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 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

Pic: Inpex Corporation

Inpex Wins Exploration Acreage Offshore Norway

and fourth exploration projects in Norway following the company’s acquisition of exploration license PL950 in 2018, and are expected to contribute to the further enhancement of Inpex’s global project portfolio.Inpex will next follow the required administrative procedures involving Norwegian government authorities, the operators of the licenses and partners prior to assessing the possibility of discovering hydrocarbon deposits through exploration activities.PL1027 is located in the western Barents Sea approximately 250 kilometers offshore Norway and covers a surface area of approximately

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GCE Subsea Announces Rebrand

, to an even greater extent, what is and will be the cluster’s focus areas in the years to come," the group said in a press release of Friday. The name change will take effect from February 1, 2019.The revised strategy and rebrand reflects a green shift within the industry and the Norwegian government’s ocean strategy, which in addition to oil and gas, also includes renewable energy like offshore wind, tidal power and wave power."What is happening at present is that we are profiting from more areas than just oil and gas," explained Owe Hagesæther, Chief Executive Officer

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Equinor Explores Floating Wind Turbines to Power N.Sea Oilfields

wind projects in the United States, Poland and Britain.A final investment decision on the plan for Snorre and Gullfaks, known as the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm, will be made in 2019, Equinor said. The company will seek to reduce the cost from the preliminary estimate.Equinor said it hoped Norwegian government subsidies would cover half the capital expenditure for the project, where 11 turbines, each with a capacity of eight megawatts, would meet about 35 percent of the power demand from the two fields.Electricity generation costs could be 40-50 percent less than the 200 euros ($229) a megawatt

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RAMCO Agrees to Contract with Equinor

after two years and four years.RAMCO’s services in Norway have proven safety, cost and time benefits to operations, including reduced manual handling, less preparation at the rig site and lower logistics requirements.Arild Moe, Managing Director Norway, RAMCO, said, “Following the Norwegian Government’s renewed commitments to the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) with the announcement of its recent production licenses round in both new and mature areas, there is optimism for a sustainable future. We are part of that by creating genuine value in the supply chain and this contract is

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