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Rovco to Double Its Workforce

and we have identified a number of opportunities to grow our business. We are seeing a more optimistic outlook across the industry and our plans for the next 12-months reflect this.“We have a number of key regions where we see opportunity for expansion, with a focus on oil and gas in the U.K., Europe, Asia Pacific, North and West Africa markets. We are also looking to expand our offshore wind contracts in the U.K. and Europe.“A key part of our growth strategy is investing in R&D, we already offer innovative solutions for subsea survey, but over the next 12-months we plan to invest another

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Heyman Joins Tymor Marine

Tymor Marine hired Matthew Heyman as Business Development Manager.   Heyman has more than 20 years maritime industry experience with companies including Wilhelmsen, Maersk and Stena, in the UK, Europe and Australasia. Tymor Marine is a UK- and USA-based independent marine and naval architectural consultancy with offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Lafayette.  Tymor delivers a range of design and analysis functions, such as vessel and rig stability and modifications, seafastening of cargo and equipment, subsea deployment analysis, mooring analysis and offshore equipment design and modification.

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Van Oord Wins Taiwanese Offshore Wind Contract

to the Taiwan power grid that year and the remaining part in 2021.The project is part of the Taiwanese government's plans to install offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 5,500 MW by 2025, in a push to phase out nuclear energy.The Yunlin project is the first wind contract for Van Oord outside Europe. The company has worked on dredging and other offshore projects in Taiwan, where it created 250 hectares (617.8 acres) of new land in the port of Kaohsiung last year.($1 = 0.8631 euros)(Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Mark Potter

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Tidal Stream Marches on in Europe

stream, forcing the liquidation of its tidal stream subsidiary, OpenHydro.“The liquidation of OpenHydro is disappointing news, yet closures are part of pioneering and innovating in a brand new industrial sector, on the road to commercialization,” said Rémi Gruet, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe.“Today, numerous tidal stream projects are consistently producing power around Europe. Costs are coming down fast with every new project, and the EU has set targets for tidal to reach 10€c/kWh by 2030, well below offshore wind costs only five years ago,” he continued.“The industrial

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COSL to Drill Tui Field Wells for Tamarind Resources

Offshore driller COSL Drilling Europe as entered into an agreement with Tamarind Resources for drilling operations with Hai Yang Shi You 982 (HYSY 982) in New Zealand.Tamarind Resources owner of the Tui Field (PMP 38158) announced that it has entered into a contract with COSL Drilling Europe for the semi-submersible rig, HYSY 982 (HYSY 982 is the sister rig of COSLProspector). The contract consists of three firm wells, and options to extend the contract terms for up to one optional side-track development well and up to one optional exploration well, all to be drilled within the Tui permit. The

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European Commission Okays French Backing of Tidal Energy Test Site

The European Commission has found a French project promoting electricity generation from tidal energy to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure will contribute to the EU's energy and climate goals without unduly distorting market competition, the Commission said.The Normandie Hydro plant is a demonstration plant for producing electricity from tidal energy. It will be developed by OpenHydro and operated by EDF EN and will be located at Raz Blanchard, west of the Cotentin peninsula, on the English Channel. The demonstration plant will comprise seven turbines with a power generation capacity

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Forum Energy Technologies Adds European Distributor

;This agreement ensures that our clients in The Netherlands and Belgium receive the same streamlined and consistent support they are accustomed to around the globe.”Johnston added that Forum will engage with current and new companies through Seascape Subsea Technology BV to grow its foothold in Europe.Seascape Director, Martijn Juijn, commented, “To be able to represent one of the most extensive ranges of subsea vehicles in the world will allow Seascape to explore new market opportunities in this territory."

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Norway Wants to Build Floating Wind Farms

is already maturing a project in Norway to combine floating wind with oil platforms.Norway's energy minister expected to conclude the discussions within a few months."By autumn I hope we will have a proposal. Perhaps we need to go through the parliament with this," he said.Norway is western Europe's top producer of oil and natural gas, and has so far lagged Nordic neighbours Denmark and Sweden in wind power developments.(Editing by Terje Solsvik

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ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

, High Definition Cameras and Laser Systems, CTDs and chemical sensors, or any combination of AUV payloads. Additional battery sections can be added to extend the endurance from 24 hours up to 72 hours.The ISE Explorer AUV has a proven track record of offshore operational success with customers from Asia, Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Canada.The vehicle’s top-notch maneuverability oit to make tight turns, avoid obstacles and dive steeply. This, combined with the vehicle’s high survey speed and three-hour turnaround time on deck, allows the ISE Explorer to cover more ground, collect more data

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Innovation Starts @ Marine Hub Cornwall

opportunity to see that realized from the other side of the coin.Marine Hub was launched to become the voice of marine technology innovation in Cornwall. Tell us about the project and why you are set on strengthening the region’s position as a leading global technology hub.If you look at the map of Europe and where the current offshore activities are happening, it's centered on the southern North Sea.  If you start factoring what's coming down the track when you look at the potential of the Atlantic seaboard and where the tidal energy sites are likely to be, Cornwall sits bang in the

The Gwynt Y Mor wind farm. Photo from Rovco.

Subsea Robotics for Renewables

gain a new insight into the condition of these subsea assets,” says Dr David Flynn, director of the Smart Systems Group at Heriot-Watt University, and a member of the HOME Offshore group.There’s going to be a large market to address. Some 3.1 GW of new offshore wind capacity was installed in Europe in 2017, double the capacity installed in 2016, according to WindEurope, a trade body. By 2020, WindEurope expects a total European offshore wind capacity of 25GW – with all the associated infrastructure that comes with it.HOME Offshore estimates that use of remote inspection and asset management

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

lowers cost of electricity for consumers. The Haliade-X is designed to offer greater power generation efficiency, with a 63 percent gross capacity factor five to seven points above the current industry benchmark, according to GE. Therefore, it will produce more energy per MW installed.Ideol Offshore, STX Europe Offshore EnergyIn several locations across the globe, commercial wind farms are being designed for waters that simply cannot support the fixed structures typically used. For these projects a new generation of floating wind turbines is in development. Offshore substations that collect and export power

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Nord Stream 2 Seeks Alternative Route to Avoid Danish Waters

with which it has poor relations.The Danish government has come under fierce lobbying by Russia, EU allies and the United States over the 9.5 billion euro ($10.9 billion) Nord Stream 2 project led by Gazprom and financed by five Western firms. The United States opposes the project while some eastern European countries fear it will make the EU a hostage to Russian gasBut Denmark does not want to act alone and has postponed a decision on the new legislation.Its search for a united EU stance on the proposed pipeline is also deadlocked by divisions among member states over whether to do more business with

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Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

company said.In addition, Equinor plans to drill between 20 and 30 exploration wells each year off Norway, including both its own and partner-operated wells, to search for new reserves."I think we can keep that rate for at least another five years," Dodson told Reuters.The Norwegian company, Europe's second-largest gas supplier after Russia's Gazprom, said it would prioritize natural gas in its exploration plans offshore Norway, aiming to add more volumes around the existing infrastructure, such as the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea, and elsewhere."Natural gas is a commodity

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Drones Will Take Off for Shipping, Says Allianz

drones are being used to undertake survey work and environmental monitoring.Drones are likely to find many more uses in the maritime sector in the years to come, some of which could help prevent or mitigate losses, according to Volker Dierks, Head of Marine Hull Underwriting, AGCS Central & Eastern Europe.“Drones make it simpler and quicker to examine a ship and its cargo, but it is easy to see how the technology could be used to assess environmental pollution damage or observe shipping traffic in congested transit routes,” says Dierks.For example, drones can be used to carry out inspections

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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MainOne Cable System to Extend to Francophone Region

optimizing cable utilization. SubCom will light the new branches with Ciena’s transmission equipment, which enables this flexibility and higher capacity. It is also an industry first for the deployment of undersea spectrum-sharing in Africa.The MainOne Submarine Cable System links West Africa with Europe, bringing ultra-fast broadband in the region. It runs from Seixal in Portugal to Lagos in Nigeria. The system first went live in July 2010, becoming the first privately-owned subsea cable to bring open-access broadband capacity in West Africa

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