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APR 2018

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Page 9 of 44 April 2018 | ST 9 soundings )) Floating Solar Power Station in the Works. Six Dutch companies and knowledge institutions are working together over the next three years on the development, construction and operation of the world's first floating solar power station. With financial support from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the consortium is developing a floating power station that will soon generate clean energy at sea using solar panels. The consortium consists of ECN, TNO, MARIN, TAQA and Oceans of Energy. For the pilot project, Sun at Sea, a small-scale solar farm (peak production approximately 50 kW) has been designed, built and installed offshore near a small gas production platform. TNO is working with the project partners on the infrastructure to measure, record and analyze the performance of the solar farm. The solar energy yield is subject to fluctuations just like wind energy, so it is essential to investigate how these fluctuations can be overcome to reduce dependence on gas and diesel generators without jeopardizing security of supply. Among the questions to address are whether a battery is needed and, if so, how large, and whether it is nec- essary to have a gas/diesel generator ready in reserve. )) Maritime UK Calls Attention to Need for Orderly Brexit Transition. David Dingle, the head of British maritime business association Maritime UK, called on the U.K. government to prepare for an orderly transition when it ex- its the EU, The Maritime Executive reported. Brexit will be official March 29, 2019, and parliament is debating its extent. "We are lost in politics," said Dingle. "Our message is: Please, government, can you do this as quickly as possible because if there is no transition period the industry as a whole will be in trouble." The U.K.'s biggest ferry ports would be the most vulnerable if there is a chaotic transition. "Our biggest concerns are Dover and Holyhead. There will be new customs requirements that could cause particular challenges for roll-on roll-off ferry ports which handle tens of thousands of [trucks] traveling between the U.K. and the EU each day," Dingle said. Even a mere 2 min. added to the average time a truck takes to get through the Port of Dover could lead to traffic stretching 20 mi. long on nearby highways. There is no guarantee that the European Commission and the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May will reach a deal for a transition period. European ports are preparing for possible greater trade hurdles. Zeebrugge, Rotterdam and Calais are already hiring more customs officials and produce inspectors. The Port of Rotterdam alone expects to hire more than 100 additional agents. Dingle expressed frustration with the U.K. government's lack of urgency on this matter. "We are shouting loudly about this, we have been for a while, but you do feel you are banging your head against a brick wall," he said. )) Global Bathymetric Project. Fugro is leading the marine survey industry in support of NF-GEBCO Seabed 2030, a global initiative to produce a definitive, high-resolution bathymetric map of the entire world's ocean floor by the year 2030. The initiative is being facilitated by the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) project in partnership with The Nippon Foundation (NF) as a means to inform global policy, improve sustainable use and ad- vance scientific research. Less than 20 percent of the world's oceans are mapped using modern survey techniques. In 2017, Fugro devised a methodology for collecting valuable high-resolution bathymetry data sets while its vessels are transiting between survey projects through Fugro's Office Assisted Remote Services (OARS), its proprietary tech- nology that enables safe and efficient data acquisition without the need for dedicated survey staff on board. In 2017, Fugro deployed its in-transit data collection methodology on two survey vessels, delivering approximately 65,000 km² of crowd-sourced bathymetry data to GEBCO. The company has expanded that collection capacity to include four survey vessels and eventually intends to incorporate the approach across its global survey fleet. Fugro is also working with its clients to investigate how their data sets may be incorporated into the Seabed 2030 program. )) Collaboration to Drive Industry Advancement. MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and the international maritime busi- ness platform SeaFocus are collaborating on new cooperation models to benefit maritime trade and drive industry innovation. MacGregor is now participating in Intelligence Hunt, a cooperation concept developed by SeaFocus, which brings companies and cross-faculty international university students together. The maritime and shipping industry is known for its traditional approach, even though it is a platform for very advanced solutions and technol- ogies. Sharing best practices and innovative industry-specific solutions will benefit the marketplace as a whole and ensure its future sustainability. )) Pioneer in Graphic Recorders Passes. Edward P. Curley, Jr., 79, formerly of Wenham, Massachusetts, died peace- fully February 3, 2018 after a long illness. He was born in 1938 to Edward Sr. and Theresa (Savio) Curley. He was married for 51 years to Wendy Shaw, who died in 2013. After graduating from Yale in 1960, Curley worked at Clevite Transistor at the beginning of the semiconductor age. As a talented engineer, he moved on to EG&G, where he was an apprentice under Harold "Doc" Edgerton, the inventor of the strobe light and innovator of modern sonar technology. With support from family and friends, Curley left EG&G to start EPC Labs. He built the company into a successful international business, selling advanced sonar plotters. Curley is survived by his three sons—Michael Curley, Ted Curley and John Curley—and seven grandchildren. ST

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