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Carrera E 3D motion-controlled precision flow excavation spread (Image: Seatools)

Seatools Unveils New Deepwater Excavator

deepwater excavator features Seatools’ advanced ROV DP technology and sets the stage for better accuracy, production and workability in the mass flow excavation (MFE).Seatools developed the Carrera E mass flow excavation spread leveraging its capabilities in heave compensation and ROV control technologies. The patent-pending spread features 3D motion control, which enables precision excavation operations at a minimum of seabed disturbance. Thanks to the Carrera E’s incorporated dynamic positioning (DP) capabilities, the tool may follow a preprogrammed track (e.g., a cable route) with

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

;s autonomy systems are consistent with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs) published by the International Maritime Organization.“L3 continues to collaborate on and deliver best-in-class maritime sensor, autonomy, USV/UUV, and command and control technologies,” said Sean J. Stackley, L3’s Senior Vice President and President of its Communications & Networked Systems business segment. “Aligning L3 ASV’s proprietary surface vessel control technology and proven unmanned system autonomy architecture with our already strong

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

Meet Kraken’s Tentacle Autonomous LARS

augmented by motion data from a floating target platform. The system could then determine the relative motion between the host vehicle and the target platform and adjust the cable length so the target would see no relative motion between the cable end and the platform. As more sophisticated motion control technologies become available, they can be easily incorporated into the Tentacle system. Like its namesake in nature, the system is strong and flexible.Width: 1,330 mmDepth: 1,380 mmHeight: 1,550 mmWeight: 12 kNCable OD: 8-12 mmCable Capacity: 2,000 mPull: 15 kNPower: 440 3Ø

Interview: David Millar, Fugro

see increased demand for reducing the human footprint offshore, while producing more efficient and more cost-effective operations. As a result, we are developing and offering services with increased automation, not only in terms of autonomous and unmanned vehicles, but also in terms of command and control technologies, such as OARS, and processing techniques, such as artificial intelligence machine learning.How has the energy swoon impacted Fugro? How is Fugro most the same, most different, from five years ago?Fugro is a leaner, more customer-focused organization today than it was five years ago. The offshore

Photo: Proserv

Proserv Secures $5.5 Mln Repsol Contract

;This is a significant award win for the team that clearly demonstrates the strength of our relationship with Repsol and our ability to deliver robust technology solutions and services on time and to the very highest standards. “We are starting to see strong uptake for our Augmented Control Technologies (ACT) approach which helps clients optimize their subsea production in a more cost-effective way. Working in close cooperation with our clients enables us to use the most appropriate technology together with our dedicated engineering and service teams to optimize the performance of a producing

From left to right: Simon Harvey, Proserv’s head of operation at Great Yarmouth; David Lamont, CEO; and Iain Smith, region president  for UK and Europe; at the site of the company’s new facility in Great Yarmouth. (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Opening New Subsea Tech Center

of a subsea control system for the Finlaggan gas condensate development operated by Zennor Pathway in the Central North Sea. The control system will include Proserv’s Artemis 2G subsea electronics module, which is also one of the core technologies within the company’s Augmented Control Technologies (ACT) toolkit

Kraken Announced Executive Appointments

;m confident that both Tom and Gina will play key roles in providing and implementing high quality, advanced underwater solutions for our commercial and military customers.”   Dr. Tureaud comes to Kraken with underwater systems industry experience, having spent over 20 years at Vehicle Control Technologies Inc. in Reston, Va., where he managed the company’s underwater platform group as chief engineer, overseeing mechanical, hydrodynamic and electrical design. He has been involved in the design of over 30 advanced underwater systems. These include: a patented towed docking system, a buoyant

Photo courtesy of Parker

Small-Bore Tubing System Solutions for Offshore Enviroments

and corrosion mechanisms as oil and gas exploration and production moves into deeper offshore environments. The new technology will evolve the well-known ranges of small-bore tube fittings and valves from the Instrumentation Products Division of Parker Hannifin - the global leader in motion and control technologies. Engineers constructing tubing systems for high pressure hydraulics, chemical injection systems and other higher-pressure topside and subsea offshore applications will be presented with new tube connection technology that provides easy-to-apply solutions for pressures up to 15,000 or 20

The Gudrun Platform: Photo Statoil

Shock Absorbtion System Adds to N. Sea Platform Safety

ITT Corporation’s Control Technologies business says that its partnership with Norway's Servi Hydranor AS has been successful in its endeavours to engineer a shock and vibration isolation system for protecting cargo transferred from ships to the Norwegian oil company Statoil’s Gudrun Platform in the North Sea’s Gudrun field. The Gudrun Platform, which was built by Aibel AS, operates cranes for around-the-clock cargo handling. As the crane operators hoist supplies from ships to the platform, containers (some weighing as much as 8,000 kg) move toward the Gudron Platform at speeds of

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