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Adams, Lewis Join FairfieldNodal Data Processing Team

Brian Adams and Andrew Lewis have joined FairfieldNodal as the company continues to focus on growing its data processing technology portfolio and service offerings.   Adams assumes the role of Technical Sales Manager, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, tasked with growing FairfieldNodal’s data processing business with an expanded technical portfolio in the Permian Basin and Gulf of Mexico.    Lewis joins FairfieldNodal as Manager of Reservoir Services, Fairfield Seismic Technologies. Reservoir characterization will be a new service offered to FairfieldNodal customers.   Form

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

RED Engineering Wins Queen’s Award

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

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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

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Hull Cleaning Robot Deployed in Rotterdam

Recently the hull of the vessel Vlieborg from Wagenborg has been cleaned in the Port of Rotterdam by Fleet Cleaner and OH Ship Cleaning. The vessel was heavily fouled with slime and algae, which were all removed from the hull and captured by the installation. The collected wastewater was carefully filtered in order to comply with environmental regulations. Since the Vlieborg was not loaded during the cleaning, a large portion of the fouled hull had to be cleaned above water. Onno Steenweg, superintendent at Wagenborg, emphasizes the importance of above water cleaning: “Because most of the

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Swedish Hydrographic Office Implements CARIS Production System

Teledyne CARIS said its Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) has been implemented as the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) production system, replacing the legacy software previously employed by SMA for the management of spatial data.   The SMA is responsible for accessibility and safety in the Swedish waters. Services include but are not limited to, pilotage, icebreaking, maritime traffic information, maritime and aeronautical search and rescue and hydrography.   HPD supports the creation of paper and electronic charts, special publications and data services and has been customized

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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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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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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

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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

Subsea View of Inverted Helical Grooves on Drill Riser Buoyancy (Image: Trelleborg)

Revolutionizing Deepwater Drilling Riser Buoyancy

of the inverted helical module will facilitate the ability of drilling vessels around the globe to continue to deliver the energy needs of the future.   The Author Collin Gaskill is Riser Analysis Engineer at Trelleborg Offshore.     (As published in the April 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)  

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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Next Geosolutions Acquires RMS Submarine

Next Geosolutions announced the acquisition of UK-based marine resource solutions company, RMS Submarine Ltd.    The acquisition of the companies enables Next Geosolutions to focus on the operations and maintenance market, for both the cables and renewables industries, and represents a strengthening of its presence in the North Sea and Baltic region.    Based in Suffolk, RMS Submarine provides marine resource and management solutions in the marine survey, submarine cable, offshore renewables and oil and gas industries.  Both companies developed a strong working relationship

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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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SBG Systems Debuts New Post-processing Software

 SBG Systems has unveiled its new in-house post-processing software Qinertia at the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K. After the survey, this full-feature software gives access to offline RTK corrections, and process inertial and GNSS raw data to further enhance accuracy and secure the survey.   For more than 10 years, SBG Systems has been designing inertial navigation systems from the internal Inertial Measurement Unit to the filtering with GNSS data. Expert in real-time data fusion, the company takes another step in the surveying industry by unveiling Qinertia, a fully in-house

Aker Solutions Secures Aker BP Contract

Aker Solutions secured a framework agreement for as many as 10 years from Aker BP to provide engineering and procurement services for new offshore field installations. The scope is for a range of fixed facilities from small wellhead platforms to complete oil and gas field centers. It covers work in all project phases and includes early-phase studies, front-end engineering and design (FEED), detail engineering and follow-on engineering. The work will mainly involve Aker Solutions' employees in Oslo and Stavanger.   The contract has a fixed term of six years, starting this month, and may be

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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

Aker Solutions Completes Reinertsen Acquisition

Aker Solutions has completed the acquisition of oil-services provider Reinertsen, building on its position as maintenance and modifications supplier offshore Norway. The purchase price is NOK 212.5 million (roughly $25 million). The agreement to buy Reinertsen's Norwegian oil and gas services business, announced on March 30, has also been cleared by Norway's competition authority.

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

NovAtel Unveils Oceanix Nearshore Service

Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology, has unveiled its Oceanix Nearshore correction service at Ocean Business in Southampton, UK.   Oceanix Nearshore, a subscription-based GNSS correction service for Precise Point Positioning (PPP), provides sub-decimetre positioning for marine applications such as dredging, hydrographic survey, mapping and coastal patrolling. The robustness of Oceanix infrastructure sets it apart from the competition. Oceanix precise corrections data is generated utilizing a network of over 80 strategically located GNSS reference stations globally

FairfieldNodal, Ikon Science Team Up

FairfieldNodal has announced an exclusive alliance with Ikon Science, an industry leader in geoprediction software sales and services, to offer complete reservoir services to the oil and gas industry.   For nearly four decades, FairfieldNodal has been a trusted industry resource for multi-client seismic, data acquisition and data processing services. With this strategic alliance, the company can offer its customers an expanded technology portfolio that includes data acquisition, data processing and, now, reservoir services.   To meet today’s challenging economic environment,

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Kongsberg Introduces cNODE Micro

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

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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

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Water Linked Launches Underwater GPS System

Norwegian technology supplier Water Linked has launched a new Underwater GPS system that leverages traditional GPS along with Water Linked’s unique underwater acoustic positioning technology.   Designed to enable underwater positioning in a wide new range of marine technology applications, this system is priced at $4,800, half the cost of existing underwater positioning systems. The Underwater GPS Developer Kit is available for order with the first deliveries expected in June 2017. California-based Blue Robotics is the first partner to integrate the Water Linked Underwater GPS

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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

Multibeam bathymetry on the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge  (Photo: Teledyne)

Teledyne CARIS Launches HIPS Essential

Teledyne CARIS has announced  the release of HIPS Essential, the newest edition to the flagship HIPS and SIPS suite of products. It has been designed keeping the needs of Ports and Waterways, small survey companies and small hydrographic offices in mind. HIPS Essential is a lightweight subset of the powerful HIPS and SIPS application. It is ideally suited for organizations or individuals wanting a streamlined software package for bathymetry processing. HIPS Essential includes the tools necessary to support both singlebeam and multibeam sonar data including the necessary calibration routines

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ScanFish ROTVs Now Feature ‘3D’ Steering

The EIVA ScanFish remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) models have always been able to follow the seabed, keep a fixed depth, or undulate up and down through the water. Up until now, it has not been possible to also have the ROTV effectively move side-to-side.   However, after trying out various setups and running tests with customers to ensure feasibility, ScanFish ROTVs have an additional way to move through the water. EIVA has developed a way to modify existing ScanFish ROTV models with ‘3D’ steering – that is, the ability to not only swim up and down, but sideways as

Six micro-UUVs ready for delivery (Photo: Riptide)

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

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Aker Solutions to Acquire Reinertsen

Aker Solutions said it has agreed to buy oil-services provider Reinertsen in an asset deal set to be concluded in the second quarter, giving Aker Solutions ownership of Reinertsen's Norwegian oil and gas services business. The purchase price is NOK 212.5 million (roughly $25 million).   The agreement excludes Reinertsen's liabilities as of December 19, 2016, when the company went into debt negotiation proceedings.   Reinertsen, the third-largest maintenance and modifications supplier offshore Norway with about 700 employees, has its main offices in Trondheim and Bergen, where Aker

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US Navy ROV Gets a New Assignment

made of titanium and a user friendly control system that employs programmable logic controller (PLC) technology with graphic user interface software capabilities.   Soon after the ROV’s completion, representatives of the U.S. Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command (URC) and NAVSEA Submarine Escape & Rescue Program Office (PMS 391) were briefed on Hydros as a potential replacement for the Navy’s one-atmosphere diving system (ADS2000) for assessment of a disabled submarine, rescue hatch clearance and attachment of the submarine rescue chamber’s downhaul cable. Subsequently

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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

Man and machine: Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems team are determined to deliver the standard operating platform for the marine industry. (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea: Redefining the Connection between Man and Machine

Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems crew are on a mission to have its software backbone become the standard of subsea robotics and the marine industry, bringing a paradigm change in the relationship between man and machine. From his Richmond, Vermont headquarters, he explains.   To kick things off, can you share with our readers how you came to found and own Greensea? I grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; I grew up on the water. My first job was at 13 working on fishing boats and sailboats, and then I started diving. I went to school and earned an undergraduate degree in physics

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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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New Full Color 3D Underwater Laser Imaging System

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

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Greensea Hires Gomez as Engineering Technician

Greensea has appointed Morgan Gomez as Engineering Technician. He is responsible for hardware integration and software configuration for several customers, including VideoRay, SeaBotix, STIDD and Outland Technology. Gomez earned his Associates of Applied Science Degree, Engineering Technology - Unmanned Aerial Systems from Northwestern Michigan College, and is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. “Morgan was hired as an intern, but after seeing his exceptional work and ability to quickly learn new systems, we knew he had to be a permanent part of our team,” said Jason LaShelle

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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

Sidus Seafloor Observer Camera System (Photo: SIDUS Solutions)

SoCal Tech Focus: SIDUS Solutions

to take advantage of complete start to finish solutions including project management, custom manufacturing, system integration, project engineering, installation Support, research and development, commissioning service and customer support.     (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Riptide Expands Its UUV Product Line

Unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV) manufacturer Riptide Autonomous Solutions said it has added two new platform offerings to complement its micro-UUV launched in 2016.   The new 1-Man and 2-Man Portable UUVs use the same technical architecture, hydrodynamic hull shape and electronics as the original Micro-UUV. Drawing upon advanced manufacturing, modern electronics and open source concepts the larger Riptide vehicles will deliver the same flexible solution already favored by Micro-UUV users. The 1-Man Portable UUV offers a 7.5 inch (19 cm) diameter and base weight just over 60 pounds (27 kg) with

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SoCal Tech Focus: Blue Robotics

survey of the hull of the Battleship USS Iowa name just a few of the many missions performed recently with the BlueROV2.    The BlueROV2 has been and will continue to be critical in advancing ocean accessibility for the masses.      (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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

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Teledyne Marine to Unveil New Tech at Ocean Business

Teledyne Marine said it will launch 15 new products spanning its navigation, positioning, glider, AUV, multibeam, interconnect, acoustic release, ADCP, light and camera technologies at Ocean Business in Southampton, U.K., April 4-6, 2017.   In addition to the product launches to be showcased at stands T5 and U12, the Teledyne Marine brands will deliver 24 informative classroom training sessions on a wide array of topics, and will conduct five dockside and test tank demonstrations highlighting the group’s autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) outfitted with

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

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Next-Generation Subsea Metrology: Better Measurements, Fast

the 3D laser data with precise underwater acoustic and inertial navigation information, it is now possible to generate centimeter resolution engineering models from which accurate measurements can be instantaneously and repeatably captured.   Shared Knowledge & Communication In conventional marine construction support terminology, metrology is the work done by surveyors and ROV to acquire various subsea measurements, typically between flanges on separate pieces of subsea infrastructure. These measurements allow precise fabrication of subsea jumpers and spool-pieces.   Traditionally

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SoCal Tech Focus: LinkQuest

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

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SoCal Tech Focus: BIRNS

Oxnard, Calif. based BIRNS, Inc. opened in 1954, and has been serving the global marine industry ever since with high performance lighting and connector products.The technological advancements in the field of cable assembly development have been rapid and exciting in the last decade in particular. BIRNS has been creating new connectivity solutions that provide immense performance characteristics in relatively small packages. In its flagship connector line, the BIRNS Millennium series, BIRNS customers are able to rely on a 6km open face rated assemblies that combine high and low voltage electrical

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OSIL to Launch Next Gen Small Field Buoy

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) said it will introduce the latest incarnation of the Small Field Buoy at the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K.   The platform, which is now a more maneuverable 55cm in diameter, also offers an improvement to the high visibility profile of previous platforms, meaning it is better suited to frequent redeployments in high-traffic coastal and port areas, according to the manufacturer. The buoy is suitable for all applications, including scientific studies, water quality monitoring, coastal engineering projects, harbor and coastal monitoring and

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Uncharted Depths: Exploring the Marianas with SuBastian

ocean.    With some areas reaching depths more than 36,000 feet, scientists rely on a range of pioneering deep-sea technologies to survey the unexplored regions of the Mariana Trench. In 1987, the submersible Alvin was the first to visit the nearby Mariana Back-arc, a zone of highly active submarine volcanism and hydrothermal vents hidden 13,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. After returning to the Back-arc 30 years later equipped with the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s new underwater vehicle SuBastian, scientists can now fill gaps in our understanding about the biogeography of these

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WFS, Seatronics Demonstrate Drone-to-ROV Wireless Communications

Subsea wireless automation provider WFS Technologies, and marine rental equipment specialist Seatronics Inc, an Acteon company, demonstrated Drone-to-ROV wireless communications at a Subsea Internet of Things  event in Houston. The demonstration took place on the February 15th at Delta SubSea (DSS) test tank facility in Houston, Texas and was attended by representatives from Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP.  Seatooth wireless controllers were integrated with a Seatronics Predator II Inspection Class ROV and a DJI Inspire drone. 2-way data communications between the ROV and the drone

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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SBG Systems Upgrades Its Ekinox Series

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

DEDAVE AUV in Fraunhofer’s test tank in Ilmenau, Germany (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken, Fraunhofer Ink Tech Licensing Deal

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement for underwater robotics technology with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB) in a strategic move to further strengthen its IP portfolio.   Fraunhofer is the largest organization for applied research in Europe with 69 institutes, over 24,500 employees and a €2.1 billion annual budget. Since 2012, Fraunhofer has been developing intellectual property and technology related to underwater robotics. Over C$6 million has been invested in Fraunhofer's underwater

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New Underwater Laser Scanner from 2G Robotics

2G Robotics said it will publicly launch its new underwater laser scanning solution, the ULS-500 PRO, at the April 2017 Ocean Business Exhibition in Southampton, U.K.   Now ready for market after several months of development and testing, the ULS-500 PRO will replace the ULS-500 for high resolution subsea survey. With better accuracy and real-time data acquisition, the new ULS-500 PRO improves upon 2G Robotics’ dynamic underwater laser scanning solution by increasing the ease with which surveys can be performed.   The ULS-500 PRO’s sample rates facilitate faster vehicle

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

Trimble to Distribute Teledyne's PDS Software

Trimble partners with Teledyne Marine to distribute its software for construction, hydrographic survey and dredging operations   A new agreement will see Trimble distribute a branded version of Teledyne's PDS software package for hydrographic survey, construction and dredging operations—Trimble Marine Construction Software. The software provides measurement and positioning to improve marine construction efficiency and safety.   According to Trimble, its Trimble Marine Construction Software expands its portfolio and extends its connected approach for marine construction companies to

Joe Turner, Co-founder, Exocetus, and the Exocetus Coastal Glider (Photo: Greensea)

Exocetus Selects Greensea for Navigation and Control

system is entering the market – this time with the versatile, long duration, Exocetus Coastal Glider. Greensea is providing its commercially available navigation, control and automation product based on the patent-pending OPENSEA operating platform – the first operating platform for the marine industry – for the command and control of the Exocetus vehicle and sensors.     The Exocetus AUV carries more payload and is faster than competing gliders, according to the manufacturer. It also operates well in changing salinity conditions common along the coast. “But the

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GustoMSC Debuts Self-propelled Cantilever Jack-up

The NG-5500X-LD is the latest design in GustoMSC’s series of self-propelled jack-up designs, the NG series. Based on the NG-2500X and NG-1800X designs, the NG-5500X-LD is a solution for light drilling and well intervention in a large number of mature fields in the Southern North Sea, Middle East and South East Asia.   The conditions of these fields are characterized by water depths of up to 50 to 80 meters pending the region, traditionally the domain of classic drilling jack-ups and tender barges. With the light drilling cantilever, the NG-5500X-LD aims to bridge the gap between the

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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