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DeepOcean FlexiCore: A Next Generation Seabed Coring Solution

In addressing the subsea industry’s increasing requirements for geotechnical seabed sampling, a group of companies (DeepOcean, Seabed Solutions, and Adepth Minerals) are implementing a new coring methodology to significantly improve the efficacy of sampling and interpretation of subsurface seabed geology. This involves a marinised, off-the-shelf, and proven land-based coring system - referred to as ‘FlexiCore™’. This is mounted on to a subsea vehicle: the Seabed Excavator.

Reach Subsea has Signed a Survey Contract with Major Scottish Energy Firm SSEN Transmission

With reference to the release dated 17 August 2023 regarding notice of a contract award, Reach Subsea, the trusted data and subsea service provider for ocean-based industries, announces the signing of the final contract and further details on the assignment.

EverClean Goes Big on Data with EverClean IQ

EverClean’s innovative “Always Clean” hull management service delivers maximum hull performance for commercial vessel owners, and today, Greensea IQ is thrilled to announce another major advancement in maintaining that performance with the launch of EverClean IQ.

National Subsea Centre and SeaFlo Partner to Deliver Asset Digital Twin Lab

The National Subsea Centre (NSC), a centre of excellence for subsea research and technology development, today announced its multi-million-pound partnership with SeaFlo Consultancy Limited (SeaFlo), specialists in subsea and marine services. Together, the organisations will provide the underpinning research and technology development required to enable predictive maintenance for the energy industry.

BO-MTS AUVs, JASCO Applied Sciences and Ocius Bluebottle USVs Demonstrate Cutting-Edge Real-Time Acoustic Marine-Mammal Monitoring

Blue Ocean Marine Tech Systems (BO-MTS), JASCO Applied Sciences Australia and Ocius Technology combined to demonstrate near real-time detection, classification, and tracking of marine mammals using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) off the coast of Western Australia. The seven-day demonstration focused on detecting humpback whales during their southern migration.

Indonesian Customer Says Seaeye Falcon Tops Other Brands

Jakarta-based PT Fabila Teknik Sejahtra, has bought Saab’s Seaeye Falcon remotely operated robot, declaring it superior to other brands. The diving company will deploy the Falcon in their marine and offshore contracting services support across Indonesia.

Kraken Robotics Supports Multiple Countries at NATO Exercise

Kraken Robotics is pleased to announce its recent participation at Exercise REPMUS 23 in Portugal. The Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping with Maritime Unmanned System (REPMUS) is focused on capability development and interoperability, and the 2023 Exercise involved 15 NATO partners, as well as Sweden and Ireland. Kraken’s field support team was onsite throughout the exercise, working closely with three NATO navy teams (the US, UK, and Netherlands) utilizing three generations of HII’s REMUS unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), all of which were retrofitted with Kraken’s Man-Portable Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MP-SAS). The UUVs included MK18 Mod 1, REMUS 100 NGR, and REMUS 300 underwater vehicles, showing the versatility of MP-SAS and its capability to be used across multiple platforms.

VideoRay Acquires Blue Ring Imaging’s AI Capabilities for Underwater Robotic Systems

VideoRay, the producer of the Mission Specialist Defender robot recently selected by the US Navy for underwater mine detection and disposal, announced today that it has successfully acquired Blue Ring Imaging, a St. Petersburg, Florida-based innovator in 3D visualization, multi-view perception, and simulation for unmanned systems.

Nauticus Robotics to Acquire 3D at Depth in All-Stock Transaction

Nauticus Robotics, a developer of autonomous vehicles and robots for data collection and intervention services for offshore industries, announced the execution of a definitive agreement to acquire 3D at Depth, a global leader in commercial subsea laser LiDAR (Light Detection and Range) inspection and data services, for approximately $34 million in stock, before certain purchase price adjustments and the assumption of debt.

Valeport Confirms Expansion Amid Rapid Growth

Valeport, one of the leading UK manufacturers of oceanographic and hydrographic instrumentation, is working to meet the demands of a rapidly growing global market by increasing its headcount and investing in the expansion of its south west UK-based premises, which now span over 44,000ft2 across three modern waterfront buildings.

Subsea Engineering Firm to Headquarter in Aberdeen's New W-Zero-1 Building

Subsea technology and services company, HonuWorx, has committed its long-term future to Aberdeen by choosing to locate its headquarters in the W-Zero-1 building of the Wind Campus in the Energy Transition Zone. The company is aiming to radically up-end the multi billon pound underwater services market and has developed a suite of technologies to drive down the costs and environmental impact of deploying and operating subsea robots.

ECOsubsea Raises USD 12m from Blue Ocean Fund to Accelerate the Green Transformation of the Shipping Industry

The Series B financing round led by the Blue Ocean fund, managed by leading sustainable investor SWEN Capital Partners, enables Norwegian hull cleaning specialist to scale up its operations on its mission to provide sustainable and competitive hull cleaning globally. Hull cleaning to remove biofouling is essential to increase vessel performance, save fuel and reduce emissions.

NDBC Replaces Weather Buoy with Saildrone USV in National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA's National Data Buoy Center replaced a moored coastal weather buoy in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with a Saildrone Explorer to mitigate impacts caused by mooring material. Saildrone and NOAA's National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) announced today that Station 40612, a moored buoy located in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, has been replaced with a Saildrone uncrewed surface vehicle (USV).

His Majesty The King Visits Global Underwater Hub in Aberdeen

In a historic occasion, Global Underwater Hub (GUH) – the leading trade and industry development body for the UK’s underwater sectors – received a visit from HM The King on Friday, 29 September.

Introducing ECHOGRAM: Bringing Underwater Imaging to the ISA500 Altimeter & Echosounder

Impact Subsea, a leading provider of underwater sensors, has announced the addition of a new feature to their ISA500 range of Altimeter & Echosounders – ECHOGRAM. This new feature adds a full backscatter capability to the ISA500, enabling the underwater Altimeter to be upgraded to have a full single beam imaging sonar capability.

Zelim Teams Up with US Coast Guard to Trial AI in Search and Rescue

The US Coast Guard Research and Development Center has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Zelim, a start-up based in Edinburgh, Scotland, to jointly explore the potential application and effectiveness of AI-enabled detection and tracking technology in search and rescue.

Advanced Navigation Opens High-tech Robotics Manufacturing Facility

Advanced Navigation, the world’s most determined innovator in artificial intelligence (AI) for robotic and navigation technologies, has unveiled a new high-tech robotics facility for autonomous systems based at UTS Tech Lab in Botany, New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

Commercial Licensing Expands Access to Innovative MBARI Technology

The MBARI long-range autonomous vehicle (LRAUV) is an innovative robot developed by MBARI engineers to meet the growing demand for technology that can safely and efficiently explore, map, and monitor ocean health. After a decade of extensive testing at sea by MBARI researchers, the LRAUV is now available to a global market for the first time, thanks to a commercial licensing agreement with Saab, Inc. The MBARI LRAUV will be available commercially as the Saab Tethys.

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