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T12 with SeaFLIR230 installed (credit: Jack Rowley)

USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

companies have been proactive in ensuring the safety and viability of their platforms. That said, using current technology, this is often dull, dirty and dangerous work that impedes routine full and complete inspections of these platforms. Today, platform operators depend on divers and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) of various types to perform these inspections. The process is slow and tedious and one that puts these divers at excessive risk.Several companies have proposed technology-enabled solutions that can provide faster and more thorough inspections of these enormously expensive platforms and help

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Ashtead Partners with 4Subsea

Subsea equipment rental, sales and services provider Ashtead Technology announced it has entered into a global strategic partnership with 4Subsea.Under the deal, Ashtead said it will add 4Subsea’s sensors to its portfolio for inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services and gain access to 4Subsea’s domain experts within subsea production, well intervention and drilling. 4Subsea hardware and digital services delivery through Ashtead’s sales and distribution network including facilities in Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Halifax, Houston and Singapore.Allan Pirie, CEO of Ashtead, said

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Fugro to Mobilize Edda Sun for IRM Work

Dutch offshore surveyor Fugro said Friday it is set to commence its first project using the multipurpose remotely operated vehilve (ROV) support vessel, Edda Sun, with mobilization for an inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) contract planned for March 2019.The 2009-built, versatile and high weather capable Edda Sun is on a two year charter from owner Østensjø Rederi to Fugro, who said the vessel enhances its IRM, construction and decommissioning support services in Europe.The 85-meter Edda Sun can accommodate up to 72 personnel and is equipped with a Sikorsky S 92 compatible helideck

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Ørsted Collaborates with US Fishing Coalition on Offshore Wind

Global developer of offshore wind farms Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind has entered into a partnership agreement with Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) to improve communications between the seafood industry and offshore wind energy developers.“This first-of-its-kind partnership will create an unprecedented opportunity for commercial fishermen to provide direct input to the wind energy industry on matters of significant interest to their businesses,” according to the statement issued in Boston by the RODA, originally organized by scallop fishermen and others to protect their

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EdgeTech Delivers ERB for Deewater Acoustic Release Mooring Recovery

EdgeTech, a provider of high resolution sonar imaging systems, acoustic release systems and underwater technology, said it recently delivered an innovative solution for deepwater acoustic release mooring recovery.The Emergency Recovery Beacon (ERB) is a self-contained, programable acoustic command transmitter and transponder in a 6,000 meter rated nickel aluminium bronze alloy housing that can be lowered from the side of a vessel below any surface noise, shipboard noise or thermoclines.The ERB is programmed through a serial port using a computer running a terminal program and can transmit EdgeTech LF

Ivar Aasen platform (Photo: Aker BP)

Ivar Aasen Now Operated from Land

Aker BP on Wednesday said it has begun operating the permanently manned North Sea platform Ivar Aasen from an onshore control room in Trondheim, Norway.The Ivar Aasen platform was constructed with two identical control rooms – one on the platform and the other in Trondheim – and the Norwegian company said the plan has always been to move the controls to land. The company received the green light from Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority in November and this week started using its onshore site to monitor facilities, production, equipment and follow up everything that takes place on

HUGIN AUV System (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Swire Seabed Orders a HUGIN AUV

Bergen based Swire Seabed has ordered its first autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), a HUGIN system configured for commercial survey applications from manufacturer Kongsberg Maritime, the firm announced Thursday.According to Swire Seabed, the purchase is part of an ongoing drive to develop a fully-automated inspection and survey solution for various mission profiles.“The acquisition of our first AUV is a significant milestone for Swire Seabed as it demonstrates our long term commitment to go beyond current industry needs and gear ourselves to meet future market demands through innovation and

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IUEM Chooses iXblue Equipment

Navigation, positioning and underwater imaging solutions provider iXblue said it has been chosen by the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) to provide 8 Canopus long baseline (LBL) transponders for a geodetic mission off the coast of Sicily. Deployed on the seabed, 2,500 meters below the surface, the Canopus transponders will measure the crustal deformation along the North-South Alfeo faults with a millimeter-scale resolution over the course of four years.Hubert Pelletier, Head of iXblue Acoustic division, said, “Because the Canopus transponders precisely meet the exacting requirements

Island Pride (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity to Conduct AUV Surveys for Petrobras

, Ocean Infinity will go to work in the the Campos, Espirito Santo and Santos basins offshore Brazil, mapping an area of 5,000km2 and inspecting 12,000km of pipelines. Work will commence in mid-2019, and the contract duration is for three years.Ocean Infinity will operate a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) from its vessel Island Pride in water depths of between 50 meters and 3,000 meters. The data collected by Ocean Infinity will then be interpreted and reported upon by Cepemais. The Brazilian project, which follows recent work for Woodside on the Scarborough Field offshore Western Australia

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Autonomy: L3 ASV, Dstl Complete Demos

L3 ASV announced the completion of a series of demonstrations at the Australian Defense Showcase, Autonomous Warrior 18.In support of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), L3 ASV operated a 9-m vessel outfitted with autonomous navigation capability for reconnaissance, interdiction and patrol tasks.The vessel, dubbed MAST-9, operated in fully autonomous mode, including COLREG aware collision avoidance, navigating the waterways at speeds of up to 40 knots, for over 80 hours, across the two-week event. MAST-9 successfully executed seven different task types comprising loiter, shadow

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Maritime Training: Take the MarTID Global Survey

The second annual global Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) survey examines the impact of the autonomy trend in maritime operations on the training of future seafarers, and is officially open.The MarTID 2019 SurveyTo facilitate a broader response, this year the MarTID steering group opted to both shorten the survey and to offer three, targeted versions: one for vessel operators, one for training institutions and one for seafarers.What is MarTID?MarTID is a noncommercial, joint initiative of the World Maritime University, Marine Learning Systems and New Wave Media. Its core principles include

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Underwater Custom Cable for Cinque Terre Marine

NOVACAVI provided a tailor-made underwater hybrid cable solution to meet the Ligurian Cluster for Marine Technologies (DLTM) needs in enhancing marine and coastal environmental monitoring system in the Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area.12XM473 underwater cable is a hybrid power and multi-protocol transmission cable specifically engineered to handle its tough subsea application and to withstand long-term deployment in saltwater while connecting sea bottom, subsea sensors and buoy.NOVACAVI is honored to play a part in developing technological solutions to support research on marine ecosystems and to

Subsea Innovation Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems (EPRS) used to prolong and protect operational life and production efficiency of subsea oil and gas pipelines. (Photo: Subsea Innovation)

Subsea Innovation Achieves DNV GL Type Approval

integrity on the huge amount critical infrastructure which crisscross the globe.”Subsea Innovation, part of Tekmar Group, has delivered nine such systems in the last two years which enabled the company to apply for the DNV GL type approval. Of these nine systems, five are fully remotely operated vehicle (ROV) automated, utilizing Subsea Innovations in-house designed hydraulic reversible bolt tensioners, which allows for installation and operational in deep water down to 1,350m. The company said it is currently developing systems for even deeper water, with a client list including Subsea7, RasGas

“Two Thales unmanned surface vessels are pictured entering Plymouth Sound for the first time.”

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Sensor and AI System for Plymouth Sound

M Subs Ltd has announced it has installed a ‘game changing’ sensor system with connected artificial intelligence (AI) machine-learning technology around Plymouth Sound as part of the vision to turn the city into a center of excellence in maritime autonomy and unmanned vehicles.Plymouth-based M Subs  will operate a secure network of cameras, radars, and other sensors which will provide situational awareness and communications with the unmanned vehicles operating out of the city’s harbor.The system will also provide the command & control of unmanned vehicles using the nearby

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Arctic Rays Chooses GTS as West Coast Rep

Arctic Rays LLC, an underwater technology specialist in the design and manufacturing of high-performance lights, cameras and sub-sea equipment, has announced GTS Consulting as the company’s west coast representative. The territory for GTS Consulting on behalf of Arctic Rays includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

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Saipem to Advance Shell's FlatFish Technology

Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem said it will work with Shell to further enhance key features of the oil major’s proprietary subsea autonomous vehicle, FlatFish.Since March 2018, Saipem has been the sole developer of FlatFish technology for Shell. FlatFish is a resident subsea autonomous vehicle able to perform complex inspection tasks, particularly suited to Brazil’s pre-salt offshore fields. It was previously developed by Brazilian research institution SENAI CIMATEC in partnership with DFKI over a four-year project funded by the Brazilian oil and gas regulator ANP's research and

BOKA Constructor (Photo: Boskalis)

Boskalis Wins Subsea Work in the Middle East

services, including integrity assessments for offshore platforms and tripods, wellhead jacket inspections, integrity assessments and inspections of pipelines and light ad-hoc construction work.Boskalis said it will deploy the diving support vessel BOKA Constructor with a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) for this contract, fully crewed with air diving/ROV teams and options for saturation diving

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Forum Bags Mojave ROV Deal

Oilfield products company Forum Energy Technologies said it has sealed a contract to supply a Mojave remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for the Norwegian firm ESEA Marine.Sub-Atlantic Mojave will also be used by ESEA Submarine’s sister company, ESEA Marine AS, which has customers that include fish farms, port authorities and insurance companies, said the international oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion and  production sectors of the oil and natural gas industry.In addition, the Mojave will play a training role in helping ROV pilots to develop their skills.

DriX USV (Photo: iXBlue)

iXblue Partners with Forssea

, imagery and subsea positioning solutions, said it has joined forces with Forssea, a robotics startup that develops autonomous docking underwater technologies, to bring more agile and cost-effective subsea operations.Combining Forssea’s Atoll, an observation-class remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) that offers autonomous docking capabilities, with iXblue’s DriX offshore going unmanned surface vessel (USV) and its Gaps ultra-short baseline (USBL) embedded gondola, both companies are now offering a new method of long baseline (LBL) transponders array deployment and calibration.The

Zooglider (top) with a selection of zooplankton imagery the robot has captured. Top photo: Benjamin Whitmore

New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically

in the ocean – carbon cycling, fisheries production, harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, deoxygenation – are linked directly to the free-drifting animals of the open sea, the zooplankton,” Ohman said. “This is our first window on their world through a completely autonomous vehicle. We're excited by the new opportunities Zooglider offers to visualize and understand these organisms, unperturbed in their natural environment.”The data collected by Zooglider will provide knowledge about zooplankton dynamics that yields indirect information about the phytoplankton upon

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