Commercial Diving

Multi-Physics Imaging routinely provides geologically consistent Earth models, such as this Magnetotelluric conductivity inversion integrated with drilling data to define a hydrocarbon prospect. (Image: CGG)

CGG Launched Multi-Physics Imaging Group

 CGG’s Multi-Physics business line has launched its Multi-Physics Imaging group, consolidating its recognized expertise in multi-physics data processing and interpretation, trusted technical consulting services and specialized commercial software development into a single global team.    As a complement to CGG’s seismic Subsurface Imaging capabilities, Multi-Physics Imaging helps oil and gas, geothermal and mining companies around the world gain a more complete understanding of the subsurface by optimizing the value of non-seismic geophysical data in their exploration

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Seadrill Names Dibowitz CEO

Oslo-listed rig firm Seadrill named a new chief executive from within its own ranks on Wednesday and said its talks to restructure $14 billion of debt and liabilities had reached an advanced stage.   Once the world's most valuable rig firm, Seadrill's business was hard hit when oil companies sharply cut investments and exploration in the wake of a 2014 crash in oil prices.   Anton Dibowitz, current chief commercial officer, will take the top job from July 1, succeeding Per Wullf who will remain a board director, the company said. Dibowitz, a U.S. citizen, joined the company 10 years ago.

Newly discovered B-25 Bomber (Photo: Project Recover)

Missing WW II Bombers Found on the Seafloor

follows successful identification and documentation of five missing World War II aircraft in 2016   Two B-25 bombers associated with American servicemen missing in action from World War II were recently documented in the waters off Papua New Guinea by Project Recover—a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft and associated MIAs from World War II.   The B-25 bomber is one of the most iconic airplanes of World War II, with nearly 10,000 of the famous warbirds conducting a variety of missions—from bombing

Mathewson Joins FarSounder as Sales Director

 Marine electronics manufacturer FarSounder, Inc. announced that Michael Mathewson has joined the company in a newly-created position of Director of Global Sales, charged with addressing the continued growth in the international marketplace for FarSounder key technologies for commercial, defense and private luxury yachts. He will report to CEO Cheryl M. Zimmerman.   A mechanical engineer by training with expertise in the marine science, technology, engineering and international marketplace, Mathewson has spent his career managing multifaceted projects and developing high-performing engineeri

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Blueye Pioneer: A New Underwater Drone

A new low-cost marine drone seeks to change the way underwater hull inspections are performed, allowing ship owners, vessel crew and shipyards to examine hulls below the surface in a safer and more cost efficient manner. The Blueye Pioneer underwater drone has been developed by Trondheim-based technology firm Blueye Robotics, a company which has sprung out from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS).    The Blueye Pioneer, which essentially provides “eyes under the water” for ad-hoc and periodic

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Dutchman Wants to Deploy Barriers to Gather, Recycle Pacific Plastic

ashore and recycled. "You can imagine the bumper of your next car, or the chair you're sitting on or the frame of your phone can be ocean plastic in the future," Slat told Reuters. Environmental groups including Greenpeace have said removing large quantities of plastic could damage marine life. "To filter the plastic out of the water could affect very small marine life which is very important for the food chain," said Elvira Jimenez, a coordinator for Greenpeace's ocean campaign. Slat said his barriers would not act like a net and would spare marine life. Plastic pollution

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Diver Training Key to Underwater Vessel Repair

After delays of almost two weeks following an unsuccessful repair to the hull of a 180m bulk carrier that ran aground offshore Las Palmas, Spain, Hydrex Underwater Technologies was approached to get the vessel sailing again. Hydrex Production Executive Dave Bleyenberg explained, “The classification society said to the owner the repair would be more likely to get the green light if we were involved because they knew we had the needed certificates and experience.” Once Hydrex’s involvement was approved, a small inspection team was flown to Las Palmas to perform a detailed underwate

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South Bay Cable Celebrates 60

commitment to quality and customer service, allow South Bay Cable to experience steady growth. With increased production capabilities and strong footholds in both commercial and military markets, South Bay looks forward to future challenges.      (As published in the May 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Topaz Resolve Goes to Work in the Mediterranean

International offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine said its multipurpose supply vessel (MPSV) Topaz Resolve has commenced a charter in support of geophysical and geotechnical survey operations in the Mediterranean Sea for a European oil major.  Topaz Resolve is operating from Limassol, Cyprus for an initial period of one month. The vessel is a multi-functional ROV, dive and survey vessel and is equipped for deep and shallow water operations, in DP2 or by 4-point mooring. The 50m vessel, which was built in late 2015, is equipped with a 25 metric ton offshore subsea crane.

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BOEM's Jim Bennett Weighs in on US Offshore Renewables

(BOEM), the program responsible for overseeing offshore renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Bennett has a long career of experience in dealing with OCS issues as they relate to energy, with experience in oil and gas and now renewables. He recently spent some time with Marine Technology Reporter to discuss the current and future role of offshore renewable energy in the United States.   You have vast experience in the offshore energy environment, both oil and gas and now renewables. Is there a compare and contrast between the two?  There is a compare and contrast

This frame grab from video taken by MBARI’s MiniROV shows the inner house of a giant larvacean, with its inner chambers outlined by the red sheet of laser light from the DeepPIV system. Image © 2015 MBARI

Lasers Shed Light on the Inner Workings of the Giant Larvacean

New laser technology is allowing MBARI scientists to look into the structure of giant larvaceans–tadpole-like marine animals that are important players in ocean ecosystems. In a recent paper in Science Advances, MBARI researchers described a new method for measuring the flow of seawater through larvaceans and other gelatinous animals. The results will help scientists understand how much carbon dioxide the oceans are absorbing from the atmosphere. Larvaceans play a significant role in moving carbon from the upper part of the ocean down into the deep sea. They build balloon-like mucus structures

US Navy Partners with ALFA International

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport has entered into an agreement with ALFA International Inc. of Woonsocket, R.I. for the commercialization of NUWC XP-1, a high-performance polyurethane developed for protection of marine acoustic and optical equipment. The two-part polyurethane exhibits good hydrolytic stability and acoustic properties while also being optically clear, the manufacturer said. NUWC XP-1 can be cured at room or elevated temperatures in less than 24 hours. “Navy chemists and material scientists first developed the polyurethane known as NUWC XP-1 in the

Photo of what seaweed community looks like after introduction of invasive seaweed (Dasysiphonia japonica) (Photo: Kristen Mello/UNH)

Sea Habitats Altered by More Invasive Seaweed-Study

Walking along the beaches of New England, it is easy to spot large amounts of a fine red seaweed clogging the coastline, the result of sweeping changes in the marine environment occurring beneath the water.   To further investigate, researchers at the University of New Hampshire looked at seaweed populations over the last 30 years in the Southwestern Gulf of Maine and found the once predominant and towering kelp seaweed beds are declining and more invasive, shrub-like species have taken their place, altering the look of the ocean floor and the base of the marine food chain.   In the study

Atair II (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

the first newbuild to use Kongsberg’s Integrated Vessel Concept for research vessels, Atair II will become one of the most sophisticated ships in the world. In parallel to the high levels of integration, Atair II features DNV-GL SILENT class notation – SILENT R, ensuring minimal impact on the marine environment and optimum conditions for scientific work aboard. Atair II also meets the strictest standards for Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emissions according to International Maritime Organisation (IMO Tier III) requirements and US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA Tier IV) soot particle emissions

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Fishers Equipment Helps Locate Weapons and Explosives

 Before 1970 the widely accepted solution for disposal of old munitions, typically called unexploded ordnance (UXO), was to dump them into rivers, lakes and oceans. Today we know this creates a multitude of problems, the worst of which are pollution and the risk of an explosion. Many people have already lost their lives to these underwater booby traps. The uncertainties surrounding their precise location and degree of decomposition, makes attempting to recover these dangerous devices an even more difficult task.   Several international organizations have been formed to address the problem

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

Klein Marine Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitcham Industries, Inc., announced that Richard Dentzman has joined Klein as Regional Sales Manager.     Dentzman joins Klein Marine Systems as a Regional Sales Manager, contributing to Klein’s market share expansion and new product introduction, as well as strengthening cooperation with customers in the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and other defense customers around the world.   Dentzman is a U.S. submarine

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Tuco Debuts New Light Dive Vessel

Tuco Marine has presented its new vessel dedicated to the diving and subsea market, the ProZero 12m LDV Light Diving Vessel.   The boat is designed and optimized to serve as a platform for subsea operations and support of up to three divers. Diving operations include underwater inspection, investigation, construction, repair and maintenance of machinery and structures and recovery of sunken assets.   In addition to the large driver and control cabin, the boat is equipped with a working deck and has room for up to three dive control stations in the cabin. Powerful light projectors on the

Piezo Kinetics Acquires CTG’s Ceramics Division

Piezo Kinetics Inc., manufacturer of specialty piezoelectric ceramic elements and assemblies, has acquired Channel Technologies Group’s (CTG) Ceramics Division’s assets, including all powder formulations and inventories of finished products. The CTG Santa Barbara, Calif.-based subsidiary manufactures piezoelectric ceramics for the medical, energy, defense and commercial maritime industries. Terms of the cash acquisition were not disclosed.   Piezo Kinetics, a member company of the Crest Group, manufactures piezoelectric ceramics within a broad range of applications for the medical

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Technology Advances Fisheries Management

Real or near-real time management of Pacific purse seine tuna fisheries is now possible for the first time in history, changing the game for fisheries management.   Observer electronic reporting tools – through the new Observer eReporting App –will now be used to help reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and bolster supply chain transparency and traceability in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fisheries.   A 2016 analysis conducted by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) showed that nonreporting, misreporting and underreporting represented

Holyhead Deep (Photo: Xodus)

World's First Low Velocity Tidal Energy Project

and to minimize the impact on other sea users. The first phase of the project will include a single Deep Green device unit, seabed foundation and a surfaced moored buoy, with installation planned this year.  The in-depth EIA carried out by Xodus considered the potential impacts acts on fisheries, marine mammals, sea birds, marine archaeology and cultural heritage as well as shipping and navigation, which were concluded to be ‘not significant’. James Monnington, lead environmental consultant at Xodus Group said, “Xodus has developed specialist expertise in environmental impact

Bryan Nicholls (Photo: U.S. Underwater Services)

Nicholls Elected as ADCI President

Bryan Nicholls, president and COO of Texas based offshore and inland commercial diving contractor U.S. Underwater Services, LLC, has been elected president of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) at its annual conference.   The ADCI is a professional association that promotes best industry practice with respect to the health and safety of commercial divers and underwater operations.    “The ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations are recognized as best industry practice here in the U.S., and in many other parts of the world

Phill Harvey (Photo: Valeport)

Valeport Appoints Harvey as Financial Director

U.K. based manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation Valeport has appointed Phill Harvey to the new post of financial director. He joins the senior management team to oversee all financial aspects of the business.    Harvey brings to the role more than 30 years’ experience in the financial sector supporting many SME manufacturers and exporters. His commercial background includes roles at Handelsbanken and Lloyds Bank.   Valeport managing director, Matt Quartley, said, “Valeport is rapidly expanding into new markets, delivering new

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand  (Photo: Hydrex)

Hydrex to Expand Antwerp Facility

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand its existing 5000m² site on Asiadok on the River Scheldt with new workshops and offices.  As part of its expansion, the result of organic growth over the past two years, Hydrex has also refurbished its dive support workboats and increased its manpower by 25 percent to strengthen its diver-technician capability. Hydrex Chairman Boud Van Rompay said, “The new facility together with our recent recruitment drive is consequent of market demand for swift and cost-effective underwater hull and

Claus Omann (Photo: MacArtney)

MacArtney Names Omann CEO

Claus Omann has been appointed as the next CEO of the MacArtney Underwater Technology Group, effective August 1, 2017.   Current CEO Niels Erik Hedeager will at the same time take over as Chairman of the Board of Directors.   Omann’s technical and commercial background includes previous positions at LEGO, Viking Life-Saving Equipment and TRIAX in various senior management roles including technical director and most recently CEO.   Hedeager has worked at MacArtney for more than 28 years. 

Ocean Infinity Awards Software Contract to 4D Nav

Ocean Infinity said it has awarded a contract to 4D Nav for InfinityView, a mission planning and monitoring software for their multiple autonomous vehicle systems.   The software will optimize the mission planning for all autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), unmanned surface vehicles (USV) and the host vessel by applying deep learning technology. As the planned missions are being executed all of the autonomous vehicles and the host vessel will be tracked against their planned missions. If any deviations occur InfinityView will dynamically update the mission plan to allow corrective decisions

Paddy Hardey (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea Appoints US GM, SVP Commercial

The US operation of M² Subsea has announced the appointment of a new general manager and senior vice president of commercial as the firm embarks on the next stage of its growth strategy.   Based in Houston, Paddy Hardey will be responsible for implementing the firm’s global commercial and contracting principals to ensure the strategic development and continued growth of the fledging subsea company.   Overseeing the Woodlands, Texas, based US business and all commercial, tendering activity and contract negotiations across M² Subsea’s core business functions, Hardey

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

SIT 250 tidal platform located in front of Sentosa Boardwalk, Singapore (Photo: SCHOTTEL HYDRO)

ENVIROTEK Makes Tidal Instream Energy a Reality in Southeast Asia

a viable source of energy in Southeast Asia. The technology that we are working on with our partners will make deployment in the region a commercial reality. Furthermore, there is tremendous potential for harnessing tidal instream energy in an archipelagic country like the Philippines. We are looking at marine renewable energy to form part of the energy mix – starting in off-grid areas but eventually feeding into micro-grids and ultimately the main grid.” Integrated Floating Tidal Energy Solutions for Southeast Asia Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) and SCHOTTEL HYDRO have been working on

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New Personal Submarines Unveiled

Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx introduces five new research submarines that open up the deep to private explorers and oceanographic research organizations.    The deepest diving submersible of the new C-Researcher series is the two-person C-Researcher 2, which has an operating depth of 2,000 meters.    The two-person model also comes in a 500 meter rated version, while the three-person designs are built for 480 meters, 1,100 meters and 1,700 meters.   Two key innovations on the C-Researcher submersibles are the Pressure-Tolerant Lithium-ion battery technolog

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ESS Cleans Up With Windfarm Seabed Project

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has been awarded a seabed clearance project on the £2.6bn ($3.25 bn) Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) in the Outer Moray Firth.   The subsea technology company will conduct boulder clearing operations in 50 meter water depth, deploying its SCAR2 Seabed System from the Siem Ruby vessel on behalf of client Siem Offshore Contractors.   BOWL is located approximately 13km off the Caithness coast and on completion in 2019 will consist of 84 turbines which are expected to power roughly 450,000 homes.    The wind farm is being developed with a

Supervisor Greg Cox at the grand opening of the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market in San Diego in August 2014. It is a great success story in the local Blue Economy. (Photo: The office of Supervisor Greg Cox)

Greg Cox: Growing the Blue Economy

focusing not only on businesses, but also on education, and policy as well as technological resources. By its very nature the blue economy is international,” and The Maritime Alliance does a great job in helping to bring them all together.     (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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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Aerial Drone Scans for Pirates off Somalia

A team of antipiracy personnel currently on patrol off Somalia has deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to help scan for potential pirate activity in the region.   As part of the counter-piracy military operation EU NAVFOR Somalia, also known as Operation Atalanta, the UAV crew from Spain’s 11th Squadron has been conducting air surveillance and reconnaissance patrols off the Somali coast using its ScanEagle drone from the deck of Spanish Navy ship ESPS Galicia.   Once in the air, the five-foot-long UAV obtains images and video of maritime events in real-time, at night or

Jim Garrington receives the award from DCBC Chairman Jonathan Chapple (Photo: Shark Marine Technologies)

Garrington Receives Diving Industry Award

Jim Garrington, CEO of Shark Marine Technologies, is the recipient of the 2017 Technical Excellence Award presented by the Canadian Divers Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) at the Canadian Underwater Conference and Exhibition in Ottawa, Ontario.    The award recognizes Garrington’s many contributions to advancing technology for divers and the diving industry; from the first helmet mounted cameras to modular ROVs to today’s underwater diver held systems that are currently in use by military, police, scientists and commercial divers worldwide.  

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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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Pemex Delves Deep into UK Subsea Sector

Senior figures from Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex, have been discovering the secrets of the UK subsea sector’s success and how it has revolutionized the way in which hydrocarbons have been extracted from beneath the seabed during a fact-finding visit to Aberdeen.   Organized in partnership with the Department of International Trade (DIT), the five-day subsea learning event included site visits to some of the sector’s most innovative companies, including GE Oil & Gas, Aker Solutions, Hydrasun, Wood Group, BP and ROVOP. The delegation experienced what it’s like

Man and machine: Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems team are determined to deliver the standard operating platform for the marine industry. (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea: Redefining the Connection between Man and Machine

Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems crew are on a mission to have its software backbone become the standard of subsea robotics and the marine industry, bringing a paradigm change in the relationship between man and machine. From his Richmond, Vermont headquarters, he explains.   To kick things off, can you share with our readers how you came to found and own Greensea? I grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; I grew up on the water. My first job was at 13 working on fishing boats and sailboats, and then I started diving. I went to school and earned an undergraduate degree in physics

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New Full Color 3D Underwater Laser Imaging System

Kraken Sonar Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotik GmbH will introduce its new SeaVision system at the Ocean Business conference to be held in Southampton, U.K. from April 4-6, 2017.   The SeaVision RGB underwater laser imaging system offers the resolution, range and scan rate to deliver dense full color 3D point cloud images of subsea infrastructure with millimeter accuracy in real time. The initial system is designed for deployment on underwater robotic platforms such as remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). A handheld diver system is planned for

Sidus Seafloor Observer Camera System (Photo: SIDUS Solutions)

SoCal Tech Focus: SIDUS Solutions

to take advantage of complete start to finish solutions including project management, custom manufacturing, system integration, project engineering, installation Support, research and development, commissioning service and customer support.     (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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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

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

Photo: Incat Crowther

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

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