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October 2015 Issue

Silver Ships, Inc. Delivers Survey Vessel
Silver Ships, Inc. recently delivered a 48’ Endeavor Survey boat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. The vessel will be tasked with surveying the waters in both the Gulf of Mexico and rivers of the New Orleans District. The all-welded aluminum vessel features a hull form designed to handle the short, choppy seas of the Gulf Coast region.

The vessel is powered by twin Caterpillar C18 diesel engines at 803 hp. each coupled to Twin Disc v-drive gears. It can reach a top speed exceeding 28 kt., with a range exceeding 300 mi.

Local Coast Guard Honors
Those Lost During 9/11 Attacks

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles gathered at the local 9/11 memorial on the Lakefront Promenade to honor and remember those lost in 2001.

The Coast Guard led the water evacuation of more than 500,000 people from Manhattan following the attacks.

The Lake Charles memorial features two steel beams from the World Trade Center and a memorial slab for the Pentagon made from on-site limestone.

Dam Construction Successfully Completed
The Panama Canal Expansion continues to gain momentum as it moves closer to completion. This past August, the three dams adjacent to the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks were completed.

Borinquen dams 1W and 2W, located west of the Cocoli Locks, and 2E, located on the eastern side, are constructed of rock particles and a clay core to ensure no leakage between the new access channel and Miraflores Lake. Grout injections were also used to create an impermeable barrier.

VIKING Launches Helpline for
New Coastal Safety Rules

Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S is worried that commercial vessels operating in North American coastal waters and waterways simply won’t be able to sail when new U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations come into force Feb. 26, 2016.

The company has released evacuation packages that ensure vessel operators can comply with the new regulations, and it has set up a toll free 1-855 helpline number to assist them.

McMurdo AIS MOB Devices
Approved for Sale in Canada

McMurdo, a provider of emergency readiness and response solutions, recently announced that Transport Canada has granted type acceptance approval for the company’s Smartfind S10 and Smartfind S20 AIS Man Overboard devices, which allows these devices to be imported and sold for commercial maritime and recreational boating use in Canada.
Caterpillar Launches Asset Financial Solutions

Caterpillar Oil and Gas has introduced Asset Financial Solutions, an innovative financial product that provides 100 percent financing for new offshore or marine assets. The new solution enables Caterpillar to offer customers a tailored way to optimize their business and expand their fleets without raising additional capital or taking on project construction risk.

This product affords customers zero project risk from the onset. The financial offering has the flexibility to account for all aspects of an offshore newbuild, including risk mitigation for unexpected construction or project costs.

Willard Marine to Supply
Philippine Group with Patrol Boats

The U.S. Department of State awarded Willard Marine, Inc. a contract to provide the Philippine National Police Maritime Group with patrol vessels equipped to conduct search and rescue operations along Philippine maritime borders.

Willard Marine will provide aluminum, 30-ft. patrol boats with twin 480-hp. engines and dual water jets, as well as 34-ft. patrol boats with 600-hp. engines and dual water jets. The cabins will feature shock-mitigating seats, heating and air conditioning, and gun posts positioned forward and aft.

C&W Networks Launching
New Submarine Cable System

C&W Networks recently announced that Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks has completed the commissioning of the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS). The 6,000-km submarine cable connects Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Aruba, Curacao, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, then terminates in Jacksonville, Florida.

With an ultimate design capacity of 80 terabits-per-second, the PCCS submarine network dramatically boosts connectivity and substantially increases the availability of broadband services.

New Rapid Oil Spill Response Vessel
Launches in Vancouver

Western Canada Marine Response Corp. (WCMRC) recently launched their newest oil spill response vessel in Burrard Inlet. The $4.5 million boat, G.M. Penman, is a 65-ft. ocean class oil spill response vessel (OSRV) with a top speed of 26 kt. It is only the fifth vessel of its kind in the world, joining WCMRC’s fleet of 32 spill response vessels.

Glosten Acquires Noise Control Engineering
Glosten, Inc., the Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy, recently completed an acquisition of Noise Control Engineering, LLC, an acoustic engineering firm specializing in noise and vibration control for marine, industrial, and commercial environments.

Noise Control will continue to operate under their current name and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Glosten, Inc. and will maintain their current offices to serve clientele as an independent group within the organization.

SURF Budgets Go Further
With Accredited Products

Global deepwater buoyancy and polymer specialist Balmoral Offshore engineering has been approved by Bureau Veritas in line with American Petroleum Institute specification for its SURF-related bend stiffeners and restrictors.

Bend restrictors prevent overbending at the interface between flowlines, umbilicals, cables and rigid structures by mechanically locking up. Unlike bend stiffeners, they only provide protection once the pipe has achieved the desired bend radius between the flexible line and rigid structure.

Kalmar, VIG to Deploy First
Hybrid Shuttle Carriers in US

Kalmar has delivered three hybrid shuttle carriers ordered by the Port of Virginia in late 2014 to Virginia International Gateway terminal (VIG) in Portsmouth. The hybrid technology developed by Kalmar for cargo-handling equipment significantly reduces diesel fuel consumption, emissions and engine noise levels. Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers offer stability, safety, and maneuverability features.

Kirby Corp. Selects ABS as
Subchapter M Solutions Provider

ABS, a provider of maritime shipping and offshore classification services, has been selected by Kirby Corp. to provide classification and International Safety Management certification for 11 push boats.

Under the requirements proposed, but not yet enacted, by the U.S. Coast Guard, towing vessel companies will be required to receive a Certificate of Inspection and comply with a new set of regulations relating to the construction and operations of safety equipment and record keeping.

Kirby will begin by bringing eight existing push boats and three new push boats into ABS class using the Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intercoastal Waterways.

Ocean Floor Geophysics Awarded Contract
Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc. (OFG) has been awarded a contract by Global Seas Mineral Resources (GSR) NV for seafloor mapping, AUV, and geophysical services. Since September 2014, GSR NV has been integrated into DEME Concessions.

Irving Shipbuilding to Construct
First Canada Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship

Production has begun on two units for the center section of the first Arctic Offshore Patrol ship for Canada. Welders, pipefitters, marine fabricators and iron workers are among the trades involved in the process, using the new state-of-the-art panel line.

The ship is the first of up to 21 vessels that will renew Canada’s combatant fleet over the next 30 years under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Irving Shipbuilding has built more than 80 percent of Canada’s current combatant ships.



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