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In a First, ROVOP Inspects Offshore Installation via Video Link

onshore, resulting in three less people on board the vessel, where accommodation is limited due to the COVID-imposed restrictions," ROVOP said.Premier Oil, which on Tuesday said it would merge with Chrysaor, last month filed the decommissioning plan for the Balmoral FPV and the associated subsea infrastructure. The Balmoral platform was installed in the Balmoral Area in 1986.ROVOP said that the cloud-based viewing platform allowed those working from home to view the inspection work as it unfolded."They were able to see exactly what the ROV and inspection engineers were seeing in real-time

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The Troubled History of Protecting Marine Assets

charts wasn’t a guarantee of protection, as New York Power Authority discovered twice within a 10-year period. Despite its cables across Long Island Sound being buried 10 ft. under the seabed, anchor strikes ruptured cables resulting in millions of dollars in repairs each time.The risk to subsea infrastructure grew exponentiallyDespite all attempts, two factors resulted in ever-increasing risk and damage to marine assets. The first was the incredible growth in subsea infrastructure. By way of example, subsea pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico went from zero in 1953 to over 28,000 miles today.  

Karl Kenny, CEO, Kraken Robotics

Ocean Influencer: Karl Kenny, Kraken Robotics

a Service and Data Analytics as a Service.Overall, Kraken develops high performance sensors, software, batteries, and underwater robotics for Unmanned Maritime Vehicles. It recently developed SeaVision 3D full-color laser scanning system provides millimetre resolution inspection capabilities on subsea infrastructure. The SeaVision is available in both a dual pod laser scanning system for use on ROVs as well as a profiler mode (using a camera, laser and lights) for use on AUVs and towed systems. Kraken manufactures KATFISH, an intelligent towed SAS system capable of acquiring over 3 billion pixels per

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Fugro Inspecting Cygnus Subsea Structures

Dutch offshore geo-data specialist Fugro will deploy remote monitoring technology to survey subsea structures at the Cygnus gas field in the UK’s southern North Sea.Under the contract awarded by oil and gas company Neptune Energy, Fugro will inspect subsea infrastructure including pipelines and umbilicals, spools and communication cables, and carry out standard structural surveys of the Neptune-operated Cygnus gas platform jackets.The giant gas development was brought online in late 2016 and consists of four platforms. Neptune operates Cygnus with 38.75% stake, with Spirit Energy owning 61.25%.

Nigel Underwood - Image Credit: Xodus

Xodus Names Subsea and Pipelines Branch Boss

;s London subsea and pipelines division.Underwood, who joins from Petrofac where we worked as consultancy manager, will oversee Xodus’ international subsea and pipelines work, from concept through to detailed design and delivery.Xodus’ portfolio of work includes the development of subsea infrastructure designs, rigid and flexible pipeline and riser design as well as cables and interconnectors. The company also has expertise in advanced finite element analysis and vast experience of CFD analysis on a wide range of subsea and topsides applications.Underwood has worked across roles in senior

Armed and ready: an Ecotone Underwater Hyperspectral Imager, or UHI, attached to an ROV (top) and stand-alone. Photo: Courtesy Ecotone

Pipeline IMR: An All-seeing Eye

, a pipeline or a salmon farm — is only the start of site work. These early steps could entail photographing marine biology over an area that could comprise hundreds of kilometers (for a pipeline survey) or just a square mile for a salmon farm. For inspections of existing pipelines or other subsea infrastructure by ROV or UAV, the market offers no all-in-one survey tool of biology and pipeline health: bathymetric surveys are just that, and pipeline surveys today require a pooling of expert minds.While Ecotone’s equipment promises speed, the development path to efficient surveying by UHI attached

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Kraken Wins Canadian Government Contract

including the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror at the National Historic Site of Canada, Nunavut.Kraken was previously involved in Parks Canada’s discovery of the HMS Erebus during the Franklin Expedition in Summer 2014.The SeaVision system delivers real-time, full color 3D point cloud images of subsea infrastructure with millimeter accuracy. These datasets create highly detailed models for 3D visualization to support complex machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms used for analytics. SeaVision simplifies creating dynamic digital models of subsea physical assets and systems. This helps

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Aker Solutions, Subsea 7 Win Ærfugl Subsea Scope

Aker BP has tapped Aker Solutions and Subsea 7 to deliver and install subsea infrastructure for the second phase of the Ærfugl development offshore Norway.The Aker BP operated Ærfugl development is a subsea project being developed in two phases, both tied into the existing floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) on the Skarv field, which is located in the Norwegian Sea, about 210 kilometers offshore Sandnessjøen.Aker BP, which together with partners Equinor, Wintershall DEA and PGNiG approved the final investment decision (FID) for Ærfugl phase 2 in early November

L- R: Tony Laing of NSRI, David Rennie of Scottish Enterprise and Neil Gordon of Subsea UK. (Photo: Subsea UK)

Japan, Scotland Invest in Subsea Technology

system for use in ocean current renewable power.ECOG / SME / Precision Impulse / Texo / Tritech / Sensor Works and Yokogawa (£8.3 million)Developing an offshore and subsea Internet Of Things infrastructure with autonomous vehicles, sensors, communications and power systems for offshore and subsea infrastructure including renewables, hydrocarbons and aquaculture.Bridon Bekaert, Tension Technology International and Toda (£7.5 million)Developing new mooring systems and ropes to replace chains which are unable to handle the deep waters off Japan.WFS and Shimadzu (£388,000)Working on underwater

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