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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

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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

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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

Photo from Oceanology International 2016 conference (Photo: Oceanology International)

Oceanology International '18: Conference Schedule Finalized

respective fields, and the potential for enlightened, galvanizing discussion and the cross-fertilization of progressive ideas is genuinely exciting.” The conference program gets under way on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 with a Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics track,chaired by Andy Hill, Marine Geohazard Technical Authority at BP Exploration, and Richard Salisbury, Senior Consultant at Fugro. This session will discuss data collation and examination methods used in mapping offshore seabed and sub-seabed environments, highlighting the benefits such studies confer upon the renewables, oil

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Subsea Infrastructure: Challenges & Solutions

As offshore oil and gas reserves become ever more difficult and costly to recover, the demand for innovative technology has never been greater. Joe Orrell, managing director at RED Engineering, considers some of the challenges in subsea infrastructure design and the role of fast track engineering solutions.   The offshore oil and gas industry, even in times of low prices and abundant supply, is driven by the almost relentless search for new fields to replace those coming towards the end of their natural productive lives. Often this forces exploration in ever more challenging environments and

Royal IHC Acquires KCI from Oceanteam

 Dutch supplier of vessels, equipment and services for the offshore, dredging and wet mining markets Royal IHC said it has acquire all of the outstanding share capital of Dutch based engineering and consultancy company KCI the Engineers B.V. from Dutch-Norwegian offshore service provider Oceanteam ASA.   IHC said it plans to maintain KCI as an independent brand and operating company which will continue to serve external clients while also working on IHC projects.   Diederik van Rijn, IHC Group Executive Director, said, “The acquisition KCI fits within the overall strategy of

Parchment tubeworm in the field (Photo by Dr. Evelien De Meulenaere, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego)

Scientists Say Sea Worm May Have Superpowers

 A common sea worm that resides in muddy coastal seafloors may have powers that could potentially impact human health, according to researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.   Researchers discovered that a parchment tubeworm, the marine invertebrate Chaetopterus sp. – which is also known for its bioluminescence – is able to produce an important protein found in nearly all living organisms, ferritin, eight times more efficiently than humans.   “We were surprised to discover that even though the tubeworm ferritin

Workers assembling subsea equipment at Aker Solutions factory in Brazil. Photo: Aker Solutions

Interview: Woodson Ferreira, Aker Solutions, Brazil

. -- Woodson Ferreira – Vice President of Subsea Lifecycle Services in Brazil Aker Solutions is a leading subsea equipment and service provider in Brazil, having participated in pre-salt and post-salt subsea field designs, equipment installation, IMR and other life of field services. Marine Technology Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil, Claudio Paschoa, interviews Woodson Ferreira – Vice President of Subsea Lifecycle Services in Brazil.   Aker’s original expertise in subsea operations came from the challenges of developing the deep waters and complex reservoirs

Mark Gillespie (Photo: ESS)

Ecosse Subsea Doubles Turnover

Ecosse Subsea, the parent company of subsea technology specialist, Ecosse Subsea Systems, (ESS) has more than doubled turnover to $37m and increased underlying earnings according to annual accounts lodged at Companies House.   Financial results to March 31, 2017 show the Aberdeenshire firm, which provides a range of engineering, technical, equipment hire, fabrication and manpower services to the renewables, interconnector and oil and gas industries, ramped up turnover from $16.9m  to $37m. EBITDA rose to $9.3m.   ESS said the strong financial performance was a result of previous

Matthew Parrilla (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Hires Parrilla as Robotics Engineer

Greensea, creator of universal marine industry operating platform OPENSEA, has recently announced the appointment of Matthew Parrilla as Robotics Engineer.   Parrilla will work in the Emerging Technologies group at Greensea, led by founder and CEO Ben Kinnaman. This group focuses on the next generation of supervised autonomy and navigation technologies behind Greensea's marine software.   Prior to joining Greensea, Matthew was a lead developer of a customer facing application at Cox Automotive, Inc. He earned a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Maryland, worked as a data

WHOI machinist and resident facilitator D.C. Collasius finishes a part he produced using a 3D resin printer in the new DunkWorks rapid protyping facility. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Moore Foundation Awards $3 Mln to WHOI

, to explore the seams between disciplines both inside and outside oceanography, will keep WHOI at the forefront of ocean discovery in ways that greatly improve our understanding of the ocean and our planet.”  “Historically, ocean research requires major investment in ships, submarines, and moorings to collect data, which can take years to develop,” said Chris Mentzel, program director at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. “Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is known for its high-quality ocean research and instrumentation, and there is an opportunity now to bring

Figure 1: The ProteusDS software pre-processor is shown. This software allows users to add mooring elements such as shackles and swivels from a central library. Line types such as Amsteel Blue or wire rope can likewise be selected. (Image: Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd.)

Don't Let the Ocean Knock You Down

;t have to guess what is happening subsea.     The Author Dean Steinke is co-founder and Director of Operations, Dynamic Systems Analysis. He combines a mechanical engineering education with hands-on offshore experience.     (As published in the November/December 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Newport News Wins Columbia-Class Submarine Contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division was awarded a contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat worth up to $468 million to begin work on integrated product and process development for the U.S. Navy’s new Columbia-class submarines.   The U.S. Navy awarded a $5 billion detailed design contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat on September 21. Newport News Shipbuilding is the subcontractor for the new class of ballistic-missile submarines that are being designed to replace the Ohio-class submarines.   The contract work, which began on October

Students Bring Robotics to US Naval War College

A group of students from the robotics teams at Slater Junior High School and Shea High School from Pawtucket, R.I. visited U.S. Naval War College (NWC) on Tuesday, December 12.    The students brought two robots which they designed and built to NWC to demonstrate to the NWC students, staff and faculty how they operate and what tasks each robot could complete.    Beginning in 2013, the goal of the Slater and Shea's robotics team was to increase the number of students who may choose to pursue high-tech careers in the engineering and technology fields. Robotics introduces the

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Aker Solutions Secures Subsea Services Work for Statoil

Aker Solutions said it has secured a framework agreement to provide subsea services for Statoil-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway. The contract has a fixed period of five years, starting in the first quarter of 2018, and contains five four-year extension options. Its value depends on the amount of work ordered by Statoil under the agreement. This is currently estimated at about NOK 3 billion ($361,000) for the fixed period and will be booked in fourth-quarter orders. The agreement provides work for Aker Solutions' services bases in Ågotnes on the west coast of Norway and

Photo from Catch the Next Wave at Oceanology International 2016 (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Parallel Events Add Depth to Oceanology International

professionals to highlight demonstrable technological achievements that are aiding exploration and research while stressing the ongoing importance of technological progress.”   Complementing Oceanology International 2018’s conference program, Ocean ICT Expo will address the demand for marine and ocean IT, communications, satellite and data storage solutions, with hundreds of highly targeted experts on hand. An additional seminar area will host presentations from global software, hardware and communication services professionals, applying ICT solutions to assist growth in ocean data acquisitio

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Submarine Power Cables Protection

Submarine power cables are largely deployed in various offshore renewable energy sources such as wind, wave and tidal installations to transfer power to shore, but also in oil and gas platforms and ocean science observatories. They ensure the power supply to remote areas and by connecting regional electrical transmissions enable global energy trading.   The growing importance of the marine renewable energy sector and the word’s focus on environmental issues have made submarine power cables an infrastructure of critical importance. Most efficient and reliable installation and protection

SBM Offshore Wins Johan Castberg Turret Mooring System Contract

SBM Offshore said it was awarded the contract and received the corresponding notice from Statoil to proceed with the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) work scope for a large-scale turret mooring system for its Johan Castberg development.    The contract award results from delivery of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) scope for the mooring system delivered in cooperation between Statoil and SBM Offshore teams.   The turret is planned to be delivered in modules in early 2020, will be moored in c. 370 meter water depth and will have a capacity to accommodate 21

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China's 'Smart' Ship Debuts in Shanghai

voyage in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province.   Christened as 'Great Intelligence' (Great Smart) 179-meter-long ship  is 32-meters-wide and 15-meters-high, with a maximum loading capacity of 38,800 tonnes.    The report said that it is installed with SOMS, a China-Developed marine system with autonomous learning ability and intelligent operation system. It can analyze real-time navigation and meteorological data, pick the best routes and alert the crew to hidden dangers in advance.   Developed by CSSC), Great Intelligence will be used by Sinotrans Shipping to transport

From left: Jack Taylor, David Sheret, David Sinclair and Hugh Riddell (Photo: M2 Subsea)

Sinclair Joins M2 Subsea

ROV services provider M2 Subsea said David Sinclair has joined its European business development team as the company’s newly appointed business development manager – renewables and decommissioning.  Based in Aberdeen, Sinclair will be responsible for leading M2 Subsea’s business acquisition strategy for both these sectors in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Europe. Bringing more than 10 years of industry experience, Sinclair joins M2 Subsea from Bibby Offshore where he held the position of engineering and innovation manager.  Sinclair graduated with a masters

Garrot, a Canadian Coast Guard’s launch dedicated to the hydrographic survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service recently converted to unmanned mode by ASV Global. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Hydrographic Survey Vessel Converted for Autonomous Ops

ASV Global said it has converted a 26ft hydrographic survey launch to enable it to operate autonomously using the ASView control system, while maintaining its ability to operate in a conventional manned mode. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work.   This delivery to the CHS marks ASV Global’s 10th unmanned conversion of a customer vessel using the ASView system.   ASView enables the launch to follow planned

The GEBCO-NF Alumni Team’s concept utilizes a SEA-KIT unmanned surface vessel, USV Maxlimer. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

K-MATE Autonomy Controller Put to the Test

Supported by KONGSBERG experts and technology, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team, one of 19 semi-finalist teams competing in the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, has completed technology readiness tests of its unique unmanned surface vessel (USV) / autonomous underwater vessel (AUV) concept and associated combination of communications hardware and software to process and transmit data remotely. The test event was held on the fjord outside KONGSBERG’s factory in Horten, Norway on Thursday, November 23.   All Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE teams will hold testing site visits around

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SeeByte to Extend US Navy Unmanned Capability

SeeByte said it has been awarded a Naval Sea Systems Command contract valued at $22.59 million over five years to provide engineering, technical support and training services for the MK18 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Family of Systems (FoS).   The award allows the government to execute task orders with SeeByte for the provision of various supplies and services including but not limited to upgrades to the SeeTrack Common Operator Interface for Navy (COIN) EOD software modules, purchasing of autonomy software (SeeByte’s Neptune autonomy engine) licenses for MK18 UUVs, MK18 software and

Hydroid Names Rogers VP of Engineering

variety of corporate positions including executive vice president and general manager; senior vice president and group director, technology solutions; vice president and group director, survivability; and director, integrated defense solutions.   Dr. Rogers holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in applied marine physics from the University of Miami and a B.S. in physics from Siena College. He received an executive education from the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School; the Sloan Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute

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Tidal Energy Test Site Installed in Cape Cod Canal

A first of its kind in the U.S., the Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS) was installed in the Cape Cod Canal during the past two weeks. On November 22, a barge owned by AGM Marine, Inc. pulled up its moorings and was towed back to New Bedford, leaving the BTTS to stand ready for business.    AGM Marine drove three piles in the first three days and assembled the structure on top of the piles. In the past two days, the work platform was secured along with the winch that will power the lifting member that turbines will be attached to. The structure is now secure in the water off the Railroad Bridge

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Klein Plans 2018 Side Scan Sonar Training

Side scan sonar manufacturer Klein Marine Systems will host three days of side scan sonar training, including a one day on-water practical training, from January 29-31, in Pensacola, Fla.   The training, organized with the support of Higgs Hydrographic Tek, will help participants to develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as hands-on experience with single beam sonar such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900.   Training topics include: Principles of underwater acoustics  - sonar record analysis, targets and shadows, reflectivity of underwater materials

The VAMOS vehicle at SMD’s Head Office Turbinia Works (Photo: SMD)

SMD Tests Subsea Mining Vehicle Prototype

A new robotic underwater mining vehicle prototype has completed first stage testing in a project set to uncover valuable European underwater mineral resources.   U.K.-based subsea engineering specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) is technical lead on the VAMOS (viable alternative mine operating system) project, a 42-month international research and development venture, which is part-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.   At a cost of approximately €12.6 million ($14.9 million), SMD and its partners in the VAMOS Consortium, have

Karl Lander (Photo: Greensea)

Lander Joins Greensea as Account Executive

responsible for the internal operations of an 85-member crew and managed a 137-member cross-functional team during a 64-day scientific expedition to the North Pole.   Lander earned a M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from Portland State University, and a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He is a Certified Surface Supplied and SCUBA Diver with experience in military and scientific expeditions

HR Wallingford built a large scale wooden segmented model of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in its Oxfordshire laboratories (Photo: HR Wallingford)

The Art of Coastal Engineering in the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened its doors on November 8, 2017, has been described as floating on the waters of the Gulf. This effect, part of the architectural vision of its award-winning architect, Jean Nouvel, who has created a museum-city in the sea, is fashioned by having water levels lying close to the line of sight. In its Oxfordshire laboratories, HR Wallingford created a 3D physical model of the museum which could accurately reproduce the hydrodynamics of the proposed site to allow for collaborative working between Architect and Coastal Engineer to optimise the architectural design.

Nick Hawkes (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Aquaterra Names Hawkes Financial Director

Offshore engineering solutions provider Aquaterra Energy has appointed Nick Hawkes as Financial Director based at the company’s headquarters in Norwich.   Hawkes has more than four years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and joins Aquaterra having spent nearly 20 years with Babcock International Group where he latterly held the position as Financial Director for 15 years. Hawkes graduated from Bournemouth University in 1987 with a BA (Hons) Business Studies.   His appointment follows the announcement in July that Aquaterra Energy secured a multimillion pound investment

At the DEMA Show 2017 (L-R):  Aquabotix Chief Development Officer Ted Curley; Audrey Darley, Director of Vendor Relations for Darley; and Henry “Ace” Thrift, Director of Business Development, Navy/SOCUM/Federal Team. (Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Adds US Distributor

partner in support of our growing U.S. Navy business with our Endura ROVs and new Hybrid AUV/ROV,” said Ted Curley, Chief Development Officer of Aquabotix.   Darley joins several recent distributors to Aquabotix’s global network, including Sadaret Ltd., Seafloor Systems, Deekay Marine Services and A2 Marine Solution.    “Aquabotix continues to partner with best in class distributors, including Darley, to help achieve our sales goals and increase our presence in the U.S.,” said Durval Tavares, CEO of Aquabotix.   Darley Defense has executed large

The Planck UAS returns to the WAM-V (Photo: Eric Haun)

Unmanned Vehicles In, On and Above the Water

As part of the annual BlueTech Week in San Diego, attendees were given an opportunity to see several unmanned vehicle technologies in action.   The main event was put on by a team consisting of Marine Advanced Research, Inc.; Planck Aerosystems, Inc.; and Teledyne Marine, Inc. (all with bases in California). Together, the team demonstrated multi-interoperability among five different unmanned systems on the water, in the air and subsea. A Z-Boat 1800RP unmanned surface vehicle (USV) from Teledyne Oceanscience used Odom MB2 multibeam sonar technology to search for and inspect targets of interest

Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Testing Altered

hopes with Puerto Rico that we can resume our planning in time for a NOAA Bonus Prize test in 2018,” added Virmani.   To support the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, a highly qualified international and independent judging panel consisting of experts in seafloor mapping, data analysis, marine and drone technologies, and underwater discoveries has been established: Victor Abbott, Ph.D., formerly of the University of Plymouth; Aida Alvera-Azcarate, Ph.D., University of Liege; Douglas Au, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; Catherine Ball, Ph.D., Remote Research Ranges; Christina Kellogg

Meet MUM: Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership. Image: thyssenkrupp

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

propulsion system to allow for deep dives and long range duration.   “The world’s oceans present a wide range of tasks and questions that cannot yet be addressed because we don’t have the appropriate vehicles and systems," said Marc Schiemann, project manager at thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. "MUM offers a wealth of new options for industrial marine engineering and scientific ocean research. We will equip the floating, wireless underwater vehicle with an air-independent fuel cell propulsion system. Our goal is to develop a vehicle which allows diving depths of up to 5,000m

TechnipFMC Wins Murphy Sabah Contract

 TechnipFMC said it has been awarded a subsea contract by Murphy Sabah Oil for the Phase 1A Block H Gas Development Project. The project is located in offshore Sabah, Malaysia, at a water depth of approximately 1,300 meters. The contract covers the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of the umbilicals, risers and flowlines as well as the transportation and installation of subsea hardware and controls.  

Artist’s rendering of what the tidal test site will look like (Image: MRECo)

US Tidal Energy Test Site: Installation Set for Next Week

 Installation work for a permanent tidal power test site, a first of its kind in the U.S., is expected to begin in the Cape Cod Canal next week. Having received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the test site installation in September, the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) said the Bourne Tidal Test Structure is slated for delivery in New Bedford on Friday, November 3, where it will be placed on a barge owned by AGM Marine, Inc. for transport to the Cape Cod Canal on Monday, November 6. According to officials with the installation company, AGM Marine

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Lockheed Martin to Design an Extra Large UUV for the US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $43.2 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the design of its next autonomous underwater vehicle.   The Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) Orca is a two phase competition, including the currently awarded design phase and a competitive production phase for up to nine vehicles to meet increasing demands for undersea operational awareness and payload delivery.   Lockheed Martin said it will design long-range autonomous vehicle to perform a variety of missions, enabled by a reconfigurable payload bay. Key attributes include extended vehicle range

Roxar RMS reservoir characterization and modeling software (Photo: Emerson)

Emerson, Statoil Ink Collaboration Agreement

Emerson has signed a collaboration agreement with Norwegian operator Statoil to further develop its Roxar RMS reservoir characterization and modeling software. The announcement is the latest in a series of partnerships between Emerson and Statoil that has spanned many years and includes high-value contracts on a number of Statoil’s North Sea fields as well as R&D collaborations.      Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Statoil will share with Emerson some of its Intellectual Property (IP) from its internal “‘Fast Model Update”’ (FMU)

TX4849 Slip Ring (Photo: Trolex Engineering)

Trolex Expands Its Range of Slip Rings

 Trolex Engineering, a designer and manufacturer of Electrical Slip Ring Units, has introduced the TX4849 Slip Ring.   The Weather Protected Slip Ring is a compact 316L stainless steel unit which has a cover diameter of only 72mm. The unit can house up to 16 rings, rated 12 Amps, 1000V per ring. In addition to electrical passes, the unit can also be combined with a fiber optic rotary joint, both single and multimode options.   Suitable for a variety of applications including ROVs, winches and seismic surveying, the unit has been design tested to meet IP66 ratings, Trolex said.

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Teledyne Marine Hosts its 2nd Technology Workshop

More than 270 customers from around the globe converged in San Diego from October 15-18 to attend Teledyne Marine’s second biennial users’ conference, the Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW). There, more than 50 customer presentations detailed utilization of Teledyne Marine products and technologies for applications spanning offshore energy, defense, ports and harbors, oceanography, aquaculture, dredging, hydrography and hydrology. The event also included several afternoon plenary sessions presented by Teledyne Marine’s OneTeam, which detailed the group’s joint

(Photo: Harald M. Valderhaug)

Siem LCV on Bareboat Charter to Swire Seabed

Subsea operations specialist Swire Seabed AS said it has signed a deal with Siem Offshore for up to three years bareboat charter of Siem’s light construction vessel (LCV), Siem Stingray.    Siem Stingray, which will be renamed Seabed Stingray, is 120.9 meters in length with a deck space of 1,350 square meters and is equipped with a 250 metric ton offshore crane. She will also have two heavy duty work class remotely operated vehicles (ROV).   The contract will see Swire Seabed operate the vessel in the inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR), construction support and renewable

AJ Jain (Photo: Kreuz Subsea)

New Senior Management at Kreuz Subsea

management and engineering. He previously worked in senior operational roles for Technip in Asia Pacific, Global Industries Ltd. and McDermott International.   The board of directors announced the appointments following the departure of former chief executive Kurush Contractor from the integrated marine and subsea services business after nine years of service.    Kreuz Subsea employs around 250 people onshore and offshore in Singapore, Brunei and India and has projects currently underway valued at $150 million. The company has three multi-purpose support vessels (MSV) and expects delivery

SeaVision generates high resolution 3D imagery for predictive analytics. (image: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Partners to Advance Subsea Robotic Inspection

SeaVision sensor, which can flexibly attach to AUVs and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), combines laser scanning and optical imaging to provide highly detailed data for inspectors and operators. The sensor's unprecedented colourized laser imagery better detects and characterizes corrosion, cracks, marine growth and other defects. SeaVision's laser scanning process can be repeated thousands of times per second to generate coordinate values for millions of points on a surface. These points then become highly accurate and intricate 3D models of subsea infrastructure.   Avitas Systems will also

An AUV launch (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Six AUVs Dive Simultaneously at 5,000+ Meter Depths

A fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) recently launched during a survey mission in the North Atlantic have completed the deepest known commercial dive performed by multiple AUVs simultaneously.   The mission, carried out by seafloor monitoring, mapping and exploration firm Ocean Infinity, saw six Kongsberg HUGIN AUVs descend to ocean depths greater than 5,200 meters, reportedly a world’s first for this type of vehicle.   The 6,000m rated vehicles were launched on October 18, each with an independent mission that surpassed water depths of 5,200 meters, collecting MBES data

Fugro Discovery (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro, AGI to Supply Seep Data to Canada

Fugro said it has teamed up with Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) to acquire offshore hydrocarbon seep data in advance of Canada’s 2018 east coast bid round. Bathymetry, backscatter and water column anomaly data will be collected to pull together a comprehensive picture of surficial geological features.   These data will be used to identify and precisely target the best locations for geochemical sampling, enabling clients to improve and de-risk their exploration programs. The information may also be used in a variety of further investigations such as establishing environmental baselines

3D at Depth Expands Senior Team

from concept through implementation with a focus on operational excellence and the use of technological innovations to increase offshore survey safety and efficiencies. Moore also held positions managing offshore survey operations for ProServ and Subsea7. His early career experience was spent at Fugro Marine Construction.  Moore will be responsible for the management, implementation and customer support for 3D at Depth’s global subsea LiDAR solutions.     Roberts joins 3D at Depth from Tidewater Subsea where he was responsible for remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV)

Scan of the astrolabe artifact (Credit: University of Warwick)

Earliest Known Marine Navigation Tool Found

State-of-the-art laser scanning technology has helped researchers to confirm that an artifact recovered from the wreck of a sunken 15th century ship in the Indian Ocean is the earliest known marine navigation tool.   When the Blue Water Recovery team found the object in 2014, they believed it was an astrolabe used by mariners to measure the altitude of the sun during voyages, but they were not certain as there were no visible navigational markings.   The team approached Professor Williams, who conducts high-tech scanning analyses in his laboratory at WMG University of Warwick in the U.K.

Cirroteuthidae morphospecies swimming above the seafloor (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Price of Subsea Mining

imagery was collected with a baited camera (CA02, CA06, CA07, CA08, CA09) and samples collected with a baited trap (TR08) are also indicated. All maps were created by Seafloor Investigations Ltd for the ABYSSLINE Project using ArcGIS software.     (As published in the October 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Innovo’s reel drive system (Photo: INNOVO)

Unique Group Partners with INNOVO, Kongsberg

 Integrated subsea and offshore solution provider Unique Group has entered into a cooperation agreement with Aberdeen’s INNOVO. As part of the agreement, the companies will collaborate to provide sales and rental equipment and engineering solutions for the marine and oil and gas market sectors in the Middle East and South-East Asia region.   INNOVO provides services and high technology equipment for renewables, oil and gas and marine business sectors. INNOVO, best known for designing the first fully electric-drive cable laying system, offers a wide range of products, including

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

. In the early hours of July 30, 1945, having just completed a secret mission to deliver materials from California for the first operational atomic bomb, “Little Boy” to a naval base on the Pacific island Tinian, Indianapolis was en route from Guam to Leyte when it was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-58.   Indianapolis sank quickly – reportedly in just 12 minutes – leaving little time for the crew to deploy lifeboats or for an emergency signal to be sent. It is estimated that 800 of the nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines on board survived the sinking, but a communication error

Rapp Marine to Equip New OSU Research Vessel

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

The CARTHE drifter (Photo: GreenWave Instruments LLC)

Meet the CARTHE Drifter

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

(Photo: RED Engineering)

Advanced Monitoring Proves Its Capabilities Offshore

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

(Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

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

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