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Nexans Wins $113m Subsea Contract

French cable company Nexans said that  it has been awarded a full turnkey contract worth more than $113m  for the manufacturing, delivery and installation of 350 kV HVDC submarine cable in the Philippines.Nexans has been awarded a full turnkey contract for the submarine link of the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) launched by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).To optimise the delivery of the submarine cabling system for the MVIP to connect the three power grids of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao into one unified national grid, Nexans will leverage on its global

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Nexans Wins Contract in the Philippines

Nexans announced Tuesday it has been awarded a full turnkey contract worth over 100 million euros for the manufacturing, delivery and installation of 350 kV HVDC submarine cable in the Philippines.In the last 15 years, power consumption in Philippines increased by almost 80 percent to achieve over 94,370 GWh in 2017, according to the Philippines Department of Energy.To meet the country’s growing energy needs, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is looking to unify and reinforce the national grid with the launch of the Mindanao Visayas Interconnection Project, for which Nexans

The GEBCO-NF Alumni team concept sets sail from Horten, Norway, on the first of three 24-hour sea-trials. The team observed the successful round of tests from a guard vessel, seen here behind USV-Maxlimer. (Photo: GEBCO)

Competitor Preps for XPRIZE Final with 24-hour Sea Trial

who are actively working on some aspect of the team concept. Of these, 15 are alumni of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO postgraduate training program, based at the University of New Hampshire. The alumni represent the 12 countries of Russia, Egypt, South Africa, U.S., Mauritius, Peru, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Israel, Poland and Brazil. They benefit from ongoing training and opportunities to cultivate their skills via continuous technology development and sea trials in preparation for the XPRIZE final.“Our expanded team is a remarkable example of what can be achieved through international collaboratio

Illegal Fishing: Philippines CG Apprehends 5 Boats

, one of the fishing vessels likewise yielded one (1) Caliber 45 during the conduct of board and search procedure. The “Danish Seine” method of fishing is strictly banned in the Philippine waters because it violates Section 92 of Republic Act 8550, also known as the Fisheries Code of the Philippines, which reiterates the prohibition of the use of any fishing gears that destroy and damage coral reefs, sea grass beds, and other fishery marine life habitats. The apprehended vessels identified as FB YUMIE-2, FV ROSALINDA-2, FB YAN MAE, FB YANYAN and FB KIA JANE respectively were later towed

RV Thomas G. Thompson (Photo: University of Washington)

US Navy-owned Research Vessel Back in Action

generation and distribution systems, stronger compliance with environmental requirements, and reduced obsolescence of various systems and components."Since finishing the refit earlier this year, the revamped Thompson has sailed to New Zealand and Taiwan-and will travel to India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, South Africa and Australia in coming months. Research projects include using special floats to measure the ocean's temperature and salinity, mapping underwater mountains, and studying the heat flow generated by an aquatic volcano and hot springs."The R/V Thompson has performed very well

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Hydro Group Scoops Queen’s Award

support, which has driven a significant increase in overseas business. “This has allowed us to focus efforts on further international growth, and the past 24 months have seen Hydro Group successfully develop new strategic partnerships in Australia, Denmark, Turkey, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and Indonesia. “To receive recognition in the form of a Queen’s Award is a succinct illustration of the commitment the Hydro Group team has brought to the company’s international ambitions; we accept the honor with the utmost appreciation and pride.” Hydro Group

Prysmian to Order Cable Layer Newbuild

contracts in 2017 with an order intake of approximately €1 billion developing a solid order book in excess of €2,400 million as of December 31, 2017. Recent main interconnection projects secured include IFA2 for a submarine link between Britain and France and an NGCP interconnection in the Philippines. In the offshore wind connections market, Prysmian has been awarded projects by RTE to link three offshore wind farms to the French electricity grid

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Philippines Bans Foreign Research Ships

no clear explanation for the about-face by the mercurial Duterte, who has cultivated warm ties with China, ostensibly to attract loans and investments and lessen Manila's dependence on the United States.   The area of focus is Benham Rise, which the United Nations in 2012 declared part of the Philippines' continental shelf. Manila last year renamed it "Philippine Rise".   "Let me be very clear about this: the Philippine Rise is ours and any insinuation that it is open to everybody should end with this declaration," Duterte told a cabinet meeting on Monday, according

RV Petrel (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

depth, combined with the unknown condition of the C-2A, will make recovery extremely difficult, the Navy said.   Before the Navy’s salvage team can work to recover the aircraft, Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) personnel aboard the 250-foot RV Petrel will depart from the Philippines to survey and map the ocean floor of the wreck site using a side-scan-sonar and remote operated vehicle (ROV). The Allen-owned research and exploration vessel is equipped with some of the world’s most advanced underwater equipment and technology, making it capable of exploring depths to

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Coral Reefs Get Sick from Plastic Waste -Study

of fisheries was the best way to strengthen coral reefs to enable them to fend off man-made threats such as more plastics.   "This is not a story about 'let's give up on corals'," he told Reuters. "Overfishing today is the biggest threat." He said nations from Belize to the Philippines were acting to regulate fisheries on corals. (Reporting By Alister Doyle; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)  

Rodrigo Duterte (Photo: RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

Philippines' Duterte Green Lights China's Sea Research

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines’ Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.   Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna.   The United Nations declared Benham Rise, off the Pacific coast, part of

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SEAIOCMA Extends Cable Maintenance Contract

America Zone) announced March 2016 and ACMA (Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement) announced January 2017).   Under the terms of the extended contract, which came into effect on January 1, 2018, and expires on December 31, 2022, Global Marine will provide a newly constructed depot in Subic Bay, Philippines. The new depot will continue to serve as the base of Global Marine’s vessel the Cable Retriever, a purpose-designed cable ship  equipped with a 600 horsepower ROV (remote operated vehicle), capable of burying cable up to three meters below the sea bed and mobilizing within 24 hours

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Sustainable Marine Energy’s Inshore Platform PLAT-I Powers Up

and transported to South East Asia Following conclusion of testing at Connel in Scotland, PLAT-I will be disassembled and transported to South East Asia, where it will be delivered to Envirotek Pte Ltd for redeployment as part of a grid connected first commercial demonstrator array project in the Philippines. Envirotek  is a Singapore-based clean-technology investment company with ambitions to develop clean energy projects in South East Asia. SME, Schottel Hydro and Envirotek have identified several high impact project opportunities in the region where tidal energy can displace existing diesel

Wheelhouse of the USS Ward (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

Wreckage of USS Ward Found in the Philippines

The U.S. Navy warship that famously fired the first American shot in World War II has been found resting on the seabed in Ormoc Bay near Ponson Island in the Philippines.   The historic vessel USS Ward was discovered and documented by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen's expedition crew aboard Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, who has now released video images just prior to the anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.   At 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941, the Wickes-class destroyer fired America’s first shot in World War II when its crew

JUPITER Cable Map (Photo: TE SubCom)

TE SubCom Announces Contract for Jupiter Cable

, has announced that the supply contract for the JUPITER Cable system has come into force.   Scheduled to be ready for service by early 2020, the JUPITER Cable system will connect the following locations: Maruyama, Japan; Shima, Japan; Los Angeles, California, USA; and Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines. The new transpacific route will provide greater diversity of connections and enhanced reliability for customers, as well as optimal connectivity to data centers on the West Coast of the United States.   “The demand for bandwidth in the Pacific region continues to grow at a remarkable

Graham Wilkie (Photo: Hydro Group)

Hydro Group Inks Sales Deal with IMCA Electronics

will enhance our ability to provide solutions for dynamic underwater applications, while building a mutually beneficial and effective relationship.   “Penetrating the Turkish market is an exciting step for Hydro Group. Having developed partnerships in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines in the past 12 months, this new agreement signifies the next step in our ambitious plans for strategic international growth.&rdquo

Ship's Sponsor Diane Donald christens the Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789), witnessed by (from left) Vice President Mike Pence, Indiana's  Commanding Officer, Cdr. Jesse Zimbauer and Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy Huntington Ingalls Industries by Ashley Major)

US Navy Christens Submarine Indiana

Indiana (BB-58) was a South Dakota-class battleship that earned nine battle stars for her service in the Pacific Theater in World War II. BB-58 fought in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and participated in the invasions of Tarawa, Kwajalein and Okinawa, and bombarded Saipan, the Palau Islands, the Philippines and Iwo Jima.   Indiana will have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery

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