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May 2011 Issue

Northrop Grumman Board Approves Spin-Off of Huntington Ingalls Industries
Northrop Grumman Corp. (Los Angeles, California) announced in March that its board of directors had approved the spin-off of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., subject to approval by regulators.

"We have determined that a spin-off of our shipbuilding business will best serve our shareholders, customers and employees," said Wes Bush, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman. "The separation will enable [Huntington Ingalls Industries] and Northrop Grumman to focus more intently on their respective customers."

VENUS Researchers Purchase SeaKeeper 1000 Systems for Surface Sampling

The University of Victoria recently purchased three YSI Inc. (Yellow Springs, Ohio) SeaKeeper 1000 systems for use in the Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) coastal observing system, YSI announced in March.

The three systems will be installed on vessels that regularly travel across the Strait of Georgia, enabling the collection of near-surface water quality data and complementing VENUS' traditional subsurface data sets, YSI said.

The SeaKeeper 1000 systems will collect coastal water quality and meteorological data, such as water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll and turbidity, solar radiation and wind speed. The data will be relayed to the University of Victoria database and will help inform researchers on how tides, low oxygen levels, sediment loads and climate change affect coastal waters.

For more information, visit www.northropgrumman.com.

C-Nav Launches C-NavC2, A Full-Constellation GNSS Correction Service
C-Nav (Lafayette, Louisiana) launched in March a second independent full-constellation global navigation satellite system (GNSS) correction service called C-NavC2, which features global positioning system (GPS) and global orbiting navigation satellite system technology.

C-Nav said its new service provides a fully independent suite of clock and orbit correction algorithms, as well as fully independent servers in geographically separated processing centers. The C-Nav subscription service, now called C-NavC1, remains unaffected.

A C-Nav3050 receiver combined with the C-NavC2 subscription service will deliver precise point positioning (PPP) correctors for all operational GNSS satellites, showing up to 20 percent reduction in PPP start-up pull-in time accuracy, C-Nav said. There are no additional fees for access to the new C-NavC2 correction service.

For more information, visit www.cnavgnss.com.

SeaSense Opens New Facility in Florida
SeaSense (Newport, Tennessee) announced in April the opening of its new research and design facility in Bonita Springs, Florida. In addition to a new research and design department, it also houses a quality control testing center.

SeaSense said the new research and design operation is dedicated to developing new technologies for the marine and trailer industries. The facility is the third new plant to be opened by SeaSense's parent company, Unified Marine Inc. (Newport), since 2006.
For more information visit, www.seasense.com.

GE Energy to Acquire Converteam for $3.2 Billion
GE Energy (Atlanta, Georgia) announced in March that it had entered into an agreement to acquire approximately 90 percent of Converteam for approximately $3.2 billion.

The transaction, endorsed by Converteam's management team and employee representative groups, is expected to close during third quarter of 2011, subject to customary closing conditions. Converteam's senior management will retain approximately a 10 percent stake in the company. GE plans to purchase the remaining shares in the company over the next two to five years.

For more information, visit www.ge-energy.com.

BlueView Receives Large Order From Seatronics For Sonar, Mechanical Scanning Systems
BlueView Technologies Inc. (Seattle, Washington) received an order for 20 high-resolution P900-130 imaging sonar systems and another BV5000-1350 3D mechanical scanning system from Seatronics Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland), BlueView announced in March.

In the coming months, BlueView will deliver the systems to Seatronics offices, increasing their international lease pool. These systems include some of BlueView's latest system options featuring built-in Ethernet extenders and oil-compensated electronics with a 4,000 meter depth rating.

"The BlueView equipment has been extremely popular with service providers in the global oil and gas market, and our recent order is the direct result of the growing demand for BlueView instruments," said David Currie, managing director for Seatronics.
For more information, visit www.blueview.com.

Austal Breaks Ground on Three New Facilities
Austal USA (Mobile, Alabama) held a combined groundbreaking ceremony in early April to celebrate the start of work on three new facilities: the second phase of its modular manufacturing facility (MMF), a new office complex and an additional waterfront assembly bay.

The ceremony was held at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, where construction is underway on the U.S. Navy's Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) and the joint high-speed vessel (JHSV).

The second phase of the MMF will double the existing manufacturing floor space to 700,000 square feet and add 30,000 square feet of office space. When complete, Austal said the facility will be capable of constructing six large aluminum vessels, such as the LCS or the JHSV, per year. For more information, visit www.austal.com.

UTEC Survey Inc. Passes Tests Of GAVIA AUV Sub-Bottom Profiler Module
UTEC Survey Inc. (Houston, Texas) announced in April the successful completion of a system acceptance test of a sub-bottom profiler module for the GAVIA autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

With the addition of the adapted Teledyne Benthos (North Falmouth, Massachusetts) Chirp III system, UTEC Survey said the enhanced GAVIA AUV now provides a comprehensive pre-engineering survey capability particularly suited to subsea pipeline, umbilical and cable route surveys. For more information, visit www.utecsurvey.com.

Hydraulex Acquires Hydraulic Repair and Design
Hydraulex Global (Chesterfield Township, Michigan), announced in March that it had acquired Puyallup, Washington-based Hydraulic Repair and Design (HRD).

Hydraulex said Nick Nesland Sr., president of HRD, and his entire management team will remain in place. Hydraulex recently acquired Attica Hydraulic Exchange (Chesterfield, Michigan) in August 2010.

"This is going to be a win-win situation for the customers and suppliers of both HRD and Attica," Nesland said. "The two companies will support each other to significantly increase their product and brand offerings of hydraulic products, especially in the industrial and mobile markets."

For more information, visit www.hydraulex.com.

Markey Machinery Offers Hybrid Technology As Standard Option for Render-Recover Winches
Markey Machinery (Seattle, Washington) has released its hybrid power regeneration feature as a standard option for new electric winches equipped with Render-Recover. Markey first integrated its DEPGF-42 HYBRID Electric Hawser Winch into Foss Maritime's (Seattle, Washington) HYBRID Carolyn Dorothy in 2009. For more information, visit www.markeymachinery.com.

Boatracs Announces Fleet-Wide Installation for United Barge Lines
Boatracs Inc. (San Diego, California) announced in April the completion of an installation of the electronic forms product BT Forms on 14 vessels for United Barge Lines (UBL), the inland transportation division of United Maritime Group (Tampa, Florida).

Boatracs said the project entailed converting UBL's master's daily log into an electronic form that captains can complete with their onboard computer, providing a form that transmits data in a cost-effective and timely manner.

The BT Forms software was developed to help commercial maritime operators convert paper forms to electronic versions, which Boatrac said reduces the resources required for internal reporting and record keeping for regulatory compliance. For more information, visit www.boatracs.com.

UASS Calls for U.S. Government to End Restriction on Ferry Service to Cuba
Miami, Florida-based United Americas Shipping Services (UASS) in March called for the federal government to permit ferry service to Cuba to compete freely with air carriers in transporting U.S. travelers to Cuba.

At present no ferry service is authorized for transportation Cuba, even though UASS said it is ready and willing to provide it and U.S. law permits it.

Nearly a year ago, UASS filed for a Treasury Department license to operate a ferry service from Florida to Havana, Cuba, but a decision has not yet been made.

"The recent announcement that eight new U.S. airports, in addition to Miami, have been authorized to provide air service to Cuba highlights the preferential treatment given air over ocean passenger service," Daniel Berrebi, UASS chairman, said.

For more information, visit www.unitedamericas.com.


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