Arctic Operations News

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MTR100: #4 Martin McDonald , SVP, Oceaneering

Martin McDonald , SVP, Oceaneering ... Directing the world’s largest fleet of work class ROVs.The editors of Marine Technology Reporter are pleased to share that Martin McDonald, Oceaneering, is #4 in the 14th Annual "MTR100". The full  electronic edition of Marine Technology Reporter is available at https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201907/. Oceaneering is a pioneer and leader in the world of subsea robotics, and a ‘by the numbers’ look at the company provides a staggering view. Oceaneering operates a fleet of 275 work class ROVs – the

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July: Earth's Hottest Month Ever Recorded

According to the latest monthly climate report from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet and Polar sea ice melted to record lows.Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees, making it the hottest July in the 140-year record, according to scientists at

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JFC Acquires Ortega Submersibles

JFD, a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, acquired all the assets, IP and designs rights of Ortega Submersibles BV, a Netherlands-based submersible boat designer and manufacturer. The acquisition will enable JFD to expand further its offering of advanced Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) and to develop new vehicles and capabilities in order to meet increased market demand for specialized small and medium-sized craft.JFD, through its subsidiary JFD Ortega BV, will retain Ortega´s office and manufacturing facility and its whole team of designers and engineers at the established operational base in

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MTR100: #3 Sven Lindblad, Lindblad Expeditions

everyone that the environment is an essential partner, not some alien creation that is merely tolerated.“How do you get people to think differently?” said Lindblad. “To protect our asset? We must commit to eliminating plastics in our supply chains. The amounts of plastic in our oceans is horrible and we must face essential change.” Capt. Cook would likely advocate the world quit dumping plastics and garbage in the oceans he crossed in three epic expeditions around the globe, including first to cross the Antarctic Circle in 1773. Sailing thousands of miles across largely

Swedish icebreaker Oden (Photo: University of Rhode Island)

Scientists Find Micro Plastic in Arctic Ice

threat the growing form of pollution poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet.The researchers used a helicopter to land on ice floes and retrieve the samples during an 18-day icebreaker expedition through the Northwest Passage, the hazardous route linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans."We had spent weeks looking out at what looks so much like pristine white sea ice floating out on the ocean," said Jacob Strock, a graduate student researcher at the University of Rhode Island, who conducted an initial onboard analysis of the cores."When we look at it up close and

PhD student James Coogan will be deploying the ecoSUB on its mission into a hostile Arctic environment (Photo: SAMS)

Robotic AUV Takes on ‘Dangerous’ Arctic Mission

An underwater robotic vehicle will go on an Arctic research mission deemed too dangerous for humans in a bid to help scientists understand the true extent of melting from Arctic glaciers.A team from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, led by oceanographer Prof Mark Inall, will deploy a small autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) known as an ecoSUB to the foot of a melting glacier in Arctic Norway. The aim is to learn more about the effect of meltwater on a process called ‘calving’, which causes huge chunks of ice to break off the glacier edge.Less than a meter in

TSR to Purchase New SAR Vessel

Treasure & Shipwreck Recovery announced that it has entered into an agreement for the purchase of a research and recovery vessel for its operations. The company expects to take delivery by August 15 and to begin operations shortly thereafter. The vessel is a significant addition to the company because it is already well outfitted with the necessary base equipment, has a range of 1,500 miles, and the ability to carry out the company’s operations, as planned by its COO, underwater archaeologist Dr. E. Lee Spence. For its overall size, range, and liveaboard capability, the vessel has a

iXblue Launches Aerial Mapping Operations

iXblue Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia, part of iXblue Group based in France, has diversified its Sea Operations division operational capability to include aerial mapping operations to clients across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.  With over 100,000 line miles surveyed worldwide, iXblue has been operating the Sea Operations division across the region since 2007 providing clients with detailed and precise surveys of the marine and littoral environment.The aerial mapping operations will include Digital Imagery, Topographic LiDAR and Bathymetric LiDAR operations from helicopter and fixed

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ASL Hires Dr. Asplin

ASL Environmental Sciences appointed Dr. Matthew Asplin to the position of Metocean and Arctic Project Manager. Dr. Asplin brings a diverse set of multidisciplinary research skills in meteorology, sea ice, and oceanography, and has over 15 years of experience in these fields.  He will be responsible for project management and client liaison tasks for projects across these disciplines, and will also be active in responding to business development opportunities and academic collaborations, as well as expanding new consulting services to ASL's present clients. Dr. Asplin will also be active

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TechnipFMC: Record Orders, Backlog in Q2

Franco-American oil services company TechnipFMC received a record volume of orders in the second quarter, pushing its backlog of projects to a peak thanks to new liquefied natural gas projects, it said on Wednesday.The records could signal a rebound for the company created by a 2016 merger of France's Technip and U.S. rival FMC Technologies to weather the oil price crash that had forced their oil major clients to slash budgets and shelve projects."We achieved record inbound orders in the quarter, with total company orders reaching $11.2 billion," Doug Pferdehirt, chairman and CEO of

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#Oi2020: Subsea History

In 2003, Dr. Larry Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (and his team at the center), worked closely with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to gain access to a platform capable of breaking and transiting through ice, while also supporting the scientific equipment needed to gather data on the extended continental shelf (ECS). The Coast Guard Cutter Healy was tasked with the job, and during Mayer’s first outing with the vessel that year he and his team discovered a 10,000-foot high seamount approximately 400 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, which they named the Healy Seamount.

Crews aboard M/V SHELIA BORDELON offload more than 450,000 gallons of oil from the Coimbra shipwreck 30 miles offshore from Shinnecock, N.Y. U.S. Coast Guard responders discovered a significant amount of oil in cargo and fuel tanks during onsite assessments of the Coimbra in May 2019. (US Coast Guard photo by Michael Himes)

Oil Recovered from WWII Shipwreck

of the recoverable oil was removed and secured for disposal by Resolve Marine. “The amount remaining in the vessel is very small and any sheening poses minimal risk to the local environment and no risk to the shoreline.” said Steve Lehmann, senior scientific coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Any further potential environmental impact will be monitored by NOAA and the Coast Guard.The wreck will remain in place 30 miles offshore of Shinnecock, N.Y. “Each agency involved during the planning, assessment and recovery stages of the response played a

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DeepOcean Wins Vigdis Work

Subsea services firm DeepOcean said it has been awarded a contract from Norwegian energy company Equinor for marine operations for the installation of the Vigdis boosting station.The award to covers project management, engineering and offshore installation activities, DeepOcean said. The offshore work includes marine operations for rock removal, installation and tie-in of subsea lines and installation of subsea structures at the Vigdis and Snorre offshore fields. Various options for the Vigdis campaigns are also included. DeepOcean said its onshore project team will work out of its offices in

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Damen Completes Complex DSV Job

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam has finished repair work on the 156m Diving Support Vessel (DSV) Deep Arctic. The shipyard reports that it was a complex project with a total of 2198 work permits issued, an indication of the large number of individual jobs that were completed and the number of stakeholders involved. The TechnipFMC-owned Deep Arctic came to Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) primarily for a main class renewal (intermediate) docking and for maintenance including the renewal of the steel plates to its box coolers. To achieve this the yard removed 31 separate box coolers from the

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Malin React Sign Global Sub Rescue Pact

JFD will combine expertise and experience with Malin React.The teaming agreement will ensure rapid vessel mobilization of JFD’s submarine rescue assets to facilitate the fastest possible deployment anywhere in the world, minimizing the Time to First Rescue (TTFR) and optimizing the chances of a successful rescue.In the event of a submarine emergency, and assuming no dedicated rescue vessels are available, a fly-away submarine rescue capability will be deployed and mobilized to a nearby Vessel of Opportunity (VOO) which will then conduct a rescue operation for the distressed submarine (DISSUB).

CMA CGM Libra at South End Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The port is a significant contributor to the regional economy: a recent economic impact report by Chris Lowe Planning and Management Group found that its output from operations in 2017/18 was C$1.97 billion, up 15 percent from 2015/16 values. Photo: Steve Farmer

PORTS: Halifax goes Digital

plans to produce a collection of assets designed to make Halifax a port of choice for the cargo industry through its extensive cargo handling capabilities based on modern technology and strict security measures. Its facilities comprise the Fairview Cove and South End Container Terminals, the Richmond and Ocean Terminals, the Halifax Grain Elevator, Halifax Seaport, Cruise Halifax, the Fairview Cove Sequestration Facility, and the Port of Sheet Harbor; while there are a number of non-HPA facilities within the port including Maritime Forces Atlantic, the National Gypsum Wharf, Woodside Atlantic Wharf, the

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Design Studies for Replacement of R/V DANA

research vessel that will place DTU Aqua in position being an attractive partner for international scientific projects.The multidisciplinary 65-m marine research vessel is designed and optimized for cost-effective fish stock assessment, hydro-acoustic studies and biological, chemical and physical oceanography based on DTU Aqua’s expected service profile in 2023.The following objectives have been prioritized:- Maximum capacity for hydro acoustic scientific performance- High efficiency in fish stock monitoring- High scientific multidisciplinary performance through versatile design- Year-round

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ForeCoast Software to Optimize Modus H-AUV

range of services. The UK-based company has selected ForeCoast Marine to optimize the operation of the H-AUV, in an effort to maximize the returns from this investment and provide its clients the most operationally efficient solutions.ForeCoast Marine is an advanced mission scheduling, logistics and metocean risk management system, enabling operational strategies to be optimized throughout the lifetime of a marine project. The software will be used to develop an advanced artificial intelligence (AI)-based scheduling algorithm to enable efficient task prioritization and routing of the AUV, and to support

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Jedstone Starts RLWI Work at Montara

Asia Pacific focused Jadestone Energy announced Monday it has begun a riserless light well intervention (RLWI) campaign at the Montara complex, offshore Australia.The Sapura Constructor light well intervention vessel was mobilized to the field on May 30, 2019 and, after conducting pre-work safety checks, is now operating at the Skua-11 well, as planned, the independent oil and gas company company said.The RLWI program, which is said to be a first-of-its-kind project in Australia, is intended to restore gas lift to the Skua-11 and Swift-2 wells, perforate additional sands in the Swallow-1 well, and

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New Subsea Cutting Technology Unveiled

Services company James Fisher Offshore (JFO) has developed an advanced internal abrasive cutting system designed to offer higher performance, cost savings and operational efficiency to support the oil and gas industry’s decommissioning cost reduction target.The abrasive cutting technology offers an innovative method for the internal cutting and removal of subsea tubular structures, ranging from piles and jacket legs through to well casings and well heads. Due to its higher accuracy and success rate, the system delivers enhanced performance with minimal downtime, as well as a reduced operational

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Remote-Controlled Submersible Fish Farm in Arctic Ocean

Digital technology leader ABB has won a contract from Arctic Offshore Farming to power its first-ever remote controlled submersible offshore salmon farm in the Arctic Ocean.ABB will provide a comprehensive package of its leading electrical, automation, instrumentation and telecom technologies that ensure maximum efficiency and minimal environmental impact.With the global market volume of salmon expected to hit 4.5 million tons by 2023, according to a 2018 report by Research and Markets, the Arctic Offshore Farming project is looking for ways to farm fish in a more sustainable manner.The submerged fish

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Subsea Templates Installed on Nova Field

, and provide water injection and gas lift to the Nova field. A new module will be lifted onto Gjøa in 2020.Subsea 7’s Seven Arctic vessel sailed the two 300-metric-ton templates 45 kilometers from the base in Florø to the Nova field, before craning the structures 370 meters below the ocean surface. The templates were constructed by Aker Solutions in Egersund on the west coast of Norway.Wintershall Dea said 65 kilometers of pipelines are now ready to be laid in preparation for the tieback.André Hesse, Wintershall Dea Nova Project Director, said, “With the installation

DOF vessels Skandi Vega and Skandi Iceman involved in offshore operations (Photo courtesy of Equinor, by Espen Roennevik, Roar Lindefjeld)

Partners Set Out to Cut Offshore Emissions

Norwegian partners Kongsberg Maritime, DOF, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE have set out to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for complex offshore operations, while streamlining fleet-wide maintenance.Enabled through sponsorship and support from Innovation Norway, the partnership will develop a sophisticated new Decision Support System (DSS) for offshore vessel operations. This new predictive, intelligent, and dynamic guidance tool will act as the foundation for DOF to simplify operational complexity with objective measurement, ultimately enabling optimal utilization and more sustainable

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OceanGate Hires Scoville

OceanGate Inc, a provider of manned submersible services has hired veteran subsea engineer, Dan Scoville, to join their team as Director of Systems Integration and Marine Operations. Scoville brings with him a diverse background in subsea vehicles, inspection, and engineering as well as a passion for deep sea discovery and exploration.As Director of Systems Integration and Marine Operations Scoville will oversee operational engineering for OceanGate’s fleet of three manned submersibles. Additionally, he will oversee all marine operations and play a critical role in the continued development

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Modus Acquires Second Sabertooth HAUV

UK-based underwater vehicle services company Modus Seabed Intervention has agreed with Saab Seaeye to buy its second Sabertooth hybrid autonomous underwater vehicle (HAUV).The 3,000-meter rated Sabertooth will be equipped with extended autonomous endurance and increased thrust for high speed survey and ready for the integration of advanced and high-resolution sensors for different types of applications and operations.Modus has been increasing the capability of its HAUV fleet and, following trials in 2017, its existing HAUV was ready for commercial operations in 2018. Trials included launching the HAUV

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Veracity by DNV GL Partners with Arctic Whale Project

to help companies unlock, qualify, combine and prepare data for analytics and benchmarking.“We are very inspired by the ambitious Arctic Whale team and look forward to enabling the sharing of the project’s data on our open industry platform. We encourage everyone dedicated to reducing ocean plastic to capitalize on the opportunities that gaining access to this documentation present,” says Jo Øvstaas, Lead Data Scientist in Veracity by DNV GL.At DNV GL, we acknowledge the need for an integrated, cross-sector approach to ensure sustainable activities related to the sea. We

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US Still Processing Atlantic Seismic Permits

to drilling - despite shelving its plan to vastly expand offshore drilling, a spokeswoman said on Monday.Atlantic coastal state lawmakers, businesses and conservation groups are adamant that Interior should not allow seismic testing - a process that often uses powerful air guns to map resources below the ocean floor - arguing the surveys hurt marine life, such as the endangered North Atlantic right whale.Newly confirmed Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said last week the agency’s five-year plan for oil and gas drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) would be sidelined indefinitely after a

GEOTRACES carousel deployment showing Cortland cable. Image: Cortland

Case Study: Cables in Underwater Missions

The US GEOTRACES program is dedicated to collecting trace elements and their isotopes from the world’s oceans for scientific purposes. Oceanographic working environments can be harsh, so durable equipment is essential for successful underwater missions.Electromechanical cable specialist Cortland supplies equipment which is used by research institutions around the world to help track and monitor changing ocean conditions. Our team led by renowned biogeochemist Dr. Greg Cutter, Professor of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University, Virginia, developed an oceanographic

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SEAMOR: ROV to Last Ice Project in Canada

SEAMOR Marine will provide a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to the department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Manitoba. The vehicle will be deployed to the High Arctic to inspect the area which remains frozen year-round and take part in research and evaluating ways to protect this special ecological region.The High Arctic is an important area encompassing the northern regions of Canada (Arctic Basin, Baffin Bay and the Pikialasorsuaq, or North Water Polynya) and reaches to western Greenland. This area remains frozen throughout the year, for multiple years, acting as an important refuge for ice-depend

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Kongsberg Sells First Sounder USV

Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract to deliver its newly introduced Sounder unmanned surface vehicle (USV) system to the largest fishing company in Peru, the marine technology company unveiled at Ocean Business this week.Equipped for deployment in fishery applications, the new multipurpose USV system will become a resource in TASA’s plans to overhaul and optimize operations throughout its 48-vessel fleet, Kongsberg said.The fully integrated and calibrated USV solution offers a high definition fishery sonar combined with a wideband echosounder from Simrad, operable from a laptop PC or radio

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Contract award for OOSV

Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded BCS Automation Ltd. (BCS) a contract for work on the Government of Canada’s new Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV).BCS has been in operation for 30 years and specializes in automated systems for the marine, offshore and cement industries. BCS represents one of almost 80 Ontario suppliers to date that Seaspan is working with to meet its commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).BCS will supply a ship control and monitoring system for the OOSV. The system is designed to provide ship personnel with all the basic alarms and status

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EDS Scores 15-year O&M Contract

High voltage engineering specialist EDS HV Group, part of the UK marine services company James Fisher and Sons, announced Friday it has secured a 15-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for OFTO assets at the Greater Gabbard wind farm off the coast of England. The contract has been awarded by Equitix Investment Management which own the concession and who will rely on EDS to help maximize the availability of the high voltage network.EDS said its team of engineers and technicians will provide a full turnkey solution for two offshore platforms, the onshore substation and grid connection at

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OPT Scores Oil and Gas Study Contract

US based ocean energy solutions company Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) said it has signed a contract with an unnamed oil and gas exploration and production company to complete a 12-week paid feasibility study that will examine the use of OPT’s products and services in monitoring subsea wells during decommissioning activities.“This study will evaluate the use of our PowerBuoys in monitoring multiple customer wells during oil field decommissioning activities in the very deep and challenging waters of the Gulf of Mexico,” said George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of

National Geographic Endurance under construction in Norway (Photo: Lindblad Expeditions)

Wesmar Equips National Geographic Endurance

was chosen for the vessel for a variety of reasons, including its dual, forward-looking sonar and bottom profiler, the manufacturer said.“Wesmar has a very good product,” said Captain Leif Skog, Vice President Nautical, at Lindblad Expeditions. “We value the bottom profiling of the ocean’s bottom, confirming depth figures in the charts. We operate in remote areas where the chart information is uncertain.”And, with an increase in overall security concerns worldwide, the sonar’s 360-degree field-of-view allows for visual monitoring all around the vessel, 24 hours

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A SmallSat AUV Network

AUV operations controlled or augmented by Micro or Nano satellites — SmallSats of 10-100 kilograms or 1-10 kg — a reality. Apart from the command and control of networked AUVS (and other drones) en masse, which is Prof. De Sousa’s specialty, it is hoped that SmallSats will do for ocean understanding and marine operations what the Internet did for marketing and instant knowledge.AUV control“Most of our work is joint, and strategically we all (NTNU, Porto, NASA) are moving in the same direction,” Dr. Rajan says, adding, “So this is both institutional and collective

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
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One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

Martin McDonald, an industry veteran with more than 35 years under his belt, is responsible for Oceaneering’s global ROV business. With a broad based of ROV experience – from operation to repair to maintenance to management – McDonald shares with MTR his insights on the historical development and future prospects of this high-profile subsea sector.How and when did you know that your career would be in the maritime/subsea industry?I grew up in Fraserburgh, Scotland, a small town 40 miles north of the oilfield city of Aberdeen. Fraserburgh is best known for commercial fishing. My

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EOM Offshore Acquires Ocean Tech Services

Oceanographic technology and marine services provider EOM Offshore announced Tuesday it has acquired the assets and operations of the New Jersey-based marine services provider Ocean Tech Services.Ocean Tech Services has a decade of experience in the offshore renewable energy industry and increases EOM Offshore’s capabilities by providing metocean data collection solutions, subsea remote sensing and offshore logistics. Together, EOM Offshore’s mooring solutions technology development and Ocean Tech Services’ offshore operations capability provide a solution for customers requiring

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Autonomy Advances: New Vessel Range

with up to 10 AUVs at the same time.“Combining these capabilities means customers have access to vessels that can perform more remote and autonomous marine operations; including tracking multiple AUVs and real-time data harvesting in hard to access environments across defense, offshore and ocean science sectors,” said Ioseba Tena, Global Business Manager – Marine Robotic Systems, Sonardyne

Near the Bear Island, in the Svalbard archipelago, the INBIS channel kept its unique submarine relief during the Last Glacial Maximum (image: José Luis Casamor (GRC Marine Geosciences /University of Barcelona)

Researchers Study Unique Arctic Channel

A scientific study describes for the first time the submarine cartography of a high-latitude system in a channel covers tens of kilometers in the northern western area of the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean. The Interfan Bear Island and Storfjorden (IBIS) channel is one of the few submarine valleys in polar latitudes that kept its geological architecture during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), according to the new study published in the journal Arktos – The Journal of Arctic Geosciences.Terra incognita: discovering the planet’s sea floorsMany unknown landscapes in our planet are under

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ASL Hires Taillefer

ASL appointed Martin (Marty) Taillefer to the position of Senior Project Manager and Business Development. Taillefer has been working in the fields of oceanography, hydrography, ocean acoustics and underwater warfare for over 25 years. A naval officer for over 20 years, the latter 10 years were spent as an Underwater Warfare Director and Oceanographer for the Pacific Fleet. Taillefer oversaw the implementation and operations of decisional systems, acoustic modeling and operational systems to create operational products to the fleets. He also oversaw the routine creation and production of real-time

Resourceful: Norwegian AUV and oceanographic researchers work in sync. Photo Credit: Professor Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU AMOS

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

off into the darkness and submerges, a tube rights itself and launches a rocket packing a satellite the size of a softball.No, it’s not General Dynamics’s large, drone-launching Marlin AUV just released. It’s a writer’s impression of the missions now being planned by AUV-equipped oceanographic researchers at Norway-based research community, AMOS. The real mission is about to begin. AMOS will shortly be test-firing tiny, disposable satellites bearing spectral cameras that will also gather and beam back the data gathered by the spectral cameras and sensors of their REMUS-dominated

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

As 2019 begins, the ocean tech community celebrates 50 years of Oceanology International, a global gathering and showcase of the tools and technologies used by maritime industry, science, and defense. In that retrospective spirit it is informative to look to the history of the unmanned maritime vehicle (UMV) community. While there are records of developments in the field as far back as 1957, the modern era traces its roots to the early 1990s. One key source of technology developments was the MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Lab which spawned numerous vehicles, launched an industry

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DOF Bags Multiple Offshore Vessel Deals

hardware to the main installation vessels. The forecast assets utilization is estimated close to 650 vessel days plus options. Geoholm has commenced preparation in Singapore for marine and ROV operation in the Red Sea offshore Saudi Arabia for more than 700 vessel day campaign in support of a 3D Ocean bottom node survey projects. Finally, the Skandi Caledonia is secured a short-term contract in the Mediterranean with start-up in March 2019. These collectively contract awards provide approximately NOK 425 Million in additional backlog to the DOF Group of which 62% in 2019. In a statement

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HELRAS 'Dipping Sonar' Onboard Seagull USV

In a Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) performed by the Israeli Navy, a Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) dipping sonar was successfully converted for operation onboard the Seagull, Elbit Systems’ Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV).Operating a dipping sonar onboard a USV significantly increases the operational working time and substantially enhances that detection capabilities and the effectiveness of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).The Seagull autonomous multi-mission USV features switchable, modular mission payload suites and can perform, in addition to ASW, Mine Countermeasure missions (MCM)

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JFO, First Subsea Team for Decommissioning

Subsea project delivery firms James Fisher Offshore (JFO) and specialist in offshore heavy lift market First Subsea have joined forces to launch a revolutionary cut and lift product that promises to streamline decommissioning projects worldwide.A press release from the UK-based JFO said that Over the last year they have jointly explored how they could combine their industry-leading water abrasive jet cutting technology and ball and taper Internal Lifting Tools (ILT) to offer a smarter solution for the complex removal of subsea infrastructure.The collaboration has led to the development of a one-componen

The Kongsberg Maritime EM 124 1x2" mapped the Puerto Rico Trench to depths greater than 8,000 meters. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Sonar Assists Deepest Solo Sub Dive

In December 2018, Victor Vescovo became the first person to reach the deepest part of the Atlantic, piloting his private submersible the Limiting Factor 8,376 meters below the ocean's surface to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench -- the deepest solo human submersible dive ever.It goes without saying that state-of-the-art subsea technology was key to the mission's success. The submersible, a Triton 36000/2, features a 90mm thick pressure hull and is the first commercially certified full ocean depth.New multibeam sonar technology from Kongsberg Maritime also played a big part in the feat.

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JFD Wins DSRV Contract from Republic of Korea Navy

The subsea operations and manufacturing company JFD, a part of James Fisher and Sons, has received a multi-million dollar contract for the design and build of an advanced Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV).The DSRV will be delivered as a part of a submarine rescue capability being provided to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).The contract, awarded by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), will ensure the provision of an advanced and highly capable submarine rescue vehicle to the South Korean Navy that will ensure the highest standards in safety for submariners.

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Norway Supreme Court Hears Snow Crab Case with Implication for Oil

Norway's Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Tuesday on whether EU ships can fish for snow crab off Arctic islands north of Norway without permission from Oslo, a case that could decide who has the right to explore for oil in the region.At stake is whether the snow crab - whose meat is considered a delicacy by gourmets in Japan and South Korea - is a sedentary species living on the seabed or a fish stock that moves around - and who gets to decide about it.If it is seen as a sedentary species, then it is a resource belonging to the continental shelf of Norway. If the EU can stake a claim over

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Barclays Rejects Arctic Drilling

U.K.-based international bank Barclays  announced a new energy policy that significantly restricts the bank’s financing for the exploration or extraction of oil and gas in the Arctic.The policy  rules out funding for companies seeking to drill in the Arctic Refuge as well as other climate change threats.According to the British multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in London, arctic oil and gas refers to new exploration and extraction of oil and gas in the area within the Arctic Circle which is subject to sea ice, and includes the Arctic National

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Arctic Rays Chooses GTS as West Coast Rep

Arctic Rays LLC, an underwater technology specialist in the design and manufacturing of high-performance lights, cameras and sub-sea equipment, has announced GTS Consulting as the company’s west coast representative. The territory for GTS Consulting on behalf of Arctic Rays includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

The contract was signed at AkerBPs offices. Back, from the left: Inge Sundet, Aker BP; Hans Andreas Øygarden, Aker BP; Tor-Øystein Carlsen, Optime; Trond Løkka, Optime; Thor Øystein Finborud Tovsrud, Optime; Tor Otto Lidal, Aker BP. Front, from the left: Mads Rødsjø, Aker BP; and Jan-Fredrik Carlsen, Optime. (Photo: Optime Subsea)

Optime Subsea Bags Long-term Deal with Aker BP

Norwegian based Optime Subsea said it has been selected by Aker BP to provide well access system and services on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) for the next two years, with extension options.Aker BP will in the next two years use Optime Subsea’s Subsea Controls and Intervention Light System (SCILS) and related services, for its well access operations on the NCS. The system will be deployed this spring on Aker BP’s Jette as part of their plug and abandoment operations and Skogul for its installation campaign.“Using Optime Subsea’s SCILS ties well into our strategy of

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World's First Floating Wind Turbine Gets New Life

;When Unitech Offshore takes over the ownership and operation of the turbine, it is with pride and expectations. The pioneering work that became this historic wind turbine will be transferred to a new phase and made available for research and technology development as part of the “Sustainable Energy Ocean Test Facility” and for the benefit of all those who are concerned with Sustainable Energy at sea,” says Unitech CEO, Gunnar Birkeland.“We are pleased that Unitech is now taking over the ownership and operation of the turbine. Hywind Demo has been very important for Equinor&rsquo

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iXblue Partners with Forssea

iXblue, a designer and manufacturer of advanced navigation, imagery and subsea positioning solutions, said it has joined forces with Forssea, a robotics startup that develops autonomous docking underwater technologies, to bring more agile and cost-effective subsea operations.Combining Forssea’s Atoll, an observation-class remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) that offers autonomous docking capabilities, with iXblue’s DriX offshore going unmanned surface vessel (USV) and its Gaps ultra-short baseline (USBL) embedded gondola, both companies are now offering a new method of long baseline

Figure 1: Sea ice extent for January 1, 2019 (Photo: NSIDC)

A Record-Low Start to Ice the New Year in Antarctica

December 2018 has taken the extent below the November and December 2016 levels to new record lows. Antarctica’s high year-to-year variability (record high extents for December were observed as recently as 2014 and 2007) suggests that a conclusive sea ice trend associated with the warming air and ocean around Antarctica has yet to reveal itself.Spatial patterns of lossThe rapid ice loss through December 2018 and into early January 2019 has exposed large areas of the Southern Ocean that are typically ice-covered at this time of year. At the beginning of December 2018, a substantial band of ice ringed

Arctic FoxTail (Photo: H. Henriksen)

Oil Spill Cleanup Device Tailored for the Arctic

A new oil spill response device capable of cleaning up spills in arctic conditions has been launched in an effort to bolster Norway’s spill preparedness.The new device, dubbed Arctic FoxTail, is a winterized version of H. Henriksen’s standard Foxtail vertical adhesion band (VAB) skimmer, which filters out oil spills from the seawater using its sorbent mops. The system is capable of salvaging large quantities of oil after a spill, without much unnecessary water.Tonsberg-based H. Henriksen began to develop the arctic ready system through the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating

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Eni Deploys OPT's PowerBuoy

Ocean Power Technologies' PowerBuoy has been deployed in the Adriatic Sea to advance Eni’s R&D MaREnergy project that aims to develop, deploy and demonstrate wave energy renewable technologies in oil and gas operations, the U.S.-based ocean energy solutions provider announced Wednesday.The OPT PowerBuoy will be used in the Adriatic Sea to advance Eni’s research and development of proprietary integrated subsea technology systems to allow future applications for remotely controlled field developments powered by wave energy, environmental monitoring and offshore asset inspection using

(Photo credit: Larry Demmerle)

Aqueos Supports South Texas-Tuxpan Gas Pipeline

Aqueos Corporation said it has completed a major diving scope for the installation and commissioning of the South Texas-Tuxpan Gas Pipeline. The South Texas-Tuxpan Gas Pipeline is being constructed by a joint venture between TransCanada (60%) and Sempra Energy’s Mexican unit IEnova (40%), also known as Infraestructura Marina del Golfo (IMG). The $3.1 billion project is being sponsored by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) of Mexico.Carrying U.S. natural gas to Mexico from west Texas, this 42-in. pipeline is ~800km in length and runs offshore from Brownsville, Texas to a shore-end

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Coast Guard Working to Contain MC20 Leak

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has partially assumed federal control of response operations to contain an oil discharge from the site of the collapsed Mississippi Canyon Block 20 (MC20) offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 11 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Coast Guard will access the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and assume authority for containing and disposing the oil, it said in a press release on Saturday.In November, the Coast Guard contracted a specialized team to conduct a comprehensive site survey, fabricate

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

Guard map oil spills under ice, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has been working on an underwater robot for the past four years through a DHS Center of Excellence, the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage, in partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.The result of this research is the Tethys Long Range Autonomic Underwater Vehicle or LRAUV, a helicopter-portable, torpedo-shaped system with oil sensors and navigation capabilities. This robot can provide real-time data for

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NATO Uses IoT to Study the Oceans

Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc., said that scientists from the NATO’s Science and Technology Organization (NATO STO) are deploying an IoT solution using SPOT Trace and Globalstar satellite communications to further their understanding of the world’s oceans.Research teams from the NATO STO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), based in La Spezia, Italy, are embedding SPOT Trace devices in freely drifting buoys and setting them afloat in the Mediterranean and in Arctic waters to monitor surface drift behaviour. SPOT Trace tracks the

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