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OI 2018 London: That's a Wrap

Just back from London and the Oceanology International exhibition put on at Excel London, and without hesitation it is clear to see that Reed Exhibitions retains the honor of putting together the largest, best and most influential subsea business and technology conference and exhibition in the world.   I and the entire staff of Marine Technology Reporter regularly traverse the globe all year long, visiting, attending and exhibiting at events large and small, near and far. There are many fine events, but the Oceanology International event in London perpetually seems to put it all together

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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SBG Systems Launches Navsight Marine Solution at OI2018

SBG Systems releases at the Oceanology International trade show in London (UK), the Navsight Marine Solution, a full high performance inertial navigation solution designed to made surveyors’ tasks easier on both shallow and deep water.   Built on a proven technology, Navsight strengthens SBG Systems position as leading innovator in the marine technology market. Navsight Marine Solution consists in an Inertial Measurement Unit available at two different performance levels (from shallow to deep water), and connected to Navsight, a rugged processing unit embedding the fusion intelligence

The offshore wind market is moving from niche to being one of the leading sources of renewable energy. Photo courtesy NorSea Group

Norsea, Wilhelmsen Bag Offshore Wind Deal

NSG Wind and Wilhelmsen Ship Management have together won a five year frame agreement with TenneT, a leading European electricity transmission system operator. NSG Wind and Wilhelmsen Ship Management have secured a frame agreement running until 2022. The framework agreement is to provide a complete technical maintenance solution for TenneT’s off- and onshore transformer stations and AC electricity transmission systems.   Dennis Jul Pedersen, CEO of NSG Wind, says: “The offshore wind market is moving from niche to being one of the leading sources of renewable energy. Securing this

Gravity Based Foundation  for the offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak in Denmark  KFBE Installation Photo courtesy Ian De Nul Group

Largest foundation for Kriegers Flak OWF installed

Only a few days after the first Gravity Based Foundation was installed, the project team of Jan De Nul Group floated off and installed the second and even larger GBF for the offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak in Denmark. The weather was favourable and the installation operation of this 10,000 tonnes masterpiece went according to plan.   The barge containing the GBF submerged, the heavy lift vessel Rambiz connected to the GBF through its crane hooks and towed out the structure once it started to float. An assisting tug subsequently towed the Rambiz together with the structure to its final installati

AWI sea-ice physicists have ericted an ice camp to investigate melt ponds on Arctic sea ice. (Photo Alfred-Wegener-Institut  Mar Fernandez)

Threat from wandering greenhouse gas

On the seafloor of the shallow coastal regions north of Siberia, microorganisms produce methane when they break down plant remains. If this greenhouse gas finds its way into the water, it can also become trapped in the sea ice that forms in these coastal waters. As a result, the gas can be transported thousands of kilometres across the Arctic Ocean and released in a completely different region months later. This phenomenon is the subject of an article by researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, published in the current issue of the online journal Scientific Reports. Although this interaction

Steve Swindell (Photo: Xodus Group)

Xodus Delivers Tunisian Decommissioning study for TPS

Xodus Group has delivered a decommissioning and abandonment study for wells, surface and subsea facilities in Tunisia on behalf of Thyna Petroleum Services (TPS).   Xodus developed a decommissioning cost estimate for four onshore fields, one offshore field and two onshore storage and processing sites. The six-week study provided a high-level risk and opportunities assessment and reviewed regulatory and environmental aspects for facility and infrastructure removal.   The scope of work also included the creation of an asset register, the development of an abandonment strategy and site

Lt. Anthony Matus uses an XBox controller to maneuver the photonic mast aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Colorado (SSN 788). Colorado is the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine and is scheduled to be commissioned March 17, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson

US Navy to Commission Submarine USS Colorado

The U.S. Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during a ceremony Saturday, March 17, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. The principal speaker will be U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. Annie Mabus, daughter of 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “USS Colorado is a true marvel of technology and innovation, and it shows the capability that our industrial partners bring to

Globalstar Satellite Technology to Combat North Sea Pollution

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. and satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies provider, announced  that SPOT Trace and Globalstar satellite communications are helping researchers at the University of Oldenburg in Germany better understand and combat plastic pollution in the North Sea. A team from the University’s Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment is studying the movement of floating plastic pollution to get a clear picture of the drift patterns. PhD student Jens Meyerjürgens explains:

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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

Ocean surface currents around the world. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The Evolution of Ocean Models

During the 1970s, the first global ocean models emerged at research centers across the U.S. Back then, their construction was basic by modern standards, but like the models of today the researchers creating them aimed to simulate the world’s oceans by coding the mathematical equations of fluid motion on a sphere. Those efforts made use of the most sophisticated computing power available at the time, but realistic simulations of the ocean were years away.   Today, things have moved along.    Ocean modelers are much closer to simulating accurate representations of the real ocean

A system having capacity to handle pressure testing at deeper waters than the deepest ocean point known, Mariana Trench Image by WHOI and Optime

WHOI Installs Hyperbaric Pressure System

The Massachusetts based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) installed its newest 1380bar (20 000psi) hyperbaric pressure system supplied from Optime Subsea as part of a new test building and pit on WHOI’s premises.  The hyperbaric testing system hasbeen delivered by Optime Subsea with an inner diameter of 635mm (25in) and a height of 2 500mm (98in). It has just beeninstalled at WHOI’s facilities in Woods Hole, MA and includes both a pressure vessel and a control system.The new test chamber is part of a grant awarded from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Massachusse

Prysmian to Order Cable Layer Newbuild

Prysmian Group announced it will invest more than €170 million ($210.3 million) in a new cable laying vessel to be delivered by the second quarter of 2020.   The group said the vessel  will support long-term growth prospects in the submarine cable installation business, strengthening its interconnection and offshore wind project execution capabilities.    According to the Prysmian Group, the vessel will offer deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 2,000 m; increased cable loading capacity thanks to large cable rotating platforms; capability to perform

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

Polaris (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Scores Contract Hat-Trick with Supermajor

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore announced three individual multimillion dollar contract wins with an oil and gas supermajor.   The initial contract will see Bibby Offshore complete riser replacement works including a production/test riser and riser buoy connector pipe changeout at one of the major’s oil fields, situated in the Central North Sea.   Engineering work for this project commenced in Q4 2017, with dive support vessel (DSV) Bibby Polaris and a construction support vessel (CSV) scheduled to mobilize in Q2 this year with a reel lay spread and tensioner to deploy

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New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

NOAA acting administrator retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., has appointed three new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support safe navigation and coastal resilience.   The new members of the panel are: Sean M. Duffy Sr., executive director, Big River Coalition, New Orleans, La. Retired USCG Capt. Ed Page, executive director, Marine Exchange of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska Julie Thomas, senior advisor, Southern California, Coastal Ocean

Map showing CGG’s 3D data coverage in the pre-salt area offshore Brazil. (Photo: CGG)

CGG Begins Deepwater Survey Offshore Brazil

CGG said it has commenced acquisition of a large broadband 3D multi-client survey in the pre-salt area of the deepwater Santos Basin. Santos VIII is the most recent survey in CGG’s vast ongoing pre-salt program that delivers ultramodern seismic data, enabling exploration companies to better evaluate pre-salt opportunities in advance of Brazil’s pre-salt licensing rounds.   Santos VIII covers an area of over 8,000 km2 adjacent to the Peroba, Pau Brasil and Boumerangue fields. The resulting BroadSeis data will be imaged with CGG’s advanced full-waveform inversion (FWI) technology

Photo: Hemisphere GNSS

Multi-GNSS Vector Smart Antennas Launched

Today from the Oceanology International exhibition and conference in London, UK, Hemisphere GNSS announced the new single-frequency, multi-GNSS Vector V123 and V133 all-in-one smart antennas with integrated Atlas L-band designed for professional and commercial marine applications.   Powered by Hemisphere's Crescent Vector technology, the new V123 and V133 are multi-GNSS compass systems using GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS for simultaneous satellite tracking to offer heading, position, heave, pitch, and roll. With support for NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000, and continuing to offer ease of

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

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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

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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

Side Scan Sonar Image of USS Lexington Wreckage and it’s Aircraft on the Sea Floor.  Credit to Paul Allen, the R/V Petrel team. (Photo: EdgeTech)

EdgeTech Sonar Utilized in Search of the USS Lexington

EdgeTech, a leader in high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, was recently  honored to learn that it’s industry leading side scan sonar technology was once again used by the Research Vessel Petrel and Paul Allen’s talented team in the discovery of the USS Lexington.   The USS Lexington, one of the first aircraft carriers built and commissioned by the United States of America, was sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 off the coast of Australia. The wreckage was discovered in approximately 3,000 meters of water. EdgeTech side scan sonar systems

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MH370 Report to Be Released after Latest Search Ends

The full investigation report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be released after the latest search efforts are completed, officials said on Thursday, four years after the aircraft first went missing.   Flight MH370, carrying 239 people onboard, became one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries when it disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.   Malaysia agreed in January to pay U.S. firm Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it found the plane during an offshore search effort that is underway and expected to end in June.   T

(Photo: OceanGate)

Titanic Survey Personnel to Receive Helicopter Safety Training

The expedition team due to survey the Titanic shipwreck in a few months’ time will receive helicopter safety training before diving down to the historic shipwreck this summer.   The group leading the 2018 Titanic Survey Expedition, manned-submersible services provider OceanGate Inc., said Falck Safety Services Canada will provide Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) for the expedition crew, mission specialists and content experts who will fly about 400 miles due south from St. John’s, Newfoundland to rendezvous with the dive support ship at sea in June.   In preparation

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