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November 2012 Issue

SMD and BORD Developing Subsea Drilling Rig For Marine Renewable Installations
Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd. (Wallsend, England), or SMD, and Blade Offshore Services Ltd. (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) in October created a joint venture, SMD-BORD (Wallsend), to develop a subsea drill rig for installing marine renewables devices on the seabed.

The technology uses a sacrificial double-skinned annular drill, which cuts more quickly than traditional full-bore cutting methods, offering an alternative to gravity foundations.

In March, the drill system underwent dry trials in a quarry in Bolton, England, where it exceeded expectations.

Eniram Partners With Headway Technology Co. Ltd. To Expand Energy Efficiency Monitoring Offerings
Eniram Ltd. (Helsinki, Finland) partnered in September with marine equipment manufacturer Headway Technology Co. Ltd. (Qingdao, China). The partnership aims to improve Eniram's service offerings in real-time data management and analytics for vessel performance.

Lloyd's Register to Collaborate With Singapore Government on Maritime Center
Lloyd's Register (London, England) has established a technology center in Singapore, where it will collaborate on the development of applications for the maritime and offshore sectors as a major part of the center's activities under an agreement with the country's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Investment in the center is expected to reach $35 million. The intent is to establish a joint lab facility with A*STAR's Institute for High Performance Computing to provide bespoke technical solutions for companies in the marine and offshore sectors through research and development activities in modeling and simulation. Ph.D. students will be trained at the center during the program's initial five-year period.

Singapore's marine and offshore industry has grown significantly over the last few years, recording an output increase of more than 30 percent from 2006 to 2011, contributing to 5.8 percent of Singapore's manufacturing output.

Beam Approved to Sell Inmarsat Products in Japan
Beam Communications Pty Ltd.'s (Melbourne, Australia) Inmarsat (London, England) products were approved in September for sale into the Japanese market after receiving the required type approval.

Beam successfully completed the testing of its IsatDock Docking Stations for the IsatPhone Pro Satellite Handset, along with the four Terra 400/800 and Oceana 400/800 terminals. These terminals will be sold through Inmarsat partners, such as JSAT MOBILE Communications Inc. (Tokyo, Japan), Japan Digital Corp. (Tokyo) and SatCom Global (Salisbury, England).

Austal Expands Australian Operations with HKME
Austal (Henderson, Australia) in October acquired HKME, which consists of Hydraulink NT (Darwin, Australia) and its associated business KM Engineering (Darwin).

HKME runs operations supporting the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. The company also works in the oil and gas sector.

As part of the transaction, Austal's existing operations in Darwin will merge with HKME. Austal will acquire an 80 percent stake in the resulting business for AUD $8 million split between cash and restricted equity, with further deferred entitlements up to AUD $2 million available to the vendors, subject to agreed performance-based conditions.

GMSEL Selects QPS QINSy for Wind Farm Projects
Global Marine Systems Energy Ltd. (GMSEL), based in Chelmsford, England, has chosen QPS (Zeist, Netherlands) QINSy, supplied by its representative Saderet Ltd. (St. Judes, Isle of Man) as its survey data control software.

Earlier this year, GMSEL had used QPS QINSy for tug management, plough and ROV tracking, cable installation monitoring and multibeam survey in its contract work on the Gwynt-y-Mor and Thornton Bank 3 wind firms, as well as other projects offshore Germany.

Greek Firm SRH Partners With Imtech Marine
Imtech Marine (Rotterdam, Netherlands) concluded in October a strategic partnership with SRH Marine Electronics S.A. (Piraeus, Greece).

Under a recent memorandum of understanding, SRH will promote Imtech Marine's solutions and services to Greek ship owners and their chosen shipyards. In turn, SRH will use Imtech Marine's worldwide service network, which consists of more than 90 offices.

Hatteland Appoints Service Partner in Southeast Asia
Hatteland Display AS (Nedre Vats, Norway) named Jason Electronics Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) as part of its service network in Southeast Asia.

The contract, signed in September, follows the earlier appointment of Jason as an exclusive sales agent for the company in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Once Jason service engineers complete training at the Norway premises of Hatteland Display, they will be ready to perform warranty and nonwarranty workshop repairs.

Center With NAUTIS Simulators Opens in Bulgaria
The Technical University of Varna, located in Bulgaria, opened in October its simulation training center for maritime and incident management training, which incorporates VSTEP B.V. (Rotterdam, Netherlands) simulators.

VSTEP delivered two NAUTIS bridge simulators, including a 360-degree bridge simulator delivered in line with Det Norske Veritas (Oslo, Norway) class-A specifications, as well as five engine room simulators and desktop navigation simulators. A RescueSim simulator was also delivered.

Offshore Wind Network Norstec Aims to Develop North Sea Energy
More than 40 offshore wind-related organizations gathered in October to hold the first meeting of Norstec, a network established by the U.K. government in April that initially brought together 20 companies.

Norstec hopes to communicate the scale of the opportunity and the benefits of clean energy in Europe's northern seas to the public, and the business and political spheres. Its members are manufacturers, developers, supply-chain firms, researchers and industry bodies, such as Modus Seabed Intervention Ltd. (Darlington, England), Energy Power (UK) Ltd. (London, England), RenewableUK (London), E.ON UK plc (Coventry, England) and Gamesa (Vizcaya, Spain).

Fugro Installs Met Mast at Rampion Wind Farm
Fugro Seacore (Falmouth, England) successfully designed, delivered, installed and commissioned a metrological mast for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm in the English Channel, 13 kilometers from the port of Shoreham-on-Sea. The mast is recording data for E.ON Climate and Renewables (Chicago, Illinois).

The work included the installation of a 93-meter-tall lattice tower structure along with the associated telemetry and navigation aid systems. Fugro worked with subcontractors to design and fabricate the monopile and electronic systems.

The foundation comprises a 45.8-meter monopile, which is 2.5 meters in diameter and weighs 175 tons. A 10-meter-tall topside piece incorporating the main working platform was bolted to the monopile offshore.

Work was undertaken at a depth of 19 meters, with a 6-meter tidal range. The ground conditions were stiff sandy clay and dense sands, with an upper gravel layer. The pile was towed out and lifted into the pile gates, ready for driving using IHC's (Kinderdijk, Netherlands) S800 hammer.

ORBCOMM Satellite with AIS Payload Deployed Into Wrong Orbit
ORBCOMM Inc. (Fort Lee, New Jersey) launched in October its OG2 prototype satellite, carrying an AIS payload, into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. However, because of an anomaly on one of the Falcon 9's first-stage engines, the satellite was deployed into an orbit that was lower than intended.

ORBCOMM and Sierra Nevada Corp. engineers have been in contact with the satellite and are determining if, and the extent to which, the orbit can be raised to an operational orbit using the satellite's onboard propulsion system.

In mid-2013, ORBCOMM plans to launch eight OG2 satellites on a Falcon 9. The remainder of the constellation of 18 OG2 satellites is expected to be launched in 2014.

ClassNK Register Hits 8,000 Ships
ClassNK's (Tokyo, Japan) register surpassed 8,000 ships, totaling 8,036 ships of 206,927,557 gross tons, as of the end of August. The society's register topped 6,000 ships in 1989 and reached 7,000 in 2008.

ClassNK also established in October offices in Doha, Qatar; Muscat, Oman; and Lianyungang, China, to bring its number of overseas survey office locations over the 100 mark.

GMT Invests in Training System Developer Seagull
Seagull AS (Horten, Norway) received in September an investment from GMT Communications Partners (London, England).

This transaction sees GMT, alongside Seagull Chairman Oscar Johansen and Seagull Managing Director Roger Ringstad, acquiring the shareholdings of certain Seagull existing shareholders. This will enable Seagull to increase investment in product development, sales and marketing, and customer support, the companies said.


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