Remote Sensing

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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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Norway Supreme Court Hears Snow Crab Case with Implication for Oil

Norway's Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Tuesday on whether EU ships can fish for snow crab off Arctic islands north of Norway without permission from Oslo, a case that could decide who has the right to explore for oil in the region.At stake is whether the snow crab - whose meat is considered a delicacy by gourmets in Japan and South Korea - is a sedentary species living on the seabed or a fish stock that moves around - and who gets to decide about it.If it is seen as a sedentary species, then it is a resource belonging to the continental shelf of Norway. If the EU can stake a claim over

Dr. Nicklas Pisias, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University, is the 2018 recipient of the Maurice Ewing Medal, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Navy and the American Geophysical Union. (Photo courtesy of the AGU)

Oceanographer Pisias Honored by US Navy, AGU

work underlies, and has had a strong influence on, current climate research.”Since the Maurice Ewing Medal’s creation in 1974, multiple ONR-sponsored researchers have won the prize. These include Dr. Walter Munk, who invented the concept of surf forecasting; geophysicist John I. Ewing; and marine seismologist Dr. John Orcutt

David Millar, Director TechX Program, The Oil & Gas Technology Center

TechX: Pioneering and Accelerating

With just under a month left to apply for this year’s cohort of our technology accelerator program, TechX Pioneers, it’s a great time to celebrate the successes of the class of 2018, as well as look forward to the opportunities ahead.In March last year we whittled down over 125 international applications to just 10 start-ups that met our exacting criteria for enrolling on the first TechX Pioneers program.The 16-week intensive accelerator program, and follow-on 12-month incubator, provides unprecedented access to a host of expert mentors, global partners in the oil and gas industry, unrivaled

Zooglider (top) with a selection of zooplankton imagery the robot has captured. Top photo: Benjamin Whitmore

New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically

San Diego, uses as its platform a Scripps-developed glider known as Spray. Ohman and Scripps instrument developers outfitted the torpedo-shaped Spray gliders with a camera (called Zoocam) and a device researchers call Zonar that gathers acoustic data about zooplankton – free-drifting microscopic marine animals – in the manner of a sonar instrument.Zooglider can acquire images of zooplankton every five centimeters to depths of 400 meters or more as it channels seawater into an onboard sampling tunnel. The new instrument represents a breakthrough in that it enables observations of microscopic

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Forum Unveils New eROV

Forum Subsea Technologies' recently launched XLe Spirit is the first observation-class electric remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to utilize Forum’s Integrated Control Engine (ICE) to bring greater functionality commonly only found in larger work-class vehicles.According to the manufacturer, the advanced control electronics pod fitted to all Forum XLe observation class vehicles enables superior connectivity and expansion capabilities. Ethernet interfacing allows for seamless integration with other industry sensors using common IP architecture and ease of remote data transfer.Kevin Taylor

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Rose Joins IMCA as Technical Adviser

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Andre Rose as Technical Adviser - Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV.Rose has spent most of the last 18 years working in the ROV industry, including time as a pilot/technician, superintendent, ROV manager and client representative.He has a background with the Royal Navy, where he spent 19 years in its Fleet Air Arm working with rotary and fixed wing aircraft. Initially, he completed an apprenticeship in aircraft mechanical engineering, before being trained as an avionics engineer.When he left the Navy, after a short

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Eni Deploys OPT's PowerBuoy

Ocean Power Technologies' PowerBuoy has been deployed in the Adriatic Sea to advance Eni’s R&D MaREnergy project that aims to develop, deploy and demonstrate wave energy renewable technologies in oil and gas operations, the U.S.-based ocean energy solutions provider announced Wednesday.The OPT PowerBuoy will be used in the Adriatic Sea to advance Eni’s research and development of proprietary integrated subsea technology systems to allow future applications for remotely controlled field developments powered by wave energy, environmental monitoring and offshore asset inspection using

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3D at Depth Expands

Subsea laser LiDAR (SL) technology and 3D data visualization solutions specialist 3D at Depth said it has expanded several global office locations and launched a new portfolio of services designed to support cohesive workflow efficiencies for offshore oil field design through decommissioning. The new line includes: terrestrial dimensional control to support subsea data collection workflows; subsea tooling design solutions; remote sensing, and real-time LiDAR data collection. These new services will compliment 3D at Depth's existing portfolio of solutions and deliver additional 3D insight to measure

Seagull fitted with KATFISH for remotely operated mine countermeasures and underwater surveillance
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Kraken Completes Sea Tests of KATFISH with Elbit Systems

in Israel.Elbit Systems has developed a state-of-the-art Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) named “Seagull”. Seagull is a multi-mission USV platform boasting high autonomy levels and modular features, allowing it to be rapidly reconfigured for a wide array of missions – including anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.“Elbit Systems’ Seagull USV is one of the most advanced ocean drones in the world,” said Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO. “With KATFISH integrated on Elbit’s Seagull USV, the system can provide remotely operated, unmanned

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

As commercial shipping and energy activities picks up in the Arctic region, the prospect of accidental oil spills in this pristine environment remain a concern. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking the lead – through the U.S. Coast Guard – to develop a subsea robotic system to map and report on spills.“Because of ice coverage and the tyranny of distance, it is difficult to get resources and assets up in the Arctic in a quick manner,” said Kirsten Trego, Executive Director of the Coast Guard’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil

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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.

Modus CT-1 trenching vehicle (Photo: Modus)

Modus Completes Vashishta Trenching

Modus Seabed Intervention Limited said it has trenched to specification the ONGC Vashishta pipelines and umbilical offshore India for McDermott International.The work scope included the trenching and surveying of two 18-kilometer pipelines with outside diameters of up to 579 millimeters, and a 24-kilometer 284-millimeter outside diameter umbilical, down to a maximum trench depth 2 meters.The water depth for trenching operations ranged between 3.5 meters and 217 meters and involved mobilizing the Modus CT-1 trenching vehicle onto the Bourbon 807 for the deeper water sections and then transferring the

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McLane Research Announces New WTS-LV Deep Option

Filter, and High Capacity WTS-LV models. Existing WTS-LV systems can also be retrofitted with the new deep housing option.“The WTS-LV deep option provides 35% greater depth capacity and has been a customer-requested enhancement for some time,” says McLane General Manager Jon Mogul. “Marine biologists, chemists, and geologists can use the WTS-LV Deep to pump up to 45,000L of seawater and collect suspended particles from previously unattainable depths.”WTS-LV samplers with new 7,000m deep housings were deployed as the deepest two pumps on every cast during the recent U.S. GEOTRACES

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Siemens Gamesa Firms Belgian Offshore Wind Project

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) received the order for the 487 MW SeaMade offshore wind power project in Belgium from customer Seamade NV.The wind turbines and services provider said that it includes supply and commissioning of 58 units of the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine and a 17-year Service agreement. The project consists of the two combined sites: Seastar, a 252 MW offshore wind power plant with 30 SG 8.0-167 wind turbines and Mermaid, a 235 MW offshore wind power plant with 28 SG 8.0-167 wind turbines.SeaMade NV is a partnership formed of the Otary

Nexans new flag ship cable layer will feature the unique MissionEase solution for mission bays from Vestdavit (Image: Vestdavit)

Vestdavit to Equip Nexans Cable Layer

Bergen-based Vestdavit said has secured a contract to equip the Nexans flag ship cable layer Nexans Aurora with its MissionEase multi-boat handling system for mission bays.The cable laying vessel (CLV) has been designed by Skipsteknisk in Ålesund and will be constructed by Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft. At 149.9m in length, 31m width and with capacity to accommodate 90 personnel, she will perform power cable laying, cable system protection and trenching, and be capable of high maneuverability and DP3 station-keeping capabilities.Rather than using overhead cranes within the mission bay, MissionEase

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ROV Innovation Saves Millions for Woodside

An innovative use of remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) technology for subsea jacket inspections at Australia’s largest oil and gas development has demonstrated substantial cost reductions and operational improvements.In March this year Fugro began a nine-month inspection campaign of Woodside’s offshore facilities on the Australian North West Shelf. Fugro said its novel platform deployed ROV (PDROV) for subsea jacket inspections was able to help Woodside reduce costs by around AUD 10 million per inspection cycle.“Very early in the project we identified an alternative to

Maneuvering the Subsea Power Hub over the pier for the first system wet trial. (Photo: Nortek)

Tidal Power for Seabed Oil and Gas Installations

the added benefit of introducing a renewable component to fossil-fuel projects, whose developers are keen to show they are making their operations as green as possible.Successful testA prototype Power Hub, using one turbine, completed a successful eight-month sea trial in December 2017 at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in the Orkney Islands, northern Scotland. EC-OG is now refining the system to match the requirements of oil and gas field developers. These include having two or more turbines and differing battery sizes depending on site requirements.The device being lowered to the deck of the

PGS Sells OptoSeis to Geospace Technologies

Norwegian marine geophysical company PGS said it has sold its OptoSeis fiber optic sensing technology business to Houston based Geospace Technologies.The transaction includes an initial cash payment at closing of $1.8 million, plus contingent cash payments of up to an additional $23.2 million over a five-and-a-half year earn-out period. Contingent payments will be derived from revenues generated from products and services utilizing the acquired fiber optic technology."After reorganizing during the fourth quarter 2017, we started exploring opportunities to divest our non-core OptoSeis technology

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Ridge Hires Sandal as Subsurface Manager

Norwegian offshore consultancy Ridge has appointed Ole Jacob Sandal as subsurface manager, effective November 1, 2018.Sandal possesses extensive international and North Sea experience gained over 20 years in the oil and gas business, with roles ranging from exploration, drilling, corporate management and business development, combined with. He brings to the role a broad technical background, with a masters in petroleum geophysics and geology from University of Bergen, and a large national and international network within oil and gas business, research and finance.In connection with this appointment

OPT's hybrid PowerBuoy with seafloor battery (Image: OPT)

OPT Rolls Out New Products

Ocean energy solutions developer Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. has expanded its suite of complimentary products that leverage the core technology of the PowerBuoy, which include subsea batteries and a hybrid (liquid-fueled) PowerBuoy.George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, said, “Our team has been working diligently to identify opportunities to leverage our technologies to address the needs of current and potential customers in subsea environments. These new product offerings provide OPT with the means to better serve customers by expanding its product and service offerings

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Next-Gen Autonomous Survey Vessels

expertise of both companies for the joint development of a variety of fit-for-purpose unmanned surface vessels (USVs). Delivery of the first USV, designed for medium- to large-scale hydrographic survey applications, is scheduled for Q2 2019.“We believe that over time a significant portion of our marine business can be optimized through the use of autonomous and remote technology, and we are very excited that we have reached an agreement with L3 ASV,” said Wim Herijgers, Director Innovation Marine for Fugro.“This partnership aligns with our strategy to leverage technology to reduce offshore

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Olis Robotics Hires Levedahl

Remote robotics software developer Olis Robotics announed it has hired of Dr. Blaine Levedahl to lead the company's U.S. Government programs.Don Pickering, CEO of Olis Robotics, said, “Dr. Levedahl’s depth of knowledge and experience leading robotics programs in both government and industry as well as his expertise in research and system development, is a perfect fit for us as we build out our team.”With a focus in conducting and managing both fundamental research and end-to-end system development, Levedahl leverages a diverse range of engineering experiences to identify problems

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Interview: TMA's Michael Jones on BlueTech Week

Marine Technology Reporter interviews Michael Jones, the ubiquitous leader of The Maritime Alliance and the architect of the Blue Tech Week in San Diego. The theme for the 10th Annual Blue Tech Week is “UN Sustainable Development Goals – Industry Solutions”.For MTR readers not familiar with BlueTech Week, please give a synopsis in a sentence or two.The Maritime Alliance (TMA) creates a Blue Voice via unique events, information sharing, national & international outreach, networking, research, and workforce development. The 10th annual BlueTech Week (BTW) scheduled for November

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Persistent Profiling of the Greater Agulhas Current

impacts—notably climate matters.Extensive & Persistent Current Monitoring off Southern AfricaThe Agulhas Current streams poleward off the east coast of southern Africa. This major current exerts diverse influence—locally and globally. For southern Africa, the Agulhas affects things from marine transport and regional weather to local biodiversity. More globally, the Agulhas water properties are now linked to earth’s climate system.About one-sixth of the volume carried by the Agulhas leaves the Indian Ocean for the Atlantic. Paleo studies suggest that amount has varied over eons. Below

(L-R) Chelsea’s Brian Phillips and John Ramsden, Sonardyne.  (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Acquires Chelsea Technologies Group

Subsea technology developer Sonardyne International Ltd. said it has acquired maritime and marine science technology specialist Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd. as part of a long-term growth strategy that includes market diversification.In acquiring Chelsea (also known as CTG), Sonardyne said it looks to strengthen its presence in the maritime, marine and ocean science sectors and create new opportunities in the water environmental, defense and process control markets. Chelsea will gain access to Sonardyne’s considerable research, production, testing, compliance and global distribution capabilities

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20’ WAM-V Delivered to XPrize Finalist TeamTao

competition.The new WAM-V has a range of over 400 nautical miles, can carry up to 600 lbs of payload, has a top speed of 15+ knots, and has passed rigorous open-ocean testing to ensure it is a stable platform for sensor deployment.“This is an exciting addition to our product lineup,” said Marine Advanced Research President and CEO Mark Gundersen. “With multi-day endurance in blue water, it brings a host of new capabilities to the marketplace.”Nick Ridley, TeamTao’s surface system design lead, commented, “We searched the global market for a suitable ASV platform. The

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RE2 Robotics is Developing Manipulators for the US Navy

A developer of humanlike robotic manipulator arms has received a $2.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to continue development and commercialization of its Dexterous Maritime Manipulation System (DM2S).RE2 Robotics’ DM2S technology will provide Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel with the ability to remotely and effectively address Waterborne Improvised Explosive Devices (WBIEDs).WBIEDs and mines pose a significant threat to vessels, bridges and ports, and when placed in congested areas, such as bridge pilings, they can be particularly difficult to access and

Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav all-in-one subsea navigation instrument for underwater vehicles. (Image: Sonardyne)

DOF Subsea Selects Sonardyne Navigation Tech

International subsea services provider DOF Subsea has chosen acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Brasil Ltda. to support its deepwater operations from three vessels offshore Brazil.The three vessels will be equipped with Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav all-in-one subsea navigation instrument for underwater vehicles. A remote operated vehicle (ROV) on one of the vessels will also be fitted with a Sonardyne Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), in place of its existing system. All three vessels are on long-term contract in Brazilian Waters.SPRINT-Nav combines Sonardyne’s SPRINT

CSS Lightweight Pipeline Lifting and Handling Frames have been used for more than 1000 freespan correction operations, and folds into a 10' container for effective transportation and storage (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Partners with Connector Subsea Solutions

IMR. Unique Group will deliver complete lightweight and compact remote operated tools and systems for the cleaning, inspection, and maintenance of subsea risers, flowlines and pipelines.Sahil Gandhi, COO at Unique Group, commented, “This partnership is one of the major pinnacles for Unique Group Marine & Subsea division this year. CSS products and solutions are recognized for their simplicity, robustness and reliability. Through the partnership, we look forward to bolstering our product offerings for both shallow water and deep-water operations by the inclusion of first-rate subsea pipeline

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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

A smaller prototype tested in Galway Bay, Ireland. (Photo: Ocean Energy)

The OE Buoy is Taking Shape

An innovative high-tech wave device currently being built in the U.S. will offer marine-based big data centers the chance to power up while cooling down.The project is a display of Irish marine innovation combined with U.S. engineering prowess, and is taking shape in an Oregon shipyard, where shipbuilder Vigor is constructing a marine hydrokinetic convertor called the OE Buoy for U.S. and Irish based wave-power pioneer Ocean Energy. Once completed in spring 2019, the 125 feet long, 68 feet tall, and 59 feet wide wave device will be towed to the U.S. Navy Wave Energy Test Site on the windward coast of

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Mapping the Future

Marine Technology Reporter catches up with Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D, Senior Director, Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE and members of the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team as the conclusion to the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE fast approaches.The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration. The prize will stimulate even greater exploration and mapping of the ocean floor, helping to uncover our planet’s greatest wonders and resources for the benefit of humanity. The winner will be

SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System deployed during ANTX2018 (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

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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Olis Robotics Acquires Machine Learning Startup

Olis Robotics, developer of next-generation remote robotics software, announced it has acquired Seattle-based machine learning startup White Marsh Forests (WMF).Olis, formerly BluHaptics, has created a next-generation software platform built from the ground up that expands the capabilities of pilot-controlled service robots in the energy and space sectors and other harsh operating environments. The firm's technology enables vast improvements in robotic dexterity, precision, efficiency and overall mission success.The addition of machine learning capabilities from WMF allows robots to recognize and

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Aker Bets on Software Engineers for Its Oil Business

When the owners of Norwegian oil firm Aker BP decided to digitise its assets and operations, they searched high and low for the right software company. But they failed to find a suitable one.So instead they set up their own, Cognite, to create digital maps of Aker BP's oil industry assets, integrating data from equipment such as pumps, heat and pressure sensors, maintenance records and even staff rotas to improve efficiency and safety.Less than two years later, Cognite is selling its software to Aker BP's rivals and one competitor, Sweden's Lundin Petroleum, has even agreed to share its

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Okeanus Delivers Magnetometer Winch Systems

Marine equipment and engineering services provider Okeanus Science & Technology (Okeanus) delivered of two Okeanus Model DT3030EHLWR winch systems to the Colombian Navy for magnetometer deployments.The Model DT3030EHLWR winch is a general purpose, highly transportable winch designed for a wide variety of oceanographic applications such as sub-bottom profiling, side scan sonar, CTD or other similar operations. Each of the two fully integrated systems features a gearbox-hydraulic motor drive, primary automatic fail safe brake, secondary manual band brake, automatic bi-directional level wind

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Rutter Releases Sigma S6 V9.2.0

to the Rutter sigma S6 product line, version 9.2.0. This new version is being released for general availability this week. It is also available as an upgrade on existing systems for qualifying customers.Rutter’s proprietary radar data processing system interprets data from both conventional marine navigational and coastal surveillance radars, providing enhanced radar imagery and state of the art detection, tracking, and measurement capabilities. The sigma S6 suite includes the sigma S6 Ice Navigator, sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance, sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection system, and sigma S6 WaMoS

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Ancient Relics Found in Subsea Pipeline Route

;s ancient civilizations.The pipeline from the deep-sea Leviathan gas field that is due to begin production late next year comes ashore near Dor Beach in northern Israel, a popular spot among Israeli sunbathers.It is also the site of the ancient port of Dor, where hidden in the seabed lie the vestiges of marine traders throughout the ages - from the Phoenicians to the Romans.To minimize damage to such relics, the Israel Antiquities Authority has been working over the past year with the Leviathan field's operator, Texas-based Noble Energy.A team spent weeks scuba diving in the warm crystal clear water

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New Remote Robotics Manipulator Control System Launched

to reduce risk, increase precision and save time.Don Pickering, CEO of Olis explained, “This product is just the beginning of how Olis is redefining the future of remote robotics. By introducing machine learning and variable autonomy in the very near-future, we will unlock broad and diverse new marine use cases. The ES1 Control System will make it safer for pilots to perform intervention tasks in extreme and dynamic environments by making the robots they control smarter.”Key ES1 features eclipse legacy master control products with five new advancements. First, ES1 offers a graphical user-interfac

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iSURVEY Completes Industry First Project for Norske Shell

iSURVEY, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, has completed a pioneering project for A/S Norske Shell.  The project, which took place last month as part of the operator’s Scarabeo 8 drilling campaign, utilized iSURVEY’s survey support remotely from its Oslo headquarter. This marks the first time remote positioning has been applied for a regular DP drill rig move operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The survey equipment was initially mobilized on board, and then operated from the iSURVEY

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Autonomous Vehicle Completes Survey Mission off Alaska

An autonomous surface vessel recently went the distance for a hydrographic survey mission along a remote stretch of Alaskan coastline.ASV Global and TerraSond said they recently completed a hydrographic survey for charting off the coast of Alaska. The 10,649km survey was carried out by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 unmanned vessel alongside the Q105 survey ship acting as the mother vessel. Fitted with a multibeam echosounder, the C-Worker 5 carried out 53 percent of the survey.Throughout the operation the C-Worker 5 was remotely monitored using ASV Global’s ASView control system from a station on

A dive team investigates sonar targets collected via the REMUS 100 AUV,  with RV Norseman II sailing in the background (Photo: NOAA)

US Destroyer Wreckage Discovered off Remote Alaskan Island

For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark surface of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol. Seventy-one U.S. Navy Sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast, during a brutal and largely overlooked early campaign of World War II.Heroic action by the crew saved the ship, but for the families of the doomed Sailors, the final resting place of loved ones lost in the predawn hours of Aug. 18, 1943 remained unknown.On July 17, a NOAA-funded team of

Kraken's KATFISH - High Speed Actively Controlled Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

US Navy Tests Kraken’s KATFISH SAS

The U.S. Navy is testing a high-speed actively controlled towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system for multi-mission applications, including mine countermeasures.Canadian based developer of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems Kraken Robotics Inc. said its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) creating a new a joint research and development relationship with U.S. Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center – Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT).The overall objective, Kraken said, is to provide NUWC

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

It was an exciting time in San Diego as nearly 50 high school and university teams from around the world made a splash at the 21st International RoboSub Competition at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Transducer Evaluation Center, July 30 – August 3.The week-long autonomous submarine competition, co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International Foundation, tested students’ mechanical, electrical, computer and systems engineering skills—as well as their presentation skills and teamwork while competing for cash

Researchers converted their three-finger soft manipulator to a two-finger version, seen here performing a pinch grasp on an extremely delicate sea cucumber. (Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

A Soft Solution to a Hard Underwater Problem

mining industries, is clunky, expensive, and difficult to maneuver with the kind of control needed for interacting with delicate sea life. Picking a delicate sea slug off the ocean floor with these tools is akin to trying to pluck a grape using pruning shears.Now, a multidisciplinary group of engineers, marine biologists, and roboticists has developed an alternative sampling device that is soft, flexible, and customizable, allowing scientists to gently grab different types of organisms from the sea without damaging them, and 3D-print modifications to the device overnight without the need to return to a

BEN independently follows programmed lines (Photo: NOAA)

Autonomous Vehicle Maps the Arctic Seafloor

Far above the Arctic Circle, an autonomous surface vehicle set out to map the seafloor in an effort to improve nautical charts in areas where there is scarce data and vessel traffic is increasing.A team of engineers and students from the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, together with personnel from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, recently returned from an Arctic voyage that deployed an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) from the NOAA hydrographic ship Fairweather, a first from a NOAA vessel in the region.The Fairweather spends each summer surveying the

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Remote Monitoring System Delivered for The Ocean Cleanup

Subsea technology company Seatools said it has completed the development, manufacturing and testing of a remote offshore monitoring system on behalf of The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit organization dedicated to removing plastic from the world’s oceans.The monitoring system is currently integrated into the first-ever ocean cleanup system at The Ocean Cleanup’s assembly yard in Alameda, Calif.In the third quarter of 2018, The Ocean Cleanup’s system will be deployed into the waters between Hawaii and San Francisco. The primary goal of the Pacific trials is to confirm the performance of

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Drifting Iceberg Puts Greenland on High Alert

An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves.The iceberg towers over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit but it is grounded and has not moved overnight, state broadcaster KNR reported.A danger zone close to the coast has been evacuated and people have been moved further up a steep slope where the settlement lies, a Greenland police spokesman told Reuters.“We can feel the concern among the residents. We are used to big icebergs, but we haven’t

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High-tech Sensors Advance Tsunami Monitoring

to save lives, model wave propagation and quantify coastal hazards.The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) has recently taken delivery of five new RBRquartz³ BPRs (bottom pressure recorders) from oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer RBR for a long-term research program with the Insitu Marine Laboratory for Geosystems Research (iMARL). The iMARL is a network of deep sea ocean sensors including ocean bottom seismographs (OBS), broadband acoustic sensors, and RBRquartz³ BPRs for measuring absolute water pressure and temperature at the ocean floor. Strapped to deep sea landers, the

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ABB Wins Order for World's Biggest Offshore Wind Farm

ABB has won orders worth more than $150 million from Danish energy company Ørsted to supply technology to transmit wind energy from the 1,400 megawatt (MW) Hornsea Project Two, slated to be the world's largest offshore wind farm.The orders were booked in the second quarter of 2018 and are the first tranche of a global five year frame agreement for the supply of electrical and automation equipment for offshore and onshore wind power connection and integration to the grid, ABB said.ABB will supply its Static Var Compensation (SVC) Light technology with ABB Ability MACH control systems, High

Following days of heavy rain from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, rivers and bays around the Houston metropolitan area and the Texas coast were full of flood water, which brought muddy, sediment-laden waters inland into the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: NASA Earth Observatory)

How Does River Outflow Impact Coastal Sea Level?

A new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has uncovered a new factor affecting coastal sea levels.Tides, winds, waves and even barometric pressure have been known to play a role in the ebb and flow of the ocean in coastal areas. According to the recent study, river outflow could play a role in sea level change as well.The study, published July 9 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined decades’ worth of river level and tidal data from gauges installed throughout the eastern U.S. The researchers then combined that data with information on

The Gwynt Y Mor wind farm. Photo from Rovco.

Subsea Robotics for Renewables

;s becoming harder to avoid them, from our phones to automotive systems and now offshore energy renewable projects.Both are seen as tools to do otherwise dull, dirty or dangerous work, without human involvement, but also as a way to reduce operational cost and to produce more reliable repeatable data.Marine renewables is seen as a space ripe for innovation in this area, especially around operations and maintenance (O&M), which is a largely human intensive activity, limited by access issues, above and beneath the waves.  HOME Offshore (Holistic Operation and Maintenance for Energy from Offshore

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Oceanscan Invests in Sonardyne Acoustics

International equipment supplier Oceanscan has added underwater acoustic positioning technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. to its rental fleet. The Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) vessel-based systems and Wideband Sub-Mini 6 (WSM 6) transponders have been acquired by Oceanscan following client demand for accurate and reliable underwater tracking technology to support their projects, especially in the growing offshore wind and shallow water hydrographic survey markets. Compact, portable and quick to install, Mini-Ranger 2 offers a standard operating range of 995 meters, extendable

Matt Hodson. Photo: Marine Hub Cornwall

Innovation Starts @ Marine Hub Cornwall

Marine Hub Cornwall are on a mission to showcase the UK’s southwest coast as a world class center for marine technology and innovation. Working alongside Invest in Cornwall, which manages inward investment into the region, Marine Hub’s Operations Director, Matt Hodson, explains why he believes Cornwall is best positioned to be a global hub for the marine renewable industry.To kick off, can you give the readers a brief overview of your experience and what led you to become the Operations Director at Marine Hub?I’ve spent much of my early career at sea and I’m lucky enough to

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Kotug & the Remote Controlled Tugboat

Kotug demonstrated the sailing of the first remote controlled tugboat over a long distance today. The RT Borkum was controlled from the International Tug, Salvage & OSV Convention and Exhibition (ITS) ITS in Marseille, while the RT Borkum was sailing in Rotterdam. A captain of Kotug took over the control of the tug via a remote secured internet line and camera images. These cameras and controls of the tugboat were used on the demo consoles in Marseille.  Kotug believes that unmanned remote controlled ships will be the first step to ultimately unmanned autonomous shipping. Various simple

Ocean Infinity Invest $2.3 Mln in Kraken

Toronto listed marine technology company Kraken Robotics Inc. announced a non-brokered private placement offering with ocean survey and exploration company Ocean Infinity Ltd. whereby Ocean Infinity will acquire 11,520,000 units in Kraken which, upon completion, will result in Ocean Infinity owning 9.99 percent of Kraken’s issued common shares.The companies began their relationship in 2017 when Ocean Infinity awarded a $3 million contract for Kraken’s AquaPix to be integrated onboard Its HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).It was announced in May this year that Ocean Infinity would

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Free Workshops: Earth Observation for Marine Environments

The European funded SpaceWave project is hosting four workshops to identify the current capabilities and opportunities for businesses of using Earth Observation capabilities in marine areas sea fisheries, aquaculture, environmental monitoring and water-level rise and coastal erosion monitoring.The free workshops can be attended in person or online via webinar to learn about opportunities and technologies for using Earth Observation techniques, including, satellites, high altitude platforms, drones, remote sensors, etc.•Sea Fisheries - July 9, 10:30-12:20 a.m. at Harwell, Oxfordshire or online via

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New Range of Underwater Connectors

Immersible connectors have to meet a variety of mechanical and chemical constraints. SOURIAU has been active in this market for a very long time, continuously adapting its product range to customer requirements in the field of military submarines, oceanography, geophysics and the oil industry. With SWIM, SOURIAU is launching a new range of connectors designed for new markets.The new SWIM range (Shallow Water IMmersion) is designed for marine applications in depths down to 300 m, which are considered shallow immersion. These connectors are designed for innovative applications like surface drones for

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Lighthouse Lidar Aids 3-year Wind Farm Study

Details of a novel three-year project to enhance the energy assessment and revenue forecasting for the proposed Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm 15km off the Angus coast in the East of Scotland demonstrates significant benefits of adopting bespoke technology to gather data.A ZephIR wind Lidar system was installed on an existing lighthouse structure thanks to a custom-built solution developed by SgurrEnergy (now Wood). The solution not only negated the need for an independent offshore structure but the Lidar also took a comprehensive data set at heights from its installed location up to the projected

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