Diving Helmets

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight, set throughout the bay.   Australian and British autonomous underwater vehicle teams used remote environmental monitoring units to scan the bay floor and identify mine-like objects.   The US and New Zealand then sent out divers to confirm whether or not they were mines, said Lieutenant Teina Hullena of the

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Uncharted Depths: Exploring the Marianas with SuBastian

ocean.    With some areas reaching depths more than 36,000 feet, scientists rely on a range of pioneering deep-sea technologies to survey the unexplored regions of the Mariana Trench. In 1987, the submersible Alvin was the first to visit the nearby Mariana Back-arc, a zone of highly active submarine volcanism and hydrothermal vents hidden 13,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. After returning to the Back-arc 30 years later equipped with the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s new underwater vehicle SuBastian, scientists can now fill gaps in our understanding about the biogeography of these

DEDAVE AUV in Fraunhofer’s test tank in Ilmenau, Germany (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken, Fraunhofer Ink Tech Licensing Deal

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement for underwater robotics technology with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB) in a strategic move to further strengthen its IP portfolio.   Fraunhofer is the largest organization for applied research in Europe with 69 institutes, over 24,500 employees and a €2.1 billion annual budget. Since 2012, Fraunhofer has been developing intellectual property and technology related to underwater robotics. Over C$6 million has been invested in Fraunhofer's underwater

Image courtesy of Lori Johnston, RMS Titanic Expedition 2003, NOAA-OE.

Manned Sub to Survey Titanic Wreckage

A new mission will send the first manned submersible to the Titanic wreck since 2005.   The mission will see a survey expedition team use the latest subsea imaging technology and a newly built manned submersible to assess the condition of the shipwreck and document artifacts in the debris field. The OceanGate Expeditions exploration team will conduct annual surveys of the wreck in collaboration with experts from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory AIVL at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of an ongoing long-term study to document the current condition of the Titanic

Graphics: Subsea Vessel Operations expenditure by Sector – 2017-2021. Source: Douglas-Westwood, World Subsea Hardware & Vessel Operations Market Forecast

Consolidation – A Path to Subsea Vessel Sustainability

 In recent years, the speed with which newbuild vessels have entered the market has amplified the subsea vessel demand/supply imbalance, says a report by Douglas-Westwood London.   This has been further exacerbated by sustained low oil prices, as operators defer the sanctioning of new offshore projects which could have supported vessel utilisation.    As a result, the average vessel dayrates declined by an average of 35% between 2014 and 2016. The weak market conditions have meant that many low specification vessels have struggled to hold on to existing charter rates, whilst

Allan Nairn (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Names Nairn Diving Director

Subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry Bibby Offshore has promoted Allan Nairn to Director of Diving.    Nairn joined Bibby Diving Services in 2010 as Offshore Project Manager with over 30 years’ experience in the subsea sector. In his new role, Nairn will be responsible for leading all diving related activity within the business. He will ensure day to day diving operations are executed safely, efficiently and continue to meet the high standards Bibby Offshore is known for.   “To date, I have worked on operations throughout the company’s South East

Jonathan Fether (Photo: OceanWorks)

OceanWorks Names Fether ADS Product Line Manager

out the training and support for the ADS. Finding new manufacturers and sourcing component suppliers is also a significant part of his new role.   Fether has been in the subsea industry for over 13 years in a variety of roles that include operations and support technician for deep diving submarine rescue vehicles, lead mechanic, machinist, electronics and hydraulics technician.   With the planned design changes and optimization of the OceanWorks ADS HARDSUIT Fether lends a highly experienced hand to the decisions going forward

Domenti Apakidze on the Black Sea with his JW Fishers side scan sonar (Photo: JW Fishers)

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

 A variety of sonar systems are now being used by law enforcement and public safety dive teams, universities and salvage companies for recovery operations, subsea surveys and marine research. Sonars produce almost photographic images of the underwater environment regardless of water clarity. Side scan sonar can sweep several hundred feet of ocean, lake, or river bottom in one pass of the boat allowing large areas to be searched or surveyed quickly. Scanning sonar, which operates in water similar to the way radar operates in air, can image a 200 foot circle on the bottom in less than a minute.

Merlin WR 200 Work class ROV

IKM Subsea Singapore Inks ROV Contract with Solstad

Solstad Offshore in Singapore has recently awarded IKM Subsea Singapore a service contract to provide ROV services onboard on the DLB Norce Endeavour for construction support projects offshore in Thailand (hat-trick award from 2015). The barge will be mobilized in Singapore and will be working in the Gulf of Thailand for various clients.    IKM Subsea will provide the Merlin WR 200 Work class ROV together with the required tooling’s to execute the project which consist of numerous platform and Pipelines installation coupled with dive support for Subsea tie-in and commissioning.

Brian Allen (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Dives into International Waters

U.K.-based startup Rovco has taken its firsts steps into international waters with the completion of two subsea survey contracts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.   The contract awards saw Rovco perform advanced subsea survey work in Fiji and Oman, utilizing its SubAtlantic Mojave, Seaeye Falcon and VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs.    Launched in September, the company has also been awarded its first ROV consultancy project with one of a U.K. engineering solutions provider and recently employed two new ROV pilots. It is now looking to appoint a chief technology officer as it continues to

Brian Allen (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Dives Into International Waters

UK-based start-up Rovco has taken its firsts steps into international waters and made significant progress towards growing its global footprint following the completion of two subsea survey contracts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The contract awards saw Rovco perform advanced subsea survey work in Fiji and Oman, using its SubAtlantic Mojave, Seaeye Falcon and VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs.   Launched in September, the company has also been awarded its first ROV consultancy project with one of the UK's leading engineering solutions providers and recently employed two new ROV pilots. It is now

Photo: Incat Crowther

Dive Support Vessel Delivered in Brazil

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

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Semifinalists Announced

Lehigh Tide (Bethlehem, PA, United States) – Led by Matthew Ciolino - The Lehigh University team is creating a cost-effective autonomous underwater vehicle that can accurately scan the ocean. Ocean Quest (San Jose, CA, United States) – Led by Danny Kim, the team endeavors to design a marine STEM platform for students worldwide to enable project-based learning with new technology and techniques. Oceanzus (Durham, NH, United States) – Led by James Case, the team is creating a continuous operating platform that supports multiple survey assets to realize the mapping goal.

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

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Bourbon wins Pipelay EPCI Contract for Hylia Project

Bourbon  announced its first pipelay contract awarded by Total Gabon for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of 25 km of 6” rigid pipeline as part of the Hylia Water Injection Project using Zap-Lok technology.   For the execution of this contract, BOURBON is subcontracting key suppliers, mainly Cortez Subsea, for pipelay equipment and Wood Group for the pipeline design and pipelay engineering. Operations are scheduled to start in Q2 2017 offshore Gabon with an MPSV from the Bourbon Evolution 800 series. ROV services and a PSV, all provided by BOURBON, will

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

The Rayfin Autonomous Machine Vision System. (Photo: SubC Imaging)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: SubC Imaging

. SubC has patents pending around the viewing medium, involving stitching the videos together, to create a 360 spherical view around the ROV. Multiple clients can simultaneously digitally pan, tilt and zoom within the spherical view.     (As published in the January/February edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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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

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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De Zeeman Pro Joins Forces with C-Tecnics

De Zeeman Pro based in Belgium suppliers of Commercial and Military Diving equipment have been appointed as exclusive Belgian distributors for the full range of C-Tecnics products. Established more than 30 years ago De Zeeman Pro have built up a wealth of knowledge and trust with their worldwide client base. With extensive stocks at their offices in Belgium ready for immediate despatch they are well positioned to serve your Underwater  Video and Communications needs.  

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Scientists Find Life at Unexplored Ocean Depths

With a brand new ROV in tow, a team of leading geologists, chemists and biologists recently returned to the largely unexplored Mariana Back-Arc to search for life at depths greater than 13,000 feet.   Led by Dr. David Butterfield, JISAO, University of Washington, and Dr. William Chadwick, NOAA-PMEL and Oregon State University, the group returned to the Back-Arc for the second phase of a two-part exploration of the region. In 2015, the team of scientists located new hydrothermal vents in the Back-Arc region, including evidence of recent lava flows. This year, the team returned to these vent

The Bluefin SandShark is a one-person-portable, low-cost autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed to leverage today’s miniaturized sensors and small enough to be carried in a backpack. (Credit: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

Bluefin SandShark AUV is Ready to Order

 Small enough to fit in a backpack, Bluefin SandShark dives to 200 meters and multiple vehicles can work in parallel for large area, underwater missions.    General Dynamics Mission Systems announced its new Bluefin SandShark autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) can now be ordered on the company’s website by defense, commercial and scientific customers worldwide. Weighing less than 11 pounds before adding a mission payload, the ‘micro’ AUV fits in a backpack, can swim up to five knots and dive down to 200 meters (656 feet). The tail section of the Bluefin SandShark

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SapuraKencana Bags Contracts of RM 1.34 bln

SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad’s wholly-owned subsidiaries have been awarded contracts with a combined value of approximately USD 300 million (approximately RM 1.34 billion, based on USD/MYR exchange rate of USD1: RM4.47). Details of each of the contracts are as follows: ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION Award of Provision of Underwater Services by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. SapuraKencana Subsea Services Sdn. Bhd. (“SKSS”) has been awarded a contract for the provision of underwater services for PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. (“PCSB”). The scope of work consists of

Photo: Blake Midnight / DOD

US Defense Department Orders 60 ROVs for Explosives Disposal

Mobile Units around the globe.   The new SeaBotix vLBV 300 systems will be fitted with a range of commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment, including SeaBotix's unique tracked crawler attachment skid, imaging sonar, tooling options, altimeter and USBL/GPS navigation capability plus the Teledyne Marine autonomous ROV navigation package – SMARTFLIGHT.   "Teledyne SeaBotix is honored to be awarded this contract," said William Kikendall, President of Teledyne SeaBotix. "Teledyne SeaBotix ROVs are robust and reliable systems that are used by EOD and other military and security

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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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

Photo: JW Fishers

New Underwater Metal Detector from JW Fishers

Fishers, many teams expressed great interest in acquiring one of the new detectors as well as several FBI dive units. The new detector has identical performance characteristics to Fishers’ Pulse 8X detector. The SAR-1 not only appealed to the police and public safety divers at the show, a number of marine archaeologists and commercial diving companies were also excited about the possibility of using this new detector in their search operations.    The SAR-1 has rechargeable batteries which power the detector for up to 12 hours. The detector can be used all day long, recharged overnight

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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OceanGate Begins Building a New 5-man Sub

Manned submersible operator OceanGate Inc. said it has started building Cyclops 2, an all-new privately owned sub capable of taking five people to depths of 4,000 meters – or approximately two and half miles deep – for human exploration of more than 50 percent of the ocean depths.   Having been in development for several years, with initial design and engineering beginning in 2013, Cyclops 2 has now entered the construction phase with an order for two titanium hemispheres and two matching titanium to carbon fiber interface rings from fabricator of reactive metals Titanium Fabrication

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SMP to Supply Wet Bell LARS to Bergen University

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) has secured a contract with Norwegian company Alf Lea to supply a complete wet bell system to Bergen University.    Alf Lea approached SMP to design and manufacture a wet bell launch and recovery system (LARS) with supporting 20ft DNV containerized machinery and dive control.    All aspects of the project are to be designed, manufactured and tested by the company’s workforce at the workshop site located in Preston, Lancashire.   The wet bell LARS has been designed to operate within a compact footprint to minimize the

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Tuco Debuts New ROV Support Boat

A new vessel design dedicated to the ROV support boat market has been unveiled by Denmark’s Tuco Marine: the new 15-meter ProZero ROV support boat is optimized as a working platform for underwater work, and work performed in support of divers and ROVs. These operations include underwater inspection, investigation, excavation, construction, repair or maintenance of machinery and structures, and the salvage of sunken property.  The ProZero 15 meter ROV support boat is designed with the optional feature, of being remotely controlled by a Remote Command System to enable unmanned piloting of

Howard Woodcock, Chief Executive, Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore wins Shell Contract

Bibby Offshore won a contract with Shell, due to commence in Q1 2017, that will see Bibby Offshore provide engineering and subsea construction activities in the Gannet G field in the Central North Sea.    Bibby Offshore is contracted to use utilize its multipurpose dive support and offshore construction vessel - Bibby Polaris - and its integral 1000 ton basket carousel to lay flexible pipe systems in water depths of approximately 95m.    The company has also collaborated with a third party operator who will carry out trenching operations after the initial workscope is complete.

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

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

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New 4 Channel Helium Unscrambler

C-Tecnics continues to expand its communication range adding its new 4 Channel Helium Unscrambler unit: the C-Phone HE 4R. The C-Tecnics Unscrambler is Suitable for diver’s communication and Saturation Diving system communications. C-Tecnics also offer Bunk Boxes and chamber speakers. The unit can also be supplied with the C-Tecnics Wireless headset. C-Tecnics, a U.K. based company are market leaders in the manufacturing of subsea video, cameras, lighting and communications systems for the diving, ROV and Scientific markets. C-Tecnics also manufacture a range of diver equipment and Hyperbari

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

Neptune Expands Into United States

Neptune Marine Services (Neptune), a provider of specialized engineering, integrated inspection, repair and maintenance solutions to the energy industries, is targeting further growth overseas with its new office in the U.S.   Supported by the demand from the company’s key North Sea clientele, Neptune has established an office in Houston, Texas.  Operating under the name Neptune Subsea Inc., it will enable Neptune to provide the full suite of Neptune’s services to clients within the Gulf of Mexico and the Americas.   John Allen, a Houston based strategic business developme

BISSO MARINE Completes GoM Dive Campaign

Full service offshore and subsea infrastructure services contractor BISSO MARINE said it has completed a two-month saturation diving campaign in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Using its 126.4m x 30.4m construction barge Bisso Subsea Vision, configured with a 12-man ABS Classed 300m saturation system, BISSO MARINE performed a variety of subsea infrastructure services including several subsea abandonments in water depths ranging from 91m to 220m.   Other scopes of work included a Reverse 'J' recovery of several miles of unpiggable 6" pipeline from 122m of water.  The 6" pipeline was

Deep Explorer (Photo: Peder Otto Dybvik / Technip)

New Dive Support Vessel for Technip

Technip’s latest newbuild, the diving support vessel (DSV) Deep Explorer, was officially named on Saturday, November 12, in Norway. The traditional naming ceremony was held at VARD’s Langsten shipyard. The vessel godmother was Heidi Brovoll-Bø, wife of Knut Bø, President of Technip’s North Sea Canada region.   The vessel hull was built by Vard Tulcea shipyard in Romania, and then towed to Vard Langsten in Norway for equipment outfitting and commissioning. The vessel features a state-of-the-art 24-man twin bell saturated dive system rated to 350m. The dive system

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C-Tecnics Names Pommec Netherlands Distributor

U.K. based subsea equipment and electronics manufacturer C-Tecnics has appointed Pommec as its new distributor in the Netherlands .   Pommec is a European manufacturer and worldwide supplier of commercial diving equipment based in the Netherlands.   C-Tecnics manufactures subsea cameras, lighting, video and communications systems for the diving, ROV, and scientific markets. C-Tecnics also manufacture a range of diver equipment and hyperbaric equipment.   “Teaming up with C-Tecnics as our stocking distributer was a natural route,” said Pommec Sales Director Kees Voogd.

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New Batteries Help Underwater Vehicles Dive Deeper

. Having demonstrated that Li-S cells can meet the demanding challenge of operating at depths up to 6,000m, the project can now move on to the battery development phase involving continued development of Steatite’s pressure-tolerant multi-chemistry Battery Management System (BMS).   The MAS (Marine Autonomous Systems) Consortium is a group of U.K. companies and academic partners led by Steatite and funded by Innovate U.K. and the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The project, which is due for completion in October 2017, aims to exploit the potential of Li-S cell technology to

The Siem Barracuda Photo N-Sea

N-Sea Expands Fleet with OSCV

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has increased its fleet through the long term charter of Siem Offshore’s offshore subsea construction vessel, the Siem Barracuda.   The vessel is equipped specifically for subsea IMR, Survey and construction operations, featuring twin WROVs, moonpool deployed, a 250T AHC crane and accommodation for 110 personnel.   Roddy James, Chief Operating Officer at N-Sea, said: “The Siem Barracuda has added another highly efficient dive support and survey vessel to the N-Sea fleet. Its technical specifications not only increase our capabilities across the

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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

EMO DOMINO-7 Mk-2 fiber optic multiplexer system (Image: MAcArtney)

MacArtney Supplies EMO Mux Systems to Unique System

The newly established MacArtney Canada office has delivered EMO multiplexer systems designed to offer up to 2,000 watts of DC power distribution for Unique System LLC (USA), a Unique Maritime Group company and integrator of turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers based in New Iberia, La. and Houston.   Unique System, which specializes in the supply of equipment for sale and rental to the diving and offshore industries in the Gulf of Mexico region, has taken delivery of two EMO DOMINO-7 Mk-2 fiber optic multiplexer systems at its Houston branch, joining the company’s ROV rental pool

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DNV GL Offshore Diving Guideline Now Available in English

 DNV GL Offshore Diving Guideline Now Available in English Cut Caption Photo: DNV GL   Working offshore underwater can be a challenging and sometimes risky task. Many factors – including the tides, different diving platforms, varying operational scenarios and the interactions between other offshore and underwater actors off the German coast – result in a complex and changing working environment. To fill the guidance gap and help to make offshore diving work safer, DNV GL has released a new “Offshore Diving Guideline”, which is now also available in English.

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USNS Grasp, DPAA Begin Recovery Mission

U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 and civilian members from the USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) began operations Sept. 23, in support of a Defense Personnel Accounting Agency (DPAA) mission off the coast of Montalto di Castro, Italy. The DPAA mission is designed to recover the remains of U.S Airmen who have been MIA since their B-24 bomber aircraft were shot down by enemy aircraft  March 3, 1944. U.S. Army Capt. Troy Davidson, DPAA Underwater Recovery Team Leader stated, “DPAA strives to give our POW/MIA families what solace and answers we can by providing

Dr. Breece with Fisher sonar tech Brian Awalt. Along with husband and colleague Dr. Bill Breece (Photo: JW Fishers)

Archaeologists Dive into History

expanding their underwater archaeology programs in an effort to give students a broader educational experience and a better understanding of our maritime history. The field of underwater archaeology is rapidly growing as more scientists and researchers learn to scuba dive, and the equipment required for marine exploration becomes more affordable.    Long Beach City College in California is one of the many institutions involved in these efforts. They recently added the Maritime Archaeology, Science and Technology (MAST) program led by Dr. Laurel Harrison Breece. She is a member of the Registry

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Hydrex Response Repairs Stern in Record Time

Hydrex Underwater Technology has completed the emergency stern tube seal repair to a 134m chemical tanker, after the Antwerp Port Authority demanded an underwater inspection and in-situ repair to the vessel before allowing it to set sail. The vessel’s crew had carried our temporary repairs to stem the flow of lubricating oil from the stern, but the Port would not let the ship continue on her schedule before a dive team had inspected the propeller shaft seals. At the request of the shipowner, Antwerp-based Hydrex mobilized a dive team which found the temporary fix had not completely stopped

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ROV Tech File: Meet the Phantom T5 Defender

. It is equipped with a 12 gauge “shotgun” explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) device that fires its disrupter at point-blank range to disable a potential threat.    The underwater drone has been under development for 18 months, tested in real-life situations by dive teams and marine units of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, military bomb teams, search and rescue agencies and homeland security tactical units.   Utilizing the fully integrated Greensea system, the Phantom T5 Defender is piloted either manually with joysticks or automatically using waypoints

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

ADCI/IOGP/IMCA Diving Terms Published

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘ADCI/IOGP/IMCA Diving Terms’ as IMCA D 057.   “This invaluable document has been prepared as a joint industry project (JIP) involving representatives from IMCA, the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) in the United States, and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Diving Industry Work Group (DIWG),” explains Richard Benzie.   “The aim was to create harmonised world-wide guidance for terminology used in the offshore diving industry. This

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Partnership Opens the Oceans for Underwater Tourism

DeepFlight announced at the Monaco Yacht Show that it has partnered with Shanghai-based Rainbowfish Ocean Technology to open the oceans for underwater tourism. DeepFlight Adventures will offer submarine experiences at resorts and other locations around the world starting in 2017.    “We are delighted to partner with Rainbowfish Ocean Technology who has the resources, experience and capabilities that will allow us to bring the DeepFlight experience to more people around the world,” stated DeepFlight CEO, Adam Wright. “While we will continue to sell our submarines to the

MPSV Solution (Photo: DUC Marine Group)

DUC Marine, KOOLE Mammoet Salvage Join Forces

DUC Marine Group and KOOLE Mammoet Salvage have reached an agreement for future salvage and wreck removal operations. DUC will be responsible for all diving activities relating to salvage operations and diving equipment maintenance. Henk Kapitein, CEO of DUC Marine Group, said, “This acquisition is an important step in realizing our ambition to become a medium-sized global operator in the marine industry. KOOLE’s state-of-the-art salvage equipment is active around the globe, which enables us to expand our activities worldwide. Together with our new-built DP-2 MPSV Solution, which was

Applied Acoustics' 1000 Series Beacon fixed on diver's jacket by GOSL survey crew (Photo: Applied Acoustics)

GOSL Picks Up Nexus USBL Positioning Systems

with the additional systems we own is a real plus.”   The company deploys its Nexus USBL systems with 1000 Series Mini positioning beacons and the smaller 200 Series Micro beacons from Applied Acoustics. The larger beacons are most often mounted on the GOSL work class ROVs, such as its Argus Mariner or its Super Mohawk , but are also used to track divers during inspection work, for example during a subsea Hose Change Out Project that took place in waters offshore Equatorial Guinea.   One of the most recent projects using one of GOSL’s Nexus systems was a Mattress & Spool Piece

Unique Group has selected Sonardyne’s SPRINT INS and Syrinx DVL technology to support deep water ROV and AUV operations (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Expands European Rental Pool

Hydrographic survey and diving equipment specialist Unique Group said it has selected subsea vehicle positioning and navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. to add to its expanding equipment rental pool.   The SPRINT Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) will be held at the company’s regional headquarters in Aberdeen and made available to support survey and construction projects using ROVs and AUVs in water depths up to 4,000 meters.   Introduced onto the market over 10 years ago, Sonardyne’s SPRINT makes optimal use of

Scripps alumnae Amber Jackson and Emily Callahan. (Photo: Theresa Stafford / Black Hand Gallery)

Diving Deep for Conservation

below the surface of these oil and gas platforms to determine the best possible “afterlife” scenario for these complex structures.   The two women met in 2013 while taking a scientific diving course at Scripps Oceanography, where both were pursuing Master of Advanced Studies degrees in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. A conversation soon emerged about Rigs-to-Reefs, which is the name of a state law and associated program that essentially converts decommissioned oil and gas rigs into artificial reefs.   “What you’re focusing on with Rigs-to-Reefs is everything below

(Photo: Aqueos Corporation)

MTR100: Aqueos Corporation

Subsea service provider Aqueos Corporation offers a full range of services that includes marine construction, commercial diving, remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and vessel contracting services. The Aqueos-designed and -built SPLASH (Special Purpose Live-boat And Survey Hull) solution is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built vessel with a twin jet drive and superior diving capabilities to address and mitigate hazards associated with Live-Boating. SPLASH is based on a proven, durable catamaran type hull and power plant, which produces a rugged, lightweight, stable and high speed vessel. Built specifically

(Photo: Subsea Global Solutions

MTR100: Subsea Global Solutions

permanent ship repairs (propellers, rudders, thrusters, shell plates, seals), Subsea Global Solutions is a global resource for vessel maintenance and repair diving services, delivering cost effective, efficient solutions in the water as opposed to dry dock The company also provides underwater marine construction services. With a large wholly owned group of offices with vetted partners globally, Subsea Global Solutions is a corporation consisting of the assets and personnel of Miami Diver LLC, Miami Diver Panama, Miami Diver International, and Parker Diving Service LLC. With a dedicated staff

L3C-HD (Image: Teledyne Bowtech)

Teledyne Bowtech Bolsters Underwater Camera Lineup

Teledyne Bowtech has introduced the updated L3C-HD and the new L3C-HDX underwater cameras to its range of high definition and compact tooling cameras. Both cameras are lightweight and compact, and are suited to tooling, diving and ROV/AUV operations.   Approximately 40 percent smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the updated L3C-HD camera now features full HD 1080p up to 60fps to add the full list of HD-SDI outputs available (720p 50, 720p 60, 1080i 50, 1080i 60 and 1080p 50). The camera also features simultaneous SD and HD-SDI output capability and is fitted with a fixed focus wide angle

Underwater archaeologists from the Naval History and Heritage Command are aboard Grasp conducting a remote sensing survey of a shipwreck that may be that of Revolutionary War ship Bonhomme Richard. Commanded by John Paul Jones, Bonhomme Richard was lost Sept. 23, 1779 following her victory over the much more heavily armed HMS Serapis. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric LockwoodReleased)

Navy Surveys North Sea for Links to the Toughness of its Past

A multinational group of Sailors and scientists from a variety commands, organizations and militaries searched for the wreckage of Revolutionary War ship Bonhomme Richard, Sept. 2-9. Underwater archaeologists from the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit(MDSU) 2, Sailors from Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NOMWC), Sailors from the French Mine Clearance Dive Unit (MCDU) and members from Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE) embarked upon Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) to survey a late 18th

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