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iXblue Opens New N.America Office

Designer and manufacturer of autonomous, marine and photonics technologies iXblue announced Thursday it has opened a new office dedicated to commercial activities in the North American region.“North America is a key market for which we have big ambitions,” said Marine Slingue, Head of iXblue, Inc. “We have been present on this market for over 15 years now, with sales offices in both Boston and Houston,” Slingue continued. “It is however the first time that we have a dedicated team of highly qualified engineers based locally.”iXblue said its new local team of

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

also common commercial applications. Today the survey AUV is not just accepted, but expected, in many maritime applications.With survey AUVs becoming commonplace the emerging frontier for AUVs includes novel concepts enabled by modern electronics, design, and manufacturing techniques. In QinetiQ North America’s SEAScout we see a compact, simple approach. Teleynde’s Gavia offers modularity for payload and system components, and the Riptide UUV family leverages open source approaches to be especially user-friendly.QinetiQ North America’s SEAScout is a lightweight, A-size, very small UUV

Study: Sunflower Sea Star Population in Peril

The combination of ocean warming and an infectious wasting disease has devastated populations of large sunflower sea stars once abundant along the West Coast of North America, according to research by Cornell University and the University of California, Davis, in Science Advances.“At one time plentiful in nearshore waters, the sunflower sea stars right now cannot be found off the California coast and are rare into Alaska,” said Drew Harvell, Cornell professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, a co-lead author. “Numbers of the sea stars have stayed so low in the past three years

Valeport, which also celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, has always been committed to key industry exhibitions and has attended every single Oceanology show, an example of an early Valeport exhibition stand. Photo: Valeport

Oceanology Turns 50: Share Your Photos in MTR

The January/February edition of Marine Technology Reporter offers the first of two special magazine supplements focused on the 50th Anniversary of Oceanology International. The first will produce and distribute at Oi North America 2019 in San Diego, the second larger edition will produce with the March 2020 edition and distribute at Oi '20 in London.While the main story, as told by Elaine Maslin, carries the reader through the evolution of the world-leading event from its start in Brighton to it's eventual move to London, the special edition is equally an ode to the personalities and the

T12 with SeaFLIR230 installed (credit: Jack Rowley)

USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

While much of the “buzz” regarding America’s increased energy production has focused on onshore fracking, which has opened up billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas to production, the offshore oil and gas industry continued to provide a huge amount of the U.S. energy production. According to Forbes Magazine, offshore energy production has been increasing this decade and now stands at over two-and-one-half million barrels of oil, and almost three trillion cubic feet of gas a day.This massive production effort is sustained by offshore drilling rigs

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Schottel Merges Tidal Units to Sustainable Marine Energy

turbines will continue to be based in Spay, Germany; co-located with Schottel GmbH, who will continue to provide engineering and technical support alongside manufacturing of power take-off systems. Sustainable Marine Energy (Canada) Ltd, based in Halifax, is leading the delivery of projects in North America.Jason Hayman, Managing Director of SME said: “This is a very exciting time for SME, and this deal crystalizes the strong relationship that we have built with Schottel over the past five years, initially as a supplier and then as a development partner and investor."

Boosting technology from Schlumberger's OneSubsea (File image: Schlumberger)

Schlumberger Sees International Growth in 2019

by free cash flow," Chief Executive Officer Paal Kibsgaard said about its U.S. operator customers. He reassured investors that even as operators tighten their purse strings, the company had built 'significant flexibility' into its 2019 operating plan.Revenue from Schlumberger's North America business rose 0.3 percent year over year to $2.82 billion, while international revenue rose nearly 1 percent to $5.28 billion.Schlumberger warned in early December that fourth-quarter North America revenues would take a hit due to steeper-than-anticipated declines in the hydraulic fracturing market

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Ørsted Collaborates with US Fishing Coalition on Offshore Wind

announcement will support future sustainability for both industries.”“We are proud to be the first offshore wind developer to partner with RODA, which is an important part to the future of offshore wind,” said CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America Thomas Brostrøm. “The fishing community must be considered as offshore wind development continues in the U.S. Through this partnership, we will be able to share our concerns in a productive way and develop practical solutions as we all seek to coexist and thrive for a better tomorrow

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Barclays Rejects Arctic Drilling

and the Sierra Club have met with representatives from Barclays to discuss the threats fossil fuel operations pose to the Arctic Refuge and why action by the financial industry is necessary, said Sierra Club.“Major financial institutions are beginning to stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans and doing what the Trump administration refuses to do: protect the Arctic Refuge. Drilling in the Refuge would be disaster for wildlife, the climate, and the human rights of the Gwich’in Nation,” said Lena Moffitt, Senior Director of the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign

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Offshore Wind Market Expected to Reach $50 bln by 2023

shelf to harvest wind energy to generate electricity. As offshore winds are comparatively of higher current as compared to land winds, a higher amount of electricity can be generated through these installations.The offshore wind market in the Europe region is currently leading and is followed by North-America and Asia-Pacific market.But it is expected that North-America will grow at the highest CAGR, owing to the approval of various offshore wind farm projects in countries such as U.S and Canada, where there has been a substantial investment towards the growth of non-conventional electricity generation

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Ørsted Tapped for Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm

in this zero carbon RPF. Revolution Wind will contribute to Connecticut’s transition to clean energy and add to our attractive construction pipeline in New England which now totals 830MW.”Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted US Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America, said, “Offshore wind will bring long-term economic and environmental benefits to Connecticut, attract related industry and supply chain investments to the state, and support Connecticut’s transition to renewable energy sources.”Revolution Wind is part of the Deepwater Wind portfolio

Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019, Marine Technology Reporter visits with show director Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions for his insights on the development an direction of the organization’s Oceanology Americas event, scheduled for February 25-27, 2019, in San Diego.Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Oceanology International Americas 2019 is set for San Diego. Give us an overview of the exhibition… by the numbers… from the 2017 event. What are your expectations, in numbers, for 2019?Well, we’re hugely excited to be

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Ushant Tidal Energy Project Gets a Data Boost

is considerable globally, with about 11,000 islands worldwide permanently inhabited by a population in excess of 730 million people in total, most of which rely on diesel-powered technologies to ensure power supply.Sabella aims to deploy tidal projects in France, as well as in Southeast Asia and North America

The frame and instruments as they were when they washed up. Photo: NOC

Lost @ Sea: Missing Equipment Washes Up Five Years Later

Oceanography Center (NOC) has just been found on a beach in Tasmania by a local resident after making a 14,000 km journey across the ocean.In 2011, this deep-ocean lander instrument was deployed by NOC scientists in the northern Drake Passage, which is a narrow section of the ocean between South America and Antarctica. Measuring ocean bottom pressure here helps provide information on the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, which is the largest ocean current in the world. The instrument was due to spend two years collecting data at a depth of 1100 metres, before being recovered on Christmas Day in 2013

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Nexans Forms IMR Team

unexpected incidents more efficiently with the help of the expert team. Thanks to a Nexans IMR agreement, a TSO could potentially cut the response time to an incident by up to 70 percent.The company has a 40-year track record, having performed more than 50 offshore repairs throughout Asia, Africa, America, Europe and the North Sea region. For instance, Nexans has been entrusted as a key partner for ensuring power supply to millions of Statnett’s end customers. With Statnett, Norwegian system operator of the energy system, Nexans today continues to develop the existing contingency agreement

Murphy Oil Closes Gulf of Mexico JV

with Petrobras.The global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company said in a press release that its wholly owned subsidiary, Murphy Exploration & Production Company - USA, has closed the previously announced strategic deep water Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras America (PAI), a subsidiary of Petrobras for net cash consideration of approximately $795 million.The transaction has an effective date of October 1, 2018, it added.Murphy’s net cash consideration, after adjustments provided for in the contract, of approximately $795 million is funded by $470 million

Knut Eriksen (Photo: Kreuz Subsea)

Eriksen Joins Kreuz Subsea Board

NATCO Group, focusing on operations and business development. Additionally, he has held the position of VP – worldwide deepwater development at Unocal Corporation.Eriksen has managed operations and delivered organizational transformation strategies in Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, UK, Norway and North America. He has also been instrumental in driving core values, HSE initiatives and establishing joint ventures for global businesses.Marcus Thompson, chair of the Kreuz Subsea board, said, “The board and management team looks forward to Mr. Eriksen’s contributions based on his in-depth industry

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