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April 2013 Issue
Helios Joins Egis Avia
Aviation and navigation company Egis Avia (Issy-les-Moulineaux, France) has acquired Helios (Farnborough, England), which works in aviation and maritime markets. Helios will retain its name and branding.
Typhon Launches Maritime Security Service
Typhon (London, England) has launched its marine convoy escort service for ship operators transiting the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. The company said it will be the first in more than 200 years to privately offer a naval-grade service to the commercial market.
Piracy is spreading rapidly from its Somalian roots across the Indian Ocean as far as the Gulf of Guinea, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Typhon’s close protection vessels will shadow client vessels using its umbrella concept, which consists of surveillance, and detection and early warning capabilities to identify and assess any likely or suspected threats.
Hydrosphere Establishes Light, Buoy Rental Service
Hydrosphere UK Ltd. (Hampshire, England) has started a new rental service, Hydrosphere Rentals Ltd. (Hampshire). Available for rent are navigation lights, buoys, data buoy platforms, chains and sinkers.
Lights have a 1-to-5-nautical-mile range and are able to exhibit standard International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities flash characters. Navigation buoys and data buoy platforms come in hull diameters of 1.2 to 3 meters.
Hydrosphere is also in discussion with harbor masters about renting and leasing buoys, lights, sinkers and chains for their for ports and harbors.
Hydroquip Upgrades Compatt Transponders to 6G
Hydroquip Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) has placed a major order with Sonardyne Inc. (Houston, Texas) to continue upgrading its stock of Compatt acoustic positioning transponders to the 6G (sixth-generation) specification.
The order follows a similar contract in 2012. Hydroquip’s rental pool located at its U.S. agent SES Inc. (Katy, Texas) has more than 100 Compatt 6 transponders available to support subsea survey operations in the Gulf of Mexico region.
OceanSaver Offers Preinstallation of BWT Systems
OceanSaver (Drammen, Norway) will configure new ships for the future installation of a ballast water treatment (BWT) unit, fitting base components to allow its type-approved system to be plugged in when required. This will cost about 10 percent of the company’s BWT system.
The International Maritime Organization mandates that ships of all tonnage comply with BWT legislation and fit systems by 2016. As these conventions are expected to be ratified, OceanSaver is aiming to beat the rush of demand for BWT systems and avoid lengthy dry-docking. Foremost Group (New York, New York) has charged OceanSaver with configuring two bulk carriers for future system installation, with preparation work beginning in 2013.
DeepOcean Group Secures Senior Credit Facility
DeepOcean AS (Haugesund, Norway) has secured a new €125 million senior credit facility. The agreement consists of a €95 million senior secured revolving credit facility including an ancillary feature for performance guarantees and a €30 million senior secured term loan facility. Both the revolving credit facility and the term loan facility have a three-year maturity extending to February 2016.
All the material subsidiaries in the DeepOcean Group will have access to the funds made available under the facility. The facility offers improved pricing and terms, and provides for borrowings in multiple currencies.
Joint Industry Project Finds Positive Prospects For LNG Bunkering Development in Australia
A joint industry project (JIP) focusing on LNG-fueled tugs and offshore supply vessels, managed by Det Norske Veritas (Bærum, Norway) with nine partners in Australia, has concluded that there are attractive payback periods from the additional investments required for LNG-fueled shipping, along with no significant legal restrictions hindering development of LNG bunkering in Australia.
This study recommends more technical guidelines and a clearer regulatory framework to be established, along with financial incentives to kick-start the development.
When establishing LNG bunkering, the critical business phase is the first two to four years of operation when the LNG suppliers rely on a few ship owners willing to be industry forerunners. After some years of successful operation, a second wave of ships is expected to enter the market, which will reduce suppliers’ uncertainty and reinforce the business case.
The JIP focused specifically on the initial phase and created road maps for the most rapid establishment of LNG bunkering in short listed ports. An accelerated approach can open up LNG bunkering in Australia by 2016.
Two ASL AZFPs Gather Data in Arctic For GRENE Arctic Climate Change Research Project
Researchers of the GRENE Arctic Climate Change Research Project JAPAN, during an RV Mirai cruise, deployed an acoustic zooplankton fish profiler (AZFP) in October to collect data over the winter season. The AZFP will be recovered this summer. The data will show changes of zooplankton and fish activities related to seasonal change of sea ice cover in the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean.
Two internally recording, internally powered, multifrequency echosounders were purchased from ASL Environmental Sciences (Victoria, Canada) in March 2012 for the GRENE project.
The first AZFP was deployed and recovered in 2012 from the CCGS S.W. Laurier at a biological hotspot in the southern Chukchi Sea. The instrument was placed at 43 meters water depth. Preliminary data results using plankton net data analyzed show that copepod was dominant in the area.
MacArtney Benelux Adds New Pressure Tank Testing Facility in Rotterdam
MacArtney Benelux BV (Rotterdam, Netherlands) has added a fully equipped pressure tank facility to the company’s workshop in Rotterdam. It includes a freshwater pressure tank with a height of 1,300 millimeters, an internal diameter of 850 millimeters and a maximum pressure capacity of 100 bars to test connectors, cables, junction boxes and other underwater technology equipment.
Fully computer-controlled operation is provided. Electrical and optical measurements are undertaken in real-time, and equipment inside the tank can be subjected to live camera monitoring. Penetrators for connectors are incorporated into the tank lid. An overhead crane with a capacity of 1,500 kilograms enables very heavy or unwieldy equipment to be pressure tested.
The facility can be rented hourly or daily, with all testing performed by certified MacArtney personnel.
Atlas Services Group Completes ICS Acquisition
Atlas Services Group Marine (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) has acquired the remaining 25 percent shares of International Crew Services (Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands). As of April, both companies will integrate and trade under the name Atlas Services Group Marine.
Scottish Government Gives More Funds To Encourage Commercial Diving Industry Growth
The Underwater Centre in Fort William, Scotland, has been awarded an additional £130,000 as part of a major initiative to encourage Scottish-based individuals to begin a career in commercial diving.
This comes three months after The Underwater Centre was awarded £360,000 to train 42 Scottish-based individuals. The new funding will allow an additional 15 trainees.
The news comes at a time when the U.K. is facing an aging population of commercial divers.
Tognum Invests in Europe, America, Asia
Tognum AG (Friedrichshafen, Germany) intends to invest more than €1 billion by the end of 2014; about €600 million will flow into research and development and long-term capital expenditure, and about €140 million will go to expand plants in Europe, America and Asia between 2012 and 2014, the company said.
ABB Completes Acquisition of APS
ABB Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland) has completed its acquisition of San Diego, California-based APS Technology Group Inc. (APS). The acquisition adds optical character recognition and gate automation capabilities to further improve safety, productivity and efficiency of port operations as containerized shipping grows worldwide.
APS, an 11-year-old, 50-person company with offices in San Diego and Long Beach, California, will join ABB’s Crane and Harbor automation business. No major changes to staffing and product offerings are planned.
Seaspan Fleet to Get GL HullManager
Seaspan Ship Management Ltd. (Vancouver, Canada) has chosen Germanischer Lloyd’s (Hamburg, Germany) GL HullManager system to upgrade its in-house hull integrity management system. The condition-based monitoring software will be implemented across Seaspan’s entire fleet of 76 vessels over the next several years.
GL HullManager can make information on the condition of hull structures available to any employee across the company once the inspection results have been approved and synchronized.
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