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Reach Subsea Adds to Its ROV Backlog

Reach Subsea, Oslo-listed subsea services provider for the offshore energy sector, has added to its contract backlog.The company had in its 1Q 2020 report said that it had secured 750 project days (representing 1,250 ROV days) for the remainder of 2020.In a statement on Wednesday, Reach Subsea said that since the 1Q report, it has, together with cooperation partner MMT Sweden AB, been awarded additional contracts and call-offs under frame agreements for 2020 execution, representing about 250 project days (400 ROV days). The projects involve both inspection, survey, and construction support work

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PCCI Hires Carey as Chief Engineer

PCCI, Inc. announce that Todd Carey has joined the company as a chief engineer based in Ventura, Calif. He will be responsible for providing engineering, design, installation and program/project management services to U.S. government and commercial clients in the ocean facility and offshore energy industries.Carey is a Mechanical Engineer with experience supporting U.S. Navy, and upstream oil and gas clients on the U.S. West Coast.  He has 18-years of experience in the analysis, design and installation of ship deployment systems, ocean facility installations, port security barriers, and submarine

Ship repair is the first market to be targeted by AMBPR, as it has significant potential with 90,000 ships of over 50m in length periodically repainted at 600 dry docks worldwide - Image for illustration only; Credit:  TawanSaklay - AdobeStock.

CGG's Sercel Buys Stake in Autonomous Robots Start-Up

units within the next six months.Ship repair is the first market to be targeted by AMBPR, as it has significant potential with 90,000 ships of over 50m in length periodically repainted at 600 dry docks worldwide. The company's website also show there are ideas to deploy the technology in the offshore energy industry.Hull sanding and painting work is still a highly manual process, and its labor-intensiveness, the lack of sufficient manpower, and the environmental constraints involved have created the right conditions for a future shift to an automated solution.Emmanuelle Dubu, CEO of Sercel, said:

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Ocean Power Technologies Launches Hybrid PowerBuoy

operation and integration, and other tests in coastal New Jersey waters. The company says that the buoy "met or exceeded stringent engineering requirements."“We believe that the hybrid PowerBuoy is a remarkable power and communications platform – an easily deployable, clean offshore energy source and an excellent complement to OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy solutions,” said George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT

British firm SubSea Craft is building a new diver delivery unit, the VICTA Class, which will have Vigilant onboard. (Image: SubSea Craft)

Staying Vigilant On and Beneath the Waterline

they can see how deep an object is. If it’s something shallow, for example, navy divers in a swimmer delivery vehicle, using Vigilant, would know they could pass beneath it.It’s an ideal tool for those working in busy coastal waters, adds Tomlinson, where groundings are all too common. Offshore energy and commercial fishing operations, which often take place in busy and frequently shallow waters, would benefit too, as would vessels called upon for disaster relief operations, where they can be going in literally blind following a tsunami, earthquake or hurricane that has dramatically changed

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Rovco Opens Edinburgh Office

The UK-based provider of ROV services to the offshore energy industry has opened a new office and operational base in Edinburgh, Scotland to serve its current portfolio of offshore renewable and energy projects renewable and energy projects."Rovco aims to continue to support both the offshore wind and broader energy sector offering Hydrographic, Operations & Maintenance and Construction support services," the company said.The office will house its operational team, while there are also plans to find an East Coast Quayside location for deployment of Rovco's equipment and technology.

Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm (Credit Equinor)

ORE Catapult's Floating Wind Center Attracts Leading Offshore Energy Players

UK-based Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult said Monday that ten of the world’s leading offshore energy organizations have joined it  Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOWCoE) to drive forward the development of next-generation offshore wind technologies.Offshore wind developers EDF Renewables, EDP Renewables, Equinor, ESB, Mainstream Renewable Power, ScottishPower Renewables, SSE Renewables, and Offshore Wind Power Ltd (OWPL), a Joint Venture between the Green Investment Group and RIDG, are joined by energy companies Total and Shell in the Centre of Excellence.ORE's

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A New Role for Service Providers Amidst Energy Upheaval

economy has seen vast swathes of talent leave the sector as demand ebbs and flows. Sadly, the current economics will accelerate this trend further, leaving the market in an interesting position, particularly if we believe that there will be a continued uptick in renewable energy demand.Historically, offshore energy projects have been hindered by organizations having to recruit and train individuals to successfully manage often complicated projects. This pressure is particularly heightened where projects have to navigate complex local regulatory and legal requirements, or are taking place in difficult environmen

The XLe Spirit ROV is the first in a new generation of electric ROVs - Credit: FORUM

Forum Energy Technologies Pushes for Growth in Asia

Forum Energy Technologies, a provider of remotely operated vehicles for the offshore energy industry, is expanding its offering in Asia.The company has signed an agreement with Wuxi Haiying-Cal Tec Marine Technology Co., Ltd to represent Forum for the sale of the company’s remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in China, including its recently launched XLe Spirit electric ROV.The vehicle, which recently completed a successful sea trial in Norway, is the first of a new generation of electric observation class ROVs. It is the smallest in the new range, and powerful enough perform subsea maintenance and

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