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Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

, it turns out, are bundled into current state-side plans. Yet, serious observers of the first U.S. offshore wind installations saw inefficiency: unwieldy lifts; few specialist vessels on-hand; and cables were “just cables.” Supply chain innovation, people say, lags other industries.In Europe, where offshore turbines heavily dot maritime maps, there’s acknowledged room for innovation in turbine construction, support shipping and subsea. Installations here, too, can seem encumbered and slow. Cables and power are said to be “laid” when they could be better “distributed

Photo: McLane Research Laboratories

McLane IFCB Helps in Rust Tide Study

alone is estimated to cause annual losses to aquaculture of between $5-60 million USD in Korea, with a high of $74.5 million in damages in 1995. Reports of C. polykrikoides blooms in U.S. waters are also becoming more and more frequent, consistent with an observed expansion from Asia to North America and Europe. Shellfish producers throughout Chesapeake Bay, Long Island, and Cape Cod have noted high levels of juvenile shellfish mortality associated with these events.Photo: McLane Research LaboratoriesThe Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) is an in-situ automated submersible imaging flow cytometer that generates

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

In Europe, there are sure signs that underwater mining is the next big market for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and new “drones” called HROV, DART or TURTLE. Among the indicators is the involvement of mining companies, governments, rich subsea players and the Dutch dredging community. New vehicles are being developed from Hungary to Hawaii, although Portugal, it seems, is at the forefront of new-vessel commercialization.Apart from dredging up gold and diamonds nearshore, underwater mining is about two activities: tapping the leftover mineral

(Illustration: Equinor)

DNV GL To Perform Hywind Tampen Study

change. Having been involved in floating wind for many years now, including as verification body on Equinor’s Hywind Scotland project, we’re excited to impart our expertise further on Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project,” commented Prajeev Rasiah, Executive Vice President, Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL - Energy.(Illustration: Equinor

Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä

Trident Opens UAE Diving Center

into a major global shipping region will enhance Wärtsilä’s ability to serve its  customers with underwater repairs, refurbishments and maintenance. The UAE center became fully operational in February 2019.Wärtsilä already has strong underwater servicing capabilities in Europe through its acquisition of the Trident Group in February 2018, and its subsequent acquisition of the Spanish underwater services company Burriel Navarro later that year. This latest expansion into the Middle East shipping region extends the company’s global footprint in this specialist field. 

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EU Moves to Curb Ocean Plastic

The European Parliament on Wednesday agreed on new measures to tackle marine litter coming from single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics.The Single-Use Plastics Directive, proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the European Parliament this week, places a ban on selected single-use products made of plastic for which alternatives exist on the market, such as cotton bud sticks, cutlery, plates, straws, stirrers, sticks for balloons, as well as cups, food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene

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Mainstay to Build Wave Energy Device

device of this magnitude is a great endorsement of our marine engineering capabilities and prospects for the future. The sheer scale of mWave positions itself as an exemplar project within our increasing portfolio of marine renewable energy projects.”The project is funded by a £10.3 million European Regional Development Fund grant awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office.Bombora Wave Power Europe, established its European headquarters in Pembroke Dock at the end of 2017 and after a period of growth, now employs 21 people with wide ranging disciplines from across the marine energy industry

A common ling, Molva molva, swims amongst an almost coral reef-like habitat created by oil and gas infrastructure. Image from Insite.

The Decommissioning, Marine Life Connection

in St Andrews, late 2018: “This is about providing science for all stakeholders to try and understand what’s going on in the eco-system, so that we are informed and can make better decisions.”Significant findings of the first phase work, which involved 16 science institutes across Europe and eight oil major sponsors, included the discovery that the protected cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa on facilities in the northern North Sea (notably, Thistle A and the now derogated structure of Murchison) could potentially be supplying larvae that drift from these structures to natural coral

Alexander Kara is the new CEO at NKT (Photo: NKT)

NKT Names Kara CEO

has appointed Alexander Kara as President and CEO. He will join NKT August 1, 2019.Kara joins NKT from ABB where was most recently Senior Vice President, HUB Business Unit Manager CSE, High Voltage Products with responsibility for all ABB high-voltage product plants and markets in Central and Southern Europe. Prior to that, he has held several key positions at ABB from 1987. From 2012 to 2014, he was head of ABB’s global power cables business in Karlskrona, Sweden, now owned by NKT.When Kara joins NKT, he and CFO Roland M. Andersen will constitute the NKT A/S executive management team. Until then

Atlantis Dweller (Photo: Fugro)

TenneT Contracts Fugro for UXO Services

.Commenting on the identification and clearance (ID & C) project that begins in April, Business Development Manager Martin Valk said, “Fugro has conducted site characterization work on a large number of offshore wind farm developments around the globe. Against a backdrop of continued growth in Europe, we are enhancing our ability to respond to demands for UXO ID & C services by bringing the Atlantis Dweller into our European vessel fleet.“The vessel has been specifically configured for the offshore renewables market in Europe and is ideally suited for safe and efficient UXO ID &

Eagle Explorer (Photo: SeaBird Exploration)

SeaBird Scores Contract Extension

SeaBird Exploration announced Tuesday that its contract for the Eagle Explorer with CGG has been extended by approximately 80 days for another survey in Northern Europe. The contract is now firm until August 15, 2019, with further options for CGG to extend with up to 60 days.The Eagle Explorer has been on a 160-day contract with CGG since acquired in November and completing its 10 year class docking in December 2018 and is currently working as a source vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pioneering Spirit transports the drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development (Photo: Allseas)

Pioneering Spirit Shifts to the North Sea

pipelaying activities on hold again later this year."Pipelay works are progressing well and according to schedule," Kothe said. "The other construction works are on track to complete the twin pipelines by the end of 2019."Nord Stream 2 is being built to transport gas from Russia into Europe. So far, more than 800 kilometers of pipes have been laid on the seabed for the project in line with the permits granted by Germany, Finland, Sweden and Russia. Currently there are more than 1,000 people working on some 20 vessels for the project.Pioneering Spirit installing pipeline in Swedish waters

Iain Smith, Proserv’s president, Subsea Controls (Photo: Proserv)

Subsea Supply Chain Tightening -Proserv

Proserv.Industry consultants have outlined that more final investment decisions (FIDs) are now being made in the upstream industry. Rystad Energy presently predicts almost $30 billion of extra capital expenditure in the E&P subsea segment across the next six years, as areas such as South America, Europe, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa experience increased spending.Notably, Rystad also expects several regions, including South America and Europe, to see the majority of expenditure directed to brownfield sites. Iain Smith, Proserv’s president, Subsea Controls, concurs: “FIDs are

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

. “More than a decade after they were first introduced, ROVs became essential in the 1980s, when much of the new offshore development exceeded the reach of human divers.”In 1980, Spearhead Exhibitions, run by David Stott, who had founded Hydrospace magazine in 1967, and then initiated Offshore Europe in Aberdeen, saw the potential in Oceanology and bought it. As the 1980s offered a boom for oceanographic and underwater focused companies, they in turn helped, with David’s guidance, grow the show. Oceanology – and Brighton’s bars – was the place to be, both for doing business

Boskalis Acquires Horizon

leader in the Middle East and we are committed to continuing and expanding the high quality of services they deliver to their clients. Furthermore, Horizon with its strong market position in the Middle East, makes this addition highly complementary to the position we hold through Gardline in Northwest Europe."Horizon operates seven large survey/geotechnical vessels, of which three are on a long term charter, in addition to five smaller survey vessels, two jack-up platforms, three motion-compensated drill towers for geotechnical services and eight ROVs.The remaining 37.5% of the shares are held by

Image: DNV GL

Offshore Pipeline Market to Grow 6.5%

is driven by various factors, such as increasing demand for crude oil & natural gas. However, growing demand for refined products can hinder the growth of the offshore pipeline market," it said.The greater than 24" segment is the fastest growing segment in the offshore pipeline market.The European region is expected to have planned projects for the offshore pipeline with the addition of approximately 2,200 km by 2020.The transport line segment is the highest growing segment in the offshore pipeline market.The transport line segment is expected to dominate the market with approximately 25

Tony Hodgson, Regional Business Development Manager Europe, Fugro

Oi ‘Voices’: Tony Hodgson, Fugro

Technology Reporter published a supplement celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Oceanology International, the subsea industry's largest global conference & exhibition. We asked industry leaders to weigh in on the value of Oi, and here we feature:Tony Hodgson, Regional Business Development Manager Europe, Fugro“Fugro is pleased to have supported the Oceanology event over the majority of the last 50 years. Fugro supported the event in Brighton at the Metropole Hotel, which was an excellent venue and surroundings for networking with clients and suppliers. As the industry has grown the event has

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