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Pharos Offshore’s latest addition to its rental fleet, the Q1000 high-powered jet-trenching ROV (Photo: Pharos Offshore)

Pharos Adds Jet-Trenching ROV

Pharos Offshore Group said it recently expanded its portfolio of trenching assets with the state-of-the-art Q1000 jet-trenching remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) from manufacturer SMD.The latest addition to Pharos Offshore’s rental fleet, the Q1000 features a high-tech control and measurement system, sea-state 6 launch and recovery system (LARS) and a modular design which enables the Q1000 to be rapidly shipped, set-up and ready to operate anywhere in the world.The Q1000 is optimal for pre-lay or post-lay trenching operations of subsea pipelines, cables and umbilicals, with the advantageo

Arno van Poppel (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea Names New Chief Executive

Chief Executive of the Netherlands based subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services provider.van Poppel succeeds Gerard Keser, who steps down from his current role after eight years with the company to take up a position on the company’s advisory board.With a solid track record in the marine contracting environment, van Poppel has contributed to the growth and transformation of companies such as Fabricom and Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles (formally VBMS), creating market leaders renowned for their innovative solutions and focus upon both customer service and delivery.“My

NKT Victoria during installation work at Johan Sverdrup 1 (Photo: NKT)

NKT to Supply Shore Power Cables for Equinor

NKT has been awarded the turnkey project from Equinor for the 132 kV high-voltage cable connecting the oil and gas platforms Johan Sverdrup 2 and Gina Krog.Equinor has selected NKT as the turnkey supplier for the high-voltage cable project connecting the Norwegian offshore platforms in the North Sea. The order has a value of approximately €29 million in market prices (approximately €25 million in std. metal prices) and comprises supply and installation of 62 kilometers of a 132 kV AC XLPE high-voltage power cable solution.Connecting the platforms allows Equinor to power Gina Krog from shore

Fibron held a new branding launch event at the Karbach Brewery Houston during the week of OTC. Pictured, left to right: Pat Herbert, Investor / Advisor; Bruno Cianfini, Managing Director; Dale Hislop, Sales Director; Patrick Kearney, Technical Director; and Marco Cano, Sales Manager – Americas. (Photo: Fibron)

Fibron Gets a New Start

UK-based custom subsea umbilical and cable solutions provider Fibron revealed its new branding to the offshore market during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston last week.Managing Director, Bruno Cianfini, reiterated the company change of ownership that took place in December and renewed company focus: “We and our new owners, Rubicon Partners, welcome this refreshing new start to the business, remain committed to continuing to serve our client base and see positive improvements all around on the horizon. It’s all very exciting.”Fibron is a global supplier of subsea

Sonarydne’s BlueComm depressor in the water at Aldabra, during the Nekton First Descent mission. Photo: Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute

Unheard Underwater: Covert Communications

it knows where to find us in the first place. Even when operating closer to the surface, the limited range of the BlueComm 200 UV, when seen from space, is very much like a needle in a haystack. This means we can now communicate subsea and remain covert. This is great news for a new generation of submariners and new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) concepts.Unmanned vehicles as a force multiplier for submarines are not a new idea. In 1997, the National Research Council published Volume 6 of the “Technology for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, 2000-2035”. In this document, the authors

Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

of floating platforms becomes a very different seascape, laced with underwater cabling, both for infrastructure stability and power transmission.  Some of that submerged cabling infrastructure will extend for miles, from offshore platforms to landside connections.This demands a close look at marine and maritime impacts.  The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, for example, recommends that BOEM, upfront, eliminate WEAs that overlap with shipping lanes.  PMSA Vice President John Berge advises that this would “avoid wasting unnecessary time and resources pursuing projects that

The Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm. Image: Vattenfall

Vattenfall Starts Hollandse Kust Zuid

Development of the first unsubsidized offshore wind farm is well underway off the Dutch coast after bouts of bad weather delayed the project earlier this year, said Swedish power company Vattenfall.The European energy company is building the 750-megawatt Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 wind farm off the coast of The Hague and Noordwijk. Vattenfall said it expects the wind farm will begin generating electricity by the end of 2022, ultimately supplying power to up to 1.5 million households.Dozens of researchers at the North Sea will be working day and night through the summer to learn as much as possible

Fetch AZA is a self-calibrating long-life subsea sensor logging node that enables data to be wirelessly extracted via its integrated high speed acoustic modem with a battery life option of up to 10 years. (Photo: D. Chadwell, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Webb/Chadwell/Nooner US NSF GeoPRISMS project))

Canada's New Observatory Uses 'Seafloor GPS'

A major new seabed observatory that will provide critical information about earthquake and tsunami hazards is to be deployed offshore Vancouver, Canada, using long endurance acoustic sensing technology supplied by Sonardyne International Ltd.The new Northern Cascadia Subduction Zone Observatory (NCSZO) will use a “seafloor GPS” network to monitor long-term movements of the subducting Juan de Fuca plate and overriding North American tectonic plate. Data gathered by the new observatory will play a critical role in informing assessments of earthquake and tsunami risk to the large populations

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Boskalis to Install Cables for Hornsea 2

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) said it has been awarded a €100 million ($111.6 million) contract from Ørsted to install three export cable circuits for the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm.The wind farm will consist of up to 165 turbines with a maximum capacity of 1.4GW and is located approximately 90 kilometers off the Yorkshire coast.Boskalis said its project scope includes the preparation of the offshore export cable route (geophysical survey, boulder clearance and seabed leveling through dredging), and the installation and protection of the cables. The three 130 kilometer long

GEOTRACES carousel deployment showing Cortland cable. Image: Cortland

Case Study: Cables in Underwater Missions

more than 600 ocean research deployments. It safely holds the weight of 500 kilograms of equipment, including a carousel of 24 12-liter sample bottles. As it is lowered through the water column to depths of 7,000 meters, it endures factors including cold temperatures, bending, tension cycling, corrosion, marine abrasion, compression and even attack by sea-life. It must flex and bend to deal with winching, marine currents, and pressures exceeding 550 bar (55,000 kPa).Each cable provides the physical connection for real-time power and communication connectivity. Designs have to be rigorous, and manufacturing

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Tappan Zee Constructors ‘See’ Below the Hudson

With Trimble Marine Construction Systems and Teledyne Marine Imaging, bridge deconstruction projects can now have pinpoint accuracy.The Project @ a GlanceCustomer Profile: Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC is a consortium – including Fluor Enterprises, Inc., American Bridge Company, Granite Construction Northeast, Inc., and Traylor Bros., Inc. – that was hired to design and build the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, one of the largest single design-build contracts for a bridge project in the United States. The project was started in January of 2013 and, after a phased opening that

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NOAA Intros New OceanReports Tool

the resources in the complex ocean environment,” said BOEM acting director Walter Cruickshank. “Our team worked diligently with NOAA to create this tool, which benefits the ocean community in addition to helping BOEM carry out its mission—the responsible development of ocean energy and marine mineral resources for the nation.”“The world’s largest collection of ‘ocean intelligence’ can now be accessed to help sustain and grow one of the world’s largest blue economies,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “Whether it&rsquo

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Flying new Routes Subsea

infrastructure used for work on the turbines that we can tap into.”Images: Modus Seabed InterventionLast year, Modus deployed a HAUV offshore NW Australia to perform circa 240km of pipeline integrity survey, producing stunning images, as well as point cloud data, of both the pipeline and passing marine life (see inset with detail of the shark’s teeth, taken at 2knts) using a Cathx Scout laser profiling and HD imaging spread alongside a multibeam echosounder (MBES).The survey time was half of what it would have taken using a traditional ROV to perform the survey and it could have been faster

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Vattenfall Taps Seaway 7 for HKZ Installs

Swedish power company Vattenfall has tapped Seaway 7 for installation work at the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) 1 & 2 offshore wind farm development offshore the Netherlands.Seaway 7, a subsidiary of Subsea 7, will perform a work scope including transport and installation of 76 monopile foundations and the laying of the inter-array cables, all led from Seaway 7’s main office in the Netherlands.The HKZ 1 & 2 wind farm is being developed by Vattenfall as the first subsidy-free wind farm in the Netherlands and is located approximately 30 km from the coast in the North Sea. Once fully operational

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

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

and power are said to be “laid” when they could be better “distributed.”To “catapult” a new wind supply chain into the fore, Norway is inviting supply chain hopefuls from around the world to an incubator program aimed at making offshore — and especially floating marine wind installations — as efficient as surface and subsea operations in offshore oil and gas.  The Norwegian start-up program features The Sustainable Energy Test Center at Bomlo near coastal city Haugesund, where Equinor has left in place a floating offshore HyWind turbine so suppliers

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MacArtney Unveils New Connectors

the globe.The TrustLink (MS) series includes cutting-edge power and signal connectivity solutions for critical subsea and offshore applications. The TrustLink MS series is manufactured from stainless steel and comes in three shell sizes compatible with industry standards. Suitable for the harshest of marine environments due to their rugged reliability and high-density these compact modular designed connectors are easy to use and designed to fit where limited space is a factor, the manufacturer said.TrustLink MS connectors are available in several configurations and can range from 4 – 37 electrical

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EIVA Launches ROV Steering Software

NaviSuite Mobula is a new software product from EIVA offering advanced steering capabilities to remotely operated vehicle (ROV) owners.The market for the micro- and mini-ROV is under drastic change, with more suppliers entering the market, and prices for the ROVs dropping significantly. The performance of the entry-level ROVs makes them useful for professional use – provided you have the right software capabilities.This is now possible through a NaviSuite product dedicated to ROV steering, NaviSuite Mobula. It includes high-end features from NaviSuite Nardoa, EIVA’s package for high-end

Takayuki Higuchi, Chief of Sales and Marketing at Riken Dengu Seizo Co., Ltd. (Photo: Hydro Group)

Hydro Group Secures Japanese Partner

International underwater connectivity manufacturer Hydro Group announced Monday it has established a new partnership with Japanese electrical and optical products company Riken Dengu Seizo Co., Ltd.The Tokyo-headquartered firm will be the official distributor and business partner for Hydro Group’s subsea connectivity product range, including subsea electrical/optical cables and connection assemblies, in the Japanese market.Riken Dengu Seizo specializes in the sale of electrical and optical fiber cables and connectors, and also supplies electronic subsystems and componentry for the defense and

Cable layer Isaac Newton (Photo: Jan De Nul Group)

Subsea Cables Installed for NASR Phase 2

Jan De Nul Group said it has completed the cable installation scope for the Phase II Full Field Development of the NASR offshore oil field approximately 130 kilometers northwest of Abu Dhabi.The dutch services company said it was subcontracted by South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries for the cable loading, transport, laying and protection of three 132-kilovolt subsea power cables (total length 147 kilometers) and 10 11-kilovolt subsea power cables (total length 57 kilometers) for the NASR oil field project, part of the ADNOC strategic development program to increase the field’s capacity to

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

Cable system with landing points in Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya will bring increased capacity and connectivity to East AfricaDjibouti 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. The DARE1 cable system is the first step in a planned expansion into eastern Africa, which will connect Djibouti (Djibouti), Bosaso (Somalia), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya). With a finalized

L3 Technologies

Autonomy Advances: New Vessel Range

with Mini-Ranger 2, will be able to operate as a gateway for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) operations, enabling tracking and communications with up to 10 AUVs at the same time.“Combining these capabilities means customers have access to vessels that can perform more remote and autonomous marine operations; including tracking multiple AUVs and real-time data harvesting in hard to access environments across defense, offshore and ocean science sectors,” said Ioseba Tena, Global Business Manager – Marine Robotic Systems, Sonardyne

Wello Penguin WEC at EMEC Billia Croo wave test site (Credit Colin Keldie, courtesy of CEFOW)

Penguin Wave Energy Converter Sinks

After a long deployment on March 22, the Penguin wave energy converter (WEC) prototype sank at EMEC Billia Croo test site, off the west coast of Orkney. This marks the end of first devices test period in the EU funded (CEFOW-project), which will continue with the new devices.The prototype was launched in 2010 and had been deployed four times altogether. During the testing period the device fulfilled expectations and accomplished what the prototype was built for, having survived waves of over 18 meters, proving technology, mooring construction, cable connection, control software and power take off

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Jan De Nul Wins TenneT Contract

Jan De Nul Group said it has been awarded a framework agreement for repairs of TenneT’s offshore high-voltage cables in the German Bight.The Dutch firm has been appointed by TenneT to mobilize in the event of high-voltage cable system faults or failures within the contractual period, to ensure a reliable and uninterrupted supply of electricity in the operator’s high-voltage grid. The contract covers a period of 24 months, with two optional extensions of 12 months each.The scope entails repairs of all TenneT’s existing HVAC cable systems connecting individual wind farms to the offshore

MacArtney MERMAC R40 AHC Winch (Image: MacArtney)

MacArtney Equips North Sea Cable Layer

the ASN Ile de Class cable laying vessel will facilitate the laying of seismic cables on the seabed of the Johan Castberg oilfield in the Barents Sea for Equinor’s new permanent reservoir monitoring system.MacArtney’s MERMAC R40 active heave compensated (AHC) winch purchased by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of the Nokia Corporation, will be utilized aboard the vessel in the laying of seismic cabling and sensors that will be permanently deployed on the Barents’ seabed to enable more frequent and improved 4D seismic interpretation of the subsurface.The AHC works to reduce the

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MeeMaken Buys Into Blue Offshore

Venture capital company MeeMaken BV has acquired a majority stake in Dutch carousel and tensioner manufacturer Blue Offshore Group. Blue Offshore’s management team will maintain ownership of a minority of the company’s shares.Blue Offshore, headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, supplies basket carousels and tensioners for the offshore installation, transportation and storage of export cables, array cables, umbilicals and flexible pipelines in the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as the offshore renewable energy sector.MeeMaken, which has a large global network and a portfolio

Alexander Kara is the new CEO at NKT (Photo: NKT)

NKT Names Kara CEO

Cable systems manufacturer NKT said its board of directors has appointed Alexander Kara as President and CEO. He will join NKT August 1, 2019.Kara joins NKT from ABB where was most recently Senior Vice President, HUB Business Unit Manager CSE, High Voltage Products with responsibility for all ABB high-voltage product plants and markets in Central and Southern Europe. Prior to that, he has held several key positions at ABB from 1987. From 2012 to 2014, he was head of ABB’s global power cables business in Karlskrona, Sweden, now owned by NKT.When Kara joins NKT, he and CFO Roland M. Andersen will

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Martin Linge Hooked Up to Shore Power

emissions annually once the field comes on stream in the first quarter of 2020. Using shore power will also help to reduce maintenance, noise and vibration on the platform.NKT said it specially designed, engineered, manufactured and installed the cable order comprising the 145 kV three-core XLPE HVAC submarine cable including fiber optic links with a 55 MW capacity. Furthermore, a 3.5 km long, 17.5 kV infield cable was installed - including 500 meters of dynamic cable. The dynamic cable that connects the platform to a floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO) anchored outside the platform, was intensely

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Prysmian to Supply Cables for French Floating Wind Farm

Cable systems manufacturer Prysmian Group said on Tuesday it has been awarded a contract worth approximately €30 million to develop of a turnkey submarine cable system for EDF Renewables' Provence Grand Large (PGL) floating offshore wind farm project in South France.The system will includes 3 km of submarine dynamic inter-array cables and 19 km of export cables for a total of 22 km, in addition to the land cables for a route of 9 km, Prysmian said. The 25 MW floating wind farm will include three Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW wind turbines installed on float systems in the so-called Faraman zone

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Meredith Joins BIRNS Sales Team

Marine lighting and connector systems manufacturer BIRNS, Inc. announced that Bruce Meredith has joined its sales team as Technical Sales Manager, responsible for leading the company’s sales team, overseeing its global distributor and dealer networks and managing accounts for advanced deep submergence connectors and cable assemblies and high performance marine and nuclear lighting systems sales.Meredith brings decades of sales and marketing experience to his new role. Prior to his position at BIRNS, he served in a range of sales management leadership roles, including Western Regional Vice

Birns Hires Meredith

has joined its sales team as Technical Sales Manager. In his new role, Meredith will be responsible for leading the company’s sales team, overseeing its global distributor and dealer networks, and managing accounts for advanced deep submergence connectors and cable assemblies and high performance marine and nuclear lighting systems sales.Meredith brings decades of sales and marketing experience to his new role. Prior to joining the team at BIRNS, he served in a range of sales management leadership roles, including Western Regional Vice President for Custom Bilt Metals, General Manager/Vice President

Each year, the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) sponsors the Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Writing Award for a deserving paper addressing submarine cables and their relationship with the law of the sea.

Submarine Cables Writing Award

Each year, the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) sponsors the Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Writing Award for a deserving paper addressing submarine cables and their relationship with the law of the sea. With the award, the ICPC seeks to foster scholarship regarding submarine cables and the law of the sea and promote the rule of law as applied to submarine cables. In 2018, the selection jury chose Ms. Liao Xuexia of China as the winner for her paper titled: “Protection of Submarine Cables against Acts of Terrorism.”Each year, the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy

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Ørsted Joins Dutch Offshore Wind Tender

Danish wind giant Ørsted has submitted a bid for the 750MW Hollandse Kust Zuid lll and lV offshore wind zones in the Dutch North Sea.As part of its proposal to the Dutch government, Ørsted has already taken the final investment decision on the project and is working to establish green hydrogen projects based on power from its Dutch offshore wind farms.Henrik Poulsen, CEO and President of Ørsted, says: "We're strongly committed to the Netherlands, and we believe that our bid for Holland Coast South 3&4 offers significant benefits for the Dutch society in terms of clean

Broadcasting from the deep on the Nekton First Descent mission using a BlueComm UV. (Photo: Sonardyne)

World First: Video Broadcast Live from Underwater

spectrum.”The broadcast is part of the Nekton Deep Ocean Research Institute’s First Descent expedition, which is exploring some of the world’s least explored areas of the ocean around the Seychelles, as part of a project to increase understanding and aid protection of the marine life they contain.By using a Sonardyne BlueComm free space optical modem on the submersible, and a BlueComm receiver deployed from the hull of the Ocean Zephyr research vessel, real-time video from one of the mission’s two submersibles was able to be streamed through the water and then broadcast

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VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

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 abilities, marine services and a brief description of specialized offerings.  In mid-February the Directory included 92 companies.  Most were from Virginia, but there were also companies listed from Louisiana, Minnesota and Ohio.The Directory raises two important questions: (1) Who’s looking at the

Sparrows Group

Sparrows Provides Cable Handling for Hornsea One

Sparrows Group Cable and Pipe Lay Solutions (CPLS) division has delivered its largest renewables project to date as part of three contracts awarded through VBMS; DEME Offshore, formerly known as Tideway; and DeepOcean. The work scope, part of an upsurge in activity in the renewables market that helped the group to more than doubled its business during 2018, saw Sparrows provide equipment and personnel to handle the nearshore, export and inter-array cables for the Hornsea One offshore wind farm.Currently under construction, the site, located 120km off the UK’s Yorkshire coast, is poised to be the

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Planet Ocean, EOM Offshore Sign Agreement

EOM Offshore’s specialized mooring equipment to its portfolio will strengthen the company’s capabilities.EOM Offshore is a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) spin-off that was established to commercialize its patented Stretch EM Cable, along with its Electromechanical Chain and its Marine Recovery Systems.   The Stretch EM Cable solves many problems commonly associated with traditional catenary mooring systems, and it provides an ideal platform for real-time acoustic monitoring, due to its ability to isolate ambient noise from acoustic sensors that are on the mooring.  

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Naviera Tramarsa Adds Another ROV

Offshore operator Naviera Tramarsa has extended its subsea vehicle fleet with a new Cougar XT remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) from manufacturer Saab Seaeye.The 2,000m rated Cougar XT will enter operations in May 2019, joining the company’s Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV, which it has operated for 10 years.Naviera Tramarsa’s main activity is the inspection of oil platforms in the north of Peru for the hydrocarbon exploration and production company Savia Oeru, where the Falcon has undertaken visual inspections and CP measurements.Naviera Tramarsa said the Cougar XT will expand and improve

A PIES unit is put to the test ahead of being shipped to Norway for cabled installation at Johan Sverdrup (Photo: Sonardyne)

Enhanced Seismic Monitoring at Johan Sverdrup

through the water column from the seabed to the sea surface as well as the pressure (depth) at the seabed. This data is then used to calculate a continuous time history of average water velocity and tidal variation throughout the whole water column.While PIES instruments are already very widely used in marine seismic survey operations, this will be only the second time where PIES units are hardwired into topside power and communication infrastructure, which means Equinor will have instant and continuous access to its data. Conventionally, PIES data is collected acoustically by a passing surface vessel

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France to Test Floating Wind Turbines

The European Commission said on Monday it had authorized French subsidies to four offshore wind farm projects which are aimed at testing a new way of producing electricity from wind.The EU competition regulator said in a statement that the state aid was in line with EU rules as it was proportionate and could help develop a new type of technology to produce renewable energy.Three of the floating wind farms are in the Mediterranean Sea and one in the Atlantic Ocean.The demonstration wind farms will use a particular combination of turbine, floater and cables with a total installed capacity of 24 megawatt

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Marine Technology Reporter explores half a century of subsea technology development and discovery. Oceanology International Americas runs February 25-27, 2019 in San Diego.When Oceanology launched in 1969 in the seaside resort of Brighton the world was a very different place. For a start, Brighton was home to the mods and rockers, who would square off against each other on the town’s elegant seafront. The British currency included shillings and ha’ pennies and man had yet to step foot on the moon.More crucially, to the

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Tonga Cable System Repaired

Rapid repairs to two cables completed in less than eight days return full phone and internet service to TongaSubCom, a partner for undersea data transport, has announced that its cable ship SubCom Reliance successfully completed the repair of two Tongan submarine cables. The Tonga Cable and the Tonga Domestic Cable were damaged on January 20, 2019. Upon notification of the break, SubCom Reliance was mobilized and completed the necessary repairs to both cables within eight days of arrival on repair grounds. The repairs took place under the South Pacific Marine Maintenance Agreement (SPMMA), pursuant to

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Shipbuilding: C/S Aurora Steel Cut

first steel.“With this modernization we will further strengthen our ability to deliver green power for the future”, said Vincent Dessale, Senior Executive VP Subsea and Land Systems Business Group at Nexans.  “Aurora will play a key role in the installation of our cutting-edge submarine cables to help bring more energy to the world, connect offshore wind farms to the grid, support electrification of offshore petroleum installations and create interconnectors between countries”, said Vincent Dessale.The hull is being built at Crist, Poland, while the engineering, outfitting

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OSIL's Autonomous Profiling Winch

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have produced a compact autonomous profiling winch that will operate unmanned for 30 days.OSIL were approached with a requirement for a 24V waterproof winch system to mount to existing Automated Surface Vehicle systems. The winch will undertake 10 profiles per day, with a 15kg payload, for 30 days continuously.The design was constrained by the size of the available space and a maximum weight restriction, in addition to the payload requirements.The winch has 200m drum capacity using 3mm diameter Dyneema, and is equipped with a level wind to prevent entanglements

Resourceful: Norwegian AUV and oceanographic researchers work in sync. Photo Credit: Professor Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU AMOS

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

calculations) can measure all the colors of our (electromagnetic) spectrum, so it sees what you can’t see with your eyes. It can see the kind of metal a plate of metal is or it can look at a coral and see color that you can’t see with your eyes.”Martin Ludvigsen, an NTNU professor of marine technology and manager of the AMOS applied underwater laboratory, or AUV Lab, confirms that years of theoretical work creating “data-driven mission plans” for AUVs are now paying off. In September, an AMOS research cruise reached 82.5 degrees North latitude — just short of the North

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Saab Seaeye Progresses Vehicle Residency

Saab Seaeye said it has shown that underwater e-robotic vehicles can dock at remote deepwater sub-resident docking stations for data transfer, assignment instructions and battery charging.The underwater robotics company said its Sabertooth hybrid autonomous/remotely operated underwater vehicle (AUV/ROV) can now successfully dock in a safe and controlled manner at different kinds of remote stations.“This breakthrough is significant for both the offshore energy industry and ocean science who have been watching developments in residency technologies for the substantial operational and financial

Sabertooth in tank (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

ROV: e-Robotic's Deep Water Dock

Saab Seaeye has shown that underwater e-Robotic vehicles can deep water dock at remote sub-resident resident docking stations for data transfer, assignment instructions and battery charging.This is significant for both the offshore energy industry and ocean science who have been watching developments in residency technologies for the substantial operational and financial benefits possible from remote residency.Saab Seaeye said that its iCON based Sabertooth AUV/ROV vehicle, fitted with a Blue Logic inductive device, can now successfully dock in a safe and controlled manner at different kinds of remote

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

French Port: First Phase of Subsea Cables

Feed Equipment of subsea cables.The Port of Marseille-Fos is now fully positioned as a maritime digital gateway. Not only is Marseille ideally positioned at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, but we also benefit from a favorable seabed for this type of infrastructure. Connecting 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

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Boskalis Wins Subsea Cable Repair Work

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced Wednesday that it has signed a contract for the replacement and repair of a part of the inter-array cables at an unnamed offshore wind farm. The contract is valued at approximately $90.4 millionThe Dutch firm said it will conduct the work utilizing three anchored barge spreads, including the cable repair assets Bokabarge 82 and recently acquired BoDo Constructor from Bohlen Doyen accompanied by a variety of support vessels.

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New Submarine Cable System for Canada

Prysmian Group won a contract worth $19 million by New Brunswick Power Corporation (NB Power), the largest electric utility in the Atlantic Canada based in the province of New Brunswick. The Fundy Isles Project involves the development of a new submarine cable link which will allow the upgrade of the capacity of the existing submarine transmission system in the Passamaquoddy Region of the Bay of Fundy.The new power cable link will connect Deer Island, Campobello Island and Grand Manan Island to the mainland power grid in the Canadian province.Prysmian Group will be responsible for the design

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EOM Offshores Becomes SBIR Award Recipient

On February 5, 2019, EOM Offshore, LLC became a SBIR Phase I award recipient under SBIR Topic N-183-141 entitled “Technology Development of Fiber Optic Moorings for Surface Communication Buoys.”This is an exciting opportunity for EOM Offshore which plans to use its patented mooring technology to design a new lightweight, fiber optic Stretch EM Cable that will be used to tether communication gateway buoys.  To date, there is not a mooring cable on the market that can strain as the communication gateway buoy moves on the surface in wave action without the fiber optics becoming damaged

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Ashtead Invests in Teledyne's Survey Sensors

Teledyne Marine has announced a significant investment by Ashtead Technology in the newest subsea multibeam imaging, survey and pipe tracking technology. Key items include RESON SeaBat T50-S IDH multibeam systems (successor to the 7125 ROV2), BlueView M900-2250 dual frequency imagingsonars and HydroPACT 660E pipe and cable trackers among other items purchase from Teledyne Marine.“As owners of the largest fleet of TSS pipe and cable trackers in the rental market, Ashtead are impressed with the new miniaturized single pod '660E' version with its reduced weight, size and power,"

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C-Kore Debuts Subsea Testing Tool

UK-based subsea technology company C-Kore Systems has announced a new subsea testing tool, the C-Kore Sensor Monitor, which can be used in decommissioning, fault-finding and construction campaigns to provide feedback from subsea sensors, such as wellhead pressures and temperatures, even when a subsea datalink is not available.According to the testing techniques provider to the offshore industry, during decommissioning or construction, the C-Kore Sensor Monitor can be used to ensure well head pressures are within safe limits for divers and prevent unintended release of hydrocarbons into the environment.

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

Offshore installation contractor Jan De Nul Group has selected the Tekmar cable protection system (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

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Global Marine Group Buys Stake in Rovco

Subsea technology company Rovco said it has formed an invested partnership with offshore engineering firm Global Marine Group (GMG) to bring intelligent inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) solutions to the global offshore market.GMG, made up of three business units - Global Offshore, CWind and Global Marine - has secured a 13.8% share in the Bristol and Aberdeen based remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and hydrographic services business. The partnership will see both companies work together to deliver a range of subsea solutions aimed at improving data acquisition.Rovco’s latest development

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CAOMM Wins Concrete Mattress Scope

Offshore services provider Control & Applications Offshore Marine Management (CAOMM) reports it has signed a contract with ULO Systems for the installation of 12,000 concrete mattresses utilizing the MDS3 Multi Mattress Deployment System from sister company Offshore Marine Management’s (OMM).he contract, due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019, covers the installation of 12,000 concrete mattresses, manufactured by ULO themselves, to minimize erosion by protecting a river bank on-site at a Nuclear Plant in a rural area of Bangladesh. The supply of the MDS3 system will be supported by

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Underwater Custom Cable for Cinque Terre Marine

NOVACAVI provided a tailor-made underwater hybrid cable solution to meet the Ligurian Cluster for Marine Technologies (DLTM) needs in enhancing marine and coastal environmental monitoring system in the Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area.12XM473 underwater cable is a hybrid power and multi-protocol transmission cable specifically engineered to handle its tough subsea application and to withstand long-term deployment in saltwater while connecting sea bottom, subsea sensors and buoy.NOVACAVI is honored to play a part in developing technological solutions to support research on marine ecosystems and to

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World's First Floating Wind Turbine Gets New Life

The world's first industrial-scale floating wind prototype, Hywind 1, installed in 2009 off the west coast of Norway, will be reborn as an infrastructure for research and technology projects in Metcentre at Karmøy.Unitech Offshore, which manufactures and distributes subsea connector assemblies, said that it has entered into an agreement with Equinor for the company to take over the Hywind demonstration floating wind turbine.The turbine will be renamed  as “Unitech Zefyros by Hywind Technology” and used as an infrastructure for research projects, development of new technology

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Boskalis Buys BoDo's Cable Lay Business

Dutch dredging and offshore contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced Friday it has reached a deal with Geramny-based SPIE to acquire the offshore cable installation activities and assets of Bohlen Doyen GmbH (BoDo).BoDo's operations include grid to grid and offshore substation to shore connections, which includes the installation of nearshore and offshore cables and the connection of offshore wind farms to substations. Its offshore activities generate an annual turnover of EUR 20-30 million.The scope of the transaction, to be financed from Boskalis' cash flow, includes the acquisitio

Tideway's new cable and installation vessel Living Stone, one of more than 35 vessels involved in the installation. (Photo: Ørsted)

Hornsea One Export Cable Installation Completed

The installation of export cables at the world's largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea One in the North Sea off the coast of England, has been completed several months ahead of schedule, Danish operator Ørsted announced Tuesday.With offshore export cables totaling 467km, plus an onshore cable route of 38km connecting each of the three strings to the national grid, it is the longest AC offshore wind export cable system ever to have been installed. The cables were manufactured by NKT at their facilities in Cologne and Karlskrona.Tideway BV installed the three landfall cable sections using

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

, which ping back depending on the depth and topography of the ocean floor. That creates data points, which can be converted into a map."With advanced sonar technology it really is like seeing. I think we've come out of the era of being the blind man with the stick," said Robert Larter, a marine geophysicist at the British Antarctic Survey."We can survey much more efficiently - and, not only that, but in much greater detail," he said, adding that the work was painstaking."The ocean's a big place!" he said.The advent of new technology such as underwater drones and

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