Subsea Pipeline Survey & Inspection

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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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Ashtead Delivers Installation Monitoring Services to Subsea 7

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology said it has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea 7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, located in blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea.The contract, which was awarded by i-Tech Services on behalf of Subsea 7, saw Ashtead’s Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) used to capture critical data required to safely deploy a subsea template in water depths of 110m from Subsea 7’s vessel the Seven Arctic.The DMS monitors structure deflection, heading, pitch, roll, depth and suction at differenti

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Marine Survey Work Starts for Greenlink Interconnector

the launch of the first of MMT’s survey vessels, MV Franklin.The offshore and nearshore surveying along the proposed route of the electricity link between the UK and Ireland is expected to take approximately 40 days, depending on weather conditions. MMT were awarded the contract for the Greenlink Marine Survey (GMS) by Greenlink Interconnector Ltd in August.Further survey work along the 170km marine route will be undertaken by vessels MV Seabeam, MV Edda Fonn and RED7 Jack-up rig Seariser 2. The survey area is between Freshwater West, Pembroke, Wales and Baginbun, Co Wexford, Ireland. A Notice

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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

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

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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

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MainOne Cable System to Extend to Francophone Region

Undersea communications technology company TE SubCom  has secured a contract from connectivity and data center solutions provider MainOne to extend its active submarine cable system into West Africa’s francophone region with two additional branches connecting Senegal (Dakar) and Cote D’Ivoire (Abidjan). These new branches will connect to MainOne’s 7,000km cable system, which extends from Portugal to Nigeria, and will inject new technology that upgrades the system to a potential capacity of 10TBps by November 2019 when the subsea system becomes operational.With this development

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ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

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

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Hydra Preparing for Offshore Upturn

gas industry’s rebound,” Davis said. “We’re hoping to meet the needs of this new market with an efficient vessel and well-trained team.”Subsea ResponderBuilt: 1998Length: 217 ftBreadth: 54 ftPropulsion: 3,900 BHPDeck Area: 2,771.02 ft2ROVs: Heavy Work Class ROVCrane: 1 x TTS Marine AHC Subsea Crane-60 MT @ 12 m radius for water depths 2,000 m-38 MT @ 12 m radius for water depths 2,800 mAccommodation: 57Dynamic Positioning: DP2Class: AB

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Morrison, iSIMS Introduce iJacket

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

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Sonardyne Aids US Navy Underwater Vehicle Testing

Underwater target tracking technology from Houston-based Sonardyne Inc., has been chosen by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division for testing subsea systems and underwater vehicles in development for the Navy and wider maritime industry.Located in Maryland, Carderock Division is the U.S. Navy's research, engineering, modelling and test center for surface and undersea technologies. It is the largest, most comprehensive establishment of its kind in the world. Thanks to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, Carderock’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF)

Location map for CGG’s rich-azimuth survey north-west of the Shetland Isles.
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CGG Deploys Two Vessels for Survey NW of Shetland

CGG commenced acquisition of a high-density, rich-azimuth, towed-streamer multi-client survey in the UK West Shetland Basin. The 3,600 sq km survey is designed in collaboration with major international oil companies and is focused on delivering high-resolution seismic data in a prospective but under explored area north-west of the Shetland Isles over the northern part of the Rona Ridge. A fast-track PreSDM data set will be available in Q1 2019.The acquisition geometry is designed to image multiple targets from shallow Tertiary and Cretaceous plays to complex fractured Devono-Carboniferous reservoir

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UTEC Names Rahmatullah Middle East Director

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

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Seafloor Crawlers: New Robotic Tools for Challenging Missions

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

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Reviewing Sapinhoá-Lula NE BSR System

The exploration and production of deepwater pre-salt plays offshore Brazil have triggered major technological challenges. Some reservoirs are located under 2,000 meters of water and have to be drilled through another 2,000 or so meters of salt. Although exploration challenges have been daunting, production challenges are no less formidable. With a number of production and injection wells placed over the large reservoirs, the difficulty of reliably and safely bringing the oil and gas to production FPSOs have been compounded by the extreme water depths involved.In 2011 Subsea 7 was awarded a milestone

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Offshore Wind: Fugro Starts Site Survey in the Baltic

Fugro has commenced a marine site characterization program at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.Under a contract worth over €10 million ($11 million), Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a program of standard and advanced laboratory testing.The fieldwork takes place between August 2018 and February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Scout.

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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

The GEBCO-NF Alumni team concept sets sail from Horten, Norway, on the first of three 24-hour sea-trials. The team observed the successful round of tests from a guard vessel, seen here behind USV-Maxlimer. (Photo: GEBCO)

Competitor Preps for XPRIZE Final with 24-hour Sea Trial

on the collaborative approach, Yulia Zarayskaya, training program alumnus and Project Lead, noted that “the skills acquired by the alumni through the data processing development, as well as working alongside team partners and suppliers, puts them at the forefront of rapidly developing autonomous marine operations and the modern processes of transforming data into useful information.”It is hoped that the team’s technology will find wider applications once the XPRIZE is completed, and discussions are ongoing with The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project to see how this might be

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Damen Supplies Submersible Dredge Pump in Brazil

and when completed it will extend 600 meters out into the sea. Over the course of the project the DOP150 is expected to remove around 30,000 cubic meters of material.The Damen DOP150 is being used to extract sand in the surf zone, varying in density from loose to medium fine. Working in such a dynamic marine environment presents challenges when it comes to delivering the flat, even surface required for the pipeline. Cables and other obstructions in the area also need to be worked around. The dredge pump is mounted on the boom of a 30-metric-ton excavator, itself mounted on tracks running along a pier

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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

Andrew Jaffrey, Chief Technology Officer; Neil Gordon, Chief Executive; Elliot Kinch, Business Development Director. (Photo: Sentinel Subsea)

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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Platform Mooring Connectors Supplied for Windfloat Atlantic Project

A U.K. based subsea mooring and cable protection specialist has been called on to help connect wind turbine generator platforms to mooring lines at a floating wind farm under development offshore northern Portugal.First Subsea said it is supplying platform mooring connectors (PMC) to Windplus SA, developer of the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic Project located about 20 km off the coast from Viana do Castelo.The WindFloat Atlantic Project comprises three WindFloat 8MW WTG platforms, each with a mooring system made up of three catenary mooring lines, connected to drag embedded anchors. In all, First Subsea will

Left to right: Scott Christie, President, Foreshore; Dominic Gerelle, Vice President, Foreshore Technologies; Craig English, Operations Director of Subsea Services at Briggs Marine (Photo: Briggs Marine)

Briggs Marine Acquires Canadian Companies

U.K. based marine services company the Briggs Group announced it has acquired a consortium of three marine companies in Canada: Foreshore Technologies, Balanced Environmental and Ocean Tech. The three companies are based in North Vancouver, B.C. and have been trading for 25 years.Foreshore Technologies Inc. is an underwater survey and inspection company that specializes in diving, environmental survey, structural survey and marine operations, utilizing innovative equipment and platforms for a broad range of clients.Balanced Environmental Services Inc. is an expert in permitting, licensing, consultation

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Environmentalists File Second Complaint to Block Nord Stream 2

that the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation failed to consider the impact the project would have on wildlife in the Baltic Sea.The work involves detonating World War Two bombs on the sea floor along the project's 510 km route in Sweden and ClientEarth said that could cause serious harm to marine mammals, including protected harbour porpoises.Gazprom-owned Nord Stream 2 AG spokesman Lars Grönstedt said that as project operator it had already addressed concerns raised by the Environmental Protection Agency by conducting additional tests on marine life during the application."The

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SES Orders Teledyne Odom Singlebeam Echosounders

Teledyne Marine said it has scored a significant order from Texas-based Survey Equipment Services (SES) for a number of its new singlebeam echosounders, the Teledyne Odom Hydrographic Echotrac E20.The Echotrac E20 is the next generation of Odom Hydrographic’s singlebeam echosounders, built on new sonar technology at the factory in Denmark, Teledyne Marine’s Sonar Technology Center of Excellence.Designed for ease of use and portability, the Echotrac E20 is a dual channel survey echosounder operating from 10 to 300 kHz operating frequency and from 0.2m to 6km depth range, delivering precise

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Swire Seabed Awarded Wintershall Framework Agreement

Swire Seabed announced it has secured a framework agreement with Wintershall Norge AS for the provision of marine subsea services (MSS) in the North Sea.The agreement will commence this year and has a duration of three years plus four yearly options, the subsea services firm said.The work scope includes the supply of vessel and services which encompasses survey, IMR and light construction.The agreement is call-off based, meaning that during the course of the frame agreement, Wintershall can award MSS contracts on an as-needed basis.

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

Saipem Castorone at the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Bo B. Randulff / Roar Lindefjeld / Equinor ASA)

Norway’s Largest Oil Pipeline Now in Place

Late last week, Norway’s largest and longest pipeline reached the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.The last pipe of what is now Norway’s longest and largest oil pipeline was installed by the vessel Saipem Castorone, right next to the riser platform at the Johan Sverdrup field. The 36-inch pipeline extends 283 km from the Mongstad oil terminal outside Bergen to the giant field in the North Sea.“We have together with our supplier Saipem succeeded in laying the oil pipeline to Johan Sverdrup without any serious incidents. It has been a significant operation, involving more than 600

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Phoenix SRDRS Receives Operational Readiness Certification

The Phoenix Submarine Rescue Team deployed on board the M/V HOS DOMINATOR July and 9-19 completed eight days of submarine rescue operations off the coast of Catalina Island, which culminated in a satisfactory Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) by Undersea Rescue Command’s (URC) parent command (Submarine Squadron ELEVEN) to maintain certification of the operators and equipment for independent operations. This periodic evaluation specifically certified URC and Phoenix to participate in the eighth iteration of the CHILEMAR exercise in San Diego waters and the SSN RESCUEX this fall in Alaska.

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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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Fugro Secures E&P Support Contracts

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

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2H Offshore Expands STREAM JIP

2H Offshore, a riser and conductor specialist in subsea services group Acteon, has completed the first phase of the STREAM (STeel Riser Enhanced Analytics using Measurements) joint industry project (JIP) and has expanded the work into a second phase.The JIP’s participants include Anadarko, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell. In this collaborative effort, field data from four deepwater steel catenary risers (SCR) and one lazy-wave riser were used to provide a measurement-based foundation for riser modelling.The data analysis revealed a wealth of information on riser-wave-induced, vortex-induced (VIV)

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Ancient Relics Found in Subsea Pipeline Route

;s ancient civilizations.The pipeline from the deep-sea Leviathan gas field that is due to begin production late next year comes ashore near Dor Beach in northern Israel, a popular spot among Israeli sunbathers.It is also the site of the ancient port of Dor, where hidden in the seabed lie the vestiges of marine traders throughout the ages - from the Phoenicians to the Romans.To minimize damage to such relics, the Israel Antiquities Authority has been working over the past year with the Leviathan field's operator, Texas-based Noble Energy.A team spent weeks scuba diving in the warm crystal clear water

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Smith Named Head of UTEC

Paul Smith has been appointed group managing director at off- and onshore survey company UTEC Survey, part of subsea services group Acteon.Smith took over from previous managing director Stuart Cameron on August 20 and will lead UTEC from its headquarters within the Acteon building in Aberdeen, U.K.Since joining Acteon in 2011, Smith has undertaken a variety of commercial and operational roles. He was most recently responsible for the day-to-day management of UTEC’s operations worldwide. He has been a member of UTEC’s senior management team since 2016.

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Trelleborg, Ørsted Ink Subsea Cable Protection Deal

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

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James Fisher Bolsters Middle East Capabilities

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

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Bibby Hydromap's DriX Completes Trials

of AUSV that is the first autonomous survey platform to truly rival the performance of a traditional survey vessel.The versatile system has the ability to accommodate a hydrographic and geophysical survey payload and to aid positioning of underwater vehicles, facilitating data collection on a variety of marine projects.Guillaume Edeline, Business Development Manager at iXblue said: "DriX continues to build its successful track record across the hydrographic and offshore energy markets. Thanks to Bibby HydroMap's commitment to finding new ways to work faster and better, and to the company&rsquo

The rotating head of the overview sonar, with the Sonic 2022 on it. (Photo taken with ROV Jason. Credits: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI/MARUM, V18)

MultiBeam EchoSounder Enables First-of-its-kind Research

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

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New Remote Robotics Manipulator Control System Launched

to reduce risk, increase precision and save time.Don Pickering, CEO of Olis explained, “This product is just the beginning of how Olis is redefining the future of remote robotics. By introducing machine learning and variable autonomy in the very near-future, we will unlock broad and diverse new marine use cases. The ES1 Control System will make it safer for pilots to perform intervention tasks in extreme and dynamic environments by making the robots they control smarter.”Key ES1 features eclipse legacy master control products with five new advancements. First, ES1 offers a graphical user-interfac

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AI Guides Rapid Data-Driven Exploration of Changing Underwater Habitats

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

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

Fugro Goes Seep Hunting off Eastern Canada

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

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Schlumberger Introduces MEMS Gyro Surveying Service

Schlumberger has introduced the GyroSphere MEMS gyro-while-drilling service at Offshore Northern Seas (ONS). The GyroSphere service responds to the needs of E&P companies for a faster and more rugged, gyro-surveying while-drilling tool that increases drilling efficiency and reliability while reducing drilling risks.As the first application of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology for gyro surveying while drilling in the oilfield, the GyroSphere sensor performs gyro surveys faster than conventional systems and avoids the need for recalibration between runs. Solid-state technology enables

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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M2 Subsea Completes North Sea Project

ROV services provider M2 Subsea has completed a contract with Ithaca Energy UK Limited to conduct a subsea system survey of a North Sea field.The company deployed the Go Electra multi-service vessel equipped with a Triton XLX work class ROV to the Stella field, located 280km off Aberdeen with a water depth of 85m.The scope of work included the survey and inspection of subsea systems including pipelines and subsea structures.M2 Subsea mobilized a team from its Aberdeen headquarters this month to carry out the work.

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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

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne Marine)

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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Aquaculture: Huon Expands ROV Fleet

As the offshore aquaculture business continues to grow, so too do the number of in-water and subsea tools to do the business more efficiently. Huon Aquaculture , with more than 24,000 tonnes of fresh salmon farmed a year, reports that it recently invested again in underwater robotic technology, doubling its fleet of Saab Seaeye Falcons from two to four vehicles to help it inspect nets, rigging and moorings at Huon’s aquaculture pens.The pens are positioned in areas of strong current and rough water favoured for salmon farming as it mimics their natural habitat.The Falcon’s iCON behaviour-bas

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Fairfield Geo Embarks on Aggressive Growth Strategy

Ocean bottom node seismic acquisition services and technology provider Fairfield Geotechnologies said it has launched an aggressive growth and investment campaign. This multi-year capital program will enhance Fairfield Geotechnologies’ core business by expanding its node inventory and associated system capacity to better serve the increasing global demand for node-based acquisition services. The company is also executing on its strategy to expand the market for node based seismic surveys through multiple sales channels and innovative commercial models. Fairfield Geotechnologies also continues

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Divers Assist Stranded Vessel in the Mississippi

a result of a collision with an underwater obstruction in the Mississippi river, a down-bound fully laden bulk carrier suffered a flooded forepeak tank and was unable to trim to a shallow enough draft to continue her transit. Stuck at anchor in the middle of the river, her owners contacted an independent marine surveyor for assistance. Because Phoenix International had performed previous successful operations for the selected survey company, the vessel was immediately referred to Phoenix for assessment and resolution of the problem. Phoenix was able to deploy a team within hours to assist the stranded vessel

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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

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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

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