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Converted Patrol Boat Becomes a Research Vessel for USM

A refurbished 48-foot workboat has been delivered to The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) for its second life as a research vessel.The vessel, an Endeavor 45 cabin patrol vessel originally built by Silver Ships in 2008 for the State of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR), returned to the Theodore, Ala. shipyard for the transformation. The vessel is now capable of supporting the USM School of Ocean Science and Engineering’s deep ocean underwater surveys using various uncrewed underwater vehicle systems. The new and improved vessel will conduct testing, maritime research and

Sonardyne’s underwater technologies are supporting Dive Technologies’ large displacement DIVE-LD autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) program. Photo Courtesy Sonardyne

Sonardyne Suite for Dive Technologies’ AUV

control of its large displacement DIVE-LD autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) program.Founded in 2018, Dive Technologies’ rapid development program has included support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and technology partnerships with organizations including the Center for Marine Autonomy and Robotics at Virginia Tech. A key part of the development has been to opt for high-performance, off-the-shelf systems for its DIVE-LD AUV, a 19-ft. long, 48-in. diameter vehicle designed for operations down to 6,000 m water depth. It is currently in production in the U.S. with sea testing

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Norway Eyes Sea Change in Deep Dive for Metals Instead of Oil

and raising of deep-sea minerals to the surface off Japan in 2017."It sounds fantastic to go deep for minerals, but remember what the oil and gas industry has achieved over the last 50 years, and you can stand on the shoulders of it," said Walter Sognnes, chief executive of start-up LOKE Marine Minerals and a former co-founder of several oil firms.(Additional reporting by Yuka Obayashi; editing by Gwladys Fouche and Jason Neely

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Damen Completes Work on German Diving Bell Ship

Damen completes work on German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV) diving bell shipDamen Shipyards Group has completed construction and outfitting of a diving bell ship for client FMSW Koblenz (Department Machinery Southwest) / operator WSA Rhine (Waterways and Shipping Office) according to schedule. Following her completion, the vessel has recently undertaken successful river trials.The on-time completion of the ship comes despite the challenging conditions posed by the coronavirus outbreak. Putting in place robust safety measures, Damen was able to continue work on the project

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Preston Joins Global Diving & Salvage as Director of Marine Technology

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has appointed Alisa Preston, P. Eng., as Director of Marine Technology to lead the growth of the marine services company’s underwater technology resources.Preston will be responsible for advancing the development of sustainable and innovative marine technology and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) services as part of the overall business strategies for both Seattle-based Global and sister company MER Diving.Preston brings to the role a background in mechanical engineering, nuclear physics, project management and entrepreneurship. She holds a BME from

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DLM Delivers Monitoring Systems for Offshore Wind Farm Cables

UK-based Dynamic Load Monitoring (DLM), said Monday it has built two bespoke monitoring systems that have been installed by dive teams on subsea bend stiffeners at an offshore wind farm.The equipment has been commissioned, with the first round of data due to be collected in March 2021.The company, based in Southampton, said the products were delivered to Darlington, UK-based Subsea Innovation, a manufacturer of subsea equipment, which was challenged by the end-user to provide a system to prevent array cables— which connect the site’s turbines together—from breaking. DLM did not say

DVocean is an 8-meter-long, 2.65-meter-wide survey boat. (Photo: HafenCity University)

Subsea Europe Services Supports Hydrographer Training in Hamburg

Donation of multibeam technology and support strengthens hydrographic research capabilities of university’s new dedicated survey vesselMarine survey technology specialist Subsea Europe Services GmbH has pledged to support HafenCity University in training a new generation of expert marine hydrographers by ensuring availability of the latest hydroacoustic technology aboard the new survey boat DVocean.Based in Hamburg, HafenCity University is the only facility in Germany certified to the highest standards of training for marine surveyors. Its hydrography program was modernized in 2016 and subsequentl

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Boskalis Buys Rever Offshore's Subsea Services Business

Dutch marine contractor Boskalis on Monday acquired all the shares of Rever Offshore’s subsea services business.Rever, formerly known as Bibby Offshore, provides solutions in the area of subsea construction, inspection, repair, and maintenance. The company has operated in the North Sea out of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.Through this transaction, Boskalis will acquire two diving support vessels of which one is fully owned (Rever Polaris) and a second chartered (Rever Topaz). The group employs an onshore staff of around 130 in addition to approximately 220 offshore workers. The 2020 annual

Oceanographer and Discoverer will join NOAA's ship fleet, which includes NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, the agency's largest research vessel. (Photo: Wes Struble/NOAA)

Thoma-Sea Marine Wins Deal to Build Pair of NOAA Oceanographic Ships

NOAA’s effort to recapitalize its aging fleet of research ships took a major step forward today with the U.S. Navy’s award of a $178,082,877 contract to Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC, Houma, La., for the detailed design and construction of two new oceanographic ships.NOAA is acquiring the vessels through an agreement with the Naval Sea Systems Command, a leader in building, providing and procuring large research ships for the nation's research fleet.The first ship, to be named Oceanographer, will be homeported in Honolulu. The second ship, to be named Discoverer, will be assigned a

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U.S. DOE Grants $21M for Offshore Wind Tech Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently granted $21 million in funding for three projects supporting offshore wind energy technology demonstration and resource characterization.These projects will support offshore wind development by demonstrating innovative technologies not previously commercially used in the United States for offshore wind, and by improving the ability to forecast energy production, the DOE said."Demonstrating innovative technologies not yet deployed at commercial scale will lower the cost of energy and lend confidence to future investment decisions," said Daniel

Williams Named GM at Klein

like to thank Frank Cobis, who has retired after 15 years with Klein, for the significant contributions he has made to Klein’s evolution. We sincerely appreciate his service and wish him the very best in his retirement,” said Guy Malden, MIND’s Co-CEO and Executive Vice President of Marine Systems

 The test rig uses a large hydraulic cylinder to simulate the motion from incoming waves. This allows thorough testing of the
Power Take Off (PTO) system on dry land. The PTO is the part of FPPs technology that transform wave motions into electricity.

Danish Firm Working on 'World's largest' Wave Power Test Facility

Denmark-based clean-tech company Floating Power Plant (FPP) said Friday it was building what it said was "the biggest wave energy PTO (Power Take-off) test bench in the world."The company is collaborating with Fritz Schur Energy, Seasystems, and Aalborg University in Denmark. "The project just received 10,81 million DKK (about 1,5 million €) in funding from the Danish energy authorities (EUDP). The test facility is expected to be finished in March 2022, and it will produce test data the following years, that will be used, when FPP launches combined wind- and wave power facilitie

One of the CANs that was installed on an exploration well in the Norwegian North Sea in April 2020

Neodrill Pens Neptune Contract for CAN Tech

Norwegian pre-rig technology company Neodrill, known for its Conductor Anchor Node (CAN) technology, has signed a frame agreement with Neptune Energy and shared info on its first two projects.Neodrill's two CAN-ductors were installed earlier this year on two of Neptune Energy’s exploration wells in the Norwegian North Sea. In August, Neptune Energy and its partners announced the commercial discovery of oil at the Dugong well (PL882) in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, one of the largest discoveries in Norway this year. The first campaign in April was the first delivery

FSI, Klein Marine Systems Partner

Falmouth Scientific and Klein - A MIND Technology Business, are co-developing a towed combined sub-bottom and side scan system for commercial survey and government customers. The system utilizes the strengths of both companies to provide superior side scan image quality and enhanced sub-bottom penetration and resolution. Standard packages will include 1,000m and 3,000m depth options.  http://falmouth.com/news.html

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Bombora, TechnipFMC Developing Foundations for Floating Offshore Wind Farms

two companies will develop a floating offshore wind foundation incorporating Bombora’s mWave technology - combining wave energy and wind power on a shared platform. InSPIRE stands for Integrated Semi-Submersible Platform with Innovative Renewable Energy."This partnership marries strong marine offshore engineering heritage with groundbreaking multi-MW wave technology," Bombora said.Phase 1 Demonstrator will see the joint venture develop the 12MW platform - combined mWave (4MW) and wind turbine (8MW) on a shared floating platform.Phase 2 Commercial envisions 18MW combined mWave (6MW)

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Minesto Delivers First Tidal Energy to Faroese Grid

energy by 2030, including onshore transport and heating," Minesto said.Minesto has been granted public funding totalling approx. €3.5 million through the EU's EIC Accelerator and the Swedish Energy Agency for the implementation of the Vestmannasund project and the development of the DG100 marine energy converter

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HP to Help Carnegie Develop AI-Tech for Wave Energy Project

Australian wave energy technology developer Carnegie Clean Energy has signed an agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) to cooperate on a project to develop a reinforcement learning-based controller for the CETO wave energy technology.CETO is a fully submerged, point absorber type wave energy technology. A submerged buoy sits a few meters below the surface of the ocean and moves with the ocean’s waves. This orbital motion drives a power take-off (PTO) system that converts this motion into electricity.Carnegie said the cooperation with HPE would extend the artificial intelligence

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Offshore Charging Station for Electrified Offshore Vessels Being Developed in UK

the viability of developing an offshore charging facility for vessels as part of the industry’s efforts to decarbonize its vessel operations.  Funded by the first phase of the UK Government’s Sustainable Innovation Fund, the project - led by Turbulent Simulations, alongside Aluminium Marine Consultants, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, MJR Power & Automation, Tidal Transit and Bibby Marine Services - will look into the design of a permanently stationed Offshore Charging Vessel.  The technology would allow electrified vessels, such as Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs)

Airmar Technology introduces its CM510L Cavity Mount Transducer, a 3 kW Chirp-ready transducer with low frequency (25-50 kHz) Chirp capabilities.

Airmar Debuts Chirp-Ready Cavity Mount Transducer

Airmar Technology introduces its CM510L Cavity Mount Transducer, a 3 kW Chirp-ready transducer with low frequency (25-50 kHz) Chirp capabilities.Ideally suited for commercial fishing applications where bottom discrimination and target resolution of bottom-fish species are critical to success, the CM510L includes the popular 28 kHz, 38 kHz and 50 kHz fishing frequencies, plus all other frequencies in the band.“We wanted to develop a comprehensive transducer for commercial fishing,” said Jennifer Matsis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The CM510L delivers the most popular

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Saab Seaeye Falcon Tapped for Swedish Survey

Peab Marin chose a Saab Seaeye Falcon as a multi-functional resource in support of the company’s marine survey, salvage and civil construction operations.The Swedish marine services company says the Falcon will secure a safer working environment for its divers and will be an “excellent tool” for surveying.Robert Hedin at Peab describes the important role the Falcon will play in diver safety. “Some work can offer serious risk for a commercial diver, especially Delta-P situations when the differential pressure between two water columns attempts to equalize, creating tremendous

VIDEO Interview: Steve Hall, Chief Executive, Society for Underwater Technology

for Hall as he looks back on his career and tenure leading SUT, and ahead to his next chapter as the CEO of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum at the end of 2020.Steve, to start us off, can you give us a brief personal and professional background?I suppose mine was fairly untypical background. I received a marine science degree back in the 1980s intending to join the Royal Navy. But with various defense cuts, that never happened. So, I found myself working as a surveyor in coastal surveys. I then became a customs officer, working as a specialist to oil refineries, supervising pipeline installations and tank

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On the Bookshelf: Diving the Thistlegorm: The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck

he is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. With specific research interests in submerged prehistoric settlements and developing underwater survey techniques, he has directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and Malaysia. Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist and award-winning underwater photographer. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to underwater photography”. Mike Postons pioneered the use of digital 3D modelling to visualise shipwrecks, as well as the processes of reconstructing

 At 88, Capt. Walsh still runs the day-to-day operations of International Maritime, a company he established in 1976. Photo: Don Walsh

Oi 50th "Voices": Don Walsh: First to Travel to the Deepest Ocean Depths

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Capt. Don Walsh decided to join the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Station Oakland in 1948, where he became an aircrewman in torpedo bombers. Two years later, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy, and in 1956, he enrolled in submarine school. Little did he know that four years later — in 1960 — he’d be the first person (with Jacques Piccard) to travel to the furthest ocean depths onboard the submersible Bathyscaph Trieste (Trieste).During his tenure as Officer-in-Charge of Trieste, Capt. Walsh was designated USN Deep Submersible Pilot #1. In January 1960

iHSS-Compact is delivered in a single, ‘person-portable’ Pelican case for fast deployment and streamlined set up. Photo: Subsea Europe Services

SUBSEA TECH: Compact Hydrographic System for Shallow-Water ‘Gap-Filler’ Surveys

Subsea Europe Services GmbH has introduced a new compact version of its unique integrated Hydrographic Survey System (iHSS). Dubbed iHSS-Compact, it is designed to meet demand for shallow-water ‘gap-filler’ marine surveys and simplifies the acquisition of commercial grade marine data for users of any experience.iHSS-Compact is designed to provide a low-cost, turnkey marine survey package for deployment on almost any vessel. The system is delivered in a single, ‘person-portable’ Pelican case for fast deployment and streamlined set up.iHSS-Compact can be pre-configured and

On the Bookshelf: Wild and Temperate Seas: 50 Favorite UK Dives

From highlands to islands, wrecks to reefs and caves, this new-style guide whets the appetite for UK diving. These are over* 50 dive sites in 15 picturesque locations from England’s most southerly tip to the remote, northerly islands of Scotland. Dorset Dives author Will Appleyard and his team of experienced collaborators share their picks as they showcase our beautiful coastal settings.The book includes (to name just a few): a UK wreck diver’s ultimate pilgrimage – a trip to Scapa Flow; some of Scottish diving’s highlights with wrecks, lochs and sea caves; a Northern Irish

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Rodger Joins ETPM

Subsea and marine recruitment specialist ETPM has added a new member to its team in response to increasing business activity.Hannah Rodger joins the Aberdeen-headquartered firm as Survey, ROV and Inspection Recruiter. Based in Great Yarmouth, she was brought on board to continue to develop those markets across the business, while identifying new opportunities in the renewables sector which has a strong presence in the Southern North Sea.She will work closely alongside Leigh Reid who joined the company earlier this year in the newly created role of Business Development Manager. Leigh is leading the

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SeaRobotics Launches Utility Class ASV

Marine robotics company SeaRobotics Corporation (SRC) on Monday revealed details of its next-generation utility class autonomous surface vehicle (ASV), the SR-Utility 3.0. This latest addition to the SRC portfolio is designed to extend the range and versatility of unmanned coastal marine survey operations by providing professional surveyors with a configurable platform that allows for interchangeable payloads and sensors, including the incorporation of existing instrumentation.“We have been building ASVs for over 20 years now and understand that there is always a need for some degree of customizat

Prof. Hill attended his first Oceanology International Exhibition in Brigthon as a research student at Bangor University’s Marine Science Laboratories. Photo courtesy NOCS

Oi 50th "Voices": Professor Edward Hill, OBE, Chief Executive, National Oceanography Centre

rescheduled to December 2020 due to COVID-19. The organizers last month announced the need to take this iconic event 100% virtual due to the lingering pandemic. Below are insights from Professor Edward Hill, Chief Executive, NOCS, as published in the "Oi 50th Anniversary Edition", published by Marine Technology Reporter and included with the November/December 2020 edition. NOTE: The editorial was written before the COVID-19 pandemic.Please register for Oi Connect here: bit.ly/34Klw4CBorn in the English Midlands city of Coventry, about as far from the sea as it is possible to get in Britain

Figure 1 Gavia AUV mounted Kraken MINSAS data showing a survey area containing the remnants of a WW2 B-24 bomber. Image: Teledyne Gavia/Kraken

Kraken Robotics MINSAS Available on the Teledyne Gavia AUV

Teledyne Gavia, manufacturer of Gavia, SeaRaptor and Osprey Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), announced the integration of the Kraken Robotics  MINSAS Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS). The MINSAS is an off the shelf configurable Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) which replaces high end sidescan systems at an affordable price, while delivering significantly higher resolution, range, and area coverage rates (ACR). The increased range and resolution and associated higher ACR of SAS over traditional systems can significantly expand the capabilities of Teledyne Gavia AUV

The 54 x 16.5-foot Research Vesssel Elakha which was built in 2001 at Rozema Boat Works, recently repowered with Cummins engines. Photo: Alan Haig/Brown/Cummins

Elakha: The Repowering of OSU's Valued Research Vessel

. Showing design influences of a typical forward house west coast style fishing boat, the Elakha’s after deck is set up for retrieving data from the ocean, although some fish research is also possible. The university works with a variety of organization to pursue research. The boat has enabled marine studies. Work has ranged widely including benthic ecology, oceanography, marine mammal studies, ornithology, climatology, fluid dynamics, marine ecology, and estuary ecology. Some of the most common types of work for the Elakha include dive operations, acoustic studies, glider deployment and recovery

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CorPower Secures 10-year Marine License in Portugal for Wave Energy Project

CorPower Ocean, a Sweden-based developer of wave energy converters, has secured a 10-year license marine license in Portugal.The company said the license provides a ‘Permit for the Private Use of the Maritime Space’ up to 12 miles off the coast of Aguçadoura in northern Portugal.With the license secured, the company has said it is now set to "unleash a world-leading wave energy project in the Atlantic Ocean."CorPower Ocean Country Manager Miguel Silva said the permit unlocks the demonstration phase of the firm’s HiWave-5 project, paving the way for a new class of

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Aquaculture: Inside the De Maas’ Offshore Fish Farm

As attention increasingly turns to ocean health and sustainability, an innovative new fish farm solution was deployed earlier this year when the De Maas’ Semi-submersible Spar Fish Farm (SSFF) became the world’s first offshore farm installed at an open ocean location exposed to tropical storms. MTR recently visited – virtually – with co-founder Philip Schreven for insight on the design and operation particulars of their innovation.How did you became involved in this unique niche of the maritime industry?Mark van Leeuwen and I founded De Maas in 2007 as an offshore oil and gas

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Autonomous Offshore Power Trials Get Underway off Hawaii

with a pair of powerhouses: the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. NavyInitially conceived during a U.S. Department of Defense project, the SeaRAY AOPS is designed to provide in-situ power, energy storage, and real-time data and communications support that is intended to  advance the marine economy toward a future of autonomous, connected and resident technologies. It is designed to support unmanned offshore activities, including subsea vehicles, sensor packages, and operating equipment.“The ocean is a power desert,” said Reenst Lesemann, CEO of C-Power. “Providing

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell underway during their Arctic deployment off Greenland's western coast. U.S. Coast Guard photos by SN Kate Kilroy

Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg Tech: RDT&E's Annual Arctic Technology Evaluation

The Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) teamed up with Coast Guard Cutter Campbell’s crew this summer to evaluate five technologies as part of the RDC’s annual Arctic Technology Evaluation. The Campbell crew conducted the evaluations during their two-month deployment supporting joint Arctic operations off Greenland’s western coast, returning to their Kittery, Maine, homeport on Sept. 29, 2020.“Testing various technologies by cutter crews for operation in cold and Arctic environments provides highlights on what works and what may need improvement, and can help

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Kraken Robotics Wraps Third OceanVision Survey Campaign

;This marks the 8th different vessel type that Kraken’s KATFISH has operated from, demonstrating the flexibility and robustness of operation on vessels ranging in length from 39 feet to 262 feet," Kraken said Friday.During the campaign, Kraken collected data in a variety of areas focusing on marine habitats, iceberg scours and other objects of interest, operating the KATFISH and ALARS in up to Sea State 6 conditions. KATFISH & ALARS in Very Heavy Seas - Credit: Kraken Robotics"In addition to capturing large amounts of ultra-high-definition seafloor data, Kraken was very pleased

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VIDEO: Dive Completes Sea Trials with Kraken’s Pressure Tolerant Batteries

Kraken Robotics reports that Quincy, Mass.-based Dive Technologies completed successful sea trials of a Large Displacement Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (LD-AUV) powered by Kraken’s pressure tolerant batteries.  Kraken and Dive Technologies entered an agreement in August 2020 that stipulated Kraken to supply subsea batteries for the LD-AUV, with Kraken also acquiring a license to build two Dive LD-AUVs for use in Kraken’s growing Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) business.“Our team is excited to be working with Kraken Robotics,” said Jerry Sgobbo, Dive President & CEO.

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Unique Floating Offshore Wind Design Gets DNV GL Nod

A unique double rotor floating wind turbine concept has earned a statement of feasibility from classification and certification body DNV GL.This statement, based on DNV GL’s technology qualification services, confirms that the nezzy² floater is designed to state-of-the-art safety, quality and performance standards, and allows its developer, aerodyn engineering, to secure investments and enter the next level of prototype development.The innovative floater is designed as self-aligning concrete structure attached by single point mooring system to the sea ground. The two turbines are mounted on

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Partners Team Up to Develop Utility Class ASV

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) and SeaRobotics Corp. (SRC), both based in Stuart, Fla., are working together to jointly develop the next generation utility class autonomous surface vessel (ASV).Based on the fully integrated SR-Surveyor M1.8 ASV, introduced by SRC in 2019, the new utility class ASV will deploy the same fully integrated control, survey, and autonomy systems, providing the market with a fully compatible line of ASVs that are capable of addressing a wide range of tasks – from 1.8 m inshore/nearshore vessels to over 12 m ocean going vessels.The SR-Utility 3.0 and SR-Surveyor M1.

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Unique Subsea Robots to Serve Norwegian Oil Industry from 2022

Norwegian subsea drone specialist Stinger Technology has entered into a collaboration agreement with the U.S. ocean robotics firm Houston Mechatronics.Houston Mechatronics is currently developing what has been described as one of the subsea industry's most interesting robots - the Aquanaut - and Stinger wants to bring it to Norway to serve the offshore oil and gas market.The Aquanaut is a subsea robotic solution that can serve both as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and as an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Based on the requirements, the subsea robot transforms from AUV mode into an ROV.

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Oceaneering Names Head of Business Development for Renewables

gas industry, has appointed Ben Hooker as Director of Business Development – Renewables.  In a statement on Tuesday, Oceaneering described Hooker as a seasoned accounting and finance manager with a successful sales and business development background within the upstream Oil and Gas, Defense, Marine and Renewable energy sectors. He most recently served as Head of Sales at James Fisher and Sons. Before that he served as a director of Grey’s of Ely Coaches, UK Sales Manager at CWind, and Managing Director at Ocean Hover Limited and TechnoTrak Engineers.  Earl Childress, Oceaneering&rsqu

Broad mapping profile of new 500 m detached reef. Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute

Ocean Discovery: 500m Tall Coral Reef Discovered in the Great Barrier Reef

the longest recorded sea creature, a 45m siphonophore in Ningaloo Canyon, plus up to 30 new species . In August, scientists discovered five undescribed species of black coral and sponges and recorded Australia’s first observation of rare scorpionfish in the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks. And the year started with the discovery in February of deep sea coral gardens and graveyards in Bremer Canyon Marine Park.“To find a new half-a-kilometer tall reef in the offshore Cape York area of the well-recognized Great Barrier Reef shows how mysterious the world is just beyond our

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Overwatch: Advancing NATO’s Maritime Situational Awareness via Commercially Available Space-based Assets

a Gordian Knot of threatening events and generates mismatches between what an adversary expects you to do and what you actually do.  This makes your adversary feel trapped in an unpredictable world of doubt, mistrust, confusion, disorder, fear, panic and chaos.  As former Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Charles C. Krulak stated in his analysis of the Gulf War that “The Iraqi army collapsed morally and intellectually under the onslaught of American and Coalition forces.  John Boyd was an architect of that victory as surely as if he’d commanded a fighter wing or a maneuver

Recovery of Autosub 6000 following BioCam dive. Image: Sonardyne

Seabed Imaging Re-imagined

accidents. The end result for either method is usually extensive, lengthy post-processing on the vast amounts of gathered data.A new, 3D deep-sea imaging system, developed by the University of Southampton, with support from Sonardyne, under the Natural Environment Research Council’s OCEANIDS Marine Sensor Capital “BioCam” program, has gone a long way to resolving these challenges.During its first 24-hour deployment, a BioCam fitted to an Autosub6000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC), mapped more than 50 times the area of

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Op/Ed: An Antarctic Marine Protected Area is Long Overdue

, tourism, research infrastructure expansion and climate change.In an article published in Nature, we join more than 280 women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) from the global leadership initiative Homeward Bound to call for the immediate protection of the peninsula’s marine environment, through the designation of a marine protected area.Our call comes ahead of a meeting, due in the next fortnight, of the international group responsible for establishing marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean. We urge the group to protect the region, because delays could be disastrous

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'Marine Seismic Survey Disruptor' Gets Industry Funding

Blue Ocean Seismic Services, a company that describes itself as "the marine seismic survey disruptor," has secured a total of £10 million of Series A investment from bp Ventures, Woodside Energy, and Blue Ocean Monitoring.The company will use the cash to continue the development of its offshore oil and gas seismic survey system which uses long-endurance self-repositioning autonomous underwater nodes, which can also identify and monitoring carbon storage opportunities under the seabed.Blue Ocean Seismic Services has explained that its technology has been designed to be fully containerized

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FLASC, Subsea 7 Working on Non-battery Energy Storage Solutions

FLASC, a start-up developing non-battery based energy storage solutions for the offshore sector has entered a collaboration with offshore installation giant  Subsea 7.FLASC's patented Hydro-Pneumatic Energy Storage (HPES) concept combines pressurized seawater with compressed air to create an efficient, large-scale energy storage device that can be applied across a wide range of offshore applications.The first working prototype was successfully tested in 2018, and the technology has been granted a Statement of Feasibility based on a technical and commercial assessment by DNV-GL."The

Putting eyes underwater the Falcon is a valuable resource for superyachts offered by MarineGuard. (MarineGuard)

Saab Seaeye Cracks into the Superyacht Security Market

For superyacht owners, eyes beneath the waves, provided by intelligent underwater robotic vehicles, is a valuable resource. Yacht security company, MarineGuard, includes the Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic vehicle as part of its security system for superyachts.MarineGuard is known for creating a ‘virtual security bubble’ around a yacht, and the Falcon is a powerful tool in this regard as it can examine a yacht’s hull millimeter by millimeter with its HD cameras, and descend down 1000 meters to explore the seabed below.Superyacht owners often view the underwater world live on

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In a First, ROVOP Inspects Offshore Installation via Video Link

UK-based ROV services provider ROVOP has said it has delivered its first remote platform-based inspection, repair, and maintenance workscope, "effectively reducing the number of personnel required offshore," on Premier Oil's Balmoral floating production vessel in the UK North Sea.The ROV company carried out remote visual and NDT inspections of hull sections, flowlines, umbilicals, and risers, along with chain inspection, measurement, and cleaning, on the Balmoral unit with the help of a live video stream."Using the latest communications and modeling technology, ROVOP worked closely

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AIRMAR Opens Office in Cape Town

said it has opened a new South African sales and support office in Cape Town. The new office will manage sales and service operations for both Airmar and Marport (an Airmar subsidiary) products, serving all commercial and recreational business in South Africa.Leading the charge at the new location is marine veteran Craig Santer, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the operation. “Craig is uniquely qualified to manage our Airmar and Marport business in South Africa. His 14-year career has revolved around successfully handling the sales, installation and service of marine electronics

The Kongsberg Maritime team with the HUGIN AUV, a 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE third-prize winner. Photo: Kongsberg

Hugin AUV Scores 2020 AUVSI ECELLENCE Awards

better than 5 x 5cm resolution. “Winning a top-three placing in this AUVSI XCELLENCE award category is not just a welcome vindication of the HUGIN Superior AUV’s abilities, but also of its implications as a key ally in the ongoing custodianship of our oceans,” says Richard Mills, VP Marine Robotics Sales, Kongsberg Maritime. “In addition to the assistance it will provide to various organizations in support of the Seabed 2030 mission to map every inch of the ocean floor within the next decade, the detailed data it accumulates is indispensable for reinforcing the long-term security

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Maersk Supply Service, Ørsted Working on Offshore Charging Buoy

Danish offshore vessel specialist Maersk Supply Service and its compatriot offshore wind developer Ørsted have teamed up to test a prototype offshore charging buoy.The buoy will act as a safe mooring point and a charging station for vessels, potentially displacing a significant amount of marine fuel with "green" electricity. The prototype buoy has been developed by Maersk Supply Service while Ørsted is responsible for the buoy’s integration with the electrical grid at the offshore wind farm. The charging buoy will be tested in the second half of 2021, where it

A custom 38-foot Defiant-class welded aluminum monohull pilothouse vessel will be carried aboard the recently-launched R/V OceanXplorer (Photo: Andy Mann, OceanX)

Metal Shark Builds Custom Tender for R/V OceanXplorer

York-based nonprofit ocean exploration initiative and media organization.The custom 38-foot Defiant-class welded aluminum monohull pilothouse vessel will be carried aboard the recently-launched one-of-a-kind scientific research, media production and exploration vessel, the R/V OceanXplorer. The combined marine research and media vessel OceanXplorer is both a floating, integrated marine research platform and a Hollywood-caliber media production studio.Metal Shark said members of its in-house engineering team worked with the client’s team to incorporating numerous specialized features to meet an ambitious

(Image: Ocean Infinity)

Powering the World's First Fleet of Robot Ships

exploration vessels for commercial use. The seafloor analysis and oceanography company Ocean Infinity has invested in the ‘Armada’ fleet of super-advanced unmanned vessels. The fleet will be made up of two sizes of vessels both of which will be 100% diesel-electric.Johan Inden, Head of the Marine Segment at Volvo Penta, said, “Together, we will deliver an optimized power solution – to the autonomous Armada fleet – designed for ultimate performance while reducing the environmental footprint. ”“This is the first time that a commercial autonomous fleet is being

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“CHASMAI” aims to Accelerate Subsea Tech Commercialization

Strathclyde University has endorsed a methodology developed by NSRI (National Subsea Research Institute) to accelerate the commercializaton of technology in support of the green recovery.NSRI developed a way of measuring commercial viability of a technical innovation to help fast-track getting it to market. Dubbed CHASMAI, the tool is designed to provide a clear indication of the potential commercial viability of early stage technology in the subsea industry that enables both innovators and investors.By measuring the viability of a technical concept through analysis of various factors including market

“Environmental’ limits are available which are aimed at reducing underwater noise emissions without imposing onerous design limitations and the need to put damping on every panel, stiffener & dinner plate.” Jesse Spence, President, NCE

Mitigating Underwater Noise

Noise Control Engineering, LLC (NCE) recently completed an underwater radiated noise study for Washington State Ferries (WSF), a study which entailed measurement of nine vessels representing all seven operating classes of WSF vessels, quantifying noise, potential impacts to orcas and other marine life, and methods of reducing noise.“With the increasing awareness of underwater noise impacts on marine life, both globally and locally in the Northwest, WSF is interested in learning more about how their operations may impact marine life,” said Jesse Spence, President, NCE. “They are also

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iXblue Nav Tech onboard Mayfolower

iXblue navigation technology was selected by marine research organization ProMare, to provide accurate navigation capability to one of the world's first autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic: the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS).This fully autonomous and unmanned ship is set to cross the Atlantic in April 2021, to commemorate the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage and will rely on iXblue’s Octans Attitude & Heading Reference System (AHRS) to get key navigation information during its transatlantic voyage. Based on the Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) technology, the Octans

Scientists Arjuna Balasuriya (bottom right) and Camille Monnier (top right) along with staff from Teledyne Marine wait after deploying AutoTRap Onboard™ for an ANTX mine hunting test. Source: Teledyne

AUV Case Study: Marine Roboticists are Turning AUV Sight into Perception

In 2018, marine robotics scientist Arjuna Balasuriya was at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) in Newport, Rhode Island, testing new software for an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). In the past, his AUV research had meant long ocean cruises in rough choppy waters, but for the moment, he was analyzing his algorithms from a comfortable dry seat on land.Balasuriya and his team from Charles River Analytics were developing an app for the AUVs made by Teledyne Gavia, which could navigate on their own in the oceans to take sonar surveys of the seafloor. But to be truly autonomous, they needed

Retired Navy Rear Admiral and Deputy NOAA administrator Tim Gallaudet meets with scientists at NOAA’s National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center in 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. Credit: NOAA

Interview: RDML Gallaudet Steers NOAA’s Path Toward Uncrewed Maritime Systems

health and conservation by the public. There’s an increased awareness about the dependence of our security and our economy on the oceans. People simply care a lot more (today).• A growing awareness of the necessity for sustainable use of our oceans, which includes everything from fisheries, to marine transportation, to critical minerals and pharmaceuticals. Using that same time frame, put in perspective the evolution of unmanned maritime systems as you see it.To start, just this week we’ve decided we are going to move from the word ‘unmanned’ to ‘uncrewed.’

The Terradepth leapfrog concept. Graphic from Terradepth.

Charting Terradepth's Big Ambitions in the Unmanned Vehicle Space

Kauffman, with a mission to increase seafloor mapping rates economically and to create a business based on the data it gathers.Terradepth CEO Joe Wolfel.An ocean data challengeTheir focus came from personal experience, specifically the collision of the USS San Francisco – a nuclear powered submarine – with a seamount at flank speed in 2005. While they were deployed in Iraq at the time, it was big new. “How does the US navy not know there's a mountain underwater? That idea stuck in our heads,” explains Wolfel. They did a little digging and discovered that 70% of the earth

As ROV SuBastian makes its way up the slopes of the seamounts and canyons the team has been exploring this expedition, the changes in light, temperature, pressure, and other environmental factors are remarkable. From the dark and cold soft sediments of the plateau floor to exposed rocky escarpments, fields of mesophotic black corals, and eventually the well-lit realms of the upper slopes and reef crest - these changes lead to a whole gradient of habitats suitable in different ways for many diffe

New Corals Discovered at Great Barrier Reef

Australian scientists have viewed the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, discovered five undescribed species consisting of black corals and sponges and recorded Australia’s first observation of an extremely rare fish. They also took critical habitat samples that will lead to a greater understanding of the spatial relationships between seabed features and the animals found in the Coral Sea.The complex and scientifically challenging research was completed aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor, on its fourth expedition of the year, as part of the Institute&

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