Offshore Renewable Energy

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Blue Robotics Intros Ping360 Scanning Sonar

California-based Blue Robotics announced its newest product, the Ping360 Scanning Sonar, which offers small remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROVs) the ability to navigate in low visibility water conditions.The Ping360 is a mechanical scanning sonar – it uses a small acoustic transducer mounted on a motor that rotates it in one-degree increments.As it rotates, it transmits and receives acoustic pulses to build a 360-degree image of the surroundings. This is similar to laser scanners and LIDARs used for ground robotics and autonomous cars but using sound waves instead of light.When mounted on

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OPT Announces PB3 PowerBuoy Contracts

deployment off the coast of Chile.The first contract with Enel Green Power Chile Limitada S.A., a subsidiary of Enel Chile, provides for the supply of a PB3 PowerBuoy along with associated mooring system, and will provide turn-key system deployment off the coast of Las Cruces, Chile as an autonomous offshore platform powering a suite of oceanographic sensors and transmitting real-time data back to land. The scope of the agreement is in support of the Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC) Project, an initiative that aims to diversify Chile’s energetic matrix and to convert Chile

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Ørsted to Deploy GE's 12MW Offshore Turbine

Denmark-based offshore wind developer Ørsted said it has selected GE Renewable Energy as the preferred turbine supplier for two of its US offshore wind farms which marks the world’s first commercial deployment of GE’s Haliade-X 12-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine.The towering Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine has a rotor diameter of 220 meters. Each blade on the Haliade-X 12 MW is 107 meters long sweeping a total area of 38,000 square meters.Subject to final agreed and signed contract and all required project approvals, Ørsted will deploy Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbines on the

Bibby WaveMaster 1 (Photo: MIROS)

Bibby Taps Real-time Wave Data

typically involve the visual assessment of wave conditions, which can prove inaccurate. “We have carried out comparative studies and found poor correlation between the visually reported wave height and that measured by reference equipment,” explained Gijs Hulscher, Managing Director of BMO Offshore.Bibby Marine Services were keen to drive operational performance by working closer to their limits, while simultaneously securing the safety of the crew.The Miros WaveFinder delivers accurate, reliable, real-time wave data to all relevant stakeholders in an opertion. For Bibby Marine Services, WaveFinder

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Van Oord Wins Cable Install Work

Van Oord said it has been awarded the contract by Ørsted for the cable installation works at the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms located between 35 and 60 kilometers off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan.Van Oord is responsible for the transportation, installation and burial of the 111 inter array cables, with a total length of approximately 135 kilometers, and the three export cables, with a total of approximately 145 kilometers. To carry out the work, Van Oord will deploy its cable-laying vessel Nexus, equipped with a cable carousel with a capacity of 5,000 metric tons.

The Poseidon Principles have been established by the Global Maritime Forum and major financial institutions as a framework within which maritime industry stakeholders will work to reduce carbon emissions.

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The Poseidon Principles: De-carbonizing Global Shipping

The Global Maritime Forum, banking institutions and other maritime industry stakeholders have developed the Poseidon Principles, a global agreement among financial institutions with the aim of decarbonizing shipping. Named after the Greek God of the sea, the Poseidon Principles aim to reduce carbon emissions by aligning financial institutions’ shipping portfolios with (IMO target of a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2050. The global framework will establish a common way of assessing and disclosing whether a bank’s lending portfolio is compatible with broader climate goals.Søren

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Study: How Much of Corals’ Nutrition Comes From Hunting

When it comes to feeding, corals have a few tricks up their sleeve. Most of their nutrients come from microscopic algae living inside of them, but if those algae aren’t creating enough sustenance, corals can use their tentacles to grab and eat tiny prey swimming nearby.A new study from researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the University of New Mexico, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography is revealing that more of corals’ nutrients come from this sort of hunting than previously expected, information that may help predict the fate of coral reefs as global ocean

Deep Down Taps Simmons as COO

Offshore equipment and services company Deep Down said it has appointed Micah Simmons as Chief Operating Officer, a new role at the company. Simmons' appointment is part of a broader management realignment effort initiated last month, which included the appointment of Deep Down CFO Charles Njuguna to serve as CEO.Simmons was most recently Vice President of Project Management for Global Operations in Siemens Oil and Gas, based in Houston. Prior to Siemens, he spent 20 years with TechnipFMC most recently as a Vice President, Global Supply..Simmons earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of

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

vehicles (ROV). Ashtead Technology utilized a range of measurement sensors and positioning tools along with special techniques to enhance the accuracy of the data collected, ensuring maximum performance of the system.The Aberdeen headquartered business provided field engineers to support the operations offshore and were responsible for analysis of data and compiling of installation reports for each of the structures within 24 hours of completion of each structure installation.Ross Macleod, technical director at Ashtead Technology, said, “When completing subsea installation projects, it is vital that

 
Graphical rendering of the new research vessel (picture courtesy Skipsteknisk)

Greenland Research Vessel Picks MAN Hybrid Propulsion

The Astilleros Balenciaga S.A. shipyard in Spain ordered a complete MAN propulsion package – including MAN 27/38 and 175D engines, a five-blade MAN Alpha propeller and both remote-control and MAN HyProp systems – in connection with the construction of a research vessel for the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.The 61-m, ice-class trawler is designed by Norwegian company, Skipsteknisk. Delivery of the propulsion package is scheduled for Q1, 2020 with the vessel expected to enter service from spring 2021. MAN Energy Solutions further reports that a large number of fishing vessels

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Film-Ocean Orders 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon

Independent subsea contractor, Film-Ocean, has ordered its 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon.Film-Ocean have developed and patented a chain measuring system for FPSO and Offshore Wind Farm mooring systems which is easily deployed with the Falcon providing results in real time and is accurate to 0.1mm.Saab Seaeye says that the versatility shown by Film-Ocean’s engagement of the Falcon, demonstrates the success of the design’s concept that has made it the most popular underwater robotic vehicle of its class in the world.The Falcon’s winning concept comes from creating a highly reliable vehicle

The Olis Master Controller provides both remote and local ROV operation in a user-friendly configuration that increases task efficiencies, according to its manufacturer. (Image: Olis Robotics)

Olis Robotics Partners with Forum Energy Technologies

Under a new agreement, subsea products and services firm Forum Energy Technologies will provide global sales, distribution and support of Olis Robotics' remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) controllers for the offshore energy market, the mobile and remote robotics software company said.The Olis Master Controller (OMC) provides both remote and local ROV operation in a user-friendly configuration that increases task efficiencies, according to its manufacturer.Equipped with the Olis Core Operating System that is designed to incorporate machine perception and machine learning capabilities

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DEME Starts Installation at Belgium’s Largest OWF

Belgium-based Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) said that its installation vessel ‘Innovation’ will set sail to the Belgian North Sea with the first load of 58 turbine foundations and transition pieces for installation at the SeaMade offshore wind farm.Currently the first monopiles and transition pieces are being loaded at SIF Holdings' Maasvlakte terminal in Rotterdam.With a 487 MW capacity SeaMade is the largest offshore wind farm in Belgium. SeaMade stands for a combination of two offshore wind projects, previously known as Mermaid (235 MW) and Seastar (252 MW).

Jean Cahuzac will step down from his position as Subsea 7 CEO at the end of 2019. (Photo: Subsea 7)

Subsea 7 CEO Will Retire at Year End

Offshore services company Subsea 7 announced that Jean Cahuzac will retire from his position as CEO at the end of this year, and will be succeeded from January 1, 2020 by John Evans, who is currently COO.Cahuzac has been in the industry for 41 years and CEO for Subsea 7 since 2008, having previously worked for Transocean and Schlumberger. Following his retirement as CEO, he will continue with Subsea 7 as a Non-Executive Director.Evans has been COO of Subsea 7 since he joined the company in 2005 and has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore energy services industry. He previously worked for

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Teledyne Plans Marine Technology Workshop

explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies and applications.  This year’s TMTW will include over 40 industry speakers spanning concurrent morning tracks focused on the utilization of marine technology applications including: ocean observations, hydrography, offshore energy, civil engineering/marine construction, water resources, and defense/ security. Each afternoon will be comprised of product and software training, industry panel sessions, operational tips, new technology introductions, as well as dockside and on‐water demonstrations.  Full event details

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Deutsche Bahn Signs Offshore Wind PPA in Germany

German railway company Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) will be purchasing about 8% of the total production of the 295-MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm  from 2024.Deutsche Bahn will continue to steadily increase its purchase of electricity from renewable energy sources in the coming years. The relevant agreements for the supply of green power from the offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost between DB Energie GmbH, innogy SE and RWE Supply & Trading have been signed.The contract will run for five years, beginning in 2024. The supplied volume comprises 25 megawatts, which is the equivalent of four wind turbines.

Participants on the expedition, from left Stian Rolfsen Gilje and Solveig Lie Onstad from the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research (UiB), Jan Stenløkk from the NPD and Anna Lim from NTNU. Photo: NPD

NPD Completes Seabed Minerals Expedition

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) announced that it has just completed a successful data acquisition expedition on the Mohns Ridge in the north-western Norwegian Sea, using the Seabed Constructor vessel.According to the Norwegian government agency responsible for the regulation of the petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf, during the four-week expedition, the NPD has made several discoveries of previously unknown sulphide deposits, and collected data covering large areas. These deposits include metals and minerals that are important in battery technology, wind turbines and

Kraken’s KATFISH high speed Synthetic Aperture Sonar towfish will be used to acquire ultra-high definition seabed images and bathymetry during the OceanVision project. (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken Launches OceanVision Project

business. Through OceanVision, Kraken aims to accelerate its strategy from sensors and system sales to becoming an integrated provider of Robotics as a Service (RaaS) and Data as a Service (DaaS), the company said.While near-term focus will be the inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) segments for offshore oil and gas and wind industries, OceanVision will also address the requirements of other stakeholders in the fisheries, aquaculture, ocean science and underwater defense industries, Kraken said.Kraken’s President and CEO Karl Kenny said, "OceanVision will result in an end-to-end digitalization

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Ørsted Sees Huge Offshore Wind Potential in S Korea

Ørsted A/S, the world’s largest offshore wind power producer, said it sees high potential in the Korean offshore wind power market, intending to build long-term, sustainable relationships with the Korean government and companies.“South Korea is a peninsula surrounded by three seas,” said Park Jung-min, head of the Korean market development at Ørsted Asia Pacific. “We estimate that South Korea’s potential offshore wind power capacity can reach 30 GW.”According to Yonhap News Agency, the Danish state-run energy firm has recently completed the establishment

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First Hybrid Fish Farm Boat On the Water

Danfoss Editron has delivered two 105kW motors that will help power Edel, the first hybrid vessel built for the aquaculture sector by Norwegian shipyard Moen Marin. Edel is also the first diesel-electric vessel in the fleet of NRS Farming, Norway’s leading producer of sustainable salmon.The 13.5 by 7.5m vessel will become part of NRS Farming’s fleet and be used for sustainable fishing in salmon farms located in Norway’s fjords. As it has an operating pattern of predominantly short trips, NRS Farming plans to run Edel mainly on battery power. However, the boat will operate in diesel-ele

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