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SensorTech Debuts New Piezoelectric Material

Sensor Technology Ltd. (SensorTech) has recently released BM402, a new Navy Type I (PZT-4) piezoelectric material specifically formulated as a replacement for Channelite-5400, an industry leading material for more than 50 years that has become difficult to obtain in recent months.   “Being able to provide a material that so closely matches the legendary Channelite-5400 is something that we’re quite proud of,” said Niru Somayajula, company President and CEO. “Channelite-5400 is a high quality Navy Type I ceramic with outstanding performance. The bar was set very high.

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

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Ocean Power Technologies Relocates HQ

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) has announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing center to support increased operational needs and allow for projected growth over the next several years.   OPT’s new, larger facility in Monroe, N.J. will offer approximately 56,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, nearly doubling the size of its current facility in Pennington, N.J.    OPT manufactures the PowerBuoy, which uses ocean waves to provide electric power and communications for offshore applications.   “Our ability to deliver

Prysmian Bolsters Offshore Cable Production

Responding to an increased demand for European offshore wind farms, energy and telecom cable systems manufacturer Prysmian Group has expanded capability at its U.K. production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms. The new product line will enable the linking and collecting of power produced by offshore wind turbines before onward transmission to the onshore grid.   Llyr Roberts, CEO Prysmian UK comments “Our Wrexham factory has been manufacturing the highest quality cables for

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BIRNS Connectivity Solutions for DeepFlight

BIRNS, Inc. has been selected to supply a range of custom penetrator assemblies for personal submarine manufacturer DeepFlight’s newest submarine model, the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S.   The high density, ABS certified custom penetrators will be crafted from anodized aluminum and rated to 400FSW. The custom penetrator assemblies will be a key piece of the Super Falcon 3S, a craft which was specifically designed for ocean tourism and to provide underwater excursions at luxury resorts around the world.    “We are thrilled to be partnering with DeepFlight as they prepare

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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World's First Low Velocity Tidal Energy Project

and to minimize the impact on other sea users. The first phase of the project will include a single Deep Green device unit, seabed foundation and a surfaced moored buoy, with installation planned this year.  The in-depth EIA carried out by Xodus considered the potential impacts acts on fisheries, marine mammals, sea birds, marine archaeology and cultural heritage as well as shipping and navigation, which were concluded to be ‘not significant’. James Monnington, lead environmental consultant at Xodus Group said, “Xodus has developed specialist expertise in environmental impact

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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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Turbidity Sensor Features Integrated Wiper

Turbidity measurements are often made in shallow waters, and keeping the instrument optical face clear is particularly important. With this in mind, San Jose based Turner Designs has introduced a new turbidity sensor that aims to address this issue with a simple solution. Its new Turbidity Plus is an accurate single-channel turbidity sensor including an integrated wiper which is triggered by the user. The turbidity sensor is designed for integration with multiparameter systems and dataloggers from which it receives power and the wiper trigger. Turbidity Plus delivers a voltage output proportional

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Young Debuts New Ultrasonic Anemometer

The R. M. Young Company has introduced the ResponseONE Ultrasonic Anemometer.   The ResponseONE Ultrasonic Anemometer (Model 91000) is fully wind tunnel tested and calibrated to provide accurate wind measurement over an operating range of up to 70 meters/second (156 mph). Wind speed and direction data is provided at up to 10 updates per second and made available via a variety of standard serial output formats including SDI-12, NMEA, RMYT and ASCII text.   According to the manufacturer, the sensor features durable, weather proof construction and low power consumption.

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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

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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

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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Dates Set for Human-powered Sub Races

The fourth European International Submarine Races will take place over a fortnight from July 2-13, 2018, announced organized The IMarEST.   Sponsored by defense technology company QinetiQ, the races are a unique sporting and engineering challenge which involve teams from universities across the world designing, building and racing human-powered submarines around a slalom course at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin, one of the world’s largest indoor freshwater tanks in Gosport, U.K.   The team from the University of Auckland, New Zealand won the 2016 races with their Taniwha 2 submarine.

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Hydromea Showcases New Tech

Switzerland based designer and manufacturer of small autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) Hydromea exhibited its swarm-capable Vertex AUV along with the LUMA250LP optical modem, a Mini FT-07 fast temperature sensor/logger and the DiskDrive underwater thruster at Ocean Business in Southampton, U.K. The LUMA 250LP is a compact 100 x 50 x 40mm optical modem for fast underwater communication, up to 250kbit/sec, down to 6,000m depth. Its very low standby power consumption makes it ideal for battery-powered infrastructure and video-streaming for mini-ROVs. The manufacturer also displayed its Mini

US Navy Orders Unmanned Mine-hunting Vessels

weapons and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors.   Under the latest contract, the two additional CUSVs will join the U.S. Navy’s first CUSV, which is designed for the influence sweeping mission. This UISS CUSV recently completed initial testing near Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems facility in Louisiana and is currently undergoing additional testing off of the east coast of the U.S.   “The Navy is excited to continue to work with its industry partner, Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, to continue to develop, test and deliver additional capability

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Buoy Harnesses Wave Energy to Power Instruments at Sea

A new buoy from Danish company Resen Waves harnesses wave energy to provide continuous power and real time data connectivity to autonomous instruments and machinery in the oceans as a plug and play solution.   While instruments and machinery in the sea have traditionally been powered by batteries, PV or diesel generators, this typically requires regular ship operation to replace batteries or supply of fuel and maintain diesel generators. This is not always possible due to weather and can become costly, meaning power is often economized by cutting back on data transmission, which limits the

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New Survey Equipment for Port of Hamburg

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has added its third integrated dual head multibeam survey system to its range of hydrographic survey equipment.   HPA conducts around 900 surveys per year in the port of Hamburg, and it uses its smallest survey vessel Deepenschriewer IV primarily for multibeam surveys for depth control and documenting in shallow water areas.   For this purpose, MBT, MacArtney Germany, has supplied, installed, and set to work a dual head multibeam echo sounder system that includes high-resolution multibeam echo sounder Teledyne RESON SeaBat T20-R, a Valeport SWiFT sound

Lankhorst Euronete mooring lines for World’s Largest Fish Farm. (Photo: Lankhorst Euronete SA)

Lankhorst Fibre Mooring Lines for World’s Largest Fish Farm

Lankhorst Euronete SA is supplying fibre mooring ropes to Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering for construction of the world’s largest fish farm near the island of Froya, offshore Norway. The new concept fish farm is a pilot facility developed by Ocean Farming, a subsidiary of the SalMar Group.   The aquaculture facility comprises a slack anchored, semi-submersible structure, permanently moored at a water depth of 300m by eight 130m polyester mooring lines. Each mooring line is made up of an anchor and two lengths of rope, joined by a H-link. Fibre rope is ideal for this kind of

SIT 250 tidal platform located in front of Sentosa Boardwalk, Singapore (Photo: SCHOTTEL HYDRO)

ENVIROTEK Makes Tidal Instream Energy a Reality in Southeast Asia

a viable source of energy in Southeast Asia. The technology that we are working on with our partners will make deployment in the region a commercial reality. Furthermore, there is tremendous potential for harnessing tidal instream energy in an archipelagic country like the Philippines. We are looking at marine renewable energy to form part of the energy mix – starting in off-grid areas but eventually feeding into micro-grids and ultimately the main grid.” Integrated Floating Tidal Energy Solutions for Southeast Asia Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) and SCHOTTEL HYDRO have been working on

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New Personal Submarines Unveiled

Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx introduces five new research submarines that open up the deep to private explorers and oceanographic research organizations.    The deepest diving submersible of the new C-Researcher series is the two-person C-Researcher 2, which has an operating depth of 2,000 meters.    The two-person model also comes in a 500 meter rated version, while the three-person designs are built for 480 meters, 1,100 meters and 1,700 meters.   Two key innovations on the C-Researcher submersibles are the Pressure-Tolerant Lithium-ion battery technolog

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Kongsberg Introduces cNODE IQAM

The capabilities of Kongsberg Maritime’s cNODE series of transponders for underwater acoustic positioning and data link are expanding with the introduction of cNODE IQAM at Ocean Business.   In a first for the established technology-leading transponder range, Kongsberg is offering the ability to log internal sensors and/or customers’ external sensors, transforming cNODE into a compact, self-contained subsea monitoring system, complete with data processing, positioning and data communication functionality. cNODE IQAM (Intelligent Data Analysis and Monitoring) is an advanced

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A New Standardization for Subsea Forgings

Steel forgings are essential building blocks for subsea components, but tailor-made solutions to meet end-users’ specific requirements have caused long delivery times. A joint industry project (JIP), led by DNV GL, has now taken the next step in subsea standardization by harmonizing requirements for quality management of forgings.   The recommended practice (RP) ‘Steel forgings for subsea applications – quality management requirements’, DNVGL-RP-B202, will enable delivery of high quality forgings at reduced delivery times and cost.   Complementing the RP ’Ste

MacArtney EMO Nano Mux and topside (Photo: Forum Subsea Rentals)

Forum Brings Multiplexer Technology to Rental Market

Forum Subsea Rentals, a Forum Energy Technologies business, has announced that new multiplexer video and data acquisition technology is available to their global rental market following significant investment in MacArtney’s EMO range. The acquisition of DOMINO-7 Mk II and NANO-MUX multiplexers has been made in response to a growing demand for compact, lightweight designs which deliver enhanced operational efficiencies while supporting a complex array of subsea sensors. The investment not only expands Forum’s extensive range of multiplexers, it brings the newest kit - the NANO-MUX- to

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EvoLogics at Ocean Business 2017

configuration options, offered for EvoLogics devices. EvoLogics engineers worked on atomic clock integration within the framework of the WiMUST (Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology) R&D project, where collaborators focus on engineering an intelligent distributed underwater array of marine robots for seismic acoustic surveys. EvoLogics is proud to be part of WiMUST with the company’s hardware and software solutions. Development, research and innovation are the cornerstones of EvoLogics, and underwater “internet of things” that enables intelligent cooperation between

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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

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UUV Manufacturer Aims Big by Going Small

Different Batteries Options  Energy Option: Predicted Endurance @ 2 knots (per foot of battery volume) Alkaline: 30 hours Lithium Ion (Rechargeable): 36 hours Lithium Ion (Primary): 100 hours Open Water Power: 400 hours   (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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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Hydro Group Completes MeyGen Contract

cable up to the nacelle, including the dynamic cable, the in-board connection system and the mechanical loading system, transmitting a power output of 1.5MW at 4.0kV per turbine and incorporating fibre optic links.   Mr Whyte continued: “As offshore installation costs are the highest in any marine infrastructure, minimising those costs has been a strong focus for us. We design our systems to mate and de-mate (connect and disconnect) in less than one hour to ensure offshore installation cost is reduced.   “Further to this, Hydro Group’s system is designed for minimal maintenance

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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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Pemex Delves Deep into UK Subsea Sector

Senior figures from Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex, have been discovering the secrets of the UK subsea sector’s success and how it has revolutionized the way in which hydrocarbons have been extracted from beneath the seabed during a fact-finding visit to Aberdeen.   Organized in partnership with the Department of International Trade (DIT), the five-day subsea learning event included site visits to some of the sector’s most innovative companies, including GE Oil & Gas, Aker Solutions, Hydrasun, Wood Group, BP and ROVOP. The delegation experienced what it’s like

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Deepwater 4G LTE System Deployed off US

RigNet, Inc. has deployed its first deepwater 4G LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico, dramatically increasing capacity to its licensed 4G wireless network for the region’s oil and gas customers.   For the past 21 years, RigNet’s network in the GOM has delivered carrier-class services to the oil and gas industry servicing more than 300 facilities from Texas to Alabama. RigNet’s connectivity solutions exceed 100 Mbps.   The new 4G LTE system expands and increases RigNet’s capabilities to deliver business grade services to deep water locations in the remote area of the

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Observatory Upgrade for Ocean Networks Canada

OceanWorks International said it will provide an upgrade to the Strait of Georgia Shore Station for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). Its scope consists of design, supply, installation and system integration testing of the upgraded system.   The new system will provide the customer with the ability to monitor and control the power system in the Shore Station with a state of the art control system. New functionality will allow remote access and include soft start capabilities to enhance the safe use of the equipment. The upgraded shore station will also now share commonality with other shore stations

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SoCal Tech Focus: Energy Sales

Output Voltages: 3V to 63V Scalable Capacity: 357 Ah to 17 Ah Chemistry: Alkaline Termination Style: Custom Brand: Energy Sales Packaging: Individual Non-Rechargeable Max. Operable Depth: 3,000m  Min. Temperature: 35.6°F     (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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L&N Scotland Introduces Synthesis System to Subsea Market

Specialist subsea manufacturer, L&N Scotland has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of its named Synthesis system. In accordance with the company’s review and development program, L&N Scotland has introduced its latest product and service offering to combat the current constraints faced by subsea operators during product integration stages. By definition Synthesis is the combination of components or elements to form a connected whole. The new system, designed and developed by L&N Scotland, showcases a significant advancement in the application of small-bored tubing

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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New ATOS Cable Entry Port

 SI TECH has launched the ATOS Cable Entry Port, intended to be used for cable entry for extended range diving in cold environments. ATOS Cable Entry Port is designed to be used in combination with a SI TECH Inflation valve for combined inflation of gas and passage for power cables to heated undergarments, etc. – no need to make an extra hole in the drysuit.   ATOS Cable Entry Port is available with M12 x 1.5 or M16 x 1.5 cable entry and is designed for a variety of cables. ATOS Cable Entry Port fits all SI TECH Valve ports and comes with an antifriction washer.    “A

Example of a Synapsis INS, installed on a research vessel. (Photo: Raytheon Anschütz)

VARD Selects Synapsis INS For an Advanced Research Vessel

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract for the supply of a Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to an advanced research vessel. VARD Holding Limited, a major global designer and shipbuilder of specialized vessels, with their subsidiary VARD Electro AS, have selected Raytheon Anschütz’ Synapsis INS for a new research  vessel.  The Synapsis INS is part of a large equipment and electrical installation package, which VARD Electro AS will provide to Cochin Shipyard Ltd.   The INS consists of a total of six workstations for chart

ASV Global’s C-Worker 5 ASV will be outfitted with KONGSBERG equipment at Ocean Business (Photo: ASV Global )

How Integration Can Optimize ASV Operations

Kongsberg Maritime Ltd is teaming up with ASV Global at Ocean Business 2017 to demonstrate how the deep integration of sophisticated Kongsberg survey, communication and positioning technology is vital to leveraging the power of a new generation of advanced Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV). In addition to on-water demonstrations, Kongsberg is also planning a booth packed with new technology at Ocean Business, based on the theme of ‘Delivering data from the seabed to your office’. Alongside the first showing at a UK event of the ground-breaking Eelume swimming robot, the company will

BP Awards Gulf of Mexico Work to Subsea 7

 Subsea 7 said it was awarded a contract by BP as part of the deepwater Mad Dog 2 development, located approximately 190 miles south of New Orleans.    The contract scope covers engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) and associated subsea architecture.    Subsea 7 has worked closely with BP to deliver a lump sum integrated solution from design through to supply, installation and commissioning. Furthermore, by collaborating with OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, our Subsea Integration Alliance

SoCal Tech Focus: Tecnadyne

, hydraulic power units, position sensors and pressure compensators for use on remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), manned submersibles and other subsea platforms. Many ROV manufacturers (including ECA Robotics, Deep Ocean Engineering, Outland Technology and Shark Marine, to name a few) use Tecnadyne thrusters on their vehicles. Tecnadyne products are presently being used on thousands of vehicles throughout the world, operated by many offshore oil service companies, universities and research institutions. Recent customers include Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

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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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Next Geosolutions to Survey World’s Longest Interconnector

Geoscience and engineering service provider Next Geosolutions said it has been awarded two survey contracts, which together represent a multimillion euro figure, for the North Sea Link (NSL) project, the first electricity link between U.K. and Norway.     The first contract, due to commence in April, will see Next Geosolutions provide cable protection survey work for Statnett, the Norwegian transmission system operator.    The two week workscope will involve cable inspections for the Skagerrak electricity transmission system and NorNed power cable interconnectors. The interconnec

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Training Cruise and Workshop for New Scientists

of equipment? Need samples or data to initiate a research project? If so, you may want to apply to participate in the 2017 UNOLS Great Lakes Chief Scientist Training Cruise.   Funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the cruise and pre-cruise information workshop will instruct early career marine scientists, including PhD students, post docs, and first- or second-year faculty members, on how to effectively plan for, acquire and utilize time at sea for multidisciplinary research and education.   The program will occur from June 6 to June 12, 2017, and will include a four-day cruise

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Falcon ROV for Norwegian Aquaculture Work

Abyss Aqua, a provider of services to the Norwegian aquaculture industry, has bought a second Saab Seaeye Falcon electric underwater robotic system, this time adding a deeper-rated 1,000-meter version to its fleet of underwater vehicles.   “We decided to go for the Falcon DR, not only because of its reliability, but also its price,” said ROV manager, Hans Christian Myhre. “We already have one Falcon ROV and we are very pleased with the performance and ease of maintenance.”   He explained that the Falcon will help support a wide range of services the company

Illustration of the Johan Sverdrup field center (Photo: Statoil)

Johan Sverdrup Development Enters Phase 2

The Johan Sverdrup partnership has now decided to proceed with (DG2) Phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup development, awarding FEED contracts to Aker Solutions, Kværner and Siemens.   Phase 1 of Johan Sverdrup is under development, with first oil scheduled for late 2019.  The partners will now proceed with maturing Phase 2 for the investment decision and submission of the plan for development and operation (PDO) in the second half of 2018. Phase 2 is scheduled to come on stream in 2022. “We must take a generational perspective on the Johan Sverdrup development. Working closely

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New CTD from Idronaut

Idronaut said it will present a new low power, high performance CTD at Ocean Business 2017.   The new Ocean Seven 310 CTD (OS310) can be interfaced with up to 14 analog sensors and two digital sensors.   In addition to Idronaut’s full suite of sensors, including the Idronaut pH sensor, the OS310 can be equipped with UV antifouling and an innovative optical dissolved oxygen sensor.   Sampling rates are user configurable from 1Hz to 28Hz to suite demanding monitoring activities.   The OS310 can be used as a stand-alone data logger or for full ocean profiling with

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Greensea Adds Wingart as Quality Control Engineer

Greensea has appointed Kevin Wingart as Quality Control Engineer. In this role he will lead the company's quality control department and is primarily responsible for designing and implementing methods for process control and quality assurance.   Prior to joining Greensea, Wingart worked as a principal engineer for ERIN Engineering and Research where he performed probabilistic risk assessment for nuclear power plants. Wingart served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an Information Technology Specialist and one year in the Peace Corps as a renewable energy technology transfer volunteer. He

Wave Glider with BGAN dome, two cameras and additional sensors (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Tech File: BGAN Satcom for the Wave Glider

Equipping unmanned systems in the ocean with faster and higher bandwidth communications options opens doors for researchers to more effectively monitor, manage and protect the ocean. Liquid Robotics now offers a BGAN satellite communication option for the Wave Glider, an unmanned surface vehicle, that enables persistent and mobile ocean monitoring over long durations. This service allows a Wave Glider to access 100x more satellite bandwidth (464 kbps vs 2.4 kbps) in locations around the world, when compared to traditional approaches such as Iridium RUDICS based communications. The additional bandwidth

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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

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

Consolidation – A Path to Subsea Vessel Sustainability

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

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First Turbine Installed at Rampion

The construction of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has entered into its final phase, as the first of 116 wind turbines was installed for the project based in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex.   For the installation each tower with a length of 80 meters, weighing approximately 200 metric tons, is positioned and bolted onto each turbine foundation. Next the nacelle, which houses the generator and gearbox, is fitted onto the tower, and finally the three blades, each measuring 55m in length, are hoisted and connected one at a time.   During spring, offshore cabling work will continue.

Govt. Funds Help OceanWorks Improve Its Junction Boxes

It’s a go ahead for new design development and configuration for the established OceanWorks International observatory communication nodes, thanks to approved funding from The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).   The OceanWorks Subsea Instrument Interface Modules (SIIM), or junction boxes originally were developed for the Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Neptune and Venus observatories, where they have been in place since 2006. There is a total of 14 junction boxes that have been delivered to ONC for deployment on both Neptune and Venus.

Deployment of a 2 m scientific beam trawl used for the collection of mobile epibenthic species. (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Surveys Viking Link

the North Sea, from Revsing in Denmark, to Bicker Fenn in the U.K. The interconnector will enable more effective use of renewable energy, access to sustainable electricity generation and improved security of electricity supplies.   Awarded in February 2016, the contract to survey the 630-kilometer marine section of the interconnector’s route involved many of Fugro’s specialist disciplines. The survey started in March 2016 in Danish waters, and crossed the southern North Sea through German and Dutch territorial waters, before ending in the U.K.   “With a vast workscope, this

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Proserv Seals Subsea Contract with Premier Oil

Energy services company Proserv said it has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract with Premier Oil for subsea work in Asia Pacific.   Proserv will supply a subsea control system and associated equipment for the BIGP (Bison, Iguana & Gajah Puteri) development project, located in the Natuna Sea, Indonesia.   The scope of supply is a three well subsea control system, which includes the company’s award winning Artemis 2G subsea electronics module, tied back to two platforms, Naga and Pelikan, in approximately 90m water depth. Bison and Iguana will tie back to the Pelikan

left to right: Ecosse Subsea Systems commercial manager Iain Middleton (center) with operations director Mo Petrie, left, and managing director Mike Wilson (Photo: ESS)

Middleton Joins Ecosse Subsea Systems

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has appointed Iain Middleton to the newly created role of commercial manager.   The subsea and engineering technology company said the move would allow commercial director Keith McDermott to continue to pursue new business opportunities for Ecosse in the Asian and US renewables and oil and gas sectors, and to focus on strategic developments.   In a 30-year career within the oil and gas sector, mainly with major operator Shell, Middleton was responsible for the commercial strategy, planning and execution of a number of important onshore and offshore brownfield

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JFSE Launches Twin T8000

James Fisher Subsea Excavation designs Twin T8000 for large diameter trenching in response to its client’s needs. Subsea excavation experts at James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) – a  leading mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) company - have developed a  powerful M/CFE tool capable of trenching large diameter pipelines in a single pass. The Twin T8000 was developed to support SapuraKencana Mexicana’s trenching requirements. The offshore construction company needed more than 14km of a 36” pipeline with concrete coating to be trenched one meter on

The SEA drymate connector (Photo: SEA)

Drymate Connector Aids Wave & Tidal Development

Marine energy facility EMEC provides the hard infrastructure necessary to test wave and tidal energy prototypes at sea. The electricity produced at EMEC’s test sites is fed into an onshore substation through subsea cables, and is then connected into the national power grid.    Connected to the subsea end of EMEC’s cable, SEA’s Drymate Connector provides pressure balanced make and break connectivity. This enables rapid connection, proven in operation at the EMEC test site.     The connector also includes termination using a Partial Discharge (PD) free, testable

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