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May 2015 Issue
SEACOR Marine Wins Safety in Seas Awards
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), based in Washington, D.C., presented SEACOR Marine (Houma, Louisiana) with the 2015 NOIA Safety in Seas Culture of Safety Award and Safety Practice Award. This is the first time the same company has won both awards in the same year. SEACOR Marine won the Culture of Safety Award for their safety culture model, which spurred a seven-year trend of declining total number of lost-time incidents, medical treatment incidents and pollution incidents.
US Coast Guard Issues Regulated Navigation Area
The U.S. Coast Guard 13th District commander, working in conjunction with the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound captain of the port, has established temporary safety zones and a voluntary first amendment area associated with Arctic drilling and support vessels in Puget Sound from April 15 through June 30.
The zones are necessary to allow maximum use of the waterway by all users consistent with safe navigation.
Railyard Expansion Boosts Productivity, Reduces Emissions
Recently, the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, finished the first phase of a railyard expansion. To help the port meet increasing demand, the railyard will boost cargo movement and efficiency. Funding for the project comes from a DOT TIGER grant worth $10 million as well as a public-private partnership. As an added advantage of the railyard, more than 600,000 trucks will be off the road, helping to reduce emissions.
Caterpillar Acquires Vessel-Monitoring Company
Caterpillar Marine (Hamburg, Germany) has completed the acquisition of ESRG Technologies Group LLC (Virginia Beach, Virginia), a vessel monitoring and data analytics company in the marine industry. The acquisition includes ESRG’s software suite for the remote monitoring and diagnostics of more than 65 onboard systems, as well as the expertise to provide recommendations to ship owners to help increase efficiency, reduce downtime on their vessels and assist shipyards in reducing warranty expenses.
Oceaneering Acquires C & C Technologies
Oceaneering International Inc. (Houston, Texas) announced that it has closed the previously announced definitive agreement to acquire C & C Technologies Inc. (Lafayette, Louisiana), a global provider of survey and satellite-based positioning services. Subject to customary post-closing working capital adjustments, the acquisition price of approximately $230 million was paid in cash.
Call of the Sea Announces Merger With Educational Tall Ship
The Call of the Sea (Bay Model, California) and the Educational Tall Ship (Sausalito, Calfornia) have announced that the two nonprofit organizations, which have worked closely together for several years, are now officially merged. Call of the Sea has operated the schooner Seaward for the past 10 years, providing a hands-on marine and environmental educational experience for school children, and the Educational Tall Ship program has been constructing the Matthew Turner, another tall ship that will also be a floating classroom for students when the vessel is launched in 2016.
ROV Service, Repair Facility Planned for Massachusetts
Teledyne SeaBotix (San Diego, California) announced the phased opening of a service support and repair facility within its parent organization, Teledyne Marine Systems (North Falmouth, Massachusetts).
The SeaBotix service and repair facility will be based at Teledyne Marine Systems main headquarters, which includes approximately 67,000 square feet of manufacturing, engineering, test and administration resources. Teledyne SeaBotix customers will now be able to choose factory-level service and support locations on either coast of the United States.
Jamaica Hosts First WiMA Conference
Jamaica hosted the Caribbean’s first Women in Maritime Association Conference as a first step towards establishing an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Women in Maritime Association (WiMA) for the region.
Taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in April, the conference aimed to support regional efforts to deepen the integration of women in the Caribbean maritime sector.
IMO’s WiMA program seeks to establish formal regional linkages between women managers in the maritime and port sectors as a permanent channel for information exchange.
Imports Rising as West Coast Ports Recover
Import cargo volume at the United States’ major retail container ports is expected to rise 8 percent this month over the same time last year as West Coast ports continue to recover from a backlog of cargo that built up before a tentative new labor agreement was signed, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union tentatively agreed on a five-year contract in February. The lack of a contract and operational issues led to congestion at the ports.
Ocean Power Technologies to Proceed To the Next Phase of Contract
Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (Pennington, New Jersey) has completed a stage gate review with the Department of Energy related to its power take-off (PTO) technology that could be used with both small and large-scale PowerBuoys. Evaluation criteria for the stage gate review included PTO cost reduction, simplification of the manufacturing process, increased reliability, increased efficiency and overall reduction in PowerBuoy levelized cost of energy.
Soundnine Releases New Products
Soundnine (S9), based in Kirkland, Washington, launched two new products at Ocean Business 2015: the new Enduro APT Recorder and Ulti-modem inductive modem. The products feature high-accuracy sensors and advanced real-time underwater telemetry. The Enduro APT Recorder is a small instrument that measures acceleration, pressure and temperature, and also logs internally and transmits data in real time over plastic-jacketed wire rope commonly used on moorings. S9’s dual-mode inductive technology is fully compatible with the prevailing inductive telemetry.
Port of Houston Authority Tonnage Increases
Activity across Port of Houston Authority docks continues to show strength as February 2015 tonnage figures reflected a 22 percent increase compared to February 2014.
Executive Director Roger Guenther released the information during the monthly meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Guenther reported that the Port Authority’s Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals were particularly busy.
US Coast Guard Creates Diver Rating
The U.S. Coast Guard has established a diver enlisted rating and corresponding chief warrant officer specialty.
About 50 enlisted personnel and three chief warrant officers will initially transition to the diver rating and diving specialty, respectively. The newly minted divers received certificates signed by the commandant and the master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard at several locations throughout the service. Divers support a variety of Coast Guard missions.
Global Technical Services Added
Global technical services (GTS) are now offered by Global Diving & Salvage (Seattle, Washington). The addition complements the company’s other core services, which include marine construction, marine casualty response and offshore support.
Joining forces with Alaska Technical, GTS is offering a wide range of nondestructive testing instruction services to the industry; including, energy companies, aviation, rail and infrastructure. Courses offered include visual, magnetic particle, dye penetrant, ultrasonic, radiography, radiographic film interpretation and eddy current.
Product Grant Provides Free Use of ADCPs, CTDs
Teledyne RD Instruments (Poway, California) announced the official opening of its 2015 Academic Product Grant. Teledyne RD Instruments will once again provide the global academic oceanographic community with the opportunity to utilize these products free of charge, for up to a six-month deployment.
Members of academic institutions worldwide are encouraged to submit applications detailing their proposed utilization of the technologies to enhance their oceanographic research.
Expressions of Interest Requested For Environmental Impact Assessment
The Trinidad Dry Dock Company Ltd. (TDDCL), based in Point Lisas, Trinidad, is inviting companies to submit proposals to conduct an environmental impact assessment and geotechnical investigation for a major new ship repair yard development project at Port of Spain. TDDCL has executed a memorandum of agreement with Invest Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate the future development and operation of the Port of Spain dry docks.
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