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A Sea Baby uncrewed surface vehicle (File photo: Security Service of Ukraine)

Ukraine's Drone Success Shapes US Pacific 'Hellscape' Strategy

Dialogue security conference in Singapore last month, the head of the U.S. military's Indo-Pacific Command took the unusual step of deliberately briefing the Washington Post that secret swarms of U.S. and allied drones were now at the heart of U.S. hopes to deter China from trying to invade Taiwan – or to defeat that invasion if it happened."I want to turn the Taiwan Strait into an unmanned hellscape using a number of classified capabilities so I can make their lives utterly miserable for a month, which buys me the time for the rest of everything," Admiral Samuel Paparo told

A long-range unmanned surface vessel (LRUSV) transits the Pacific Ocean during Integrated Battle Problem (IBP) 24.1, March 07, 2024. IBP 24.1 is a U.S. Pacific Fleet experiment, executed by U.S. 3rd Fleet, operationalizing multi-domain employment of unmanned systems to create fleet warfighting advantages. (Photo: Ian Delossantos / U.S. Navy)

Sea Drone Warfare has Arrived, and the US is Floundering

critical undersea infrastructure, like gas pipelines and fiber-optic cables, four drone companies told Reuters.Swarms of small sea drones could also act as a shield for valuable crewed assets like aircraft carriers and submarines, and tangle up troop-carrying ships in the event China tries to invade Taiwan, said Bryan Clark, an advisor to the Navy on autonomous craft and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute - a think tank headquartered in Washington.Clark estimates the Navy has around 100 small drones for use on the ocean surface and another 100 underwater drones, while China has a similar-sized

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UTEC Gets Offshore Wind Survey Job in Taiwan

UTEC, a geo-services brand in Acteon’s Data and Robotics division, has been awarded an offshore survey and positioning contract for the Taiwan Power Company's (TPC) Phase 2 offshore wind farm project in Taiwan. The contract further reinforces UTEC’s foothold in Taiwan building on its initial entry in 2019.As part of the geo-services scope of work, UTEC will deliver onshore dimensional control, bathymetric survey, positioning support during offshore pin pile installation and as-built survey of foundation jackets.Using its expertise in subsea positioning, UTEC, in close communication

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Kraken Robotics Sees Strong Momentum Continuing

offering, says Reid. This is against a backdrop where existing Navy equipment is often dated, and a natural industry upgrade cycle is underway. This MCM renewal cycle is now being accelerated by challenging geopolitical situations across the globe (the Middle East, the Black Sea, the Baltic, China/Taiwan and other Asia-Pacific areas, and the Arctic).Most navies around the world are in various stages of planning and executing these upgrades with multiple significant tenders in the market or coming to market in the next 12-36 months. Kraken has worked hard for the last 10 years throughout the naval

Swire Renewable Energy Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Smith and Tien Li President, Mr K.D. Wu. Image courtesy Swire Renewable Energy

MoU Signed for Offshore Wind Solutions in Taiwan

Swire Renewable Energy A/S (SRE) and Tien Li Offshore Wind Technology Co., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deliver operations and maintenance services in the Taiwanese offshore wind turbine industry and other parts of the Asia Pacific region.The agreement was formalized in Taipei during a ceremony attended by Tien Li, President, K.D. Wu and Swire Renewable Energy Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Smith, and marks a key step for both companies to develop a joint venture focussed on delivering localised wind turbine operations and maintenance services and ultimately enhancing efficiency

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LS Cable Reels In Preferred Supplier Deal for CIP’s Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has signed preferred supply agreement with LS Cable for the supply of both offshore and onshore cables for the 500 MW offshore wind project in Taiwan.The scope of the contract awarded to Korea-based industrial corporation and one of the biggest cable manufacturers worldwide includes supply of offshore export cables, inter-array cables and onshore export cables for the Feng Miao 1 project.The cables will be supplied from LS Cable’s Korean manufacturing facility.To remind, CIP was awarded Feng Miao 1 development in the first round of Taiwan’s Round 3

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The APAC Offshore Market: Riding the Wave of Success into 2024 and Beyond

to 15 MW towards the end of the decade. We are also seeing interest from developers within the floating wind segment, which tends to see projects moving further away from shore. Notable projects on the horizon include the Holim 1.5GW project in Korea, Formosa 5 1.5GW and Winds of September 1GW project in Taiwan, as well as the Wakayama 1GW project in Japan.According to forecasts by Rystad Energy, offshore wind installation spending in Asia (excl. China) is set to grow by 115% this year, recording $1.1 billion. With Asia contributing a high share of the global installation activity in the coming years, expecting

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Seaway7 and Dong Fang Partner Up for Taiwan’s Offshore Wind

Seaway 7 and Dong Fang Offshore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) outlining their intention to collaborate in offshore wind market in Taiwan, with a focus on cable installation.The collaboration will focus on developing a robust localized cable installation offering for the Taiwanese offshore wind projects to the companies’ clients.Seaway 7, part of Subsea 7 Group, has been operating in Taiwan since 2017, and today employs more than 100 people between their office in Taipei and their marine operations base in Taichung.They will provide comprehensive project management, engineering

 PDE Offshore's MV Geo Energy (Photo supplied by Sonardyne)

PDE Offshore Gets Sonardyne Upgrade for Geo Energy Vessel

Taiwanese offshore geophysical and geotechnical investigation company PDE Offshore has upgraded its underwater acoustic positioning system onboard MV Geo Energy to Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 USBL system.The upgrade will further enhance PDE Offshore’s capability in the exploration of offshore renewable energy (ORE) in Taiwan, the company said.Having already used Sonardyne’s Mini Ranger 2 for several years, investing in the full Ranger 2 system was a logical choice to provide the reliable dynamic positioning references essential for the vessel’s operations, whilst also giving the

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