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June 2017 Issue

Raytheon Completes Final Major Step
Prior to JPSS-1 Launch

Raytheon has completed an upgrade and final testing of the data transport and processing system for the Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System, which provides weather and environmental data used by NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Defense and the agencies’ international partners.

The system upgrade precedes the final major step—an upgrade of the flight operations elements of the CGS—prior to the JPSS-1 launch September 2017.

USCG Fast Response Cutter Updates
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) commissioned the fast response cutter (FRC) John McCormick in Ketchikan, Alaska. Built under the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program, the CGC John McCormick is the first of six FRCs that will homeport in Alaska and the first to be homeported on the Pacific Ocean.

Two other new FRCs will be homeported in Astoria, Oregon, starting in 2021. These two ships have not yet been named.

Bollinger Shipyards has also delivered the USCGC Benjamin Dailey FRC to the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for July in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

L3 Acquires OceanServer
L3 Technologies has acquired OceanServer Technology Inc. The business was renamed L3 OceanServer and will be integrated into the company’s Sensor Systems segment.

OceanServer Technology positions L3 to support the U.S. Navy’s vision for the tactical employment of UUVs.

ABS Builds New HQ
ABS has broken ground on its new global headquarters, located near the intersection of I-45 and the Grand Parkway in the Houston area. It will be a 10-story, 326,800-sq.-ft. building that will house employees from ABS and its affiliated companies. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2018.

Piezo Kinetics Acquires
CTG Ceramics Division Assets

Piezo Kinetics Inc. has acquired Channel Technologies Group’s (CTG) Ceramics Division’s assets, including all powder formulations and inventories of finished products. The CTG Santa Barbara, California-based subsidiary manufactures piezoelectric ceramics for the medical, energy, defense and commercial maritime industries.

The production assets include a range of equipment for analytical testing and measurement, electroding, powder processing, machining and pressing.

CSLC Validation Exercise
For Ballast Water Tech

California State Lands Commission (CSLC) has completed a validation exercise of three indicative sampling tools while developing draft compliance assessment protocols. CSLC evaluated the sampling tools with three different ballast water treatment systems: one UV system and two electrochlorination systems. In all three assessments, the Turner Designs Ballast-Check 2 results were very similar to the microscopy and flow cytometry results.

Global Diving & Salvage
Adds Office in Alaska

Global Diving & Salvage Inc. has expanded regional operations with a new office in Juneau, Alaska, to support southeast Alaska through several of Global’s primary service lines, including marine construction, marine salvage and emergency response, and diving operations.

Global has been providing marine services in southeast Alaska for years through its Anchorage and Pacific Northwest offices; the new Juneau office is being established in response to client requests for a dedicated base, which will bolster the capacity of operations in that region.

SUBSEA 20/20 to Rep
Blueprint Subsea in US

SUBSEA 20/20 Inc. was named an authorized sales agency for the U.K. hydroacoustic instrument manufacturer Blueprint Subsea.

The Oculus imaging multibeam has potential as a fisheries assessment tool for SUBSEA’s existing clients, and the diver navigation and tracking devices will open completely new market segments for SUBSEA.

Louisiana Cat Expands
New Iberia Operations

Louisiana Machinery Co. (Louisiana Cat) will add 60 jobs and expand its New Iberia operations.

The company rebuilds and services engines and related equipment for marine, oil and gas, industrial and utility companies at the Port of Iberia.

Teledyne Partners with Greensea
Teledyne Marine has partnered with Greensea Systems Inc., uniting Greensea’s OPENSEA platform with many of Teledyne’s key technologies.

The Teledyne Marine Workspace ROV will incorporate the OPENSEA architecture, which enables complete access to support for a vast array of devices and offers modular applications for navigation and vehicle control that increase functionality.

ADC Opens Office in Houston
Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC), a specialist rig inspection company headquartered in Scotland, has expanded its operations with a new office in Houston, Texas, winning several six-figure contracts already this year.

ADC’s Rig Intake and Reactivation Services ensure advanced technology rigs that have been lying dormant during the oil and gas industry downturn can be reactivated efficiently, safely and securely in compliance with local regulatory bodies.

Hilco, MCM Marine Purchase
Assets of Former ESCO Marine

Hilco Redevelopment Partners and MCM Marine Services completed a transaction to purchase the assets of one of the largest and busiest ship recycling and scrap processing companies in the world, formerly known as ESCO Marine. The new joint venture company will be opened under the name SteelCoast, with a new management and operations team to begin running the business immediately.

SteelCoast’s headquarters are in Brownsville, Texas.

ACLS Certification Now Open
To Applications

The Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) has developed a certification model for hydrographers and offshore surveyors that was officially recognized by the IHO/FIG/ICA International Board of Standards and Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC) in April 2016 and is now ready to receive applications.

The ACLS scheme is designed to promote IBSC-Accredited Category A or B training in Canada, while standardizing knowledge and experience requirements for individuals possessing nonaccredited hydrographic surveying training and experience.

The ACLS Program has two levels of certification and is open to both ACLS-commissioned and noncommissioned hydrographic and offshore surveyors in Canada and abroad.

AWO Approves
SabineSurveyors as Auditor

SabineSurveyors Ltd. has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits as part of AWO’s Responsible Carrier Program (RCP), a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies that requires AWO member companies to undergo periodic management and vessel audits conducted by an independent third party.

AWO’s RCP has been accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard as an existing safety management system that meets Subchapter M requirements.

New Ministerial Declaration
On Port State Control

Global leaders in marine shipping signed a new declaration that will protect the oceans and advance international ship safety at the third Joint Ministerial Conference on Port State Control in Vancouver, Canada. The conference in May brought together ministers and heads of delegation from Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The new Ministerial Declaration on Port State Control is a commitment by European and Pacific Rim countries to continue to eliminate substandard shipping practices that result in loss of life, damage to property and harm to marine environments.

Kongsberg Obtains Sole Rights
For Two Gliders

Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc. has completed negotiations with CoMotion, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, to obtain the sole rights to produce, market and continue development of two new underwater glider systems. Both new glider systems are based in part on the original Seaglider design.

The first vehicle, Deepglider, is designed for operation to a maximum depth of 6,000 m. The second vehicle, Oculus, is specifically designed for shallow-water operation. Development of these glider systems was supported by federal grants.

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