Data Processing

Seabed Geosolutions Wins Brazil Survey Work

Fugro said its joint venture with CGG has secured a contract from Petrobras for a 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) survey in the Brazilian Santos Basin.   The seven month contract awarded to the survey firms’ joint venture Seabed Geosolutions is valued at around $90 million and is scheduled to commence at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 or early 2018, Fugro said.   According to Seabed Geosolutions CEO, Stephan Midenet, the OBN survey is the “industry’s largest ever” and will span more than 1,600 square kilometers.    Midenet added that Seabed Geosolution

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New Tide Gauge, Water Temperature Monitoring Network in UAE

A three year project to design, install and deliver a fully operational network of 34 water level and temperature monitoring stations for Bayanat LLC in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been completed by OceanWise working with its licensed partner, Seatronics, an Acteon company,   The stations are positioned at strategic locations within UAE from the Western Region to the border with Oman, a distance of over 400 km.   Water level is being measured using Valeport VRS-20 Radars with water temperature being measured using PT100 sensors from General Acoustics. All equipment is solar

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Scientists Predict Third Largest GoM ‘Dead Zone’

Larger-than-average low and no oxygen area in Gulf of Mexico may affect the region’s shrimp fisheries   This summer’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – is forecasted to be approximately 8,185 square miles, or about the size of New Jersey, U.S. federal scientists predict.   NOAA said this would be the third largest dead zone recorded since monitoring began 32 years ago – the average Gulf dead zone since then has been 5,309 square miles.   The Gulf’s hypoxic or low-oxygen

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New Heavyweight Torpedo Enters Final Development

A new torpedo design being developed under the Artémis program, which aims to equip all French Navy nuclear submarines with new high-performance heavyweight torpedoes, has propelled into its final development phase with the recent completion of a successful round of test firing off the Mediterranean coast.   The F21 torpedo is being developed by European naval defense and marine renewable energies technology company DCNS, who performed the qualification firing in a secured maritime area under the authority of program leader Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA)

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Tech File: The Apium Data Diver

made possible by the motor technology developed and supplied by Blue Robotics. Additionally, the vehicles use a wireless inductive charging system provided by WiBotic that lets them charge at a rate of 50 watts. The advent of such inexpensive and capable technologies is fostering a revolution in low cost marine systems. As the company continues to refine its prototype for commercial usage, Apium said it is open to considering application ideas and associated requirements. Partnering for system use-case demonstrations is also possible. Additionally, Apium’s work on swarm control is available for licensing

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GoM Rigs Evacuated ahead of Storm Cindy

Facing incoming Tropical Storm Cindy, offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have begun evacuating platforms and rigs as the storm moves north-westward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.   Data from offshore operator reports submitted to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) as of 11:30 CDT today indicate that personnel have been evacuated from a total of 40 production platforms, or 5.43 percent of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.    Personnel have been evacuated from one rig non-dynamically positioned (DP) rig, equivalent to 6.67 percent of

Faroe Islands Looks to Restart Hunt for Oil and Gas

Oil companies are interested in restarting the hunt for oil and gas in the scarcely explored seas off the Faroe Islands neighbouring the more mature UK North Sea, the head of the Faroese Geological Survey said.   No economically viable discoveries have been made on the Faroese shelf but the tiny nation hopes to entice energy firms to restart exploration as it shows them new geological data in London on Wednesday.   "Oil firms have in many ways shown interest. We are having meetings, they buy data from us, visit us on the Faroe Islands ... So there is an interest and they are looking

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Wallace Joins Rovco as CTO

U.K.-based subsea company Rovco has appointed Dr. Iain Wallace o its senior management team as chief technology officer (CTO).   A former technical lead for the European Space Agency, Wallace will drive the development of a real-time 3D vision system for ROVs and AUVs. He will also explore how artificial intelligence can be used to solve asset integrity issues by extracting actionable information from traditional video survey data.   As CTO, he will enhance Rovco’s underwater photogrammetric 3D modeling capabilities utilizing the latest simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM)

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OSIL Delivers Ocean Observation Buoy in Chile

in the region of Los Lagos,” is intended to detect early warning signs of harmful environmental changes such as red tides, algae bloom, fish mortality, volcanic eruptions and extreme weather events, and the data gathered will also serve as a reference for all stakeholders in Los Lagos’ marine ecosystem. The system was supplied locally through Casco Antiguo

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Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

administrator, Oliver will oversee the federal agency responsible for recreational and commercial fisheries that contribute more than $200 billion to the nation's economy and support nearly two million jobs. In addition to managing productive and sustainable domestic fisheries, including some aspects of marine aquaculture, the agency works to recover and conserve protected resources such as whales, sea turtles and corals. He assumes his new position this week.   For the past 27 years, Oliver worked at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, first as a fisheries biologist, later as deputy director

Mexico Auctions Two-thirds of Blocks in Shallow Water Oil Tender

Mexico on Monday auctioned two-thirds of the shallow water oil and gas blocks up for grabs in the latest round of its energy market opening, surpassing the cautious estimates of officials last week.   Italy's Eni, Colombia's Ecopetrol and Capricorn Energy, a unit of Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy , were among the companies at the forefront of the bidding for 15 blocks in the southern Gulf of Mexico.   Ten of the 15 blocks were taken up in the auction.   Eni took one of the blocks by itself and two in consortium with other companies. One comprised Capricorn and Mexican oil firm Citla

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IMarEST Supports Research into Collaborative Autonomous Fleets

IMarEST awards AU$14,000 Laurie Prandolini Fellowship for research into collaborative autonomous marine fleets   The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has awarded its Laurie Prandolini Research Fellowship of AU$14,000 to Fletcher Thompson toward his PhD research project, Project FOX (Fleet Operations and eXpeditions), which aims to “establish distributed intelligence into an autonomous marine vehicle fleet to exhibit collaborative behaviors.”   Thompson holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture, and is a PhD candidate at

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The Autonomous Future of Seabed Mapping

fact, thanks to advances in satellite monitoring by pioneers such as David Sandwell and colleagues, we now have coverage of the entire ocean.    While these maps are only at a resolution of around 5 kilometers – less than current global maps of Mars and Venus – it has given us submarine topography data in locations we weren’t able to access previously. For us to really understand what lies under the surface, scientists must travel to the site and use acoustic techniques such as sonar and multibeam bathymetry to produce detailed maps. But, the financial and logistical obstacles

Project to Standardize Subsea Processing Progressing

Subsea processing offers great potential for the oil and gas sector, but is also a relatively young field of technology, causing costly and inefficient tailor-made solutions. A DNV GL-led joint industry project (JIP) on standardizing subsea processing aims to reduce cost in a lifetime perspective. Initially focusing on subsea pumping, the partners in Phase 1 have now concluded the functional description of subsea pumping, while Phase 2 will deliver standardized guidelines. With all the four leading system suppliers on board, new operators are still welcome to join the project.    According

SeeByte Wins Belgian Navy Contract

Belgian Navy buys 10 licenses of SeeByte’s SeeTrack software for its AUV fleet   SeeByte, creator of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, said it has sold 10 SeeTrack licenses, including personnel training, to the Belgian Navy. SeeTrack will be integrated onto its AUV fleet which will be deployed for Mine Counter Measures (MCM).   The software package includes additional specialist modules designed for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations, SeeByte said. These include Automatic Target Recognition (ART), Change Detection Tool, Performance Analysis Training Tool (PATT) and

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US Awards $12 Mln for Wave Energy Projects

Up to $12 million has been awarded by the U.S. Energy Department for four West Coast projects that will aim to develop new technologies for harnessing marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy from the nation's oceans and rivers as a means to generate reliable and cost-effective electricity.   Two of the projects will test and validate wave energy converter (WEC) prototypes in open water, demonstrating wave energy's potential to compete with other forms of energy in the longer term, while the other two projects will address early-stage MHK technology development challenges.     “Rese

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Scientists Predict Larger ‘Dead Zone’ for Chesapeake Bay

and anoxic (oxygen-free) zones are caused by excess nutrient pollution, primarily from human activities such as agriculture and wastewater. The excess nutrients stimulate an overgrowth of algae, which then sinks and decomposes in the water. The resulting low oxygen levels are insufficient to support most marine life and habitats in near-bottom waters, threatening the Bay’s crabs, oysters and other fisheries.   Spring rainfall plays an important role in determining the size of the hypoxic zone. In 2017, the Susquehanna River delivered 81.4 million pounds of nitrogen into the bay slightly greater

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How Does Ocean Circulation Impact Marine Protected Areas?

Researchers at the National Oceanography Center (NOC) studying the U.K.’s four largest Marine Protected Areas have found that, because of the ocean’s vigorous circulation, even remote, seemingly pristine habitats, are not isolated from human activities, and may be vulnerable to pollution and overfishing impacts.   In recent years, a number of large Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been set up around the world to create ‘safe havens’ for marine life. These have been established to help with biodiversity and habitat preservation, to restore damaged ecosystems, and also

NOAA hyrdographic survey vessel Ferdinand R. Hassler (Photo: David Hall, NOAA)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Spending in Question

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) needs to improve its strategy for analyzing costs and expanding private sector involvement in collecting hydrographic data, says a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).   As one of its many duties, NOAA is tasked with collecting hydrographic data. This data, which is used in helping to create critical nautical charts, is either collected using NOAA’s own fleet of four survey vessels, or acquired through the private sector.   Asked by Congress to review NOAA’s hydrographic data collection efforts

Norway Wants Oil Companies to Use Technology to Boost Output

Norway wants oil companies to look into using specialised technology to pump more crude and natural gas, the country's petroleum regulator said on Thursday, potentially producing billions of extra barrels as well as tax revenues. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), such as injection of polymers or carbon dioxide into reservoirs, could help to produce an additional 320-860 million cubic metres (2-5.4 billion barrels) of oil equivalents from the 27 largest fields offshore Norway, industry regulator NPD said. "We will try to use all the instruments we have to convince the companies to test (EOR) and

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Wanted: Ocean Technology ‘Disruptors’

Technology ‘Disruption’ is the name of the game in ocean technology in 2017, and in-step with Marine Technology Reporter’s 12th Annual “MTR100”, the editors this year will single out the 20 top “Disruptors” of 2017. If you believe your company has a technology or system that should be featured in this special ocean technology focus, skip the online MTR100 application process and email editorial director Greg Trauthwein ([email protected]) or Managing Editor Eric Haun ([email protected]) directly.

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WHOI’ O’Hara Selected for NASA Astronaut Program

NASA’s most recent class of astronauts was introduced June 7, 2017 at Johnson Space Flight Center. Among the group of 12 astronaut candidates is Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) research engineer Loral O’Hara, selected from NASA’s largest ever applicant pool of more than 18,300.   "We couldn’t be more proud of Loral for her selection into NASA's astronaut corps," said WHOI President and Director Mark Abbott. "We hope the seagoing experience gained at WHOI serves her well in her new adventure. Whether in outer space or the depths of the ocean

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All Eyes on Ireland

the Irish Government’s ‘Our Ocean Wealth’ strategy has ambitious targets to increase the turnover from the country’s ocean economy to exceed €6.4 billion by 2020 and to double the value of its ocean wealth to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2030.   Ireland’s GDP from the marine sector at 0.8 percent represents significant opportunities for growth given that the international average is about 2 percent and Ireland is a maritime nation with significant marine resources. The Our Ocean Wealth strategy has a target to grow this to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2030 based on economic

Jean-Jacques Biteau, Vice-President, EAGE; Professor Sebastian Geiger, Heriot-Watt University; Chris Ward, President, EAGE. (Photo: Heriot-Watt)

Alfred Wegener Award to Professor Geiger

Professor Sebastian Geiger, Director of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) and Foundation CMG Chair at Heriot-Watt University, has been awarded the 2017 Alfred Wegener Award by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). The Award is made to an Association member who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of time to the scientific and technical advancement of one or more of the disciplines in the Association, particularly petroleum geoscience and engineering.   The citation for the Award mentioned that his contributions to the field of carbonate

El Nino Signal is Weakening in the Pacific

The probability of El Nino, a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific, developing this year has been downgraded by U.S. government forecasters as sea surface temperatures and wind speeds in the area remain close to their long-term averages. The Pacific saw a relatively rapid swing in late October from La Nina conditions - characterised as unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean - to neutral or even slightly El Nino-leaning conditions by March. Since then, however, the oceanic and atmospheric signals pointing to a possible El Nino have all weakened.

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Tampnet Awarded Johan Sverdrup Contract

Tampnet, provider of high-capacity, low-latency based telecommunication infrastructure and services for the offshore oil and gas industry, was awarded a contract by Statoil for connecting the Johan Sverdrup field to their existing 2,500km subsea fiber infrastructure in the North Sea. This contract and turn-key project will optimize and strengthen the telecommunication infrastructure for this modern and digitalized field development.   Tampnet said its offshore network is built with continuous improvement and expansion in mind. Hence, throughout the North Sea the company has a number of potential

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Jevtic Joins the ARGGONAUTS Team

The ARGGONAUTS – the only German participants in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE – are expanding their team. Sasa Jevtic will be support the Fraunhofer IOSB team with immediate effect in its development of autonomous robot systems used for deep sea exploration. Last February, the team led by Dr. Gunnar Brink reached the semi-finals of the competition, which offers a total of $7 million in prize money.    Jevtic will take on the position of Deputy Project Leader of the ARGGONAUTS. As a robotics expert with international experience, he will mainly support the team in the coordinat

Maersk Invincible in the fjord outside Stavanger before being towed out to the Vallhall field (Photo: Maersk Drilling)

Drilling Rig in Norway Gets All its Power from Land to Cut Emissions

An offshore drilling rig hired by Norwegian oil and gas producer Aker BP is getting all its power from electricity produced onshore, the firm said on Thursday, in a move that cuts carbon emissions and could be a world first. The Maersk Invincible rig, which is operating at the Valhall field in the North Sea, is connected with a 500-metre long cable to the field's Valhall platform which is in turn powered by a 294-kilometre long subsea cable linked to Norway's shore. "To our knowledge, this is the first one," said a company spokesman, citing data provided by the rig's owner, Denmark's

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James Fisher Subsea Excavation Unveils MultiROV

Mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) has launched the MultiROV system, bringing new levels of controllability and productivity for excavation requirements in the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.   The MultiROV reduces the services required from a vessel as it needs no stabilizing tuggers or clump weights. On-board thrusters allow movement and heading control which increase the operational window and productivity.   The system’s configuration means it can be deployed in water depths in excess of 3,000m bringing

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OSIL Awards Nortek Partnership Status

of systems installed, OSIL noted it also has vast experience with producing seabed mounting frames (with optional gimbals), and other bespoke mooring, deployment and profiling systems for more unique monitoring requirements.   OSIL produces integrated systems for environmental monitoring in all marine applications. The company specializes in instrumented buoy platforms, current and wave measurement systems, dredge monitoring, oil spill detection, berth management and sediment corers. OSIL also offers support for such for systems, including instrument calibration

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Manned Submersible Divers to Study Sharks in the Bahamas

transition from continental shelf habitats to the deep ocean to: Photograph, video and capture firsthand observations of the behavior of deep-water predators such as the Caribbean reef shark, blunt nose sixgill shark, and Cuban dogfish to better understand their predatory role in food webs of marine ecosystems. Use depth stratified baited video stations, serviced by the manned submersible, to quantify the relative abundance, diversity and behavior of fish, crustacean and invertebrate communities from the edge of the continental shelf into the depths. Collect LiDAR, sonar and photogrammetric

Kraken Wins Repeat AquaPix Contract

Kraken Sonar Inc. said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a repeat contract valued at over C$400,000 (US$296,000) by a leading European defense contractor. Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the customer’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in Q3, 2017.   AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs, manned and unmanned surface vessels and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal

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Fugro’s Newest Survey Vessel Goes to Work

vehicle. The vessel can host a multitude of remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) platforms and the specially designed hull form and propulsion systems ensure acoustically quiet and economical running at higher than standard survey speeds.   Phil Meaden, Regional Director Fugro Europe Marine, explains how the new multi-role vessel will support the company’s marine site characterization and asset integrity contracts: “The Fugro Venturer provides an exceptional range of survey solutions. She will be equally at home in the offshore wind farms of Europe, where Fugro is pioneering

Marine Technology Reporter - June 2017 Edition

The June 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available here.   This edition includes features on: Autonomous Seabed Mapping – Advances in satellite monitoring increase mapping coverage of the entire ocean. Ed Hill – The NOC Executive Director discusses the science and technologies advancing ocean studies. Data Processing – The hydrographic workflow has evolved thanks to a paradigm shift in data processing. Read more at http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201706/.

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A Small Solution Solves a Big Problem

A clever idea has found a way to penetrate the labyrinth inside offshore production tanks in search of environmental contaminates prior to decommissioning.   Saab Seaeye customer Stinger Technology, a Norwegian firm known for finding innovative ways to work in confined underwater spaces, managed to squeeze a unique underwater robotic systems configuration loaded with sampling technology through a 150 cm square hatch to search the tank's internal maze of baffles, and navigate along 25.5 cm diameter pipe-runs of curves and bends.   Stinger's idea turned the already compact remotely operated

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BP Awards Angelin EPCIC Contract to McDermott

McDermott International, Inc. has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract from BP Trinidad & Tobago, LLC (bpTT) for the Angelin gas field, located 25 miles (40 kilometers) off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago. This EPCIC contract follows the completion of a multi-phase engineering contract, including pre-front end engineering design (pre-FEED), front-end engineering design (FEED), and pre-execution engineering contracts previously awarded by bpTT to McDermott for the initial design and execution planning of Angelin. McDermott&rs

The 385 tonne topside of the Aquaterra Sea Swift being installed. It features a helideck and emergency accommodation with provision for six wells (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Sea Swift: New Platform Operational in Egypt

Global offshore engineering solutions provider Aquaterra Energy has designed, fabricated and installed a new Sea Swift platform for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the lead contractor for Amal Petroleum Company’s (AMAPETCO) Amal field in the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt. The Sea Swift is a Conductor Supported Platform (CSP) and is installed in 23 meters water depth. It included a 385 metric ton topside featuring a helideck and emergency accommodation with provision for six wells. The new topsides facility for the Amal-C platform involved designing process, piping, electrical

ROV SuBastian on Sea Trials. (Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

Creating Superior Buoyancy with Air

that must not be overlooked when specifying buoyancy packages for these vehicles. As such, vehicle manufacturers should look to work with suppliers that can manufacture and test these small, but essential, microspheres for use in their buoyancy.     (As published in the May 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

A satellite image shows Falkor’s track and the colors in ocean water. Colors indicate the amount of chlorophyll, where red is the highest and blue the lowest. (Image: NASA/ Norman Kuring)

New Tech Gives Insight to Ocean Color for NASA Satellites

Having recently returned to land on board Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) research vessel Falkor, NASA Scientists have made important observations of phytoplankton with new technology to support current and future satellite observations.   A swath of new instruments were debuted during a 25 day expedition across the Pacific exploring a wide variety of oceanic ecosystems. The focus of chief scientist Dr. Ivona Cetinic´, USRA/NASA, and her multidisciplinary team of oceanographers, engineers, biologists and computer scientists was to explore ocean particles, and more specifically the

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New Rescue Vessel Decked out with High-tech Equipment

 Complete multibeam echo-sounder system and high-speed winch supplied, installed and set to work by MacArtney’s French subsidiary.   A newly built state-of-the-art rescue vessel Sirius operated by VLOOT dab is 45 m long, almost 11 m wide and can reach a speed of 13 knots. Sirius, which has been designed for combating disasters at sea, required a range of high-tech equipment.    The scope of supply for Sirius includes a multibeam echo sounder system comprising a high-resolution multibeam echo sounder, Kongsberg EM 2040 Dual RX, which is a wide band HD shallow water multi-bea

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Valeport: Tide Gauge Sales on the Rise

Valeport has reported a surge in sales of tide gauge equipment in its most recent quarter.   The U.K. manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation said that sales of tide gauge equipment rose 22 percent over the same period in 2016, reporting that sales across its portfolio of tide gauge instrumentation including TideMasters, Radar sensors and the TideStation are significantly ahead of forecast.   Valeport’s tidal observation hub, TideStation, optimizes performance of instrumentation and is designed to be flexible in its configuration and has Valeport&r

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Collaborators Aim to Optimize ROV Operations

Two Norwegian companies have embarked on development and testing of a new underwater power and data connection system that will reduce cost and improve efficiency of vessel-based offshore remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations.   Integrated subsea services provider DOF Subsea and subsea solutions company WiSub have begun cooperation on the development and testing of WiSub’s pinless connection systems in an international initiative to set a new standard in subsea connection.   WiSub patented pinless connection systems deliver power and data electromagnetically across a seawater

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Precision Underwater Laser Scanner for Divers

essential for monitoring structural issues such as progressive degradation or developing repair solutions for damaged infrastructure.   Dr. Grant Thomson, Savante Managing Founder said, “In 2005, we pioneered the development of our first SCUBA-diver operated laser scanner in support of a marine-science research project. The CTS-3D underwater laser scanner represents almost 15 years of continuous underwater laser technology development and enables assets to be surveyed dynamically and in minimal time without the need for mechanical tools such as calipers, rulers or impression-casting tools

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New Seabed Characterization Tool

A new feature of Chesapeak Technology’s SonarWiz 7 is the new Seabed Characterization tool. It now incorporates bathymetric slope, roughness, TPI and any spatially distributed variable that can aid the characterization algorithm to generate classes of texture.  From that, it produces a vector polygon layer that can be exported for use outside SonarWiz. Unlike producing the analysis in a GIS or image processing package, SonarWiz performs the analysis BEFORE the data is mosaiced and geo-referenced. This reduces the impact of artifacts in the nadir and far field, which can be difficult

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Tech File: Kongsberg’s Compact Survey Vessel

GeoSwath 4R system is pre-calibrated so that the survey operation can commence immediately on arrival, and no time is wasted running additional survey lines.    Its shallow draft, high top speed and maneuverability combined with the stability of a catamaran hull make it ideal for use in both marine surveys and on canals, river and lakes. The ability to steer tight survey grids makes it a fast and accurate addition to the surveyor’s portfolio.   The new GeoSwath 4R system offers unsurpassed productivity in shallow waters with at least 12x water depth coverage right up to the waterline

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Noble Drillship Gets a DP Upgrade

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation plc has selected acoustically-aided inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Inc., Houston, for its ultra-deep water drillship Noble Globetrotter I. The Marksman DP-INS system is being used to provide a high integrity, independent subsea position reference for the vessel’s GE DP3 dynamic positioning (DP) system as it drills exploration wells in water depths up to 10,000 feet.   Built in 2011, the Noble Globetrotter I is significantly smaller than a conventional drillship but has the same operational capacity. The reduction in size has

2G Robotics to Aid Mine Countermeasure Ops

2G Robotics said it has been selected to supply AUV-based laser scanning, stills imaging and illumination solutions for HUGIN AUVs to be delivered to the Royal Norwegian Navy as part of a mine countermeasure project.   The dynamic underwater laser scanning solution will be integrated into four HUGIN AUV systems to be delved by Kongsberg Maritime to the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (NDMA), and will assist with the detection, classification and assessment of mines by combining industry-leading accuracy with real-time data acquisition.   2G Robotics will supply the following:

Multi-Physics Imaging routinely provides geologically consistent Earth models, such as this Magnetotelluric conductivity inversion integrated with drilling data to define a hydrocarbon prospect. (Image: CGG)

CGG Launched Multi-Physics Imaging Group

 CGG’s Multi-Physics business line has launched its Multi-Physics Imaging group, consolidating its recognized expertise in multi-physics data processing and interpretation, trusted technical consulting services and specialized commercial software development into a single global team.    As a complement to CGG’s seismic Subsurface Imaging capabilities, Multi-Physics Imaging helps oil and gas, geothermal and mining companies around the world gain a more complete understanding of the subsurface by optimizing the value of non-seismic geophysical data in their exploration

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Seadrill Names Dibowitz CEO

Oslo-listed rig firm Seadrill named a new chief executive from within its own ranks on Wednesday and said its talks to restructure $14 billion of debt and liabilities had reached an advanced stage.   Once the world's most valuable rig firm, Seadrill's business was hard hit when oil companies sharply cut investments and exploration in the wake of a 2014 crash in oil prices.   Anton Dibowitz, current chief commercial officer, will take the top job from July 1, succeeding Per Wullf who will remain a board director, the company said. Dibowitz, a U.S. citizen, joined the company 10 years ago.

(From left to right) Christian Cabos, Head of Department Information Management Technologies at DNV GL – Maritime, Marco Bibuli, Researcher at the Italian research centre CNR-ISSIA, and Volker Bertram, COMPIT Coordinator and Project Manager Engineering Services Newbuilding at the DNV GL Maritime Academy, at the COMPIT awards ceremony in Cardiff. (Credit: Felix Selzer). Photo: DNV GL

Italian Maritime Robotics Expert Bags DNV GL Award

 Marco Bibuli was announced as the winner of the DNV GL COMPIT Award 2017 for smart underwater robotics, which took place in Cardiff this year.    The Italian maritime robotics expert, working at the Italian research center CNR-ISSIA in Genova, was honored for his work on team-capable smart robots.   “The jury singled out Marco Bibuli, because his work brought advanced techniques of Artificial Intelligence to practical applications, representing innovative engineering at its finest. In Bibuli’s applications, the robots are not replacing the human, but act as caddies

RJE International Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation

Following a certification audit of RJE International’s corporate and manufacturing facilities in Irvine, Calif., the company said it has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification.    ISO accreditation is a comprehensive quality management standard covering all main processes within a company, ensuring these processes are not only conducted under controlled conditions, but are also subject to continuous improvement. The goal is to ensure customers receive consistently high quality products and services.   "We are delighted to obtain our ISO certifica

Performance Inflatables Acquires SUBSALVE

Engineered inflatables manufacturer SUBSALVE USA has been acquired by Performance Inflatables Company, and will continue to operate at its current location with its current staff as a subsidiary of Performance Inflatables Company.   “The additional support, resources, and knowledge of Performance Inflatables Company, will provide a force multiplier to SUBSALVE USA to continue and further accelerate its leading position and enhance its new products growth across the world,” said Richard Fryburg the founder of Subsalve USA in 1977 who has assumed the role of Chief Growth Officer.

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New Split Hoist System from Bosch Rexroth

 A new ‘split hoist’ heave compensation system from Bosch Rexroth combines active and passive heave compensation (AHC and PHC) elements with a sophisticated control system to enable AHC functionality to be added to new and existing hoisting installations. Using a modular and mobile design, the new split hoist system is especially interesting for use with existing multi-part reeved hoisting equipment.   The new split hoist heave compensation system supports a much higher working load, while also improving system efficiency by as much as 80 percent, according to the manufacturer.

Surveyor Interceptor ROV on Stril Explorer for pipeline inspections for Nord Stream (Photo: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream)

MMT Wins Pipeline Inspection Work

MMT Sweden said it has secured a three-year contract from Nord Stream AG to inspect both lines of the Nord Stream Pipeline running through the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany. The external inspection of the pipeline will be executed by the joint venture between MMT Sweden and Reach Subsea.   The scope of work, involving approximately 150 days for 2017, includes visual and instrumental inspection of the pipelines with remotely operated vehicles (ROV) over the entire length of the route. The trenched sections and cable crossings of the pipeline will also be inspected. The survey will mainly be

Sulzer’s Middlesbrough Service Center has a dedicated work area which ensures high quality components are correctly assembled and tested. (Photo: Sulzer)

Sulzer: Total Supply Service for ROV Manufacturer

Manufacturing a hydraulic power unit (HPU) that is destined to operate on the ocean floor up to depths of 2,500 meters requires considerable expertise and design excellence in order to deliver reliable and sustained performance. Having provided the build and test service for some time, Sulzer has now taken on the procurement phase of the process to release the client from this time intensive task.   The design and construction of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) is a specialist field and the components used to create the HPUs need to be carefully selected in order to produce a

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Semco Wins Order for Culzean Hook-up

will be responsible for carrying out the electrical work, while the piping and painting work will be carried out by two other companies. The Culzean complex consists of a central processing platform, a wellhead platform, a living quarter platform, which are currently under construction at the Sembcorp Marine yard in Singapore. Production from the natural gas field is expected to commence in 2019. In Singapore Semco Maritime will even now set up a team of hook up specialists to prepare the installation work in order to have everything planned when the platforms arrive in the North Sea next summer, said

Using a new method to distinguish fresh water from oil or salt water, scientists are exploring beneath the continental shelf off New England to look for large pockets of trapped fresh water. This water may be continually filling from groundwater flowing from land or, alternatively, may have been left behind by ice-age glaciers. (Image: Eric S. Taylor, WHOI Graphic Services)

Fresh Water below the Seafloor?

if its gets into the ground, it absorbs iron and other nutrients. So it has a higher nutrient content when it comes out and would be providing nutrients to the ocean.”   This has huge implications for the ocean food web and Earth’s climate. Nutrients fertilize the productivity of tiny marine phytoplankton, which convert carbon dioxide into organic carbon to grow and draw the greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere.   Signs of weakness In some places, the ocean floor has created a watertight seal above freshwater reservoirs for millennia. But like the heft of a river pushing on a

Sonardyne said tight integration between its Syrinx DVL and SPRINT INS will provide accuracy, precision and integrity for Kasetsart University’s long range AUV (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Navigation Chosen for Thai AUV Program

A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) being developed by a joint-research program between PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) and Kasetsart University (KU), Bangkok, Thailand will feature marine robotics navigation technology supplied by Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd, of Singapore.   The order for Sonardyne’s SPRINT inertial navigation system (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) was placed by the PTTEP-KU and will be integrated on a 4,000 meter rated, long endurance AUV being built for applications including pipeline maintenance and oil-spill detection.

Photo: Teledyne Marine

Teledyne, Greensea Partner for ROV Visualization & Control

Teledyne Marine has partnered with Greensea Systems, Inc to unite the intelligence of Greensea's OPENSEA operating platform with many of Teledyne's key technologies. Teledyne Marine Workspace ROV provides a single user interface that enables added functionality and intelligent operation to Teledyne's imaging, instrumentation and navigation solutions for a range of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from observation class to work class. Teledyne Marine Workspace ROV introduces a fully customized interface for ROVs with system-level solutions and built-in intelligent capabilities. Incorporation of

Image: Kraken Sonar

ThunderFish AUV Program Gets $745,000 Boost

in underwater robotics.”   “Technological innovations in sensors, high performance computing and robotics now enable next generation underwater vehicles that are highly autonomous, cost effective, light weight and easier to operate. We look forward to continuing to develop advanced marine technologies and products to meet the ever-evolving demands of our growing customer base.”   RDC is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development (R&D) performance. RDC works with R&D stakeholders including

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