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GAZETTE Commercial Marine & Renewables Worldwide

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A buoyant end to the year? It’s the time of year to be out and about, visit some exhibitions and Trade Fairs, the maritime networking could give an end of year boost...

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Welcome to the October 2019 issue of Marine & Maritime Gazette the monthly magazine aimed at Worldwide coverage of the commercial marine, shipping and waterbased renewables markets. With Autumn now upon us and many Trade Fairs and Exhibitions imminent, should we all be looking forward to a bouyant end to the year? Inside this issue, as usual, we will be covering a huge amount of topics including ‘Vessel Build, Repair & Maintenance ’ on page 26, to the ‘ins and outs’ of ‘Navigation, Communication & Radar’ from page 20. We also have a ‘peek’ into ‘Anchors, Mooring, Rope & Chains’ on page 32, Commercial Ma rine & Renewabl es Worldwide plus an insight into ‘Pollution Control & Clean-up’ on page 38. Anyway, we hope you enjoy reading this edition and look forward to seeing many of you in and around events later this year. If you have any news, reviews, product launches or absolutely anything else of interest across the whole marine market, please email it to me at info@bljournals.plus.com for INSIDE: future consideration in our forthcoming issues.

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Cover story Fenders, anchors, powerpacks, winches and so much more, all from stock at MES Trading.

p18 Ecuador Damen Damen Shipyards Group has sold two Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs to Ecuadorbased DLEN S.A.

p7 Tritech Gemini Tritech International announce the release of their new dual frequency sonar, the Gemini 1200ik.

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Crew transfer safety software

New wave software, Miros WaveFinder has been developed as an alternative to traditional methods of assessing personnel transfer safety from vessel to offshore wind structures, as these involve the visual assessment of wave conditions and can be inaccurate. WaveFinder feeds into BMO Offshore’s data management system, facilitating the monitoring of operational limits.

“We have carried out comparative studies and found poor correlation between the visually reported wave height and that measured by reference equipment,” explained Gijs Hulscher, managing director of BMO Offshore. Bibby Marine Services tested the technology on its Bibby WaveMaster 1, the walk-to-work service operation vessel (SOV) that makes use of a motioncompensated gangway to transfer crew to and from assets. When using the gangway from Bibby WaveMaster 1

Orkney Pilot Macduff Ship Design announce the delivery of new Pilot Boat to Orkney Islands Council.

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and making connections to an asset, a significant wave height limit is enforced, usually by the charterer. WaveFinder provides detailed project reports delivered to the Cloud. This means stakeholders based onshore also gain full access to the relevant information. The ability to analyse historical operational data provides the potential for technical and operational improvements in subsequent missions. Rob Osborne, support & innovation engineer at Bibby Marine Services, said: “We are creating a transparent culture around what our vessels can achieve. This enables us to answer questions about our operational limits and abilities, replacing assumptions and guesswork with data and facts.”

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Wärtsilä simulators for facility in Portugal Wärtsilä has supplied simulators to a new facility in Portugal, aimed to provide realistic hands-on training. The training centre is developed and run by the Port Authority for the ports of Douro, Leixōes and Vano do Castelo (APDL), and was officially opened at the end of July in a ceremony headed by Portugal’s Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino. The order was placed in October 2018. The centre is the country’s largest and most advanced maritime training facility. It features a Wärtsilä Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator with 360 degree projection, two tug simulators with 360 degree LCD, and one VTS simulator to allow full training, complex exercises, and certification for pilots, tug masters, merchant navy offices, and seafaring vessel crews. The simulation technology was developed by Transas, which is a Wärtsilä company. The Wärtsilä scope includes the development of several 3D zones and a tug boat model. Wärtsilä has earlier provided APDL with a VTS system. www.wartsila.com

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The Port of Laayoune (El Aaiun) is located in Morocco, servicing the city of Laayoune which is a hub for fishing and for phosphate mining in the region. As part of port expansion plans, the global contracting company Archirodon was awarded an EPC contract which includes construction of a new 950m breakwater, part of which will act as a quay structure for the berthing of vessels to provide loading and unloading facilities of solid and liquid bulk. Other infrastructure that will be built includes a 3.2km access bridge, aids to navigation and seawater intake and supply structures.

Launch of UK Port Economic Partnership The UK government’s Department for Transport (DfT) has partnered with the Port of Southampton to launch the UK’s first Port Economic Partnership (PEP) with the aim of creating stronger links between ports and Government to maximise long-term trade and economic growth. The partnership with the ABP owned Port of Southampton will be focusing on gaining the maximum benefit from public and private sector investment and ensuring that planning processes are as efficient as possible. It is anticipated that this will better facilitate ports’ investment in new freight-handling facilities and other infrastructure needed to grow trading volumes and maintain the UK’s economic position. Alastair Welch, ABP’s regional director for Southampton, said: “We are proud and excited to be joining the Government in launching the UK’s first Port Economic Partnership. It’s great to see the Government put maritime at the heart of the nation’s economic future. This is another fantastic initiative capable of turbo-charging trade and boosting the nation’s exports. “ABP looks forward to working collaboratively with Government to deliver the benefits which the Partnership will bring to support the Port of Southampton’s future growth.” As part of its strategy, ‘Maritime 2050 – Navigating the Future’, launched in January 2019, the Government outlined the creation of Port Economic Partnerships as one way of creating a strong business environment for ports to thrive, boost trade and drive the national economy. www.abports.co.uk

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With any such marine construction, quality metocean data is required to assist with engineering design and this project is no different. The engineers require local measurements of waves (normal and infragravity), current profiles, water levels and meteorology and to this end Metocean Services International (MSI) was contracted to install a range of equipment for a period of between 2 and 4 months. In July 2019 they mobilised equipment from their offices in South Africa and Australia, as well as new equipment purchased for the project from the USA and the UK. Two seabed frames were deployed in 8m and 24m water

depths, fitted with current profilers, satellite beacons and acoustic releases. The locations of the seabed frames are marked with surface buoys, also fitted with satellite beacons which provide MSI with regular position updates. An onshore weather station was installed to measure wind speed / direction, air temperature, air pressure and relative humidity and data is being transmitted via GSM in real time to a website for the client to access. The website presents present conditions, a 7 day time series, a daily report and also allows the data to be downloaded by the engineers. This is MSI’s first project in Morocco and takes their tally of global experience to 55 countries. https://metoceanservices.com

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Two more Damen tugs for Ecuador harbour support

Damen Shipyards Group has sold two Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) Tugs to Ecuador-based DLEN S.A. The vessels will give tug assistance during bunkering operations to Corpetrolsa’s fleet of tankers, a subsidiary of DLEN, as well as other vessels entering the ports of Esmeraldas and La Libertad. This latest two-vessel order follows hot on the heels of last year’s delivery of three Damen Stan Tugs to the DLEN. In terms of fuel efficiency, power and manoeuvrability, those three vessels have proven their worth to such an extent that the client returned to Damen with the desire to further expand its fleet of tugs. The fleet expansion is a reflection on the need to assist the large tankers calling at Ecuador’s petroleum harbours. “These activities require powerful tugs to ensure safe and reliable operations. This is precisely the working environment in which Damen ASDs excel,” says Marnix Brouwer, Damen Sales Manager Latin America. “And therefore the reason that DLEN has purchased these vessels.” The two new vessels are an ASD 2411 and an ASD 2310, built at Damen’s yards in China and Vietnam respectively. Both vessels were available from stock, and so enabled Damen to offer the shortest delivery times possible. The ASD 2411 - named ASD Nanda - is already operational in Ecuador after sailing on her own keel from the Netherlands. The ASD 2310 - named ASD Isabella II - will be making her maiden voyage to Ecuador in the coming weeks. The arrival of the Isabella II will mark the moment that the client has increased its tug fleet to six all-Damen tugs. The delivery of the ASD Nanda and ASD Isabella II is also notable because they are the first newbuild ASD Tugs working in Ecuador. “With the purchase of these modern ASD tugs DLEN is showing its commitment to the maritime development in the country,” concludes Mr Brouwer. www.damen.com

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Fugro awarded multiannual marine site characterisation project off the German coast Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Das Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)) has awarded Fugro a multi-annual geotechnical site investigation contract in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea. The programme will be completed in three phases over the next 3 years and comprises geotechnical investigations at potential offshore wind farm development areas. Our site characterisation services will provide geotechnical data acquisition from multiple geotechnical drilling vessels, and geotechnical laboratory testing and reporting by our German and UK laboratories. The total contract value is approximately EUR 25 million. With project preparations underway, Fugro is moving quickly to mobilise for the target start date of mid-September. Fugro’s survey department will provide unexploded ordnance (UXO) services before our dedicated geotechnical drilling vessels (the Fugro Scout and Gargano) execute the fieldwork. Our standard and advanced laboratory testing results will be used by future wind farm developers to prepare their bids. “Fugro’s track record in providing reliable geotechnical data in advance of the developers’ bidding rounds has certainly helped win this project; being able to mobilise two dedicated geotechnical vessels for the project was another major factor in our success in this award,” said Erik Vogt, Fugro’s Project Manager. www.fugro.com

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Damen completes maintenance work on Innovation at Damen Verolme Rotterdam

Heavy-lift jack-up vessel Innovation, one of DEME’s DP2 installation vessels, left Damen Verolme Rotterdam shipyard in early September 2019 following a major refit. Innovation spent several months in the Verolme shipyard undergoing renewal of its aft leg sections and an overhaul of its jacking motors. Innovation measures 147.5 metres in length and operates on an electrical rack & pinion jacking system. The vessel supports offshore construction via the installation of foundations, and has an unmatched track record in the offshore wind industry, having worked at wind farms across Europe. The most significant aspect of this refit was the modification and re-installation of Innovation’s aft legs, each measuring 89 metres in length. Reinforcement work was carried out on the legs to enable them to cope with an increased rate of jacking operations, driven by the increased efficiency of the installation works. Once the vessel was drydocked the two aft legs were removed and two new middle sections were inserted on the quayside, the refurbished leg finally being assembled from three parts. In total 47 metres of section per leg were replaced. To overhaul the jacking motors, all 48 gearboxes of the aft legs were removed, overhauled in the shipyard’s workshop, and reinstalled on the vessel. Additional general maintenance work completed the refit, which included a box-cooler renewal, maintenance to the spudcan shoes, replacement of one aft thruster, small steel repairs and the installation of a new pile gripper. Given the demanding scope of the vessel maintenance, project manager Rene van der Meulen was happy to have all works completed on schedule. “Project Innovation was a real challenge for our yard in all aspects,” said Rene. “Thanks to good cooperation with the customer, and the support of a hard working project team, we were able to redeliver the vessel to the customer on time.” Damen Verolme Rotterdam was chosen as the location of this maintenance work thanks to the shipyard’s capacity and access to its facilities. Given the height of Innovation’s leg sections, Verolme shipyard’s mammoth drydock offered the possibility to lift the vessel’s legs with a crane installed inside the drydock while the vessel was sitting on the dock blocks, allowing maintenance to be carried out safely and efficiently. Following its extensive drydock period, Innovation has set sail to the SeaMade project in the Belgian North Sea to install 58 foundations. www.damen.com

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a contract with SAAM Towage for the delivery of an ASD Tug 2813 to SAAM Mexico for operations in the port of Veracruz. This order is the latest milestone in a business relationship spanning several decades and involving numerous vessels. Due to an existing relationship built on previous shared success, SAAM Towage approached Damen sales manager Ezequiel Najmias with a possible order. Ezequiel used the opportunity to invite SAAM Towage representatives to visit the Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam. This allowed the client to view the shipyard’s production line, where they were able to see the entire shipbuilding process, from steel cutting right through to completion, looking at different tug vessels at different stages of construction. “Seeing the entire process first-hand was an insightful experience for all of us,” said Pablo E. Caceres, SAAM Towage technical director. “We were able to get a close-up view of Damen’s operational standards, which we find very impressive. Together with Damen’s excellent track record of previous deliveries, confirming their high standards in action is the reason we decided to order the vessel from Damen.” Damen has a long and busy history of supplying vessels to the Latin American market. Its relationship with SAAM dates back to 1995, and has seen considerable evolution since then. As part of its growth management in the region, Damen partnered with Wilson Sons through the Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) in the 1990s, enabling Damen to support clients with vessel construction at a location of their choice. The major port operator in the Americas, SAAM is a leading company providing towage services in South America and operates in thirteen countries over two continents. “We’re very happy to supply SAAM Towage again,” said Ezequiel Najmias, “as a continuation of our productive relationship. The ASD Tug 2813 is highly manoeuvrable, while also being powerful and offering a high level of crew comfort, so it will certainly be an asset to the fleet. SAAM Towage requested a vessel with over 80 tonnes bollard pull, and the ASD Tug 2813 is an ideal fit, with a maximum bollard pull of 85 tonnes and a top speed of 13 knots.” The ASD Tug 2813 is a standard Damen product, allowing Damen to guarantee the fast delivery of a proven product. The ASD 2813 Tug’s systems are modular, allowing the possibility for customisation to the client’s requirements without incurring massive additional costs. On this occasion, SAAM Towage’s only additional option was the inclusion of a FiFi1 unit, providing firefighting capability to the vessel. The ASD Tug 2813 will be delivered from Damen’s Song Cam shipyard to SAAM Mexico in January 2020. www.damen.com

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Metal Shark expands into Peru with multi-vessel Patrol Boat order USA-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced its expansion into the country of Peru, with a new patrol boat order now in production, and a multiyear co-production agreement recently established with the stateoperated Peruvian shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA-PERU SA). The first round of Peruvian Navy maritime interdiction vessels are now being built by Metal Shark in the United States. Under a co-production agreement with SIMA, Metal Shark plans to deliver multiple similar vessels to Peruvian interests through training and the transfer of designs, technological resources, and production methodologies to SIMA. “This agreement represents a cooperative commitment by Metal Shark and SIMA, Peru’s national shipyard, to dramatically expand Metal Shark’s influence in Peru,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “This strategic move will further bolster Metal Shark’s presence in Latin America while allowing Peruvian military and commercial operators expedited access to Metal Shark’s engineering and technological resources, as well as our extensive portfolio of proven vessel designs.” Production of 45-foot Defiant-class patrol boats for the Peruvian Navy recently commenced at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, Louisiana production facility. Designed in-house by Metal Shark, the 45 Defiant is an increasingly popular platform, with vessels in service with multiple operators in the US, the Caribbean, and Asia. The standardized 45 Defiant patrol craft platform has been customized to suit the Peruvian Navy’s maritime interdiction mission requirements. Powered by twin inboard Cat Marine diesel engines coupled with Hamilton water jets, the vessel will reach speeds well in excess of 40 knots. “Metal Shark is proud to add the Peruvian Navy to our growing list of international customers, which now totals over 50 military and commercial operators worldwide,” said Henry Irizarry, Metal Shark’s vice president of international business development. “This partnership with SIMA reflects Metal Shark’s commitment to solidify its status as a leading vessel designer, builder, and innovator across the Americas and around the world.” Metal Shark is a diversified shipbuilder specializing in the design and construction of welded aluminium and steel vessels from 16’ to over 300’ for defense, law enforcement, and commercial operators. Key customers include the United States Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Army, foreign militaries, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, passenger vessel operators, pilot associations, towboat operators, and other clients worldwide. With three fully self-contained shipbuilding facilities in Alabama and Louisiana USA plus a dedicated engineering facility in Croatia, Metal Shark’s 500+ employees produce over 200 vessels per year with a proud and proven track record of high quality, on time deliveries. www.metalsharkboats.com

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Van Wijngaarden Marine Services places order for its first Damen Multi Cat DP1 Van Wijngaarden Marine Services has placed an order with Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld for a Damen Multi Cat 3013, to be named KILSTROOM. This latest order represents a new step for the family-owned company. To date, its relationship with Damen has focused on the group’s Shoalbuster range with the company now operating five of the popular and versatile class. The Multi Cat 3013 will bring a new level of capability and allow Van Wijngaarden Marine Services to extend the range of services that it offers its customers. Damen Multi Cats are tough, multi-function vessels that, with their twin, heavy-duty cranes, rugged fendering, all-round visibility, extensive deck space and shallow draught, are ideal for a wide range of coastal and offshore construction, maintenance and general-purpose activities. The 30-metre Multi Cat 3013 is one of the largest in the range with a bollard pull of 38 tonnes and the KILSTROOM will be fitted with a dynamic positioning system along with additional customisations. The contract was signed on 15 August by the CEO and managing director of Van Wijngaarden Marine Services Mr. Wim van Wijngaarden and Mr. Peter van Wijngaarden together with Jos van Woerkum, managing director of Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. “We very much look forward to taking delivery of our first Multi Cat,” says Peter van Wijngaarden. “This move is the result of discussions with our customers in the construction, dredging and wind farm support sectors. They are encouraging us to broaden the range of services that we offer and prefer to use Multi Cats for certain projects. KILSTROOM will also complement and enhance our Shoalbusters, with the two types of vessel capable of working together very effectively on a variety of assignments. As it will also be our first vessel with dynamic positioning, which adds an additional level of new capability. As well as the price and quality, the ability of Damen to deliver the Multi Cat 3013 in just six months was a significant factor in working with them once again.” “We are very excited that our longstanding and valued client Van Wijngaarden Marine Services has selected a Damen DP Multi Cat for the latest addition to its fleet,” added Jos van Woerkum. “Over 300 of this series have been sold over the years around the world and the Damen philosophy of building for stock means that we will be delivering the KILSTROOM by the end of March next year.” www.damen.co.uk

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The senior management of US-based salvage and offshore decommissioning company Ardent are to buy-out the company from founding partners Svitzer and Crowley after receiving financial support from Aurelius. The deal will see Ardent’s senior management team become shareholders in the company. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ardent was formed in 2015 through the merger of Maersk Group’s Svitzer Salvage and Crowley’s Titan Salvage. Ardent was created to provide global emergency management services such as salvage and wreck removal, but has since grown to include offshore decommissioning of oil and gas platforms and facilities as well as subsea services. The company has its operational hubs in Houston, Ijmuiden (Netherlands), Singapore and Sydney, supported by additional global offices and equipment depots. “Over the past four years, Ardent has successfully evolved from a provider solely focused on emergency management to one that is also an established player in the fast growing off-shore decommissioning market. I am very proud of what the team has achieved and am pleased to continue on this exciting and promising journey in close collaboration with our customers and partners,” commented Peter Pietka, CEO of Ardent. www.ardentglobal.com

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L3Harris Technologies delivers advanced autonomous vehicle

L3Harris Technologies has delivered a brand-new class of Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) with advanced capabilities to enable the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy to understand how to maintain a technical advantage over potential adversaries. The Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST) 13 is a 13-metre (41-foot) long high-speed system capable of fully autonomous navigation. The ASV uses L3Harris’ ASView proprietary autonomous control system and advanced algorithms developed for the U.K.’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Designed, built and commissioned by L3Harris’ Unmanned Maritime Systems team based on the south coast of the UK, MAST 13 was officially launched on 11th September at DSEI in London. The system carried out unmanned surveillance and force protection in the Victoria Dock at DSEI. “MAST 13 reflects the increased use of unmanned systems in the military domain. This vehicle serves as a test platform to support new concepts for the Royal Navy, allowing them to exploit unmanned systems and maintain a technical advantage,” said Alasdair Gilchrist, Above Water Systems Programme Manager, Dstl. “Our long-standing collaboration with Dstl enables us to provide the Royal Navy with the industry’s most advanced autonomous capability. MAST 13 combines fitfor-purpose design with integrated advanced autonomy,” said Mark Exeter, Managing Director, L3Harris Unmanned Maritime Systems UK. Since 2014, L3Harris and Dstl have collaborated to develop ASVs that support new concepts for the Royal Navy and act as a testbed for innovative technologies. “As the programme continues, we welcome collaboration with other organisations to test new algorithms, sensors, payloads and novel concepts. We encourage any such organisations to get in touch,” added Gilchrist. Predecessor MAST systems developed by L3Harris and Dstl have carried out numerous high-profile operations, including the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior in 2016 and the Australian Defence Showcase, Autonomous Warrior in 2018. The high-speed vessel is operating autonomously, beyond line-of-sight, to carry out reconnaissance, interdiction and patrol tasks. www.L3Harris.com

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Land & Water spend the Summer improving the Thames Late last year award-winning Land & Water Group gained consent for developing a habitat creation scheme on the River Thames at Rainham Marshes, the largest habitat creation project ever constructed inside the M25 and London’s biggest wildlife haven. The project involves creating a significant area of new wetland habitat from reengineered spoils, coupled with a strategic investment in riverside infrastructure to support significant projects along the Thames Corridor for decades to come. This summer, Land & Water has started handling the main tunnel drive spoils from the Thames Tideway Tunnel project at its river-side marine logistics centre, Coldharbour Lane Wharf. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) is initially producing material at a rate of approximately 2000t/day. Land & Water is receiving material in 1500t barges and unloads one to two barges a day. The team will be working to tight deadlines and work has been scheduled to cope with peak tunnelling production. From the wharf, the waste spoils and material will then be shipped to the group’s adjacent habitat creation site at Rainham Marshes. The material is London Clay and will be used to begin the restoration on the North East corner of site with the ultimate aim of creating natural rainwater harvesting wetlands as per the company’s restoration plan. A new access road and weighbridge facility have also been built and new offices and welfare units will be arriving to the site soon. The wharf has three berths in total. Berth’s one and two will be dedicated to Tideway whilst berth three will be supporting major projects managed by Land & Water Services. One of these projects is a dredging campaign which will be carried out for Cemex at Dagenham Quay. Land & Water Services will also be busy at its Enderby Wharf site where the team is working to create a bio diverse intertidal terrace zone. This will be planted up with a variety of native plant species to an estuarian environment. This will encourage plant and animal species to the location which was previously devoid of both. This is part of a wider strategy for offering a green stepping stone of habitats and wildlife havens for the tidal Thames. The work is being carried out on behalf of Townshend Landscape Architects. James Maclean, CEO at Land & Water comments: “As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations we are looking towards the future and the important aspect of our work in safeguarding and improving environments for future generations to enjoy. An integral part of this plan has been to invest in UK infrastructure, building end-to-end relationships with key partners. Our new wharf is helping us to use the River Thames more intellectually, transporting construction materials by water. Development Chiefs at Tideway have estimated that by using this method of transportation for the London Super Sewer, we are taking an estimated 200 lorries of London’s roads each day. This is something we are really proud of and delighted to play our part in.” www.land-water.co.uk


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Oceaneering selects Valeport sensor technology for Freedom ROV/AUV Valeport sensor technology has been selected by Oceaneering International for integration into its subsea Freedom vehicles. Oceaneering’s next generation hybrid ROV, Freedom, will be fitted with Valeport Bathypack, Altimeter and Hyperion Fluorometer sensors. Leading hydrographic and oceanographic instrument designer Valeport, worked closely with Oceaneering’s engineering team to meet challenges in communication and connector requirements. The state of the art Valeport sensors in the Midas Bathypack were ethernet enabled to offer precision sound velocity, conductivity, temperature, depth and altimeter data, which is used to enhance the operational capability of the Freedom resident vehicle. The subsea vehicle is also equipped with Valeport’s compact and robust environmental monitoring sensor, the Hyperion Fluorometer, for the high performance measurement of Chlorophyll A. Oceaneering’s groundbreaking Freedom ROV offers a new level of flexibility and efficiency while performing common ROV tasks including survey, inspection, valve and torque tool operation, manipulator-related activities and underwater inspection in lieu of dry docking operations. It operates in tethered and autonomous tetherless modes. Valeport, who celebrates 50 years serving the subsea sector in 2019, has a long standing relationship with Oceaneering International with the supply of many sensors and probes for its ROV ranges. Marketing manager, Guy Frankland commented: “The precision accuracy of the data delivered by the Valeport sensor technology is perfectly matched with Oceaneering’s visionary Freedom subsea resident vehicle. We are continually developing our sensors to best meet our customer needs and an OEM application such as Freedom enables us to create a customised instrument to meet a refined specification.” www.valeport.co.uk

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MES Trading - everything certified, everything in stock... In general an anchor has a life span of 15 to 20 years but, if it needs replacing, it should be done swiftly. This would require a reliable supplier who knows the industry and has a huge amount of storage. Jacques van Mill started working in the family business when he left school. In those days it was called ‘Van Mill International’ and was a wholesale ship accessories and general offshore equipment supplier. Jacques knew that what was required to really establish his own company was storage - and plenty of it! Van Mill began in 2000 and had a warehouse of 1,000 sq metres. Since then his new company, ‘Marine Equipment Services’ (MES) based in Arkel, a city north of Gorinchem, has built an enviable reputation in marine equipment, set within a much larger storage facility of 4,000 sq metres. “My motto is: The best recommendation is the stock,” said Jacques, “In our industry a company delivering particular products fast and directly, will ultimately prevail,” he added. Van Mill buys his stock strategically, he chooses products which, in most cases, are not directly available from stock or wholesale. These products are then stored in large volumes. “Within the marine industry you can quickly make a name for yourself. The decisive factors are fast delivery options as well as good value for money. In most cases the customers have their products within 24 hours from submitting their order” commented Jacques. From an anchor to a jack-up platform, MES concentrate on main products being stock items at their depot. The aim is that each year the range is expanded to include additional items. The company also specialises in other items like winches, workboats, powerpacks etc. Standard amenities include various anchoring systems including the MESDolphin in different models ranging from 100 kilograms to 15,000 kilograms. With their bespoke service they can also produce anchor systems up to 32,000 kilograms. “We take care of our customers by providing a full service from start to product delivery. The systems are either built inhouse or off-site. We take care of the transportation as well as the maintenance” said Jacques. Among the many customers of MES there are ‘Shipyards’ the offshore field and construction company that specialises in the infrastructure of ports. For this company MES supplies accessories including cranes, jack-up platforms and workboats for lease at extremely competitive rates. Around 85% of all MES goods are destined for export with clients primarily coming from Northern Europe including Germany, Denmark, England and Scandinavia. Every product and every system is delivered and individually certified on installation. “By doing this we are able to guarantee delivery of a first class product every time”, said Jacques. www.mestrading.com

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Tritech International Limited recently announced the release of the Gemini 1200ik Dual Frequency sonar, the latest addition to the ever popular Gemini range. The multibeam imaging sonar offers two operational frequencies with the ability to switch between low and high frequency dependant on the user’s requirement. The 720kHz low frequency setting is designed for target identification and obstacle avoidance at long range, whilst the 1200kHz high frequency setting offers extremely detailed multibeam images, ideal for inspection at close range. Switching frequencies can be set to automatically switch over at a specific range or done manually. Unique to the Gemini 1200ik is the ability to maintain a 120 degree field of view across both frequencies ensuring the target remains in view when operating at high frequency and at short range. Tritech’s Gemini range is used globally in a wide mix of applications from oil and gas operations to search and recovery and shark detection. With a depth rating of 350m, the 1200ik marks the next generation of sonars from Tritech which are ready to take on tougher environments and more challenging operations. Significant engineering development has resulted in this latest Gemini imaging sonar offering a 2.4mm range resolution, as well as an effective angular resolution. www.tritech.co.uk


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If you are out on the water or supporting from shore a good quality VHF radio that can withstand the elements is a necessity. It’s an important safety tool to keep in touch with others, be it for your work or hobby. With good build quality and clear display, the Icom tradition continues with the introduction of the new IC-M37E VHF marine handheld‚ a quality marine handheld that is easy to use one of the most significant prerequisites of any piece of equipment when used at sea. What’s more, the radio is buoyant and strobes a red light should it be accidentally dropped into the water. The new IC-M37E VHF is a perfect size offering large keys and easy-to grip design. Mariners will appreciate the big LCD that quickly shows channel numbers and status icons. This radio is rugged enough for commercial use yet is suited to leisure users too, making it an ideal choice for clubs, individuals and commercial users alike. With its powerful 6 W of transmit output power it is ideal for long distance communication. The powerful 700 mW audio output provides clear communication even in noisy environments. The supplied li-ion battery can provide more than 12 hours of operating time. The radio is supplied with a drop-in charger with a neat little clip to keep the radio in place in moving environments. The drop-in charger can be powered by a mains PSU (supplied) as well as 12V on board via a USB adapter socket making charging very versatile. A battery case is also supplied as standard, which provides a useful back up to the radios li-ion battery and can be kept in your grab bag for peace of mind. The IC-M37E features a useful Channel History Function. This feature stores the last five channels used for easy recall at the press of a single key which is very handy for any voyage. The unit is built to IP57 dust and waterproof protection rating (1 metre for 30 minutes). The radio also features an AquaQuake draining function to clear water away from the speaker grill preventing the speaker from becoming waterlogged and let’s not forget about Icom’s very own Float’n Flash which allows the radio to float and be located with a flashing red LED light and LCD/key backlight. Ian Lockyer, Marketing Manager of Icom UK Ltd, said, “You have the best of all worlds with this new model. It’s an excellent reliable, robust radio with the benefits of having a larger tactile PTT and keypad. It provides superior quality, loud audio - and it is a buoyant 6 Watt VHF with Float’n Flash”

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

Scottish project for Hydrosphere The northeast corner of Scotland has historically had a problem with severe weather breaking away a north cardinal mark in Wick Bay. Hydrosphere recently undertook a buoy and light installation project in the area with Wick Harbour Authority. With the installation of a new offshore wind farm nearby, the customer had been looking more closely at the navigational aids they provide for users. Although the wind farm is more or less built now, operations and maintenance work over the next few years will continue to see many small vessels going in and out of the harbour. The locals may know where the hazards are, but new visitors may not. As such, the main aim of the project was the improve safety and make the harbour area and hazards more understandable for visiting boats. Outside the harbour, there were the remnants of an old breakwater, which posed a significant hazard to vessels. Over the years, we’d spoken to the harbourmaster about putting some form of spar-type buoy in place for summer use only, as he never thought it would be able to survive the winter in such a rough environment. The area around Wick Harbour is quite an exposed place, so when the weather is bad from a particular direction - mainly the east - we often see big rolling swells. Without an appropriate mooring, big waves can pick up the buoy and throw it. As the wave moves through, the buoy lifts the chain which creates the drag to pull the buoy over the top of the wave and then back into position. However, if the buoy is still going forward when it runs out of chain, it will merely stop dead: this is when things start breaking. However, with the right mooring, a buoy can ride out these challenging conditions. After a simulation using the IALA-approved Calmar Mooring Line Calculation Software, it became apparent the site did not suit buoyage in that position. Developed by Mobilis, the Calmar software allows you to know how much chain to use in different scenarios, so you are confident that even in the worst conditions, the buoy will still be there in the morning. After a little bit of convincing, Hydrosphere decided to deploy a port hand mark, the Mobilis AQ-1500, further out into deeper water. Although it is only 1.2m in diameter, the buoy has a deep buoyancy of about one and a half tonnes, this means it rides out severe conditions well and is fully capable of surviving the worst Scotland can throw at it. Along with the 55m chain and 2T sinker, the buoy featured a self-contained solar-powered light, as well as a 1m wide polyethylene daymark and radar reflector. Following discussions, the customer also mentioned they were considering modernising the harbour’s port closure signals. Hydrosphere felt the best solution was to install three VEGA VLL43 directional lights, which are mounted horizontally. The divergence is about 30 degrees, and the intensity is excellent, enabling a decent output from a small amount of power. These lights are controlled by Hydrowatch, a remote monitoring and control system that has been developed in house by Hydrosphere. The system allows the customer to turn the traffic lights on and off, as well as monitor the mains power supply, the battery voltage and any other inputs or outputs remotely. Meaning staff no longer have to access a potentially dangerous area to display the port closure signals. Initially, Hydrosphere quoted the lights as giving a nominal daylight viewing distance of about 0.7 miles; but in practice, the customer is seeing good results up to around 2 miles even on a bright day and receiving night-time distances in the region of 10 miles. The buoy and lights have now been in place for a month or two, meaning that for the first time, vessels have a reliable lit reference all year round as they approach the bay from both the north and south, before picking up the leading lights of Wick Harbour. Deputy Harbourmaster Ian Cormack commented: “Feedback from our stakeholders has been very positive on both these projects and we look forward to continued business with Hydrosphere”. www.hydrosphere.co.uk

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

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Orkney Islands Council 22.20m Pilot Vessel ‘Scapa Pathfinder’ Macduff Ship Design, Astilleros Armon and Orkney Islands Council are pleased to announce the delivery of the 22.20m Pilot vessel ‘Scapa Pathfinder’. The vessel build contract was awarded to Armon shipyard in the summer of 2018 after a full EU procurement process. Armon worked with Macduff Ship Design through this tender process and was delighted to continue this partnership through the design and build phase with design approval being conducted by SCMS to UK Workboat Code Area Category 3 [Up to 20 miles from safe haven]. Following contract award the vessel went through a final design evaluation with the help of propulsion and resistance specialists Wolfson Unit to evaluate expected vessel performance. This was critical as the vessel needed to match the capabilities of the existing Council owned vessels whilst also carrying additional fuel and meeting strict emissions regulations specified by the owner. After final evaluation and the production and approval of the detailed design drawings the first aluminium was cut and vessel build commenced in late Autumn 2018. During the entire build process the vessel was supervised by Orcades Marine Management Ltd, Kirkwall, Orkney on behalf of the owners. ‘Scapa Pathfinder’ is constructed entirely from Aluminium to a hard-chine hullform. The final touches were completed on the vessel in August 2019 with final owners trials conducted in late August. At trials the vessel comfortably met all of the owners strict requirements including both achieving 25 knots at 100 % MCR and full load and stringent noise limits throughout. Following trials the vessel left Armon on its delivery voyage from Northern Spain to Orkney, with the vessel arriving at her home port in early September. The design specification for a vessel capable of Pilot duties and occasional hydrographic survey work was inspired by the existing Council vessel ‘John Rae’. The new vessel was also specified with the addition of a bow thruster, full IMO Tier III, SCR exhaust system to reduce exhaust emissions, an increased fuel capacity for additional range and the fitting of a fully battery powered electrical system instead of an electrical generator set. ‘Scapa Pathfinder’ is fitted with twin MTU 10V 2000 M72 Marine engines developing 900 KW. The engines and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) System make a package that is IMO Tier III compliant and is coupled to a dry silencer. The main engines are coupled to Twin Disc MGX 6620-A gearboxes driving twin 1000mm diameter Teignbridge fixed pitch propellers. Above deck the vessels wheelhouse has seating for 3 Pilots, 3 Crew and a small lounge area. Around the wheelhouse is fitted a full Hadrian Rail for crew safety. Aft of the wheelhouse is a safe area for pilots including an external vessel control station and Goodchild Marine MOB recovery platform. Forward on main deck is a flush hatch to the fore peak and anchor windlass. Below deck the vessel has an aft peak space with steering gear, Engine room, Accommodation and Fore Peak / Chain locker. At the aft end of the accommodation is a toilet WC with shower to port and a store room / Engine room access space to starboard. Forward of this is a galley Mess area with seating for 4 and forward again are 2 x 2 man cabins. Macduff Ship Design is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with both Astilleros Armon and Orkney Islands Council on this project and at present is being kept busy with a full order book of new and repeat designs for owners both in the UK and abroad. www.macduffshipdesign.com

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Smart wiper choice for Channel Island freight service Ship operators are becoming ever more demanding in their need for durable and sustainable equipment to drive both operating costs down and make them more competitive. This means that equipment manufacturers have had to consider the lifetime of the materials used and design for product longevity to give their customers future proof options. A good example is DuroWipers, which came into existence with this mindset from conception. One of its latest customers is the Channel Islands first inter-island daily freight service, Iris Freight CI, which has equipped itself with DuroWiper pantographs to allow it to operate in demanding weather conditions 364 days a year. High-performance Iris Freight CI purchased its first set of Class 50 DuroWipers at Seawork International this year having been impressed with the company’s high-performance products on display at the show back in 2018. “I run a commercial business and cannot afford to have any downtime due to visibility and bad weather, so making the right equipment choice is imperative,” said Captain David Nuth, Co-owner and founder of Iris Freight CI. “Most of our work is undertaken at night and we use infra-red and spotlights. But getting a wiper system that is functional is also fundamental. The sea conditions that we encounter here can be ferocious. You can spend thousands on new engines and equipment but there is little point if you can’t see where you’re going.”

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Longevity Captain Nuth bought ex CTV Channel Chieftain V from Pat Carling of Carling Charters when he set up Iris Freight in 2015. Prior to fitting DuroWipers, he had to replace the wiper systems on the vessel three times. “Standard wipers are just not up to the job,” said Captain Nuth. “I’m a firm believer that you get what you pay for. For me DuroWipers have transformed my job. The previous wipers only cleared part of the screen and I was replacing blades and arms at a rate of knots.” The DuroWiper Class 50 systems are built to clear the entire windscreen and can operate at two different speeds for optimal performance. “These wipers are built to last so they will pay for themselves in the long-run. They also come with a threeyear guarantee which is unheard of in the market and excellent after sales service.”

Growth Iris Freight started out three years ago as the medium to transport all of the Island’s newspapers from Jersey to Guernsey, but it now transports everything from farm machinery to foot passengers. Captain Nuth said that his company is continuing to grow exponentially and hopes to expand in future. www.durowipers.co.uk

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Portico and SMS Group partner in short stay ship repair The SMS Group, one of the country’s leading ship repairers and marine engineering services providers, has partnered with Portico, Portsmouth’s International Cargo Terminal, to provide dedicated ‘short stay’ ship repair wharfage to all ship operators within the Solent. SMS has an enviable reputation as specialists in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the Commercial Marine, Defence and Superyachts sectors. The business also operates, in-house, a diving and sub-surface marine engineering division. Portico, based at Portsmouth International Port, are well known in the maritime industry for their fresh produce expertise and a recent successful expansion into the project cargo market has resulted in a big increase in the numbers of vessels using their quays. By partnering with the SMS Group, they can now provide alongside ship repair services to new and existing customers alike. The site has three perfect berths; Flathouse Quay, 165m max LOA, with a depth of 9.1m; Albert Johnson Quay, 230m max LOA, depth of 8.1m, and North Quay, 80m max LOA, depth of 4.3m - all perfect for ‘short stay’ ship repair. Good cranage and 24hr access is also possible in all locations. Chris Norman, the Managing Director of The SMS Group, said commented: “Berthing for ship repair in the Solent can, and often is, expensive. “This fact often works against operators when they consider the region for alongside ship repair works and short, sharp refits - which is an area of expertise that we specialise in.” He concluded: “The solution offered by Portico is something new and something unique in the area. “We’ve developed a partnering approach and a very special pricing structure; completing ship repair and refits alongside in Portsmouth has just become a seriously competitive solution.” Steve Williams, Operations Director at Portico, added: “Our location close to the main shipping channels means we’re ideally placed for vessels requiring quick refits and repairs. “We’re looking forward to working with SMS to offer this unique service to our customers, new and old.” With the agreement now in place, Portsmouth is now open for commercial ship repair works and short stay, alongside, refits. www.sms-marine.co.uk

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Port Napier, NZ, places order for Damen ATD Tug 2412 Napier Port, the third largest port on New Zealand’s North Island, has placed an order with Damen Shipyards Group for an Azimuth Tractor Drive (ATD) Tug 2412 Twin Fin for delivery later this year. The contract was signed by Sjoerd de Bruin, sales manager Pacific for Damen and Napier Port CEO Todd Dawson at Napier Port main office. Napier Port is currently developing a sixth wharf which, at 350 metres long, will be capable of handling the larger vessels that are expected to access the port in the near future. As a key transport hub for the Hawke’s Bay region of the North Island, the port already hosts a wide range of vessels including container ships, cruise ships, cargo and timber carriers. The ATD Tug 2412 Kaweka will join two existing Voith-type tugs at the port; the Te Mata and Ahuriri. Tractor tugs work best at Napier Port due to their ability to operate effectively in a swell, to tow indirectly, and their manoeuvrability, the last particularly important due to the tight berthing arrangements in the harbour. Just 24metres in length but with 72 tonnes of bollard pull, the ATD Tug 2412 delivers just the combination of power but compactness that the Napier Port management team is seeking. The short delivery time is due to the latest addition to the Napier fleet being available from stock at Damen Shipyards Song Cam in Vietnam. Following fitting-out she will be delivered between October and November. After-sales support will include a full package of crew training and vessel familiarisation. “Damen is honoured to provide the port with a vessel directly available from stock,” said Damen’s Sjoerd de Bruin, “and the ATD Tug 2412 suits the port’s requirements perfectly. After an extensive tender process in which we competed with 14 other tugs, we are very pleased and proud to be the port’s preferred vendor. We are convinced that this is the start of a fruitful relationship between Napier Port and Damen as the port grows in capacity and importance.” “Having a fleet of three tugs will be a major boost to our customer service and is an important step towards building the resilience and agility of our infrastructure,” said Napier Port CEO Todd Dawson. “A strong port is important to our region’s economic prosperity as a gateway to and from global markets. Over the last two years cargo volumes have increased by 25% and we anticipate growth will continue over the next ten years. That means we need to grow our capacity so that we can continue to support our customers,” Mr Dawson continued. www.damen.com

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Metal Shark delivers new foil-assisted catamaran excursion vessel to Pure Florida

Metal Shark has delivered a new excursion vessel to Southwest Florida tour and charter boat operator Pure Florida. “Sea Flight” is a custom 40’ x 14’ welded aluminium foil-assisted catamaran designed and built to USCG Subchapter “T” standards and configured to carry up to 33 passengers. Designed by Jutson Marine Design, the vessel features a highly efficient foilassisted catamaran hull delivering unsurpassed performance, economy, and ride comfort. Specially engineered forward and aft transverse hydrofoils elevate the hull at planing speeds to substantially reduce drag, resulting in significantly increased performance and fuel economy with modest power requirements. Powered by twin 440-horsepower Yanmar 6LY440 diesel engines coupled to Hamilton HJ292 water jets via ZF Marine 280-1 transmissions, Sea Flight cruises at speeds in excess of 30 knots, and boasts a top speed of 40+ knots. The second Jutson-designed vessel of its type to be built by Metal Shark, Sea Flight’s layout has been optimized to accommodate a range of Pure Florida’s eco tours, dolphin watching cruises, and offshore fishing trips while offering a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable passenger experience. The vessel has been equipped with bench seating for up to 33 passengers beneath a large aluminium-skinned canopy with roll-up curtain package for weather protection, along with well-placed grab rails, rod holders, beverage holders, tackle storage, live wells, fish boxes, and coolers. For night trips, white/red LED lighting has been provided throughout. The vessel has also been equipped with an enclosed head with fresh water sink. A forward-positioned elevated helm station enclosed within a hybrid pilothouse offers full weather protection and a birds-eye view for the captain while still facilitating access to the passenger deck. “Throughout the course of this project the enthusiasm of the Pure Florida team has been contagious and their desire to deliver the very best experience to their customers has been evident,” said Dean Jones, Metal Shark’s vice president of sales for law enforcement, fire rescue, and specialty projects. “We share in their enthusiasm and we’re proud to deliver this advanced and efficient vessel to such a high profile and well respected operator.” “We recognize the need to fish further offshore, and our guests are telling us they want to fish deeper, faster,” said Capt. Harry Julian, CEO of Pure Florida. “Sea Flight’s cutting edge technology and capabilities can do just that. Bringing in this new vessel shows how heavily Pure Florida is investing in our customers’ experience. The boat is ideal for half-day fishing excursions for the recreational angler and extreme long range charters for the avid angler. Sea Flight is a great option unlike any other currently available in Southwest Florida.” Pure Florida operates a fleet of 20 vessels at its locations in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida. Founded in 2009 by the father and son team of Lance and Harry Julian, Pure Florida offers a wide range of Sightseeing, River and Sunset Cruises, Jet Ski and Boat Rentals, Jet Boat Thrill Rides, Fishing Trips and Charters, Dolphin Watch, Eco and Shelling Tours, Marine Science Educational Field Trips, and private family and corporate cruises. The new Metal Shark vessel will be operated out of Pure Florida’s Naples location at the historic Tin City boardwalk. Metal Shark is a diversified shipbuilder specializing in the design and construction of welded aluminium and steel vessels from 16’ to over 300’ for defence, law enforcement, and commercial operators. Key customers include the United States Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Army, foreign militaries, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, passenger vessel operators, pilot associations, towboat operators, and other clients worldwide. With three fully selfcontained shipbuilding facilities in Alabama and Louisiana USA plus a dedicated engineering facility in Croatia, Metal Shark’s 500+ employees produce over 200 vessels per year with a proud and proven track record of high quality, on time deliveries. www.metalsharkboats.com

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Orbital Marine Power signs unique new anchor deal with Faun Trackway Orkney-based tidal energy firm Orbital Marine Power has announced a manufacturing deal with Welsh firm, Faun Trackway.

Pictures: (Top): Orbital Marine anchor (Bottom): Orbital Marine O2 tidal turbine design

The contract will see Faun Trackway construct four steel anchors and a mooring connector for Orbital Marine’s new O2 tidal stream turbine. Although the deal is not thought to be overly substantial, it is part of a larger package of deals for the overall design and construction of the new floating tidal turbine. Once complete, the O2 tidal array will be installed in the Fall of Warness, Orkney, where Orbital has an existing berth and grid connection with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). Andrew Scott, Orbital Marine Power chief executive, commented: “This is a transformational project for Orbital, and for the tidal sector, and these anchors will have the important job of holding the O2 on station so it can generate gigawatt hours of clean, predictable power from the strong tides we have around Orkney - so we are delighted to be engaging the experience and precision of Faun Trackway for this critical supply.” The firm currently employs nearly 40 staff from its offices in Orkney and Edinburgh. Orbital Marine Power, formerly Scotrenewables, reported an industry benchmark in August as the SR2000 tidal turbine generated more power in the past year than the entire Scottish marine energy sector managed in the 12 years prior to its launch. Gareth Williams, engineering manager for Faun Trackway, added: “We’re excited to get involved and provide value to this great project. “The manufacture of the anchor structures and bespoke mooring connections will fully utilise our design for manufacture (DFM), engineering and production methodologies to provide a cost effective solution for Orbital. “Components will be manufactured, tested, inspected and coated to stringent DNV standards to ensure the high integrity components stand the test of time.” www.orbitalmarine.com

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RUD ACP TURNADO Hoist Ring Eliminates Kinking The lifting ring design guarantees a safe position of the hook without kinking 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. The NEW RUD ACP-TURNADO sets the standard. More than just another center pull hoist ring. www.rud.co.uk


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IMO SDC 6 introduces SOLAS amendment for safer mooring As part of its ongoing campaign to make ships mooring safer, IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6) earlier this year introduced new requirements for appropriate and safe-to-use designs of mooring arrangements, a maintenance and inspection regime, as well as proper documentation. The submissions at the meeting highlighted that mooring operations continue to pose a risk to ships’ crews, but also shore-based mooring personnel. It is also one of the work situations where crew members are exposed to excessive dynamic forces, or snap-back, detrimental heavy manual work processes and the influence of unfavourable weather conditions that may further hamper the safe and healthy accomplishment of the port call. Accidents are frequent across the sector and fatalities are reported annually. As an example, between 1997 and 2013, just over 400 accidents were registered on Danish ships, with four fatalities and 43 injuries reported.

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New, safe mooring system from Trelleborg Trelleborg have launched a new safety-focused mooring solution which actively dampens vessel motion to increase the range of environmental conditions in which cargo can be transferred and improve throughput. DynaMoor maintains constant tension in mooring lines to dampen vessel movements, reducing the risk of parted lines and eliminating the effect that passing ships and long-period waves have on moored vessels. Richard Hepworth, president of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation, commented: “A demanding environment requires that users of mooring systems adapt and innovate to ensure efficient and safe solutions.” In addition to enhancing safety by keeping constant tension in mooring lines, DynaMoor minimises ‘snap back’ zones, and reduces the overall amount of wharf furniture required, simplifying day-to-day operations and reducing operational costs. The system also speeds up the berthing process and minimises workload and manual line handling, improving overall efficiency. Used with the ship’s mooring lines and winches or able to operate independently, DynaMoor can form part of a complete jetty solution integrated with Trelleborg’s Quick Release Hooks, AutoMoor, Smart Bollards, or be deployed as a separate system. www.trelleborg.com

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The Port of Antwerp recently launched its ‘Plastic Challenge’ with a grand prize of €10,000 for the most creative, promising and feasible idea that will tackle legacy pollution from the use of plastic pellets.

The river Scheldt continuously brings down floating litter which due to tidal action tends to be deposited on a stretch of foreshore known as the Galgeschoor. This nature conservation site within the port area is affected by legacy pollution in the form of plastic pellets that are spilled during handling on land or onboard ships. Over time they have accumulated and become trapped in vegetation or mud adjoining the foreshore, making them difficult to find and remove. In addition to the fact that the area is kept in constant motion by the tides, the challenge is also made more complex by the need to protect the unique flora and many species of birds. The port is already known for tackling this problem at source. Two years ago, it teamed up with the entire plastics industry to introduce the ‘Operation Clean Sweep’ charter with the objective of zero pellet loss. The participating companies strive to reduce pellet loss to the absolute minimum. Weekly monitoring activities give a better picture of the places where plastic pellets tend to escape, thus enabling the problem to be dealt with at source. While implementation of the plan helped reduce plastic levels from current activities, it also served to highlight legacy pollution. www.portofantwerp.com

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Dutch company RanMarine Technology has developed an aquadrone that sucks up garbage from the water. They have named it ‘WasteShark’, and are confident that it can eat up to 200 litres of trash in one trip. RanMarine have modelled the WasteShark after largest fish in the World - the whale shark. It’s functions in the manner of a ‘filter feeder’, so it gobbles up plankton and small crustaceans without moving too much - items are simply sucked into its long, flat mouth. “It’s built on the same principles as a whale shark,” Richard Hardiman, the CEO of RanMarine Technology, commented. “It’s got an enormous mouth. It silently skims the water and tracks down its prey, keeps it in its belly.” he continued. The WasteShark is able to ‘swim’ for up to 16 hours at a time, it scans its immediate environment as it works thus collecting data to send back to its central command. It can test the waters for pH levels, conductivity, ammonia, chloride, nitrate, salinity, and many other metrics. Hardiman says the idea came to him one day when he was having a bit of time off. He was having a cup of coffee along the Cape Town waterfront and saw two men trying to scoop plastic out of the water, and mainly failing as it was windy and the tide was going out. “Their only defence to combat this trash going out was the guy in the front with a pool net,” Hardiman commented. “That was it. His only defence against nature and man’s inability to tidy up after themselves…. I arrogantly thought to myself immediately, ‘I could do that better.’” The WasteShark can be steered manually via remote control or through a plotted map on an iPad. It’s best suited for harbors, rivers, and canals - the so-called ‘waste chokeholds’ that RanMarine Technology has identified based on weather patterns, shipping and wind movements, and the tides. The company has already deployed the aquadrone locally in the Port of Rotterdam and brought it to the USA in Baltimore Harbor, where the WasteShark swam alongside Mr. Trash Wheel. RanMarine Technology says the drone doesn’t harm fish, which generally swim away from it as they do with sailboats. Birds also tend to avoid it. Although the WasteShark does not operate in major shipping lanes, it is visible to shipping traffic, per maritime law. RanMarine Technology does not have plans to take the WasteShark out in the open oceans. The company believes that by vacuuming up trash at ports and harbors, it can stop plastic pollution at the source, wiping out floating debris before it drifts down into the oceans. https://www.ranmarine.io

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InvaSave proves ready to help vessel owners in time for Ballast Water Management Convention deadline The InvaSave mobile ballast water treatment system from Damen Green Solutions has demonstrated beyond doubt its capability to help ships meet the incoming D2 standard. All vessels will be required to comply with the standard which came into force on September 8th this year. This summer the InvaSave crew teamed up with local service provider Tradebe Santander (Tradebe Company) to receive ballast water from a tanker in Gijon. What appears to be a simple exercise has significant ramifications for all operational vessels – particularly older builds. As the IMO’s Ballast Water Convention will be extended to cover existing vessels in addition to newbuilds, vessel owners must address their processes for taking on or discharging ballast water. By the time of their first IOPP certificate renewal following Sunday’s deadline, all vessels will be required to meet IMO-D2 standards regarding ballast water treatment. “InvaSave provides a mobile and flexible solution to this requirement,” says Damen Green’s Matthijs Schuiten, “meeting market demand without causing operational delays. If a vessel is unable to discharge its ballast water, the loss of income through downtime, compounded by additional port costs, has a huge impact on the vessel owner’s bottom line. The efficiency of InvaSave’s model also potentially saves owners months of downtime waiting for a retrofit.” Damen has been offering the InvaSave solution for over five years, launching the InvaSave 300 in 2017 and improving its functionality in preparation for the introduction of this latest legislation. Following successful demonstrations of its capability in Lisbon on 16th and 17th May this year, this latest exercise in Gijon provides final confirmation that InvaSave is ready and able to help vessel owners adapt to the latest regulatory demands. The InvaSave 300 IMO-certified system is an external ballast water treatment unit that in a single pass uses mechanical filtration and ultraviolet radiation to remove and eradicate invasive organisms from ballast water as it is discharged from inbound vessels, to IMO-D2 standards. InvaSave can also provide ballast water of the same quality to outbound vessels. Damen Green Solutions uses these reception jobs to further train clients and Damen staff in the ballast water reception service operation. The entire system comes in a single, 40ft container and so is fully mobile; ideal for placing on a barge, workboat or trailer for easy movement around a port, harbour or shipyard. www.damen.com

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Adler & Allen new ISAS accreditation Adler & Allen, the environmental risk reduction specialist, has been accredited by the International Spill Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) as a third-party Tier 2 Oil Spill Response Organisation (OSRO) for sheltered/enclosed waters, coastal and large estuary and shoreline clean-up. The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency states that ports, harbours and oil handling facilities are required to provide contingency plans detailing the contract they hold with an OSRO as part of the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention (OPRC)) Regulations 1998 (SI 1988 No.1056). The accreditation demonstrates Adler & Allan’s preparedness to respond to marine spill events with multiple deployments. The International Spill Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) is a joint venture between the UK Spill Association and ISAA. An agreement was signed on 16th October 2018 that from the 1st November 2019 OSRO’s delivering or intending to deliver Tier 2 response services to ports, harbours, marine terminals and offshore installations will be required to be in compliance with the new standard. An ISAS accreditor will be attending an Incident Management Exercise delivered by Adler & Allan for a client port in the foreseeable future for a final inspection of Adler & Allan’s work and methodology. Adler & Allen Marine Contracts Manager Beth Esau commented: “I am delighted we are the first OSRO to be recognised with this accreditation. I was really proud to hear that the accreditor was impressed with our internal systems and procedures. I would like to thank the marine team at Adler & Allan who have helped us to implement new measures.” www.adlerandallen.co.uk

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THE WORLD RESIDENTIAL YACHT TAKES DELIVERY OF MIKO PLASTERS POLAR KIT PRIOR TO NORTHWEST PASSAGE EXPEDITION Preparations for the largest privately-owned residential yacht, The World, to sail the Northwest Passage across Canada from Nuuk, Greenland to Nome, Alaska this summer have included the purchase of a Miko Plasters Polar Kit as defence against the risk of being holed by ice. A team from Oslo-based Miko Marine AS flew to Reykjavik, Iceland in early August where they demonstrated the techniques developed for applying a magnetic patch to seal any hole caused by accidental contact with hard ice as might occur in open water or drift ice. Crew members were able to practice the simple but unfamiliar methods used to close a hole sustained from above the waterline to a few meters down without endangering a diver in freezing sea conditions. In 2012, 196-metre The World, set the record to become the largest passenger vessel to sail the Northwest Passage unescorted from west to east. The World returns to this historic Arctic sea route in August/September 2019 to complete a ‘double transit,’ sailing this time from east to west. The owners of its 165 residential apartments experience the adventure and scenery of the Arctic from the luxury of their own on-board homes. Today, in 2019, they will have the added reassurance that comes from being protected by the only system capable of quickly and effectively sealing a hull puncture from the outside in freezing waters without the use of divers. Each Miko Plasters Polar Kit contains a range of magnetic patches from which, after inspecting the damage following an incident, the most suitable size can be chosen. A system of individual high-power permanent magnets, each capable of holding 450 kg, is then deployed to create fixing points on the ship’s hull above the hole. These support the installation drum from which the plaster is then unrolled horizontally or vertically. Acting like a giant fridge magnet, but with vastly superior holding power, the plaster sticks instantly over the hole with external water pressure providing extra adhesion. More magnets are then applied to ensure that it remains in place until permanent repair is possible. Miko Plasters are widely used in the marine industry but usually require professional divers to ensure an effective seal under water. Because such professionals are unlikely to be available for most passenger or commercial vessels, the Miko Plasters Polar Kit offers the only other known option for creating a durable water-tight seal. Traditionally seafarers will attempt repairs from inside the ship by using timber carried especially for the purpose. Given the structural complexity of most modern ships, internal access to the damage is likely to be difficult, if not impossible, due to pipes, tanks and other fittings. Under these conditions the ship’s pumps become the only means of countering the ingress of water but they cannot always be relied-on due to the risk of a power failure. The Miko Plasters Polar Kit is a product of practical Norwegian seamanship and the knowhow gained from centuries of polar sailing experience. Professor Norvald Kjerstad, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology is a recognised global authority on polar navigation and its risks. After watching a recent demonstration of the Miko Plaster Polar Kit in Norway he said that he believes that it can make a major contribution towards the safety of arctic shipping. “This is the type of equipment that should be carried by all vessels operating regularly in polar regions,” he said. As one of the experts responsible for working with the IMO and drafting the Polar Code, he was immediately able to see the Kit’s benefits. “It is practical to use and is a demonstration of the preparedness required by ships seeking to comply with the Polar Code,” he said. Miko Plasters are available in kits created for a variety of specific tasks. In addition to the new Polar Kit these include a Salvage Kit, Tanker Kit and Yacht Kit. The magnetic patches are called Miko Plasters due to their simplicity of application. They are manufactured by a process that mixes rare earth particles with an exceptionally strong blend of Nitrile rubber. A finished patch will weigh 10 kg per square metre so an additional layer of buoyancy material is also laminated to the patch so that it can be easily handled under water by divers. These two layers are then laminated onto an external fabric manufactured from high strength PVC. www.mikomarine.com

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Crown Estate launch new major offshore opportunity

A huge offshore wind announcement in the UK has opened up the opportunity for at least 7GW of new clean energy. The Crown Estate has launched the Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4, opening up the potential for at least 7GW of new seabed rights for offshore wind development in the waters around England and Wales - enough to meet the electricity needs of over 6m homes. Hugh McNeal, chief executive of RenewableUK, commented: “It’s great to see the UK stepping up its ambition with a new round of offshore wind development now underway. This will engender further momentum in our world-leading offshore wind sector, securing billions of pounds in investment in new infrastructure. “These powerhouses of the future will create thousands of highly-skilled jobs, continuing the rapid regeneration of our coastal communities, as well as benefitting our UK-wide supply chain. The healthy pipeline of projects to come will also make a significant contribution to the UK reaching net zero emissions as fast and as cheaply as possible.” The Crown Estate, which acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is making four broad areas of seabed available to the market, within which potential developers will have the opportunity to bid for project sites. Bidding areas available are Dogger Bank Bidding Area; Eastern Regions Bidding Area; South East Bidding Area; and Northern Wales and Irish Sea Bidding Area. The Crown Estate’s Round 4 tender process will commence in this month and run until autumn 2020. www.thecrownestate.co.uk

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