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New Year across the maritime world... Just what do we all have to look forward to in 2021? Welcome to the January 2021 issue of Marine & Maritime Gazette the monthly magazine aimed at Worldwide coverage of the commercial marine, shipping and waterbased renewables markets. As we look forward to a brighter 2021, with the promise of Covid-19 vaccines and a differing outlook, we hope for an improving year across the whole of the maritime sector and a more normal environment for all. Inside this issue, we are, as usual, covering a vast amount of topics, from ‘Anchors, Mooring, Rope & Chain’ on page 20, to the ‘ins and outs’ of ‘Vessel Build, Repair & Maintenance’ from page 26. There is also a quick look at ‘Training, Certification & Courses’ on page 40 and from page 34 we also have a ‘peek’ at ‘Marine Survey & Inspection’. Anyway, we would like to wish you all the best for the coming year and, of course, Commercial Ma happy reading. rine & Renewabl es Worldwide If you have any New Year news, reviews, product launches or absolutely anything else of interest across the whole marine market, please email it through to me at info@-.plus.com for future consideration in our forthcoming issues.

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Cover story Ultrasonic testing for ship inspections from Cygnus Instruments Ltd.

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The Society for Underwater Technology recently announced that Dr Cheryl Burgess will join the SUT as Chief Executive this month, bringing over three decades’ experience in the energy industry including oil & gas (both offshore and onshore); renewables; and utilities. She takes over from Steve Hall who has held the post for the past four years. Before the New Year, Prof Ralph Rayner, President of the SUT said: “We look forward to

Damen Multi Cat Damen signs with HST Marine for first Multi Cat 2309.

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welcoming Cheryl in January; and in the meantime would like to thank Steve Hall for his sterling service to the SUT and its members and to wish him well for the future.” The former Director General of the Pipeline Industries Guild, Cheryl Burgess’ extensive international expertise from her years with UK Trade & Investment and the Society of British Gas Industries will bring benefit to the SUT’s international Branches and interests. A strong advocate for organisations she has represented, she is also committed to engaging students, graduates and young professionals in the industries the SUT represents. “I am very excited to be joining the SUT team,” said Cheryl. “The SUT has wonderful history and is uniquely positioned to capitalise on its Special Interest Groups and Global Branches as we all look to the future of underwater technologies.” www.sut.org

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EvoLogics launches new fully integrated USBL buoy Berlin-based EvoLogics recently launched their new USBL buoy, a fully integrated solution based on the company’s S2C USBL devices. The buoy comprises a USBL transceiver with a built-in battery, mounted to a floating unit with an onboard PC, GNSS receiver with dual antennas, and a Wi-Fi access point. The design concept of the system derives from fishing floats that remain highly stable even in rough seas thanks to their long stems and minimal cross-section near the surface. This allows the elongated buoy to remain stable in harsh conditions, and when deployed close to a vessel hull or pier walls, where the waves are taller. This integrated system eliminates the need to use external GNSS receivers for geo-referenced positioning of underwater targets. Dual GNSS antennas provide accurate yaw measurements without being affected by magnetic interferences. The optional RTK increases precision and accuracy. Moreover, as both sensors are part of the same hardware assembly, it is not necessary to calibrate the relative position of the USBL and the GNSS receiver. The on-board PC runs the pre-installed SiNAPS, EvoLogics positioning software. The user can access USBL positioning data by connecting to the Wi-Fi access point of the buoy and opening the web-based SiNAPS interface. SiNAPS allows to operate the system and visualize the location of the buoy and target transponders. Furthermore, positioning data can be streamed as NMEA strings and input into other applications that can process this information in real-time.

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Huge investment in Senegal port and terminal Global ports and logistics company DP World recently unveiled plans for a massive new deep-water port development project in Senegal on the north west coast of Africa.

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The company has signed an agreement valued at more than $1.1 billion (USD) with the Government of Senegal for its biggest port investment to date in Africa. The project calls for the creation of a new 1,500-acre port at Ndayane, near Dakar, that will be located approximately 30 miles from the current port and near the international airport. Along with a 700 acre container terminal and an adjacent free trade zone. A new company, DP World Dakar, is being established a joint venture between DP World and the Port Authority of Dakar. DP World state that the new port will further reinforce Dakar's role as a major logistics hub and gateway to West and North West Africa. The existing terminal will continue to operate during the development project but later will be redeveloped into a mixed use residential and commercial waterfront. There is also a proposal

Piraeus Port Authority S.A. (PPA S.A.) was awarded with three ISO management system certificates by Lloyd’s Register (LR) in a virtual ceremony on 9th December, showcasing PPA’s commitment to best practice in quality, environment and energy management processes and systems. PPA was first certified by LR to the internationally recognised quality management system ISO 9001 and environment management system ISO 14001 in 2013 for the provision of Port Cruise Services. In 2018, the certification scope was extended to cover the provision of Port Ferry, Ro-Ro and Container Terminal services as well as the management of Logistics centre and the management of port construction and maintenance projects. Recently the scope of certification has been extended again to include a number of additional key activities, including the Provision of Dry-docking services for the repair of vessels (two Graving Docks at Akti Vassiliadis and three Floating Docks at Perama Ship Repair Zone), sub-concessions of berthing posts, land space for the repair of vessels (Perama Ship Repair Zone, Drapetsona Pier, DEI Pier) and the management of co-funded projects. During the ceremony, PPA S.A. was also granted certification for ISO 50001 for the company’s Energy Management System by LR, for the first time. PPA’s Acting CEO, Mr. Zhang Anming stated: “PPA is constantly seeking the improvement on quality, environmental protection and energy management. That’s why, we have included in our strategic goals, the certifications according to internationally recognised ISO management systems standards. With this extension, PPA has achieved the certification as per ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 for all its activities and for first time for the Energy Management. Through this Integrated Quality, Environmental & Energy Management System, PPA SA will operate in a consistent way to understand and satisfy customers’ needs and expectations, continually improve the quality of services provided, and to operate Piraeus with an environmentally friendly way, reducing carbon emission”. He also noted that: “We are proud and very happy that we have achieved these certifications and we also thank LR for our cooperation all these years”. “We are very pleased to award PPA S.A. with this certification, which highlights the company’s commitment to quality, environment and energy management. PPA continually invests in management systems worldwide, making this a strong foundation for growth initiatives and the continuous improvement of its services to achieve even better results in environment protection and energy efficiency. We are delighted that LR is PPA’s strategic selected partner in this evolution journey, said Theodosis Stamatellos, LR’s Marine & Offshore Area Operations Manager for South Europe. “While we couldn’t hold this ceremony in person due to the current pandemic protective measures, technology enables us still to celebrate this important moment” he added.

for the creation of a cruise terminal. In the first phase of the project, which is expected to cost $837 million (USD) and will also be the single largest private sector investment in Senegal, will see the construction of a new channel able to handle the largest container vessels in the world. The channel will provide access to the new container terminal which will have over 2,700 feet of dock. They expect to later expand the channel to accommodate even longer container ships and increase the dock length by nearly half. The second phase is projected to cost an additional $290 million (USD). Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, commented, "The new port will create jobs, attract new foreign direct investment to the country, and enable new trading opportunities that bring about economic diversification.” Senegal recently join the World Logistics Passport, an initiative established by Dubai and DP World to encourage trading opportunities between developing markets, further build African trade.

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Active- RTE and Passive Radar Reflectors ECHOMAX ACTIVE-XS dual band RTE with multiple visual and audible alarm functions and now with optional waterproof control box for RIBS or exposed mounting - Meets ISO 8729-2 - NATO stock No 5741-99269-3512 - Our Actice RTE have been fitted to the Clipper Around the World Yachts for the last 5 years. Active XS, EM230 and EM230i were all mandatory fits on the 2018 Golden Globe Race Yachts.

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In December The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard’s employees joined together at the Company’s Cleveland, USA, facilities to celebrate the christening of the new tugs ‘Pennsylvania’ and ‘Wisconsin’. Customers, vendors, community, friends, family, and the public were invited to join virtually for the live streamed event. “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is remarkable that the Towing Company has persevered with the successful completion of these two new tugs, despite the adversity the pandemic brought to bear, not only on us, but the industry, not to mention the country, and the entire world. The Towing Company, as always, showed its resilience and its resolve to muscle through these difficult conditions,” said Joe Starck, the Towing Company’s president. The Tug Pennsylvania was christened by vessel sponsor, Louise Kandzer, girlfriend of Gregg Thauvette, the Company’s Senior Vice PresidentOperations; and the Tug Wisconsin was christened by vessel sponsor, Sally Stevens, wife of Robert Zadkovich, Vice President-Business Development. The newly constructed Tugs are the fourth and fifth tugs, respectively, in a series of ten (10) 64-foot Damen 1907 ICE design harbor tugs that Great Lakes Shipyard is building for The Great Lakes Towing Company’s operations. The tugs are 64’x24’x11’, powered by two 1,000-hp MTU 8V4000 Tier III diesel engines, and generate over 30 tons of bollard pull. Their propulsion systems include the Canal Marine designed Logan FlexaDrive Hybrid power system, allowing the tugs to operate on electric power while at idle, underway at low speeds, or when under low loads, without the need to utilize the main engines, thereby reducing emissions and the cost of engine maintenance. The tugs’ compact size and high manoeuvrability make them ideal for the narrow waterways and low bridges that characterize harbor towing on the Great Lakes. The sixth tug, not yet named, is slated for a Summer 2021 completion. Additional follow-on tugs of the same design are available for purchase by third party buyers. www.thegreatlakesgroup.com

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ECHOMAX EM230/230BR Ships Wheel Mark passive radar reflector for Life Boats and Rescue Craft - Meets ISO 8729-1997 - Module B and D certificates available upon request. Available in white, orange, yellow, red, green etc. NATO stock number 5840-99-742-6193. ECHOMAX EMAO3I Inflatable radar reflector for liferafts - Certified to Schedule 4, Part 4, Paragraph 1.1.14 of Merchant Shipping (life saving appliances Regulations 1986 - chapter III, Regulation 38.5.1.14 of the 1983 (SOLAS) 1974). Suitable for stowage in liferaft emergency packs up to 36m above sea level as required by IMO Notice M.1485, 1991 - Certificate no. QQ-TAN-04/3-01.

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Dales Marine Services supports local charity CLAN Cancer Support ‘Light the North’

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Dales Marine Services Ltd is delighted to be sponsoring a Lighthouse as part of CLAN’s ‘Light the North’ fundraising initiative. Dales is working with a local artist to create the Dales Marine Lighthouse which will form part of the trail of lighthouses situated across the North East and the Northern Isles from March 2021 to the end May 2021. Dales Marine Services operates from five dry dock facilities in Scotland including Aberdeen, Greenock, Leith, Troon and Grangemouth; we have been supporting the UK maritime sector since 1996 with dry dock facilities and alongside services. As part of the ‘Light the North’ event, Dales Marine has partnered with Maureen King a local illustrator and artist based in Forfar Scotland who is already busy in her studio illustrating the Dales Marine Lighthouse. As part of the event, local schools will also be getting involved with pupils having an opportunity to get creative and decorate their version of the ‘Light the North’ lighthouse for the school. Michael Milne, Dales Marine Services Managing Director, said: “Lighthouses are critical to our coastline providing an essential service to all those vessels at sea, whom we support. By sponsoring a Lighthouse, we will help towards CLAN’s fundraising. It is a privilege to be supporting CLAN and what better way of showing our support than through a Lighthouse, which helps to navigate you through adversities and challenges to a safe place.” As a local Scottish company, Dales Marine strives to support communities and charities surrounding each of its dry dock facilities; and are thrilled to be part of the 2021 Light the North initiative, helping CLAN to light up the region with lighthouses and raise funds for the charity. www.dalesmarine.co.uk

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Pipeshield International awarded concrete mattress supply contract in Australia Pipeshield International, a Tekmar Group Company, has been awarded a contract from Subsea 7 to supply concrete mattresses for a project in the Bass Strait, Australia. Pipeshield is one of the world’s leading providers of specialised subsea asset protection systems to offshore energy majors and tier one contractors, with their products protecting and stabilising subsea installations worldwide. The work scope for the project comprises the manufacturing and transportation of Bi-flex N2 Edge concrete mattresses to Australia where they will be used for scour protection around offshore structures and stabilization of flexible flowline, flying leads, and umbilical’s for a project in the Bass Strait. The patented N2 Edge High-Performance Mattress has an extensive international track record and is widely recognized as the most stable mattress in the offshore industry. This is the first time Pipeshield has supplied its N2 mattress in the Asia-Pacific, a region that offers significant product growth opportunities for the company. Pipeshield has begun manufacturing activities at its regional facility in Johor, Malaysia. Once complete the mattresses will be transported to Singapore for onward shipment to Australia. www.tekmargroup.com

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Damen ships multiple vessels to Canada in single shipment Five Damen vessels have made their way across the Atlantic Ocean on a unique voyage to Canada. Early this year, Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with Ontario-based Doornekamp Construction for the delivery of a Shoalbuster 3209. The vessel was formerly part of Damen Marine Services’ charter fleet. What seemed an ordinary ship sale contract was, in fact, just the beginning. Shortly after this initial contract, Doornekamp Construction placed on order with Damen for a Stan Pontoon (barge) 7524. It was decided to deliver the vessels with the Shoalbuster, now renamed Amy Lynn D, on her own keel and towing the barge. Before the vessels began their cross-Atlantic voyage, however, Damen, with the assistance of Alec Laing from ACL Shipbrokers, had booked three more vessel orders in Canada – three Stan Tugs 1205 for two new customers. When considering the most efficient means of transportation for the vessels, it emerged they could also be towed by the Shoalbuster on board the barge, thus offering the owners of the Stan Tugs 1205 an extremely cost-effective means of delivery for their new vessels. The shipment left Rotterdam on 27th October. In order to carry out the transportation as quickly as possible, Damen chartered a Shoalbuster from its long-standing client Van Wijngaarden Marine Services to tow the barge to Algeciras where it could meet up with Doornekamp’s Shoalbuster 3209. It was important for the vessels to keep their schedule; their only access to the St. Lawrence Seaway being via the Montreal locks. The locks close annually around Christmas and do not reopen until April. Fortunately, all went smoothly. The first two Stan Tugs 1205 were delivered to the client, Dominion, on 9th December in Halifax. The remaining tug was delivered on the 15th December in Montreal and, finally after a voyage covering 4,700 nautical miles, Amy Lynn D and the barge passed through the locks in the direction of Picton, Ontario and her new owners, Doornekamp Construction, which arrived on 18th December. The recent CETA trade agreement between the European Union and Canada meant that the shipment faced considerably reduced import duties. This agreement ensures Damen customers in the region of easier, most cost-efficient access to vessels in the future. Damen sales manager Jurriaan Daams said, “This has been an interesting process and one that demonstrates the synergy within the Damen Shipyards Group. It’s actually quite a complex process shipping multiple vessels to different clients on a single shipment like this. However, applying the synergy within our organisation we were able to get everything done in-house. For example, the commercial process was assisted by Damen Trading, the barge were docked at Damen Verolme, the Shoalbuster at Albwardy Damen in Sharjah and the Stan Tugs at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld before sailing, the towing wire and bridle were supplied by AKF and the tow carried out by Damen Marine Services.” www.damen.com

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Ports of Auckland’s fully electric Damen RSD-E Tug 2513 launched at Song Cam Shipyard On 4th December at Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam, the world’s first fully-electric ship-handling tug of 70 tonnes bollard pull, the Damen RSD-E Tug 2513, was launched into the water. Damen is building the vessel to supports its customer, New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland, in achieving its ambitious sustainability targets. The RSD-E Tug 2513 takes an already efficient design and optimises it for maximum maritime sustainability. Ports of Auckland has the goal of being a zero emissions organisation by 2040. With this is mind, the organisation approached Damen with the question - was a fully-electric, zero emissions tug a possibility? Damen, with its own goal to become the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder, was keen to take up the challenge. With Ports of Auckland already operating a Damen ASD Tug 2411, the shipbuilder was able to assess the potential for a fully-electric tug. The idea proved not only to be possible, but economically viable. Sjoerd de Bruin, Damen sales manager Asia Pacific, said “ With 40% of New Zealand’s energy being generated from sustainable sources – including 80% of electricity, Sparky offers the chance to complete the sustainable circle in Ports of Auckland’s tug operation. “Since receiving the order for this historic vessel, we have been working towards this moment, the introduction of the first fully-electric tug of this capability to the water. We are looking forward to continuing in our task and completing the vessel in the coming months.” The next stages of construction will see Damen install the vessel’s innovative hardware. The RSD-E Tug 2513 is scheduled to be delivered to Ports of Auckland end 2021. Following a vote, Ports of Auckland planning to name the vessel Sparky. The RSD-E Tug 2513 is just one example of Damen’s work towards more maritime sustainability. Recently the shipyards group has delivered a number of fully electric platforms, including its first fully electric Cutter Suction Dredger. Damen has also delivered a number of electric and hybrid ferries to Denmark and Canada. Recently, Damen signed a contract for the delivery of nine hybrid and fully electric ferries to operate in the area of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In addition to their fuel efficiency, Damen has designed the ferries to feature sustainable credentials throughout. An example is their interiors, which will use natural and recyclable materials in order to be completely circular. Damen aims to reach its goal of becoming the most sustainable shipbuilder by ensuring that, not only are its products environmentally clean, but also that the processes by which it makes them are optimally efficient. www.damen.com

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Alaskan barge wreck removal On August 30th last year, a single hull, flat deck barge converted to a salmon processing plant broke free from its mooring in Bristol Bay and went aground 5 miles East South East of the village of Ekuk, Alaska. The superstructure was heavily damaged, and debris from the wreck stretched one to two miles down the beach on either side of the site. The framework for the upper accommodation deck was damaged, causing the structure to partially slide off the starboard side of the barge. Global was awarded the lump sum ‘no cure, no pay’ contract to remove the wreck and shoreline debris. With a clear weather window and favourable tides for operations in mid-October, Global’s team mobilized out of Naknek with a subcontracted crane barge, tug and heavy equipment, as well as local labor to assist with shoreline cleanup. When the crew arrived at the site the wreck’s structural stability was thoroughly assessed and the team began removing debris from the barge side shell and offloading totes from the upper deck to remove overhead hazards. Work on the deconstruction of the upper deck structures progressed over several days with crews cutting the structural beams, removing the modular housing and separating waste streams into debris dumpsters. An additional landing craft was brought in to assist with transporting the large amount of metal scrap and debris from the structure. There was a small quantity of hydrocarbons and hazardous material contained in drums which was removed without incident. Once full access to the deck was gained the on-board fuel tanks were inspected; they were found to be intact and sealed and were not deemed a risk for towing. Global kept two spill response kits at the site during removal operations as a precaution. With a portion of the structural weight removed the barge was becoming lively at high tide; the team took extra measures to secure it to shore. The bow and stern rakes were patched and the barge holds were ballasted. Only enough debris was removed from the barge to eliminate all overhead obstructions and clear the side shell for towing operations; remaining debris was balanced on deck to ensure the barge transited at an even keel and trim. Containment netting was installed around lighter debris on deck. The tow line was installed and a tow bridle was rigged. The tug repositioned along the barge, then both vessels left the beach and stood by near shore to verify the barge’s watertight integrity. Once the barge was proven sound for towing, the barge was transferred back to the owner’s custody and the tug towed the barge to Naknek. With the barge removed, the crew began the final cleanup of beach debris and removing the barge’s 5,000lb anchors from the shallows, then demobilized. The project was completed safely and to the owner’s satisfaction. www.gdiving.com

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PICTURE SHOWS: (left to right) Stephen Brownlie, Centre Clive Johnson, RAD Director, Propulsion’s Chief Executive, centre’s Innovation Director, Monika Dabrowska.

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A tech start-up at Fareham Innovation Centre in Hampshire, UK, has successfully applied for £300,000 worth of funding from Innovate UK.

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RAD Propulsion, which manufactures electric propulsion systems, is among a range of occupiers receiving complimentary business support from the centre. RAD Propulsion manufactures high-quality bespoke electric propulsion systems for all types of marine applications, from kayaks to zero emission vessels. The funding, for two work streams in relation to sustainability and the electric ‘future’, was awarded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. RAD was founded by Richard Daltry and Dan Hook who previously developed ground-breaking marine robotic ASVs for the oil and gas, defence and oceanographic sectors. It was here they discovered that existing, on-the-market electric propulsion systems were lacking in smart, connected technologies, quality and durability. RAD is developing the next generation of marine propulsion systems with a team of naval architects, systems engineers and automotive experts who are all passionate about the water and have an in-depth understanding of the harsh marine environment. Business support at Fareham Innovation Centre ranges from one-to-one mentoring, workshops, signposted funding opportunities, seminars, programmes and, with the universities of Southampton, Solent and Portsmouth, internships; there are also apprenticeships through Fareham College. Innovation Centre Director, Monika Dabrowski said: “Part of my role as Innovation Director is to identify new funding opportunities - it was great to be able to support RAD with their proposals using my experience in grant application writing and challenging the team to articulate their ideas and innovative design into application-ready facts. RAD’s success in being awarded two Innovation UK applications is well deserved.” One of the company’s products is the RAD40, the largest drive currently on its books, with intuitive operating features that provide a safe and reliable propulsion system for RIBs and powerboats. At the other end of the scale is the RAD1, a lightweight, portable product for paddleboards and kayaks. Company research is also focusing on increasing the size of the electric propulsion units for much larger vessels as operators anticipate emissions regulations. Centre Director, Clive Johnson, has been brought onboard as RAD’s Chief Executive. A marine tech entrepreneur, Clive designed and manufactured Tacktick, the world’s first solar powered instruments for dinghies and yachts, which was sold to Raymarine in 2011. He later set up and became Chief Executive of Magma Structures, a leader in carbon composites and builder of the world’s tallest carbon super yacht masts. “We made Fareham Innovation Centre home because of its proximity to the sea for trials, along with the thriving ecosystem of like-minded tech entrepreneurs, the superb R&D facilities, the phenomenal business support and the fact we can utilise fellow occupiers for ancillary services,” Clive said. “Here we are, just 12 months in at the centre, and we’ve already had a lift to R&D and export ambitions through ]£300,000 worth of funding from Innovate UK. “It was the centre who highlighted these grant opportunities as part of wider business support to us - having this in-house business support service to draw upon is an incredibly powerful thing. “With the UK targeted to achieve a zero-carbon economy by 2050, RAD Propulsion will be challenging the traditional market in marine engines, which rely on fossil fuels to power the propellers. “Our long-term plans are to export 80% of our electric propulsion units, creating valuable jobs here in the UK.” www.radpropulsion.com

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Hydrex complete Dutch scrubber

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Recently Hydrex technicians undertook several scrubber overboard pipe repairs in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The vessels were a 140 metre RO-RO vessel and a 200 metre container ship and the corroded areas of the scrubber pipes on both were ground out and rewelded. The pipes on both vessels were protected with Ecospeed, a chemically resistant coating produced by Hydrex sister company Subsea Industries. The same protection was also applied to the three new pipes that were installed on a 400 metre container ship. Exhaust scrubbers are the systems that filter out all harmful toxins from exhaust gases of marine diesel engines. These toxins can severely corrode the pipes of the scrubber which can result in water ingress if not handled quickly enough. This was the case for one of the three overboard pipes of the 400 metre container ship. The owner requested the replacing of the leaking pipe and the inspection of the other two pipes, this revealing that they were also heavily corroded. In communication with the owner it was decided to replace these scrubber pipes during the same operation to prevent any further leaks. Three cofferdams were constructed at the Hydrex workshop based on the drawings sent by the customer. The team installed these over the outlets of the pipes, allowing them to perform work inside the engine room without water ingress. After this, the team cut away the old pipes, the shell plating was then prepared for the installation of the replacement part. New pipes had also been constructed with a diffuser and flange already in place. The pipes were then positioned and secured with a full penetration weld. An independent inspector was then appointed to carry out NDT testing of the welding work. To prevent the new pipe from corroding, the inside was coated with Ecospeed. which is highly chemically resistant. Taking into account the process taking place inside a scrubber, this is essential for a lasting protection of the pipe. Ecospeed can also be used to protect a newly installed scrubber system from day one. The corrosion on the scrubber overboard pipes of the other two ships was less severe. It was situated on the flange weld seams, so a full replacement of the pipes was not needed. www.hydrex.be

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Damen signs with HST Marine for first Multi Cat 2309 Damen Shipyards Group has recently signed a contract with HST Marine for the delivery of a Multi Cat 2309. The company, which was the launching customer for Damen’s Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710, is the first to order the brand-new, mid-range Multi Cat design bringing new capabilities to the market. HST will use the vessel to extend their business operations beyond crew transfer and into workboat activities. The Multi Cat 2309 will perform a wide range of tasks for HST, globally. These will include coastal towing, buoy maintenance, the support of floating wind projects, surveying operations and marine equipment tests. Director Tom Nevin explains, “(HST directors) Chris, Ian and myself have experience with older models of this type of vessel from before we founded HST. We know their versatility – they can cover so much. We want to offer clients the same HST quality within the marine logistics and general marine contracting fields as we do in the crew transfer segment with High Speed Transfers Ltd. We see the Multi Cat 2309 as a real multi-role vessel, offering our customers unique capabilities and versatility.” HST has tailored the standard Multi Cat 2309 design to its own requirements. This has included the use of Volvo Penta engines for added efficiency and emissions reduction, as well as easy future conversion for IMO Tier III compliance. Additionally, the company has upgraded the vessel’s bow thruster capabilities to optimise manoeuvrability. Other adjustments include enhanced crew comforts such as en-suite cabins with satellite television and high-speed internet connectivity with fleet system and VSAT. The company has also requested a 5 tonne pull winch with 40 metre line and a heavy-duty crane with a lifting capacity of 25.1 tonne at 5.79 metres outreach and 8.1 tonne at 14.09 metres outreach. On the aft deck, HST incorporated a tugger winch with 12 tonne pull, capable of fitting 100 metres of steel wire. Incorporating the company’s hallmark of quality as seen on its FCS 2710 vessels, the new Multi Cat will feature additional redundancy that will offer clients quality and versatility. Explaining HST’s decision to place the order with Damen, Tom said, “We have developed an excellent relationship with Damen during the construction of the four FCS 2710 vessels in our fleet. In addition to that, we find the Customer Finance options from Damen to be very helpful. And, of course, there is a great team at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, with everyone working very hard to make a fantastic vessel. We are very excited to be building another vessel there.” Damen sales manager Frederik van der Linde said, “We are very grateful to be given this opportunity to support HST as it expands its business activities. This demonstrates Damen’s ability to aid its clients across multiple sectors, providing one point of contact for diverse vessels types, for support throughout the entire lifecycle. HST expects to increase its workboat fleet in the future. The Multi Cat 2309, following a now-established HST tradition, will be named HST Hazel, for the daughter of operations director Chris Monan. The vessel is currently under construction and is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2021. www.damen.com

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Ultrasonic testing for ship inspections Corrosion is something that affects pretty much all industries and the rate of corrosion depends on the material and its environment. Within the marine and maritime sector, particularly shipping, corrosion is inevitable due to seawater, but the damage caused by corrosion can be minimised through regular inspections using methods such as ultrasonic thickness testing. At Cygnus Instruments Ltd, they have been manufacturing ultrasonic thickness gauges for over 35 years and their roots are within the marine sector. So, the company has a long-standing history of working closely with ship surveyors and has developed thickness gauges ideal for the shipping industry. As one satisfied customer notes: “There are many in the industry who have been using Cygnus meters for more than 20 years. I myself have used their underwater thickness gauge along with regular and Intrinsically Safe UT meters from the early stages of my career - and that goes back to more than 25 years for sure.” Cygnus has a vast range of ultrasonic thickness gauges for surveyors needing to inspect possible corrosion onboard ship - whether it is the ship structure, pipelines or even scrubber corrosion - then the Cygnus 2+ and 4+ are ideal. Both units will work primarily with the Cygnus multiple-echo technique as well as with single-echo or echo-echo measuring modes using twin crystal probes - which are occasionally needed for the heavy corrosion found in the marine environment. In addition to this, the Cygnus 4+ comes with a large colour display that allows the user to see and then record the thickness reading taken as well as its associated A-scan. The A-scan (a visual representation of the ultrasound in the material being measured) can be used to verify readings. The 4+ will take and store 5,000 readings per record (on a removable SD card) that can then be very easily exported into a report (either PDF or EXCEL). Cygnus also manufactures the Cygnus DIVE, an underwater thickness gauge that has been designed for divers undertaking metal thickness measurements where drydock isn’t possible. This gauge features a super-bright colour display and large numbers so that readings are visible even in poor visibility water. Designed to be worn on the diver’s forearm, the thickness meter allows one hand to remain free while carrying out inspections in extreme underwater conditions. Other key features include: • Multiple-echo, single-echo and echo-echo measuring modes for versatility • Deep-Coat mode for measuring through coatings of up to 20mm thick • A-scan display to assist with measurement verification • Stores up to 5,000 measurements with A-scan graphs • Auto-Log feature which requires no log button to be pressed • HelmetView™ remote display for divers in black or limited visibility water • CygLink software facilitates easy data transfer and analysis At the heart of Cygnus’ reputation for reliability and accuracy lies the Cygnus-pioneered ‘multiple-echo technique’. By using three distinct return pulses of ultrasound, Cygnus thickness gauges will remove almost all possibility of error - and simultaneously read through coatings up to 20mm thick. Cygnus multiple-echo gauges are also extremely simple to calibrate and use. All Cygnus gauges are made in the South West of the UK and come with a 3-year warranty. www.cygnus-instruments.com

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Full boarding solution in Tavira island, Portugal

Tavira is a fishing and touristic municipality in the south of Portugal, in the Algarve province, which is known for its many small churches and chapels as well as for the beautiful and still empty beaches with endless sands extensions, most of which are in a small island only accessible by water. To enable controlled and sustainable access from mainland, ferry boats navigate the river GilĂŁo to allow for tourists, fishermen and service providers to cross to the island. On both embankments of the river, in the centre of town and in the island, infrastructures were developed and built in 2019 and 2020 for safer passage of tourists, goods, services and both fishing and touristic activities. Both constructions comprise a shore based building and floating pontoons for the embarking, disembarking and temporary berthing. Lindley was chosen by the local authorities to design, fabricate, supply and install pontoons, access bridges and piles. On the island side, Lindley completed three piers, with different widths and freeboards, for water taxis, ferry boats and private yachts to be able to access the island. This infrastructure was built using heavy duty concrete pontoons with timber decking moored on piles. The outer pontoon, 40m long, 5m wide and with an unladen freeboard of 1,1m enabled easy berthing and operation for the ferries. The two inner pontoons, each 20m long, 3m wide and bearing an unladen freeboard of 0,6m enabled private yachts, small water taxis, service boats and fishing vessels to access comfortably the island. The standard recommended electrical and water services, as well as the required safety equipment, were also supplied. Separate gangways of 20x2m were installed to allow for alternate circulation. On the Tavira side, a 260m long floating infrastructure has been installed on the GilĂŁo river alongside the town centre pier to improve the safety and comfort for mooring of maritime-tourist and fishing boats. Lindley was awarded a contract by the public entity Docapesca for the design, fabrication, supply and installation of a complete turnkey solution comprising pontoons, mooring, access and services. Sixteen concrete floating pontoons, each 12m or 15m long, 3m wide sections are divided in four different areas, destinated to ferry boats, private touristic operators, fishing activities, coast guard and a small fuel station. A bridgehead with two separate gangways enabled different access and operation. In the case of the touristic piers, handrails were also installed on the shore side to protect users from falling to the water. Pontoons are moored by vertical beams anchored to the jetty wall. Thus, Lindley completed a full boarding solution in Tavira island. www.lindley.pt

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Rope design improving mooring safety When a mooring rope holding breaks, the damage from the abrupt energy release can be devastating. U.K. marine insurer, P&I Club, recently released data that showed over half of all reported injuries over the past 20 years occurred during mooring. It also showed that 40% of serious accidents were due to lines breaking or tightening unexpectedly with an estimate that seafarers had a one in four chance of losing a limb and one in seven chance of death from a rope accident. These frightening statistics caused Maersk Shiping to action an implementation of an innovation called Snap Back Arrestor (SBA) ropes on the mooring lines used to hold vessels in place while docked in port for loading and unloading. Working closely with suppliers to solve this industry challenge, Maersk reports that it chose a Norwegian-based manufacturer called Timm Ropes that offers new mooring rope technology that features a special core that elongates more than the surrounding rope, acting to absorb and dampen the tremendous energy released when mooring ropes break while under strain. This means that, instead of snapping back in unpredictable ways at great speed, a broken SBA rope will simply drop to the ground. The new ropes are also coloured with a Maersk blue colour stripe, making it easier for operators to spot any damage or twists in the rope that could affect breakage. Maersk maintains that this is a vital visual feature developed to enhance the safety of people working across the industry. Once the SBA concept was verified by snap tests, several Maersk vessels were enrolled in a nine-month pilot project in 2019 to ensure the rope’s operational conditions, alongside traditional mooring ropes, using vessels of various sizes. As part of the testing, they ensured the standardization of the new SBA mooring rope sizes and compatibility with existing mooring designs. “This SBA rope technology embraces one of the fundamental elements of our “Safety Differently approach, by building in capacity to safeguard people,” said Aslak Ross, Maersk’s Head of Marine Standards. Currently, on a yearly basis, Maersk buys and replaces some 1,000 mooring ropes - an annual expense in the region of $2M (USD). Maersk are now implementing an exchange program in which their current mooring ropes will be replaced at the end of their 5-year lifecycle with SBA enhanced ropes and the company anticipates that full fleet implementation of the new SBA ropes will be completed within five years. “This new technology and innovative approach enables us to safely transform the mooring rope approach in our industry and help lead by example to protect our seafarer community and our dockworkers ashore,” continued Ross. www.maersk.com


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Vryhof Group has developed a new mooring solution called Stevadjuster which will eliminate the need for winches on the platform being moored.

The new unit is targeted at the floating wind turbine market, along with FPSOs, rigs, and fish farms, ideally this will cut cost and improve safety. Recently, Stevadjuster was one of eight technologies to receive Scottish Government funding and developer support as part of the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition run by the Carbon Trust's Floating Wind Joint Industry Project. CarbonTrust described the tech as an adjustable lock on the seabed used to manipulate the tension of the mooring lines, and an alternative to a winch sitting on the turbine platform, enabling vessels to adjust the tension of mooring lines at a safe distance from the platform. The whole operation takes place underwater and does not require the use of winches or other heavy equipment on the platform being moored, this means that the bollard pull of the vessels involved in the operation does not need to be prohibitively high. "Modest installation or maintenance vessels have sufficient capacity to get the job done. The use of this subsea chain adjustment offers significant safety benefits, as the tensioning operation is performed away from the floater," a company spokesperson commented. www.vryhof.com


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Damen completes Eidsvaag Opal conversion Damen Shipyards Group has recently completed a conversion project for Norwegian company Eidsvaag. Following a tender procedure, Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) converted a former platform supply vessel (PSV) into a fish feed carrier, named Eidsvaag Opal, in a project involving a series of major works. Amongst other things, Damen was required to extend the vessel by 5 metres. This involved the yard cutting the hull in two and inserting in new steel sections. Damen was also required to widen the beam of the vessel – using a series of side boxes – to give additional stability and cargo capacity. Additionally the yard integrated 35 new silos and a big bag hold, enabling Eidsvaag Opal to transport up to 2,800 tonnes of fish feed. Damen also outfitted the vessel with five new cranes and a discharge system of conveyors, buckets, elevators and a discharge arm. The project also required considerable electrical work, carried out by FMJ Marine Automation. The supplier removed some 480 cables - approximately 15 kilometres - from the old cargo systems alone. In total, the company pulled 51 kilometres of cable and connected 1,237 cables on the project. DSAm secured the tender to carry out the conversion of Eidsvaag Opal due, amongst other things to its close proximity to Niron Staal - Damen’s specialist steel fabricator. Another factor in the award of tender was Damen’s previous conversion experience for the aquaculture sector and the fact that the company knew the vessel - having built the PSV back in 2013. The project required considerable steel work, totalling 875 tonnes. In addition to the steel work required, the Eidsvaag Opal conversion was given an additional layer of complexity with the arrival of the coronavirus epidemic. This required the yard to cease work on the project for one week, in order to implement robust safety measure. Thanks to this, the project was able to continue with minimum danger to health. Despite the need to socially distance during work on the project, work continued at a good pace, taking in total 346 days. In week 43, the Eidsvaag Opal underwent her first loading in order to test the new system. The test involved the vessel carrying 180 tonnes of feed in the silo and 55 tonnes in big bags. Loading went well, requiring only small adjustments to the loading equipment in the big bag room. The feed was unloaded at a fish farm close to Tromsø, at which point the capacity and quality was approved by the product owner. In week 44, a bigger load was transported for the second test, some 700 tonnes. DSAm senior project manager Arjan de Vos explains, “Naturally we were very concerned with the well-being of everyone working on the project and had to take the time to implement safety measures. This proved to be very effective and not only were we able to continue the work, but we did it in good time. I’m very pleased with the way that we have risen to the challenge presented by the pandemic as a team and been able to continue to safely serve our clients during this time.” The vessel will operate in the Fjordfrende collaboration. This collaboration will be operated by Eidsvaag for Skretting and Cargill. Ordinarily, Skretting and Cargill are competitors in the fish feed market, but are collaborating in outbound logistics. The partnership is based on a number of horizontal logistics projects receiving funding from the EU Commission, aiming at increasing sustainability and efficiency in the aquaculture industry. As a result of Fjordfrende, the CO2 emissions of both companies will be reduced by one fifth, some 10-20 million kg CO2 per year. www.damen.com

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Macduff Ship Design new build 690 ‘Jacqueline Anne’ Macduff Ship Design recently announced the completion of the fishing vessel ‘Jacqueline Anne’ FR 243, built by Macduff Shipyards Limited for owner Adam Tait and his two sons Adam and Jonathan. This new build replaces their previous fishing vessel of the same name, which was built by the yard only seven years ago in 2013 and is intended to fish around the coast of Scotland, predominately in the North Sea. Jacqueline Anne shares the same hull form as the Crystal Sea which was handed over earlier in the year and features a hull form developed by Macduff Ship Design which evolved from the yards previous 24.00 metre model with modifications made to reduce hull resistance and improve fuel efficiency. CFD technology was used at the early stage to measure the resistance of the proposed new hull against the previous design and to identify areas where further improvements could be made. Following this the hull form was finalised and faired virtually by Macduff Ship Design who then produced a detailed set of kit construction plans and produced the stability data upon completion of the build. The steel kit was cut in house, and the vessel was fabricated between the yards two sites with the steel modules being fabricated in Macduff and then shipped to Buckie where the hull was assembled, engineered and fully fitted before carrying out sea and fishing in the Moray Firth. The hull of Jacqueline Anne is built completely from steel, apart from the wheelhouse and masts, and features a double chine hull form, transom stern and soft nose bulbous bow which is faired gently into the main hull body. In broad terms the layout of the Jacqueline Anne is largely like some of the other recent new builds produced by the yard. Below deck features the cabins, engine room, fish hold and a large freshwater tank forward of the collision bulkhead. Above deck is situated the aft shelter, galley/mess and side passage area, fish processing area and then a winch room forward where three split winches are sited. However, the working deck has been significantly re-arranged to suit the owner’s requirements and features a dry locker, hold unloading hatch, hold access stairwell and refrigeration plant room all to the port side which creates a large hatch free fish processing area on the vessel’s centreline and the standard hopper and tray sorting arrangement on the starboard side. A unique deck machinery package was fabricated by the yard for the Jacqueline Anne comprising of three split winches, two split net drums, two sweep/bagging winches, two small gear handling winches, cod end lifting winch and a dedicated anchor windlass. The hydraulic system was also designed and installed by the yard and is a load sensing system with the main hydraulic control valves fitted in the engine room. The MFB8 landing crane was supplied by Thistle Marine and features a slew ring base along with a radio remote control. The BK13 power block crane was also supplied by Thistle Marine and again features a slew ring base and is fitted with a small winch to assist with general lifting duties. Primary hydraulic power is provided by two Danfoss hydraulic pumps driven from the main propulsion gearbox and secondary hydraulic power is provided by two electric/hydraulic motor sets provided by R.D. Downie, each with an output of 45 kW. A hydraulically powered bow thruster is also fitted with 2235 kg of thrust supplied by Kort Propulsion. Breaking away from the norm, the propulsion packages features a large 2.7 m controllable pitch propeller, supplied by Helseth A/S, driven by a Kumera K-CPP-450 2 step gearbox with 12.3:1 reduction. Propulsion power is provided by a Caterpillar C32 main engine developing 750 hp @ 1800 rpm supplied by Finning Power Systems which is freshwater cooled via a box cooler provided by Blokland. The flexibility of the C32 main engine which allows for full power to be developed between 1600-1800 rpm along with unlimited control of pitch inherent with CPP systems provides the vessel with a very large degree of control. This was demonstrated on sea trials where vessel excelled in control at low-speed operations such as manoeuvring in the harbour whilst also being able to optimise the engine rpm and propeller pitch combinations for both trawling and steaming to achieve maximum efficiency. An average top speed of 10.7 knots was recorded whilst a more economical speed of 9.2 knots at 50% engine load was observed during steaming to the fishing grounds. Electrical power onboard is provided by two Caterpillar C7.1 generator sets each with a rating of 118 ekW and are arranged for freshwater cooling via a set of box coolers supplied by Blokland. The system is designed so if required both generators can be run simultaneously which gives opportunity to power both the ships general systems and both the electrically driven hydraulic pumps sets at the same time. A small harbour set is also fitted of 33 kVA rating and is contained within a silenced acoustic housing to reduce noise levels when the vessel is berthed. The electrical systems onboard were designed and fitted by R.D. Downie who also provided a large central switchboard along with all the pump and motor starters. In addition to this R.D. Downie also provided the fire, bilge and gas alarm systems onboard along with the navigation light panel and assisted with the installation of the navigation equipment. The high specification navigation package was supplied and fitted onboard by Woodsons Marine Electronics Limited of Aberdeen. www.macduffshipdesign.com

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Wight Shipyard Co completes refit for Wightlink Wight Shipyard Co has showcased its maintenance and repair capabilities to the highest standards during a refit for one of the Isle of Wight’s leading ferry operators. The Wightlink FastCat catamaran Wight Ryder 1 underwent its annual refit at the Trafalgar Shipyard in mid-November in a fast and efficient turnaround taking under three weeks. “This is another example of how British engineering is winning through, even in these challenging times,” said Jo Daly, COO, WSC. “Our team undertook the work with the professional approach that people expect from the WSC, the project was delivered to the highest of standards both within the timeframe and to budget.”

Responsible operation The annual refit of the Wightlink fleet is required by Class and flag, it is a process which the operator undertakes to maintain a responsible attitude to safety, reliability and sustainability. During this year’s refit, WSC took advantage of the space and facilities available at the Trafalgar yard in Portsmouth Harbour. “WSC has teams capable of working to client specification and travelling for both planned or emergency repair and refit. We offer complete flexibility to our customers,” said Jo Daly. The focus of this refit was the replacement of the starboard stern tube, skeg and liners. In addition, there was maintenance on the anchoring assembly and bow thruster with upgrades including modifications to the hydraulic piping system, improving access and traceability for future maintenance tasks. There were also repairs to the exhaust spray heads, NDT and repairs on sea water inlets, works on the propeller watertight seals and rudders and replacing approx. 6m2 of hull plating due to degrading over the years. Wightlink’s Fleet Technician Team Leader Chris Ancrum said: "We were impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail from the team from WSC. Their engineers completed a variety of complex tasks with skill and finished the job on time and on budget. We are pleased to work with an Island company to keep our FastCats in good condition."

One stop shop New for 2021, will see the completion of a new Wise boat lift on Venture Quays in East Cowes, with the capacity to lift a max weight 260-tons, length 55m and beam 13.5m. This represents an increase of up to 190-tons and allows much larger FastCats and similar craft to be lifted out for repair. Wight Shipyard Co offers refit, repair, outfitting and overhaul services. Whether you are a commercial operator or luxury yacht owner, the company provides efficient and highquality solutions to every shipboard need. The WSC family has decades of combined experience in projects of all sizes and offers general refit and repairs, including vessel upgrade, life extension projects and docking. Over and above its refit and maintenance services, WSC is known for its industry leading ferry builds. Earlier this year it achieved a UK first by building four ferries simultaneously at its own yard for a leading Maltese tour operator. The order, which is WSC’s largest ferry export order to date, consisted of two 20m and two 33m light weight ferries, designed by One2Three Naval Architects. No other UK shipbuilder in living memory has been able to simultaneously produce four ferries in only nine months. www.wightshipyard.com

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Metal Shark completes four-year run of production development for New York City Ferry Services Metal Shark has announced the successful completion of its four-year run of production development for NYC Ferry, Operated by Hornblower, with the delivery of the final new vessel to be added to the fleet. “Time Traveler” is the twelfth 85-foot, 150-passenger, USCG Subchapter “T” NYC Ferry passenger vessel built at Metal Shark’s Franklin, Louisiana shipyard since deliveries to NYC Ferry, Operated by Hornblower commenced in April 2017. In that timeframe Metal Shark’s Franklin yard also produced ten 97-foot, 350-passenger, USCG Subchapter “K” passenger vessels for the operator, for a total of 22 Metal Shark-built ferries for the NYC Ferry service. “We are thrilled with the operations and production that the Metal Shark team has been able to deliver for NYC Ferry throughout the past four years by working together through the design process, regulatory changes, hurricanes, pandemics, and more,” said Junior Volpe, director of special projects, Hornblower Group. “Throughout the process of delivering an astonishing 22 vessels to the NYC Ferry service fleet, Metal Shark has proven to be a valuable partner to Hornblower Group as we continue to deliver a reliable and best-in-service experience for our customers.” The delivery marks the conclusion of a long and prolific production run. In July 2016, Metal Shark was one of two builders originally selected to build passenger vessels for the new NYC Ferry Service (the other builder, Horizon Shipbuilding in Bayou la Batre, Alabama, was acquired by Metal Shark in 2018.) With less than ten months’ time from project start to the delivery of the first vessel, Metal Shark delivered all six of the ferries on or ahead of schedule between April and June 2017. NYC Ferry officially launched on May 1, 2017, with Metal Shark-built “Sunset Crossing” given the honors of ferrying the first load of customers on the new service’s inaugural revenue trip. In September 2017, Metal Shark announced a second order of NYC Ferry vessels under construction. Multiple follow-on orders resulted in the continuous production of 150-passenger and 350passenger NYC Ferry vessels at Metal Shark Franklin for four straight years. “From our initial six on-time deliveries in 2017 to the multiple additional orders that followed, our relationship with this client is something we are very proud of,” said Metal Shark’s VP of Commercial Sales, Carl Wegener. “It is unfortunate that current conditions in the passenger vessel market caused this streak to end; however, we are confident that we will be teaming again in the future.” www.metalsharkboats.com

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Covid restrictions drive efficiencies for Offshore DVR with Onshore Inspection Working together to reduce the number of people needed offshore during Covid restrictions. We’re all aware of the impact and disruption the global pandemic has caused across all industries. The need for unprecedented additional hygiene procedures and social distancing has created challenges across all lifestyles an occupations. With this in mind, in our industry, DVR inspectors on a vessel are usually in restricted spaces which obviously challenges Covid’s need for social distancing. It’s normal that the inspectors should be there in order to be physically close to the actual DVR. The DVR and Inspectors need to be part of the same network and this isn’t possible if the inspectors are not on the vessel. With the challenged posed, the technical support team at Digital Edge, along Tel: +44(0) 2392 472710 with ROVOP and Citymesh set about producing a viable workaround to Mob: +44(0) 7850 473713 support current circumstances. E-Mail: info@fdsukltd.com Digital Edge’s Operations Director, John Scott said, “We’re conscious that Web: www.fdsukltd.com Covid restrictions mean that accommodation on the vessels are restricted, so helping to reduce the number of people offshore is particularly critical during the pandemic and we want to support our clients with improving their options. Diver R.O.V. & Crane Operated Dredging Systems. Multipurpose & We’re pleased to have contributed to an innovative work around which Mini dredging systems for the removal of fines, silt, mud’s, drill cuttings, allowed the inspectors to analyse the data in real time without being on the sand, grit, gravel, shingle, shale & general debris. Suitable for confined vessel.” space operations or locations where access is a problem. All on-shore civil applications. Shallow & deepwater offshore support operations. UK-based ROVOP has now delivered its first remote platform-based live video Renewables. Complete ready to use self operational systems available streaming option. Using Digital Edge Subsea’s Version 5 DVR with IP camera for use worldwide. Stillage packed or deepwater offshore containerised capability, ROVOP worked on remote images and NDT inspections. units. Long & short term rentals. Sales. Wide scope of operations. This has been a great move forward which not only supports the current Lightweight, road & air transportable environmentally friendly units. situation but also creates financial and environmental efficiencies for the future. EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL WORLDWIDE. www.digitaledgesubsea.com

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Fugro wins three site investigation contracts for IJmuiden Ver offshore wind farm zone

Fugro has been awarded three geotechnical investigation contracts for IJmuiden Ver, the largest offshore wind farm (OWF) zone to be developed in the Dutch part of the North Sea. The investigations for IJmuiden Ver are the most extensive the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has organised to date and the resulting OWF zone will generate a total of 4 GW of renewable energy. The contracts include seabed investigation, an extensive laboratory testing programme, and development of an integrated ground model. State-of-the-art techniques, such as the generation of synthetic CPTs, will be applied to create the geological ground model and the results will be used for future developers’ tender submissions for the 429 km2 OWF zone. The fieldwork, which comprises seabed cone penetration tests (CPTs), thermal conductivity tests, vibrocores and boreholes, will run from February to August 2021 and will be performed from Fugro’s DP2 geotechnical vessels. Several cutting-edge proprietary technologies will be used on the project, including the SEACALF® Mk V Deepdrive coiled CPT system, assuring maximum penetration depth and optimum quality data over the full foundation depth, and the WISON® Mk V Ecodrive downhole CPT and sampling tool for more robust Geo-data using environmentally friendly hydraulics. Peter-Paul Lebbink, RVO’s project manager, said: “We are looking forward to working with Fugro to execute our largest geotechnical offshore campaign for RVO. All available soil measurement results will be integrated by Fugro into an advanced integrated 3D ground model adhering to the industry’s highest possible standards. This 3D ground model will form a solid basis for detailed engineering and will therefore derisk the construction of the future IJmuiden Ver wind farms.” Sven Plasman, Fugro’s project director, said: “This award for the Netherlands’ largest wind farm development proves Fugro’s winning combination of innovative technology and expert project teams to acquire and analyse high-quality Geo-data in a safer, more efficient and sustainable way. It also underlines our commitment to create a safe and liveable world by delivering the best possible offshore insights to support the global transition to low-carbon energy.” www.fugro.com

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First aerial dronedipping sensors take off with Valeport A cutting-edge new system for autonomous airborne hydrographic survey has been launched by Thurn Group. The Thurn QuickDipTM system of data collection uses aerial drones to carry Valeport sensors on pre-planned survey routes to deliver an efficient and repeatable method of gathering highly accurate survey data from inaccessible or dangerous waters. UK-based Thurn Group developed the innovative QuickDip technology for inland and coastal waterways to offer a range of benefits including: rapid data collection from multiple sites of interest, repeatable map-based surveys to monitor change detection, the ability to safely collect data from difficult-to-access and dangerous waters as well as restricted-access waters, such as reservoirs. Thurn QuickDip integrated drone-based system uses a Valeport sensor, a cable, a rotocopter drone and UgCS SkyHub/True Terraine Following (TTF) hardware - from leading software developer for unmanned aerial systems SPH Engineering. Thurn’s integration of hardware and software allows the drone to fly at an accurate fixed height over water using a map-based pre-programmed autonomous survey pattern and dip the Valeport sensor into the water to take readings. As Tom Hiller, General Manager, Thurn Group commented there are many options with the QuickDip technology: “Using a drone to deploy sensors has distinct advantages over a boat; it is compact as well as easy to transport and deploy. Drones can be used in any location where there is a small area for take-off and landing, near the surveyed water. What makes this new system so exciting for autonomous data collection is a drone’s ability to precisely follow planned survey lines using the map-based interface in UgCS and therefore deliver accurate, repeatable map-based surveys in previously difficult to access waters. “We’re launching the Thurn QuickDip with the miniSVS and Hyperion range of Valeport sensors which are respected for their high levels of accuracy, but this is just the first in an expanding range of drone-dipped sensors for coastal and inland water survey.” The compact and robust Environmental range of optical sensors from leading oceanographic and hydrographic instrument manufacturer, Valeport, are being offered as part of the QuickDip system, including the Hyperion range of environmental sensors for the measurement of Turbidity, Chlorophyll a, Fluorescein, Rhodamine or Phycocyanin as well as their popular miniSVS and SWiFT SVP. Valeport’s Head of Sales, Kevin Edwards added: “Thurn’s integrated dronedipping sensor system offers an exciting step change in autonomous data collection and Valeport is proud to our support for innovation in the survey sector. Although this technology is launched with Valeport’s miniSVS and Hyperion range, it is easy to expand the capability of the system with the addition of other field-swappable Valeport sensors.” Valeport has supplied the subsea sector for more than 50 years and continues to innovate and lead the way in the design and manufacture of precision instrumentation for the hydrographic and oceanographic communities. Thurn Group provides underwater survey technology, offshore project consulting and training to inland waterway authorities, engineering companies, ports, oil and gas, and renewable clients worldwide. www.valeport.co.uk www.thurngroup.com

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Teledyne CARIS receives

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The CARIS Cloud Technology Project will break down technical barriers to entry for hydrographic processing and charting in support of remote operations.

Teledyne CARIS, recently announced significant funding from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster award to develop software for remote operations survey processing. This is in alignment with the company’s leading AI strategy. Teledyne CARIS’ project aims at three targeted deliverables: • The enhancement of its desktop-based product line to leverage the cloud to deliver consistent access for global users in every possible circumstance • Support for remote mapping operations to underpin advancements in ocean robotics • Infusing its passion for future ocean mappers with access to virtual training through the CARIS Cloud Platform. The company has partnered with Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG), a pioneering CARIS customer with vast experience using the company’s software with autonomous vehicles. This real-world experience, and location on Canada’s West Coast, made them an ideal collaborator and provide a national perspective. In addition to OFG, Teledyne CARIS will be working with other stakeholders to assist on training, including the University of New Brunswick and Memorial Universities Marine Institute. Both universities offer CARIS software as part of their curriculum. Other stakeholders include CIDCO from Quebec and H2i a consultancy from Ottawa specializing in Ocean Mapping strategy. “We are excited to continue innovating in support of remote operations through the design and execution of the CARIS Cloud Program. Collaborating with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is something we have been keen to do and through the Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program we have found our platform. This project has special meaning to Teledyne CARIS as a Canadian endeavour with a global impact” stated Andy Hoggarth, VP Sales and Marketing at Teledyne CARIS. www.teledynecaris.com


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E2S upgrades its signalling beacons with super bright outputs and additional configuration options

E2S Warning Signals is committed to a programme of continuous product improvements in response to technology advances, regulatory changes and customer feedback.

The latest products to be upgraded are the B350TLA traffic light warning signal beacons that feature a compact 100 x 140mm housing, ideal for space constrained applications or for mounting directly onto machinery. The larger 140 x 177mm B450TLA units have also been upgraded. The light engine for both is an array of 18 high output white LEDs, which give super-bright outputs up to 356 Candela. The ultrasonic welded diffused lens determines the output light colour: Amber, Blue, Clear, Green, Red, and Yellow are standard, enabling on-site reconfiguration of colours and greater flexibility in inventory management. There are now seven flash patterns, including a temporal pattern for greater effectiveness, in addition to a steady output for status indication. The included connector enables multiple units to be assembled into stacks and dual pluggable terminals simplify cable installation for looped installations. The operating voltage are ranges are 10-14VDC/16-33VDC and 48-260VAC/DC, the 1Hz flash operating current is only 88mA @ 24Vdc and the operating temperature is a wide -40°C to +70°C. Also upgraded with the latest 18 white LED array light source are the STA and STB families of customisable stack signals, UL approved for general signalling applications such as status indication, security and process control. The STA stacks have a SONF1 compact 100dB(A) alarm horn sounder to give an integrated audible/visual unit; the STB family are beacon-only arrays. Both versions are available with two, three or four units in a stack array which are terminated in a common junction box via a factory-fitted internal wiring loom to give a single external interconnect point. The UV stable PC lenses are available in Amber, Blue, Clear, Green, Magenta, Red and Yellow. www.e2s.com

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Bryan McGlinchy

In launching the fourth knowledge unit for its App-based Diving Supervisors’ continuing professional development (CPD) scheme, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has issued a reminder that the scheme will be mandatory from early 2021. The App incorporates the latest in training techniques to support Diving Supervisors in keeping up to date with current safety information and guidelines from IMCA. Bryan McGlinchy, IMCA’s Diving Manager said: “I urge IMCA Diving Supervisors who have yet to register for the CPD scheme to act now. Visit our website, complete the simple registration process, download the App and complete the four knowledge units released in 2020. By so doing your qualification will be brought to in-date status. Thereafter, to remain in-date, IMCA Diving Supervisors will have to complete each new knowledge unit issued before the next quarter’s knowledge unit is released. “The CPD scheme has been in place since April 2020 on a voluntary basis, however in Q1 2021 the scheme becomes mandatory for all IMCA Diving Supervisors. “Full information including a downloadable flyer which covers the steps to be taken by currently non-registered Diving Supervisors; frequently asked questions; and detailed rules of operation are available at www.imcaint.com/certification/diving-supervisor-cpd/“ From 2021 there will be an annual fee of £100 per person to cover the running costs of the scheme.

The new knowledge unit Knowledge unit four for 2020 is now available. Its modules cover a range of topics of interest to diving supervisors, including lessons to be learned from safety flashes, diving physics, minimum quantities of gas required offshore, equivalent air depth calculation, gas analysis, and TUP techniques. Bryan McGlinchy explained: “This is the fourth and final voluntary knowledge unit. The TUP module has been included following a request from a Bell Diving Supervisor who had expressed concerns to IMCA about inconsistencies in TUP protocols he had encountered when working for different companies. Where possible, IMCA will continue to tailor the content of the Diving Supervisor CPD App to ensure we address the challenges that diving supervisors encounter on a regular basis. We welcome such suggestions for future modules.” www.imca-int.com

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DUKC® integrated into HR Wallingford’s ship simulation system Ben Spalding, Manager of the Australia Ship Simulation Centre, with the VTS simulator

Navigation simulation-based training has become even more realistic for the Port of Port Hedland thanks to the integration of OMC International’s Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) system into HR Wallingford’s Ship Navigation Simulation System. Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA), which operates the Port of Port Hedland, is now benefiting from the DUKC® integration in its regular integrated familiarisation training for advanced pilot, tug master and vessel traffic service (VTS) operators at HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle. The PPA marine team has been using the Centre since 2013 to practice emergency scenarios in the virtual port environment. Practising for these scenarios is vital, as otherwise an incident could block the Port’s access channel, hindering ship movements. Typically, the Harbour Master or Deputy Harbour Master, two pilots, up to six tug masters and a VTS operator attend the training sessions. HR Wallingford sets up multiple simulators to represent a ship, four tugs and the VTS, all fully integrated in one virtual environment. The integration of OMC International’s DUKC® system into the simulators is of particular importance for the Port of Port Hedland’s VTS operators, as they interrogate DUKC® during everyday operations to manage the sailing draughts and tidal windows for vessels restricted by their draught. The VTS operators and marine pilots can now practise their communication and use of the DUKC® system, for both routine transits and emergency scenarios. Training in the simulation environment allows for greater familiarisation, and overall improved safety and response if the situation was to occur in reality. “The integration works by HR Wallingford’s Ship Simulation System linking to OMC International’s cloud-based server which runs the DUKC® system,” explained Ben Spalding, Manager of the Australia Ship Simulation Centre. “The AIS data of the ship in the simulation is sent to the cloud server which does the calculations and feeds data to the web-based system integrated into HR Wallingford’s VTS simulator.” OMC International’s DUKC® is vital for maximising the restricted tidal window at the world’s largest bulk export port, which primarily trades in iron ore, a mainstay of the region’s economy. Some of the world’s largest ships call to the Port of Port Hedland every day and, for example, if a ship’s engine fails, the VTS operator can draw on information from DUKC® to enable the Harbour Master to make an informed decision on the next course of action. DUKC® delivers real-time UKC information during transit to ensure the safety of vessels. Integrating this technology into the full bridge simulators is a great development allowing for realistic training and emergency scenario replication. Capt Heathcliff Pimento, Port Hedland Harbour Master, said: “We are pleased that OMC International and HR Wallingford have collaborated on this integration. DUKC® and the training at HR Wallingford are critical to our operations. Incorporating the software into a VTS simulator enhances our emergency response training, further increasing safety at our ports, which is paramount for Pilbara Ports Authority.” www.hrwallingford.com

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Seaspan invests in STEM Education Seaspan Shipyards recently announced a $300,000 investment in Let’s Talk Science, a charitable organization that has been providing Canadian youth and educators with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for more than 25 years. Seaspan’s three-year commitment will support the roll-out of new Kindergarten–Grade 12 (K-12) programming across Canada designed to educate and inspire youth about STEM careers in the marine and shipbuilding industries. Seaspan’s contribution to Let’s Talk Science, which is part of the company’s commitment under the National Shipbuilding Strategy to enhance education and skills development in the marine and shipbuilding industries in Canada, will be used to develop digital resources, conduct outreach for students, and deliver professional development and career enrichment resources for educators. Starting in April 2021, English and French students will have opportunities to explore future STEM careers, both trades and professional, in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair ecosystem. As marine businesses, including modern shipyards like Seaspan, continue to leverage new and emerging technologies in every aspect of their operations, the demand for both traditional and advanced STEM competencies will become more critical. The large non-combat vessels being built by Seaspan for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy require scientists, engineers, mathematicians, naval architects and physicists through to experts in ship construction, including robotics, artificial intelligence, welding and icebreaking steel technologies. “Seaspan Shipyards and Let’s Talk Science are working together to ensure a sustainable future for Canada’s marine industry. By giving students the opportunity to learn about Canada’s marine industry, Seaspan is investing in the future of this innovation-driven field. This is exactly the kind of value-adding initiative we imagined when we created the National Shipbuilding Strategy,” commented Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Thanks to Seaspan’s multi-year investment, we can do even more to engage youth and educators in learning about the diversity of careers that are available with STEM skills and knowledge. And we can do more to showcase the importance of STEM in skilled trades,” added Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science. Dave Hargreaves, Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Seaspan Shipyards, said, “For Canada’s shipbuilders and marine businesses to seize opportunities in a global, innovation-driven economy, both traditional and applied STEM competencies will become increasingly critical. Seaspan’s contribution to Let’s Talk Science will also focus on promoting STEM education needed in the skilled trades. We hope this investment will spark curiosity in young people to explore and consider the wide variety of rewarding STEM-related career paths in shipbuilding.” www.seaspan.com

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Integrated Management Systems ISO courses IAMSP Continuous Professional Development Training Centre has developed a new Course on integrated management systems according to the latest ISO standards and in compliance with the key codes and conventions in the maritime industry. ISM, ISPS, MLC and ISO 9001, 14001, 45001, have many common or interfacing requirements, therefore any combination of these systems are a vital tool for every company in the maritime business in order to improve their performance and operations. During the course, you will learn how to implement or adapt this Integrated Management System. The aims of this course are: • Provide an overview of the new key requirements and benefits of ISO 9001-14001-45001 • Deliver necessary information for the integration of ISO 9001-14001 & 45001 in a company’s ISO Management System in line with ISM, ISPS & MLC requirements • Deliver updated information necessary for the application and maintenance of a company’s Safety Management System that includes also ISO 9001-14001-45001 These standards together with the ISM Code are complementary in nature and may be integrated in one management system. Gain your certificates as Maritime Auditor (ISM/ISPS/MLC) & Internal Auditor (ISO 9001/14001/45001) and contribute to the implementation and maintenance of an Integrated Management System. www.iamsp.org

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Damen signs with Opus Marine for Germany’s first FCS 2710 On 3rd December in Hamburg, Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with Opus Marine for the delivery of a Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710, to be named Allegro. The company will operate the vessel in support of its charterers, serving the offshore wind industry in the German section of the North Sea. Damen will deliver the vessel to Opus Marine in March. The relative speed of delivery comes as a result of the shipbuilder’s practice of building standard vessels in series for stock. At the time of the contract signing, the FCS 2710 was already being constructed at Damen’s yard. Opus Marine operates a fleet of crew transfer vessels, amongst which is a Damen FCS 2610 named Verdi. This predecessor to the FCS 2710 was a game changer in offshore wind and went on to become an industry benchmark, of which around 50 were built. The FCS 2710 builds on the success of this design. It draws on the same Twin Axe bow in order to provide safe, comfortable transportation even in rough seas. A key feature is the vessel’s 1 metre increased height above the water. This allows the FCS 2710 to operate in water over 2 metres wave height, significantly increasing uptime. The FCS 2710 also offers additional deck space, tank capacity and accommodation. When Opus Marine wanted to increase its fleet it turned to Damen based on its previous experience, managing director Bernhard Messer explains. “We didn’t see any reason to change this winning team. It is our goal to provide the best CTV service to our clients, which we can only do with the best boats. If the going gets tough, Damen has proven itself to be an impressively reliable partner with an outstanding back office performance and technical support throughout. We are looking forward to our new fleet addition and further successful cooperation with Damen.” Damen sales manager Joschka Boddeling echoed his sentiments, saying, “We are very happy that this project, which has been in pipeline for some time, has now matured. Working with Opus Marine, who in 2015 pioneered the 24 pax FCS 2610 in Germany, is something that we greatly value. Introducing the improved successor in the German market is something that we wish Bernhard and his team much success with.” www.damen.com

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Edison Chouest Offshore has inked a deal with a major oil and gas firm in the US Gulf of Mexico to install a battery-on-board (BoB) system for a PSV. The use of the sustainable BoB technology is expected to help reduce carbon footprint during the PSV operations and port standby periods. US based Chouest is working alongside its affiliate Marine Technologies to use proprietary, class-certified automation. This integrated solution between a marine propulsion and battery system will be the first of its kind to allow the PSV to work on one generator in the 500-metre zone. “In pursuit of our long term vision for renewable energy development and reduced emissions, Edison Chouest Offshore strives to improve efficiency through technology and innovation. Receiving the first-ever contract for battery technology in the Jones Act market demonstrates the close relationship we maintain with our clients and their trust in working with us,” said Dino Chouest, executive vice president of Edison Chouest Offshore. “Through these efforts, we can reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment for future generations, while our technological innovations make our customers’ offshore operations more efficient and cost effective,” Chouest added. www.chouest.com

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