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Amazon's Pink Dolphins Threatened by End of Fishing Ban

The Amazon river dolphin is an intelligent and friendly mammal that appears to grin and flush like a human blushing when it gets excited.But some are concerned about the world's largest freshwater dolphin coming under threat again in Brazil, where fishermen hunt and kill it illegally to make bait for a catfish called piracatinga.A legal moratorium on fishing the piracatinga ended last month, prompting calls for its renewal from environmentalists and researchers such as biologist Vera da Silva, who has worked to preserve the so-called pink river dolphins for 25 years."I never stop being amazed

Johan Sverdrup subsea layout (Image: Equinor)

Uptick for Subsea Tree Installs Coming

phased, scaled down and accelerated projects. In fact, subsea tieback project activity is already above 2013 levels, and it’s going to stay consistently high in coming years, says Bjørvik, with the subsea market driven more broadly by a lot by activity in Norway but also by Petrobras in Brazil, through floating projects.Henning Bjørvik (Photo: Elaine Maslin)Subsea tree demandThat increase in activity has seen subsea tree demand – a key indicator – increase. Subsea tree demand dropped to below 100 trees awarded in 2016, compared with about 530 in 2013, marking a low point

Bacalhau is Brazil’s first integrated SPS and SURF project (Image: Equinor)

Subsea Integration Alliance in Bacalhau Field SURF Award

Subsea Integration Alliance, a JV between Subsea 7 and OneSubsea, has been awarded an exclusive contract by Equinor for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the SURF (Subsea, Umbilical, Risers and Flowlines) on its Bacalhau (formerly Carcará) project, offshore Brazil.The awarded work is required to finalize the technical definition of the proposed field development prior to Equinor making final investment decisions (FID) late 2020. The Bacalhau field is located 185 km from the coast of the State of São Paulo, in water depths of 2050 meters. It will Bacalhau (Carcar&a

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Brazilian Beaches Hit by Second Oil Spill

Crude oil smudges have been spotted at some Brazilian beaches in the northeast state of Ceará, the country's navy said on Monday, almost two months after the area was hit by another oil slick.That was part of a broader spill, whose origin remains a mystery, that stained hundreds of beaches on Brazil's northeast coast between September and November, threatening marine life, tourism and fishing.The navy said samples of the new spill were being sent for analysis to a marine studies institute, adding that sailors, volunteers, members of environmental agency IBAMA and others were recovering

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Polarcus Wins 4D Job in Brazil

Polarcus said it has been awarded a seismic acquisition program in Brazil commencing in the third quarter of 2020.According to Polarcus, the 10-month program comprises 4D acquisition in obstructed areas with a multi-azimuth component.

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Aker Solutions, Subsea 7 Win Ærfugl Subsea Scope

parties is instrumental in making both phase one and two of the Ærfugl project a success," said Egil Bøyum, executive vice president, greenfield projects, at Aker Solutions.Aker Solutions said its phase 2 work will start immediately from facilities in Norway, the UK, India, Malaysia and Brazil, with subsea structures scheduled for delivery in 2020.Project management and engineering will also commence immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger, Norway. Fabrication of the EHTF system will take place at Subsea 7’s spoolbase at Vigra, Norway with offshore operations taking

3D visualization of an interpreted horizon (Base of Salt) from the Santos Basin, Brazil (File image: CGG)

Seabed Geosolutions to Perform Santos Basin Survey

Seabed Geosolutions has secured a letter of award to provide a 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) survey in 2,000 m of water in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil.The 410-square-kilometer survey, which has a contract value of more than $50 million, will be performed for a prominent energy company using Seabed Geosolutions’ proprietary Manta OBN technology and remotely operated vehicles. The four-component (4C) project will begin in the second quarter of 2020 and will take around 4 months to complete.Stephan Midenet, CEO of Seabed Geosolutions, said, “We are excited to work with a pioneer in ocean-bot

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A Seismic Shift Towards Quieter Surveys

, it’s use is highly regulated. Many countries use UK-based Joint Nature Conservation Committee guidance, which will see activity delayed if a marine mammal is detected within 500m. The Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority has a 1-3km zone, while in Brazil and Ireland it’s 1km. There are also other bodies with their own guidance as well as country specific regulations. Most mean having onboard mammal observers and towed passive acoustic monitoring (with PAM onboard unmanned vessels also emerging). Some countries have even banned seismic exploration

Two new Robert Allan Ltd custom-designed pusher tugs are now being operated along the Amazon River system by Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd)

New Pusher Tugs for Hidrovias do Brasil

custom-designed by Vancouver, Canada based Robert Allan Ltd, pushing barges containing bulk products along the Amazon River system. This HB PIRARARA shallow-draft pusher tug and sister vessel HB PIRARUCU have a Robert allan RApide 4000-Z3 tug design and were constructed by Estaleiro Rio Maguari in Belem, Brazil.Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations were used in the early phases of the design work to optimize the hull shapes and minimize total convoy resistance, and the Z-drives fitted in customized tunnels designed to optimize flow and propulsion efficiency while reducing draft. This resulted in

The Alpha Crucis is the latest national ocean research vessel to select Sonardyne technology to underpin its work following the purchase of a Ranger 2 Gyro USBL system. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Equips Brazilian Research Vessel

Science equipment and underwater vehicles deployed from Brazil’s flagship oceanographic research vessel, Alpha Crucis, are to be tracked using Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) positioning technology supplied by Sonardyne Brasil Ltda.The 64-meter-long vessel, which is operated by the University of São Paulo, undertakes research projects spanning global climate change to biodiversity in Brazilian waters. It will be equipped with a Sonardyne Ranger 2 USBL high precision acoustic positioning system to enable the Alpha Crucis’ 21-strong science team to precisely track their instruments and

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