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Willard Marine Awarded Contract by NOAA for Three Aluminum Survey Ships

Willard Marine, global leader in the manufacture of mission-proven boats, was awarded a contract to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with three aluminum Hydrographic Survey Launch Ships.

The three 28-foot Hydrographic Survey Launch Ships (HSLs) will be used on the coastal waters of the United States to conduct oceanographic surveys with hull-mounted and towed sonar units. A Cummins QSC8.3 engine capable of 510 HP with a ZF Marine 305-2 transmission will be used to power the boats. Outfitted to support traditional manned survey operations, the HSLs will offer additional flexibility to add unmanned autonomous capability. Two Willard Marine HSLs will be built for the 208-foot NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson, and an additional Willard Marine HSL will be built for the 231-foot NOAA ship Rainier, reported by NOAA to be one of the most modern and productive hydrographic survey platforms of its type in the world.

Using advanced sonar technology, the crews of the Thomas Jefferson and Rainier conduct hydrographic surveys for the primary purpose of updating NOAA’s suite of nautical charts. Commercial shipping, commercial fishing and recreational vessels all rely on accurate NOAA nautical charts for safe navigation of coastal water in the United States.

“For 35 years, Willard Marine has built dependable, mission-proven vessels for American and international government agencies around the world,” said Ulrich Gottschling, president of Willard Marine. “NOAA has been procuring fiberglass SOLAS rescue boats from Willard Marine since 2004, and we are proud to continue serving them with larger, aluminum survey ships to support their very important charting responsibilities,” Gottschling added.

The customized HSLs for NOAA are derived from a former SeaArk Marine commercial boat design that Willard Marine acquired the licensing rights to last year. The HSLs are scheduled to be delivered to NOAA in Fall of 2016.

U.N. to Adopt Sustainable Development Goals: What do They Mean for Ocean Industries

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The U.N. is adopting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this week in New York. These 17 aspirational goals and their supporting targets intend to guide global efforts to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development from 2015 to 2030.

The World Ocean Council (WOC) briefing report on the SDGs analyses their ocean industry implications and opportunities. The WOC has been the only multi-sectoral ocean business organization consistently participating in, monitoring and reporting on the SDG process for the ocean business community.

Ocean industries will be able to receive an insider briefing on the SDGs at the WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS), Singapore, 9-11 November, 2015, at the Ocean Policy and Governance session, where the WOC report will be made available.

The WOC and its efforts on ocean sustainable development are featured in “Scaling Up Sustainability Collaboration: Contributions of Business Associations and Sector Initiatives To Sustainable Development”, recently published by the U.N. Global Compact and International Chamber of Commerce.

One of the SDGs - the “Ocean SDG” – sets out the aim to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

Specific targets for the Ocean SDG address: reducing marine pollution, sustainably managing and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems, minimizing and addressing ocean acidification, restoring fish stocks by regulating harvesting, ending overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, conserving at least 10% of coastal and marine areas, prohibiting fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, increasing ocean economic benefits to small island developing states and least developed countries.

The WOC report also reviews the other SDGs applicable to the ocean business community, identifies key aspects of the applicable SDGs and notes which ocean industry sectors will be most affected by these goals.

With the Ocean SDG, as well as several SDGs that address marine related issues, it is important for the ocean business community to understand the opportunities and risks associated with this global policy that sets the sustainable development framework for the next 15 years.

The WOC report evaluates and outlines the opportunities and potential courses of action for ocean industries in relation the SDG 14 and all the SDGs in: ‪▪ Ensuring access to sea-space and marine resources‬‬‬

  • ‪Participating in multi-disciplinary dialogues‬‬‬
  • Ensuring a sound business environment‬‬‬
  • ‪Supporting long-term business viability‬‬‬
  • ‪Improving risk management‬‬‬ 
  • Addressing risks of engagement and non-engagement‬‬‬

Ultimately, ocean industry engagement in policy developments that may affect business activities is essential to successful ocean governance. As the SDGs have the potential to significantly influence the use of marine space and resources, it is in the interest of the ocean business community to develop and implement solutions for responsible ocean use.

UTEC Completes Challenging Project in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

UTEC Survey, an Acteon company, has further underlined its reputation for innovation thanks to the successful completion of a major harsh environment project in Alaska.

UTEC were asked to provide a positioning solution for the installation of a monopod liquid natural gas platform and 30km 10” LNG pipeline for a major operation located in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. A total of 24 field personnel were mobilized and engaged with Coda Octopus for use of their Echoscope technology to provide positioning and survey services for five vessels.

The cutting-edge project was the first monopod installation in the Cook Inlet for 25 years and was the first time that four Echoscope systems operated simultaneously. The intended use of the Echoscope sonars was a final verification of the deployment position, but due to poor visibility caused by tidal changes, 6-7 knot currents and heavy silt, UTEC chose to use multiple Echoscopes in combination with measurements for completion of the installation.

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The Echoscope provides a real-time 3D detailed, geo-referenced image of moving and static subsea hardware and features – even in low to zero visibility conditions. Three Echoscopes were installed on the pipelay barge (one on the bow, one on the aft and one on the end of the stinger). This combination allowed monitoring of touchdown and pipe position in the stinger as well as identification of potential hazards on the route.

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Utilizing four Echoscopes simultaneously allowed the monopod to be seen as it was lowered to accurately position it onto a kingpile. By taking an innovative, solutions driven approach, UTEC and their client were able to see operations in real-time; rotate the viewing perspective and make measurements. Combining the measurements and on-screen images resulted in increased efficiency and accurate positioning of pipelines, mattresses and the monopod.

Commenting on the successful completion of the project, UTEC VP Sales and Commercial Doug Catenaci said: “Given the environmental challenges of this project, we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Being able to provide first-class, customer-driven solutions which maximize and stretch the potential of our technology for installation and construction challenges are what motivates UTEC and is the core of who we are.”

Blair Cunningham, Coda Octopus President of Technology, stated “This was an exciting project. Working with UTEC to deploy four Echoscopes for concurrent operations in this harsh and complex environment not only allowed real time visualization and measurement in low visibility conditions, but also enabled the task to be done safely and within record time. The Echoscope technology allows service providers such as UTEC to deliver viable and efficient solutions to customers giving them an edge in these challenging times for the oil and gas industry.”

Texas A & M University Establishes Ocean Engineering Department

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The College of Engineering at Texas A&M University has announced the establishment of the Department of Ocean Engineering, a department that combines two existing programs within Texas A&M University — one on the campus in College Station, Texas, and one on the marine-oriented campus in Galveston, Texas.

The merger brings together the world-class infrastructure of one of the largest engineering campuses, College Station, and the strategic location on Pelican Island and unique resources at Galveston.

Texas A&M’s College Station campus has offered undergraduate ocean engineering degrees since 1972 through the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, and is one of only a few universities in the United States that offers degrees in ocean engineering. It is a top-ranked and ABET-accredited degree program. The Texas A&M Galveston campus has been graduating students in maritime systems engineering for more than 40 years and its offshore and coastal engineering systems program is also an ABET-accredited program. The new department will offer Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Master of Engineering degrees as well as a Ph.D. in philosophy/engineering.

“Ocean and coastal engineering issues greatly impact our economy, environment and national safety and security,” said M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering. “We are uniquely configured to build a comprehensive program that leverages our strength in the field at Texas A&M’s College Station campus with our marine campus in Galveston to address global challenges related to our oceans and engineering.”

Bibby Offshore Provides Lifeline to Oil and Gas Industry

On an evening in September 2012, a rare sequence of events left one of Bibby Offshore’s saturation divers stranded in complete darkness, 90 metres below the surface of the North Sea, without any gas to breathe.

The diver was rescued and recovered fully, but Bibby Offshore wanted to share its experience and the lessons learnt in the most effective way, so in collaboration with Floating Harbour Films, created a documentary style film, Lifeline, using real time footage and reconstruction of the event to recount the remarkable events that took place that evening.

Focal Technologies Partners with MacArtney Singapore

To ensure high-quality service and support to all of their Asian Pacific customers Focal Technologies Corporation, a Moog Inc. company, has entered into a sales and service partnership with their Focal global marine partner MacArtney Singapore Pte. Ltd.

The sales and service partnership agreement between Focal and MacArtney will become effective from October 1, 2015. Serving as a one-stop service hub for all of the Singaporean region MacArtney Singapore holds extensive experience, expertise and a profound track record as a Moog Focal product service provider. Besides, they are backed by dedicated workshops already in place at MacArtney Group operations in Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, USA, France and the Netherlands.

The Singapore workshop employs highly experienced and fully trained technicians

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Operating out of a purpose designed in-house workshop equipped with the latest tools and equipment, the MacArtney service facility is capable of performing complete refurbishment, repair and maintenance of all standard Moog Focal products.

All jobs at the service facility are executed by fully trained and experienced technicians holding the necessary certificates to conduct first-grade offshore and on-site service on board ships and platforms and supported by the latest technology including inductive soldering machinery and advanced test equipment. Whether performing basic maintenance or a complete system overhaul, MacArtney technicians work to ensure that official manufacturer procedures and instructions are meticulously followed.

- Rest assured that we provide short lead time system service without the constraints of time zone differences and complex logistics - and at the end of the day, this will mean less system downtime, says Steen Frejo, MacArtney Singapore Managing Director and continues: - We have high expectations for this new sales and service partnership and look forward to addressing any quote, order, repair or technical support requested by Focal customers with due and timely care.

Being a privately owned corporation with group headquarters in Esbjerg on the west coast of Denmark, MacArtney Underwater Technology has supplied products and engineering solutions for almost four decades.

Sales and Service Partnership in the Asian Pacific Market on Focal Products

To ensure high-quality service and support to all of their Asian Pacific customers Focal Technologies Corporation, a Moog Inc. company, has entered into a sales and service partnership with their Focal global marine partner MacArtney Singapore Pte. Ltd.

The sales and service partnership agreement between Focal and MacArtney will become effective from October 1, 2015. Serving as a one-stop service hub for all of the Singaporean region MacArtney Singapore holds extensive experience, expertise and a profound track record as a Moog Focal product service provider. Besides, they are backed by dedicated workshops already in place at MacArtney Group operations in Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, USA, France and the Netherlands.

Trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment

Operating out of a purpose designed in-house workshop equipped with the latest tools and equipment, the MacArtney service facility is capable of performing complete refurbishment, repair and maintenance of all standard Moog Focal products.

All jobs at the service facility are executed by fully trained and experienced technicians holding the necessary certificates to conduct first-grade offshore and on-site service on board ships and platforms and supported by the latest technology including inductive soldering machinery and advanced test equipment. Whether performing basic maintenance or a complete system overhaul, MacArtney technicians work to ensure that official manufacturer procedures and instructions are meticulously followed.

Being a privately owned corporation with group headquarters in Esbjerg on the west coast of Denmark, MacArtney Underwater Technology has supplied products and engineering solutions for almost four decades. For additional information please contact Steen Frejo, Managing Director of MacArtney Singapore, Asia Pacific Operations, tel +65 6542 4500, email sf@macartney.com.  

For further information, please visit www.macartney.com.

IMarEST publishes seminal Metocean Procedures Guide

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has published a seminal Metocean Procedures Guide which is the first of its kind. Developed by the IMarEST’s Offshore Renewables Special Interest Group, the guide highlights the meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) information required to support all phases of an offshore renewable (OR) energy project, through development and construction to ongoing operations and maintenance.

The guide is a tool for all those involved in offshore renewables, including project managers, structural engineers, surveyors and logistics personnel based within offshore renewable companies or support organisations and contractors.

Zoe Roberts, Senior Metocean Analyst at Vattenfall Wind Power (UK) commented: “The Metocean Procedures Guide provides a concise strategy for ensuring that metocean is not neglected early in the project lifecycle, thus avoiding headaches in design, construction and operation later on.”

Metocean is a technical engineering discipline that originated in the oil and gas sector in the late 1970s and is equally applicable to the OR sector. Metocean is primarily concerned with quantifying the effects of weather and sea conditions (specifically wind, wave, current and water level) and more broadly on the physical aspects of the water column (such as conductivity and temperature). The document draws on a breadth of experience gained from offshore wind developments on fixed structures, but the majority of the information can also be applied to emerging technologies, including floating wind, wave and tidal. Although it draws primarily on UK experience, the procedures described may be applied in other parts of the world taking into account relevant local standards.

Ian Leggett, Managing Director at OceanExpert Ltd said: "This is the first metocean procedures guide for the offshore renewables (OR) industry and has been produced by a group of leading experts in the field. It provides valuable information for all those engaged in the OR sector, showing how metocean data, reports and expertise play a key role in all aspects of the project lifecycle. Furthermore, it outlines a recommended metocean strategy to help achieve this.”

As well as discussing metocean strategy, data sources and management and metocean standards, the documents includes a concise list of references, applicable standards and a glossary of terms.

“I felt that we had reached a time when many lessons had been learnt about metocean strategy for offshore wind projects”, said Laure Grignon, Offshore Technical Analyst at RES Offshore, “However, its importance was still being underestimated by some projects. It was therefore important that we share our experience of defining such metocean strategies in a clear and concise document, accessible to project managers and technical specialists alike.”

BSEE Conducts Unannounced Oil Spill Exercise with Gulf of Mexico Operator

Analysts and engineers from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) Oil Spill Preparedness Division and Gulf of Mexico Region recently conducted an unannounced spill drill of Arena Offshore. The Sept. 9 one-day exercise simulated a loss of well control event from a platform in shallow water, approximately 35 miles south of Port Fourchon, La. These exercises test an operator’s response to an incident using their oil spill response plan.

Arena Offshore currently operates more than 30 oil and gas fields on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf, comprising approximately 95 platforms and over 190 producing wells. The company typically drill 20-30 wells per year, and have operated more than 200 offshore drill wells in the federal waters of the Gulf. Image courtesy: Arena Offshore

As part of the drill, Arena Offshore was required to respond to a simulated loss of well control due to a potential blowout of the well. During an exercise an operator demonstrates successful notifications and implements other elements included in its oil spill response plan. The operator worked from its offices in The Woodlands, Texas while coordinating simulated response actions with its contracted spill response company in Slidell, Louisiana throughout the exercise. BSEE staff observed the operator’s response in both locations. The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also attended the exercise.

Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises are designed to give BSEE the opportunity to evaluate, on a no-notice basis, an operator's access to necessary resources and test the viability of oil spill response plans. This was the 13th unannounced exercise BSEE has conducted this year.

Arena Offshore currently operates more than 30 oil and gas fields on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf, comprising approximately 95 platforms and over 190 producing wells. The company typically drill 20-30 wells per year, and have operated more than 200 offshore drill wells in the federal waters of the Gulf.

Can a Lobster be an Archaeologist? SUT to Launch Illustrated Children’s Book to Ignite Interest in Underwater Sector Career Opportunities

9SUT-Plastic 176x246 FINALThe Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) is getting set to launch a fun, informative, illustrated book for 10–14 year olds aimed at growing interest in the wonders of underwater technology.

The book titled, Can a Lobster be an Archaeologist – Quirky Questions and Fascinating Facts about the Underwater World, will be launched in November with many past and present SUT members contributing to the content. From exploring lost treasure to sea monsters, ocean rubbish and how to build your own ROV, the book is packed with factual and fun stories brought to life by quirky illustrations by artist Rachel Hathaway.

Emily Boddy, Publications Officer at SUT explained: “We want to bring to life the excitement of the underwater world to encourage young people to get interested in the sector. A group of 10 – 14 year olds has peer reviewed the content and given insightful feedback, but we think adults will also be interested in reading about the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, giant whirlpools and underwater robots.”

The book has been funded by the SUT, which is a not-for-profit organization and all proceeds will go towards its agenda of supporting educational development and facilitating learning and networking opportunities. The title of the book originates from a story about an 8,000 year old settlement near the Isle of Wight, rediscovered by a lobster digging to create a burrow which was then found by divers.

To find out more or pre-order the book visit www.sut.org or contact emily.boddy@sut.org

Swire Seabed Strengthens Its Capabilities with the Addition of Two Mobile WROVs with Launch & Recovery Systems

These modern and efficient assets are the latest addition to the company’s wide range of mobile assets

Subsea operation specialist, Swire Seabed, has placed an order for the acquisition of two Kystdesign Supporter Work-Class Remotely Operated Vehicles (WROVs) with Lidan Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS), for delivery in February 2016. Swire Seabed has the option to purchase two more WROVs.

Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, Swire Seabed is a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), a diversified marine services conglomerate. Swire Seabed prides itself on its strong track record of undertaking a wide range of subsea operations and its team of highly experienced onshore and offshore specialists. Swire Seabed’s other mobile subsea assets include a 6,000 metres depth rated Argus Bathysaurus XL WROV, a Sperre Subfighter 15k observation ROV and the Seabed Excavator, a cutting-edge multi-purpose subsea tool carrier and dredging vehicle. This is in addition to the six WROVs permanently installed on Swire Seabed’s dedicated subsea vessels.

Both the WROVs and LARS are designed for harsh and challenging environments and can be easily transported and mobilised on board Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs). These new assets will be used to support Swire Pacific Offshore’s extensive fleet of more than 80 OSVs, as well as other third party vessels that require mobile WROV systems. 

Swire Seabed is not immune to the challenges low oil prices bring, however, the strength of SPO allows the company to continue investing in new assets. Being able to offer mobile ROVs to the market and integrating them into SPO’s global fleet set Swire Seabed apart.

Kystdesign Supporter WROV
The 150HP Kystdesign Supporter WROV is a versatile Class III-B (NORSOK) work class ROV designed for construction and survey applications to a depth of 3,000 metres (with a 425 metres excursion from TMS). A robust and maintenance friendly system, it is well known for its operational reliability in harsh working environments. The system has a small footprint when installed on board a vessel. The control room is installed in a 20-foot container and a second 20-foot container functions as both a workshop and power distribution/transformer room. The control container is built with a focus on a good work environment where pilot, co- pilot, supervisor and client representative can operate without limitations.

Lidan LARS
The Lidan LARS is a compact LARS with a robust design for operations in remote areas and is easily transported by road, sea or air. It has been optimised to facilitate fast mobilisations and demobilisations on OSVs. The system is Active Heave Compensation (AHC) capable and can be easily upgraded for AHC operations. The LARS has a five-metre outreach with a telescopic A-frame making it suitable for installation on a wide range of vessels, and has a fully redundant HPU solution. The winch has a speed of 76 metres per minute. Please refer to the Kystdesign Supporter specification sheet for more information on the system.

IKM Subsea Signs New Long Term Contract with "K" Line Offshore

K Line Offshore and IKM Subsea have come to an agreement to extend the current ROV services contracts on KL Sandefjord and KL Saltfjord by 5 years until mid-2020.

IKMSubseaROVServicecontractwithKLineOffshoIKM Subsea have had their Merlin WR200 ROV’s mobilized onboard in two "K" Line Offshore vessels since 2011.

The contract value including options is 140 million NOK and duration term is firm for 5 years + 2 yearly options.

“I am pleased to announce the news of this long term contract in these challenging times. We have had an excellent working relationship with K Line Offshore over the last 4 years and the fact that they are extending the contract by 5 years is a testament to the quality of service we have supplied.” emphasis Ben Pollard, Managing Director of IKM Subsea.

Since 2011, IKM Subsea has supplied two Merlin WR200 Work class ROV’s onboard on the vessels and had in addition supplied the ROV’s with personnel and other related services.

“KL Sandefjord and KL Saltfjord are two the most powerful anchor handling tug supply vessels working in the North Sea. Through the combination of the highest bollard pull and the excellent ROV-services from IKM Subsea we experience being the preferred vessels for many of our clients. We are looking forward to continue this great and longstanding cooperation with IKM Subsea” says Tomoyuki Okawa, Chief Executive Officer of K Line Offshore AS.

International Maritime Security Associates (IMSA) and SRG Technology Launch State-of-the-Art Maritime Security Alerting System

Groundbreaking Alerting System Launched During International Shipping Week in London

SRG Technology, developer of cutting-edge data collection and analysis solutions designed to drive performance improvements, in conjunction with the International Maritime Security Associates (IMSA) will unveil a first-of-its-kind Maritime Alerting Security System (MASSTM) during International Shipping Week in London September 7th – September 11th.

MASS was developed through a partnership between IMSA and SRG Technology, which provides the innovative software portal platform -- BlenderTM. MASS is a maritime threat alerting, security management and compliance system that provides vessels and fleet managers of all types with near real-time, geo-positional threat alerts, security management tools and customized protocols on a single dashboard.

The MASS Command Control Center (CCC), operated round the clock by veteran maritime security personnel, collects, consolidates, validates and disseminates data sources from around the globe. Only relevant threat data is delivered to vessels based on their geo-position location.

“The maritime industry regularly faces numerous and unique risks such as piracy; maritime terrorism; civil unrest; medical outbreaks; port delays and closures; severe weather; and other maritime hazards,” said SRG Technology CEO, Neil Sterling. “MASS has the potential to revolutionize the way these threats can be addressed by offering a maritime security solution which provides vessels with customized threat data in a smarter and more meaningful way, securing safer outcomes and lower costs.”

Through the use of SRG’s Blender dashboard, the MASS system adds superior value by providing information not only to vessels, but also to stakeholders such as vessel and fleet management, and ultimately leads to increased vessel security.

MASS allows importing of customized security plans for compliance with various regulatory bodies and vessel protocols allowing ship personnel to seamless identify and respond to threats. Fleet security personnel are afforded the same information for all their vessels and can track and manage security for entire fleet.

“MASS is an exciting application that is going to change how the maritime industry manages risk information and data,” said Corey Ranslem, CEO of International Maritime Security Associates. “Vessels and ship managers can now receive near real time risk information to help them better manage their specific risks.”

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