Offshore Renewable Energy

One of the cable tensioners added to Briggs’ range of equipment (Photo: Briggs Marine)

Briggs Marine Strengthens Subsea Offering

U.K. marine contractor Briggs Marine said it has invested more than £1 million into its subsea services division over recent months.   The company has enhanced its subsea cable repair and installation capabilities with the addition of two new 15Te tracked cable tensioners to its existing cable handling equipment portfolio. The tensioners were employed immediately in the renewable energy sector to deliver power to cable installation operations for Briggs’ subsea services division.   Briggs has also invested in two cable storage tanks, extending its Burntisland-based cable depot

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Aker Solutions to Supply Umbilicals for Coral South FLNG

Aker Solutions was awarded a contract to deliver three umbilicals and associated equipment at ENI's Coral South project, Mozambique's first offshore field development. The work scope includes three steel tube umbilicals that will total more than 19 kilometers in length and connect the Coral South floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility to the field's subsea production system. The umbilicals will be manufactured at Aker Solutions' plant in Moss, Norway, and are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019. Discovered in 2012, the Coral South development is the first energy project offshore

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New Heavyweight Torpedo Enters Final Development

A new torpedo design being developed under the Artémis program, which aims to equip all French Navy nuclear submarines with new high-performance heavyweight torpedoes, has propelled into its final development phase with the recent completion of a successful round of test firing off the Mediterranean coast.   The F21 torpedo is being developed by European naval defense and marine renewable energies technology company DCNS, who performed the qualification firing in a secured maritime area under the authority of program leader Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA)

Faroe Islands Looks to Restart Hunt for Oil and Gas

Niels Christian Nolsoe said.   He declined to identify any of the companies but said bigger firms could put up the necessary cash, adding that companies present in the UK Shetland region also might be interested.   The seabed is mostly covered by thick basalt layers, which make the Faroese offshore areas difficult to explore despite promising geological and seismic surveys.   The seismic data now available and collected by companies such as Norway's PGS gives a much better understanding than when exploration started some 16 years ago, Nolsoe said.   In the fourth licencing round

Canyon Offshore Wins Wind Farm Trenching Work

Aberdeen based trenching solutions provider Canyon Offshore Limited said it has been awarded a contract by Siem Offshore Contractors to provide trenching services on DONG Energy’s Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm Project One.   In November 2016, and building further upon the recent establishment of its U.K. office in Aberdeen, Siem Offshore Contractors was awarded a contract for the installation of the inner-array grid cable system for the Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm Project One by DONG Energy Wind Power A/S.   Canyon Offshore’s award will require the trenching of approximately

Seabed Geosolutions Wins Brazil Survey Work

Fugro said its joint venture with CGG has secured a contract from Petrobras for a 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) survey in the Brazilian Santos Basin.   The seven month contract awarded to the survey firms’ joint venture Seabed Geosolutions is valued at around $90 million and is scheduled to commence at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 or early 2018, Fugro said.   According to Seabed Geosolutions CEO, Stephan Midenet, the OBN survey is the “industry’s largest ever” and will span more than 1,600 square kilometers.    Midenet added that Seabed Geosolution

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New Tide Gauge, Water Temperature Monitoring Network in UAE

A three year project to design, install and deliver a fully operational network of 34 water level and temperature monitoring stations for Bayanat LLC in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been completed by OceanWise working with its licensed partner, Seatronics, an Acteon company,   The stations are positioned at strategic locations within UAE from the Western Region to the border with Oman, a distance of over 400 km.   Water level is being measured using Valeport VRS-20 Radars with water temperature being measured using PT100 sensors from General Acoustics. All equipment is solar

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Hurricane Dora Forms Off Mexico's Pacific Coast

Hurricane Dora formed off the western coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean on Monday, but it was expected to slow and remain offshore, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Dora, the first hurricane to form in the Pacific so far this year, was carrying maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour) as it whirled about 170 miles (275 km) south-southwest of the port of Manzanillo, the center said. Dora was slowing and was likely to see some strengthening on Monday before weakening on Tuesday, the NHC said. The storm was expected to drop 1 to 2 inches (25 to 50 mm) of

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Statoil Decision on Castberg Field in late 2017

at NOK 49 billion ($5.78 billion) between 2017 and 2024   * Field size estimated at 450-650 mln barrels of oil equivalent   * Says Castberg operation will be supported by a supply and helicopter base in Hammerfest and an operations organisation in Harstad   * Says recruitment of offshore personnel from Finnmark county is also prioritised   * Expected to come on stream in 2022, the Castberg field will be operating for 30 years. A 2022 start-up is in line with previous Statoil statements   * The national employment during the development phase has been estimated at almost

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GoM Rigs Evacuated ahead of Storm Cindy

Facing incoming Tropical Storm Cindy, offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have begun evacuating platforms and rigs as the storm moves north-westward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.   Data from offshore operator reports submitted to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) as of 11:30 CDT today indicate that personnel have been evacuated from a total of 40 production platforms, or 5.43 percent of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.    Personnel have been evacuated from one rig non-dynamically positioned (DP) rig, equivalent to 6.67 percent of

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OSIL Delivers Ocean Observation Buoy in Chile

The University of Los Lagos (Chile) has recently installed an oceanographic observation system in the Seno de Reloncaví (Reloncaví Sound) immediately south of Puerto Montt in Southern Chile, the first of its kind in the Patagonian region.   The 1.9m buoy system was specifically designed and produced by U.K.-based integrated systems providers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) to accommodate and integrate the instrument package required by the university project. A uniquely designed deployment bracket holds an ADCP and a current meter 5m below the buoy on the mooring assembly

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University of Gothenburg Selects HUGIN AUV

and price. We are confident that HUGIN will become an important tool in our on-going research in waters closer to Sweden, for example, in the Skagerrak and the Baltic Sea in addition to projects in the Antarctic and Arctic.”   “HUGIN AUVs are often seen as a commercial platform for offshore exploration and production operations or for naval applications such as mine countermeasures, however, they have also completed tens of thousands of survey kilometers and countless research projects for academic and marine science organizations,” said Atle Gran, Sales Manager Marin Robotics

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The Autonomous Future of Seabed Mapping

.   Traditionally, small survey vessels less than 16 meters long have been used to collect multibeam data in the inshore and coastal waters, with the larger vessels operating further out. Sometimes a multi-vessel approach is used whereby a field office is a setup for the inshore vessel while the offshore vessel works 24/7. The efficiency of shallow water surveys is reduced because the swath width becomes smaller in size and, because of potential hazards, surveys are nearly always daylight operations. The inshore vessels also have to transit from the local port, sometimes adding hours each way for

Aquatic Inks Two Regional Deals with DOF

completed five projects with DOF Subsea in the region.   In addition, Aquatic Americas signed a one-year frame agreement with DOF Subsea North America covering the hiring of equipment in the U.S., Guyana, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. This comes after Aquatic Americas has recently completed an offshore installation campaign with DOF Subsea in June and anticipates more offshore work later in the year

L3 Acquires Open Water Power, Inc.

L3 Technologies has acquired Open Water Power, Inc., the Somerville, Mass. based developer of high-energy-density undersea power generation technologies for use by unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and other maritime platforms.   The business will be renamed L3 Open Water Power and will be integrated into L3’s Sensor Systems business segment.   “The acquisition of Open Water Power aligns with L3’s disciplined growth strategy by adding an important new technology to our portfolio in the growing UUV market,” said Michael T. Strianese, L3’s chairman and chief

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US Awards $12 Mln for Wave Energy Projects

Up to $12 million has been awarded by the U.S. Energy Department for four West Coast projects that will aim to develop new technologies for harnessing marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy from the nation's oceans and rivers as a means to generate reliable and cost-effective electricity.   Two of the projects will test and validate wave energy converter (WEC) prototypes in open water, demonstrating wave energy's potential to compete with other forms of energy in the longer term, while the other two projects will address early-stage MHK technology development challenges.     “Rese

BluHaptics, J2 Subsea Forge Sales Partnership

– including real-time modeling, operator assistance and force feedback – into a unified platform for semi-automatic robotic control. Featuring a virtual interface and user-friendly controls, the system makes it easier for operators to interact with and control remote robots. Several offshore trials are currently underway.   “Augmented robotics marries the strengths of humans and robots to achieve more together than what each could do individually,” said BluHaptics CEO Don Pickering. “As companies begin to enjoy better control, improved safety, lower costs and

Norway Wants Oil Companies to Use Technology to Boost Output

potentially producing billions of extra barrels as well as tax revenues. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), such as injection of polymers or carbon dioxide into reservoirs, could help to produce an additional 320-860 million cubic metres (2-5.4 billion barrels) of oil equivalents from the 27 largest fields offshore Norway, industry regulator NPD said. "We will try to use all the instruments we have to convince the companies to test (EOR) and to do pilot projects," Ingrid Soelvberg, the agency's director for development and operations, told Reuters. She said companies would be obliged to use

OCEANS Conference Returns to Aberdeen

The bi-annual MTS/IEEE OCEANS conference returns to Aberdeen, Scotland – June 19 to 22, 2017, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre – with a focus on energy and offshore renewables.   OCEANS’17 Aberdeen will be the 60th Occurrence of the event. First presented in 1970 in Seattle OCEANS has become established worldwide as one of the major proponents of marine engineering, technology and science education.   The event also marks the second time that OCEANS has come to the U.K., both hosted in Aberdeen, a major maritime and offshore energy hub.   Neil

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BV Approvals Help Propel Floating Offshore Wind Sector

Bureau Veritas has issued a Preliminary Design Approval for a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) foundation designed by DCNS Energies. The floating foundation is based on a semi-submersible floater, designed to be competitive, adapted to mass production, easily towable, connectable and dis-connectable, and adaptable to site conditions and local industrial environments. This approval was provided as part of the General Electric (ex-Alstom) and DCNS Energies Sea Reed project, a FOWT product development initiative supported by ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. A Preliminar

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