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March 2013 Issue

Seatronics Invests in iXBlue Equipment
Seatronics Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) has expanded its equipment rental pool to include more iXBlue (Marly-le-Roi, France) inertial and acoustic products. The purchase comes in response to increasing market demand for inertial navigation technology to provide positioning for deepwater projects in West Africa and Brazil, where Seatronicsí new Rio de Janeiro office became operational in February.

The systems include five more iXBlue PHINS 6000 systems, upgrades to 12 existing iXBlue OCTANS Gen 4 subsea gyros and 12 additional OCTANS Gen 4 industry-standard subsea survey gyrocompasses.

Applied Acoustics Adds Australian Agent
Applied Acoustic Engineering (Great Yarmouth, England)has appointed a new distributor, Western Advance Pty Ltd. (Perth, Australia). The independent supplier deals with oil and gas, defense and security industries.

As well as providing project design, equipment supply, installation, commissioning and field support to Australian companies, Western Advance is a distributor to the offshore survey and construction industry.

Astrium Services Extends Agreement With Intelsat for Connectivity to Offshore Customers
Astrium Services (Paris, France) and Intelsat S.A. (Luxembourg) have signed a multiyear renewal agreement for C-band capacity to be used by Astrium Servicesí maritime customers in the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

Astrium Services will use C-band capacity on Intelsat 907 at 332.5 degrees East. The capacity will improve passenger communication, ensuring that multiple simultaneous users can access the Internet.

Intertek to Undertake Cable Risk Studies in Qatar
Intertekís (London, England) Energy & Water consultancy services, formerly Intertek METOC, has won a new marine power cable assignment in Qatar for LS Cable & System (Anyang, South Korea).

Under the contract, Intertek began last year an underwater cable burial risk assessment study for two high-voltage AC (HVAC) submarine cables from Ras Laffan, Qatar, to Halul Island, approximately 100 kilometers off the countryís coast. The study should be wrapping up in March.

The HVAC link will supply power to meet the electrical demand of Halul Island, a major international oil and gas terminal. The assessment includes hazard identification, fishing gear and anchor penetration studies, shipping intensity study, geological assessment, cable burial technology and tool evaluation, and burial depth recommendations.

Transas Marine Completes AIS-Based VTS Installation for EUís SafeMed II Project
Transas Middle East (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) has installed and commissioned its AIS Base station T214 at the Port of Aqaba, Jordan. Funded by the European Unionís SafeMed II Project, the base station will track maritime traffic in and around Aqaba Port to help forecast risks related to marine pollution. In addition, Transas supplied and commissioned AIS VTS Server, Web server and related hardware equipment to the Jordan Maritime Authority, also financed under SafeMed II.

WASSP Appoints Imtech Marine as Distributor
WASSP Ltd. (Auckland, New Zealand) signed in February a distribution agreement that will see its multibeam sonar systems distributed by Imtech Marine (Rotterdam, Netherlands) through the Netherlands, Belgium and China. The agreement covers all WASSPís commercial fishing and commercial multibeam sonar systems.

Ibercisa Breaks into the Norwegian Market
Ibercisa (Vigo, Spain) will supply naval and fishing machinery to the Norwegian companies Volstad Maritime AS (Ålesund, Norway), REM (Fosnavâg, Norway) and Andenesfiske (Andenes, Norway).

The machinery will be installed on board Volstadís trawler, which is being built in Tersanís (Yalova, Turkey) shipyard; on the REM trawler, under construction at the shipyard STX OSV (Âlesund); and on another trawler, which Andenesfiske is building in Tersan.

ABB Acquires APS Technology Group
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) will acquire San Diego, California-based APS Technology Group (APS) to add optical character recognition and gate automation capabilities.

APS will join ABBís Crane and Harbor automation business. No major changes to staffing, product offerings or marketing efforts are planned. ABB estimates that the global terminal automation market will double in five years.

ďAs containerized shipping grows, container handling in ports and terminals is quickly moving away from manual controls to fully automated systems,Ē said Fred Hoonaard, head of Crane and Harbor Center of Excellence.

Triton Imaging, Kraken Announce OEM Agreement
Triton Imaging Inc. (Capitola, California) and Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. (St. Johnís, Newfoundland) have signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement under which Kraken will offer Triton Perspective software bundled with their AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS).

AquaPix users can use the Perspective software to process high-resolution SAS and associated interferometric bathymetric data to create seabed imagery, mosaics and bathymetric 3D digital terrain models. The Perspective GIS-based software provides the multisensor processing functions that can enhance the fusion of the co-registered imagery and bathymetry produced by the AquaPix system.

SMD, SeeByte Successfully Integrate SeeTrack CoPilot Software and ROV
Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd. (SMD), based in Tyne and Wear, England, and SeeByte Ltd. (Edinburgh, Scotland) have successfully integrated SeeTrack CoPilot to SMDís work-class ROV system. This pairing makes the ROV better equipped for surveys, field development and pre- and post-lay operations. The software features a point-and-click interface, flight modes, a map that moves in real time, chart overlay and the ability to track specific structures in the water column.


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