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October 2011 Issue

Logistec to Upgrade, Deepen Georgia Port
Logistec USA (Montreal, Canada) will invest $5 million to increase the capacity of the Port of Brunswick's East River Terminal, the Georgia Ports Authority announced in August. The project, which aims to expand the state's biofuel and wood pellet export market, was scheduled to begin in September, with completion set for January 2012.

The project will deepen three berths to 36 feet at mean low water and upgrade the docks and handling facility, allowing the port to handle up to 1 million tons of wood pellets and chips annually, the port authority said. For more information, visit www.logistec.com.

Gregg Seafloor Drill Completes Field Testing
Schilling Robotics LLC (Davis, California) and Gregg Marine Inc. (Signal Hill, California) announced in August the successful completion of the field testing of their subsea drill in waters offshore Vancouver, Canada.

The four-week sea trials took place at St. Vincent's Bay in water depths up to 250 meters. The companies said the trials allowed Gregg to work closely with Schilling technicians to fine-tune the control systems and train the drill's operators. The drill was able to successfully retrieve core samples of both unconsolidated soft sediment as well as granitic rock. The system is being mobilized to drill near Australia, where it will begin work in the coming months on an Apache Oil (Houston, Texas) project. For more information, visit www.schilling.com.

Resolve Acquires Elliot Bay's New Orleans Office
Resolve Marine Group Inc. (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) announced in August that it had acquired the staff and assets of the Elliott Bay Design Group's (Seattle, Washington) New Orleans, Louisiana, office. Elliot personnel at the new subsidiary, Resolve Engineering Group LLC, will support Resolve's worldwide operations while continuing to serve former and new clients. For more information, visit www.resolvemarine.com.

Ballard Removes Oil-Leaking WWII Ship from River
Ballard Diving & Salvage (Seattle, Washington) removed in August the final section of a World War II Liberty ship, which had been weakened by scrapping activities and had released an estimated 70 gallons of oil into the Columbia River in January. By setting up a cofferdam containment and deconstructing the ship in the water, Ballard said its crew prevented more than 32,000 gallons of bunker oil from leaking into the river.

Under the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as state officials from Washington and Oregon, Ballard crews removed 4.45 million pounds of steel and 824,822 pounds of debris, including wire, bricks and oiled sorbent materials. The company said its crew removed 1.6 million gallons of oil and otherwise contaminated water. For more information, visit www.ballarddiving.com.

MTNW Expands Tensiometer Use to Synthetic Rope
Seattle, Washington-based Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) successfully implemented its running line tensiometer with a Samson (Ferndale, Washington) synthetic rope in an offshore mooring monitoring project, MTNW announced in August. It was the company's first use of tension measurement technology with a synthetic rope more than two inches in diameter.

Delmar Systems (Broussard, Louisiana) chose MTNW to assist in a contract it had received to moor an offshore supply vessel to an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel's three-point mooring system consisted of two stern hawser lines attached to the platform and also a bow mooring line. MTNW's RL-20175K running line tensiometer measured tension for this bow line, which was attached to a preset suction pile foundation in 2,900 feet of water. For more information, visit www.mtnw-usa.com.

CSA Begins Offering Metocean-Related Services
CSA International Inc. (Stuart, Florida) has added a metocean business line, the company announced in August. New services include metocean consultancy, metocean moorings, buoy-based data systems, real-time data and data management. For more information, visit www.csaintl.com.

SeaArk Marine Temporarily Stops Accepting Orders
After sporadic and low sales for nearly 24 months, SeaArk Marine Inc. (Monticello, Arkansas) announced in August that it would temporarily suspend acceptance of new boat orders until further notice. Company officials said SeaArk Boats, SeaArk Marine's sister company, was unaffected by the suspension and would operate as usual.

SeaArk Marine said it would begin an overhead reduction plan in an attempt to "ride out" the effects of the present market. The company will accept new repair or refurbish orders with short turnaround cycles until January 1, 2012, and will continue to fill spare parts orders indefinitely. John McClendon, president and CEO of SeaArk Marine, said the company still had a positive cash position and no debt. SeaArk made the decision to stop accepting orders because it wanted to be able to control these elements before it became "any sort of crisis to manage," McClendon said.

For more information, visit www.seaark.com.

GulfMark to Build Three Platform Supply Vessels
GulfMark Offshore Inc. (Houston, Texas) will begin a new vessel construction program, the company announced in August. The first three platform supply vessels, designed for deepwater and harsh marine environments, will be built by Remontowa Shipbuilding SA (Gdansk, Poland) and cost $120 million. They are expected to operate in the North Sea.

The first 1,000-square-meter MMC887CD vessel will be delivered in the second quarter of 2013. The second MMC887CD and an 800-square-meter MMC879CD vessel are scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2013. For more information, visit www.gulfmark.com.

Teledyne Odom Sells 100th Hydrotrac II
Teledyne Odom Hydrographic (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) announced in July the shipment of its 100th Hydrotrac II single-beam echosounder, which was introduced to the market in January. The Hydrotrac II had particularly strong sales in Asia, Teledyne Odom said. For more information, visit www.odomhydrographic.com.

AMPOL Performs Oil Spill Cleanup, Recovery
New Iberia, Louisiana-based American Pollution Control Corp. (AMPOL) announced in August it had completed oil spill recovery and environmental cleanup on a recovered platform in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.

The platform had to be modified in the air and positioned on a barge to fit under a bridge leading to the recycling facility. AMPOL performed oil spill recovery on the water during the lifting from the ocean floor and during transport when contaminants leaked onto the containment barge. No oil from the base went into the water, AMPOL said. For more information, visit www.ampol.net.

BIRNS Cuts Lead Times for Millennium Connectors
BIRNS Inc. (Oxnard, California) introduced in August a stocking system that allows it to deliver BIRNS Millennium connectors and cable assemblies with an average lead time of four weeks. The faster delivery is the result of an upgrade in manufacturing software for tracking and forecasting orders and equipment, along with enhanced injection molding capabilities. These allow delivery in a matter of days, the company said. For more information, visit www.birns.com.

BlueView 2D Sonar Chosen for New EMAS ROVs
EMAS (Singapore) in August selected Blueview Technologies Inc.'s (Seattle, Washington) 2D Deepwater Imaging Sonar systems for integration onto its new work-class ROVs, BlueView announced. The systems are rated to 4,000 meters and come with BlueView S2 oil-compensated electronics. For more information, visit www.blueview.com.

MWCC's First Nonmember Gets Permit Approval
Marine Well Containment Co. (MWCC) announced in September that Petrobras America Inc. (Houston, Texas) has become the first entity outside its 10-member partnership to cite its containment system to receive a drilling permit.

Petrobras America has contracted with MWCC, a Houston-based nonprofit, for the right to cite the MWCC system in its permit application to BOEMRE for a deepwater well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. BOEMRE approved in September the Petrobras application to drill a development well at the company's Cascade field.

The MWCC member companies are Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP plc, Apache, Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Statoil and Hess. For more information, visit http://marinewellcontainment.com.

Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider Wins $100,000 Award
The Savannah Ocean Exchange announced in September that Liquid Robotics' (Sunnyvale, California) Wave Glider won its $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award 2011. The award recognizes the best solution to "positively shape the future of our coasts." The Wave Glider, powered by wave motion and solar panels, is able to travel long distances, hold station and monitor vast areas of the ocean without fuel or carbon emissions. For more information, visit www.savannahoceanexchange.org.

Breakwater's Wave Attenuation Proved by Tests
SF Marina (Gloucester, Virginia) announced in September that testing results confirmed the predicted wave attenuation of its SF Type 600 concrete floating breakwater performs. The Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group at the University of La Coruna in Galicia, Spain, carried out a total of 52 tests on the breakwater.

A one-fifteenth-scale model represented a 328-foot floating breakwater moored on a chain in a basin measuring 112 feet long, 105 feet wide and four feet deep. Conductive sensor probes analyzed wave heights, transmission coefficients and reflective wave properties, SF Marina said. For more information, visit http://sfmarinausa.com.


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