Oil Spill Monitoring & Tracking

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Tech File: Kongsberg’s Compact Survey Vessel

GeoSwath 4R system is pre-calibrated so that the survey operation can commence immediately on arrival, and no time is wasted running additional survey lines.    Its shallow draft, high top speed and maneuverability 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 to steer tight survey grids makes it a fast and accurate addition to the surveyor’s portfolio.   The new GeoSwath 4R system offers unsurpassed productivity in shallow waters with at least 12x water depth coverage right up to the waterline

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'Above-normal' Hurricane Season Forecasted

U.S. weather forecasters on Thursday predicted more tropical storms in 2017 than normal for the Atlantic hurricane season, which last year brought one of the deadliest recorded storm systems that killed several hundred people.   Meteorologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said there was a 70 percent chance of seeing between 11 and 17 named tropical storms this season, which begins on June 1 and runs for six months.   "There is a potential for a lot of storm activity this year," Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator

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Seadrill Names Dibowitz CEO

Oslo-listed rig firm Seadrill named a new chief executive from within its own ranks on Wednesday and said its talks to restructure $14 billion of debt and liabilities had reached an advanced stage.   Once the world's most valuable rig firm, Seadrill's business was hard hit when oil companies sharply cut investments and exploration in the wake of a 2014 crash in oil prices.   Anton Dibowitz, current chief commercial officer, will take the top job from July 1, succeeding Per Wullf who will remain a board director, the company said. Dibowitz, a U.S. citizen, joined the company 10 years ago.

ACE Winch Solution for DolWin Topside Float-over

CEO Alfie Cheyne said, “ACE Winches was delighted to secure a six-figure contract for the DolWin jacket installation and float-over, and having an opportunity to supply a complex winch solution for this large project.  With over 25 years-experience designing and manufacturing specialized marine deck machinery, the company was able to supply the exact solution to the project.”   The specialized equipment was supplied directly from the company’s rental fleet, all of which is designed, engineered and manufactured at the company’s global headquarters in Scotland

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RV Sally Ride Enters Dry Dock for Maintenance

The Sally Ride, a Neil Armstrong Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel, dry docked at Bay Ship and Yacht on April 15, 2017, to carry out modifications to superstructure and to perform general vessel maintenance. Named for the late astronaut Sally Ride, the ship is 238 feet long and incorporates the latest technologies, including high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls for stack gases, and new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with the world. It will serve to provide scientists with the tools and capabilities

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New Custom Cables for Subsea Monitoring

 Novacavi released its new P_22SSA ruggedized custom cable to support monitoring activity of the marine environment.   This electro-optical-mechanical custom cable enriches the manufacturer’s diverse production range of subsea armored cable for detection and instrumentation in defense and environmental monitoring applications.   Key advantages of this armored halogen free low smoke cable are high working load performance, protection against electromagnetic interference, compactness and versatility.

Kraken Invests in German Subsea Components Firm

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has acquired a minority interest in ENITECH Subsea GmbH, renamed Kraken Power GmbH, a provider of specialized deep sea components for underwater robotics based in Rostock, Germany.   Kraken Power GmbH, led by Dr. Carl Thiede, has been working on pressure tolerant technology and products for the subsea market for the past 10 years and is a specialist in deep-sea components for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Pressure tolerant components are electronic components or assemblies that can operate satisfactorily under high pressure

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Semco Wins Order for Culzean Hook-up

will be responsible for carrying out the electrical work, while the piping and painting work will be carried out by two other companies. The Culzean complex consists of a central processing platform, a wellhead platform, a living quarter platform, which are currently under construction at the Sembcorp Marine yard in Singapore. Production from the natural gas field is expected to commence in 2019. In Singapore Semco Maritime will even now set up a team of hook up specialists to prepare the installation work in order to have everything planned when the platforms arrive in the North Sea next summer, said

Sonardyne said tight integration between its Syrinx DVL and SPRINT INS will provide accuracy, precision and integrity for Kasetsart University’s long range AUV (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Navigation Chosen for Thai AUV Program

A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) being developed by a joint-research program between PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) and Kasetsart University (KU), Bangkok, Thailand will feature marine robotics navigation technology supplied by Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd, of Singapore.   The order for Sonardyne’s SPRINT inertial navigation system (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) was placed by the PTTEP-KU and will be integrated on a 4,000 meter rated, long endurance AUV being built for applications including pipeline maintenance and oil-spill detection.

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Roan Joins IMCA in North America

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Eric Roan as its regulatory representative in North America. “I am very pleased to welcome an experienced professional with the stature and credentials of Eric on to the IMCA bench,” said Allen Leatt. “He will play a key role in our dialogue with industry regulators and within our extensive network of members in the United States.” Based in Houston, Roan has worked in a variety of regulatory compliance and advocacy roles for several oil companies and drilling contractors in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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Anti-Submarine Warfare: Unmanned Future

Hidden under the vast crystal blues of the Pacific, a submarine is hunted from above. A centuries-old game of cat and mouse drives the technological advancements in the ongoing race to conquer the undersea realms. Today, enhanced capability in both anti-submarine and anti-surface technology is transforming anti-submarine warfare, known as ASW.    Modern submarines are not only quieter than their ancestors, but they are also better equipped to deal with the threats that shadow them from above. For now, submarines are ahead in the race. But, with the emergence of unmanned autonomous technology

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Industry Funding to Boost UK Offshore O&G Research

A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in U.K. offshore waters.    Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill, has secured funding of £416,000 (approximately $537,000) from Verus Petroleum, an independent oil company active on the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS).    The award will support a number of oil and gas related training and Applied Geoscience research activities in IPE including the NERC Center for Doctoral

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Topaz Resolve Goes to Work in the Mediterranean

International offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine said its multipurpose supply vessel (MPSV) Topaz Resolve has commenced a charter in support of geophysical and geotechnical survey operations in the Mediterranean Sea for a European oil major.  Topaz Resolve is operating from Limassol, Cyprus for an initial period of one month. The vessel is a multi-functional ROV, dive and survey vessel and is equipped for deep and shallow water operations, in DP2 or by 4-point mooring. The 50m vessel, which was built in late 2015, is equipped with a 25 metric ton offshore subsea crane.

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Eoltech Wins Repeat Contracts

Wind energy consulting firm Eoltech announced that it won contracts from major French customers to deploy IREC-Index. With this advanced multi-source wind energy index, Eoltech will aim to refine the monitoring of 24 wind farms in France, representing a total output of 500MW. IREC-Index will enable Eoltech’s clients to check the consistency of their fleet’s output against the available wind resource to detect potential turbine performance discrepancies.   The specificity of IREC-Index is to be based on the selection and combination of several data sources that are both

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Shepherd Joins Bibby Offshore's Renewables Team

and supporting infrastructure.   In her new role, Shepherd will be instrumental in the delivery of new business in the renewables sector. The position includes supporting existing business development and tendering efforts, while collaborating with Bibby Offshore’s sister companies Bibby Marine Services, which offer SOV and Walk to Work vessels and Bibby HydroMap, which offer a range of seabed survey services. The appointment follows the formation of Bibby Offshore’s new business optimization team, led by Graeme Wood, as part of the company’s strategic growth strategy. The

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Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop: Call for Speakers

Teledyne Marine has issued a call for speakers for its joint Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) to be hosted in San Diego, Calif.; October 15-18, 2017.   Building upon the group’s 2015 inaugural event, Teledyne Marine’s 23 brands will once again join forces to host an expanded users’ conference in which users from around the globe will converge to explore, learn and share their experience on a broad range of applications and technologies.   A key component of this users’ conference is presentations given by customers sharing their field and laboratory

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Arctic Council Meeting Stirs Hidden Tensions

As foreign ministers from countries with territory in the far North celebrated an agreement on fighting climate change this week, one topic seethed below the surface: growing competition for Arctic resources and sea lanes as the ice melts.   Russia, one of eight members of the Arctic Council which includes the United States, Canada and the Nordic countries, has been pouring money and missiles into the Arctic as well as reopening and building bases there. This is bringing its Arctic military presence to the highest level since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.   Although the Arctic

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Seatools Debuts New Dredging Monitoring Systems

Seatools has introduced the fourth-generation DipMate backhoe dredging monitoring and control systems, with an upgrade that encompasses two models: Essential and Pro.   Seatools described Essential as a cost-competitive visualization system that contains all essentials for efficient backhoe dredging, while the Pro is an advanced version that can be delivered with a range of automation modules enabling operators of all skill levels to dredge safely and maximize dredging productivity.   “Since we first launched DipMate, the system gained tremendous popularity among backhoe dredger

ICEHORSE Submersible Skimmer recovering oil during prototype testing at BSEE’s Ohmsett Facility. This BSEE-funded research project is part of an effort to improve oil recovery in icy Arctic waters. (Photo: BSEE)

Partners Advance Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology

Continually working to help improve oil spill response technologies, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) presented details on its latest efforts at the Arctic Oil Spill Response Research and Technology Workshop on April 26.   There, Bureau staff presented results of several BSEE-funded projects including the development of a submersible skimmer prototype for oil recovery in and around broken ice.   “At the workshop, we all worked together to collectively understand the suite of response technology possibilities that are available today as well as

Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, have carried out a number of engineering studies in a bid to widen the remit of NSRI’s initial oil and gas focus. (Photo: NSRI)

Engineers Aid UK Subsea Diversification Drive

Two engineers from Wood Group have supported the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) in its drive to speed up the development and implementation of near to market technologies in the subsea sector.   Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, who are both working toward becoming Chartered Engineers, beat off competition from a number of hopefuls who applied to join NSRI on a one year secondment last year.   Over the past 12 months, McCallum and Fjellroth have carried out a number of engineering studies in a bid to widen the remit of NSRI’s initial oil and gas focus. McCallum was

An ROV equipped with underwater dynamic laser mapping equipment from 2G Robotics and Sonardyne prepares for its next survey mission (Photo: Sonardyne)

Partners Developing Dynamic Subsea Laser Mapping

for dynamic scanning.   Edward Moller, Global Business Manager for Construction Survey at Sonardyne, said, “The level of detail visible in the post-processed images we’ve gathered on projects in recent months, has to be seen to be believed; small bolt-holes, individual chain links, marine growth and even painted markings can all be clearly seen. In terms of wide-area seabed visualization, it’s a real game-changer.”   Chris Gilson, Product Development Manager at 2G Robotics, said, “This new partnership eliminates the complexities most subsea customers face

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EIA Release Short-Term Energy Outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Short-Term Energy Outlook. Select highlights include:   • North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $52 per barrel (b) in April, $1/b higher than the March average and the fifth consecutive month that Brent crude oil spot prices averaged between $50/b and $55/b. EIA forecasts Brent prices to average $53/b in 2017 and $57/b in 2018. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices are forecast to average $2/b less than Brent prices in both 2017 and 2018.    • NYMEX contract values for August 2017 delivery traded

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BOEM's Jim Bennett Weighs in on US Offshore Renewables

(BOEM), the program responsible for overseeing offshore renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Bennett has a long career of experience in dealing with OCS issues as they relate to energy, with experience in oil and gas and now renewables. He recently spent some time with Marine Technology Reporter to discuss the current and future role of offshore renewable energy in the United States.   You have vast experience in the offshore energy environment, both oil and gas and now renewables. Is there a compare and contrast between the two?  There is a compare and contrast

IKM mobilization crew and Statoil representatives after installation at Snorre B (Photo: IKM Subsea)

IKM Reports Progress at Snorre B and Visund

IKM Subsea was awarded a ROV services contract for the fields Visund and Snorre B in the North Sea last August.    The contract provides for the testing and installation of an electrical, permanently seabed installed RROV (Residential - ROV). The system will interface with IKMS’s Onshore Control Center via Tampnet, a dedicated fiber-based network system for the platforms in question. The systems are equally design to operate on the 4G mobile broadband system.   “We are proud that Statoil has given IKM the thrust and opportunity to deliver ROV service in the form of an

NKT Names New Cable-laying Vessel NKT Victoria

The new NKT cable-laying vessel was named NKT Victoria at a ceremony at the power cable plant in Karlskrona, Sweden. The act was carried out by the regional Governor of Blekinge and marks the starting point of a new era of NKT turnkey high-voltage offshore cable system capabilities.   NKT took delivery of the new vessel on April 10, 2017. NKT Victoria lays high-voltage offshore cables with high precision based on e.g. DP3 (Dynamic Positioning) capability and a remotely operated vehicle using cameras and sonar. If not incorporated in the power cable itself, fiber optic cables for monitoring

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Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

the first newbuild to use Kongsberg’s Integrated Vessel Concept for research vessels, Atair II will become one of the most sophisticated ships in the world. In parallel to the high levels of integration, Atair II features DNV-GL SILENT class notation – SILENT R, ensuring minimal impact on the marine environment and optimum conditions for scientific work aboard. Atair II also meets the strictest standards for Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emissions according to International Maritime Organisation (IMO Tier III) requirements and US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA Tier IV) soot particle emissions

Fugro Awarded Survey Work Papua New Guinea

 Fugro has been awarded a total of six hydrographic survey contracts by the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) of Papua New Guinea to help contribute capacity development in the country, which has over 5,000 kilometers of coastline.   The surveys will be conducted utilizing a combination of Fugro’s Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) and multibeam echo sounder (MBES) sensors and a seamless dataset will be delivered to the NMSA.   “As a pioneer of ALB development, Fugro has a solid track record in applying this advanced technology for mapping shallow water environments

Frontera Offshore loading M² Subsea’s ROVs onto the MPSV Tehuana (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea, Frontera Join Forces in the GoM

M² Subsea has joined forces with Frontera Offshore to deliver remedial pipeline work for Permaducto, a subsidiary of Grupo Protexa, in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) oilfield in the Bay of Campeche, 65 miles north east of Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico. This contract also marks the first award for M² Subsea in the Gulf of Mexico region.   The project will see personnel from M² Subsea’s Houston base on-board Frontera Offshore’s chartered multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) Tehuana, to facilitate pre and post lay surveys for Frontera Offshore. The survey work will be carried out

The Nexus 2 features bi-directional spread spectrum acoustics for precise and reliable positioning (Image: Applied Acoustics)

STR Doubles Order from Applied Acoustics

16 target tracking as well as a new comprehensive range of software features and survey tools such as the common interrogate frequency (CIF), greatly enhanced accuracy and geo-referenced graphical overlay.   Scott Johnstone, Managing Director at STR commented, “As providers of specialist marine equipment and supporters of Applied Acoustics’ products we had no hesitation in purchasing two Nexus 2 systems to support our customers’ operations worldwide. STR are keen to develop alliances with well-established manufacturers and these latest acquisitions will be a welcome addition

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Emerson Launches Salinity Measurement System

Emerson launches new salinity system for increased flow assurance and to maximize oil and gas production; through new system, operators can instantly identify changes in the flow stream, take remedial action and maximize oil and gas production   Emerson Automation Solutions launched the Roxar Salinity Measurement System for the sensitive, accurate and real-time measurement of saline water in gas production well streams at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston this week.   Through the new system, operators can instantly identify changes in the flow stream and the smallest

Petrobras Shifts Focus to Oil E&P, Alternative Energy

Petróleo Brasileiro SA will focus on oil and gas exploration and production while seeking opportunities in alternative sources of energy over the next five years, as Brazil's state-controlled oil firm moves toward more profitable core segments, Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente said on Tuesday.   Speaking at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Parente cited geopolitical tension in the Middle East, sizable legal contingencies and missing divestiture goals as potential risks for Petrobras's financial and operational case going forward. (Reporting by Marianna Parraga;

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TE Debuts New Wet-mate Connector

construction with 4, 7 or 12 electrical circuits enables many configurations for use in electrical, signal and distribution networks in subsea control systems.    TE’s HydraElectric connector supports upcoming industry standards for subsea control system power distribution. Rugged marine systems require connectors with high speed communication capabilities and the ability to manage a range of operating currents. Qualified for both 1500 VDC and 1000 VAC pin to pin, the HydraElectric connector enables copper-based high speed Ethernet and supports the industry standards for Ethernet

Total to Explore Senegal's Deepwater Potential

Total has signed an agreement to explore for oil and gas off Senegal's Atlantic coast, boosting the prospect of major oil developments in the West African country.   Under the deal Total will explore in the deepwater Rufisque Offshore Profond Block where it will be the operator with a 90 percent stake and Senegal's state-run oil company Petrosen will hold the remaining 10 percent.   The two parties also agreed to cooperate on exploration in "ultra-deep" offshore waters, with the potential for Total to become an operator there too.   The financial terms of the deal were

BMT Takes New Approach to Big Data Management

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Scientific Marine Services has launched an initiative driven by over 20 years’ experience of measuring and modeling data for the global oil and gas industry.   The solution, Data Exploration and Analytics Platform for Actionable Insights (DEAP-AI), is an intelligent studio capable of processing large and small datasets using a rich set of processing libraries, developed with support from IT company Capgemini and hosted by an cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).   “Our goal with this platform is to unify data acquisition, transmission

MDL Spread on board the vessel in Trinidad (Photo: MDL)

MDL Spread Concludes Trinidad Job

Maritime Developments’ flex-lay spread has concluded its latest project in the Atlantic.   MDL’s 400-metric-ton reel drive system and patented four-track tensioner - both forming part of the MDL Offshore Service fleet - were deployed alongside the company’s unique Portable Vertical Lay System (PVLS), as part of a flexible installation offshore Trinidad and Tobago.   The system mobilized on board the North Sea Giant at the start of the year, before heading to the Caribbean for the 35-day campaign, which included numerous flexline and umbilical lays.   Once the

BP's Na Kika platform in the Gulf of Mexico (File photo: BP)

One Billion Additional Barrels 'Possible' in GoM Hubs -BP

The head of BP's Gulf of Mexico region said on Monday the oil company's use of a new seismic imaging technology has identified 1 billion additional barrels of "possible resources" at four of its U.S. offshore fields.   Richard Morrison, the BP region president, said at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston that its "full waveform inversion" imaging techology was applied to data from its Atlantis, Mad Dog, Thunder Horse and Na Kika fields.   The technology enhances the clarity of images collected from existing seismic surveys, particularly those involving

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Voices: Sean Halpin

Bay, Maine with an old EG&G 272 sidescan sonar. The weather was awful, the boat stunk, and I ran the towfish into the seabed, but I absolutely loved it! I knew then that I wanted to work on, in, or near the ocean for the rest of my life. I went to sea for about eight years as a hydrographer and a marine geoscientist for a defense contractor and oil and gas companies. During this time, I was exposed to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) as a tool for deep-water mapping. Just prior to joining the Liquid Robotics, I was the Global AUV Manager for DOF Subsea and was responsible for spear heading

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iSURVEY Reports Success in Q1 2017

contract with Shell UK Ltd, Shell NAM, Norske Shell and Shell E&P Ireland for the provision of rig positioning and surveying services A four-year contract with Maersk Oil Danish Business Unit, with iSURVEY named the nominated first caller contractor for survey and positioning services A marine construction survey support contract with Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific to support its 2017 pipeline and platform installation programme in Thailand Part of this growth has also been attributed to iSURVEY’s diversification into the offshore wind sector last year. Having already worked

Arctic drilling: the Polar Pioneer in Norway’s arctic waters (Photo: Harald Pettersen, Statoil)

Norway's Heavyweights & Entrepreneurs

growth,” Jenssen says. “We have great ambitions here.”    To help those ambitions, Norway’s March offshore acreage round offered energy companies a combined 195 blocks in the Norwegian and Barents Seas.     (As published in the April 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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JANUS: First Digital Underwater Communication Standard

, as inclusive as possible, involving academia, industry and governmental agencies. Tests of JANUS at sea have been conducted in the last years by CMRE on board the NATO Research Vessel Alliance, and using the innovative CMRE Littoral Ocean Observatory Network (LOON), which facilitates experimentation of marine robots’ mission-base teams by creating a monitoring acoustic network with tripods of underwater communications equipment sitting on the seabed but accessible by users across the world via web.  

Uruguay to Tender 17 Offshore Blocks for Exploration

Uruguayan state oil company Ancap said on Tuesday it will tender 17 off-shore blocks for exploration in areas up to 3,000 meters deep, with offers to be presented in April 2019.   The tender, called Uruguay Round III, will be launched in Houston in September.   "Ancap is working with the ministry of industry and energy in the preparation of the model contract," the company's General Manager Ignacio Horvath said during an oil industry conference in Uruguayan resort town Punta del Este on the Atlantic coast.   Uruguay is a net oil importer. In 2009 and 2012 it held Rounds

Russell Reardon pounds stakes into the substrate to secure an Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure (ARMS) in place. They are retrieved after three years. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Steve McKagan).

Recovery Comes Slowly for Central Pacific Coral

Nearly one year after prolonged high ocean temperatures caused devastating coral bleaching and loss in parts of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, NOAA scientists recently went back to check on their condition.   Healthy coral reefs protect shores from storms and offer habitats for fish and other marine life, including ecologically and economically important species. After corals die, reefs quickly degrade and the structures corals build erode. While corals can recover from mild bleaching, severe or long-term bleaching is often lethal.   Jarvis Island, one of the most remote

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Custom Tech Used in Subsea Pipeline Repair

Engineering teams from U.K.-based subsea connector specialists Hydratight and Norwegian technologists Connector Subsea Solutions (CSS) have completed a milestone deepwater pipeline repair in Western Australia.   A 4” MEG line owned by a major-NOC required urgent repair. It was pressure rated to 400 bar and was located at 830m, so required a customized solution.  The international team designed, manufactured and installed a diverless Structural Deepwater Pipeline Repair Clamp for the project.   Prior to installation of the clamp, CSS and Hydratight also prepared the pipe using

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Gaylin / Rigmarine Offer William Hackett Subsea Lever Hoist

Gaylin International Pte Ltd and Rigmarine, part of its group of companies, will stock the William Hackett second-generation SS-L5 subsea lever hoist, available in capacities from 800kg to 20t, from 10 global locations. Further, they will support the product offering with training and after-sales service.   Singapore-headquartered Gaylin, a specialist supplier of lifting, rigging and marine equipment primarily to the oil and gas industry, also has facilities in Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Indonesia. Rigmarine hubs, meanwhile, can be found at its most recently opened site in Aberdeen

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Statoil Downplays Risks Ahead of Arctic Drilling

Norway's Statoil on Monday played down concerns that drilling in the Arctic is risky, days before it kickstarts its drilling campaign in the Barents Sea, where the country believes around half of its remaining resources could be located.   Despite opposition from environmentalists, the company plans to drill five wells in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea, including Korpfjell, which will be the world's northernmost well and in a formerly disputed border area with Russia   "We will start drilling the first well, Blaamann, during May ... followed by Kayak, Gemini (Nord), Korpfjell

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ASV Global Opens Mission Control Center

developments and will demonstrate our ability to achieve advanced, safe, autonomous operations at sea.”   International Trade Minister, Mark Garnier, said, “With world-renowned research institutions and leading innovative businesses the UK’s south coast really is a leading marine and maritime hub. ASV Global is at the heart of this. Their pioneering autonomous vessel technology showcases the very best of U.K. expertise. They already export to 10 countries demonstrating their leadership in this sector. A strong example of a successful U.K. exporter, I want more companies to

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

Saipem's new Innovator 2.0 ROV (Photo: Saipem)

Work Class ROVs

An invaluable resource for the marine industry, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) perform a multitude of tasks, from pipeline inspection to subsea construction, often equipped with an array of cameras, sonars, sensors, manipulators and other tools to go to work where divers cannot. Power and payload, ruggedness and reliability: these are crucial to the heavy class ROVs examined here in part 2 of MTR’s ROV technology series.   DOER Marine DOER’s H3000 is a midsize work class ROV. Designed for multimission use from a variety of platforms, the H3000 is well suited to underwater tasks

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Technology Advances Fisheries Management

Real or near-real time management of Pacific purse seine tuna fisheries is now possible for the first time in history, changing the game for fisheries management.   Observer electronic reporting tools – through the new Observer eReporting App –will now be used to help reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and bolster supply chain transparency and traceability in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fisheries.   A 2016 analysis conducted by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) showed that nonreporting, misreporting and underreporting represented

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Rolls-Royce to Provide Mooring System for Statoil's Njord A

Rolls-Royce has been chosen by Norway-based engineering and construction services firm Kvaerner to provide a mooring system for Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil’s oil platform, Njord A. Njord A is being upgraded by Kvaerner and Rolls-Royce has been chosen to provide an upgrade to its mooring system. The contract has a value of about £15 million ($19 mln).   Njord A is a semisubmersible floating steel platform, with an integrated deck with drilling and processing facilities, as well as living quarters. It is normally located in the Njord oilfield, around 130 km northwest of the

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Arctic Seas a 'Dead End' for Floating Plastic

author Andres Cozar of the University of Cadiz in Spain told Reuters.   "The plastic pollution in the rest of the Arctic Polar Circle was low or absent," he said.   Global warming could open the Arctic to more pollution, partly as the extent of sea ice shrinks. "High loads of marine plastic pollution may become prevalent in the Arctic in the future," the study said.   The study said there was "special concern" about the impact of plastic on fragile Arctic wildlife, including on the seabed where bits may eventually sink.   Northern fulmar birds on

The WIN WIN Concept. (Image: DNV GL)

WIN WIN: Wind Powered Oil Recovery Concept Progresses

The DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. The project is currently moving into its second phase, which includes refining and testing the electrical systems, and investigating possibilities for broader applications. The project consists of four partners: DNV GL, ExxonMobil and ENI Norge – all part of the first phase – and the Norwegian Research Council – a new participant for this second phase.  The first phase of the project determined

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Norway OKs Statoil’s Trestakk Plan

 Norwegian authorities have approved the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of the Trestakk discovery on the Halten Bank in the Norwegian Sea. Investments are calculated at NOK 5.5 billion ($646 million), almost half of the original estimate.   Trestakk was discovered in 1986, and expected recoverable volumes are 76 million barrels of oil equivalent, mainly oil. Tied into the Åsgard A production vessel, Trestakk is expected to come on stream in 2019.   On behalf of the license owners, Statoil submitted the PDO to the minister of petroleum and energy, on November 1, 2016.

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ECA Group to Deliver ROV for Dams Inspection in China

ECA Group said it will provide a H300 remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to the Guangdong Research Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower, in China, to aid in inspections of hydro-electric dams and related power plant.   Hydraulic dams require inspection, and the use of ROVs help to permit ongoing survey, thus avoiding the emptying the upstream reservoir constraint.   Parts to be monitored and inspected are most frequently the dam wall itself, but also other specific parts like the spillway, the structures – also called "overflow channels" – used to

Oceaneering Bags Anadarko Umbilical Contract

Oceaneering International, Inc. said it has secured a contract from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to supply the umbilical for Anadarko’s Constellation subsea tieback in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.   The contract is for a dynamic and static electro-hydraulic steel tube control umbilical, and associated hardware. Oceaneering plans to design and manufacture the umbilical at its facility in Panama City, Fla.   The control umbilical for the Constellation project is expected to be used to transmit hydraulic control fluid and chemicals, as well as provide the electrical power and fiber

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To Create a Sustainable Future – Digitalize Offshore Energy

U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a $1.2 million contribution from Dong Energy, Siemens Wind, GE Energy Solutions, Scottish Power Energy Networks, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Hydrasun, Nova Innovation, British Approvals Service for Cables, JDR Cables and the European Marine Energy Centre.   The Holistic Operation and Maintenance for Energy from Offshore Wind Farms (Home-Offshore) team will include scientists and engineers from Manchester, Warwick, Cranfield, Durham and Heriot-Watt universities. Over the next three years, Home-Offshore will create an advanced

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

A diver surveys the wreck of Lucinda Van Valkenburg, a wooden three-masted schooner that sank just north of Middle Island in 1887. (Photo: Tane Casserley/NOAA)

History Meets Technology in Shipwreck Alley

The vast stretches of cold, fresh water in the Great Lakes hide the stories of thousands of ships that wrecked in our nation’s inland seas. Historical records indicate more than a hundred shipwrecks have yet to be discovered in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and research teams hope to discover more this summer.   From April through August, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will lead four different teams using advanced technologies to push the boundaries of underwater archaeological survey and seek yet-to-be-discovered shipwrecks within the sanctuary.  

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