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September 2015 Issue

InterMoor Provides Rapid Mooring Support
InterMoor Inc., an Acteon company, recently provided Anadarko Petroleum Corp. with rapid hook-up services for their Heidelberg truss spar in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

After stepping in at short notice for another contractor, InterMoor hooked up the 80,000 bbl/d spar to three monitoring lines in Green Canyon Block 860, offshore Louisiana, at a water depth of 5,300 ft.

Durable AZEK Deck Selected for
Madeira Beach Docks

Students at The Madeira Beach Fundamental School in Madeira Beach, Florida, have a new fishing dock built with low-maintenance AZEK Deck, designed to endure harsh marine environments.

As part of their robust marine science program, students rely on the dock. When it showed signs of deterioration, the PTSA funded “Dollars for Docks” to replace it. The PTSA chose AZEK Deck’s brownstone color, and the project was completed in less than three weeks.

Makai Ocean Engineering Inc. Announces
Newly Expanded Corrosion Services

Makai Ocean Engineering Inc. is now providing expanded corrosion services at their Marine Corrosion Laboratory (MCL) in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The MCL is staffed with corrosion engineers and state-of-the-art equipment for a wide range of research, development, testing and evaluation services. Capabilities of the lab include basic corrosion science research and applied engineering solutions for the prevention of marine corrosion.

Imports Up as Retailers Look
Toward Holiday Season

According to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.6 percent in August over the same time last year as retailers begin to bring in merchandise for the holiday season.

July was estimated at 1.59 million TEU, up 6 percent from 2014. August is forecast at 1.57 million TEU, up 3.6 percent; September at 1.59 million TEU, down 0.1 percent; October at 1.58 million TEU, up 1.2 percent; November at 1.45 million TEU, up 4.5 percent; and December at 1.4 million TEU, down 2.8 percent.

MARAD Celebrates Completion
Of Marine Cargo Dock

Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen joined state and local officials recently in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a marine cargo dock at the Port of Brownsville, Texas.

The new 600-ft.-long marine cargo dock and storage yard enables the port to significantly boost capacity and freight volume, making the facility more competitive with domestic and foreign ports in the Gulf region.

BIRNS Invests in New Cutting-
Edge Testing and Inspection Equipment

BIRNS, Inc. has recently invested in advanced equipment for the development and testing protocols for its high-performance connectors and cable assemblies.

The new systems include a direct computer control (DCC) Mitutoyo coordinate measuring machine (CMM), which allows BIRNS technicians to download 3D engineering models into the machine to measure a part directly from the model. BIRNS also purchased and is utilizing a Starrett HDV300 Video Measuring System.

OceanWorks International Completes
Upgrades to Italian Navy HARDSUIT

OceanWorks International has completed system upgrades to the third Italian Navy’s HARDSUIT atmospheric diving system (ADS).

The newly delivered ADS utilized improvements in the subsea thrusters and design upgrades to the buoyancy and backpack system to accommodate the changes in the physical alignment and weight of the Quantum II. In addition, OceanWorks has provided updated communication, electronic, power distribution, and support equipment.

Canadian LNG-Fueled Ferry
Bestobell Valves has supplied cryogenic valves to Canada’s first LNG-fueled ferry–the recently launched MV Armandlmbeau II.

The ferry features the innovative new LNGPac fuel storage system, which operates on dual fuel, allowing it to become one of the most environmentally friendly vessels currently operating. The 436-m vessel is only the second in North America to operate on LNG.

American Graduates to Fly Pioneering Falcon
America’s first bachelor of science in maritime technology program, offered by Northwestern Michigan College, will be receiving a special Falcon ROV.

The Falcon will be fitted with an advanced sonar system that will help graduates study ROVs as a multicomponent resource used across a wide range of subsea activities. The aim is for graduates to be proficient in applied technology for the marine industry onshore and offshore.

Preliminary Tests of Cocoli Lock Gates Completed
The Panama Canal Expansion continues to make steady progress; currently 91 percent complete. The Cocoli lock gates, the largest in this lock complex and located on the lowest level, are required to open and close within a span of four to five minutes to meet established standards. The successful testing allows the Panama Canal to conduct leak tests, followed by testing valves that control the water flow.

Jensen-Designed LNG ATB Receives
Approval in Principle

A Jensen Maritime-designed, LNG-bunkering articulated tug-barge (ATB) has been granted approval in principle by the classification society American Bureau of Shipping. The designation establishes that Jensen’s vessel concept, which is classed as an A1 Liquefied Gas Tank Barge, is compliant in principle with ABS rules and guidelines. Expected time to build the ATB is between 18 and 30 months.

Furuno Selected by Holland
America Line to Retrofit Cruise Ships

Holland America Line (HAL) has selected Furuno bridge solution to retrofit their cruise ships with the latest in fully integrated navigation systems starting with their first ship, MS Westerdam. The project was a substantial undertaking, with the removal of old equipment from the bridge, installation of all the new equipment, interfacing everything together, and getting it all up and running. Since the installation, HAL and Furuno have been working together to continuously improve upon the integrated navigation system, making it one of the most advanced cruise ship navigation systems available.

SNAME Annual Medals to Be Presented
SNAME will present its medals during the Annual Banquet at the World Maritime Technology Conference, which runs November 3 to 7 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

The annual banquet will recognize Donald L. Blount, Donald T. Bollinger, Dr. Brian Malcolm Sharples and Dr. Alan J. Brown for their outstanding contributions to naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering and ship research.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx
Breaks Ground at Port of Virginia

The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, as well as other federal, state and local officials, to break ground on two major infrastructure projects at the Port of Virginia. Supported by nearly $200 million in federal funding, the projects will relieve congestion and delays at the port terminals and naval base while reducing harmful emissions and increasing safety in adjacent neighborhoods.

Government of Canada, Port Metro
Vancouver Announce Port Funding

The government of Canada announced funding for the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals. The total project funding is $12 million: $6 million from Transport Canada’s Shore Power Technology for Ports Program and $6 million from Port Metro Vancouver. Shore power reduces emissions by allowing vessels to draw power from the local electrical grid and, thereby, turn off their diesel engines while in port.

Bollinger Delivers the CGC Heriberto Hernandez
Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the Heriberto Hernandez, the 14th fast response cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 154-ft. patrol craft has a flank speed of 28 kt., state-of-the-art command, communication and computer technology, and a stem launch system for the vessel’s 26-ft. cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational game changer by senior Coast Guard officials.



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