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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

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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 quality company’ 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

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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

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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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Atlantic Canada Profiles: Kraken

Synthetic Aperture Sonar systems. Kraken’s goal is to bring innovative and disruptive technologies to the maritime sector, while reducing costs and increasing capability. Kraken believes that by using the latest technologies available, and not being tied to legacy architectures, it can advance marine technology at a pace equivalent to consumer electronics sectors, while keeping it affordable.   Kraken’s flagship sonar the MINSAS (Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar) is a high resolution (3x3 cm) SAS with simultaneous bathymetry and up to 600m swath widths. Features

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DOF Vessel Awarded Prelude FLNG Work

TechnipFMC in Australia awards contract for the supply of MSV Geoholm to DOF's subsidiary DOF Subsea   The DOF Group said its subsidiary DOF Subsea Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract by Technip Oceania Pty Ltd, part of TechnipFMC in Australia, for the provision of multipurpose support vessel (MSV) Geoholm for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project, operated by Shell Australia.   The Geoholm will be required to provide remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and light construction support services to TechnipFMC in Australia for the Prelude FLNG Water

AgilPose implemented on a UAV for a precision hover/land system. The company plans to launch the system for underwater precision docking in UUVs. (Photo: Agile Sensor Technologies)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: Agile Sensor Technologies

equipped with a UAV flight recorder, real-time system monitoring and feedback, rapid response times, and ultra-efficient flight performance. All of this is packed into a single-board hub, giving users maximum performance with minimum footprint. The team is also researching the use of Synapse in unmanned marine vehicles for its future versions.    In addition, the Agile team is working on AgilPose, an autonomous precision targeting and docking system for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). AgilPose allows a vehicle to calculate its position and orientation in high precision across three axes

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OceanWorks Names MacIntosh Operations Manager

OceanWorks International is has appointed Andrea MacIntosh to the position of Operations Manager effective immediately. MacIntosh will take the reins of the OceanWorks’ Vancouver facility in anticipation of an expected increase in the number of projects to be completed in 2017. Among her many tasks, she will be responsible for the on-time delivery of products and program deliverables.   MacIntosh, has over 20 years of experience in progressively more senior positions in the subsea, aerospace, defense and telecommunications industries. She brings broad experience to the OW team in manufactur

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Dive Support Vessel Delivered in Brazil

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

Shell: LNG Demand Strong to 2030

LNG Demand Set to Outpace Gas Demand Growth from 2015 to 2030   Shell launches LNG Outlook Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) reached 265 million tonnes (MT) in 2016 – enough to supply power to around 500 million homes a year. This included an increase in net LNG imports of 17 MT.   Many expected a strong increase in new LNG supplies would outpace demand growth during 2016. Instead, demand growth kept pace with supply as greater than expected demand in Asia and the Middle East absorbed the increase in supply from Australia, according to Shell’s first LNG Outlook.

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Deep Ocean Engineering Debuts the Phantom L6 ROV

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

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Semifinalists Announced

Lehigh Tide (Bethlehem, PA, United States) – Led by Matthew Ciolino - The Lehigh University team is creating a cost-effective autonomous underwater vehicle that can accurately scan the ocean. Ocean Quest (San Jose, CA, United States) – Led by Danny Kim, the team endeavors to design a marine STEM platform for students worldwide to enable project-based learning with new technology and techniques. Oceanzus (Durham, NH, United States) – Led by James Case, the team is creating a continuous operating platform that supports multiple survey assets to realize the mapping goal.

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Tritech Deploys Shark Detection Sonar

to shark mitigation methods that will hopefully benefit communities around the world in years to come.”   The system uses Gemini 720is multibeam sonars which combine the benefits of high-definition imaging, medium-range target detection, and a fast update rate; making it ideal for marine life detection.   Pauline Jepp, Senior Software Engineer, Tritech, commented: “SharkTec was born from SeaTec, our existing marine mammal detection software. Data has been collected by SMS over a number of years and used to adapt SeaTec software to be more focused on sharks. The system

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Saab Seaeye’s Falcon ROV Gets a Boost

Saab Seaeye said it has enhanced the Falcon's intelligent control system with its advanced iCON behavior-based intelligent control architecture, meaning the electric robotic vehicle can now host many new features as an advanced platform for further automation and behavior-based software development.   Station‐keeping and fine position adjustment is a new attribute that reduces the operator's workload by allowing them to concentrate on the task at hand. Fitting a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and interface node has made this possible.   It is also now possible to add higher accuracy sensors

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Wärtsilä joins battle against ocean plastics

sales begin. The city of Helsinki and the Port of Helsinki will manage daily maintenance of the Seabins. Sustainable and environmental initiatives Wärtsilä is a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and a signatory to the UN Global Compact, and is shaping the traditional marine and energy markets with sustainable and renewable solutions, all aimed at improving the environmental footprint of marine transport and power production. Wärtsilä provides cutting edge technology for reducing emissions from ships, by providing exhaust gas cleaning systems and dual-fuel

FAST-3 underwater sensor platform gets ready for deployment near the FORCE test site in the Minas Passage, NS (Photo: FORCE)

New Monitoring Platform Launched in Minas Passage

it can co-exist with other uses of the Bay.”   FAST-3 includes a suite of sensors to gather data on fish presence and behavior, including an acoustic zooplankton and fish profiler and an autonomous scientific echo sounder.   “This platform will help us continue to enhance our marine life monitoring program,” said Wright. “While international research indicates fish and marine mammals generally avoid in-stream tidal turbines, we need to test those findings here in the Minas Passage, with the best tools available.”   Results from the current FAST-3 deployment

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Wind Surpasses Hydro as Largest US Renewable Energy Source

Wind energy has surpassed hydropower as the biggest source of renewable electricity in the United States following the sector's second-biggest quarter ever for new installations, a wind industry trade group said on Thursday. Wind installations totaled 82,183 megawatts at the end of 2016, enough to power 24 million homes, the American Wind Energy Association said in its fourth-quarter market report. By comparison, U.S. hydroelectric capacity stands at about 80,000 megawatts, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. Wind installations soared to 6,478 MW in the fourth quarter

Artist's impression of the RRS Sir David Attenborough unloading supplies in Antarctica. Copyright Rolls Royce.

Cammell Laird Awards Coatings Contract for RRS Sir David Attenborough

Shackleton and James Clark Ross already in operation.   “Sir David Attenborough required a fully ice-strengthened coating for operations in Antarctica as well as providing effective antifouling between the Polar Regions, without being harmful to the environment,” said Rob White, Senior Marine Engineer at British Antarctic Survey. “Ecospeed fulfills that requirement.”   In six seasons operating RRS Ernest Shackleton with Ecospeed coating, BAS had to touch up Ecospeed only in areas of mechanical damage and carry out minor repairs around the bow, the most susceptible area

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Innova Selects Sonardyne INS, DVL for Resident ROVs

Norwegian subsea engineering and technology company Innova AS has selected acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. for two new in-field resident remotely operated vehicles (ROV) being built in the country.   Each ROV will be installed with a co-housed Sonardyne SPRINT Inertial Navigation System (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) to provide tightly coupled navigation data that will support a wide variety of survey and inspection missions in water depths up to 4,000 meters.   The contract was announced on the opening day of the Seabed Mapping

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New Alkaline Battery System for the Oceanographic Market

The new Energy Sales Pressure-Tolerant Battery System (PTBS) is an alkaline battery solution specifically for the oceanographic community, set to be unveiled at Oceanology International North America, February 14-16, in San Diego.   Energy Sales, Inc. said its new design replaces the need for housings made of titanium or other costly advanced composite materials. Working with the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab (UW/APL), the company sought to develop a cost-efficient battery solution specific to the deep ocean – depths that range from 1,800 to 3,000 meters.   “Coll

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LCJ Captures Ultrasonic Solid-State Wind Sensors

LCJ Capteurs produces solid state ultrasonic wind sensors built for the harsh marine environment. Their durability and user friendly operation also lend them well to use in weather stations and industrial applications, such as agriculture. These innovative sensors are now available through Fugawi based in Toronto, Canada. Fugawi has been an industry leader in software and digital charts for the marine industry since 1995. In addition to its own software, Fugawi distributes high tech marine products such as the NMEA 2000 Actisense gateways. “We are proud to add the LCJ Capteurs’ unique

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Bureau Veritas: New Rules for Diving Systems

professional diving systems ranging from surface-supplied systems for shallow water diving to complex saturation systems for deep sea diving. Although diving is considered as one of the more hazardous offshore activities, demand for diving services from the oil and gas industry as well as the emerging marine renewable energy sector remains strong, despite progress made by the use of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV).   The role of the classification society in diving is to support the diving industry to achieve a high safety level and to consistently implement regulations throughout

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Skarfjell becomes tie-back to Gjøa

DEA and its partners in PL418 have selected a subsea tie-back to the Gjøa platform as the concept for development of the Skarfjell discovery in the Norwegian North Sea. This alternative is an enabler for developing the Gjøa platform as a stronger hub in the area and maximising recovery for Gjøa, Skarfjell and the area in general. Skarfjell is situated in the northeastern North Sea, approximately 20 kilometers southwest of the Gjøa platform. DEA is partner in Gjoa, with a share of 8%. Based on the proposed plan, hydrocarbons from the Skarfjell reservoir will be transport

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Atlantic Canada Profiles: Seaformatics Systems

optional release and recovery mechanism. The MPG, a scaled down version of the PHBM technology, is configured to be integrated with any moored system or buoys to power sensors and systems at any level in the water column.       (As published in the January/ February 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Waves in and around Lord’s Cove can be as large as 13m in just 25m depth. Although this is rare, waves in the 8m range in winter and 2m range in summer are not uncommon. Statistically, waves are larger than 1.5m 80% of the time. (Photo: Wave Energy Center)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: CNA's Wave Energy Center

to develop land-based aquaculture using water supplied by an ocean wave-powered pump. Recognizing potential research opportunities within this specialized sector, the center has since expanded to include the development of wave measurement instruments and the testing of anticorrosive and antifouling marine coatings – all set in the harsh North Atlantic waters off Newfoundland’s southeast coast.   The facility, which is housed in a former fish plant in the community of Lord’s Cove, has grown to include a variety of automated data acquisition systems including a weather station

Kongsberg Eyes Key Contract in German-Norwegian Submarine Deal

Norwegian conglomerate Kongsberg Gruppen aims to supply command and control systems to the submarines that Norway and Germany plan to order from Germany's Thyssenkrupp, a spokesman for the company said on Friday. The Norwegian and German governments on Friday said they aim to buy a combined six submarines, and that talks with Poland and the Netherlands could lead to further orders. "The (Norwegian) defence minister made it very clear today that one of the main reasons for choosing Thyssenkrupp was that it was the best solution for industrial partnerships," Kongsberg Gruppen spokesman

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DONG Faces Tough Year as Offshore Wind Returns Drop

DONG Energy, the world's biggest offshore wind farm developer, on Thursday reported its first full-year net profit since 2011, but will face tough competition for projects in Europe and the United States from new players that are pushing down margins.   The Danish company, whose listing in Copenhagen in June was one of the biggest globally last year, has profited from being a pioneer in offshore wind for two decades and has build more than a quarter of the world's wind farms at sea.   But over the past year, prices for new projects were pushed to record lows by companies eager to establish

UES Seanic engineers complete the refurbishment of client’s marine crane (Photo: UES Seanic)

Newly Formed UES Seanic Wins First Contract

The newly merged Aberdeenshire-based Underwater Engineering Services (UES) and Houston headquartered Seanic Oceans Systems has secured its first contract in Tunisia, a region which neither firm had previously operated in. As part of the merger between their parent companies ATR Group and Centurion Group last year, the newly formed business of UES Seanic will support Oceana Subsea on a decommissioning campaign in Tunisia, North Africa.   UES Seanic was formed on January 1st this year with 11 personnel based in the UK and a further 43 in Houston. The merger sees the company operating globally

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M² Subsea Opens Aberdeen Office

The fledgling subsea business, which secured private equity investment towards the end of 2016, has moved people and equipment into headquarter premises in Arnhall Business Park at Westhill in Aberdeenshire.     With sights set on becoming one of the largest independent providers of ROV services globally, M² Subsea is off to a flying start in 2017, recruiting onshore commercial and operational personnel, taking possession of 27 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and mobilizing 10 of them onto a diverse fleet of subsea vessels.    The company, which is also based in Houston

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World’s First Floating Microwave Radiometer

Technologies Inc. said it is conducting design work with Boulder Environmental Sciences & Technology (BEST) is to deploy the world’s first buoy based microwave profiling radiometer on a floating platform, the FLiDAR WindSentinel.    Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the BEST Marine Profiling Radiometer (MPR) is the world's first microwave profiling radiometer specifically designed for deployment on a buoy. Once completed, the system will enable users to measure vertical profiles of temperature and humidity within the atmospheric boundary layer and up to 10km above the floating

Ashtead’s newly formed engineered measurement solutions group – (L to R) Mark Ellington, Scott Smith, Ross MacLeod, and Alistair Birnie. (Photo: Ashtead)

Ashtead Technology Launches Engineered Measurement Solutions Group

Ashtead Technology is launching a new service to increase efficiency and drive down risk and cost in subsea and marine operations. By applying its engineering and technical know-how to solve specific subsea challenges, Ashtead has already delivered integrated product applications to several of its clients and is currently using this approach on projects worth £6million. This has spurred Ashtead on to establish a dedicated Engineered Measurement Solutions Group to focus exclusively on this solutions-based approach to complex applications, including attitude monitoring, vibration and stress

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New Subsea Storage Technology Introduced

In January of this year, Dutch subsea technology company Seatools completed an R&D program on a subsea liquid storage technology. During the program – a continuation of an earlier engineering study performed on behalf of Statoil Petroleum AS – the storage technology passed a full product qualification test program and will now be applied at a Pile Installation Frame operated by Seaway Heavy Lifting.   The oil and gas industry’s shift toward seabed positioning of (pressure-balanced) equipment like pumps, compressors, and related power grids that can compromise switch gear

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Lloyd’s Register Sets Its Sights Subsea

Eying a subsea sector rebound, Lloyd’s Register (LR) aims to bring its expertise to underwater operations in offshore oil and gas as well as wind farm power generation and submarine cable markets.   The provider of integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services has launched Subsea Inspection Services, which it said will support underwater inspections of subsea pipelines, assets and facilities to energy companies operating offshore.   Managed and coordinated in Aberdeen, LR’s Subsea Inspection Service will be delivered to clients in all offshore energy regions

Wood Group Bags Hess Contract in Malaysia

Wood Group has been awarded a five year contract with Hess Exploration & Production Malaysia. The operations and maintenance contract is to support Hess' new-build fixed and floating offshore facilities in the North Malay Basin development area located approximately 150km north east of the Peninsular Malaysia, and includes a one-year extension option. Delivered by Wood Group's Kuala Lumpur office, the contract will support up to 130 new full-time positions in Malaysia. Integrated operations and maintenance services including core offshore personnel, onshore technical support, training and

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Case Study: Mapping a Glacial Landslide

that would allow them to see below the surface to determine the thickness of the landslide debris. Along with Shugar were a large group of scientists from Columbia University, the National Park Service, University of British Columbia and elsewhere.   The team’s plan was to map the submarine deposits with the UW-Tacoma’s Z-Boat 1800 RP named ‘Jökull’ (Icelandic for glacier) with help from Jeremy Venditti, a professor from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and Doug Bonno, an undergraduate student at UW Tacoma. Also on site was another much larger boat, the USGS

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New Digital CHIRP Side Scan Sonar System

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. (FSI) has launched its new HMS-624 digital CHIRP Side Scan Sonar System, offering dual simultaneous 100/400 KHz frequency operation.   “A large percentage of our engineering and production teams, including VP of Engineering Fred Hegg and me, worked at Datasonics developing the first Digital CHIRP side scan sonar as well as their sub-bottom profiling systems” said FSI’s President and Chief Engineer, John Baker. “Our portfolio of products and systems are a reflection of that wealth of experience combined with today’s advanced technologies.

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Steatite Partners with Marine Robotics Innovation Center

Steatite, a developer of power solutions for extreme environments, has become a partner with the Marine Robotics Innovation Center. The National Oceanography Center (NOC) and Steatite already form part of a UK consortium, using the latest lithium-sulfur chemistry to research and develop safe, pressure tolerant, rechargeable batteries with increased endurance and reduced payloads, optimizing their potential for integration with MAS. Occupying space in the Innovation Center, working alongside the NOC’s marine autonomy and robotics team, and utilizing in-house facilities, will help support

Mapping Drone Powered By HYPACK

Southeastern geospatial solutions company SurvTech Solutions, Inc. has selected the NEXUS 800 powered by HYPACK as its aerial mapping solution.    When asked why the HYPACK Solution was chosen, SurvTech Solutions president David O’Brien said the answer is simple: “Our goal was to acquire upland data simultaneous with subaqueous data and make a seamless point cloud of upland and submerged data. The integration of the Puck with our heading RTK GPS, IMU and sonar was extremely straightforward and HYPACK was there every step of the way. Since that integration, we have been collecting

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adidas is Making Shoes from ‘Up-cycled’ Ocean Plastic

adidas has created a running shoe made from recycled marine plastics as part of its push toward eco-innovation and wider use of sustainable materials Each year more and more plastic is finding its way into the world’s oceans, collecting in gigantic circling whirlpools at sea, sinking to the seafloor or washing back up onto our shores. This plastic is often ingested by aquatic life and seabirds who mistake these fragments for food, and is even found in supermarket shellfish. Now footwear and apparel brand adidas has teamed up with environmental group Parley for the Oceans to create and

McDermott Wins EPCI Contract from Saudi Aramco

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

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Gavia AUV Gets a Sonar Upgrade

Teledyne Gavia has continued the enhancement of its modular, versatile, low-logistics subsea survey solution, the Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), this time with the addition of a new Side Scan/Bathymetry module.   Incorporating Klein Marine Systems’ new UUV-3500 high-resolution side scan sonar with optional bathymetry sonar, the system is another high quality option for customers interested in utilizing the Gavia AUV for geophysical survey, cable and pipeline survey, environmental survey and under ice survey, as well as Mine Countermeasures (MCM), Rapid Environmental Assessment

(left to right): Ian Donald, managing director of Enpro Subsea, Anke Heggie, company growth director (oil & gas) from Scottish Enterprise and Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP. (Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Subsea Drives $1.8mln into Flow Assurance Project

Enpro Subsea has announced a research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise which will see the firm investing £1.5million ($1.85mln) to develop its flow assurance technology further to address emerging markets in deeper waters.   The news came as Scottish Enterprise revealed a new Subsea Engineering Action Plan with the aim of capturing an even bigger slice of the current £50 billion ($61.5bln) global subsea market. Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, visited oil and gas firm, Enpro Subsea Ltd to announce its new £1.

Wave Sentinel at sea (Photo: GMS)

Global Marine Systems Awarded ACMA Contract Extension

Global Marine Systems Limited announced has that it has been awarded the renewal of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement (ACMA), alongside its Atlantic partner for maintenance services, Orange Marine.   The new contract began on January 1, 2017, and runs for five years, through to December 2021. ACMA is a non-profit cooperative subsea maintenance agreement consisting of 60+ members.  ACMA members are companies responsible for the operations and maintenance of undersea communications and power cables, as well as Oil & Gas Platform operators, in the Atlantic, North Sea and

World Temperatures Hit New High in 2016

World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday. The data, supported by findings from other organisations, was issued two days before the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who questions whether climate change has a human cause. Average surface temperatures over land and the oceans in 2016 were 0.94 degrees Celsius (1.69 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th-century average of 13.9C (57.

The University of Limerick has purchased a Sub-Atlantic Comanche ROV from Forum for renewable energy project work. (Photo: Forum Energy Technologies)

Forum ROV to support University Renewables Projects

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. won an order to supply the University of Limerick with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to support its subsea inspection and intervention work on renewable energy infrastructure.   The University’s Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) purchased the Sub-Atlantic Comanche 2,000m Observation Class ROV and associated launch and recovery system for delivery in March 2017 under a MaREI Science Foundation Ireland infrastructure grant (15/RI/3232).    The Comanche was selected due to its high thrust to drag ratio enabling it to operate in

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