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Navy: $2.3B Deal for 12 Mine Hunting Ships

with military characteristics (acoustic and electromagnetic discretion, shock resistance)  adapted to the operational use targeted by the Belgian and Dutch navies. In particular, this vessel incorporates an implementation and recovery system for ECA Group's Inspector 125 unmanned surface vehicles (USV).  The drone systems on board these  vessels are the latest generation of drones developed by ECA Group over the past four years. They are integrated into the C2 MCM Umisoft system connected to the Naval Group's I4drones system to form the mine-warfare mission system integrated

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Magseis Fairfield Lines Up GoM Survey

Norway based marine seismic surveyor Magseis Fairfield announced Wednesday it has received a letter of intent (LoI) for a two-month deepwater data acquisition program in the Gulf of Mexico.The survey is due to commence late in the fourth quarter of 2019, the company said.Magseis Fairfield CEO Per Christian Grytnes said, “The award demonstrates our strong position in the Gulf of Mexico and the high activity level in this market.”

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Shearwater, Equinor to Develop Seismic Tech

Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS will collaborate with Equinor to develop next-generation marine seismic source technology for more efficient and environmentally friendly data collection.“This collaboration targets an untapped potential of seismic sources with the goal of delivering better quality seismic data faster than current source technology,” said Irene Waage Basili, CEO of Shearwater GeoServices. “We aim to bring about a step-change in productivity by completing surveys faster and reducing the overall cost and external impact of marine seismic acquisition.”Under the

The strategic collaboration for the multiclient sparse node program will create a data set utilizing high-end imaging to serve clients in field development phases and also enable near-field exploration in the congested areas within the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. (Image: TGS)

TGS, Schlumberger Partner for Ocean-bottom Node Project

TGS and Schlumberger’s geophysical services product line WesternGeco will work together to develop opportunities to co-invest in additional multiclient ocean-bottom node projects in the deepwater  U.S. Gulf of Mexico under a new collaboration agreement announced Wednesday.This collaboration includes the previously-announced 2,350 square kilometer Amendment Phase 1 project in the Mississippi Canyon and Atwater Valley protraction areas. Supported by industry prefunding, Amendment Phase 1 commenced in early 2019 and data acquisition is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2019.Both TGS

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Unique Group Targets Growth in Europe

Integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has appointed Matthew Gordon as regional vice president for the Europe & UK to oversee the company’s growth and expansion plans in the region. He will be based in Aberdeen, UK.With offices in the UK and the Netherlands, Unique Group has more than 25 years of experience in Europe with a track record in the subsea construction, diving and IRM industries. Gordon is now heading the region with immediate effect.Gordon has over 22 years of experience in the subsea oil and gas industry, with previous senior management roles held in

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Shearwater Wins Offshore Senegal Shoot

Geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices has confirmed the award of a high-density multi-azimuth 3D seismic acquisition contract over the SNE field offshore Senegal by Woodside.The contract covers the Sangomar, Sangomar Deep and Rufisque Offshore blocks, which include the SNE discovery, said a press release from the provider of 3D marine seismic data acquisition.The work, designed as high density and multi-azimuth survey, will be acquired by the Polar Marquis using 14 streamers, and FlexiSource triple source. Starting in early Q3 2019, the survey will take approximately 90 days to complete.“We

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Vessel Chartered to Support Titanic Dive

The Havila Harmony, a DP2, 93 meter long, multi-purpose support vessel, operated by Reach SubSea, will serve as the topside support vessel for citizen explorers, researchers, content experts, and crew throughout the 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition.The monumental survey led by OceanGate Expeditions, is a rare opportunity that combines exploration travel with scientific research to give private citizens, known as mission specialists, a chance to work alongside a team of experts to document and digitally preserve the historic maritime site.“The Havila Harmony is a state-of-the-art vessel operated by

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12-meter Ship Aims to Be First to Cross Atlantic Without a Crew

in Britain.The voyage is expected to take about 35 days.The ship was built by Sea-Kit International, which develops vessels for the maritime and research industries, for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a competition to autonomously survey the sea bed.It can launch and recover autonomous underwater vehicles but has the potential to operate in different roles with different cargo."(It is) almost like a utility pick-up vehicle of the sea, it's robust, it's adaptable, it's got a huge range," said SEA-KIT International Managing Director Ben Simpson.The vessel is operated by a hand-held

EIVA has joined the Sonardyne group of companies and will remain an independent Danish business and brand. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Acquires EIVA

Subsea technology and systems provider Sonardyne International announced Tuesday it has acquired maritime software and equipment specialist EIVA A/S.EIVA will join the Sonardyne group of companies while remaining an independent business and brand. EIVA Chief Executive Officer Jeppe Nielsen, who has been CEO since 2011, will remain in post, while Sonardyne’s Investment and Integration Director Stephen Fasham will take on the role of Chairman.The terms of the acquisition, which was for EIVA A/S and its parent company EIVA Holdings A/S, were not disclosed.For Sonardyne, the acquisition is the

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Subsea Templates Installed on Nova Field

Two subsea templates have been installed for the Wintershall Dea operated Nova project offshore Norway, marking the first operational landmark for the new company formed from the May 1 merger of Wintershall and DEA.The Nova oil field, located in the Norwegian North Sea, 120 kilometers northwest of Bergen, is being developed with the two subsea templates tied back to the nearby Neptune-operated Gjøa platform in the North Sea. Gjøa will receive the well stream, and provide water injection and gas lift to the Nova field. A new module will be lifted onto Gjøa in 2020.Subsea 7’s

DOF vessels Skandi Vega and Skandi Iceman involved in offshore operations (Photo courtesy of Equinor, by Espen Roennevik, Roar Lindefjeld)

Partners Set Out to Cut Offshore Emissions

Norwegian partners Kongsberg Maritime, DOF, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE have set out to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for complex offshore operations, while streamlining fleet-wide maintenance.Enabled through sponsorship and support from Innovation Norway, the partnership will develop a sophisticated new Decision Support System (DSS) for offshore vessel operations. This new predictive, intelligent, and dynamic guidance tool will act as the foundation for DOF to simplify operational complexity with objective measurement, ultimately enabling optimal utilization and more sustainable

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New Offshore Wind Foundation Tested

A “potentially revolutionary” new offshore wind foundation is being put to the test, says hydraulic engineering and offshore renewable energy specialist HR Wallingford.The company is working with partners Offshore Design Engineering (ODE), DNV-GL, Cambridge University and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to test and certify the Gravity Tripod, a new offshore wind foundation concept designed by Offshore Wind Logistics and Construction (OWLC).The solution, which is currently being subjected to extensive physical model testing, is intended to help keep costs down as offshore wind

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UMass Dartmouth to Host Renewable Energy Conference

UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to host renewable energy conference on May 23. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center-sponsored event will bring together experts in offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy.On May 23, at 10 a.m., the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting the second Annual Marine Renewable Energy Conference entitled Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water at 151 Martine Street in Fall River.The event, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, will gather experts in offshore wind, wave, and

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Ocean Infinity to Support Shell Survey

US based seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity announced it will support Australian marine survey company Guardian Geomatics on an extensive hydrographic project for Shell.The project, which is planned to commence in June 2019 will be run from Ocean Infinity’s vessel Seabed Constructor and will collect hydrographic data over an area in excess of 800 square kilometers, using up to three Ocean Infinity unmanned surface vessels (USVs), the company said.Guardian Geomatics, based in Perth, services the offshore oil and gas and renewable markets, with a footprint across Australia

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French Frigate Sonars Get an Upgrade

Since summer 2017, four vessels equipped with analog sonars have been upgraded using RTsys AS3i technology (Analog Surface Ship Sonar Improvement), which digitalized and improved the processing of signals rendered by sensors.Brittany-based company RTSYS does not only deals with AUV, subsea recorders and buoys, but can also display a full range of sonar systems such as handheld devices for divers or sonar retrofit. The latter of which led the French SME to lately offer in summer 2017 its services to the French Navy by upgrading analogue sonars on four frigates.In accordance with the ACORES public

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AIS Data: History & Future

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) was developed with the sole goal of improving maritime safety by allowing ships in proximity to one another to automatically exchange information regarding their name, course, speed, type, cargo, etc.  The exchange of this information would allow conning officers on each ship to make better decisions regarding the possibility of close encounters and the need to change course and/or speed.  It would also make it easier for one ship to contact the other by radio-telephone to hopefully remove any doubt.  To that extent, AIS has largely worked as

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Aker Solutions Raises 2019 Forecasts

Norway's Aker Solutions ASA raised its 2019 revenue outlook on expected higher spending on the offshore oil services and reported better than expected first-quarter profits, lifting its shares on Tuesday.The upbeat sentiment on oilfield spending is a result of record cashflows accumulated by oil companies on the back of cost-saving measures instigated since the 2014 oil slump and rising crude prices as the market has recovered.Oslo-listed Aker now expects revenue to rise by close to 10 percent in 2019, citing a strong order intake and continued high tendering activity, with its underlying core

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Survey Vessel Joins Hunt for Lost F-35

Japan expanded its search for a missing F-35 stealth fighter on  with a maritime survey vessel joining a navy ship and a U.S. Navy salvage team is expected in the area in coming days, a Japanese air force spokesman said.Only small pieces of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force aircraft's tail have been found since the advanced jet disappeared from radar screens during an exercise with three other F-35s over the Pacific, near northwest Japan, on April 9."The plane and the pilot are still missing," the air force spokesman said. Investigators have been unable to unravel the fate of the

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Teledyne Introduces New ADCP

Building upon the 20-year success of its Long Ranger Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) announces the launch of its next-generation long-range ADCP, the Pinnacle 45.Rated to a depth of 2,000 meters, the 45 kiloHertz phased array Pinnacle ADCP delivers a 1,000-meter current profiling range with a decreased size and weight, a game-changing field-swappable system configuration for real-time or self-contained applications, independent or interlaced long-range and high-resolution modes, as well as many other innovative new features and product enhancements.The Pinnacle

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Unique Group Debuts New Survey USV

Unique Group, a provider of  services and solutions for the offshore, subsea and life support industries, has designed and developed its first Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) called Uni-Cat.With proven hydrographic survey capabilities, the Uni-Cat can be used effectively for bathymetry survey offshore and in shallow waters, claimed a press release from the integrated subsea and offshore solution provider."It is ideal to be used in locations where conventional survey methods are not feasible," the release said.The Uni-Cat USV is purpose built with a long-lasting battery and the endurance

3D at Depth SL3 non-touch data collection process with the TBD-1 Devastator Aircraft (Credit: Air/Sea Heritage Foundation photo by Brett Seymour)

Subsea Wreck Brought to Life by Lasers

An innovative underwater survey technique that integrates photogrammetry with Subsea laser LiDAR (SL) technology has helped create accurate, precise, reverse engineered 3D models of a rare and historically significant aircraft resting at the bottom of the sea.The technique was developed during an October 2018 expedition with the nonprofit Air/Sea Heritage Foundation to document the largely intact wreck of a US Navy Douglas TBD-1 Devastator aircraft on the seafloor of the Jaluit Lagoon in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).Of the 129 Devastators built, all were either lost in battle, destroyed

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Seabed Leveling Completed at Newhaven

Tug masters from Shoreham Port’s marine team have been carrying out vital seabed leveling works in nearby Newhaven Port this week. Bed leveling is one of the many services the port offer, alongside diving, crew changing and operational services.Seabed leveling is a modern-day dredging technique used in ports and harbors, by which a plough is towed behind a tugboat along the seabed to level high spots and ridges, moving the material to nearby low spots. The plough is fitted with teeth to cut into the seabed material and is very efficient in moving materials such as clay, sand, silt and gravel

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Underwater Metal Detectors Get the Job Done

What happens when a ship's propeller dislodges from a vessel and falls to the murky bottom below? Most of the time, the operator does not have the necessary tools to find the missing equipment and must hire an outside diving company to aid in the search. These companies utilize a varying degree of equipment from sonar systems to underwater metal detectors.Marine Diving Service, which provides marine diving services to customers on the east coast of the United States, utilizes JW Fishers’ Pulse 8X in its daily operations. Marine Diving Service's salvage track record includes everything

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A SmallSat AUV Network

technological gains on the world. That’s what’s happening in the background — a smallish network of the best scientists from around the world are orchestrating the communications and robotics that’ll yield groundbreaking achievement in the networked use of autonomous underwater vehicles, or AUVs.If you contact Professor Kanna Rajan, as we did, he’ll tell you he’s not the world’s foremost “drone” researcher, yet he’s programmed at least two Mars missions and advises a transatlantic network of scientists on the use of AUVs and satellites. Prof

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Drones for Coastal Enviro Management

water, in this example jellyfish, as well as birds in flight.In addition to the field results from MBARI, and other science users, the workshop presented new ideas for drones that can operate both in the air and underwater. North Carolina State University presented concepts for cross-domain autonomous vehicles (XAVs). With DARPA sponsorship and a partnership with Teledyne Scientific, this team built a fixed wing drone that can fly and swim. This system, dubbed EagleRay, was developed and tested extensively between 2015 and 2016. The EagleRay vehicle is a UAV-UUV hybrid based on a fixed-wing VTOL design

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