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March 2017 Issue

Acteon Group Strengthens Moorings Offering
With Acquisition of Bruce Anchor

Subsea services group Acteon enhanced its capabilities by acquiring Bruce Anchor. The acquisition adds to Acteon’s capability in the mooring and installation market. Bruce Anchor will retain its independence within the Acteon portfolio, providing high-quality anchor technology to global clients in the oil and gas and renewables sectors.

Reporting to Acteon’s executive vice president of operations, Bruce Anchor’s Director of Sales Steve Broadbent will manage the business.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.
Announces Launch of New Market in Germany

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. announced the launch of a new service center in Rostock, Germany, that will serve all German Baltic Sea ports and Southern Scandinavian ports.

The operations at Rostock will be managed by the existing team at OBAST Bunkering & Trading GmbH. Under the terms of the agreement with OBAST, Aegean will acquire OBAST’s existing share capital.

Seatronics Announces Partnership
With Force Technology

Seatronics has formed a new partnership agreement with Force Technology. The new agreement will provide Seatronics’ global customer base with access to Force Technology’s Field Gradient Sensor (FiGS) system. FiGS is a noncontact CP inspection tool that offers a step change in CP integrity as it detects coating damages on exposed and buried pipelines and structures, accurately measures anode performance and helps optimize CP retrofitting.

The features of the FiGS offer substantial cost savings for the client, as well as reducing inspection time.

CSSC Wärtsilä Joint Venture Opens
New Engine Factory in China

CSSC Wärtsilä Engine Co. Ltd. (CWEC) has opened its new production facilities in Lingang, Shanghai. The new 20,000 m² production plant is the first in China capable of locally producing large-bore, medium-speed diesel and dual-fuel (DF) engines. The plant will also manufacture medium-bore, medium-speed diesel and DF engines. The factory has a planned production capacity of 180 engines per year.

CWEC has already booked orders for more than 70 engines and is focused on the cruise, ferry, LNG carrier, offshore, special vessel, and large container ship markets, all of which are strategic growth markets for the Chinese shipbuilding sector.

Eagle Lyon Pope Relaunched to
Specialize In Three Growing Areas

Global Maritime Consultancy has relaunched Eagle Lyon Pope (ELP), its ports and shipping, marine casualty investigation and loss adjusting division. The move is in response to a growing demand for these services and will be headed by Peter Lyall, former head of Risk Insurance Services at Global Maritime. ELP will be based out of London, with other offices in Hamburg, Abu Dhabi, Oslo, Houston and Singapore.

Unique Group Launches New Division
Unique Group is investing €2 million in a new division—Unique Medical Technology. Launching at the Arab Health Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it will serve the healthcare market across Europe, the Middle East and Asia and will focus primarily on the production of the hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) chambers with integrated critical care monitoring equipment. They will also provide specialist training in the use of their technology.

IMCA Supports IMO’s
Emissions Global Roadmap

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) believes that the roadmap adopted by the Marine Environment Protection of IMO (MEPC 70) provides the right framework for moving forward. IMO will initiate its decision making on further measures to tackle the challenge of greenhouse gases from shipping in 2022.

“We welcomed the unanimous international decision at IMO on this important issue; obtaining it took many years of negotiations and intense discussions,” said John Bradshaw, IMCA’s policy and regulatory affairs manager.

Human Rights at Sea Launches
New Legal Research Program

Human Rights at Sea launched its innovative Legal Research Program as part of the expanding charitable work published through its online maritime human rights platform. Established in January, the Legal Research Program provides a free public platform for seafarers, fishers and students from around the world to showcase their academic work in tackling maritime human rights issues.

For more information, go to www.humanrightsatsea.org/research-programme.

World Ocean Council Partners with
EU Blue-Action Project on Climate Change

The World Ocean Council (WOC) has been selected to participate in the European project Blue-Action. The project will provide executable science that quantifies and explains the role of a changing Arctic in increasing predictive capability of weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere. Blue-Action will provide forecasting to meteorological and climate services to better deliver tailored predictions and advice.

Grupo Lindley Forms Salt Technologies
Recently formed in London, England, under Grupo Lindley’s umbrella, Salt Technologies incorporates a team of engineers and naval architects with extensive experience in engineering consultancy for offshore, oil and gas and renewable energy projects.

Salt Technologies will be joining the other three companies of Grupo Lindley: Alhlers Lindley, Almarin and Almovi.

Enpro Subsea Moves Forward
With £1.5 Million Project

A research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise will see Enpro Subsea invest £1.5 million in a new research and development project aimed at helping to improve production by maximizing economic recovery from existing subsea wells and reduce operating costs for companies. This investment will continue to support innovation in the company.

IMarEST Opens Office in China
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has announced that it has opened an office in Shanghai, China. Following a steady growth of members, and various meetings with Chinese government, associations, industry and press, the IMarEST has taken up an office presence in the Maritime and Finance Excellence Center (MFE Center) in Pudong, Shanghai, and is also close to launching an IMarEST Branch in Shanghai.

Global Subsea Inspection Service
Launched By Lloyd’s Register

Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced its Subsea Inspection Services to support underwater inspections of subsea pipelines, assets and facilities to energy companies operating offshore. Services include project management, consultancy, personnel, quality control, data processing and data management, applicable to ROV, AUV and diver projects. It will provide operators with greater efficiency and improved confidence in the performance of their offshore and subsea operations.

Martek Debuts World’s First
Affordable Telemedicine Service

Martek Marine has launched the world’s first affordable telemedicine service, according to the company, an innovation set to revolutionize seafaring healthcare and could lead to annual industry-wide savings of up to $168 million. At any given time, 1.5 million seafarers are operating around 55,000 merchant vessels across the globe. Of these seafarers, around seven percent each year will be evacuated from the vessel on which they are working. iVital, the new service, could save shipowners hundreds of thousands of dollars each through avoiding costly, and often ultimately unnecessary, course diversions and helicopter evacuations through the misdiagnosis of ill or injured crew members.

Rigmarine Diversifies in Kazakhstan
Rigmarine has highlighted synergies between inland and offshore industries as they look to meet increasing demand from the mining and power industries. Rigmarine has four global locations, and the economic climate in Kazakhstan lends itself to diversification. The majority of Kazakhstan’s power and mining companies are government owned and will source equipment via tender processes. Accordingly, Rigmarine is registered to respond to these requests as they are issued.

Asia’s First Electric Ferry Brings in
New Era of Cleaner Sea Travel

The Taiwanese harbor city of Kaohsiung recently re-launched the popular Cijian Island passenger ferry, retrofitted with a Visedo electric propulsion system, replacing the original diesel engine.

It’s Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry and, if successful, the Kaohsiung City government plans to retrofit the rest of its diesel fleet to help reduce pollution levels around Taiwan’s largest harbor.

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