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July 2011 Issue

Group Collects 1 Million Pounds of Old Fishing Gear, Marine Debris
The nonprofit group Fishing for Energy has passed a milestone of collecting 1 million pounds of old fishing gear and marine debris since the program's inception in 2008, the group announced in June.

Fishing for Energy set out to provide a solution to the mounting problem of disposal of used fishing gear and the accumulation of marine debris. Organizations established collection points at more than 20 commercial fishing ports across the U.S., with the goal of reducing the financial burden placed on commercial fishermen as they routinely dispose of retired fishing gear. For more information, visit www.nfwf.org.

Missing WWII Sub Found Offshore Florida Keys
An exploration team led by Tim Taylor aboard the expedition vessel RV Tiburon has located and documented the wreck of the WWII submarine USS R-12.

The R-12 was lost on June 12, 1943, in 600 feet of water, sinking in less than 15 seconds. The submarine sank nearly 70 years ago, taking 42 U.S. servicemen to their deaths off the coast of the Florida Keys, Florida. Only two officers and three enlisted men survived.

To make the discovery, the team deployed an AUV, which collected the first imagery of the remains of R-12. The group is collaborating and sharing their findings with the U.S. Navy. Researchers with Tiburon said they will return in spring 2012 to investigate the possible causes of the sinking and to collect detailed archeological baseline data. For more information, visit www.researchvesseltiburon.com.

Alpine Ocean Launches 110-Foot Research Vessel
Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey (Norwood, New Jersey) announced in May the launch of the RV Shearwater, expanding the company's offerings of data collection and other surveying services to offshore clients.

The vessel, with a draft of 6.5 feet, has a 110-by-40-foot aluminum twin hull, as well as a hydraulic propulsion system. It also features two moon pools, a crane, a hydraulic stern A-frame, a fixed starboard A-frame, dedicated equipment winches, a laboratory and office space with onboard data-processing capabilities. It can accommodate up to 20 people. For more information, visit www.alpineocean.com.

OceanWorks and Harris Corp. Form Alliance
OceanWorks International (Burnaby, Canada) and Harris Corp. (Melbourne, Florida) signed in June a strategic alliance agreement to jointly pursue opportunities related to cabled ocean observing, subsea networking, and subsea power distribution equipment and services. For more information, visit www.oceanworks.com or www.harris.com.

RJE International Signs UK Distributor
RJE International (Irvine, California) teamed up with TechWorks Marine Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) to distribute in the United Kingdom RJE's underwater acoustic beacons, transponders and acoustic receivers for both surface vehicles and divers, the companies announced in May. For more information, visit www.rjeint.com.

Baker Hughes Adds Vessel to Deepwater Fleet
Baker Hughes (Houston, Texas) announced in June the launch of its fracturing and stimulation vessel, the Blue Tarpon. The 300-foot ship, one of the world's largest stimulation vessels and the seventh vessel in the Baker Hughes fleet, is designed to provide high-rate and high-volume stimulation treatments for demanding offshore operations.

With a maximum pump rate of 80 barrels per minute, proppant capacity of 2.1 million pounds and accommodations for up to 44 people, the Blue Tarpon is designed to perform round-the-clock operations in deepwater plays. The vessel's 10 separate high-pressure pump units can deliver up to 24,000 hydraulic horsepower and pump up to 32,000 pounds of proppant per minute. For more information, visit www.bakerhughes.com.

JMS Acquires Research Vessel Design Firm
JMS Naval Architects and Salvage Engineers (Mystic, Connecticut) announced June 1 the acquisition of Roger Long Marine Architecture Inc. (RLMA). The acquisition includes exclusive rights to RLMA's Challenger-class fast research vessels. Roger Long, RLMA's founder and principal designer, will become a senior design consultant to JMS research vessel design projects. For more information, visit www.jmsnet.com.

CSA International Adds ROV to Scientific Fleet
CSA International Inc. (Stuart, Florida) has acquired an inspection-class Seabotix Inc. (San Diego, California) ROV system to support its offshore environmental and scientific fleet, the company announced in May.

The ROV has been configured to carry a high-definition video system with LED lighting, sighting lasers for image sizing and measurements, and a computer-based video recording capability. The ROV was on its first project in the Gulf of Mexico as of May. For more information, visit www.csaintl.com.

Hydroid Passes Critical Design Review for Littoral Battlespace Sensing AUVs
Hydroid Inc. (Pocasset, Massachusetts) announced in May that it had passed a critical design review (CDR) to provide littoral battlespace sensing AUVs and associated technologies to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

The CDR was held to verify that Hydroid is in compliance with design maturity requirements and that detailed design preparations are in place to proceed with system fabrication, demonstration and testing. This CDR is the next milestone in Hydroid's contract, which has a ceiling of about $77 million, to provide SPAWAR with REMUS 600 AUVs. For more information, visit www.km.kongsberg.com/hydroid.

Liquid Robotics Raises $22 Million, Appoints Bill Vass as CEO
Liquid Robotics (Sunnyvale, California) has closed a $22 million financing round led by VantagePoint Capital Partners, with participation by Schlumberger (Houston, Texas). The company also announced the appointment of Bill Vass, former president and chief operating officer of Sun Microsystems Federal, as CEO. For more information, visit http://liquidr.com.

Odyssey to Commence Gairsoppa Silver Project
Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. (Tampa Bay, Florida) has signed a charter agreement to use the Russian RV Yuzhmorgeologiya to conduct search operations for the SS Gairsoppa, Odyssey announced in June.

The Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in February 1941 while enlisted in the service of the U.K. Ministry of War Transport. Contemporary research and official documents indicate that the ship was carrying as much as 7 million ounces of silver.

In 2010, the U.K. Department for Transport awarded Odyssey the exclusive salvage contract for the cargo of the SS Gairsoppa. Under the salvage contract, Odyssey will retain 80 percent of the bullion value of the cargo after expenses. Odyssey expects to commence operations on the project in July. For more information, visit www.shipwreck.net.

Iridium Offers Free Calls in Anti-Piracy Program
Iridium Communications (McLean, Virginia) announced in May that effective immediately, all calls from ships equipped with Iridium communications terminals to the U.K. Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) center are now free of charge.

The UKMTO in Dubai is the primary point of contact between merchant shipping and naval forces patrolling the danger zone off the Somali coast. UKMTO has direct communication to all naval assets in the area and plays a key role in coordinating the naval response when pirates board and attack ships. Under Iridium's calling plan, all calls to the UKMTO's number will be connected through the Iridium network free of charge. For more information, visit www.iridium.com.

Sperry Marine Supplies Navigation Upgrades for Oil Tankers
Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Sperry Marine business unit (Charlottesville, Virginia) has supplied electronic chart display and information systems (ECDISs) for 12 BP plc (London, England) oil tankers, Northrop announced in May. Sperry Marine used four of its new-generation VisionMaster FT ECDIS workstations on each of the 12 ships. For more information, visit www.sperrymarine.northropgrumman.com.

Brunswick Unveils New 36-Foot RHIB
Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (Virginia Beach, Virginia) unveiled in June its newest model, the 1100 Impact, a 36-foot rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB).

It is the first of the company's boats to have the option of being powered by twin-diesel Cummins 5.9 inboard engines and dual-Doen water-jets.

The size of the 1100 Impact makes it well suited for crew transport and other high-load capacity assignments, the company said. Its deep-V hull is designed to reduce hull and human fatigue in a dominant sea state. For more information, visit www.brunswickcgp.com.

Comtech, KNS Integrate SuperTrack, ROAM
Comtech EF Data Corp. (Tempe, Arizona) and KNS Inc. (Daejeon, South Korea) announced in May the successful integration of the SuperTrack series of marine stabilized antenna systems and the ROSS Open Antenna Management protocol.

The integration will enable the SuperTrack antenna systems on maritime vessels to roam across multiple satellite beams, maintaining connectivity while moving through different satellite footprints and enhancing communication capabilities at sea. For more information, visit www.comtechefdata.com or www.kns-kr.com.


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