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January 2018 Issue

Western Marine Electronics Has a New Owner
Founder and President of WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) Bruce H. Blakey sold his 52-year-old business to a new owner, Roger Fellows. WESMAR started in 1965 to develop sonar for commercial fishing and has since developed the first solid state sonar and the first color radar, along with a broad portfolio of other products for commercial, noncommercial, municipal and government customers in a variety of marine industries.

Canadian Hydrographic Service
Receives Autonomous System

ASV Global converted a 26-ft. hydrographic survey launch to operate autonomously using the ASView control system. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work.

Delivery to the CHS marks ASV Global’s 10th unmanned conversion of a customer vessel using the ASView system, which interfaces with the launch’s existing engine, steering and navigation systems to enable autonomous operation. The launch is connected to a remote station via IP radios that enable real-time monitoring of survey acquisition data and vessel parameters.

Nova Scotia Company
Develops Arctic Technology

GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) announced two contracts from the Department of National Defense to develop technologies suitable for year-round Arctic deployment and capable of providing persistent surveillance and messaging over very long ranges in environmentally hostile and acoustically challenging waters.

Under the first contract, Long-Range Detection and Communications, GTI will build a very low-frequency acoustic source for long-distance underwater detection and potentially basin-scale (1,000 km) communications, as well as supporting, for example, a UUV engaged in under-ice work. Under the second contract, Low-Frequency Towed Array, GTI will develop a passive horizontal thin line array suitable for towing from a UUV.

Ballast Water Testing Approved by Saudi Aramco
Saudi Aramco announced that all ships calling at its ports and terminals are required to provide ballast water test results to show compliance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) 2004 convention. The Saudi Arabian Oil Co. evaluated Turner Designs’ Ballast-Check 2 Handheld PAM Fluorometer and approved it as a valid ballast water sampling instrument and will accept results from certified technicians using the device.

New LNG Response Training Program Available
KVH Videotel has launched an LNG bunkering training course based on guidelines from the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). It was developed in response to the increased use of LNG as a bunker fuel by operators to help them meet the low-sulphur targets required by MARPOL Annex VI.

SGMF defined “respond level” awareness as vitally important: Personnel in close proximity to bunkering operations must understand the hazards associated with LNG and respond to emergency situations. KVH Videotel’s course covers composition and usage of LNG and potential bunkering methods, hazards and consequences for the individual and ship and relevant procedures for fighting LNG fires, among other LNG topics.

Jamaica Rejoins IMO Council
Jamaica has reestablished its position at the heart of international maritime rule-making following its election to the International Maritime Organization’s Council, Category C membership to serve until 2019. As the largest English-speaking island state in the Caribbean, Jamaica has had a long history of involvement in maritime affairs as an integral part of the socioeconomic development of the country. Jamaica has been a member of the IMO since 1976.

Coast Guard Seeks Mariner Input
For Pacific Seacoast Study

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is seeking input from mariners for a study of navigation requirements in the Pacific Seacoast System. The Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study will review the short-range Aids to Navigation system that covers American waterways, from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and around Alaska, Hawaii and the Marianas Islands. In addition to the survey input, the system-wide study will cover international requirements, environmental concerns, user capabilities, available technology and available resources.

Crowley Restructures Business Units
Crowley Maritime Corp. restructured its business units to increase the company’s focus on government-related business and better align vessel operations and fuel distribution services with its customers. Crowley will transition its nonliner and logistics business units into three main service lines: Crowley Shipping, Crowley Fuels and Crowley Solutions.

Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, will oversee Crowley Shipping, which encompasses deep-sea petroleum transportation, ship assist and escort services, offshore vessels and commercial ship management services. Under Rocky Smith, senior vice president, Crowley Fuels will include Crowley’s LNG sales, distribution and engineering unit, and the company’s fuel sales and distribution business in Alaska.

Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, will lead Crowley Solutions, which includes naval architecture and engineering through subsidiary Jensen Maritime, government vessel management and a unified government business development team.

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