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Stevie, the Taurob robot, at Shetland Gas Plant. Photo from Total.

INTERVIEW: Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics, at Total E&P UK; Total’s “Stevie the Robot”

but all nevertheless communicating through the standard digital twin architecture.   How does robotics incorporate into Total’s broader mission?Robotics and autonomous systems will allow Total to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by increasing efficiency and reducing the amount of transportation of personnel that will be required. We are also participating in the recently approved OGTC project for accurate remote methane monitoring using beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS) unmanned aerial vehicles.  

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Offshore Wind Could Bring In $1.7B to U.S. Treasury by 2022

the U.S. offshore wind industry will be $17 billion by 2025, $108 billion by 2030, and $166 billion by 2035.From 2022 to 2035, the capital investment of $42 billion will go to turbine manufacturers and the supply chain, $107 billion will go to the construction industry, and $8 billion will go to the transportation industry and ports. Annual capital investment for O&M activities will increase to $2.4 billion in 2035.80,000 jobs a yearWhen it comes to job creation, if the assumed BOEM auctions in 2021 and 2022 happen, the report foresees a total full-time equivalent (FTE) job creation from the resulting

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Subsea Cable Specialist JDR Breaks Ground on US HQ

, to expand its local presence. "The key focus of the facility will be to construct and test new-build IWOCS equipment and support service activities on-site. It will allow for more physical space (10 acres) to improve efficiencies and safety measures in its supply chain, as well as reduce transportation costs," JDR, owned by the TFKable Group, said.Brian Davis, Houston General Manager at JDR, commented, “Beginning construction of our new Houston headquarters marks a significant milestone for our US business, and we’re delighted to bring our ongoing success in the region to Tomball

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The Benefits of Sustainable Marine Lumber

, there is the Permanent International Commission for the Navigation Congresses (PIANC), which is regarded as the leading international source of engineering, economic and environmental knowledge and technical guidance for sustainable development and management of ports, marinas, waterways, marine transportation and navigation. Its Working with Nature white paper outlines a process whereby “win-win” solutions for projects and the environment are offered.(Photo: Evergreen Forest Products)Marina construction materialsWhile each marina project is reviewed individually, in all instances, regulators

Figure 1: With the sun rising over the horizon, the coring rig sits ready for deployment. Image courtesy of A. Herre-ra- Schneider.

GOM Geotechnical Coring Program Completed for NOAA OER Expedition

catcher are removed from the barrel and the liner removed for inventorying and sectioning. We rinse and bag anything from the core catcher and drill bit, but our only other opportunity to see what we might have comes when we section the 6- meter (20-foot) long core barrel into smaller sections for transportation and storage (Figures 3 and 4).Lab Testing of CoresA digital photograph is taken and a visual description of each section is recorded. Lab testing as outlined in the Field Sediment Testing Protocol is performed and the top of the core section is capped. Top and bottom caps are securely taped to

Balmoral Test Rig - Credit: Balmoral

Balmoral Develops Cable Protection Solution for Offshore Wind

system controlling the curvature during the project lifespan. This reduces the amount of movement experienced by the cable, improving fatigue performance and greatly reducing the risk of failure through the life of field," he said."The low weight components of the system permit efficient transportation, handling, and assembly on deck. The system also allows for diverless removal of the CPS should cable maintenance be required.”The patented system, developed by Balmoral's in-house Discovery Unit focused on R&D, is available in three standard sizes, and includes a combination of

Fishing nets and debris being removed from the North Pacific Gyre by the crew of S/V KWAI. © Ocean Voyages Institute

OVI: 103 Tons of Garbage Removed From North Pacific Gyre

decade, granted with less fanfare and attention than others, but with passion and commitment and making meaningful impacts.”Ocean Voyages Institute will be unloading the record-breaking haul of ocean plastic debris while docked alongside Pier 29 thanks to the support of Matson, a Honolulu-based transportation company, in preparation for upcycling and proper disposal.“In keeping with our commitment to environmental stewardship, Matson has been searching for a way to get involved in cleaning up the Pacific Gyre,” said Matt Cox, chairman and CEO. “We’ve been impressed with the

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Freight Planning… What About Offshore Wind…?

At the end of 2019 – December 27, to be exact – the US Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary – filed a request for information regarding the development of a National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP), required by the multi-year federal transportation bill, passed in 2015, called the FAST Act – “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation.”By the close of the public comment period (Feb. 10) DOT had received 82 comments. Importantly, for the maritime industry, maritime businesses and trade groups, as well as many State DOTs, stepped up and emphasized

US' Marine Economy Growth Outpacing the Nation's

compared with our official statistics on other U.S. industries and with the ocean economies of other nations,” said Mary Bohman, BEA’s acting director. “These prototype statistics offer a baseline for understanding the importance of the ocean economy, including recreation, seafood, transportation and ship building. Businesses, policymakers, and coastal communities can use these economic data as a compass as they chart the way forward.”The sectors making the largest contributions to the nation’s gross domestic product, not adjusted for inflation, are:    Tourism and

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