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CEO Mark Lamarre and CPO John McCarthy of Seaspan Shipyards with Canadian Coast Guard officials. Photo: Seaspan

Seaspan Delivers Canada's First OFSV

Seaspan Shipyards has delivered Canada's first new Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV), the CCGS Sir John Franklin, to the Canadian Coast Guard (Coast Guard).An official handover ceremony took place aboard the vessel attended by the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, senior officials from the Coast Guard, Seaspan and supply chain partners.The delivery of the first OFSV is the culmination of years of work by hundreds of dedicated Seaspan employees and supply chain partners from across Canada.As the first large vessel to be built and delivered to the Government of

MV Franklin ( © MMT Sweden)

Marine Survey Work Starts for Greenlink Interconnector

The subsea field work for the Greenlink interconnector, one of Europe’s most important infrastructure projects, gets under way with the launch of the first of MMT’s survey vessels, MV Franklin.The offshore and nearshore surveying along the proposed route of the electricity link between the UK and Ireland is expected to take approximately 40 days, depending on weather conditions. MMT were awarded the contract for the Greenlink Marine Survey (GMS) by Greenlink Interconnector Ltd in August.Further survey work along the 170km marine route will be undertaken by vessels MV Seabeam, MV Edda Fonn

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AQUIND Interconnector Geophysical Survey Completed

surveyor MMT has completed a geophysical seabed survey and delivered the final report for the proposed AQUIND Interconnector offshore cable route linking the British and French electric power 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

From left to right John Fraser (Sparrows Group), Laura Steedman (BP), Ray Riddoch (Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited) Photo courtesy of SPE Aberdeen

Offshore Achievement Award winners Announced

. During his career, Ray has worked for Occidental Petroleum, and subsequently Elf, as an Offshore Installation Manager on two North Sea installations before becoming Field Manager for the Piper and Saltire fields.   He was then appointed operations manager for Total E&P UK’s Elgin Franklin field, followed by an appointment to the company’s executive committee as HSEA director. Ray then joined Nexen in 2011, moving through various roles prior to becoming managing director in 2015. He is also currently energy director at Scottish Chamber of Commerce, operator co-chair of the board

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Hoskins/Released

USS Colorado Commissioned

; After the ceremony, Colorado was opened up for tours to the general public, to include the crew's mess, the wardroom, control, and the torpedo room.   "Our submarines are in high demand today and the expectations for Colorado are a mile high," said Director of Naval Reactors, Adm. J. Franklin Caldwell, Jr. as he addressing the attendees. "In her lifetime, Colorado will travel thousands of miles undetected to protect our nation and our interests around the globe. We cannot begin to imagine all the missions that she will do and all of the places she will sail, but we do know that

MMT´s Survey and ROV vessel Franklin (Photo: MMT)

MMT Begins AQUIND Interconnector Survey

involve a geophysical survey of the proposed cable corridor between the landfall areas near Portsmouth in England and near Dieppe in France.   MMT said it will utilize two vessels equipped with survey technology including multibeam echo sounders, side-scan sonars and sub-bottom profilers: M/V Franklin for offshore works and M/V Seabeam for nearshore works.   AQUIND, MMT and their representatives maintain ongoing contact with U.K. and French fisheries, which may be affected by the survey, in order to mitigate any potential impact on their fishing activities.   The survey results

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Baltic Pipe Route Survey in the North Sea

the Danish EEZ and the scope includes geophysical seabed survey, geotechnical investigations, ROV inspections of existing utilities and landfall investigations including Borehole drilling, reporting and data delivery and options for benthic investigations. MMT have assigned their survey and ROV vessels Franklin and IceBeam for the offshore survey and smaller nearshore vessels for the intertidal and costal sections. Drones are also used for onshore topography. The Baltic Pipe is a potential new gas pipeline that would provide Denmark and Poland with a direct access to Norway’s gas fields. The Baltic

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Hurricane Season to be Busier than Predicted

and evolving atmospheric and oceanic conditions, the most recent model predictions, and pre-and early-season storm activity. The numbers announced today include the season activity to-date. The Atlantic basin has seen six named storms (Arlene in April; Bret and Cindy in June; Don and Emily in July; and Franklin in August). Two of these storms, Cindy and Emily, struck the United States. Cindy made landfall on June 22 at the Louisiana-Texas border and caused heavy rain, inland flooding and multiple tornado outbreaks. Emily made landfall on July 31 in Anna Maria Island, Florida. Franklin is predicted to make

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Hurricane Franklin Nearing Mexico

Franklin, upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm, is expected to hit eastern Mexico's key oil-producing Gulf state of Veracruz on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.   Franklin, the first hurricane of the Atlantic's season, was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h) and was about 105 miles (170 km) northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.   "Some additional strengthening is expected until the center crosses the coast (in the Mexican state of Veracruz). Rapid

Avro technicians prepare an Avro Arrow test model attached to a Nike booster rocket to fire out over Lake Ontario at Point Petre in the 1950s (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Set to Hunt for Avro Arrow Artifacts

, search area size and the amount of metal debris on the bottom. According to military records, more than 600 missiles were launched from the same site, which was also used as an artillery range in the 1930s.   This summer's search for the Avro Arrow models can be likened to the hunt for Sir John Franklin's lost ships. The first vessel – the HMS Erebus – was discovered in September 2014 by a Canadian expedition team that included participation by Kraken engineers and its AquaPix SAS technology. However, the Arrow models are far smaller targets. While the full-size Arrow measured 24 meters

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