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May 2012 Issue
Imtech Marine to Become First Reseller of Global Xpress, Also Opens Aberdeen Office
Imtech Marine (Rotterdam, Netherlands) signed an agreement in April with Inmarsat (London, England) to become the first reseller of Global Xpress, a global Ka-band broadband network planned to launch in 2013.
Inmarsat will make available to Imtech Marine its XpressLink system, which provides Ku-band VSAT and L-band FleetBroadband as well as an upgrade to the Global Xpress service.
Later in April, Imtech Marine opened an office in Aberdeen, Scotland, which will be a base for a team of engineers offering in-house and on-site support for dry-docking, newbuilds and conversions.
Jotron Consultas Bought by Kongsberg
Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) acquired Jotron Consultas (Tjodalyng, Norway) in March. All previous Jotron Consultas employees will be based at Kongsberg Maritime’s offices in Horten, Norway, to form a new product group.
The deal will enable Kongsberg Maritime to develop and install shipwide integrated networks, said Morten Hasås, executive vice president of Kongsberg’s Merchant Marine.
Kongsberg will integrate C-Loading into its K-Chief Integrated Automation System and K-Gauge operating platform to create a cargo control and monitoring system with an integrated load calculator. The Jotron Consultas Fleet Management software application will also be used to add content to Kongsberg Maritime ship@web.
SeeByte, SMD Partner to Develop Real-Time Positioning, Monitoring Software for ROVs
SeeByte (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Tyne and Wear, England-based Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd. (SMD) plan to integrate SeeByte’s SeeTrack CoPilot and SMD’s DVECSII control platform to create a software tool for dynamic positioning and real-time monitoring of ROVs.
This tool will be available on SMD’s latest ROV systems, the first of which is the work-class Atom. SeeTrack CoPilot for SMD ROVs will be commercially available as of May.
SMD delivered in April its first two Atom ROVs to Allied Marine and Equipment Sdn Bhd (Selangor, Malaysia).
Ashtead Technology Adds Products From Reson, Vortex International to Rental Pool
Ashtead Technology Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) purchased in April six new Reson (Slangerup, Denmark) SeaBat 7125ROV2 multibeam echosounders and expanded its product line with Vortex International Ltd. (New Plymouth, New Zealand).
The SeaBat 7125ROV2 units are available to rent from Ashtead. The Vortex product range has now expanded to include 3-, 4- and 6-inch dredges, soft line cutters, ROV-mounted deepwater oil absorption systems capable of MARPOL-rated filtration, Marine Rotary hoes, special build pumps for flushing risers and debris filtration bags.
ClassNK Issues First Certifications for Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan
ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan) has issued certifications for Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP) to Tokyo-based Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK LINE) and Semih Sohtorik Management & Agency Inc. (Istanbul, Turkey). These two certifications are the first of their kind to be issued, ClassNK announced in April.
New amendments to Annex VI of the MARPOL convention related to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions require both new and existing ships with a gross tonnage of 400 tons or greater engaged on international voyages to retain a SEEMP onboard on or after January 2013.
ClassNK has begun offering a voluntary SEEMP certification program. As part of the process, ClassNK examined the companies’ SEEMPs and verified the plans were in accordance with International Maritime Organisation guidelines.
EMU Ltd. Acquired by Fugro
Fugro NV (Leidschendam, Netherlands) acquired in March EMU Ltd. (Southampton, England), which conducts ecological, geophysical, sediment sampling and hydrographical surveys, laboratory analysis, and provides environmental consulting services. EMU employs 150 surveyors, oceanographers and marine environmental scientists.
Nautronix Establishes Norway Office
Nautronix (Aberdeen, Scotland) in April opened an office in Stavanger, Norway, as a result of increasing inquiries and potential for growth in the country.
Jørn Berg has been appointed vice president of sales for Norway. He will be based in the Stavanger office.
GOST Launches GOST Brazil Branch
GOST formed in April GOST Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) to distribute its marine security, monitoring, surveillance and vessel tracking systems in the country.
GOST Brazil will be headed by Marco Antonio, technical director, and Tadeu Cesare, marketing director of Global Security Network.
REMUS 100 AUVs Ordered by Norway, Japan
The Royal Norwegian Navy and the Japanese Ministry of Defense have purchased four REMUS 100 AUV systems from Hydroid Inc. (Pocasset, Massachusetts), who announced the orders in April.
The Norwegian Armed Forces will use the AUVs, acquired by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation on behalf of the Navy, for mine countermeasure operations. The Navy previously purchased two REMUS 100 AUVs in April 2011.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense will use its AUVs for mine countermeasure operations, as well as investigating and mapping seafloor dispersion of contaminants following last year’s magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Europe’s First Hybrid Tug Completes Retrofit
KOTUG’s (Rotterdam, Netherlands) RT Adriaan has become the first hybrid tug built under class-certification in Europe, after completing conversion work in March and rejoining the company’s fleet as the E-KOTUG.
Work began in November to retrofit the E-KOTUG with a XeroPoint Hybrid Propulsion System from Aspin, Kemp and Associates Canada (Owen Sound, Canada).
The E-KOTUG RT Adriaan will be officially launched in April or May 2012.
Saab to Provide AIS for Dutch Waterway Project
Saab (Stockholm, Sweden) has received an order, valued at more than SEK 20 million, from the Dutch infrastructure authority Rijkswaterstaat regarding delivery of the automatic identification system (AIS) for the Dutch Inland AIS Monitoring System (DIAMONIS) project. The delivery, announced by Saab in April, comprises 40 AIS base stations, a network solution and a Web-based presentation system.
The implementation of DIAMONIS, designed to increase safety on Dutch waterways, will take place over 18 months.
Subsea Module Monitors Sensors Collecting Data On Offshore Tidal Power Turbine Deployment
Greenaway Marine/Seapro UK (Swindon, England), with Edinburgh University’s engineering department, has completed a subsea module to house a computerized monitoring system for underwater tidal power turbines, Greenaway Marine announced in March.
Edinburgh University will use the recording system to monitor its sensors on the turbines at depths up to 75 meters offshore the Outer Herbrides in Scotland. The sensors are prototypes for digitally recording stress on the structures, water temperature and tidal speed. Data collection by sensors mounted around the rigs will be relayed to the module, which will store the information, via underwater umbilical fitted to underwater pluggable connectors on the module’s multiconnector end plate.
Kelvin Hughes Provides ECDIS Training Systems To Singapore Maritime Training Center Kelvin Hughes (London, England) has supplied the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) with 25 MantaDigital electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) training systems along with Chartco’s (London) Passage Manager.
SMA, the country’s main maritime training institution and one of three centers approved for ECDIS training by the Singapore Maritime Port Authority, has recently updated its facilities, opening a training laboratory in August last year.
The SMA wanted a “student-proof” ECDIS that wouldn’t allow access to the main operating system or changes of parameters. It also needed to be able to connect to a vessel simulator. Kelvin Hughes has upgraded SMA’s existing ECDIS master station with simulation software to output vessel movements to the individual ECDIS workstations.
Lilaas Forms Partnerships in Asia
Lilaas AS (Horten, Norway) has reached its first direct service and distribution agreements in Asia with Z-Power Automation (Singapore) and a separate distribution deal with Shanghai EJH Group (Shanghai, China), Lilaas announced in April. The Z-Power Automation deal will provide support for the Lilaas’ lever and joystick products, given the expected increasing complexity of hardware and software, Terje Akerholt, head of sales and marketing for Lilaas maritime division, said.
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