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April 2011 Issue

Sonardyne Delivers Sensors, Software For Cyprus Tsunami Warning System
Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England) recently delivered tsunami detection technology for the Tsunami Warning and Early Response System for Cyprus (TWERC), Sonardyne announced in February. The order includes sensitive water pressure sensors and a software algorithm developed to control the system.

CSNet (CYPRUS) Ltd. (Limmasol, Cyprus) is working with the Oceanography Centre of Cyprus to develop a prototype tsunami warning system to protect Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean coastline.

TWERC will be using four Sonardyne sensors to detect the changes in water pressure that indicate a tsunami. Data from these sensors will be analyzed by the Sonardyne software algorithms. The software will also generate messages with data on pressure and seabed system health that will be sent out at regular intervals. For more information, visit www.sonardyne.co.uk.

Papua New Guinea Government Invests In Solwara 1 Deep-Sea Mining Project
The government of Papua New Guinea signed an agreement in March to take up to a 30 percent stake in the Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Toronto, Ontario) Solwara 1 project in the Bismarck Sea in Papua New Guinea.

Nautilus will retain a 70 percent holding in the joint venture project. The initial payment by the government will be $20 million to $25 million, which represents its share in the exploration and development costs to date. The final amount will be made in August, with plans for the government to contribute funds proportional to its stake. For more information, visit www.nautilusminerals.com.

Russia Grants Type Approval to Meridian Gyros
Teledyne TSS Ltd.'s (Watford, England) Meridian Standard and Meridian Surveyor gyrocompasses have been granted type approval by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. The certification follows an appraisal of both the gyrocompasses and the manufacturing processes. For more information, visit www.teledyne.com.

MARINS Selected for Nuclear-Powered Submarine
BAE Systems Submarine Solutions (Barrow-in-Furness, England) has chosen to equip the U.K. Royal Navy's nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Audacious with two iXSea (Marly-le-Roi, France) MARINS inertial navigation systems. The company will also supply a third unit for preliminary test work at BAE Systems' Astute Shore Integration Facility and provide engineering and project management support for the installation of the units on board the submarine. BAE Systems has options on further MARINS units for Astute-class boats five, six and seven. For more information, visit www.baesystems.com or www.ixsea.com.

Paradigm Flow Solutions Launches Fire Deluge Technology For Aging Assets
Paradigm Flow Solutions (Aberdeen, Scotland) launched a product in March to remove blockages caused by corrosion and marine growth in aging water deluge systems.

The product, Deluge Preservation, uses a brush system deployed at the deluge nozzles and moves through the internal pipework. Paradigm said the brushes can navigate through bends and difficult areas, and then the system descales and polishes the pipes. Debris is then flushed and captured for analysis and disposal, and the pipes are treated with a corrosion and scale inhibitor to prevent buildup.

Paradigm said the service is in response to safety issues facing the North Sea's older oil and gas assets, many of which are first-generation installations that are more than 25 years old. Paradigm said operators often try to manage the problem through chemical treatment and high pressure water jetting, but these are known to have limited effectiveness and can damage the fabric of the pipework. For more information, visit www.paradigmflow.com.

JOWA Introduces Fuel Management System To Help Vessels Comply in Emission Control Areas
To meet new environmental regulations mandated by the International Maritime Organization, JOWA Technology (Kallered, Sweden) has developed a fully automated fuel managing system consisting of an advanced diesel switch with sensors and intelligent computer control.

The system mixes heavy fuel oil (HFO) and low-sulfur marine diesel/gas oil to the precisely correct sulfur content for traffic in emission control areas (ECAs), JOWA said, resulting in lower fuel costs and increased reliability.

Today ECAs are already in operation off the U.S. West Coast and in Europe. ECAs will be introduced for the U.S. East Coast and Canada, and many other areas are being planned. This means vessels sailing in these waters are required to mix their fuels in an efficient manner. The JOWA system both changes fuels during the voyage without any interruption to operations and mixes HFO and low-sulfur fuel in the correct ratios. This allows the sulfur content of the fuel to be precisely in accordance with the requirements for the respective ECAs, JOWA said. For more information, visit www.jowa.se.

AXYS WatchMate Buoy Bound For Global Offshore Consulting Company
AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) announced in February it was supplying an oceanographic and meteorological data collection buoy to its Australian representative, Cape Town, South Africa-based Metocean Services International Pty Ltd. (MSI).

The AXYS WatchMate buoy will be added to MSI's equipment pool and will initially be used to provide meteorological and oceanographic data to MSI in a project for a major international oil company. It will be deployed in 1,000 meters of water alongside a deepwater subsurface mooring, providing a through-column current profile. For more information, visit www.axystechnologies.com.

Offshore Marine Management Obtains Cable Storage Facility at Nordenham
Bristol, England-based Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has entered into an agreement with Rhenus Group (Holzwickede, Germany) to develop a dedicated subsea cable storage facility on the coast of Nordenham, Germany, on land adjacent to a Rhenus facility.

OMM will immediately offer a carousel and a cable cage to the market. The agreement includes plans for a significantly larger facility that will most likely include multiple carousels. OMM said dedicated facilities like this will enable the company to correctly store developers' infield and export cables, maintaining and verifying their condition and improving their lifespan. For more information, visit www.offshoremm.com.

Hatteland Display Extends Supply Agreement With Furuno Norge AS
Hatteland Display (Nedre Vats, Norway) announced in March that it had signed a three-year extension of a cooperation agreement with Furuno Norge AS (Alesund, Norway). Under the agreement, Hatteland will continue to supply its high-resolution color displays for Furuno Norge's navigation, fish-finding and communication systems. For more information, visit www.hatteland-display.com.

GE to Minimize Gas Flaring At World's Largest LNG Complex in Qatar
In the first large-scale application of its type, GE Oil & Gas (Florence, Italy) announced in February it was supplying compressor technology that would minimize liquefied natural gas (LNG) boil-off gas flaring at the Ras Laffan Port in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, by making use of the gas that boils off during loading of the LNG carriers.

Gas that was previously boiled off and flared during the loading of LNG carriers in Ras Laffan Port will now be collected and transferred to a central compression area via large diameter stainless steel pipelines, GE said. At the central compression area, GE units will compress the gas and send it to LNG trains primarily for use as fuel gas.

GE will supply six electric motor-driven compressors for the project. For more information, visit www.gepower.com.

McDermott Partners With SOCAR For Oilfield Development in Azerbaijan
McDermott International Inc. (Houston, Texas) announced in March that one of its subsidiaries and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) have formed an alliance to implement a major pipelay and diving services contract in the Caspian region.

The contract was recently awarded to McDermott in Azerbaijan as part of development of the Azeri, Chirag and Deepwater Gunashli field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. Under the agreement, McDermott will perform the engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of pipelines, cables, umbilicals, subsea tie-ins and subsea equipment. SOCAR and its subsidiaries will perform various construction activities, including fabrication of subsea structures, subsea installation services and provision of equipment and facilities. For more information, visit www.mcdermott.com.

BMT Acquires Port and Harbor Engineering Firm
BMT Group Ltd. (London, England) has recently acquired Perth, Australia-based JFA Consultants Pty Ltd., which specializes in port and harbor engineering, BMT announced in February. The acquisition will help expand BMT's presence in the Asia-Pacific region, BMT said.

"Enhancing our presence in Western Australia through this acquisition will provide us with strong growth opportunities in the sectors we currently specialize in, as well as significantly broadening our capabilities in the fields of port development and coastal engineering," said Peter French, chief executive of BMT Group. For more information, visit www.bmt.org.


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