International

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.

 


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.

 


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 (www.imrfmro.org) 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.

 


Teledyne Participates in Multinational Exercise

Teledyne Gavia and Teledyne SeaBotix participated in a multinational explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) exercise: the Northern Challenge held in Iceland to provide training for members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. Thirty groups were assigned EOD-focused tasks based on realistic scenarios and using the equipment provided, which included a Gavia AUV and a SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV.

Participants included Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States (including Army, Air Force and Navy) and other NATO members and partners.

 

Wärtsilä’s Joint Venture in China is Operational

Wärtsilä opened CSSC Wartsila Electrical & Automation (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (CWE&A), a joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC). The opening was announced at the Marintec 2017 conference and exhibition in Shanghai. The new joint venture company will be headed by General Manager Christian Heinsohn.

Wärtsilä and CSSC also have joint venture engine and propeller companies, including the most modern controllable pitch propeller manufacturing facility in China and one of the biggest fixed-pitch propeller manufacturers in the world.

 

Hyundai and Lloyd’s Register Cooperate
On LNG-Fueled Ship Design and Development

Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) Group and Lloyd’s Register (LR) are cooperating to facilitate a number of LNG ship design projects. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), part of the HHI Group, will deliver one of the world’s largest LNG-fueled ships, a 50,000-dwt bulk carrier with a high-manganese LNG fuel tank. HHI also recently signed a contract to build the world’s first LNG-fueled Aframax tanker.

HHI and LR previously announced a joint development project to design 180,000-dwt-class bulk carriers; the design development is now almost finished and is in the process of receiving approval in principle. This design is optimized for short- to medium-haul bulk trade and long-haul bulk trade service. HAZID analysis was recently completed by Woodside, Anangel, GE, LR and HHI, who are cooperating to develop an LNG-fueled 250,000-dwt very large ore carrier.

 

Report Shows £7.5 Billion Subsea Industry
Supports 45,000 Jobs after Oil’s Downturn

Subsea UK, whose 300 members make up the bulk of the country’s subsea supply chain, conducted a business activity review that revealed the industry is currently generating annual revenues of £7.5 billion, compared to £8.9 billion in 2014. The report also revealed that, despite the downturn in oil and gas, the subsea sector still supports around 45,000 jobs in the U.K. This compares to around 53,000 three years ago. Neil Gordon of Subsea UK said the impacts are a reflection of the crash in oil prices and subsequent global downturn that led to deferral or cancellation of major subsea projects.

 

Robotic Mining Prototype to Uncover
European Mineral Resources

U.K.-based Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd. (SMD) successfully completed first-stage testing in the VAMOS (viable alternative mine operating system) project, a 42-month international research and development venture partly funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. SMD and its partners in the VAMOS consortium designed and built a robotic underwater mining prototype to perform field tests at four EU mining sites, at a cost of approximately €12.6 million.

 

Subsea Hard Coating is Chosen for
Exhaust Scrubber Application in China

Subsea Industries’ glass-flake, nontoxic hard coating Ecospeed will protect the exhaust scrubber outlets of three new container vessels under construction in Zhoushan, China. Coatings that can withstand very high exhaust gas temperatures and chemical pollutants are required in exhaust scrubber applications. Shipowners have experienced damaged pipework at the outlet end of the scrubber system due to the highly corrosive washwater produced during the exhaust gas cleaning process. Ecospeed’s coating has B1 classification by DNV GL.

 

UAE is First Arab Country to Achieve
IMO Council Category B Membership

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the first Arab country to win Category B membership into the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. The council election included nominees from 11 countries in the international marine trade sector including Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia. The announcement of UAE’s membership was made during the 30th General Assembly IMO meeting.

 

New Company Offers
Differential GPS

International Geomatics Group is a recently launched marine startup focused on differential global position system (DGPS) provision, as well as marine positioning services, exploration, inspection and digital data delivery. Co-founders include: Steve Rampton (CEO), who has more than 30 years of experience in offshore oil and gas, including ROV support and trenching; and Ken Adams (COO), an engineer and graduate of Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University in Scotland.

 

Subsea Installation Completed
In Record Time

Hydratight supplied and supported the subsea installation of three remote connectors within three weeks for Statoil off the west coast of Norway. The installation was performed using remotely operated equipment from the Pipeline Repair and Subsea Intervention Pool (PRSI Pool) managed by Statoil. The MORGRIP mechanical connectors were deployed on two 12-in. risers and one 16-in. riser at depths more than 300 m. Site integration trials were completed at Statoil’s PRS Base facility in Haugesund, Norway, prior to the connector deployment offshore.

 

Marlink and Radio Holland
Strengthen Long-Term Partnership

Marlink acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business to further strengthen its offerings of maritime VSAT while Radio Holland will focus on providing efficient NavCom, ICT and maintenance solutions to the shipping industry. Radio Holland will be a global sales and service partner and offer Marlink’s satcom connectivity portfolio. Radio Holland and the Marlink Group, including Telemar, will intensify their existing cooperation in NavCom sales and servicing.

JANUARY


 

OSIL Supplies Modular Multiple Corer
For Papua New Guinea Project

Ocean Scientific International (OSIL) delivered a 12-station multiple corer to Australia for use in a project near Papua New Guinea. The multi-corer is constructed from stainless steel, features detachable core assemblies and collects up to 12 samples simultaneously, which include a high-quality sediment sample and the overlying supernatant water.

 

Global Satellite Communications Office
Opens in Ålesund, Norway

Inmarsat opened a new office at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center (NMCC) based in Ålesund, Norway, the heart of Norway’s maritime community. From the Norwegian office, Inmarsat intends to intensify work with third-party innovators and digital disrupters to exploit high-speed broadband via Fleet Xpress through its Certified Applications Provider program.

Fleet Xpress combines Inmarsat’s Global Xpress high-speed data network operating on Ka-band with the ultra-reliable FleetBroadband service on L-band. Inmarsat Maritime is seeking to increase the penetration of Fleet Xpress services in the superyacht, cruise ship and offshore rig markets. Inmarsat recently signed a letter of intent to enable the Rolls-Royce Energy Management System (EMS) via Fleet Xpress, logging data in real time.

 

RTsys Helps Gauge the Impact
Of Noise on Marine Ecosystems

RTsys measurement devices have been qualified as suitable for submarine measurements within the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), a European collaboration to better understand the consequences of and regulate noise from human activities in the ocean.

The measurements will be made at low frequencies, concentrating on two one-third octave bands at 63 and 125 Hz, frequencies at which maritime traffic noise predominates over all other noise sources. RTsys recorders include precalculation software that directly supplies the indicators required by the MSFD, such as the acoustic pressure (SPL), the exposure level (SEL) and the third octaves. It can also emit alarms in real time in the case that the noise exceeds the thresholds determined in advance by the user.

Measurements are in progress and reports from collaborators will be delivered to Europe by summer 2018.

 

Ashtead Invests £1 Million in Technology

Aberdeen-based Ashtead Technology expanded its rental fleet with an investment of £1 million in navigation, positioning and imaging technology during 2017. Ashtead is currently the only rental company to offer the iXblue GAPS-NG system with the new telemetry capability, an ultrashort baseline (USBL) positioning system for locating subsea assets.

 

Drones Used in Ship Class Surveys

Robotics in Maintenance Strategies (RIMS) BV received a certificate as a Recognized External Specialist from ABS and RINA for remote inspection techniques using drones for surveying enclosed spaces.

RIMS was also the first company Bureau Veritas approved as a service supplier. The approval allows shipowners and managers to invite RIMS to support class surveyors by showing the objects to be inspected live on screen.

 

Statoil Installs Final Wind Turbine Offshore England

Installation of all turbines in the Dudgeon wind farm located 32 km off the coast of Norfolk, England, is complete, and it will be operated from Statoil’s office in Great Yarmouth. Dudgeon has been providing electricity to households since February, and when it is fully operational Statoil wind projects will deliver electricity to a total of 1 million people. The offshore wind farm installation, which included 67 turbines with a capacity of 6 MW each, totalled a cost below the expected budget of £1.5 billion.

 

Seabed Geotechnical Investigation Tool Targets
Offshore Soil Testing and Equipment Siting

Horizon Geosciences and Atlantic Marine teamed up to provide seabed geotechnical investigation using the Atlantic Carrier and Horizon’s 200-kN seabed CPT and sampling systems. The 200-kN CPT includes a standalone launch and recovery system, and the Atlantic Carrier has a vibrocorer and offshore soils testing laboratory suitable for gathering data for site assessment, ground modeling and turbine siting and export cable route and inter-array cable investigations.

 

New Website Engages with Young Marine Businesses

EU-funded Marine-i launched a new website, www.marine-i.co.uk, to list funding sources and types of businesses that are eligible for support and to educate and engage businesses that are new to marine technology. Marine-i is a £9.3 million collaboration between the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Co. and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

 

ROV Testing Tank Unveiled

M² Subsea built a 73,600-liter indoor fresh water tank for commercial testing of ROVs and ancillary equipment before they are deployed for domestic and international projects. The tank measures 8 by 4 by 2.3 m and includes a gantry crane with S.W.L 15 t and an independent 415-V three-phase 200-A power supply. The tank in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, is available to rent and can accommodate both work-class and observation ROVs.

 

World Ocean Council Launches Young Ocean Professionals Initiative

The World Ocean Council Young Ocean Professionals (YOP) Initiative is a global, multisectoral, educational network to support the future of sustainability in the ocean business community. It is geared to create corporate ocean responsibility, understanding of ocean biodiversity and economic activity impacts, tackle sustainable development challenges and secure a healthy ocean and sustainable ocean economy.

 

Finnish Environment Institute Takes Delivery
Of Algae Detection and Alarm System

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has taken delivery of a CTG ALGAE-Wader Pro system, an in-situ algae monitor providing data on chlorophyll a and other algae- based pigments to augment sample collection for laboratory analysis. It includes a CTG TriLux sensor that allows real-time data display and recording to a handheld unit with GPS and an alarm system to indicate algae levels of concern.

 

N-Sea Opens New Office in Germany

N-Sea, which provides inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services for the renewable, oil and gas, telecom and utility industries, is opening a new office in Stralsund, Germany, to support Germany’s offshore renewable energy market and provide ongoing maintenance and repair services to existing and planned wind farms.

The company appointed Jörg Butgen, who was previously head of marine operations and diving superintendent for Bard Offshore, as business development manager for the Germany office

 

Teledyne Optech and IGI Cooperate To Develop New Technology

Teledyne Optech formed a cooperative agreement with the German company IGI (Integrated Geospatial Innovations). The first product created via the cooperation is the Optech Eclipse high-precision LiDAR sensor with IGI’s CCNS-5 flight management system and AEROcontrol Compact inertial solution for small to mid-size area projects and/or high-precision corridor surveying. The sensor has a Class 1 laser with an 800-m range on 10 percent reflective targets (8 pts/m2 at 100 kt.), parallel scan lines and an integrated IGI DigiCAM-100 camera.

 

Anchor Field Testing Is Complete For Challenging Locations

Vryhof completed field tests with its STEVSHARK REX anchor at three locations in the North Sea famous for their anchoring problems due to stiff clays. The anchor has unique fluke and shank geometries and is designed to be effective in the mooring industry. Other tests included the anchor’s use by a rock cutter suction dredger on cemented soils and in a carbonate silty sand seabed overlaying calcarenite rock.

 

Virtual Simulation of the River Thames

HR Wallingford is assessing the Thames Tideway Tunnel project’s fleet of vessel masters at its U.K. Ship Simulation Centre to ensure they meet health and safety standards using a specially created virtual reality simulation of the route the boats will take. The Tideway project in London, which will upgrade the city’s sewer system for more than 8 million inhabitants, requires excavation on an enormous scale, and 4 million tons of material will be transported by river.

 

North P&I Club Receives Maritime Insurance Award

The North of England P&I Club won the Insurance Day Maritime Insurance Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards held at the National Maritime Museum in London, England. Judges cited North’s market-leading work in loss prevention and risk management, which includes a comprehensive range of practical loss prevention guides and briefings, as well as crew training and workflow guides.

 

Unique Antique Shipwrecks Detected in the Black Sea

The Black Sea MAP (Maritime Archaeological Project) completed in September mapped submerged submarine landscapes along the Bulgarian coast, where ancient shorelines can be found down to a depth of more than 100 m. Swedish company MMT and Norway’s Reach Subsea participated with underwater technology and survey and ROV vessels (MV Stril Explorer, 76 m; and MV Havila Subsea, 98 m). A total search distance of approximately 2,600 km has been mapped, and 50 sediment cores were collected for analysis. More than 60 new shipwrecks have been found, inspected and documented with work-class ROVs (Kystdesign Supporter and Shilling).

 

Parts on Demand Extends to International Service

Gardner Denver Petroleum & Industrial Pumps (P&IP) launched a parts-on-demand program in the Middle East. The program facilitates management of replacement inventory at customers’ regional locations, facilities or well sites and offers a large inventory in after-market parts and consumables. P&IP designs petroleum and industrial pumps for the global oil and gas industry, with repair shops and service facilities serving the drilling, well-servicing and fracking pumps market with aftermarket support, including high-performance consumables, field service and repair and exchange programs as well as training, technical support and partnership and supply agreements.

 

Argentinian Research Ship Outfitted With Deep Hydroacoustic Systems Integration

Kongsberg successfully completed the installation of a suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology aboard Victor Angelescu, the Argentinian National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development’s (INIDEP) new oceanographic and fishing research vessel. Built at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA, the new 52-m research ship is a silent vessel that, combined with the Simrad marine ecosystem package, will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists.

 

Acoustic Technology Used in Search For Helicopter Flight Recorder

A mission to search for the wreckage of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter that crashed in the Atlantic earlier this year was assisted by Sonardyne underwater locating equipment including the Scout USBL (ultrashort baseline) and ROV Homer acoustic tracking and relocation systems owned by the Irish Marine Institute. The mission detected emergency signals from the aircraft’s flight data recorder, and, using an ROV, search teams pinpointed the exact location of the wreck lying in 40 m of water.

 

New Rule to Accommodate Floating Storage and Regasification Units

Bureau Veritas published a new Rule, NR645, for the classification of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) that enables comprehensive classification of all types of floating storage and regasification assets. The new rules detail the requirements for technical and operational issues of FSRUs and provide two distinct class notations: Liquefied Gas Carrier FSRU notation, which enables gas trading in addition to floating storage and regasification terminal operations, and FSRU notation, for units dedicated to pure gas storage and regasification terminal operations and not intending to trade.