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Hydroid Appraised at CMMI V2.0 Maturity Level 3

Maritime, announced Thursday it was appraised at Maturity Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) V2.0.The appraisal was performed by JFR Consulting and included a comprehensive examination of Hydroid’s business and development processes for its autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and marine robotics products. Hydroid had been previously appraised in 2016 at Maturity Level 3 using the CMMI V1.3.“Always looking to optimize our business performance, we are pleased to have received this appraisal result,” said Duane Fotheringham, president

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

In Europe, there are sure signs that underwater mining is the next big market for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and new “drones” called HROV, DART or TURTLE. Among the indicators is the involvement of mining companies, governments, rich subsea players and the Dutch dredging community. New vehicles are being developed from Hungary to Hawaii, although Portugal, it seems, is at the forefront of new-vessel commercialization.Apart from dredging up gold and diamonds nearshore, underwater mining is about two activities: tapping the leftover mineral

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
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One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

there any product gaps that still need to be filled?We’ve identified some gaps in the market. As we move forward, autonomy, remote operations, speed, and reliability are all coming into play. The opportunity will come from reducing the cost of development for our customers. We see more remote and autonomous operations taking place that are in line with the industry focus of reducing risk to personnel and lowering carbon emissions with fewer assets at the worksite.Additionally, there is a need for more specialized equipment. Today, ROVs are working in deeper waters on increasingly complex work scopes

Kraken President & CEO Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

Kraken Receives $2.3 Mln from Ocean Infinity

warrants by Ocean Infinity and the confidence they are showing in our strategic direction. We recently completed factory acceptance tests (FAT) at our German facility on the first battery units for Ocean Infinity. We expect initial battery shipments in March for integration into Ocean Infinity’s autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).”Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s President & CEO said, “We were pleased to witness the successful FAT of the first batch of Kraken’s new batteries for our Hugin AUVs. These new batteries will provide significantly longer endurance missions

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Subsea Electrification: Subsea Power Evolves

As subsea power needs evolve, so to must the batteries that provide the power.Operators of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) need longer survey runs, deeper dives, and lighter batteries, which result in lighter units in the water. Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) teams require electric-powered manipulators, high voltage and high power, and light batteries.Desires for manned underwater vehicles (MUVs) include safe operations, deeper dives, longer observation times, and lighter units. The oil and gas industry at large demands electronic control, electrical drives, precision and condition based

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Ocean Infinity Searches for Lost S.Korean Ship

to China, is believed to have gone down in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 1800 nautical miles due west of Cape Town.The Ocean Infinity team is expected to be on site and commencing search operations by mid-February 2019.  Ocean Infinity will use its proven approach of deploying a fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) simultaneously to search for Stellar Daisy.  Upon locating the ship a survey of the wreck will be carried out, before an attempt to recover the voyage data recorder is made.Ocean Infinity’s AUVs are the most technologically advanced in the world.  They

Island Pride (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity to Conduct AUV Surveys for Petrobras

company Cepemais, Ocean Infinity will go to work in the the Campos, Espirito Santo and Santos basins offshore Brazil, mapping an area of 5,000km2 and inspecting 12,000km of pipelines. Work will commence in mid-2019, and the contract duration is for three years.Ocean Infinity will operate a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) from its vessel Island Pride in water depths of between 50 meters and 3,000 meters. The data collected by Ocean Infinity will then be interpreted and reported upon by Cepemais. The Brazilian project, which follows recent work for Woodside on the Scarborough Field

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Ocean Infinity Joins Search for Lost Bulker

, 2017, with 24 people on board.The Stellar Daisy was transporting iron ore from Brazil to China when it was lost in the South Atlantic Ocean, approximately 2,500 nautical miles due east of Uruguay.Ocean Infinity said it expects to commence search operations in January 2019 using its high-tech fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The company's CEO, Oliver Plunkett, said, “For the sake of all involved we sincerely hope that we can find Stellar Daisy and be able to collect as much evidence about her loss as we can. As always with deep sea search there can be no guarantee of success

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Eni Deploys OPT's PowerBuoy

OPT PowerBuoy will be used in the Adriatic Sea to advance Eni’s research and development of proprietary integrated subsea technology systems to allow future applications for remotely controlled field developments powered by wave energy, environmental monitoring and offshore asset inspection using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The PowerBuoy will be used to demonstrate subsea battery charging, which eventually may be used to provide a standalone charging station and communications platform that would enable the long-term remote operation of AUVs.OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy is a persistent power

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Sonardyne Leads AUV Collaboration Project

The UK-based underwater positioning and communications technology company Sonardyne International Ltd has initiated a collaborative project to drive a major step change in ocean system autonomy for long-endurance autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).The aim of the Innovate UK-supported Precise Positioning for Persistent AUVs (P3AUV) project is to enable AUVs to operate at high levels of navigation performance with less surface support and for longer periods.The provider of underwater acoustic, inertial, optical and sonar technology said in a release that with partners L3 ASV and the National Oceanograp

R/V Cassiar (Photo: L3 OceanServer)

L3 OceanServer Expands

L3 OceanServer, a developer and manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), has recently added 4,700 square feet of space at its headquarters location in Fall River, Mass. This doubles the operational footprint of the business and will accommodate the company’s rapid growth while continuing to leverage its waterfront location for daily vehicle testing and operations. Additionally, a 46-foot research vessel, R/V Cassiar, has been dedicated to customer training and vehicle testing at L3 OceanServer’s San Diego location.“The decision to expand our physical assets was based on

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