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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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Wallace Joins Rovco as CTO

U.K.-based subsea company Rovco has appointed Dr. Iain Wallace o its senior management team as chief technology officer (CTO).   A former technical lead for the European Space Agency, Wallace will drive the development of a real-time 3D vision system for ROVs and AUVs. He will also explore how artificial intelligence can be used to solve asset integrity issues by extracting actionable information from traditional video survey data.   As CTO, he will enhance Rovco’s underwater photogrammetric 3D modeling capabilities utilizing the latest simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM)

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IMarEST Supports Research into Collaborative Autonomous Fleets

IMarEST awards AU$14,000 Laurie Prandolini Fellowship for research into collaborative autonomous marine fleets   The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has awarded its Laurie Prandolini Research Fellowship of AU$14,000 to Fletcher Thompson toward his PhD research project, Project FOX (Fleet Operations and eXpeditions), which aims to “establish distributed intelligence into an autonomous marine vehicle fleet to exhibit collaborative behaviors.”   Thompson holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture, and is a PhD candidate at

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The Autonomous Future of Seabed Mapping

fact, thanks to advances in satellite monitoring by pioneers such as David Sandwell and colleagues, we now have coverage of the entire ocean.    While these maps are only at a resolution of around 5 kilometers – less than current global maps of Mars and Venus – it has given us submarine topography data in locations we weren’t able to access previously. For us to really understand what lies under the surface, scientists must travel to the site and use acoustic techniques such as sonar and multibeam bathymetry to produce detailed maps. But, the financial and logistical obstacles

SeeByte Wins Belgian Navy Contract

Belgian Navy buys 10 licenses of SeeByte’s SeeTrack software for its AUV fleet   SeeByte, creator of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, said it has sold 10 SeeTrack licenses, including personnel training, to the Belgian Navy. SeeTrack will be integrated onto its AUV fleet which will be deployed for Mine Counter Measures (MCM).   The software package includes additional specialist modules designed for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations, SeeByte said. These include Automatic Target Recognition (ART), Change Detection Tool, Performance Analysis Training Tool (PATT) and

George Morrison is managing director of Aquaterra Energy and creator of the Well Start specialism (Photo: Aquaterra)

Aquaterra Wins North Sea Contract

Aquaterra Energy won a  contract to supply subsea high pressure riser (HPR) equipment and services for a subsea abandonment project in the central North Sea.   The multi-million dollar deal will see Aquaterra facilitate the abandonment of ten subsea wells via deployment of a subsea HPR system from a jack-up rig. The scope of work could be extended to include two further subsea wells bringing the total number of abandonments to 12.   Riser analysis was completed in-house by Aquaterra and validated by Bureau Veritas. It has confirmed a 50-year return storm operating envelope after HPR

BluHaptics, J2 Subsea Forge Sales Partnership

BluHaptics’ soon to be launched software for subsea robotics operations to be available through J2 Subsea   BluHaptics, a Seattle-based software company developing new technology for augmented robotics, and J2 Subsea, an Acteon company and global supplier of subsea tooling and services, have formed a sales and distribution partnership for BluHaptics’ software solution for underwater manipulator arms – its first commercially available product due for launch in July 2017.   Traditionally focused on subsea tooling (hardware), J2 Subsea will incorporate BluHaptics’

Loral O’Hara (Photo: NASA)

WHOI’ O’Hara Selected for NASA Astronaut Program

NASA’s most recent class of astronauts was introduced June 7, 2017 at Johnson Space Flight Center. Among the group of 12 astronaut candidates is Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) research engineer Loral O’Hara, selected from NASA’s largest ever applicant pool of more than 18,300.   "We couldn’t be more proud of Loral for her selection into NASA's astronaut corps," said WHOI President and Director Mark Abbott. "We hope the seagoing experience gained at WHOI serves her well in her new adventure. Whether in outer space or the depths of the ocean

OCEANS Conference Returns to Aberdeen

19 to 22, 2017, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre – with a focus on energy and offshore renewables.   OCEANS’17 Aberdeen will be the 60th Occurrence of the event. First presented in 1970 in Seattle OCEANS has become established worldwide as one of the major proponents of marine engineering, technology and science education.   The event also marks the second time that OCEANS has come to the U.K., both hosted in Aberdeen, a major maritime and offshore energy hub.   Neil Gordon CEO of Subsea UK and Dr. Gordon Drummond of NSRI will kick off the conference&rsquo

Jean-Jacques Biteau, Vice-President, EAGE; Professor Sebastian Geiger, Heriot-Watt University; Chris Ward, President, EAGE. (Photo: Heriot-Watt)

Alfred Wegener Award to Professor Geiger

Professor Sebastian Geiger, Director of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) and Foundation CMG Chair at Heriot-Watt University, has been awarded the 2017 Alfred Wegener Award by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). The Award is made to an Association member who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of time to the scientific and technical advancement of one or more of the disciplines in the Association, particularly petroleum geoscience and engineering.   The citation for the Award mentioned that his contributions to the field of carbonate

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BV Approvals Help Propel Floating Offshore Wind Sector

Bureau Veritas has issued a Preliminary Design Approval for a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) foundation designed by DCNS Energies. The floating foundation is based on a semi-submersible floater, designed to be competitive, adapted to mass production, easily towable, connectable and dis-connectable, and adaptable to site conditions and local industrial environments. This approval was provided as part of the General Electric (ex-Alstom) and DCNS Energies Sea Reed project, a FOWT product development initiative supported by ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. A Preliminar

Picture from the dual control room at Bryne, Stavanger in Norway. This can easily be duplicated worldwide. (Photo: IKM Subsea)

World First: Commercial Onshore Remote WROV Ops

Norwegian ingenuity in the subsea space strikes again, as IKM Subsea, based in Bryne, Norway, has opened what it believes is the world’s first commercial onshore controlled ROV operations. In the near future up to three Work class ROVs and one Observation ROV on Statoil’s Snorre B and Visund installations will be controlled from IKM Subsea’s onshore control center. One of the Work Class ROVs (RROV) has been designed and engineered to be permanently based on the seabed and will only be brought to surface for periodic maintenance. The Company Acceptance Test (CAT) with Statoil was

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BIRNS Grows Its Sales Team

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

Kraken Wins Repeat AquaPix Contract

Kraken Sonar Inc. said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a repeat contract valued at over C$400,000 (US$296,000) by a leading European defense contractor. Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the customer’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in Q3, 2017.   AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs, manned and unmanned surface vessels and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal

Partners Aim to Advance Methane Harvesting Tech

 Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), one of major heavy industry manufacturers in Japan, has partnered MHWirth, a global provider of drilling solutions and services, to harvest shallow methane hydrates from the seabed of the Japan Sea.   Methane hydrates generally are categorized as either shallow-type or pore-filling sand-layer type. For pore-filling sand-layer methane hydrates, the studies for the recovery have been conducted since around FY2001 in Japan.    For shallow methane hydrates (the hydrates), Japan’s Government Agency started the estimation

The new center will investigate key underwater and coastal archaeological sites around the world. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Marine Archaeology Center Launched

UC San Diego launches Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology; center co-led by Scripps and Department of Anthropology will investigate relationship between human societies and marine environments   Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Department of Anthropology have recently joined efforts within the University of California San Diego to launch the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA).   Researchers with the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology will conduct fieldwork at key underwater and coastal archaeological sites around the world, studying the influence of marine

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BP Awards Angelin EPCIC Contract to McDermott

McDermott International, Inc. has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract from BP Trinidad & Tobago, LLC (bpTT) for the Angelin gas field, located 25 miles (40 kilometers) off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago. This EPCIC contract follows the completion of a multi-phase engineering contract, including pre-front end engineering design (pre-FEED), front-end engineering design (FEED), and pre-execution engineering contracts previously awarded by bpTT to McDermott for the initial design and execution planning of Angelin. McDermott&rs

From left to right: Simon Harvey, Proserv’s head of operation at Great Yarmouth; David Lamont, CEO; and Iain Smith, region president  for UK and Europe; at the site of the company’s new facility in Great Yarmouth. (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Opening New Subsea Tech Center

Energy services company Proserv informs it is investing in a new purpose-built technology center for subsea controls and communications in Great Yarmouth.   The move will see around 190 employees consolidate from two sites in the area into the new 65,000 sq ft Beacon Park site in Gorleston-on-Sea which will feature modern office, manufacturing and yard space and provides the flexibility to add a further 20,000 sq ft of workshop capacity.    Construction will commence next month with the building expected to be completed during March 2018.   David Lamont, Proserv CEO, said

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

Creating Superior Buoyancy with Air

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

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First Steel Cut for Australia's New Polar Research Ship

Marking the commencement of construction of the Damen Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV), a steel cutting ceremony has been held at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. Damen is constructing the ASRV for Serco Defence, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco Australia who, in turn, signed a contract with the Australian Government last year for the delivery, operation and maintenance of the vessel.   “Cutting the first steel for any vessel is always significant. However, the fact that the ASRV is such a ground-breaker makes this a very exciting moment,” said Damen Project Director Joop

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RRS Sir David Attenborough: Construction Progressing

30 crew and 60 research staff.    When the ship sets sail in 2019, the RRS Sir David Attenborough will provide a research base to help scientists tackle some of the most important issues facing humanity, including climate change, future sea level rise and the impact of environmental change on marine life.   With state-of-the-art facilities on board, the new ship will enable more ambitious expeditions and deploy advanced marine robotics to explore inaccessible areas.    At £200 million this is the biggest Government investment in Antarctic and Arctic science infrastructure

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Briggs Marine Expanding in Liverpool

 U.K. marine contractor Briggs Marine is expanding in the North West of England with new water-side facilities in Port of Liverpool.   The 500 sq m building will allow Briggs to offer a greater range of services, and will assist the company in further developing its offering in renewables, sub-marine engineering and port services in this busy region.   The company currently has approximately 80 personnel based in the region, with plans to increase this number as a result of the growing presence and anticipated future work.   Briggs’ operations director Iain Ross said

(From left to right) Christian Cabos, Head of Department Information Management Technologies at DNV GL – Maritime, Marco Bibuli, Researcher at the Italian research centre CNR-ISSIA, and Volker Bertram, COMPIT Coordinator and Project Manager Engineering Services Newbuilding at the DNV GL Maritime Academy, at the COMPIT awards ceremony in Cardiff. (Credit: Felix Selzer). Photo: DNV GL

Italian Maritime Robotics Expert Bags DNV GL Award

 Marco Bibuli was announced as the winner of the DNV GL COMPIT Award 2017 for smart underwater robotics, which took place in Cardiff this year.    The Italian maritime robotics expert, working at the Italian research center CNR-ISSIA in Genova, was honored for his work on team-capable smart robots.   “The jury singled out Marco Bibuli, because his work brought advanced techniques of Artificial Intelligence to practical applications, representing innovative engineering at its finest. In Bibuli’s applications, the robots are not replacing the human, but act as caddies

Newly discovered B-25 Bomber (Photo: Project Recover)

Missing WW II Bombers Found on the Seafloor

follows successful identification and documentation of five missing World War II aircraft in 2016   Two B-25 bombers associated with American servicemen missing in action from World War II were recently documented in the waters off Papua New Guinea by Project Recover—a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft and associated MIAs from World War II.   The B-25 bomber is one of the most iconic airplanes of World War II, with nearly 10,000 of the famous warbirds conducting a variety of missions—from bombing

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Gnostech President Takes Controlling Ownership

Current president of Gnostech Inc., James Espino, has acquired the controlling ownership of the company from Braxton Science & Technology Group (BSTG) on May 19, 2017. As the president and controlling owner of Gnostech, Espino will lead the company into the future. “This is an exciting time for Gnostech. We can pursue new and emerging government contracting opportunities that leverage our diverse range of capabilities,” he said. “In the end, we will continue to provide the quality, technology-driven solutions and services to support the warfighter – something we’ve

ACE Winch Solution for DolWin Topside Float-over

CEO Alfie Cheyne said, “ACE Winches was delighted to secure a six-figure contract for the DolWin jacket installation and float-over, and having an opportunity to supply a complex winch solution for this large project.  With over 25 years-experience designing and manufacturing specialized marine deck machinery, the company was able to supply the exact solution to the project.”   The specialized equipment was supplied directly from the company’s rental fleet, all of which is designed, engineered and manufactured at the company’s global headquarters in Scotland

Performance Inflatables Acquires SUBSALVE

Engineered inflatables manufacturer SUBSALVE USA has been acquired by Performance Inflatables Company, and will continue to operate at its current location with its current staff as a subsidiary of Performance Inflatables Company.   “The additional support, resources, and knowledge of Performance Inflatables Company, will provide a force multiplier to SUBSALVE USA to continue and further accelerate its leading position and enhance its new products growth across the world,” said Richard Fryburg the founder of Subsalve USA in 1977 who has assumed the role of Chief Growth Officer.

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Mathewson Joins FarSounder as Sales Director

 Marine electronics manufacturer FarSounder, Inc. announced that Michael Mathewson has joined the company in a newly-created position of Director of Global Sales, charged with addressing the continued growth in the international marketplace for FarSounder key technologies for commercial, defense and private luxury yachts. He will report to CEO Cheryl M. Zimmerman. A mechanical engineer by training with expertise in the marine science, technology, engineering and international marketplace, Mathewson has spent his career managing multifaceted projects and developing high-performing engineering

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Wild Well Buys Capping Equipment from Shell

Well control and engineering services firm Wild Well Control, Inc. said it has purchased subsea capping equipment from Shell EP Wells Equipment Services B.V.   The addition of this inventory enhances Wild Well’s current global equipment and response capabilities for the WellCONTAINED subsea containment systems and provides added capabilities for its 7Series Subsea Well Intervention group. The newly purchased equipment will be staged in Houston, Aberdeen, Singapore and elsewhere, as needed, for global deployment. 

Using a new method to distinguish fresh water from oil or salt water, scientists are exploring beneath the continental shelf off New England to look for large pockets of trapped fresh water. This water may be continually filling from groundwater flowing from land or, alternatively, may have been left behind by ice-age glaciers. (Image: Eric S. Taylor, WHOI Graphic Services)

Fresh Water below the Seafloor?

if its gets into the ground, it absorbs iron and other nutrients. So it has a higher nutrient content when it comes out and would be providing nutrients to the ocean.”   This has huge implications for the ocean food web and Earth’s climate. Nutrients fertilize the productivity of tiny marine phytoplankton, which convert carbon dioxide into organic carbon to grow and draw the greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere.   Signs of weakness In some places, the ocean floor has created a watertight seal above freshwater reservoirs for millennia. But like the heft of a river pushing on a

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Klein Marine Systems: Side Scan Sonar Training

Side scan sonar systems manufacturer Klein Marine Systems will host a three-day side scan sonar training course at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, N.H., with practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, N.H.   Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2.   The course, to be held June 20-22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., is geared toward hydrographers, first responders, police and firefighters

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Diver Training Key to Underwater Vessel Repair

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

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South Bay Cable Celebrates 60

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

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Industry Funding to Boost UK Offshore O&G Research

A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in U.K. offshore waters.    Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill, has secured funding of £416,000 (approximately $537,000) from Verus Petroleum, an independent oil company active on the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS).    The award will support a number of oil and gas related training and Applied Geoscience research activities in IPE including the NERC Center for Doctoral

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Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop: Call for Speakers

Teledyne Marine has issued a call for speakers for its joint Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) to be hosted in San Diego, Calif.; October 15-18, 2017.   Building upon the group’s 2015 inaugural event, Teledyne Marine’s 23 brands will once again join forces to host an expanded users’ conference in which users from around the globe will converge to explore, learn and share their experience on a broad range of applications and technologies.   A key component of this users’ conference is presentations given by customers sharing their field and laboratory

Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, have carried out a number of engineering studies in a bid to widen the remit of NSRI’s initial oil and gas focus. (Photo: NSRI)

Engineers Aid UK Subsea Diversification Drive

Two engineers from Wood Group have supported the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) in its drive to speed up the development and implementation of near to market technologies in the subsea sector.   Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, who are both working toward becoming Chartered Engineers, beat off competition from a number of hopefuls who applied to join NSRI on a one year secondment last year.   Over the past 12 months, McCallum and Fjellroth have carried out a number of engineering studies in a bid to widen the remit of NSRI’s initial oil and gas focus. McCallum was

An ROV equipped with underwater dynamic laser mapping equipment from 2G Robotics and Sonardyne prepares for its next survey mission (Photo: Sonardyne)

Partners Developing Dynamic Subsea Laser Mapping

for dynamic scanning.   Edward Moller, Global Business Manager for Construction Survey at Sonardyne, said, “The level of detail visible in the post-processed images we’ve gathered on projects in recent months, has to be seen to be believed; small bolt-holes, individual chain links, marine growth and even painted markings can all be clearly seen. In terms of wide-area seabed visualization, it’s a real game-changer.”   Chris Gilson, Product Development Manager at 2G Robotics, said, “This new partnership eliminates the complexities most subsea customers face

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

Lasers Shed Light on the Inner Workings of the Giant Larvacean

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

US Navy Partners with ALFA International

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport has entered into an agreement with ALFA International Inc. of Woonsocket, R.I. for the commercialization of NUWC XP-1, a high-performance polyurethane developed for protection of marine acoustic and optical equipment. The two-part polyurethane exhibits good hydrolytic stability and acoustic properties while also being optically clear, the manufacturer said. NUWC XP-1 can be cured at room or elevated temperatures in less than 24 hours. “Navy chemists and material scientists first developed the polyurethane known as NUWC XP-1 in the

PFLNG Satu (Photo: © TechnipFMC plc.)

Changing the Landscape of LNG Production

Successful completion of the Petronas Floating LNG facility (PFLNG) Satu is a milestone for the oil and gas industry and for the Malaysian energy giant.   Designed by consortium leader TechnipFMC and fabricated at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in South Korea, PFLNG Satu achieved the first-ever production of LNG offshore in December 2016.   The 365-meter by 60-meter facility processes, produces and offloads LNG in situ, directly above natural gas reservoirs. FLNG allows the monetization of remote, marginal and stranded offshore gas fields that cannot be developed

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

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

Klein Marine Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitcham Industries, Inc., announced that Richard Dentzman has joined Klein as Regional Sales Manager.     Dentzman joins Klein Marine Systems as a Regional Sales Manager, contributing to Klein’s market share expansion and new product introduction, as well as strengthening cooperation with customers in the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and other defense customers around the world.   Dentzman is a U.S. submarine

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

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Jee Sees Rise in Pigging and Plugging Projetcs

Jee Ltd. said its pigging and plugging division has had 11 new projects awarded by six different clients across Europe, Africa and South East Asia in Q1 of 2017. The new projects, nine of which relate to pigging and two to plugging projects, are being delivered alongside eight contracts continuing from 2016.   Sitting within Jee’s core engineering capabilities, the new 2017 scopes cover the full asset lifecycle from new projects to decommissioning pigging scopes and range from: Feasibility and concept studies for “unpiggable” or challenging pipelines and plugging

Figure 1 : Sample vector average ice drifts for different years for the January to March period. (Image: ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.)

Ice Analysis in the Chukchi Sea

done for Shell under the direction of Olgoonik-Fairweather, who assembled a dedicated team of scientists and engineers from a variety of fields in both academia and the private sector. The science team was supported by the Inupiat communities of the North Slope Borough. In addition to providing skilled marine mammal observers with a keen eye and traditional knowledge, they also provided excellent logistical support to the program.   In 2015 Shell abandoned its plans for production in the Chukchi Sea. To carry on its legacy of investigations in the Chukchi, Shell made all of the data it had gathered

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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TechnipFMC wins EPC Contract

TechnipFMC  has been awarded by Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract (EPC3 project) for a sulfate reduction plant on West Island located offshore Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).   The objective of the EPC3 project is the installation of a sulfate reduction plant module (SRP) along with new installations and tie-in to existing facilities in West Island.    The SRP module incorporates cutting edge water treatment technologies with advanced filtration and nano-filtration systems.    These systems are used for

Arctic drilling: the Polar Pioneer in Norway’s arctic waters (Photo: Harald Pettersen, Statoil)

Norway's Heavyweights & Entrepreneurs

growth,” Jenssen says. “We have great ambitions here.”    To help those ambitions, Norway’s March offshore acreage round offered energy companies a combined 195 blocks in the Norwegian and Barents Seas.     (As published in the April 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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ASV Global Opens Mission Control Center

developments and will demonstrate our ability to achieve advanced, safe, autonomous operations at sea.”   International Trade Minister, Mark Garnier, said, “With world-renowned research institutions and leading innovative businesses the UK’s south coast really is a leading marine and maritime hub. ASV Global is at the heart of this. Their pioneering autonomous vessel technology showcases the very best of U.K. expertise. They already export to 10 countries demonstrating their leadership in this sector. A strong example of a successful U.K. exporter, I want more companies to

(L-R) RED Engineering’s Richard Kent, Joe Orrell and Toby Bailey on Newcastle’s Swing Bridge celebrating their success in winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Photo: RED Engineering)

RED Engineering Wins Queen’s Award

to designing and delivering complex engineering challenges.    The Queen’s Award is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a U.K.-based company and is given annually to those who have realized outstanding success and achievement.   RED Engineering (formerly RED Marine) provides consultancy, bespoke equipment and testing services for clients in the offshore oil and gas, renewables and nuclear decommissioning sectors.   The firm’s outstanding innovation in the fast track design, build and testing of offshore clamps was singled out in the award citation

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Ocean Power Technologies Relocates HQ

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) has announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing center to support increased operational needs and allow for projected growth over the next several years.   OPT’s new, larger facility in Monroe, N.J. will offer approximately 56,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, nearly doubling the size of its current facility in Pennington, N.J.    OPT manufactures the PowerBuoy, which uses ocean waves to provide electric power and communications for offshore applications.   “Our ability to deliver

Prysmian Bolsters Offshore Cable Production

Responding to an increased demand for European offshore wind farms, energy and telecom cable systems manufacturer Prysmian Group has expanded capability at its U.K. production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms. The new product line will enable the linking and collecting of power produced by offshore wind turbines before onward transmission to the onshore grid.   Llyr Roberts, CEO Prysmian UK comments “Our Wrexham factory has been manufacturing the highest quality cables for

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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

Skandi Búzios (Photo: TechnipFMC)

PLSV Skandi Búzios Begins Work off Brazil

, enabling the installation of large diameter flexible pipes in the ultra-deepwater Brazilian pre-salt area.   Under the joint venture agreement, TechnipFMC is responsible for the engineering and management of the flexible pipelay, while DOF ASA subsidiary Norskan S.A. is responsible for the marine operations.   “We are confident that these new state-of-the-art PLSVs, together with the expertise of our people will be key for Petrobras to successfully achieve its projects offshore Brazil,” said Hallvard Hasselknippe, TechnipFMC’s President of Subsea Projects.  

Nautilus Minerals to Test Seafloor Mining Tools

 Nautilus Minerals to Trial Seafloor Mining Tools   Canada based Nautilus Minerals Inc. said its Seafloor Production Tools have arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and will shortly commence submerged trials.   Nautilus’ CEO Mike Johnston said, “We are delighted to be undertaking submerged trials in PNG. The trials will result in money and investment going into the PNG economy, and the employment of Papua New Guineans in state-of-the-art technology which are some of the key benefits of seafloor production. The trials also allow us to work closely with our partner Petromin

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To Create a Sustainable Future – Digitalize Offshore Energy

U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a $1.2 million contribution from Dong Energy, Siemens Wind, GE Energy Solutions, Scottish Power Energy Networks, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Hydrasun, Nova Innovation, British Approvals Service for Cables, JDR Cables and the European Marine Energy Centre.   The Holistic Operation and Maintenance for Energy from Offshore Wind Farms (Home-Offshore) team will include scientists and engineers from Manchester, Warwick, Cranfield, Durham and Heriot-Watt universities. Over the next three years, Home-Offshore will create an advanced

CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson toured the Navy's newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), April 8 to gain a better understanding of the oceanographic information the ship provides to the Department of Defense.    The CNO is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy and is responsible for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the Navy.   "Naval forces require information about the physical environment to operate safely and effectively," said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, oceanographer of the Navy

Subsea View of Inverted Helical Grooves on Drill Riser Buoyancy (Image: Trelleborg)

Revolutionizing Deepwater Drilling Riser Buoyancy

of the inverted helical module will facilitate the ability of drilling vessels around the globe to continue to deliver the energy needs of the future.   The Author Collin Gaskill is Riser Analysis Engineer at Trelleborg Offshore.     (As published in the April 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)  

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Young Innovators to Compete in Underwater Robotics

. It offers teachers and group leaders the opportunity to inspire their students to build their own remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) following an academic curriculum consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects with a marine engineering-based theme. The program promotes hands-on learning of engineering and scientific concepts, problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking while introducing students to potential and rewarding career opportunities in naval architecture, marine, ocean and naval engineering.   

Joint hydrographic and seabed characterization survey in coastal waters off Davis station, Antarctica. (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australian Scientists Study the Antarctic

Australian scientists recently concluded several Antarctic geoscience and geophysical data acquisition surveys in hopes of helping to increase understanding of these precious environments to better manage and protect them. Geoscience Australia's Antarctic Geoscience program, which carries out marine and onshore research for the Australian government, has completed three Antarctic surveys during the 2016-2017 field season. Three Geoscience Australia marine specialists, Dr. Jodie Smith, Kim Picard and Ian Atkinson, were part of a two month survey of the near-shore region near Australia's Davis

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