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September 2012 Issue

BMT Receives ISO Certification
BMT Scientific Marine Services (Houston, Texas) has become an ISO 9001:2008-certified company, BMT announced in July.

This year, the company rolled out a quality management system that has been certified and approved by Det Norske Veritas (Oslo, Norway).

Teledyne Marine to Market CONTROS Sensors
Teledyne Marine group has entered into a private labeling agreement with CONTROS Systems & Solutions GmbH (Kiel, Germany). The agreement, announced in July, gives the Teledyne Marine companies the right to private label and market the HydroC CO2 and HydroC CH4 sensors, which are in-situ sensor systems designed to detect hydrocarbons in the underwater environment.

Teledyne RD Instruments (Poway, California) will be marketing the HydroC CO2 and HydroC CH4 for marine instrumentation applications, particularly those bundled with Teledyne RDI's existing acoustic Doppler current profiler and CTD products.

Fugro Completes USACE Mapping Project For Entire U.S. West Coast
Fugro (Leidschendam, Netherlands) has completed data acquisition and processing of the entire U.S. West Coast for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' National Coastal Mapping Program, Fugro announced in July, representing the first time that the entire West Coast has been mapped in a single, dedicated effort for this program.

Approximately 2,000 kilometers of coastline were surveyed over three survey seasons. The project covered a 1,500-meter-wide ribbon, extending 500 meters inshore to 1,000 meters offshore, along the coastlines of California, Oregon and Washington.

Aerial RGB (red/green/blue) and hyperspectral imagery, and topographic and bathymetric lidar data were acquired by a team led by Fugro Pelagos Inc. (San Diego, California), and supported by Fugro Horizons Inc. (Rapid City, South Dakota) and Fugro EarthData Inc. (Frederick, Maryland).

Sanko Tsusho Becomes Exclusive Agent in Japan For Exocetus Coastal Glider
Sanko Tsusho Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) has been appointed as the exclusive agent for the sales and marketing of Exocetus Development LLC's (Anchorage, Alaska) Exocetus Coastal Glider in Japan, effective as of August.

The glider is designed for environmental monitoring in coastal waters with high currents and large water densities. It can operate down to depths of 200 meters.

SeeByte to Open San Diego Office
SeeByte Ltd. (Edinburgh, Scotland) will open a new office in San Diego, California, the company announced in August.

The San Diego office will be a center for SeeByte's engineering capabilities in the U.S. and serve as a point of contact for all U.S. customers.

Northrop Grumman Delivers Nationwide AIS to US Coast Guard
Northrop Grumman Corp. (Falls Church, Virginia) has completed core capability development of the Nationwide AIS and delivered it to the U.S. Coast Guard to begin formal government testing prior to deployment, the company announced in July.

Nationwide AIS will field a network infrastructure that collects, stores, processes and disseminates AIS data. It is a two-way maritime digital communication system that queries incoming vessels to check vessel identity, position, speed, course, destination, and manifest and cargo data. The information will be combined with other government intelligence and surveillance data and shared with authorized government operators to enhance maritime situational awareness.

L-3 MariPro Installs RSN Cabled Observatory
L-3 MariPro (Goleta, California) has completed installation of the in-water primary infrastructure for the Regional Scale Nodes (RSN), the cabled observatory component of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative.

The University of Washington is leading the RSN's construction and early operations. The installation consisted of more than 850 kilometers of submarine cable, of which more than 280 kilometers were buried to 1,500 meters depth, including seven nodes installed in depths from 113 to 2,900 meters.

The nodes will provide power and data connectivity to ocean instruments.

Astra Centaurus Delivered To Rethymnis & Kulukundis
Rethymnis & Kulukundis Ltd. (London, England) have taken delivery in August of the first vessel built at Seoul, South Korea-based Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) Co. Ltd.'s new shipyard located at Yantai, Shandong, China.

The 58,518-deadweight-ton Astra Centaurus is the first of two DSME-designed supramax bulk carriers constructed by DSME Shandong to the latest environmental and structural standards. The second ship, Astra Perseus, is expected to be delivered in September 2012.

Astra Centaurus has been verified by Lloyd's Register (London, England) to be in accordance with the European Commission's directive to reduce sulfur oxide emissions while in port.

The ship is also able to operate on distillate fuels in accordance with the latest California Air Resources Board regulations. It is equipped with an ultraviolet ballast-water treatment system.

Teledyne Acquires PDM Neptec
Teledyne Technologies Inc. (Thousand Oaks, California) announced in August that its subsidiary, Teledyne Ltd. UK, has acquired PDM Neptec Ltd. (Alton, England). PDM Neptec provides underwater cables, fiber-optic and electrical subsea connectors, and custom engineering solutions. The acquired company will now operate under the name Teledyne Impulse-PDM Ltd.

Terms of the transaction, which represents the 13th acquisition of Teledyne Marine group, were not disclosed.

WHOI Creates Building and Marketing Partnerships for Technology
Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announced in July partnerships with two companies to build and market WHOI's Imaging FlowCytobot, an automated underwater microscope, and BlueComm, an underwater communications system that uses light to provide wireless data transmission.

WHOI biologists Robert Olson and Heidi Sosik, creators of the Imaging FlowCytobot, have licensed their instrument to Falmouth, Massachusetts-based McLane Research Laboratories.

WHOI engineers Norman E. Farr and Jonathan Ware are partnering with Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England) to create the joint venture Lumasys.

GD Acquires Part of Earl Industries
General Dynamics (Falls Church, Virginia) completed in July its acquisition of the Ship Repair and Coatings Division of Earl Industries (Portsmouth, Virginia).

It now becomes part of the shipbuilding and repair operations of San Diego, California-based General Dynamics NASSCO.

Nautilus Minerals Issues Shares to Fund Seafloor Production System
Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Toronto, Canada) received in August a further CAD$0.5 million in gross proceeds from the issue of the first tranche of shares forming part of a nonbrokered private placement. The 555,556 shares issued completes the first tranche of a CAD$34 million capital raise for continued funding of Nautilus's Seafloor Production System.

The shares will be listed on the Toronto and London, England, stock exchanges. Following this issue of shares, Nautilus will have 213,465,483 shares in issue.

VERIPOS Gets Listed on Oslo Stock Exchange
VERIPOS Ltd. (Westhill, Scotland) announced in July a formal listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, with commencement of trading in its shares as an independent company. It was formerly a subsidiary of Subsea 7 (London, England).

JMS Designs USGS Great Lakes Science Center FRV
JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers (Mystic, Connecticut) has completed the contract design for a fisheries research vessel for the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the company announced in August. The 78-foot FRV Grayling will replace the RV Grayling as a steel monohull vessel for oceanographic research and fisheries assessment in the Great Lakes. It will be based at the Cheboygan Vessel Base.

Coxreels Moves to Gain Production Space
Coxreels (Tempe, Arizona) is moving to a location near its current facility, the company announced in July. Coxreels will remain in Tempe and gain about 50 percent more operational space.

The new facility will provide manufacturing room. Fabrication, machine and welding departments have been relocated and are functional, the company said.


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