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APR 2017

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48 st / April 2017 VideoRay Provides ROV For Inspecting Ballast Tanks Recent, rapid advancement of underwater drone technol- ogy is making the task of inspecting ballast tanks on ongoing vessels much more efficient and safer, saving time and mon- ey for shipowners while producing better inspections. The success of the project will be determined by safety, speed, accuracy, cost and completeness of inspections, as judged by the classification societies that monitor, accept, and approve ballast tank inspections and reports. Link-Belt Cranes Approved For K-100 Hoist Line Samson has announced the approved use of K-100 syn- thetic crane hoist line on their telescopic cranes. K-100 is the first synthetic hoist rope designed specifically for mobile cranes. It remains the only OEM-approved, commercially operating synthetic crane hoist cable for mobile cranes. Pacific Basin Completes KVH Mini-VSAT System Deployment on 99 Vessels Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd. has completed the deployment of KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband solution to support Pacific Basin's initiative to modernize ship-shore communications on their entire fleet of ships. Pacific Basin chose KVH's IP- MobileCast content delivery service to provide crew mem- bers with NEWSlink TV content—international news chan- nels plus TV channels in crew members' native languages. The fully integrated solution, including antenna hardware, control units and all connecting cables, is shipped with a compact footprint. Volaris Group Expands Presence in Marine Vertical Volaris Group has announced the acquisition of ShipNet A/S in the marine vertical. ShipNet's deep domain expertise and comprehensive solutions are designed to help shipping companies operate more efficiently and profitably in these changing environments. ShipNet's ERP solution covers the full range of chartering and operations, finance and accoun- tancy, technical management, procurement, and disburse- ment management and is used by more than 300 shipping- related companies worldwide. Government of Canada Funding For Observatory Junction Boxes The OceanWorks Subsea Instrument Interface Modules, or junction boxes, have approved funding thanks to the Na- tional Research Council of Canada Industrial Research As- sistance Program (NRC-IRAP). These boxes were developed for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) NEPTUNE and VENUS observatories, where they have been in place since 2006. Sewage Hitting Beaches Prompts Investigations The United States and Mexico Commissioners of the In- ternational Boundary and Water Commission have agreed to investigate a transboundary sewage spill at San Diego, California-Tijuana, Baja California that was first reported in February. The investigation will determine when the spill occurred, quantify how much sewage spilled, specify the characteristics of the sewage, and identify problems in pro- cedures to notify the commission and the public. ST General Dynamics NASSCO to Deliver Final ECO-Class Tanker General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the Liberty, the third and final ship to be constructed for SEA-Vista LLC as part of a larger eight-ship ECO-Class tanker program. In 2013, NASSCO entered into an agreement with SEA- Vista to design and build three 50,000 dwt, LNG-conver- sion-ready product carriers to include a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity each. Metal Shark Debuts First Two Citywide Ferries The first two passenger vessels built by Metal Shark for New York's new Citywide Ferry Service are now on the water. In late February, operators from Berard Transportation began the elaborate process of moving the first of two 86-by-26-ft. catamaran-hulled aluminum passenger vessels from Metal Shark's final assembly building to the waiting cranes from H. Brown Crane Service. Metal Shark is currently building six of the Incat Crowther- designed, 149-passenger, USCG Subchapter T passenger fer- ries for HNY Ferry Fleet LLC, operator of New York's City- wide Ferry Service. Subsea Global Acquires All-Sea Subsea Global Solutions has acquired All-Sea Underwa- ter Solutions. Subsea Global Solutions has revolutionized the methods of repair and maintenance for ships and advanced procedures used in underwater marine construction. All-Sea Underwater Solutions is a leader in underwater ship repair and maintenance. The two companies will combine to become a global leader in providing underwater ship maintenance, repair and marine construction solutions. Winner Announced at the Second Annual High School Offshore Technology Stars Challenge Team Quantum Electronic's performance in several chal- lenges won them the second annual High School Offshore Technology Stars Challenge. The eight-person team from Col- lege Station High School in College Station, Texas, success- fully piloted their helicopter, simulating travel to and from an offshore oil platform, for a total distance of 650 yards. They defeated 14 other teams to claim the $2,500 grand prize, as well as a $1,500 teaching grant for their school. They have also been invited to the Offshore Technology Conference by BSEE in May. Cox Powertrain Names First Distributor Cox Powertrain has named Elite Diesel Service as its first distribution partner for the company's new marine diesel outboard, the CXO300. As Cox's U.S. distributor for Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, Elite Diesel will play a key role in bringing its technology to market in this region. Kraken Sonar Completes Phase One of Sea Trials Kraken Sonar Inc. has successfully completed phase one sea trials of its KATFISH towed synthetic aperture sonar sys- tem. The goals of the initial sea trials were to validate KAT- FISH's towing performance at various speeds and sea states; to operate and validate the system's hydrodynamic flight sen- sors; and to operate onboard sonars including the AquaPix MINSAS 180 Synthetic Aperture Sonar.

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