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Damen Starts on Dredging System

Damen began work on the construction of a dredging system for the first Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD). This vessel, which is being built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania for Cemex UK Marine Ltd., is designed to extract sand and gravel from the sea bed at depths of up to -55 meters.According to the builder CEMEX asked Damen to develop a system with no inboard dredge pipework, something which has never been done on a vessel of this size before. The thinking behind this was to avoid the possibility of the abrasive dredged material creating wear holes in the inboard dredge pipework on board

ROV Hercules launches off of the E/V Nautilus to search for meteorite fragments in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (Photo: Susan Poulton/OET)

Possible Meteorite Fragments Found in Marine Sanctuary

for a meteorite at sea, researchers set out to investigate the largest recorded meteorite to strike the United States in 21 years. They recovered from the ocean what are believed to be pieces of the dense, interstellar rock.The golf cart-sized meteorite crashed into NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary on March 7 around 7:15 p.m. PST, about 15 miles off the Washington coast. Despite having broken into many pieces before falling to the sea, its impact was so violent it registered on seismometers as far away as Manitoba, Canada. The cosmic burst, picked up by NOAA’s NEXRAD weather

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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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Houlder Joins Sir David Attenborough Celebrations

Naval architect and marine engineering firm Houlder has played a key role in the development of the U.K.’s new polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough, since it was first conceived by the British Antarctic Survey.CEO Rupert Hare will join members of the project team as hull number 1390, comprising 10,000t of steel, is launched at Cammell Laird Shipyard on July 14.As experts in ship construction, and ice class design in particular, Houlder worked with the British Antarctic Survey and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) initially through the vessel’s concept design and

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Hydroid's Most Compact AUV Ever Produced

up new possibilities for deployment. The result is the REMUS M3V, an AUV whose dimensions have been kept down to a true “A-size” form factor – it measures just 36" by 4.875" (0.91 m × 0.12 m). The compact size of the M3V makes it ideal for many applications, such as marine life research or underwater assessment around infrastructure such as oil and gas installations, offshore wind turbines and military applications. Hydroid hopes that the REMUS M3V’s size will open up new avenues for deployments beyond mine-countermeasure (MCM) activities where REMUS AUVs

Ocean Infinity’s AUVs being prepared to autonomously map the ocean floor, aboard Seabed Constructor (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity Donates Data to Seabed Mapping Project

Texas-based surveying company Ocean Infinity has donated survey data from its search for missing Malaysian airliner MH370 to The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project which aims to map the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by 2030.The 120,000 square kilometers of data will be incorporated into the latest version of the global map of the ocean floor. So far, only a fraction of the ocean floor has been mapped with direct measurement.Ocean Infinity’s data was collected by a fleet of eight autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), enabling the surveying company to gather data much more

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

New Underwater Inspection System for LA County Sheriffs

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has taken delivery of a new CodaOctopus Underwater Inspection System (UIS) to aid in real-time threat assessment, hazardous object identification and change detection.The UIS was sold and delivered by Coda Octopus Group, Inc. for a contract value of $665,000.“Members of LASD - Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) were extremely pleased to take delivery of this state-of-the-art piece of equipment, which they will use mainly for counter-smuggling/terrorism (CBRNE screening), seafloor search and recovery of evidence and targets and to assist in

GTT Studying Gravity Based Systems for LNG Projects

French engineering company GTT said it has been assigned by two major companies to carry out Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies on new Gravity Based System (GBS) projects for separate linquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.The first one, signed with an European EPC, concerns a large LNG liquefaction project comprising several concrete caissons with several liquid gas membrane tanks, while the second concerns a smaller and metallic GBS project conducted with an Asian partner for providing energy to an island.The two types of GBS are made of caissons consisting in concrete or metallic structures

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Ocean Infinity to Deploy AUVs for Scarborough Survey

Seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity said it has been awarded a contract to provide data in support of the development of the Scarborough field 375 kilometers west-north-west of the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.The contract, awarded by Australian oil and gas company Woodside Energy, involves a deepwater geophysical pre-engineering route survey, extending approximately 300 kilometers from the Scarborough subsea field in 950- to 1,400-meter water depths up the scarp break toward existing onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing facilities on the Burrup Peninsula.The deepwater geophysic

New Hires Boost RCG US Team

The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG), has announced the appointment of several new hires in its New York office to support the accelerating offshore wind market in the United States and renewable energy projects worldwide. The experienced personnel include AJ Negrelli, Emily Kuhn, and Craig Hutchinson.Negrelli is a respected project manager and engineer with practical experience delivering offshore wind construction projects, working for the major wind turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Negrelli was deputy construction project manager of the recently completed 574 MW Race Bank project

The PROTEUS project will facilitate the conducting of a series of large scale experiments over a seven week period in the FFF flume at HR Wallingford’s U.K. physical modelling facilities. (Photo: HR Wallingford)

Researchers Set Out to Future-proof Offshore Wind Turbine Monopiles

.Dr. David Todd, Business Development Manager for Research and Commercialization at HR Wallingford, said, “Research into scale effects requires large scale model tests. The Fast Flow Facility, which is 75m long x 8m wide and contains a 1m deep sediment pit, is one of the world's largest marine test facilities,  and as such is ideal for carrying out this large scale testing. The flume has been specially equipped for scour studies, and has been designed to be able to generate a unique combination of waves and strong currents which are key to accurately testing scour protection.&rdquo

KUROSHIO is integrating technologies owned by Japanese universities, institutes and companies for a unique collaborative approach centered around AUVs. (Photo: Woodruff Patrick Laputka)

Deep Ocean Exploration is the 21st Century ‘Space Race’

A new version of the Space Race is happening, with researchers aiming for the deep ocean.Human history has shown us to be a resourceful species, always using the tools available to us to explore, understand and utilize the bounty of resources around us to create a better life. We have come a long way from the stone tools of our ancestors; the tools of today take the form of technology, computers, artificial intelligence and robots which we use very effectively in a number of areas including healthcare, education, transportation, manufacturing and communication. Many of these advances have been made

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Powering the Seafloor: Put a Socket in It

is ready and the applications are ready,” says Bugge. Reliability of this equipment will be key, but it’s coming. “It’s early days, but I think this energy revolution at the seabed is coming and it won’t be just for oil and gas.”(As published in the May 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Williams Joins Phoenix in GM Role

Marine services contractor Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. announced that Chris Williams has joined the company as general manager (GM) of its Norfolk, Va. office.In addition to his GM duties, Williams will manage Phoenix’s U.S. Navy Diving Services Contract, providing underwater ship repair capability to U.S. Navy ships worldwide.Williams is a retired U.S. Navy Engineering Duty Officer and diver with extensive experience coordinating technically challenging marine engineering projects around the globe. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering

NORBIT Establishes Oceans Business Unit

domain.NORBIT Oceans will include the following:•NORBIT Subsea AS, which provides wideband multibeam sonars for hydrographic applications and subsea leakage detection for the oil and gas and maritime industries.•NORBIT Aptomar AS, which provides integrated field monitoring services for the marine and offshore industries. NORBIT acquired the company from a group of venture investors last year.•NORBIT Aqua; a range of specialized solutions for the aquaculture industries, including high power submersible and dimmable multispectral lights for fisheries and cage-based farming.•NORBIT

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Aquaterra Promotes Larnder, Morrison

Aquaterra Energy announced two senior management promotions. George Morrison becomes Group CEO of parent company Aquaterra Energy Group, while James Larnder fills Morrison’s previous role as the new Managing Director of the Aquaterra Energy business. Morrison will focus on expansion within the oilfield market through strategic acquisitions while Larnder will drive further business growth and product innovation within Aquaterra Energy. Aquaterra Express tools and equipment rental service, which offers easy access to an essential range of in-demand, standardized solutions. In addition, Well

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Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded a $1.25 million grant by the United States Office of Naval Research (ONR) to undertake research in support of autonomous unmanned marine vehicle platforms for coastal surveillance, coastal surveys, target tracking and protection of at-sea assets. The five-year project will entail developing unmanned surface vehicles that serve as “motherships” for unmanned underwater vehicles and aerial drones, thereby enabling multi-vehicle, multi-domain capability that may serve as a mobile coastal monitoring

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Scientists to Investigate Human Impacts in the Ocean

An international group of scientists aboard the high-tech research vessel RRS James Cook left Southampton on May 19 for the Porcupine Abyssal Plain – Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO) in the northeast Atlantic Ocean on an expedition that aims to answer fundamental questions about how potential environmental and ecological stressors are influencing the open ocean from surface to seabed.The researchers will track the flow of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the air into the surface ocean, and the eventual fate of this carbon in the ocean depths. They’ll also make detailed measurements of

Marine Technology Reporter - May 2018

The May 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available in print and online.This edition includes features on:Subsea residency: robotic systems move closer to living on the seafloorResearch facilities: MTR goes inside Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, where the U.S. Navy tests scale models in big facilities Subsea engineering: powering up the seafloor in an effort to boost oil and gas productionNew tech: the latest from gliders to USBLsResearch vessels...and moreRead more at https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201805/.

Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV) (Photo: Textron)

Autonomously Operating Winches for Naval USVs

U.S. based aerospace and defense development and manufacture company Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has taken delivery of new purpose-built autonomous launch and recovery winch systems specifically designed for the high-endurance Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV).The custom-engineered winches were designed, manufactured, assembled, tested and delivered by MacArtney to adapt to Textron Systems’ specific requirements.In designing the winches, MacArtney said it placed special emphasis on tailoring the design and features to the conditions that they will be experiencing throughout their

High-resolution bathymetric data acquired by Fugro, draped over pre-existing, publicly available GEBCO data for comparison (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Sells Seep Data Before Canadian Offshore Bidding

Fugro and partner Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) have reported recent success selling licenses for data from a frontier region offshore Canada. The data were acquired during a hydrocarbon seep survey, heat flow and geochemical coring campaign in the large Orphan Basin, situated on the continental margin of Newfoundland.The comprehensive data package is being licensed from both Fugro and AGI and includes multibeam echo sounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column), sub-bottom profiler data, heat flow measurements and shipboard geochemical screening analyses; shore-based screening

New clamps designed and produced for TechnipFMC (Photo: RED Engineering)

New Clamp Technology for Subsea Well Intervention

New clamp technology developed by RED Engineering promises to improve subsea well intervention operations.The two, first of a kind modular subsea clamps have been delivered to TechnipFMC for operation from the specialist well intervention vessel Island Constructor.The modular design will allow the capacity of the clamps to be adjusted for both shallow and deep-water operations, providing TechnipFMC with a flexible solution for use across a range of well intervention projects, RED Engineering said.The U.K. based firm has been working with TechnipFMC for over 10 years and completed this latest project

McDermott Closing CB&I Deal

;s chief executive officer who this week met with Saudi Aramco executives in Houston, said on Tuesday the kingdom "is going to be a big part of our future. It always will be, for both McDermott and CB&I."Last year, McDermott signed a memorandum of understanding with Aramco for a marine fabrication complex at Ras Al Khair. With the exception of an existing fabrication facility, McDermott's dealings with Aramco are focused so far on offshore, upstream partnerships.The offshore sector was hard hit by the 2014 downturn in global oil prices, and while prices this year have recovered

The progression from Landsat satellite imagery, to a satellite derived bathymetry surface, to a bENC (Bathymetric Electronic Navigation Chart). The location is Golfo de Guanahacabibes, Cuba. (Credit: Aaron Sager)

MG3 & Satellite Derived Bathymetry

Operation of marine survey vessels in shallow-water coastal environments is a dangerous endeavor. A subsurface obstruction can tear a multi-beam sonar from its tow cable, resulting in loss of the expensive device and potential delay in the expedition. Lost equipment, however, is a minor inconvenience compared to the equally real possibility of the ship running aground in poorly charted waters, endangering the safety of its crew and incurring millions of dollars in damage.For this reason, survey vessel operators invest considerable time and money to minimize the risk involved in each voyage. They are

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Unique Grillage Design for Offshore Wind Farm

Conbit has developed a unique grillage design as part of a collaborative scope for an offshore wind farm project in the U.K. and one of the biggest in the world.Conbit said it is providing the specialist offshore engineering for parent company ALE, who has been contracted to provide the marine transportation, sea-fastening, load-out and ballasting of over 100 TPs for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One in the North Sea, set to be the biggest wind farm in the world.For the structural engineering, Conbit used its internal structural engineering expertise to conduct the structural integrity and sea

A Record-setting Journey to the Atacama Trench

and recovering a benthic lander named DOV Audacia (Audacity), three times to deeper than 8,000 meters, the last to a record depth of 8,081 meters deep. Using a Mocness Trawl the expedition also collected plankton at a record depth of 5,000 meters. The Atacamex 2018 expedition represent a milestone for marine science in Chile, as researchers there pursue seminal work in deep-sea exploration and research.The hadal zone is the deepest region of the ocean, from 6,000 to 11,000 meters below sea level. Their access and study is extremely difficult due to the high pressures and great difficulties of reaching

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McDermott, CB&I Shareholders Approve Merger

McDermott International shareholders on Tuesday approved a merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Co that creates a vertically integrated onshore and offshore engineering and construction company, thwarting an attempt by offshore drilling contractor Subsea 7 to block the deal.More than 50 percent of McDermott shareholders supported the deal and approved a 3-to-1 reverse stock split, according to a spokesman. CB&I shareholders also voted in favor the merger, the companies said, and the combination is expected to close on May 10.Shares of CB&I were up about 6 percent, trading at around $16.

Divers prepare to go underwater for the fastening of the mooring line to its anchor (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

US Coast Guard Tests Environmentally Friendly Buoy Moorings

buoys to direct water traffic and to protect vulnerable benthic ecosystems such as seagrass communities and coral reefs in U.S. waters. However, most buoys are currently attached to the seafloor by concrete anchors, also called sinkers, and heavy metal chains that can have a significant impact on marine life. Sinkers can damage life on the seafloor under their heavy footprint, and when the connecting chains are lax, they can scrape off seagrasses, seaweeds and corals around the sinkers as waves and wind push the buoys around.The Coast Guard has been struggling to find a solution for more than 20

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Interview: Antony Croston, Trelleborg Offshore

Antony Croston is Business Group Director at Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Houston, responsible for the externally-facing functions of the business covering engineering, business development and project management.MTR caught up with Croston ahead of next week’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston to discuss some of Trelleborg’s latest developments in buoyancy, FEA and engineering analysis, and fire suppression solutions.What is dynamically adjustable buoyancy, and how does this technology benefit its users?Dynamically adjustable buoyancy is a patented technology

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MacArtney Underwater Technology Turns 40

network of 25 companies spread across the globe.Since its foundation in 1978, the MacArtney Group has been supplying underwater technology solutions to operators and developers within several industries. The cornerstones of the MacArtney fields of operation are oil and gas, ocean science, defence, marine renewable energy, civil engineering and fishery. Possessing vast engineering competences, the company manufactures high-quality products, fully integrated systems and innovative custom solutions, from design to installation, supported by training, after-sales service and local workshops. Its competences

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Major Gas Hydrate Mapping Campaign Completed in Japan

Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc. (OFG), in cooperation with Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd. (Fukada), has completed a third high resolution Controlled Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) survey of near surface gas hydrates using the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Scripps) Vulcan system for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japanese waters.Following the CSEM surveys and 3D inversion models completed in 2014 and 2015, the 2017 survey comprised more than 413 line kilometers of high resolution data collected in depths up to 1,640 m from the Fukada vessel

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Kraken Appoints Dillon as Chief Scientist

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced that Dr. Jeremy Dillon has joined Kraken’s wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. as Chief Scientist.Dr. Dillon has 20 years of experience in research and development with a background in signal processing and mathematics. As an original member of Kraken's Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) team, he developed the signal processing algorithms for the AquaPix SAS imaging and bathymetry software. He also invented Kraken’s AquaTrak Correlation Velocity Log, participated in numerous sea trials and was the principal investigator for a multi-year DRDC

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PDI to Supply Centerboard for OSU's New Research Vessel

(NSF).These state-of-the-art 193-foot ships will be highly flexible, multimission platforms that maximize energy efficient design concepts. The first vessel will be built in Houma, La., and will be delivered to OSU in the fourth quarter of 2020. This vessel will be ABS Ice-Class C0 and DPS-1, Green-Marine Certified, acoustically quiet, and carry up to 29 crew and embarked scientists.The first RCRV will be operated by OSU on the West Coast as part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).The RCRV will feature a deployable centerboard, designed and manufactured by PDI that

Fugro Supporting Seabed Mining Exploration

In the deep waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, Fugro’s specialist marine geoscience team will perform detailed site characterization surveys to help advance seabed mining exploration.Fugro said it is commencing its first project supporting deep sea polymetallic nodule mining under a contract awarded by seafloor mineral exploration company Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. (NORI), a subsidiary of DeepGreen Metals Inc.The project, which began on April 19, will advance NORI’s polymetallic nodule project. Polymetallic nodules are potato-sized concretions enriched in nickel, copper and cobalt.

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Subsea 7 Makes Hostile Bid for McDermott

Offshore oil services firm Subsea 7 has made an unsolicited offer worth about $2 billion for U.S. rival McDermott, potentially breaking up the U.S. company's agreed deal with onshore engineering firm Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I).The deal could make Oslo-listed Subsea 7 the market leader in supplying and installing subsea equipment for oil and gas firms with a combined market share of 24 percent, followed by TechnipFMC with 20 percent and Saipem with 15 percent, an Oslo-based consultancy, Rystad Energy, said.The flurry of M&A activity comes as oil prices have risen to more than $70 a

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Fugro Commences Deep Sea Mining Support

Fugro is commencing its first project supporting deep sea polymetallic nodule mining under a contract awarded by seafloor mineral exploration company Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. (NORI), a subsidiary of DeepGreen Metals Inc. In the deep waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, its specialist marine geoscience team will perform detailed site characterisation surveys. The project, which began on 19th April, will advance NORI’s polymetallic nodule project.   Polymetallic nodules are potato-sized concretions enriched in nickel, copper and cobalt. These nodules also contain metals and non-metals

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Mannering Named Polarcus Chairman

Michael Mannering has been nominated to succeed Polarcus’ outgoing chairman of the board, Peter Rigg, with effect from the 2018 AGM on May 10.Rigg will retire after a decade as chairman of the marine geophysical company, having served in the role since the company’s inception in 2008.Mannering has previously held many senior corporate positions in Schlumberger as well as chairman and, subsequently, non-executive director of Songa Offshore until its acquisition by Transocean. He has a BSc (First Class) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton.

Kongsberg’s Yara Birkeland unmanned container ship concept. (Image: Kongsberg)

Ocean Autonomy: Norway to the Fore

Marine autonomous systems working independently and in connected systems are fast becoming a growth sector within the ocean industry space, including the oil and gas industry.The emergence of new marine autonomous systems appears to be a weekly occurrence. As costs have reduced in numerous areas, from sensors to satellites, some of these systems are also coming within the grasps of ordinary citizens, as well as ocean scientists, looking to unlock the secrets of the deep.Part of the drive for these systems, in the oil and gas industry at least, is to reduce use of manned surface vessels, which are

 Clarke Shepherd, global business development director at Oil Plus. Photo courtesy Oil Plus

Oil Plus bags $1.5 mi Middle East Deals

Oil Plus has secured contracts worth more than $1.5m over the past three months and has significantly expanded its footprint in the Middle East. The company has also reported a strong start to the year with sales up by 285% compared to the last quarter of 2017. Due to the surge of new business, the Newbury-based company, which employs in excess of 30 people, plans to recruit another eight over the next 12 months.   The contracts will see Oil Plus deliver reservoir souring modelling, production chemistry and iron sulfide studies for several international oil companies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

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New Offshore Decommissioning Barge

removal of different types of topsides and jackets, without modifying the barge, from removal preparation stages, lifting, topside skidding and securing to underwater disposal for the substructure and load in to a disposal yard for the topside. It also has the ability to accommodate 60 operational and marine crew for a period of up to 40 days.   PTTEP is currently in discussion with Thailand’s Department of Mineral Fuels (DMF), the government body regulating offshore oil and gas operations, which will sanction the decommissioning work, for the start of their removal program which is due

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TechnipFMC Grabs BP FPSO Design Contract

 UK-based TechnipFMC has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by BP for the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the Tortue/Ahmeyim Field Development, a major LNG (liquefied natural gas) project located offshore on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal.   The agreement between the two companies provides a mechanism to allow a transition of the contract to an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract at a later stage.   TechnipFMC will work on defining the technology and equipment scope and brings

Henrik Andreasen and Bill Main (Photo: Balmoral Offshore Engineering)

Balmoral Escalates Renewables Ambition

Balmoral Offshore Engineering said it has acquired Norwegian manufacturer Seaproof Solutions to accelerate its expansion into the offshore renewables market. Established in 1989 Bergen-based Seaproof designs and manufactures advanced cable protection systems, bend stiffeners and flexible J-tubes and is forecast to generate sales of 140m NOK (approximately £13m, $18.5mln)) in the current financial year. Balmoral Offshore Engineering, part of Aberdeen-based Balmoral Group, made the acquisition for an undisclosed sum and will retain the current management team and workforce totalling some 37

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize Field Pared to 9

to win $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize   “We have been mapping what lies beneath the seas for hundreds of years, but we have a very long way to go,” said Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., prize lead and senior director of Planet and Environment at XPRIZE in a recent interview with Marine Technology Reporter. “We only have 10 to 15 percent of the seafloor mapped to any decent resolution, and the ocean covers 70 percent of the planet.”   And so proceeds the latest Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize, a race to deliver a disruptive solution to a traditional maritime space

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Maersk Establishes Decomissioning Company

executing the full scope of decommissioning services for the Janice, James and Leadon subsea fields in the UK North Sea for the operator  - former Maersk Oil, now Total. While Maersk Drilling did the plug and abandonment (P&A) for the James and Leadon wells, Maersk Supply Service provided the marine asset coverage on all three subsea fields and took on the responsibility for the engineering, subcontractor management, offshore planning, interface management and associated logistics, as well as the disposal of recovered facilities from the seabed through management of waste disposal contractors

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Acteon, Arundo Analytics to Boost Subsea Efficiency

Arundo Analytics, a software company enabling advanced analytics in heavy industry, announced a partnership with Acteon Group, an integrated global provider of subsea services, to deliver machine learning models for subsea applications on the Arundo Enterprise platform.   “The Arundo Enterprise platform is able to rapidly deploy and manage machine learning models at extreme scale across multiple businesses and clients,” said Cody Falcon, VP Product at Arundo. “These capabilities give Acteon a key advantage to quickly deliver value from advanced analytics to their customers.

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Subsea 7 Awarded Contract Offshore Nigeria

Subsea 7 S.A. announced it was awarded a contract by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) for the Production Uplift Pipeline Projects (PUPP) in shallow water, offshore Nigeria.   The contract scope includes engineering, construction, transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of 20 kilometres of 24" Corrosion Resistant Alloy (CRA) pipeline between the Idoho Platform and the terminal onshore and of 2 kilometres of 24" CRA pipeline between the Edop and Idoho Platforms, as well as associated topside modifications and tie-ins at both ends. Engineering and procuremen

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MacArtney Supplies Survey Equipment to Geo Group

SVP, QINSy Survey. This equipment has been supplied to a new-built trailerable vessel and represents the first dual head multibeam system for the GEO Group to operate in shallow areas and in nearshore inland projects.   Geo Offshore has taken delivery of iXBLUE Hydrins and Septentrio AsteRx-U MARINE FULL to be used for offshore projects.   To extend their own GRS-Geo Reference Service, Geo Ingenieurservice NordOst bought two AsteRx-U MARINE BASE to provide high accuracy GNSS corrections in the Baltic.   Featuring superior acoustic quality and high accuracy, the products supplied

Statoil signs letters of intent for Johan Sverdrup phase 2 with Aibel and Aker Solutions-Kværner joint venture Image Statoil

Statoil Inks LOI for Johan Sverdrup Phase 2

Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup partnership, signed a letter of intent with Aibel for the construction of the processing platform topside for phase 2 of the project. A letter of intent for field center modifications is also issued to a joint venture of Aker Solutions and Kværner. Total value is estimated at more than NOK 11 billion ($1.4 billion).   Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development is well underway with planned startup in late 2019. To promote synergies, continuity and a holistic development of the entire field the Johan Sverdrup partnership is issuing letters of intent

Vineyard Wind to Begin Third Round of Surveys

Offshore wind farm development company Vineyard Wind said it will begin the third in an ongoing series of undersea marine surveys in early April to gather geological and ecological information that will inform ongoing permitting reviews.   Vineyard Wind seeks to build the first large-scale offshore wind energy project in the U.S., to be located 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.   Areas to be surveyed by way of video surveys, seafloor sampling, sonar and boring samples include routes under consideration for submarine cables, including Lewis Bay, as well as the wind turbine area

 FUGRO BOOSTS EFFICIENCY OF SUPER SEWER SITE CHARACTERISATION WITH JACK-UP PLATFORM INNOVATION Photo Fugro

Fugro Riverbed Assessment for Sewer Upgrade

Fugro recently completed two site investigation campaigns for Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O'Rourke, the consortium undertaking construction of the project’s central section for client, Tideway. Over a seven-month period, work included drilling, downhole geophysics and testing to depths of 80 metres to provide ground risk and engineering data along a 10-kilometre stretch of the river. Efficiency in cycle-time and river transit in tidal waters was crucial in delivering information to suit the phasing of planning and design. To meet a programme that involved 55 bridge manoeuvres negotiating 12 of

Type AE2000a - Made by Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, Type AE2000a Photo NYK

NYK to Sponsor Shell XPrize Finalist

kilometers of ocean floor in 24 hours at ocean depths up to 4,000 meters. The results will be announced in December 2018.   NYK is proud to be able to make use of its business monohakobi (transport) to support Japanese engineers and technology advancement that are contributing to improvements in marine science and technology around the world.   * Team KUROSHIO A Japanese collaborative research team formed to participate in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition. Sponsors include the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC); the University of Tokyo Institute of

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EdgeTech Debuts Next-gen 6205s

EdgeTech introduced its next-gen Swath Bathymetry & Side Scan Sonar System, the EdgeTech 6205s.  Building on the 6205 system, EdgeTech redesigned the 6205s in a smaller, lighter package with additional features and functions that are designed to make on-water survey operations more effective and efficient.  The EdgeTech 6205s produces real time, high resolution, 3D maps of the seafloor while providing an enhanced and fully integrated swath bathymetry and dual frequency side scan sonar system.    The new 6205s system offers co-registered dual frequency side scan and bathymetry

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Seismic Software donated to Delft U of T

CGG GeoSoftware has donated its Jason and HampsonRussell seismic reservoir characterization software suites to Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands.   The donation of a full HampsonRussell suite and the renewal of an enhanced Jason package will enable students at the Department of Geoscience & Engineering to expand their theoretical and practical knowledge of quantitative reservoir characterization and inversion techniques. Myrna Staring, PhD student at TU Delft, said: "A team of students are currently using our new HampsonRussell software suite to take part

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Sabah Shell's offshore Malaysia contract for TechnipFMC

TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract by Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd. This award covers the delivery and installation of subsea equipment including umbilicals, flowlines and the subsea production system for the Gumusut-Kakap Phase 2 Project.   Hallvard Hasselknippe, President of TechnipFMC’s Subsea business, commented: “We are extremely honored to have been awarded this project by Sabah Shell Petroleum. This award demonstrates the added value of our unique integrated offering (iEPCITM) and brings TechnipFMC’s

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE have combined forces to form a partnership for future operations within Eastern Mediterranean and the adjacent waters Photo Ardent Global

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE Partner

, along with a cache of specialized, proprietary equipment – which will now be strategically stored at Vernicos’ various depots, including Perama,“ said Dimitris Theodorou Ardent’s Director EMEA.   “The Alliance allows us to be the most effective provider of marine emergency response services in the region, providing an integrated network of floating assets as well as specialized equipment. It is a joint effort to pro-actively protect our seas by providing emergency response in the Eastern Mediterranean and surrounding regions,” said Jean Benzonana, Vernicos

Fig.3. Located at 200 m depth, two ADCPs (150 kHz, 5-beam 600 kHz) are installed on the fixed platform of an SPM. (Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/ISS; Dive R1832, VISIONS ‘15 expedition)

ADCPs: Action in OOI's Cabled Observatory

; Sound waves propagate through the water column so echoes are returned and processed from many depths. The vertical range of this collection of measurements - called a profile of ocean current velocities - is greater for lower frequency sound waves.   Introduction Thanks to a spirited cadre of marine scientists and engineers, high-tech ocean observatories are now operational. These sites provide a continuous presence in the ocean for sustained and interactive observing. Many combine innovative infrastructure with multi-discipline marine sensors.   Installed at various depths, these observatorie

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Naval Group Engages KBR in SEA1000 Project

 Naval Group has formally signed a Design Services Subcontract (DSSC) with local engineering company, KBR, to assist with the concept design of the proposed Future Submarine (SEA1000) construction yard at the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding precinct in South Australia.   The submarine construction yard concept design will include the facilities and infrastructure required to construct a fleet of twelve regionally superior Future Submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.   Through the DSSC, KBR will support Naval Group to deliver the concept design for the Future Submarine yard to the

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Sea Machines Opens Office in Hamburg

Boston-based developer of autonomous vessel technology Sea Machines Robotics announced it will open an office in Hamburg, Germany in a move aimed at better access to European-based customers, innovators and investors. The company said its second office will provide convenient access to several key locations and will support growing demand for engineering, sales and marketing across Europe. Sea Machines founder and CEO Michael Johnson said the company is growing as demand for autonomous technology is increasing. “The opening of this satellite office solidifies Sea Machine’s foothold

Karl-Petter Løken (Photo: Kvaerner)

Løken Named CEO at Kvaerner

Karl-Petter Løken has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the international contracting company Kvaerner.   Løken succeeds Jan Arve Haugan, who left Kvaerner for a position at Aker Energy.   Kvaerner's EVP & CFO Idar Eikrem will continue as interim CEO until Løken steps into the role this spring after ending his current position as head of Project Development for Lundin Norway.   Since 1991, Løken has held positions in the oil and gas industry for companies like Statoil, Aker Solutions and Lundin Norway. From 2011 to 2015

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