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August 2016 Issue

US Coast Guard Announces
New Towing Vessel Regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard announced new towing vessel regulations establishing new requirements for the design, construction, onboard equipment and operation of towing vessels. These regulations will be incorporated into Title 46 of the Code of Regulations as the new subchapter M.

Existing towing vessels will have an additional two years before having to comply with most of the requirements.


Teledyne Impulse Adds
Eight Global Distributors

Teledyne Impulse has entered into agreements with eight new international distributors, providing customers with additional service and support locations around the world.

The new distributors are: Bentos (Chile), MACSEA (Brazil), Smartsea Technology Co. (China), Geo Marine Techology (Hong Kong), Next Step Ltd. (South Korea), SEAPROD (Mexico), Seatech China (China) and Blue Zone Group (Australia).


Delta Subsea LCC, Boskalis Subsea
Services Team Up in Gulf of Mexico

Delta Subsea LLC and Boskalis Subsea Services have entered into a memorandum of understanding to provide integrated diving and ROV solutions in the Gulf of Mexico.

The agreement is set out with Delta Subsea providing ROV interventions, engineering and tooling solutions and support vessels. Boskalis will provide air and saturation diving equipment, services, associated project management and engineering.


Bollinger Delivers USCGC
Joseph Tezanos to USCG

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Joseph Tezanos, the 18th fast response cutter (FRC) for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The 154-ft. patrol craft is in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program.

The vessel is named after Coast Guard hero Joseph Tezanos, who was awarded the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps medal for distinguished heroism after rescuing more than 40 injured service members following the explosion of a Navy LST in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1944.


US Coast Guard Auxiliary Celebrates 77 Years
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, an all-volunteer service, celebrated 77 years of service to the United States this past June. The auxiliary is made up of more than 28,000 uniformed civilian volunteers and provides trained crews and facilities to augment the U.S. Coast Guard.

Over the last five years, auxiliarists have performed 583,500 vessel safety checks, taught about 320,000 hr. of boating safety courses, conducted 809,000 hr. of public outreach, gave 2 million hr. of administrative support, rescued $157 million in property and saved 785 lives while assisting 11,000 others.

Inauguration of Expanded Panama Canal
Ushers in New Era of Global Trade

The expanded Panama Canal is now officially open for business. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano spoke to a crowd of more than 25,000 Panamanians, Canal employees, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world.

“More than 100 years ago, the Panama Canal connected two oceans. Today, we connect the present and the future,” said Quijano.


MacArtney Brings Workshop
Services to Northeast US Customers

MacArtney Inc. is expanding its Northeast operations in Massachusetts to larger office space and adding a new workshop capacity. The new workshop will feature molding and termination capabilities designed to support customers and empower MacArtney’s ability to provide custom cable assemblies and turn-key connectivity solutions with short lead times to the local marine community in North America.


Nanolander Rides New
Access to the Sea

The Global Ocean Design Nanolander is a small, portable instrument delivery system that will carry sensor payloads and samplers to the seafloor up to 2 km deep, for any length of stay, return to the surface, and radio its range and bearing directly to the recovery ship.

The DOV BEEBE Nanolander was recently carried be a SeaKeepers Discovery Yacht, the MV Niyama, for engineering evaluation tests off the coast of San Diego. The scientific investigation studied the expansion of the oxygen minimum zones in the world’s oceans.


Silver Ships, Inc.
Delivers Fire/Rescue Boat

Silver Ships, Inc. has delivered a 34-ft. custom-designed and purpose-built all-welded aluminum fire/rescue boat to the Islip Fire District on Long Island, New York. Design highlights include a walkaround-style pilothouse; a dive door with underwater lighting; and a bow door to facilitate bringing patients aboard via a “pass-through” on the forward end of the pilothouse and onto one of two treatment benches for EMS treatment. It also has an electronics suite, including the Furuno TZ Touch System with 36NM radar.


Simulyze’s Mission Insight
Successfully Deployed

Simulyze Inc. announced a successful deployment of its enterprise-level Mission Insight OI application in support of the first U.S. ship-to-shore drone delivery. Taking place on the New Jersey coastline, the Drones in Disasters “Do Tank” event featured independent drone delivery service Flirtey and Dr. Timothy Amukele, assistant professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, demonstrating the potential use of UAVs to deliver medical supplies during a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. The UAV flights were flown round-trip from a ship located 1/2 a mile offshore in North Cape May, N.J.


RJE International STI-350
Used in Crash Recovery

RJE International’s STI-350 Surface Acoustic Receiver System was successfully used in the recovery of an Airbus CASA C-212 Aviocar 400 sea patrol plane. The Vietnamese Coast Guard CASA 212 and crew of nine was answering a distress call of a SU30-MK2 fighter jet that crashed on a training mission earlier, when the search plane also crashed due to bad weather.


Eco Marine Power to Consider
Joint Development Projects in US

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has been granted a U.S. patent for technology related to its wind and solar power system for ships—Aquarius MRE. As a result, EMP intends to explore joint development project opportunities in the U.S. Aquarius MRE is an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, marine-grade solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computers that enables ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power of the wind and sun.


2G Robotics, NOAA, OARS Collaborate
To Document Historical American Shipwrecks

2G Robotics recently collaborated with NOAA at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to document America’s maritime heritage. 2G Robotics and NOAA, with the assistance of Offshore Analysis & Research Solutions (OARS), used 2G Robotics’ underwater laser scanning technology to create 3D models of some of America’s most nationally significant shipwrecks.


EIVA Named Official Partner of CCOM
The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) and EIVA are now officially industrial partners. With this partnership, EIVA is able to implement CCOM’s tools in the new generations of NaviSuite software products, and UNH students and staff can use it for free. One of CCOM’s objectives is to develop tools to advance ocean mapping and hydrography.


Dockwa Raises Additional
$2 Million in Seed Funding

Dockwa has announced that it has raised $2 million in additional seed funding. Dockwa’s innovative unified booking platform connects boaters and marinas in real time from coast to coast, allowing them to explore, reserve and securely pay for a slip or mooring via the platform. Dockwa has expanded in the Midwest this summer with 13 locations in Chicago Harbor added to the network.


US Charity Supporting Maritime Rescuers
In Mediterranean and Aegean

Volunteer services from across Europe have responded to the maritime refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas by deploying boats and crews, saving tens of thousands of lives. The Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) raises money in the U.S. to support sea rescue organizations. Donations can be made at www.AFRAS.org.


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