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UK Businesses Partner to Target Utilities Dive Sector

UK-based SMS Group has partnered with M&E experts Mechanica Utilities to provide tailored diving services to the utilities sector.SMS, a UK ship repairer and marine engineering services provider, and Mechancia Utilities will provide diving services and sub-surface engineering support to Tier One and Tier Two utilities companies and their sub-contractors.SMS has an enviable reputation as specialists in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the commercial marine, defence and superyachts sectors.  The business also operates, in-house, a diving and sub-surface marine

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Schottel Merges Tidal Units to Sustainable Marine Energy

Schottel, the manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications, has made a strategic decision to merge its tidal energy businesses into Sustainable Marine Energy (SME), including UK subsidiary TidalStream Ltd and Canadian subsidiary Black Rock Tidal Power Inc (BRTP)."Following the successful collaboration between SME, Schottel Hydro and Black Rock Tidal Power to develop and demonstrate the PLAT-I floating tidal energy system, with deployments in Scotland and in Canada, Schottel has made a strategic decision to merge its tidal energy businesses into SME,"

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Wild Well Control Expands in the UK

Well control and engineering services company Wild Well Control announced it is expanding its Montrose facility at South Ferryden, U.K.Wild Well, a Superior Energy Services company, maintains its WellCONTAINED subsea containment system at Montrose Port, where the full subsea well intervention system equipment is staged in a ready-to-deploy state, including a subsea capping stack, debris removal shears, hardware kits for the subsea application of dispersant and inhibition fluids and other ancillary equipment.Barry Moir, UK managing director, Wild Well, said, “This facility investment reflects our

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Subsea Integration Alliance Wins Esso Contract

Exxon Mobil subsidiary Esso Australia Pty Ltd. awarded integrated subsea engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contracts to Subsea Integration Alliance, which comprises OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, and Subsea 7.The work scope includes engineering, procurement, construction and installation of two production wells in a water depth of approximately 45m that will be tied-back to the Longford onshore gas plants. Project management and engineering will be provided by OneSubsea and Subsea 7 from local offices in Perth and Melbourne, Australia. Offshore installati

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IUEM Chooses iXblue Equipment

Navigation, positioning and underwater imaging solutions provider iXblue said it has been chosen by the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) to provide 8 Canopus long baseline (LBL) transponders for a geodetic mission off the coast of Sicily. Deployed on the seabed, 2,500 meters below the surface, the Canopus transponders will measure the crustal deformation along the North-South Alfeo faults with a millimeter-scale resolution over the course of four years.Hubert Pelletier, Head of iXblue Acoustic division, said, “Because the Canopus transponders precisely meet the exacting requirements

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Underwater Custom Cable for Cinque Terre Marine

NOVACAVI provided a tailor-made underwater hybrid cable solution to meet the Ligurian Cluster for Marine Technologies (DLTM) needs in enhancing marine and coastal environmental monitoring system in the Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area.12XM473 underwater cable is a hybrid power and multi-protocol transmission cable specifically engineered to handle its tough subsea application and to withstand long-term deployment in saltwater while connecting sea bottom, subsea sensors and buoy.NOVACAVI is honored to play a part in developing technological solutions to support research on marine ecosystems and to

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

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Jan de Nul Completes Umbilical Installation Offshore Egypt

Marine engineering firm Jan De Nul Group Jan De Nul Group has completed the installation and burial of the two main subsea umbilicals for the exploitation of new gas fields in the West Nile Delta concessions, located in the North Alexandria region, offshore Egypt.According to the company release, specifically for this project, Jan De Nul Group reconfigured its multi-purpose vessel Willem de Vlamingh into an efficient Umbilical Installation Vessel.The two umbilicals, with a total length of 69 km, were loaded in Norway in May 2018 and transported to Egypt. The installation campaign started with a 3-km

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Teledyne CARIS’ Padilla Earns National Award for Excellence

Software company Teledyne CARIS announced Tuesday that one of its software developers, Marta Padilla, has been awarded the Ministry of Education in Spain’s prestigious National Award for Excellence in Academic Performance in the field of Engineering and Architecture. This award is one of the oldest academic awards granted, with a history dating back to the 19th century. Recipients of this award are recognized as the overall best student in their field of study in the country.  Padilla completed a BSc in Geomatics and Surveying Engineering at the University of Jaen where she received a

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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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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Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019, Marine Technology Reporter visits with show director Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions for his insights on the development an direction of the organization’s Oceanology Americas event, scheduled for February 25-27, 2019, in San Diego.Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Oceanology International Americas 2019 is set for San Diego. Give us an overview of the exhibition… by the numbers… from the 2017 event. What are your expectations, in numbers, for 2019?Well, we’re hugely excited to be

Oceaneering Wins North Sea Inspection Contract

Oceaneering International announced Thursday it has secured a three-year Provision of Inspection Enactment Services contract with Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services division in the Western Hemisphere, growing its asset integrity portfolio within the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS).The Houston-based firm said it will retain its existing contract on one of Petrofac’s Duty Holder assets, while expanding its service scope to include two additional North Sea facilities.Oceaneering will provide inspection management, shutdown and project support for Petrofac, which manages these assets

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Schlumberger Bags Equinor Contract for Subsea Boosting System

Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company.The contract is for the supply of the industry’s first all-electric actuated subsea boosting system for the Vigdis Field in the Norwegian North Sea.The scope of the contract includes a pump station, with a manifold foundation and protective structure; and a pump module, topside equipment, umbilical, and all-electric controls with electric actuation.“We are delighted to be working with Equinor on the successful long-term development of the Vigdis

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

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Mancuso Joins Teledyne Marine

Carl Mancuso has joined Teledyne Marine as the Director of Product Line Management for Teledyne Benthos, which consists of acoustic modems / positioning products, flotation, releases, pinger locators, and deep tow systems.Mancuso comes to Teledyne from Falmouth Scientific Inc. (FSI), where he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the past eight years. He brings with him a keen understanding of the oceanographic community, and a strong familiarity with Teledyne’s products. Prior to FSI, Mancuso worked in various capacities at Boston Dynamics, American Research Institute, Philips

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Exploring Deep-seafloor Mineral Deposits

mineral deposits, which can provide vital new metals for emerging technologies, including those that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, were formed by hot springs on the seafloor. The big question facing geologists is whether these deposits – the vast majority of which now lie under a blanket of marine sediment – still contain valuable metals. Have the minerals dissolved since they formed thousands of years ago beneath the Earth’s crust, or become even more concentrated?Project ULTRA will set out to  address these questions using a robotic drilling rig to drill the deposits. This

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Queen Máxima Christens Dredger

Her Majesty Queen Máxima performed the christening ceremony for Van Oord's trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Amalia in Rotterdam this afternoon in presence of 1,400 employees and guests. This was also the final event in the celebrations marking Van Oord's 150th anniversary in 2018.The vessel was moored along Wilhelminakade next to the Cruise Terminal in Rotterdam for this special event. After the christening ceremony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano gave a spectacular musical performance. Her Majesty Queen Máxima

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Subsea Robotics: SOI Mission Discovers New Hydrothermal Vent and Species

, along with scientists from Oregon State University, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, demonstrated the multi-disciplinary use of submarine robotics while investigating an area of unique geologic activity where submarine volcanism in heavily sedimented basins results in high temperature venting with unusual chemistry and geology.The nested-scale mapping approach allowed the team to efficiently progress from large scale exploratory seafloor

Acteon Acquires Deepwater Corrosion Services

Acteon Group Ltd has acquired subsea corrosion specialist Deepwater Corrosion Services Inc. in a move to strengthen the group's ability to help customers manage the integrity of subsea infrastructure throughout the life of a field.Deepwater has designed, built and installed more offshore cathodic protection systems than any other company and provides corrosion investigation and subsea inspection services. It operates from facilities in the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, Norway and Australia.Acteon said the acquisition broadens its technical knowledge of corrosion engineering, problem solving and retrofit

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Blyth Catamarans Delivers New Survey Vessel

a top speed of 28+ knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots being powered by two MAN V8 1000hp engines with five blade props from Clements Engineering.The Swansea University department of biosciences will use the vessel for coastline survey, mapping critical habitats, studying water quality, observing marine wildlife and deploying marine equipment.In order to cater for building larger vessels in the future, the company recently opened an onsite factory featuring a 9m high building with gantry

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India Plans Deep Dive for Seabed Minerals

Nemo appeared to get one thing wrong, however, in asserting deep sea minerals "would be quite easy to exploit".Over the next decade, the Indian government plans to pump in more than $1 billion to develop and test deep sea technologies like underwater crawling machines and human-piloted submarines, according to the earth sciences ministry.If it works, the equipment will be able to reach depths of up to 6 kilometers (3.7 miles), where metals can be 15 times more concentrated than in land deposits.The ISA allows India to explore an area in the Indian Ocean of 75,000 square kilometers (about

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Aker Solutions, Siemens Join Forces To Strengthen Digital Offerings

Norway's Aker Solutions has forged an alliance with the German technology giant Siemens to further develop digital offerings in engineering, operations and services.The global engineering company based in Oslo said that the collaboration focuses on the creation of software applications and joint service offerings including the development of industrial digital twins that will drive efficiency throughout the entire plant lifecycle.In addition, the companies will further develop specific offerings for the oil and gas sector based on Siemens' Comos engineering platform. These solutions will help

MATE At-Sea Internship Opportunity

the 2019 MATE/UNOLS Long-Term Internship (approximately six months) through January 18, 2019. Please share this with undergraduate students or recent graduates from an undergraduate program who you think would be interested and qualified. Applicants must be ready to enter the job market in the field of marine technology with academic studies completed before departing. The departure date will be in April (but we will consider qualified applicants that can depart up to May 13th). This is an incredible opportunity to work onboard research vessels and be exposed to a wide range of marine technologies and

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Nautilus Minerals to Acquire Production Support Vessel

The underwater mineral exploration company headquartered in Toronto Nautilus Minerals Inc. is currently negotiating the terms of an agreement with arm's length third parties that would involve the creation of a new joint venture company - Vessel JV - to be owned by the third parties and Nautilus’ subsidiary, Nautilus Minerals Niugini Limited (NMN).The purpose of the Vessel JV would be to fund the acquisition of the Production Support Vessel (PSV) that Nautilus had previously arranged to be procured through MAC Goliath Pte Ltd (MAC) and the integration costs of installing the mining equipment

McDermott Wins Subsea Work from Shell

McDermott International, Inc. announced Tuesday it has been awarded a contract from Shell Exploration and Production Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, for new subsea umbilical and flowline installation at the Great White Frio development in Alaminos Canyon Block 857 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The contract award will be reflected in McDermott's fourth quarter 2018 backlog.McDermott said its scope of work includes project management and engineering; installation of a flexible flowline from the well to a pipeline end termination; installation of one 2,000-foot-long steel flying lead;

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Hydro Group Expands

Subsea cable and connector assembly specialist, Hydro Group, has expanded into a new market with Israeli-based distributor Aretha Technologies Ltd.Aretha Technologies will offer subsea electrical and optical cables, ROV tethers and more from Hydro Group’s extensive product range.Established in May 2018 by Ofer Kleiner and Moshe Eisenkraft, the firm based in Kfar Saba, Israel, is the official agent for specialist engineering firms active in the defense, aerospace and renewable energy industries.With a strong track record of international expansion in both Asia and the Americas, Hydro Group is

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Clark Joins Planet Ocean

and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Planet Ocean Ltd has hired Aaron Clark as the newest member of its sales team. Clark will serve as Technical & Scientific Sales Engineer, based at the firm's Camberley headquarters.Clark graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a B.Sc (Hons) in Marine Biology and is a keen SCUBA diver, qualifying as one of the youngest scuba divers in the U.K. after having been selected for a trial to lower the age for qualification. Subsequently he has gone on to obtain qualifications in advanced open water diving and scientific diving techniques.Clark was previously

EdgeTech 2205 sonar image of ARA San Juan 230kHz at 400m range scale (Credit: Ocean Infinity)

Sonar Helps Find Missing Argentine Submarine

EdgeTech, a manufacturer of high-resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, said its side scan sonar technology was used to help find the missing Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan, which was recently located in 900 meters of water off Argentina's Atlantic Coast after a yearlong search.The deepwater search was performed by Ocean Infinity and its advanced fleet of 6,000 meter rated autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) equipped with EdgeTech 2205 Side Scan Sonars. The ARA San Juan was imaged by the EdgeTech sonar operating at a frequency of 230kHz and a 400-meter range scale.EdgeTech&r

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ROVOP Names Lamont Non-executive Director

Remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) services provider ROVOP announced the appointment of David Lamont as a non-executive director.Lamont has over 35 years of industry experience in the oil and gas sector. After starting his career at Schlumberger where he worked for 18 years, he has held a number of senior management roles, most recently as the CEO of global energy services company Proserv.ROVOP CEO Steven Gray said, “David is a highly respected figure in the international oil and gas industry. He joins us at an exciting time of growth and we are in no doubt that his dynamism and experienc

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SBM Offshore Wins AIP for Wind Floater Design from ABS

The classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has issued an Approval in Principle (AIP) to Dutch-based SBM Offshore for its proprietary wind floater design.The global provider of floating production and mooring systems (FPSO) said that the wind floater is a TLP concept and has been designed for the full life cycle, including in-place conditions, as well as wet tow with the wind turbine installed, and mooring hook-up phase.The AIP demonstrates the successful design of the floater, compliant with ABS’ design standards, said the offshore oil and gas company.“We are very proud

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Oil Removed from WWII Era Shipwreck

A U.S. Navy led team has removed 229,000 gallons of oil from a sunken World War II era German heavy cruiser that has been resting on the seafloor near the Marshall Islands for more than 70 years.After being transferred to the U.S. as a war prize, the cruiser Prinz Eugen was loaded with oil and cargo and used to assess survivability of warships during the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests in the Pacific. The ship survived two atomic blasts before being towed to Kwajalein Atoll, where it capsized and sunk in December 1946.Now, 72 years later, a project team led by Stephanie Bocek of the Navy's

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Aquaterra Bags More Johan Sverdrup Work

Aquaterra Energy announced Thursday it has been awarded a contract by Equinor to deliver early well construction operations for the next 16 wells of the Johan Sverdrup field development in the Norwegian North Sea.The award follows Aquaterra Energy’s Phase I Tie-Back project for the engineering of nine complete strings of centralizers and tieback engineering services, which were delivered in Q3 2018.Under the new contract, the company will supply its Well Start solution to engineer conductor guide, cellar deck and internal centralizers for the field to ensure conductor performance for the 50-year

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Construction Starts on OSU's Research Ship

with OSU to build a second similar research vessel, which will be operated by a consortium led by the University of Rhode Island.“This new class of modern vessels will support future research focused on the physical, chemical, biological and geologic processes in coastal waters,” said Roberta Marinelli, dean of Oregon State’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. “This research is critical to informing strategies for coastal resilience, food security, and hazard mitigation not only in the Pacific Northwest but around the world.”The ships will be equipped to conduct

STEM Ambassadors Amy Northern and Tamsin Hodge with the UKHO's STEM Inspiration Award. Photo: UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO)

UK Hydrographic Office Wins National STEM Inspiration Award

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has been awarded Highly Commended at the STEM Inspiration Awards, in recognition of their outstanding commitment to encouraging young people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.According to a press statement, held at the House of Lords on November 1, and attended by guests across industry, education and government, the STEM Inspiration Awards, organised by STEM Learning, celebrated the work of individuals and organisations in inspiring young people into STEM careers. Finalists in the large employer category included Nissan, Just Eat, Legrand

Participants at the first Arctic, Antarctic & North Pacific mapping meeting for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, held at Stockholm University, October 8-10 (Image: The Nippon Foundation / GEBCO)

Seabed 2030 Meeting Held in Stockholm

; the Italian Ministry of Defense; the Norwegian Hydrographic Service; the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Italy’s National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics; Fugro; Kongsberg Maritime; TE Subcom; the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain; and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, among others.Following updates on mapping activities, the meeting broke out into working groups to discuss how to overcome technical challenges in compiling data from multiple sources into a final gridded product, with decisions taken on the specific algorithms to be used. The

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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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Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

waves breaking on a hadal shore. His mind keeps working while his body sleeps.Another measure of Cui’s influence is in the work done by his students, whom he guided through their PhDs to develop their natural talents, and his trusted colleagues. His students have brought to operational status a submarine crew Rescue Bell, and a 500m ADS (Advanced Diving System), that functions like a Newtsuit. Cui started and passed to colleagues the development of 4,500m manned submersible, named Shen Hai Yong Shi, or Deepsea Warrior. Professor Cui modestly accepts no credit for this work.Cui is currently leading

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Video: Soil Testing Vehicle Dives Deep

DEME Group's GSR (Global Sea Mineral Resources) exploration activities in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) during the company's 2017 Pacific campaign narrowed in on three major elements: resource assessment, technology and environment.To verify resource estimates undertaken during GSR's 2014 and 2015 campaigns, nodules were collected using deep-sea dredges and box cores.The technological aspects involved the deployment of Patania I, the first tracked soil testing device vehicle to reach and travel the seafloor at depths of more than 4,500 m. The vehicle is the first of a series of three

OFFSHORE ENGINEER (OE) is Back!

Maslin and Jennifer Pallanich will once again write and report for the title. There will be plenty of news and developments in the coming two months, particularly on the electronic information side, as we work to reinvigorate the respected brand. Send me a message here or email me on trauthwein@marinelink.com for the full editorial calendar

Claxton to support MOL Norge’s first well programme on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

Claxton, a supplier of engineering and services for shallow-water, jackup-depth markets in subsea services group Acteon, has been contracted to support MOL Norge AS on its first well program on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The award is through Ross Offshore Well Management AS, which Claxton will support with equipment delivery.The exploration program consists of two fixed and two optional wells to be drilled from the Rowan Viking jackup rig.The well program is scheduled to start in April 2019 and estimated to last 255 days.For Claxton, the award comes in addition to its support for MOL Norge’s

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L3 ASV to Conduct UK Autonomous Navigation Study

has announced that it has received U.K. government funding for a pioneering project on autonomous navigation of maritime vessels. The company will conduct a study with its partners in the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), focusing on the future of marine navigational data and charts. The project is funded by the Department for Transport’s Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) and aims to promote early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations with the potential to advance the U.K.’s transport system.L3 ASV&rsquo

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) can be used to provide an accurate simulation of the response of complex offshore floating structures under realistic sea states, including extreme weather conditions. (Image: HR Wallingford)

New Tools Optimize the Design of Floating Renewable Energy Devices

renewable energy devices, by accurately simulating the response of these floating structures under realistic sea states.A variety of concepts for floating offshore renewable energy devices is under development around the world, and each one presents its own challenges. This is not only due to the marine environments in which the devices may be placed, where they will frequently be exposed to significant wave forces, known as hydrodynamic loads, but also due to their respective operating methods. While floating wind turbines aim to limit the response to wave loads, wave energy converters, for example

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Partners Lead New Swarm Technology Research

U.K. based marine technology company Autonomous Robotics Ltd (ARL) will collaborated with Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) to research simultaneous, distributed and scalable localization system for a swarm of autonomous underwater sensor flying nodes.The research will aim to further enhance the capability of the flying node system and further reduce the cost and time for ocean bottom seismic surveys.RGU is a leading Scottish university in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, and its School of Engineering has an outstanding track record of working in collaboration with industry.The Swarm

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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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Osbit Builds Cable Test Rig for Subsea

North East engineering specialist Osbit Ltd has developed a cable bend fatigue test rig for the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult that will support the development, and improve the performance and reliability, of subsea cables.According to a press release from the company, the Northumberland-based Osbit designed and built the 15-tonne cable fatigue test rig to ORE Catapult’s specifications.With cable-related failures accounting for up to 80% of offshore wind project insurance claims, the rig enables the testing of offshore array and subsea cables to improve their efficiency and resilience

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Pioneer Consulting Hires deGuzman

International submarine cable consulting firm Pioneer Consulting has appointed Philip deGuzmanas as Director of Submarine Networks.deGuzmanas, who brings to the role over 10 years in system design engineering and project implementation experience, will utilize his technical expertise and project management background in advising Pioneer Consulting’s global clients in the development of new submarine cable systems.The new hire strengthens Pioneer Consulting’s ability to support multiple project deployments in parallel and to lead the complex projects that the company has been called upon to

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Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Finalists to Compete off Greece

, and Culture and Sports. The operational team is also working with multiple other organizations, including the National Centre of Scientific Research Demokritos, Office of the Mayor of Kalamata, Municipal Port Fund of Kalamata, Hellenic Coast Guard/Central Port Authority, and the Hellenic Center for Marine Research to ensure smooth operations by providing logistical assistance. Competition organizers also continue to work with Fugro, an industry leader in ocean mapping; and Esri, the global leader in geographic information system (GIS) software. XPRIZE is also partnering with Singularity University

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UK Hydrographic Office to Maximize Geospatial Data

publicly-held data and make it easier to access and use.By doing so, it is estimated the commission will unlock up to £11 billion of extra value for the U.K. economy each year.As one of the 6 partner organisations on the commission (Geo6), the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) holds a broad range of UK marine geospatial data ranging from the seabed to the ocean’s surface. This includes high resolution bathymetry depicting the seafloor, as well as information on the water itself like density, salinity, temperature and movement.Specialist teams also process information on maritime security, marine

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'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

global networks of seafloor telecommunication cables.The so-called "smart boulders" revealed some surprising findings that will help inform where best to lay the seafloor cables that keep the internet running. Published this week in the journal Nature Communications, this research shows that submarine avalanches of rock and sand, which have been notoriously difficult to directly measure due to their powerful nature, can travel across the seafloor at almost 30 km/hour (similar to a human sprinter), and are powerful enough to move objects weighing almost one metric ton for several kilometers.Over

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Nexans Wins Triton Knoll Wind Farm Contract

Nexans has been awarded a contract worth over €35 million by Triton Knoll’s onshore cable installation lead contractor J Murphy & Sons Ltd to supply the land export cable and accessories in order to connect the offshore wind farm to the U.K. grid.Located around 30 km off the coast of Lincolnshire, Triton Knoll is being developed by Innogy Renewables UK Ltd, in partnership with J-Power and Kansai Electric Power. It has a planned installed capacity of approximately 860 MW and, once operational will be capable of generating enough renewable electricity to supply over 800,000 UK households.

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Boskalis Wins Subsea Contract at Tyra Gas Field

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded the Tyra Redevelopment Subsea Installation Phase II contract by Total E&P Denmark.The sizable contract includes subsea engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation for the Tyra Redevelopment project in order to extend the operational lifetime of the Tyra offshore gas field by at least 25 years.Boskalis will provide a broad range of specialist subsea contracting activities for relocating and connecting subsea pipelines as well as the installation of manifolds, vertical platform production risers and umbilicals. The project will be carried

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Furgo Taps Heine as New CEO

Dutch offshore services company Fugro NV has appointed longtime employee Mark Heine as its next CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management. He succeeds Øystein Løseth, who has decided to resign after only several months in the role.Heine, who most recently served as director of Fugro's marine division, began his career at Fugro in 2000 as geodesist on various onshore and offshore survey projects. By 2002 he fulfilled several management roles in the survey division with increasing responsibilities. From 2012 he served as regional director Europe-Africa for the survey division. In 2013

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ASL Hires Acoustics Scientist Pearce

ASL has appointed Dr. Steve Pearce to the position of acoustics scientist.In his new role, Pearce will be involved in the design of new underwater acoustics products. It is expected that he will become the Product Manager for the Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) and will accept the responsibilities that are presently fulfilled by David Lemon. As part of this role, he will assist with data processing and will coordinate customer support inquiries.Pearce brings to ASL over a decade of experience in underwater acoustics R&D. He earned his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in 2014, where his

Barry Cairns, Vice President – Europe, Africa & Brazil, at Sonardyne, and Andrew Aldrich, Operations Manager at BMT, at Rio Oil & Gas this week. (Photo: Sonardyne)

BMT and Sonardyne Partner on Subsea Monitoring

Engineering consultancy BMT and subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. will together provide advanced integrated marine integrity monitoring solutions to the oil and gas industry under a new agreement announced today at the Rio Oil & Gas exhibition and conference in Brazil.The official Teaming Agreement will allow the two companies to collaboratively provide smarter and more efficient through-life solutions for monitoring and managing critical subsea assets, including drilling and production risers, moorings and wellheads.By jointly offering BMT’s monitoring and analysis

Angela Lock, Tekmar Group APAC General Manager, and Dr. Jone Oh, Blue Wind Engineering CEO, sign MOU in Seoul (Photo: AgileTek)

AgileTek Eyes Korean Offshore Wind Industry

knowledge sharing of future projects and joint sales strategy within the regional market.AgileTek, a Tekmar Group plc subsidiary based in London, operates in the offshore wind, offshore oil and gas and wave power sectors, conducting studies and analysis of flexible pipes, subsea power cables, umbilicals, marine hoses, cable protection systems and SURF ancillaries.Headquartered in South Korea, Blue Wind Engineering was established to contribute to the development of wind power industry in the country, offering services ranging from the design of the offshore and offshore wind farms to the design and certification

Francis Brown Delivers Specialist Deck Equipment

Fabrication and engineering specialists Francis Brown Limited delivered deck equipment fabrications for a global supplier specializing in subsea remotely operated equipment which is working on offshore wind farms in the North Sea.In less than 16 weeks, the company provided Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) with specialist fabrications to form part of a winch system to operate alongside its QTrencher which was delivered to one of its major global clients in April this year.In order to meet the client’s requirements, SMD engineered a unique design and worked with Francis Brown to deliver the fabricati

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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

Nautilus AUV ready for action (Image: UFRJ Nautilus)

UFRJ Nautilus: A Brazilian AUV Project

The UFRJ Nautilus AUV is an academic project designed to develop autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology in Brazil and participate in the annual Robosub competition. According to project founder, Lucas Armand, a Naval and Ocean Engineering graduate from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the emergence of Nautilus has a lot to do with personal history: “I was having a difficult time in college, because I no longer identified myself with the course. The UFRJ Naval Engineering degree tends to be quite traditional – sometimes even old-fashioned – and I’ve

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