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March 2018 Issue

Jensen’s First Hybrid Tug to Enter Construction

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, was selected to design Baydelta Maritime’s new 100-ft., Z-Drive hybrid tugboat. It will use Rolls-Royce hybrid technology and represents the first installation of a hybrid system for Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB), and it is the first hybrid tug designed by Jensen to enter the construction phase. The tug will feature the same ship assist and tanker escort capabilities of existing Valor-class harbor tugs, but with multiple operational modes. The Rolls-Royce hybrid system will allow the vessel to operate direct-diesel, diesel-electric or fully electric. It is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2019.

LNG-Powered ConRo Ships Will Move
Cargo Between US and Puerto Rico

Furuno outfitted the two newest LNG-powered Commitment-class ConRo (combination container and roll-on/roll-off) vessels, the El Coquí and Taíno. The two purpose-built vessels are among the first to be powered by liquefied natural gas. These 219.5-m ships, built by VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, each have a capacity of 26,500-dwt and are designed to transport containers ranging from 20-ft. standard to 53-ft. high-capacity units, as well as hundreds of cars and other vehicles.

Ocean Infinity Expands Its AUV Fleet with
New Unit Configured for Under-Ice Surveys

Ocean Infinity added a 6,000-m-rated Kongsberg HUGIN AUV system to its existing fleet. This ninth AUV has been configured to conduct under-ice surveys and has Kongsberg’s synthetic aperture sonar (HISAS) and a Kongsberg EM 2040 multibeam echosounder installed in an upward-facing modular payload section that is designed to facilitate surveys of the underside of the ice. An upward-looking Doppler velocity log (DVL) is also installed to aid under-ice navigation. Ocean Infinity is scheduled to take delivery of this new HUGIN AUV system December 2018. The system will be immediately put to work on a scientific research project scheduled for the beginning of 2019.

Oceaneering’s Technology for Offshore Wind
Wins the Carbon Trust Accelerator Competition

Oceaneering International Services Ltd. was named a winner in the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) competition, which is geared to find new or adaptable techniques that provide innovative and low-risk subsea inspection solutions for the industry’s challenges.

Oceaneering was selected as a winner for its techniques to address the inspection of welds on monopiles and jacket foundations. The company will receive tailored support from the Carbon Trust and OWA partners, including the potential to test the techniques at operational offshore wind farms.

Phoenix Divers and Hardsuit Pilots
Demonstrate Zero-Incident Abandonment Test

Phoenix completed an abandonment campaign in the Gulf of Mexico utilizing its atmospheric diving system (ADS) hardsuit. In phase one of the project, Phoenix cut, plugged and abandoned a 6-in. pipeline and umbilical exiting a J-tube at a depth of 530 ft. Phase two consisted of removing two 6-in. risers and riser clamps, two 3-in. umbilicals, two umbilical I-tubes and all I-tube clamps to a depth of 430 ft.

In total, 20 ADS missions were completed with 61 hours in the water and divers performed 38 dives with 33 hours of total bottom time. The entire project was performed over 18 days using 3,964 man hours without a lost-time incident.

Torqeedo Now Offers
Smart Power Generation Systems

Torqeedo has integrated Sentinel Boat Monitors and WhisperPower smart power generation systems into its electric boat propulsion products. The Sentinel app allows remote monitoring of the vessel’s location and onboard systems and provides automatic alerts of any malfunctions and alarms. If the boat strays from its location, the automatic geofencing and GPS tracking function helps locate the boat. When integrated with the Torqeedo system, the boat’s electric motor and battery data are displayed in the app, including state of charge, voltage, temperature and remaining range.

Ship & Shore Environmental to Work with
UC Irvine on Air Pollution Capture and Control

Ship & Shore Environmental Inc. (S&SE) joined forces with UC Irvine (UCI) in a program of collaboration, research, professional engagements and exchange of best practices. In addition, S&SE’s CEO Anoosheh Oskouian is now a member of UC Irvine’s School of Physical Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council as well as UCI’s executive roundtable, a gateway to mutually beneficial cooperation and knowledge transfer between the business community and the university.

S&SE is a Long Beach, California-based company specializing in air pollution capture and control for industrial applications, including volatile organic compound (VOC) abatement systems.

Wing Inflatables Acquires Pioneering
Life-Saving Inflatable Technology Company

Wing Inflatables Inc. acquired the stock of The Patten Companies located in Lake Worth, Florida, which manufactures inflatable life-saving products used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and NASA. Specifically, Patten manufactures high-performance collars for rigid inflatable boats and inflatable watercraft designed for challenging marine environments. The company is a pioneer in the use of polyurethane-coated fabric and thermo-welded air-holding seams. Patten maintains its primary manufacturing facility in Arcata, California, a sales and administration office in Lafayette, California, and a sales and service office in Centreville, Maryland.  

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