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FEB 2017

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58 st / February 2017 Record ESP Operation For Live Well Zilift has successfully achieved a world first in the installation, opera- tion and retrieval of a slim-line ca- ble-deployed electrical submersible pump (ESP), under live well condi- tions. The installation of an ESP, de- ployable through 3.5-in. tubing, was conducted in a California well and included full wellhead termination and pump operation. In many parts of the world rig costs are the single most significant factor in downhole pumping economics, particularly offshore. In concluding this trial, Zilift has demonstrated that rigs are no longer an essential component in ESP op- erations, thereby saving the rig cost and largely eliminating postponed production. This presents the industry with a game-changing opportunity for significant life cycle cost reductions. Hatteland Display Tech Passes Type Approval Hatteland Display passed type ap- proval for its 55-in. Ultra High Defi- nition Chart & Planning table, which integrates the cutting-edge of flat pan- el technology to enable safer naviga- tion. The concept of a large 4K resolu- tion Chart & Planning table was born out of a realization that maritime dis- play technology evolution is vital to improving the effectiveness of mod- ern bridge systems. The new display is large enough to integrate system data into a single, user-friendly system. The 4K resolution ensures that mul- tiple data types can be easily viewed. Hybrid Cargo Ferries Use Corvus ESS Vancouver-based ferry operator Seaspan Ferries took delivery of the first of two LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferries to be delivered in the next 12 months. The Seaspan Swift is the first LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferry in North America. The vessel features two dual-fuel engines and a Corvus lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS), which operates as spinning re- serve and provides propulsion power for low-speed maneuvers. The cargo ferry will be joined by a sister ship in early 2017, after which the operator will order three more ferries. The Corvus ESS technology will help Seaspan minimize the environ- mental impact of operations, while reducing fuel consumption and oper- ating costs. Underwater Video Supports Government Agencies Underwater video is now routine- ly used by a variety of government agencies in an array of projects from search and recovery operations to re- search and exploration. The type of system commonly used in these ap- plications consists of a video camera mounted in a waterproof housing with a long cable connecting it to a monitor on the surface where the pic- ture is viewed and recorded. There are numerous advantages of having a system that sends live video to the surface. Many law enforcement agen- cies and public safety dive teams put down a camera instead of a diver in the initial stages of an underwater search to save time and increase safe- ty. They can make a permanent re- cord of a dive site, search operation, underwater crime scene or evidence. These video systems also help scien- tists study the health of the aquatic environment and its marine inhabit- ants. One agency utilizing the underwa- ter video system is NOAA's Office of Coastal Management. Their primary mission is to provide data and tools to other government agencies, private sector organizations and the scien- tific community to help in making more informed decisions. One of the tools their scientists use is JW Fishers TOV towed video system, which has a camera mounted in the nose of a torpedo-shaped housing. Another agency successfully us- ing the towed video system is Boone County Water Rescue in Kentucky, a division of Boone County Emergency Management. The water rescue team patrols and responds to incidents on the Ohio River and other waterways within the county. The team has been using Fishers towed video systems for a number of years, and the TOV has helped them recover many drowning victims, locate evidence and find sub- merged vehicles and sunken vessels. Sterling Fire Department in Mas- sachusetts and Morton County Sher- iff's Department in South Dakota are also using the video system to assist in their underwater operations. Both departments have JW Fishers DV-1 drop video, which is lowered from a boat on a Kevlar reinforced cable to within a few feet of the bottom. The system is ideal for searching small ar- eas or verifying targets that have been located with other search systems like sonars. The housing can also be car- ried by a diver. DCNS Energies to Advance Marine Energy Tech DCNS has announced the creation of DCNS Energies, a new marine energy business that will be fully fi- nanced by a fund managed by Bpi- france and supported by Technip and BNP Paribas development groups. DCNS Energies, majority owned by DCNS and 36 percent by the SPI fund of Bpifrance, will devote its ac- tivity to the industrial and commer- cial development of in-stream tidal turbines, ocean thermal energy con- version (OTEC) and floating offshore wind. A total investment package of €100 million in equity has been pro- vided by the partners. The creation of the new subsidiary follows from the DCNS acquisition of OpenHydro, with its tidal technology, in 2013. For DCNS, the creation of the subsidiary allows for the diversi- fication of its core business in naval defense. IBM Hybrid Cloud Solution for Shipbuilding Fincantieri is adopting a hybrid cloud solution from IBM to improve the efficiency of designing, build- ing and deploying new vessels in re- sponse to the growing global demand for shipbuilding. With rapidly growing internation- al demand for cruise and naval ves- sels, Fincantieri needed a modern and global IT infrastructure to man- age its new Integrated Ship Design and Manufacturing system. IBM will provide Fincantieri with a modern IT infrastructure, as well as a cloud solu- tion built for the future as the industry evolves. ST marine electronics

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