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February 2013 Issue
Japan, Philippines Strengthen Strategic Partnership
Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and the Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario agreed in January to enhance their countries’ strategic partnership, including maritime cooperation amid territorial disputes with China, The Japan Times reported. Japan will also extend 54 billion yen in low-interest loans to the Philippines for transportation infrastructure development.
Japan is the Philippines’ largest source of development assistance loans. Japan has already been training the Philippine Coast Guard and enhancing its communications equipment for maritime safety. The Coast Guard is considering purchasing 10 multirole response vessels from Japan.
UK Private Fleet Forms to Deter Piracy Off East Coast of Africa
Typhon (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) has created a private navy to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean, with a 10,000-tonne mother ship and armored patrol boats, the International Business Times reported in January. An ex-Royal Navy commodore will recruit and lead 240 former marines and sailors.
The fleet will escort oil tankers, bulk carriers and yachts around the east coast of Africa. It will be funded by shipping firms and fly under a sovereign flag, which gives it the legal right to carry weapons into harbor.
Unique System to Offer Rentals in UAE
Unique System FZE (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) has announced a new division: On Site Machine Rental. Split-frame clamshells, flange-facing machines, boring bars, milling machines, hot-tapping equipment and end-prepping tools will be among the machines available. A 24/7 support service will manage customer requirements.
Asia Research Institutes Purchase GeoSwath Plus
Kongsberg Geoacoustics (Great Yarmouth, England) has delivered its GeoSwath Plus shallow-water multibeam and side scan system to various research institutes in Asia.
The Korean Research and Development Institute purchased a 250-kilohertz COMPACT multibeam echosounder, which has already been successfully operated in shallow-water bathymetry projects. The National University of Singapore is operating a similar system at 500 kilohertz daily in a coastal engineering project, also from a very small platform.
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) installed an AUV version in its 4-kilometer-rated AUV and has successfully operated it in several deepwater projects.
Damen Shipyards Buys Arno Dunkerque
Damen Shipyards Group (Gorinchem, Netherlands) has bought ship-repair yard Arno Dunkerque (Dunkirk, France), the only operator for ship repair and conversion in the third-largest French port.
The yard will continue its ship-repair and conversion services, and its personnel and management will remain in place.
Imtech Marine Now Offers Infinity Worldwide
Imtech Marine (Rotterdam, Netherlands) has become a global supplier of Infinity by partnering with maritime satellite communications specialist Navarino Telecom (Piraeus, Greece).
It will be offered by Imtech Marine’s offices in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, China, Singapore and U.S.
Panther ROV Works Efficiently in Persian Gulf
CCC (Underwater Engineering) S.A.L. (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) has deployed its new Saab Seaeye Ltd. (Fareham, England) Panther XT Plus ROV in the shallow waters of the upper Persian Gulf. The Panther can take on 90 percent of the tasks normally done by CCC’s 150-horsepower hydraulic work-class ROVs.
The system requires only a small ship, which is an advantage because big vessels are not as viable in the shallow waters of the gulf, CCC said.
JPSS CGS Adds JAXA Satellite to Mission List
Raytheon Co.’s (Waltham, Massachusetts) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System (CGS) has added the Japanese Space Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Global Change Observation Mission 1 satellite to its list of global environmental missions. JPSS CGS now supports five domestic and international missions.
“In today’s budget environment, leveraging a common ground system across national and international agencies is the most efficient and cost-effective way to improve global environmental observational capabilities,” said Bill Sullivan, JPSS CGS program director for Raytheon.
Calecore Strengthens Norway Presence
Calecore Ltd. (Buxton, England) has opened an office in Stavanger, Norway, located on the quayside in the city center. It will serve as a meeting facility for clients, and the local presence is intended to strengthen Calecore’s position in the Norwegian market and its involvement in the push toward the Barents Sea and Arctic.
Indonesia Port Security Improves With Help From US Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard has worked with Indonesia to advance its port security measures, which now align with those set forth in the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. Vessels that have visited Indonesia can now arrive in the U.S. unimpeded by previous, more burdensome security measures.
Indonesia was previously on the Coast Guard’s Port Security Advisory list for observed lapses in anti-terrorism measures. The Coast Guard then conducted several visits to provide technical assistance and assess port security measures. Improvements were made, and by 2011, 34 port facilities were exempted from requirements for more intrusive measures due to adequate anti-terrorism improvements.
The Coast Guard removed Indonesia from the Port Security Advisory in December 2012.
Fugro Orders New HUGIN AUVs
Fugro Survey Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) has ordered the latest generation of Kongsberg Maritime’s (Kongsberg, Norway) HUGIN AUVs for its existing fleet of survey vehicles. For this order, Fugro specified the Kongsberg EM 2040 multibeam echosounder, EdgeTech (West Wareham, Massachusetts) side scan sonar and sub-bottom profiler, forward-looking sonar, turbidity sensor, acoustic Doppler current profiler, CTD sensor and a camera system with LED lighting.
The new HUGIN 1000 AUV is rated to 3,000 meters and includes lithium-polymer batteries, with 48 kilowatt-hours of energy providing more than 70 hours of survey time with the payload sensors collecting data simultaneously.
Wärtsilä Establishes Joint Venture in China
Wärtsilä Corp. (Helsinki, Finland) and Yuchai MarinePower Co. Ltd. (Zhuhai, China) have signed an agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture for manufacturing medium-speed marine engines in Zhuhai. The joint venture will serve the Chinese shipbuilding industry, with a focus on the assembly and testing of Wärtsilä 20, 26 and 32 engines. Operations are planned to start in 2014.
The value of Wärtsilä’s investment in the joint venture is approximately €17 million. It represents a further step in Wärtsilä’s focus on the offshore and special segments in China, the world’s largest shipbuilding country.
EMP to Use KEI Data Logger for Eco Projects
Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (Fukuoka, Japan), or EMP, will use KEI System Co. Ltd.’s (Osaka, Japan) 3240 Data Logger to verify fuel savings and measure the performance of its Aquarius MRE System, a wind and solar power solution for sustainable shipping. The KEI 3240 will provide a ship’s crew with real-time information on how much fuel consumption is being reduced through the use of Aquarius.
EMP will also work with KEI to develop a power-rating methodology for EMP’s EnergySail and use the KEI 3240 to fine tune the performance of the EnergySail during sea trials, which will commence in 2013. EMP will investigate how the KEI 3240 could be used in its other projects, such as the Tonbo solar-electric hybrid ferry and Medaka ecocommuter ferry.
FairfieldNodal Expands in Russia
FairfieldNodal (Sugar Land, Texas) has opened an office in Moscow, Russia, to provide seismic systems and technical support capabilities for customers in the oil-producing region. Denis Tomashin manages the new office.
CEO Buys $10 Million Paragon Shipping Shares
Paragon Shipping Inc. (Voula, Greece) entered in December an agreement to sell 4,901,961 newly issued shares of the company’s common stock to an entity affiliated with Michael Bodouroglou, Paragon’s chairman and CEO, for a total consideration of $10 million.
Bodouroglou said he bought the shares “to remove any uncertainty in satisfying a key condition precedent stipulated under our amended loan agreements.” The transaction ensures that Paragon continues to meet New York Stock Exchange listing requirements, he said.
SINAVAL Exhibition in Spain
The SINAVAL Elite Trade Show will take place in Bilbao, Spain, April 16 to 18. It will focus on the shipping, maritime, port, fishing and marine energies industry. For registration details, contact Karen Taylor at email@example.com or visit www.sinaval.eu.
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