Monday, February 20, 2017

Deepwater Positioning

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Teledyne Debuts New Controller and Firmware for APEX

Teledyne Webb Research has released the APF-11 controller and firmware as the new core of the Autonomous Profiling Explorer (APEX).   With nearly 8,000 floats deployed during the past 16 years, APEX has long been the workhorse of the Argo Program monitoring temperature and salinity in the upper 2,000 meters of the world’s oceans. Teledyne said its engineers designed the new controller and firmware to ensure APEX continues that role for years to come.   Recent Argo Program expansion to monitor upper ocean biogeochemical and optical properties carries the requirement for additional

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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Carmanah Acquires EKTA Marine Aids

 Carmanah Technologies Corporation  has completed the acquisition of the EKTA marine aids to navigation assets from Cybernetica AS of Estonia.    The company had previously announced its intention to acquire the EKTA branded products and contracts on November 29th, 2016.   "The acquisition accomplishes two important steps in our growth strategy," said John Simmons, Carmanah CEO. "The ETKA products will strengthen our worldwide product portfolio and allow us to provide more comprehensive single-source solutions for our marine customers. At the same time

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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

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Schlumberger, Transocean Ink Service Agreements

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

Schlumberger Signs Two Transocean Service Agreements

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

Matthieu de Tugny, Senior Vice President, Offshore (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

BV Helps to ‘de-risk’ Marine Renewable Energy Tech

Bureau Veritas has published a set of guidelines, NI 631 “Certification Scheme for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies”, addressing a broad spectrum of the needs of marine renewable energy (MRE) businesses and projects.   The certification scheme covers: Floating offshore wind turbines Current and tidal turbines, including sea and river turbines Wave energy converters Ocean thermal energy converters (OTECs) ‘The marine renewables sector is growing in importance and the complexities are increasing as the sector continues to mature’, comments

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.

Bishop to Chair UK’s Geological Remote Sensing Group

Charlotte Bishop, Remote Sensing Projects Manager, NPA Satellite Mapping, CGG, has been elected as Chair of the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG).    The GRSG is a special interest group of the Geological Society of London (GeolSoc) and the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), and while both parent organizations are based in the U.K. the GRSG is an international organization with members around the globe.   Bishop is the youngest Chairs the GRSG has ever had, as well as the first woman in its 27-year history to hold the position. She has served on the Group’s

The Block Island Wind Farm has begun commercial operations, becoming the first wind farm to deliver energy to the American power grid (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

First US Offshore Wind Farm Powers Up

into the New England region’s grid, becoming the United States’ first commercially active offshore wind farm.   The energy produced from the Block Island Wind Farm is linked to the New England grid via Block Island and mainland Rhode Island by National Grid’s new sea2shore submarine transmission cable system.   The milestone concludes the two-year offshore installation of the wind farm, which Deepwater Wind said was completed on-time and on-budget with the help of more than 300 local workers.   “Our success here is a testament to the hard work of hundreds

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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

The new polder that will be developed at Pulau Tekong, one of Singapore’s largest islands.  Photo Royal HaskoningDHV

Singapore to Adopt Dutch Polder Concept for Reclamation

Singapore has announced it will build a polder designed by Royal HaskoningDHV with local partner Surbana Jurong that will add 810ha to Pulau Tekong, one of Singapore’s largest islands. Traditionally, sand has been used to fill the area to be reclaimed above sea level. This new approach involves building a dike around the area to be reclaimed and draining the water from it – a 400 year old Dutch proven method. This will allow the reclaimed area to be built at a lower level and hence significantly reduce the amount of sand needed for land reclamation. Royal HaskoningDHV and local

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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

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Nexus 2 USBL Available for Rent in the U.S.

Applied Acoustics’ new Nexus 2 USBL positioning system, launched at Oceanology in London earlier this year, is now available for rent in U.S. via the company’s American representatives Subsea Technologies Inc based in Katy, Texas.    Nexus 2 is the latest and most sophisticated system in the range of subsea USBL systems that are designed and manufactured by the Great Yarmouth, U.K., based company.  Incorporating advanced bidirectional spread spectrum acoustic protocols Nexus 2 achieves greater, reliable accuracy over an extended operational range. Embedded as standard

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Troll Solution Wreck Removal Completed

Bay of Campeche when it listed, killing two workers.   Initial efforts were made to refloat and salvage the jack-up, though the Troll Solution collapsed and sank into the seabed in approximately 30 meters water depth, coming to rest within 2 meters from the active CAAN-A platform.   Enter marine services and salvage company Ardent, who then deployed assets from several countries, including the Conquest MB-1 crane barge and a 1,000-ton hydraulic wreck grab from the Netherlands, as well as further support vessels deployed from the U.S. and Mexico.   The Conquest MB-1 with a maximum

Rob Saltiel, President and Chief Executive Officer Photo Atwood Oceanics

Atwood Delays Drillship duo by Two Years

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. announced today that it has agreed with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. ("DSME") to delay the requirement to take delivery of Atwood's two newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships, the Atwood Admiral and the Atwood Archer, by two years to September 30, 2019 and June 30, 2020, respectively. In connection with the delay, Atwood will make a payment of $125 million for the Atwood Archer on or before December 15, 2016, as well as a payment of $15 million on the earlier of June 30, 2018 or the delivery date.  In respect of the Atwood Admiral, Atwood will

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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

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Kraken Hires Director of Business Development

Jeff Bartkowski has joined Kraken Sonar Inc. as Director of Business Development, effective December 5, 2016.   Bartkowski has been employed in the marine technology industry for over 12 years in subsea positioning, inertial navigation systems and high resolution sonar products. He has sales and business development experience with both commercial and defense customers and has worked at both larger marine technology companies such as Teledyne-Reson and iXBlue and start-ups such as Sea Machine Robotics. He is a graduate of New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   “Over

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Offshore Deepwater Rebound?

Statoil awarded licences in Mexico’s Deepwater round   Statoil was awarded blocks 1 and 3 in the Saline Basin in the Deepwater exploration tender in the Mexican Round 1.   The blocks cover an area of about 5,650 km2 (18,500 square miles) in the largely unexplored deepwater areas of the Saline Basin. Statoil will be the operator of blocks 1 and 3, at 33.4% equity, with partners BP and Total participating equally with the remaining equity.    The licences were awarded in a competitive bid round. A total of 10 deepwater blocks were on offer, with four in the Perdido Area

Obituary: Stewart B. Nelson

Stewart B. Nelson, Ph.D.  - B. June 9, 1937 D. September 12, 2016   Dr. Stewart B. Nelson URI -MMA 1974, oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and marine historian passed away of complications related to cancer on September 12, 2016 in Tampa, Fla. He is mourned by family, friends and classmates of the Marine Affairs Program at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Nelson's multifaceted career was principally spent in service to his country in his position as aide to the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy and in this capacity he was the Senior Advisor to the to the Oceanographer

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

A Hydrex diver bending propeller blades back in to shape (Photo: Hydrex Underwater Technology)

Propeller Repairs Increase as Winter Approaches

Hydrex Underwater Technology has registered an increase in the number of vessels experiencing propeller damage. Dave Bleyenberg, Hydrex Production Executive, explained: “While winter months usually result in an increase in propeller repairs, this normally occurs between January and March. But we have already attended a number of vessel inspections on propeller blades broken or damaged by ice or debris.” In November, a Hydrex team was called out to Taranto, Italy, to inspect a 27,500dwt general cargo ship, whose engineers had reported excessive vibration from its five blade, 5m

Royal IHC 550t Reel Lay systeem for Shanghai Salvage Photo Royal IHC

Royal IHC, Shanghai Salvage Ink Reel Lay System Deal

Royal IHC have signed a contract with Shanghai Salvage in China for the supply of an integrated 550t Reel lay system. This will be the first Reel lay system in the Chinese market and will be one of the largest and most sophisticated Reel lay systems worldwide. The pipelay system, which includes not only rigid pipe but also flexible pipe lay capability, will be installed on the new offshore construction vessel of Shanghai Salvage. IHC Engineering Business, a subsidiary of Royal IHC, will lead this prestigious project, with engineering concept design already well underway. Project execution of

The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater robotic work system in the world, making it ideal for complex and demanding tasks.Photo SAAB

Saab Leopard Rules the Waves

In a bid to master mountainous seas the Saab Seaeye Leopard ROV system recently delivered to Japan’s Kaiyo Engineering an active heave compensator (AHC) to its launch and recovery system. Kaiyo Engineering, a specialist marine science company, is undertaking seabed research for Tokyo University and is using the Leopard to explore the feasibility of seabed mining. Adding AHC means Kaiyo can work offshore more easily in high sea states, as the AHC system will accurately maintain the exact relative depth of the tether management system from which the Leopard is deployed by compensating for

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

Subsea Industries Opens UK Office

Subsea Industries has strengthened its presence in the U.K.’s maritime and renewable energy sectors with opening up of a dedicated marine and offshore coatings office in the U.K. and the appointment of coatings specialist Mark Woods as its U.K.-based technical representative.   The new office forms part of Subsea Industries’ wider growth strategy to meet increased demand for the company’s award-winning non-toxic hard coatings.   As accounting manager, Woods will head up Chelmsford-based Subsea Industries U.K., with responsibility for sales growth across the company’

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Phase 1 Cable Laying Complete at Rampion Wind Farm

Fugro said it has completed the first phase of cable laying operations on schedule at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the U.K.’s Sussex coast, as the program takes a break over winter.   The installation of 60 cables was completed at the end of October – three more than the 57 cables originally planned. Subsea construction vessel Fugro Symphony commenced site operations in August, having transported some 75 kilometers of cable to the Rampion site on its 2,000t carousel. Sister vessel Fugro Saltire completed cable burial in November using Fugro’s high performance Q1400

Keenan Named President of Phoenix

. In this position, Keenan will be responsible for all of the company’s operating units worldwide.   Before beginning his foray into the private sector, Keenan (CAPT USN retired) served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years as a diver, salvor and engineer. He is a registered professional engineer and marine surveyor with a BA in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in Materials Engineering and Naval Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research relating to waterborne ship repair was published in the Naval Engineers Journal. He holds a U.S. patent for his

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Phoenix Conducts ROV Search for MH370

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc., under the direction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), is conducting deepwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations in the continuing search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370).   Phoenix mobilized its 6,000 meter depth-rated Remora III ROV aboard the Chinese Rescue Salvage Bureau (RSB) vessel Dong Hai Jiu 101 in support of the ongoing deep ocean search. Phoenix has been involved in the search for MH370 since April 2014, initially using its 5,000 meter depth-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Artemis, and Hydrospheric

RockBLOCK has been integrated on specially developed wave buoys deployed on to sea ice floes in the Arctic and Antarctic by NIWA. (Photo: Rock Seven)

‘Small Satcom’ Aids Polar Climate Research

With the growing need to secure new data from remote and inhospitable areas of scientific interest balanced against commercial challenges and tough competition for academic budgets as a background, the U.K.’s Rock Seven is reporting an upsurge in its Iridium satellite communication products being used for environmental science applications in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Several successful deployments have proven the robustness of the company’s RockBLOCK and RockFLEET systems, the manufacturer said, highlighting its suitability for reducing costs not only in the research sector, but also

NOC Workshops to Address Robotics Challenges

to address the common challenges faced by robotic systems on land, sea and air by encouraging shared learning and collaboration. These challenges include; the development of artificial intelligence, societal acceptance and energy management.    This initiative is part of the South Coast Marine Cluster and aims to help the autonomous systems industries in this region to grow and position the South Coast as a hub for innovative, high value companies.    Speaking at the launch during the Marine Autonomy and Technology showcase, hosted by the NOC, Kevin Forshaw, NOC’s Associate

Ioseba Tena (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Appoints Tena as Global Business Manager

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, has announced the appointment of Ioseba (Joe) Tena as its new Global Business Manager for Marine Robotic Systems. Tena joins Sonardyne with immediate effect and brings with him more than 20 years of experience working with marine robotic systems, most recently at SeeByte.   Early in his career Tena worked with marine robots as a Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University. His PhD was completed in 2001 and focused on navigating Autonomous Underwater Vehicles using imaging sonars. The following year, Tena became part of the original

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New Subsea Encoder for Deep Water Operations

SCANCON Encoders has introduced its newly tested SCH68SUB model, an encoder designed specifically for subsea operations.   In recent years, exploration and production companies have focused on designing and installing subsea facilities, but one of the many difficulties they encountered was the inability of encoders to work in the subsea environment unless housed in a pressurized container. Recognizing the need for an encoder that could operate in this harsh ocean environment, Scancon developed the SCH68SUB, which it said is the industry’s first heavy-duty encoder for use in subsea operation

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Morgan Advanced Materials Eyes Maritime Security Sector

estimated Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.2 percent until 2021.This prediction was reinforced by a recent statement from the U.K. Ministry of Defense, which has pledged to invest £1.9 billion (approximately $2.4 billion) in a project to prepare a national defense system to combat stealth submarines in British waters.   With security still of critical importance for governments across the world, more advanced technologies are being used in the fight against an increasingly sophisticated range of maritime threats. This has seen a significant upscaling of maritime security efforts including

Bill Mildon, president Photo  Hydro Group Systems

Mildon Appointed President, Hydro Group

in Pinellas County, Fla.   With nearly 40 years’ experience in undersea product development from complex sonars to sensors and undersea cable and connectors, Mildon has held a number of senior positions, most recently as technical director at Nest Technical Services. He has led teams in submarine penetration designs, under water connectors and numerous fiber optic inter-connect products.   In his new role Mildon will be focused on shaping and delivering Hydro Group Systems to carry the same vision of Hydro Group Plc, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Along with developing this vision in

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.  closed the third quarter of 2016 in line with expectations. Image Boskalis

Boskalis Profits Zoom as Expected

the contribution from the VolkerWessels activities revenue and the result were slightly lower compared to the average seen in the first two quarters of the year. The sharply contracting market and increased competition is putting increasing pressure on utilization and margins at the capacity-driven Marine Services activities. By contrast new opportunities are opening up in the offshore wind energy market, partly thanks to the offshore activities recently acquired from VolkerWessels. In the third quarter Boskalis secured the contract for the construction of the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm as well as

FlexMoT live monitoring software Photo Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

FlexMoT for Monitoring & Detection of Offshore leaks

Leaks on offshore platforms present a hazard to the marine environment and human health. The monitoring system FlexMoT will detect irregularities and provide a warning system for disasters. The system was presented at this year’s OCEANS’16 in Monterey.   (Rostock/Darmstadt/Graz) Accidents in offshore oil & gas drilling are dangerous. The damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago shows how high the costs can be for nature and those responsible. Now, a solution was presented at this year’s OCEANS Conference.   FlexMoT is an

Computer-generated image of Kraken’s Autonomous Launch & Recovery System (A-LARS) with the KATFISH Synthetic Aperture Sonar underwater towbody (Image: Kraken)

Canadian Government Backs Kraken

;   The NRC funding will be used to expand Kraken's Handling Systems Division that is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This group is led by Mr. Bill Spencer who has extensive experience in the aerospace and ocean engineering fields. Bill was recently the Engineering Manager at Rolls-Royce Naval Marine and responsible for the development of advanced launch and recovery systems used by a wide variety of military, commercial and ocean science customers

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Technip Bags GoM Contract

Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Technip Umbilicals Inc. has been awarded a contract by a major Operator to supply a subsea control umbilical in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract includes the project management and manufacture of several kilometers of a static and dynamic unarmoured steel tube umbilical. Technip Umbilicals facility in Houston, USA, will manufacture this prestigious project for the high pressure field, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Technip Umbilicals’ Managing Director, Sarah Cridland, said: “This award confirms Technip’s position as a

From left to right: Alastair Pettie, Rune Haukom, Steve Nell, Shaun Ortell, Pierre Marais, Wojtek Kowalczyk  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Opens South African Facility

turns toward maritime resources as part of ‘Operation Phakisa’; a program implemented to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans. Kongsberg Maritime’s diverse technology portfolio can support all major pillars of the Operation Phakisa maritime program, including: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, marine protection and ocean governance/monitoring.   The Kongsberg Maritime South Africa facility currently combines office and warehouse space in addition to a testing lab, with plans already in place to open training facilities

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AUVs Under Ice: Past Milestones, Promising Future

The marine environments beneath ice are arguably some of the least accessible on earth. Ice is a formidable physical barrier that can range in thickness from centimeters to hundreds of meters—an impediment that has not diminished our desire to uncover the secrets that lie beneath.    In the heyday of manned submarines, under-ice was seen as an important operating theater, where the ability to listen and monitor one’s foes was crucial. As manned submarines have given way to unmanned vehicles, the duties of under-ice research have widened to include more fundamental motivations

Oceanology International heading to North America (Oceanology International 2016 at ExCeL London pictured) (Photo: OINA)

OI North America 2017 Registration Open

is now open for the debut Oceanology International North America (OINA) exhibition and conference. Taking place at the San Diego Convention Center, California on February 14 – 16,2017, OINA is an exciting new biennial series that will bring together 1000s of professionals from the ocean science and marine technology communities across the Americas and globally. Based on the same uniquely diverse approach that has helped to establish OI London as the leading event of its kind, OINA is set to become the must-attend forum for industry, academia and government looking to share knowledge in order to

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New Market Player M² Subsea Buys a Fleet of 32 ROVs

of ROV services globally and offer its customers solutions for inspection, repair, maintenance, decommissioning and light construction.    Heading up the business is Mike Arnold, who brings 35 years’ experience in the subsea industry as original founder of Rovtech as well as Hallin Marine UK and Bibby Offshore’s ROV services unit. He is joined by a management team of other subsea veterans including Mark Wood and Mike Winstanley.   “The time is absolutely right for a new ROV services provider with a fresh approach that can, through experience, expertise, the correct

Artists impression of the ‘Hrönn’. (Photo: Automated Ships Ltd.)

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

existing technology to develop a robust, flexible and low-cost ship to become the market leader and offer not only a capable work-boat but provide an unparalleled R&D asset for the furtherance of this emerging industry sector.  KONGSBERG’s role in the project is to deliver all major marine equipment necessary for the design, construction and operation of Hrönn. The leading global maritime technology manufacturer will deliver all systems for dynamic positioning and navigation, satellite and position reference, marine automation and communication. All vessel control systems including

ExxonMobil Announces Oil Discovery Offshore Nigeria

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced a discovery with a potential recoverable resource of between 500 million and 1 billion barrels of oil on the Owowo field offshore Nigeria.   The Owowo-3 well, which was spud on September 23, encountered about 140 meters of oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. Owowo-3 extends the resource discovered by the Owowo-2 well, which encountered about 157 meters of oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.   “We are encouraged by the results and will work with our partners and the government on future development plans,” said Stephen M. Greenlee, president of

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ASV Global Records 1,000 Days of USV Operations

ASV Global, manufacturer of Autonomous Surface Vehicles, has reached the landmark of 1,000 days of unmanned operations.    The milestone was reached during the Unmanned Warrior 2016 event which saw more than 50 unmanned vehicles operating in a variety of themed activities. The event enabled the Royal Navy to see firsthand how these types of systems and sensors could integrate into current and future operations. A number of ASV Global developed vehicles and systems participated in the event including converted vessels such as BAE Systems’ Pacific 950 and Pacific 24 RIBs and Dstl’s

Smith Joins Woods Hole Group

on October 20, 2016 as the new Business Development Manager/Senior Oceanographer.  He will reside in the Texas Office, and support the company’s domestic and worldwide activities.   Rob comes to Woods Hole Group with nearly 30 years of expertise in applied, commercial oceanography and marine environmental science in support of offshore and coastal engineering and marine environmental operational challenges.  His career development commenced from laboratory analysis of marine sediments to undertaking coastal and offshore oceanographic and meteorological field studies and data analysis

Australian Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne Photo RAN

Australia, France Meet to focus on Future Submarine Program

France have a close and long-standing Defence relationship, based on shared interests in contributing to the rules-based global order and strong cooperation in the Pacific.   “Building on these links, and in light of the cooperation that we will have for decades to come under the Future Submarine Program, we will establish formal Defence Ministers meetings," Minister Payne said.   "In partnership with DCNS and Lockheed Martin Australia, Australia is now positioned to design a submarine that meets our unique capability requirements. Australia and France already have a close

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Renishaw Opens Office in Taiwan

Renishaw (Taiwan) Inc, subsidiary of global precision engineering company Renishaw, has moved to a larger facility within the Taichung City Precision Machinery Innovation Technology Park.   The new office covers over 1,100 square meters and includes product showrooms, training facilities and live demonstration areas, allowing Renishaw to offer enhanced commercial and technical support to customers. It was officially opened on October 5, 2016 with a ceremony that was performed by senior Renishaw managers, government officials and representatives from Taiwanese industry.   “2016 is

Erik Anderson (Photo: EdgeTech)

Anderson Joins EdgeTech

hydrographic expertise to the organization. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Master of Science in Hydrography and Category “A” International Hydrographic Certification.   Anderson has over 10 years of experience in the field of marine surveying working with equipment such as side scan sonars, single beam and multibeam sonar systems.  While at NOAA his roles included planning, acquisition and processing of important survey data and ultimately held a lead hydrographic position overseeing the review and sign-off of approximately

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InterMoor Opens New Facility in Norway

IOS InterMoor, an Acteon company, has opened its new mooring base in Fensfjord, Norway near Bergen to serve oil and gas rigs operating in the most active area of the North Sea, such as the Troll field, the Statfjord and Gullflaks fields, and the new Johan Sverdrup field. Located on the Wergeland Base in Sløvågen, the facility will cater to all requirements for mooring equipment storage, supply, inspection and maintenance for IOS InterMoor and its customers. The facility boasts modern office space, a large meeting room for mobilization briefings and a 2,000 sq. meter warehouse

One of the leg extensions being lifted in place for installation at MPI’s Tees Offshore Base in Middlesbrough, UK Photo MPI Offshore

MPI Resolution’s Leg Extensions Raises Capabilities

MPI’s wind-turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Resolution, is currently undergoing installation of leg extensions at the company’s Tees Offshore Base in Middlesbrough, UK. Following these modifications, MPI Resolution will be able to operate in water depths of up to 35m, depending upon the site-specific data. This represents a gain of up to 7m on the previous jacking capabilities of the vessel and substantially increases the operability as a result. Modification works started in mid-September and the ten-week work schedule is being undertaken by local fabrication and engineering

Gilles Lambaré, CGG, (center) and Sheng Xu, Statoil, (right) being jointly presented with the SEG Reginald Fessenden Award by SEG President, John Bradford (left). (Image: SEG)

Lambaré Wins SEG Reginald Fessenden Award

Gilles Lambaré, Research Director, EAME, Subsurface Imaging, CGG, has been distinguished with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ (SEG) Reginald Fessenden Award in recognition of his initiation of the concept of common-angle migration and demonstration of the potential of that approach to seismic imaging.    The Reginald Fessenden Award is given to a person who has made a specific technical contribution to exploration geophysics, such as an invention or a theoretical or conceptual advancement, which, in the opinion of the Honors and Awards Committee and the Board of

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TE Subcom Supplies MAREA Submarine Cable System

Facebook, Microsoft, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, has announced that TE SubCom has been named the system supply partner for the new MAREA submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean.   TE SubCom has completed the route survey and begun manufacture of the system at its facility in Newington, New Hampshire. The parties are on track to begin laying cable using TE SubCom’s state-of-the-art cable installation ships next year, with a scheduled completion date of October 2017.   As announced by Facebook and

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Kvaerner Reports Robust 3Q Results in Challenging Market

Kvaerner increased the adjusted EBITDA margin to 12.6 percent for the third quarter, up from 5.2 percent in the same period last year and 5.7 percent in the previous quarter.   "The margin reflects our improvements and ability to deliver predictably, which affected the results positively through reaching planned milestones on several projects," says Kvaerner's President & CEO Jan Arve Haugan. Kvaerner's efforts to improve costs, quality, productivity and competitiveness are currently yielding results on the current portfolio of projects. During the third quarter, two jackets

Chet Morrison Contractors Partners with OEM on Riser Project

Chet Morrison Contractors’ Deepwater Riser Services division recently completed work on a complex deepwater riser maintenance project for an offshore drilling rig that included complete disassembly, blast, paint and reassembly of 57 risers.   By partnering with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) on the project, Chet Morrison Contractors was able to deliver key services that allowed for an OEM-recertification on the risers. In addition, by taking advantage of Chet Morrison Contractors’ available shop space and labor capacity, the OEM was able to provide the rig owner with a

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MetOcean, JouBeh Merge to Form metOcean telematics

MetOcean Data Systems has merged with JouBeh Technologies, resulting in the formation of new company metOcean telematics. MetOcean Data Systems is a developer and manufacturer of data acquisition and telemetry systems, and JouBeh Technologies is a global Iridium satellite reseller. Collectively, metOcean telematics will be positioned to provide complete end-to-end telematics services, with a focus on niche MetOcean solutions and custom defense and security products. The merger will be effective January 1, 2017. “MetOcean and JouBeh have collaborated closely over the years, they have

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New Docking Head for Schmidt’s ROV SuBastian

Schmidt Ocean Institute has chosen a MacArtney docking head to ensure optimum handling of its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) SuBastian on board the R/V Falkor.   The R/V Falkor is now studying the sea surface microlayer and air-sea boundary making its way from Darwin, Australia to Guam. Once in Guam, Falkor will embark on its first science cruise with ROV SuBastian, searching for life in the Mariana Backarc. ROV SuBastian is a new underwater robotic vehicle equipped with a modular frame to provide scientists with a flexible vehicle for ocean exploration.    The MacArtney MERMAC D

Horizon Marine Announces Personnel Changes

Horizon Marine, Inc. announced several recent personnel changes as part of Horizon’s strategy to take on the current industry downturn.   “This downturn in our industry is an opportunity for us to shore up our product portfolio and focus on marketing efforts,” said said Patrice Coholan, President of Horizon Marine. “Our promotions and new team members align with our forward-thinking strategy and will position Horizon Marine for additional growth despite the volatile market conditions we see today.”   Glenn Burnett has been promoted to Offshore Operations

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