Seismic Vessel Tech News

R/V Marcus Langseth (Photo: UNOLS)

Call for Nominations: Marcus Langseth Scientific Oversight Committee

committee of the (UNOLS), is charged with overseeing the scientific operation of the R/V Marcus Langseth research vessel as a National Oceanographic Facility (NOF). The Langseth provides the U.S. academic community with the resources to acquire state-of-the-art, two- and three-dimensional  marine seismic-reflection data.   First and foremost, MLSOC fulfills an ombudsman role for all scientific groups in need of high-quality geophysical images, with the goals of providing state-of-the-art seismic acquisition capabilities, lowering the threshold of expertise needed to use the facility, and

Caley Dive Bell Handling System (Photo: Seanamic Group)

Seanamic Expands Global Umbilical Business

integrated umbilical and handling systems for well intervention, workover and BOP (MUX and direct Hydraulic), saturation diving and subsea habitats, ROVs and submersibles.   Umbilicals International designs and manufactures custom dynamic thermoplastic umbilicals and cables for the offshore and seismic industries. The new UK facility will extend Umbilical International’s reach. And is consistent with the Seanamic Group’s mission to offer surface to seabed equipment and services through its turnkey offerings, providing significant competitive and implementation benefits through synergy

Harkand Da Vinci (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand Completes IRM Campaign for BPTT

HARKAND has completed an inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) campaign for BP Trinidad and Tobago (BPTT) utilizing the Harkand Da Vinci diving support vessel (DSV) and the company's new hyperbaric rescue facility (HRF) in the Caribbean.   The IRM scope included deadleg inspection of BPTT offshore assets, pipeline intervention, caisson repair works, platform and pipeline clamps installation and inspection and recovery of a caisson section. Harkand provided a full suite of services including saturation and surface diving, ROV, survey, inspection as well as project management and engineering

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I-Tech Gets Large Market Recognition of Selektope

Following the approval of Selektope under the EU’s Biocidal Products Regulation, developer I-Tech reports extraordinary uptake for antifouling coatings that include the industry’s first pharmacological means of combatting barnacle settlement. In the first month of 2016, orders amounted to double the volume achieved during the whole of 2015, with antifoulings including Selektope being applied for complete hull coating projects.   I-Tech CEO Philip Chaabane says that the higher than anticipated demand from shipowners and acceptance by major coatings suppliers of performance claims for

ROCIS is an airborne system for mapping surface current conditions over a wide area of ocean for current-sensitive offshore operations (Photo: Fugro)

Innovative New System Delivers Surface Current Data

Fugro and technology partner Areté Associates have delivered near real-time, synoptic, surface current data to characterize Loop Current and Loop Current eddy conditions in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico during a period of intense current conditions.   The new Remote Ocean Current Imaging System (ROCIS) was deployed on its first operational project, in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Over the course of the five-month program, Fugro surveyed currents over a distance of more than 125,000 kilometers - the equivalent of three times around the world.   ROCIS is the first commercially available

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Technip Scores GoM Subsea Prize

Technip has been awarded a lump sum contract by Deep Gulf Energy III, LLC (“DGE”) for the development of the South Santa Cruz and Barataria fields. These ultra-deepwater fields are located in Mississippi Canyon, offshore New Orleans, in the Gulf of Mexico, in approximately 2,000 meters of water depth. The contract consists of:  Project management and engineering services,  Fabrication and installation of approximately 23 kilometers of pipe-in-pipe flowline,  Design, fabrication and installation of flowline end terminations ,  Fabrication and installation of jumpers

Soryu-class submarine: Japan Navy

Australia Submarines: It is Japan vs. France

 While Japan is confident it has proven itself the best contender to build Australia's new submarines, the French have moved to undermine Japan’s bid to build the navy’s new submarines.   Representatives from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the co-builder of Japan's Soryu-class subs, toured ASC's shipyards in Adelaide on Tuesday. MHI chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga says Soryu-class submarines have proven capability, unlike the untested French and German designs. "We have the only proven submarine," he said.   The French counterpart said only a “complet

Image: Elbit Systems

New Unmanned Vehicle for Maritime Warfare

Elbit Systems introduces Seagull, a new multi-mission unmanned surface vehicle system for maritime warfare missions    Drawing on know-how derived from generations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) design, development and operation and its naval capabilities, Elbit Systems’ newest offering in the unmanned platform field is Seagull - an organic, modular, highly autonomous, multi-mission unmanned surface vehicle (USV) system.    Seagull is a 12-meter USV with replaceable mission modules, with two vessels capable of being operated and controlled in concert using a single

Photo: Damen

Damen Builds Cable Installer For Maersk Supply Service

New Damen-built vessel for Maersk Supply Service to undertake long-term charter with DeepOcean   A newbuild DP2 cable installation vessel, Maersk Connector, was handed over from Damen Shipyards Group to Maersk Supply Service on February 4, 2016, and now goes directly on a long-term charter for subsea services provider DeepOcean.   Built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, Maersk Connector is the second of a new generation of cable-laying vessels based on the Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) 8500 platform, customized to meet the challenges of reducing offshore renewables costs, the builder

Image: Sea Machines Robotics

New Autonomous Control System Launched

Sea Machines Robotics of Cambridge, Mass. announced the release of its Autonomous Control System (ACS), an advanced vessel control system which converts manually piloted hulls to self-piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). It is designed to be integrated into company-developed Sea Machine USVs or other commercial production hulls. The ACS allows for seamless transition between unmanned and manned operations and can be integrated into most OEM vessels, including workboats, pleasure craft, launches, fishing vessels, survey boats, tugs and more.   Sea Machines ACS is currently being offered for

Technip Scores GoM Subsea Prize

Technip has been awarded a lump sum contract by Deep Gulf Energy III, LLC (“DGE”) for the development of the South Santa Cruz and Barataria fields. These ultra-deepwater fields are located in Mississippi Canyon, offshore New Orleans, in the Gulf of Mexico, in approximately 2,000 meters of water depth. The contract consists of:  Project management and engineering services,  Fabrication and installation of approximately 23 kilometers of pipe-in-pipe flowline,  Design, fabrication and installation of flowline end terminations ,  Fabrication and installation of jumpers

Australia Submarines: It is Japan vs. France

 While Japan is confident it has proven itself the best contender to build Australia's new submarines, the French have moved to undermine Japan’s bid to build the navy’s new submarines.   Representatives from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the co-builder of Japan's Soryu-class subs, toured ASC's shipyards in Adelaide on Tuesday. MHI chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga says Soryu-class submarines have proven capability, unlike the untested French and German designs. "We have the only proven submarine," he said.   The French counterpart said only a “complet

New Unmanned Vehicle for Maritime Warfare

Elbit Systems introduces Seagull, a new multi-mission unmanned surface vehicle system for maritime warfare missions    Drawing on know-how derived from generations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) design, development and operation and its naval capabilities, Elbit Systems’ newest offering in the unmanned platform field is Seagull - an organic, modular, highly autonomous, multi-mission unmanned surface vehicle (USV) system.    Seagull is a 12-meter USV with replaceable mission modules, with two vessels capable of being operated and controlled in concert using a single

Damen Builds Cable Installer For Maersk Supply Service

New Damen-built vessel for Maersk Supply Service to undertake long-term charter with DeepOcean   A newbuild DP2 cable installation vessel, Maersk Connector, was handed over from Damen Shipyards Group to Maersk Supply Service on February 4, 2016, and now goes directly on a long-term charter for subsea services provider DeepOcean.   Built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, Maersk Connector is the second of a new generation of cable-laying vessels based on the Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) 8500 platform, customized to meet the challenges of reducing offshore renewables costs, the builder

Total Conducting Seismic Testing on Congo Oil Block

French oil major Total is conducting seismic testing on a block it operates in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday, making it the first oil major to conduct such testing in the country.   Congo produces just 25,000 barrels of oil per day along its Atlantic coast in the west but hopes that further exploration offshore and near Lake Albert, which straddles the eastern border with Uganda, will boost that figure significantly in coming years.   Total holds a 66.66 percent stake in Block 3, located along Lake Albert. Semliki Sarl, majority

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Global Marine Takes Majority Stake in CWind

Global Marine Systems Limited has acquired a majority interest in offshore renewables specialist CWind Limited. According to Global Marine, the purchase demonstrates its commitment to the offshore renewable sector and adds a diverse range of construction and O&M services to its current capabilities.   CWind has to date supported the construction and operation of more than 26 wind farms in the North Sea, Irish Sea and the Baltic delivering a broad range of construction and O&M services. Substantial growth has led CWind to open a new office in Bremen, Germany in 2014. In its last financial

Zentech’s MOU’s with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for the construction of two (2) Z-210 mobile offshores units Photo Zentech

Zentech Inks Deal for Two Z-210 with CSSC

Zentech Incorporated of Houston, Texas, USA signed contracts with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited for the construction of (2) Z-210 Mobile Offshore Units. These contracts were finalized based on the Letter of Intent received by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard on September 23,2015. The Z-210 is a self-propelled, self-elevating, DP-2 capable, ABS Class, high temperature (55 deg Celsius) rated 4-legged mobile offshore unit capable of operating in water depths of up to 280 feet. The wide array of unique and innovative features of the Z-210 has already captured the attention of

Photo:  Microsoft

Microsoft Sinking Data Center in the Pacific

 Microsoft swims to ocean’s depth to test underwater data center as environmentally friendly cloud computing alternative. The software giant has dropped a data center into the Pacific Ocean off California.    Microsoft  gave details of its rationale for going underwater, explaining the idea, called Project Natick, would cut costs when it comes to keeping the data center cool, as well as be environmentally friendly and more responsive to customers.   "It may sound like something from a James Bond film, but it could be a solution to one of the industry's most

Engineer’s Ridge (Image: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

Newly Found Seafloor Rise Named Engineer’s Ridge

The newly discovered seafloor rise Engineer’s Ridge has been officially documented through the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Schmidt Ocean Institute announced.   Less than three months after announcing Falkor Seamount, an underwater mountain discovered and named by the crew aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor, the team has found and named another underwater feature.   The U.S. Board on Geographic Names unanimously approved Engineer’s Ridge on January 19, 2016. Named after the “unsung heroes of science at sea”, the underwater feature was

Kongsberg Maritime CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Image credit: Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Cameras Chosen for Canada's Arctic Patrol Ships

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that it has been selected by L-3 MAPPS to provide the CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS).   L-3 MAPPS is one of the Tier 1 suppliers to Irving Shipbuilding, Prime Contractor delivering the AOPS vessels as a part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). Kongsberg Maritime has over 70 employees in Dartmouth, Vancouver and St. Johns, 190 employees in the U.K. and approximately 4,600 total across the world. “Further to our recent CCTV supply for the Halifax-class frigates

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