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  • Writer's pictureSarah Whiteford

Coast Guard honors first African American Diver, Zero-waste wind turbines, Contracts, Drillship

It’s Good News Tuesday!

This Tuesday we talk about:

  1. Coast Guard Honors Ralph Berry, First African American Diver

  2. New ultra-deepwater drillship delivered to Saipem

  3. Kraken Scores $7.1 Million of Contracts for Offshore Subsea Inspections

  4. Wärtsilä Delivers Advanced Solution for National Geographic Resolution

  5. GE's LM Wind Power to Produce Zero-waste Wind Turbine Blades by 2030

“Ralph Berry, the first Coast Guard African American diver, poses for a picture with the members of Coast Guard’s Regional Dive Locker East during a ceremony honoring his service at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Nov. 23, 2021.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Michael R. Moberley)”. Image from gCaptain.

On November 23, 2021, Ralph Berry was honored by the U.S. Coast Guard in a ceremony in North Carolina at Coast Guard Air Station. Berry was the first African American diver in the Coast Guard, assigned to the Atlantic Strike Team and diving on the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn in 1980. He also served in Guam on the Coast Guard Cutter Basswood and in Hawaii on the Coast Guard Cutter Sassafras. His family has over 400 years of combined Coast Guard service. Check out the original article for more information and photos on Ralph Berry and his impact on the Coast Guard.

Drillship. Image from Upstream.

South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries has delivered an ultra-deepwater drillship newbuid to Italian oilfield services company Saipem. Certificates were just signed confirming delivery of the new Santorini, which will be working for Eni in the Gulf of Mexico from early 2022 to Q3 2023. “Saipem then signed a bareboat charter for the drillship with Samsung. The contract also includes a purchase option, according to Esgian.”

“Example of SeaVision base inspection tool for marine habitat survey (Image: Kraken)”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. and PanGeo Subsea Inc., both subsidiaries of Kraken Robotics, have received two contracts from the Newfoundland Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Recovery Assistance (OOGIRA) Fund worth $7.1 million. The projects are valued at $9.2 million and will run from Q4 2021 to Q4 2022, to improve data acquisition in the offshore energy industry. The Fast-3D Inspection Digitalization Project will use Kraken’s SeaVision 3D underwater laser scanning technology to inspect critical subsea infrastructure for Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy, including creating digital twins. The GeoTrac Project will include PanGeo working with Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute for “the development of a new multi-sensor platform that will acquire high-resolution 3D Synthetic Aperture Sonar sub-bottom data as well as soil resistivity measurements for geotechnical and geophysical analysis to support development of offshore energy projects.”

“National Geographic’s open and innovative bridge layout is designed with bespoke Wärtsilä Nacos equipment. © Ulstein Group/Oclin”. Image from The Maritime Executive.

National Geographic Resolution, a polar cruise vessel, has received a new bridge and navigation solution from Wärtsilä Voyage. Resolution is the sister vessel to National Geographic Endurance, both owned by Lindblad Expeditions Holdings. The ships feature Ulstein’s X-BOW, an inverted bow design that improves fuel efficiency and safety, even in harsh polar conditions. It will carry up to 126 passengers plus crew on long voyages, and meet strict navigational and safety requirements. “The vessel has been fitted with a complete package of Wärtsilä bridge consoles and the Nacos Platinum Integrated Navigation System consisting of ten Multipilot Platinum Navigation workstations, four Datapilot Platinum information display, a 55” Planning station, a dual Trackpilot Platinum integrated track steering system, Dynamic Positioning System, Sound Reception System, uninterruptable power system (UPS), a weather station, Voyage Data Recorder, Bridge Alarm Management and Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS).” Other features include military grade infrared cameras to see ice and wildlife ahead, S-band and X-band radars for 360 degree awareness, and an Integrated Ice Radar System for safe maneuvering. Check out the rest of the cool technology in the original article.

“Credit: LM Wind Power”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

LM Wind Power, a subsidiary of GE Renewable Energy, plans to produce zero waste wind turbines by 2030. “‘LM Wind Power’s vision of zero waste blades means the company aims to send no excess manufacturing materials and packaging to landfill and incineration without energy recovery by 2030,’ GE Renewable Energy said Tuesday.” About one-third of LM’s carbon footprint currently comes from waste disposal, but manufacturing waste may actually account for more than decommissioning waste in the industry in the near future. LM Wind Power is designing out waste throughout the value chain and is looking to suppliers to join them in that mission. They also work through the DecomBlades “to establish sustainable, large-scale solutions to recycle decommissioned blades” and with ZEBRA (Zero Waste Blade Research) to develop easier to recycle next generation blades.

Smile, it’s Good News Tuesday! :-)


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