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Autumn on the high seas? Next month is INMEX SMM India, a popular time for the Asian maritime industry... Welcome to the September 2017 issue of Marine & Maritime Gazette the monthly magazine aimed at Worldwide coverage of the commercial marine, shipping and waterbased renewables markets. With the best of the Summer months now behind us and INMEX SMM India happening next month in Bombay, we all look forward to improved business and other interesting events for the remainder of the year. Inside this issue, as usual, we will be covering a huge amount of topics including ‘Power, Propulsion & Transmission’ on page 20, to the ‘ins and outs’ of ‘Underwater, Subsea & Diving’ from page 26. We also have a ‘peek’ into ‘Windfarms, Renewables & Crew Transport’ on page 36, plus an insight into ‘The Fisheries Bill’ on page 16. Anyway, we hope you enjoy reading this Commercial Ma rine & Renewabl edition and look forward to seeing many es Worldwide 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 through to me at info@bljournals.plus.com for future consideration in our forthcoming issues.

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Cover story Damen launched free dredge calculator to assist contractors with what can be a long, time-consuming process.

p18 Stan tug First of ten Stan Tug 1907 ICE vessels has been delivered by Great Lakes Shipyard

p8 Underwater survey HR Wallingford and G-tec announce collaboration to deliver integrated underwater sound surveys

p28 Floatgen mooring Bourbon complete mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France for Ecole Centrale de Nantes

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Damen CEO René Berkvens receives CEMT award

On 24th of last month, at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, the Council of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies presented Damen CEO René Berkvens with the CEMT Award. The Council bestows the award annually in recognition of the substantial contribution made to the success of the European maritime industry by an individual, company or organisation. The contribution can be either technological, political or economic. Mr Berkvens received the award in recognition of his leadership of Damen and the contribution this has made towards the successes of the European maritime sector. Chairman of the Council of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Socieities Trevor Blakeley, said, “I am sure that your colleagues at Damen, and those in the maritime industry who have knowledge of your achievements, will join me in congratulating you on this well-deserved recognition.” Receiving the award, Mr Berkvens said, “It is an honour to receive this award. Reflecting as it does, Damen’s contribution to the success of our industry, it is a demonstration of the hard work and dedication of the entire Damen team.” During the award ceremony, Mr Blakeley attended a presentation about the Damen organisation given by Design & Proposal Engineer Antonio Marte. Another presentation, on Research, Development, Innovation and Technology, delivered by Group Research Coordinator Peter van Terwisga, demonstrated Damen’s determination to contribute to the success of the industry into the future. Over the past 33 years, Mr Berkvens has held many different positions within the Damen Shipyards Group. He began his career in the Sales department for Africa, before becoming Area Director for the Americas region. When Damen took over the Royal Schelde, the Netherlands’ premier naval shipyard, in 2000, Mr Berkvens oversaw the programme to turn around the yard’s fortunes. Between 2004 and 2006, he held the position of the Vice President of the group, responsible for the naval division and superyacht building at Amels. Since 2006 he has held the title of CEO, with overall responsibility for group operations. During that time, Damen has doubled its turnover and acquired 15 companies covering newbuild, shiprepair and engineering activities. The Council of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies is a nongovernmental organisation with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) The council is made up of representative organisations from European maritime nations.


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Top: Work continues on the £10 million upgrading of Prince Charles V wharf Above: Charles Hammond, Cheif Executive, Forth Ports

MMC looks at stake in Sabah Ports

Malaysia’s MMC Corporation Berhad is looking to purchase a stake in Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Suria Capital Holdings Berhad.

Dundee’s ambition to be a major oil and gas decommissioning hub has come a step closer as Norwegian industrial giant AF Gruppen agreed a deal to establish a rig recycling yard in the city. Representatives of AF Offshore Decom were at Dundee Port recently for the signing of a new heads of agreement deal with local decommissioning group Dundeecom. A new joint venture company, AF Dundee, will be created with docks owner Forth Ports with the aim of attracting significant decommissioning work - and jobs - to the city. The sector is expected to be worth billions in the North Sea alone over the coming decades as ageing platforms are removed and brought ashore for recycling. Forth Ports is currently investing £10 million in upgrading Prince Charles V wharf at Dundee in anticipation of picking up major decom contracts. Work is advanced on the £10 million upgrading of Prince Charles V wharf in anticipation of Dundee attracting significant new decommissioning work AF Offshore has more than 15 years of operational experience in the sector and, along with industry partners, recently completed the removal of the 14,000 tonne Murchison platform jacket and oversaw its safe delivery into its existing decom facility at Vats, Norway. Bengt Hildisch, president of AF Offshore Decom, said his firm had been searching for a new decom partner in the UK and had been impressed by Dundee’s ambition to become a major industry player. “AF Offshore Decom is pleased to find a partner that shares the same vision and goals as ourselves to develop and operate a safe and cost efficient disposal yard in the UK,” Mr Hildisch said. “We have been seeking for the right opportunity that enables us to build and expand our capabilities to the UK and create a sustainable solution together with our facility in Norway for the whole of the North Sea,” he added. The group’s Vats facility in Rogaland is custom built to handle offshore installations and major marine structures and is believed to be the North Sea’s most advanced decom base. The new base will take advantage of Dundee’s deep water berthing capability and what will soon be the UK’s strongest quayside with Europe’s largest capacity heavy lift crane. The heads of terms agreement was brokered by Dundeecom, a public/private partnership between Dundee City Council, DC Thomson and Forth Ports that was established earlier this year to position Dundee as a multi-disciplinary, internationally recognised centre of excellence in oil and gas decommissioning. “Given my experience in this sector, I believed that the best way to exploit Dundee’s potential was to team up in an innovative way with one of the industry leaders, and what has emerged is an exciting new offering to the market from what will be a new Scottish business headquartered in Dundee,” Dundeecom chief executive Callum Falconer said. “Furthermore, we are already in discussions with other key players in the decommissioning space which will build upon the success of this new venture.” Forth Ports chief executive Charles Hammond said the heads of terms agreement was a major milestone. “This is great news for the city, for the local economy and for the port,” he commented. “Our vision is to position Dundee as a major decommissioning centre for the North Sea and to ensure that customers gain access to an efficient, cost effective decommissioning solution. “Partnering with such an established and respected organisation as AF Offshore UK will most certainly enable this vision.”

The company confirmed that the parties have launched talks on the acquisition, however, “the Board of Directors of MMC has yet to make any firm decision in relation to the same,” MMC said in a stock exchange announcement back in early August.

If the company decides to purchase the stake in Sabah Ports, it would do so through its subsidiary MMC Port Holdings. The parties did not release any financial details on the proposed acquisition. Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd took over Sabah’s port operations from Sabah Ports Authority through privatization in September 2004. The subsidiary company operates and manages the eight ports in strategic locations around Sabah, including Sapangar Bay Container Port, Sapangar Bay Oil Terminal, Kota Kinabalu Port, Sandakan Port, Tawau Port, Lahad Datu Port, Kunak Port and Kudat Port.

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RRS Sir David Attenborough adds a FarSounder1000 3D Sonar FarSounder's longest range sonar system FarSounder-1000 is to be the latest addition to the state-of-theart equipment incorporated into the British Antarctic Survey's new Polar Research Vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), built by Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard, Port of Liverpool City Region, UK to a Rolls-Royce design, for operation by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) this £200 million Government investment secures the UK’s position as a world leader in polar research. Pinpoint Electronics of Devon, UK is the local FarSounder representative for this prestigious project. Pinpoint’s Managing Director, Sally Dale stated, “As a former officer in the Royal Navy, a ship’s safety has always been of the utmost importance. Over my years in the industry, I have learned the best way to achieve the highest level of safety is by adding a FarSounder sonar to the navigation suite.” With the new ship’s ability to embark on longer voyages and explore some of the most remote aquatic regions of the world, the FarSounder sonar will prove invaluable in its primary use for navigation and obstacle avoidance. In addition, it’s technology and data can supplement the more traditional on-board science mission sensors. The new ship’s vast capabilities will enable scientists to explore and undertake science in new areas of the Antarctic and Arctic seas. The enhanced coverage achieved by utilizing FarSounder-1000 can open up new locations for science and will clearly demonstrate and reinforce continuing British presence in Antarctica and the South Atlantic. The sonar will be protected during ice breaking operations via a custom hoist designed and built by C4R Maritime Solutions of Frederikssund, Denmark, and tested in the lab at Force Maritime in Denmark. “Having this new solution for specialized vessels, a new world opens up to many more vessels that can benefit from the innovative technology of FarSounder.” said Bill Endersen, senior engineer at C4R. Last year, FarSounder was integral in the residential ship The World's groundbreaking excursion that reached the Ross Ice Shelf, the furthest south any vessel has ever sailed. It will be fascinating to see where RRS Sir David Attenborough will be able to explore with a FarSounder leading the way. www.pinpointelectronics.com

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First of ten Stan Tug 1907 ICE delivered

The first of ten Stan Tug 1907 ICE vessels has been delivered by Great Lakes Shipyard to its sister company The Great Lakes Towing Company, both based in Ohio, USA. Named Cleveland, she is a significant milestone in a licencing programme agreed between Damen Shipyards Group and Great Lakes Shipyard following discussions that began in 2014. While the initial agreement is for the series build of ten tugs for Great Lakes Towing, the vessels will also be available to third party buyers on a priority basis. The Stan Tug 1907 ICE is a compact design capable of 30.0-tons of bollard pull. Its relatively small size and high manoeuvrability make it ideal for the narrow waterways with their many low bridges that characterise the Great Lakes region. The ability to operate safely in icy waters is also essential given the very cold temperatures that occur there in the winter. The Cleveland has got off to a good start. On her first morning in service she “was put to work for two ship assists. The first was for Fednav International Limited, Montreal, and the second was for Rand Corporation, based in New Jersey,” reported Joe Starck, President of Great Lakes Shipyard and the Towing Company. “Both tows went without a hitch and the feedback then and since has been very positive. One of the pilots on the first day even commented that the new tug made manoeuvring much easier. The boat has performed even better than we expected, without the need for the typical “tweaks” that are normally required after completion of a new tug.” As was expected, the build of the Cleveland was something of a learning experience, not least because various European working practises had to be translated into their American equivalents, and numerous adaptations had to be made to meet USA regulations. However, with these achieved for the Cleveland and the production process now fully optimised, the follow-on hulls will be completed more quickly and efficiently. “Damen was always there when we needed them,” continued Joe Starck. “It has truly been a pleasure to work with them, and we have really enjoyed getting to know the entire Damen team. They’re a first class organisation.” The Great Lakes Group traces its root back to 1899, and from its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, operates its shipyard, as well as over 40 tugs based in eleven ports. www.damen.com

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Marine & Maritime Gazette is partnering with the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo 2017 Marine & Maritime Gazette has joined forces with the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo 2017 as an official partner ahead of the event’s highly anticipated return on the 27th & 28th of September at ExCeL London. The Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo is simply unique; it’s the UK’s largest exhibition and conference dedicated to showcasing the latest equipment and solutions for marine, coastal and other challenging civil engineering projects. This standout exhibition regularly attracts partnerships with major players from across the industry. Marine & Maritime Gazette’s inclusion in the 2017 show only reinforces this reputation further and adds to the growing roster of large organisations choosing this event to reveal their latest offerings and ground-breaking innovations. Over 1,500 industry professionals will fill the exhibition hall to meet over 200 innovative suppliers, 100 CPD-accredited expert-led seminars, live demonstrations on the River Thames, insightful case studies, one-to-one advice from industry experts, unparalleled networking opportunities, free access to the Flood Expo and the Contamination Expo Series next door, plus much more. To discover more reasons why this event is unmissable and to book your Free Ticket, visit the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo website. If you're a supplier and are interested in exhibiting your products or services to the thousands of key decision makers in attendance, contact Event Director Gary Hall on +44 (0) 0117 929 6087 or gary.hall@prysmgroup.co.uk. www.mcceexpo.co.uk

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300% offshore success story

Many offshore rig operators are still struggling to survive the worst oil-market slump in a generation, however one Norwegian company has managed to turn things around. Odfjell Drilling Ltd., which owns four rigs and specializes in drilling in harsh environments, has seen its stock rise almost 300 percent in the last year to trade near a three-year. “It’s completely unique,” said Sondre Stormyr, an analyst at Danske Bank A/S. The drillers’ success boils down to two factors, according to Stormyr and fellow analyst Eirik Rohmesmo of Clarksons Platou Securities AS: • Odfjell was able to refinance debt through a $525 million loan last year without having to sell new equity. • The company has had unparalleled success in securing work even as rivals have had to idle or even scrap rigs because they can’t find contracts. Odfjell’s success at winning contracts is in part thanks to its fleet of high-end harsh-environment units, a segment of the market that’s been shielded from the worst fallout. It’s also due to Odfjell’s willingness to accept lower rates. When Odfjell got a three-year contract from Norway’s Statoil ASA in 2015 to drill production wells on the Johan Sverdrup field, the $300,000 day rate looked like a steal. After all, it was only about half the Deepsea Atlantic rig’s previous fee. Since then, comparable rates have gone below $200,000 in some cases, and the Sverdrup contract now looks “fantastic,” Rohmesmo said. Odfjell has all four rigs on contracts that stretch as far as 2022, with an order backlog of $1.2 billion at the end of March. www.odfjelldrilling.com

VolkerStevin improving defence infrastructure on the Falkland Islands

VolkerStevin is underway with the upgrade work to improve defence infrastructure of berths at Mare Harbour. The £19 million contract forms part of work planned by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation over the next decade, to modernise the local military infrastructure and capabilities for the Islands. The work at Mare Harbour includes the design and construction of new berths, which will provide a facility suitable to cater for the larger POINT Class ships, with roll-on roll-off (RoRo) capability for the Falkland Islands Resupply Ship (FIRS). The FIRS delivers military supplies to the islands throughout the year, including hardware, food and infrastructure, as well as a small amount of commercial freight. Earlier in the year all the materials, plant and equipment for the project Del Norte Technology Ltd is an ISO9001 2015 quality specialised Hydrographic Survey and Dredge company that supplies, installs, trains to support the industry. Together with were loaded onto a chartered vessel at Rotterdam prior to embarking on Hypack Inc Hypack, Hysweep and DredgePack software the whole hydrographic a five-week journey to the Falkland Islands. The piles, fabricated steel pile capability is taken care of. heads and fenders were shipped direct from Shanghai to the Falkland On display on our stand at trade exhibitions are all the Hypack software, Ceehydro systems Islands. All items shipped had to be checked thoroughly by the project product range together with Tritech Sidescan Sonar, sub-bottom profiling instruments and a surprise package for Multi-beam Hydrographic surveys. team in order to meet the Islands strict biosecurity requirements. Equipment commonly supplied apart from the Hypack Single Beam, Multi-Beam and The piles for the main RoRo berth are being installed and grouted into DredgePack software are Tide Gauges from Valeport, Echo Sounders such as Cee Hydro systems Ceescope product range, Sub-bottom profilers from Syqwest, Mini Swath systems from drilled rock sockets which are three metre diameter, and up to 20 metres Ross Industries, Novatel RTK and Hemisphere DGPS receivers with all associated parts and deep. The piles are 35 metres long and weigh up to 75 tonnes, with 14 cables to suite. WAASP Mult-Beam system is a new addition to our product line. of the 16 piles now installed. Part of the work includes new walkway We will advise only quality products but also supply what the customer requires to bridges between the existing caissons that have been installed. Following satisfy the system requirements and purchased from UK representative companies completion of the piles, we will be installing the pile heads, remaining where required. walkway bridges and the fenders before commencing works to dismantle Call Laurie Smith +44(0)1803 844555, Mob +44(0)7836 741288, the marine plant for loading onto a chartered vessel for the return to for a free consultation, advice and planning for you next project. Europe. Rob Coupe, managing director at VolkerStevin, said: “The project is logistically challenging and transporting thousands of tons of materials and equipment to the other side of the world is no simple task. After Tritech Starfish several months of detailed planning, we are pleased construction is now Sidescan Sonar Syqwest Strata Box well underway and due to complete on time.” The project is on target for completion prior to the contract completion date of December 2017

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Ocean Marine Systems has successfully completed the second FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) of their through-hull instrument deployment hoist for security and safety systems integrator MARSS.

Captain Mike Johnson, Tug Master, in the HR Wallingford simulator

Simulation makes perfect when manoeuvring the largest offshore floating facility ever built

At 488m in length, and longer than four football pitches, Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility was always going to represent a formidable challenge even for the skilled tug masters who were charged with towing the facility from the shipyard in South Korea where it was constructed, and delivering it to its final destination, a remote gas field 475 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia. But practice makes perfect, and HR Wallingford, using its Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle, W.A., created an accurate and detailed navigation simulation of Prelude for Shell, which was used to prepare the Tow Masters, Tug Masters and Pilots, allowing them to familiarise themselves with a realistic simulation of Prelude manoeuvres at sea. And on 25 July 2017, Prelude arrived safely at its destination in the East Browse Basin. HR Wallingford’s involvement in the project extends to the real time navigation simulation for the facility’s departure from the Geoje Shipyard in Korea, along the Busan Channel; positioning and mooring Prelude once on site; conducting berthing and departure simulations of the LNG, LPG and condensate offtake tankers that will moor alongside the FLNG; and providing ongoing pilot and tug master training in the Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle. HR Wallingford also created and provided to Shell Australia a bespoke, webbased decision support tool, to assist with operations planning. Dr Mark McBride, HR Wallingford’s Ships Group Manager, said: “There was a need to assess many aspects of this unique offshore floating facility, which included the manoeuvring issues associated with the arrival and departure of the offtake LNG carriers. For this we used real time navigation simulation, so that we could identify the limiting conditions for safe manoeuvring, as well as the tug requirements, and for developing appropriate manoeuvring strategies.” Up to six integrated simulators at the Australia Ship Simulation Centre were used to simulate the FLNG facility and the tugs for the shipyard departure operation, and for the positioning during connection of the FLNG’s mooring lines, once at its installation site. Actual wind, wave and tidal conditions were recorded, and then modelled, which meant that the crew were able to accurately test the capability and power of the tugs in advance. The simulated positioning operation was used to prepare for the real-life operation in which the tugs were attached to the FLNG facility by 700-metre-long wires, weighing approximately 30 tonnes each.

MARSS awarded Ocean Marine Systems the contract to deliver six deployment hoists, one for each Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in build for the Malaysian Navy. The first two hoists have already successfully passed their FAT’s and been delivered, with the final four on schedule. The unique hoists form part of the MARSS NiDAR system which integrates multiple sensors to deliver a 360o air, surface and underwater security perimeter. To date Ocean Marine Systems have delivered several hoists to the security and survey industry. The hoists offer a uniquely stable way to deploy instruments offering protection from underwater threats or provide a platform for survey work whilst maintaining a constant speed. In this specific case, Ocean Marine Systems installed the customer supplied sonar, a bespoke gate value actuator as well as designing a more compact unit without compromising functionality. The Ocean Marine Systems through-hull instrument deployment hoists allows MARSS to provide underwater perimeter security 24/7 365 days a year. Rob Balloch from MARSS stated: “The LCS’ are currently in build at Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia with the first launch due in 2019, and the remaining five within the year. We are really pleased with joint development work on this solution and look forward to future joint projects with the instrument hoist experts at OMS.” www.oceanmarinesystems.co.uk

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Buy Cheap = Buy Twice? by John Caskey, Hydrosphere UK

Replacing navigation aids because of casualties often involves expenditure that hasn’t been budgeted for. Therefore it is no surprise that, given the choice, many harbour masters and port authorities opt for replacement buoys that come with the cheapest price tag. However, this approach can be a false economy. Cheap plastic buoys don’t have the durability of their premium counterparts and therefore you could find that you end up buying twice; having to replace buoys much sooner than you would have with a premium product. That’s not to say that you should replace steel buoys like-for-like. If legacy steel buoys have come to the end of their useful life, advances in plastic technology means that there are really excellent alternatives now available. Premium plastic buoys such as the Mobilis JET 9000 are made from medium density polyethylene (MDPE), which is durable, light and UV stable making them a more flexible and less expensive option than steel buoys. They also have a modular system which means that parts can be easily replaced if they do suffer damage, and therefore this extends the life of this type of buoy. The key advantages of polyethylene over steel are: • LIGHT - buoys are easy to transport and manoeuvre, reducing the costs of deploying the buoys and maintaining them. Because the buoy is light you can also use lighter (and cheaper) moorings too. • NO RUST - unlike steel, polyethylene does not rust, a key advantage for any product exposed to sea water! • NO REPAINTING - UV stable polyethylene doesn’t require repainting and therefore the buoy does not need to be lifted and brought on shore for repainting and refurbishment. • EASY TO CLEAN - buoys can be lifted easily and jet washed at sea, enabling a more effective use of boat time and manpower. • LESS CHAIN WEAR - lighter buoys equates to less wear and tear on parts and chains. • COST - last, but not least, premium plastic buoys do have a cheaper price tag than a replacement steel buoy, and therefore we recommend that you don’t try to drive prices down further by opting for non-premium products.

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by Ieuan Jones, Solicitor in Ashfords LLP's Marine Team

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With the announcement of a Fisheries Bill as part the recent Queen's speech, the fishing industry is now preparing itself for how its wishes for withdrawal will finally be realised. Part of the Queen's speech back in June included the announcement of a "Fisheries Bill". This was one of a raft of bills announced specifically relating to Brexit and its impact on other sectors as well, including trade and agriculture. The announcement was in tandem with the Repeal Bill, which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and convert all European Union legislation into UK law. The Conservatives have further announced on their own website that the Fisheries Bill would "enable the UK to exercise responsibility for access to fisheries and management of its waters." So what do we know about the Fisheries Bill so far and its potential implications? It is well known that the fishing industry for decades had been dissatisfied with EU legislation. Not least of these is the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The CFP's aim was to ensure sustainability across member states by imposing catch limits and other quotas, though these came to be widely seen as unfair. Another common complaint about the CFP was the equal access given to all fishing fleets within UK waters as part of the EU's policy on competition and fair trade. Given this highly controversial legislation, it came as no surprise to anyone that the industry voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving the EU. Institutions such as the Scottish Fishermen's Federation have commented since the referendum that the automatic removal from the CFP framework upon our withdrawal is "very welcome indeed". Upon the announcement of the referendum result in June 2016, Fisheries Minister George Eustice MP stated he was "delighted" with the decision, adding "once we leave we can do what we want." Mr Eustice has, however, sought to clarify his position since this announcement by stating that withdrawal "doesn’t mean no access" for EU vessels to enter UK waters in order to fish. But he has sought to emphasise that, although access to our waters will inevitably be part of any deal struck with the EU, the UK still ultimately retains control over who can enter its waters and how much fishing can be done by them. Meanwhile, further developments since the referendum have included the UK giving formal notice of withdrawal from the 1964 London Fisheries Convention (the Convention). The Convention is specifically in relation to fishing rights across the coastal waters of Western Europe and includes co-signees Spain, France, Portugal and Denmark, alongside the UK. It had been feared in some quarters that withdrawal from the EU would make little difference in terms of fishing rights and quotas, so long as the UK remained a signatory to the Convention. Now that the UK has given its 2 years' notice for withdrawal specified under the Convention, it is now thought by those supporting the move that the UK shall have the necessary powers to take back control of its waters. In spite of the above, there are fears that the UK may bargain away its fishing and quota rights in any event, despite the initial tough position. Fishing is one of the UK's oldest, most treasured and most vocal industries, yet it brings in an annual GDP contribution of just £426m, a small fraction of UK GDP as a whole. In light of this, there are those in the industry who wonder whether fishing rights will be seen as nothing more than a bargaining chip for those ministers and civil servants about to enter into fraught negotiations with EU members states looking to come away with the best possible deal. The accuracy of these predictions cannot be stated with any certainty at this stage. What the industry does know is that the Fisheries Bill is not at present anything more than a public statement of intent to take back control of UK waters and fishing quotas. There are no specific details about how this will be done or deals that will be made. With the clock on the UK's EU withdrawal already having ticked along by several months, it is clear that such detail is now becoming vital. www.ashfords.co.uk

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Damen launches free dredge calculator Online tool - called Sandy - helps contractors choose the right cutter suction dredger and equipment for the job Dredge projects are tendered around the globe on a daily basis. Consequently, dredging contractors have to make new calculations, involving various production parameters, when preparing their project quotations. Damen has introduced an online dredge job calculator to unburden contractors of this time-consuming, and therefore costly, tasks. For every dredging job, whether it is a maintenance dredging, sand dredging or capital dredging project, the local government concerned will present a public tender. In submitting their offers, contractors will then put in a considerable amount of effort - mostly in calculating the estimated production of each different jobsite. It is imperative that these calculations are accurate as it is the production that defines what dredging equipment is required. Damen’s new dredging calculation tool assists contractors with what is typically a long-drawn-out process. With just a few mouse clicks on the straightforward online platform, known as Sandy, the contractor enters the defining characteristics of the dredging job at hand. The result not only provides detailed advice on which cutter suction dredger should be mobilised, but also includes which options are complementary to the specific project. This can include supplementary equipment such as spud carriages, booster stations and anchor booms. Sandy was designed by Lennart Koning, Dredging Production Specialist at Damen Dredging Equipment. In explaining the motivations behind the development, he says, “Each dredging job is calculated on dredge production - and Sandy will help determine that valuable production information. With the input from any tender, a contractor will know what dredger to use within minutes. Moreover, by simply adding an option, such as a spud carriage for instance, the contractor can see the potential efficiency gain immediately.” Sandy is based on a full size calculation model, drawing on an extensive database that performs all the necessary calculations and taking manoeuvring into account. Pump production, Cutter production as well as Swing production are shown. “It’s all about providing contractors with realistic performance indicators of a cutter suction dredger.” In introducing Sandy as a free online advisory tool for contractors around the globe, Damen is offering easily accessible information over a diverse range of project parameters; enabling dredging operators prepare faster for tender submissions. www.damen.com

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Volvo Penta Open Days at Volspec On Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th October, UK based Volspec Ltd will be holding Open Days for all their marine leisure, commercial and industrial customers. There will be presentations and demonstrations of the latest Volvo Penta products available and it will be a unique opportunity to meet the staff from all departments. Volspec staff present at the Open Days will be able to answer any questions and there will also be representatives from Volvo Penta. There will be numerous engines and drives on display and it will give the visitor a chance to explore the Volvo Penta range in a relaxed and friendly environment with refreshments available throughout the day. There are also chances to win prizes with the Parts Department competitions and you can also test your skills on an IPS simulator. Volspec will be open each day from 10.00am to 4.00pm and the company would prefer people to book their visit so that they can assess numbers. Email enquiries@volspec.co.uk Telephone 01621 869756. www.volspec.co.uk

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Swedish patent licensing

Cimco Marine AB, the Swedish developer of the OXE diesel outboard, has entered into an agreement with the manufacturer of the world’s strongest petrol outboard, the US company Seven Marine LLC, and AB Volvo Penta. The agreement primarily concerns the licensing of certain patents. Volvo Penta has also announced the acquisition of a majority share in the US company Seven Marine LLC. In connection with the acquisition, Cimco Marine, Seven Marine and Volvo Penta have entered into an agreement regarding certain patents. The agreement concerns the licensing of international patents, where Cimco Marine gets access to Seven Marine’s entire portfolio of patented innovative solutions for large outboards. Seven Marine and other Volvo Penta-companies become entitled, by licence, to use all of Cimco Marine’s patented solutions, except for Cimco Marine’s patented belt driven propulsion system, for the production of petrol outboards in all power segments and diesel outboards producing more than 400bhp. No other compensation than the right to each other’s patents is payable by any party under the agreement. According to the agreement, the parties shall explore the possibility of a deepened collaboration. Cimco Marine, that produces and develops diesel outboards for commercial and governmental use and whose business plan comprises engines between 100 to 400bhp, welcomes the new agreement and hopes to increase the collaboration between the companies: “The agreement materially strengthens Cimco’s position in the segment for diesel outboards up to 400bhp and our business case. Under the agreement, Seven Marine/Volvo Penta obtains neither any production licenses for that segment nor for our belt driven propulsion system”, said Andreas Blomdahl, Chairman of the board of Cimco Marine AB. www.oxe-diesel.com

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Rolls-Royce to deliver ship design and equipment to a new fishing vessel Rolls-Royce has signed a contract to deliver ship design and an extensive range of ship equipment to a purse seiner/pelagic trawler to be built for the shipowning company Gunnar Langva AS based in Ålesund, Norway. The 75 metre long vessel is to be built by Westcon Yards in Norway, and the Rolls-Royce contract is signed with the yard. This will be Westcon’s second order for Gunnar Langva. The previous vessel was delivered in 2013 and also designed by RollsRoyce. Additionally, the new vessel will be the sixth vessel in a row to be named Gunnar Langva after the family-owned company. The shipowner Gunnar Longva said; “We have been considering a new vessel for some time, and decided to cooperate with Westcon and Rolls-Royce once again, based on the excellent cooperation we’ve had on our existing ship.” The new vessel will be a NVC 353 design, and the equipment to be delivered from Rolls-Royce includes the successful and efficient B33:45 diesel engine and the Promas integrated rudder and propeller system. Rolls-Royce is also to deliver hydraulic winches to Gunnar Langva. Monrad Hide, Vice President Sales, Rolls-Royce said; “Focus in the design work has been to enhance the current features of Gunnar Langva while at the same time looking at increasing overall efficiency. The new vessel will be updated to a cost efficient and maintenance friendly design type, and the propulsion system will reduce fuel consumption and also decrease onboard and in-water noise and vibrations.” The new Gunnar Langva will have a refrigerated sea water (RSW) storage capacity of 2,250 cubic meters, and is to be arranged with 13 single cabins. It will mainly be fishing in the North Sea and the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. The catch is herring, mackerel, capelin and blue whiting. The vessel is expected to be delivered from the yard in the third quarter of 2019. www.rolls-royce.com

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Princess Margaret Rose receives an engine and gearbox upgrade The Princess Margaret Rose was built in 1939 for use on Derwent Water. Now almost 90 years on, she is still in regular use and has received an upgrade that has included a new engine and gearbox. The 17.1m vessel seats 95 and owners Keswick Launch Company decided it was time to replace the 150hp Cummins engine with a Mermaid Marine FPT N67 280. The new engine has a rating of 169kW (230bhp) @ 2600rpm and is coupled to a PRM 1000D 1.5.1 gearbox. Both engine and gearbox were supplied by Mermaid Marine. “The new engine was fairly easy to fit with only some slight modifications needed to the width of the engine beds and the prefilter wiring was quickly made by our electrician,” explained Andrew Wray of the Keswick Launch Company.

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Scottish base for Mermaid Marine Mermaid Marine opened a new Scottish base earlier this year, a move that has proved extremely popular with both their dealers and customers. The base is headed by sales executive Antony Berry who will provide new engine sales and parts support for Scotland and Islands. Additionally he will support Mermaid Marine’s Scottish based dealers. Antony is based near Tain, Ross-Shire and can be reached on antony.berry@powertorque.co.uk or 07725 263385. Alternatively he can also be reached via the head office on 01202 677776.

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Weight is saved with Lombardini marine diesel engine When Ker Fast 40 owner Johnny Vincent decided he wanted to save some weight in his race boat, Pace, he decided to repower with a Lombardini saildrive package from Mermaid Marine. The work was carried out by Cowes based Alpha Plus UK that is headed by Anthony Haines. “We took out a Yanmar and to save weight put in a Lombardini,” explained Mr Haines. “It’s a racing boat so the owner wanted it to be as light as possible. “It was installed by us and does the job.” He added: “We’ve been happy with the engine and service from Mermaid Marine.” The package from Mermaid Marine included the LDW502 diesel engine, saildrive unit, fibreglass mounting tray, digital control panel and 5m wiring loom. In addition, Mermaid Marine has supplied a Lombardini LDW502 to Sir Keith Mills Ker 40+ Invictus that was narrowly beaten in this year’s Lendy Cowes Week by Girls on Film. Engine features: • Power: 8.6kW / 11.5hp @ 3600rpm • Cylinders: 2 • Cooling: Water www.mermaid-marine.co.uk

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What about BOB?

The benefits of SEA-Mate Blending-on-Board lubrication system from Maersk Fluid Technology Maersk Fluid Technology (MFT) has launched a new video designed to inform the industry of their SEA-Mate Blendingon-Board (BOB) lubrication system which reduces lube oil consumption by up to 40% and can reduce fuel consumption by up to 1.5%. The ‘still’ above is from the YouTube video, you can watch the video and find out about BOB by visiting the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo2EbZVTc3Y&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Wake+Media+Master+List&utm _campaign=0fb04b9869-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c91fb951220fb04b9869-450973617 Maersk Fluid Technology is a fully-owned subsidiary of A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, and provides best-in-class, costeffective and technologically leading solutions for clients’ lubrication needs. Their products have been developed since 2008 starting out as an idea, materialising into a concept and through years of field testing, it has turned into the globally patented solution named ‘Blending-on-Board’ lubrication system and the ‘SEA-Mate XRF Analyser’ for wear analysis and monitoring. The products are today branded as SEA-Mate and the concept is based on propriety technology designed to enable the operator to custom blend a fit-for-purpose cylinder lubricant from in-use 2-stroke engine system oil and a high-BN cylinder oil like a 140BN or 300BN cylinder oil product available from oil majors in ports worldwide. www.maerskfluid.com


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Aramco take delivery of Gavia AUV Iceland based, Teledyne Gavia has completed delivery of a bespoke designed Gavia AUV to Saudi Aramco in Dhahran. It will be used mainly for debris survey and pipeline inspection operations in the Arabian Gulf with potentially wider options for other types of surveys within Red Sea regions in depths down to 1,000m. Extending Saudi Aramco’s in-house survey capability, the system is equipped with a Klein interferometric sidescan sonar in addition to camera, doppler velocity log and inertial navigation facilities. Other equipment for pipeline inspection applications includes SeeByte Autotracker software while a small survey launch housing all required peripheral components supported by a mobile launch for recovery solutions is also available. Field configurable with operators able to change or add sensors, navigation or battery modules between missions, the Gavia system is designed to operate from vessels of opportunity and is claimed to have the greatest depth rating of any comparable vehicle in its class. Designed to provide turnkey survey solutions for military, commercial and scientific applications, modular versions are reportedly in widespread use for oil and gas surveys since their introduction in 2007, says Teledyne Gavia. The innovative award-winning Icelandic company in Kopavogur was acquired by Teledyne of the US in 2010. www.teledyne.com

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First ever Korean language HSE course delivered

A group of Korean commercial divers have obtained their HSE (Health & Safety Executive) diving certification on the first ever Korean-language HSE diving course at The Underwater Centre, Fort William, UK. The 12 divers from Deep Sea Works, South Korea, completed the HSE Experience and Competence Assessment (ECA) course - normally delivered in English - entirely in the Korean language. The Underwater Centre uses translators and interpreters to deliver courses to groups of non-English speaking divers, allowing companies from non-English speaking countries to obtain this globally recognised diver certification. The Centre had all the course documentation - including dive plans, log books and course material - translated into Korean. The course was delivered in Fort William with the assistance of an on-site interpreter. As well as translating the instructions and feedback from the assessors, the interpreter was also on hand to help with other everyday issues, such as explaining the Centre’s restaurant menu. Deep Sea Works specialises in civil engineering, diving and construction work. Im Chang Yung, CEO, chose The Underwater Centre for his staff’s HSE course because he was impressed with the instructional team and facilities when he undertook his HSE Closed Bell training there in 2008. Chang Yung was delighted with his team’s experience at The Underwater Centre, giving the Centre top marks for the course content, delivery, facilities and staff. He said: “I would definitely recommend The Underwater Centre to other companies, and I will be sending my next group of divers to do their HSE ECA in November.” Ali MacLeod, Air Diving Training Manager at The Underwater Centre, was pleased with the smooth operation of the course. He said: “We had allowed a buffer of an extra week for working in another language, but we didn’t need it. The process worked really well and the on-site interpreter was fantastic. It also helped that the candidates were some of the best divers we have ever assessed on the HSE ECA.” The Underwater Centre has also delivered non-English speaking courses at its school in Tasmania. In recent years a group of divers from MRTS, a Russian construction contractor, obtained their ADAS (Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme) air and saturation diving certification in the Russian language. Steve Ham, Commercial Director at The Underwater Centre, believes offering training in other languages is a huge benefit to subsea companies around the world. He said: “HSE and ADAS are rightly seen as the gold-standard for subsea training. If your team has international certification, you are showing a commitment to being the best, and you will gain a competitive edge when tendering for work.” www.theunderwatercentre.com

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HR Wallingford and G-tec team up to provide underwater acoustic services HR Wallingford and G-tec have announced a new collaboration which will deliver integrated underwater sound surveys, numerical modelling and consultancy services worldwide. Before consent is given to build in the marine environment, developers must often assess how much underwater sound will be generated during the construction and operation of a facility, and assess any potential impact on marine life. Both before and during construction, they commonly monitor and report actual sound levels to ensure they understand and adhere to thresholds. HR Wallingford is an international specialist consultancy and research organisation based in the UK. With a focus on water and the water-environment, its environmental experts have developed world-leading tools to model underwater sound and its potential impact on marine ecosystems. G-tec is a Belgian-based survey and monitoring company that provides geophysical, geotechnical and environmental investigations in offshore, coastal, onshore and riverine environments. Working together, HR Wallingford and G-tec will be able to deliver a comprehensive package of services to support developments in the marine environment, which will include modelling, fieldwork and specialist consultancy relating to underwater sound. HR Wallingford will conduct detailed numerical sound modelling using a suite of validated modelling tools, and provide specialist ecological / environmental consultancy, with G-tec undertaking bespoke in-situ monitoring of baseline, and during construction, sound levels. Dr Mark Lee, Dredging Group Manager, said: “HR Wallingford has had a strong relationship with G-tec for a number of years, arising from both companies’ contributions to the development of expert industry guidance. At HR Wallingford we very much look forward to continuing our work with G-tec through combining each company’s established underwater sound capabilities to provide an exciting new, integrated offering to clients worldwide”. With this ground-breaking collaboration, HR Wallingford and G-tec are very well positioned to deliver a one-stop solution for consultancy, monitoring and modelling of underwater sound to all those who require it. www.hrwallingford.com @hrwallingford

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Valeport supports quest for new marine discoveries Valeport, a leading manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation, is supporting scientists with leading edge research to expand knowledge of marine biodiversity with its latest CTD profiler, the fastCTD, which records the conductivity, temperature and depth of sea water. The fastCTD is integral to the research kit that is accompanying respected marine biologist Dr Sonia Rowley as she undertakes her latest expedition to the island of Pohnpei, in the western Pacific Ocean, from 2nd August until 13th of this month. The trip follows in the wake of successful explorations at Pohnpei, the Cook and McCall seamounts, and Lōʻihi volcano in 2016. Data recorded by Valeport’s CTD profiler contributes to the research team’s understanding of biological processes, such as an invasive algal bloom that was found at the reefs of Pohnpei during the previous projects. Dr Rowley, originally from Devon, UK, and now based at the University of Hawaii, uses the latest technological advances in closed circuit rebreather diving to explore the biodiversity of ‘twilight coral reefs’ at seamounts, which are underwater mountains formed by volcanic activity. The majority of tropical coral reefs exist at depths between 100-500 feet which is too deep for traditional scuba diving, but too shallow to justify the cost of using manned or unmanned submersible craft to reach them. Dr Rowley’s advanced training enables her to reach these unexplored regions of the marine environment. Kevin Edwards, marketing manager said: “Valeport has supplied equipment to many research programmes and we’re delighted to be supporting Dr Rowley’s innovative work with our fastCTD. The profiler has been designed to deliver the highest quality CTD casts at rapid drop rates and feedback from Dr Rowley has enabled us to make further refinements to the instrument that will benefit all our CTD customers. We pride ourselves on providing high quality, reliable and innovative instrumentation and we’re excited to be facilitating experimental and ongoing environmental monitoring at depth and to contribute to pushing the boundaries of what we know about our oceans and the diverse ecosystems they house.” www.valeport.co.uk Pictures above show: (Upper) Valeport’s fastCTD deployed in the Pacific Ocean (Lower) The fastCTD by Valeport has been designed to deliver the highest quality CTD casts at rapid drop rates

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Serving the total marine sector for over 30 years UK based Sub Marine Services Ltd is an independent commercial marine company which was established in 1980 and has since gone from strength to strength in the marine sector. The company’s operational base is located within the Falmouth Docks complex of A&P Group Ltd in Cornwall, UK, situated at the entrance to the English Channel, where they have excellent underwater visibility and sheltered anchorages. This summer has seen exceptional underwater visibility in Falmouth Bay of 10 metres plus, resulting in customers receiving the very best video footage and still photographs of their class surveys. This has obviously given both the customer and the classification society total confidence in the in-water inspections in lieu of dry docking, making Falmouth a most sought after location for survey and repair. They can also mobilise to any other suitable UK port to carry out in-water surveys and ship husbandry services. Their marine plant fleet includes tugs, workboats, work barges, floating cranes and associated general marine equipment and over the past three decades they have completed thousands of projects, both large and small, for a diverse range of clients. Sub Marine Services civil constructions division is looking towards a number of upcoming projects, including the design and installation of new fender panels and associated piling and the demolition of old derelict wooden wharves. This, coupled with their full MOD approval for in-water inspection and repair to their vessels, means that they can enjoy a strong future. As a company, they have an ongoing commitment to providing a very high standard of service to the marine industry and continue to develop their methods and skills to maintain their position in the sector. www.submarineservices.com

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Commercial diver’s contribution to training recognised by industry peers Dive training ‘star’ David Loudon receives the Maurie Vierow Award of Excellence from subsea training industry body.

Dave Loudon Presented with Award with Herb Mitton and Rob Gatt ADAS

A commercial diver who now instructs the next generation of divers has had his exceptional contribution to commercial diver training recognised with a peer-nominated industry award. David Loudon, Commercial Diver Trainer at The Underwater Centre in Tasmania, has been awarded the Maurie Vierow Award of Excellence by industry body Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS). The award recognises outstanding contributions and service from within ADAS and ADAS Accredited Training Establishments. Loudon - who is a qualified supervisor and has obtained Certificate IV TAE in Training and Assessment previously worked as an ADAS qualified commercial diver before joining The Underwater Centre in 2014, bringing a wealth of experience to the role. Recipients of the excellence award are those who show exceptional dedication to the support and training of people in the hyperbaric industry in such a way that encourages high levels of safety, cooperation, and skill as members of the Australian and international hyperbaric industry. Rob Gatt, Executive Director at ADAS, explains why David was such a worthy winner, “This award was specifically established to recognise people within the ADAS team like David, people who are prepared to consider change and have input into the way we, as an organisation, can improve. Whilst in the big picture David is relatively new to training he has certainly had a positive impact in that period of time and has shared some valuable input relating to promoting diver safety and training efficiency. ADAS is committed to recognise individuals and organisations that are committed to working together to further the delivery of training in the ADAS network. Dave has shown himself to be one of those people.” Herb Mitton, Operations Manager at The Underwater Centre Tasmania, believes that the quality of commercial diver training at the Centre has constantly benefitted from David’s genuine interest and solid experience. “David regularly typifies ‘excellence’ throughout our commercial diver training operations and development, so it gives us great pleasure to see his dedication and skill recognised,” he says. “The achievements and contributions David makes to our workplace are numerous and widespread. He is a natural teacher, being well versed and highly knowledgeable on relevant subject matter; however he continues to strive to learn more rather than sit on laurels of knowledge already gained. Of particular note is the complete ownership and vast improvements David has contributed to our Part 1 SCUBA program: his ownership has turned this fundamental building-block of any dive career into something that is really stand-out.” Loudon previously worked on civil and commercial subsea construction projects and now utilises that knowledge and experience on the Centre’s commercial air diver training programmes. He was also instrumental in the recent ADAS training for Singapore’s SSE Training Centre Pte Ltd, as part of The Underwater Centre’s International Training Establishment (ITE) Partnership scheme. The scheme allows training centres around the world to deliver internationally recognised ADAS commercial diving courses. Delivered in conjunction with The Underwater Centre’s training experts, the scheme aims to guarantee consistent quality and high standards of safety in commercial diving world-wide. Loudon says: “I am honoured to be able to work alongside other staff and industry members that have the same goals in common; to provide commercial diver training to the best of our abilities in a safe environment. To be mentored by the likes of Herb Tel: +44(0) 2392 472710 Mitton, here at The Underwater Centre, and Rob Gatt, Mob: +44(0) 7850 473713 from ADAS, and given the support and encouragement to E-Mail: info@fdsukltd.com keep moving forwards. To now be able to also work in Web: www.fdsukltd.com some exotic locations, like Singapore, tops it off!” Mitton adds, “Safety within the workplace and during student diving is of paramount concern to David. In this regard he really shines, always leading by example and Diver R.O.V. & Crane Operated Dredging Systems. Multipurpose & taking that extra step to ensure his dive-sites, work areas Mini dredging systems for the removal of fines, silt, mud’s, drill cuttings, and those within them are kept as safe as can be, sand, grit, gravel, shingle, shale & general debris. Suitable for confined ultimately improving the overall quality of the training space operations or locations where access is a problem. All on-shore students receive.” civil applications. Shallow & deepwater offshore support operations. “In short, David is a ‘star’ within our organisation; we are Renewables. Complete ready to use self operational systems available a better and safer team and much stronger company for use worldwide. Stillage packed or deepwater offshore containerised thanks to his input.” units. Long & short term rentals. Sales. Wide scope of operations.

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Sidus Solutions, a leader in subsea video cameras and technology, has once again engineered a ground-breaking subsea camera. The SS490 is a 4K UHD camera that provides superior video image quality at four times the resolution of 1080 full HD images. This subsea camera maintains full 4K resolution while providing excellent focus with a 20x zoom and a combined optical and digital zoom of 144x. The SS490 delivers better picture quality than non-4K models due to its use of HDR (high dynamic range). This is especially helpful with varying lighting conditions such as working with multiple ROVs or reflectivity from stainless steel objects. “We developed the SS490 because we wanted to create a camera that produced the clearest and highest quality image in the most challenging environments,” Leonard Pool, CEO of Sidus Solutions, said of the new product. Pool’s cutting-edge camera not only provides top-notch image quality but also features fully integrated automatic image processing that corrects distortion, shading, and chromatic aberration. In addition, the SS490 camera has adaptive noise reduction and visibility enhancement. Image quality was of the utmost importance to the Sidus Solutions team as they were designing the new camera, but equally as important was the camera’s range and durability. The SS490 is rated for operating depths of 6000 m or 3000 m and is constructed with titanium, stainless steel, or aluminium housings paired with sapphire or acrylic windows. www.sidus-solutions.com

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Leading deep sea sediment corer manufacturers Ocean Scientific Ltd (OSIL) have released a convenient accessory for their Giant Piston Corer, an accelerometer, which will aid operators with deployments. The accelerometer can calculate the attitude of the corer head on penetration of the corer into the seabed, and the penetration rate of the barrel string, which will assist operators with multiple deployments in the same location by ensuring optimal deployment conditions and sample recovery. The accelerometer is housed in a hard anodised aluminium canister that is rated to full ocean depth. The Giant Piston Corer from OSIL (Ocean Scientific International Ltd.) is a rugged and reliable system, which can achieve up to 60m core samples in soft cohesive sediments and muds. The system is a modular construction with a unique integral piston, which reduces internal friction and prevents plugging. The corer can be manufactured from carbon steel or stainless steel, and is a much sought after tool for the study of marine sediments. Ocean Scientific International Ltd. have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience in designing, planning and installing customised coring systems, and can pair the system with a variety of different handling systems to suit the existing vessel layout, equipment and available deck space. www.osil.com


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Transfer device a leap-forward for worker safety A new piece of kit promises to revolutionise offshore windfarm work by creating a more stable platform between vessels and structures to allow safer crew transfers. Offshore Transfer Devices, based in the UK, has developed the Tube Docking Device (TDD) which locks a crew transfer vessel (CTV) to a structure and prevents movement whatever the weather, meaning increased working capabilities. “We believe this device can change the way offshore transfers are conducted,” said Daniel James of Offshore Transfer Devices. “The ability to increase weather windows safely will prove invaluable to the competitive and increasing global growth of the offshore industry.” Currently, most transfers take place by crew transfer vessels (CTVs) pushing on to wind turbines using a rubber fender to try to reduce the movement between the boat and the structure. But this doesn’t stop movement, especially during variable sea states. So, the primary goal for Offshore Transfer Devices was to create a system which would enable transfers in more adverse conditions on offshore windfarms. But the TDD also has the ability to substantially increase safety in all aspects of transfers offshore including serving oil and gas rigs, pilot vessel transfers, or even when used as an additional feature utilising a light weight device to aid compensated ‘Walk2Work gangways. Mr James said that the device has been proved to withstand adverse sea conditions, enabling a stable platform on a 15m vessel in seas of up to 2.7m. This is a substantial increase to the current 1.2 to 1.5m max wave height enforced by most offshore windfarm sites for similar size vessels. “This will undoubtedly afford greater access and workable weather windows, resulting in increased productivity and reduced losses caused by failed transfers in conditions where conventional access fender methods are not viable,” he added. www.offshoretransferdevices.com

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Historic wrecks will help Wales’ marine renewables sector Researchers from the Bangor University have said historic wrecks around the Welsh coastline are likely to play a big part in assisting Wales’ growing marine renewable energy (MRE) sector.

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Over the next two years, marine scientists from the Bangor University will be surveying the coast of Wales as part of the ERDF-funded Secamas2 project, being conducted in partnership with Swansea University. The researchers intend to include surveys of shipwrecks located around the Welsh coast as models for what might happen to any structures placed in the same or similar areas of the seabed. Sonar images of the historic wrecks, taken from the University’s research vessel, Prince Madog, will reveal how the tides and currents have removed or deposited sediments around the wrecks on the seabed, according to the University of Bangor. The oceanographers can then learn how the presence of structures on the seabed can change how sediments are carried in the water or deposited, and over what sort of timescales. It is well understood that submerged structures such as wrecks and MRE devices will affect the flow of water around themselves, depending on the design of the structure, as well as the strength and direction of the tidal flow and the type of seabed on which they sit. “There are ways to model such effects but as with all such techniques, you need observational data to help validate and refine these models so that they can provide crucial information to the marine renewable energy sector at finer scales and over longer timeframes. “It is hoped that the data will also improve our understanding of marine processes across a range of sites throughout Welsh waters and provide developers with answers to some basic but very important questions.” commented Michael Roberts of the Bangor University’s School Roberts added the project is also exploring how submerged structures can act as artificial reefs, and how different materials influence bio-fouling. “It is hoped that this research will also support the sector in terms of designing infrastructure and developing effective and efficient monitoring systems and strategies to better understand the relationships between marine life and engineering structures on the seabed over time,” Roberts explained. The research is also expected to benefit the heritage and tourism sectors in Wales by enhancing the understanding and appreciation of Wales’ rich maritime history, associated with major conflicts of the twentieth century. Seacams2 project received £12 million from the Welsh government back in September 2016. The goal of the project is to develop a network of coastal observatories that would collect the information relevant to potential renewable energy developers. www.swansea.ac.uk www.bangor.ac.uk

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Bourbon completes

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Bourbon has completed the mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France for Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN) as part of the European project Floatgen at the SEMREV experimental test site, off Le Croisic. Floatgen is a wind turbine with concrete float designed by Ideol and currently under construction at Saint-Nazaire port by Bouygues Travaux Publics. Its installation is scheduled for the end of 2017. The innovative mooring system using synthetic mooring lines was designed and developed by Ideol team. An anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel with a WROV, were required for its installation. Responsible for the overall management of the project’s implementation, Bourbon performed the engineering, the operations preparation and the execution of the mooring system installation. “The Bourbon team is extremely proud of this successful operation, which confirms once again our ability to deliver integrated projects, our expertise in offshore engineering services and our adaptability to demanding environments for the entire energy sector,” comments Patrick Belenfant, Bourbon’s senior vice president Subsea Services. “One of the Floatgen project challenges was to install an innovative mooring system that needs to meet the production conditions criteria of the floating wind turbine. This demonstrates the value of an experimental site to test innovative technological developments, their implementation and project management when in production. Competent and dedicated teams from Bourbon, Ideol and Centrale Nantes have highly contributed to the success of the operation,” adds Christian Berhault, Head of SEM-REV at Centrale Nantes. www.bourbonoffshore.com

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CWind secures major cable pull-in contract at Merkur

CWind, a leading provider of services to the offshore wind industry, recently announced that it has been successfully awarded a contract to deliver all cable pull-in services for 66 offshore wind turbines and one offshore substation at Merkur Offshore Wind Farm, which is currently being constructed 45km from the island of Borkum in the German North Sea. The contract for CWind, which is part of the Global Marine Group and delivers the Company’s power capabilities, has been awarded by Tideway, part of the DEME Group, a global leader in dredging, marine engineering and environmental remediation. The expertise of CWind’s technicians and project engineers will ensure on-time project completion and will assist Merkur to supply energy to 288,469 homes. Pre-project engineering is already underway, with CWind technicians and equipment expected on site by September 2017 to deliver the main cable pull-in campaign. High-proficiency training at CWind’s Barrow-inFurness offshore wind training facility is currently being arranged for the Tideway Team, focusing specifically on cable termination and testing. The contract emphasises the ongoing period of intense activity for CWind, which has project teams and vessels working at numerous locations, completing both installation and repair projects across the UK and Europe. “CWind is known for our “Right First Time” approach and has vast understanding with this type of project, having competed 421 cable pull-ins to date. This experience and know-how provides our clients complete confidence in our teams’ capabilities,” said Lee Andrews, Managing Director of CWind. “With pre-project engineering already in progress, this prestigious project supports our group vision of engineering a clean and connected future for the offshore power sector.” www.cwind247.com

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Bangladesh deal for Svitzer

Svitzer has announced the signing of a fifteen-year deal to provide marine support services at Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal. The provision of towage and other services at LNG import (and export) terminals are items of news being reported on a regular basis of late and a sector of the industry where Svitzer has a strong presence. This latest success for the Copenhagen-based company is with Excelerate Energy for its project offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal. The contract, awarded following a competitive tender process will see Svitzer serving the facility with an interesting mix of five vessels. Three Robert Allan RAstar 3200 terminal tugs currently under construction at Cheoy Lee Shipyard in China will be joined by a 36m crew tender under construction at Singapore-based Penguin Shipyard and an existing vessel, the 2012-built multipurpose support vessel Svitzer Foxtrot. Svitzer will establish a branch office in Bangladesh to oversee the operation. The new terminal is expected to be in service by mid-2018 and will enable state-owned energy company Petrobangla to increase natural gas supply in the country by up to 20 per cent. Svitzer’s Alan Bradley said: "It is a vote of confidence that Excelerate chose Svitzer to support their operations in Bangladesh, recognising that we have a great deal of experience operating tugs and other support vessels." Mr Bradley touched on Svitzer’s increasing presence in the terminal towage sector adding: "We are looking forward to a long-term partnership with Excelerate providing safe and reliable marine support services in Bangladesh and our appointment to perform this work is in line with Svitzer’s global expansion into the oil and gas terminal towage sector." "The fifteen-year contract with a five-year option signals a confidence in Svitzer’s ability to deliver on a Greenfield project and to meet the challenges of service provision that satisfy the demanding project timeline." www.svitzer.com

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STOP THAT YACHT! The Rise In Superyacht Detention by James Ludden, Maritime Training Academy The detention of a superyacht by Port State Control can have disastrous consequences for all associated with the vessel, both in terms of financial loss and damage to reputation. Whilst the immediate impact will be disruption to charter, even after the yacht is released returning to business as usual may not be plain sailing. In the distant past superyachts have enjoyed an ‘under the radar’ status when it comes to inspections, but this all changed in 2011, with painful results for some. A new inspection regime, known as THETIS, states that any vessel without a full inspection history will be given Priority 1 status. The consequence is that it becomes a target for rigorous inspection at any port falling under the Paris MOU (the Memorandum of Understanding which exists between 27 European coastal states and includes the North Atlantic basin). This regime has also brought about a recording system, whereby companies that have history of repeated breaches will be labelled as high risk, causing further targeted inspections. The same applies to an individual vessel with a poor inspection history, resulting in her becoming a ‘thorn in the sign’ for both captain and crew as they attempt to enter port. Breaches that lead to detention can be either major safety non-compliance or accumulative smaller failures that display a lackadaisical approach to maintenance and documentation. More often than not, breaches implicate a number of individuals in a chain of bad procedure and omission. With health and safety responsibility failing to everyone, it cannot be assumed that only senior staff and the captain will shoulder the blame. Crew members are between them liable for all areas of the vessel and its equipment, from the deck to the engine room, the navigation systems on the bridge and the accommodation quarters. The single most common reason for a yacht to be detained is failure to maintain the vessel and equipment, compromising the safety of those aboard and increasing risk to life if an incident should occur. The ensuing investigation following a breach of any kind can lead to large fines being levied and, more importantly perhaps for the crew, individuals being held criminally responsible for their part in non-conformity. The answer to avoiding the chain of events that led to detention is training. Maritime Training Academy run industry-accredited courses in your chosen field, covering not only the practical skills needed, but all relevant areas of legislation and conformity to maritime law. Picture yourself stranded at port, waiting to be repatriated, then picture the alternative of investing in training and basking in the glory of averting disaster. www.maritimetrainingacademy.com www.marineandmaritimegazette.com

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Technological themes on show at Europort

Europort 2017 takes place from 7th - 10th November in Rotterdam, and technological subjects including Big Data, the MRV System and alternative propulsion are set to top the agenda. This event is well established as one of the world’s leading international maritime meeting places for those interested in innovative technology and complex shipbuilding. Europort 2017 will, as usual, have a strong focus on special purpose ships including offshore, dredging, construction, naval, and inland vessels, as well as workboats and super yachts. The exhibition and conference is expected to attract around 30,000 professional visitors and 1,100 exhibiting companies. The event will once again feature a series of masterclasses allowing leading maritime and offshore professionals and experts to share knowledge and experiences on the hot topics facing ship owners, operators and suppliers. For each masterclass, a plenary session with four invited speakers will be followed by opportunities to ask questions of a panel of experts and to network afterwards. Raymond Siliakus, Exhibition Manager, Europort, said: “These popular masterclasses have become a 'must-attend' part of the event. In just three hours those attending can learn about the key research and development initiatives that are going on within the industry from experts chosen for their unique, specialist knowledge." www.europort.nl

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