Arctic Operations News

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GeoSpectrum Launches TRAPS-USV

GeoSpectrum Technologies has launched a new and compact version of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) suitable for unmanned surface vessels (USVs).Named TRAPS-USV, this lighter-weight variant is designed to fit on almost any size vessel, including patrol boats and USVs, while retaining full active sonar acoustic capabilities and providing ground breaking low frequency active submarine detection off smaller platforms.With overall system weight reduced to approx. 40% of the already compact TRAPS, TRAPS-USV allows surface vessels and USVs as small as 12 meters long, to be equipped with

Hydroid’s REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle. Photo courtesy of Hydroid

HII Completes Hydroid Acquisition

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has closed its acquisition of Hydroid Inc.In conjunction with the transaction, HII and Kongsberg Maritime have established a strategic alliance to jointly market naval and maritime products and services to the U.S. government market and potentially to global markets.The acquisition of Hydroid, based in Pocasset, Mass., expands HII’s capabilities in the rapidly growing autonomous and unmanned maritime systems market. Hydroid will become part of HII’s Technical Solutions Unmanned Systems business unit that now includes unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV)

The Sub-Atlantic brand Super Mohawk II ROV system - Credit: Forum Energy Technologies

Amman Mineral Orders Forum ROV for Subsea Mining Support

Indonesian mining firm Amman Mineral has ordered an ROV from Forum Energy Technologies to support its mining operations at Indonesia's second-largest copper and gold mine.Forum Energy Technologies said Friday that, under the order, it would supply one of its observation-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), to be deployed at Batu Hijau on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia, for subsea mining operations. The Sub-Atlantic brand Super Mohawk II ROV system will be equipped with two five-function manipulator arms for complex underwater procedures. The new asset will replace the company’s

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Arctic Rays Chooses ESNE as Sales Rep

Arctic Rays LLC has announced Electronic Sales of New England (ESNE) as the company’s North East sales representative.  The territory for ESNE on behalf of Arctic Rays includes the New England states, plus New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.Mark Warren is the principal force at ESNE. His experience with technical products used in the deep ocean environment drives the decision-making strategies essential to successful product sales. 

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Neptune Energy Taps Stinger for Subsea Drone R&D

Subsea marine robotics company Stinger Technology has won a subsea drone research and development contract with oil firm Neptune Energy.Under the contract, Stinger Technology will work on the development, qualification and field trials of autonomous inspection/ intervention subsea drones."The solutions that will be developed for Neptune Energy aim to save costly vessel operations and reduce risk through the continuous availability of versatile intervention tools," Stinger said."This contract confirms Stinger’s position as a forefront company as a supplier of solutions for autonomous

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Kraken Reports Contracts Worth $2.8 Million

with defense and commercial customers.The copany noted military and commercial adoption of its products continues to increase following significant investments in research and development as well as sales and marketing. KRaken said it expects relationships with strategic partners such as ThayerMahan and Ocean Infinity and numerous customer sea trials to continue to generate revenue growth.Kraken also said it is not currently experiencing major impacts from the recent oil price collapse and coronavirus pandemic, but noted that these developments could affect its supply chain, customers, employees and operations

The survey of Ikka Fjord was conducted between the 20th and 21st June 2019, with the first day spent partly on training and familiarizng the cox with the survey requirements and reconnaissance to identify navigation hazards in the fjord caused by the columns and rock skerries as well as some acquisition. The second day was spent entirely on acquisition followed by demobilization of the spread from ‘Siku’. Image: Courtesy Norbit

Mapping the Ikaite Columns of the Ikka Fjord, SW Greenland

Ikka Fjord in SW Greenland is the only known place in the World where the rare carbonate mineral ‘Ikaite’ (named after the fjord) is found in the form or large column structures, as opposed to its usual small crystal form. Over the past 25 years there has been an intensive scientific effort to try and understand why the mineral forms here and in such dramatic form.Ikaite is found in areas outside of the Fjord, generally in sediments where an identified calcite inhibitor exists facilitating the formation of Ikaite meaning its presence can be explained. Without an inhibitor common calcite

RENDERING OF NEW VIKING SHIP: This rendering shows what the new Viking expedition ships will look like, including the hangar for launching small vessels. Credit: Viking

NOAA-Viking Public Private Partnership, a Win-win for Research

There was important cruise news in January: Viking – a premier European ocean and river cruise company - will offer two new “destination-focused travel experiences,” starting in 2022.  One set of cruises becomes Viking’s first foray in the inland North American market, in this case the Great Lakes.  Another set of cruises will head to the Arctic and Antarctica.  Viking is building two new vessels: the Viking Octantis and the Viking Polaris, under construction now in Norway, by Fincantieri’s VARD.In a press release Viking writes that it has created “the

SeapiX-C provides reliable digital elevation model from a static standpoint (Photo: iXblue)

iXblue Unveils Real-time Static Bathymetry Sonar

iXblue announced the launch of its new SeapiX-C solid-state 3D multibeam sonar. This new sonar offers real-time georeferenced static bathymetry capabilities to marine works operators for instant monitoring and decision-making.“Increasing efficiency and reducing vessel-time is a key focus for all companies working in the Offshore industry. Because we strive to always bring new innovative solutions to support operators in their daily operations, we developed a unique static bathymetry solution dedicated to marine works,” explains Frédéric Mosca, Head of iXblue’s Sonar

Ocean Power Technologies’ PB3 PowerBuoy wave energy pictured with single point mooring integrating power and data transmission connected to a subsea battery solution and AUV charging station. Developed with Modus Seabed Intervention utilizing a Saab Seaeye Sabertooth AUV, the concept has been submitted for U.S. government development and demonstration project funding consideration. (Image: OPT)

New Subsea Resident Vehicle Solution Taking Shape

Ocean energy solutions innovator Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) said it it is working with joint development partners Modus Seabed Intervention and Saab Seaeye to develop a new solution for carbon-free subsea autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) residency that would provide long-term, persistent deployment without support from manned vessels.“We believe a self-contained system powered by an OPT PowerBuoy and exempt from existing ocean infrastructure has the potential to revolutionize the industrial use of AUVs and make long-term residency a cost-effective reality,” said George Kirby, OPT

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Eni Taps OPT PowerBuoy for New Mission

US-based Ocean Power Technologies said Italian energy company Eni has extended its lease of a PB3 PowerBuoy for an additional 18 months. OPT has also been contracted for an additional scope of work to provide a power and communications solution for an entirely new application in the Adriatic Sea.Following more than one year of continuous maintenance-free operation as part of an underwater autonomous vehicle charging pilot project off the coast of Italy in the Adriatic Sea, OPT will redeploy the leased PB3 PowerBuoy to provide power to systems on an unmanned, decommissioned gas production platform.

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James Fisher Appoints Subsea Ops Director

James Fisher Marine Services appointed Simon R. James as its new Subsea Operations Director effective February 2020.James joins with more than 25 years’ of experience in the marine, offshore and subsea service sectors, having held director-level roles at DeepOcean, Fugro and Iremis.In his career to date, Simon has worked with large and prestigious companies, both in the UK and abroad. Most recently, he held the position of Director of Operations at EM&I Group where he improved effectiveness and drove efficiency across operations in the Americas, Africa, Canada and Southeast Asia.

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Exploring Under The ice (& Keeping your AUV in one piece)

article we’ll discuss some of the inherent dangers of working under polar ice and how they were mitigated.Why are under AUV missions challenging?Every time an AUV descends to explore unknown regions, there is aPhoto: International Submarine Engineering Ltd. chance it can be lost. Even for AUVs the ocean is not a friendly place. The terrain it navigates is only partially mapped at high resolution; we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about our ocean floors.This said, there are ways to minimise the risks. There is always safety at the surface for example. If an AUV is designed to be slightly

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Forum ROV to Support Arctic Research

be installed on board the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen and will support the exploration of Arctic and Sub-arctic seafloor eco-systems. Equipped with 85 scientific systems, the CCGS Amundsen gives Canadian researchers and their international collaborators unprecedented access to the Arctic Ocean.Forum’s Sub-Atlantic Comanche ROV is equipped to a high specification with two seven-function manipulator arms for complex underwater procedures. It also has precision positioning and navigation systems, cameras, lighting and sonars for low visibility operations.The new asset will replace the

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Arctic Rays Launches Dragonfish II

imaging applications.  The high-output, 30,000 delivered lumens, continuous output Dragonfish II features dual-channel, independently dimmable LED arrays allowing for white or color blending and independent bi-color operation.  Initial eight production units are going to launch customer OceanX for use on manned submersibles and an ROV.User-settable PWM dimming frequency over RS232 or analog control, allows for flicker-free operation for various frame rates.  Input voltage range is 200-420 Vdc or 90-260 Vac.  The 6,000 meter rated, hard-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum housing is extremely

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@ SAMS, Science + Autonomy = Answers

Few sea and ocean-related research projects today do not involve some form of underwater robotic or marine autonomous system. Elaine Maslin reports on how they’re being used by the Scottish Association of Marine Science.Whether it’s large autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), gliders, landers, small man-portable AUV systems and even air-borne vehicles, unmanned systems have become a day-to-day tool. And, while ready built systems are now readily available, easy access to components is enabling researchers to assemble bespoke platforms to meet specific

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Formosa 1 OWP Deploys RSL O&M

The 128MW Formosa 1 offshore (FOWI) wind farm, off the coast of Taiwan, has deployed operations and maintenance (O&M) software from Renewable Strategy Limited.The RSL Manager - a computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) system -  will monitor, analyse and manage FOWI spare part assets."We are excited and humbled by the opportunity to support Formosa 1 on their journey of establishing the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in Taiwan," says Natalie Dencker, Co-Founder at Renewable Strategy."Our system will support the crucial work of getting renewable energy

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Harvey Gulf Hires Dunn as Subsea VP

Harvey Gulf International Marine announced it has hired John Dunn as Vice President of Subsea Vessel Operations, as the US-based services firm looks to grow its subsea business.Dunn, formerly of Oceaneering, has been hired as a member of Harvey Gulf's executive management team to assemble and manage Harvey Gulf’s subsea vessels, team and operations.Prior to Oceaneering, Dunn was the director of operations at Meridian Ocean Services, a subsea service provider acquired by Oceaneering in 2016. He is also an unlimited USCG chief engineer and worked for Chevron Shipping’s tanker and floating

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Kongsberg Maritime Shuts Down KM Contros

Kongsberg Maritime (KM), a Norwegian technology enterprise within the Kongsberg Gruppen, informed that it has suspended the sale of the previously announced German KM Contros GmbH to AML Oceanographic Ltd. (AML).Following a strategic evaluation and prioritization of the KM business in 2019, the company decided to divest Contros, and a Letter of Intent was signed with a future buyer of the business.However, the companies have now agreed not to pursue the previously announced letter of intent, and the sale of Contros will therefore not proceed. Consequently, Kongsberg Maritime has decided to cease the

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Aurora Expeditions Christens Sylvia Earle

Aurora Expeditions, the luxury cruise company that offers services to Antarctica and Arctic,  will build a second expedition ship, the Sylvia Earle, scheduled to debut in October 2021.The 126-passenger vessel  named ‘Sylvia Earle’, to honor the renowned marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer.The order comes shortly after the Australia-based company introduced its first new expedition ship in 2019, the Greg Mortimer, named for the Australian mountaineer and Aurora’s founder.The new ship is one of the vessels in owner, SunStone Ships’, INFINITY class. Constructed

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Research Vessel Delivered to Orca Maritime

. The vessel will enter service immediately, beginning with a week-long operation around San Clemente Island.The second IPS-drive catamaran delivered by Armstrong, the 4216-CTC model was selected by Orca Maritime after the builder delivered the same design to UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography (R/V Bob and Betty Beyster) in 2019.Orca Maritime will utilize the workboat in support of Department of Defense initiatives, environmental agencies, energy sectors, and commercial enterprise. Vessel operations will include the launch and recovery of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), underwater

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MOL Develops Engine Diagnosis Application

Japan's largest carriers of containerized and other cargo Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced an agreement for joint development of the next-generation engine failure sign diagnosis application, in partnership with ClassNK Consulting Service, IHI Power Systems, and Mitsui E&S Machinery.The four companies are looking to develop the application by fusing ClassNK's "CMAXS LC-A/e-GICSX"(CMAXS) and MOL's FOCUS "Fleet Optimal Control Unified System", which is intended to enhance safe operation and reduce environmental impact through advanced information and communications

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Equinor Re-ups Magseis Fairfield Contract

Magseis Fairfield announced Norwegian energy company Equinor had awarded four-year renewal for its reservoir monitoring program for the Snorre and Grane fields in the Norwegian North Sea.The containerized permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) system, designed and delivered in 2013, has been operated by Magseis Fairfield acquiring 4D surveys twice a year over both Equinor assets. The contractual relationship under the Equinor framework a reement extends the existing scope of operations by adding the ability to utilize the system over multiple assets in different configurations, Magseis Fairfield

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uSEA Receives Funding for Autonomy

robotics to offer seabed surveys andThe new project awarded to uSEA will be conducted in collaboration with Blue Logic and NTNU. This will address parts of the overall concept of autonomous underwater docking operations with the highest technical risks.uSEA has received pre-project funding from GCE Ocean Technology to take their technology further and participated in our course about project development

Kongsberg Maritime’s Bjørn Jalving and the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue’s Rikke Lind signed the cooperation agreement. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Partners For New SAR Solutions

Kongsberg Maritime has signed an agreement with the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue to develop new and innovative maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) technologies. The collaboration will cover five concept development areas for SAR: maritime operations, rescue operations, search on the surface of the sea, underwater search and digital solutions.“We want to ensure that people who are missing at sea and presumed lost are found more quickly,” says Rikke Lind, Secretary General of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue. “For the next of kin, it is important that presumed victims are

Sonardyne International Ltd. and National Oceanography Centre staff completed the P3AUV trials at Loch Ness, Scotland, this week. (Photo: Sonardyne)

AUV Project Boosts Endurance, Navigation Capabilities

has delivered a step-change in unmanned platform endurance and navigational precision.The £1.4 million ($1.8 million) Precise Positioning for Persistent Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (P3AUV) project, led by subsea technology specialist Sonardyne International Ltd., with partners the National Oceanography Center (NOC) and L3Harris, and part funded by Innovate UK, has set new standards for long-endurance underwater navigation and automated subsea positioning of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).In addition, the project also set out to increase the use of autonomy in offshore survey positioning

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#Oi2020 History

 In 2015, researchers at the National Oceanography Center (NOC) used Royal Navy submarine data to investigate the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice. This is mainly because recent decreases in Arctic sea ice may have a big impact on the circulation, chemistry and biology of the Arctic Ocean, because of ice-free waters becoming more turbulent. By revealing more about how these turbulent motions distribute energy within the ocean, the findings from this study provide information important for accurate predictions of the future of the Arctic Ocean. The melting of Arctic

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DeepOcean Wins IMR Work from Equnior

Subsea services provider DeepOcean informs it has been awarded a contract from Norwegian energy company Equinor to perform inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services in 2020.The contract has a duration of up to nine months work offshore, using the vessel Normand Ocean, and comprises subsea remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) operations covering IMR activities on Equinor’s assets on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), including associated project management and engineering services.The project team will work out of DeepOcean’s offices in Haugesund, Norway and offshore

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Arctic Rays Releases Mako 4K

Arctic Rays, LLC has released Mako for use on multiple platforms, including ROVs, HOVs, ASVs, landers and fixed platforms.  Mako has an on-board real-time clock with scheduler, which can be programmed in advance and allowed to run independently off of its internal battery or external power.  The internal scheduler can also be used to synchronize and control any of Arctic Rays’ Dragonfish series lights.  Scheduling, adjustments to camera settings, and downloading of video can be done via the standard MCBH connector, or via Wi-Fi. Recharging the battery is also accomplished through

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First Subsea Lifting Tools for Allseas

First Subsea said it has been awarded a contract to supply three Ballgrab Internal Lifting Tools (ILT) to pipelay, heavy lift and subsea construction company Allseas. The tools are designed for lifting loads up to 900mT and will be used by Allseas for offshore decommissioning projects.The First Subsea ILT tools are designed to be inserted into a tubular receptacle attached to the structure to be lifted. The ILT tools for Allseas will cover an internal receptacle diameter range from 660mm (26 inch) to 1524mm (60 inch).The first planned offshore operation will be the Tyra Redevelopment Project, when the

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DOF Subsea Bags APAC Contracts

Norway-based international subsea operating company DOF Subsea announced several contract-awards in the Asia Pacific region, securing 130 days vessel and resource utilization into the first quarter of 2020.  The contracts, for undisclosed clients in New Zealand and South East Asia, will see Skandi Hercules commence operations in December 2019 for a major operator, said the company which provides integrated project managed and engineered subsea solutions to the global offshore oil and gas industry.Additionally, Skandi Singapore will commence construction operations in early January 2020 in South

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Enpro Subsea Completes Ghana Campaigns

Production optimization specialist Enpro Subsea said it has recently completed another two subsea hydraulic intervention campaigns for two operators in West Africa. Operations were conducted from a single multi-services support vessel, which was mobilized out of Takoradi in Ghana.  The first of the two campaigns saw Enpro’s Flow Intervention Services (FIS) team deliver scale squeeze operations on five separate subsea wells via a modified choke insert in 1,800 meters water depth. The second campaign utilized the same vessel and hardware and included acid stimulation operations via a hot stab

Ocean Infinity’s Kongsberg Hugin AUVs powered by four, 20 kWh Kraken batteries for a total of 80 kWh per vehicle. (Photo: Kraken Robotics)

Kraken Gives Ocean Infinity AUVs an Energy Boost

Ocean Infinity's Kongsberg Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) have achieved significant endurance milestones during testing thanks to new pressure tolerant batteries from Kraken Robotics. The vehicles performed several missions to greater than 5,000 meters and an unprecedented mission of over 100 hours without recharging, while running a full survey payload. As a result, using Kraken batteries, Ocean Infinity can operate increased survey ranges to nearly 700 line-kilometers per deployment.Using batteries from Kraken subsidiary, Kraken Power GmbH, Ocean Infinity is seeing an increase

C-Job Naval Architects' concept design of an Autonomous Underwater Maintenance Dredger was presented at the combined Maritime and Port Technology and Development Conference (MTEC) and international Conference on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (ICMASS) in Trondheim, Norway. (Image: C-Job Naval Architects)

Autonomous Underwater Dredger Unveiled

As autonomy gains a foothold in the maritime world, dredging appears next in line to transition to operations without direct human control.A new design concept unveiled by a prominent Dutch ship design and engineering company aims to deliver major power savings and a larger working window for port maintenance dredging operations.The Autonomous Underwater Maintenance Dredger (AUMD) design developed by C-Job Naval Architects is a completely submerged dredging vessel specifically created for maintenance in port environments.According to C-Job, the one-of-a-kind fully electric design presents a more

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MacArtney Expands Into Italian Market

to developing and delivering solutions for even the most complex subsea challenges.At the helm, new Managing Director, local Vincenzo Mauro, will be bringing a strong sales and technical background in underwater technology and connectivity with him. Vincenzo began his career as a Professor of Navigation, Oceanology and Meteorology in the early 90s, venturing into new waters in the private sector aboard an oceanographic and geophysical survey vessel in the late 90s, followed by a move into underwater technology sales and later into a range of management positions.Focused on developing the Oil & Gas

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Kongsberg Fishery Simulator for Greenland

Nine commercial fishery companies have donated in total $471,587 to Danish training institute, the Greenland Maritime Center, for investment in a state-of-the-art K-Sim Fishery simulator from Kongsberg Digital.A first of its kind in the Kingdom of Denmark, the K-Sim Fishery simulator will enable students to gain vital competence in diverse fishery situations, including aft deck operations, and is scheduled for installation in 2020.Introduced by Kongsberg Digital in 2018, K-Sim Fishery is based on sophisticated K-Sim Navigation simulator technology, with added functionality and instruments specific to

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i-Tech 7 Performs UWILD for Borr Drilling

Subsea 7’s life of field business unit i-Tech 7 reports it has completed an underwater inspection in lieu of dry-docking (UWILD) project for Borr Drilling in the North Sea.Borr Drilling required a hull inspection for its Paragon MSS-1 mid-water semi-submersible, to meet ABS intermediate survey certification requirements. In place of conventional methods using divers, i-Tech 7 presented a solution using a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to reduce cost, risk, and allow drilling operations to continue without interruption.i-Tech 7 mobilized an observation class ROV and supporting UWILD

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Subsea Digital Alliance Launched

Showcasing Norwegian digital solutions, the Subsea Digital Alliance has been launched to bring smart cloud collaboration to the energy industry.As digital strategists in the oil and gas sector see the opportunity to leverage new projects to introduce new, more transparent digital workflow processes into their operations, digital solutions firm FutureOn has launched the Subsea Digital Alliance to bring together the best subsea solutions emerging from Norway to showcase how smart collaborative digital technology is meant to work.“Forward-thinking companies understand the tremendous opportunity of

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Bosch Rexroth Bags Fugro Contract

Fugro, the global geo-data specialist, has awarded a contract to Bosch Rexroth to fully maintain and further improve Fugro Synergy’s hydraulic equipment.Fugro has worked with Bosch Rexroth for over a decade to ensure it has the best hydraulic systems and software solutions on board its geotechnical drilling vessel, the Fugro Synergy. Now, they are working together again in order to better prepare for the future.The Fugro Synergy vessel has been in operation since 2009, and is primarily used to drill into the seabed in order to analyse whether it can be safely used as a foundation for structures

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Oil and Gas Industry Adopts VR

The oil and gas industry is witnessing wide-scale deployment of virtual reality (VR) technology across its value chain, according to GlobalData.According to the report, ‘Virtual Reality in Oil & Gas’, VR is finding its way into upstream, midstream and downstream sectors with applications in the simulation of new processes, analysis of project designs, reviewing of maintenance requirements and planning disaster responses.Ravindra Puranik, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, said: “Over time, this technology will transform oil and gas processes and workflows and help create new

Maersk Pelican with Norsepower Rotor Sails. Pic: Norsepower

Norsepower Rotor Sails Saves Fuel

Finnish technology company Norsepower, along with project partners Maersk Tankers, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd., announced successful trial results of two Norsepower Rotor Sails onboard the Maersk Tankers product tanker, Maersk Pelican.The Rotor Sails are large, cylindrical mechanical sails that spin to create a pressure differential, the Magnus Effect, that propels the vessel forward; in this instance a Maersk Tankers’ Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel, said the company.The Rotor Sails deliver auxiliary wind propulsion to

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GTT Intros Several Advances in LNG Tech

French multinational naval engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced several advances in its technology development process.The American Bureau of Shipping classification society issued the "LNG Cargo Ready" rating to GTT for its latest VLEC (Very Large Ethane Carrier) model, a first in the ethane sector. The rating certifies that the ethane carriers can be used to transport liquefied natural gas without having to convert the ship's tanks.GTT also received approval in principle from the classification society Bureau Veritas for icebreaker vessels using Mark III

NATO’s 3,100-ton, 305-foot research vessel NRV Alliance has been a leading platform for underwater acoustics research to the benefit of NATO navies. Photo: NATO CMRE

NATO RV Alliance is not just quiet, it’s ice-capable

have expanded use of the ship for additional customers, and we’ve been successful with it, particularly with institutes and academia, most notably in the U.S., which now have access to this world-class platform.  I spend a proportion of my time meeting with the people from University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other people who go to sea on a regular basis but don’t necessarily have the platforms available that they would like. So we’ve done a considerable amount

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Phoenix International Promotes VanHorn

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) has announced that Kent VanHorn has been promoted to Vice President for Global Submarine Rescue.  A retired U.S. Navy Submarine Warfare Officer, prior Commanding Officer of the Navy Undersea Rescue Command, and current U.S. Navy Submarine Rescue Operations and Maintenance Contract Program Manager, Kent has extensive worldwide experience coordinating submarine rescue operations and maintaining complex rescue vehicles and equipment to the exacting standards of the United States Navy. In his new position as VP for Global Submarine Rescue, Kent will

Philip Adams, Director UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Photo: UMass Dartmouth.

Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water

If one is wondering when and if and where the offshore wind business is going to become established, wonder no longer. Massachusetts is the epicenter of the offshore wind business and as such will translate nicely for ocean tide and wave energy development. Synergies in offshore engineering, resource assessment, permitting, construction, and maintenance of ocean wind, wave and tidal energy are obvious but not fully articulated.Sharing lessons learned in “getting steel in the water” was the purpose of the May 23, 2019 2nd Annual Marine Renewable Energy conference. The one day conference was

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Phoenix & Supsalv Salvage USN Aircraft

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix), under the direction of the U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, located and recovered the fuselage of a downed C2-A Greyhound aircraft from the depth of 18,809 feet using the deep ocean remotely operated vehicle CURV 21.The aircraft, which was lost in November 2017, was recovered at the request of Commander Pacific Fleet in order to facilitate the mishap investigation.Phoenix is an employee-owned, ISO 9001-2015 Management System certified marine services contractor providing manned and unmanned underwater solutions, design engineering

Subsea 7 Acquires 4Subsea

Services company Subsea 7 announced it has acquired 4Subsea, a provider of technology and services that delivers decision support to oil and gas and offshore wind operators.4Subsea will function autonomously within Subsea 7, maintaining an independent brand and management team. 4Subsea’s Peter Jenkins will continue in his role as CEO of the company.4Subsea will support Subsea 7 in delivering advanced digital solutions to customers within Life of Field and Field Development contracts and be a key contributor to the ongoing digital transformation of Subsea 7 business delivery, the company said.

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HMM, DSME Join Forces for Smart-ship Tech

South Korea’s container shipping giant Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and compatriot shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) have joined forces on the research, development and innovation in the field of smart ship technologies.Under a Memorandum of Understanding, the parties would conduct research on real-time service system based on IoT (Internet of Things), design on-shore platforms for optimized fleet operation, develop automated warehousing systems for ship materials and development economic navigation solutions.HMM plans to promote the innovation of smart ship technologi

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Atlantic Shores Launches Ocean Survey Ops

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America, announced the launch of ocean survey operations today within the Atlantic Shores lease area, in order to inform future turbine development.Survey operations encompass 183,000 acres located 8-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Barnegat Light and Sea Isle City and are expected to conclude by the end of October, weather permitting.The survey vessel Geosea will be utilized to characterize the seabed, collect samples and determine placement of data collection buoys, which will be

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Navis Survey Acclaims AI

Global container terminals are expected to embrace automated decision making powered by artificial intelligence (AI) as they pursue ways to improve operational consistencies and enhance equipment utilization.According to  TechValidate customer survey by Navis, 88% of respondents indicated that automated decision making will be very if not extremely important for the future of innovation at terminals.Further, 83% plan to increase their AI investments over the next one-to-three years, signaling growing confidence in the use of innovative technologies to improve terminal efficiencies and gain

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Bibby Taps Real-time Wave Data

For Bibby Marine Services, MIROS WaveFinder software supports operations in real time and provides accurate, reliable wave data vital to vessel operational limits.Bibby WaveMaster 1 is a walk-to-work service operation vessel (SOV) that makes use of a motion-compensated gangway to transfer crew to and from assets. When using the gangway from Bibby WaveMaster 1 and making connections to an asset, a significant wave height limit is enforced, usually by the charterer.Traditional methods to ensuring personnel transfer safely and efficiently typically involve the visual assessment of wave conditions, which

Ashtead Technology’s Deflection Monitoring System being installed for a project with Ocean Installer AS in Equinor’s Askeladd and Johan Castberg fields. (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Supports Subsea Template Installs

Subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology said it has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Ocean Installer AS in Equinor’s Askeladd and Johan Castberg fields in the Northern Norwegian Sea.The contract saw Ashtead Technology provide its integrated Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) services and equipment to support the installation of eight Integrated Template Structures (ITS).During operations, the dual independent DMS systems monitored, calculated, displayed and logged structure deflection, heading, pitch, roll, depth and suction can differential pressures

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Woolpert, iXblue to Deliver Aerial Mapping Services

Woolpert Inc and iXblue Sea Operations division, part of iXblue Group based in France, have formed a strategic partnership to provide aerial mapping services to clients in Australia, New Zealand and across the South Pacific. Under this partnership, Woolpert and iXblue will collect, process and deliver airborne Digital Imagery, Topographic LiDAR and Bathymetric LiDAR operations from helicopter and fixed wing platforms to provide custom solutions to commercial and government clients.Woolpert has collected and processed hundreds of thousands of square miles in aerial, terrestrial and bathymetric

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Kongsberg Expands Canadian Operations

Kongsberg Maritime has expanded its Canadian operation by establishing a presence at COVE, the Center for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the company announced on Monday.Already present in the Canadian ocean technology sector with its East Coast Canadian headquarters located in Dartmouth’s Burnside Industrial Park since 1992, the addition of a new COVE office provides KONGSBERG with access to an 8-acre site, a 13-acre water lot, 2,850 feet of docks and piers, office space, 10,000 square feet of incubation space and 16,500 square feet of shop and lab space that

The RRS Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s new polar research vessel: the naming ceremony for the ship will be held at shipbuilder Cammell Laird’s yard in Birkenhead, England on September 26.

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Polar RV Sir David Attenborough Naming Ceremony

On Thursday, 26 September, the ceremonial naming of the new British polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough will take place at the Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard.The ship was commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, built by Cammell Laird, and operated by the British Antarctic Survey. This vessel is designed to transform how ship-borne science is conducted in the Polar Regions and its commissioning is part of a major UK Government polar infrastructure investment program aiming to keep Britain at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Norwegian Coast Guard vessel KV Svalbard and its crew at the North Pole: the ship is the first ABB Azipod powered craft to reach the Pole. (Photo: ABB)

ABB Propulsion Takes Ship to North Pole

Norwegian Coast Guard ship KV Svalbard is the first vessel powered by an ABB Azipod propulsion system to reach the North Pole.The ship is equipped with twin 5MW Azipod icebreaking units which enabled it to sail through polar ice at speeds of up to 6 to 7 knots when it took part in an international scientific expedition, the Coordinated Arctic Acoustic Thermometry Experiment led by Norwegian research foundation The Nansen Center.The Azipod electric propulsion system is designed to make s ships highly maneuverable, being based on an electric drive motor located under the ship’s hull in a submerged

The ‘Stodig’ (Norwegian for ‘steady’) was designed by British architects Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel as a comfortable excursion vessel for Arctic journeys. The solar-powered vessel is able to right itself when capsized and has been dubbed ‘the unsinkable solar lifeboat’.

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Lifeboat Converted Into Unsinkable Solar-Powered Arctic Excursion Boat

A new solar vessel that can theoretically be submerged and remain unharmed has been produced by repurposing a lifeboat that could originally accommodate 100 people.Two British architects, Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel, recognized that the craft could be converted into an adventure vessel that could explore the Norwegian Artic while offering its occupants all the comforts of home.“We wanted to experience a range of different cultures, different approaches to living by the sea, different landscapes, different climates. And if you are creating an expedition boat that will take you 3100 miles

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Oceaneering to Relocate in Aberdeen

Oceaneering announced it will combine seven Aberdeen properties into one office location and a new, purpose-built workshop, in a move to streamline operations and drive cost efficiencies.The 50,000-square-foot office in Aberdeen International Business Park will provide a work environment for more than 300 office-based employees. The site will benefit from excellent transport connections and is within close proximity to the city’s new exhibition center, the company said.The new, purpose-built facility located at the D2 Business Park will include an 88,000-square-foot workshop and 95,500-square-foot

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Swire Seabed Completes Unmanned Pipeline Inspection

Swire Seabed said it has completed a second offshore pipeline campaign for Equinor in the North Sea. The campaign, undertaken in July 2019, is the first fully unmanned offshore pipeline inspection ‘over the horizon’ ever completed, surveying up to 100 kilometers from the shore.The  inspections were completed using Kongsberg Maritime’s Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with the SeaKit Maxlimer unmanned surface vessel (USV) acting as the host vessel for surface positioning and communications to shore. The complete operation was controlled from an onshore control center

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TechnipFMC to Split into Two Companies

Franco-American oil services firm TechnipFMC Plc said on Monday it would spin off its engineering and construction operations into a separate company, leaving it as a technology-focused equipment supplier to oil and gas companies.TechnipFMC, which had a market capitalization of $10.31 billion, said the new Paris-based company will deal with onshore and offshore oil and gas projects. The split is expected to be final in the first half of 2020.The spin-off comes nearly three years after Technip merged with rival FMC Technologies, creating a leading London-based offshore services company with combined

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