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March 2012 Issue

Japan Coast Guard Orders 44 PMGS Transponders For Earthquake and Tsunami Research
LinkQuest has received an order for 44 Precision Marine Geodetic System (PMGS) transponders and a PMGS surface station from the Japan Coast Guard, the company announced in February.

The transponders will form new arrays on Japan’s ocean floors and will be periodically monitored by research vessels. The order resulted from the measurement results Japanese scientists obtained from previously deployed PMGS transponders after the magnitude-9.0 Tohoku earthquake in March 2011, LinkQuest said. For more information, visit www.link-quest.com .


Sonardyne to Offer Sonar for Monitoring Undersea Oil and Gas Leaks
Sonardyne (Yateley, England) has developed the Automatic Leak Detection Sonar (ALDS) to detect and monitor undersea hydrocarbon leaks for offshore oil and gas assets, the company announced in early February. The ALDS is designed to autonomously monitor 1 billion cubic feet of seawater from a single sensor location. It can detect leaks of 10 barrels of oil per day and one barrel of gas a day.

ALDS can operate to a depth of 3,000 meters and detect offshore leaks within a 500-meter range, Sonardyne said. It is designed to be mounted on the seafloor nearby offshore installations and pipelines. For more information, visit www.sonardyne.com


Fabricom to Get AXYS WatchMate Data Buoy
AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) has been contracted to supply Fabricom GDF SUEZ (Immingham, England) with a WatchMate data buoy to assist with Belgian port operations, AXYS announced in February. The buoy is in final testing and is scheduled to be deployed this spring.

Fabricom had approached AXYS in late fall 2011 after an existing met-ocean buoy that it had been maintaining was destroyed in an accident with a vessel near the Flemish Banks. The 1.8-meter-diameter buoy will be equipped with AXYS’s WatchMan500 marine data logger and controller as well as onboard sensors that include a TRIAXYS Directional Wave sensor, a Nortek AS (Rud, Norway) 2-megahertz acoustic Doppler profiler single-point current meter, an air temperature sensor and a Gill Instruments Ltd. (Lymington, England) Windsonic anemometer. Data are designed to be transmitted to shore hourly via GPRS cellular telemetry. For more information, visit www.fabricom-gdfsuez.com and www.axystechnologies.com.


3D Current Profiles Added to Fugro Simulators
Fugro Subsea Services Ltd. (Leidschendam, Netherlands) in February introduced 3D sea current profiles for its DeepWorks subsea simulators.

Users can now model currents as they vary with depth and location, with more realistic representations of current flows across large sea areas, in shallow waters and around targets, Fugro said. Complex profiles can be configured to better understand the physical effects on objects, such as an ROV tether as it moves through different current fields.

Each current is defined as a 3D vector, and a set of these vectors defines a complex current profile from the sea surface to the seabed. Horizontal and vertical interpolation is supported, which allows the current’s strength and direction to be calculated and monitored at any point in the current field. This allows the operator to predict the effects of currents, Fugro said. For more information, visit www.fugro.com and www.fugrogrl.com.


ACE Winches Finishes £4.2 Million Winch Order
ACE Winches (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) completed in February a £4.2 million winch order for Superior Energy Services (Houston, Texas). The winches, which represent ACE’s largest contract yet, will eventually be deployed in the Arctic, the company said.

“This contract is the next step in our strategy to become a significant player in North and South American markets,” Chief Financial Officer Valerie Cheyne said. For more information, visit www.ace-winches.com/home.


Opflex to Assist in Costa Concordia Cleanup
Opflex Solutions LLC (West Hyannisport, Massachusetts) is working to recover onboard fuel oil from the Costa Concordia, an Italian cruise ship that ran aground near Giglio Island, Italy, in January, the company announced last week. Officials are concerned the oil could affect the nearby Pelagos Marine Sanctuary for Mediterranean Mammals.

Approximately 2,300 tons of fuel oil remain aboard, along with grease and oil in the engine room and cooking oil in the galley, Opflex said. In late January, a demonstration of the Opflex technology was conducted for Italian Coast Guard Commander Gianluca D’Agostina.

“Based on initial deployment along the water conditions and topography of the Giglio area, we are quickly working on a new Opflex design to deploy in the next two to three weeks back in Italy,” Opflex CEO Scott C. Smith said. For more information, visit http://opflex.com/site/.


Ariston Acquires Scanjet
Scanjet (Göteborg, Sweden) announced in February that it has acquired and merged with Ariston Norway AS (Porsgrunn, Norway), now renamed Scanjet Ariston.

“Joining the group means the Scanjet Ariston Multipurpose Monitoring and Control System is now available to Scanjet’s customer base of 3,500 installations,” said Stavrin Bosnov, sales director of Scanjet Ariston. For more information, visit www.scanjet.se and www.ariston.no and www.scanjetsystems.com.


Austal to Commence Production in the Philippines
Austal (Henderson, Australia) has allocated its first shipbuilding project to its shipyard in the Philippines, the company announced in February. Construction of the vessel will commence in the first quarter of this year and provide work through to November. Austal acquired the shipyard in the West Cebu Industrial Park in Balamban, Philippines, in November to regionalize its manufacturing base for commercial vessels. For more information, visit www.austal.com/us/Home.aspx.


Remote Ocean Systems Opens Aberdeen Office
Remote Ocean Systems Ltd. (San Diego, California) has set up a sales office in Aberdeen, Scotland. Kathleen Robertson was named manager for the new office, and Barrie Hay is the resident sales agent, the company said in February. The office will provide sales support for customers in Europe. For more information, visit www.rosys.com.


Tritech Sonar Purchased for DPS Offshore Vehicles
Tritech International Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) has sold three Gemini 720id multibeam sonars to DPS Offshore (Aberdeen), as part of a package worth more than $400,000.

The Gemini purchases, which Tritech announced in February, will be added to DPS Offshore’s rental pool for work-class ROVs. DPS Offshore has now spent well in excess of $1 million with Tritech throughout the past 12 months. For more information, visit www.tritech.co.uk/index.htm.


OSIL to Launch Buoy for Harsh Environments
Havant, England-based Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) will be releasing its 1.2-meter Tern buoy platform, designed for harsh coastal environments, in March.

Deployable in water depths of up to 100 meters, the Tern buoy has a 400-kilogram net buoyancy and can be equipped with any OSIL data-to-Web solutions or the Iridium Communications Inc. (McLean, Virginia) data link. For more information, visit www.osil.co.uk.


MHI Receives Order for New Ship Stability System
Tokyo, Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) has developed a system to enhance the damage stability of ships, as well as roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) vessels. Nippon Shipping Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) has placed an order for the newly equipped vessel, with delivery slated for March 2013, MHI announced in February.

The system is designed uses the void spaces near the ship’s bottom that are usually allocated to other functions, such as fin stabilizer rooms, duct keels and ballast water tanks. Holes and watertight covers are provided to feed the seawater into the void spaces, and pipes are installed as air vents. By quickly channeling flooded seawater into these void spaces, the system lowers the ship’s center of gravity and reduces the risk of capsizing. The system also eliminates the need to divide the deck area into small compartments, increasing carrying capacity, MHI said.

The 170-meter-long RO/RO ship on order can travel up to 23 knots, carrying about 170 trailer chassis and 100 passenger cars. It will be built at MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Shimonoseki City, Japan. For more information, visit http://www.mhi.co.jp/en/.


DCNS, STX Start Constructing Vessels for Russia
Under a contract to the Russian Federation, DCNS (Paris, France) began in February the construction of the first of two BPC-type, or landing helicopter dock-type, vessels at STX France SA’s (Saint-Nazaire, France) shipyard.

The contract calls for the delivery to Russia of two BPC-type vessels along with associated services, including initial logistics, training and technology transfers. DCNS will act as prime contractor for BPC construction and the integration of the ship’s operations management and communications systems, with STX France subcontracted for shipbuilding. The BPC concept was codesigned by DCNS and STX France to deliver for a range of civilian and military missions, the companies said. For more information, visit www.dcnsgroup.com and www.stxeurope.com.


Flexlife Receives ISO Certification
Flexlife Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) has received ISO/TS 29001 certification for its U.K., U.S. and Brazil operations. The certification encompasses the ISO 9001:2008 standard.

The certification will allow Flexlife to expand its service offerings. The company will be audited every six months, with a renewal assessment every three years. For more information, visit www.flexlife.co.uk/.


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