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Scientists to Investigate Human Impacts in the Ocean

experiments are being conducted, provides key time-series datasets for analyzing the effect of climate change on open-ocean and deep-sea ecosystems. A wide range of international scientists have been collecting data at this site for decades, and this latest voyage will include participants from Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, U.K. and U.S

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Tidal Stream Marches on in Europe

, 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 opportunity presented by tidal stream is significant, and governments should seize it by providing a clear signal of intent to the market. France still has that opportunity to show support for tidal energy projects in its forthcoming “Programmation pluriannuelle de l'énergie.“The question has never been ‘if’ tidal stream will become an industry, but rather ‘when’ and ‘where’. Europe

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European Commission Okays French Backing of Tidal Energy Test Site

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 of 14 megawatts. The turbines will have a rotor diameter of 16 meters and will be installed on the sea floor.France intends to support the development and operation of the Raz Blanchard tidal energy demonstration plant. The objective of the public support is to test this novel technology and verify the potential for tidal energy in France before deploying it on a larger scale. The project will facilitate the developmen

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Free Workshops: Earth Observation for Marine Environments

, satellites, high altitude platforms, drones, remote sensors, etc.•Sea Fisheries - July 9, 10:30-12:20 a.m. at Harwell, Oxfordshire or online via webinar•Aquaculture - July 9, 2-5 p.m. in Bari, Italy or online via webinar•Water-level Rise and Coastal Erosion- July 17, 9-11:30 a.m., France or online via webinar•Monitoring and Surveillance of the Marine Environment - July 17, 1-4 p.m., France or online via webinarThe workshop/webinars will facilitate discussion among a group of experts and commercial organizations in order to explore real opportunities, solutions and challenges

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

effectively counteracts the movement of the floater cause by wave swell. Ideol and STX say the floating substation is being designed to maximize both standardization for cost reduction and modularization for greater project flexibility. The developers aim to have a market ready solution in time for France’s upcoming floating commercial tenders.Principle PowerThe technologies being developed to enable floating offshore wind farms have generated a lot of buzz, and for good reason. High-tech floating structures unlock the potential for clean wind energy in waters – especially deep waters

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Arctic Offshore Salmon Farm to Come Online in Late 2020

in each of them," he said.Norway Royal Salmon was awarded development licences this year to produce up to 5,990 tonnes of salmon under the Arctic Offshore Farming initiative which involves the use of semi-submersible offshore fish farms built for harsh conditions.Hoestlund said model testing in France of the Arctic Offshore Farming concept, supported by oil services firm Aker Solutions, had produced very good results and the facility could easily handle 15 meter waves while the requirement is only 6.5 meters.Norway, already the world biggest producer, is looking to bolster output.Norway Royal

Schlumberger CFO Ayat to Retire Soon

of 2018, James West, a senior managing director for Evercore ISI, wrote in a note on Monday.Biguet previously held positions as Schlumberger's treasurer and as controller of operations, according to its financial filings. He has worked at Schlumberger since 1995 with roles in Venezuela, Canada and France before taking on his current position in December, 2017, according to his LinkedIn profile.Biguet "is very skilled in managing the organization," said one person familiar with proposed changes. "Now, he needs to manage the Street."Ayat started at Schlumberger in 1982, serving

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Mooring Installation Highlights Thordon's Range

are not many suppliers of these types of bearings, but we find Thordon offers a more simplified design and is easier to work with. When we have projects like this we tend to give Wenex a call to help during the design phase and assist with the calculations.”Thordon’s authorized distributor in France, Wenex, calculated the load on each bearing, a crucial element in optimizing the design of the Calm Buoys in line with the customer’s requirement.Having a 12m (39.4ft.) diameter hull, the Calm Buoy can accommodate 4, 6 or 8 chain legs. An innovative and compact 40t chain pulling winch is fitted

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

to cars parking for themselves. These technologies are entering the subsea space in various shapes and forms.Paris-based Forssea Robotics is a subsea robotics and research and development (R&D) startup company, set up in 2016 to reduce operating costs in the ROV market. Forssea was launched at France’s Ecole Polytechnique as a spin-out from ROV operator Searov Offshore, now part of DeepOcean, which brings offshore experience to Forrsea’s R&D.Forssea believes that use of augmented reality, computer vision and machine learning can enable greater traceability and field digitization

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Rovco Completes Amazon Reef Survey for Greenpeace

fish. We were incredibly proud to play a part in such an exciting and environmentally supportive expedition.”The project was completed within six weeks by Rovco’s survey party chief, ROV supervisor and ROV pilot on-board the Greenpeace Esperanza ship. The mobilization took place in Bordeaux, France, and work commenced offshore Brazil before concluding in French Guiana. The demobilization will be conducted in La Rochelle over the coming weeks.Rovco is already in discussions with Greenpeace about using similar 3D survey techniques to protect other sensitive environments around the world

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Total Determined to Drill Amazon Basin as Greenpeace Storms AGM

when it rejected its bid for an environmental license on Tuesday.The Greenpeace activists were also protesting at Total's investment in offshore oil production blocks in French Guyana, which will boost its presence in the potentially lucrative Guyana basin.Total faces more protests this month, after France's largest farmers' union called for a blockade of French oil refineries in protest at the company's decision to use imported palm oil at a new biofuel production site.(Reporting by Bate Felix; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by David Evans and Susan Fenton

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Macron Approves Offshore Windpower Projects

approved the windpower projects in a similar Twitter post.The future of the projects had been in some doubt after the French senate earlier this year rejected a government proposal to renegotiate and possibly cancel projects to generate a combined 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind power on six sites on France's west coast awarded in 2012 and 2014.(Reporting by Brian Love; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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AQUIND Interconnector Geophysical Survey Completed

grids.The survey, which commenced in November 2017, involved two of MMT’s high-tech vessels – M/V Franklin for offshore works and M/V Seabeam for nearshore works – and found no major obstacles to the proposed cable route between Portsmouth in the U.K. and the coastal region of Dieppe in France.“This is a major milestone in the development of AQUIND Interconnector,” said Kirill Glukhovskoy, managing director, AQUIND. “The results of the survey will form an integral part of the project’s final design.”The planned 2,000 MW capacity subsea and underground High

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New Range of Underwater Connectors

in-house, and our vertical integration gives us the flexibility and reactivity we need. The development of new connectors in close collaboration with our customers gives us a lot of freedom to design to very specific requirements. Although most of our business in marine applications is currently in France and the UK, we are well enough known to be able to develop the U.S. market too, through our network of representatives and distributors, as well as in Asia, principally in China, Japan and Korea."

Andrew Clayson, managing director of Flintstone (Photo: Flintstone Technology Ltd)

Flintstone Sets Its Sights on Floating Wind

operational expenditure over the next five years.Andrew Clayson, managing director of Flintstone, will be presenting on the ‘development and implementation of a subsea tensioned mooring system’ on the opening day of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT 2018), which takes place in Marseille, France, from April 25-27.Clayson said, “There are many similarities between the offshore floating wind and oil and gas supply chains. Our technology, although originally designed for offshore floating production, is suitable for any permanently, moored floating system. We believe we can make a real

One of the CTD instruments used to collect the data used in this study (Photo: NOC)

Switch from Leaded Petrol has Reduced Ocean Pollution

ago, following the phase-out of leaded petrol in Europe over the same time period.This finding is the result of an international collaboration by researchers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), GEOMAR (Germany), the Universities of Edinburgh, Southampton, Plymouth (UK) and Bretagne Occidentale (France), NIOZ (Netherlands) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA).Stricter environmental regulations have reduced lead emissions into the environment, and leaded petrol has now been almost entirely phased out in the U.K. Yet, prior to this change, enhanced lead emissions from human activity occurred

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Teledyne Bringing Its Technology Workshop to Europe

Building upon Teledyne Marine’s Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) event hosted biennially in the U.S., the company has decided to host this event in Cannes, France on October 9-11, 2018 to address the needs of customers in Europe and the surrounding area.As with the U.S. based TMTW, this event will allow speakers, influencers and attendees from around the globe to explore, learn and share their experiences on a broad range of marine and inland technologies.  This three-day workshop will once again include customer presentations, product/software training, networking opportunities

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