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Chinese Sub near Disputed Islands Stokes Tension with Japan

Japan’s defense minister criticized China on Monday for sailing an advanced stealthy nuclear submarine close to disputed islands claimed by Japan and China, saying the action had stoked tension.   The submarine, which Japan detected in the East China Sea, was a 110 meter-long Shang-class vessel, which is able to dive deeper and for longer than older boats and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defence.   “Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules

The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason lands on the seafloor at Havre submarine volcano to retrieve a heat flow monitor. (Photo: Multidisciplinary Instrumentation in Support of Oceanography (MISO) Facility, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Scientists Study Largest Underwater Volcanic Eruption

In July 2012, airline passengers flying over the Southwest Pacific Ocean spotted a large and unusual object floating on the water’s surface.    That object, which turned out to be a giant raft of pumice, was evidence that an underwater volcanic eruption had occurred. And as the raft continued to grow to roughly the size of Philadelphia, scientists observed that the eruption was extraordinarily large.   The eruption had occurred at the Havre volcano northeast of New Zealand, and was the largest to take place underwater in the past century.   “We knew it was a

Kreuz Installer (Photo: Kreuz Subsea)

Kreuz Subsea Wins 5-vessel Contract in India

Subsea services provider Kreuz Subsea said it has been awarded a contract to deliver subsea completion work for Indian multi-national conglomerate, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) from the start of 2018.   The contract, worth an undisclosed eight-figure sum, will see Kreuz Subsea support L&T to install all riser clamps, risers, crossing works, tie-ins, subsea trenching and hydro-testing of pipelines which are part of the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) Pipeline Replacement Project (PRP4) and Daman Field development projects off the west coast of India.    The five

ROV Doc Ricketts is launched through the moon pool of its host ship, the R/V Western Flyer. (Photo: MBARI)

MBARI ROV Doc Ricketts Makes 1,000th Dive

has explored the deep sea as far north as the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the Pacific Northwest coast and as far south as Baja California, Mexico.   The ROV’s milestone dive could not have taken place in a more picturesque place. MBARI researchers and scientists from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary were revisiting an area called Sur Ridge, an underwater mountain about 37 kilometers (23 miles) off the California coast. During the dive, Doc Ricketts was monitoring deep-sea corals 1,281 meters below the surface.   The ongoing studies of deep-sea corals provide important information

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Aqueos Wins GoM Contract

Subsea services provider Aqueos Corporation said it has been awarded a major contract for a large pipeline installation project located in the Gulf of Mexico. Aqueos said the contract, which commenced in December 2017 and will be completed in the first half of 2018, will support shallow-water pipeline installations in water depths up to 100 feet. The work scope will utilize the Aqueos diving support vessel (DSV) SPLASH, with surface dive teams utilizing its jet propulsion and built in NITROX diving system. The project will be supported by Aqueos’ project management team based in Broussard

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Corals at Risk as Underwater Heat Waves Strike More Often

High ocean temperatures are harming tropical corals almost five times more often than in the 1980s, undermining reefs' ability to survive marine heat waves caused by man-made climate change, scientists said on Thursday.   The average time between severe "bleachings", when heat makes the stony-bodied creatures that make up coral reefs expel colourful algae, shortened to six years in 2016 from 25-30 years in the early 1980s, the Australian-led team wrote.   Corals die if bleachings are long-lasting, wrecking reefs that are nurseries for fish, a source of food to millions of

Aquabotix updated dealer/distributor map (Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Adds Global Distributors

and private firms to drive advances in ocean technologies.   Aquatech Services, which will represent Aquabotix in Australia and New Zealand. Aquatech is a Perth-based provider of nationally endorsed first aid, oxygen and scuba training solutions and services, with an expert focus in the marine and diving environments.   Seismic Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd., which will represent Aquabotix in Australia and New Zealand. Based in Salisbury, Queensland Australia, Seismic Asia Pacific is a leading provider of hydrographic, oceanographic and geophysical systems within Australia and throughout

A submarine glider, owned by Blue Ocean Monitoring, prepares for its first dive after being deployed off Orkney (Photo: NOC)

Marine Robots Detect Whales in the Deep Ocean

 A fleet of marine robots built and operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and its partners has detected whales and porpoises and recorded the sounds they make in a survey of the deep ocean off northern Scotland.   In the summer of 2017 a fleet of 11 autonomous marine robots was deployed to explore the seas northwest of the Orkney Islands in search of marine mammals and sources of manmade noise pollution. The mission was part of an annual series of marine robot trials coordinated by the NOC in partnership with 16 organizations representing U.K. government, research and industry.

Andrew Aurigema, Eric Gaudreau, Bradley Scott Jones and Tim Ratcliffe (Photo: AXSUB)

AXSUB, Darkwater Vision Partner

 AXSUB and Darkwater Vision have agreed to partner on research and development activities for a underwater vision product line developed using UVAS Technology (underwater vision augmentation system), a patented technology. AXSUB will also act as a manufacturing agent for products dedicated to the commercial diving sector, and the agreement provides for the sharing of distribution channels.   “With AXSUB we found a partner that complements our product line and one that offers a strong presence in the commercial diving market while offering new strategic capacities to our business”

Meet MUM: Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership. Image: thyssenkrupp

MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

propulsion system to allow for deep dives and long range duration.   “The world’s oceans present a wide range of tasks and questions that cannot yet be addressed because we don’t have the appropriate vehicles and systems," said Marc Schiemann, project manager at thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. "MUM offers a wealth of new options for industrial marine engineering and scientific ocean research. We will equip the floating, wireless underwater vehicle with an air-independent fuel cell propulsion system. Our goal is to develop a vehicle which allows diving depths of up to 5,000m

Fraser Moonie, Bibby Subsea president and managing director (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Subsea Completes Decommissioning Work for Shell

Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, has completed a significant contract with Shell Pipeline, a subsidiary of Shell Oil US.   Through its strategic alliance with U.S. diving company, Aqueos Corporation, Bibby Subsea completed the subsea decommissioning project in the Gulf of Mexico, utilizing its diving support vessel (DSV) Bibby Sapphire. For the 16-day campaign the Bibby Sapphire was equipped with an SMD Quasar work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to disconnect a previously decommissioned eight-inch oil export pipeline from a hot tap tee installed

AJ Jain (Photo: Kreuz Subsea)

New Senior Management at Kreuz Subsea

management and engineering. He previously worked in senior operational roles for Technip in Asia Pacific, Global Industries Ltd. and McDermott International.   The board of directors announced the appointments following the departure of former chief executive Kurush Contractor from the integrated marine and subsea services business after nine years of service.    Kreuz Subsea employs around 250 people onshore and offshore in Singapore, Brunei and India and has projects currently underway valued at $150 million. The company has three multi-purpose support vessels (MSV) and expects delivery

An AUV launch (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Six AUVs Dive Simultaneously at 5,000+ Meter Depths

A fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) recently launched during a survey mission in the North Atlantic have completed the deepest known commercial dive performed by multiple AUVs simultaneously.   The mission, carried out by seafloor monitoring, mapping and exploration firm Ocean Infinity, saw six Kongsberg HUGIN AUVs descend to ocean depths greater than 5,200 meters, reportedly a world’s first for this type of vehicle.   The 6,000m rated vehicles were launched on October 18, each with an independent mission that surpassed water depths of 5,200 meters, collecting MBES data

Cirroteuthidae morphospecies swimming above the seafloor (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Price of Subsea Mining

imagery was collected with a baited camera (CA02, CA06, CA07, CA08, CA09) and samples collected with a baited trap (TR08) are also indicated. All maps were created by Seafloor Investigations Ltd for the ABYSSLINE Project using ArcGIS software.     (As published in the October 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Tech File: Hybrid AUV/ROV

digital framework for autonomy, but also the ability to quickly take control. It is a multi-mission vehicle that is poised to be a game-changer for the underwater robotics industry.     The Author Durval Tavares is CEO, Aquabotix     (As published in the October 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Fugro work Class ROVs continue to successfully deliver on long term IRM projects with outstanding levels of efficiency, saving time and reducing costs. (Photo: Fugro)

A Tale of Two ROVs

;A significant factor in the operational excellence of these crews was the outstanding working environment created onboard the vessels. This was a terrific example of multi-cultural teams coming together with robust, proven technology to achieve a first-class result," said Andy Seymour, Director Marine Asset Integrity Americas / Country Manager Brazil Marine, Fugro.   Another of Fugro’s ROVs, FCV 3067, reached the 4,000 dives landmark during another long-term IRM contract for Petrobras. The system recorded an uptime of more than 99 percent during 23,300 dive-hours and an average of

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Double On-site Seal Repair on Offshore Platform in Mexico

In August a team of Hydrex divers traveled to Veracruz, Mexico for a stern tube seal repair. The operation consisted of the underwater replacement of the damaged seals on both assemblies of a semi-submersible offshore platform.   The unit left the field after its project was finished and was berthed alongside to have repair and maintenance work carried out without docking. We were asked to perform the stern tube seal repairs during the available window of opportunity.   After the diving team performed a thorough underwater inspection of the assembly they installed on of our flexible

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

. In the early hours of July 30, 1945, having just completed a secret mission to deliver materials from California for the first operational atomic bomb, “Little Boy” to a naval base on the Pacific island Tinian, Indianapolis was en route from Guam to Leyte when it was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-58.   Indianapolis sank quickly – reportedly in just 12 minutes – leaving little time for the crew to deploy lifeboats or for an emergency signal to be sent. It is estimated that 800 of the nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines on board survived the sinking, but a communication error

Sailors render a salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia Class Submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) at Naval Station Norfolk. Washington is the U.S. Navy's 14th Virginia-class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the State of Washington. (U.S. Navy photo by Class Joshua M. Tolbert)

USS Washington Commissioned

The U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia class submarine, USS Washington (SSN 787), was officially commissioned during a ceremony on board Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on October 7.   Washington, named in honor of the 42nd state, is the 14th Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine to join the Navy's operational fleet. Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, served as the submarine’s sponsor.   Washington is the fourth of eight Block III Virginia-class submarines to be built. The Block III submarines are built with new Virginia Payload Tubes designed to lower

Matthew Long (Photo: Phoenix International Holdings, Inc.)

Phoenix Hires Long, Turner in Manager Roles

and directing the day-to-day activities of the Bayou Vista office, and actively pursuing growth opportunities for all Phoenix services in the area.    A retired U.S. Navy Engineering Duty Officer and Diver, Long brings to Phoenix decades of experience managing technically challenging marine engineering projects worldwide. As a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Manager,his qualifications supplement his deck-plate knowledge in all of the Largo GM areas of responsibility.   Throughout an Oil and Gas career that spans over 28 years, Turner has garnered knowledge

Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

and more than one semifinalist team in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is developing solutions that will feature biomimicry behaviors to build intelligent swarms, hives, and heavy lift drone solutions that that can fly back and forth from the deep ocean competition mapping site.   Eauligo and the Marine Bees Team Lead: Christopher Lewis To compete in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the France-based Eauligo team has taken its inspiration from nature and plans to launch a horde of miniature robotic submarines that will mimic bee behavior. Watching bees going from flower to flower in a garden,

General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Colorado

General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Colorado (SSN 788) to the U.S. Navy.   The 15th ship of the Virginia Class, Colorado is the fifth of the eight-ship group known as Block III. According to the builder, these ships embody a Navy and industry commitment to reduce costs while increasing capabilities through an initiative comprising a multi-year procurement strategy, improvements in construction practices and the Design For Affordability (DFA) program.   “This delivery demonstrates the skill and commitment of everyone involved in the Virginia-c

ROV deployment from the RV Petrel (Photo: 3U)

The ROV that Explored USS Indianapolis

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis was found by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his team on August 19, 2017. A state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was deployed to confirm and document the shipwreck in its resting place some 5,500 meters below the surface in the Philippine Sea.   For the design, manufacture and commissioning of the specialty ROV, Allen and his company Vulcan Inc. received support from 3U Technologies, LLC, who said it was initially contracted by Vulcan in 2012 to investigate 6,000-meter ROV solutions to extend Allen’s passion for

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New Industry Association IOSTIA Launched

science and technology space. IOSTIA represents companies that commercially and sustainably utilize and explore the Earth’s oceans, as well as businesses that provide technology and services for sectors such as renewable ocean energy, environmental monitoring protection, fisheries and aquaculture, marine science, maritime security, ocean mining, marine telecommunications, autonomous vehicles, offshore wind energy, oceanography, subsea mining, sensors, arctic change, marine archeology, ocean observation, hydrography, ports and infrastructure, and diving and manned exploration.   “There

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NOAA Teams up with Paul Allen for Deep Ocean Observation

NOAA partners with Paul G. Allen Philanthropies; new Deep Argo buoys to probe ocean currents that drive weather and climate   Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory will deploy a large array of new deep ocean floats to expand ocean observations in a key area of the western South Atlantic Ocean.   These instruments, called Deep Argo floats, can collect data down to nearly four miles deep, and promise to lead scientists to a better understanding of how the bottom half of the ocean may influence long term weather

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

Phoenix International Holdings Celebrates 20 Years

1997 with six underwater operations experts dedicated to the waterborne repair of U.S. Navy ships, the company has evolved into an international underwater solutions provider with a staff of almost 250 personnel and multiple service lines including offshore oil and gas IRM, ship repair, engineering, submarine rescue and deep ocean search, survey and recovery operations.   An employee owned ISO 9001-2008 Management System certified company with headquarters in Largo, Md., Phoenix operates out of seven regional office facilities on the East, Gulf and West Coasts of the U.S. catering to both military

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JW Fishers' Splash in the Empire State

New York State is richly endowed with freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs, as well as portions of two of the five Great Lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and streams. These inland bodies of water serve as drinking water, provide flood control to protect life and property and support recreation, tourism, agriculture, fishing, power generation and manufacturing. They also provide habitats for aquatic plant and animal life.   The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating

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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)

Cutaway view of Cyclops 2 showing the main components of the pressure vessel and external fairing (Photo: OceanGate)

Manned Submersible Built to Explore Titanic Shipwreck

The titanium and carbon fiber wound pressure vessel for a new deep sea manned submersibles has been constructed in preparation for the first human exploration of the Titanic shipwreck since 2005.   Once completed Cyclops 2 will be the latest addition to the fleet of OceanGate, Inc., capable of reaching more than 50 percent of the ocean to increase human exploration of the undersea world.   “Construction of Cyclops 2 is a significant step in advancing human exploration of the ocean. When completed, it will be the only privately owned submersible in the world that can take five

Dave Loudon with Herb Mitton and Rob Gatt (Photo: The Underwater Centre)

Loudon Honored for Diver Training Contributions

A commercial diver who now instructs the next generation of divers has had his contribution to commercial diver training recognized with a peer-nominated industry award.   David Loudon, Commercial Diver Trainer at The Underwater Centre in Tasmania, has been awarded the Maurie Vierow Award of Excellence by industry body Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS).   The award recognizes outstanding contributions and service from within ADAS and ADAS Accredited Training Establishments.   Loudon – who is a qualified supervisor and has obtained Certificate IV TAE in Training

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UK MoD Orders Containerized Diving Systems

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) said it has won a contract with the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) to design and manufacture two 20ft DNV Containerized Diving Systems (CDS).   SMP was selected through a tender process to design, manufacture and supply two identical 20ft DNV CDS. SMP said these systems will be based on a past proven design created by SMP with added bespoke requirements requested to meet the specific needs of the MoD.   The CDS are made up of various different components including workshop area, dive control, three diver panel, cylinder quads and standby

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Surveyors Search for WWII ‘Highballs’

, which was moored specifically for the tests in Loch Striven.    Extending off the Firth of Clyde just North of the Isle of Bute, Loch Striven forms a narrow sea inlet about 8 miles long and during World War II the upper reaches of the loch were used for training operations on midget submarines as well as the Highball program. The area was highly restricted and the authorities went to some effort to obscure the entrance to the inlet to keep the covert activities secret.   The X-Craft midget submarines were armed with two side-cargo explosive charges containing 4,400lbs of Amatol

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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Telegraph Recovered from Lusitania Wreckage

More than 100 years after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, divers have recovered yet another artifact from the wreckage of the historic ocean liner.   The Lusitania was sailing from New York to Liverpool on May 7, 1915 when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the Head of Kinsale. A second explosion then led to the vessel’s sinking and the loss of 1,198 lives, marking a key moment in World War I history.   The latest artifact brought up from the Lusitania is a telegraph, the second to be retrieved from the ship’s wreckage in recent months (the other was recovered from the

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Valeport Supports Quest for Marine Discoveries

Valeport, a manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation, said it is supporting scientists to expand knowledge of marine biodiversity with its latest CTD profiler, the fastCTD, which records the conductivity, temperature and depth of sea water.   The fastCTD is integral to the research kit that will accompany respected marine biologist Dr. Sonia Rowley as she undertakes her latest expedition to the island of Pohnpei, in the western Pacific Ocean, from August 2 until September 13. The trip follows in the wake of successful explorations at Pohnpei, the Cook and

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New Training Scheme Boost Commercial Diving Safety

The Underwater Centre, the subsea worker training experts with 40 years’ experience, has announced its new International Training Establishment (ITE) Partnership scheme, as well as its first partner, Singapore’s SSE Training Centre.    The scheme will allow training centers around the world to deliver internationally recognized commercial diving courses, accredited by ADAS. This is the first time divers have been able to train to a top-caliber international standard outside the standards body’s home country.   “There are huge opportunities in commercial

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Scientists Explore Canada’s Deep Ocean Seamounts

conditions tens of kilometers away from their summit.   From July 18 to August 1, 2017, researchers onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship John P. Tully will survey and collect the first-ever underwater footage of the Union and Dellwood seamounts, gathering insight into these valuable Canadian marine habitats, and helping to gain a better understanding of other regional seamounts for which data is sparse. Data gathered during this mission will also help to inform the planning and management of the future Marine Protected Area.   According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the research will

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Briggs Marine Ups Its Diving Capabilities

Briggs Marine Contractors has made a six-figure investment into its diving division’s capabilities with the purchase of a dual basket diver Launch and Recovery System (LARS) as the company reports increased demand for diving solutions.   The system, which was manufactured by Submarine Manufacturing Products Ltd (SMP), has been built and maintained to International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines and has been certified by Lloyds Register.   The SMP dual basket LARS, available now for hire, allows the safe launch and recovery of up to two working divers and one

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Subsea UK Unveils Teaching Resource for Schools

12th July).   Aligned to the National Curriculum, this addition to the Subsea Channel suite of resources will provide teachers with lesson plans and videos that bring to life the real-life applications of the scientific principles they teach.    The resource is made up of five topics: Marine Biology, Surveying the Seabed, Vessels, Diving, ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) and Robotics. The lesson plans have been developed to enable teachers to deliver the lessons in sequence, as a scheme of work or as individual programmes. Each come with teaching notes, information sheets and videos

Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Completes Decommissioning Work for Maersk Oil UK

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has announced a multimillion dollar contract with a global energy player Maersk Oil UK to provide late life production enhancement and decommissioning support in the North Sea.     The contract saw Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessel Bibby Polaris operate at two separate locations, undertaking production system isolations and critical component replacements to facilitate late life production enhancement, together with decommissioning support, which includes subsea deconstruction and infrastructure recovery.

As part of the exclusive package, the HUGIN AUV will be delivered with its own stinger and storage and shipping container (Image: Kongsberg)

HUGIN AUV Now Available in a Turnkey Package

world is now available as a limited release from Kongsberg.   “Although many HUGIN AUVs are delivered as turnkey solutions on a customized basis, this is the first time we have offered a HUGIN AUV as a predefined package with everything ready to go,” said Richard Mills, Director Sales Marine Robotics, Kongsberg Maritime.   As a turnkey solution, Kongsberg said, the package provides cost-savings for organizations seeking to expand their autonomous underwater capabilities for a range of applications, from commercial surveying and pipeline inspection through to marine and climate

To be equipped with a suite of GE’s marine technologies, Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s newest deep-water diving support vessel (DSV) will become the world’s first-class deep-water DSV with a multi-saturation diving system and pipe lay system. (Photo: GE Marine)

Spread of GE Tech Ordered for DSV Newbuild

Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s (SSB) new ship is purpose-designed for a range of roles including deep-water salvage operations, deep-water pipelay and construction as well as a saturation diving capability for up to 24 divers in two bells. Recently, GE’s Marine Solutions has been chosen by SSB, one of the largest rescue and salvage companies in the world, to provide a suite of marine technologies including power and propulsion equipment, dynamic positioning (DP) and automation and control systems to its newest deep-water dive support vessel (DSV). The vessel will become the world’s

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4K Camera Captures Subsea Footage for BBC and NHK

Blackmagic Design said its Micro Studio Camera 4K was chosen as part of the new EagleRay 4K underwater camera system, which is used to capture 4K footage up to 1,000 meters deep. Lee Frey, co-founder of Arctic Rays and manned submersible pilot for Alucia Productions, used the Micro Studio Camera 4K to capture footage during Antarctic expeditions for the BBC’s “Blue Planet II” and the NHK’s “Deep Ocean” series.   Alucia Productions is a nonprofit media company that partners with leading broadcasters, scientific institutions, conservation organizations and

Photo: JW Fishers

JW Fishers’ ROVs Used for Tank Inspection Services

also dotted with many lakes, bays, and rivers. Throughout Southeast Alaska there are an incredible number of commercial, charter, and sport vessels that use the entire “Inside Passage”.   Alaska ROV Services are spreading the word to state troopers, search and rescue teams, university marine research departments, marine salvage and repair companies, harbormasters and more to let them know what services they offer. “With the SeaLion 2, Scan-650 and SSS600-1200 we feel we have a good start in the field,” Sebans said. “Hopefully by next winter we can add the Magnetometer

One of the cable tensioners added to Briggs’ range of equipment (Photo: Briggs Marine)

Briggs Marine Strengthens Subsea Offering

U.K. marine contractor Briggs Marine said it has invested more than £1 million into its subsea services division over recent months.   The company has enhanced its subsea cable repair and installation capabilities with the addition of two new 15Te tracked cable tensioners to its existing cable handling equipment portfolio. The tensioners were employed immediately in the renewable energy sector to deliver power to cable installation operations for Briggs’ subsea services division.   Briggs has also invested in two cable storage tanks, extending its Burntisland-based cable depot

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Tech File: The Apium Data Diver

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

Loral O’Hara (Photo: NASA)

WHOI’ O’Hara Selected for NASA Astronaut Program

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

In 1914, USRC Cutter McCulloch was ordered to Mare Island Navy Shipyard where the cutter’s boilers were replaced, the mainmast was removed and the bowsprit shortened. In 1915, McCulloch became a US Coast Guard Cutter when the US Revenue Cutter Service and US Life-Saving Service were combined to create the United States Coast Guard. (Credit: Gary Fabian Collection)

US Coast Guard Shipwreck Found – 100 Years Later

deployed to enforce fur seal regulations in the Pribilof Islands off Alaska and served as a floating courthouse for far-flung Alaskan towns.   Last October, a joint NOAA and Coast Guard training mission confirmed the location of McCulloch’s remains. Working off the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary’s research vessel Shearwater, the multi-agency science team from NOAA, National Park Service, and Coast Guard Dive Lockers Alameda and San Diego, deployed a VideoRay remotely operated vehicle to survey and characterize the shipwreck. Coast Guard 11th District cutters Halibut and Blacktip

(Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City)

Diver Rescued off North Carolina Coast

; A video of the medevac is available here.   “With our helicopter crews close by, they were able to quickly respond and get this diver the medical aid he needed," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jared F. Stanton, duty watchstander at Sector North Carolina. “When diving, we urge mariners to check their equipment is working properly and to ensure they have a means of contacting help.&rdquo

Cyclops 1 and Ms. Lars under tow (Photo: OceanGate Expeditions)

Manned Submersible Divers to Study Sharks in the Bahamas

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

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

Creating Superior Buoyancy with Air

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

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Collaborators Aim to Optimize ROV Operations

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

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Blueye Pioneer: A New Underwater Drone

A new low-cost marine drone seeks to change the way underwater hull inspections are performed, allowing ship owners, vessel crew and shipyards to examine hulls below the surface in a safer and more cost efficient manner. The Blueye Pioneer underwater drone has been developed by Trondheim-based technology firm Blueye Robotics, a company which has sprung out from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS).    The Blueye Pioneer, which essentially provides “eyes under the water” for ad-hoc and periodic

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Dutchman Wants to Deploy Barriers to Gather, Recycle Pacific Plastic

ashore and recycled. "You can imagine the bumper of your next car, or the chair you're sitting on or the frame of your phone can be ocean plastic in the future," Slat told Reuters. Environmental groups including Greenpeace have said removing large quantities of plastic could damage marine life. "To filter the plastic out of the water could affect very small marine life which is very important for the food chain," said Elvira Jimenez, a coordinator for Greenpeace's ocean campaign. Slat said his barriers would not act like a net and would spare marine life. Plastic pollution

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Diver Training Key to Underwater Vessel Repair

After delays of almost two weeks following an unsuccessful repair to the hull of a 180m bulk carrier that ran aground offshore Las Palmas, Spain, Hydrex Underwater Technologies was approached to get the vessel sailing again. Hydrex Production Executive Dave Bleyenberg explained, “The classification society said to the owner the repair would be more likely to get the green light if we were involved because they knew we had the needed certificates and experience.” Once Hydrex’s involvement was approved, a small inspection team was flown to Las Palmas to perform a detailed underwate

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South Bay Cable Celebrates 60

commitment to quality and customer service, allow South Bay Cable to experience steady growth. With increased production capabilities and strong footholds in both commercial and military markets, South Bay looks forward to future challenges.      (As published in the May 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Topaz Resolve Goes to Work in the Mediterranean

International offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine said its multipurpose supply vessel (MPSV) Topaz Resolve has commenced a charter in support of geophysical and geotechnical survey operations in the Mediterranean Sea for a European oil major.  Topaz Resolve is operating from Limassol, Cyprus for an initial period of one month. The vessel is a multi-functional ROV, dive and survey vessel and is equipped for deep and shallow water operations, in DP2 or by 4-point mooring. The 50m vessel, which was built in late 2015, is equipped with a 25 metric ton offshore subsea crane.

This frame grab from video taken by MBARI’s MiniROV shows the inner house of a giant larvacean, with its inner chambers outlined by the red sheet of laser light from the DeepPIV system. Image © 2015 MBARI

Lasers Shed Light on the Inner Workings of the Giant Larvacean

New laser technology is allowing MBARI scientists to look into the structure of giant larvaceans–tadpole-like marine animals that are important players in ocean ecosystems. In a recent paper in Science Advances, MBARI researchers described a new method for measuring the flow of seawater through larvaceans and other gelatinous animals. The results will help scientists understand how much carbon dioxide the oceans are absorbing from the atmosphere. Larvaceans play a significant role in moving carbon from the upper part of the ocean down into the deep sea. They build balloon-like mucus structures

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Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

the first newbuild to use Kongsberg’s Integrated Vessel Concept for research vessels, Atair II will become one of the most sophisticated ships in the world. In parallel to the high levels of integration, Atair II features DNV-GL SILENT class notation – SILENT R, ensuring minimal impact on the marine environment and optimum conditions for scientific work aboard. Atair II also meets the strictest standards for Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emissions according to International Maritime Organisation (IMO Tier III) requirements and US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA Tier IV) soot particle emissions

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