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Sonardyne, NDI Partner for US Maritime Security

Sonardyne’s Andrew Wood (left) and NDI’s Andy Meecham (right) conclude the deal that sees NDI become Sonardyne’s nonexclusive partner for maritime security in the U.S.

As part of its continued business expansion and long-term commitment to the region, underwater technology specialists, Sonardyne International Ltd, U.K., has entered into a nonexclusive agreement with Northern Defense Industries (NDI) to become its strategic partner for maritime security and defense projects in the U.S.    Virginia-based NDI supplies integrated security solutions for maritime, energy and critical infrastructure applications both in North America and around the world. Its multi-sensor surveillance solutions, including radar, CCTV and AIS, are used to provide early warning of potential threats approaching ports, harbors, waterside power stations, ships and offshore platforms. Under the terms of the new agreement, Sonardyne and NDI will deliver systems that offer an enhanced underwater surveillance and security capability to help protect high value marine assets. These systems will include Sonardyne’s swimmer detection sonar, Sentinel, obstacle avoidance sonar, NOAS and other related acoustic technologies.   Sentinel is the market-leading intruder detection sonar and is already in service at a number of sites within the United States. The system is able to reliably detect, track and classify underwater targets approaching a protected facility or vessel at long range and from any direction


Underwater Technology Convention Held in Hamburg

"Joining and Cutting" are key procedures for the maintenance of technical underwater installations. They are indispensable for harbor construction, hydraulic engineering and flood defense, ship operation as well as offshore installations and pipelines. More than 80 experts attended the two-day Underwater Technology Convention Joining and Cutting in . On the agenda were twelve presentations dealing with current joining and cutting procedures


Column: When Security is Made Simple

How are we to implement an effective Maritime Security Program? When terrorists hijacked aircraft and used them as weapons, a significant paradigm shift occurred in how we view security in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created and we were witnesses to the largest shift in federal government roles and responsibilities since World War II. Additionally, significant changes were made to the airline and maritime industries with the implementation of the Maritime


CRI, Veritas - Maritime Security Program

Corporate Risk International (CRI), a business intelligence and risk management firm, and Veritas International Consultants (VIC), a provider of maritime security services, have combined offerings to develop a security solution to current commercial maritime risks. "Tens of thousands of commercial and private vessels travel annually across hundreds of thousands of miles of open seas," said Richard Hildreth, Senior Vice President of Crisis Management at CRI.


Wesmar’s Nav & Security Sonar Series EV850

Wesmar EV850 Expedition Vessel Navigation and Security Sonar is a hull-mounted searchlight sonar designed for large personal yachts, expedition vessels, and cruise ships. The searchlight addresses: •    Safety while cruising in unknown or hazardous waters, including alerts of icebergs, underwater rocks/pinnacles and reefs •    Scanning capability in harbor entrances for safe passage and tidal anchorage for mooring hazards


Portable Diver Detection Sonar Order for DSIT

DSIT, an Acorn Energy Company, secures order for its PointShield™ sonar that provides ship underwater security protection. Israel-based DSIT's PointShield™ PDDS is specifically designed to provide underwater protection for navy ships, private yachts and commercial vessels. The PointShield™ may also be operated using a fixed installation. The Ministry of Defense of one of the world’s largest countries placed the order


Australia's Waterways Security to be Boosted

According to The Age, increased security patrols around Melbourne Port and a 24-hour control center for the Yarra River feature in security and operational plans for Melbourne's waterways during next year's Commonwealth Games. Details have emerged as the Federal Government begins its race against the clock to complete security checks on port workers and users who need access to secure areas during the Games. The issuing of 140


ITS Back in the U.S.

The trade fair element of the eighteenth International Tug & Salvage Convention & Exhibition, (ITS) being held at the Bal Harbour Beach Resort in Miami from 26th-30th April 2004, will be dominated by propulsion and associated machinery manufacturers and tug building yards. Returning to the US for the first time since 1996, the ITS 2004 Convention will include 27 papers and a Salvage Forum - covering a broader than ever range of important industry issues


L-3 Klein Wins Port Security Deal

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  L-3 Klein Associates, Inc. received an order from the Los Angeles Harbor Department for multiple L-3 Klein System 5500 dynamically focused Multi-Beam Side Scan Sonar Systems.  Harbor and Port Security professionals with the use of dual L-3 Klein Side Scan Sonar Systems are able to identify potential underwater threats, such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), to commercial shipping.    Captain Michael Graychik of the Los Angeles Port Police said


Great Lakes Joint Security/Oil Spill Response Exercises

Cutter Alder off Duluth: Photo credit USCG

The Coast Guard, along with other federal, tribal, state and local agencies, is conducting a full-scale, anti-terrorism and oil spill response exercise in the Port of Duluth-Superior Aug. 28-29, 2013. In addition to Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth, participants in Operation Peeking Duck will include maritime industry representatives from the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, oil spill response agencies, as well as representatives from fire


Schottel's New Coating Systems for Rudderpropellers

(Photo: SCHOTTEL GmbH)

Schottel now offers a new coating system for its Rudderpropellers. According to the manufacturer, the result is maximum corrosion protection due to optimized resistance to abrasion and greater adhesive force in combination with thicker coats of paint


Cooperation to Enhance Maritime Security in West and Central Africa

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Maritime security experts have met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (15-17 June) to share expertise on how cooperation on maritime surveillance monitoring and communication systems in the South Atlantic can benefit countries in west and central Africa.   


Maritime Security Experts Weigh in on West Africa

Risk Intelligence launches new service providing overview of operational and regulatory risks of privately contracted maritime security in West Africa   Maritime operations in West Africa are affected by threats from piracy and other maritime crime


Brazil AG Minister Opposes Proposed Farm Export Tax

Blairo Maggi (Photo: Agência Senado)

Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Thursday before the Senate's Agriculture Committee that he would oppose a government proposal to tax farm exports as a way to cover a growing deficit in the country's social security program.  


Outdated Systems Placing Vessels at Risk of Cyber-Attack

Image: Plymouth University

 Maritime vessels are under significant threat of cyber-attack because many are carrying outdated software and were not designed with cyber security in mind, according to new research.   But operators could easily mitigate against such dangers by updating security systems


Roger Blough Salvage Underway

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Samantha Coonan)

 Salvage divers from DonJon-Smit plan to begin an underwater survey of the hull of 833-foot U.S. cargo vessel Roger Blough, which ran aground Friday afternoon on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. The divers aim to identify any damage the freighter may have sustained during the


Sweden Picks Saab for Anti-Submarine Warfare Training

Image: Saab AB

 Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for delivery of advanced anti-submarine warfare training, including the autonomous underwater vehicle AUV62 in training configuration.   


Investigators Set Mission to Recover El Faro’s VDR

El Faros voyage data recorder next to the ships mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it is set to launch a mission to recover the voyage data recorder (VDR) of sunken cargo ship El Faro.   The VDR, belonging to U.S. flagged El Faro which sank during Hurricane Joaquin last October, was located April 26 in about 15


US, Singapore Partner to Improve Port Security

Cmdr. Bryson Spangler (far left) and Lt. Cmdr. Rod Adams (3rd from left) with representatives from the Maritime and Port Authority and Universal Terminals PT Ltd. during a bilateral engagement with Singapore officials. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Activities Far East)

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with the Republic of Singapore officials in May. This engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with representatives from the Maritime and Port Authority to observe the implementation of the


DNV GL, Tsakos Join Forces on Cyber Safety

Sokratis Dimakopoulos, Deputy Managing Director of Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (Credit: DNV GL)

 The Tsakos Group of Companies has selected DNV GL to assist in preparing a cybersecurity management system for its fleet and onshore facilities – the first such management system developed by a shipping company in cooperation with DNV GL’s Advisory Services.   


Fireboat Dedicated at Long Beach Port

Worlds Most Advanced Fireboat Dedicated at Port. Protector designed with latest technology for Big Ship Era Photo Long Beach Port

A new fireboat was officially welcomed into service Wednesday at the Port of Long Beach, representing a significant leap forward in protecting the harbor and the flow of trade through the nation’s second-busiest seaport. In a dockside ceremony attended by 100 invited guests


US Navy's New Oceanographic Vessel Sets Sail

Ed Gent, Naval Oceanographic Office engineer, greets Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, as Gallaudet boards USNS Maury (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy's newest oceanographic survey vessel, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), recently completed its maiden voyage from Pascagoula, Miss., where it was constructed at VT Halter Marine, to Port Everglades near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   In Maury's first days at sea


RV Polarstern Starts Arctic Season

The German polar research vessel Polarstern off the coast of Spitsbergen. (Foto Sebastian Menze)

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are setting out with the research vessel Polarstern towards Spitsbergen, to use newly developed equipment in the Arctic Ocean. Autonomous instruments on the seabed


This Day In Naval History: June 14

1777 - John Paul Jones takes command of the Continental Navy sloop USS Ranger. While commanding Ranger, the ship receives the first official salute to the Stars and Stripes flag by the French fleet at Quiberon Bay.   1777 - The Continental Congress adopts the design of present U.S


IMB: Beware Commercial Impact of Cyber Attacks

Courtesy ICC

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is asking shipping and maritime companies to be vigilant to the potential commercial impact that cyber-attacks can cause. IMB says that cyber security is not only about trying to identify and to prevent systems on board ships from getting hacked or






 
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