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MAR 2018

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28 ST | March 2018 Oil Salvage Operation Extracts 400 Tons Of Heavy Fuel Oil from Singapore Shipwreck A Miko Marine Moskito hot tap tool and oil recov- ery system was used to extract 400 tons of heavy fuel oil from the tanks of the sunken cargo vessel Thorco Cloud. The wreck lies in two sections 1,730 m apart and 70 m deep in the middle of the eastbound traffic lane of the Singapore Strait. The heavy oil in the fuel tanks and trapped compart- ments has been a major pollution hazard since the col- lision in December 2015. Bumi Subsea provided ROVs and the vessel Surf Allamanda, owned by Bourbon Off- shore, which served as the work platform during the oil salvage operation. Hybrid Drive Systems Constructed in Estonia Pave the Way for New Law Enforcement Vessels PBES and NORIS Automation GmbH entered a part- nership on the hybrid drive systems for Europe's first bat- tery hybrid patrol vessel. The 45-m-long vessel is under construction at Baltic Workboats Shipyard in Estonia, and it will have 273 kWh of PBES Power 65 battery mod- ules, which offer reduced sound and heat signatures. The PBES energy storage system is designed to integrate with the NORIS electrical infrastructure on the vessel. International Insurance Provider Thomas Miller Acquires Technical Consultancy Brookes Bell Insurance services provider Thomas Miller acquired Brookes Bell, a technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Brookes Bell provides services in emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal, scientific cargo expertise, forensic engi- neering and expert witness services. The firm is also a leader in research and development of ship design sup- port to enhance maritime safety and technology. Australian Organization Partners with Saildrone to Acquire USVs for Research The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Re- search Organisation (CSIRO Australia) formed a partner- ship with San Francisco-based ocean technology start-up Saildrone to bring three USVs to Australia. CSIRO will use the Saildrone USVs to measure ocean temperatures, salinity and carbon, which is critical information for un- derstanding the role of the oceans in the climate system. The three Saildrones will provide unprecedented access to parts of the ocean, particularly the Southern Ocean, that are otherwise unstudied. Scottish Production Optimization Company Secures Investment from EV Private Equity Aberdeen-based Enpro Subsea secured investment from EV Private Equity to grow its production optimiza- tion business into new and existing international markets and develop its range of production optimization and in- tervention technologies. Enpro began 2018 with projects ongoing in the U.K. Continental Shelf, West Africa and Gulf of Mexico. EV Private Equity is providing support as part of its pledge to invest $200 million into fast-growing North Sea businesses. Legacy Locker Program Allows Reuse Of Recovered and Recycled Subsea Equipment Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd. (SEA) and Spirit Energy are promoting the recycling of subsea pro- duction equipment under SEA's Legacy Locker program. The companies are recycling two Aker third-generation subsea control modules (SCMs), following the decom- missioning of Spirit Energy's Ann field. SEA's refurbish- ment of the equipment means the modules will be fully functional and available for reuse through Legacy Locker, a repository of new and refurbished equipment that is tested, refurbished, recertified or reverse-engineered by SEA's subsea engineers. Communication and Monitoring Systems Experts W·SENSE Join UK Marine Robotics Centre Pioneering underwater wireless networking and com- munications systems developer W·SENSE Ltd. has joined the National Oceanography Centre's (NOC) Marine Ro- botics Innovation Centre as a strategic partner. W·SENSE was initially established as part of the Sapienza Univer- sity of Rome, specializing in monitoring and communi- cation systems with pioneering patented solutions in the internet of underwater things (IoUT). The company has been editor of networked scenarios and of the NATO NIAG 190 on JANUS evolution, and it is currently coor- dinating the EC EASME ArcheoSub project. Remotely Operated Fire-Fighting Vessels Will Offer 'Eye-in-the-Fire' Capabilities Robert Allan Ltd. and Kongsberg Maritime are collab- orating on the development of a remotely operated fire- boat that allows first responders to attack port fires more aggressively. The RALamander fireboat offers in-close firefighting and "eye-in-the-fire" capabilities. The first in the series, the 20-m RALamander 2000, will be equipped with Fi Fi 1 capability with a total pumping capacity of 2,400 m 3 /hr with optional foam. A retractable mast can bring one of the three monitors to a high point of attack for shipboard or dock fires. Two-Year Trial Proves Efficacy of I-Tech's Organic Anti-fouling Coating A two-year trial of a hull coating containing the bio-repellent active agent Selektope on a 46,067-dwt chemical and products carrier confirmed the ingredient's hard fouling prevention power. Selektope is an organic, nonmetal compound that prevents barnacle fouling by temporarily activating the swimming behavior of barnacle cyprid larvae, making it impossible for them to settle on the hull. It has high effi- cacy at extremely low concentrations (0.1 percent w/w), is ultralow leaching, and offers paint manufacturers the flexibility to boost copper-based paint formulations or re- place copper completely. international

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