Environmental Monitoring

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AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

A collaborative research project called Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System (ASSSS) aims to deliver an integrated system to provide a means of conducting low cost, shore based, full water column marine surveys using multiple unmanned systems. The project, part funded by Innovate UK, hopes to encourage wider adoption of unmanned systems.The project is being led by a U.K. based developer of unmanned and autonomous marine systems, ASV Global. It combines the advantages of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) to further data gathering opportunities.

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Reducing Aquaculture Die-offs in Real-time

In 2017, Atlantic Sapphire lost 250 tonnes of salmon in a mass die-off due to hydrogen sulfide poisoning from accumulated organic matter, an all-too-common problem in aquaculture with significant economic losses.Growing salmon in land-based tanks in which water is continuously circulated (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, RAS) means low waste discharge and high-levels of water re-use, but also sporadic toxic microorganism outbreaks that cause costly mass fish stock die-offs.FluoRAS, Horizon 2020 COLUMBUS and  EMFF ECO-AQUA are putting in place aquaculture trials of a fluorometer sensor system

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Fisher Joins Ocean Sonics in Marketing Role

Rose Fisher has joined hydrophone manufacturer Ocean Sonics as Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator.Fisher brings to the role diverse experience having worked within Canada’s environmental not-for-profit sector and internationally with SMEs and start-ups. Fisher has a Bachelor of International Business, a second Bachelor in Agricultural Science and an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations.

High-resolution bathymetric data acquired by Fugro, draped over pre-existing, publicly available GEBCO data for comparison (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Sells Seep Data Before Canadian Offshore Bidding

Fugro and partner Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) have reported recent success selling licenses for data from a frontier region offshore Canada. The data were acquired during a hydrocarbon seep survey, heat flow and geochemical coring campaign in the large Orphan Basin, situated on the continental margin of Newfoundland.The comprehensive data package is being licensed from both Fugro and AGI and includes multibeam echo sounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column), sub-bottom profiler data, heat flow measurements and shipboard geochemical screening analyses; shore-based screening

Pipes for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Kotka, Finland (Photo: Gazprom)

Environmental group files complaint to stop Nord Stream 2 in Finland

Environmental campaign group ClientEarth on Monday said it had submitted a complaint to a Finnish court seeking to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through Finnish waters citing the risk of serious harm to marine life.Finland approved the pipeline last month and the pipeline's operator started preparatory work shortly after that.The work involves detonating World War Two bombs on the sea floor along the pipeline's proposed route and ClientEarth said that could cause serious harm to porpoises, seals and birds.A Nord Stream spokeswoman said the project organisation would

The cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria at the Johan Sverdrup converter station at Haugsneset near Kårstø.(Photo: Øyvind Gravås - Woldcam / Statoil)

Efficient Cable Installation Slashes Emissions at Johan Sverdrup

The laying of the cable supplying Johan Sverdrup with power from shore started last week. This helps make the North Sea giant one of the oil and gas fields with the lowest CO2 emissions worldwide.On Wednesday last week the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria began laying the cables that will supply the Johan Sverdrup field with power from shore.The starting point was the Johan Sverdrup converter station at Haugsneset near Kårstø, and by the end of May the vessel will have laid nearly 200 kilometers of power cables out to the field in the North Sea.Bundled with the power cables, a fiber-optic

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Arctic Oil 'Undrillable' amid Global Warming -UN's Ex-climate Chief

An architect of the Paris climate agreement urged governments on Tuesday to halt oil exploration in the Arctic, saying drilling was not economical and warming threatened the environmentally fragile region.Christiana Figueres, formerly head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat when the Paris accord was reached by almost 200 nations in 2015, told Reuters by telephone "the Arctic has been rendered undrillable."The past three years have been the hottest since records began in the 19th century, and Figueres said the heat was a threat to everything from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to ice

Peruvian Submarines Set to Receive New Static Converters

ECA Group said it has been awarded a contract under the Peruvian Navy’s submarine modernization program.ECA Group signed a contract with the shipyard SIMA and the Peruvian Navy for the replacement of the 16 units of static converters 115V / 400Hz and 115V / 60Hz aboard four type-U209 v.1200 submarines: BAP Angamos (SS 31), BAP Antofagasta (SS 32), BAP Pisagua (SS 33) and BAP Chipana (SS 34).Peru decided to upgrade four of its Type 209 submarines in 2015 and commenced the nearly seven years long modernization program in 2017.The modernization work, which includes hull separation and modernizing

An ROV monitors the Moskito during oil recovery from the Thetis (Photo: MIko Marine)

Oil Removed from Decades-old Swedish Shipwreck

Thetis went down into 30 meters of water close to Smøgen on the west coast of Sweden in 1985, it took a substantial quantity of fuel oil down with it. Quantities of the oil later escaped from the wreck and appeared periodically among the skerries on that part of the coast.Norwegian specialist Miko Marine said it had been asked by the Swedish Sea and Water Authority if its Moskito hull penetration tool could be used to remove any oil remaining in the wreck, but the Oslo-based company was too involved with other projects to bid for the work at that time.Instead, Swedish dive company Marine Works applied

Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) at a resolution of 10m (Image: TCarta)

Satellite Derived Bathymetry Aids Hydrocarbon Exploration

U.K. based marine geospatial products provider TCarta said it has delivered satellite derived bathymetry (SDB) to one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers, Total SA, who will use the water depth data for preparing seismic survey works off the coast of Myanmar.The SDB dataset, which covered a 30-square-kilometer area around Preparis Island in the Bay of Bengal, was generated by digitally extracting water depth measurements from multispectral imagery acquired by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite. The resulting bathymetric data had a point spacing of 10 meters with

Illegal Fishing: Philippines CG Apprehends 5 Boats

; method of fishing is strictly banned in the Philippine waters because it violates Section 92 of Republic Act 8550, also known as the Fisheries Code of the Philippines, which reiterates the prohibition of the use of any fishing gears that destroy and damage coral reefs, sea grass beds, and other fishery marine life habitats. The apprehended vessels identified as FB YUMIE-2, FV ROSALINDA-2, FB YAN MAE, FB YANYAN and FB KIA JANE respectively were later towed to Masbate Port while the 74 crews were turned over to BFAR 5 office for filing of appropriate charges

An ROV operates from the vessel Trio to explore the seabed close to Lubmin, Germany. (File photo: © Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

Nord Stream 2 Dredging Starting Off German Coast

over whether the additional route to bring Siberian gas to Germany directly from next year is in Europe's interest, economically and geopolitically.Environmentalists in Germany and Finland are still trying to halt licensing, saying authorities should take more care the pipeline does not endanger marine life.The consortium has said it will mitigate environmental problems, while arguing for the economic case of the project, as Europe will need more imported gas in future.Nord Stream 1, of an identical 55 bcm to the planned new pipeline and opened in 2010, has proved successful, it says.The Nord Stream

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Kraken Achieves Military Standard Certification

VP Engineering, said, “Many of the tests that we undertook were expensive to perform and required special testing facilities. After several months and dozens of tests, successfully achieving MIL-STD certification ensures that the KATFISH-M can operate in harsh conditions onboard manned and unmanned marine vehicles virtually anywhere in the world. Certification of our KATFISH-M system underscores Kraken’s commitment to providing product reliability and quality for our customers.”Dr. Tom Tureaud, Kraken’s VP of Underwater Systems, said, “The KATFISH-M is a natural evolution of

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Submarine Excursions Now Available in the Maldives

Relax by the pool, sip a cocktail on the beach, explore the marine environment in a submarine . . .Guests at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru are able to go beyond the typical vacation experience with an underwater flight excursion aboard the three-person DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S, a submarine designed specifically for underwater tourism.For $1,500.00 (+12% GST) per flight, a trained submarine pilot will take up to two guests below the surface to explore the beautiful Maldivian waters in DeepFlight Adventures’ newest 8-meter sub. Over the course of an hourlong dive, passengers

Shipbuilding: Keppel Bags Order for Van Oord Dredgers

Keppel Singmarine Pte won contracts from Van Oord to build two Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (with an option for a third), the shipbuilder announced, scheduled for completion in 4Q 2020 and 2Q 2021 respectively.   Built to the standards of Bureau Veritas, Each TSHDs will have a hopper capacity of 10,500 cubic meters, and more importantly for environmental concerts, both will be equipped with dual-fuel systems capable of running on LNG.   "We are pleased to work with Keppel on these modern and environmentally-friendly dredgers which will strengthen our mid-class dredger fleet as

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

Digital Ocean: Making Subsea Data More Easily Accessible

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

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BMT Rolls Out New Big Data Product: BMT Deep

BMT has introduced BMT Deep, an advanced interactive asset data platform designed to deliver deeper insights for enhanced offshore asset performance management.   “With 20+ years practical experience of working with marine structures, we have developed a platform that can monitor, review or forecast the performance of offshore assets,” said Soma Maroju, Product Development Lead for BMT Deep. “Using AI and machine learning we have been able to build advanced models that reinforce the platform’s capabilities. Couple this with our extensive global network of in-house naval

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

L3 OceanServer Unveils Iver PW AUV

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

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Next Generation AutoNaut USV Unveiled

ideas to the development.”   “The versatility of the 5-meter is key,” said Phil Johnston, Business Development. “With so many options for the sensor payload it’s a game-changer in terms of how we can provide solutions for clients, whether in oil and gas, defense or marine science.”   See the new 5-meter AutoNaut USV on stand A251 at Oceanology International, ExCeL London, March 13-15, 2018.  

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Cathx Ocean Launches "Fast Fly" at OI18

Cathx Ocean, designer and manufacture advanced subsea imaging and precision measurement systems for machine learning, launched Fast Fly, its latest range of advanced imaging systems for fast vehicle operations. These include fast model, the next generation laser profilers for dense color point cloud and a dual mode wide-angle laser and still imaging system for general observation class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations. Visitors to Oceanology International 2018 in London can learn about Cathx Ocean’s range of application based services which supports existing and potential

Prysmian to Order Cable Layer Newbuild

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

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Xodus Delivers Tunisian Decommissioning study for TPS

Xodus Group has delivered a decommissioning and abandonment study for wells, surface and subsea facilities in Tunisia on behalf of Thyna Petroleum Services (TPS).   Xodus developed a decommissioning cost estimate for four onshore fields, one offshore field and two onshore storage and processing sites. The six-week study provided a high-level risk and opportunities assessment and reviewed regulatory and environmental aspects for facility and infrastructure removal.   The scope of work also included the creation of an asset register, the development of an abandonment strategy and site

KDI - K-Sim fishery 01 (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg to Deliver Fisheries Training Simulator

process. “While helping to educate and protect commercial fishermen, who often operate in extreme conditions exposed to risk, simulator training also contributes to UN Sustainability Goals, especially number 14, which has been established to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources,” said Tone-Merete Hansen, Sr. Vice President Maritime Simulation, Kongsberg Digital. “With over 50 million people depending directly on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods and over 1 billion people in poorer countries reliant on fish to sustain a balanced, healthy

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IMO: Nitrogen in the Oceans Needs Further Study

activity increases the amount of nitrogen that reaches the oceans by 50%, on top of natural processes, according to a new report which assesses the magnitude and impacts of anthropogenic atmospheric nitrogen inputs to the ocean.  The study by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a United Nations advisory body, provides a new estimate of the extent that human beings are altering the cycling of nitrogen in the oceans. Extra nitrogen is reaching the oceans through rain or dust fall, as a result of fossil fuel burning and intensive agriculture

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE have combined forces to form a partnership for future operations within Eastern Mediterranean and the adjacent waters Photo Ardent Global

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE Partner

, along with a cache of specialized, proprietary equipment – which will now be strategically stored at Vernicos’ various depots, including Perama,“ said Dimitris Theodorou Ardent’s Director EMEA.   “The Alliance allows us to be the most effective provider of marine emergency response services in the region, providing an integrated network of floating assets as well as specialized equipment. It is a joint effort to pro-actively protect our seas by providing emergency response in the Eastern Mediterranean and surrounding regions,” said Jean Benzonana, Vernicos

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Decom North Sea Sheds Light on Supply Chain Capability

Decom North Sea has published aDecom Directory in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and the Oil & Gas Authority, which provides details of companies which have the capability to service the UK/UKCS decommissioning sector.   Supported by EEEGR, FPAL, EIC, FEDF and NOF, the directory captures the capabilities of almost 300 supply chain companies which can service the UK/UKCS across17 newly-defined supply chain activities within a decommissioning work break down structure (WBS); from planning stages through to site remediation and long-term monitoring. Created with the assistance of EEEGR

Deployment of the Remus 600 to join the rest of the fleet - 5 AUVs and 1 USV - to begin an unmanned multi-vehicle collaborative mission. (Photo courtesy: Javier Gilabert)

Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills

(UPCT), 2University of Porto, Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory (LSTS), 3University of Zagreb, Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST), 4University of Cyprus, Oceanography Centre, 5SASEMAR, Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, 6Irish Coast Guards, 7The Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS, 8Tallin University of Thechnology - TUT, 9University of Girona - UG, 10University of the Balearic Islands - UIB,  11Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskatelige Universitet – NTNU, 12Marine Technology Unit CSIC.     Tracking in-water oil spills before reaching the surface

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NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center

Kenneth Graham has been selected to serve as the next director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami, as preparations continue ahead of the 2018 hurricane season, which begins on June 1. He will assume this new role on April 1.   “The forecasts in last hurricane season were 25 percent more accurate than average, and with new satellites and other measures they are undertaking, we are very hopeful to keep improving the timeliness and accuracy of our forecasts,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Ken will be a great leader of the Department’s efforts in

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OSIL: Oil Spill Monitoring Buoys Fuel International Interest

 Integrated systems manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) reports high levels of interest in its oil spill monitoring buoys following several recent installations in the Middle East and exposure at the ocean technology and marine science exhibition Oceanology International.   The buoy systems are designed to integrate a real time noncontact hydrocarbon sensor in the high visibility top frame design, which is equipped with a pulsed UV LED beam and optical photo-detector with on-board software to enable the buoys to detect oil spills on water autonomously and immediately

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Saab Control System for Collins Class Subs

Saab announced it has signed a A$24.2 million (US$18.5 million) contract with ASC for supply of an updated Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) for four Royal Australian Navy Collins class submarines.   ISCMMS provides maneuvering and fully integrated ship management of propulsion, trim, power generation and ship services. Deliverables under the contract include updated hardware and spares that addresses obsolescence issues and maintains regional superiority edge for the Australian submarines.   “Saab Australia carried out design, software and hardware

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An Online Map Makes Shellfish Harvesting Safer

, harvested from closed or unmonitored areas can lead to serious and potentially fatal illness. A new online map detailing open and closed bivalve shellfish harvesting areas in real time will help Canadians to make informed decisions and avoid the consumption of contaminated shellfish. Levels of marine biotoxins, bacteria and other harmful contaminants are routinely monitored by the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP), who closes bivalve shellfish harvesting areas when levels of these substances pose a health risk. The new map will allow Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to present information

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Nautilus Marine Service’s New Test System Online

Nautilus Marine Service GmbH said it has begun operating its new hyperbaric testing system simulating hydrostatic pressures found at water depths up to 13,000 meters.   As of January 2018, the German manufacturer of VITROVEX deep sea pressure housings operates a hyperbaric testing chamber with capability that extends to full ocean depth and beyond (1.300bar/18.850psi).    Nautilus Marine Service said it is horizontally integrating and expanding its in-house capabilities by being able to verify and test all of their products and components to the highest standards possible.  &nbs

Vineyard Wind to Begin Third Round of Surveys

Offshore wind farm development company Vineyard Wind said it will begin the third in an ongoing series of undersea marine surveys in early April to gather geological and ecological information that will inform ongoing permitting reviews.   Vineyard Wind seeks to build the first large-scale offshore wind energy project in the U.S., to be located 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.   Areas to be surveyed by way of video surveys, seafloor sampling, sonar and boring samples include routes under consideration for submarine cables, including Lewis Bay, as well as the wind turbine area

ThunderFish prototype undergoing sea trials in Halifax Harbour, November 2017. (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken AUV Prequalified for Canada’s BCIP

. Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, "We are proud to have achieved prequalification status with the BCIP. This is yet another significant milestone in Kraken’s evolution to becoming a vertically integrated underwater robotics company.” The ThunderFish AUV is a marine robot designed for ultra high-resolution seabed imaging and mapping applications. It can be used for a wide range of oceanographic and military tasks including underwater surveys, environmental monitoring, habitat mapping, marine archaeology, inspection of submerged structures, searching for downed

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US' First Planned Floating Wind Farm Taking Shape

Plans for America’s first floating offshore wind farm are taking shape with the news that California’s Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) has selected a consortium to enter into a public-private partnership to develop the project off the Northern California coast.   The consortium is comprised of Principle Power Inc., EDPR Offshore North America LLC, Aker Solutions Inc., H. T. Harvey & Associates, and Herrera Environmental Consultants Inc. and was one of six respondents to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued by the RCEA on February 1, 2018.   The proposed project

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600 Gallons of Coolant Spills into Straits of Mackinac

Hundreds of gallons of mineral oil has been released from a leaking underwater utility line in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, this week.    Initial reports from the responsible party, American Transmission Company (ATC), indicate that approximately 600 gallons of product has been released, with maximum spill potential of more than 4,000 gallons.   The U.S. Coast Guard said it has established a Unified Command comprised of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, county emergency managers, local tribes, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S.

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Oil spill in Bay Jacques, Louisiana

The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a crude oil spill in Bay Jacques, Louisiana, Wednesday.   Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Houma watchstanders received notification from Summit Oil and Gas, LLC at 11:54 a.m. that a crude oil storage tank located in Bay Jacques developed a leak and caused an estimated 4,200 gallons of Louisiana crude oil to discharge, Tuesday.    Tuesday, MSU Houma personnel arrived on scene and performed an assessment of the spill. MSU Houma incident management personnel are currently on scene along with OMI Environmental Solutions, the oil spill

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How Could a ‘Sand Motor’ Help the Great Lakes?

With a significant portion of its land below sea level, the Netherlands has had to be smart about protecting its coastline. Enter the "sand motor," an ingenious and ecologically sensitive solution to maintaining coastline while letting nature do the work.   In this approach, large amounts of sand are strategically deposited and then, over a long period of time, gradually redistributed by the waves. This tactic can protect an area for roughly 15 to 25 years. Now, the Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute is exploring whether this approach could have benefits in the Badger State.   Undergr

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Scientists Set Record with Self-Driving Robots

In a joint effort between the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), several long-range autonomous underwater vehicles (LRAUVs) have successfully completed their first voyage in the open ocean, obtaining data on the water column down to 250 meters, while autonomously collecting and archive seawater samples to capture microbial community dynamics in the oceans interior. Since March 10, 2018, the team on research vessel Falkor has been deploying these new robots programmed with several

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Acteon, Arundo Analytics to Boost Subsea Efficiency

Arundo Analytics, a software company enabling advanced analytics in heavy industry, announced a partnership with Acteon Group, an integrated global provider of subsea services, to deliver machine learning models for subsea applications on the Arundo Enterprise platform.   “The Arundo Enterprise platform is able to rapidly deploy and manage machine learning models at extreme scale across multiple businesses and clients,” said Cody Falcon, VP Product at Arundo. “These capabilities give Acteon a key advantage to quickly deliver value from advanced analytics to their customers.

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Vernadsky Medal for Boetius

The AWI director, deep-sea researcher and Max Planck group leader Prof. Dr. med. Antje Boetius receives the Vernadsky Medal for her seminal contributions in the field of biogeosciences and her outstanding research on methane metabolism and the marine carbon cycle. The Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal has been awarded by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) since 2003 in recognition of the scientific achievements of Vernadsky in mineralogy and geochemistry. It honors scientists for their exceptional contributions in the field of biogeosciences. Antje Boetius is the first female award winner.

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Concordia Maritime, Swedish Institute to Measure Microplastics in the Oceans

Together with the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, Concordia Maritime initiated a preliminary study to determine the feasibility of gathering important information on the volume of micoplastics in the oceans. By installing a collection device on a tanker, water samples can be collected while it is under way for subsequent analysis by researchers. The aim is to draw conclusions as to the extent, distribution of microplastics and potential consequences for living organisms. In addition to the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, the preliminary study, which is financed by Concordia

Thorco Cloud - preparing a Moskito for deployment Photo Miko Marine

Oil Recovered from Sunken Ship Thorco Cloud

Jaya Salvage Indonesia early last year. Bumi Subsea provided remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and the dynamically positioned Surf Allamanda, owned by Bourbon Offshore. This served as the work platform during the salvage of the trapped fuel by using the Moskito hot tap tool developed in Norway by Miko Marine. Thousands of sunken ships along the coast of Norway represent pollution dangers from the fuel trapped inside their hulls. This prompted the Norwegian Coastal Administration to invite Miko Marine to devise a method for removing it. The result was a unique tapping machine, known as the Moskito

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Fugro Commences Deep Sea Mining Support

Fugro is commencing its first project supporting deep sea polymetallic nodule mining under a contract awarded by seafloor mineral exploration company Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. (NORI), a subsidiary of DeepGreen Metals Inc. In the deep waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, its specialist marine geoscience team will perform detailed site characterisation surveys. The project, which began on 19th April, will advance NORI’s polymetallic nodule project.   Polymetallic nodules are potato-sized concretions enriched in nickel, copper and cobalt. These nodules also contain metals and non-metals

Fugro Supporting Seabed Mining Exploration

In the deep waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, Fugro’s specialist marine geoscience team will perform detailed site characterization surveys to help advance seabed mining exploration.Fugro said it is commencing its first project supporting deep sea polymetallic nodule mining under a contract awarded by seafloor mineral exploration company Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. (NORI), a subsidiary of DeepGreen Metals Inc.The project, which began on April 19, will advance NORI’s polymetallic nodule project. Polymetallic nodules are potato-sized concretions enriched in nickel, copper and cobalt.

Photograph of Hurricane Edouard taken from the International Space Station on September 17, 2014. (Credit: NASA JSC/ISS)

Why Do Some Hurricanes Rapidly Intensify?

Why do some hurricanes rapidly intensify while others don’t? A recent study modeled a 2014 hurricane to find out.To understand what fuels the rapid intensification of hurricanes, researchers from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) based at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science used the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast (HWRF) model, a predictive hurricane model that lets them use different measurements to run diverse storm scenarios, known as an ensemble, to get an idea of the different forecasts that are

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Subsea 7: Offer Could Change if McDermott Cooperates

Norwegian offshore oil services firm Subsea 7 is open to potentially sweetening its $2 billion offer for McDermott if the U.S. company would work with it to identify additional benefits of a deal, Subsea said on Wednesday. The Norwegian firm's comments come a week before McDermott's shareholders vote on a planned combination with Chicago Bridge and Iron (CB&I), which McDermott's board has recommended its investors to support while rejected Subsea's proposal "Subsea 7 is open to considering amending its proposal if it can discover additional value through discussions

UKHO Purchases Multibeam Survey Equipment

NORBIT said it has been appointed by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) as the single framework supplier until August 2020 for survey equipment and associated engineering support to enable British Overseas Territories and other Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) develop their own hydrographic survey capability to meet IHO standards.NORBIT iWBMS equipment installations will be conducted in cooperation with local government authorities who will provide suitable vessels and facilities, ultimately enabling the growth in knowledge and capability of local hydrographic services. NORBIT will

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Dual GyroUSBLs for Allseas' Lorelay Stinger

Offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company Allseas has ordered Sonardyne International’s GyroUSBL acoustic positioning technology for two systems for its 236 meter long lay vessel Lorelay.Used in conjunction with a Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) topside which also formed part of the order, the GyroUSBL transceivers will be installed on the end of the Lorelay’s stinger to acoustically track a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) deployed to ensure a pipe is accurately touching down in the permitted corridor.USBL transceivers are routinely deployed through the hull or

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BMT Bays Environmental Support Contract

BMT said it has secured a master services agreement to provide environmental support for UKCS operator Bridge Petroleum Limited (Bridge) as part of its field development work for the large Galapagos Field situated in the East Shetland basin.  Under the contract, BMT will complete the necessary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to facilitate the preparation of the Environmental Statement, which aligns with the project planning, permitting and management of regulatory requirements of the U.K. oil and gas industry.  

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Teledyne Bringing Its Technology Workshop to Europe

Building upon Teledyne Marine’s Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) event hosted biennially in the U.S., the company has decided to host this event in Cannes, France on October 9-11, 2018 to address the needs of customers in Europe and the surrounding area.As with the U.S. based TMTW, this event will allow speakers, influencers and attendees from around the globe to explore, learn and share their experiences on a broad range of marine and inland technologies.  This three-day workshop will once again include customer presentations, product/software training, networking opportunities

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BSEE Regs Update to Cut Burden on Operators

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) – incorporating industry innovation, best science, and best practices – is proposing to update regulations covering offshore oil and gas drilling operations to improve reliability, safety, efficiency, and environmental stewardship, and reduce unnecessary burdens on operators. BSEE reviewed the existing regulations in response to Executive and Secretary’s Orders instructing it to identify ways to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens while ensuring that offshore oil and gas drilling operations are conducted in a safe and

Cable laying vessel for Prysmian Photo Vard Holdings

Prysmian Orders New Cable Laying Vessel

environmental footprint. With a length of 172 meters, and a beam of 34 meters, the vessel will be able to accommodate a crew of 120 persons.Massimo Battaini, Prysmian Group SVP Business Energy Project, said, “This new strategic asset will consolidate Prysmian Group’s leadership in the submarine cable industry, by bolstering turnkey approach, under which we deliver end-to-end EPCI projects, from engineering, manufacturing and installation to full monitoring and diagnostic services.” Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of VARD, commented, “Our broad experience in the design

Divers prepare to go underwater for the fastening of the mooring line to its anchor (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

US Coast Guard Tests Environmentally Friendly Buoy Moorings

buoys to direct water traffic and to protect vulnerable benthic ecosystems such as seagrass communities and coral reefs in U.S. waters. However, most buoys are currently attached to the seafloor by concrete anchors, also called sinkers, and heavy metal chains that can have a significant impact on marine life. Sinkers can damage life on the seafloor under their heavy footprint, and when the connecting chains are lax, they can scrape off seagrasses, seaweeds and corals around the sinkers as waves and wind push the buoys around.The Coast Guard has been struggling to find a solution for more than 20

Signing - left: Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine; right: Abdulmohsen Almajnouni, CEO, RPD Innovations (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Teledyne: Custom ROV for Saudi Aramco

Teledyne Marine and Research Products Development Company (RPDC) have agreed to collaborate on global commercialization of new technologies developed within Saudi Arabia.“We are pleased to have entered into this cooperation agreement with RPDC,” said Mike Read, President of Teledyne Marine. “It formalizes our support of new technology and collaboration in the offshore oil industry with the belief that it will facilitate new and innovative solutions.”A first success under this agreement is the award of a development contract, which will integrate a unique sensor design developed

Photo: Xodus Group

Xodus, Atlantis Resources Pursue Japanese Tidal Projects

at Xodus Group, said, “Over the last few years, have built up strong connections in Japan through Chiyoda and we look forward to progressing this opportunity with Atlantis.“We have a long and trusted relationship with Atlantis from the early days of their turbine testing at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) and through the MeyGen project and can rely on the experience of their team to understand the opportunities and challenges of developing a tidal project in Japan. Together, we need to prove tidal energy as a competitive renewable energy source for the country.”Tim Cornelius

A Record-setting Journey to the Atacama Trench

and recovering a benthic lander named DOV Audacia (Audacity), three times to deeper than 8,000 meters, the last to a record depth of 8,081 meters deep. Using a Mocness Trawl the expedition also collected plankton at a record depth of 5,000 meters. The Atacamex 2018 expedition represent a milestone for marine science in Chile, as researchers there pursue seminal work in deep-sea exploration and research.The hadal zone is the deepest region of the ocean, from 6,000 to 11,000 meters below sea level. Their access and study is extremely difficult due to the high pressures and great difficulties of reaching

RV Thomas G. Thompson (Photo: University of Washington)

US Navy-owned Research Vessel Back in Action

stem to stern, throughout all five of its decks. It received new cleaner and more efficient diesel engines, the latest navigation and ship-positioning systems, as well as sophisticated sonar, allowing it to map the ocean floor in sharper detail and even differentiate between species of fish and other marine life.The Thompson's laboratories were updated to include advanced IT infrastructure to better support scientific data collection and analysis at sea, while also enabling improved real-time communications with shore. Several critical sensor systems also were replaced, providing upgraded scientific

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New Consortium for Offshore Decommissioning

.”Peter Pietka, Ardent CEO, said, “We bring to the consortium over 150 years of maritime retrieval experience, as a global leader in salvage and wreck removal. Through our expertise, we are in the unique position of being able to apply techniques and learnings from other sectors such as marine wreck removal, to improve how to tackle the increasingly important challenge of decommissioning offshore oil and gas infrastructure.”The consortium aims to deliver smarter decommissioning activities with end to end project management and execution for operators in Europe, Asia and Americas

RIMCAW robot being deployed for trial (Photo: TWI)

Chain-climbing Underwater Robot Passes Trials

Climbing robot with ultrasonic imaging for mooring chains inspection passes field trialsA robot designed to hook onto, and scale up and down, large mooring chains, both at subsea level and in the air – with a nondestructive testing (NDT), ultrasonic imaging system on board that scans for critical defects – has recently undergone field trials.The new climbing robot, named RIMCAW (Robotic Inspection of Mooring Chains in Air and Water), is the result of a yearlong, fast-track project that secured funding from Innovate UK, the Government agency behind finding and driving the innovations that

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