Harris Announced as latest sponsor of the next Future Soldier Technology Event

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SMi Group Welcome Harris Corporation as the Latest Sponsor for Future Soldier Technology Conference

Event organisers SMi is delighted to announce that the third annual conference on Future Soldier Technology will be sponsored by: BlackBox Biometrics, Invista textiles, Revision Military, Marom-Dolphin, Sea Systems Engineering, Ultra Electronics and latest confirmed: Harris Corporation.

For 120 years, Harris have been leaders in technology and innovation, delivering innovative solutions through four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems and Critical Networks. Delegates will get the chance to meet them and all the sponsors at this year’s event; in London on the 13th and 14th March.

What future attendees can expect for 2017: With its interactive format, SMi maintain their original belief in “No Attendees only participants”. Unlike other events, Future Soldier Technology is designed around a combination of panel discussions and focused discussion groups, run by two chairmen – experts in soldier Technology.

What attendees will gain: As the only conference in Europe solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes this year, the conference will explore the greatest challenges and next generation solutions that are enabling infantry to conduct operations in today’s and tomorrow’s battlefields. Key topics include: lightening the load and analysis of space for components, power and energy, body armour and night vision, communications and common integrated architecture.

Expert speakers for 2017 include senior representatives from: British Army, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, United States Marine Corps, US Army Northern Warfare Training Center, Canadian Forces, UK MoD, PEO Soldier, DSTL, United States Marine Corps, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, T N O Human Factors Research Institute, Thales, Rheinmetall Electronics and many more.

There will also be two post-conference workshops on: ‘How to Do Business with the British Army for Soldier Modernisation’ and ‘Black Swans and Soldier Programme Management: A Look inside the US Army Technology and Equipment Acquisitions from Capability Setting To Procurement’.

For those interested in attending Future Soldier Technology 2017, register online by 31st January to receive a £100 discount.

Future Soldier Technology 2017
13th and 14th March 2017
London, United Kingdom
http://www.futuresoldiertechnology.com/yourdefencenews

Subsea Decommissioning Lessons Learned Whitepaper launched

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Offshore Network has teamed up with UniversalPegasus International to bring you a whitepaper on their innovative use of ROV technology to overcome the challenge of collecting information for mature subsea wells during subsea decommissioning projects.

While the North Sea decommissioning market is thriving and major break throughs have been achieved in the past year in terms of increasing the efficiencies of platform abandonment campaigns, this compelling case study from the Gulf of Mexico will give answers to many of the most significant challenges that remain for NS operators who have overlooked their subsea liability. The whitepaper includes:

  • An analysis of a recent project involving the decommissioning of several deepwater subsea rigid jumpers, flying leads, and other subsea equipment using novel ROV applications
  • A review of challenges associated with the depletion of original equipment knowledge and solutions to handle outdated equipment and methodology for deepwater projects
  • A study of how innovative improvements to ROV functionality and tooling before offshore execution led to cost savings by enabling synchronisation with P&A operations

With decommissioning forecasts ranging in the billions globally and opportunities aplenty, this whitepaper will also help service companies understand how out of the box thinking and unconventional approaches must be found to help North Sea operators tackle a number of challenges ranging from harsh and unpredictable weather conditions to high costs and a lack of expertise, as well as address major technological gaps.

Levels of activity speak for themselves:

  • CNR successfully completed a large platform abandonment campaign in 2016 on over 30 wells at the Murchison field and have started planning for over 20 more
  • ConocoPhillips similarly undertook a historic plugging operation on the Ekofisk 2/4 A platform using the Rowan Gorilla VI drilling rig in Norway while it had previously worked with Ensco in 2015 to plug and abandon 18 wells on six platforms in the Southern North Sea
  • Proserv abandoned 3 wells for Talisman in a water depth of 150-170m in 2015 and worked on 8 wells for Maersk in 119m of water in early 2016
  • Petrofac also secured a P&A project for Tullow Oil on the Horne and Wren platform in the Southern North Sea
  • Claxton was awarded work by Statoil for the rigless recovery of seven abandoned wells on the Huldra platform, in the Norwegian Continental Shelf

The North Sea decommissioning market is thus thriving and if you wish to find out more about UniversalPegasus International’s innovative use of ROV technology and how such innovations could be applied in the North Sea, access the free whitepaper now at http://tinyurl.com/RMM-Decom-Report

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L3 MAPPS to upgrade EDF Energy’s Dungeness B Simulator

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L3 MAPPS announced today that it has been awarded a contract by United Kingdom-based EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited to perform upgrade work on the operator training simulator for the Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station. The two-phase project will start immediately and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“We are pleased to add Dungeness B to the five EDF Energy sites that we are already supporting in the U.K.,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “EDF Energy and L3 MAPPS have jointly produced excellent results on 20+ projects that were delivered on time and on budget, and we look forward to duplicating this success on the Dungeness B simulator upgrade project.”

“EDF Energy is happy to move forward with the operational phase of upgrading the Dungeness B simulator using L3’s Orchid® platform and high-fidelity models, with which we have already experienced positive results at three other Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) sites,” said David Norris, Training Lead at EDF Energy’s Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station.

“The addition of the Reactor 2 simulation will provide enhanced operator training opportunities and greater training realism with a full dual-unit common control room environment,” added Linden Avery, Performance Improvement Manager at Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station.

In the first phase, L3 MAPPS will replatform the legacy simulator from SGI/UNIX® computers to new PC/Windows®-based computers running L3’s industry-leading Orchid simulation environment. L3 MAPPS will provide operating crew debrief capabilities with its powerful Orchid Multimedia Manager audiovisual system. Orchid Multimedia Manager is fully synchronized with Orchid Instructor Station and the simulated plant, allowing convenient replay and playback of training scenarios. L3 MAPPS will also provide a classroom environment where the instructor will be able to connect Orchid Instructor Station running on a tablet PC to any of the students’ simulations. Additionally, the students will be able to interact with the simulation using virtual panels displayed on three large touchscreens that are enabled with L3 MAPPS’ Orchid Touch Interface technology.

During the second phase, L3 MAPPS will develop Dungeness B plant-specific reactor core neutronics, as well as boiler and gas circuit models for Reactor 1, using Orchid Core Builder and Orchid Modeling Environment. The Reactor 1 models will be adapted for Reactor 2 and connected via the common services models. L3 MAPPS will also fabricate new Reactor 2 panels and upgrade the existing Reactor 2 desk. The Reactor 2 instruments will be interfaced to the simulation via compact I/O system equipment driven by L3 MAPPS’ Orchid Input Output software.

EDF Energy is one of the U.K.’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest energy groups. EDF Energy generates approximately one-fifth of the U.K.’s electricity and employs around 15,000 people. The Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station is located on the southeast coast of England and is composed of two AGR reactors, producing a total of 1,050 MWe. AGR reactors are unique to the U.K. and use carbon dioxide (CO2) coolant instead of water as light water reactors do. Dungeness B started commercial operation in 1983 and decommissioning is expected to begin in 2028.

L3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the Company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the Company’s website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the Company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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Unique Group brings expertise in hyperbaric oxygen treatment chambers to new healthcare markets

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Unique Group, the leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, is investing almost 2m euros in an innovative healthcare division to bring its 25 years’ of expertise in hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) chambers to new markets.

The new division – Unique Medical Technology – will launch in February 2017 at the Arab Health Show in Dubai, where the business will be demonstrating its expertise in quality focused production and client services for the healthcare sector.

The move follows the acquisition in 2015 by Unique Group of Oceanwide SaS, the Netherlands-based market leader in the design, construction and maintenance of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats.

Headquartered in Rotterdam, Unique Medical Technology will serve the healthcare market across Europe, Middle East and Asia and draw on the experience, knowledge and expertise of the wider Unique Group.

Harry Gandhi, chief executive of Unique Group, comments: “This significant investment in our new division draws on nearly three decades of engineering expertise in the maritime industry to bring market-leading hyperbaric chambers and client services to the healthcare sector.

“There has long been a gap for a genuine hyperbaric specialist company in the medical sector and Unique Medical Technology will fill that space. We are already processing enquiries for our products and we will be working initially with hospitals and clinics from our base in the Netherlands.  Over the coming years we will use our engineering expertise for further product development within this important sector. ”

The new business will initially focus on the production of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) chambers with integrated critical care monitoring equipment and will also provide specialist training in the use of the technology.

With a focus on efficiency and quality, the chambers will be produced within 3 to 6 months, depending on specification.  Flexible finance offerings will also be available.

Traditionally used in the diving industry, HBOT chambers are now used in the medical sector for treating various conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, Diabetic wound care and non-healing cuts.

Please visit: www.uniquegroup.com

 

Saving material and improving throughput

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Cimteq and ACM Analytical systems have release full integration between CableBuilder, the cable design system and KSM, the cable testing and analysis program.  The integration is considered as a revolutionary advancement in closing the loop between the theories of design engineering and the realities of the shopfloor.

Early this year the two companies announces a fully automated integration of design test parameters from the CableBuilder to KSM test system.  Today’s announcement builds on this foundation by providing design engineering with feedback of historical performance of products at their fingertips.  This enables them to make design improvements that reflect the current realities of manufacturing.  The integration provides Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts, Cp and Cpk, and many more parameters and trends.  It even provides the design engineer with the raw material cost of not making the design improvements necessary.

Production lines over time either improve because of improvement in technology or new equipment, or in fact deteriorate.  Both cases periodically require a fresh look each product tolerances, or line speeds, to optimise its production.  There are essentially three action a design engineer can take, reduce tolerance if a new process improvements are working well.  Increase tolerance if the non-conforming product levels is high.  Or, adjust the line speed to maximise throughput.

Ali Shehab, the CEO of Cimteq said ‘The possibilities of production improvements and the speed with which they can be implemented, makes this a truly exciting development…’.  Making improvement changes to a set of designs that use a particular equipment takes only few minutes using CableBuilder’s mass update capabilities.  These improvements can immediately be reflected in the cost of the design used to quote customers, and on instruction to the shopfloor, as well as making the data available to ERP.

So what does that mean to the business.  Simply, quality products with lower material usage, and shorter lead times.

For more information, please visit: www.cimteq.com

INVISTA and SEA confirmed speakers for Future Soldier Technology 2017

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SMi Group Reports (2017. 01. 12., London, UK): INVISTA and SEA join Future Soldier Technology Conference 2017

SMi Group is thrilled to announce two additional expert speakers for the third annual Future Soldier Technology conference.

As the only conference solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes, Future Soldier Technology will cover the greatest challenges and next generation solutions that are enabling infantry to conduct operations in today’s and tomorrow’s battlefields.

The two additional expert speakers for the Future Soldier Technology conference are:

1). Jonathan Long- Global Innovation Manager at INVISTA will be speaking on day one on ‘Soldiers- Core of Military Capability’

Jonathan Long’s Bio: The newest member of the military marketing team for INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand, a registered trademark for durable fabrics. Long has more than 20 years of Department of Defense acquisition experience in government and private industry. Long served as the director of operations for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army and in the private sector, worked as director of business development for the largest manufacturer of military clothing and textiles products.

Long also has an extensive army career. He served as chief, procurement division for the Army Contracting Command; Department of the Army systems coordinator; and Military deputy to the deputy commanding general. Retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of active duty as a lieutenant colonel.

2). Laurence Bedford, Senior Principal Consultant, Research & Technical Support Division at SEA will be speaking on day one on ‘Delivering Dismounted Effect: Technology to capability’

Laurence Bedford’s Bio: 5 years’ experience on Soldier Systems research positions and roles include: Infantry Military Advisor to Dstl; Dstl Land Battlespace Department Team Leader; SEA Infantry Domain Subject Matter Expert to the Delivering Dismounted Effect Programme; SEA Programme Manager for Delivering Dismounted Effect Programme. This was preceded by 20 years military experience as an Infantry Officer with significant operational and training experience.

They will be joining 20 more expert speakers from organizations leading soldier modernization representing: British Army, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, United States Marine Corps, US Army Northern Welfare Training Center, Canadian Forces, T N O Human Factors Research Institute, Thales, UK MoD, DSTL, PEO Soldier, United Marines Corps, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, Rheinmetall Electronics.

Conference organizer, SMi Group, have released the event agenda on their website: http://www.futuresoldiertechnology.com/yourdefencenews this includes the full conference agenda, or download a PDF brochure.

SMi are also pleased to announce Revision Military have confirmed their participation as event sponsors and exhibitors. Revision Military build high-performance protective solutions for the evolving needs of the modern soldier. Delegates will get the chance to meet them at this year’s event.

For media enquiries, contact Shannon Cargan on +44 20 7827 6138 or scargan@smi-online.co.uk

Future Soldier Technology 2017
13th and 14th March 2017
London, United Kingdom
http://www.futuresoldiertechnology.com/yourdefencenews

CRU launch new regional sulphur conference, supported by ADNOC

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Middle East Sulphur 2017
12-16 February 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Exploring the sulphur value chain


CRU
, with the support ofADNOC, is hosting a new regional conference devoted to exploring the entire sulphur value chain and the growing role of the Middle East as one of the world’s largest producers of sulphur.
Middle East Sulphur will provide a unique platform for showcasing the importance of this vital commodity. It will provide a thorough exploration of the entire sulphur value chain – from the operational aspects of the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible production of sulphur, through to the marketing and distribution of sulphur to key consumers.

Reasons to attend Middle East Sulphur 2017

Explore the entire sulphur value chain: from the operational aspects of safe, efficient and environmentally responsible production of sulphur through to the marketing and distribution of sulphur to key consumers.
Understand the market dynamics underpinning the global sulphur industry, including insights into the role of the Middle East as one of the world’s largest sulphur producers and demand updates from key consumers.
Learn about the latest technical developments and operational know-how through a comprehensive technical programme devoted to sharing best practice and enabling peer-to-peer knowledge transfer.
Interact with peers from throughout the sulphur industry through workshops, clinics, roundtable discussions and high-level networking opportunities.
Address your specific operational challenges with technical experts in the exhibition.

Key themes to be explored:

• Exploring the sulphur value chain from production to consumption

• Demand outlooks from the fertilizer sector with a focus on global phosphate market dynamics

• Regional demand insights from key consumption regions including China and Brazil

• Assessing the agricultural importance of sulphur and exploring the market for sulphur-enhanced fertilizers

• Dry bulk shipping, current trends and outlook

• Demand from industrial sectors

• The CRU View on how sulphur demand will evolve over the next 3-5 years

 

Plus:

An in-depth two day technical programme, workshops and post conference technical training

 

Who should attend? 

CRU Middle East Sulphur will attract a wide variety of professionals from across the entire sulphur value chain  from both technical and commercial divisions involved in sulphur, oil and gas processing industries.

Special offer for Commercial delegates:

Save 15% off the current rate using special code ‘OilGas15’ when youregister online

Special rate for Operators:

Technical staff and engineers from production companies can also benefit from a special operator offer:
Book one place at $500 get an additional place for free

 

To apply for this rate please send your full contact details to conferences@crugroup.com or for more information visit www.middleeastsulphur.com

Attendee list for Network Enabled Capability Technology 2017

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Launching in Rome on the 1st and 2nd of February 2017, SMi’s Network Enabled Capability Technology has attracted a global audience of high-calibre military and industry influencers. Nations attending include Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, and USA.

SMi Group has released a preliminary attendees for the conference. The list featureshigh level military personnel, 20 of which are Generals, 16 of which have the rank of Lieutenant General or higher. The list also features operational commanders at the forefront of tactical warfare optimisation, as well as programme managers and technical directors who create the platforms and technologies at the heart of NEC capability. The full list can be viewed on www.networkenabledcapability.com/YDF.
Network Enabled Capability Technology aims to help attendees stay at the forefront of enhancing anddeveloping essential NEC capabilities including digital command and control systems, sensors and surveillance electronic warfare devices, equipment for the soldier of the future, and communication and information systems.

 

Showcasing 18 key presentations led by high-level military representatives, 2 panel discussions, and 4+ hours of networking, featured speakers include Italian Army, UK MOD, Canadian Army, Greek Army, Irish Defence Forces, NATO C3 Agency, NATO Defence College Foundation, Norwegian Armed Forces, Royal Netherlands Army, Swedish Defence University, US Army Europe, US EUCOM, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Allied Command Transformation, Radionor Communications and more.

A detailed agenda including a full list of speakers and their respective topics as well as registration details can be viewed on the event website.

Network Enabled Capability Technology
1st – 2nd February 2017
Crowne Plaza Rome – St Peter’s Hotel & Spa, Rome, Italy
www.networkenabledcapability.com/YDF

Controlled bolting specialist HTL Group opens its doors to impressive new facility

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HTL Group Scotland opens its doors to showcase their full suite of capabilities with an open day on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at Raith’s Industrial Estate, Dyce, Aberdeen.

The event will run from 10am – 3pm and is set to highlight HTL Group Scotland as the hub to deliver the Group’s comprehensive capabilities in Scotland. An exclusive tour of the new facility, demonstrations of HTL’s core OEM product range and Joint Integrity Software in addition to a sneak peak of the all new HTL Expo Vehicle all form part of the busy agenda for the day along with Q & A sessions with the HTL Team.

Marc Gerrard, Business Manager, HTL Group Scotland comments:

The open day is the ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate the Group’s full suite of premium quality solutions including: OEM Controlled Bolting and Ancillary Products, Approved Training, Hydraulic Pressure Testing, Flushing and Control Systems, Asset Management, Site Based Solutions and Engineered to Order Bespoke Design Solutions.

At HTL, we continuously strive for excellence and enjoy working closely with our clients to understand the industries they serve, we consequently operate an open door policy at all HTL facilities and would like to welcome anyone to visit at their convenience during 2017.”

The open day is now open for registration and is planned to be one in a series of open door facility visits over 2017. If you would like to register for the official open day on 2nd February or arrange a visit for an alternative time, please contact aberdeen@htlgroup.com or call +44 (0) 1224 728 820.

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L3 MAPPS to work with INEEL to modernize the Laguna Verde Simulator

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L3 MAPPS announced today that it has received an order from Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias (INEEL) to support the modernization of the Laguna Verde full scope simulator for Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). In the first phase of the project, INEEL will develop a classroom simulator using L3 MAPPS’ Orchid® simulation environment equipped with interactive virtual panels and emergency diesel generator local panels. The overall modernization project will be executed in multiple phases, with the first phase set to complete in the second half of 2017.

“We are pleased to join with INEEL to develop the third version of the Laguna Verde full scope simulator,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “This order represents our first sale into the Mexican market, which we are thrilled about.”

“We appreciate L3 MAPPS’ flexibility in developing a project plan that meets our budget and technical requirements, as well as those of CFE,” said Dr. José Montoya Murillo, INEEL Project Manager. “I am convinced that the combination of INEEL and L3 MAPPS’ simulation expertise will yield a high-quality, high-fidelity upgraded simulator.”

“After a thorough review of the simulation technology available on the market, CFE and INEEL concluded that the Orchid simulation environment is the best suited product to meet CFE’s needs,” said Fabián Barrios Eufrasio, CFE Project Engineer. “CFE was particularly impressed with Orchid’s configuration management, source management and regression testing features, all of which will facilitate simulator maintenance and the inclusion of future plant modifications into the simulator.”

L3 MAPPS will deploy its Orchid simulation suite, to be utilized for all phases of the modernization project, and will train INEEL’s simulation personnel. During the first phase, INEEL will replatform the existing plant simulation from a third-party platform to Orchid and will develop the virtual panels with L3 MAPPS’ on-site and remote support. INEEL will also develop new emergency diesel generator models using Orchid Modeling Environment.

At the end of the first phase, Laguna Verde trainees will interact with the simulation via L3 MAPPS-provided Orchid Touch Interface bays for an accurate representation of the control room environment using touchscreen monitors with 1080p full HD resolution. For added realism, INEEL will also include simulated control room sounds using Orchid Sound System. Laguna Verde’s instructors will control and monitor all aspects of the simulation with Orchid Instructor Station. The emergency diesel generators will be interfaced to the simulation with a Beckhoff I/O system driven by Orchid Input Output.

INEEL was created by presidential decree on December 1, 1975 as the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas (IIE), a public electricity and energy research center. In June 2016, IIE changed its operating name to Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias. INEEL’s mission is to promote sustainable development in electricity and clean energy through innovation. INEEL is one of the leading institutions of research and technological development in Mexico. INEEL employs 530 highly educated researchers (42 percent with bachelor’s degrees, 42 percent with master’s degrees and 16 percent with doctorate degrees).

The Laguna Verde nuclear power plant is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, in Alto Lucero, Veracruz, Mexico. It is the only nuclear power plant in Mexico and produces about 4.5 percent of the country’s electrical energy. It consists of two General Electric Boiling Water Reactor (BWR-5) units, each one with installed capacity of 810 megawatts. Unit 1 began operating on July 29, 1990, and Unit 2 began operating on April 10, 1995. The plant is owned and operated by CFE, the national electric company owned by the Mexican government.

L3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the Company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the Company’s website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the Company’s website at www.L3T.com.

Hear updates on how to maximise maritime situational awareness capabilities

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With less than 4 weeks to go, SMi’s 2nd annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will return to Rome on the 29th & 30th January 2017.

“The world’s oceans are not controlled by one nation but by all; the only way they will remain safe is through collaboration at all levels. Sharing information based on data collected from a wide range of ISR platforms is one way we can work together to face maritime threats…” – Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Anthony Rix, Event Chairman, Former Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy.

The need to discuss maritime surveillance activities and collaboration between nations is crucial, thus this event will respond to topical issues by bringing together senior military personnel and leading industry experts to discuss strategies and techniques that are being used to increase the safety of international waters.

With less than 4 weeks remaining, new sponsors Sitep Italia and e-GEOS join the event alongside new speakers Captain Dermot Mulholland, Branch Head, Strategic Plans & Policy from Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence and Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio, Commander Maritime North from Italian Navy.

Captain Mulholland will be speaking on day two on “16 Findings and Recommendations from the maritime security round table 2016″ and Rear Admiral Lazio will be speaking on day one about ‘The Italian Navy Northern Maritime Hub Experience: A hybrid Model for Public-Private Initiatives’.

The 2017 agenda will cover a vast array of topics including: research and development projects, acquisition programs, interoperability amongst maritime nations, mitigating the Mediterranean immigration crisis, space-based surveillance, C4I capabilities, real-time vessel tracking, modern ISR capabilities and so much more.

With representatives in attendance from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA; this truly global event will provide the perfect platform to network with leading maritime surveillance experts to discuss the latest updates and programmes within the industry.

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With space-based surveillance playing such an important role within maritime surveillance, the official event partner, C-SIGMA will be hosting a post-conference workshop on “C-SIGMA: Improving International Collaboration in Space to Enhance Maritime Situational Awareness”. Hosted by Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA.

Register at www.maritime-recon.com/ydn

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2017 has PAE as Gold Sponsor and is sponsored by: exactEarth, Horizon Technologies, Pole Star Global, Sentient Vision Systems, Kongsberg Satellite Services, Orbcomm, DeepOcean Engineering, MDA Systems, e-GEOS and Sitep Italia

Sponsorship packages are limited, for further information contact Justin Predescu +44 (0) 207 827 6130 or e-mail jpredescu@smi-online.co.uk

For registrations, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054 or email jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk

For media enquiries, contact Zoe Gale on +44 20 7827 6138 or zgale@smi-online.co.uk

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology
30 – 31 January 2017
Rome, Italy
www.maritime-recon.com/ydn
Contact e-mail: zgale@smi-online.co.uk
Contact tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6054
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Gold Sponsor: PAE
Sponsored by: Proudly Sponsored by exactEarth, Horizon Technologies, Pole Star Global, Sentient Vision Systems, Kongsberg Satellite Services, Orbcomm, DeepOcean Engineering, MDA Systems, e-GEOS and Sitep Italia

AFL recipient of six technology patents

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Spartanburg, SC – December 21, 2016 – Several AFL associates were recognized for receiving patent awards for developing new products and technologies within the optical connectivity, fusion splicing and test and inspection divisions.

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The Optical Connectivity team received four patents including “small form factor field installable outside plant connector housing” which allows field engineers and technicians to run cable point-to-point and protect the connection in an environmentally sealed, crush-resistant housing. Two patents were received for “universal interface device base and module” which minimizes manufacturing design variation thus reducing costs. Modules can be easily replaced or changed out by technicians and provides an easy means for service providers to replace defective modules or replace installed modules with new or upgrade modules. The last patent is for a “field installable high strength breakout kit.”

AFL’s Fusion Splicing team received a patent for “making fiber axicon tapers for fusion splicers.” This technology provides solutions for people to use fusion splicers instead of polishers to make axicon lenses on fiber ends which can be used for connection between a fiber and a laser chip. AFL’s Test & Inspection team received a patent for “system and method for identifying fiber sequence in a multi-fiber optical cable.” This technology enables OTDR-based identification of fiber sequence.

For more information about AFL and its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless, and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

 

Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe 2017 now open for registration

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SMi Group is delighted to announce that registration is now open for its leading logistics conference, Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe, taking place in Prague, Czech Republic on the 7th and 8th March 2017.

This 2-day event and its workshop will aim to share the challenges of new Logistic structures and how they are being overcome by national militaries and international institutions. The key focus will be on specific aspects of logistics, with expert speakers covering the most pressing requirements such as: heavy-lift transport, supply chain management, demand forecasting and preparedness, MRO, lifecycle management, engineering support and much more.

Event highlights:

  1. Leading Military Logisticians from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Spain confirmed to attend making this the most senior and focused logistics meeting in the region!
  2. New to this year – a unique focus on NATO activities in the region and how individual nations are working together to support them
  3. Our biggest-to-date logistics conference, showcase your industry solutions to leading military decision makers

Featured presentations:

  • The Importance of Having a Strong Logistics Network to Enable Military Development

Major General Jaromir Zuna, Director of Support Division, Czech MoD

  • Mechanizing Slovakian Supply Units for Mobile Warfare

Brigadier General Lubonir Gacko, Chief of Operations Support Staff, The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic

  • The Future of British Military Logistics Through to Final Implementation of Army 2020 Refine

Brigadier Martin Moore, Head of Logistics Capability, British Army

Colonel James Priest, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Operations Support Army Headquarters, British Army

  • Improving logistic capabilities through Joint Logistics Multinational Project

Brigadier General Istvan Barath, Commander of the Logistics Centre, Hungarian Army

  • With industry leaders: Ecolog International, HIAB Limited and World Fuel Services Europe Ltd confirmed as sponsors; speaking and exhibiting at this year’s event also

2017’s agenda also includes an unrivalled expert speaker line up of logistics experts from: Czech Armed Forces, Royal Netherlands Army, Norwegian Armed Forces, Spanish Army, NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, NATO SHAPE, EEAS Belgium, MLCC, Movement Coordination Centre Europe, HIAB Limited, FMLOG and many more still TBA.

Visit the website to download a PDF event brochure to view the full 2-day agenda, speakers and presentation summaries.

For further information on this conference or the 2 associated workshops, please visit the website at: http://www.defence-logistics.eu/ydn

For delegate/group booking enquiries call Andrew Gibbons on: +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or email agibbons@smi-online.co.uk

For media enquiries, contact Shannon Cargan on +44 20 7827 6138 or scargan@smi-online.co.uk

Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe 2017
7th and 8th March 2017
Prague, Czech Republic
http://www.defence-logistics.eu/ydn

Shearwater Achieves Environmental and Health and Safety Accreditations

Shearwater Marine Services have been awarded internationally recognised accreditations for environmental protection and health and safety management. These OHAS 18001:2007 and ISO 9001:2008 awards are the result of Shearwater’s ongoing efforts to deliver services in a safe and responsible manner, with a commitment to protecting the environment and to ensuring the safety of all persons that are affected by their working activities.

Both accreditations were issued following a rigorous onsite audit of Shearwater’s policies and practices by QMS International. This process included detailed workplace inspections, interviews and samples of operations to ensure that robust procedures are followed to identify, control and minimise risk to persons and the environment. QMS International operate in over 60 countries and their work has helped them win numerous service awards. They are one of the UK’s leading ISO certification bodies.  

Alastair Baird, Director said: “Being awarded with these highly respected accreditations is a great achievement for our company, and confirms that management systems that were developed and implemented by us many years ago were, and are, entirely in line with modern recognised standards.” 

General Manager, Tommy Henaughen added: “Shearwater are fully committed to providing a world-class service for our clients wherever we operate, irrespective whether our customers are large multinational organisations or small local engineering firms.” 

Shearwater are full members of the Association of Diving Contractors (ADC) and offer a comprehensive range of marine engineering solutions above and below the waterline. As the sister company to The Professional Diving Academy in Dunoon, and with twenty five years of experience, they have an outstanding reputation for providing professional, innovative and competitive solutions for the marine sector. These new awards add to the company’s existing quality management accreditations (ISO: 9001:2008) and health, safety and the environment (Achilles.)

For more information Please visit: http://www.shearwatermarine.co.uk/

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Shearwater Director Alastair Baird receiving the OSHAS 18001 Award from QMS International Auditor, Jim Gracie

C-Kore Systems supporting PTTEP on offshore deployment

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C-Kore Systems has been awarded another contract by PTTEP Australasia to supply them with four C-Kore Subsea Monitoring tools for an offshore operation in Australian waters.
PTTEP has used the C-Kore devices on multiple deployments, and found “Offshore testing can be significantly simplified with this meter, and overall schedule reduced. This in turn would save substantial costs during offshore inspection and fault finding campaigns. The result of the test by the new technique is more reliable, consistent and cost effective method to confirm insulation resistance in a subsea cable system.”
The C-Kore units confirm the health or find faults in all electrical assets, including umbilicals, EFLs, SCMs and distribution units, both on the surface and seabed. They measure insulation resistance, continuity and more. C-Kore quickly finds faults in existing fields and proves new equipment during installation.
Tim Overfield, managing director of C-Kore commented, “We are closing out a very good year with customers coming back with repeat orders. It is nice to be seen as a value added partner by saving our customers time and money on their operations.”

For further information on our innovative low voltage testing technology, please visit our website, www.c-kore.com

 

C-Kore Fault Finding

National maritime surveillance programmes updates from Italy, UK, Belgium, France, Portugal, Israel, US, Canada, NATO…

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SMi Group will return to Rome, Italy on the 29th- 30th January 2017 for the 2nd annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference.

exactEarth Awarded MDA Contract for Polar Epsilon 2 Project. exactEarth Ltd, the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announced it has been awarded a four-year $2.7 million contract to provide AIS data processing services for the Canadian Department of National Defence’s Polar Epsilon 2 (PE2) project. The PE2 project is a national initiative that will combine radar and AIS data from the RADARSAT Constellation Mission to provide enhanced maritime domain awareness that will identify, detect and track vessels in Canada’s maritime approaches and support Canadian Armed Forces at home and abroad.” *(Source)

Lieutenant Commander Chad Kabatoff, Project Director Polar Epsilon 2, DG Space from Canadian Armed Forces, and Simon Chesworth, Regional Sales Director for Europefrom exactEarth Ltd. will be speaking at SMi’s Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference.

Lieutenant Commander Chad Kabatoff, Project Director Polar Epsilon 2, DG Space, Canadian Armed Forces will be presenting on Day Two of the conference on “Space-Based Maritime Surveillance for the Protection of Canada’s Three Coastlines”. Highlights from the presentation include: Outlining the capabilities of Polar Epsilon 2; Feeding big data into recognized maritime picture for all maritime agencies to use and collaborating with industry to maximize data analysis.

Simon Chesworth, Regional Sales Director for Europe, exactEarth Ltd. will be speaking on “The Benefits of Persistent, Global, Real Time Vessel Tracking“. Presentation highlights: The element of the most optimized global satellite AIS solution; How this unique global real-time ship tracking solution is enhancing maritime situational awareness and the value of persistent real-time monitoring for various maritime operational activities.

4 key reasons to attend:

 

  • Hear the latest updates from high ranking military officials involved with the enhancement of naval surveillance programmes
  • Learn how nations including Italy, the UK, France, Germany, Portugal and the USA are developing their maritime ISR capabilities
  • Get to the heart of challenges faced by navies through focused briefings, discussions and networking
  • Highlighting the importance of technology to disseminate information to major operators at sea

 

Running alongside the conference will be a post-conference workshop entitled ‘C-SIGMA: Improving International Collaboration in Space to Enhance Maritime Situational Awareness.’ Which will be led by Guy Thomas the President of C-SIGMA (Official Event Partner).

 

Register at www.maritime-recon.com/ydn

 

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2017 has PAE as Gold Sponsor and is sponsored by: exactEarth, Horizon Technologies, Pole Star Global, Sentient Vision Systems, Kongsberg Satellite Services, Orbcomm, DeepOcean Engineering and MDA Systems.

For sponsorship packages, contact Justin Predescu +44 (0) 207 827 6130 or
e-mail jpredescu@smi-online.co.uk

For media enquiries, contact Zoe Gale on +44 20 7827 6138 or zgale@smi-online.co.uk

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology
30 – 31 January 2017
Rome, Italy
www.maritime-recon.com/ydn
Contact e-mail: zgale@smi-online.co.uk
Contact tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6130
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Gold Sponsor: PAE
Sponsored by: Proudly Sponsored by exactEarth, Horizon Technologies, Pole Star Global, Sentient Vision Systems, Kongsberg Satellite Services, Orbcomm, DeepOcean Engineering and MDA Systems
*(Souce) http://bit.ly/2gh5A0p

Kongsberg Maritime: DSME and Kongsberg Maritime ink new joint development agreement

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DSME and Kongsberg Maritime have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) for a new LNG FSRU regasification control system. As part of the delivery scope for a vessel currently under construction at the Okpo shipyard in South Korea, DSME will develop a High Fidelity Dynamic Simulator for the regasification plant. The JDA, which was signed on 29th November 2016, enables DSME to utilise Kongsberg Maritime’s Dynamic Process Simulator ‘K-Spice’ and the ‘K-Chief’ automation and control system for the joint development of the vessel’s regasification control system.

Both parties have extensive experience in the field of LNG vessel control systems. DSME is fast approaching delivery of 100 LNG ships, many of them operating with Kongsberg Maritime’s LNG control system on board. In total Kongsberg Maritime’s rapidly expanding LNG vessel reference list now surpasses 200 LNG control system installations. During the company’s long-standing partnership in the LNG business, several different concepts for gas handling have been developed. Simulation studies are today established as increasingly important in this field of development, to ensure robust design and to verify design parameters.

“We are very pleased to start a LNG control system JDA with DSME as it represents a continuation and strengthening of a long term and very successful partnership,” said Tore Wean, Managing Director, Kongsberg Maritime Korea. “We have supplied ship automation systems to DSME since the 1980’s and LNG ship control systems since 2002. We are committed to supporting their technology needs today and in the future.”

Vice President at DSME Naval & Energy System R&D, Mr. Young Bok Choi added: “Entering this JDA with Kongsberg Maritime as a major partner, and to many shipping companies, a trusted supplier makes good sense for DSME. We believe it will be a very significant stepping stone for further development projects and together we can provide our customers with world leading technology solutions.”

Further to the signing of the JDA, DSME and Kongsberg Maritime are in further discussions for possible cooperation on marketing activities of the new LNG FSRU regasification control system.

For further information, please contact:

Gunvor Hatling Midtbø

Kongsberg Maritime

Tel: +47 9921 4209

gunvor.hatling.midtbo@km.kongsberg.com

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Tore Wean, Managing Director, Kongsberg Maritime Korea (left) and Mr. Young Bok Choi, Vice President at DSME Naval & Energy System R&D

 

 

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd wins contract with Norwegian Company Alf Lea

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) continue their success in the subsea industry after winning a contract with Norwegian company Alf Lea to supply a complete Wet Bell System to Bergen University.

Alf Lea approached SMP to design and manufacture a Wet Bell Launch and Recovery System with supporting 20ft DNV containerised machinery and dive control.

All aspects of the project are to be designed, manufactured and tested by the company’s skilled workforce at the workshop site located in Preston, Lancashire.

The Wet Bell Launch and Recovery Systemhas been designed to operate within a compact footprint to minimise the required operational deck space on board a vessel or barge. Emphasis has been placed on ease of mobilisation and demobilisation, so that costs are kept to a minimum. The Wet Bell LARS is IMCA D023 and D018 compliant and has Third Party Design approval by Lloyds Register.

When fully retracted by the hydraulic cylinders, with the Wet Bell and Clump Weight stowed on the base skid, the size and dimensions of the Wet Bell System is the same size as an ISO 20’ container.

The Wet Bell was a bespoke design incorporating many features specifically requested by the client including diver monitoring and remote control operations of the hydraulic winches.

(Mark Peloe Sales Executive at SMP) “SMP were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Alf Lea on such a prestigious project. It was apparent from the outset that this was going to be a bespoke design to allow compliance with the clients list of requirements. The in-house design team at SMP worked closely with Alf Lea and Bergen University to produce a design and supporting visual presentations to enable the client to “see” the system before manufacturing. Our years of experience working with commercial clients and other dive schools meant SMP were the obvious choice to see this project from concept to conclusion.”

The Dive Control Container is outfitted with a steel floor and divided into two sections designated as the Dive Control Area and the Machinery Area.

Sections can be accessed via the container main double doors and a further separate personnel door. Additionally the container is fitted with a large observation window and penetrator plates for hydraulic/pneumatic services and the container is finished with a zinc based marine grade painting system.

The Dive Control Area is fully insulated throughout and fitted with an Air Conditioner.  Heating is also fitted via a flat heater panel fixed to the wall.

A 3 Diver Air Panel and Wet Bell Panel is wall mounted with an access hatch to the rear for maintenance ease. All incoming and outgoing air supplies are hard piped in Tungum or Stainless Steel and a diver monitoring system providing digital video and audio recording of all diving activities has also been installed.

The Machinery Area is fitted with two Hot Water Machines. The first machine acts as a primary supply to the diver, the feed of which is from a submersible sea water pump. The secondary machine is a fresh water vessel, providing an emergency stored source of hot water should a fault arise.

To further enhance the company’s capabilities, SMP joined forces with engineering and fabrication company WEC Group earlier this year as a way of combining each other’s engineering expertise and strengthening operations.

WEC Group specialise in the manufacture of a wide range of metal structures and welded assemblies including pressure vessels, rail gantries, armoured vehicle hulls and more.

For more information please visit: www.smp-ltd.com

AFL FOCIS Flex supports faster response times using varioptic liquid lens technology

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Duncan, SC and Lyon, France – November 29, 2016 AFL, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable and accessories, and Varioptic, a business unit of Parrot Drones SAS, announce that AFL’s award-winning FOCIS Flex connector inspection system utilizes Varioptic’s innovative liquid lens technology. Introduced in 2014, FOCIS Flex was the first auto-focus fiber optic connector inspection system in the industry. The inspection system integrates the Varioptic Arctic Variable Focus Liquid Lens designed for applications requiring fast response time and high optical power.

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According to Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager at AFL, “Varioptic’s liquid lens technology is an important differentiator in AFL’s FOCIS Flex solution. Since FOCIS Flex is battery powered and typically used in field operation, robustness, low power and compact size provide key benefits compared to motor-driven lenses.”

Recently awarded the Platinum Innovator Award by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, the compact, handheld FOCIS Flex provides pass/fail results in seconds, supports independent, untethered operation, transfers results via Bluetooth® to paired OTDRs or Android smart devices, and saves results internally or externally. Uploaded images and pass/fail results may be included in reports prepared using AFL’s Windows®-compatible TRM® 2.0 Test Results Manager software, shipped with each FOCIS Flex. The solution is mainly used in the telecommunications, broadband and enterprise industries.

“We are pleased to partner with AFL, a long-term established player in the field of fiber optic instruments,” mentions Frederic Laune, director of sales and marketing for Varioptic. “The FOCIS Flex is the first autofocus optical fiber inspection system using our technology. We are proud to enable faster and easier inspections for AFL’s customers.”

For more information about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

Kongsberg Maritime: New DP Maintenance Refresher Course meets latest IMCA guidelines

Kongsberg Maritime has launched a new Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher Course for personnel involved in the maintenance of a vessel’s DP System. The new two-day course will be available at KONGSBERG training centres globally and has been developed to provide the technical and refresher training as recommended in the latest International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines (M117 Rev.2) in addition to compliance with IMO-STCW Part B section B-V/f.

The first Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher course took place last week at Kongsberg Maritime’s training centre in Kongsberg, Norway. Kongsberg Maritime Ltd’s Aberdeen training centre will host its first Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher course starting on 18th January, with courses in February, March and April already scheduled to meet predicted demand for this unique training.

KONGSBERG’s new DP Maintenance Refresher Course offers in-depth training to reduce the risk of accidents involving the DP system on board and to ensure that Electrical/ Electronic Engineers (ETOs) and maintenance personnel can continue to identify faults and perform periodic maintenance in a competent and safe manner. The course is also suitable for personnel who have not worked with a DP system for a long period or are due to work with a vessel that has been upgraded from legacy KONGSBERG DP systems to the current generation K-Pos DP systems and K-Master workstations.

A task-centred approach created in accordance with DNV-GL standard ST-0008 Learning Programmes, the DP Maintenance Refresher Course combines theoretical lessons and practical exercises, with the main part focused on technical aspects and fault finding. The technical bridge in the training centre will be used for theoretical and practical exercises. Participants must have previously attended a DP Maintenance course for KONGSBERG systems and in order to benefit fully, participants should have general knowledge of electronics and computer-based control systems.

“Competence and awareness leads to increased operational safety, which is why training has been a core aspect of our work since KONGSBERG led the DP revolution in the 1970s and we are committed to continually improving and updating the course offering at our training centres worldwide,” said Eirik Hagensen, General Manager, Global Customer Training, Kongsberg Maritime. “The new DP Maintenance Refresher Course directly addresses the latest IMCA guidelines while meeting high demand for training on Kongsberg Maritime’s latest generation of DP systems.”

For further information, please contact:

Eirik Hagensen

Kongsberg Maritime

Tel: +47 3228 3247

eirik.hagensen@km.kongsberg.com

www.km.kongsberg.com

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