Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Subsea Vehicles News

Gemini 720is (Image: Tritech)

Oceanscan Invests in Tritech’s Gemini Systems

and Narrow Beam Imaging (NBI) units from the company’s range of multibeam imaging sonars.   Launched in March 2016, the Gemini 720is is an upgrade of the Gemini 720i combining the benefits of high-definition imaging with long-range target detection making it suited for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) platforms, including installation on pan and tilt units.    The enhanced electronics offer real-time visualization and a fast update rate of 30 Hz across a 120 degree field-of-view. The Gemini 720is is also ideally suited for target recognition

ECA, Vestdavit to Jointly Develop LARS for Unmanned Systems

On the occasion of Euronaval, ECA and Vestdavit have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the next generation of launch and recovery systems (LAR) for unmanned maritime systems (UMS).   The use of UMS, remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) as well as unmanned surface vehicles (USV) by navies but also by oil and gas, scientific and other customers, requires their operation from various types of ships, even in high sea states. In addition, when a combination of different types of vehicles are used from the same vessel, they need to be managed, stored and

EMO DOMINO-7 Mk-2 fiber optic multiplexer system (Image: MAcArtney)

MacArtney Supplies EMO Mux Systems to Unique System

The newly established MacArtney Canada office has delivered EMO multiplexer systems designed to offer up to 2,000 watts of DC power distribution for Unique System LLC (USA), a Unique Maritime Group company and integrator of turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers based in New Iberia, La. and Houston.   Unique System, which specializes in the supply of equipment for sale and rental to the diving and offshore industries in the Gulf of Mexico region, has taken delivery of two EMO DOMINO-7 Mk-2 fiber optic multiplexer systems at its Houston branch, joining the company’s ROV rental pool

(Image: DFKI GmbH/ Meltem Yilmaz)

Exploring Alien Oceans with AUVs

Shielded by a thick, brittle ice surface, a vast warm ocean hides beneath. Scientists consider Jupiter’s smallest moon, Europa, to be the most promising for alien life and have set in motion multiple concept ventures to design an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) which could successfully explore this remote, off-world environment. Many Europa-bound missions are yet to come to fruition and prove the feasibility of this ambitious and complex task, until now. After four years of research and development, the Europa-Explorer project, engineered by Germany’s Robotics Innovation Center (RIC)

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New Docking Head for Schmidt’s ROV SuBastian

Schmidt Ocean Institute has chosen a MacArtney docking head to ensure optimum handling of its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) SuBastian on board the R/V Falkor.   The R/V Falkor is now studying the sea surface microlayer and air-sea boundary making its way from Darwin, Australia to Guam. Once in Guam, Falkor will embark on its first science cruise with ROV SuBastian, searching for life in the Mariana Backarc. ROV SuBastian is a new underwater robotic vehicle equipped with a modular frame to provide scientists with a flexible vehicle for ocean exploration.    The MacArtney MERMAC D

French and British industries to develop future unmanned naval systems Crédit Quentin Reytinas

Future Unmanned Naval Systems for Anglo-French MMCM Programme

and the future operational use of unmanned naval systems.” Guénaël Guillerme, CEO of ECA Group: “ECA Group has been providing both French and UK navies with MCM subsea robots for nearly 40 years. We are proud that our wide and unique experience in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles is recognised by those two navies in MMCM program.” Dan Hook, Managing Director at ASV Global: “This contract culminates years of collaborative development work around the use of autonomous systems for MMCM applications. We’re excited to progress to this next stage of the contract


New Aerial Mapping Drone Launched

The NEXUS 800 UAV is a unique and cutting-edge mapping solution unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by HYPACK, Infinite Jib, SBG Systems and Velodyne.   The NEXUS 800 powered by HYPACK is a full end-to-end solution that represents a new paradigm in UAV data collection by seamlessly harmonizing LiDAR data with photogrammetry. The NEXUS 800 is an out of the box turnkey system that tightly integrates hardware and software to provide an advanced and seamless solution for LiDAR survey planning, data acquisition, post processing and analysis, and product creation.   The NEXUS 800:

Autonomous Boat Monitors Ocean Noise: Plymouth University Marine Institute scientists are working with AutoNaut and its nearly silent 5m wave-propelled USV, which tows a Seiche Ltd passive acoustic monitoring array, on a project studying how increasing levels of manmade noise in the sea is affecting marine life. (Photo: AutoNaut)

Silence Your Ships

Anthropogenic (manmade) sound is creating havoc among marine mammals and other aquatic species. These creatures have very sensitive hearing, which they rely on to find food and mates and (for some) to communicate and navigate. Sound waves can travel much further and with much less loss of strength in water than in air. In pre-industrial times, the oceans were relatively quiet. Sailing ships generated almost no subsurface noise. A whale’s call could be heard by another whale hundreds of miles away in ambient conditions. The substantial and growing amount and volume of anthropogenic noise in the

Teledyne RESON T50-R Ultrahigh resolution Multibeam Echosounder with fully integrated Inertial Navigation System (Image: Seafloor Systems)

Seafloor Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Teledyne

energy, transportation, civil engineering, search and recovery, and oceanographic industries and more.   Seafloor Systems has been a distributor for Teledyne Odom/RESON for many years, and is known in the industry for providing turnkey singlebeam and multibeam hydrographic survey equipment and vehicles including the EchoBoat-ASV, featuring dual-DC motors for ease of control and redundancy, non-corrosive materials, an integral transducer well and multi-sensor payload capability. It allows the hydrographic surveyor to reliably and effectively tackle multibeam surveys in shallow waters or difficult

Picture courtesy Kvaerner

Kvaerner Reports Robust 3Q Results in Challenging Market

Kvaerner increased the adjusted EBITDA margin to 12.6 percent for the third quarter, up from 5.2 percent in the same period last year and 5.7 percent in the previous quarter.   "The margin reflects our improvements and ability to deliver predictably, which affected the results positively through reaching planned milestones on several projects," says Kvaerner's President & CEO Jan Arve Haugan. Kvaerner's efforts to improve costs, quality, productivity and competitiveness are currently yielding results on the current portfolio of projects. During the third quarter, two jackets

Image: DCNS

New Drones Are Being Developed for the French Navy

The future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) program is being designed by DCNS and Airbus Helicopters, who have joined forces to pool naval and aerospace skills and expertise.   The teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will be equipped to address all technical challenges arising from the naval integration of the drones through the creation of a robust system architecture that can evolve and adapt to meet every need, the developers said.   For DCNS, drones are the roving eyes of the battle system; their

Sercel SG-5 single sensor connected to the UNITE node RAUeX (image courtesy of Sercel)

Sercel Sells 10,000 UNITE Nodes to NIS

that NIS have full control over all their survey operations at all times.    Miodrag Bukvic, director of NIS Naftagas Oilfield Services, said, “The results from three cable-less surveys we recently conducted with UNITE were very positive. We were able to mobilize less personnel and vehicles and also reduce our exploration costs and HSE risks. In addition, we noticed a significant acceleration in the progress of our operations in populated areas, resulting in the completion of one survey ahead of schedule. With the UNITE and 428XL systems, whether used in combination or alone, we can

(Photo: Cammell Laird)

Sir David Attenborough Lays Keel for New Polar Research Ship

at this point.  Scientists working on this new ship will inform everyone about our changing world for generations to come.”   Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said, “The RRS Sir David Attenborough, with Boaty McBoatface operated from her as a robotic underwater vehicle, will be one of the most advanced research ships in the world. It will help inspire the next generation of scientists in the U.K. and build on our status as one of the world’s leading nations in polar science, engineering and technology.   “With Merseyside’s proud history

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tammy Helm from the Naval Oceanography Operations Command programs a REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle prior to a mission as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Unmanned Warrior: The Science behind the Systems

area for underwater hazards and simulated targets was provided to tactical units using ocean gliders and sensors to map the ocean floor. The Hell Bay IV trials have achieved a few world-first milestones testing interoperability of multi-national, mixed squads of unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicle systems. Over-the-horizon command and control of unmanned systems was further advanced by successfully routing operational data between underwater and airborne vehicles to an ashore command and control node. Expeditionary defense against adversary unmanned underwater vehicles is a growing

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL Offshore Diving Guideline Now Available in English

 DNV GL Offshore Diving Guideline Now Available in English Cut Caption Photo: DNV GL   Working offshore underwater can be a challenging and sometimes risky task. Many factors – including the tides, different diving platforms, varying operational scenarios and the interactions between other offshore and underwater actors off the German coast – result in a complex and changing working environment. To fill the guidance gap and help to make offshore diving work safer, DNV GL has released a new “Offshore Diving Guideline”, which is now also available in English.

Capreolus Project Map (Image: Polarcus)

Polarcus Survey Played Key Role in Locating the Roc-2 Well

Carnarvon Petroleum Limited announced October 19 that the Roc-2 well test successfully flowed gas and condensate to surface over the course of a sustained test program.   The well was located using Polarcus' Capreolus 3D multi-client data within Quadrant Energy operated WA-437-P exploration permit, in Australia's North West Shelf. The Drill Stem Test flowed gas at rates up to 51.2 million scf per day and 2,943 barrels of condensate per day. Equivalent to 11,476 barrels of oil per day. The Roc-2 DST has clearly shown that the Triassic, Caley formation is capable of gas and condensate production

FMC Technologies to Pay $2.5 Mln for Overstating Profits

Energy technology company FMC Technologies Inc will pay a $2.5 million penalty to settle charges that it overstated profits in one of its business segments, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday.   Two now former executives made the improper adjustments after being pressured to improve the financial performance of the Houston-based company's energy infrastructure department, the SEC said.   FMC Technologies and the two executives consented to the SEC's order without admitting or denying the findings, the agency said.   A spokesman for FMC and lawyers for the

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Prysmian Secures Rentel Wind Farm Work

Prysmian Group has been awarded a contract - worth up to 13 M euro - by Tideway B.V. for the Rentel offshore wind farm project. Rentel N.V. was founded by a consortium of Belgian specialists in renewable energy, who have joined forces to develop, finance and operate the Rentel offshore wind project, which holds a 309 MW offshore wind concession in the Belgian North Sea.    The Rentel wind farm is located approximately 34 km from the Port of Zeebrugge and approximately 40 km from Oostende off the Belgian coast. It will consist of 42 Siemens D7 type wind turbines and will produce nearly 309

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Technip Awarded Malaysian Subsea Contract by Petronas

Technip has been awarded a subsea contract by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, (wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS), for the Samarang Redevelopment Project Phase 2 EOR, in Malaysia. Under this contract, Technip will manage the engineering, supply, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of flexible pipelines, with diameters ranging from 4” to 6”, as well as EPCIC of associated platform I-tubes. The contract will be executed by Technip’s operating center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is scheduled for completion in quarter three of 2017. Technip will leverage on its

Image: Teledyne Webb Research

New Glider Piloting Software from Teledyne Webb Research

Teledyne Webb Research (TWR), a manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) including the Slocum G2 glider and Slocum hybrid glider, has released its new glider piloting software, the Slocum Fleet Mission Control Software (SFMC).   SFMC is a software suite used to manage multiple TWR Slocum glider deployments around the world. SFMC builds on the traditional Dock Server software application and provides a web based front end that allows for collaboration among multiple glider pilots.   TMR said the new SFMC software suite offers customers some key benefits including active

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