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All Eyes on Ireland

Dr. Edel O’Connor discusses Ireland’s rapidly expanding subsea industry.   Ireland’s ocean economy is a growing and vibrant part of the overall Irish economy, with up to 9 percent blue growth reported over recent years. The vision set out in the Irish Government’s ‘Our Ocean Wealth’ strategy has ambitious targets to increase the turnover from the country’s ocean economy to exceed €6.4 billion by 2020 and to double the value of its ocean wealth to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2030.   Ireland’s GDP from the marine sector at 0.8 percent represents

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OpenHydro Claims Accolades for Innovation

Tidal energy developer OpenHydro, a DCNS company, has secured honors at this year’s Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards and SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards.   At the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, OpenHydro won the Tech Innovation Award for its Turbine Control Center, while employee Andrew Carlisle secured the International Engineer of the Year award. At the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards, OpenHydro also won the coveted Innovation Award for its tidal turbine technology.   OpenHydro achieved these innovation awards through the development of its unique tidal turbine technology

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Ireland/UK HVDC Subsea Cable Link Commissioned by ABB

ABB commissions world's highest capacity HVDC Light underwater power link, a 500 MW HVDC inter-connection between Ireland and the UK enables leveraging of wind energy and facilitates power flows between the two countries. ABB has delivered the East West Interconnector to EirGrid, the Irish transmission system operator. The 500-megawatt (MW) transmission connection is the highest capacity link of its kind, based on voltage source converter (VSC) technology, to go into commercial operation. The interconnector establishes an important link between the Irish and U.K. grids, enabling cross-border power

Xodus to Maximize Energy Connection Integrity for Mutual Energy

Agreement to provide marine services for Interconnector Services Limited (ISL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mutual Energy. Xodus will manage the procurement of a survey contractor in order to perform survey investigations on the power cable and pipeline networks connecting Scotland and Northern Ireland. The aim is to assess and maximize the asset integrity of the two systems and refine inspection techniques and emergency response procedures as appropriate and dependent upon survey findings. The Moyle Interconnector is a 250kV (500MW) two cable HVDC system linking the electricity grids of Northern

Irish Naval Service Acquires Navigator Diver Held Sonar

Service has acquired a Navigator Diver Held Sonar and Navigation System manufactured by Shark Marine Technologies Inc. of Ontario, Canada. The Irish Naval Service is the State’s Principal Seagoing Agency.  The Naval Service exercises and upholds the States sovereignty and obligations over Ireland’s maritime jurisdiction which is an area 12 times larger than the island of Ireland.  The Naval Service Diving Section (NSDS) is the primary State diving team, carrying out varied tasks for a number of State Agencies. Members of the NSDS used the Navigator system whilst training with

European Commission Finances Renewable Energy Projects

from bioenergy (including advanced biofuels), concentrated solar power and geothermal power to wind power, ocean energy and distributed renewable management (smart grids). The projects will be hosted in 16 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Offshore projects supported include: France Wind VertiMED The project comprises a floating offshore 26 MW wind farm located 50 km from Marseille. Thirteen wind turbines will be installed on 13 moored floating

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Galway Bay Observatory Goes Live

Subsea observatory off Ireland’s coast goes live with Teledyne Marine interconnect   Ireland currently imports most of its energy from sources outside the country, but has an excellent natural resource in the form of ocean power off of its west coast, in Galway Bay. To take advantage of this clean, natural energy resource would make a major environmental and social contribution, and reduce Ireland’s carbon impact. Harnessing the energy from ocean activity will require a detailed understanding of the ocean’s behavior in this location, then subsequent commercial development to

LO 1622 was awarded to Europa as part of Phase 2 of the 2015 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round Map Courtesy Europa

Europa Update on New Offshore Ireland Licensing Options

plc, the AIM listed oil and gas exploration, development and production company focused on Europe provides detailed technical information on the recently awarded Licensing Option (‘LO’) 16/22. Europa has a 100% interest in, and is operator of, seven licences in the Atlantic basins offshore Ireland including LO 16/22, which covers 992km2 in the Padraig Basin.   Highlights     * Gross mean un-risked indicative resources in the range of 300-600 million barrels of oil equivalent   * Padraig Basin is a remnant Jurassic basin on the eastern margin of the Rockall Trough &nbs

L-R: Kirk Regular, Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University, Tommy Furey, Dr Peter Heffernan, Fabio Sacchetti, Marine Institute, Marcos Miguel Páscoa Parreira Rosa, Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). Photo: Marine Institute

Marine Institute Maps Atlantic Sea Bed

 A team of international scientists, led by the Marine Institute in Ireland, has completed a transatlantic sea bed mapping exercise, which has revealed previously uncharted seabed features including mountains and ridges taller than Carrauntoohil.   Footprints of icebergs moving across the seabed, an ancient glacial moraine and a mountain higher than Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry have been mapped across the Atlantic by the team of scientists on board the State’s research ship, the MV Celtic Explorer.   It followed the route taken by ships dropping the first transatlantic telecommunic

OMM Contracted to Keep Trawlers Off Subsea Cable

Offshore Marine Management Ltd (OMM) to keep the fishing community advised about the new 96 fibre subsea telecom cable linking Ireland and Wales. Offshore Marine Management Ltd (OMM), the UK’s independent services provider to the renewables, telecoms and hydrocarbon industries, is to provide fisheries liaison services to Emerald Bridge Fibres Ltd (EBFL), a joint venture between Geo Networks Ltd (Geo), and Ireland’s wholesale telecom provider ESB Telecoms Ltd. OMM was responsible for the delivery of the marine phase of this challenging project, which provides a 96 fibre subsea telecoms

Marine Technology Reporter - November/December 2017 Edition

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Marine Technology Reporter -- May 2017 Edition

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Ocean Rig Announces Contract Signing

it has signed definitive documentation, following the previously announced Letter of Intent, for one of its semi-submersible drilling rigs, the Eirik Raude, with an oil major.   The drilling contract is for a one-well program, with an estimated duration of up to 6 months, for drilling offshore Ireland, with an estimated backlog of approximately $112 million, including mobilization and demobilization.   The rig is scheduled to commence this contract in the second quarter of 2013, in direct continuation from its previous contract in West Africa

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CONTROS GmbH Named Planet Ocean Distributor

Surrey based Planet Ocean Ltd. announced the signing of an exclusive agency agreement covering the U.K. and Ireland with CONTROS GmbH of Kiel Germany for their range of CO2 & CH4 sensors. Planet Ocean said it will also be organizing a series of user workshops for existing and potential users of CONTROS sensors at their Camberley base later in the year.  

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Finding Monsters on the Ocean Surface

of depth to wavelength is used as a parameter to differentiate between long and short waves. Tsunamis and storm surges are typically very long waves, so they are considered shallow water waves. Storm waves and rogue waves are much shorter in wavelength relative to ocean depth.   The west coast of Ireland is a perfect location to observe extreme waves, especially when it comes to storm waves and rogue waves. Indeed, Atlantic swells propagate eastward toward the coastline of Ireland. Depressions from the Atlantic regularly bring very unsettled weather across Ireland. A few weeks ago, post-tropical

The University of Limerick has purchased a Sub-Atlantic Comanche ROV from Forum for renewable energy project work. (Photo: Forum Energy Technologies)

Forum ROV to support University Renewables Projects

intervention work on renewable energy infrastructure.   The University’s Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) purchased the Sub-Atlantic Comanche 2,000m Observation Class ROV and associated launch and recovery system for delivery in March 2017 under a MaREI Science Foundation Ireland infrastructure grant (15/RI/3232).    The Comanche was selected due to its high thrust to drag ratio enabling it to operate in strong waves, currents and winds – typical conditions for the offshore renewables industry. The system will be equipped to a high specification with precision

Europa Wins Licensing Option in offshore Ireland

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc, the AIM listed oil and gas exploration, development and production company focused on Europe, announced that it has been awarded a new Licensing Option (the ‘LO’) in the southern Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland, as part of phase 1 of the 2015 Atlantic Ireland round.  This follows the announcement on 11 February 2015 by the Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (‘DECNR’), Mr. Joe McHugh.   The Company understands it will shortly be issued with a formal letter of award from DECNR

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