Deepwater Positioning

The CARTHE drifter (Photo: GreenWave Instruments LLC)

Meet the CARTHE Drifter

Surface currents in the upper 1 ocean are very important in driving the fate of marine debris and pollutants but are also challenging to measure. Tracking the upper ocean in an effective manner may require massive deployment of GPS tracked drifter buoys, which until now were expensive, cumbersome and quite polluting themselves (i.e. made of PVC, ABS and Nylon). The CARTHE drifter is an answer to the need for a compact, user-friendly, robust, yet eco-friendly solution. Scientists with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), in collaboration with the

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Oceaneering Adds New Reel Drive System

Oceaneering International, Inc. has taken delivery of an 800-metric-ton SWL (Safe Working Load) reel drive system (RDS) from Maritime Developments (MDL).   The modular system will be used to deploy and retrieve SURF products (subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines) on board the company’s new-built multi-service vessel, Ocean Evolution and joins Oceaneering’s global fleet of flex-lay equipment.   Rated for over 1,300-metric-ton DWL (Dynamic Working Load), the RDS is rated for handling 14m diameter reels weighing 800 metric tons under dynamic, sea-state conditions. The RDS

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Advanced Monitoring Proves Its Capabilities Offshore

New monitoring technology developed by RED Engineering has been used for the first time to improve accuracy, speed and safety during the installation of jacket foundations for wind turbines at the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd project in the Moray Firth, Scotland.   The development by the North East-based firm of engineers features remote proximity sensors to confirm the correct engagement of an internal lifting tool (ILT) in use by Seaway Heavy Lifting, a Subsea 7 company.   These are connected to a remote monitoring system providing improved control of the lifting tool and confirming

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ScanFish ROTV Sensor Payload Expanded by 700%

Designed to function as platform for subsea sensors, the EIVA ScanFish remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) comes standard with a maximum sensor payload of 50 kg. But a design upgrade was needed when marine geophysical-geotechnical service delivery specialist PanGeo Subsea contacted EIVA to discuss the possibility of using the ScanFish together with its Sub-Bottom Imager (SBI) unit, which weighs 300 kg.   The EIVA R&D team took up the challenge in May 2017. Four months later, a ScanFish XL was introduced at the EIVA Days Denmark 2017. The ROTV itself measures 4.33x2.73x2.77 meters. It

Representatives from Magseis visited Sonardyne HQ to discuss the requirements of their next generation seismic node positioning equipment. Left to right: Chis Baxter, Magseis; Trevor Barnes, Sonardyne; Liam Flood, Magseis; Ciaran Moore, Magseis; Stuart French, Magseis); and Jonathan Snook, Magseis (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Awarded Contract from Magseis

Sonardyne International Ltd., UK said it has secured a contract from Magseis to supply seabed node acoustic positioning technology to support an expansion in the Norwegian seismic services company’s deep water survey activities.    The equipment ordered includes a large quantity of Sonardyne’s newly developed SST 6 (Small Seismic Transponder 6), and associated vessel-based acoustic positioning system, Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine). The hardware will be installed and operated by Magseis’ latest crew which is scheduled to be fully operational during the second

The Bourne Tidal Test Site will be installed on the left side of the railroad bridge next to the Army Corps of Engineers secure facility. Photo of the Cape Cod Canal looking from Buzzards Bay to Cape Cod Bay (Image: MRECo)

US Approves First Permanent Tidal Power Test Site

The first permanent tidal power test site in the U.S. has been approved, following several environmental studies and careful review by multiple agencies. The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install the Bourne Tidal Test Site within the Cape Cod Canal.   “The Corps of Engineers has determined that the Bourne Tidal Test Site will have no impact on the critical mission of the Cape Cod Canal and the local environment,” said John Miller, Executive Director of the MRECo.   MRECo expects to install

Martin Klein with a Klein  multibeam side scan sonar. “We were proud that side scan was able to finally replace the old wire drag technology.” (courtesy Martin Klein and the MIT Museum)

Klein's Side Scan Sonar, Then and Now

The company known today as Klein Marine Systems, Inc. has origins stretching back to the 1960s when Marty Klein, who many consider to be the father of side scan sonar, began building his own devices from his home in Lexington, Mass. As this iconic subsea technology company approaches 50, MTR speaks with Marty Klein as well as Klein Marine System’s general manager, Frank Cobis.    When did you realize you were destined for a career in the subsea world? Marty Klein: Wow. It started back in 1961 when I was a senior at MIT and I had to do a thesis. I like to build things, but I

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Applied Acoustics Supplies 500th USBL System

subsea positioning equipment to a major European subsea pipeline contractor.   Contractors working in the Gulf of Finland in the eastern Baltic Sea have selected Applied Acoustics’ Nexus 2 USBL system to carry out sidescan sonar surveys in advance of engineering works as well as for use in marine archaeological operations. The award of this contract marks the 500th USBL system that the Great Yarmouth, U.K. based manufacturer has supplied to the marine industry.   According to the manufacturer, key to the success of the system, and fundamental to its selection as part of this project

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Royal IHC to Build Reel Lay Vessel for Subsea 7

Royal IHC and Subsea 7 have signed a contract for the design and build of a high specification reel lay vessel capable of installing complex rigid flowlines including pipe-in-pipe systems.   IHC said it has worked in close cooperation with Subsea 7 to incorporate several innovative features to make this one of the most technologically advanced vessels to date. The vessel’s compact dimensions are facilitated by the creative positioning of its three engine rooms and main reel, efficient use of the superstructure and low-profile pipelay ramp. The smart use of space opens a large aft working

Exxon's Big Bet on Brazil Oil Could Signal Major Pre-salt Role

Exxon Mobil Corp's big bet on Brazil's offshore Campos basin shows its willingness to pay up to replenish its reserves and may pave the way for hefty bids in October auctions in the country's rich pre-salt areas, analysts said.   Marking a return to Brazilian exploration after a five-year absence, Exxon took eight blocks in the coveted basin, one of Brazil's most productive, at an auction on Wednesday. Six were taken in partnership with state-run Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras).   The auction's record take included an Exxon bid of 2.24 billion reais ($704 million) for one block, Brazil's

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New Offshore Oil Investments Needed to Avoid Shortages -Hess

Higher investments in offshore oil production are critical to avoiding a supply squeeze by 2020, as expanding shale output will not match projected demand increases in the next few years, U.S. oil producer Hess Corp said on Thursday.   The past four years of low oil prices have major producers pulling back on needed offshore investment, and the gap between supply and demand should help prices rebound, Hess Chief Operating Officer Greg Hill said at an energy conference at Rice University's Baker Institute.   "The world is going to have to invest in more than shale," said Hill

The overall effect diagram of New Buoyant Tower solution with storage (Photo: Wison)

Wison Launches Buoyant Tower Solutions with Storage

Wison Offshore & Marine has developed a new Buoyant Tower solution with condensate or oil storage, adopting Wison’s proprietary Buoyant Tower technology. This floating concept provides a new economic and reliable option for the oil and gas development in the shallow to medium-depth waters.   Originally invented by Ed Horton and Lyle Finn, the Buoyant Tower technology was first applied to BPZ CX-15 project offshore Peru when both Ed and Lyle worked for Horton Wison Deepwater Inc. (HWD), now renamed as Wison Offshore Technology Inc. with 130+ patents originated by Ed Horton and his

CGG Completes Perdido Subsalt Survey for Pemex

CGG has completed ahead of schedule an 11,500 sq km wide-azimuth (WAZ) survey on behalf of Pemex in the deepwater Perdido area. This new survey has been acquired perpendicularly to existing WAZ data and the combined Imaging of this first large-scale orthogonal WAZ data set is expected to provide significantly enhanced subsalt imaging results. A fast-track TTI RTM image for the first block of approximately 5,200 sq. km was delivered earlier than planned, helping to guide the client’s drilling operations. This landmark survey also saw the first deployment of Sercel’s QuietSea next-genera

GeoSphere data log shows the layered formation structure in the well. (Image: SLB)

GeoSphere: Mapping-while-drilling Evolution

that take advantage of the ever-increasing technical complexity combining mechanical, electrica, and software systems that are implemented downhole. These achievements helps the users gain a better understanding of the reservoir while bring drilling into a new area of efficiency and cost savings. Marine Technology Reporter’s Correspondent in Brazil spoke to Jean Seydoux, Program Manager for Advanced Reservoir Mapping Technologies for Drilling and Measurement at Schlumberger, about their GeoSphere Mapping-While-Drilling Service.   What were the breakthroughs in this technology&rsquo

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Aquabotix Adds New Global Distributors

UUV Aquabotix Ltd has added Deekay Marine Services, Pvt. Ltd as an exclusive representative for Aquabotix in India. A provider of support and services to marine industries in India for more than three decades, Deekay Marine Services is involved in various marine sectors, including hydrography, oceanography, surveillance systems, coastal security systems, engineering and marine surveying services.   Deekay Marine Services is the fourth distributor added to Aquabotix’s global network in the recent month, under the guidance of the new Chief Development Officer Ted Curley. The other new

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Total, Chevron Team up in Gulf of Mexico Oil Exploration

 Total announced that its subsidiary, TOTAL E&P USA, INC., has entered into an agreement to capture seven prospects operated by CHEVRON U.S.A. INC. in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The agreement covers 16 blocks.   The associated prospects are located in two promising plays and areas of the GoM: Wilcox in Central GoM next to the Anchor discovery, and Norphlet in Eastern GoM nearby to the Appomattox discovery. Total’s participation in these wells will be between 25 percentand 40 percent.The first of these wells was spudded late July on the Ballymore prospect in Mississippi Canyon.

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Case Study: High Accuracy Survey under Bridges

Client: WSA Berlin Application: Hydrography/Charting Product: Apogee-E Inertial Navigation System Project: Multibeam echo sounder stabilization and data georeferencing   The vessel Spreegrund, property of WSA Berlin, has been equipped by MBT, part of MacArtney group, with state-of- the-art equipment including the Apogee-E, the highest accuracy inertial navigation system from SBG. One of the main goals was to obtain very good results when surveying under bridges.    The catamaran survey vessel named Spreegrund serves as survey vessel on German lakes, adjacent canals and

Oceanscan Invests in Applanix Multibeam and INS

Swathe Services announced that Oceanscan has recently made a significant investment for an R2Sonic 2022 digital wideband multibeam system with integrated I2NS (POS MV Wavemaster) INS.    The Sonic 2022 is portable, the compact form factor making it ideal for integration into AUV, ROV, or small boat operations with a range up to 400m of water.    The 3,000m-rated Sonic 2022 unit is fitted with the 700 kHz UHR Option, Truepix backscatter and raw water column detect, making it an ideal high-resolution sonar. When UHR is selected, the beam width is 0.6° x 0.6° providing

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Torgersen Joins Phoenix International

will be spearheading the effort to transition Phoenix from our current ISO 9001:2008 certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard.   Torgersen comes to Phoenix with over 20 years of experience in Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental (QHSE) and regulatory affairs and is a retired Master Mariner (Unlimited Tonnage, Oceans). He is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans with a Master of Quality Management (MQM) and holds a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Marine Transportation Management from the State University of New York. Additionally, he was honorably discharged from

RTsys Deploys Acoustic Buoys in Europe

wind farms therefore have a tool to manage construction work, enabling them to make quick and reliable decisions.   Three years after the initial tests were carried out, RTsys acoustic buoys are now used on many offshore wind farms throughout North West Europe. Within the context of renewable marine energy development, the reliability of its products and real-time monitoring has been very successful

The Central Azeri Platform. (Photo: Stuart Conway / BP)

25 More Years in the ACG Field

Statoil, together with co-venturers and the Azerbaijan Government sign amended and restated Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli PSA.   The Azerbaijan Government and the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) together with BP, Statoil, Chevron, INPEX, ExxonMobil, TPAO, ITOCHU and ONGC Videsh today sign the amended and restated Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) which will be effective until the end of 2049. The agreement was signed today in Baku and is now subject to ratification by the Parliament (Milli Majlis) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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Japan’s KCS Orders New Cable Lay Vessel

A keel laying ceremony held on September 7, 2017 at Colombo Dockyard PLC in Sri Lanka signaled the start of construction on a new cable lay vessel for Japanese owner Kokusai Cable Ship Co. Ltd (KCS).   Vard Design secured the ship design contract with builder Colombo Dockyard for KCS’s newest vessel, a VARD 9 01 design tailor-made for installation and repair of subsea telecom cables, with a high capacity below-deck cable carousel.   Developed in close cooperation with the ship owner, the shipyard and key suppliers, the new vessel will be constructed in full accordance with ClassNK

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Stetkiewicz Joins FarSounder in Marketing Role

FarSounder, a marine electronics manufacturer specializing in underwater acoustics, has hired Cassie Stetkiewicz as its new Marketing, Communications and Relationship Manager.   In her new position, Stetkiewicz will work closely with the CEO and Director of Global Sales playing an integral role in marketing, advertising, trade show organization, public relations and the development of client relationships.   Stetkiewicz joins FarSounder from the Rhode Island based worldwide tour operator, Collette.

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Ashtead Names Lestrange UK Regional Director

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has hired Brett Lestrange as its new U.K. regional director, responsible for leading the company’s U.K. sales and technical teams. He will be based in Aberdeen.   Bringing to the role more than 25 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Lestrange joins Ashtead from HCS Control Systems where he held the position of chief executive officer. Prior to this, he was a founding partner of Frontrow Energy Partners and held a number of senior and technical positions at Expro Group, including head of subsea. Originally from Sydney, Australia

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Thales Invests to Advance Autonomy

Thales is announcing a major commitment to develop future autonomous and unmanned technology across air and sea by investing in two new UK-based trials and training centers.   Following Thales’s successful trials during the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise in 2016, Thales is now investing in two trials and training centres based in West Wales and in South-West England to test and develop autonomous systems for both military and civil activities.   "Investing in these facilities enables the safe test, evaluation and training of autonomous platforms, innovative

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MOU for Offshore Wind Development in Taiwan

Global Maritime, a provider of offshore marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a number of Taiwanese organizations to develop closer cooperation on offshore wind technologies including marine warranty surveys, inspections and testing services.    The signatories to the MOU with Global Maritime included Taiwan’s CR Classification Society (CR); the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre (MIRDC); the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER); the Taiwan Electric Research & Testing Center (TERTEC);

Designed by Keppel Offshore & Marine and built by Baku Shipyard, the state-of-the-art subsea construction vessel, Khankendi, will install the biggest subsea production system in the Caspian Sea (Photo: Keppel)

Subsea Construction Vessel Launched in Azerbaijan

The vessel was named Khankendi by the President of Azerbaijan, H.E. Ilham Aliyev, at a ceremony in Baku Shipyard and launched by the Shah Deniz consortium.   Baku Shipyard LLC, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC), has completed a Subsea Construction Vessel (SCV) for the Caspian region.   The Khankendi will be deployed to the Shah Deniz field where it is expected to perform subsea installation and construction work over the next eleven years. The SCV was specifical

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Aqueos Names Palmer Special Projects Manager

Subsea services firm Aqueos Corporation said it has appointed Allan Palmer to the position of Project Manager-Special Projects.   “[Palmer’s] 43 years of industry experience complements our existing team of strong project managers, and it increases our technical sales capabilities to our client base in Houston,” said Ted Roche, Aqueos President and CEO.

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Seatools Upgrades FPROV on Van Oord’s FFPV Stornes

In June of this year, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Seatools completed the upgrade of the fall pipe ROV installed on Van Oord’s flexible fall pipe vessel Stornes. The depth upgrade enables Van Oord to perform precision rock installation in water depths of up to 2,100 meters.   Seatools initially delivered the fall pipe ROV in 2007, with a depth rating of 1,350 meters. Over the years, the 300 kW fall pipe ROV, executed with a range of dynamic positioning modes such as auto-heading, auto-track, and auto-swing, successfully performed precision rock installation operations in

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Pharos Offshore Names Warder COO

Pharos Offshore announced Andy Warder has joined the team as Chief Operations Officer with immediate effect.   Warder joins Pharos with over 25 years’ experience in the offshore industry holding senior and executive management positions with a track record of successfully growing his business units and providing strong support and solutions to Clients predominantly throughout the Asia Pacific regions.  

The SWiFT SVP is the latest profiler from Valeport, featuring Bluetooth comms, a rechargeable battery, integral GPS and LED status indicators (Photo: Valeport)

Oceanscan Offering New Valeport Sensors

Oceanscan, a provider of sales and rentals of subsea, survey, NDT, inspection and ROV equipment, has extended its service offering with an investment in a range of new products from marine instrument manufacturer Valeport.    Among Oceanscan’s new equipment is Valeport’s SWiFT SVP, the SVX2 combined CTD/SVP and the miniIPS Intelligent Pressure Sensor.   The acquisition will replace legacy systems, and as part of the company’s investment, three Oceanscan technicians will receive bespoke training from Valeport to help clients get the best performance from the new

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TechnipFMC Wins West White Rose Contract

TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract from Husky Energy for the West White Rose Project in Eastern Canada. The contract covers the supply and installation of subsea equipment including tie-in manifolds, flexible flowlines, and control umbilicals, which will connect the recently announced West White Rose Platform to the existing SeaRose FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel. Hallvard Hasselknippe, President Subsea Projects for TechnipFMC, said, the contract "continues TechnipFMC’s strong positioning

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Trelleborg Suite Supplied to Prelude FLNG

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has supplied a suite of products to Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility, the largest offshore facility ever constructed. Prelude, which is 488 meters long, 74 meters wide, and made with more than 260,000 tons of steel, will extract and liquefy natural gas from a site in North West Australia.   Trelleborg supplied its gas transfer technology and SafePilot navigational and piloting systems for Prelude.   “Our SafePilot solution, SSL, ESL and radio ESD for tandem condensate offload have been used on Shell’s Prelude FLNG,” said

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N-Sea Begins Work in Cameroonian Offshore Market

Subsea services provider N-Sea said it has begun work in the Cameroonian offshore market, via a contract win with Dutch offshore lifting and transportation company Jumbo Offshore.   With phase one completed in mid-July, the project takes place off the shores of Cameroon’s South Province, as a part of the Hilli Episeyo Subsea Soft Yoke Installation. N-Sea’s workscope comprises diving and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) support, performing all subsea installation of the soft yoke system.    The activity N-Sea will perform on the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG)

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Ty-Met Cable Ties Help Maintain Position in High-vibration Applications

channel provides a path for trace wire that protects against crushing and short circuits. Other features include the ball-lock fastening mechanism that is easily assembled and adjusted for tension. Ty-Met stainless steel retained-tension ball-lock cable ties are available in Type 304 stainless steel and marine-grade Type 316 stainless steel. Ty-Met stainless steel retained-tension ball-lock cable ties can be installed with T&B DAS-250 application tools

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Did Dispersants Help Responders Breathe Easier at Deepwater Horizon?

diminish oil slicks on the surface, causing less oil to taint shoreline beaches and marshes. In a new study, we reveal a key benefit of using dispersants: the subsea dispersant injection likely allowed emergency responders literally to breathe easier.   Chemical dispersants have been applied to marine oil spills for at least a half century, but the debate recently has become more politicized and acrimonious. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) warned about this in its 2005 study: Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects, predicting that “political issues” would become a factor

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IKM Cleandrill to Start Operations in Azerbaijan

 IKM Cleandrill is slated to begin its first offshore operations in the Caspian Sea in early 2018, after having been awarded a contract for riserless mud circulating system services by Total E&P ABSHERON BV on behalf of Joined Operating Company for Absheron Project (JOCAP), a 50/50 joint venture between SOCAR and Total. IKM said the contract will include the installation of its MRR500 mud recovery system onto a new semisubmersible drill rig, and provision of subsea drilling fluid pumping services as part of Absheron Project’s drilling campaign in the Republic of Azerbaijan. IKM

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Nexans’ New Cable-Layer under Construction

Nexans said construction has started on its new cable-laying vessel for submarine HV cable systems installation. The vessel is being built by Croatia-based shipyard ULJANIK Group and is expected to be delivered and start operations by Q3 2020.   The high capacity vessel is designed for worldwide installation of large volumes of HVDC and HVAC cable systems, covering the complete Nexans submarine product range, and has a 10 000-ton capacity turntable.   Designed by consulting agency Skipsteknisk AS, the new ship delivers a high degree of redundancy in power and propulsion, including the

Weatherford Names Blanchard COO

Oilfield services provider Weatherford International plc has appointed Karl Blanchard as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he will oversee all region and product line operations; quality, health, safety, security and environment; sales; engineering, research and development; and supply chain.   Blanchard brings with him more than 35 years in the oilfield services sector. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Seventy Seven Energy, where he oversaw drilling, pressure-pumping and rental tool operations. Previously, he spent more than 30 years at

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 will support the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s work by enabling science teams to precisely monitor the position of underwater systems including Boaty McBoatface. (Image: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Ranger 2 for RRS Sir David Attenborough

engineering services, Rolls Royce is supplying a comprehensive package of control systems and equipment for the vessel, including the DP system. This will utilize data from Ranger 2 to maintain a stable vessel position as equipment and vehicles are deployed and recovered in some of the most challenging marine environments on the planet.   Sonardyne’s contract includes the supply of two through-hull deployment machines, seafloor and vehicle-mounted tracking transponders, and topside control hardware and software. The first equipment deliveries to Cammell Laird for integration into the vessel

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USS Indianapolis Wreckage Located

philanthropist Paul G. Allen have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945.   This is a significant discovery considering the depth of the water in which the ship was lost - more than 18,000 feet. Around 800 of the ship's 1,196 Sailors and Marines survived the sinking, but after four to five days in the water - suffering exposure, dehydration, drowning and shark attacks - only 316 survived.    The wreck was located by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, which is owned by Allen, 5,500 meters below the surface,

Aquabotix Names Curley CDO

and his duties include overseeing all facets of the sales and business development functions.    Curley is a top producing sales and marketing leader in the unmanned underwater industry, with over 25 years sales experience. Most recently Curley was Director of Sales - Vehicles at Teledyne Marine, a division of Teledyne Technologies, Inc. Previously, he served as Regional Sales Manager at Teledyne TSS Ltd (UK) and Sales and Marketing Manager at EPC Laboratories, Inc.   Curley has a BA in Communications from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. 

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Latest Gulf of Mexico Auction Signals Offshore Return

Major oil producers pushed up high bids at a Gulf of Mexico offshore auction to $121 million on Wednesday, a nearly seven-fold increase from a year ago, as their return to deep water exploration gained momentum.   This compared with $18 million in high bids at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) Outer Continental Shelf auction last summer.   Winners will be announced after a 90-day review.   Some producers have signaled that they expect Gulf of Mexico projects to become more profitable now that they have trimmed operations to adapt to low oil prices. Offshore drilling

Reliable and constant measurements of environmental currents and other oceanographic environmental conditions can markedly improve the performance of fish farms in Chile. (Photo: Nortek)

Maximizing the Potential of Chile's Fish Farms

How the right measurement technology can help Chile’s aquaculture industry fulfill its potential   Climate change is just one of the challenges that ports in Chile increasingly have to deal with, and an investment in the latest Doppler technology and online systems has proven to be a significant benefit for its ports. How can Chile’s aquaculture industry maximize this technology’s potential?    From the early 1990s to 2007, Chile’s aquaculture took off, and by 2006 it was producing 38 percent of the world’s salmon. Now, the country produces 1.4-1.

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Boskalis Acquires Subsea Survey Firm Gardline

Netherlands based Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. said it has acquired all shares of the U.K. based Gardline Group, a firm specializing in marine geophysical surveys, offshore geotechnical services and environmental surveys. The consideration paid including assumed debt amounts to approximately £40 million ($51.4 million).   Gardline was established in 1969 and was a second-generation family-owned business with principal offices in Great Yarmouth, U.K. with further activities in the U.S., Brazil and Singapore. The company operates 15 survey related vessels in addition to 25 smaller

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Ocean Power Technologies Establishes Houston Presence

New Jersey based Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) said it has established a presence in Houston to more effectively support the company’s oil and gas business development activities.   The company’s daily business development activities in Houston will be managed by OPT’s new Director of Global Applications, David Marchetti, who work with customers to understand their challenges and develop unique solutions which integrate the OPT PowerBuoy to support customer subsea remote offshore operations from concept through deployment and beyond.   OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy

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Bluestream Secures Annual IRM Contract of Total E&P Netherlands

Following a tendering process, Den Helder-based Bluestream has been awarded the 2017 Inspect Repair and Maintenance contract with Total E&P Nederland B.V. for 36 offshore sites. The contract is part of a long term frame agreement and is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between Bluestream and Total EP that has been in place since 2009. The work scope covers the subsea inspection of 29 platform structures and seven free standing domes on the North Sea Dutch Continental Shelf. Additionally an experienced Bluestream rope access team will inspect structures of the topsides which are

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Undersea Technology: A Strategic Rhode Island Advantage

 In 1869, the U.S. Navy’s first research facility—the Naval Torpedo Station—was built on Newport, Rhode Island’s Goat Island. This rich history continues today, as the state is home to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, which provides the technical foundation to ensure the U.S. Navy’s undersea superiority. Fitting for “the Ocean State,” we have identified more than 170 Rhode Island organizations that touch undersea technology—and we believe that is a conservative count. We are a cluster leader not just in New England but indeed in the entire country.

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ROV Used for Cherry Lake Dam Inspection

A Phantom T4H remotely operated vehicle (ROV), designed and built by Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., has completed an inspection of the intake riser at Cherry Lake Dam near Yosemite in California.   The dam, built in 1956, has provided water and power to the San Francisco Bay Area, Modesto and Turlock districts for over 60 years, and the structure has not been seen since its construction. The Phantom T4H ROV documented the state of the dam’s water intake riser and the position of the gates at a depth of 258 feet (78.6m), about a quarter of the ROV’s rated capability.   The

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Kongsberg Control System for New SEA-KIT USV

Kongsberg’s latest marine robotics innovation, the new autonomous surface vehicle control system K-MATE, is to be integrated with SEA-KIT, a new class of maritime autonomous surface vessel being built by U.K. manufacturer Hushcraft and operated by SEA-KIT International.   SEA-KIT is a USV that can carry a deployable and retrievable payload of up to 2.5 tons. It is based on the AUV-USV concept, which could lead to more efficient, safer and cost-effective seafloor mapping operations, as well as providing a platform for numerous applications in a wide range of maritime sectors.   The

The scientific base of Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, as seen from the sea. The future Satellite Ranging Station will be located between the two antennas visible in the image. Credits: Norwegian Mapping Authority/Per Erik Opseth. Photo: NASA

NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

 NASA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art satellite laser ranging station 650 miles from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, help track changes in the ice sheets and improve the efficiency of marine transportation and agriculture.   The Arctic station will be the latest addition to a global network of space geodetic stations, which measure and monitor the size and shape of Earth, its orientation in space, the exact location of points on its surface and how these locations change over time. Space

A 3-D image from NOAA Ship Fairweather multi-beam sonar. The profile of the F/V Destination is clearly visible, including the bulbous bow to the right, the forward house and mast, equipment (likely crab pots) stacked amidships, the deck crane aft, and the skeg and rudder. (Image: NOAA)

Crab Fishing Vessel Wreck Found off Alaska

 Two NOAA ships, en route to scientific missions in Alaskan waters, helped locate the missing fishing vessel Destination at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation. The Destination and its six crew members were lost February 11, 2017, while fishing for snow crab northwest of St. George, Alaska.   NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, a fisheries survey vessel, conducted the first survey from April 30 through May 1. The Dyson used its multibeam echo sounder to search the area around the last known position of the Destination. While the ship was not able to positively identify any

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EdgeTech Upgrades its Sonar Software

EdgeTech enhances Discover software with new coverage mapper and target logger   EdgeTech, producer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, has released a new version of its Discover sonar software. The new software coverage mapper module has advanced navigation features allowing the setup of survey lines with a left/right steering indicator to assist in survey line control. Background navigation charts and other imagery such as multibeam bathymetry and satellite imagery can be layered or blended with individual transparency control, a feature unique to this software.

CS Recorder (Photo: Global Marine Group)

GMG Completes Cable Burial Work off the Netherlands

 Utilizing the Q1000, CS Recorder completes cable burial project in three weeks   Global Marine Group (GMG), a provider of offshore engineering services to the renewables, telecommunications and oil and gas industries, said it has completed a remedial cable burial project for Prinses Amaliawindpark (PAWP), a wind farm off the Netherlands’ West Coast. PAWP covers an area of around 14km2 and comprises of 60 wind turbines that are connected by eight in-field cable strings that converge at the central offshore high voltage station.   The project, operated by Eneco, an energy

Harry Barnhum (Photo: InterAct)

Barnum Joins InterAct PMTI

InterAct, an Acteon company, announced that Harry Barnhum, P.G., has joined its team as a Principal Consultant and Regulatory Manager.   A licensed professional geologist, Barnum has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has managed all aspects of oil field development, including reservoir analysis, drilling and facility optimization, waterflood and steamflood injection program design, property valuation, regulatory and safety compliance, training, mapping and field engineering. He has managed both onshore and offshore oil production facilities and has written and implemente

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Seatools Automated Anode Cage Installation Tool for GeoSea

Subsea technology company Seatools said it has been awarded a contract from GeoSea for the design and delivery of an automated anode cage installation tool to be used in the Hohe See offshore wind farm construction.   The highly automated anode cage installation aid, designed in close collaboration with engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contractor GeoSea, will be deployed to help accurately position, direct and fasten 71 anode cages for Hohe See wind farm without divers or remotely operated vehicles (ROV).    According to Seatools, GeoSea will benefit

Fugro’s bathymetric survey has produced unique seafloor data for this scientific image, showing the Diamantina Escarpment, with specific geological features labelled. (Photo: Fugro)

Unique Seafloor Data Provides Insight to Scientific Communities

for missing flight MH370, has provided a detailed map of the seafloor topography in the search area. Following the disappearance in March 2014 of the Malaysia Airlines flight, the southern Indian Ocean search, led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), was acknowledged as one of the largest marine surveys ever conducted. Geoscience Australia supported the ATSB, providing specialist advice and capability and an understanding of the remote environment in which the search was conducted. Fugro deployed specialist survey vessels, equipped with sidescan and multibeam sonar equipment mounted on

Matthew Wilson (Photo: QPS)

Wilson Joins QPS Sales Team

QPS has hired Matthew J. Wilson in a marketing and sales position at QPS-US Inc, effective September 1, 2017.   Wilson joins QPS from NOAA Office of Coast Survey, Atlantic Hydrographic Branch, Norfolk, Va. where he is served as a Physical Scientist since 2008.   Wilson received a M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in December 2016, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. He has a M.S. in Ocean Mapping from University of New Hampshire, December 2012.

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Deepwater Atlantic Habitats Study Commissioned

 TDI-Brooks International, Inc. said it has been awarded an interagency five year, multimillion dollar study focusing on the exploration and investigation of deepwater biological communities located in U.S. federal waters of the northwest Atlantic Ocean, potentially including offshore Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.   The study, entitled “Deepwater Atlantic Habitats II: Continued Atlantic Research and Exploration in Deepwater Ecosystems with Focus on Coral, Canyon and Seep Communities,” is being funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Artist impression Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) for the Australian Antarctic Division.  (Photo: Radio Holland)

IT Package Ordered for Australian Arctic Research Ship

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS, Vlissingen) has awarded Radio Holland a contract to supply the IT systems on board the state-of-the-art Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) newbuild for the Australian Antarctic Division.   The 160m ASRV is a survey vessel which combines icebreaking, survey and supply activities. The vessel will be able to break ice up to 1.65 meters at a speed of 3 knots and will supply Australia’s permanent research stations in Antarctica and Macquarie Island with cargo, equipment and personnel.   Radio Holland said it will deliver a large IT infrastructu

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