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Survey: UK Subsea Industry Shows Signs of Optimism

of an issue.Half of the respondents also revealed that their target markets had changed over the five-month period as a result of the pandemic. In terms of geographic markets, Europe remains the top market among 54% of respondents, a rise of 8% since last July. The Gulf of Mexico is next, followed by Asia Pacific, South America and the Middle East.Oil and gas still dominant. Offshore wind growingWhile oil and gas is still the dominant market for the subsea industry, activity in offshore wind has increased and 28% of firms are now prioritising this market, compared to 21% in July 2021.Subsea UK’S

R/V New Ocean Researcher 1 equipped with three full MERMAC LARS solutions. Photo courtesy MacArtney.

MacArtney LARS for Fifth Asia Pacific Research Vessel

MacArtney completed its order of a launch and recovery (LARS) system for Taiwan National University, the fifth Ocean Research Vessel (ORV) in the Asia Pacific region to date. MacArtney Asia Pacific provided the full launch and recovery system solution for the new vessel R/V New Ocean Researcher 1 (ORV 1), including slip rings, cables and docking heads. The 1,000 GT RV was completed on July 21, 2020.Behind ORV 1 is the CSBC Corporation, which built the ship for end-user Taiwan National University. CSBC, owning two shipyards, is the largest shipbuilding company in Taiwan. Now that ORV 1 has passed

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Hydramec's LARS for Fugro's Uncrewed Surface Vessels

Offshore surveyor Fugro has ordered a Hydramec launch and recovery system for its new uncrewed surface vessels recently ordered from Sea-Kit.Fugro, based in the Netherlands, in August ordered two 12-meter SEA-KIT X class uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), with one bound for their Asia-Pacific region and the other for North Sea operations.The first of the 12-meter SEA-KIT X class USVs is expected to be delivered to Fugro in Perth, Australia, in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will feature remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) launch-and-recovery systems and station-keeping

Sea-Kit's Uncrewed Surface Vessel Ends 22-Day Offshore Mission

, winner of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, earlier this year teamed up with the Dutch offshore survey company Fugro, to develop a new range of agile and compact uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) for offshore energy operations. Earlier this month, Fugro ordered two Sea-Kit USVs, one bound for their Asia-Pacific region and the other for North Sea operations.Commenting on the successful completion of the USV's remote survey operations campaign, Ivar de Josselin de Jong, Director Remote Inspection at Fugro said: "This proof of concept is exciting and confirms Fugro made the right choice to

Fugro's New USV to Chart Waters Off South Australia

deployed in Australia for the AHO.Fugro will also utilize other technologies developed in Australia, including remote operations centers (ROCs) and Back2Base data transfers.“Fugro is proud to be supporting the AHO as part of the HIPP,” said Mark Sinclair, Director of Hydrography for Fugro in Asia-Pacific. “Long-term strategic partnerships help support innovation, such as our USV for faster data acquisition, and contribute to developing an enduring national hydrographic industry.”The nautical charts of Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait that support marine traffic, fishing

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Fugro Orders Two SEA-KIT USVs

Dutch offshore surveying services provider Fugro has ordered two 12-meter SEA-KIT X class uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), with one bound for their Asia-Pacific region and the other for North Sea operations.Ivar de Josselin de Jong, Director Remote Inspection at Fugro, said, “This order cements Fugro’s strategy to lead the development of remote and autonomous solutions, which is key to delivering a safer, more sustainable and more efficient approach to the construction and maintenance of marine assets. Integration of the new USVs into our global network of remote operation centers (ROC)

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Deep Down Secures GoM, APAC Orders

$2 million.The scope of work for these orders includes providing subsea controls equipment consisting of jumpers, flying leads, and an electrical/hydraulic distribution manifold.  All of the equipment is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2020 and installed in the Gulf of Mexico and the Asia Pacific regions, the company said, without providing info on the identity of the clients.Charles Njuguna, Deep Down's President and CEO, stated, "Despite the challenges presented by the global coronavirus pandemic and the recent weakness in oil prices, Deep Down remains committed to providing

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Drones Might Soon Deliver Goods for Offshore Rigs

for many, delivery by drone can also help reduce social contact," GAC said."Joining forces with F-drones is part of GAC’s drive to embrace technology to develop new ways to meet the demands of the maritime industry we serve,” says Lars Bergström, GAC Group Vice President, Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent. “When fully commercialized, drones can be an attractive alternative to launches and helicopters for delivering supplies to vessels, especially for on-demand deliveries.”GAC’s Singapore office will be supporting F-drones in a test flight to deliver packages

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Polarcus: Client Cancels Seismic Project in Asia Pacific

Seismic data acquisition company Polarcus has lost a seismic acquisition contract for a project in the Asia Pacific region.The company in December said it had been awarded a four-month marine seismic survey project in the Asia Pacific region with an unnamed client, starting in the second quarter of 2020.However, on Monday, March 16, 2020, Polarcus said that the client has decided not to proceed with the project and has terminated the seismic data acquisition contract. “Polarcus is exploring alternative opportunities for the vessel. All Polarcus’ other active vessels are in production

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