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ESS managing director Mark Gillespie, global business development manager Andy Readyhough and commercial director Iain Middleton. (Photo: ESS)

Readyhough Joins Ecosse

development for the ambitious Aberdeen-shire based company which specialises in seabed clearance and trenching operations in the renewable energy, oil and gas and interconnector sectors.   Readyhough has joined ESS having previously held senior management positions at Global Marine Systems and DeepOcean UK. He is a master mariner with more than 35 years maritime and offshore experience and for the last 18 years was engaged in submarine cable installation, trenching and maintenance operations.   ESS’s latest appointment follows Mark Brown joining as Engineering Manager and consolidates

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Sparrows Wins BP Contract in Angola

BP has awarded Sparrows Group a three-year contract to manage crane operations and maintenance, and deck services off the coast of Angola. The contract covers four cranes utilized on two Floating Production Offloading and Storage (FPSO) vessels, the Greater Plutonio and the PSVM, located in Blocks 18 and 31 respectively, which are situated 160km north-west of Angola’s capital Luanda.   Sparrows has two bases in Angola located in Talatona and Malonga and first worked with BP in the region in 2006.   This latest scope of work, which was won as part of a competitive tender, will

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MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

and EvoLogics, all working together to develop a new type of unmanned underwater vehicle.    MUM will receive funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy over three years, and its aim is to open up new ways to explore and harness the potential of the world’s oceans.   Meet MUM According to the partners, MUM is breaking with old conventions: The modular, unmanned underwater vehicle performs its tasks largely autonomously, with an innovative modular design enabling the new vehicle class to be customized cost-efficiently for each mission. Individual base

The Ocean Cleanup system (Photo: Seatools)

Seatools to Supply Monitoring System for The Ocean Cleanup

Subsea technology company Seatools said it has won a contract to develop and deliver a remote offshore monitoring system that will be used to gain real-time insight into the performance of the first-ever ocean cleanup system.   The contract was awarded by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans from floating plastic. The group will deploy the system during trials starting later this year on the U.S. West Coast.   “Besides the fact that we thoroughly support this meaningful initiative, the project is compelling from a

Photo from Oceanology International 2016, showing the Dockside Exhibition Area

Expanded Waterfront for Oi18

Visitors to Oceanology International 2018 (Oi18) at ExCel, London (March 13th-15th ,2018), will once again be able to participate in a series of live product demonstrations from the event’s waterside exhibitor area on the Royal Victoria Dock. As one of the most popular attractions for Oceanology International visitors, this year’s dockside and on-water demo programme has been expanded and will now comprise daily demonstrations to offer an even more valuable experience for those attending, whilst allowing exhibitors to share their product’s effectiveness in a marine environment.

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Ocean Installer Gets Two SURF Contracts From Statoil

 Norway's Ocean Installer has secured two subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) contracts with Statoil for work on several fields offshore Norway.   The subsea company has secured two contracts, comprising work from 2018 through 2020 on the Snorre, Troll, Njord, Åsgard, Bauge, Fenja and Dvalin fields, said a press statement.   The first contract is for Subsea Lines Modification (SLM) work, with offshore activities containing complex riser change-out operations, set to commence in Q2 of 2018.   "We continue to build on the excellent working relationship we

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Tritech Unveils New Multibeam Imaging Sonar

The new 720im sonar from U.K. manufacturer Tritech International Limited is said to be the world’s smallest multibeam imaging sonar.   As the latest addition to Tritech’s Gemini range, the small sized and competitively priced sonar brings multibeam imaging technology to situations not previously possible.   At 500g and 63mm wide, the 720im is significantly smaller than comparable sonars, yet it delivers superior quality sonar imaging from an ultra-compact unit thanks to state-of-the-art microelectronics and proven sonar technology.   “The Gemini 720im has been in

Chairman of the Island Offshore Group, Morten Ulstein, together with the new managing director of Island Offshore Subsea AS, Odd Strømsheim after signing the collaboration agreement (Photo: TechnipFMC)

Light Well Intervention: TechnipFMC, Island Offshore Partner

TechnipFMC said it has signed an agreement with the Island Offshore group to acquire a 51 percent stake in Island Offshore’s wholly owned subsidiary, Island Offshore Subsea AS.   Island Offshore Subsea AS provides Riserless Light Well Intervention (RLWI) project management and engineering services for plug and abandonment (P&A), riserless coiled tubing and well completion operations. Island Offshore Subsea AS employs approximately 80 staff.    Island Offshore Subsea AS has developed proprietary designs related to subsea P&A and riserless coiled tubing. In connection

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EIVA Expands in Brazil

Danish software and hardware engineering company EIVA said it has expanded its activities in Latin America with a dedicated business development team located in São Paulo, Brazil.    With the Brazilian team, EIVA is able to accommodate the increasing interest in its hardware and software products for offshore and shallow water construction and surveying operations from specialist operating in Latin America. Moreover, the company is able to provide customers in the region with a local point of contact with strong ties to the Danish headquarters.    The new Brazilian team

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Alaska Requests Limits on US Offshore Drilling

Alaska Governor Bill Walker said on Tuesday he has asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to pare back a Trump administration plan for oil and gas leasing off the state's coast.   While Walker supports offshore oil development, he said the Interior Department should focus on the most prospective areas off Alaska – the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in the Arctic and Cook Inlet in southern Alaska – and drop all others from the leasing plan.   In asking for proposed lease sales to be dropped, Walker, an independent, joins governors of several other coastal states after Zinke's

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Rovco Names Warren Operations Manager

Subsea services company Rovco said it has appointed Liam Warren as operations manager to support the delivery of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and survey projects across the globe.   Warren, a chartered engineer, brings more than 15 years’ experience having worked on a number of major oil and gas, marine renewables and nuclear projects.    Prior to joining Rovco, Warren was a construction package manager for Costain where he played an instrumental role in the development of the marine works required for the construction of an offshore heat sink system for the nuclear facility

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US-built Survey Vessel Bound for Israel

A new 32’ x 11’ survey catamaran constructed by Washington based boat builder Armstrong Marine for an Israeli engineering firm was launched on January 19 and completed sea trials on January 25.   Twin 225hp diesel inboards power the vessel, which also includes a 4.5 kW generator, autopilot and engine compartment fire suppression system. An AC unit, cuddy cabin berth, galley and head with shower are designed to keep crew comfortable. The survey package includes a computer work station for three, hydraulic A frame, aluminum davit and aft deck moon pool for equipment deployment.

3DSS-iDX-450 Sonar with new Sonar Interface Unit (Photo: PingDSP)

New Shallow Water Bathymetry Solution Unveiled

, versatility and simplicity, that’s what shallow water hydrographers want, and that’s exactly what the 3DSS-iDX is all about,” said Dr. Paul Kraeutner, PingDSP’s founder and CEO.    PingDSP said its engineering team worked closely with both SBG Systems and AML Oceanographic to provide seamless integration of hydrography grade peripherals into the iDX sonar head, significantly reducing both installation and operating complexity. The newly integrated OEM Ellipse2-E INS or optional Ekinox2 provides accurate sonar attitude, heading and heave information in a GNSS

The newly lengthened R/V Connecticut is now underway with a full slate of missions through midyear (Photo: Glosten)

Lengthened Research Vessel Gets a New Life

The R/V Connecticut operated by the University of Connecticut (UConn) Marine Sciences program was recently lengthened from 76 feet to 90 feet, giving scientists and crew on board the oceanographic research vessel some much needed extra space.   The 1998-built R/V Connecticut had been operating at its original length of 76 feet since its construction, but the vessel required additional staterooms and lab space. “Things were pretty cramped at the old length,” said Turner Cabaniss, the program’s marine operations manager. “The vessel's operations had outgrown what could be

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Subsea 7 Bags Contracts Offshore Norway

Subsea 7 S.A. said it was awarded a contract from Statoil for the Johan Castberg field development, located 240 km from Hammerfest in Norway. The contract comprises the design, coating, fabrication and installation of a 53 km rigid flowline including 34 km of pipe-in-pipe flowline.   Project Management and engineering will commence immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger, Norway. Fabrication will take place at Subsea 7’s spoolbase at Vigra, Norway and offshore operations will be carried out in 2020.  Subsea 7 did not specify the value of the contract, but

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RTsys Acoustic Recorders to the Poles

Biologist Laurent Chauvaud records underwater noise ranging over an area from the Brittany coast all the way to the Poles and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. With RTsys he found robust underwater acoustic equipment that meets his needs for his new trip to the South Pole.   Sounds from animals moving, feeding and breathing can be used as indicators of the health of ecosystems. Chauvaud has been recording them along the Brittany coast and at the Poles in an attempt to develop new descriptors or marine environment and to better understand how these coastal ecosystems work and handle impact of human

A mock-up capsule designed to simulate the Orion crew module that will splash down in the Pacific Ocean following Exploration Mission-1 planned for Dec. 2019. In the background: USS Anchorage is supporting NASA's Underway Recovery Test. (U.S. Navy photo by Abe McNatt)

NASA, US Navy Practice Spacecraft Recovery at Sea

A joint team of NASA and U.S. Navy personnel are testing new equipment and practicing procedures for recovering astronauts that have splashed down in the ocean upon returning from space travel.   NASA’s deep space exploration systems will send a crew through space at 25,000 miles per hour, travelling some 40,000 miles beyond the Moon before coming back home. When returning to Earth, the Orion spacecraft will slow to a mere 300 mph as it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere, eventually slowing to 20 mph before it safely splashing down in the Pacific.   The astronauts will

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Premier Oil Looking into PB3 PowerBuoy

Premier Oil inks contract to study the use of the PB3 PowerBuoy for offshore decommissioning operations   Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) said it has signed an agreement with an international oil and gas company Premier Oil to conduct a three-month study into the feasibility of using OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy for decommissioning operations in the North Sea.   The PB3 PowerBuoy uses ocean waves to provide clean, reliable and persistent electric power and real-time communications for remote offshore applications.   The contract outlines work that will determine the viability of

Germany’s research vessel Maria S. Merian will use its new Sonardyne tracking technology to conduct science operations around the world, including the subpolar Norwegian Sea. (mage: Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG, Research | Forschungsschifffahrt)

German Research Vessel Upgraded

Ranger 2 deep water acoustic tracking technology produced by Sonardyne International Ltd. has been installed on the Maria S. Merian, one of the most modern vessels in the German research fleet.   Delivered through Sonardyne’s in-country agent, Scholz Ingenieur Büro GmbH, the system was chosen as a replacement for the vessel’s existing third-party Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) acoustic equipment to enable science teams to precisely track the position of deep-water science systems including unmanned robotic platforms and seafloor landers to beyond seven kilometers.   Operated

Audacious is the fourth of seven Astute-class attack submarines being built for the Royal Navy (Photo: Royal Navy)

New UK Sub Completes its First Dive

The U.K. Royal Navy’s fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, has completed its first ever dive, marking a milestone on the path toward full sea trials later in 2018.   The trim and basin dive took place over two days in early January in Devonshire Dock, at builder BAE Systems's site in Barrow-in-Furness.     The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully underwater for the first time, allowed a team from Royal Navy, Ministry of Defense and BAE Systems to test many of the sub’s onboard systems, and proved the safety and stability of the 7,400-metric-ton,

The Troll A platform in the North Sea. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Statoil Awards Subsea Contracts

Statoil has, on behalf of the license partners, awarded EPC contracts for the delivery of subsea production systems and services for the Troll Phase 3 project in the North Sea and the Askeladd project in the Barents Sea, respectively, to Aker Solutions.   The contracts have a total estimated value of between NOK 1.5-2 billion kroner ($190 mln -$254 mln). The contracts include installation and commissioning support services.   “With the award of these contracts a milestone has been reached in two important Statoil projects. The Troll field is key to the role of the Norwegian

C-Worker 7 (Photo: ASV Global)

ASV’s C-Worker 7 Goes to Work for Subsea 7

A 7-meter autonomous surface vessel (ASV) was recently deployed to support offshore services provider Subsea 7 during pipelay operations off the coast of Egypt.   The C-Worker 7 vehicle manufactured by U.K. firm ASV Global was fitted with a survey suite comprising a multibeam echosounder and side scan sonar in order to carry out touchdown monitoring in support of the pipelay vessel Seven Antares.   A custom payload frame was designed to house the survey suite specified for the mission. The modular frame slotted into the C-Worker 7’s moonpool to mount and deploy the sensors. Extensive

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Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program

America and Australia have joined the Nereus Program research partnership, bringing the total to 17.   Launched in September 2011, the program is an international collaboration between The Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia with the aim to make comprehensive forecasts of the ocean’s future, the program has grown into one of the world’s largest research initiatives in its field.   Principle investigators from eight out of the 10 newly joined universities and institutes gathered in Tokyo last December to partake in an international symposium titled &ldquo

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DSM Begins Work for New Mooring Contract

Deep Sea Mooring (DSM), a Vryhof company, has commenced operations as part of a newly awarded contract to provide pre-lay mooring products and services to the Deepsea Bergen semisubmersible drilling rig on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Austrian oil & gas company OMV has deployed the semi-submersible rig to support drilling activities in the region.   With operations coordinated out of DSM’s equipment base in Mongstad, Norway the pre-lay mooring Equipment and services provided will include chain, fiber ropes, anchors, connectors, buoyancy and handling equipment as well as mobilization

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TechSurge: Advancing Oil Spill Research

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) are collaborating on an upcoming TechSurge event in New Orleans on February 5, 2018 that will focus on the effects of oil spills on the environment and public health. Recent investigations have yielded research results and technological advancements that will improve future studies and impact modeling efforts. The goal of this meeting is to bring together the GoMRI and MTS communities, share research findings, and begin discussions of how the two communities might work together to better prepare for the next oil

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Grabowski Joins Teledyne Marine

.   Grabowski has supervised and implemented a broad scope of technical marine projects for the oil and gas industry over the past 18 years. He has worked at marine organizations including Veritas DGC Inc., where he performed deep water seismic surveys; Fugro GEOS, where he served as a project oceanographer for coastal studies and deep water operation; and DOF Subsea Inc., where he performed extensive survey and positioning field work in support of deep water drilling and subsea construction operations.   Grabowski earned a BS in Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University

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OSIL Rolls Out ROV/AUV Mounted Sediment Corer

U.K.-based Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has introduced a new sediment corer designed to be mounted to the skids of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) or autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).    The self-contained system will allow sediment samples to be collected during routine ROV operations and can be daisy chained together to allow multiple core assemblies to be installed as one system.  The assemblies are powered and controlled by the customers own skid control unit and have been pressure tested for use in depths of up to 1,200m, with deeper units currently in development

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Kreuz Subsea Wins 5-vessel Contract in India

Subsea services provider Kreuz Subsea said it has been awarded a contract to deliver subsea completion work for Indian multi-national conglomerate, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) from the start of 2018.   The contract, worth an undisclosed eight-figure sum, will see Kreuz Subsea support L&T to install all riser clamps, risers, crossing works, tie-ins, subsea trenching and hydro-testing of pipelines which are part of the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) Pipeline Replacement Project (PRP4) and Daman Field development projects off the west coast of India.    The five

U.S. Navy file photo of a C-2A Greyhound (U.S. Navy photo by Kenneth Abbate)

Downed US Navy Aircraft Found in Philippine Sea

pinger with the U.S. Navy’s towed pinger locator (TPL-25) system, which uses passive sensors to listen for the pinger's frequency.   After poor weather conditions delayed the search efforts, the team was eventually able to deploy the TPL to optimal search depths of 3,000 feet above the ocean floor December 29, marking the aircraft's location, and then returning to port.   The team will soon return to the site with a side-scan-sonar (SSS) and remote operated vehicle (ROV) to map the debris field and attach heavy lines for lifting the aircraft to the surface.  

ROV Doc Ricketts is launched through the moon pool of its host ship, the R/V Western Flyer. (Photo: MBARI)

MBARI ROV Doc Ricketts Makes 1,000th Dive

.   MBARI’s ships and vehicles provide invaluable access to the sea necessary for researchers to conduct continual studies such as those at Sur Ridge. Craig Dawe, MBARI’s technical support manager, commented, “The Doc Ricketts started out as an excellent platform for MBARI’s ocean science. Over the years of operation, it has morphed into an even more capable system. This is no small part due to the efforts of the ROV pilots (Knute Brekke, Mark Talkovic, Randy Prickett, Bryan Touryan-Schaeffer, and Ben Erwin). The ship’s crew contributes to these successes as well because

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As US Opens Up Offshore Waters, Eastern GoM Beckons

development would interfere with extensive military testing and training exercises in the area.   "The eastern Gulf of Mexico could be very attractive to industry because of the proximity to existing infrastructure in the central and western Gulf of Mexico," the National Ocean Industries Association, which represents the offshore oil and gas industry, said in a statement.   "Investing in the eastern Gulf could yield results - new jobs, new oil and gas production and increased energy security - quicker than investing in other offshore areas

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Subsea Infrastructure: Challenges & Solutions

second stage involved the development and manufacture of a first-of-kind machine capable of fixing the blocks to the pipelines while they were in motion before completion of the final stage. This involved engineering support for the installation, commissioning and operation of the equipment on the Seven Oceans pipelay vessel which is capable of rigid and flexible pipelay in water depths up to 3,000m.   The installation of the 140 km pipelines was completed in February 2013 with the deployment of approximately 17,500 individual clamps. In operational terms, pipe lay speeds of over 1,100 m/hr were

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Trump Aims to Open Nearly All US Offshore to Oil Drilling

opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, a move aimed at boosting domestic energy production that sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry.   The effort to open previously off-limits acreage in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans comes less than eight years after BP Plc's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - the largest in American history. The disaster caused billions of dollars in economic damage and led former President Barack Obama's to increase regulation of the industry.   Interior Secretary Ryan

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Laser Scanner Delivered for Norwegian MCM

2G Robotics said it has shipped the first of four new dynamic underwater laser scanning systems to Kongsberg Maritime for integration into the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency’s (NDMA) newly purchased Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).     The AUVs will be used for autonomous mine countermeasure (MCM) operations, completing surveys of subsea environments focused specifically on locating and identifying mines. The Hugin systems enable users to conduct fast and efficient operations with zero surface visibility while improving safety conditions by allowing personnel to

U.S. Navy owned research vessel R/V Atlantis deploys the cable-controlled Undersea Recovery Vehicle (CURV-21) during night operations. The CURV is designed to meet the U.S. Navy's deep ocean recovery requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet, and was used to support the Argentine Navy's search for the ARA San Juan (S-42). (U.S. Navy photo by Alex Cornell du Houx)

US Exits Search for ARA San Juan

 The U.S. Navy said it has begun to wind down operations as part of the international search for the still-missing Argentine submarine A.R.A. San Juan that vanished in the South Atlantic in mid November.   The U.S. joined the Argentina-led multinational search efforts within 24 hours of learning of the missing submarine on November 17, and is now drawing down, having twice swept the search areas assigned by the Argentine Navy with advanced sensors.   U.S. planning and analytical specialists will continue to support the efforts through data analysis.   At its height, U.S.

Workers assembling subsea equipment at Aker Solutions factory in Brazil. Photo: Aker Solutions

Interview: Woodson Ferreira, Aker Solutions, Brazil

;s Åsgard field in the Norwegian Sea, about 200 km  off the coast. The system, nearly the size of a football field, revolutionized offshore natural gas production by cutting costs and improving safety with fully-fledged oil and gas production and processing systems on the bottom of the ocean. Large subsea systems are the mainstay of Brazil’s pre-salt development, where Aker Solutions has also been at the forefront. In Brazil, Aker Solutions operates in two main business areas – Subsea: equipment, systems, lifecycle services and Field Design: offshore engineering, offshore

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Eni Begins Drilling Oil Well in Alaska's Beaufort Sea

this week began drilling a new well in U.S. waters off the north coast of Alaska, becoming the first company to do so since 2015, federal regulators said on Wednesday.   The oil and gas firm is working from an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea about three miles off Oliktok Point in the Arctic Ocean. The well is expected to run more than 6 miles (10 km) long.   The project could result in 20,000 barrels a day of oil production, according to regulator U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which said it sent employees to the site to ensure compliance with federal regulation

Proton 5 is due to launch in early 2018 (Photo: JW Fishers)

JW Fishers Debuts New Marine Magnetometer

. The new “auto tuning” feature greatly simplifies set-up when operating in different locations. This will allow the user to quickly tune the magnetometer without having to disassemble and manually configure the device.    With the optional altimeter, the towfish distance from the ocean bottom is displayed on the LCD screen.    Additionally, the towfish can be separated into two parts so that it easily fits into a watertight Pelican case for storage and transportation.   Every new Proton 5 has been fully factory and field tested and is almost ready to operate

Mike Bisset, Aleron Subsea Technical Director.

Gold Rush: A $194B Gold Salvage Operation

During World War I and World War II there were an estimated 7,500 merchant ships were sunk, 700 of which were carrying shipments of gold under U.K. Government direction, leaving an estimatd $194 billion in gold lying underwater. Britannia’s Gold Ltd. was created finance the recovery of targeted cargoes and return them to the UK for the benefit of the government, investors and merchant marine charities, and Aleron Subsea -- a Remotely Operated Vehicle specialist -- has been chosen to participate in the hunt, using its AUXROV subsea system. Aleron and the AUXROV were selected by James Fisher

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Aker Solutions Secures Subsea Services Work for Statoil

Aker Solutions said it has secured a framework agreement to provide subsea services for Statoil-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway. The contract has a fixed period of five years, starting in the first quarter of 2018, and contains five four-year extension options. Its value depends on the amount of work ordered by Statoil under the agreement. This is currently estimated at about NOK 3 billion ($361,000) for the fixed period and will be booked in fourth-quarter orders. The agreement provides work for Aker Solutions' services bases in Ågotnes on the west coast of Norway and

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US Invests $18.5 Mln in Offshore Wind Research

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $18.5 million in new Department of Energy (DOE) funding for a consortium that will conduct research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. As it seeks to capitalize on momentum in the offshore wind market, the U.S. still faces several challenges, such as deep water requiring floating foundations, the need for models predicting how Atlantic hurricanes will impact offshore turbines, and supply chain and operations and maintenance solutions to address the challenges of building and maintaining turbines at sea. Setting out to tackle

Aquabotix’s Integra AUV/ROV is designed for multiple underwater missions across several sectors. Photo: Aquabotix

Aquabotix Debuts New Integra AUV/ROV

UUV Aquabotix Ltd. debuts its second-generation hybrid underwater vehicle, the Integra AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle). Single-person deployable, portable and lithium ion battery-powered, the Integra AUV/ROV allows users to conduct multiple underwater missions, while providing a cost-efficient alternative to deploying separate AUVs and ROVs for individualized tasks.    The Integra AUV/ROV can be configured with multiple sensors and maneuvered by an easy-to-use intuitive platform accessible from any web-enabled device. The vehicle is designed for use across

The 59.2 m long and 13.8 m wide ice-going research vessel Aranda has retained the conventional shafting, while an electrically powered SCHOTTEL Pump Jet of type SPJ 132 RD is to be installed as a new auxiliary propulsion unit. (Photo: SYKE/MRC)

Finnish Research Vessel Undergoes Propulsion Refit

The 28-year-old research vessel Aranda is the first Finnish vessel to be modernized with a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system. The 59.2 m long and 13.8 m wide ice-going vessel is to be fitted with a 3 MW generator. While the conventional shafting is being retained, an electrically powered SCHOTTEL Pump Jet (SPJ) of type SPJ 132 RD will be installed as a new auxiliary propulsion unit. It features an input power of 400 kW, is installed flush with the bottom of the research vessel and provides maximum thrust over the full 360° range, with no resistance, even in shallow water.   After a

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China's Giant Floating Solar Plant Goes Live

China's Three Gorges Group started producing power from a 150-megawatt floating solar plant in east China, the largest of its kind in the world, official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.   The solar power project in Huainan in Anhui province, developed by the new energy unit of state-run Three Gorges Group, is expected to be in full operation in May next year, the report said.   The one-billion-yuan Huainan project is a new experiment aimed at cutting the cost of constructing and operating solar power plants, Lu Chun, chairman of Three Gorges Group was cited as saying. (Reportin

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China's 'Smart' Ship Debuts in Shanghai

 China's first "smart" ship embedded with a domestically-developed intelligent navigation system made its debut in Shanghai, according to official media Xinhua.   China Daily also reported that the world's first smart ship, developed and built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC),  has started its first trial voyage in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province.   Christened as 'Great Intelligence' (Great Smart) 179-meter-long ship  is 32-meters-wide and 15-meters-high, with a maximum loading capacity of 38,800 tonnes.    The report said that

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UK Partners Launch Autonomous Navigation Project

As unmanned surface vessels continue to gain ground globally, a new project in the U.K. sets out to address challenges relating to the coexistence of autonomous systems and traditional manned vessels in shared water space. The £1.2 million ($1.6 million) research project, dubbed SWANS (Shared Waterspace Autonomous Navigation by Satellite), is funded by the U.K.’s innovation agency Innovate UK. Project lead BMT will work with partners ASV Global and Deimos Space UK to enable beyond line of sight, over the horizon, autonomous behavior by unmanned surface vessels in areas of congested

From left: Jack Taylor, David Sheret, David Sinclair and Hugh Riddell (Photo: M2 Subsea)

Sinclair Joins M2 Subsea

ROV services provider M2 Subsea said David Sinclair has joined its European business development team as the company’s newly appointed business development manager – renewables and decommissioning.  Based in Aberdeen, Sinclair will be responsible for leading M2 Subsea’s business acquisition strategy for both these sectors in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Europe. Bringing more than 10 years of industry experience, Sinclair joins M2 Subsea from Bibby Offshore where he held the position of engineering and innovation manager.  Sinclair graduated with a masters

Roger Fellows, new WESMAR owner (left), and Bruce Blakey, company founder (Photo: WESMAR)

New Owner Takes Over at WESMAR

Bruce H. Blakey, founder and President of WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics), has sold his company to local businessman Roger Fellows, effective November 1, 2017.   Blakey has sold the company to a new innovator whom he says is poised to take the company and its products to new heights. The name of the company will remain the same. Headquarter operations will remain in Woodinville, Wash. and employees will remain with the company, says its new owner and president Fellows.   “WESMAR is impressive,” Fellows said. “It is not every day someone can purchase a company with

Steven Thrasher (Photo: Ashtead)

Ashtead Bolsters US Team

Global subsea equipment specialists, Ashtead Technology, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steven Thrasher as regional vice president for the Americas. Bringing almost 20 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Thrasher, who will be based in Houston, Texas, will head up Ashtead’s US operation as it gears up for further growth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and neighbouring markets.   Prior to joining Ashtead, Thrasher held a number of senior and technical positions at FTO Services, C-Innovation and Schilling Robotics.   He began his career in the

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Kawasaki Tests Prototype AUV in UK Waters

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced it has completed verification testing of its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in U.K. waters.   With a focus on the growing demand for pipeline maintenance in the offshore oil and gas fields, Kawasaki said it has been developing AUVs utilizing sophisticated underwater vehicle technologies fostered in-house over the years, with support from a subsidization project by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).   The AUV verification test was carried out from November 6 to 20, 2017 at The Underwater Centre, a marine

Marybeth Gilliam (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Names Gilliam COO

Greensea’s Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales, Marybeth Gilliam, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position at the company. Gilliam joined Greensea in 2015 and has led the company through a period of sales growth. Effective immediately, Gilliam will be responsible for operations, services and sales, as well as ensuring continued sales growth and improving efficiencies and profitability. “It would be difficult to overstate Marybeth's value and contribution to the company. As a partner, she has been integral in developing the front-end of Greensea over

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Statoil to Drill 5-6 Wells in Arctic Barents Sea in 2018

Norway's Statoil will continue to drill for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea next year even though its 2017 campaign was mostly disappointing, the company's head of exploration told Reuters on Tuesday.   Statoil plans to drill between 25 and 30 wells in Norwegian waters in 2018, of which five or six are expected in the Barents and the rest will be split between the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea, which are both located further south.   "We have tested a lot of potential there (in 2017), and that potential is gone, but we still believe in the overall potential of the Barents Sea

Garrot, a Canadian Coast Guard’s launch dedicated to the hydrographic survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service recently converted to unmanned mode by ASV Global. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Hydrographic Survey Vessel Converted for Autonomous Ops

ASV Global said it has converted a 26ft hydrographic survey launch to enable it to operate autonomously using the ASView control system, while maintaining its ability to operate in a conventional manned mode. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work.   This delivery to the CHS marks ASV Global’s 10th unmanned conversion of a customer vessel using the ASView system.   ASView enables the launch to follow planned

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SeeByte to Extend US Navy Unmanned Capability

SeeByte said it has been awarded a Naval Sea Systems Command contract valued at $22.59 million over five years to provide engineering, technical support and training services for the MK18 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Family of Systems (FoS).   The award allows the government to execute task orders with SeeByte for the provision of various supplies and services including but not limited to upgrades to the SeeTrack Common Operator Interface for Navy (COIN) EOD software modules, purchasing of autonomy software (SeeByte’s Neptune autonomy engine) licenses for MK18 UUVs, MK18 software and

Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem vision is centred on high levels of connectivity and digitalisation. Photo: Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

Wärtsilä Introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem Vision

 The smart technology group Wärtsilä is at the forefront of harnessing the changes taking place in the shipping industry to deliver value and optimisation for its customers.   By orchestrating these developments through the use of high levels of connectivity and digitalisation, Wärtsilä intends to lead the industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem.   “The world is moving towards a future that is more and more connected, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the shipping sector. The opportunities offered through smart technology

Official U.S. Navy file photo of a Bluefin-21.

Unmanned Vehicles Aid Search for Argentine Sub

, have joined in the search for ARA San Juan, last seen on Wednesday, November 15, in the San Jorge Gulf, a few hundred kilometers off the coast of southern Argentina.   The U.S. Navy said its UUVs are uniquely capable to help in the search, as both can deploy quickly to scour wide areas of the ocean using side scan sonar to image large sections of the sea floor. The Bluefin 12D is capable of conducting search operations at 3 knots at a maximum depth of almost 5,000 feet for 30 hours, while the Iver 580s can operate at a depth of 325 feet, traveling at 2.5 knots for up to 14 hours.   In

Fishery Research Vessel 7417 Baía Farta (Photo: Damen)

Research Vessel Launched for Angolan Fisheries Ministry

On November 9, Damen Shipyards Galati launched Baía Farta, a new Fishery Research Vessel (FRV) 7417 for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. The vessel's sponsor was Dra. Isabel Cristóvão, director of Gabinete de Estudos, Planeamento e Estatística.   The FRV 7417 is suited to various purposes, including hydrographic operations, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towing operations. “[The vessel] will enable the Angolan Fisheries Ministry to carry out

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Kleven: MoU to Build Diamond Mining Ship

Kleven signs MoU with De Beers Marine Namibia for an offshore vessel purpose-designed for seabed mining operations Kleven signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Namibian offshore diamond mining company De Beers Marine Namibia for the building of an offshore vessel purpose-designed to support seabed mining operations. Designed by Marin Teknikk of Norway, the 176m ship will be the longest vessel to date to be built at the Kleven yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.   The MoU follows Kleven's June 2016 delivery of SS Nujoma to De Beers Marine Namibia.   "With unrivalled

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Klein Plans 2018 Side Scan Sonar Training

and numerous military organizations. Capone has worked with the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage on aircraft search and recovery OPS including the space shuttle Columbia. He planned the search for and was the operations manager for the successful recovery of Apollo 11 rocket motors from the deep ocean. Vince is a noted authority on underwater exploration as well as an ROV pilot and diver. He owns Black Laser Learning which focuses on training in marine technology and software.   Training costs $990 per student, which includes training materials, training certificate and lunch each day.

The Liebherr Manipulator 100 with hook mode.

Liebherr: New Manipulator for Offshore Cranes

 The Liebherr offshore crane division has produced and delivered a new manipulator tool with a safety working load of 100 tonnes. Using this equipment is designed to extend the task range of the Liebherr offshore cranes. Liebherr designed a manipulator for its ram luffing knuckle boom crane series to ensure safe, efficient and reliable operation. The Manipulator 100 is able to be used with either hook or crossbar function. The crossbar mode matches any operation – especially to those under bad weather conditions or to emergency operations. It can be used for swing-free liftings of bigger

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