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September 2016 Issue

Intelsat 33e to Extend
Global Satellite Capacity

Intelsat 33e, the second of the Intelsat EpicNG series of high-throughput satellites, arrived at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will undergo final preparations before its scheduled launch on an Ariane 5 rocket August 24.

Intelsat 33e will extend Intelsat’s high-throughput capacity in both C- and Ku-band from the Americas to include Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean regions.

Seiche Takes Majority
Stake in AutoNaut

AutoNaut has secured investment from the Seiche Group to advance R&D aims, assure long-term growth and develop business across the U.K. and international markets. The new deal will see Seiche take a majority stake in the company.

The investment from Seiche will provide additional resources for R&D and manufacturing, as well as administrative support. Seiche will also help expand all sales and marketing activity, providing a springboard for AutoNaut into a number of commercial markets.

AutoNaut Ltd. designs and manufactures wave-propelled boats, equipped to operate as an autonomous marine data collection hub. A fleet of craft is now in production in a range of sizes to suit multiple applications across the oil and gas, renewables, civil engineering, research and science sectors, as well as for defense, security and surveillance.

Military, Law Enforcement
Use Pulse 8X Detector

A growing number of military dive teams and law enforcement agencies are putting underwater metal detectors (UMD) to work in their search and recovery operations. They use these detectors for a variety of tasks including locating explosive devices, searching for weapons and evidence, salvage operations, looking for lost anchors and chains, and finding objects dropped from ships and piers.

U.S. and Peruvian Navy divers have cooperated on several missions, including the salvage of a sunken ship in Panama harbor, relying on JW Fishers Pulse 8X detector. Other entities using the technology include: the U.S. Navy’s mobile diving and salvage units, underwater construction teams, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units, SEALs, Israeli Navy dive teams, and the U.S. Air Force Rescue Wing.

In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to clean up the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant site in Texas using the Pulse 8X in their EOD clearance operations.

Many law enforcement agencies also employ underwater detectors, including the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and state and local entities.

Casco Antiguo Becomes Rep for
Aquatec in Central, South Am

Aquatec Group has expanded their global network to introduce Casco Antiguo as a representative for the distribution of their established underwater instrumentation for oceanographic, environmental and coastal applications in Central and South America.

Aquatec’s standard ocean products, including the AQUAscat acoustic suspended sediment profilers, AQUAlogger 210TY turbidity logger and AQUAmodem Op1L optical modem, are now available across Central and South America.

Lighthouse to Merge
With Ageotec

Lighthouse has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Ageotec, an Italian company supplying ROVs and survey equipment worldwide. Steadily linked for more than 10 years, Lighthouse and Ageotec have been part of the same holding group comprising companies running independent activities in diversified markets, within the common business of marine exploration.

Lighthouse will continue to provide positioning services, geophysical acquisition and data processing. The existing sale structure will be strengthened with Ageotec staff, who will handle the sale of ROVs and oceanographic, geophysical and hydrographic equipment.

Wärtsilä Takes Advantage
Of Digitalization

Wärtsilä has launched Wärtsilä Genius services, a new area of expertise designed to help customers optimize their operations and seize the opportunities offered by digitalization. The service concept is based on comprehensive optimization of customers’ business and entire installation instead of focusing on maintenance and servicing alone. Wärtsilä has signed several maintenance agreements for Wärtsilä Genius services, which involve using real-time data and analytics.

Wärtsilä offline vibration analysis service is a new service for propulsion and other rotating equipment for analyzing measurement data from equipment to determine their condition and possible maintenance needs.

The Wärtsilä engine efficiency monitoring service is now available for dual-fuel engines. Customers can optimize their fuel consumption by adjusting their operations according to real-time data.

Wärtsilä has also updated the Wärtsilä condition-based maintenance service, allowing daily follow-up of key operational data in addition to monthly reporting.

Financial Support Available
For Maritime Students

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has launched a bursary scheme for students enrolling in the Sustainable Maritime Operations degree courses provided by its subsidiary, Marine Learning Alliance (MLA). The bursaries are designed to help students from any country who want to further their career by achieving a Plymouth University qualification through the MLA but need assistance with the financial costs involved.

Applications for a reduction in course fees apply to either the postgraduate M.S. course or the undergraduate B.S. (Hons) degree. Bursaries will be available for up to 75 percent of costs at the discretion of the decision committee. There is a limited amount available for bursaries for the next academic year (September 2016 to August 2017), to be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply, contact Lucille Pearce at info@mla-uk.com.


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