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February 2011 Issue

Marport Spins Off Underwater Robotics Division Into Subsidiary, Marine Robotics Inc.
Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc. (St. John's, Canada) announced in January that its board of directors has unanimously approved a decision to spin off its underwater robotics division. The division will be transferred to a new wholly owned subsidiary company called Marine Robotics Inc.

"Our innovative efforts in developing award-winning underwater robotics technology have resulted in the development of a highly motivated and talented organization," said Karl Kenny, Marport's president and chief executive officer. "We expect that this new company will be better able to focus on the needs of its own customers and markets."

Both companies intend to proceed with business as usual during the transitional period, maintaining existing relationships with employees, customers and suppliers, Marport said. Marine Robotics Inc. will also be headquartered in St. John's, with a sales and support office located in Houston, Texas. The spin-off is expected to be completed during the first quarter of this year, Marport said. For more information, visit www.marport.com.

Bowtech Products Produces Riser Inspection System for BP Schiehallion FPSO
Bowtech Products Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) recently announced that it has worked in partnership with Imes Ltd. (Aberdeen) to produce a riser inspection system that has been successfully used to view and record riser installation activities on the BP Plc (London, England) Schiehallion field's floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). Bowtech engineering experts were responsible for the topside electronic control suite, cameras, lights and cabling and provided on-site support during the installation and operation of the system. For more information, visit www.bowtech.co.uk.

OceanSaver Acquired by BW Ventures and Investinor
BW Ventures and Investinor AS have made an agreement to acquire OceanSaver (Drammen, Norway). The sale will be finalized following approval by the Norwegian competition authorities and the completion of some due diligence issues with the new owners, OceanSaver said.

According to Stein Foss, chief executive officer of OceanSaver, the new owners will use their industry expertise and growth capital to further develop OceanSaver to address the evolving ballast needs of shipowners.

Investinor is a government-funded venture firm that invests in internationally oriented and competitive Norwegian companies in the early growth and expansion stage, OceanSaver said. It is a fully owned subsidiary of Innovation Norway, which is owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry.

"Becoming a major shareholder, Investinor will give OceanSaver the business confidence to continue to plan positively and invest for the future, providing crucial support to growth in a very demanding upcoming BWM [ballast water management] systems market," Foss said.

"The aim is to facilitate the growth of OceanSaver into a top leader in the ballast water management market, providing quality solutions in an industry characterized by increasingly tighter environmental regulations," said Sverre Prytz, head of BW Ventures. For more information, visit www.oceansaver.com.

US Navy Acquires Latest Generation SeeByte MCM Software
The U.S. military has acquired six upgraded licenses of SeeByte's (Edinburgh, Scotland) latest underwater situational awareness technology for supporting clearance diving and mine countermeasures (MCM) forces. The software, known as SeeTrack Military or COIN (Common Operator Interface Navy), was specifically tailored for U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams. For more information, visit www.seebyte.com.

GBI and SubCom Commence Marine Operations For the GBI Cable System
Doha, Qatar-based Gulf Bridge International (GBI) and its cable system supplier, Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (Morristown, New Jersey) recently announced the start of marine operations on the GBI Cable System.

Cable loading onto the Reliance-class vessel Responder began in December, and in the coming months, the ship will install the high-capacity GBI Cable System.

Scheduled to launch this year, it will be the region's most advanced subsea cable network, providing a capacity of 2.56 terabits per second, GBI said. The network will offer double landings in Qatar and Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, with branched landings in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman. The network will also provide onward connectivity to Europe, Africa and Asia.

The GBI Cable System will include 4,750 kilometers of cable, with TE SubCom deploying technologies such as new dual-stage repeaters and wavelength monitoring units. The system will be configured as a self-healing ring in the Persian Gulf. For more information, visit www.gulfbridgeinternational.com.

Merger Announced Between Allport and CS Logistics Holdings
Allport Group Ltd. (Cowley, England) announced in December that it is merging with CS Logistics Holdings Ltd. (Hong Kong, China). The two companies have been working together for 20 years. The restructured business will continue to operate under the two existing names. In addition, HSBC has become a strategic financial partner of the group. For more information, visit http://allport.co.uk.

Fugro General Robotics Renames Products for Greater Clarity
Fugro General Robotics Ltd. (Wallingford, England) has renamed several of its products to make their uses more immediately apparent, the company announced in January. DeepSim has become DeepWorks Engineer, DeepSim and DeepLive has become DeepWorks Engineer Live, and DeepTouch has become DeepWorks ROV. For more information, visit www.generalrobotics.co.uk.

Actisense and Nobeltec Collaborate For Simpler Marine Installations
Actisense (Poole, England) recently announced a new collaboration with Nobeltec Inc. (Beaverton, Oregon) to integrate NMEA 2000 into Nobeltec software packages.

The result of the collaboration, the Nobeltec NMEA 2000 Gateway, has been designed to transfer NMEA 2000 data from the NMEA 2000 bus to PCs running the Nobeltec VNS 11 and Admiral 11 navigation software programs.

Based on the Actisense NMEA 2000 PC Interface design, Nobeltec approached Actisense to develop a solution for them that expands the range of data available to the VNS and Admiral software packages and simplifies installation and support of their products, Actisense said. For more information, visit www.actisense.com and www.nobeltec.com.

IMCA Begins Annual Safety Statistics Survey, Requests Submissions

Each year, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) produces a report of safety statistics covering fatalities and injuries reported by its members. The association is now inviting all member companies to submit statistics for 2010. For more information, visit www.imca-int.com.

AXYS Buoys Installed To Help Protect Brazilian Coastline
AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) recently delivered three oceanographic and meteorological data collection buoys to the Brazil Navy Hydrographic Center (CHM). AXYS field service technicians visited the facility in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the end of November to provide training and commissioning of the buoy systems.

Data from the buoys are collected by AXYS's proprietary onboard WatchMan500 data acquisition system and transmitted to a shore station by satellite telemetry. In addition, the buoys feature automatic identification system technology, which transmits buoy position and environmental data to passing ships at intervals requested by CHM.

Authorized navy users can access buoy status and environmental data from their base station, while AXYS's data management system permits remote control and configuration for the entire buoy network, the company said. For more information, visit www.axystechnologies.com.

MOL Introduces Energy Efficiency Management Plan for Tanker Fleet
Tokyo, Japan-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) announced in January that it has established a ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP) and has implemented it on its tanker fleet.

The SEEMP provides the most efficient vessel operation method (such as optimum route selection and appropriate maintenance, taking into account slow steaming, ocean currents and weather) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while ensuring safe operation and maintaining a strict operation schedule, the company said.

MOL also established the energy efficiency operational indicator for tankers, which indicates carbon dioxide grams per mile transport of one ton of cargo based on actual vessel operation, as an index to verify the SEEMP's effectiveness.

While conducting self-monitoring, MOL and vessels will set carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets to pursue improved energy efficiency in line with the SEEMP plan, MOL said. For more information, visit www.mol.co.jp.


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