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February 2015 Issue

Cutter Suction Dredger and Stan Tug for Nigeria
Two more Damen (Gorinchem, Netherlands) vessels have been sold to a long-term Nigerian customer. A tug, type STU2208, and a cutter suction dredger, type CSD500, have arrived at their up-river operating point. There they will assist at an inlands port in keeping the river navigable.

The cutter suction dredger will perform continuous maintenance dredging on the river, where sand banks keep menacing the navigability. The tug will tow fuel barges and assist during the mooring process of these barges.

Delivery of the Newly Built Capesize Dry Bulk Carrier
Diana Shipping Inc. (Athens, Greece), through a wholly owned subsidiary, has taken delivery of the MV Santa Barbara, a 179,426-deadweight-tonnage, newly built Capesize dry bulk vessel. The company has also entered into a time charter contract with Vroon Dry Cargo Chartering B.V. (Breskens, Netherlands) for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the MV Polymnia. The gross charter rate is $7,500 per day, plus $237,500 ballast bonus, minus a 5 percent commission paid to third parties.

Orkney Sets Example in Marine Energy Industry
Orkney, Scotland’s marine energy industry has been the focus of a fact-finding visit by Japanese politicians and business leaders. The 10-strong party from the Nagasaki Prefecture, on the island of Kyushu, toured the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Stromness, Scotland, to learn more about Orkney’s role at the forefront of the global wave and tidal energy sector. The visit, hosted by EMEC and the Orkney-based environmental consultancy firm Aquatera, comes as Japan looks to establish its own marine energy test center sites.

Spanish Maritime Cluster Recognizes DNV GL’s Maritime Academy
DNV GL’s (Høvik, Norway) Maritime Academy has been recognized for its training program by the Spanish Maritime Cluster. DNV GL received the “Impulso a la Formación” award, in recognition of the Maritime Academy’s efforts in the maritime training sector in Spain. The award is under the patronage of King Felipe VI and honors initiatives that improve training programs and promote the development of new opportunities for professionals in the Spanish maritime sector. It also rewards projects that enable professionals to more easily move careers to a new maritime subsector.

New President Sets Goals
The new president of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association, Abdul Hameed Hajah, has outlined his priorities for the year ahead, with innovation and cross-industry cooperation at the top of his agenda.

Hajah has highlighted innovation and improved productivity in the supply chain as key processes in the efficient management of today’s ships. A highly efficient and strong international ship supply industry is crucial to this process, he said.

Consultancy Selected for Award Shortlist
Cambla (Aberdeen, Scotland) has been shortlisted for a Subsea U.K. award in the New Enterprise category. The consultancy has been shortlisted in recognition of the significant growth it has achieved during its first year of business. Cambla surpassed its turnover expectations in 2014 by 45 percent. The shortlisting also acknowledges Cambla’s people development program and graduate intake.

ClassNK Updates Guidelines for Container Stowage
ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan) released the second edition of its “Guidelines for Container Stowage and Securing Arrangements.” The update comes in response to recent industry changes as the amount and size of container carriers increases.

Last year, the average size of a newly delivered containership was more than 7,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, and various new securing technologies have been developed to enhance the efficiency of loading containers on board these growing vessels. Consequently, it has become increasingly important to evaluate the adequacy of container stowage and securing arrangements.

Aegean Expands German Operations
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (Piraeus, Greece) is launching physical supply and marketing operations in Germany. Operations will include the physical supply of marine fuels and lubricants to all German ports and will be based out of Hamburg, Germany, the second largest container terminal in Europe. To support its local German operations, Aegean has assumed the contracts for two modern, double-hull bunkering barges.

Pacific Basin Adopts ShipManager
Pacific Basin (Hong Kong, China) is set to implement DNV GL’s (Høvik, Norway) ShipManager fleet management system on its owned fleet within the next two years.

Shipping companies often have various IT systems that cover different aspects of their operations, and therefore have challenges in aligning data input and output for efficient decision making, reporting and ship-shore communication. The implementation of the ShipManager system will simplify ship management, allowing fleet-wide data collection, integration and analysis.

Survey to Investigate Green Ship Technologies
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (London, England) together with the U.K. Science & Innovation Network Southeast Asia are seeking opinions to investigate green ship technologies within Asia. All those involved in the shipping industry are invited to complete a survey accessed via http://surveys.imarest.org/index.php/survey/index/sid/675523/newtest/Y/lang/en. The survey is aimed at gauging views on the “green agenda.”

Green Tech Marine Changes Name to Yara Marine Technologies
To expand services and strengthen international presence, Green Tech Marine AS (Oslo, Norway) has entered into a partnership with Yara International ASA (Oslo). Within this partnership, the company is a member of the “Emission to Air” platform, which includes a portfolio of environmental technology companies. Green Tech has changed the name of the company to Yara Marine Technologies AS.

Replacement for Steel, Iron Chains
Industrial chains for handling heavy loads are being produced from DSM’s (Heerlen, Netherlands) ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fiber, Dyneema. DSM Dyneema has formed a strategic partnership with Load Solutions AS (Bergen, Norway) for development, manufacturing, sales and marketing of link chains made with Dyneema fiber. The chains, branded as TYCAN, are fabricated from webbings and have numerous economic, environmental and safety advantages over traditional chains made of iron and steel.

Awards to Recognize Research, Safety
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects - QinetiQ Maritime Innovation Award seeks to encourage innovation by recognizing outstanding scientific or technological research in the areas of hydrodynamics, propulsion, structures and material.

The award is made annually to either an individual or an organization in any country. Nominations for the 2014 award are now invited.

Naval architects and engineers involved in the design, construction and operation of maritime vessels and structures can make a significant contribution to safety. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, with the support of Lloyd’s Register (London, England), will recognize the achievement of engineers in improving safety at sea and the protection of the maritime environment through the annual Maritime Safety Award.

Two Records for ASI with Falcon ROV
In Australia and Canada, ASI Marine (St. Catharines, Canada) has established the record for the longest tunnel swim with a Falcon ROV. By modifying a Saab Seaeye (Fareham, England) Falcon ROV, ASI was able to send the vehicle through a pipeline stretching more than 4 kilometers under Gladstone Harbour, Australia, to Curtis Island. They also sent the same modified Falcon through 5 kilometers of feeder pipes in Lake Ontario through modifications to the power supply.

Geometius bv Acquires Asicon
Asicon, a division of Astron N.V. (Antwerp, Belgium), has been acquired by Geometius bv (Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands). Asicon specializes in data acquisition equipment, echosounders, in-situ sensors, tide gauges and sensors for hydrographic and oceanographic applications. Besides sales of hardware and software, Asicon also provides maintenance, repair, installation and rental of equipment. Steve Beckers remains the sales engineer of Asicon and continues to work in the area of Antwerp.

International Contracts for Sub-Atlantic
Sub-Atlantic (Aberdeen, Scotland) has secured three international contracts with a combined value of more than £3.5 million, which include the manufacture of three specialist ROVs. The firm will provide IKM Subsea (Sola, Norway), Globe Exploration (Rome, Italy) and Total Marine Technology (Bibra Lake, Australia) with state-of-the-art, observation-class vehicles that are widely used across the offshore energy and defense industries.

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