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Pioneer Consulting Hires deGuzman

; (or OTTs) to disaggregated supply of regional systems.A former employee from a leading undersea cable system supplier in the U.S., deGuzmanas managed the implementation of numerous trans-Pacific submarine cable projects. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and is based on the east coast in the U.S

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US Announces $18.5 Mln for Offshore Wind Research

;s Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island), further research is needed to address U.S.-specific conditions. This research will focus on conditions such as:deep water, where floating foundations are required,areas where the seabed conditions are not well understood,the impact of hurricanes on the East Coast, andchallenging environments for installation and operations at sea.DOE said all of these challenges will benefit from industry-wide collaboration to reduce costs and maximize U.S. economic benefits.NYSERDA will administer and coordinate the collaborative R&D activities of the consortium, which

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Shipping Companies Recognized for Efforts to Save Whales

NGOs.The initiative program builds on decades of research by scientists and conservation groups who study the whales’ distribution patterns during their spring-through-fall foraging seasons along with vessel traffic patterns. It is modeled on similar efforts in Southern California and on the East Coast. In addition to providing whale protection benefits such as a reduction in risk of ship strike and a reduction in ocean noise, ships run more efficiently at slower speeds, which results in reduced greenhouse gas and particulate emissions and improves air quality for Bay Area residents.This spring

Sri Lanka Signs Deal for $50 Mln Offshore Seismic Study

Sri Lanka on Wednesday signed an agreement with a subsidiary of U.S. firm Schlumberger for a $50 million seismic study off the country's east coast to evaluate any prospective oil resources, a senior government official said.Sri Lanka signed the agreement with Eastern Echo DMCC, a subsidiary of Schlumberger, to carry out seismic data acquisition surveys, advance data processing and interpretation work or modelling of petroleum systems."The main objective of entering into this agreement is to acquire more petroleum data using modern acquisition and processing techniques," Arjuna Ranatunga

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Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm Officially Opens

Bank is owned by Ørsted (50 percent), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25 percent), Sumitomo Corporation (12.5 percent) and funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management (12.5 percent) and operated from Ørsted’s East Coast Hub in Grimsby, the U.K.’s largest offshore wind Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base.The project features a new way of carrying out offshore maintenance, using a state of the art Service Operation Vessel (SOV) that remains offshore with technicians working shifts of 14 days on and 14

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Algoma Joins Whale Conservation Efforts

and to acquire more knowledge about these animals. Many of Algoma’s vessels operate in the Saint Lawrence Estuary, where they may come across beluga, harbor porpoise, minke, blue, fin, and humpback whales. Several vessels also navigate in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the Canadian and U.S. East Coast, where they could also come across dolphins, pilot whales, and North Atlantic right whales.MMON initiated the maritime industry’s participation in the data collection about marine mammals in 2015 with Groupe Desgagnés and Canada Steamship Lines, a division of the CSL Group. Green Marine

TE SubCom to Design and Deploy Google's New Cable System

Undersea communications technology firmTE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced it has been selected by Google as the supplier of its Dunant submarine cable system. The four-fiber pair cable system will span over 6,400km and will connect the East Coast of the United States to Europe, adding dedicated capacity to Google’s global network and will enable interconnection to other subsea infrastructure in the region.Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom, said the Dunant cable system will be built using SubCom’s A1 cable family, which is optimized for projects compatible with higher

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

world's largest offshore wind farm will open on Thursday off the northwest coast of England when Danish energy group Orsted unveils the Walney Extension project.The wind farm has a capacity of 659 megawatts (MW), enough to power almost 600,000 homes, and overtakes the London Array off England's east coast which has a capacity of 630 MW.Walney Extension is made up of 87 turbines built by Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas, and covers 145 square kilometers (55 square miles), which is equivalent to around 20,000 football pitches.The 40 eight-megawatt MHI Vestas turbines being used stand 195 meters (213

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Orsted Expands US Business with $510 Mln Acquisition

;With this transaction we're creating the number one offshore wind platform in North America," Orsted's offshore wind chief Martin Neubert in a statement.The drive to open America's offshore wind industry has attracted Europe's biggest renewable energy companies, who see the U.S. East Coast as a new frontier after years of success across the Atlantic.Orsted said the acquisition increased its capital expenditure guidance to 23-25 billion Danish crowns ($3.55-3.86 billion) this year from previous guidance of 16-18 billion.The new guidance includes the acquisition price of Deepwater

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Maersk, McDermott Complete Contract off India

Maersk Supply Services said it has completed the first contract for one of its Stingray-Class newbuild subsea support vessel, Maersk Installer, with McDermott. Maersk Installer joined the project in January 2018, supporting the Vashishta development off the East Coast of India.This part of an ongoing development project by India's largest oil and gas exploration company, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation.   The contract utilized the Stingray's advanced capabilities, including its stationary DP3 to work in these challenging waters, and its 400t AHC crane with large outreach to load and install

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MH370 Report to Be Released after Latest Search Ends

on Thursday.   "If the aircraft is not found and a decision is made to discontinue the search, the team will resume the completion of the report and release it in the months ahead."   Several pieces of aircraft debris have been found on Indian Ocean islands and along Africa's east coast, and efforts to retrieve more are ongoing.   Three wing fragments were confirmed as coming from the missing plane, while other pieces, including some cabin interior items, were determined to be "almost certain" from MH370, the investigators said.   Malaysian officials are

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US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan

1983. At least 12 states have sought exemptions, and Zinke has agreed to exclude areas off Florida.   "On the five-year plan we made everything available to look at," Zinke told Reuters at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston. Governors from across the West Coast and much of the East Coast are meeting with the Interior and objecting to areas off their states for drilling. State discussions could last through year end.   So far, officials in Alaska, Maine, Georgia and U.S Gulf Coast states other than Florida have said they were open to expanding drilling. California and other

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Efforts to Curb Plastic Litter in Oceans are Working

The number of plastic bags found in the seas around Britain has significantly dropped since 2010 as European governments crack down on their use, researchers said on Thursday.   The percentage of trawls by fishermen that catch at least one plastic bag in the greater North Sea, off Britain's east coast, more than halved since 2010 to 16 percent, scientists in Britain and the Netherlands said.   Prior to 2010, the average was 40 percent, said the study which spanned 25 years.   Several European countries, including Ireland, Denmark, France and Britain, have introduced plastic bag

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US Interior Secretary Sees Little Demand for New Offshore Drilling

from drillers, and he added the likelihood for strong demand elsewhere is small."If you don't have the infrastructure, it's more expensive," Zinke said at an offshore wind power conference in Princeton, New Jersey, responding to a question about the possibility of drilling off the East Coast.Zinke also noted the strong political opposition to drilling, and said governors have significant leverage in controlling their waters.California, which has not allowed drilling off its coast since the 1980s, has said it would block any oil from new leases in the Pacific from reaching its shores

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Atlantic Ocean Circulation at Weakest Point in 1,600 Years

years, as suggested by new research led by University College London (UCL) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). If the system continues to weaken, it could disrupt weather patterns from the United States and Europe to the African Sahel, and cause more rapid increase in sea level on the U.S. East Coast.When it comes to regulating global climate, the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean plays a key role. The constantly moving system of deep-water circulation, sometimes referred to as the Global Ocean Conveyor Belt, sends warm, salty Gulf Stream water to the North Atlantic where it releases heat to

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BP, Reliance Move Ahead in Deep Water

new domestic gas production onstream, phased over 2020-2022.   Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of RIL, said: “In consonance with our announcements last year to raise domestic gas production, we are delighted to announce the on-schedule progress of the Satellite cluster in the east coast of India. This development supports the country’s imminent need of increasing domestic gas supply and is a firm step towards making India a gas-based economy.   Integrated field development of deep-water gas fields The Satellites cluster is a dry gas development and comprises four

Keel Laid for Second Bibby Wavemaster

independent lift tower. Now, the gangway hangs off the tower and matches where the lift is. All in all, the small number of changes that we have made to this second vessel shows just how good the first one was.”The Wavemaster 1 has recently completed her first charter servicing wind farms off the east coast of England, having seen all her options to extend taken up by the client. As of April 5, she is now working with Total E&P Netherlands servicing its gas platforms in the southern North Sea.“We have had good feedback on the Wavemaster 1 from our clients, and lots of interest from third

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