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December 2014 Issue

Neway Completes Major Pumping Operation
Neway (Ellesmere Port, England) has played a key role in controling vast quantities of water during the refurbishment of Liverpool dock entrances. The company helped remove and refill 3 million tonnes of water in a series of demanding pumping operations at Langton Lock. It worked as a contractor on the refurbishment project.

The Neway group managing director said the pumping work enabled engineers to get access to watertight lock gates, known as caissons, which had to be swapped to allow refurbishment work.

ClassNK Launches Feasibility Study
ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan) announced the launch of a feasibility study for a new marine renewable energy testing facility to be built in Singapore. The announcement was made at the 2014 Asian Clean Energy Summit. The study will pave the way for the establishment of the world's first marine renewable energy testing facility to be located in the tropics.

Demand for renewable energy has soared in recent years, fueling high expectations for the use of marine renewable energy.

Bourbon Expands into new Markets
A new Bourbon (Paris, France) vessel is scheduled for delivery in early 2016 from the Vard shipyard. This anchor-handling tug supply was specially designed for operations in polar waters, and more specifically in Arctic zones, where there is a huge potential for development. Bourbon is adjusting its range of services to meet the requirements of clients and the changing offshore market.

Autonomous Technology Could Save Offshore Wind Farm Costs
ASV Ltd. (Portchester, England), in association with Planet Ocean Ltd. (Camberley, England), has received funding from the GROW: OffshoreWind initiative to investigate how the use of autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) could reduce the costs of offshore wind farm support. The project will look at tasks related to the construction, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

Installation of Aquarius MAS Integrated With Marine Solar Power
Eco Marine Power (Fukuoka, Japan) together with strategic partners has installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on board the Blue Star (Athens, Greece) Delos. The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries, and the approximately 2-kilowatt trial solar array on board the vessel is now in operation and providing a source of renewable energy for the ship.

Sustainable Shipping Initiative Signs Commitments
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (London, England), a coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry focused on uniting commercial growth with sustainable behaviors, announced that all of its members have signed a set of shared commitments to set a clear benchmark for sustainable practices. These shared commitments also aim to create greater clarity and momentum on the minimum needed to achieve its vision of a truly sustainable industry by 2040.

Jee Ltd. to Open New Subsea Engineering Courses Hub
Jee Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) announced the expansion of its subsea engineering public courses program to Stavanger, Norway, in 2015.

Jee will run six of its public courses in Stavanger throughout 2015. Courses include integrity management of subsea pipelines, construction of subsea pipelines, subsea systems, risers, umbilicals and flexibles, subsea controls and engineering of flexibles. Jee's public courses will be held in the state-of-the-art GE Technology Solutions Center at Dusavik port, in the heart of the oil and gas business sector in Stavanger.

UKHO Alexander Dalrymple Award Presented to Captain Peter Kortenoeven
Captain Peter Kortenoeven, hydrographer of the Royal Netherlands Navy, has been presented with the Taunton, England-based United Kingdom Hydrographic Office's (UKHO) prestigious Alexander Dalrymple Award at a ceremony in London, England.

The award is dedicated to Alexander Dalrymple, who was the first hydrographer of the Navy when the office was founded in 1795.

Milestone Celebrated at Hammond Drysuits Ltd.
The 1,000th Hammond Drysuits Ltd. (Dartford, England) commercial drysuit has been serviced and certified. This achievement comes after Hammond Drysuits welcomed on board a number of clients who have chosen the company to supply drysuits to its teams.

Every drysuit received for service undergoes a full wet pressure test to identify any areas in need of attention, in particular seams, zips and seal.

GAC EnvironHull Starts Operations in Oman
Oman's Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free HullWiper system at the port of Sohar, just outside the Gulf of Hormuz. It is the fourth port in the Middle East at which the ROV is now available to provide hull-cleaning services for ships.

The green hull cleaning solution uses adjustable-pressure, seawater jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in minimal damage to the antifouling surface.

Fugro Surveys Major Submarine Cable Route
Fugro (Leidschendam, Netherlands) has recently started a cable route survey for AAE-1, one of the largest submarine cable systems to be constructed in the last decade.

Fugro is providing offshore geophysical and geotechnical operations, charting and reporting to support the design and installation of the telecommunications cable. The work is planned to be completed by summer 2015.

Australia Receives Vessel With Retractable Combi Tunnel Thruster
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), an agency of the federal government of Australia, took delivery of their flagship research vessel Investigator equipped with a Thrustmaster (Houston, Texas) TH1500MLR 1,500-horsepower retractable combi tunnel thruster.

Measuring 93.9 meters in length on an 18.5-meter beam, the RV Investigator will undertake oceanographic, geoscience, ecosystem and fisheries research.

Graduate School Uses Polarstern Cruise to Antarctic for Training
The Antarctic expedition on the research vessel Polarstern focuses on training early-stage researchers. On board, 22 Ph.D. and master's students will learn how to use hydroacoustic measuring methods under real-life conditions. The participants come from international courses at the University of Bremen and the POLMAR graduate school at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Five AWI scientists will train the students during a nine-day voyage to Las Palmas, Spain, before the Polarstern continues to the Antarctic via Cape Town, South Africa, for research work.

Record Swim Against Flow with Sabertooth
Hibbard Inshore (Auburn Hills, Michigan) has set the record for the longest flooded tunnel inspection against flow ever attempted. The company used the Saab Seaeye (Fareham, England) Sabertooth AUV/ROV hybrid for the job.

Used as a tethered ROV, which was important to Hibbard for real-time data feedback, vehicle control and safety measures, the Sabertooth swam the 8 kilometers of tunnel against a 0.3 kilometer-per-second flow while fitted with a range of surveying and filming systems.

International Subsea Technology Training Academy Launched
A subsea training academy is being launched in Aberdeen, Scotland. The academy will meet global demand for improved competency in the configuration, operation and maintenance of increasingly sophisticated equipment required in more complex subsea oil and gas projects in deeper waters and hostile locations around the world.

Ashtead Technology (Aberdeen), has invested almost '500,000 in its subsea technology training academy, which is designed to attract delegates from around the world.

MacArtney Sells Moog Focal FPSO Slip Rings
MacArtney (Esbjerg, Denmark) has received an order from OneSubsea (Houston, Texas) for Moog (East Aurora, New York) Focal oil and condensate gas FPSO slip rings. The order also includes cables and associated junction boxes.

The FPSO slip rings are designated for the Martin Linge project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf due west of Bergen, Norway. Here, they will add to several innovative solutions and technologies designed to reduce CO2 emissions.


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