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Proserv Secures Decommissioning Work in Asia Pacific

for its well severance, platform and FPSO decommissioning services in the Asia Pacific region. The contracts have been awarded by Premier Oil in Indonesia; Chevron, through Baker Hughes, in the Gulf of Thailand; BHP, through Fugro, in Western Australia and by PCPP Operating Company, through Sapura Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.   As part of the project work-scopes, Proserv will provide abrasive cutting, cold cutting and dredging services using its wide portfolio of field-proven products and technologies. The company will also develop custom tooling solutions, which is core to Proserv&rsquo

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UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

systems such as unmanned boats, air vehicles and autonomous sensors in a safe, controlled and realistic environment in the Solent. Backed by a comprehensive safety case, the service will make use of a secure maritime communications network and a mobile command and control centre, featuring the same technology BAE Systems provides to U.K. Royal Navy platforms.   The new service was announced during a two-day launch event at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney, Portsmouth, attended by more than 100 guests from autonomous systems providers, local businesses, academia, the Armed Forces and other

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Oil Spill Detection: Remote Sensing Equipment Tested

more effectively.   The exercise took place on June 13, 2017 in open sea off the southern coast of England, showcased through Oil Spill Response Ltd.’s (OSRL) Southampton-based Visualization Center, which provided a ‘Common Operating Picture’, integrating data from each of the technology partner’s equipment as well as oil spill modeling platforms and satellite feeds.   The main surveillance tools and providers involved in the exercise included: Radar and optical satellite imagery (MDA, Earth-I, Airbus, Telespazio) Infra-red and Ultraviolet sensors on the

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Voices: NOC Executive Director Ed Hill

At the National Oceanography Center (NOC) in Southampton, U.K. for Ocean Business 2017, Marine Technology Reporter was able to sit down with Professor Ed Hill, NOC Executive Director, to discuss the science and technologies moving ocean studies forward.   Please give an overview of your activities here at the National Oceanography Center. The National Oceanography Center is part of the Natural Environment Research Council which is the main body that funds environmental science, including oceanography, in the U.K. We are a national facility. We undertake research in large-scale oceanography

MaRINET2 Spurs Offshore Renewables Tech Development

The MaRINET2 project has awarded €1.3 million ($1.5 million) to 34 technology development teams through a competitive call for proposals. This support aims to accelerate the next generation of offshore renewable energy technologies toward the marketplace by providing technology testing at MaRINET2’s network of testing facilities.    Coordinated by MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland) in University College Cork, MaRINET2 is a €10.5 million ($12 million) project, funded by the European Commissions’ Horizon 2020 program. The project provides support to technology

MiniPod 101G GPS Receiver (Photo: Modulus Technology)

New Submersible GPS Receiver for Marine Surveyors

streamer head and tail positioning, source positioning for 3D UHR seismic operations and is suited for the positioning of subsea excavation vehicles,  or towed sensors such as magnetometers, that operate in shallow waters.   The new product comes from Great Yarmouth, U.K. based Modulus Technology Ltd, part of the AAE Technologies Group, and a sister company to Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd. Modulus is the group’s innovation division that is dedicated to developing new, cutting-edge, advanced technological products.   Though designed for operation on a floating catamaran

Avro technicians prepare an Avro Arrow test model attached to a Nike booster rocket to fire out over Lake Ontario at Point Petre in the 1950s (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Set to Hunt for Avro Arrow Artifacts

.   This summer's search for the Avro Arrow models can be likened to the hunt for Sir John Franklin's lost ships. The first vessel – the HMS Erebus – was discovered in September 2014 by a Canadian expedition team that included participation by Kraken engineers and its AquaPix SAS technology. However, the Arrow models are far smaller targets. While the full-size Arrow measured 24 meters long with a 15-meter wingspan, each test model was just 3 meters long with a wingspan of 2 meters.   Like the hunt for Franklin's lost ships, the search for the Arrow models began with detailed

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Bourque Joins Sea Machines

the sales and marketing structure of the company, as well as spearheading a global initiative to spark partnerships with commercial marine companies.   “Phil’s marine relationships span the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions and he will be a key part of bringing the Sea Machines technology to the global market,” said Sea Machines CEO, Michael Johnson.   Bourque comes to Sea Machines with a background in international sales management, having built much of the global sales and support network for Seakeeper Inc, the manufacturer of marine gyrostabilizers.   &ldquo

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EdgeTech Delivers Multi Phase Echo Sounder to UNH CCOM

EdgeTech, provider of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, recently delivered a 6205 Multi Phase Echo Sounder (MPES) system to the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC).     The EdgeTech 6205 MPES produces real-time, high resolution, three dimensional (3D) maps of the seafloor while providing co-registered simultaneous dual frequency side scan imagery.  EdgeTech said its Multi Phase technology allows a user to collect wide swathe, wide angle, high resolution bathymetry data that’s

AML Oceanographic products include a modular range of instruments with field-swappable sensor heads. (Photo: Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd.)

Modulus Technology Adds AML Oceanographic to Its Portfolio

Modulus Technology based in Great Yarmouth, U.K., is now representing Canadian manufacturer AML Oceanographic in the U.K. and Eire.   Modulus Technology is part of the AAE Technologies Group, along with Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd. Modulus is the Group’s innovation division, dedicated to both developing new technological products and representing similar manufacturers, such as AML Oceanographic, that complement its service and support functions.   Founded in 1974, AML Oceanographic (formerly Applied Microsystems) has more than 40 years’ experience in the field of oceanogra

The MTS/IEEE OCEANS’17 Aberdeen Student Poster Competition (SPC) award winners, from left to right: Faye Campbell (Conference LOC SPC Chair), Bilal Wehbe (Second Place), Klemen Istenic (First Place), Habib Mirhedayati Rouds (Third Place), and Dr. Philippe Courmontagne (IEEE OES SPC Chair). (Photo courtesy IEEE OES)

60th OCEANS Conference Held in Aberdeen

Cosponsors the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) jointly hosted the OCEANS '17 MTS/IEEE Aberdeen from June 19-22, 2017 in Aberdeen, Scotland. The event, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), marked the 60th edition of the global ocean engineering and marine technology forum.   “The overall conference was a great example of local Scottish marine technology, and, at the same time, brought to Aberdeen marine science and technology experts from around the globe,” said Professor John Watson, Chair for OCEANS Aberdeen.

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Schlumberger to Acquire Majority Stake in Eurasia Drilling

, would extend a strategic alliance with Schlumberger that dates to 2011, Eurasia added.   EDC is an onshore and offshore drilling and well services contractor. EDC owns and operates one of the largest fleets of land drilling and workover units in the world.   Schlumberger provides technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry.  

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New Water Jet Promises to Boost Soil Cutting Capabilities

using traditional mass/controlled flow techniques.    The centrally-located jetting systems move away from customary designs which place jets at the side of mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) tools. JFSE said it is the only M/CFE provider that can place its jets centrally, and this new technology reduces velocity degradation and enables excavators to greatly boost soil cutting strength.   The jets will also improve efficiency where additional tooling was required to complete a project due to the density of the soils and will decrease operational time on a number of excavations, the

North Sea Link Trenching Contract Awarded

for National Grid and Statnett between Blyth in England and Kvilldal in Norway.   North Sea Link recently contracted cable suppliers Prysmian and Nexans to deliver the cable needed for the 740 kilometer route length. The converter stations in both U.K. and Norway will be delivered by power technology specialist ABB.    Prysmian will supply and install 950 km of submarine and land cables for the UK and Norwegian North Sea sections of the route. The cables will be produced at their Arco Felice factory in Naples and they will using their own cable laying vessel Giulio Verne.   

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Greensea Hires Abbott as Robotics Engineer

its new robotics engineer, responsible for advancing Greensea’s user interface and vehicle control systems for original equipment manufacturer products.   As a robotics engineer at Greensea, Abbott will help further the company’s ability to easily integrate, configure and deploy its technology across vehicles and sensors in the marine industry.   Abbott was previously a software development manager at MyWebGrocer, where he led a team in the Rapid Application Development Group. His experience also includes partnership in a local software development company and a teaching position

To be equipped with a suite of GE’s marine technologies, Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s newest deep-water diving support vessel (DSV) will become the world’s first-class deep-water DSV with a multi-saturation diving system and pipe lay system. (Photo: GE Marine)

Spread of GE Tech Ordered for DSV Newbuild

up to 500 meters and salvage work at 6,000 meters. Particularly in the tough offshore environment and in challenging weather, keeping the vessel “on station” and enabling smooth deep-water operations makes the DP system a critical component. The vessel will feature GE’s latest technology—SeaStream DP system (Class 3). Using multidirectional thrusters and sensors to monitor real-time wind, current and wave conditions and automatically activate the propulsion units to counteract the environmental forces, the technology will enable the ship’s position and orientation to

Team Surveyor Interceptor 2. From the left, Erik K Bakkevig (CEO Kystdesign), Ola Oskarsson (founder & CTO, MMT) and Jostein Alendal (CEO, Reach Subsea). (©MMT)

MMT Plots for Growth

Subsea ASA. MMT will use the vessel for ROV Survey services and the first project will be in Biscay.   The investment in a new Surveyor Interceptor – made together with an industry partner, Reach Subsea – will increase MMT’s capacity to customers, to bring the revolutionary technology and services that this new concept represents, the company said.   MMT’s CEO, Stefan Eliasson, said, “This is an important milestone for MMT. With these new platforms we will maintain our position as the technical forefront marine survey company for the offshore industry.&rdquo

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AUVs Launched and Recovered Autonomously

UK and Dstl  took place on a sunny July day in the Solent. The day marked the final activity of the two year Innovate U.K. project, during which two extremely capable, low cost AUVs were developed along with the launch and recovery systems which can be installed on almost any floating asset. The technology has also contributed to a University of Southampton project which has been air launching ecoSUB-µ AUVs from their SPOTTER unmanned air vehicle (UAV).   ecoSUB-µ AUVs were launched autonomously from three launch tubes mounted on the stern of an ASV C-Worker-5 unmanned surface

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