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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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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

Modus Seabed Intervention's Sabertooth HAUV

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

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

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

(Photo: EOM Offshore)

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

L3 Technologies

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

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