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For the Royal Australian Navy, Technological Leap Starts Small

Module (RDSM); and the same 1.9 kWh Li-ion batteries (the Bluefin-9 has one; the Bluefin-12 has four, so the Bluefin-12 can conduct missions of up to 24 hours or longer).The Bluefin vehicles have the ability to be configured with automatic target recognition using software from SeeByte of Edinburgh, Scotland, so they can identify mine-like objects onboard the vehicle to create an image of the target, and can return with the data for post processing right on the surface boat.  “We can start looking at the data straight away,” Stephen said.  “When we get the vehicle alongside

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Rovco Opens Edinburgh Office

The UK-based provider of ROV services to the offshore energy industry has opened a new office and operational base in Edinburgh, Scotland to serve its current portfolio of offshore renewable and energy projects renewable and energy projects."Rovco aims to continue to support both the offshore wind and broader energy sector offering Hydrographic, Operations & Maintenance and Construction support services," the company said.The office will house its operational team, while there are also plans to find an East Coast Quayside location for deployment of Rovco's equipment and technology.

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Scotland Unveils $78 Mln Fund to Support Energy Sector

a 62 million pound ($78 million) fund to help the energy industry recover from the impacts of the coronavirus crisis and the collapse in oil and gas prices.The energy transition fund will support businesses in the sector over the next five years and help to attract private sector investment, focusing on Scotland's north east.Projects under consideration for funding include an underwater hub in Aberdeen to help the subsea and underwater sector to grow, an energy transition zone business park, and hydrogen projects."It is vital we move quickly to seize the opportunity to take forward a green, low-carbon

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Pandemic Offers Scientists a Chance to 'Hear' the Oceans

stations that had been set up to monitor underwater nuclear tests.“Well, we’re not excited that COVID happened, but we’re happy to be able to take advantage of the scientific opportunity,” says Peter Tyack, a professor of marine mammal biology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and one of the early instigators. “It would have just been impossible any other way.”Tyack says the recordings should give scientists a never-before glimpse of the ocean with little human interference. It’s a bit like looking at the night sky if most of the world’s lights

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EC-OG Raises Funds for Subsea Battery System

.The investment in EC-OG is the first that Par Equity has made since its recent partnership with the British Business Bank. The funds were allocated as part of the Regional Angel Programme. The £75m program supports some of the fastest growing technology companies across the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is designed to provide early stage capital to smaller businesses with high growth potential.Cost-cutting - A Key Selling PointRichard Knox, Managing Director of EC-OG commented: "This investment comes at a perfect time for EC-OG as we prepare for widespread commercialization

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Motive Offshore Appoints Leith

Motive Offshore Group appointed David Leith as Rentals Division Manager.Motive Offshore Group has also reported an impressive start to 2020 for its Rentals division, with first quarter results exceeding initial expectations.Launched in 2010 by James Gregg and Dave Acton, Motive Offshore Group is headquartered in Boyndie, Banff, Scotland, with additional offices in Aberdeen, Houston, Norway and the Middle East.

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NOV Names New Chief Technology Officer

Officer while also retaining his responsibilities as Chief Marketing Officer.”As Chief Marketing Officer, Reid has been charged with developing the market and strategic engine of NOV across regional operations and business segments. Reid joined Varco International in 1992, and has lived in Scotland, California, and Houston while working worldwide in roles covering business development, product development, leadership, and management

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Oceaneering to Prepare Seabed for Moray East Wind Farm

Offshore services company Oceaneering has won a contract to complete seabed route and debris clearance for the Moray East Wind Farm project in the Moray Firth, Scotland.The contract, of an undisclosed value, has been awarded by Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited (MOWEL).As part of the project, Oceaneering will provide a vessel, route preparation tools, remotely operated vehicle (ROV), survey, and personnel to complete seabed route and debris clearance operations for the wind farm’s export cable routes.The project, which will be completed early in the second quarter of 2020, is the latest to

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New Senior Exec Team for ROV Specialist Rovco

Bryan joins as Consultant Chief Operating Officer (COO), bringing 35 years’ experience in defence, robotic manufacturing and the renewable sectors to the role, including as Managing Director, Group Business Operations at Global Marine Group.Simon Miller joins the team as General Manager of Rovco Scotland. Simon brings over 25 years of experience in Operations, Senior Projects, Sales and Business Development from Rolls Royce Commercial Marine and Oceaneering International Inc.Brian Allen, CEO at Rovco commented "The announcements today are a further milestone in Rovco’s development as

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