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February 2017 Issue

Record ESP Operation
For Live Well

Zilift has successfully achieved a world first in the installation, operation and retrieval of a slim-line cable-deployed electrical submersible pump (ESP), under live well conditions. The installation of an ESP, deployable through 3.5-in. tubing, was conducted in a California well and included full wellhead termination and pump operation.

In many parts of the world rig costs are the single most significant factor in downhole pumping economics, particularly offshore.

In concluding this trial, Zilift has demonstrated that rigs are no longer an essential component in ESP operations, thereby saving the rig cost and largely eliminating postponed production. This presents the industry with a game-changing opportunity for significant life cycle cost reductions.

Hatteland Display Tech
Passes Type Approval

Hatteland Display passed type approval for its 55-in. Ultra High Definition Chart & Planning table, which integrates the cutting-edge of flat panel technology to enable safer navigation.

The concept of a large 4K resolution Chart & Planning table was born out of a realization that maritime display technology evolution is vital to improving the effectiveness of modern bridge systems. The new display is large enough to integrate system data into a single, user-friendly system. The 4K resolution ensures that multiple data types can be easily viewed.

Hybrid Cargo Ferries
Use Corvus ESS

Vancouver-based ferry operator Seaspan Ferries took delivery of the first of two LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferries to be delivered in the next 12 months. The Seaspan Swift is the first LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferry in North America. The vessel features two dual-fuel engines and a Corvus lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS), which operates as spinning reserve and provides propulsion power for low-speed maneuvers. The cargo ferry will be joined by a sister ship in early 2017, after which the operator will order three more ferries.

The Corvus ESS technology will help Seaspan minimize the environmental impact of operations, while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs.

Underwater Video Supports
Government Agencies

Underwater video is now routinely used by a variety of government agencies in an array of projects from search and recovery operations to research and exploration. The type of system commonly used in these applications consists of a video camera mounted in a waterproof housing with a long cable connecting it to a monitor on the surface where the picture is viewed and recorded. There are numerous advantages of having a system that sends live video to the surface. Many law enforcement agencies and public safety dive teams put down a camera instead of a diver in the initial stages of an underwater search to save time and increase safety. They can make a permanent record of a dive site, search operation, underwater crime scene or evidence. These video systems also help scientists study the health of the aquatic environment and its marine inhabitants.

One agency utilizing the underwater video system is NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management. Their primary mission is to provide data and tools to other government agencies, private sector organizations and the scientific community to help in making more informed decisions. One of the tools their scientists use is JW Fishers TOV towed video system, which has a camera mounted in the nose of a torpedo-shaped housing.

Another agency successfully using the towed video system is Boone County Water Rescue in Kentucky, a division of Boone County Emergency Management. The water rescue team patrols and responds to incidents on the Ohio River and other waterways within the county. The team has been using Fishers towed video systems for a number of years, and the TOV has helped them recover many drowning victims, locate evidence and find submerged vehicles and sunken vessels.

Sterling Fire Department in Massachusetts and Morton County Sheriff’s Department in South Dakota are also using the video system to assist in their underwater operations. Both departments have JW Fishers DV-1 drop video, which is lowered from a boat on a Kevlar reinforced cable to within a few feet of the bottom. The system is ideal for searching small areas or verifying targets that have been located with other search systems like sonars. The housing can also be carried by a diver.

DCNS Energies to Advance
Marine Energy Tech

DCNS has announced the creation of DCNS Energies, a new marine energy business that will be fully financed by a fund managed by Bpifrance and supported by Technip and BNP Paribas development groups.

DCNS Energies, majority owned by DCNS and 36 percent by the SPI fund of Bpifrance, will devote its activity to the industrial and commercial development of in-stream tidal turbines, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) and floating offshore wind. A total investment package of €100 million in equity has been provided by the partners.

The creation of the new subsidiary follows from the DCNS acquisition of OpenHydro, with its tidal technology, in 2013. For DCNS, the creation of the subsidiary allows for the diversification of its core business in naval defense.

IBM Hybrid Cloud Solution for Shipbuilding
Fincantieri is adopting a hybrid cloud solution from IBM to improve the efficiency of designing, building and deploying new vessels in response to the growing global demand for shipbuilding.

With rapidly growing international demand for cruise and naval vessels, Fincantieri needed a modern and global IT infrastructure to manage its new Integrated Ship Design and Manufacturing system. IBM will provide Fincantieri with a modern IT infrastructure, as well as a cloud solution built for the future as the industry evolves.

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