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EdgeTech 2205 sonar image of ARA San Juan 230kHz at 400m range scale (Credit: Ocean Infinity)

Sonar Helps Find Missing Argentine Submarine

EdgeTech, a manufacturer of high-resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, said its side scan sonar technology was used to help find the missing Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan, which was recently located in 900 meters of water off Argentina's Atlantic Coast after a yearlong search.The deepwater search was performed by Ocean Infinity and its advanced fleet of 6,000 meter rated autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) equipped with EdgeTech 2205 Side Scan Sonars. The ARA San Juan was imaged by the EdgeTech sonar operating at a frequency of 230kHz and a 400-meter range scale.EdgeTech&r

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Argentine Submarine Found After Yearlong Search

44-member crew, the defense ministry said in a news conference on Saturday.The ARA San Juan submarine was discovered by marine tracking contractor Ocean Infinity, 907 meters (2,975 feet) below the ocean surface. The vessel was found in an underwater canyon with its tail partially "imploded," Argentina's Defense Minister Carlos Aguad said.Given the poor visibility at the site, the ministry said it only had preliminary information about the state of the submarine, which was scattered in pieces on the ocean floor.Aguad could neither confirm nor deny if the vessel could be recovered, but said

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Phoenix SRDRS Receives Operational Readiness Certification

the exercise. Phoenix has held the US submarine rescue contract since the SRDRS system was adopted as the US submarine rescue capability in 2006-2007, and has developed broad and deep knowledge of the system and its capabilities. This knowledge will be critical, as was demonstrated during the Argentina rescue response, to maintaining all US rescue, intervention, and mobilization capabilities in responding under challenging mobilization and operational conditions. Rescue and intervention equipment for which Phoenix is responsible includes the SRDRS for deep rescue, two Submarine Rescue Chambers

Argentina Offshore Auction Attracting Oil Producers

International oil firms including Norway's Statoil, U.S. Anadarko Petroleum, China's CNOOC and Malaysia's Petronas have shown interest in Argentina's auction this year of offshore blocks for exploration and production, the country's energy minister said on Wednesday.Argentina, which is still defining the areas to be included in the auction, also wants oil companies currently exploring at its large Vaca Muerta shale field to move from pilot to full development phase after offering incentives to cut costs.Six projects have moved to the production stage in recent months, and the

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Mexico's Oil Reform a Boon for Hard-hit Oil Service, Seismic Firms

are high. Energy reform was one of its top economic priorities, and the administration wants to show progress ahead of a presidential election in July.   Mexico faces stiff competition from other Latin American countries keen to attract investment from energy firms. Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay and Argentina are set to auction oil and gas blocks this year.   That has Mexico determined to make the auctions successful - even if it means giving up Pemex's secrets.   "Only one player (Pemex) gains if the geological information is kept confidential," said Horacio Cuenca, a research

U.S. Navy owned research vessel R/V Atlantis deploys the cable-controlled Undersea Recovery Vehicle (CURV-21) during night operations. The CURV is designed to meet the U.S. Navy's deep ocean recovery requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet, and was used to support the Argentine Navy's search for the ARA San Juan (S-42). (U.S. Navy photo by Alex Cornell du Houx)

US Exits Search for ARA San Juan

 The U.S. Navy said it has begun to wind down operations as part of the international search for the still-missing Argentine submarine A.R.A. San Juan that vanished in the South Atlantic in mid November.   The U.S. joined the Argentina-led multinational search efforts within 24 hours of learning of the missing submarine on November 17, and is now drawing down, having twice swept the search areas assigned by the Argentine Navy with advanced sensors.   U.S. planning and analytical specialists will continue to support the efforts through data analysis.   At its height, U.S.

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Argentina Sticking with Submarine Program despite Disaster

Argentina and other South American countries are likely to maintain or increase their submarine programs despite the scrutiny that has followed the fatal loss of an Argentine sub in South Atlantic waters last month, defense specialists said.   The disappearance of the ARA San Juan with 44 crew members aboard has put pressure on Argentine President Mauricio Macri to consider boosting spending for the military, including the country’s two remaining submarines. Military spending sharply decreased after the end of Argentina’s dictatorship in 1983.   “Macri has to take

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Statoil to Drill 5-6 Wells in Arctic Barents Sea in 2018

the five wells drilled in the current year, it did make a small oil find, known as Kayak, and the exploration campaign had a positive overall value for the company, he added.   Statoil's plans for 2018 also include at least three wells off Brazil, one off Tanzania, one or two onshore wells in Argentina and one onshore in Russia, Dodson said.   He declined to give a number for the overall number of wells to be drilled globally by Statoil next year, but said the company's exploration budget would not change much from 2017.   Separately, Statoil's chief financial officer said the company

Official U.S. Navy file photo of a Bluefin-21.

Unmanned Vehicles Aid Search for Argentine Sub

UUV and three Iver 580 UUVs operated by the U.S. Navy's recently-established Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, have joined in the search for ARA San Juan, last seen on Wednesday, November 15, in the San Jorge Gulf, a few hundred kilometers off the coast of southern Argentina.   The U.S. Navy said its UUVs are uniquely capable to help in the search, as both can deploy quickly to scour wide areas of the ocean using side scan sonar to image large sections of the sea floor. The Bluefin 12D is capable of conducting search operations at 3 knots at a maximum depth

Exxon's Big Bet on Brazil Oil Could Signal Major Pre-salt Role

, has spent heavily this year on oil and natural gas expansion projects to replenish its diminishing reserves, seeking to counteract concerns that it is falling behind peers in exploration and production.   Investments have included the Permian Basin in the United States, offshore Guyana, and Argentina's Vaca Muerta shale play.   The Brazil deal is a "further sign of the company's urgency to replenish its resources base," analysts at Tudor, Pickering Holt & Co said on Thursday, adding that the Campos Basin deal was a bullish sign for Brazil's pre-salt block auctions.  

Dr. Cisco Werner (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Names Werner Director of Scientific Programs

300 and a budget of $50M, Dr. Werner set the science priorities, and ensured delivery of the best scientific information to support our national mandates. In the international arena, Dr. Werner served as Head of NOAA Fisheries’ U.S. Science Delegation (HOD) in bilateral meetings with Mexico and Argentina, and as U.S./NOAA Fisheries’ HOD for the meetings of the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (from 2013-2015).  From 2003-2007, Dr. Werner served as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of GLOBEC (the Global Ocean Ecosystem

Easydredge 2700 DRAGADOS ARGENTINOS DASA S.A. Photo Royal IHC

Royal IHC wins multiple contracts for Dredgers

to this result.” Standardised Easydredge 2700 One of the highlights of the year end includes the sale of a trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Easydredge 2700 from stock. Supported by the Argentinean bank BICE, the vessel was sold to Dragados Argentinos DASA S.A. (DASA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. DASA is a new company, established by three leading dredging contractors in the country. The DASA I has a dredging depth of 25m and will be added to the company’s fleet, which mainly consists of cutter suction dredgers. The vessel is currently on its way from the shipyard in Bulgaria to

INIDEP vessel (Credit Astilleros Armon Vigo SA)

Marine Ecosystem Assessment Solution for Research Ship

Argentina’s National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) has selected an extensive suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology from Kongsberg Maritime for installation aboard its new oceanographic and fishing research vessel.   Currently under construction at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA and due for delivery mid-2017, the new 52m research ship will be built as a silent vessel, which combined with the advanced Simrad marine ecosystem package will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists. The combination of acoustic systems

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Halls of Higher Learning

community.    The Institution is also the lead organization on the coastal and global nodes of the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative. WHOI designed, built, deployed and maintains the coastal Pioneer Array off New England and four global arrays (off Alaska, Greenland, Chile, and Argentina) and have also begun operation of the Neil Armstrong, the nation’s newest and most advanced research vessel.   The Institution has produced major contributions to the fields of oceanography and marine sciences, including most recently studying impacts of the great 2015-16 El Nino on

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The Role of Simulation Software in Yacht Racing

What attracted you to CFD? Rodrigo: I come from a family with a very strong maritime background. Both my father and grandfather were navy officers. I started sailing at a young age and discovered a passion for racing boats. For that reason, I studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, first in Argentina and then in Hamburg, Germany, where I also completed a PhD specializing in CFD applied to yachts and ships. As a student, while working in towing tanks, I realized that computers and simulations were going to take over from the physical models, so I decided to focus on the newest simulation methods

Midco diver with Fishers PT-1 pipe tracker, Inset - Castle diver with Fishers CT-1 cable tracker (Photo: JW Fishers)

Tracking Underwater Pipes and Cables

Underwater Services in Pennsylvania, FA RO MAR Srl in Italy, FT Marine SAS in France, Telkom South Africa, YJP Surveyors in Singapore, Seagreen Enterprise Co. in Taiwan, Geocadinal Integrated Services in Nigeria, American Inshore Divers in Texas, Mount Isa Water Board in Australia, TRAB-SUB Srl in Argentina, and UMI SAN Servicos in Brazil

Argentina project courtesy Total

Total Starts up Vega Pleyade Offshore Project, Argentina

Total has started up production at the offshore Vega Pleyade gas and condensate field in the Tierra del Fuego region of Argentina. Operated by Total, the project will have a production capacity of 10 million cubic meters of gas per day (70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d)). "Vega Pleyade is Total's second start up this year and will contribute to our production growth in 2016 and for the years to come,” commented Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production. “The project consists of the development of one of the largest offshore gas fields in Argentina

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