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Credit: AS Mosley

AS Mosley, Fugro Get Funding for FOWT Tech

, corrosion and fatigue. Reducing and/or eliminating the requirement for visual inspection by remotely operated vehicles and divers will reduce costs and offshore health and safety exposure," Fugro said.Fugro project manager Dr Stuart Killbourn said, “We are delighted to have won this technology development grant from the Carbon Trust and the Scottish Government. We are looking forward to developing a transformative condition monitoring software package for floating structure mooring lines, which will significantly reduce the need for personnel and vessel activities offshore. This is a key enabler

Ocean Power Technologies’ PB3 PowerBuoy wave energy pictured with single point mooring integrating power and data transmission connected to a subsea battery solution and AUV charging station. Developed with Modus Seabed Intervention utilizing a Saab Seaeye Sabertooth AUV, the concept has been submitted for U.S. government development and demonstration project funding consideration. (Image: OPT)

New Subsea Resident Vehicle Solution Taking Shape

and exempt from existing ocean infrastructure has the potential to revolutionize the industrial use of AUVs and make long-term residency a cost-effective reality,” said George Kirby, OPT President and Chief Executive Officer.“Modus Seabed Intervention’s experience with advanced technology development efforts in subsea docking with Saab Seaeye’s market-leading hybrid AUV (HAUV) enables autonomous offshore operations and we believe it is a natural fit for our environmentally sound PowerBuoy ocean power and communications technology,” Kirby added.Remote operation without the

A mussel holds onto a Teflon sheet by a tiny strand. Mussel Polymers Inc. (MPI) – a startup created by Wardenclyffe Chemicals Inc., a technology development company – is ready to take sea-inspired adhesives from Purdue to market. (Image courtesy: https://news.uns.purdue.edu)

Mussel Power: New Adhesives from Chem Start-up are Sea-Inspired

sectors. In this case the ‘innovative’ adhesive technology is actually born from the sea. There is a new underwater adhesive technology based on a glue used naturally by marine creatures. Mussel Polymers Inc. (MPI) – a startup created by Wardenclyffe Chemicals Inc., a technology development company – licensed this patented adhesive technology from the Purdue Research Foundation. The technology was created by Jonathan Wilker, a Purdue professor of chemistry and materials engineering, with students in his lab.“We have been studying sea creatures, how they stick, and

Shell, i-Tech 7 Team Up to Speed Up Subsea Digitalization

support Shell to become a world-class investment case by improving our productivity, reliability, and performance as well as reducing the costs of our assets,” said Christian George, Shell Vice President of Wells, Deep Water, and Surface Engineering Technology."[i-Tech 7's] mix of technology development and operational expertise across the life cycle of deepwater assets will help us accelerate the deployment of these transformational technologies,” added George

The Riptide AUV (Credit BAE Systems)

Good Undersea Vehicles Come in Small Packages

source autonomous undersea vehicle that provided a state-of-the-art, low cost solution well suited for developers of autonomy and behaviors, subsea sensors, and other new payloads. The micro-UUV featured open hardware and software interfaces giving users a reliable and robust platform to advance technology development. The vehicle design was optimized for high efficiency with the best hydrodynamic signature in its class. The base micro-UUV is 4 7/8 inches in diameter, 40 inches in length, and weighs 22 lbs. The standard system is rated to a depth of 300 meters.While this vehicle may look like a &ldquo

Chris Pearson (Photo: RGU)

Pearson to Lead National Subsea Center

at both operating companies and contractors.Professor Paul Hagan, RGU’s Vice Principal for Research, said, “The appointment of Chris as Director marks a significant milestone in the development of the National Subsea Center.“Chris brings with him a wealth of experience in technology development for industry and will now work to strengthen the already very strong ties RGU has with industry to deliver world-class subsea research and development.”Drawing on the university’s academic talent, tailored research and expert facilitation, the development of the NSC aims to build

Ethan Edson of Ocean Diagnostics demonstrates some of his microplastic sensors. Credit: Ocean Diagnostics.

SMTP Helps to Power Future Ocean Tech

and technologies that are transitioning from dream to reality. And the unifying factor amongst these groups is support from Schmidt Marine Technology Partners (SMTP).SMTP is a relatively new program of the Schmidt Family Foundation, established in 2015, that is making significant impact in marine technology development for ocean conservation and research. They provide funding and business support to help groups develop technologies that solve ocean problems in hopes of transforming the way society uses ocean resources and protects them for the future.SMTP’s goal at the demonstration was to get the

Dr Peter Ramsay (Photo: Mitcham)

Mitcham Appoints New Tech Positions

Mitcham Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) ("Mitcham") has made two key additions to its technology development team.  Andy Meecham has joined Mitcham in the newly-created position of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Additionally, Dr Peter Ramsay has joined the company as Director – Strategic Hydrographic Programs.Meecham will be responsible for directing all of Mitcham's research and development activities. This role includes identifying opportunities to expand product offerings from existing technologies as well as acquiring new technology through internal

We enjoyed tunes from a VJ in the MoPOP Sky Church at the Gala. (Photo courtesy of Rick A. Smith)

Industry Event OCEANS 2019 Seattle A Success

More than 1700 people attended OCEANS 2019 Seattle, October 27th through 31st, at the Washington State Convention Center and the new Hyatt Regency in downtown Seattle. The area’s unique history of forward-thinking ocean research, technology development, federal agency and Navy presence, and focus on the Blue Economy combined to make this a great place to host OCEANS this fall. Co-sponsored by the Marine Technology Society and IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, this year’s meeting was themed “Blue Sky.  Blue Sea. Blue Tech.” The conference attracted professionals and students

Technology Outlook 2030 (stills from video). Image: DNV GL

10 Tech Trends to Impact Shipping Industry

important commodity, putting it toe-to-toe (and sometimes in partnership) with Big Pharma, for example.Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL, said, “In an era where unicorns and mega-tech companies already seemingly appear overnight, what does the next decade hold for us? That technology development is accelerating is a given, but its digitized, non-linear trajectory and global scale is hard for individuals to comprehend. DNV GL’s Technology Outlook 2030 is focusing on five technology trends that are transformative in key industries: transport and logistics, energy, health care

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