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(Photo: Maddie Hunt Photography
/ Armstrong Marine)

Research Vessel Delivered to Orca Maritime

surface vehicles (USV). Benthic Cat will also support surface-supplied/SCUBA diving operations and provide onboard data processing.(Photo: Maddie Hunt Photography / Armstrong Marine)The catamaran features a full-width cabin with fly bridge, large aft working deck, hydraulic A-frame (5,000 lb. SWL), Northern Lights 9kw diesel generator, and Garmin/NMEA electronics package. The vessel is well equipped for multi-day operations along the Southern California coast with two interior work stations, a 4-person sleeping cuddy, head with shower, refrigerator/freezer, and 600-gallon fuel capacity.Benthic Cat is

(Image: Aker Solutions)

Aker Solutions Eyes Low Carbon Tech

Atlantic project off the coast of Portugal. Aker Solutions is involved in offshore wind farm developments in the US and South Korea.It also provides technology to capture carbon emissions from offshore and onshore industry. It delivered the Sleipner storage solution in 1996 and is involved in the Northern Lights CO2 storage project in the North Sea."Growth in segments such as renewables and CCUS increases the addressable market for Aker Solutions," Araujo said. "Our ambition is to become the recognized leader in low carbon offerings and sustainable solutions."Other low carbon technologies

The 40’ x 13’ research vessel Nanuq recently entered service for the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Image Credit: Armstrong Marine

Armstrong Marine Delivers R/V to University of AK

last year, the University selected Armstrong Marine’s proposal to design and build the vessel.Nanuq is customized for research and teaching operations. The monohull features 28 – 32 knot cruise speed, hydraulic A-frame, overnight accommodations for five, full-service galley, head, Northern Lights 5kW diesel generator, and a Garmin/NMEA electronics package supplemented with a Furuno SC70 satellite compass.After Nanuq’s maiden 11-day voyage in and around Prince William Sound, Captain Brian Mullaly commented, “the boat performed beyond the scientists’ expectations. Our

Luis Araujo, CEO, Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions Revenues Up 8%

. This is shared through our global organization, ultimately saving time and money for our clients."Key contracts powering the results include ones from CNOOC to deliver a subsea production system in the South China Sea. Also in the fourth quarter, Aker Solutions landed a strategic win on Northern Lights with Equinor as the project initiator and with Shell and Total as partners. This is a full-scale carbon-capture project. In Africa, its operations have gone according to plan with solid execution of major projects including Kaombo in Angola.Demand for early-phase work continues to grow, and

(Photo: Klaus Heinrich Vanselow)

Solar Storms Linked to Beaching of Sperm Whales in North Sea

had been documented since the 1990s.   Klaus Heinrich Vanselow, a marine biology expert at the University of Kiel in Germany, studied the connection between whale strandings and two major solar storms that took place at the end of December 2015.   The solar storms which create the Northern Lights phenomenon could also have caused the world's magnetic field to shift by up to 460km (286 miles) which, he said, would interfere with the whales' sense of orientation.   That could explain why the whales swam into the relatively shallow North Sea rather than follow their traditional routes

The innovative and efficient Incat Crowther design will ensure Sentinel will be on the job for decades (Photo: Vigor)

New Research Vessel Delivered to State of California

Oil: 1,700 liters Fresh Water: 470 liters Sullage: 190 liters Passengers: 20 Crew: 5   Propulsion and Performance Speed (Service): 18 knots Speed (Max): 21 knots Main Engines: 2 x Cummins QSB6.7 Power: 2 x 350hp / 260kW @ 2,800rpm Propulsion: 2 x Propellers Generators: 2 x Northern Lights M864W3   Regulatory Flag: United States of America Class /Survey: USCG Subchapter

Principal donors for new research vessel that will conduct Marine Life Study cruises, Seal Spotting cruises and more for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. From left: Cathy Hagadorn, educator; George Bauer, donor; Per Heidenreich, donor, State Senator Robert Duff; Carol Bauer, donor; Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling; and Astrid Heidenreich, donor.

Hybrid-Powered Research Vessel Christened

Crowther of Australia, Spirit of the Sound is being built in Mamaroneck, New York, at the Robert E. Derecktor Inc. shipyard, with construction managed and integrated by Alternative Marine Technologies (Amtech). Her hybrid-electric propulsion system was made by BAE Systems Inc., Corvus Energy and Northern Lights Hybrid Marine. Fundraising and planning was led by Per Heidenreich, founder of Norwalk-based Heidmar, Inc., a commercial tanker operator. Committee member Robert Kunkel, president of Amtech, is serving as the Aquarium’s project manager for the boat’s construction. Bank of America

The $2.7 million environmentally friendly research vessel, Spirit of the Sound (Photo courtesy of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk)

‘Green’ Hybrid-powered Research Vessel Christened

Crowther of Australia, Spirit of the Sound is being built in Mamaroneck, New York, at the Robert E. Derecktor Inc. shipyard, with construction managed and integrated by Alternative Marine Technologies (Amtech). Her hybrid-electric propulsion system was made by BAE Systems Inc., Corvus Energy and Northern Lights Hybrid Marine.  Fundraising and planning was led by Per Heidenreich, founder of Norwalk-based Heidmar, Inc., one of the world’s leading commercial tanker operators. Committee member Robert Kunkel, president of Amtech, is serving as the Aquarium’s project manager for the

Geo Shipyard Delivers R/V Apalachee

for the new boat is supplied by a pair of John Deere 6135 SFM engines rated at 500 hp at 1,900 rpm from Allemand Industries, Harvey, La. The six cylinder engines turn Twin Disc MGX-5114 SC gear boxes, Driveline Service of Portland shafts and ZF 36 inch diameter nybral four-blade propellers. Twin Northern Lights generators of 30 kw each are fitted with a Gems split bus switchgear and Panel Tronics distribution to supply three phase power to Cruiseair conditioners, a full galley, wet lab, dry lab, watermaker, dive air compressor and small ROV. The Apalachee is configured to sustain single compartment

Launching the Jamie Hanna

operations, and electronics installation. The Jamie Hanna is 55 feet in length, with 18 feet of beam, and a draft of 7 feet. The vessel is powered by a 1000 HP Caterpillar C18-ACERT engine, and has a top speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots. It has a hydraulic bow thruster and a Northern Lights 12kW generator. Unlike the 42-foot WESMAC vessels CR had previously chartered, the Jamie Hanna does not have the typical split-pilothouse lobster boat design. Instead this vessel has a large full-width pilothouse with the lobster station, davit, block, and pot hauler aft of the pilothouse

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