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June 2015 Issue
NATO Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Begins
NATO’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2015 was successfully completed off the coast of Norway, with ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 10 allied nations and one partner nation converging on the Norwegian Sea for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare training.
Submarines from Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United States, under operational control of NATO Submarine Command, joined 13 surface ships from Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Imtech Marine Renews DNV GL Approval
Imtech Marine (Rotterdam, Netherlands) was awarded the three-year DNV GL (Høvik, Norway) global certification renewal. It concerns inspection and testing of radio communication equipment, automatic identification systems, and testing and inspection of voyage data recorders. Imtech Marine is the first service supplier to achieve a global surveying certificate from DNV GL since the two classification societies merged in September 2013.
New Company to Service Subsea Sectors
A new engineering company for the marine industry has launched as Ocean Marine Systems Ltd. (Christchurch, England).
Ocean Marine Systems manufactures through-hull deployment machinery, servicing the offshore oil and gas, subsea, survey and security sectors. All the products are designed and manufactured at their U.K.-based factory and exported worldwide. Ocean Marine Systems designs perform alongside and complement technology from subsea instrument manufacturers.
Entrepose Strengthens Position in Asia
Entrepose (Colombes, France) has completed the acquisition of Jakarta, Indonesia-based company PT Istana Karang Laut (IKL).
IKL has expertise in both onshore and offshore activities, notably through the design and manufacture of oil and gas production process modules and metering systems, as well as turnkey project management under engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contracts.
The company has 130 employees and generates revenue of around €30 million.
Millennium Falcon Launches X-Wing Into Marine World
The long-term effect of renewable energy installations on marine animals is to be investigated by researchers at Washington University. The instrumentation package to achieve this comes in a specially designed underwater monitoring system deployed by a Saab Seaeye (Fareham, England) Falcon ROV.
The launch and delivery platform was dubbed the “Millennium Falcon” by the researchers who saw the detachable instrument pod—called an adaptable monitoring package—as reminiscent of an X-Wing Starfighter from the “Star Wars” epic.
Danelec Marine Names New Distributor
YDDO Maritime & Consulting Co. (Istanbul, Turkey) has been appointed by Danelec Marine (Birkerød, Denmark) as a distributor in Turkey.
YDDO will provide sales, installation and service of Danelec voyage data recorders (VDR), simplified voyage data recorders and electronic chart display and information systems in Turkish ports and shipyards, and will conduct VDR annual performance tests. The company will also establish a certified service center for Danelec Marine with extensive stock of products and spares in Turkey.
CGC Dredging Uses Trimble For Hydrographic Survey
CGC Dredging (Henderson, Australia) was tasked with a dredging project in Port Geographe in preparation for placement of rock for a new seawall. CGC is using the Trimble (Sunnyvale, California) HYDROpro construction software and Trimble SPS461 GPS heading and positioning receivers.
Allowing the operator to dredge the desired path, the cutter head guidance helped CGC to work efficiently and save time.
Ocean Signal Acquired by ACR Electronics
Ocean Signal Ltd. (Margate, England) has announced that it has been acquired by Drew Marine Ltd. (Whippany, New Jersey). The business will operate as a unit of ACR Electronics Inc. (Fort Lauderdale, Florida).
Combining two experienced electronic engineering teams in the marine communication industry, ACR and Ocean Signal now have the in-house capabilities to develop the next generation of survival products for the marine, land, military and aviation markets.
Initiatives Recognized for Working Toward A More Sustainable Shipping Industry
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), based in London, England, a coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry focused on uniting commercial growth with sustainable behaviors, has won the Guardian Sustainable Business Award for Consultancy of the Year. Members were commended for delivering multiple projects that have brought new innovation and insight to help the shipping industry accelerate progress towards a more robust, responsible and profitable future.
Several initiatives stood out, including the SSI’s Save as you Sail financial model that demonstrates how charterers, owners and financiers can model ROI and profits from more efficient vessels.
Marsol International Announces New Subsidiary Company
Marsol International Ltd. (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) has announced the registration of its new subsidiary, Marsol Oil & Gas Services LLC, which will be operated from a new office facility in the Port of Fujairah, located in the United Arab Emirates.
The launch of Marsol Oil & Gas Services LLC will consolidate Marsol’s presence in the area and will support the company’s growth plans in the region, which is regarded as a hub for logistical shipping and oil.
Wello Extends Penguin Tests at EMEC
Wave energy developer Wello Oy (Espoo, Finland) is extending its testing program at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), based in Orkney, Scotland, having signed a one-year extension to their original contract.
Their 1-megawatt Penguin wave energy converter has been undergoing testing in Orkney since June 2011, and was first deployed at EMEC’s grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo on the west coast of Orkney in 2012. Following the three test periods that have already been completed at EMEC, Wello has confirmed all internal components are still in good working order.
Blue Ocean Monitoring Completes Contract
Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM), based in Subiaco, Australia, a provider of real-time ocean data services, announced the completion of a contract in Indonesia working for PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT), based in Mataram, Indonesia.
BOM’s task was to utilize its Slocum Glider to monitor PTNNT’s tailings placement program at its Batu Hijau copper-gold mine in Sumbawa, Indonesia. The program involves the tailings from the mine being piped 3.2 kilometers out to sea.
Subsea Innovation Completes Refurbishment
Subsea Innovation (Darlington, England) has refurbished a launch and recovery system (LARS) for a major offshore oil and gas contractor. Subsea Innovation is helping its clients to extend the life of their existing assets. The company is offering refurbishment services to a variety of LARS and tether management systems manufactured by themselves or others.
In a recent project, the company undertook the complete strip down of a LARS at its new, purpose‐built manufacturing facility.
Sperry Marine Selects UAE Sales Provider
Northrop Grumman Corp.’s (Falls Church, Virginia) Sperry Marine (New Malden, England) business unit has selected Marine Electricals Ltd. (MEL), based in Mumbai, India, as its sales and service representative for the United Arab Emirates.
Under the agreement, MEL will offer the complete range of Sperry Marine’s products, systems and services to customers in the UAE and surrounding region. These include the VisionMaster FT family of products and navigation systems.
STR Invests in New Sonardyne Syrinx DVL
Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England) has announced that Subsea Technology and Rentals Ltd. (STR), based in Great Yarmouth, England, has become the first company to invest in the new Syrinx Doppler velocity log (DVL). The introduction of Syrinx, its first DVL, is a natural extension of the company’s existing 6G and SPRINT product lines and follows a major research and development program aimed at creating a new performance benchmark for 600-kilohertz DVLs.
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