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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Sonardyne Acoustic Positioning Saves Technip Time

Flexible Jumper Deployment: Photo credit Sonardyne

Technip completes 21 subsea jumper metrology operations using Sonardyne International's Lodestar GyroCompatts & saves 8 days working time. Using the latest Wideband Long BaseLine (LBL) acoustic positioning hardware by optimising its technique, Technip was able to complete each metrology operation in an average of 13 hours, with one such operation conducted in only 8 hours. Subsea metrology requires accurate, precise and robust acoustic measurements so that a spool or jumper can be successfully fabricated and installed.

Ashtead Technology Increase Subsea Equipment Rental Stock

Ross MacLeod (Ashtead Technology) and Barry Cairns (Sonardyne International): Photo credit Ashtead Technology at Ocean Business 2013

Ashtead Technology announce at the U.K.'s Ocean Business 2013 expo that it has purchased Sonardyne 6G acoustic positioning equipment value £1.3 million. This latest acquisition is the second significant order placed by the company for 6G in the last 12 months, further strengthening the Ashtead Technology fleet of Compatt 6 transponders, including various sound velocity, digiquartz and inclinometer sensors, GyroCompatts, RovNav 6LBL transceivers and both omni and directional Wideband Sub Mini transponders.

Sonar Equipment Services and Sonardyne Form Partnership

Recognizing the benefits of Sixth Generation (6G) acoustic technology, Sonar Equipment Services has placed its first order with Sonardyne International Ltd. Based in Great Yarmouth, UK, Sonar Equipment is a leading supplier of high grade geophysical, oceanographic, ROV and hydrographic marine survey equipment to the offshore sector. The order for Sonardyne’s most advanced subsea navigation and data telemetry technology includes ROVNav 6 LBL transceivers and Compatt 6 positioning transponders.

Singapore Approves Danelec New-Generation VDR

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a certificate of approval for the Danelec DM100 VDR for installation on ships under the Singapore registry. The Singapore approval follows on the type approval and European Union Wheelmark certification for the Danelec DM100 issued by the German authority Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) June 30. The Danelec DM100 is the first and only product so far approved and wheelmarked to meet the revised VDR performance standards and technical requirements as defined in IMO Resolution MSC.333(90). The new IMO standard came into force July 1. All VDRs installed after that date must meet the new IMO standard.

Danelec Debuts Voyage Data Recorder

Danelec Marine today announced the introduction of its third-generation marine Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). The new Danelec DM100 VDR fully complies with the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) VDR standard, which comes into effect July 1, 2014. It also incorporates Danelec’s SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) technology, a new approach to shipboard servicing of marine electronics. “Danelec’s exclusive SWAP solution is nothing short of revolutionary when it comes to servicing shipboard electronics,” said Danelec CEO Hans Ottosen. Danelec has designed the compact VDR data acquisition unit for easy plug-and-play replacement, with all system programming and configurations stored on a hot-swappable memory card. The service technicians bring a new unit when boarding the ship.

Crowley Continues Support of U.S. Navy in Ehime Maru Recovery Project

Seattle-based Crowley Marine Services continues to support the U.S. Navy's Office of the Superintendent of Salvage (SUPSALV) as prime contractor for Phase II of its Ehime Maru recovery project. Phase II, which began in mid-October, involves support of the Navy's Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU) for recovery operations of the Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru, which sank in February after a U.S. submarine resurfaced beneath it off the coast of Honolulu. State and federal laws do not allow for the ship to be left in shallow water or returned to its original location when the Navy's recovery operations are complete. Therefore…

Hoppe Marine to Present Smart Shipping Solutions

Photo courtesy of Hoppe

For decades, Hamburg-based Hoppe Marine has produced onboard measuring and control systems. At SMM 2016 the internationally-positioned family-run company will be present itself as a data integrator on vessels as a precondition for Smart Shipping and Big Data. “Approximately one of every eight new ships built in the world is already equipped with at least one of our systems,” said Marc Rohde, Managing Director and proprietor of Hoppe Marine GmbH, describing the development of the company since being founded in 1949.

IMO Adopts Gas and Low-flashpoint Fuels Code

The IGF Code, which will become mandatory under amendments to SOLAS, aims to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved. (Photo:: FJORD LINE ESPEN GEES)

The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 95th session from June 3-12, 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its agenda and considered cyber security matters and passenger ship safety. It adopted new ships’ routing measures and approved a number of circulars arising from items put forward by the subcommittees.

Elmer A. Sperry: Pioneer of Modern Naval Tech

“Here’s one of the best pictures of your father and at the same time one of the few which was taken showing him actually using the gyrocompass. I suggest you keep this for your records.”   Note to Elmer Jr. from  Robert B. Lea, July 8, 1937 (Photo: Hagley Museum and Library)

Elmer A. Sperry casts a long shadow over the history of modern naval, nautical and aeronautical technology, one few people know much about, but should, for a man crowned both the “father of modern navigational technology” and “the father of automatic feedback and control systems,” as well as a pioneer of rocket and missile technology. “It is safe to say that no one American has contributed so much to our naval technical progress,” eulogized Charles Francis Adams III, Secretary of the Navy from 1929-1933, on the death of engineering genius Elmer Ambrose Sperry, June 16, 1930, at 69.

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