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NOAA, Ocean Infinity Form Research Partnership

intelligence to explore and map the U.S. EEZ,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “Data and information about the ocean help our nation advance our Blue Economy, including maritime commerce, domestic seafood production, healthy and sustainable fisheries, coastal resilience, energy production, tourism and recreation, environmental protection and national security.”  Sean Fowler, Ocean Infinity’s Director of Business Development, said, “This is an exciting step for Ocean Infinity as we combine our leading deepwater exploration technology with NOAA&rsquo

The KETmaritime consortium delivering a major pan-European project showcasing ‘next-generation’ technology (Photo: KETmaritime)

Maritime Blue-Light Laser Discovered

systems have clear advantages in high directionality and high range resolution. They also allow new methods of wide-band and interception-proofed communication.”The study of ‘photonics’ seeks to generate, control and detect photons – an elementary particle of light carrying energy. It can be used to concentrate beams for cutting and welding as well as 3D scanning and surgical applications, through to more ‘ordinary’ applications, such as presence detection for door control, bar code scanning and printers.The global photonics market is expected to surpass $688 billion

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/ Armstrong Marine)

Research Vessel Delivered to Orca Maritime

, the 4216-CTC model was selected by Orca Maritime after the builder delivered the same design to UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography (R/V Bob and Betty Beyster) in 2019.Orca Maritime will utilize the workboat in support of Department of Defense initiatives, environmental agencies, energy sectors, and commercial enterprise. Vessel operations will include the launch and recovery of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), underwater gliders, surface and underwater sensors, remotely operated vehicles (ROV), and unmanned surface vehicles (USV). Benthic Cat will also support surface-supplied/SCUB

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Subsea 7 Confirms Executive Management Changes

Presidents, effective from January 1, 2020.John Evans is now in place as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jean Cahuzac who retired at the end of 2019. Evans remains on the Board of the Company as a Non-Executive Director.Bringing to the role more than 30 years’ experience in the global offshore energy services industry, Evans was most recently Chief Operating Office for Subsea 7 from 2005 to 2019.Other changes to the executive management team include the addition of three new members who previously held senior roles within the company. Olivier Blaringhem has been appointed Executive Vice President

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WindFloat Atlantic Platform Heads Offshore

in other geographies.The structure, which has set off from the outer harbor of Ferrol, comprises a floating platform and the largest wind turbine ever installed on a floating structure.Once operational and with the installed capacity of 25 megawatts, the wind farm will be able to generate enough energy to supply the equivalent of 60,000 users each year.The project is led by the Windplus consortium, comprising EDP Renewables (54.4%), Engie (25%), Repsol (19.4%) and Principle Power Inc. (1.2%).The facility has three wind turbines mounted on floating platforms which are anchored only with chains to

Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project will use floating wind turbines to provide power to the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas production facilities.  (Image: Equinor)

Offshore Energy Outlook for 2020

The “new normal” is a phrase tossed around often in offshore energy circles today as those servicing and operating in the sector grapple with the harsh realities of the prolonged industry downturn. Operators, service companies and equipment suppliers have been forced to adjust to oil selling at prices well below the $100+ per barrel mark seen in years past. As of this writing, Brent oil was hovering around $62 per barrel, and analysts expect prices will remain in this range for some time into the future.On top of this, there’s another new reality for oil and gas companies to come to

Seafloor map showing pockmark and micro-depressions in the seafloor off Big Sur. Image: © 2019 MBARI

Researchers Find Mysterious Seafloor Holes

During a recent survey of the deep seafloor off Big Sur, MBARI researchers discovered thousands of mysterious holes or pits in the seafloor. Scientists and resource managers want to understand how these pits formed because this area is the site of a proposed wind-energy farm. Researchers Eve Lundsten and Charles Paull describe their discovery this week at the Fall 2019 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.The researchers found two different sizes of holes. The larger ones, known as pockmarks, average 175 meters (almost 600 feet) across and five meters (16 feet) deep, and are

Grane (Photo: Øyvind Hagen, Equinor)

Equinor Re-ups Magseis Fairfield Contract

Magseis Fairfield announced Norwegian energy company Equinor had awarded four-year renewal for its reservoir monitoring program for the Snorre and Grane fields in the Norwegian North Sea.The containerized permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) system, designed and delivered in 2013, has been operated by Magseis Fairfield acquiring 4D surveys twice a year over both Equinor assets. The contractual relationship under the Equinor framework a reement extends the existing scope of operations by adding the ability to utilize the system over multiple assets in different configurations, Magseis Fairfield

Peter Nilsson, President & CEO. Photo: Kitron

Kitron Wins OWF Orders

of test systems and production of electronics modules that are part of control systems for High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology used for offshore wind power."These orders are strategically important for Kitron, as they come from a leading company within the rapidly growing renewable energy sector,” said Peter Nilsson, President, and CEO of Kitron ASA.Peter added: "This also confirms our ability to supply advanced technical services, such as test development.”  Deliveries are planned for 2020 with a startup in the second quarter. Production will take place at Kitron'

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Vestas Tidal Wind Solutions for Vietnam

;u Province, Vietnam for the local EPC construction company Bac Phuong JSC, using onshore wind technologies to harvest wind resources from the sea.The intertidal project site is covered in water at high tide and some of the turbines will be uncovered at low tide, said a press note from the sustainable energy solutions provider.Working closely with the customer to overcome the complex operation of planning and executing an intertidal project, Vestas will supervise the installation of the turbines in shallow waters close to shore in the Mekong Delta region to exploit the full potential of the region&rsquo

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