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Touch screen controls allow pilots to press one button to select a new tool and let the ROV do the rest. Images from TechnipFMC.

Subsea Technology and the New Routes to Residency

;s also fragmentation; different approaches and concepts and even alternative routes to providing remote ROV services without the need for a fully crewed vessel.Subsea 7’s tetherless autonomous intervention vehicle (AIV) has demonstrated its autonomous behaviours for inspection work offshore Norway and in the US Gulf of Mexico. In August, Norway’s IKM Subsea reached a 100-day continuous subsea operations milestone with its tethered Merlin UCV R-ROV at the Snorre B facility offshore Norway, where it’s been based since 2018, along with a tool stand, supported by on and offshore staff

Credit: Statnett

Gallery: Wreckage of Major German World War Two Warship Discovered Off Norway

The wreckage of a major German warship has been discovered off the coast of Norway some 80 years after it was sunk in a World War Two battle, Norwegian power grid operator Statnett and a maritime archaeologist said.Identified this year from images and sonar scans of its hull and of details such as the position of gun turrets, the cruiser Karlsruhe was first detected in 2017 just 15 meters (50 feet) from a subsea power cable that has been operating since 1977.Built in the 1920s, the ship was later fitted with a Nazi-era swastika that was also captured in subsea images taken by Statnett and its partners

PGS towed CSEM streamer. Image courtesy of PGS.

Canada's OFG Acquires PGS' Towed Streamer CSEM System

PGS, Norway-based oil and gas seismic data specialist, has signed a deal with Ocean Floor Geophysics, (OFG) under which OFG has acquired the exclusive rights to use the hardware, software and intellectual property associated with the PGS towed streamer CSEM (controlled source electromagnetic) system, in exchange for shares in OFG."The towed-streamer CSEM technology developed by PGS is a state-of-the-art system that allows for the acquisition of high-quality marine CSEM data in a fast and efficient manner. The system complements existing CSEM technology to permit a broad operating envelope,"

Deep Energy vessel during the pipe laying operation - Credit: TechnipFMC

Installation Underway for World's Longest Heated Subsea Pipeline

pipe-in-pipe solution transport oil from the Neptune Energy-operated Fenja field to the Njord A platform, operated by Equinor.The first phase of the installation saw a 9km section safely installed and successfully tested, the company said.Neptune Energy’s Director of Projects and Engineering in Norway, Erik Oppedal, said: “The installation and testing of the ETH pipe is a great technical achievement, as well as a milestone in the development of the Fenja field. Norway is an important part of our geographically-diverse portfolio and this is an excellent example of Neptune Energy’s commitment

Blue Logic Wins ONS Award for Subsea Docking Station for ROVs

Underwater technology company Blue Logic has won the Innovation Award 2020 from Norway's ONS, for the development of an open-standard subsea docking station for underwater vehicles.The award, given in the small and medium-sized enterprises category, was awarded on September 1, during ONS 2020 Digital, this year's variant of ONS, as the main event had to be canceled due to COVID-19.According to Blue Logic, its seabed installed docking station enables underwater vehicles or drones to be permanently deployed subsea by providing access to power for charging and communications, for upload/download

Christine Spiten - a passion for ocean #ACTION. Photo Courtesy Norhipping

Interview: Christine Spiten, WWF & Cleaning Up Ocean Plastics

on localised plastic pollution.“It’s about taking responsibility for the future as well as addressing the issues today,” Spiten comments. “We need a behavioural change to engender an environmental one.”The activity will be supported by a national TV fundraising campaign in Norway, which aims to raise enough money to improve waste management systems for around 1million people in The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, while also reducing annual plastic pollution flowing into the sea by approximately 7,000 tonnes a year.The Grieg collaboration, meanwhile, has set

One of VUVI AS's ROVs. (Image: DNV GL)

"World First": Remote In-water Ship Surveys via ROV

GL.In-water bottom surveys using ROVs have now been carried out on three separate Wilson ASA-managed vessels with the first having been completed on the Wilson Fedje in December 2019 by a surveyor from Høvik. The survey was performed earlier in July on another ASA Wilson-managed vessel in Bergen, Norway. Elias Triantafyllidis, the remote surveyor, attended the survey from the DNV GL DATE (Direct Access To Experts) hub in Piraeus, Greece.As with the two previous surveys, it was conducted in collaboration with VUVI AS, a Norwegian inspection company certified by DNV GL to perform underwater inspections

Image by Shearwater Geo

CGG Kicks Off Northern North Sea Survey

the Northern Viking Graben (NVG) multiclient survey would take approximately one month to complete and is being conducted by the SW Amundsen vessel.Worth reminding, CGG in January officially exited the marine data acquisition business with the completion of the previously announced sale of its vessels to Norway's Shearwater.The transaction included the takeover by Shearwater of five high-end seismic vessels, and the five-year capacity agreement for marine seismic acquisition services between Shearwater and CGG became effective.Credit: CG

BladeBUG is a blade walking inspection robot, focusing on leading edge erosion inspection. Images from ORE Catapult.

Robotics: Autobots Transform in the Offshore Energy Sector

trialled on Chevron’s Alba platform in 2017, then, in 2018, the quadruped ANYmal robot made a debut on a Dutch offshore wind converter station.Time for trialsTotal is now getting closer to trialing a robot co-developed with Taurob, initially for 12 months onshore at its Shetland Gas Plant, while in Norway Aker BP has plans to trial a number of systems, including a Boston Dynamics Spot quadruped, on the Skarv floating production vessel ,and Oxford Robotics Institute has been testing an adapted ANYmal quadruped for its suitability offshore at a fire training center.  A lot of the work done to date

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