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February 2018 Issue

Canadian Coast Guard Icebreakers
Undergo Upgrade and Modernization

ABB concluded the first modernization on a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreaker, the 38-year-old CCGS Pierre Radisson, including installation of 12 new DC drives and a complete propulsion control system.

ABB fitted twin AC/DC diesel-electric propulsion systems for greater redundancy, with each featuring a DC electric motor connected directly to the vessel’s propeller. ABB also attached digital sensors to a variety of onboard equipment to provide its shore-based engineers with a virtual presence on board the ship.

The project kicked off an upgrade program that will ultimately cover 10 ships in the Canadian Coast Guard fleet, to be completed by 2020.

Art Anderson Has $3 Million Contract
To Construct Detroit Floating Screen Structure

Bremerton–based naval architecture and marine engineering firm Art Anderson Associates is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Portland to provide architectural and engineering services for the design of a downstream fish passage floating screen structure (FSS) in the Detroit Reservoir. The FSS has an estimated maximum cubic feet per second (cfs) between 1,000 and 4,500 cfs and is intended to attract and collect juvenile fish in the reservoir and expected to increase outmigration.

The USACE Portland District (CENWP) is simultaneously designing a selective withdrawal structure (SWS) with a weir box to provide temperature control in the North Santiam River, intending for the flow to pass through the FSS, screen out the fish, pass through the SWS and ultimately pass through the turbines and further down river. The fish that were separated from the flow and collected will be passed further downstream. The project is one of seven floating fish collectors in the Pacific Northwest.

Oil Seepage Mapping Collaboration
Wins Environmental Leadership Award

Fugro received an Environmental Leadership Award from The Maritime Alliance, a California-based nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable, science-based ocean and water industries.

The recognition was received in San Diego during the organization’s BlueTech Week, an international gathering of more than 485 marine professionals from academia, government and industry.

Sharing the award was Planck Aerosystems, a drone intelligence company specializing in highly autonomous unmanned aerial systems with whom Fugro collaborated on a project to identify and map oil seepage from abandoned offshore well sites in Santa Barbara County.

Results from this project prompted the California State Assembly to pass legislation SB-44 funding a legacy oil and gas well removal and remediation program through 2028.

C-Innovation Forms Subsea Projects Group
C-Innovation LLC (C-I) announced the formation of a turnkey subsea projects group based in Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO)’s Houston, Texas, office. C-I provides engineering support, procedure development and review, project execution and final reporting requirements and offers ECO’s various port facilities, logistics company, tank cleaning services, shipyards and dry docks located throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast and Brazil. With corporate headquarters in Mandeville, Louisiana, C-I’s ROV capabilities provide support to subsea construction projects, as well as drilling, intervention, maintenance and heavy-lift assignments.

New Woods Hole Group Will Provide
Environmental Monitoring and Planning

Representatives from CLS America Inc., Horizon Marine Inc. and The Woods Hole Group Inc. announced the merging of the three companies, effective January 1, 2018 and resulting in the new company: The Woods Hole Group Inc.

CLS America specializes in satellite technology and enhancing security through direct operational support to government, institutions and industries in the environmental field, while Horizon Marine’s expertise lies in offshore oceanography for the energy industry. The merger with Woods Hole Group provides services including: environmental assessment, fisheries and wildlife satellite tracking, ocean current forecasting, coastal engineering, ocean monitoring systems, habitat restoration and climate change planning projects.

Metal Shark Offers Next-Generation
Damen Fast Crew Supplier

As an extension of its existing relationship with Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards, Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark announced the availability of the new Damen FCS 7011 for the U.S. market.

The all-aluminum monohull FCS 7011 incorporates Damen’s “Sea Axe” bow and a ride control system for roll and pitch reduction in offshore sea states. Steerable skegs allow for highly accurate course corrections, while a gyroscope maintains stability during crew transfer via a motion-compensating gangway.

Hydro Purchases Ownership Stake in Corvus
Norwegian aluminum supplier Hydro purchased 25.9 percent of the shares in Corvus Energy, a provider of modular lithium-ion battery systems that is jointly held by BW Group, Statoil Technology Invest and investors affiliated with El Cuervo Holdings Ltd. Partnership.

Rooted in more than a century of renewable energy innovation, Hydro was attracted to Corvus as the commercial viability of battery power technology in all-electric and hybrid marine applications increases.

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