Offshore Renewable Energy

Photo:  Xodus Group Ltd

Xodus, Atlantis Resources Mulls Japanese Tidal Opportunities

Xodus Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Atlantis Resources to pursue the development of a tidal energy project in Japan.The ambition for this agreement is to secure funding and establish a commercially viable tidal energy demonstration project of three to eight turbines in the country.The companies visited Japan earlier this year to meet with government departments, supply chain and utility companies to promote the collaboration and join the lobbying effort for the general promotion of tidal energy as a credible future energy source in Japan.Atlantis is a global developer of

KFBE Installation (Photo: BMT)

BMT Supports Installation of Kriegers Flak Foundations

BMT put its meteorological and wave forecasting expertise to use in supporting Jan De Nul Group with the installation of two gravity-based foundations for the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Denmark.Christopher Derycke at Jan De Nul Group commented, “With any offshore operation, we have to try and manage the inherent uncertainty that comes with the weather. Having BMT’s weather forecaster onsite was hugely beneficial as it allowed us to plan our work more effectively and ensure the safety of our personnel at all times.”The installation of both foundations

High-resolution bathymetric data acquired by Fugro, draped over pre-existing, publicly available GEBCO data for comparison (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Sells Seep Data Before Canadian Offshore Bidding

Fugro and partner Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) have reported recent success selling licenses for data from a frontier region offshore Canada. The data were acquired during a hydrocarbon seep survey, heat flow and geochemical coring campaign in the large Orphan Basin, situated on the continental margin of Newfoundland.The comprehensive data package is being licensed from both Fugro and AGI and includes multibeam echo sounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column), sub-bottom profiler data, heat flow measurements and shipboard geochemical screening analyses; shore-based screening

Marine Technology Reporter - May 2018

The May 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available in print and online.This edition includes features on:Subsea residency: robotic systems move closer to living on the seafloorResearch facilities: MTR goes inside Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, where the U.S. Navy tests scale models in big facilities Subsea engineering: powering up the seafloor in an effort to boost oil and gas productionNew tech: the latest from gliders to USBLsResearch vessels...and moreRead more at https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201805/.

Photo: DeepOcean Group Holding BV

DeepOcean Wins Equinor Susbsea Deal

 Subsea services provider DeepOcean has been awarded a long-term contract involving subsea life of field services on Equinor-operated fields.   The award covers onshore project management, engineering and offshore operations utilising a variety of vessels within the DeepOcean fleet of high quality vessels.    Offshore operations may include life of lield services such as standard inspection and survey work involving use of Work Class and Observation class ROVs, installation and replacement of subsea modules and X-mas trees using Module Handling Systems as well as scale squeeze

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Valeport Unveils New Probe

A new probe that combines the power of the SWiFT SVP and a turbidity sensor has been launched by British oceanographic and hydrographic instrument specialist Valeport. The new SWiFTplus uses Valeport’s high accuracy sensor technology which incorporates turbidity observations with sound speed, temperature and pressure sensor technology to also provide computed conductivity, salinity and density. This is coupled with Bluetooth connectivity and a rechargeable battery.The handheld profiler, constructed from Titanium, has been designed from the outset with the intention of a seamless workflow and has

(Photo: Resen Waves)

Resen Waves Raises $1.3 Mln Capital

it has raised £1 million (roughly $1.3 million) capital through West Hill Capital.The company, which has developed a standalone small-scale wave energy device called the Resen Waves Power Buoy, said the new capital will be used to establish sales and marketing operations in Aberdeen focused on the offshore oil and gas sector as well as to further research and product development in Denmark.Resen Waves founder and CEO, Per Resen Steenstrup, said, “Our initial target market is the $6 billion offshore oil and gas decommissioning industry but our eventual aim is to replace polluting diesel generation

The cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria at the Johan Sverdrup converter station at Haugsneset near Kårstø.(Photo: Øyvind Gravås - Woldcam / Statoil)

Efficient Cable Installation Slashes Emissions at Johan Sverdrup

The laying of the cable supplying Johan Sverdrup with power from shore started last week. This helps make the North Sea giant one of the oil and gas fields with the lowest CO2 emissions worldwide.On Wednesday last week the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria began laying the cables that will supply the Johan Sverdrup field with power from shore.The starting point was the Johan Sverdrup converter station at Haugsneset near Kårstø, and by the end of May the vessel will have laid nearly 200 kilometers of power cables out to the field in the North Sea.Bundled with the power cables, a fiber-optic

The open day at UV 4312 Fish Farm Support Vessel  (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shows New Class of Fish Farm Vessels

a highly adaptable vessel,” said Remko Hottentot, Damen sales manager for Norway. “Her modular deck configuration makes it quick and cost-effective to remove equipment and replace with new installations on deck. As well as fish farming support she can be fitted out for light IRM work for the offshore energy sector, buoy-laying plus dive and ROV support. However we see the greatest potential in the globally fast-growing aquaculture industry. The multi-functional potential for the vessel was reflected at our open day by the attendance of representatives from a wide variety of companies from different

(Photo: MHI Vestas)

MHI Vestas signs MOU with TECO, The Switch

MHI Vestas, an offshore joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, said on Tuesday it signed its 5th MOU with TECO and The Switch for the delivery of generator products.The company also confirmed that its 9 MW turbine platform will be typhoon ready in 2020, in time for all offshore wind projects in the Taiwanese market.

Photo: Jan Arne Wold / Woldcam

Statoil to Become Equinor, Dropping 'Oil'

stake in the firm, has said it will back the move.The oil and gas company said the name change was a natural step after it decided last year to become a "broad energy" firm, investing up to 15-20 percent of annual capital expenditure in "new energy solutions" by 2030, mostly in offshore wind."The key reason for a company to change its name is when it wants to widen the scope of its activity or direction. Another reason would be because it is in trouble, and it has a reputational problem," Allyson Stewart-Allen, a London-based international branding expert and the CEO

Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil

Arctic Oil 'Undrillable' amid Global Warming -UN's Ex-climate Chief

An architect of the Paris climate agreement urged governments on Tuesday to halt oil exploration in the Arctic, saying drilling was not economical and warming threatened the environmentally fragile region.Christiana Figueres, formerly head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat when the Paris accord was reached by almost 200 nations in 2015, told Reuters by telephone "the Arctic has been rendered undrillable."The past three years have been the hottest since records began in the 19th century, and Figueres said the heat was a threat to everything from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to ice

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Rosneft: South China Sea Drilling is Within Vietnam Waters

waters claimed by China.Rosneft's local unit, Rosneft Vietnam BV, is concerned that its recent drilling in an area of the South China Sea that falls within China's "nine-dash line" could upset Beijing, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Wednesday."Offshore license areas of Rosneft on the South China Sea are situated within the territorial waters of Vietnam," Rosneft said in its statement."The Company conducts its operations on the shelf of Vietnam in a strict accordance with the license obligations and compliance with the subsoil use legislation

Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) at a resolution of 10m (Image: TCarta)

Satellite Derived Bathymetry Aids Hydrocarbon Exploration

organizations and infrastructure development firms, but especially energy exploration and production companies.“Global energy companies are becoming one of the largest markets for TCarta SDB and other marine geospatial products,” Critchley said.Another TCarta product used extensively in offshore hydrocarbon exploration and production is the Global GIS Bathymetry Package. This GIS-ready dataset provides a level of marine information superior to public-domain data for areas throughout the world. The 90- and 30-meter products each contain a Digital Bathymetry Model with spot-depth values,

FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills (File photo: Tullow)

Ghana to Award New Oil Blocks off West Coast

Petroleum Corporation will acquire one of the blocks to explore in partnership with a strategic partner to develop its technical capacity and become an operator.Ghana, which began commercial crude production in late 2010, currently produces around 180,000 barrels per day mainly from three fields offshore the western coast, including its flagship Jubilee reserves operated by UK's Tullow Oil Plc."This year’s licensing round focus would be on the western basin because of the existence of infrastructure, including two gas pipelines to the shore, three production facilities with a fourth

(Source: NOAA Climate.gov, Data: Mark Tschudi)

Old Sea Ice is Disappearing from the Arctic Ocean

Sea ice grows throughout the fall and winter, and melts throughout the spring and summer. But not all Arctic sea ice melts; some portion of the ice survives at least one melt season, persisting throughout the summer months. This ice is usually thicker and more resistant to melt than ice that's less than a year old, and therefore more likely than first-year ice to survive the coming melt season. As Arctic sea ice often reaches its maximum extent around late February or early March (around the ninth week of the calendar year) that's a good time to measure multiyear versus first-year ice.In the

Interview: David Millar, Fugro

; to humanity through our work and actions.Walk me through the creation of Fugro OARS: what was the impetus to create OARS?OARS stands for “Office Assisted Remote Services” and refers to a cloud-based technology that enables qualified staff working in centralized command centers to perform offshore survey tasks as if they were physically on board the vessel. The system was conceived in response to market demands for reduced survey costs several years ago and is now fully functional, with three command centers strategically located around the globe, operating 24/7, 365 days a year. OARS is

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Submarine Excursions Now Available in the Maldives

Relax by the pool, sip a cocktail on the beach, explore the marine environment in a submarine . . .Guests at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru are able to go beyond the typical vacation experience with an underwater flight excursion aboard the three-person DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S, a submarine designed specifically for underwater tourism.For $1,500.00 (+12% GST) per flight, a trained submarine pilot will take up to two guests below the surface to explore the beautiful Maldivian waters in DeepFlight Adventures’ newest 8-meter sub. Over the course of an hourlong dive, passengers

Shipbuilding: Keppel Bags Order for Van Oord Dredgers

Keppel Singmarine Pte won contracts from Van Oord to build two Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (with an option for a third), the shipbuilder announced, scheduled for completion in 4Q 2020 and 2Q 2021 respectively.   Built to the standards of Bureau Veritas, Each TSHDs will have a hopper capacity of 10,500 cubic meters, and more importantly for environmental concerts, both will be equipped with dual-fuel systems capable of running on LNG.   "We are pleased to work with Keppel on these modern and environmentally-friendly dredgers which will strengthen our mid-class dredger fleet as

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InterMoor Delivers H-Links Connectors for Appomattox FPS

InterMoor, a provider of mooring services, foundation solutions and offshore installations in subsea services group Acteon, completed the delivery of all H-Links connectors for the Appomattox Floating Production System (FPS) mooring lines. The Appomattox facility will be a four-column semi-submersible production platform moored using 16 mooring lines arranged in 4x4 clusters, in 2,255m (7,400ft) of water approximately 130km (80 miles) offshore Louisiana. The platform will become Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Oceanside Equipment Ltd out of Nova

Marine Technology Magazine Cover May 2018 - Hydrographic Survey: Single beam and Multibeam Sonar

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