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Recovery of Remaining Oil from Solar Days to Take Several Days

The Italian sub-sea construction service provider will begin offloading oil from the sunken tanker Solar 1 on March 14. Although Sonsub International expects the offloading to be an easy job, they assured that they have contingency plans in the event of another oil spill. Officials expect the offloading operations to last for about 25 days, but not shorter than 20 days, subject however to the amount of bunker fuel remaining in the ten cargo holds of Solar 1. It is estimated that by April 14, they will already be demobilizing their equipment. It's not that we want to stay any longer, we just want to ensure that each tank is empty of oil, he added. Sonsub will be bringing in Allied Shield for the operation, which will be conducted round the clock. Equipment, such as hull valve assemblies, which will be used in offloading the oil, have been fabricated to suit Solar 1's specifications. As part of their contingency plan, Galleti said that there will be at least two tugboats on the scene at all times. Marine experts, including the Philippine Coast Guard, have acknowledged the possibility of oil leaking out into the surface during the offloading operations. The tugboats will be equipped with skimmers and oil spill booms, and capable of spraying oil dispersants. They will also have storage capabilities, aside from another vessel dedicated solely to storing oil.

USV Powered by Renewable Energy

Image: Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power (EMP) today revealed details of its Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) and announced that it will begin work related to the construction of a prototype. The Aquarius USV is being developed as a cost-effective unmanned surface vessel (USV) and will incorporate a number of technologies from EMP and its strategic partners. These technologies include marine computer systems and lightweight flexible marine solar panels.

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – November 22

1906-At the second International Radio Telegraphic Convention, which was held in Berlin, the attendees agreed to adopt the wireless signal "SOS" as the internationally recognized signal for distress at sea.  Their thinking was that three dots, three dashes and three dots could not be misinterpreted. 1953-A great boon to ocean navigation for aircraft surface vessels was the completion of four new LORAN stations in the Far East

New "Robot Boat" Family Debuts in Abu Dhabi


Today Al Seer Marine and 5G International announced the introduction of a new family of unmanned surface vessels, a family ranging from the 3m Sea Serpent to the 11m monohull Eclipse. The USV family is designed to rapidly penetrate a vibrant Middle East defense market and to offer affordable, dependable USV options for commercial operations. Set to debut at this month’s International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi

Virtual AIS Beacons Employed in MH370 Search

Image courtesy of Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products and virtual Aids to Navigation (ATON), announced that its Virtual AIS Beacons are employed in the search for lost Malaysian airliner MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The international search team is a closely coordinated effort between United States-based Phoenix International, Dutch engineering company Fugro and the governments of Australia and Malaysia. After an exhaustive period of mapping the ocean floor

Autonomous Surveillance PowerBuoy Deployed Off NJ Coast

Power Buoy: Photo courtesy of OPT

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) have deployed the buoy 35 miles off the coast and in 43 meters of water depth, to perform in-ocean tests on its proprietary APB to further validate the technology's capacity for expanded ocean surveillance. This latest deployment is in connection with a previously-announced Cooperative Research and Development Agreement ("CRADA") with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Science & Technology Directorate ("S&T")

Divers Search Sunken Iraqi Oil Tanker

Sterling Global Operations diver preparing to descend to wreck of VLCC Amuriyah to check for unexploded ordnance. (Photo: Sterling Global Operations)

Sterling Global Operations (SGO) has been chosen to provide surface - supplied divers for unexploded ordnance search and removal and salvage operations for the sunken 82,000-ton Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Amuriyah, an Iraqi tanker sunk near Bubiyan Island off the coast of Kuwait in Jan. 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. Special Diving Services (SDS) Holland hired SGO for this project. "For years SGO has conducted major demining and unexploded ordnance clearance projects in

Navy to Host USV Technology Workshop

The Navy will host a three-day workshop for industry on the development of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) and related technologies for Anti-Submarine Warfare Oct. 18-20 in Washington, DC. The workshop will be a forum for government-industry discussions on control systems, sensors, unmanned operations and the adaptations of small craft design for support of Littoral Combat Ships missions. The workshop falls under the auspices of the July 11broad agency announcement

New Submarine and SWATH Capabilities for HydroComp NavCad

The screen image displays the data entry table and process buttons.

HydroComp NavCad is a software tool for the prediction and analysis of vessel speed and power performance. It also provides for the selection of suitable propulsion system components – engines, gears and propellers. A recent development effort has been undertaken to provide new submarine and SWATH performance analysis in NavCad. This includes new definitions for submerged hull form geometry, and the prediction of resistance and hull-propulsor interaction coefficients.

This Day in Coast Guard History – Oct. 14

1801-Secretary of the Treasury Gallatin announced the decision to reduce "Revenue Cutter Establishment" as near as circumstances will permit within its original limits. 1943-CGC E.M. Dow grounded and was abandoned near Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. All hands were saved. 1944-CGCs Eastwind and Southwind captured the Nazi weather and supply vessel Externsteine off the coast of Greenland after a brief fire-fight.  There were no casualties

A Pleasant Sub-prise for Penang Ferry Passengers

The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.  The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they start a joint exercise with a Malaysian submarine later.  Penang Port Sdn Bhd senior general manager (corporate support division) Md Derick Basir said the vessel, which is 77.8m long and 7.8m wide, will be here until Oct

 The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.   The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they

US Coast Guard Cutter Reaches the North Pole

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Geotraces science team have their portrait taken at the North Pole Sept. 7, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cory J. Mendenhall)

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy arrived at the North Pole September 5, 2015, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied.   Healy’s arrival to the North Pole marks the fourth time a U.S. surface vessel has ever reached the North Pole, and the first since 2005. 

High Workboat Demand Benefits Militaries -CTruk CEO

CTruk’s military demonstrator Thor, based on technology used to build offshore wind farm vessels (Photo: CTruk)

Lessons learned from the increase in building workboats for the offshore wind farm sector can benefit the military user, according to CTruk CEO Andy White. Developments in vessel design, construction and operation as a result of the demanding requirements of the offshore wind sector could

Coast Guard Drops Medical Supplies to Injured Crew

Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jude Coatello

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) aircrew dropped medical supplies to a Colombian fishing vessel 900 miles northwest of Galapagos Island, Sunday, the USCG informs.   At approximately 10 p.m., Saturday, Coast Guard 11th District watchstanders received a call from personnel aboard the fishing vessel

US Navy to Roll out Underwater Spy Satellites

Image: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

 The robotic series that remade crusade in skies will shortly extend to a low sea, with underwater view “satellites,” drone-launching pods on a sea building and unmanned ships sport submarines, reports AFP.   The pods could launch surveillance drones in the air or at sea or

LTE Deployment Launched in the Gulf of Mexico

Industrial LTE wireless broadband services provider Infrastructure Networks, Inc. (INET) is deploying a pilot LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico.   INET said its pilot deployment will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of industrial LTE wireless broadband service and coverage when

COMPIT to Showcase Smarter Ships, Systems & Solutions


  The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany. First held in the year 2000, COMPIT has established itself as a key conference in information technology (IT) for the

Training Coastguards is Key to Tackling Piracy

Photo: EU Naval Force

Training and mentoring of coastguards in Africa, Middle East and South East Asia is essential if coastal nations are to have effective control over their Territorial Waters and Economic Zones, says maritime security company Maritime Asset Security & Training Ltd (MAST).  

Saab, Damen Jointly Pursue Submarine Contracts

Photo: MCD

Saab, Damen ink partnership agreement to pursue prospects in the international submarine market Swedish defense and security company Saab has partnered with Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards to explore future opportunities in the international submarine market

ThyssenKrupp Sells Emden Shipyard

ThyssenKrupp and Seafort Advisors GmbH have entered into an agreement on the sale of the Emder Werft und Dockbetriebe shipyard in Emden. ThyssenKrupp began looking into alternative strategic options for the company at the end of 2013 as part of the group's strategic way forward

Saab to Overhaul Swedish Navy Submarine

HMS Södermanland (Photo: Försvarsmakten)

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) to overhaul the Swedish Navy submarine HMS Södermanland. The order, valued at SEK121 million, is part of the letter of intent announced on June 9, 2014 regarding Swedish armed forces’ underwater

New Tidal Wave Energy Device Completes Sea Trials

PLAT-O at sea.

In the continuing quest to harvest efficient, renewable energy from the power of the world’s tides, an organization called Sustainable Marine Energy’s announced that its PLAT-O tidal energy platform has successfully completed its first field trials.  

Australia: Maritime SAR in Asia Pacific a Priority

Defense force personnel from Australia are in China for Exercise Cooperation Spirit 2014 which begins today. The exercise aims to enhance coordination and cooperation between Australia, China and New Zealand in responding to unforeseen disasters that occur in the Asia-Pacific

Royal Norwegian Navy Chooses Sagem Navigation System

Sagem (Safran) has won a contract from the Royal Norwegian Navy in competitive bidding for the navigation system on its polar research ship, the RV Kronprins Haakon, as well as the future 26,000-metric-ton ocean support vessel to be built by the Korean shipyard DSME under a contract signed in July

Northrop Grumman Sponsors Maritime RobotX Challenge

  Northrop Grumman Corporation is expanding its support for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education across the globe by sponsoring the Maritime RobotX Challenge in Singapore, Oct. 20-26. Bringing together 15 teams of university students from five countries (United States

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