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Mapping the Future

Marine Technology Reporter catches up with Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D, Senior Director, Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE and members of the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team as the conclusion to the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE fast approaches.The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration. The prize will stimulate even greater exploration and mapping of the ocean floor, helping to uncover our planet’s greatest wonders and resources for the benefit of humanity. The winner will be

SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System deployed during ANTX2018 (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken, ThayerMahan Demonstrate SeaScout for US Navy

Kraken Robotics Inc. wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., in cooperation with ThayerMahan Inc., demonstrated its SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System during the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) held last month in Newport, R.I. This was the first at-sea test and evaluation carried out since both companies signed a strategic alliance agreement in February 2018.U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Michael Connor (retired), ThayerMahan’s President and CEO, said, “It’s our fundamental mission to integrate and deploy the latest sensors

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UFRJ Nautilus: A Brazilian AUV Project

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

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to recover a surface mooring that is part of the OOI Global Array in the Irminger Sea south of Greenland in 2016. (Photo by James Kuo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

NSF Awards Contract to Continue Ocean Observatories Initiative

A state-of-the-art marine facility delivering data and new insight to the ocean science community, policy-makers and the public worldwide has received additional support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).The NSF awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year, $220 million contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include the University of Washington (UW), Oregon State University

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ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

Canadian underwater systems and robotics manufacturer International Submarine Engineering Ltd. (ISE) announced it has sold its latest ISE Explorer autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to China Ocean Mineral Resource R&D Association (COMRA). This ISE Explorer AUV is the first rated for operations at 6,000 m depth.The modular design of the ISE Explorer enables it to carry multiple payloads in its spacious, swappable, and customizable payload section including Multibeam Echosounders, Sidescan Sonars, Sub-bottom Profilers, Synthetic Aperture Sonars, High Definition Cameras and Laser Systems, CTDs and

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Morrison, iSIMS Introduce iJacket

Chet Morrison Contractors, an energy service company for the oil, gas and renewables industries, has formed a strategic partnership with iSIMS to launch a new optimized method in jacket and foundation design.The patented iJacket is more structurally optimized than the conventional true X-braced jacket design, supporting the same deck load, conductor/riser count, drilling deck, wind turbine or other payload as its conventional counterpart, the developers said. The design is engineered to provide significant cost savings and reduce material and labor requirements over traditional foundations and jackets

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Aker Bets on Software Engineers for Its Oil Business

When the owners of Norwegian oil firm Aker BP decided to digitise its assets and operations, they searched high and low for the right software company. But they failed to find a suitable one.So instead they set up their own, Cognite, to create digital maps of Aker BP's oil industry assets, integrating data from equipment such as pumps, heat and pressure sensors, maintenance records and even staff rotas to improve efficiency and safety.Less than two years later, Cognite is selling its software to Aker BP's rivals and one competitor, Sweden's Lundin Petroleum, has even agreed to share its

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UTEC Names Rahmatullah Middle East Director

UTEC, a global survey company in subsea services group Acteon, has appointed Nadir Rahmatullah as the commercial and strategy director of its Middle East and Caspian operations.Rahmatullah was most recently managing director of UTEC StarNet, a specialist division of UTEC providing survey, inspection and data management services to the oil and gas, telecommunication, renewables, civil engineering and nuclear sectors. He joined UTEC's parent company, Acteon Group, under its Pacer Program, which is designed to attract high-achieving, driven individuals. The program gave Rahmatullah the opportunity to

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Seafloor Crawlers: New Robotic Tools for Challenging Missions

in the lower energy boundary layer. The low profile further minimizes current drag. The vehicle has operated in 1.5-m plunging surf and can cross soft terrain that will not support human loads. Recent tests demonstrated the ability to carry 40-kg payloads as well as tow a 45-kg sled across various marine surfaces.Specs of the Otter-SZC include:Symmetrical dual-sided operation for operation in the heavy surfWeight: 45-kg dry, 1-m long, 55-cm wide and 25-cm high (expandable in length and width)Speed: forward or reverse, variable up to 1-m/sNavigation: 3-axis IMU, FOG, dual encoders, dual-sided, dual-frequen

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Huisman Building Drilling System for CMHI

This week, China Merchants Heavy Industries (CMHI) awarded Huisman a contract for the engineering and fabrication of a drilling system which will be integrated and installed on the moored drilling semi-submersible constructed at CMHI Haimen.This drilling system will be used for oil and gas drilling activities in shallow to medium water depths all around Asia, particularly the South China Sea.The contract is a result of a constructive cooperation between CMHI and Huisman during the semi’s concept design. The drilling system comprises an 1800kips static rated load Dual Multi Purpose Drilling Tower

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Petrofac Secures Well Engineering Contracts

Petrofac has strengthened its global Well Engineering contracts portfolio following a series of award wins worth a combined value of around $20 million.Petrofac secured an exclusive five-year Well Operator Services contract from independent Exploration & Production company, Tailwind Energy Ltd (Tailwind), following Tailwind’s recent purchase of the Triton Cluster. Under the terms of this arrangement, Petrofac will act as Well Operator for the Gannet E, Belinda and Evelyn licence areas in the Central North Sea.The company has also been awarded discreet Well Engineering scopes by two major

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Applied Acoustics Grows Its Team of Engineers

Subsea equipment manufacturer Applied Acoustics Engineering said it has expanded its engineering department and is looking to add even more team members as part of growth plans underway at the Great Yarmouth, U.K. based firm.Recent BSc Electronic Engineering graduate Will Oakey has joined the production area, while Will Shave, another BSc qualified engineer, is working on new developments in the company’s seismic profiling systems, and HND qualified Sean Evans is using his 30 years of technical expertise to improve the quality and build of the latest sparker systems.“These colleagues will

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Engineering Better Propulsion

of how much time is spent at a different operating mode and the multiple operating modes that a vehicle might have,” MacPherson explained. “Now we’re trying to find the best compromise solution for overall system performance.”(As published in the September 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Nemeth Joins BIRNS as Manufacturing Engineer

BIRNS, Inc., an ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer of high performance lighting and connector systems, announces the appointment of Abel Nemeth as Manufacturing Engineer at the company’s headquarters. In his new role at BIRNS, Nemeth will be responsible for designing efficiency, cost-effectiveness, environmental and safety controls into each process, and will design, develop and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production procedures.Nemeth brings more than 25 years of expertise to the position, having served previously in senior Engineering roles for a range of companies and

L3 Technologies Wins Navy Deal

L3 Technologies, Ocean Systems Division, Sylmar, California, was awarded a $49,364,268 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity sole-source contract to provide support and repair services for the TB-23 towed array systems and related test equipment. L-3 will evaluate, salvage, repair and refurbish TB-23/BQ Towed Array System modules and associated test equipment and provide inventory management services. Support services include the engineering and technician services for tasking in the following areas: engineering and technical services, depot operations, logistics

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Fugro Secures E&P Support Contracts

Fugro has won three contracts with BHP Petroleum (Deepwater) Inc., which see the company delivering a range of specialist services to support exploration and production operations in Trinidad and Tobago and the Gulf of Mexico.Within Trinidad’s Block 3(a) Fugro is providing geophysical and geotechnical services from dedicated vessels to support the development of the Ruby field. From its deepwater survey vessel, Fugro Searcher, Fugro will conduct 3DHR seismic surveys, seabed clearance and shallow hazards surveys, a flowline corridor survey and a shallow geotechnical survey. For the geotechnical

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Trelleborg, Ørsted Ink Subsea Cable Protection Deal

Ørsted recently signed a six-year framework agreement with Trelleborg for the supply of NjordGuard, a cable protection system, for use on upcoming wind farm projects.Andy Smith, Business Manager for Global Developing Markets with Trelleborg’s offshore operation said the contract “will ensure open collaboration between both parties in order to identify, develop, implement and progress initiatives within the agreement’s key focus areas.”NjordGuard is a protection system designed and developed to protect offshore wind farm power cables. Manufactured from API 17L certified

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James Fisher Bolsters Middle East Capabilities

James Fisher and Sons plc (James Fisher) is bolstering its offering in the Middle East (ME) with the addition of further subsea-focused capabilities to strengthen its position and enable it to support the fast-growing oil and gas market.The deployment of a significant range of additional capabilities, including dedicated specialist equipment to support offshore construction, IRM and decommissioning services, will enable customers to benefit from a fast, local response. This combined regional capability will provide total subsea engineering solutions that draw upon James Fisher’s established

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MultiBeam EchoSounder Enables First-of-its-kind Research

, there is a concern that rising ocean temperatures could lead seafloor methane hydrate deposits to dissociate, which would result in a greater volume of methane released in the ocean, and potentially reaching the atmosphere, and therefore causing a high risk for humanity.Scholars at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany, and the University of Washington in Seattle are working on a project initiated in 2017 called M3, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that monitors the natural release of methane at the Southern Hydrate Ridge (SHR)

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AI Guides Rapid Data-Driven Exploration of Changing Underwater Habitats

A recent expedition led by Dr. Blair Thornton, holding Associate Professorships at both the University of Southampton and the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, demonstrated how the use of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence at sea can dramatically accelerate the exploration and study of hard to reach deep sea ecosystems, like intermittently active methane seeps. Thanks to rapid high throughput data analysis at sea, it was possible to identify biological hotspots at the Hydrate Ridge Region off the coast of Oregon, quickly enough to survey and sample them

High-resolution bathymetric map of the Carson Basin, a frontier region offshore Newfoundland. Fugro acquired the data which will help E&P companies to evaluate lease options for Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2019 licensing round. (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Goes Seep Hunting off Eastern Canada

A geophysical acquisition portion of a 2018 Carson Basin seep hunting program offshore eastern Canada recently completed by Fugro covered an area of 18,875 square kilometers in water depths from 300 to 3,300 meters in this frontier region offshore Newfoundland. From its deepwater survey vessel, Fugro Searcher, Fugro acquired multibeam echosounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column) and sub-bottom profiler data which were used to interpret geologic features and optimize target selection for geochemical sampling and heat flow measurements.The second portion of the program –

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Studying Aliens of the Deep

to be used in space, which is similar to the deep ocean in that it’s a low-gravity, inhospitable environment that makes operating any device challenging.”Teoh and Phillips are currently working on a more rugged version of the RAD sampler for use in heavier-duty underwater tasks, like marine geology, while Gruber and Wood are focusing on further refining the sampler’s more delicate abilities. “We’d like to add cameras and sensors to the sampler so that, in the future, we can capture an animal, collect lots of data about it like its size, material properties, and even

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Goldie Appointed to Enpro Subsea Board

Hal Goldie has joined the board of production optimization specialist, Enpro Subsea, in a non-exec director role. He joins the company during its most successful period to date, with 41 of their patented Flow Access Modules (FAM) now being adopted by major and independent operators globally.  The Aberdeen based company delivers flexible subsea solutions to support operators across the life of field from development phase through to decommissioning. Their FAM system was most recently deployed by LLOG Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico on the Crown and Anchor field.Goldie, who is based in

STL Secures $2m Contract

STL secured a$2mln contract with an international engineering services firm that will see it provide a range of innovative products designed to improve productivity and reduce downtime.   Aberdeen-based STL (Subsea Technologies Ltd) provides pioneering subsea equipment and technical advisory services, from concept development and design engineering to project management and operations support. The latest scope of work awarded will see STL deliver a range of well intervention equipment, including three SLICs (Stackable Lightweight Intervention Connectors) and seven male mandrels, of

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5 Minutes with Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine

Teledyne Marine Group has been a consolidator in the subsea space for more than a decade, today totaling 23 companies. Teledyne Marine’s MTR100 entry is focused on insights on the moves in the market from Mike Read.As we continue to navigate through a historic downturn in the offshore energy sector, can you give us your view of the market? Where you see opportunity in the coming 12 to 24 months?We are optimistic on the health of the marine market across all market sectors over the next 12 to 24 months. Our interconnect and instruments businesses are beginning to see the effects of stabilization

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Whale Tracks Found in Areas Targeted for Deep-sea Mining

the researchers have not directly observed the “tracks” being made, these markings are comparable to those detected in other areas of the world’s oceans attributed to deep-diving whales. If the tracks are indeed made by a whale, they would extend the known maximum dive depth of a marine mammal by over 1,000 m.Deep-diving whales – such as beaked whales or sperm whales – are the most specialized and least understood of all marine mammals. They are inconspicuous and elusive deep divers, surfacing only briefly to breathe. Much of what is known about these whales has been

Coral Reef Mapping Drone prototype at the Conservation X Labs event at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress in Sarawak, Malaysia (Photo: SMD)

SMD Uses Its Expertise to Help Save the Planet

environmental and conservation challenges.Andrew Ambrose-Thurman and Hua Khee Chan, two engineers from Wallsend-based subsea and engineering company, Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD), took part in “Make for the Planet Borneo” which was hosted by Conservation X Labs at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress event.The gathering brought together 15 teams consisting of some of the world’s leading engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, coders, makers and creative thinkers to help solve global conservation challenges.Andrew Ambrose-Thurman, Software Controls Engineer – Innovation

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Saipem Wins $700 Mln Worth of Offshore Contracts

Saipem has been awarded contracts for the second phase of the ExxonMobil led Liza development offshore Guyana.These contracts, assigned by Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), an affiliate of ExxonMobil, as the project operator, are in addition to those awarded to Saipem in 2017 for Liza Phase 1.Following engineering and subject to requisite government approvals, project sanction from the joint venture and an authorization to proceed with the next phase, Saipem will then perform detailed engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of the risers, flowlines, and associated

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PDi Taps O’Sullivan as New CEO

Project Development International (PDi) Ltd - part of the Tattva Group – has appointed Michael O’Sullivan as its new Chief Executive Officer and board member.Bringing over 25 years’ subsea oil and gas experience to PDi, O’Sullivan began his career in the subsea industry with riser consultancy MCS, serving in a variety of technical and managerial positions. This culminated in his appointment as Managing Director of MCS UK in 2009 - following its acquisition by Wood Group – a position he held until 2013. Subsequently running JP Kenny’s operations in Aberdeen, he most

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Greensea Names Yopak Applications Engineer, Service Manager

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA, the universal open software architecture for the marine industry, has appointed Regina Yopak as Applications Engineer, Service Manager.Yopak comes to Greensea with extensive at-sea experience having spent several tours as Lead Navigator and Mapping Specialist on board E/V Nautilus for the Ocean Exploration Trust. In addition to her offshore experience, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Environmental Science, and a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.In her new role, Yopak will work as a bridge between

Kraken Enters R&D Partnership with NOAA

development of technologies.“We are excited to enter into our first CRADA with NOAA,” said Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO. “The Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is a fast moving and forward-thinking division of NOAA, always eager to identify and adopt the latest marine technology available to increase the efficiency and capability of their missions. We are highly impressed with the telepresence capability aboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer and OER's goal to provide real-time data from their expeditions to the scientific community. We feel this will be a

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Autonomous Vehicle Completes Survey Mission off Alaska

An autonomous surface vessel recently went the distance for a hydrographic survey mission along a remote stretch of Alaskan coastline.ASV Global and TerraSond said they recently completed a hydrographic survey for charting off the coast of Alaska. The 10,649km survey was carried out by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 unmanned vessel alongside the Q105 survey ship acting as the mother vessel. Fitted with a multibeam echosounder, the C-Worker 5 carried out 53 percent of the survey.Throughout the operation the C-Worker 5 was remotely monitored using ASV Global’s ASView control system from a station on

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

is able to transfer 24v DC 1,000 Watt of power across a 0-10mm seawater gap, alongside 100 Mbps Ethernet and serial data transfer. Developed for the subsea market in general, one of its initial goals, in collaboration with NOV, was to increase connection reliability between a blowout preventer and lower marine riser package during subsea well intervention operations.  The firm is also gaining traction for its Maelstrom and Fonn connectors. Maelstrom is suitable for data-only or low-power applications, with 24v DC, 50 Watt power transfer and 100 Mbps Ethernet plus serial data transfer, while Fonn offers

Personnel Changes at Autonomous Robotics Limited

U.K. based autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)  developer Autonomous Robotics Limited (ARL) announced the appointment of Rear Admiral (retired) Jon Westbrook CBE and Commodore (retired) Phillip Titterton CBE as Defense Advisor to the Board and Defense Consultant respectively, with effect from August 1, 2018.The company also hired additional engineering staff. Abhinav Bharti (lead software engineer) and Ella Richards (lead mechanical engineer) have joined the team led by Arran Holloway, ARL’s Engineering Director.The company’s board also announces that Rafael Albea has resigned from

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Aleron’s New Hybrid ROV Goes to Work

Following a six-figure sum investment in research and development, the new hybrid TRACKROV system has been mobilized to carry out unexploded ordnance identification (UXO) surveys for a major renewables project in The Netherlands.Aberdeenshire-based ROV and tooling engineering firm Aleron Subsea said its new TRACKROV technology has secured its first contract win to support unexploded clearance work for a wind farm route clearance project in the region.The high-tech TRACKROV vehicle has been built to operate on the seabed for extended periods and in currents of up to three knots. By designing it as a

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Heijermans Joins Boskalis Management Board

During today's Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, Bart Heijermans was appointed to the Board of Management of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. for a term until the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in 2022.Heijermans will be responsible for the company’s offshore energy division, effective September 1, 2018.Heijermans brings to the board extensive experience in the offshore industry, having recently served as CEO and board member of subsea services provider DeepOcean. Prior to that, he held various senior management positions at companies including Helix Energy Solutions and

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Aker Solutions to Supply Umbilicals for Liuhua FPSO

Aker Solutions said it has been contracted to deliver power umbilical systems to China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) Liuhua oil fields in the South China Sea, off Hong Kong.The order, which is said to be worth more than NOK 350 million ($36.6 million), was booked in the third quarter of 2018. The work scope includes more than 35 kilometers of dynamic and static power umbilicals for the Liuhua 16-2, 20-2 and 21-2 fields, linking the subsea development to a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.Power umbilical systems are bundled cable and fiber optic systems

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Scientists Map Fast-moving Fault off Alaska

to study the offshore Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault system in U.S. territory in more than three decades. A similar effort led by the Geological Survey of Canada has been underway along the portion of the fault located in Canadian territory.The 2018 Fairweather survey built on five previous USGS-led marine geophysical and geological surveys between 2015 and 2017 in southeastern Alaska aboard a number of research vessels, as well as two cruises led by researchers from the Geological Survey of Canada, Sitka Sound Science Center and USGS. During these surveys, researchers used an array of instruments

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

It was an exciting time in San Diego as nearly 50 high school and university teams from around the world made a splash at the 21st International RoboSub Competition at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Transducer Evaluation Center, July 30 – August 3.The week-long autonomous submarine competition, co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International Foundation, tested students’ mechanical, electrical, computer and systems engineering skills—as well as their presentation skills and teamwork while competing for cash

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IMR Contract to IKM Subsea

Aker BP has awarded IKM Subsea an ad-hoc call of agreement for light IMR services on the Norwegian continental shelf. The duration of the contract is 3 years with additional six years of options. IKM Subsea will provide onshore project management, engineering, tooling preparation and offshore operations utilizing its Merlin ROV fleet.

Researchers converted their three-finger soft manipulator to a two-finger version, seen here performing a pinch grasp on an extremely delicate sea cucumber. (Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

A Soft Solution to a Hard Underwater Problem

mining industries, is clunky, expensive, and difficult to maneuver with the kind of control needed for interacting with delicate sea life. Picking a delicate sea slug off the ocean floor with these tools is akin to trying to pluck a grape using pruning shears.Now, a multidisciplinary group of engineers, marine biologists, and roboticists has developed an alternative sampling device that is soft, flexible, and customizable, allowing scientists to gently grab different types of organisms from the sea without damaging them, and 3D-print modifications to the device overnight without the need to return to a

Fugro’s new first-of-its-kind airborne multibeam system, RAMMS, provides efficient bathymetric lidar surveys for nearshore and coastal mapping (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Advances Bathymetric Lidar Mapping Capabilities

solution, dramatically improving upon other bathymetric lidar mapping capabilities.“Traditional bathymetric lidar technology requires customers to compromise between price, depth penetration and data density,” said Ed Saade, president of Fugro USA and regional director for Fugro’s Marine Division in the Americas. “With RAMMS, there’s no trade-off. It can achieve 3-Secchi disk depth penetration at a higher observation density than any comparable system on the market - and we’ve recorded seafloor depths as deep as 42 meters during a recent survey.”Described

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Autonomous Vehicle Maps the Arctic Seafloor

Far above the Arctic Circle, an autonomous surface vehicle set out to map the seafloor in an effort to improve nautical charts in areas where there is scarce data and vessel traffic is increasing.A team of engineers and students from the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, together with personnel from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, recently returned from an Arctic voyage that deployed an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) from the NOAA hydrographic ship Fairweather, a first from a NOAA vessel in the region.The Fairweather spends each summer surveying the

TCarta will deploy machine learning and computer vision techniques to enhance satellite derived bathymetry in the littoral zone. (Image source: Copernicus Sentinel data 2018)

NSF Grant to Enhance Satellite-derived Bathymetry Technology

Marine geospatial products provider TCarta Marine has been awarded a research and development grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance and automate multiple techniques for deriving seafloor depth measurements from optical satellite imagery. The ‘Project Trident’ research seeks to transform existing satellite derived bathymetry (SDB) techniques by leveraging machine learning and computer vision technology to enable accurate depth retrieval in variable water conditions.If successful, TCarta said, these enhanced bathymetric techniques will have positive impacts on operations

Fugro to Conduct Marine Lidar Bathymetry Survey in Australia

Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), on behalf of the New South Wales Government, Australia.The project will deliver data as part of OEH’s Seabed NSW program, announced earlier this year, and involves the collection of high resolution, seamless bathymetry across the New South Wales coastal and marine environment. The data will assist in mapping the seafloor and sediment compartments along the NSW coast. This information will enable councils, scientists and government agencies to better understand nearshore processes and allow them to model coastal hazards at a local scale with far greater accuracy

Subsea 7 Bags Nexen Contract Offshore UK

Subsea 7 said Friday it has been awarded a contract from Nexen as part of the Buzzard Phase 2 Project, located approximately 55 kilometers off the northeast coast of Scotland. Subsea 7 said the contract is “sizeable”, between $50 million and $150 million.Subsea 7’s contract scope includes project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of a 5-kilometer pipeline bundle along with associated well and platform tie-ins, and provision of a heavy lift vessel for transport and installation of a new topside module.Project management and detailed engineering has

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Drone Boats to Face-Off in Global RobotX Challenge

.The purpose of the challenge is to foster innovation as students develop their skills in systems engineering and autonomous command and control, while collaborating with the engineers and organizations that develop the required sensors and technologies.The WAM-V USV platform, designed and manufactured by Marine Advanced Research, Inc. in Richmond, Calif., is used by every university participating in the challenge. “Lightweight, maneuverable, and easily customized, the WAM-V is the ideal platform for this competition,” says Mark Gundersen, President and CEO of the company. “We’re

A District vehicle retrieves a survey vessel at the New York District's reconstructed Caven Point Marine Terminal in Jersey City, N.J., June 12, 2018. The new boat ramp enables launching and retrieving craft during all points in the tide cycle. A section of the Hydrogaphic Surveys class was taught aboard survey vessels on the water in New York-New Jersey Harbor. (Photo by James D'Ambrosio)

New Site Hosts Corps’ Hydrographic Survey Training

What do hydrographic surveys ― the scientific measurement and description of physical features at the bottom of bodies of water ― have to do with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and marine construction? In a word, plenty.Francis Postiglione, chief of the New York District's Survey Section, Operation's Division, said, "Surveying is at the root of all projects in coastal and inland waterways," adding, "Surveying also plays a large role during the bidding process and awarding of contracts, especially with estimating costs."Importance of SurveysHydrographic surveys are important

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Singapore's Offshore Industry Recovering

A big drag on Singapore's growth in recent years, the embattled offshore and marine industry, has broken a three-year losing streak. Yet industry executives aren't betting on a return to the glory days anytime soon.The industry, along with a top-class finance sector, has been a key pillar of Singapore's economic transformation into a first world economy since independence from British colonial rule in 1965 and a source of national pride. But a 2014 collapse in oil prices has resulted in thousands jobs lost, several defaults and billions of dollars in debt restructurings.Now, as oil prices

Subsea 7 Wins ‘Sizeable’ Offshore Contract

Subsea 7 S.A. announced today it has been awarded a “sizeable” offshore transportation and installation contract.The subsea engineering, construction and services company said offshore execution for the contract is planned for 2020 and that the deal is worth between $50 million and $150 million, but revealed no further details due to contractual obligations.

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Damen Starts on Dredging System

Damen began work on the construction of a dredging system for the first Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD). This vessel, which is being built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania for Cemex UK Marine Ltd., is designed to extract sand and gravel from the sea bed at depths of up to -55 meters.According to the builder CEMEX asked Damen to develop a system with no inboard dredge pipework, something which has never been done on a vessel of this size before. The thinking behind this was to avoid the possibility of the abrasive dredged material creating wear holes in the inboard dredge pipework on board

ROV Hercules launches off of the E/V Nautilus to search for meteorite fragments in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (Photo: Susan Poulton/OET)

Possible Meteorite Fragments Found in Marine Sanctuary

for a meteorite at sea, researchers set out to investigate the largest recorded meteorite to strike the United States in 21 years. They recovered from the ocean what are believed to be pieces of the dense, interstellar rock.The golf cart-sized meteorite crashed into NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary on March 7 around 7:15 p.m. PST, about 15 miles off the Washington coast. Despite having broken into many pieces before falling to the sea, its impact was so violent it registered on seismometers as far away as Manitoba, Canada. The cosmic burst, picked up by NOAA’s NEXRAD weather

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High-tech Sensors Advance Tsunami Monitoring

to save lives, model wave propagation and quantify coastal hazards.The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) has recently taken delivery of five new RBRquartz³ BPRs (bottom pressure recorders) from oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer RBR for a long-term research program with the Insitu Marine Laboratory for Geosystems Research (iMARL). The iMARL is a network of deep sea ocean sensors including ocean bottom seismographs (OBS), broadband acoustic sensors, and RBRquartz³ BPRs for measuring absolute water pressure and temperature at the ocean floor. Strapped to deep sea landers, the

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Houlder Joins Sir David Attenborough Celebrations

Naval architect and marine engineering firm Houlder has played a key role in the development of the U.K.’s new polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough, since it was first conceived by the British Antarctic Survey.CEO Rupert Hare will join members of the project team as hull number 1390, comprising 10,000t of steel, is launched at Cammell Laird Shipyard on July 14.As experts in ship construction, and ice class design in particular, Houlder worked with the British Antarctic Survey and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) initially through the vessel’s concept design and

Dräger UK Managing Director Mike Norris (right) welcomes Kelly Murray at the company’s Aberdeen base (Photo:BIG Partnership)

Dräger Appoints Murray to Senior Management Team

Dräger Safety UK has appointed Kelly Murray as general manager of its North Sea operations base in Aberdeen.   Murray, who has more than 20 years’ experience in operations, engineering and project management in oil and gas, believes Dräger’s manufacturing abilities and its multinational reach give the business opportunities in the wider energy sector.   Mrs Murray was chief operating officer of Red Spider Technology and was subsequently UK interventions manager for the global oilfield service sector major.   She joins Dräger as general manager, leading a

Dolwin alpha (Photo: SeaRenergy)

SeaRenergy, N-Sea Awarded Repair Project

Following an EU tender, a consortium of SeaRenergy and N-Sea has been awarded a project by TenneT covering modification works to the jacket structure of the HVDC platform Dolwin alpha, in the German Exclusive Economic Zone of the North Sea.  The project will see Hamburg-based lead partner SeaRenergy provide engineering and design services as well as the fabrication of Clamps to be installed on each of the six jacket legs to increase the overall lifetime of the HVDC transmission system.  Following SeaRenergy’s trial of mockup test structures, N-Sea will provide subsea installation

REMUS M3V  (Photo: Hydroid)

Hydroid's Most Compact AUV Ever Produced

up new possibilities for deployment. The result is the REMUS M3V, an AUV whose dimensions have been kept down to a true “A-size” form factor – it measures just 36" by 4.875" (0.91 m × 0.12 m). The compact size of the M3V makes it ideal for many applications, such as marine life research or underwater assessment around infrastructure such as oil and gas installations, offshore wind turbines and military applications. Hydroid hopes that the REMUS M3V’s size will open up new avenues for deployments beyond mine-countermeasure (MCM) activities where REMUS AUVs

P-O Sverlinger, CEO, MMT Group (Photo: Credit MMT)

MMT Appoints Sverlinger CEO

P-O Sverlinger was named CEO of MMT Group. Sverlinger comes from the management consultancy firm Triathlon Group, where he is one of two founders, as well as CEO.During his time at Triathlon, the firm has grown into a sizeable, stable and successful international Management Consultancy with a client base in large and medium sized Nordic industrial companies. He is well acquainted with the operations of consultant firms and emphasizes the importance of good customer relations and skilled, enthusiastic employees.Sverlinger holds a M. Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and has a Ph.D. degree in management

Photo courtesy of IKM Subsea

Another IMR Contract to IKM Subsea

Equinor, Norske Shell and IKM Subsea have agreed to adopt the terms and conditions of the contract originally signed between Norske Shell and IKM Subsea for provision of Light ROV & inspection services for Equinor operations. The services specifically ordered by Equinor will include onshore project management, engineering and offshore operations utilising the Siem Pride which is subject to a vessel share agreement with Norske Shell.  The requested services and equipment will be delivered based on a call off mechanism and contract arrangement is estimated for two years with  options to

Ocean Infinity’s AUVs being prepared to autonomously map the ocean floor, aboard Seabed Constructor (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity Donates Data to Seabed Mapping Project

Texas-based surveying company Ocean Infinity has donated survey data from its search for missing Malaysian airliner MH370 to The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project which aims to map the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by 2030.The 120,000 square kilometers of data will be incorporated into the latest version of the global map of the ocean floor. So far, only a fraction of the ocean floor has been mapped with direct measurement.Ocean Infinity’s data was collected by a fleet of eight autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), enabling the surveying company to gather data much more

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