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December 2011 Issue
OMM Installs 36 Interarray Cables at Wind Farm
Bristol, England-based Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has completed a contract with Fluor (Irving, Texas) for the installation of 36 interarray cables at the 504- megawatt Greater Gabbard wind farm, which is located 25 kilometers off the coast of Suffolk, England.
OMM said in October the original contract was for 29 cables, but the remit of the work was expanded during the project. OMM provided front-end pre-engineering support, installation and a final report. The company said the installation project was its largest yet. For more information, visit www.offshoremm.com.
Corvus Energy Lithium-Polymer Batteries Selected for Next-Generation Ship Power System
Corvus Energy Ltd.'s (Richmond, Canada) will supply its 6.5-kilowatt-hour AT6500 module to store energy generated by Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.'s (Fukuoka, Japan) Aquarius Wind and Solar Power System, Eco Marine said in October.
Since 2010, Eco Marine has been developing a power system of rigid, photovoltaic-equipped sails and energy-storage modules for ocean-going ships. Corvus Energy's lithium-polymer battery will store energy collected by an array of wind and solar panels to power the ship's operational equipment. Eco Marine estimates the Aquarius system will reduce operational costs by up to 20 percent. A prototype will be ready for testing in 2012. For more information, visit www.corvus-energy.com.
NetWave Acquires Rutter's Data Recorder Division
NetWave Systems B.V. (The Hague, Netherlands) acquired the voyage data recorder (VDR) division of Rutter Inc. (St. John's, Canada). Under the agreement, which was announced in October, NetWave will manufacture Rutter VDR-100G3 systems and support earlier Rutter VDRs.
Spare parts for both brands will continue to be available from distributors and NetWave locations in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Houston, Texas; and Singapore. For more information, visit www.netwavesystems.com.
Braemar Combines Businesses Under New Division
Braemar Shipping Services plc (London, England) launched in October Braemar Technical Services (BTS), which will combine the company's businesses into a single entity.
BTS will operate Braemar Casbarian, Braemar Falconer, Braemar Steege, Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) and Braemar Wavespec/Wavespec. BTS will be headed up by two joint managing directors—Nigel Carpenter, head of Braemar Steege, and Chan Yew Wah (Michael), who leads Braemar Falconer. For more information, visit www.braemarplc.com.
ICS Suggests Ways to Reduce Accidents in Straits
Heavy shipping traffic, inappropriate speed and the loss of situational awareness are the major factors that contribute accidents in the Malacca and Singapore straits, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). In a report published in October, the ICS suggests improvements to navigational safety and environmental protection in the straits.
The report also recommends the littoral states—Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore—consider how to address optimum pilot departure times and improve vessel traffic information service interaction with shipping and pilot, tug and berth availability integration. The report found 68 percent of incidents resulted in collisions, and all could have potentially caused harm or pollution incidents. For more information, visit www.marisec.org.
Report: ROV Support Market to Hit $1.7B in 2015
Annual expenditure on work-class ROV support is expected to increase from $891 million in 2010 to $1.69 billion in 2015, according to a report published in October by research group Douglas-Westwood. The offshore oil and gas industry, which increasingly uses ROVs in its operations, is expected to see long-term significant growth, meaning ROVs have a bright future, too.
The world fleet of work-class ROVs consists of 641 units operated by 21 companies, the report said. Oceaneering International Inc. (Houston, Texas) is the largest player, with 241 units (32 percent). Europe is the largest ROV market by a small margin over Africa, a region with strong growth driven by deepwater oil and gas activity. ROVs have become essential in offshore deepwater oil operations, with smaller markets also emerging in sectors such as offshore wind. For more information, visit www.douglas-westwood.com.
Friction Simulation Feature Added to DeepWorks
Fugro GRL's (Wolverton Mill, England) DeepWorks simulator now allows users to model friction acting on dynamic bodies like cables and ROVs when they come into contact with each other or with the seabed, as well as the effects of prevailing currents, the company announced in October.
Modeling frictional forces and gravity adds realism to subsea simulations, especially those important for ROV-supported templates or pipeline installation and for touchdown prediction in cable-lay operations, Fugro said. Existing DeepWorks systems can be upgraded to the friction model. For more information, visit www.fugrogrl.com.
LNG Fleet May Reach 10,000 by 2020, Report Says
Nearly 10,000 vessels, more than 5 percent of the world fleet, could adopt LNG propulsion by 2020, MEC Intelligence wrote in a report in October. This would mark a huge growth, as less than 100 vessels now use LNG propulsion.
With the development of infrastructure and IMO ratifications, the LNG-propelled fleet is expected to reach up to 1,000 vessels by 2015. In the subsequent five years as the technology, infrastructure and economics align, the number of vessels powered by LNG is expected to increase tenfold, MEC predicts. If infrastructure and regulation are delayed, this pace is estimated to be much lower yet still significant. For more information, visit www.mecintelligence.com.
Nortek Develops DVL for Use at High Speeds
Nortek AS (Oslo, Norway) has developed a modified compact Doppler velocity log (DVL) designed to take in-situ measurements at high speeds, the company announced in November. The project was completed during the past year in collaboration with the PUMA Ocean Racing team to make a DVL for PUMA's Mar Mostro Volvo Open 70 yacht, which is competing in the nine-month, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012.
The DVL uses acoustic beams that are oriented forward, aft and abeam to measure water velocity. Beam data are streamed to an onboard computer, which also receives data from the inertial motion sensor and keel cant angle sensor. Velocity and orientation measurements are then used to output true forward boat speed and leeway, Nortek said. For more information, visit www.nortek.no.
Zyvex Technologies Establishes Maritime Division
Zyvex Technologies (Columbus, Ohio) has launched a division in Seattle, Washington, that will design and build vessels using lightweight nanotube-enhanced carbon fiber material, the company announced in November.
The division, Zyvex Marine, said it shipped its first production vessel this month and would be developing two new maritime platforms. The company built its first prototype craft, the 54-foot Piranha USV, in 2010. Zyvex said using lightweight nanocomposite material results in a 75 percent reduction in fuel consumption. For more information, visit www.zyvextech.com.
SeeTrack Integrated with VideoRay, CDL Products
SeeByte Ltd.'s (Edinburgh, Scotland) SeeTrack CoPilot will be integrated into technologies developed by VideoRay (Phoenixville, Pennsylvania) and CDL Inertial Engineering (Aberdeen, Scotland).
In early November, SeeByte said it formalized a new partnership with VideoRay following a successful demonstration of SeeTrack being used with a VideoRay micro ROV at VideoRay's VIPS 2011 conference. This combination supports both companies' strategies to develop piloting solutions for inspection-class ROVs, SeeByte said.
A few days later, SeeByte said the SeeTrack system had been made fully compatible with CDL's TOGS/NAV system. CDL said this would improve operations within offshore services and "lead the way for midwater dynamic positioning." For more information, visit www.seebyte.com.
Kongsberg EM2040D Installed on MMT Vessel
MMT Group (Västra Frölunda, Sweden) recently installed Kongsberg Maritime's (Kongsberg, Norway) EM2040D dual- head system on its survey and ROV-support vessel, IceBeam. MMT said the acquisition, announced in October, will prepare them to perform IHO-S44 surveys. For more information, visit www.mmt.se.
MaXccess Crew Transfer System to Begin Trials
Harbor trials of OSBIT Power's (Riding Mill, England) MaXccess crew transfer system were completed in October, the company said, adding that the system's first production version, the MX11/01, will have offshore trials in November.
The system is designed to mount to existing wind turbine support vessels by clamping onto a boat landing buffer tube. OSBIT said this connection eliminates vertical bow motions during transfers, allowing the vessel to pitch, roll and yaw. For more information, visit www.osbitpower.com.
Teledyne Gavia Delivers Offshore Surveyor AUV
Teledyne Gavia (Kópavogur, Iceland) has sold and delivered its offshore surveyor-class AUV to Geological Assistance and Services (Bologna, Italy), Teledyne said in October.
The 1,000-meter-rated AUV has a 500-kilohertz Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) GeoSwath and a Teledyne Benthos (North Falmouth, Massachusetts) sub-bottom profiler. In field trials, the AUV proved especially useful when operating near drill rigs with 700-meter exclusion zones, as it does not rely on acoustic positioning feeds from a base vehicle, Teledyne said. This allows it to be launched outside the exclusion zone and survey the area within. For more information, visit www.gavia.is.
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