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Seatronics Announces New Partnership Agreement With Subsea Tooling Company, LateraL AS

Seatronics, an Acteon company, has formed a new partnership with LateraL AS, a Norwegian subsea tooling firm specialised in improving offshore performance through its innovative product range.

The new agreement will provide Seatronics’ global customer base with access to the FlexiCal product line. FlexiCal is an ROV mounted caliper that allows for direct measurements from point-to-point with real-time readout. Accurate live measurements provide clients with the knowledge needed to make swift decisions regarding their assets, as the measurements are taken without the need for post-processing. The caliper is frequently used for measuring wear and corrosion on mooring chains, but also performs excellently on flanges, plates, structures and numerous other subsea assets.

Phil Middleton, group managing director, Seatronics, said, "In this tight market, where there is a focus on asset integrity, Seatronics’ customers are demanding technology that will provide reliable, repeatable data, quickly. The FlexiCal is a proven system, which boasts an impressive track record. LateraL AS has several other innovative products, which we plan to bring to a wider market within this partnership."

Keith Robertson, technical manager, LateraL AS, added, “LateraL AS has joined forces with Seatronics and looks forward to developing the relationship with access to other LateraL products. Furthermore, in addition to the FlexiCal product, an additional product, FlexiClean, (the tool of choice for pre-cleaning prior to FlexiCal use and high efficiency marine growth removal from any subsea asset) will also be available for rental from Seatronics’ global bases, with immediate availability.”

The addition of LateraL products further enhances the ROV tooling capabilities available from Seatronics in conjunction with Acteon sister company, J2 Subsea.

CSA to Unveil EDGS Applications at the Clean Gulf Conference

CSA’s EDGS provides a spectrum of services to support the marine environmental data needs of the offshore oil and gas industry

During the Clean Gulf Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans (10-12 November 2015), CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) will present Environmental Data and Geospatial Services (EDGS) applications that serve the marine environmental data and geospatial needs of the offshore industry. EDGS applications to be exhibited include:

• seaIRIS – A data collection, analysis, and visualization platform that integrates static and dynamic data from multiple sources. CSA will demonstrate the use of seaIRIS in environmental impact assessment, oil spill planning, and incident response.

• FMVsea – An application that uses Esri Full Motion Video (FMV) technology to fuse navigation data with video imagery collected using aerial and submarine camera systems. CSA will provide demonstrations of how we use FMVsea to extract geospatial information from video, including a rapid estimate of the spatial extent of a fuel spill on the surface ocean, a technique that can revolutionize oil spill response and dispersant monitoring.

• seaApps – Mobile, web, and desktop applications to collect, process, report, and manage environmental data.

• seaData – Services to enable the discovery, integration, quality assurance, and curation of data. CSA will demonstrate the use of data to convey environmental baseline conditions, identify resources at risk, process and display real-time feeds, and leverage publicly available information on the web – all crucial elements of spill planning and response.

“CSA offers Environmental Data and Geospatial Services to provide our clients with data visualization and analysis capabilities that enable them to make informed and timely decisions, which are elements crucial to effective project management and incident response,” said Dr. Jodi Harney, manager of CSA’s EDGS program.

Dr. Harney will also present “Feeding a COP: Providing Premium Environmental Content to a Common Operating Picture” in the Situational Awareness session on Wednesday, 11 November. She will discuss the use of EDGS applications in oil spill planning, spill drills, and actual incidents, including the consumption of environmental data layers by a Common Operating Picture.

Visit CSA’s booth #321 to learn more about EDGS applications and see our demonstrations.

Subsea UK to Build Regional Hub in South of England

Industry body, Subsea UK, is looking to establish a regional hub in the south of England that will bring together businesses across the subsea supply chain to identify opportunities and debate the challenges facing the sector which supports around 55,000 jobs and generates £9billion to the UK economy.

Subsea UK will host its first south of England networking event in Gosport, Hampshire from 5th-6th November at the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. There is a growing number of businesses in the region are involved in the fast-growing sector which is focused on underwater activity in relation to oil & gas, defense, oceanology and marine renewables.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK said: “The south of England is home to a huge amount of innovation and expertise, particularly in the areas of oil and gas. As an organization covering the whole of the UK, we want to extend our support to these companies exploit the potential to increase business at home and abroad, in what is a challenging time for the industry due to the drop in oil price.

“Oil and gas is by far and away the largest market for subsea companies but the sharp decline in commodity price is having an impact. Collaboration and driving efficiencies through new technology are critical in the current climate and the subsea sector must rise to the challenge of working together to discover and develop new solutions that will increase production and recovery of hydrocarbon reserves at lower cost.”

The event is part of a series of regional workshops organized by Subsea UK in the key areas across the UK where there are clusters of subsea business. Delegates will get the chance to visit the Saab Seaeye manufacturing base where they will gain an insight into how electric powered Remotely Operated Vehicles are designed, built and deployed.

They will also visit Magma Global, the Portsmouth based designer and manufacturer of high performance carbon fiber pipe for subsea oil and gas applications, where they will discover how technology has played a part in the evolution of underwater pipelines for deeper, more challenging waters.

Subsea UK is a self-sustaining body that champions the country’s subsea supply chain, representing over 320 members. It acts as a focal point to promote the sector and maximize its opportunities and provides a national forum for collaboration, diversification and technology development.

Solar-Electric Workboat Completes Historic Cargo Run

Proving that solar propulsion is not only environmentally and budget-friendly, but feasible, a 39' vessel, Solar Sal, recently completed the final leg of its maiden cargo run, carrying recycled cardboard along the Erie Canal without using a single drop of fossil fuel. Whether plug-in, hybrid or solar charged, more and more workboats are choosing Torqeedo electric propulsion due to its power, efficiency at moving heavy loads and cost savings.

Solar Sal traversed 72 locks and traveled a total of 650 miles across the state of New York, delivering four tons of cargo from Lockport to a paper mill in Mechanicville on its history-making journey. The vessel runs 8.3 mph on twin Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 electric motors. Providing the equivalent thrust of two 9.9 horsepower combustion engines, these powerful, emission-free electric motors run on sunlight.

When Solar Sal's builder, David Borton, decided to build a useful and practical solar electric boat, he relied on his background as an adjunct associate professor of mechanical engineering to design a 40' wooden, strip-built hull with maximum surface area for solar collection. It can be fitted as a 12-ton cargo ship, dayliner tourist vessel or cabin cruiser, all using nothing but free, clean solar fuel.

"The best part of these motors is their efficiency. That includes the electronic control, good motor, planetary gear reduction and efficient, slow, large propeller," said Borton. Solar Sal can motor all day in daylight and up to 50 miles after sunset on stored battery power. It's fitted with 5 kW of solar panels, serving two battery banks. One powers a bank of Torqeedo's Power 26-104 lithium batteries, the other powers conventional lead-acid batteries. Borton hopes the side-by-side comparisons of the storage technologies will provide some interesting data in the future.

Christened Solar Sal, this craft is named for the famous song, Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal. The song memorializes Sal, one of the mules that towed the barges that brought economic prosperity to New York in the mid- to late-1800s. The vessel will be visiting local festivals and alternative energy conferences all through the year. Borton also has a personal target of building 10 solar electric boats a year.

New Solent Live Weather Data Website Launched in the UK

Rock Seven, in collaboration with ABP Southampton, Gill and Hydrosphere, has launched a new Solent weather website to support safety and voyage planning for all Solent users, both professional and recreational: http://www.rock7.com/wind.

The highly accurate real-time weather data comes from a new weather station on the ABP Southampton managed Calshot Spit Light Float in the Solent, which integrates Rock Seven’s RockFLEET vessel tracking and communications system with Gill instruments. Aids to navigation supplier, Hydrosphere, has supported the project by providing installation and maintenance for the weather station.

“This freely available weather data will complement the data already available in the wider Solent Area. The format is easily accessible via desktop computer and on smartphones and tablets. Detailed weather information and trends will be very beneficial to commercial and leisure users,” commented ABP Port of Southampton.

The RockFLEET system uses the Iridium satellite network, specifically the low-cost Short Burst Data service, to deliver weather data from Calshot Spit. RockFLEET is designed to provide global vessel tracking and M2M data communication from anywhere in the world.

“Adding tracking and M2M satcom capabilities to buoys and floats is a simple process with the RockFLEET system, as demonstrated through development of the Calshot Spit Light Float weather station, which is now delivering accurate real-time data 24/7,” says Nick Farrell, Director, Rock Seven.

IFHS Hydro2015 Program Finalized

Full program details have been finalized for the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies' 23rd Hydro conference at Cape Town's International Convention Centre from 23-25 November.

With development of sustainable hydrography in Africa and elsewhere as one of its main themes, the three-day combined conference and exhibition is organized by The Hydrographic Society of South Africa, one of the Federation's eight member organizations. It opens with a keynote address on issues affecting 54 African states by Robert Van De Poll, Fugro's Head of Global Law of the Sea activities. Subsequent plenary session presentations include a review of the current status and aspirations of hydrography in Southern Africa by Capt Abri Kampfer, Hydrographer of the South African Navy, followed by an official Fugro account of its continuing search for the ill-fated MH 370 aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean under the auspices of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Main conference proceedings will address a comprehensive range of topics with over 30 presentations on subjects extending from regional African case studies and applications to wider global issues affecting data management, chart production, maritime boundaries, new technology, equipment and positioning for surface and sub-surface operations. Comprising 11 technical sessions, the program also features a presentation on the performance of Sonardyne USBL by this year's IFHS Student Award winner, Neeltje van der Laan of the Netherlands.

The corresponding exhibition of equipment and services involving 32 leading companies and organizations is supported by a number of practical workshops as well nearby boat-based demonstrations staged by, among others, Cape Peninsular University of Technology (CPUT), Kongsberg Maritime and Marine Data Consultants. Other key events include an official stakeholder seminar convened by the FIG/IHO/ICA International Board on Standards of Competence IBSC forum for discussion of training, education and capacity-building issues, which is expected to attract sizeable networking audiences.

Further details on Hydro2015, which is variously sponsored by QPS, Caris, Teledyne RESON and Teledyne Odom, Fugro and Marine Data Consultants, are at www.hydro2015.org.

BMT Consolidates GSA Contracts under New PSS Schedule

BMT Designers & Planners, Inc. (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has received a Consolidated Professional Services Schedule (PSS) award from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). BMT is among the first group of companies to be granted this award, enabling Federal customers’ access to the firm’s complete range of services through a single contract, offering a more simplified acquisition vehicle and reducing complexity when requirements cross Special Item Number (SIN) boundaries.

Development of the schedule has been in the works for a year, and has been designed to streamline purchasing between GSA, its customer agencies, and vendors like BMT. Previously, BMT maintained three separate contracts under the Environmental Services (ES), Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS), and Professional Engineering Services (PES) schedules. As of October 1, Federal customers are able to purchase professional services in all of these categories under the new Schedule.

Agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Coast Guard, and US Navy have used the GSA Schedule to purchase environmental engineering, naval architecture, and logistics support services from BMT.

“Consolidating our Schedule offerings is a key step in enabling our Federal customers to reach us in a much easier, more streamlined fashion,” said Rick Cox, VP of Business Development. “Having a single contract simplifies communications and makes us more effective in managing tasks across our many business lines.”

Federal customers and other eligible state and local governments are able to utilize the GSA Schedule for simplified acquisition procedures and BMT’s most competitive rates. Details of BMT’s service offerings under the GSA Schedule can be found at www.dandp.com/gsa.

New Global Business Director for Forum Subsea Rentals

Forum Subsea Rentals (FSR) has strengthened its senior management team with the promotion of Nicki Nicholls to the role of global business director.

Ms. Nicholls will be responsible for managing and developing the ambitious long-term growth plans for all Forum’s rental product lines. She will be based in FSR’s newly opened operations centre in Westhill, Aberdeen.

In addition, Christian Blinkenberg has been appointed global sales and marketing director of FSR’s Global Services division.

Forum Subsea Rentals has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Nicki Nicholls (left) and Christian Blinkenberg.

Alan Reid, Forum Energy Technologies vice president Global Services – Subsea Division, said: “Nicki has played an integral role in the success of FSR. Her knowledge and experience are well recognized within the industry and I am totally confident she will grow these businesses further as we look to make the most of our opportunities for growth.”

Ms. Nicholls joined Forum in 2008 as part of the Technical Sales team before taking on the roles of sales manager, operations manager and then commercial manager.

Aquamarine Power Calls in Administrators

Wave energy company Aquamarine Power has called in administrators to manage the business and to seek a sale or investment via the administration process.

BDO LLP business restructuring partners James Stephen and Graham Newton have been appointed Joint Administrators and will now take over the running of the Edinburgh firm.

This follows a decision by the Aquamarine Power board on October 27th. The Joint Administrators will continue to trade the company with a view to effecting a sale as a going concern. All 14 employees are being retained.

The pioneering wave energy developers have been testing their full-scale Oyster wave energy machines at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

Aquamarine Power's Oyster 800 wave energy converter in operation

James Stephen, BDO business restructuring partner said:
“Whilst the company has seen many successes over the last few months, including securing a €800,000 grant from the EU as well as a £2 million contract from Wave Energy Scotland, the economic climate has significantly affected the business. The lack of private sector backing to supplement public funding support placed the company under cash flow strain and the directors concluded the best prospect of concluding a transaction was via the protection of administration. The company holds liquid funds which will allow this strategy to be pursued.

“We are continuing discussions with interested parties who were in discussions with the company prior to our appointment and are working closely with the Aquamarine Power board to engage with other potential purchasers. We welcome new enquiries.”

Aquamarine Power Chief Executive Officer Paddy O’Kane said:
“The team at Aquamarine Power has worked tirelessly over many years to design, build and demonstrate Oyster wave energy machines. During this time we have achieved a number of major milestones that have put our technology at the forefront of the industry. Oyster is the only wave technology to have proven it can operate in all ocean conditions and we have superb understanding of how well Oyster captures energy at sea. However, today’s news underscores the financial as well as technical challenge in bringing an entirely new form of energy generation to commercialization. New private sector funding is required now to deliver our technology roadmap.”

Dr. Fonseca, CSA Vice President of Science, Shares Challenges of Modernizing the Offshore Impact Assessment (EIA) Process

Dr. Fonseca will present during the upcoming Esri Ocean GIS Forum Dr. Mark Fonseca, Vice President – Science, will describe the many challenges, both technical and procedural of transforming the offshore environmental impact process into a modern, on-line process. His co-authored talk “Transforming the Offshore Environmental Impact Assessment Process into a Web-based Environment: Opportunities for Innovation” will describe attempts to shift impact assessments of the Outer Continental Shelf areas of the U.S. into a geospatial framework. The goal of this framework is to better and more succinctly understand the information available for guiding the impact assessment process. The offshore energy industry is also adopting methods to enable data used in impact assessments to be centralized and improve decision-making. He will describe the challenges of applying innovative approaches to serve both markets, including ArcGIS-associated data hosting, desktop analysis, and real-time environmental data access. For those attending the meeting, please visit our booth (#109) to meet Mark and for more information on these and other CSA services and products.

CSA Unveils FMVsea at Esri Ocean GIS Forum in November

CSA staff to unveil new service during the upcoming Esri Ocean GIS Forum

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) announces their release of FMVsea a unique service provided by CSA’s Environmental Data and Geospatial Services (EDGS) division. FMVsea is a Full Motion Video service that supports creation of integrated digital video and GIS products (FMV) that will revolutionize the collection, interpretation, and visualization of information collected during field surveys. Features include on-the-fly FMV creation, interactive target identification and a projected field of view bounding box for setting context. FMVsea and the associated services allow actual creation of the Full Motion Video, batching processing, customized target dictionary development, video resizing for better performance in ArcGIS Desktop and video conversion to different formats, all fully compatible with Esri products.

To share more about the FMVsea service capabilities, Ms. Sarah Franklin (GISP), the Geospatial Services Coordinator at CSA, will give a co-authored Lightning Talk, “Application of Full Motion Video in Marine Surveys,” describing how analysts at CSA fuse raw video and spatial data, then use ArcGIS Desktop and the Esri Full Motion Video Add-In to expedite data analysis. We will illustrate how analysts extract spatial marine features from videos, reducing analysis time and placing observations of corals, sponges, fishes, etc. directly into a GIS framework. CSA has also provided scientists the added value of a continuously updated bounding box representing the camera’s field-of-view that is calculated and displayed in ArcGIS Desktop. This provides scale for objects in the video, enables users to evaluate spatial parameters, and, when combined with other data layers such as bathymetry or habitat maps, provides immediate context for what they are seeing in the video.

For those attending the meeting, please visit our booth (#109) to meet Sarah for more information on these and other CSA services and products.

First Pacifical MSC Sustainable Tuna Hits the USA Market

Aramark (NYSE:ARMK), the $15 billion global provider of food, facilities management, and uniforms, announced that it will transition to 100% sustainably sourced canned skipjack and albacore tuna in the U.S. by April 1, 2016. Sustainably sourced tuna minimizes by-catch levels and helps maintain fish populations.

Pacifical will be one of the suppliers of raw material to Rema Foods, a leading US import company. Rema Foods is the supplier of canned tuna for Aramark’s sustainable tuna program. This is the first time that Pacifical MSC certified free-school skipjack tuna from the waters of the 8 PNA Pacific Island Nations carrying the Pacifical logo, will have a consistent presence in the USA.

“We applaud Aramark’s strong commitment towards tuna sustainability,” says Henk Brus, Managing Director of Pacifical. The deal connects one of the leading global food service providers with the world’s largest tuna resource owning nations.

“Rema is proud to partner with Aramark on this groundbreaking step in the tuna industry,” said Robert Feuerstein, CEO of Rema Foods. “We believe sustainability is vitally important for future generations and we are excited to help accomplish this significant goal. Aramark’s commitment will drive further change in the industry and we commend them for taking this step.”

Aramark’s approach was developed in consultation with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The transition will be complete in April 2016, and by that date Aramark will have converted around 2.5 million pounds of tuna to sustainably sourced product.

"The Marine Stewardship Council congratulates Aramark on its commitment to source from MSC certified tuna fisheries. In making certified sustainable seafood available to its customers, Aramark is helping to raise consumer awareness about the importance of ensuring wild fish supplies for generations to come," added Brian Perkins, MSC Regional Director, Americas.

NOAA Orders Aluminum Research RHIB from Willard Marine, Inc.

Willard Marine, Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of mission-proven boats, was awarded a contract by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to produce a 20’08” rigid hull inflatable boat for the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) to facilitate their fisheries and marine mammal research in the Pacific region.

Willard Marine will provide a slightly modified version of their SEA FORCE® 730, a military-grade, aluminum, rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) that is designed with a deep-V hull for maximum stability in the roughest sea conditions. The 20’08” research RHIB designed for NOAA is constructed in accordance with ABYC standards and Subchapter S requirements, and is fitted with both lift fittings and a lift sling that are designed for hoisting 6,700-pounds of weight with a 6:1 weight ratio safety factor. Twin Honda 115hp outboard engines will propel the vessel throughout the Hawaiian islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Johnston atoll, US Pacific Remote Insular Areas and the Samoan archipelago as NOAA conducts various scientific sampling methods, including bottom fish collection, remote sensing survey, marine mammal population survey, and dive operations.

The collar will be closed-cell foam with a polyurethane sheathing that covers the foam. Additionally, Willard Marine will provide a complete davit for deploying and recovering scientific equipment. The davit, which will have a mount for attaching winches/pot pullers, will be removable from the mounting bracket when not in use. Eight removable SCUBA tank holders and an aluminum engine guard will be installed, and personnel recovery cutouts will be provided on both sides of the collar.

“Willard Marine has provided a variation of our SEA FORCE® 730 to the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and many other government agencies for a variety of missions because it’s a really tough and reliable boat,” explained Ulrich Gottschling, President and CEO of Willard Marine. “NOAA has procured many boats from us over the last 11 years because we continue to provide maximum quality for the optimum price,” Gottschling added. Vessel delivery is scheduled for the summer of 2016.

Since its founding in 1957, Willard Marine has developed mission-proven boats for the U.S. military, Department of Homeland Security, foreign governments, law enforcement agencies, search and rescue organizations and private companies. Willard Marine is the exclusive builder of commercial vessels originally designed by SeaArk Marine and Crystaliner. Based in California with facilities in Maryland and Virginia, Willard Marine is ISO 9001:2008 certified and the sole American manufacturer of SOLAS rescue boats.

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