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August 2015 Issue

NORSAT-1 to Get Kongsberg AIS Receiver
ESA authorized the delivery of Kongsberg’s fourth-generation SAT-AIS receiver flight models to the Norwegian Space Centre in July for integration into the NORSAT-1 satellite.

NORSAT-1 is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2016 and will be Norway’s fourth AIS-capable satellite to embed an AIS receiver from Kongsberg Seatex AS. The delivery is in

QuantiParts Set Up to Trade OEM Spare Engine Parts
Wärtsilä has established a subsidiary to trade spare parts for classic four-stroke Wärtsilä engines. QuantiParts trades OEM spare parts for selected mature Wärtsilä medium- and high-speed, four-stroke engines, such as Deutz, Stork, Bolnes, Sulzer A/S, Poyaud, SACM and Crepelle.

The new company is based in Zwolle, Netherlands. The company’s stock consists of nearly 5.5 million components for more than 40 different engine types.

PPA Canada to Use Helm CONNECT
Helm Operations has signed Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) Canada to its Helm CONNECT Preventive Maintenance software.

PPA operates five pilot boats and provides complete pilotage services for all ports on Canada’s west coast, including Vancouver and those within the Fraser River.

Helm CONNECT is designed to be intuitive. Helm worked closely with workboat personnel, e.g., port engineers, crew and shore-based personnel, when building the product.

Intro to Subsea Engineering Now Online Learning Program
Subsea UK has launched its new online learning program to support the development of new engineers and technicians entering the subsea sector and to develop graduates to become the next generation of engineers to help the U.K.’s £9 billion subsea sector achieve its global potential.

The Introduction to Subsea Engineering course can be completed in around 60 hours, spread over eight weeks. Students will study a series of modules to become fully inducted into a sector that has revolutionized the way in which hydrocarbons are extracted since its early days in the late ‘70s.

Initially rolled out by Subsea UK a few years ago, the online program of four modules, designed by Robert Gordon University, has been upgraded and updated to include recent developments and new practices in the fast-growing sector.

KVH Implements MPLS Network Into Mini-VSAT
KVH Industries, Inc. has implemented a global private multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network connecting all of the teleports and satellite beams in its mini-VSAT Broadband network.

The benefits of MPLS for the thousands of mini-VSAT Broadband users on commercial and recreational vessels worldwide include increased security, enhanced quality of service, and increased network reliability and uptime. The MPLS network is designed to aggregate all customer satellite traffic and provides Internet egress at KVH’s MegaPOPs (point-of-presence access points) located in North America, Europe and Asia.

The MPLS network also enables the KVH mini-VSAT Broadband network to provide state-of-the-art firewalls and redundant high-speed Internet connections at each MegaPOP to ensure security and reliability of all customer traffic. MPLS enables a level of security and quality above that of a virtual private network (VPN).

MPLS allows KVH to supply its mini-VSAT Broadband customers with a Global Static IP service, where customers have the ability to be assigned a unique public IP address for use globally. This option makes authorized communications to a vessel less complex and more secure.

UHD-III ROVs Perform Work Off Grand Canyon II
Canyon Offshore has mobilized two new UHD-III ROVs to their Grand Canyon II vessel.

The Grand Canyon II is designed to perform a broad range of subsea operations, with DP3-class station-keeping for work in severe weather conditions. It features a 250T heave-compensated crane and facilities to launch port- and starboard-side ROVs simultaneously.

The vessel’s first project was for survey and trenching work in the U.K. The UHD-IIIs were utilized continuously for a four-week period, with only one hour of maintenance time.

MAN Engines to Cut NOx With Water Treatment System
Alfa Laval has become the first company to be approved by MAN Diesel & Turbo to supply a water treatment system, PureNOx, for MAN’s exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) scrubber. The approval comes with less than a year to go before the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III NOx standards take effect on January 1, 2016.

A comprehensive NOx abatement technology, the EGR will be used with MAN’s two-stroke marine engines to reduce NOx emissions. The EGR is an alternative to selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology; both EGR and SCR are compliant with the IMO NOx Technical Code.

In 2012, Alfa Laval signed a cooperation agreement with MAN to develop the water treatment system for cleaning scrubber water in their EGR system. PureNOx not only prevents soot and compounds derived from the exhaust gas from accumulating in the EGR scrubber and corroding the engine, but also enables the bleed-off of clean water overboard in compliance with IMO criteria.

With a modular design, PureNOx is compact and easy to install, so it can be positioned anywhere in the engine room. Furthermore, the EGR system is integrated with the engine. This simplifies ship design and reduces installation time and costs.

MAN is now moving quickly towards EGR system commercialization, and Alfa Laval is keeping pace, introducing the next-generation PureNOx Prime water treatment system, which minimizes the amount of sludge for onshore disposal.

PureNOx Prime—smaller, less complex and less expensive than the original system—is scheduled for launch by year-end.


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