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January 2014 Issue

SRI MIMS Integrated Into Bluefin-12 AUV
SRI International (Menlo Park, California) has successfully demonstrated capabilities for conducting underwater chemical surveys with its in-situ membrane introduction mass spectrometry (MIMS) device integrated into a Bluefin-12 AUV developed and manufactured by Bluefin Robotics.

The unique capabilities of the SRI MIMS device integrated into the Bluefin-12 AUV platform addresses complex survey and data collection challenges associated with ocean monitoring and exploration, including an enhanced ability to differentiate hydrocarbon sources (e.g., biogenic versus thermogenic) and high-fidelity baseline measurements to understand with greater accuracy the impact of drilling in specific areas.

'The ability to combine highly sensitive and calibrated mass spectrometry with AUVs gives researchers and industry a new tool for critical underwater survey applications,' said Timothy Short, manager of the Marine and Space Sensing Group in the Space and Marine Technology Program at SRI International. 'Much as we are seeing an increase in valuable data collection applications for UAVs, we can now collect and analyze underwater data more efficiently and accurately. The integrated SRI-Bluefin solution is unprecedented for its ease of deployment, advanced survey capabilities, and reduced cost of operations.'

KVH mini-VSAT Broadband Selected for BW's LNG, LPG Fleet
KVH Industries Inc., (Middletown, Rhode Island) has been chosen by BW (Singapore) as the satellite communications solution for its LNG and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fleet.

BW's vessels will use KVH's advanced, dual-mode TracPhone V11-IP onboard satellite communications system and mini-VSAT Broadband service for broadband connectivity.

BW completed field trials of the TracPhone V11-IP, and expects to have 20 vessels equipped by the end of 2013, with rollout continuing in 2014.

With more than 3,000 onboard terminals sold, mini-VSAT Broadband is the world's most popular maritime VSAT solution, according to independent industry reports published in 2012 by Euroconsult, NSR and Comsys.

The network uses ArcLight spread spectrum technology, which was developed by KVH's partner, ViaSat Inc. (Carlsbad, California), specifically for mobile use. ArcLight is unique due to its efficient reuse of satellite channels, fast speed, low latency and its ability to support very small antennas that provide reliable service, even in poor weather conditions.

The TracPhone V11-IP uses a single antenna to access both the C- and Ku-band satellites of the mini-VSAT Broadband network. The three-axis, gyro-stabilized antenna system delivers multimegabit connectivity worldwide and is the world's only dual-mode, 1.1-meter-diameter VSAT antenna.

TracPhone V11-IP features KVH's new Integrated CommBox Modem, a streamlined belowdecks unit with an IP-enabled antenna control unit, CommBox Network Manager, ArcLight spread spectrum modem, Voice over IP, Ethernet switch and Wi-Fi.

Hurtigruten Fleet to Navigate Using NAVTOR's ENC Service
Hurtigruten (Tromsø, Norway) has signed up to use NAVTOR's (Egersund, Norway) ENC Service. The agreement was reached before the July 2014 deadline for existing passenger vessels to conform with the International Maritime Organization's ECDIS Carriage Requirement (ECDIS Mandate).

NAVTOR's ENC service, launched in 2011 and compatible with all makes of ECDIS, is distributed on the preloaded USB-based NavStick, allowing navigators to instantly download global charts and licenses. An online synchronization feature ensures that the latest updates are available on demand.

Wärtsilä X92 Engine Chosen for Four Post Panamax Ships
Wärtsilä (Helsinki, Finland) is to supply its X92 main engine for a series of four Post Panamax 9000 TEU container ships to be built for the Ciner Group, based in Istanbul, Turkey. There is an option for a fifth vessel. Each vessel will be powered by an eight-cylinder Wärtsilä X92 engine. The ships will be built at Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) shipyard's in Subic Bay, Philippines.

The engine features Wärtsilä's electronically controlled common-rail technology, which, through its flexible fuel injection and exhaust valve operations, enables a reduction in fuel costs. Other advantages of this technology include stable running speeds down to 12 percent of the nominal speed, smokeless operation and improved control of exhaust emissions.

MacArtney Supplies Winches for RV Shinsei Maru
MacArtney (Esbjerg, Denmark) has supplied a major consignment of high performance oceanographic winches to JAMSTEC, the Japanese Agency of Marine-Earth Science and Technology.

The total of eight winch systems and related equipment were delivered to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Tokyo, Japan). In cooperation with specialist MacArtney launch and recovery technicians, Mitsubishi installed them on board the brand new JAMSTEC research vessel, the RV Shinsei Maru.

Built at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Shimonoseki Shipyard and Machinery Works, the Shinsei Maru was completed and delivered to JAMSTEC in June 2013, making it the latest addition to the extensive JAMSTEC fleet of modern research vessels.

The Shinsei Maru is expected to offer a contribution to the recovery of marine ecosystems and fisheries in post-earthquake disaster coastal Japan. This will be achieved through comprehensive studies, marine environmental observation, bathymetric survey and ocean-atmosphere research.

In order to carry out these kinds of oceanographic surveying, the Shinsei Maru is equipped with a wide variety of onboard observation systems, portable research equipment and a remote controlled unmanned probe.

For launching and recovering this multitude of surveying systems and equipment, the RV is outfitted with a total MacArtney winch solution of eight winch systems, four of which are stationary and four of which are portable: a general survey winch, large wire winch, medium wire winch, small wire winch, CTD winch, deep tow winch, water sampling winch and mooring survey winch.


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