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“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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New Tech Deployed to Study Harmful Algal Blooms

A new research project aims to evaluate the potential efficacy of ultrasonic technology to mitigate harmful algal blooms (HABs) on Lake Agawam, village of Southampton.HABs are a growing environmental problem, affecting all parts of the world. Excessive nutrient pollution entering water bodies, especially phosphorus and nitrogen, drive the growth and spread of harmful algal blooms. Besides unpleasant tastes and odors, excessive HABs can seriously harm humans, pets, and aquatic organisms, and degrade water quality. Additionally, they can disrupt water treatment processes by clogging filters and pipes.

The Saya de Malha Bank is part of the Mascarene Plateau and located between Mauritius and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. It is the largest seagrass meadow in the world and one of the biggest carbon sinks in the high seas. (© Tommy Trenchard / Greenpeace)

Shrinking Sea Meadows Store More Carbon Than Forests. Scientists Race to Track What’s Left

everywhere,” she said.Seagrass as climate allyWhile most seagrasses fringe coastlines around the world, the shallowness of Saya de Malha allows sunlight to filter to the seabed, creating an aquatic prairie in the Indian Ocean that provides shelter, nurseries and feeding grounds for thousands of marine species.The bank’s isolation has helped protect it from coastal threats, including pollution and dredging. But even such remote stretches of international waters face increasing incursions from shipping and industrial fishing.In March, scientists from institutions including Britain’s

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Magseis Fairfield Nets 'Meaningful' Gulf of Mexico OBN Survey Contract

Oslo-listed offshore oil and gas seismic data acquisition company Magseis Fairfield has won a new contract in the Gulf of Mexico.The company has been awarded an Ocean Bottom Node for "a multi-client company," which it did not name."The duration of the survey is approximately four months and will be executed in 2021 using our ZXPLR deepwater ocean bottom node technology," Magseis Fairfield said.Magseis Fairfield's CEO Carel Hooijkaas said: "This project is yet another confirmation that our clients continue to see clear value in obtaining high-quality OBN data to evaluate

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OSIL: Milestone in Dredge Monitoring Buoys

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) offer a wide range of adaptable dredge monitoring solutions to suit all budgets and application requirements, and have over 500 data buoy systems installed globally.The basic buoy hull designs incorporate a stainless-steel sub frame with a moon pool for instrument protection, with a robust modular construction that facilitates shipping and ship and assembly on-site following delivery.Data can be relayed directly from the monitoring platforms onto client’s servers using the most suitable telemetry systems available (which can include multiple/dual telemetry

Figure 2. Diver attempting to locate mooring under ice. (Photo credit: Daniel Fatnes of the Norwegian Coast Guard)

The Value of Friends in “High-Latitude” Places

Who do you call when you need a job done on short notice, in total darkness, under 100-percent ice cover, thousands of meters at the bottom of the sea? In the case of the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), you call your friends in Norway. That is exactly what the Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Lorin C. Selby did when he enlisted the help of the Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker and offshore patrol vessel, the CGV Svalbard, to retrieve oceanographic moorings containing irreplaceable data. The work supported the Coordinated Arctic Acoustic Thermometry Experiment (CAATEX), an important international

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EdgeTech Debuts Pair of Pole Mount Sub-Bottom Profiling Systems

EdgeTech introduces two new Pole Mount Sub-Bottom Profilers to its family of 3400 Sub-Bottom Profiling Systems.The new Ultra-Lightweight Shallow Water and Lightweight Shallow Water over-the-side pole mount 3400-OTS systems transmits wide band Frequency Modulated (FM) pulses using EdgeTech’s Full Spectrum CHIRP technology. The systems use flat multi-channel hydrophone arrays to generate high resolution images of the sub-bottom stratigraphy in oceans, lakes, and rivers and provides excellent penetration in various bottom types. The 3400-OTS receiver array is segmented for standard sub-bottom

BW Group, Miros Enter JV Aimed at Fuel-Saving, Emission Reduction

BW Group and Miros are launching Miros Mocean, a joint venture to provide the shipping industry with a new standard in vessel performance optimization. Miros Mocean is aimed at filling the void identified by BW Group and Miros, aiming to provide "unprecedented data accuracy into the operating conditions of a vessel, a missing piece in vessel performance until now," per the press release announcing the JV.“Decarbonizing the shipping industry is the grand challenge of our time," said Remi Eriksen, DNV Group President and CEO. "International regulators and other key stakehold

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Tampnet Buys BP's Offshore Fiber Cable System in Gulf of Mexico

project – adding 300km to the existing 1200km of fiber and connecting an additional 2-3 deepwater assets. Tampnet’s infrastructure build-outs typically also include 4G/5G LTE coverage - providing a wireless extension of the fiber connectivity and allowing access for drilling, subsea and marine operations around the fields. "Additional LTE coverage from Tampnet also means improved welfare and safety in the Gulf of Mexico. AT&T subscribers can now use their regular subscriptions offshore at no extra cost and with no limitations on data speeds. This includes the recently launched

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Favorable Offshore Winds Blowing from the Biden Administration

wind industry in the United States.Port Infrastructure, Worker Training, and New Vessels  Many states have invested in new port infrastructure and new training programs for offshore wind workers. For example, Massachusetts was able to persuade three offshore wind developers to use its New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal for the staging, deployment, and assembly of offshore wind components. (See Massachusetts Offshore Wind Ports & Infrastructure Assessment.) The Virginia Port Authority has leased 40 acres to Ørsted to stage equipment at its Portsmouth Marine Terminal, which will become

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New ASV Delivered to the US Navy

San Francisco Bay Area based marine robotics company Marine Advanced Robotics said it has delivered a WAM-V 16 autonomous surface vehicle ASV to Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific to support multi-domain unmanned maritime system autonomy.According to Marine Advanced Robotics, the WAM-V technology is particularly suited for subsurface, surface and air sensor deployments in real world ocean conditions where asset recovery is critical in less-than-ideal conditions.“WAM-V stability and portability are unmatched and together with NIWC and our industry partners, we demonstrated the

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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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New Undersea Cable to Link Iceland to Europe

.SubCom and Farice ehf today announced that a contract is in force to supply and install the cable system, which is expected to be ready for service by the end of 2022.Farice is an international connectivity provider fully owned by the Icelandic Government which currently owns and operates two submarine cable systems that connect Iceland to Europe – FARICE-1 and DANICE. The third cable system will be called IRIS.Designed as a six-fiber pair trunk with a total system capacity of 108 Tbps with each fiber pair delivering 18Tbs, IRIS will be approximately 1,700 km in length and connect south west

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Subsea Defense: Netherlands Royal Navy appoints RTSYS for 7 ASW Training Targets

; 2 bands for active homing torpedo; 6 narrowband (200 Hz to 38 kHz); 2 broadband (450 Hz to 8 kHz and 10 to 23 kHz) and to finish an acoustic recorder with data encryption.These acoustic features will allow both Dutch and Belgium Forces to train in real condition to the localization and tracking of a submarine.The navies of the Netherlands and Belgium will join the large panel of worldwide current users of SEMA, and will bring RTSYS to a further level in terms of supplies and high-level project management.SEMA is an autonomous, recoverable, acoustic target dedicated to ASW training and torpedo firing exercise

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Arctic Rays Launches Imaging Payload for AUVs

Groton, Mass. based Arctic Rays, LLC has released Swordfish, a fully-integrated, geo-referenced, still and video imaging system payload for small autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).Swordfish comes standard with a 12.3 MP camera, high-output LEDs producing 60,000 lm (strobe) or 6,000 lm dimmable (continuous), on-board CPU and a 512 GB solid-state data drive.  Still images can be captured at 12.3 MP at a rate of 4 Hz.  Video can be captured at 720p HD @ 60fps, 1080p FHD @ 30fps, or 4K UHD @ 10 fps.Arctic Rays said Swordfish is scalable to fit any AUV and customizable per user requests.

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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

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

SeaTrac SP-48 at work sampling the waters in Whites Creek Lake, Mississippi. (Photo: SeaTrac Systems)

Solar-powered USV Delivered to Mississippi State University

to the open ocean in the Gulf.”“Increasingly customers’ missions have grown in complexity requiring a range of sensors, and they’re looking for less costly, less resource-intensive and more flexible solutions to carry out a variety of tasks simultaneously in challenging marine environments,” said Buddy Duncan, Co-Founder, SeaTrac Systems. “We are pleased to help the MSU team achieve its real-time monitoring and data-collecting goals.”The SP-48 is designed for users who require a flexible data gathering and communications platform that adapts to a wide

View from the AUV less than a meter from docking. International Submarine Engineering Limited

Beneath the Waves: Keep Your AUV Safe by Docking Subsea

waters.  As there is such a vast Canadian coastline needing to be monitored, new thinking is required to find the best solution. Having a USV and AUV working together could be it.First stage testing was to dock while still on the surface to prove the system works. Photo courtesy International Submarine Engineering LimitedAcoustic and Visual Tracking“Range 26 meters. On acoustics.” Jason, one of ISE’s electrical engineers, breaks the silence on the bridge of Researcher. He has just received the first data packet from the AUV. It has successfully acquired the dock’s acoustic

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US Targets 30GW of Offshore Wind by 2030, 110GW by 2050

On Monday, March 29, the White House announced a government-wide effort to advance offshore wind, including 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030, 110GW of U.S. offshore wind by 2050 and the development of a sustainable local offshore wind supply chain.“The announcement formalizes the current situation and provides more confidence to developers and the supply chain,” said World Energy Reports' Philip Lewis. “Much of what is referred to in the statements is actually already currently under development.”Lewis, author of the recently released “2021, the Year when

Image 3. The PacWave site – a wave energy test site, which includes a fibre optic cable that will be available for DAS research. Image from University of Oregon.

Fiber Optic Sensing and Mining an Ocean of Data

, not least across our oceans, where existing cables could offer a new global sensing network. Elaine Maslin reports.Criss crossing between our nations, across channels and between continents are a multitude of cables – some 120 million km of them. Some are pretty old (the first international submarine cable was laid across the Channel, between the UK and France, in 1850). But many laid since the 1980s contain fibre optics and provide the conduits for everything from those YouTube cat videos to stock market data.An increasing number of researchers are now hoping that they can also use these cables

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JV Aims to Develop Next-Gen AUV for Mine Countermeasure

Project aimed at developing next-generation mine countermeasure technology using AI to enhance precision of detection and classification support function, aiming for real-time signal processing on board the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has concluded a research and prototype production contract with Japan’s Ministry of Defense for next-generation mine-countermeasure technology, a France-Japan joint research project being conducted based on agreement between the countries' defense authorities.The research and prototype manufacturing project aims

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Fugro to Sell Seabed Geosolutions to PXGEO

Dutch offshore survey services company Fugro has agreed to sell its Seabed Geosolutions subsidiary to PXGEO Seismic Services (PXGEO) to for USD 16 million (approximately EUR 14 million) in cash. The transaction is expected to be completed mid-2021.The divestment includes Seabed’s ocean bottom node (OBN) inventory, handling equipment, related technology and order backlog. In addition, Fugro said that "a significant number of personnel" responsible for delivering the Seabed Geosolutions’ business will transition to PXGEO, with the exact number depending on further analysis of

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Ørsted and NOAA Ink Data Sharing Agreement

NOAA and offshore wind development company Ørsted have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to share physical and biological data in Ørsted-leased waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction. NOAA, said the MOA is the first of its kind with an offshore wind developer and that it anticipates Ørsted’s data will fill gaps in ocean science areas, particularly in ocean mapping and observing, to help meet NOAA missions related to climate adaptation and mitigation, weather-readiness, healthy oceans, and resilient coastal communities and economies.  “This partnership with

The Canadian Coast Guard’s Heather McDonald cuts the first steel at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyard, marking the start of construction of Canada’s most modern science research ship. (Photo: Seaspan Shipyards)

Seaspan Shipyards Begins Building Canada's New Research Ship

our environment, our economy, and for the more than 700 Canadian workers who will be meaningfully employed building this landmark vessel. The new OOSV will serve as the main platform for the Canadian Coast Guard’s ocean science work, which will help us better understand our ecosystems, protect our marine environment, and ensure the health of our oceans – all of which is essential to a strong, sustainable Blue Economy,” said Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.“Investing in oceanographic research is critical to deepening our understanding

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Roxtec Delivers Seals for Orbital's O2 Tidal Turbine

Safety seal manufacturer Roxtec said Monday it had supplied Scotland-based Orbital Marine Power with a range of cable sealing solutions to support the construction of Orbital Marine's tidal turbine, the Orbital O2 2MW.Orbital’s O2 turbine is nearing completion at TEXO Group’s manufacturing facility in Dundee and will enter operation this spring at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) off the coast of Orkney.The O2 will be towed from Dundee to Orkney in the coming weeks before being anchored at EMEC’s site in the Fall of Warness where tidal speeds can exceed 3m/s. Once operation

To probe the ocean’s opaque interior, sound is one of the most efficient tools available. WHOI scientists have developed an “acoustic telescope” to “see” into a noisy ocean and pick out unique sounds produced by distant acoustic phenomena, such as whale calls and fish schooling, as well as the rumble of earthquakes, volcanoes, and storms© Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, N. Renier

SUBSEA TECHNOLOGY: Underwater Acoustics Pick up the Tempo

, demonstrates the curiosity and capacity of our exploratory efforts. While our achievements in outer space exploration pile up, there is still much work to be done here on Earth—particularly in our oceans. To date, about 80% of the world’s oceans remain unexplored and only 7% are designated marine protected areas (MPAs). The depth of our oceans comes with many setbacks to “seeing” the deep sea in a traditional sense—zero visibility, freezing temperatures and crushing levels of pressure. But what about creating an auditory image?During recent decades, progress in subsea exploration

The R/V Sikuliaq during a cruise to research sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. Photo ©: Onpoint Outreach

TECH FILE: Acoustic Tech Used to Understand Climate Change in the Arctic

Major changes are occurring in the ocean. Climate change and subsequent melting sea ice are not necessarily good changes. Why are acoustic Doppler current profilers an invaluable tool to get a complete picture of the Arctic’s changing wave conditions in the context of climate change?In the Arctic, the end-of-summer sea ice extent in 2020 was the second-lowest in the last 42 years.“The ice used to melt out in June or July. Now it melts out in May. It used to come back in September or October. Now the ice comes back in November or December,” says Professor Jim Thomson, Senior Principal

Cheong Tsang becomes the new operations director at Balmoral Tanks’ Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire, facility. Photo courtesy Balmoral Tanks

Balmoral Tanks Appoints Lockwood, Tsang

Balmoral Tanks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aberdeen-based engineering and manufacturing business, Balmoral Group, announced two senior appointments: Gary Lockwood becomes the new operations director at Balmoral Tanks’ Llantrisant facility in South Wales while Cheong Tsang moves into a similar role in Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire.Lockwood has enjoyed a career across the defence, aerospace and electronic contract manufacturing sectors where he has held responsibility for engineering, operations, program management and business development. He is a time served electrical engineer from the Atomic

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

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UK Royal Navy Developing Surveillance Vessel to Protect Critical Subsea Infrastructure

who will conduct research to help the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence protect our undersea critical national infrastructure and keep our lives and livelihoods secure from threat," the ministry said."Undersea cables are vital to the global economy and communications between governments. Submarine warfare presents a particular risk of sabotage to undersea cable infrastructure – an existential threat to the UK," the ministry added.According to the statement, the ship will be fitted with advanced sensors and will carry a number of remotely operated and autonomous undersea drones which

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Rovco's Robotics Spin-off Vaarst Open for Business

services to the offshore energy industry, in February said its CEO Brian Allen would step down to lead Vaarst, then described as a new start-up technology company which will be looking for business opportunities in the wider industrial robotics sectors.Vaarst said Wednesday it would target the energy and marine sectors through its innovative technologies, such as SubSLAM X2. Vaarst says SubSLAM X2 is an intelligent data collection system that delivers robotic spatial awareness and live 3D point clouds to any device in the world,  "without costly positioning systems, thereby saving many project

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Fleet of Ocean Robots, Buoys, Set for Deployment Off Plymouth

What has been described as a first-of-its-kind multi-million-pound fleet of innovative and interconnected marine technologies is soon set to be deployed off the coast of Plymouth, UK, according to Plymouth Marine Laboratory, a marine research institute.An 8.5-meter-tall Autonomous Data Buoy featuring a set of onboard sensors will soon be deployed offshore as part of Smart Sound Plymouth’s plan to create a world-leading proving ground for high-tech marine innovation."Smart Sound Plymouth stretches over more than 1000km2 of ocean from sheltered bays to hostile offshore waters, providing an

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Damen, MO4 In Pact to Further Digitalize Offshore Wind Ops

Dutch Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with technology firm MO4 specializing in offshore motion prediction, to take a step towards the digitalization of offshore wind farm operations. "This strategic alliance pairs Damen’s Triton monitoring platform with MO4 motion forecasting knowledge, offering data analytic-based services. Vessel operation will become more effective and safety levels will increase at the same time," Damen said.Damen Triton is a remote monitoring and operational insight tool, a connected, collaborative IoT platform that collects data from multiple sensors

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UK Gov't Sets Aside $5M for Tech That Can Mitigate Offshore Wind Farms Impact on Radar Systems

The UK Gov't has announced Phase 2 of the competition "Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence," offering up to £3.6 million ($4,96 million) for technologies that mitigate radar risk of offshore wind farms."The continued development of wind turbine sites can have an adverse impact on civil and military air traffic control, and air defense surveillance. If you think you have an idea that can be developed to support the coexistence of offshore windfarms and UK air defense systems, DASA would like to see your technology in Phase 2 of the competition,” the UK  Defence

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Baker Hughes, Horisont Energi Working on Barents Sea Carbon Capture Project

Oilfield services giant Baker Hughes and the Norwegian "carbontech" start-up, Horisont Energi have signed an agreement to jointly explore development and integration of technologies for the Polaris carbon storage project in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway.Under the agreement, the two companies will explore the development and integration of technologies to minimize the carbon footprint, cost and delivery time of carbon capture, transport and storage (CCTS). Horisont Energi's Polaris offshore carbon storage facility is part of its “Barents Blue” project, described as the

Greensea, GRi Simulations Announce Partnership

Greensea Systems has partnered with GRi Simulations to develop a simulation environment for OPENSEA and OPENSEA-enabled control systems. The partners’ objective is to further develop virtual training standards that will provide operators, technicians, and other subject matter experts the experience and practice needed to be successful in critical subsea environments using OPENSEA control systems.Greensea contracted GRi to develop a back-end simulation environment for OPENSEA that provides a virtual environment constructed of custom scenes and a physics engine based on actual subsea vehicle

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Geelen Nominated as Fugro CFO

Dutch-based geo-data specialist Fugro said its supervisory board has nominated Barbara Geelen for appointment as member of the board of management and chief financial officer. She will succeed Paul Verhagen, who is slated to step down as Fugro CFO at the upcoming general meeting of shareholders.Geelen's nomination as member of the board of management in the role of CFO for a period of four years until the general meeting of shareholders in 2025, will be submitted to shareholders for approval at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to be convened on May 12. This also will be the date of

Kongsberg Maritime’s new HiPAP 602 Positioning Tool will facilitate accurate operations at extreme depths. Image courtesy Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime Launches new HiPAP 602 Ultra Deepwater SSBL Positioning Tool

Kongsberg Maritime (KM) launched its HiPAP 602 Ultra Deepwater SSBL (Super Short Base Line) Positioning Tool, which has been designed to provide extreme range (up to 7,000m+) and accuracy for positioning ROVs and AUVs, and to operate as a DP reference.To achieve this performance, the HiPAP 602 replaces the spherical transducer used by the HiPAP 502 with a large-diameter, multi-element planar array combined with electronic beam forming and unique signal processing techniques. This enables narrow transmitter and receiver beams to be generated in all directions within the lower half of the transducer

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XOCEAN Adopts GUARDIAN Vision by Marine AI

XOCEAN has adopted Marine AI’s ‘GUARDIAN Vision’ Artificial Intelligence software to enhance their Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs) situational awareness. The 'GUARDIAN Vision’ package, provides "bandwidth-friendly’ actionable information.‘GUARDIAN Vision’ is designed to enhance the USVs’ land-based teams’ situational awareness by analyzing the on-board camera feeds to detect and classify hazards and provide positional information on these hazards to the on-board control system and the remote pilot. This allows data transfer volumes to

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Norway: IMR to Use Kongsberg USVs, AUVs for Marine Ecosystem Monitoring

Norwegian maritime technology and equipment specialist Kongsberg Maritime will supply Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR) with four autonomous vessels. The scope of supply includes two Kongsberg Maritime Sounder USVs (Unmanned Surface Vehicles) and two KONGSBERG AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), which will form the practical basis of the institute’s long-term strategy to develop the monitoring and management of marine environments and resources.According to Kongsberg Maritime, the four autonomous vessels will be equipped with Kongsberg's new Blue Insight, a cloud-based

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Investment Made in Subsea Cable Network on the U.S. East Coast

Confluence Networks LLC tody announced that MasTec Inc. (NYSE: MTZ) has acquired an equity interest in Confluence, a Florida-based developer of undersea fiber-optic communications systems. The investment will allow the company to complete development and construction of Confluence-1, the first undersea cable system dedicated to linking strategic global communications nodes on the East Coast of the United States, including: New York, NY; Miami, FL; Virginia Beach, VA; and Jacksonville, FL; and opening a new strategic node in Myrtle Beach, SC.The Confluence -1 network addresses the lack of availability

By measuring the concentration of microplastics in the samples, a pollution-concentration distribution has been created. Image Courtesy of Chiba Institute of Technology/NYK

Microplastics in Oceans: NYK Hits the '100' Sample Mark

of Technology (CIT) to help study the composition and concentration of microplastics floating in oceans around the world.On March 2020, NYK signed a memorandum of understanding with the CIT to use a ship to collect and analyze microplastics in oceans around the world in an effort to create a solution to marine plastic pollution, a global environmental issue. Microplastics are small particles less than 5 millimeters in diameter that are formed from plastic debris discharged into the ocean due to the effects of UV radiation and waves, and are feared to affect not only ocean pollution but also the ecosystem

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Drone Swarms Sent from Uncrewed Vessels Could be Used for Offshore Wind Farm Inspections

U.S.-based seabed survey company Ocean Infinity, is, together with the University of Portsmouth, Airborne Robotics, and Bentley Telecom, working to develop an autonomous offshore wind farm inspection capability utilizing aerial drone swarms deployed from an uncrewed marine robotic vessel.Using 5G and satellite connectivity, the project will see a swarm of drones autonomously inspect wind turbines subsequently removing the need for manual, human inspection, Ocean Infinity, a company that is currently building a fleet of unmanned surface robots - the Armada - said.As part of the project, a 36 meter

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Teledyne CARIS Launches Onboard360

Teledyne CARIS released Onboard360 featuring CARIS Collect. The software is designed to deliver a seamless flow of data into the Ping-to-Chart workflow. When combined with the Onboard360 Process module, logged data is imported and processed automatically allowing near real-time and remote quality monitoring of in-progress surveys.“We are pleased to offer our customers the ability to collect with confidence using CARIS Onboard360," said Andy Hoggarth, VP Sales and Marketing. "Our Ping-to-Chart solution is now complete with the inclusion of the simplest acquisition software available

Sercel and Kappa Offshore Solutions offer PIKSEL, a compact marine seismic solution specially designed for acquiring the best seismic data for high-resolution 3D imaging of targeted offshore areas. Image: Sercel

Sercel, Kappa Offshore Collaborate on High-Res 3D Marine Seismic Solution

Sercel and Kappa Offshore Solutions offer PIKSEL, a 'compact' marine seismic solution specially designed for acquiring the seismic data for high-resolution 3D imaging of targeted offshore areas. Using Sercel’s Sentinel streamer technology and Kappa Offshore Solutions’ experience in equipment integration and hydrodynamic modeling, PIKSEL is designed to acquire high- and ultra-high-precision seismic data, drawing on the low noise performance of its Sentinel streamer’s hydrophone design as well as an optimized rigging and handling system that minimizes vibration. For

“We have noticed a significant upturn in requests for unplanned multibeam echo sounder-based surveys especially around offshore wind farms, and are confident that establishing a team to specialise in producing high quality data in these challenging conditions is the most effective way to meet the specialised needs,” said Andres Nicola, CEO of Nicola Engineering

VIDEO: New Marine Survey Firm Nicola Offshore Open for Business

A new company called Nicola Offshore specializing in marine survey campaigns and on-demand missions has started operations from its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany on Monday.According to the company's press statement, Nicola Offshore was established to service the more complex and specialist aspects of marine surveying, including underwater object detection, unexploded ordnance (UXO), and subsea cable investigations, as well as pre- and post-dredging reports. The company is a joint venture between Nicola Engineering GmbH, a German marine survey provider and ProMarine BV, a Dutch workboat

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Bedrock Scores $8M in Funding to Fast Track Ocean Data Initiatives

support the explosion of offshore wind projects in the United States and abroad. Everything from site exploration to export and array cable laying and operations and maintenance (O&M) work rely on geophysical surveys. Bedrock is doing this more safely, quickly, and efficiently through a new breed of marine surveying enabled by their proprietary Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)-based data acquisition platform and software ecosystem they’re building around the collected data.Image courtesy Bedrock Ocean Exploratio

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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.

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Fugro Assisting Petronas with Suriname Offshore Exploration Efforts

Dutch offshore survey services provider Fugro said Wednesday it was conducting a seep survey and geochemical campaign in Block 48, offshore Suriname, for the Malaysian oil giant Petronas, to assist with the oil company's oil exploration activities.Using the survey vessel MV Fugro Brasilis, Fugro is responsible for geophysical data collection, heat flow measurements, core sampling and onboard geochemical analyses, which aim to optimize future exploration activities in this frontier area. The fieldwork for the campaign will run through Q1 2021 with subsequent geochemical analyses and final

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Texas A&M Introduces Master of Science in Ocean Engineering Program

The Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University has established a new Master of Science (M.S.) in Ocean Engineering degree program offered exclusively at Galveston – highlighting the unique waterfront location and resources of its seaside campus.This nonthesis, 30-credit program provides students with a unique education and career preparation filled with hands-on experience, direct access to the coast, on-the-water field data collection adventures, industry collaboration, close proximity to Houston and world-class resources.And, in the case of graduate student Hayden Smith

32,000 miles of Alaskan coastline pose a challenge and an opportunity for Satellite Derived Bathymetry. Technologies developed to survey water clarity in daily satellite imagery (upper right inset) can be used as a tool to determine precise collection of high-resolution imagery for Satellite Derived Bathymetry surveying (lower right inset). Image courtesy TCarta

TCarta Wins NOAA Grant to Enhance Satellite Derived BathymetryTech

TCarta Marine won a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), focused on enhancing Satellite Derived Bathymetry technology for application in the coastal waters of Alaska.Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) extracts water depth measurements from multispectral satellite imagery using advanced physics-based algorithms. Traditionally, this technology has yielded the most accurate results in clear, calm waters; however, TCarta has recently taken the lead in expanding SDB applications to more challenging marine environments

Map showing the location of CGG’s new Northern Viking Graben extension survey. (Image courtesy of CGG Multi-Client).

CGG Extends Northern Viking Graben Dual-Azimuth Multi-Client Survey

CGG announced  phase two of its multi-client 3D survey in the Northern North Sea, which will expand on the phase one acquisition initiated in 2020 to add a second azimuth over CGG’s existing Northern Viking Graben (NVG) multi-client 3D survey and extend coverage into the UKCS. The survey is supported by industry pre-funding.Commencing in early May and continuing throughout the North Sea season, the 2021 phase two acquisition will add approximately 8,000 sq km of new data in an E-W direction. Similar to the 2020 phase one, multi-component technology will be used for the acquisition, and this

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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Israel Says It Tracked Down the Ship Linked to Recent Oil Spill

up.Gamliel said the vessel was "owned and operated by a Libyan", without identifying a person or company.Libya's state-owned shipping firm, the General National Maritime Transport Company, said it had owned the vessel but sold it at an auction in December.The vessel was purchased by Emerald Marine Ltd, a company based in the Marshall Islands, according to the shipping database Equasis. Reuters was not immediately able to reach the company for comment.Gamliel said the vessel turned its tracking devices back on again upon reaching Syria on Feb. 3, where she said it unloaded crude oil. It then

For me personally, it was the first project that I've worked with gliders. As a biologist, it was a lot of fun, but also the partnerships made and the opportunities provided to students has been amazing. They've been able to work with this technology. They've learned a lot about chemistry just through working with the sensor. So it iss providing a lot of STEM education to our graduate and our undergraduate students. Photo Courtesy Rutgers University/Grace Saba

INTERVIEW: Rutgers University Uses Slocum Glider for Ocean Acidification Study

Grace Saba, Assistant Professor, Center for Ocean Observing Leadership, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University discusses the value of the Slocum glider and pH sensor technology in the study of Ocean Acidification. Grace, to start us off, can you just give us a short introduction of yourself and an overview of your responsibilities?I'm an assistant professor at Rutgers University: I teach, I conduct research, I serve in many roles at the university, nationally and internationally. My research focuses on the ecology and physiology of marine organisms, specifically how they

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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