Ocean Business – June 2019



Newport, Oregon, Named Coast Guard City

The city of Newport, Oregon, has been designated as a Coast Guard City for its support of more than 100 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) active-duty and retired members. The Coast Guard City designation remains effective for five years. After that time, the city must provide an updated package for recertification describing its ongoing relationship with the USCG, including examples of recent programs and projects.

Ashtead Acquires Aqua-Tech

Ashtead Technology has acquired Louisiana-based subsea equipment rental and cutting services specialist, Aqua-Tech Solutions, as part of the company’s international growth plans in the U.S. The combined business will see clients in the Gulf of Mexico region benefit from an enhanced offering, allowing more timely and cost-effective access to the group’s range of equipment and services from locations in Broussard and Houma, Louisiana. The acquisition significantly strengthens Ashtead Technology’s ROV and mechanical tooling offering.

Mitcham Industries Opens Second Office in Texas

Mitcham Industries Inc. has relocated its corporate headquarters to The Woodlands, Texas, from Huntsville, Texas.

Mitcham’s existing phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.

Operations have been expanded at the company’s Huntsville facility to support equipment leasing and marine technology products.

Energy Harvesting Instrument Demo Successful

Seatrec Inc. recently demonstrated that instruments used for ocean exploration can be improved by pairing them with the SL1 thermal engine, which harvests energy from temperature differentials in the ocean and converts it to stored electrical energy for future use. The demonstration connected SL1 with a Sea-Bird Scientific Navis float. The combined Navis-SL1 float completed 42 profiles to depths ranging from 50 to 750 m in the ocean northwest of Kailua, Hawaii. The field effort was successful in confirming the ability of the combined Navis-SL1 float to operate autonomously.

US Coast Guard Uses Drones to
Inspect Navigation Structures

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Civil Engineering Unit (CEU) in Providence, Rhode Island, recently used an unmanned aerial system (UAS) to monitor the construction of steel structures being built as aids to navigation. The UAS was launched from a boat assigned to the USCGC Bollard.

The structures serve as markers at Housatonic River, Black Rock and Duck Island, according to AUVSI (the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International), who reported the use of UAS by USCG.

Contributions to American Exports Awarded

WFN Strategies was selected to receive this year’s President’s “E” Award for Export. The award recognizes fewer than 50 firms nationally that have made significant contributions to the increase of American exports. WFN Strategies announced the award at the SubOptic 2019 event and formally accepted the award at a ceremony in May.

Electric Submersible Pump Company
Reaches Milestone of 250 Systems Installed

Borets, a company involved in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service of electric submersible pump (ESP) systems, successfully installed its 250th permanent magnet motor (PMM) ESP system in the U.S.

Used in conjunction with the dually compatible (PM and IM) Axiom II variable-frequency drive, Borets PMMs can reduce ESP power consumption by up to 20 percent. Permanent magnet motors experience lower heat rise than induction motors, which benefits motor reliability and longevity. Higher rotor horsepower density means the PMMs support deeper pump setting depth capabilities.

City Governments Purchase Dredge Systems

The City of Whiting, Indiana, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) purchased Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) 2019 IMS Model 5012 LP Versi-Dredge systems to complete dredging projects at their boat ramps, marinas, channels and harbors. The dredge is 42 ft. long and 11 ft. wide, so it is small enough to easily store and use. It floats on two pontoons, has a draft of 30 in. and can dredge to 28 ft.

Opsealog and FUELTRAX Now Compatible

FUELTRAX, a pioneer in electronic fuel monitoring systems (EFMS), has made formal its compatibility with data integration service provider Opsealog. FUELTRAX is a marine fuel management solution that protects assets and ensures security of fuel, compliance and optimized vessel performance. Opsealog integrates with FUELTRAX data and generates analysis and controls for upstream level management. Opsealog and FUELTRAX currently work together on three vessels, and they plan to expand.

Chevron Purchases Anadarko Shares

Chevron Corp. entered into a definitive agreement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Anadarko in a stock and cash transaction valued at $33 billion, or $65 per share. Anadarko shareholders will receive 0.3869 shares of Chevron and $16.25 in cash for each Anadarko share. The total enterprise value of the transaction is $50 billion.

IMTRA Provides BCM Lighting
In North America

IMTRA is now the exclusive North American distributor for BCM-Benedetti Lighting. The two companies will provide an expanded LED lighting offering to OEM boat builders in the U.S. and Canada.

System to Increase Safety
Around Niagara Falls

A system commissioned by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and New York Power Authority (NYPA) will detect, track and identify boaters who venture into hazardous areas around the International Control Dam above Niagara Falls. Designed by Accipiter Radar, the system features active target detection with a 25-kW Furuno FAR2127BB radar. Combined with high-resolution video detection and audio alerting, the system will help authorities detect and track recreational boaters who venture into the hazardous conditions of the exclusion zones around the International Niagara Control Works.

New Vessels Join
British Columbia Fleet

Two 81-m road ferries for Canadian operator BC Ferries have been launched at Damen Shipyards Galati and will enter service next year. The ferries were built to Damen’s Road Ferry 8117E3 design after a multi-phased, international tender process. BC Ferries is undertaking a fleet renewal program for new vessels to operate in British Colombia on Canada’s Pacific coast. The vessels will serve the Northern Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver, replacing vessels that are more than 50 years old.

NOAA Employs Aquaculture Protection Tech

McLane Research Labs’ Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) is part of a NOAA Fisheries Saltonstall-Kennedy program to study rust tides of Cochlodinium polykrikoides and protect aquaculture. The IFCB will enable automated protection of juvenile shellfish that are vulnerable while growing within nursery systems. The project will develop a C. polykrikoides bloom-forecasting ability and establish automated, end-user customized notification networks for dissemination of HAB abundance estimates to regulators, farmers and other stakeholders.

Oceaneering Receives Subsea Construction Vessel

Oceaneering has taken delivery of the subsea construction support vessel Ocean Evolution. The vessel completed sea trials and received ABS and U.S. Coast Guard certifications and is currently in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, preparing for project work to begin this month. The Ocean Evolution is the most advanced U.S.-flagged, multiservice vessel (MSV) in the market. It has a 250-mT active heave compensated (AHC) crane, two work-class ROVs with AHC launch systems, survey systems and subsea tooling for work in up to 4,000-m water depths.

New York Harbor’s New Marina

An 8-acre marina, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, was built at the mouth of the East River, between Piers 4 and 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. It is the first construction of its kind on the N.Y. Harbor in more than 50 years and cost more than $28 million. ONE°15 is located between former shipping piers and is situated between two rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. The marina has wave attenuators comprised of deep-draft steel barges to reduce incoming waves.