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January 2012 Issue

Teledyne INS System Qualifies for Military Use
The MK31 INS Ring Gyro Laser System from Teledyne TSS Ltd. (Watford, England) has passed the U.S. Department of Defense Test Method Standard testing for shock (MIL-STD-810G0), vibration (MIL-STD-167-1A) and electromagnetic compatibility (MIL-STD-461F), Teledyne said in December. With a settling time of less than 30 minutes at sea and less than 15 minutes when dockside, the unit can provide highly accurate heave, pitch, roll and heading data in extreme sea conditions, Teledyne said. For more information, visit www.teledyne-tss.com.

DRL Acquired by HR Wallingford
HR Wallingford (Wallingford, England) has acquired DRL Software (Godalming, England), a developer of coastal, offshore and estuary environmental monitoring software.

With the acquisition, announced in December, HR Wallingford gains the DRL-Sediview software, which analyzes raw data from an ADCP to show the distribution of sediments suspended in water over extensive areas. HR Wallingford said it plans to extend the capabilities of DRL-Sediview and make it accessible to a larger user group. For more information, visit www.hrwallingford.com.

Saab Seaeye ROVs Selected by Belov in Brazil
Belov Engenharia Ltda. (Salvador, Brazil) has purchased its first Saab Seaeye (Hampshire, England) ROVs for work in oil fields in Brazil. The order, announced by Saab in December, includes a 1,500-meter-rated Lynx ROV and a 1,000-meter-rated Falcon ROV.

The Lynx will be fitted with Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) cameras, a Tritech (Aberdeen, Scotland) Super SeaKing Sonar and a CDL Ltd. (Houston, Texas) fiber-optic gyro. The Lynx's tether management system has 1,200 meters of armored umbilical cable and 250 meters of tether cable. The Falcon will be fitted with a Kongsberg camera, a five-function manipulator, a rope cutter and a cathodic protection probe. The ROVs will work from fixed rigs in and around jackets and semisubmersibles. For more information, visit www.belov.com.br.

ISE to Supply AUV for Japan's Coast Guard
The Japan Coast Guard has placed an order for an Explorer AUV from Port Coquitlam, Canada-based International Submarine Engineering Ltd. (ISE). The vehicle will be used for marine search and recovery, as well as survey operations, ISE said in December.

The Explorer will be supplied with a lightweight self-articulating-ramp-based launch and recovery system built by Hawboldt Industries (Chester, Canada). The system will be installed on a Japan Coast Guard ship, enabling the AUV to be launched and recovered in an elevated sea state.

ISE said it has partnered with Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) for the provision of local operations and maintenance support for the Explorer AUV. For more information, visit www.ise.bc.ca.

Norwegian Vessel Gets ABB's First DC Power System
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) received in November the first order for its Onboard DC Grid, a power distribution and electric propulsion system designed to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 20 percent, the company announced in November.

ABB will equip a newbuild platform support vessel, ordered by Myklebusthaug Management (Fonnes, Norway) from the Kleven shipyard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, with a full Onboard DC Grid system, including power, propulsion and automation systems, ABB said. The 93-meter-long multipurpose oil field supply and construction vessel, MT 6015, designed by Marin Teknikk (Herøy, Norway), is due for delivery in the first quarter of 2013. An advantage of the Onboard DC Grid system is that the ship's engines no longer have to run at a fixed speed, allowing them to be adjusted to optimize fuel consumption, ABB said. For more information, visit www.abb.com.

WindSentinel to Assess Wind Energy in Baltic Sea
The Baltic Wind Park offshore wind farm has selected AXYS Technologies Inc.'s (Sidney, Canada) WindSentinel wind resource assessment buoy to be deployed off Latvia in late 2012, AXYS announced in November.

The WindSentinel will be used for real-time climate data collection as part of the wind farm's environmental impact assessment. The development, led by the Baltic Wind Park Co. (Riga, Latvia), is the biggest offshore wind energy project that has been planned in the Baltic states, AXYS said. Using a Vindicator Laser Wind Sensor from Catch the Wind Inc. (Chantilly, Virginia), the WindSentinel will capture wind data and transmit it to a shore station, where it will be analyzed by Baltic Wind Park researchers. AXYS said additional equipment will be installed on the WindSentinel buoy to collect data on marine resources and bird migration. For more information, visit www.axystechnologies.com.

Hamworthy Debuts Two Ballast Water Systems
Hamworthy Ballast Water Systems (Poole, England) introduced in November two ballast water treatment systems, the AQUARIUS-UV and AQUARIUS-EC. Both systems exceed IMO standards, Hamworthy said.

The AQUARIUS-UV system uses a two-stage approach, that involves filtration followed by disinfection with ultraviolet light while discharging and ballasting. Because it does not use any active substance, there is no detrimental effect on water quality, and ballast water can be safely discharged from the ballast tank at any time, Hamworthy said. In developing the AQUARIUS-UV system, Hamworthy formed a partnership with Hanovia (Slough, England).

The AQUARIUS-EC system employs a similar two-stage process, but rather than using ultraviolet light, it disinfects water with an active substance that is generated using side-stream electrochlorination. Upon deballasting, the system neutralizes any remaining active substance using sodium bisulfite. Hamworthy is collaborating with Magneto Special Anodes (Schiedam, Netherlands) to develop this electrolysis technology. For more information, visit www.hamworthy.com.

Oceaneering Adds AGR FO, Awaits Mechanica Deal
Oceaneering AS (Stavanger, Norway) recently announced two planned Norweigian acquisitions in the oil and gas industry—AGR Field Operations (AGR FO) and Mechanica AS (Stavanger).

Oceaneering completed the acquisition of AGR FO in late December, paying approximately $230 million to AGR Group ASA (Bergen, Norway) and FieldCo Invest AS, including acquired debt, with cash and debt funds from its existing revolving credit facility. The acquisition of Mechanica is still subject to approval by the Norwegian Competition Authority. In 2010, Mechanica's revenue was approximately $12 million. For more information, visit www.oceaneering.com.

Reservoir Lands 6th Acquisition for 2011 with MSI
Reservoir Group (Aberdeen, Scotland) now owns Grand Junction, Colorado-based Mudlogging Services Inc. (MSI). The acquisition, announced in December, was Reservoir Group's sixth for 2011, the company said.

Wade McCutcheon, vice president of Reservoir Group's U.S. formation evaluation activity, said, "MSI strongly complements our existing service offering, and the addition of [MSI's] MLogger technology to the Reservoir Group portfolio is an important step in building on the advanced surface logging solutions we are able to offer to our customers."

For more information, visit www.reservoir-group.com.

First LNG-Fueled Product Tanker Now at Sea
The Bit Viking, the world's first LNG-fueled product tanker, returned to work in late October after being converted to burn LNG, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) Group (Hamburg, Germany) announced in November. It is also the largest commercial vessel that is not an LNG tanker to use LNG as fuel.

After the conversion, the 25,000-dry-weight-ton product tanker successfully completed sea trials. Owned by Sweden's Tarbit Shipping (Skärhamn, Sweden), Bit Viking qualifies for lower nitrogen oxide emission taxes under the Norwegian government's nitrogen oxide fund scheme due to large reductions in its carbon emissions, GL Group said.

An official emissions measurement has been conducted, but the final results were not available yet. GL Group said its results have indicated that Bit Viking's greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 20 to 25 percent, its sulfur output was cut entirely, nitrogen oxide gases were cut by 90 percent, and particulate emissions were reduced by 99 percent. For more information, visit www.gl-group.com.

MARSS Ltd. Becomes Part of Sonardyne
London, England-based Marine & Remote Sensing Solutions (MARSS) Ltd. was acquired by Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England) in November.

Rob Balloch, strategic development and marketing director for Sonardyne said, "MARSS adds a significant system capability to our successful Sentinel underwater surveillance sonar product line, enabling Sonardyne to provide an effective integrated security solution for the protection of vessel and specific waterside assets."

For more information, visit www.sonardyne.com.

WFS Partners with Instrumentation Supplier Omni
WFS Technologies (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Omni Instruments Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland) have formed a partnership, the companies announced in November.

"We are regularly asked by customers to provide a complete solution of sensor data being downloaded wirelessly subsea to reduce risk and improve efficiency, and Omni can help us do this," said Ian Crowther, senior vice president and general manager of WFS. "WFS is very excited to work with Omni Instruments both in this area and on the interesting applications on the horizon."

For more information, visit www.wfs-tech.com.


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