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AUG 2017

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50 st / August 2017 Systems Center addresses the increasing complexity of me- chanical and cyber-enabled systems on board vessels. Promoting Awareness of Seafarers in UK As the U.K. embarks on Brexit negotiations, its attention is being focused on the vital role ports, harbors and seafar- ers will play in the future. More world trade will likely in- crease the 95 percent of imports and exports that currently pass through U.K. ports. Merchant ships continue to grow in size, half the U.K.'s food comes from overseas, and the U.K. is dependent on imported oil, gas and biofuel. The maritime welfare charity Seafarers UK brought at- tention to this national context while promoting Seafar- ers Awareness Week, its annual campaign to raise public awareness of the ongoing dependence on seafarers. Often working unseen and unappreciated, they form the vital link between supply from the sea and consumption ashore. ShipArrestor Delivery for Norway's Coast An improved and upgraded version of the Miko Marine ShipArrestor system has been delivered to the Norwegian Coastal Administration. The system has been developed to protect coastlines from the danger of ships that have lost engine power and from the pollution that can result when they run aground. ShipArrestor uses a parachute-shaped sea anchor con- nected to a drifting ship by helicopter and secured without need for crew involvement. The helicopter then deploys the sea anchor, which dramatically reduces the rate at which the ship is drifting and makes it more stable for salvage and for rescue teams to board when they arrive. JFD Close to Finishing Hyperbaric Lifeboats JFD nears completion of two newly designed, self-pro- pelled hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHLs), developed in partner- ship with Vanguard Composite Engineering Pte Ltd. In February 2016, JFD won a contract to design and manufacture six SPHLs (four 18-man and two 24-man) as part of the saturation diving systems on board a new fleet of diving support vessels (DSV). Final testing of the first two 18-man SPHLs is to take place before installation and com- missioning on the first DSV. These lifeboats are the first to be completed as part of a new partnership between JFD and Vanguard. Briggs Marine Invests In Subsea Services Division Briggs Marine has invested more than £1 million into its subsea services division in recent months. The company has enhanced its subsea cable repair and installation capabili- ties with the addition of two new 15-Te tracked cable ten- sioners. The tensioners were employed immediately in the renewable energy sector to deliver power to cable installa- tion operations. Briggs has also invested in two cable storage tanks, ex- tending its Burntisland-based cable depot, based on in- creased demand. GE Delivers Turnkey Project for Brazilian Port GE Energy Connections has successfully delivered the full turnkey project to VLI for engineering, supply and com- missioning of the port terminal Luiz Antonio Mesquita Inte- ECSA, ICS Encourage EU, China Climate Agreement on Shipping Following the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the European Commu- nity Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) encourage the intention of the European Union and China to intensify cooperation in achieving a global climate deal for shipping. Indications of such cooperation materialized during the 19th EU-China Summit held in Brussels, when EU and Chi- nese leaders reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement. MacArtney Expands UK Ops The MacArtney Group has expanded existing U.K. op- erations in response to increased levels of business coming from customers based in the southern part of the U.K. The new office located in south London will be run as an affili- ate unit under the MacArtney UK umbrella. Celtic Seas Partnership Produces Web-Based Info Portal The Celtic Seas Partnership (CSP) project funded by EU LIFE+ is now complete. The aim was to set up collaborative and innovative approaches to managing the marine envi- ronment of the Celtic Seas. A key output of the partnership is a Web-based informa- tion portal by the British Oceanographic Data Centre to pro- vide access to data, metadata and documentation related to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. UN Security Council Reauthorizes Inspection of Vessels off Libya The UN Security Council reauthorized member states to inspect vessels on the high seas off Libya's coast believed to be in violation of the arms embargo imposed on that country. Following that action, the representatives of China, France and Italy emphasized the importance of working to- gether to prevent the spread of terrorism and weapons traf- ficking. EMGS Buys Another Ranger 2 Gyro-iUSBL System Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has bought a second Ranger 2 Gyro-iUSBL system by Sonardyne Interna- tional Ltd. UK. The system combines acoustic positioning and inertial navigation technologies. It will be fitted to a towed elec- tromagnetic source that operates down to 4,000 m, in con- junction with electromagnetic receivers, to detect the pres- ence of hydrocarbons through more than 3 km of rock. ABS Unveils New Systems Center, Forms Hellenic Tech Committee ABS has unveiled its Global Ship Systems Center and an- nounced the formation of its Hellenic Technical Committee in Athens. This facility brings together technical leaders to support clients throughout the entire life cycle of their as- sets. Through a systems-based approach, the Global Ship international

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