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DEC 2018

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30 ST | December 2018 Italian and French Shipbuilding Associations Identify Key Future Innovation Areas The Italian and French shipbuilding industry associ- ations, ASSONAVE and GICAN, signed a research, de- velopment and innovation roadmap for shipbuilding and ship supply at Euronaval. The agreement seeks to iden- tify the key technologies that the shipbuilding industry should develop in the next 10 years and beyond. They defined five key areas where major investments should be concentrated: green ships with low environmental impact, smart ships, autonomous vessels, smart offshore infrastructure solutions and smart shipyards. UK Study Explores Smart Navigational Charts The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) contributed to a U.K. government study on navigational requirements for autonomous maritime vessels. The UKHO worked with L3 ASV and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to identify future data requirements for autonomous ship- ping and explore how navigational and wider geospatial data enable the safe navigation of smart and unmanned autonomous vessels. The study explored a smart chart system that incorporates data such as radio signals, regu- lations, tides and foundation navigational data. RBR China Now Open in Qingdao RBR China has been established to support collabora- tive business development activities in China. The coast- al city of Qingdao is the hub of oceanographic research in China and home to Ocean University of China, First Institute of Oceanography, North China Sea Branch of SOA and the Institute of Oceanography of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. RBR China will continue collab- orations with university and government offices and de- velop demonstration projects to introduce new products. ROV to Explore Mineral Extraction Methods The ¡VAMOS! project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program includes 16 partners from nine EU countries and seeks to address the need for critical raw materials by making possible the extraction of mineral deposits from inland water-bearing areas. The partners have developed a system whereby a remotely operated mining vehicle is launched from a waterborne carriage. The ¡VAMOS! partners met this fall with geologists, researchers and citizens at a technology demonstration day at the Magcobar flooded mine pit in Silvermines, Ireland. Wind and Sun Power System for Ships Prepares for Sea Trials and Production Eco Marine Power (EMP) has begun a collaboration with ClassNK to confirm design requirements and issues related to sea trials and commercial production of the EnergySail and Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy solu- tion. The Aquarius MRE is an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, marine-grade solar panels, energy storage modules, charging system and marine computers that will enable ships to harness renewable energy from the wind and sun. Ultrashort Baseline Equipment Sells Worldwide Sonardyne reported new ultrashort baseline (USBL) equipment sales across Europe, Asia and the Americas. XPRIZE finalists TeamTao acquired a Ranger 2 GyroUS- BL system for communicating between a swarm of un- derwater drones and an unmanned surface vessel. Thai company Beacon Offshore acquired a Ranger 2 survey package for the subsea support vessel SC Sirapat. Brazil- ian company Belov Engenharia acquired a Mini-Ranger 2 USBL system to track its ROVs during IRM work on floating production, storage and offloading vessels. Viet- namese company Greenstar Positioning acquired two Mini-Ranger 2 USBL underwater positioning systems. Fugro and L3 Develop Autonomous Survey Tools Fugro has signed a joint development agreement with L3 ASV, an unmanned and autonomous vessel technol- ogy company, to create the next generation of autono- mous vessels for the commercial survey market. The part- nership brings together the expertise of both companies for the development of a variety of fit-for-purpose USVs. Delivery of the first USV is scheduled for 2019. Ballast Tech Co. Opens Asia-Pacific Subsidiary BIO-UV Group has supplied its BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system to more than 100 vessels, with more orders in progress. Owners operating the UV-based BIO- SEA include Maersk Lines, MSC Cruises, CMA CGM and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. BIO-UV has a network of sales and distribution agents in more than 65 countries. This year, it opened a subsidiary in Hong Kong: BIO-UV Asia. America's Cup Racing Team Develops Simulator Artemis Technologies, a spin-off from America's Cup challenger Artemis Racing, has developed a new fast craft simulator with Cruden. The simulator runs on Crud- en's Panthera simulator software and features a bespoke top platform based on a key section of an F50 catamaran. The simulator will be used for engineering analysis of dif- ferent designs, developing control systems and training crews for future race series. Tugboat Statistics Report Now Available Marcon International's Tug Boat Market Report is now available online. The report contains summaries of data from Marcon's databases regarding tugs for sale in the U.S. and worldwide, compilation of news from vessel builders and operators, summaries of major economic influences on the market, and featured listings. Marcon reports 523 tugs officially on the market for sale out of 5,057 tracked. This is down 11.8 percent from a year ago, mostly due to scrapping of older, lower horsepower tugs. Thordon Signs with Russian Distributor Thordon Bearings signed distribution agreements with Industrial & Marine Projects (IMPRO) and Tallinn's Ma- rine Ecology Equipment (MEE). The addition of distribu- tors for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Azerbaijan coincides with concerns about the impact of oil pollution in the ecologically sensitive Baltic and Caspian Seas. ST

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