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JUL 2017

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56 st / July 2017 Consortium for 3D-Printed Ship Propeller Damen Shipyards Group has en- tered a cooperative consortium with RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bu- reau Veritas to develop the world's first class-approved 3D-printed ship's pro- peller, to be called the WAAMpeller. It will be based on a Promarin de- sign that is typically found on a Damen Stan Tug 1606. This 1,300-mm-diame- ter propeller weighs approximately 180 kg. Using Autodesk software in the construction process, Port of Rot- terdam's RAMLAB will fabricate the WAAMpeller from a bronze alloy us- ing the Wire Arc Additive Manufactur- ing (WAAM) process. Bureau Veritas will be involved in the certification of the completed product. Once the propeller has been printed, Damen's role will continue with full-scale trials. The first propeller is expected to be printed by summer 2017, with subse- quent testing in autumn. Start-Up Supports Oil and Gas With Microsoft Dynamics A new Aberdeen-based company that aims to help businesses trans- form their processes and dramatically improve productivity with the latest Microsoft Dynamics technology has launched. Evolve iMS (information Management Systems) is an indepen- dent start-up focused on supporting companies in the oil and gas, construc- tion and consultancy sectors to man- age their business with an easy-to-use global ERP (enterprise resource plan- ning) solution. Evolve iMS will enable all financial, inventory management, project man- agement and human resource informa- tion to be stored and managed in one centralized database. Digital Transformation for Smart Marine, Energy Ecosystems Wärtsilä is implementing a digital transformation to become a data-led, insights-driven and agile technology company dedicated to taking a lead- ership role in smart marine and smart energy ecosystems throughout their entire life cycle. The aim is to increase efficiency while enabling a zero-emis- sions society. Wärtsilä has taken several actions to speed up the developments achieved during the last decade. The focus is on future technology, notably the use of artificial intelligence, data analytics, open platforms, block chain and cy- bersecurity, as well as on creating new business models. Wärtsilä has recruited a highly qualified digital leadership team and has established a new digital organiza- tion with more than 400 existing Wärt- silä employees. Wärtsilä will launch digital acceleration centers globally. Joint Working Group On Cybercrime and Prevention Inmarsat is giving its full backing to a new joint working group formed by the International Association of Clas- sification Societies (IACS) to develop a coordinated position on cybercrime and its prevention. Stakeholder unity is critical in meeting the unpredictability of the cybersecurity threat to shipping. Inmarsat is a founding member of the group, which is being led by George Reilly of ABS and has been charged with evaluating measures to develop standardized industry prac- tices to oppose maritime cyber threats from any direction. Initiative to Adapt Digitalization For Upstream Oil, Gas The Subsea Systems Institute (SSI), in partnership with Endeavor Manage- ment and World Oil, will sponsor an industry-based initiative to adapt the broad area of digitalization to the up- stream oil and gas industry. Ultimately, the project will involve direct partici- pation by operators, service compa- nies and engineering contractors. The project was launched with an exploratory meeting with operators, service and engineering companies and software providers to identify po- tential topics, including artificial in- telligence, standard interfaces, asset security and information sharing from design through decommissioning. A second meeting will be scheduled to determine industry commitment. Intellian Satcom System Passes Marlink Test Intellian Technologies' v65 Ku/Ka- band convertible satellite communica- tions system has been independently tested by satellite communications service provider Marlink and report- edly exceeds all expectations in terms of performance efficiency on the com- pany's newly launched 60-cm global network. These results represent a significant breakthrough in redefining expecta- tions of what constitutes fast and reli- able onboard connectivity for data- dense applications through a compact VSAT system. Testing was carried out on the Mar- link Network using Intelsat 33e, the newest Intelsat Epic NG satellite to pro- vide high-throughput satellite Ku-band coverage to the EMEA region, to deter- mine maximum throughput levels. CellSwap Replaces Battery Cells, Leaves Rest of Installation Intact Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) intro- duced CellSwap, which uses a new cost-effective method of retrofitting battery systems by replacing battery cells while leaving the rest of the in- stallation intact. While conventional batteries have to be recycled in their entirety, CellS- wap enables battery cells to be re- placed while almost all other compo- nents are preserved, including electric and cooling components, cell barriers and master battery unit. The process, called re-coring, saves up to 60 percent of the costs of install- ing a new battery after a five-year cy- cle, greatly enhancing life-cycle value. Visedo Partners with Kongsberg and Veth Propulsion Visedo announced partnership agreements with Kongsberg Evotec and Veth Propulsion to deliver new marine electrification solutions. As part of the agreement with Kongsberg, Visedo will develop and produce power solutions for fully inte- grated electric deck handling winches, to replace traditional hydraulic winch- es—the first time electric components will be fully integrated on deck into the winch. Under the agreement with Veth Pro- pulsion, Visedo will produce electric- powered thrusters featuring Visedo's permanent magnet (PM) motor tech- nology. The companies have co-devel- oped the Integrated L-Drive, a com- pact electric propulsion solution with a power range of 300 to 1,325 kW. ST marine electronics

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