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Kongsberg Maritime Shuts Down KM Contros

the previously announced letter of intent, and the sale of Contros will therefore not proceed. Consequently, Kongsberg Maritime has decided to cease the Contros operations, a press release said.Contros is a subdivision of the Sensors & Robotics division in KM, it’s located in Kiel/Hamburg, Germany. Contros has two primary lines of business: sensors that measure dissolved gases in water, and platforms and deployment systems for in-situ oceanographic measurement.KM said that it will conduct a staged closure of the operations of Contros during the first half of 2020 while still stand by its

Fugro Completes UXO Survey in Germany

Fugro has completed an unexploded ordnance (UXO) screening project for Siemens AG at the site of a new gas-fired power station in Herne, Germany.More than 1,300 foundation pile locations were screened for UXO and cleared down to 15 m below ground level without affecting other site preparation activities.In Germany, any areas that suffered bombing during the Second World War must have a UXO site survey before construction can begin. “With Fugro’s UXO solution, the flexibility of using it in parallel with ongoing site-leveling activities and its accuracy in detecting ferromagnetic

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Allseas: No Plans to Resume Nord Stream 2 Work

Swiss-Dutch company Allseas Group said it has no plans to resume laying pipes for Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Russian state news agency TASS reported on Monday.Russia said it has its own vessel to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany after Washington placed sanctions on the project.(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh, editing by Louise Heavens)

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Allseas Suspends Nord Stream 2 Work

Swiss-Dutch company Allseas said last week it had suspended its pipe-laying activities in the Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of a defense policy bill."In anticipation of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Allseas has suspended its Nord Stream 2 pipelay activities," the company said in a statement dated Dec. 21."Allseas will proceed, consistent with the legislation's wind down provision and expect guidance comprising of the necessary regulatory, technical and environmental

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

Subsea Tech's 'March of Miniaturization'

Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland where they started working together again on miniature AUVs.But, while trying to build them, they realized that they couldn’t find small enough thrusters, batteries for endurance, and small acoustic modems. In addition, they were asked by Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) to expand their work on optical communication and develop a stand-alone unit. Their LUMA 500ER now offers 500kbs (thousand bits per second) data rate at up to 70m range over a 120 degree cone, says Igor Martin, the firm’s CEO. But he says they think that

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N-Sea-BODAC Boosts UXO Services Offering

operational excellence. The investment in our JV ensures that we are fully equipped to fulfill market requirements.”N-Sea-BODAC, a JV between IMR subsea solutions provider N-Sea and UXO risk mitigation company BODAC, will continue to service the European UXO market, with four bases across the UK, Germany and The Netherlands. The JV, with its own team of market and solution experts, will continue to receive support from both N-Sea and BODAC, including specialists from within each company

Ocean Infinity’s Kongsberg Hugin AUVs powered by four, 20 kWh Kraken batteries for a total of 80 kWh per vehicle. (Photo: Kraken Robotics)

Kraken Gives Ocean Infinity AUVs an Energy Boost

are modular and include an integrated battery management system within each battery module.Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, “We are very pleased to support Ocean Infinity’s AUV fleet battery upgrade. We started this new development effort in Q3, 2018, and our teams in Germany and Canada have worked tirelessly to deliver for Ocean Infinity. By the end of this year, we expect to have completed delivery of more than 1,300 kWh of batteries to Ocean Infinity. We look forward to continuing to support this important customer and strategic partner.”Josh Broussard, Ocean

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Global Offshore Wind Market Grows 30%

global offshore wind market grew nearly 30% per year between 2010 and 2018, benefiting from rapid technology improvements and about 150 new offshore wind projects are in active development around the world.Europe in particular has fostered the technology’s development, led by the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark, but China added more capacity than any other country in 2018, says 'Offshore Wind Outlook 2019',  a report funded by the governments of Denmark and Germany.Yet today's offshore wind market doesn't even come close to tapping the full potential – with high-quality

Cobalt-rich ferromanganese crust in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Christopher Kelley / NOAA)

China Leading the Deep Sea Mining Race

concluded in Changsa, China on October 13. Delegates gathered at the three-day meeting hosted by China Minmetals to discuss next steps in moving from exploration to the development of deep-sea mineral resources. (Photo: ISA)There is also interest from European countries including Belgium, Britain, Germany and Poland, as well as from the Middle East.However, no one has yet demonstrated that deep sea mining can be cost effective and some non-governmental organizations have questioned whether it would be possible to reach a deal on exploitation rules next year."I think, it's pretty good. I

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Video: EvoLogics Unveils New Bionic AUV

associated nutrients and/or pollutants in coastal waters.Coordinated by EvoLogics, SEAMOUNT project is funded within the framework of “BONUS - Science for a better future of the Baltic Sea region”, the joint Baltic Sea research and development program. Project partners are EvoLogics GmbH (Germany), Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Institute of Geosciences (Germany),  Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (Germany), Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (Denmark), Geologian tutkimuskeskus - Geological Survey of Finland (Finland), Maritime Institute in Gdansk (Poland), NOA

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