ST Marine Winds Up Brunei Environmental Subsidiary

ST Engineering today announced that Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd has placed its subsidiary, STSE Engineering Services (B) Sdn Bhd (STSE Engineering), under members’ voluntary liquidation under the laws of Brunei Darussalam. STSE Engineering was formed to manage an integrated waste management facility project in Brunei. The project has since been completed in June 2016, hence the decision to wind up STSE Engineering.   This exercise is not expected to have any material impact on the consolidated net tangible assets per share and earnings per share of ST Engineering for the

AWI sea-ice physicists have ericted an ice camp to investigate melt ponds on Arctic sea ice. (Photo Alfred-Wegener-Institut  Mar Fernandez)

Threat from wandering greenhouse gas

the online journal Scientific Reports. Although this interaction between methane, ocean and ice has a significant influence on climate change, to date it has not been reflected in climate models. In August 2011, the icebreaker Polarstern from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) was making its way through the ice-covered Arctic Ocean, on a course that took her just a few hundred kilometres from the North Pole. Back then, AWI geochemist Dr Ellen Damm tested the waters of the High North for the greenhouse gas methane. In an expedition to the same region four

Bibby Offshore chief executive Howard Woodcock (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Offshore Groups Bibby, Rever Merge

The U.K.’s Bibby Offshore will merge with Norwegian firm Rever Offshore AS in a move targeting opportunities in the diving and subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines (SURF) markets. The transaction has been agreed and is expected to close soon, announced Bibby owner Fara Holdco Limited. The merger will combine Bibby and Rever subsidiary CECON Contracting to create a larger offshore installation delivery business both in the North Sea and internationally, currently focused on the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions. Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore, said, “Combinin

Andrew Imrie (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea Taps Imrie to Lead Sales and Marketing

M² Subsea has appointed Andrew Imrie as global sales and marketing director.   With a career spanning more than 20 years in the global oil and gas industry, Imrie joins M² Subsea from Ampelmann where he was commercial director, based in the Netherlands. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles with Proserv, Amec, GE Oil & Gas and National Oilwell Varco. His broad industry experience, coupled with his strong commercial track record has seen him develop new and profitable business opportunities throughout his career.   As global sales and marketing director, Imrie

Polaris (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Scores Contract Hat-Trick with Supermajor

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore announced three individual multimillion dollar contract wins with an oil and gas supermajor.   The initial contract will see Bibby Offshore complete riser replacement works including a production/test riser and riser buoy connector pipe changeout at one of the major’s oil fields, situated in the Central North Sea.   Engineering work for this project commenced in Q4 2017, with dive support vessel (DSV) Bibby Polaris and a construction support vessel (CSV) scheduled to mobilize in Q2 this year with a reel lay spread and tensioner to deploy

REMUS M3V (Photo: Hydroid Inc.)

Hydroid Introduces New High Speed, Low Cost Micro AUV

Marine robotics manufacturer Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, announced the release of the new REMUS M3V compact, one-man portable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).   Low cost and ready to use right out of the box, this micro AUV supports numerous applications including search and survey; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); marine research; and multi-vehicle missions. The REMUS M3V can dive up to 300 meters in depth. It is an A-size (36” x 4.875”) vehicle with no fins or appendages outside the A-size envelope and can be used for multi-domain

Dennis joins SeaRobotics as Director of Programs

Lou Dennis has joined the SeaRobotics Corporation as Director of Programs based at the company's headquarters in Stuart, Fla.   Dennis entered the ocean industry as a commercial diver after graduating from Florida Institute of Technology. He then joined Subsea 7's engineering group focused on Deepwater ROV and Intervention Tooling System design. Dennis later joined ROV manufacturer Perry Slingsby Systems, as its Vice President of Programs then moving onto Lockheed Martin as Business Development Manager for its AUV program. Before joining SeaRobotics, he served as General Manager of the Southeast

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Klein Marine Offers Side Scan Sonar Training

Klein Marine Systems, a manufacturer of side scan sonars, will be hosting a three day side scan sonar training at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, N.H. Practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, N.H.   Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2 .     Training Topics Principles of underwater acoustics (Sonar Record Analysis, Targets & Shad-ows, reflectivity of underwater materials

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BMT Rolls Out New Big Data Product: BMT Deep

BMT has introduced BMT Deep, an advanced interactive asset data platform designed to deliver deeper insights for enhanced offshore asset performance management.   “With 20+ years practical experience of working with marine structures, we have developed a platform that can monitor, review or forecast the performance of offshore assets,” said Soma Maroju, Product Development Lead for BMT Deep. “Using AI and machine learning we have been able to build advanced models that reinforce the platform’s capabilities. Couple this with our extensive global network of in-house naval

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BP Selects McDermott, BHGE for Subsea Contracts

 McDermott International and Baker Hughes (BHGE), a GE company  announced the selection of front-end engineering design (FEED) studies in advance of a substantial engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyim Field Development, a major gas project located on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal.   During this initial engineering phase, McDermott will work on defining the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) scope for the project, while BHGE will focus on the subsea production system (SPS) scope.   The

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An Industry in Change

press releases announcing the launch of new, innovative products. ‘First time ever’ is an almost daily term I encounter within my inbox. There have been hundreds of companies starting up recently in the unmanned space over the last decade, and Hook believes we will continue to see more in the marine sector in the decade to come.    Hook said, “There will be a healthy amount of these innovative ideas that are either ahead of their time or got surpassed by something else, so they will drop off. But there is certainly room for more innovation to enter the industry yet. At the

Tony Laing (Photo: NSRI)

Laing Appointed NSRI Director

returned to Subsea 7 following his three-year secondment to NSRI.   Commenting on his appointment, Laing said: “NSRI has a major role to play as a knowledge hub for subsea research and development, not only within oil and gas but across the wider offshore renewable energy sectors including marine and ocean science. I believe I can apply my knowledge and experience to build upon the fantastic work that has been delivered to date, promoting technological innovation and ensuring the industry needs are met. I look forward to working with businesses, technology developers, universities and academics

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Subsea 7 Wins Offshore Azerbaijan Deal

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a contract by BP Exploration for the provision of subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services on both the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) and Shah Deniz (SD) fields, offshore Azerbaijan. Under the terms of this five year agreement, the scope of work comprises the provision of a Life of Field support vessel complete with work class and observation class ROVs, capable of performing inspection, survey, intervention, light subsea construction, surface diving and emergency response services. The life of field support vessel will be supported by a Baku based

High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations Photo courtesy of  BSEE

BSEE: Report on Subsea Bolting Technology Released

 In an effort to address a recurring problem with faulty connectors in critical safety equipment, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) commissioned a National Academy of Engineering study on the matter in September 2016. After 18 months of study, the report entitled “High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations” was published Friday. BSEE sponsored this study to leverage the resources of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine with BSEE’s Emerging

Manipulator control using Dex-OS software integrated to VMAX ROV simulator during engineering analysis (Photo: BluHaptics)

Simulation Meets Automation to Enhance ROV Training and Analysis

Forum Subsea Technologies and BluHaptics, Inc. have announced a joint agreement enabling technologies from both companies to be combined to provide solutions for ROV and subsea engineering applications.   The VMAX Software is a 3D ROV simulation product, which is used for training and evaluation of ROV pilots as well as by subsea engineering teams for modelling and verification of procedures involving intervention tasks related to installing and maintaining subsea equipment.   As Forum’s VMAX ROV Simulator provides a variety of ROV training scenarios designed to test pilots’

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UKHO Conducts Seabed Mapping in Tonga to Support Blue Economy

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has chartered a motor launch to survey the waters in the Kingdom of Tonga as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies Program.   State-of-the-art multibeam sonar equipment will be used to map key areas of the seabed in the approaches to the harbor of the capital, Nuku'alofa, on the main island of Tongatapu.   This information will be used to update nautical charts and publications, help Tonga meet its international maritime obligations, including the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and elements of the Implementation of the IMO Instruments Code

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Sotzing Joins Sea Machines as Engineering Director

Boston-based developer of autonomous vessel technology Sea Machines Robotics has hired Chris Sotzing as director of engineering.   Sotzing will be responsible for the development and deployment of the company’s Sea Machines 300 technology system, as well as managing the engineering team. He reports to COO Jim Daly from the Boston office.   Sotzing joins Sea Machines from SeeByte, where he served as an engineering manager supporting unmanned vehicle technologies in Boston. Prior to relocating to Boston, Sotzing held positions of increasing responsibility for nearly nine years at

MakaiLay’s new 3D Viewer showing the vessel, plough and cable shapes for progressive time steps seen behind the vessel. Relevant GIS data can be imported, such as digital terrain tiles on the bathymetry and aerial imagery overlay on the terrain in the background, as is shown here (Image: Makai Ocean Engineering)

MakaiLay Software Installed on Prysmian Cable Layer

module will be used by Giulio Verne when it starts installation work for the North Sea Link between Norway and U.K., which will be the longest subsea power cable interconnector in the world upon completion in 2021.   “We made it our priority to extend our popular real-time submarine cable installation management software to submarine power cable installations and we are excited that an industry leader like Prysmian Group has decided to use our software,” said Dr. Jose Andres, president of Hawaii based Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc., producer of MakaiLay. “We have

Howard Woodcock, chief executive at Bibby Offshore Photo Bibby PR

Bibby Offshore: BP North Sea Projects completed

 Bibby Offshore has completed a contract worth more than £2million for BP in the North Sea.  The project, completed in December 2017, utilised Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessel Bibby Topaz to carry out inspection, repair and maintenance operations in the Rhum gas field, approximately 380 kilometres north-east of Aberdeen.   The scope included control system low insulation resistance diagnostics and component replacements, manual valve operations and ROV inspection works at BP’s Bruce platform, which is located 44 kilometres south of Rhum.   The project

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Subsea 7 Bags Offshore Norway Deal

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a  contract by Wintershall for the Nova (formerly known as Skarfjell) oil and gas field development. Nova is located in the north-eastern part of the North Sea, 16 kmfrom the Gjøa field, in a water depth of approximately 360m. The Nova field development is a subsea tie-back to the existing Gjøa semi-submersible production facility. The contract award comprises the Engineering Procurement Construction Installation (EPCI) delivery of the pipeline and riser systems, and the transport and installation of subsea production systems and umbilical system.

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UK pupils set ultimate subsea STEM challenge

Industry body Subsea UK has launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging school pupils to consider a career at sea. The STEM Challenge, led by Subsea UK and supported by The Smallpeice Trust, will see teams of year nine students compete in a design-and-make challenge for the marine industries.   The regional competitions kicked off this week at Falmouth Marine School with further events at the universities of Strathclyde (February 27), Southampton (March 6), and Newcastle (March 28).   Schools will compete to design and build an ROV using Lego Mindstorms, a platform produced by Lego

Noble Energy Contract for Schlumberger

Schlumberger today announced the award by Noble Energy of an engineering and supply contract for a two-thousand-ton single-lift process module to be installed on the Leviathan Platform in the Eastern Mediterranean.   The scope of the contract includes pretreatment, salt removal and regeneration of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for reinjection in the subsea flowlines for hydrate inhibition. The Schlumberger PUREMEG reclamation and regeneration system is a proprietary technology that will be supplied as a single-lift module for installation on the production platform.   “Our advances in

“Next UKCS opens up many new and exciting possibilities for Next Geosolutions, allowing us to enhance our capabilities and offer unrivalled multidisciplinary expertise," said Giovanni Ranieri, CEO, Next Geosolutions. (Photo: Next Geosolutions)

Next Geosolutions Launches New UK Division

Next Geosolutions has launched a new division, Next Geosolutions UK Continental Shelf (Next UKCS), following its acquisition of RMS Submarine in 2017.     Operating within the cable and renewables industries, Next UKCS will provide solutions to the operations and maintenance market. The new division will bolster Next Geosolutions’ current offering, which includes Next Marine, Next Earth, Next Engineering, Next Remote, Next Innovation and Next Resourcing, to support the company’s existing UK business, as well as global client requirements.     In line with

Offshore inspection for Dubai Petroleum. Photo: Cyberhawk

Dubai Petroleum & Offshore Autonomous Inspection

As part of a framework agreement with Dubai Petroleum, Cyberhawk was appointed to inspect more than 350 risers on 63 offshore platforms. The inspection took only one month to complete, followed by the production of over 90 detailed engineering inspection reports.   The rationale behind Dubai Petroleum’s use of UAVs was to quickly complete detailed inspections of all their risers. Risers are traditionally a difficult area of an offshore platform to inspect; in the under deck and the splash zone, options for access, such as abseiling or scaffolding, are limited, extremely time consuming and

ESS managing director Mark Gillespie, global business development manager Andy Readyhough and commercial director Iain Middleton. (Photo: ESS)

Readyhough Joins Ecosse

with global business development for the ambitious Aberdeen-shire based company which specialises in seabed clearance and trenching operations in the renewable energy, oil and gas and interconnector sectors.   Readyhough has joined ESS having previously held senior management positions at Global Marine Systems and DeepOcean UK. He is a master mariner with more than 35 years maritime and offshore experience and for the last 18 years was engaged in submarine cable installation, trenching and maintenance operations.   ESS’s latest appointment follows Mark Brown joining as Engineering

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MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

to drive the subsea vehicle market further faster courtesy of a project known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM.   “Today’s AUVs are usually limited with regard to energy, payload capacity and autonomy,” said Hendrik Wehner, Design Engineer, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. “For a sole autonomous movement of the ships, smart software solutions are needed. Our partners from University of Rostock and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK are setting the pace there. Large autonomous underwater platforms that can be configured around a payload do not yet exist. MUM will be engineered

Photo from Oceanology International 2016, showing the Dockside Exhibition Area

Expanded Waterfront for Oi18

for Oceanology International visitors, this year’s dockside and on-water demo programme has been expanded and will now comprise daily demonstrations to offer an even more valuable experience for those attending, whilst allowing exhibitors to share their product’s effectiveness in a marine environment. Exhibitors taking part in demonstrations for the dockside area of Oi18 have been confirmed as Braveheart, Briggs Marine & Environmental Services, CMS-Geotech Ltd, Deep Trekker, iXblue, Nord Slovakia, Norbit, R2Sonic, RTsys, Seafloor Systems, Sonardyne, Sound Metrics Corporation

Bruce Stuart (Photo: Interventek)

Interventek Appoints Stuart as Business Development Director

Interventek Subsea Engineering has announced the appointment of Bruce Stuart to the role of Sales and Business Development Director. Stuart brings with him over 30 years of commercial leadership experience and in-depth operational knowledge of the oil and gas industry.  Stuart joins Interventek from Proserv where he was VP Business Development Subsea, having previously held a seven year tenure at FMC Technologies, responsible for U.K. and Canada sales and marketing for their subsea products and systems. This new position at Interventek will support increasing levels of commercialization

Left to right: Konrad Mech, Director of Subsea Channel Management at Kongsberg Maritime AS, and Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Group (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group, Kongsberg Maritime Restore Partnership

Geoacoustics range among others. The underwater navigation products include the HiPAP range of underwater positioning systems and the cNODE underwater positioning transponders.   KONGSBERG also provides a range of products and solutions for underwater acoustics that help with search and recovery, marine engineering, security and surveillance and various other underwater applications. The KONGSBERG range includes solutions for positioning, GPS tracking, and motion monitoring among others.         Konrad Mech, Director Subsea Channel Management at Kongsberg Maritime AS,

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New In-line Dry-mate Connector from TE

dry-mate connectors are built from the same reliable technology used in multi-fiber optic HP/HT feedthrough systems, so engineers can expect a familiar interface that’s compatible with TE’s established DEUTSCH dry-mate connector,” said Jérémy Calac, product manager for marine oil & gas. “They are also optimized for offshore renewables systems, subsea flexibles and umbilical terminations.” According to TE, the DEUTSCH high density in-line connectors offer a cost-effective solution for multichannel fiber optic management, packing 12 to 24 fiber optic

The PicSea concept is designed to open subsea robotics tech to new generations of users. (Image: PicSea)

PicSea: A New Concept for Ocean Autonomy

is to create a Google Maps underwater, but for now, it’s about promoting diverse solutions and getting more people to ask themselves how do we collect ocean data and make it faster, lower cost and less risky? PicSea is the answer.” (As published in the January/February 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Calibrating the equipment: Newton’s M3200UW scans a pipe using Sonardyne’s SPRINT 500 and Fusion 6G software to remove the risk of latency and timing jitter, to gain centimetric level precision. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Underwater Laser Mapping on the Move

Subsea technology companies Newton Research Labs Inc. and Sonardyne International Ltd, UK. have completed tests to integrate Newton Labs’ underwater laser scanners with Sonardyne’s acoustically-aided inertial navigation system for underwater vehicles, SPRINT-Mapper.   The companies say the milestone paves the way for greater adoption by industry of mobile laser mapping technology to survey seafloor sites and subsea structures, and eliminates many of the challenges currently faced by users when attempting to configure advanced sensor technologies from different vendors prior to

Left to right:  Soo-hyeong Kim and Andrew Olson (Photo: AgileTek)

AgileTek Hires Two

Subsea engineering analysis consultancy AgileTek said it has underlined rapid growth in 2017 with two new appointments and a promotion.   Soo-hyeong Kim has joined the company as a Graduate Engineering Analyst, alongside Andrew Olson, who has taken on the role of Business Development Engineer.   Kim previously worked at a computer aided engineering software provider, and Olson recently graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.   The company is also building on recent successes in the Asian market, after securing a major cable and umbilicals

A stretch hose being deployed at sea (Photo: EOM Offshore)

WHOI Spins Off Tech Start-up EOM Offshore

to help prevent lethal collisions. As growth continues in emerging offshore renewable floating power-generation platforms, EOM Offshore’s power-handling capacity and fatigue-resistant hoses offer key advantages to promote growth in this market.   “EOM Offshore is emblematic of advanced marine technology spawned at WHOI by its ingenious scientists and engineers. New ownership intends to work with those same brilliant founders to continue EOM’s product and service excellence while providing WHOI with an ongoing royalty stream that will contribute to WHOI’s continued ocean leadership

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Deep Sea Mooring Bags Quadrant Contract

project scope and engineering consultancy coordinated out of Perth, will enable Quadrant to have access to DSM and Vryhof Anchors’ portfolio of pre-lay mooring solutions that include chains, fiber ropes, anchors, connectors, buoyancy and handling equipment. Offshore personnel, back deck services, marine representatives and all equipment will be deployed from DSM’s Karratha, West Australia base.   The GSF Development Driller 1 rig was built in 2005 and is a sixth generation semi-submersible with a maximum water depth of 7,500 feet and drilling depth of 37,500 feet

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James Fisher Subsea Excavation Introduces Ultra Low Draft Tool

Global subsea excavation specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has re-engineered one of its fleet in direct response to client requirements for excavations in particularly shallow water.   The re-engineering of this tool has made it capable of excavating at just one metre - the shallowest depth achievable in the CFE sector. The Twin R2000 Ultra Low Draft recently completed its first project uncovering sections of damaged cable and trenching the repaired sections. It is now set for a number of key projects throughout the year.   JFSE is

Chairman of the Island Offshore Group, Morten Ulstein, together with the new managing director of Island Offshore Subsea AS, Odd Strømsheim after signing the collaboration agreement (Photo: TechnipFMC)

Light Well Intervention: TechnipFMC, Island Offshore Partner

TechnipFMC said it has signed an agreement with the Island Offshore group to acquire a 51 percent stake in Island Offshore’s wholly owned subsidiary, Island Offshore Subsea AS.   Island Offshore Subsea AS provides Riserless Light Well Intervention (RLWI) project management and engineering services for plug and abandonment (P&A), riserless coiled tubing and well completion operations. Island Offshore Subsea AS employs approximately 80 staff.    Island Offshore Subsea AS has developed proprietary designs related to subsea P&A and riserless coiled tubing. In connection

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EIVA Expands in Brazil

Danish software and hardware engineering company EIVA said it has expanded its activities in Latin America with a dedicated business development team located in São Paulo, Brazil.    With the Brazilian team, EIVA is able to accommodate the increasing interest in its hardware and software products for offshore and shallow water construction and surveying operations from specialist operating in Latin America. Moreover, the company is able to provide customers in the region with a local point of contact with strong ties to the Danish headquarters.    The new Brazilian team

A smaller prototype tested in Galway Bay, Ireland. (Photo: Ocean Energy)

Irish Wave Buoy to Be Deployed at US Navy Test Site

Ocean Energy,” said John McCarthy, Ocean Energy USA LLC Chief Executive Officer. “It’s the combination of Irish innovation and American manufacturing expertise and that’s always going to produce a world-class result. We are delighted to be partnering with Vigor, a renowned U.S. marine and industrial fabrication company, who have a track record of delivering cutting edge engineering projects. This internationally significant project will be invaluable to job creation, renewable energy generation and greenhouse gas reduction.”    Commenting on this positive development

Chelsea Fairbank (Photo: SBG Systems)

Fairbank Joins SBG Systems’ Sales Team

MEMS-based inertial motion sensing solutions supplier SBG Systems has hired Chelsea Fairbank as Sales Engineer in North America. She will team up with Jack Mawson, Sales Manager North America at the company’s U.S. office in Huntington Beach, Calif. and will be in charge of the marine and education segments.   Fairbank has an extensive background in the hydrographic industry, starting her career as hydrographic surveyor. During her five years with Fugro, she worked on international hydrographic and cable route surveys working with a broad range of Inertial Navigation Equipment integrated

Liam Warren (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Names Warren Operations Manager

company Rovco said it has appointed Liam Warren as operations manager to support the delivery of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and survey projects across the globe.   Warren, a chartered engineer, brings more than 15 years’ experience having worked on a number of major oil and gas, marine renewables and nuclear projects.    Prior to joining Rovco, Warren was a construction package manager for Costain where he played an instrumental role in the development of the marine works required for the construction of an offshore heat sink system for the nuclear facility at Hinkley

RV Petrel (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

The U.S. Navy said it has contracted a research vessel owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to survey the location of a downed C-2A Greyhound plane before attempts are made to recover the aircraft from 18,500 feet below the surface in the Philippine Sea.   The C-2A Greyhound was transporting 11 crew and passengers when it crashed into the ocean on November 22, 2017, killing three.   On December 29, A Navy team using a towed pinger locator (TPL-25) system discovered the aircraft resting on the seafloor at a depth of 18,500 feet, an unprecedented depth for the salvage of an aircraft.

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US-built Survey Vessel Bound for Israel

A new 32’ x 11’ survey catamaran constructed by Washington based boat builder Armstrong Marine for an Israeli engineering firm was launched on January 19 and completed sea trials on January 25.   Twin 225hp diesel inboards power the vessel, which also includes a 4.5 kW generator, autopilot and engine compartment fire suppression system. An AC unit, cuddy cabin berth, galley and head with shower are designed to keep crew comfortable. The survey package includes a computer work station for three, hydraulic A frame, aluminum davit and aft deck moon pool for equipment deployment.

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Riptide Opens New Facility

and the 2 MP Two Man Portable 9.375” (238mm) diameter UUV. To support this growth the company has moved into a new facility.   Previously housed in Greentown Labs, a facility focused on nascent companies, Riptide has moved to the Cordage Commerce Center in Plymouth, Mass. This site shares marine technology heritage, having once been home to the world’s largest manufacturer of rope for sailing vessels. Today it is a thriving business park.   This new location offers Riptide space to grow its staff and manufacturing capabilities as well as an onsite marina. As Riptide focuses

3DSS-iDX-450 Sonar with new Sonar Interface Unit (Photo: PingDSP)

New Shallow Water Bathymetry Solution Unveiled

Ping DSP continues to roll out new shallow water bathymetry technologies with the introduction of the turnkey 3DSS-iDX-450.    The introduction of the iDX continues PingDSP development of sonar technology for shallow water hydrography and imaging. “Performance, versatility and simplicity, that’s what shallow water hydrographers want, and that’s exactly what the 3DSS-iDX is all about,” said Dr. Paul Kraeutner, PingDSP’s founder and CEO.    PingDSP said its engineering team worked closely with both SBG Systems and AML Oceanographic to provide seamless

The newly lengthened R/V Connecticut is now underway with a full slate of missions through midyear (Photo: Glosten)

Lengthened Research Vessel Gets a New Life

The R/V Connecticut operated by the University of Connecticut (UConn) Marine Sciences program was recently lengthened from 76 feet to 90 feet, giving scientists and crew on board the oceanographic research vessel some much needed extra space.   The 1998-built R/V Connecticut had been operating at its original length of 76 feet since its construction, but the vessel required additional staterooms and lab space. “Things were pretty cramped at the old length,” said Turner Cabaniss, the program’s marine operations manager. “The vessel's operations had outgrown what could be

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Subsea 7 Bags Contracts Offshore Norway

Subsea 7 S.A. said it was awarded a contract from Statoil for the Johan Castberg field development, located 240 km from Hammerfest in Norway. The contract comprises the design, coating, fabrication and installation of a 53 km rigid flowline including 34 km of pipe-in-pipe flowline.   Project Management and engineering will commence immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger, Norway. Fabrication will take place at Subsea 7’s spoolbase at Vigra, Norway and offshore operations will be carried out in 2020.  Subsea 7 did not specify the value of the contract, but

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RTsys Acoustic Recorders to the Poles

equipment that meets his needs for his new trip to the South Pole.   Sounds from animals moving, feeding and breathing can be used as indicators of the health of ecosystems. Chauvaud has been recording them along the Brittany coast and at the Poles in an attempt to develop new descriptors or marine environment and to better understand how these coastal ecosystems work and handle impact of human activities and climate change.   RTsys said it has been supplying Chauvaud with robust and reliable recorders since 2014 for his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. RTsys engineers have developed

File photo: Peter Madsen operates submarine UC3 Nautilius in August 2008. (Photo: Frumperino)

Danish Submarine-owner Charged with Abusing Journalist before Killing Her

Danish inventor Peter Madsen tied up and abused Swedish journalist Kim Wall before murdering her on board his home-built submarine, according to the indictment published on Tuesday.   Madsen planned the murder by bringing items, including a saw and screwdrivers, which were used to hit, cut and stab Wall while she was alive, the prosecutors said.   Wall, a 30-year-old freelance journalist who was researching a story on the entrepreneur and aerospace engineer, went missing after Madsen took her out to sea in his 17-metre (56-foot) submarine in August last year.   Later that month

Germany’s research vessel Maria S. Merian will use its new Sonardyne tracking technology to conduct science operations around the world, including the subpolar Norwegian Sea. (mage: Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG, Research | Forschungsschifffahrt)

German Research Vessel Upgraded

Ranger 2 deep water acoustic tracking technology produced by Sonardyne International Ltd. has been installed on the Maria S. Merian, one of the most modern vessels in the German research fleet.   Delivered through Sonardyne’s in-country agent, Scholz Ingenieur Büro GmbH, the system was chosen as a replacement for the vessel’s existing third-party Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) acoustic equipment to enable science teams to precisely track the position of deep-water science systems including unmanned robotic platforms and seafloor landers to beyond seven kilometers.   Operated

Audacious is the fourth of seven Astute-class attack submarines being built for the Royal Navy (Photo: Royal Navy)

New UK Sub Completes its First Dive

The U.K. Royal Navy’s fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, has completed its first ever dive, marking a milestone on the path toward full sea trials later in 2018.   The trim and basin dive took place over two days in early January in Devonshire Dock, at builder BAE Systems's site in Barrow-in-Furness.     The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully underwater for the first time, allowed a team from Royal Navy, Ministry of Defense and BAE Systems to test many of the sub’s onboard systems, and proved the safety and stability of the 7,400-metric-ton,

University of Chicago biologist Michael I. Coates (Credit: University of Chicago)

Ancient Sharks Likely More Diverse Than Previously Thought

did, Gladbachus may have been one of the first vertebrates to live in the water column – the space between the ocean's surface and bottom – where anchovies, sardines and herring make their home today.   That Gladbachus reconstruction model runs counter to some long-held notions in marine paleobiology. For a long time, sharks were considered "primitive," having evolved a body type long ago, with relatively little diversity in their early existence. But in the past decade, the scientific community has chipped away at that notion.   "Everything we're seeing now

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OSIL Rolls Out ROV/AUV Mounted Sediment Corer

U.K.-based Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has introduced a new sediment corer designed to be mounted to the skids of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) or autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).    The self-contained system will allow sediment samples to be collected during routine ROV operations and can be daisy chained together to allow multiple core assemblies to be installed as one system.  The assemblies are powered and controlled by the customers own skid control unit and have been pressure tested for use in depths of up to 1,200m, with deeper units currently in development

(Photo: Ecosse Subsea Systems)

Carousel Turns Over New Leaf for Ecosse Subsea Systems

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) said it has reached an agreement with a subsea contractor to buy back its 800-ton carousel which can be deployed on a range of specialist subsea projects.   Carousels are used in the storage and transportation of subsea cables, umbilicals and pipes and enable the safe deployment of equipment from a vessel to the seabed.   The Carousel was originally built and used on an offshore renewables project in 2014 after ESS identified a supply chain issue surrounding the availability of carousels required for renewables and oil and gas workscopes.   ESS managing

Michael Pentony (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Names Pentony Atlantic Fisheries Administrator

Fisheries Division since 2014. He succeeds retiring Regional Administrator John Bullard who had been in the position since 2012.   Pentony will head the agency’s regional office, which has responsibility for managing approximately 100,000 square miles of the Northwest Atlantic, the large marine ecosystem from Maine to Cape Hatteras and the Great Lakes. As Administrator, he will also oversee aspects of international fisheries conservation and management in the region.   Before joining NOAA Fisheries in 2002, Pentony worked for five years as a policy analyst for the New England Fishery

The U.S. Navy's REMUS 600 AUV is fitted with Kraken’s AquaPix MINSAS Synthetic Aperture Sonar. (Photo: Kraken)

Real-time Sonar Fit onto US Navy Minehunting AUV

A real-time synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) system has been integrated and tested on board a U.S. Navy autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that will perform minehunting duties for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island.   The AUV, a fully modular REMUS 600 manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid, was designed through funding from the Office of Naval Research to support Naval operations requiring extended endurance, increased payload capacity and greater operating depth, such as minehunting.   The AquaPix MINSAS SAS, developed by Kraken Robotic Systems Inc.,

The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason lands on the seafloor at Havre submarine volcano to retrieve a heat flow monitor. (Photo: Multidisciplinary Instrumentation in Support of Oceanography (MISO) Facility, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Scientists Study Largest Underwater Volcanic Eruption

In July 2012, airline passengers flying over the Southwest Pacific Ocean spotted a large and unusual object floating on the water’s surface.    That object, which turned out to be a giant raft of pumice, was evidence that an underwater volcanic eruption had occurred. And as the raft continued to grow to roughly the size of Philadelphia, scientists observed that the eruption was extraordinarily large.   The eruption had occurred at the Havre volcano northeast of New Zealand, and was the largest to take place underwater in the past century.   “We knew it was a

(Photo: C-Innovation)

C-Innovation Forms Subsea Projects Group

Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) affiliate C-Innovation, LLC (C-I) has formed a turnkey subsea projects group. Capable of providing a complete solution to its global customer base without sourcing outside the Chouest family worldwide, the new group is based in ECO’s Houston office, at the heart of the energy corridor.    David Sheetz, manager of C-I’s Subsea Division, said, “This represents a significant milestone for C-I, and it helps solidify our reputation as a true turnkey provider of subsea services with the backing and support of the diverse family of companies within

ROV Doc Ricketts is launched through the moon pool of its host ship, the R/V Western Flyer. (Photo: MBARI)

MBARI ROV Doc Ricketts Makes 1,000th Dive

has explored the deep sea as far north as the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the Pacific Northwest coast and as far south as Baja California, Mexico.   The ROV’s milestone dive could not have taken place in a more picturesque place. MBARI researchers and scientists from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary were revisiting an area called Sur Ridge, an underwater mountain about 37 kilometers (23 miles) off the California coast. During the dive, Doc Ricketts was monitoring deep-sea corals 1,281 meters below the surface.   The ongoing studies of deep-sea corals provide important information

Bruce Heppenstall (Photo: Subsea UK)

Subsea NE Names Heppenstall Regional Chairman

The regional advocacy group for the North-east of England’s subsea sector has appointed Bruce Heppenstall as its new chairman, taking over the reins of Subsea North East from Andrew Hodgson.   CEO of BEL Valves and former general manager for the GE Oil & Gas Wellstream division, Heppenstall will be tasked with promoting the North-east sector on a global scale to maximize opportunities, while working with Subsea UK, the national industry body to provide a forum for collaboration, diversification and technology development.     With the region’s subsea sector

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