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28 ST | April 2018 www.sea-technology.com US Coast Guard Makes Progress On Funding Icebreaker Fleet The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) launched plans to ac- quire a new heavy icebreaker vessel intended to be the first of a six-ship installment and the beginning of a ro- bust U.S. icebreaker fleet. Announcing the proposal at the 2018 State of the Coast Guard address, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said it is the first step in protecting the "fourth coast" of the U.S.—the Arctic. The U.S. icebreak- er will have military-grade weapons and cutting-edge UAV capabilities. Sub-Bottom Profiler Used in Wave Energy Project Siting The University of Queensland used Syqwest's Strata- box 3510HD for a seabed survey off King Island for a wave energy company. Sub-bottom profiling (SBP) with the Stratabox3510 HD revealed a need to relocate the survey to a location further west. To characterize benthic surfaces within the survey area, a series of transects using a sub-bottom profiling system focused on mapping the potential placement site. Underserved Ocean Research in San Diego Receives Foundation Grants The San Diego Foundation announced $632,934 in grants for 10 programs that strengthen San Diego's in- novation economy by creating opportunities for students from underserved communities pursuing STEM opportu- nities. The San Diego Foundation Science & Technology Program grant making supports the findings from Our Greater San Diego Vision, a report that found that a ma- jority of residents want to increase opportunities for those who work and learn in the San Diego region. The grant recipients include the Ocean Discovery Institute and The Maritime Alliance Foundation, among others. Greensea Honored with Prestigious MTS Award for ROV Development Greensea Systems received the 2018 Corporate Ex- cellence Award presented by the ROV committee of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) at Underwater Inter- vention in New Orleans, Louisiana. The MTS ROV Com- mittee began its award program in 1990 to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations in the ROV community. To maintain a high degree of distinction, awards are not necessarily presented annually, but only as deemed appropriate. Energy Storage Systems Added to Mexican Platform Supply Vessels Corvus Energy was selected by SEACOR Marine and Kongsberg Maritime to supply lithium ion-based ener- gy storage systems (ESS) for four platform supply vessels (PSVs). The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the PSVs' propulsion and dynamic positioning systems' electrical network. All four PSVs are owned by Mantenimiento Express Marítimo SAPI de CV (MEXMAR), SEACOR Marine's joint venture in Mexico. By July 2018, hybrid power retrofits will be complete for the Mexico-based SEACOR vessels. Ship Cybersecurity is Bolstered by Threat Intelligence Integration Integration World-Link Communications has added to its ShipSecure maritime cybersecurity platform a full suite of CISCO services. ShipSecure is a multilayered security management system designed to protect, mon- itor and control the global fleet security network from a single management portal. The company says CISCO's latest threat intelligence cloud-based services help deliv- er an end-to-end maritime cybersecurity platform with next-generation IPS/IDS firewalls for customers. Aquabotix Announces Key Korean, Norwegian Partnerships Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources purchased an Aquabotix hybrid vehicle for ongoing geo- science and energy research. Aquabotix also formed a GPS integration partnership with Norwegian technology supplier Water Linked AS to integrate its underwater GPS system with the Endura ROV to enable greater under- water positioning across a wide range of applications, including hull inspections and fish farm exploration. Shark Detection and Alert System in Development Smart Marine Systems Ltd. is developing Clever Buoy—an ocean monitoring platform that specializes in detecting large marine life using sonar and identifi- cation software systems to relay critical information to authorities responsible for beach safety. Shark attacks on the Pacific Coast have been on the rise, with 2017 num- bers almost double 2016. Finding a solution that doesn't cause environmental damage or pressure on threatened species has been an ongoing challenge. Hawaii-Based Company's Software Installed on Prysmian Group Vessel The MakaiLay cable deployment control software was commissioned on the cable-laying vessel Giulio Verne by the Prysmian Group of the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. MakaiLay's power-cable module will be used by Giulio Verne when it starts working on the North Sea Link installation, a subsea power cable in- terconnector between Norway and the U.K. that will be the world's longest upon completion in 2021. KVH Satellite Partner to Invest $4.5 Million To Push Development of Marine Broadband KVH Industries announced that its longtime partner SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. (SJC) will invest $4.5 million in KVH to help deliver next-generation maritime broad- band services. KVH and SJC intend to collaborate on value-added services in the area of shipping digitaliza- tion and improved broadband access at sea. KVH's mini- VSAT BroadbandSM service is the market share leader in maritime VSAT worldwide, according to KVH. ocean business

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