Seismic Vessel Tech News

Lamprell Delivers Jackup Rig to Greatship

Lamprell announced it has completed construction on jackup drilling rig Greatdrill Chaaru, delivering the rig to Greatship Global Energy Services Pte. Ltd.    Greatdrill Chaaru has been designed according to the LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design. The rig’s construction was undertaken on a fast-track basis, completed 18 months after initial steel cutting. The naming ceremony was held at Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in the UAE on February 9.   Lamprell said Greatdrill Chaaru is due to sail to its drilling location in India within the next few days, joining its

Photo courtesy of Miko

New Tool for Recovering Oil from Sunken Wrecks

A tool for removing oil trapped in submerged vessels has been developed in Norway by design specialists Miko Marine.   The launch of the Moskito aims to address the pollution threat that exists with the large numbers of sunken ships around the world that still contain quantities of oil in their tanks as cargo or bunker fuel. Many of the thousands of ships sunk during World War II now have 70 years of corrosion eating at their plates and the days are drawing inexorably closer when the pollutants that they contain will escape. The only answers are to either seal the wreck at great expense or to

Harvey Energy

Gulf of Mexico Sees First LNG-powered OSV

A special Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) has been delivered to Shell for its deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.   The vessel, Harvey Energy, is chartered from Harvey Gulf International Marine and is the first of its kind in the region to run on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel. Built by the Gulf Coast Shipyard in Mississippi to meet requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” notation, the vessel is 302 feet long and operates on three dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines. It will run on 99% LNG fuel and will be able to operate for around seven days before

Harbor Police officers found a sea lion wandering a roadway on February 18, 2015. After it was evaluated by SeaWorld specialists and deemed healthy, it was returned to the Pacific Ocean on February 26. (Photo: Port of San Diego)

Harbor Police Rescues Stranded Sea Lion

Sea lions are a common sight in San Diego Bay, but a sea lion wandering a busy roadway and then ending up in the back of a patrol car is slightly rarer.   The San Diego Harbor Police Department received a call on February 18 of a sea lion in the roadway of Harbor Island Drive, near a local restaurant.    Encountering the uninjured sea lion, responding officers Christine Sperry and Luis Martinez used salmon to lure the adult female sea lion into the water. Within minutes the wayward sea lion was back up on the sidewalk and nudging Officer Sperry in with her nose.   When called

Photo: develogic

develogic Exhibts Seafloor Lander

At the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K., develogic exhibits a 6,000m rated compact seafloor lander with acoustic communication and sensor package, acoustic / seismic recording systems, acoustic modems, a real-time satellite gateway buoy with inductive / acoustic communication, a sound source, and a video camera.   German company develogic develops and manufactures turnkey customized data acquisition and telemetry solutions for marine monitoring for customers including research institutes, navies and offshore renewable energy / oil and gas companies.   The company’s building

Photos courtesy of Paul G. Allen

Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history.   Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi more than eight years ago. Using historical records from four countries, detailed undersea topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht, M/Y Octopus, Allen and his team located the battleship in the Sibuyan Sea on March 1, 2015.   Despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the

CS Maram (Photo: E-marine)

E-marine Begins Fleet Expansion

E-marine, a provider of submarine cable installation and repair solutions in the Middle East and Sub-Continent region, has unveiled plans to expand its fleet of cable ships in 2015, with the first ship, the CS Maram, beginning dock trials ahead of its maiden voyage this year.   The CS Maram, which was built in Abu Dhabi, UAE has been designed to manage the installation and maintenance of all types of submarine cables, including fiber optic telecommunications cables and energy cables. The ship is expected to successfully complete dock trials and be ready for launch within the coming months.

Photo: OSIL

New Micro Field Buoy from OSIL

U.K.-based oceanographic systems company Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) has introduced a new, ultra compact buoy platform into their existing range of fully integrated systems.   The Micro Field Buoy is just 0.3m in diameter, and weighs only 15kg (without instrumentation), meaning it is easy for one person to handle in the field, is suitable for airborne, vessel based or land based deployment,  and yet can still transmit data to users in real-time, providing a rapid response to environmental changes.    The buoy platform can accommodate a variety of instruments or

Lamprell Delivers Jackup Rig to Greatship

Lamprell announced it has completed construction on jackup drilling rig Greatdrill Chaaru, delivering the rig to Greatship Global Energy Services Pte. Ltd.    Greatdrill Chaaru has been designed according to the LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design. The rig’s construction was undertaken on a fast-track basis, completed 18 months after initial steel cutting. The naming ceremony was held at Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in the UAE on February 9.   Lamprell said Greatdrill Chaaru is due to sail to its drilling location in India within the next few days, joining its

New Tool for Recovering Oil from Sunken Wrecks

A tool for removing oil trapped in submerged vessels has been developed in Norway by design specialists Miko Marine.   The launch of the Moskito aims to address the pollution threat that exists with the large numbers of sunken ships around the world that still contain quantities of oil in their tanks as cargo or bunker fuel. Many of the thousands of ships sunk during World War II now have 70 years of corrosion eating at their plates and the days are drawing inexorably closer when the pollutants that they contain will escape. The only answers are to either seal the wreck at great expense or to

Gulf of Mexico Sees First LNG-powered OSV

A special Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) has been delivered to Shell for its deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.   The vessel, Harvey Energy, is chartered from Harvey Gulf International Marine and is the first of its kind in the region to run on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel. Built by the Gulf Coast Shipyard in Mississippi to meet requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” notation, the vessel is 302 feet long and operates on three dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines. It will run on 99% LNG fuel and will be able to operate for around seven days before

Harbor Police Rescues Stranded Sea Lion

Sea lions are a common sight in San Diego Bay, but a sea lion wandering a busy roadway and then ending up in the back of a patrol car is slightly rarer.   The San Diego Harbor Police Department received a call on February 18 of a sea lion in the roadway of Harbor Island Drive, near a local restaurant.    Encountering the uninjured sea lion, responding officers Christine Sperry and Luis Martinez used salmon to lure the adult female sea lion into the water. Within minutes the wayward sea lion was back up on the sidewalk and nudging Officer Sperry in with her nose.   When called

Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history.   Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi more than eight years ago. Using historical records from four countries, detailed undersea topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht, M/Y Octopus, Allen and his team located the battleship in the Sibuyan Sea on March 1, 2015.   Despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the

ThyssenKrupp Says Submarines Part of Growth Story

Germany's Thyssenkrupp sees its submarine business as making an important contribution to its growth targets, the head of its Industrial Solutions business area said on Tuesday.   "The submarine business is part of our growth story," Hans Christoph Atzpodien told journalists at a briefing, responding to questions about whether the unit was a good fit in the steel-to-elevators industrial group.   Atzpodien said his business area - which ranges from plant engineering to naval vessel building - aimed to reach its sales target of 8 billion euros ($8.95 billion) roughly by the end

Cap Boujdour  courtesy Wikipedia

Kosmos Energy's Update

block, which includes a diverse range of independent plays and fairways with multiple prospects. "Going forward, the key exploration challenge is finding reservoirs of commercial size and quality. We will analyze the information gathered from CB-1 and integrate it with the additional 3D seismic data we recently acquired to refine our exploration plan, including deciding on the location and timing of a potential second well. The Atwood Achiever drillship will now proceed to Mauritania as planned to test the Tortue Prospect.” Located approximately 170 kilometers offshore in 2,135

Pic: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Satellite Images Reveal Ocean Acidification

 Ocean acidification can now be seen from space, highlighting an ongoing danger of climate change and revealing the regions most at risk.   Pioneering techniques that use satellites to monitor ocean acidification are set to revolutionize the way that marine biologists and climate scientists study the ocean.    This new approach offers remote monitoring of large swathes of inaccessible ocean from satellites that orbit the Earth some 700 km above our heads.   Seawater absorbs about a quarter of the carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that humans release into the atmosphere

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