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(top left to top right) Ian Bryan, Iain Wallace and Reena Rowan
(bottom left to right) Simon Miller, Brian Allen and Martin Young - Image Credit: Rovco

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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Tidal Power Firm gets Funding from Scottish Gov't

proceeds will be used to develop a subsea tidal turbine connection hub for the next phase of development of the MeyGen tidal power array, the world's largest tidal stream power project, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, the parent company of MeyGen Ltd. said.The MeyGen Phase 1A, located off the northern tip of Scotland, formally entered the 25-year operations phase in April 2018.The Saltire Tidal Energy Fund is a £10 million fund supporting the commercial deployment of tidal energy generation in Scottish waters through driving innovation and a reduction in the cost of electricity generation.The awarded funding

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Fugro, Sea-Kit in Uncrewed Surface Vessel Team-Up

lead the way for others to follow.”In addition to investing in USVs and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), Fugro says it has built a global network of seven remote operations centers (ROCs) to deliver fast, safe and efficient inspection and positioning services, including two new ROCs in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Leidschendam, the Netherlands, both opened in 2019. By the end of 2020, Fugro says it will be the first company in the world to provide offshore subsea inspections via USVs and ROVs that are operated from onshore ROCs

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Malin Wins $1.3m WAve Energy Contract

secured a $1.3m contract to supply a fifty-tonne wave energy converter.Malin has been appointed by AWS Ocean Energy Ltd to build the half scale Archimedes Waveswing power generation device, designed for offshore wave energy production. The development of the Archimedes Waveswing is funded by Wave Energy Scotland through its Novel Wave Energy Converter program.The Waveswing will be fabricated and assembled at Malin’s Westway Park site in Renfrew. This latest wave energy award affirms Malin’s place in the renewable market, having previously completed fabrication projects for offshore wind farm

Ocean Energy Systems chairman Henry Jeffrey.

Ocean Energy: A Surge Coming in 2020

.These developments are documented in the OES 2019 Annual Report, which also reveals significant public and private sector investment earmarked for 2020. Marquee projects include $25m pledged by the US Department of Energy to support 12 ‘next-generation’ marine energy pilots and Wave Energy Scotland committing £7.7 million to two wave energy machines using the Stage Gate selection process. The European Commission is further investing in a broad set of initiatives and deployments.OES is expecting to see many more positive advances in 2020 as governments around the world look to harness

Chris Pearson (Photo: RGU)

Pearson to Lead National Subsea Center

ties RGU has with industry to deliver world-class subsea research and development.”Drawing on the university’s academic talent, tailored research and expert facilitation, the development of the NSC aims to build capacity and capability in subsea research and anchor that in the north-east of Scotland.Linking industry demand and expertise with academic capability and skills, the NSC will support and nurture a collaborative approach to problem solving in areas involving communications, data, energy integration, remote monitoring and underwater robotics.Russell Stevenson, Industrial Director at

Dr Phil Anderson and his kayak. Photo from SAMS.

@ SAMS, Science + Autonomy = Answers

data marine science research is able to gather is being extended. The work done by the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) is a case in point. It’s a charitable organisation, with its roots in the 1800s, that does a lot more than its remote location on the wet and crinkly west coast of Scotland might suggest. It’s involved in projects on a global stage and there are few areas of the seas and oceans that it’s not been at least some studies in; from looking at the survivability of prawn catch discards to the behaviour of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)

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Rovco Nets $6.5 Mln Investment

, CEO and founder of Rovco, said, “2019 was an incredible year for Rovco. We had a hugely successful period when we saw several project and contract wins creating secured current and forward revenue of more than £10 million ($13 million). We are now setting our sights on a new major base in Scotland along with new offices for the USA and Asia markets.”Leading the round, the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests into early-stage, unquoted companies that are developing technology and pioneering innovations.Andrew Bloxam, Investment Manager at Foresight, said, “Rovco has developed

Sonardyne International Ltd. and National Oceanography Centre staff completed the P3AUV trials at Loch Ness, Scotland, this week. (Photo: Sonardyne)

AUV Project Boosts Endurance, Navigation Capabilities

positioning operations using unmanned surface vessels (USV), and in the process reducing risk to personnel, environmental impact and operating costs.The final project trials, which also saw one of the NOC’s largest deployment of AUVs operating in swarms, were completed this month in Loch Ness, Scotland.“Sending autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicles (AUV/UUVs) out on missions that will last for weeks or even months, unaided by crewed ships is a shared vision held by the ocean science, offshore energy and defence sectors,” says Geraint West, Sonardyne’s Global Business Manager

Henry Jeffrey  (Photo: OES)

OES: Surge in Tidal Energy in 2020

The last annual report issued by Ocean Energy Systems (OES) highlights significant international investment including $25m pledged by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support 12 ‘next-generation’ marine energy projects and Wave Energy Scotland committing $9.9 million in two wave energy machines next year.“In the last 12 months we have seen major progress with global tidal projects achieving extensive operating hours and wave technology progressing in large-scale laboratory and offshore test sites,” said OES chairman Henry Jeffrey from the University of Edinburgh. “A

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