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Balmoral’s senior test technician, Mike Royl, and Michael Oswald of the University of St Andrews (Photo: Balmoral)

Subsea Monitoring Equipment Put to the Test

conversion unit at the Ness of Quoys where the low voltage supply will be converted for export to the local distribution network. On completion this phase of the tidal array will generate sufficient electricity to supply 2,600 homes.The supply chain for this phase of the project is spread across the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. 43% of the project’s expenditure is in Scotland and includes companies in Caithness, and Ross and Cromarty

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UKHO Contracts with TCarta

TCarta Marine was contracted by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide a baseline dataset of water depths and seafloor classification around the Republic of Kiribati. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island nation is threatened by rising sea levels.TCarta won the open bid for supply of Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) to the UKHO to extract water depth measurements and seafloor classifications, including habitat types, from multispectral satellite imagery. In this project, TCarta is processing eight-band DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 and -3 data predominantly, as well as four-band

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Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning

Bower said. “There haven’t been many measurements of current pathways in the deep ocean anywhere, and none at all of the deepest waters of the northern North Atlantic.”  Primary funding came from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Physical Oceanography Program and the United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council. Additional funding came from the European Union 7th Framework Program and Horizon 2020.Co-authors hailed from Duke; the U.K.’s National Oceanography Center; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences;

Jamaica Updates Hydrographic Information

Jamaica has begun upon updating hydrographic charts in key maritime developmental areas to improve coastal navigation, marine infrastructure works and other maritime activities, with assistance from the UK Government.United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has conducted hydrographic surveys of Kingston Harbour and its Approaches and Portland Bight as part of the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office initiative – the Commonwealth Marine Economics Programme (CMEP).Welcoming the data, MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, who is also chair of Jamaica’s

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L3 ASV to Conduct UK Autonomous Navigation Study

L3 ASV has announced that it has received U.K. government funding for a pioneering project on autonomous navigation of maritime vessels. The company will conduct a study with its partners in the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), focusing on the future of marine navigational data and charts. The project is funded by the Department for Transport’s Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) and aims to promote early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations with the potential to advance the U.K.’s transport system.

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Total Makes Major Offshore UK Gas Discovery

gas resources in one of our core areas and validates our exploration strategy," Arnaud Breuillac, President of Total's Exploration & Production division, said in a statement.Wood Mackenzie North Sea research analyst Kevin Swann said it was the largest conventional discovery in the United Kingdom since Culzean in 2008, and it could contribute as much as 10 percent of the UK's annual gas production in its early years."Exploration in the UK has been a huge concern so far in 2018 with just five exploration wells spudded to date – on track for lowest levels of activity since

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Aker Bets on Software Engineers for Its Oil Business

(them) together," he said."This is a trend that's coming down and they're just ahead of the trend at the moment in the oil sector."Other companies looking to bring thousands of data points together in the oil sector include Eigen http://www.eigen.co, a software firm in the United Kingdom founded by oil and gas engineers.Chief strategy officer Gareth Davies said a new generation of people entering the oil and gas industry is partly behind the drive to come up with better digital systems."The guys who come in now who are in their 20s expect to have the information," said

Denmark’s GST Selects New Depth Management System

. In 2015, Teledyne CARIS was awarded a major implementation contract providing Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Other successful implementations in the Baltic Sea region include solutions for the Norwegian, German, Polish, Latvian, Netherlands, and United Kingdom hydrographic agencies

New Hires Boost RCG US Team

is a respected project manager and engineer with practical experience delivering offshore wind construction projects, working for the major wind turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Negrelli was deputy construction project manager of the recently completed 574 MW Race Bank project in the United Kingdom. Negrelli earned his BSc/BS in Civil Engineering at The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and his MSc/MS in Engineering/Industrial Management at The Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Negrelli will support clients in project planning, supply chain analysis, independent engineering

Kasteleijn, Nijs Join Tocardo Managing Board

and talented executive team,” said Hans van Breugel, Chief Executive Officer of Tocardo. “The demand for tidal power is increasing and therefore also the demand for working capital for the projects.”Tocardo has the exclusive rights for the development of five tidal projects in the United Kingdom (Fall of Warness and Wales) and in the Netherlands (Delta works). The Universal Foundation System (UFS) is the new standard product, ready for commercial rollout. In Orkney (Scotland) at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) Tocardo has a license to install the first offshore system with our

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How Could a ‘Sand Motor’ Help the Great Lakes?

been involved in this work.   The group has been studying a potential site just south of Port Washington, where there is a beach known to have problems retaining sand.   While the Netherlands is currently home to the world's only sand motor (sometimes also called a sand engine), the United Kingdom will soon be implementing one along its eastern coast. Said Shea, "I’m really interested in green infrastructure and nontraditional ways to incorporate nature more, so this sand motor idea is really interesting to me."   Shea is one in a series of undergraduate research

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