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Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

looking into submarine power cables … by accident. We did not really believe that there was much develop. However, it’s been proven that our 30 years of subsea distribution system experience had a lot to offer the cable industry. It seems today’s designs are more based on existing manufacturing facilities than the optimum design for floating wind and installations. Its like with electrical cars, it is hard to rebuild your gasoline engine factory,” he says, adding that he sees Unitech as “the Tesla” of offshore power cables.The timing is right for a new Tesla of that

Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and SubCom announced that the marine survey for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system has been completed and the cable route finalized. The companies also announced the addition of a landing station in Bosaso, Somalia. Image: Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and SubCom

DARE1 Marine Survey, Somalia Landing Station Complete

, which will connect Djibouti (Djibouti), Bosaso (Somalia), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya). With a finalized route length of 4,747 km, DARE1 will deliver up to 36 Tbps of capacity to East Africa.The project is progressing on schedule with the marine survey completed on January 21, 2019. Manufacturing of the undersea cables and repeaters will begin in April 2019 and the system will be ready for commercial traffic in June 2020.Bosaso is a port city in Puntland, Somalia and is the region’s commercial capital and a major seaport within the state. The two fiber-pair, repeatered Bosaso segment

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
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One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

Today, we have less than 50% of the onshore support group prior to the downturn, yet we are still efficiently serving our customers and business. We’ve been able to streamline our operations globally by implementing operational excellence initiatives.At one point, prior to the downturn, we were manufacturing ROVs at the rate of one approximately every week. There was an overcapacity in the market, however, so we turned our attention to refurbishing and upgrading existing equipment. Instead of building new ROVs, we’ve been refreshing our existing fleet and advancing them by introducing cutting-edge

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C-Automation Buys Proserv Drilling Services

more than double its staff of service technicians and broadens its customer base.Mike Gould, CEO of C-Automation, said, “Purchasing this drilling services business from Proserv is a critical component of our longer-term global growth strategy. We have consistently prided ourselves on our custom manufacturing and field service capabilities, and this acquisition provides us a unique opportunity to accelerate entry into new markets and strengthen our capacity to serve our customers’ complex drilling needs.”For Proserv, the deal is part of a strategy to dial in on core technologies. 

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Aker Solutions Buys Stake in Airborne

fields with capabilities in front end engineering design (FEED) and subsea production systems. The collaboration will see the firm utilizing TCP to improve field development economics globally.“We also look forward to working closely with Aker Solutions to explore synergies for collaborative manufacturing and producing the next generation of TCP solutions for deepwater developments in line with our overarching strategic goals,” Kassam said.Airborne Oil & Gas CEO, Oliver Kassam (Photo: Airborne Oil & Gas)TCP is manufactured from a composite of fibers and polymers making it flexible

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VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

and Energy (DMME) is the lead state Agency for the Directory.  DMME has formed a Partnership with the Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) and the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA).  This Partnerships Team is focused on identifying current Virginia suppliers with core maritime and manufacturing-related expertise.The Directory allows a company to present its critical offerings and skillsets.  In addition to basic contact information – names, telephone, city/state location, etc. – the Directory lists, very briefly, engineering capabilities, equipment resources, manufacturing

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COVE Welcomes Aboard IBM Canada

a unique approach to collaboration that provides academic researchers, small and large business, start-ups and developers with business strategies and computing tools they need to innovate. Other areas of focus for IBM Canada include health, agile computing, water, energy, cities, mining, advanced manufacturing, digital media and cyber security

IBM Canada Joins COVE

a unique approach to collaboration that provides academic researchers, small and large business, start-ups and developers with business strategies and computing tools they need to innovate. Other areas of focus for IBM Canada include health, agile computing, water, energy, cities, mining, advanced manufacturing, digital media and cybersecurity

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Ineos to Upgrade Forties Pipeline

Forties pipeline, which has been in service since 1975 and can carry up to 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil.Founder and chairman Ratcliffe, Britain's richest man, said the investment underscored the company's commitment to its UK-based businesses."Ineos is a supporter of British manufacturing and this 1 billion pounds investment underlines our confidence in our business in the UK," Ratcliffe said.The company bought the pipeline from BP in late 2018. Within weeks, it was forced to shut the system for around two months to fix a crack in an onshore section, triggering a spike in

Iain Smith, Proserv’s president, Subsea Controls (Photo: Proserv)

Subsea Supply Chain Tightening -Proserv

by 2021.Smith foresees a possible tightening of supply versus demand in the near future in the subsea market, “Subsea tiebacks are about a rapid return on investment, at the right field development cost, and, crucially, short lead times. The problem for operators is that a significant amount of manufacturing capacity for trees has been taken out of the market by firms closing production facilities.“We have seen other oilfield service providers shut down factories and once this capacity is taken out, it isn’t easy to get it back. For our part, we are prepared for any spike in subsea activity

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

, and have since launched over 200 enabling products including the BlueROV2 remotely operated underwater vehicle,” said Rustom ‘Rusty’ Jehangir, Founder and CEO, Blue Robotics. “Today, we have a team of 30 people in Torrance, CA, where we’re designing our products, manufacturing them, and shipping them to thousands of customers around the world.”Interestingly, Jehangir’s background is in aerospace engineering and drones. “I’d never made anything related to subsea prior to starting Blue Robotics,” he said. “That’s led to a steep

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Contemporary UUV Propulsor Design

maximum diameter (to ensure it remains within the body diameter) or they can influence the design to account for slope of the vehicle’s tail.It is important to take a moment and mention the implications of UUV propulsor manufacture. There is substantial discussion in the press about additive manufacturing (AM) for propellers. While this may be attractive from a financial and deliverability standpoint, we must take care that performance is not compromised by inappropriate surface texture (which can have a huge influence for propulsor of the small size found on most UUVs), fatigue strength failures

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

as well as archaeological studies are also common commercial applications. Today the survey AUV is not just accepted, but expected, in many maritime applications.With survey AUVs becoming commonplace the emerging frontier for AUVs includes novel concepts enabled by modern electronics, design, and manufacturing techniques. In QinetiQ North America’s SEAScout we see a compact, simple approach. Teleynde’s Gavia offers modularity for payload and system components, and the Riptide UUV family leverages open source approaches to be especially user-friendly.QinetiQ North America’s SEAScout

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Partners Designing Autonomous Seismic Nodes

enhance the cost effectiveness of on-demand seismic surveys and continuous seafloor deformation monitoring offshore Brazil.”The project is divided into three main phases: development, including design and initial testing of the new node, including communication with the underwater vehicle; manufacturing of a pilot scale system; and deployment of the pilot system for three years in a pre-salt field

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JFD Wins DSRV Contract from Republic of Korea Navy

The subsea operations and manufacturing company JFD, a part of James Fisher and Sons, has received a multi-million dollar contract for the design and build of an advanced Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV).The DSRV will be delivered as a part of a submarine rescue capability being provided to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).The contract, awarded by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), will ensure the provision of an advanced and highly capable submarine rescue vehicle to the South Korean Navy that will ensure the highest standards in safety for submariners.

Tekmar Cable Protection System on the back of a Jan De Nul Group vessel installing an offshore wind project. (Photo: Tekmar)

Tekmar Selected for Northwester 2

(CPS) TekLink Mechanical Latch for the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm 50 km off the coast of Ostend, Belgium in the North Sea.Tekmar said it will supply its latest TekLink Generation 8 cable protection system for all inter array and export cables. The product will be produced within Tekmar’s manufacturing facility in the North East of England during 2019.Fellow Tekmar Group company AgileTek Engineering also supported the project using its proprietary AEL cloud system, providing verification of the cable protection system design via global analysis of the cables and CPS on the project.Northwester

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DOE: $28M Available for Floating Offshore Wind

;The United States has 13,000 miles of shoreline, which is a huge opportunity to lead the world in capitalizing offshore wind,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in a press release. “The ATLANTIS projects will help advance American offshore wind production and the accompanying job, manufacturing, and investment growth for the nation.”Control co-design methodologies bring together diverse engineering disciplines to work concurrently while designing a device, instead of in sequential steps. The CCD approach enables project teams to develop new ways to build FOWTs that would not be

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