Deepwater Positioning

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

Coda Octopus Debuts Echoscope4G C500 Inspector System

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

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Ocean Energy Europe Names Co-Presidents, Directors

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

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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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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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Elbit Systems Completes Acquisition of Sparton for $380M

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, completed the acquisition of Sparton Corporation from an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. for a purchase price of $380 million. The closing follows receipt of all the required approvals, including receipt of U.S. Government and regulatory approvals.Headquartered in De Leon Springs, Florida, U.S., Sparton is a developer, producer and supplier of systems supporting Undersea Warfare for the U.S. Navy and allied military forces.Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems President & CEO, commented: “The

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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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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

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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Forum's Arctic Research ROV Completes Sea Trials

pandemic has postponed some of its current work until next year.Primarily funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation through Université Laval, the first multidisciplinary expedition of the new ROV this year will allow a contingent of scientists from national research teams to study the marine and coastal environments of the Canadian and Greenlandic waters.“The Comanche 38 will become a flagship equipment of the CCGS Amundsen for many years to come. We anticipate that it will be used in support of several cutting-edge research projects that aim to better understand the biodiversity

James Fisher Launches Renewables Business

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

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Remote Control: ROAM enables Remote Fusion 2 Survey Ops in the GOM

Sonardyne reports successfully providing remote Fusion 2 survey operations capability on a live subsea construction campaign in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Using its new Remote Operations Access Module (ROAM), Sonardyne surveyors based in the UK were able to remotely access and operate the Fusion 2 survey and construction software onboard Subsea 7 vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, significant from the Sonardyne perspective as it de-risks the upgrade to Fusion 2, mitigating international travel restrictions road blocks.Fusion 2 is designed to streamline offshore field development operations by reducing the

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

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RBR Hires Kumhyr as VP of Sales and Marketing

Ottawa-based oceanographic instrumentation company RBR Ltd. said it has hired John Kumhyr as its new vice president of sales and marketing.Kumhyr will lead RBR’s technical sales team, focusing on global market growth and breaking into untapped markets, the company said.“A strong background, sales talent, and a highly personable leader, John will excel in this role and help take RBR to the proverbial ‘next level’,” said Greg Johnson, president of RBR.Having completed a joint honors degree in electrical engineering and business from McMaster University, Kumhyr started his

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MacArtney UK Names Murray Head of Sales

MacArtney UK appointed Kevin Murray as the Head of Sales. Murray will work closely with Managing Director, Phil Middleton, in the strategic leadership of sales activity within the business and will contribute towards the ambitious plans for growth. He will be responsible for the development of sales with new and existing clients and bring a new dynamic to the businessMurray has extensive sales and business development experience in energy hubs throughout the globe, will be joining the Group in its Aberdeen office on March 8. His new position as Head of Sales is one which MacArtney UK’s Managing

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

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

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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

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WHOI Names Kathryn Link VP & CFO

Kathryn Link has been named vice president for operations and chief financial officer of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), a private, nonprofit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering and higher education.Effective March 8, Link will act as financial and strategy advisor to help lead and support academic research enterprises across the institution. She comes to WHOI from the Broad Institute, where she led a team responsible for strategic management of research funding.“We are thrilled to welcome Kathryn to WHOI, where we are certain she will make an

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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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Eni Hires Fugro for Offshore Surveys in Angola

the Fugro Scout, designed for seabed sampling and in situ testing in water depths up to 3000 m, has embarked on a deepwater environmental survey to acquire, analyse and interpret sediment and water samples from Eni Angola’s Agogo field development. During the survey operations, specialist marine fauna observers (MFOs) will monitor the marine mammals, turtles and seabirds that can be found in the area, and the study will gather key environmental baseline data on offshore Angola’s benthic communities, physicochemical sediment characteristics, and water column productivity. The resulting

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Alfa Laval's Pumping Systems to Support Seagreen Wind Farm Installation

our Framo pumping systems used in suction bucket foundations to wind farms is an important milestone for us as it cements our position in this application and takes our long-proven and validated technology from offshore oil platforms to renewable applications," says Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division. "Our knowledge and experience from delivering innovative and reliable products to the offshore industry is now also making a difference within renewable energy, to the benefit of our customers and the environment."

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Trelleborg Sells Offshore Oil and Gas Business in England

Sweden-based engineering group Trelleborg said Monday it had signed an agreement and finalized the divestment of its offshore oil and gas operation in Skelmersdale, England."The company is part of the overall offshore operation in the Businesses Under Development reporting segment. The buyers are individuals holding senior positions in the U.K. offshore business being sold. The divestment is part of Trelleborg’s strategy to focus on selected market segments," Trelleborg said.According to Trelleborg, the divested company had annual sales of approximately SEK 580 million (around $68

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Teledyne Webb Research Hires Quinn, Goodrich

Teledyne Marine announced it has hired two new members to the Teledyne Webb Research Glider team. Shea Quinn joins the team as the new Product Line Manager, and Cordielyn Goodrich joins the group as a Customer Support Applications Engineer and member of the Glider Support Team.Quinn will be responsible for driving the product line development for the gliders and bringing voice of customer to the engineering and development process within the company. he will support the outside sales teams, agents and customer base to assure that the products that are delivered meet customer expectations and specificati

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UTEC Nets Coral Sul Survey Work Offshore Mozambique

UTEC, an offshore energy survey firm, has won a survey contract in Mozambique to support the development of Eni's Coral Sul ultra-deepwater FLNG development. Under the contract, awarded by oilfield services giant TechnipFMC, UTEC will be responsible for pre-lay surveys; long baseline array installation and calibration; survey and positioning support; support for the installation of manifold foundation piles, manifolds, tether piles, flexible lines, umbilicals, wellhead jumpers and flying leads; pre-commissioning operations surveys; and riser hook-up and as-built surveys.UTEC, an Acteon company

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Rovco in Management Shift as CEO Set to Lead New Robotics firm Vaarst

Rovco, a UK-based provider of ROV services to the offshore energy industry, on Thursday said its CEO would lead a new start-up technology company, Vaarst, which will be looking for business opportunities in the wider industrial robotics sectors. Rovco also announced a management shift as part of the Vaarst launch. Simon Miller will take over as new Managing Director of Rovco, while the newly appointed CFO and Director, Nick Boorman will lead the group alongside CEO, Brian Allen, who turns his attention to the development of Vaarst.Simon Miller, newly appointed MD, has previously served as General

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Subsea LiDar Specialist Ventures into Offshore Geophysical Survey Business

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

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HydroSurv, Sonardyne in 'Transformative' USV Tech Collab for Offshore Industry

Uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) specialist HydroSurv Unmanned Survey has teamed up with marine technology specialist Sonardyne to develop and demonstrate what the companies say will be transformative seabed-to-shore sensing and data acquisition technologies for offshore operations.The project is part-funded by Innovate UK. HydroSurv’s REAV-40 USV will be paired with intelligent seafloor and vessel-mounted instruments from Sonardyne. These will then be used in combination with internet-based cloud- services to provide an end-to-end seabed-data-to-shore service initially targeted towards the

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TechnipFMC Splits the Company in Two

Oilfield services company TechnipFMC on Tuesday said it had completed its spin-off transaction to create two independent, publicly traded companies, TechnipFMC and Technip Energies.TechnipFMC, created in 2017 through a merger between France-based Technip and U.S.-based FMC Technologies, announced its intention to separate into two independent public firms in August 2019 - one focused on upstream activities - Technip FMC - the other on midstream and downstream - Technip Energies.According to the company's detailed description, Technip Energies an Engineering & Technology company for the energy

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Magseis Fairfield in Deepwater Survey Gig, Offshore Angola

Oslo-listed seismic services company Magseis Fairfield has said it has won a seismic survey contract offshore Angola.The contract, with an unnamed "major international energy company" is for a deep-water Ocean Bottom Node baseline survey (3D).The project is expected to start in Q2-2021 and run for approximately three months.Carel Hooijkaas in Magseis Fairfield CEO said: “Our Ocean Bottom Node technology has delivered high quality and cost-effective data to clients worldwide, and we are glad to bring onboard yet another major international energy company to our customer list. This

Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav was used on a SEA-KIT X class for DASA demonstration project. Photo from Sonardyne.

Autonomous Navigation – with or without GNSS

current optimally without GNSS significantly reduces the risk of performing ROV and AUV deployments from USV host platforms.A good example of this is the Armada fleet, being built by Ocean Infinity. The first wave of the fleet will host our Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) positioning system and Marine Robotics pack, which will enable all-in-one tracking, communications and control capability for underwater payload robotics from the Armada vessels. In addition, the vessels will be fitted with SPRINT-Nav, to provide continuous, uninterrupted navigational aiding to underpin safe remote operations

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Ocean Power Technologies Buys Offshore Engineering firm 3Dent

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

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EvoLogics Releases SiNAPS 2 Acoustic Positioning Software

EvoLogics released SiNAPS 2, an upgraded underwater acoustic positioning software.Rebuilt from scratch, it comes with a more powerful and efficient data engine with improved positioning accuracy. The updated user interface and intuitive workflows allow for easier onboarding and system integration.SiNAPS 2 isupports USBL, LBL, and advanced hybrid positioning methods. The software is designed to be intuitive and fast to configure even for complex scenarios and comes with built-in system calibration tools. With SiNAPS, it is possible to manage multiple databases and maintain separate data sets. Automation

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Fugro Taps Sonardyne for Its Uncrewed Vessel Ops

positioning and communications technology from Sonardyne to support its global fleet of uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).  Fugro will integrate Sonardyne’s Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) positioning system, configured with the company’s Marine Robotics software extension pack, into its new 12 m-long Blue Essence USV, of which the first vessel will be delivered to Fugro’s base in Perth in February.“The integration of Sonardyne’s positioning system into our unique remote inspection offering, which combines the Blue Essence

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ORE Catapult taps Oceanspace Communication for PR Services

The UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Selects Oceanspace Communications for Public Relations & Campaign SupportSpecialist maritime and offshore PR firm joins new team tasked with elevating the British businesses, people and technologies leading the charge against global warmingThe Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has appointed Oceanspace Communications to its new Public Relations, Graphic Design and Filmography Framework Agreement to provide Public Relations & Campaign Support services. The Bournemouth-based agency joined the new framework this month, following a nationwide

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Kongsberg Tech for China-built Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Unit

;s motion control, propulsion and dynamic positioning functionalities to maintain operability in all conditions," the company said.VIDEO: Huisman's Crane for OIM Wind's Offshore Wind Installation Vessel"Monitoring and controlling of the KM components will be handled by a K-Chief 700 marine automation system, and the company’s scope of delivery is rounded out with a comprehensive Digital Solution with a new planning, advisory, monitoring and reporting tool to improve the safety and operation of the vessel," Kongsberg added.Further, included in the delivery are Bergen LNG

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Allseas' Subsea Mining Ship Project is Moving Forward

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

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Brix Marine Building Research Vessel for Northrop Grumman

Boatbuilder Brix Marine (formerly Armstrong Marine USA) has been contracted by aerospace and defense technology company, Northrop Grumman, to build a catamaran survey-research vessel, slated for fall 2021 completion.The 44- by 16-foot vessel is Brix’s third IPS-drive catamaran; the first two were 4216-CTC models, both delivered in 2019, to UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography (R/V Bob and Betty Beyster) and Orca Maritime, Inc. (R/V Benthic Cat), respectively.Northrop Grumman said they will utilize the vessel for testing commercial navigation systems, undersea and aviation

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Reach Subsea Working on Unmanned Surface Vehicles for ROV Ops Support

, as shared by Reach Subsea:•Dedicated unmanned, self-propelled remotely and autonomously operated ROV mother vessel of approx. 25 m overall length. •Robust maritime and subsea equipment with high reliability and long maintenance intervals •Onshore control room facilities for both marine and ROV operations •Semi-autonomous ROV for survey and inspection tasks •Hull-mounted survey sensors •Optimised hydrodynamic properties for excellent data acquisition and subsea positioning performance •Focused on ROV operability in an extended weather window vs. peers 

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Rovco Tapped for Subsea Services at Beatrice Wind Farm

cables to assist in informing the current condition and any potential maintenance planning at the site. The project will use the DPII vessel, Glomar Wave to deploy a WROV solution for asset and cable depth of burial inspections along with a hydrographic survey vessel from local supplier Moray First Marine Ltd, to support Rovco’s team while performing multibeam and scour assessment surveys.  "From the start of the tender process to completion of the works offshore approximately 43 onshore and offshore personnel, made up of full time and contract positions will have worked on the delivery

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Subsea Europe, Cyprus Subsea Partner Up

Germany-based marine data and equipment firm Subsea Europe Services and marine robotics and autonomous systems Cyprus Subsea Consulting and Services, based in Cyprus, have entered strategic cooperation.The cooperation will see the two companies share knowledge and services that will simplify the acquisition of high-quality marine data for clients across Europe."The is the foundation for matching the extensive autonomous and long-term water column survey experience of Cyprus Subsea and Subsea Europe Service’s seafloor surveying expertise to provide a harmonized Hydrography and Oceanography

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

Sonardyne Suite for Dive Technologies’ AUV

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

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US Ramps Up Fight Against Illegal Fishing

for International Development (USAID) to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing across borders and promote sustainable fisheries abroad, as the U.S. ramps up its fight against practices that threaten global food security, damage economies and risk the sustainability of fisheries and marine ecosystems.This partnership builds on NOAA's larger work with the U.S. State Department and U.S. Coast Guard under the Maritime SAFE Act, which was signed into law last year.Through this agreement, the two agencies plan to build upon each other's respective programs, strategies and investments

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Subsea Tech Firm Ashtead Names CFO and Five Managers

Ashtead Technology has appointed a chief financial officer (CFO) and five managers for newly created roles across its international team.The company said the appointments underline the company's "strategic growth plans to cement its leading position in the global offshore energy market and build on its recent success in new and emerging markets, including in offshore wind and decommissioning."Ingrid Stewart assumed the new CFO position this week, bringing 23 years of corporate finance experience to the Aberdeenshire headquartered business which employs 170 people around the world.Stewart

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Boskalis Buys Rever Offshore's Subsea Services Business

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

Manufacturing Grants Offered to Subsea Startups

CNC machining specialist and manufacturing partner Get It Made announced a new initiative aimed at innovative startups in the subsea industry who could be eligible to receive a manufacturing grant of up to £2,500 (approximately $3,350).Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Get It Made, who work alongside top UK universities, established household names and early stage startups, are developing a program to support new businesses in turning their ideas from design to reality. This will be done by working closely with the chosen business to advance their manufacturing capabilities, improve efficiency and

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Industry's First: Oceaneering's 20.000-psi Equipment for Chevron's Anchor project

Schlumberger's OneSubsea has ordered "the first-ever" 20,000 psi-rated subsea hydraulic junction plates and associated connection hardware from Oceaneering, for deployment at Chevron's Anchor development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The hardware is destined for the first-ever 20,000 psi-rated fields to be developed in the Gulf of Mexico. A portion of the order has already been delivered to OneSubsea, Oceaneering said. Oceaneering will oversee the design, engineering, and production of the hydraulic connection hardware along with integrated flying lead assemblies and installation

Morten Hasås, formerly of Scantech Industries, is to join the Digital Ocean team at Kongsberg Digital as Senior Vice President for Maritime Simulation. Photo: Kongsberg

Hasås joins Kongsberg Digital as SVP for Maritime Simulation

Morten Hasås will join Kongsberg Digital on January 1, 2021, as Senior Vice President for Maritime Simulation. Previously CEO of Scantech Industries, Hasås has held top management positions at ScanSense, Scanmar and Kongsberg Maritime.“With Morten we are strengthening the already solid Maritime Simulation team at Kongsberg Digital,” said Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President of Digital Ocean, Kongsberg Digital. “Our maritime simulators are used by educational and research institutions worldwide, and we need to continue to deliver on the high expectations of

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Fugro's Positioning Services for Petronas' Suriname Drilling Program

Dutch offshore services company Fugro has said it has won a contract with Malaysia's Petronas, to provide positioning services for Petronas' exploration program offshore Suriname.The news comes just days after Petronas said it had discovered hydrocarbons in its Block 52, off Suriname. Under the 2-year contract, which has already started,  Fugro is deploying its Starfix precise positioning solution to help ensure safe and efficient transit, anchoring and drilling activities for the program’s semi-submersible rig and support vessels."Work on the contract has already begun

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Sonardyne's Sensors for Ocean Infinity's Armada USV Fleet

Ocean Infinity, a U.S. based marine survey firm developing the world's largest fleet of unmanned surface vessels - Armada - has ordered Sonardyne sensors for its robotic vessels.As reported previously, Ocean Infinity in February launched Armada, a marine technology and data company boasting the industry's largest fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USV).Sonardyne said Wednesday it would provide the first wave of Ocean Infinity’s new Armada fleet with key sensor technologies for underwater platform navigation, tracking, control, and communications, as well as ensuring uninterrupted

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BV Classes High-tech Research Vessel Jákup Sverri

Bureau Veritas (BV) said it has awarded classification to the research vessel Jákup Sverri, built in the Faroese MEST Shipyard. The vessel’s primary task will be to survey in and around the Faroe Islands.Measuring 54 meters in length, Jákup Sverri, which will conduct work for the Faroe Marine Research Institute, is packed with the latest specialized and highly automated equipment for oceanographic and fishing research activities, including pelagic and bottom trawling, underwater acoustic research, hydrographic, seismic, ROV operations, and plankton and bottom sampling.To support its wide-rangi

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EvoLogics Launches a Fully integrated USBL Buoy

EvoLogics debut a new USBL buoy, a fully integrated solution based on the company’s S2C USBL devices.The buoy comprises a USBL transceiver with a built-in battery, mounted to a floating unit with an on-board PC, GNSS receiver with dual antennas, and a Wi-Fi access point.The design concept of the system derives from fishing floats that remain highly stable even in rough seas thanks to their long stems and minimal cross-section near the surface.This allows the elongated buoy to remain stable in harsh conditions, and when deployed close to a vessel hull or pier walls, where the waves are taller.

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STR adds iXblue new Gaps M5 USBL system to its rental pool

iXblue new Gaps M5, has been selected by global rental company Subsea Technology & Rentals (STR) to offer USBL solutions to their customers. Latest addition in iXblue’s USBL product range, Gaps M5 is a compact, export-free and omnidirectional USBL system that offers accurate location, positioning and tracking of subsea assets. It integrates an Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for stable heading roll and pitch compensation and a true north reference. Smaller, lighter and easy to install, Gaps M5 is a ready-to-use and calibration-free system that offers an accuracy better than

L3Harris Expands RI Facility to Service USN Contract

L3Harris Technologies announced plans to expand in Ashaway by investing $1.5 million in its operations. The company will add more than 40 positions and increase its manufacturing space to 92,000 square feet.The L3Harris facility develops and manufactures technology the U.S. Navy uses in submarines for surveillance and detection. The expansion will support the Navy’s recent contract award of $31m for L3Harris to build next-generation towed sonar systems for submarines.L3Harris’ Ashaway location has provided undersea sensor systems since 1991, including the TB-29C and TB-34A towed array

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

Airmar Debuts Chirp-Ready Cavity Mount Transducer

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

Hannah Rodger (Photo: ETPM)

Rodger Joins ETPM

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

 PB3 PowerBuoy - Credit; OPT

OPT PowerBuoy Tested at DeepStar's 'Zero Carbon Power for Electric Subsea Operations' Project

Ocean energy technology developer Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has received a DeepStar project award to study the use of its PB3 PowerBuoy to provide remotely controllable zero-carbon power for deepwater subsea oil production applications.OPT's moored floating buoys - such as OPT PB3 PowerBuoy - harvests wave energy and converts it to electricity.The conversion of wave energy into electric power is carried out through a direct drive generator that continuously charges an on-board battery pack (Energy Storage System). Power from the battery is delivered to meet application and end-user needs

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VIDEO: Subsea 7 Expands Fleet with Newbuild Reel-lay Vessel Skandi Vega

Offshore installation specialist Subsea 7 has expanded its fleet with newbuild reel-lay vessel Seven Vega.Built by Dutch shipbuilder Royal IHC, the Seven Vega is 149 meters long, with a breadth of 33 meters, and a Class 3 dynamic positioning system.Its reel-lay system has a 600-ton top tension capacity consisting of a 32-meter main reel and a 17-meter auxiliary reel with a maximum storage capacity of 5,600 and 1,600 tons respectively. The vessel is fitted with cranes offering a lifting capacity of 250 and 50 tons, and several smaller cranes alongside two side-launching work-class remotely operated

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HMI to Provide Arms for Triumph's ROV Fleet

Houston Mechatronics Inc. (HMI) said Wednesday that Triumph Subsea Services will be the first to commercialize its all-electric Olympic arms.The U.S. ocean robotics firm said it reached an agreement with Triumph to provide 26 all-electric Olympic arms for the new Croatian subsea services firm's growing fleet of work class remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV).The new manipulator arms derive from technological advancements achieved during the development of HMI’s shape-shifting Aquanaut ROV/autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), the manufacturer said. "Olympic’s strength-weight-s

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

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

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Submersible Linear Position Sensors for Offshore Drilling

NewTek Sensor Solutions offers new, custom designs of Submersible Linear Position Sensors constructed of special alloys with chemical resistance to water in depths exceeding 15,000 ft or more and with external pressures up to 20,000psi.  NewTek Subsea and Marine Sensor designs are used for measuring the strain on mooring chains that keep ships or platforms stationary and monitoring structural movement and elongation of pipelines, derricks and structural components of an oil platform to a fraction of a microstrain. Position measurements ensure the drilling platform doesn’t shift to more than

Figure 1: Illustration of subsea pipeline inspection using barcode tags integrated into a pipeline and an ROV. Source: Screenshot from an iXblue, Vallourec, Forssea Robotic video

Barcodes to Drive Down Pipeline Inspection Costs

support for subsea drones equipped with Forssea cameras and iXblue’s inertial navigation systems that relay the pipelines’ locations to the operators, thus removing the need for acoustic positioning systems and costly mother vessels.Per the project participants, the markers are resistant to marine growth and erosion. Thus they will remain visible to divers and subsea drones throughout the project’s lifespan,“This technology had already proven itself on large structures in the field,” said Jean-Guillaume Besse, Vallourec R&D project leader. “Back in January of this

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