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October 2015 Issue

The Switch Opens New
Headquarters in Helsinki

The Switch, supplier of megawatt-class electrical drives for wind energy, marine and industrial applications, recently announced the official opening of its new global headquarters in Helsinki, Finland.

The new location will maintain the company’s ability to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of its international stakeholders.

N-Sea Successfully Completes
Maersk IMR WorkScope

Subsea IMR provider N-Sea Offshore Ltd. has successfully completed a fully integrated and managed service for the Maersk Oil UK’s 2015 Subsea Inspection Program. The work scope involved four field locations in the North Sea and utilized N-Sea’s IMR and subsea capabilities for the duration of 135 days.

The Siem N-Sea was utilized to combine ROV inspection services with IMR diving works. The vessel is part of N-Sea’s fleet of dive, multisupport and construction vessels designed to deliver a range of subsea services for offshore assets, platforms, FPSOs and renewables operations.

Radio Holland Extends VSAT
Coverage Above Northern Europe

Radio Holland is the first provider that expanded its global Ku-band VSAT network with additional coverage above Northern Europe and Russia. Recently, the Yamal 402 Northern Beam has been added to the network.

The VSAT network provides reliable communication connections for crew, captain and other users on board.

Ship Efficiency Retrofit Grant
Launched by Carbon War Room

Carbon War Room (CWR) issued a request for proposals to ship owners or charterers for a grant that will help finance a single vessel retrofit with a bundle of proven technologies. The retrofit will result in a minimum fuel savings of 10 to 15 percent.

Up to $200,000 will be granted by CWR to fund the installation of continuous monitoring equipment. CWR will also commission independent, third-party analysis of the collected data, which will verify the benefits of the multitechnology retrofit and provide a proof of concept for the entire industry.

DNV GL Combines Tools To
Aid Operational Performance

Many pieces of rotating equipment are operating below capacity, affecting production costs, revenues and resulting in unexpected down time. DNV GL has been working with operators to help unlock the potential of their existing rotating equipment. Rotating equipment can be attributed to 90 percent of production losses.

Online condition monitoring coupled with reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) analysis can facilitate in understanding the causes of shortfalls.

Parker Kittiwake-Procal Names
Wellhead Ltd. Systems Integrator

Parker Kittiwake-Procal recently announced the appointment of Score Subsea and Wellhead Ltd. as an official systems integrator. The contract allows Procal to expand upon its existing international distribution and service capability, underpinning both companies’ commitment to support global emissions reduction and improve air quality both at sea and on land.

Procal’s CEMS analyzer can be applied to most onerous and demanding applications, and effectively fulfill the requirements of both operators and environmental regulators.

Proserv Announces Acquisition
Of Nautronix

Proserv Group LLC has acquired Nautronix, a subsea digital acoustic communication products and positioning services provider to the oil and gas industry.

The transaction heightens Proserv’s position as a leading player in the controls and communications market and presents the company with an opportunity to expand its offering by providing fully integrated subsea controls, communications, positioning and survey services.

Lloyd’s Register Foundation Awards
£9 Million Grants in Nanotechnology

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation has awarded grants totaling £9 million to three international consortia in the field of nanotechnology. These grants support research and doctoral training that will support the Foundation’s aims to advance engineering-related education and research and support work that enhances safety of life at sea, on land and in the air.

The ultimate goal for the subsea work is to improve the efficiency at which electricity is transmitted across the world.

OSIL Vibrocorer for VLIZ
U.K.-based OSIL has supplied the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) with a high-powered Vibrocorer system. The 3m system was supplied with its own container for storage, with OSIL staff providing training on its assembly and use in Oostende on board RV Simon Stevin.

The OSIL Vibrocorer has been designed as an easy to use, easy to transport modular system that minimizes dockside assembly for quicker mobilization.

Transas Expands Global ECDIS
Training Network in China

The New Alliance Marine Training Center has joined the Transas Global ECDIS Training Network, with shipping companies now benefitting from high-quality ECDIS training from the first Transas GET-Net partner in China.

The main objectives are to provide training services for ship owners and operators and help Chinese seafarers improve their competence to meet the requirements of the global maritime market.

First Damen Twin Axe Workboat
In the Middle East

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2610 workboat named AOS Swift for the Atlantic Maritime Group. This is the first Damen Twin Axe vessel to be used in the Middle East for safe passenger and crew transfer, as well as for the transport of industrial persons, materials and equipment to unmanned offshore platforms in the Strait of Hormuz.

Blue Ocean Monitoring
Expands to UK, US

Blue Ocean Monitoring Pty Ltd. recently announced that it has expanded its offices from Perth and Singapore and has now opened offices in the United Kingdom and U.S. due to customer demand.

In addition, Blue Ocean will be basing its Slocum gliders and other platforms in each of the new regions and relocate other gliders from its global fleet as local requirements dictate.

Remote Maritime Telemedicine
Business Launches Partnership

Maritime telemedicine business ClipperTelemed+ and global maritime charity Sailors’ Society are jointly promoting health and well-being at sea through a series of events. The new partnership was unveiled at a reception alongside a ClipperTelemed+ yacht that competed in the Clipper Around the World race.

ClipperTelemed+ provides remote primary and emergency medical care to seafarers all over the world. Wellness at Sea from the Sailors’ Society is a coaching program for officers and cadets aimed at improving seafarers’ onboard health and well-being.

VIKING Moves to Expand
Australasian Activities

Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S recently announced it has acquired part of Australia-based Wiltrading Pty Ltd.’s maritime safety equipment activities. The move strengthens VIKING’s offering in Australasia, adding four locations to the company’s global network. Selected safety equipment and servicing activities previously managed by Wiltrading will be seamlessly integrated into VIKING.

Subsea UK To Support SMEs
With Apprenticeships

Subsea UK has recently launched a new support service to bring fresh, young talent into the subsea sector by making it easier for businesses to recruit apprentices. Research conducted by the industry body revealed the barriers for SMEs in settling up apprenticeships.

Subsea UK will provide financial support and specific help with making the process simpler so that small firms can benefit and develop the next generation of subsea workers.

GMS Supports DSA Stance on Beaching
GMS has come out in support of the Danish Ship Association (DSA), which refuses to ban beaching outright. GMS supports DSA’s position that ship-recycling choice should not be based just on geography.

DSA recently visited shipyards in Alang, India, to see how some had upgraded their facilities to comply with the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling.

GMS urges the Norwegian Ship-owners Association to visit Alang shipyards too, so they can make their own minds up about beaching at specific yards.


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