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Rapp Marine to Equip New OSU Research Vessel

Rapp Marine said it has been selected by Gulf Island Shipyard, LLC, as the Overboard Handling System Single Source Vendor (OHS SSV) for Oregon State University’s (OSU) 193 ft x 41 ft multi-mission Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV), with the option of two additional vessels. Funding for the RCRV project is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the contract design of the RCRV was developed by Glosten. The first vessel is currently under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, La.    Under the scope of the OHS SSV, Rapp Marine is responsible for integrating

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Meet the CARTHE Drifter

Surface currents in the upper 1 ocean are very important in driving the fate of marine debris and pollutants but are also challenging to measure. Tracking the upper ocean in an effective manner may require massive deployment of GPS tracked drifter buoys, which until now were expensive, cumbersome and quite polluting themselves (i.e. made of PVC, ABS and Nylon). The CARTHE drifter is an answer to the need for a compact, user-friendly, robust, yet eco-friendly solution. Scientists with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), in collaboration with the

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Advanced Monitoring Proves Its Capabilities Offshore

New monitoring technology developed by RED Engineering has been used for the first time to improve accuracy, speed and safety during the installation of jacket foundations for wind turbines at the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd project in the Moray Firth, Scotland.   The development by the North East-based firm of engineers features remote proximity sensors to confirm the correct engagement of an internal lifting tool (ILT) in use by Seaway Heavy Lifting, a Subsea 7 company.   These are connected to a remote monitoring system providing improved control of the lifting tool and confirming

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

sector a large-scale clearance survey for an exploration 3D seismic survey program. The survey was conducted with International Ocean Vessel Technical Consultant Co Ltd (IOVTEC), with whom the company has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).   Optimizing its service offerings in marine site characterization under this MoU, Fugro and IOVTEC will also install a lidar buoy to collect wind resource data off the Taiwanese coast in January 2018. In addition to its surveying activity, IOVTEC will provide logistic and operational support to Fugro’s offshore metocean projects.  

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

with help from U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding, researchers are working toward making that scenario a reality. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) received $5.7 million from ARPA-E's Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program for two projects that have set out to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels and bio-based chemicals.   "By focusing on the technological challenges to growing and harvesting macroalgae (seaweed) efficiently and cost-effectively,

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

Ross to aid extended scientific research missions in both Antarctica and the Arctic.   The Polar Code 4 ice class vessel will be equipped with wide range of specialist scientific facilities, instruments and laboratories enabling scientists to study the ocean, seafloor and atmosphere. Robotic submarines and marine gliders will collect data on ocean conditions and marine biology and deliver it to scientists working in the ship’s on-board laboratories, while airborne robots and onboard environmental monitoring systems will provide detailed information on the surrounding polar environment.  

The Bourne Tidal Test Site will be installed on the left side of the railroad bridge next to the Army Corps of Engineers secure facility. Photo of the Cape Cod Canal looking from Buzzards Bay to Cape Cod Bay (Image: MRECo)

US Approves First Permanent Tidal Power Test Site

The first permanent tidal power test site in the U.S. has been approved, following several environmental studies and careful review by multiple agencies. The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install the Bourne Tidal Test Site within the Cape Cod Canal.   “The Corps of Engineers has determined that the Bourne Tidal Test Site will have no impact on the critical mission of the Cape Cod Canal and the local environment,” said John Miller, Executive Director of the MRECo.   MRECo expects to install

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Applied Acoustics Supplies 500th USBL System

subsea positioning equipment to a major European subsea pipeline contractor.   Contractors working in the Gulf of Finland in the eastern Baltic Sea have selected Applied Acoustics’ Nexus 2 USBL system to carry out sidescan sonar surveys in advance of engineering works as well as for use in marine archaeological operations. The award of this contract marks the 500th USBL system that the Great Yarmouth, U.K. based manufacturer has supplied to the marine industry.   According to the manufacturer, key to the success of the system, and fundamental to its selection as part of this project

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New Solution Simplifies Relief Well Operations

Energy consultancy provider Add Energy and subsea solutions provider Trendsetter Engineering have teamed up to develop the Relief Well Injection Spool (RWIS) Lite, designed to reduce the complexity of relief well operations on a global scale, when coupled with the original RWIS product.   RWIS Lite is an exact structural replica of the original RWIS, which allows for duplicity in shared components. The original RWIS increases the flow capacity of a single relief well, which is a safer and less challenging option to drilling multiple relief wells during a subsea well blowout. The RWIS is placed

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Royal IHC to Build Reel Lay Vessel for Subsea 7

Royal IHC and Subsea 7 have signed a contract for the design and build of a high specification reel lay vessel capable of installing complex rigid flowlines including pipe-in-pipe systems.   IHC said it has worked in close cooperation with Subsea 7 to incorporate several innovative features to make this one of the most technologically advanced vessels to date. The vessel’s compact dimensions are facilitated by the creative positioning of its three engine rooms and main reel, efficient use of the superstructure and low-profile pipelay ramp. The smart use of space opens a large aft working

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Another Milestone for RRS Sir David Attenborough Build

. Our engineers and scientists need the ship’s engines to be quiet during underwater scientific experiments and we are very pleased that the engines are designed for fuel efficiency to help us minimise our impact on the environment.”   Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine said, “The Rolls-Royce designed RRS Sir David Attenborough is the most advanced scientific maritime vessel ever constructed. We had to meet a very demanding list of design requirements from Cammell Laird and its customer, the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) on behalf of the British

TechnipFMC Wins Peregrino 2 Contract

 TechnipFMC  has been awarded by Statoil an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract.   It covers the execution of the subsea pipeline connection for the new production platform in Peregrino Phase II Project, located in Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. This new fixed platform will be connected by the in-field lines to the existing platform.   TechnipFMC will be responsible for the overall execution for engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction, installation and pre-commissioning of the rigid pipelines, flexible lines and the required subsea

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Hovem Named CEO of DNV GL Oil & Gas

Liv Hovem will step in as CEO of DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business area from January 1, 2018. She will be based at the DNV GL – Oil & Gas headquarters in Høvik, Norway as a member of the DNV GL Group's Executive Committee reporting to Group President and CEO Remi Eriksen. Hovem succeeds Elisabeth Tørstad, who has been appointed CEO of DNV GL’s new Digital Solutions business area.    Hovem has been with DNV GL since 1988, most recently as Regional Manager for Continental Europe, the Middle East and India in DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business. She has

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Jenkins Joins Well-Safe

are implemented to mitigate risk.   Well-Safe now employs over 22 people at its newly refurbished head-quarters at the Hill of Rubislaw in Aberdeen.   Aiming to become a major tier 1 well abandonment service company, Well-Safe will provide a fully integrated package using its own bespoke marine assets to help oil and gas operators to meet the challenges of safe and cost-efficient decommissioning of subsea wells.   Phil Milton, CEO of Well-Safe, said, “With yet another decommissioning heavyweight joining us, Well-Safe is demonstrating the significant interest in our approach

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Mini ROV Aids in Drill Ship Cleaning & Inspection

A VideoRay Mission Specialist (MSS) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was used in the Gulf of Mexico for a second Intermediate UWILD Inspection on a DNV classified drill ship. The MSS ROV, which was transported to the location by boat and deployed from the drill ship, cleaned 62 sea chest grates in the machine room, engine room and pump room over the course of three days.   Paul Chittenden, Business Development Manager at Proceanic, explained that “cleaning time is basically cut in half” with the Mission Specialist. The MSS system.   “High power in a small package…wh

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Phoenix Hires Long, Turner in Manager Roles

and directing the day-to-day activities of the Bayou Vista office, and actively pursuing growth opportunities for all Phoenix services in the area.    A retired U.S. Navy Engineering Duty Officer and Diver, Long brings to Phoenix decades of experience managing technically challenging marine engineering projects worldwide. As a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Manager,his qualifications supplement his deck-plate knowledge in all of the Largo GM areas of responsibility.   Throughout an Oil and Gas career that spans over 28 years, Turner has garnered knowledge

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GeoSphere: Mapping-while-drilling Evolution

that take advantage of the ever-increasing technical complexity combining mechanical, electrica, and software systems that are implemented downhole. These achievements helps the users gain a better understanding of the reservoir while bring drilling into a new area of efficiency and cost savings. Marine Technology Reporter’s Correspondent in Brazil spoke to Jean Seydoux, Program Manager for Advanced Reservoir Mapping Technologies for Drilling and Measurement at Schlumberger, about their GeoSphere Mapping-While-Drilling Service.   What were the breakthroughs in this technology&rsquo

Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

and more than one semifinalist team in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is developing solutions that will feature biomimicry behaviors to build intelligent swarms, hives, and heavy lift drone solutions that that can fly back and forth from the deep ocean competition mapping site.   Eauligo and the Marine Bees Team Lead: Christopher Lewis To compete in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the France-based Eauligo team has taken its inspiration from nature and plans to launch a horde of miniature robotic submarines that will mimic bee behavior. Watching bees going from flower to flower in a garden,

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Aquabotix Adds New Global Distributors

UUV Aquabotix Ltd has added Deekay Marine Services, Pvt. Ltd as an exclusive representative for Aquabotix in India. A provider of support and services to marine industries in India for more than three decades, Deekay Marine Services is involved in various marine sectors, including hydrography, oceanography, surveillance systems, coastal security systems, engineering and marine surveying services.   Deekay Marine Services is the fourth distributor added to Aquabotix’s global network in the recent month, under the guidance of the new Chief Development Officer Ted Curley. The other new

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Navy Awards Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Development

 The Navy awarded a $5.1 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) of the Columbia Class submarine Sept. 21.   The IPPD contract award is for the design, completion, component and technology development and prototyping efforts for the Columbia Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). This work will also include United Kingdom unique efforts related to the common missile compartment.   "The Columbia class submarine is the most important acquisition program the Navy has today," said Secretary of the Navy

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Ping DSP Releases MBES Mode Bathymetry Software

Aiming to raise the bar for shallow water mapping and imaging, Ping DSP has introduced its new MBES Bathymetry Engine.   With a useable swath width of up to 14 times water depth, the 3DSS brings accurate, wide swath echo sounding to shallow water and provides the same operational and bathymetric performance benefits of Multibeam Echosounders but over the larger swath.   Ping DSP said the new MBES Mode uses an advanced new seabed detection algorithm that takes advantage of the dual head nature of the 3DSS sonar and its high resolution 3D imaging capability to achieve swath widths far

Aker Solutions Wins Troll FEED Contract With EPCI Option From Statoil

Aker Solutions said it has won a contract from Statoil for front end engineering and design of a module that will increase output at Troll, one of Norway's largest natural gas fields. The order includes an option for engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the module, which will receive and process gas from the Troll West field before it is exported to the onshore Kollsnes facility near Bergen in Norway. The module will be installed on the Troll A platform in the North Sea. "We're excited to start working on the next phase of this important development and look forward to

EPA Grant Supports Clean Underwater Coating Development

Oceanit Laboratories, Inc. has been awarded $100,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a nontoxic coating for use in water pipeline repair.   The Honolulu based company is one of 15 small businesses nationwide receiving a total of $1.6 million to develop technologies that will help protect human health and the environment.    “EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research program is awarding funding to these small businesses because they have demonstrated the potential to create technologies that will improve our environment and our economy

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Fugro to Open ‘Hydrography Center of Excellence’

and maintain focus on our core customers, most specifically NOAA.”   To support these efforts, David Millar has been appointed to serve as government accounts director for the region. He will be responsible for growing and diversifying Fugro’s government portfolio in both Land and Marine Divisions across the Americas, with a strategic emphasis on coastal zone management. Millar formerly served as the regional hydrography service line director, and is relocating from San Diego to the Washington, D.C., area.   Filling Millar’s former post is Mark MacDonald. A professional

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Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Design Passes ABS Review

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has completed the design review of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) documentation for the VolturnUS, a floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT), developed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.   “UMaine is pleased that its innovative design became the first floating wind turbine concrete semisubmersible hull to be reviewed by ABS, and found to meet the ABS requirements,” said Dr. Habib J. Dagher, P.E, UMaine Composites Center executive director and principal investigator.    “After 10

The Central Azeri Platform. (Photo: Stuart Conway / BP)

25 More Years in the ACG Field

Statoil, together with co-venturers and the Azerbaijan Government sign amended and restated Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli PSA.   The Azerbaijan Government and the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) together with BP, Statoil, Chevron, INPEX, ExxonMobil, TPAO, ITOCHU and ONGC Videsh today sign the amended and restated Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) which will be effective until the end of 2049. The agreement was signed today in Baku and is now subject to ratification by the Parliament (Milli Majlis) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Norsafe, Kongsberg to Develop USV in Joint Initiative

Norsafe said it has been working alongside Kongsberg to develop an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) to act as a combined autonomous and data collection platform with different sensors. Kongsberg selected Norsafe AS as a partner for multipurpose USV manufacturing because of their well-known reputation for building robust and high quality crafts for extreme environments. Throughout the  process of finding the right partner, Norsafe showed the capability of creating an innovative and robust design, which fitted well to Kongsberg’s requirements.   Engineered for military and commercial

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The ROV that Explored USS Indianapolis

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis was found by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his team on August 19, 2017. A state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was deployed to confirm and document the shipwreck in its resting place some 5,500 meters below the surface in the Philippine Sea.   For the design, manufacture and commissioning of the specialty ROV, Allen and his company Vulcan Inc. received support from 3U Technologies, LLC, who said it was initially contracted by Vulcan in 2012 to investigate 6,000-meter ROV solutions to extend Allen’s passion for

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Ashtead Names Lestrange UK Regional Director

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has hired Brett Lestrange as its new U.K. regional director, responsible for leading the company’s U.K. sales and technical teams. He will be based in Aberdeen.   Bringing to the role more than 25 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Lestrange joins Ashtead from HCS Control Systems where he held the position of chief executive officer. Prior to this, he was a founding partner of Frontrow Energy Partners and held a number of senior and technical positions at Expro Group, including head of subsea. Originally from Sydney, Australia

Image of Avro Arrow model captured by Kraken's AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Image: Kraken)

Sonar Images Show Historic Avro Arrow Discovery

A search team has recently unveiled images that show the first of nine Avro Arrow free-flight models believed to be sitting at the bottom of Lake Ontario.   Search program organizers OEX Recovery Group held a press conference in Toronto last Friday to unveil sonar and underwater camera images that showcase a free-flight Avro Arrow model launched in a series of tests from 1954 to 1957 as part of the Avro Arrow design program.   The free flight models were launched over Lake Ontario in a series of flight tests conducted in the 1950s as engineers developed the revolutionary Arrow, which

Autonomous surface vehicle on Kirk Lake in Eugene, Ore., during field trials. (Credit: Dylan Jones)

Smarter Ocean Robotics

now that we are in a robotics revolution. In almost every industry, from healthcare to hospitality, robots are emerging that can successfully complete a task without the human element. Artificial intelligence (AI) is also advancing at phenomenal rates beyond what some imagined possible this decade. The marine sectors have embraced robotics in data collection and exploration, but the infancy of AI in our industry delays progress toward the perfect synergy between humans and machines in the underwater realm.   The problem is, for robots exploring complex ocean environments, ‘smart thinking&rsquo

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MOU for Offshore Wind Development in Taiwan

Global Maritime, a provider of offshore marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a number of Taiwanese organizations to develop closer cooperation on offshore wind technologies including marine warranty surveys, inspections and testing services.    The signatories to the MOU with Global Maritime included Taiwan’s CR Classification Society (CR); the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre (MIRDC); the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER); the Taiwan Electric Research & Testing Center (TERTEC);

Ocean Infinity Selects Kraken's AquaPix

Kraken Sonar Inc., a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems, said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately C$3,000,000 (US$2.5 million) by Ocean Infinity.   Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix (Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor) solution onboard eight of Ocean Infinity's HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). Delivery of the systems is planned to commence during the fourth quarter of

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Aker Arctic’s Ice Lab is Back in Acton

 The Finnish icebreaking season typically ends in May. Around the same time, the cooling system in Aker Arctic’s ice laboratory in Helsinki, Finland, is turned off and the model basin is allowed to warm up for the annual summer maintenance break.   Aker Arctic operates its own ice model testing facility at the company’s main office in Helsinki, Finland. Using the in-house developed FGX model ice, the 75-meter ice tank can be used to get reliable icebreaking performance predictions for ice-going ships and study other ice-related phenomena in model scale. Aker Arctic and its

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Wood Group Wins Ichthys Subsea Deal

 Wood Group has secured a new, five-year contract with INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd (INPEX Australia) to provide subsea engineering services for the integrity of the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project, offshore Western Australia.  The operations of all subsea assets and the gas export pipeline will be supported under the contract which includes two, one-year extension options and is effective immediately.   It continues Wood Group’s 12-year support of the Ichthys LNG Project development; providing subsea engineering and project management services during the concept

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will be a keynote speaker. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Teledyne Marine Workshop Set for San Diego

Teledyne Marine will host its second biennial Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, CA, scheduled for October 15-18, 2017. TMTW will attract hundreds of attendees from around the globe, who will converge to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies and applications.   This year’s TMTW will include more than 50 industry speakers spanning four concurrent morning tracks focused on the utilization of marine technology for offshore energy, oceanography / hydrography, civil engineering / water resources, and defense /

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Global Marine Group Extends UK Footprint

Offshore engineering services provider Global Marine Group (GMG) has expanded its operations base in the United Kingdom to include the Port of Blyth, Northumberland.   Blyth, a modern, well-specified port, has emerged as a major support base for U.K. offshore energy projects. Operating from the Port of Blyth, both of GMG’s two business units, CWind, which provides services to the offshore wind industry, and Global Marine, which provides fiber optic cable solutions to multiple sectors, will be able to offer regionally-focused support, resulting in faster mobilization, greater flexibility

Phoenix International Holdings Celebrates 20 Years

1997 with six underwater operations experts dedicated to the waterborne repair of U.S. Navy ships, the company has evolved into an international underwater solutions provider with a staff of almost 250 personnel and multiple service lines including offshore oil and gas IRM, ship repair, engineering, submarine rescue and deep ocean search, survey and recovery operations.   An employee owned ISO 9001-2008 Management System certified company with headquarters in Largo, Md., Phoenix operates out of seven regional office facilities on the East, Gulf and West Coasts of the U.S. catering to both military

SeaCat SAS during initial testing on ARCIMS USV with Kraken MINSAS in June 2017 (Photo: Kraken)

AquaPix MINSAS integrated onboard ATLAS SeaCat AUV

Kraken Sonar Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., has been awarded a contract valued at over C$425,000 ($336,600) by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Canada to supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the Atlas SeaCat autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in September 2017. AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal processing software optimized for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraint

Marine Technology Reporter - September 2017 Edition

The September 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available – in print, and online. This edition includes features on: Ocean observation: robotics and artificial intelligence pave the path forward.   Research vessels: update on the new fleet currently under construction   Voices: Marty Klein, the 'father of side scan sonar'; and Frank Cobis, vice president and general manager of Klein Marine Systems   Seafloor engineering: the mapping-while-drilling evolution   Port insights: Digital transformation of port operations

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TechnipFMC Wins West White Rose Contract

TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract from Husky Energy for the West White Rose Project in Eastern Canada. The contract covers the supply and installation of subsea equipment including tie-in manifolds, flexible flowlines, and control umbilicals, which will connect the recently announced West White Rose Platform to the existing SeaRose FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel. Hallvard Hasselknippe, President Subsea Projects for TechnipFMC, said, the contract "continues TechnipFMC’s strong positioning

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Royal Navy Unveils Fish-like Submarine Concepts

sent to swarm against enemy targets. Though these vehicles look more like something designed in Hollywood for the next sci-fi blockbuster, they’re actually new concepts developed by the U.K Royal Navy to transform the future of underwater warfare.   Challenged to imagine what a future submarine would look like and how it would be used to keep Britain safe in decades to come, the U.K.'s brightest and most talented young engineers and scientists went to work for the Royal Navy’s Nautilus 100 project, set up to mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the world's first nuclear-powered

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Ty-Met Cable Ties Help Maintain Position in High-vibration Applications

channel provides a path for trace wire that protects against crushing and short circuits. Other features include the ball-lock fastening mechanism that is easily assembled and adjusted for tension. Ty-Met stainless steel retained-tension ball-lock cable ties are available in Type 304 stainless steel and marine-grade Type 316 stainless steel. Ty-Met stainless steel retained-tension ball-lock cable ties can be installed with T&B DAS-250 application tools

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Did Dispersants Help Responders Breathe Easier at Deepwater Horizon?

diminish oil slicks on the surface, causing less oil to taint shoreline beaches and marshes. In a new study, we reveal a key benefit of using dispersants: the subsea dispersant injection likely allowed emergency responders literally to breathe easier.   Chemical dispersants have been applied to marine oil spills for at least a half century, but the debate recently has become more politicized and acrimonious. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) warned about this in its 2005 study: Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects, predicting that “political issues” would become a factor

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Marine Hazards to Subsea Cables and Pipelines

In February 1989 the RoRo vessel Vinca Gorthon ran into heavy weather and sank off the Dutch coast. She landed on an oil pipeline that was severely damaged. Although the probability of sinking on top of a pipeline is very small, the incident showed that it can happen.   Shipping traffic can represent a potential hazard to subsea pipelines in various ways, such as sinking or grounding, lost containers or an anchor hooking onto a pipeline. Over the years MARIN has contributed to the development of a method by which the burial depth of a cable or pipeline is determined on the basis of actual

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Ashtead Hires Munjal in Singapore

Global subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has appointed Ankit Munjal as regional sales manager at its Singapore operation.   Munjal will be instrumental in driving forward the firm’s sales and business development activities in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region in support of both existing and new clients.    Prior to joining Ashtead, Munjal was business development manager at James Fisher Subsea Excavation, where he was responsible for securing new business with oil and gas majors and contractors, across APAC.    A Bachelor of Engineering graduate from the

Weatherford Names Blanchard COO

Oilfield services provider Weatherford International plc has appointed Karl Blanchard as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he will oversee all region and product line operations; quality, health, safety, security and environment; sales; engineering, research and development; and supply chain.   Blanchard brings with him more than 35 years in the oilfield services sector. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Seventy Seven Energy, where he oversaw drilling, pressure-pumping and rental tool operations. Previously, he spent more than 30 years at

Cutaway view of Cyclops 2 showing the main components of the pressure vessel and external fairing (Photo: OceanGate)

Manned Submersible Built to Explore Titanic Shipwreck

The titanium and carbon fiber wound pressure vessel for a new deep sea manned submersibles has been constructed in preparation for the first human exploration of the Titanic shipwreck since 2005.   Once completed Cyclops 2 will be the latest addition to the fleet of OceanGate, Inc., capable of reaching more than 50 percent of the ocean to increase human exploration of the undersea world.   “Construction of Cyclops 2 is a significant step in advancing human exploration of the ocean. When completed, it will be the only privately owned submersible in the world that can take five

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 will support the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s work by enabling science teams to precisely monitor the position of underwater systems including Boaty McBoatface. (Image: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Ranger 2 for RRS Sir David Attenborough

engineering services, Rolls Royce is supplying a comprehensive package of control systems and equipment for the vessel, including the DP system. This will utilize data from Ranger 2 to maintain a stable vessel position as equipment and vehicles are deployed and recovered in some of the most challenging marine environments on the planet.   Sonardyne’s contract includes the supply of two through-hull deployment machines, seafloor and vehicle-mounted tracking transponders, and topside control hardware and software. The first equipment deliveries to Cammell Laird for integration into the vessel

The CEION2 transmitter with corrosion and erosion monitoring probes, the DCU4 unit and the signature CEION spiral sensing element (Image: Teledyne Cormon)

Teledyne Upgrades Corrosion Monitoring Equipment

Teledyne Cormon, a member of Teledyne Marine that provides subsea and surface corrosion and erosion monitoring equipment for the oil and gas market, said it has upgraded its signature CEION and DCU product lines.   CEION is an evolution of the ER metal loss measurement technique, allowing a shorter time for the sensor to detect a change than a standard ER measurement.   The new range of topside transmitters and loggers is based on ER measurement principles with the CEION2 products offering both metal loss and temperature data, suitable for use in corrosion and erosion monitoring applicatio

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EdgeTech Sonar Utilized in USS Indianapolis Discovery

Manufacturer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology EdgeTech said its AUV-based side scan sonar system played a key role in the recent discovery of the USS Indianapolis wreckage 5,500 meters deep in the Philippine Sea. The sinking of the USS Indianapolis had the greatest loss of life from a single ship in the history of the U.S. Navy. The EdgeTech 2205 AUV-based sonar system is one of the many advanced underwater technology systems on-board the RV Petrel which discovered the wreckage recently. The system is integrated into a deep water autonomous underwater vehicle

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Construction Milestone for RRS Sir David Attenborough

be transported by barge this week from Hebburn-based shipyard A&P Tyne (Newcastle), part of A&P Group, to the Cammell Laird’s shipyard in Birkenhead.    The new ship is a major U.K. Government investment in frontier science. Commissioned by NERC, and built by the world famous marine engineering company Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd. The vessel is a Rolls-Royce design, and will be operated by British Antarctic Survey when the ship enters service in 2019.   The transportation of the 899-metric-ton steel block (known as Block 10) – which is the

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MacArtney's CEMAC for Safe Cable Handling

MacArtney’s offshore cable handling equipment named CEMAC is designed  for power and telecommunication cables and for cable handling operations within the renewable energy industry, in particular the offshore wind sector.   In addition to supplying challenging subsea solutions from concept to completion, MacArtney has also specialized in designing and manufacturing vessel deck systems and equipment for the renewable energy industry and in particular the offshore wind sector.   The equipment in question, the so-called CEMAC offshore handling equipment, belongs to a product line

CS Recorder – a dynamically positioned, cable installation vessel, capable of simultaneous lay and burial utilizing plough systems and the Q1000 jet trenching ROV.(Photo courtesy of GMG)

GMG Secures Cable Contract for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

Global Marine Group (GMG) announced that it has been awarded a contract from E.ON to install a fibre optic cable at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, under construction 13km off the coast of Sussex, UK.   Upon completion the cable will run from the shore to an offshore substation, providing a vital communications link for this major wind farm. The installation is expected to be completed later this month.   CWind, which is part of the GMG and is responsible for delivering the Company’s power capabilities, will execute the contract and will utilize the Group’s capable assets

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UKHO Supports HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities.   Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS Gleaner using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth.   As well as providing advice during data collection, the final dataset was then validated by the UKHO to ensure it was the to the

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Ocean Power Technologies Establishes Houston Presence

New Jersey based Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) said it has established a presence in Houston to more effectively support the company’s oil and gas business development activities.   The company’s daily business development activities in Houston will be managed by OPT’s new Director of Global Applications, David Marchetti, who work with customers to understand their challenges and develop unique solutions which integrate the OPT PowerBuoy to support customer subsea remote offshore operations from concept through deployment and beyond.   OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy

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RoboSub Competition: 20 Years of Fun and Learning

. "It provides students with career field experiences and, for the Navy, it provides a venue for development and better understanding of autonomous undersea vehicles [AUV]."    Autonomous systems will extend the air, surface, underwater and ground vehicle capabilities of the Navy and Marine Corps, as shown in recent exhibitions like Unmanned Warrior and the S2ME2 ANTX [Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise].   "As unmanned and autonomous technologies advance, the Navy will continue to improve the science behind autonomous

The ROV loaded onto the boat and ready for action (Photo: Deep Ocean Engineering)

ROV Used for Cherry Lake Dam Inspection

A Phantom T4H remotely operated vehicle (ROV), designed and built by Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., has completed an inspection of the intake riser at Cherry Lake Dam near Yosemite in California.   The dam, built in 1956, has provided water and power to the San Francisco Bay Area, Modesto and Turlock districts for over 60 years, and the structure has not been seen since its construction. The Phantom T4H ROV documented the state of the dam’s water intake riser and the position of the gates at a depth of 258 feet (78.6m), about a quarter of the ROV’s rated capability.   The

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Kongsberg Control System for New SEA-KIT USV

Kongsberg’s latest marine robotics innovation, the new autonomous surface vehicle control system K-MATE, is to be integrated with SEA-KIT, a new class of maritime autonomous surface vessel being built by U.K. manufacturer Hushcraft and operated by SEA-KIT International.   SEA-KIT is a USV that can carry a deployable and retrievable payload of up to 2.5 tons. It is based on the AUV-USV concept, which could lead to more efficient, safer and cost-effective seafloor mapping operations, as well as providing a platform for numerous applications in a wide range of maritime sectors.   The

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Surveyors Search for WWII ‘Highballs’

, which was moored specifically for the tests in Loch Striven.    Extending off the Firth of Clyde just North of the Isle of Bute, Loch Striven forms a narrow sea inlet about 8 miles long and during World War II the upper reaches of the loch were used for training operations on midget submarines as well as the Highball program. The area was highly restricted and the authorities went to some effort to obscure the entrance to the inlet to keep the covert activities secret.   The X-Craft midget submarines were armed with two side-cargo explosive charges containing 4,400lbs of Amatol

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