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Cathx Ocean Launches "Fast Fly" at OI18

Cathx Ocean, designer and manufacture advanced subsea imaging and precision measurement systems for machine learning, launched Fast Fly, its latest range of advanced imaging systems for fast vehicle operations. These include fast model, the next generation laser profilers for dense color point cloud and a dual mode wide-angle laser and still imaging system for general observation class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations. Visitors to Oceanology International 2018 in London can learn about Cathx Ocean’s range of application based services which supports existing and potential

N-Sea Commercial Director Gary Thirkettle (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea Perfoming UXO Clearance for ScottishPower Renewables Campaign

UK and Netherlands-based subsea provider N-Sea is part-way through a multimillion dollar unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance campaign for ScottishPower Renewables. The contract for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance works commenced in December 2017 and includes UXO inspection, identification and clearance on the array area and export cable route of the East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm, located in the southern North Sea approximately 45km southeast of Lowestoft. The workscope, which will be completed later in Spring 2018 requires a flexible multi-vessel approach in order to ensure completion in

L3 OceanServer’s Iver Precision Workhorse autonomous undersea vehicle with low-drag side scan and bathymetry transducers. Photo courtesy of L3 OceanServer.

L3 OceanServer Unveils Iver PW AUV

L3 OceanServer announced its new Iver Precision Workhorse (Iver PW) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The new Iver PW is the first in a family of highly capable commercial AUVs to address a wide variety of customer missions, including survey research and mapping, sub-surface security, and environmental monitoring. “Undersea missions are evolving, and L3 is uniquely positioned to develop military and commercial solutions using next-generation processing, autonomy and power technologies to enable new capabilities and missions,” said Daryl Slocum, General Manager of L3 OceanServer.  

REMUS M3V (Photo: Hydroid Inc.)

Hydroid Introduces New High Speed, Low Cost Micro AUV

Marine robotics manufacturer Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, announced the release of the new REMUS M3V compact, one-man portable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).   Low cost and ready to use right out of the box, this micro AUV supports numerous applications including search and survey; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); marine research; and multi-vehicle missions. The REMUS M3V can dive up to 300 meters in depth. It is an A-size (36” x 4.875”) vehicle with no fins or appendages outside the A-size envelope and can be used for multi-domain

Dennis joins SeaRobotics as Director of Programs

Lou Dennis has joined the SeaRobotics Corporation as Director of Programs based at the company's headquarters in Stuart, Fla.   Dennis entered the ocean industry as a commercial diver after graduating from Florida Institute of Technology. He then joined Subsea 7's engineering group focused on Deepwater ROV and Intervention Tooling System design. Dennis later joined ROV manufacturer Perry Slingsby Systems, as its Vice President of Programs then moving onto Lockheed Martin as Business Development Manager for its AUV program. Before joining SeaRobotics, he served as General Manager of the Southeast

Andrew Imrie (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea Taps Imrie to Lead Sales and Marketing

M² Subsea has appointed Andrew Imrie as global sales and marketing director.   With a career spanning more than 20 years in the global oil and gas industry, Imrie joins M² Subsea from Ampelmann where he was commercial director, based in the Netherlands. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles with Proserv, Amec, GE Oil & Gas and National Oilwell Varco. His broad industry experience, coupled with his strong commercial track record has seen him develop new and profitable business opportunities throughout his career.   As global sales and marketing director, Imrie

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Next Generation AutoNaut USV Unveiled

The new generation of 5-meter AutoNaut unmanned surface vehicle (USV) boasts several new and upgraded features.   The latest wave foil technology enables speeds of 1-3 knots to be consistently maintained, with no need for fuel and for long endurance missions. The vessel has been ruggedized throughout and features improvements in the deployment system – for launch/recovery from ship or direct from slipway.   An enhanced rudder system makes the USV even more maneuverable – able to keep station within a 25-meter radius. Finally, the 5-metre has additional space and power to

Allan Pirie (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Invests $3.9 Mln in Its Rental Fleet

 Global subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology said it has invested £2.8 million ($3.9 million) in new technology over the past month in response to anticipated market demand. The company has stocked up with core survey, imaging, mapping and positioning systems from a range of industry suppliers including Teledyne, Sonardyne, R2Sonic, EdgeTech and Geometrics, in order to fully support customer projects. The announcement follows the recent completion of Ashtead’s joint venture with Forum Energy Technologies to provide subsea survey and ROV equipment rental services.

Unique System Purchases Two Pipe Trackers

to 3,000 meters. It retains greater than 85 percent of performance capability of the HydroPACT 440 while being 60 percent smaller and 70 percent lighter.   The HydroPACT 660 brings pipe tracking capabilities to smaller classes of ROV, for applications that were only previously available on larger vehicles such as work class ROVs and trenchers. The newly designed one-coil array measures 1200mm x 600mm and weighs less than 16kg, guaranteeing a small form factor package for end-users.   Unique System (UK) Ltd adds the HydroPACT 660 to its offering, joining a number of HydroPACT 440 systems already

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SMD Delivers Atom Mk1 ROV Systems to JFD

 Subsea design and manufacturing specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has delivered two 1,000-meter Atom Mk1 work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems to JFD Ltd, an underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defense markets.   The Atom systems, both equipped with ultra-compact launch and recovery systems (LARS) and SMD purpose-designed control and workshop cabins, provide a complete turnkey solution, which is essential for JFD in providing their customer, the Indian Navy, with reliable equipment for time critical missions.   Optimized for submarine

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Forum Energy Technologies Launches Electric ROV Range

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has launched its new electric remotely operated vehicle (EROV) range.   Designed and manufactured in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside Yorkshire facility, the XLe Spirit is the company’s first of a new generation of electric ROVs.   The vehicle is the smallest in the new range but is powerful enough to perform subsea maintenance and repair work with the use of its optional electric or hydraulic five function manipulator arm. The vehicle’s self regulating power feature compensates for tether losses ensuring a constant and stable power

Photo: Klein Marine Systems

Klein Marine Offers Side Scan Sonar Training

Klein Marine Systems, a manufacturer of side scan sonars, will be hosting a three day side scan sonar training at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, N.H. Practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, N.H.   Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2 .     Training Topics Principles of underwater acoustics (Sonar Record Analysis, Targets & Shad-ows, reflectivity of underwater materials

Sonardyne 6G Wideband Acoustics allows simultaneous operations by  multiple platforms. (Courtesy Sonardyne International)

Digital Ocean: Making Subsea Data More Easily Accessible

.   U.K.-based subsea acoustics and digital communications specialist Sonardyne International has been a major player in the offshore energy sector for many years. Its technology portfolio has been applied to the high-precision positioning of structures and equipment, to the navigation of unmanned vehicles, digital acoustic and optical communication systems, to asset monitoring and data logging and for high-resolution subsea imaging. With millions of dollars being spent daily, oil and gas sector companies are the most demanding customers, as they expect high levels of reliability and robustness,

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An Industry in Change

“What can we do differently?” The resonating question that over the last decade has reshaped a historically slow-moving industry into the fast-paced, innovation driven, entrepreneurial community we see today. By removing monopolies and making space for new concepts, we have seen smaller start-ups fast become leaders in their field. Today, both long established companies and newcomers alike must find the right a balance between innovation and reliability to thrive in an increasingly competitive space. I spoke with two companies – an established adaptor and one of the most successful

The SeaCat autonomous underwater vehicle (Photo: ATLAS MARIDAN)

ATLAS MARIDAN to Offer AUV Rental Services

ATLAS MARIDAN ApS. of Rungsted Kyst (Denmark), a subsidiary of the German naval systems supplier ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, has launched an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) rental service. The opportunity to rent ATLAS ELEKTRONIK’s latest unmanned underwater technology shall support customers within the offshore oil and gas, renewable energy, UxO and naval markets.   The AUV SeaCat has recently finalized its serial maturity process and concluded certifications covering a wide range of requirements for system robustness, environmental conditions, navigational accuracy and transport safety.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Hoskins/Released

USS Colorado Commissioned

 Colorado is the first submarine to bear the name and third vessel to be named for the state and was brought to life by her sponsor, Annie Maybus Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.    "To the crew of USS Colorado, this is your day" said Mabus, addressing the crowd and ship's company during the ceremony. "The commissioning crew truly does bring life to the boat. The pride I feel for the crew of this boat knows no bounds."    As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both

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US Navy Submarines Surface in the Arctic Circle

 A pair of U.S. Navy submarines recently surfaced in the Arctic Circle as part of multinational maritime exercise north of Alaska.   Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) and Seawolf-class fast attack submarine, USS Connecticut (SSN 22) surfaced in the Arctic Circle March 10 during the multinational maritime Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018.   Both submarines, as well the UK Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant (S91), are participating in the biennial exercise in the Arctic to train and validate the warfighting capabilities of submarines in extreme cold-water conditions

Shell Glider Subsea Jumper Leak courtesy Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Photo BSEE

BSEE : Investigation Report into Subsea Jumper Leak

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released the panel investigation report on the May 11, 2016 subsea jumper leak on a platform operated by Shell Offshore, Inc. The leak from Green Canyon Block 248 occurred on Subsea Well #4, resulting in an estimated release of 1,926 barrels of oil. The BSEE investigation panel concluded that the loss of containment in the Glider subsea system was caused by the ductile tensile overload fracture of the Load Limiting Joint of the Glider #4 jumper.  The ductile tensile overload fracture was caused by the bending loads imposed as a result of

Manipulator control using Dex-OS software integrated to VMAX ROV simulator during engineering analysis (Photo: BluHaptics)

Simulation Meets Automation to Enhance ROV Training and Analysis

.  Both systems operate on a laptops, which offers mobility, convenience and flexibility.   VMAX Product Director, Andy McAra stated: “We have seen a real increase of the use of 3D simulation products by engineers for evaluating subsea system designs and the way in which underwater vehicles interact with them. For those engineers who are a not accustomed to piloting an ROV let alone controlling a 7-function manipulator, we can now offer a very cost-effective and intuitive alternative to the legacy controller.   “We are very pleased to have this agreement in place which

Forum Majore ROV (Photo: Forum Subsea Technology)

ROV Sales for Forum Subsea Announced

Forum Subsea Technologies a subsidiary of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced a strong start to the year with three recent sales awards in Russia and Norway.   The deals will see the firm supplying four of its Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to academia and the aquaculture industry. These wins are in line with the company’s continued growth strategy to diversify into new ROV markets across the globe and complement its work in the oil and gas and renewables sectors.   The first sale is to an academic research facility in Russia. Awarded through Forum’s local

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