Subsea Pipeline Survey & Inspection

Pharos Offshore’s latest addition to its rental fleet, the Q1000 high-powered jet-trenching ROV (Photo: Pharos Offshore)

Pharos Adds Jet-Trenching ROV

Pharos Offshore Group said it recently expanded its portfolio of trenching assets with the state-of-the-art Q1000 jet-trenching remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) from manufacturer SMD.The latest addition to Pharos Offshore’s rental fleet, the Q1000 features a high-tech control and measurement system, sea-state 6 launch and recovery system (LARS) and a modular design which enables the Q1000 to be rapidly shipped, set-up and ready to operate anywhere in the world.The Q1000 is optimal for pre-lay or post-lay trenching operations of subsea pipelines, cables and umbilicals, with the advantageo

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Increasing Global Demand for OSIL Sediment Grabs

International oceanographic equipment manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) are reporting a surge in global demand for specialist sediment grabs, particularly the spring-activated Smith McIntyre grab.The Smith McIntyre grab provides more predictable penetration than other grab designs and uses an uncomplicated method of operation combined with a straightforward handling system.OSIL offer a superior range of efficient and high-quality smaller capacity benthic grabs, including the ubiquitous Van Veen grab (available in various sizes and bucket configurations), with recent shipments

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iSURVEY Scores Lundin Norway Contract

Survey and positioning services provider iSURVEY informs it has been awarded a contract to  perform a drilling hazard survey campaign in the North Sea and in the Barents Sea, on behalf of Lundin Norway.Work commences in June, with a seabed geological survey and continues with the series of drilling hazard surveys, which are planned to continue into the autumn.The Norwegian-headquartered surveyor called the contract one of its most significant to date.

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Aquaterra Energy Opens Australia Office

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

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N-Sea Names New Chief Executive

Chief Executive of the Netherlands based subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services provider.van Poppel succeeds Gerard Keser, who steps down from his current role after eight years with the company to take up a position on the company’s advisory board.With a solid track record in the marine contracting environment, van Poppel has contributed to the growth and transformation of companies such as Fabricom and Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles (formally VBMS), creating market leaders renowned for their innovative solutions and focus upon both customer service and delivery.“My

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

DOLPHIN: Enabling Technology for Acoustic Systems

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

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Magseis Fairfield Lines Up GoM Survey

Norway based marine seismic surveyor Magseis Fairfield announced Wednesday it has received a letter of intent (LoI) for a two-month deepwater data acquisition program in the Gulf of Mexico.The survey is due to commence late in the fourth quarter of 2019, the company said.Magseis Fairfield CEO Per Christian Grytnes said, “The award demonstrates our strong position in the Gulf of Mexico and the high activity level in this market.”

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Shearwater, Equinor to Develop Seismic Tech

Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS will collaborate with Equinor to develop next-generation marine seismic source technology for more efficient and environmentally friendly data collection.“This collaboration targets an untapped potential of seismic sources with the goal of delivering better quality seismic data faster than current source technology,” said Irene Waage Basili, CEO of Shearwater GeoServices. “We aim to bring about a step-change in productivity by completing surveys faster and reducing the overall cost and external impact of marine seismic acquisition.”Under the

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Unique Group Targets Growth in Europe

Integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has appointed Matthew Gordon as regional vice president for the Europe & UK to oversee the company’s growth and expansion plans in the region. He will be based in Aberdeen, UK.With offices in the UK and the Netherlands, Unique Group has more than 25 years of experience in Europe with a track record in the subsea construction, diving and IRM industries. Gordon is now heading the region with immediate effect.Gordon has over 22 years of experience in the subsea oil and gas industry, with previous senior management roles held in

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Shearwater Wins Offshore Senegal Shoot

GeoServices has confirmed the award of a high-density multi-azimuth 3D seismic acquisition contract over the SNE field offshore Senegal by Woodside.The contract covers the Sangomar, Sangomar Deep and Rufisque Offshore blocks, which include the SNE discovery, said a press release from the provider of 3D marine seismic data acquisition.The work, designed as high density and multi-azimuth survey, will be acquired by the Polar Marquis using 14 streamers, and FlexiSource triple source. Starting in early Q3 2019, the survey will take approximately 90 days to complete.“We are pleased to see the award by

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Vessel Chartered to Support Titanic Dive

The Havila Harmony, a DP2, 93 meter long, multi-purpose support vessel, operated by Reach SubSea, will serve as the topside support vessel for citizen explorers, researchers, content experts, and crew throughout the 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition.The monumental survey led by OceanGate Expeditions, is a rare opportunity that combines exploration travel with scientific research to give private citizens, known as mission specialists, a chance to work alongside a team of experts to document and digitally preserve the historic maritime site.“The Havila Harmony is a state-of-the-art vessel operated by

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ROVOP Opens Rotterdam Office

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

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12-meter Ship Aims to Be First to Cross Atlantic Without a Crew

Final preparations are underway for a 12-meter-long ship to set sail from Canada and attempt the world's first transatlantic crossing without a crew.The USV Maxlimer, an unmanned surface vessel, is bound for the south coast of England and will conduct deep sea surveys on the way, guided by a skipper in a control station in Britain.The voyage is expected to take about 35 days.The ship was built by Sea-Kit International, which develops vessels for the maritime and research industries, for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a competition to autonomously survey the sea bed.It can launch and recover

EIVA has joined the Sonardyne group of companies and will remain an independent Danish business and brand. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Acquires EIVA

survey organisations and is increasingly supporting customers with their requirements for higher levels of automation and remote and unmanned operations through its NaviSuite software. The company employs more than 75 people with headquarters in Denmark.Sonardyne and EIVA share a common goal of improving marine operation efficiency, enabling further automation, using embedded intelligence and remote operability.“EIVA and Sonardyne share many of the same corporate values including long-term commitment and focus towards customers, partners and employees,” said Sonardyne Managing Director John

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Subsea Templates Installed on Nova Field

Two subsea templates have been installed for the Wintershall Dea operated Nova project offshore Norway, marking the first operational landmark for the new company formed from the May 1 merger of Wintershall and DEA.The Nova oil field, located in the Norwegian North Sea, 120 kilometers northwest of Bergen, is being developed with the two subsea templates tied back to the nearby Neptune-operated Gjøa platform in the North Sea. Gjøa will receive the well stream, and provide water injection and gas lift to the Nova field. A new module will be lifted onto Gjøa in 2020.Subsea 7’s

MarineNav ROVs for Marine Inspections

MarineNav, located in Montague, Prince Edward Island, Canada, has been showcasing its latest technologies and equipment serving defense, aquaculture, law enforcement and first responder needs in marine operations. The company’s offerings include marine-grade navigation components such as computers and displays; advanced vessel monitoring (AVM) and fleet management systems; and customizable industrial underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).Interchangeable ROV componentsFor its ROVs, MarineNav has developed units that are designed to enable quick and easy exchange of interchangeable modular

Fibron held a new branding launch event at the Karbach Brewery Houston during the week of OTC. Pictured, left to right: Pat Herbert, Investor / Advisor; Bruno Cianfini, Managing Director; Dale Hislop, Sales Director; Patrick Kearney, Technical Director; and Marco Cano, Sales Manager – Americas. (Photo: Fibron)

Fibron Gets a New Start

UK-based custom subsea umbilical and cable solutions provider Fibron revealed its new branding to the offshore market during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston last week.Managing Director, Bruno Cianfini, reiterated the company change of ownership that took place in December and renewed company focus: “We and our new owners, Rubicon Partners, welcome this refreshing new start to the business, remain committed to continuing to serve our client base and see positive improvements all around on the horizon. It’s all very exciting.”Fibron is a global supplier of subsea

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EMGS Kicks Off Barents Sea Survey

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) announced Thursday it has entered into an agreement for a fully prefunded multiclient 3D controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey in the Norwegian Barents Sea.The contract has a value of $1.25 million, EMGS said.The company said it will mobilize the vessel Atlantic Guardian for the survey, which is expected to be executed in the second quarter of 2019.

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Ocean Infinity to Support Shell Survey

US based seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity announced it will support Australian marine survey company Guardian Geomatics on an extensive hydrographic project for Shell.The project, which is planned to commence in June 2019 will be run from Ocean Infinity’s vessel Seabed Constructor and will collect hydrographic data over an area in excess of 800 square kilometers, using up to three Ocean Infinity unmanned surface vessels (USVs), the company said.Guardian Geomatics, based in Perth, services the offshore oil and gas and renewable markets, with a footprint across Australia

i-Tech 7 Hires New Business Development Manager

i-Tech 7, Subsea 7’s life of field business unit, has appointed Craig Roberts as its new regional business development manager for its Asia Pacific & Middle East region.Roberts, who joins from Total Marine Technology (TMT) where he was operations manager, will be based in the company’s Perth office, in Australia. He brings to the role more than 25 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, specializing in the delivery of remotely executed subsea solutions and tooling across the entire lifecycle of a subsea development.Roberts will work with Simon Hird, i-Tech 7’s

Pictured here at the Sidus booth are (L to R): Leonard Pool, Mark Hopper, VP, and Francis Labonte, both with Montreal-based Vantrix. Look for a feature on the system in a future edition of Marine Technology Reporter magazine. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Subsea Camera: "You never miss anything"

the ability to allow multiple users in multiple locations to see unique views from the same camera, simultaneously.Pictured here at the Sidus booth are (L to R): Leonard Pool, Mark Hopper, VP, and Francis Labonte, both with Montreal-based Vantrix. Look for a feature on the system in a future edition of Marine Technology Reporter magazine

Deployment of a C-BASS VLF sound projector: a recent product launch from GeoSpectrum Technologies that fulfils a range of operational roles for the marine sector. Photo: GeoSpectrum Technologies.

Tech Talk: GeoSpectrum Acoustic Solutions

tech tour through eastern Canada.Dartmouth, Nova Scotia based acoustics specialist company GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc, a producer of underwater acoustic transducers and systems, has been in operation for more than 20 years, supplying hydrophones and sound projectors to a range of customers in the marine and oceanography sectors, as well as providing consultancy services on acoustic systems integration and test procedures. End-user sectors include defense and homeland security, oil & gas, and environmental services. As well as standard products, GeoSpectrum can also provide customized products

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Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 Plan Approved

Norwegian authorities have formally approved the plan for development and operation (PDO) of the second phase of the Johan Sverdrup field, Equinor announced on Wednesday. The Norwegian energy company said the NOK 41 billion ($4.7 billion) project received broad support in Norway’s parliament at the end of April, and today the partnership received the formal approval by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE).“This is a big day for Equinor and the other Johan Sverdrup partners comprising Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total,” said Anders Opedal, executive vice

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CGG Kicks off OBN Survey in US Gulf

CGG announced Tuesday it has commenced its first multi-client ocean bottom node (OBN) survey.Located in the north-central region of the Gulf of Mexico, this dense OBN survey will provide well-sampled, full azimuthal coverage with long offsets, to deliver exceptional data for imaging the geologically complex structures in Mississippi Canyon, the company said.According to Seabed Geosolutions, a joint venture between CGG and Fugro, the 3D node project will utilize its advanced 4C technology CASE Abyss ocean bottom nodes, deployed by remotely operated vehicles to 2,100 meter water depths, illuminating a

Sonarydne’s BlueComm depressor in the water at Aldabra, during the Nekton First Descent mission. Photo: Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute

Unheard Underwater: Covert Communications

it knows where to find us in the first place. Even when operating closer to the surface, the limited range of the BlueComm 200 UV, when seen from space, is very much like a needle in a haystack. This means we can now communicate subsea and remain covert. This is great news for a new generation of submariners and new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) concepts.Unmanned vehicles as a force multiplier for submarines are not a new idea. In 1997, the National Research Council published Volume 6 of the “Technology for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, 2000-2035”. In this document, the authors

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Geoquip Marine Names Laloe as Director

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

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SeaBird Tallies US GoM Contract

SeaBird Exploration announced Friday it has secured a new contract for source work in the US Gulf of Mexico with an unnamed repeat customer. The Osprey Explorer, which recently completed an Ocean-bottom node (OBN) survey for another customer, will perform the work, starting in mid-May 2019. The expected survey duration is 40 to 60 days.

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DOF Subsea Bags North Sea Contracts

Norwegian subsea shipping company DOF Subsea has recently secured several new contracts for project scopes to be carried out over the next few months in the North Sea. The Oslo-listed international subsea operating company said in a press note that the contracts, which have been secured for key clients in the UK and Norway, involve a variety of different activities and capabilities including UXO investigation/detonation, Seabed Mapping, Pipeline and Structural Inspection and Seabed rectification support using DOF Subsea's vessels Skandi Skansen, Geosund and Skandi Hera.  In addition

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OceanGate Hires Scoville

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

The Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm. Image: Vattenfall

Vattenfall Starts Hollandse Kust Zuid

Development of the first unsubsidized offshore wind farm is well underway off the Dutch coast after bouts of bad weather delayed the project earlier this year, said Swedish power company Vattenfall.The European energy company is building the 750-megawatt Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 wind farm off the coast of The Hague and Noordwijk. Vattenfall said it expects the wind farm will begin generating electricity by the end of 2022, ultimately supplying power to up to 1.5 million households.Dozens of researchers at the North Sea will be working day and night through the summer to learn as much as possible

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WFS Launches Subsea Wireless Edge Network

WFS Technologies Limited (WFS) unveiled  what it claims is the world’s first subsea wireless edge network for real-time monitoring of subsea assets.ExtremeEdge was developed to process and analyze the raw data at the sensor level, thus reducing information overheads by transmitting only the data needed to downstream solutions in real-time rather than all sensor data collected.In addition, by deploying a number of ExtremeEdge-enabled sensors, WFS has created the first subsea network designed to operate wirelessly. Traditionally, most solutions operate by individual sensor only, and not as a

STR, Forssea Agree Exclusive Partnership

French subsea firm Forssea Robotics and UK-based Subsea Technology & Rentals (STR) have agreed a global exclusive partnership.The moves follows a partnership formed between the two companies in June last year (2018). As part of the new partnership, STR has invested in Forssea Robotics Visual LOCalisation (V-LOC) Positioning technology, which will be available globally for operations. The V-LOC positioning system is a computer vision-based method able to track and position underwater markers with millimetric accuracy. The V-LOC technology is embedded inside an innovative camera, called the NAV

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BHGE Wins Subsea Award from Beach Energy

Beach Energy has awarded Baker Hughes, a GE company, a contract to supply subsea production systems for its Victorian Otway Basin brownfield development project located in offshore Victoria, Australia.The Otway Basin is approximately 500 kilometers long from Cape Jaffa in South Australia to northwest Tasmania, covering both onshore and offshore.BHGE said its contract was awarded in the first quarter of 2019 and includes medium water horizontal Xmas trees and associated subsea control Semstar5 systems, in addition to wellheads.With this project, BHGE aims to demonstrate the benefits of Subsea Connect

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Coda Octopus USE Version 8.7 Released

Coda Octopus has announced the release of Version 8.7 of CodaOctopus Underwater Survey Explorer (“USE”).This release includes routine maintenance fixes to improve the functionality of the software and respond to customer feedback. Customers who have already purchased the 4G Performance Pack Upgrade can now use these features:new processor that supports industry standard 100mb Ethernet capability Interleaving ping mode, or Ping Pong feature, using different frequencies, ranges, beam detection and different thresholdsIncreased ping rate to 20Hz adding more data points and improving the

Oceaneering’s Freedom vehicle (Image: Oceaneering)

Sonardyne Equips Latest Oceaneering Vehicles

Sonardyne announced Tuesday it has received an order from Oceaneering International to provide hybrid navigation systems for its subsea resident vehicles Freedom and E-ROV.  The two resident vehicle systems are to be fitted with Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav an all-in-one navigational instrument. SPRINT-Nav combines a SPRINT INS sensor, Syrinx 600 kHz DVL (Doppler velocity log) and a high accuracy intelligent pressure sensor in a single unit, Sonardyne said.Oceaneering’s E-ROV has already proven the ability for battery powered remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) working in the oil and gas

Modus Seabed Intervention's Sabertooth HAUV

Modus Acquires Second Sabertooth HAUV

UK-based underwater vehicle services company Modus Seabed Intervention has agreed with Saab Seaeye to buy its second Sabertooth hybrid autonomous underwater vehicle (HAUV).The 3,000-meter rated Sabertooth will be equipped with extended autonomous endurance and increased thrust for high speed survey and ready for the integration of advanced and high-resolution sensors for different types of applications and operations.Modus has been increasing the capability of its HAUV fleet and, following trials in 2017, its existing HAUV was ready for commercial operations in 2018. Trials included launching the HAUV

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UK Govt Backs Aberdeen Subsea Engineering Hub

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

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Teledyne RDI Rolls Out New DVL

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

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TGS Acquires Spectrum

Seismic survey company TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) said it will acquire rival seismic survey company Spectrum ASA.The transaction is expected to be completed as a statutory merger pursuant to Norwegian corporate law between TGS and Spectrum, with merger consideration to Spectrum shareholders in the form of 0.28x ordinary shares of TGS for each Spectrum share, in addition to a cash consideration of $0.27 multiplied by the Exchange Ratio subject to the transaction closing after the ex-date for the TGS dividend payable in th third quarter of 2019 (expected to be early August 2019).Definitive

The North Sea is currently home to approximately 11,000 oil and gas wells with 2,379 expected to be decommissioned over the next 10 years. (Photo: Heriot-Watt University)

Partners Find a New Way to Detect Well leaks

Project partners in the UK are working to develop a new approach for monitoring the long-term integrity of suspended or decommissioned oil and gas wells in the North Sea. Their proposed technique aims to act as a "smoke alarm for the sea" to provide early warning in the event of a leak. The North Sea is currently home to approximately 11,000 oil and gas wells with 2,379 expected to be decommissioned over the next 10 years, according to Oil & Gas UK’s Decommissioning Insight Report. Suspended wells must be inspected; however, this is neither continuous nor frequent, and there

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Canyon Charters Otto Candies Vessel

Subsea services company Canyon Offshore said it has entered into an agreement with vessel owner Otto Candies for the charter of the Jones Act-compliant inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) vessel Ross Candies.The charter will commence in July 2019 upon completion of a previously scheduled regulatory dry dock. Canyon, the robotics division of Helix Energy Solutions Group, said it expects the vessel to support IMR operations for clients operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Jeremiah Hebert, Vice President Americas Region of Canyon Offshore, stated “Canyon Offshore is pleased to announce we have

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Aqueos Charters Otto Candies DSV

Subsea services company Aqueos Corporation said it has entered into a multi-year agreement with vessel owner Otto Candies for the charter of the US-built multi-role DP-2 diving support vessel (DSV) Kelly Ann Candies.The high spec vessel has a built-in 14-man Draeger saturation diving system complete with three-man bell, moon-pool bell launch with cursor, self propelled hyperbaric lifeboat (SPHL), 60-ton crane and berthing for 76 persons. The vessel has a Canyon Offshore work class remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) with an in-built, integrated ROV control room and an ABS classed, IMCA complaint

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New, High-Performing USV for Ocean Surveying

A new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) designed for the Chinese market offers an open and low-cost platform to measure water current and direction. Nortek China has integrated Doppler instrumentation on the vehicle to help better meet user requirements for ocean surveying.The new USV has an IPC (Industrial Personal Computer) as the main operation platform and uses Remote Desktop, a remote control technique, to communicate with all the instruments installed. This means that the vehicle offers an open and low-cost platform for customers who need to carry out several different tasks at the same time.

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Subsea 7 Raises Revenue Outlook

Subsea 7 posted first-quarter core profits below expectations on Thursday while adding that the offshore oilfield service provider's full-year revenue is no longer expected to decline."We are now guiding for 2019 Group revenue to be broadly in line with 2018," Chief Executive Jean Cahuzac said in a statement, adding that demand for equipment such as subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) was increasing."We continue to experience a gradual volume-led recovery in integrated and stand-alone SURF projects," Cahuzac said.Analysts in a Reuters poll had expected Subsea 7's

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Deep Trekker Opens Office in Chile

Deep Trekker Inc, a Canadian based global provider and manufacturer of portable and durable submersible ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles), has opened a new company office in Puerto Montt, Chile."For the past eight years Deep Trekker has experienced exceptional growth across the globe and we believe this success can be directly tied to developing products in close collaboration with our customers,” says Sam Macdonald, President, Deep Trekker.  “Establishing a direct presence in Latin America will allow us to get even closer to our customers, and as a result, deliver innovative

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Oceaneering Wins Wintershall ROV Work

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

Olis Robotics Hires Boyer as CCO

Olis Robotics, a Seattle based developer of next-generation remote robotics software, said it has hired Tom Boyer as the Chief Commercial Officer to spearhead new business development across core verticals, including offshore energy.Boyer brings to the role 20 years of experience managing both start-up and large corporate organizations to launch innovative new products and services. He most recently served as a vice president for Kymeta Corporation, and previously held program management and business development lead positions with SAIC, Ravenwing (acquired by Boeing) and BAE Systems. Boyer earned a

Seatooth PipeLogger - MKII (Photo: WFS Technologies)

WFS Tackles Subsea Challenges with SIoT

Technology to enhance operational effectiveness, while reducing risk and preventing interruption to pipeline production has been developed by Subsea Internet of Things specialist WFS Technologies.The patented Seatooth PipeLogger is an integrated pipeline, umbilical, risers and flowlines temperature monitoring and data transfer solution that can provide real-time monitoring for offshore and subsea assets. It has been previously used to reduce the risk and operational costs associated with coiled tube fatigue, producing savings of over £1 million in one installation alone.More widely, this technolog

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

Canada's New Observatory Uses 'Seafloor GPS'

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

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US Still Processing Atlantic Seismic Permits

to vastly expand offshore drilling, a spokeswoman said on Monday.Atlantic coastal state lawmakers, businesses and conservation groups are adamant that Interior should not allow seismic testing - a process that often uses powerful air guns to map resources below the ocean floor - arguing the surveys hurt marine life, such as the endangered North Atlantic right whale.Newly confirmed Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said last week the agency’s five-year plan for oil and gas drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) would be sidelined indefinitely after a March court ruling blocked drilling in

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Aker Solutions Raises 2019 Forecasts

Norway's Aker Solutions ASA raised its 2019 revenue outlook on expected higher spending on the offshore oil services and reported better than expected first-quarter profits, lifting its shares on Tuesday.The upbeat sentiment on oilfield spending is a result of record cashflows accumulated by oil companies on the back of cost-saving measures instigated since the 2014 oil slump and rising crude prices as the market has recovered.Oslo-listed Aker now expects revenue to rise by close to 10 percent in 2019, citing a strong order intake and continued high tendering activity, with its underlying core

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Pacific Drilling Goes Digital with Oceaneering

An industry-first partnership aims to enable better, more reliable connectivity on board offshore drilling rigs, marking a key step for the implementation of new and expanded digital services.Oceaneering International and Pacific Drilling announced Monday that they have entered into a five-year Digital Services Package agreement to provide Pacific’s customers with better reliability and improved throughput enabling streaming video and real-time data. Better, more reliable onboard connectivity will allow customers to leverage data to make better decisions, faster, the companies say. As a

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Boskalis to Install Cables for Hornsea 2

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) said it has been awarded a €100 million ($111.6 million) contract from Ørsted to install three export cable circuits for the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm.The wind farm will consist of up to 165 turbines with a maximum capacity of 1.4GW and is located approximately 90 kilometers off the Yorkshire coast.Boskalis said its project scope includes the preparation of the offshore export cable route (geophysical survey, boulder clearance and seabed leveling through dredging), and the installation and protection of the cables. The three 130 kilometer long

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McDermott Wraps Up Ichthys LNG Campaign

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

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Survey Vessel Joins Hunt for Lost F-35

Japan expanded its search for a missing F-35 stealth fighter on  with a maritime survey vessel joining a navy ship and a U.S. Navy salvage team is expected in the area in coming days, a Japanese air force spokesman said.Only small pieces of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force aircraft's tail have been found since the advanced jet disappeared from radar screens during an exercise with three other F-35s over the Pacific, near northwest Japan, on April 9."The plane and the pilot are still missing," the air force spokesman said. Investigators have been unable to unravel the fate of the

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Europe Leads in Ocean Energy

European tidal stream installations reached 26.8MW, and wave energy installations 11.3MW in 2018, according to yearly statistics published by Ocean Energy Europe.Europe continues to lead the world in ocean energy deployments, and last year its tidal projects produced record volumes of electricity.Annual installations - 3.7 MW of tidal stream capacity was put in the water in 2018. This represents more than twice the capacity installed in 2017, making this a solid year for tidal activity.26.8 MW of tidal stream technology has been deployed in Europe since 2010. Of this, 11.9 MW is currently operating

Balmoral’s senior test technician, Mike Royl, and Michael Oswald of the University of St Andrews (Photo: Balmoral)

Subsea Monitoring Equipment Put to the Test

Equipment that will be used to monitor the interaction between tidal turbines and marine mammals in the Pentland Firth has been put to the test in Aberdeen.The linear actuators that underwent hydrostatic testing at the Balmoral Subsea Test Center form part of a marine mammal monitoring station anchored to the sea floor. Utilizing both passive- and active-acoustic tracking techniques, the station will collect data on the underwater movements of marine mammals around operating tidal turbines.Data will be used by the tidal energy industry and regulatory authorities to make informed decisions about marine

A diamond wire saw, one of the new assets in Ashtead Technology’s fleet following its acquisition of Aqua-Tech Solutions (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Acquires Aqua-Tech Solutions

Ashtead Technology announced Wednesday it has acquired Louisiana based subsea equipment rental and cutting services specialist, Aqua-Tech Solutions.According to Ashtead Technology, the combined business will offer clients in the Gulf of Mexico region a more robust and enhanced offering, allowing more timely and cost-effective access to the group’s full range of equipment and services from locations in Broussard and Houma, La.Ashtead Technology said the acquisition strengthens its remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and mechanical tooling offering, broadening its survey sensor rental fleet.

Hyperion Turbidity is the first turbidity sensor combining Nephelometer and OBS readings in such a compact size. Photo: Valeport

Valeport Launches New Environmental Range

Valeport has launched a new Enviromental range of optical sensors.Hyperion Turbidity – A standalone turbidity sensor with such a small footprint to combine Nephelometer and OBS readings in the same instrument.  Created for inshore, coastal and oceanographic monitoring, this new sensor delivers a minimum detection level of just 0.03 NTU (nephelometer) and can measure turbidity up to 6,000 NTU (OBS).  The titanium housing, data output up to 16Hz and low power requirements ensures this sensor can be placed in situ for extended periods with easy access to highly accurate data.SWiFTplus

GEOTRACES carousel deployment showing Cortland cable. Image: Cortland

Case Study: Cables in Underwater Missions

more than 600 ocean research deployments. It safely holds the weight of 500 kilograms of equipment, including a carousel of 24 12-liter sample bottles. As it is lowered through the water column to depths of 7,000 meters, it endures factors including cold temperatures, bending, tension cycling, corrosion, marine abrasion, compression and even attack by sea-life. It must flex and bend to deal with winching, marine currents, and pressures exceeding 550 bar (55,000 kPa).Each cable provides the physical connection for real-time power and communication connectivity. Designs have to be rigorous, and manufacturing

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