Mediterranean Sea News

iXblue’s hydrographic research vessel FeliX (Photo: iXblue)

iXblue Wins OWF Survey in France

its momentum in the field of geophysical surveys, environmental monitoring, as well as unexploded ordnance (UXO) campaigns. The firm said its Sea Operations division has conducted surveys for most of the MRE sites under development in France between Noirmoutier and Dunkerque, as well as in the Mediterranean sea between Leucate and Marseille.The pilot floating wind farm project provides for the installation of four wind turbines installed on semi-submersible floats, about 13 kilometers south of Groix and 19 kilometers from Belle-Île. These turbines, with a unit capacity of 6 megawatts (MW).Each

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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 goal

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

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 to

MDL TTS-4/310 Series Tensioner (Photo: MDL)

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.

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 species

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 one

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3D at Depth Completes 300 Offshore LiDAR Metrologies

Advanced subsea LiDAR (SL) systems and survey support services provider 3D at Depth Inc. said it has completed its 300th subsea LiDAR spool metrology.   The subsea LiDAR measurement, conducted offshore within the Mediterranean Sea, covered eight long spool metrologies with lengths greater than 90m and was completed in 24 hours. The project delivered considerable savings overall for the EPIC installation contractor and provided valuable 3D data for the end user, a oil and gas major.   “We are excited to have reached this milestone,” stated Neil Manning, chief business developmen

MV Kobi Ruegg (Photo: Fugro)

MV Kobi Ruegg Joins Fugro Survey Fleet

A 58-meter, multi-role survey vessel MV Kobi Ruegg has joined Fugro’s fleet and is set to begin her first project in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea.   Working on behalf of Saipem, Fugro will deploy its large diameter piston core system to collect soil samples in the Zohr gas field; geophysical surveys for Pico and Shell will follow.   Having previously operated in the Gulf of Mexico for Fugro, the three-year-old vessel has recently been renamed in honor of a former member of Fugro’s management board who passed away in March 2017. Köbi (Jakob) Rüegg

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