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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Keppel on Track to Deliver Rig for Caspian Drilling

Photo credit: Keppel Offshore & Marine

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) through its subsidiary in Azerbaijan, Caspian Shipyard Company (CSC), is on track to deliver a semisubmersible drilling rig to Caspian Drilling Company Ltd, a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). The rig was named Heydar Aliyev at a ceremony in Azerbaijan today by the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. Built to Keppel FELS' proprietary DSSTM 38M design, the rig has been customized for the Caspian Sea's harsh environment condition. It is the first modern semisubmersible to be almost completely built in Azerbaijan.

Hanssons Up Stake in NAO – Again

File photo: NAO

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. executive chairman, Herbjorn Hansson and his son, Alexander, have accumulated 1,681,007 shares in the New York listed NAO at an average price of $1.12 per share.  Following the the last purchase of 181,007 NAO shares on Friday, May 12, the Hansson family together with its previous holding now hold shares equivalent to 6.5 percent of NAO.  

Hanssons Increase Stake in Nordic American Offshore

File photo: NAO

The executive chairman of Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) and his family have increase their holding in the company, now holding shares equivalent to 5.4 percent of NAO.   On Wednesday a company owned by the NAO executive chairman, Herbjorn Hansson, and his son, Alexander, bought 500,000 shares in NAO at an average price of $1.18 per share. They also bought 500,000 NAO shares on Tuesday.  

Angelle Named BSEE Director

Scott Angelle (Photo: BSEE)

Former Louisiana state official Scott A. Angelle will head-up the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Angelle, who most recently served as Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, will assume his new position May 23. “Scott Angelle brings a wealth of experience to BSEE, having spent many years working for the safe and efficient energy production of both Louisiana’s and our country’s offshore resources,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said.

EMP Inks Deal to Supply Aquarius MAS

Marine grade solar panel and frame at Teramoto Iron Works, Onomichi, Japan (Photo: EMP)

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Singapore based shipping company to supply its Aquarius Management and Automation (MAS) + Solar solution. The solution will also include hardware and software that will allow ships to monitor fuel oil consumption in real time, automatically calculate NOx/SOx/CO2 emissions and interface with marine solar power systems. Initially one ship in the fleet will be installed with the Aquarius MAS + Solar solution and its performance jointly evaluated.

Xodus, Green Marine Partner on Offshore Renewables

Pic: Xodus Group Ltd

Xodus Group and Green Marine are partnering to provide an integrated service for the maintenance of offshore renewable assets. The partners will utilise Xodus’ integrity management software XAMIN to capture and monitor live data from offshore marine assets, while Green Marine will offer physical offshore inspection and repair services. The one-stop solution aims to streamline an asset’s performance, providing efficiencies and preventing downtime, in particular targeting offshore wind, tidal and wave energy devices, cabling and associated infrastructure.

Rexroth Controller Certified for Use on Ships

IndraControl XM for use in marine and offshore applications and in explosive atmospheres (Image: Bosch Rexroth)

Rexroth’s controller is now certified for use on ships, offshore installations and in explosive atmospheres. Six European and American certification boards have approved the IndraControl XM22 control hardware for use on ships and offshore installations even under extreme ambient conditions. The certifications include the control hardware, extension modules for the expansion of the communication interfaces as well as application-specific modules of the fast IndraControl S20 I/O portfolio. IndraControl XM is the latest powerful controller with IP20 protection.

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