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

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

. “But there was a profound shift as it went from manned systems to remotely operated systems. Manned systems, as was, didn’t disappear, but were very down-scaled and displaced by technologies largely made possible by changes in electronics; being able to drive the ROVs, being able to put control systems in. And then there was a corresponding evolution in sensing.“There was a also profound transition with transistors and then integrated circuits, initiatives which came from outside the industry but made new things possible; low-power, long-duration devices for measuring everything and

“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

more power, but also limiting its range and maneuverability.Since its founding in 1986 Saab Seaeye has pioneered innovations that have helped to transform the underwater robotics industry, including brushless DC thrusters, efficient high-frequency power distribution, intelligent distributed control systems and the use of plastics and composites in vehicle construction, said Matt Bates, Director, Saab Seaeye Ltd.Saab Seaeye Sabertooth. A hybrid resource that offers autonomous and seabed resident capabilities. Image: Saab SeaeyeBates’ career has been involved with underwater systems. &ldquo

Proserv’s new Skene Facility, housing much of the firm’s Field Technology Services business unit, is now up and running. (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Relocates Within Aberdeen

space, as well as almost 50,000 square feet of available workshops.A seven-figure sum has already been earmarked for expansion of the premises and existing office space has been doubled as part of the move.Proserv said it intends to utilize its new site to focus on growing its intervention workover control systems (IWOCS) division as well as its marine technology business and its subsea equipment maintenance and testing, which recently saw a major multimillion dollar award from an international oil and gas supermajor.Richard Lind, general manager, Skene Facility said, “We will now be based at a

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Forum Unveils New eROV

the sector.“By utilizing the same system across all vehicles, pilots only have one interface to learn as the skills are transferrable between the smallest observation vehicle and the largest trenchers,” he said. “This means training can concentrate on operational tasks opposed to control systems, providing further efficiencies.”The XLe Spirit incorporates a number of features to maximize its stability for use as a sensor platform, including regulated propulsion power, optimized thruster orientation and location, accurate thruster speed control and a wide range of auto-functions

Image: Ocean Power Technologies

Ocean Power Technologies Pact with NEC Energy Solutions

.OPT's subsea battery solutions will enable the powering of subsea equipment, sensors, and communications, and the recharge of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and electric remotely operated vehicles (eROV). They can power sensors, chemical injection systems, and even electric trees and control systems, which regulate the flow of oil, chemicals, and water and gas injection and disposal.According to data from Fior Research, the global subsea battery sales market is projected to grow to over $668 million over the next five years as industries such as offshore oil and gas begin to digitize their

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Expro Wins BP Extension

will see Expro continue its provision of subsea landing string equipment and services to the project.In 2014, Expro secured a five-year contract for the project, providing its Landing String Assembly – High Pressure (ELSA-HP) 15k valves in conjunction with its EXPRESS electro hydraulic control systems.Expro's new $5 million purpose-built facility in Baku, Azerbaijan will support the work. The facility opened Thursday will house 30 employees, encompassing both office and workshop space over 8,500 square meters.Neil Sims, Expro’s Vice President for Europe CIS region, said, &ldquo

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New Research Vessel Ordered for Belgium

be a UT 844 WP design from Rolls-Royce. In addition to ship design, Rolls-Royce will supply the main propulsion system, including side thrusters, Promas integrated propulsion and maneuvering system, power electric system and steering gear. A vital part of the systems delivery is also automation and control systems such as the propulsion control system, Unified Bridge and dynamic positioning (DP).The project team responsible for the new research vessel is formed by the Belgian Defense, the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Operational Directorate

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Turkey to Produce First Marine Missiles

Turkey's Defense Industry Directorate (SSB) has signed a deal with missile manufacturer Roketsan for the mass production of the country's first marine missiles, the SSB said on Friday.In a statement, the SSB also said Turkish defense electronics company Aselsan would produce launch control systems and other equipment for the missiles, which will be called ATMACA.(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler)

GeoSpectrum Technologies C-BASS low frequency sources (Image: GTI)

GTI to Supply Low Frequency Sources to Scripps

caught the attention of Scripps, resulting in the purchase.The fully coherent C-BASS are tuned to operate at 34 Hz and are capable of continuous operation. The energy efficient sources are physically compact at 38” (1m) diameter and 9” (23cm) thick. They will be delivered along with the control systems and amplifiers required to support autonomous moorings and manual deployments.The C-BASS electrodynamic transducer is a flexible family with a variety of available sizes all the way down to man-portable 12” and 9” diameter units. With resonant frequencies as low as 15Hz and operating

L3 ASV’s C-Worker 7 is a multi-role work class autonomous vessel suitable for offshore and coastal tasks. (Photo: Business Wire)

L3 Technologies Acquires ASV Global

New York headquartered L3 Technologies said it has acquired unmanned surface vessel (USV) and autonomous vessel control systems company ASV Global, LLC, effective September 20.According to L3, the acquisition enhances its spectrum of unmanned maritime capabilities, including integrated antisubmarine warfare (ASW) solutions, future surface combatant unmanned off-board sensors, and integrated unmanned surface and undersea vessel (USV/UUV) operations. The new company will be known as L3 ASV.“Autonomous capabilities for surface ships and undersea vessels are top priorities for our naval and commercial

Image: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

ABS Issues Subsea Processing Advisory

increases reliance on these systems, there are still some technical challenges that need to be overcome before wider adoption is possible. Some of these challenges include the effects of external pressure on SPRS design, long-distance power transmission/distribution, and optimized monitoring and control systems.While the industry is actively addressing these challenges, near-term field applications primarily focus on subsea boosting systems and components for enhanced oil recovery, increasing tie-back distances and extending field life. As part of this effort, ABS is dedicated to supporting the industry

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

AUV technology and fuel cells for long-range, long-endurance AUVs.It’s a natural progression for Cellula, whose founder Eric Jackson’s background is in AUV technologies. For more than 20 years, Jackson worked at International Subsea Engineering, also near Vancouver, working on submarine control systems and AUVs and project management.Under Jackson, Cellula has developed the Imotus AUV; a hovering AUV, able to work on a tether, but also jettison the tether, should it become entangled, and then recover itself to a docking station, where it will download data and recharge. Imotus is being developed

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ABB Wins Order for World's Biggest Offshore Wind Farm

of 2018 and are the first tranche of a global five year frame agreement for the supply of electrical and automation equipment for offshore and onshore wind power connection and integration to the grid, ABB said.ABB will supply its Static Var Compensation (SVC) Light technology with ABB Ability MACH control systems, High Voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers, reactors and harmonic filters. The company will also be responsible for the engineering, supply, project management and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the onshore substation and the two offshore platform

Figure 1: The first iteration of the Tentacle is designed for Kraken’s KATFISH. (Image: Kraken)

Meet Kraken’s Tentacle Autonomous LARS

Tentacle Control System within the ALARS is both the brain and the nervous system, sensing stimuli, processing feedback and generating actions automatically. It consists of two components which operate in tandem; the low-level (subconscious) control system, and the high-level (conscious) operator control systems.  The low-level control system is akin to the conditioned reflexes observed in nature and in humans, monitoring sensor stimuli and reacting almost instantly without conscious thought. Four key features of the low-level control system are its Active Motion Compensation, Active Terrain Following

TechnipFMC Wins Subsea Contract Offshore China

21-2 Oilfield Joint Development Project in the South China Sea, at water depths ranging from 380 to 430 meters.The contract covers the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of subsea equipment, including 26 units of Enhanced Horizontal Christmas Trees (EHXT) as well as wellheads, subsea control systems, manifolds, tie-in systems and intervention workover control systems (IWOCS). This contract also covers support services for the installation and commissioning, as well as the provision of a local services support base in China.Hallvard Hasselknippe, President of TechnipFMC’s Subsea business

NORBIT Establishes Oceans Business Unit

venture investors last year.•NORBIT Aqua; a range of specialized solutions for the aquaculture industries, including high power submersible and dimmable multispectral lights for fisheries and cage-based farming.•NORBIT Defense; customized underwater acoustics, radar and camera command and control systems  and naval intelligent antenna systems for submarines and surface vessels.“Our engineers have developed a range of ground breaking technologies, products and solutions that enable effective and safe operations in their specific industry segments. Bringing together the best engineers

Peruvian Submarines Set to Receive New Static Converters

Antofagasta (SS 32), BAP Pisagua (SS 33) and BAP Chipana (SS 34).Peru decided to upgrade four of its Type 209 submarines in 2015 and commenced the nearly seven years long modernization program in 2017.The modernization work, which includes hull separation and modernizing or replacing the command and control systems, will allow the Peruvian Navy to keep its current submarine force for another 15 years as it works toward the planned acquisition of new generation submarines around 2035.ECA Group said its static converters are installed aboard several French submarines and have also been supplied to other

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