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August 2017 Issue

ECSA, ICS Encourage EU, China
Climate Agreement on Shipping

Following the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) encourage the intention of the European Union and China to intensify cooperation in achieving a global climate deal for shipping.

Indications of such cooperation materialized during the 19th EU-China Summit held in Brussels, when EU and Chinese leaders reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement.

MacArtney Expands UK Ops
The MacArtney Group has expanded existing U.K. operations in response to increased levels of business coming from customers based in the southern part of the U.K. The new office located in south London will be run as an affiliate unit under the MacArtney UK umbrella.

Celtic Seas Partnership Produces
Web-Based Info Portal

The Celtic Seas Partnership (CSP) project funded by EU LIFE+ is now complete. The aim was to set up collaborative and innovative approaches to managing the marine environment of the Celtic Seas.

A key output of the partnership is a Web-based information portal by the British Oceanographic Data Centre to provide access to data, metadata and documentation related to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

UN Security Council Reauthorizes
Inspection of Vessels off Libya

The UN Security Council reauthorized member states to inspect vessels on the high seas off Libya’s coast believed to be in violation of the arms embargo imposed on that country. Following that action, the representatives of China, France and Italy emphasized the importance of working together to prevent the spread of terrorism and weapons trafficking.

EMGS Buys Another
Ranger 2 Gyro-iUSBL System

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has bought a second Ranger 2 Gyro-iUSBL system by Sonardyne International Ltd. UK.

The system combines acoustic positioning and inertial navigation technologies. It will be fitted to a towed electromagnetic source that operates down to 4,000 m, in conjunction with electromagnetic receivers, to detect the presence of hydrocarbons through more than 3 km of rock.

ABS Unveils New Systems Center,
Forms Hellenic Tech Committee

ABS has unveiled its Global Ship Systems Center and announced the formation of its Hellenic Technical Committee in Athens. This facility brings together technical leaders to support clients throughout the entire life cycle of their assets. Through a systems-based approach, the Global Ship Systems Center addresses the increasing complexity of mechanical and cyber-enabled systems on board vessels.

Promoting Awareness of Seafarers in UK
As the U.K. embarks on Brexit negotiations, its attention is being focused on the vital role ports, harbors and seafarers will play in the future. More world trade will likely increase the 95 percent of imports and exports that currently pass through U.K. ports. Merchant ships continue to grow in size, half the U.K.’s food comes from overseas, and the U.K. is dependent on imported oil, gas and biofuel.

The maritime welfare charity Seafarers UK brought attention to this national context while promoting Seafarers Awareness Week, its annual campaign to raise public awareness of the ongoing dependence on seafarers. Often working unseen and unappreciated, they form the vital link between supply from the sea and consumption ashore.

ShipArrestor Delivery for Norway’s Coast
An improved and upgraded version of the Miko Marine ShipArrestor system has been delivered to the Norwegian Coastal Administration. The system has been developed to protect coastlines from the danger of ships that have lost engine power and from the pollution that can result when they run aground.

ShipArrestor uses a parachute-shaped sea anchor connected to a drifting ship by helicopter and secured without need for crew involvement. The helicopter then deploys the sea anchor, which dramatically reduces the rate at which the ship is drifting and makes it more stable for salvage and for rescue teams to board when they arrive.

JFD Close to Finishing Hyperbaric Lifeboats
JFD nears completion of two newly designed, self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHLs), developed in partnership with Vanguard Composite Engineering Pte Ltd.

In February 2016, JFD won a contract to design and manufacture six SPHLs (four 18-man and two 24-man) as part of the saturation diving systems on board a new fleet of diving support vessels (DSV). Final testing of the first two 18-man SPHLs is to take place before installation and commissioning on the first DSV. These lifeboats are the first to be completed as part of a new partnership between JFD and Vanguard.

Briggs Marine Invests
In Subsea Services Division

Briggs Marine has invested more than £1 million into its subsea services division in recent months. The company has enhanced its subsea cable repair and installation capabilities with the addition of two new 15-Te tracked cable tensioners. The tensioners were employed immediately in the renewable energy sector to deliver power to cable installation operations.

Briggs has also invested in two cable storage tanks, extending its Burntisland-based cable depot, based on increased demand.

GE Delivers Turnkey
Project for Brazilian Port

GE Energy Connections has successfully delivered the full turnkey project to VLI for engineering, supply and commissioning of the port terminal Luiz Antonio Mesquita Integrator Port Terminal (Tiplam) at the port of Santos in Brazil.

Brazil’s economy relies heavily on exports of natural resources-based products. Improvement in port infrastructure will bring substantial economic growth opportunities to the country.

The government plans to invest up to $9.7 billion for the new phase of port concessions.

Successful Trials for Klein 5900
Klein Marine Systems Inc. successfully concluded a week of trials and demonstrations in conjunction with the Mine Hunting Challenge and Industry Days in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

In the waters outside the Belgian Navy’s Mine Hunting Training Center, Klein showcased the Klein 5900, its newest high-resolution, high-speed multibeam side scan sonar, towed by the Seagull unmanned surface vehicle developed by Elbit Systems.

Support Package Call
For Offshore Renewable Energy Tech

The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) program opened its third call for support package applications. Support packages will help commercialize offshore renewable energy technologies by giving free access to FORESEA’s network of test sites. The call runs until September 29 and is open to technologies ready to deploy and complete testing before 2019.

FORESEA is an €11 million project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by offering free access to a network of test centers.

Micro Studio Camera 4K Chosen
For Underwater Camera System

Blackmagic Design’s Micro Studio Camera 4K was chosen as part of the new EagleRay 4K underwater camera system, which captures 4K footage up to 1,000 m deep.

Lee Frey, co-founder of Arctic Rays and manned submersible pilot for Alucia Productions, used the Micro Studio Camera 4K to capture footage during Antarctic expeditions for the BBC’s “Blue Planet II” and the NHK’s “Deep Ocean” series.

HENSOLDT to Acquire Kelvin Hughes
Kelvin Hughes will be acquired by HENSOLDT (formerly Airbus Defence Electronics) as a result of an agreement by its owners ECI Partners to sell its investment in the company. Completion of the transaction remains subject to regulatory clearances.

HENSOLDT provides radar and IFF systems on airborne, naval and land platforms.

Nautical Institute Launches
Ice Navigator Training, Certification Scheme

The Nautical Institute has launched the Ice Navigator Training and Certification Scheme. While designed to complement IMO’s Polar Code, course content is not restricted to the polar regions. The focus is on actual ship handling and operation of vessels in ice-covered waters worldwide.

The scheme is open to those who hold, or are studying toward, a deck officer qualification awarded by a White List administration. Participants must demonstrate practical competence on board and in simulator exercises.

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