Hydrographic Services

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DSM Begins Work for New Mooring Contract

Deep Sea Mooring (DSM), a Vryhof company, has commenced operations as part of a newly awarded contract to provide pre-lay mooring products and services to the Deepsea Bergen semisubmersible drilling rig on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Austrian oil & gas company OMV has deployed the semi-submersible rig to support drilling activities in the region.   With operations coordinated out of DSM’s equipment base in Mongstad, Norway the pre-lay mooring Equipment and services provided will include chain, fiber ropes, anchors, connectors, buoyancy and handling equipment as well as mobilization

Bibby Offshore chief executive Howard Woodcock (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Recapitalization Completed

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore Holdings Limited said it has completed the recapitalization of its balance sheet announced on December 5, 2017.   The agreement to recapitalize the balance sheet was approved January 10 by 98.7 percent of noteholders of the £175 million (approximately $243 million) 7.5 percent senior secured notes, and makes noteholders the new owners of the group.   “The completion of the recapitalization will be transformational for Bibby Offshore and is a major milestone for our business,” said Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore.

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James Fisher Subsea Excavation Launches China JV

Global subsea excavation specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has formed a joint venture with specialist Chinese offshore project, vessel and marine equipment provider Ocean Team Asia Pacific (OTAP).   James Fisher Ocean Team Ltd will serve clients in China with equipment positioned permanently in the country. Local operational and project management personnel will deliver JFSE’s mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) services alongside the company’s global experts.    As well as developing opportunities in the oil and gas

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iSURVEY Announces New Contract Awards

iSURVEY, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, said it ended 2017 with contract awards totalling more than £250,000 ($345,000).   This work, which was awarded in the last two months of 2017, included two subsea cable excavation projects and a UXO inspection scope. Each of the projects involved offshore wind-related scopes in either U.K. or Northwest Europe, which have contributed to iSURVEY’s sustained growth in the offshore renewables marke, the company said.   

Nexans' New Cable-Laying Vessel to Bring More Clean Energy to the World. Photo: Nexans

Nexans Acquires BE CableCon

 French company Nexans has acquired a controlling interest in Denmark-based BE CableCon, which supplies cable kits to wind turbine companies.   The acquisition is part of Nexans’ strategy aimed at reinforcing the Group’s portfolio of activities and accelerating its growth in the renewable energy segment.   The acquisition is an illustration of the recently-announced “Paced for Growth” strategy aimed at developing Nexans’ business beyond manufacturing cables to provide customers with complete, fully-integrated cable services.   Klaus Moller

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C-Innovation Forms Subsea Projects Group

Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) affiliate C-Innovation, LLC (C-I) has formed a turnkey subsea projects group. Capable of providing a complete solution to its global customer base without sourcing outside the Chouest family worldwide, the new group is based in ECO’s Houston office, at the heart of the energy corridor.    David Sheetz, manager of C-I’s Subsea Division, said, “This represents a significant milestone for C-I, and it helps solidify our reputation as a true turnkey provider of subsea services with the backing and support of the diverse family of companies within

UTEC Bags TechnipFMC Contract in Australia

UTEC said it has been won a contract from Technip Oceania Pty Ltd, part of TechnipFMC in Australia, to provide survey and positioning services on the Greater Enfield Project, offshore Western Australia.   The work scope includes pre-lay surveys; onshore dimensional control; survey and positioning associated with installation of rigid and flexible flowlines, umbilicals, jumpers, flying leads and subsea structures; as-laid surveys, as-built surveys and final reporting.   The Greater Enfield Project will develop the Laverda Canyon, Norton over Laverda (WA-59-L) and Cimatti (WA-28-L) oil

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Aqueos Wins GoM Contract

Subsea services provider Aqueos Corporation said it has been awarded a major contract for a large pipeline installation project located in the Gulf of Mexico. Aqueos said the contract, which commenced in December 2017 and will be completed in the first half of 2018, will support shallow-water pipeline installations in water depths up to 100 feet. The work scope will utilize the Aqueos diving support vessel (DSV) SPLASH, with surface dive teams utilizing its jet propulsion and built in NITROX diving system. The project will be supported by Aqueos’ project management team based in Broussard

DOF Secures ROV Work in Brazil

DOF ASA said its subsidiary DOF Subsea has been awarded two new contracts by Petrobras in Brazil for remotely operated vehicles (ROV) to be installed on board Skandi Angra and Skandi Paraty.   The new contracts commence in April 2018 and end in September and November 2020, respectively.   Additionally, Petrobras has extended two contracts for the ROVs on board Skandi Iguacu and Skandi Urca until the end of 2018.   The new contracts and contract extensions add 1,630 days of ROV services for DOF Subsea and increase the backlog by approximately NOK 200 million ($24.7 million).  

Ashtead Technology, Forum Energy Technologies Complete Joint Venture

Ashtead Technology said it has completed its joint venture with Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., effective January 3, 2018.   As part of the transaction, Forum Energy Technologies contributed its subsea rentals business, which traded as Forum Subsea Rentals, creating an independent provider of subsea survey and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipment rental services.    “With a fleet of 19,000 assets valued in excess of $139 million, and the ability to service all major subsea hubs, we become a business of significant scale and enhanced capability that is well placed to

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SEAIOCMA Extends Cable Maintenance Contract

 Offshore and subsea services company Global Marine, part of the Global Marine Group (GMG), said its maintenance contract with SEAIOCMA (South East Asia and Indian Ocean Cable Maintenance Agreement) has been extended for five-years, running to the end of 2022.   The SEAIOCMA maintenance zone agreement, which is a cooperative club managed by 46 cable owners, provides the repair of submarine cables that carry international telecommunications traffic. SEAIOCMA spans the area between Djibouti in the west, Perth in the south, Guam in the east and the northern tip of Taiwan. This is the third

Royal IHC Acquires KCI from Oceanteam

 Dutch supplier of vessels, equipment and services for the offshore, dredging and wet mining markets Royal IHC said it has acquire all of the outstanding share capital of Dutch based engineering and consultancy company KCI the Engineers B.V. from Dutch-Norwegian offshore service provider Oceanteam ASA.   IHC said it plans to maintain KCI as an independent brand and operating company which will continue to serve external clients while also working on IHC projects.   Diederik van Rijn, IHC Group Executive Director, said, “The acquisition KCI fits within the overall strategy of

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Siegel Joins RBR as Sales Director

Canadian oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer RBR announced that it has hired Eric Siegel as its new sales director.   In his new role, Siegel will focus on enhancing the sales and representative network to enable RBR to continue its global market growth with new products , as well as customer service and support.   Siegel joins RBR with 20 years of experience in oceanographic and subsea technology, measurements and science, and has been involved in academia, government and private industry.

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Laser Scanner Delivered for Norwegian MCM

focused specifically on locating and identifying mines. The Hugin systems enable users to conduct fast and efficient operations with zero surface visibility while improving safety conditions by allowing personnel to remain outside the minefield.   In peacetime, the AUVs also contribute to hydrographic operations.   2G Robotics said the ULS-500 PRO dynamic underwater laser scanner system will contribute to the detection, classification and assessment of mines. 2G’s system acquires data in real-time and provides users with 3D models of targets and environments accurate to the sub-centimet

Workers assembling subsea equipment at Aker Solutions factory in Brazil. Photo: Aker Solutions

Interview: Woodson Ferreira, Aker Solutions, Brazil

It is part of the company's strategy (for Brazil) to become a competitive international hub for projects with operators such as Statoil, Total, BP, among others. It is still a time of uncertainty and caution, but we are optimistic about the gradual recovery. The Brazilian potential remains one of the largest in the world, we have the technology, capacity and capacity of the market. -- Woodson Ferreira – Vice President of Subsea Lifecycle Services in Brazil Aker Solutions is a leading subsea equipment and service provider in Brazil, having participated in pre-salt and post-salt subsea

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Wärtsilä Acquires Trident B.V.

Wärtsilä said it has acquired Netherland based Trident B.V., a specialist in underwater ship maintenance, inspection and repair services. The acquisition is expected to close in January 2018.     The enterprise value of the transaction is €17.5 million ($20.8 million) and an additional €3.5 million ($4.2 million) earn-out, based on the business performance in the coming years. The turnover of Trident is approximately €9 million ($10.7 million).   Trident Group specializes in repair, overhaul, and maintenance of propulsion systems, hull and machinery

Newport News Wins Columbia-Class Submarine Contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division was awarded a contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat worth up to $468 million to begin work on integrated product and process development for the U.S. Navy’s new Columbia-class submarines.   The U.S. Navy awarded a $5 billion detailed design contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat on September 21. Newport News Shipbuilding is the subcontractor for the new class of ballistic-missile submarines that are being designed to replace the Ohio-class submarines.   The contract work, which began on October

Marine Technology Reporter - November/December 2017 Edition

The November/December 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available – in print, and online.   This edition includes features on: How ADCP technology is helping to solve sustainable energy needs   The advanced technology used in studying extreme wave events off Ireland   Offshore wind: A look at the world's largest untapped market   Aker Solutions' VP for subsea lifecycle services in Brazil weighs in on IMR technology and initiatives   Read more at http://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201711/

Aquabotix updated dealer/distributor map (Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Adds Global Distributors

and scuba training solutions and services, with an expert focus in the marine and diving environments.   Seismic Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd., which will represent Aquabotix in Australia and New Zealand. Based in Salisbury, Queensland Australia, Seismic Asia Pacific is a leading provider of hydrographic, oceanographic and geophysical systems within Australia and throughout southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. The company also provides hardware and software equipment and system solutions to local government, defense and resource specific sectors.     Hydro Systems Development

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Aker Solutions Secures Subsea Services Work for Statoil

Aker Solutions said it has secured a framework agreement to provide subsea services for Statoil-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway. The contract has a fixed period of five years, starting in the first quarter of 2018, and contains five four-year extension options. Its value depends on the amount of work ordered by Statoil under the agreement. This is currently estimated at about NOK 3 billion ($361,000) for the fixed period and will be booked in fourth-quarter orders. The agreement provides work for Aker Solutions' services bases in Ågotnes on the west coast of Norway and

Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Completes Maersk Oil UK Contract

 Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore said it has completed a multimillion dollar contract with Maersk Oil UK, providing subsea structure and pipeline inspection support in the UKCS.    The four-week campaign, completed in October this year, saw Bibby Offshore’s subsea support and construction vessel Olympic Bibby operate across Maersk Oil’s Gryphon and Dumbarton fields. The work scope was also supported by Bibby Offshore’s project management team based in Westhill, Aberdeen.   

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Valeport MIDAS SVX2 Selected by Saab Kockums

Oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation manufacturer Valeport said it has secured a contract to supply four customized MIDAS SVX2 probes to Saab Kockums.   The MIDAS SVX2 is an advanced probe, combining sound velocity with salinity and density technologies to provide a versatile instrument which delivers superior data profiles. The MIDAS SVX2 was selected for its commercial off the shelf (COTS) status which contributed to project cost and lead time efficiency, Valeport said.   Swedish manufacturer Saab Kockums develops naval technology to design, build and maintain

The 10,556 kilometer Monet Cable System connecting Brazil and the U.S. is ready for service (Image: TE SubCom)

Monet Cable System Ready for Service

A 10,556 kilometer submarine cable enhancing connectivity from the United States to Brazil has been completed and is ready for service.   Commercial traffic via the intercontinental Monet Cable System is expected to commence shortly, announced project partners from the U.S., Brazil, Angola and Uruguay.   Monet is owned by Google, telecom company and internet service provider Algar Telecom, wholesale telecom company Angola Cables and telecom company Antel, and was built to provide a robust internet backbone to serve Latin America’s current and increased future connectivity needs.

From left: Jack Taylor, David Sheret, David Sinclair and Hugh Riddell (Photo: M2 Subsea)

Sinclair Joins M2 Subsea

ROV services provider M2 Subsea said David Sinclair has joined its European business development team as the company’s newly appointed business development manager – renewables and decommissioning.  Based in Aberdeen, Sinclair will be responsible for leading M2 Subsea’s business acquisition strategy for both these sectors in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Europe. Bringing more than 10 years of industry experience, Sinclair joins M2 Subsea from Bibby Offshore where he held the position of engineering and innovation manager.  Sinclair graduated with a masters

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Ashtead Bolsters US Team

Global subsea equipment specialists, Ashtead Technology, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steven Thrasher as regional vice president for the Americas. Bringing almost 20 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Thrasher, who will be based in Houston, Texas, will head up Ashtead’s US operation as it gears up for further growth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and neighbouring markets.   Prior to joining Ashtead, Thrasher held a number of senior and technical positions at FTO Services, C-Innovation and Schilling Robotics.   He began his career in the

Garrot, a Canadian Coast Guard’s launch dedicated to the hydrographic survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service recently converted to unmanned mode by ASV Global. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Hydrographic Survey Vessel Converted for Autonomous Ops

ASV Global said it has converted a 26ft hydrographic survey launch to enable it to operate autonomously using the ASView control system, while maintaining its ability to operate in a conventional manned mode. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work.   This delivery to the CHS marks ASV Global’s 10th unmanned conversion of a customer vessel using the ASView system.   ASView enables the launch to follow planned

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SeeByte to Extend US Navy Unmanned Capability

SeeByte said it has been awarded a Naval Sea Systems Command contract valued at $22.59 million over five years to provide engineering, technical support and training services for the MK18 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Family of Systems (FoS).   The award allows the government to execute task orders with SeeByte for the provision of various supplies and services including but not limited to upgrades to the SeeTrack Common Operator Interface for Navy (COIN) EOD software modules, purchasing of autonomy software (SeeByte’s Neptune autonomy engine) licenses for MK18 UUVs, MK18 software and

Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem vision is centred on high levels of connectivity and digitalisation. Photo: Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

Wärtsilä Introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem Vision

 The smart technology group Wärtsilä is at the forefront of harnessing the changes taking place in the shipping industry to deliver value and optimisation for its customers.   By orchestrating these developments through the use of high levels of connectivity and digitalisation, Wärtsilä intends to lead the industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem.   “The world is moving towards a future that is more and more connected, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the shipping sector. The opportunities offered through smart technology

Fishery Research Vessel 7417 Baía Farta (Photo: Damen)

Research Vessel Launched for Angolan Fisheries Ministry

;Baía Farta, a new Fishery Research Vessel (FRV) 7417 for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. The vessel's sponsor was Dra. Isabel Cristóvão, director of Gabinete de Estudos, Planeamento e Estatística.   The FRV 7417 is suited to various purposes, including hydrographic operations, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towing operations. “[The vessel] will enable the Angolan Fisheries Ministry to carry out research into its fishing grounds that will help to

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Briggs Marine Awarded Framework with SSEN

Briggs Marine said it has secured a place on a six-year framework agreement with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) for the replacement and maintenance of its subsea cable assets.    The framework, which was awarded in August 2017 and will run to 2023, sees Briggs support more than 100 submarine electricity cables which provide power to islands and rural communities, from Shetland to the Isle of Wight.   Briggs will provide survey, inspection, repair, removal and installation services for SSEN’s submarine electricity cable assets. The work will allow Briggs to

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Klein Plans 2018 Side Scan Sonar Training

Side scan sonar manufacturer Klein Marine Systems will host three days of side scan sonar training, including a one day on-water practical training, from January 29-31, in Pensacola, Fla.   The training, organized with the support of Higgs Hydrographic Tek, will help participants to develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as hands-on experience with single beam sonar such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900.   Training topics include: Principles of underwater acoustics  - sonar record analysis, targets and shadows, reflectivity of underwater materials

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Aquaterra Names Hawkes Financial Director

Offshore engineering solutions provider Aquaterra Energy has appointed Nick Hawkes as Financial Director based at the company’s headquarters in Norwich.   Hawkes has more than four years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and joins Aquaterra having spent nearly 20 years with Babcock International Group where he latterly held the position as Financial Director for 15 years. Hawkes graduated from Bournemouth University in 1987 with a BA (Hons) Business Studies.   His appointment follows the announcement in July that Aquaterra Energy secured a multimillion pound investment

At the DEMA Show 2017 (L-R):  Aquabotix Chief Development Officer Ted Curley; Audrey Darley, Director of Vendor Relations for Darley; and Henry “Ace” Thrift, Director of Business Development, Navy/SOCUM/Federal Team. (Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Adds US Distributor

UUV Aquabotix Ltd said it has added W.S. Darley & Co., a 100-year-old designer, manufacturer and distributor of firefighting, defense and emergency services equipment, as a distributor in the U.S. Through the partnership, Aquabotix will work closely with Darley Defense, a specialty division of Darley that markets new and existing products to the U.S. Department of Defense, to provide its underwater vehicles and camera systems to the U.S. Navy.   “[Darley] will be an important partner in support of our growing U.S. Navy business with our Endura ROVs and new Hybrid AUV/ROV,” said

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Boskalis Expanding Subsea

 Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) is set to expand its market position in the area of subsea services, according to its Corporate Business Plan 2017-2019.   "In a persistently challenging market there tend to be interesting opportunities for anti-cyclical investments in companies or equipment that will result in Boskalis being well-positioned when end-markets recover again," it says.   In mid-August Boskalis acquired subsea survey specialist Gardline, and the group recently exercised a purchase option on the leased DSV Constructor to acquired the vessel for

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Rovco Wins Gwynt y Môr Windfarm Contract

Rovco has been awarded a three-year contract to support one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, Gwynt y Môr, eight miles off the coast of North Wales in the U.K.    The U.K. subsea company said it will provide its underwater ROV 3D visual survey solution, alongside traditional video, blueview sonar and cathodic protection analysis techniques.   Gwynt y Môr consists of 160 turbines that generate enough energy for more than 400,000 homes across the country. It extends over an area of about 80km² and includes two offshore substations and 134kms of onshore

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CPC: La Niña Chances at 65-75%

A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday said La Niña conditions are predicted to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2017-18. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, in a monthly forecast pegged the chance of La Niña developing at about 65 percent to 75 percent. The agency in its October advisory had projected a 55 percent to 65 percent chance of the phenomenon developing during the Northern Hemisphere's fall and winter. "La Niña is likely to affect temperature and precipitation across the United States

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Tuco to Build Hydrographic Survey Boats for Denmark

Tuco Marine Group said it has signed a contract with DALO (The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization) to deliver two bespoke hydrographic survey boats to replace two existing survey vessels that have become obsolete.   The new vessels, based on Tuco’s ProZero concept, have been designed to allow full use of the latest technology for hydrographic surveys.   The boats are designed to accommodate two hydrography specialists in addition to a dedicated helmsman. The hull has been specially adapted to address two challenges that are hard to solve at once: on the one hand

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New Senior Management at Kreuz Subsea

Singapore registered subsea solutions provider Kreuz Subsea has named AJ Jain chief executive officer and Balaji Bhashyam as chief operating officer.   Jain brings to the CEO role more than 25 years of executive industry experience, having held a number of leadership positions in the oil and gas industry. His previous posts include managing director at Harkand Group where he was responsible for operations in North America and Africa. Prior to Harkand, he was part of the senior management team at Dynamic Industries International LLC responsible for international operations. He also held several

The research vessel being built for the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute is scheduled to enter service in mid-2020 (Image: Wärtsilä)

Ultra-silent Propulsion for New Research Vessel

When the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute’s new research vessel enters operation in mid-2020, research personnel on board will be able to carry out their tasks with greater effectiveness thanks to a high-tech, ultra-silent propulsion package from Wärtsilä.   The new 54-meter-long ship, which is being built at the MEST shipyard in the Faroes for the Faroese Government organization, will feature a propulsion system that limits underwater radiated noise (URN) and which meets the DNV Silent R notation.   The solution is made possible through the manufacturer's in-house

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TE SubCom Announces Contract for Jupiter Cable

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, together with a consortium of six prominent telecom and content service providers, has announced that the supply contract for the JUPITER Cable system has come into force.   Scheduled to be ready for service by early 2020, the JUPITER Cable system will connect the following locations: Maruyama, Japan; Shima, Japan; Los Angeles, California, USA; and Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines. The new transpacific route will provide greater diversity of connections and enhanced reliability for customers

FairfieldNodal Welcomes New COO, CTO

FairfieldNodal has made two new additions to its executive leadership team: Tom Scoulios, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Geosciences, and Shawn Rice, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.   Scoulios will focus on execution of FairfieldNodal’s geoscience expansion plans by identifying and advancing technologic services and solutions, growing the business through strategic partnerships, growing the reservoir monitoring business, and supporting the identification and integration of potential corporate and/or asset acquisitions.   Rice will focus on

Z-Boat 1250 (Photo: Teledyne Oceanscience)

New Remotely Operated Hydrographic Survey Boat

Teledyne Oceanscience has introduced a new remotely operated hydrographic survey boat suited for inland waters such as streams, rivers and lakes.   The new trimaran style Z-Boat 1250 is “sturdy enough for tough terrain but light enough to be one person portable,” according to Teledyne. The vehicle has a lightweight hull manufactured from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, and is IP67 rated, which makes it well suited to survey in most water conditions. The vehicle weighs in at less than 50 pounds, including all instrumentation. A collapsible sliding crossbar makes the

At the stakeholder meeting in Maine: Mark Kontio, Maine staff assistant for Congressman Bruce Poliquin; Lt. David Vejar, northeast navigation manager; Chris Rector, regional representative for Senator Angus King; Rear Adm. Shep Smith, director of Office of Coast Survey. (Photo: NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey)

Penobscot Bay Survey in Focus at NOAA Stakeholder Meetings

Survey hosted two stakeholder events in Belfast, Maine, to engage the local community on various NOAA products and updates in the region. Originally from Belfast himself, Rear Adm. Smith, director of the Office of Coast Survey, provided a warm introduction to both events. Dean Moyles, of Fugro, a NOAA hydrographic contractor, presented a summary of the hydrographic survey work being performed in Penobscot Bay. Lt. David Vejar, NOAA northeast navigation manager, highlighted various products and services, including how to access NOAA charts and data, the upcoming Gulf of Maine Operation Forecast System, nowCOAST

Fugro work Class ROVs continue to successfully deliver on long term IRM projects with outstanding levels of efficiency, saving time and reducing costs. (Photo: Fugro)

A Tale of Two ROVs

Two Fugro ROVs complete more than 8,000 dives for Petrobras   Fugro has been providing remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) services for Petrobras in Brazil for more than 20 years and has delivered more than 36,000 ROV dive-hours in 2016 alone.   Fugro’s two-year contract award in May 2017 for the provision of inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services for Petrobras in Brazil using RSV Fugro Aquarius is the most recent example of the association between the two organizations in the region.   Two other long-term IRM contracts in Brazil for Petrobras, both signed

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SKF Launches Magnetic Bearings Tuning Service

SKF has rolled out a new service called 'certified tuning E300V2', which leverages the capabilities of the E300V2 control cabinet for SKF S2M magnetic bearings. The development is as a spin-off from a previous subsea electronic system developed for the Norwegian Åsgard project and offers the ability to monitor and control magnetic bearings from a remote location.   “The new service allows machine tuning to be conducted by an OEM from their own site, with their own technicians and without SKF’s physical presence,” explained Jérémy Lepelley, project manager

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Wave Glider to Help Protect Marine Sanctuaries

New solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments will be developed through a multi-year agreement between Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR).   At the core of the long-term environmental monitoring and surveillance of the Pacific’s most diverse and endangered underwater ecosystems will be Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider, an autonomous surface ocean robot that will be used to help address long-term monitoring and scientific data collection gaps that are not

Rapp Marine to Equip New OSU Research Vessel

under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, La.    Under the scope of the OHS SSV, Rapp Marine is responsible for integrating the systems required for science mission and cargo handling operations. The overboard handling systems will consist of the oceanographic winch and hydrographic winch systems, which will supply various tension members to the stern A-frame, main crane and overboard handling apparatus. The portable winch will also supply the tension member used with the portable side A-frame and portable crane.    The primary application of the oceanographic

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Oceaneering Adds New Reel Drive System

Oceaneering International, Inc. has taken delivery of an 800-metric-ton SWL (Safe Working Load) reel drive system (RDS) from Maritime Developments (MDL).   The modular system will be used to deploy and retrieve SURF products (subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines) on board the company’s new-built multi-service vessel, Ocean Evolution and joins Oceaneering’s global fleet of flex-lay equipment.   Rated for over 1,300-metric-ton DWL (Dynamic Working Load), the RDS is rated for handling 14m diameter reels weighing 800 metric tons under dynamic, sea-state conditions. The RDS

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

will see the two companies cooperate on marine survey projects in the waters surrounding Taiwan, with IOVTEC expanding survey services in the country and Fugro providing fit-for-purpose technology, equipment and expertise.   “IOVTEC brings to the MoU its specialist skills in domestic hydrographic and bathymetric surveys for coastal mapping, government port and harbor agencies, dredging and marine contractors and offshore wind farm developers in Taiwan,” said Jerry Paisley, Fugro’s Director for Marine Site Characterization in the Asia Pacific region. “Fugro’s offshore

FTA’s and Teledyne CARIS’ project team together at the kick-off meeting for the start of the project (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

Finland Selects CARIS Hydrographic Production Database

The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto (FTA) has selected Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) as the new system for chart production for current and future needs. With many lakes, an archipelagic sea and an estimated 40,000 islands, the FTA has a large and complex portfolio of navigational charts to maintain. The project to implement HPD will include deployment of software and the migration of existing products into an optimized workflow where data is centrally managed and various product types are derived from one updated source. The system will provide a platform where user-friendly,

Shearwater2 System (Image: Swathe Services)

Swathe Services to Represent Planck Aerosystems in the UK

 Swathe Services said it has entered into an agency agreement with Planck Aerosystems to represent the San Diego based autonomous drone company in the U.K.   Planck Aerosystems is a drone company that enables autonomous operations from moving vehicles on land or at sea. The company’s specialized Shearwater unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be deployed in a matter of minutes, with minimal user training and experience. With powerful onboard computing capabilities, long range digital communications and intelligent computer vision software the Planck solution provides a safer, faster

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GMG Acquires Fugro’s Trenching, Cable Laying Business

Global Marine Group (GMG) will acquire Fugro’s trenching and cable laying business in exchange for an equity stake of around 24 percent in the combined business valued at $65 million, and a one year secured vendor loan of $ 7.5 million. Fugro said it will realize a gain on this transaction, valued at approximately $73 million.   GMG is a supplier of subsea cable installation and maintenance services in the telecoms, offshore renewables, power and oil and gas market segments. The acquisition of Fugro’s trenching and cable laying business provides added high-end capabilities that

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First Ever USV-supported Cable Route Survey

;s mother ship. ASView used exported .dxf survey lines from the TerraSond survey planning system to autonomously execute an accurate survey with minimal human intervention.    ASV Global has supported TerraSond for three consecutive years refining the use of autonomous systems in hydrographic survey applications. This year’s deployments follow on from a 2016 charting survey completed in the Bering Sea, off Alaska where ASV Global and TerraSond marked an industry first by completing a 9,578km hydrographic survey, 4,213km of which were completed unmanned. Combined, these operations

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

with particular silence requirements to avoid disturbing the sea environment. The ship was built according to criteria ensuring minimum environmental impact and reduced radiation of noise underwater, so as to allow studies on fish and marine mammals. She will be able to carry out its oceanographic and hydrographic research activities in any area of operation. Kronprins Haakon will set sail for scientific expeditions starting in 2018.   LNG Fueled Research Ship for Germany The Fassmer shipyard in Germany is currently constructing a new research vessel to be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt

Becoming a NVIDIA member will allow Rovco to enhance its 3D reconstruction capabilities and inspection techniques. Picture – 3D reconstruction of jacket structure. (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Joins NVIDIA Inception Program

micro to large inspection vehicles, Rovco has the resources required to provide inshore/offshore services and inspections anywhere in the world. Offering a unique approach to technical subsea challenges, Rovco has the expertise to deliver a high quality, extremely innovative solution for underwater hydrographic survey and inspection services, using state-of-the-art cameras, scanning 3D sonars, multibeam echosounders and various leading edge survey technologies

Matthew Long (Photo: Phoenix International Holdings, Inc.)

Phoenix Hires Long, Turner in Manager Roles

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. announced that Matthew Long has joined the company as General Manager (GM) of its Largo, Md. headquarters office, and Troy Turner has been appointed as Area Manager for our Bayou Vista, La. Location.   Long will oversee all aspects of Phoenix’s government and commercial deep ocean search and recovery service lines, as well as the company’s Engineering and R&D work, while Turner will be responsible for overseeing and directing the day-to-day activities of the Bayou Vista office, and actively pursuing growth opportunities for all Phoenix

GeoSphere data log shows the layered formation structure in the well. (Image: SLB)

GeoSphere: Mapping-while-drilling Evolution

Logging-while-drilling (LWD) technologies have evolved significantly in the past decade. Today they integrate sophisticated algorithms that take advantage of the ever-increasing technical complexity combining mechanical, electrica, and software systems that are implemented downhole. These achievements helps the users gain a better understanding of the reservoir while bring drilling into a new area of efficiency and cost savings. Marine Technology Reporter’s Correspondent in Brazil spoke to Jean Seydoux, Program Manager for Advanced Reservoir Mapping Technologies for Drilling and Measurement at

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Aquabotix Adds New Global Distributors

, GIS data collection, vehicle telematics and ocean ecosystem management (OEM). Seafloor Systems has joined the Aquabotix distributor network as a non-exclusive representative for Aquabotix in California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, in the U.S. With more than 20 years of experience in the hydrographic community, Seafloor Systems specializes in integrated hydrographic survey solutions, and has strong expertise in complete turnkey and integrated Multibeam and Single Beam solutions. Seafloor Systems maintains the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), universities

Kraken Sonar Changes Its Name to Kraken Robotics

Kraken Sonar Inc. has changed its name from Kraken Sonar Inc. to Kraken Robotics Inc., reflecting its evolution from manufacturing sensors to supplying complete robotic systems, software and services in the unmanned maritime systems (UMS) market.   The company will begin trading under its new name effective Friday, September 22; its stock symbols will remain the same: TSX-V: PNG and OTCQB: KRKNF. Kraken’s Canadian operating subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been renamed Kraken Robotics Systems Inc.   While the public company name and Canadian operating subsidiary names will

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M2 Subsea Unveils Purpose-built ROV Test Tank

Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services provider M2 Subsea has recently commissioned a purpose-built tank for testing ROVs and ancillary equipment at its base in Westhill, Aberdeenshire.    Located within M2 Subsea’s existing workshop, the indoor fresh water test tank can accommodate both work-class and observation ROVs. It can hold 73,600 liters of water and measures 8 x 4 x 2.3 meters. It features a gantry crane which has a S.W.L 15t and an independent 415v three phase 200a power supply to accommodate testing equipment. 2t and 16t forklifts are also onsite at all times for any

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