Environmental Monitoring

The CARTHE drifter (Photo: GreenWave Instruments LLC)

Meet the CARTHE Drifter

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

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Advanced Monitoring Proves Its Capabilities Offshore

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

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

sector a large-scale clearance survey for an exploration 3D seismic survey program. The survey was conducted with International Ocean Vessel Technical Consultant Co Ltd (IOVTEC), with whom the company has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).   Optimizing its service offerings in marine site characterization under this MoU, Fugro and IOVTEC will also install a lidar buoy to collect wind resource data off the Taiwanese coast in January 2018. In addition to its surveying activity, IOVTEC will provide logistic and operational support to Fugro’s offshore metocean projects.  

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Sonar Technology to Be Used to Detect Sharks in the US

has been on the rise. Some of the predators on the western U.S. coastline can measure up to 12 feet in length, posing a threat to surfers and beachgoers.   In order to provide an early warning to the relevant authorities managing beach safety, sharks can be detected and tracked using the SMS marine monitoring system utilizes Tritech International Limited Gemini 720is multibeam sonar technology in conjunction with its SharkTec software.   Tritech’s original high-definition sonar imaging software, conventionally used in the subsea oil and gas sector, was adapted by utilizing shark

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Buoy Network Monitors Kiel Canal Project

adaptations made by OSIL to the top frame design to accommodate methanol fuel tanks & cells at the customer’s request with the addition of secure storage for the tanks and cells, and exhaust vents.   OSIL said it produce tailored integrated systems for environmental monitoring in all marine applications. Specializing in instrumented buoy platforms, current and wave measurement systems, dredge monitoring, oil spill detection, berth management and sediment corers, OSIL offers support for systems, including instrument calibration

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

with help from U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding, researchers are working toward making that scenario a reality. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) received $5.7 million from ARPA-E's Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program for two projects that have set out to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels and bio-based chemicals.   "By focusing on the technological challenges to growing and harvesting macroalgae (seaweed) efficiently and cost-effectively,

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First Ever USV-supported Cable Route Survey

For the first time ever, a seabed cable route survey has been performed with support from an unmanned surface vehicle (USV).   The survey route included various water depths and strong currents, while facing difficult wind and sea conditions in the Bering Sea offshore Alaska. The project was mobilized immediately following a 9,000km nautical charting survey by Terrasond, of which 4,750km (53 percent) was executed by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 autonomous surface vehicle (ASV). The cable route survey required a new payload including a hull mounted multibeam sonar, a sub-bottom profiler, and a towed

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New Dredging Sensors for Jan De Nul Group

 Subsea technology company Seatools said it is in the process of delivering an extensive range of dredging sensors to Jan De Nul Group. The sensors will be used to monitor the dredging operations of three trailing suction hopper dredgers currently under construction.    The delivery will comprise a broad range of dredging sensors, including (differential) pressure sensors, rotation angle sensors, inclination sensors and wire length sensors. The sensors supply real-time data on a wide range of dredging process and equipment parameters. As such, the instrumentation provides the basis

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Connor Joins Kraken Board

Admiral Michael J. Connor, U.S. Navy, has joined its Board of Directors.   In a 35-year career in which he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Connor commanded at the ship, squadron and task force levels. His assignments included command of USS Seawolf, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, Submarine Squadron Eight, Undersea Forces in the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf.   He held several concurrent titles during his last assignment; including Commander, U.S. Submarine Forces, Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Commander, Allied Submarine Command. He served as commander

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

Ross to aid extended scientific research missions in both Antarctica and the Arctic.   The Polar Code 4 ice class vessel will be equipped with wide range of specialist scientific facilities, instruments and laboratories enabling scientists to study the ocean, seafloor and atmosphere. Robotic submarines and marine gliders will collect data on ocean conditions and marine biology and deliver it to scientists working in the ship’s on-board laboratories, while airborne robots and onboard environmental monitoring systems will provide detailed information on the surrounding polar environment.  

Argentina’s new oceanographic and fishing research vessel 52m Victor Angelescu (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Installs Marine Ecosystem Assessment Solution on Research Ship

Kongsberg Maritime has successfully completed the installation of an extensive suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology aboard the Victor Angelescu, the Argentinian National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development’s (INIDEP) new oceanographic and fishing research vessel.   Built at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA, the new 52m research ship is a silent vessel, which combined with the sophisticated Simrad marine ecosystem package will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists.   Kongsberg installed and integrated the majority of

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

US Approves First Permanent Tidal Power Test Site

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

One of the fascinating aspects of viewing Earth at night is how well the lights show the distribution of people. In this view of Egypt, we see a population almost completely concentrated along the Nile Valley, just a small percentage of the country’s land area.  (Image Credit: NASA:Historic Images on Flickr Commons)

Preview: GEO Week 2017

;   GEO Week 2017 What: GEO Week 2017 When: October 23-27, 2017 Who: Group on Earth Observations (GEO)  Where: Ronald Reagan Center, Washington, D.C.  Web: www.earthobservations.org/geoweek2017     (As published in the September 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Safety Zone Management Assurance for Offshore Installations

An Aberdeen-based maritime specialist has launched 500m Zone Management assurance and auditing for offshore Installations following the success of its training courses for offshore installation personnel to help address safety concerns.   Seacroft Marine Consultants has developed a new assurance process to continue to monitor operational safety standards after providing initial training to help installations manage ship movements when they come close to platforms.   It is the latest development from the leading marine assurance providers which builds upon training it launched earlier

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Another Milestone for RRS Sir David Attenborough Build

. Our engineers and scientists need the ship’s engines to be quiet during underwater scientific experiments and we are very pleased that the engines are designed for fuel efficiency to help us minimise our impact on the environment.”   Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine said, “The Rolls-Royce designed RRS Sir David Attenborough is the most advanced scientific maritime vessel ever constructed. We had to meet a very demanding list of design requirements from Cammell Laird and its customer, the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) on behalf of the British

CGG Completes Perdido Subsalt Survey for Pemex

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

Algae-Station NC (Image: CTG)

CTG Introduces New Non-contact Algae System

A new Algae-Station Non-Contact system from water quality sensor designer Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) will be launched at Sensing In Water (UK) on September 27-28 and WEFTEC 2017 on October 2-4.   The Algae-Station NC provides water process control operators with a unique monitoring system which reduces cleaning and maintenance requirements that are commonly associated with in situ sensors, reducing cost of ownership of these type of sensors, CTG said.  These non-contact systems, up till now only available for such parameters as turbidity and flow, are now, with the Algae-Station NC

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New York Noise: A Risk for Endangered Whales

Noise in New York has always grated on people and now, with the cacophony engulfing surrounding waters, it is threatening the city's newly discovered neighbors: endangered whales. Rare North Atlantic right whales and other species that use tonal and pulsating songs to find food and mates have been detected in New York waters by an underwater monitor that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society installed last year. Aerial surveys since March have revealed 61 whales, including eight right whales, four sperm whales and 21 fin whales, all endangered species

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Torgersen Joins Phoenix International

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

EPA Grant Supports Clean Underwater Coating Development

Oceanit Laboratories, Inc. has been awarded $100,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a nontoxic coating for use in water pipeline repair.   The Honolulu based company is one of 15 small businesses nationwide receiving a total of $1.6 million to develop technologies that will help protect human health and the environment.    “EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research program is awarding funding to these small businesses because they have demonstrated the potential to create technologies that will improve our environment and our economy

TE SubCom Launches New NOC Solution

into operational flow. Cable operators depending on the long-term viability of their networks will now have global 24x7x365 monitoring coverage and both high-level and regional visibility into their networks’ status.   SubCom’s NOC solution has already been selected for the Monet Submarine Cable, a 10,556km cable that is owned and operated by Algar Telecom (a Brazilian telecom company and ISP), Angola Cables (a multinational telecom company operating in the wholesale market), ANTEL (the Uruguayan telecom company) and Google. In the U.S., this new 6-fiber-pair cable system was landed

RTsys Deploys Acoustic Buoys in Europe

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

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Japan’s KCS Orders New Cable Lay Vessel

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

An Air-Deployable Expendable Ice Buoy is deployed in the high Arctic near the North Pole from a Royal Danish Air Force C-130 aircraft operating out of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, as part of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP). Photo: United States Navy

US Navy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean

 The U.S National Ice Center (USNIC) in coordination with the Office of Naval Research, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, the Danish Joint Arctic Command, Environmental and Climate Change Canada and University of Washington deployed buoys into the Arctic Ocean during a joint mission.  The joint mission was conducted to collect weather and oceanographic data to enhance forecasting and environmental models thereby reducing operational risk for assets in the Arctic.   "Polar lows are like hurricanes of the north and the data collected from these buoys will help us with

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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

CZMIL surveyed hundreds of kilometers of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch aboard Ocean Force One  (Photo: Teledyne Optech)

Teledyne Optech to Present CZMIL’s Work for The Ocean Cleanup

CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar’s survey of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a large concentration of plastic debris covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometers in the north Pacific.   Dr. Feygel’s presentation, co-written with members of Teledyne Optech’s Marine group and in collaboration with Julia Reisser of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation and Yuri Kopilevich of ITMO University, is titled “Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) Participation in The Ocean Cleanup's Aerial Expedition Project”.   During the presentation, Dr. Feygels

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MOU for Offshore Wind Development in Taiwan

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

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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

Next generation Wave Glider heading out to sea (Photo: Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company)

Liquid Robotics Debuts Next Generation Wave Glider

Long-duration unmanned surface vehicles manufacturer Liquid Robotics has rolled out its next generation Wave Glider, featuring advancements to the platform’s operational range, and performance for missions in high sea states and high latitudes. Other updates include advancements for expanded sensor payloads and increased energy and storage capacity required for long duration maritime surveillance, environmental monitoring and observation missions.   “From the very first Wave Glider we’ve had a passion and relentless commitment to make the world’s best unmanned ocean robot

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Oceangoing Lab: The Real Test of a Nutrient Analyzer

 The U.K.’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. As such, the NOC has a heavy requirement for seawater analysis. However, in addition to analytical work at the NOC’s facilities in Southampton and Liverpool, the organization’s researchers also need to be able to analyze samples on board a variety of research vessels. Under these conditions, high levels of precision and reliability can be a challenge for most laboratory equipment, so NOC has invested in SEAL Analytical segmented flow

In an earlier NOAA-funded project, derelict fishing gear and other large marine debris were removed from remote Alaskan shorelines by the Gulf of Alaska Keeper. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Backs Marine Debris Removal/Research

Nearly $2.2 million in fiscal year 2017 funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program will support 15 new marine debris removal and research projects.   Four groups received a total of $935,156 for research to advance understanding of how microplastics interact with seafood species. Projects awarded through this grant competition will improve our understanding of the ecological risks associated with marine debris as well as the fate and transport of marine debris in nearshore, coastal environments. Arizona State University ($195,837)

Choctaw. Photo: Ocean Explorer, NOAA

Two Shipwrecks Found in Lake Huron

 NOAA maritime archaeologists and partners have located and identified two previously undiscovered historic shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The shipwrecks are the wooden steamer Ohio (1873-1894) and the steel-hulled steamer Choctaw (1892-1915).   In May 2017, a sanctuary-led expedition used high-resolution sonars to map the bottom of Lake Huron, during which they located the two ships.  At the time, researchers were confident they had discovered the 202-foot Ohio and the 266-foot Choctaw.  The team recently confirmed the vessels’ identities using

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All-women Yacht Crew Conducts Scientific Sampling on the Thames

around Britain to sample the U.K.’s waters for micro plastic and chemicals, arrived on the Thames August 30 to kick off local awareness-raising activities with a discussion panel made up of crew members, a scientist and young environmental activists.   Panellists spoke about the state of the marine environment, how eXXpedition was formed and their current Round Britain scientific surveying and awareness-raising outreach activities.    Emily Penn, eXXpedition Co-founder and Ocean Advocate, said, “eXXpedition is about gaining a greater understanding of the harmful chemicals

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Japan Won't Lower Guard of Whaling as Sea Shepherd Changes Tactics

Japan will not lower its guard over its whaling even though its biggest foe - the Sea Shepherd conservation group - has said it will not send ships to disrupt its fleet this year, a government official said on Tuesday.   Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said in a statement on Monday the group’s limited resources made it difficult to compete with the military technology Japan employs to guard its whaling fleet and it would not send ships to the Southern Ocean this year.   But an official at Japan’s Fisheries Agency was skeptical.   “It&

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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

Prelude FLNG (Photo: Trelleborg)

Trelleborg Suite Supplied to Prelude FLNG

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

Brazil Regulator Rejects Total Study on Drilling at Amazon River Basin

;In the case the company does not meet the points demanded by the technical team one more time, the licensing process will be archived," it said, meaning any decision on Total's drilling proposal could be suspended indefinitely. The agency wants the company to address how to limit the impact on marine mammals and turtles, clarify models for how oil in the water would disperse itself as well as address Ibama's initial rejection of Total's proposals for environmental monitoring and other projects. Oil leaks in the Foz do Amazonas basin, named for its location near the mouth of the Amazon river

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the creation of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre at the Gulf Fisheries Center in Moncton, N.B. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Invests in Marine Science

Center.   Over the next few years, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will transform the Gulf Region’s regional headquarters building, the Gulf Fisheries Center, into a world class, innovative and collaborative scientific research hub to include interpretive spaces to engage Canadians in marine science and promote ocean literacy.   The Atlantic Science Enterprise Center will foster partnerships between the scientific and academic communities, Indigenous Peoples, business groups, the fishing industry, government partners, nongovernment organizations and the public.   The Gulf

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IKM Cleandrill to Start Operations in Azerbaijan

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

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Nexans’ New Cable-Layer under Construction

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

Coiled carbon nanotube yarns, created at the University of Texas at Dallas and imaged here with a scanning electron microscope, generate electrical energy when stretched or twisted. (Image: University of Texas at Dallas)

Stretch for Power: High-tech Yarn Generates New Energy

A new, high-tech yarn that generates electricity when stretched or twisted could use ocean waves and human motion to lower man's dependency on fossil fuels, researchers said on Thursday.   An international team of scientists said in a study they had developed a stretchy yarn made of carbon nanotubes - tiny strands of carbon atoms up to 10,000 times smaller than a hair - that produces electricity from a host of natural sources.   "The easiest way to think of twistron harvesters is, you have a piece of yarn, you stretch it, and out comes electricity," said Carter Haines, a lead

FairfieldNodal to Acquire WGP

FairfieldNodal  is in advanced discussions with Thalassa Holdings to acquire WGP Group Ltd., a premier provider of marine geophysical services headquartered in the U.K. FairfieldNodal continues to seek opportunities to strengthen and expand its technology portfolio, and transform itself into a world-class provider of integrated life of field seismic services, data and data analytics over the next three to five years through a combination of strategic partnerships and acquisitions.  WGP provides a unique set of adjacencies to complement FairfieldNodal’s existing technology and services

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

Sonardyne Ranger 2 for RRS Sir David Attenborough

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

The CEION2 transmitter with corrosion and erosion monitoring probes, the DCU4 unit and the signature CEION spiral sensing element (Image: Teledyne Cormon)

Teledyne Upgrades Corrosion Monitoring Equipment

Teledyne Cormon, a member of Teledyne Marine that provides subsea and surface corrosion and erosion monitoring equipment for the oil and gas market, said it has upgraded its signature CEION and DCU product lines.   CEION is an evolution of the ER metal loss measurement technique, allowing a shorter time for the sensor to detect a change than a standard ER measurement.   The new range of topside transmitters and loggers is based on ER measurement principles with the CEION2 products offering both metal loss and temperature data, suitable for use in corrosion and erosion monitoring applicatio

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MAN’s Subsea Compressors Reach Field Proven Status

 Both subsea compression trains at Statoil’s Åsgard field have achieved more than 25,000 operation hours with an availability close to 100 percent.    The world’s first subsea gas compression facility features two MAN Diesel & Turbo HOFIM motor-compressor units.   The Åsgard subsea compression system has officially reached the highest Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 with both trains surpassing 10,000 operating hours. The subsea facility demonstrated an availability close to 100 percent - the very few interruptions were caused by failure of the

OI London Issues Final Call for Speakers

Marine science and ocean technology event Oceanology International 2018 has issued a public call for abstracts by September 15, 2017 for the opportunity of inclusion in its technical conference program line-up of speakers.   Technologists, scientists, engineers and experts in their field are invited to submit a 300-word proposal on a variety of topical specialist subjects which reflect the conference’s series of 11 free-to-attend technical tracks chaired by a prominent list of industry leaders already confirmed for next year’s event from March 13-15 at ExCeL London.   Speakers

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Boskalis Acquires Subsea Survey Firm Gardline

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

Enrico Salardi (Photo: Xodus Group)

Salardi to Lead Xodus’ Decom Division

Xodus Group said it has appointed Enrico Salardi as its decommissioning director to lead the company’s ‘decom division’ which was formed in 2015.   Salardi brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience in the management of oil and gas assets, joining Xodus from operator Quadrant Energy where he was senior project manager for a number of decommissioning programs in Australia.   Throughout his career, Salardi has managed many projects in various phases of their lifecycle around the world, including Italy, Nigeria, Norway, Libya, Croatia, Egypt and Australia.

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New PAR Measurement Logger Launched

Designer and manufacturer of freshwater and oceanographic monitoring systems and instruments Precision Measurement Engineering has launched the new miniPAR Logger that logs photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), water temperature and tilt measurements. The completely submersible logger measures the amount of diffused sunlight through water, which can be beneficial for understanding nutrient loading, photosynthesis and algal blooms in natural waters up to 100 meters deep.    The miniPAR sensor is a Li-Cor Underwater Quantum Sensor, which measures PAR from all angles in one hemisphere.

The view from the dredge cabin. (Photo: Straightpoint)

Load Cell Measures Dredging Line Tension

A 2.5-ton capacity SP Radiolink plus load cell measures tension on a line stretching across a lagoon, upon which a dredge travels at a biosolids management facility, part of the City of Eugene Waste Water Dept., in Oregon, U.S.   The RLP was added to inventory at the start of the latest six-month biosolids management season in March, where it replaced a dynamometer that was not suited to working in the elements. The load cell is connected to a land-based lateral move system that allows the dredge to move from side to side as well as forwards and backwards to harvest biosolids in the lagoon.

Hong Kong Continues Cleanup Following Palm Oil Spill

and comes just a year after mountains of rubbish washed up on Hong Kong's beaches, with labels and packaging indicating most of it had come from mainland China.   The government has closed 13 beaches since Sunday, a day after it said it had been informed of the spill by mainland authorities. The Marine Department confirmed the collision happened on Thursday.   Environmental groups have said the size of the spill could bring severe ecological consequences, although the government said preliminary tests showed few traces of oil in affected areas.   Samantha Lee, conservation manager

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

NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

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

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Saudi Aramco Buys Teledyne Gavia AUV

of Gavia AUVs to the Oil and Gas sector in 2007, Gavia AUVs have been operated globally by service providers for a variety of commercial Oil and Gas surveys with proven industry accepted results.   The AUV purchased by Saudi Aramco is equipped with an Interferometric side scan sonar from Klein Marine Systems, a camera, and utilizes Teledyne RD Instruments’ high accuracy Doppler Velocity Log and Rovins 154 Inertial Navigation System from iXBlue. For pipeline inspection applications the vehicle will be equipped with field SeeByte Autotracker software, which provides autonomous pipeline inspection

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TWMA Wins North Sea Contract with Azinor Catalyst

TWMA, a provider of drill cuttings and slop handling, management and treatment solutions, said it has been awarded a contract estimated to be worth around £1 million with UKCS-focused E&P company, Azinor Catalyst Limited. The project, which commences in August 2017, will see TWMA provide drill cuttings containment and processing services on the Ocean Guardian rig in the Central North Sea. Azinor Catalyst has contracted the semi-submersible rig for the drilling of two wells in 2017. Anticipated spud of the Partridge exploration well is in August, followed by the spud of the Agar appraisal

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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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Barnum Joins InterAct PMTI

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

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MetOcean Telematics Wins Canada Satcom Contract

MetOcean Telematics said it has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide global satellite communications to the Canadian Government, exclusively through the Iridium network.   The agreement will feature MetOcean Telematics hardware products and services, deployed for use by more than 150 Canadian Government agencies. The Iridium network satellite constellation offers 100 percent global coverage, including the polar regions, such as the remote Arctic territory of northern Canada.   MetOcean Telematics notes it has significant experience providing remote monitoring technology for

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GoM Dead Zone is the Largest on Record

This year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone,” an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life, has grown larger than scientists had initially predicted, becoming the largest measured since dead zone mapping began in the GoM in 1985. At about 8,776 square miles, the dead zone is roughly as large as New Jersey.   The annual forecast, generated from a suite of NOAA-sponsored models, is based on nutrient runoff data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Both NOAA’s June forecast, which predicted a measured size of 8,185 square miles, and the actual size show the role of

BTOWU vessel Fantastiko (Photo: ABB)

ABB Marine Software Supports Ocean Research

that will support the research voyages undertaken by ‘By the Ocean we Unite’, a charitable organization whose mission is to highlight the damage done by the millions of tons of plastics that end up in the world’s oceans every year.   The group has installed a state of the art Marine Advisory System including SPOS Onboard weather routing software from MeteoGroup, on the sailing yacht Fantastiko to help crew route-plan and monitor weather conditions on a research voyage in waters off Rotterdam, the South of England, the Channel Islands, France and Belgium during August.  

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Seatools Automated Anode Cage Installation Tool for GeoSea

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

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