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$10.5m Funding for CorPower Wave Energy Tech

round led by Midroc New Technology, with additional investment from ALMI Invest Greentech, EIT InnoEnergy and a group of private investors.  CorPower Ocean’s Wave Energy Converters (WECs) are inspired by the pumping principles of the human heart. According to the company, advanced control technology allows large amounts of energy to be harvested using small, low-cost devices.Proceeds from the recent round of funding will be used to demonstrate the first commercial scale WEC within CorPower’s flagship HiWave-5 project - and for the long-term development of supply and service capacity

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Subsea Plow Delivered to Global Marine

cable and trench profile, enabling reliable backfilling whilst ensuring the safety of the cable at all times. Osbit’s innovative forward skid arrangement and surveillance equipment provide market-leading levels of cable integrity assurance.The plow is supported by Osbit’s leading-edge control technology, which consists of an open source modular system incorporating Osbit Integrated Logistics Support (OILS) asset monitoring, packaged in an ergonomic control cabin.Following its completion, the plough will now be officially launched by Global Marine Group during an event at its Port of Blyth

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Pacific Drilling Goes Digital with Oceaneering

generation satellite constellations, to deliver seamless rig-wide data connectivity. From origin to destination, Oceaneering will assume 100% accountability for network uptime and remote operations offshore.The digital transformation will enable Oceaneering to provide remote piloting and automated control technology via dedicated, onshore mission support centers currently in Stavanger and Houston, and future centers.“We are delighted to work with Pacific Drilling to make the ‘Rig of the Future’ a reality,” said Kelly McDowell, Oceaneering’s Global Data Solutions Director.

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4Subsea Acquires Astori

provider of subsea control systems for well intervention operations.Astori delivers subsea control systems for simplified XT installations that can operate all types of XTs from all main vendors, simplifying and reducing costs of subsea well intervention. 4Subsea said the firm's automation and control technology will tie into its own portfolio of decision support solutions for operators.“With this acquisition we are building upon our strategy of delivering leading-edge monitoring and maintenance services that provide significant business value to operators – all the way from the reservoir

“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

market really wants to use miniature vehicles and realize the long-promised potential of these systems.  Second, we need to get more value from our human operators.”Kinnaman has a unique perspective as Greensea Systems Inc., which he founded in 2006, is a leader in navigation and vehicle control technology and is the creator of OPENSEA, an open architecture software framework for marine robotics across various vehicle sectors.  “We develop software and hardware that revolutionizes the working relationship between people and machines both on and under the surface of the ocean,&rdquo

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Fjord Orders 10 Hybrid Power Management Systems

for new build barge can be downsizedThe containerized power management system features an energy efficient plug-in solution for fish feed barges.Working closely together, Fjord Maritime and Bosch Rexroth have developed this innovative plug-in hybrid power system. Rexroth has provided the drive and control technology, software and expertise for development of the first complete systems that are now in operation, and is asked by the Norwegian company to supply additional 10 integral systems, either mobile containerized or vessel integrated, with the commitment for another 10 systems.Mainly based on Rexroth&rsquo

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

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 UUV capabilities allows us to stay ahead of the curve in helping our customers meet their mission objectives.&rdquo

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SMD Delivers Atom Mk1 ROV Systems to JFD

life at sea, and improving the standards of safety for submariners around the world.”   The SMD Atom is an ultra-compact work class ROV comparable in size to an electric ROV system. Designed with ease of operation and maintenance in mind, the Atom boasts the latest DVECSII distributed control technology, graphical displays and pilot aids coupled with proven powerful Curvetech components, which were recently proven to have operational reliability at depths of up to 6,000 meters.    The small size and lightweight design of Atom was an important factor for JFD in the selection process

Kongsberg Maritime worked with students and researchers aboard the RV Gunnerus Photo Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime: University Students Test Own DP algorithms

and contributing to other education and academic programs we are supporting a sustainable future for maritime technology development.” “This unique R&D cruise represents a true innovation in the collaboration between industry and academia on the development of advanced vessel control technology,” said Morten Breivik, Head of Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU. “It is also a milestone in the collaboration between KONGSBERG and NTNU, which goes back to 1975 when development of Norway’s first DP system started. Such a rapid-prototyping platform can prove

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