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Submarine escape excercise: Image courtesy of RAN

Australia Navy Stage Submarine Escape Exercise

An intensive three week submarine escape and rescue exercise has drawn to a close off the east coast of Australia.   During Exercise BLACK CARILLON 2013, members of Navy’'s Submarine Force simulated being evacuated from HMAS Farncomb, which was bottomed in 112 metres of water, in the James Fisher Rescue Service LR5 submersible. The 21.5 tonne submersible was then lifted onto the deck of a rescue vessel, where its passengers were transferred into decompression chambers without being exposed to the outside air pressure.   The James Fisher Rescue Service LR5 Submersible was mobilised from

US Navy Orders Unmanned Mine-hunting Vessels

, the two additional CUSVs will join the U.S. Navy’s first CUSV, which is designed for the influence sweeping mission. This UISS CUSV recently completed initial testing near Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems facility in Louisiana and is currently undergoing additional testing off of the east coast of the U.S.   “The Navy is excited to continue to work with its industry partner, Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, to continue to develop, test and deliver additional capability to the fleet with the MCM USV platform and systems,” Captain Jon Rucker, Program Manager for the

Jackup drilling unit Ensco 100 in the P1889 licence Photo NORECO

Niobe Exploration Well Dry

  The Niobe exploration well has been drilled to target depth without encountering hydrocarbons. The well will now be plugged and abandoned. Spudded on 8 June 2015 the well was drilled by the jackup drilling unit Ensco 100 in the P1889 licence, close to the Beatrice oil field in the Outer Moray Firth area off the north east coast of Scotland. Norwegian Energy Company (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Norwegian Energy Company ASA, is partner in the licence with a current equity interest of 22.5 per cent.

Photo courtesy of Ecosse Subsea Systems

ESS Cleans Up With Windfarm Seabed Project

had a busy start to 2017 with mobilisation on a major interconnector project in the North Sea followed by this boulder-clearing workscope for Siem Offshore Contractors.   “With experience of similar clearance and trenching workscopes on Race Bank and Westermost Rough windfarms offshore the east coast of England, and a number of projects in the Baltic Sea, our track record in renewables is well-established.   “We are focused on exporting this technology and expertise in to emerging markets in Asia and the US, where offshore wind is beginning to get decent traction, and the Beatrice

BOEM-funded Hurricane Sandy initiative is creating a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in federal waters in the Atlantic. Photo Lamont-Doherty

BOEM and Atlantic Sand Assessment Project

on Tuesday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. The collection is a result of the BOEM-funded project to create a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in Federal waters in the Atlantic. The project involved collecting, analyzing and cataloging sediment cores from federal waters offshore 11 East Coast states from Miami, Florida, to Massachusetts beginning in 2015. The core analysis provides important information on thickness of sediment layers, composition of sediment layers, organic material content, and overall compatibility with beach sands.  LDEO is a world-renown earth sciences institution

Image: MacArtney

MacArtney Expands into Atlantic Canada

Business acquisition of EMO Marine Technologies Ltd. (EMO Marine) consolidates MacArtney’s presence on the Canadian east coast; acquiring the Canadian company ensures optimum positioning of the sixth regional operation in the North American market   Canadian manufacturer of subsea communication systems, EMO Marine, is the latest acquisition of the MacArtney Group. EMO Marine is a technology company founded in 2012 specializing in engineering and manufacturing of a range of fiber optic video/data transmission systems appropriate for various marine and subsea applications.    MacA

Statoil is operator with 100% equity share in petroleum exploration permits 55781 and 57057 in the Reinga Basin offshore Northland’s west coast. Photo Statoil

Statoil to farm-in with OMV, NZ

Statoil has agreed with OMV to acquire a 30% working interest in Petroleum Exploration Permit (PEP) 57073. This will further strengthen Statoil’s position in New Zealand. The permit covers an area of 9,800 square kilometres in the East Coast Basin, and sits in water depths of 1,000-2,000 metres. OMV will remain the operator with 70% working interest. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval “This is an underexplored area with the potential for multiple plays, offering a considerable exploration upside,” says Nicholas Alan Maden, senior vice president for Exploration.

Salvage and Wreck Removal Conference

  HINODE Events and Services Pvt Ltd., have announced the 4th Annual Conference on Salvage and Wreck Removal in India to be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Visakhapatnam on India's East Coast. This conference is being held for the first time in Visakhapatnam, a busy Dry Bulk Port, close to offshore activity in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and Andaman Sea. Now in its fourth year, the Conference will  review the latest developments in Marine Salvage and Wreck Removal strategies, methods  and techniques for cargo vessels and also offshore vessels / installations examine

Long-life subsea logging node Fetch was deployed in 550 feet of water to measure ocean temperature and pressure. The Liquid Robotics Wave Glider uploaded the logged data via its high speed acoustic modem, transmitting it to shore via satellite.

Sonardyne, Liquid Robotics and NOAA Collaborate on Ocean Observation Project

In early August off the east coast of America, a team from Sonardyne International Ltd., Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded the second leg of an extensive ocean observation technology demonstration project. Using Sonardyne’s Fetch and Tsunami sensor nodes and a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, the project was performed in collaboration with MARACOOS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System), NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) and managed by NOAA US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program Office with the

Wind Farm Support Vessel: Photo courtesy of Tidal Transit

Offshore Wind Farm Vessel Motion Monitoring Trials

Strainstall Marine undertake vessel motion monitoring trial on an offshore wind farm transfer vessel off the UK East Coast. The company's new Vessel Motion Monitoring System™ (VMMS™) provides accurate motion monitoring for wind turbine transfer vessels to improve safety during transfer operations, as well as impact load measurement combined with a data logging capability. An accurate motion monitoring system can increase the operational window considerably during critical personnel and equipment transfer manoeuvres by allowing the user to monitor all motion parameters, rather than

'Fugro Saltire': Photo courtesy of the owners

Fugro Win Two Offshore Wind Farm Trenching Contracts

first contract is for CT Offshore A/S at RWE Innogy's Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm located in Liverpool Bay off the North Wales coast. The work involves the burial and post-burial survey of 63 inter-array cables. The second contract is a similar work-scope at a wind-farm located off the UK East coast. The projects will run consecutively with work commencing in January and completing in the 3rd quarter of 2014. Fugro adds that it is mobilising one of its two Q1400 trenching spreads onto the vessel Fugro Saltire in order to execute the work program. Fugro Saltire is also equipped with two

A right whale skim feeding with NOAA Ship Delaware II in the background.

NOAA Proposal Aims to Extend Reduced Whale Ship Strikes

scheduled to expire in December 2013. NOAA's proposal to make them permanent, which includes a 60-day public comment period, was filed at the Federal Register today. The existing rules, which reduce an ocean-going vessel's speed to 10 knots or less during certain times and locations along the East Coast from Maine to Florida, have reduced the number of whales struck by ships since 2008, when the speed limits began. No right whale ship strike deaths have occurred in Seasonal Management Areas since the rule went into place. Modeling studies indicate the measures have reduced the probability of fatal

Photo: NOAA

Underwater Robots Deployed in NOAA Hurricane Study

A fleet of underwater robots is descending into waters off the east coast to collect data that could help improve storm intensity forecasts during future hurricane seasons. Several regions of the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) are partnering to deploy 12-16 autonomous underwater robotic vehicles, also known as gliders, from Nova Scotia to Georgia.  The gliders will be available through the peak fall Atlantic storm season to collect data on ocean conditions, which will help improve scientists' understanding of hurricanes and pave the way for future improvements in

Schillinger Joins RBR

RBR added Douglas Schillinger to its sales team.  Schillinger joins as RBRs Scientific Sales Representative for Atlantic Canada and East Coast US region.  Having spent the past 13 years working both for the Ocean Acoustic Lab at Dalhousie University and as a private consultant, Schillinger brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Schillinger obtained his M Sc. from Memorial University, studying ambient sound in the ocean generated by wind and precipitation; over his career he has worked as a research assistant, project manager and research associate on a range of topics including

US Offshore Wind Survey Contract for Fugro Atlantic

governor Bob McDonnell said: “[This is] a positive move forward toward the development of offshore wind energy, an important and promising component of my plan to develop all of the commonwealth’s domestic energy from local resources to make Virginia the ‘Energy Capital of the East Coast’.” Fugro Atlantic vice president Tom McNeilan, indicated that the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf has never been developed for energy purposes and there is little record of how installed structures have performed and only basic knowledge of the character of the seafloor and sub-surface

Evan Martzial (Photo: EdgeTech)

Martzial Joins EdgeTech as Product Line Sales Engineer

brings to the company a background in cartography and geographic information systems (GIS), having spent time as a project manager, survey manager and most recently as a product specialist for a hydrographic data acquisition, navigation and processing software company.   Based on the U.S. East Coast and working with the West Wareham, Mass. office, Martzial be focused on growing EdgeTech’s bathymetric product line in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Products and solutions in the bathymetric line include the pole-mounted shallow water 6205 system as well as deep towed systems and 2205

Skandi Constructor

Skandi Constructor Set for Work in Gulf of Mexico in 2015

for the first quarter of 2015. The Skandi Constructor is a dedicated light intervention mono hull equipped with the Helix 7 3/8” 10,000psi Subsea Intervention lubricator (SIL) package. The planned campaign in the Gulf follows three very successful campaigns in West Africa, U.K. North Sea and East Coast Canada. The vessel is purpose built and permanently equipped and crewed for Light Well Intervention (LWI). For more information, please contact Well Ops US Commercial Department.  

Richard C. Dentzman

Dentzman Joins Teledyne Odom Hydrographic

and has over 18 years of seafloor surveying and mapping experience. He was received a B.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois, and an M.S. degree from North Carolina State in Geological Oceanography. He previously held positions as owner and CEO of AquaMap, at Triton Elics as Manager of its East Coast Office, iXSea Inc. as its U.S. Sales Manager, Teledyne Benthos as its Business Development Manager for Acoustics & Communications and with Sonardyne, Inc. as its Business Development Manager for Defense and Maritime Security. Dentzman also served nine years in the U.S. Navy, serving four of

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