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Monday, November 11, 2019

Fiber Optic News

Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, on the manufacturing floor on the day KVH shipped its first TracPhone V11-HTS in April 2019. Photo: KVH

Interview: Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH

Connectivity is the backbone of modern maritime operations as ships and boats at sea increasingly become connected. We recently met with Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, to discuss the evolution of communication in the maritime sector and so much more, as KVH is diverse and engaged in a number of markets -- including autonomy for 10 years with work on about 30 different  platforms for self-driving vehicles.To start, give us a “State of KVH” today.We started originally in the leisure market…

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New 800m Quay Planned in Portugal

Portugal’s Blue Atlantic has released new plans for an 800 meter quay to berth two Panamax vessels showcasing its maritime trade potential. The 96-hectare site for sale in one of Europe’s leading maritime industrial zones is being primed for maritime, ports and logistics investors targeting the Iberian Peninsula and mainland Europe. Blue Atlantic project lead Fernando Fernandes said it offers one of the fastest and most efficient routes in and out of Europe, bypassing the congested Mediterranean.

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Trelleborg Solutions for FLNG Ship-to-Shore System

Trelleborg has hailed the recent test of the Universal Transfer System (UTS) conducted with Connect LNG and Gas Natural Fenosa, as tangible evidence of the new applications that its suite of products for jettyless LNG transfer can unlock in this challenging field. The UTS transferred LNG from the Skangas-chartered LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore terminal at the Norwegian port of Herøya on October 7 and is now in full commercial operation. A ‘plug and play’ solution, the UTS requires no modifications to the LNG carrier – instead…

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Matson to Upgrade Honolulu Terminal

Matson Navigation Company, a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, has signed contracts with Paceco Corporation for the purchase of three new 65 long-ton capacity cranes and modifications to upgrade three existing cranes at its Sand Island Terminal in Honolulu Harbor. The investments are part of a broader $60 million terminal expansion and modernization program Matson is undertaking to prepare its operational hub in Hawaii for the arrival of four new ships the company has on order with a combined value of approximately $930 million and deliveries starting next year.

Shipping Minister John Hayes CBE MP (front row, third from left) at ABP Southampton with James Cooper, chief executive at Associated British Ports (front row, far left), Alastair Welch, port director at ABP Southampton port director (back row, far right) with staff at ABP Southampton (Photo: ABP)

New Vessel Traffic Equipment at ABP Southampton

Associated British Ports marked the latest in a series of multi-million dollar investments in the port of Southampton by inviting the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP to open its brand new vessel traffic service (VTS) operating room, (September 21). The Minister of State at the Department of Transport was in attendance as Britain's leading ports company revealed its $5.2m investment in a new office with state-of-the-art equipment at Ocean Gate, Southampton, which will be manned on a 24/7 basis.

The first two Bibby apprentices – left to right – Ed Beattie and Alan Mackintosh. (Photo: The Underwater Center)

Underwater Center Links with Bibby for ROV Apprenticeships

Scottish subsea training facility, The Underwater Center, has partnered with Bibby Offshore to provide ROV apprentices with the opportunity to gain practical, unique hands-on experience. The apprentices, who are employed by Bibby Offshore but are still too young to go offshore, will benefit from operational experience in the field with live ROVs and will undertake a  wide variety of tasks including the mobilization/demobilization of the work class ROV. The first two apprentices…

Photo: ITF Seafarers' Trust

Seafarers Trust in Technology

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust recently re-released an upgraded version of Shore Leave 2.0, enabling seafarers to access the internet in ports on tablet consoles. Together with Shore Leave, the Seafarers’ Trust believes that these initiatives will effect real change, attending to the global welfare of seafarers. In today’s world of fiber optic broadband, 4G mobile networks and app innovation, we have all come to expect the super-fast delivery of our online communications. For seafarers, however, the unique environment of being away at sea for many months at a time challenges this norm.

Cambodian Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Prak Sokhonn (L) exchanges documents with Huang Xinglong, chairman of the Cambodia Fiber Optic Communication Network (CFOCN).  Photo: Sovannara

Cambodia, China Deal For Submarine Cable

The Cambodian government signed a $70 million investment agreement with a Chinese-owned telecommunication infrastructure provider on Wednesday to connect Cambodia to a 25,000-km underwater fiber-optic network spanning three continents. The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MPT) signed a 25-year concession agreement with Cambodia Fiber Optic Cable Network (CFOCN), on 2 March to build a landing station in Sihanoukville and lay an underwater fibre-optic cable that patches into the existing AAE-1 cable, one of the main high-speed data conduits linking Asian, African and European countries.

Submarine Cable Systems. Pic: Xtera

C&W Networks Selects Xtera for Submarine Cable Upgrade

C&W Networks, part of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), the largest telecommunications service provider across the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and United States with more than 48,000 miles of subsea fiber-optic network has selected Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading provider of high-capacity, cost-effective optical transport solutions, for upgrading its submarine cable systems in the western Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean Sea to 100G. By introducing Xtera’s 100G coherent solution…

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U.S. Worries about Russian Ships near Critical Undersea Cables

Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global internet communications, raising concerns in America, reports Reuters. The US intelligence officials feel that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict, says the report. From the North Sea to Northeast Asia and even in waters closer to U.S. shores, there is increased Russian activity along the known routes of cables that carry the lifeblood of global electronic communications and commerce.

Two Named to NSRI Board

Melfort Campbell and Martin Jones have been appointed to strengthen the board of the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI). With impressive pedigrees in innovation and technology in the subsea industry, these new board members will help NSRI deliver its aim of bringing new technology to market that will reduce costs and deliver efficiencies and help the UK subsea sector maintain its world-leading position. NSRI is the focal point for research and development in the UK’s subsea sector, which is worth $13.9billion to the economy.

ABB to strengthen power infrastructure in Sri Lanka

ABB to Upgrade Sri Lanka's power infrastructure

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $40 million from Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to supply two new 220-kilovolt (kV) substations and upgrade an existing substation in Sri Lanka.The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2014. The new substations will be constructed at Polpitiya in the Central Province and Padukka near the capital, Colombo, in the Western Province, while the existing substation at Pannipitiya, a suburb of Colombo, will be augmented.The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Charles Volk

Volk Honored with Kershner Award

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Charles Volk was recently awarded the Kershner Award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Institute of Navigation's Position Location and Navigation Symposium. The Kershner Award was established in honor of Richard B. Kershner, the lead developer of the world's first navigation satellite system. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the modern era of electronic navigation through navigation and positioning equipment, systems or practices.

Proserv’s subsea controls experts will manufacture the control modules for their Gulf of Mexico contracts

Proserv Scores Double Contract Wins

Global energy technology services company Proserv has secured two contract wins in the Gulf of Mexico worth a combined $17 million. The deals with Noble Energy and Talos Energy will see Proserv carry out work at the operators’ respective Gunflint and Phoenix Field Expansion developments. Two deepwater wells will be controlled at Noble Energy’s Gunflint field in the Mississippi Canyon area – around 70 miles from the Louisiana coast. Developed by Proserv’s flagship R&D technology hub in Trondheim…

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NSRP Highlights 19 New Shipbuilding & Repair R&D Projects

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Executive Control Board (ECB) recently selected 19 new R&D projects to be executed, totalling approximately $2.5-million, as part of their core project mission to reduce the costs associated with Navy shipbuilding and repair. NSRP is a collaboration of U.S. shipyards working together to reduce the cost of building, operating and repairing Navy ships by improving productivity and quality through advanced technology and processes. NSRP leverages public/private cooperation to manage cost-shared R&D based on a consensus Strategic Investment Plan.

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Meet The "Teledyne Twelve”

Teledyne Marine has steadily built an armada of technologies and brands serving nearly every facet of the subsea sector through systematic acquisition, investment and organic growth. Recently MTR solicited the insights of a quartet of executives representing the various brands to discuss the evolution and future direction of the Teledyne Marine brand. Executives offering insights included Bill Kikendall, President of the newly formed Marine Sensors and Systems Group at Teledyne Technologies, Inc., Thomas W.

Gabriel Tan, technical support supervisor and Steve Ang, technical sales manager, Hydro Group

Hydro Appointment Targets Growth in Southeast Asia

Hydro Group Plc, a global design and manufacturer of underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, has announced plans for further investment in Southeast Asia and the appointment of a technical support supervisor to aid growth in the region. Earlier this year Hydro Group opened a new Singapore office to support the company’s increasing presence in Southeast Asia, and offer its range of subsea optical cables, electrical cables and connectors to the wider energy and defense markets in the region.

TE SubCom Wins Subsea GoM Cable Contract

TE SubCom contracted by Chevron to connect the Jack & St. Malo offshore facility with an undersea fiber optic communications system in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Jack & St. Malo fields are located approximately 280 miles south of New Orleans, LA in water depths of 7,000 feet. The fields are supported by a semi-submersible platform which will be connected by 106km of submarine cable, subsea equipment, and a new branching unit to an existing fiber network. The branching…

VENUS SIIM Being Deployed: Photo courtesy of OceanWorks

Undersea Laboratory Cable Array Repaired

OceanWorks International announce the successful re-deployment of the VENUS coastal network in the Strait of Georgia after repairs. Placed in Canadian waters in the Strait of Georgia, VENUS is part of the Ocean Networks Canada Observatory, is a cabled undersea laboratory with nodes that provide live video, acoustic images and real-time data for ocean researchers and explorers. VENUS delivers real time information from seafloor instruments via fiber optic cables to the University of Victoria, BC.

Island of Heimaey: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL  Bruce McAdam

Subsea Icelandic HV Cable Link Contract for ABB

The High-voltage submarine and underground cable link will bring reliable power to a remote island fishing community. ABB has received an order worth around $10 million, from Landsnet, the Icelandic transmission system operator, to supply a high-voltage submarine and underground power-cable system that will transport electricity from the mainland to the volcanic island of Heimaey. Heimaey is the only inhabited island of the Vestmannaeyiar archipelago off the southern coast of Icleand.

TE SubCom Working on Big Foot Contract

TE SubCom starts production on Chevron's Big Foot undersea fiber optic communications system in deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Big Foot is a tension-leg platform located approximately 225 miles south of New Orleans, LA in water depths of 1,600 meters (5,200 feet). 61km of submarine cable, along with a dynamic riser and various subsea equipment, will connect to a branching unit of an existing network using SubCom’s proprietary OADM branching unit technology. The Big Foot transmission…

'Allure of the Seas': Photo credit Royal Caribbean Cruises

Cruise Ship Internet Access Contract for O3b

O3b Networks contracted by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, to provide high-speed satellite-delivered broadband service aboard 'Allure of the Seas'. The new contract will allow more than 8,000 guests, staff and crew members traveling the Caribbean to connect to the internet at fiber-like speeds at sea. Royal Caribbean was the first to enlist O3b’s new maritime offering O3bMaritime aboard, Allure of the Seas’ sister ship,  Oasis of the Seas when they signed a contract last summer.

World's Longest HV Subsea Cable Contract

ABB wins US$ 170-million contract to supply Martin Linge oil & gas field in the North Sea with mainland power from Norwegian grid. The contract from Subsea 7, requires ABB to build a power link between a new oil and gas field being developed by Total E&P Norge AS. The Martin Linge (formerly known as Hild) field lies at a depth of 115 meters and has been identified among the oil and gas fields with highest potential reserves in the North Sea. The field will receive its electricity…

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine New Product Briefing

The company's business unit will brief on its capabilities in marine navigation & bridge control systems at upcoming SMM 2012, Hamburg. Alan Dix, managing director of Sperry Marine, will speak about the company's new products and future offerings. Dix will also address Sperry Marine's new opportunities for growth in the Asian market, specifically highlighting new contracts to supply navigational systems to China and increasing its reseller and distribution channels there.

Abu Dhabi Contract for Technip-NPCC Consortium

Technip-NPCC Consortium awarded Important contract for the Upper Zakum Field in Abu Dhabi. Technip in a consortium with National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), has been awarded by Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) a lump sum engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation, commissioning and start-up contract for the Upper Zakum 750K Project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The field is located in the Gulf, 84 kilometers offshore Abu Dhabi. It is divided into four production artificial islands (Central, North, South, and West), with processing facilities at the Central Complex.

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Solid State Gyro Compass Introduced by Alphatron

The small light-weight fast setting device, contains a fiber optic and 1Xblue core as sensor reference, and is fully approved by class and is MED wheel-marked. The Fiber Gyro compass is directly connectable to a variety of ancillaries via a unique galvanically isolated docking station, among them are bearing repeaters, OSV approved interswitches, Digital repeaters repeater stands and brackets. The Alphafibercourse will be introduced at SMM in Hamburg from 4-7 September 2012.