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SBM Offshore Wins AIP for Wind Floater Design from ABS

, as well as for wet tow with the turbine installed and mooring hook-up phase. The approved design has been developed to a technology maturity level of a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for all relevant extreme and fatigue load cases, using detailed wind and met-ocean conditions for a site offshore France.The complete design was developed in-house at SBM Offshore, in collaboration with our partner, IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN), using proprietary design tools and the detailed wind turbine model, including the controller.The AIP verifies that the floater is feasible for the intended application and

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SeaBird Takes Delivery of Seismic Vessel from CGG

Norwegian seismic surveyor SeaBird Exploration said it had taken delivery of the Geowave Voyager from France's CGG, and the vessel has been renamed Eagle Explorer.The vessel was acquired fully rigged with 40km streamer and dual source, for $17 million and a NOK 120 million private placement.As part of the purchase agreement, SeaBird will have a preferred supplier status with CGG when using the Eagle Explorer.SeaBird and CGG have entered into a 160-day contract for the vessel, operating as a source vessel, with options for CGG to extend.The vessel will go to work starting in December, after completin

Pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline has started in Finland (Photo: Allseas)

US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

and we don't want to put ourselves in that position."Gazprom is the sole shareholder in Nord Stream 2, shouldering half of the 9.5 billion euro ($10.7 billion) construction cost. Gazprom's Western partners are Germany's Uniper and Wintershall, Anglo-Dutch group Royal Dutch Shell, France's Engie and Austria's OMV.($1 = 0.8888 euros)(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Adrian Croft

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Blue-Gift to Implement Marine Power Project

encourages longer term demonstration and technology de-risking across the Atlantic Arc regions.Blue-GIFT will leverage the skills, processes and expertise developed in the Interreg NWE FORESEA program to drive forward the marine energy sector in the Atlantic Arc.Located in the coastal regions of Spain, France, Portugal, Ireland and Scotland, the Atlantic Arc region represents the areas of highest ocean energy resource in Europe. The development of ocean energy in these regions will help stimulate economic development whilst developing a domestic sustainable energy source to reduce carbon emissions.The

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Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

Institution of Oceanography, for James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGE Expedition, and other international hadal research projects. “Weicheng has the determination to get this done. His influence may ultimately be felt in the funding priorities of nations who once led in hadal exploration: France, Russia, Italy, and the United States.”Directly, and through his advisors, Cui has invited the world ocean science community to join him in the exploration of the unknown worlds hidden in the depths.Says Professor Cui, “Through innovative approaches and advanced technologies we are committed

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Engie Gets Green Light for Offshore Wind Projects in France

French energy group Engie said on Tuesday it has received clearance for its grounded 500 MW gigawatt capacity offshore Yeu and Noirmoutier wind projects.Engie said the 2 billion euro ($2.27 billion) projects, which it is developing with renewables company EDPR, and a unit of French public sector lender Caisse des Depots, will proceed with the calls to tender after it obtained the final authorization from the government on Monday.A spokesman said the wind farms are expected to be operational by 2021.The farms are in an 83 square kilometers zone, and they will have 62 turbines manufactured by Siemens

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Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline is 70% Financed so Far

1 pipeline from a current 55 billion cubic metres of gas a year, is owned by Gazprom, which is taking on half of the planned costs of 9.5 billion euros ($11 billion).The rest is divided between five European energy companies - Germany's Uniper and Wintershall, Anglo- Dutch group Royal Dutch Shell, France's Engie and Austria's OMV.($1 = 0.8679 euros)(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Susan Fenton

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The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29

during World War I. For this he won two Iron Crosses and the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern.Pustkuchen is best known not for the ships he sank, but for one he didn’t. On March 24, 1916, Pustkuchen sighted a cross-channel ferry, the SS Sussex, en route from Folkestone in England to Dieppe in France with 325 passengers aboard. With no prior warning, UB-29 fired a torpedo from 1,400 yards, tearing off the ferry’s bow. Lifeboats were lowered, but several capsized. At least 50 passengers lost their lives. The Sussex managed to stay afloat and was towed, stern-first, to France. There were

The Maritime Alliance Seeks Executive Director

development. The ideal candidate would be in position to start on November 1, 2018.Entering its 13th year in 2019, TMA has over 90 regional and international members and is a proud charter member of the BlueTech Cluster Alliance made up of 10 leading BlueTech clusters from 8 countries (Canada, France, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, U.K. & U.S)The Executive Director works closely with the President and the Board of Directors to promote a common Blue Voice and create an ecosystem of companies, policy makers, economic development officials, researchers, educators, innovators and students

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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

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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

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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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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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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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

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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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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