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A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

As 2019 begins, the ocean tech community celebrates 50 years of Oceanology International, a global gathering and showcase of the tools and technologies used by maritime industry, science, and defense. In that retrospective spirit it is informative to look to the history of the unmanned maritime vehicle (UMV) community. While there are records of developments in the field as far back as 1957, the modern era traces its roots to the early 1990s. One key source of technology developments was the MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Lab which spawned numerous vehicles, launched an industry

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Boat Made of Flip-flops Sails for Cleaner Seas

critical environmental challenges.The boat will be on show in Nairobi during the gathering.The Flipflopi arrived in Stone Town, Zanzibar, on Feb. 7, eliciting pledges in its ports of call by 29 establishments, including 22 hotels, to minimise their plastic waste."The voyage itself, and innovative spirit behind it, are symbolic of what we can do to make a difference,” Seif Ali Iddi, second vice-president of Zanzibar, said in a statement.Zanzibar - a popular resort island - is committed to the fight against plastic pollution and will work closely with its citizens to find solutions, he added

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

recognizing military and civilian merit.Munk has two marine species named in his honor: Mobula munkiana or Munk’s devil ray—a “flying” pygmy devil ray known for its ability to leap out of the water at great heights—and Sirsoe munki, a deep-sea worm. The 2017 documentary Spirit of Discovery follows Munk as he goes on an expedition to Cabo Pulmo in Baja California, Mexico, in search of the mysterious devil rays named after him.Munk’s habit of everyday scholarship never stopped. He remained active in his advisory work with JASON in recent years and he was working on

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Forum Unveils New eROV

Forum Subsea Technologies' recently launched XLe Spirit is the first observation-class electric remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to utilize Forum’s Integrated Control Engine (ICE) to bring greater functionality commonly only found in larger work-class vehicles.According to the manufacturer, the advanced control electronics pod fitted to all Forum XLe observation class vehicles enables superior connectivity and expansion capabilities. Ethernet interfacing allows for seamless integration with other industry sensors using common IP architecture and ease of remote data transfer.Kevin Taylor

Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

will include Unmanned Vehicles, Vessels and Robotics, Ocean Observation and Sensing technologies and Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics. We’re also reprising our “Catch the Next Wave” program from London, organized in association with The Explorers Club, which highlights how the spirit of exploration drives forward science and technology. Speaker pairings, comprising a leading explorer with a scientist or technologist, will once again examine the role technology plays in exploring environments on the seafloor, in the oceans, on the oceans, over the oceans and into space, pushing

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SBM Offshore Wins AIP for Wind Floater Design from ABS

the wind turbine installed, and mooring hook-up phase.The AIP demonstrates the successful design of the floater, compliant with ABS’ design standards, said the offshore oil and gas company.“We are very proud of this Approval in Principle and it is a testament to the expertise and innovative spirit at SBM Offshore. It represents a key step in the development process towards large scale application of our wind floater, while underlining SBM’s strong commitment to renewable energy solutions,” said Séverine Baudic, Managing Director Floating Production Solutions.Based on a TLP

Map Lille Prinsen discovery (Photo: Equinor)

New Oil Discovered in the North Sea

Equinor and partners Lundin and Spirit Energy have struck oil in the PL 167 licence at the Utsira High in the North Sea.The discovery is currently estimated to contain 15-35 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.“We are very pleased to announce the first Equinor discovery,” said Nicholas Ashton, Equinor’s senior vice president, Exploration, Norway & UK.“This is a good discovery which we expect will be commercial. In addition, the results from the drilling indicate an upside potential in this discovery,” Ashton pointed out.The Lille Prinsen well is located 200

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Forum Energy Technologies Adds European Distributor

for its extensive fleet of subsea vehicles across The Netherlands and Belgium.Seascape Subsea Technology BV will represent Forum Energy Technologies for the sale of the company’s range of remote operated vehicles (ROV) in the two countries, including its recently launched electric ROV, the XLe Spirit.Designed and built in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside facility in Yorkshire, the XLe Spirit is the first offering from the company’s new generation of electric observation class ROVs.“Subsea Technology BV provides us with another strong channel complimentary to our existing framework

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Shipping Companies Recognized for Efforts to Save Whales

through mid-November.The national marine sanctuaries of North-central California - Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank and Monterey Bay sanctuaries - are prime foraging grounds for several endangered whale species, and through these same waters pass some of the heaviest shipping traffic in the world. In a spirit of “share the road,” the voluntary slowdown initiative is a collaboration between NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the shipping firms, the Bay Area Air Quality Control District and local NGOs.The initiative program builds on decades of research by scientists and conservation

The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor)

Norway Awards Oil Permits to 11 Firms in Arctic Licensing Round

see opportunities for further profitable petroleum activity in the north," Oil and Energy Minister Terje Soeviknes said in a statement.Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, was awarded five licences and will participate as a non-operating participant in a further two.Shell, Aker BP, Lundin, OMV and Spirit Energy, a Norwegian joint venture between Britain's Centrica and Germany's Bayerngas, were also offered operatorships.Licence operators determine exploration programs and sign contracts with suppliers, in coordination with partners.In addition, DEA, Idemitsu, M Vest Energy, VNG and Wintershall

John Warrender, Chief Executive, Decom North Sea and Bill Cattanach, Head of Supply Chain at the OGA. (Photo: Decom North Sea)

Forum Tackles Decom Challenges

of over 120 potential solutions.Setting the scene, the Oil & Gas Technology Center and Opportunity North East shared challenges from previous Hackathon events, identifying how these initiatives are currently being taken forward.  The six participating operators - BP, Fairfield Energy, Marathon, Spirit Energy, Total and TAQA – then presented on 18 challenges, set alongside a regulatory context provided by OPRED and SEPA.Discussing the event, John Warrender, Chief Executive of Decom North Sea, said, “The scale of contribution to this event has both impressed and encouraged me. It is

Photo: Espen Rønnevik / Roar Lindefjeld

Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform Installed

partners are the first users in the world of this ground-breaking technology.On Thursday, May 31, the topside for the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform sailed from the Aibel yard in Haugesund to Bømlafjorden at Stord.Here the 22,000-tonne steel structure was transferred from the barge to Pioneering Spirit, the world’s biggest heavy-lift vessel. All set for the 11-hour journey to the jacket waiting for its topside on the Johan Sverdrup field.After initial preparations, the actual installation job took only three hours. This makes it likely the fastest ever installation of a large, fully completed

Sapphire (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Bags Spirit Energy Contract

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore said it has secured a fixed term framework agreement with independent oil and gas operator Spirit Energy.Awarded in April, the two-year agreement, which follows on from a previous five-year agreement, will see Bibby Offshore carry out inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) works, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) inspection and subsea survey operations across a number of North Sea structures and pipelines.The project will utilize Bibby Offshore’s diverse fleet capabilities, including its multi-role diving and ROV support vessel, Bibby Sapphire, a Quasar

SaabSeaeye Leopard (Photo: SaabSeaeye)

ROV Roundup: Recent Tech Innovations

the high speed ROV a high degree of maneuverability on a short 50m tether. This mode allows a calculated maximum speed of 5.6 Knots in depths over 2,000m.FLO SpecsLength: 3.5mWidth: 1.9mHeight: 1mWeight: 2.5teDepth: 2,000mswPower: 150kWMax speed (no tether): 6.1 knotsPayload: 200kgFET’s New XLe SpiritForum Energy Technologies launched a new electric remotely operated vehicle (EROV) range. Designed and manufactured in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside Yorkshire facility, the XLe Spirit is the company’s first of a new generation of electric ROVs.The vehicle is the smallest in the new range

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Fugro Reports IRM Bump

Fugro said it has attracted seven new clients for its inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services in the U.K. North Sea.Recent work includes pipeline and structure inspections for Centrica Storage, Chrysaor, Dana, Petrofac, Premier, Repsol and Spirit Energy, the company said Tuesday. Workscopes also include light repair and maintenance and decommissioning, utilizing Fugro’s multi-role vessels and broad in-house environmental, geotechnical and geophysical expertise.Karl Daly, Fugro’s European IRM Service Line Director, commented, “In this competitive market, we are extremely

Henrik Andreasen and Bill Main (Photo: Balmoral Offshore Engineering)

Balmoral Escalates Renewables Ambition

;The move opens up significant potential in the U.K. market for Seaproof, something we are very keen to develop. Both organizations see substantial opportunities for growth in the future.” Balmoral’s chairman and managing director, Jim Milne, added, “We have a natural entrepreneurial spirit within the company and are always seeking opportunities. I am confident this platform will open new doors for us and we are excited at the prospect of working with the Seaproof team.” The acquisition comes at a time of growth for Balmoral with the recent opening of its £20 million

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Dual GyroUSBLs for Allseas' Lorelay Stinger

.Mounting a GyroUSBL on a stinger is now a widely adopted practice among pipelay vessel operators, with the technique having first appeared on the market in 2013. The Lorelay will be third vessel in the Allseas fleet to be equipped in this way, with systems already in operation on the Pioneering Spirit and Solitaire.Alan MacDonald, Sales Manager at Sonardyne in Aberdeen, said, “Locating a transceiver on the stinger is a great solution for ensuring that vessel noise disruption is rejected. The time-saving features of GyroUSBL results in reduced operational costs with the ability for users

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