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Trump Offshore Oil Proposal Could Unlock 65 Bln BOE

The Trump administration's proposal to open up almost all of U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling could unlock up to 65 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe), attracting billions of dollars in investment, consultancy Rystad Energy said.   Last week, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said a draft program would make over 90 percent of the outer continental shelf's total acreage available for leasing to drillers, a national record.   "Looking purely at areas that are potentially going to come out of restriction, we are talking about something closer to 65 billion boe,"

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MTS: New Webinar Series on Oil Spill Impacts

In support of a collaboration between the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the MTS will host a three-part webinar series in support of a TechSurge focused on the effects of oil spills on the environment and public health occurring in February 2018. The first webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 4-5 p.m. ET.  The topic of the webinar series is Introduction to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). Essentially, the webinar will share insights into the research of the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the

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Oceanology International '18: Conference Schedule Finalized

respective fields, and the potential for enlightened, galvanizing discussion and the cross-fertilization of progressive ideas is genuinely exciting.” The conference program gets under way on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 with a Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics track,chaired by Andy Hill, Marine Geohazard Technical Authority at BP Exploration, and Richard Salisbury, Senior Consultant at Fugro. This session will discuss data collation and examination methods used in mapping offshore seabed and sub-seabed environments, highlighting the benefits such studies confer upon the renewables, oil

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Subsea Infrastructure: Challenges & Solutions

As offshore oil and gas reserves become ever more difficult and costly to recover, the demand for innovative technology has never been greater. Joe Orrell, managing director at RED Engineering, considers some of the challenges in subsea infrastructure design and the role of fast track engineering solutions.   The offshore oil and gas industry, even in times of low prices and abundant supply, is driven by the almost relentless search for new fields to replace those coming towards the end of their natural productive lives. Often this forces exploration in ever more challenging environments and

Teledyne TSS Launches New Pipe Tracker

Teledyne Marine division Teledyne TSS has expanded its range of subsea pipe and cable detection and tracking products with the launch of the new smaller HydroPACT 660 pipe tracking system.   The 660 has been designed to help reduce the cost of subsea pipe surveys by allowing the use of smaller classes of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). In addition, TSS is also expanding the capabilities of its larger HydroPACT 440 pipe tracking system by introducing a new 24VDC upgrade kit.   The new, compact HydroPACT 660 sports a single small form factor coil array measuring 1,200mm x

Royal IHC Acquires KCI from Oceanteam

 Dutch supplier of vessels, equipment and services for the offshore, dredging and wet mining markets Royal IHC said it has acquire all of the outstanding share capital of Dutch based engineering and consultancy company KCI the Engineers B.V. from Dutch-Norwegian offshore service provider Oceanteam ASA.   IHC said it plans to maintain KCI as an independent brand and operating company which will continue to serve external clients while also working on IHC projects.   Diederik van Rijn, IHC Group Executive Director, said, “The acquisition KCI fits within the overall strategy of

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New C-DRONE for Undisturbed Wave Spectrum Measurements

this problem, MARIN evaluated airborne drones for the measurement of wave characteristics. Airborne drones have become widely available over the past few years, have increasing reliability and have lowered in price. However, for wave elevation measurements under strong, gusty wind conditions in a harsh marine environment their applicability and reliability is limited. Moreover, commercial deployment of flying drones requires expensive certification and training. This led us to develop the C-DRONE: an autonomous/remote operated vehicle which can be deployed and retrieved using a rope and hook to measure

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Famous 16-Foot Great White Shark Gone Missing

Mary Lee, the 16-foot Great White Shark that has had Twitter in a frenzy the past few weeks, has gone missing – electronically speaking. According to Ocearch, a conservation group set out to track and collect date from tiger and great white sharks, said her transmitter hasn’t had a “ping” since June 17, and no one has seen or heard from her since. Fans on twitter have been speculating her death, but never fear, it is more likely her tracker has lost battery power.  Mary Lee was named after Ocearch expedition leader Chris Fischer’s mother.  Her 130,000 twitter

3D model of a subsea dry mate connector (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Trials 3D Visualization Tech

Subsea cable survey and inspection work for the world’s largest and most technologically advanced offshore renewables test site, Wave Hub, was completed by U.K. based Rovco.   The inspection program included the first commercial trial of Rovco’s 3D visualization technology to create scaled, high resolution models of subsea infrastructure with millimeter accuracy.   Rovco also delivered a detailed bathymetric survey utilizing a multibeam echosounder (MBES), alongside a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) video inspection with ultra-short baseline tracking for Wave Hub’s

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Finding Monsters on the Ocean Surface

The study of extreme wave events in the ocean has become a popular area of research in recent years. Aside from seafarers, extreme waves impact coastal communities and are of great interest to marine renewable energy companies. This is particularly prevalent in the face of coastal erosion, rising sea levels and uncertainty in how the wave climate will change in a warming world. However, much of the current research is based on modeling and experiments. Extreme wave events – including storm waves, rogue waves, storm surges and tsunamis – are rare, and as such are difficult to observe and

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

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N-Sea Develops UXO Detection System

Subsea IMR provider N-Sea has launched Magsense, a vertical gradiometer array specifically designed for highly accurate Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) campaigns.   Developed in-house by N-Sea, the system has been designed to collect and record high resolution data in magnetically noisy subsea environments and hostile conditions, delivering improved accuracy, efficiency and safety in the detection of UXO.   “Specifically designed for wide seabed survey, with highly accurate UXO target detection and accurate modeling, [Magsense] is suitable for use in all environments,” said N-Sea

Fig.1. Sodebo Ultim arrives home after Thomas Coville’s record-breaking trip. (Photo Credit: Team Sodebo)

Around the World in 49 Days

Sodebo to improve boat performance. As well as directly reporting leeway to the helmsman, the DVL data helped with evaluating refinements to the boat’s foils and dagger boards.   Observing Remote Parts of the Oceans Vessels such as Sodebo Ultim that sail through remote seas can collect new marine information about poorly known regions. The French Ocean Agency IFREMER partnered with Team Sodebo on this project. These researchers plan to analyze water currents observed from Sodebo Ultim. Part of the work will be comparing these direct observations with currents inferred from satellite altimetry

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Ashtead Bolsters US Team

Global subsea equipment specialists, Ashtead Technology, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steven Thrasher as regional vice president for the Americas. Bringing almost 20 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Thrasher, who will be based in Houston, Texas, will head up Ashtead’s US operation as it gears up for further growth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and neighbouring markets.   Prior to joining Ashtead, Thrasher held a number of senior and technical positions at FTO Services, C-Innovation and Schilling Robotics.   He began his career in the

The GEBCO-NF Alumni Team’s concept utilizes a SEA-KIT unmanned surface vessel, USV Maxlimer. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

K-MATE Autonomy Controller Put to the Test

Supported by KONGSBERG experts and technology, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team, one of 19 semi-finalist teams competing in the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, has completed technology readiness tests of its unique unmanned surface vessel (USV) / autonomous underwater vessel (AUV) concept and associated combination of communications hardware and software to process and transmit data remotely. The test event was held on the fjord outside KONGSBERG’s factory in Horten, Norway on Thursday, November 23.   All Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE teams will hold testing site visits around

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

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Teledyne RD Instruments Updates Sentinel V ADCP

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) said it has added new features for its Sentinel V Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). Originally designed for self-contained current profiling and waves measurement applications, the ADCP’s functionality was recently expanded to allow for real-time applications at data rates of up to 16 Hz. Now, two additional features have been added:  an option for bottom-tracking for moving boat applications and a new utilities software to interface with TRDI’s existing VMDAS software program to simplify vessel mounted data applications. Teledyne RDI said

Deep BV immediately put its new Sonardyne Mini Ranger 2 USBL tracking system to work in a project to survey an area for unexploded ordnance. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Deep BV Takes Delivery of Sonardyne Positioning Equipment

Dutch survey company Deep BV has purchased underwater acoustic technology supplied by Sonardyne International, UK, to support its inshore, harbor, coastal and offshore activities.    Within days of the order, the two Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking systems and WSM 6+ mini transponders were delivered to Deep BV’s headquarters in Amsterdam and were put straight to work during an operation to search for unexploded ordnance (UXO).    Sonardyne said Mini-Ranger 2 boasts a number of features that makes it suited for underwater operations such as UXO surveys

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Maersk Drilling Secures Nexen Contract

 Danish driller Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract by Nexen Petroleum for the drilling of three wells and options for nine additional wells at UK’s largest producing oil field, the Buzzard field in the Central North Sea.   The drilling campaign is for the Buzzard Phase II Development Project and is planned to commence around July 2018.    The estimated duration of the initial firm contract period is 225 days. The drilling campaign will be carried out by one of Maersk Drilling’s I-class jack-ups currently operating in Norway. The I-class jack-ups are of a

An Integrated Rigs to ReefsTM subsea layout. (Photo: Xodus)

Offshore Decommissioning: New Reefing Solution Unveiled

.   “Importantly, this industry-first offering provides a clear pathway for the transfer of ownership to state agencies.”   The partnership combines Xodus’ decommissioning capabilities with Subcon’s track record in the design and construction of purpose-built marine habitats.   While the rigs to reef solution has a proven track record for generating decommissioning cost savings and for creating effective habitat, the question of who has enduring liability for the structure remains open, Xodus noted. The IR2R model employs methods of relocation, augmentation

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Teledyne Marine Hosts its 2nd Technology Workshop

More than 270 customers from around the globe converged in San Diego from October 15-18 to attend Teledyne Marine’s second biennial users’ conference, the Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW). There, more than 50 customer presentations detailed utilization of Teledyne Marine products and technologies for applications spanning offshore energy, defense, ports and harbors, oceanography, aquaculture, dredging, hydrography and hydrology. The event also included several afternoon plenary sessions presented by Teledyne Marine’s OneTeam, which detailed the group’s joint

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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

The ST2400 VDS is a Varial Depth Sonar for Anti-Submarine Warfare applications (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Naval Sonars for Göteborg-Class Corvettes

Kongsberg Maritime said it has been selected to deliver ST2400 VDS (Varial Depth Sonar) systems for Anti-Submarine Warfare applications (ASW) to the Royal Swedish Navy as part of SAAB’s upgrade program for the Göteborg-Class Corvettes fleet.   The main purpose of the ST2400 VDS is to detect submarines, mines and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles in Littoral waters. The ST2400 VDS upgrade will strengthen the Göteborg-Class Corvettes Anti-Submarine capability operating in the Baltics.   The ST2400 VDS is a medium-frequency sonar designed with an emphasis on improving performance

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Meet the CARTHE Drifter

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

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Oceaneering Adds New Reel Drive System

Oceaneering International, Inc. has taken delivery of an 800-metric-ton SWL (Safe Working Load) reel drive system (RDS) from Maritime Developments (MDL).   The modular system will be used to deploy and retrieve SURF products (subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines) on board the company’s new-built multi-service vessel, Ocean Evolution and joins Oceaneering’s global fleet of flex-lay equipment.   Rated for over 1,300-metric-ton DWL (Dynamic Working Load), the RDS is rated for handling 14m diameter reels weighing 800 metric tons under dynamic, sea-state conditions. The RDS

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Sonar Technology to Be Used to Detect Sharks in the US

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

New Study Will Examine Hydrate Blockage in Subsea Jumpers

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is leading a joint industry project (JIP), supported by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), to provide industry with a better understanding of the mechanism of hydrate growth and blockages.   The 12-month study, entitled ‘Hydrate Deposit Growth in Subsea Jumpers (HyJump)’, currently has the support of industry partners, including Chevron, Total and Woodside, and is welcoming more participants to join the project.   To simulate the flow geometry and risk of hydrate blockage in subsea equipment, the project will see the development

The Smartrak system deployed on the front of an AUV. The dark-colored Smartrak gradiometers can be seen mounted downwards on the white mounting frame. The sensors are fitted with fairings to reduce drag through the water. The AUV is flown close to the seabed during tasks. (Photo: INNOVATUM Ltd.)

Track Cables and Pipelines with an AUV

missions using survey tool Smartrak from U.K. based INNOVATUM Ltd. The company designs, manufactures and operates compact, low-powered magnetic cable and pipeline tracking systems.   INNOVATUM said recent tests have successfully demonstrated fully autonomous passive magnetic tracking of a submarine cable by AUV, using Smartrak.   INNOVATUM has released the AUV data protocol for a standard communications format between Innovatum Smartrak and AUVs. The data protocol allows operators and AUV manufacturers to prepare AUVs for cable and pipe tracking tasks. The data protocol document is available

Scout USBL system mobilized on a local fishing vessel searches the waters around Blackrock for the “black box” pinger signal, before deploying an ROV equipped with ROV-Homer to locate it. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Acoustic Technology Aids Search for Downed Helicopter

locating equipment from Sonardyne International Ltd.   Within hours of rescuers arriving at the scene of the accident off the west coast of Ireland, Sonardyne Scout USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) and ROV-Homer acoustic tracking and relocation systems, owned and operated by the country’s Marine Institute, had detected emergency signals being transmitted from the aircraft’s flight data recorder (FDR). Using an ROV, search teams were subsequently able to pinpoint the exact location of the wreck which was lying in 40 meters of water.    Rescue 116, a Sikorsky S92 search and

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Wison Launches Buoyant Tower Solutions with Storage

Wison Offshore & Marine has developed a new Buoyant Tower solution with condensate or oil storage, adopting Wison’s proprietary Buoyant Tower technology. This floating concept provides a new economic and reliable option for the oil and gas development in the shallow to medium-depth waters.   Originally invented by Ed Horton and Lyle Finn, the Buoyant Tower technology was first applied to BPZ CX-15 project offshore Peru when both Ed and Lyle worked for Horton Wison Deepwater Inc. (HWD), now renamed as Wison Offshore Technology Inc. with 130+ patents originated by Ed Horton and his

CGG Completes Perdido Subsalt Survey for Pemex

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

Curtiss-Wright Winch Systems for US Navy Sonar

Integrated Defense Systems to provide its winch system technology for use in a new Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) for the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class.   Raytheon recently announced that it had been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to develop the VDS, a mission-critical anti-submarine warfare asset that will be deployed from the LCS to locate and track submarines. Curtiss-Wright joins Raytheon's agile, dedicated team of industry experts committed to advancing the design to a full Pre-Production Test Article, expected to be complete in late 2018.    "Curtiss-Wright&rsqu

3DSS-DX-450 Sonar (Image: Ping DSP)

Ping DSP Releases MBES Mode Bathymetry Software

Aiming to raise the bar for shallow water mapping and imaging, Ping DSP has introduced its new MBES Bathymetry Engine.   With a useable swath width of up to 14 times water depth, the 3DSS brings accurate, wide swath echo sounding to shallow water and provides the same operational and bathymetric performance benefits of Multibeam Echosounders but over the larger swath.   Ping DSP said the new MBES Mode uses an advanced new seabed detection algorithm that takes advantage of the dual head nature of the 3DSS sonar and its high resolution 3D imaging capability to achieve swath widths far

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Case Study: High Accuracy Survey under Bridges

Client: WSA Berlin Application: Hydrography/Charting Product: Apogee-E Inertial Navigation System Project: Multibeam echo sounder stabilization and data georeferencing   The vessel Spreegrund, property of WSA Berlin, has been equipped by MBT, part of MacArtney group, with state-of- the-art equipment including the Apogee-E, the highest accuracy inertial navigation system from SBG. One of the main goals was to obtain very good results when surveying under bridges.    The catamaran survey vessel named Spreegrund serves as survey vessel on German lakes, adjacent canals and

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

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

US Navy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean

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

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will be a keynote speaker. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Teledyne Marine Workshop Set for San Diego

Teledyne Marine will host its second biennial Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, CA, scheduled for October 15-18, 2017. TMTW will attract hundreds of attendees from around the globe, who will converge to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies and applications.   This year’s TMTW will include more than 50 industry speakers spanning four concurrent morning tracks focused on the utilization of marine technology for offshore energy, oceanography / hydrography, civil engineering / water resources, and defense /

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Seatools Upgrades FPROV on Van Oord’s FFPV Stornes

In June of this year, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Seatools completed the upgrade of the fall pipe ROV installed on Van Oord’s flexible fall pipe vessel Stornes. The depth upgrade enables Van Oord to perform precision rock installation in water depths of up to 2,100 meters.   Seatools initially delivered the fall pipe ROV in 2007, with a depth rating of 1,350 meters. Over the years, the 300 kW fall pipe ROV, executed with a range of dynamic positioning modes such as auto-heading, auto-track, and auto-swing, successfully performed precision rock installation operations in

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Pharos Offshore Names Warder COO

Pharos Offshore announced Andy Warder has joined the team as Chief Operations Officer with immediate effect.   Warder joins Pharos with over 25 years’ experience in the offshore industry holding senior and executive management positions with a track record of successfully growing his business units and providing strong support and solutions to Clients predominantly throughout the Asia Pacific regions.  

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Global Marine Group Extends UK Footprint

Offshore engineering services provider Global Marine Group (GMG) has expanded its operations base in the United Kingdom to include the Port of Blyth, Northumberland.   Blyth, a modern, well-specified port, has emerged as a major support base for U.K. offshore energy projects. Operating from the Port of Blyth, both of GMG’s two business units, CWind, which provides services to the offshore wind industry, and Global Marine, which provides fiber optic cable solutions to multiple sectors, will be able to offer regionally-focused support, resulting in faster mobilization, greater flexibility

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Trelleborg Suite Supplied to Prelude FLNG

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

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CGG Starts Seismic Survey Offshore Brazil

 CGG said it has started work on Espirito Santo IV, a large BroadSeis 3D multi-client survey in the deep and ultra-deep waters of the Espirito Santo Basin offshore Brazil.    The vessel Oceanic Champion is acquiring the survey which is expected to take seven months. This industry-supported survey will cover 10,300 sq km and be processed at CGG’s Rio de Janeiro Subsurface Imaging center. The high-end broadband sequence will include the latest 3D deghosting, Full-Waveform Inversion (FWI) velocity modeling and Tilted Transverse Isotropy (TTI) imaging. Fast-Track PSDM products will

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

M2 Subsea Achieves ISN Safety Approval

ROV services provider M2 Subsea said it has secured the seal of approval from ISNetworld (ISN) in the U.S. for its Safety Management System following an evaluation of its internal system for managing its health and safety.   ISN is an internationally recognized resource for connecting companies with safe, reliable contractors and suppliers and is designed to meet internal and governmental record keeping and compliance requirements. It measures key performance indicators among workers in meeting industry needs and regulations.   Mike Arnold, chief executive officer of M2 Subsea, commented

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

Sonardyne Ranger 2 for RRS Sir David Attenborough

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

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MacArtney's CEMAC for Safe Cable Handling

MacArtney’s offshore cable handling equipment named CEMAC is designed  for power and telecommunication cables and for cable handling operations within the renewable energy industry, in particular the offshore wind sector.   In addition to supplying challenging subsea solutions from concept to completion, MacArtney has also specialized in designing and manufacturing vessel deck systems and equipment for the renewable energy industry and in particular the offshore wind sector.   The equipment in question, the so-called CEMAC offshore handling equipment, belongs to a product line

OI London Issues Final Call for Speakers

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

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Ocean Power Technologies Establishes Houston Presence

New Jersey based Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) said it has established a presence in Houston to more effectively support the company’s oil and gas business development activities.   The company’s daily business development activities in Houston will be managed by OPT’s new Director of Global Applications, David Marchetti, who work with customers to understand their challenges and develop unique solutions which integrate the OPT PowerBuoy to support customer subsea remote offshore operations from concept through deployment and beyond.   OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy

North Atlantic right whales (Photo: Jolinne Surrette / Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Orders Ships to Reduce Speed to Prevent Whale Deaths

Certain ships are being ordered to reduce speed because of the deaths of at least 10 North Atlantic right whales in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence during the past two months, the government said on Friday.   The deaths have made 2017 the deadliest year for the endangered marine mammal since scientists began tracking their numbers in the 1980s, researchers said.   The ministries of transport and fisheries issued a temporary order for vessels 20 meters or longer to slow to a maximum of 10 knots in the western portion of the Gulf, which stretches from Quebec to north of Prince Edward Island.

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Study: Climate Change Shifts Timing of River Floods

Climate change has shifted the timing of flooding in European rivers in the past 50 years, causing deluges earlier in the northeast and later around parts of the Mediterranean, scientists said on Thursday.   Floods affect more people worldwide than any other natural hazard and U.N. estimates put the amount of damage they cause at $104 billion a year. Predicting the timings can help protect people and guide crop plantings, irrigation and hydropower generation.   "Climate change has impacted flood timing in Europe," lead author Guenter Bloeschl of the Vienna University of Technolog

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

NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

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

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EdgeTech Upgrades its Sonar Software

EdgeTech enhances Discover software with new coverage mapper and target logger   EdgeTech, producer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, has released a new version of its Discover sonar software. The new software coverage mapper module has advanced navigation features allowing the setup of survey lines with a left/right steering indicator to assist in survey line control. Background navigation charts and other imagery such as multibeam bathymetry and satellite imagery can be layered or blended with individual transparency control, a feature unique to this software.

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Deaths of North Atlantic Right Whales Puzzle Scientists

 North American conservationists are scrambling to find out why North Atlantic right whales are dying in unprecedented numbers, with nine deaths in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence in two months, according to Canadian authorities.   The nine deaths make 2017 the deadliest year for the endangered marine mammal since scientists began tracking their numbers in the 1980s, said Kim Davies, a Dalhousie University post-doctoral fellow who is pioneering a way to track their activity in real time.   There are only about 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world.   Human activity has

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SeaRobotics Delivers USVs for Hydrographic Surveying

Geoff Douglass, USV development manager at SeaRobotics.   SeaRobotics Corporation, headquartered in Stuart, Fla., specializes in small, smart vessels that are remotely or autonomously operated. Its clients include major military and commercial organizations, both U.S. and foreign. SeaRobotics' marine survey software interfaces with most data acquisition hardware, software and sensing systems to produce multi-spectral, DGPS-stamped data for survey, research, or surveillance efforts. Applications for SeaRobotics vessels range from bathymetric and hydrographic surveys to coastal, harbor and riverine

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Case Study: Klein System 5900 Side Scan Sonar

Klein Marine System’s flagship 5900 high-resolution and high-speed side scan sonar is designed for use as either a conventional towed system or a payload for an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). Klein recently tested its newest sonar features in Israel on the USV Seagull, Elbit’s versatile platform for mine hunting and antisubmarine warfare. Among these features is the ability to control and stream full-resolution side scan sonar images via satellite.During a recent test, the Klein 5900 made several passages over the wreck of the Italian Submarine Scirè, sunk by the British naval

MARIN's Olaf Waals pictured with the scale model of a mega floating island in its Offshore Basin in a storm of waves, wind and currents. (Images: MARIN)

First Floating Mega Island Tested

Floating ports and cities possible solutions to sea level rise and overcrowded cities    MARIN (Maritime Research Institute) tested an innovative concept for a floating mega island. The island comprises 87 large floating triangles that are flexibility connected to one another. Together they form a flexible floating island that can be as large as 1 to 5 km in cross-section. Olaf Waals, project manager and the concept developer: “As sea level rises, cities become overcrowded and more activities are carried out at sea, raising the dikes and reclaiming land from the seas are perhaps no

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French Bathymetric Survey Vessel Renovated and Refurbished

Global multibeam solution provided by MacArtney guarantees functioning of bathymetric surveys carried out close to the harbor of Bayonne in the southwest of France.   Located on the western border between Basque Country and Gascony, the harbor of Bayonne belongs to the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine which is under obligation to provide information to the various harbor operators about the depths in the areas of the harbor.   MacArtney France is the supplier of the multibeam solution for the bathymetric vessel ‘Ingénieurs Lesbordes’ and is likewise the integrator of the

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Sonardyne to Track Vietnamese Divers and ROVs

 Sonardyne’s subsea technology used for tracking the position of divers and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) as they carry out surveys and inspections has been selected by Vietnam-based Thien Nam Positioning JSC to supports its offshore activities in the region.   The Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) acoustic tracking system, the first to be delivered into Vietnam, was supplied through Sonardyne’s subsidiary in Singapore. It has the capability to simultaneously and precisely track up to 10 underwater mobile targets and benefits from the same Wideband acoustic signal

Seabed Geosolutions Wins Brazil Survey Work

Fugro said its joint venture with CGG has secured a contract from Petrobras for a 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) survey in the Brazilian Santos Basin.   The seven month contract awarded to the survey firms’ joint venture Seabed Geosolutions is valued at around $90 million and is scheduled to commence at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 or early 2018, Fugro said.   According to Seabed Geosolutions CEO, Stephan Midenet, the OBN survey is the “industry’s largest ever” and will span more than 1,600 square kilometers.    Midenet added that Seabed Geosolution

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Scientists Predict Third Largest GoM ‘Dead Zone’

Larger-than-average low and no oxygen area in Gulf of Mexico may affect the region’s shrimp fisheries   This summer’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – is forecasted to be approximately 8,185 square miles, or about the size of New Jersey, U.S. federal scientists predict.   NOAA said this would be the third largest dead zone recorded since monitoring began 32 years ago – the average Gulf dead zone since then has been 5,309 square miles.   The Gulf’s hypoxic or low-oxygen

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