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Kraken president and CEO Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

Kraken Debuts New Synthetic Aperture Sonar

. The length of the MINSAS-240 receiver array allows for true full-aperture SAS processing even at tow speeds up to 20 knots without switching to a lower resolution imaging mode at high speed."For demanding subsea survey missions in mine countermeasures, infrastructure monitoring and oil and gas exploration, time is of the essence," Kenny said. "The sensor that gets the job done most effectively is one that combines ultra-high resolution imagery with an extremely high area coverage rate."

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

the moon.More crucially, to the emergent underwater oceanographic and hydronautical world, the excitement that had been building over the past decade about what exploration of the deep could offer, through the likes of Jacques Cousteau, was starting to be applied in a new industry, North Sea oil and gas exploration. The possibilities of new industries such as deepsea mining and seafloor habitation were also being discussed.Mid-century saw the first gas discovery in the North Sea, followed, a year later, in 1966, by the founding of the Society of Underwater Technology. An industry was born. Just three years

T12 with SeaFLIR230 installed (credit: Jack Rowley)

USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

, and almost three trillion cubic feet of gas a day.This massive production effort is sustained by offshore drilling rigs, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. And while, the Trump Administration has directed the Department of the Interior to open up new regions in the outer continental shelf to oil and gas exploration, environmental concerns – impelled by major events such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – have served as a brake of U.S. offshore drilling. Addressing these environmental concerns has been a challenge.Offshore oil and gas companies have been proactive

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Inpex Wins Exploration Acreage Offshore Norway

between approximately 350 and 1,000 meters.Additionally and also as a part of the APA 2018 licensing round, Inpex was awarded a 40% participating interest in exploration license PL767B, an extension area to exploration license PL767 in which Inpex acquired* a 40% interest in 2017.Oil and natural gas exploration activities in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea began in the 1960s, resulting in the discovery of numerous large-scale oil and gas fields. Thereafter, exploration activities have expanded north to the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.In recent years, oil and gas fields estimated to hold

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Government Shutdown: Atlantic Seismic Permitting Blocked by Judge

pending litigation.The Trump administration's plans to open up offshore drilling along the eastern seaboard has riled state governments, including Republican-leaning South Carolina, who fear seismic testing and offshore drilling will harm their lucrative tourism industries."While oil and gas exploration could bring in billions of dollars, doing it without adequate study and precautions could end up costing billions of dollars and cause irreversible damage to our economy and coast," said South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, who is seeking to join the lawsuit fighting drilling, said

Murphy Oil Closes Gulf of Mexico JV

Murphy Oil Corporation announced  that it has closed its previously announced deal to form a Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras.The global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company said in a press release that its wholly owned subsidiary, Murphy Exploration & Production Company - USA, has closed the previously announced strategic deep water Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras America (PAI), a subsidiary of Petrobras for net cash consideration of approximately $795 million.The transaction has an effective date of October 1, 2018, it added.Murphy’s

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Schlumberger, TGS Bags New US Seismic Project

will combine well log data, high-quality orthogonal WAZ and new nodal measurements to provide foundations for the first industry-funded regional nodal survey in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico."This survey is supported by industry prefunding. TGS provides multi-client geoscience data to oil and gas Exploration and Production companies worldwide. Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry

Norway to Spend More Looking for O&G Near Russian Border

Statoil, had plans to drill with Rosneft in one of the blocks, known as Perseyevsky.But Western sanctions imposed on Moscow after Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, have ended such plans.Oslo and Moscow did a deal in 2010 to end a dispute over their maritime border, which included oil and gas exploration. But since Russia's annexation of Crimea Norwegian officials have expressed concern about Russian military exercises in the region.Norway also fears that tensions between Russia and the West could have implications for Svalbard, which belongs to Norway but has become significant because

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New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

designed the vessel to operate as an uninspected research vessel with an ABS Loadline. The design offers flexibility in science outfitting allowing for high utilization and affordable operating day rates. The vessel is easily adaptable to evolving scientific research areas such as offshore oil and gas exploration surveys, wind energy development surveys, environmental impact studies, and the servicing of ocean observing systems.Main propulsion is provided by a pair of 660 BHP tier III Cummins QSK 19M engines coupled to a Finnoy 2G27-42FK two–in/one-out marine gear driving a Finnoy 5 blade, 1.95

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Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

the Arctic Johan Castberg and an extension of the Troll gas field."We need to start now. After 2022 there are currently few big projects remaining. The choices that we, the authorities, and the industry make today will be decisive," Nylund said."We have developed a strategy for more gas exploration. We will also test new ideas in some prospects every year. The likelihood of discovery in these wells will be lower than in other targets, but we see it as necessary to regularly test a few of what we call 'game changing wells'," he added.Earlier on Tuesday, Equinor announced plans

TCarta will deploy machine learning and computer vision techniques to enhance satellite derived bathymetry in the littoral zone. (Image source: Copernicus Sentinel data 2018)

NSF Grant to Enhance Satellite-derived Bathymetry Technology

satellite derived bathymetry (SDB) techniques by leveraging machine learning and computer vision technology to enable accurate depth retrieval in variable water conditions.If successful, TCarta said, these enhanced bathymetric techniques will have positive impacts on operations related to oil and gas exploration and production, coastal infrastructure engineering, environmental monitoring, and geointelligence (GEOINT) activities.“Our goal with Project Trident is to expand the geographic scope of SDB in shallow coastal areas,” said Kyle Goodrich, TCarta President. “SDB technology currently

The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor)

Norway Awards Oil Permits to 11 Firms in Arctic Licensing Round

Norway has awarded 12 oil and gas exploration licences to Equinor and 10 other companies focused mostly on the Arctic, where Oslo believes it has the greatest potential for significant new discoveries.Nine of the licences are located in the Barents Sea and three in the Norwegian Sea off central Norway, the Ministry of Oil and Energy said on Monday."This licensing round confirms that the oil companies see opportunities for further profitable petroleum activity in the north," Oil and Energy Minister Terje Soeviknes said in a statement.Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, was awarded five

Sri Lanka Signs Deal for $50 Mln Offshore Seismic Study

for the seismic study, while Eastern Echo DMCC would carry out the marine survey.Officials from Total and Schlumberger did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Sri Lanka produces no oil and is dependent on imports for all of its fuel requirements, despite trying to reinvigorate oil and gas exploration after its 25-year civil war with Tamil separatists ended nine years ago.Importing oil cost the island $3.2 billion in 2017.(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Shihar Aneez and Jane Merriman

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The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

through collaboration by industry.“With up to 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent estimated to remain in the North Sea, Scotland's oil and gas industry has a bright future for decades to come. Our Energy Strategy clearly outlines that we remain committed to maintaining domestic oil and gas exploration and production, and maximizing economic recovery.”  The Underwater Centre is a purpose-built subsea training and trials facility and is based on the shore of Loch Linnhe, sheltered by the surrounding mountains. The center’s unique location allows it to provide year-round training

Kongsberg’s Yara Birkeland unmanned container ship concept. (Image: Kongsberg)

Ocean Autonomy: Norway to the Fore

then follow it. These capabilities will be crucial when systems are working with and around subsea oil and gas systems, which is expected to be one of the main areas where autonomous systems are required, along with ocean science, says Sørensen.  For whatever the purpose, be it oil and gas exploration, renewables or aquaculture development, shipping or ocean science, the range and capability of subsea equipment and ancillary and support systems is expanding by the day, aided by developments in ICT, nanotechnology and even biotechnology (for the snake motion used by Eelume, for example), including

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NOIA Comments Support Offshore Leasing Program

Chukchi Seas as well as in the Mid, South, and North Atlantic and Southern California Planning areas.   “This is the first draft proposed offshore leasing program in nearly two generations to look at virtually all federal offshore lands. The United States has severely restricted oil and gas exploration off our shores, placing 94 percent of our nation’s outer continental shelf off limits, even as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Norway, Russia and countries in Africa are actively exploring their own offshore areas. The U.S. is falling behind,” said NOIA President Randall Luthi. &ldquo

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Maersk, McDermott Complete Contract off India

first contract for one of its Stingray-Class newbuild subsea support vessel, Maersk Installer, with McDermott. Maersk Installer joined the project in January 2018, supporting the Vashishta development off the East Coast of India.This part of an ongoing development project by India's largest oil and gas exploration company, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation.   The contract utilized the Stingray's advanced capabilities, including its stationary DP3 to work in these challenging waters, and its 400t AHC crane with large outreach to load and install rigid jumpers. The result was a subsea installation

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