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May 2015 Issue

Shipowner, Unions Urge EU States To Combat Humanitarian Crisis
European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge EU member states to take collective action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.

Since 2014, thousands of people have been attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe from Africa and the Middle East in overcrowded boats not fit for purpose, with more than 3,500 people having already lost their lives. A joint letter to leaders of all 28 EU members states warns that there is a serious risk of further catastrophic loss of life unless states respond with greater urgency.

Research Vessel to be Completely Renovated
The French research vessel Marion Dufresne II arrived at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (Dunkirk, France) for a project that will extend the ship’s life by 20 years. The work will span a total of four months. The vessel has gone into dry-dock for a six-week period, during which the yard will carry out an extensive scope of work.

Marion Dufresne II carries out oceanographic research under the responsibility of the Institut Polaire Paul-Eimile Victor (Plouzaná, France).

Report Shows Green Energy Investments on the Rise
The 103 gigawatts of generating capacity added around the world made 2014 a promising year for newly installed capacity, according to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) ninth annual “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investments” report, prepared by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Global investments in renewable energy rebounded strongly last year, registering a 17 percent increase after two years of declines, the report found.

Caspian Fleet to Receive ECDIS
PC Maritime (Plymouth, England) and its Estonian trading partner Marine Technics (St. Petersburg, Russia) have won a contract to supply Navmaster ECDIS to 28 Baku, Azerbaijan-based Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Co. (ACSC) vessels.

The order follows the operation of Navmaster ECDIS on 13 ACSC vessels over the past three years. The initial supply is for single ECDIS with 24-inch displays, with an option to extend to dual ECDIS, and Jeppesen (Denver, Colorado) Primar charts and updating services. The systems will be installed and supported locally by Marine Technics’ office in Baku.

EMEC Strengthens Ties with Japan
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), based in Orkney, Scotland, has become a member of the Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association (NaMICPA) to help support the development of marine renewables in Japan. Oliver Wragg, EMEC’s commercial director, signed up for the association during a marine energy trade mission to Japan focused on keeping Scottish companies up to date with developments in the Japanese renewable energy market.

Chukar Waterjet Inc. Appoints Representative
Chukar Waterjet Inc. (St. Michael, Minnesota) announced that MinhAnh TechInfo Co. Ltd./RentATool Vietnam (Vung Tau, Vietnam) has been named its authorized representative for Vietnam and Myanmar.

MinhAnh TechInfo Co. Ltd./RentATool Vietnam is a global supplier and applications consultant to the marine and oil and gas industries. The company offers a wide range of products and services and has extensive engineering experience.

3Si Group Acquires Richard Irvin Marine Safety
Safety and Survival Systems International Ltd. (Southampton, England) announced its latest acquisition, Richard Irvin Energy Solutions Marine Safety Division (Aberdeen, Scotland). The business is a supplier to the offshore industry with a variety of safety products and services.

Combined with 3Si’s existing Ocean Safety business in Aberdeen and the group’s full suite of products and services, the acquisition enables 3Si to offer the offshore industry a complete capability in safety and survival requirements.

SeeByte Completes First Phase of Contract
Phase one of SeeByte’s (Edinburgh, Scotland) contract awarded by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) has been completed following a successful demo. The work seeks to provide a flexible autonomy framework for the range of oceanographic and environmental scenarios outlined in the SBRI AAOSN call.

An on-water demonstration of the maritime autonomy framework integration into the ASV C-Enduro was held in Stokes Bay, Gosport, England.

New Market Intelligence for Subsea Companies
Subsea U.K. (Aberdeen, Scotland) has launched a new market intelligence service to help subsea companies exploit global opportunities.

Subsea Intel is an online database that provides regularly updated details on almost 1,200 subsea projects worldwide.

Subsea U.K. said that the database will provide subsea market intelligence in one place, allowing users to delve deeper into current projects across the globe and discover upcoming opportunities using intensively researched data.

Pipeline Inspection Completed
MMT (Västra Frölunda, Sweden) and Reach Subsea (Haugesund, Norway) have completed their first commercial project with the Surveyor Interceptor ROV for Gassco AS (Haugesund) at Knarr Gas pipeline in the North Sea.

The pipeline inspection was conducted from the vessel Edda Fonn. This first work was to verify that the rock berm on the pipeline was still intact prior to putting a commissioning pig train and gas in the pipeline in the near future.

MacArtney Scales up Australian Venture
MacArtney (Esbjerg, Denmark) is bolstering its system sales focus in Australia and New Zealand. The company has hired engineer and underwater technology specialist Tom Zezou as system sales manager. In order to successfully step up the focus on system solutions, MacArtney Australia expects to work even closer with the worldwide MacArtney network of companies and operations, drawing on the vast experience with advanced subsea solutions that resides within the group.

Grasshopper Helps Falcon ROV View Dam
A retractable sonar system has been specially designed by Subsea Fenix (Ravenna, Italy) to set atop a Saab Seaeye (Fareham, England) Falcon ROV. Nicknamed “The Grasshopper,” the concept has made possible a more detailed inspection of a reservoir dam in central Italy.

The Subsea Fenix solution created a retractable structure that lowers the topside mass while the Falcon is swimming then remotely raises it when needed. With a full inspection package aboard the ROV, it has been possible to provide accurate visual 2D and 3D sonar data.

Braemar Opens Office in Turkey
Braemar (London, England) has created a permanent presence in Turkey through the establishment of a new subsidiary company and the opening of an office in Istanbul. The office is currently based in the Besiktas district of the city but will be moving to new premises in the Kadikoy district in the near future.

Uluç Mörek has joined the company and will be the resident staff surveyor and manager of the Istanbul office.

Program to Guide Shipowners Switching to Low-Sulphur Fuel
Videotel (London, England) has produced a program that will help guide shipowners through the process of switching to low-sulphur fuel as they comply with MARPOL Annex VI.

The Videotel program details how to effectively implement fuel oil changeover procedures. It takes into consideration issues such as whether the vessel will require fuel oil service or day tank modifications; whether a crew needs to establish a fuel oil system inspection and maintenance schedule; and how to check that all sensors, controls and alarms are operational.

Rules Released for Steel Ship Construction
ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan) has announced the release of printed versions of its 2015 Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. ClassNK regularly reviews and revises its technical rules and guidance in order to ensure that they are relevant and up-to-date.

The 2015 edition’s amendments reflect the latest research and development findings, feedback from damage investigations, changes made to international regulations, as well as industry requests.

Transocean to Scrap two Rigs
Transocean Ltd. (Zug, Switzerland) announced that it intends to scrap, in an environmentally responsible manner, the following two rigs: GSF Aleutian Key and Sedco 707. These rigs are classified as held for sale. Including these two rigs, Transocean has announced plans to scrap a total of 18 floaters. As the company continues to evaluate the long-term competitiveness of its fleet, additional rigs may be identified as candidates for scrapping.

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