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Ashtead -DMS installed on a Subsea Template as seen from ROV camera. Photo: Ashtead

Challenges of Underwater Structure Monitoring for Offshore Operations

of liquid CO₂ to an onshore terminal on the Norwegian west coast. From there, the liquified CO₂ is transported via pipeline to an offshore storage location subsea in the North Sea for permanent storage. The CCS project is instrumental in helping to reduce CO₂ emissions and is a step towards the European Union’s efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.It marks the first occasion Ashtead Technology has been involved in a CCS programme, providing a leading subsea services company with its integrated Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) - a suite of structural monitoring

Ocean Energy Systems chairman Henry Jeffrey.

Ocean Energy: A Surge Coming in 2020

to harness the power from the ocean.A key function of OES is to provide a comprehensive overview of ocean energy policy, research and technology being implemented by member countries. One notable trend we are observing is a growing number of ‘cross-border’ R&D projects supported by European Union funding. These projects are increasing knowledge and understanding of device developments. The strengthened communication is also helping tackle pressing issues surrounding design and efficiency improvements, array configurations, environmental impacts and cost reduction.Strong progress is also

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Global Offshore Wind Market Grows 30%

the offshore wind industry has been fostered in European countries bordering the North Seas, where high quality wind resources and relatively shallow water have provided exceptionally good conditions in which to develop offshore wind technologies and bring them to market.Policy support has helped the European Union reach nearly 20 GW of offshore wind capacity by the end of 2018.Offshore wind is set for robust growth in the EU, with current policies aiming to multiply offshore wind capacity by 4 over the next decade.Alongside Europe, China has taken strides forward on offshore wind and now stands among the

The bespoke drill rig being lowered over the side of the RRS James Cook. The rig is designed to push the curved steel pipe into the seabed sediment. Image: Copyright STEMM-CCS Project

Increased Confidence in CO2 Storage

as they emerge from beneath the sediment. The use of an ROV during this delicate operation demonstrates that even small leaks can be sampled in harsh conditions. Image: Copyright STEMM-CCS ProjectThe Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage (STEMM-CCS) project is a European Union Horizon2020-funded research project. It brings together researchers from Germany, Norway, Austria and the UK, along with industry partner Shell, to develop the techniques and technology to detect traces of CO2 leaks if they occur in the marine environment, to observe how the gas behaves in sediments

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

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

economic zones, or EEZs, of maritime countries where rare earth elements, or REEs, are known to lie. There’s a quiet desperation surrounding both enterprises, as REEs are the stuff of iPhone screens, military-grade aluminum, hybrid cars, TVs and the newest batteries.Enter the drone. The European Union is marshalling its mechatronic (multidisciplinary, robotic) research communities — its university engineering faculties and applied-science scientists — and its geologists to build a supply chain that can mine underwater. EU-funded projects, of which there are many, have helped launch

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EU Moves to Curb Ocean Plastic

the equivalent of €22 billion by 2030, and save consumers a projected €6.5 billion, it said.Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, added, "Once implemented, the new rules will not only prevent plastic pollution, but also make the European Union the world leader in a more sustainable plastic policy. The European Parliament has played an essential role in laying the foundation for this transformation and in giving a chance to the industry to innovate, thus driving forward our circular economy."Commissioner for environment, maritime

Photo: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning

ocean anywhere, and none at all of the deepest waters of the northern North Atlantic.”  Primary funding came from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Physical Oceanography Program and the United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council. Additional funding came from the European Union 7th Framework Program and Horizon 2020.Co-authors hailed from Duke; the U.K.’s National Oceanography Center; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences; the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Utrecht University; Memorial University in

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The Oceans Are Warming Faster than Expected

had been broken almost yearly since 2000.Overall, temperatures in the ocean down to 2,000 metres rose about 0.1 degree Celsius (0.18F) from 1971-2010, he said. The 2013 U.N. assessment estimated slower rates of heat uptake but did not give a single comparable number.A separate study on Monday, by the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service, said 2018 was the fourth warmest year for global surface temperatures in records dating back to the 19th century.Ocean temperatures are less influenced by year-to-year variations in the weather. It can take more than 1,000 years for deep ocean temperatures

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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