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August 2017 Issue

CGC Bailey Barco
Commissioned in Alaska

The Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco was commissioned during a ceremony in Juneau, Alaska. It is the second of six Sentinel-class cutters that will homeport in Alaska.

The 154-ft. vessel is designed to patrol coastal regions and features advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, including the ability to launch and recover standardized small boats from its stern.

STEAM Leadership Education Event
The Maritime Alliance (TMA) co-sponsored a STEAM Leadership education event aboard the USS Midway Museum with more than 250 high-school students from the San Diego area to showcase career opportunities in the blue economy.

TMA has supported OceanSTEM workforce development programs since 2012 in partnership with more than 60 organizations in San Diego County.

Corvus Wins Two
Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards

Corvus Energy was awarded Supplier of the Year and Innovation of the Year at the 2017 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards held at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo.

This is the third consecutive year that Corvus has received the Supplier of the Year award, and this is its first win for Innovation of the Year. The awards are for the Orca ESS (energy storage system).

Wave Glider Complements
Polynesian Wayfinding Tradition

Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider participated in the historic homecoming and celebration for the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hokule’a canoe after its three year, 40,000 nautical-mile Malama Honua voyage. On the final miles of this journey, Wave Gliders provided real-time weather, environmental and navigation data for the Hokule’a and its sister canoes as they sailed into Oahu, Hawaii. The data complemented traditional Polynesian wayfinding with modern technology for enhanced knowledge and safety.

Viking SeaTech Moves into Newfoundland,
Makes New Appointment

Viking SeaTech has set up a new office in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and appointed industry expert Craig Smith to the newly created post of marine projects manager to head up business activity in the region. Viking SeaTech’s business development plans in Newfoundland include providing front-end marine engineering and consultancy services; marine assurance, inspection, audits and surveys; and mooring equipment supply and services.

Arctic Operational Season
Now Open in Canada

The Canadian Coast Guard’s annual Arctic operational season is now underway. This is one of the earliest starts to its Arctic operations. The Canadian Coast Guard is expanding its Arctic season in 2017 to 2018 and will continue to gradually increase its presence over the next several years.

The Marine Communication and Traffic Services Centre has been reopened in Iqaluit and will remain open until late December 2017.

Guided by the new Oceans Protection Plan and the Enhanced Federal Operational Capacity in the Arctic Initiative, the Canadian Coast Guard is positioned to support ocean science, management and maritime security.

Marine traffic in the eastern Arctic typically picks up as industry begins its first leg of annual resupply missions to the Arctic mid-June until late July.

San Francisco Ferry Gets
WESMAR Bow Thrusters

The San Francisco Bay Area’s newest high-speed, catamaran ferry was delivered to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, with WESMAR’s bow thrusters as part of its docking system.

Hydrus is a 135-ft., 400-passenger ferry that is the first of four new vessels to join the San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet over the next three years. It is equipped with two WESMAR hydraulic V2-12 dual-prop, counter-rotating bow thrusters.

Expanded Panama Canal
Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

The Panama Canal commemorated the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of its Expanded Canal, one of the most significant milestones in the history of the 102-year-old waterway and a defining moment for the global maritime industry.

The Expanded Canal’s performance has exceeded what was originally forecast. On average, 5.9 vessels transit per day, surpassing original forecasts of two to three daily transits for the first year of operation. The Expanded Canal contributed to the reduction of 17 million tons of CO2 during its first year of operation, thanks to the shorter traveling distance and larger cargo carrying capacity it offers.

Cat Marine Propulsion System for New Tug
Caterpillar announced the christening of Dr. Hank Kaplan, the first vessel in North America to feature a complete Cat Marine propulsion system with both Cat power and Cat azimuth drives.

Owned by Seattle-based Harley Marine Services, this tug has a length of 80 ft., a beam of 36 ft. and a depth of 13 ft., 7 in. The vessel is equipped with two 3516C marine propulsion engines, each delivering 2,675 hp to a pair of MTA 524-T azimuth thrusters.

Canada Invests $1 Million in Tidal Energy Project
Canada announced a $1 million investment in a tidal energy project led by the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA). The project, which aims to address knowledge gaps and challenges associated with tidal energy in Canada, received the funding from NRCan’s Energy Innovation Program. The Province of Nova Scotia and OERA have each contributed $125,000 to the project.

New Aegean Service Center in Savannah
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. launched a new service center in Savannah, Georgia, the third largest container port in the U.S. Operations will be managed by the existing Aegean U.S. team. Under the terms of the agreement with Colonial Terminals Inc., Aegean will lease tankage from Colonial’s oil terminal on the Savannah River.

Aegean will acquire and blend a full range of bunker fuel products and has agreed to supply Colonial Oil Industries Inc. with a range of No. 6 oil products for Colonial’s truck delivery business. Aegean has contracted with the Vane Brothers Co. to provide barge services in the port.

ABS, Cooper Contract
For Subchapter M Compliance

ABS has been awarded a third-party organization (TPO) contract by the Cooper Group of Companies to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements. This establishes ABS as the exclusive Subchapter M TPO for Cooper Group and its subsidiaries, Crescent Towing, Cooper Marine — Timberlands and Plimsoll Towing. ABS will perform TPO surveys and Responsible Carrier Program audits across Cooper Group’s 60-vessel fleet.

S-92 Helicopter for South Korea
The South Korea Coast Guard has accepted delivery of its second Sikorsky S-92 helicopter for search and rescue. Following the aircraft’s shipment to South Korea, air crews will conduct training in-country. The aircraft is expected to enter service by year’s end.

SeaOtter-2, SeaLion-2 ROVs in Full Use
ROVs are used worldwide for a variety of projects. JW Fishers’ SeaOtter-2 and SeaLion-2 have become popular ROVs. A variety of options are available, from a mountable sector scanning sonar (SCAN-650) to a remote metal detector (RMD-1).

Alaska ROV Services of Haines, Alaska, recently purchased a SeaLion-2 with a SCAN-650 and a side scan sonar system for underwater search and inspection. The SeaLion-2 has also been used for a water tank inspection in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office owns and operates a SeaLion-2 ROV for searches in the vast waters of Washington State, as well as dive-training exercises.

CARIS S-57 Composer 3.1 Adopts
New Standard for ENC Validation

Teledyne CARIS has adopted Edition 6.0 of IHO Publication S-58 for ENC validation checks in the latest release of CARIS S-57 Composer 3.1.

Now supporting ENC validation based on the new S-58 Edition 6.0 (May 2017) Standard, S-57 Composer’s quality control tests have been reorganized, rewritten and extended to match the standard. New test collections quickly determine if an ENC passes mandatory error and warning checks.

Lignum Vitae Products Receive ABS Certificate
For Marine, Offshore Applications

Lignum Vitae North America LLC’s water-lubricated hardwood stern tube and strut bearings and bearings for rudder stocks, shafts and pintles have received an ABS certificate of design assessment for use in marine and offshore applications. This followed a rigorous technical evaluation by ABS. The company also had to certify compliance with numerous environmental requirements.

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