Environmental Monitoring

MacArtney’s 12-unit turnkey water sampler solution for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. Photo: MacArtney

MacArtney supplies a 12-unit turnkey solution for the Danish EPA

MacArtney recently supplied a 12-unit turnkey solution for the Danish  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a solution that featuries three different water sampler configurations in dedicated frames, helping to document marine conditions in Danish waters.The solution comprises a high-tech toolkit for measuring Danish waters, enabling EPA's oceanographers to measure a full range of parameters:CTD – Conductivity, Temperature, DepthFluorescenceYellow matter (CDOM)Dissolved oxygenPAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation)The CTD is one of the most commonly used tools in an oceanographer'

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Converted Patrol Boat Becomes a Research Vessel for USM

A refurbished 48-foot workboat has been delivered to The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) for its second life as a research vessel.The vessel, an Endeavor 45 cabin patrol vessel originally built by Silver Ships in 2008 for the State of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR), returned to the Theodore, Ala. shipyard for the transformation. The vessel is now capable of supporting the USM School of Ocean Science and Engineering’s deep ocean underwater surveys using various uncrewed underwater vehicle systems. The new and improved vessel will conduct testing, maritime research and

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MOL, Bombora Targeting Wave Energy Opportunities in Japan

. More on that here."With Bombora’s mWave technology and project development experience, MOL will work to minimise the environmental impact of its business activities and aim to achieve sustainable net-zero GHG emissions, bringing its expertise accumulated in offshore business such as marine consultation, operations, and its knowledge of the regional supply chain to the joint study," MOL said."The rapid growth of the marine renewable energy sector represents a new opportunity for MOL, and [the company] is anticipating there will be a significant demand for vessels involved

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Ocean 100: Profits from World's Seas Dominated by 100 Companies

said on Wednesday, calling on them to help save the oceans from over-fishing, rising temperatures and pollution.Together, the companies generated $1.1 trillion in revenues in 2018, or about 60% of the total, according to a study that sets out for the first time which firms profit the most from marine industries.Oceans play a critical role in capturing planet-warming gases, absorbing around 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions. But environmentalists say much more needs to be done to protect them.“There’s so much talk about the need for sustainable oceans ... but there’s very rarely

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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

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Norway Eyes Sea Change in Deep Dive for Metals Instead of Oil

and raising of deep-sea minerals to the surface off Japan in 2017."It sounds fantastic to go deep for minerals, but remember what the oil and gas industry has achieved over the last 50 years, and you can stand on the shoulders of it," said Walter Sognnes, chief executive of start-up LOKE Marine Minerals and a former co-founder of several oil firms.(Additional reporting by Yuka Obayashi; editing by Gwladys Fouche and Jason Neely

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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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Saildrone Launches 72-foot Surveyor

and testing of this new uncrewed system because we are confident it will expand the capability of our existing fleet of ships to help us accelerate in a cost-effective way our mission to map, characterize and explore our nation’s deep ocean territory, monitor valuable fisheries and other marine resources, and provide information to unleash the potential of our nation’s Blue Economy.”The Saildrone Surveyor was developed in part through a public-private partnership with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to integrate

Credit: Subsea Innovation’s Dynamic Bend Stiffener (DBS) is a retrofit assembly that is installed onto turbine cables of an offshore wind farm. - Credit: Dynamic Load Monitoring

DLM Delivers Monitoring Systems for Offshore Wind Farm Cables

UK-based Dynamic Load Monitoring (DLM), said Monday it has built two bespoke monitoring systems that have been installed by dive teams on subsea bend stiffeners at an offshore wind farm.The equipment has been commissioned, with the first round of data due to be collected in March 2021.The company, based in Southampton, said the products were delivered to Darlington, UK-based Subsea Innovation, a manufacturer of subsea equipment, which was challenged by the end-user to provide a system to prevent array cables— which connect the site’s turbines together—from breaking. DLM did not say

Oceanographer and Discoverer will join NOAA's ship fleet, which includes NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, the agency's largest research vessel. (Photo: Wes Struble/NOAA)

Thoma-Sea Marine Wins Deal to Build Pair of NOAA Oceanographic Ships

NOAA’s effort to recapitalize its aging fleet of research ships took a major step forward today with the U.S. Navy’s award of a $178,082,877 contract to Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC, Houma, La., for the detailed design and construction of two new oceanographic ships.NOAA is acquiring the vessels through an agreement with the Naval Sea Systems Command, a leader in building, providing and procuring large research ships for the nation's research fleet.The first ship, to be named Oceanographer, will be homeported in Honolulu. The second ship, to be named Discoverer, will be assigned a

Baker Hughes Flexible Pipe: Reinventing the Familiar for Subsea Production

In 2017, the Brazil National Petroleum Agency (ANP) issued a failure mode alert: stress corrosion cracking (SCC-CO2) triggered by the presence of CO2 in high-pressure pre-salt conditions had been identified as the cause of broken tensile armor wires on a certain flexible pipe installation. Relatively common in other applications where carbon steel is subject to high CO2 concentrations, this failure mode was unknown in flexible pipe – and it presented a major challenge for operators in Brazil’s extensive pre-salt fields.Flexible pipes have played an important role in Brazil’s history

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Atlantis Delivers Tidal Power Equipment to Japan

Tidal energy developer Atlantis said Tuesday its Scottish-made tidal generation equipment had arrived in Japan.The Atlantis designed and built tidal generation system has arrived in Nagasaki harbor, Japan having left Scotland in October. It will be deployed at Japan’s Kyuden Mirai Energy’s demonstrator project.The tidal generation system will now be transported in January 2021 by support vessels to the designated deployment site in the Naru Strait, located between the islands of Naru and Hisaka in the Goto Island chain.The AR500 tidal generation system will be deployed at the Naru Strait

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Ponant Moves Forward with BV to Mitigate Underwater Radiated Noise

the Bureau Veritas class notation NR614 for Underwater Radiated Noise (URN).NR614 establishes requirements for the measurement of underwater radiated noise and the ‘acoustic sound signature’ emitted by self-propelled ships to support the management and mitigation of the impact of noise on marine fauna in both shallow and deep waters. Le Jacques-Cartier is one of the few cruise ships in the world to have obtained this certification, rewarding the cutting-edge design in terms of environmental conservation of the Ponant Explorers series.The sound tests were carried out in September, off the

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Climate Change is Flooding the Arctic with Light – and New Species

Arctic will affect the ecosystem is concerning, but there are also unpleasant questions for researchers. If much of the information we’ve gathered about the Arctic came from scientists stationed on brightly lit boats, how “natural” is the state of the ecosystem we have reported?Arctic marine science is about to enter a new era with autonomous and remotely operated platforms, capable of operating without any light, making measurements in complete darkness.© Standard Primitive / Adobe StockUnderwater forestsAs sea ice retreats from the shores of Greenland, Norway, North America and

One of the CANs that was installed on an exploration well in the Norwegian North Sea in April 2020

Neodrill Pens Neptune Contract for CAN Tech

Norwegian pre-rig technology company Neodrill, known for its Conductor Anchor Node (CAN) technology, has signed a frame agreement with Neptune Energy and shared info on its first two projects.Neodrill's two CAN-ductors were installed earlier this year on two of Neptune Energy’s exploration wells in the Norwegian North Sea. In August, Neptune Energy and its partners announced the commercial discovery of oil at the Dugong well (PL882) in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, one of the largest discoveries in Norway this year. The first campaign in April was the first delivery

Proserv, Intelligent Plant Ink Deal Aiming to Drive Digital Evolution

Proserv Controls signed a strategic alliance with software engineering firm Intelligent Plant, a deal aimed to deliver advanced control systems and data analysis to provide operators with digital solutions tailored to their needs and feedback. The announcement follows a broader industry trend toward leveraging true digitalization to help rationalize efficiencies in the offshore industry. Ultimately the tie-up with Proserv and Intelligent plan will integrate improved visibility of system information, and key metrics, enabling more effective monitoring of core equipment and a the ability to predict

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Send in the Drones: First aerial drone-dipping sensors take off with Valeport

A new system for autonomous airborne hydrographic survey has been launched by THURN Group. The THURN QuickDip system of data collection uses aerial drones to carry Valeport sensors on pre-planned survey routes to deliver an efficient and repeatable method of gathering survey data from inaccessible or dangerous waters.THURN Group developed the innovative QuickDip technology for inland and coastal water-ways to offer a range of benefits including: rapid data collection from multiple sites of interest, repeat-able map-based surveys to monitor change detection, the ability to safely collect data from

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WMU PhD Candidate Ambrose Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

into effect in January 2020 and can be considered a model for Islands and Island States worldwide.Ambrose joined WMU in September 2020 to undertake a PhD focused on plastic pollution as part of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute’s Closing the Circle capacity development and research program on marine debris, Sargassum and marine spatial planning in the Eastern Caribbean. The program is underpinned by generous funding from The Nippon Foundation of Japan and supports six PhD students undertaking advanced academic research on overcoming the challenges associated with marine debris in the Caribbean

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Enhanced Drilling Tech for Vår Energi's Ops Offshore Norway

Norwegian oil and gas company Vår Energi has signed a framework agreement with drilling equipment firm Enhanced Drilling.Under the agreement, Enhanced Drilling will provide Vår Energi with its Cutting Transportation System (CTS) and Riserless Mud Recovery (RMR) services on Vår Energi operated fields.According to Enhanced Drilling, headquartered in Straume just outside of Bergen, Norway, the RMR system ensures all mud and cuttings are returned to the rig, with zero discharge to the sea. "The result is a safer and more stable top-hole, drilled with minimal environmental impact.

By Dr. Ralph Rayner, Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics, and the Oceanology Conference Chair

50 Years from Now: Perspectives Dr. Ralph Rayner

"50 Years From Now" was published in the Oceanology International 50th Anniversary Edition published by Marine Technology Reporter. Here we present insights from Dr. Ralph Rayner. (*Editor's Note: This was written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic)The last fifty years have been dominated by technological innovation and development associated with the exploitation of the ocean’s living and non-living resources and the use of the ocean as a medium for transport.  It has also seen enormous progress in our scientific and technological capacity to observe, measure and predict the

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Kongsberg to Deliver Fish-Finding Sonars for Artemis Trawler

.Scheduled for delivery in June 2022, the vessel will be equipped with SIMRAD ST94, SN93 and CS90 fish-finding sonars, providing a range of omnidirectional and targeted fish location and tracking options across multiple frequencies.Credit: KongsbergAndrew Masson, Sales Director at SIMRAD dealer Echomaster Marine, who concluded the deal, said: “The Artemis vessel owners knew of SIMRAD products already, as they had deployed ES80 fishery echosounders and FS70 trawl sonar on previous vessels. After we presented the SIMRAD sonar portfolio they spoke to other vessel owners in Norway, Sweden, and the UK and

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OSIL, URI Collaborate on Research Project

The University of Rhode Island (URI) had a recent requirement for two oceanographic buoy systems and land-based deck unit for ongoing oceanographic research under the Rhode Island Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment Innovation & Modeling (RI-CAIM), a five-year grant program funded by the National Science Foundation (Award #OIA-1655221). Researchers have requested systems that can use a new array of sensors and equipment, called the integrated Bay Observatory, that has already been acquired by URI through RI C-AIM.  The data from this platform will be sent back to a computer system

Valeport Promotes Frankland

Valeport promoted Guy Frankland to Head of Marketing, as it targets market leadership in the environmental sensors sector.  The internal appointment of Frankland, former marketing manager, marks the latest step in the strategic growth plans for Valeport, a leading oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrument manufacturer.With more than 20 years’ experience in strategy, brand and digital marketing, Franklandjoined Valeport in 2018 and has been responsible for overseeing a comprehensive refresh of the brand that has served the subsea sector for more than 50 years, supporting Valeport&

The ABES buoy immediately prior to deployment. Photo by Dr. Lovro Valcic.

EcoLight AZFP Buoy to Monitor Light and Under-Ice Zooplankton

occurring in polar regions, the overall goal of the ABES buoy deployments is to demonstrate how Arctic ecosystems may change as snow, ice type and thickness change in the future. Changes in the light field under the ice affect large-scale ecosystem structure and biochemical functioning of the Arctic marine environment. The consequences of changes in light penetration impact phytoplankton blooms and in-ice algal growth and this in turn impacts feeding opportunities throughout the food web.A key instrument integrated into the ABES is an ASL Environmental Sciences Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP)

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Mocean's Wave Energy Device to Power Subsea Oil & Gas Ops

for a range of applications – including scientific ocean monitoring, aquaculture, oil and gas, and delivering energy to remote communities."We are currently working with firms in the Scottish supply chain to build and deliver our first prototype, which will commence testing at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney next year," McNatt said.“The Innovate UK grant will enable us to advance our engineering design, including a new power take-off, moorings, and umbilical, and will deliver additional grant support to our project partners Newcastle University’s Electrical Power

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Shell, Ocean Infinity on Uncrewed Seep Hunting Mission

work with fewer risks and environmental impacts," Ocean Infinity said Wednesday.Ocean Infinity’s Armada fleet, which will become operational next year, will be equipped with autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) offering deep-water coverage on a large scale.The Armada will initially add 15 marine robots to Ocean Infinity’s current fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).Each unmanned surface robot will be able to serve a wide range of industries by being fully equipped to perform a multiplicity of offshore data acquisition and intervention operations down to a depth of 6,000 meters

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SeaRobotics Launches Utility Class ASV

Marine robotics company SeaRobotics Corporation (SRC) on Monday revealed details of its next-generation utility class autonomous surface vehicle (ASV), the SR-Utility 3.0. This latest addition to the SRC portfolio is designed to extend the range and versatility of unmanned coastal marine survey operations by providing professional surveyors with a configurable platform that allows for interchangeable payloads and sensors, including the incorporation of existing instrumentation.“We have been building ASVs for over 20 years now and understand that there is always a need for some degree of customizat

WindFloat Atlantic  the world's first first semi-submersible floating wind farm, located 20km off the coast of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Image courtesy EDP Renovables

Virtual Conference to Focus on Transatlantic Marine Renewables

Marine industry experts from Portugal and Canada are staging a special Blue Economy conference to spark transatlantic business growth. WavEC Offshore Renewables is teaming up with the Embassy of Canada to Portugal to host ‘Advancing the Blue Economy through Intercontinental Collaboration’. It runs on December 09 and 10.The two-day online event includes a world-class roster of speakers. They will share knowledge on floating offshore wind, alongside latest advances in wave power, floating solar, hydrogen and offshore aquaculture.To register for the event visit https://register.gotowebinar.

Rhonda Reidy preparing the AZFP for prey mapping just moments after tagging a whale. (photo credit: Jessica Qualley).

Reidy Awarded NSERC Grant in Partnership with ASL to Measure Baleen Whale Prey in BC

long-term environmental monitoring of the water column from a stationary mooring on the seafloor.In a bottom-mounted, upward-looking orientation, the AZFP monitors the presence of zooplankton and fish by measuring acoustic backscatter returns at multiple ultrasonic frequencies.One great interest to the marine conservation community in BC is to develop reliable measurement methods for the evaluation of baleen whale diet over time. The objectives of this project are to (i) modify the AZFP for efficient use on small boats and (ii) evaluate the performance of the AZFP regarding its utility for collecting

Left: Lab-On-Chip chemical sensors (foreground) with autonomous underwater vehicle (submarine) Autosub Long Range behind. Right: CAD model showing Autosub Long Range with seven Lab-On-Chip nutrient sensors in the nose and four Lab-On-Chip and one electrochemical sensor for the ocean carbonate (CO2) system at the stern. (Images: NOC)

New Project Aims to Revolutionize Ocean Observations and Measurements

; Technologies for Ocean Sensing – will pioneer five new sensors, two imaging systems, a novel sampler and an artificial intelligence-driven image processing methodology, all capable of robust operations at depths beyond 2,000 meters.TechOceanS will actively engage with scientists, manufacturers, marine stakeholders and resource managers to target “Essential Ocean Variables” that currently can only be measured by observations from a ship. The new technologies developed in the project will enable the capture of vital, previously inaccessible data on the ocean’s biogeochemistry,

Rear Admiral John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

INTERVIEW: RDML John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

NOAA and Naval Oceanography use unmanned systems similarly to collect similar data sets, we do it for very different reasons with very different mission sets. A great example is acoustics. NOAA uses acoustic sensors (like hydrophones) primarily in their fisheries and climate groups. They are monitoring marine mammals, detecting seismic activity, and using it for law enforcement for public consumption. Naval Oceanography collects acoustic information to understand how ambient noise impacts sound pathways through the ocean to enable undersea warfare. CENOTE better postures Navy and NOAA to reduce costs

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Aquaculture: Inside the De Maas’ Offshore Fish Farm

As attention increasingly turns to ocean health and sustainability, an innovative new fish farm solution was deployed earlier this year when the De Maas’ Semi-submersible Spar Fish Farm (SSFF) became the world’s first offshore farm installed at an open ocean location exposed to tropical storms. MTR recently visited – virtually – with co-founder Philip Schreven for insight on the design and operation particulars of their innovation.How did you became involved in this unique niche of the maritime industry?Mark van Leeuwen and I founded De Maas in 2007 as an offshore oil and gas

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Kraken Robotics Wraps Third OceanVision Survey Campaign

;This marks the 8th different vessel type that Kraken’s KATFISH has operated from, demonstrating the flexibility and robustness of operation on vessels ranging in length from 39 feet to 262 feet," Kraken said Friday.During the campaign, Kraken collected data in a variety of areas focusing on marine habitats, iceberg scours and other objects of interest, operating the KATFISH and ALARS in up to Sea State 6 conditions. KATFISH & ALARS in Very Heavy Seas - Credit: Kraken Robotics"In addition to capturing large amounts of ultra-high-definition seafloor data, Kraken was very pleased

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Subsea Valve Actuator certified for Safety Integrity Level 3

The new concept for Subsea Valve Actuators (SVA) from Bosch Rexroth has been certified by DNV GL for application in safety systems with up to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 requirements. The SVA is a self-contained actuator for opening and closing process valves in the deep sea at depths down to 3000 meters and deeper. The system consists of an electrically controlled drive with a hydrostatic transmission.The patent-protected SVA is design to open and close process valves for oil and gas production or in CO2 storage systems in deep sea applications. A redundant design, for example of the safety

CEO Ståle Kyllingstad, IKM Gruppen and Chairman of the Board, Peder Sortland, Acona AS.
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IKM Group Acquires Acona

Norway's IKM Group said Wednesday it has acquired 100% shares in the Norwegian offshore oil and gas consultancy Acona.Acona provides services within Well Management and Engineering, Environmental & HSEQ&Risk Services, Field Development, and Consultancy Services.The company has more than 100 personnel, located in Stavanger and Oslo. Turnover for 2019 was approximately 260 million NOK (USD 27,8 million).IKM Group, which employs about 2.500 persons within 45 companies in 12 regions, said that Acona added complementary services to several IKM companies, such as IKM Ocean Design, a service

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Partners Team Up to Develop Utility Class ASV

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) and SeaRobotics Corp. (SRC), both based in Stuart, Fla., are working together to jointly develop the next generation utility class autonomous surface vessel (ASV).Based on the fully integrated SR-Surveyor M1.8 ASV, introduced by SRC in 2019, the new utility class ASV will deploy the same fully integrated control, survey, and autonomy systems, providing the market with a fully compatible line of ASVs that are capable of addressing a wide range of tasks – from 1.8 m inshore/nearshore vessels to over 12 m ocean going vessels.The SR-Utility 3.0 and SR-Surveyor M1.

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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

Rocsole’s Deposition In-Line Inspection tool. Source: Rocsole

Pipeline Inspection with Fast(ER) Results

Finland’s Rocsole is hoping to provide operators with better, faster insight into their pipelines through a new compact inline sensor and a large dose of data analytics. Its inspection tool uses electrical tomography and digital signal processing to measure conductivity and permeability values within a pipeline. These are then analyzed to determine the content – fluid and solid – of pipelines or vessels, such as separators.The technology has had the backing of Shell, who are trialling the Deposition In-Line Inspection (DILI) in a 12 in. water pipeline in Brunei in October to detect

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

Recovery of Autosub 6000 following BioCam dive. Image: Sonardyne

Seabed Imaging Re-imagined

accidents. The end result for either method is usually extensive, lengthy post-processing on the vast amounts of gathered data.A new, 3D deep-sea imaging system, developed by the University of Southampton, with support from Sonardyne, under the Natural Environment Research Council’s OCEANIDS Marine Sensor Capital “BioCam” program, has gone a long way to resolving these challenges.During its first 24-hour deployment, a BioCam fitted to an Autosub6000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC), mapped more than 50 times the area of

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Seabed Geosolutions Wins OBN Survey Work in Brazil

Ocean bottom seismic company Seabed Geosolutions has won a contract for a baseline 4D ocean bottom node (OBN) survey as well as a future 4D monitor OBN survey in Brazil. The project, for an unnamed client, is to be acquired in water depths greater than 2,200 meters and the baseline survey is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2021. The total combined duration of the two surveys is estimated at around eight months.Stephan Midenet, CEO of Seabed Geosolutions this would be the company's sixth project in Brazil "a core OBN market."The company, which collects geophysical data on

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Op/Ed: An Antarctic Marine Protected Area is Long Overdue

, tourism, research infrastructure expansion and climate change.In an article published in Nature, we join more than 280 women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) from the global leadership initiative Homeward Bound to call for the immediate protection of the peninsula’s marine environment, through the designation of a marine protected area.Our call comes ahead of a meeting, due in the next fortnight, of the international group responsible for establishing marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean. We urge the group to protect the region, because delays could be disastrous

Hydromea launched a new patent-pending subsea wireless communication modem LUMA X.

Hydromea Launches LUMA X, Wireless Underwater Optical Modem

Hydromea launched a new patent-pending subsea wireless communication modem LUMA X. The LUMA X can beam data using light at up to 10 Mbit/s with a 120-degree cone. With that, the LUMA X enables real-time streaming of HD-quality video and 4K images wirelessly through water – allowing the operators of autonomous underwater vehicles to monitor its interventions from the comfort of its control rooms onshore.“The wide-angle beam gives subsea vehicles connecting via the LUMA X a lot of freedom of movement,” said Felix Schill, co-founder and CTO of Hydromea. “The small size of the

JW Fishers SeaLion-2 Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). Image: JW Fishers

Saginaw Bay’s Marine Ecosystem Revival

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came”  – John F. KennedySaginaw Bay’s warm waters serve as nursery grounds for many fish species and support the fisheries of both Saginaw Bay and the main basin of Lake Huron. Historically, inner Saginaw Bay contained rock reefs that provided critical habitats, spawning grounds, and juvenile areas for many native fish species. This includes Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Suckers during the spring and Lake Whitefish, Cisco, Lake Trout, and

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DOE, NOAA Challenge Innovators to Integrate Renewable Energy, Ocean Obs

The U.S. Department of Energy and NOAA announced the opening of the DEVELOP Competition within the Ocean Observing Prize, a multi-stage prize that challenges innovators to integrate marine renewable energy with ocean observation platforms. The DEVELOP Competition challenges problem solvers to develop technologies to help us better map, monitor, and understand the ocean.Offering $2.4 million in cash prizes, access to testing in tanks and at sea, and in-kind support, the DEVELOP Competition comprises three contests— Design, Build, and Splash. Now open, the Design Contest will remain

OFG, EMGS Enter Cooperation Agreement

Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc (OFG) and Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) signed a cooperation agreement under which the two companies agree to work together on various projects to promote the use of marine CSEM technology.The agreement places specific emphasis on exploiting the obvious synergies between the state-of-the-art towed-streamer CSEM system from OFG (under its exclusive right to acquire the PGS EM technology) and the industry-leading sea-bottom CSEM/MT nodal system from EMGS. Cooperation will include development of proprietary and multi-client surveys, and multiphysics reprocessing of

Schematic view of a controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey. A horizontal electric dipole (HED) is towed above receivers that are deployed on the seafloor. The HED emits a continuous EM signal which is recorded by the receivers (For illustration; Credit: EMGS)

Offshore Surveyors OFG, EMGS Enter CSEM Tech Pact

Canadian offshore survey firm Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG) and its Norwegian counterpart Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) have signed a cooperation agreement.Under the agreement, the two offshore surveyors have agreed to work together on various projects to promote the use of marine controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) technology."The agreement places specific emphasis on exploiting the obvious synergies between the state-of-the-art towed-streamer CSEM system from FG (under its exclusive right to acquire the PGS EM technology) and the industry-leading sea-bottom CSEM/MT nodal system

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TDI-Brooks Wraps Ivory Coast Offshore Survey for Total

TDI-Brooks International, in partnership with the French environmental firm Créocéan and Benthic Solutions, has completed an Environmental Baseline Studies (EBS) for the oil major Total offshore the Ivory Coast.The survey was conducted over offshore blocks CI-705 and CI-706, and included seawater sampling and profiling (CTD rosette) as well as plankton sampling (bongo net) at 7 stations, sediment sampling (Mega Box Core) at 45 stations, and live feed benthic video sled at 24 transects. The two blocks cover an area of around 3,200 sq km and include multi-target hydrocarbon prospects

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Significant Dredge Monitoring Network for OSIL

Environmental monitoring systems manufacturer Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) said it has been awarded a contract for the international supply of a network of dredge monitoring buoys.The Tern buoy hull design incorporates a stainless steel sub frame with a moon pool for instrument protection, and its modular manufacture makes the buoy easy to ship and assemble on-site following delivery. The 12 buoys are set up to communicate via Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) with an onboard Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) option to further reduce operational costs when the buoys are moved

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'Marine Seismic Survey Disruptor' Gets Industry Funding

Blue Ocean Seismic Services, a company that describes itself as "the marine seismic survey disruptor," has secured a total of £10 million of Series A investment from bp Ventures, Woodside Energy, and Blue Ocean Monitoring.The company will use the cash to continue the development of its offshore oil and gas seismic survey system which uses long-endurance self-repositioning autonomous underwater nodes, which can also identify and monitoring carbon storage opportunities under the seabed.Blue Ocean Seismic Services has explained that its technology has been designed to be fully containerized

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Petrobras Taps Oceaneering for BOP Tethering Services

Subsea services provider Oceaneering has been awarded a BOP tethering services contract offshore Brazil with the Brazilian oil firm Petrobras.The scope of work under the contract includes data acquisition and real-time riser analysis for dynamic positioning rig operations for up to seven wells in water depths between 150 meters and 700 meters.The contract is for one year with the option to extend for an additional year.  Oceaneering did not provide the financial details of the deal.Oceaneering will provide eight suction piles that will be manufactured locally as well as 10 wellhead load relief

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Proserv, Synaptec Developing Cable Monitoring Solution for Offshore Wind

Controls technology company Proserv Controls has teamed up with power system monitoring firm Synaptec to develop a cable monitoring system for offshore wind farms.The two companies expect the solution to reduce downtime, improve safety, and lower operating costs at offshore wind farms.Proserv said it would incorporate Synaptec’s passive distributed electro-mechanical sensing (DES) technology within the monitoring solution.Paul Cook, Proserv’s Product Manager – Renewables said:"...Synaptec’s non-intrusive passive monitoring capability means we have the scope to integrate

Clam diggers along the Washington state coast. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA Awards $11.6M for Harmful Algal Bloom Research

NOAA is announced funding of 17 new research projects around the country to better understand and predict harmful algal blooms (HABs) and improve response to them.NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) allocated $10.3 million to harmful algal bloom research in fiscal year 2020 for work that will take place over the next three to five years. Approximately $4 million will cover the first year of 11 new projects, while $6.3 million will go to 16 projects already in process. New projects will begin in Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes

The Kongsberg Maritime team with the HUGIN AUV, a 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE third-prize winner. Photo: Kongsberg

Hugin AUV Scores 2020 AUVSI ECELLENCE Awards

better than 5 x 5cm resolution. “Winning a top-three placing in this AUVSI XCELLENCE award category is not just a welcome vindication of the HUGIN Superior AUV’s abilities, but also of its implications as a key ally in the ongoing custodianship of our oceans,” says Richard Mills, VP Marine Robotics Sales, Kongsberg Maritime. “In addition to the assistance it will provide to various organizations in support of the Seabed 2030 mission to map every inch of the ocean floor within the next decade, the detailed data it accumulates is indispensable for reinforcing the long-term security

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Acoustic Data launches high-expansion Retainer with Integrated Acoustic Telemetry

Acoustic Data has developed a new slickline deployed high expansion retainer for cement and metal alloy plug and abandonment (P&A) applications. In the case of new-generation metal alloy plugs, the HEX-Retainer can be integrated with the company’s SonicGauge Plug Verification System (PVS) for real-time long-term barrier integrity monitoring purposes.The SonicGauge PVS uses wireless communication in the form of acoustic telemetry to transmit downhole pressure measured below the barrier to surface, or alternatively, in deep-set applications, to a SonicReceiver unit that can be permanently

Ocean Startup Challenge Awards 14 Companies $25K Each

airboats for inland and coastal water monitoring and surveying applications. Their boats are built to be simple and straightforward to operate, easy for users to customize with add-on equipment, and reliable in operation.Kavacha.ca (Canoe Cove, PE) uses fish waste to provide active protection to marine industries through direct-to-metal coatings in harsh environments. Their solution saves users more than 30% on material and labor, while increasing or maintaining asset lifetime, reducing toxin exposure/imprint, and providing a high-volume value add for a fishery waste stream.Marecomms Inc. (Halifax

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Baker Hughes Launches Subsea Wellhead Cutting System "Terminator"

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes has launched a vessel-deployed subsea wellhead cutting system called the Terminator.In what Baker Hughes says is "a first-of-its-kind mechanical wellhead removal method", the Terminator system has already been used to cut a subsea wellhead from an abandoned exploration well owned by Wintershall DEA in Norway.Romain Chambault, Europe vice president for oilfield equipment at Baker Hughes said: "In the current environment, every aspect of operations is under the spotlight. We see unavoidable costs for our customers, like wellhead removal, as opportuniti

UC San Diego mechanical engineering major Raymond Young works on a team project, sponsored by Boeing, for the class Hacking for the Oceans. His team is developing a software suite of autonomous unmanned surface vehicle behaviors that could help scientists monitor the environment for harmful algal blooms. Image Courtesy UC San Diego

Hacking 4 Environment: Oceans - Creating Entrepreneurs from Scientists and Students

those MVPs with stakeholders, and figure out how to get their solution into the hands of those who would benefit from it.Undergraduate electrical engineering major Seth Litman writes code for a sensor unit used to measure water level. Litman is on the CCCIA-sponsored team, which received mentorship from marine robotics company Blue Robotics. Image courtesy UC San Diego.Bringing a Lean Approach to the Traditional ClassroomIn Hacking for the Environment: Oceans and Hacking 4 Oceans, students came from various disciplines across the schools, but threw themselves into tackling ocean problems. The class is

The Saab Seaeye Leopard is suited for unmanned service vessel applications. Image: Saab Seaeye/Ocean Infinity

Saab Seaeye Leopards Integrated in Ocean Infinity Fleet

Ocean Infinity have selected the Saab Seaeye Leopard to complement its 'Armada' fleet of unmanned surface robot vessels. The Leopard work-class underwater vehicles will be deployed from Ocean Infinity’s initial 13 environmentally sustainable unmanned vessels for a variety of offshore and coastal services."The 3000 m Seaeye Leopard was chosen not only because it is well suited to USV applications but more specifically because of its comparable capabilities to a conventional hydraulic work class vehicle, but with considerably less input power, meaning materially reduced carbon emissions

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VIDEO: Barcode Tags Could Cut Subsea Pipeline Inspection Costs

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 long-term 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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