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L3 Harris UK’s C-Worker 7 working with an ROV off the UK’s south coast. Photos from L3 Harris UK.

Hybrid Autonomous Systems Evolve

can face the harsh conditions of the likes of the North Sea.Early adoptersFrench firm Marine Tech has been combining USV and ROV capabilities, with commercial success since 2017. Those behind the firm, which was founded in 2014, have been providing what they call remote surface vessels (RSVs) into the oil and gas industry since 2012, in marine survey operations in the Middle East.Marine Tech started investigating the possibility of adding ROV capabilities to its RSVs in 2016, through a project with Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) Survey & Diving team. NPCC wanted a

New model tool: the iCon inspection robot searches for cracks. CREDIT: OceanTech

Subsea Robots in the Splash Zone

smaller tools.”So, a two-meter-long arm for inspection and cleaning was devised. It can inspect grout work on wind installations or clear marine fouling on aquaculture pens. “We believe it can be transferred to other industries, but right now it’s done 99 percent (of its work) for oil and gas.” Industry pilots paid for its development, and now it does expert cutting, inspection, cleaning, “Whatever you need to do underwater. We do everything from the platform on down. We don’t need any support vessels that use a lot of fuel. The important thing is we don’t need

PSW Spoolbase, the image has been cropped. Source: PSW Group

PSW Takes Over EMAS Spoolbase In Norway

said: “With the spoolbase we are now doubling our area of operation and are aiming for the international market. We are already in dialogue with global companies who are investigating the possibility of using PSW Spoolbase versus new establishments in other regions”.Apart from the offshore oil and gas industry, PSW Group also plans to further develop the facilities to handle spooling and logistics for offshore power cables that are necessary for offshore wind projects, as the company is currently working on several prospects together with companies outside of Norway

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Rovco Nets $6.5 Mln Investment

round including funds from existing shareholders.Formed in 2015, Rovco has invested  heavily in the development of an AI driven data platform and live 3D vision systems for subsea robotics. Utilizing its SubSLAM technology, Rovco has carried out many subsea projects across the renewables and oil and gas industries globally. In 2019 the company marked a milestone, investing heavily into research and development to create a world-first in subsea 3D Live-Streaming to propel the business forward.Brian Allen, CEO and founder of Rovco, said, “2019 was an incredible year for Rovco. We had a hugely

Illustration: A Subsea 7 vessel - Image by SV1XV, Ipernity - Shared under CC BY 3.0 license

Subsea 7 Wins 'Very Large' Sangomar Contract

.Subsea 7 has won a contract in cooperation with Schlumberger's One Subsea through their Subsea Integration alliance following Woodside's announcement on Friday that its field development plan for the Sangomar field has been approved.The Sangomar field (formerly the SNE field), containing both oil and gas, will be Senegal’s first offshore oil development. It is a deep-water oil field discovery located offshore 100 kilometers (km) south of Dakar. First oil production is targeted in early 2023.The project work scope for Subsea Integration Alliance covers the engineering, procurement, construction

Photo Credit: Oceanology International

#Oi2020 History

 The year was 1969, and Oceanology International launched in Brighton at an opportune time; the ocean industry was gaining ground as an important niche area, in part to the development of oil and gas. The premiere event drew 600 exhibitors and attendees from around the globe. Marine Technology Reporter has been commissioned to publish the Official “Oceanology International 50th Anniversary Edition” which will distribute with the MARCH 2020 edition of MTR. For information on advertising in this edition, contact Rob Howard @ howard@marinelink.com, t: +1 561-732-4368; or Mike Kozlowski

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Kraken Wins Canadian Government Contract

dynamic digital models of subsea physical assets and systems. This helps build and operate digital twin applications to gain knowledge and insights about performance of future operations.Karl Kenny, Kraken President & CEO said, “In subsea inspection applications such as offshore wind, subsea oil and gas and underwater archaeology, we believe that a self-contained, motion-corrected 3D laser scanner on a small powerful ROV offers a significant competitive advantage to what currently is available on the market. It is also a significant quality improvement to purely optical inspection. Existing underwater

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Fugro Takes Over Seabed Geosolutions

by paying $35 million to Fugro.The proceeds will be used to lower Fugro’s outstanding debt position and strengthen Seabed Geosolutions’ balance sheet, Fugro said.Seabed Geosolutions collects geophysical data on the seabed through an array of ocean bottom nodes (OBN) technologies for oil and gas companies, focused on the development and production phases of their fields.In November, the firm announced it sold its last cable-based system to transform Seabed Geosolutions into a pure OBN firm

Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project will use floating wind turbines to provide power to the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas production facilities.  (Image: Equinor)

Offshore Energy Outlook for 2020

forced to adjust to oil selling at prices well below the $100+ per barrel mark seen in years past. As of this writing, Brent oil was hovering around $62 per barrel, and analysts expect prices will remain in this range for some time into the future.On top of this, there’s another new reality for oil and gas companies to come to grips with: the so-called “energy transition”. Increasingly, more environmentally conscious governments, societies and investors are piling pressure on the industry and calling for emissions reductions and a shift toward renewable energy.The industry has taken

Equinor's Oseberg field center (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland, Equinor)

Norway Plans North Sea Power Grid

Norwegian energy firm BKK announced plans to build an offshore power grid in the North Sea, in a more than $2 billion project to help the country's oil and gas industry cut greenhouse gas emissions.It will undertake the project with infrastructure company CapeOmega, which owns stakes in Norwegian gas pipelines and processing facilities.The project will supply electricity from onshore hydropower plants via a direct current (DC) cable and BKK said it would help to reduce the Norwegian oil and gas industry's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by at least 1.4 million tonnes a year, from 14 million

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