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NOV 2017

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32 st / November 2017 Man Overboard Alarm System Cellphone App Records Victim's Location Weems & Plath entered an exclusive agreement to man- ufacture and distribute PanPan's overboard system, Crew- Watcher. This app-based crew overboard alarm system works like a virtual lifeline made up of a smartphone appli- cation and a small beacon that can be comfortably worn by each crew member. The alarm will trigger automatically in a man overboard (MOB) event, sound an alarm, and provide latitude and longitude coordinates, the time of the event and visual guides for rescuers. Louisiana-Based Shipbuilder to Deliver Five Passenger Vehicles to NYC Ferry Metal Shark is building four 97-by-28-ft., 350-passen- ger U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter K vessels and one 85-ft., 150-passenger Subchapter T vessel for the New York City Ferry. These high-speed aluminum catamaran passenger ve- hicles are larger than those currently in use and operate at 24 kt. The Subchapter K, "Rockaway Class" vessels are pow- ered by 12-cylinder, 1,400-hp Baudouin 12M26.3 diesel engines, coupled to ZF Marine ZF3050 gearboxes, turning custom five-blade Michigan Wheel propellers. MAJ Participates in IMO Port Security Conference The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) took part in a three-day conference in Belize City focused on potential threats to port security operations at the Belizean ports. The event was organized by the International Maritime Or- ganization (IMO) in conjunction with the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism based on the framework of the Agreement of Co-operation between the IMO and the Orga- nization of the American States (OAS). Collaborative Project for Harsh Environments Yields Better Ice-Sensing and Analysis Tools Rutter Inc. completed a collaborative initiative with Statoil Canada Ltd. and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador to improve offshore oil and gas operations in harsh environments with ice conditions. The resulting de- velopments include new remote-sensing technology used in the automatic detection and tracking of ice and the integra- tion of ice analysis features into Rutter's sigma S6 systems. The sigma S6 is capable of providing automatic identifica- tion, outlining and drift tracking of ice floes, pans, ridges, icebergs embedded in pack ice and open-water leads. UUV Manufacturer Awarded for Innovation Frost and Sullivan presented Riptide Autonomous Solu- tions with its North American Product Leadership Award in the UUV market. John Vestri, Riptide's CEO and CFO, at- tended the awards gala in Lost Pines, Texas, and judges cited Riptide's leadership in innovation, including engineering for affordability, superior hydrodynamics and flexible energy solutions. Early Adopter of Synthetic Crane Rope Provides a Case Study on Wear, Durability Viant Crane retrofitted one of its National NBT55 cranes with Samson's K-100 synthetic hoist line, and after two years of use, the rope was returned to Samson's lab for examina- tion and testing. It was determined that wear was consistent with published specifications. The K-100 synthetic rope in- Operating Platform for ROV Assists Discovery of USS Indianapolis Greensea's OPENSEA (open software and equipment ar- chitecture) is a universal marine industry operating platform installed on Paul G. Allen's deep-sea expedition vessel, RV Petrel, that provides unified, integrated system and super- vised autonomy for the ship's ROV. The first use of the Greensea operating platform was in the discovery of USS Indianapolis, found 5,000 m below the surface of the Pacific Ocean in August 2017. Fugro Establishes Hydrography Center The Houston-based Hydrography Centre of Excellence will handle a wide range of hydrographic project types, in- cluding nautical charting, cable routing and Law of the Sea boundary claims. Fugro is formalizing its coastal zone mapping services using complimentary geophysical and geotechnical tech- niques for resource development, infrastructure siting, coastal management and emergency response. Kraken Changes Name to Reflect Greater Focus on Robotics Kraken Sonar Inc. changed its name to Kraken Robotics Inc. to reflect its focus on robotic systems for the unmanned maritime systems market. The company began trading un- der its new name in September, and its stock symbols re- main the same. The company's Canadian operating subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. (KSSI), has been renamed Kraken Robot- ics Systems Inc. (KRSI). Industry Executives Invited to Gain Knowledge Of USCG Initiatives through Year-Long Academy The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable created the 2017 Coast Guard Industry Academy, a one-year pro- gram to strengthen industry collaboration and knowledge of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) mission. The academy will open at USCG headquarters in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Vice Commandant Charles Michel. Seats are reserved for 50 senior executives in maritime industries who will attend quarterly sessions beginning with dialog on securing maritime borders; facilitating commerce; maritime security and counterterrorism; inland waterways; sovereignty and presence in polar regions; and acquisitions. ROV Manufacturer Expands Global Distribution Aquabotix added four new distributors to its global net- work to support the company's global expansion and the sale of underwater robotics products, including the Endura ROV, Hybrid AUV/ROV and AquaLens Connect underwater camera system. The expansion includes moving into new global sectors and regions, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, India and Brazil. The new distributors include Sadaret Ltd., Seafloor Sys- tems Inc., Deekay Marine Services Pvt. Ltd. and A2 Marine Solution. ocean business

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