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June 2015 Issue

Import Volume Settling Down After Surge
Import cargo volume at major retail container ports in the United States is returning to normal levels as officials prepare to count votes on ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement that ended months of uncertainty, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

The number was driven up by a surge of backlogged cargo from vessels that were sitting at anchor waiting to be discharged after the labor dispute ended.

John’s Custom Marine Customers to be Relocated
Baca Marine’s (Huntington Beach, California) owner, Joe Baca, and their partner, Pfaff Engines (Huntington Beach), announced the recent takeover of John’s Custom Marine (Stanton, California), which has permanently closed its doors. Management is retiring or relocating to another state, leaving Baca Marine and Pfaff Engines to service boaters.

John’s Custom Marine’s former clients will have access to a larger variety of products that suit each boater’s requirements.

Merger Creates Largest Owner of Eco VLCCs
General Maritime Corp. (New York, New York) and Navig8 Crude Tankers Inc. (Westport, Connecticut) have completed the merger to create Gener8 Maritime, a provider of international seaborne oil transportation services.

In accordance with the terms of the definitive agreement, Navig8 Crude merged with a newly formed subsidiary of General Maritime and became a wholly owned subsidiary of General Maritime. General Maritime was renamed Gener8 Maritime.

Partner Program Gives Access To Wave Glider Platform
A new global technology partner program enables sensor, software and integration partners to leverage the Liquid Robotics (Sunnyvale, California) Wave Glider’s open platform to rapidly develop and deliver repeatable maritime solutions while generating new revenue opportunities for business. The Open Oceans Partner Program inaugural partners include: Ultra Electronics USSI (Columbia City, Indiana), EMS (Barcelona, Spain), Oceantech (Goyang, South Korea), Sea Technology Services (Cape Town, South Africa), BioSonics Inc. (Seattle, Washington), Fastwave (Perth, Australia) and UVS (Newcastle, Australia).

Business Model Offers Customers Choice of SLTE Vendor
A new flexible business model that allows customers to select their preferred submarine line terminating equipment (SLTE) line card supplier to create an interoperable and complementary dry and wet plant was launched by TE SubCom (Eatontown, New Jersey).

Available immediately, the open cables model provides SubCom customers greater choice and flexibility in choosing line cards, while continuing to benefit from the company’s latest technology.

BSEE Director Announces Safety Efforts
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno made two announcements aimed at reducing the risks associated with offshore oil and gas operations. One was about the launch of the SafeOCS program, an initiative aimed at collecting and analyzing “near miss” data. Salerno also released BSEE’s first Annual Report, which presents the agency’s analysis of offshore activities, trends, indicators, incidents and other key data points.

WatchKeeper Buoys to Support Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics
Four AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) WatchKeeper metocean buoys were selected by the Federal University of Rio Grande to be used by the Autoridade Publica Olimpica in support of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The WatchKeeper buoys will be deployed in July of 2015 to provide real-time data for regional games as a trial. The buoys will provide forecast improvements and real-time data specific to sports, such as beach volleyball, sailing, triathlon, cycling and marathon swimming.

Investment to Build Global Business
A new subsea company, Underwater Integrity Solutions (UIS), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an independent company focused on underwater integrity, production assurance and life extension for subsea fields.

HitecVision (Stavanger, Norway) has committed $150 million of equity to finance the buildup of the company. UIS has been established by five well-known subsea industry leaders with more than 140 years of combined global experience, according to the company.

Randolph and Baldwin Inc. Forms New Division
Randolph and Baldwin Inc. (Ayer, Massachusetts) has been asked to work with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to produce specialized equipment for the Ocean Observatories Initiative. To accomplish this project, the company has expanded staff, facilities and production capability.

Ocean Systems (Ayer), a newly formed division of the company, will offer companies that are developing new products, or looking to expand production of a popular product, the quality and workmanship that are required for the performance and maintenance of oceanographic equipment.

ComMar Named KVH’s Florida Representative
KVH Industries Inc. (Middletown, Rhode Island) has named ComMar Sales (Tiverton, Rhode Island) as its manufacturer’s representative for marine satellite antenna systems, services and products in Florida. ComMar already represents KVH in the Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions of the United States and will now extend its efforts to include the Sunshine State, for both the commercial and leisure markets.

Ed Davis of Furuno Passes
Industry veteran and long-time Furuno USA Inc. (Camas, Washington) employee Ed Davis passed on April 30. He was Furuno USA’s Mid-Atlantic regional manager since September 1992, working closely with dealers, whom he considered both his customers and his friends. Prior to working at Furuno, he had his own marine manufacturer’s rep company. He first entered the maritime industry in 1987. In addition to Davis’s passion for boating, he was also very active in hunting, fishing, trapping, racing and aviation. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, and their two daughters, Kelly and Samantha. Everyone at Furuno has wonderful memories of Davis, and they will all greatly miss his friendship, professionalism and sense of humor.

Funding to Improve Commercial Fishing Safety in Canada
Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Minister of Transport, joined by members of Parliament from Atlantic Canada, announced a new commercial fishing safety component of the government of Canada’s Boating Safety Contribution Program.

Under this new component, up to $300,000 per year for the next three years will be available to support education and awareness initiatives that promote safe boating practices on board small commercial fishing vessels across the country.

Panama Canal Expansion Reaches Milestone
The Panama Canal Authority (Miami, Florida) announced a milestone in the expansion program, with the installation of the 16th and final gate for the new locks on the Pacific side of the canal. The final gate is one of the heaviest and weighs 4,232 tons. It measures 57.6 meters wide by 10 meters long and 33 meters high.

Manufactured in Italy, the new gates first arrived in Panama in four staggered shipments, which began in August of 2013. With the installation of the final gate in the Pacific, another stage of the project begins with the electromechanical work.

Marin, Aqueos Corp. Collaborate To Enhance Services
Marin USA (Belle Chasse, Louisiana) and Aqueos Corp. (Broussard, Louisiana) have recently completed high-level collaborative talks that will see the two companies enhance existing services to clients. Marin’s excavation tooling coupled with the diving skills of Aqueos make for a great fit. The collaboration will deliver a smarter way of working for shallow water and inland waterway projects.

Acquisition Cleared by DOJ
Horizon Lines Inc. (Charlotte, North Carolina) reported that, after a review by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Horizon’s proposed sales transaction with The Pasha Group (San Rafael, California) has been granted early termination of the premerger waiting period. Subject to the satisfaction of any remaining conditions to closing, Horizon expects the closing of the transaction to occur before the end of the company’s second quarter.

Record Set for Seafloor Drills
Fugro (Houston, Texas) has set a new seafloor drill water depth record of 2,923 meters while completing a combined sampling and piezocone penetration testing (PCPT) borehole to 62 meters. Achieved using its Seafloor Drill I, the single deployment in the Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico exceeded the previous water depth mark for seabed-based drilling technology.



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