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The ocean submersible DSV Limiting Factor recently dove to the Kebrit Deep and the Suakin Trough, the latter of which is the deepest point in the Red Sea to be reached by man. © Atlantic Productions

KAUST and Others Conduct Deepest Manned Red Sea Dive

In cooperation with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), an expedition performed by the Caladan Oceanic crew and Victor Vescovo, renowned explorer, investor, and retired naval officer, reached the deepest point achieved by man in the Red Sea—the Suakin Trough.Using the DSV Limiting Factor submersible from Triton Submarines, manned dives were completed to the Suakin Trough (2,777 m/9,111 ft) and the Kebrit Deep (1,470 m/4,823 ft), making Vescovo the first person to physically reach these points in the Red Sea. Accompanying him on the dive at the Kebrit Deep was Dr.

Boskalis Acquires Horizon

and eight ROVs.The remaining 37.5% of the shares are held by the incumbent management. The revenue level in the financial year 2018/2019 is expected to exceed $100 million.Horizon was established in 2004 and is located in Sharjah in the UAE. Its activities are largely based in the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea with clients ranging from national oil companies as well as reputable international EPCI contractors to the oil and gas industry

Skandi Neptune. Image: DOF Group

DOF Bags Multiple Offshore Vessel Deals

will join the Skandi Neptune in the second quarter of 2019 carrying pipe and subsea hardware to the main installation vessels. The forecast assets utilization is estimated close to 650 vessel days plus options. Geoholm has commenced preparation in Singapore for marine and ROV operation in the Red Sea offshore Saudi Arabia for more than 700 vessel day campaign in support of a 3D Ocean bottom node survey projects. Finally, the Skandi Caledonia is secured a short-term contract in the Mediterranean with start-up in March 2019. These collectively contract awards provide approximately NOK

Manta OBN. Pic: Seabed Geosolutions

Seabed Geosolutions Wins Red Sea Ocean Contract

The provider of comprehensive ocean bottom seismic (OBS) solutions to the global oil and gas industry Seabed Geosolutions and its partner have been awarded a 3D ocean bottom node survey in the Red Sea.The S-79 project will require the acquisition and processing of high quality 3D data over a large area in various water depths.Seabed’s highly efficient 4C Manta ocean bottom nodes will be used, in combination with its best-in-class ROV deployment system in deep waters and node-on-a-wire system in shallower areas. The surveys are scheduled to commence early 2019.The contract will be jointly executed

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Mappers Look to Chart World's Ocean Floor by 2030

bodies. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is separately supporting the initiative.One potential problem such exploratory research could face would be from rising geopolitical tensions in sensitive waters around the world including the South China Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea."By being open in our data sharing, we are also hoping that national hydrographic organizations will start sharing their data and closer to shore," Bindra said.Bindra said the data obtained from the multiple sources would be pulled together by experts at four centers around the world and

The progression from Landsat satellite imagery, to a satellite derived bathymetry surface, to a bENC (Bathymetric Electronic Navigation Chart). The location is Golfo de Guanahacabibes, Cuba. (Credit: Aaron Sager)

MG3 & Satellite Derived Bathymetry

.Until then, the custom-produced bathymetry products were used mostly by government agencies, energy exploration companies, infrastructure engineering consultancies and other large organizations with interest in near-shore coastal areas. As TCarta generated products for customers operating in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, it began to build an impressive archive of highly accurate Satellite Derived Bathymetry that could be sold as off-the-shelf data sets.“We set our sights on making our marine products available more affordably to smaller organizations by selling on-demand data sets in small

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Fugro to Train Saudi Students in Marine Technology

was marked recently with the inauguration of the KAUST - Fugro Center of Excellence for Marine Technology. The new center will provide training in ROV operations and hydrographic survey within the Kingdom as part of the Saudization program.KAUST’s facilities and location, on the shore of the Red Sea, are ideal for addressing the challenges associated with mapping the Red Sea, large tracts of which remain unexplored due to extreme depths, temperature and salinity.“This close working relationship with Fugro will greatly increase KAUST's capabilities in marine research, enabling access

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Magseis: Seismic Survey Market to Surpass $1.2 Bln in 2018

deposits, expects the global seismic market to grow in 2018, its CEO, Per Christian Grytnes, said on Wednesday. "We are fairly confident that we will see firm growth in 2018," Grytnes said during an oil conference. "We are on tender for an extension contract with Saudi Aramco in the Red Sea. I think we are well-positioned ... We are optimistic," he later told Reuters. "We expect the total market in 2018 to be above $1.2 billion." "With obvious technology driving down the cost... we see an uptake in reservoir investments. Not necessarily in seismic exploration

MV Kobi Ruegg (Photo: Fugro)

MV Kobi Ruegg Joins Fugro Survey Fleet

survey and geotechnical sampling equipment, as well as a Seaeye Panther remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the vessel is based in Alexandria, Egypt. From her new home port of Abu Qir, she will deliver Fugro’s marine site characterization services to clients in the Eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea.   At the formal naming ceremony held in Egypt in September, Fugro’s Regional Director, Mike Dravitzki, highlighted how the new vessel sent signaled Fugro’s commitment to Egypt and the wider Middle East region

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