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December 2016 Issue

C-Innovation, 1Diamond
Joint Venture

C-Innovation LLC and 1Diamond LLC have created C-Diamond LLC, an integrated provider of advanced cutting solutions to the offshore industry. C-Diamond plans to target projects requiring marine-deployed cutting services, including offshore decommissioning activities.

Aquatic Modifies Track
System Slider for DeepOcean

Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd. was challenged to devise an innovative way to reduce mobilization time and lifetime sea-fastening costs on the newly commissioned offshore installation and construction vessel Edda Freya. The DeepOcean project team decided on integrating a track system into the deck, and the Aquatic team suggested modifying one of the existing track system sliders, compatible with Aquatic’s largest reel drive systems, which led to substantial cost efficiencies for DeepOcean, negating the need to hire or purchase a comparable reel drive system.

Aquatic created an interface solution that allowed the existing slider system and the integrated track system to fit seamlessly together.

Rentel Moves Forward
With 309-MW Wind Farm

Rentel NV has reached financial close for the construction of a new 309-MW offshore wind farm off the Belgian coast. The Rentel project, 40 km north of Ostend, will be the fifth offshore wind project in the Belgian North Sea. This new offshore power station will consist of 42 turbines. The total investment is €1.1 billion.

The new wind turbines will be the largest thus far installed in the Belgian North Sea and will deliver renewable energy to approximately 285,000 households. The turbines are provided by Siemens and are the most recent technology available to market. Rentel uses direct drive technology: the rotor is connected directly with the generator (no gearbox). The first power will be injected in the Belgian grid mid-2018. The power station will be fully operational by the end of 2018.

Accreditation for Unique
Group DP Training Center

Unique Group’s training center for dynamic positioning (DP) systems has obtained an accreditation from the Nautical Institute. The training center is located in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and is a joint venture between Unique Group and Nigeria-based Charkin Maritime & Offshore Safety Centre.

The training center will offer the DP Basic Operator and DP Simulator Courses. The DP Basic Operator course will mainly focus on defining the principles of DP and the components of a DP system. It will also impart knowledge about the relationship between vessel movement, position reference systems, sensors, computers, propulsion units and feedback. The DP Simulator course will help trainees enhance their DP knowledge and skills through hands-on experience of simulation tasks. The other courses offered are the DP Introduction and DP Technical Courses.

BOEM, California Kick Off
Renewable Energy Task Force

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of California held the inaugural meeting of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force in Sacramento, California, to begin planning for future renewable wind and wave energy development opportunities in federal offshore waters along the Golden State.

California is the 14th U.S. coastal state to form a renewable energy task force to provide critical information to the decision-making process, including how to resolve potential conflicts between development and environmental concerns and other uses. The California task force will facilitate coordination and communication between BOEM and state, local and tribal governments and other federal agencies concerning potential renewable energy leasing for research activities and commercial development on federal submerged lands on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore California.

Wind Lease Sale
Offshore New York

The U.S. Interior Department announced that 79,350 acres offshore New York will be offered in a December 15 commercial wind lease sale.

The New York Wind Energy Area starts approximately 11.5 naut. mi. from Jones Beach, New York. From its western edge, the area extends approximately 24 naut. mi. southeast at its longest portion. The lease area consists of five full Outer Continental Shelf blocks and 143 sub-blocks.

China Buys Bathy 2010
For Sediment Analysis

China’s Sanya Institute, the country’s first deep-sea research institute, purchased a Syqwest Bathy 2010 deepwater sub-bottom profiler for sediment analysis in the Marianas Trench. It will be retrofitted to the hull of a 300-ft. vessel. Sanya conducts research into ocean resources. There are more than 40 billion tons of petroleum in the South China Sea alone.

STR to Supply
Inertial Labs’ Products

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd. (STR) has made a partnership agreement with Inertial Labs to distribute their motion reference systems. Inertial Labs’ newest product, the Motion Reference Unit (MRU-B2), along with their Enhanced Motion Reference Unit (MRU-E) and (MRU-P) professional model will be the latest products to join STR’s expanding rental pool.

MacArtney Acquires
Majority Holding in ASME

MacArtney Underwater Technology Group has acquired the majority holding in Denmark-based ASME A/S, which designs and manufactures complete systems to the marine offshore, ocean science and renewable energy markets. ASME has specialized in PLC- and PC-based active heave compensated solutions, launch and recovery systems, automated electric and hydraulic turntables and tensioners, and electronic control systems. ASME Hydra A/S, a subsidiary company of ASME A/S, designs and manufactures hydraulic cylinders for the offshore market and other segments.

The founder of ASME, Arne Schmidt, who will resign by the end of 2016, believes that MacArtney will take ASME to the next level.


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