Monday, February 20, 2017

Arctic Operations News

Robbie Pond, General Manager – Abu Dhabi Photo TWMA

TWMA's ZADCO Project clocks 1 mi incident-free man hours

In partnership with ESNAAD-PJS, environmental solutions provider, TWMA, has celebrated reaching one million incident free man hours on the ZADCO UZ750 project in Abu Dhabi.   The milestone was achieved on operations spanning four artificial islands – North, South, Central and West.   Wright Massey, Senior Manager - Island Drilling and Completions, at ZADCO said: “ZADCO and TWMA have very similar values with respect to performance and safety.  When safety comes first, the highest level of performance follows and we are delighted that this is how TWMA’s operations

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SapuraKencana Bags Contracts of RM 1.34 bln

SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad’s wholly-owned subsidiaries have been awarded contracts with a combined value of approximately USD 300 million (approximately RM 1.34 billion, based on USD/MYR exchange rate of USD1: RM4.47). Details of each of the contracts are as follows: ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION Award of Provision of Underwater Services by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. SapuraKencana Subsea Services Sdn. Bhd. (“SKSS”) has been awarded a contract for the provision of underwater services for PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. (“PCSB”). The scope of work consists of

Patrick Grandelli (Photo: PCCI)

PCCI Appoints Grandelli as Chief Engineer

PCCI, Inc. has announced that Patrick Grandelli, P.E. has joined PCCI’s Alexandria office as a Chief Engineer. He will be responsible for providing engineering, design, installation and program/project management services to U.S. Government and commercial clients in the ocean facility and renewable energy industries.  Grandelli is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and naval energy/operations staff officer who also served on three U.S. navy warships. He has two decades’ experience in the analysis and design of large subsea pipelines, ocean energy systems, and the conduct of

NOAA scientist recovers Fishers TOV towed video system after completing survey, Inset: Sterling Fire Department diver exits reservoir with their Fisher DV-1 drop video. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

safety. They can make a permanent record of a dive site, search operation, underwater crime scene, or evidence. These video systems also help scientists study the health of the aquatic environment and its marine inhabitants.   One agency utilizing the underwater video system is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management. Their primary mission is to provide data and tools to other government agencies, private sector organizations, and the scientific community, to help in making more informed decisions. Issues run the gamut from protecting endangered

Acteon Group Acquires Bruce Anchor

Subsea services group Acteon has acquired Bruce Anchor, expanding its capability in the mooring and installation market.   Providing anchor technology to global clients in the oil and gas and renewables sectors, Bruce Anchor, which was originally founded in 1972, will retain its independence within the Acteon portfolio.   Reporting to Bernhard Bruggaier, Acteon’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Bruce Anchor’s Director of Sales, Steve Broadbent, will manage the business.  He will be supported by the founder, Peter Bruce, during the transition into Acteon.   D

Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Jaroslav Obu

Retreating Arctic Coasts Cause Drastic Changes

producing greenhouse gases. Secondly, released nutrients stimulate the growth of algae, which can lead to the formation of low-oxygen zones. Thirdly, the addition of organic carbon increases the acidification of the sea, and fourth, the sediments are deposited on the seabed or are transported to the open ocean. This has direct consequences for the biology of the sea," the authors say. The urgency of the topic also increases with the warming of the Arctic: "We believe that the erosion of the Arctic coasts will increase drastically as a result of rising temperatures, the shrinking of the protective

Francois Florence (Photo: InterAct)

Florence Joins InterAct as Sr. Reservoir Engineer

Francois Florence has joined InterAct as a Senior Reservoir Engineer.  Florence brings to the role 10 years of experience working with a large independent oil and gas operator in the LA Basin, with a background in reservoir engineering and production operations. His reservoir knowledge brings expertise in waterflood management, field development and reservoir simulation. As a Production Engineer, his experience includes managing well maintenance, daily production and injection with a focus on asset optimization. Florence has a great deal of experience managing large scale projects including

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China’s New Polar Research Vessel under Construction

Construction on China’s new state-of-the-art polar research ship is underway at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China, with delivery scheduled for 2019.   In 2012, the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) awarded a contract for the concept and basic design of the research icebreaker to Aker Arctic, who tailored the design for specific scientific missions in the Arctic and Antarctic.   After the concept had been developed, Aker Arctic performed model tests in open water and ice at its Helsinki laboratory in order to verify the vessel’s performance. The basic design is now

Credit: Harris Caprock/Oceaneering

Uncontended Voice and Data Through TDMA Networks

associated with an on-site service technician.   With this setup, customers are allowed to freely roam wherever they want worldwide and the equipment self-configures to the most appropriate connection in the given conditions – making IoT applications a reality, even in the middle of the ocean. This type of reliability opens a window to what customers can achieve through communications technology and connectivity, allowing them to derive benefits from the IoT that weren’t previously available.    Uncontended TDMA Networks  Another way Harris CapRock achieves connectivity

“During this summer we had the drilling operation based on our 3D and 4D images. But CAGE undertook several expeditions this year that also focused on retrieving data regarding the development of marine ecosystems in the dark ocean floor areas of the Arctic.” – Prof. Jürgen Mienert, CAGE Director (Photo: CAGE)

Methane: The Arctic's Buried Treasure

In pursuit for the Arctic’s buried treasure: methane   Trapped beneath permafrost and ocean sediments, the release of the world’s largest natural gas resource, methane, has become a hot topic for international research. As rising temperatures continue to warm the Arctic region, the vast frozen fields of gas, known as gas hydrates, grow unstable beneath the retreating ice. The Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment, and Climate (CAGE) strives to address one of the greatest scientific uncertainties: how much greenhouse gas threatens to escape the sub-seabed sediments and what will

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama Bans New Drilling off Alaska, Part of Atlantic Shore

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, in a push to leave his stamp on the environment before Republican Donald Trump takes office next month.   Obama used a 1950s-era law called the Outer Continental Shelf Act that allows presidents to limit areas from mineral leasing and drilling. Environmental groups said that meant Trump's incoming administration would have to go court if it sought to reverse the move.   The ban affects 115 million acres (46.5 million hectares) of federal waters off Alaska in the

The Block Island Wind Farm has begun commercial operations, becoming the first wind farm to deliver energy to the American power grid (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

First US Offshore Wind Farm Powers Up

Atlantic Pioneer, transported technicians to the wind farm around the clock.   “Rhode Island is proud to be home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm – and I’m proud to be the only governor in America who can say we have steel in the water and blades spinning over the ocean,” said Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “As the Ocean State, we’re motivated by our shared belief that we need to produce and consume cleaner, more sustainable energy and leave our kids a healthier planet – but also by this tremendous economic opportunity. With this

Study to Examine Impacts of O&G Rock Dumping

 Study to Examine Impacts of O&G Rock Dumping   Intertek, a Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, announces that its Energy & Water experts have been appointed by the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) to undertake a study of potential impacts associated with rock dumping during the decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure on mobile sandbanks.     The study will focus on the North Sea’s North Norfolk and Saturn Reef Candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) and Site of Community Importance (SCI), which include a

Mosaic generated by SIPS Backscatter engine (Image: Teledyne CARIS)

CARIS Onboard 1.1 Launched

Marine mapping software developer Teledyne CARIS has released CARIS Onboard 1.1, which enables users to process data in near real-time resulting in minimized data conversion and processing times. Designed with autonomous operations in mind, CARIS Onboard will save time as less interaction is needed for automated survey activities.   This release introduces several new processes including the incorporation of the SIPS Backscatter engine. Backscatter mosaics can now be generated alongside surfaces in near real-time. This version also presents the ability to compute GPS tide, and apply observed

Spotting the Zooplankton Observatory near Heligoland from the ship Neuwerk. (Photo Alfred Wegener Institute)

Researchers Develop Underwater Observatory

the distribution patterns of the micro-organisms and particles with a high spatial and temporal resolution, without affecting the living communities by means of fishing gear or samples. In addition, it can register the distribution and sink rate of small organic particles, the so-called "snow of the oceans". These particles are an important component of the carbon fluxes in the oceans and thus have an influence on the climatic conditions as well as their change. The underwater device is based on the combination of an acoustic Doppler flow meter (ADCP) with a video plankton recorder (VPR)

EIVA's New Blended Learning Courses

EIVA NaviSuite software users can now join EIVA’s new blended learning courses.   The agendas of the traditional classroom courses have been amended to include more advanced subjects, supplemented by basic training via dedicated eLearning modules. The result is more extensive training, which starts as soon as users sign up online. EIVA has redesigned their training setup to more easily match users’ needs and open hours. Also, this allows the software provider to offer more advanced training. The result of these redesigns is blended learning.  Advanced classroom courses

Seabed Worker ROV Photo Swire Seabed

Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

Subsea operations specialist, Swire Seabed AS has taken delivery of its fourth subsea vessel, Seabed Constructor.   Swire Seabed has secured a six-year contract for Seabed Constructor with UK based Ocean Infinity. The vessel will be carrying out AUV based survey and construction support operations on a global basis. The vessel is a multi-functional subsea support and construction vessel of MT6022 MK II design. 115 metres in length and with a beam of 22 metres, Seabed Constructor is equipped with a 250-tonne crane and a free deck space of 1,300 square metres.   “The decision to

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Troll Solution Wreck Removal Completed

A stricken jack-up has been removed from the Mexican seabed in close proximity to a well head platform, making for the largest wreck removal project completed in 2016.   Weighing approximately 7,000 tons, the jack-up Troll Solution, contracted to operate in Pemex's Abkatun-Pol-Chuc shallow water oil field, experienced a debilitating accident while carrying out maintenance work on the wellhead platform CAAN-A in May 2015. The offshore rig was positioning itself to carry out maintenance on wells linked to the Caan Alf platform in the southern Bay of Campeche when it listed, killing two

Kraken Establishes German Subsidiary

Kraken Sonar Inc. has established a new German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH (KRG), to commence operations at the Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre effective January 1, 2017.   According to Kraken, the move to expand operations into Germany corresponds to strong growth in the region where the company has an increasing base of customers and strategic partners.   In addition to customer support, KRG will focus on the development of 3D imaging sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for underwater robotic platforms. Machine learning is a type of AI that

Installed thruster during shipdeck prelaunch check (Photo: Copenhagen Subsea)

Copenhagen Subsea: New Milestone for Thruster Reliability

Copenhagen Subsea A/S is introducing a new standard for testing subsea thrusters    The new standard for testing subsea thrusters implemented by Copenhagen Subsea A/S dictates a remarkable 1,000 working hours of continuous operation at maximum power. Once tested and validated, the thruster must still maintain full functionality and unaffected performance.   When operating in open water, the cost of a failing subsea thruster is critical. Every malfunction, delay or maintenance-break related to the subsea exploration vessel will set back the entire operation. Imagine for a moment this

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SMP to Supply Wet Bell LARS to Bergen University

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) has secured a contract with Norwegian company Alf Lea to supply a complete wet bell system to Bergen University.    Alf Lea approached SMP to design and manufacture a wet bell launch and recovery system (LARS) with supporting 20ft DNV containerized machinery and dive control.    All aspects of the project are to be designed, manufactured and tested by the company’s workforce at the workshop site located in Preston, Lancashire.   The wet bell LARS has been designed to operate within a compact footprint to minimize the

Obituary: Stewart B. Nelson

Stewart B. Nelson, Ph.D.  - B. June 9, 1937 D. September 12, 2016   Dr. Stewart B. Nelson URI -MMA 1974, oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and marine historian passed away of complications related to cancer on September 12, 2016 in Tampa, Fla. He is mourned by family, friends and classmates of the Marine Affairs Program at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Nelson's multifaceted career was principally spent in service to his country in his position as aide to the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy and in this capacity he was the Senior Advisor to the to the Oceanographer

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Polar Sea Ice the Size of India Vanishes in Record Heat

Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by twice the size of Alaska in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say.   Against a trend of global warming and a steady retreat of ice at earth's northern tip, ice floating on the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has tended to expand in recent years.   But now it is shrinking at both ends of the planet, a development alarming scientists and to which a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases, an El Nino weather event that this year unlocked heat from the Pacific Ocean and freak natural

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Tuco Debuts New ROV Support Boat

A new vessel design dedicated to the ROV support boat market has been unveiled by Denmark’s Tuco Marine: the new 15-meter ProZero ROV support boat is optimized as a working platform for underwater work, and work performed in support of divers and ROVs. These operations include underwater inspection, investigation, excavation, construction, repair or maintenance of machinery and structures, and the salvage of sunken property.  The ProZero 15 meter ROV support boat is designed with the optional feature, of being remotely controlled by a Remote Command System to enable unmanned piloting of

Howard Woodcock, Chief Executive, Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore wins Shell Contract

company has also collaborated with a third party operator who will carry out trenching operations after the initial workscope is complete.     In early 2016, Bibby Offshore provided construction and inspection services for Shell on assets in the Corrib Natural Gas field in the North Atlantic Ocean, successfully completing two significant contracts. 

CWind Provides ROV Services at Amrumbank West

CWind, a services provider to the offshore wind industry, has completed a project for E.ON, site wind farm owner, to undertake inspections of the monopiles, scour protection and cables at a number of locations at Amrumbank West offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany.    The V8 Ocean Modules Inspection Class ROV was deployed from one of CWind’s 22 strong-fleet to conduct the survey. The ROV was fitted with a super high definition camera and provided clear survey results, even in poor conditions and low visibility. CWind subsequently provided comprehensive reporting on the

A Hydrex diver bending propeller blades back in to shape (Photo: Hydrex Underwater Technology)

Propeller Repairs Increase as Winter Approaches

Hydrex Underwater Technology has registered an increase in the number of vessels experiencing propeller damage. Dave Bleyenberg, Hydrex Production Executive, explained: “While winter months usually result in an increase in propeller repairs, this normally occurs between January and March. But we have already attended a number of vessel inspections on propeller blades broken or damaged by ice or debris.” In November, a Hydrex team was called out to Taranto, Italy, to inspect a 27,500dwt general cargo ship, whose engineers had reported excessive vibration from its five blade, 5m

Kjell Einar Eriksson Photo DNV GL

Aker/DNV GL Ink Frame Agreement

Aker BP has awarded a new frame agreement to DNV GL, covering a wide range of safety, verification, inspection and classification services across its installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The five-year contract, which includes options for extension, will see DNV GL experts integrated into Aker BP’s organization to provide decision-making support and stand-alone assessments. “This contract represents an important step forward in DNV GL’s long relationship with BP Norway and Det norske oljeselskap, as the companies merge to form Aker BP,” said Kjell Eriksson

Kongsberg Maritime worked with students and researchers aboard the RV Gunnerus Photo Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime: University Students Test Own DP algorithms

of Norway in 2013. AMOS is focused on creating a world-leading centre for autonomous marine operations and control systems. In operation for NTNU since 2006, the R/V Gunnerus is equipped with the latest technology for a variety of research activities within biology, technology, geology, archaeology, oceanography and fisheries. The vessel is arranged with a wet lab, dry lab and a computer lab in addition to a large aft deck, and is a key asset in research activities for the university. In addition to research projects, the ship is used for educational purposes and is an important platform for training

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Tidal Turbines to Power Remote Site in Indonesia

island micro-grid. This project may act as a model for smaller scale energy developments in coastal areas throughout Southeast Asia.   Green Forest Product & Tech Pte. Ltd. (GFPT) and its exclusive supplier PT Bintuni Utama Murni Wood Industries (PT BUMWI), together with SCHOTTEL HYDRO, OceanPixel, Aquatera and the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has successfully completed the first tidal turbine installation at PT BUMWI’s woodchip factory located in the remote Pulau Amutu Besar, Bintuni Bay, West Papua, Indonesia.   

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Phase 1 Cable Laying Complete at Rampion Wind Farm

Fugro said it has completed the first phase of cable laying operations on schedule at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the U.K.’s Sussex coast, as the program takes a break over winter.   The installation of 60 cables was completed at the end of October – three more than the 57 cables originally planned. Subsea construction vessel Fugro Symphony commenced site operations in August, having transported some 75 kilometers of cable to the Rampion site on its 2,000t carousel. Sister vessel Fugro Saltire completed cable burial in November using Fugro’s high performance Q1400

EDF Delays French Offshore Wind Park Project

French state-owned utility EDF's renewable energy unit has postponed the expected start of operations at its first offshore wind turbines by one year to 2021, it said on Tuesday.   A consortium of EDF and Alstom won a tender in 2012 to build three 500 megawatt (MW) wind parks with a total capacity of nearly 1,500 MW on France's Atlantic coast.   They were meant to go online in 2020, but legal challenges filed by anti-wind associations have delayed the project, the company said.   "We expect the offshore wind parks will become operational in 2021-2022," EDF Energies

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Phoenix Conducts ROV Search for MH370

conducting deepwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations in the continuing search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370).   Phoenix mobilized its 6,000 meter depth-rated Remora III ROV aboard the Chinese Rescue Salvage Bureau (RSB) vessel Dong Hai Jiu 101 in support of the ongoing deep ocean search. Phoenix has been involved in the search for MH370 since April 2014, initially using its 5,000 meter depth-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Artemis, and Hydrospheric Solutions Inc. 6,000 meter depth-rated ProSAS-60 towed synthetic aperture sonar system. The MH370 international

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Tidal Demonstrator to Be Built by HydroQuest and CMN

been launched at the International Tidal Energy Summit, being held in London on November 22 and 23.   The project, a collaboration between HydroQuest and CMN (Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie), and implemented with support from the University of Caen Normandie, involves installing an ocean-based 1 MW hydrokinetic tidal turbine at the Paimpol-Bréhat site, as part of an agreement with EDF, from the second half of 2017.   The project was selected in France’s call-for-projects, “Marine renewable energies and pilot river turbine farms”, funded by the State

A drilling ship Polar Pioneer in the Chukchi Sea, August 2015 (Photo: Mark Fink / Shell)

Obama Administration Bars New Oil, Gas Exploration off Alaska

it had been forced to divert resources, including a vessel that fought cocaine trafficking, to keep operations in the region safe. (http://reut.rs/2g4yHSW)   Environmentalists applauded the new lease plan, which built on a similar decision in March when the government removed much of the Atlantic ocean from oil and gas leasing for five years.   "This is excellent news for our oceans, from the Arctic to the Atlantic," said Jacqueline Savitz, deputy vice president for U.S. campaigns of Oceana, an international advocacy group.     (Reporting by Timothy Gardner; editing

CERBERUS Diver Detection Sonar (Photo: AEUK)

Atlas Elektronik UK Secures Cerberus Diver Detections Sonar Sales

In the past two months Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) have secured two contracts with undisclosed Middle and Far Eastern naval customers for the supply of its Cerberus DDS systems. The first contract is for the follow-on sale of a number of sonars to be utilized in the expansion of a naval harbor protection system and will feature AEUK’s fully integrated multi-sonar software which allows the simultaneous operation of multiple sonars. The second contract is with a Middle Eastern navy who has chosen Cerberus for its ability to be operated in a very challenging sonar environment, as well as

RockBLOCK has been integrated on specially developed wave buoys deployed on to sea ice floes in the Arctic and Antarctic by NIWA. (Photo: Rock Seven)

‘Small Satcom’ Aids Polar Climate Research

With the growing need to secure new data from remote and inhospitable areas of scientific interest balanced against commercial challenges and tough competition for academic budgets as a background, the U.K.’s Rock Seven is reporting an upsurge in its Iridium satellite communication products being used for environmental science applications in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Several successful deployments have proven the robustness of the company’s RockBLOCK and RockFLEET systems, the manufacturer said, highlighting its suitability for reducing costs not only in the research sector, but also

Image: SCANCON Encoders

New Subsea Encoder for Deep Water Operations

production companies have focused on designing and installing subsea facilities, but one of the many difficulties they encountered was the inability of encoders to work in the subsea environment unless housed in a pressurized container. Recognizing the need for an encoder that could operate in this harsh ocean environment, Scancon developed the SCH68SUB, which it said is the industry’s first heavy-duty encoder for use in subsea operations.   The SCH68SUB is designed and has been tested for offshore applications that require operation at water depths now down to 6,000 meters. The SCH68SUB does

From left to right: Alastair Pettie, Rune Haukom, Steve Nell, Shaun Ortell, Pierre Marais, Wojtek Kowalczyk  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Opens South African Facility

countries, employing more than 4,000 people.   Kongberg's expansion in South Africa comes as the Government’s National Development Plan turns toward maritime resources as part of ‘Operation Phakisa’; a program implemented to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans. Kongsberg Maritime’s diverse technology portfolio can support all major pillars of the Operation Phakisa maritime program, including: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, marine protection and ocean governance/monitoring.   The Kongsberg Maritime South

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SeeByte Supports Unmanned Warrior Operators

, Bluebear, and QinetiQ the team were successful in facilitating the collaboration of unmanned vehicles including air, surface, and subsea, on common missions running through Dstl’s Maritime Autonomy Framework (MAF) realised through SeeByte’s Neptune software. Using vehicles from Hydroid, OceanServer Technology, SeaRobotics, Bluebear and ASV Global, the team networked 10 unmanned systems, from three different countries through a single command and control station. By running communications through Bluebear’s aerial drone Blackstart, this relay link meant that the surface and subsea

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Statoil Awards Contracts on Trestakk

Statoil on behalf of the Trestakk license holders, awarding an EPCI contract to FMC Technologies and Technip Norge, and a topside contract to Aker Solutions, for deliveries to the Trestakk development.   FMC Technologies and Technip will jointly deliver an EPCI contract (engineering, procurement, construction and installation) – subsea, umbilicals, risers, flowlines – including subsea template, manifold, subsea trees, completion system, wellheads, pipelines, risers, control systems, control cable and marine operations.   “Statoil has cooperated closely with partners and

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Arctic Sea Ice Retreat Pinned to Individuals' Emissions -Study

Drive your car 4,000 km (2,500 miles) and its greenhouse gas emissions will melt three square metres (32 square feet) of ice on the Arctic Ocean, according to a study on Thursday that found a direct link between carbon dioxide and the shrinking ice.   Examining long-term trends for ice floating on the ocean since the 1950s, scientists in Germany and the United States projected the ocean around the North Pole would be ice-free in summers by the mid-2040s at current levels of emissions.   In the historical records, they found that every tonne of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere

The MarineE-tech program is led by the National Oceanography Center (NOC) using the RRS James Cook.  Jon Taylor and Neil Crossouard, HR Wallingford scientists, who are taking part in the MarineE-tech research expedition. (Photo: NOC)

Researchers Investigate Mineral Deposits in the Deep Ocean

in seafloor deposits. For example, the greatest levels of enrichment of tellurium are found in seafloor ferromanganese crusts which form on some underwater mountains.  HR Wallingford is part of the MarineE-tech partnership, a £4.2 million ($5.3mln) research program led by the UK National Oceanography Center, that will investigate the origin and formation of these crusts, and study the potential environmental impacts that could arise from the extraction of these minerals. The MarineE-tech team’s research expedition to the northeast Atlantic seeks to discover what controls the richness

U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

Will Naval Operations Heat up in the Arctic?

As diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean expands navigable waters, scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research have traveled to the region to study the changing environment and provide new tools to help the U.S. Navy operate in a once-inaccessible area.   "This changing environment is opening the Arctic for expanded maritime and naval activity," said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research. "Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge of this environment is essential for reliable weather and ice predictions to ensure the safety of future scientific and

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AUVs Under Ice: Past Milestones, Promising Future

an important operating theater, where the ability to listen and monitor one’s foes was crucial. As manned submarines have given way to unmanned vehicles, the duties of under-ice research have widened to include more fundamental motivations, as we discover more about how ice affects our climate and ocean levels—and seek to understand how these are changing.    Reviewing the major milestones in the use of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) under-ice brings to life how and why the vehicles have developed and helps us make predictions about the form and capabilities of the AUVs

The Siem Barracuda Photo N-Sea

N-Sea Expands Fleet with OSCV

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has increased its fleet through the long term charter of Siem Offshore’s offshore subsea construction vessel, the Siem Barracuda.   The vessel is equipped specifically for subsea IMR, Survey and construction operations, featuring twin WROVs, moonpool deployed, a 250T AHC crane and accommodation for 110 personnel.   Roddy James, Chief Operating Officer at N-Sea, said: “The Siem Barracuda has added another highly efficient dive support and survey vessel to the N-Sea fleet. Its technical specifications not only increase our capabilities across the

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Delving Deeper with AUVs

What lies beneath? Subsea industry to delve deeper with underwater robotics   Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and buoyancy-driven gliders have revolutionized the way the subsea industry gathers oceanographic data and despite the volatility of oil prices, it is predicted that the demand for this technology will continue to grow over the next five years and beyond. Although the sustained low oil prices have reduced budgets and put a cap on the development of new technology, operators are quickly beginning to realize the cost saving benefits of underwater gliders forcing them to rethink

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New Tool for Subsea Wireless Crack Monitoring

WFS Technologies and TSC have launched Seatooth ACFM, a wireless smart NDT monitoring solution designed to reduce subsea inspection costs.   TSC‘s ACFM array probe is a tool that can be installed on offshore structures to monitor the growth of surface breaking cracks, and Seatooth is a subsea wireless communications system immune to biofouling, surface noise and turbidity that provides communications through seawater and through the splash zone.   Combining the technologies together, Seatooth ACFM is a nonintrusive, easy to deploy wireless network solution which can be retrofitted

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New Market Player M² Subsea Buys a Fleet of 32 ROVs

A recently formed subsea services business based in Aberdeen and Houston has secured a private equity investment to acquire a fleet of 32 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).   The recently-established M² Subsea Limited has attracted the investment from a fund advised by Alchemy Special Opportunities, and is now set to become one of the largest independent providers of ROV services globally and offer its customers solutions for inspection, repair, maintenance, decommissioning and light construction.    Heading up the business is Mike Arnold, who brings 35 years’ experience

Artists impression of the ‘Hrönn’. (Photo: Automated Ships Ltd.)

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

While talk of autonomous operations in the maritime sector have swirled for years, the talk becomes reality as Automated Ships Ltd. (an M Subs Ltd subsidiary) and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the world’s first unmanned and fully-automated vessel for offshore operations.  In January 2017, Automated Ships Ltd will contract the ‘Hrönn’, which will be designed and built in Norway in cooperation with KONGSBERG. Sea trials will take place in Norway’s newly designated automated vessel test bed in the Trondheim fjord and

The concept selection consists of a template structure and an attached satellite well, which will be tied back to Åsgard A. Photo Statoil

Statoil submits Trestakk Plan

Statoil, on behalf of the license holders, today submitted a Plan for Development and Operation of the Trestakk discovery on the Halten Bank to the minister for petroleum and energy, Tord Lien, in Bodø. Capital expenditures are estimated at approximately 5.5 billion NOK. The discovery, made in 1986, contains about 76 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent, mainly oil. The project will be tied back to the Åsgard A oil production vessel, with planned production startup anticipated in 2019. “Trestakk is a good example of what is possible to achieve through spending time

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Liquid Robotics, Boeing Demonstrate Warfare Capabilities

Defense, Space & Security. “Our work during Unmanned Warrior demonstrates without a doubt the practicality of using autonomous systems to provide real-time actionable intelligence to our warfighters.”   In addition to the ASW mission, two SHARCs equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensors were deployed to the North Atlantic to gather data that ultimately contributed to sensor prediction models for Unmanned Warrior and Joint Warrior, a major biannual collective training exercise also hosted by the Royal Navy. The SHARCs operated 24/7 in harsh conditions unfavorable

BARKEEPER (Image: Fluid Systems)

The Future in Solids Control

For the past 34 years, Fluid Systems has provided solids control and drilling mud systems, engineering and equipment to the oil and gas, industrial and mining segments – both offshore and onshore.   Now with oil prices down and efficiency as important as ever, Fluid Systems provides the tools to help improve efficiency and accomplish or even surplus production goals with its latest technological novelties. The company brings to the table four innovations that it says offer the potential to save as much as 75 percent of solids control costs: the Barkeeper (Dual Density Solution), the Multi

Lloyd’s Register, TCOMS Partner on Technology Development

a marine environment. TCOMS will allow industry partners, technology partners, incubators, regulators and the research community from Singapore and around the world to connect and collaborate through physical and digital modelling of marine and offshore assets. TCOMS will house one of the largest ocean basin test facilities in the world, which will be capable of simulating complex and extreme sea states at water depths of up to 3,000 meters. This state of the art facility will also invest in high performance computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cloud computing

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Woodside Buys ConocoPhillips’s Senegal interests

Woodside completed the transaction to buy 100% of the shares in ConocoPhillips Senegal B.V. The total purchase price was US$350 million plus net customary adjustments of approximately US$90 million. Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the acquisition was an exciting addition to Woodside’s global growth portfolio. “We look forward to working with the Government of Senegal and joint venture participants Cairn Energy, FAR Limited, and Petrosen, the Senegal National Oil Company, to progress the commercial development of the SNE and FAN discoveries. “Woodside will bring to the

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ASV Global Records 1,000 Days of USV Operations

of ASV technology and is a real testament to all of the hard work and dedication from the team.”   The 1,000 days of unmanned operations cover a wide variety of applications that have been carried out by ASV Global platforms over the past six years. These applications include hydrography, oceanography, subsea positioning, mine countermeasures, ISTAR and naval gunnery training.    The figure only accounts for the amount of time that ASV Global has spent operating its own vehicles, and does not include the number of successful unmanned operations undertaken by its customers in

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MacArtney Acquires ASME A/S

MacArtney Underwater Technology Group has acquired the majority holding in Denmark based ASME A/S, a designer and manufacturer of complete systems to the marine offshore, ocean science and renewable energy markets.   According to MacArtney, the acquisition will allow it to expand its offerings in existing segments as well as new segments through its worldwide operations.    ASME specializes in PLC and PC based active heave compensated  solutions, launch and recovery systems, automated electric and hydraulic turntables and tensioners, electronic control systems and many more

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Norway, Russia to Swap Seismic Data in Oil Search

Russia and Norway have agreed to exchange seismic data from the two countries' Arctic maritime border in a bid to help the search for oil and gas, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said in a statement on Wednesday.   "This agreement is extremely important, it allows us to achieve a better understanding of the regional geological conditions on both sides of the demarcation line and, not least, of geological structures that span across the line," said NPD assistant director of exploration, Stig-Morten Knutsen.   The oil and gas industry uses seabed seismic data to help

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Engineering Representative Appointed for Lake Erie Wind Project

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) in Cleveland, Ohio has appointed international engineering and operations support services contractor Offshore Design Engineering Limited (ODE), part of the DORIS Group located in the U.K., as the engineering representative for Icebreaker Wind, a 20.7 megawatt offshore wind project in Lake Erie, and the first freshwater offshore wind project in North America.   The appointment is the latest development in a three-year relationship between ODE and LEEDCo, the regional non-profit corporation that has proposed this six turbine wind demonstration

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Statoil Cancels Rig Contact

Statoil decided to cancel the contract with Stena Drilling for the mobile rig Stena Don.   The rig has been on contract to Statoil since February 7, 2014, performing operations for the Troll and Fram licences. The original contract termination date is February 7, 2017.   The cancellation will take effect after the plugging activity on the Troll field has been completed, in early November. After this, Stena Don was committed to the Fram licence.   However, the licence does not have any work program for the rig, nor does Statoil have any other activities where the available capacity

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