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JAN 2019

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www.sea-technology.com January 2019 | ST 37 First UK Company Signs on to Participate in Plastic Reduction Plan Spinlock is the first company from the Isle of Wight to sign onto a global commitment to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at source. The New Plastics Econ- omy Global Commitment aims to create a new normal for plastic packaging. Targets will be reviewed every 18 months and will become increasingly ambitious. Busi- nesses that sign the commitment will publish annual data on their progress to drive momentum and transparency. ROV Operator Opens Office in Middle East ROVOP has expanded in the Middle East, opening a new base staffed by operations director Doug Middleton and business development consultant Michael O'Don- nell. The Middle East operation will provide ROV ser- vices in the drill support, IRM and construction markets within the oil and gas sector via a diverse fleet of ROVs. Climate Change Services Group Begins in Japan The Carbon Trust and ClassNK Consulting Service signed an agreement to develop a commercial partner- ship offering climate change and sustainability services. The partnership will explore opportunities to deliver ad- vice and consulting to Japanese businesses, as well as in selected markets across Asia. Companies will have ac- cess to technical advice and support for setting their own climate change targets, reporting environmental impacts and achieving reductions. Hyperbaric Rescue Facility and Lifeboats Complete Mating Trials in 11 Hours JFD successfully completed mating trails with its por- table hyperbaric rescue facility (HRF) with Boskalis DSV BOKA Atlantis. The mating trials with the HRF and two self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHLs) were com- pleted in a period of 11 hr. During the trial, JFD suc- cessfully mated with the port and starboard SPHLs to the portable HRF. The entry locks of the SPHLs were pres- surized to 305 msw, equivalent to the equipment's max- imum working depth. The speed with which the SPHLs are mated is critical, as transferring the divers as quickly as possible can be vital to saving their lives. Corrosion Control Service Offered in Middle East Unique Group and Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc. will offer corrosion control solutions in the Middle East. Deepwater's solutions include cathodic protection (CP), permanent CP monitoring, CP design and engi- neering and corrosion inspection and survey. The com- pany also offers sacrificial (SACP) and impressed current (ICCP) systems that can be retrofitted. Autonomous Systems Collaboration is Underway Sonardyne, L3 ASV and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will focus on longer-term navigational accuracy for AUVs in deepwater, while reducing power Sound, west through the Aleutian chain and north to the Arctic Ocean, including the North Slope and all of Alas- ka's inland rivers. They also inspect tour boats, ferries, cruise ships, freight ships, oil tankers, fishing boats and more than 400 fuel storage facilities throughout the state. Inspections include structural integrity, seaworthiness, fire hazards, ability to save a life in a man-overboard sit- uation, navigational functionality and crew competency. Technology Industry Association Hosts Blue Tech Event at USCG Headquarters The International Ocean Science and Technology In- dustry Association (IOSTIA) conducted a blue technol- ogy exhibition for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and demonstrated cutting-edge ocean technologies during Blue Technology Focus Day. The event included presen- tations from RAdm. Michael Haycock and the USCG Dive Team. IOSTIA plans to host similar programs with other federal agencies throughout 2019. Phoenix Completes Rescue Exercise in Alaska The Phoenix Submarine Rescue Team mobilized the submarine rescue diving and recompression system (SRDRS) on board the MV HOS Dominator and com- pleted eight days of submarine rescue operations with the U.S. Navy's Undersea Rescue Command (URC) off the coast of Ketchikan, Alaska, culminating in the mat- ing of the Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) with a U.S. submarine. Corvus to Open Battery Factory in Norway Contracts for the factory location and the production equipment are final, and plans for a fully automated fac- tory for maritime batteries in Bergen, Norway, will pro- ceed. The new factory will be located at Midtun in Ber- gen, about a mile south of the city center. The supplier chosen for the production equipment is Intek Engineer- ing AS of Raufoss, Norway, and the factory will be fully operational in the third quarter of 2019. Autonomous Acoustic Surveillance System In Development with Canadian Funding GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) will develop a pas- sive autonomous acoustic surveillance system (PAASS) with funding under the Innovation for Defence Excel- lence and Security Program (IDEaS). The project will demonstrate the feasibility of using a networked array of persistent autonomous platforms for the layered sur- veillance and tracking of underwater objects, includ- ing submarines and UUVs. PAASS will also be capable of detecting surface vessels, making it a useful tool for counter-narcotic and illegal trafficking operations. Fire-Suppression Technology Company Ends Use of Hydrofluorocarbon Products Sea-Fire Marine, manufacturer of fire detection and suppression systems for recreational, commercial and naval vessels, announced that it will cease distribution of hydrofluorocarbon-based suppression fluids in Europe. Instead, it will use 3M Novec 1230, which has negligible global warming potential. 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