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December 2017 Issue

ABS to Participate in Green Award Incentives
International classification organization ABS joined the Green Award certification network, which connects ships and ship managers that demonstrate high standards of safety and environmental protections with ports and organizations committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles.

Through a system of incentives, certificate holders receive discounts on software and training courses related to safety and environmental standards, an effort to implement and promote CSR across the maritime industry.

ICS Disagrees with Legislation To Prevent
Crude Oil Shipping in Northern BC

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) voiced concern about proposed Canadian legislation it says would establish a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of northern British Columbia.

ICS says it advocates for crude shipping concerns to be handled through implementation of measures and best practices determined by the UN International Maritime Organization as opposed to legislation by individual states, citing the possibility of interference with international maritime trade.

Fourth Ballast Water Management System
Approved by the U.S. Coast Guard

SunRui BalClor ballast water management systems (BWMS), which uses a combination of filtration, disinfection and neutralization, is the fourth BWMS to achieve U.S. Coast Guard type approval.

SunRui has appointed All Marine Spares as its official agent in the U.S.

The SunRui system has also received CCS, DNV GL, NK, BV, LR, ABS and RINA approvals.

The City of San Diego and The Maritime Alliance
Launch BlueTech Incubator

With a $50,000 grant from the city of San Diego, the Maritime Alliance launched a BlueTech Incubator to help young companies gain support, products, services and industry partnerships they need to succeed in the blue tech industry and to provide business management assistance, mentorship, legal support, access to capital and resources to foster their development.

Six AUVs Descend 5,000+ Meters Simultaneously
Ocean Infinity launched six HUGIN AUVs simultaneously to a depth beyond 5,200 m, the deepest commercially known dive undertaken by multiple AUVs.

The mission of each AUV was observed by operators on board the vessel within the 4D Nav InfinityView mission planning software. The HUGIN AUV is rated for a water depth of 6,000 m, and Ocean Infinity plans to descend to 6,000 m with eight AUVs in 2018.

Avitas Systems Partners with Kraken
Kraken Robotic Systems and Avitas Systems will integrate AUVs, acoustic and laser sensor technology and artificial intelligence-based navigation into unique subsea inspection solutions. Avitas will integrate underwater sensors, pressure-tolerant batteries, thrusters and control electronics into an autonomous subsea inspection system with automatic defect recognition, predictive analytics and a cloud-based visualization portal.

High-resolution images of assets’ surface contours can be inputted into the Avitas Systems cloud-based platform, where advanced algorithms fuse multiple sensor data, perform image analytics and predict actionable outcomes in real time.

Oceans Protection Plan Anniversary Marked
With Introduction of New Vessels Act

The government of Canada is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan—the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways—with introduction of the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act.

Bill C-64 prohibits vessel abandonment, strengthens owner responsibility and liability for hazardous vessels and wrecks, including cleanup and removal costs, and empowers the government to take proactive actions in such cases, as well as bringing the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 into force of law in Canada.

IOSTIA Offers Emerging Company Membership
The International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA) announced a new category of membership to help support early-stage companies focused on disruptive technologies and innovations to advance the blue economy. The Emerging Company membership category is designed to give young and innovative blue tech companies a more manageable point of entry to take advantage of a wide array of business-oriented programs, workshops and networking opportunities.

Polar-Orbiting Satellite System
Provides Faster Data for NOAA

Raytheon’s Common Ground System for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS CGS 2.0) is now operational, supporting 11 polar-orbiting satellites and delivering observations to NOAA’s National Weather Service almost 50 percent faster than before.

Developed by NASA for NOAA, the JPSS CGS collects and disseminates observations from polar-orbiting weather satellites from the United States, Europe and Japan.

The northernmost Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System station is located in Svalbard, Norway.

U.S. Coast Guard Concludes
Operation Arctic Shield 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) concluded its annual Arctic Shield operations, which included responding to 20 search and rescue cases, saving 16 lives and assisting 23 others, as well as 29 bulk liquid facility inspections, 35 commercial fishing vessel safety exams, 53 gold dredge exams and 12 commercial vessel inspections.

USCG patrolled the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in support of maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, community relations, partnership building and scientific research.

Wärtsilä Modernizing Canadian Coast Guard Vessels
Wärtsilä will replace diesel engines and onboard integration engineering on the 1100 Class High Endurance Multitask Vessels operated by the Canadian Coast Guard for buoy tending, search and rescue and icebreaking.

The Wärtsilä engines will be capable of the 43 percent load step required by an icebreaker and operate at full load in conditions where the air temperature ranges from -30° to +45° C.

BlueTech Week Sees Demonstrations
Of Cutting-Edge Port Security

Teledyne Marine, Marine Advanced Research and Planck Aerosystems performed a port and harbor security demonstration that included three USVs, one ROV and one unmanned aerial system (UAS) to highlight unmanned security capabilities and the ability to identify, track and investigate suspicious activities and targets from a remote location using advanced technology.

This took place during BlueTech Week November 2017 in San Diego, California.

Pioneer Consulting and Crosslake Fibre
Assist Lake Ontario Subsea Cable System

Pioneer Consulting is assisting with design, procurement and project management of a 60-km subsea fiber-optic cable across Lake Ontario that connects Toronto, Canada, with Buffalo, New York, to provide the very first route directly across the North American lake. In addition, Pioneer’s routing software, GoCable.io, was used to create a streamlined desktop study that became the basis of the marine route survey.

Seaspan Makes $1 Million Investment
In Hybrid Electric Technology Research

The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Seaspan, will provide a $1 million investment to the University of Victoria to support teaching and research activities focused on advanced hybrid electric propulsion technologies that enable cleaner, lower cost fuel alternatives. The research team, led by mechanical engineer Dr. Zuomin Dong, will advance solutions for heavy-duty marine, mining and transportation sectors working to meet their greenhouse gas targets and climate change mitigation goals.

Coatings Company Provides Expertise
For Refinishing 74-Year-Old Aircraft Carrier

The AkzoNobel paints, coatings and chemicals company has donated more than 1,600 gallons of military-grade coatings to repaint the 873-ft. USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum docked at Old Alameda Point in California.

Commissioned in 1943 and decommissioned in 1970, the USS Hornet was named a National Historic Landmark in 1991.

Ivy Marine Obtains
SUB M TSMS Certification

Helm Operations assisted Ivy Marine LLC with obtaining SUB M TSMS certification using Helm CONNECT compliance software, which assists with creation and management of forms and audits and tracking of corrective actions.

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