Innovators: Feature Stories

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TRANSPAR CRAFT FAST TRACKED BY DEMAND

by wade on February 13, 2013

Market pull is fast-tracking the development of the TranSPAR craft a year ahead of schedule, reports Peter Gifford, President and CEO, ExtremeOcean Innovation, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The TranSPAR is a self-propelled spar vessel for safely transferring maintenance personnel and equipment to wind turbines on Round 3 offshore wind farms, in wave heights up to three meters at locations up to 300 km offshore.

ExtremeOcean Innovation is one of seven companies developing new offshore wind access systems for the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) collaborative R&D program, focused on creating solutions to significantly improve uptime at these wind farms by providing turbine access in high sea states.
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MARINE RESEARCH FOR EXTREME CLIMATES

by wade on February 11, 2013

During his career as a leading researcher Antonio Simões Ré has gotten used to being presented, incorrectly, as Dr. Simões Ré. SInce he is one of the leading experts in marine safety technology in extreme environments, people naturally assume that this quietly outgoing researcher and scientist is a PhD. It’s a title he brushes off easily and politely as in his introduction at the most recent Ocean Technology Speakers Series presentation.
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VIRTUAL WORLD MORE REAL THAN REAL WORLD FOR SURVIVAL TRAINING

by wade on January 18, 2013

Citizens are sometimes left wondering how they can comply with the letter of the law. According to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), in order to receive certification, seafarers must be able to demonstrate that they possess critical safety skills that would be required in shipboard emergencies, such as firefighting and lifeboat launching.
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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT IN MARINE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY GROWING RAPIDLY

by wade on December 12, 2012

When Stephen Crotty joined the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Student Section at the Marine Institute in early October, the Ocean Mapping student got more than a membership. “I was the lucky winner to go to the MTS/IEEE Oceans 2012 conference in Virginia,” says the 21-year old from Conception Bay South.   Read more.

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SIMULATION: A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

by wade on December 6, 2012

WHEN CAPTAIN COREY HERRITT OF CANSHIP UGLAND LIMITED MOVES his 960-foot, one-million-barrel shuttle tanker into position at an offshore oil field to hook up for loading, his 15 years of experience on shuttle tankers and training in Dynamic Positioning Offshore Loading stands him in good stead. Master of the vessel Catherine Knutsen, he is currently conducting offshore loading out of Venezuela. Comparing his first training course in 1997 to the one he completed three months ago at the Marine Institute in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Capt. Read more.