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France to Test Floating Wind Turbines

aimed at testing a new way of producing electricity from wind.The EU competition regulator said in a statement that the state aid was in line with EU rules as it was proportionate and could help develop a new type of technology to produce renewable energy.Three of the floating wind farms are in the Mediterranean Sea and one in the Atlantic Ocean.The demonstration wind farms will use a particular combination of turbine, floater and cables with a total installed capacity of 24 megawatt each."The objective of the public support is to test these different technological solutions, with the long-term

Skandi Neptune. Image: DOF Group

DOF Bags Multiple Offshore Vessel Deals

Norwegian offshore vessel provider DOF has won several contracts from undisclosed clients for work in Guyana, Saudi Arabia, and the Mediterranean.The Skandi Neptune has already commenced operation in Guyana for survey work and planning a second campaign within 2019 for Field Development Construction Support activities.In addition, the DOF group is secured award for two PSVs, the Skandi Foula and Skandi Buchan, and both vessels will join the Skandi Neptune in the second quarter of 2019 carrying pipe and subsea hardware to the main installation vessels. The forecast assets utilization is estimated close

Oceaneering Wins $80 Mln in Umbilical Contracts

U.S. based Oceaneering International has secured three subsea umbilical contracts valued in excess of $80 million in total. The contracts with major international operators are to supply developments in the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea and the South China Sea.Two contracts are for electro-hydraulic, steel tube production control umbilicals, measuring approximately 106km in total, and related umbilical distribution hardware. The third contract is for three thermoplastic production control umbilicals with a total measure of approximately 42km and related umbilical distribution hardware.Manufacture

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NATO Uses IoT to Study the Oceans

Globalstar satellite communications to further their understanding of the world’s oceans.Research teams from the NATO STO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), based in La Spezia, Italy, are embedding SPOT Trace devices in freely drifting buoys and setting them afloat in the Mediterranean and in Arctic waters to monitor surface drift behaviour. SPOT Trace tracks the movement of these ‘drifters’ and transmits their position data over Globalstar’s Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network.  The CMRE carries out oceanography and ocean acoustics studies as part

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New Research Vessel Ordered for Belgium

Spanish shipbuilder Freire is constructing a new oceanographic research vessel for Belgium. The IMO polar code compliant vessel will be designed to carry out research and survey tasks in the North Sea and its adjacent sea areas, but also in the Mediterranean and more northern areas.The research vessel will cater for the requirements of the Belgian marine scientific community when performing advanced marine research and education at sea – today and in the coming years. This will include research within the fields of geology and sedimentology, fisheries, biology, chemistry, oceanography (including

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Jumbo Wins Leviathan Work

to perform the task of lowering the manifold onto the seabed at a 1,643-meter water depth and installing various other SSIV’s and valve skids at a water depth of approximately 86 meters.In addition, Jumbo said it will also transport various equipment from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Eastern Mediterranean.The Jumbo team will also provide project management and engineering services for this scope of work, including attendance of HIRAs and review of Technip procedures and analyses.“Jumbo will appoint one of her offshore HLCV’s to complete this project in early 2019. By using one of our

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Ancient Shipwrecks Found in Greek Waters Tell Tale of Trade Routes

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered at least 58 shipwrecks, many laden with antiquities, in what they say may be the largest concentration of ancient wrecks ever found in the Aegean and possibly the whole of the Mediterranean.The wrecks lie in the small island archipelago of Fournoi, in the Eastern Aegean, and span a huge period from ancient Greece right through to the 20th century. Most are dated to the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras.Although shipwrecks can be seen together in the Aegean, until now such a large number have not been found together.Experts say they weave an exciting tale of how

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Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Finalists to Compete off Greece

.”After the competition has ended, the high-resolution seafloor map will be used by NCSR-Demokritos, the largest research center in Greece, and their Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics as part of a worldwide scientific collaboration to establish a new generation Neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean.A secondary test location to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) $1 million bonus prize will take place in early 2019, once the grand prize testing has been completed. Competing bonus prize finalist teams will need to demonstrate that their technology can &ldquo

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Ancient Relics Found in Subsea Pipeline Route

Underwater archaeologists have been scouring the seabed where a gas pipeline is being built off Israel's coast in a bid to preserve relics near a 5,000-year-old port which once was a key trade hub for the Mediterranean'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.

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Shipping Companies Recognized for Efforts to Save Whales

to achieve fewer lethal whale strikes, while improving air quality, and ensuring the efficient flow of commerce to and from our nation's ports.”NOAA’s marine sanctuaries acknowledged the following shipping companies for their participation in the 2017 vessel speed reduction program: Mediterranean Shipping Company; Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.; Polar Tankers Inc.; Celebrity Cruises Inc.; Hamburg Sud; ExxonMobil Corp.; Evergreen Marine Corp.; CSL Americas; Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd.; Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd.; OSG Ship Management Inc.; Tesoro Far East Maritime Company.; Chevron Shipping

Echogram of diel plankton migration. (Image: Nortek)

New Acoustic Technology Aids Fisheries Management

, you just have one.”Since the samples from the ADCP and echosounder are already accurately synchronized with each other in the one instrument, processing the data afterwards also becomes much more efficient, Nortek noted.As reported in the IEEE paper, sea trials of the Signature100 in the Mediterranean Sea have demonstrated the high performance of this novel instrument. Focusing on the echosounder performance, a 70 kHz pulse (one of the three frequencies available in the system) was able to provide information on the movement of marine life.Acoustically, a single fish can look very similar

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MDL Awarded Umbilical Installation Project

U.K. based Maritime Developments said it has won a flex lay contract on a major gas field in the Mediterranean Sea.The project, due to start in 2019, will cover installation of an umbilical connecting the production wells to a fixed offshore processing platform.The work will be carried out using MDL TTS-4/310 Series Tensioner, a 110-metric-ton unit, operated by MDL personnel, as part of the MDL Offshore Service.According to MDL, the system will allow safe and efficient handling of the product thanks to its 5m track length and wide cylindrical track opening for passing of umbilical end fittings.

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Egypt Approves Oil Exploration Deal with Eni, Tharwa

Egypt has approved an exploration agreement with Italy's Eni and the Egyptian Tharwa company to search for oil and gas in the Mediterranean off the coast of northern Sinai, the Egyptian oil minister said on Wednesday.Under the deal, Eni and Tharwa will spend $105 million in two stages over six years, which involve drilling one well in the first stage and another in the second, Tarek El Molla told journalists.Reporting by Momen Saeed Atallah, writing by Sami Aboudi

The amphipod Epimeria cornigera has been known for a long time. Biologists have now discovered and descibed a new relative. (Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Jan Beermann

New Species Found in the North Sea

that they truly detected a previously undiscovered amphipod species, it took the researchers more than six years. They were originally investigating the species Epimeria cornigera when they took notice of its sister species. Until then, Epimeria cornigera was commonly assumed to occur from the Mediterranean Sea to Iceland – a quite broad but possible distribution. Nevertheless, reliable information on the species' biology was still scarce. As Jan Beermann explains, "We now know that the new species, Epimeria frankei, ranges from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, whereas the old

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Switch from Leaded Petrol has Reduced Ocean Pollution

than natural background levels.Lead deposited in the ocean is later transferred to sea-floor sediments. The results of this study show that ‘legacy lead’ is now being released by sediments, forming a new lead source to the environment. Historical lead signals are also evident in deep Mediterranean waters around 1000 meters deep, transported from the surrounding countries of Italy, Spain and Greece, where leaded petrol was only phased out in 2003.Professor Eric Achterberg from the University of Southampton said: “Our results show that sediments have become a source of lead to overlying

A turbine at the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm offshore Scotland (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Statoil)

Top Five Trends in Offshore Wind

no capacity today, close to 8 GW could be reached thanks to installations in France, the U.K. and, on a smaller scale, Portugal. The U.K. will also install the majority of the capacity in the Irish Sea, which will total close to 6 GW. Italian and French installations could boost capacity in the Mediterranean Sea to 0.5 GW.2. Bigger is BetterAcross the globe, offshore wind projects are incorporating the latest innovations in wind turbine technology as manufacturers are building larger turbines on advanced foundation designs in even greater water depths. Larger turbines that are able to capture more

Deployment of the Remus 600 to join the rest of the fleet - 5 AUVs and 1 USV - to begin an unmanned multi-vehicle collaborative mission. (Photo courtesy: Javier Gilabert)

Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills

with three AUV, one USV and two UAVs operated under the same communication system. The second exercise was carried out on board of the SASEMAR (Spanish Maritime Safety Agency) vessel “Clara Campoamor”, multipurpose ocean going tugs and has 80 meters long, off Cartagena (SE Spain) in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. The same team put into practice different strategies to locate and monitor a Rhodamine WT spill below 15 meters. In 2017 the third exercise took place on board of the same vessel and site with three new AUVs. Missions for six AUVs (different manufactures), one USV (PlaDyPos) and

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