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September 2011 Issue

Japanese Companies To Test Nitrogen Oxide Removal System on Coal Bunker
Five Japanese companies are planning shipboard tests of the first selective catalytic reduction nitrogen oxide removal equipment. The tests, announced in June, will take place on the bulk coal carrier Initial Salute.

The equipment is able to reduce catalyst poisoning to a minimum level by suppressing the sulfur in fuel oil to approximately 0.1 percent. With low-temperature exhaust gases at 250° C after turbocharging, a test on land showed stable denitration effects, prompting shipboard tests on an operational vessel.

Participating companies are NYK Line, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), Akasaka Diesels Ltd. (Tokyo), Sakai Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. (Sakai, Japan) and Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Saikai, Japan), which built Initial Salute. For more information, visit www.nyk.com.

Tonga Offshore Given 15-Year Exploration License
The International Seabed Authority granted in July Nautilus Minerals' (Toronto, Canada) subsidiary, Tonga Offshore Mining Ltd., exploration licences for an initial period of 15 years in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the Eastern Pacific.

Sponsored by the Tongan Government, Tonga Offshore has been given approximately 75,000 square kilometers of CCZ exploration territory in international waters between Hawaii and Mexico, becoming one of the first private-sector organizations to receive a license for the zone. The CCZ is known to have deep-sea deposits of polymetallic nodules rich in copper, nickel, manganese and cobalt. For more information, visit www.nautilusminerals.com.

MTU Receives 14-Engine Order for Offshore Wind Supply Vessels
Turbine Transfers Ltd. (Anglesey, England) has placed an order for 14 MTU Series 2000 engines that will be installed in seven catamarans that will be used to transport personnel, equipment and fuel to offshore wind turbines, MTU (Friedrichshafen, Germany) announced in August.

Each catamaran will have two MTU engines, with outputs ranging from 720 to 1,085 kilowatts. The supply vessels, ranging between 18 and 22 meters long, will also be used as survey vessels. They are being built in South Boats' (Cowes, England) shipyard. For more information, visit www.mtu-online.com.

Xsens Supplies Sensor Fusion Module to Sagem
Xsens (Enschede, the Netherlands) will supply its sensor fusion signal processing modules for integration into Sagem's (Paris, France) new line of inertial systems, including its Coriolis resonating gyros and high-grade silicon accelerometers, the companies announced in August.

Building on its XKF-3 sensor fusion algorithms for dynamic 3d orientation, Xsens said it will deliver a digital signal processing module that outputs accurate vertical reference values, even in dynamic situations, with near-real-time calculations of roll, pitch and yaw. For more information, visit www.xsens.com.

ATLAS to Provide Survey Sensor System for NIO
ATLAS HYDROGRAPHIC (Bremen, Germany) will supply an integrated survey sensor system for India's National Institute of Oceanography's (NIO) newbuild research vessel Sindhu Sankalp, the company said in August.

The system, which will be delivered this year, includes ATLAS DESO 35 single-beam and multibeam echosounders for shallow and deep waters, an ATLAS PARASOUND deep-sea sub-bottom profiler, and software for sensor control, data acquisition, post-processing and seabed classification. For more information, visit www.atlashydro.atlas-elektronik.com.

Rockwool Marine Opens Shanghai Office
Rockwool Group member Rockwool Marine & Offshore (Hedehusene, Denmark) has opened a sales office in Shanghai, China, the company announced in August.

Until now, most of the Rockwool's marine activities in China have been based out of its Hong Kong-based sales office, the company said. Catharina Heliang will be sales manager for the Shanghai office. For more information, visit www.rockwool-marine.com.

Reservoir Group Acquires Canada Tech
Reservoir Group (Aberdeen, Scotland) announced in August that it will add Canada Tech (Calgary, Canada) to its well-monitoring division, which also includes Omega Data Services Ltd. (Aberdeen). Canada Tech was IROC Energy Services Partnership's (Alberta, Canada) only remaining technology services firm, as IROC had divested its other technology businesses in 2009. For more information, visit www.reservoir-group.com.

Astrium to Buy Vizada for $960 Million
Astrium Services (Paris, France), announced plans in August to acquire Vizada (Holmestrand, Norway) from Apax France, a private equity fund and the majority shareholder, for $960 million. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and will be financed through existing cash balances from parent company EADS Corp. (Paris). For more information, visit www.astrium.eads.net.

RTE Launches SMART Marine Oil Viscosity System
Redhill, England-based Rivertrace Engineering Ltd. (RTE) launched in July a new viscosity system designed to constantly monitor oil viscosity and temperature to prevent engine wear and higher emissions.

The SMART Sense Viscosity System uses an electromagnetic vibrating rod operating at resonance frequency. RTE said this method is a simpler alternative compared to plunger-type viscometers, which require more maintenence and other, more fragile vibrating rod-type systems. The system's proportional-integral-derivative module consists of two separate controllers, one measuring viscosity and the other measuring temperature. In case one controller fails, the unit can be switched to the other to maintain operation. For more information, visit www.rivertrace.com.

Lloyd's Register Debuts Notation Covering Ice-Strengthened Vessels
Lloyd's Register announced in July its new notation, ShipRight FDA ICE, which is designed to help shipowners and operators reduce the risk of fatigue damage in the hull structures of ice-strengthened vessels.

Increased Arctic trade is driving demand for larger ice-class vessels, particularly oil tankers and liquefied natural gas carriers. The ShipRight FDA ICE assessment examines ship-ice interaction loads, ice-load impact frequency, ice-load distribution, structural responses and hull structures' fatigue behavior in cold temperatures.

The notation uses full-scale measurements conducted on ships navigating in ice, Lloyd's said. Fatigue damage can be determined for the typical structural details of larger, ice-strengthened ships by using a methodology based on the ice-load spectrum, structural stress responses to these loads and the "S-N curves," which define the number of stress cycles that are needed to produce a fatigue crack in a structural detail. The results will identify the fatigue accumulation for different winter conditions and trading routes. For more information, visit www.lr.org.

Fugro LADS Awarded Project for Mk3 ALB Survey
Fugro LADS Corp. (Adelaide, Australia) announced in July that its LADS Mk 3 airborne lidar bathymetry (ALB) system has successfully completed acceptance trials and has also been awarded an ALB survey by the Office of Environment and Heritage of New South Wales.

The coastal zone management survey will be conducted in June along the New South Wales central and north coasts, including the coastline between Swansea and The Entrance, Terrigal and Umina Beach and over Byron Bay, up to depths exceeding 30 meters offshore. Collected data will be used for environmental management, climate change adaption and modeling the effects of storm surges and tsunamis.

The LADS Mk 3 system has a 1.5-kilohertz laser, a large-aperture receiver and automatic gain controls, enabling it to collect data according to IHO Order 1a and 1b. Fugro said it plans to increase the system's laser rates and swath widths. For more information, visit www.fugrolads.com.

ClassNK Releases New Noise, Vibration Guidelines
ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan) released in July new guidelines for measuring and evaluating the noise and vibration on ships.

The first half of the new guidelines, Part A, covers noise and vibration-measurement criteria for accommodation spaces in line with International Maritime Organization Resolution A.468 (XII), ISO 2923:1996 and ISO 6954:2000. Part B covers vibration measurement criteria for rotating machinery and reciprocating machinery in line with ISO 10816. For more information, visit www.classnk.or.jp.

Panama Canal's Permanent Concrete Work Begins
Permanent concrete work has begun for the Panama Canal Expansion Program's new locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides, the Panama Canal Authority announced in July.

The project contractor, Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A., poured structural marine concrete, designed to last at least 100 years, into specialized industrial framework to shape the floor of the upper chamber on the Atlantic side.

Sea Trials Start for DCNS' Gowind-Type L'Adroit
DCNS' (Paris, France) Gowind-type offshore patrol vessel L'Adroit began its first sea trials in July, just 14 months after construction started.

The sea trials are designed to test the ship's navigation and propulsion systems, inertial platforms, firefighting capabilities, flood control and other systems. After sea trials, outfitting the last equipment compartments and painting work will continue. DCNS said construction is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2011. For more information, visit http://en.dcnsgroup.com.


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