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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


Wärtsilä to Power LNG Offshore Construction Vessel

The worlds first LNG fueled offshore construction vessel being built for DEME will be powered by Wärtsilä. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä is to supply the engines and other propulsion machinery for a new offshore construction vessel being built at the Cosco shipyard in China. The ship owner is Belgian operator Dredging International (DEME). This will be the first vessel of its kind to be fueled by liquefied


Hydrex to Expand Antwerp Facility

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand  (Photo: Hydrex)

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand its existing 5000m² site on Asiadok on the River Scheldt with new workshops and offices.  As part of its expansion, the result of organic growth over the past two years


Nicholls Elected as ADCI President

Bryan Nicholls (Photo: U.S. Underwater Services)

Bryan Nicholls, president and COO of Texas based offshore and inland commercial diving contractor U.S. Underwater Services, LLC, has been elected president of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) at its annual conference.  


OPTECH South 2017: Littoral Challenges in Colombia

Photo credit: Nicklas Gustafsson

Concepts and Technologies Examined at Sea and Ashore    Naval experts from around the world are meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Operations and Technology (OPTECH) South 2017 conference.  The event is being conducted by the U.S


Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight


Marine Coatings Evolve for the Better

High performance underwater hull coatings are always in demand, driven by continuous pressure to reduce operational fuel costs while staying environmentally compliant. (Photo: Sherwin Williams)

Innovation and new technology continue to shape the marine coatings market. A narrowing field of global coatings manufacturers offer new products while improving existing ones to meet customer demand. Ultimately, customer demand, along with environmental compliance pressures are all driving the


UN to Support Senegal’s Maritime Security

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  joined other United Nations agencies supporting Senegal’s maritime and port security, in an assessment visit to Dakar (27-29 March).   IMO acted as the lead agency for maritime security provisions during the assessment of


Capacity Augmentation in Indian Ports

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari pinning a flag on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate the week of National Maritime Day. Photo: Official FB Page of Nitin Gadkari

 Ports development and capacity augmentation is a continuous process in India, says the ministry of shipping.   Government is regularly monitoring the Port projects to modernize and upgrade to increase capacity of the Major Ports and also to bring them to the international standards


NUWC Division, Newport Signs EPA with New Bedford Whaling Museum

Photo: Naval Undersea Warfare Center

 Capt. Michael R. Coughlin, commanding officer of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Newport, and James Russell, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM), signed an education partnership agreement (EPA) for undersea acoustic research


OMSA: CBP Revocation Notice Boosts U.S. Jobs

Aaron Smith, President & CEO, OMSA

OMSA says CBP Action Prevents Foreign Companies from Taking Advantage of U.S. Law.   The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) today issued the following statement in response to erroneous claims and misguided research released by API and companies backing foreign workers.


Kraken Robotik Imaging System for AWI

Kraken Sonar Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotik GmbH in Bremen, Germany has been awarded a contract to design and build a 6,000m rated 3D laser/optical imaging system for the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven


Stream Marine Training Building New HQ

Martin White (Photo: SMT)

U.K. safety training company Stream Marine Training (SMT) has broken ground on a major project to refurbish its newly purchased 20,000 sq ft headquarters at Glasgow Airport.   SMT was founded in 2014 by Martin White at smaller premises at Glasgow Airport


Unusual Sea Chest Blanks for Teekay FSO

Photo: Miko Marine

Teekay's Randgrid is currently undergoing a major conversion into a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel with work that includes the installation of an internal turret mooring system.   Oslo-based Miko Marine said it has delivered four unique magnetic sea chest blanks for use during


Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group in Hawaii

Photo: United States Navy

 Ships and units from the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group (Sterett-Dewey SAG) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 11, the first stop of the group's Western Pacific deployment.   The command staff of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 and the Arleigh Burke-class


Your Ship Has Probably Been Cyber Attacked

Image: ECDIS Ltd

You have either been hacked... or just didn’t know you have been hacked.   I predict that the first catastrophic maritime cyber incident will not be the result of a direct attack on a safety critical specific piece of equipment. It will be the result of an infection on a random PC






 
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