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DriX USV (Photo: iXBlue)

iXblue Partners with Forssea

iXblue, a designer and manufacturer of advanced navigation, imagery and subsea positioning solutions, said it has joined forces with Forssea, a robotics startup that develops autonomous docking underwater technologies, to bring more agile and cost-effective subsea operations.Combining Forssea’s Atoll, an observation-class remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) that offers autonomous docking capabilities, with iXblue’s DriX offshore going unmanned surface vessel (USV) and its Gaps ultra-short baseline (USBL) embedded gondola, both companies are now offering a new method of long baseline

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A BlueTech Future

, and was responsible for more than 46,000 jobs.What is notable about San Diego’s Blue Economy is not only its size, but also the innovation occurring in the sector. While companies all over the world are searching for ways to incorporate artificial intelligence into their products, San Diego-based startup Aquaai has built autonomous, fish-like drones that can closely monitor marine environments without causing a disturbance. While many companies are racing to produce and sell lab-grown meat and poultry, one of San Diego’s newest BlueTech startups, BlueNalu, has raised $4.5 million to produce

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Olis Robotics Acquires Machine Learning Startup

Olis Robotics, developer of next-generation remote robotics software, announced it has acquired Seattle-based machine learning startup White Marsh Forests (WMF).Olis, formerly BluHaptics, has created a next-generation software platform built from the ground up that expands the capabilities of pilot-controlled service robots in the energy and space sectors and other harsh operating environments. The firm's technology enables vast improvements in robotic dexterity, precision, efficiency and overall mission success.The addition of machine learning capabilities from WMF allows robots to recognize and

Saipem Castorone at the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Bo B. Randulff / Roar Lindefjeld / Equinor ASA)

Norway’s Largest Oil Pipeline Now in Place

. With three jackets, two topsides, one bridge, over 400 km of pipelines, and 200 km of power cables, the 2018 campaign is probably the busiest installation campaign ever for a project on the Norwegian continental shelf. And in 2019 the last two topsides and remaining bridges will be put in place before startup of the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup development expected in November next year

Photo: Harald Pettersen / Equinor

Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

aims to boost the recovery rate from its Norwegian fields to well above the global average to extend production from the mature basin beyond 2030.Equinor announced plans on Tuesday to drill up to 3,000 wells offshore from its native Norway in coming decades - almost as many as it has drilled since its startup in 1972 - to mitigate declining output from older fields, and extend the production lifetime of more than 20 installations.The company said it remained on track for to keep profitable oil and gas production in Norway towards 2030, but needed new measures to tackle a decline after that, including

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

intelligence have made a huge impact on our day to day lives, from image recognition in Facebook to cars parking for themselves. These technologies are entering the subsea space in various shapes and forms.Paris-based Forssea Robotics is a subsea robotics and research and development (R&D) startup company, set up in 2016 to reduce operating costs in the ROV market. Forssea was launched at France’s Ecole Polytechnique as a spin-out from ROV operator Searov Offshore, now part of DeepOcean, which brings offshore experience to Forrsea’s R&D.Forssea believes that use of augmented

New Ocean Technology Innovation Center Opened

COVE, with the first company, Kraken Robotics, moving in at the beginning of July.COVE tenants will benefit from collaborative spaces, shared equipment, workshops, machine shop and marine services, wharves, direct ocean access, incubation space and programming, and more. COVE will also include a “Startup Yard” incubator for new ocean technology companies, which will be managed by Innovacorp.  “COVE will propel our ocean economy and give innovators the support they need to build great companies,” said Minister Labi Kousoulis on behalf of Nova Scotia’s Minister of Business

Oeyvind Eriksen (Photo: Aker)

Aker to explore options for Aker Energy after Ghana plan filing

Norwegian investment firm Aker will consider options for its stake in oil startup Aker Energy after the unit has appraised its offshore field in Ghana and submitted a development plan for the site to the Ghanaian government.Aker Energy bought a 50-percent stake in Ghana's ultra deepwater Tano Cape Three Points block from Hess for $100 million in February.Options for the stake include listing Aker Energy separately, offering it for sale to oil companies in the area or those seeking to enter Ghana, or a combination of both, Aker's CEO Oeyvind Eriksen told Reuters.Aker Energy is 50 percent owned

Birgit M. Liodden. Photo: Oslo Business Region

Liodden Named OBR's Sustainability Director

Business Region – representing vast opportunities onwards.   As part of Oslo Business Region’s strategy, sustainability is a key priority area moving forward. OBR considers the UN Sustainable Development Goals as the world’s biggest purchasing order.    Oslo’s startup ecosystem and industries leads the way in a number of key areas, and with effect from 2018 all of OBR’s services shall strengthen this. The coming 1,5 year OBR will also promote Oslo as European Green Capital 2019, alongside frontrunners from across corporate, startup and public sectors &ndash

Statoil signs letters of intent for Johan Sverdrup phase 2 with Aibel and Aker Solutions-Kværner joint venture Image Statoil

Statoil Inks LOI for Johan Sverdrup Phase 2

for phase 2 of the project. A letter of intent for field center modifications is also issued to a joint venture of Aker Solutions and Kværner. Total value is estimated at more than NOK 11 billion ($1.4 billion).   Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development is well underway with planned startup in late 2019. To promote synergies, continuity and a holistic development of the entire field the Johan Sverdrup partnership is issuing letters of intent for the development of phase 2 of the project. The contracts will be awarded later this year. Production start for phase 2 is planned in 2022

Matthew Parrilla (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Hires Parrilla as Robotics Engineer

and navigation technologies behind Greensea's marine software.   Prior to joining Greensea, Matthew was a lead developer of a customer facing application at Cox Automotive, Inc. He earned a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Maryland, worked as a data visualization artist, co-founded a startup, and spends his time backcountry skiing whenever possible.   “In the development of technology that better serves offshore operators, we seek technologists with broad and varied backgrounds”, explained Marybeth Gilliam, COO, Greensea. “Matt's background in Physics, his expertise

Photo: ExxonMobil Canada

ExxonMobil's Canada Offshore Project Produces First Oil

Producers.   The platform is located 200 miles (350 kilometres) off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in depths of 300 feet (92 metres) and the oil field, first discovered in 1980, is estimated to contain more than 700 million barrels of recoverable resources.   "The successful startup of the Hebron project demonstrates ExxonMobil's disciplined project management expertise and highlights its ability to execute large-scale energy developments safely and responsibly in challenging operating conditions," Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Development Company, said in a statement

UWSP’s Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (Photo: University of Wisconsin Stevens Point)

Aquaculture's Next Big Thing?

you grow more plants?” Hartleb asked.    With another year to go on the project, a significant amount of data analysis remains, and a few bottlenecks will need to be resolved before walleye and saugeye can truly go mainstream. The biggest one is the lack of a nursery provider. If a new startup wants to begin raising walleye and saugeye, they need fingerlings. Walleye fingerlings are typically grown for stocking in lakes, not fueling startups, and UWSP NADF doesn’t yet produce enough saugeye fry to become a regional supplier.    “We need a private industry partner

Borr Drilling Aims to Expand Fleet, Keep Costs Low

the price. Asked if he was looking into possibility of buying rigs from his former employer Seadrill, Johnson said: "I'm not sure that Mr. Fredriksen is interested in selling Seadrill's assets to us." Borr is also seeking closer cooperation with Schlumberger, which owns 20 percent of the startup. "We are looking to become an exclusive provider of rigs (for Schlumberger), we are looking to become a captive drilling contractor," Johnson told Reuters. This could help to shorten offshore oilfield development times, increasing their competitiveness relative to onshore shale oil

Man and machine: Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems team are determined to deliver the standard operating platform for the marine industry. (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea: Redefining the Connection between Man and Machine

between operators and their equipment.   When you started the company 10 years ago was it just yourself?  It was myself and another senior engineer for the first year or two, and then we brought on a technician. My wife was instrumental in making the company a company. Like so many startup stories, I was consumed writing OPENSEA, and my wife was holding the business together and making it happen.   What was the main challenge as a start-up? Though we are a software company, Greensea is very hardware-oriented. In the robotics world a software company is only as successful as

Brian Allen (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Dives into International Waters

U.K.-based startup Rovco has taken its firsts steps into international waters with the completion of two subsea survey contracts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.   The contract awards saw Rovco perform advanced subsea survey work in Fiji and Oman, utilizing its SubAtlantic Mojave, Seaeye Falcon and VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs.    Launched in September, the company has also been awarded its first ROV consultancy project with one of a U.K. engineering solutions provider and recently employed two new ROV pilots. It is now looking to appoint a chief technology officer as it continues to

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Atlantic Canada Profiles: Seaformatics Systems

Seaformatics Systems is a new startup ocean technology company with its sights set on changing the way oceans are monitored subsea – especially in remote and difficult to access, harsh environments – through its subsea power harvesting and telemetry systems. A barrier to collecting long term data in these environments is a sustainable supply of power to the instruments and data communications infrastructure. With the challenges imposed by such environmental conditions one of the only suitable power sources are batteries. Specialized vessels must be used to deploy and recover data from the

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