Commercial Diving

Figure 1: Kraken MINSAS image of the wreck of the USS Yankee, collected on the DIVE-LD. Image courtesy Kraken

Dive Technologies Completes Sea Trials with Kraken Sonar, Batteries

Quincy, Massachusetts based Dive Technologies completed successful sea trials of Kraken’s Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS 120) integrated onto Dive’s Large Displacement Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (DIVE-LD). The DIVE-LD is also powered by Kraken’s pressure tolerant batteries.“Our team is incredibly excited to continue working with Kraken Robotics,” said Bill Lebo, Dive Co-Founder. “Following our previous successful sea trials with Kraken’s batteries, our team was keen to continue the positive momentum in our vehicle development with integration of

Coda Octopus released the new Echoscope4G C500 Inspector system, designed as a modular, mobile platform to make sonar deployment simple and fast. (Photo courtesy Coda Octopus)

Coda Octopus Debuts Echoscope4G C500 Inspector System

Coda Octopus released the new Echoscope4G C500 Inspector system, designed as a modular, mobile platform to make sonar deployment simple and fast.The Inspector comprises a bespoke, lightweight integrated sensor platform supporting the ISAR rotator and the C500 sonar. The Inspector platform can be suspended and lowered from a single lifting point for near-surface temporary deployments or can be placed directly on the seabed using the extendable tripod legs included with the system. A single integrated sensor cable (ISC) connects the ISAR and C500 sonar to the 3D Connect integrated topside unit providing

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Environmental Groups Call on Norway to Stop Deep-sea Mining Plans

Six environmental organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace, on Monday, called on Norway to stop plans to open ocean areas for deep-sea mining.The government in January launched a process to open areas on its extended continental shelf for exploring and producing minerals from the ocean floor, with plans to issue the first licenses as early as 2023."Minerals and metals for the green shift should be obtained from consumption reduction and better reuse on land, not from the depths of the sea where brutal mining can do irreparable damage to nature," the environmentalists

“Since plans for our OceanVision project started in 2018, we have been preparing our industry leading Synthetic Aperture Sonar and 3D underwater laser scanning technologies to be used in a Robotics/Data as a Service (RDaaS) business model as opposed to a product only strategy," said Karl Kenny, Kraken President and CEO, in discussing the Letter of Intent to acquire PanGeo Subsea. Photo courtesy Kraken Robotics

Kraken Robotics Enters LOI to Acquire PanGeo Subsea

Kraken Robotics Inc. has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) in connection with the proposed acquisition of PanGeo Subsea Inc. from Cahill Innovation Inc, a member of the Cahill Group of Companies, and Argentum Asset Management AS. Moya Cahill, a director of Kraken, is a shareholder of Cahill Innovation Inc, and she resigned as a director of Kraken prior to the approval and execution of the LOI in order to ensure proper governance and review of the transaction by a fully arm’s length board.PanGeo is a private Canadian services company specializing in high resolution 3D acoustic

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Smart Power Buoy - Wave Power Expands Recharge at Sea Possibilities

From powering sensor systems to recharging autonomous vehicles to feeding the power grid, Resen Waves is making step changes in the renewable wave power market. Roland Boysen, CCO, discussed the technology and the potential with MTR.While generations of innovators have attempted, to varying degrees of success, to harness the tremendous renewable power potential of waves, the Danish company Resen Waves contends it is able to do just that, in a scale to remotely power sea-based instruments and vehicles, and eventually all the way up to entire cities.The Resen Waves Smart Power Buoy is designed to

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Ocean Energy Europe Names Co-Presidents, Directors

Marine renewable energy group Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) has appointed CorPower Ocean CEO Patrik Möller and Simon De Pietro from DP Energy as its new Co-Presidents. "This pairing brings together both technology and project development perspectives, and a wealth of experience in ocean energy," OEE said in a statement."The appointments come at a crucial time for the ocean energy sector, as the push to scale up and industrialize intensifies, and the shift towards 100% renewable energy sources picks up pace. Together with the OEE Board of Directors, the Co-Presidents will steer the

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Submerged Pick-Up Truck Located Using Underwater Sonar

The James River is a tributary of the Missouri River. It is roughly 710 miles long and spans over 20,000 square miles of North and South Dakota with more than 70% of the river’s drainage occurring in South Dakota. River conditions during normal years include both still-water and flooding on both the James River and its tributaries. Water easily breaches the low banks, and these floods tend to cover a significant portion of the floodplain. When the river is still, water quality drops and it becomes quite difficult to see more than a few feet underwater.The Beadle County Office of Emergency

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Phoenix, SUPSALV Perform Record 3.6-mile Deep Salvage

the helicopter on March 21st, 2021 using the U.S. Navy’s Remotely Operated Vehicle “CURV 21” and Fly Away Deep Ocean Salvage System.  Both Trondheim and CURV 21 are rated to operate down to 20,000 feet.Phoenix is an employee-owned, ISO 9001-2015 Management System certified marine services contractor providing manned and unmanned underwater solutions, design engineering, and project management services to a diverse set of clients worldwide.  Expertise is available from seven regional offices in the areas of wet and dry hyperbaric welding, Nondestructive Testing, (NDT)

Dive Technologies Commercial Large Displacement AUV (Photo: Dive Technologies)

Dive Technologies, Metron Partner Up

Boston-based subsea robotics firm Dive Technologies has entered a commercial partnership with Metron, Inc. "This partnership will directly support the commercialization of Metron’s Autonomy, Navigation, Command & Control (ANCC) software suite on Dive Technologies’ large displacement autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), the DIVE-LD. Initial sea testing of the DIVE-LD with ANCC software was completed in December 2020," Dive Technologies said.“The DIVE-LD is pier-launched and designed to stay at sea for up to ten days. The capability of Metron’s advanced autonomy

RBR debuts its RBRquartz³ Q|plus Pressure Logger. Photo: RBR

RBR debuts RBRquartz³ Q|plus Pressure Logger

RBR announced the commercial release of the new RBRquartz³ Q|plus pressure logger to meet the demands for high-accuracy, long-term measurements of sea level, tidal, and wave dynamics by coastal oceanographers . At the heart of the RBRquartz³ Q|plus is an integrated Paroscientific Digiquartz pressure sensor for best-in-class initial accuracy, resolution, and low-drift performance.Intended for long-term autonomous or realtime observations, the RBRquartz³ Q|plus has high stability and can resolve water level changes as small as 100ppb at 16Hz sampling rate (for example, at 50m depth

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Divers Find Deepest Known Shipwreck USS Johnston

; at sea,” Vescovo, a native Texan added, “but in this case the defenders—unbelievably—won.”Expedition leader Kelvin Murray (EYOS Expeditions) commented, “This was a real team effort requiring the individual skills of everyone onboard. Our EM-124 sonar, Triton Submarine’s unlimited depth submersible, a highly practiced team and some excellent sonar and navigation support all combined to enable a successful outcome. With this system we could locate, investigate and film wrecks at any depth in any ocean; it is a fantastic tool.”The submersible DSV Limiting

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Horizon Maritime Signs On to Support Titanic Dive

to take place later this year.The RMS Titanic shipwreck lies approximately 2,500 feet below the ocean's surface, about 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. This expedition will be the first of an annual series that will document the condition of the wreck, the debris field and the marine life found there.“The expedition vessel is essential to the success of the missions we will embark upon beginning in June 2021,” said Stockton Rush, president, OceanGate Expeditions. “The Titanic Survey Expedition will utilize OceanGate Inc.’s five-crewmember submersible,

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Maritime Safety: POB Tracking Will Become Essential Offshore, Says Olympic Subsea

Keeping track of personnel on board (POB) “will be a requirement on all contracts” with offshore energy companies, predicted Tonny Sørdal, vice-president for quality, safety, health and environment of support vessel operator Olympic Subsea ASA.He was speaking just a year after one of its customers first asked for that capability and now, seven of the company’s 10 vessels have been fitted with a system that not only tracks crew and contractors while they are on board, but also as they transfer from the vessel to wind turbines and even within the turbine itself. Its other three

“In developing a floating system, the real challenge is dealing with the huge loads through the mooring system. To give you an idea, two of our turbines produce the same thrust as an F-35 fighter jet on full afterburner. So you take our new six-turbine platform, and that's like taking three F-35s, telling the pilots hit full throttle, and putting that on a leash.”
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Riding the Tides: Interview with Jason Hayman, CEO, Sustainable Marine Energy

Harnessing the power of the tides is not for the squeamish, with the roster of trials and failures long and distinguished. Jason Hayman and his Sustainable Marine Energy crew are putting their tech to the test in one of the harshest spots on the planet, the Bay of Fundy, as his discussed with Marine Technology TV.Jason, to start, how did you come to a career in the offshore renewable energy field?I suppose my interest got piqued back in about 2003. I went to a lecture at the University of Newcastle and they had a wave energy crowd there and a tidal energy developer. It was pretty cool tech, and at the

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Biden Administration Aims for US Leadership in Offshore Wind -Official

The Biden administration aims to transform the United States into the world’s leading producer of energy from offshore wind after years of lagging behind Europe, a senior official said on Wednesday.President Joe Biden’s cabinet earlier this week unveiled a plan to boost the industry that promised new acreage, faster permitting, and billions of dollars in financing - part of his sweeping plan to fight climate change by decarbonizing the economy.“The distinction now is that we have a president and an administration that is really harnessing this opportunity to fight climate change and

Dredger Digs Up VDR from Crashed Sriwijaya Air Jet in the Java Sea

Indonesia has recovered the cockpit voice recorder from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in January, and the air accident investigator said on Wednesday it could take up to a week to be able to listen to the recording.The CVR could help investigators understand the actions taken by the pilots of the doomed jet, which crashed shortly after take-off on Jan. 9, killing all 62 people on board.A preliminary report by investigators released in February said the plane had an imbalance in engine thrust that eventually led it into a sharp roll and then a final dive into the sea. The report

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Flight Control Tech Set to Dive Subsea

Decades worth of flight controls expertise is making its way subsea on board the U.K.’s next generation submarines.BAE Systems said it is adapting controls typically used in fly-by-wire aircraft and applying them in a marine environment for Dreadnought class subs. The complete Active Vehicle Control Management (AVCM) system will oversee all major aspects of the submarines’ maneuvering capability to the highest levels of safety and reliability, similar to existing systems on modern air transport platforms, the company said.Jon Tucker, Director for Maritime Controls at BAE Systems Controls

Lighthouse’s new HUGIN AUV will be supplied by Kongsberg Maritime with a full geophysical survey payload. Photo courtesy Kongsberg

Lighthouse SpA to Take Delivery of HUGIN AUV System

Italian survey company Lighthouse SpA will take delivery of a HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) system in March 2021 from Kongsberg. The HUGIN to be delivered is rated to 4,500 meters and is equipped with a full geophysical survey payload, including a Kongsberg HISAS 1032 synthetic aperture sonar, EM2040 multibeam echosounder, sub-bottom profiler, camera and laser, together with a range of environmental sensors.The scope of supply extends to all equipment required for day-to-day operations, including a 30-foot AUV container housing the Stinger launch and recovery system, battery chargers

Commercial Diving equipment manufacturer, SmartDives announces the appointment of Stephen Scott as Operations and Development Manager, effective March 2021.

Scott Appointed Ops and Development Manager of SmartDives

Commercial diving equipment manufacturer, SmartDives appointed Stephen Scott as Operations and Development Manager, effective March 2021. Scott has more than 30 years’ experience working within the global underwater diving sector of the oil and gas industry, in various senior operations, commercial and business development roles.  Most recently, he was Diving Sales Manager of Unique Group’s diving and marine subsea business.

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VIDEO: MarTID Survey Looks at Pandemic’s Impact on Seafarer Training

while eventually the situation will pass, COVID-19 will leave an indelible mark on the way in which seafarers are trained.For the fourth year, the MarTID survey of examines maritime training practices and trends. MarTID is a non-commercial survey conducted jointly between the World Maritime University, Marine Learning Systems and New Wave Media.Take the Suvey.This is the 4th annual survey, and the results are available free, globally. The survey takes only 30 minutes to complete, and solicits insights from three primary groups. Click the appropriate survey link below:Ship and boat owner/operators 

An MH-60S on deck of contracted salvage vessel off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan on March 18, 2021, having just been pulled from the depth of 19,075 ft by NAVSEA Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, (SUPSALV) at the request of the Navy Safety Center to facilitate accident investigation. This depth, a SUPSALV record, achieved using the ROV CURV 21 (painted yellow in background), deep ocean lift line and heave compensated Fly Away Dive System (red equipment behind helicopter). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

US Navy Recovers Downed Helicopter from Record Ocean Depth

The U.S. Navy last week retrieved one of its crashed helicopters from 19,075 feet below the surface of the North Pacific, setting a record for the deepest aircraft recovery at sea.The helicopter, a twin engine Sikorsky Seahawk, crashed off the coast of Okinawa, Japan last year while operating from the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19). The air crew was able to escape the MH-60S before it sank and no lives were lost in the accident.Responding to a U.S. Pacific Command Fleet request, the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) located and

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Aqueos Buys MPSV Sea Scout. Eyes Renewables Work

Offshore energy industry services provider Aqueos has acquired the Sea Scout, a U.S.-built multi-purpose service vessel, targeting renewable industry prospects in the U.S."The vessel is a specialty built, high speed, shallow draft catamaran with comfortable berthing for 26 persons ideally suited to support multi-mission offshore wind farm projects," Aqueos said.The vessel design includes a unique quad-propeller arrangement which allows the vessel to operate at a transit speed of 26 knots fully loaded and then once on location can power down and operate for days on end at 6 to 8 knots.Ted

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Green Minerals, Oil States Sign LoI for Deep Sea Mining System

and rare earth elements (REE)," said Green Minerals.Green Minerals, a subsea minerals mining company recently created by Seabird Exploration, a Norway-based provider of seismic survey services wanting to diversify its business suffering from oil price cycles, on Tuesday said it expects to have its marine minerals production system ready in 2026."The company expects the production system to be ready to commence pilot production in 2026," Green Minerals said.Green Minerals is a subsidiary of Seabird Exploration, a company known for its seismic services provided to the international oil and

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ROVs: Superyacht Security Success for Falcon

Another superyacht security contract win for MarineGuard sees it order another Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic vehicle as part of its security resource package.As superyachts become larger and more technologically sophisticated, MarineGuard see the Falcon, with its intelligent future-flexible control technology, playing an increasing role in the growing world of superyacht security. For underwater surveillance the Falcon can be fully equipped with advanced video and sensor systems that can integrate into MarineGuard’s security network.As an underwater workhorse the Falcon is fitted with a

James Fisher Launches Renewables Business

HV, James Fisher, Asset Information Services, Strainstall, James Fisher Offshore, Scantech Offshore, and Scantech AS.James Fisher Subtech will deliver subsea expertise (PLGR, UXO EOD, route clearance, IRM etc) through James Fisher Renewables as well as continuing its work in the oil and gas, nearshore marine and civil construction, rapid response & salvage, and decommissioning industries."Recognising significant growth opportunities in the renewables sector, the new structure will see James Fisher leverage its specialist expertise working in extreme environments. The move will support pure-play

Climate activist Shaama Sandooyea holds a placard reading 'Youth Strike For Climate' in support of the climate strike movement. During an underwater protest in the Saya de Malha bank in the Indian Ocean. (© Tommy Trenchard / Greenpeace)

Mauritian Climate Activist Holds Underwater Protest to Protect Seagrass

In a remote stretch of the western Indian Ocean, a 24-year-old Mauritian marine scientist donned a snorkel and dived below the choppy waves to float in protest above the world’s largest seagrass meadow.Holding a placard reading ‘Youth Strike for Climate,’ Shaama Sandooyea held her breath and hoped the images from her action would help spark more aggressive global action to fight climate change.The vast stretch of seagrass at the Saya de Malha Bank has become a priority for conservation partly for its role in absorbing climate-warming carbon dioxide. Elsewhere, the world is losing

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Sea Ranger Service Names Pullens Managing Director

Sea Ranger Service, the Netherlands-based company that has been carrying out surveying and research tasks in the North Sea with emissions-free sailing offshore work vessels since 2018, has appointed Christel Pullens as its new managing director effective March 1, 2021.A WISTA board member with nearly 25 years of technical and commercial experience in shipbuilding and offshore, including as senior sales manager projects at Dockwise (now Boskalis), head of sales and marketing at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion and global sales and marketing director at Alewijnse, Pullens said she is joining the Sea

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Green Minerals' Production System to Be Ready in 2026

Green Minerals, a subsea minerals mining company recently created by Seabird Exploration, a Norway-based provider of seismic survey services wanting to diversify its business suffering from oil price cycles, on Tuesday said it expects to have its marine minerals production system ready in 2026."The company expects the production system to be ready to commence pilot production in 2026," Green Minerals said.Green Minerals is expected to start trading on Euronext Growth Oslo on or about March 23.Seabird Exploration said in January that Green Minerals focus would be deep-sea mining of marine

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Two Injured in RRS Sir David Attenborough Lifeboat Drill

The UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch has opened an investigation into a lifeboat drill accident that injured two crew members from the new polar research ship RRS David Attenborough. The two crewmembers suffered minor injuries after a lifeboat rolled onto its side and fell overboard during a launching drill in Loch Buie, on Scotland's east coast, on March 5, the MAIB said.RRS Sir David Attenborough—still known to some as Boaty McBoatface, the top vote getter in an online poll to name the vessel in 2016—was built by U.K. shipbuilder Cammel Laird for owner Natural

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Minesto, Schneider Electric to Build "Ocean Energy Farms"

Tidal energy developer Minesto said Friday it had signed an agreement with Schneider Electric to work together to develop and build ocean energy farms based on Minesto’s Deep Green technology.The collaboration between Minesto and Schneider Electric aims at accelerating the commercial roll-out of marine energy to enable the global transition towards net-zero societies, where energy systems that include plannable, renewable energy production are necessary, Minesto said."To leverage the value proposition of ocean energy to customers, Minesto and Schneider Electric will engage with lead-users

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GateHouse Maritime's Technology to Protect Baltic Sea Pipeline

Maritime analytics and data company GateHouse Maritime has won a contract with the Polish gas transmission system operator GAZ-SYSTEMS, to monitor traffic near the Baltic Pipe Project offshore pipeline in the Baltic Sea, making sure that vessels do not accidentally damage it.Baltic Pipe is a strategic EU infrastructure project led by Danish and Polish companies to build a gas pipeline from the Norwegian part of the North Sea to Denmark and Poland.The GateHouse Maritime contract concerns the Baltic Sea offshore pipeline with an estimated length of 275 km. The pipeline will be in operation during 2022.

Castoro Sei pipelay activity during shore pull operations in the summer of 2020 / Credit: TAP

TAP Taps NDT for Pipeline Survey

NDT Global has won a contract to complete a baseline inspection survey for Trans Adriatic Pipeline, a company operating the namesake European pipeline carrying gas from the Caspian Sea to the EU.TAP is a European leg of a pipeline transporting gas from the Azeri section of the Caspian Sea, and crossing Greece, Albania, the Adriatic Sea, and Italy, which started commercial operations in November 2020.TAP,  part of the Southern Gas Corridor, will transport 10 billion cubic meters (bcm/a) of new gas supplies from Azerbaijan to markets in Europe.NDT, which announced its baseline survey contract on

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UCO, Gulfxstream Collaborate to Cut Subsea Inspection Cost

can be mobilized at short notice and, with MV Viking’s cruising speed of 20 knots and able to operate 60 miles from shore, rapidly transit to location, significantly cutting mobilization costs.Stationed at Peterhead in Northeast Scotland, and servicing the O&G, renewables, decommissioning, and marine sectors, the vessel and ROV will be equipped to carry out a full range of specialist support services.Depth rated to 300m, the ROV is fitted with sonar and underwater cameras. Additional sensors such as 3D cameras, laser metrology and survey tools can also be fitted to the ROV. MV Viking is certified

World's largest diamond recovery vessel is expected to enter operations in 2022 - Credit: Marine Teknikk

Namibian Marine Diamond Miner Reports Drop in Production as Demand Slumps

Debmarine Namibia, a subsidiary of Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers, on Monday reported a 13% drop in production to 1.125 million carats last year as demand slumped during the COVID-19 pandemic.Namibia has the richest known marine diamond deposits in the world, and is among the top 10 producers of gem-quality diamonds globally. Production, however, has been severely hampered by weak demand on the international market.Debmarine's revenue fell 5% to 6.6 billion Namibian dollars ($427 million), the company said. Royalties and tax to the government also slipped 6%, to 2.1 billion Namibian

Sonardyne’s Fetch Ambient-Zero-Ambient pressure monitoring transponders. Photo from Sonardyne.

Sonardyne Deploys 'New Breed' of Subsea Sensors at Shell's Ormen Lange Field

Marine technology company Sonardyne has deployed what it says is a new breed of underwater sensor that is able to self-calibrate, enabling precise, long-duration subsidence monitoring at all depths at Shell Ormen Lange offshore field. The company says this is the first such deployment at scale.The 20-plus Fetch Ambient-Zero-Ambient (AZA) pressure monitoring transponders (PMTs), developed by Sonardyne, will support an ongoing long-term, large-scale seabed monitoring project at Ormen Lange – Norway’s second-largest gas field – for A/S Norske Shell, the company said.Unlike traditional

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US Vineyard Wind Project Clears Key Hurdle

The Interior Department completed its final environmental review of what would the first commercial scale U.S. offshore wind farm, it announced on Monday, clearing a key hurdle needed to permit the project off Massachusetts.The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s final environmental impact statement for the Vineyard Wind project, an 800-megawatt wind energy project will be published in the federal register by Friday, kicking off a final 30-day comment period before it issues its record of decision of whether it will approve the project.The project is a key step for the Biden-Harris

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Film-Ocean Buys Work Class ROV, Plans to Add Staff

Remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) specialist Film-Ocean Ltd, based in Aberdeenshire, has recently invested a six-figure sum in a Schilling heavy duty work class ROV and plans to grow its workforce to support the company’s growth plans.The vehicle is capable of operating at depths of up to 4,000 meters and is supported by an active heave compensation launch and recovery systems (AHC LARS). It is a highly maneuverable vehicle capable with a large payload. The ROV is well known within the industry as a high specification vehicle making it an ideal system for inspection, repair and maintenanc

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RSS Sir David Attenborough Delivered to LR Class

sea means the RRS Sir David Attenborough can undertake extensive voyages in polar regions. The vessel will spend the northern summer supporting Arctic research cruises and the austral summer in Antarctica carrying out research programs and bringing people and supplies to BAS research stations.LR’s Marine & Offshore Service Delivery Manager for UK&I, Mike Williams, said, “The delivery of RRS Sir David Attenborough marks an important milestone for UK commercial shipbuilding, demonstrating the industry’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. We’re delighted to have worked

Frank Morneau, former Commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has joined ThayerMahan, Inc. as Special Advisor for unexploded ordnance (UXO) and munitions and explosives of concern (MEC).

Morneau Joins ThayerMahan to advise on UXO, MEC

Frank Morneau, former Commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has joined ThayerMahan, Inc. as Special Advisor for unexploded ordnance (UXO) and munitions and explosives of concern (MEC). Morneau is a leading authority on the management of UXO and MEC and will serve as a senior advisor to ThayerMahan’s Seabed Systems Group.Morneau will be responsible for the health and safety of all personnel and equipment on UXO and MEC projects, will ensure regulatory and environmental compliance, and will review and advise on the remediation and removal of discovered UXO/MEC.Over Morneau's

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Oceaneering Wins Integrated Rig Services Deal in Gulf of Mexico

Oceaneering's Subsea Robotics (SSR) and Offshore Projects Group (OPG) have been awarded an integrated rig services contract covering the Murphy Oil-operated Khaleesi/Mormont and Samurai fields in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The work scope includes the provision of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) with collocated ROV tooling and technicians, remote positioning and metrology survey resources, and installation and workover control system (IWOCS) equipment and technicians. Work is scheduled to begin in early 2021 and carry into 2022.    Earl Childress, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial

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Russia Launches Satellite to Monitor Climate in Arctic

Russia launched its space satellite Arktika-M on Sunday on a mission to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic amid a push by the Kremlin to expand the country’s activities in the region.The Arctic has warmed more than twice as fast as the global average over the last three decades and Moscow is seeking to develop the energy-rich region, investing in the Northern Sea Route for shipping across its long northern flank as ice melts.The satellite successfully reached its intended orbit after being launched from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome by a Soyuz rocket, Dmitry Rogozin

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Kraken Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Quality Management System

Canadian-based marine technology company Kraken Robotics Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification for its Quality Management System (QMS), including manufacturing sites located in Mount Pearl, NL and Dartmouth, NS.ISO 9001:2015 is a globally recognized quality management standard developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that provides a model companies of all types and sizes can use to build an effective quality management system. The standard is based on several quality management principles

Nina Mahmoudian (center) and her students have developed an underwater glider that can operate silently and in confined spaces, ideal for conducting biology or climate studies without disturbing wildlife. (Purdue University photo/Jared Pike)

Team at Purdue Advances Work on New Glider, ROUGHIE

A team of researchers at Purdue University are working on enhancing glider technology to make the study of the world's waterways more efficient and productive.The team is looking to design and build "highly maneuverable, low-cost underwater gliders that operate silently," with components and sensors that can be easily swapped out or added according to a wide range of mission specifications.“Our goal is persistent operation of mobile robots in challenging environments,” said Nina Mahmoudian, associate professor of mechanical engineering. “Most underwater robots have

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Subsea LiDar Specialist Ventures into Offshore Geophysical Survey Business

the company:Rig and platform site surveysGeohazard surveysWind farm site surveysPre-engineering surveysClearance surveys including UXOIce gouge surveysMultibeam echosounder surveys in shallow and deep waterPre-and post-lay Pipeline route surveysDeepwater site developmentsLNG and FPSO offloading facilitiesMarine archaeology and cultural heritage site

CorPower's C3 in scapa flow, Orkney. Photo Credit CorPower

CorPower Extends Equity Funding for Commercial Scale Demo

After securing a private placement of 9 million Euros, CorPower has extended its equity funding to 20.3 million Euros, for the commercial scale demonstration of its wave energy technology. The investment round was led by Midroc New Technology and included SEB Greentech VC, family offices and private investors. Pareto Securities acted as Sole Manager and Bookrunner in the transaction.The 9 million Euro investment combined with previous tranches of 9 million Euros in July 2020 and 2.3 million Euros in December 2018 brings total equity funding to support the demonstration of CorPower’s first

Deployment of Jasco ULS comprising MacArtney Mini-T multiplexer systems. Photo: MacArtney

MacArtney Develops Advanced Telemetry System for Jasco Underwater Listening Stations

Years of development culminated in a MacArtney telemetry concept measuring and transmitting individual noise profiles for complex acoustic data tracking to help preserve and recover one of Canada's most iconic species - the Southern Resident Killer Whale.Under the Canadian Species at Risk Act, the Southern Resident Killer Whale was recently concluded to be facing an approaching threat to survival and recovery. At Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea, an enhanced monitoring project provides an underwater sound picture of the Southern Resident Killer Whale's habitat, consequently rendering the most

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C-Power to Demo Sabertooth AUV with SeaRAY Autonomous Offshore Power System

and Coastal Trident 2021 program testing and strategic partnerships with government and commercial organizations, C-Power looks to demonstrate how the SeaRAY AOPS can fill the maritime market’s immediate need for offshore power, energy storage, and real-time data and communications for resident marine systems

Senior Chief Mineman Abraham Garcia (left) and Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Joshua Gaskill, members of the Knifefish Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) test team, man tending lines during crane operations as part of an operational test conducted by members from Operational Test and Evaluation Force (OPTEVFOR). Knifefish is a medium-class mine countermeasure UUV designed for deployment off the Littoral Combat Ship. OPTEVFOR is the Navy’s sole test and evaluation organization for surface, air, and un

Subsea Defense: Navy Deepens Commitment to Underwater Vehicles

interaction.The most recent edition of the Navy’s Unmanned Systems (UxS) Roadmap was issued in 2018, and a new version is expected in the near future.  The 2018 document states that UxS will operate in every domain; always be an option; and be at their best when teamed with Sailors and Marines“UxS will strengthen naval power at, on, and from the sea by reducing operational risk and cost. UxS operating in the air, on the surface, under the sea, and on shore as a rapidly adaptable and interconnected network will provide access to areas denied to manned platforms, provide better situational

Anchor and lumber on the bottom of Thames River near New London ferry docks (Image: ThayerMahan)

Series of High-res Surveys to Track Changes in Thames River

A two-year project aims to locate and monitor the shifting boundaries of key biological habitats and short-term, small-scale changes in bathymetry important to the health of Connecticut’s Thames River and Long Island Sound ecosystems. Marine technology company ThayerMahan, which recently completed an underwater survey using its SeaScout system to capture high-quality hydrographic imagery of the river, said the survey is being conducted under a National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology (NIUVT) project in conjunction with the University of Connecticut (UConn)’s Department of

Weddell seals swim in challenging conditions. (Photo: McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory, CC BY-ND)

New Recordings of Ultrasonic Seal Calls Hint at Sonar-like Abilities

of bottom time before our hands get too cold to work. Then we make our way back to the dive line. Its flags and blinking lights guide us to our one and only way out.During my deployment to Antarctica in 2018, I participated in 40 such dives to help maintain the McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory. Polar marine biologist Paul Cziko installed the 70-foot-deep, seafloor-mounted recorder in 2017. Known affectionately as “MOO,” it resembled R2-D2 in both looks and charm. For two years, MOO successfully sent continuous audio, video and ocean data back to our onshore lab via cable connection. It also

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Research Gordon Cannon, Ph.D, and Rear Adm. Nancy Hann, deputy director for operations for NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, sign an agreement to partner on using uncrewed systems to collect ocean data. Credit: NOAA

NOAA Partners with University of Southern Mississippi on Uncrewed Systems

and UxS operators on projects to further UxS research, development and operations.“Mississippi is poised to become a major hub for ocean research and innovation, and NOAA plans to help drive that innovation,” said Rear Adm. Nancy Hann, deputy director for operations for NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and deputy director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps. “This new partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi will greatly enhance our ability to transition these technologies into operational platforms that will gather critical environmental data

Kongsberg Maritime’s new HUGIN Endurance AUV can map up to 1,100 square kilometres on a single mission - Credit: Kongsberg Maritime

No Need for Mothership: Kongsberg Launches HUGIN Endurance AUV

or a wind turbine fitted with an MBR antenna," Kongsberg Maritime said."For defense applications, HUGIN Endurance makes persistence a reality. Whether it is long-range military survey; wide-area mine detection, classification, and identification; or even patrolling a chokepoint listening for submarines, this new extended-range capability offers new solutions to existing and future challenges," Kongsberg maritime said.Image credit: Kongsberg MaritimeAccording to the company, HUGIN Endurance can be equipped with a wide array of sensors including the high-resolution KONGSBERG HiSAS synthetic

Credit: 3Dent

Ocean Power Technologies Buys Offshore Engineering firm 3Dent

U.S. based ocean energy technology developer Ocean Power Technologies has acquired 3Dent Technology, an offshore energy engineering and design services company based in Houston, Texas. "OPT’s first acquisition brings additional revenue from 3Dent’s established project and customer base. 3Dent’s complementary services expand OPT’s ability to provide comprehensive solutions to customers operating in rapidly evolving markets such as offshore wind and offshore oil and gas. 3Dent Technology will operate under its current brand name as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ocean

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CorPower Ocean Attracts Investment for Wave Energy Tech Project in Portugal

CorPower Ocean, a Sweden-based developer of wave energy converters, which has recently secured a 10-year license marine license in Portugal, said Tuesday it had attracted an investment of 7.3 million euros for its Portuguese wave energy technology project."Portuguese authorities have joined the Swedish Energy Agency, EIT InnoEnergy, and private investors to support CorPower’s flagship HiWave-5 demonstration project in northern Portugal," the company said."The investment supported by the European Union is provided through the NORTE 2020 Program operated by aicep Portugal Global

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Mocean to Test Blue X Wave Energy Converter at EMEC

Scotland-based wave energy technology company developer Mocean Energy is gearing up to deploy its scale prototype, Blue X wave energy converter at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.Mocean Energy has signed a berth agreement to test at EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site, EMEC said in a statement earlier this week.The Blue X has been fabricated at Fife fabricators AJS Production and has been funded by Wave Energy Scotland’s Novel WEC programme. It is a floating hinged raft with a unique geometry that improves performance and increases survivability by diving through the

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Metal Shark Developing Autonomous Vessel for US Marine Corps

Autonomous vessels are quickly gaining acceptance across the maritime sector, but especially in government and military applications where the technological and safety advantages are most pronounced.On Monday, Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark said it has been selected by the U.S. Marine Corps to develop and implement the Long Range Unmanned Surface Vessel (LRUSV) System, a network of unmanned vessels traveling autonomously for extended ranges and transporting loitering munitions to address targets at sea and on land.The weapons system will be tiered and scalable, providing the ability to

Matt Tremblay, SVP, Global Offshore, ABS

ABS Grants AIP for CMI's Deepsea Mining System

In what has been described as an industry first, maritime and offshore classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has awarded China Merchants Industry (CMI) Approval in Principle (AIP) for its deep-sea mining system design.The AIP follows the publication of the ABS Guide for Subsea Mining in October 2020 and is the first to be issued that conforms to the new Guide, ABS said.CMI’s design focuses on retrieving cobalt-rich ferromanganese crust deposits attached to seamounts. The project ultimately entails the development of subsea mining machines, high concentration and large particle

“The long range standoff command and control of ROVs is the single best solution to keep the warfighter safe by getting them as far as possible from a subsea threat,” said Ben Kinnaman, CEO of Greensea.

Greensea Receives US Navy Award

Greensea's open architecture technology on Remotely Operated Vehicles furthered by Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grantGreensea Systems, Inc. creator of OPENSEA, an open architecture robotics platform for the marine industry, won a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) ASAP grant totaling $1,100,000, with option for additional funding, for the continued development of Standoff Command and Control of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, under Contract No.

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Phoenix Building New Test Tank

Marine services contractor Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. said it is building a new test tank at its Bayou Vista, La. facility.“The tank will play an essential role in conducting diver certifications, training, development and testing, as well as the development and application of new underwater technologies that Phoenix has become known for,” said Phoenix Area Manager, Troy Turner. “It will also be available to our clients who require specific underwater testing for any equipment or materials prior to project execution.”The one-atmosphere dive tank, measuring 13’

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Allseas' Subsea Mining Ship Project is Moving Forward

Swiss-based Allseas has awarded Dutch subsea technology company Seatools the contract for the delivery of the complete electrical, hydraulic and control system for Allseas’ deep-sea mining nodule collector.Driven by the green energy transition, the interest in high-grade seafloor polymetallic nodule deposits has risen in the past few years due to the depleting terrestrial deposits for metals such as copper, nickel, manganese and cobalt. Nevertheless, subsea mining does not take place on a commercial scale yet as current technology readiness levels fall short.Last year, Allseas announced it

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