Monday, February 20, 2017

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Graham O’Hare  (Photo: Roxtec)

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

Mike Wilson (Photo: ESS)

‘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

Ryan Wopschall (Photo: Pioneer Consulting)

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

Bill Mildon, president Photo  Hydro Group Systems

Mildon Appointed President, Hydro Group

in Pinellas County, Fla.   With nearly 40 years’ experience in undersea product development from complex sonars to sensors and undersea cable and connectors, Mildon has held a number of senior positions, most recently as technical director at Nest Technical Services. He has led teams in submarine penetration designs, under water connectors and numerous fiber optic inter-connect products.   In his new role Mildon will be focused on shaping and delivering Hydro Group Systems to carry the same vision of Hydro Group Plc, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Along with developing this vision in

The total length of the route section from the onshore station at Borssele to the Borssele Alpha offshore transformer station (the “platform”) is 60 kilometres. Image TenneT

VBMS, NKT Bag Subsea Cables Contract for Borssele Alpha Project

Consortium of VBMS B.V. and NKT Cables GmbH & Co. KG to supply and install subsea and land cables for Borssele Alpha project and optionally also for Borssele Beta project   TenneT TSO B.V. has contracted a consortium consisting of Boskalis subsidiary VBMS and NKT to supply and install the subsea cables that will be used for the grid connections of the wind farms to be built offshore at Borssele in the south-west of the Netherlands. The contract signed on 8 November 2016 concerns the cables for the Borssele Alpha wind farm area. The VBMS/NKT consortium is also the intended partner for

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Van Oord Bags Two Egyptian Offshore Deals

 Van Oord has been awarded two contracts by international contractor Subsea 7. The assignments include the construction of a landfall and the execution of subsea rock installation works in Egypt. The projects are part of the West Nile Delta project, which comprises the development of a series of gas fields, located 65 km off the northern coast of Egypt. Final client is oil and gas company BP.   Preparations on site have already started.   The landfall scope of work consists of the installation of a cofferdam, trenching and pipe pull activities and will be executed in 2017. The

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Statoil Awards Contracts on Trestakk

and Technip will jointly deliver an EPCI contract (engineering, procurement, construction and installation) – subsea, umbilicals, risers, flowlines – including subsea template, manifold, subsea trees, completion system, wellheads, pipelines, risers, control systems, control cable and marine operations.   “Statoil has cooperated closely with partners and suppliers to reduce development costs for the Trestakk field. We submitted the plan for development and operation to the authorities on 1 November, and we are pleased to be able to award contracts already now to FMC Technologies

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AUVs Under Ice: Past Milestones, Promising Future

The marine environments beneath ice are arguably some of the least accessible on earth. Ice is a formidable physical barrier that can range in thickness from centimeters to hundreds of meters—an impediment that has not diminished our desire to uncover the secrets that lie beneath.    In the heyday of manned submarines, under-ice was seen as an important operating theater, where the ability to listen and monitor one’s foes was crucial. As manned submarines have given way to unmanned vehicles, the duties of under-ice research have widened to include more fundamental motivations

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US Shore Landing for Monet Submarine Cable

TE SubCom said it has completed the U.S. shore landing for the Monet Submarine Cable, a 10,556km cable that will connect Boca Raton, Fla. to Fortaleza and Praia Grande, Brazil, where shore landings were completed earlier this year.   Monet is owned by Google, Algar Telecom, Angola Cables and ANTEL. The 100G-capable cable system will provide a low latency route from Brazil to North America with a minimum bandwidth of 60 Tbps.   “With our system supply partners at TE SubCom, we’ve seen tremendous progress on Monet in the past several months, making today’s U.S. shore

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Funding for Jee’s Excalibur system

Jee Ltd awarded £75k funding by Innovate UK for conceptual design of tidal array cable solution, ‘Excalibur’ Technologies which harness tidal energy (i.e. tidal energy convertors or TECs) are in the advanced stages of development. Single TECs have been tested in UK waters for some time but only recently has a fully commercial, grid-connected array been installed. Despite the rapid progress the tidal sector is relatively immature and the greatest challenge is to find a cost-effective method to deploy these technologies at a large scale. Only then will these projects become commercial

Aqua Comms Taps Bayliff as CEO

cable development, private equity and government clients in the industry, and Vice-Chairman of the United Nations joint task force that examined the gathering of disaster mitigation and climate information from the global web of undersea cable systems. He also served as CEO and a board member of Huawei Marine Networks, which he led from a start-up to initial success in the subsea cable construction industry while introducing several major, technological advances into the marketplace. Prior to this, he was a member of the executive team of FLAG Telecom where he served as an officer and deputy chairman

Neil Gordon (Photo: Subsea UK)

British Subsea Expertise on Display in Brazil

Industry body Subsea UK will showcase the expertise available within the British subsea sector at Latin America’s largest oil and gas event, Rio Oil and Gas Expo and Conference this week.     In partnership with the Department for International Trade and Scottish Development International, Subsea UK, will be seeking to establish stronger links between Brazil and the U.K. to exploit significant oil and gas developments, while exploring how new technology and better cooperation will help to drive the industry forward.   Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK said, “Britis

Gemini 720is (Image: Tritech)

Oceanscan Invests in Tritech’s Gemini Systems

Tritech International Ltd, a Moog Inc. company, has secured a deal with Oceanscan for the purchase of multiple Gemini 720is and Narrow Beam Imaging (NBI) units from the company’s range of multibeam imaging sonars.   Launched in March 2016, the Gemini 720is is an upgrade of the Gemini 720i combining the benefits of high-definition imaging with long-range target detection making it suited for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) platforms, including installation on pan and tilt units.    The enhanced electronics offer real-time visualization

L-R: Gerard Keser, N-Sea CEO; Jochem Langenhuijzen, Bodac CEO; Paul van Waalwijk van Doorn, N-Sea General Manager; Dirk van de Vleuten, Bodac Manager  (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea, BODAC Partner for UXO Projects

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, and BODAC UXO have announced an agreement to jointly market and execute marine UXO Survey, Identification and Removal projects across Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia.  In doing so, they will have the capability to offer developers, contractors and operators of offshore windfarms a complete suite of UXO solutions.    N-Sea has gained an impressive track record of unexploded ordnance campaigns, with experience in the investigation and mapping of potential targets using state of the art survey methods, ROVs and divers. With a history of 60

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TE Subcom Supplies MAREA Submarine Cable System

Facebook, Microsoft, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, has announced that TE SubCom has been named the system supply partner for the new MAREA submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean.   TE SubCom has completed the route survey and begun manufacture of the system at its facility in Newington, New Hampshire. The parties are on track to begin laying cable using TE SubCom’s state-of-the-art cable installation ships next year, with a scheduled completion date of October 2017.   As announced by Facebook and

Sercel SG-5 single sensor connected to the UNITE node RAUeX (image courtesy of Sercel)

Sercel Sells 10,000 UNITE Nodes to NIS

CGG announced that Sercel has sold 10,000 channels of its high-end UNITE cable-free land seismic acquisition system to NIS, the Serbian oil and gas company in which Gazprom Neft has a majority shareholding.   After having successfully deployed the UNITE system since 2014 in Romania, NIS have now decided to purchase a new complete batch of UNITE for survey projects that they will be conducting over the next several years. In combination with the Sercel SG-5, a high-sensitivity 5-Hz single-sensor geophone, UNITE offers NIS a superior, light, efficient and flexible solution for the most complex

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Prysmian Secures Rentel Wind Farm Work

within the Belgian North Sea, and shall contribute to Belgium’s leading role within offshore wind energy towards achieving EU climate standards and increasing the security of energy supply in Belgium.    Prysmian is responsible for the design, manufacture and supply of the 33 kV submarine cables in various cross-sections, together with the related cable accessories. Prysmian will also provide the offshore cable termination and testing services. The cables will be produced in the Prysmian facility in Drammen, Norway, one of the Group’s centres of excellence for submarine cables

An operator performing in-office simulations of a cable lay during Makai’s training course. (Photo: Makai)

Makai Offers Advanced Course for Cable Lay Operators

work through scenarios using an in-office cable lay simulator with the guidance of a master-level MakaiLay operator. Drawing on lessons from over 35 years of cable laying experience, the course prepares graduates to address contingencies correctly and efficiently as they arise at-sea.   Global Marine Systems Limited (GMSL) recently sent six of its experienced operators to Makai’s headquarters in Hawaii to complete the MakaiLay Level-II course. "The MakaiLay Level-II course provides vital training for our more experienced cable engineering personnel, giving them the latest tools and

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Hawaiki Cable on Schedule for Mid-2018 Completion

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom announced that system manufacturing has commenced for the 14,000 km Hawaiki transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.   Co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso, the carrier-neutral cable system will be the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.   “We’ve seen tremendous

Proposed cable routing for PLCN (Image: TE Connectivity Ltd.)

Facebook, Google among Builders of New Transpacific Cable

Undersea communications technology company TE SubCom has partnered up with Facebook, Google and Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd. (PLDC) to co-build a 12,800 km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles with ultra-high capacity transmission. Scheduled for commercial launch in summer of 2018, the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will become the highest-capacity transpacific route when completed largely thanks to TE SubCom's C+L technology, which effectively doubles the available bandwidth and capacity per fiber

Oil spill recovery: Drone technology can aid disaster response effectively as in oil spill cleanup. (Photo: GettyImages/ESRI)

Drones: The Next Great Leap in Hydrography

outside the world of shipboard navigation as both industry and conservation have gone offshore to meet the increasing demands of a growing global population. By 2020, the subsea sector of oil exploration and extraction is expected to account for 20% of total crude oil production. In addition, global marine fisheries, which provide 15% of all animal protein consumed by humans, have been steadily collapsing for the last half century. As the needs of developed economies grow, so too must the tools to understand the new marine environments from which humanity seeks to satisfy those needs. Hydrographic

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Alaska’s (Hidden) Frontier

and subterranean of the seafloor. This makes Alaskan waters one of the most comprehensive, dynamic and economically viable platforms to work with. The platform includes 45,000 miles of sophisticated shoreline, two oceans, three seas and the Gulf of Alaska. It also has the world’s largest submarine canyon with depths to 24,000 feet, extreme tidal ranges with 16 knot currents known as tidal racing, ice-free ocean, frozen ocean and a seasonal mix of both.   Alaska is 53 miles from Russia, it boarders Canada, connects to the Arctic and is the northern gateway for Pacific Ocean maritime

Ecosse carousel (Photo: ESS)

Ecosse Subsea Systems Wins $3.9m Carousel Contract

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) have been awarded a £3 million ($3.9 mln) contract by an international infrastructure group to design and build a 1500-ton carousel and associated spread.   The carousel will be used for the storage of spare cables required for UK offshore windfarm projects and will be located at a strategic north east port for fast deployment should the need arise.   The carousel will have the capability to be upgraded to 2000 tons and will be designed by ESS engineers at their Banchory headquarters and partially manufactured at subsidiary firm Masfab in County Durham.

European Scientists Coordinate Open Ocean Observatories

the long-term vision of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) eg, through the OceanSITES component of GOOS. It will contribute direct oceanic observations for the EU Global Monitoring for Environment and Security Initiative, COPERNICUS, and is aligned with the challenges and key priorities of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The data collected by EMSO will also support policy and legislation of organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Group on Earth Observation (GEO), just to mention a few. Importantly

EdgeTech Plans On-water Demos for MTS TechSurge

EdgeTech said it will conduct on-water equipment demonstrations from October 26-28, 2016 during MTS TechSurge, a “joint navy-industry-university ‘underwater cables, connectors and imaging systems’ three-day working session” held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   EdgeTech will use the demonstrations to showcase its 6205 Multi Phase Echo Sounder (MPES) and the 4125 ultra-high resolution, lightweight side scan sonar system. EdgeTech will hold the demonstrations on-board one of the two company-owned research vessels, the Ocean Researcher II. The vessel is docked in Ft. Lauderdale

Cable Ship Rescues 14 Fishermen near Mumbai

The crew deployed on the C.S. Dependable, a transoceanic cable ship from TE SubCom, rescued 14 fisherman in the Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra Coast near Mumbai, India.   Indian fishing boat FV Datta Sai sank on September 17 with 16 persons aboard, no personal floatation devices and no VHF radio. The C.S. Dependable, in transit between work sites, came across the fisherman clinging to floating debris and treading water, and all hands were called to enact an immediate water rescue.   “This was a complicated and dangerous effort that required excellent communication and everyone&rsquo

Senvion Calls On CWind for HV Cable Testing/Commissioning

CWind announced it has won a contract to provide HV cable testing and commissioning for Senvion at Nordergründe.   The contract will see CWind provide testing and commissioning works at the 18 Senvion 6.2M126 turbines, which are being installed at the project within the 12-sea mile zone at the mouth of the Weser, about 40 kilometers northwest of Bremerhaven.  

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Publishes Guideance on Cable-laid Sling, Grommets

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidance on the Manufacture and Safe Use of Cable-laid Slings and Grommets’ (IMCA M179). The guidance was prepared by a working group of experts, and is intended to provide assistance to those concerned with the use of cable-laid slings and grommets used in engineered lifts for offshore heavy lifting operations. The guidance gives advice on their construction, rating, testing, certification, examination and use.   “’Engineered lifts’ are those where the mass and center of gravity of the lifted

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Submarine Optical Fibre Cable to Link Andamans, Mainland India

 India's government has decided to build a submarine cable between the city of Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which is  about 200km east of India, way out in the Bay of Bengal.   The estimated cost of the project, which is Rs 1,102.38 crore ($164,5 million) includes operational expenses for 5 years, and is likely to be completed by December 2018.    The project would allow the implementation of e-governance initiatives; establishment of enterprises and e-commerce facilities in the islands.   As of now the telecom service in the Andaman & Nicobar

FUGRO’S CABLE LAY SPREAD

Fugro Reduces Offshore Wind Development Down Time

A development by Fugro for its work class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) has been utilised successfully in cable lay touchdown monitoring operations at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. A new track base unit, fitted to its FCV ROV, has been introduced to ensure highly accurate cable positioning during cable lay operations in strong currents. The unit ensures the continuation of operations in strong currents by enabling the ROV to run along the seabed instead of flying through the water. It is fitted to the existing ROV frame but can be detached easily if required. The unit was developed following

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MTR100: Novacavi

with Aquancable, a range of unique bespoke cables for maritime and underwater technologies including high performance tow cables, ROV cables, fiber optic hybrid cables, umbilicals, armored cables, as well as subsea detection and instrumentation cables. Novacavi is also focusing on its range of custom marine coax tow cables. Among them both heavy steel armored coax tow cables for harsh specialist applications and lightweight, neutral, positively or negatively buoyant coax tow cables for underwater environment.   Email: ff@novacavi.it www.novacavi.it     (As published in the July/August

MTX Xplorer (Photo: MTS)

MTS Supports Wave Hub Cable Work

Specialist U.K. vessel operator completes subsea survey charter at renewable technology site off the Cornish Coast.   Marine service provider Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) announced that its vessel MTS Xplorer has completed 'as built' survey works as part of marine cable installation activity conducted by contractor James Fisher at the pioneering Wave Hub site off the Cornwall coast.   Wave Hub provides a dedicated testing location for innovative offshore renewable energy technology, with purpose-built transmission infrastructure enabling installed devices to export to the

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MTR100: DeepWater Buoyancy

including ADCP buoys and inline frames, bottom mounts, mooring buoys, instrument collars, cable and marker floats, ROV/AUV buoyancy, and custom syntactic foam solutions.   Email: davidcap@deepwb.com www.DeepWaterBuoyancy.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: InterOcean Systems Inc.

offers specialized design, engineering, and production for unique applications. The products developed and fabricated by InterOcean use proven and up-to-date technologies to meet customer requirements with durable, easy-to-use solutions that offer long-term reliability for many applications in demanding marine environments.    The company was recently acquired by the ownership of Delmar Systems, Inc in June 2016. Delmar, headquartered in Broussard, La., with technical services based in Houston, has a 48-year history of providing mooring and subsea services to the offshore industry in some of

SCAR 2 on the Race Bank project (Photo: ESS)

ESS Completes $6.6 Mln Race Bank Wind Farm Project

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has completed a second major seabed clearance project on behalf of DONG Energy on what will be one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms.   The Scottish subsea technology specialist cleared more than 3000 boulders at the site of the DONG Energy’s Race Bank Offshore Windfarm, located off the Norfolk and Lincolnshire coast.   Race Bank will consist of 91 turbines of 6MW each and generate enough electricity to power more than 500,000 homes. The £5 million ($6.6m) contract followed the successful completion of a similar project by ESS on

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HFG Awards Galloper Contract to Mech-Tool Engineering

generators to a single Offshore Substation Platform (OSP). The platform has been scheduled to sail away early in 2017.   Having considerable experience in delivering its leading solutions to renewable energy projects including supplying fire and blast walls for the Dudgeon project on behalf of Sembmarine and designing, manufacturing and supplying blast relief panels and walls, firewalls, louvres and doors to the Sheringham Shoal project on behalf of Wood Group, Mech-Tool Engineering has already proven its capabilities on similar projects.    All of Mech-Tool Engineering products are Lloyds/DNV

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World's Largest Wind Turbines Installed off UK Coast

Dong Energy has installed the first of the world's largest wind turbines, which are taller and wider than the London Eye, at its Burbo Bank windfarm off the coast of Britain in the Irish Sea, it said on Thursday.   The 32 turbines, made by Vestas, will each be able to generate 8 megawatts (MW) of electricity, stand 195 metres tall from sea level and have a rotor diameter of 164 metres.   "This will be the first commercial deployment of the world's largest wind turbines," Benj Sykes, Dong's UK country manager for wind power, told Reuters.   Combined, the 32 turbines will

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MTR100: JW Fishers Mfg Inc

towed system owners also now have the ability to mount a Microsoft Surface tablet in the lid of the control box, making it a sleeker package for the end user.   Email: info@jwfishers.com Website: http://www.jwfishers.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

FOCUS 3: the 3rd generation FOCUS vehicles in the family of ROTV systems designed, developed and manufactured by MacArtney (Image: MacArtney)

MTR100: MacArtney

Worsøe, Vice-President, Technology Bjarke T. Ovesen, Vice-President, System Solutions Lasse Rasmussen, Vice-President, Engineering Number of employees worldwide: 300 in group companies, 160 in associated companies.      (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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New Linear Cable Engine for Rapid Telecoms Cable Lay

Caley Ocean Systems, part of the Seanamic Group, has developed a high speed linear cable engine (LCE) for telecoms cable laying. Operating at speeds up to 10 knots, the fully containerized Caley LCE provides complete control of deployment of telecoms cable and repeaters.    Caley offers a range of linear cable engines optimized for laying and recovering a wide variety of cable types. The engine is assembled within a customized and fully CSC certified 20ft ISO container, with curtain access to the sides and doors at either end to allow easy cable throughput. The LCE includes a built-in

Special Low-temp Power Cables for Antarctic Research Station

Novacavi said it recently applied its experience in engineering cables for extreme temperatures and environmental conditions in conceiving special low temperature power cables for Concordia Station, the permanent and all-year research station on the Antarctic Plateau.   The French-Italian research facility is located on one of the coldest places on Earth, and therefore needed a customized cable solution to securely operate under freezing conditions ranging from -85°C in winter to -25°C in summer.   Novacavi conceived two different multi core power cable configurations: one

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Ashtead Technology Lands Deal with Van Oord

processing systems for worldwide offshore construction operations.    The agreement will see Ashtead supply five SubC Imaging DVRO systems to the Dutch-based company, allowing them to record multiple 3D, HD and SD video channels simultaneously for future offshore construction, dredging and marine engineering projects.    Built to deliver vivid video footage in real-time, add overlays, stream video and audio over a secure network, the DVRO system provides high quality footage of the underwater world. The system is also fitted with a remote technical support function to provide

ABB’s Ulf Andersson (left) with Topaz’s Rune Zeuthen during the contract signing in Topaz’s offices in Dubai, UAE last 22nd of August 2016.

Topaz, ABB Renew Wind Farm Support Contract

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, today announced the renewal of its long standing contract with ABB for the Topaz Installer, Topaz’s specialized cable laying vessel. Under the terms of the contract, the Topaz Installer will provide ABB with cable-laying services in support of wind farms in the North Sea for a period of one year plus options of at least 12 months. The contract was first signed in 2010. René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine, said, “We are pleased to be renewing our partnership with ABB which is built

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MTR100: Falmouth Scientific, Inc

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. has a long history of supplying precision instruments and services into the marine science community and oceanographic markets. Throughout the years FSI has been recognized for high quality instrumentation to measure physical ocean and fresh water parameters. The company is no longer only known for these measurement systems as it has made a place for itself in the marine survey industry with advanced seismic, sub-bottom, and side scan sonar systems. These systems are a result of its strong engineering design knowledge, extensive field experience, and its rich history in

MTR100: Global Marine Systems

Global Marine Systems Limited provides engineering and underwater services, responding to the subsea cable installation, maintenance and burial requirements of customers around the world. The company has a legacy of 165 years in deep and shallow water operations and operates worldwide with main offices in Chelmsford, U.K. and Singapore. Global Marine offers a comprehensive, end-to-end solution for multiple offshore industries including oil and gas, telecoms, offshore renewables, power and deep sea research. In September 2014, Global Marine was acquired by HC2, marking the beginning of a new chapter

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STR Acquires Cable Counter Technology from Remontec

Great Yarmouth based Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR); global specialists in the design, production and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore industry have acquired the product rights to Remontec’s cable counter technology.   Under the terms of the agreement, STR now own the design and copyright covering all Remontec’s T- Count Cable Counter range and have commenced a manufacturing and product development programme to ensure continued availability.   The robust wireless cable counter blocks are already used by STR’s customers for various

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