Deepwater Positioning

Map showing CGG’s 3D data coverage in the pre-salt area offshore Brazil. (Photo: CGG)

CGG Begins Deepwater Survey Offshore Brazil

CGG said it has commenced acquisition of a large broadband 3D multi-client survey in the pre-salt area of the deepwater Santos Basin. Santos VIII is the most recent survey in CGG’s vast ongoing pre-salt program that delivers ultramodern seismic data, enabling exploration companies to better evaluate pre-salt opportunities in advance of Brazil’s pre-salt licensing rounds.   Santos VIII covers an area of over 8,000 km2 adjacent to the Peroba, Pau Brasil and Boumerangue fields. The resulting BroadSeis data will be imaged with CGG’s advanced full-waveform inversion (FWI) technology

Prysmian to Order Cable Layer Newbuild

Prysmian Group announced it will invest more than €170 million ($210.3 million) in a new cable laying vessel to be delivered by the second quarter of 2020.   The group said the vessel  will support long-term growth prospects in the submarine cable installation business, strengthening its interconnection and offshore wind project execution capabilities.    According to the Prysmian Group, the vessel will offer deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 2,000 m; increased cable loading capacity thanks to large cable rotating platforms; capability to perform

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Multi-GNSS Vector Smart Antennas Launched

Today from the Oceanology International exhibition and conference in London, UK, Hemisphere GNSS announced the new single-frequency, multi-GNSS Vector V123 and V133 all-in-one smart antennas with integrated Atlas L-band designed for professional and commercial marine applications.   Powered by Hemisphere's Crescent Vector technology, the new V123 and V133 are multi-GNSS compass systems using GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS for simultaneous satellite tracking to offer heading, position, heave, pitch, and roll. With support for NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000, and continuing to offer ease of

L3 OceanServer’s Iver Precision Workhorse autonomous undersea vehicle with low-drag side scan and bathymetry transducers. Photo courtesy of L3 OceanServer.

L3 OceanServer Unveils Iver PW AUV

L3 OceanServer announced its new Iver Precision Workhorse (Iver PW) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The new Iver PW is the first in a family of highly capable commercial AUVs to address a wide variety of customer missions, including survey research and mapping, sub-surface security, and environmental monitoring. “Undersea missions are evolving, and L3 is uniquely positioned to develop military and commercial solutions using next-generation processing, autonomy and power technologies to enable new capabilities and missions,” said Daryl Slocum, General Manager of L3 OceanServer.  

REMUS M3V (Photo: Hydroid Inc.)

Hydroid Introduces New High Speed, Low Cost Micro AUV

Marine robotics manufacturer Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, announced the release of the new REMUS M3V compact, one-man portable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).   Low cost and ready to use right out of the box, this micro AUV supports numerous applications including search and survey; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); marine research; and multi-vehicle missions. The REMUS M3V can dive up to 300 meters in depth. It is an A-size (36” x 4.875”) vehicle with no fins or appendages outside the A-size envelope and can be used for multi-domain

Dennis joins SeaRobotics as Director of Programs

Lou Dennis has joined the SeaRobotics Corporation as Director of Programs based at the company's headquarters in Stuart, Fla.   Dennis entered the ocean industry as a commercial diver after graduating from Florida Institute of Technology. He then joined Subsea 7's engineering group focused on Deepwater ROV and Intervention Tooling System design. Dennis later joined ROV manufacturer Perry Slingsby Systems, as its Vice President of Programs then moving onto Lockheed Martin as Business Development Manager for its AUV program. Before joining SeaRobotics, he served as General Manager of the Southeast

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Ashtead Invests $3.9 Mln in Its Rental Fleet

 Global subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology said it has invested £2.8 million ($3.9 million) in new technology over the past month in response to anticipated market demand. The company has stocked up with core survey, imaging, mapping and positioning systems from a range of industry suppliers including Teledyne, Sonardyne, R2Sonic, EdgeTech and Geometrics, in order to fully support customer projects. The announcement follows the recent completion of Ashtead’s joint venture with Forum Energy Technologies to provide subsea survey and ROV equipment rental services.

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Klein Marine Offers Side Scan Sonar Training

Klein Marine Systems, a manufacturer of side scan sonars, will be hosting a three day side scan sonar training at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, N.H. Practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, N.H.   Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2 .     Training Topics Principles of underwater acoustics (Sonar Record Analysis, Targets & Shad-ows, reflectivity of underwater materials

Sonardyne 6G Wideband Acoustics allows simultaneous operations by  multiple platforms. (Courtesy Sonardyne International)

Digital Ocean: Making Subsea Data More Easily Accessible

The digital ocean is a reality and U.K.-based digital communications marine technology firm Sonardyne International Ltd is one of the organizations driving innovation to enable the extension of electronic and communications connectivity into the subsea domain. Based on a presentation given by Tom Rooney, Lead Trainer at Sonardyne, at the Digital Ocean conference held in Galway, Ireland in June 2017, this article describes the current state of play in the subsea acoustics and optical communications technology field, presents examples of the many ways these technologies are being applied and considers

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US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan

The Trump administration's plan to broadly expand drilling in U.S. offshore waters is moving slowly due to opposition from coastal states and indifference from oil companies that have turned their focus to other opportunities.   The administration hopes encouraging U.S. energy development outside of shale oilfields will further its goal of "energy dominance." But existing Obama administration lease rules remain in place through 2022 unless the new rules gain approval.   The Department of the Interior this year proposed opening vast new acreage in the U.S. outer continental

The SeaCat autonomous underwater vehicle (Photo: ATLAS MARIDAN)

ATLAS MARIDAN to Offer AUV Rental Services

ATLAS MARIDAN ApS. of Rungsted Kyst (Denmark), a subsidiary of the German naval systems supplier ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, has launched an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) rental service. The opportunity to rent ATLAS ELEKTRONIK’s latest unmanned underwater technology shall support customers within the offshore oil and gas, renewable energy, UxO and naval markets.   The AUV SeaCat has recently finalized its serial maturity process and concluded certifications covering a wide range of requirements for system robustness, environmental conditions, navigational accuracy and transport safety.

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Laing Appointed NSRI Director

returned to Subsea 7 following his three-year secondment to NSRI.   Commenting on his appointment, Laing said: “NSRI has a major role to play as a knowledge hub for subsea research and development, not only within oil and gas but across the wider offshore renewable energy sectors including marine and ocean science. I believe I can apply my knowledge and experience to build upon the fantastic work that has been delivered to date, promoting technological innovation and ensuring the industry needs are met. I look forward to working with businesses, technology developers, universities and academics

The Offshore Division, helmed by Keppel FELS, leads the industry in the design and building of high performance mobile offshore rigs. Photo Keppel

Keppel Bags Awilco's Semi-submersible Rig Order

Following the Letter of Intent signed by Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel FELS Limited, with Awilco Drilling PLC, Keppel has secured the contract to construct a mid-water semisubmersible (semi) drilling rig for harsh environment use worth about $425 million. As part of the transaction, Awilco has independent options to order up to another three similar rigs to be exercised within 12, 24 and 36 months respectively. The prices of the three additional rigs are subject to cost adjustments and will only be finalised and announced separately if and when the

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NOIA Comments Support Offshore Leasing Program

he National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has submitted comments which strongly encourage the Secretary of the Interior to proceed with lease sale planning in all 25 planning areas proposed in the Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024 (DPP).   Specifically, NOIA supports the annual offering of all acreage in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico and the opening of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico as soon as the current moratorium expires, and recommends conducting lease sales early in the plan in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas as well as in the Mid

Forum Majore ROV (Photo: Forum Subsea Technology)

ROV Sales for Forum Subsea Announced

Forum Subsea Technologies a subsidiary of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced a strong start to the year with three recent sales awards in Russia and Norway.   The deals will see the firm supplying four of its Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to academia and the aquaculture industry. These wins are in line with the company’s continued growth strategy to diversify into new ROV markets across the globe and complement its work in the oil and gas and renewables sectors.   The first sale is to an academic research facility in Russia. Awarded through Forum’s local

XPRIZE Senior Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., will give a closing keynote at Catch The Next Wave. Credit: XPRIZE

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announcements at OI2018

The participation of Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE in the world-leading Oceanology International 2018 marine science exhibition and conference in the ExCeL, London adds an extra incentive to visit an already pivotal event.   Now in its 49th year, Oceanology International is renowned as an invaluable global maritime technology business networking hub, with 8,500 industry professionals from more than 79 countries anticipated to attend this year.   The 36-month Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition was launched in December 2015, with a $7 million prize purse, and challenges teams from

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iSURVEY Investing in Training

iSURVEY, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, said it has invested more than £40,000 in staff training.    In order to meet client demand, iSURVEY staff were educated in rapid and accurate acquisition and processing of seabed survey data, the company said.   During February and March, the staff gained a deeper understanding and awareness of the key elements of multi-beam echo sounder (MBES) acquisition and data management. Training was carried out through a combination of instructor-led

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SBG Systems Launches Navsight Marine Solution at OI2018

SBG Systems releases at the Oceanology International trade show in London (UK), the Navsight Marine Solution, a full high performance inertial navigation solution designed to made surveyors’ tasks easier on both shallow and deep water.   Built on a proven technology, Navsight strengthens SBG Systems position as leading innovator in the marine technology market. Navsight Marine Solution consists in an Inertial Measurement Unit available at two different performance levels (from shallow to deep water), and connected to Navsight, a rugged processing unit embedding the fusion intelligence

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Oceaneering Acquires Ecosse Subsea

International has, through one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, acquired the Aberdeen-based Ecosse Subsea Limited for approximately GBP 50 million (US$69 Million).   Headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, Ecosse builds and operates seabed preparation, route clearance and trenching tools for submarine cables and pipelines on an integrated basis that includes vessels, ROVs and survey services.     Enabling technologies acquired in the transaction include Ecosse's modular SCAR Seabed System, capable of completing the entire trenching work scope (route preparation, boulder clearance

Virtual buoys are placed at exact locations via a map display in the NaviSuite Perio software (Image: EIVA)

EIVA Rolls Out Virtual Buoy Solution

Danish hardware and software engineering specialist EIVA has introduced a new system solution that offers an alternative way to ensure safe navigation by marking channels, shoals, wrecks, etc as well as during harbor expansions and other construction projects.    NaviSuite Perio provides harbor and other waterway authorities with the possibility of replacing marker buoys with virtual buoys that are managed via a software user interface and never actually deployed – yet, they are still displayed to AIS users as actual buoys at a given location in the water.    “NaviSui

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Sotzing Joins Sea Machines as Engineering Director

Boston-based developer of autonomous vessel technology Sea Machines Robotics has hired Chris Sotzing as director of engineering.   Sotzing will be responsible for the development and deployment of the company’s Sea Machines 300 technology system, as well as managing the engineering team. He reports to COO Jim Daly from the Boston office.   Sotzing joins Sea Machines from SeeByte, where he served as an engineering manager supporting unmanned vehicle technologies in Boston. Prior to relocating to Boston, Sotzing held positions of increasing responsibility for nearly nine years at

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Magseis: Seismic Survey Market to Surpass $1.2 Bln in 2018

Norway's Magseis, which maps out the seabed for oil and gas deposits, expects the global seismic market to grow in 2018, its CEO, Per Christian Grytnes, said on Wednesday. "We are fairly confident that we will see firm growth in 2018," Grytnes said during an oil conference. "We are on tender for an extension contract with Saudi Aramco in the Red Sea. I think we are well-positioned ... We are optimistic," he later told Reuters. "We expect the total market in 2018 to be above $1.2 billion." "With obvious technology driving down the cost... we see an uptake

The Sentinel HR high-resolution seismic streamer (Image: Sercel)

Sercel Sells High-res Streamer System to AWI Research Institute

CGG announced that Sercel has sold one of its new Sentinel HR high-resolution solid streamers to the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), a German research foundation specializing in polar and marine research in the Arctic and Antarctic.   AWI will use the Sentinel HR on research projects it is conducting to record critical data about the relationship between geological activity and ecosystems in order to gain a better understanding of the Earth’s system.    Launched in 2017, Sentinel HR is the latest member of Sercel’s Sentinel solid streamer family. With a close channel

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Schlumberger, Subsea 7 Mull Oil Services JV

Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services firm, and smaller peer Subsea 7 said on Friday they were entering exclusive talks to form a joint venture to deliver subsea installations and services for oilfields.   The news lifted Subsea 7 shares on hopes the talks could be the first step towards a full takeover, in a sector that has already seen consolidation with the 2016 merger of Technip and FMC Technologies.   In recent months, oil firms have returned to profits due to higher oil prices and the benefits of deep cost cuts they made during the downturn. But their suppliers are

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CEO Haugan Leaves Kvaerner to Lead Aker Energy

Jan Arve Haugan resigns as President & CEO of Kvaerner, and from March 1, 2018, he will start his new role as CEO of the newly established oil company Aker Energy. Idar Eikrem, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in Kvaerner, is appointed interim CEO.   Haugan has been President & Chief Executive Officer with Kvaerner since its demerger from Aker Solutions and stock listing in the summer of 2011.   "Under Jan Arve Haugan's management, Kvaerner has developed into a leading, renowned oil service company with EPC services as our specialty. Competitiveness

Noble Energy Contract for Schlumberger

Schlumberger today announced the award by Noble Energy of an engineering and supply contract for a two-thousand-ton single-lift process module to be installed on the Leviathan Platform in the Eastern Mediterranean.   The scope of the contract includes pretreatment, salt removal and regeneration of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for reinjection in the subsea flowlines for hydrate inhibition. The Schlumberger PUREMEG reclamation and regeneration system is a proprietary technology that will be supplied as a single-lift module for installation on the production platform.   “Our advances in

Fig 1 – Echoscope XD, Echoscope and Echoscope C500 Sonars (Image: Coda Octopus)

Meet the Future of Visualization and Mapping Sonars

of the area being inspected and cannot image moving objects. Many subsea applications require technology that can facilitate real-time 3D decision making of both static and dynamic operations.   Coda Octopus Products Ltd. has recognized this market requirement and has been at the forefront of marine survey operations for nearly 25 years. The company started as the first pioneer of digital acquisition and processing for geophysical survey, and this innovation and emphasis on research and development (R&D) has characterized the company ever since. Coda Octopus has continued to lead the geophysical

ESS managing director Mark Gillespie, global business development manager Andy Readyhough and commercial director Iain Middleton. (Photo: ESS)

Readyhough Joins Ecosse

with global business development for the ambitious Aberdeen-shire based company which specialises in seabed clearance and trenching operations in the renewable energy, oil and gas and interconnector sectors.   Readyhough has joined ESS having previously held senior management positions at Global Marine Systems and DeepOcean UK. He is a master mariner with more than 35 years maritime and offshore experience and for the last 18 years was engaged in submarine cable installation, trenching and maintenance operations.   ESS’s latest appointment follows Mark Brown joining as Engineering

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Wave Buoy Measurements on a Hexapod

, and gained valuable experience in the measurement procedures with the hexapod.      The Author Sanne van Essen is Project Manager at the Business Unit Ships at MARIN, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands.     (As published in the January/February 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

The Ocean Cleanup system (Photo: Seatools)

Seatools to Supply Monitoring System for The Ocean Cleanup

Subsea technology company Seatools said it has won a contract to develop and deliver a remote offshore monitoring system that will be used to gain real-time insight into the performance of the first-ever ocean cleanup system.   The contract was awarded by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans from floating plastic. The group will deploy the system during trials starting later this year on the U.S. West Coast.   “Besides the fact that we thoroughly support this meaningful initiative, the project is compelling from a

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Interventek Appoints Stuart as Business Development Director

Interventek Subsea Engineering has announced the appointment of Bruce Stuart to the role of Sales and Business Development Director. Stuart brings with him over 30 years of commercial leadership experience and in-depth operational knowledge of the oil and gas industry.  Stuart joins Interventek from Proserv where he was VP Business Development Subsea, having previously held a seven year tenure at FMC Technologies, responsible for U.K. and Canada sales and marketing for their subsea products and systems. This new position at Interventek will support increasing levels of commercialization

Example illustrating how pile dwellings were built by our ancestors and their way of living - via the multibeam solution (Photo: MacArtney)

University of Vienna Acquires New Multibeam Equipment

A project to create 3D models of pile dwellings in Austrian lakes thousands of years ago has resulted in the acquisition by the University of Vienna of a multibeam solution supplied by MacArtney.   The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology is a research institute dedicated to the development of new techniques and methodological concepts for landscape archaeology. Its research program combines geophysics, aerial imaging, computer science and geomatics to develop efficient and universally applicable approaches for non-destructive detection, documentation

Left to right: Konrad Mech, Director of Subsea Channel Management at Kongsberg Maritime AS, and Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Group (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group, Kongsberg Maritime Restore Partnership

Geoacoustics range among others. The underwater navigation products include the HiPAP range of underwater positioning systems and the cNODE underwater positioning transponders.   KONGSBERG also provides a range of products and solutions for underwater acoustics that help with search and recovery, marine engineering, security and surveillance and various other underwater applications. The KONGSBERG range includes solutions for positioning, GPS tracking, and motion monitoring among others.         Konrad Mech, Director Subsea Channel Management at Kongsberg Maritime AS,

FairfieldNodal Welcomes New Member to Its Board of Directors

Seismic nodal technology and services firm FairfieldNodal has welcomed Knut Eriksen as the newest member of its Board of Directors.   Eriksen recently retired from Oceaneering International where he served as Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. He has also held other key executive positions in the oil and gas industry, on the operator, service company and contractor sides of the business. He brings industry experience, strategic orientation, demonstrated business development track record and in-depth understanding of the offshore oil and gas segment as

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Ocean Installer Gets Two SURF Contracts From Statoil

solutions, especially handling complex installations. Hence, we are pleased with the trust that Statoil has given to Ocean Installer by award of this contract," says CEO Steinar Riise.   The second contract Ocean Installer has secured is for Subsea Lines Modification under Statoil’s Marine Wave scheme. This is the third Marine Wave, and Ocean Installer participated in the previous two as well. Offshore operations are scheduled for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, and includes firm work on Njord Future, Bauge, Fenja and Dvalin projects, with significant options to broaden the scope of the

The first in the series will be the 20 m RALamander 2000, equipped with Fi Fi 1 capability, with a total pumping capacity of 2400 m3/hr with optional foam. Image: Kongsberg/RAL

Remotely Operated Fireboat Under Development

announced a collaboration to develop a new remotely-operated fireboat that will allow first responders to attack dangerous port fires more aggressively and safer than ever before. The un-crewed RALamander fireboat will offer in-close firefighting and ‘eye in the fire’ capability that keeps marine firefighting professionals out of harm's way. Fires involving containers, petrochemicals, shore-side structures or vessels can be attacked more quickly in situations where toxic smoke or explosion risk may delay or even prevent manned assets from responding effectively. RALamander can serve as a

Chairman of the Island Offshore Group, Morten Ulstein, together with the new managing director of Island Offshore Subsea AS, Odd Strømsheim after signing the collaboration agreement (Photo: TechnipFMC)

Light Well Intervention: TechnipFMC, Island Offshore Partner

TechnipFMC said it has signed an agreement with the Island Offshore group to acquire a 51 percent stake in Island Offshore’s wholly owned subsidiary, Island Offshore Subsea AS.   Island Offshore Subsea AS provides Riserless Light Well Intervention (RLWI) project management and engineering services for plug and abandonment (P&A), riserless coiled tubing and well completion operations. Island Offshore Subsea AS employs approximately 80 staff.    Island Offshore Subsea AS has developed proprietary designs related to subsea P&A and riserless coiled tubing. In connection

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Almarin Buoys Reach New Markets

Almarin navigation buoys are being installed in a growing number of markets both in Europe and further afield, proving the effectiveness of their simple reliable design with the use of high quality materials manufactured in Europe.   In the Léman lake, border between France and Switzerland, buoys have been installed to mark a floating containment boom in the estuary of Rhone river, nearby Port Valais. The Balizamar buoys used in this case were adapted by the customer for this application.   Further east, in an estuary in Beirut (Lebanon), several buoys have been supplied complete

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EIVA Expands in Brazil

Danish software and hardware engineering company EIVA said it has expanded its activities in Latin America with a dedicated business development team located in São Paulo, Brazil.    With the Brazilian team, EIVA is able to accommodate the increasing interest in its hardware and software products for offshore and shallow water construction and surveying operations from specialist operating in Latin America. Moreover, the company is able to provide customers in the region with a local point of contact with strong ties to the Danish headquarters.    The new Brazilian team

Chelsea Fairbank (Photo: SBG Systems)

Fairbank Joins SBG Systems’ Sales Team

MEMS-based inertial motion sensing solutions supplier SBG Systems has hired Chelsea Fairbank as Sales Engineer in North America. She will team up with Jack Mawson, Sales Manager North America at the company’s U.S. office in Huntington Beach, Calif. and will be in charge of the marine and education segments.   Fairbank has an extensive background in the hydrographic industry, starting her career as hydrographic surveyor. During her five years with Fugro, she worked on international hydrographic and cable route surveys working with a broad range of Inertial Navigation Equipment integrated

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Mexico's Oil Reform a Boon for Hard-hit Oil Service, Seismic Firms

the crash in oil prices in 2014 and ensuing recession. International oil firms cut back on exploration, especially in areas considered expensive to develop such as deepwater.   Even with the Mexico data sales, the sector continues to struggle. Schlumberger this month announced the closure of its marine and land seismic acquisition business, two of four units at its WesternGeco subsidiary.   Pushing Pemex In its efforts to break Pemex's monopoly and attract international oil firms, the Mexican government has charted a more aggressive reform than others Latin American countries.   To

The newly lengthened R/V Connecticut is now underway with a full slate of missions through midyear (Photo: Glosten)

Lengthened Research Vessel Gets a New Life

The R/V Connecticut operated by the University of Connecticut (UConn) Marine Sciences program was recently lengthened from 76 feet to 90 feet, giving scientists and crew on board the oceanographic research vessel some much needed extra space.   The 1998-built R/V Connecticut had been operating at its original length of 76 feet since its construction, but the vessel required additional staterooms and lab space. “Things were pretty cramped at the old length,” said Turner Cabaniss, the program’s marine operations manager. “The vessel's operations had outgrown what could be

Germany’s research vessel Maria S. Merian will use its new Sonardyne tracking technology to conduct science operations around the world, including the subpolar Norwegian Sea. (mage: Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG, Research | Forschungsschifffahrt)

German Research Vessel Upgraded

Ranger 2 deep water acoustic tracking technology produced by Sonardyne International Ltd. has been installed on the Maria S. Merian, one of the most modern vessels in the German research fleet.   Delivered through Sonardyne’s in-country agent, Scholz Ingenieur Büro GmbH, the system was chosen as a replacement for the vessel’s existing third-party Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) acoustic equipment to enable science teams to precisely track the position of deep-water science systems including unmanned robotic platforms and seafloor landers to beyond seven kilometers.   Operated

Bibby Offshore chief executive Howard Woodcock (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Recapitalization Completed

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore Holdings Limited said it has completed the recapitalization of its balance sheet announced on December 5, 2017.   The agreement to recapitalize the balance sheet was approved January 10 by 98.7 percent of noteholders of the £175 million (approximately $243 million) 7.5 percent senior secured notes, and makes noteholders the new owners of the group.   “The completion of the recapitalization will be transformational for Bibby Offshore and is a major milestone for our business,” said Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore.

Richard Beattie and Roger Wang (Photo: JFSE)

James Fisher Subsea Excavation Launches China JV

Global subsea excavation specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has formed a joint venture with specialist Chinese offshore project, vessel and marine equipment provider Ocean Team Asia Pacific (OTAP).   James Fisher Ocean Team Ltd will serve clients in China with equipment positioned permanently in the country. Local operational and project management personnel will deliver JFSE’s mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) services alongside the company’s global experts.    As well as developing opportunities in the oil and gas

Mark Grabowski (Photo: Teledyne Marine)

Grabowski Joins Teledyne Marine

Mark Grabowski has joined Teledyne Marine as sales manager in the Gulf of Mexico region for the company’s imaging and instruments product lines.   Grabowski has supervised and implemented a broad scope of technical marine projects for the oil and gas industry over the past 18 years. He has worked at marine organizations including Veritas DGC Inc., where he performed deep water seismic surveys; Fugro GEOS, where he served as a project oceanographer for coastal studies and deep water operation; and DOF Subsea Inc., where he performed extensive survey and positioning field work in support of

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iSURVEY Announces New Contract Awards

iSURVEY, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, said it ended 2017 with contract awards totalling more than £250,000 ($345,000).   This work, which was awarded in the last two months of 2017, included two subsea cable excavation projects and a UXO inspection scope. Each of the projects involved offshore wind-related scopes in either U.K. or Northwest Europe, which have contributed to iSURVEY’s sustained growth in the offshore renewables marke, the company said.   

Response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010 (File photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

BP Deepwater Horizon Costs Balloon to $65 Billion

BP said on Tuesday it would take a new charge over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill after again raising estimates for outstanding claims, lifting total costs to around $65 billion.   The post-tax, non-operating $1.7-billion charge BP will take in its fourth quarter results came after claims resolved in recent months were about seven times higher than anticipated, the London-based company said.   The claims were part of the Court Supervised Settlement Program that was set up in the wake of the disaster and included nearly 400,000 cases, BP said. A spokeswoman for the group said hundreds

Michael Pentony (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Names Pentony Atlantic Fisheries Administrator

Fisheries Division since 2014. He succeeds retiring Regional Administrator John Bullard who had been in the position since 2012.   Pentony will head the agency’s regional office, which has responsibility for managing approximately 100,000 square miles of the Northwest Atlantic, the large marine ecosystem from Maine to Cape Hatteras and the Great Lakes. As Administrator, he will also oversee aspects of international fisheries conservation and management in the region.   Before joining NOAA Fisheries in 2002, Pentony worked for five years as a policy analyst for the New England Fishery

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Rovco Secures Funding for 3D Visualization Project

. This will see Rovco partner with an autonomous vehicle manufacturer and other innovative subsea companies.    As the U.K. Government’s leading technology innovation and research center for advancing wind, wave and tidal energy, ORE Catapult will provide access to its state-of-the-art marine energy testing facilities and will assist in the delivery of project outputs to a wide range of end users.   Rovco chief executive and founder, Brian Allen, said, “We aim to deliver a step change in how offshore surveys are performed by generating live 3D data from survey-class ROVs

UTEC Bags TechnipFMC Contract in Australia

UTEC said it has been won a contract from Technip Oceania Pty Ltd, part of TechnipFMC in Australia, to provide survey and positioning services on the Greater Enfield Project, offshore Western Australia.   The work scope includes pre-lay surveys; onshore dimensional control; survey and positioning associated with installation of rigid and flexible flowlines, umbilicals, jumpers, flying leads and subsea structures; as-laid surveys, as-built surveys and final reporting.   The Greater Enfield Project will develop the Laverda Canyon, Norton over Laverda (WA-59-L) and Cimatti (WA-28-L) oil

Galal Hamdy (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Names Hamdy as VP, Business Development

Greensea said it has hired Galal Hamdy in the newly created position of Vice President, Business Development and Partnerships.   Hamdy has spent the past eight years working for Cox Automotive leading business development for the company’s digital marketing business unit.    Vermont-based Greensea has increased its staff by 40 percent in the past six months, and said it is poised to continue this growth trend in 2018.   “Greensea is anticipating 2018 to be another year of explosive sales growth,” according to the company's COO, Marybeth Gilliam. “Galal

Bruce Heppenstall (Photo: Subsea UK)

Subsea NE Names Heppenstall Regional Chairman

The regional advocacy group for the North-east of England’s subsea sector has appointed Bruce Heppenstall as its new chairman, taking over the reins of Subsea North East from Andrew Hodgson.   CEO of BEL Valves and former general manager for the GE Oil & Gas Wellstream division, Heppenstall will be tasked with promoting the North-east sector on a global scale to maximize opportunities, while working with Subsea UK, the national industry body to provide a forum for collaboration, diversification and technology development.     With the region’s subsea sector

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Oceanology International '18: Conference Schedule Finalized

respective fields, and the potential for enlightened, galvanizing discussion and the cross-fertilization of progressive ideas is genuinely exciting.” The conference program gets under way on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 with a Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics track,chaired by Andy Hill, Marine Geohazard Technical Authority at BP Exploration, and Richard Salisbury, Senior Consultant at Fugro. This session will discuss data collation and examination methods used in mapping offshore seabed and sub-seabed environments, highlighting the benefits such studies confer upon the renewables, oil

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ExxonMobil Announces Oil Discovery Offshore Guyana

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced its sixth oil discovery offshore Guyana since 2015, following positive results from its Ranger-1 exploration well.   The Ranger-1 well discovery adds to previous discoveries at Liza, Payara, Snoek, Liza Deep and Turbot, which are estimated to total more than 3.2 billion recoverable oil-equivalent barrels.   ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. began drilling the Ranger-1 well on November 5, 2017 and encountered approximately 70 meters of high-quality, oil-bearing carbonate reservoir. The well was safely drilled to 6,450 meters

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Subsea Infrastructure: Challenges & Solutions

As offshore oil and gas reserves become ever more difficult and costly to recover, the demand for innovative technology has never been greater. Joe Orrell, managing director at RED Engineering, considers some of the challenges in subsea infrastructure design and the role of fast track engineering solutions.   The offshore oil and gas industry, even in times of low prices and abundant supply, is driven by the almost relentless search for new fields to replace those coming towards the end of their natural productive lives. Often this forces exploration in ever more challenging environments and

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Trump Aims to Open Nearly All US Offshore to Oil Drilling

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, a move aimed at boosting domestic energy production that sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry.   The effort to open previously off-limits acreage in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans comes less than eight years after BP Plc's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - the largest in American history. The disaster caused billions of dollars in economic damage and led former President Barack Obama's to increase regulation of the

U.S. leader: Fred Olsen Windcarrier’s Bold Tern (multiple) and crew transport vessel. Photo: courtesy Fred Olsen Windcarrier

Wind Energy: The Good News in Offshore

Offshore wind is hot, a burgeoning market with myriad opportunities above and below the water. In step with our Annual Planner, MTR’s energy reporter in Oslo, William Stoichevski, puts on his red, white and blue game face to report on the largest untapped market for offshore wind power in the world.    Block Island — U.S.-based Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine, 30-MW wind park —  was the first. It showed what was possible, what might not have been optimal and how long it all takes. Since then, incentives for onshore-wind have been curbed, while a tax credit for

Workers assembling subsea equipment at Aker Solutions factory in Brazil. Photo: Aker Solutions

Interview: Woodson Ferreira, Aker Solutions, Brazil

. -- Woodson Ferreira – Vice President of Subsea Lifecycle Services in Brazil Aker Solutions is a leading subsea equipment and service provider in Brazil, having participated in pre-salt and post-salt subsea field designs, equipment installation, IMR and other life of field services. Marine Technology Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil, Claudio Paschoa, interviews Woodson Ferreira – Vice President of Subsea Lifecycle Services in Brazil.   Aker’s original expertise in subsea operations came from the challenges of developing the deep waters and complex reservoirs

Proton 5 is due to launch in early 2018 (Photo: JW Fishers)

JW Fishers Debuts New Marine Magnetometer

JW Fishers said it will release its new magnetometer, Proton 5, in early 2018.The fifth generation magnetometer with many new features is a top performing, microprocessor driven, marine magnetometer detection system, the manufacturer said.   The system is fully digitized and displays the current five-digit measurement on a new easy to read six-inch LCD screen that is backlit for night operations. Up to 80 of the previous measurements are displayed graphically in a history plot on the screen. User friendly menus allow easy configuration of all operation settings.   System tuning is now

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