CRU launch new regional sulphur conference, supported by ADNOC


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

Exploring the sulphur value chain

, 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



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 or for more information visit

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
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

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 or call +44 (0) 1224 728 820.

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


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

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

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.

2017 LINE-UP

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.

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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

For registrations, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054 or email

For media enquiries, contact Zoe Gale on +44 20 7827 6138 or

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology
30 – 31 January 2017
Rome, Italy
Contact e-mail:
Contact tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6054

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

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


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:

For delegate/group booking enquiries call Andrew Gibbons on: +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or email

For media enquiries, contact Shannon Cargan on +44 20 7827 6138 or

Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe 2017
7th and 8th March 2017
Prague, Czech Republic

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.)

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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,


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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).


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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

For media enquiries, contact Zoe Gale on +44 20 7827 6138 or

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology
30 – 31 January 2017
Rome, Italy
Contact e-mail:
Contact tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6130
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

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


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.

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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.”

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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

Hoover Ferguson acquires offshore assets of Uniteam Holding AS

New acquisition adds complementary services and significantly bolsters the Group’s Norwegian fleet

 Hoover Ferguson Group (Hoover Ferguson), an integrated service provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units, catalyst bins, modular containers and other related rental products and services to the global energy, petrochemical and general industrial end markets, announces today that it has reached an agreement with Uniteam Holding AS (Uniteam) to acquire its offshore container rental business.

The transaction, which includes a specified fleet of standard and customized offshore containers for the oil and gas market in both Norway and Malaysia, increases Hoover Ferguson’s portfolio within the Norwegian CS and strengthens its position within Asia.

Lars Olav Matre, Hoover Ferguson’s Norway Managing Director said: “We are impressed with the quality of Uniteam’s fleet and are excited about the prospects that this acquisition will bring.  The consolidation of our operations will provide our customers with an unparalleled level of quality and operational excellence along with an increased portfolio of offshore container solutions.”

Sonnie Groombridge, Managing Director, Hoover Ferguson APAC continues: “This purchase provides us with an increased range of containerized products, enabling us to better serve our Malaysian oil and gas customers.”

Kjell-Ivar Myrvang, CEO of Uniteam said: “We are pleased to announce this agreement with Hoover Ferguson as it embarks on an exciting period of growth. Hoover Ferguson is well known for its strong focus on customer service and we are confident that this agreement will provide inherent benefits to our customers.”

Last month Hoover Ferguson Group was established following the merger of three leading global providers of container solutions; Hoover Container Solutions, Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers, giving them the world’s largest fleet of rigid steel, intermediate bulk containers and an extensive and complementary fleet of cargo container units.

For more information please contact

Sarah Gray

Group Marketing
Tel +44 1467 634273

New Business Manager set to continue HTL Group growth

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As part of HTL Group’s continued growth, HTL Group Scotland are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Business Manager, Marc Gerrard.

Marc joins HTL with a very strong 22 years’ background in rentals, sales, maintenance and management within the oil and gas arena. After serving his apprenticeship as a Plant and Equipment Engineer, he progressed through various Supervisory and Managerial roles before joining EnerMech in 2008.

Marc’s time at EnerMech began with the role of Equipment Rental Manager; which then lead to being appointed as General Manager for the Equipment, Lifting, Wire Rope and Inspection Services Business Unit.

As Business Manager, Marc will take full responsibility of all HTL group activity in Scotland, including raising awareness of the Group portfolio locally. Traditionally, the company’s presence in Scotland was under Hire Torque Ltd, but following a recent premises relocation the company is now trading as HTL Group Scotland. Growing the entire Group offering in Aberdeen allows HTL Group to have a greater presence in Scotland, and ensures that they are able to serve the market place with their vast and continuously expanding product and service portfolio.

Marc Gerrard, Business Manager HTL Group Scotland comments:

“The HTL Group has significantly expanded its footprint both in the UK and internationally over the last few years. I am unbelievably excited to be joining the team at such an important time in the company’s evolution and look forward to driving business growth in Scotland”.

This is yet another new and exciting appointment for HTL Group and a further sign of their commitment to meet the demands placed on them as a world class service provider.

An upcoming customer event early in the New Year will officially launch HTL Group Scotland and allow customers to visit the new premises in Dyce, Aberdeen. To register your interest and to receive further updates please contact



Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering Division announces collaboration with KSB Group


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Unique Group, the leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, has announced today that its On-Site Engineering division, through its Wellube brand, has partnered with KSB Group to offer a new service to its customers in the Middle East and Africa region. On-Site Spark Erosion is the latest addition to the division’s wide portfolio of services that include hot tapping & line stopping, on-site machining, and safety valve testing among many others.

The KSB Group, headquartered in Germany, is a leading supplier of pumps, valves and services. KSB also continues to remain the world market leaders in the spark erosion industry supplying their services for over 20 years to a wide variety of sectors ranging from oil and gas to marine.

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Removal of the coupling bolts on a 9E gas turbine using spark erosion technique

Spark erosion, also known as metal disintegration or electro discharge machining (EDM), is a technique that’s primarily used for tap, stud, bolt and drill removal or seized fasteners. The cutting action of a metal disintegrator is accomplished by creating a series of intermittent electric arcs that break down the hardest metals into minute particles in a safe and controlled manner.

An electrode, held in the head of the disintegrator, vibrates as it cuts while a coolant is pumped through the electrode to wash away the powdered metal. The technique chiefly employs electrical energy to remove metal from the work piece without creating any contact with it. The technique can also be used for marine and marine engine repairs.

As there are no cutting forces involved in a spark erosion process, delicate operations can be performed on thin work pieces. The technique can produce shapes unobtainable by a conventional machining process and can also be used to provide a texture on the inside of mold tools for plastic products.

Sahil Gandhi, Director at Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering division commented, “Our Wellube brand is widely recognised as a leader in the provision of on-site machining services. As a world-renowned brand, we’re continuously on the lookout to grow our reach by offering new services to customers the world over. The decision to partner with KSB was imminent considering their in-depth experience in the spark erosion industry.”

“Their spark erosion machines are powerful and highly reliable, thereby ensuring maximum material removal in minimum time, thus keeping the customer on schedule.”

Paul Eccles, Spark Erosion Sales Manager at KSB asserted, “We’re pleased with our new association with Unique Group. We at KSB have always aimed at giving our customers the best possible service to suit their business needs backed by a 24hr support plan and the same ideology resonates with the Unique Group team. Their strong customer base and sound knowledge of the market is instrumental in establishing the best-in-class metal disintegration service to customers in the region.”

Please direct your queries to:

Unique Group Marketing Department:

Walter Fernandes, Department Manager – Sales (On-Site Engineering), Unique Group:

Paul Eccles, Spark Erosion Sales Manager, KSB:

4 Channel Helium Unscrambler. Now we are Talking!


C-Tecnics continues to expand its communication range adding its new 4 Channel Helium Unscrambler unit.

Not want to compromise on quality but looking to save money?

The C-Phone HE 4R is the lowest priced 4 Channel Helium unscrambler on the market.

The C-Tecnics Unscrambler is Suitable for diver’s communication and Saturation Diving system communications. C-Tecnics also offer Bunk Boxes and chamber speakers. The unit can also be supplied with the C-Tecnics Wireless headset.

C-Tecnics, a UK based company are market leaders in the manufacturing of subsea Video, cameras, lighting, and communications systems for the diving, ROV, and Scientific markets. C-Tecnics also manufacture a range of diver equipment and Hyperbaric equipment.

Please contact our sales team for more information at



Interview on increasing maritime security through use of satellites in the run-up to Industry leading Maritime ISR event

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SMi Group release an exclusive series of interviews ahead of the Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology Conference that will take place on 29th- 30th January 2017.

SMi Group’s Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology event will return to Rome after the huge success of last year’s event. The popularity of the event highlights that the threats facing maritime nations have not been abated, with the increase in mass migration and terrorist infiltration the need to address these issues is crucial.

The use of satellites and space-based surveillance has become a huge factor within the enhancement of maritime security, this will be a key topic that will be explored throughout the two day conference.

In the lead up to the event SMi have released a pre-conference interview with speaker sponsors Kongsberg Satellite Services, to discuss how their satellites are being used to increase maritime security around the globe.

Sigmund Dehli the Director of Sales at KSAT will be speaking on day two of the conference with his presentation ‘Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness Through Satellite-Based Oil Spill, Vessel and Ice Detection’.

He said: “KSAT has delivered satellite-based oil spill detection services to the oil industry and governmental agencies for decades. The service is mainly based on oil spill detection using SAR- satellites. The data is downloaded through KSAT’s global ground station network and analysed by image analysts in our headquarters, who are available on a 24/7/365 basis. The results are delivered in near real-time to the end-user, which typically means 45-60 minutes from the time the satellite image is acquired. The end-user is then responsible for actions according to local regulations.”

For the full exclusive interview with Sigmund Dheli, visit the download centre of the event website at

Other topics that will be addressed at this premium meeting include: mitigating the Mediterranean immigration crisis; the importance and application of information sharing, utilizing ISR technology, search and rescue missions, unmanned systems and so much more…

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.

There is currently an early bird offer available; book by 30th of November to save £100 off the conference price. Register at

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

For media enquiries, contact Zoe Gale on +44 20 7827 6138 or

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology
30 – 31 January 2017
Rome, Italy
Contact e-mail:
Contact tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6130
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

9 key international programmes highlighted at 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 will showcase nine key international programmes at the forefront of advancing capability in this essential area of defence.

As nations continue to improve and implement netcentric capabilities across their armed forces, the conference will address issues surrounding the demand of modernisation and digitisation of information, the growing need for networking unmanned platforms and procurement for technological advancements of defence operations.

Led by high-level military leaders and technical experts, the two-day event will feature the following presentations:

  • How Forza NEC Will Impact the Future of Operational Effectiveness of Italian Armed Forces
    General (Ret’d) Vincenzo Camporini, VP Istituto Affari Internazionali, Former Chief of Defence General Staff, Italian Army
  • Developing Future Capabilities of the Army Through Implementation of NEC Technology
    Brigadier General Peter O’Halloran, Assistant Chief of Staff, Irish Defence Forces
  • Incorporating Cyber into the NATO Military Structure
    Brigadier General Christos Anthanasiadis, Assistant Chief of Staff for the JCyber Division, SHAPE, Greek Army
  • Marrying Technology with User Demand for Tactical CIS
    Tony Reeves, Technical Director UK Ministry of Defence MORPHEUS NEO Programme, PA Consulting
  • US’s Future Combat Systems: Creating Netcentric Concepts for Multimission Combat System
    Colonel Carl J Worthington, Commander 2nd Signal Brigade, US Army Europe
  • Networked Warfare – Enabling Adaptive Dispersed Operations

Colonel Sean Sullivan, Director of Land Command Information / G6, Canadian Army

  • How the “V409 NEC” Programme Supports the Integration of Network Enabled Capabilities
    Major Wouter Samson, Doctrine C4I, Manoeuvre Center of Excellence, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Norwegian Network Enabled Capabilities
    Major Ola Petter Odden, Norwegian Army Combat Lab, Norwegian Armed Forces
  • Countering the Russian A2/AD Challenge while Fostering Maritime Security: The Role of Multilateral Maritime Networking in the Baltic Sea Region
    Lieutenant Commander Stefan Lundqvist, Military Studies Department, Swedish Defence University

The conference will also explore updates of the Italian Army’s Forza NEC programme as its “Concept Developing & Experimentation” phase nears completion in 2020. Participants can expect case studies from esteemed Commander of the Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti, as well as senior representatives from the Italian Armed Forces.

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

There is currently a £200 Early Registration Discount for online bookings made by 30th November 2016. Visit for more details.

Network Enabled Capability Technology
1st – 2nd February 2017
Crowne Plaza Rome – St Peter’s Hotel & Spa, Rome, Italy

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