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April 2015 Issue

Subsea Training Center Addresses Asia Pacific Skills Shortage
A diver training facility in Tasmania, Australia, is helping to address the skills shortage in the Asia Pacific subsea sector as it teams up with a Malaysian recruitment and training provider. The Underwater Centre (Tasmania) is working with a team of 21 candidates who have been recommended for training by Samsian Solution & Services (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). The students are completing the center’s standard commercial diving training package, which qualifies them to work onshore and offshore as commercial divers.

Port of London to Unveil New Vessel
The Port of London Authority’s (PLA) new 36-meter mooring maintenance vessel, London Titan, built at a cost of £7 million, will be officially unveiled at the opening day of Seawork International in June.

Following its launch last month, fitting out and sea trials, London Titan is likely to be seen by upwards of 7,500 visitors at Seawork, which will be held June 16 to 18 in Southampton, England. London Titan is the PLA’s largest single investment in 20 years.

N-sea Completes Subsea Repair Operation
N-Sea (Zierikzee, Netherlands) has utilized the world’s first wet repair habitat to complete an in-situ subsea cable repair.

The habitat allows repairs to be implemented in-situ below sea level, as opposed to the conventional method of recovering the subsea cable prior to repair. The diving scope was performed as part of a Moyle Interconnector project to carry out the repair on the Moyle Interconnector cable, a 500-megawatt HVDC electrical interconnector in the Irish Sea.

European Shipping Initiative Launched
Maritime and inland waterways will be under increasing pressure as they are used for transport, recreation and commercial activity. DNV GL (Høvik, Norway) introduced a new initiative, Vessels for the Future, which aims to improve shipping’s safety record, sustainability and global competitiveness.

Launched in November 2014, more than 50 companies, research institutes, academic organizations and interested associations have signed up to take part in the initiative, which will work toward a more sustainable European transport system. The initiative focuses on safe and efficient waterborne transport and competitiveness of the maritime sector in Europe.

Financing for Ship Owners to Promote Installation of Scrubber Systems
Wärtsilä (Helsinki, Finland) and Clean Marine Energy (Europe) Ltd. (Oxford, England) signed an agreement that will provide a funding solution to drive the uptake of exhaust gas cleaning technology. The move is intended to ease the financial burden on ship owners seeking to install scrubber systems in order to meet sulphur emissions legislation.

The financing solution, similar to those in the building environment space, enables a ship owner to repay the cost of the scrubber system installation via a fuel adder, i.e., a fuel premium on the price of heavy fuel oil by which the ship owner repays the cost of installing the scrubber.

Camera Delivered for Pipeline Repair
Kongsberg Maritime Camera Group (Kongsberg, Norway) has designed, manufactured and delivered an underwater video camera for use on an advanced subsea remote pipeline repair system (RPRS). The cameras are specifically designed to monitor the welding arc and welding pass in an unmanned hyperbaric welding habitat, when operating to depths of 1,500 meters.

The camera has been tested and qualified for use in an argon gas environment during welding operations. A wide-range image sensor is used, which provides real-time, close-up viewing of the welding process.

Yara Marine Technologies Delivers Scrubber Project
Yara Marine Technologies (Oslo, Norway) delivered a scrubber project to Brittany Ferries (Roscoff, France) for their ship Normandie, which runs between Portsmouth, England, and Caen, France. The system on board Normandie has received a MED certificate from Bureau Veritas. The project was supervised and executed by STX France (Saint-Nazaire, France).

According to Brittany Ferries, the level of sulfur oxides in the exhaust gas from Normandie is lower than 0.1 percent, in compliance with regulations.

Shipping Risks Continue in Indian Ocean
Underestimating the security risk in the Indian Ocean could put ships in danger, according to maritime security company MAST Ltd. (Valletta, Malta).

The Indian Ocean still presents a series of security challenges, including a lack of intelligence information sharing between countries carrying out counter-piracy operations in the region, as recently stated by Commodore Keith Blount at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He added that if these challenges were overcome, it would help increase the situational awareness and understanding of the region.

SpecTec Updates Ship Management System for Charity
SpecTec (La Spezia, Italy) has a new project working with long-term partner Mercy Ships (Garden Valley, Texas) to migrate their current system to the AMOS enterprise management suite (EMS).

Mercy Ships is an international charity that visits some of the poorest countries in the world, providing free surgery and medical care, as well as offering advice to help improve local communities free of charge.

The Africa Mercy will receive an installation and update of the latest version of AMOS EMS.

Study Highlights Economic Importance of EU Shipping
ECSA (Brussels, Belgium) presented the results of a recent update of the Oxford Economics study on the economic value of the EU shipping industry, which highlights the industry’s important contribution to the EU economy based on new and more reliable data.

According to the study, the overall contribution of the European shipping industry to the EU’s GDP in 2013 is estimated to have been €147 billion. Moreover, for every €1 million the European shipping industry contributes to the GDP itself, it creates another €1.6 million elsewhere in the European economy.

Elcome Signs Sales, Service Agreement
Elcome International (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) signed a distribution agreement with Japan Radio Co. (JRC), based in Tokyo, Japan, and its technology partner Alphatron Marine (Rotterdam, Netherlands).

Under the agreement, Elcome will take on responsibility for sales and service of JRC and Alphatron Marine products in the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka. Elcome will also carry out annual performance tests for JRC Voyage data recorders and simplified Voyage data recorders.

JRC is providing extensive training for Elcome engineers at its center in Rotterdam, as well as at Elcome’s headquarters in Dubai, which will ensure support for customers in the region.

Nautricity Secures Grid-Connected Test Berth
Scottish tidal turbine developer Nautricity (Glasglow, Scotland) has recently secured a grid-connected tidal test berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), following successful sea trials at EMEC’s nongrid-connected site last year. In 2014, Nautricity tested its CoRMaT tidal energy converter and Hydrobuoy mooring system at EMEC’s Shapinsay Sound test site, gaining experience at operating in real sea conditions. The company is now moving a step closer to commercialization by securing a test berth at EMEC’s test site for its next-generation prototype, testing their technology in some of the harshest sea conditions.

MPE Interiors Completes Trio of Ferry Contracts
MPE Interiors (Birkenhead, England) has completed three new contracts in the U.K. and Ireland to upgrade passenger ferries for Stena Line (Gothenburg, Sweden) and P&O Ferries (Dover, England).

The contracts involved a range of furniture, soft furnishing and ceiling improvements on ferries at different shipyards. The projects highlight MPE’s range of skills and services to the ferry and wider maritime sectors on both sides of the Irish Sea, according to the company.

Delivery of First Pipe Recovery System
The first of Churchill Drilling Tools’ (Aberdeen, Scotland) HyPR HoleSaver hydraulic pipe recovery systems has been delivered. Two operators have now selected the cost-saving tool for projects in the North Sea, while another is planning deployment in the Gulf of Mexico. Some onshore operators have also identified potential scenarios in which the system has applications, too.

Developed in 2014, the HyPR HoleSaver is a hydraulic pipe recovery system. According to the company, the system is faster and safer than using traditional recovery methods and could save the drilling industry in cost and time reduction.

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