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Sea Machines Gets a $50k Boost from MassChallenge

is building similar but uniquely-designed autonomous technology for boats and our systems will unlock tremendous value for the sectors that work on water.  The MassChallenge program provided support and mentoring that has moved Sea Machines to the next level,” said Sea Machines founder, Michael Johnson.   Sea Machines was one of 128 early-stage companies accepted into the 2016 MassChallenge Boston program, from more than 1,700 applicants, and now joins a network of more than 1,200 alumni globally. Over the past four months, the startup has leveraged the organization’s global network

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Bourque Joins Sea Machines

as spearheading a global initiative to spark partnerships with commercial marine companies.   “Phil’s marine relationships span the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions and he will be a key part of bringing the Sea Machines technology to the global market,” said Sea Machines CEO, Michael Johnson.   Bourque comes to Sea Machines with a background in international sales management, having built much of the global sales and support network for Seakeeper Inc, the manufacturer of marine gyrostabilizers.   “I enjoy the challenge of working with advanced technology, Bourque

Ushering in the Age of the Autonomous Workboat

While the topic of unmanned vessels has sparked vigorous debate and grown vociferous skeptics in all four corners of the world, Michael Gordon Johnson and his team at Sea Machines are intent on bringing an Autonomous Workboat to full-scale real-world trials by the end of the year. Michael Gordon Johnson is and entrepreneur, founding two companies and serving in various roles – offshore, heavy lift ocean transport and marine salvage – since graduating from Texas A&M University with a BA in Marine Engineering. Most recently he was a VP of Business at Titan Salvage and a VP of Projects

Borr Drilling Aims to Expand Fleet, Keep Costs Low

Borr Drilling, the Norwegian drilling start-up, which listed on the Oslo exchange on Wednesday, said it aimed to expand its fleet, taking advantage of its low cost base. The start-up, launched last year and backed by the world's biggest oil service firm Schlumberger, said it aimed to have the lowest cash break-even costs in the industry and would take advantage of current low prices for rigs. "We have no debt," Borr's Chief Executive Simon Johnson told Reuters after its shares started trading on Oslo's main market. They were previously listed on the over-the-counter market. "That

WEBINAR: Laser Scanning Ships Helps Save Drydocking Time

What      WEBINAR: “Digitizing the Marine Industry in 3D” When:    October 30, 2-3pm EST Info:       http://webinar.navalprofessional.com/   With increased marine regulations it is increasingly important to acquire digital documentation of the your fleet of ships. Today, laser scanners have the range and accuracy to capture marine vessels, piping systems and shipyards to provide 3D modeling that be used in the manufacturing and designing processes. Vessel owners, vessel builders and naval architects and marine

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Laser Scanning Ships: Discover the Value

With increased marine regulations it is increasingly important to acquire digital documentation of the your fleet of ships. Today, laser scanners have the range and accuracy to capture marine vessels, piping systems and shipyards to provide 3D modeling that be used in the manufacturing and designing processes. Vessel owners, vessel builders, naval architects and marine engineers who would like to learn more on the value of the service are invited to participate in a free Webinar on the topic, “Digitizing the Marine Industry in 3D,” scheduled for October 30, 2-3 p.m. EST (sign up st

Michael Noble

Noble Joins UTEC's UK Team

UTEC  has announced a key addition to its UK team based in Aberdeen, Scotland, as Michael Noble has been named as the company’s Sales Manager UK and will be responsible for the organic growth of the company in existing and new service lines in the onshore/offshore survey market in North West Europe.  He brings to the role a wealth of experience in delivering sales targets and generating business growth gained in various segments of the oil and gas industry. Commenting on Michael Noble’s appointment, UTEC Regional Manager EMEA Kevin McBarron said, “Michael will play a

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Ocean Installer Appoints Head for New U.S. Office

Ocean Installer appointed Michael Newbury as President for its U.S. office, located in Houston, Texas. The office has been established to cater for projects run out of the US. Entering his new position in April 2013, Michael Newbury brings with him managerial experience and track record from the U.S. subsea industry. He comes from a position as Vice President for Operations and Business Development with the U.S.-based subsea contractor Deep Down, Inc. and has senior experience from the U.S. subsea industry, including Subsea 7 and Halliburton. The process of opening an Ocean Installer U.S.

2012 Annual ASNE Award Winners

engineering contribution in a particular area during the past five years. The 2012 Gold Medal Award will be presented by VADM Kevin M. McCoy, USN; Commander, NAVSEA, at the ASNE Honors Gala on Thursday, February 21, 2013.   2012 Harold E. Saunders Award (Lifetime Achievement) Recipient - Mr. Michael F. Tangora Presented annually since 1977, the Harold E. Saunders Award honors an individual whose reputation in naval engineering spans a long career of notable achievement and influence. The 2012 Saunders Award will be presented by RADM John H. Korn, USCG; Assistant Commandant for Acquisition

Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia File photo BHP Billiton

CSIRO, BHP Billiton Join Forces in Marine Research

  The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia will be the focus of a new marine research partnership between CSIRO and BHP Billiton Petroleum announced today. Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in the world, extending 300 kilometres along the North West coast of Australia. The five year, jointly funded A$5 million research program will include both deep and shallow reef research, turtle and shark tagging, a PhD scholarship scheme and opportunities to engage the local community, including BHP Billiton Petroleum employees, in Exmouth, WA. Minister for Industry and

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NSWC Team Honored for Robotics Work

Open Systems Architecture for the next generation family EOD unmanned ground vehicles. "The five AEODRS team members recognized today composed 36 new interface documents and performance specifications for the 18 unique modules that form AEODRS Increment 2 and 3 systems," said NSWC IHEODTD's Michael Del Signore, EOD Robotics branch manager. "But we were certainly not alone in this effort.  This work was supported by others from government, industry and academia.  In total, the AEODRS team completed 59 documents defining AEODRS common architecture.  The developed documentation

MV Svenja during the subsea installation of Monopod. (Photo: SAL)

Precision Work between Volcanoes and Strong Currents

point.   At the end of August, after 90 days on-site, the whole installation was completed and MV Svenja headed back to Singapore for two weeks of demobilization. “SAL was our primary heavy lift contractor for the highly technical and environ- mentally challenging job,” sums up Michael Johnson, Statement Project Manager of Crowley: “SAL’s technical calculations and engineering constructions, their vessel and the team’s operational experience on land as well as onboard led to a very successful installation.” Holger Krenz is satisfied as well: “SAL is very

Oil Holds around $110

per day (bpd) on Sunday after a new protest shut the El Sharara field. Before nationwide protests started in the middle of last year, Libyan oil production was closer to 1.4 million bpd. "As long as the Libyan security situation is unstable, global oil prices will be buoyed," said Michael Poulsen, analyst at Danish consultancy Global Risk Management. Brent crude was up 15 cents at $110.00 a barrel by 1440 GMT, after settling higher for a second straight week. U.S. oil was up 20 cents to $102.40, after climbing for the sixth week in its longest winning streak in more than a year

Lankofirst Debuts Fiber Rope Connector for Deepwater Mooring

Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division (LROD) announced the latest results of offshore trials of its Lankofirst synthetic fiber rope mooring connector on booth 1517 at OTC 2013. The trials have shown a significant reduction in mooring line deployment times and improvements in health and safety using the Lankofirst connector, compared with traditional mooring line plate links and thimbles. The Lankhorst booth will also feature the ultra-low creep HMPE mooring rope made with Dyneema for permanent deepwater moorings beyond 2,000m water depth, and Lankhorst Mouldings' buoyancy modules for fiber rope

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BSEE, NASA to Examine Offshore Risks

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have announced a five-year agreement allowing BSEE to capitalize on the best risk management approaches from the aeronautics industry to inform stakeholders and further strengthen worker and environmental safety protections on the Outer Continental Shelf. “Both BSEE and NASA work in harsh and uncompromising environments, relying on cutting edge technology to go deeper and further than previously thought possible,” said BSEE Director Brian Salerno. “This partnership

Michael Green

Jee Appoints Additional Business Development Manager

Jee Ltd., an independent multidiscipline subsea engineering and training company, has appointed Michael Green as a new Business Development Manager to join the growing business development team. Mr. Green is based at the company’s head office in Tonbridge, Kent, and will be seeking new business opportunities to support long-term growth plans as well as being responsible for facilitating proposals and tenders with UK and international oil companies as well as global vessel operators. Within Jee’s international scope, Michael will concentrate on Concept, FEED, and Detailed Design

Wynne Named President and CEO of AUVSI

Brian Wynne has been named president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), succeeding the retiring Michael Toscano on January 12, 2015. Wynne is currently president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), a post he has held since April 2004. The organization promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles and infrastructure. Previously, Wynne held a senior leadership role at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) and was CEO of the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM).

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