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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

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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


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")


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


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

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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.


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


New Autonomous Control System Launched

Image: Sea Machines Robotics

Sea Machines Robotics of Cambridge, Mass. announced the release of its Autonomous Control System (ACS), an advanced vessel control system which converts manually piloted hulls to self-piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). It is designed to be integrated into company-developed Sea Machine USVs or other commercial production hulls. The ACS allows for seamless transition between unmanned and manned operations and can be integrated into most OEM vessels, including workboats, pleasure craft


Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Awarded Service Order in Peru

Photo: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH

 Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, a leading global system supplier for submarines and surface vessels, has received a service order worth around €40 million from the Peruvian naval shipyard SIMA.    A key component of the order is the provision of consulting during the planning


Chinese Spy Ship Enters Japanese Territorial Waters

Pic: Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy

 A Chinese military ship entered the waters of south-western Japan on Wednesday, EFE news reported quoting government officials.   This is the first such incident in over a decade and comes a week after a Chinese navy ship sailed near the disputed Senkaku islands.  


Fincantieri to Build Qatari Naval Ships

The Qatari Ministry of Defense has chosen the Italian group for its national naval acquisition program   Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defense have signed a contract in Rome today for the construction of seven new generation units included in the national naval acquisition program


Unmanned Surface Vessels: From Concept to Service

BAE Systems Unmanned RHIB with ASV Technology. (Credit: BAE Systems)

Over the next decade the maritime sector is likely to see one of the largest changes since sail gave way to steam. Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) are now being considered for various marine roles and the drivers for rapid development are significant.  


North Pole: The Latest Tourist Trap

Dennis Bryant

On August 16, 2015, the geographic North Pole was visited by a Russian surface ship for the one-hundredth time. The Russian nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) carried 106 tourists from 16 different countries. This was the icebreaker’s seventh cruise to the Pole just this


Elbit Systems Introduces Seagull

Seagull USV (Image: Elbit Systems)

Israel’s Elbit Systems unveiled a prototype of what it claims is the world’s first unmanned system for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions.   Developed in less than three years with technical and performance input from the Israeli Navy and Israel’s Ministry of Defense


DARPA All Set To Launch Submarine Hunting Drone

The concept for the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, an unmanned seafaring ship that would hunt quiet diesel submarines. Courtesy of DARPA

 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch in April a sleek, 132-foot warship from Portland, OR, testing its abilities over a succeeding period of 18 months. The ship is entirely autonomous, fully operational without an onboard crew.  


Production of First EnergySail Begins

Impression of EnergySail Array on Naval Vessel or Survey Ship Image courtesy EMP

Automated rigid sail set to bring back wind-assisted propulsion for shipping. Onomichi, Japan – 8th April 2016 – In another important step towards bringing its rigid sail technology onto ships Eco Marine Power (EMP) has commenced work on the production of an EnergySail in Onomichi


AkzoNobel Debuts Intershield

Intershield for  on-board maintenanceCourtesy AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings

AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business has launched a best-in-class anticorrosive universal primer, Intershield One-2-One, which delivers simplified maintenance, waste avoidance and enhanced corrosion protection.   Intershield One-2-One


SCA: More Naval Vessels Protect Economy, Provide Security

Matthew Paxton, SCA President

Shipbuilders Council: Proposed Budget Enables Naval Forward Presence and Protects U.S. National Security Interests. The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today recognized the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee for its robust markup of the 2017 shipbuilding budget


US Tests World's Largest Unmanned Sub Hunter

Image by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa)

 The US military is beginning testing on the world's largest unmanned ship - a self-driving 40-metre vessel designed to travel thousands of kilometres out at sea without a single crew member on board.    The 132-foot "Sea Hunter" will patrol the world’s oceans


MTU Diesel Gensets Ordered for UK Combat Ships

Rolls-Royce is to supply 12 MTU diesel gensets with 20V 4000 M53B engines to prime contractor BAE Systems for the first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships due to go into service with the Royal Navy. (Image: MTU)

Rolls-Royce is to supply 12 MTU diesel gensets to prime contractor BAE Systems for the first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships due to go into service with the U.K Royal Navy.    The deal means that the core components of the frigate’s combined propulsion system will come from


AeroVironment: Navy Deploying Underwater-Launched UAS

AeroVironment’s new Blackwing unmanned aircraft system is a valuable new capability that resulted from our team’s close collaboration with, and responsiveness to, the U.S. Navy’s undersea warfare community and the Special Operations community. Photo: AeroVironment

 Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition – AeroVironment, Inc. has announced the United States Navy plans to deploy its “Blackwing,” a small, tube-launched unmanned aircraft system that deploys from under the surface of the sea


US Navy Orders General Dynamics' DMR Radios

The U.S. Navy awarded a contract modification to General Dynamics Mission Systems to build and deliver more than 30 new AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMR), along with related materials and equipment for new Navy surface vessels and submarines.  


Next Generation Workshops Set for Southampton

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A unique program of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector is being held back to back at the Grand Harbor in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge






 
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