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Kongsberg to Equip New Heavy Lift Crane Vessel

Kongsberg Maritime has secured a contract worth approximately $13 million to equip a new heavy lift crane vessel for Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) with an innovative technology suite. The vessel, a customized Ulstein Design & Solutions BV design, marks the entry of the Norway-based Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) into the offshore renewables and installation market. Options exist for a further three vessels, but the first is currently under construction by China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) and is scheduled to enter service in 2021.The 216.3m, 48,000 dwt vessel has been designed with

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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

Left to right: Tony Laing, NSRI director of research and market acceleration and Andy McDonald, sector director, energy and low carbon technologies at Scottish Enterprise. (Photo: NSRI)

Wave and Tidal Challenges and Opportunities

opportunities the sectors present. “I welcome this report which further highlights the enormous potential of our wave and tidal energy industries,” he said.“With our supportive policy environment, skilled supply chain and expertise in energy innovation, Scotland is the natural home for marine energy development and well placed to benefit from the enormous global market for wave and tidal energy.“The Scottish Government continues to support the research, development, innovation and demonstration that will maintain Scotland's competitive advantage, and is committed to working

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New KONGSBERG Mapping Cloud Solution

KONGSBERG has unveiled its new data handling solution, Mapping Cloud, which provides easy storage of different types of data within the Cloud, offering an accessible and practical means of uploading and distributing real-time data, which can be subsequently made available to use in diverse applications and products.Mapping Cloud enables existing PC applications to be run in a Virtual Machine (VM) environment, and allows users to efficiently manage data processing, archiving and sharing with partners and customers through web browsers. With Mapping Cloud, data uploaded in e.g., Australia could be

L3 ASV’s C-Worker 7 is a multi-role work class autonomous vessel suitable for offshore and coastal tasks. (Photo: Business Wire)

L3 Technologies Acquires ASV Global

New York headquartered L3 Technologies said it has acquired unmanned surface vessel (USV) and autonomous vessel control systems company ASV Global, LLC, effective September 20.According to L3, the acquisition enhances its spectrum of unmanned maritime capabilities, including integrated antisubmarine warfare (ASW) solutions, future surface combatant unmanned off-board sensors, and integrated unmanned surface and undersea vessel (USV/UUV) operations. The new company will be known as L3 ASV.“Autonomous capabilities for surface ships and undersea vessels are top priorities for our naval and

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Cerberus to Acquire Subsea Communications Business from TE Connectivity

Cerberus Capital Management announced that one of its affiliates has entered into an agreement with TE Connectivity under which Cerberus will acquire TE's Subsea Communications business (SubCom).Headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey, SubCom is a leading global supplier of subsea communications systems with approximately $700 million in revenue, based on fiscal year 2018 expectations. The business designs, manufactures, deploys, and maintains the subsea fiber optic cable systems that are vital for global communications.To date, SubCom has completed more than 100 cable systems and deployed over 610

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Olis Robotics Acquires Machine Learning Startup

Olis Robotics, developer of next-generation remote robotics software, announced it has acquired Seattle-based machine learning startup White Marsh Forests (WMF).Olis, formerly BluHaptics, has created a next-generation software platform built from the ground up that expands the capabilities of pilot-controlled service robots in the energy and space sectors and other harsh operating environments. The firm's technology enables vast improvements in robotic dexterity, precision, efficiency and overall mission success.The addition of machine learning capabilities from WMF allows robots to recognize and

The ONR TechSolutions-sponsored scuba binary dive application (SBDA 100) replaces traditional paper logs and automates the logging and submission of dive profiles directly from a dive computer worn by Navy Divers to the Naval Safety Center DJRS database. (U.S. Navy photo by Bobby Cummings)

Navy Divers to Have Automated Logging from Worn Dive Computers

at sea into a system known as the Dive/Jump Reporting System (DJRS). Manual entries can be time-consuming and allow human error.Enter the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global TechSolutions program, a rapid-response science and technology program focused on solutions to problems submitted by Sailors and Marines.ONR TechSolutions and industry partners have created a new tool called the Scuba Binary Dive Application (SBDA) 100 to digitally plan, record and report dive-profile information to DJRS. The application will accelerate the process of logging and uploading dive information, and will help eliminate

Kraken Awarded $1 Million Defense Contract

program and other international underwater surveillance programs.Kraken’s Acoustic Signal Processing Group has 80+ years of combined experience in sonar systems development and integration. Their core competency is implementation of digital signal processing and user interface software for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) sonar applications. This work frequently involves integration with embedded processing platforms for shipboard or shore-based analysis systems. The group can process and display data from fixed and mobile underwater as well as airborne systems to take advantage of machine automation

John Warrender, Chief Executive, Decom North Sea and Bill Cattanach, Head of Supply Chain at the OGA. (Photo: Decom North Sea)

Forum Tackles Decom Challenges

At its inaugural Collaboration and Innovation in Decommissioning event earlier this month, Decom North Sea brought together more than 110 delegates – from operator and supply chain companies – to focus upon finding solutions to current and future decommissioning challenges.Working with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), Decom North Sea constructed a highly interactive day comprising presentations, open forum sessions, networking and one-to-one sessions to maximize delegate engagement resulting in the generation of over 120 potential solutions.Setting the scene, the Oil & Gas Technology

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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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Digitization of the Norwegian Continental Shelf

A new web-based tool is being used for the first time offshore for collecting, systematizing and presenting safety critical information on the Goliat platform in the Barents Sea.The system, developed by Eni Norge in cooperation with Safetec and SINTEF, measures and monitors more than 10,600 technical components in real time.The solution reflects several years of intensive work in the industry to develop better methods and systems for risk management. Since 2013, Eni Norway with design and engineering support from Safetec and SINTEF, and software development of Eigen Ltd, has developed a

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UKHO Names Armour Director of Customer Division

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the appointment of Cathrine Armour as the new Director of its Customer Division.Armour brings experience in leading data, science and technology-centric organizations, and will be instrumental in developing the UKHO as a leading marine geospatial information agency and hydrographic office.Armour joins the UKHO from Catapult’s South West Center of Excellence in Satellite Applications, a partnership led by the University of Exeter to stimulate the data economy; helping UK businesses develop new products and solutions using satellite technology.

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A System of Systems Approach to Mine Countermeasures

A team of underwater, surface and aerial unmanned vehicles was recently deployed Newport, R.I. to demonstrate a “System of Systems” approach to expeditionary mine-countermeasures (MCM).The multi domain unmanned assets were deployed by Teledyne Marine and its industry partners at The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport during the 2018 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) August 29-31.The multi-vehicle, multi-company demonstration began with a Power Docks Blue Isles Autonomous Power Microgrid platform simulating providing power to all vehicles. A Teledyne Oceanscience

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California Offshore Wind Project Progresing

Northern California energy authority RCEA and a consortium of private companies, including Aker Solutions and Principle Power, have submitted a lease application to advance the first commercial scale project for floating offshore wind in the United States.The application for the offshore wind energy development off the coast of Humboldt county in Northern California has been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).In April this year, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) selected a consortium which includes Aker Solutions, Principle Power and EDPR Offshore to enter into a public-pr

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Revolutionizing Decom Environmental Monitoring

Sentinel Subsea has created a new well integrity monitoring system, has had its technology tipped to become ubiquitous within the global decommissioning industry.Long-term well integrity verification specialist, Sentinel Subsea – which is being supported to accelerate its commercialization by the Scottish Enterprise High Growth Ventures team – also announced it is working toward its first offshore field trials with a large independent U.K. operator.Taking place during Q2 2019, the trials will see deployment of the technology in the North Sea. Passively monitoring the subsea environment

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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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Teledyne RDI Improves DVL Bottom-tracking Range

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) has released a new proprietary Extended Range Tracking (XRT) option which is capable of extending the bottom tracking range of its’ Pathfinder and Pioneer Doppler Velocity Logs (DVL) by 60 percent. According to the manufacturer, this development allows users to attain bottom lock faster and more efficiently than ever before.TRDI said extensive in-house and customer testing has proven this extended range in a wide array of conditions and terrains, and in fact, has exceeded design expectations.Grant Jennings, Director of Navigation product line at TRDI explained

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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

Vessel position using Sonardyne and Guidance Marine technology compared with RTK Global Positioning System data. (Image: Sonardyne International)

Project to Enable Autonomous Navigation in Denied Environments

A new project involving leading ship technology companies aims to help unmanned autonomous vessels navigate, even when they lose access to global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).  The project will combine underwater positioning systems from Sonardyne International Ltd. and Guidance Marine Limited’s relative surface positioning systems into one integrated solution to enable vessels to maintain safe passage in GNSS-denied environments or for dynamic positioning systems to maintain their position if they lose GNSS access or other sensors fail.The AutoMINDER (Autonomous MarIne Navigation in

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New ASV Delivered for Post-hurricane Surveying

sidescan/bathy multibeam echo-sounder (MBES), R2 Sonic 2022 MBES, Applanix WaveMaster POS MV inertial navigation system (INS), a SeaRobotics’ cast winch and a castable AML BaseX² sound velocity probe (SVP). The two multibeam systems were chosen to provide exceptional data quality in multiple marine environments, aiding in the rapid assessment of navigation hazards. The lightweight SeaRobotics’ cast winch deploys the SVP used to generate corrective sound velocity profiles by the onboard data acquisition computer.“The rapid deployment and ease of assembly of the ASV, as well as the

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Riptide Establishes Canadian Subsidiary

“I’m tremendously happy to be starting the next iteration of Riptide in an exciting location with a significant demand and market expansion underway. We are looking to continue the steep growth and success of Riptide by establishing a Canadian subsidiary positioned to support a very active marine technology user and development market.”Riptide Canada plans to establish development, production and support capabilities in the Halifax area, and Baker noted that the company expects to see robust employee headcount growth as several new programs come to fruition and more vehicles are delivered

Point Resources Extends Contract with Aker Solutions

Point Resources has executed the remaining part of the option for the maintenance and modifications contract with Aker Solutions.The EPC O&M contract between Point Resources and Aker Solutions was first signed in June 2012, covering the Jotun A, Jotun B, Balder and Ringhorne operating facilities in the North Sea. The contract extension starts at year-end and runs until June 2022.Knut Sandvik, EVP Projects at Aker Solutions, noted, "Aker Solutions has now delivered maintenance and modifications work continuously at these offshore facilities for more than 20 years.”The order will be

Alan Milne, Managing Director, Water Weights; with Graham Brading, Group Director - Buoyancy & Ballast at Unique Group (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Acquires Water Weights

Offshore solutions provider Unique Group said it has completed the acquisition of the Aberdeen-headquartered, load-testing equipment provider Water Weights. The newly acquired specialist will be an addition to Unique Group’s Buoyancy & Ballast division.Unique Group’s manufacturing and global supply chain capability, along with Water Weights’ distribution capabilities, will provide significant synergy potential to reach clients globally, the company said. Both firms will share their extensive network of partnerships and distribution agreements at regional bases around the globe

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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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Aker Solutions CEO Expects Brazil Revenue to Double Within 5 yrs

The chief executive of Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions said on Tuesday he sees big growth potential from its Brazilian business and from scaling up its exposure to floating offshore windfarms."I expect Brazil in five years to be at least twice where it is today for us ... in terms of revenues," Luis Araujo told Reuters in an interview."We believe that floating wind is where we can use our capabilities," he said, adding this would be through scaling up operations of Californian company Principle Power, in which Aker Solutions owns 10 percent with an option to increase.

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Arctic Offshore Salmon Farm to Come Online in Late 2020

Norway Royal Salmon is on track to begin output from its Arctic Offshore Farming development project in 2020, CEO Charles Hoestlund told Reuters on Tuesday."We are on track to begin output of small salmon in autumn 2020 (and then it takes 1-2 years before harvesting)," Hoestlund said while presenting the company's second-quarter earnings."Investments are in the range 625-650 million Norwegian crowns ($74-$77 million) for two facilities with 3,000 tonnes of salmon in each of them," he said.Norway Royal Salmon was awarded development licences this year to produce up to 5,990

Underwater drop-down camera view of abundant suspended Aphanizomenon flos-aquae. Image taken approximately 0.75 m below surface. Filaments are typically about 1 cm in length.

New Application for a AZFP

New Application of Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler Used to Examine the Onset of Hypoxia Using Cyanobacteria as MarkerUrban freshwater environments are often being exposed to nutrient loading through groundwater movement and runoff of potent fertilizers. These nutrients impose imbalances that influence biological and chemical processes. The impacts are generally negative, causing onsets of algal blooms and widespread fluctuations in oxygen levels.Through an ongoing monitoring program, Rob Bowen of Diversified Scientific Solutions has been conducting surveys of dissolved oxygen, pH, oxidation-reduction

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

is a key driver, Bringsvaerd said. Batwind’s power management system becomes smarter as its fed more data, he explained, adding that the value in storage is not necessarily in the amount of energy stored, but how its optimized and better controlled.(As published in the July/August 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Kongsberg's Operational Advisory Solution for Harsh Environment Semi-Submersible

Odfjell Drilling has awarded Kongsberg Maritime the contract to deliver a real-time monitoring and advisory solution to provide operational safety and non-productive time (NPT) improvements for the 6th generation semi-submersible, Deepsea Stavanger. The contract is in specific relation to an upcoming offshore South Africa campaign awarded to Odfjell Drilling.Kongsberg Maritime’s integrated services and systems delivery for Deepsea Stavanger is designed to provide high operational safety and availability in deepwater harsh environments, strong currents and high waves. The scope of supply includes

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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

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iSURVEY Completes Industry First Project for Norske Shell

iSURVEY, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, has completed a pioneering project for A/S Norske Shell.  The project, which took place last month as part of the operator’s Scarabeo 8 drilling campaign, utilized iSURVEY’s survey support remotely from its Oslo headquarter. This marks the first time remote positioning has been applied for a regular DP drill rig move operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The survey equipment was initially mobilized on board, and then operated from the iSURVEY

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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MMT Inks 10 New Contracts over 2 Months

Swedish based marine surveyor MMT has during the past two months received 10 new subsea survey and inspection projects within the offshore wind, renewable energy and oil and gas industries.MMT said the contracts, some of which are in joint collaboration with MMT’s Norwegian partner Reach Subsea, come from a wide portfolio of old and new clients, including Siccar Point Energy, Equinor, Perenco, SSE, Örsted, Vattenfall, GreenLink Interconnector, National Grid, Wintershall and BP Trinidad.Services range from traditional geophysical surveys to unexploded ordinance (UXO) inspection and excavation

Shearwater to Buy Schlumberger’s Seismic Business

Norwegian marine geophysical services company Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the marine seismic acquisition assets and operations of Schlumberger’s geophysical services product line, WesternGeco.The transaction, which remains subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.Houston based Schlumberger will receive cash consideration based on an enterprise value of $600 million plus a 15 percent post-closing equity interest in Shearwater. For a limited period, Schlumberger

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Pipetech Wins Project with Nexen

Pipetech, the independent process system integrity specialist, has won a project with operator Nexen to deliver Active Caisson Management on its Scott platform.Active Caisson Management delivers a single sourced solution for inspection, cleaning, coating and planned and programmed maintenance and repair scheduling to drive cost efficiencies and maintain asset integrity throughout the lifecycle of a caisson.Pipetech has completed the first stage to remove internal scale build up from a 42 inch produced water caisson on the platform, located 188km from Aberdeen, while it remained in operation. The scope

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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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

Teledyne RD Instruments’ (TRDI) new ultra-compact 600 kHz Pathfinder Doppler Velocity Log (Image: Teledyne Marine)

Riptide Selects Teledyne RD Instruments DVL

to provide precision navigation capability for a recent Micro-UUV order for the U.S. Navy.The Pathfinder delivers a small form factor, advanced features and Teledyne’s extensive track-record for delivering proven navigation solutions. Riptide’s Micro-UUV has quickly gained favor within the marine industry for its highly flexible, open source design, which provides users with an affordable platform well suited for new autonomy, power system, subsea sensor and payload development.Bill Key, Sales Director for Riptide, said, “Our team selected Teledyne RDI’s Pathfinder DVL because

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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

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Okeanus Expands Fleet of Deepwater Oceanographic Winches

Marine equipment and engineering services provider Okeanus Science & Technology has expanded its fleet of oceanographic winches to become the largest of its kind in the world. Available for rent or sale, the fleet supports projects globally with winches designed to meet the needs of survey companies, environmental contractors and scientific researchers.Oceanographic professionals and offshore surveyors can now select from an international pool of winches, from 2HP to 125HP with over 6,000 meters of cable capacity. The expanded fleet enhances Okeanus’ ability to service the growing number of

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Castrol Unveils New Control Fluid for Subsea Systems

;s research and development team, and has undergone over 130,000 hours of screening. Additionally, Transaqua SP has been designed to meet the most stringent environmental legislation. It is fully OSPAR compliant and categorized in the U.K. as posing the least potential environmental hazard to the marine environment with an OCNS group E classification and no substitution warning, along with a “Yellow” rating in Norway. Transaqua SP has API 17F (3rd Edition)/ISO13628-6 Annex C, API 17E/ISO13628-5 industry standards and has also qualified with major industry equipment manufacturers (TRL

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ABS Issues Subsea Processing Advisory

ABS has developed the Subsea Processing System (SPRS) Advisory that provides an overview of the SPRS and associated sub-systems that are currently available and addresses its technology maturity level.The advisory also describes the role of ABS as an independent classification society in the verification and validation of subsea processing technologies including new/unproven technologies through the ABS New Technology Qualification services.The advisory is the first in a series of publications planned by ABS over the next few years. Future publications will include guidance notes, advisories and white

Kraken Bags AquaPix Sonar Contract

Kraken Robotics Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at over C$450,000 by a leading military customer for its AquaPix Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar system.Kraken said the customer's name could not be disclosed due to the confidential nature of the application. Delivery is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.Karl Kenny, Kraken President and CEO, said, “This is the third AquaPix contract from this customer. The reason this customer has once again selected AquaPix is because it is the industry leading sonar system, which provides

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

Seabed Geosolutions Wins GoM Extensions

Seabed Geosolutions, a joint venture between Fugro and CGG, has secured an extension to a recently awarded 4D ocean bottom node (OBN) seismic monitoring surveys over multiple oil and gas fields in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Seabed Geosolutions has recently started as planned with the original workscope, and the additional surveys will increase the total duration to around five months. The extension secures backlog continuity for the CASE Abyss ocean bottom node crew and the Hugin Explorer vessel.Seabed Geosolutions supports the optimal development and production of oil and gas fields by providing high

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Circulation Tool Helps Operators Cut Rig Time

With more than 1600 runs and 730 activations, operators across the globe are cutting rig time by deploying the DAV MX CircSub, the flagship tool from specialist oilfield service company, Churchill Drilling Tools.  Run in hundreds of wells every year and recognized for its reliability, resilience and versatility, the dart activated DAV MX is the ultimate downhole circulation tool.With demand continuing to grow for the award-winning tool, the company, ahead of exhibiting at ONS in Norway this month, has released details of one of 14 activations in the last year in the Norwegian Sea alone.

Kraken's KATFISH - High Speed Actively Controlled Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

US Navy Tests Kraken’s KATFISH SAS

The U.S. Navy is testing a high-speed actively controlled towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system for multi-mission applications, including mine countermeasures.Canadian based developer of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems Kraken Robotics Inc. said its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) creating a new a joint research and development relationship with U.S. Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center – Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT).The overall objective, Kraken said, is to provide NUWC

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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

Denmark’s GST Selects New Depth Management System

Through a competitive process, The Danish Geodata Agency (Geodatastyrelsen – GST) has selected Teledyne CARIS’ Bathy DataBASE (BDB) as the new system for Depth Data Management for current and future needs. The robust system will help increase efficiencies in data management and optimize the maritime production chain, from survey to chart.GST is responsible for surveying and charting the waters around Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland to ensure safe passage at sea, in accordance with international standards and conventions. The project to implement BDB will include deployment of

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

Waverider buoy at sea. Image: EMEC

EMEC Metocean Data to Stimulate Inovation

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has provided a series of metocean data sets to be used in a new Scottish open innovation competition aiming to stimulate creative thinking and data science to design new data products for the benefit of the marine environment, communities and economy.Organized by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Data Lab, Scotland’s Blue Growth Data Challenge will make available data sets from 2015 in-situ observations and numerical modelling from EMEC’s wave and tidal energy test facilities in Orkney.The data sets include wave conditions at EMEC’s

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Aker Solutions Bags Work On Johan Sverdrup Offshore Norway

Aker Solutions has, in collaboration with Kvaerner, secured additional hook-up and commissioning work for Equinor's Johan Sverdrup field offshore Norway.Equinor has exercised an option in the Johan Sverdrup Riser platform hook-up contract  awarded in January 2017 for Aker Solutions to perform hook-up and commissioning assistance of the field's utility and living quarter platform, as well as the preparatory offshore work connected with the phase two modifications of the riser platform."We are delivering well and on schedule on the hook-up work that we are currently performing on the

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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Unique Group Adds Diving & Industrial Gas Supply Service

Offshore solutions provider Unique Group said it has extended its offering to include diving and industrial gas supply for the African offshore market from its base in Cape Town, South Africa.Rodney McKechnie, Group Director at Unique Group, said, “After a rigorous study of the diving industry and the current requirements of customers in the region, it was imperative for our diving division to offer a complete turnkey package inclusive of diving and industrial gas.”The extension of capabilities now includes the full range of diving, welding, industrial, laboratory, test and calibration

BEN independently follows programmed lines (Photo: NOAA)

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

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