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December 2015 Issue

GMDSS Simulator Gets
DNV GL Certification

VSTEP has received DNV GL accreditation for their recently introduced new generation of GMDSS Simulators. This certification is the latest addition to VSTEP’s range of DNV GL-certified NAUTIS maritime simulators, as its GMDSS, Dynamic Positioning, Tug and Class A FMB simulators are now all fully DNV GL-certified for training in accordance with STCW and IMO requirements.

The new NAUTIS GMDSS Simulators by VSTEP come in two possible setups, a full hardware version or a virtual GMDSS system with touchscreens.

The GMDSS simulator is based on the latest in software technology and built in cooperation with professional mariners. It includes some new features not previously available in the market, including showing four GMDSS peripherals (out of a possible 13) on screen simultaneously and the option to connect multiple handsets to the simulator.


iXBlue Tech Handles
Arctic Conditions

Recently, the Norwegian Polar Institute conducting a routine mission to recover scientific instruments, offered iXBlue live Artic testing of their products. At North latitude, the problem is to determine the correct heading without bias. Thanks to its high precision, iXBlue Phins consistently delivered performance similar to that at lower latitudes. Furthermore, iXBlue gyroscopes, compensated for thermal behavior, maintained performance, even mounted on the exterior of the vessel.

iXBlue FOG has also been put to harsh real-world subsea testing where GPS aiding is not available. A high-latitude test was conducted on board the International Submarine Engineering Arctic Explorer-class AUV. This equipment was selected to support the "Cornerstone" project performed in conjunction with NRCAN/DRDC. The goal was to develop the equipment and methodology necessary to collect high-resolution, hydrographic-quality, bathymetric data of the Arctic seabed in harsh weather conditions. UNCLOS Article 76 survey missions were conducted with an AUV under the ice, and a full acoustic positioning solution including iXBlue PHINS was used to track it.


Saturn Gyrocompasses
Achieve Type Approval

After comprehensive testing, the full range of Teledyne TSS Saturn Fibre Optic Gyrocompasses has achieved Wheel Mark type approval under the MED (Marine Equipment Directive) Module B, for meeting the performance standards required by gyrocompasses used for commercial shipping. The equipment is now fully approved for Gyro-Compass Equipment (Annex A.1/4.3), Gyro-Compass for High Speed Craft (Annex A.1/4.31) when operating at vessel speeds above 30 kt., as well as Rate of Turn Indicator (Annex A.1/4.9).

The equipment is also approved under the US–EC Mutual Recognition Agreement.


Statoil Tech Invests
In Corvus ESS

Corvus Energy, specializing in advanced lithium-ion energy storage systems (ESS) for maritime hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems, announced the closing of a strategic investment from Statoil Technology Invest.

"We are very pleased to invest in Corvus Energy, a recognized leader in large-scale energy storage systems for marine applications," said Richard Erskine, managing director of Statoil Technology Invest. "Their products and unparalleled expertise give them a competitive advantage for expanding into the offshore sector. We see initial applications in vessels, with long-term potential to apply the same technology to rigs and platforms."

The Statoil Technology investment follows on from two previous strategic investments from Green Marine Capital, an investment partnership of global maritime companies that draws on the deep-rooted and global maritime heritage of the BW Group.


ABB Electric Systems for
Two New Cruise Ships

ABB has won a repeat order worth $60 million to deliver complete electrical power plants and Azipod XO fuel-saving electric propulsion systems for Carnival Corp.’s two new cruise vessels. ABB’s delivery will also include generators, main switchboards, a remote control system and distribution transformers.

Azipod propulsion is a gearless steerable propulsion system where the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod outside the ship’s hull. It improves safety and fuel efficiency and is the most environmentally friendly propulsion system.

The ships, to be built by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, will sail under Carnival Corp. brands Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line. The new vessel for Holland America Line will have a gross tonnage of 99,500 tons, accommodate up to 2,650 passengers and will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018. Carnival Cruise Line´s new, 3,954-passenger vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.


Videotel Training
Reaches Milestones

Videotel’s training solutions are now in use on more than 12,000 vessels worldwide, with more than 300 new vessels having joined in the third quarter of 2015. A further milestone reached is that Videotel has recorded more than 10 million training events in recent years.

In addition, Videotel has recently secured the business of a fleet of 24 vessels from a new offshore vessel client based in the Far East who, despite the current economic downturn, believes good training is absolutely essential for the safe operation of its fleet.

Videotel’s success is due in part to its efforts to continually expand its delivery platforms to meet the needs of the maritime industry. For example, Videotel’s Basic Training Package of 20 essential maritime training programs is now available with the IP-MobileCast content delivery service, and through an agreement with Inmarsat.

Videotel recently launched the new print edition of its training catalogue, STCW Maritime Training Catalogue 2015-2017, detailing the complete Videotel selection of 950 new and updated titles available in a range of formats. Videotel’s computer-based training (CBT) programs are included, with more than 500 e-Learning courses. Also launched at the same time was the latest Videotel on Demand (VOD) release, which includes a total of 59 e-Learning courses—37 new, 22 updated—to meet current seafarer training needs.


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