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OPT Announces PB3 PowerBuoy Contracts

sensors. The design and buildout of the OSL will be spearheaded by OPT’s Innovation and Support Services vertical. Deployment of the OSL is expected within the first half of 2020.The PB3 PowerBuoy integrates patented technologies in hydrodynamics, electronics, energy conversion, and computer control systems to extract the natural energy in ocean waves. The result is a leading edge, ocean-tested, proprietary autonomous system that turns wave power into reliable, clean, and environmentally beneficial electricity for offshore applications. The PB3 PowerBuoy can be customized to fit customer needs

Oceaneering Wins Umbilicals Job Off India

Subsea engineering company Oceaneering announced that it it was awarded contracts by Baker Hughes (BHGE) to supply subsea umbilical control systems for Oil and Natural Gas Corp. of India's (ONGC) deepwater field development in the Bay of Bengal.Oceaneering's scope comprises the subsea umbilical control systems to allow production of gas from KG‑DWN 98/2 deepwater field.The contract award includes design and manufacture of 44 electro-hydraulic control umbilicals, totaling approximately 118 kilometers in length, delivered on a combination of reels and carousels.  Manufacture of the umbilicals

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New Research Vessels Choose Scantrol

The new Swedish oceangoing research vessel R/V Svea is fully equipped with Scantrol control systems for ­­­­the electrical Ibercisa trawl and research winches onboard. More than 30 research vessels worldwide are depoyed with Scantrol systems and an increasing number of the new vessels choose to install a combination of Scantrol iSYM Autotrawl and Scantrol Active Heave Compensation (AHC) systems.Scantrol recently delivered a complete package of control systems to the new Swedish oceangoing research vessel R/V Svea. The vessel is especially adapted for research and environmental

Saipem’s Hydrone R – in the flesh and ready for real world testing. Image from Saipem.

MTR100: Five "Ones to Watch"

was via semi-automated controls, with a bit of programming the vehicle would be able to dock autonomously, says Jan Siesjö, Chief Engineer, at Saab Seaeye.The firm has been working on this concept for more than 10 years, developing the 3000m-rated Sabertooth’s now advanced capability and control systems. The idea has since been supported by the likes of ENI, while parallel developments in inductive underwater charging and data transmission technology, and underwater video capable communications, and the development of standardised docking stations, have helped see the market start to catch

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MTR100: #4 Martin McDonald , SVP, Oceaneering

. We’re piloting ROVs remotely from our mission support center in Stavanger, Norway. This center has enabled us to complement ROV operations offshore with onshore operations,” said McDonald.  When McDonald and his team look at emerging technology trends, they see software and control systems technology – which go hand-in-hand – as the most pivotal to move the market forward faster.“They allow us to optimize the ROV power management systems, along with navigation, station keeping, manipulator tasks, sensors, intervention tooling, and system diagnostics, which leads

Shown from left to right at the contract signing: William Calligeros, McDermott Country Manager Australia, NZ & PNG; Derek Price, BHGE Regional Sales Leader; Graham Gillies, BHGE Oilfield Equipment Vice President; Ian Prescott, McDermott Senior Vice President Asia Pacific; Hideki Iwashita, INPEX Vice President Finance and Technology Services; and Yosuke Ueda, INPEX Vice President Asset Managem (Photo: McDermott)

McDermott, BHGE Score Ichthys Contracts

Engineering office in Perth, Australia. Fabrication of the subsea SURF equipment will be carried out at McDermott's fabrication facility in Batam, Indonesia. Utilizing the Subsea Connect execution model, BHGE will deliver the SPS scope, including vertical christmas trees, associated production control systems, distribution equipment and topside controls as well as associated installation and commissioning support services.This award follows an earlier award granted to BHGE in the first quarter of 2019, including four christmas trees and associated SPS equipment for in-fill development. Offshore installati

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TechnipFMC Bags Seagull iEPCI Award

, is the second call-off under the recently announced five-year strategic global alliance agreement between the two companies.Under the latest deal, TechnipFMC will manufacture, deliver and install subsea equipment including production and water wash pipelines, umbilicals, subsea structures and control systems, it said. The offshore construction campaign is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2020.Arnaud Pieton, President Subsea at TechnipFMC, said, “We are delighted to partner again with Neptune Energy. Our alliance clearly demonstrates the importance and value of early engagement and

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New XF Series Joysticks

operated joystick controller specifically engineered for vehicles applications. This new joystick series is designed per the ISO 25197 standard, which establishes the requirements for design, construction and testing of electrical/electronic steering, shift and throttle and dynamic position control systems on marine watercraft up to 24m in length.  Adhering to this standard, the XF series is rated to withstand 80lbf pull force across the X/Y axis and over 5Nm torque in the Z axis.  The XF Series utilizes contactless Hall effect sensing to provide long life proportional control for over

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Helix Acquires STL

, Inc. announced Thursday it has acquired a majority stake in Subsea Technologies Group Limited (STL), an Aberdeen-based subsea engineering company that specializes in the design and manufacture of world-class subsea pressure control equipment, including well intervention, well control and subsea control systems. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.Scotty Sparks, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Helix, said, “This acquisition provides Helix with a significant opportunity to offer in-house engineering services, product development and systems engineering, whilst also

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Hydramec Delivers ROV LARS to NZ Navy

the unique ability to Engineer, fabricate, machine components, followed by applying offshore coatings and assemble all of its products in house under one roof. Giving the ability to control lead time without relying on multiple sub-contractors.Scantrol AS is Hydramec’s chosen supplier of AHC control systems and once again this proved to be an invaluable partnership. Their ability to deliver the exact specification Hydramec require means that Scantrol will always be Hydramec’s first port of call when AHC is required.Hydramec have built Electric driven winches in the past and have delivered

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