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Unique Subsea Robots to Serve Norwegian Oil Industry from 2022

Norwegian subsea drone specialist Stinger Technology has entered into a collaboration agreement with the U.S. ocean robotics firm Houston Mechatronics.Houston Mechatronics is currently developing what has been described as one of the subsea industry's most interesting robots - the Aquanaut - and Stinger wants to bring it to Norway to serve the offshore oil and gas market.The Aquanaut is a subsea robotic solution that can serve both as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and as an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Based on the requirements, the subsea robot transforms from AUV mode into an ROV.

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Oceaneering Names Head of Business Development for Renewables

Oceaneering, mostly known as a provider of subsea services to the international oil and gas industry, has appointed Ben Hooker as Director of Business Development – Renewables.  In a statement on Tuesday, Oceaneering described Hooker as a seasoned accounting and finance manager with a successful sales and business development background within the upstream Oil and Gas, Defense, Marine and Renewable energy sectors. He most recently served as Head of Sales at James Fisher and Sons. Before that he served as a director of Grey’s of Ely Coaches, UK Sales Manager at CWind, and Managing

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Submersible Linear Position Sensors for Offshore Drilling

NewTek Sensor Solutions offers new, custom designs of Submersible Linear Position Sensors constructed of special alloys with chemical resistance to water in depths exceeding 15,000 ft or more and with external pressures up to 20,000psi.  NewTek Subsea and Marine Sensor designs are used for measuring the strain on mooring chains that keep ships or platforms stationary and monitoring structural movement and elongation of pipelines, derricks and structural components of an oil platform to a fraction of a microstrain. Position measurements ensure the drilling platform doesn’t shift to more than

Figure 1: Illustration of subsea pipeline inspection using barcode tags integrated into a pipeline and an ROV. Source: Screenshot from an iXblue, Vallourec, Forssea Robotic video

Barcodes to Drive Down Pipeline Inspection Costs

Three French companies are working on a pipeline inspection solution that combines ROVs and the use of visual markers - barcodes - directly integrated on subsea pipelines.The solution, being developed by tubular solutions firm Vallourec, smart robotics and visual positioning start-up Forssea Robotic, and subsea positioning and inertial navigation firm iXblue, promises to drive down the costs of subsea pipeline inspections.According to the companies involved, the solution would remove the need for surface vessels, traditionally used in pipeline inspection projects.Usually, surface vessels with acoustic

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Trelleborg to Provide Cable Protection for RWE's Kaskasi Offshore Wind Farm

Seaway 7, a Subsea 7 subsidiary focused on renewables, has awarded Trelleborg a contract to provide cable protection for RWE's Kaskasi offshore wind farm project in Germany.Under the contract, Trelleborg will provide 86 integrated cable protection systems.Trelleborg’s NjordGuard cable protection system will be used to protect inter-array grid power cables on the project, from over-bending, abrasion, and fatigue.Daniel Bate, Sales Manager for renewables at Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation, states: "Trelleborg have now supplied over 30 offshore wind projects worldwide

LaDawn Lounsbury (Photo: Harvey Gulf Subsea Solutions)

Lounsbury Joins Harvey Gulf Subsea Solutions

U.S.-based Harvey Gulf Subsea Solutions said it has appointed LaDawn Lounsbury to its Business Development Team.Lounsbury brings to the position extensive subsea background and well-established client relationships, having previously held roles with Helix, Ranger Offshore, Oceaneering International and, most recently, Bayou Companies Deepwater Flow Assurance and Coating and Insulation Business, over the course of her 12-year career. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Louisiana Tech.A wholly owned subsidiary of Harvey Gulf International Marine, Harvey Gulf Subsea Solutions aims to

Hydromea launched a new patent-pending subsea wireless communication modem LUMA X.

Hydromea Launches LUMA X, Wireless Underwater Optical Modem

Hydromea launched a new patent-pending subsea wireless communication modem LUMA X. The LUMA X can beam data using light at up to 10 Mbit/s with a 120-degree cone. With that, the LUMA X enables real-time streaming of HD-quality video and 4K images wirelessly through water – allowing the operators of autonomous underwater vehicles to monitor its interventions from the comfort of its control rooms onshore.“The wide-angle beam gives subsea vehicles connecting via the LUMA X a lot of freedom of movement,” said Felix Schill, co-founder and CTO of Hydromea. “The small size of the

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Ultrabeam, USS team up to deliver Autonomous Pipeline Survey

Ultrabeam Hydrographic teamed up with Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) to conduct a pair of subsea gas pipeline inspection surveys in Northern Ireland.   Both companies are based in the UK and offer unmanned platforms as an alternative to traditional manned survey vessels.  The contract was awarded by Mutual Energy, which wanted experience on how unmanned autonomous platforms can increase the knowledge of their pipelines while reducing risk and overall cost."Mutual Energy contracted with Ultrabeam Hydrographic in August 2020 to perform inspection surveys of our Larne and Belfast

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Oceaneering ROVs for Harvey Gulf Subsea Solutions

U.S. subsea services firm Harvey Gulf Subsea Solutions has selected Oceaneering for ROV and support services onboard its four Jones act compliant offshore vessels. Oceaneering will provide eight Millennium Plus ROV systems, personnel, and accompanying survey suites in a multi-year deal supporting Harvey Gulf Subsea's operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Ed Galloway, who was appointed head of Harvey Gulf Subsea Solutions in August, having previously worked for Subsea 7 and Oceaneering, said: "Aligning with the global leader in the ROV industry and positioning them on the most versatile

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