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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LIQUID ROBOTICS

Liquid Robotics Hires Gysin

Gary Gysin

Liquid Robotics hires key Silicon Valley sales executive to fuel next stage of growth, Gary Gysin to lead global sales and services.   Liquid Robotics, an ocean data service provider and developer of the Wave Glider, the first wave powered autonomous marine robot, has announced Gary Gysin has joined the Company as executive vice president of global sales and services. In this position, Gary will build upon the worldwide momentum for Wave Glider® data services to scale the business for the next phase of expansion and growth. Gary will report directly to Bill Vass, chief executive officer of Liquid Robotics. His appointment is effective immediately.   Gary brings to Liquid Robotics over two decades of extensive experience leading public and start-up companies in IT communications, network and infrastructure systems involving complex hardware, software, and data services solutions. With a track record of transforming start-ups into global businesses, he joins Liquid Robotics at an ideal time when the company is experiencing dramatic growth across all customer segments and expanding the products and services portfolios. “I’m thrilled to have Gary join our executive team. He is an exceptional sales leader with an outstanding track record of leading companies into new markets with innovative products and services,” said Bill Vass, chief executive officer

Springsteel Joins Liquid Robotics as CFO

Liquid Robotics, an ocean data services provider and developer of the first wave-powered Wave Glider marine today announced that Steven R. Springsteel, former CEO of Chordiant Software Inc. and President/CFO of Verity, has joined the  company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting directly to Bill Vass, CEO and President of Liquid Robotics, Springsteel will be responsible for all business operations and financial matters

Marine Robot Crosses Pacific Ocean

PacX Wave Glider: Photo credit Liquid Robotics

U.S. based Liquid Robotics' 'Wave Glider' completes the first ever Trans-Pacific voyage by a wave-powered autonomous robot vessel. The first Pacific Crossing (PacX ) Wave Glider, Papa Mau, completes its 9,000 nautical mile (16,668 kilometers) scientific journey across the Pacific Ocean to set a new world record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle. Throughout his journey, Papa Mau navigated along a prescribed route under autonomous control collecting and

ABB to Make Robots in the US

Courtesy ABB

  ABB announced today it will start production of robots in the United States, making it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit to and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing footprint. The company made the announcement at the opening of a new robotics plant at an existing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where it already has about 500 highly skilled employees. Production is to commence immediately.

SSI Development for Computer Aided Robotics Welding

Image: SSI

CAD/CAM software maker SSI said it is developing solutions for Computer Aided Robotics Welding (CAR-W) consistent with its recent innovations in the area of 3D weld management.   This research project is under the aegis of the U.S. Navy's National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP).    On December 10-11, 2015, SSI representatives met with representatives from Wolf Robotics and Edison Welding Institute to further advance this development

Bluefin Acquires SeeByte

Bluefin-SeeByte Logos web.jpg

Bluefin Robotics, a provider of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), announced that it has acquired SeeByte, Ltd., a provider of autonomous platform software that enhances the user experience and the capabilities of underwater sensors, vehicles and systems. SeeByte, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bluefin. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bluefin is owned by Battelle

Cal Dive Agrees to Acquire Robotics Company

Cal Dive International, Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire 85 percent of Canyon Offshore, Inc., a supplier of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and robotics to the offshore construction and telecommunications industries. Cal Dive would purchase the remaining 15 percent at a price to be determined by Canyon's performance during the years 2002 through 2004. The purchase price from $66 million $74 million is four to five times expected Canyon EBITDA

Liquid Services Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Regional tankerman service Liquid Services, LLC, is celebrating 25 years of operation on the inland waterways.   In what started as a mom and pop shop in Paducah, Ky., in 1992, has flourished into a fully licensed, bonded, and dangerous liquid endorsed tankerman service specializing in safe and cost-effective transfer of liquid materials for the marine industry.   “We are family owned, and family operated,” said Philip Chapman, owner and operator of Liquid Services

Clamp Supplier Dives into Project

Bluefin Robotics Corp. called on Clampco — a manufacturer of stainless steel T-bolt band clamps and V-band couplings — when it needed help "testing the waters." Bluefin specializes in manufacturing underwater robotic equipment for offshore survey, military, and scientific research customers. By working with Clampco Products Inc., Bluefin was able to complete an underwater robotics project for the U.S. Navy in record time

Crowley’s Busch Joins Sea Machines’ Board

Todd Busch (Photo: Sea Machines)

Todd Busch, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Technical Services, at Crowley Maritime, has joined Sea Machines Robotics’ board of directors.   The Boston-based Sea Machines is building autonomous control technology for commercial vessels.   Busch, who joined Crowley in 1987 as an ordinary seaman, is currently responsible for naval architecture and marine engineering, government services, ship management, marine salvage and wreck removal

Contanda Secures Prime Waterfront Acreage on the Houston Ship Channel

Photo: Port Houston

 Contanda Terminals LLC,  a  provider of bulk liquid storage and logistics services in North America, has announced a multi-year commercial agreement with the Port of Houston Authority for 339 acres of prime deep-water access property located on the Houston Ship Channel.   The land acquisition enables Contanda to continue to develop its key strategic business objective of doubling its terminal storage capability over the next five years

Daly Joins Sea Machines as COO

Boston-based smart ship technology company Sea Machines Robotics has hired Jim Daly as Chief Operating Officer.   Daly was previously Chief Operating Officer and an early member of the leadership team at Rethink Robotics, where he scaled operations from technology concept through first and second-generation products. He most recently led the Sawyer robot product development project from conception through design, launch and global customer deployment

Viking Planning Hydrogen-powered Cruise Ship

A hydrogen-powered cruise ship may be modeled on the same design as Viking Cruises’ most recent vessel, the Viking Sun. (Photo: Viking Cruises)

Viking Cruises is reportedly working on a project to develop a vessel fuelled by liquid hydrogen that could become the world’s first cruise ship with zero-emission technology, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA).   NMA said the announcement was made by Viking Cruises project manager Serge Fossati during the Safety at Sea Conference in Haugesund.   “This is a world sensation. Very exciting

ClassNK Lays Out R&D Roadmap

Classification society ClassNK has mapped out the details of its vision and goals for research and development projects over the next five years.   ClassNK’s R&D Roadmap outlines the two activities as the foundation of its R&D, and details investigations and research associated with core technologies which will also contribute to the development of human resources for contributing maritime technology and engineering as a classification society and utilization of damage

ST Engineering Invests In Cyber Security

 Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its Corporate Venture Capital unit, ST Engineering Ventures Pte Ltd (ST Engineering Ventures) has made a Series B investment of $5.79m for a minority interest in Janus Technologies, Inc., an endpoint cyber security provider based in California.    “This is the first investment by our Corporate Venture Capital unit in companies with cutting edge technologies or breakthrough innovations

Warning on Hazards of Carrying Bauxite by Ship

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A new warning that bauxite may become unstable when carried in bulk on a ship, potentially causing the vessel to capsize, has been issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).   Bauxite is one of the world’s major sources of aluminium with around 100 million tonnes transported annually by sea. In 2015, a bulk carrier sank while transporting bauxite, with the loss of 18 seafarers.   

Noris Marine to Offer PBES Energy Storage to Southern Europe

Photo: PBES

PBES and Noris Automation GmbH has announced a partnership agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels. This further underscores the ongoing green shift that is now occurring in the commercial marine industry.   “Noris Automation is a company with deep roots in the marine industry,” said Brent Perry, PBES Chief Executive Officer. “Their attention to exceptional quality and made in Germany products

Dock Workers Injured in Chemical Spill at Port of Long Beach

File Photo: Port of Long Beach

Twelve people, including one firefighter, sustained minor to mild injuries after a container ship leaked a hazardous material in the Port of Long Beach in Southern California, WSJ reported.   A 6,000-gallon container on the ship began leaking the liquid Sunday morning, Officer Brian Fisk with the Long Beach Fire Department said.   Workers who were exposed to the leaking chemical, identified as propyl acetate, experienced shortness of breath, said Davonte Marrow

Dunkirk, Dunkerque Port Sign LNG Pact

Photo: Port of Dunkerque

 Dunkirk's LNG Terminal and Dunkerque-Port signed an agreement for the development of an liquefied natural gas (LNG) station to supply tank trucks.    The use of LNG by shipping has grown significantly in recent months with new projects (orders for ships, LNG supply stations, etc).    A month after signing the agreement, Dunkerque LNG and Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) announced that they would supply LNG to the Honfleur

SOHAR Port Breaks Container Throughput Record

Photo: SOHAR Port and Freezone

 SOHAR has released new figures showing a solid first-half of 2017, as both the Port and Freezone continue to play a crucial role in the diversification and globalisation of Oman’s economy.    Despite on-going issues in the maritime industry and the continued lull in global oil prices, container volumes in Q2 of 2017 grew by 11% from the same quarter last year, as SOHAR emerges as one of the region’s prime logistical hubs.  

Rotterdam Port Throughput Up by 3.9%

Photo: Kees Torn, Port of Rotterdam

 With an increase in throughput of 3.9%, the port of Rotterdam can look back a good first half year. There was growth in eight of the ten market segments. The only falls were in the volumes of mineral oil products and other liquid bulk.    In particular, the volume of containers handled (9.3% in TEU, 10.4% in tonnes) was the determining factor for the overall growth in throughput. Dry bulk increased (5.2%), liquid bulk decreased slightly (-1

Bourque Joins Sea Machines

(Photo: Sea Machines)

Following a recent capital investment and the growing global interest from the marine sector, Sea Machines Robotics said it has been expanding its crew and is poised for further growth, expecting to deliver first generation systems to marine customers this summer.   Over the past two months, Sea Machines has added multiple new members to its experienced team of engineers, scientists and mariners. Among the new hires is Phil Bourque

WorleyParsons Wins Contract from Saudi Aramco for Marjan Oilfield

Australia's WorleyParsons has won a contract from state oil firm Saudi Aramco to conduct engineering and design work for offshore facilities and pipelines for the expansion of the Marjan oilfield in Saudi Arabia, industry sources told Reuters. Worleyparsons and Saudi Aramco declined to comment. Under the new contract, the Australian company will design and engineer new offshore facilities such as platforms and additional pipelines to link to a new gas facility in Tanajib on the Gulf coast

Rotterdam Port Contracts Four PortXL Start-ups

Photo: Port Authority CFO Paul Smits tells presenter Mare Straetmans (Managing Director of PortXL) and the audience at the Shakedown event which start-ups the Port of Rotterdam Authority will be working together with. Photo: Marc Nolte

 The Port of Rotterdam Authority is entering into a partnership with four start-ups for the development of as many innovative projects. Along with six other starters, these companies took part in the port-related accelerator programme PortXL and presented their results during yesterday’s ‘Shakedown’.   The ten selected start-ups made amazing progress in the three month long PortXL programme

Autonomous Workboats: The Future is Now

(Credit: Sea Machines)

Sea Machines is bringing autonomous self-driving systems to the world of workboats. At an impressive virtual reality demonstration seen late last year and then again at a frigid, late winter visit to the Boston waterfront, the future of workboat technology became all too evident for this writer. The late George Allen, former head coach of the Washington Redskins football team perhaps said it best when he coined the phrase, “The future is now

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