Deepwater Positioning

BP Awards Gulf of Mexico Work to Subsea 7

 Subsea 7 said it was awarded a contract by BP as part of the deepwater Mad Dog 2 development, located approximately 190 miles south of New Orleans.    The contract scope covers engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) and associated subsea architecture.    Subsea 7 has worked closely with BP to deliver a lump sum integrated solution from design through to supply, installation and commissioning. Furthermore, by collaborating with OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, our Subsea Integration Alliance

SoCal Tech Focus: Tecnadyne

, hydraulic power units, position sensors and pressure compensators for use on remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), manned submersibles and other subsea platforms. Many ROV manufacturers (including ECA Robotics, Deep Ocean Engineering, Outland Technology and Shark Marine, to name a few) use Tecnadyne thrusters on their vehicles. Tecnadyne products are presently being used on thousands of vehicles throughout the world, operated by many offshore oil service companies, universities and research institutions. Recent customers include Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

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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

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SoCal Tech Focus: LinkQuest

and NavQuest Doppler velocity logs provide highly competitive solutions for current profiling, discharge measurement, wave measurement or precision underwater navigation applications. LinkQuest also manufactures EchoSweep 300 Multibeam Echosounder, PinPoint LBL acoustic positioning systems and Precision Marine geodetic systems used for tsunami and earthquake monitoring and prediction.     (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Next Geosolutions to Survey World’s Longest Interconnector

Geoscience and engineering service provider Next Geosolutions said it has been awarded two survey contracts, which together represent a multimillion euro figure, for the North Sea Link (NSL) project, the first electricity link between U.K. and Norway.     The first contract, due to commence in April, will see Next Geosolutions provide cable protection survey work for Statnett, the Norwegian transmission system operator.    The two week workscope will involve cable inspections for the Skagerrak electricity transmission system and NorNed power cable interconnectors. The interconnec

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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

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Australian Navy: Torpedo Firings on the Mark

 The Royal Australian Navy has tested its primary anti-submarine warfare weapon during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER off the coast of Western Australia recently.   HMAS Melbourne, with the support of Collins class submarine HMAS Dechaineux, conducted three exercise firings of its MU90 torpedo.   Staff Officer Force Anti-Submarine Warfare Lieutenant Commander Chris Straughan from the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre embarked in Melbourne for the trial.   Lieutenant Commander Straughan said the torpedo was designed to counter any type of nuclear or conventional submarine.  &nbs

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SBG Systems Upgrades Its Ekinox Series

SBG Systems said it will soon present its new generation of advanced and compact inertial navigation systems, the Ekinox 2 Series.   The Ekinox Series is a line of tactical grade MEMS-based inertial navigation systems first released in 2013. The newest generation – set for launch at the U.S. Hydro Show, in Galveston, Texas – is now twice more accurate in attitude due to a complete redesign of the in-house Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) integrating cutting-edge gyroscopes and accelerometers.    Ekinox 2 Series is fully compliant with IHO standards. It provides 0.02°

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Hunting for Hydrocarbon Seeps in the Gulf of Mexico

In collaboration with multi-client geoscience data company, TGS, Fugro continues to map the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico to pull together a complete picture of geological features, including hydrocarbon seeps.   This latest survey, Otos, follows the completion of another TGS industry-funded Gigante survey in 2016, on the Mexican side of the 1,500-kilometer wide Gulf. Fugro has deployed two state-of-the-art geophysical survey vessels to acquire multibeam echo sounder (MBES) and sub-bottom profile data over the western, central and eastern regions of the United States’ continental slope.

Duncan Eley (Photo: Polarcus)

Eley to Take over as Polarcus CEO

the COO position “to better align with current market conditions,” the company said.   Eley has over 18 years of experience in the seismic industry in various senior management roles and has been Polarcus' COO since May 2013. He worked with Schlumberger for 10 years supporting marine seismic operations in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Prior to joining Polarcus in 2009, Eley worked for a global strategy consultancy firm across the energy, transport and natural resources sectors. Eley has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University in Australia.

Trimble to Distribute Teledyne's PDS Software

Trimble partners with Teledyne Marine to distribute its software for construction, hydrographic survey and dredging operations   A new agreement will see Trimble distribute a branded version of Teledyne's PDS software package for hydrographic survey, construction and dredging operations—Trimble Marine Construction Software. The software provides measurement and positioning to improve marine construction efficiency and safety.   According to Trimble, its Trimble Marine Construction Software expands its portfolio and extends its connected approach for marine construction companies to

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First Turbine Installed at Rampion

The construction of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has entered into its final phase, as the first of 116 wind turbines was installed for the project based in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex.   For the installation each tower with a length of 80 meters, weighing approximately 200 metric tons, is positioned and bolted onto each turbine foundation. Next the nacelle, which houses the generator and gearbox, is fitted onto the tower, and finally the three blades, each measuring 55m in length, are hoisted and connected one at a time.   During spring, offshore cabling work will continue.

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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

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

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Mair Joins Ashtead Senior Management Team

David Mair joins Ashtead Technology’s senior management team as the newly appointed business development director.    With a career spanning more than 20 years in the oil and gas industry, Mair joins the subsea equipment solutions specialist from Hoover Ferguson Group where he held the position of global business development director. Prior to this, Mair worked at Subsea 7 where he held a number of senior management roles, including group vice president of business development.   Based in Aberdeen, Mair will be responsible for Ashtead’s global business development

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Proserv Seals Subsea Contract with Premier Oil

Energy services company Proserv said it has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract with Premier Oil for subsea work in Asia Pacific.   Proserv will supply a subsea control system and associated equipment for the BIGP (Bison, Iguana & Gajah Puteri) development project, located in the Natuna Sea, Indonesia.   The scope of supply is a three well subsea control system, which includes the company’s award winning Artemis 2G subsea electronics module, tied back to two platforms, Naga and Pelikan, in approximately 90m water depth. Bison and Iguana will tie back to the Pelikan

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ECA Group Introduces New Inspection-Class ROV

ECA Group’s new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) H300-V launched in February 2017 is dedicated to observation and inspection missions in harsh environments.   A new release of the ECA Group H300 ROV series, the H300-V is positioned between the H300 MK2 and H800 vehicles to meet the demands associated with operating in harsh environments, the manufacturer said.   According to Philippe Roumegue, ECA Group Sales Director – Robotics Department – ROVs, “There are two main reasons for this new version of ROV H300. The first is the need to enhance speed performances and

Hydro Group Chris Westren, business development manager with Graham Wilkie, head of global development (photo: Hydro Group)

Hydro Group Grows Australian Network

subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group plc has partnered with MacTaggart Scott Australia as the firm increases its positioning in the region.    The partnership is focused on consolidating Hydro Group’s current work on the Royal Australian Navy Collins Class Submarines and to extend its services to aid the Australian capability for Future Submarine and Future Frigate. Additionally, the company will offer its expertise in specific marine cabling systems.    Complementing the work Hydro Group undertakes, MacTaggart Scott provides solutions from analysis

DLB Norce Endeavour (Photo: iSURVEY)

iSURVEY Singapore Secures Solstad Offshore Contract

iSURVEY Pte Ltd, Singapore has been awarded a marine construction survey support contract with Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific for works onboard the DLB Norce Endeavour. Due to commence in March 2017, with options for extension in 2018 and 2019, the four month contract will see iSURVEY provide positioning and survey support to Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific’s 2017 pipeline and platform installation program in Thailand. The workscope includes monitoring during jacket setting, together with final positioning, leveling and survey assistance during pile cut-off. Subsea positioning will also

McDermott Awarded Subsea Work for Hess

McDermott International, Inc. said it was awarded a contract from Hess Corporation for subsea tieback work for its deepwater Penn State Deep (PSD) field in the Gulf of Mexico.    “This marks our first project with Hess Corporation in recent history and we look forward to providing industry best operational excellence, quality and safety,” said Scott Munro, McDermott’s Vice President for Americas, Europe and Africa.    The PSD field is located in the Garden Banks 216 block in approximately 1,500 feet of water. Discovered in 1996, the PSD field began production

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Bannerman Named CFO at M² Subsea

ROV services provider M² Subsea has appointed Stuart Bannerman as the company’s new chief financial officer.   Bannerman brings more than 30 years of executive management experience to the business, having held previous roles as chief operating officer for BW Offshore, chief financial officer position at Remedial Offshore and regional CFO position at Technip.   

AMIRIX's Acquisition of HTI Finalized

An agreement has been reached for AMIRIX Systems, Inc of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to acquire Hydroacoustic Technology, Inc (HTI) of Seattle Wash. The acquisition became official on February 1, 2017.   HTI will operate as a new business unit under the name HTI-Vemco USA, Inc. alongside the VEMCO business unit of AMIRIX to create a comprehensive provider of acoustic products, tools and services for aquatic animal monitoring.   “This is an important move into the future for aquatic research,” said Tracey Steig, General Manager of HTI. “As one, we will be positioned to

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a heavy icebreaker homeported in Seattle, Washington, rests in the ice as the motor vessel Ocean Giant departs from the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Feb. 1, 2017. One of the primary responsibilities of the Polar Star’s crew is to provide an escort for the Ocean Giant through the frozen Ross Sea off of Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley)

USCG Awards Polar Icebreaker Contracts

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis Wednesday. The contracts were awarded to the following recipients: Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, Lockport, Louisiana; Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC, Washington, District of Columbia; General Dynamics/National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California; Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi; and VT Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi. The combined total value of the awards is approximately $20 million.    The objective of the studies are to identify

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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

AgilPose implemented on a UAV for a precision hover/land system. The company plans to launch the system for underwater precision docking in UUVs. (Photo: Agile Sensor Technologies)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: Agile Sensor Technologies

equipped with a UAV flight recorder, real-time system monitoring and feedback, rapid response times, and ultra-efficient flight performance. All of this is packed into a single-board hub, giving users maximum performance with minimum footprint. The team is also researching the use of Synapse in unmanned marine vehicles for its future versions.    In addition, the Agile team is working on AgilPose, an autonomous precision targeting and docking system for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). AgilPose allows a vehicle to calculate its position and orientation in high precision across three axes

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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

Andrew McMurtrie, managing director Photo iSURVEY

iSURVEY Bags rig positioning, surveying contract with Shell

iSURVEY has secured a non exclusive call-off contract with Shell UK Ltd, Shell NAM, Norske Shell and Shell E&P Ireland for the provision of rig positioning and surveying services.   With an effective date of 1 January 2017, the three year contract, which has the option of up to two, one year extensions, will see iSURVEY provide non exclusive rig and surface positioning services, subsurface positioning and dimensional control and platform surveys to Shell’s mobile offshore drilling units.   Andrew McMurtrie, managing director of iSURVEY Offshore Limited said: “This is a

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OceanWorks Names MacIntosh Operations Manager

OceanWorks International is has appointed Andrea MacIntosh to the position of Operations Manager effective immediately. MacIntosh will take the reins of the OceanWorks’ Vancouver facility in anticipation of an expected increase in the number of projects to be completed in 2017. Among her many tasks, she will be responsible for the on-time delivery of products and program deliverables.   MacIntosh, has over 20 years of experience in progressively more senior positions in the subsea, aerospace, defense and telecommunications industries. She brings broad experience to the OW team in manufactur

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Fugro Awarded Seeps Survey Offshore Kenya

Fugro has been awarded a contract by Shell/BG Kenya for the execution of a seabed survey to detect natural leakages of hydrocarbons. The seeps survey complements a seismic exploration program that was completed recently offshore Kenya. Undertaking a four-week campaign of multibeam data acquisition and precise sampling, Fugro will mobilize its specialized survey vessel, Fugro Discovery, to Kenya in March. Seabed sampling will be carried out using a drop corer and multibeam data will be acquired with the latest deepwater high resolution multibeam echo sounder, installed in a newly designed gondola on

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Dive Support Vessel Delivered in Brazil

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

Fugro will use its deepwater survey expertise to support the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE with high resolution bathymetry data of the competition area. (Image: Fugro)

Ocean Mapping: Fugro Partner with Shell on X-Prize

, the competition offers a special $1M incentive sponsored by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for systems that can also detect and track biological and chemical signals. Such advancements would improve emergency response and foster the discovery and monitoring of new marine life and underwater communities.   First round testing for semi-finalist teams is scheduled to commence in September 2017. Fugro will acquire, process and deliver the high resolution baseline datasets in advance

First live trials of the Eelume underwater robot took place in Trondheim, Norway Photo Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime: Reshaping Underwater Operations

Eelume AS has released the first live video footage of its game changing take on underwater intervention vehicles. With the support of Kongsberg Maritime as a development partner, the unique new Eelume robot has torn up the marine robotics rulebook to create a futuristic, snake-like vehicle designed to live permanently underwater and carry out underwater intervention tasks that would normally require the mobilisation of expensive surface vehicles for divers or to launch and retrieve ROVs or AUVs. The footage captured at the PREZIOSO Linjebygg Subsea Test Center during trials in the Trondheimsfjord

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

NOAA's Okeanos Explorer Journeys Into Pacific Deepwater

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

REM Etive (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Acquires IRM Vessel to Service Southeast Asia

continuity that is essential in operational management.   REM Etive is a field proven design and has recorded many hours of safe operation with very high up time in a wide range of weather conditions. The 93-meter  vessel is a significant element in the delivery of services from Fugro’s marine asset integrity business line. Together with Fugro’s highly experienced personnel, she is capable of supporting a comprehensive range of services throughout the lifecycle of a subsea development.  

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Saab Seaeye’s Falcon ROV Gets a Boost

Saab Seaeye said it has enhanced the Falcon's intelligent control system with its advanced iCON behavior-based intelligent control architecture, meaning the electric robotic vehicle can now host many new features as an advanced platform for further automation and behavior-based software development.   Station‐keeping and fine position adjustment is a new attribute that reduces the operator's workload by allowing them to concentrate on the task at hand. Fitting a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and interface node has made this possible.   It is also now possible to add higher accuracy sensors

OINA 2017 - San Diego Aerial (Photo: OINA)

Eduation & Career Day Set for OINA 2017

, on Tuesday, February 14, will look at the best ways to cultivate industry entrepreneurs and work force. The Education & Career Development Day will bring together ocean science educators in this field to run a series of presentations to visiting high school students considering a degree in marine science and college students looking to break into the marine industry. Students The morning Careers session for college students will offer an insight on the scope and scale of the career paths available within the marine science and technology sectors, a look into some of the exciting and emerging

Ultra-Deepwater Rig Photo Transocean Ltd

Transocean's contract backlog $11.3 Bln on February 9

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) today issued a quarterly Fleet Status Report that provides the current status of and contract information for the company's fleet of offshore drilling rigs. As of February 9, 2017, the company's contract backlog was $11.3 billion. On December 31, 2016, the newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship Deepwater Conqueror commenced operations on its 5-year contract in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico at a dayrate of $589,000. The customer has elected to exercise its contractual option to terminate the contract for the ultra-deepwater drillship Deepwater Asgard effective January 2017.

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Innova Selects Sonardyne INS, DVL for Resident ROVs

Norwegian subsea engineering and technology company Innova AS has selected acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. for two new in-field resident remotely operated vehicles (ROV) being built in the country.   Each ROV will be installed with a co-housed Sonardyne SPRINT Inertial Navigation System (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) to provide tightly coupled navigation data that will support a wide variety of survey and inspection missions in water depths up to 4,000 meters.   The contract was announced on the opening day of the Seabed Mapping

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New Alkaline Battery System for the Oceanographic Market

The new Energy Sales Pressure-Tolerant Battery System (PTBS) is an alkaline battery solution specifically for the oceanographic community, set to be unveiled at Oceanology International North America, February 14-16, in San Diego.   Energy Sales, Inc. said its new design replaces the need for housings made of titanium or other costly advanced composite materials. Working with the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab (UW/APL), the company sought to develop a cost-efficient battery solution specific to the deep ocean – depths that range from 1,800 to 3,000 meters.   “Coll

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

Bureau Veritas: New Rules for Diving Systems

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

David Grady (Photo: Aqueos Corporation)

Grady Joins Aqueos as Special Projects Manager

Marine construction and subsea services provider Aqueos Corporation has appointed David Grady to the position of Project Manager-Special Projects.

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Video: Retired Ship Sunk to Form Artificial Reef

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

Rob Stewart (Photo: Douglas Braun)

Sharkwater Director Still Missing off Florida

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

UES Seanic engineers complete the refurbishment of client’s marine crane (Photo: UES Seanic)

Newly Formed UES Seanic Wins First Contract

The newly merged Aberdeenshire-based Underwater Engineering Services (UES) and Houston headquartered Seanic Oceans Systems has secured its first contract in Tunisia, a region which neither firm had previously operated in. As part of the merger between their parent companies ATR Group and Centurion Group last year, the newly formed business of UES Seanic will support Oceana Subsea on a decommissioning campaign in Tunisia, North Africa.   UES Seanic was formed on January 1st this year with 11 personnel based in the UK and a further 43 in Houston. The merger sees the company operating globally

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New Inertial Sensors for Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicles

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

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Marine Ecologist Receives Top National Academy of Sciences Honor

The National Academy of Sciences is honoring marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco with its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal.   The academy has annually presented the award, which recognizes distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public good, since 1914. The medal honors individuals “who have worked tirelessly to promote science for the benefit of humanity.”   Lubchenco’s selection as the 2017 Public Welfare Medal recipient was announced January 30.   Oregon State University marine ecologist Lubchenco is the former National

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New Subsea Storage Technology Introduced

In January of this year, Dutch subsea technology company Seatools completed an R&D program on a subsea liquid storage technology. During the program – a continuation of an earlier engineering study performed on behalf of Statoil Petroleum AS – the storage technology passed a full product qualification test program and will now be applied at a Pile Installation Frame operated by Seaway Heavy Lifting.   The oil and gas industry’s shift toward seabed positioning of (pressure-balanced) equipment like pumps, compressors, and related power grids that can compromise switch gear

Wood Group Bags Hess Contract in Malaysia

Wood Group has been awarded a five year contract with Hess Exploration & Production Malaysia. The operations and maintenance contract is to support Hess' new-build fixed and floating offshore facilities in the North Malay Basin development area located approximately 150km north east of the Peninsular Malaysia, and includes a one-year extension option. Delivered by Wood Group's Kuala Lumpur office, the contract will support up to 130 new full-time positions in Malaysia. Integrated operations and maintenance services including core offshore personnel, onshore technical support, training and

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Bert Instruments Adds Nexus USBL to Its Equipment Pool

Since 1993 Florida based Bert Instruments’ team of consultants has been providing marine geophysical and environmental studies in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America for petroleum companies, the U.S. Department of Defense, major Universities and private companies. The company’s expertise covers both hydrographic and oceanographic surveys and is headed up by electronic engineer Humberto Guarin PhD, skilled in digital image processing and underwater acoustics, and with some 30 years’ experience the field.   For each project specialist engineers and equipment, from its own

Stingray 500 (Photo: Aquatica)

There's a New Manned Submersible on the Market

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

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Gougeon Named CEO at OpenHydro

OpenHydro, the Irish based tidal energy company and part of DCNS Energies, has appointed Patrick Gougeon as its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment signals the company’s ongoing drive towards commercialization of its tidal technology and follows the launch of DCNS Energies, a subsidiary of the DCNS Group which recently secured €100 million in investment.   Gougeon joined OpenHydro at the start of January 2017, having previously held the position of CEO of Colibrys, a high-technology industrial company based in Switzerland. He is an engineer from the French Ecole Centrale de

Mapping Drone Powered By HYPACK

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

BP has started up a major water injection project at its Thunder Horse platform Photo BP

BP Brings Thunder Horse South Online

BP today announced that it has started up the Thunder Horse South Expansion project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico 11 months ahead of schedule and $150 million under budget.    The project is expected to boost production at the facility by an estimated 50,000 gross barrels of oil equivalent per day, further increasing output at one of the largest oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico. “Thunder Horse South Expansion – along with our recent approval of the $9 billion Mad Dog Phase 2 platform -- demonstrates that the U.S. Gulf of Mexico remains a key part of our global portfolio

Partnering for a Wellsite solution Photo Fugro

Seabed Geosolutions mobilizes for West African OBN survey

Seabed Geosolutions has been awarded a 4D baseline ocean bottom node project in West Africa, with a duration of six-weeks. The crew is currently in the mobilisation phase of the project, which will support the optimisation of the recovery rate during the development and production phases of oil and gas fields, by providing high quality data on hydrocarbon prospects, reservoir characteristics and potential geohazards. The project positions the company well to respond to other potential projects in the region.  

Seabed Geosolutions Mobilzes for OBN Survey in West Africa

Seabed Geosolutions has been awarded a 4D baseline ocean bottom node project in West Africa, with a duration of six-weeks.   The crew is currently in the mobilization phase of the project, which will support the optimization of the recovery rate during the development and production phases of oil and gas fields, by providing high quality data on hydrocarbon prospects, reservoir characteristics and potential geohazards. The project positions the company well to respond to other potential projects in the region.

(left to right): Ian Donald, managing director of Enpro Subsea, Anke Heggie, company growth director (oil & gas) from Scottish Enterprise and Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP. (Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Subsea Drives $1.8mln into Flow Assurance Project

Enpro Subsea has announced a research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise which will see the firm investing £1.5million ($1.85mln) to develop its flow assurance technology further to address emerging markets in deeper waters.   The news came as Scottish Enterprise revealed a new Subsea Engineering Action Plan with the aim of capturing an even bigger slice of the current £50 billion ($61.5bln) global subsea market. Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, visited oil and gas firm, Enpro Subsea Ltd to announce its new £1.

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Danos Wins Hess Stampede Platform Contract

Danos has secured a contract to perform mechanical hook-up and commissioning (HUC) support services for the Hess Stampede tension leg platform (TLP) in the Gulf of Mexico. The Stampede deepwater oil and gas field (located approximately 115 miles south of Fourchon, La.) is one of the largest undeveloped fields in the Gulf of Mexico, with estimated gross recoverable reserves in the range of 300-350 million barrels of oil equivalent.   As part of the contract, more than 100 Danos employees will be working on the project across multiple locations over the next 12 months. A small project management

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WOC Partners in Research on Impact of Arctic Changes

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

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TechnipFMC Begins Operations Post-merger

TechnipFMC has begun operating as a unified oil and gas services company following completion of the merger of Houston-based FMC Technologies and paris-based Technip.   Now with a combined 44,000 employees, the new TechnipFMC will work on oil and gas projects, technologies, systems and services “from concept to project delivery and beyond” with headquarters in Houston, London and Paris.   A key focus for TechnipFMC will be project economics across subsea, onshore/offshore and surface, the company said in a press release.   "With our merger complete, TechnipFMC is

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AXYS Metocean Buoy Supports Offshore Wind

AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) has announced that a WatchKeeper meteorological and oceanographic data buoy has been recently deployed approximately 60km offshore along the Northern coast of Poland in the Baltic Sea. This buoy, procured by polish developer Baltic Trade and Invest (BTI), will be used as part of their upcoming Environmental Impact and Assessment campaign in the Baltic Sea. This campaign will form part of the Environmental application for the offshore wind farm development “FEW Baltic II”. The WatchKeeper buoy is equipped to provide wind speed and direction, air temperature

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