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Ocean Evolution (Photo: Oceaneering)

Support Vessel Delivered to Oceaneering

deck is designed to carry heavy loads and equipment, which accommodates a wide variety of missions. The deck is rated to support 10 metric tons per square meter, with a total cargo carrying capacity of 1,900 metric tons. The steel deck and on deck utilities including water, power, fuel and communications enables easier and faster loading, welding tie down and hook up of specialized deck equipment equipment during project mobilizations and demobilizations.The vessel’s 250-metric-ton AHC main crane offers a 4,000 meters working depth capacity and has a special lifting mode that allows heavy

Export Licensing: Tips U.S. Exporters Shouldn’t Overlook

, production equipment, and other related items. For marine technology exporters, key entries can be found in USML categories VI (surface vessels of war), XI (underwater electronics and acoustic systems), XII (optical and inertial sensors) and XX (submersible vessels); and CCL categories 5 (telecommunications), 6 (acoustic sensors), 7 (inertial sensors and navigation), and 8 (marine). • Different levels of technology can affect where you can export. The level of a product’s technology and market destination can be important factors as to whether an export license might be needed

Images: Modus Seabed Intervention

Flying new Routes Subsea

in the UK. The HAUV and its docking station will be dropped off for a mission, similar to a demonstration at the ORE facility in Blyth. On this occasion, it will not interface with any of the wind farm infrastructure. “However, to plug the docking station into a wind farm, to access power and communications would be relatively straightforward”, says Ward, “as there’s already available power and data infrastructure used for work on the turbines that we can tap into.”Images: Modus Seabed InterventionLast year, Modus deployed a HAUV offshore NW Australia to perform circa 240km

Robert Shuman  (Photo: OceanGate)

OceanGate Names Shuman COO

for future growth. He is tasked with overseeing strategic prioritization, resource alignment, and accountability across the company.Shuman brings with him over 15 years of senior level management in business development, project management and operations. His previous experience has been in satellite communications, cloud-based products, smart antennas, online education, and VoIP companies where he has managed strategic account relationships with both public and private organizations.Shuman has been awarded a patent for an Indoor Distributed Microcell. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical

OPT, Acteon Exploring Joint Opportunites

effectiveness. The PowerBuoy system will deliver on all these aspects and offer a step change in our decommissioning planning processes. It also opens potential future applications for intelligent, remotely controlled small field developments.”OPT’s PowerBuoy products are power and communications platforms for remote offshore applications such as topside and subsea surveillance and monitoring during oil field decommissioning activities, autonomous vehicle charging, weather and ocean data collection, and providing power to subsea equipment. The PB3 PowerBuoy supports a suite of mission

(File photo: OPT)

OPT Scores Oil and Gas Study Contract

will further address technical issues such as customer equipment power demands and PowerBuoy power generation during continuous and intermittent operations, mooring design, payload survivability during storm conditions, deployment and maintenance, and complete end-to-end data solutions including communications and security requirements, OPT saidThe company’s new products, the hybrid PowerBuoy and its Subsea Battery Solution which are currently under development, will be considered as either prime or alternative solutions in the study, possibly in combination with the PB3 PowerBuoy, it added.&ldquo

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

A SmallSat AUV Network

to a global network than satellite links, and yet sat-linked remote operations experts can heap huge scientific and technological gains on the world. That’s what’s happening in the background — a smallish network of the best scientists from around the world are orchestrating the communications and robotics that’ll yield groundbreaking achievement in the networked use of autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs.If you contact Professor Kanna Rajan, as we did, he’ll tell you he’s not the world’s foremost “drone” researcher, yet he’s programmed

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
Courtesy of Oceaneering International

One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

autonomous operations – ultimately leading to a reduction in surface vessel days. If our customers can use less vessel days in the support of their field development, operations, and maintenance, then we’re going to lower the overall cost of ownership and open up new opportunities.Robust communications systems are another important need – 4G networks didn’t exist in the North Sea a few years ago, and now there is close to 100% coverage. Soon 4G networks will come to the Gulf of Mexico. Communication networks are expanding out into the fields, as are improvements in satellite technologies

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

Researchers to Monitor Disruptive US Gulf Current

historic water profile data can be used to calculate currents throughout the full water column.A total of 25 of Sonardyne’s and URI’s own PIES and current meters will be deployed this summer, in waters down to 3,500 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&rs

L3 Technologies

Autonomy Advances: New Vessel Range

Technologies and Sonardyne International will offer 6G-enabled capability across its commercial autonomous vessel product range.L3’s C-Stat 2 and C-Cat 3 autonomous vessels will be offered factory-fitted with Sonardyne’s 6G range of Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking and communications systems. These unique platforms and sensor combinations have been proven to deliver optimized solutions for data gathering and subsea positioning tasks during inshore and offshore operational scenarios.“Factory fitting Sonardyne 6G adds value to our existing solutions, making the transition

(Photo: OPT)

OPT Inks Deal with US Operator

of goods and services.OPT president and CEO George H. Kirby said, “This contract is the first with a U.S. oil and gas operator, opening the door for OPT to provide solutions into the Gulf of Mexico where we believe there exists significant need for cost-effective remote offshore power and communications.”OPT's PowerBuoy and subsea battery solution product lines, along with its support services, provide clean and reliable electric power and real-time data communications for remote offshore and subsea applications.Kirby said the company sees big opportunities in the U.S. Gulf. &ldquo

Nortek staff in China mobilizing the Signature VM package under the attentive eye of end user Wang Yan, Senior Manager of Hydrology at CCCC’s Zhongjiao No.1 Hangwu Engineering Reconnaissance Design Institute. As Signature VM is a straightforward plug-and-play system for current surveying, the crew were able to sail out for a test survey after only approximately 30 minutes of setup. Image: Nortek

Current Profiling & China’s Maritime Infrastructure Drive

, that have a subsea component. Accurate, efficient and cost-effective current profiling is vital in the successful implementation of major maritime projects.Nortek has been able to play a role in this side of China’s economic revolution, through its collaboration with a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), a Fortune 500 listed firm that has been at the forefront of the infrastructure drive.CCCC & NortekCCCC’s hydrological surveyors have been using Nortek instruments on a number of projects over the last 12 years, using both Signature1000 and Signature500 acoustic

Broadcasting from the deep on the Nekton First Descent mission using a BlueComm UV. (Photo: Sonardyne)

World First: Video Broadcast Live from Underwater

Pioneering subsea communications technology has enabled the world's first live broadcast stream to global audiences from an underwater submersible.Underwater technology company Sonardyne International said the international news agency Associated Press (AP) used its BlueComm wireless through-water optical modem technology to broadcast live from a two-person submersible operating in waters off the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean. AP said that the broadcast via YouTube was “the first multi-camera live signal in full broadcast quality from manned submersibles using optical video transmission

L to R: Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime and John Laderos, Chief Executive Officer of SRH Marine SAIT. Image: Inmarsat

Real-time ECDIS Updates via FleetBroadband

of Things (IoT) applications, Spithout said.John Laderos, Chief Executive of SRH Marine Electronics, said that the combination of FleetBroadband and the SRH Marine ECDIS Digital Services distribution platform would help boost e-navigation worldwide, as well as setting new standards on maritime communications.  “This is a straightforward and practical solution for owners seeking to accelerate their e-navigation strategies, allowing data transmission through FleetBroadband connectivity that is already in position around the globe and proven on performance, coverage and reliability,&rdquo

Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine

R/V Bob and Betty Beyster: New CAT For Scripps

required for science.The vessel's scientific equipment includes a seafloor mapping system, a knuckle crane that enables the vessel to deploy and recover autonomous vehicles, a stern A-frame with hydraulic hoist, a hand-deployable remotely operated vehicle, a hull-mounted transducer for underwater communications, and ample facilities for securing and integrating a wide variety of portable instrumentation

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

systems. “That’s the revolution we are going through at the moment,” says Rayner. “The Xprize is using completely autonomous systems, shore launched and able to do pretty much anything you want without any intervention. Another change is coming – high data-rate communications over the ocean,” he says. “This will open up low-cost high data on the surface of the ocean.”A lot has changed in the 50 years since Oceanology started. For a start, the liberal cigar and cigarette smoking seen at the early shows is no longer permitted inside conferences. Ocean

“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

;s AUV market according to Graham Lester, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hydroid. “Customers are looking for improved energy sources to allow for greater endurance and larger payload sensors. Additionally, they are looking for improved underwater positioning and through-water communications. The desire is to move toward providing a sustained presence where we can, not only, sense the environment but can affect it and react to it.”Lester has more than 30 years of experience with military, oceanographic, offshore and hydrographic equipment, including a detailed understanding

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