Ocean Business




US Coast Guard Makes Progress
On Funding Icebreaker Fleet

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) launched plans to acquire a new heavy icebreaker vessel intended to be the first of a six-ship installment and the beginning of a robust U.S. icebreaker fleet. Announcing the proposal at the 2018 State of the Coast Guard address, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said it is the first step in protecting the “fourth coast” of the U.S.—the Arctic. The U.S. icebreaker will have military-grade weapons and cutting-edge UAV capabilities.


Sub-Bottom Profiler Used in
Wave Energy Project Siting

The University of Queensland used Syqwest’s Stratabox 3510HD for a seabed survey off King Island for a wave energy company. Sub-bottom profiling (SBP) with the Stratabox3510 HD revealed a need to relocate the survey to a location further west. To characterize benthic surfaces within the survey area, a series of transects using a sub-bottom profiling system focused on mapping the potential placement site.


Underserved Ocean Research in San Diego
Receives Foundation Grants

The San Diego Foundation announced $632,934 in grants for 10 programs that strengthen San Diego’s innovation economy by creating opportunities for students from underserved communities pursuing STEM opportunities. The San Diego Foundation Science & Technology Program grant making supports the findings from Our Greater San Diego Vision, a report that found that a majority of residents want to increase opportunities for those who work and learn in the San Diego region. The grant recipients include the Ocean Discovery Institute and The Maritime Alliance Foundation, among others.


Greensea Honored with Prestigious
MTS Award for ROV Development

Greensea Systems received the 2018 Corporate Excellence Award presented by the ROV committee of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) at Underwater Intervention in New Orleans, Louisiana. The MTS ROV Committee began its award program in 1990 to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations in the ROV community. To maintain a high degree of distinction, awards are not necessarily presented annually, but only as deemed appropriate.


Energy Storage Systems Added to
Mexican Platform Supply Vessels

Corvus Energy was selected by SEACOR Marine and Kongsberg Maritime to supply lithium ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for four platform supply vessels (PSVs). The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the PSVs’ propulsion and dynamic positioning systems’ electrical network. All four PSVs are owned by Mantenimiento Express Marítimo SAPI de CV (MEXMAR), SEACOR Marine’s joint venture in Mexico. By July 2018, hybrid power retrofits will be complete for the Mexico-based SEACOR vessels.


Ship Cybersecurity is Bolstered by
Threat Intelligence Integration

Integration World-Link Communications has added to its ShipSecure maritime cybersecurity platform a full suite of CISCO services. ShipSecure is a multilayered security management system designed to protect, monitor and control the global fleet security network from a single management portal. The company says CISCO’s latest threat intelligence cloud-based services help deliver an end-to-end maritime cybersecurity platform with next-generation IPS/IDS firewalls for customers.


Aquabotix Announces Key
Korean, Norwegian Partnerships

Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources purchased an Aquabotix hybrid vehicle for ongoing geoscience and energy research. Aquabotix also formed a GPS integration partnership with Norwegian technology supplier Water Linked AS to integrate its underwater GPS system with the Endura ROV to enable greater underwater positioning across a wide range of applications, including hull inspections and fish farm exploration.


Shark Detection and Alert
System in Development

Smart Marine Systems Ltd. is developing Clever Buoy—an ocean monitoring platform that specializes in detecting large marine life using sonar and identification software systems to relay critical information to authorities responsible for beach safety. Shark attacks on the Pacific Coast have been on the rise, with 2017 numbers almost double 2016. Finding a solution that doesn’t cause environmental damage or pressure on threatened species has been an ongoing challenge.


Hawaii-Based Company’s Software
Installed on Prysmian Group Vessel

The MakaiLay cable deployment control software was commissioned on the cable-laying vessel Giulio Verne by the Prysmian Group of the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. MakaiLay’s power-cable module will be used by Giulio Verne when it starts working on the North Sea Link installation, a subsea power cable interconnector between Norway and the U.K. that will be the world’s longest upon completion in 2021.


KVH Satellite Partner to Invest $4.5 Million
To Push Development of Marine Broadband

KVH Industries announced that its longtime partner SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. (SJC) will invest $4.5 million in KVH to help deliver next-generation maritime broadband services. KVH and SJC intend to collaborate on value-added services in the area of shipping digitalization and improved broadband access at sea. KVH’s mini-VSAT BroadbandSM service is the market share leader in maritime VSAT worldwide, according to KVH.


KVH Satellite Partner to Invest $4.5 Million
To Push Development of Marine Broadband

KVH Industries announced that its longtime partner SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. (SJC) will invest $4.5 million in KVH to help deliver next-generation maritime broadband services. KVH and SJC intend to collaborate on value-added services in the area of shipping digitalization and improved broadband access at sea. KVH’s mini-VSAT BroadbandSM service is the market share leader in maritime VSAT worldwide, according to KVH.


Savannah Harbor Expansion
Reaches Critical Milestone

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed outer harbor dredging at the Port of Savannah, marking the midpoint of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). The first half of the project deepened the outer harbor to 49 ft. at low tide. The inner harbor channel will be expanded from its current low-tide depth, 42 ft., to 47 ft. Deepening the harbor will allow Neo-Panamax vessels to take on heavier loads and transit the Savannah River with greater scheduling flexibility.


HydroComp Joins Green Marine
To Design Quieter Ships

HydroComp has joined Green Marine, a North American environmental certification program designed to strengthen sustainability in the marine sector. HydroComp specializes in applied methods for a variety of mission-critical performance indicators, including energy consumption and audible propeller noise with notable work in underwater radiated noise. The group plans to focus on quieter ship design to mitigate the impact of underwater radiated noise on marine mammals.


IMCA Issues Jones Act Update
On Gulf of Mexico Vessels

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has updated the U.S. Gulf of Mexico vessel data associated with its study “Marine Construction Vessel Impacts of Proposed Modifications and Revocations of Jones Act Letters Related to Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Activities” submitted to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency last year. This supplement focuses on the Gulf of Mexico vessels of interest to IMCA’s members and can be found at www.imca-int.com/jonesact.


Steel Tariff Could Hurt US Shipbuilders
And Increase Taxpayer Dollars for Navy

The Maritime Executive reported a growing debate around U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel imports, noting that the tariff may have negative effects for defense shipyards like Newport News. The report quoted lawmakers expressing concern about steel tariffs that increase the cost of building Navy ships and, therefore, taxpayer costs. Of note is a warning from the director of the Center for American Seapower, Seth Cropsey, who says “protectionism” that affects the cost of American defense goods is a “matter of concern.” Canada’s minister of foreign affairs said trade restrictions are “unacceptable” between NATO and NORAD allies.


Global Diving Leaders Earn
Roles in Global Associations

Global Diving and Salvage Vice President of Operations Daniel Pierson has been re-elected to the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) board for a new three-year term. In addition, Global Vice President of Casualty and Emergency Response David DeVilbiss has been elected as the new American Salvage Association (ASA) vice president.



Jensen’s First Hybrid Tug to Enter Construction

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, was selected to design Baydelta Maritime’s new 100-ft., Z-Drive hybrid tugboat. It will use Rolls-Royce hybrid technology and represents the first installation of a hybrid system for Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB), and it is the first hybrid tug designed by Jensen to enter the construction phase. The tug will feature the same ship assist and tanker escort capabilities of existing Valor-class harbor tugs, but with multiple operational modes. The Rolls-Royce hybrid system will allow the vessel to operate direct-diesel, diesel-electric or fully electric. It is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2019.


LNG-Powered ConRo Ships Will Move
Cargo Between US and Puerto Rico

Furuno outfitted the two newest LNG-powered Commitment-class ConRo (combination container and roll-on/roll-off) vessels, the El Coquí and Taíno. The two purpose-built vessels are among the first to be powered by liquefied natural gas. These 219.5-m ships, built by VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, each have a capacity of 26,500-dwt and are designed to transport containers ranging from 20-ft. standard to 53-ft. high-capacity units, as well as hundreds of cars and other vehicles.


Ocean Infinity Expands Its AUV Fleet with
New Unit Configured for Under-Ice Surveys

Ocean Infinity added a 6,000-m-rated Kongsberg HUGIN AUV system to its existing fleet. This ninth AUV has been configured to conduct under-ice surveys and has Kongsberg’s synthetic aperture sonar (HISAS) and a Kongsberg EM 2040 multibeam echosounder installed in an upward-facing modular payload section that is designed to facilitate surveys of the underside of the ice. An upward-looking Doppler velocity log (DVL) is also installed to aid under-ice navigation. Ocean Infinity is scheduled to take delivery of this new HUGIN AUV system December 2018. The system will be immediately put to work on a scientific research project scheduled for the beginning of 2019.


Oceaneering’s Technology for Offshore Wind
Wins the Carbon Trust Accelerator Competition

Oceaneering International Services Ltd. was named a winner in the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) competition, which is geared to find new or adaptable techniques that provide innovative and low-risk subsea inspection solutions for the industry’s challenges.

Oceaneering was selected as a winner for its techniques to address the inspection of welds on monopiles and jacket foundations. The company will receive tailored support from the Carbon Trust and OWA partners, including the potential to test the techniques at operational offshore wind farms.


Phoenix Divers and Hardsuit Pilots
Demonstrate Zero-Incident Abandonment Test

Phoenix completed an abandonment campaign in the Gulf of Mexico utilizing its atmospheric diving system (ADS) hardsuit. In phase one of the project, Phoenix cut, plugged and abandoned a 6-in. pipeline and umbilical exiting a J-tube at a depth of 530 ft. Phase two consisted of removing two 6-in. risers and riser clamps, two 3-in. umbilicals, two umbilical I-tubes and all I-tube clamps to a depth of 430 ft.

In total, 20 ADS missions were completed with 61 hours in the water and divers performed 38 dives with 33 hours of total bottom time. The entire project was performed over 18 days using 3,964 man hours without a lost-time incident.


Torqeedo Now Offers
Smart Power Generation Systems

Torqeedo has integrated Sentinel Boat Monitors and WhisperPower smart power generation systems into its electric boat propulsion products. The Sentinel app allows remote monitoring of the vessel’s location and onboard systems and provides automatic alerts of any malfunctions and alarms. If the boat strays from its location, the automatic geofencing and GPS tracking function helps locate the boat. When integrated with the Torqeedo system, the boat’s electric motor and battery data are displayed in the app, including state of charge, voltage, temperature and remaining range.


Ship & Shore Environmental to Work with
UC Irvine on Air Pollution Capture and Control

Ship & Shore Environmental Inc. (S&SE) joined forces with UC Irvine (UCI) in a program of collaboration, research, professional engagements and exchange of best practices. In addition, S&SE’s CEO Anoosheh Oskouian is now a member of UC Irvine’s School of Physical Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council as well as UCI’s executive roundtable, a gateway to mutually beneficial cooperation and knowledge transfer between the business community and the university.

S&SE is a Long Beach, California-based company specializing in air pollution capture and control for industrial applications, including volatile organic compound (VOC) abatement systems.


Wing Inflatables Acquires Pioneering
Life-Saving Inflatable Technology Company

Wing Inflatables Inc. acquired the stock of The Patten Companies located in Lake Worth, Florida, which manufactures inflatable life-saving products used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and NASA. Specifically, Patten manufactures high-performance collars for rigid inflatable boats and inflatable watercraft designed for challenging marine environments. The company is a pioneer in the use of polyurethane-coated fabric and thermo-welded air-holding seams. Patten maintains its primary manufacturing facility in Arcata, California, a sales and administration office in Lafayette, California, and a sales and service office in Centreville, Maryland.



Canadian Coast Guard Icebreakers
Undergo Upgrade and Modernization

ABB concluded the first modernization on a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreaker, the 38-year-old CCGS Pierre Radisson, including installation of 12 new DC drives and a complete propulsion control system.

ABB fitted twin AC/DC diesel-electric propulsion systems for greater redundancy, with each featuring a DC electric motor connected directly to the vessel’s propeller. ABB also attached digital sensors to a variety of onboard equipment to provide its shore-based engineers with a virtual presence on board the ship.

The project kicked off an upgrade program that will ultimately cover 10 ships in the Canadian Coast Guard fleet, to be completed by 2020.


Art Anderson Has $3 Million Contract
To Construct Detroit Floating Screen Structure

Bremerton–based naval architecture and marine engineering firm Art Anderson Associates is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Portland to provide architectural and engineering services for the design of a downstream fish passage floating screen structure (FSS) in the Detroit Reservoir. The FSS has an estimated maximum cubic feet per second (cfs) between 1,000 and 4,500 cfs and is intended to attract and collect juvenile fish in the reservoir and expected to increase outmigration.

The USACE Portland District (CENWP) is simultaneously designing a selective withdrawal structure (SWS) with a weir box to provide temperature control in the North Santiam River, intending for the flow to pass through the FSS, screen out the fish, pass through the SWS and ultimately pass through the turbines and further down river. The fish that were separated from the flow and collected will be passed further downstream. The project is one of seven floating fish collectors in the Pacific Northwest.


Oil Seepage Mapping Collaboration
Wins Environmental Leadership Award

Fugro received an Environmental Leadership Award from The Maritime Alliance, a California-based nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable, science-based ocean and water industries.

The recognition was received in San Diego during the organization’s BlueTech Week, an international gathering of more than 485 marine professionals from academia, government and industry.

Sharing the award was Planck Aerosystems, a drone intelligence company specializing in highly autonomous unmanned aerial systems with whom Fugro collaborated on a project to identify and map oil seepage from abandoned offshore well sites in Santa Barbara County.

Results from this project prompted the California State Assembly to pass legislation SB-44 funding a legacy oil and gas well removal and remediation program through 2028.


C-Innovation Forms Subsea Projects Group

C-Innovation LLC (C-I) announced the formation of a turnkey subsea projects group based in Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO)’s Houston, Texas, office. C-I provides engineering support, procedure development and review, project execution and final reporting requirements and offers ECO’s various port facilities, logistics company, tank cleaning services, shipyards and dry docks located throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast and Brazil. With corporate headquarters in Mandeville, Louisiana, C-I’s ROV capabilities provide support to subsea construction projects, as well as drilling, intervention, maintenance and heavy-lift assignments.


New Woods Hole Group Will Provide
Environmental Monitoring and Planning

Representatives from CLS America Inc., Horizon Marine Inc. and The Woods Hole Group Inc. announced the merging of the three companies, effective January 1, 2018 and resulting in the new company: The Woods Hole Group Inc.

CLS America specializes in satellite technology and enhancing security through direct operational support to government, institutions and industries in the environmental field, while Horizon Marine’s expertise lies in offshore oceanography for the energy industry. The merger with Woods Hole Group provides services including: environmental assessment, fisheries and wildlife satellite tracking, ocean current forecasting, coastal engineering, ocean monitoring systems, habitat restoration and climate change planning projects.


Metal Shark Offers Next-Generation
Damen Fast Crew Supplier

As an extension of its existing relationship with Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards, Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark announced the availability of the new Damen FCS 7011 for the U.S. market.

The all-aluminum monohull FCS 7011 incorporates Damen’s “Sea Axe” bow and a ride control system for roll and pitch reduction in offshore sea states. Steerable skegs allow for highly accurate course corrections, while a gyroscope maintains stability during crew transfer via a motion-compensating gangway.


Hydro Purchases Ownership Stake in Corvus

Norwegian aluminum supplier Hydro purchased 25.9 percent of the shares in Corvus Energy, a provider of modular lithium-ion battery systems that is jointly held by BW Group, Statoil Technology Invest and investors affiliated with El Cuervo Holdings Ltd. Partnership.

Rooted in more than a century of renewable energy innovation, Hydro was attracted to Corvus as the commercial viability of battery power technology in all-electric and hybrid marine applications increases.



Western Marine Electronics Has a New Owner

Founder and President of WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) Bruce H. Blakey sold his 52-year-old business to a new owner, Roger Fellows. WESMAR started in 1965 to develop sonar for commercial fishing and has since developed the first solid state sonar and the first color radar, along with a broad portfolio of other products for commercial, noncommercial, municipal and government customers in a variety of marine industries.


Canadian Hydrographic Service
Receives Autonomous System

ASV Global converted a 26-ft. hydrographic survey launch to operate autonomously using the ASView control system. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work.

Delivery to the CHS marks ASV Global’s 10th unmanned conversion of a customer vessel using the ASView system, which interfaces with the launch’s existing engine, steering and navigation systems to enable autonomous operation. The launch is connected to a remote station via IP radios that enable real-time monitoring of survey acquisition data and vessel parameters.


Nova Scotia Company
Develops Arctic Technology

GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) announced two contracts from the Department of National Defense to develop technologies suitable for year-round Arctic deployment and capable of providing persistent surveillance and messaging over very long ranges in environmentally hostile and acoustically challenging waters.

Under the first contract, Long-Range Detection and Communications, GTI will build a very low-frequency acoustic source for long-distance underwater detection and potentially basin-scale (1,000 km) communications, as well as supporting, for example, a UUV engaged in under-ice work. Under the second contract, Low-Frequency Towed Array, GTI will develop a passive horizontal thin line array suitable for towing from a UUV.


Ballast Water Testing Approved by Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco announced that all ships calling at its ports and terminals are required to provide ballast water test results to show compliance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) 2004 convention. The Saudi Arabian Oil Co. evaluated Turner Designs’ Ballast-Check 2 Handheld PAM Fluorometer and approved it as a valid ballast water sampling instrument and will accept results from certified technicians using the device.


New LNG Response Training Program Available

KVH Videotel has launched an LNG bunkering training course based on guidelines from the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). It was developed in response to the increased use of LNG as a bunker fuel by operators to help them meet the low-sulphur targets required by MARPOL Annex VI.

SGMF defined “respond level” awareness as vitally important: Personnel in close proximity to bunkering operations must understand the hazards associated with LNG and respond to emergency situations. KVH Videotel’s course covers composition and usage of LNG and potential bunkering methods, hazards and consequences for the individual and ship and relevant procedures for fighting LNG fires, among other LNG topics.


Jamaica Rejoins IMO Council

Jamaica has reestablished its position at the heart of international maritime rule-making following its election to the International Maritime Organization’s Council, Category C membership to serve until 2019. As the largest English-speaking island state in the Caribbean, Jamaica has had a long history of involvement in maritime affairs as an integral part of the socioeconomic development of the country. Jamaica has been a member of the IMO since 1976.


Coast Guard Seeks Mariner Input
For Pacific Seacoast Study

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is seeking input from mariners for a study of navigation requirements in the Pacific Seacoast System. The Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study will review the short-range Aids to Navigation system that covers American waterways, from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and around Alaska, Hawaii and the Marianas Islands. In addition to the survey input, the system-wide study will cover international requirements, environmental concerns, user capabilities, available technology and available resources.


Crowley Restructures Business Units

Crowley Maritime Corp. restructured its business units to increase the company’s focus on government-related business and better align vessel operations and fuel distribution services with its customers. Crowley will transition its nonliner and logistics business units into three main service lines: Crowley Shipping, Crowley Fuels and Crowley Solutions.

Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, will oversee Crowley Shipping, which encompasses deep-sea petroleum transportation, ship assist and escort services, offshore vessels and commercial ship management services. Under Rocky Smith, senior vice president, Crowley Fuels will include Crowley’s LNG sales, distribution and engineering unit, and the company’s fuel sales and distribution business in Alaska.

Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, will lead Crowley Solutions, which includes naval architecture and engineering through subsidiary Jensen Maritime, government vessel management and a unified government business development team.