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Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

Seabed also owns several highly sophisticated mobile assets including two 3,000-metre rated Kystdesign Supporter WROV systems, a 6,000-metre depth rated Argus Bathysaurus XL WROV, a Sperre Sub-fighter 15k Observation ROV and Seabed Excavator, a cutting-edge multi-purpose subsea tool carrier and dredging vehicle.  

Kraken Establishes German Subsidiary

and sensor fusion. He received his PhD in Robot Navigation in 2013 and since then had led a multidisciplinary team on autonomy. He has defined, managed and worked in numerous projects in both space and underwater robotics.   “While there has been marked progress in autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) development, we want to focus on advancing underwater robotic vehicle autonomy,” Schwendner said. “KRG efforts will explore methods of deploying AUVs in a broader range of subsea docking applications, sensor fusion, big data analytics and machine learning. These technologies will

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ROVOP Says its Recovering from O&G Downturn

As a result of multiple contract wins in 2016, independent subsea Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) service provider ROVOP said it has recovered strongly from the downturn in the oil and gas industry. The company saw a record period in the second half of its financial year with sales of almost £10 million ($12.6m) and EBITDA of £3.5m ($4.4m)  for the six months to September 2016, an increase of 14 percent and 27 percent respectively over the same period in 2015. It also welcomed 15 new customers, spanning 10 countries, to its global portfolio of clients and expanded its fleet with

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

Copenhagen Subsea: New Milestone for Thruster Reliability

a certification and, following our results in this market, it is our ambition to lead subsea thruster performance and reliability to new highs.    Obsessed with Quality At Copenhagen Subsea A/S, we are obsessed with the quality of our products. Based on several years of experience building vehicles to the subsea industry, we have too often felt the agony of low-reliability thrusters.   The thruster is just as critically important as any other component on board the subsea vehicle. For years, however, thrusters have suffered from having the lowest reliability factor among vessel components

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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

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UK Royal Navy Contracts SEA for Sonar Support

Cohort plc company SEA won a contract by the UK Ministry of Defense (UK MoD) to provide support to a range of UK Royal Navy acoustic and sonar underwater systems fitted to the surface and sub-surface fleets. The two year deal to deliver the MoD Underwater Systems Architecture Advisory Service (USAAS) combines all Maritime Combat System Underwater Electronic Warfare (MCS-UEW) sonar support and advice requirements within a single program for the first time.   It is valued at around $1.27 million and will task SEA with providing advice and support for the Sonar 2150; Sonar 2054 Inboard Replacement;

Boeing and Liquid Robotics have collaborated on extensive integration on the Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft (SHARC), a version of the Wave Glider, since 2014. The SHARC, integrated with Boeing’s advanced sensors, connects intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities ranging from satellites to manned and unmanned aircraft to sub-surface crafts. (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Boeing to Acquire Liquid Robotics

Aiming to grow its seabed-to-space autonomous capabilities, Boeing said it has entered into an agreement to acquire Liquid Robotics, developer of the Wave Glider ocean surface robot.   “With Liquid Robotics’ innovative technology and Boeing’s leading intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions, we are helping our customers address maritime challenges in ways that make existing platforms smarter, missions safer and operations more efficient,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.   In September 2014, Boeing and

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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

Jeff Bartkowski (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Hires Director of Business Development

brings a strong ability to understand and sell technical products and is experienced in new product releases and emerging markets,” Kenny said.   “The maritime robotics sector is becoming a multibillion market. Leveraging its position as a leading supplier to the unmanned underwater vehicle industry is creating new opportunities for Kraken,” Bartkowski said. “Kraken has built and acquired a significant portfolio of underwater robotics intellectual property. This technology, coupled with strong capabilities in smart sensors, underwater autonomy, electronics and mechatronics

Gazprom: Work on Underwater Section of Turkstream to Begin in H2 2017

Work on the underwater section of the Turkish Stream pipeline will get underway in the second half of next year, Alexei Miller, chief executive of Russian gas giant Gazprom, told journalists on Tuesday. Miller also said that both lines of the underwater section, one that will ship gas to the Turkish market and a second with gas destined eventually for Europe, will come on stream by the end of 2019. Where that gas from the second line will come ashore in Europe has yet to be finally determined. Gazprom, Italian energy firm Edison and Greek gas retailer DEPA in February signed a memorandum of

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Explosives Cleared from Baltic Sea Wind Farm Site

Remaining munitions from World War I, World War II and the Cold War have been removed from the site of the future Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea, allowing installations to begin securely in 2017 as planned.   The construction site, with an area of 39 square kilometers halfway between the island of Rügen and the Danish island of Bornholm, is now completely free of explosive ordnance, E.ON announced.    The operation to clear the site of explosives took four months in all and started with an examination of the seabed. State-of-the-art cameras and sonars

New System Taps Ocean Thermal Energy to Power Underwater Vehicles

by Caltech, that employs a nontoxic material with the capacity to expand and contract with changes in temperature. These changes in volume are used to generate electrical power.   During an 18-month sea trial in deep waters off the coast of Hawaii, a TREC Battery-powered underwater unmanned vehicle (UUV) completed more than 1,000 dives, each to a depth of 500 meters while recording depth, ocean temperature and salinity. At the end of each dive, its oceanographic data and GPS location were uploaded via satellite link to a ground station. When the autonomous test vehicle had completed its mission

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

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Hydroid Opens New Headquarters

concept layout and contains administrative offices, an IT office and server room and collaborative work areas. With guidance from Cape Light Compact, the design team selected energy-efficient building materials and facilities equipment, including LED lighting throughout. Hydroid also installed electric vehicle charging stations for its employees.   "As we continue to grow, we wanted to create a space where our employees can thrive," said Duane Fotheringham, president of Hydroid. "We designed our headquarters with them in mind, creating a campus-feel that allows our team members to

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

Kongsberg Maritime: University Students Test Own DP algorithms

Students and researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) were given the opportunity to test their own Dynamic Positioning (DP) algorithms in a full-scale setting last week. The trials took place in the Trondheimsfjord aboard the ‘R/V Gunnerus’, the NTNU-owned research and education vessel to which KONGSBERG donated a state-of-the-art K-Pos DP system in 2015. Called ‘The AMOS DP Research Cruise 2016’, PhD students and researchers were given access to the K-Pos system on R/V Gunnerus for a total of six days, allowing them to fully understand how

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Airborne Hydrographic Survey Commissioned After NZ Earthquake

Fugro’s LADS technology is being deployed in New Zealand to assist in relief efforts following the damaging 7.9 magnitude earthquake near Christchurch on November 14, 2016. At the request of the New Zealand Government, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight is to conduct a rapid hydrographic survey of the seafloor in the coastal margins of the north east coast of the South Island.   RAN LADS commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Commander Susanna Hung, explained the mission. “We will fly over the area and collect hydrographic survey data, which

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Engineers Expand the Window for Installing Monopiles

Longitude Engineering – a specialist marine engineering subsidiary of the LOC Group – working closely with Rampion and its contractors, has developed an  analysis and modeling process to fully understand why large monopiles oscillate in relatively small wave heights; and to increase the operating window for their installation. Monopiles and turbines are increasing in size as wind farms move farther offshore.    At the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which is currently under construction off the south coast of the U.K., the developer was concerned that these large structures

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Deep Ocean Engineering Introduces Digital Control Console

Deep Ocean Engineering has introduced its new digital control system, the Phantom Digital Control Console (Model# NIS-300), compatible with new and existing Phantom Firefly and P-150 Systems. The new design of this digital control console has fewer connectors and reduced weight. The unit contains real-time diagnostics and can be monitored, serviced and upgraded remotely, resulting in a lower cost of ownership. Other features include a digital pilot box, an integrated DVR with audio annotation, an optional USB gamepad control support, a text and graphic video overlay and a universal power supply (90

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Phoenix Conducts ROV Search for MH370

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc., under the direction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), is 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

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Tidal Demonstrator to Be Built by HydroQuest and CMN

An innovative demonstration project for the tidal energy sector has 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

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