Red Sea News

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

(Photo: Fugro)

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

The Falcon DR will be fitted withHollywood-grade camera technology to capturebioluminescent and fluorescent images

President Obama and Falcon Help to Light up the Brain

Gruberat, City University of New York’s Baruch College, and Vincent Pieribone, The John B. Pierce Laboratory of Yale University. They plan to send a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV into the coral ecosystems deep in the mesophotic zones - first off the Florida coast, then in the Solomon Islands and the Red sea. They plan to study the biology of the deep coral reefs systems to better understand their ecology and genetics as well as to isolate novel glowing proteins. The 1,000 meter rated Falcon DR will be packed with the most advanced filming equipment ever fitted to an ROV. Hollywood grade camera

Maryanne Burke (Photo: U.S. Commercial Service)

Global Markets Ripe for US Marine Technologies

is interested in deepwater technology; and Singapore is experiencing increased demand for oil and gas exploration and offshore support vessels.    Our U.S. Commercial Service team continues to receive trade leads from all around the world: a tender from Jordan needing consultants for the Red Sea/Dead Sea Project; and several tenders from the Government of Canada looking for various mapping instruments and data collection technologies among the most recent. Feel free to get on our Marine Technology Team email list (on our website) for news of the latest opportunities.    Do U

Vice Adm. Louis-Michel Guillaume, left, commander of French Submarine and Strategic Oceanic Forces, Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, middle, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and Rear Adm. Robert K. Tarrant, commander Operations of the Royal Navy, sign an agreement to increase coordination for anti-submarine warfare activities between France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom.  Photo: United States Navy

UK, France, US Sign Trilateral Submarine Agreement

helicopter carrier HMS Ocean. Additionally, both navies have had ships serving as part of TF 50 and with the Combined Maritime Forces in the region.   U.S. 5th Fleet's area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.  

(Photo: Teledyne Gavia)

Saudi Aramco Buys Teledyne Gavia AUV

high demands for hydrographic survey services through the company's in-house survey operations. The Gavia system will be utilized predominantly for debris survey and pipeline inspection in the Arabian Gulf, with a potential service extension for other type of surveys in water depths up to 1,000m in the Red Sea region.    Saudi Aramco selected the AUV due to its modularity, offering future survey services expansion/diversity and increased sea endurance, the manufacture said. The vehicle will increase the capability of the company's own survey services provider, Geomatics Services Division,

Magseis Artemis Athena (Photo: Magseis)

Magseis Selects Sonardyne for Red Sea Surveys

Norwegian seabed seismic services company, Magseis, has selected acoustic positioning equipment from Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, to support its upcoming deep water ocean bottom seismic survey of the Red Sea.   Beginning this month (July) and working in partnership with BGP on behalf of Saudi Aramco, the S78 project is expected to last nine months and will involve the deployment of a large network of ocean bottom recording nodes, each of which will be accurately positioned using Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) and Small Seismic Transponder (SST) technologies.  

Annulated sea-snake: Photo credit ARAMCO

Desert Seas Film Reveals Red Sea Mysteries

makers Icon Films to produce 'Desert Seas', and as a result millions of viewers around the globe are able, for the first time, to see up close one of the richest and most enchanting marine environments anywhere on the planet. As it weaves its way through the reefs in the underwater world of the Red Sea, the 2-meter long annulated sea snake possessing seven times the killing power of a rattlesnake is not a creature you would want to meet in a hurry. He’s looking for his next meal. Not many people have seen or heard of this venomous creature, say Saudi Armco's team, and that’s because

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

Climate Change Could Alter Key Ocean Bacteria

that could pose a threat to its long-term survivability and its important role in the food chain, according to a study published on Tuesday.   The research published in the journal Nature Communications focuses on trichodesmium, a cyanobacteria found in tropical and subtropical waters such as the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef off Australia's coast, areas around Hawaii and the Caribbean.   Trichodesmium is important to the ocean's food chain because it converts atmospheric nitrogen gas into biologically usable forms of nitrogen that other organisms, such as phytoplankton, can use. An abundant

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the "Sea Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, transports supplies over the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) during a replenishment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Karl Anderson)

Middle East Maritime Security: Cooperation is the Key Vital

being able to develop a secure, recognized maritime picture that’s the same for the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Operations Center in Bahrain as it is for the Bahraini navy and coast guard; and to have that same picture for Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates; and eventually the full picture on the Red Sea that includes the Egyptian navy, so all of us know what’s going on; all of us have the same picture; and when we go to make decisions we can make them as partners and have the best possible outcome,” Miller said. Where other major alliances have a thick policy manual that requires

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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

Image courtesy of MOD Navy

Survey Ship Discovers Red Sea 'Grand Canyon'

Naval survey ship 'HMS Enterprise' nets stunning images of a Grand Canyon-style ocean floor hidden deep under the Red Sea. Discovering the 250 metre deep canyon after leaving the Egyptian port of Safaga the ship used her sophisticated EM1002 Multibeam echo sounder to create the 3D images, allowing the ocean floor to be seen for the first time. Commanding Officer of HMS Enterprise, Commander Derek Rae, said: “These features could be the result of ancient rivers scouring through the rock strata before the Red Sea flooded millennia ago. Some may be far younger – and still in the process

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