MEMS Motion Tracking

Firmware Updates for NOVATECH iBCN (Iridium Beacon)

MetOcean Telematics has released a new firmware update adding new capabilities to the iBCN (Iridium Beacon).   The firmware updates build upon the iBCN’s power efficiency and ability to be reconfigured via over the air commands. The update contains numerous improvements based on suggestions and feedback received from iBCN users. These include GPS status check, power up quick reports, transmission of current GPS location, LiNC integration and message format.   GPS Status Check — Allows the beacon to use GPS satellites as a method to recognize it has surfaced. With this feature

(L-R) RED Engineering’s Richard Kent, Joe Orrell and Toby Bailey on Newcastle’s Swing Bridge celebrating their success in winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Photo: RED Engineering)

RED Engineering Wins Queen’s Award

to designing and delivering complex engineering challenges.    The Queen’s Award is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a U.K.-based company and is given annually to those who have realized outstanding success and achievement.   RED Engineering (formerly RED Marine) provides consultancy, bespoke equipment and testing services for clients in the offshore oil and gas, renewables and nuclear decommissioning sectors.   The firm’s outstanding innovation in the fast track design, build and testing of offshore clamps was singled out in the award citation

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Kongsberg Launches Complete Survey Vessel

pole with pre-installed motion sensor, GPS heading & position system and sound velocity sensor. The operator uses a console mounted ruggedised laptop to plan and control the survey. The vessel is even equipped with a VHF radio and is coastguard approved for use at sea with an International Marine Certificate.   By design, the GeoSwath CSV is effective in a wide range of shallow survey applications. Its shallow draft, high top speed and manoeuvrability combined with the stability of a catamaran hull make it ideal for use in both marine surveys and on canals, river and lakes. The ability

Ocean Infinity Awards Software Contract to 4D Nav

Ocean Infinity said it has awarded a contract to 4D Nav for InfinityView, a mission planning and monitoring software for their multiple autonomous vehicle systems.   The software will optimize the mission planning for all autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), unmanned surface vehicles (USV) and the host vessel by applying deep learning technology. As the planned missions are being executed all of the autonomous vehicles and the host vessel will be tracked against their planned missions. If any deviations occur InfinityView will dynamically update the mission plan to allow corrective decisions

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Fish Tracked from DNA 'Finprints' Left in Waters off New York

Scientists have tracked fish off New York by following the traces of DNA left in the water, a technique that could help gauge life in rivers, lakes and the oceans around the world, a study showed on Wednesday.   Fish leave bits of slimy skin, scales and excretions as they swim around - clues that let scientists detect 42 different species of fish including herring, bass and eels in water drawn from the Hudson and East Rivers off Manhattan, it said.   "Rather than get a big boat and a big net ... we just tied a bucket onto a rope and threw it into the river," lead author Mark

cNODE Micro (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Introduces cNODE Micro

Kongsberg will unveil the innovative cNODE Micro system at Ocean Business this week. As the smallest member of the highly regarded cNODE series of subsea transponders, the new cNODE micro is designed to provide range accuracy better than 2 cm and is ideally suited for divers and shallow water ROVs, at depths down to 600 meters. With dimensions of 245 x 55 mm, cNODE Micro is both compact and light weight. It uses Kongsberg Maritime’s proprietary Cymbal digital acoustic protocols to provide the optimal positioning performance using the Kongsberg range of SSBL systems, from μPAP through

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ESS Cleans Up With Windfarm Seabed Project

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has been awarded a seabed clearance project on the £2.6bn ($3.25 bn) Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) in the Outer Moray Firth.   The subsea technology company will conduct boulder clearing operations in 50 meter water depth, deploying its SCAR2 Seabed System from the Siem Ruby vessel on behalf of client Siem Offshore Contractors.   BOWL is located approximately 13km off the Caithness coast and on completion in 2019 will consist of 84 turbines which are expected to power roughly 450,000 homes.    The wind farm is being developed with a

RJE Lands Military Contract for New Pinger

RJE International said it has been awarded a contract from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Keyport, Wash. to supply the next generation End-Of-Run Location Mini-Pingers to support military tracking range.   “This is an incredible opportunity that furthers our longstanding relationship as a trusted military supplier, We're creating a unique pinger that is completely custom to their specific needs that also factors the extreme environmental rigors,” said RJE VP of Sales, Bruce O'Bannon.   RJE International, who has a history of supplying mission critical products to

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Zambellas to Join Liquid Robotics Advisory Board

multinational exercise of a real-life, large-scale interoperability of unmanned and autonomous systems. Lauded as ground breaking, it was during this exercise where Boeing and Liquid Robotics demonstrated the first time that a network of persistent USVs were able to detect, track and report a live submarine in a naval demonstration.    "I'm delighted to be able to support Liquid Robotics,” said Sir George Zambellas. “This responsibility will hit the sweet spot for me, combining deceptively advanced technology with extraordinary development potential, in the challenging underwater

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New Drill Ship Equipped with AHC Drilling Platform

Newly launched multipurpose drill ship FREJA integrates a high-performance active heave compensated drilling platform manufactured by MacArtney. The drilling setup on board the vessel has been designed to provide enhanced drilling conditions even in rough seas.   A customized, motion-compensated working platform of 10 times seven meters is situated amidships. This means that the working deck remains stationary while the vessel follows the movements of the waves.   The platform design includes a roll function compensating for the vessel rolls by +/- 7 degrees. The active heave compensation

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New Full Color 3D Underwater Laser Imaging System

Kraken Sonar Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotik GmbH will introduce its new SeaVision system at the Ocean Business conference to be held in Southampton, U.K. from April 4-6, 2017.   The SeaVision RGB underwater laser imaging system offers the resolution, range and scan rate to deliver dense full color 3D point cloud images of subsea infrastructure with millimeter accuracy in real time. The initial system is designed for deployment on underwater robotic platforms such as remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). A handheld diver system is planned for

Saab’s Sabertooth vehicle can be configured as a conventional tethered ROV or free-flying AUV depending on the operational requirements of the user. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Saab Seaeye Selects Acoustics for Sabertooth Hybrid Vehicle

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd has delivered its latest consignment of AvTrak 6 acoustic communications and navigation hardware to defence and security company Saab’s subsidiary Saab Seaeye. Offered as an optional-fit sensor on the Sabertooth hybrid AUV/ROV, AvTrak 6 forms part of the vehicle’s integrated navigation and communications system. It allows mission updates, status checking and navigation aiding to be wirelessly sent to and from the vehicle, eliminating the need for the vehicle to re-surface or dock with an underwater garage.   The unique design

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SoCal Tech Focus: LinkQuest

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

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SoCal Tech Focus: Planck Aerosystems

the aircraft and land the aircraft on the boat, all while underway. The aircraft does all controls onboard, and compensates for boat pitch, roll, heave and forward motion – to guide takeoff and landing with centimeter-level accuracy.     (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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SBG Systems Upgrades Its Ekinox Series

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

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ESS Appoints Gillespie as Managing Director

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has appointed Mark Gillespie as managing director.   Gillespie has more than 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, holding senior technical, commercial and contractual management roles in Technip, CSL, GE Oil & Gas, Centrica and Talisman. More recently he was managing director of Aberdeen-based engineering and project management consultancy PDi Ltd.   ESS founder Mike Wilson said the appointment strengthens the management team and introduces new skills needed to accelerate the business through the next level of growth. As Chairman, Wilson

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Mair Joins Ashtead Senior Management Team

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

New M-WAZ Multiclient Reimaging Program in Central U.S. Gulf of Mexico

TGS, Schlumberger reimaging central GOM

2018, ahead of a period when substantial block turnover in the area is anticipated. The new Fusion M-WAZ reimaging program comprises data covering more than 1,000 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) blocks (~23,000 km2) from 3D WAZ programs previously acquired by TGS and Schlumberger with the WesternGeco Q-Marine* point-receiver marine seismic system between 2008 and 2012. This large reimaging program will process data from the Mississippi Canyon, Atwater Valley and Ewing Bank areas using the latest imaging technology to provide a significant uplift in data quality for upcoming licensing rounds. The area

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Dive Support Vessel Delivered in Brazil

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

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Deep Ocean Engineering Debuts the Phantom L6 ROV

San Jose, Calif. based Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. has introduced its newest addition to the Phantom series of inspection-class remotely operated vehicles (ROV), the Phantom L6. “The PhantomL6 is our latest entry into the 500m inspection class ROV arena. It comes equipped with active roll stabilization and heading gyro stabilization, allowing the pilot to control with precision, while minimizing exhausting, repetitive movement. As with other Phantom series ROVs, we offer an open-frame architecture for easier mechanical integration, and dedicated expansion bulkhead connectors are provided as

The multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. Image courtesy Furuno

Furuno's Multi-Beam Sonar reaches new depths

Furuno is proud to announce that it is bringing side-scanning capabilities to its flagship NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 MFDs with its latest network sensor called the DFF3D. This multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. This deep-water Sonar delivers a sidebar detection range of an unprecedented 650+ feet, while being able to see down to over 1,000 feet. The DFF3D utilizes a new, compact multi-beam transducer, along with Furuno’s own advanced signal processing, to produce eye-popping

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The Big Melt in World Ocean Ice Record

 Sea ice extent in both the northern and southern hemisphere was at record low levels for the month of January 2017.   Last month set a record for the lowest sea-ice extent for the month, falling below the record set last year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), a Colorado-based research outfit.    Arctic sea ice this January averaged 5.17 million square miles, the lowest for the month in the 38-year sea ice record.     "Greenhouse gases emitted through human activities and the resulting increase in global mean temperatures are the most

A screenshot taken from the sigma S6 Ice Navigator in use, showing an iceberg being targeted in thick pack ice. (Image: Rutter)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: Rutter

ice management is a serious operational and safety concern when working in areas with sea ice and icebergs.    Rutter’s sigma S6 product line, which also includes systems focused on oil spill detection, small target surveillance and wave and current measurement, connect to commercial marine radars, adding value to those existing navigation assets. “With the release of our latest generation of marine radar data processing software, sigma S6 9.1.0, we are able to assist vessels to improve their operations and fulfill industry demands with even greater efficiency,” said Fraser

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New Inertial Sensors for Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicles

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

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New Ocean ICT Expo Planned for OI London

International London (OI London) is set to expand with the launch of the Ocean ICT Expo, a brand new parallel exhibition focused on the IT, communications and data solutions that form the technical foundation for modern oceanspace research and industry.    Taking place in conjunction with the marine science and ocean technology event Oceanology International 2018 at ExCeL London on March 13-15, 2018, the all new Ocean ICT Expo has been developed as a showcase for innovative enabling technologies, including the latest satellite communication, data and networking services that facilitate safe

In an effort to advance the technology for marine surface vessels, a biennial competition is being held for universities to showcase their expertise; an endeavor that has been supported by Warner Linear (Photo: Warner Linear)

Warner Linear Steers Unmanned Vessel Design

Research and development into unmanned vehicles has made considerable progress in the past few years. Designing fully autonomous vehicles presents additional challenges since they need to share operational space with human-operated vehicles. In an effort to advance the technology for marine surface vessels, a biennial competition is being held for universities to showcase their expertise; an endeavor that has been supported by Warner Linear.   The development of autonomous marine vessels and the technology required to operate them will bring significant benefits to applications in search and

McDermott Wins EPCI Contract from Saudi Aramco

McDermott International, Inc. has been awarded a contract from Saudi Aramco for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services in the Safaniya and Zuluf fields offshore Saudi Arabia. The brownfield project is part of a wider program to replace aging facilities with electrified platforms to enhance the potential of the fields. The contract includes the design, procurement, fabrication, transportation, installation, testing and pre-commissioning of nine slipover jackets and decks, subsea pipelines and cables, as well as the associated demolition of certain facilities, in the

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Handelsbanken helps Fund Ecosse Expansion

Ecosse Subsea Services (ESS) has agreed a multi-million-dollar revolving credit facility with Handelsbanken.   The new relationship will support the Banchory-based subsea engineering specialist as it tenders for larger renewables and power generation contracts.   With its roots in the oil and gas industry, ESS has led the way in adapting traditional technologies for use in the renewables and interconnector sectors and has designed and patented a range of tools which are used in seabed clearance, route preparation, trenching, backfill, pipelay removal and cable laying operations.   T

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Teledyne to Showcase New Tech at OI North America

Teledyne Marine said its team will be out in full force to showcase its range of solutions at Oceanology International North America 2017, held February 14-16 in San Diego where the group will offer facility tours, on water and dockside demonstrations, and a look at its latest products and technologies.   Local faculty tours As San Diego is home to several Teledyne Marine brands, the group is offering an opportunity to arrive a day early and spend an afternoon touring four local Teledyne Marine facilities: Teledyne RD Instruments, Oceanscience, Impulse and SeaBotix – capped off with a

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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

McDermott Wins Offshore Contract from Saudi Aramco

McDermott International, Inc. said it has secured a contract award from Saudi Aramco for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of four jackets and three gas observation platforms offshore Saudi Arabia. The total weight of all structures combined is 11,595 tons.   “As the third fast-track jacket contract from Saudi Aramco in the last 18 months, this award is a testament to McDermott’s successful performance on previous fast-track projects for Saudi Aramco,” said Linh Austin, McDermott’s Vice President, Middle East & Caspian. “McDermott

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

Preview: OI North America 2017 San Diego

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

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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

Tracking the UK’s Carbon from Soil to Sea

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

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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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Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

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

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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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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

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

CGG Achieves Near Real-time Imaging for Offshore Survey

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

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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Pacific Coast Marshes More Resistant to Rising Seas than Atlantic

A NOAA-sponsored study established a methodology and baseline for tracking the effects of climate change on coastal marshes. The initial study focused on 16 marsh areas in 13 states. The higher resilience rating for Pacific marshes is because West Coast marshlands are generally at higher elevations, and Pacific oceanographic circulation tends to push water away from the coast, reducing the effect of sea level rise. The study was conducted by NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The technical report, Assessing tidal marsh resilience to sea-level rise at broad geographic scales

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

Production Vessel En Route to North Sea Kraken Field - EnQuest

The vessel needed to start production at EnQuest's Kraken oil field in the North Sea sailed away from Singapore on Nov. 23, the company said, indicating the oil field's start-up schedule remains on track. The field, one of the largest oil fields currently being developed in the North Sea, is expected to start producing first oil the first half of next year. The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel is set to arrive in the North Sea in mid-January, EnQuest said. (Reporting by Karolin Schaps)

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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

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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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AutoNaut Partners with NOC Robotics Center

AutoNaut Ltd has formally become a partner with the Marine Robotics Innovation Center. U.K.-based AutoNaut and the NOC have maintained a long-term relationship since 2013 and this move is a sign of the company’s increasing ambitions.   Recent investment from the Seiche Group has enabled AutoNaut to expand manufacturing facilities and engineering expertise as well as recruit several new members of staff. A desk in the innovation center will be utilized by AutoNaut Ltd technical and business development personnel to work alongside the NOC’s marine autonomy and robotics team.   Th

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NorSea Group, Scotoil Combine as NSDecom

NorSea Group (UK) Ltd and Scotoil Services Ltd, two of the leading service companies in the onshore decommissioning sector, have joined forces as NSDecom. The new collaborative venture will  bring more efficient and cost effective benefits to the sector by providing a single project focal point for all services related to quayside and onshore decommissioning activity. Targeted at operators, project managers and lead contractors the new partnership combines the logistics expertise of NorSea Group with Scotoil’s track record of experience in waste management and NORM decontamination.

Left: Simon Gillet, CEO, Wave-tricity and Stewart Graves, managing director, Mainstay Marine Solutions (Photo: Mainstay Marine Solutions)

Mainstay Secures Funds for Wave Energy Converter

A designer, builder and maintainer of workboats and renewable marine energy devices has won a contract to build a new energy device for a £5.8 million scheme in South Wales.   Pembroke Dock-based Mainstay Marine Solutions will complete the first major stage of an innovative wave energy converter development project on behalf of client Wave-Tricity.   The contract win continues a successful period for Mainstay, which now employs 80, with 10 percent of the direct workforce consisting of apprentices. The firm’s turnover has increased by a third, from just under £4m to more

New GeoSwath 4 Deck Unit (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Upgrades its Shallow Water Multibeam Echo Sounder

Kongsberg Maritime has launched GeoSwath 4, the fourth generation of its GeoSwath shallow water multibeam echo sounder, brought up to date with new features, better software and improved performance after more than 10 years on the market.   GeoSwath 4 features a new look deck unit, which is smaller and lighter, with sufficient Ethernet, USB and serial interfaces to suit any combination of peripheral sensors. Inside, the new hardware enables the GS4 to transmit on both port and starboard transducers simultaneously, doubling the previous along track data density and increasing the performance and

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Silicon Sensing Supports Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project

On September 6, 1620, the Mayflower set sail for America with 102 intrepid early settlers bound for the new land across the Atlantic Ocean, a perilous journey which took 66 days to reach what we now know as Cape Cod, Mass.   To mark the 400th anniversary of this undertaking, a team led by U.S.-owned but Plymouth-based firm MSubs, and including Plymouth University and charitable research foundation ProMare, has initiated a plan to design and build a fully autonomous ship to make the same Atlantic crossing, completely unmanned, in 2020. During the voyage, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship –

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Ecosse Subsea Systems Invests In New Jetting Tool

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) is to invest up to £3 million ($3.74 mln) in developing a water-jetting tool which has the potential to double trench production rates in seabed trenching operations.   The subsea and engineering technology company has awarded a contract to Northumberland-based Osbit which specializes in bespoke engineering projects for international energy clients.   Osbit will be the lead detail design and development provider for the SCARJet subsea vehicle which features ESS’s unique water-jetting and burial performance enhancement technologies and complements

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Liquid Robotics, Boeing Demonstrate Warfare Capabilities

Liquid Robotics and Boeing have for the first time used a network of persistent unmanned surface vehicles (USV) to detect, report and track a live submarine in a naval demonstration.    Four Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft (SHARC) were deployed off the coast of Northern Scotland during the British Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 2016 demonstration. The autonomous surface vehicles used advanced Boeing acoustic sensors in the live anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission.    Over the two-week demonstration, the SHARCs detected and tracked an advancing unmanned underwater

BARKEEPER (Image: Fluid Systems)

The Future in Solids Control

For the past 34 years, Fluid Systems has provided solids control and drilling mud systems, engineering and equipment to the oil and gas, industrial and mining segments – both offshore and onshore.   Now with oil prices down and efficiency as important as ever, Fluid Systems provides the tools to help improve efficiency and accomplish or even surplus production goals with its latest technological novelties. The company brings to the table four innovations that it says offer the potential to save as much as 75 percent of solids control costs: the Barkeeper (Dual Density Solution), the Multi

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Oceanscan Invests in Tritech’s Gemini Systems

Tritech International Ltd, a Moog Inc. company, has secured a deal with Oceanscan for the purchase of multiple Gemini 720is and Narrow Beam Imaging (NBI) units from the company’s range of multibeam imaging sonars.   Launched in March 2016, the Gemini 720is is an upgrade of the Gemini 720i combining the benefits of high-definition imaging with long-range target detection making it suited for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) platforms, including installation on pan and tilt units.    The enhanced electronics offer real-time visualization

Aker Solutions to Acquire Majority Stake in Brazil's C.S.E.

Aker Solutions agreed to buy 70 percent of Brazilian C.S.E. Mecânica e Instrumentação Ltda, with an option to purchase the remaining 30 percent of the company three years after the expected close of the transaction by the end of the first quarter of 2017. The acquisition gives Aker Solutions access to Brazil's market for servicing existing oil and gas fields. C.S.E., which had revenue of BRL 322 million in 2015, provides maintenance, assembly, commissioning and crane operation services at offshore and onshore facilities. "Aker Solutions has established a solid

Seven Borealis (Photo: Subsea 7)

Subsea 7 Bags Offshore Egypt Contract

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a contract offshore Egypt by Pharaonic Petroleum Company to be executed at water depths of over 900 metres in the Atoll field. The contract scope includes the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of more than 40 kilometers of rigid pipelines and associated structures for the new Atoll field, tying into the existing Taurt field at a water depth of 100 meters. A 105 kilometer umbilical will also be installed linking the Atoll field to shore. Engineering and procurement services have already commenced. Offshore campaigns will take place in the

Teledyne RESON T50-R Ultrahigh resolution Multibeam Echosounder with fully integrated Inertial Navigation System (Image: Seafloor Systems)

Seafloor Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Teledyne

Seafloor Systems has signed an International Distributorship Agreement with Teledyne RESON and Teledyne BlueVew, business units of Teledyne Instruments, Inc.   BlueView manufactures a variety of underwater surveying systems, including M900-2250 2D and 3D imaging sonars, and BV5000 3D Multibeam inspection sonars. RESON manufactures the SeaBat Multibeam Sonar systems, including the new SeaBat T-series (SeaBat T50-P, T20-P, and new T50-R, T20-R).   Seafloor Systems provides and supports customized integrated turnkey sonar solutions, both sales and rentals. In addition, the company recently

L-R: Gerard Keser, N-Sea CEO; Jochem Langenhuijzen, Bodac CEO; Paul van Waalwijk van Doorn, N-Sea General Manager; Dirk van de Vleuten, Bodac Manager  (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea, BODAC Partner for UXO Projects

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, and BODAC UXO have announced an agreement to jointly market and execute marine UXO Survey, Identification and Removal projects across Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia.  In doing so, they will have the capability to offer developers, contractors and operators of offshore windfarms a complete suite of UXO solutions.    N-Sea has gained an impressive track record of unexploded ordnance campaigns, with experience in the investigation and mapping of potential targets using state of the art survey methods, ROVs and divers. With a history of 60

Photo: TE Connectivity

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

(Image: DFKI GmbH/ Meltem Yilmaz)

Exploring Alien Oceans with AUVs

such a mission might be possible in the future. And it definitely is a plus that one day I might be able to tell my kids ‘I was part of the project that paved the road to finding extraterrestrial life,’” concluded Hildebrandt.     (As published in the October edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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