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M² Subsea Appoints US General Manager and Senior Vice President of Commercial

The US operation of M² Subsea has announced the appointment of a new general manager and senior vice president of commercial as the firm embarks on the next stage of its growth strategy. Based in Houston, Paddy Hardey will be responsible for implementing the firm’s global commercial and contracting principals to ensure the strategic development and continued growth of the fledging subsea company. Overseeing the Woodlands, Texas, based US business and all commercial, tendering activity and contract negotiations across M² Subsea’s core business functions, Hardey will focus on the successful delivery of work for the firm’s key clients across the globe.

Forum signs Comanche deal with Baltic Diver Germany

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the sale of two Sub-Atlantic™ Comanche ROVs to international diving contractor Baltic Taucherei- und Bergungsbetrieb Rostock GmbH (Baltic Diver Germany). The deal, supported by distributor Scholz Ingenieur Bϋro, will see both systems delivered at the beginning of May 2017 following an optimised manufacturing schedule. The Forum Sub-Atlantic Comanche was chosen due to its high thrust-to-weight ratio and compact laydown requirements which make it ideally suited for the operating environments expected by Baltic Diver.

Oceaneering Announces Anadarko Constellation Umbilical Contract

Oceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering”) (NYSE:OII) announced that it secured a contract from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (“Anadarko”) (NYSE: APC) to supply the umbilical for Anadarko’s Constellation subsea tieback in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The contract is for a dynamic and static electro-hydraulic steel tube control umbilical, and associated hardware. Oceaneering plans to design and manufacture the umbilical at its facility in Panama City, Florida.

STR Invest in Tritech’s Gemini 720is Multibeam Imaging Sonar

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR); global specialists in the design, production and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore industry announce the purchase of Tritech’s latest Gemini 720is Multibeam Imaging Sonar at the launch of this year’s Ocean Business Exhibition. This recent purchase represents a further investment in next generation technology from STR as they continue to increase their equipment rental inventory. Scott McLay, Sales Director at Tritech said: "We have worked closely with STR for many years so are thrilled to see the company continuing to invest in more of the latest Tritech products for its rental pool. Our Gemini 720is multibeam sonar provides real-time, crisp imagery for applications including obstacle avoidance and target detection and offers significant enhancements over the earlier Gemini 720i.

Water Linked Launches Innovative Underwater GPS System And Announces Partnership with Blue Robotics

Norwegian technology supplier, Water Linked, has launched a game-changing Underwater GPS system that leverages traditional GPS along with Water Linked’s unique underwater acoustic positioning technology. The Underwater GPS Developer Kit is available for order starting today with the first deliveries expected in June 2017. The system price is 4,800 USD, just half the cost of any other underwater positioning system. This system will enable underwater positioning in a wide new range of marine technology applications. California-based Blue Robotics is the first partner to integrate the Water Linked Underwater GPS system with their remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs). “Our new system has the potential to revolutionize performance in the ROV market”, says Oliver Skisland, CEO of Water Linked.

Forum investment brings new multiplexer technology to the rental market

Forum Subsea Rentals, a Forum Energy Technologies business, announces that new multiplexer video and data acquisition technology is available to their global rental market following significant investment in MacArtney’s EMO range. The acquisition of DOMINO-7 Mk II and NANO-MUX multiplexers has been made in response to a growing demand for compact, lightweight designs which deliver enhanced operational efficiencies while supporting a complex array of subsea sensors. The investment not only expands Forum’s extensive range of multiplexers, it brings the newest kit - the NANO-MUX- to the global rental market for the first time.

OCEANS'17 MTS/IEEE ABERDEEN: A vision for our marine future 19 - 22 June 2017 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

OCEANS'17 Aberdeen Registration Is Now Open We would like to invite you to join us in Aberdeen in June this year. We have had a fantastic response to the Call for Abstracts to allow us to create a diverse and engaging technical programme; complemented by our Exhibition and Commercial Showcase. Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird rates.

STR Invest in Tritech’s Gemini 720is Multibeam Imaging Sonar

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR); global specialists in the design, production and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore industry announce the purchase of Tritech’s latest Gemini 720is Multibeam Imaging Sonar at the launch of this year’s Ocean Business Exhibition. This recent purchase represents a further investment in next generation technology from STR as they continue to increase their equipment rental inventory.

OCEANS'17 MTS/IEEE Anchorage: Call for Tutorials Request for Tutorial Presenters Due May 15, 2017

The Local Organizing Committee is accepting applications for tutorials to be presented at the OCEANS 17 Conference at the Dena’ina Conference Center in Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, September 18, 2017. We request Tutorial submissions be made by May 15 2017. Submissions will be evaluated as they are received. Acceptance notices will be sent as soon as the committee completes its review and makes a decision so those providing the tutorials can plan and prepare. Final notice of acceptance will be issued no later than June 1, 2017 in order to facilitate registrant sign-up. Submissions that are received after May 15 will be considered, but at the discretion of the local technical committee, these will be treated as free-of-charge workshops if space is available, and there will be no fee paid to the provider.

Development of a pressure tolerant Lithium Sulfur battery pack for Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS)

The MAS project is a two year programme, supported by Innovate UK and DSTL, to develop a pressure tolerant battery pack capable of powering autonomous vehicles to ocean depths of 6,000m using next generation Lithium Sulfur cells. With just 6 months remaining until completion, the consortium, led by Steatite, and consisting of OXIS Energy, MSubs and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has made tremendous advances in battery capability through extensive design and testing.The project is now moving towards full open water trials in two deep dive vehicles.

IMCA to hold two-day ROV seminar in Stavanger

Significant opportunities and challenges face the subsea industry - increasingly strident requirements to satisfy environmental legislation is one; the challenges of ROV utilisation in the growing renewables sector is another. The need to recruit and retain properly trained, competent people remains vital. These challenges and opportunities have led the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to organise an ROV Seminar, with the theme ‘The future for remote systems and ROVs in the offshore construction industry’. Chaired by Graham Duncan of TechnipFMC, the IMCA ROV Committee Chairman, it will be held Tuesday 30 - Wednesday 31 May at Oceaneering International’s facility in Stavanger, Norway. The free-to-attend seminar is open to IMCA members and invited guests

An Observatory upgrade for Ocean Networks Canada

OceanWorks International is pleased to be providing an upgrade to the Strait of Georgia Shore Station for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). Our scope consists of design, supply, installation and system integration testing of the upgraded system. The new system will provide the customer with the ability to monitor and control the power system in the Shore Station with a state of the art control system. New functionality will allow remote access and include soft start capabilities to enhance the safe use of the equipment. The upgraded shore station will also now share commonality with other shore stations, creating simplicity for the ONC team.

Subsea UK Shares Knowledge and Expertise with Mexico’s National Oil Company

Senior figures from Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex, have been discovering the secrets of the UK subsea sector’s success and how it has revolutionised the way in which hydrocarbons have been extracted from beneath the seabed during a fact-finding visit to Aberdeen. Organised in partnership with the Department of International Trade (DIT), the five-day subsea learning event included site visits to some of the sector’s most innovative companies, including GE Oil & Gas, Aker Solutions, Hydrasun, Wood Group, BP and ROVOP. The delegation experienced what it’s like to operate a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), learnt about diving operations and toured a number of subsea manufacturing plants.

Greensea Appoints New Engineering Technician

Greensea, creator of OPENSEATM, the universal marine industry operating platform, has recently announced the appointment of Morgan Gomez as Engineering Technician. Morgan earned his Associates of Applied Science Degree, Engineering Technology - Unmanned Aerial Systems from Northwestern Michigan College. Morgan enjoys snowboarding, running, and hiking.

5 reasons why ADS has added Prototyping to its arsenal

Paragon Rapid Technologies has joined forces with the premier trade organisation for companies in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Sectors. Working closely with ADS, the leading rapid prototyping Bureau aims to build on its strong position in the industry and help fellow members become more competitive by adding value to their product development process.

2G Robotics and Sonardyne Revolutionize Subsea Metrology Operations

In December 2016 at The Underwater Centre in Fort William, Scotland, DOF Subsea (DOF) conducted a demonstration of dynamic underwater laser scanning as a replacement for traditional metrology techniques using 2G Robotics’ and Sonardyne’s complete dynamic survey solution. The demo showcased the complete dynamic survey solution, which integrates 2G Robotics’ underwater laser scanner, the ULS-500 PRO, with Sonardyne’s inertial navigation sensor, SPRINT; Syrinx DVL and 6G acoustics. Seatronics, channel partner for 2G Robotics and provider of Sonardyne rental equipment, provided sensors and project/technician support. Historically, metrology campaigns using Long BaseLine (LBL) acoustics and photogrammetry have demanded significant vessel and ROV time. Additionally, LBL requires physical interaction with the subsea assets and photogrammetry is unable to provide real-time results. The goal of the demo was to quantify the reduction in operational time and increased accuracy of dynamic laser scanning for subsea metrology.

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden to speak at SPE Offshore Europe 2017

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is to speak at the opening plenary session at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 which is being held in Aberdeen from 5-8 September 2017. Mr van Beurden will address several hundred oil and gas industry professionals who will attend the plenary session on the first day of Europe’s foremost exploration and production (E&P) technical conference and exhibition.

£1million funding to encourage oil and gas innovation

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) have joined forces to fund and support the development of innovations which could reduce costs, raise production efficiency, and improve safety and environmental performance. OGIC has made £1 million available to support companies with projects that require research and development to be undertaken at a Scottish university. OGIC can fund up to 70% of these costs and ITF can potentially ‘top-up’ financial support if an innovative project engages the interest of its members.
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