Ocean surface currents around the world. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The Evolution of Ocean Models

will improve the ocean’s predicted mean state and variability,” he says. “But the overall computational effort is rather big.”   “So our ability to simulate the ocean will improve, but gradually.”     (As published in the Mach 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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SMD Delivers Atom Mk1 ROV Systems to JFD

equipped with ultra-compact launch and recovery systems (LARS) and SMD purpose-designed control and workshop cabins, provide a complete turnkey solution, which is essential for JFD in providing their customer, the Indian Navy, with reliable equipment for time critical missions.   Optimized for submarine rescue operations, each Atom system carries three emergency life support pods for delivery to a submarine forming the intervention element of JFD’s third generation submarine rescue system.  For this order, JFD took advantage of the Atom’s ability to carry a large payload within

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

The SeaCat autonomous underwater vehicle (Photo: ATLAS MARIDAN)

ATLAS MARIDAN to Offer AUV Rental Services

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

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Subsea 7 Wins Offshore Azerbaijan Deal

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a contract by BP Exploration for the provision of subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services on both the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) and Shah Deniz (SD) fields, offshore Azerbaijan. Under the terms of this five year agreement, the scope of work comprises the provision of a Life of Field support vessel complete with work class and observation class ROVs, capable of performing inspection, survey, intervention, light subsea construction, surface diving and emergency response services. The life of field support vessel will be supported by a Baku based

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Reach Subsea Charters Subsea Vessel Olympic Challenger

 Reach Subsea has entered into an agreement with Olympic Subsea for use of the subsea vessel Olympic Challenger for two years, with an option to extend for one year.   The commercial terms of the charter agreement are confidential between the parties, but is structured in a way that enables Reach to offer a competitive subsea service to our clients.    The vessel already has two ROVs mobilized on board, which Reach will lease initially. Thus, investments associated with this expansionary move are limited at the outset.   Reach will mobilize the vessel during April 2018

COMPAC bearings with key slots for fixed key Thordon Bearings

Log-In Logística selects COMPAC

eco-systems, we have a strict policy of ensuring our operations are environmentally sustainable. One of our core values is to use efficient solutions that help reduce our environmental footprint. The water lubricated propeller shaft concept meets this objective, as its operation does not contaminant the marine environment.”   Log-In Polaris, based on a similar design to the two ships that the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard has built for Lomar, will be built to DNV GL class and meet TMON notation requirements for extended withdrawal periods for water lubricated tail shafts.   Log-In Logí

Bruce Stuart (Photo: Interventek)

Interventek Appoints Stuart as Business Development Director

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

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

Light Well Intervention: TechnipFMC, Island Offshore Partner

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

New small self-calibrating class 1-4 torque tool to bring savings to torque tool tasks with the use of smaller electric work vehicles (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Smart Torque Tool Advances an Electric Future

A breakthrough in electric torque tool technology is set to further advance the capability of electric underwater robotic vehicles, says Saab Seaeye.   The electric underwater e-robotic systems manufacturer has collaborated with Australia-based Total Marine Technology (TMT) to launch a new lightweight electric torque tool that is smart, light, simple to fit, fast to set up, has an advanced, high accuracy torque control system and can operate across the Saab Seaeye range of e-robotic vehicles, opening up new market opportunities.   Considerable savings will come from using compact electric

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Expedition to Capture First 4K Images of the Titanic

A manned submersible set to survey the RMS Titanic wreck site this summer will be equipped with a range of high-tech underwater imaging equipment that will capture the first ever 4K images of the historic shipwreck. Starting in June 2018, manned submersible services provider OceanGate Inc. will lead a group of scientists, content experts and mission specialists to explore and survey the wreck site in a series of week-long missions from St. John’s, Newfoundland. For the mission, OceanGate's manned submersible Cyclops 2 will be equipped with cameras and lights from Canadian firm SubC Imaging

Photo courtesy of MMT

Statoil Expands Frame Agreement with MMT

Statoil has renewed and expanded MMT’s frame agreement. The cooperation between Reach Subsea and MMT Sweden has resulted in a new frame agreement covering both survey and light construction for the next three years. The frame agreement is call-off based, which means that Statoil can award contracts for survey and light construction projects in the North Sea on an as needed basis.   As part of the frame agreement, MMT Sweden has in cooperation with Reach Subsea been awarded a contract with Statoil for survey and light construction work offshore Norway. The value of the contract is confidenti


Philippines' Duterte Green Lights China's Sea Research

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines’ Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.   Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna.   The United Nations declared Benham Rise, off the Pacific coast, part of

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Partners Aim to Revolutionize Subsea Boosting Pumps

Ask an equipment manufacturer for cheap, light and strong, and most will tell you it can’t be done. Fuglesangs Subsea, project manager for the JIP, will tell you otherwise.   “We think we’ve cracked the code,” said CEO Alexander Fuglesang. “This project has the potential to deliver improvements in all three areas: cost, weight and reliability.”   Statoil joins Aker BP, Lundin and National Oilwell Varco in the DEMO2000 JIP. The project aims to bring the Fuglesangs Subsea Omnirise single-phase booster to market by early 2019.   “Once we

Parchment tubeworm in the field (Photo by Dr. Evelien De Meulenaere, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego)

Scientists Say Sea Worm May Have Superpowers

 A common sea worm that resides in muddy coastal seafloors may have powers that could potentially impact human health, according to researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.   Researchers discovered that a parchment tubeworm, the marine invertebrate Chaetopterus sp. – which is also known for its bioluminescence – is able to produce an important protein found in nearly all living organisms, ferritin, eight times more efficiently than humans.   “We were surprised to discover that even though the tubeworm ferritin

Aquabotix’s Integra AUV/ROV is designed for multiple underwater missions across several sectors. Photo: Aquabotix

Aquabotix Debuts New Integra AUV/ROV

UUV Aquabotix Ltd. debuts its second-generation hybrid underwater vehicle, the Integra AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle). Single-person deployable, portable and lithium ion battery-powered, the Integra AUV/ROV allows users to conduct multiple underwater missions, while providing a cost-efficient alternative to deploying separate AUVs and ROVs for individualized tasks.    The Integra AUV/ROV can be configured with multiple sensors and maneuvered by an easy-to-use intuitive platform accessible from any web-enabled device. The vehicle is designed for use across

The Planck UAS returns to the WAM-V (Photo: Eric Haun)

Unmanned Vehicles In, On and Above the Water

As part of the annual BlueTech Week in San Diego, attendees were given an opportunity to see several unmanned vehicle technologies in action.   The main event was put on by a team consisting of Marine Advanced Research, Inc.; Planck Aerosystems, Inc.; and Teledyne Marine, Inc. (all with bases in California). Together, the team demonstrated multi-interoperability among five different unmanned systems on the water, in the air and subsea. A Z-Boat 1800RP unmanned surface vehicle (USV) from Teledyne Oceanscience used Odom MB2 multibeam sonar technology to search for and inspect targets of interest

(Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

'Roomba' in the Arctic

facility, indicate that skimmers can be effective in up to about 30-40% ice if the system can get to the oil. After that, performance declines quickly with 60-70% of ice, again due to accessibility to the oil.  Mobility – getting to the pollution – is critical.   As most mariners likely know, in the United States, oil cannot be deliberately spilled or discharged into open waters even for research and testing and, accordingly, the AWS 1701 expedition did not include actual oil recovery. And, the Healy’s 2017 expedition was in U.S. waters. (Norway, reportedly, is the

(Photo: Blueye Robotics)

Hurtigruten Brings Underwater Drones to Exploration Cruising

live experience Wireless range: At least 30 m Cable length: 75 m Wireless drone controller for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets Blueye App for android/iOS smartphone/tablet Quick charger for charging drone, WSU and drone controller     (As published in the October 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

(Photo: Harald M. Valderhaug)

Siem LCV on Bareboat Charter to Swire Seabed

Subsea operations specialist Swire Seabed AS said it has signed a deal with Siem Offshore for up to three years bareboat charter of Siem’s light construction vessel (LCV), Siem Stingray.    Siem Stingray, which will be renamed Seabed Stingray, is 120.9 meters in length with a deck space of 1,350 square meters and is equipped with a 250 metric ton offshore crane. She will also have two heavy duty work class remotely operated vehicles (ROV).   The contract will see Swire Seabed operate the vessel in the inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR), construction support and renewable

Z-Boat 1250 (Photo: Teledyne Oceanscience)

New Remotely Operated Hydrographic Survey Boat

Teledyne Oceanscience has introduced a new remotely operated hydrographic survey boat suited for inland waters such as streams, rivers and lakes.   The new trimaran style Z-Boat 1250 is “sturdy enough for tough terrain but light enough to be one person portable,” according to Teledyne. The vehicle has a lightweight hull manufactured from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, and is IP67 rated, which makes it well suited to survey in most water conditions. The vehicle weighs in at less than 50 pounds, including all instrumentation. A collapsible sliding crossbar makes the

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

The Price of Subsea Mining

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

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

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

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

Martin Klein with a Klein  multibeam side scan sonar. “We were proud that side scan was able to finally replace the old wire drag technology.” (courtesy Martin Klein and the MIT Museum)

Klein's Side Scan Sonar, Then and Now

The company known today as Klein Marine Systems, Inc. has origins stretching back to the 1960s when Marty Klein, who many consider to be the father of side scan sonar, began building his own devices from his home in Lexington, Mass. As this iconic subsea technology company approaches 50, MTR speaks with Marty Klein as well as Klein Marine System’s general manager, Frank Cobis.    When did you realize you were destined for a career in the subsea world? Marty Klein: Wow. It started back in 1961 when I was a senior at MIT and I had to do a thesis. I like to build things, but I

TE Connectivity SubCom’s CS Global Sentinel (Photo: TE SubCom)

Hawaiki Transpacific Cable Set for Installation

The undersea fiber-optic cable and equipment for the 14,000 km Hawaiki transpacific cable system have been manufactured and are in the final stages of being loaded aboard cable laying vessels for deployment to beginning in early October.   The Hawaiki submarine cable system, owned and developed Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to additional South Pacific islands. The carrier-neutral cable system was co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm

Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

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

Hopes Lifted for Norway-Scotland Power Cable Project

The prospects for a planned 1.4 gigawatt (GW) power interconnector linking Norway and Scotland have improved following the re-election of Norway's right-wing government this month, the project's chief said.   NorthConnect's 650-km subsea cable could meet about a quarter of Scotland's peak demand with clean energy from Norwegian hydroelectric dams and wind turbines.   Opposition Labour leader Jonas Gahr Stoere had said before the election he would not back the NorthConnect concession application if his party took power.   "The election result is a positive result for NorthConnec

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

The ROV that Explored USS Indianapolis

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

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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

(Photo: Klaus Heinrich Vanselow)

Solar Storms Linked to Beaching of Sperm Whales in North Sea

storms, German scientists have said.   Twenty-nine sperm whales washed up on German, Dutch, French and British shores between January and February 2016, surprising scientists after only 82 previous beaching of sperm whales had been documented since the 1990s.   Klaus Heinrich Vanselow, a marine biology expert at the University of Kiel in Germany, studied the connection between whale strandings and two major solar storms that took place at the end of December 2015.   The solar storms which create the Northern Lights phenomenon could also have caused the world's magnetic field to shift

SeaCat SAS during initial testing on ARCIMS USV with Kraken MINSAS in June 2017 (Photo: Kraken)

AquaPix MINSAS integrated onboard ATLAS SeaCat AUV

Kraken Sonar Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., has been awarded a contract valued at over C$425,000 ($336,600) by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Canada to supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the Atlas SeaCat autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in September 2017. AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal processing software optimized for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraint

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

(Photo: Sidus Solutions)

New Subsea Camera Boasts 4K UHD Image Quality

A new subsea camera from Sidus Solutions, the SS490, is a 4K UHD camera that provides superior video image quality at four times the resolution of 1080 full HD images. According to Sidus Solutions, the camera maintains full 4K resolution while providing excellent focus with a 20x zoom and a combined optical and digital zoom of 144x. The SS490 delivers better picture quality than non-4K models due to its use of HDR (high dynamic range). This is especially helpful with varying lighting conditions such as working with multiple ROVs or reflectivity from stainless steel objects. “We developed

Underwater image captured using an EM 712 multibeam echo sounder (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Canadian Coast Guard Expands Mapping Capability

Kongsberg Maritime said the Canadian Coast Guard has chosen its high resolution EM 712 multibeam echo sounders for the medium icebreakers CCGS Pierre Radisson and the CCGS Des Groseilliers.    Gathering critical hydrographic data can be a challenge in the Canadian Arctic. The innovative, retractable design of the new EM 712 echo sounder systems optimizes performance of the sounder when deployed and protects it when the vessel is breaking ice.   When deployed, the high-resolution EM 712 collects valuable navigational and scientific data from otherwise inaccessible parts of the planet

The ROV loaded onto the boat and ready for action (Photo: Deep Ocean Engineering)

ROV Used for Cherry Lake Dam Inspection

A Phantom T4H remotely operated vehicle (ROV), designed and built by Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., has completed an inspection of the intake riser at Cherry Lake Dam near Yosemite in California.   The dam, built in 1956, has provided water and power to the San Francisco Bay Area, Modesto and Turlock districts for over 60 years, and the structure has not been seen since its construction. The Phantom T4H ROV documented the state of the dam’s water intake riser and the position of the gates at a depth of 258 feet (78.6m), about a quarter of the ROV’s rated capability.   The

Harvey Bronco (Image: Harvey Gulf)

M2 Subsea Partners up with Harvey Gulf

Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services provider M2 Subsea said it has formed an alliance with vessel operator Harvey Gulf Marine International to provide subsea ROV services in the Gulf of Mexico.   The alliance will see M2 Subsea’s ROVs utilized on board Harvey Gulf’s DP2 survey support vessel, the Harvey Bronco. The offshore supply ship will focus on the survey and inspection market and will be equipped with M2 Subsea’s 150HP Triton XLX34 ROV system.    The Triton is a heavy duty work class ROV which is rated to 3,000m depth and well suited for all aspects of

(Image: Precision Measurement Engineering)

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 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

Executive Director of Well-Safe Solutions, Mark Patterson (Photo: Well-Safe Solutions)

New Player Enters the Decommissioning Market

Bank and a regional selective assistance grant, in addition to the initial private funding provided by the major shareholders, which will enable the company to invest in assets and create jobs.     Bringing together a wealth of subsea oil and gas expertise and experience with dedicated marine assets and equipment, Well-Safe will be the first-of-its-kind tier one company with a complete P&A (plug and abandonment) capability from front-end engineering and design to project execution.   Executive Director, Mark Patterson, explained, “The liability for late life, nonproducing

File photo: ATSB, photo by ABIS Chris Beerens, RAN

US Firm Offers to Resume Search for MH370

A U.S. seabed exploration firm has offered to take on the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, families of passengers and a Malaysian government minister said on Wednesday, in a bid to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.   The Boeing 777 disappeared in 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard. Analysis of radar and satellite contacts suggested someone on board may have deliberately switched off the plane's transponder before diverting it thousands of kilometres out over the Indian Ocean.   Australia, Malaysia and

(Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Scientists Explore Canada’s Deep Ocean Seamounts

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

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Scottish $2.6 Bln Offshore Wind Project Green Lighted

The developer of a 2 billion pound ($2.6 billion) Scottish offshore wind power project said on Wednesday it had won a two-year court battle with a bird charity over plans for the site.   Scottish ministers in 2014 approved plans to build the 450-megawatt Neart na Gaoithe wind farm, off Scotland’s east coast. The project had been held up, however, by a legal challenge from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which said it could cause the death of hundreds of native birds.   Mainstream Renewable Power, the developer, said the decision in Scotland's Court of Session

North Sea Link Trenching Contract Awarded

Norway.   The project, which will establish a first direct connection between the two countries energy systems, is a joint venture between National Grid and Statnett SF, the Norwegian transmission system operator. The 1,400MW subsea HVDC system when complete will be the world’s longest submarine interconnector.   The multimillion dollar subcontract was awarded by Prysmian PowerLink S.r.l, who are manufacturing and installing the two parallel HVDC cables for National Grid and Statnett between Blyth in England and Kvilldal in Norway.   North Sea Link recently contracted cable

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Tuco Marine Launches Aquaculture Service Boat

 Denmark based boat builder Tuco Marine has launched a newly developed boat for high-pressure cleaning for fish farm operations in Norway.   According to Tuco Marine, the 15-meter workboat – an expansion of its ProZero vessel series – has been designed by the builder’s engineers in collaboration with aquaculture experts to match the exact demands of the industry.   In order to preserve a healthy fish population and a steady production rate, aquaculture facilities must ensure good net hygiene by removing marine fouling. This is typically done through mechanical net

Image of sea ice in the Beaufort Sea, acquired on 3 June 2017 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, on board the Aqua satellite. (Photo: NASA)

Trump Administration Approves Eni Plan to Drill Offshore Alaska

Eni US will become the first energy company allowed to explore for oil in federal waters off Alaska since 2015 after the Trump administration this week approved a drilling plan on leases the company has been sitting on for 10 years.   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the drilling plan of Eni US, a unit of Italy's Eni on Wednesday as part of President Donald Trump's plan to boost oil and gas drilling and make the country "energy dominant."   The approval is conditional on Eni getting other state and federal permits, which in past cases are generally granted once

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4K Camera Captures Subsea Footage for BBC and NHK

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

Photo: ROS

ROS Introduces Fluorescent Floodlight

Remote Ocean Systems (ROS) has introduced the ROS LUV-LED, an oceanographic floodlight specifically designed for coral fluorescence.   At 440 nanometers, the light output is suited for safely enhancing the appearance of coral and underwater eco systems. The LUV-LED is depth rated to 4,000 meters and is powered by 120/220 VAC with various connector options available.   Light type: LED Lumen output:  5,900 Lux output:  2,200 Color temp.: 6,700° Kelvin Voltage:  120/220 VAC  Power: 250 watts, 2.2/ 1.1 amps Efficiency:  78 lumens/watts Beam angle-flood:

File photo: DONG Energy

Wind Power's Big Bet: Colossal Turbines

Wind farm operators are betting on a new generation of colossal turbines, which will dwarf many skyscrapers, as they seek to remain profitable after European countries phase out subsidies that have defined the green industry since the 1990s.   The world's three leading offshore wind operators - DONG Energy, EnBW and Vattenfall - all told Reuters they were looking to these megaturbines to help adapt to the upcoming reality with dwindling government handouts.   According to interviews with turbine makers and engineers, at least one manufacturer - Siemens Gamesa - will have built a prototype

BP's Thunder Horse platform in the Gulf of Mexico (File photo: BP)

BP Doubles Down on Deepwater

of Thunder Horse, they work two-week shifts, drink seawater from a desalination plant, and eat ribs and chicken ferried in by boat. On the ocean floor, robots provide remote eyes and arms as drills extract up to 265,000 barrels per day.   "There's a whole city below us," said Jim Pearl, Marine Team Leader on the platform.   This is just one of the four Gulf of Mexico platforms on which BP has staked its future in U.S. oil production.   Seven years after its Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, BP is betting tens of billions of dollars on the prospect that it can slash

Alan Whitebook (Photo: BIRNS)

BIRNS Grows Its Sales Team

Manufacturer of ISO 9001:2008, NAVSEA PRO-020-certifed lighting and connector systems BIRNS, Inc. has expanded its sales team with the appointments of Alan Whitebook and Jenny Ong.   As sales Applications Engineer, Whitebook will be responsible for the active sale of the company’s advanced deep submergence connectors and cable assemblies (electrical, coaxial, optical, electro-optical and electro-opto-mechanical) to worldwide users, comprising a combination of new prospects and existing customers. Whitebook brings more than 20 years of sales and design of military, aerospace and commercial

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

Creating Superior Buoyancy with Air

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

Image: Kongsberg

Tech File: Kongsberg’s Compact Survey Vessel

GeoSwath 4R system is pre-calibrated so that the survey operation can commence immediately on arrival, and no time is wasted running additional survey lines.    Its shallow draft, high top speed and maneuverability combined with the stability of a catamaran hull make it ideal for use in both marine surveys and on canals, river and lakes. The ability to steer tight survey grids makes it a fast and accurate addition to the surveyor’s portfolio.   The new GeoSwath 4R system offers unsurpassed productivity in shallow waters with at least 12x water depth coverage right up to the waterline

Photo: Arctic Rays

Deep-sea LED Strobe Uses High-potential Driver

The Dragonfish deep-sea LED strobe light was designed by Arctic Rays, LLC for imaging applications on AUVs and other underwater vehicles or platforms. Currently in use o AUVs such as the Remus 100, 600 and 6000, Dragonfish LED strobe lights offer compact size, high brightness (30,000 lumens at 5ms, 42,000 lumens at 200µs) and low current draw (550 mA at 24Vdc), suited for AUV-based still photography, where payload size and power budget are critical. Drive electronics, thermal protection and intelligent microprocessor control are integral in the Dragonfish’s small 1ATM, 6,000m-rated

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Diver Training Key to Underwater Vessel Repair

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

Rayna Kanapuram with Eric Birns (Photo: BIRNS)

High School Senior Receives Scholarship from BIRNS

BIRNS, Inc., a provider of underwater and deep ocean lighting and connectors, has awarded its annual Debra K. Geist Memorial Scholarship to Rayna Kanapuram, a senior at Newbury Park High School in California.   Kanapuram was honored at a ceremony where she was given a scholarship award of $500 to be used for college in the fall.   The late Debra Geist was BIRNS' Purchasing Agent for many years, before her sudden and tragic passing. In her memory, the company launched an annual college scholarship program to encourage and recognize high school students in Ventura County with strong

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ThunderFish AUV Program Gets $745,000 Boost

in underwater robotics.”   “Technological innovations in sensors, high performance computing and robotics now enable next generation underwater vehicles that are highly autonomous, cost effective, light weight and easier to operate. We look forward to continuing to develop advanced marine technologies and products to meet the ever-evolving demands of our growing customer base.”   RDC is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development (R&D) performance. RDC works with R&D stakeholders including

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South Bay Cable Celebrates 60

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

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

Lasers Shed Light on the Inner Workings of the Giant Larvacean

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

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Fishers Equipment Helps Locate Weapons and Explosives

 Before 1970 the widely accepted solution for disposal of old munitions, typically called unexploded ordnance (UXO), was to dump them into rivers, lakes and oceans. Today we know this creates a multitude of problems, the worst of which are pollution and the risk of an explosion. Many people have already lost their lives to these underwater booby traps. The uncertainties surrounding their precise location and degree of decomposition, makes attempting to recover these dangerous devices an even more difficult task.   Several international organizations have been formed to address the problem

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Tuco Debuts New Light Dive Vessel

Tuco Marine has presented its new vessel dedicated to the diving and subsea market, the ProZero 12m LDV Light Diving Vessel.   The boat is designed and optimized to serve as a platform for subsea operations and support of up to three divers. Diving operations include underwater inspection, investigation, construction, repair and maintenance of machinery and structures and recovery of sunken assets.   In addition to the large driver and control cabin, the boat is equipped with a working deck and has room for up to three dive control stations in the cabin. Powerful light projectors on the

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