Arctic Operations News

James J. Cannon  (Photo: FLIR Systems)

Cannon Tapped to Lead FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. has appointed James J. “Jim” Cannon as its new president and chief executive officer, effective June 19, 2017, succeeding Andy Teich, who will retire after 33 years of service. Cannon previously served for more than 16 years in a variety of senior leadership positions at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., most recently as president of Stanley Security North America & Emerging Markets. Prior to that, he was president of the company’s Industrial & Automotive Repair (IAR) business unit, first in North America and subsequently in Europe and Latin America

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Deep-sea LED Strobe Uses High-potential Driver

The Dragonfish deep-sea LED strobe light was designed by Arctic Rays, LLC for imaging applications on AUVs and other underwater vehicles or platforms. Currently in use o AUVs such as the Remus 100, 600 and 6000, Dragonfish LED strobe lights offer compact size, high brightness (30,000 lumens at 5ms, 42,000 lumens at 200µs) and low current draw (550 mA at 24Vdc), suited for AUV-based still photography, where payload size and power budget are critical. Drive electronics, thermal protection and intelligent microprocessor control are integral in the Dragonfish’s small 1ATM, 6,000m-rated

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New Split Hoist System from Bosch Rexroth

 A new ‘split hoist’ heave compensation system from Bosch Rexroth combines active and passive heave compensation (AHC and PHC) elements with a sophisticated control system to enable AHC functionality to be added to new and existing hoisting installations. Using a modular and mobile design, the new split hoist system is especially interesting for use with existing multi-part reeved hoisting equipment.   The new split hoist heave compensation system supports a much higher working load, while also improving system efficiency by as much as 80 percent, according to the manufacturer.

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Teledyne, Greensea Partner for ROV Visualization & Control

Teledyne Marine has partnered with Greensea Systems, Inc to unite the intelligence of Greensea's OPENSEA operating platform with many of Teledyne's key technologies. Teledyne Marine Workspace ROV provides a single user interface that enables added functionality and intelligent operation to Teledyne's imaging, instrumentation and navigation solutions for a range of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from observation class to work class. Teledyne Marine Workspace ROV introduces a fully customized interface for ROVs with system-level solutions and built-in intelligent capabilities. Incorporation of

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Anti-Submarine Warfare: Unmanned Future

CMRE is working to give the AUVs the capability to listen, to evaluate and to signal the presence of submarines to operators in the command and control center.    Like the increasingly used unmanned vehicles for air and land, AUVs can operate more and more flexibly in the littoral and open oceans. And, as further systems are introduced into the mix, the way potential enemies have been used to working underwater will begin to be challenged.   LePage said, “ASW has for years relied on certain remote-controlled, monitored or unmanned sensor platforms, such as the sonobuoys deployed

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South Bay Cable Celebrates 60

the early 1970s South Bay Cable was designing and building cable for many of the pioneering companies in underwater technology. South Bay provided the interior and exterior cables for the U.S. Navy deep-dive personnel transfer capsule, created Sea Plow’s umbilical cable for the installation of transoceanic telephone lines and tether and umbilical cables for the then-emerging remotely operated vehicle market.    As technology improved the push was on to build deeper systems, which needed longer cables. Conventional steel reinforced cables were simply too heavy, many of these longer cables

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Topaz Resolve Goes to Work in the Mediterranean

International offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine said its multipurpose supply vessel (MPSV) Topaz Resolve has commenced a charter in support of geophysical and geotechnical survey operations in the Mediterranean Sea for a European oil major.  Topaz Resolve is operating from Limassol, Cyprus for an initial period of one month. The vessel is a multi-functional ROV, dive and survey vessel and is equipped for deep and shallow water operations, in DP2 or by 4-point mooring. The 50m vessel, which was built in late 2015, is equipped with a 25 metric ton offshore subsea crane.

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Arctic Council Meeting Stirs Hidden Tensions

As foreign ministers from countries with territory in the far North celebrated an agreement on fighting climate change this week, one topic seethed below the surface: growing competition for Arctic resources and sea lanes as the ice melts.   Russia, one of eight members of the Arctic Council which includes the United States, Canada and the Nordic countries, has been pouring money and missiles into the Arctic as well as reopening and building bases there. This is bringing its Arctic military presence to the highest level since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.   Although the Arctic

ICEHORSE Submersible Skimmer recovering oil during prototype testing at BSEE’s Ohmsett Facility. This BSEE-funded research project is part of an effort to improve oil recovery in icy Arctic waters. (Photo: BSEE)

Partners Advance Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology

Continually working to help improve oil spill response technologies, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) presented details on its latest efforts at the Arctic Oil Spill Response Research and Technology Workshop on April 26.   There, Bureau staff presented results of several BSEE-funded projects including the development of a submersible skimmer prototype for oil recovery in and around broken ice.   “At the workshop, we all worked together to collectively understand the suite of response technology possibilities that are available today as well as

IKM mobilization crew and Statoil representatives after installation at Snorre B (Photo: IKM Subsea)

IKM Reports Progress at Snorre B and Visund

IKM Subsea was awarded a ROV services contract for the fields Visund and Snorre B in the North Sea last August.    The contract provides for the testing and installation of an electrical, permanently seabed installed RROV (Residential - ROV). The system will interface with IKMS’s Onshore Control Center via Tampnet, a dedicated fiber-based network system for the platforms in question. The systems are equally design to operate on the 4G mobile broadband system.   “We are proud that Statoil has given IKM the thrust and opportunity to deliver ROV service in the form of an

KONGSBERG’s new ocean gliders. L-R: Kongsberg Seaglider, Oculus shallow water and Seaglider M6 deepwater system (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg to Market Two New Underwater Gliders

Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. announced it has completed negotiations with CoMotion, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, to obtain the sole rights to produce, market and continue development of two new underwater glider systems.   Ocean gliders are a specialized type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Rather than using a propeller to move through the water, they use fixed wings and changes in buoyancy to achieve both vertical and forward motion. The vehicles move through the water in a saw-tooth trajectory and surface periodically to communicate data

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Fishers Equipment Helps Locate Weapons and Explosives

 Before 1970 the widely accepted solution for disposal of old munitions, typically called unexploded ordnance (UXO), was to dump them into rivers, lakes and oceans. Today we know this creates a multitude of problems, the worst of which are pollution and the risk of an explosion. Many people have already lost their lives to these underwater booby traps. The uncertainties surrounding their precise location and degree of decomposition, makes attempting to recover these dangerous devices an even more difficult task.   Several international organizations have been formed to address the problem

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Voices: Sean Halpin

Sean Halpin: Senior Director, Global Energy Market Business Development & Sales, Liquid Robotics From a sunken ship on Penobscot Bay to working with the world’s top oil and gas companies, Sean Halpin has always had a love of the ocean. Learn about his start and his perspectives on the role autonomous systems play for the future of offshore operations.   From a sunken boat to becoming a geoscientist? I have always loved the ocean. My parents have pictures of me as a kid on a beach in Florida with a wild look in my eyes as I stared at the crashing waves. To this day, the ocean

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Jee Sees Rise in Pigging and Plugging Projetcs

Jee Ltd. said its pigging and plugging division has had 11 new projects awarded by six different clients across Europe, Africa and South East Asia in Q1 of 2017. The new projects, nine of which relate to pigging and two to plugging projects, are being delivered alongside eight contracts continuing from 2016.   Sitting within Jee’s core engineering capabilities, the new 2017 scopes cover the full asset lifecycle from new projects to decommissioning pigging scopes and range from: Feasibility and concept studies for “unpiggable” or challenging pipelines and plugging

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Tuco Debuts New Light Dive Vessel

Tuco Marine has presented its new vessel dedicated to the diving and subsea market, the ProZero 12m LDV Light Diving Vessel.   The boat is designed and optimized to serve as a platform for subsea operations and support of up to three divers. Diving operations include underwater inspection, investigation, construction, repair and maintenance of machinery and structures and recovery of sunken assets.   In addition to the large driver and control cabin, the boat is equipped with a working deck and has room for up to three dive control stations in the cabin. Powerful light projectors on the

Arctic drilling: the Polar Pioneer in Norway’s arctic waters (Photo: Harald Pettersen, Statoil)

Norway's Heavyweights & Entrepreneurs

. Nearly all were infield drilling (production wells).    New Rig Company New rig entity Borr Drilling — formed by Tor Olav Troim, a former business associate of ship and rig mogul, billionaire John Fredriksen — is extra bullish on Onshore. Borr will pay $1.35 billion to buy Transocean’s 15 jack-up rigs, including associated debt, five newbuilds and their drilling order book. The new company will own 17 rigs. Earlier in 2016, Borr agreed to buy two Hercules Offshore jack-ups.    The Petoro document that confirms there’s been lots of drilling off Norway lately

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Nimitz Strike Group Successfully Completes COMPTUEX

 The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 successfully completed its final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), April 21, marking the completion of its condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment.   COMPTUEX is an exercise that tests a strike group's ability to work and operate as one cohesive unit in a simulated real-world-scenario based training environment.   Nimitz was joined by CSG 11, to include Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, to prove their operational capabilities

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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