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46 st / June 2017 www.sea-technology.com Wärtsilä's Aquarius BWMS technology has been type ap- proved for the IMO regulations, which address the issue of invasive aquatic species being carried in ships' ballast water. STR Adds Automated Sound Velocity Profiling System Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd. (STR) has taken on the new automated sound velocity profiling system developed by Teledyne Oceanscience using Valeport's rapidSV profiler. Teledyne's rapidCAST System has the ability to collect and transmit survey data without having to recover the probe on board at the end of each cast. It uses the latest rapidSV profiler with Bluetooth wireless telemetry to auto- matically upload each SV profile to the survey PC on the completion of each cast. Next Geosolutions Acquires RMS Submarine Ltd. The geoscience and engineering service provider Next Geosolutions has acquired the U.K.-based marine resource solutions company RMS Submarine Ltd. This enables Next Geosolutions to focus on the operations and maintenance market for both the cables and renewables industries and represents a strengthening of its presence in the North Sea and Baltic region. Following the acquisition, up to five new onshore posi- tions and up to 20 offshore roles are likely to be created. Trials Complete for COBRA Emergency Rebreather System JFD has successfully completed rigorous trials on its new COBRA (Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus) system, verifying its capability and performance to CE Mark status. COBRA is the only commercial emergency rebreather system in the world to have been granted CE Marking sta- tus to NORSOK U101 (Diving Respiratory Equipment) and EN14143 (Self Contained Rebreathing Apparatus), leading the way in terms of safety and functionality, according to the company. COBRA was developed by JFD in response to a crucial need for bailout technology that can support the depth re- quirements and excursion durations of new-generation div- ing operations. Evoqua to Expand Production of Ballast Water Treatment Systems Evoqua Water Technologies is upgrading its SeaCURE system production facility in Caldicot, Wales, to meet mar- ket demand for ballast water treatment systems as shipown- ers look to comply with the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention in September. The upgrade will enable Evoqua to expand production of fully assembled SeaCURE BWTS skids. In addition to the expanded capabilities in Caldicot, additional production capacity will be provided by partners who will be licensed to build the SeaCURE system. Hydrex to Add Workshops And Offices to Asiadok Site Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwa- ter Technologies' plan to expand its existing site on Asiadok on the River Scheldt with new workshops and offices. Hy- drex has also refurbished its dive support workboats and in- New Joint Venture to Build MTU Engines in China MTU Yuchai Power Co. Ltd. has been officially registered in China as a joint venture between MTU Friedrichshafen and the Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Ltd. (GYMCL). MTU Friedrichshafen, a Rolls-Royce Power Systems subsid- iary, and GYMCL, a subsidiary of China Yuchai International Ltd., first agreed to forge the partnership in February 2016. The joint venture is based in Yulin and will build MTU Series 4000 engines, suitable for use in the oil and gas and power generation industries. DAV MX CircSub Drill Provides Unprecedented Look into Earth's Crust The DAV MX CircSub from Churchill Drilling Tools was selected for the world's deepest and hottest geothermal borehole in the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The IDDP well will provide clean, renewable energy by using supercritical steam heated by the Earth's magma. Drilling involved the deepening of an existing geother- mal borehole to a depth of 5 km. The IDDP team encoun- tered temperatures of 427° C at a depth of 4,659 m, simul- taneously creating the deepest and hottest ever geothermal borehole and encountering supercritical conditions at a shallower depth than anticipated. Samples were taken to the surface to ascertain fluid chemistry. MacArtney Delivers Multibeam Survey System for Hamburg The Hamburg Port Authority took delivery of the third in- tegrated dual-head multibeam echosounder survey system from MacArtney for hydrographic survey applications. This solution comprises: the Teledyne RESON SeaBat T20-R, a Valeport SWiFT sound velocity profiler and a Valeport Ul- traSV. Subsea Power Hub Now Fully Operational EC-OG's Subsea Power Hub (SPH) ocean current energy conversion system is now fully operational, being tested at the European Marine Energy Centre's Shapinsay Sound test site. The next step is to leave the SPH running autonomously with wireless data monitoring during the summer. The system uses a marine energy convertor coupled di- rectly to a lithium-based energy storage system. Wärtsilä Making Agreements with Shipyards On Ballast Water Management Wärtsilä is in the process of signing agreements with a number of major shipyards, the latest being Keppel Shipyard Ltd. of Singapore. The agreements are intended to establish cooperation and communication in relation to the Interna- tional Maritime Organization's (IMO) Convention for Ballast Water Management, which is due to enter into force this September. The shared goal of the parties is to provide shipowners and operators with all necessary information and assistance concerning ballast water management systems (BWMS). international

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