Data Processing

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New Seabed Characterization Tool

A new feature of Chesapeak Technology’s SonarWiz 7 is the new Seabed Characterization tool. It now incorporates bathymetric slope, roughness, TPI and any spatially distributed variable that can aid the characterization algorithm to generate classes of texture.  From that, it produces a vector polygon layer that can be exported for use outside SonarWiz. Unlike producing the analysis in a GIS or image processing package, SonarWiz performs the analysis BEFORE the data is mosaiced and geo-referenced. This reduces the impact of artifacts in the nadir and far field, which can be difficult

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Tech File: Kongsberg’s Compact Survey Vessel

GeoSwath 4R system is pre-calibrated so that the survey operation can commence immediately on arrival, and no time is wasted running additional survey lines.    Its shallow draft, high top speed and maneuverability combined with the stability of a catamaran hull make it ideal for use in both marine surveys and on canals, river and lakes. The ability to steer tight survey grids makes it a fast and accurate addition to the surveyor’s portfolio.   The new GeoSwath 4R system offers unsurpassed productivity in shallow waters with at least 12x water depth coverage right up to the waterline

Noble Globetrotter I (Photo: Sonardyne)

Noble Drillship Gets a DP Upgrade

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation plc has selected acoustically-aided inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Inc., Houston, for its ultra-deep water drillship Noble Globetrotter I. The Marksman DP-INS system is being used to provide a high integrity, independent subsea position reference for the vessel’s GE DP3 dynamic positioning (DP) system as it drills exploration wells in water depths up to 10,000 feet.   Built in 2011, the Noble Globetrotter I is significantly smaller than a conventional drillship but has the same operational capacity. The reduction in size has

2G Robotics to Aid Mine Countermeasure Ops

2G Robotics said it has been selected to supply AUV-based laser scanning, stills imaging and illumination solutions for HUGIN AUVs to be delivered to the Royal Norwegian Navy as part of a mine countermeasure project.   The dynamic underwater laser scanning solution will be integrated into four HUGIN AUV systems to be delved by Kongsberg Maritime to the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (NDMA), and will assist with the detection, classification and assessment of mines by combining industry-leading accuracy with real-time data acquisition.   2G Robotics will supply the following:

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.

(From left to right) Christian Cabos, Head of Department Information Management Technologies at DNV GL – Maritime, Marco Bibuli, Researcher at the Italian research centre CNR-ISSIA, and Volker Bertram, COMPIT Coordinator and Project Manager Engineering Services Newbuilding at the DNV GL Maritime Academy, at the COMPIT awards ceremony in Cardiff. (Credit: Felix Selzer). Photo: DNV GL

Italian Maritime Robotics Expert Bags DNV GL Award

 Marco Bibuli was announced as the winner of the DNV GL COMPIT Award 2017 for smart underwater robotics, which took place in Cardiff this year.    The Italian maritime robotics expert, working at the Italian research center CNR-ISSIA in Genova, was honored for his work on team-capable smart robots.   “The jury singled out Marco Bibuli, because his work brought advanced techniques of Artificial Intelligence to practical applications, representing innovative engineering at its finest. In Bibuli’s applications, the robots are not replacing the human, but act as caddies

RJE International Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation

Following a certification audit of RJE International’s corporate and manufacturing facilities in Irvine, Calif., the company said it has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification.    ISO accreditation is a comprehensive quality management standard covering all main processes within a company, ensuring these processes are not only conducted under controlled conditions, but are also subject to continuous improvement. The goal is to ensure customers receive consistently high quality products and services.   "We are delighted to obtain our ISO certifica

Performance Inflatables Acquires SUBSALVE

Engineered inflatables manufacturer SUBSALVE USA has been acquired by Performance Inflatables Company, and will continue to operate at its current location with its current staff as a subsidiary of Performance Inflatables Company.   “The additional support, resources, and knowledge of Performance Inflatables Company, will provide a force multiplier to SUBSALVE USA to continue and further accelerate its leading position and enhance its new products growth across the world,” said Richard Fryburg the founder of Subsalve USA in 1977 who has assumed the role of Chief Growth Officer.

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New Split Hoist System from Bosch Rexroth

 A new ‘split hoist’ heave compensation system from Bosch Rexroth combines active and passive heave compensation (AHC and PHC) elements with a sophisticated control system to enable AHC functionality to be added to new and existing hoisting installations. Using a modular and mobile design, the new split hoist system is especially interesting for use with existing multi-part reeved hoisting equipment.   The new split hoist heave compensation system supports a much higher working load, while also improving system efficiency by as much as 80 percent, according to the manufacturer.

Surveyor Interceptor ROV on Stril Explorer for pipeline inspections for Nord Stream (Photo: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream)

MMT Wins Pipeline Inspection Work

MMT Sweden said it has secured a three-year contract from Nord Stream AG to inspect both lines of the Nord Stream Pipeline running through the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany. The external inspection of the pipeline will be executed by the joint venture between MMT Sweden and Reach Subsea.   The scope of work, involving approximately 150 days for 2017, includes visual and instrumental inspection of the pipelines with remotely operated vehicles (ROV) over the entire length of the route. The trenched sections and cable crossings of the pipeline will also be inspected. The survey will mainly be

Sulzer’s Middlesbrough Service Center has a dedicated work area which ensures high quality components are correctly assembled and tested. (Photo: Sulzer)

Sulzer: Total Supply Service for ROV Manufacturer

Manufacturing a hydraulic power unit (HPU) that is destined to operate on the ocean floor up to depths of 2,500 meters requires considerable expertise and design excellence in order to deliver reliable and sustained performance. Having provided the build and test service for some time, Sulzer has now taken on the procurement phase of the process to release the client from this time intensive task.   The design and construction of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) is a specialist field and the components used to create the HPUs need to be carefully selected in order to produce a

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Semco Wins Order for Culzean Hook-up

will be responsible for carrying out the electrical work, while the piping and painting work will be carried out by two other companies. The Culzean complex consists of a central processing platform, a wellhead platform, a living quarter platform, which are currently under construction at the Sembcorp Marine yard in Singapore. Production from the natural gas field is expected to commence in 2019. In Singapore Semco Maritime will even now set up a team of hook up specialists to prepare the installation work in order to have everything planned when the platforms arrive in the North Sea next summer, said

Using a new method to distinguish fresh water from oil or salt water, scientists are exploring beneath the continental shelf off New England to look for large pockets of trapped fresh water. This water may be continually filling from groundwater flowing from land or, alternatively, may have been left behind by ice-age glaciers. (Image: Eric S. Taylor, WHOI Graphic Services)

Fresh Water below the Seafloor?

if its gets into the ground, it absorbs iron and other nutrients. So it has a higher nutrient content when it comes out and would be providing nutrients to the ocean.”   This has huge implications for the ocean food web and Earth’s climate. Nutrients fertilize the productivity of tiny marine phytoplankton, which convert carbon dioxide into organic carbon to grow and draw the greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere.   Signs of weakness In some places, the ocean floor has created a watertight seal above freshwater reservoirs for millennia. But like the heft of a river pushing on a

Sonardyne said tight integration between its Syrinx DVL and SPRINT INS will provide accuracy, precision and integrity for Kasetsart University’s long range AUV (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Navigation Chosen for Thai AUV Program

A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) being developed by a joint-research program between PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) and Kasetsart University (KU), Bangkok, Thailand will feature marine robotics navigation technology supplied by Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd, of Singapore.   The order for Sonardyne’s SPRINT inertial navigation system (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) was placed by the PTTEP-KU and will be integrated on a 4,000 meter rated, long endurance AUV being built for applications including pipeline maintenance and oil-spill detection.

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Teledyne, Greensea Partner for ROV Visualization & Control

Teledyne Marine has partnered with Greensea Systems, Inc to unite the intelligence of Greensea's OPENSEA operating platform with many of Teledyne's key technologies. Teledyne Marine Workspace ROV provides a single user interface that enables added functionality and intelligent operation to Teledyne's imaging, instrumentation and navigation solutions for a range of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from observation class to work class. Teledyne Marine Workspace ROV introduces a fully customized interface for ROVs with system-level solutions and built-in intelligent capabilities. Incorporation of

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ThunderFish AUV Program Gets $745,000 Boost

in underwater robotics.”   “Technological innovations in sensors, high performance computing and robotics now enable next generation underwater vehicles that are highly autonomous, cost effective, light weight and easier to operate. We look forward to continuing to develop advanced marine technologies and products to meet the ever-evolving demands of our growing customer base.”   RDC is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development (R&D) performance. RDC works with R&D stakeholders including

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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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Eoltech Wins Repeat Contracts

Wind energy consulting firm Eoltech announced that it won contracts from major French customers to deploy IREC-Index. With this advanced multi-source wind energy index, Eoltech will aim to refine the monitoring of 24 wind farms in France, representing a total output of 500MW. IREC-Index will enable Eoltech’s clients to check the consistency of their fleet’s output against the available wind resource to detect potential turbine performance discrepancies.   The specificity of IREC-Index is to be based on the selection and combination of several data sources that are both

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ISF Watchkeeper Upgraded

 The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and IT Energy have announced the launch of the latest release of their acclaimed ISF Watchkeeper software – ISF Watchkeeper 3.5 – developed for maintaining records of individual seafarers’ work hour records, as required by IMO and ILO regulations, and to help prevent crew fatigue and to avoid issues with Port State Control.  This major upgrade, which is available free of charge to existing ISF Watchkeeper users on over 8, 000 ships worldwide, has been designed to reflect the evolving needs of those at sea and managers ashore.

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Fugro Begins Survey for Norwegian Hydrographic Service

Fugro said it has commenced a hydrographic survey encompassing an area of Norwegian waters of approximately 15,000 square kilometers.   Awarded by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service, the contract value is 34.5 million NOK (approximately $4 million). The survey is part of the MAREANO program, for which Fugro has completed a number of surveys since 2006. The Norwegian program maps depth and topography, sediment composition, contaminants, biotopes and habitats. It takes place in the Barents Sea with various areas located above the 78th parallel and typical water depths ranging from 80 to 3

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Nautisk, MarineMTS to Provide ENC Auto-Updates

 Global maritime software solutions provider Nautisk has announced that it is working with MarineMTS to provide automatic ENC updates to vessels sailing with ECDIS.   Nautisk’s new Head of Innovation and Product Development Kjetil Bentsen said: “We approached MarineMTS to work with us to develop a service that would facilitate automatic updates of ENCs onboard vessels sailing global routes.”   “The solution that we are launching is revolutionary as it is non type-specific, meaning that it will work with ANY existing ECDIS and through any communication channel.

An ROV equipped with underwater dynamic laser mapping equipment from 2G Robotics and Sonardyne prepares for its next survey mission (Photo: Sonardyne)

Partners Developing Dynamic Subsea Laser Mapping

for dynamic scanning.   Edward Moller, Global Business Manager for Construction Survey at Sonardyne, said, “The level of detail visible in the post-processed images we’ve gathered on projects in recent months, has to be seen to be believed; small bolt-holes, individual chain links, marine growth and even painted markings can all be clearly seen. In terms of wide-area seabed visualization, it’s a real game-changer.”   Chris Gilson, Product Development Manager at 2G Robotics, said, “This new partnership eliminates the complexities most subsea customers face

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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

KONGSBERG’s new ocean gliders. L-R: Kongsberg Seaglider, Oculus shallow water and Seaglider M6 deepwater system (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg to Market Two New Underwater Gliders

Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. announced it has completed negotiations with CoMotion, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, to obtain the sole rights to produce, market and continue development of two new underwater glider systems.   Ocean gliders are a specialized type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Rather than using a propeller to move through the water, they use fixed wings and changes in buoyancy to achieve both vertical and forward motion. The vehicles move through the water in a saw-tooth trajectory and surface periodically to communicate data

New software from SEA will benefit the environmental data science community in areas such as interpreting ocean temperatures (Image: SEA)

Open-source Software for Environmental Science Community

Innovative data visualization software developed by Cohort company SEA is available as open-source for the environmental data science community.   The software, developed by SEA’s Research and Technical Support (RTS) division, enables users to easily access environmental data from servers over the Internet and view it in a variety of different ways.  The highly interactive data viewing enables rapid analysis and understanding of the features of complex, high dimensionality data.   RTS has used it for analyzing oceanographic data variability in order to better understand

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

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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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Changing the Landscape of LNG Production

Successful completion of the Petronas Floating LNG facility (PFLNG) Satu is a milestone for the oil and gas industry and for the Malaysian energy giant.   Designed by consortium leader TechnipFMC and fabricated at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in South Korea, PFLNG Satu achieved the first-ever production of LNG offshore in December 2016.   The 365-meter by 60-meter facility processes, produces and offloads LNG in situ, directly above natural gas reservoirs. FLNG allows the monetization of remote, marginal and stranded offshore gas fields that cannot be developed

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New Slocum Glider Delivered to UC Davis

 Teledyne Webb Research said it has recently sold and delivered a Slocum Glider to The University of California, Davis.   After its maiden flight in Antarctica, where the vehicle was initially used to examine physical processes of ice shelves in the Western Ross Sea, the glider has now been delivered to Davis where plans are underway for its new deployment in Lake Tahoe.   The glider shipped to UC Davis is equipped with a Seabird SBE pumped CTD, Wetlabs FLBBCD sensor and two customer supplied sensors including an Aanderraa oxygen optode and a sonotronics fish pinger.   The

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Emerson Launches Salinity Measurement System

Emerson launches new salinity system for increased flow assurance and to maximize oil and gas production; through new system, operators can instantly identify changes in the flow stream, take remedial action and maximize oil and gas production   Emerson Automation Solutions launched the Roxar Salinity Measurement System for the sensitive, accurate and real-time measurement of saline water in gas production well streams at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston this week.   Through the new system, operators can instantly identify changes in the flow stream and the smallest

BMT Takes New Approach to Big Data Management

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Scientific Marine Services has launched an initiative driven by over 20 years’ experience of measuring and modeling data for the global oil and gas industry.   The solution, Data Exploration and Analytics Platform for Actionable Insights (DEAP-AI), is an intelligent studio capable of processing large and small datasets using a rich set of processing libraries, developed with support from IT company Capgemini and hosted by an cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).   “Our goal with this platform is to unify data acquisition, transmission

BP's Na Kika platform in the Gulf of Mexico (File photo: BP)

One Billion Additional Barrels 'Possible' in GoM Hubs -BP

The head of BP's Gulf of Mexico region said on Monday the oil company's use of a new seismic imaging technology has identified 1 billion additional barrels of "possible resources" at four of its U.S. offshore fields.   Richard Morrison, the BP region president, said at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston that its "full waveform inversion" imaging techology was applied to data from its Atlantis, Mad Dog, Thunder Horse and Na Kika fields.   The technology enhances the clarity of images collected from existing seismic surveys, particularly those involving

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Voices: Sean Halpin

Bay, Maine with an old EG&G 272 sidescan sonar. The weather was awful, the boat stunk, and I ran the towfish into the seabed, but I absolutely loved it! I knew then that I wanted to work on, in, or near the ocean for the rest of my life. I went to sea for about eight years as a hydrographer and a marine geoscientist for a defense contractor and oil and gas companies. During this time, I was exposed to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) as a tool for deep-water mapping. Just prior to joining the Liquid Robotics, I was the Global AUV Manager for DOF Subsea and was responsible for spear heading

Ocean Infinity Buys Two HUGIN 6000 AUVs

 Ocean Infinity has purchased two more autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) from Kongsberg Maritime, expanding its fleet of HUGIN 6000 AUVs from six to eight vehicles.   The AUVs will be used worldwide to collect high resolution seabed data for clients. The fleet of AUVs will be operated simultaneously, each AUV programmed with an independent mission plan. Independence allows the systems to cover huge swaths of seabed quickly and accurately. Each AUV can reach depths of 6,000 meters and has an approximate endurance of 48 hours.   Ocean Infinity's AUVs all come standard with side

Figure 1 : Sample vector average ice drifts for different years for the January to March period. (Image: ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.)

Ice Analysis in the Chukchi Sea

done for Shell under the direction of Olgoonik-Fairweather, who assembled a dedicated team of scientists and engineers from a variety of fields in both academia and the private sector. The science team was supported by the Inupiat communities of the North Slope Borough. In addition to providing skilled marine mammal observers with a keen eye and traditional knowledge, they also provided excellent logistical support to the program.   In 2015 Shell abandoned its plans for production in the Chukchi Sea. To carry on its legacy of investigations in the Chukchi, Shell made all of the data it had gathered

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JANUS: First Digital Underwater Communication Standard

, as inclusive as possible, involving academia, industry and governmental agencies. Tests of JANUS at sea have been conducted in the last years by CMRE on board the NATO Research Vessel Alliance, and using the innovative CMRE Littoral Ocean Observatory Network (LOON), which facilitates experimentation of marine robots’ mission-base teams by creating a monitoring acoustic network with tripods of underwater communications equipment sitting on the seabed but accessible by users across the world via web.  

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Gaylin / Rigmarine Offer William Hackett Subsea Lever Hoist

Gaylin International Pte Ltd and Rigmarine, part of its group of companies, will stock the William Hackett second-generation SS-L5 subsea lever hoist, available in capacities from 800kg to 20t, from 10 global locations. Further, they will support the product offering with training and after-sales service.   Singapore-headquartered Gaylin, a specialist supplier of lifting, rigging and marine equipment primarily to the oil and gas industry, also has facilities in Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Indonesia. Rigmarine hubs, meanwhile, can be found at its most recently opened site in Aberdeen

Adams, Lewis Join FairfieldNodal Data Processing Team

Brian Adams and Andrew Lewis have joined FairfieldNodal as the company continues to focus on growing its data processing technology portfolio and service offerings.   Adams assumes the role of Technical Sales Manager, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, tasked with growing FairfieldNodal’s data processing business with an expanded technical portfolio in the Permian Basin and Gulf of Mexico.    Lewis joins FairfieldNodal as Manager of Reservoir Services, Fairfield Seismic Technologies. Reservoir characterization will be a new service offered to FairfieldNodal customers.   Form

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Statoil Downplays Risks Ahead of Arctic Drilling

Norway's Statoil on Monday played down concerns that drilling in the Arctic is risky, days before it kickstarts its drilling campaign in the Barents Sea, where the country believes around half of its remaining resources could be located.   Despite opposition from environmentalists, the company plans to drill five wells in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea, including Korpfjell, which will be the world's northernmost well and in a formerly disputed border area with Russia   "We will start drilling the first well, Blaamann, during May ... followed by Kayak, Gemini (Nord), Korpfjell

Firmware Updates for NOVATECH iBCN (Iridium Beacon)

MetOcean Telematics has released a new firmware update adding new capabilities to the iBCN (Iridium Beacon).   The firmware updates build upon the iBCN’s power efficiency and ability to be reconfigured via over the air commands. The update contains numerous improvements based on suggestions and feedback received from iBCN users. These include GPS status check, power up quick reports, transmission of current GPS location, LiNC integration and message format.   GPS Status Check — Allows the beacon to use GPS satellites as a method to recognize it has surfaced. With this feature

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Polarcus Amani Delivered to Sovcomflot

 A 5.5 year bareboat charter agreement between Polarcus Limited Norwegian subsidiary Polarcus Amani AS and SCF GEO AS (Sovcomflot) has been signed, and the vessel delivered to Sovcomflot in Bergen.   The vessel was delivered without streamers, providing the Polarcus fleet with one excess streamer package, which the company said will significantly reduce its capital expenditure requirements through 2017 and 2018.   The Polarcus Group now has two vessels on long-term bareboat charter and operates a fleet of four vessels in the contract market.   Duncan Eley, Group CEO said

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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Ocean Power Technologies Relocates HQ

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) has announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing center to support increased operational needs and allow for projected growth over the next several years.   OPT’s new, larger facility in Monroe, N.J. will offer approximately 56,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, nearly doubling the size of its current facility in Pennington, N.J.    OPT manufactures the PowerBuoy, which uses ocean waves to provide electric power and communications for offshore applications.   “Our ability to deliver

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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

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Rolls-Royce to Provide Mooring System for Statoil's Njord A

Rolls-Royce has been chosen by Norway-based engineering and construction services firm Kvaerner to provide a mooring system for Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil’s oil platform, Njord A. Njord A is being upgraded by Kvaerner and Rolls-Royce has been chosen to provide an upgrade to its mooring system. The contract has a value of about £15 million ($19 mln).   Njord A is a semisubmersible floating steel platform, with an integrated deck with drilling and processing facilities, as well as living quarters. It is normally located in the Njord oilfield, around 130 km northwest of the

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Swedish Hydrographic Office Implements CARIS Production System

Teledyne CARIS said its Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) has been implemented as the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) production system, replacing the legacy software previously employed by SMA for the management of spatial data.   The SMA is responsible for accessibility and safety in the Swedish waters. Services include but are not limited to, pilotage, icebreaking, maritime traffic information, maritime and aeronautical search and rescue and hydrography.   HPD supports the creation of paper and electronic charts, special publications and data services and has been customized

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WIN WIN: Wind Powered Oil Recovery Concept Progresses

The DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. The project is currently moving into its second phase, which includes refining and testing the electrical systems, and investigating possibilities for broader applications. The project consists of four partners: DNV GL, ExxonMobil and ENI Norge – all part of the first phase – and the Norwegian Research Council – a new participant for this second phase.  The first phase of the project determined

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Young Debuts New Ultrasonic Anemometer

The R. M. Young Company has introduced the ResponseONE Ultrasonic Anemometer.   The ResponseONE Ultrasonic Anemometer (Model 91000) is fully wind tunnel tested and calibrated to provide accurate wind measurement over an operating range of up to 70 meters/second (156 mph). Wind speed and direction data is provided at up to 10 updates per second and made available via a variety of standard serial output formats including SDI-12, NMEA, RMYT and ASCII text.   According to the manufacturer, the sensor features durable, weather proof construction and low power consumption.

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2D Seismic Survey in the Caspian Sea

Geology Without Limits (GWL) announced in conjunction with the Geological Survey of Iran (GSI) and the Ministry of Industry, Mine & Trade, it will acquire about 4,800 km of 2D seismic, marine gravity and magnetic data in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea.   The official agreement was signed by the parties in Tehran on March 11, 2017. The 2D survey, supported by industry funding, will be acquired in Q3-Q4 2017 and will provide new high-end seismic data covering the entire Iranian sector.   The survey area is defined by a thick sedimentary cover and deep basement rock bedding

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To Create a Sustainable Future – Digitalize Offshore Energy

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

CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson toured the Navy's newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), April 8 to gain a better understanding of the oceanographic information the ship provides to the Department of Defense.    The CNO is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy and is responsible for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the Navy.   "Naval forces require information about the physical environment to operate safely and effectively," said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, oceanographer of the Navy

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WFN Strategies Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

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

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Fish Tracked from DNA 'Finprints' Left in Waters off New York

Scientists have tracked fish off New York by following the traces of DNA left in the water, a technique that could help gauge life in rivers, lakes and the oceans around the world, a study showed on Wednesday.   Fish leave bits of slimy skin, scales and excretions as they swim around - clues that let scientists detect 42 different species of fish including herring, bass and eels in water drawn from the Hudson and East Rivers off Manhattan, it said.   "Rather than get a big boat and a big net ... we just tied a bucket onto a rope and threw it into the river," lead author Mark

Joint hydrographic and seabed characterization survey in coastal waters off Davis station, Antarctica. (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australian Scientists Study the Antarctic

Australian scientists recently concluded several Antarctic geoscience and geophysical data acquisition surveys in hopes of helping to increase understanding of these precious environments to better manage and protect them. Geoscience Australia's Antarctic Geoscience program, which carries out marine and onshore research for the Australian government, has completed three Antarctic surveys during the 2016-2017 field season. Three Geoscience Australia marine specialists, Dr. Jodie Smith, Kim Picard and Ian Atkinson, were part of a two month survey of the near-shore region near Australia's Davis

SEA’s global ANPS map (Image: SEA)

UK Navy Upgrades Ambient Noise Prediction System

to produce regular forecasts of ambient noise conditions in the ocean. The results enable the U.K. Royal Navy vessels to plan operations and improve the effectiveness of their sonars, allowing them to adjust elements such as sonar frequencies and depths accordingly.   Noise sources in the marine environment have changed considerably over the past few years, as have the quality and resolution of meteorological forecasting models and geo-acoustic data. The upgraded ANPS will incorporate the latest available environmental information and take advantage of higher resolution meteorological models

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STR Increases Rental Inventory

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

FairfieldNodal Hires New Personnel

growth.   Mike Gilliam has joined FairfieldNodal as Vice President of Operations, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, and will oversee the operations project management and crewing functions for the Data Acquisition unit. With operational experience in the oil and gas industry, specifically in the marine environment, Gilliam will bring knowledge and insight to ROV operations.   Richard Bottomley has joined FairfieldNodal as Strategic Account Director, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, and will be responsible for helping the company capture new available market share. As FairfieldNodal continues

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Buoy Harnesses Wave Energy to Power Instruments at Sea

A new buoy from Danish company Resen Waves harnesses wave energy to provide continuous power and real time data connectivity to autonomous instruments and machinery in the oceans as a plug and play solution.   While instruments and machinery in the sea have traditionally been powered by batteries, PV or diesel generators, this typically requires regular ship operation to replace batteries or supply of fuel and maintain diesel generators. This is not always possible due to weather and can become costly, meaning power is often economized by cutting back on data transmission, which limits the

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