Monday, February 20, 2017

Mooring and Anchoring

OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

fast approaching, exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new technology developments to the ocean science community. Taking place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance, exhibition space at OINA 2017 is already over 90 percent booked. Teledyne Marine (booth #D20) will be out in force at OINA 2017 in San Diego CA. In addition to its full line of instruments, imaging, vehicles and interconnect products, the company will promote the newest product developments from across its brand portfolio including; the Teledyne Oceanscience rapidCAST underway

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New Open Source Software for Designing Wave & Tidal Energy Arrays

A newly launched open source software package aims to assist project developers to design wave and tidal energy arrays by identifying optimal layouts, components and procedures.   DTOcean, which stands for Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays, has been produced through a three-year collaborative project funded by the European Commission. The software package is now available as a free download along with manuals and tutorials from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center website.   DTOcean work planning has been implemented as five content-orientated Work Packages

Acteon Group Acquires Bruce Anchor

Subsea services group Acteon has acquired Bruce Anchor, expanding its capability in the mooring and installation market.   Providing anchor technology to global clients in the oil and gas and renewables sectors, Bruce Anchor, which was originally founded in 1972, will retain its independence within the Acteon portfolio.   Reporting to Bernhard Bruggaier, Acteon’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Bruce Anchor’s Director of Sales, Steve Broadbent, will manage the business.  He will be supported by the founder, Peter Bruce, during the transition into Acteon.   D

High-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders chartplotters Photo Lowrance

Lowrance Debuts High Powered HDS Multifunction Displays

a network of CHIRP transducers. In addition to integrated wireless connectivity that enables anglers to download software updates and map purchases directly to the unit, HDS Carbon features Bluetooth control of multiple Power-Pole shallow water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub 2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease with HDS Carbon using proven Lowrance navigation technology, built-in C-MAP Insight mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and compatibility with the most expansive selection of optional cartography

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Tidal Turbines to Power Remote Site in Indonesia

indicated that tidal current near the site can run at up to 2.5 meters per second providing an ideal site for harnessing tidal energy. Diesel generators currently provide all of the electrical power for the wood chipping operation and supporting infrastructure.   “This endeavor to introduce marine renewable energy on a logging site plays well with our commitment to sustainable carbon-neutral forest management,” Muljadi Tantra, Deputy Managing Director of GFPT explained. “PT BUMWI has been a pioneer in this, and is one of the first mangrove concession to obtain the Forest Stewardship

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

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

FlexMoT for Monitoring & Detection of Offshore leaks

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

The MarineE-tech program is led by the National Oceanography Center (NOC) using the RRS James Cook.  Jon Taylor and Neil Crossouard, HR Wallingford scientists, who are taking part in the MarineE-tech research expedition. (Photo: NOC)

Researchers Investigate Mineral Deposits in the Deep Ocean

to discover new sources of the rare metals critical for low carbon technologies. HR Wallingford scientists, Jon Taylor and Neil Crossouard are on board the research vessel as it heads south west from the Canary Islands to the Tropic Sea mount, where a forty day investigation will use robotic submarines, autonomous seafloor instruments and drilling to answer questions about what controls the formation of marine mineral deposits on the floor of the North East Atlantic. E-tech elements, such as cobalt and tellurium, which are essential for emerging renewable energy technologies, are in short supply

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Delving Deeper with AUVs

vehicles not widely available until around 2000.    Today, with advances in technology, gliders operate with little or no need for powered systems and are typically used offshore to investigate environmental, metocean or water-mass structures.   Ashtead Technology, a leader in marine technology and subsea services, has been an exclusive distributor of Blue Ocean’s fleet of Teledyne Webb Research Slocum gliders since striking a global asset management agreement last year with the provider of ocean data solutions.   Blue Ocean’s Slocum gliders can be equipped

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InterMoor Upgrades its Port Açu Facility in Brazil

InterMoor said it has added inspection and testing capabilities to its marine base at the Açu Superport in São João da Barra, northern Rio de Janeiro.    Open from June 2014, InterMoor’s Port Açu facility is located on a 52,300-m2 site with a 90-m quayside, a 10-m operational draft and a back storage area of 580 m2. With the recent developments, the base now boasts a 1,000-ton test bed and can perform load and breaking test for chain, wire rope and mooring accessories up to 800t SWL.    The inspection, test and certification capabilities also

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InterMoor Opens New Facility in Norway

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

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InterMoor Awarded SPM Installation from PT Pertamina

InterMoor, an Acteon company, has been awarded a Single Point Mooring (SPM) installation from PT Pertamina in Indonesia. The work is part of a contract for engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of Subsea Pipe Line (SPL) and Single Point Mooring (SPM) awarded to a consortium comprised of Indonesian EPC company PT.Rekayasa Industri and InterMoor Pte.   The award will contribute to the expansion of Pertamina’s refinery in Balongan, West Java. The refinery development master plan intends to increase the capacity of the Balongan refinery from 100 thousand

Illustration of Havyard 832 MPV, where Palfinger Marine will deliver and extensive deck equipment package of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. (Copyright: Palfinger Marine GmbH, Havyard Group)

Palfinger Wins Deck Equipment Package

Palfinger Marine signed a contract with Turkish shipyard Cemre to supply a deck equipment package to a Havyard 832 MPV vessel being built for Esvagt. The package from Palfinger consists of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. The MPV will measure 81.9 x 17.16 m, with a  deck area of 620 sq. m., a speed of 15 knots and a bollard pull of 100 tons.  The complete winches and offshore equipment package includes:    • two windlass winches with chain stoppers • two mooring winches • two 10 t tugger winches • three 30 t tugger winches • three 10 t capstans

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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DOF Subsea Wins Athena Decommissioning Work

Subsea services provider DOF Subsea said it has been awarded a contract by Ithaca Energy for phase 1 of the decommissioning of the Ithaca operated Athena Field in the U.K. North Sea.   Athena is located in U.K. Continental Shelf block 14/18B in the central North Sea (Outer Moray Firth area) at a water depth of 130 meters. DOF’s scope of work includes the removal of the subsea water column infrastructure that has been used on the field, where Ithaca ceased production in January 2016, with the FPSO departing the field in February 2016.   The contract involves the removal of mid-water

Starmon TD (Image: Star-Oddi)

New Temperature-Depth Recorder

Star-Oddi has launched a new robust logger in the Starmon data logger serie, the Starmon TD.   For 15 years Star-Oddi has been manufacturing the Starmon mini with a temperature sensor, but now having the option to measure depth additionally has been welcomed by marine and fisheries scientists, the manufacturer said.   Starmon TD is designed with a fast response temperature probe. The time constant is only two seconds which makes it suitable for profile measurements when going through different temperature layers down the water column. It also makes it suited for fishing gear studies.

FAST 1 platform with the Dalhousie and FORCE field teams (left to right - Richard Cheel, Alex Hay, Joel Culina, Ben Feltmate, Murray Scotney). (Photo: Darren Pittman)

FORCE Uses ASL's Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler

in excess of five meters per second. Understanding this powerful environment is critical to successful turbine design, environmental effects monitoring, and ultimately unlocking Fundy's enormous energy potential. “We need to understand what effects in-stream tidal technologies may have on the marine ecosystem,” said Tony Wright, general manager of FORCE. “If tidal energy is to grow to a larger scale, development must happen responsibly.”   The AZFP instrument is an integral part of the Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) project (Figure 1 & 2), discovering information

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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

Luva-flowlines heading for the field on board the Seven Oceans (Photo: Statoil)

Statoil: High Activity in Deep Waters

designed for ocean depths of 1300 meters. “We fully depend on good suppliers and Subsea 7 has done a great job in this year’s campaign,” says Per Rusås, project director for Aasta Hansteen.   He praises the SURF team for properly planning and completing this year’s marine season and avoiding any serious incidents. “It takes knowledge, experience and hard work to reduce risk in operations like these. The result is a perfect illustration of how to conduct an offshore installation campaign, and demonstrates Statoil’s ability to carry out complex deep-water

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Subsea Pipeline Repair Restores Hong Kong Gas Link

Pipeline technology specialist STATS Group has completed its first subsea isolation project in China on a 780-kilometer pipeline crucial for supplying gas to Hong Kong.   STATS Group was contracted by COOEC Subsea Technology to provide a temporary isolation of the Yacheng pipeline in the South China Sea. The pipeline had been damaged by a ship’s anchor and left unpiggable at a location about 280 kilometers from shore and in water depths of 90 meters.   After several detailed engineering studies and comprehensive risk assessments, it was determined the best repair solution was to

Deep Sea Mooring Will Supply Mooring Equipment Services To Safe Zephyrus Semi-Submersible Accommodation Vessel (Photo: Global Maritime)

GM Deep Sea Mooring Secures Det Norske Oljeselskap Contract

Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring, a provider of offshore mooring services in Norway, has signed a contract with Norwegian operator Det norske oljeselskap to support Prosafe’s semi-submersible Safe Zephyrus accommodation rig in the Ivar Aasen North Sea field. The contract also includes support to the Maersk Interceptor ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig.   Deep Sea Mooring, which has already installed the pre-lay system, will supply mooring and pre-lay equipment; offshore personnel; mobilization and demobilization services; and operational planning for the Safe Zephyrus accommodation

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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

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MTR100: DeepWater Buoyancy

including ADCP buoys and inline frames, bottom mounts, mooring buoys, instrument collars, cable and marker floats, ROV/AUV buoyancy, and custom syntactic foam solutions.   Email: davidcap@deepwb.com www.DeepWaterBuoyancy.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: InterOcean Systems Inc.

offers specialized design, engineering, and production for unique applications. The products developed and fabricated by InterOcean use proven and up-to-date technologies to meet customer requirements with durable, easy-to-use solutions that offer long-term reliability for many applications in demanding marine environments.    The company was recently acquired by the ownership of Delmar Systems, Inc in June 2016. Delmar, headquartered in Broussard, La., with technical services based in Houston, has a 48-year history of providing mooring and subsea services to the offshore industry in some of

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Allspeeds Unveils its Largest Fiber Rope Cutter

Allspeeds has unveiled its largest standard Webtool fiber rope cutter so far: the Webtool SL165 softline ROV tool, capable of cutting soft and fiber ropes up to 165mm diameter. Deployable either on the manipulator arm of a work class ROV or integrated within a maritime handling system, the cutter operates at any water depth. Fiber rope is widely used in subsea anchoring, equipment deployment and construction, as an alternative to steel wire. The need to handle higher loads has prompted the use of larger diameter ropes. In the event the rope needs to be cut, the Webtool guillotine cutting action

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MTR100: Focal Technologies Corporation

Focal Technologies, a Moog Inc. company, has 32 years experience in the marine industry, specializing in providing electrical slip rings, fiber optic rotary joints, hydraulic utility swivels and fiber optic multiplexer solutions for the worldwide marine industry including ROV, seismic, FPSO turret and oceanographic applications. From design to deployment, Focal’s team specializes in providing solutions for the worldwide marine industry, with innovation and performance incorporated along the way.   Product features include hybrid packages that combine fiber, electrical, and fluid rotary

Alberto Morandi (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Establishes Technical Authority Board

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has established a Technical Authority Board to be led by Alberto Morandi, formerly head of Global Maritime Americas.   Global Maritime said the Technical Authority Board will promote excellence throughout the company, ensuring consistent and high-quality technical standards. Each board member, who will be nominated for a two-year term, will have specific knowledge in one of the following disciplines: marine operations, structural engineering, naval

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MTR100: Woods Hole Group

Woods Hole Group addresses environmental problems worldwide focused on engineering and environmental challenges from the deep ocean, the coastal zone, and into wetland and terrestrial environments. The company has proven the ability to evolve and sustain a business incorporating marine technologies for more than 30 years.   Headquartered in Falmouth, Mass., Woods Hole Group has satellite offices in Dover, Del.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Houston, along with partners in 20 nations. Woods Hole Group focuses on water and sediments, and works in diverse environments from the deep ocean, through

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MTR100: Sea-Bird Scientific

with the SBE 41 CTD. The SOCCOM project is augmenting conventional Argo floats with biogeochemical sensors to measure carbon (pH), nutrients (nitrate) and oxygen.   Email: pparikh@seabird.com https://sea-birdscientific.com/     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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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Global Maritime Completes Njord A Disconnection and Tow to Shore

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has successfully led the disconnection and towing operations of the Njord A semi-submersible floating production platform from the Njord field. The Njord A platform arrived safely in Klosterfjorden on the August 23, where a handover to Kværner was achieved.   The 346 nautical-mile journey was carried out by Global Maritime, on behalf of the operator Statoil. The news follows the successful towing of the oil storage and offloading vessel Njord B

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ASL: 30 Years of MetOcean Equipment Leasing

ASL Environmental Sciences has now been leasing MetOcean instruments for 30 years.   Back in the ’80s ASL Environmental Sciences leased equipment such as the Neil Brown ACM2 acoustic current meter and the Aanderaa RCM4 rotor and vane current meter.  This was before Doppler profilers were introduced by RDI.  The RCM4s and the company’s first CTD, an AML STD12+, recorded to tape.     Now ASL Environmental Sciences’ lease pool contains more than 50 TRDI ADCPs (75 through 1200 kHz, including StreamPro, RiverRay and Sentinel-V),  about 100 water quality

(Photo: Rockland Scientific Inc.)

MTR100: Rockland Scientific Inc.

viability of tidal power generation infrastructure. In 2011, Rockland formed a strategic partnership with JFE Advantech, a major oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer in Japan, covering distribution and new sensor technologies. In 2013, Rockland formed a strategic partnership with Partrac, a marine data acquisition company specializing in oceanographic surveys. Partrac utilizes Rockland’s technology and expertise to provide turbulence measurement solutions for the U.K. tidal energy industry. Such information is useful to the optimization of turbine design, site selection and turbine layout

Photo: Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd.

MTR100: Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd.

, gas lift and injection risers; reelable steel pipe; telecommunication cables; umbilicals; water pipes and wire rope products. The Aquatic carousel and integrated tensioner solution has been designed to maximize product capacity, minimize vessel days and maintain operational efficiency in demanding marine installation projects. The system provides the strength and stability that can withstand the installation of the heaviest equipment in deepwater. Its capability and flexibility in all waters is being proven on projects that demand increasingly long subsea tiebacks to processing platforms.  

Max Ivanov and Scott Mowery with NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services install an improved current sensor system on a navigation buoy in Chesapeake Bay. The system transmits real-time current speed and direction observations via satellite to help mariners more safely navigate busy shipping channels. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) developed a more reliable, cost-saving version of a current sensor system that can now be placed at more remote locations along navigation channels.    The updated Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) system provides real-time current speed and direction observations where many mariners need it most—at U.S. Coast Guard Aids-to-Navigation (ATON)

More Stim: jack-ups like the Maersk Gallant (seen from the business end) might soon be completing more wells with Fishbones stimulation technology. (Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland - Statoil)

Norway's Rising Subsea Stars

the same requirement,” the Class man asks somewhat rhetorically. DNV GL is hoping to foster site-specific regulation for P&A that would even the playing field, as Norwegian P&A rules require filling a 100-meter top-hole plug, although 8 m is enough in other oil provinces. The RP includes marine wells based on ISO 31000 standards. The recommendation follows a P&A project at the Huldra field, where Statoil learned that one double barrier was as good as five single barriers and would earn a savings of 100 million kroner on the test wells involved. Some 3,000 wells on the Norwegian continental

(Photo: Global Maritime Mooring Group)

MTR100: Global Maritime Mooring Group

other recent contracts taking place with Det Norske, Quadrant, Transocean, Statoil and more.   Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring offers a comprehensive portfolio of offshore mooring services, including the rental of cutting-edge mooring equipment, complete pre-lay and rig move mooring solutions, marine engineering, and a broad range of ancillary services. Equipment is marked with the company’s patented RFID technology that allows for fully traceable logistics, usage and service history. Everything is also linked to Global Maritime’s unique E-Yard and Rig Manager software. Global Maritime

According to the report, the wreck found is UC-30. Photo Danish Maritime Authority

Submarine Found in North Sea

The Danish Maritime Authority confirms having received a report on the finding of a wreck off the west coast of Jutland. The report also states that there are unexploded mines and torpedoes on board. However, currently the Danish Maritime Authority cannot confirm that the wreck found is UC-30. On the basis of the report, the Danish Maritime Authority has issued a prohibition against diving operations, anchoring and fishing in a radius of 1,000 metres around the position of the wreck due to the danger presented by the unexploded ammunition on board. The Danish Maritime Authority has informed

NYK: Oil Production Starts at Third FPSO Unit

In July, a third floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) unit deployed by NYK for the BM-S-11 consortium** through a joint venture company started oil production in a pre-salt area off Brazil.   This FPSO unit, FPSO Cidade de Saquarema, is owned by a shareholder consortium comprising SBM Offshore N.V. (Netherlands), Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A. (Brazil), and a joint venture company between NYK (48.72 percent; head office: Tokyo; president: Tadaaki Naito) and the Mitsubishi Corporation (51.28 percent; head office: Tokyo; president & CEO: Takehiko Kakiuchi).

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MTR100: Greensea

U.S. based Greensea started in 2006 based on the belief that a reliable, operator-friendly, integrated navigation and control system could dramatically improve work with marine vehicles. Today, the company provides practical commercial solutions to make the work of the marine industry easier, cheaper and ultimately more effective. Using its core technology patent-pending OPENSEA software platform, Greensea has transformed vehicles into fully integrated systems across the marine industry – manned, unmanned, surface, subsea. Using the OPENSEA operating platform, Greensea has developed commercially

A 3D model of the FLPS concept. Note: “FLPS” is the registered trademark of IHI Corporation in Japan. Image: DNV GL

DNV GL Okays New Floating Power Generation Concept

;   The FLPS concept considered uses a single point mooring tower yoke for position keeping, if the jetty meeting the draft requirement for both LNG carrier and FLPS is not available.    The LNG is stored in two SPB tanks (Self-supporting, Prismatic shape, IMO type B) developed by Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU), IHI’s joint partner and contained within the hull of the FLPS.    Regasification takes place in the topside facility located on the deck of the FLPS and the gas is then fed to the power generation system, which uses an energy-efficient combined cycle consisting

OOS Serooskerke rendering (Image: OOS International)

Two High-tech SSCVs Ordered in China

Holding OOS International Group B.V. confirms it has signed a fixed contract for the engineering and construction of two new build Semi-Submersible Crane Vessels (SSCV) with China Merchant Industry Holdings, a fully owned subsidiary of the China Merchant Group.   “OOS took a quantum leap within the oil and gas/wind Industry,” said Léon Overdulve, Founder and owner of Holding OOS International Group B.V.   OOS will equip its two new SSCVs named OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren with two heavy lift cranes, with a total dual lifting capacity of 4,400T per vessel.   T

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Fugro Collects Metocean Data for Hess Ghana

Fugro said it has completed a 33-month period of metocean data acquisition for Hess Ghana Exploration Limited. Measurements were made at three locations in an area offshore western Ghana known as the Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points block, in water depths of approximately 2,400 meters. The data are to be used by Hess in support of its operations in Ghana.   A Fugro-manufactured Wavescan buoy was deployed to measure waves, currents and meteorological and seawater parameters, with real-time data displayed on a project-specific webpage that was accessed by Hess via a secure log-in. A long mooring

Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd's SR2000 2 MW turbine launch (Photo courtesy of Scotrenewables)

Focal Technologies Supplies Slip Ring for Tidal Turbine

an integrated absolute rotary encoder facilitates disconnection/connection operations between the SR2000 and the mooring system.   Shawn Taylor, Sales and Business Development Manager for Moog Focal, said, “We are very pleased to be supporting Scotrenewables on their SR2000 platform with our marine rotary offerings. It is certainly exciting to be designing and delivering technologies which are helping companies like Scotrenewables make reliable tidal energy solutions a reality.”   Focal said its swivels can also be used in other renewable topside or subsea applications to transfer

Peruvian Navy diver Fonseca with JW Fishers Pulse 8X metal detector, Inset: Pinellas County Sheriffs diver searches for weapons with Pulse 8X  (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Metal Detectors Help Police, Military

A growing number military dive teams and law enforcement agencies are putting underwater metal detectors to work in their search and recovery operations.   They use these detectors for a variety of tasks including locating explosive devices, searching for weapons and evidence, salvage operations, looking for lost anchors and chains, and for finding for objects dropped from ships and piers. United States and Peruvian Navy divers have cooperated on several missions including the salvage of a sunken ship in Panama harbor. Peruvian Navy diver Rafael Jimenez Fonseca says “Our team relies on

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DNV GL Seeks to Standardize Floating Turbines

 DNV GL launched a new joint industry project (JIP) together with thirteen global partners to mutually develop a Recommended Practice for the coupled analysis of floating offshore wind turbines.  Despite the fact that the wind industry has a strong focus on the development of floating offshore wind turbines, it is still missing a widely recognised and unified approach for the practical methods to build and validate the numerical models, in accordance with the requirements in the standards.    Standardisation is a key milestone to guide the industry towards the development of

Graham O’Hare (Photo: Roxtec)

Roxtec Launches Roxtec Services AB

North West safety seal manufacturer Roxtec has launched a new company called Roxtec Services AB targeting North Sea marine and offshore markets. Roxtec Services AB was developed following sustained demand for equipment inspection on naval ships, drilling rigs and FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading anchored vessels).  The initial focus for the new business will be in the North Sea and the UK continental shelf, an area where Britain has mineral rights – with a view of expanding into international territories including Asia and South America. Roxtec UK managing director

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Vesper Marine to Protect LIS Underwater Cables

Vesper Marine announced that it has provided its virtual Automatic Identification System (AIS) to New York Power Authority (NYPA) to protect submerged power cables in Long Island Sound.   The WatchMate Asset Protection System is the first U.S. installation of a system combining virtual AIS technology to mark subsea cables in conjunction with highly integrated and advanced software for monitoring vessel traffic patterns whichdirectly alerts vessels to avoid anchor damage to inshore submarine infrastructure assets. The NYPA is the largest state electric utility in the U.S. The first set of

Fugro deploys deepwater geotechnical vessel Fugro Voyager for ONGC works offshore India’s east coast (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro to Perform Offshore Geotechnical Work for ONGC

Fugro is to commence an offshore geotechnical investigations program under a $26 million contract awarded by Indian oil and gas company ONGC.   The contract involves site investigation work to gather geotechnical and geohazard data at the field, which is located in the KG-DWN-98/2 block off the east coast of India. The information will support the design and subsequent installation of wellheads, manifolds, platforms, FPSO anchors, umbilicals, pipelines and flow lines.   Fugro will deploy its deepwater geotechnical vessel Fugro Voyager which will perform the work in water depths ranging

Nova Scotia Attracts Tidal Energy Players

Minas Energy said it has entered into a partnership with International Marine Energy Inc (IME) and Tocardo International BV, using Tocardo’s tidal turbines. The new collaboration, Minas Tidal Limited Partnership (MTLP), intends to test Netherland-based Tocardo technology at the Fundy Ocean Resource Centre for Energy (FORCE) in the Minas Passage. In-water testing is anticipated in late 2017.   “We are looking forward to demonstrating Tocardo’s capabilities in North America and hope to make Nova Scotia the centre of our future manufacturing operations,” said Hans Van

NOV, GE to Provide Integrated Solutions for FPSOs

NOV and GE Oil & Gas bring together complementary products and capabilities to deliver fully integrated solutions to the offshore production market; new FPSO industrial platform enables repeatability and provides greater value to customers through economies of scale; enhanced designs, technology and industrialized supply chain expected to improve the life-cycle economics of offshore development   National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV) and GE Oil & Gas has agreed to collaborate on delivering integrated solutions for Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels. The agreement

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World's First Offshore Fish Farm Rig

industry has to offer from both fields of aquaculture and offshore oil and gas."   The eight point mooring system to be delivered by Rolls-Royce includes monitoring, fairleads, connectors and subsea load sensing system.   Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with the Chinese Institute of Marine and Offshore Enginering, and the new semi-submersible rig will be constructed at Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industry Co. Ltd in China. It is designed by Global Maritime in Norway, and the pilot ocean fish farm is planned to be completed by the second half of 2017.  

Photo: Delmar Systems

Delmar Systems Acquires InterOcean Systems

Supplier of offshore mooring and subsea services Delmar Systems, Inc. announced it has expanded its products and services with the acquisition of privately owned InterOcean Systems, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of oceanographic and environmental equipment and systems, including its proprietary Rig Anchor Release (RAR), acoustic technology and releases, METOC buoys, current meters, transponders, transducers, hydrophones, subsea winches, and other specialized equipment including its proprietary remote oil spill detection system – Slick Sleuth.   InterOcean Systems will continue to

Wave Energy Converters in shared mooring arrangement (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime to Support EU Wave Energy Project

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, is to provide mooring and risk management support to the European Union’s OPERA (Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy Cost) project.   Global Maritime is part of a 12-member consortium led by TECNALIA (the first privately funded applied research and technological development center in Spain) for the three and a half year program with the objective being to progress offshore wave energy development, reduce costs, and ‘de-risk

Call for Abstracts: Small Distributed Ocean Power

Portsmouth Courtyard Marriott, Portsmouth, N.H. Abstract Due Date: Friday June 30, 2016 Notification: Monday July 25, 2016   Paper Due Date: October 21, 2016.   Welcome Ice-Breaker Reception: Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016 Full Day Conference: Thursday Nov. 3, 2016   Organizers: MTS Marine Renewable Energy Committee; Maggie Merrill (Marine Marketing Services), Ken Baldwin (UNH) and Cliff Merz (USF/CMS) will lead the effort. The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing marine renewables through education and development of testing

Damen Shoalbuster 2609 MAQTAA  Photo Damen

SAFEEN Acquires Damen Shoalbuster 2609 MAQTAA

SAFEEN, the subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports formerly known as Abu Dhabi Marine Services, has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2609 named MAQTAA to join its existing fleet. Like all the vessels in Damen’s Shoalbuster range she is a multi-purpose, shallow draught workboat capable of undertaking a wide range of roles including towing, mooring, pushing, anchor handling, dredge support, supplying and other support activities. The order was placed by SAFEEN just two months ago. MAQTAA’s primary role is providing towage and berthing assistance in the Emirate. She will also undertake maintenan

FPSO Turritella (Photo: InterMoor)

Chain Tensioning, Cutting Completed for FPSO Turritella

InterMoor said it has completed the final tensioning and chain cutting operations on the FPSO Turritella for the Shell Stones project, located in the Walker Ridge protraction area in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).    The FPSO Turritella will connect to subsea infrastructure located beneath approximately 9,500 ft (2,896 m) of water, breaking the existing water depth record for an oil and gas production facility. This ultra-deepwater project marks the first FPSO for Shell in the GoM, and the second FPSO in the GoM.     Having arrived in January 2016, the Turritella is a disconnectable

Turritella FPSO Photo InterMoor

InterMoor completes Chain Tensioning, Cutting on FPSO in GoM

InterMoor, an Acteon company, has successfully completed the final tensioning and chain cutting operations on the FPSO Turritella for the Shell Stones project, located in the Walker Ridge protraction area in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).   The FPSO Turritella will connect to subsea infrastructure located beneath approximately 9500 ft (2896 m) of water, breaking the existing water depth record for an oil and gas production facility. This ultra-deep water project marks the first FPSO for Shell in the GoM, and the second FPSO in the GoM. Having arrived in January 2016, the Turritella is a dis-connec

The complete NEMOS system  photo MacGrego

MacGregor Winches for Wave Energy Capture

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order to supply highly-specialised winches for a pilot project using an innovative system that generates electricity from waves. The system is called NEMOS and it is ideally suited to work in combination with offshore wind farms, where it can share electrical infrastructure, which lowers the levelised cost of energy (LCOE), and smooth fluctuations in power-generation, therefore supporting greater commercial viability of renewable energy capture.   "MacGregor is proud to be one of a few trusted, selected partners for this ground-breaking project

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