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Valeport Unveils New Probe

A new probe that combines the power of the SWiFT SVP and a turbidity sensor has been launched by British oceanographic and hydrographic instrument specialist Valeport. The new SWiFTplus uses Valeport’s high accuracy sensor technology which incorporates turbidity observations with sound speed, temperature and pressure sensor technology to also provide computed conductivity, salinity and density. This is coupled with Bluetooth connectivity and a rechargeable battery.The handheld profiler, constructed from Titanium, has been designed from the outset with the intention of a seamless workflow and has

New Hydrographic Survey Vessel for USACE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District accepted delivery of a new high-speed foil assisted hydrographic survey vessel, due to be commissioned on May 31, 2018.The all-aluminum catamaran, S/V Ewell, measures 61’-4” length overall with a 24’ beam. The vessel has two levels; the first has survey stations, and a pilot house is on the second level. The vessel has a galley, mess and sleeping accommodations.Designed to conduct hydrographic surveys using sophisticated multibeam and single beam sonars, the new vessel features Norbit Multibeam sonars and single frequency

Cable Innovator (Photo: Global Marine Systems Limited)

Global Marine Secures Long-term NAZ Extension

Subsea system design, installation and maintenance group Global Marine Systems Limited has been awarded an extension of the North America Maintenance Zone (NAZ) submarine cable maintenance contract up to December 31, 2024.   NAZ covers a cable maintenance footprint, which stretches from the Eastern North Pacific to the Equator. Global Marine has been providing cable maintenance services from its base port in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada since January 2012 providing dedicated year-round cover to the region. Global Marine’s track record in the North Pacific extends back further

Bibby Offshore Sponsors Scottish Auto Racer

to race in Scotland once a year, so it’s always very exciting and I look forward to the Knockhill rounds this weekend.” Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore said: “Gordon has had an extremely exciting and successful career so far and Bibby Offshore is proud to be associated with him, as a sponsor this year. We will certainly be following his performances closely and wish him and the Honda Yuasa team every success.” Bibby Offshore’s branding will be displayed on Gordon’s racing suit and helmet for the entire season. Bibby Offshore, with new

Blyth Workcats 14m survey boat to be built for ABP

Blyth Workcats Wins ABP Survey Boat Contract

  At the Seawork International Exhibition in Southampton, Blyth Workcats Ltd announced that Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded it the contract for a new 14-metre survey vessel to be built at the company’s yard on Canvey Island, Essex, UK. The new boat will be based on one of Blyth Workcats’ established survey craft models but built to a bespoke design detailed to meet the specific requirements of ABP’s hydrographic surveyors. The vessel will be based in Hull and used for survey operations throughout the Rivers Humber, Ouse and Trent, covering the ports of Hull, Goole

UKHO Chief Executive, Ian Moncrieff CBE with William Heaps at the award ceremony in Southampton.

William Heaps Wins UKHO Alexander Dalrymple Award

William Heaps, Assistant Marine Advisor and Hydrographic Manager of the U.K.’s leading port group, Associated British Ports (ABP) has been presented with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office’s (UKHO’s) Alexander Dalrymple Award at a ceremony in Southampton. This prestigious award is dedicated to Alexander Dalrymple who formed the hydrographic office in 1795 and is a symbol of recognition for outstanding dedication and contribution to world hydrography. William was honored with the award for his contribution to hydrography over his career with ABP as Port Surveyor and Hydrograph

A German U-boat (Photo: Library of Congress, Bain Collection)

Wreck of WWI German U-boat Sub Found off Belgium

The well-preserved wreck of a World War One German submarine, possibly still containing the bodies of its 23 crew members, has been found off the Belgian coast.   The use of submarines, often referred to as U-boats, in World War One to disrupt British trade routes in the English Channel and the North Sea was a key part of German tactics.   The 93 German U-boats stationed in Belgian ports downed more than 2,500 ships but were also a target themselves, with 70 of them lost at sea, killing 1,200 sailors.   It was not yet clear which of the 11 known wrecks of the German submarines had

The Technology Qualification certificate was signed at the British Embassy in Copenhagen on July 12. From left to right: Per Langer, Chairman of AW-Energy; Christopher Ridgewell, Chief Technology Officer of AW-Energy; John Liljelund, CEO of AW-Energy; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chairman of Lloyd’s Register; HE Vivien Life, the British Ambassador to Denmark; and Ross Wigg, Vice-President Renewables of Lloyd’s Register (Photo: Lloyd’s Register)

LR Awards First Technology Qualification for Ocean Energy

, said, “The technologies that are to be commercialized in ocean energy, in renewables and across the energy mix, can be both emerging technologies and technology that is unproven on a large industrial scale. Our approach supports a better way for technology developers to manage costs and the associated risks of bringing new technology to market.”   AW-Energy’s WaveRoller product is a near shore wave energy converter, mounted to the seabed with a panel that oscillates with the wave surge. It paves the way to commercialization for the wave energy industry and with ongoing projects

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First Oil from TEN Fields off Ghana

from a second offshore field operated by British company Tullow Oil on Thursday, hoping the additional revenue will boost its flagging economy.   The Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) field expects to average around 23,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2016, eventually reaching 80,000 bpd along with associated gas to be harnessed to ease a domestic power deficit.   President John Dramani Mahama opened the valves on the $1 billion Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel, the Prof John Evans Atta Mills, named after Ghana's former president who died in 2012.   TEN, with estimated

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Port Monitors Impact of Ship Noise on Whales

will monitor and report on ambient noise levels, marine mammal detections and passing vessel noise. Working in collaboration with the Pacific Pilotage Authority and the British Columbia Coast Pilots, the intention is to maneuver as many deepsea vessels as possible over designated waypoints to capture associated vessel noise accurately. This information will help scientists understand the different levels of underwater noise created by different types of vessels. It will also allow for the future testing of possible mitigation solutions, for example the cleaning of ship hulls to potentially reduce underwater

Data from the Petermann Fjord (Image courtesy Martin Jakonsson Stockholm University)

Kongsberg's Acoustic Scientific Research for RSS Sir David Attenborough

Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded a contract by Cammell Laird as the primary supplier of the acoustic scientific research and mapping equipment for the British Antarctic Survey’s new Polar Research Vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. The new polar research ship, owned by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is currently under construction at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead in the Port of Liverpool City Region, UK in a build project worth £140million ($178mln). The ship is due to enter operation in 2019. Operated by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the RRS Sir

Neil Gordon (Photo: Subsea UK)

British Subsea Expertise on Display in Brazil

Industry body Subsea UK will showcase the expertise available within the British subsea sector at Latin America’s largest oil and gas event, Rio Oil and Gas Expo and Conference this week.     In partnership with the Department for International Trade and Scottish Development International, Subsea UK, will be seeking to establish stronger links between Brazil and the U.K. to exploit significant oil and gas developments, while exploring how new technology and better cooperation will help to drive the industry forward.   Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK said, “Britis

Rendering of the new ship courtesy of BAS

New UK Polar Research Ship Construction Funded

The British Government has earmarked more than £200 million for a new UK polar flagship that will be ready for its first science mission in 2019, according to news from the British Antarctic Survey. Owned by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), and operated by NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on behalf of the UK polar science community, this new state-of-the-art research ship will deliver the next generation of UK world-leading marine science in the Antarctic and the Arctic.  Director of British Antarctic Survey, Professor Jane Francis said: “This an exciting

UKHO Purchases Multibeam Survey Equipment

NORBIT said it has been appointed by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) as the single framework supplier until August 2020 for survey equipment and associated engineering support to enable British Overseas Territories and other Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) develop their own hydrographic survey capability to meet IHO standards.NORBIT iWBMS equipment installations will be conducted in cooperation with local government authorities who will provide suitable vessels and facilities, ultimately enabling the growth in knowledge and capability of local hydrographic services. NORBIT will

Kitsault Map: Photo credit Kitsault

BC Port Vaunted as Future LNG Terminal

Kitsault Energy names Kitsault as an ideal location for a deep-water LNG terminal north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Located 800 km (500 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia and 140 km (85 miles) north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, Kitsault is a purpose-built resource community with complete community infrastructure and housing for more than 1000 residents. With nearly 350 acres of industrial and residential land, full BC Hydro service, and a deep water port, Kitsault makes both economic and environmental sense as the preferred location to be the Liquefied Natural Gas

The Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine enclosure, shrink wrapped for protection, arrives alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth, prior to installation at Babcock’s Rosyth yard in Scotland.

Rolls-Royce Installs 36MW Gas Turbine

for the Royal Navy using the biggest capacity gantry crane in Europe is an important event in the construction of the Queen Elizabeth. Everyone involved should take huge pride in their contribution to this national endeavour.” The installation involved the lifting of the MT30 gas turbine and associated ancillary equipment - housed in a steel package known as the gas turbine enclosure - onto the ship structure. With the enclosure in place, the large alternator, which is driven by the gas turbine to produce electrical power, was then hoisted into place

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Maersk Likely to Shelve Plans to List Drilling Division

Shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk is likely to shelve plans to list its struggling offshore drilling division because of weak market conditions, according to five finance sources familiar with the matter.The Danish company is now expected to focus on a trade sale of Maersk Drilling, and extend the timeline to divest the unit beyond its initial target of the end of 2018, said the sources who declined to be named as the discussions are private.Maersk group has not publicly put a price tag on the division, but analysts value it at around $4.8 billion.It has not yet received any firm offers for the unit

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