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Aker Solutions Buys Stake in Airborne

Airborne Oil & Gas announced Friday that Aker Solutions has joined its shareholder base to further strengthen, integrate and diversify its range of thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) solutions for the international subsea sector.The global engineering company joins other shareholders Chevron Technology Ventures, Evonik Venture Capital, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Shell Ventures, Subsea 7, Sumitomo Corporation and the private equity investor, HPE Growth Capital.Oliver Kassam, Airborne Oil & Gas CEO said,  “We have a very strong portfolio of organizations invested in the business

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DGA Taps iXblue for AUV Positioning & Monitoring

The French General Directorate of Armament for Technical Naval Applications (DGA Technique Navales – DGA/TN, formerly GESMA), an entity specialized in experimentation in the area of mine warfare, has selected iXblue's Gaps acoustic positioning system for its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) positioning and monitoring applications."The choice of Gaps by the DGA/TN, which is the reference in France in the area of mine warfare, is a clear mark of the confidence placed in our underwater positioning technology," said Hubert Pelletier, Head of the Acoustics Division of iXblue. "Thi

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SBG Systems Unveils New IMU

Inertial motion sensing solutions provider SBG Systems has released the Horizon IMU, a FOG-based high performance inertial measurement unit (IMU) designed for large hydrographic vessels surveying harsh environments.Navsight Marine Solution consists in a powerful and ready-to-use inertial navigation solution dedicated to hydrographers. It is available at different levels of accuracy to meet the various application requirements and can be connected to various external equipment such as Echo-sounders, LiDAR, etc.Navsight Marine Solution already offered two levels of performance with the Ekinox and Apogee

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OPT Inks Deal with US Operator

to achieve significant health, safety and environmental milestones and implement additional policies and procedures.“This contract signifies a major investment of time and resources by our customer and OPT, which further demonstrates the demand for our solutions and our credibility as experts in marine power and communications,” Kirby said

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Maersk Supply Service Wins Total Contract

Maersk Supply Service said it has fixed the newbuild subsea support vessels vessel (SSV) Maersk Involver for 161 days to support maintenance of the DAN F platform located offshore Esbjerg for walk-to-walk and accommodation services. The contract is expected to commence start-April 2019.Delivered in November 2017, the Stingray class Maersk Involver features DP3 station keeping capabilties and 120 modern single cabins. The vessel has been outfitted with an Ampelmann E-type active motion-compensated gangway system and pedestal, as well as a boat landing to perform personnel transfer via crew transfer

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Pioneering Spirit Shifts to the North Sea

The world's largest heavy lift and pipelay vessel, Pioneering Spirit, will take a temporary pause from Nord Stream 2 pipelaying activities in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone to perform planned platform lift work in the North Sea.The Allseas-owned vessel, which in 2018 installed the 22,000 t drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development on the Norwegian continental shelf, will now return to the field to install the 26,000 t processing platform topsides and the 18,000 t living quarters platform topsides. This third-party engagement was already stipulated in Nord

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BP Partners with Enpro on FAM Technology

BP and Enpro Subsea have executed a Global Frame Agreement aimed at providing an enhanced subsea architecture and smart standardization using Flow Access Module (FAM) technology to enable fast track, capital efficient subsea tiebacks.Enpro said its patented FAM technology supplied to BP on the Kepler K3 project in the Gulf of Mexico to enable project specific technologies to be seamlessly added to BP’s standard subsea trees and manifolds. According to Enpro, this helped to reduce project costs and schedule, to support BP in achieving sanction to first oil in less than 12 months.The FAM technology

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Sparrows Provides Cable Handling for Hornsea One

Sparrows Group Cable and Pipe Lay Solutions (CPLS) division has delivered its largest renewables project to date as part of three contracts awarded through VBMS; DEME Offshore, formerly known as Tideway; and DeepOcean. The work scope, part of an upsurge in activity in the renewables market that helped the group to more than doubled its business during 2018, saw Sparrows provide equipment and personnel to handle the nearshore, export and inter-array cables for the Hornsea One offshore wind farm.Currently under construction, the site, located 120km off the UK’s Yorkshire coast, is poised to be the

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Subsea 7 Wins BP Work Offshore UK

Subsea 7 S.A. announced Wednesday it has been awarded a contract by BP Exploration for the provision of subsea construction, inspection, repair and maintenance services covering BP’s North Sea region portfolio of assets West of Shetland and Northern North Sea.Under the terms of the five year agreement, i-Tech Services will provide a life of field support vessel complete with work class and observation class remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV), capable of performing inspection, survey, intervention, light subsea construction and emergency response services.Subsea 7 said the work scope is

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Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Marine Technology Reporter explores half a century of subsea technology development and discovery. Oceanology International Americas runs February 25-27, 2019 in San Diego.When Oceanology launched in 1969 in the seaside resort of Brighton the world was a very different place. For a start, Brighton was home to the mods and rockers, who would square off against each other on the town’s elegant seafront. The British currency included shillings and ha’ pennies and man had yet to step foot on the moon.More crucially, to the

Boskalis Acquires Horizon

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has acquired a 62.5% majority stake in the Horizon Group (Horizon) from the United Arab Emirates. Horizon's main activities include marine geophysical surveys and geotechnical services."Through this transaction, we are adding an important strategic position to our existing marine survey and subsea geotechnical business," said Peter Berdowski, CEO Boskalis. "Horizon is a market leader in the Middle East and we are committed to continuing and expanding the high quality of services they deliver to their clients. Furthermore, Horizon with its

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Exploration Comes-back with a Bang

After years of budget cuts, oil and gas companies are finally stepping up their exploration game. Several wildcat wells planned for 2019 have the potential to be “elephant” finds, according to Rystad Energy.The energy research and business intelligence company said in a press release that improved market conditions and lower well costs have led E&P players to ramp up their 2019 exploration activities in all parts of the world, but driven in particular by rising investments in South America and Africa.“Renewed optimism in exploration activities is anticipated in 2019, with operators

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Acoustic Tracking in Aquaculture

Joint trials by Norwegian research institute SINTEF Ocean and Sonardyne reportedly have proven the ability for an acoustic positioning system to track underwater robots as they move through industrial-scale fish pens.Until now, there has been a misperception that acoustic tracking systems do not work in fish farm applications, due to the volume and density of fish within the pens or cages. Fish have an air-filled swim bladder that helps them regulate their buoyancy and this organ can interfere with the transmission and reception of acoustic signals from the surface to an ROV. In a farm with up to 200

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Contemporary UUV Propulsor Design

From the standpoint of vehicle propulsion physics, an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is little different from your personal ski boat or a tanker. It shares the Vessel-Propulsor-Drive system model, which allows a Propulsor to convert Drive energy into thrust for the purpose of moving a Vessel. The basic principles of thrust equilibrium and motion are common to all three, as are the translation of rotational energy into axial thrust by the central element of the system – the Propulsor.Not shared by different vehicle types are the constraints and design objectives that are unique to each vehicle&r

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3D at Depth Partners with STR

Subsea LiDAR laser technology and 3D data solutions company 3D at Depth Inc.announced Tuesday it has partnership with Subsea Technology & Rentals Australia PTY Ltd (STR).According to 3D at Depth, the partnership has been formed to support its expanding customer base within the Asia Pacific region, and bundle 3D at Depth’s Subsea (SL) LiDAR laser systems with STR’s subsea technology. The new bundled offering provides a turnkey solution to help customers improve the efficiencies and reliability of their offshore operations. 3D at Depth said it will continue to maintain operational and

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Ashtead Invests in Teledyne's Survey Sensors

Teledyne Marine has announced a significant investment by Ashtead Technology in the newest subsea multibeam imaging, survey and pipe tracking technology. Key items include RESON SeaBat T50-S IDH multibeam systems (successor to the 7125 ROV2), BlueView M900-2250 dual frequency imagingsonars and HydroPACT 660E pipe and cable trackers among other items purchase from Teledyne Marine.“As owners of the largest fleet of TSS pipe and cable trackers in the rental market, Ashtead are impressed with the new miniaturized single pod '660E' version with its reduced weight, size and power,"

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Unique invests in Sonardyne Tech

On the opening of Subsea Expo, in Aberdeen Unique Group’s announced orders for multiple copies of Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 Long BaseLine (LBL) and INS operating platform and a large number of the latest Compatt 6+ seabed transponders and ROVNav 6+ vehicle-Unique Group, which is headquartered in the UAE and has offices in Aberdeen, Rotterdam, Saudi Arabia, Houston, Mumbai, Cape Town and Singapore, has also ordered Sonardyne’s GyroCompatt 6 positioning transponders, which offer operators real-time positioning and motion data from one small, versatile and robust instrument.

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i-Tech Services Expands in Houston

i-Tech Services, a Subsea 7 company, said it has taken on 13 new people in Houston following a 12-month period which saw the office secure a series of new contract awards in the Gulf of Mexico. The expansion grows the regional team by 25%.Recent contracts included vessel charter renewals and the provision of custom engineering solutions for subsea flow assurance and inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) workscopes, the company said in a press release on Monday.Edward Galloway, Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico for i-Tech Services, said: “Despite the challenging market conditions, we enjoyed a

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Unique Group Partners with POSH Subsea

UAE-based subsea and offshore solution provider Unique Group announced Thursday it it has entered into a contract with Singapore-based offshore and marine oil field services company POSH Subsea to offer integrated diving solutions.As part of the agreement, Unique Group will design, manufacture and deliver Classed Air and Saturation Dive systems for integration on POSH’s fleet of diverse multipurpose vessels capable of supporting subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM), as well as construction and installation works.Under this partnership, Unique Group said it will supply a holistic suite

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Unique Group: Diving Solutions for POSH

, manufacture and deliver Classed Air and Saturation Dive systems for integration on POSH’s vessels.Under this partnership, Unique Group will be supplying a holistic suite of classed air & saturation diving equipment, compliant to the stringent Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) 468 and International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines, as well as consumables and technical support during and post installation, spanning across a two-year period. The Unique Equipment Manager (UEM), a digitalized planned maintenance system integrated with the dive systems will enable POSH to track the condition

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Ørsted, Tepco Join Forces for Japan Offshore Push

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Danish energy business Orsted to work together on offshore wind projects.In a press release, TEPCO said that it had been “exploring offshore wind business opportunities” in both Japan and overseas. Orsted is a world leader in wind energy and built the world’s first offshore wind facility in 1991. Ørsted has constructed more than 25 offshore wind farms in Europe and has several large-scale offshore wind development projects in Europe, the US and Taiwan.TEPCO and Ørsted will

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Government Shutdown: Atlantic Seismic Permitting Blocked by Judge

A federal court judge on Friday ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore oil drilling during the ongoing government shutdown, dealing a blow Trump administration's energy agenda.Judge Richard Gergel of the U.S. District Court in South Carolina issued the decision in response to a motion filed by a range of conservation and business groups and coastal cities opposed to the adminstration's efforts to expand U.S. offshore drilling.The Justice Department had sought a delay in the court proceedings arguing that it did not have the resources it needed to

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Swire Seabed Orders a HUGIN AUV

, magnetometer and turbidity sensor.The vehicle will also make use of Kongsberg’s automatic pipeline tracking solution, which utilizes the SAS or multibeam echo sounder to track alongside or above a pipeline, to conduct survey and inspection tasks.Atle Gran, Kongsberg Maritime Area Sales Manager for Marine Robotics, said, “This HUGIN has a wide array of sensors and capabilities making it suitable for many different types of commercial applications including pipeline inspection, geophysical survey and hydrography.”Flexible and self-contained, the AUV will measure approximately 5.2 meters

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Autonomy: L3 ASV, Dstl Complete Demos

L3 ASV announced the completion of a series of demonstrations at the Australian Defense Showcase, Autonomous Warrior 18.In support of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), L3 ASV operated a 9-m vessel outfitted with autonomous navigation capability for reconnaissance, interdiction and patrol tasks.The vessel, dubbed MAST-9, operated in fully autonomous mode, including COLREG aware collision avoidance, navigating the waterways at speeds of up to 40 knots, for over 80 hours, across the two-week event. MAST-9 successfully executed seven different task types comprising loiter, shadow

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Full-Depth Current Profiling Around the Global Ocean

Three Decades of High Pressure for Lowered ADCPsIntroductionEver since the unexpected motions of the first deep-drifting floats, oceanographers have worked to lift the veil on deep currents. Direct current measurements have come in various guises. Neutrally-buoyant floats and their profiling offspring revealed deep pathways. Current meters on moorings showed changes in time. Free-falling probes allowed a profile view—closely-spaced measurements showing water current velocity versus depth. And lowered ADCPs (LADCP) have provided well-resolved, full-depth current profiles since the early 1990s.

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New F180 Lightweight Pre-Calibrated System

CodaOctopus unveiled a new F180 Lightweight Pre-Calibrated Housing designed for those who require a simpler, faster, more flexible solution for accurate marine positioning. This waterproof housing for the F180 and F180R series of GNSS aided inertial positioning devices fully integrates with CodaOctopus MOTION control to provide precise IMU to Antenna alignment without the need for calibration.This latest model is 25 percent smaller, more than 20 pecent lighter, and competitively priced, allowing customers to integrate their system faster and in more flexible ways than before, the manufacturer said.

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Global Fishing Watch, USCG Examine Illegal Fishing

Global Fishing Watch is teaming up with the United States Coast Guard Research & Development Center (CG RDC) to conduct research on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and share analysis to advance global efforts to improve fisheries management.Global Fishing Watch (https://globalfishingwatch.org) and CG RDC are exploring pathways to collaborate on relevant research activities, such as the establishment of analytical methodologies to evaluate open-source vessel movement data, catch data and satellite imagery, to advance international understanding on IUU fishing and its impacts.

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NATO Uses IoT to Study the Oceans

of Oldenburg’s work monitoring plastic debris in the North Sea and Spain’s coastal authority, Salvamento Maritimo, using SPOT Trace to devise oil spill disaster recovery procedures. The National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics and the “Istituto di Scienze Marine” of the Italian National Research Council use SPOT Trace to study surface currents in the Mediterranean and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has used large quantities of SPOT Trace satellite trackers also for oceanographic and oil spill research

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Nexans Forms IMR Team

, Norwegian system operator of the energy system, Nexans today continues to develop the existing contingency agreement signed in 2011, ensuring the operational ability of their most critical high voltage cable links in the Nordic grid. The agreement includes a total length of over 1,100 kilometers of submarine and underground cables, spread over 19 systems on and offshore.“We encourage our customers to inspect and maintain their cable systems on a regular basis.” Skattum said. “Our IMR department can offer advice and help optimize asset management to build a concrete strategy for ensuring

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Seatools Unveils New Deepwater Excavator

Subsea technology company Seatools has introduced the Carrera E 3D motion-controlled precision flow excavation spread. The 630+ kW, all-electric deepwater excavator features Seatools’ advanced ROV DP technology and sets the stage for better accuracy, production and workability in the mass flow excavation (MFE).Seatools developed the Carrera E mass flow excavation spread leveraging its capabilities in heave compensation and ROV control technologies. The patent-pending spread features 3D motion control, which enables precision excavation operations at a minimum of seabed disturbance. Thanks to the

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CGG Renews Cooperation with OMV

French-based geophysical services company CGG announced Tuesday that its contract with Austrian integrated oil and gas company OMV to operate a dedicated center at its head office in Vienna has been renewed for a further three years.The two companies have worked together as strategic partners since the center first opened in 1979. The tailored service delivered by in-house geoscientists gives OMV access to CGG’s latest technologies as well as the support of experts and compute capacity from CGG’s Paris and London hubs.OMV will continue to have onsite access to CGG’s subsurface

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Eriksen Joins Kreuz Subsea Board

Global integrated subsea services business Kreuz Subsea has appointed Knut Eriksen as the board’s first independent nonexecutive director. Eriksen, who took up the advisory position on December 1, will support the business on a strategic level and help to identify future growth opportunities.Eriksen has worked for more than 35 years in the oil and gas sector around the world, having worked for the past two decades in senior management roles, including president of engineering at Aker Maritime and senior VP roles at Oceaneering International and NATCO Group, focusing on operations and business

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STR Upgrades to Sonardyne's Fusion 2

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), a multi-disciplinary technology expert specializing in the design, production, rental and sale of innovative marine survey equipment, has become the first company to invest in Sonardyne International Ltd.’s new Long BaseLine (LBL) and Inertial Navigation System (INS) software, Fusion 2. The announcement was made following Sonardyne’s launch event at OSEA 2018 in Singapore.STR will upgrade its existing 6G hardware to Sonardyne’s new 6 ‘plus’ variants, which, combined with Fusion 2, will make marine survey and offshore construction

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Eight OSD Systems to Petrobras

Sea-state monitoring firm Miros Group is set to supply eight Oil Spill Detection (OSD) systems to Brazilian oil major Petrobras in the world’s largest x-band radar-based OSD surveillance and response contract to date.The agreement is in partnership with Ulstein Belga Marine, primary supplier to Petrobras, and includes radars and thermal imaging cameras for Petrobras Mobile Offshore Production Units (MOPUs) in the Campos Basin. Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2019.The backdrop for the record delivery is a February 2018 agreement reached between Petrobras and the Brazilian federal

McDermott Wins Subsea Work from Shell

McDermott International, Inc. announced Tuesday it has been awarded a contract from Shell Exploration and Production Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, for new subsea umbilical and flowline installation at the Great White Frio development in Alaminos Canyon Block 857 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The contract award will be reflected in McDermott's fourth quarter 2018 backlog.McDermott said its scope of work includes project management and engineering; installation of a flexible flowline from the well to a pipeline end termination; installation of one 2,000-foot-long steel flying lead;

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Hydro Group Expands

Subsea cable and connector assembly specialist, Hydro Group, has expanded into a new market with Israeli-based distributor Aretha Technologies Ltd.Aretha Technologies will offer subsea electrical and optical cables, ROV tethers and more from Hydro Group’s extensive product range.Established in May 2018 by Ofer Kleiner and Moshe Eisenkraft, the firm based in Kfar Saba, Israel, is the official agent for specialist engineering firms active in the defense, aerospace and renewable energy industries.With a strong track record of international expansion in both Asia and the Americas, Hydro Group is

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SBM Offshore Wins AIP for Wind Floater Design from ABS

The classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has issued an Approval in Principle (AIP) to Dutch-based SBM Offshore for its proprietary wind floater design.The global provider of floating production and mooring systems (FPSO) said that the wind floater is a TLP concept and has been designed for the full life cycle, including in-place conditions, as well as wet tow with the wind turbine installed, and mooring hook-up phase.The AIP demonstrates the successful design of the floater, compliant with ABS’ design standards, said the offshore oil and gas company.“We are very proud

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Subsea Vision & Photogrammetry Lab Formed

Offshore robotics company FORSSEA ROBOTICS chose GMS as main technical partner to certify its real-time visual positioning technologies. A joint laboratory will be created to develop a common offer covering camera calibration, subsea image treatment and innovative photogrammetry solutions.FORSSEA ROBOTICS decided last year to adapt its Atoll ROV embedded visual docking technology into a stand-alone product. The company was already manufacturing and commercializing underwater cameras, mainly for R&D underwater vision applications.The so-called V-LOC (Visual LOCalization) technology has been designed

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CGG Releases Data from Mozambique Survey

The fast-track 3D seismic data from CGG’s recent Mozambique multi-client survey in the outer Zambezi Delta Basin is now available for license, the geoscience company announced during Africa Oil Week.The data covers a 15,400 km2 area over blocks Z5-C and Z5-D and surrounding open acreage. It was acquired as part of a multi-client program agreed between CGG and Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP) in 2017.Interested international oil companies can view the high-end data set in CGG data rooms in anticipation of the country’s 2019 licensing round.CGG said final PSDM deliverabl

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N-Sea Expands Its Middle East Capabilities

Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) subsea services provider N-Sea said it has reinforced its commitment to the Middle East with expanded its service capabilities in the region.N-Sea, which opened its regional office in Dubai in 2016, said its TUP (transfer under pressure) Diving System has recently arrived in the Middle East for refurbishment and work in the regionDesigned and built in-house by N-Sea, the TUP Diving System is a mobile, surface-oriented closed bell diving system comprising a three-man bell, launch and recovery system, triple lock decompression chamber and gas diver control

Subsea Global Solutions Acquires Muldoon Marine Services

Commercial diving company Subsea Global Solutions (SGS) said it has acquired Muldoon Marine Services (Muldoon), a commercial diving firm based in Long Beach, Calif."This is an exciting day for the SGS family as this acquisition will further solidify our position as the market leader in underwater ship maintenance, repair and marine construction solutions both locally in California and abroad," said Paul Peters, Chief Executive Officer of SGS. "Muldoon has been operating in the Long Beach area and nearby ports for 30+ years with a solid track record and an exceptional customer service

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Blue-Gift to Implement Marine Power Project

The European Marine Energy Center (Emec) in Orkney, Scotland, will lead a project to support the development of wave and tidal power in coastal areas of north-west Europe.The project has been approved by Interreg Atlantic Area which will support ocean energy demonstration throughout the Atlantic Arc.The 36-month Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project will implement a coordinated ocean energy technology demonstration program that encourages longer term demonstration and technology de-risking across the Atlantic Arc regions.Blue-GIFT will leverage the skills, processes and expertise

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Video: Soil Testing Vehicle Dives Deep

DEME Group's GSR (Global Sea Mineral Resources) exploration activities in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) during the company's 2017 Pacific campaign narrowed in on three major elements: resource assessment, technology and environment.To verify resource estimates undertaken during GSR's 2014 and 2015 campaigns, nodules were collected using deep-sea dredges and box cores.The technological aspects involved the deployment of Patania I, the first tracked soil testing device vehicle to reach and travel the seafloor at depths of more than 4,500 m. The vehicle is the first of a series of three

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Tech Spotlight: JW Fisher’s CT-1 Cable Tracker

tracked is “dead,” then a signal will have to be induced into the cable. The signal injector is connected to the shore end of the target cable and, after the signal has been sent, the cable tracker probe is used to locate the electromagnetic signal along the length of the cable.Intercoastal Marine, LLC. was established in 2013 and has developed into a well-respected unlimited general contractor. Located in Castle Hayne, N.C., Intercoastal Marine began as a small commercial diving and service corporation supporting heavy construction, utility, and manufacturing industries throughout the Mid-Atlantic

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Seabed Geosolutions Wins Red Sea Ocean Contract

The provider of comprehensive ocean bottom seismic (OBS) solutions to the global oil and gas industry Seabed Geosolutions and its partner have been awarded a 3D ocean bottom node survey in the Red Sea.The S-79 project will require the acquisition and processing of high quality 3D data over a large area in various water depths.Seabed’s highly efficient 4C Manta ocean bottom nodes will be used, in combination with its best-in-class ROV deployment system in deep waters and node-on-a-wire system in shallower areas. The surveys are scheduled to commence early 2019.The contract will be jointly executed

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Underwater Glider Goes Searching for North Atlantic Right Whales

gear.The 1.5-meter-long Slocum glider is a buoyancy driven underwater drone that rises and dives in the water to propel itself forward while gathering data. Onboard the vehicle, the OceanObserver system records the underwater sounds while running seven automated cetacean detectors that flag possible marine mammal calls. The glider comes to the surface every three hours to send the flagged events to shore. JASCO’s analysts review the events and send the confirmed detections to project stakeholders.“DFO’s unprecedented move this year to protect the remaining right whales is amazing

UTEC Secures Floatover Project in the Middle East

UTEC, a surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, said it has, in partnership with offshore services provider Zamil Offshore, secured a contract in Saudi Arabia for the floatover, from Oman to Saudi Arabia, and installation of multiple platform topsides.UTEC said its scope includes topside dimensional control, positioning and motion monitoring during topside transportation and installation, and metocean and weather prediction services.“2018 has been a great year for UTEC in the Middle East and we have seen a sharp increase in demand for our services,” said Bill Hickie, UTEC Middle

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Partners Lead New Swarm Technology Research

U.K. based marine technology company Autonomous Robotics Ltd (ARL) will collaborated with Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) to research simultaneous, distributed and scalable localization system for a swarm of autonomous underwater sensor flying nodes.The research will aim to further enhance the capability of the flying node system and further reduce the cost and time for ocean bottom seismic surveys.RGU is a leading Scottish university in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, and its School of Engineering has an outstanding track record of working in collaboration with industry.The Swarm

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New GPS Interference Mitigation Solution

it matters most, the manufacturer said.“This innovative new product builds on core Hexagon PI technology, to bring proven solutions that minimize vessel downtime and keep crews, operations and equipment working at a time when GPS denial events are increasing in frequency,” said David Russell, Marine Segment Manager at VERIPOS. “GAJT also combines with reliable correction services, Apex or Ultra, to provide an accurate and reliable positioning solution.&rdquo

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Hunting Hydrocarbons

acoustic monitoring (PAM) projects to aid environmental and anthropogenic monitoring during seismic surveys and, it hopes soon, also around offshore wind piling operations monitoring. For PAM operations, broad spectrum hydrophones are mounted to the gliders to record low and high frequency acoustics from marine life.Blue Ocean’s first PAM survey was in 2016, offshore Western Australia, during 3D seismic acquisition operations. The glider was deployed in the survey area and traversed four days, covering about 30km/day, depending on the current, before performing simultaneous operations with the seismic

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Canada's Halifax-Class Frigates Get a Sonar Upgrade

Nautel, together with General Dynamics, will upgrade and maintain underwater sensors on the Halifax-class frigates for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as part of the Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade (UWSU) contract awarded to General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada.The upgraded sensors will offer the RCN an improved ability to detect and track underwater threats utilizing advanced Sonar amplifiers and transducers designed and manufactured by Nautel.As part of the hull-mounted sonar upgrade program, Nautel will supply NS72-36 sonar amplifiers and Mk II broadband transducers. According to Nautel

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Sonardyne Hires Paull as Business Development Manager

instrumentation and systems company Aquatec Group, will also focus on other developing ocean industry markets, such as subsea mining, for Sonardyne’s widening portfolio of products.The ocean space is home to an increasing number of offshore renewables facilities, including offshore wind farms and marine energy devices, and aquaculture operations, as companies look to diversify and countries seek to grow their energy and food production.“Increasingly our oceans are being looked at as engines of growth – be it in renewable energy, aquaculture, mineral resources and even biotechnology.

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Kraken, ThayerMahan Demonstrate SeaScout for US Navy

Kraken Robotics Inc. wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., in cooperation with ThayerMahan Inc., demonstrated its SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System during the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) held last month in Newport, R.I. This was the first at-sea test and evaluation carried out since both companies signed a strategic alliance agreement in February 2018.U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Michael Connor (retired), ThayerMahan’s President and CEO, said, “It’s our fundamental mission to integrate and deploy the latest sensors

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Total Makes Major Offshore UK Gas Discovery

French oil and energy group Total said on Monday it had made a major gas discovery on the Glendronach prospect, located off the coast of the Shetland islands in the North Sea.Total said preliminary tests on the new gas discovery confirmed good reservoir quality, permeability and well production deliverability, with recoverable resources estimated at about one trillion cubic feet (1 tcf).It said Glendronach, located near its Edradour field, will be tied back to the existing infrastructure and developed quickly and at low cost.Total said the discovery will extend the life of the West of Shetland infrastru

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ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

Canadian underwater systems and robotics manufacturer International Submarine Engineering Ltd. (ISE) announced it has sold its latest ISE Explorer autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to China Ocean Mineral Resource R&D Association (COMRA). This ISE Explorer AUV is the first rated for operations at 6,000 m depth.The modular design of the ISE Explorer enables it to carry multiple payloads in its spacious, swappable, and customizable payload section including Multibeam Echosounders, Sidescan Sonars, Sub-bottom Profilers, Synthetic Aperture Sonars, High Definition Cameras and Laser Systems, CTDs and

Kraken Awarded $1 Million Defense Contract

program and other international underwater surveillance programs.Kraken’s Acoustic Signal Processing Group has 80+ years of combined experience in sonar systems development and integration. Their core competency is implementation of digital signal processing and user interface software for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) sonar applications. This work frequently involves integration with embedded processing platforms for shipboard or shore-based analysis systems. The group can process and display data from fixed and mobile underwater as well as airborne systems to take advantage of machine automation

The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Aids US Navy Underwater Vehicle Testing

Underwater target tracking technology from Houston-based Sonardyne Inc., has been chosen by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division for testing subsea systems and underwater vehicles in development for the Navy and wider maritime industry.Located in Maryland, Carderock Division is the U.S. Navy's research, engineering, modelling and test center for surface and undersea technologies. It is the largest, most comprehensive establishment of its kind in the world. Thanks to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, Carderock’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF)

Location map for CGG’s rich-azimuth survey north-west of the Shetland Isles.
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CGG Deploys Two Vessels for Survey NW of Shetland

CGG commenced acquisition of a high-density, rich-azimuth, towed-streamer multi-client survey in the UK West Shetland Basin. The 3,600 sq km survey is designed in collaboration with major international oil companies and is focused on delivering high-resolution seismic data in a prospective but under explored area north-west of the Shetland Isles over the northern part of the Rona Ridge. A fast-track PreSDM data set will be available in Q1 2019.The acquisition geometry is designed to image multiple targets from shallow Tertiary and Cretaceous plays to complex fractured Devono-Carboniferous reservoir

Nadir Rahmatullah (Photo: UTEC)

UTEC Names Rahmatullah Middle East Director

UTEC, a global survey company in subsea services group Acteon, has appointed Nadir Rahmatullah as the commercial and strategy director of its Middle East and Caspian operations.Rahmatullah was most recently managing director of UTEC StarNet, a specialist division of UTEC providing survey, inspection and data management services to the oil and gas, telecommunication, renewables, civil engineering and nuclear sectors. He joined UTEC's parent company, Acteon Group, under its Pacer Program, which is designed to attract high-achieving, driven individuals. The program gave Rahmatullah the opportunity to

Figure 1: The Sea Otter Surf Zone Crawler

Seafloor Crawlers: New Robotic Tools for Challenging Missions

in the lower energy boundary layer. The low profile further minimizes current drag. The vehicle has operated in 1.5-m plunging surf and can cross soft terrain that will not support human loads. Recent tests demonstrated the ability to carry 40-kg payloads as well as tow a 45-kg sled across various marine surfaces.Specs of the Otter-SZC include:Symmetrical dual-sided operation for operation in the heavy surfWeight: 45-kg dry, 1-m long, 55-cm wide and 25-cm high (expandable in length and width)Speed: forward or reverse, variable up to 1-m/sNavigation: 3-axis IMU, FOG, dual encoders, dual-sided, dual-frequen

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