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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

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SMP to Supply Wet Bell LARS to Bergen University

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) has secured a contract with Norwegian company Alf Lea to supply a complete wet bell system to Bergen University.    Alf Lea approached SMP to design and manufacture a wet bell launch and recovery system (LARS) with supporting 20ft DNV containerized machinery and dive control.    All aspects of the project are to be designed, manufactured and tested by the company’s workforce at the workshop site located in Preston, Lancashire.   The wet bell LARS has been designed to operate within a compact footprint to minimize the

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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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Tidal Turbines to Power Remote Site in Indonesia

Over the last year a team of Indonesian and international specialists has worked in a remote part of Bintuni Bay, West Papua, Indonesia. The goal was to assess the local electricity situation, renewable energy options, including tidal in-stream power; and to then install a demonstration tidal turbine to support an isolated industrial island micro-grid. This project may act as a model for smaller scale energy developments in coastal areas throughout Southeast Asia.   Green Forest Product & Tech Pte. Ltd. (GFPT) and its exclusive supplier PT Bintuni Utama Murni Wood Industries (PT BUMWI)

BISSO MARINE Completes GoM Dive Campaign

Full service offshore and subsea infrastructure services contractor BISSO MARINE said it has completed a two-month saturation diving campaign in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Using its 126.4m x 30.4m construction barge Bisso Subsea Vision, configured with a 12-man ABS Classed 300m saturation system, BISSO MARINE performed a variety of subsea infrastructure services including several subsea abandonments in water depths ranging from 91m to 220m.   Other scopes of work included a Reverse 'J' recovery of several miles of unpiggable 6" pipeline from 122m of water.  The 6" pipeline was

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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;

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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.  

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

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

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

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Nutrient Pollution is Widespread in US Lakes -EPA

A recent study has found that nutrient pollution is widespread in the U.S. lakes, with four in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus, according to national assessment conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, lower oxygen levels, degraded habitat for fish and other life, and lower water quality for recreation. The National Lakes Assessment also found an algal toxin – microcystin – in 39 percent of lakes but below levels of concern. Low concentrations of the herbicide atrazine were found in 30 percent of

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Ocean Glider Equipped with Fishery Echosounder

NOAA's Beaufort Laboratory (National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Southeast Fisheries Science Center) collaborated with the Center for Ocean Technology and College of Marine Science of the University of South Florida to instrument an echosounder into an ocean gilder to extend surveys of pelagic and demersal fishes associated with rocky reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast U.S. Atlantic.   ASL Environmental Sciences (ASL) supplied a purpose-built 200 kHz single-frequency scientific echosounder, a modification of ASL's proven Acoustic Zooplankton and Fish Profiler (AZFP), to Teledyne

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WASSP Sounder Technology Receives a $10.6m R&D Growth Grant

New Zealand based ENL Group, the parent company of  Electronic Navigation Ltd, has announced that it has received a NZD$15m  ($10.6m) R&D Growth Grant from Callaghan Innovation to assist with ongoing investment in its globally recognized and New Zealand made WASSP Multibeam Sounder.   Callaghan Innovation is a New Zealand government agency that helps businesses succeed through technology and R&D.   ENL Group Managing Director Gareth Hodson says the R&D grant further assists the company as it looks to expand its product range required increase the company’s

Obituary: Stewart B. Nelson

Stewart B. Nelson, Ph.D.  - B. June 9, 1937 D. September 12, 2016   Dr. Stewart B. Nelson URI -MMA 1974, oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and marine historian passed away of complications related to cancer on September 12, 2016 in Tampa, Fla. He is mourned by family, friends and classmates of the Marine Affairs Program at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Nelson's multifaceted career was principally spent in service to his country in his position as aide to the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy and in this capacity he was the Senior Advisor to the to the Oceanographer

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Polar Sea Ice the Size of India Vanishes in Record Heat

Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by twice the size of Alaska in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say.   Against a trend of global warming and a steady retreat of ice at earth's northern tip, ice floating on the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has tended to expand in recent years.   But now it is shrinking at both ends of the planet, a development alarming scientists and to which a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases, an El Nino weather event that this year unlocked heat from the Pacific Ocean and

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Wopschall Named Director at Pioneer Consulting

Submarine cable consulting organization Pioneer Consulting has hired Ryan Wopschall as director.   Wopschall’s appointment will help Pioneer Consulting to tackle multiple, simultaneous, global project management engagements as well as market analysis projects. Wopschall’s responsibilities will also include adding to Pioneer Consulting’s existing global market study capability.   Wopschall brings 10 years of undersea cable experience to Pioneer Consulting from his previous employer specializing in offshore geotechnical analysis, marine survey and geosciences services.

EIVA's New Blended Learning Courses

EIVA NaviSuite software users can now join EIVA’s new blended learning courses.   The agendas of the traditional classroom courses have been amended to include more advanced subjects, supplemented by basic training via dedicated eLearning modules. The result is more extensive training, which starts as soon as users sign up online. EIVA has redesigned their training setup to more easily match users’ needs and open hours. Also, this allows the software provider to offer more advanced training. The result of these redesigns is blended learning.  Advanced classroom courses

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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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Nexus 2 USBL Available for Rent in the U.S.

Applied Acoustics’ new Nexus 2 USBL positioning system, launched at Oceanology in London earlier this year, is now available for rent in U.S. via the company’s American representatives Subsea Technologies Inc based in Katy, Texas.    Nexus 2 is the latest and most sophisticated system in the range of subsea USBL systems that are designed and manufactured by the Great Yarmouth, U.K., based company.  Incorporating advanced bidirectional spread spectrum acoustic protocols Nexus 2 achieves greater, reliable accuracy over an extended operational range. Embedded as standard

The 4,200 sq km BroadSeis 3D seismic survey offshore Morocco was acquired by the Geo Caspian. (Photo: CGG)

CGG Achieves Near Real-time Imaging for Offshore Survey

CGG delivered imaging results in near real-time for a 4,200 sq km BroadSeis 3D marine seismic survey acquired offshore Morocco, providing the very-fast-track (VFT) RTM PSDM volume to the client four days after the last shot.  The crew of the CGG Geo Caspian worked in partnership with the client to complete the program ahead of schedule.  According to CGG’s CEO, Jean-Georges Malcor, “This exceptional achievement surpasses our record last year when we delivered 1,700 sq km of fast-track depth imaging data just nine days after acquisition for another survey offshore Morocco

Keenan Named President of Phoenix

Patrick Keenan Jr., P.E. has been appointed president of Phoenix International Holdings, Inc., effective November 1. In this position, Keenan will be responsible for all of the company’s operating units worldwide.   Before beginning his foray into the private sector, Keenan (CAPT USN retired) served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years as a diver, salvor and engineer. He is a registered professional engineer and marine surveyor with a BA in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in Materials Engineering and Naval Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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New Project Uses Drones to Monitor Ship Emissions

Global maritime technology innovator Martek Marine said it has been included on a framework contract by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) services in the maritime environment.   EMSA was established for the purpose of ensuring a high, uniform and effective level of maritime safety and prevention of pollution by ships.   Due to the recent entering into force of the new limits for sulphur content of marine fuels since January 1, 2015, Directive (EU) 2015/253 of February 16, 2015 laying down the rules concerning the sampling and reporting

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New Satellite Technology Boosts Glacier Research

Researchers are developing a unique radar, which could allow a view of Earth's ice sheets Bremerhaven, November 4, 2016. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute are developing with experts from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) a new satellite measurement method for the observation from space of the large ice masses of Greenland and the Antarctic. "Tandem L" is the name of a new satellite radar system, Which launched in the year 2022 Could Provide urgently needed data Concerning the shrinkage of the ice sheets in Both hemispheres. Concerning the construction of the radar and the

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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

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N-Sea, BODAC Partner for UXO Projects

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, and BODAC UXO have announced an agreement to jointly market and execute marine UXO Survey, Identification and Removal projects across Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia.  In doing so, they will have the capability to offer developers, contractors and operators of offshore windfarms a complete suite of UXO solutions.    N-Sea has gained an impressive track record of unexploded ordnance campaigns, with experience in the investigation and mapping of potential targets using state of the art survey methods, ROVs and divers. With a history of 60

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