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Fugro to perform seabed surveys at world's biggest offshore wind farm

15.03.2016
DONG Energy has appointed Fugro to perform offshore pre-construction surveys at the Walney Extension offshore wind farm off the UK’s Cumbria coast. The pre-construction and engineering survey will provide detailed information to the Walney Extension project team, including additional geophysical data to ensure the seabed is clear of obstructions, including unexploded Second World War ordnance (UXO).

Horizon Surpass Traditional Drilling Expectations With Revolutionary 200kN Seabed CPT in Denmark

13.03.2016
Horizon Geosciences’ revolutionary, 200kN Seabed CPT system was used recently with great success on a complex geotechnical site investigation for Vattenfall, offshore Denmark. Horizon’s scope of work centered around turbine locations in the North Sea windfarm as well as infield cable routes. The programme of work included downhole sampling and CPT testing, seismic CPT testing, pressuremeter testing, P-S Logging, vibrocoring and seabed CPTs.

BATTELLE HorizonVue™ M360 Video System Unveiled to Maritime Industry at Oceanology International

13.03.2016
Game-changing ROV video system gives 360-degree view in real time and back on shore. Battelle’s unique HorizonVue 360 interactive camera and viewing software will be demonstrated to attendees of the Oceanology International conference in London March 15-17. The video system is now available for sale or rental throughout the global offices of Seatronics Ltd., specialists in marine electronic equipment.

Nautilus Seafloor Production Tools arrive in Oman

11.03.2016
Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, OTCQX:NUSMF, OTC:NUSMF Nasdaq Intl Designation) (the "Company" or "Nautilus") announces, on behalf of the Solwara 1 Joint Venture (comprising Nautilus 85% and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited 15%, a subsidiary of Petromin Holdings PNG), that the three Seafloor Production Tools (“SPTs”) have arrived safely at Duqm Port in Oman.

Sales to Jan De Nul Group

11.03.2016
NORBIT has secured orders from Jan De Nul Group, through their Benelux dealer Seabed BV, for several tightly integrated all-in-one turnkey multibeam sonar systems. These compact survey systems allow for fastest set-to-work on any sized survey platform while allowing for highest quality broadband FM data from a forgiving curved receiver array. The systems each include a full Inertial Navigation Systems and surface sound speed probe and only one cable from wet-end to the small splash-proof topside.

Sustained Low Oil Price Sinks Deepwater Projects, 2016-2020 Deepwater Spend to Total $137 Billion

10.03.2016
Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecasts deepwater expenditure to total $137 billion (bn) between 2016 and 2020. This represents a 35% decline compared to DW’s previous edition of the deepwater forecast, covering the 2015-2019 period and issued at the end of March 2015. Report author, Mark Adeosun, commented, “The prolonged low oil price has impacted the deepwater market, with operators considering alternative development options and delaying the sanctioning of new projects. Compared to the same point last year – where we saw 210 potential projects visible for installation in the coming five-year period – we now expect 118 projects to be installed 2016-2020.

Technip awarded a three-year contract by Total E&P Angola for engineering services

10.03.2016
Technip Angola Engenharia Limitada, a joint venture between Technip and Sonangol, was awarded by Total E&P Angola a three-year engineering services contract. This contract covers services for the existing Girassol, Pazflor, Dalia and CLOV floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units and associated subsea field development. These FPSOs are located in Block 17, offshore Angola.

Marine Service Companies Successfully Track Pipes and Cables

10.03.2016
Utility companies have been laying pipes and cables across the ocean floor for more than a century. Prior to the introduction of GPS, marking their position was a difficult and tedious task, fraught with error. It is extremely important to know the exact location of existing lines before undertaking dredging operations or when new pipes and cables are laid down. Regulations require they be buried from several feet to several meters under the bottom to prevent snagging by boat anchors and fishing trawls. The amount of overburden typically makes it impossible to find these lines with conventional metal detectors as the burial depth is beyond their detection range. Two pieces of equipment that have proved most effective are the pinpointing magnetometer and the cable tracker. The pinpointing magnetometer is a very sensitive instrument that locates iron and steel pipes buried up to 16 feet in the bottom, and the cable tracker is powerful enough to detect a power or communications cable at more than 30 feet away.

The ISE AUV Mission Playback Tool

10.03.2016
AUV Mission Playback Tool

Shark Marine donates ROV Parts

10.03.2016
Shark Marine donates $20,000 of ROV to CHAA’s Aircraft Recovery Team to support our ROV program.


CHAA’s ROV Team

10.03.2016
The CHAA ROV Team is rebuilding two ROVs and is providing pilot training.

Welcome to the CHAA Aircraft Recovery Team Blog

10.03.2016
In October of 2001 the CHAA Recovery Team was formed under the guidance of Bob Hewitt with the concept of recovering Canadian historical aircraft within the great lakes region. Bob along with the assistance of Charley Fox, Len Fallowfield, Bill Scott, Kent Beckham, Everett Hillsdon, Dave Delaney, Martin Hodgson and Murray Manning have contributed their time and extensive energy in researching possible site locations. This Team plans to recover these aircrafts with the intention of restoring them to flying condition or for use as static displays.

Fugro begins site investigations at Hollandse Kust (ZUID) wind farm zone

09.03.2016
Fugro has commenced preliminary site investigations at the Hollandse Kust (zuid) Wind Farm Zone in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The site characterisation specialist will perform geophysical surveys from its 54-metre multi-purpose survey vessel, Fugro Pioneer and the 40-metre Victor Hensen. The work will take place over a period of 3 to 4 weeks and will focus on mapping the seabed characteristics and sub-surface soil conditions.

Greensea Appoints New Production Manager.Subsea robotics company streamlines production for their navigation and control systems.

09.03.2016
Greensea Systems, Inc., a world leader in navigation and automation for marine vehicles, announces that Jason LaShelle has joined the firm as Production Manager. LaShelle will plan, coordinate, and control manufacturing processes for the company, ensuring a high level of efficiency. Jason comes to Greensea from the United States Coast Guard, where he was in charge of systems integration and quality assurance.

Sonardyne to debut expanded line-up of subsea vehicle navigation technologies at OI 2016

08.03.2016
Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd, Stand F300, will debut its expanded line-up of ROV and AUV navigation solutions during next week’s Oceanology International exhibition and conference in London.

Nautilus Minerals rings the Nasdaq stock market closing bell

08.03.2016
Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX: NUS, OTCQX: NUSMF) (the "Company" or "Nautilus") has today visited the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to ring the stock market closing bell. Nautilus’ Chairman Geoff Loudon, who rang the closing bell commented, “It was a great honour to be here today and to be given the opportunity to take part in this ceremony. As mentioned by our President and CEO, Mike Johnston, the U.S. capital markets represent the largest pool of investor capital in the world. The Nasdaq is globally renowned as the “home of innovation”, and we are excited to have become part of its story, as we aim to make seafloor mining a reality in Q1 2018.”

Funder running towards the offshore market, not away from it

08.03.2016
The ongoing oil price volatility has taken its toll on all aspects of companies who operate in support of offshore work and that includes funding options. However, Bridge & York Capital Partners (“BYCP”) takes a much more granular approach in dealing with clients and transactions, and advises its appetite for the right client with the right opportunity is even stronger than previously.

IMCA on OCIMF working group updating MEG3

07.03.2016
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has been invited to assist with the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) working group on the revision of ‘Mooring Equipment Guidelines’, the third edition - MEG3 - which was published in 2008.
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