Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seismic Vessel Tech News

Pelagic longline vessel Captain Scott Drabinowicz and crew preparing to deploy a tag from the deck of the FV Eagle Eye II.

Tuna Study Uses New Tracking Methods

A first-of-its-kind study of bigeye tuna movements in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean led by Molly Lutcavage, director of the Large Pelagics Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found among other things that these fish cover a wide geographical range with pronounced north-south movements from Georges Bank to the Brazilian shelf, and they favor a high-use area off Cape Hatteras southwest of Bermuda for foraging. This NOAA-funded research, which used a new approach to study one of the most important commercial tuna species in the Atlantic, provides the longest available fishery-i

Winning Roboboat team: Photo Velodyne

Roboboat Competition: Embry-Liddle Boat Wins

Navigating a floating obstacle course with aplomb, an autonomous LiDAR-equipped boat from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University  captured first place overall at the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32E LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the event, which was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Foundation and several industry partners. The race is the precursor to the

Kommandor Stuart

Calecore, N-Sea to Continue Survey Work in Barents Sea

Calecore unites with sister company N-Sea to continue geotechnical and ROV survey operations in Barents Sea Calesurvey, Calecore’s Offshore Geophysical division has seen steady increase in demand over the past two years for ROV Survey Services. In June, WROV operations were undertaken onboard the Kommandor Calum for a project West of Shetland whilst the Kommandor Stuart has been undertaking multiple integrated 2DHR, ROV and seabed testing and sampling campaigns offshore Northern Norway. The Siem Stork will today replace the Kommandor Stuart. The vessel is equipped with a new SMD Quasar

Members of Boston Police Department’s Special Operations Unit with their JW Fishers SeaLion-2 ROV, Inset – Side scan image of boat found by Tafton Fire Company.

Pe and Dive Teams Gear Up for Underwater Search

Many government agencies and public safety dive teams are adding underwater search equipment to help make their operations easier, safer and faster. Boston Police Special Operations Unit, Tafton Fire Company in Pennsylvania, Benton County and Baxter County Sheriffs Departments in Arkansas and the Missouri State Water Patrol are a few of the diverse group of agencies using metal detectors, video cameras and sonars in their search missions. Every year, the city of Boston, Massachusetts hosts several major events which bring in millions of people. The police department’s Special Operations

MBARI vessel  R/V Rachel Carson

MacArtney Mooring Winch for MBARI

MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) has recently selected a MacArtney MERMAC SC mooring winch solution to empower the deployment and recovery of scientific moorings onboard MBARI vessels R/V Western Flyer and the R/V Rachel Carson. The new mooring winch represents the second MacArtney winch system in operation with MBARI, adding to a MacArtney ROV and AUV tether management winch system in operation on R/V Rachel Carson. The new MacArtney MERMAC Mooring Winch is designed as a powerful self contained steel construction with protection frame, replaceable drum, level wind, gear box

North Sea Atlantic Joins the Technip fleet

On Saturday July 26, 2014, a ceremony was held in Bergen to officially name the latest new subsea construction vessel to join the Technip fleet, the North Sea Atlantic. More than 200 guests from shipowner North Sea Shipping, ship charterer Technip and supply chain partners, gathered to attend the ceremony held at the NorYards BMV AS shipyard (previously Bergen Group) in Laksevåg, Bergen, Norway.  The event was hosted by North Sea Shipping CEO, Hallvard Klepsvik, and his wife, Sigrid Anne Våge, acted as the vessel godmother. Technip announced in 2012 that it had signed a long

Fugro Equator stern view: Image courtesy of Fugro

Search for Flight MH370: Update

Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) says that a bathymetric survey of the 60,000km2 search area is well underway, with two vessels, the Australian-contracted Fugro Equator and the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen, mapping the ocean floor, while the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is coordinating this work. JACC explains that the bathymetric survey will provide crucial knowledge of the seafloor terrain to begin the actual underwater search. The ATSB is currently assessing tender documentation to engage a primary contractor to manage this complex operation. The underwate

Osborne (L) & Woodcock: Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore

UK Chancellor Mentions Hi-Tech Tax Breaks on Bibby Offshore Visit

Bibby Offshore, subsea services provider to the oil & gas industry, says it has hosted a visit by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the Company’s workshop, storage and maintenance facility in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Chancellor was given a tour of Bibby Offshore’s new 50,000 sqft state-of-the-art Westhill facility, The Hangar. His visit follows the Company’s recent investment into its facilities; including the installation of a 16 tonne Gantry Crane and five separate workshops allowing for numerous speciality activities, such as care and maintenance of dive

Roboboat Competition: Embry-Liddle Boat Wins

Navigating a floating obstacle course with aplomb, an autonomous LiDAR-equipped boat from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University  captured first place overall at the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32E LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the event, which was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Foundation and several industry partners. The race is the precursor to the

Calecore, N-Sea to Continue Survey Work in Barents Sea

Calecore unites with sister company N-Sea to continue geotechnical and ROV survey operations in Barents Sea Calesurvey, Calecore’s Offshore Geophysical division has seen steady increase in demand over the past two years for ROV Survey Services. In June, WROV operations were undertaken onboard the Kommandor Calum for a project West of Shetland whilst the Kommandor Stuart has been undertaking multiple integrated 2DHR, ROV and seabed testing and sampling campaigns offshore Northern Norway. The Siem Stork will today replace the Kommandor Stuart. The vessel is equipped with a new SMD Quasar

North Sea Atlantic Joins the Technip fleet

On Saturday July 26, 2014, a ceremony was held in Bergen to officially name the latest new subsea construction vessel to join the Technip fleet, the North Sea Atlantic. More than 200 guests from shipowner North Sea Shipping, ship charterer Technip and supply chain partners, gathered to attend the ceremony held at the NorYards BMV AS shipyard (previously Bergen Group) in Laksevåg, Bergen, Norway.  The event was hosted by North Sea Shipping CEO, Hallvard Klepsvik, and his wife, Sigrid Anne Våge, acted as the vessel godmother. Technip announced in 2012 that it had signed a long

Search for Flight MH370: Update

Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) says that a bathymetric survey of the 60,000km2 search area is well underway, with two vessels, the Australian-contracted Fugro Equator and the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen, mapping the ocean floor, while the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is coordinating this work. JACC explains that the bathymetric survey will provide crucial knowledge of the seafloor terrain to begin the actual underwater search. The ATSB is currently assessing tender documentation to engage a primary contractor to manage this complex operation. The underwate

UK Chancellor Mentions Hi-Tech Tax Breaks on Bibby Offshore Visit

Bibby Offshore, subsea services provider to the oil & gas industry, says it has hosted a visit by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the Company’s workshop, storage and maintenance facility in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Chancellor was given a tour of Bibby Offshore’s new 50,000 sqft state-of-the-art Westhill facility, The Hangar. His visit follows the Company’s recent investment into its facilities; including the installation of a 16 tonne Gantry Crane and five separate workshops allowing for numerous speciality activities, such as care and maintenance of dive

'Fugro Saltire': Photo courtesy of the owners

Better Operational News from Fugro

Fugro says that (an as yet unidentified vessel) recently affected by a fire is back in operation. The total time out of operation amounted to seven weeks. Secondly, the company also confirmed that a divers strike in Brazil has reached a negotiated settlement and the divers have returned to work aboard all three of the company's diving vessels. The strike lasted for five weeks. About the company Fugro acquires and interprets Earth and engineering data to support the design, construction, installation, repair and maintenance of infrastructure. The company works predominantly in

Submarine ventilation hose: Photo Oceanworks

Oceanworks to Supply Submarine Rescue Epuipment to Turkey

Oceanworks International says it is providing three Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression Systems (SEVDS) consisting of Hose, LARS and control systems to Istanbul Shipyard for installation on the three specialist vessels they are building for the Turkish Navy. The delivery of the SEVDS is slated for late 2014. The primary role of the SEVDS is to provide fresh breathing air to survivors of a disabled submarine while extracting the CO2 generated by those survivors. The system is also capable of providing controlled decompression of the submarine. OceanWorks has extensive experience in

Image: Statoil

Statoil, Repsol, ExxonMobil Win Colombian Offshore License

of early access at scale,” said Nick Maden, senior vice president for Statoil's exploration activities in the Western Hemisphere. The license award represents a country entry for Statoil into Colombia. The entry is an early exploration phase and the initial working commitments include 2D and 3D seismic acquisition which will allow Statoil to further assess the potential of the basin. There are no well commitments during the first exploration phase. statoil.com  

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