Cables

Prysmian Bolsters Offshore Cable Production

Responding to an increased demand for European offshore wind farms, energy and telecom cable systems manufacturer Prysmian Group has expanded capability at its U.K. production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms. The new product line will enable the linking and collecting of power produced by offshore wind turbines before onward transmission to the onshore grid.   Llyr Roberts, CEO Prysmian UK comments “Our Wrexham factory has been manufacturing the highest quality cables for

Saipem's new Innovator 2.0 ROV (Photo: Saipem)

Work Class ROVs

An invaluable resource for the marine industry, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) perform a multitude of tasks, from pipeline inspection to subsea construction, often equipped with an array of cameras, sonars, sensors, manipulators and other tools to go to work where divers cannot. Power and payload, ruggedness and reliability: these are crucial to the heavy class ROVs examined here in part 2 of MTR’s ROV technology series.   DOER Marine DOER’s H3000 is a midsize work class ROV. Designed for multimission use from a variety of platforms, the H3000 is well suited to underwater tasks

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N-Seatec Bags Deepwater CTD Winch Order

N-Seatec said it has been awarded an order for delivery of a complete deepwater CTD winch system.   The system will be an upgraded version of previous designed and delivered CTD Winch-058 units, but now suitable for 3,500 meters water depth.   The scope of delivery will include electrical rotating davit device; winch mounted spooler device; cable counter, lighting system and remote control; and lifting wire and clump weight.   Delivery will take place in Q2 2017.

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To Create a Sustainable Future – Digitalize Offshore Energy

U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a $1.2 million contribution from Dong Energy, Siemens Wind, GE Energy Solutions, Scottish Power Energy Networks, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Hydrasun, Nova Innovation, British Approvals Service for Cables, JDR Cables and the European Marine Energy Centre.   The Holistic Operation and Maintenance for Energy from Offshore Wind Farms (Home-Offshore) team will include scientists and engineers from Manchester, Warwick, Cranfield, Durham and Heriot-Watt universities. Over the next three years, Home-Offshore will create an advanced

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WFN Strategies Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

WFN Strategies has gained international recognition for its quality management system.   Submarine cable system implementation company WFN Strategies has, after two years of development, successfully achieved accredited certification to the ISO 9001 international standard for quality management.   ISO 9001 is a quality management standard that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization – an association of governmental and nongovernmental organizations from many countries. The ISO 9001 standard is utilized to certify quality management systems that focus on

Next Geosolutions’ CEO, Giovanni Ranieri

Next Geosolutions Acquires RMS Submarine

Next Geosolutions announced the acquisition of UK-based marine resource solutions company, RMS Submarine Ltd.    The acquisition of the companies enables Next Geosolutions to focus on the operations and maintenance market, for both the cables and renewables industries, and represents a strengthening of its presence in the North Sea and Baltic region.    Based in Suffolk, RMS Submarine provides marine resource and management solutions in the marine survey, submarine cable, offshore renewables and oil and gas industries.  Both companies developed a strong working relationship

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STR Increases Rental Inventory

ready for the next cast.   Neil Jackson, Sales and Operations Manager at STR, said, “These latest acquisitions are a welcome addition to our extensive inventory of rental equipment enabling us to offer our customers the very latest technology to support their business operations. Neptune Marine Services will be the first customers to use this product on their upcoming project in Australia.&rdquo

Forum Sub-Atlantic Comanche (Photo: Forum)

Forum Signs Comanche Deal with Baltic Diver Germany

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced the sale of two Sub-Atlantic Comanche ROVs to international diving contractor Baltic Taucherei- und Bergungsbetrieb Rostock GmbH (Baltic Diver Germany). The deal, supported by distributor Scholz Ingenieur Bϋro, will see both systems delivered at the beginning of May 2017 following an optimized manufacturing schedule. The Forum Sub-Atlantic Comanche was chosen due to its high thrust-to-weight ratio and compact laydown requirements which make it ideally suited for the operating environments expected by Baltic Diver. Baltic Diver general manager

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ScanFish ROTVs Now Feature ‘3D’ Steering

The EIVA ScanFish remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) models have always been able to follow the seabed, keep a fixed depth, or undulate up and down through the water. Up until now, it has not been possible to also have the ROTV effectively move side-to-side.   However, after trying out various setups and running tests with customers to ensure feasibility, ScanFish ROTVs have an additional way to move through the water. EIVA has developed a way to modify existing ScanFish ROTV models with ‘3D’ steering – that is, the ability to not only swim up and down, but sideways as

Six micro-UUVs ready for delivery (Photo: Riptide)

UUV Manufacturer Aims Big by Going Small

Different Batteries Options  Energy Option: Predicted Endurance @ 2 knots (per foot of battery volume) Alkaline: 30 hours Lithium Ion (Rechargeable): 36 hours Lithium Ion (Primary): 100 hours Open Water Power: 400 hours   (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Hydro Group Completes MeyGen Contract

cable up to the nacelle, including the dynamic cable, the in-board connection system and the mechanical loading system, transmitting a power output of 1.5MW at 4.0kV per turbine and incorporating fibre optic links.   Mr Whyte continued: “As offshore installation costs are the highest in any marine infrastructure, minimising those costs has been a strong focus for us. We design our systems to mate and de-mate (connect and disconnect) in less than one hour to ensure offshore installation cost is reduced.   “Further to this, Hydro Group’s system is designed for minimal maintenance

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US Navy ROV Gets a New Assignment

made of titanium and a user friendly control system that employs programmable logic controller (PLC) technology with graphic user interface software capabilities.   Soon after the ROV’s completion, representatives of the U.S. Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command (URC) and NAVSEA Submarine Escape & Rescue Program Office (PMS 391) were briefed on Hydros as a potential replacement for the Navy’s one-atmosphere diving system (ADS2000) for assessment of a disabled submarine, rescue hatch clearance and attachment of the submarine rescue chamber’s downhaul cable. Subsequently

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Observatory Upgrade for Ocean Networks Canada

OceanWorks International said it will provide an upgrade to the Strait of Georgia Shore Station for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). Its scope consists of design, supply, installation and system integration testing of the upgraded system.   The new system will provide the customer with the ability to monitor and control the power system in the Shore Station with a state of the art control system. New functionality will allow remote access and include soft start capabilities to enhance the safe use of the equipment. The upgraded shore station will also now share commonality with other shore stations

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New ATOS Cable Entry Port

 SI TECH has launched the ATOS Cable Entry Port, intended to be used for cable entry for extended range diving in cold environments. ATOS Cable Entry Port is designed to be used in combination with a SI TECH Inflation valve for combined inflation of gas and passage for power cables to heated undergarments, etc. – no need to make an extra hole in the drysuit.   ATOS Cable Entry Port is available with M12 x 1.5 or M16 x 1.5 cable entry and is designed for a variety of cables. ATOS Cable Entry Port fits all SI TECH Valve ports and comes with an antifriction washer.    “A

The worksite (Image: DOF Subsea UK)

Next-Generation Subsea Metrology: Better Measurements, Fast

the 3D laser data with precise underwater acoustic and inertial navigation information, it is now possible to generate centimeter resolution engineering models from which accurate measurements can be instantaneously and repeatably captured.   Shared Knowledge & Communication In conventional marine construction support terminology, metrology is the work done by surveyors and ROV to acquire various subsea measurements, typically between flanges on separate pieces of subsea infrastructure. These measurements allow precise fabrication of subsea jumpers and spool-pieces.   Traditionally

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SoCal Tech Focus: BIRNS

Oxnard, Calif. based BIRNS, Inc. opened in 1954, and has been serving the global marine industry ever since with high performance lighting and connector products.The technological advancements in the field of cable assembly development have been rapid and exciting in the last decade in particular. BIRNS has been creating new connectivity solutions that provide immense performance characteristics in relatively small packages. In its flagship connector line, the BIRNS Millennium series, BIRNS customers are able to rely on a 6km open face rated assemblies that combine high and low voltage electrical

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Next Geosolutions to Survey World’s Longest Interconnector

Geoscience and engineering service provider Next Geosolutions said it has been awarded two survey contracts, which together represent a multimillion euro figure, for the North Sea Link (NSL) project, the first electricity link between U.K. and Norway.     The first contract, due to commence in April, will see Next Geosolutions provide cable protection survey work for Statnett, the Norwegian transmission system operator.    The two week workscope will involve cable inspections for the Skagerrak electricity transmission system and NorNed power cable interconnectors. The interconnec

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New CTD from Idronaut

Idronaut said it will present a new low power, high performance CTD at Ocean Business 2017.   The new Ocean Seven 310 CTD (OS310) can be interfaced with up to 14 analog sensors and two digital sensors.   In addition to Idronaut’s full suite of sensors, including the Idronaut pH sensor, the OS310 can be equipped with UV antifouling and an innovative optical dissolved oxygen sensor.   Sampling rates are user configurable from 1Hz to 28Hz to suite demanding monitoring activities.   The OS310 can be used as a stand-alone data logger or for full ocean profiling with

Figure 1: TE Connectivity’s SEACON 24/48 Channel HydraLight Wet Mate connector for optical subsea distribution systems. (Image: TE Connectivity)

Fiber-Optic Connector Technology for O&G Ops

may have generous lead-ins to guide the mating halves together.   Connecting Traditional Packaging to Subsea Applications To a great extent, subsea fiber optic connectors use new ways of packaging tried-and-true technologies, rather than radically new and unproven approaches. TE Connectivity Marine Oil & Gas adapts technologies that were well-established for telecom, network, aerospace and military applications to subsea applications. Subsea connector technology relies on ultra physical contact (UPC) and, more recently, angled physical contact (APC) for better performance (especially with

Trimble to Distribute Teledyne's PDS Software

Trimble partners with Teledyne Marine to distribute its software for construction, hydrographic survey and dredging operations   A new agreement will see Trimble distribute a branded version of Teledyne's PDS software package for hydrographic survey, construction and dredging operations—Trimble Marine Construction Software. The software provides measurement and positioning to improve marine construction efficiency and safety.   According to Trimble, its Trimble Marine Construction Software expands its portfolio and extends its connected approach for marine construction companies to

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ESS Appoints Gillespie as Managing Director

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has appointed Mark Gillespie as managing director.   Gillespie has more than 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, holding senior technical, commercial and contractual management roles in Technip, CSL, GE Oil & Gas, Centrica and Talisman. More recently he was managing director of Aberdeen-based engineering and project management consultancy PDi Ltd.   ESS founder Mike Wilson said the appointment strengthens the management team and introduces new skills needed to accelerate the business through the next level of growth. As Chairman, Wilson

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First Turbine Installed at Rampion

The construction of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has entered into its final phase, as the first of 116 wind turbines was installed for the project based in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex.   For the installation each tower with a length of 80 meters, weighing approximately 200 metric tons, is positioned and bolted onto each turbine foundation. Next the nacelle, which houses the generator and gearbox, is fitted onto the tower, and finally the three blades, each measuring 55m in length, are hoisted and connected one at a time.   During spring, offshore cabling work will continue.

Govt. Funds Help OceanWorks Improve Its Junction Boxes

It’s a go ahead for new design development and configuration for the established OceanWorks International observatory communication nodes, thanks to approved funding from The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).   The OceanWorks Subsea Instrument Interface Modules (SIIM), or junction boxes originally were developed for the Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Neptune and Venus observatories, where they have been in place since 2006. There is a total of 14 junction boxes that have been delivered to ONC for deployment on both Neptune and Venus.

Deployment of a 2 m scientific beam trawl used for the collection of mobile epibenthic species. (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Surveys Viking Link

the North Sea, from Revsing in Denmark, to Bicker Fenn in the U.K. The interconnector will enable more effective use of renewable energy, access to sustainable electricity generation and improved security of electricity supplies.   Awarded in February 2016, the contract to survey the 630-kilometer marine section of the interconnector’s route involved many of Fugro’s specialist disciplines. The survey started in March 2016 in Danish waters, and crossed the southern North Sea through German and Dutch territorial waters, before ending in the U.K.   “With a vast workscope, this

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Global Marine Expands Its Fleet

 Subsea cable systems design, installation and maintenance firm Global Marine Systems Limited, has added the 6,200 ton cable deadweight CS Recorder to its fleet.   Built in 2000, the vessel formerly known as the Maersk Recorder, has previously been chartered by Global Marine for numerous cable installation projects and has since successfully completed work in the oil and gas and renewables sectors. The newly named CS Recorder is intended to support the telecoms installation business growth over the next 5-10 years, with a number of critical projects scheduled during 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Hydro Group Chris Westren, business development manager with Graham Wilkie, head of global development (photo: Hydro Group)

Hydro Group Grows Australian Network

subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group plc has partnered with MacTaggart Scott Australia as the firm increases its positioning in the region.    The partnership is focused on consolidating Hydro Group’s current work on the Royal Australian Navy Collins Class Submarines and to extend its services to aid the Australian capability for Future Submarine and Future Frigate. Additionally, the company will offer its expertise in specific marine cabling systems.    Complementing the work Hydro Group undertakes, MacTaggart Scott provides solutions from analysis

WHOI scientists used deep-sea vehicles, including Sentry to locate the voyage data recorder (above) from the El Faro on the seafloor 15,000 feet deep. The VDR offers clues to understand why the ship tragically sank in 2015, killing 33 crew members aboard. (Photo: NTSB)

Why Did the El Faro Sink?

Deep-sea vehicles locate data recorder on the seafloor   On October 1, 2015, the 790-foot cargo ship El Faro sank near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crew members died in the tragedy. The ship was equipped with a voyage data recorder, or VDR, that could reveal clues to understand what happened, but it was lost in the depths.   The VDR was mounted on the mast on the ship’s navigation bridge. A search expedition mounted in October located the wreck and discovered that the bridge had separated from the hull. Days later, when the search team located the bridge, the mast

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New Tool for Subsea Umbilical & Cable Recovery

Hydraulic systems specialist Webtool has introduced a new gripping and lifting tool for recovering subsea umbilical and cable for offshore oil and gas and decommissioning projects. The Cable Retrieval Tool (CRT200), developed in consultation with international certification body and classification society, DNVGL, allows the safe and controlled recovery of damaged cable and umbilical, up to 8” (203 mm) diameter.    Current methods of recovering umbilicals for repair or replacement involve trenching the seabed around the cable or umbilical to allow a double choke sling to be attached

Jason program manager Matt Heintz helps test Jason on the WHOI dock. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

After Overhaul, Jason Is Stronger Than Ever

Since it was first launched in 1988, the remotely operated vehicle Jason has been a workhorse for oceanographic scientists, hauling instruments, conducting experiments, collecting samples, and taking images in the depths. In April 2015, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution engineers gave Jason its first major overhaul since 2002, increasing its payload and capabilities and streamlining its operations. The team stripped Jason down to its base, replacing its frame and redesigning its systems. During missions, pilots operate Jason in real time from a control van on a ship via a .842-inch-thick

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JFSE Launches Twin T8000

James Fisher Subsea Excavation designs Twin T8000 for large diameter trenching in response to its client’s needs. Subsea excavation experts at James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) – a  leading mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) company - have developed a  powerful M/CFE tool capable of trenching large diameter pipelines in a single pass. The Twin T8000 was developed to support SapuraKencana Mexicana’s trenching requirements. The offshore construction company needed more than 14km of a 36” pipeline with concrete coating to be trenched one meter on

The SEA drymate connector (Photo: SEA)

Drymate Connector Aids Wave & Tidal Development

Marine energy facility EMEC provides the hard infrastructure necessary to test wave and tidal energy prototypes at sea. The electricity produced at EMEC’s test sites is fed into an onshore substation through subsea cables, and is then connected into the national power grid.    Connected to the subsea end of EMEC’s cable, SEA’s Drymate Connector provides pressure balanced make and break connectivity. This enables rapid connection, proven in operation at the EMEC test site.     The connector also includes termination using a Partial Discharge (PD) free, testable

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LCJ Captures Ultrasonic Solid-State Wind Sensors

LCJ Capteurs produces solid state ultrasonic wind sensors built for the harsh marine environment. Their durability and user friendly operation also lend them well to use in weather stations and industrial applications, such as agriculture. These innovative sensors are now available through Fugawi based in Toronto, Canada. Fugawi has been an industry leader in software and digital charts for the marine industry since 1995. In addition to its own software, Fugawi distributes high tech marine products such as the NMEA 2000 Actisense gateways. “We are proud to add the LCJ Capteurs’ unique

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Lloyd’s Register Sets Its Sights Subsea

Eying a subsea sector rebound, Lloyd’s Register (LR) aims to bring its expertise to underwater operations in offshore oil and gas as well as wind farm power generation and submarine cable markets.   The provider of integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services has launched Subsea Inspection Services, which it said will support underwater inspections of subsea pipelines, assets and facilities to energy companies operating offshore.   Managed and coordinated in Aberdeen, LR’s Subsea Inspection Service will be delivered to clients in all offshore energy regions

McDermott Wins EPCI Contract from Saudi Aramco

McDermott International, Inc. has been awarded a contract from Saudi Aramco for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services in the Safaniya and Zuluf fields offshore Saudi Arabia. The brownfield project is part of a wider program to replace aging facilities with electrified platforms to enhance the potential of the fields. The contract includes the design, procurement, fabrication, transportation, installation, testing and pre-commissioning of nine slipover jackets and decks, subsea pipelines and cables, as well as the associated demolition of certain facilities, in the

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Learn to Assess Marine Scour Risk

Over the last decade, the drive to develop offshore renewable resources has emphasized the importance of assessing the scour hazard for marine assets such as foundation structures and cabling. There is a pressing need to better understand the processes of scour and erosion, particularly as foundation structures become more complex. HR Wallingford has created a new Marine Scour Course which explores the theories and methods for analyzing scour for a range of marine environments.   The course content covers an introduction to scour hazard assessment for different marine soils, how to estimate

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Monitoring Buoy Network Installed in UAE

A network of eight environmental monitoring buoys has been installed off the coast of Abu Dhabi, UAE by Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL).   The 1.2m coastal buoys, installed in water depths ranging from 6-16m in various locations along the UAE coastline amid extensive coral formations and seagrass beds, are equipped with multiparameter sondes for water quality monitoring, and GPRS telemetry equipment.   The robust buoys are designed for extended deployment in harsh coastal environments in a range of water depths. The rotationally molded PE hulls are foam filled to prevent the

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Gavia AUV Gets a Sonar Upgrade

Teledyne Gavia has continued the enhancement of its modular, versatile, low-logistics subsea survey solution, the Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), this time with the addition of a new Side Scan/Bathymetry module.   Incorporating Klein Marine Systems’ new UUV-3500 high-resolution side scan sonar with optional bathymetry sonar, the system is another high quality option for customers interested in utilizing the Gavia AUV for geophysical survey, cable and pipeline survey, environmental survey and under ice survey, as well as Mine Countermeasures (MCM), Rapid Environmental Assessment

Wave Sentinel at sea (Photo: GMS)

Global Marine Systems Awarded ACMA Contract Extension

Global Marine Systems Limited announced has that it has been awarded the renewal of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement (ACMA), alongside its Atlantic partner for maintenance services, Orange Marine.   The new contract began on January 1, 2017, and runs for five years, through to December 2021. ACMA is a non-profit cooperative subsea maintenance agreement consisting of 60+ members.  ACMA members are companies responsible for the operations and maintenance of undersea communications and power cables, as well as Oil & Gas Platform operators, in the Atlantic, North Sea and

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Hawaiki Transpacific Cable Route Survey Completed

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom has announced the completion of the route survey for Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018.   Additionally, cable and repeater manufacturing for the system continues unabated at SubCom’s Newington, N.H. USA facility, while the permitting process for implementation of Hawaiki is progressing as planned. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to several other South Pacific islands.   Hawaiki Cable

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Handelsbanken helps Fund Ecosse Expansion

Ecosse Subsea Services (ESS) has agreed a multi-million-dollar revolving credit facility with Handelsbanken.   The new relationship will support the Banchory-based subsea engineering specialist as it tenders for larger renewables and power generation contracts.   With its roots in the oil and gas industry, ESS has led the way in adapting traditional technologies for use in the renewables and interconnector sectors and has designed and patented a range of tools which are used in seabed clearance, route preparation, trenching, backfill, pipelay removal and cable laying operations.   T

Contract was awarded to Prysmian by the grid operating company NGCP Photo Prysmian Group

Prysmian: CNP-1 Subsea Link Launched in Philippines

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announces the successful commissioning of the submarine power cable link to connect Negros and Panay islands in the Philippines. This is the first stage of the project CNP-1 (Cebu-Negros-Panay phase 1), awarded to Prysmian Group by the Filipino grid operating company NGCP (National Grid Corporation of the Philippines). This project is part of a larger development plan provided by NGCP, to strengthen the Country’s power transmission network.   “Prysmian was honored with the award of this project in December

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Finalists for 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards Announced

Finalists for the 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards, sponsored by TAQA, have been announced today {Friday 13 January}.   Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, the annual awards recognise some of the industry’s most innovative technology developments as well as talented individuals and exceptional large and small company performance.   This year’s shortlist comprises a wide cross-section of the offshore sector, with companies large and small, spanning a variety of sub-sectors, represented.   Categories including Innovator, Emerging Technology

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Teledyne to Showcase New Tech at OI North America

Teledyne Marine said its team will be out in full force to showcase its range of solutions at Oceanology International North America 2017, held February 14-16 in San Diego where the group will offer facility tours, on water and dockside demonstrations, and a look at its latest products and technologies.   Local faculty tours As San Diego is home to several Teledyne Marine brands, the group is offering an opportunity to arrive a day early and spend an afternoon touring four local Teledyne Marine facilities: Teledyne RD Instruments, Oceanscience, Impulse and SeaBotix – capped off with a

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Roxtec Seals Deal on $1.8 bln North Sea Wind Farm Project

Roxtec has secured a major contract to deliver its innovative safety seal solutions to an ambitious £1.5billion ($1.8 bln) offshore wind farm project in the North Sea. Roxtec UK managing director Graham O’Hare said the firm will deliver cable transit systems which are a key safety component to safeguard workers, structures and equipment on a substation platform being created as part of the Dudgeon Offshore Windfarm.   The deal will see a wide range of sealing solutions used on the platform, which will sit 20 miles offshore near the seaside town of Cromer in North Norfolk.   Mr

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SapuraKencana Bags Contracts of RM 1.34 bln

SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad’s wholly-owned subsidiaries have been awarded contracts with a combined value of approximately USD 300 million (approximately RM 1.34 billion, based on USD/MYR exchange rate of USD1: RM4.47). Details of each of the contracts are as follows: ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION Award of Provision of Underwater Services by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. SapuraKencana Subsea Services Sdn. Bhd. (“SKSS”) has been awarded a contract for the provision of underwater services for PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. (“PCSB”). The scope of work consists of

NOAA scientist recovers Fishers TOV towed video system after completing survey, Inset: Sterling Fire Department diver exits reservoir with their Fisher DV-1 drop video. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

a camera instead of a diver in the initial stages of an underwater search to save time and increase safety. They can make a permanent record of a dive site, search operation, underwater crime scene, or evidence. These video systems also help scientists study the health of the aquatic environment and its marine inhabitants.   One agency utilizing the underwater video system is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management. Their primary mission is to provide data and tools to other government agencies, private sector organizations, and the scientific community

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Allspeeds Debuts New Cable Retrieval Tool

Debuting its latest developments in next generation cable gripper and retrieval tools and electrically operated subsea cutters at Subsea Expo 2017, Allspeeds showcased its all new hydraulically operated Webtool cable gripper.   The new cable lifting tool is designed for cable retrieval and decommissioning projects, allowing the safe and controlled recovery of damaged power and telecoms cable up to 8” diameter. Fabricated from corrosion resistant steel and stainless steel, the mechanically locked gripping action ensures the cable cannot escape during retrieval.   “With the

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‘Early Adopter’ ESS Reaps Benefits of Renewables Switch

Subsea and engineering technology company Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd (ESS) said it had benefited as an ‘early adopter’ as it moved from its traditional focus in oil and gas in to the renewables and interconnector markets.   Banchory-based ESS forecast turnover in the current financial year will double to between £23-£25 million, with profits jumping to around £5 million and staff numbers growing from 35 to 50 employees.   ESS said it was responding to fresh opportunities to deploy its innovative technologies in emerging markets in the Baltic Sea, the Far East

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Tech File: Blue Robotics BlueROV2

of nearly a dozen engineers and technicians working full time designing fresh new approaches to the challenges of ocean exploration. http://www.bluerobotics.com   The Author Paul Unterweiser is a retired U.S. Navy officer, USCG licensed master, ROV pilot and, for the last 10 years, president of Marine Simulation, a software company located in North Carolina specializing in developing training simulators for ROV pilot schools and other marine industry applications. http://www.marinesimulation.com     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Brexit: What’s in Store for the Subsea Sector?

large role in its development, not only in the UK but also in Europe and elsewhere.”   The UK’s commitment to supporting low carbon energy, North Sea activities and promoting UK content assumes, post-Brexit, the government will continue to push for growth in its subsea, offshore and marine energy sectors. As these activities are linked, the growth of the subsea sector relies on the continued support of offshore renewables, oil and gas and large EU directives such as the new high voltage subsea connecters linking the UK and Europe.    It is likely that, for the foreseeable

“During this summer we had the drilling operation based on our 3D and 4D images. But CAGE undertook several expeditions this year that also focused on retrieving data regarding the development of marine ecosystems in the dark ocean floor areas of the Arctic.” – Prof. Jürgen Mienert, CAGE Director (Photo: CAGE)

Methane: The Arctic's Buried Treasure

the retreating ice. The Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment, and Climate (CAGE) strives to address one of the greatest scientific uncertainties: how much greenhouse gas threatens to escape the sub-seabed sediments and what will this mean for (1) the global climate gas budget, and (2) the Arctic marine ecosystem?   Located at the gateway to the Arctic, the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø (UiT) is the northernmost university in the world. With an innovative research group and a suite of advanced technology, CAGE scientists study methane release from gas hydrates beneath the Arctic

The Block Island Wind Farm has begun commercial operations, becoming the first wind farm to deliver energy to the American power grid (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

First US Offshore Wind Farm Powers Up

into the New England region’s grid, becoming the United States’ first commercially active offshore wind farm.   The energy produced from the Block Island Wind Farm is linked to the New England grid via Block Island and mainland Rhode Island by National Grid’s new sea2shore submarine transmission cable system.   The milestone concludes the two-year offshore installation of the wind farm, which Deepwater Wind said was completed on-time and on-budget with the help of more than 300 local workers.   “Our success here is a testament to the hard work of hundreds

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New Underwater Metal Detector from JW Fishers

Fishers, many teams expressed great interest in acquiring one of the new detectors as well as several FBI dive units. The new detector has identical performance characteristics to Fishers’ Pulse 8X detector. The SAR-1 not only appealed to the police and public safety divers at the show, a number of marine archaeologists and commercial diving companies were also excited about the possibility of using this new detector in their search operations.    The SAR-1 has rechargeable batteries which power the detector for up to 12 hours. The detector can be used all day long, recharged overnight

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Wopschall Named Director at Pioneer Consulting

Submarine cable consulting organization Pioneer Consulting has hired Ryan Wopschall as director.   Wopschall’s appointment will help Pioneer Consulting to tackle multiple, simultaneous, global project management engagements as well as market analysis projects. Wopschall’s responsibilities will also include adding to Pioneer Consulting’s existing global market study capability.   Wopschall brings 10 years of undersea cable experience to Pioneer Consulting from his previous employer specializing in offshore geotechnical analysis, marine survey and geosciences services.

EIVA's New Blended Learning Courses

EIVA NaviSuite software users can now join EIVA’s new blended learning courses.   The agendas of the traditional classroom courses have been amended to include more advanced subjects, supplemented by basic training via dedicated eLearning modules. The result is more extensive training, which starts as soon as users sign up online. EIVA has redesigned their training setup to more easily match users’ needs and open hours. Also, this allows the software provider to offer more advanced training. The result of these redesigns is blended learning.  Advanced classroom courses

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Engineers Expand the Window for Installing Monopiles

Longitude Engineering – a specialist marine engineering subsidiary of the LOC Group – working closely with Rampion and its contractors, has developed an  analysis and modeling process to fully understand why large monopiles oscillate in relatively small wave heights; and to increase the operating window for their installation. Monopiles and turbines are increasing in size as wind farms move farther offshore.    At the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which is currently under construction off the south coast of the U.K., the developer was concerned that these large structures

CWind Provides ROV Services at Amrumbank West

CWind, a services provider to the offshore wind industry, has completed a project for E.ON, site wind farm owner, to undertake inspections of the monopiles, scour protection and cables at a number of locations at Amrumbank West offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany.    The V8 Ocean Modules Inspection Class ROV was deployed from one of CWind’s 22 strong-fleet to conduct the survey. The ROV was fitted with a super high definition camera and provided clear survey results, even in poor conditions and low visibility. CWind subsequently provided comprehensive reporting on the findings

Subsea Support Vessel“Skandi Santos” Photo MOL

MOL Moves into OSV Field

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that it has teamed up with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and AKOFS Offshore AS to purchase the subsea support vessel Skandi Santos from the current shipowner through a three-way joint venture company called Avium Subsea ASand started the business effective on November 23. Brazil’s national oil company, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., has chartered the Skandi Santos from AKOFS since 2010, using it to install subsea facilities in deep-sea oil and gas fields off Brazil. The project is MOL’s first step into the subsea business, where the company

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Tidal Turbines to Power Remote Site in Indonesia

indicated that tidal current near the site can run at up to 2.5 meters per second providing an ideal site for harnessing tidal energy. Diesel generators currently provide all of the electrical power for the wood chipping operation and supporting infrastructure.   “This endeavor to introduce marine renewable energy on a logging site plays well with our commitment to sustainable carbon-neutral forest management,” Muljadi Tantra, Deputy Managing Director of GFPT explained. “PT BUMWI has been a pioneer in this, and is one of the first mangrove concession to obtain the Forest Stewardship

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Phase 1 Cable Laying Complete at Rampion Wind Farm

Fugro said it has completed the first phase of cable laying operations on schedule at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the U.K.’s Sussex coast, as the program takes a break over winter.   The installation of 60 cables was completed at the end of October – three more than the 57 cables originally planned. Subsea construction vessel Fugro Symphony commenced site operations in August, having transported some 75 kilometers of cable to the Rampion site on its 2,000t carousel. Sister vessel Fugro Saltire completed cable burial in November using Fugro’s high performance Q1400

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