
Acoustic Positioning Systems

Allseas is installing two Sonardyne GyroUSBL acoustic positioning technology systems on its 236-m lay vessel, Lorelay. Used in conjunction with a Ranger 2 USBL (ultrashort baseline) topside, the GyroUSBL transceivers will be installed on the end of the Lorelay’s stinger to acoustically track an ROV deployed to ensure a pipe is accurately touching down in the permitted corridor.


New Ballast Manufacturers’ Association Formed

Following the announcement of further delay of the 2004 IMO Ballast Water Convention implementation dates, a group of industry insiders gathered to draw up the framework for the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA), which held its first annual meeting and elected its inaugural board of directors in April. The need for this association arose from a growing demand for well-founded information on the practicability of ballast water treatment technologies, as well as on the technical and environmental aspects of implementing ballast water management regulations worldwide.


OSM Opens Operations Center in Singapore

OSM is opening a Singapore-based Maritime Operations Centre, a maritime innovation hub with an ecosystem of digital partnerships. The operations center will enhance 24/7 fleet support through data management, descriptive analytics and predictive model optimization paired with machine learning. Onboard and shore-based crews will be able to access the same information, while incident response abilities will be assisted through 24/7 access to all operational data and full-time monitoring.


Decommissioning Consortium Launches

A new global decommissioning consortium that includes Lloyd’s Register (LR), WorleyParsons and Ardent brings together collective experience to reduce the interfaces, costs and risks of decommissioning for the oil and gas industry. The consortium includes experts on all aspects of decommissioning, from late life management to planning, readiness for removal, execution, waste management and monitoring post-removal. The consortium has the capability to take well operatorship, duty-holdership and title of offshore structures, in addition to providing independent third-party assurance.


Lloyd’s Classes First FSRU for Indian Waters

Lloyd’s Register (LR) will class the first floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) for Indian waters. Stationed at Jafrabad port and operational 24 hr./day, year-round, it will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and adhere to LR’s rules for the classification of offshore units. The new 180,000 m³ FSRU project will help meet the demand for LNG in the region: Natural gas is projected to make up 20 percent of India’s total energy consumption by 2030.


Collaboration Focuses on Communication,
Sustainable Innovation in Private Sector

The World Ocean Council (WOC) and the GEF LME:LEARN project are collaborating to enhance communication between regional marine projects and institutions to better work with the private sector on sustainable development. GEF LME:LEARN is a project implemented by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) focused around the Large Marine Ecosystems (LME).


Selektope Anti-Fouling Creators Go Public

i-Tech AB, the company behind the development of the anti-fouling ingredient Selektope, has applied for admission to trade shares on the Nasdaq First North Stockholm exchange. The first day of trading of the i-Tech AB (publ) company on Nasdaq First North began in May. The listing was preceded with a share issue of a maximum SEK 44.1 million. The company is valued at approximately SEK 200.4 million.


Arctic Natural Resources Institute
Installs Extended-Range Multibeam Sonar

Greenland’s Institute of Natural Resources has taken delivery of a Teledyne SeaBat T50-R extended-range multibeam sonar system on RV SANNA. The physical sonar installation was carried out in March, and a full dimensional-control survey was performed. Sea trials were undertaken north of Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, the northernmost capital on the planet.


Gas Hydrates Survey Completed in Japan

Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc. (OFG) has completed its third high-resolution controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey of near-surface gas hydrates for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan.

Following successful CSEM surveys and 3D inversion models in 2014 and 2015, the 2017 survey comprised more than 413 line km of high-resolution data collected in depths up to 1,640 m from the Fukada vessel Shin Nichi Maru.


Canadian FPSO Receives Digital Tool to
Virtually Tour and Manage Its Vessel

UTEC has delivered a virtual asset management tool to an offshore operator in eastern Canada to allow its team to remotely access its floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The field, located offshore approximately 350 km southeast of Newfoundland and Labrador, contains one of the largest FPSO vessels ever built: more than 290 m long, 40 m. wide and 18 stories high.

UTEC’s iSite tool is a web-based system that provides the ability to tour the FPSO with 360° visualization and obtain accurate on-screen measurements, and it provides a central repository for drawings, 3D models, photos and reports for onshore and offshore teams.


Lloyd’s Releases Underwater Noise Notation

Lloyd’s Register released a new underwater noise notation and ShipRight procedure on underwater radiated noise to help shipowners minimize underwater noise emissions when operating in sensitive environments. The notation defines three criteria curves: transit, quiet and research, and includes a speed indication. For example, UWN-L(T20) would mean that a vessel meets the underwater noise criteria in transit (T) at a speed of 20 kt.


Ballast Treatment System Seeks Japanese Approval

Coldharbour Marine, a manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems based on inert gas technology, has engaged Japanese classification society ClassNK to assist in the process of obtaining Japanese type approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The type approval process, as required by Japan’s Ship Safety Law and the Marine Pollution Prevention Law, will involve an independent assessment and verification of the technology and type approval of the product itself.


London’s AgileTek Launches Data-Based Division

AgileTek has launched AgileDat, a new business division focused on using data to make decisions in the energy sector, noting that the shift toward operating in harsher and more remotely operated oil and gas fields also requires a move toward using modern, cloud-based enterprise applications. The new division is dedicated to software development, cloud architecture, data science, monitoring and the Internet of Things in the renewables and oil and gas sectors.


UK Ship Insurance Club Donates to
Support Maritime Mass Rescue Ops

A donation from the UK P&I Club will provide support for the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) online resource library, which aggregates mass rescue operations (MRO) guidance material. The online library ( is free and available to SAR professionals around the world. The donation will also support two scholarships for the IMRF MRO subject matter expert course in September 2018, which offers a detailed study of MRO issues and skills for assessing organization’s capability to respond to MRO events.


North Sea UXO Clearance Campaign Progresses

N-Sea is part-way through a multimillion-pound unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance campaign for ScottishPower Renewables, including UXO inspection, identification and clearance on the array area and export cable route of the East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm. The Noordhoek Pathfinder, Neptunus, Siem N-Sea and Siem Barracuda ROVs have been utilized to unbury, inspect and identify items, and additional ROV and dive vessels will be brought in as the work progresses.


Broadband Processing and GMO Tomography Overcome Imaging Challenges Offshore Australia

ION announced a 3D multiclient broadband reimaging program offshore Australia, covering the northern part of the Vulcan sub-basin in an area known for complex imaging challenges. The approximately 17,000-sq.- km program integrates and reimages data from 15 vintage surveys using modern depth imaging.


Rotterdam Invests in Dutch ESS

EST‐Floattech is a Dutch company that develops energy storage systems (ESS) for fully electric and hybrid maritime applications, as well as mobile land‐based applications. Its battery systems are based on the Li‐NMC cell technology and have a high DNV GL type approval.

The company was founded in 2009. Participation from Rotterdam provides access to its port network and opens possibilities for the use of ESS in port cranes and trucks.


Middle East Trenching Project Complete

James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) has launched an integrated services package, Excavation Plus. The company also recently completed its largest integrated services project in the Middle East. Its Twin R2000 with ancillary jetting spread was contracted for shallow-water post-lay trenching and backfilling. JFSE is currently preparing for integrated projects in the Middle East, Eastern Asia and Gulf of Mexico and is planning to roll out the Excavation Plus service worldwide.


Hydraulic Thrusters Destined for
French Subsea Trenching Vehicle

Curvetech engineers at Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) have completed the build and test of a range of hydraulic thrusters for French subsea cable installation engineering firm Louis Dreyfus TravOcean. SMD’s Curvetec HTE_500BA and HTE_430-63 thrusters are destined for use on a large subsea trenching vehicle designed and built by the Marseille-based company.


Damen Netherlands Companies Merge

Damen Marine Components and Van der Velden Marine Systems are now operating together as Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL) effective January 1, 2018. The Van der Velden Marine Systems brand will continue to be used for the new company’s rudder and steering gear products. Damen Marine Components specializes in the design and production of propeller nozzles, special towing winches and rudder installations.


Wärtsilä and Transas to Work Together
To Advance Smart Shipping Solutions

Wärtsilä, a global technology group headquartered in Finland, has acquired Transas, a digital solutions provider headquartered in the U.K.

Through data integration, greater connectivity and cloud-based technology, Wärtsilä aims to resolve inefficiencies in the shipping sector resulting from overcapacity, suboptimal fuel consumption and waiting times at ports and other high-traffic areas. Transas is geared to accelerate the development of smart digital products, like Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem, which connects smart vessels with smart ports.


Falcon ROV Added to Global Rental Fleet

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd. (STR) is adding an additional Saab Seaeye Falcon robotic vehicle to its global rental fleet of inspection-class vehicles, with planned investment for more Falcons in the near future. Falcon is an electric underwater robotic system with iCON intelligent control that offers precise station-keeping to allow the operator to concentrate on the task at hand, while the iCON system architecture allows easy role change and ready customization.


Awards to Honor Decommissioning Excellence

A membership organization for the oil and gas decommissioning sector, Decom North Sea, has launched the first industry awards dedicated to decommissioning excellence. The Decom North Sea Awards will recognize efforts of its members to innovate and collaborate within the sector, as well as an award for specific contribution to Decom North Sea. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner in Aberdeen May 22.


Scottish Trenching Company Acquired

Oceaneering International Inc. acquired Ecosse Subsea Ltd., a provider of offshore engineering, seabed preparation, route clearance and trenching services, for approximately £50 million.

The transaction includes Ecosse’s modular SCAR Seabed System, capable of completing the entire trenching work scope (route preparation, boulder clearance, trenching and backfill), and its newly developed SCARJet trenching system for jetting and post-lay trenching with standard work-class ROVs.


Rebranded Joint Venture Will Provide
Operational Services in Australasia

A joint venture between Programmed Maintenance Services Ltd. and Netherlands-headquartered Atlas Professionals ANZ Holdings BV, Atlas Programmed Marine JV (JV) will now operate in Australasia under the name Atlas Professionals. JV currently provides services including manning, logistics support, agency, catering and other operational services, with offices in Australia and New Zealand.


Chevron Releases its Second
Climate Change Risk Report

Chevron published its second report describing the company’s approach to managing climate change risks and its resilience under a low-carbon scenario. Titled “Climate Change Resilience – A Framework for Decision Making,” the publication provides more detail on the company’s approach to governance, risk management, strategic planning and emission reduction investments and activities, including key metrics.


New Mariner Training Program Opens in Mumbai, India

MITAGS-PMI established its latest Navigation Skills Assessment Program (NSAP) training center in Mumbai, India. The new facility is located on the campus of Anglo-Eastern Maritime Training Centre (AEMTC), India’s leading maritime institute. NSAP is a risk-based measurement tool using Class A full mission simulators to measure mariner skills against internationally accepted STCW standards. The program is offered at locations throughout the world, including two in the U. S., Croatia, the Philippines, the U.K. and now India.


Maritime Group Works with
UN Global Compact Initiative

OSM Maritime Group has signed a memorandum of understanding to relaunch the Mozambican Higher School of Nautical Sciences and is actively working to increase the number of females in its global pool of 11,000 qualified seafarers as part of its involvement in the UN Global Compact (UNGC). OSM is one of the first companies in the ship management segment to join the UNGC, and it has submitted an initial report detailing its desire to set new industry standards, with a focus on the four key areas of human rights, labor, environmental protection and anti-corruption.


Rotterdam Port Fund Invests in
Magnet Anchoring Product

Investor Rotterdam Port Fund and InnovationQuarter have acquired a majority interest in McNetiq bv, a Rotterdam technology company that has placed an innovative magnet anchoring on the market. McNetiq offers the Controlock technology without the use of temporary welds. The Controlock is the first magnet that can be tested and used on different surfaces. It offers considerable advantages compared to traditional steel connections, such as drilling and welding.


New Standards in Development
For Ballast Water Sampling

Paris-based aqua-tools will participate in the formulation of an international standard for ballast water sampling and analysis. The company will work with French standardization organization AFNOR (Association Française de Normalisation) and the International Standards Organization (ISO) to establish new chapters for ISO 11711 – the Ships and Marine Technology, Piping and Machinery, Ballast Water Sampling and Analysis standard. aqua-tools will participate in ISO/TC 8, ISO’s ships and marine technology subcommittee for piping and machinery and is also working with the French delegation to the International Maritime Organization.


New Partnership Will See Broader Use
Of Robotics in Oil and Gas Industry

Petrus and ECA Group signed a €6 million agreement for subsea robotics services over four years. The A18D AUV designed and manufactured by ECA Group can dive up to 3,000-m depth and work autonomously for 24 hr., as well as carry out inspection and 3D mapping missions, revealing seabed conditions before or after construction of an underwater structure, pipeline or cable and during decommissioning of subsea installations. Petrus will carry out and coordinate missions ranging from preparation to data processing and delivery of results to the customer.


Hyperbaric Chamber Manufacturer
Acquisition to Boost Defense Jobs

JFD parent company James Fisher and Sons plc has acquired diving and recompression specialist Cowan Manufacturing. This acquisition will create Australian defense industry jobs and expand JFD’s presence in Australia. The acquisition of the Newcastle-based business complements existing high-tech facilities at Bibra Lake, south of Perth, and Kirrawee in Sydney. Cowan Manufacturing is recognized worldwide for its design and manufacture of lifesaving recompression and hyperbaric chambers.


Arctic Icebreaker Consortium
Launched to Establish Research Metrics

The kickoff for the EU-funded Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) was held in Bremerhaven in February and was attended by Arctic research representatives from 13 countries in Europe and North America. The World Ocean Council (WOC) is the lead partner on the consortium. The ARICE Project will enable scientists to collect more data in the Arctic by coordinating improved use of existing polar research vessels and working through the WOC to engage commercial vessels operating in the Arctic to collect oceanic and atmospheric data.


Mariner Input Wanted on Key Standards
For Development of Navigation Equipment

The Nautical Institute announced a consultation to help assess the latest proposals for standardized navigation equipment. The latest suggestions were presented at the IMO’s fifth navigation, communication and search and rescue subcommittee meeting by the institute and other stakeholders. Navigators’ views are sought on the latest concept for S-Mode, which is in its final stages of development before being finalized next year.


Subsea 7 Acquires Stock

Subsea 7 has agreed to acquire a 60 percent interest in Xodus Group, and existing shareholder Chiyoda Corp. of Japan will retain a 40 percent interest. Xodus recently expanded into Egypt, and it manages a significant portfolio of global life-of-field projects. The company is known for its integrated services spanning subsea and pipelines, flow assurance, wells, integrity, vibration, safety, risk, environment and commercial advice.


New Geosolutions Division

Next Geosolutions announced the launch of a new division, Next Geosolutions UK Continental Shelf (Next UKCS), following its acquisition of RMS Submarine in 2017. Operating in the cable and renewables industries, Next UKCS will provide solutions to the operations and maintenance market. Next UKCS is located in Norwich, the east of England’s energy hub, and will offer local knowledge and skillset in the North Sea and the Baltic.


First LNG-Fueled Bulk Carrier Delivered

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) and ILSHIN LOGISTICS have successfully delivered the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier under the dual-class of Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Korean Register. The 50,000 dwt bulk carrier has also been verified to be in compliance with the international gas fuel (IGF) code. The ship has a Type C LNG fuel tank with a capacity of 500 m³.


AML Profiler for Chinese Ship

Xiamen University has purchased a moving vessel profiler (MVP) for the research vessel JIA GENG. The university’s State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science will use the MVP300 to collect CTD, sound velocity and environmental data in support of both hydrographic and ocean science applications. The contract marks AML’s 127th MVP order and the 18th such contract to be delivered to China.


Caribbean Rescue and Relief
Organization Receives Anchors

Fortress Marine Anchors has partnered with International Rescue Group (IRG), a nonprofit that uses donated vessels to deliver food, water and medical supplies to coastal communities affected by disaster in the Caribbean. Often more nimble with the ability to respond quicker than governments and national humanitarian aid agencies, its 70 volunteers and 15 boats play a vital role in filling the life-threatening gap prior to large-scale responses. Fortress donated anchors for the organization.


Bureau Veritas Now Offers E-Certification

Bureau Veritas is now issuing both classification and statutory e-certificates following successful pilots with shipowners and flag states. Digital certificates may now be issued on behalf of 52 flag states, representing 72 percent of the Bureau Veritas classed fleet. E-certificates, delivered by email or accessible via the My VeriSTAR mobile application and the VeriSTAR Info desktop portal, reduce the administrative burden both on board and ashore.


Oil Salvage Operation Extracts 400 Tons Of Heavy Fuel Oil from Singapore Shipwreck

A Miko Marine Moskito hot tap tool and oil recovery system was used to extract 400 tons of heavy fuel oil from the tanks of the sunken cargo vessel Thorco Cloud. The wreck lies in two sections 1,730 m apart and 70 m deep in the middle of the eastbound traffic lane of the Singapore Strait.

The heavy oil in the fuel tanks and trapped compartments has been a major pollution hazard since the collision in December 2015. Bumi Subsea provided ROVs and the vessel Surf Allamanda, owned by Bourbon Offshore, which served as the work platform during the oil salvage operation.


Hybrid Drive Systems Constructed in Estonia Pave the Way for New Law Enforcement Vessels

PBES and NORIS Automation GmbH entered a partnership on the hybrid drive systems for Europe’s first battery hybrid patrol vessel. The 45-m-long vessel is under construction at Baltic Workboats Shipyard in Estonia, and it will have 273 kWh of PBES Power 65 battery modules, which offer reduced sound and heat signatures. The PBES energy storage system is designed to integrate with the NORIS electrical infrastructure on the vessel.


International Insurance Provider Thomas Miller Acquires Technical Consultancy Brookes Bell

Insurance services provider Thomas Miller acquired Brookes Bell, a technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Brookes Bell provides services in emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal, scientific cargo expertise, forensic engineering and expert witness services. The firm is also a leader in research and development of ship design support to enhance maritime safety and technology.


Australian Organization Partners with Saildrone to Acquire USVs for Research

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO Australia) formed a partnership with San Francisco-based ocean technology start-up Saildrone to bring three USVs to Australia. CSIRO will use the Saildrone USVs to measure ocean temperatures, salinity and carbon, which is critical information for understanding the role of the oceans in the climate system. The three Saildrones will provide unprecedented access to parts of the ocean, particularly the Southern Ocean, that are otherwise unstudied.


Scottish Production Optimization Company Secures Investment from EV Private Equity

Aberdeen-based Enpro Subsea secured investment from EV Private Equity to grow its production optimization business into new and existing international markets and develop its range of production optimization and intervention technologies. Enpro began 2018 with projects ongoing in the U.K. Continental Shelf, West Africa and Gulf of Mexico. EV Private Equity is providing support as part of its pledge to invest $200 million into fast-growing North Sea businesses.


Legacy Locker Program Allows Reuse Of Recovered and Recycled Subsea Equipment

Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd. (SEA) and Spirit Energy are promoting the recycling of subsea production equipment under SEA’s Legacy Locker program. The companies are recycling two Aker third-generation subsea control modules (SCMs), following the decommissioning of Spirit Energy’s Ann field. SEA’s refurbishment of the equipment means the modules will be fully functional and available for reuse through Legacy Locker, a repository of new and refurbished equipment that is tested, refurbished, recertified or reverse-engineered by SEA’s subsea engineers.


Communication and Monitoring Systems Experts W·SENSE Join UK Marine Robotics Centre

Pioneering underwater wireless networking and communications systems developer W·SENSE Ltd. has joined the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a strategic partner. W·SENSE was initially established as part of the Sapienza University of Rome, specializing in monitoring and communication systems with pioneering patented solutions in the internet of underwater things (IoUT). The company has been editor of networked scenarios and of the NATO NIAG 190 on JANUS evolution, and it is currently coordinating the EC EASME ArcheoSub project.


Remotely Operated Fire-Fighting Vessels Will Offer ‘Eye-in-the-Fire’ Capabilities

Robert Allan Ltd. and Kongsberg Maritime are collaborating on the development of a remotely operated fireboat that allows first responders to attack port fires more aggressively. The RALamander fireboat offers in-close firefighting and “eye-in-the-fire” capabilities. The first in the series, the 20-m RALamander 2000, will be equipped with Fi Fi 1 capability with a total pumping capacity of 2,400 m3/hr with optional foam. A retractable mast can bring one of the three monitors to a high point of attack for shipboard or dock fires.


Chelsea Technologies Scrubber System
Receives ClassNK Certification

Chelsea Technologies’ Sea Sentry washwater monitoring system for ship exhaust gas cleaning systems has been certified by ClassNK. Sea Sentry provides a fully autonomous washwater monitoring system that monitors both the water inlet and outlet of wet exhaust gas scrubber systems.

Sea Sentry has the ability to accurately measure the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, absorbance, turbidity (to ISO 7027: 1999), temperature and pH of scrubber washwater. It can monitor open-loop, closed-loop and hybrid scrubber systems, setting the gold standard for accurate washwater monitoring.


Two-Year Trial Proves Efficacy of
I-Tech’s Organic Anti-fouling Coating

A two-year trial of a hull coating containing the bio-repellent active agent Selektope on a 46,067-dwt chemical and products carrier confirmed the ingredient’s hard fouling prevention power.

Selektope is an organic, nonmetal compound that prevents barnacle fouling by temporarily activating the swimming behavior of barnacle cyprid larvae, making it impossible for them to settle on the hull. It has high efficacy at extremely low concentrations (0.1 percent w/w), is ultralow leaching, and offers paint manufacturers the flexibility to boost copper-based paint formulations or replace copper completely.


Netherlands Workshop
Receives DNV GL Approval

AEGIR-Marine’s new workshop received approval from DNV GL, making it the first brand-independent service provider in the Netherlands with an approved workshop for repair and maintenance of propulsion systems.Workshop approval includes the quality of maintenance on propulsion systems, workplace routing, workplace safety, hazardous substances handling and risk management. The workshop allows AEGIR-Marine to perform spin tests, running and simulating propeller and thruster speeds in real time.


Dynamic Underwater Laser Mapping
Technique Developed for ROVs

Newton Research Labs Inc. and Sonardyne International Ltd. completed tests to integrate Newton Labs’ underwater laser scanners with Sonardyne’s acoustically aided inertial navigation system for underwater vehicles, SPRINT-Mapper.

Newton and Sonardyne entered into a formal collaboration in late 2017 to develop and promote dynamic underwater laser mapping, a rapidly emerging survey technique that significantly reduces the time needed to carry out inspections using underwater vehicles, including ROVs and manned submersibles. Now, an underwater vehicle fitted with a Newton underwater laser, is able to capture high-density point clouds of subsea assets and environments while on the move. The milestone paves the way for greater adoption of mobile laser mapping technology to survey seafloor sites and subsea structures.


Cornish Company Receives First Grant

Marine-i, an EU-funded program to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall, made its first grant award to Triskel Marine, a technology company that recently moved to the Marine Enterprise Zone in Hayle, Cornwall.

Enterprise Zones are designated areas across England that provide tax breaks and government support for new and expanding firms. The grant, the first from Marine-i’s Marine Challenge Fund, has enabled Triskel to build a comprehensive hybrid test rig for a new hybrid energy product, which the company expects to unveil at a launch event in the U.S. in fall 2018.


Stern Tube Seal Repair in Antwerp Uses
Flexible Mobdock Instead of Drydocking

Hydrex diver and technician teams carried out an underwater stern tube seal repair on a tanker berthed in Antwerp. The ship was suffering from an oil leak, making an on-site repair necessary. Using a Hydrex flexible mobdock, the team was able to make the repair on site underwater. The operation started with a thorough underwater inspection of the stern tube seal assembly, which revealed that a rope and a fishing net were entangled around it. Both were removed by divers, and the team then removed and replaced the three damaged seals.