Mooring and Anchoring

Polar Pioneer in the Barents Sea - Statoil - Photo Harald Pettersen

Statoil Cleared to Use Cap-X Drilling Technology – for Now

A ban on Norway's Statoil using a pioneering drilling technology in the Barents Sea was lifted after a plaintiff failed to post security in a patent dispute, a lawyer said on Thursday. A Stavanger court earlier in June upheld an injunction on the technology's use, pending payment of a 20 million Norwegian crown ($2.35 million) security by privately owned NeoDrill. NeoDrill was unable to post the security due to its "very limited economic position". But it was open to finding a commercial solution with Statoil, Kyrre Tangen Andersen, a lawyer representing NeoDrill, told Reuters in an

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OSIL Delivers Ocean Observation Buoy in Chile

in the region of Los Lagos,” is intended to detect early warning signs of harmful environmental changes such as red tides, algae bloom, fish mortality, volcanic eruptions and extreme weather events, and the data gathered will also serve as a reference for all stakeholders in Los Lagos’ marine ecosystem. The system was supplied locally through Casco Antiguo

In 1914, USRC Cutter McCulloch was ordered to Mare Island Navy Shipyard where the cutter’s boilers were replaced, the mainmast was removed and the bowsprit shortened. In 1915, McCulloch became a US Coast Guard Cutter when the US Revenue Cutter Service and US Life-Saving Service were combined to create the United States Coast Guard. (Credit: Gary Fabian Collection)

US Coast Guard Shipwreck Found – 100 Years Later

deployed to enforce fur seal regulations in the Pribilof Islands off Alaska and served as a floating courthouse for far-flung Alaskan towns.   Last October, a joint NOAA and Coast Guard training mission confirmed the location of McCulloch’s remains. Working off the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary’s research vessel Shearwater, the multi-agency science team from NOAA, National Park Service, and Coast Guard Dive Lockers Alameda and San Diego, deployed a VideoRay remotely operated vehicle to survey and characterize the shipwreck. Coast Guard 11th District cutters Halibut and Blacktip

Statoil Eyes Japan, US for Floating Wind Projects

Norwegian oil company Statoil is targeting Japan and the U.S. states of California and Hawaii to expand its floating offshore wind turbine business, the head of its New Energy Solutions business told Reuters.   Statoil will later this year open the world's first floating wind turbine park off the coast of Scotland, a technology that allows wind energy to be harnessed further out at sea where wind speeds are typically higher.   Statoil's floating wind turbines are anchored in place, unlike other offshore turbines which need to be tethered to a permanent foundation on the seabed that is

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OSIL Awards Nortek Partnership Status

of systems installed, OSIL noted it also has vast experience with producing seabed mounting frames (with optional gimbals), and other bespoke mooring, deployment and profiling systems for more unique monitoring requirements.   OSIL produces integrated systems for environmental monitoring in all marine applications. The company specializes in instrumented buoy platforms, current and wave measurement systems, dredge monitoring, oil spill detection, berth management and sediment corers. OSIL also offers support for such for systems, including instrument calibration

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Study: Monitoring Mooring Ropes’ Acoustic Emissions

provision of their ball hydrophone enabled us to carry out these first of a kind experiments and we are very much looking forward to continuing our collaboration through future projects.”    The work was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the SuperGen U.K. Center for Marine Energy Research.   Citation: Bashir I, Walsh J, Thies PR, Weller SD, Blondel P, Johanning L. (2017) Underwater acoustic emission monitoring – Experimental investigations and acoustic signature recognition of synthetic mooring ropes, Applied Acoustics, vol. 121, pp. 95-103, DOI:10

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Precision Underwater Laser Scanner for Divers

essential for monitoring structural issues such as progressive degradation or developing repair solutions for damaged infrastructure.   Dr. Grant Thomson, Savante Managing Founder said, “In 2005, we pioneered the development of our first SCUBA-diver operated laser scanner in support of a marine-science research project. The CTS-3D underwater laser scanner represents almost 15 years of continuous underwater laser technology development and enables assets to be surveyed dynamically and in minimal time without the need for mechanical tools such as calipers, rulers or impression-casting tools

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Topaz Resolve Goes to Work in the Mediterranean

International offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine said its multipurpose supply vessel (MPSV) Topaz Resolve has commenced a charter in support of geophysical and geotechnical survey operations in the Mediterranean Sea for a European oil major.  Topaz Resolve is operating from Limassol, Cyprus for an initial period of one month. The vessel is a multi-functional ROV, dive and survey vessel and is equipped for deep and shallow water operations, in DP2 or by 4-point mooring. The 50m vessel, which was built in late 2015, is equipped with a 25 metric ton offshore subsea crane.

BMT Takes New Approach to Big Data Management

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Scientific Marine Services has launched an initiative driven by over 20 years’ experience of measuring and modeling data for the global oil and gas industry.   The solution, Data Exploration and Analytics Platform for Actionable Insights (DEAP-AI), is an intelligent studio capable of processing large and small datasets using a rich set of processing libraries, developed with support from IT company Capgemini and hosted by an cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).   “Our goal with this platform is to unify data acquisition, transmission

Cable Repair Restores Power Scilly to Islanders

CWind’s specialist cable installation vessel, the C.S. Sovereign, has completed a power cable repair to reconnect the Isles of Scilly to mainland electricity.   The power cable was damaged late February by an anchor, a common occurrence with telecommunications and power cables. The C.S. Sovereign, along with her crew of cable engineers and specialist cable equipment and machinery, was contracted for the repair and rapidly mobilized.   Using remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) deployed from the back deck of the C.S. Sovereign, the vessel and technical team onboard surveyed

BOURBON to Install Mooring for Floating Wind Turbine

French offshore marine services company BOURBON said it has been awarded a contract for the mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France at the experimental test site of SEM-REV managed by Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN), in the context of European project FLOATGEN.   The mooring installation will take place during summer 2017 based on a method jointly established by BOURBON and Ideol’s engineering teams in collaboration with the Ecole Centrale de Nantes. The wind turbine will be installed at the SEM-REV site near Le Croisic, France, by the end of the year. BOURBON&rsquo

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Rolls-Royce to Provide Mooring System for Statoil's Njord A

Rolls-Royce has been chosen by Norway-based engineering and construction services firm Kvaerner to provide a mooring system for Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil’s oil platform, Njord A. Njord A is being upgraded by Kvaerner and Rolls-Royce has been chosen to provide an upgrade to its mooring system. The contract has a value of about £15 million ($19 mln).   Njord A is a semisubmersible floating steel platform, with an integrated deck with drilling and processing facilities, as well as living quarters. It is normally located in the Njord oilfield, around 130 km northwest of the

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Buoy Harnesses Wave Energy to Power Instruments at Sea

A new buoy from Danish company Resen Waves harnesses wave energy to provide continuous power and real time data connectivity to autonomous instruments and machinery in the oceans as a plug and play solution.   While instruments and machinery in the sea have traditionally been powered by batteries, PV or diesel generators, this typically requires regular ship operation to replace batteries or supply of fuel and maintain diesel generators. This is not always possible due to weather and can become costly, meaning power is often economized by cutting back on data transmission, which limits the

Lankhorst Euronete mooring lines for World’s Largest Fish Farm. (Photo: Lankhorst Euronete SA)

Lankhorst Fibre Mooring Lines for World’s Largest Fish Farm

Lankhorst Euronete SA is supplying fibre mooring ropes to Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering for construction of the world’s largest fish farm near the island of Froya, offshore Norway. The new concept fish farm is a pilot facility developed by Ocean Farming, a subsidiary of the SalMar Group.   The aquaculture facility comprises a slack anchored, semi-submersible structure, permanently moored at a water depth of 300m by eight 130m polyester mooring lines. Each mooring line is made up of an anchor and two lengths of rope, joined by a H-link. Fibre rope is ideal for this kind of

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Kongsberg Introduces cNODE IQAM

The capabilities of Kongsberg Maritime’s cNODE series of transponders for underwater acoustic positioning and data link are expanding with the introduction of cNODE IQAM at Ocean Business.   In a first for the established technology-leading transponder range, Kongsberg is offering the ability to log internal sensors and/or customers’ external sensors, transforming cNODE into a compact, self-contained subsea monitoring system, complete with data processing, positioning and data communication functionality. cNODE IQAM (Intelligent Data Analysis and Monitoring) is an advanced

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SoCal Tech Focus: Global Ocean Design

standard with an o-ring face seal, four 7/16-20 tapped connector ports with blanking plugs, and a vacuum port. With only 5psi vacuum differential (approximately 10psi internal), the spheres are held together with nearly 300-lbs of force.      (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Falcon ROV for Norwegian Aquaculture Work

Abyss Aqua, a provider of services to the Norwegian aquaculture industry, has bought a second Saab Seaeye Falcon electric underwater robotic system, this time adding a deeper-rated 1,000-meter version to its fleet of underwater vehicles.   “We decided to go for the Falcon DR, not only because of its reliability, but also its price,” said ROV manager, Hans Christian Myhre. “We already have one Falcon ROV and we are very pleased with the performance and ease of maintenance.”   He explained that the Falcon will help support a wide range of services the company

From left to right: Jakob Prei, EVA-320 and Kaja (Photo by Marko Kesküla)

Case Study: Surveying Wrecks around Estonia

Dago was built in England in 1912 as a cargo ship. The ship was taken into use by the Russian navy during WWI, and was rebuilt as an armed minesweeper carrying the bow number 4. Dago was anchored West of Osmussaar island on October 23, 1915 due to bad weather, when she was attacked by the German submarine U-9. The torpedo was shot from a short distance and hit the minesweeper right in the center. The vessel foundered immediately. Seven crew members were killed. Video   Myrtle The gunnery ship-minesweeper Myrtle was built in England in 1915. The ship arrived to Estonia during the days

Domenti Apakidze on the Black Sea with his JW Fishers side scan sonar (Photo: JW Fishers)

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

 A variety of sonar systems are now being used by law enforcement and public safety dive teams, universities and salvage companies for recovery operations, subsea surveys and marine research. Sonars produce almost photographic images of the underwater environment regardless of water clarity. Side scan sonar can sweep several hundred feet of ocean, lake, or river bottom in one pass of the boat allowing large areas to be searched or surveyed quickly. Scanning sonar, which operates in water similar to the way radar operates in air, can image a 200 foot circle on the bottom in less than a minute.

Waves in and around Lord’s Cove can be as large as 13m in just 25m depth. Although this is rare, waves in the 8m range in winter and 2m range in summer are not uncommon. Statistically, waves are larger than 1.5m 80% of the time. (Photo: Wave Energy Center)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: CNA's Wave Energy Center

to develop land-based aquaculture using water supplied by an ocean wave-powered pump. Recognizing potential research opportunities within this specialized sector, the center has since expanded to include the development of wave measurement instruments and the testing of anticorrosive and antifouling marine coatings – all set in the harsh North Atlantic waters off Newfoundland’s southeast coast.   The facility, which is housed in a former fish plant in the community of Lord’s Cove, has grown to include a variety of automated data acquisition systems including a weather station

Rob Stewart (Photo: Douglas Braun)

Sharkwater Director Still Missing off Florida

The parents of award-winning Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart, an environmental activist campaigning to protect sharks, said on Thursday they hoped his experience in the water could help him survive after he disappeared off the Florida coast this week.   Stewart, 37, went missing on Tuesday after a deepwater dive to retrieve an anchor. His dive partner collapsed after returning to the boat, while Stewart, who signaled he was OK when he surfaced, later disappeared, his parents said.   "If anybody can survive in the water, it is him," Brian Stewart, his father said in a telephone

Typical 100t pipeline suction anchor, installed on Greater Plutonio field, offshore Angola [Jayson et al – Offshore Pipeline Technology Conference 2008]

Partners Address Pipe-walking Challenges

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) said it is welcoming additional participants to a new joint industry project (JIP) to develop pipeline anchoring and monitoring systems which could mitigate the risk of pipeline walking and cut pipeline anchor installation costs in half.   The Anchoring Pipeline Technology (APT) JIP will bring together major global operators and pipeline installation companies to collaborate with ITF and Crondall Energy, an independent oil and gas consultancy, to investigate alternative and less costly solutions and create a roadmap on how to manage and mitigate the

OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

fast approaching, exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new technology developments to the ocean science community. Taking place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance, exhibition space at OINA 2017 is already over 90 percent booked. Teledyne Marine (booth #D20) will be out in force at OINA 2017 in San Diego CA. In addition to its full line of instruments, imaging, vehicles and interconnect products, the company will promote the newest product developments from across its brand portfolio including; the Teledyne Oceanscience rapidCAST underway

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New Open Source Software for Designing Wave & Tidal Energy Arrays

A newly launched open source software package aims to assist project developers to design wave and tidal energy arrays by identifying optimal layouts, components and procedures.   DTOcean, which stands for Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays, has been produced through a three-year collaborative project funded by the European Commission. The software package is now available as a free download along with manuals and tutorials from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center website.   DTOcean work planning has been implemented as five content-orientated Work Packages

Acteon Group Acquires Bruce Anchor

Subsea services group Acteon has acquired Bruce Anchor, expanding its capability in the mooring and installation market.   Providing anchor technology to global clients in the oil and gas and renewables sectors, Bruce Anchor, which was originally founded in 1972, will retain its independence within the Acteon portfolio.   Reporting to Bernhard Bruggaier, Acteon’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Bruce Anchor’s Director of Sales, Steve Broadbent, will manage the business.  He will be supported by the founder, Peter Bruce, during the transition into Acteon.   D

High-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders chartplotters Photo Lowrance

Lowrance Debuts High Powered HDS Multifunction Displays

a network of CHIRP transducers. In addition to integrated wireless connectivity that enables anglers to download software updates and map purchases directly to the unit, HDS Carbon features Bluetooth control of multiple Power-Pole shallow water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub 2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease with HDS Carbon using proven Lowrance navigation technology, built-in C-MAP Insight mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and compatibility with the most expansive selection of optional cartography

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Tidal Turbines to Power Remote Site in Indonesia

indicated that tidal current near the site can run at up to 2.5 meters per second providing an ideal site for harnessing tidal energy. Diesel generators currently provide all of the electrical power for the wood chipping operation and supporting infrastructure.   “This endeavor to introduce marine renewable energy on a logging site plays well with our commitment to sustainable carbon-neutral forest management,” Muljadi Tantra, Deputy Managing Director of GFPT explained. “PT BUMWI has been a pioneer in this, and is one of the first mangrove concession to obtain the Forest Stewardship

BISSO MARINE Completes GoM Dive Campaign

Full service offshore and subsea infrastructure services contractor BISSO MARINE said it has completed a two-month saturation diving campaign in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Using its 126.4m x 30.4m construction barge Bisso Subsea Vision, configured with a 12-man ABS Classed 300m saturation system, BISSO MARINE performed a variety of subsea infrastructure services including several subsea abandonments in water depths ranging from 91m to 220m.   Other scopes of work included a Reverse 'J' recovery of several miles of unpiggable 6" pipeline from 122m of water.  The 6" pipeline was

FlexMoT live monitoring software Photo Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

FlexMoT for Monitoring & Detection of Offshore leaks

Leaks on offshore platforms present a hazard to the marine environment and human health. The monitoring system FlexMoT will detect irregularities and provide a warning system for disasters. The system was presented at this year’s OCEANS’16 in Monterey.   (Rostock/Darmstadt/Graz) Accidents in offshore oil & gas drilling are dangerous. The damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago shows how high the costs can be for nature and those responsible. Now, a solution was presented at this year’s OCEANS Conference.   FlexMoT is an

The MarineE-tech program is led by the National Oceanography Center (NOC) using the RRS James Cook.  Jon Taylor and Neil Crossouard, HR Wallingford scientists, who are taking part in the MarineE-tech research expedition. (Photo: NOC)

Researchers Investigate Mineral Deposits in the Deep Ocean

to discover new sources of the rare metals critical for low carbon technologies. HR Wallingford scientists, Jon Taylor and Neil Crossouard are on board the research vessel as it heads south west from the Canary Islands to the Tropic Sea mount, where a forty day investigation will use robotic submarines, autonomous seafloor instruments and drilling to answer questions about what controls the formation of marine mineral deposits on the floor of the North East Atlantic. E-tech elements, such as cobalt and tellurium, which are essential for emerging renewable energy technologies, are in short supply

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Delving Deeper with AUVs

vehicles not widely available until around 2000.    Today, with advances in technology, gliders operate with little or no need for powered systems and are typically used offshore to investigate environmental, metocean or water-mass structures.   Ashtead Technology, a leader in marine technology and subsea services, has been an exclusive distributor of Blue Ocean’s fleet of Teledyne Webb Research Slocum gliders since striking a global asset management agreement last year with the provider of ocean data solutions.   Blue Ocean’s Slocum gliders can be equipped

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InterMoor Upgrades its Port Açu Facility in Brazil

InterMoor said it has added inspection and testing capabilities to its marine base at the Açu Superport in São João da Barra, northern Rio de Janeiro.    Open from June 2014, InterMoor’s Port Açu facility is located on a 52,300-m2 site with a 90-m quayside, a 10-m operational draft and a back storage area of 580 m2. With the recent developments, the base now boasts a 1,000-ton test bed and can perform load and breaking test for chain, wire rope and mooring accessories up to 800t SWL.    The inspection, test and certification capabilities also

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InterMoor Opens New Facility in Norway

IOS InterMoor, an Acteon company, has opened its new mooring base in Fensfjord, Norway near Bergen to serve oil and gas rigs operating in the most active area of the North Sea, such as the Troll field, the Statfjord and Gullflaks fields, and the new Johan Sverdrup field. Located on the Wergeland Base in Sløvågen, the facility will cater to all requirements for mooring equipment storage, supply, inspection and maintenance for IOS InterMoor and its customers. The facility boasts modern office space, a large meeting room for mobilization briefings and a 2,000 sq. meter warehouse

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InterMoor Awarded SPM Installation from PT Pertamina

InterMoor, an Acteon company, has been awarded a Single Point Mooring (SPM) installation from PT Pertamina in Indonesia. The work is part of a contract for engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of Subsea Pipe Line (SPL) and Single Point Mooring (SPM) awarded to a consortium comprised of Indonesian EPC company PT.Rekayasa Industri and InterMoor Pte.   The award will contribute to the expansion of Pertamina’s refinery in Balongan, West Java. The refinery development master plan intends to increase the capacity of the Balongan refinery from 100 thousand

Illustration of Havyard 832 MPV, where Palfinger Marine will deliver and extensive deck equipment package of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. (Copyright: Palfinger Marine GmbH, Havyard Group)

Palfinger Wins Deck Equipment Package

Palfinger Marine signed a contract with Turkish shipyard Cemre to supply a deck equipment package to a Havyard 832 MPV vessel being built for Esvagt. The package from Palfinger consists of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. The MPV will measure 81.9 x 17.16 m, with a  deck area of 620 sq. m., a speed of 15 knots and a bollard pull of 100 tons.  The complete winches and offshore equipment package includes:    • two windlass winches with chain stoppers • two mooring winches • two 10 t tugger winches • three 30 t tugger winches • three 10 t capstans

Dr. Breece with Fisher sonar tech Brian Awalt. Along with husband and colleague Dr. Bill Breece (Photo: JW Fishers)

Archaeologists Dive into History

expanding their underwater archaeology programs in an effort to give students a broader educational experience and a better understanding of our maritime history. The field of underwater archaeology is rapidly growing as more scientists and researchers learn to scuba dive, and the equipment required for marine exploration becomes more affordable.    Long Beach City College in California is one of the many institutions involved in these efforts. They recently added the Maritime Archaeology, Science and Technology (MAST) program led by Dr. Laurel Harrison Breece. She is a member of the Registry

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DOF Subsea Wins Athena Decommissioning Work

Subsea services provider DOF Subsea said it has been awarded a contract by Ithaca Energy for phase 1 of the decommissioning of the Ithaca operated Athena Field in the U.K. North Sea.   Athena is located in U.K. Continental Shelf block 14/18B in the central North Sea (Outer Moray Firth area) at a water depth of 130 meters. DOF’s scope of work includes the removal of the subsea water column infrastructure that has been used on the field, where Ithaca ceased production in January 2016, with the FPSO departing the field in February 2016.   The contract involves the removal of mid-water

Starmon TD (Image: Star-Oddi)

New Temperature-Depth Recorder

Star-Oddi has launched a new robust logger in the Starmon data logger serie, the Starmon TD.   For 15 years Star-Oddi has been manufacturing the Starmon mini with a temperature sensor, but now having the option to measure depth additionally has been welcomed by marine and fisheries scientists, the manufacturer said.   Starmon TD is designed with a fast response temperature probe. The time constant is only two seconds which makes it suitable for profile measurements when going through different temperature layers down the water column. It also makes it suited for fishing gear studies.

FAST 1 platform with the Dalhousie and FORCE field teams (left to right - Richard Cheel, Alex Hay, Joel Culina, Ben Feltmate, Murray Scotney). (Photo: Darren Pittman)

FORCE Uses ASL's Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler

in excess of five meters per second. Understanding this powerful environment is critical to successful turbine design, environmental effects monitoring, and ultimately unlocking Fundy's enormous energy potential. “We need to understand what effects in-stream tidal technologies may have on the marine ecosystem,” said Tony Wright, general manager of FORCE. “If tidal energy is to grow to a larger scale, development must happen responsibly.”   The AZFP instrument is an integral part of the Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) project (Figure 1 & 2), discovering information

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A United Front in Ocean Observation

As the world’s oceans become increasingly exposed to rapidly growing pressures, long-term data sets are fundamental for monitoring these processes and understanding the complex and vast oceanic environment. In July 2016, the European Marine Board (EMB), a partnership of major national marine and oceanographic institutes in Europe, identified critical gaps within ocean observation and seafloor mapping capabilities. Their mission, along with many organizations and networks, is to unite existing ocean observing capacity and launch Europe into a time of ocean erudition.   For 20 years the EMB

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Buoy Designed to Monitor Turbidity at Dredging Sites

Transmitting turbidity data every half hour, blinking at dusk and being anchored with a 100 kg weight: a buoy intended for long-term turbidity measurements has seen the light of day.   Dredging is a common and economically viable solution for the removal and subsequent treatment of contaminated sediment. Turbidity is thus an ideal surrogate for simple assessment of general water quality and effects of sediment disturbance.    MacArtney’s German subsidiary, MBT GmbH, has manufactured a turbidity monitoring buoy, which is intended for deployment for accompanying environmental

Luva-flowlines heading for the field on board the Seven Oceans (Photo: Statoil)

Statoil: High Activity in Deep Waters

designed for ocean depths of 1300 meters. “We fully depend on good suppliers and Subsea 7 has done a great job in this year’s campaign,” says Per Rusås, project director for Aasta Hansteen.   He praises the SURF team for properly planning and completing this year’s marine season and avoiding any serious incidents. “It takes knowledge, experience and hard work to reduce risk in operations like these. The result is a perfect illustration of how to conduct an offshore installation campaign, and demonstrates Statoil’s ability to carry out complex deep-water

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Subsea Pipeline Repair Restores Hong Kong Gas Link

Pipeline technology specialist STATS Group has completed its first subsea isolation project in China on a 780-kilometer pipeline crucial for supplying gas to Hong Kong.   STATS Group was contracted by COOEC Subsea Technology to provide a temporary isolation of the Yacheng pipeline in the South China Sea. The pipeline had been damaged by a ship’s anchor and left unpiggable at a location about 280 kilometers from shore and in water depths of 90 meters.   After several detailed engineering studies and comprehensive risk assessments, it was determined the best repair solution was to

Deep Sea Mooring Will Supply Mooring Equipment Services To Safe Zephyrus Semi-Submersible Accommodation Vessel (Photo: Global Maritime)

GM Deep Sea Mooring Secures Det Norske Oljeselskap Contract

Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring, a provider of offshore mooring services in Norway, has signed a contract with Norwegian operator Det norske oljeselskap to support Prosafe’s semi-submersible Safe Zephyrus accommodation rig in the Ivar Aasen North Sea field. The contract also includes support to the Maersk Interceptor ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig.   Deep Sea Mooring, which has already installed the pre-lay system, will supply mooring and pre-lay equipment; offshore personnel; mobilization and demobilization services; and operational planning for the Safe Zephyrus accommodation

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MTR100: Lankhorst Ropes

; family and LANKO ‘Strong & Light’ family, which provide an optimal combination of breaking strength, life-time safety and ease of handling .   Email: [email protected] www.lankhorstropes.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: DeepWater Buoyancy

including ADCP buoys and inline frames, bottom mounts, mooring buoys, instrument collars, cable and marker floats, ROV/AUV buoyancy, and custom syntactic foam solutions.   Email: [email protected] www.DeepWaterBuoyancy.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: InterOcean Systems Inc.

offers specialized design, engineering, and production for unique applications. The products developed and fabricated by InterOcean use proven and up-to-date technologies to meet customer requirements with durable, easy-to-use solutions that offer long-term reliability for many applications in demanding marine environments.    The company was recently acquired by the ownership of Delmar Systems, Inc in June 2016. Delmar, headquartered in Broussard, La., with technical services based in Houston, has a 48-year history of providing mooring and subsea services to the offshore industry in some of

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Allspeeds Unveils its Largest Fiber Rope Cutter

Allspeeds has unveiled its largest standard Webtool fiber rope cutter so far: the Webtool SL165 softline ROV tool, capable of cutting soft and fiber ropes up to 165mm diameter. Deployable either on the manipulator arm of a work class ROV or integrated within a maritime handling system, the cutter operates at any water depth. Fiber rope is widely used in subsea anchoring, equipment deployment and construction, as an alternative to steel wire. The need to handle higher loads has prompted the use of larger diameter ropes. In the event the rope needs to be cut, the Webtool guillotine cutting action

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MTR100: Focal Technologies Corporation

Focal Technologies, a Moog Inc. company, has 32 years experience in the marine industry, specializing in providing electrical slip rings, fiber optic rotary joints, hydraulic utility swivels and fiber optic multiplexer solutions for the worldwide marine industry including ROV, seismic, FPSO turret and oceanographic applications. From design to deployment, Focal’s team specializes in providing solutions for the worldwide marine industry, with innovation and performance incorporated along the way.   Product features include hybrid packages that combine fiber, electrical, and fluid rotary

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Global Maritime Establishes Technical Authority Board

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has established a Technical Authority Board to be led by Alberto Morandi, formerly head of Global Maritime Americas.   Global Maritime said the Technical Authority Board will promote excellence throughout the company, ensuring consistent and high-quality technical standards. Each board member, who will be nominated for a two-year term, will have specific knowledge in one of the following disciplines: marine operations, structural engineering, naval

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MTR100: Woods Hole Group

Woods Hole Group addresses environmental problems worldwide focused on engineering and environmental challenges from the deep ocean, the coastal zone, and into wetland and terrestrial environments. The company has proven the ability to evolve and sustain a business incorporating marine technologies for more than 30 years.   Headquartered in Falmouth, Mass., Woods Hole Group has satellite offices in Dover, Del.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Houston, along with partners in 20 nations. Woods Hole Group focuses on water and sediments, and works in diverse environments from the deep ocean, through

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MTR100: Sea-Bird Scientific

with the SBE 41 CTD. The SOCCOM project is augmenting conventional Argo floats with biogeochemical sensors to measure carbon (pH), nutrients (nitrate) and oxygen.   Email: [email protected] https://sea-birdscientific.com/     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

CH2M diver with Fishers DHC-2, Inset – Grieg Seafarms aquaculture technician with Fishers DV-2 drop video (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Aquaculture and Marine Research

jurisdictions. “Our teams have worked with a variety of species including Atlantic salmon, Arctic char, Rainbow trout, Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, green sea urchins, blue mussels, sea scallops and sea cucumbers,” said founder Bob Sweeney. SIMCorp’s clients include many of the marine finfish operators in the Atlantic region. The company employs teams of professional marine biologists and technicians who are fully equipped to work on all stages on production. One of the tools the teams employ is Fishers drop video system. SIMCorp biologist Janelle Arsenault routinely works with

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Global Maritime Completes Njord A Disconnection and Tow to Shore

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has successfully led the disconnection and towing operations of the Njord A semi-submersible floating production platform from the Njord field. The Njord A platform arrived safely in Klosterfjorden on the August 23, where a handover to Kværner was achieved.   The 346 nautical-mile journey was carried out by Global Maritime, on behalf of the operator Statoil. The news follows the successful towing of the oil storage and offloading vessel Njord B

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ASL: 30 Years of MetOcean Equipment Leasing

ASL Environmental Sciences has now been leasing MetOcean instruments for 30 years.   Back in the ’80s ASL Environmental Sciences leased equipment such as the Neil Brown ACM2 acoustic current meter and the Aanderaa RCM4 rotor and vane current meter.  This was before Doppler profilers were introduced by RDI.  The RCM4s and the company’s first CTD, an AML STD12+, recorded to tape.     Now ASL Environmental Sciences’ lease pool contains more than 50 TRDI ADCPs (75 through 1200 kHz, including StreamPro, RiverRay and Sentinel-V),  about 100 water quality

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MTR100: Rockland Scientific Inc.

viability of tidal power generation infrastructure. In 2011, Rockland formed a strategic partnership with JFE Advantech, a major oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer in Japan, covering distribution and new sensor technologies. In 2013, Rockland formed a strategic partnership with Partrac, a marine data acquisition company specializing in oceanographic surveys. Partrac utilizes Rockland’s technology and expertise to provide turbulence measurement solutions for the U.K. tidal energy industry. Such information is useful to the optimization of turbine design, site selection and turbine layout

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MTR100: Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd.

, gas lift and injection risers; reelable steel pipe; telecommunication cables; umbilicals; water pipes and wire rope products. The Aquatic carousel and integrated tensioner solution has been designed to maximize product capacity, minimize vessel days and maintain operational efficiency in demanding marine installation projects. The system provides the strength and stability that can withstand the installation of the heaviest equipment in deepwater. Its capability and flexibility in all waters is being proven on projects that demand increasingly long subsea tiebacks to processing platforms.  

Max Ivanov and Scott Mowery with NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services install an improved current sensor system on a navigation buoy in Chesapeake Bay. The system transmits real-time current speed and direction observations via satellite to help mariners more safely navigate busy shipping channels. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) developed a more reliable, cost-saving version of a current sensor system that can now be placed at more remote locations along navigation channels.    The updated Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) system provides real-time current speed and direction observations where many mariners need it most—at U.S. Coast Guard Aids-to-Navigation (ATON)

More Stim: jack-ups like the Maersk Gallant (seen from the business end) might soon be completing more wells with Fishbones stimulation technology. (Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland - Statoil)

Norway's Rising Subsea Stars

the same requirement,” the Class man asks somewhat rhetorically. DNV GL is hoping to foster site-specific regulation for P&A that would even the playing field, as Norwegian P&A rules require filling a 100-meter top-hole plug, although 8 m is enough in other oil provinces. The RP includes marine wells based on ISO 31000 standards. The recommendation follows a P&A project at the Huldra field, where Statoil learned that one double barrier was as good as five single barriers and would earn a savings of 100 million kroner on the test wells involved. Some 3,000 wells on the Norwegian continental

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MTR100: Global Maritime Mooring Group

other recent contracts taking place with Det Norske, Quadrant, Transocean, Statoil and more.   Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring offers a comprehensive portfolio of offshore mooring services, including the rental of cutting-edge mooring equipment, complete pre-lay and rig move mooring solutions, marine engineering, and a broad range of ancillary services. Equipment is marked with the company’s patented RFID technology that allows for fully traceable logistics, usage and service history. Everything is also linked to Global Maritime’s unique E-Yard and Rig Manager software. Global Maritime

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