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Gina Krog platform; Image by Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor

Stinger Subsea Drones to Inspect Equinor's Offshore Platforms

Norwegian underwater drone specialist Stinger has been awarded a subsea inspection contract by the country's oil giant Equinor.Under the contract, Stinger will provide inspection activities on several offshore oil and gas platforms operated by Equinor.Stinger said Thursday that the scope of work would cover work in 2020, but Equinor will have further five one-year options to extend the agreement.Stinger will utilize ARROV underwater drones and tools tailored for the harsh conditions of the Norwegian Continental Shelf.Under the contract, Stinger will provide subsea inspection services at Sleipner

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Stinger Prepping Kawasaki's SPICE AUV

Japanese industrial giant Kawasaki Heavy Industries has contracted the Norwegian underwater drone specialist Stinger, to help it test its prototype AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle).Stinger said last weekend that it would provide Kawasaki with services related to planning and preparing site testing of an AUV equipped with a robot arm for performing subsea pipeline inspections."The underwater intervention drone is based on a fusion of submarine technologies and industrial robot technologies fostered in-house over many years in Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd," Stinger said.The preparation

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Neptune Energy Taps Stinger for Subsea Drone R&D

Subsea marine robotics company Stinger Technology has won a subsea drone research and development contract with oil firm Neptune Energy.Under the contract, Stinger Technology will work on the development, qualification and field trials of autonomous inspection/ intervention subsea drones."The solutions that will be developed for Neptune Energy aim to save costly vessel operations and reduce risk through the continuous availability of versatile intervention tools," Stinger said."This contract confirms Stinger’s position as a forefront company as a supplier of solutions for autonomous

The docking station used in Sweden by Saab Seaeye (Photo: Elaine Maslin)

It’s Only Just the Start for Subsea Drones

France. It also hosted aerial drone system suppliers and component suppliers and made it on to Norwegian national television.The event, which saw the first public demonstrations of a prototype of Oceaneering’s Freedom vehicle, included automated docking, and a resident vehicle support concept from Stinger AS and a drone from French firm Notilo Plus, attracted hundreds of people involved in this segment of the industry to the otherwise quiet town of Tau, near Stavanger.  Rune Aase, VP, Equinor speaks at an event marking the largest gathering of resident robotic systems to date. (Photo: Elaine

Deploying the Kraken Katfish.

Offshore Survey Vessels: Ready for Faster Sensors

may or may not use robotics. If robots are present, value on that operation is likely based on effectiveness or safety rather than efficiency.For example, carrying a 3000m depth AUV on the back of our 140’ survey vessel is certainly possible (lets carry 4). We have a fantastic launch and recovery stinger to do that. The reality is, recovering costs associated with buying or leasing the AUV more than triples the project cost compared to the old fashioned (and reliable!) hull or pole-mounted MBES. We’d never win the bid, plain and simple, if we are trying for any actual ROI, with an AUV. In

Pioneering Spirit (Photo: Hull Cleaner)

Pioneering Spirit Gets a Scrub Down

almost zero underwater visibility, the Fleet Cleaner was still able to perform the hull cleaning thanks to an in-house developed navigation and tracking system.Fleet Cleaner cleaned most of the fouled area of the hull alongside various simultaneous operations such as the removal of the pipelaying stinger and placement of a heavy lifting crane.Pioneering Spirit continued its voyage after six days in port and will now go to work lifting the 26,000-metric-ton processing platform and then the the 18,000-metric-ton living quarters topside for Johan Sverdrup

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

;s motto for Aquanaut is ‘mouse clicks not joysticks’.Led by Aquanaut, HMI says it intends to continue developing novel subsea capability and other robotic technology for use in oil and gas and defense applications with an objective to increase reliability, efficiency, capability and safety.Stinger Technology: Small But Well FormedStavanger, Norway, based Stinger Technology, is something of a boutique firm in the subsea space. It’s a small firm – with seven staff – but this year it’s been making ingress into subsea docking station technology, with support from Norway&rsquo

Saab Seaeye’s Sabertooth hybrid ROV/AUV (Photo: Saab)

Unmanned Vehicles May Soon Take Up Residency Subsea

devices in to the same sockets in our homes. To this end, Statoil has a roadmap to see a field-proven vehicle agnostic docking station on a subsea production system in 2020-23, ready to pilot a UID that can swim autonomously between stations and perform survey and IMR tasks.In fact, Norwegian company Stinger is developing a UID docking station able to support any resident vehicle. Bjarte Langeland, CEO at Singer, says the company is designing two systems: a UID docking station and its “little sister,” a plug socket, which can support multiple power and communications needs but with a smaller

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Dual GyroUSBLs for Allseas' Lorelay Stinger

;s GyroUSBL acoustic positioning technology for two systems for its 236 meter long lay vessel Lorelay.Used in conjunction with a Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) topside which also formed part of the order, the GyroUSBL transceivers will be installed on the end of the Lorelay’s stinger to acoustically track a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) deployed to ensure a pipe is accurately touching down in the permitted corridor.USBL transceivers are routinely deployed through the hull or over-the-side of a vessel, enabling targets to be tracked below, to the side and far behind. However

As part of the exclusive package, the HUGIN AUV will be delivered with its own stinger and storage and shipping container (Image: Kongsberg)

HUGIN AUV Now Available in a Turnkey Package

AUV comes preinstalled with a payload of navigation, communication and hydroacoustic equipment, including a Kongsberg EM 3002 multibeam echo sounder, EdgeTech Side Scan Sonar and EdgeTech Sub Bottom echo sounder. The complete package also includes a 20ft storage and shipping container, single stage stinger for easy launch and recovery, operator station, battery charger and tow fish and winch for communication.    “While providing significant cost savings, the customer can also be confident that the package provides high-end capabilities for multiple applications, backed-up by KONGSBERG&rs

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