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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Finferries, Rolls-Royce to Advance Autonomous Navigation

(Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Finnish shipowner Finferries has partnered with Rolls-Royce in an effort to advance technologies for remote and autonomous ferry operations.The companies signed a collaboration agreement Thursday to jointly develop strategies and solutions to optimize the safety and efficiency of marine operations through developing the technology for decision supporting systems and to demonstrate remote and autonomous ferry operations.As part of the collaboration, a new research project called…

Russia's First Sea-borne Nuclear Power Plant Arrives in Arctic

Akademik Lomonosov (Photo: Rosatom)

Russia's first-floating nuclear power plant arrived in the Arctic port of Murmansk over the weekend in preparation for its maiden mission, providing electricity to an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska.The state company behind the plant, called the "Akademik Lomonosov", says it could pioneer a new power source for remote regions of the planet, but green campaigners have expressed concern about the risk of nuclear accidents. Greenpeace has called it the "nuclear Titanic".Russian state nuclear company Rosatom…

APL Further Cuts CO2 Emissions

Photo: APL

APL has announced a 50.7% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometer in 2017, compared to its base level in 2009. This achievement marks APL’s eighth consecutive year of improved environmental performance, as reported in the Business for Social Responsibility’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) of APL’s 2017 carbon dioxide emission data. The CCWG EPA data was verified by Lloyd’s Register Group according to the CCWG verification protocol and principles of ISO14064-3:2006 standard.

Kalmar to Help Borg Havn IKS Improve Productivity

Image: Kalmar Global

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a contract for the automation retrofit of two Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) by Borg Havn IKS, Norway. The order, which also includes a one-year maintenance and support agreement for the automation software, was booked in Cargotec's 2017 fourth quarter order intake. The project is scheduled to be completed during Q4 of 2018. Borg Havn is a marine terminal located in Fredrikstad, southeast Norway. The terminal has an annual throughput capacity of approximately 150…

CR Ocean Engineering Wins Multi-Scrubber Deal

Photo: CROE

Glasgow based Songa Shipmanagement Ltd. selected CR Ocean Engineering, LLC, as the supplier of exhaust gas cleaning systems for its oil/chemical tankers and Heavy lift vessels, with options for more. The Scrubbing Systems will enter commercial operations commencing in the late summer 2018 and go on throughout the beginning of 2020. In addition to the existing 0.1 percent sulfur fuel Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in Europe and North America, starting January 1, 2020, the rest of…

Maersk Revenue Up 30% YOY in Q1

In Q1 2018, A.P. Moller - Maersk had a revenue growth of 30% to USD 9.3bn, 10% excluding Hamburg Süd, with growth in all business segments and a strategic transformation well underway. A.P. Moller - Maersk reiterates its expectations for 2018 of an underlying profit above 2017 (USD 356m), however noting increased uncertainties due to geopolitical risks, trade tensions and other factors impacting freight rates, bunker prices and rate of exchange. “In the first quarter of 2018, we reported a 30% revenue growth and the integration of the business is well underway with a successful start to the Hamburg Süd integration and the closing of Maersk Oil transaction in March with an accounting gain of USD 2.6bn.

Russia to Beef Up Arctic Military Infrastructure

'Pyotr Veliky': Photo Russian Navy

The Russian Northern Fleet will deploy military infrastructure in most of the archipelagos and islands of the Arctic Ocean on the borders of Russia, according to official news agency Arctic-Info, citing the Northern Fleet command spokesman Andrey Korablev. "We plan to create a military infrastructure on virtually all of the archipelagos and islands of the Arctic Ocean in order to create a unified system of monitoring above-water and underwater environments," said Korablev at the "Provision of national interests of Russia in the Arctic" round table in St. Petersburg.

Obama Plans to Create World's Largest Marine Protected Area

White House official photo of the day June 2014

The proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where the White House intends to extend an existing protected area, known as the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, where fishing and drilling would be banned over an area of about 2-million sq. km. The Pacific Remote Islands Area is controlled by the US and consists of seven scattered islands, atolls and reefs that lie between Hawaii and American Samoa. In the main uninhabited, the waters that surround these remote islands are home to a wide range of species including corals…

DOF Subsea to Launch AUV Service

Sean Halpin (Photo: DOF Subsea)

Integrated subsea services provider DOF Subsea will stage the European launch of a new addition to its suite of services next week. During the Ocean Business event at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, U.K. from April 14-16, the company will showcase its newest service, utilizing three Slocum Gliders, named the DOF Skandi Explorers, a technology which has previously only been seen in academic and defense circles. The new glider equipment is described as a cornerstone of the company’s Ocean Observation System (OOS) due to its ultra-efficient…

Oceans '13 MTS/IEEE San Diego Preview

Heeding the call to join “An Ocean in Common,” authors flooded the Oceans ‘13 MTS/IEEE San Diego technical program committee with a record number of abstracts in a single day. Special topics include an Ultra-deep track discussing current and prospective robotic technologies, plus a panel of scientists to consider research questions. Oceans2013 Chair Bob Wernli, and Co-Chair Kevin Hardy, developer of the unmanned landers for James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge Expedition, will be the session conveners. “James’ intention is to be certain the door remains open to other explorers,” Hardy said.

Oceaneering Utilizes VitalLink 1200

Oceaneering International Inc recently purchased VitalLink 1200, the latest in medical technology from TeleMedic Systems for use in remote medical emergencies. VitalLink has been installed on board FPSO Ocean Producer providing the crew with access to 24 hour a day medical advice from International SOS, the world’s largest medical and security assistance company. VitalLink 1200, packaged in a ruggedised water resistant portable backpack, has been specifically designed for the non-medically trained operator. Should a worker on the Ocean Producer become sick or injured, the unit is activated, and voice prompts and on-screen instructions guide the operator through the attachment of simply designed medical leads to the patient.

Deep Ocean Engineering Receives NASA SBIR Phase II Award

NASA recently selected Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. (DOE) in San Leandro, Ca., as the recipient of a Phase II contract in its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The award has a total value of $600,000 and duration of 24 months. The project involves research and development of a versatile apparatus and method for remote robot mobility. Bruce Caldwell, DOE’s Director of Engineering, is the project’s Principal Investigator. Key consultants include Dr. Phil Ballou at Ocean Systems Inc., and Edge Innovations, both located in Alameda, Ca. Robotics intended for exploration of extremely remote and harsh environments must be extraordinarily versatile as well as robust. They must be able to perform in and adapt to unknown and highly variable physical surroundings.

Tideland Appoints Agent for Indian Ocean

Tideland Signal has appointed Seanergy Indian Ocean as agent for its range of aids to marine navigation in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean. With offices on the island of Réunion and in Toamasina/Tamatve, Madagascar, Seanergy Indian Ocean will supply and support the entire Tideland range including buoys, beacons, lanterns and advanced electronic equipment such as racons, AIS, Tideland’s advanced AIS Viewer (TSD) and remote monitoring systems. Dominique Thirel, the company’s General Manager…

REL to Supply Deep Ocean Mooring Winch System to NOC

Photo courtesy of REL

Romica Engineering Ltd (REL) have signed a contract with the U.K.’s National Oceanography Center (NOC) to provide a containerized deep ocean mooring winch system. This 4,000m capacity winch system, with a hydraulic power unit, will be used at sea for various large mooring operations. This winch system will be freighted worldwide in an ISO 20’open topped container. An electrically driven hydraulic power unit is also to be supplied in a 10’ ISO certified container. This self-contained unit will also contain all peripherals for the winch system (spares / remote / cables and hoses).

Jack-Up Barge Remote Support Contract for Imtech

Imtech Marine has been awarded a second Advanced Support Agreement from Jack-Up Barge for 24/7 remote monitoring and maintenance of the systems installed by Imtech Marine on board the newbuild, self-elevating platform JB-118. This follows an earlier and similar contract for the JB-117, where Imtech Marine completed equipment installation in 2012 and subsequently started remote monitoring. The JB-118 was built near Hong Kong in Shenzhen. Imtech Marine presents a live & operational remote control room at the Europort exhibition, hall 1, stand 1124.

MSRC Announces Ocean Imaging Remote Sensing Contract

MSRC adds Ocean Imaging’s remote sensing technology to its superior “systems-based” approach to oil spill response.  Shown here: Wide range aerial surveillance for day and night spill operations using infrared and multi-spectral sensing equipment (1Q2014)

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) has entered an exclusive contract with Ocean Imaging Corporation for cutting edge remote sensing capability. Ocean Imaging will provide its proprietary aerial surveillance technology as part of MSRC's overall strategy for enhancing the ability to tactically position response resources in the optimal areas of oil migration for responding to spills. The announcement was made today at the Clean Gulf Conference at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., where both MSRC and Ocean Imaging technology are present.

MSRC Enters Contract with Ocean Imaging

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) announced an exclusive contract with Ocean Imaging Corporation for cutting edge remote sensing capability. Ocean Imaging will provide its proprietary aerial surveillance technology as part of MSRC’s overall strategy for enhancing the ability to tactically position response resources in the optimal areas of oil migration for responding to spills. The announcement was made at the Clean Gulf Conference at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. “It takes a complete systems approach to effectively respond to oil spills,” said Steve Benz MSRC president & CEO. “While much of the regulatory compliance focus to date has been on skimmer throughput capacity…

Planet Ocean Get UK AXYS Watchman Contracts

WM-500: Photo credit Planet Ocean

Planet Ocean inform that they are supporting the UK Met Office and Plymouth Marine Laboratory to gather real-time Met-Ocean Data with their AXYS Watchman (WM-500) data acquisition and telemetry systems. The WM-500 can be configured to control a large variety of sensors providing data manipulation, logging and have the ability to interface with a variety of communication systems. The UK Met Office (UKMO) are using these systems in their range of inshore and offshore data buoy hulls provided by a growing range of manufacturers.

Corso Named Deputy Assistant Administrator for Ocean Service

William Corso has been appointed as the new deputy assistant administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service. Corso will officially assume his duties on November 20. Corso has spent the past seven years working for Lockheed Martin. Currently, he directs the diversified projects group at Stennis Space Center, Bay St. Louis, Miss. He is responsible for cost, schedule, and technical performance of programs supporting government agencies at the Center, including software development in support of naval oceanographic operations worldwide and contributions to the conceptual design of the Integrated Ocean Observing System. Corso also has been director of Lockheed Martin’s remote sensing program…

Raytheon Get US$35-Million Navy LCS Sonar Contract

AN/AQS-20A system: Photo courtesy of Raytheon

Raytheon Company says it is to provide the U.S. Navy with AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar systems and equipment. The system leverages advanced sonar technologies to support the Navy's critical minehunting missions, ensuring safe access and passage for military and civilian vessels on the world's oceans and waterways. Deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as the variable depth sonar for the AN/WLD-1 Remote Minehunting System (RMS), the AN/AQS-20A system is towed undersea to scan the water in front, below and to the sides of the vehicle for anti-shipping mines.

gplink Helps Kaitek Oversee Southern Ocean Traffic

Photo: gplink

The unforgiving environments found in the southern extremes of Chile easily highlight the “remote” in remote monitoring, gplink said, and now the company is aiding captains in the region. Operating in close proximity to the Cape Horn and Drake Passage, the pilot boat Kaitek helps oversee commercial traffic in and around Punta Arenas, Chile and throughout the Straits of Magellan. A natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, pilot operations in the straits are of critical necessity to large vessels due to the passage’s unpredictable winds and current…

Australia Bolsters SAR in Indian Ocean Region

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it has commenced its Search and Rescue (SAR) Capability Partnership Program this week with counterpart agencies in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Mauritius. This program is being delivered as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Government Partnerships for Development program, which provides funds to eligible Australian public sector organizations to support economic growth and poverty alleviation in developing countries in the Indian Ocean, Asia and Pacific Regions. AMSA will receive a total of $2.6 million in funding over three years to work in cooperation with the three partner countries and strengthen their national SAR services.

New Global Ocean Institute Inaugurated

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim attended the inauguration of the new maritime and ocean policy research institute at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden (8 May). Lim, who is also Chancellor of WMU, said that the establishment of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute was of great strategic importance for IMO and, indeed, for all those who seek to advance the global ocean agenda. “The Global Ocean Institute will further WMU’s…

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