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AIRMAR Opens Office in Cape Town

Ultrasonic transducers and Chirp technology company AIRMAR Technology Corporation said it has opened a new South African sales and support office in Cape Town. The new office will manage sales and service operations for both Airmar and Marport (an Airmar subsidiary) products, serving all commercial and recreational business in South Africa.Leading the charge at the new location is marine veteran Craig Santer, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the operation. “Craig is uniquely qualified to manage our Airmar and Marport business in South Africa. His 14-year career has revolved

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New Survey Boat Launched for South African Navy

Paramount Maritime, a Paramount Group company, said it has launched the first of three next-generation Survey Motor Boats (SMBs) to the South African Navy in continued support of its programs to enhance the capabilities and infrastructure of the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO).In addition to the three Survey Motor Boats to be delivered to the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO), this program also provides for the delivery of a Hydrographic Survey Vessel and a Sea Boat as well as a third, fully operational inshore Survey Motor Boat, to remain ashore and in reserve.Veecraft

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The Troubled History of Protecting Marine Assets

pipeline and damaged electric cables causing a mineral oil leak.On December 23, 2019, Malta lost power for 3 hours after a vessel’s anchor cut a power line to the country. The cost of repair and mitigation is estimated to be over 20 million euros.As recently as January 9, 2020, 14 countries in West Africa experienced massive telecom disruption when the FALCON cable was cut in two places by a suspected anchor drag.Why hasn’t technology saved us?In addition to the enhanced physical protection of marine assets, there have been considerable improvements in technology over the last 170 years. Electronic

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Fugro Starts Shallow Water Survey for 2Africa Fiber-Optic Cable Project

Offshore surveyor Fugro has kicked off its shallow water campaign for the “2Africa” subsea fiber-optic cable project.The cable project, once completed, will connect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe and deliver more than the total combined capacity of all subsea data cables serving Africa today.Fugro is providing offshore and onshore survey services, including a geophysical route survey and shallow geotechnical testing to overcome any challenges along the planned route.The Dutch company started its survey program for Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), which includes a

The Teledyne Webb Research built Slocum G2 Glider dubbed Silbo circumnavigated the Atlantic Ocean in four legs. Photo: Teledyne Marine.

"An Epic Mission": Slocum Glider "Silbo" Circumnavigates the Atlantic Ocean

skills – a testament to the foresight of Dr. Henry Stommel and Douglas Webb who were instrumental in bringing undersea gliders to life.”Silbo was named in honor of its 2011 maiden voyage from Teledyne Gavia in Iceland to the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa. Silbo Gomero is a language of the Canary Islands, used to communicate across the deep ravines and narrow valleys that extend across the island.  Silbo then went on to complete a western crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.In 2016, Silbo was updated at the Teledyne factory with an extended energy

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Drone Specialist Cyberhawk Lands 5-Year Deal with Shell

subsea assets, as well as all global construction projects."The contract follows the successful integration of iHawk at a construction project valued at over $6bn in the USA, where it is now being used by over 800 monthly users and has been rolled out at further sites in the UK, Central America, and Africa," Cyberhawk said.Cyberhawk, which has been working with Shell since 2012, said it would support the oil firm's digital transformation strategy, providing a central platform for all digital and visual data sources. "Additionally, iHawk will provide a fully enabled IoT solution by

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Fulkrum Acquires Oceaneering’s Third-party Inspection Division

clients.”Kelly and Mike bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge that is invaluable, they’ll fit right in with our existing team in Aberdeen and globally.”FTR opened its Aberdeen office in 2018. From this office, the company support clients in the UK, continental Europe, and Africa.  

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Falcon ROV Chosen for Project off West Africa

A service provider in the West African offshore energy sector has ordered a Saab Seaeye Falcon, fully fitted for survey work.Lucas Inyama, Technical Director of Nigeria-based Geocadinal Integrated Services, said, “We ordered a survey customized Falcon ROV to support our subsea inspection / installation projects in West African waters.”The customized survey suite on Geocadinal’s Falcon includes a Digital Edge HDD dual channel recording and eventing system, a dual laser system for video survey and measurement, and a Tritech sonar.The vehicle also comes with five function hydraulic and

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Offshore Drilling: It’s Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

and E&Ps attempt to prioritize drilling campaigns.Contract scrutiny has already led to a few contract cancellations and the first claims of force majeure.However, contract options are at most risk. Over $1.6 billion in contract value is at stake for options that are due to be exercised this year. Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East make up over 50% of the total.With the oil price crash and COVID-19, the near-term outlook for the offshore rig market is on a lot of minds. RigLogix has contacted a number of rig owners and operators and the consensus seems to be that it’s going to get

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