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Ocean Geophysics Introduces ‘Recycling’ of Free Seismic Data for Wind Farms

Renewable energy industry supplier Ocean Geophysics has introduced a solution to recycle and reprocess freely available seismic data, which can help developers reduce cost and risk when deciding which wind farms to bid for or not.In Europe and Australia, historical seismic data – for example from the offshore oil and gas or offshore renewable industry – is often freely available through national energy authorities.This is the case in the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Australia. To supplement this, it is also possible to purchase historical seismic data from the

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Kraken Robotics Wins $11M of New Service Contracts

depths of up to 20 meters in the seabed using its 3D Acoustic Core imaging sonar.The new contracts come in addition to $4 million of survey contracts (for KATFISH and magnetometer surveys), announced in November 2023 which are also being executed in 2024. These contracts cover offshore geographies in Australia, Europe, and the US.“This leverages Kraken’s equipment and advanced processing expertise in de-risking marine construction projects. This marks the fourth major acoustic corer campaign by Kraken since 2022 and builds upon our track record of having completed numerous multi-disciplinary

NOAA Coral Reef Watch's global 5km-resolution satellite Coral Bleaching Alert Area Maximum map, for January 1, 2023 to April 10, 2024. This figure shows the regions, around the globe, that experienced high levels of marine heat stress (Bleaching Alert Levels 2-5) that can cause reef-wide coral bleaching and mortality. (Image: NOAA)

Coral Reefs Suffer Fourth Global Bleaching Event

Along coastlines from Australia to Kenya to Mexico, many of the world's colorful coral reefs have turned a ghostly white in what scientists said on Monday amounted to the fourth global bleaching event in the last three decades.At least 54 countries and territories have experienced mass bleaching among their reefs since February 2023 as climate change warms the ocean's surface waters, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch, the world's top coral reef monitoring body.Bleaching is triggered by water temperature anomalies that cause

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Saildrone and Thales Australia Advance Autonomous Undersea Surveillance

Thales Australia’s BlueSentry thin-line towed array will be integrated with Saildrone Surveyor-class USVs for autonomous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions in the open ocean.The Saildrone Surveyor is the largest in the Saildrone range of USVs and is capable of extreme, long-endurance missions in the open ocean. Equipped with the newest evolution of Thales’s BlueSentry towed array, the Surveyor will conduct autonomous underwater intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for ASW applications.At 20 meters long (65 feet) and weighing 15 tons, the Surveyor classifies as a medium USV

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Ocean Floor a Reservoir for Plastic Pollution

New research from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and the University of Toronto in Canada, estimates up to 11 million tonnes of plastic pollution is sitting on the ocean floor.Every minute, a garbage truck’s worth of plastic enters the ocean. With plastic use expected to double by 2040, understanding how and where it travels is crucial to protecting marine ecosystems and wildlife.Dr Denise Hardesty, Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO, said this is the first estimate of how much plastic waste ends up on the ocean floor, where it accumulates before being broken down into

Vestdavit’s Telescopic davit, from the TDB series, undergoing inspection at Vestdavit Production in Poland (Credit. Vestdavit)

Vestdavit Hits New Sales Record as Orders Increase 76% From Last Year

for Vestdavit, currently accounting for about 50% of sales, and the company has secured further orders to consolidate its leading position, which is predicated on a 40-year track record of supplying innovative davit systems with proven reliability for navies around the world, including the US, UK and Australia.While the U.S. is the company’s biggest naval market, its davits are in use by the vast majority of navies within the Nato alliance and it also secured its first naval orders in Canada and Colombia last year, according to Isaksen.One of the sales highlights for the company last year was securing

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Woodside Hires Subsea 7 for Trion Subsea Installation Services Offshore Mexico

Australia's top oil and gas company Woodside Energy has awarded a contract to Subsea 7 for subsea installation services for the Trion development offshore Mexico.Subsea 7 described the contract as large, which means its value ranges between $300 million and $500 million.The scope of contract for Subsea 7 includes engineering, construction, and installation of the subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines, as well as the associated subsea architecture.The project, which Woodside and Pemex are developing in partnership, involves a wet tree subsea system connected to an infield floating production

Decom’s C1-24 chopsaw in action (Credit: Decom Engineer)

Decom Engineering Enters Australia with Triple Contract Win

Northern Ireland-based Decom Engineering has secured three decommissioning contracts worth over $635,000, marking its entry to the Australian decommissioning sector and strengthening its position in the Asia Pacific region.The decommissioning specialist was commissioned to supply and operate its chopsaw cutting technologies on behalf of a major operator in Victoria's Bass Strait as well as contract awards from two other clients for scopes in Australian waters.Decom performed three cuts on a 20'' concrete weight coated carbon steel rigid pipeline and 25 cuts on a 13" in-filled flexible

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Malaysia Says MH370 Search Must Go On

."The Malaysian government is committed to the search (for MH370) and the search must go on," Loke said at a remembrance event on Sunday.Malaysia engaged Ocean Infinity in 2018 to search the southern Indian Ocean, offering to pay up to $70 million if it found the plane.Malaysia, China and Australia earlier had ended a fruitless two-year, A$200 million ($130.46 million) underwater hunt in January 2017.Loke said Malaysia would talk to Australia about cooperation in resuming the search once Ocean Infinity's proposal is approved by Malaysia's cabinet.V.P.R. Nathan, whose wife Anne Daisy

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