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Summer on the water? There’s such a lot to look forward to across the sector over the Summer months we take a look...

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Welcome to the May 2019 issue of Marine & Maritime Gazette the monthly magazine aimed at Worldwide coverage of the commercial marine, shipping and waterbased renewables markets. With Seawork, Southampton UK now only just around the corner, what are we all expecting for the Summer? Inside this issue, as usual, we will be covering a vast amount of topics including ‘Anchors, Mooring, Rope & Chains’ on page 32, to the ‘ins and outs’ of ‘Vessel Build, Repair & Maintenance’ from page 20. We also have a quick look into ‘Marine Survey & Inspection’, in all it’s elements, from page 26 and have a ‘peek’ into ‘Port & Quayside Facilites & Usage’ from Commercial Ma rine & Renewabl page 36. es Worldwide Anyway, we hope you enjoy reading this edition and look forward to seeing some of you at one of the many up-coming maritime events around the globe. If you have any news, reviews, product launches or absolutely anything else of interest across the whole marine market, please email it through to me at info@bljournals.plus.com for future consideration in our forthcoming issues. INSIDE

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Cover story Teignbridge has launched their unique catamaran for physical testing and rapid prototyping - the HRV1.

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Maersk Gulf of Guinea mooring installation

Maersk Supply Service has been selected to deliver an integrated FPSO mooring installation and replacement solution for an American oil major in the Gulf of Guinea. Maersk Supply Service will provide the full work scope from project management to execution. Responsibilities undertaken as part of the project include engineering, procurement, transportation of mooring equipment,

6G AUV L3 Technologies and Sonardyne International launch 6G enabled autonomous vessel range

p27 Seawork 2019 Everyone’s looking forward to Seawork, Southampton, UK in June..

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safety management and offshore execution using four of Maersk Supply Service’ large anchor handling vessels as well as ROV and survey services. Maersk Supply Service has partnered with InterMoor, who will support the project with their expertise within engineering, design and offshore execution of mooring system operations. “With this major contract, we add both a new customer and a new country to our track record of providing integrated solutions. While we have supported this customer with marine services in the past, we are pleased that they recognise our expanded capabilities and have shown their trust in Maersk Supply Service to deliver on this complex scope of work. As the project lead of this FPSO mooring installation, we look forward to further strengthening our position in the market as a preferred solutions provider” says CEO Steen S. Karstensen. The project will be led from Maersk Supply Service’s office in Aberdeen, UK, with an integrated project team supporting from Houston. “Our goal is to take a collaborative approach that reduces risk and minimises interfaces for our customers. Africa is a key region for Maersk Supply Service’s integrated solutions offering and we look forward to demonstrating how our versatile assets, marine expertise, project management, and engineering capabilities deliver exactly this”, commented Olivier Trouve, Head of Integrated Solutions.

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The Maritime Standard launches 2019 Awards Dubai, UAE: Dubai-based publisher and events organiser, The Maritime Standard, has officially launched the Maritime Standard Awards 2019. The company has confirmed they will be held at The Atlantis, the Palm Dubai, on Monday, 21st October. This is the sixth time in a row that this famous and iconic venue has been chosen to stage the Awards, reflecting the high calibre and quality of the event. The TMS Awards, widely accepted as being the leading event of its kind in the region, is a glamorous occasion which aims to recognise and reward exceptional performance and achievement within the maritime industry. Managing director, Trevor Pereira, says, “I am really looking forward to this year’s Awards and delighted to be returning to the Atlantis. It is always a joyous, celebratory occasion and I am sure October 21st this year will be no different.” The Awards are attended by a ‘Who’s Who’ of the regional shipping, ports and related sectors. Around 750 senior executives and decision makers will once again gather for one night under one roof, creating unrivalled opportunities for networking with genuine decision makers. The evening will witness the presentation of around 28 different awards, covering different aspects of the maritime industry. The Maritime Standard will be seeking nominations for these awards over the next few months. The Maritime Standard Awards have since their inception been held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman Emirates Airline and Group. Clive Woodbridge, editor of The Maritime Standard, adds: “A highly qualified independent judging panel ensures that only the ‘best of the best’ are shortlisted and that the eventual winners are fully deserving of the accolade. As a result, the Awards are uniquely placed to recognise excellence and consistently high levels of performance in the ports, shipping, and related sectors.” The 2018 Awards were hosted by the well-known BBC journalist Tim Wilcox, and this year another significant personality is being lined up to act as master of ceremonies. This individual will follow in the impressive footsteps of the likes of Ruud Gullit, Alistair Campbell, Jim Clancy, and Lara Dutta, who have fulfilled this role in previous years. More information about the Awards, how to nominate, and attend, and sponsorship opportunities can be found on the website www.tmsawards.com Picture shows: Winners of The Maritime Standard Awards 2018

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CMHI’s wind turbine shuttle design gets DNV GL certificate DNV GL has presented China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) with an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for a wind turbine shuttle design.

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Unlike other wind farm installation vessels, the WTS has a small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) design, DNV GL said. This results in very low resistance at the design draught (16m) and excellent seakeeping performance, good motion behaviour characteristics, and high transit speed of 14 knots. Capable of transporting and installing two fully assembled wind turbines or two wind turbine foundations, the vessel has a highly redundant dynamic positioning system installed and the wind turbine hoist tackles are equipped with an active system to compensate for the heave motion of the vessel, according to DNV GL. The WTS can provide a “one-piece” installation service for wind turbines, as well as jacket foundations, piles, and other components. The design was assessed according to the class notations: 1A Column-stabilised Wind turbine installation unit Crane-offshore DYNPOS(AUTRO) E0.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) recently announced - during Singapore Maritime Week - a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ST Engineering Electronics Ltd. (STEE), a leading Information Communications Technologies (ICT) provider and co-creater of Smart City Solutions, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd (Mitsui), the second largest trading house in Japan. The partners will collaborate on the ‘Development of Ocean-going Autonomous Navigation System on a Marine Asset’, the MoU forms the foundation of the MPA-funded ‘World’s Largest Ocean-Going Autonomous Vessel Programme’, which was also announced today. “LR’s involvement in this project builds on the capability and experience already gained from our partnership in other industry-leading and world first autonomous projects,” said Andy McKeran, LR Commercial Director Marine & Offshore. “However, this project, a world first for the deployment of autonomous navigational technology to an ocean-going vessel for commercial operations, pushes the boundaries of autonomous technology and moves the industry towards deployment of autonomous navigation systems onboard vessels for enhanced performance and critically, safety.” “Increasing interest in maritime autonomy and remote access/control technologies is a specific example of larger technological changes we are currently seeing in the maritime industry. Essential to the successful and safe adoption of these technologies is that robust use cases are established, for example to improve navigational safety, supply chain efficiency or operational costs of marine assets. Autonomous systems will also provide opportunities for skilled seafarers to focus on what they do best, and the safe and sustainable integration of autonomous systems relies on the appropriate engagement with seafaring professionals.” He continued, “Working with STEE, who have already developed and proven this capability and are now looking to work to scale in the commercial marine market, is what sets this project apart; STEE provide world-class technical expertise, technology and advanced learnings on autonomous systems in the marine environment. We will support with expertise on assurance, certification and regulation for the application of autonomy in the maritime environment as well as approval of systems where appropriate.” www.lr.org

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DNV GL’s Head of Technical Centre China Falk Rothe handed over the certificate to Dr. Lixin Xu from China Merchants Offshore Technology and Research Center (CM-OTRC). “CMHI and DNV GL have been partners in strategic cooperation for many years. Together, we both aim to not only set industry standards in ship and offshore unit designs, but contribute to safer and more environmental-friendly operation,” said Norbert Kray, DNV GL’s Regional Manager Greater China. “We are very grateful that CMHI have made us their first choice for classification services for these two projects and we look forward to strengthening our cooperation in the future.” www.cmhk.com

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Global Marine Group’s Global Offshore to use new plough technology at Vattenfall’s Danish Kriegers Flak site Global Marine Group’s Global Offshore division will soon begin work on a significant project with leading offshore wind power developer and operator Vattenfall. The contract will see Global Offshore completing the inter array cable installation, burial, testing and termination at the 72 turbine Danish Kriegers Flak site, located in the Baltic Sea. Installation work will be completed by the Global Symphony, a vessel proficient in the installation of inter array cables, supported by the Group’s extensive fleet. The project will be engineered and executed by Global Offshore’s experienced team, who have completed over 23 offshore wind farm cable projects, including most recently work at Kincardine, Merkur and the Rampion Offshore Wind Farms. Global Offshore’s work on site will begin with boulder clearance utilising a brand new, multi-function pre-lay and backfill subsea plough. Commissioned from Osbit Limited, with delivery to coincide with the project commencement, the plough minimises the operational risk and time required to install subsea cables utilising unrivalled single pass capability that delivers boulder clearance and pre-trenching up to 1.7m, in a single run. Mike Daniel, Managing Director of Global Offshore, commented, “We’re extremely pleased to be working with Vattenfall on this milestone project at what will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm, producing enough energy to power over half a million homes. As a Group, we have a combined track record of over 850 power cable installations, working in both the offshore renewables and oil & gas markets. Once completed, the installations at this important offshore wind farm will push that tally close to 1,000 power cable installations. Our team’s work will be begin on site in summer 2019 with boulder clearance along the cable installation route utilising our new pre-lay plough, which is an exciting new tool for our subsea business.” Mr. Daniel continued, “We’re equally pleased to be working with our CWind colleagues within the Global Marine Group who will be completing the cable pull-in activities on site. This key renewable project showcases the value and strength of the whole Group, and our collaborative and complimentary offering which combines wide-ranging experience in multiple offshore sectors, all supported by technical knowledge and recognised engineering capabilities.” www.globaloffshore.co.uk

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Albwardy Damen receives MASTECH award for the new Damen Multibuster 8020 Albwardy Damen has received an award for its innovative design of the new Damen Multibuster 8020 shallow draught, multi-purpose vessel. The award was presented at the MASTECH international marine technical conference, held on board the iconic QE2 floating hotel in the UAE. Albwardy Damen has been developing the Multibuster 8020 offshore workboat for the past two years in close consultation with a number of oil majors, operators and potential clients in the Gulf region. Over that time the size of the vessel has grown as clients have sought additional capability. While the Multibuster 8020 is 80 metres in length, making it the largest vessel to be built at Albwardy Damen Sharjah to date, it will also be available in 60 and 70 metre versions. The award was based on a number of factors that make this vessel highly unusual. Its design draught of just 3.5 metres is exceptional for a vessel of this size and makes it ideal for the shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf as well as elsewhere in the world. It also stands out for having a deck strength between the stern roller and the anchor handling and tow winch, 800 m² in total, of 10 or even 20 tonnes per square metre as standard, in comparison to the usual 3 to 5 tonnes. The rationale for this is that it saves time and expense by making the deck ready to take any equipment or fulfil any operation without further modification, whether it be the installation of a walk-to-work gangway, a heavy crane or a 14-metre cable carousel. And that’s not all. Albwardy Damen has taken the innovation a stage further by specifying a corresponding cofferdam below decks. This protection means that steel cutting and welding on the working deck above can be carried out without draining and or degassing the fuel tanks first – an operation that can take several days – and so further speeds up the mobilisation of new equipment. Special attention has also been given to the working deck sides. These are free of obstacles over the full deck length, resulting in maximum operational flexibility for the end-user. The design offers spacious living and working interior spaces for 60 persons including SPS personal. The SPS personnel will find that the design offers a dedicated mission control room, a client office / meeting room and SPS day room. The design also has a gym with substantial head room, a prayer room, luggage store, a spacious changing room with adjacent laundry room, a ship’s office, multiple stores / linen stores, and a spacious multifunction mess room. The diesel-electric, DP2 classed vessel is outfitted with a retractable azimuth bow thruster that results in low noise and vibration levels under DP conditions and good fuel economy when standing-by. The design also ensures maximum visibility from the bridge of the foredeck and the aft working deck. The working deck includes direct access to multiple large deck stores, a deck workshop and two below-deck mission holds. The diesel electric engine room is prepared for the future, and as such can be retrofitted with SCR systems and urea tanks. Additional options include propulsion alternatives that can deliver a bollard pull from 45 to 95 tonnes, with the higher ranges aimed at potential clients who have indicated that they would use the vessel for towing and anchor handling. DP2 and a 1,000 tonne/ metre crane are also readily available. In all, the Multibuster’s high levels of operational flexibility will allow it to carry out a wide range of tasks across the renewables, oil and gas, marine contracting and dredging industries. The vessel design has also been prepared for multiple deck equipment options including a 4-point anchoring system, A-frame, stern roller, dry cement bulk capability, and with deck space reserved for additional auxiliary craft. The FiFi-2 classed vessel can be upgraded to FiFi-3 or FiFi-4 with minimal impact on the design. The design and engineering partner engaged by Albwardy Damen for the Multibuster 8020 project was the ship designer and marine consulting agency OSD-IMT, which specialises in custom, one-off designs across a wide range of vessel types. “At Damen we have been extremely successful with shallow draft workboats, notably our Shoalbuster and Multicat ranges,” says Pascal Slingerland, Regional Director Middle East for Damen. “These boats were originally mainly used in the dredging industry but have since became very popular in the oil and gas industry as well. The new Multibuster is a combination of the functionality found on both Shoalbusters and Multicats, but on a much larger and even more versatile, shallow draught workboat.” www.damen.com

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Metal Shark builds fire boats for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue US shipbuilder Metal Shark has been selected to build the next generation of fire boats for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Miami-Dade has selected the Metal Shark ‘50 Defiant X’ fireboat, a welded aluminium monohull vessel featuring a proven hull form and a specialized arrangement optimized for firefighting. The new fire boats are being built at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, Louisiana production facility and are intended to replace older fire boats currently operated by the Department. The 50’ x 15’ vessels will be powered by twin inboard diesel engines mated to water jet propulsion units, with exact specifications to be announced. Projected top speed is in excess of 45 knots, for the fastest possible emergency-response time. At a more economical cruise 30-knot cruise speed, the vessels are expected to deliver a nominal operating range of approximately 250 nautical miles. The distinctive new vessels were designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team and boast modern, crew-friendly features for improved safety and efficiency. Mission-enhancing features include Metal Shark’s signature ‘Pillarless Glass’ pilothouse arrangement, which offers dramatically improved from the wheelhouse compared to the smaller, framed windows used on the outgoing vessels. The 50 Defiant X fire boat features a reverse-raked windshield arrangement with large overhead skylights that provide upward visibility while approaching and operating alongside moving ships or elevated structures, or while keeping overhead aircraft in view. A full complement of modern fire fighting equipment will allow crews to safely and efficiently conduct the full spectrum of marine fire rescue response missions. “We were impressed at every turn with the diligence and the professionalism of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s leadership, and especially their unwavering commitment to the safety of their firefighters,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “The Department conducted in-depth research followed by a lengthy procurement process to acquire the most modern, efficient, and proven fire boat on the market, and our 50 Defiant checked all the boxes.” With the acquisition, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, one of the largest fire departments in Florida, will join a growing list of Metal Shark fire boat operators. “While Metal Shark builds over 200 boats per year and we are perhaps best known for the large fleets of military vessels we design and build, we continue to expand our presence in the fire boat market,” said Dean Jones, Metal Shark’s Vice President of Sales for Fire, Law Enforcement, and Specialty Markets. “In the past eighteen months, Metal Shark has added nearly ten new fire rescue customers.” “Metal Shark is looking forward to delivering these new, state-of-the-art, American-made fire boats, which will afford the operator the very latest advancements in fire boat design and technology,” said Mr. Allard. “With these new vessels, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews will be able to respond faster and do their jobs more safely. This is a real win not only for the firefighters, but especially for the people of South Florida.” www.metalsharkboats.com

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Fugro welcomes accelerated Offshore Wind Development with UK sector deal announcement

Fugro welcomes the recent announcement of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal in the UK, together with the expected acceleration in the transition to clean growth. The company has already enabled numerous offshore wind developers, at sites in the UK and overseas, to commission their projects on time and within budget, playing a major role in delivering integrated marine datasets to inform critical development decisions. The commitment to deliver at least 30GW of offshore wind by 2030, announced by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will further accelerate the development of offshore wind in the UK. It provides Fugro with visibility of a pipeline of projects and will also stimulate worldwide growth in offshore wind. While Fugro has already undertaken contracts at offshore wind developments in parts of the Asia Pacific region and on the east coast of North America, the Sector Deal creates further opportunities for Fugro’s UK-based experts to work with their global colleagues to realise the potential growth. “The new Sector Deal endorses our recently announced strategy to work with our clients and partners to create a safe and liveable world,” said Mark Heine, Fugro’s CEO. “We have more than 20 years of experience working in offshore wind, with contracts at more than 100 offshore wind locations successfully completed. Our working methods are tailored to meet the demand of the offshore wind industry, acquiring and analysing a comprehensive range of data and providing our clients with essential advice.” Fugro delivers data to clients in real time enabling them to reduce design risk and project development time - both critical factors in the offshore wind industry’s drive to reduce overall project costs. Fugro’s data acquisition systems are becoming increasingly more digitised, enabling them to utilise remote operations, reduce offshore manning, and lower HSE risk. www.fugro.com

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Rigorous lab testing for Dawlish sea wall design Wave overtopping during storms sprays passing trains at Dawlish, UK

During the severe winter storm of February 2014, a section of the sea wall at Dawlish collapsed, destroying part of the main railway line to Devon and Cornwall. Government funding has been announced to upgrade the sea wall to provide better protection for the railway and residents. Arup, who are designing the new sea wall, have commissioned HR Wallingford to conduct physical modelling tests in the laboratory to verify the performance of the proposed design. Arup have been contracted to design the seawall along the Marine Parade section between Dawlish Station and Kennaway Tunnel in Devon. Along this section, wave overtopping during storms sprays passing trains, and previously, has also washed away ballast from beneath the track. The works for Marine Parade will see the height of the sea wall increased by 2.5 metres and include a wave parapet. This will reduce the impact of the waves, reducing the volume of overtopping water and the likelihood of the line being closed during adverse weather. The new seawall will also have more robust foundations to secure the underlying structure. Eunice Silva, Engineer in HR Wallingford’s Coastal Structures Group, said: “Using the results from Arup’s overtopping study, we will be carrying out a whole series of 2D tests over two months in a 40m long wave flume. This will involve constructing the bathymetry, calibrating the different sea states for the different bed levels, building a scaled model of the sea wall design, and then carrying out tests for different crest level and storm conditions.” James Turley, Associate, Arup, said: “Undertaking these laboratory tests is a cost-effective way to allow us to test many different combinations of the design elements under a variety of predicted wave conditions. We can then use the results to optimise the design to suit the conditions it will be exposed to on this particular stretch of coastline at Dawlish, providing better protection for the railway line and residents.” David Lovell, Senior Programme Manager for Network Rail’s South West Rail Resilience Programme, said: “The railway is a vital artery for the South West, so it is crucial that we improve resilience not just for today but for the next century. With sea levels predicted to rise, we have been carrying out detailed analysis and HR Wallingford’s facilities are enabling us to replicate, under controlled conditions, the effectiveness of the new wall when subjected to extreme weather and sea conditions. This is a vital part of the design process in order to provide the railway in Dawlish with the best possible protection against the power of nature. HR Wallingford’s laboratory testing is due to be concluded by the end of April, with work on the new sea wall expected to start in spring 2019 and to be completed by 2021. www.hrwallingford.com

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Tomboy 22 fills niche Brothers Harm and Wieger de Wit of De Wit Workboats based in the Netherlands are responsible for the design of this unique new concept in workboats - the Tomboy. “We realized that there are very few small dedicated workboats on the market, and we wanted to change that”, explained Wieger. “You see a lot of light-weight, fast workboats available. However we aim at the audience that wants a steel heavy duty boat which is durable and can serve on projects for many years”. This smaller version of the Tomboy 26 is lighter and even more suitable for quick on and offshore hoisting, due to its single lifting hook on the steering console. Tomboy 22 was designed for towing duties, crew tendering or rope running. The containerized dimensions allow for easy transport, and the self-draining working deck and high coaming The new Tomboy 22 fills niche for small, multipurpose workboats that make sure that the boat can be safely operated. Two side keels and transom support provide for easy storage on shore or on a flatrack container. The standard 60 kW John Deere engine can deliver an amazing bollard pull of 950 kg, with more power up to159 kW is also optional. The main dimensions are 6.94m x 2.44m x 1.16m. Sales and enquiries of the Tomboy are handled by Marine Equipment Services BV from Arkel, The Netherlands who also operate in the field of supply, rental, renovation and construction of all occurring deck equipment, such as cranes, winches, fairleaders etc. They have the disposal of in-house experience allowing them to advise and assist their customers in designing mooring systems on pontoons and vessels. In a word, anything you find on deck can be supplied by Marine Equipment Services b.v. www.mestrading.com

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Yuchai marine diesel engines to be officially launched at Seawork 2019 The Yuchai International range of marine diesel engines will be officially launched in the UK at this year’s Seawork exhibition by Mermaid Marine. Yuchai International was founded in 1951 and is the largest subsidiary of Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Group Co, with more than 9,000 employees and an annual engine production of more than 700,000 units across seven production sites. The company has a large R&D department and aims to be an industry leader in its engine development. “We’re delighted to be able to offer Yuchai engines in addition to our already comprehensive range,” said Mermaid Marine sales manager Julian Osborne. “Yuchai is a very well-respected company with a philosophy of continual diesel engine development using more environmentally friendly technologies; it’s committed to providing cleaner, greener engines that are high-tech and energy saving with high fuel efficiency and low maintenance and repair costs.” The engines are solid, reliable and robust making them the ideal choice for heavy duty commercial marine applications where reliability, fuel efficiency, low noise and low emissions are key. Characteristics also include high strength, high torque and high adaptability. The Yuchai engines available from Mermaid Marine range in power from 40kW - 1176kW both as propulsion and auxiliary engines. Other engine brands represented by Mermaid Marine include JCB, AGCO Power (Sisu), Kohler, Lombardini Marine, FPT and FNM. The company also specialises in rebuilding Ford Mermaid engines. www.mermaid-marine.com www.marineandmaritimegazette.com

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EMAR Offshore Services welcomes Damen ASD Tug 2811

EMAR Offshore Services, a Netherlands-based dedicated maritime service company, welcomed a new vessel to its fleet. The Damen ASD Tug 2811, named E-TWO, was ordered in November 2018 with a special request for the installation of an additional FiFi1 system, aft winch and hydraulic crane. This ASD Tug 2811, one of Damen Shipyards Group’s ‘next-generation’ harbour tugs, will be deployed for assisting in the berthing and unberthing of industrial vessels in major ports. Johan van Beek, Managing Director of EMAR Offshore Services, has big plans for the vessel; “This expansion of the fleet enables us to ramp up operations in Africa and fully establish ourselves as a leading marine services operator in the region”. The ASD Tug 2811 is an upgraded version of the ASD Tug 2810, further optimised with features that include full compliance with the new stability regulations, a modular marine NOx reduction system and the Damen Digital Platform to maximise performance and reliability. Its improved power and manoeuvrability allow the vessel supreme performance even in restricted waterways. E-TWO is the fifth vessel Damen has supplied to EMAR Offshore Services and is the fourth tug ordered directly by EMAR. “The moment we decided we needed another vessel, I went straight to Damen”, says Mr van Beek. “We know Damen has the vessels in stock, previously delivered vessels have performed very well, and the purchasing and delivery process is as smooth as it gets.” E-TWO is underway to China to collect her first tow, a new 75x25 metre flattop barge for EMAR named E-Barge 1. Purchased from Damen Concordia Shipbuilding, E-Barge 1 will be towed to the Middle East to be used on marine construction projects as part of the establishment of EMAR’s position in the region. A sixth Damen vessel is now under negotiation and EMAR hopes to reveal this news very soon. “Damen is immensely proud to deliver the E-TWO”, says Vincent de Maat, Sales Manager Damen “Working with EMAR is a pleasure, as they’re clear about what they require and provide exactly the right amount of input we need to deliver an exact match to their requirements.” EMAR Offshore Services was established in 2010 and today operates all over the world, with a current focus on the regions Caribbean, South America, West Africa, Middle East and Russia. EMAR supports the oil & gas, construction and mining companies with their need for towage knowledge and equipment. A short video is available at: https://vimeo.com/326302035 www.damen.com

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Teignbridge Hydrodynamic Test Vessel HRV1

UK marine propulsion specialist Teignbridge has launched ‘HRV1’, a unique catamaran for physical testing and rapid prototyping. While Teignbridge makes extensive use of numerical analysis methods, it is typical that such methods still require verification by physical testing to instil customer confidence and to minimise human error related to model setup. HRV1 is currently configured to support Teignbridge’s £3million High Efficiency Propulsion Systems (HEPS) project commissioned and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute to reduce GHG emissions from handysize bulk carriers, product tankers as well as ferries, offshore service vessels and container feeders. The HRV1 HEPS configuration uses a slow-speed, high-torque shaft driven pod, incorporating a six-speed automotive gearbox for speed and power output flexibility. In order to accurately capture propeller performance data, HRV1 is fitted with a sophisticated array of sensors including gyroscope + accelerometer modules to model measure vessel motions, and a propeller shaft mounted fibre optic thrust and torque sensor array, key to establishing hydrodynamic efficiency. Speed through water (by Doppler Velocity Log), GPS, engine data and more, are gathered from the onboard NMEA 2000 system using LabVIEW software which collates and pre-processes performance data before communicating through a wireless link with Teignbridge HQ back on dry land. HRV1’s key feature is her 375kW retractable pod drive system which provides a highly instrumented test cell which, once fitted with a propeller or other shaftline component, is lowered through a moon pool in the centre of the vessel. An onboard gantry crane enables propellers to be quickly changed at sea, enabling multiple propeller trials to be completed in a day. Currently Teignbridge is testing a Wageningen B-Series propeller to establish a calibration point by comparing the historical data against CFD data and the empirical data gained in the sea trials on HRV1. The results to date are very encouraging and will be used to set the baseline for the optimised propeller designs being developed by Teignbridge as part of the HEPS project. So far the project has achieved the following milestones: • Test Vessel operational and delivering initial results • Fibre optic strain gauge thrust and torque measurement • Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) set up and delivering results • Manufactured 12 monobloc prototype propellers • Manufactured Clamp on Blade (CoB) prototype propeller • Carried out successful first Clamp on Blade testing HRV1 will undertake further testing in Torbay throughout the summer optimising propeller designs for large commercial vessels and the clamp on blade (CoB) design. Teignbridge is in discussions with fleet owners to secure demonstration vessels to validate the research. One is an operator of a10 vessel bulk carrier fleet, of which four are 4,000 tonne DWT, currently using 2.2m diameter propellers, twin screw, 1.0 MW per shaft. www.teignbridge.co.uk

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Miko Marine AS has completed the delivery of four innovative sea chest covers and two cofferdams to be used during refurbishment of the Njord Bravo floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO) owned and operated by Equinor.

The covers have been delivered to the Aibel yard in Haugesund in Norway and will be used to ensure the watertight closure of sea chests when they are pumped dry for refurbishment work on the various ballast valves and pump systems inside. Miko has developed specialised expertise in the design of hull closures and chooses from a range of design options according to the nature of the task. For this project, after the curvature of the hull had been precisely measured by laser scanner, covers were made for each of the four sea chests and two cofferdams were manufactured to provide additional security by covering each pair of hull seals. Although Miko regularly uses magnetic fastenings for attaching hull closures, the Njord Bravo required the design of hull closures and cofferdams that could be quickly attached by ROV to a specially designed interface fixed permanently to the hull. The covers and the cofferdams are all made from aluminium and incorporate a foam that makes them neutrally buoyant. This enables them to be easily deployed by an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) which benefits from an ingenious system of spring latches that enable it to lock the covers and cofferdams quickly into place against the interface and tighten the seal. Each component was subjected to detailed pressure and stress testing with the customer present to guarantee the integrity of the covers and their latches. The closures will be deployed at a depth of 15 metres where divers would normally be required to undertake such work. Major cost and safety benefits may now be derived from being able to use ROVs for the complete installation of the system and by ensuring that in-water repairs can be carried-out inside the sea chests should an urgent need arise. Miko Marine AS is based in Oslo, Norway, from where it also provides a range of unique salvage and support products for the marine industry. The company’s most recent innovation has been the Moskito oil recovery unit that was recently introduced as the first tool that can enable bunker fuels and other hydrocarbon cargoes to be quickly and easily extracted from the tanks of sunken vessels. www.mikomarine.com

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Damen Marine Components completes supply of unique rudder and steering gear system to ice breaker In an important milestone in the build of the Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) Nuyina for the Australian government’s Antarctic Division, Damen Marine Components (DMC) has completed the supply and installation of a number of critical systems. These had to be fabricated to exceptionally high standards to cope with the ice that the vessel will encounter in the Southern Ocean. DMC, under its Van der Velden Marine Systems brand, is responsible for the detail engineering and manufacturing of the rudder and steering gear system. The rudders in particular are unique. They have been designed and engineered by project-lead Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding as free-hanging, full-spade rudders. These deliver optimum hydrodynamic properties but until now were unheard-of for an icebreaking vessel of this class, given the forces involved. Other innovative features include the integrated mechanical rudder stoppers, which are located between the rudder blade and (hull) skeg structure rather than on the outside hull due to the latter’s radical design. To deliver all the necessary steering system components from the bridge to the rudder, including hydraulics, control and power systems, while meeting the unprecedented performance requirements, DMC pooled its expertise in this field with that of MacGregor Hatlapa (MacGregor). Working to DMC’s specifications, MacGregor manufactured and supplied the steering gear assemblies and the hydraulic systems that power them based on a highlycustomized version of its proven Poseidon series. DMC delivered the rudder system, neck and carrier bearing systems steering gear foundations, electrical system, and the primary steering control system. With so many of the systems breaking the boundaries of normal icebreaker design and build, DMC worked closely with Lloyds Register’s polar division throughout the process to ensure that the required standards were established and achieved. The results of this cooperation include rudders that are by far the heaviest per square metre that DMC has ever built and rudder stocks with a diameter of over a 1000 mm. This together with the materials used made them very challenging to manufacture and install. These premium specification components are vital to the safe and reliable operation of the vessel. Its combination of icebreaker classification and high polar class notation creates the need to enhance its structural integrity such that, while the maximum design speed of the vessel is actually around 16 knots, most of the components have had to be designed to cope with theoretical speeds in excess of 31 knots. This joint-venture approach was chosen due to DSNS requiring proven technology and a single supplier, yet the specifications were such that no standard products available from DMC and its leading competitors came close to being able to withstand the expected forces. While being only 160-metres in length, the stresses imposed on the hull and its components are equivalent to those found on a normal vessel of 300 metres or more. MacGregor, with an existing product that would deliver the necessary performance after some modifications and a head office just 20 minutes from the DMC engineering department in Hamburg, was the ideal partner. The ASRV is being built at Damen Shipyards Galati and is due to be delivered in April 2020. www.damen.com

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Damen Verolme Rotterdam completes refit of drilling rig Stena Don Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR) has completed a major refit of the Stena Drilling-owned 5th generation, semisubmersible drilling rig Stena Don. The vessel arrived at DVR in October 2018 and departed for her new contract off the UK’s Shetland Islands in February 2019. The most significant aspect of the works was the installation of an eight-point mooring system for her future drilling contracts. By using this for holding position, emissions will be significantly reduced and substantial savings on fuel costs will be made. The upgrade also enables the rig to work in shallower waters than before which greatly increases her operational envelope. DVR, one of Damen Shipyards Group’s most experienced yards in the repair and refit of complex offshore structures, began preparations for the installation of the new mooring system well before the Stena Don arrived at the yard. Various elements of the system were manufactured by Damen in advance including the anchor chain lockers and sponsons. Weighing 1,200 tonnes in total they were fabricated at Damen Shipyards Mangalia before being shipped to Rotterdam. Other key components included eight anchor winches and the fairleads plus the winch control cabins, new VFD switchboards and brake resistor units. The eight ultra-high-holding power anchors were delivered by Damen Anchor and Chain Factory. In addition to installing the mooring system the yard also strengthened the hull to comply with the new regulations regarding the mitigation of wave impact forces. The extra weight required the fitting of two additional sponsons. Furthermore, the POB capacity was upgraded from 120 to 140 persons on board. This included the fabrication and installation of two triple lifeboat systems. On the 18th of February the Stena Don exited the yard for the reinstallation of its six DPS thrusters in the deep water of the Port of Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte. The official handover to Stena Drilling followed on 26 February, in line with the original schedule. The following day she departed for Bergen for inclination tests and additional assessments prior to starting work off the Shetland Islands. “This was a major project with limited time available, with its challenges.” said Jan Kees Pilaar, managing director of DVR, “It was effectively a turn-key project with DVR handling every aspect including the detailed engineering. However, we know Stena Don from previous projects and have an excellent working relationship with Stena Drilling so the combination of familiarity with the vessel and the support of different specialist units within the Damen Group ensured a successful conclusion.” “We are deeply impressed with how DVR, in close cooperation with our own first-class project team on site and all involved subcontractors, managed to successfully complete this very challenging project on time, on budget and without incidents,” added Fredrik Samuelsson, Commercial Project Manager at Stena Drilling. “A lot of work had to be completed in a very short time frame and this could only be achieved thanks to the professionalism and dedication shown by DVR throughout the project. The result is a very capable and highly versatile rig which will make us and our clients proud for many years to come.” The Stena Don, a harsh environment, dynamically-positioned, 5th generation semi-submersible drilling rig, can drill in waters up to 650 metres deep and has an upgraded accommodation capacity for 140 personnel. 95.5 metres in length and with a beam of 67 metres, it was built by the Kvaerner Warnow Werft Shipyard in Germany in 2001. This was the drilling rig’s fourth visit to the DVR site, with its most recent stopover in July 2015 when it came in for a special periodical survey and a mid-life upgrade. www.damen.com

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Hong Kong’s first Superyacht Management Services Centre Hong Kong Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) has reached a partnership agreement with the China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd for the establishment of the Hong Kong’s first Superyacht Management Services Center in Tsing Yi. Located at the Yiu Lian and Euroasia Dockyards, the centre will provide world-class supporting services for superyachts of over 45 metres, including yacht refit, repair and maintenance services. Speaking at the signing ceremony witnessed by lawyers of Stephenson Harwood, Kara Yeung, HKCYIA Executive Director said “the establishment of a yacht management services centre specifically designed for superyachts has marked a major milestone in the development of the yacht industry in Hong Kong. As more yachts are becoming bigger in recent years, the demand for quality superyacht management services is on the rise. However, existing facilities in Hong Kong are lagging behind leaving some very big space for development in this field.” “Currently the majority of the maritime business in Hong Kong is taken up by commercial and cargo ships, with the repair and maintenance systems being mainly designed for these kind of ships. However, yacht management and maintenance is another service segment which the current system cannot cater to meet their specific needs,” She said. Yeung remarked that the move is in line with China’s plan to develop the maritime economy. According to the Outline of the 13th Five-Year Plan for the National Economic and Social Development of China, the maritime economy grew by 7.5 per cent annually on average in the past five years reaching 7.8 trillion yuan in 2017. Beijing expects the maritime industry to be worth 10 trillion yuan by 2020 and account for around 15 percent of her GDP by 2035, showing the bright future of the maritime business. As Hong Kong is expected to be a ‘super connector’ in the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the strategy to build a 21st century maritime Silk Road, the enhancing of multilateral maritime co-operations and fostering of world-class marine industrial clusters in the Greater Bay Area will be of special significance for Hong Kong. Yeung said the HKCYIA Superyacht Management Services Centre is set up in response to this national strategy as it will provide a transit point for superyachts to obtain supplies and fuel when they travel to destinations in Asia. Not only will more superyachts come to Hong Kong to help promote tourism, but also more foreign investors are expected to come and develop the related businesses. According to Yeung, the HKCYIA Superyacht Management Services Center will collaborate with international yacht brands and top yacht management companies in providing world-class supporting services, including repair and maintenance, audit and survey, bunkering services, crew administration, logistics support, etc. Exclusive onshore tours with tailor-made itinerary can also be provided for ship owners and their crew. HKCYIA will also join hands with the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) and RINA Services S.p.A. to develop a superyacht management course, providing hands-on training to young people who have an interest in pursuing their careers in the yacht industry. Yeung said this programme will be the first of its kind and the collaboration with RINA will provide training that meets international standards. “Nurturing the next generation is important for the longterm development of the high-end maritime economy. The Superyacht Management Services Center will provide the perfect environment for youngsters to learn the necessary skills from industry practitioners, as well as getting the opportunities to develop their careers. Since last year, HKCYIA has been working closely with the relevant associations and organizations, with the plan of fostering the development of the yacht industry in China. A Memorandum of understanding was signed between the association and Asia Pacific Superyacht Association (APSA); Taiwan Yachts Industry Association (TYIA); Shenzhen Boating Industry Association (BIA); Zhuhai Ocean Association; Yacht Industry Development Association of Fujian; Hainan Cruise and Yacht Association and Sanya Yachting Association (SYA) to provide the foundations for future co-operations. HKCYIA will also participate in the Versilia Yachting Rendezvous in Viareggio this month in meetings with industry experts to seek further co-operations. Yeung has been invited as a guest speaker of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 2019 to share her insights on the development of yacht industry in Hong Kong. www.cmindustry.com.hk www.hkcyia.org

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Rever Sapphire and Rever Polaris in dry dock for special survey

A&P Tyne has completed a non-routine docking and a special survey docking for Rever Offshore’s diving support vessels ‘Rever Sapphire’ and ‘Rever Polaris’. The 6064 tonne Rever Sapphire underwent dry docking, survey and repairs earlier this year in a month-long programme of work, which was spent in dock and alongside on the West Quay. Work included repairs to a swing up thruster, the rebranding of the vessel following a name change as well as a series of upgrades including changing out boom heel pins and bearings for the Hydramarine crane, providing a series of critical welds on the slewing column, Hydramarine boom and Dreggen crane, replacing seals on the Hydramarine crane auxiliary hoist system reduction gearbox and fabricating and replacing the hyperbaric lifeboat’s exhaust manifold. The 8234 tonne Rever Polaris followed Sapphire into the dock for an eight-week programme as part of its special survey docking. The vessel left A&P’s Tyne facility earlier this month. A&P Tyne’s substantial scope of work included completing a 35,000 hour overhaul of the port and starboard azimuth thrusters, re-routing external drainage for the helideck, replacing deluge pipework on the gas deck, relocating satellite tracking antenna, calibrating anchors and chains, repairing and repainting the bumper bars and bulwarks, replacing external walkway lighting and carrying out extensive reactive steel repairs, as identified by the vessel manager throughout the docking special survey. Graeme Wood, Assets and Services Director for Rever Offshore commented: “These were two high profile and strategically important projects for Rever Offshore and A&P North East did a fantastic job in supporting us and completing an exacting programme to the very highest technical standards. Whilst both scopes had their challenges, the work was completed safely and in a timely and well organised manner, demonstrating a good, positive working relationship between A&P and the crew.” www.ap-group.co.uk Picture top shows Rever Polaris in dock

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EIVA launches a complete software solution for ROV steering

NaviSuite Mobula is a new software product from EIVA, which offers advanced steering capabilities to ROV owners at a cost matching most budgets. The market for the micro- and mini-ROVs is under drastic change, with more suppliers entering the market, and prices for the ROVs dropping significantly. The performance of the entry-level ROVs makes them useful for professional use - provided you have the right software capabilities. This is now possible through a NaviSuite product dedicated to ROV steering, NaviSuite Mobula. It includes high-end features from NaviSuite Nardoa, EIVA’s package for high-end subsea inspection work, where focus is on data fusion from the most advanced sensors and on efficiency functions that enable fast inspection of very large assets such as pipelines etc. By bringing this into a package for the mini-ROV segment, it becomes possible to use these for professional inspections. EIVA CEO Jeppe Nielsen commented: “With NaviSuite Mobula, we are offering a best-in-class set of features, unmatched by any other package in the market - and at unmatched competitive prices.”

Adding advanced features to the ROV adventure Besides the obvious manual steering and video streaming, NaviSuite Mobula’s features include: • High performance 3D data fusion, combining multiple views with maps/imagery, sonar, laser, camera and other data you may collect • The full range of forward-looking sonar, multi-beam sonar, cable/pipe tracker and LiDAR options known from our high-end 3D pipeline and cable route inspection package • Positioning using a wide range of sensors enabling go-to-waypoint and follow-route features • A full package for professional inspection, registering events of interest • Connection to remote displays, allowing you to follow an inspection • NaviModel Free Viewer for your end clients to receive and fly through your inspection results Moreover, EIVA is currently working on including their unique VSLAM algorithm in the software, letting you generate colour point clouds and 3D mesh models of the seabed and of subsea structures - just using the single camera on your ROV. EIVA’s long-term vision with NaviSuite Mobula is to provide a software package that enables fully automated inspections through a long list of advanced features. For this reason, NaviSuite Mobula includes functionality to steer the ROV - because it’s necessary for the automation features coming later. EIVA has initially focused on some of the most widely sold mini-ROV types in the market, namely the VideoRay Pro 4 / Pro 5 / Defender and the Blue Robotics BlueROV2, and NaviSuite Mobula is available in versions tailored to these ROV types. EIVA expects to expand the list of supported ROVs soon, as well as add more functionalities. Jeppe Nielsen elaborated: “If a customer’s ROV model is not supported, EIVA will happily work with the producer to integrate it.” NaviSuite Mobula is initially available in multiple variants - depending on whether you need sonar capabilities or not and which ROV you have. NaviSuite Mobula variants can be purchased as annual subscriptions from just 299,- Euro. All subscriptions include access to EIVA’s 24/7 helpdesk and new versions of the product. www.eiva.com

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L3 Technologies announced today that together with Sonardyne International Ltd. it will offer 6G-enabled capability across its commercial autonomous vessel product range.

L3’s C-Stat 2 and C-Cat 3 autonomous vessels will be offered factory-fitted with Sonardyne’s 6G range of Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking and communications systems. These unique platforms and sensor combinations have been proven to deliver optimised solutions for data gathering and subsea positioning tasks during inshore and offshore operational scenarios. The C-Stat 2, equipped with Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Gyro USBL model, is designed for operators needing to position underwater assets with high levels of precision. The platform will enable a range of tasks, such as touchdown monitoring, seismic cable lay operations, Compatt 6 Long BaseLine (LBL) array box-in and remote LBL baseline calibration, vehicle tracking and subsea sensor data collecting. The C-Cat 3, equipped with Mini-Ranger 2, will be able to operate as a gateway for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) operations, enabling tracking and communications with up to 10 AUVs at the same time. “Combining our unrivalled autonomous vessel technology with Sonardyne’s industry-standard communication and positioning systems will enable us to provide end users with a fully integrated solution,” said James Cowles, Commercial Technical Sales Manager, L3 UK. “Factory fitting Sonardyne 6G also adds value to our existing solutions, making the transition from conventional manned survey platforms to autonomy a much smoother process for companies looking to gain the competitive edge with lower costs and safer data acquisition.” “L3 and Sonardyne have a long history of successfully working together to deliver on cutting-edge technical programmes. Now L3’s customers will be able to access Sonardyne’s versatile 6G acoustic positioning, communication and sensing technology on proven commercial autonomous vessel platforms,” said Ioseba Tena, Global Business Manager - Marine Robotic Systems, Sonardyne. “Combining these capabilities means customers have access to vessels that can perform more remote and autonomous marine operations; including tracking multiple AUVs and real-time data harvesting in hard to access environments across defence, offshore and ocean science sectors.” www.L3T.com

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BMT earns recognition from Nautical Institute

BMT, a leading multidisciplinary management consultancy with strong sector expertise in Maritime, Coastal Engineering and Environmental and Green Infrastructure, is proud to announce receiving recognition for its Navigation Assessment Services by The Nautical Institute. Having achieved external recognition of our expertise in the field makes us the only company globally who are able to offer Navigation Assessment Services evaluated and approved by The Nautical Institute - the international representative body for maritime professionals. BMT has been providing navigation assessments to the international market since 2015. Jeroen de Haas, Managing Director, Surveys at BMT said, “With the BMT team being uniquely qualified to deliver navigation assessments, and as we experience phenomenal growth in our audits, receiving formal recognition from the Nautical Institute is a huge accomplishment for us. We are very proud that our assessment services satisfy the highest standards. Our team of assessors are uniquely qualified to provide insight in all aspects of modern marine navigation, including use of integrated bridge systems, manoeuvring of vessels in complex traffic situations and effective bridge resource management techniques.” The modern navigator faces a host of new challenges to successfully complete her passage with increased technical complexity in the management of the vessel and its systems. At the same time the consequences of collision and grounding incidents related to navigation have escalated in recent years. Many argue that these types of incidents could have been avoided if procedures had been followed, but experience has taught us that ‘human factors’ play a huge role in the efficient and safe navigation of ships - something that cannot be assessed by auditing a paper trail. Our assessors execute live assessments during coastal passages, providing a thorough evaluation of the function of the bridge team, the execution of the passage plan and a review of the application of policies and procedures in practice. Using BMT’s MATE© flexible technology to quantify the impact on our navigation performance findings, we are tailoring our Navigation Assessments to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse customer base while helping them to comply with IMO regulations and the global standards for seafarers. www.bmt.org


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UK based, Valeport recently launched a new environmental range of optical sensors.

Hyperion Turbidity – is the industry’s first standalone turbidity sensor with such a small footprint to combine Nephelometer and OBS readings in the same instrument. Created for inshore, coastal and oceanographic monitoring, this new sensor delivers a minimum detection level of just 0.03 NTU (nephelometer) and can measure turbidity up to 6,000 NTU (OBS). The titanium housing, data output up to 16Hz and low power requirements ensures this sensor can be placed in situ for extended periods with easy access to highly accurate data. SWiFTplus Fluorometer – designed by Valeport’s in-house specialists, this unique new range of probes combine the power of the SWiFT technology and a fluorometer for the high performance measurement of Chlorophyll a, Fluorescein, Rhodamine or Phycocyanin. Compact and robust, the suite of instruments are ideal for shallow water bathymetric and environmental survey, where observations can be monitored and recorded for surveys for up to 3 days continuous operation. These savvy sensors combine all you need to carry out survey grade Sound Velocity, Salinity, Density, CTD and optical profiles up to 200 metres, in a single instrument. Guy Frankland, Valeport marketing manager, commented: “2019 is an exciting year for Valeport with a number of new and upgraded products coming to market. We’re committed to innovating and leading the way in support of the hydrographic and oceanographic survey sector and are delighted with the reception the new environmental range received at Ocean Business.” www.valeport.co.uk

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Tried and tested on numerous subsea operations

The RUD ROV Hook has been designed to offer a product that not only meets the operational safety standards but also the speed of use requirements the industry faces, thus reducing time penalties and increased costs. It features an innovative outwards opening safety latch and a patented mechanism with only two moving parts. The design has been tried and tested on real life subsea operations and offers a greatly enhanced degree of load security. The ROV Hook offers a safe, versatile and robust hook for subsea use. The hook is currently available as a 10 tonne working load limit capacity hook with a 25 tonne hook coming in Autumn 2019. It offers a safety factor of 4:1, is 100% crack tested and can withstand a dynamic loading of more than 20,000 load cycles according to European Standard EN 1677. The ROV hook is being met by the industry with great enthusiasm and helping to achieve exceptional safety standards in subsea lifting.

New RUD ACP Turnado Hoist Ring

Unique spring mechanism, enhanced & strengthened shape with 30% increased working load limit

RUD lifting equipment is highly valued for their quality and innovative design features across a range of industry sectors including offshore oil and gas, engineering, industrial, construction, materials handling, aerospace and defence. Currently, with many conventional lifting points the lifting ring can sometimes stay in an upright position throughout the lift, which leads to a dangerous transverse load and can result in two scenarios. Firstly, high sheer stresses and bending moments can affect the lifting point and bolt which can consequently result in mechanical damage or breakage. Secondly, high forces can occur when the lifting ring flips or jerks which would make the load drop suddenly and could damage the load and lifting components. The New RUD ACP Turnado hoist ring turns the lifting ring into the direction of the best lifting angle. Therefore the lifting ring will move freely into the direction of the pull, avoiding any tilting or unintentional reverting of the lifting ring. Developed by the RUD engineering team, the hoist ring truly offers more. The shape has been enhanced and strengthened at its most stressed areas. It offers an increased working load limit of up to 30% compared to hoist rings of the same size. The hoist ring also comes with RUD’s ICE-Bolt technology which offers steel with maximum strength and high ductility. Its unique spring mechanism guides the lifting ring automatically into the direction of the best lifting angle and avoids worst case lifting scenarios. Wear indicators, positioned at the critical points of the lifting angle make it easy to identify the wear on the lifting point upon inspection. Hoist rings are well known for their tendency to kink. The new RUD ACP Turnado eliminates these dangers completely. The intelligent spring mechanism makes sure that the suspension ring turns into the load force direction. The lifting ring design guarantees a safe position of the hook without kinking. The result being the first hoist ring which ensures no kinking. The RUD ACP Turnado comes with a factory equipped RFID transponder which allows quick and easy management and inspections of your lifting equipment, helping to ensure that your equipment is inspected on time, every time. www.rud.co.uk

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Damen Marine Components to make its winch range available on the open market

It’s no secret that Damen Marine Components (DMC) designs and manufactures high-quality marine winches for a wide range of applications. However up until now mariners will have only encountered them on board Damen-built or maintained vessels, as they were previously sold exclusively within the Damen group. That is now to change with DMC making its winches generally available to third-party shipyards and equipment suppliers for the first time.

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Damen Marine Components has been producing winches on a commercial scale since 2010, however for many years prior to that date Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam had been maintaining and building highly-regarded winches for its fishing vessel clientele. Eight years ago, the decision was made to put that valuable knowledge and expertise to good use across the group. Damen recognised that winches are often a vital component on board workboats and producing them in-house would not only leverage an existing skills base but would also reduce reliance on suppliers and ensure the continuous improvement and adaptation of the designs. Damen Winch Technology was formed in 2015, bringing on board additional engineers and creating a dedicated unit with R&D, design & engineering, production and after-sales support all under one roof. This consolidation and expansion also enabled the benefits of Damen’s expertise in standardisation to be exploited the full, allowing maximum advantage to be taken of series production and proven designs to deliver better quality and lower costs. Production in high volumes also supports a policy of continuous innovation. Today, DMC offers the maritime industry a full range of high quality, low maintenance escort, towing, anchor and tugger winches, and capstans. Damen’s many years of experience as a leading builder and maintainer of vessels of all types can be seen in the design and build of all its winches. Not only are they capable and reliable, they are also simple to install and align, and service and spares are available at short notice on a worldwide basis. Additional features based on Damen’s shipbuilding knowledge include the application of extended factory acceptance testing to remove the need for postinstallation commissioning, the assembly of winches on single skids for easy mounting, and the application of duplex paint systems for maximum durability. “Our doors are now open for enquiries from anyone looking for the best in maritime winches for all applications,” said Steef Staal, managing director of Damen Marine Components. “We may be a new entrant into the general market, but we offer a wealth of experience and expertise, and our winches can already be found on vessels all over the world, delivering first-class performance and value for money.” www.damen.com

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Marlow ropes new Morfrac block technology Marlow Ropes recently announced they are working with new block manufacturer Morfrac Systems created and engineered by G Yacht Design based in Valencia Spain. This new hardware has been developed with the latest innovative technology using Morfrac’s patented AGB (Adaptive Geometry Bearing) system and required a high performing professional rope solution that aligned with their brand principles of quality, reliability and technical craftsmanship. Using Marlow’s range of Dyneema® D12 SK78, D12 SK99, Chafe Covers and Whipping Twine has enabled Morfrac to take their customised light and durable block hardware to the next level; creating high load blocks that work for all sailors from amateur to professional whether they are racing or cruising. Working with Morfrac is the latest in a long line of technically superior partnerships, that allows Marlow Ropes to stay at the cutting edge of technology. Leisure Marine Director Paul Honess comments “Our collaborative partnerships with other manufacturers within the Leisure Marine industry are an important part of Marlow’s brand values, pushing our own R&D and rope innovations to the next level and ensuring that we continue to make world leading products for sailors across the world.” Nicolas Goldenberg from Morfrac Systems comments “Ropes are a key component of our Morf Blocks, having a close relation with the manufacturer is vital for our product development. Partnering with a high quality rope manufacture such as Marlow enables us boost our products from early stages ” www.marlowropes.com


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Vattenfall chooses Port of IJmuiden as maintenance hub for Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm Vattenfall has chosen the Port of IJmuiden as its home base for operational and maintenance activities related to the Hollandse Kust 1&2 wind farm. Once the wind farm is completed and commissioned (by 2023), all maintenance and management tasks required to keep the wind farm operational will be performed from this maintenance hub. Vattenfall and the Port of IJmuiden are developing the necessary facilities in the IJmond harbour area. The service centre will house an office for the staff, a storage room for spare parts and a workshop. There will also be room to create boat landings for the maintenance boats (crew transfer vessels (CTVs)), that will be used to carry the maintenance staff to and from the wind farm. Construction is expected to start in early 2022, and around 40 people will work at the site after completion. “We just started the first activities for the wind farm”, says Gijs Nijsten, Development Manager for the wind farm. “It’s still early days yet, and it will take several years before the wind farm is ready to start supplying electricity. Even so, this is a very important development. With a wind farm as large as this in particular, we need to have a good place where we can do our work to ensure that the wind farm will perform at an optimum level.” Vattenfall opted for the Port of IJmuiden due to its proximity to the Hollandse Kust Zuid site as well as other future wind farms. Currently Vattenfall also uses this harbour for operations of the existing windfarm NoordZeeWind and

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the company is thus already known in the region. The port’s long-term vision on offshore wind, development flexibility, and the infrastructure and suppliers in the surrounding area played a significant role in their choice.

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The service centre will be an energy-efficient building that is as self-sufficient as possible. Solar panels will be installed on a green roof. Other possibilities currently being examined are heat pumps and other energy-neutral applications. This fits with Vattenfall’s aim to make life without fossil fuels possible within one generation.

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A contract has also been signed with Windcat Workboats. Windcat, with its headquarters in IJmuiden, is the market leader for the offshore transport of maintenance staff. The Windcat boats will enable the maintenance technicians to travel to the wind farm. Windcat Workboats is presently working with CMB Technologies on the development of a hydrogen-powered boat. This option is expected to be ready by 2020, and Vattenfall will be one of the first companies to make use of these boats. Windcat Workboats was chosen due to its proven focus on safety, fuel efficiency, performance and seeking out innovative solutions. Windcat’s wealth of experience in the offshore wind sector in Europe as well as the Netherlands coastal region was also important. www.vattenfall-hollandsekust.nl

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Port of Ngqura sand bypass system South Africa’s Port of Ngqura is the first in the world to have a fixed jet sand bypass system, which is meeting its stringent dredging targets of 240,000 tonnes of sand per year. The new computer controlled sand bypass system, which is designed to mimic nature, consists of jet pumps which emulate the natural longshore drift along the coast. This is achieved by pumping the sand from the up drift (west) section of the coast to the down drift (east) section of the coast. Littoral drift of sand occurs primarily on South Africa’s east coast, where prevailing winds and currents cause a northward movement of sand up the coast. At the Port, sand is captured in sand traps created by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) dredging services. It is then pumped via pipelines to a discharge point on the opposite end of the port. The annual net longshore transport rate within Algoa Bay varies from 240,000 to 320,000 tonnes per years, the average quantity of sand required to be bypassed by the system annually. “This is an achievement, as we are complying with the Record of Decision (environmental legislation) which stipulated the strict conditions to be adhered to in the development of a port of this nature in an environmentally sensitive area, said the Port of Ngqura’s environmental manager Mandilahke Mododana. “The Port of Ngqura is the only port in South Africa to have a Record of Decision for its construction and operation. This means that it is the only port subjected to environmental legislation during its entire development, operation, and future development.” Failure to bypass and achieve a minimum volume of 240,000 tonnes of sand per year could result in a fine of some R10 million (£540,000 GBP). The system is effectively a fixed dredger which operates cost effectively compared to a mechanical dredger. It requires a rigid maintenance programme which keeps it going 24/7. The port has had to develop and refine the maintenance, standby and recovery plans to counteract temporary shortfalls as part of a continuos improvement process. This included making provision for unplanned maintenance, improving maintenance techniques, daily planning and scheduling, all while remaining within budget. Other initiatives include remote operations after hours, establishing visual maintenance tools for all staff, and implementing continuous improvement techniques.

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DREDGED EASTERN CHANNEL OPENS IN COWES HARBOUR, UK Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has completed the delivery of a new, dredged Eastern Channel, in line with the Commission’s priority and overriding responsibility for navigational safety and strategic objective to deliver improvements to harbour access. Cowes Harbour is a Trust Port, designated and recognised by the Department for Transport, and as such, these dredging works are considered a stakeholder dividend project under the Government’s guidance. The dredging works to construct the Eastern Channel were commenced in January 2019 by CHC’s contractor Jenkins Marine, and the project completed on time and as planned, before the close of the MMO (Marine Management Organisation) consented window that ran to the end of March. The dredging could only be done over the winter due to the presence of eel grass beds off East Cowes. Capt. Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Harbour Master, said: “I am very pleased to declare the new Eastern Channel open for harbour users. The dredged Eastern Channel provides a more direct, all tide route to the Solent than the previous Small Craft Channel, and allows smaller vessels safe access to and egress from Cowes Harbour, reducing potential conflict with the ferry and commercial traffic movements. Our contractor Jenkins Marine has impressed with their performance throughout the project, and we thank them for their assistance in the successful delivery of the dredging works.” Small craft, up to 20m in length, approaching from or departing to the north or east can now use the Cowes Harbour Eastern Channel and avoid the busy main harbour entrance, thereby de-conflicting small craft from the larger commercial vessels. The 35 metre wide Eastern Channel is dredged to 2.25 metres below chart datum, therefore the minimum depth of water in the Channel is equal to the height of tide plus 2.25 metres. Small craft leaving the Eastern Channel when proceeding into the Inner Fairway should give way to vessels in the Inner Fairway and converge with caution. www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk

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Stevedores and port terminal management specialists SCH have been awarded the contract for a further three years with Liverpool City Council to handle all cruise ships calling at Liverpool Cruise Terminal (LCT).

The agreement follows an extensive procurement and evaluation exercise and includes the option for an additional two years beyond 2021, this will mean SCH will be the cruise ship handlers when Liverpool’s new terminal opens towards the end of the 2021 season. Liverpool’s fast expanding portfolio of cruise ship turnarounds and transit callers means that over 85 cruise ships will call at LCT this year, with operators including Fred Olsen Line, CMV, Disney Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Cunard and Princess. SCH will provide all stevedoring, including baggage handling and stores loading, and rope handling services, while sister company Cruise and Passenger Services also provides valet cruise parking services for passengers. Around 50 staff from Merseyside are employed for each turnaround cruise call in the port. The contract extension builds upon the previous three year deal that SCH had with Liverpool and underlines the company’s role as the UK’s most extensive provider of cruise ship support, with operations also in Southampton and, through sister company Southern Maritime Services, in Portsmouth. Angie Redhead, Head of City Assets, said: “With our new passenger terminal on the horizon, these are exciting times for Liverpool’s continued growth as a major UK cruise port and the passenger handling operation is an essential part of the service. SCH have shown over the past three years that they are among the leading experts in supporting cruise ship operations and we look forward to continuing our solid working relationship with them.” SCH Director Kevin Hulme added: “We are delighted to have secured this contract extension against stiff competition. Our record in providing a first class service to LCT over the past few years was an important factor and we look forward to supporting Liverpool as the port develops its cruise offering even further with the construction of the new terminal.” www.schltd.com

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Where will you be from 11th - 13th June? Mayflower Park Southampton of course... Seawork 2019 is fast approaching and the marine world once again gets set to descend on Southampton. Seawork International is the largest and fastest growing international commercial marine and workboat exhibition and conference - and thus has become a ‘must’ in many maritime professionals diaries.

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Once again this yea the exhibition takes place over three days at the prestigious Mayflower Park in Southampton, UK. Attracting in the region of 8,000 high calibre maritime visitors from over 70 countries around the world, Seawork is where buyers, sellers, innovators and legislators come together for three invaluable days at one incomparable location. Last year’s show was a huge success, with more visitors, more exhibitors,more halls in use and a wider conference programme than ever before. This year is already looking even bigger - it is not something to miss! As proven over the last three years, by staging the event at the larger venue, Seawork benefits greatly by being able to have a large number of exhibitors vessels on site for visitors to examine and really ‘get a feel for’ - it truly is a great advantage and also creates an unrivaled spectacle for the prospective boat owners. www.seawork.com.

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SEAWORK COMMERCIAL MARINE CONFERENCE The Seawork 2019 free-to-attend conference sessions will be held across the three days of Seawork. They will cover a variety of issues within the Marine Industry and feature presentations from the Supporting Associations MORNING SESSION: USVS Estimated at $470m (USD), the unmanned surface vessel market is expected to reach around $1billion (USD) by 2022. USVs can augment and even replace divers in salvage, port security, fish farms surveillance, bridge and dam monitoring, research and education. This session will benefit any business that serves these sectors by helping them keep on top of the latest developments. The Conference will focus on the commercial application of USV with a keynote address from Jukka Merenluoto of One Sea/DIMECC Ltd. The Conference will be Chaired by Dan Hook, Senior Director of L3 ASV with Simon Cheeseman, Sector Lead for Wave & Tidal Energy Ore Catapult, Moderating the Panel Discussion. The Panel will major on ‘Learning from the rest’ An Oil & Gas perspective on operating autonomous systems.

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AFTERNOON SESSION: HYBRID PROPULSION With the ever increasing need to reduce operating costs and minimise fuel consumption, with growing together environmental and legislative pressures to bring down emissions, all vessel operators should be considering the benefits of embracing hybrid propulsion. This session will focus on the future of hybrid propulsion within the commercial marine industry and open discussions on this drive for change. The Conference will be Chaired by Duncan Duffy, Global Technology Lead of Electro-Technical Matters. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dennis Doerffel of REAPsystems - presenting on the HEVIMA Project. 5 additional presentations will be delivered focussing on hybrid propulsion across a wide range of commercial vessels along with a Panel discussion centring on ‘The case for hybrid pilot boats – economic, environmental & operational’. The Panel discussion will be moderated by Andy Page, MD of Chartwell Marine Ltd. Delegates were encouraged to join in the discussion opportunities and to share ideas and experiences with fellow workboat professionals and maximise on the opportunity to see the relevant services and products offered by the 610 exhibitors who represent workboat businesses from around the world. www.seawork.com


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Damen launches two road ferries for Canadian operator BC Ferries In the space of just a few weeks, two, 81 metre road ferries for the Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries have been launched at Damen Shipyards Galati and are now being fitted out ahead of entering service next year. Once operational they will be capable of carrying up to 300 passengers and crew, and 47 vehicles. The ferries have been built to Damen’s Road Ferry 8117E3 design and the order was secured following an extensive, multi-phased, international tender process. BC Ferries is currently undertaking a fleet renewal programme that will see a number of new vessels operating in the province of British Colombia, on Canada’s Pacific coastline. The twin Damen Road Ferry 8117E3 will serve the Northern Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver, replacing vessels that are now over fifty years old. The tender process initially attracted interest from numerous yards around the world and was designed to deliver maximum value for the users of what is one of the largest ferry operators in the world. The standards required are very high; BC Ferries is regulated by the BC Ferries Commissioner and the service levels are set by the provincial government. In his speech at the launch, which was delivered partly in Romanian, Paul Catsburg, director of the vessel replacement programme at BC Ferries, said, “This class of vessels is very important for BC Ferries as it represents our newest vessel type, introducing a state-of-the-art, diesel-electric, hybrid propulsion system. The ships’ hybrid design is important for two main reasons; firstly to improve environmental stewardship and secondly to reduce operating costs by evolving to full electric propulsion.” He also offered his sincere congratulations to all those involved in building the second hull and in particular recognised the efforts that the management and workers of Damen Galati had made to reach this important milestone. Damen is working to a fixed-priced contract that provides BC Ferries with substantial guarantees related to delivery dates, performance criteria, cost certainty and quality construction. Building two identical vessels will also deliver capital and operating cost savings and additional efficiencies. After-sales warranty support will be provided by Point Hope Shipyards in Victoria, British Columbia in an agreement with Damen www.damen.com

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Speakers announced for Maritime Week Gibraltar Minister for the Port, the Hon. Gilbert Licudi QC MP announced recently, the programme of speakers for Maritime Week Gibraltar which takes place from 24 - 28 June. He also confirmed the Royal Navy will be sending a ship to the port especially to celebrate the week. Gibraltar is the largest bunkering port in the Mediterranean, with approximately 50,000 vessels transiting the Strait of Gibraltar each year. Maritime Week Gibraltar will highlight the range of services and facilities available in Gibraltar which complement the Port’s superb bunkering facilities, and showcase the enduring quality and services the Port offers the maritime sector. The event takes place at a time of great change across the industry as it prepares to adhere to the IMO Sulphur Cap regulation in 2020. The Minister for the Port will open the week of events in June at a HM Government of Gibraltar reception. The Conference Programme will feature keynote speakers from international organisations such as Shell, The Carnival Corporation, the International Bunker Industry Association, Lloyd’s Register, BIMCO, Simms Showers LLC, World Fuel Services, Intertek, Gibdock and Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration and many others. Representatives from local bodies such as the Gibraltar Port Authority, Gibraltar Maritime Administration and Admiralty Marshall as well as other locally based maritime operators, who are all responsible for maintaining the high level of service which the Port provides, will also be taking part. For further details on the conference programme visit www.petrospot.com/events/MWG2019/programme/mwg19-gibraltar-conference Minister for the Port, the Hon Gilbert Licudi commented that he was delighted with how Maritime Week Gibraltar 2019 was shaping up - an international event bringing together a broad range of global organisations who have an interest in Gibraltar Port so that locally based operators could showcase their services and engage with international movers and shakers in the maritime industry. Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Managing Director of UK based Petrospot which is organising the event in conjunction with the Gibraltar Port Authority, together with HM Government of Gibraltar, Gibraltar Maritime Administration and local stakeholders, said: “Across the world, people are realising the incredible value of sea-going trade, and valuing the vast natural resource of our oceans as never before. Maritime Week Gibraltar is a great opportunity to showcase not only the huge range of services Gibraltar has to offer the marine industry, but how the industry itself is changing and adapting in response to global demand. Gibraltar Maritime Week will be a place to hear about cutting edge development, providing plenty of debate and networking opportunities with world leaders in the maritime industry.” Minister Licudi also took the opportunity to thank the many locally based companies who had become sponsors of the event, including Gibdock, Peninsula Petroleum and Gibunco who were all Diamond Sponsors.

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Steel cut for first short-sea LNG bunker vessel for Eesti Gaas at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China Recently a ceremony was held at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China, to mark the start of cutting steel for the first of a planned series of short-sea LNG Bunker vessels to be built for Eesti Gaas of Estonia. The 6,000m³ capacity vessel and its future sisterships are intended to accelerate the wider adoption of LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel in the northeastern region of the Baltic Sea by providing a mobile and efficient ship-to-ship distribution service for the first time. Virgo Vinkel, Technical Manager (Tallink), represented AS Infortar, the parent company of Eesti Gaas, at the ceremony. The event was also attended by Peter Anssems, Sales Manager, Sales East and South-East Europe, and Kevin Douma, Project Manager, Offshore and Transport, both from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, together with Mr. Deng Zhiping, Managing Director of Damen Yichang Shipyard and members of his management team. At the ceremony the first sections of the 100-metre, LGC 6000 LNG class vessel were cut from 8mm steel plate and will eventually be part of the wall separating the ship’s engine room from the tank hold. Assembly will start in May with the installation of the LNG tanks scheduled for November. Following sea trials, the ship will arrive in Estonia next summer and will start serving LNG clients in the autumn. The new vessel will be capable of carrying out bunker activities at designated locations both in and outside ports. The LGC 6000 LNG is designed to meet the requirements of ICE class 1A certification, allowing her to operate all year in the Gulf of Finland and the northern Baltic. She will also achieve green ship notation. A dual-fuel propulsion system will be used for the management of the Boil-Off Gas (BOG) in combination with a gas burner, and the interior of the vessel will feature high-quality accommodation for her crew. Eesti Gaas will operate the vessel under a long-term charter from its parent company Infortar AS. Since 2016, Eesti Gaas has expanded its LNG transport and bunkering capacity by entering long-term LNG supply contracts with shipping companies and industrial consumers. Over time, as the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel gains momentum, it is anticipated that additional LGC 6000 LNG vessels will enter operation. “The start of steel cutting for this brand-new vessel for Infortar marks an important milestone in the start of her construction,” said Peter Anssems, in his speech at the steel-cutting. “We are very grateful to Eesti Gaas and Infortar for choosing Damen to build their new LNG bunkering vessel. This newbuilding project is also an excellent example of the cooperation between China and the Netherlands and underlines the capabilities of Damen Yichang Shipyard as a builder of sophisticated vessels.” “With this high-tech joint venture, Eesti Gaas and our launch client ferry-operator Tallink will ascend to having the title of the LNG companies with the most competence and experience in this region,” said Kalev Reiljan, a member of the management board of Eesti Gaas. “Eesti Gaas has performed over 1,500 portbased LNG truck-to-ship refuellings of Tallink’s LNG-powered Megastar ferry and now we are moving on toward offshore, more mobile solutions.” This project is co-funded by the EU through the CEF Transport programme. www.damen.com

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WesCom Signal and Rescue renews support for Ocean Youth Trust South For the second year running, global marine distress signal company, WesCom Signal and Rescue, has shown its support for Ocean Youth Trust South by providing the charity’s 32 metre vessel, Prolific, with emergency pyrotechnic flares to take young people to sea safely. Ocean Youth Trust South is a UK youth charity, which works closely with schools and social workers to ensure skills learnt on the water can be transferred into the individuals’ longterm development. The charity runs, ‘Adventure Under Sail’ - a development programme for young people aged 12-25, who may be disadvantaged or vulnerable in some way - to give them exciting opportunities on the water. Every voyage is designed to help develop confidence, understanding of others and how to cope in unfamiliar situations. Young crew members learn to sail the boat, keep watch and help navigate, as well as learning basic life skills such as cooking and healthy eating. In support of Ocean Youth Trust South’s work, WesCom Signal and Rescue has donated a full set of Pains Wessex offshore pyrotechnic flares, to ensure Prolific meets safety standards and the charity can continue to give young people life changing experiences. Mark Todd, Chief Executive of Ocean Youth Trust South, comments, “We are extremely grateful to WesCom for the continued support. A voyage on Prolific is not just about learning to sail, but about developing qualities which matter in everyday life. We are not permitted to sail without this critical safety equipment, so we know we are in safe hands with WesCom.” WesCom Signal and Rescue is the world’s leading supplier of marine distress signals and is the parent company of Pains Wessex. Its brands have been helping to save lives for more than 100 years and are trusted for their reliability, high quality and consistent superiority by rescue services, navies, merchant ships and fishing fleets throughout the world. Chris Feibusch, Director of Global Marketing and Communications for WesCom Signal and Rescue, says, “Many of these young people have never sailed before and we fully endorse the importance of the work the trust does. Safety at sea is paramount - and we’re delighted to continue our support of Ocean Youth Trust South. We look forward to regular updates of how the crew are getting on.” For further information about WesCom Signal and Rescue, please visit: www.wescomsignal.com. For more information about Ocean Youth Trust South, please visit: www.oytsouth.org.

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The first installation of the Wärtsilä WXJ series of modular waterjets will be carried out on a new 100m long wave-piercing catamaran ferry being built for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia. Powered by four Wärtsilä WXJ1200 waterjets, the ferry will be capable of a service speed of 36 knots. Launched in March, the WXJ series is designed to offer greater efficiency, with lower cavitation and underwater noise levels than with the LJX series. The small transom interface dimensions, and the best-inclass weight remain from the earlier series. “We have worked with Wärtsilä for many years already, and we have complete confidence in their waterjets. The new WXJ series takes the performance to an even higher level, bringing even greater value to this exciting new vessel,” said Tim Burnell, CEO of Incat Tasmania. Added to the four WXJ waterjets, Wärtsilä will supply the Wärtsilä ProTouch operational control system. The equipment is scheduled for delivery in May 2020, and the ferry is expected to be handed over to the owners in late 2020. Wärtsilä axial waterjets are single stage, compact, high performance systems that combine mixed flow properties with an axial construction. This results in much less space being needed on the vessel’s transom, and greatly increased waterjet cavitation margins for optimum vessel operational flexibility. For naval architects, the axial jet technology creates the possibility to apply a larger power density onto narrower hulls to achieve top vessel performance.

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