Home | Contact ST  

Follow ST



November 2011 Issue

Wärtsilä to Equip First US LNG Offshore Vessel
Helsinki, Finland-based Wärtsilä Corp. will deliver an integrated propulsion system that runs on liquid natural gas (LNG) for two offshore vessels owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC (New Orleans, Louisiana) for operation in the Gulf of Mexico. This contract, awarded in October, is the first time a U.S.-flagged offshore platform supply vessels will run on LNG.

The system includes dual-fuel machinery, an electrical and automation package, complete propulsion, and the LNG fuel storage and handling components. Wärtsilä's six-cylinder 34DF dual-fuel engines will power STX Marine Inc.'s (Vancouver, Canada) SV310DF vessels. The vessel can store 290 cubic meters of LNG, enabling more than a week of operational time.

Harvey Gulf International Marine said it considered the use of LNG because of stringent governmental demands for reduced emissions and predictions that the availability of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel will be restricted. For more information, visit www.wartsila.com.

Two Satellites Added to exactAIS Constellation
exactEarth Ltd. (Ontario, Canada) announced in August the successful launch of two advanced AIS satellites designed to extend its exactAIS constellation and increase the capacity of its global vessel monitoring service.

The two spacecraft, which were built by SpaceQuest Ltd., will bring exactAIS up to five operational satellites. exactEarth will take ownership after the successful completion of in-orbit testing. These satellites incorporate next-generation advanced AIS payloads designed to improve AIS message detection from space. For more information, visit www.exactearth.com.

AcuWing Enables Interchangeable Wings for eBird
Kongsberg Seatex's (Trondheim, Norway) eBird streamer control system, which provides lateral, vertical and roll streamer control in marine seismic acquisition, has received an upgrade that enables the replacement of wings for different operational applications.

The AcuWing upgrade, announced in September, allows eBird wings to be changed out while using the same power and communication lines for flexibility in planning, operating and maintaining streamer spreads, Kongsberg said. For more information, visit www.km.kongsberg.com.

New Navico Autopilots to Launch by End of Year
Navico (Oslo, Norway) will launch in December its Simrad AP70 and AP80 marine autopilots, IMO-compliant adaptive heading control systems that provide complete heading and course control for a wide range of vessels.

The AP70 and AP80 feature adaptive software, dynamic positioning system interface, networking with NMEA2000 cabling, a normal mode and five user-configurable work modes. The AP70 supports a combination of three rudder and thrusters, and the AP80 supports six. For more information, visit www.navico.com.

Imagenex Develops Echosounder for Seaglider
Imagenex (Port Coquitlam, Canada) has developed a modified compact echosounder for iRobot Corp.'s (Bedford, Massachusetts) 1KA Seaglider UUV, Imagenex said in September. The Seaglider will be used to support Antarctic research by the University of East Anglia, in which the echosounder will be calibrated for krill biomass estimation.

Successful integration and ocean-testing of the 120-kilohertz Imagenex Model 853 echosounder with Seaglider was recently completed, Imagenex said. The echosounder's onboard processor supports a "glider mode" that allows sample data profiles and statistics to be transmitted via Seaglider's Iridium data connection each time it surfaces. For more information, visit www.imagenex.com.

FMC to Add 240 Jobs in Scotland
FMC Technologies (Houston, Texas) plans to fill 240 jobs at three of its Scottish facilities: its manufacturing facility in Dunfermline, its engineering research and development facility in Glasgow and its engineering design center in Aberdeen. The plan, announced in September, will bring the total number of FMC employees in Scotland to about 1,000.

The jobs will cover a range of disciplines, including engineering, project management, tender management, procurement and quality assurance positions, FMC said. For more information, visit www.fmctechnologies.com.

AVEVA Group Upgrades its Marine Software
AVEVA Group plc (Cambridge, England) released in September AVEVA Marine 12.1, a software package with enhanced reporting options and more language support.

The update also includes: AVEVA Design Reuse for copying ship's data between projects; AVEVA Surface Manager, which allows the transfer of surfaces to and from external systems; and AVEVA Space Management for creating and managing the automatic subdivision of the ship into spaces.

AVEVA said the software's ability to support integrated, concurrent development of engineering and 3D design data will allow naval architects, engineers and designers working together on a marine design project to deliver savings of up to 30 percent compared to alternative solutions. For more information, visit www.aveva.com.

Rolls-Royce Wins Order for Environship Vessels
Rolls-Royce plc (London, England) has received its first order for two cargo vessels based on its Environship concept. The company announced in October that it will design and provide integrated power and propulsion systems for the vessels, which were purchased by Nor Lines AS (Stavanger, Norway).

The two Rolls-Royce NVC 405 vessels, scheduled to enter service in 2013, will have a striking wave piercing bow, gas-powered engines and Promas, an integrated propeller rudder system that increases fuel efficiency by up to 18 percent. Promas virtually eliminates sulfur oxide and reduces CO2 emission more than 40 percent compared to similar vessels.

Buoy to Measure Wind Speed Over Great Lakes
The Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center will use an AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) WindSentinel buoy to conduct research in the Great Lakes, AXYS announced in October.

The WindSentinel will be used in a wind assessment review featuring offshore wind tests on Lake Michigan, marking the first time laser wind technology will be used on a floating platform in the Great Lakes. The buoy will provide near-real-time wind data at six heights up to an elevation of 150 meters. After tests on Muskegon Lake in Michigan, the WindSentinel will move four miles offshore on Lake Michigan for a month-long trial. For more information, visit www.axystechnologies.com.

Marinvest Ship Passes Through Northern Sea Route
M/T Marilee LR1 Ice-Class 1A successfully completed its first Northern Sea Route passage in August, escorted by Rosatomflot's (Moscow, Russia) nuclear icebreaker Vaigach, Marinvest (Göteborg, Sweden) announced in September. Compared to a voyage through Suez, the Marilee had savings of 18 days and 580 tons of bunker fuel, which is a significant cost benefit and reduced emissions, Marinvest said.

Marilee's sister vessel, the M/T Mariann, embarked mid-September on its Nothern Sea Route passage to the Far East. For more information, visit www.rosatomflot.ru.

Teledyne Adds Heave Measurement to DMS-500
Teledyne TSS (Watford, Hertfordshire) introduced in October the DMS-500H, a motion sensor that provides heave measurement to complement the roll and pitch capabilities of the launch model, the DMS-500RP.

The sensor can provide heave measurement accurate to around five centimeters, or 5 percent, and has the same features as the original model, including Ethernet connectivity for the delivery of power and data, as well as two independently configurable serial outputs. For more information, visit www.teledyne-tss.com.

DMI's Engineering Moves from Netherlands to UK
Tyne & Wear, England-based Diesel Marine International (DMI) will close down the engineering operations carried out at its Netherlands subsidiary and transfer the work to two other subsidiaries, the company announced in October.

TDMI Marine in Zwolle, Netherlands, presently reconditions large pistons and overhauls valves and cylinder covers for two-stroke diesel marine engines. This work will be transferred to DMI in North Shields, England, where the company is equipping and upgrading its facilities to accommodate the operations. The cylinder cover business will go to DMI Drechsler in Hamburg, Germany. DMI said it plans to retain sales and distribution operations at the Zwolle site. For more information, visit www.dmiglobal.com.

O&G Consulting Company Opens in Tunisia
Tunis, Tunisia-based North Africa Consulting and Shipping Co. (NACS) opened in October to provide specialist consulting and project execution services to the oil and gas industry in the Mediterranean and North African regions.

NACS will operate from its head office in Tunis, with branch offices in Egypt, Algeria, Libya and the U.K. For more information, visit www.nacs.eu.com.

CARIS Supplies Software for WWII Harbor Survey
CARIS (Fredericton, Canada) supplied its bathymetric processing software, HIPS and SIPS, to assist other hydrographic organizations surveying an artificial harbor that provided assistance to the Allied forces who landed on D-Day.

The two-week survey, held in October, focused on "Mulberry 'B,'" also known as Port Winston and one of two artificial harbors towed across the English Channel to help supply the Allied invasion force as they fought to liberate France in 1944. Each harbor consisted of 600,000 tons of concrete with 33 jetties and 10 miles of floating roadways.

CARIS also supplied its analysis and compilation software, BASE Editor, and two dedicated computers in the U.K. Hydrographic Office-led survey. For more information, visit www.caris.com.


-back to top-

Sea Technology is read worldwide in more than 110 countries by management, engineers, scientists and technical personnel working in industry, government and educational research institutions. Readers are involved with oceanographic research, fisheries management, offshore oil and gas exploration and production, undersea defense including antisubmarine warfare, ocean mining and commercial diving.