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Subsea 7 Wins 'Very Large' Sangomar Contract

. The value range for One Subsea has not been disclosed.Offshore activities related to this contract will take place from 2021 to 2023 using Subsea 7’s reel-lay, flex-lay, and light construction vessels. SURF engineering will be carried out by Subsea 7 GPC centers in Sutton and Suresnes, France. A base in Senegal will support the offshore campaign and conduct site receipt testing and equipment storage. Apart from Subsea Integration Alliance, other significant contracts announced Friday by Woodside are an FPSO order with Modec, and two rig contracts with Diamond Offshore

The KETmaritime consortium delivering a major pan-European project showcasing ‘next-generation’ technology (Photo: KETmaritime)

Maritime Blue-Light Laser Discovered

research center AIMEN, reveals new boundaries broken in marine laser development – enhancing the detection of underwater objects including submarines and archaeological sites.Project coordinator Ana Vila from the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) said: “In recent months, France-based multidisciplinary research laboratory CIMAP has been actively developing blue-light lasers in constant wave and pulsed regimes,” she said. “It recently achieved a record 7.5W constant wave output at 452nm wavelength. This is understood to be by far the highest constant wave &lsquo

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Safeguarding the Titanic Resting Place

and unregulated salvage operations, the US Congress adopted the RMS Titanic Maritime Memorial Act. That legislation also provided for NOAA and the U.S. Department of State to negotiate an international agreement with interested nations to protect the site. As a result of that legislation, the US, the UK, France, and Canada negotiated an agreement that was signed in 2003.In November this year, the US officially completed the acceptance process for the agreement and it is officially in force. The agreement furthers the ability of the US and the UK to minimize threats to the integrity of the Titanic wreck

NotiloPlus’ Seasam AUV has been operating around the world. Photo from NotiloPlus.

Subsea Tech's 'March of Miniaturization'

a map, it can by itself identify a rudder etc. For a long hull, you can tell it the shape and length and then it choses its own pattern for an inspection.”The firm, which does its testing in Lyon, has been shipping Seasam systems since March this year and 300 are now “out there”, from France to Korea, working in the leisure market, eg. diver centres, as well as industrial, inspecting infrastructure, and science. Gambini says it can carry other pay load or tools and can be adapted. The firm also has a partnership with TechnipFMC, which including working on things like industrial production

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France Plans 1 GW Offshore Wind Farm

France wants to construct a wind farm off the coast of Normandy as the nuclear-dependent nation moves to expand power generation from renewable sources, the energy ministry said on Monday.The planned 1-gigawatt (GW) wind farm could have up to 80 wind turbines of around 12 megawatts each, in an area where wind conditions and the seabed are very favorable for offshore wind power at a competitive price, the ministry said in statement.France is racing to boost the share of renewable generation capacity in its energy mix and reduce its dependence on nuclear energy. It plans to shut down old nuclear plants

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Marseille Port Completes Blockchain Trial

The Port of Marseille Fos (Grand Port Maritime de Marseille; GPMM) has just completed a blockchain pilot scheme to enhanced efficiencies at France’s largest seaport.The focus of the project for freight transportation on the  Mediterranean-Rhone-Saone (MeRS) corridor is to run a trial to evaluate the security of the digital transport chain. It will involve applying blockchain technology to supply chain logistics and freight forwarding, particularly where goods are transported in multiple ways such as sea and road.Results from trials held over recent months have now been reviewed at a meeting

Photo: Chantiers de l’Atlantique

Steel Cut for 1st LNG-fueled Ship in France

MSC Cruises, a global cruise line registered in Switzerland and based in Geneva, has held a steel-cutting ceremony for its first new-generation World-Class ship at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.The first of five liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ships on order, MSC Europa is the first LNG ship to be built in France.On the occasion of the cutting of the first steel ceremony held in Saint-Nazaire, MSC and Chantiers de l’Atlantique unveiled a groundbreaking R&D project named PACBOAT.The project focuses on the integration of a new fuel cell technology

Dr.  Jyotika Virmani and Dr. Marlon Lewis at OceanObs’19. Photo: OceanObs’19

OceanObs’19: Innovation Expanding Ocean Observations

, and to define goals for the next decade. The decadal conferences are an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments and vision of global ocean observers.300 attendees gathered for The First International Conference on the Ocean Observing System for Climate (OceanObs’99, Saint Raphaël, France, 17-22 October 1999). The objective was to define the mix of operational measurements needed by several related global programs, specifically World Climate Research Program's Climate Variability and Predictability Program (CLIVAR), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and the Climate Observing

The docking station used in Sweden by Saab Seaeye (Photo: Elaine Maslin)

It’s Only Just the Start for Subsea Drones

to Saipem for operations on the Njord field, was made at what was the largest gathering of resident robotic systems ever assembled to date. Subsea drone vendors attended the event, near the small town of Tau, near Stavanger, from across Norway as well as the UK, Sweden, Japan, Italy, Switzerland and France. It also hosted aerial drone system suppliers and component suppliers and made it on to Norwegian national television.The event, which saw the first public demonstrations of a prototype of Oceaneering’s Freedom vehicle, included automated docking, and a resident vehicle support concept from

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Commercial Hydrographic Training with USV

in Hayle, Cornwall UK ran what it calls the world’s first Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder training course using a remotely operated Unmanned Surface Vessel. Hydrographic Surveying is usually done with a manned survey vessel and takes many hours to complete. People came from as far afield as Norway, France, Slovenia, UK and the USA to attend the intensive 5-day course.As part of the training, the delegates mapped Hayle Harbor in Cornwall using an Unmanned Surface Vessel fitted with Multi-beam Echo-Sounder technology. The USV was remotely operated from Swathe Services offices nearby using dedicated

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