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Oceaneering Wins $80 Mln in Umbilical Contracts

U.S. based Oceaneering International has secured three subsea umbilical contracts valued in excess of $80 million in total. The contracts with major international operators are to supply developments in the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea and the South China Sea.Two contracts are for , measuring approximately 106km in total, and related umbilical distribution hardware. The third contract is for three thermoplastic production control umbilicals with a total measure of approximately 42km and related umbilical distribution hardware.Manufacture of the umbilicals is expected to commence in the first

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Offshore Wind Market Expected to Reach $50 bln by 2023

region during the forecast period.The key players of global offshore wind market are Siemens AG (Germany), Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Denmark), General Electric Company (U.S), Senvion SA (Germany), Areva (France), Clipper Windpower, LLC (U.S), ABB Ltd. (Switzerland), Sinovel Wind (Group) Co., Ltd. (China), Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (South Korea), Suzlon (India), A2SEA (Denmark) and EEW-Group (Germany)

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Crude & Fuel Outlook: Fund Managers Neutral

and refined fuels, with positions edging up slightly in the first week of the new year, amid hopes a recession can be averted.Oil prices have bounced off their recent lows, the U.S. dollar has weakened against most other major currencies and expectations of a trade deal between the United States and China are rising.Portfolio managers raised their net long position in ICE Brent crude futures and options by 6 million barrels to 158 million barrels in the week to Jan. 8.Funds also boosted their net long position in European gasoil by 3 million barrels to a total of 5 million barrels, according to exchange

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The Oceans Are Warming Faster than Expected

an international network of 3,900 floats deployed in the oceans since 2000, showed more warming since 1971 than calculated by the latest U.N. assessment of climate change in 2013, they said.And "observational records of ocean heat content show that ocean warming is accelerating," the authors in China and the United States wrote in the journal Science of ocean waters down to 2,000 meters (6,600 ft).Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are warming the atmosphere, according to the overwhelming majority of climate scientists, and a large part of the heat gets absorbed by the oceans. That in turn is

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Ocean Infinity Joins Search for Lost Bulker

U.S. based Ocean Infinity said it has been awarded a contract from the Government of South Korea to search for the wreckage of lost bulk carrier Stellar Daisy, which sank on on March 31, 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

Seagull fitted with KATFISH for remotely operated mine countermeasures and underwater surveillance
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Kraken Completes Sea Tests of KATFISH with Elbit Systems

shapes lurk amidst the clutter of the sea floor. There are buried mines covered by layers of sand, mud and silt. There are “rising mines” that wait in deep water for a ship to pass overhead, then ascend until they’re within range to fire a torpedo. There are reports that China is working on an anti-aircraft mine that can detect a low-flying helicopter and launch a missile at it. Iran is reported to own over 6,000 naval mines, North Korea has 50,000, China 100,000 or so and Russia is estimated to own over 250,000.  There could be well over 500,000 naval mines in worldwide

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China Vows to Tackle Pollution in Bohai Sea

China has promised to take action to "significantly reduce" the volume of industrial wastewater flowing into the Bohai Sea, one of the world's busiest and most polluted shipping routes, the environment ministry said on Tuesday.China has been struggling to reverse the environmental damage done to the Bohai Sea, which stretches along the coast of the major heavy industrial provinces of Liaoning, Hebei and Shandong. Its waters have been contaminated by sewage, heavy metals, plastic waste and fertilizer run-off.Served by major coal, iron ore and crude oil ports like Dalian, Tianjin, Caofeidian

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

parts of the world, and one of the reasons for that is access to resources," he said.Some countries, he added, are reluctant to give up strategic proprietary data to the Seabed 2030 project, largely due to national security concerns or in areas with sensitive geopolitical tensions, such as the South China Sea."There is already a lot of data which is sitting there but it's not being released. We hope to change attitudes and to really get countries to contribute," Barbiere said.The next phase of the project, he said, is to encourage data donors and crowd-sourcing - not just from exploration

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India Plans Deep Dive for Seabed Minerals

are key to making modern gadgets, from smartphones and laptops to pacemakers, hybrid cars and solar panels.As expanding technology and infrastructure fuel global demand for these resources - whose supply is dwindling fast onshore - more and more countries, including manufacturing powerhouses India and China, are eyeing the ocean."We have to depend on ocean resources sooner or later ... there is no other way," said Gidugu Ananda Ramadass, head of India's deep sea mining project at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) in the southern city of Chennai."For the future of mankind

Thailand Raises Shipwreck That Killed 47 Tourists

;When the case is final, it will be able to restore Chinese tourist confidence," he said separately in a statement.The Phoenix went down in high seas in July off Thailand's west-coast island of Phuket with 101 people on board, made up of 12 crew members and 89 tourists, all but two of them from China. The ship had been taking the passengers on an outing to a small island for snorkelling.An earlier salvage effort was suspended due to weather conditions.The capsizing and sinking of the Phoenix was Thailand's worst tourist-related disaster in years and led to a sharp drop in Chinese arrivals

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MacArtney Delivers TRIAXUS ROTV to China

MacArtney Singapore delivered a TRIAXUS ROTV with customized sensor payload to the Chinese Academy of Science for oceanographic research projects in the South China Sea.The Chinese Academy of Science, via MacArtney agent Geo Marine Technology Ltd, has purchased the first TRIAXUS ROTV to be utilized aboard CAS research vessels in the South China Sea.This milestone sale means that the MacArtney TRIAXUS ROTV is the first of its kind to enter the Chinese Ocean Science market and forecasts a future need for ROTV facilitated research in this region.Marine Observation Technology is a developing market as

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China Plumbs Ocean Depths for Cobalt

China, the leading holder of international deep sea exploration licences, has increased its lead in the race for alternative sources of battery minerals by taking samples from cobalt-bearing mountains deep in the Pacific.The cobalt-rich crusts could one day curb the world's dependence on cobalt from Democratic Republic of Congo, but most companies say deep sea mining is a distant prospect.Maersk Supply Service, part of shipping company Maersk, is working with Canada's DeepGreen to harvest metallic rocks from the ocean floor."It is a promising business area with the potential for significant

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Ørsted Awards Jacket Foundation Contract

for Ørsted’s first 900MW Greater Changhua projects to be installed in 2021. The deal is reportedly Ørsted’s largest jacket foundation contract ever, as well as the largest of its kind in the global offshore wind industry.SDMS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of integrated steel maker China Steel Corporation (CSC), will extend its facilities in Sing Da Harbor in Kaohsiung specifically for the project and have the new factory operational in the first quarter of 2020.Matthias Bausenwein, Ørsted’s President for Asia Pacific, said, “Foundations are an essential part of

RBR Opens Office in China

Oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer RBR announced it has opened RBR China in Qingdao. The wholly-owned foreign enterprise under the direction of RBR Ltd. (Canada) will support the growing customer base and collaborative business development activities in China, the company said.“The market in China is huge and the local innovation in ocean science research, operational oceanography, deep sea studies and autonomous vehicle development is tremendous. RBR’s continued investment in China will help enable more innovative projects in China and allow RBR to share these experiences and

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Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

the development of the 11km three-man Rainbowfish submersible. Theoretical and real models of acrylic windows have been tested to destruction, improving his understanding, and offering guidance for revisions to accepted international standards. Likewise, scale model HSS spheres, made in Finland and China, have been tested to destruction in the high-pressure chambers at HAST. These tests have improved understanding of materials and processes that could further change accepted design practice. He has proposed a clever “nested pressure chamber” design, with a personnel sphere inside a first

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Water at Fukushima Site is Still Radioactive

groundwater seepage has delayed Tepco's clean-up and may undermine the entire decommissioning process.Nearby residents, particularly fishermen, oppose ocean releases of the treated water because they fear it will keep consumers from buying Fukushima products.Many countries, including South Korea and China, still have restrictions on produce from Fukushima and neighboring areas.(Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori

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'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

the NERC “Environmental Risks to Infrastructure” Innovation Program, which aims to better understand how natural hazards impact infrastructure and society. The field program was led by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, supported by United States Geological Survey, Ocean University of China, Quindao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Durham University, Hull University, University of Southampton and National Oceanography Center

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