Arctic Operations News

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Statoil Downplays Risks Ahead of Arctic Drilling

, 26 kilometers from Eni's Goliat field, the world's northernmost field in production, shipping data showed.   Gulowsen said Greenpeace planned to send its vessel to observe Statoil's Arctic drilling.   In 2014, Greenpeace activists tried to stop Arctic exploration by boarding the Transocean Spitsbergen rig headed to drill for Statoil near Bjoernoeya.   Greenpeace declined to comment on whether it planned any similar protests this year.     (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis

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ASV Global Opens Mission Control Center

Autonomous vessel technology developer ASV Global has opened its new state of the art Mission Control Center at its headquarters in Portchester, U.K., forming a hub for the company’s ongoing development of its ASView autonomous vessel control system.   The new center, officially opened by Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, is capable of operating and monitoring the company’s fleet of autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) all over the world using satellite communication links, and will also be used for operator training and simulation exercises.    The

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OPTECH South 2017: Littoral Challenges in Colombia

on underwater sensor networks.    “From the point of view of the LOC, we have always thought the experience of other nations was important because you have reason to focus on your own coastlines and nearby seas while the US Navy has been used to either retaining sea control in the open oceans or projecting the power of U. S. air and missile strikes, Marines landings or Special Forces operations on the land side of the littorals. Therefore, we sponsor these conferences very much to listen and to learn,” said Hughes.  

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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

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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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Arctic Seas a 'Dead End' for Floating Plastic

The Arctic is a dead end for floating plastic waste dumped in the Atlantic Ocean off Europe and the United States and swept north by ocean currents to a polar graveyard, scientists said on Wednesday.   Levels of plastic found east of Greenland and in the Barents Sea off Norway and Russia were far higher than expected for the sparsely populated regions, according to the report showing how man-made pollution extends even to remote parts of the globe.   "The northeastern Atlantic sector of the Arctic Ocean appeared as a dead end for the surface transport of plastic pollution," the

Skandi Búzios (Photo: TechnipFMC)

PLSV Skandi Búzios Begins Work off Brazil

Skandi Búzios, a pipelay support vessel (PLSV) owned 50/50 by a joint venture formed between TechnipFMC and DOF Subsea, has commenced an eight-year charter contract with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), as scheduled on April 13, 2017.   Skandi Búzios is the sister ship of the Skandi Açu, which started its charter contract on August 13, 2016. These two vessels each have 650 tons flexible pipelay tension capacity, enabling the installation of large diameter flexible pipes in the ultra-deepwater Brazilian pre-salt area.   Under the joint venture agreement

Bryan Nicholls (Photo: U.S. Underwater Services)

Nicholls Elected as ADCI President

Bryan Nicholls, president and COO of Texas based offshore and inland commercial diving contractor U.S. Underwater Services, LLC, has been elected president of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) at its annual conference.   The ADCI is a professional association that promotes best industry practice with respect to the health and safety of commercial divers and underwater operations.    “The ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations are recognized as best industry practice here in the U.S., and in many other parts of the world

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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.

USNS Maury  (US Navy photo by Robert Fluegel)

CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson toured the Navy's newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), April 8 to gain a better understanding of the oceanographic information the ship provides to the Department of Defense.    The CNO is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy and is responsible for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the Navy.   "Naval forces require information about the physical environment to operate safely and effectively," said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, oceanographer of the Navy

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

to traditional suppression technology. Numerous locations across the globe are subject to the sudden onset of onerous weather, requiring drilling vessels to be able to respond quickly in order to transit out of forecasted storm paths. If these fields are subjected to high current or VIV inducing metocean conditions, as many of them are, operators may opt out of drilling in these locations at certain points of the year or entirely, as retrieval of the riser and vessel transiting speeds are not adequate with the increases in joint handling time associated with auxiliary VIV mitigation equipment. With

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.  

Next Geosolutions’ CEO, Giovanni Ranieri

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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STR Increases Rental Inventory

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR); global specialists in the design, production and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore industry; continue to grow its rental equipment inventory with the addition of the new automated sound velocity profiling system developed by Teledyne Oceanscience using Valeport's RapidSV Profiler.    Teledyne’s rapidCAST and Valeport’s SVT Probe, purchased during the recent Ocean Business exhibition in Southampton, U.K., will be the latest products to join STR’s diverse range of sensor deployment and handling systems. 

FairfieldNodal Hires New Personnel

Mike Gilliam, Richard Bottomley and Simon Hayter have joined FairfieldNodal as the company continues to enhance its capabilities and invest in future growth.   Mike Gilliam has joined FairfieldNodal as Vice President of Operations, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, and will oversee the operations project management and crewing functions for the Data Acquisition unit. With operational experience in the oil and gas industry, specifically in the marine environment, Gilliam will bring knowledge and insight to ROV operations.   Richard Bottomley has joined FairfieldNodal as Strategic Account

Forum Sub-Atlantic Comanche (Photo: Forum)

Forum Signs Comanche Deal with Baltic Diver Germany

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced the sale of two Sub-Atlantic Comanche ROVs to international diving contractor Baltic Taucherei- und Bergungsbetrieb Rostock GmbH (Baltic Diver Germany). The deal, supported by distributor Scholz Ingenieur Bϋro, will see both systems delivered at the beginning of May 2017 following an optimized manufacturing schedule. The Forum Sub-Atlantic Comanche was chosen due to its high thrust-to-weight ratio and compact laydown requirements which make it ideally suited for the operating environments expected by Baltic Diver. Baltic Diver general manager

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

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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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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

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Aerial Drone Scans for Pirates off Somalia

A team of antipiracy personnel currently on patrol off Somalia has deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to help scan for potential pirate activity in the region.   As part of the counter-piracy military operation EU NAVFOR Somalia, also known as Operation Atalanta, the UAV crew from Spain’s 11th Squadron has been conducting air surveillance and reconnaissance patrols off the Somali coast using its ScanEagle drone from the deck of Spanish Navy ship ESPS Galicia.   Once in the air, the five-foot-long UAV obtains images and video of maritime events in real-time, at night or

Sir George Zambellas (Photo: Mark Rawlings / MOD)

Zambellas to Join Liquid Robotics Advisory Board

. “We’ve admired Sir George’s leadership in challenging the world’s navies to think differently, to use advanced technologies, and unmanned systems to advance naval superiority. His expertise will be invaluable as we work towards creating a seafloor to space network to monitor our ocean environment and its threats.”   This appointment has been referred to the Office of the Advisory Committee on Business appointments in the U.K. and is being made in accordance with the Committee’s advice.  

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Further Milestones for QuietSea PAM System

 Sercel said its QuietSea Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) system, which is seamlessly integrated into seismic streamers to detect the presence of marine mammals during seismic operations, has passed two milestones.   Most recently, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) authorized the use of QuietSea for seismic survey operations in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. authorities recognized that the ability to use geophysical survey streamers for PAM was a great step in the future development of effective PAM systems.   Another milestone was

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NATO Science Mission Employs ‘Double Muscle’

Commencing on her first NATO sea trial of the year, the NATO research vessel (NRV) Alliance has sailed out with new assets on board that aim to enhance collaborative robotics for MCM applications, including a new vehicle, which only apparently duplicates the CMRE MUSCLE prototype. On the aft deck of the NRV Alliance, sailing for the first CMRE (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation) scientific campaign of 2017, there are two very similar robots. One is the MUSCLE vehicle, a reliable prototype developed by CMRE for seabed mapping with automatic behavior capabilities. The other is not just

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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

Sidus Seafloor Observer Camera System (Photo: SIDUS Solutions)

SoCal Tech Focus: SIDUS Solutions

San Diego-based SIDUS Solutions is a manufacturer and an integrated systems provider of robust video surveillance systems. SIDUS provides services and equipment for subsea, heavy commercial, industrial and oil and gas markets. SIDUS’ primary products are image transmission, storage and retrieval systems. These products allow for the capture, inspection, observation, storage and evaluation of the customers’ applications. The urgency and requirement for target customers to acquire high quality, intelligible images and to integrate these images within their operations is the basis for the

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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Guam Bolsters Oil Spill Recovery Capacity

Guam and the CNMI since 1970. Leading the exercise was Cabras Marine, General Manager, John Manibusan. “This is history in the making to have our first USCG Certified Oil Spill Response Vessel (OSRV) in Guam supporting recovery operations for the Mariana Island Region not only near shore but open ocean. This would not have been possible without the partnering commitment between OSROCO and T&T Marine.”   T & T Marine Salvage, established in 1957, supports approximately 40 locations in the US and its territories with additional operational bases in South America, Europe and Asia

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Arctic Ice Sets New Record Low for Winter

The extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has set a new record low for the wintertime in a region strongly affected by long-term trends of global warming, U.S. and European scientists said on Wednesday.   Sea ice around the North Pole expands to its biggest extent of the year in February or March after a deep freeze in the winter polar darkness and shrinks to the smallest of the year in September, at the end of the brief Arctic summer.   Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual maximum extent on March 7, the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite record, according to the

U.S. Navy mine test targets being readied for Knifefish at-sea mine-hunting evaluation (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

US Navy Tests UUV for Mine-hunting Operations

The General Dynamics Mission Systems Knifefish team completed a comprehensive evaluation of Knifefish, an autonomous surface mine countermeasure (SMCM) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). In coordination with the U.S. Navy, the test events took place off the coast of Boston using submerged Navy mine test targets. The evaluation represents a significant milestone in the Knifefish program and demonstrates the UUV’s capability to detect and classify potential mines, at a variety of depths, each posing a unique threat to naval vessels operating in a mission area.   “The information and

Duncan Eley (Photo: Polarcus)

Eley to Take over as Polarcus CEO

Duncan Eley has been appointed chief executive officer of Oslo listed offshore geophysical services company Polarcus Limited, replacing Rod Starr, who has resigned following a two year reorganization period.   Eley has been promoted to the CEO role from his current position as chief operating officer, succeeding Starr effective immediately.   Starr will continue to work with the executive management team and Polarcus' Board of Directors for a transition period during the second quarter of 2017.   For the near term, Polarcus will eliminate the COO position “to better align

Irving Shipbuilding Invests in Ocean Technology Programs

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. said it has made a multimillion dollar investment to support marine innovation and commercialization in Nova Scotia and across Canada.    The shipbuilder is investing $4.52 million in the newly established Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), an ocean innovation centre to be located on the waterfront in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The investment over the next five years represents the largest private sector contribution COVE has received to date.    At COVE, ocean science research, start-ups, R&D-intensive companies, industry and Nova

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

Image courtesy of Lori Johnston, RMS Titanic Expedition 2003, NOAA-OE.

Manned Sub to Survey Titanic Wreckage

new mission will send the first manned submersible to the Titanic wreck since 2005.   The mission will see a survey expedition team use the latest subsea imaging technology and a newly built manned submersible to assess the condition of the shipwreck and document artifacts in the debris field. The OceanGate Expeditions exploration team will conduct annual surveys of the wreck in collaboration with experts from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory AIVL at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of an ongoing long-term study to document the current condition of the Titanic maritime

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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Arctic Ice Loss Driven by Natural Swings, Not Just Mankind -Study

Natural swings in the Arctic climate have caused up to half the precipitous losses of sea ice around the North Pole in recent decades, with the rest driven by man-made global warming, scientists said on Monday.   The study indicates that an ice-free Arctic Ocean, often feared to be just years away, in one of the starkest signs of man-made global warming, could be delayed if nature swings back to a cooler mode.   Natural variations in the Arctic climate "may be responsible for about 30–50 percent of the overall decline in September sea ice since 1979," the U.S.-based team

John Vestri (Photo: Riptide Autonomous Solutions)

Riptide Names Vestri COO/CFO

Riptide Autonomous Solutions, builder of low cost micro unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs), has hired John Vestri as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, effective March 5, 2017.   Most recently at VideoRay,Vestri brings to the role experience supporting technology companies, with a focus in manufacturing and operations. He holds an engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and an MBA in Finance from Chapman University.

Allan Nairn (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Names Nairn Diving Director

Subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry Bibby Offshore has promoted Allan Nairn to Director of Diving.    Nairn joined Bibby Diving Services in 2010 as Offshore Project Manager with over 30 years’ experience in the subsea sector. In his new role, Nairn will be responsible for leading all diving related activity within the business. He will ensure day to day diving operations are executed safely, efficiently and continue to meet the high standards Bibby Offshore is known for.   “To date, I have worked on operations throughout the company’s South East

Three New Members Join Subsea UK Board

Nicky Etherson, group commercial director for Bibby Offshore; Zander Bruce, subsea operations manager for BP North Sea; and Phil Simons, vice president (North Sea and Canada) for Subsea 7, have joined the board of Subsea UK.    Etherson brings over 20 years' experience in the oil and gas industry, having previously worked for oil and gas majors Acergy Limited, Total E&P and Technip Offshore, covering a range of services, including drilling, well control, subsea support, logistics and topside operations.    Before joining BP in 2001 Bruce held a number of roles in the

Jonathan Fether (Photo: OceanWorks)

OceanWorks Names Fether ADS Product Line Manager

OceanWorks International has appointed Jonathan Fether as Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) Product Line Manager.   A trained submersible pilot and experienced OceanWorks HARDSUIT pilot, Fether will work closely with OceanWorks customers carrying out the training and support for the ADS. Finding new manufacturers and sourcing component suppliers is also a significant part of his new role.   Fether has been in the subsea industry for over 13 years in a variety of roles that include operations and support technician for deep diving submarine rescue vehicles, lead mechanic, machinist, electroni

Domenti Apakidze on the Black Sea with his JW Fishers side scan sonar (Photo: JW Fishers)

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

used by law enforcement and public safety dive teams, universities and salvage companies for recovery operations, subsea surveys and marine research. Sonars produce almost photographic images of the underwater environment regardless of water clarity. Side scan sonar can sweep several hundred feet of ocean, lake, or river bottom in one pass of the boat allowing large areas to be searched or surveyed quickly. Scanning sonar, which operates in water similar to the way radar operates in air, can image a 200 foot circle on the bottom in less than a minute. Sub bottom profilers transmit a sound wave that

Merlin WR 200 Work class ROV

IKM Subsea Singapore Inks ROV Contract with Solstad

Solstad Offshore in Singapore has recently awarded IKM Subsea Singapore a service contract to provide ROV services onboard on the DLB Norce Endeavour for construction support projects offshore in Thailand (hat-trick award from 2015). The barge will be mobilized in Singapore and will be working in the Gulf of Thailand for various clients.    IKM Subsea will provide the Merlin WR 200 Work class ROV together with the required tooling’s to execute the project which consist of numerous platform and Pipelines installation coupled with dive support for Subsea tie-in and commissioning.

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Arctic Sea Ice May Vanish Even If World Achieves Climate Goal

may be insufficient to prevent an ice-free Arctic," James Screen and Daniel Williamson of Exeter University in Britain wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change after a statistical review of ice projections.   A 2C rise would still mean a 39 percent risk that ice will disappear in the Arctic Ocean in summers, they said. Ice was virtually certain to survive, however, with just 1.5C of warming.   And they said they estimated a 73 percent probability that the ice would disappear in summer unless governments make deeper cuts in emissions than their existing plans. They estimated temperatures

The crew of Icelandic Coast Guard survey vessel Baldur deploys a Wave Glider for measuring winds, February 22, 2017 (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Scientists, Icelandic Coast Guard Partner to Study Rough Seas

A new collaboration between Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) has set out to study of the extreme ocean surface conditions that characterize the waters off Iceland’s coast.    Scripps physical oceanographer Eric Terrill said he and other Scripps scientists first approached Icelandic officials with the concept of deploying a suite of marine instruments because of the unique ocean conditions that are found there – primarily the locale’s extreme winter weather and rough seas.   “Measur

Subsea 7 Awarded Subsea Work Off Australia

Subsea 7 S.A. said it has been awarded a “sizeable” contract by Cooper Energy Ltd for the Sole Development Project, offshore Australia.   Subsea 7 defines a sizeable contract as being between $50 million and $150 million.   The Sole gas field is located in the eastern part of the Gippsland Basin, approximately 40km offshore Victoria, Australia. The contract scope consists of the subsea tie-back of the Sole well to the Orbost Gas Plant, including the fabrication and installation of 64km of pipeline, spool and manifold, along with installation of a 64km umbilical and the

DLB Norce Endeavour (Photo: iSURVEY)

iSURVEY Singapore Secures Solstad Offshore Contract

iSURVEY Pte Ltd, Singapore has been awarded a marine construction survey support contract with Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific for works onboard the DLB Norce Endeavour. Due to commence in March 2017, with options for extension in 2018 and 2019, the four month contract will see iSURVEY provide positioning and survey support to Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific’s 2017 pipeline and platform installation program in Thailand. The workscope includes monitoring during jacket setting, together with final positioning, leveling and survey assistance during pile cut-off. Subsea positioning will also

Jason program manager Matt Heintz helps test Jason on the WHOI dock. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

After Overhaul, Jason Is Stronger Than Ever

Since it was first launched in 1988, the remotely operated vehicle Jason has been a workhorse for oceanographic scientists, hauling instruments, conducting experiments, collecting samples, and taking images in the depths. In April 2015, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution engineers gave Jason its first major overhaul since 2002, increasing its payload and capabilities and streamlining its operations. The team stripped Jason down to its base, replacing its frame and redesigning its systems. During missions, pilots operate Jason in real time from a control van on a ship via a .842-inch-thick

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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iSURVEY Bags rig positioning, surveying contract with Shell

iSURVEY has secured a non exclusive call-off contract with Shell UK Ltd, Shell NAM, Norske Shell and Shell E&P Ireland for the provision of rig positioning and surveying services.   With an effective date of 1 January 2017, the three year contract, which has the option of up to two, one year extensions, will see iSURVEY provide non exclusive rig and surface positioning services, subsurface positioning and dimensional control and platform surveys to Shell’s mobile offshore drilling units.   Andrew McMurtrie, managing director of iSURVEY Offshore Limited said: “This is a

Andrea MacIntosh (Photo: OceanWorks International)

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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SeeByte Software Supports USV

SeeByte, creator of smart software technology for unmanned systems, and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK), a specialist in delivery of innovative maritime systems, have together successfully integrated SeeByte’s Neptune software onto AEUK’s ARCIMS unmanned surface vessel (USV) mission system.   ARCIMS is an USV specifically designed for multi-role applications including MCM, ASW, Hydrography and security. ARCIMS hosts the AEUK autonomy engine specifically developed for towing mission systems and includes collision avoidance capabilities. This agreement sees SeeByte and AEUK develop the

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Dive Support Vessel Delivered in Brazil

Oceanicasub V, the second of a pair of 43m Monohull Subsea Dive Support Vessels (SDSV), has been delivered for owner and operater Oceanica of Rio de Janeiro for charter by Petrobras. Oceanicasub V was constructed by Arpoador Shipyard in Guaruja’, Brazil. The design is the culmination of a close collaboration by the designer Incat Crowther, builder and operator. The RINA-classed vessel is equipped for a crew complement of 36 and features an array of dive support equipment including deck crane, ROV A-frame, dive bell A-frame, hyperbaric chamber, HIPAP, rescue/workboat with associated davit

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Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice at Record Low in January

in both hemispheres." The month of January was probably the second or third hottest such month on record, but that was not a reliable indicator of the state of the climate, he said. “Surface air temperature is a small hair on the long tail of a very big dog. And the very big dog is the ocean. And what you really don’t want to watch is individual months of surface air temperature because they can go up for a variety of reasons. A better guide was the temperature of oceans, or "integrated ocean heat content". "And that in fact is relentlessly going up and up

First live trials of the Eelume underwater robot took place in Trondheim, Norway Photo Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime: Reshaping Underwater Operations

Eelume AS has released the first live video footage of its game changing take on underwater intervention vehicles. With the support of Kongsberg Maritime as a development partner, the unique new Eelume robot has torn up the marine robotics rulebook to create a futuristic, snake-like vehicle designed to live permanently underwater and carry out underwater intervention tasks that would normally require the mobilisation of expensive surface vehicles for divers or to launch and retrieve ROVs or AUVs. The footage captured at the PREZIOSO Linjebygg Subsea Test Center during trials in the Trondheimsfjord

REM Etive (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Acquires IRM Vessel to Service Southeast Asia

Fugro has secured its continued utilization of high performance offshore IRM vessel, REM Etive, and has finalized a purchase agreement at conditions significantly more beneficial than a renewed charter agreement, with owner Solstad.   The move supports a portfolio of IRM contracts being executed by Fugro in the Asia Pacific region and is expected to strengthen the company’s position in relation to future subsea inspection business in the area.   Suited to a wide range of offshore operations, REM Etive has been operating in Southeast Asian waters for Fugro under a charter agreement

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Bourbon wins Pipelay EPCI Contract for Hylia Project

Bourbon  announced its first pipelay contract awarded by Total Gabon for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of 25 km of 6” rigid pipeline as part of the Hylia Water Injection Project using Zap-Lok technology.   For the execution of this contract, BOURBON is subcontracting key suppliers, mainly Cortez Subsea, for pipelay equipment and Wood Group for the pipeline design and pipelay engineering. Operations are scheduled to start in Q2 2017 offshore Gabon with an MPSV from the Bourbon Evolution 800 series. ROV services and a PSV, all provided by BOURBON, will

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp passing an iceberg in Antarctica.. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Wyatt Earp Continues Antarctic Mission

The Royal Australian Navy's Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp is currently conducting surveying operations based out of Davis, one of Australia’s Antarctic Stations.   The vessel is conducting biological, oceanographic and meteorological experiments and observations as part of Operation SOUTHERN DISCOVERY.   Wyatt Earp is fitted with equipment such as multi-beam echo sounders, sediment grabs, sub-bottom profilers and underwater cameras.   The work the vessel completes whilst in Antarctica will directly contribute to safe navigation around Australian Stations, particularly

Harlan Doliner

MTR Speaks with Harlan Doliner Ahead of His OINA Panel

Harlan Doliner, Environmental & Maritime Attorney at Verrill Dana LLP, is an organizer and panel member of the “Frontiers of Technology Transfer Panel” at the upcoming Oceanology International North America 2017 in San Diego.   What do you consider to be the key challenges to technology transfer between i.e. naval applications, to marine science and ocean research applications?  From my perspective one of the biggest challenges is the tendency to “silo” or compartmentalize new technologies into existing applications or areas of endeavor. The Naval Undersea

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New Training Courses from Teledyne

Teledyne RESON A/S announced a new series of SeaBat and Teledyne PDS training courses set at different global locations covering the latest hardware and software technology.    Teledyne PDS and Teledyne SeaBat Multibeam Sonars are used for many seabed mapping and dredging operations.   The open courses cover Teledyne PDS for Dredge or Multibeam operations and SeaBat training. Teledyne also offers a combined training session covering everything from SeaBat installation to producing a deliverable in Teledyne PDS.     Global Training Manager, Pim Kuus, said, “Besides

Map FRAM (Graphic Thomas Soltwedel)

Litter Levels in the Arctic Depths On the Rise

The Arctic has a serious litter problem: in just ten years, the concentration of marine litter at a deep-sea station in the Arctic Ocean has risen 20-fold. This was recently reported in a study by researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Plastic bags, glass shards and fishing nets: despite its location, far from any urban areas, the amount of litter in the depths of the Arctic Ocean continues to rise, posing a serious threat to its fragile ecosystem. Since 2002, AWI researchers have been documenting the amount of litter at two stations of

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