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Ashtead -DMS installed on a Subsea Template as seen from ROV camera. Photo: Ashtead

Challenges of Underwater Structure Monitoring for Offshore Operations

system was configured for autonomous independent operations, communicating data to one of the installation’s ROVs. Advanced positioning tools and measuring sensors enhanced the accuracy of the data collected, ensuring the reliability of the data.The Northern Lights project is a result of the Norwegian government’s ambition to develop a full-scale CCS value chain in the country by 2024. As part of this ambition, the Norwegian government issued feasibility studies on capture, transport and storage solutions in 2016, helping to justify the eventual realisation of a full-scale CCS project.Multiple

Hywind Tampen Illustration - Image Credit: Equinor

Equinor's $466M Floating Wind Farm Plan Approved

failed in March to agree on new supply cuts.The 88-megawatt capacity project, called Hywind Tampen, would be able to meet about 35% of the electricity needs of the five platforms and would reduce CO2 emissions by about 200,000 tonnes per year when it starts operations in 2022, it added.The Norwegian government has agreed to provide 2.3 billion crowns in financial support, in addition to 566 million crowns from the industry's NOx fund, set up to reduce emissions from ships.Equinor's partners in the two licenses are OMV, Idemitsu, Wintershall Dea, Eni's Vaar Energi, and state-owned Petoro

The self-discharging bulk carriers being built for Aasen Shipping will be the first of their kind to operate with hybrid propulsion. Copyright Aasen Shipping.

World’s First: Wärtsilä Hybrid Propulsion for Bulkers

fitted with excavators for loading and unloading. The excavators will be electrically powered using the battery pack, which will save fuel and be emissions-free since normally they would be diesel operated.The investment cost for the hybrid installation is partly supported by Enova SF, the Norwegian government enterprise responsible for the promotion of environmentally-friendly production and consumption of energy

 From left, Otto Malmgren, counsellor at Norwegian Embassy; Per Arve Frøyen, director of Innovation Norway Japan; Morten Lind-Olsen, CEO of Dualog; Hideki Suzuki, corporate officer at NYK; Hideyuki Ando, senior general manager of MTI. Photo: Dualog

Dualog, NYK Sign Cyber-Risk Contract

has signed  a long-term industrial research and development project agreement with Tromsø-based Dualog which aims to result in a cutting-edge Cyberrisk Management System for vessels.The project announced today at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo will receive two years of funding from the Norwegian government fund Innovation Norway.The agreement will see the development of digitized products and services across a test-bed of 50 vessels with a view to eventually being rolled out across NYKs self-operated fleet of 250 ships.The accord follows hot on the heels of a strategic partnership both companies

Your sea trials, here: a SINTEF test basin. Credit: SINTEF

Higher Learning & SINTEF’s Existential Rise

companies is over four billion Norwegian kroner a year. So, it’s win-win, added value and the rest.Lab luxuryIt wasn’t always that way. Just 20 years ago, SINTEF was nearly entirely reliant on research funds portioned out in Oslo. Nearly all of what was earned in 2000 was actually Norwegian government funding.Yet, the environmental assessments, materials testing and structural standards work carried out by SINTEF in the early days of Norwegian oil and gas — and the early days of Norway’s oil-fueled industrial expansion — paved the way for what would become that gold mine

Participants on the expedition, from left Stian Rolfsen Gilje and Solveig Lie Onstad from the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research (UiB), Jan Stenløkk from the NPD and Anna Lim from NTNU. Photo: NPD

NPD Completes Seabed Minerals Expedition

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) announced that it has just completed a successful data acquisition expedition on the Mohns Ridge in the north-western Norwegian Sea, using the Seabed Constructor vessel.According to the Norwegian government agency responsible for the regulation of the petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf, during the four-week expedition, the NPD has made several discoveries of previously unknown sulphide deposits, and collected data covering large areas. These deposits include metals and minerals that are important in battery technology, wind turbines and

Co-author Arnfinn Nergaard.

Book Review: Getting Down to It; 50 Years of Subsea Success in Norway

have disappeared and some stood up and became billion NOK companies that were not so much worth anything at one time. There’s been a lot of cost for people involved; it’s an extreme sport.”Norway’s success in subsea technology has been driven by a number of factors. The Norwegian government very much pushed new technology, says Nergaard. There was also strong competition among the Norwegian players to come up with the best solutions – a thirst which has continued through the decades. A 2012 Quest Offshore survey of who put the most effort into subsea technology development

Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

, the Norwegian offshore wind incubator project, the Sustainable Energy Norwegian Catapult Center — or just “Norwegian Catapult” or the Test Center — is hoping to produce other Unitechs out of an expected stream of start-ups.By pumping cash into innovation at the Centre, the Norwegian government will offer would-be wind suppliers from around the world access to the Unitech floating turbine and other infrastructure, as well as access to potential future wind clients looking on and a chance to see breakthrough innovations find immediate use. Start-up Centre CEO, Willie Waagen, says

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

Seabed had just acquired a HUGIN AUV from Kongsberg Maritime after doing pipeline inspection work for oil company Equinor. In a press release, the Singapore-based outfit said it was now ready to “go beyond current industry needs”. In fact, early in 2018, Swire Seabed had begun the Norwegian government’s first commercial cruise to map marine mineral resources of copper, lead and silver on the Norwegian continental shelf (by AUV survey and ROV rock sampling).  “This can become a new market for them (Swire Seabed) and possibly for the entire subsea industry,” a Norwegian

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