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Pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline has started in Finland (Photo: Allseas)

US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

The United States could yet impose new sanctions to try to block construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the European Union, the U.S. ambassador to the EU said on Tuesday.Asked if Donald Trump could take further measures to thwart a project which the president has said would leave EU countries even more beholden to Moscow for their energy, Gordon Sondland said: "We have not deployed the full set of tools yet that could significantly undermine if not outright stop the project."Addressing an audience at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels

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Partners Lead New Swarm Technology Research

localization system for a swarm of autonomous underwater sensor flying nodes.The research will aim to further enhance the capability of the flying node system and further reduce the cost and time for ocean bottom seismic surveys.RGU is a leading Scottish university in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, and its School of Engineering has an outstanding track record of working in collaboration with industry.The Swarm Technology research will be performed by Dr. Wai-keung Fung and Adham Sabra, who are with the Communications and Autonomous Systems Group within the School of Engineering, with results

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Wärtsilä Acquires Burriel Navarro

, repair and hull cleaning from Spain's main ports, will be part of Trident, a company Wärtsilä acquired in early 2018.Wärtsilä said the Burriel Navarro acquisition further supports the growth of its underwater services and expands the company’s local presence in the European market – from developing its propulsion-related services and strengthening the competences on the underwater services market to supporting its purpose of enabling sustainable societies with smart technology.“The acquisition supports us in our goals of environmental responsibility by

MV Franklin ( © MMT Sweden)

Marine Survey Work Starts for Greenlink Interconnector

The subsea field work for the Greenlink interconnector, one of Europe’s most important infrastructure projects, gets under way with the launch of the first of MMT’s survey vessels, MV Franklin.The offshore and nearshore surveying along the proposed route of the electricity link between the UK and Ireland is expected to take approximately 40 days, depending on weather conditions. MMT were awarded the contract for the Greenlink Marine Survey (GMS) by Greenlink Interconnector Ltd in August.Further survey work along the 170km marine route will be undertaken by vessels MV Seabeam, MV Edda Fonn

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Expro Wins BP Extension

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, “The investment in our new facilities allows us to grow our presence and deliver the highest quality of subsea services to major clients, including BP. It also allows us to broaden our portfolio offering, leveraging our leading global expertise in well testing and intervention

CSS Lightweight Pipeline Lifting and Handling Frames have been used for more than 1000 freespan correction operations, and folds into a 10' container for effective transportation and storage (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Partners with Connector Subsea Solutions

agreement with Norway headquartered Connector Subsea Solutions (CSS).Established in the year 2000, Connector Subsea Solutions are a specialist provider of Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) solutions for subsea pipelines, risers and conductors. The company operates from four countries in Europe and South America.According to Unique Group, the newly entered collaboration will help bolster its lineup of rental subsea equipment and solutions, and further enhance and simplify its capabilities in the field of Subsea IMR. Unique Group will deliver complete lightweight and compact remote operated

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Nexans Wins Triton Knoll Wind Farm Contract

; cables will be at the heart of that.”“We are delighted to win the Triton Knoll contract, which continues Nexans’ strong track record in UK wind projects and extends our fruitful partnership with Murphy,” said Laurent Guillaumin, Business Development Director - Offshore Wind Europe at Nexans. “This new success showcases Nexans’ capacity to help customers meet the ongoing challenge of reducing the installed and operating cost per MWh of their wind farms thanks to the competitive design of Nexans’ cables as well as the technical expertise and jointing know-how

Mark Heine (Photo: Fugro)

Furgo Taps Heine as New CEO

most recently served as director of Fugro's marine division, began his career at Fugro in 2000 as geodesist on various onshore and offshore survey projects. By 2002 he fulfilled several management roles in the survey division with increasing responsibilities. From 2012 he served as regional director Europe-Africa for the survey division. In 2013 he became director of the survey division, and in April 2015 he was appointed by the shareholders meeting as member of the management board. He holds a MSc in geodetic engineering from Delft University of Technology.Løseth will step down as CEO and chairman

Official U.S. Navy file photo.

Future USS South Dakota Delivered to US Navy

ship to be commissioned with the name South Dakota. The first South Dakota (ACR 9) was a Pennsylvania-class armored cruiser. The ship served in the Pacific until the American entry into World War I, where it patrolled the South Atlantic operating from Brazil, and escorted troop transports destined for Europe.During World War II, the second South Dakota (BB 57) was commissioned as the lead ship in its class. The four ships of the South Dakota class are considered the most efficient battleships built under the limitations of the Washington Naval treaty. South Dakota served in the Pacific and Atlantic as

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Hunting Hydrocarbons

system in 2019.For offshore wind construction operations, Blue Ocean is looking at taking take part in a pilot study, to understand piling operations from a remote, dynamic platform and monitor marine mammal activity before during and after these events. The proof-of-concept study is due to take place in Europe with a large-scale offshore wind operator. “Combining PAM and geochemical sensing into single surveys will be a further step in understanding the cost benefits associated with this type of force multiplier,” says Lind.Blue Ocean is also working on integrating JASCO’s OceanObserver

3D visualisation of the Canary Islands (Image: EMODnet)

New EMODnet Bathymetry Data Product

A new upgraded version of the EMODnet Bathymetry Digital Terrain Model (DTM) for the European Seas offers higher resolution, powerful 3D visualization functionality and extended coverage of Europe’s seas. The recently launched bathymetry product is available free of charge for viewing and downloading, and sharing by OGC web services from the EMODnet Bathymetry portal.The EMODnet DTM is a tool used for a whole range of applications in marine science, sustainable ocean governance, and blue economy activities such as planning of pipeline trajectories, locations of offshore wind farms or planning of

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Nexans Wins Cable Contract for Northwester 2 Wind Farm

team.The submarine cable will be manufactured in early 2019 in the Nexans Norway facility in Halden, Norway, while the associated accessories will be delivered by Nexans Switzerland plant located in Cortailod, Switzerland.The Northwester 2 wind farm is expected to make a significant contribution to Europe’s Climate and Energy Policy, saving around 500,000 metric tons of carbon per year. It will provide enough electricity to power approximately 220,000 Belgian homes.Pursuing an active exit strategy from nuclear power, the Belgian government is set to double the area of the country’s North

Installation of water level measuring station, Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea (Photo: MacArtney)

New Water Level Measuring Stations in the Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea is an intertidal zone that lies between the coast of northwest Europe and the low-lying Frisian Islands. It consists of a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its diverse nature, it is an area of strict environmental conservation.MacArtney has delivered six measuring stations to a German energy supplier in May this year including six Tide Masters designed by British manufacturer Valeport, equipped with Data Telemetry Units. The Tide Master device acts as a water level recorder; it can accurately record the height of the water

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Orsted Expands US Business with $510 Mln Acquisition

Orsted, the world's largest offshore wind developer, said on Monday it would buy U.S.-based Deepwater Wind LLC for $510 million as part of its strategy to expand in a major growth market.The still small U.S. offshore wind sector is seen as one of the most important markets outside the core European region, where subsidies that have underpinned the industry since the early 1990s are starting to be wound back.Deepwater Wind, the builder of the only operating U.S. offshore wind farm, has a portfolio with a capacity of around 3.3 gigawatts (GW). Orsted's U.S portfolio currently has a capacity

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Denmark-Netherlands Subsea Power Cable Reaches Dutch Coast

sources.The 325 km (202 mile) long COBRAcable, short for Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, has a capacity of around 700 megawatts (MW) and is expected to become fully operational in the third quarter of 2019."This is an important step towards the integration of electricity networks in western Europe," said Jeroen Brouwers, spokesman for Dutch grid operator TenneT."We will now have the first link between the Netherlands and Denmark, adding to existing connections with Norway and Britain."TenneT and Danish counterpart Energinet.dk have invested 621 million euros ($705 million) in

Wave Energy Converter at PLOCAN; UNDIGEN project. Source WEDGE GLOBAL S.L. PLOCAN

Blue-Gift to Implement Marine Power Project

The European Marine Energy Center (Emec) in Orkney, Scotland, will lead a project to support the development of wave and tidal power in coastal areas of north-west Europe.The project has been approved by Interreg Atlantic Area which will support ocean energy demonstration throughout the Atlantic Arc.The 36-month Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project will implement a coordinated ocean energy technology demonstration program that encourages longer term demonstration and technology de-risking across the Atlantic Arc regions.Blue-GIFT will leverage the skills, processes and expertise

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WindFloat Chosen for Kincardine Wind Farm

of water depth. Principle Power has also introduced new installation and O&M methodologies that reduce risk, cost and environmental impact.“This project clearly demonstrates the WindFloat’s ability to meet project needs, and how floating wind can be attractive to project developers in Europe and around the world,” Metelo said.In addition to the Kincardine project, Principle Power is executing on other projects ranging from 25 to over 100 MW elsewhere in Europe, Asia and North America

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