Commercial Diving

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

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight, set throughout the bay.   Australian and British autonomous underwater vehicle teams used remote environmental monitoring units to scan the bay floor and identify mine-like objects.   The US and New Zealand then sent out divers to confirm whether or not they were mines, said Lieutenant Teina Hullena of the

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Uncharted Depths: Exploring the Marianas with SuBastian

ocean.    With some areas reaching depths more than 36,000 feet, scientists rely on a range of pioneering deep-sea technologies to survey the unexplored regions of the Mariana Trench. In 1987, the submersible Alvin was the first to visit the nearby Mariana Back-arc, a zone of highly active submarine volcanism and hydrothermal vents hidden 13,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. After returning to the Back-arc 30 years later equipped with the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s new underwater vehicle SuBastian, scientists can now fill gaps in our understanding about the biogeography of these

DEDAVE AUV in Fraunhofer’s test tank in Ilmenau, Germany (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken, Fraunhofer Ink Tech Licensing Deal

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement for underwater robotics technology with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB) in a strategic move to further strengthen its IP portfolio.   Fraunhofer is the largest organization for applied research in Europe with 69 institutes, over 24,500 employees and a €2.1 billion annual budget. Since 2012, Fraunhofer has been developing intellectual property and technology related to underwater robotics. Over C$6 million has been invested in Fraunhofer's underwater

Mark Gillespie (Photo: ESS)

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

Image courtesy of Lori Johnston, RMS Titanic Expedition 2003, NOAA-OE.

Manned Sub to Survey Titanic Wreckage

A new mission will send the first manned submersible to the Titanic wreck since 2005.   The mission will see a survey expedition team use the latest subsea imaging technology and a newly built manned submersible to assess the condition of the shipwreck and document artifacts in the debris field. The OceanGate Expeditions exploration team will conduct annual surveys of the wreck in collaboration with experts from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory AIVL at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of an ongoing long-term study to document the current condition of the Titanic

Graphics: Subsea Vessel Operations expenditure by Sector – 2017-2021. Source: Douglas-Westwood, World Subsea Hardware & Vessel Operations Market Forecast

Consolidation – A Path to Subsea Vessel Sustainability

 In recent years, the speed with which newbuild vessels have entered the market has amplified the subsea vessel demand/supply imbalance, says a report by Douglas-Westwood London.   This has been further exacerbated by sustained low oil prices, as operators defer the sanctioning of new offshore projects which could have supported vessel utilisation.    As a result, the average vessel dayrates declined by an average of 35% between 2014 and 2016. The weak market conditions have meant that many low specification vessels have struggled to hold on to existing charter rates, whilst

Allan Nairn (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Names Nairn Diving Director

Subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry Bibby Offshore has promoted Allan Nairn to Director of Diving.    Nairn joined Bibby Diving Services in 2010 as Offshore Project Manager with over 30 years’ experience in the subsea sector. In his new role, Nairn will be responsible for leading all diving related activity within the business. He will ensure day to day diving operations are executed safely, efficiently and continue to meet the high standards Bibby Offshore is known for.   “To date, I have worked on operations throughout the company’s South East

Three New Members Join Subsea UK Board

, Bruce is currently responsible for the management of extensive subsea infrastructure operated by BP across the North Sea.    With more than 20 years’ experience in the subsea pipelines business, Simons’ career began in 1992 when he worked as an engineer in London for European Marine Contractors, where he later became a senior project manager. He joined Subsea 7 in 2004 as a senior project manager, progressing through the business to become the Vice President for Canada, Mediterranean and Russia in 2011. He became the Chief Operating Officer for UK & Canada and subsequently

Jonathan Fether (Photo: OceanWorks)

OceanWorks Names Fether ADS Product Line Manager

out the training and support for the ADS. Finding new manufacturers and sourcing component suppliers is also a significant part of his new role.   Fether has been in the subsea industry for over 13 years in a variety of roles that include operations and support technician for deep diving submarine rescue vehicles, lead mechanic, machinist, electronics and hydraulics technician.   With the planned design changes and optimization of the OceanWorks ADS HARDSUIT Fether lends a highly experienced hand to the decisions going forward

Domenti Apakidze on the Black Sea with his JW Fishers side scan sonar (Photo: JW Fishers)

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

 A variety of sonar systems are now being used by law enforcement and public safety dive teams, universities and salvage companies for recovery operations, subsea surveys and marine research. Sonars produce almost photographic images of the underwater environment regardless of water clarity. Side scan sonar can sweep several hundred feet of ocean, lake, or river bottom in one pass of the boat allowing large areas to be searched or surveyed quickly. Scanning sonar, which operates in water similar to the way radar operates in air, can image a 200 foot circle on the bottom in less than a minute.

KATFISH undergoing sea trials in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland in February 2017 (Photo: Kraken Sonar)

KATFISH Completes Phase One Sea Trials

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has successfully completed phase one sea trials of its KATFISH towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar system.   Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, “These are exciting times in the underwater robotics industry. Customers are starting to fully understand the cost and risk mitigation benefits of unmanned systems. Both military and commercial markets are showing encouraging growth as they are now incorporating unmanned vehicles and intelligent sensors in their procurement plans and budgets. In fact, industry analysts Market Info Group estimates that the

Merlin WR 200 Work class ROV

IKM Subsea Singapore Inks ROV Contract with Solstad

Solstad Offshore in Singapore has recently awarded IKM Subsea Singapore a service contract to provide ROV services onboard on the DLB Norce Endeavour for construction support projects offshore in Thailand (hat-trick award from 2015). The barge will be mobilized in Singapore and will be working in the Gulf of Thailand for various clients.    IKM Subsea will provide the Merlin WR 200 Work class ROV together with the required tooling’s to execute the project which consist of numerous platform and Pipelines installation coupled with dive support for Subsea tie-in and commissioning.

The crew of Icelandic Coast Guard survey vessel Baldur deploys a Wave Glider for measuring winds, February 22, 2017 (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Scientists, Icelandic Coast Guard Partner to Study Rough Seas

Guard (ICG) has set out to study of the extreme ocean surface conditions that characterize the waters off Iceland’s coast.    Scripps physical oceanographer Eric Terrill said he and other Scripps scientists first approached Icelandic officials with the concept of deploying a suite of marine instruments because of the unique ocean conditions that are found there – primarily the locale’s extreme winter weather and rough seas.   “Measuring the waves that form from high winds can be a challenge due to the difficulty of being at the right place and right time,&rdquo

left to right: Ecosse Subsea Systems commercial manager Iain Middleton (center) with operations director Mo Petrie, left, and managing director Mike Wilson (Photo: ESS)

Middleton Joins Ecosse Subsea Systems

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has appointed Iain Middleton to the newly created role of commercial manager.   The subsea and engineering technology company said the move would allow commercial director Keith McDermott to continue to pursue new business opportunities for Ecosse in the Asian and US renewables and oil and gas sectors, and to focus on strategic developments.   In a 30-year career within the oil and gas sector, mainly with major operator Shell, Middleton was responsible for the commercial strategy, planning and execution of a number of important onshore and offshore brownfield

Modus unveils Saab Sabretooth for cost effective survey, inspection

Modus Seabed Intervention has successfully completed trialling one of the subsea industry’s first commercially available hybrid unmanned underwater vehicles. It will be one of the first autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to feature the capabilities and characteristics of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). In partnership with Saab Dynamics, Modus has developed the Saab Sabretooth to offer greater endurance and speed, and is also developing advanced sensor payload packages and operating methodologies. The vehicle is expected to contribute to more cost-effective survey and inspection projects

Brian Allen (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Dives into International Waters

U.K.-based startup Rovco has taken its firsts steps into international waters with the completion of two subsea survey contracts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.   The contract awards saw Rovco perform advanced subsea survey work in Fiji and Oman, utilizing its SubAtlantic Mojave, Seaeye Falcon and VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs.    Launched in September, the company has also been awarded its first ROV consultancy project with one of a U.K. engineering solutions provider and recently employed two new ROV pilots. It is now looking to appoint a chief technology officer as it continues to

Brian Allen (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Dives Into International Waters

UK-based start-up Rovco has taken its firsts steps into international waters and made significant progress towards growing its global footprint following the completion of two subsea survey contracts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The contract awards saw Rovco perform advanced subsea survey work in Fiji and Oman, using its SubAtlantic Mojave, Seaeye Falcon and VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs.   Launched in September, the company has also been awarded its first ROV consultancy project with one of the UK's leading engineering solutions providers and recently employed two new ROV pilots. It is now

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Dive Support Vessel Delivered in Brazil

diver risk. Electrical power is provided by three Cummins QSM 11, 300 ekW gensets plus one Cummins 6BT5.9, 92 ekW emergency genset. Three Thrustmaster 150kw tunnel thrusters provide maneuvering and station keeping power. Class 2 dynamic positioning is provided via a Kongsberg system and a quartet of Intermarine fin stabilizers are provided to reduce vessel motions and enhance crew comfort. Principal Dimensions Length Overall: 141’ 1” / 43m Length Waterline: 133’ 10” / 40.8m Beam Overall: 30’ 6” / 9.3m Draft (hull): 6’ 10” / 2.1m Depth: 13’

Extent of the Bapco FalconPlus survey area. Existing seismic and well data will be included in the interpretation of the new data set (Photo: CGG)

CGG Completes Industry-First FalconPlus Survey BAPCO

CGG has completed the acquisition and processing of the first ever Airborne Gravity Gradiometry (AGG) survey of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Conducted on behalf of the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), this was the first commercial survey to be acquired worldwide using Falcon Plus, the newest release in CGG’s highly successful suite of Falcon AGG systems and the lowest-noise AGG system available. A data set of around 18,000 km of high-resolution, low-noise AGG and magnetic data is now available over approximately 7,700 km2 of open exploration acreage across the Kingdom’s offshore

The multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. Image courtesy Furuno

Furuno's Multi-Beam Sonar reaches new depths

Furuno is proud to announce that it is bringing side-scanning capabilities to its flagship NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 MFDs with its latest network sensor called the DFF3D. This multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. This deep-water Sonar delivers a sidebar detection range of an unprecedented 650+ feet, while being able to see down to over 1,000 feet. The DFF3D utilizes a new, compact multi-beam transducer, along with Furuno’s own advanced signal processing, to produce eye-popping

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Semifinalists Announced

Lehigh Tide (Bethlehem, PA, United States) – Led by Matthew Ciolino - The Lehigh University team is creating a cost-effective autonomous underwater vehicle that can accurately scan the ocean. Ocean Quest (San Jose, CA, United States) – Led by Danny Kim, the team endeavors to design a marine STEM platform for students worldwide to enable project-based learning with new technology and techniques. Oceanzus (Durham, NH, United States) – Led by James Case, the team is creating a continuous operating platform that supports multiple survey assets to realize the mapping goal.

This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was seen in the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument while exploring the informally named “Enigma Seamount” at a depth of about 3,700 meters. Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA's Okeanos Explorer Journeys Into Pacific Deepwater

.7 miles (6,000 meters) deep. The 2017 explorations will run through September and are part of the third and final year of NOAA’s Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds, known as CAPSTONE, a major multi-year science initiative focusing on the deep ocean of U.S. marine protected areas in the central and western Pacific.   Managers of protected areas, the science community, and others will use the information NOAA collects to make informed decisions and learn more about the deep ocean.  “With each expedition we not only provide scientists and

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Bourbon wins Pipelay EPCI Contract for Hylia Project

Bourbon  announced its first pipelay contract awarded by Total Gabon for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of 25 km of 6” rigid pipeline as part of the Hylia Water Injection Project using Zap-Lok technology.   For the execution of this contract, BOURBON is subcontracting key suppliers, mainly Cortez Subsea, for pipelay equipment and Wood Group for the pipeline design and pipelay engineering. Operations are scheduled to start in Q2 2017 offshore Gabon with an MPSV from the Bourbon Evolution 800 series. ROV services and a PSV, all provided by BOURBON, will

Harlan Doliner

MTR Speaks with Harlan Doliner Ahead of His OINA Panel

Verrill Dana LLP, is an organizer and panel member of the “Frontiers of Technology Transfer Panel” at the upcoming Oceanology International North America 2017 in San Diego.   What do you consider to be the key challenges to technology transfer between i.e. naval applications, to marine science and ocean research applications?  From my perspective one of the biggest challenges is the tendency to “silo” or compartmentalize new technologies into existing applications or areas of endeavor. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center has set a wonderful example of getting past

Seabin prototype V4 Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä joins battle against ocean plastics

sales begin. The city of Helsinki and the Port of Helsinki will manage daily maintenance of the Seabins. Sustainable and environmental initiatives Wärtsilä is a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and a signatory to the UN Global Compact, and is shaping the traditional marine and energy markets with sustainable and renewable solutions, all aimed at improving the environmental footprint of marine transport and power production. Wärtsilä provides cutting edge technology for reducing emissions from ships, by providing exhaust gas cleaning systems and dual-fuel

LEXMAR diving life support control panels  (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas: New Rules for Diving Systems

professional diving systems ranging from surface-supplied systems for shallow water diving to complex saturation systems for deep sea diving. Although diving is considered as one of the more hazardous offshore activities, demand for diving services from the oil and gas industry as well as the emerging marine renewable energy sector remains strong, despite progress made by the use of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV).   The role of the classification society in diving is to support the diving industry to achieve a high safety level and to consistently implement regulations throughout

The Rayfin Autonomous Machine Vision System. (Photo: SubC Imaging)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: SubC Imaging

. SubC has patents pending around the viewing medium, involving stitching the videos together, to create a 360 spherical view around the ROV. Multiple clients can simultaneously digitally pan, tilt and zoom within the spherical view.     (As published in the January/February edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Thierry Boyer (selfie) and Deep Trekker ROV above the HMS Erebus wreck. (© Parks Canada)

All Hands on Deck: ROVs and AUVs Aid Search for Franklin

Marine and subsea unmanned vehicle technology is playing an increasingly greater role in underwater archaeology, including the search for the historic shipwreck Franklin.   For centuries, the ever-changing sea ice of the Northwest Passage made the route through the Arctic Ocean unpredictable and, on occasions, virtually impassable. Yet, since the 1500s the promise of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the economic benefits which would follow, were enough to entice many expeditions into this treacherous pass. One such explorer, Sir John Franklin, set sail in 1845 from England with

A screenshot taken from the sigma S6 Ice Navigator in use, showing an iceberg being targeted in thick pack ice. (Image: Rutter)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: Rutter

ice management is a serious operational and safety concern when working in areas with sea ice and icebergs.    Rutter’s sigma S6 product line, which also includes systems focused on oil spill detection, small target surveillance and wave and current measurement, connect to commercial marine radars, adding value to those existing navigation assets. “With the release of our latest generation of marine radar data processing software, sigma S6 9.1.0, we are able to assist vessels to improve their operations and fulfill industry demands with even greater efficiency,” said Fraser

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Video: Retired Ship Sunk to Form Artificial Reef

diver safety,” said Jackson, explaining that contractors were tasked with removing debris, certain types of pipes and other parts that could become loose or dislodged in saltwater over time.   The Kraken’s new resting place is in close proximity to the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a triad of coral reef systems popular with divers and fishermen located about 100 miles off the Gulf Coast.   A video of the sinking is available here.   This is the second ship-reefing project Matrix has undertaken for the Texas Parks & Wildlife since 2014, when it handled

Rob Stewart (Photo: Douglas Braun)

Sharkwater Director Still Missing off Florida

The parents of award-winning Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart, an environmental activist campaigning to protect sharks, said on Thursday they hoped his experience in the water could help him survive after he disappeared off the Florida coast this week.   Stewart, 37, went missing on Tuesday after a deepwater dive to retrieve an anchor. His dive partner collapsed after returning to the boat, while Stewart, who signaled he was OK when he surfaced, later disappeared, his parents said.   "If anybody can survive in the water, it is him," Brian Stewart, his father said in a telephone

Joe Turner and Exocetus' Coastal Glider (Photo: Eric Haun)

US Blue Tech Companies to Watch in 2017

;s Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System (AMECS) Aquaai Aquabotix Technology Corporation, Inc.  Assure Controls BioLargo Maritime Solutions Inc. Blue Robotics Inc. Del Mar Oceanographic Exocetus Autonomous Systems GreenWave Instruments Hydronalix Marine Advanced Research Inc. OceanManager Pioneer Valley Renewables Planck Aerosystems PortCall Sunburst Sensors WearWare Inc.   The U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative is a collaboration between The Maritime Alliance (TMA) and the International Trade Administration

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New Inertial Sensors for Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicles

Embedded sensing systems developer LORD Sensing MicroStrain said it has expanded its portfolio of sensors for unmanned and autonomous vehicles for air, land and sea with the introduction of the 3DM­GX5 family of inertial sensors.   “We have a large portfolio that shares the same software and protocol, allowing customers to move up and down the product line where they need varying levels of precision with MEMS Inertial Sensors or GNSS,” said Andy Winzenz, Commercial Director, LORD Sensing. “Customers can stay within the LORD family and dial into their needs. LORD continues

M² Subsea CEO Mike Arnold (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea Opens Aberdeen Office

The fledgling subsea business, which secured private equity investment towards the end of 2016, has moved people and equipment into headquarter premises in Arnhall Business Park at Westhill in Aberdeenshire.     With sights set on becoming one of the largest independent providers of ROV services globally, M² Subsea is off to a flying start in 2017, recruiting onshore commercial and operational personnel, taking possession of 27 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and mobilizing 10 of them onto a diverse fleet of subsea vessels.    The company, which is also based in Houston

Stingray 500 (Photo: Aquatica)

There's a New Manned Submersible on the Market

on the market with potential to perform a diverse range of tasks – from commercial to research to defense.   Having completed sea trials and its first commercial dive, the Stingray 500, first in a series of new models from Canadian manned submersibles manufacturer and operator Aquatica Submarines and Subsea Technology Inc., is now poised to make waves in the defense, research and offshore commercial markets.   After completing sea trials to 690 feet with classification society DNV-GL, the sub has made its commercial expedition on artificial reefs off the coast of Vancouver for the

Mapping Drone Powered By HYPACK

Southeastern geospatial solutions company SurvTech Solutions, Inc. has selected the NEXUS 800 powered by HYPACK as its aerial mapping solution.    When asked why the HYPACK Solution was chosen, SurvTech Solutions president David O’Brien said the answer is simple: “Our goal was to acquire upland data simultaneous with subaqueous data and make a seamless point cloud of upland and submerged data. The integration of the Puck with our heading RTK GPS, IMU and sonar was extremely straightforward and HYPACK was there every step of the way. Since that integration, we have been collecting

Image: HR Wallingford

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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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

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WOC Partners in Research on Impact of Arctic Changes

WOC Joins International Group of 40 Organizations in the Blue-Action Project on the Impact of Arctic Changes on Northern Hemisphere Weather and Climate.   The World Ocean Council (WOC) has been selected as the only international business organization to participate in the European project Blue-Action, which is being launched this week in Berlin. Blue-Action will provide fundamental and empirically-grounded, executable science that quantifies and explains the role of a changing Arctic in increasing predictive capability of weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere. This project’s

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De Zeeman Pro Joins Forces with C-Tecnics

De Zeeman Pro based in Belgium suppliers of Commercial and Military Diving equipment have been appointed as exclusive Belgian distributors for the full range of C-Tecnics products. Established more than 30 years ago De Zeeman Pro have built up a wealth of knowledge and trust with their worldwide client base. With extensive stocks at their offices in Belgium ready for immediate despatch they are well positioned to serve your Underwater  Video and Communications needs.  

Saudis to Launch $30-50 billion Renewable Energy Program

Saudi Arabia will launch in coming weeks a renewable energy program that is expected to involve investment of between $30 and $50 billion by 2023, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday.   Falih, speaking at an energy industry event in Abu Dhabi, said Riyadh would in the next few weeks start the first round of bidding for projects under the program, which would produce 10 gigawatts of power.   In addition to that program, Riyadh is in the early stages of feasibility and design studies for its first two commercial nuclear reactors, which will total 2.8 gigawatts, he said.

(Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

Scientists Find Life at Unexplored Ocean Depths

With a brand new ROV in tow, a team of leading geologists, chemists and biologists recently returned to the largely unexplored Mariana Back-Arc to search for life at depths greater than 13,000 feet.   Led by Dr. David Butterfield, JISAO, University of Washington, and Dr. William Chadwick, NOAA-PMEL and Oregon State University, the group returned to the Back-Arc for the second phase of a two-part exploration of the region. In 2015, the team of scientists located new hydrothermal vents in the Back-Arc region, including evidence of recent lava flows. This year, the team returned to these vent

New Marine Energy Business Launched

DCNS and BpiFrance announce the launch of DCNS Energies, a new marine energy business; €100 million equity investment into new marine energy subsidiary    DCNS, the parent company of OpenHydro and the European leader in naval defense, has announced the creation of DCNS Energies a new marine energy business which will be fully financed by a fund managed by Bpifrance and supported by Technip and BNP Paribas development groups.   DCNS Energies, majority owned by DCNS and 36 percent by the SPI fund ("Société de Projets Industriels" / Industrial Projects

The Bluefin SandShark is a one-person-portable, low-cost autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed to leverage today’s miniaturized sensors and small enough to be carried in a backpack. (Credit: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

Bluefin SandShark AUV is Ready to Order

 Small enough to fit in a backpack, Bluefin SandShark dives to 200 meters and multiple vehicles can work in parallel for large area, underwater missions.    General Dynamics Mission Systems announced its new Bluefin SandShark autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) can now be ordered on the company’s website by defense, commercial and scientific customers worldwide. Weighing less than 11 pounds before adding a mission payload, the ‘micro’ AUV fits in a backpack, can swim up to five knots and dive down to 200 meters (656 feet). The tail section of the Bluefin SandShark

OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

fast approaching, exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new technology developments to the ocean science community. Taking place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance, exhibition space at OINA 2017 is already over 90 percent booked. Teledyne Marine (booth #D20) will be out in force at OINA 2017 in San Diego CA. In addition to its full line of instruments, imaging, vehicles and interconnect products, the company will promote the newest product developments from across its brand portfolio including; the Teledyne Oceanscience rapidCAST underway

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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

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US Defense Department Orders 60 ROVs for Explosives Disposal

Mobile Units around the globe.   The new SeaBotix vLBV 300 systems will be fitted with a range of commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment, including SeaBotix's unique tracked crawler attachment skid, imaging sonar, tooling options, altimeter and USBL/GPS navigation capability plus the Teledyne Marine autonomous ROV navigation package – SMARTFLIGHT.   "Teledyne SeaBotix is honored to be awarded this contract," said William Kikendall, President of Teledyne SeaBotix. "Teledyne SeaBotix ROVs are robust and reliable systems that are used by EOD and other military and security

Patrick Grandelli (Photo: PCCI)

PCCI Appoints Grandelli as Chief Engineer

conduct of bathymetric and geophysical surveys.  He received a Master’s Degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawaii, and his Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a U.S. member of the International Electro-technical Commission’s TC114 marine energy committee

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

New US Wave Energy Test Facility

capable of harnessing the significant wave energy resources along U.S. coastlines.   Up to $40 million has been awarded by the U.S. Energy Department for the design, permit and construct of the open-water, grid-connected national wave energy test site in Newport, Oregon.   The new Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site will be constructed by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University with a combination of federal and non-federal funds, and is scheduled for completion by early 2020.   The pre-permitted site was designed to meet the

Source: Russia Defence Ministry

ROV Finds Crashed Jet's Black Box in the Black Sea

Russia has found the main flight recorder from a military plane that crashed into the Black Sea killing all 92 on board, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, amid unconfirmed reports that authorities had grounded all aircraft of the same type.   The recorder, one of several reported to be on board, contains information that could help investigators identify the cause of Sunday's crash, which killed dozens of Red Army Choir singers and dancers en route to Syria to entertain Russian troops in the run-up to the New Year.   Investigators have so far said that pilot error or a technical fault

Credit: Harris Caprock/Oceaneering

Uncontended Voice and Data Through TDMA Networks

; On November 1, 2016, Harris’ CapRock Communications commercial business was acquired by satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited in a cash transaction valued at $425 million.     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Schlumberger, Transocean Ink Service Agreements

Cameron, a Schlumberger company, today announced the signing of two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean valued at greater than $350 million. The first contract calls for Schlumberger to manage Transocean’s Cameron risers in the Gulf of Mexico. This comprehensive agreement includes storage, maintenance, inspection, repair, recertification and data-driven riser management on the rigs. Through the second contract, Schlumberger will provide a comprehensive suite of solutions to maintain and service blowout preventer (BOP) systems and other

Schlumberger Signs Two Transocean Service Agreements

Riser management and subsea blowout preventer service agreements aim to reduce offshore nonproductive time and total cost of ownership   Cameron, a Schlumberger company, signed two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean valued at greater than $350 million. The first contract calls for Schlumberger to manage Transocean’s Cameron risers in the Gulf of Mexico. This comprehensive agreement includes storage, maintenance, inspection, repair, recertification and data-driven riser management on the rigs. Through the second contract, Schlumberger

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How to Find a Stuck PIG in a Subsea Pipeline

Finding a stuck PIG in your subsea pipeline, a step-by-step guide   Shutting down a subsea pipeline as a result of a PIG blocking up the system can cost a business tens of millions of dollars in lost production.    Industrial technology specialist Tracerco is on hand to guide you on remedying a blocked subsea pipeline as a result of a stuck PIG in the quickest time possible. Just follow these steps to find the solution:   1. Safety first A stuck PIG not only creates an immediate production issue which will impact on a business’ revenue, but it also has the potential to

Airmar Acquires Former Materials Systems Inc.

 Airmar Technology Corporation has acquired the assets of the former Materials Systems Inc. (MSI) group located in Littleton, MA from Channel Technologies Group (CTG). MSI was founded in 1991, sold to CTG in October 2014, and post-acquisition, will be incorporated as MSI Transducers Corp.  AIRMAR’s President and CEO, Matthew Boucher, stated, “The integration of our piezoceramic transducers and sensor technology coupled with MSI’s piezocomposite transducer offerings enables us to diversify our product line and significantly broaden our offerings to the commercial and

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Changing Climate, Oceans and America’s Fisheries

Across America, changes in climate and oceans are having very real and profound effects on communities, businesses and the natural resources we depend on, according to Dr. Richard Merrick is the chief scientist for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Fishing communities face extra challenges, as droughts, floods, rising seas, ocean acidification, and warming oceans change the productivity of our waters and where wildlife live, spawn and feed. And there is much at risk – marine fisheries and seafood industries support over $200 billion in economic activity and 1.83 million jobs

An unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boat operates autonomously during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. During the demonstration four boats, using an ONR-sponsored system called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command Sensing), operated autonomously during various scenarios designed to identify, trail or track a target of interest. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Video: US Navy Tests Autonomous Swarmboats

harbor approach defense.   “The U.S. Navy knows our most important asset, without question, is our highly trained military personnel,” said Dr. Robert Brizzolara, the program officer at ONR who oversees the effort. “The autonomy technology we are developing for our Sailors and Marines is versatile enough that it will assist them in performing many different missions, and it will help keep them safer.”   ONR completed the first major demonstration of CARACaS technology on the James River in Virginia n 2014. At that time, the transportable kit containing the autonomy

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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