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July 2017 Issue

Trans-Pacific Sail
With Colligo Rigging

John Spurlock is sailing his Corsair 31 by Corsair Marine named “Wicked” from San Diego, California, to Hilo, Hawaii. Wicked is rigged with Colligo Dux sidestays, a new forestay and a Colligo Dux backstay. The entire mast is held up by Colligo Marine rigging.

Colligo Marine installed a Double Cheeky Tang Shroud and Forestay System, which connects the forestay to the same Cheeky Tang Fitting that the shrouds are connected to.

Kraken Subsidiary Gets Funds
From RDC for ThunderFish

Kraken Sonar Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded $745,950 by the Research & Development Corp. (RDC) of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.

The funding will support development of Kraken’s ThunderFish AUV program, which will combine smart sonar, laser and optical sensors, advanced pressure-tolerant battery and thruster technologies, and cutting-edge artificial intelligence algorithms onto a 6,000-m depth-rated AUV.

Rayna Kanapuram Wins
BIRNS Scholarship Award

BIRNS announced that Rayna Kanapuram was awarded the annual Debra K. Geist Memorial Scholarship, an award of $500 to be used for college in the fall. The annual scholarship program aims to encourage and recognize high-school students in Ventura County, California, with strong leadership potential, committed to the pursuit of excellence in a business career.

Kanapuram is a national AP Scholar, a National Merit Scholar finalist, a Black Belt and co-founder of the Girls Who Code Club. She will be attending University of California, Berkeley as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar.

VideoRay Announces
Winners of Photo Contest

The winners of the Best of VideoRay 2016 Photo Contest have been announced. First place went to Marko Van Ess of Aqua Events. Second place went to Sarah Nahaebdian of The Maritime Aquarium, who took part in a two-day course to become a certified ROV pilot with VideoRay.

Falcon Helps with Cleaning Operation in Gulf
Inquest Services conducted cavitation blasting of 68 intake screens in six days at a drillship while working in 8-ft. waves and 2.5-kt. currents using the small Saab Seaeye Falcon in the Gulf of Mexico. Inquest removed up to 3 in. of hard growth and up to 2 in. of soft growth in the vessel’s moonpool. Prior to the start of the cleaning operation, Inquest sent the Falcon to visually examine the lower hull, side shell and moonpool. Inquest created a modified tray to house the cavity blaster on board the Falcon.

Performance Inflatables Acquires SUBSALVE
SUBSALVE USA has been acquired by Performance Inflatables Co. The business will continue to operate, with its current staff at its current location, as a subsidiary of Performance Inflatables Co.

Fremont Merges Training, Safety Programs into MITAGS-PMI
Seattle-based Fremont Maritime Services has merged its wide range of USCG-approved basic training and safety programs into the larger MITAGS-PMI educational organization. Fremont Maritime will become part of MITAGS-PMI’s Seattle facility, the Pacific Maritime Institute.

RJE Receives ISO Quality Management Certification
RJE International announced that the certification audit of its corporate and manufacturing facilities in Irvine, California, have been successfully completed, and the company has been awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification.

ISO accreditation is the most comprehensive quality management standard covering all main processes within a company.

South Bay Cable Turns 60
South Bay Cable is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The company was founded in 1957 by Gordon and Joyce Brown, who designed and laid up customer-specific cables in their garage in Southern California. These first cable products consisted of standard off-the-shelf electrical components that were readily available.

By 1970, the company had grown and relocated to its present location in Idyllwild, California. In 1986, a second manufacturing facility was opened in Temecula, California.

Today, South Bay Cable continues to focus on highly engineered cables for use in dynamic applications, including ROVs, side scan sonar, tow systems, minesweepers, pipeline inspection, airborne aerostats and military programs.

New Vessel Size Record for Panama Canal
The Panama Canal welcomed the largest capacity vessel to transit the Expanded Canal since it was inaugurated in June 2016: the Neopanamax container vessel OOCL France, which measures 366.47 m in length and 48.23 m in beam, with 13,926 total TEU allowance.

The previous record was set on May 2 by the COSCO Development containership.

Shipping Industry Wants More Focused Spatial Planning in Canada
A new study estimates the economic value of commercial shipping to Canada at $30 billion. The shipping industry seeks assurance from the government of Canada that coastal management will recognize the need to secure marine trade corridors through a focused spatial planning effort.

“Coastal management must also address areas of high activity where the need for sustainable growth should be proactively managed,” said Chamber of Shipping President Robert Lewis-Manning. “The current federal approach is overly focused on large area targets and does not appropriately address current and future trade needs.”

Volvo Strengthens Partner Network in North America
Volvo Penta of the Americas is taking steps to strengthen its network of Power Centers and distribution partners to support its burgeoning commercial marine business in North America. The company has appointed Interstate Power Systems as a strategic commercial marine partner for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and upper Michigan.

Volvo Penta is also expanding and realigning the territories of existing commercial marine Power Centers to improve efficiency and customer service. Western Branch Diesel is assuming responsibility for North Carolina, and Florida Detroit Diesel Allison is expanding its territory to include Mississippi and Alabama.

Gavial Acquires ITC from CTG
Gavial Holdings Inc. and its affiliates have acquired International Transducer Corp. (ITC) from Channel Technologies Group LLC (CTG).

Gavial Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. now owns all design information, manufacturing know-how and critical equipment required to deliver all legacy ITC transducer models. Gavial will sell the ITC product line under the name Gavial ITC. Manufacturing will remain in place at the ITC facility in Santa Barbara, California.

In addition to being the sole source for ITC Transducers, Gavial ITC will support customers in the undersea warfare and oil and gas markets.

Hendry Marine Acquires
Anchor Sandblasting and Painting

Hendry Marine Industries Inc. (HMI) has acquired Anchor Sandblasting and Painting Inc., one of Tampa, Florida’s leading surface preparation and preservation companies. This expands HMI’s services to include sandblasting, painting and other surface preparation and preservation services.

The company will operate under the name Anchor Sandblasting and Coatings LLC.

Harris Maritime Vessel
Tracking Receivers Operational

Harris Corp.’s first four maritime vessel tracking receivers are now operational, establishing the beginning of the only global, persistent, real-time AIS ship-tracking capability, the company said.

Launched in January on board four Iridium NEXT satellites, the maritime tracking hosted payloads are now tracking 250,000 ships and providing data to government and commercial customers.

Once the satellite constellation is fully operational next year, it will offer a continuous revisit rate and improved vessel detection and downlinking of AIS information, with an average latency of less than one minute.

AXYS Meets All Stage 3 OWA Roadmap Performance Criteria
AXYS Technologies Inc. has met all the Stage 3 performance criteria outlined in the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator Roadmap for Floating LiDAR Technology (OWA Roadmap).

Since the initial deployment of its flagship FLiDAR system in 2009, along with the acquisition of FLiDAR NV in September 2015, AXYS’s FLiDAR buoys have successfully completed, or have underway, 20 commercial offshore wind assessment campaigns and 16 offshore met mast validations covering a wide range of operational, site and metocean conditions in Europe, North America and Asia.

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