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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Famous 16-Foot Great White Shark Gone Missing

image: Ocearch

Mary Lee, the 16-foot Great White Shark that has had Twitter in a frenzy the past few weeks, has gone missing – electronically speaking. According to Ocearch, a conservation group set out to track and collect date from tiger and great white sharks, said her transmitter hasn’t had a “ping” since June 17, and no one has seen or heard from her since. Fans on twitter have been speculating her death, but never fear, it is more likely her tracker has lost battery power. Mary Lee was named after Ocearch expedition leader Chris Fischer’s mother.

Dive Support Vessel Delivered to Stapem Offshore

Photo: Incat Crowther

The first of two new 18-meter catamaran dive support vessels built for Paris-based Stapem Offshore has been delivered by South African shipbuilder Legacy Marine Group. The Marshal Island-flagged vessel, Stapem Beluga, will operate in the coastal waters of Angola in support of oil and gas exploration and production. The vessel, designed by Incat Crowther, has been customized to suit Stapem’s specific operational requirements. The aft exterior deck utilizes available space by combining deck lockers and racks for diving equipment storage with a covered dive prepping area.

Great White Shark Boat Caterpillar Powered

Caterpillar to feature OCEARCH ‘Shark Wranglers’, at upcoming 2012 International Workboat Show, New Orleans. Recently featured in the hit television show “Shark Wranglers” on the History Channel, OCEARCH is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on the ocean’s giants. Much of their recent work has been dedicated to solving mysteries surrounding great white sharks. The OCEARCH team sails the globe conducting scientific expeditions onboard the MV OCEARCH, which is powered by 2x Cat® 3412 engines and 1x  C4.4 and 1x  C6.6 generator while serving as an at-sea laboratory. OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer will be speaking as well as spending time in meet-and-greet sessions.

Caterpillar Sponsors Ocean Shark Research

Caterpillar agree multi-year partnership with OCEARCH to help global research on sharks, key members of the ocean's ecological system. "Most people think sharks are invincible," said OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer . "But they are in real danger*. We must find a sustainable path forward because sharks play a crucial role in maintaining balance in the delicate oceanic ecosystem. Fischer's vessel, the MV OCEARCH, already relies on Cat® power in the water. The boat with its team of scientists and crew runs on two Cat engines and has three Cat generators on board that power an at-sea laboratory, custom-built hydraulic lift and 55,000-pound capacity research platform with the capability of handling 5,000-pound sharks.

DYT Yacht Transport Carries M/V OCEARCH

DYT Yacht Transport’s 686’ flagship Yacht Express is shown here in Port Everglades, Fla., before heading Down Under with its cargo of precious yachts, including the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH (blue hull). (photo credit Tom Serio Photography).

The 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH is currently making its way from Port Everglades, Florida to Brisbane, Australia on board DYT Yacht Transport’s semisubmersible ship 686’ flagship Yacht Express. The research vessel is the namesake of the nonprofit organization OCEARCH, which is globally recognized for its work in the field of ocean sustainability. DYT has partnered with the organization to support its study of sharks and other large predators that are essential to the future of the marine ecosystem.

What Have We Learned From Hurricane Katrina?

Hurricane Katrina (IMarEst)

To mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, specialist insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has released a report analyzing windstorm risks and losses and how to mitigate future losses, given increasing weather volatility. Chris Fischer Hirs, CEO of AGCS, said “Even without considering the influence of climate change, the prospect of increasing windstorm losses is more likely in future due to continuing economic development in hazard-prone urban, coastal areas around the world and in Asia in particular.

Caterpillar Sponsored Boat Tags Great White Shark

Tagging Lydia: Photo credit OCEARCH

2,000 lb. Great White Shark Lydia successfully tagged and released off the Coast of Jacksonville, FL by OCEARCH research boat. After enduring ten days of high winds and rough seas off the coast of Jacksonville, FL, the OCEARCH team caught and released on March 3 the first Great White Shark ever satellite tagged south of Cape Cod, MA. “Capturing and releasing Lydia off Jacksonville, FL is a historic moment,” said Chris Fischer, OCEARCH Expedition Leader and Founding Chairman. “It's…

Shark Boat Heads to Washington to Inspire STEM Students

Image courtesy of OCEARCH

OCEARCH is wanting to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education more compelling to students with a new curriculum being unveiled shortly in Washington, D.C. The Motor Vessel OCEARCH, a 126’ one-of-kind research vessel powered by two Cat engines and three generators and equipped with a 75,000 lb. custom shark lift, is visiting the D.C. area on Wednesday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET at the Diamond Teague Park and Marine Terminal located at 100 Potomac Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003.

Cat Covers it All

Exhibitions are traditional launching points for major equipment makers, and Caterpillar Marine Power Systems is no exception. Last month at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans the ubiquitous marine power company made announcements regarding it progression toward US EPA Tier 3 Regulations. In addition, it brought to the show an interesting repower presentation  from its recent work on OCEARCH’s ‘Shark Wranglers’ vessel. Caterpillar in New Orleans highlighted its array of U.S.

Ship Noise Guide Updated

Controlling shipborne noise is always a concern for vessel designers, builders and outfitters. The two most widely distributed documents are IMO's Resolution A.468(XII), "Code on Noise Levels Onboard Ships," issued in 1981 and the USCG's Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 12-82, "Recommendations on Control of Excessive Noise," issued in 1982. These two documents generally discuss methods to reduce shipboard noise, recommend noise limits and describe how to measure noise on ships. One year after the USCG issued the NVIC 12-82, a group of acoustical engineers from the consulting firm of Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), completed a report that is not as well known, which is still available from SNAME.

Fischer Launches FMP100

Fischer Technology’s has released the new DUALSCOPE® FMP100 touchscreen coating thickness measurement instrument, designed to harmonize the flexibility and capabilities of PC-based lab instruments with the manageability of compact portable units. The unit has a Windows™ CE operating system with a graphical user interface and a user-definable file and folder structure. The bright LC touchscreen display simplifies settings, measurements and data evaluations. It offers numerous configuration options for a clear presentation of results…

Fidelis Group Launches Ocean Cargo Division

H. Elder Brown, Jr. (Photo courtesy: Fidelis Group)

Fidelis Group Holdings, LLC (FGH) with its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd. announced  the formation of its new ocean cargo division. Doug Fischer and Crystal Prout were named Managing Directors of the division, utilizing the Company's existing national platform. The new Ocean Cargo division will be based out of FGH's Chicago office. H. Elder Brown, Jr., FGH's President and Chief Executive Officer, said in a company statement, "The senior talent of Doug and Crystal bring tremendous expertise to our new Ocean Cargo division.

Spence Takes over as Noise Control Engineering President

Jesse Spence (Photo: Noise Control Engineering)

Glosten subsidiary Noise Control Engineering, LLC (NCE), a Massachusetts-based acoustical and structural engineering consultancy, said it has appointed Jesse Spence as its next president. As NCE president, Spence will have direct responsibility for organizational processes, market assessment and business development. He accepts this position after serving as NCE’s director of technology. Spence joined NCE in 2001, having led the firm’s efforts to develop and implement technologies and techniques to facilitate solutions to marine acoustic and vibration problems.

Incat Crowther Designs 18m Dive Support Vessels

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has announced its recent contract with Legacy Marine Group of Port Elizabeth, South Africa for the design of two new 18 meter catamaran dive support vessels to be built for Stapem Offshore for operation in the coastal waters off Angola. The vessels will feature a customized design specific to supporting offshore dive operations. The aft exterior deck utilizes available space by combining deck lockers and racks for diving equipment storage with a covered dive prepping area.

Jo Johnson Becomes UK Shipping Minister

Photo: Jo Johnson's Official Twitter Account

UK Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffled the cabinet replacing John Hayes as the shipping minister with Jo Johnson. Later the government sources confirmed that Jo Johnson was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for London on 9 January 2018. Jo was Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation from July 2016 to January 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Orpington in May 2010 and re-elected in May 2015. May announced her intention to refresh the cabinet last week.

First collaboration for Sydney City Marine and Damen

Sydney City Marine has completed its first maintenance docking of a Damen vessel since the signing ofa Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Damen Shipyards Group last year. The works signify the successful cooperation between Damen Services in the Netherlands, the Damen Service Hub in Brisbane and Sydney City Marine. The vessel in question was the Svitzer Warang, a Damen ASD 2810 owned by global towage operator Svitzer. Sydney City Marinewascontracted by Svitzer to carry out a 5-year special survey on the vessel. The Svitzer Warangleft the yard just before Christmas 2016. “We performed a full-on scope of works on this tug,” explains Sydney City Marine Director Brenton Fischer. “This included all Lloyd’s Register requirements.

New Fittings in the Georg Fischer Piping System

Photo: W&O

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced new fittings for the Georg Fischer SeaCor marine thermoplastic piping system. The addition of Schedule 80 drain waste and vent (DWV) fittings will complete the current product offering for SeaCor Schedule 80 thermoplastic pipe. Customers will now have access to a complete thermoplastic piping system solution, with one material and one installation process, for use in all nonessential grey, black and freshwater applications.

VesselVanguard wins Chris-Craft Order

CHRIS-CRAFT SELECTS VESSELVANGUARD TO OFFER OWNERS WORLDWIDE THE LATEST VESSEL MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

Digital Boat Profile and Customer Service Portal Gives Cutting Edge Options for Vessel Management to Boat Owners Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. VesselVanguard, infomred today a new relationship with Chris-Craft to provide a two-year subscription for its award-winning maintenance management solution to every new owner of a Chris-Craft model over 32 feet. With over a 140-year heritage of building distinctive powerboats, Chris-Craft has long been synonymous with the highest standards. Each Chris-Craft is an example of a timeless style blended with seaworthy functionality.

Willman to Lead National Sales Force

Chris Willman to Lead Sea Star Line’s National Sales Force. Sea Star Line, LLC has announced the promotion of Chris Willman to Director of National Field Sales. Chris joined Sea Star Line in March 2005 as an inside sales representative. Since then, Chris has held several key sales positions with his most recent role being sales manager for NVOCC & FAK accounts. “Chris’ sales experience in the Puerto Rico market, combined with his expertise in sales development and sales processes, make him the right choice to lead this group. We will continue to ensure that the direction and organization of the national sales group is aligned with the company’s broader objectives.” said Bill Taylor, vice president of sales.

Regulators Target Cruise Ship Wastewater

According to the AP, Maine's Department of Environmental Protection is launching a new permit system that requires discharges by cruise ships to be as clean as wastewater treated on shore. Cruise ships will be prohibited from dumping wastewater within three miles of the shore unless they can meet the same water quality standards as municipal treatment plants. The rules apply to passenger ships that have at least 500 beds. From the point of view of the cruise ship industry, Maine's initiative will have little impact, said Christine Fischer, spokeswoman for the International Council of Cruise Lines. Fischer said council members, who include more than 90 percent of the cruise market in North America, have already agreed not to discharge wastewater within four miles of the nation's coastline.

Aliança Christens 2nd Cabotage Boxship

(l-r) Martin Susemihl, Julian Thomas, Sponsor Ro Fischer, Captain Ormindo de Paula Coelho, Frank Smet and José Salgado.

With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has momentarily completed the expansion and modernisation of its cabotage fleet. In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its cabotage services, four of which feature a slot capacity of 3,800 TEU each and two with 4,800 TEU each. All newbuildings have set new standards in the Brazilian coastal routes in terms of their capacity and environmental friendliness.

Aliança: Second Flagship in the Cabotage Fleet Christened

Vicente Pinzón (Photo: Aliança)

With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has -- for the moment -- completed the expansion and modernization of its fleet. In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its cabotage services, four of which feature a slot capacity of 3,800 TEU each and two with 4,800 TEU each. All newbuildings have set new standards in the Brazilian coastal routes in terms of their capacity and environmental characteristic.

Navico Expands Americas Sales Group

Chris Meyer

Navico — recreational marine electronics company and parent to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands — announced the addition of long-time pro-staffer Chris Meyer to its Volume Boat Builder and OEM sales team. In his new role as Key Account Manager, Chris is responsible for managing OEM sales as well as growing current and prospective boat builder accounts for the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands. A long-time member of the Lowrance Pro-Staff team and Product Validation group, Chris has extensive experience supporting dealers…

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