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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Offshore Systems Ltd. Changes Location

Offshore Systems Ltd. announced that due to the company’s growth and expansion, it has relocated from North Vancouver to Burnaby, British Columbia.

Offshore Systems Signs $2m Contract

Offshore Systems Ltd. signed a contract to provide the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with its ECPINS submarine navigation system. Offshore Systems will provide six Warship ECDIS (WECDIS) navigation systems, including both hardware and software to the RAN for its Collins class submarines.

ECPINS Nav Systems for Brazilian Subs

Offshore Systems Ltd said its sister company, CHI Systems, OSI Geospatial’s US Operations, signed a $925,000 contract with Lockheed Martin’s Undersea Systems business unit to supply the Brazilian Navy with 6 ECPINS submarine navigations systems. These systems will be integrated into Lockheed Martin’s Submarine Integrated Combat Systems (ICS) that will be delivered to the Brazilian Navy.

Offshore Systems Signs Contract with Royal Danish Navy

Offshore Systems Ltd. announced that it has secured a contract valued at approximately $750,000 with the Royal Danish Navy to provide an upgrade to their world leading ECPINS warship navigation software, in addition to a limited hardware upgrade. This will upgrade the Royal Danish Navy systems to the latest version of ECPINS and more significantly to a common software baseline across their Fleet and shore establishments.

OSI and Kelvin Hughes Collaborate

Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced that its systems division, Offshore Systems Ltd. (OSL), has entered into an agreement with Kelvin Hughes Limited, part of Smith Marine Systems, to jointly pursue opportunities to supply electronic navigation systems to military customers. With an initial focus on the UK, the companies will offer navigation systems compliant to the NATO Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System standard, referred to in the industry as "WECDIS". Jacobson, President and CEO of OSI. perspective,". said Henry Schaefer, Kelvin Hughes' Naval Business Director.

OSI Receives Orders for Canadian and Danish Navies

Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced that its systems division, Offshore Systems Ltd. (OSL), has received follow-on orders from the Canadian and the Danish navies worth $980,461. The orders are for additional services, equipment, and upgrades related to the navies' fleet-wide deployment of Offshore's proprietary ECPINS®-M (Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System - Military). The orders stem from two initial agreements announced in 2001. In August 2001, the Royal Danish Navy committed to equipping its fleet with ECPINS-M. In November 2001, the Canadian Navy chose to deploy ECPINS-M on its supply ships, destroyers, maritime coastal defense vessels, and the new Victoria Class submarines.

Sunbelt Spirit installs Offshore Systems Dual ECDIS

Offshore Systems Ltd. installed a dual ECPINS 5000 system on the M/V Sunbelt Spirit, a combined vehicle and refrigerated cargo carrier that mainly trades between Japan and the United States. Offshore Systems’ ECPINS 5000 is an IMO approved ECDIS equipped with rich features, including Radar Image Overlay which improves situational awareness. The installation was performed en route Newark (NJ) – Port Canaveral (FL) by Offshore Systems distributor, Polaris Electronics A/S of Denmark. The M/V Sunbelt Spirit is managed by Fairfield-Maxwell Services Ltd. (FMSL), New Jersey, USA. FMSL has extensive experience with a broad range of ships including crude and product tankers, reefers, multi-purpose Ro-Ro, general cargo carriers, chemical carriers and car carriers.

Hatteland Agreement with Offshore Systems

Hatteland Display announced it has entered into a Long Term Cooperation Agreement with Offshore Systems, Ltd., of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Under the terms of this contract, Hatteland Display will supply products from its broad portfolio of type-approved, commercial maritime and military-qualified displays for integration into Offshore Systems' ECPINS Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS, WECDIS) for navigation and situational awareness, and Common Operational Picture (COP) products that focus on the global situational awareness market in C3I applications. Among the products selected for use by Offshore Systems is Hatteland Display's new JH 22T11 MMD display, which is part of the proven Series 1 product family.

Lockheed Martin And Offshore Systems Ltd. Announce Teaming Agreement

Lockheed Martin Marine Systems and Offshore Systems Ltd. have teamed up to provide one of the most advanced navigation software to U.S. Navy ships, completely eliminating the need for paper navigation charts. Offshore's Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System-Military (ECPINS-M) software is designed to meet the Navy's Electronic Chart Display and Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N) requirements. ECPINS is capable of continuously determining a vessel's position in relation to land, charted objects, aids to navigation and unseen hazards. ECPINS is installed on eight Navy ships that comprise the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Battle Group, currently preparing for deployment overseas.

OSI Secures Navy Deal

Offshore Systems Ltd. has secured a contract to upgrade the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) Project Protector Fleet to ECPINS W vessel-wide. In 2003-2004, Offshore Systems was awarded a contract through a competitive bid process to deploy ECPINS M across the RNZN’s entire fleet, as well as throughout the Navy’s training facilities. A deciding factor in awarding this contract was ECPINS M’s high level of compliance with the North Atlantic Treat Organization (NATO) Warship Electronic Chart Display Information System (WECDIS) standard. “By upgrading to ECPINS W, the RNZN Project Protector Fleet is now fully compliant with the NATO WECDIS STANAG,” says Jim Davison, Director of Sales, Offshore Systems.

Peter Döhle Purchases S-VDR 5000 Upgrades

Offshore Systems Ltd. shipping group, Hamburg, Germany. upgrades to their ECPINS (ECDIS) systems. Three additional S-VDR 5000 systems will be purchased in the near future. Peter Döhle is an existing Offshore Systems commercial grade navigation system customer with ECPINS 4000 on order or installed on eight multipurpose vessels. Founded in 1956, Peter Döhle is the operator and exclusive chartering agent for a diversified fleet of almost 200 vessels mainly consisting of container vessels, coasters and bulkcarriers. ECPINS/S-VDR 5000 meets all the IMO carriage requirements and allows customers to reduce costs while improving safety at sea.

Offshore Systems Meets Milestone in Warship-AIS Program

With the installation of Warship Automatic Identification System (W-AIS) on HMS Illustrious, the current Fleet Flag Ship of the Royal Navy, Offshore Systems Ltd. meets a major milestone of the first major platform fit of this capability. W-AIS provides the Royal Navy with exciting new capabilities that enhance situational awareness for bridge teams through the overlay of AIS contact data onto Warship Electronic Chart Display Information System (WECDIS), whilst providing the military user with a broad source of information and tools that help to extract military advantage from any AIS message including a comprehensive Recognized Maritime Picture. HMS Illustrious is the twelfth Royal Navy platform to receive this capability.

Coast Guard Chooses ECPINS

Offshore Systems Ltd. announced that its sister company, CHI Systems, the U.S. Systems Operations of OSI Geospatial has recently been awarded a contract to provide the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) with ECPINS navigation systems. The systems will be installed on nine ice breaking tugs (seven new installations and two upgrades to existing units) and one shore base facility. The ECPINS solution comprises of Offshore System’s industry leading software, including specific USCG functionality and hardware components specifically designed for the bridge environment of this vessel class. OSI currently has a U.S. Coast Guard installed base of 34 vessels and this contract will bring the total to 41 vessels.

Offshore Systems Wins Royal New Zealand Navy Contract

Offshore Systems Ltd., has signed a contract with the Royal New Zealand Navy. The contract, valued at over $730,227 with all options exercised, will see Offshore’s proprietary ECPINS®-M (Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System Military) deployed across the navy’s entire fleet. The contract brings the number of navies to standardize on ECPINS-M to three: the Royal New Zealand Navy, the Canadian Navy, and the Royal Danish Navy. Offshore continues to pursue opportunities to supply international military customers with its warship navigation software. The company recently announced that it is also collaborating with Kelvin Hughes Limited of the UK to jointly pursue more defense contracts.

Offshore Systems gets Type Approval for ECDIS & S-VDR System

Offshore Systems Ltd. Bundesamt fϋr Seeschiffahrt & Hydrographie (BSH) and the sale of the first three systems to INCO Ships, Australia. Three of INCO’s vessels (CSL Pacific, Stadacona and the Iron Chieftain) will get S-VDR 5000 upgrades to their existing ECPINS5000 systems. The unique architecture of this IMO approved ECDIS and S-VDR combines the two systems in one console resulting in a space efficient installation. ECPINS/S-VDR 5000 meets all the IMO carriage requirements and allows customers to reduce costs while improving safety at sea. The system captures the ECDIS screens in addition to the required S-VDR data, adding a further benefit by providing a complete picture of the navigational situation.

MSI Norfolk Trains Sailors on OSL ECPINS System

Sailors from the Norfolk-based Amphibious Assault Ship USS Saipan (LHA-2) recently underwent training on Offshore Systems, Ltd. ECPINS system. This Electronic Charts Display and Information System (ECDIS) has been installed on numerous USS George Washington and USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle-group ships. This initial “hands-on” training is conducted over a 2 day period on the system in MSI Norfolk’s newly expanded ECDIS lab. Sailors are introduced to all operational and administrative tools associated with the system and run several real-time simulated scenarios. These initial classes will be followed eventually by a 3 or 5 day class tailored to each ship’s needs.

MPI Resolution’s Leg Extensions Raises Capabilities

One of the leg extensions being lifted in place for installation at MPI’s Tees Offshore Base in Middlesbrough, UK Photo MPI Offshore

MPI’s wind-turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Resolution, is currently undergoing installation of leg extensions at the company’s Tees Offshore Base in Middlesbrough, UK. Following these modifications, MPI Resolution will be able to operate in water depths of up to 35m, depending upon the site-specific data. This represents a gain of up to 7m on the previous jacking capabilities of the vessel and substantially increases the operability as a result. Modification works started…

Sembcorp Marine Swings to Loss in Q3

Photo: Sembcorp Marine

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine Ltd swung to a loss in the third quarter and the rig builder's revenue was hurt by customers deferring rig deliveries amid a protracted downturn in the oil and natural gas market. The company posted a net loss of S$21.8 million ($15.7 million) for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with a net profit of S$32.1 million a year ago. It said the bottomline was hurt by higher financing costs, share of losses from associates and foreign exchange impact. The company, majority-owned by industrial conglomerate Sembcorp Industries Ltd, said revenue dropped 21 percent.

Steel Cut for CIMC ORIC's First FORAN Project

Photo: SENER

The steel cutting ceremony of the first project designed with the FORAN system by CIMC Ocean Engineering Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd. (CIM ORIC) was held in the Chinese shipyard Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard Co., Ltd. on September 23. CIMC ORIC is a subsidiary company of the Group CIMC which is dedicated to research on ship design and marine equipment. CIMC ORIC implemented the FORAN system in December 2015. After receiving FORAN training from SENER (Shanghai) Systems Co., Ltd., CIMC ORIC started to use FORAN to design a 1004 TEU container vessel.

Wood Group Bags Hibernia Deal

Wood Group wins multi-year contract on Hibernia in Canada Photo Wood Group

Wood Group has secured a five year contract to provide engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services to the Hibernia platform, offshore Newfoundland, from Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC). The contract will be executed by Wood Group’s Eastern Canada operations, in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, and has the potential of two additional five year contract extensions. Michele McNichol, CEO for Wood Group’s Asset Life Cycle Solutions business in the Western Hemisphere…

Keppel to deliver third FPSO for Shapoorji Pallonji, Bumi Armada JV

Bumi Armada Courtesy Bumi Armada

Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel to Armada Madura EPC Limited (Armada Madura), a joint venture between Shapoorji Pallonji Group (Shapoorji Pallonji) and Bumi Armada Berhad (BAB). The spread-moored FPSO unit was named Karapan Armada Sterling III during a naming ceremony held earlier this month at Keppel Shipyard. The FPSO will be deployed to the Madura BD Field in Madura Strait East Java which is operated by Husky-CNOOC Madura Limited (HCML).

MODEC Connects Offshore Fleet with O3b/RigNet

O3b Networks, technology solutions company RigNet and floating production service provider MODEC, entered an agreement to provide high-throughput, low latency connectivity for MODEC’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels off the coast of Brazil. RigNet will integrate the O3b satellite network solution, enabling MODEC to deliver operational decisions in real-time through advanced collaborative environments. Experts at onshore monitoring centers can now work directly with offshore operators, using real-time information to make better and faster decisions, resulting in increased production and enhanced operating efficiency. O3b connectivity significantly contributes to the governance of the Control of the Work required on board.

Ulstein, SeaOwls Partner for Heavy-lift Jack-Up Design

From left to right: Edwin van Leeuwen, Ulstein, and Erik Snijders, SeaOwls (Photo: Ulstein)

Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V. (part of Ulstein Group) and SeaOwls B.V. are partnering to combine the former’s track record in heavy lift vessel design with the latter’s experience in jack-up technology and engineering to jointly develop the next generation self-propelled heavy lift jack-up vessel. The new design aims to serve the needs of offshore wind industry, but will also be suitable for operations in the offshore oil and gas market. Rather than developing a scaled-up version of a conventional heavy lift jack-up vessel, a complete new design is being developed by the two companies.

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