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A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

development. There were significant parallels with AUV work. Early prototypes in the 1990s did not use GPS, lacked WiFi, and struggled with payloads. Like the Odyssey AUVs these vehicles used a fully autonomous approach without any vehicle interaction once a mission was launched. One area of early innovation on the surface was the use of internal combustion engines for propulsion. These early ASVs were first inspired by fisheries research, intended as tools to track tagged fish. Eventually the focus shifted to hydrographic survey, which has become one of the most common missions today.ASVs Now  

Tore Erntsen (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Names Erntsen as CTO

facility.Prior to taking on his new role, Erntsen  was vice president, engineering and technology, within the subsea team. He joined Proserv in 2012 when the firm took over the subsea controls business of Weatherford and he has been at the forefront of the core commitment to technological innovation, and its application, providing leading edge solutions for global customers.Erntsen  holds an MSc in engineering and ICT, which he gained at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and he commenced his career in research and development (R&D) with German conglomerate Siemens

Photo courtesy of Morrelli & Melvin

ArgoX90: Rocket Recovery Boat

descending by parachute. It is capable of sway (sideways) accelerations as great as 8.9m/s2 (almost 1 g) and has a top speed of 30 knots.The excellent maneuverability is due to the four-point configuration with 25ft individually rotating hulls connected by a 90ft x 90ft “X” frame. This innovation allows the vessel to achieve “sway” turns, whereby it can rapidly move in a lateral direction without having to turn the entire vessel. Instead of having to turn one or more long hulls of a conventional monohull or catamaran, the short individual hulls are far more maneuverable

Aerial view of the port of Marseille. (Photo: Port of Marseille Fos)

French Port: First Phase of Subsea Cables

submarine cables through the Port of Marseille also makes sense given the current location of carrier-neutral data centres, both within and near the port area.This investment is yet another landmark in the development of the French Smart Port in the Med, a port that is always at the forefront of innovation in order to create value for the region in a digitalized world.“Interxion welcomes this initiative from the Port of Marseille Fos, especially as two of Interxion’s data centers – MRS2 and MRS3 – are located within the port’s area. We share a common goal with the Port

Scottish Government minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP with Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director (Photo: Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Testing New FIS Technology

back in 2017 and it’s great to hear that it’s now being tested onshore with a view to subsea testing this year. Projects like these are a fantastic example of how our support can make a difference to a company. Support for R&D is a key element of our subsea engineering action plan, with innovation support highlighted as a key priority. Subsea engineering is one of Scotland’s true global strengths and projects like this can only help reinforce that position.”Together with its other key technology, FAM, the company provides operators flexibility development strategy throughout

Decommissioning. Image: James Fisher Offshore

JFO, First Subsea Team for Decommissioning

with James Fisher Offshore, we can offer clients a single service provider who can perform cut and lift decommissioning operations in fewer operations, with less personnel. We see this as a big benefit to oil companies and contractors alike.”As operators look to capitilise on product and service innovation to help meet the Oil and Gas Authority’s target of a 35% reduction in decommissioning expenditure by 2035 , ICLT has already attracted positive feedback from major international operators and received offers of industry funding to support further advancements of the technology

(Photo: Rovco)

Global Marine Group Buys Stake in Rovco

the invested partnership, Mike Daniel, managing director of Global Offshore, part of the Global Marine Group joined Rovco’s board of directors. He commented, “Our partnership with Rovco enables us to continually evolve our client-centric subsea solutions. By utilizing a combination of innovation and engineering excellence, we can deliver a greater range of services to enhance our customers’ operations, worldwide.”Brian Allen, founder and CEO of Rovco said, “This is a large step towards improving the efficiency of offshore IRM campaigns. We have industry leading data quality

Photo: GENERAL DYNAMICS, European Land Systems

Meet PoBo: Floating Platform for Disaster Relief

GD European Land Systems develops floating platform for civil protection and disaster reliefGeneral Dynamics European Land Systems-Bridge Systems won a contract to develop a multi-functional, modular floating platform known as Pontoon Boat (PoBo). The project was awarded under the Innovation Program for the Support of Diversification Strategies of Defense Companies in Civil Security Technologies, or DIVERS. DIVERS is a program launched by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWI), with VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH as the responsible project executing agency."The PoBo is a

Photo: ZX Lidar

ZX Lidars: World-first wind Lidar Measurements via Drone

is accurate, reliable and robust lending itself perfectly to a range of applications such as Drone Wind Lidar.”Dr Michael Harris, Director of Science at ZX Lidars, has pioneered wind Lidar for the wind energy industry for nearly 20 years, and has been the driving force behind this latest innovation

The 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine enables companies to test & demonstrate innovative new technologies. Image: Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

CWind and ORE Ink Offshore Deal

CWind, part of the Global Marine Group (GMG), has signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK’s offshore renewable energy innovation center.According to a press release from CWind, the provider of topside, splash zone and subsea engineering services to the offshore renewables and utilities market, the agreement demonstrates CWind’s long-term commitment to develop solutions to overcome the challenges faced by the UK offshore renewables sector, using innovation and technology to drive change.Together, the two companies will focus on delivering

Gunnar Bovim (NTNU), Alexandra Bech Gjørv (SINTEF) and Anders Bjarklev (DTU) signed an agreement to work together on offshore wind. Photo: John Ivar F. Eidsmo, SINTEF

Scandinavian Cooperation on Offshore Wind Expanded

and infrastructure.“Offshore wind is an important, environmentally friendly energy source. There has been a fantastic development globally in recent years,” says SINTEF’s Bech Gjørv. “At the same time, the technology is constantly evolving and continued research and innovation is crucial for us to succeed with more affordable and better solutions. When we further reinforce the connection between DTU’s significant knowledge of wind energy with our Norwegian top mission systems and support for the marine industry, we will be able to contribute significantly to achieving

HUGIN AUV System (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Swire Seabed Orders a HUGIN AUV

a fully-automated inspection and survey solution for various mission profiles.“The acquisition of our first AUV is a significant milestone for Swire Seabed as it demonstrates our long term commitment to go beyond current industry needs and gear ourselves to meet future market demands through innovation and technology,” the company’s CEO Arvid Pettersen explained. “We believe that the future of inspections and subsea survey is indeed autonomous and we are excited to be at the forefront of an evolving industry.”In October 2018, Swire Seabed completed its first commercial

(Photo: COVE)

More Tenants Move into COVE Facility

for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) reports it continues to onboard tenants in 2019.“We’re pleased to announce RBR, Precise Design and Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) have moved into COVE,” said Jim Hanlon, CEO of COVE, a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector located in Halifax Harbor, in Nova Scotia, Canada.COVE's mission is to propel the ocean economy by providing high quality marine infrastructure and a collaborative space in which a community of ocean enterprises can start, grow and prosper. Its primary goal is to support

(Photo: Vryhof)

Vryhof Reports New Contracts

made possible through more than 20 years expertise, the company said. In addition, Moorlink has also secured contracts in the drilling sector.“In today’s cost-conscious and challenging marketing environment, it’s more important than ever for product and services companies to embrace innovation and help operators and contractors in the oil and gas, renewables and aquaculture sectors change the way they work and improve their commercial operations,” Wandl said. “This is what Vryhof is achieving through a total, one-stop mooring and anchoring solution that can be customized

Subsea Innovation Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems (EPRS) used to prolong and protect operational life and production efficiency of subsea oil and gas pipelines. (Photo: Subsea Innovation)

Subsea Innovation Achieves DNV GL Type Approval

SIClamp structural pipeline repair clamp technology from U.K. manufacturer Subsea Innovation is designed to act as a temporary or permanent structural repair clamp for carbon steel pipelines designed for water, oil or gas transport. Emergency pipeline repair systems (EPRS) such as these can be immediately deployed should a subsea oil or gas pipeline become damaged or its integrity found to deficient due to corrosion or defect.The new clamp technology has earned type approval from DNV GL, making Subsea Innovation the first in the world to achieve this certification, the manufacturer said on Friday.

The contract was signed at AkerBPs offices. Back, from the left: Inge Sundet, Aker BP; Hans Andreas Øygarden, Aker BP; Tor-Øystein Carlsen, Optime; Trond Løkka, Optime; Thor Øystein Finborud Tovsrud, Optime; Tor Otto Lidal, Aker BP. Front, from the left: Mads Rødsjø, Aker BP; and Jan-Fredrik Carlsen, Optime. (Photo: Optime Subsea)

Optime Subsea Bags Long-term Deal with Aker BP

, Subsea Valley, in 2017. At the same conference the following year, SCILS was revealed as a solution to the industry’s demand in solving today’s and future need for safer, simpler and more cost efficient operations. In 2019 the SCILS will the be in operation.Carlsen said, “For us, innovation is about simplicity. The advantages found in this system are modularity and standardization. We have therefore already started building similar SCILS, which are ready this summer. We believe these systems will support global operators similar to Aker BP, as well as it contributes to improving our

Image: Unitech Offshore

World's First Floating Wind Turbine Gets New Life

Birkeland.“We are pleased that Unitech is now taking over the ownership and operation of the turbine. Hywind Demo has been very important for Equinor’s development of floating offshore wind since it came into operation 10 years ago. The fact that the turbine will continue to be used for innovation is also valuable for Equinor. Floating offshore wind will be a significant source of energy in the future and we will also test this in full-scale at our floating offshore wind farm in Scotland,” says Beate Myking, Director of Operations in New Energy Solutions at Equinor.In 2018, Unitech

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