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iXblue’s hydrographic research vessel FeliX (Photo: iXblue)

iXblue Wins OWF Survey in France

iXblue said its Sea Operations division has been selected by developer EOLFI to conduct the geophysical survey of the future Groix & Belle-Île pilot floating wind farm located in the South of Brittany, off the west coast of France.The survey, which began earlier this week, will last for about five days and will be conducted by a crew of five iXblue hydrographic surveyors and geophysicist engineers on board the company’s hydrographic research vessel FeliX.“Our vessel has been designed and manufactured by our own shipyard and survey division, which means it has been specifically

(Image: Ideol)

Ideol Unveils Floating Electrical Substation

without the need for offshore heavy-lift operations. And thanks to a time-tested and readily available supply chain, the solution can easily be serial produced.Ideol said it expects the solution will have a significant market impact, and that the system is ready for upcoming commercial tenders, in France and around the world. The market potential is huge, it said, as 115 GW of new offshore capacity is expected to be installed around the globe by 2030. Bruno Geschier, Ideol’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, said, “We were happy to welcome the most influential players of the offshore

Mélanie Bonnissel (Photo: 2H Offshore)

2H Offshore Opens Paris Office

2H Offshore, a riser and conductor specialist in subsea services group Acteon, announced it has opened a new regional office in Paris, France, to provide a direct and higher-quality service to operators and contractors based in and around Paris and to other clients throughout Continental Europe. 2H has served Parisian clients through its London office for more than 25 years.Director Mélanie Bonnissel, a new addition to the 2H team, will lead the Paris office. Bonnissel recently moved from TechnipFMC where she held several management positions, including head of pipelines within the subsea

Photo: RTsys/French Navy

French Frigate Sonars Get an Upgrade

a reliable solution based on its SDA (Synchronous Data Acquisition) technological core to digitalize and process the signals received, without any modification on the existing transmitters and transducers.This system has been installed on three Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates FASM in Brest (Brittany, France) and on one Anti-Aircraft Frigate FAA based in Toulon by the Mediterranean French coast, thereby providing them with effective digital tools in order to avoid the costly replacement of the entire sonar system.Improved signal processing significantly enhances reception especially thanks to the SDA

Riachuelo submarine during launching. Image Marinha do Brasil

World Navies: Brazil´s Riachuelo Submarine

of this investment is the Submarine Development Program (PROSUB). The National Defense Strategy, launched in 2008, established that Brazil needed to have a major naval force, including a submarine with nuclear propulsion. In that same year, a technology transfer agreement was signed between Brazil and France in the area of submarine construction. The program is enabling the production of four conventional submarines (S-BRs), which will be added to the fleet of five ageing and obsolete conventional submarines, and the building of the first Brazilian submarine with nuclear propulsion (SN-BR), all made

(Image: EDF Renewables)

Prysmian to Supply Cables for French Floating Wind Farm

Cable systems manufacturer Prysmian Group said on Tuesday it has been awarded a contract worth approximately €30 million to develop of a turnkey submarine cable system for EDF Renewables' Provence Grand Large (PGL) floating offshore wind farm project in South France.The system will includes 3 km of submarine dynamic inter-array cables and 19 km of export cables for a total of 22 km, in addition to the land cables for a route of 9 km, Prysmian said. The 25 MW floating wind farm will include three Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW wind turbines installed on float systems in the so-called Faraman zone

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DGA Taps iXblue for AUV Positioning & Monitoring

; DGA/TN, formerly GESMA), an entity specialized in experimentation in the area of mine warfare, has selected iXblue's Gaps acoustic positioning system for its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) positioning and monitoring applications."The choice of Gaps by the DGA/TN, which is the reference in France in the area of mine warfare, is a clear mark of the confidence placed in our underwater positioning technology," said Hubert Pelletier, Head of the Acoustics Division of iXblue. "This contract, which further strengthens a longstanding working relationship with the DGA/TN, is testimony to

Kenneth Dastol, CEO & President, Zenitel Group. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Zenitel: Expanding in Maritime, Offshore

is the leader of intelligent communication systems. We are located in 18 countries around the world with more than 300 employees after the acquisition of Phontech. Approximately half of the staff is working out of Norway, the rest is spread out with about 30 employees in U.S., 25 in Singapore, 25 in France 25 in Croatia and the remaining employees in Denmark, Sweden, India, China, Middle East, Brazil, Columbia etc.We realize Zenitel is diverse in the markets it serves. Can you put in perspective the size, shape and direction of the maritime and offshore businesses to your overall?Zenitel is organized

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France to Test Floating Wind Turbines

of turbine, floater and cables with a total installed capacity of 24 megawatt each."The objective of the public support is to test these different technological solutions, with the long-term goal to test this technology before deploying it on a larger scale," the Commission said.(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; editing by Foo Yun Chee

Resourceful: Norwegian AUV and oceanographic researchers work in sync. Photo Credit: Professor Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU AMOS

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

equipment. For OEMs in general, however, changing payloads — or combinations of multibeam echosounders, side-scan sonars, sub-bottom profilers, synthetic aperture sonars, high-definition cameras, laser systems, and chemical sensors — imply uncertainty in production. Some companies, like France’s ECE, appear to have an AUV for every mission: an imaging A18-E; the maneuverable, twin-hull A18-TD for “homeland” surveillance; a man-portable A9-s and about a dozen others. Like its competitors, perhaps, ECE sells the mission: wide-area surveillance; search and rescue, seabed

Aerial view of the port of Marseille. (Photo: Port of Marseille Fos)

French Port: First Phase of Subsea Cables

a common goal with the Port of Marseille Fos which is to foster Marseille’s attractiveness for international, national and local investors, help the whole territory to grow and reinforce the role of the city as a global-scale digital hub.” said Fabrice Coquio, Managing Director of Interxion France

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