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A visualization of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current. (Image: Christopher Henze, NASA/Ames)

Researchers to Monitor Disruptive US Gulf Current

meters depth, with an initial data retrieval using acoustic through-water communications to a surface vessel planned for autumn 2019. Instrument recovery is scheduled for autumn 2020. The results of this study will be used to inform how best to deploy a larger array for a planned 10-year-long research campaign.URI GSO Program Director, Professor Kathleen Donohue, said, “Sonardyne’s PIES is a highly capable instrument, with fast seafloor to surface data telemetering capabilities, which will complement URI’s instruments and scientific expertise and will play a key role in this deployment

Ocean Observer (Photo: Gardline)

Gardline Surveying for i3

pipeline route. Also being surveyed are the Liberator A3 and Serenity S1 appraisal well locations.i3 said the survey will enable it to complete its environmental statement and provide the necessary engineering and environmental data to finalize its planning for its expected 2019 three-well drilling campaign and for inclusion in the Liberator field development plan (FDP).i3 announced in January that it entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with Dolphin Drilling to use either the Blackford Dolphin or Borgland Dolphin semi-submersible drilling rig for a three-well appraisal and development drilling program

Near the Bear Island, in the Svalbard archipelago, the INBIS channel kept its unique submarine relief during the Last Glacial Maximum (image: José Luis Casamor (GRC Marine Geosciences /University of Barcelona)

Researchers Study Unique Arctic Channel

.Terra incognita: discovering the planet’s sea floorsMany unknown landscapes in our planet are under oceanic waters. Nowadays, sea floors and polar regions build up two big frontiers for research in the field of Earth Sciences. In this context, the application of advanced technologies in scientific campaigns – differential GPS, high resolution multibeam bathymetry, 2D and 3D reflection seismic imaging, remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) – was a methodological revolution that broadened the precision of bathymetry maps in sea floors.The INBIS channel is located in the northern western

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

satisfy four central tenets: safety; vehicle capability; reliability; and the use of smart technologies.Blue Robotics’ is disruptor in the ROV space, its mission to make low-cost, high-quality components and vehicles to make marine robotics more accessible. “We started with a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 for the T100, an underwater thruster, and have since launched over 200 enabling products including the BlueROV2 remotely operated underwater vehicle,” said Rustom ‘Rusty’ Jehangir, Founder and CEO, Blue Robotics. “Today, we have a team of 30 people in Torrance, CA

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Boat Made of Flip-flops Sails for Cleaner Seas

8.3 billion tonnes of plastic since the early 1950s, according to UN Environment.Of all plastic waste, just 9 percent has been recycled, its website says. About 12 percent was incinerated, while the rest ended up in dumps, landfill or loose in the environment.In partnership with the Flipflopi-Clean Seas campaign, the Mombasa County government committed to help keep plastic waste off its beaches by closing its biggest dump, Kibarani, and turning it into a natural space by planting trees.UN Environment has been working with the local government to clean up and rehabilitate the Kibarani dump, which has emptied

Skandi Neptune. Image: DOF Group

DOF Bags Multiple Offshore Vessel Deals

Norwegian offshore vessel provider DOF has won several contracts from undisclosed clients for work in Guyana, Saudi Arabia, and the Mediterranean.The Skandi Neptune has already commenced operation in Guyana for survey work and planning a second campaign within 2019 for Field Development Construction Support activities.In addition, the DOF group is secured award for two PSVs, the Skandi Foula and Skandi Buchan, and both vessels will join the Skandi Neptune in the second quarter of 2019 carrying pipe and subsea hardware to the main installation vessels. The forecast assets utilization is estimated close

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Vryhof Reports New Contracts

moving services offshore Myanmar, where the semi Noble Clyde Boudraux rig has commenced a contract with Indonesian operator, PTTEP.DSM has also been awarded a contract for the supply of two pre-lay spreads including the supply of all mooring line inserts, engineering and rig move services for a drilling campaign offshore Australia. The project is expected to last for a minimum of two years.(Photo: Vryhof)The Vryhof Anchors contracts include an agreement to supply project management services and full scope mooring systems for three floating wind turbines to the WindFloat Atlantic wind farm, offshore Portugal

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Barclays Rejects Arctic Drilling

of Americans and doing what the Trump administration refuses to do: protect the Arctic Refuge. Drilling in the Refuge would be disaster for wildlife, the climate, and the human rights of the Gwich’in Nation,” said Lena Moffitt, Senior Director of the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign.“Barclays’s announcement is further proof that drilling in the Arctic Refuge would be a bad bet for any company foolish enough to pursue it,” Lena added

The contract was signed at AkerBPs offices. Back, from the left: Inge Sundet, Aker BP; Hans Andreas Øygarden, Aker BP; Tor-Øystein Carlsen, Optime; Trond Løkka, Optime; Thor Øystein Finborud Tovsrud, Optime; Tor Otto Lidal, Aker BP. Front, from the left: Mads Rødsjø, Aker BP; and Jan-Fredrik Carlsen, Optime. (Photo: Optime Subsea)

Optime Subsea Bags Long-term Deal with Aker BP

next two years use Optime Subsea’s Subsea Controls and Intervention Light System (SCILS) and related services, for its well access operations on the NCS. The system will be deployed this spring on Aker BP’s Jette as part of their plug and abandoment operations and Skogul for its installation campaign.“Using Optime Subsea’s SCILS ties well into our strategy of continuing improvement and optimization of our well access operations,” said Mads Rodsjo, VP D&W Functional Excellence in Aker BP. “The SCILS offers both cost savings and improved safety in mobilization, operation

Jan De Nul successfully completes first major umbilical installation project. Image: Jan De Nul

Jan de Nul Completes Umbilical Installation Offshore Egypt

to the company release, specifically for this project, Jan De Nul Group reconfigured its multi-purpose vessel Willem de Vlamingh into an efficient Umbilical Installation Vessel.The two umbilicals, with a total length of 69 km, were loaded in Norway in May 2018 and transported to Egypt. The installation campaign started with a 3-km beach pull for which the Willem de Vlamingh positioned in water depths of 7 m. Water depths significantly increased along the route.The campaign was finalized early August 2018 with the installation of the Umbilical Termination Assembly at 600 meters water depth.Installation

Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

, and Medicine (NASEM) report released earlier this year, the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program (GRP) announced $10.3 million in grant awards for eight new projects to conduct studies and collect data and observations that will inform the planning and launching of a 10- to 12-year research campaign to help better understand and predict the LCS.“The campaign being planned is a major undertaking,” said Kelly Oskvig, program officer for the GRP, an independent, science-based program founded as part of legal settlements coming out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that seeks to enhance

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3D at Depth Expands

underwater integrity programs by providing precise, repeatable, millimetric, 3D point clouds that allow clients to “Measure in 3D and Manage in 4D.”“3D at Depth’s technology has always been focused on providing clients with solutions that deliver an optimized underwater integrity campaign,“ stated Neil Manning, 3D at Depth, Chief Operating Officer. “Today the success of our work within the energy sector has enabled the company to double in size during 2018. As we continue to deliver on the goal of a 3D digitized oil field, we have added remote sensing for leak detection

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Total Invites Activists to Drilling Site Off French Guyana

coral reefs in the region.The firm said it was ready to start exploration around 150 km (93 miles) off French Guyana's coast after the arrival on site of a drilling ship. The vessel has been given clearance by French authorities to move into the area."Conscious of the questions that this campaign could raise, Total wishes to highlight that it is a responsible company that conducts operations while constantly seeking to minimize the environmental risk and is determined to act with transparency," it said.The company said drilling would take place about 30 km (19 miles) from the closest

MMA Pinnacle (Photo: i-Tech Services)

i-Tech Services Wins IMR Contract

it has secured its first inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) contract for the vessel MMA Pinnacle with a Malaysia-based integrated oil and gas services company, following the signing of a long-term vessel charter agreement in the Asia Pacific region earlier this year.The work scope for the 30-day campaign ranges from the provision of general visual inspection (GVI) services through to changing out subsea hardware in water depths of 1,400 meters, using the vessel’s 150-metric-ton crane.Mobilizing in Singapore, the MMA Pinnacle has been fitted with a range of i-Tech Services’ equipment

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ROV Innovation Saves Millions for Woodside

An innovative use of remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) technology for subsea jacket inspections at Australia’s largest oil and gas development has demonstrated substantial cost reductions and operational improvements.In March this year Fugro began a nine-month inspection campaign of Woodside’s offshore facilities on the Australian North West Shelf. Fugro said its novel platform deployed ROV (PDROV) for subsea jacket inspections was able to help Woodside reduce costs by around AUD 10 million per inspection cycle.“Very early in the project we identified an alternative to

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Fish and Chips Under Threat

future of fish, but our future, too. If we continue at this rate, not only will our beloved national dish be a thing of the past, but we'll be facing other catastrophic problems for our planet," said Geoff Brighty, technical director of Plastic Oceans UK.Plastic Oceans' FutureFishandChips campaign is the latest in a string of global efforts by environmental groups and the United Nations to pare back single-plastic use that is also clogging landfills. Big brands from Coke to Kellogs have also pledged to cut all plastic waste from their operations as public pressure mounts for manufacturers

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Kreuz Glorious Mobilized for ONGC Project

of Mumbai in the Arabian Sea.The construction work barge is specifically designed to work around complex jackets which are often inaccessible by more traditionally utilized DP2 diving vessels. The Kreuz Glorious has a 1,200m2 deck area, accommodation for 304 people and an eight-point mooring system.The campaign will see 50 personnel from Kreuz supporting in project management roles as well as performing offshore construction tasks.In September 2018, the Government of India approved fiscal incentives to attract investments and technology to improve recovery from oil fields. This move is expected to lead

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