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Offshore Pipeline Market to Grow 6.5%

period.The region is expected to have around 12,500 km of offshore pipelines addition in the upcoming years.The region is expected to increase its 70% demand in the next 15 years.Moreover, the region has offshore pipeline addition for around 12,500km during the forecast period.Countries such as Russia, Georgia, and Ukarine are likely to drive the growth of the offshore pipeline market during the forecast period.The major players in the global offshore pipeline market, are Saipem (Italy), Subsea 7 (UK), McDermott (US), Sapura (Malaysia), Wood Group (UK), Technip (UK), Fugro (Netherlands), Atteris (Australia)

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

University of Science and Technology (Poland).Other U.S. teams included: Amador Valley High School; Beaver Country Day School; California Institute of Technology; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Los Angeles; Cornell University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Gonzaga University; Kennesaw State University; Montana State University; North Carolina State University; North Dakota State University; Oregon Institute of Technology; Prairie View A&M University; Project Radian; San Diego City College; San Diego State University; University

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Vietnam Beach Awash with Tide of Blue Waste

dry shrimp between the mounds of plastic waste on the beach."When they finish they just throw the bags into the ocean. The trash floats to wherever the sea level rises," she said.Vietnam is the fourth-largest contributor to marine plastic pollution globally, a 2015 study by the University of Georgia showed.Globally, eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, according to the U.N. Environment Programme.The latest example was a pilot whale that died in Thailand with some 80 pieces of plastic rubbish found in its

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Paul Allen’s Crew Finds Another Historic Shipwreck

three significant battles during the Solomon Islands campaign before being sunk by Japanese torpedoes on July 6, 1943, during the Battle of Kula Gulf. All but 168 of Helena’s 900 crew survived the sinking and eventual rescue.Allen's team found the wreck 860 meters below the surface in the New Georgia Sound off the coast of the Solomon Islands.The Petrel crew, who found USS Helena in late March, has discovered more than a dozen other lost naval ships, including the USS Indianapolis, USS Ward, USS Cooper, USS Lexington, USS Juneau and several Japanese warships.“We do these missions as testament

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US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan

Zinke told Reuters at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston. Governors from across the West Coast and much of the East Coast are meeting with the Interior and objecting to areas off their states for drilling. State discussions could last through year end.   So far, officials in Alaska, Maine, Georgia and U.S Gulf Coast states other than Florida have said they were open to expanding drilling. California and other states have said they would deny needed permits for onshore services or transport.   "You can't bring energy ashore unless you have access to state waters," Zinke said

Hydroid Names Rogers VP of Engineering

in applied marine physics from the University of Miami and a B.S. in physics from Siena College. He received an executive education from the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School; the Sloan Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He also sits on the boards of Endeavor Robotics (former iRobot Defense and Security Group) and the Harvard Business School Association of Boston

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RoboSub Competition: 20 Years of Fun and Learning

outside of an octagon.   Cornell University took this year's top prize of $4,500. Far Eastern Federal University from Russia won second prize and $4,000, and National University of Singapore placed third for $3,000. Earning fourth place and $2,000 was Harbin Engineering University from China. Georgia Institute of Technology rounded out the top five, taking home $1,000.    Smaller awards of $1,500 and $1,000 in specially judged categories went to Cornell University, San Diego State University, University of Puerto Rico at Myaguez, McGill University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Deepwater Atlantic Habitats Study Commissioned

, Inc. said it has been awarded an interagency five year, multimillion dollar study focusing on the exploration and investigation of deepwater biological communities located in U.S. federal waters of the northwest Atlantic Ocean, potentially including offshore Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.   The study, entitled “Deepwater Atlantic Habitats II: Continued Atlantic Research and Exploration in Deepwater Ecosystems with Focus on Coral, Canyon and Seep Communities,” is being funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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How Does Ocean Circulation Impact Marine Protected Areas?

preservation, to restore damaged ecosystems, and also to improve fisheries by maintaining spawning stocks that can ‘seed’ adjacent ocean areas.   The U.K. Government is in the process of establishing a number of MPAs, including; four large reserves around Pitcairn Island, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Ascension Island and the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) at the Chagos Archipelago.   Although remote from human population centers, ocean circulation may connect these MPAs to sources of pollution – impacting how effective they can be.   To

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Young Innovators to Compete in Underwater Robotics

Next month, more than 1,500 students, teachers, coaches/chaperones, family, friends, volunteers, judges, invited guests, speakers and committee members will gather in Atlanta for a fun weekend of learning, sharing, competing and excitement. The Seventh National SeaPerch Challenge, hosted this year by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), will take place May 20, 2017. On the line will be the title of National SeaPerch Champion with additional trophies being awarded in all three competition events, as well as special awards in a variety of categories.    More than 200 middle and high school

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Observatory Upgrade for Ocean Networks Canada

OceanWorks International said it will provide an upgrade to the Strait of Georgia Shore Station for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). Its scope consists of design, supply, installation and system integration testing of the upgraded system.   The new system will provide the customer with the ability to monitor and control the power system in the Shore Station with a state of the art control system. New functionality will allow remote access and include soft start capabilities to enhance the safe use of the equipment. The upgraded shore station will also now share commonality with other shore stations

Domenti Apakidze on the Black Sea with his JW Fishers side scan sonar (Photo: JW Fishers)

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

picture in a low visibility environment, letting them guide the diver directly to the job site.   When two recreational scuba divers went missing off Gonio, a coastal town on the Black Sea, Domenti Apakidze was working on a research project with the State Hydrographic Service in the Republic of Georgia. Domenti and his team offered to assist in the search using their JW Fishers SSS-100K/600K side scan. This sonar is a tool commonly used in hydrographic surveys. It creates a detailed map of the underwater terrain and any obstructions on the bottom that could pose a hazard to navigation. The side

NOAA scientist recovers Fishers TOV towed video system after completing survey, Inset: Sterling Fire Department diver exits reservoir with their Fisher DV-1 drop video. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

for Scientific Research, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept., University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, Hartford Police Dept. in Connecticut, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Solano Dive Rescue Team in California, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, Roswell Fire Dept. in Georgia, Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana, and Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves in Florida

Shah Deniz Stage 2, or Full Field Development (FFD) is a giant project that will add a further 16 billion cubic meters per year (bcma) of gas production to the approximately 9 bcma produced by Shah Deniz courtesy Saipem Contracting Netherlands

Shah Deniz Partners Award Subsea Installation Deal

of the Pipe-lay Barge Israfil Huseinov and the second pipe-lay installation campaign of the deeper water flow-lines in 2019. Work on Shah Deniz Stage 2 and South Caucasus Pipeline expansion (SCPX) projects continue to move forward with more than 70% of all first gas work across Azerbaijan and Georgia already complete in terms of engineering, procurement and construction. The project remains on schedule for the first gas in 2018.  

The couple in the middle are Martin and Mairi Wickett. The gentleman on the left side was Mike Reynolds, Ports Director for A&P shipping who was also part of our presentation endorsing the WITT by A&P shipping, Mike has since left A&P and is now WITT Project Manager. The gentleman on the right is Jason Ball of Moffat & Nichol, sponsors of Ocean Exchange ‘Leap to Zero’ General Dynamics Gulfstream event in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo: WITT Ltd.)

Offshore Innovation in Motion

device.   Martin Wickett, Chief Technology Officer and inventor of the system, built the first unit in his workshop almost a decade ago. Since then WITT has received multiple awards including the General Dynamics Gulfstream ‘Best Global Technology’ at Ocean Exchange 2013 in Savannah, Georgia; ‘Pitch@Palace’ in October 2015 and $57,000 in the Shell Springboard event in 2015. Through R&D support from companies such as Ricardo and Schaeffler, the Marine WITT has caught the attention of those in the yachting community as a potential solution for achieving zero-emission vehicles

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NOIA: Maximum Access Offshore Leasing Program

in the 1980s, the 2017-2022 OCS leasing program holds the potential for increased access to offshore resources and greater economic and energy benefits. Proposed Atlantic Lease Sale 260 could create much needed jobs, investment and economic growth for Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, and provide tremendous economic, consumer and security benefits to the rest of the country.   “It is important to point out that the Draft Proposed Program effectively keeps about 87% of the Outer Continental Shelf locked away.  It would be energy-foolish and short sighted to

Sea Level Rise Projected to Displace 13 million in U.S. by 2100

in such a scenario include: New York (901,000 at risk), New Jersey (827,000), Virginia (476,000), Massachusetts (428,000), Texas (405,000), South Carolina (374,000) and North Carolina (298,000).   "As the sea level rises, coastal parts of Florida will be inundated," said University of Georgia geography professor Deepak Mishra, one of the researchers. "Sea level rise is the phenomenon that makes climate change a reality for millions of people worldwide. The sheer volume of people at risk of displacement and becoming climate refugees is the main threat."   The projections

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