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September 2017 Issue

New Rules from Bureau Veritas For Energy Storage Systems
Bureau Veritas issued new notations and rules for energy storage systems (ESS) used by ferries, cruise ships and tugboats, as well as hybrid ships combining LNG propulsion with ESS.

The new class notations include power management (PM), power back-up (PB) and zero emission (ZE) standards and are geared toward encouraging wider uptake of ESS to provide operational and environmental benefits and eliminate local air emissions when in proximity to centers of population or emission control areas (ECAs).


MacArtney Renovates
French Bathymetric Survey Vessel

MacArtney Underwater Technology completed renovation of the French vessel Ingénieurs Lesbordes to meet IHO standards and perform bathymetric surveying in the turbid waters of the harbor of Bayonne.

The vessel has been equipped with MacArtney’s multibeam solution consisting of a Kongsberg Maritime EM 2040P shallow-water multibeam echosounder, a Valeport miniSVS sound velocity sensor, an iXBlue Hydrins inertial navigation system and a Trimble SPS 855 GNSS modular receiver combining the radio and GPS receiver in a single housing.


ClassNK Releases PSC Annual Report
ClassNK rules guide port state control (PSC) inspections and ensure that vessels meet international standards. The new ClassNK report provides details on detentions as a summary of major amendments to international conventions. The annual report shows that fire safety-related deficiencies continue to be the most frequent detainable deficiencies item.


Turkish Coast Guard Receives
New Damen Vessels

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered two SAR 1906 search-and-rescue vessels to the Turkish Coast Guard Command for use in refugee and migrant rescue operations.

The 19-m vessels were cooperatively designed with the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), Delft University of Technology and De Vries Lentsch Naval Architects.

Each vessel is capable of righting itself in case of capsizing, can reach speeds up to 33 kt. and can hold 120 survivors.


Women’s International Shipping and Trading
Association Shortlisted for Safety Award

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) has been shortlisted for the SAFETY4SEA Sustainability Award for enhancing opportunities and supporting the role of women in the maritime industry on a global level.

The SAFETY4SEA Awards program is in its second year as part of the annual SAFETY4SEA Conference to be held in Athens, Greece, October 4.


Hydrex Divers Repair LNG Tanker in Singapore
A Hydrex diver and technician team carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a 138-m LNG tanker during the vessel’s stop in Singapore. The ship’s stern tube was experiencing an oil leak, making a quick on-site repair necessary.

Diver technician teams replaced three damaged seals and completed the operation without delay to the ship’s schedule.


Briggs Marine Increases
Diving Capabilities

Briggs Marine Contractors purchased a dual-basket diver launch and recovery system (LARS). The new system worked on an offshore renewables project, with teams of divers working in depths of up to 28 m to facilitate replacement of an interarray cable.

The LARS was manufactured by Submarine Manufacturing Products Ltd. It meets International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines and is certified by Lloyd’s Register.


Fugro to Install a New Undersea
Power Cable in South Australia

Fugro has been awarded a contract to install a subsea power cable for SA Power Networks. The new 20,000-kVA/33,000-volt cable will replace the existing 10,000 kVA/33,000-volt undersea cable.

The subsea asset is a continuous 15-km-long cable, weighing 600 tonnes, and connects Kangaroo Island to the distribution network on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide.


First Ship with IMO Tier III EIAPP-Certified Wärtsilä Engines Launched
L’Astrolabe is a 72-m polar logistics vessel fitted with a Wärtsilä propulsion machinery package and Wärtsilä NOR (NOx reducer) SCR (selective catalytic reduction) exhaust gas cleaning systems.

This is the first vessel operating with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Tier III EIAPP (Engine International Air Pollution Prevention)-certified Wärtsilä diesel engines. It will be used to transport personnel and supplies to the Dumont d’Urville research station in Antarctica.


Teledyne Odom MB2 Multibeam System
For Port Surveying

The UK representative for Teledyne Odom supplied an MB2 multibeam system to PD Teesport for high-accuracy port surveying. The system was installed on one of Teesport’s hydrographic survey vessels, the Tees Sentinel, and included a Hemisphere AtlasLink L-Band RTK positioning system, USM sonar mount, Applanix Wavemaster INS, and Teledyne Reson SVP70 for sound velocity measurement at the sonar head. A Valeport SWIFT SVP was also provided for sound velocity measurement over the whole water column.


Planet Ocean, ASV Global Demonstrate Autonomous Launch and Recovery
The demonstration was conducted as the closing part of Planet Ocean and ASV’s Innovate UK project. It was held in the Solent between the Isle of Wight and England, where ecoSUB-µ AUVs were launched from the stern of an ASV C-Worker-5. Missions can be sent to the AUVs while in their launch tubes via the C-Worker communications, after which the system can operate autonomously.

The C-Worker can then act as a communications hub downloading high-resolution data from the ecoSUB for storage or transmission before collecting the AUVs.


Prelude FLNG Arrives in Australia
Shell Australia’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility arrived in waters 475 km from Broome in western Australia. The 488-m-long floating facility is the first deployment of Shell’s FLNG technology for extracting and liquefying gas at sea before export.

Australian engineering company Monadelphous is contracted for maintenance and modification services, and Shell partnered with South Metropolitan TAFE in western Australia to develop training for technicians in helicopter landing and refueling skills, rigging, scaffolding and first aid.


ABIS Agreement for Spanish Port Development
ABIS Holdings Energy Services Ltd. signed an agency agreement to support the development and operation of an offshore supply base on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. ABIS will act as the agent for Gran Canaria Subsea and Offshore Base (GCSB), which has an optimal strategic location for operations all over the world.

The base offers a wide range of services adapted to the subsea and offshore sector.


DeepOcean Acquires
Searov Offshore

DeepOcean has acquired the French company Searov Offshore SAS.

Searov, established in 2008, is an ROV service provider that owns and operates 10 ROVs and delivers support services to a variety of international oil companies in West Africa.


Klein Supports Diving
Operations in Scotland

Klein Marine Systems Inc. supported a successful survey and recovery project off the West Coast of Scotland. The Klein System 4900 side scan was deployed from the Aspect Surveys vessel Vigilance and operated by personnel from Unique Systems GSE Rentals, which provided the winch, cable and ancillary support for the project.

The recovered artifacts will be on display at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey and the de Havilland Aircraft Museum in Hertfordshire.


Kongsberg K-MATE Autonomy Controller
For New AUV-USV Platform

K-MATE, an autonomous surface vehicle control system, will be integrated with SEA-KIT, a new class of maritime autonomous surface vessel (ASV) under construction by the U.K. manufacturer Hushcraft.

SEA-KIT is a USV that can carry a payload up to 2.5 tons. It is based on the AUV-USV concept for seafloor mapping operations and can operate independently for months at a time.

This is the first autonomous boat capable of transocean survey operations.


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