Arctic Operations News

C-Worker 7 (Photo: ASV Global)

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

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

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Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program

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

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DSM Begins Work for New Mooring Contract

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

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TechSurge: Advancing Oil Spill Research

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

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Grabowski Joins Teledyne Marine

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

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OSIL Rolls Out ROV/AUV Mounted Sediment Corer

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

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Kreuz Subsea Wins 5-vessel Contract in India

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

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

Downed US Navy Aircraft Found in Philippine Sea

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

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

MBARI ROV Doc Ricketts Makes 1,000th Dive

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

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As US Opens Up Offshore Waters, Eastern GoM Beckons

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

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Subsea Infrastructure: Challenges & Solutions

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

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Trump Aims to Open Nearly All US Offshore to Oil Drilling

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

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Laser Scanner Delivered for Norwegian MCM

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

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

US Exits Search for ARA San Juan

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

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

Interview: Woodson Ferreira, Aker Solutions, Brazil

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

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Eni Begins Drilling Oil Well in Alaska's Beaufort Sea

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

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

JW Fishers Debuts New Marine Magnetometer

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

Mike Bisset, Aleron Subsea Technical Director.

Gold Rush: A $194B Gold Salvage Operation

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

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Aker Solutions Secures Subsea Services Work for Statoil

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

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US Invests $18.5 Mln in Offshore Wind Research

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

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

Aquabotix Debuts New Integra AUV/ROV

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

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

Finnish Research Vessel Undergoes Propulsion Refit

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

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China's Giant Floating Solar Plant Goes Live

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

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China's 'Smart' Ship Debuts in Shanghai

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

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UK Partners Launch Autonomous Navigation Project

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

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

Sinclair Joins M2 Subsea

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

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

New Owner Takes Over at WESMAR

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

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Ashtead Bolsters US Team

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

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Kawasaki Tests Prototype AUV in UK Waters

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

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Greensea Names Gilliam COO

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

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

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

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

Hydrographic Survey Vessel Converted for Autonomous Ops

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

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SeeByte to Extend US Navy Unmanned Capability

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

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

Wärtsilä Introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem Vision

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

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

Unmanned Vehicles Aid Search for Argentine Sub

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

Fishery Research Vessel 7417 Baía Farta (Photo: Damen)

Research Vessel Launched for Angolan Fisheries Ministry

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

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Kleven: MoU to Build Diamond Mining Ship

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

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Klein Plans 2018 Side Scan Sonar Training

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

The Liebherr Manipulator 100 with hook mode.

Liebherr: New Manipulator for Offshore Cranes

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

Karl Lander (Photo: Greensea)

Lander Joins Greensea as Account Executive

Karl Lander has joined Greensea as Account Executive, responsible for managing accounts associated with the company’s military products as well as strengthening its relationships with manufacturing partners and military operational communities. He will work closely with sales, production and management to deliver products that meet the needs of U.S. and international militaries.     Lander brings to Greensea more two decades of experience with the U.S. Coast Guard, having most recently served as Executive Officer aboard the USCGC Healy, where he was responsible for the internal

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Kraken Sets out to Advance Offshore Digitalization

Oil and gas companies are no stranger to big data, technology and digital innovation, but Canada based marine technology company Kraken Robotics Inc. believes the industry has yet to take full advantage of the opportunities that derive from using big data and robotic technology in a meaningful way. A single drilling rig can generate terabytes of data every day, yet only a small fraction of it is used for decision-making, it said.   Now, under a contract recently awarded to Kraken subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., the company will develop underwater sensors and robotics in order to

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Norway's Arctic Oil Plan Violates Constitution, Lawsuit Says

Norway's plan for Arctic oil exploration is unconstitutional because it violates the right to a healthy environment, a lawyer for Greenpeace and the Nature and Youth environmental group told an Oslo court on Tuesday. The case is the first of its kind in Norway and says a 2015 oil licensing round in the Arctic that gave awards to Statoil , Chevron and others violates the constitution. Norway signed the 2016 Paris accord, which aims to end the fossil fuel era this century. The country is Western Europe's largest oil producer and oil and gas are its most important exports. Government lawyers say

Nick Hawkes (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Aquaterra Names Hawkes Financial Director

Offshore engineering solutions provider Aquaterra Energy has appointed Nick Hawkes as Financial Director based at the company’s headquarters in Norwich.   Hawkes has more than four years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and joins Aquaterra having spent nearly 20 years with Babcock International Group where he latterly held the position as Financial Director for 15 years. Hawkes graduated from Bournemouth University in 1987 with a BA (Hons) Business Studies.   His appointment follows the announcement in July that Aquaterra Energy secured a multimillion pound investment

Andrew Aurigema, Eric Gaudreau, Bradley Scott Jones and Tim Ratcliffe (Photo: AXSUB)

AXSUB, Darkwater Vision Partner

 AXSUB and Darkwater Vision have agreed to partner on research and development activities for a underwater vision product line developed using UVAS Technology (underwater vision augmentation system), a patented technology. AXSUB will also act as a manufacturing agent for products dedicated to the commercial diving sector, and the agreement provides for the sharing of distribution channels.   “With AXSUB we found a partner that complements our product line and one that offers a strong presence in the commercial diving market while offering new strategic capacities to our business”

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Arctic Oil Expansion Panned by Scientists

A group of 37 U.S.-based scientists whose research focuses on Arctic wildlife asked two U.S. senators in a letter on Thursday not to open the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, according to a copy seen by Reuters.   The scientists, including several retired former officials from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, said in a letter to Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington that drilling for oil and gas in the refuge would be "incompatible with the purposes

Meet MUM: Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership. Image: thyssenkrupp

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

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

Deep BV immediately put its new Sonardyne Mini Ranger 2 USBL tracking system to work in a project to survey an area for unexploded ordnance. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Deep BV Takes Delivery of Sonardyne Positioning Equipment

Dutch survey company Deep BV has purchased underwater acoustic technology supplied by Sonardyne International, UK, to support its inshore, harbor, coastal and offshore activities.    Within days of the order, the two Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking systems and WSM 6+ mini transponders were delivered to Deep BV’s headquarters in Amsterdam and were put straight to work during an operation to search for unexploded ordnance (UXO).    Sonardyne said Mini-Ranger 2 boasts a number of features that makes it suited for underwater operations such as UXO surveys

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'Roomba' in the Arctic

The pace and quality of oil spill research in the United States typically ebbs and flows as a function of two, if not three important variables. First, after the 1989 Exxon Valdez grounding, there was a flurry of activity to ramp up oil spill research because it had been dormant for so long. The need was recognized, with plenty of money made available. Primarily, this research centered on conventional spill remediation techniques – for example, a tanker or barge spilling oil – and not much else. Predictably, when memory of the spill faded, so did interest in research and funding.  &nbs

Figure 1: UAS programs are ideal for visually inspecting remote assets, such as rig components or subcomponents in difficult-to-reach areas. (Credit Oceaneering)

Aerial Drones Take Flight Offshore

. Organizations that embrace these industry guidelines will augment their existing processes to improve data-gathering capabilities and safety with maximum cost efficiency and flawless execution.     The Author Todd Chase is Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager, Global Data Solutions, Oceaneering International.     (As published in the October 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Lockheed Martin to Design an Extra Large UUV for the US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $43.2 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the design of its next autonomous underwater vehicle.   The Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) Orca is a two phase competition, including the currently awarded design phase and a competitive production phase for up to nine vehicles to meet increasing demands for undersea operational awareness and payload delivery.   Lockheed Martin said it will design long-range autonomous vehicle to perform a variety of missions, enabled by a reconfigurable payload bay. Key attributes include extended vehicle range

With Live Remote Control, users of Aquabotix’s underwater vehicles and cameras are given the ability to pilot their devices remotely from any web browser-enabled device, anywhere in the world (Image: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Introduces Remote Piloting Capabilities

Users of Aquabotix’s underwater vehicles and cameras now have the ability to pilot their devices remotely from any web browser-enabled device, from anywhere in the world, thanks to the newly introduced Live Remote Control from UUV Aquabotix Ltd.   Live Remote Control enables users to operate Aquabotix’s Endura ROV (remotely operated vehicle), Hybrid AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle) and AquaLens Connect (networked underwater camera system) during underwater activities from any location globally, using browser-based devices such as computers, phones

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Tuco to Build Hydrographic Survey Boats for Denmark

Tuco Marine Group said it has signed a contract with DALO (The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization) to deliver two bespoke hydrographic survey boats to replace two existing survey vessels that have become obsolete.   The new vessels, based on Tuco’s ProZero concept, have been designed to allow full use of the latest technology for hydrographic surveys.   The boats are designed to accommodate two hydrography specialists in addition to a dedicated helmsman. The hull has been specially adapted to address two challenges that are hard to solve at once: on the one hand

(Photo: Blueye Robotics)

Hurtigruten Brings Underwater Drones to Exploration Cruising

of the ship even joined the Blueye team as they used the Pioneer to inspect the vessel’s hull. The Blueye Pioneer will be available for purchase from 2018, with pricing starting at $3,550.   Blueye Pioneer Hull design: Hydrodynamic and hydrobalanced hull for stability and performance in ocean conditions. Engineering plastic and rubber protections that withstand impact Pressure rating: 150 m Weight: Less than 8 kg Speed: At least 2 m/s (4 knots) Run-time: At least 2 hrs normal operation Thrusters: 4 x 350 W; plus 2 rear, 1 vertical center, 1 lateral Automation: Auto heading, auto

C-Cat 3 (Photo: ASV Global)

New ASV Delivered to University of Southampton

; according to Vince Dobbin, ASV Global Sales and Marketing Director. “It is small enough to easily transport and mobilize but large enough to house a range of high accuracy payloads such as a multibeam sonar.”   ASV Global said the C-Cat 3 has been developed to complement its existing oceangoing vehicles for survey and support tasks where a smaller vehicle is better suited to missions. The design incorporates a large payload bay to enable payload flexibility.   The vessel has a modular, lightweight design for ease of transport and mobilization. Its shallow draft and payload capacity

Anglerfish is a miniature deep-sea LED flasher designed to aid in vehicle recovery (Photo: Arctic Rays)

New Mini LED Flasher for AUVs and Gliders

Arctic Rays, LLC has released to the wider market its robust miniature self-contained deep-sea LED flasher designed to aid in vehicle recovery. Anglerfish is a 380 lumen LED with 360 degree collimating optic can be seen from a distance as far away as 5 nautical miles from any direction.   Its built-in daylight sensor prevents operation during daylight. Standard output is a double burst every 2 seconds, customizable upon request The Anglerfish easily mounts to vehicle masts and connects to power and control via a standard three pin connector.   Anglerfish is currently being used on the

(Photo: Harald M. Valderhaug)

Siem LCV on Bareboat Charter to Swire Seabed

Subsea operations specialist Swire Seabed AS said it has signed a deal with Siem Offshore for up to three years bareboat charter of Siem’s light construction vessel (LCV), Siem Stingray.    Siem Stingray, which will be renamed Seabed Stingray, is 120.9 meters in length with a deck space of 1,350 square meters and is equipped with a 250 metric ton offshore crane. She will also have two heavy duty work class remotely operated vehicles (ROV).   The contract will see Swire Seabed operate the vessel in the inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR), construction support and renewable

AJ Jain (Photo: Kreuz Subsea)

New Senior Management at Kreuz Subsea

Singapore registered subsea solutions provider Kreuz Subsea has named AJ Jain chief executive officer and Balaji Bhashyam as chief operating officer.   Jain brings to the CEO role more than 25 years of executive industry experience, having held a number of leadership positions in the oil and gas industry. His previous posts include managing director at Harkand Group where he was responsible for operations in North America and Africa. Prior to Harkand, he was part of the senior management team at Dynamic Industries International LLC responsible for international operations. He also held several

The research vessel being built for the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute is scheduled to enter service in mid-2020 (Image: Wärtsilä)

Ultra-silent Propulsion for New Research Vessel

When the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute’s new research vessel enters operation in mid-2020, research personnel on board will be able to carry out their tasks with greater effectiveness thanks to a high-tech, ultra-silent propulsion package from Wärtsilä.   The new 54-meter-long ship, which is being built at the MEST shipyard in the Faroes for the Faroese Government organization, will feature a propulsion system that limits underwater radiated noise (URN) and which meets the DNV Silent R notation.   The solution is made possible through the manufacturer's in-house

U.S. Navy Knifefish mine countermeasures UUV swims along the surface off the coast of Boston during final contractor sea trials earlier this fall. (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

Knifefish UUV Completes Contractor Trials

A specialist team from General Dynamics Mission Systems recently demonstrated the unique capabilities of the Knifefish, a medium-class mine countermeasure (MCM) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), during contractor trials for the U.S. Navy.   The trials were conducted off the coast of Boston and were managed by General Dynamics Mission Systems, the prime contractor for the Knifefish program. The Knifefish UUV operated in multiple mine test target fields at-sea using buried, bottom and volume type mine-test targets, and demonstrated its ability to detect, classify and identify potential mines at a

SeaVision generates high resolution 3D imagery for predictive analytics. (image: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Partners to Advance Subsea Robotic Inspection

efficient solutions tailored to the oil and gas industry's specific needs," said Brad Tomer, Vice President of Operations at Avitas Systems, who attended GE's Minds + Machines event in San Francisco. "We look forward to developing complex solutions that offshore assets in challenging ocean conditions require."   Karl Kenny, Kraken's President and CEO, added, "Integrating our technologies with Avitas Systems will significantly enhance subsea asset management and provide improved safety, reduced costs and actionable intelligence for operators. We look forward to announcing

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