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Transocean Signs 11 Well Contract with Chevron Australia

The international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells Transocean announced that the ultra-deepwater semisubmersible GSF Development Driller I was awarded an 11-well contract (approximately 955 days) commencing offshore Australia in the first half of 2019 with Chevron Australia.The estimated firm contract backlog, excluding integrated services, is approximately USD 158 million. Additionally, the contract includes four one-well options.Two days ago, Transocean announced that the midwater semisubmersible Transocean 712 was awarded a 13-well contract (approximately 580

The new small self-calibrating class 1-4 torque tool (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Smart Torque Tool Takes Off

and speeds up to 30 rpm, operating eight valves requiring 90 to 107 turns each. At an optimum time of 10 minutes per valve, considerable vessel time was saved.Sold in the northern hemisphere by Saab Seaeye, a manufacturer of electric underwater e-robotic systems, and in the southern hemisphere by Australia-based Total Marine Technology (TMT), its market reach has now been extended to the rental option.According to Saab Seaeye , the early success of the electric torque tool concept comes from being a self-calibrating, highly accurate torque control system set in a small, fast to set-up package.A key

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Aquabotix to Support U.S. Navy

UUV Aquabotix, an underwater robotics company with operations in Australia and the U.S., announced its agreement to support the U.S. Navy’s Forward Deployed Energy and Communications Outpost (FDECO) program as a member of the Innovative Undersea Prototype Development Consortium (iUPDC).Historically, unmanned underwater vehicle use has been challenged by limitations in endurance and difficulties in transferring data. FDECO’s publicly-stated mission is to seek to prototype a forward deployed, open, scalable and coordinated undersea energy replenishment, data management, and communications

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ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

Cameras and Laser Systems, CTDs and chemical sensors, or any combination of AUV payloads. Additional battery sections can be added to extend the endurance from 24 hours up to 72 hours.The ISE Explorer AUV has a proven track record of offshore operational success with customers from Asia, Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Canada.The vehicle’s top-notch maneuverability oit to make tight turns, avoid obstacles and dive steeply. This, combined with the vehicle’s high survey speed and three-hour turnaround time on deck, allows the ISE Explorer to cover more ground, collect more data and offer

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NRCAN Grant Triggers Major Investment in the Bay of Fundy

key stakeholders including Indigenous communities and local fishers.DP Energy has developed 393 MW of wind energy systems, generating enough electricity to power some 117,900 homes every year. The company has a further 1,476MW of projects which are consented, in planning or in late stage development in Australia, Ireland, and the UK as well as a number of large-scale solar PV projects across Canada

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Peru Will Likely Create Pacific Ocean Reserve in 2019

whales, seals, seahorses and commercial fish species, according to the document.The companies that have exploration or drilling rights inside the borders of the proposed reserve include Savia Peru - a joint venture of Ecopetrol and Korea National Oil Corp - BPZ Exploracion & Produccion, Karoon Gas Australia Ltd and China National Petroleum Corporation.(Reporting by Mitra Taj; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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New KONGSBERG Mapping Cloud Solution

in diverse applications and products.Mapping Cloud enables existing PC applications to be run in a Virtual Machine (VM) environment, and allows users to efficiently manage data processing, archiving and sharing with partners and customers through web browsers. With Mapping Cloud, data uploaded in e.g., Australia could be processed in Paris and the results displayed in San Francisco on a user's favorite application. By sharing secure data that can be worked on simultaneously, colleagues in different locations can share the workload and potentially generate invaluable insights.This flexible, user-friendly

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Damen Floats Out Australian Icebreaker

by six meters; a process taking two days to complete. Once afloat, the vessel was maneuvered 250 meters to a quayside berth where the ongoing construction and outfitting process will take place.Damen is building the 160-meter-long icebreaking vessel for Serco subsidiary DMS Maritime on behalf of the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy. The vessel has been designed with a multi-mission role in mind. It will keep Australia’s three permanent research stations on the Antarctic continent and its research station on Macquarie Island supplied with cargo, equipment and personnel. Additionally

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Hunting Hydrocarbons

“saw-tooth” shaped trajectory through the water in depths down to 6,000m. To communicate the data they collect, they usually surface and use satellite or radio communication, which also allows them to receive missions and correct their positions.Using Teledyne Webb Research Slocum Gliders, Australia-based Blue Ocean Monitoring has been building its track record in the use of subsea gliders, including expanding the range of missions possible with these vehicles, to tasks such as drilling plume and produced water discharge monitoring and oil spill response activities offshore Australia.Ramsay

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Transocean to Buy Ocean Rig in $2.7 Bln Deal

; analysts at Tudor Pickering & Holt Co wrote in a note on Tuesday.Majors, including Norway's Equinor, Chevron Corp and BP, won bids for offshore blocks in Brazil, which hold billions of barrels of oil.Elsewhere, Exxon Mobil Corp said last month it had begun offshore exploration drilling off Australia's southeast coast, while also pursuing finds at its offshore Guyana discovery."The announcement is not a surprise. Industry consolidation is necessary to get these premium assets back to work over the next two to three years," Leslie Cook, an analyst with Wood Mackenzie, said in a

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MacDonald to Lead Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

also steward the necessary change and innovation to advance the OSC’s common agenda and lead the management and commercialization of new related R&D, science and technology activities in Canada’s Atlantic region.Over the past 20 years, MacDonald has held progressive leadership roles in Australia, Hong Kong and Canada. Most recently, MacDonald was the first Chief Audit Executive for Deloitte Global and was responsible for building internal audit function for Global. During this time, she also maintained a role as Atlantic Risk Advisory Partner for Deloitte LLP in St. John’s, a position

Falcon training incorporates plenty of practical hands-on experience for the CSIRO staff. (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Hands-on Robotics Training in Australia

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has begun training students to operate their new Saab Seaeye Falcon remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV).This follows Falcon training for CSIRO staff at the organization’s facility in Hobart, Tasmania, by BlueZone, Saab Seaeye’s distributor in the region.The course was adapted to give hands-on practical training for CSIRO staff in a week-long training program that includes theory and practical sessions, set near dockside facilities in Hobart. The training focuses on real world practicalities.

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Drone Boats to Face-Off in Global RobotX Challenge

tasks to demonstrate navigation and control; obstacle detection and avoidance; station keeping and docking; and observation, identification and reporting of a specified target.The competition, set to take place in Oahu, Hawaii from December 8-15, will include students from 13 universities representing Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S.The purpose of the challenge is to foster innovation as students develop their skills in systems engineering and autonomous command and control, while collaborating with the engineers and organizations that develop the required sensors and technologies

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Fundraising Campaign Launched For 10-Year Dolphin Research Project

Dr. Richard Connor, Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, has embarked on a journey to Shark Bay in the western part of Australia where he has studied a wild population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins since 1982.Dr. Connor is the co-Director of the Dolphin Alliance Project (DAP), and President of the nonprofit Dolphin Alliance Project, Inc., which is aggressively seeking donations to continue funding DAP research.The Dolphin Alliance Project’s mission is to learn everything they can about these unique underwater creatures during the Dolphin Decade, an ambitious ten-year

Fugro to Conduct Marine Lidar Bathymetry Survey in Australia

Fugro said it has won a contract to collect seafloor data for the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), on behalf of the New South Wales Government, Australia.The project will deliver data as part of OEH’s Seabed NSW program, announced earlier this year, and involves the collection of high resolution, seamless bathymetry across the New South Wales coastal and marine environment. The data will assist in mapping the seafloor and sediment compartments along the NSW coast. This information will enable councils, scientists and government agencies to better understand nearshore processes and allow

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Looking to the Future of Satellite-derived Bathymetry

the global standardization of hydrography, we have understood that we need to adopt this new technology in the IHO framework and see how to associate it to our technical standardization and how to anchor it with our education and training programs.”Dr. Magnus Wettle, Managing Director at EOMAP Australia, said the involvement of speakers underlined the growing importance of the SDB technology for shallow water surveys: “We are happy that the conference came up with such an impressive uptake on SDB, and with the support of providers and users we can all play an active part in this ongoing

Ocean Infinity’s AUVs being prepared to autonomously map the ocean floor, aboard Seabed Constructor (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity Donates Data to Seabed Mapping Project

data – acquired while travelling between client projects- bringing the total private sector data donated to the project to 220,000 square kilometers, equivalent to almost the entire land mass of the U.K.With the inclusion of 710,000 square kilometers of open source bathymetric data released by Australia, this year’s map will incorporate at least 930,000 square kilometers of data not previously included in the global grid – an area larger in size than Nigeria.Recognizing the power of crowdsourced data as a tool to empower all those who use our oceans to contribute to science, Seabed

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