Monday, February 20, 2017

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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

Pic from Youtube video. Courtesy: Cybernetica AS

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

The innovative and efficient Incat Crowther design will ensure Sentinel will be on the job for decades (Photo: Vigor)

New Research Vessel Delivered to State of California

project began in February 2015, and the vessel was launched in October 2016, with sea trials occurring since the launch.   Principal Dimensions Length Overall: 18.3m Length Waterline: 17.1m Beam Overall: 7.3m Draft (hull): 0.9m Draft (prop or max): 1.1m Depth: 2.35m Construction: Marine grade aluminum   Capacities Fuel Oil: 1,700 liters Fresh Water: 470 liters Sullage: 190 liters Passengers: 20 Crew: 5   Propulsion and Performance Speed (Service): 18 knots Speed (Max): 21 knots Main Engines: 2 x Cummins QSB6.7 Power: 2 x 350hp / 260kW @ 2,800rpm Propulsion:

Photo: Paul Unterweiser

Tech File: Blue Robotics BlueROV2

of nearly a dozen engineers and technicians working full time designing fresh new approaches to the challenges of ocean exploration. http://www.bluerobotics.com   The Author Paul Unterweiser is a retired U.S. Navy officer, USCG licensed master, ROV pilot and, for the last 10 years, president of Marine Simulation, a software company located in North Carolina specializing in developing training simulators for ROV pilot schools and other marine industry applications. http://www.marinesimulation.com     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Brexit: What’s in Store for the Subsea Sector?

large role in its development, not only in the UK but also in Europe and elsewhere.”   The UK’s commitment to supporting low carbon energy, North Sea activities and promoting UK content assumes, post-Brexit, the government will continue to push for growth in its subsea, offshore and marine energy sectors. As these activities are linked, the growth of the subsea sector relies on the continued support of offshore renewables, oil and gas and large EU directives such as the new high voltage subsea connecters linking the UK and Europe.    It is likely that, for the foreseeable

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

Methane: The Arctic's Buried Treasure

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

Seabed Worker ROV Photo Swire Seabed

Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

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

Chevron, Pemex, Inpex Win Block in Mexico Deep Water Oil Auction

Mexico awarded a consortium of Chevron, Pemex and Inpex Corporation the third block tendered from the Gulf of Mexico's Perdido Fold Belt off the U.S.-Mexico maritime border in a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.   Block 3 is a 651 square mile (1,686.9 square kilometer) block which the energy ministry says contains some 1.304 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in light and extra light crude. (Writing by Dave Graham)

China Offshore Oil Wins First Block in Mexico Deep Water Auction

Mexico awarded China Offshore Oil Corporation the first block tendered from the Gulf of Mexico's Perdido Fold Belt off the U.S.-Mexico maritime border, in a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.   Block 1 is a nearly 650 square mile (1,678 square km) block which the energy ministry believes contains some 625.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in extra light crude. (Writing by Dave Graham)

Total, ExxonMobil Win Block in Mexico Deep Water Oil Auction

Mexico awarded a consortium comprised by Total and ExxonMobil the second block tendered from the Gulf of Mexico's Perdido Fold Belt off the U.S.-Mexico maritime border in a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.   Block 2 is a 1,149 square mile (2,976.6 square km) block which the energy ministry says contains some 1.440 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in light and extra light crude as well as natural gas. (Writing by Dave Graham)

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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

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Hydroid Opens New Headquarters

Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and manufacturer of marine robotics, has opened a new headquarters building in Pocasset, Mass.   The new environmentally friendly building, located at 1 Henry Drive, houses the company’s corporate and administrative offices, and is on the same campus as Hydroid’s existing manufacturing and research facility.   Hydroid said it worked closely with Bourne, Mass.-based RESCOM Architectural, Inc. and Mansfield, Mass.-based Rubicon Builders to design and build the 15,000 square-foot building. The headquarters is an open concept

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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

Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy Photo Australian Government Media Release Service

$45 mln to bolster Reef Protection

The Australian and Queensland Governments are investing $45 million in an Australian first to improve water quality and reduce sediment run-off across the Great Barrier Reef. The $45 million Great Barrier Reef Gully and Streambank Joint Program will deliver a cohesive program of restoration work in key catchments including Burdekin, Fitzroy and Cape York. The joint program between government, the private sector, research institutions and conservations groups includes scientific investigation to understand the nature of gullies and the restorative activities required to fix them. Other work

The new ship comes with a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi as a key on-board resource package (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Cougar ROV Chosen for New Supply Ship

Shipbuilding and offshore services company Timsah’s new multipurpose supply vessel, built for hire, is to be launched complete with a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi underwater vehicle as a key onboard resource package.   The A1 class 2441 ton ship is rated for towing, firefighting and offshore support and includes a helicopter pad and accommodation for 60 crew.   Founded in 1961, Timsah operates globally and in particular throughout the Middle East.   The new vessel will continue to expand Timsah’s activities and has been conceived to meet future demands, the company said.

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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 Tool for Subsea Wireless Crack Monitoring

WFS Technologies and TSC have launched Seatooth ACFM, a wireless smart NDT monitoring solution designed to reduce subsea inspection costs.   TSC‘s ACFM array probe is a tool that can be installed on offshore structures to monitor the growth of surface breaking cracks, and Seatooth is a subsea wireless communications system immune to biofouling, surface noise and turbidity that provides communications through seawater and through the splash zone.   Combining the technologies together, Seatooth ACFM is a nonintrusive, easy to deploy wireless network solution which can be retrofitted

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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

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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New Drones Are Being Developed for the French Navy

The future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) program is being designed by DCNS and Airbus Helicopters, who have joined forces to pool naval and aerospace skills and expertise.   The teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will be equipped to address all technical challenges arising from the naval integration of the drones through the creation of a robust system architecture that can evolve and adapt to meet every need, the developers said.   For DCNS, drones are the roving eyes of the battle system; their

Sercel SG-5 single sensor connected to the UNITE node RAUeX (image courtesy of Sercel)

Sercel Sells 10,000 UNITE Nodes to NIS

CGG announced that Sercel has sold 10,000 channels of its high-end UNITE cable-free land seismic acquisition system to NIS, the Serbian oil and gas company in which Gazprom Neft has a majority shareholding.   After having successfully deployed the UNITE system since 2014 in Romania, NIS have now decided to purchase a new complete batch of UNITE for survey projects that they will be conducting over the next several years. In combination with the Sercel SG-5, a high-sensitivity 5-Hz single-sensor geophone, UNITE offers NIS a superior, light, efficient and flexible solution for the most complex

Courtesy Pemex

Mexico Eases Consortium Rules for Deep-water Trion JV with Pemex

Mexico's oil regulator on Friday approved a more flexible bidding scheme for a highly anticipated upcoming auction that will pick a partner for national oil company Pemex to jointly develop its deep-water Trion block in the Gulf of Mexico. Consortia wishing to bid on the project can now have a single operator that will be responsible for managing the development, according to the change approved by the regulator, known as the CNH. "The previous version of the joint operating agreement (JOA) required that bidders form a consortium with at least two operators, and that this consortium of two

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DeepSea Power & Light Debuts LED SeaLite

New from DeepSea Power & Light is the LED SeaLite, which the manufacturer says is engineered to deliver a high-performance, field serviceable and affordable subsea light.   The LED SeaLite has up to 9,000 lumens with either a flood or spot beam pattern. The compact design weighs as little as 240 g in water and measures 78.7 mm in diameter and 88.5 mm long in a flood configuration without a connector. This light uses a hard anodized 6013 aluminum housing and is depth rated to 6,000 m with a standard sapphire port and 3,000 m with an acrylic port.   Both the LSL-1000 and LSL-2000

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Hawaiki Cable on Schedule for Mid-2018 Completion

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom announced that system manufacturing has commenced for the 14,000 km Hawaiki transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.   Co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso, the carrier-neutral cable system will be the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.   “We’ve seen tremendous

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tammy Helm from the Naval Oceanography Operations Command programs a REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle prior to a mission as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Unmanned Warrior: The Science behind the Systems

and work to identify and provide technical solutions to capability gaps currently facing our operational naval forces.   Office of Naval Research-Global sponsors 25 science advisors at naval commands around the world. Our job takes us to the front lines to understand challenges facing our Navy and Marine Corps, and to world-wide technology hotspots to foster relations and bring innovative solutions to Sailors and Marines.   This year, I’ve been tasked by the Office of Naval Research and U.S. Fleet Forces Command to be the technical director for a U.S. team of scientists and engineers

Proposed cable routing for PLCN (Image: TE Connectivity Ltd.)

Facebook, Google among Builders of New Transpacific Cable

Undersea communications technology company TE SubCom has partnered up with Facebook, Google and Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd. (PLDC) to co-build a 12,800 km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles with ultra-high capacity transmission. Scheduled for commercial launch in summer of 2018, the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will become the highest-capacity transpacific route when completed largely thanks to TE SubCom's C+L technology, which effectively doubles the available bandwidth and capacity per fiber

"They are the foundational recyclers of the lake." Trina McMahon (left) Katrina Forest and UW-Madison graduate student Jeff Dwulit-Smith have helped hone our understanding of actinobacteria. (Credit: Aaron R. Conklin)

We [Heart] Actinobacteria

Backed by funding from Wisconsin Sea Grant, UW-Madison researcher Trina McMahon has become the worldwide authority on the key bacteria in freshwater lakes.   Every ecosystem has a top dog, a species that out-evolves and outcompetes everything else to survive and thrive under a wide range of conditions. In freshwater lakes, that champion is a special group of actinobacteria, small microbes—like, really, really tiny —that make up a superabundant group of bacteria that’s involved in most of what goes on in the freshwater universe.   Nobody knows more about freshwater

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New Dredge Monitoring Buoys for Jan De Nul

Data buoy manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have supplied eight buoy platforms to Jan De Nul Group, experts in dredging, marine construction and specialized services to the offshore oil, gas and renewables industries.    The 1.2m buoys will be used on dredging or renewables projects as platforms for environmental monitoring. Each buoy incorporates a variety of sensors from different manufacturers, including AML Oceanographic, Campbell Scientific and Nortek, with specialist seabed frames for current monitoring work.    OSIL said it worked closely with Jan

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C-Tecnics Hires Jamieson as Business Developer

Scott Jamieson has been employed in Business Development for subsea camera and lighting company C-Tecnics.   Jamieson brings to the role more than 30 years experience within the subsea industry as a senior manager for key equipment manufacturers around the world.   In spite of the offshore industry downturn, C-Tecnics said it is looking to the future and investing in personnel and new products. Director Mark Marie confirmed, “We are planning for growth and expansion and believe that investment in excellent, capable personnel, along with releasing new products, is key to our future

H38 deploying researchers (Photo: Brazil Navy)

A New Reef Biome Under the Amazon Plume

considering environmental and social sensibilities, but even the extent of the overlap of exploratory blocks with sensitive areas remains unclear. The context of great proximity to international waters and to the French Guyana border adds complexity. It is relevant to consider further studies on regional marine spatial planning, the functioning of the new reef biome in face of global changes, and sensitivities related to the hydrologic cycle of the Amazon—where extreme droughts and floods are on the increase and will influence the functioning of this novel carbonate reef system.”   Unfortunate

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A United Front in Ocean Observation

As the world’s oceans become increasingly exposed to rapidly growing pressures, long-term data sets are fundamental for monitoring these processes and understanding the complex and vast oceanic environment. In July 2016, the European Marine Board (EMB), a partnership of major national marine and oceanographic institutes in Europe, identified critical gaps within ocean observation and seafloor mapping capabilities. Their mission, along with many organizations and networks, is to unite existing ocean observing capacity and launch Europe into a time of ocean erudition.   For 20 years the EMB

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Buoy Designed to Monitor Turbidity at Dredging Sites

Transmitting turbidity data every half hour, blinking at dusk and being anchored with a 100 kg weight: a buoy intended for long-term turbidity measurements has seen the light of day.   Dredging is a common and economically viable solution for the removal and subsequent treatment of contaminated sediment. Turbidity is thus an ideal surrogate for simple assessment of general water quality and effects of sediment disturbance.    MacArtney’s German subsidiary, MBT GmbH, has manufactured a turbidity monitoring buoy, which is intended for deployment for accompanying environmental

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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

Ocean engineers from MIT, the University of Minnesota at Duluth and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have accurately simulated the motion of internal tides along a shelf break called the Middle Atlantic Bight — a region off the coast of the eastern U.S. that stretches from Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. (Image: Google Earth)

Scientists Uncover Explanation for Hidden Ocean Swell Interactions

rollercoasters called internal tides trundle along for miles, rising and falling for hundreds of feet in the ocean’s interior while making barely a ripple at the surface. These giant, hidden swells are responsible for alternately drawing warm surface waters down to the deep ocean and pulling marine nutrients up from the abyss.   Internal tides are generated in part by differences in water density, and created along continental shelf breaks, where a shallow seafloor suddenly drops off like a cliff, creating a setting where lighter water meets denser seas. In such regions, tides on the

Dr. Hubert Lienhard (Photo: Voith Turbo)

MTR100: Voith Turbo

profiles up to 40 knots. The Linear jet is a fully submerged, custom shaped deceleration/acceleration nozzle with a stator section aft of the rotor.   11700 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079 Phone: 713-202-3365 Email: Javier.Suarez@voith.com http://voith.com/en/markets-industries/industries/marine-technology-221.html CEO/President: Dr. Hubert Lienhard Number of Employees: 20,000 Annual Sales: $5B     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Lankhorst Ropes

; family and LANKO ‘Strong & Light’ family, which provide an optimal combination of breaking strength, life-time safety and ease of handling .   Email: info@lankhorstropes.com www.lankhorstropes.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

MacArtney Supplies LISST-VSF to Europe

Specialized instrument made specifically for ocean optics communities is to be applied by German Center for Materials and Coastal Research providing a scientific basis for sustainable development and future-oriented coastal management.   The coasts represent an important field of research. The area in which land and water meet is a hot spot of species diversity and exchange processes and calls for closer analysis and assessment. This is undertaken by e.g. Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, German Center for Materials and Coastal Research. They will be using a LISST-VSF which is going to be deployed

Skeletal remains in situ on the Antikythera Shipwreck: skull and long bones from arm and leg. Photo by Brett Seymour, EUA/WHOI/ARGO

Bones From Shipwreck May Shed Light on Ancient Greeks' Travel Habits

Skeletal remains from a 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera are expected to reveal more about the sinking and could shed light on ancient travel habits, a culture ministry official said on Tuesday.   Discovered in 1900, the wreck has so far unearthed treasures including an astronomical calculator, which researchers said in June may also have had a fortune-telling purpose.   Part of a skull and other bones found among ceramics during the latest excavations that ended last week belonged to a person who was in the ship's hold when it sank, the ministry said.  

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MTR100: Remote Ocean Systems

technology and operational reliability our customers demand and need – whether it’s the latest LED lighting design or an ultra low-light camera for deep water inspections.   Email: sales@rosys.com www.rosys.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Red Marine Delivers Clamp Handling System

Red Marine has delivered a Subsea Clamp Handling System to a U.S. based provider of subsea riserless light well intervention services. Working to a tight deadline, Red Marine delivered the fast-track project in eight weeks from initial consultation through to commissioning of the clamp handling system. With a Working Load Limit of 15 tons, the system is used to facilitate the installation of a Red Marine supplied umbilical clamp during well intervention operations. Between operations, the handling system can also be used to provide a safe storage and maintenance location for the clamp.  Gi

Pemex Discovers 6 New GoM Crude Deposits

Mexico's state oil company Pemex said on Tuesday it had discovered six new deposits in the Gulf of Mexico, two of super light crude in deep waters, and four of light crude in shallow waters.   Pemex also plans to drill 30 exploratory wells in 2017, it said in a statement. (Reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez)

In front you can see the actual coil tube connected to the upper injector through a guide on top which is needed to avoid bending and damaging the coil too much. (Photo: Island Offshore)

Next Step for Island Offshore: Riserless Heavy Well Intervention

Winning this year’s ONS Innovation Award has aroused interest for Island Offshore and its riser-less coil tubing (CT) technology, the company said. Now Island Offshore is ready for the next step; performing heavy well intervention with coil tubing in producing subsea wells. This success story started in 2014 when Island Offshore drilled three wells for Statens Vegvesen (Norwegian Public Roads Administration) utilising the monohull vessel Island Performer. 450 meter of well were drilled, whereof over 150 meters of core samples were collected  from the three  locations in order to

Photo: JW Fishers

MTR100: JW Fishers Mfg Inc

towed system owners also now have the ability to mount a Microsoft Surface tablet in the lid of the control box, making it a sleeker package for the end user.   Email: info@jwfishers.com Website: http://www.jwfishers.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Teledyne Marine Plans 2nd Technology Workshop

Teledyne Marine said it plans to host its second biennial Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop in which speakers, influencers and attendees from around the globe will converge to explore, learn and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies spanning commercial, academic and defense applications. The 2017 event, slated for October 15-18 2017, will once again be hosted at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, Calif. This three-day workshop, which is preceded by a day of networking activities, will include customer presentations, product/software training, field service meetings, networking

FOCUS 3: the 3rd generation FOCUS vehicles in the family of ROTV systems designed, developed and manufactured by MacArtney (Image: MacArtney)

MTR100: MacArtney

Worsøe, Vice-President, Technology Bjarke T. Ovesen, Vice-President, System Solutions Lasse Rasmussen, Vice-President, Engineering Number of employees worldwide: 300 in group companies, 160 in associated companies.      (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

WHOI scientist Anna Michel and WHOI engineer Jason Kapit test a prototype long-range laser spectroscopy system. One telescope shoots out a laser beam that is recorded by the downstream telescope. In between, methane gas in the air absorbs some of the laser light. The more methane in the air, the less light arrives at the far end. (Photo by Ken Kostel, WHOI)

Let There Be Laser Light

Laser spectroscopy could illuminate key environmental gases   Earth’s warming climate is poised to cause changes on our planet. In the Arctic, permafrost has begun to thaw, releasing methane, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. On the seafloor, warmer ocean temperatures threaten to release methane gas by thawing solid deposits of methane hydrates found in cold depths.    Such changes are potentially momentous, but how can we detect evidence that they are happening? How can we measure tiny trickles of gases wafting over enormous and remote areas?    O

CH2M diver with Fishers DHC-2, Inset – Grieg Seafarms aquaculture technician with Fishers DV-2 drop video (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Aquaculture and Marine Research

jurisdictions. “Our teams have worked with a variety of species including Atlantic salmon, Arctic char, Rainbow trout, Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, green sea urchins, blue mussels, sea scallops and sea cucumbers,” said founder Bob Sweeney. SIMCorp’s clients include many of the marine finfish operators in the Atlantic region. The company employs teams of professional marine biologists and technicians who are fully equipped to work on all stages on production. One of the tools the teams employ is Fishers drop video system. SIMCorp biologist Janelle Arsenault routinely works with

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MTR100: Fugro

. Veurse Achterweg 10, Leidschendam,  Netherlands 2264 SG Phone: +31 (0)70 311 1422 Email: media@fugro.com www.fugro.com CEO/President: Paul van Riel Number of Employees: 12,000 Annual Sales: $2,667,000,000.00     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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US Awards $20 Mln for Wave and Tidal Energy Projects

The U.S. Energy Department announced 10 organizations have been selected to receive more than $20 million in funding for new research, development and demonstration projects that advance and monitor marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems, which generate electricity from ocean waves and tidal currents.   These projects will aim to improve the performance of MHK systems and advance environmental monitoring technologies that will help protect wildlife and reduce uncertainty regarding potential environmental impacts.   The projects will contribute to the development of a commercially

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MTR100: Saab Seaeye

Founded in 1986, electric underwater robotic systems manufacturer Saab Seaeye produces a diverse range of pioneering ROVs and system packages for virtually all subsea tasks across a range of industries, including oil and gas, renewable energy, hydro and civil engineering, marine science, aquaculture, nuclear engineering, telecoms, security and emergency, salvage, seabed mining, leisure and defense. It has a turnover of around $70 million. Technologically, the Saab Seaeye vehicle range comes in various sizes, power and tasking options that extend from compact systems to work systems. They extend

VideoRay’s Mission Specialist Series (Photo: Eric Haun)

MTR100: VideoRay

, power systems ranging from 75 to 1,600 Volts as well as an on-board battery option, different manipulators, positioning and sensors for radiation, water quality, and more.   Email: info@videoray.com www.videoray.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Well Abandonment: Horne and Wren Platform

Claxton, an Acteon company, has completed its involvement in the abandonment of two wells on the Horne and Wren Platform for Tullow Oil in the Southern North Sea.    Completed within 18 days in July 2016, Claxton was responsible for the 5.1/2” tubing cut verification, tubing recovery, sub-mudline abrasive conductor severance, conductor cut verification and the subsequent multi-string recovery from both wells.   Rob Horton, project engineer, Claxton, said, “The multi-string severance was performed from a jack-up lift barge (JULB) for this project, allowing significant

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MTR100: EvoLogics

; Ackerstr. 76, Berlin, Germany, 13355  Phone: +493046798620  Email: info@evologics.de   https://evologics.de/   CEO/President: Dr. Rudolf Bannash, Dr. Konstantin Kebkal  Number of Employees: 40     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

The Mud Cat Model SRD-6EHV ROV System during factory pre-shipment testing (Photo: EDT)

ROV Dredger Goes to Work in Singapore

 Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) announced the successful start up and installation of a state-of-the-art Mud Cat brand remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at the Gardens by the Bay nature park in central Singapore.   ML Trading International purchased a Mud Cat Model SRD-6EHV ROV System to fulfill a contract to clean approximately 3,000m3 of sludge in 2km of the Marina Gardens outlet drain tunnel which runs parallel to Marina Gardens Drive, the main access road to Gardens by the Bay.   “ML Trading’s custom Mud Cat ROV and compact detwatering system, co-designed by Mud

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne)

Teledyne Maintains Course

In what has become something of an MTR100 tradition, MTR visits with a trio of executives from Teledyne, a diverse company with links in each sector of the market, for insights on current developments and future trends. This year we speak with Mike Read, President of Teledyne Marine; William Egan - Vice President Sales & Marketing – Imaging & Instruments for Teledyne Marine; and Ken Nagengast, SVP, Global Technology & Group CTO.   Teledyne has grown steadily, serving as a market consolidator over the past decade. Please discuss the overall corporate strategy devised to align

(Photo: SubC Imaging)

MTR100: SubC Imaging

new technological depths for harsh, subzero, ice-infused environments, with an eye on future demand for Arctic applications.   Email: rtc@subcimaging.com Website: http://subcimaging.com/ CEO/President: Chad Collett     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Scantrol Deep Vision wins Nor-Fishing Innovation Award

skipper will be able to program the system for size and species of desired catch. Deep Vision will automatically sort the catch in the trawl so that desired catch goes into the trawl and the rest swims through.   Scantrol Deep Vision has developed the system in close cooperation with Institute for Marine research and the award money will be used to connect with and discuss the system with the end users in the commercial trawl fisheries:   “The award money gives us an opportunity to invite to a meeting with fishermen to discuss how the system can best be implemented for use in trawl fisheries

Oregon State University Seeks New Research Vessels

in addition to cost factors.   In January 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected OSU as the lead institution to finalize the design and coordinate the construction of a vessel – and possibly up to two more – a project considered crucial to modernizing the country’s marine science research capabilities.   These “regional class research vessels” are designed for studying coastal waters out to beyond the continental rise as part of the U.S. academic fleet that is available to all ocean scientists conducting federal- and state-funded research and educational

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Autonomous Boat Deployed to Monitor Ocean Noise

A new project in Plymouth aims to find out how increasing levels of manmade noise in the sea is affecting marine life.    Plymouth University Marine Institute scientists are working with AutoNaut and its 5m unique wave-propelled unmanned surface vessel (USV), which tows a Seiche Ltd passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) array. This technology enables the gathering of essential underwater sound data that is both high quality and cost-effective.    Dr. Clare Embling and Dr. Simon Ingram, both lecturers within the School of Marine Science and Engineering and experts in marine mammal

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