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March 2011 Issue

ConsultISM, RTI Ltd. Partner For Marine Risk Consultancy Business
ConsultISM Ltd. (Hexham, England) and RTI Ltd. (Annapolis, Maryland) have formed a consulting group that they say will help shipowners and operators understand marine accidents and how to avoid them in the future.

Marine Accident — Risk Consultants (MARC), a joint venture company, will combine the knowledge and experience of both companies to provide a comprehensive suite of marine safety management consultancy services. The companies said MARC will ensure that necessary steps are taken to minimize risk and ensure a safe and profitable operation.

Both companies will continue their core businesses under their own names but combine their marine consultancy expertise under the MARC banner.

GAC and TransAtlantic Under Agreement to Support Arctic Expansion
GAC Norway (Mongtad, Norway) recently welcomed the Rederi AB TransAtlantic (Skärhamn, Norway) ice-breaking anchor-handling tug supply vessel Tor Viking II to Hammerfest, Norway, after its transit of the ice-bound Northeast Passage under a new agency agreement between the two companies with plans for Arctic expansion.

Significant future oil and gas extraction is expected to take place in new fields in Arctic waters, promoting demand for ice-going offshore vessels with specially trained crews. GAC said it will couple its local expertise and global experience in the energy sector with TransAtlantic's capabilities in executing operations in ice and harsh weather conditions to play an important role as oil and gas exploration gathers momentum in the Arctic.

Nautilus Minerals Receives World's First Deep-Sea Mining Lease for Solwara 1
The government of Papua New Guinea recently granted the world's first deep-sea mining lease to Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Toronto, Canada) for its Solwara 1 project in the Bismarck Sea. The 20-year lease, issued in January, covers approximately 59 square kilometers, an area where Nautilus intends to mine high-grade copper and gold deposits on the seafloor at depths of approximately 1,600 meters.

The government has retained an option to take up to a 30 percent stake in the Solwara 1 project as a joint-venture partner. If the option is exercised, the government will contribute funds to the project in proportion to its interest. Nautilus said it is continuing in its partnering discussions.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Buys Nalfleet, Puts Hold on Chemical Prices
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (Lysaker, Norway) reported in February that it had finalized an agreement with Nalco Co. (Naperville, Illinois) to buy Nalfleet. Graham Hunter, former general manager of Nalfleet, will head up Wilhelmsen's marine chemicals operations. The transition period is scheduled to last from the first to the third quarter 2011. Following the purchase, Wilhelmsen put a hold on all of its chemicals prices. Both the Nalfleet brand and Wilhelmsen's Unitor chemicals line will be sold under their respective branding.

Ocean Industry Contributes '3.7 Billion, 120,000 Jobs to U.K. Economy, Council Says
The more than 5,000 companies and 120,000 employees of the U.K. marine industry contribute '3.7 billion to the U.K. economy each year, according to figures released in February by the Marine Industries Leadership Council.

Comprised of more than 5,000 companies, the marine industries employ about 120,000 people across the U.K. and have a combined turnover of '10 billion, the council said. With more than 20 percent growth in shipbuilding and marine leisure between 2006 and 2008, the council expects future growth in the marine industries to amount to billions of pounds for the U.K.

The council found that offshore renewables present the marine industry with a growth opportunity. RenewableUK (London, England) recently showed the sector doubling direct U.K. employment to more than 10,000 between 2007 and 2010. By June, the council said it will develop a U.K. marine industries growth strategy, building on the U.K.'s globally recognized engineering skills and capabilities.

RBG Boosts Subsea Services With Fleet Investment
RBG (Aberdeen, Scotland) announced in February plans to invest more than '3 million to boost the capability of its offshore diving fleet.

This company will add two 15-meter purpose-built vessels and two 8.5-meter support vessels to its fleet. The new vessels will include dedicated launch and recovery systems and will introduce efficiencies in air nitrox diving, work-class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations and surveying, RGB said.

RGB said the crafts will provide specialist marine-based services to rigs, platforms, support vessels and floating production, storage and offloading vessels. RBG has also chartered the specialist dive support vessel Olympic Triton to support its diving, ROV and subsea capabilities.

Tamot Corp. to Provide Service For Hatteland Display Products in Japan
Tamot Corp. (Yokohama, Japan) signed an agreement in December to provide warranty and nonwarranty service for all Hatteland Display (Åmsosen, Norway) products in Japan. Tamot is providing trained and audited service engineers to act on behalf of Hatteland Display to support any customer requests for support in Japan.

OceanWorks Provides Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression Systems to DND
OceanWorks International (Vancouver, Canada) recently delivered 24 submarine receiving fittings (SRF) and four submarine adapter units (SAU) to the Department of National Defence (DND) for the Victoria-class submarine emergency ventilation and decompression system (SEVDS), the company announced in January.

DND selected OceanWorks to design and build the SRF and SAU portions of the SEVDS. The SRFs are a custom-designed modification of the existing high/lo salvage fittings of the Victoria-class submarines, allowing them to be adapted for submarine rescue operations.

The SAUs are custom-designed interface modules that allow any SEVDS utilizing the NATO standard to be used in an operation involving the Victoria-class submarines.

The purpose of the SAU and SRF portions of the SEVDS is to provide a safe and reliable method of supplying crew members on board these submarines with ventilation and decompression during an emergency, which in turn allows for an extended time frame for the U.S. Navy Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System or other submarine rescue assets to arrive on site and begin transferring personnel to the surface.

MARIS Launches Product-Specific ECDIS Training Module
MARIS (Tønsberg, Norway) and Seagull AS (Horten, Norway) announced an agreement in January to develop a comprehensive product-specific computer-based training (CBT) module for electronic chart display and information systems (ECDISs).

Under the agreement, Seagull will redesign the MARIS ECDIS900 Application Trainer to be included in the Seagull library of CBT-modules as 'product-specific training' to meet the latest revisions of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping.

Ashtead Technology Appointed Global Rental Rep for Vortex Dredge Unit
Ashtead Technology (Aberdeen, Scotland) announced in February that it had been appointed a global rental representative for Vortex International Ltd.'s (New Plymouth, New Zealand) Vortex Dredge Unit.

The four-inch Vortex dredges 40 to 50 tons per hour and is operated by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Applications include salvage and marine science operations, work-class ROV construction, drill support and the relocation of drill cutting, mud, silt, sand and rocks.

Marine Casualties Fell in 2010, Lloyd's List Reports
The Lloyd's List Intelligence (London, England) casualty service reported Tuesday a large fall in shipping casualties last year, with overall global incidents down by eight percent and worldwide ship sinking incidents falling by more than 30 percent when compared with 2009 figures.

Unprofitable shipping rates, more stringent port state control inspections and fewer severe weather events are likely factors behind declines in the number of ship casualties, said analysts from the service.

Data also showed an apparent accident hot spot in the eastern Mediterranean areas of Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea, which experienced a year-on-year rise in accidents of more than four percent in 2010.

Winter weather often plays a large role in higher casualties, and fewer major storms explains some declines in casualties. Global weather patterns may also hold future implications for insurers and operators; a World Meteorological Organization panel of experts suggests global warming will bring fewer but more intense hurricanes and typhoons.


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