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Aquaterra Energy Opens Australia Office

Offshore engineering firm Aquaterra Energy has opened its first engineering office and warehouse facility in Perth, Australia following recent regional contract wins.Located on Murray Street, Perth, Aquaterra Energy’s new office in Australia’s oil and gas hub comes as the company continues to expand its presence in the Australasia region. The office will support regional oil and gas projects to increase efficiencies and reduce costs through its specialist riser analysis and systems, well initiation engineering and full field development solutions. The premises will initially focus on riser

Figure 6: A DOLPHIN Sonar trial result, SAS at three times Nyquist speed. Image: QinetiQ North America

DOLPHIN: Enabling Technology for Acoustic Systems

by the other sidescan (B or A) to improve the resolution in the area that both sides overlap.  In addition to the obvious benefit of improved coverage, DOLPHIN processing can provide other advantages to sonar systems including increased resolution and adaptability to environmental concerns such as marine mammal safety.Figure 4: Typical Side-scan displays a gap in coverage. Image: QinetiQ North AmericaLab and Field TestingDOLPHIN Comms and Sonar proof-of-concept (POC) demonstrations have been successfully completed. In tank and harbor trials, previously reported upon, DOLPHIN Comms delivered successful

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ROVOP Opens Rotterdam Office

Subsea robotics specialist ROVOP announced Tuesday it has opened a new office in Rotterdam to support to mainland Europe based clients and further strengthen the company's position in the market.The newly appointed Business Development Manager in the Rotterdam office, Job Biersteker, has been active in the subsea industry for nearly a decade and has held various positions including remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) technician, project engineer and project manager.Biersteker said the new base is located at the quayside and features on-site system storage and maintenance facilities and will

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New Offshore Wind Foundation Tested

A “potentially revolutionary” new offshore wind foundation is being put to the test, says hydraulic engineering and offshore renewable energy specialist HR Wallingford.The company is working with partners Offshore Design Engineering (ODE), DNV-GL, Cambridge University and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to test and certify the Gravity Tripod, a new offshore wind foundation concept designed by Offshore Wind Logistics and Construction (OWLC).The solution, which is currently being subjected to extensive physical model testing, is intended to help keep costs down as offshore wind

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Priestley Joins WFS Technologies

has been a former vice president at global software companies, SAP and Software AG, and a mentor for startup accelerators including HTC Vive X.His appointment is the third of three that WFS Technologies has made in as many months. Moray Melhuish joined the company as commercial director while former submarine engineer officer and underwater technologies sales director, Richard Adams, took up the post of sales channel director for the firm’s defense arm

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Geoquip Marine Names Laloe as Director

Switzerland-headquartered  geotechnical engineering and offshore drilling company Geoquip Marine has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jean-Luc Laloe to its Board of Directors.Jean-Luc, who has almost 40 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, has joined as an independent non-Executive Director.Jean-Luc originally entered the Offshore Engineering and Construction industry in 1980 and in the course of his career he has worked with Technip, Stolt Offshore, and Acergy /Subsea 7. He has held a wide variety of positions with a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including

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OceanGate Hires Scoville

OceanGate Inc, a provider of manned submersible services has hired veteran subsea engineer, Dan Scoville, to join their team as Director of Systems Integration and Marine Operations. Scoville brings with him a diverse background in subsea vehicles, inspection, and engineering as well as a passion for deep sea discovery and exploration.As Director of Systems Integration and Marine Operations Scoville will oversee operational engineering for OceanGate’s fleet of three manned submersibles. Additionally, he will oversee all marine operations and play a critical role in the continued development

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UK Govt Backs Aberdeen Subsea Engineering Hub

The UK government said it will back industry plans for a multimillion pound underwater engineering hub in Aberdeen.The planned Global Underwater Engineering Hub will bring together underwater technologies from both industry and academia from up and down the country to build on UK expertise in subsea robotics, remotely-operated underwater vehicles and maritime support vessels.The hub is also intended to help the country’s oil and gas sector diversify and support the UK’s transition away from fossil fuels toward renewables, the government said in an announcement of Friday.Prime Minister

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Teledyne RDI Rolls Out New DVL

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) has launched its next-generation Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), the Tasman DVL.In 1995, Teledyne RDI designed and manufactured the industry’s first DVL, the Workhorse Navigator, aand has since delivered thousands of units globally to provide precision onboard navigation for subsea and surface vehicles.The new 600/300 kilohertz Tasman DVL, with its reduced size, weight and increased range, has been designed to supersede the Navigator with increased accuracy, and an industry first innovative field replaceable phased array transducer design, the manufacturer said. With

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WHOI Names Murray Deputy Director & VP for Research

(WHOI) announced that Dr. Richard W. Murray has accepted the position of the Deputy Director & Vice President for Research of the institution. He will assume the office on September 1, 2019.A geochemist whose research focuses on interpreting chemical records of climate change and volcanism in marine sediments, Murray joins WHOI from Boston University, where he has been since 1992 and is currently a professor of Earth and Environment. Murray was director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2015-2018. In addition to his regular duties at NSF, he also

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Oceaneering Wins Wintershall ROV Work

Oceaneering International said it has secured a contract to provide integrated remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) services for Wintershall offshore Norway.The deal covers ROV services for the Northern Drilling Moss Maritime CS-60Mk type drilling unit West Mira, which will perform production drilling on Wintershall Norge-operated fields in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, including Vega and Nova in the North Sea and Maria in the Norwegian Sea, as well as exploration drilling.The ROV work will include installation of hangar systems, remote onshore mission support services, BOP tethering systems

Fetch AZA is a self-calibrating long-life subsea sensor logging node that enables data to be wirelessly extracted via its integrated high speed acoustic modem with a battery life option of up to 10 years. (Photo: D. Chadwell, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Webb/Chadwell/Nooner US NSF GeoPRISMS project))

Canada's New Observatory Uses 'Seafloor GPS'

A major new seabed observatory that will provide critical information about earthquake and tsunami hazards is to be deployed offshore Vancouver, Canada, using long endurance acoustic sensing technology supplied by Sonardyne International Ltd.The new Northern Cascadia Subduction Zone Observatory (NCSZO) will use a “seafloor GPS” network to monitor long-term movements of the subducting Juan de Fuca plate and overriding North American tectonic plate. Data gathered by the new observatory will play a critical role in informing assessments of earthquake and tsunami risk to the large populations

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The Great Barrier Reef: 3D Habitat Map

, for the first time, maps of the predicted coral types and underwater landscape for the more than 3,000 reefs within the 350,000 km2 of the GBR.EOMAP's cutting edge technology provides essential data for this revolutionary project, in which the University of Queensland (UQ), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science are partners.The resulting maps will be at an un-precented 10m horizontal grid resolution and reveal bathymetry (water depth), geomorphic zonations and bottom types, in addition to the predicted coral types.“No maps exist to date

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McDermott Wraps Up Ichthys LNG Campaign

McDermott International announced Monday it has completed the final offshore campaign for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project, located offshore Western Australia.This was the second of two remaining work packages left under McDermott's contract, which was the largest subsea contract ever awarded at the time, the company said. Most of the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) for the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) contract awarded in January 2012 was completed by the end of 2017.The final offshore campaign involved subsea tiebacks to new drill centers and

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FarSounder Acquires Japanese Patent

FarSounder, a leader in 3D forward-looking sonar, has announced the issuance of their fifth patent.It was issued by the Japanese Patent Office, one of the largest in the world. This patent relates to their invention of integrated sonar devices and methods and is FarSounder's first issued in Japan."Since 2004, FarSounder has delivered reliable navigation to vessel operators. With this invention, we expand upon our innovative navigation tool. This technology will help assure our IP as we expand our product lines into new applications and markets." Says Matthew Zimmerman, VP of Engineering

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Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop: Speakers Wanted

Teledyne Marine said it is seeking speakers for its joint Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) to be hosted in San Diego, October 6-9, 2019.The company’s 23 brands will once again join forces to host an expanded users’ conference in which users from around the globe will converge to explore, learn and share their experience on a broad range of applications and technologies. A key component of the users’ conference are the many speakers and industry influencers that share their field and laboratory experience utilizing Teledyne products. The three-day workshop will include

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SEAMOR: ROV to Last Ice Project in Canada

SEAMOR Marine will provide a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to the department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Manitoba. The vehicle will be deployed to the High Arctic to inspect the area which remains frozen year-round and take part in research and evaluating ways to protect this special ecological region.The High Arctic is an important area encompassing the northern regions of Canada (Arctic Basin, Baffin Bay and the Pikialasorsuaq, or North Water Polynya) and reaches to western Greenland. This area remains frozen throughout the year, for multiple years, acting as an important refuge for ice-depend

Amanda Philips, Jennifer Blaine, Andrea Hennings, with the Falcon – all pilots. Photo: Saab Seaeye Ltd

Falcon ROV Helps Endangered Rockfish

Scientists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are undertaking an important conservation study into the threatened rockfish species using a Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic vehicle.Senior Marine Fish Research Scientist, Dr. Dayv Lowry, explains that managing the conservation and recovery of rockfish populations in Washington’s Puget Sound, depends on the accurate monitoring of rockfish populations, depleted through overfishing and ecological degradation.“Of the tools we’ve tested, only the Falcon can find and measure the rockfish and other structure-associated

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Falcon Helps Endangered Rockfish

in Washington’s Puget Sound were being fished to levels that threatened extinction.Now scientists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are undertaking an important conservation study into the threatened rockfish species using a Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic vehicle.Senior Marine Fish Research Scientist, Dr. Dayv Lowry, explains that managing the conservation and recovery of rockfish populations in Washington’s Puget Sound, depends on the accurate monitoring of rockfish populations, depleted through overfishing and ecological degradation.“Of the tools we&rsquo

(L-R) Matt Kingsland, NOC and Paul Griffiths, Sonardyne, with the SPRINT-Nav 700 at the NOC robotics lab during Ocean Business (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav 700 selected for new under-ice AUV

of the ice. A2KUI will also be equipped for acoustic tracking using Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system, which is fitted to the UK research vessels RRS James Cook, RRS Discovery and the new polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.”Dr Alex Phillips, Head of Marine Autonomous Systems Development, at the NOC, says, “The development of Autosub2KUI by the NOC builds on the successes of previous generations of Autosub, including Autosub3, which has previously penetrated up to 60km under the ice from the ice-edge. Autosub2KUI will provide the UK science community

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OceanGate Names Shuman COO

Manned submersible services provider OceanGate said it has named Robert Shuman as Chief Operating Officer effective immediately.As COO, Shuman is responsible for ensuring operational excellence and positioning the company for future growth. He is tasked with overseeing strategic prioritization, resource alignment, and accountability across the company.Shuman brings with him over 15 years of senior level management in business development, project management and operations. His previous experience has been in satellite communications, cloud-based products, smart antennas, online education, and VoIP

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Klein Debuts MA-X Imaging Technology

Side scan sonar equipment developer Klein Marine Systems has developed a new, patent-pending technology called MA-X it believes will redefine ocean imaging, Klein's parent company Mitcham Industries announced this week.MA-X is essentially the next generation of side scan sonar whose arrays are physically mounted at an angle relative to the towfish or autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) platform, Klein Marine Systems said. In this way, each narrow fan-beam is oriented at a downward and forward-grazing angle, resulting in an acoustic track over the sea bottom that starts from the port and starboard

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DOF Subsea Orders Three Forum ROVS

Forum Subsea Technologies announced Tuesday it has secured orders from DOF Subsea to supply three of its Ultra Compact Perry XLX-C work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROV). DOF Subsea will deploy the vehicles onto three of its ROV support vessels for recently awarded projects in Brazil.The systems will be manufactured at Forum’s UK facility at Kirkbymoorside in Yorkshire and delivered in the first quarter of this year.The compact 2,000m rated 150HP XLX-C vehicles, which are coupled with compact Dynacon LARS designs, are the first of their kind to be delivered to the market. Forum has engineered

3D at Depth SL3 non-touch data collection process with the TBD-1 Devastator Aircraft (Credit: Air/Sea Heritage Foundation photo by Brett Seymour)

Subsea Wreck Brought to Life by Lasers

at the National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington, DC.This particular plane, US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics Number (BuNo) 1515, formerly assigned to Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) with the fuselage code "5-T-6" is located in a sensitive marine habitat. In order to conduct a safe, touchless, accurate survey, that would render a world-class 3D model, the expedition brought together a group of leading experts and volunteers utilizing the most advanced technology available.Under the leadership of Air/Sea Heritage Foundation co-founders, Russ

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EDS Scores 15-year O&M Contract

High voltage engineering specialist EDS HV Group, part of the UK marine services company James Fisher and Sons, announced Friday it has secured a 15-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for OFTO assets at the Greater Gabbard wind farm off the coast of England. The contract has been awarded by Equitix Investment Management which own the concession and who will rely on EDS to help maximize the availability of the high voltage network.EDS said its team of engineers and technicians will provide a full turnkey solution for two offshore platforms, the onshore substation and grid connection at

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TechnipFMC Scores EPCI Work from Neptune

Neptune Energy said Tuesday it has entered into a global alliance agreement with TechnipFMC for delivering subsea projects.The agreement will run for an initial period of five years with options to extend, and will cover the full project lifecycle from early concept work, through engineering, procurement, delivery of subsea production systems and installation of subsea equipment and infrastructure, and continues into life of field support.Mark Richardson, Vice-President Projects in Neptune Energy said, “The global alliance agreement establishes a long-term relationship, based on common goals

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Subsea 7 Scores Contract Off Saudi Arabia

Offshore engineering and services company Subsea 7 revealed it has been awarded two contracts from Saudi Aramco for conventional projects in shallow water offshore Saudi Arabia.The engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contracts are awarded in consortium with L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, a subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro, under a long-term agreement (LTA) with Saudi Aramco, Subsea 7 said in a press release on Monday.The two workscopes, which will be executed together, consist of EPCI of three oil production deck manifolds and subsea pipelines in the Zuluf field as well

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Mainstay to Build Wave Energy Device

Welsh workboat builders and marine engineers Mainstay Marine Solutions said it has won a contract to build and assemble the main structure for an Australian wave energy developer’s demonstration device.Measuring 75m long, 17.5m wide and 5m high, Bombora’s 1.5MW mWave wave energy converting device harnesses the potential of marine energy in the form of pressure on the seafloor. mWave features a series of membranes which rests beneath the ocean’s surface on the seafloor, and as waves pass over the device, air inside the membranes is pushed into a duct and through a turbine to generate

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Aleron Acquires IMPAQ

Aberdeenshire-based subsea firm Aleron Group said it has acquired electrical drive engineering specialist IMPAQ as part of a plan to expand beyond offshore oil and gas into new markets including military, defense and nuclear industries.“This acquisition signals our intent to expand upon our reputation for supplying reliable, robust subsea support equipment, and grow the business in new global markets,” said Aleron Group Commercial Director, Gary McConnell. IMPAQ-Technologies has already opened us up to a new area – the academia sector – and we will be targeting the defense

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Ecosse IP Trials Subsea Lifting Tech

Subsea technology developer Ecosse IP (EIP) demonstrated the capabilities of its Ambient Lifter subsea and decommissioning solution during a two-day industry showcase event held in Fraserburgh, Scotland this week.EIP welcomed representatives from across the industry, including the Oil and Gas Technology Center (OGTC), which is jointly funding the field trial in order to develop new solutions that will reduce subsea installation and decommissioning costs.Ambient Lifter was designed for the offshore sector, providing a cost-effective and viable solution for lifting subsea assets, EIP said. The system

A visualization of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current. (Image: Christopher Henze, NASA/Ames)

Researchers to Monitor Disruptive US Gulf Current

A major $2 million scientific study led by the University of Rhode Island (URI)’s Graduate School of Oceanography will monitor disruptive ocean currents in the US Gulf of Mexico, with a long term goal to improve forecasts for safer offshore operations in the region.The Loop Current System (LCS) is the dominant ocean circulation feature in the Gulf of Mexico, influencing all ocean processes in the Gulf with implications for a wide range of human and natural activities, from oil exploration to coastal eco-systems. To date, knowledge of its underlying dynamics is limited.URI’s initial study

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Jan De Nul Wins TenneT Contract

Jan De Nul Group said it has been awarded a framework agreement for repairs of TenneT’s offshore high-voltage cables in the German Bight.The Dutch firm has been appointed by TenneT to mobilize in the event of high-voltage cable system faults or failures within the contractual period, to ensure a reliable and uninterrupted supply of electricity in the operator’s high-voltage grid. The contract covers a period of 24 months, with two optional extensions of 12 months each.The scope entails repairs of all TenneT’s existing HVAC cable systems connecting individual wind farms to the offshore

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iXblue Expanding in Australia

Navigation, positioning and imaging firm iXblue said it is expanding its local capabilities in Australia. In 2019, it will focus on developing the company’s local expertise in Inertial Navigation Systems for both defense and civil markets.“We have been present in Australia for over 10 years with a dedicated Brisbane-based team of highly qualified engineers, hydrographers, geophysicists, program managers and equipment sales staff,” said Fabien Napolitano, CEO of iXblue. “Australia being a key market for iXblue, it was only natural for us to expand our capabilities in the region.

Near the Bear Island, in the Svalbard archipelago, the INBIS channel kept its unique submarine relief during the Last Glacial Maximum (image: José Luis Casamor (GRC Marine Geosciences /University of Barcelona)

Researchers Study Unique Arctic Channel

A scientific study describes for the first time the submarine cartography of a high-latitude system in a channel covers tens of kilometers in the northern western area of the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean. The Interfan Bear Island and Storfjorden (IBIS) channel is one of the few submarine valleys in polar latitudes that kept its geological architecture during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), according to the new study published in the journal Arktos – The Journal of Arctic Geosciences.Terra incognita: discovering the planet’s sea floorsMany unknown landscapes in our planet are under

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MacArtney Equips North Sea Cable Layer

the ASN Ile de Class cable laying vessel will facilitate the laying of seismic cables on the seabed of the Johan Castberg oilfield in the Barents Sea for Equinor’s new permanent reservoir monitoring system.MacArtney’s MERMAC R40 active heave compensated (AHC) winch purchased by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of the Nokia Corporation, will be utilized aboard the vessel in the laying of seismic cabling and sensors that will be permanently deployed on the Barents’ seabed to enable more frequent and improved 4D seismic interpretation of the subsurface.The AHC works to reduce the

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Martin Linge Hooked Up to Shore Power

emissions annually once the field comes on stream in the first quarter of 2020. Using shore power will also help to reduce maintenance, noise and vibration on the platform.NKT said it specially designed, engineered, manufactured and installed the cable order comprising the 145 kV three-core XLPE HVAC submarine cable including fiber optic links with a 55 MW capacity. Furthermore, a 3.5 km long, 17.5 kV infield cable was installed - including 500 meters of dynamic cable. The dynamic cable that connects the platform to a floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO) anchored outside the platform, was intensely

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4Subsea Acquires Astori

Engineering firm 4Subsea said it has acquired Astori, a Norwegian provider of subsea control systems for well intervention operations.Astori delivers subsea control systems for simplified XT installations that can operate all types of XTs from all main vendors, simplifying and reducing costs of subsea well intervention. 4Subsea said the firm's automation and control technology will tie into its own portfolio of decision support solutions for operators.“With this acquisition we are building upon our strategy of delivering leading-edge monitoring and maintenance services that provide significant

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Rever Offshore Names MacLeod CEO

Subsea services provider Rever Offshore, formerly Bibby Offshore, said on Monday it has appointed Barry MacLeod as its new chief executive officer, replacing Mark Bessell, who stepped down from the role last month, for personal reasons.MacLeod’s appointment builds on eight years’ experience as board director of the company. His roles within Rever have included operations director, asset management director and – latterly – managing director; a post he has held for the past five years.MacLeod has extensive engineering and project management experience within the wider oil and

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Aker Solutions Buys Stake in Airborne

Airborne Oil & Gas announced Friday that Aker Solutions has joined its shareholder base to further strengthen, integrate and diversify its range of thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) solutions for the international subsea sector.The global engineering company joins other shareholders Chevron Technology Ventures, Evonik Venture Capital, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Shell Ventures, Subsea 7, Sumitomo Corporation and the private equity investor, HPE Growth Capital.Oliver Kassam, Airborne Oil & Gas CEO said,  “We have a very strong portfolio of organizations invested in the business

Nortek staff in China mobilizing the Signature VM package under the attentive eye of end user Wang Yan, Senior Manager of Hydrology at CCCC’s Zhongjiao No.1 Hangwu Engineering Reconnaissance Design Institute. As Signature VM is a straightforward plug-and-play system for current surveying, the crew were able to sail out for a test survey after only approximately 30 minutes of setup. Image: Nortek

Current Profiling & China’s Maritime Infrastructure Drive

China’s recent wave of infrastructure renewal has included a large portfolio of developments, such as ports and other developments, that have a subsea component. Accurate, efficient and cost-effective current profiling is vital in the successful implementation of major maritime projects.Nortek has been able to play a role in this side of China’s economic revolution, through its collaboration with a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), a Fortune 500 listed firm that has been at the forefront of the infrastructure drive.CCCC & NortekCCCC’s hydrological

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Chevron to Use Subsea Compression at Jansz-Io

Aker Solutions announced Tuesday it has been awarded a master contract to support the delivery of a subsea compression system for the Chevron Australia-operated Jansz-Io field offshore Australia, marking the first time the technology will be used outside of Norway.Compression helps to maintain plateau gas production rates as reservoir pressure drops over time, but such compressors have typically been installed on platforms over sea level. Placing this equipment on the seabed and near the wellheads improves recovery rates and reduces capital and operating costs, Aker Solutions said.The first

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Subsea 7 Wins Three Woodside Contracts

Australia's Woodside Petroleum in recent months has awarded several oil and gas engineering contracts to Subsea 7 for two projects offshore Australia and one off Senegal, the offshore services company said on Wednesday.The three contracts awarded since December 2018 are for engineering studies related to the SNE Field Development-Phase 1 offshore Senegal, as well as the Scarborough Project and Julimar Development Phase 2, both offshore Australia. The contracts include options for Woodside to proceed to the execute phase with engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contracts.

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Kraken Receives $2.3 Mln from Ocean Infinity

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced Tuesday it has received $2.3 million from Ocean Infinity from the exercise of 5,760,000 warrants that had been issued in connection with the company’s private placement of units to Ocean Infinity in June 2018. The warrants expire in June 2021 and had an exercise price of $0.40.Karl Kenny, Kraken's President & CEO said, "We are pleased with the exercise of these warrants by Ocean Infinity and the confidence they are showing in our strategic direction. We recently completed factory acceptance tests (FAT) at our German facility on the first battery units

Sonardyne’s Sentry IMS in the US Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Sonardyne)

Leak Detection Sonar Deployed in the US Gulf

A sonar monitoring system will help a major US oil company to reinforce its deepwater offshore asset integrity assurance in the US Gulf of Mexico.The system, a wide-area Sentry Integrity Monitoring Sonar (IMS) developed and delivered by subsea engineering specialist Sonardyne International, has been deployed on the seafloor at more than 2,000 meters water depth. The ROV-deployable Sentry IMS,  which features a titanium housing and can be installed short-term or permanently, is able to detect, classify and localize subsea releases of hydrocarbons from either the seafloor or oil and gas field

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R/V Bob and Betty Beyster: New CAT For Scripps

The Research Vessel Bob and Betty Beyster is a purpose-built coastal research vessel designed for efficient operations offshore Southern California and throughout the Channel Islands.  Based at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility and operated as a shared-use facility, Bob and Betty Beyster provides scientists, students and engineers a capable, safe and economical platform for research and teaching.R/V Bob and Betty Beyster is a 42-foot scientific workboat with a range of 500 nautical miles, a cruising speed better than 25 knots, and a capacity for six scientists and a boat operator. The vessel has

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UKHO Contracts with TCarta

TCarta Marine was contracted by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide a baseline dataset of water depths and seafloor classification around the Republic of Kiribati. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island nation is threatened by rising sea levels.TCarta won the open bid for supply of Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) to the UKHO to extract water depth measurements and seafloor classifications, including habitat types, from multispectral satellite imagery. In this project, TCarta is processing eight-band DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 and -3 data predominantly, as well as four-band

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Subsea 7 Wins BP Work Offshore UK

Subsea 7 S.A. announced Wednesday it has been awarded a contract by BP Exploration for the provision of subsea construction, inspection, repair and maintenance services covering BP’s North Sea region portfolio of assets West of Shetland and Northern North Sea.Under the terms of the five year agreement, i-Tech Services will provide a life of field support vessel complete with work class and observation class remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV), capable of performing inspection, survey, intervention, light subsea construction and emergency response services.Subsea 7 said the work scope is

A PIES unit is put to the test ahead of being shipped to Norway for cabled installation at Johan Sverdrup (Photo: Sonardyne)

Enhanced Seismic Monitoring at Johan Sverdrup

through the water column from the seabed to the sea surface as well as the pressure (depth) at the seabed. This data is then used to calculate a continuous time history of average water velocity and tidal variation throughout the whole water column.While PIES instruments are already very widely used in marine seismic survey operations, this will be only the second time where PIES units are hardwired into topside power and communication infrastructure, which means Equinor will have instant and continuous access to its data. Conventionally, PIES data is collected acoustically by a passing surface vessel

Yohei Sasakawa launches the operational phase of The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 project in Tokyo in February 2018. Photo: GEBCO Seabed 2030

OiA '19 & GEBCO Seabed 2030

and stakeholders, while also doing good for the planet as whole.”In addition to the Seabed 2030 technical track, OiA ‘19’s ample conference schedule will encompass other detailed tracks on topics including Ocean ICT; Unmanned Vehicles, Vessels and Robotics; Observation and Sensing; Marine Pollution and Environmental Stressors; Navigation and Positioning; and Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics. Meanwhile, on Monday, 25 February 2019, the one-day Ocean Futures Forum will draw upon the combined experience and acumen of business heads and senior strategists to examine compelling

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WAM-V 8 Unveiled

Marine Advanced Robotics, Inc. (MAR) has launched a new autonomous surface vessel (ASV), the 8’ Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V), offering new capabilities.MAR is scheduled to deliver the next generation MARV II (Multifunctional Assessment Reconnaissance Vessel) to the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (ERDC-CHL) for Pier Reconnaissance under the PIER JCTD, sponsored by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability and Prototyping.The system will be comprised of an 8’ WAM-V autonomous surface vessel (ASV), as well

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Shipbuilding: C/S Aurora Steel Cut

first steel.“With this modernization we will further strengthen our ability to deliver green power for the future”, said Vincent Dessale, Senior Executive VP Subsea and Land Systems Business Group at Nexans.  “Aurora will play a key role in the installation of our cutting-edge submarine cables to help bring more energy to the world, connect offshore wind farms to the grid, support electrification of offshore petroleum installations and create interconnectors between countries”, said Vincent Dessale.The hull is being built at Crist, Poland, while the engineering, outfitting

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Sonomatic Expands in Aberdeen

Services company Sonomatic announced it plans to expand radiography capacity within its base at The Core, Bridge of Don, bringing the total number of bays available to five.Sonomatic, a provider of advanced and conventional NDT inspections, engineering, integrity and rope access services, said the buildout is in response to an increased demand for its NDT inspection services in the northeast of Scotland.The expansion comes three years after the company built a new multi-disciplined facility covering the entire range of NDT Inspections, housing three radiography, one hydro testing bay and the ability

iXblue Opens New N.America Office

Designer and manufacturer of autonomous, marine and photonics technologies iXblue announced Thursday it has opened a new office dedicated to commercial activities in the North American region.“North America is a key market for which we have big ambitions,” said Marine Slingue, Head of iXblue, Inc. “We have been present on this market for over 15 years now, with sales offices in both Boston and Houston,” Slingue continued. “It is however the first time that we have a dedicated team of highly qualified engineers based locally.”iXblue said its new local team of

Sabertooth in tank (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

ROV: e-Robotic's Deep Water Dock

Saab Seaeye has shown that underwater e-Robotic vehicles can deep water dock at remote sub-resident resident docking stations for data transfer, assignment instructions and battery charging.This is significant for both the offshore energy industry and ocean science who have been watching developments in residency technologies for the substantial operational and financial benefits possible from remote residency.Saab Seaeye said that its iCON based Sabertooth AUV/ROV vehicle, fitted with a Blue Logic inductive device, can now successfully dock in a safe and controlled manner at different kinds of remote

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

. Science users search for shipwrecks and hydrothermal vents. But the most vibrant commercial sector for AUVs is in offshore energy. Both oil and gas and renewables such as offshore wind employ AUVs for many different types of mission from site characterization & inspection to pipeline inspection. Marine hydrography and 3D pseudo-seismic as well as archaeological studies are also common commercial applications. Today the survey AUV is not just accepted, but expected, in many maritime applications.With survey AUVs becoming commonplace the emerging frontier for AUVs includes novel concepts enabled

Tore Erntsen (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Names Erntsen as CTO

Controls technology company Proserv said it has promoted Tore Erntsen to the position of chief technology officer (CTO), Subsea Controls, based at the firm’s Trondheim facility.Prior to taking on his new role, Erntsen  was vice president, engineering and technology, within the subsea team. He joined Proserv in 2012 when the firm took over the subsea controls business of Weatherford and he has been at the forefront of the core commitment to technological innovation, and its application, providing leading edge solutions for global customers.Erntsen  holds an MSc in engineering and ICT

Photo: Sonardyne

Partners Designing Autonomous Seismic Nodes

Underwater sensor technology company Sonardyne International said it is partnering with Shell Brasil and Brazilian research institute Senai-Cimatec to develop autonomous technology to make the monitoring of Brazil’s deepwater pre-salt oil fields more efficient.The new 4D seismic monitoring system, based on so-called On Demand Ocean Bottom Nodes, is being developed under a National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) promoted program.According to Sonardyne, the goal is to increase the autonomy of ocean bottom nodes and enable them to be deployed and remain on the seafloor for up

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

to others, his work on nearly all he considered informs ocean and earth science to this day – in some cases, decades after he first posed them.“From World War II through the 1990s, the U.S. Navy poured financial and logistical support into American oceanography, for its importance in anti-submarine warfare, national defense, and climate change,” said Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science at Harvard University. “Walter Munk was one of the leaders of the generation of men and women who used this support to revolutionize our understanding of the oceans, particularly the

(Image: Helge Hansen / Equinor)

Kvaerner to Study Floating Wind Structures

Norway based Kvaerner said it has signed a contract with Norwegian energy company Equinor to study how floating concrete substructures for offshore wind turbines can be designed and constructed for the planned Hywind Tampen project in the North Sea.The objectives of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) assignment are to further mature the design of the concrete substructures, to identify appropriate construction site(s), and to develop a plan for construction, method and cost for production of 11 floating concrete substructures, Kvaerner said.“Another important part of the FEED contract

Claxton Expands Norwegian Base

Claxton, a supplier of engineering and services for shallow-water, jackup-depth markets in subsea services group Acteon, has opened a new office in Stavanger, Norway.The company has had a presence in Norway for six years and a local business development manager who acted as a focal point for clients in the region. The new office is alongside that of sister company InterMoor in Dusavik, Stavanger. The facility gives Claxton access to a yard and warehouse providing repair and maintenance capabilities for its own and client-owned equipment. There is also the potential for Claxton to expand its operational

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