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Saab Seaeye for Gulf Pipeline Inspection

CCC Underwater Engineering is preparing to resume the second phase of a 2,000 km pipeline survey in the Arabian Gulf, totaling 316 pipelines. CCC are inspecting the final 102 pipelines using its Saab Seaeye Leopard underwater robot.Its objective is to achieve a baseline accuracy below 0.5 meters, which requires a large array of high definition filming and sensing equipment.The necessary array aboard the Leopard includes three HD cameras with movie quality 1080i interlacing, two Kongsberg M3 profiling sonars, Sonardyne Mini-Ranger and SPRINT-Nav 500 Hybrid INS, Valeport bathy suite including

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Harvey Gulf Hires Dunn as Subsea VP

Harvey Gulf International Marine announced it has hired John Dunn as Vice President of Subsea Vessel Operations, as the US-based services firm looks to grow its subsea business.Dunn, formerly of Oceaneering, has been hired as a member of Harvey Gulf's executive management team to assemble and manage Harvey Gulf’s subsea vessels, team and operations.Prior to Oceaneering, Dunn was the director of operations at Meridian Ocean Services, a subsea service provider acquired by Oceaneering in 2016. He is also an unlimited USCG chief engineer and worked for Chevron Shipping’s tanker and floating

Kraken President & CEO, Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

Kraken Finalizes OceanVision Contract

Inc., has finalized the contract for the OceanVision project with the Ocean Supercluster and industry partners (Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador, Ocean Choice International and Nunavut Fisheries Association).OceanVision is a three-year, $18.8 million project focused on the development of new marine technologies and products to enable an underwater robotics data acquisition and data analytics as a service business. Under the OceanVision project, Canada's Ocean Supercluster will provide an investment up to $6.3 million, with the balance of project funding to be provided by other government

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NOAA, Ocean Infinity Form Research Partnership

US-based subsea technology and data company Ocean Infinity said it will partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office to develop new tools for ultra-high-resolution ocean exploration and mapping.The four-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between Ocean Infinity and NOAA's Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) will aim to expand deepwater autonomous technologies that will help advance the transmission of ocean information and develop new data-collection and processing methods to increase the value and relevance of deep-ocean data. A key focus

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Subsea 7 Wins 'Very Large' Sangomar Contract

Offshore installation and construction specialist Subsea 7 has said it has won a 'very large' subsea equipment contract from Woodside for the Sangomar project offshore Senegal.Subsea 7 has won a contract in cooperation with Schlumberger's One Subsea through their Subsea Integration alliance following Woodside's announcement on Friday that its field development plan for the Sangomar field has been approved.The Sangomar field (formerly the SNE field), containing both oil and gas, will be Senegal’s first offshore oil development. It is a deep-water oil field discovery located

NUI is lowered into the Aegean Sea before plunging to a depth of 500 meters to explore Kolumbo volcano. (Photo by Evan Lubofsky, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

WHOI Robot Takes First Known Automated Sample from Ocean

vehicle developed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) took the first known automated sample performed by a robotic arm in the ocean. Last month, an international team of researchers used one of WHOI’s underwater robots, Nereid Under Ice (NUI), to explore Kolumbo volcano, an active submarine volcano off Greece’s famed Santorini island.“For a vehicle to take a sample without a pilot driving it was a huge step forward,” says Rich Camilli, an associate scientist at WHOI leading the development of automation technology as part of NASA’s Planetary Science and Technology

Greensea CEO Ben Kinnaman announced the opening of his company's second office.

Greensea Opens Second Location

Center, once home to the Plymouth Cordage Company, will be the company's first office outside of Vermont and will become home to a growing team of software developers and robotics engineers."We are known for our open-architecture platform, OPENSEA, that is currently in use in more than 900 marine systems," said CEO Ben Kinnaman. "Being on the waterfront, in the heart of a vibrant maritime community, is the perfect place to expand our company. We hope that having an office in Plymouth is an attractive option to potential talent, some who may already call South Eastern Massachusetts

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Mitcham Appoints New Tech Positions

Mitcham, Meecham served as Chief Technology Officer for Northern Defense Industries for six years.  Prior to that, his experience includes technology and engineering positions at Sonardyne International and Thales Underwater Systems.  Meecham, who has published a number of articles concerning marine acoustic technology, holds an M.Sc. (P.C. Interfacing & Software Applications) and a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College, London, U.K.In his role, Dr Ramsay's initial focus will be to guide the development of the company's next generation bathymetric sonar system.  He will also

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Phoenix Promotes Long

U.S.-based marine services contractor Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. announced that Matthew Long has been promoted to Corporate Vice President. Long will retain his current duties as General Manager of Phoenix’s Largo, Md. operations, and in his additional role as Corporate VP will assume responsibilities for company-wide financial forecasting, reporting and budgeting.A retired U.S. Navy Engineering Duty Officer and diver, Long has decades of experience managing technically challenging marine engineering projects worldwide. Additionally, through multiple defense system acquisition and

Vicinity Map Seagate Boston. (Image courtesy Tighe & Bond)

Protecting Ports from Sea Level Rise

Coastal flooding disasters have occurred periodically through history often followed by construction of flood defenses to help ensure it does not happen again.  One of the most well known was the 1953 North Sea Flood in the Netherlands when a storm surge occurred on top of astronomical high tides causing thousands of deaths, property and economic damages.  The Dutch and UK reacted and increased construction of sea defenses including storm surge barriers, such as the Delta Works and River Thames barriers.  In the US the New Bedford/Fairhaven port was severely flooded by hurricanes in

Seafloor map showing pockmark and micro-depressions in the seafloor off Big Sur. Image: © 2019 MBARI

Researchers Find Mysterious Seafloor Holes

During a recent survey of the deep seafloor off Big Sur, MBARI researchers discovered thousands of mysterious holes or pits in the seafloor. Scientists and resource managers want to understand how these pits formed because this area is the site of a proposed wind-energy farm. Researchers Eve Lundsten and Charles Paull describe their discovery this week at the Fall 2019 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.The researchers found two different sizes of holes. The larger ones, known as pockmarks, average 175 meters (almost 600 feet) across and five meters (16 feet) deep, and are

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Subsea 7 Wins Chevron Gulf of Mexico Work

Offshore services company Subsea 7 on Friday announced it has secured a contract from Chevron for the subsea installation services at the St. Malo field, located in the Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico.Subsea 7’s scope of work includes project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the multiphase pump system at the St. Malo field, a 14 mile water injection flowline system, inclusive of a Swagelining polymer lined flowline, and the water injection control system, the company said.Project management and engineering will commence immediately at Subsea

Jim Milne, chairman and managing director of Balmoral Group (Photo: Balmoral Group)

Balmoral Invests in Blaze Manufacturing Solutions

Aberdeen engineering outfit Balmoral Group said it has invested a six-figure sum in Blaze Manufacturing Solutions, taking a 70% stake in the Aberdeenshire-based company.This latest move comes after Balmoral significantly raised its shareholding in another Aberdeenshire company, ACE Winches, in November.Blaze, established in 2006 and based in Laurencekirk, manufactures fire safety protection, detection and loss prevention solutions for the oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, commercial and industrial sectors. The company is run by husband and wife team, Ann and Howard Johnson, and currently employs

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Subsea 7 to Install Risers at Lingshui 17-2

Services firm Subsea 7 said it has been awarded a contract to install risers for CNOOC’s Lingshui 17-2 gas field development project in the South China Sea.The contract from Offshore Oil Engineering Co. (COOEC) — worth between $50 million and $150 million — will see Subsea 7 transport and install five steel catenary risers with diameters ranging from 10” to 18”.Project management and engineering will commence immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with offshore operations taking place in the first half of 2021, the company said.The Lingshui

A REMUS vehicle shows the traditional four element DVL array (Photo Courtesy Hydroid)

ADCPs & DVLs: Recent Tech Developments

computing are exciting developments not often seen in ocean instrumentation. But the demand for measurement of water’s motion is significant and drives equally significant innovation. The next decade of movement will be exciting.The Tasman DVL employs a single, phased array (Photo Courtesy Teledyne Marine

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Damen Inks Deal for Hydrographic R/V

Damen Shipyards Group signed a Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) contract with Cotecmar during ExpoDefensa 2019 in Bogota. The contract will see DTC provide design, engineering and technical assistance for the construction of a Scientific Marine Research Vessel (Buque de Investigación Científico Marina (BICM)).Cotemcar  will build the hydrographic and oceanogrpahic research vessel for DIMAR (Direccion Maritima – Maritime Authority) at their Mamonal location. The vessel, which will be 83 meters in length with a beam of 16 meters, will be the largest and most complex vessel

Sonardyne International Ltd. and National Oceanography Centre staff completed the P3AUV trials at Loch Ness, Scotland, this week. (Photo: Sonardyne)

AUV Project Boosts Endurance, Navigation Capabilities

of greenhouse gases,” says James Cowles, L3Harris UK. “The environmental footprint of an independent ASV or AUV is, by comparison, negligible.”“Combining all of these capabilities will bring about a step-change in AUV operations, providing a disruptive capability in the marine autonomy space,” says Matt Kingsland, NOC. “Indeed, reducing the cost and improving the navigation precision of autonomous ocean science in remote areas could bring a disruptive capability to a wide variety of applications.&rdquo

Solwara 1 project seabed mining tools. Courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Will 2020 be the year for Subsea Mining?

Anyone who has been around the Offshore Oil and Gas or the Marine industries for long has heard of plans for mining various minerals located on or just below the seafloor. In fact, when Howard Hughes built the Glomar Explorer in 1972, the cover story for its true mission – recovering a Soviet submarine - was that the rig would be used to mine manganese nodules from the deep ocean floor.  This cover story was so effective that it had the unintended consequence of stirring great interest in ocean mining among offshore companies and the general public.In the years since, there has been a great

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SOI Maps One Million Square Kilometers of Seafloor

Seabed 2030 Director Jamie McMichael-Phillips.Schmidt Ocean Institute brings unique value due to its focus on mapping remote regions that require high-resolution seafloor imagery to contribute to expansion or additional protections. Some of its large mapping efforts have focused on the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica, and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati.Gaining visuals of the ocean floor is critical to unlocking a better understanding of the world’s oceans. There are predicted to be millions of unknown species whose function

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DeepOcean Wins IMR Work from Equnior

Subsea services provider DeepOcean informs it has been awarded a contract from Norwegian energy company Equinor to perform inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services in 2020.The contract has a duration of up to nine months work offshore, using the vessel Normand Ocean, and comprises subsea remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) operations covering IMR activities on Equinor’s assets on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), including associated project management and engineering services.The project team will work out of DeepOcean’s offices in Haugesund, Norway and offshore

Fugro’s first deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) site survey for Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Completes Deepwater AUV Survey for BSP

Fugro reports it has completed the first deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) site survey for Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP).The survey was performed in August in water depths of 600 m using the Fugro Equator, a dedicated geophysical survey vessel, and the Fugro ES-V AUV. The survey results will be critical for planning a safe drilling program, and will provide key inputs for engineering and design studies for pipeline routing and subsea structures in future deepwater field developments.Following the site survey, BSP subsequently awarded Fugro the associated geotechnical site

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Subsea Tieback Research Hub Opens in WA

A new research and technology center backed by Chevron and Woodside has been launched at The University of Western Australia (UWA) to study long subsea tiebacks.The Center for Long Subsea Tiebacks laboratory located at UWA will focus on long subsea tieback discoveries that will enhance industry's understanding of hostile deepwater conditions. The development of new long subsea tieback technology helps to unlock the economic viability of WA gas fields that have not yet been commercialized due to their location.Jointly funded by Chevron and Woodside with approximately AUD$600,000 per annum

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Unique Group Wins COOEC Contract

a part of CIIE 2019 in Shanghai, China.Under this contract, Unique Group will design, manufacture and deliver a classed saturation diving system to be integrated on COOEC’s vessel, including technical support during and post installation.  All equipment will comply with DNV and International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines. Additionally, the turnkey package will also include Unique Equipment Manager (UEM), a digitalized planned maintenance system to accurately track the status of the equipment thereby minimizing operational downtime

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Honeywell Builds ICSS for BP Offshore Platform

The U.S. engineering and automation conglomerate Honeywell International said that it has been chosen to design and deliver an integrated control and safety system (ICSS) to remotely support BP’s Cassia compression platform located offshore Trinidad and Tobago.The Cassia compression project involves the installation of a new platform, Cassia C, for compressing the gas produced by the nearby existing fields in the Greater Cassia Area.BP Trinidad and Tobago (BPTT), held by BP (70%) and Repsol (30%), is the owner and operator for the Cassia C platform. The platform is BP’s first compression

Skandi Hercules. Image: DOF Subsea AS

DOF Subsea Bags APAC Contracts

Norway-based international subsea operating company DOF Subsea announced several contract-awards in the Asia Pacific region, securing 130 days vessel and resource utilization into the first quarter of 2020.  The contracts, for undisclosed clients in New Zealand and South East Asia, will see Skandi Hercules commence operations in December 2019 for a major operator, said the company which provides integrated project managed and engineered subsea solutions to the global offshore oil and gas industry.Additionally, Skandi Singapore will commence construction operations in early January 2020 in South

Conceptual Image of new SEP. Image: Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd.

Japanese Trio Orders Wind Turbine Installer

and off the Coast of Choshi in Chiba Prefecture, respectively.And they both have solid track record and technological expertise related to planning, designing and construction of bottom-fixed offshore wind power generation facilities. Yorigami Maritime Construction Co., Ltd. has extensive experience in marine civil engineering works including offshore crane operations.In particular, Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd. owns the first Japanese multipurpose SEP, “CP-8001”, equipped with an 800t lifting capacity crane and has been accumulating shipbuilding prowess on the construction of SEP, as

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NKT Confirms Dogger Bank OWF Gig

Danish cables supplier NKT has entered a Preferred Supplier Agreement (PSA) as main contractor for delivery and installation of high-voltage DC on- and offshore export cable systems to the Dogger Bank Wind Farms Creyke Beck A and Creyke Beck B site.Now, with an agreement of a EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) contract with project owners Equinor and SSE Renewables, NKT confirms the order, which is the largest XLPE power cables order ever for the company, and has added the project to its the high-voltage order backlog.As previously announced, the order represents a contract

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Kim Heng Enters Taiwan’s OWP

Kim Heng Shipbuilding & Engineering (KHSE), wholly owned subsidiary of Kim Heng Offshore & Marine (KHOM), has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for offshore wind farm projects (OWP) in Taiwan.KHSE did not disclose the name of the other signatory.Singapore headquartered integrated offshore and marine value chain services provider said that its subsidiary and the unnamed subsea cable installer will collaborate with each other targeting the offshore wind farm cable-laying projects in Taiwan.Both companies have agreed to cooperate to pursue submarine cable-laying work for the Taiwan

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Saipem Wins Subsea Contract in Guyana

Italian oilfield services firm Saipem said it has been awarded a subsea contract by ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) for the proposed Payara development project located in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana at a water depth of around 2,000 meters. The contract scope includes subsea structures, risers and flowlines.Saipem was awarded earlier subsea contracts for the first two phases of the Liza development in Guyana by EEPGL in 2017 and in 2018, respectively.Subject to government approvals, project sanction by EEPGL and its partners HESS Guyana Exploration

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MacArtney Expands Into Italian Market

MacArtney Underwater Technology is ready to launch its newest operation, MacArtney Italy, supporting local Italian customers with the global MacArtney brand.A long-standing cornerstone of the MacArtney strategy is to continually strengthen global reach and customer support through a strategic local presence in key markets. With a renewed focus on expanding their global footprint, MacArtney Underwater Technology will be offering their system solution technology and expertise to the Italian underwater technology markets, providing customers with sales and support of products, system solutions, access to

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Subsea Digital Alliance Launched

Showcasing Norwegian digital solutions, the Subsea Digital Alliance has been launched to bring smart cloud collaboration to the energy industry.As digital strategists in the oil and gas sector see the opportunity to leverage new projects to introduce new, more transparent digital workflow processes into their operations, digital solutions firm FutureOn has launched the Subsea Digital Alliance to bring together the best subsea solutions emerging from Norway to showcase how smart collaborative digital technology is meant to work.“Forward-thinking companies understand the tremendous opportunity of

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CGG Grows Middle East Footprint

Geophysical services company CGG said it is bringing its integrated geoscience offering for exploration, field development and production optimization directly to the doorstep of national and independent oil companies in the Middle East, with the newly established Regional Geoscience Center in Abu Dhabi.The company, which noted it is seeing a high level of activity across the region, said its existing Abu Dhabi center has almost doubled in size to welcome the arrival of a team of geoscience experts in key technical disciplines to complement its existing seismic imaging and geoscience software teams.

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Mooring Cables for LoVe Ocean Observatory

experience in designing and manufacturing underwater custom cables, NOVACAVI has recently supplied a couple of specially engineered mooring cables for the Lofoten-Vesterålen Cabeled Ocean Observatory.The Lofoten-Vesterålen Cabeled Ocean Observatory (LoVe) is a Norwegian infrastructure for marine research, monitoring and subsea technology development off the North Norway coast.Due to their peculiar harsh environmental application, these cables had to be conceived and manufactured to fulfil a wide range of data communication systems while guaranteeing the following key features:Breaking strength

WaveRoller towed in to position off the coast at Peniche in Portugal. (Photo: AW-Energy)

WaveRoller Tested in Portugal

A first-of-a-kind commercially-ready offshore wave power generation device is soon to be completed thanks to the experts from Finnish-based wave energy technology developer AW-Energy. The team has deployed its WaveRoller device offshore at Peniche, a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal.Extended sea trials are being used to fine-tune the WaveRoller’s control system to maximize its performance and yield. Engineers are also monitoring the device’s performance using the company’s next generation monitoring software which can be used to remotely access the device by any of

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Kongsberg’s Seaglider Division Transferred to Hydroid

Marine robotic systems manufacturer Hydroid., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, announced its integration of the Seaglider Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Division into its organization.The transfer of Seaglider from Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. (KUTI) allows Hydroid to leverage complementary technologies and markets across the REMUS and Seaglider product lines, the company said. Integrating Seaglider into Hydroid also increases the range of technical solutions and program management support that can be offered to customers.KUTI’s current office in Lynnwood, Wash. has been remodeled

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OneSubsea, Subsea 7 Win Ormen Lange Contracts

Schlumberger said its subsea technologies division OneSubsea has secured a frame agreement with A/S Norske Shell for an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the supply of a subsea multiphase compression system for the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea.Through the EPCI contract, OneSubsea and its Subsea Integration Alliance partner Subsea7 will supply and install a subsea multiphase compression system that uses the industry’s only subsea multiphase compression technology. OneSubsea will, in the first phase of the project, do the engineering and design

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Greensea Expands Workforce

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA, the universal open software architecture for the marine industry, recently added three key personnel to its team to address current and future growth and to support its core business strategies. Positions have been created to support existing needs in business development, finance, and program management. Greg Probst comes to Greensea as Vice President, Sales and Business Development, having worked at Teledyne Marine where he drove sales and business development in the US defense sector. Chris Chase, CPA, joins Greensea as Financial Controller after several years

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Straightpoint Launches Subsea Link

Force measurement equipment manufacturer Straightpoint (SP), a Crosby Group company, has launched the Subsea Link, a standard product for applications up to 2,000m (6,562 feet) beneath the water’s surface.The product can be rigged with Crosby’s remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) shackles (tested to the same depths) and the company’s Trawlex shackle range, amongst others. The IP68 / NEMA 6P-rated Subsea Link also boasts components from SubConn, a specialist manufacturer of pluggable electrical connectors to the demanding underwater industry.SP staged a soft launch of the

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Change of Management for Nortek

After over two decades at the helm of Nortek, a specialist in oceanographic instrumentation, Atle Lohrmann is taking on new challenges at newly started Hefring Engineering in Boston. Nortek’s new CEO, Finn Ivar Marum, has been entrusted with the task of ensuring Nortek’s continued growth.Nortek was established in 1996, when Atle Lohrmann set up offices outside Oslo, Norway, and started building up production capacity for Doppler instrumentation.Since then, Nortek has grown rapidly, with its revenues increasing from $985,000 in 1996 to $24.6 million in 2018. Many factors lie behind the

SeaTrac’s new SP-48 production model ASV. Buddy Duncan, SeaTrac.

On-Demand, Continuous Eelgrass Monitoring

the water of sediments and nutrients, and provides important habitat for shallow water species.South of Boston, the bays of Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth (DKP) form a large embayment whose eelgrass population, once thriving, is now severely diminished. A 2016 report from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) summarizes these data: the overall loss in DKP from 1951 to 2012 is 44.4%, with a concerning additional loss from 2012 to 2014 of 48%.The OpportunityResearchers believe that the decline in eelgrass has been caused by changes to the water quality in the embayment. Traditional methods

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Trendsetter Wins Talos Connectors Deal

Houston-based services company Trendsetter Engineering said it has been awarded a contract to supply TC7 Clamp Connection Systems and ancillary equipment for Talos Energy on the Bulleit development located in the Gulf of Mexico’s Green Canyon 21 block. The equipment is slated for delivery in 2020.The Trendsetter Connection System (TCS) family of subsea connector solutions features Trendsetter’s proprietary TEX metal‐to‐metal (MTM) gasket system. Trendsetter first introduced its subsea connector and TEX gasket technology in 2015 and has since delivered more than 250 connectors to clients

A five-member team from NUS Engineering, Keppel Data Centres and SLNG will jointly develop a prototype to demonstrate the novel, energy-efficient and cost-effective cooling technology for data centres. Photo:  National University of Singapore

Singapore: LNG Terminal to Develop Data Center

The National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering (NUS), Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) and Keppel Data Centers Holdings join forces to develop new energy-efficient cooling technology for data centers.This innovation could further pave the way for more sustainable and compact data centers, said Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corporation.With the rapid expansion of cloud-based services, AI, the Internet of Things and big data analytics, there has been an exponential demand across the globe for data centers in recent years. As the leading data center hub of Southeast Asia, Singapore

Dr. Eric Lindstrom is the new Chief Scientist at Saildrone (Photo: Saildrone)

Saildrone Hires New Chief Scientist

Saildrone announced the addition of Dr. Eric Lindstrom as Chief Scientist. Dr. Lindstrom has served as the Physical Oceanography Program Scientist in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C for the past 22 years, working with the QuikSCAT, Jason-2, Jason-3, SWOT, and Aquarius satellite missions, and as well as leading the Earth Science Division Climate Focus Area. Dr. Lindstrom is set to retire from NASA at the end of November 2019 and will join the Saildrone team on December 2, 2019.“Dr. Lindstrom has spent his entire career developing and quantifying ocean

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TechnipFMC Wins EPCI Contract from Woodside

TechnipFMC announced on Friday it has been awarded an integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract by Woodside for the development of the Pyxis and Xena fields, located offshore North West Australia.The contract, which includes the design, manufacture, deliver and install subsea equipment including subsea production system, flexible flowlines and umbilicals, is valued between $75 million and $250 million, and is the first call-off under a recently executed five-year EPCI Frame Agreement between TechnipFMC and Woodside.Arnaud Piéton, President Subsea at

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GTT Intros Several Advances in LNG Tech

French multinational naval engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced several advances in its technology development process.The American Bureau of Shipping classification society issued the "LNG Cargo Ready" rating to GTT for its latest VLEC (Very Large Ethane Carrier) model, a first in the ethane sector. The rating certifies that the ethane carriers can be used to transport liquefied natural gas without having to convert the ship's tanks.GTT also received approval in principle from the classification society Bureau Veritas for icebreaker vessels using Mark III

Jim Milne, center, with Balmoral Comtec directors Gary Yeoman, Bill Main, Allan Robertson and Fraser Milne (Photo: Balmoral)

Balmoral Scoops Three Awards

Aberdeen-based deepwater specialist Balmoral announced it has won three industry awards in recent weeks.Earlier this month, the company picked up two prizes at the Energy Industries Council (EIC) national awards in the ‘Service and Solutions’ and ‘Collaboration’ categories. The week before, it secured the ‘Inspiration from Innovation’ gong at the Northern Star Business Awards.The privately-owned company noted it has won many other accolades since its inception in 1980, including three Queen’s Awards.The buoyancy, protection and insulation products provider

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Bibby Marine Appoints Samuels as CEO

Leading marine asset company Bibby Marine Ltd has appointed Helen Samuels as Chief Executive Officer to lead the company into its next phase of development.Helen Samuels will join the Group in January 2020 from Network Rail, where she currently holds the position of Engineering Director for their $6.4bn pa national capital program. Prior to this Samuels worked as Engineering Director for United Utilities, and also held a series of senior positions at Halcrow/CH2MHill (now Jacobs) including Operations Director, Global Director and Managing Director.Bibby Marine Limited is the holding company for Bibby

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China Hosts Deep-Sea Exploration Contractors Meet

in the Area.It is in the spirit that in July this year, ISA launched the DeepData database, aimed at making publicly available all the environmental data collected by contractors and other sources through one portal. Currently, the database contains biological, physical and geochemical parameters of the marine ecosystems from the seafloor to the ocean surface, submitted by ISA contractors and covering approximately 1 per cent of the Area.“The research undertaken by contractors is the main source of data and knowledge helping us to better understand the deep seabed ecosystems and functions,&rdquo

Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

work, but it’s mostly basic research, at a very low TRL (technology readiness level). We are also interested in solutions for today, and we’ve been successful working with the NATO Maritime Command –MARCOM. For instance, we’ve been able to make available our expertise in anti-submarine warfare (ASW), mine countermeasures (MCM), and environmental knowledge /operational effectiveness (EKOE), which could be  battlespace characterization, or an environmental assessment of military oceanography.  Environmental knowledge is basically characterizing the state of the sea and

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Fugro Completes GoM Surveys for Shell

Fugro said it has completed several deepwater geophysical surveys in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell.The project required data collection over multiple deepwater lease blocks in the greater Perdido and Mars development areas to support clearance of potential environmental, engineering, geological and archaeological hazards ahead of planned drilling activities, the Dutch-based geo-data company said.As the preferred contractor for this project, Fugro deployed a Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from its purpose-built survey vessel, the Fugro Brasilis. The Hugin AUV is depth-rated to 3,000 meters

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Phoenix & Supsalv Salvage USN Aircraft

the depth of 18,809 feet using the deep ocean remotely operated vehicle CURV 21.The aircraft, which was lost in November 2017, was recovered at the request of Commander Pacific Fleet in order to facilitate the mishap investigation.Phoenix is an employee-owned, ISO 9001-2015 Management System certified marine services contractor providing manned and unmanned underwater solutions, design engineering, and project management services to a diverse set of clients worldwide. Expertise is available from seven regional offices in the areas of wet and dry hyperbaric welding, Nondestructive Testing, (NDT), subsea

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WASSP Launches New Rapid Deployment Multibeam Sounder

WASSP Multibeam has launched its new rapid deployment multibeam sounder – the W3 Rapid Deployment System (RDS).Revealed at Pacific Expo 2019 in Sydney this week, W3 RDS has been designed for Navy’s, Maritime Police and Search & Rescue organisations for use where depths are unknown and to find safe navigation routes for larger vessels.When a fixed transducer installation in a small vessel such as a tender isn’t always practical, the W3 RDS has been designed around a portable Carbon fiber Mast that includes a transducer, motion sensor and satellite compass. This lets operators

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Shell Awards Pierce Scope to Subsea 7

Services company Subsea 7 said it has secured a contract from Shell for the Pierce depressurisation project in the UK North Sea, located approximately 160 miles offshore, east of Aberdeen.Shell announced it has taken financial investment decision (FID) for the project on Thursday.Subsea 7 said its contract is worth between $50 million and $150 million and includes engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation (EPCI and T&I) of a 30 kilometer gas export pipeline, a gas export riser and associated subsea infrastructure, for tie-ins at the Haewene Brim floating production

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Subsea IMR Moves Robotic

to ROVsThe most obvious element of change in current practice is to remove the ship. A logical first move is to replace a large expensive crewed ship with an USV. This approach has been demonstrated by several players. In a defense-focused demonstration Teledyne Seabotix ROVs were operated from Marine Advanced Research WAM-V USVs. In commercial practice, SAAB ROVs have been supported by L3 ASV C-worker USVs. In these configurations the objective is primarily inspection. An operator ashore, connected via radio or satellite telemetry, can use the combined systems to examine structures or the seafloor

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Subsea 7 Wins Offshore Wind Work in Taiwan

Subsea 7 said it has secured a contract for the installation of the submarine cable system on an offshore wind farm project in Taiwan.The award is worth between $50 million and $150 million, Subsea 7 said.Project engineering will commence immediately at Seaway 7’s offices in Leer, Germany and in Taipei, Taiwan. Offshore activities are expected to commence in 2022.

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Charleston, SC, home port to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. At a length of 274 feet, Ronald H. Brown can displace more than 3,200 tons and is outfitted with a suite of instruments for collecting and assessing scientific data above and below the ocean surface. This allows NOAA’s office of Marine and Aviation Operations to simultaneously measure the atmosphere and the ocean and increase its understanding of global climatic changes and other environmental issues. Onboard instruments include a system to measure carbon dioxide levels in the air and surface waters; Doppler radar; echosounders

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Vard Electro Installs SeaQ ESS on Stril Barents

The Platform Supply Vessel Stril Barents was delivered from VARD to Simon Møkster Shipping in 2015. In August 2019, the vessel was equipped with Vard Electro’s SeaQ Energy Storage System (ESS) and SeaQ Shore Connection. Stril Barents is a modern duel fuel vessel, and the installation of the SeaQ ESS and SeaQ Shore Connection will ensure that the environmental impact is reduced. Fuel consumption and emissions will be significantly reduced for all operating modes. Increased security is achieved in terms of spinning reserve, response time as well as enhanced redundancy.Vard Electro was

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HMM, DSME Join Forces for Smart-ship Tech

South Korea’s container shipping giant Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and compatriot shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) have joined forces on the research, development and innovation in the field of smart ship technologies.Under a Memorandum of Understanding, the parties would conduct research on real-time service system based on IoT (Internet of Things), design on-shore platforms for optimized fleet operation, develop automated warehousing systems for ship materials and development economic navigation solutions.HMM plans to promote the innovation of smart ship technologi

Norske Shell’s HSE Advisor, Mats Hauge, Sonardyne’s Senior Project Manager, Nick Street and Norske Shell’s Senior Project Surveyor, Tomas Frafjord, inspect the first batch of Fetch PMTs heading to the Ormen Lange field. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Shell Chooses Sonardyne for Monitoring Campaign

Subsea monitoring specialist Sonardyne International said its long-endurance sensors will be used by Shell during a 10-year seabed subsidence monitoring campaign at Norway’s second largest gas field. the Ormen Lange .Setting out to continuously monitor any movement of the seafloor at Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea, Norske Shell will use the data to help detect changes that might be caused by ongoing gas extraction and inform its reservoir management strategy, as it continues to produce from the field over coming decades.By monitoring vertical displacement of the seabed, operators can

Deep Down Taps Simmons as COO

Offshore equipment and services company Deep Down said it has appointed Micah Simmons as Chief Operating Officer, a new role at the company. Simmons' appointment is part of a broader management realignment effort initiated last month, which included the appointment of Deep Down CFO Charles Njuguna to serve as CEO.Simmons was most recently Vice President of Project Management for Global Operations in Siemens Oil and Gas, based in Houston. Prior to Siemens, he spent 20 years with TechnipFMC most recently as a Vice President, Global Supply..Simmons earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of

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