Monday, February 20, 2017

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BMT ARGOSS Launches Ice Charting Capability

BMT Group subsidiary BMT ARGOSS has launched its ice charting capability which will supplement its weather forecasting offering to provide a more enhanced and cost effective service to customers looking to harsh environments.   Jean-Paul Lindeboom, Director of Metocean Weather Forecasting at BMT ARGOSS, said, “This combined capability under one roof is unique to the market.  More and more of our clients are looking at these new, harsher environments, therefore having both a comprehensive understanding of the weather and the ice regime makes sense as a complete package, providing cost

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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Greensea Appoints New Robotics Engineer

Heath Hescock has been appointed Robotics Engineer at Greensea, creator of the universal marine industry operating platform OPENSEA. Hescock will lead the hardware integration process at Greensea and is primarily responsible for providing Greensea's production staff with software support. He provides system-level thinking and guidance, drawing from his strong background in hardware design and solid software experience. Hescock also leads design and development for Greensea’s proprietary printed circuit boards (PCBs) used in workboat vessel control systems. Prior to joining Greensea,

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Op/Ed: A Nail in the Coffin for US Offshore Exploration

and ignores the fact that seismic and other geophysical surveys have been safely conducted offshore in the U.S. and around the world for more than 50 years. What’s more, the decision dismisses BOEM’s own finding that there has been no documented scientific evidence of seismic surveys harming marine mammals or the environment.    Most of the seismic data for the Atlantic OCS is more than three decades old, and with this decision BOEM seems determined to make sure it remains that way, keeping Americans in the dark for the foreseeable future about the true potential of valuable offshore

US Denies Atlantic Seismic G&G Permits

;   “In the present circumstances and guided by an abundance of caution, we believe that the value of obtaining the geophysical and geological information from new airgun seismic surveys in the Atlantic does not outweigh the potential risks of those surveys’ acoustic pulse impacts on marine life,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper. “Since federal waters in the Mid and South Atlantic have been removed from leasing consideration for the next five years, there is no immediate need for these surveys.”    BOEAM said additional factors leading to the bureau&rsquo

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Proposed Sanctuaries Aim to Protect Historic Shipwrecks

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released draft plans for proposed national marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland that would aim to protect nationally significant shipwrecks, including those from the 1800s, World War I and other maritime battlegrounds. The sanctuaries were originally proposed to NOAA in 2014, and if created would be the first since 2000. In Wisconsin, NOAA is proposing to designate a 1,075-square-mile area of Lake Michigan adjacent to Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties that holds 37 known shipwrecks including Wisconsin's two

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

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

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

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New Compass Module Simplifies Wind Sensor Integration on Buoys

Soundnine Inc., a manufacturer of sensors, inductive modems and real-time systems for marine research and monitoring, has introduced its new Inline Compass Module (ICM) that combines heading and tilt data with wind speed data from RS-232 wind sensors to produce a serial data stream of wind speed and vector-averaged wind direction on buoys or other moving platforms. It’s suited for upgrading existing sensor installations and can also be operated without a wind sensor as a digital compass and accelerometer. The ICM contains a three-axis magnetometer and accelerometer that measure heading and

EMGS's 3D EM vessels; BOA Galatea, BOA Thalassa, Atlantic Guardian and EM Leader. Photo EMGS

EMGS' Vessel Utilisation Soars

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) releases information on vessel activity and utilisation 4-5 working days after the close of each quarter. The Company defines vessel utilisation as the percentage of the vessel charter period spent on contracted or multi-client data acquisition. Downtime (technical or maritime) and some standby activities are not included in the utilisation. Vessel utilisation for the fourth quarter 2016 came in at 89% compared with 21% for the fourth quarter in 2015. For the full year 2016, the vessel utilisation was 70%, whereas the utilisation for the full year 2015 year

In Norway, the 5-7 well exploration campaign in the Barents Sea is at the core of the activity plan. (Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland) Statoil

Statoil to Enhance Exploration Drilling

Statoil plans to drill around 30 exploration wells in 2017, an increase of around 30% compared to 2016. More than half of the wells will be drilled on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). “Taking advantage of our own improvements and changed market conditions, we have been able to get more wells, more acreage and more seismic data for our exploration investments in later years,” says Tim Dodson, Executive Vice President for Exploration in Statoil. This allows us to firm up a strong drilling program for 2017, totalling around 30 exploration wells as operator and partner. The upcoming

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Retreating Arctic Coasts Cause Drastic Changes

in this process increasingly blur the shallow water areas and release nutrients and pollutants. Yet, the consequences of these processes on life in the coastal zone and on traditional fishing grounds are virtually unknown. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) urge to focus our attention on  the ecological consequences of coastal erosion in the January issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to the scientists, an interdisciplinary research program is required, and must involve policy-makers as well as inhabitants of the

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BG Group & the FlatFish AUV

on the seabed in a docking station and perform visual inspections and 3D reconstruction of subsea equipment and pipelines with high precision, a significant improvement over the existing autonomous vehicles,” concludes Zagatti.     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Scenes from OI 2016 in London. (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Preview: OI North America 2017 San Diego

Oceanology International North America: OI 2017 set to cover the full extent of marine science and ocean technology    The first edition of Oceanology International North America (OINA), established from the well-known OI event in London, will make an impact within the ocean science and technology industries in San Diego, Calif. in February 2017.   OINA is set to capture the full extent of the marine and ocean technology industries in North America. The event is the newest addition to the Oceanology International portfolio, with the flagship Oceanology International event in London

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OSIL Expands In-House Engineering

 Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) said it has expanded its U.K.-based facilities to include an in-house engineering and CNC machining department.   “OSIL produce uniquely customized equipment, and having the provisioning to allow rapid prototyping, product development and precision manufacture to take place in-house enables us to deliver products to the market quicker, to maintain more effective controls over the equipment produced and gives us better administration of the supply chain.” said OSIL Managing Director, Dr. Richard Williams.    The equipment

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Maersk -Tyra Decommissioning to Start Next Year

Maersk Oil has on 30th December issued a notification to the Danish gas market announcing that an economically viable solution for full recovery of the remaining resources in the Tyra field has not yet been identified, and that production from the Tyra field is consequently expected to cease 1 October 2018. Under EU regulatory requirements, a decision impacting production must be notified to the market in a timely manner. “Tyra has since 1984 been the main hub for gas production and processing in the Danish North Sea. The Tyra facilities are approaching the end of their operational life

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

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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

MBARI engineer Brian Kieft with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on board the USGS vessel with the Tethys LRAUV, in the southern portion of Lake Michigan (Credit: Brett Hobson © 2016 MBARI)

AUV Mission in the Great Lakes

, and at this point in time the folks at MBARI are working on making that happen. And we would be very attracted to deploy [Tethys] again – potentially even somewhere else – if it can also measure fish abundance.”     (As published in the November/December edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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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Finnish Transport Agency Chooses Teledyne CARIS

Through a competitive tender process, The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto (FTA), who is responsible for Hydrography in Finland, has selected Teledyne CARIS to provide a new bathymetric data management system. This will be a fundamental part of FTA’s infrastructure to manage existing bathymetry, as well as managing and validating incoming bathymetric surveys provided by external contractors.   The MERTA project, which has a seven figure contract value, will include the deployment of software, migration of existing bathymetric datasets, and will provide new optimized workflows at

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

Methane: The Arctic's Buried Treasure

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

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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

Petrobras Starts production in Santos Basin

Yesterday Petrobras and its partners in the BM-S-9 consortium started producing oil and natural gas on the FPSO Cidade de Caraguatatuba in the Santos Basin’s pre-salt Lapa field. The Cidade de Caraguatatuba is the third unit to come onstream in the pre-salt this year, and the 11th fully operational system lifting pre-salt deposits. Lapa is the third pre-salt field in the Santos Basin to start production, following in the footsteps of the Lula and Sapinhoá fields. The Cidade de Caraguatatuba, a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) lies some 270 km off the São

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Seatools Debuts Subsea Compensator Range

Dutch subsea technology company Seatools has introduced its new subsea hydraulic compensator range: the Advanced series.   This new subsea compensator range, based on the preceding Hyco range, delivers improvements in robustness, durability and standardization, according to the manufacturer.   Seatools, a specialist in subsea hydraulic systems, said it performed an extensive development trajectory that led to the Advanced series. The new range, meant for heavy-duty subsea hydraulic systems – such as subsea vehicles (e.g. ROVs and trenchers) and dredging systems (suction tube SHPU

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Rovco Awarded Innovate UK Funding

ROV services company Rovco said it has secured Innovate UK funding which will enable the firm to carry out extensive research and development activity and perform a full feasibility study into the advancement of underwater 3D modeling technology.    Once developed into a real-time inspection system, this technology has the potential to revolutionize the way energy companies manage and inspect their subsea assets, potentially saving hundreds of millions of pounds in subsea inspection costs each year, Rovco said.   The project will be 70 percent supported by Innovate UK, and the

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

U.S. Sees China Returning Drone Soon

The United States expects China to return an underwater drone "relatively soon" after a Chinese naval vessel seized it in the South China Sea last week, triggering U.S. protests, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday. One scenario saw a U.S. Navy destroyer receiving the drone from China at an agreed upon location in the South China Sea, one of the officials said. Both officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said talks with China were progressing. The Pentagon says the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV) used unclassified, commercially available technology to collect

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China to Return Seized US Underwater Drone

 China's Defense Ministry said on Saturday it plans to return an underwater U.S. drone seized this week by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea, but complained the United States was "hyping up" the incident.   The drone was taken on Thursday, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory. It prompted the Pentagon to go public with a diplomatic complaint, and drew criticism from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to take a more aggressive approach in dealing with Beijing.   The drone was collecting data about the salinity, temperature and clarity of

High-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders chartplotters Photo Lowrance

Lowrance Debuts High Powered HDS Multifunction Displays

a network of CHIRP transducers. In addition to integrated wireless connectivity that enables anglers to download software updates and map purchases directly to the unit, HDS Carbon features Bluetooth control of multiple Power-Pole shallow water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub 2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease with HDS Carbon using proven Lowrance navigation technology, built-in C-MAP Insight mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and compatibility with the most expansive selection of optional cartography

China Seizes US Underwater Drone in South China Sea

seizure "a remarkably brazen violation of international law."   U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Maybus cited a "growing China" as one of the reasons that the Navy needed to expand its fleet to 355 ships, including 12 carriers, 104 large surface combatants, 38 amphibious ships and 66 submarines.   The seizure will add to concerns about China's increased military presence and aggressive posture in the disputed South China Sea, including its militarization of maritime outposts.   It coincided with sabre-rattling from Chinese state media and some in its military establishment

Statoil Wins Offshore Wind Lease in New York

Just days after Deepwater Wind said its Block Island Wind Farm has begun delivering electricity into the New England region’s grid, Statoil reports that it has been declared the provisional winner of the U.S. government’s wind lease sale of 79,350 acres offshore New York.   Statoil will now have the opportunity to explore the potential development of an offshore wind farm to provide New York City and Long Island with a significant, long-term source of renewable electricity. Statoil submitted a winning bid of $42,469,725 during the online offshore wind auction concluded by the U.

Tracking the UK’s Carbon from Soil to Sea

power of the highly distributed set of Centers NERC has across the nation to conduct this ambitious, sampling program. Besides the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) who lead this project, the centers include; the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), together with the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso, Scotland. Knitting together a sampling and analysis framework is no small task, for this reason LOCATE conducted a highly successful dry run in November 2016 in readiness for the formal start in the second week of January

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Climate Scientists Adjust as Trump Builds Team of Oil Allies

Climate scientists worried that President-elect Donald Trump will slash their budgets and sideline their research are entering survival mode, trimming the words "climate change" from study proposals, emphasizing business applications of their work, and safeguarding data that shows global warming is real.   The early reactions, gathered by Reuters in more than a dozen interviews, may foretell a broader shift in the U.S. climate science community, which had enjoyed solid political and financial support under President Barack Obama but could be isolated under a new administration skeptical

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New Research to Examine Oil Spill Impacts

A research team led by University of South Florida College of Marine Science professor Dr. Steven Murawski has been awarded a $1 million grant to explore how oil spills, such as the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) in 2010, impact the economic, ecological and social system aspects of fishing communities.    The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced Thursday a total of $2.1 million in grants. Murawski’s team, which also includes Dr. Claire Paris, a bio-physical modeler from the University of Miami, and an environmental science

Study to Examine Impacts of O&G Rock Dumping

sandbanks and associated fragmented smaller banks formed as a result of tidal processes as well as biogenic (Sabelaria spinulosa) reefs.    Intertek Energy & Water will use its extensive knowledge of the physical and biological environment of the North Sea, gained from 30 years working on marine and coastal infrastructure projects, to deliver this study for JNCC. The study will compare typical sediment profiles and characteristics associated with oil and gas rock dumping operations, with those within North Norfolk and Saturn Reef cSAC/ SCI. It will also assess the potential physical impacts

ABS Presents Guidance for Subsea Pipeline Routes

and interpretation, data assessment, routing techniques and risk assessment are constantly evolving. This Guidance Note uses a unique combination of technologies to allow different pipeline routes to be evaluated faster and more thoroughly. The result of this work, accomplished in partnership with Fugro Marine GeoServices Inc., is a significant step forward for industry.   “Fugro was pleased to collaborate with ABS on this industry-leading standard,” said Jason Smith, Fugro Marine GeoServices Inc. Vice President and GeoConsulting Lead, Offshore Americas. “The guidance document

Mosaic generated by SIPS Backscatter engine (Image: Teledyne CARIS)

CARIS Onboard 1.1 Launched

Marine mapping software developer Teledyne CARIS has released CARIS Onboard 1.1, which enables users to process data in near real-time resulting in minimized data conversion and processing times. Designed with autonomous operations in mind, CARIS Onboard will save time as less interaction is needed for automated survey activities.   This release introduces several new processes including the incorporation of the SIPS Backscatter engine. Backscatter mosaics can now be generated alongside surfaces in near real-time. This version also presents the ability to compute GPS tide, and apply observed

Spotting the Zooplankton Observatory near Heligoland from the ship Neuwerk. (Photo Alfred Wegener Institute)

Researchers Develop Underwater Observatory

The vastness of the sea and its sometimes harsh conditions often pose a challenge to marine researchers. In the North Sea near Heligoland, scientists from the Thünen Institute for Sea Fishing, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht (HZG) have now installed an extraordinary device: an optical-acoustic underwater observatory. It is capable of capturing and automatically identifying the smallest marine life underwater - around the clock and even under conditions where no research ship can leave the port. Microscopically small creatures, fish larvae, jellyfish as

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Nutrient Pollution is Widespread in US Lakes -EPA

A recent study has found that nutrient pollution is widespread in the U.S. lakes, with four in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus, according to national assessment conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, lower oxygen levels, degraded habitat for fish and other life, and lower water quality for recreation. The National Lakes Assessment also found an algal toxin – microcystin – in 39 percent of lakes but below levels of concern. Low concentrations of the herbicide atrazine were found in 30 percent of

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US Offshore Wind Faces Pushback from Fishing Groups

the access to prime fishing areas. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was set to administer the lease sale on December 15, when a petition to delay the auction was presented to the federal court. The U.S Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM) requires an extensive stakeholder marine spatial planning process that de-conflicts the wind energy area prior to the Point of Sale Notice (PSN).  The Business Network for Offshore Wind, a business network that aims to help usher the U.S. into the offshore wind market, said it believes addressing stakeholder conflicts throughout

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U.S.House Passes New Water-Resources Measure

Today's passage of S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), formerly known as Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), by the U.S. House of Representatives, moves the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction. "We applaud the House for passing this legislation before the end of the year, which is critical to modernizing ports and port-related infrastructure across the country," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. "The South Carolina Delegation worked extremely hard to move this bill

EIVA's New Blended Learning Courses

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

Seabed Worker ROV Photo Swire Seabed

Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

investing in new assets and facilitating the company’s development and expansion in both current and new market segments,” says CEO, Swire Seabed, Arvid Pettersen.   Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, Swire Seabed is a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore, a diversified marine services conglomerate. Swire Seabed prides itself on its strong track record of undertaking a wide range of subsea operations and its team of highly experienced onshore and offshore specialists.   Swire Seabed’s other subsea vessels are Seabed Worker, Seabed Supporter and Seabed Prince

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Airborne Hydrographic Survey Commissioned After NZ Earthquake

of the South Island.   RAN LADS commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Commander Susanna Hung, explained the mission. “We will fly over the area and collect hydrographic survey data, which will reveal what has happened below the waterline, and identify any shifts in the ocean floor which mariners need to be aware of.”   The RAN’s Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) system has been developed by Fugro for safe, high speed and cost effective surveys of shallow coastal areas. Under a long term contract to the RAN, Fugro provides the LADS technology, a de Havilland Dash 8-202

Aboard RSV Aurora Australis at the front of the Totten Glacier in 2015 – the first time a ship had been able to access the front of the Totten Glacier which is normally surrounded by thick sea ice. (Photo: Paul Brown)

Expedition to Study Ocean’s Role in Glacial Melting

understand how the Southern Ocean is changing and how these changes are likely to affect the East Antarctic ice sheet.   A team of around 30 scientists, technicians and PhD students from CSIRO, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC (ACE CRC), the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, and the Australian Antarctic Division will leave from Hobart on Australia’s icebreaker Aurora Australis today (Thursday).   Chief Investigator and CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere scientist, Dr. Steve Rintoul, said the team hopes to reach areas surrounding the Totten

Boeing and Liquid Robotics have collaborated on extensive integration on the Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft (SHARC), a version of the Wave Glider, since 2014. The SHARC, integrated with Boeing’s advanced sensors, connects intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities ranging from satellites to manned and unmanned aircraft to sub-surface crafts. (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Boeing to Acquire Liquid Robotics

Aiming to grow its seabed-to-space autonomous capabilities, Boeing said it has entered into an agreement to acquire Liquid Robotics, developer of the Wave Glider ocean surface robot.   “With Liquid Robotics’ innovative technology and Boeing’s leading intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions, we are helping our customers address maritime challenges in ways that make existing platforms smarter, missions safer and operations more efficient,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.   In September 2014, Boeing and

Kraken Establishes German Subsidiary

Kraken Sonar Inc. has established a new German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH (KRG), to commence operations at the Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre effective January 1, 2017.   According to Kraken, the move to expand operations into Germany corresponds to strong growth in the region where the company has an increasing base of customers and strategic partners.   In addition to customer support, KRG will focus on the development of 3D imaging sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for underwater robotic platforms. Machine learning is a type of AI that

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Engineers Expand the Window for Installing Monopiles

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

Slocum glider with 200 kHz AZFP echosounder under test (Photo: ASL Environmental Sciences)

Ocean Glider Equipped with Fishery Echosounder

NOAA's Beaufort Laboratory (National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Southeast Fisheries Science Center) collaborated with the Center for Ocean Technology and College of Marine Science of the University of South Florida to instrument an echosounder into an ocean gilder to extend surveys of pelagic and demersal fishes associated with rocky reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast U.S. Atlantic.   ASL Environmental Sciences (ASL) supplied a purpose-built 200 kHz single-frequency scientific echosounder, a modification of ASL's proven Acoustic Zooplankton and Fish Profiler (AZFP), to Teledyne

Installed thruster during shipdeck prelaunch check (Photo: Copenhagen Subsea)

Copenhagen Subsea: New Milestone for Thruster Reliability

Copenhagen Subsea A/S is introducing a new standard for testing subsea thrusters    The new standard for testing subsea thrusters implemented by Copenhagen Subsea A/S dictates a remarkable 1,000 working hours of continuous operation at maximum power. Once tested and validated, the thruster must still maintain full functionality and unaffected performance.   When operating in open water, the cost of a failing subsea thruster is critical. Every malfunction, delay or maintenance-break related to the subsea exploration vessel will set back the entire operation. Imagine for a moment this

The 4,200 sq km BroadSeis 3D seismic survey offshore Morocco was acquired by the Geo Caspian. (Photo: CGG)

CGG Achieves Near Real-time Imaging for Offshore Survey

CGG delivered imaging results in near real-time for a 4,200 sq km BroadSeis 3D marine seismic survey acquired offshore Morocco, providing the very-fast-track (VFT) RTM PSDM volume to the client four days after the last shot.  The crew of the CGG Geo Caspian worked in partnership with the client to complete the program ahead of schedule.  According to CGG’s CEO, Jean-Georges Malcor, “This exceptional achievement surpasses our record last year when we delivered 1,700 sq km of fast-track depth imaging data just nine days after acquisition for another survey offshore Morocco

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Polar Sea Ice the Size of India Vanishes in Record Heat

Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by twice the size of Alaska in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say.   Against a trend of global warming and a steady retreat of ice at earth's northern tip, ice floating on the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has tended to expand in recent years.   But now it is shrinking at both ends of the planet, a development alarming scientists and to which a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases, an El Nino weather event that this year unlocked heat from the Pacific Ocean and

Subsea Integration Alliance Awarded Deepwater Integrated EPCIC Contract

Subsea Integration Alliance has announced the industry’s first deepwater integrated subsea engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) multiphase boosting system award. This award, by Murphy Exploration & Production Company–USA, a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation, is for the industry’s longest deepwater subsea multiphase boosting tieback. Building on a track record of numerous engineering studies, this is the first EPCIC project award for Subsea Integration Alliance, which was formed July 2015 between OneSubsea, Schlumberger, and Subsea 7.

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Fugro stops Divestment Process of Asia Pacific Subsea Services Business to Shelf Subsea

. As a result, Fugro will retain the vessels, ROVs, other equipment and personnel related to the business.  Fugro will not acquire an equity interest in Shelf Subsea, as was previously communicated. The subsea services activities in Asia Pacific will be incorporated in and reported as part of the Marine division (in the new divisional structure as of 2017). Fugro will continue to explore partnership opportunities to reduce its exposure to the larger vessels used for the installation and construction part of the business. The cancellation of the agreement has no material adverse effect on Fugro's

New System Taps Ocean Thermal Energy to Power Underwater Vehicles

its location with a GPS beacon for a recovery by ship.   The seed round funding for continued research, development and commercialization of the TREC Battery ended in December 2016, including funds from angel investors, and grants from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Breakout Labs and Schmidt Marine Technology Partners.   Seatrec said it is continuing to pursue revenue growth with a focus on research and development for its next generation of commercial products, including a high-endurance underwater free-drifting UUV scheduled for sea trials in 2017, an underwater glider in 2018/19 and

Kjell Einar Eriksson Photo DNV GL

Aker/DNV GL Ink Frame Agreement

Aker BP has awarded a new frame agreement to DNV GL, covering a wide range of safety, verification, inspection and classification services across its installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The five-year contract, which includes options for extension, will see DNV GL experts integrated into Aker BP’s organization to provide decision-making support and stand-alone assessments. “This contract represents an important step forward in DNV GL’s long relationship with BP Norway and Det norske oljeselskap, as the companies merge to form Aker BP,” said Kjell Eriksson

Size-frequency distributions for meteotsunamis for each Great Lake. (Credit: Bechle, A. J. et al. Meteotsunamis in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Sci. Rep. 6, 37832; doi: 10.1038/srep37832 (2016).)

Meteotsunamis: An Underrated Hazard in the Great Lakes

A team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has found that small, one-foot, tsunamis caused by thunderstorms (meteotsunamis) happen more than 100 times per year on the Great Lakes. Also, larger meteotsunamis of nearly three feet occur once per year on average.    The team headed by Adam Bechle, J. Phillip Keillor Fellow with the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and Wisconsin Sea Grant, and Chin Wu, UW-Madison professor of civil and environmental engineering, analyzed 20 years of data from 32 water-level stations on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes. Most meteotsunamis

Kristina Effler, Global Business Manager Photo Alfa Laval

Effler Appointed Business Manager, Alfa Laval PureBallast

Beginning December 2016, Kristina Effler will assist marine customers navigating ballast water treatment alternatives as the new Global Business Manager for Alfa Laval PureBallast. Effler assumes the role just as the global shipping industry prepares for the implementation of the IMO BWM Convention’s entry into force in September 2017.  Effler brings 12 years of experience in various positions throughout the Alfa Laval organization. Most recently, she served as the Global Business Manager for the PureNOx system within the company’s Marine Division. In this capacity, she was

Christopher Pyne MP Photo Parliament of Austraila website

Thales Awarded Collins Sonar Upgrade Design

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Thales Australia has been awarded a $100 million contract  to design a major sonar system upgrade for Collins class submarines.   Minister Pyne said Thales Australia will engage other Australian-based companies including Sonartech Atlas and L3 Oceania, as well as suppliers from the United Kingdom (UK) and France to design the Collins sonar system upgrade.    "The sonar system upgrade will install improved sonar sensor arrays aboard each of the Collins submarines, as well as improved

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