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February 2018 Issue

Chelsea Technologies Scrubber System
Receives ClassNK Certification

Chelsea Technologies’ Sea Sentry washwater monitoring system for ship exhaust gas cleaning systems has been certified by ClassNK. Sea Sentry provides a fully autonomous washwater monitoring system that monitors both the water inlet and outlet of wet exhaust gas scrubber systems.

Sea Sentry has the ability to accurately measure the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, absorbance, turbidity (to ISO 7027: 1999), temperature and pH of scrubber washwater. It can monitor open-loop, closed-loop and hybrid scrubber systems, setting the gold standard for accurate washwater monitoring.

ABS Approves Innovative Vessel with
LNG Power Generation and Storage

ABS granted approval in principle (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd. for its LNG power vessel, which is designed in accordance with the applicable requirements of ABS rules and IMO regulations.

The Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding vessel concept offers efficient LNG power generation and storage. The LNG power supply vessel integrates LNG receiver, storage, regasification, electric power generation and transmission, with LNG storage tank volume of 32,000 m3 and 100-MW power capacity.

Teledyne Participates in Multinational Exercise
Teledyne Gavia and Teledyne SeaBotix participated in a multinational explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) exercise: the Northern Challenge held in Iceland to provide training for members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. Thirty groups were assigned EOD-focused tasks based on realistic scenarios and using the equipment provided, which included a Gavia AUV and a SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV.

Participants included Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States (including Army, Air Force and Navy) and other NATO members and partners.

Wärtsilä’s Joint Venture in China is Operational
Wärtsilä opened CSSC Wartsila Electrical & Automation (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (CWE&A), a joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC). The opening was announced at the Marintec 2017 conference and exhibition in Shanghai. The new joint venture company will be headed by General Manager Christian Heinsohn.

Wärtsilä and CSSC also have joint venture engine and propeller companies, including the most modern controllable pitch propeller manufacturing facility in China and one of the biggest fixed-pitch propeller manufacturers in the world.

Hyundai and Lloyd’s Register Cooperate
On LNG-Fueled Ship Design and Development

Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) Group and Lloyd’s Register (LR) are cooperating to facilitate a number of LNG ship design projects. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), part of the HHI Group, will deliver one of the world’s largest LNG-fueled ships, a 50,000-dwt bulk carrier with a high-manganese LNG fuel tank. HHI also recently signed a contract to build the world’s first LNG-fueled Aframax tanker.

HHI and LR previously announced a joint development project to design 180,000-dwt-class bulk carriers; the design development is now almost finished and is in the process of receiving approval in principle. This design is optimized for short- to medium-haul bulk trade and long-haul bulk trade service. HAZID analysis was recently completed by Woodside, Anangel, GE, LR and HHI, who are cooperating to develop an LNG-fueled 250,000-dwt very large ore carrier.

Report Shows £7.5 Billion Subsea Industry
Supports 45,000 Jobs after Oil’s Downturn

Subsea UK, whose 300 members make up the bulk of the country’s subsea supply chain, conducted a business activity review that revealed the industry is currently generating annual revenues of £7.5 billion, compared to £8.9 billion in 2014. The report also revealed that, despite the downturn in oil and gas, the subsea sector still supports around 45,000 jobs in the U.K. This compares to around 53,000 three years ago. Neil Gordon of Subsea UK said the impacts are a reflection of the crash in oil prices and subsequent global downturn that led to deferral or cancellation of major subsea projects.

Robotic Mining Prototype to Uncover
European Mineral Resources

U.K.-based Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd. (SMD) successfully completed first-stage testing in the VAMOS (viable alternative mine operating system) project, a 42-month international research and development venture partly funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. SMD and its partners in the VAMOS consortium designed and built a robotic underwater mining prototype to perform field tests at four EU mining sites, at a cost of approximately €12.6 million.

Subsea Hard Coating is Chosen for
Exhaust Scrubber Application in China

Subsea Industries’ glass-flake, nontoxic hard coating Ecospeed will protect the exhaust scrubber outlets of three new container vessels under construction in Zhoushan, China. Coatings that can withstand very high exhaust gas temperatures and chemical pollutants are required in exhaust scrubber applications. Shipowners have experienced damaged pipework at the outlet end of the scrubber system due to the highly corrosive washwater produced during the exhaust gas cleaning process. Ecospeed’s coating has B1 classification by DNV GL.

UAE is First Arab Country to Achieve
IMO Council Category B Membership

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the first Arab country to win Category B membership into the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. The council election included nominees from 11 countries in the international marine trade sector including Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia. The announcement of UAE’s membership was made during the 30th General Assembly IMO meeting.

New Company Offers
Differential GPS

International Geomatics Group is a recently launched marine startup focused on differential global position system (DGPS) provision, as well as marine positioning services, exploration, inspection and digital data delivery. Co-founders include: Steve Rampton (CEO), who has more than 30 years of experience in offshore oil and gas, including ROV support and trenching; and Ken Adams (COO), an engineer and graduate of Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University in Scotland.

Subsea Installation Completed
In Record Time

Hydratight supplied and supported the subsea installation of three remote connectors within three weeks for Statoil off the west coast of Norway. The installation was performed using remotely operated equipment from the Pipeline Repair and Subsea Intervention Pool (PRSI Pool) managed by Statoil. The MORGRIP mechanical connectors were deployed on two 12-in. risers and one 16-in. riser at depths more than 300 m. Site integration trials were completed at Statoil’s PRS Base facility in Haugesund, Norway, prior to the connector deployment offshore.

Marlink and Radio Holland
Strengthen Long-Term Partnership

Marlink acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business to further strengthen its offerings of maritime VSAT while Radio Holland will focus on providing efficient NavCom, ICT and maintenance solutions to the shipping industry. Radio Holland will be a global sales and service partner and offer Marlink’s satcom connectivity portfolio. Radio Holland and the Marlink Group, including Telemar, will intensify their existing cooperation in NavCom sales and servicing.

OSIL Supplies Modular Multiple Corer
For Papua New Guinea Project

Ocean Scientific International (OSIL) delivered a 12-station multiple corer to Australia for use in a project near Papua New Guinea. The multi-corer is constructed from stainless steel, features detachable core assemblies and collects up to 12 samples simultaneously, which include a high-quality sediment sample and the overlying supernatant water.

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