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.
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
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.
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.