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New Report Outlines Big Potential for Offshore Wind

than 50 GW of floating capacity requiring $93 billion to $148 billion of capex investment has been identified by WER. As is the case in the bottom-fixed segment, the U.K. presently has the largest floating pipeline at more than 25 GW, followed by Norway (more than 5 GW) and Japan, the U.S., South Korea, Ireland, France and Taiwan, each with multi-GW pipelines. WER’s report highlights the development of a much large pipeline after the middle of this decade, with potential zones discussed in the U.S., Japan, Norway, U.K. and France.Big potential means big opportunitiesForecasted near- and long-term

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Planet Ocean Inks Distribution Deal with 4H-JENA

Planet Ocean announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with -4H-JENA engineering GmbH, Germany for the UK and Ireland.Following the purchase of the CONTROS range of instruments by -4H-JENA has announced that as well as continuing to offer the range of CONTROS dissolved gas technology for CH4, CO2, PCO2, pH and Total Alkalinity; Planet Ocean will also be introducing the other -4H-JENA range of marine technology products.-4H-JENA produce custom FerryBox systems for installation in vessels, designed to suit each individual application with sensors, processing telemetry and mechanical

XOCEAN’s Sonardyne-equipped XO-450 leaving Kristiansund to harvest data from Sonardyne’s Fetch pressure monitoring transponders at Ormen Lange. Photo courtesy of SafePath.

Seabed-to-Shore Data Delivery Operation Completed for Norske Shell

, safely meeting current Covid-19 movement restrictions. The vessel was ‘posted’ to Norway and then launched by local marine operations service provider, SafePath AS. All other team members, including Sonardyne’s remote operations specialists in the UK, XOCEAN’s USV pilots in Ireland and Shell’s geophysicists in Norway and the US, remained working from their home offices.The Fetch PMTs were deployed in 800 - 1,100 m water depth at the Ormen Lange field last September to support a long-term seabed monitoring campaign.The Fetch PMTs accurately collect pressure, temperature

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EC-OG Raises Funds for Subsea Battery System

is the first that Par Equity has made since its recent partnership with the British Business Bank. The funds were allocated as part of the Regional Angel Programme. The £75m program supports some of the fastest growing technology companies across the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is designed to provide early stage capital to smaller businesses with high growth potential.Cost-cutting - A Key Selling PointRichard Knox, Managing Director of EC-OG commented: "This investment comes at a perfect time for EC-OG as we prepare for widespread commercialization. In particular

Oi London 2020 will be a meeting point for over 500 exhibitors. Photo from Oi London 2018
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Oi London 2020 Marks 50th Anniversary

, academics and government representatives alike.Emphasizing this vigorous international feel, new pavilions for Massachusetts and Italy are being introduced for Oi London 2020, taking their place alongside returning delegations from companies in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Ireland and the US. The general expansion of key resources is also reflected in an increased prominence for show mainstays including the Future Tech Hub, spotlighting advanced solutions from new-to-market technologists, and the Ocean ICT Zone, which will promote connectivity and data-related innovations

L3 Harris UK’s C-Worker 7 working with an ROV off the UK’s south coast. Photos from L3 Harris UK.

Marine Autonomy Above & Below the Water

Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG). Cowles says that it appears that current collision regulations (Colregs) are probably fit for purpose for the current size ASVs. As vessels get bigger, however, we will need changes, he says.Others see the potential too. XOCEAN, an Irish company, based in County Louth, Ireland, is also working on a solution to deploy underwater robotics from an unmanned surface platform. James Ives, the firm’s CEO, says, “Multiple clients have expressed an interest in extending the solution to deeper water to cover more of their assets. This inevitably means positioning sensors

Dr Phil Anderson and his kayak. Photo from SAMS.

@ SAMS, Science + Autonomy = Answers

on a wide range of missions. Photo from SAMS.The listening projectAnother SAMS project is COMPASS (Collaborative Oceanography & Monitoring for Protected Areas and Species). Under COMPASS, Dr Andy Dale and Dr Denise Risch have been looking at the way life moves around sea area between the Republic of Ireland, Ireland and Scotland. It’s perhaps not a huge area, relative to the open ocean, but, it’s a complex one. The area is very influenced by slow currents from the continental edge and it follows a slope to the north. Some goes down on to the shelf. There’s a current around the top

L3 Harris UK’s C-Worker 7 working with an ROV off the UK’s south coast. Photos from L3 Harris UK.

Hybrid Autonomous Systems Evolve

Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG). Cowles says that it appears that current collision regulations (Colregs) are probably fit for purpose for the current size ASVs. As vessels get bigger, however, we will need changes, he says.Others see the potential too. XOCEAN, an Irish company, based in County Louth, Ireland, is also working on a solution to deploy underwater robotics from an unmanned surface platform. James Ives, the firm’s CEO, says, “Multiple clients have expressed an interest in extending the solution to deeper water to cover more of their assets. This inevitably means positioning sensors

The KETmaritime consortium delivering a major pan-European project showcasing ‘next-generation’ technology (Photo: KETmaritime)

Maritime Blue-Light Laser Discovered

, via the European Regional Development Fund and is delivered by a consortium of seven partners across Europe.The consortium includes French multidisciplinary research laboratory CIMAP (CEA group), Portuguese maritime economic cluster Fórum Oceano and Spanish industrial design center IDONIAL. Ireland’s national center for marine and renewable energy MaREI and UK marine cluster organization Marine South East are delivering further support, alongside Spanish non-profit research association AIMEN.INL Cleanroom (Photo: KETmaritime)

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