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Roadmap for Renewable Energy

the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) estimates global capacity will reach 817 gigawatts (GW) by 2021, a 68 percent increase from 2016. A strong pipeline of technologies is driving this growth. As the technologies improve, this pushes down costs, making wind energy more viable. For example, enhanced technology allows for bigger wind turbines and foundations, which increases manufacturing and production efficiency. Taking advantage of these efficiency gains, undersea cables are thereby addressing the challenges of inconsistent supply and demand; they enable power generated offshore – or in remote

Bruce Stuart (Photo: Interventek)

Interventek Appoints Stuart as Business Development Director

held a seven year tenure at FMC Technologies, responsible for U.K. and Canada sales and marketing for their subsea products and systems. This new position at Interventek will support increasing levels of commercialization activity, as new applications for the company’s Revolution valve technology are rolled out. These new configurations of the already successful, field tested, subsea in-riser shear and seal valves will add similar performance and cost saving benefits to well control systems for light well intervention applications and subsea well abandonments

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Enpro Subsea Wins Frame Agreement with Tullow

FAMs to the E&P business which also marked its first export of its unique modular systems to a major international region. Enpro Subsea managing director, Ian Donald, said: “This latest order from them reflects the continuing momentum and interest in Enpro’s ability to deliver proven technology. “Critically, Enpro’s FAM technology provides Tullow with a universal platform deployed at multiple locations, which will enable them to retrofit any one of a number hardware solution at any time during the field development. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with

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Tritech Unveils New Multibeam Imaging Sonar

The new 720im sonar from U.K. manufacturer Tritech International Limited is said to be the world’s smallest multibeam imaging sonar.   As the latest addition to Tritech’s Gemini range, the small sized and competitively priced sonar brings multibeam imaging technology to situations not previously possible.   At 500g and 63mm wide, the 720im is significantly smaller than comparable sonars, yet it delivers superior quality sonar imaging from an ultra-compact unit thanks to state-of-the-art microelectronics and proven sonar technology.   “The Gemini 720im has been in

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France Eyes Role as Tidal Energy Powerhouse

is an important first step and strong message to the sector. A tender for tidal energy will see France become the global center of tidal energy manufacturing.   The tides in northern France are among the most powerful in the world. Following a decade of R&D development, tidal energy technology is now ready to use this resource. Tidal farms will generate predictable renewable energy, while creating significant jobs opportunities and local economic activity.   Speaking at the Colloque Annuel of Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables (SER) yesterday, Secretary of State for the

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Seatools to Supply Monitoring System for The Ocean Cleanup

Subsea technology company Seatools said it has won a contract to develop and deliver a remote offshore monitoring system that will be used to gain real-time insight into the performance of the first-ever ocean cleanup system.   The contract was awarded by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans from floating plastic. The group will deploy the system during trials starting later this year on the U.S. West Coast.   “Besides the fact that we thoroughly support this meaningful initiative, the project is compelling from a

MTS 2018 Technology Innovation Breakfast Series

The MTS Technology Innovation Breakfast series provides a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between how Marine Technology Society (MTS) and Federal Government Agencies work and communicate. These member-exclusive networking breakfasts bring together industry thought-leaders and MTS members to facilitate the discovery of innovative and practical solutions to policy challenges surrounding marine technology.    The 2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast series finished in November with an event that focused on maritime cyber security. This breakfast was the inaugural event for the newly

The PicSea concept is designed to open subsea robotics tech to new generations of users. (Image: PicSea)

PicSea: A New Concept for Ocean Autonomy

; said Andrew Durrant, Founder of PicSea, a new design concept for a small autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with a big mission. Eight years ago, Durrant came up with an idea of producing small, low-cost robots that could not only intelligently enter unexplored areas of our planet but also open the technology to communities who could never access it before. “Back then I was a researcher at CSIRO working on habitat classification using their AUV. They were already working on what they thought at the time was a low-cost AUV, and this gave me the idea to go even further: I could make an AUV that

Calibrating the equipment: Newton’s M3200UW scans a pipe using Sonardyne’s SPRINT 500 and Fusion 6G software to remove the risk of latency and timing jitter, to gain centimetric level precision. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Underwater Laser Mapping on the Move

Subsea technology companies Newton Research Labs Inc. and Sonardyne International Ltd, UK. have completed tests to integrate Newton Labs’ underwater laser scanners with Sonardyne’s acoustically-aided inertial navigation system for underwater vehicles, SPRINT-Mapper.   The companies say the milestone paves the way for greater adoption by industry of mobile laser mapping technology to survey seafloor sites and subsea structures, and eliminates many of the challenges currently faced by users when attempting to configure advanced sensor technologies from different vendors prior to

A stretch hose being deployed at sea (Photo: EOM Offshore)

WHOI Spins Off Tech Start-up EOM Offshore

On February 5, 2018, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) sold its majority ownership interest to EOM Offshore’s management team and investors while continuing to receive royalties under the existing exclusive licensing of its stretch hose technology. Rockland Trust Bank provided a line of credit to assist the change in ownership and help assure EOM Offshore’s continued financial strength.   EOM Offshore is a mooring systems and component company based on technology developed by engineers at WHOI. The company was founded as a start-up in 2009 to commercialize fatigue-resistant

ESS managing director Mark Gillespie, global business development manager Andy Readyhough and commercial director Iain Middleton. (Photo: ESS)

Readyhough Joins Ecosse

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has added  Andy Readyhough to the management team, charged with global business development for the ambitious Aberdeen-shire based company which specialises in seabed clearance and trenching operations in the renewable energy, oil and gas and interconnector sectors.   Readyhough has joined ESS having previously held senior management positions at Global Marine Systems and DeepOcean UK. He is a master mariner with more than 35 years maritime and offshore experience and for the last 18 years was engaged in submarine cable installation, trenching and maintenance

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Expanded Waterfront for Oi18

easily pre-plan a survey, upload it to the vehicle and autonomously carry out the survey plan, returning to home when completed. Norway-based Maritime Robotics is a leading provider of innovative unmanned solutions for maritime operations in harsh environments and has developed its air and subsea technology in close collaboration with civilian, governmental and military partners. Daily demonstrations will take place dockside of the company’s portable OTTER Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), which is a turn-key and easily deployable system for seabed mapping and monitoring of sheltered waters. RTsys

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New In-line Dry-mate Connector from TE

TE Connectivity revealed its new DEUTSCH high density optical in-line dry-mate connector. TE said it developed the multichannel fiber optic connector from high pressure/high temperature (HP/HT) fiber optic technology that is backed by more than 30 years of performance in the field. “The new high density optical in-line dry-mate connectors are built from the same reliable technology used in multi-fiber optic HP/HT feedthrough systems, so engineers can expect a familiar interface that’s compatible with TE’s established DEUTSCH dry-mate connector,” said Jérémy

FairfieldNodal Welcomes New Member to Its Board of Directors

Seismic nodal technology and services firm FairfieldNodal has welcomed Knut Eriksen as the newest member of its Board of Directors.   Eriksen recently retired from Oceaneering International where he served as Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. He has also held other key executive positions in the oil and gas industry, on the operator, service company and contractor sides of the business. He brings industry experience, strategic orientation, demonstrated business development track record and in-depth understanding of the offshore oil and gas segment as

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MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

thinking organizations that see potential applications for these vehicles and act as sparring partners for our unconventional ideas. When the project succeeds, we plan to team up to develop, build and test a prototype.”     (As published in the January/February 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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GD Mission Systems: Full-throttle Charge toward Autonomy

strides in maturing the technologies so that now it’s gone from pretty good theory to real practice. From oceanography to inspections under the Polar ice cap, to pipeline monitoring, to ship hull inspection and searching for lost vessels, unique applications continue to emerge. Simply put, the technology is just getting better – and it’s getting better quick. Twenty years down the road my answer today will feel incredibly short-sighted. At least that’s my hope.   Looking at the last five years, what do you see is the most significant technology advance that has really helped

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Port of Hamburg Getting Ready for Future Growth

tested in the Port of Hamburg. “5G offers a level of security, reliability and speed that current mobile networks are unable to match. It provides the HPA with a wholly new set of application options,” explains Jens Meier, CEO of the HPA. “The testbed allows us to study the future technology and co-shape the standard, which will not only benefit the port but the entire city of Hamburg.”     In the last business year, the high quality services provided by the Port of Hamburg’s operators has lead to a stable handling result comparable with the previous year

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