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Marine Electronics


June 2015 Issue

License for 3D Oil and Gas Ops Simulator in Qatar
Exxon Mobil (Irving, Texas) has awarded a global commercial license for Immersive 3D Operator Training Simulator technology to co-developer EON Reality Inc. (Irvine, California) for Qatar.

The innovative technology incorporates ultrarealistic, multi-angle immersive virtual reality for training process operators and engineers in oil and gas production, processing and transportation facilities.

The new technology also supports the development of simulators that combine dynamic process training and fully functional 3D models. These complex models include interactive 3D objects such as rotating valves, push buttons and active gauges; natural gestures and voice commands; and enhanced 4D sensory conditions, including tactile feedback, odors, vibration and wind simulation.

The dynamic process simulator uses actual plant operating conditions to create realistic training scenarios for critical procedure execution, upset condition training, and emergency response training. Scenarios also can be created for workforce development, competency assurance, project commissioning support, new hire orientation, and more efficient turnaround/shutdown planning.

A full-scale simulator of an actual gas processing facility in Qatar has been operational since 2013, providing realistic training on more than 300 interactive control devices in six gas processing units.

50DF Engine Proven To Run On Ethane
The Wärtsilä (Helsinki, Finland) 50DF marine engine has been successfully tested and certified to run on ethane (LEG) fuel. The extensive and successful testing program was carried out by Wärtsilä in close collaboration with Evergas (Copenhagen, Denmark), an owner and operator of seaborne petrochemical and liquid gas transport vessels. The capability to efficiently burn ethane boil-off gas as engine fuel significantly reduces the need for gas reliquefaction during the voyage. This means that less power is needed for the cargo handling.

This technology enables Wärtsilä’s customers to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Tier III regulations without need of secondary emissions cleaning while using either LNG or LEG as fuel. The engines have the capability to seamlessly switch between LNG, LEG, liquid fuel oil (LFO) or heavy fuel oil (HFO) without the need for any modifications to hardware and with uninterrupted operation.

New Marine Tech Development, Test Facility in Onomichi
Eco Marine Power (EMP), based in Fukuoka, Japan, and Teramoto Iron Works Co. Ltd., based in Onomichi, Japan, have agreed to establish a development and test facility in Onomichi that will be focused on marine technologies for the shipping and offshore industries.

The new facility, to be known as the Onomichi Marine-Tech Test Center, or Onomichi MTTC, will be co-located at the Teramoto Iron Works Chojahara Workshop. The center will include a large outdoor evaluation area that will allow for innovative devices, such as EMP’s EnergySail, to be tested.

LNG-Specific Software For Asian Carrier Fleet
NAPA (Helsinki, Finland) and ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan) have begun installation of new performance monitoring software on an Asian LNG carrier’s fleet. The new ClassNK-NAPA GREEN system will work in conjunction with NAPA’s Gas Tanker Loading Computer to provide a full 360° view of the operation of these vessels.

The LNG-specific software also provides effective and actionable analytics of fuel consumption, trim, route, speed and operational efficiency. Amid fluctuating bunker fuel prices, the software optimizes operations to fit the profile that makes the most commercial sense for all stakeholders. However, unlike standard ClassNK-NAPA GREEN systems, it is tailored to take into account the various fuels used by LNG carriers, meaning it can adapt to provide the most accurate operational analysis depending on the fuel used.

WindSentinel Integrates Dual ZephIR 300
AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) has deployed a dual ZephIR 300 arrangement on the WindSentinel buoy. The WindSentinel “floating laboratory” delivers a customized full suite of meteorological and metocean data, in addition to the wind speed and direction data for resource assessment, to better inform the development of offshore wind farms.

The WindSentinel combines the NOMAD buoy, designed to perform in harsh marine weather, and the ZephIR 300 continuous wave (CW) wind lidar.

To reduce risk associated with met data acquisition, AXYS provides a minimum of dual redundancy on all major components. Two wind lidars on the WindSentinel allow for staggered servicing of the wind measurement sensors to permit continuous data capture.

The ZephIR 300 provides high-resolution measurements at a data rate of 50 hertz. Every second, 50 points are measured in the free space targeted by the sensor and chosen by the user, anywhere from 10 up to 200 meters. This type of CW wind lidar makes very accurate measurements of the wind speed, direction and other characteristics, including turbulence intensity, according to the company.

Six UHD-III ROVs Mobilizing in Gulf
C-Innovation (Mandeville, Louisiana) is mobilizing six new UHD-III ROVs, manufactured by FMC Technologies - Schilling Robotics (Houston, Texas), throughout 2015 for work in the Gulf of Mexico.

The UHD-III ROV offers 250-horsepower for standard operations, with 150 auxiliary horsepower.

Two UHD-III vehicles will be installed on the BP (London, England) Thunder Horse PDQ in the Gulf of Mexico, with additional support from the Jack Edwards offshore supply vessel hosting another UHD-III.

Later this year, a UHD-III will be installed on the Kirt Chouest anchor handling supply vessel, performing construction and IRM work for Anadarko (The Woodlands, Texas).

Towards the end of 2015, two ROVs will be installed on the new Island Venture construction vessel.


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