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New Marine Electronics Dolphin 2D sonar is now ocean ready

Marine Electronics Ltd is presenting its new Dolphin 2D sonar at Oceanology (Stand E200) where designers of small AUVs and ROVs are expected to be impressed by its performance and compact size. The new sonar was first shown to the industry in prototype form a year ago. Since then further design, development and testing has been completed and Marine Electronics is now able to demonstrate this impressive new product to potential customers who have been waiting eagerly since its preview.

SBG Systems Appoints Swathe Services as Official UK and Ireland Distributor

SBG Systems has appointed Swathe Services to be an authorised sales and support distributor for the marine hydrography market in the UK and Ireland. This includes all products within the Ellipse, Ekinox and Apogee product lines and includes the Split-Box with associated components.

OCEANS'16 MTS/IEEE Monterey - Call for Abstracts

OCEANS'16 will be a tremendous opportunity to focus on topics of interest to you in all fields of Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering. We are trying to develop a Technical Program that will appeal to the significant interests. The conference will feature: Over 500 professionally reviewed technical papers, including sessions focused on local themes. Plenary sessions with leaders from industry, academia, the military and government. 100-200 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in products and services. A student poster session featuring outstanding projects from around the world. Tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, government listening sessions, social/networking opportunities, professional field trips ...and much, much more!

Balltec Flangeless Subsea Plug Launcher in Statoil Pipeline Upgrade Project

Balltec Engineered Solutions has successfully completed work using its subsea smart plug launcher. The flangeless subsea plug launcher technology played a critical role in Statoil’s ambitious infrastructure upgrade methodology for the Åsgard Millom pipeline.

Subsea Expo Draws Record Attendance as the industry gets fit for $30 oil

Almost 7,000 visits were made to Europe’s largest subsea event, Subsea Expo, held in Aberdeen this week, despite the industry facing its toughest year ever. The exhibition and conference, organised by Subsea UK, attracted just under 5,000 individual delegates, many of whom visited more than once over the three days. International delegates flew in from all corners of the world, including Africa, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria and the US.

OI 2016: Recent Innovations helping Marine Renewables Achive real cost reductions

Cost reduction is the constant aim of the marine renewable energy industry, and this year’s ‘Marine Renewables’ conference session on Tuesday 15 March, the opening day of Oceanology International 2016 (OI 2016), the world’s largest exhibition and conference for marine science and ocean technology (London’s ExCeL, 15-17 March), will be exploring some of the steps being taken to achieve this all-important goal. Like all the component parts of Oceanology International the conference is free to attend, online registration is at

Fugro awarded Pyrenees Phase 3 Installation Project by BHP Billiton

Fugro has been awarded a contract by BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty Ltd for the Pyrenees Phase 3 Installation Project. The Pyrenees development is located offshore Western Australia, in approximately 200 metres water depth, 45 kilometres northwest of Exmouth, and comprises six separate fields: Stickle, Crosby, Tanglehead, Moondyne, Wild Bull and Ravensworth. The project includes the tie back of the Stickle 9 well to the existing Tanglehead manifold

Young subsea engineers inspired to design underwater robots with support from subsea industry

Subsea UK to sponsor MATE ROV competition for second year. Subsea UK announced today, at Subsea Expo, that it will sponsor an initiative which inspires budding subsea engineers for a second year. The body which represents the £9billion subsea industry has now committed £20,000 to the Scottish MATE ROV competition. The initiative, organised by the Robert Gordon University, encourages young engineers to design and test underwater machinery with help from industry mentors.

Nautilus completes assembly of the SSLP and commences FAT

Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, OTCQX:NUSMF, OTC:NUSMF Nasdaq Intl Designation) (the "Company" or "Nautilus") announces that the Solwara 1 Joint Venture (comprising Nautilus 85% and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited 15%) has been advised that Factory Acceptance Testing (“FAT”) on the Subsea Slurry and Lift Pump (“SSLP”) has commenced at the GE Oil & Gas manufacturing facility in Houston, USA.

National Awards Recognise Subsea Stars

Aker Solutions was recognised as the best subsea company of the year at the Subsea UK awards last night and David Bloom of Subsea 7 was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the subsea industry. The awards, which seek to celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals in the £9billion subsea industry across the country, were presented at a gala dinner during Europe’s largest subsea-focused exhibition and conference – Subsea Expo

Valeport fastCTD Profiler Ticks the Boxes

Valeport’s new fastCTD Profiler is designed to deliver high quality CTD casts at rapid drop rates. Created for coastal and oceanographic profiling, this new profiler is an evolution of Valeport’s popular miniCTD instrument. The system incorporates Valeport’s world-class technology to allow the fastCTD Profiler to deliver the highest quality profiles in a lightweight and robust package

Ocean Installer awarded three key Statoil contracts

Ocean Installer has been awarded three significant contracts for subsea installations and tie-in operations for Statoil on Johan Sverdrup, Oseberg Vestflanken and Gina Krog. The three awards constitute a significant portion of Statoil's planned subsea construction work on the Norwegian Continental Shelf for the 2017 season.

Bibby HydroMap is shortlisted for a Mersey Maritime Innovation Award

Mersey Maritime has announced that Bibby HydroMap are among the finalists for an Innovation Award at the 2016 MMIAs Bibby HydroMap's entry was centered on the launch of their survey ROV d'ROP in 2015, an innovative design that is set to alter the competitive landscape of shallow water remote survey and inspection. Short for 'dynamic remotely operated platform', the flexibility of the d'ROP allows it to effectively meet the needs of many industry sectors, including offshore renewables, oil and gas, subsea power and telecomms cables.

Hawboldt Industries Appointment

Hawboldt Industries is pleased to announce David Marchetti has joined the company in a senior sales role. Marchetti brings to Hawboldt over 27 years of experience in operations, manufacturing, engineering, project management, and aftermarket / customer service, including extensive experience with ROV systems, and subsea oil and gas operations. Marchetti has held various positions with companies such as Schilling Robotics, GE Vetco Gray, and FMC Technologies, and most recently held the position of VP of Operations - Subsea at Forum Energy Technologies

New approach to subsea systems will dramatically reduce cost and risk

Ashtead Technology is publishing a White Paper at Subsea Expo to demonstrate how a new approach to the installation and integrity management of subsea systems can significantly reduce risk and cost in subsea operations. The leading, independent provider of subsea technology and equipment has developed an advanced suite of integrated subsea monitoring and data systems to support critical aspects of construction and integrity management.

Atlas’ Survey Team Secures Exclusive Supplier Contract for MONITA Project

Geosciences and engineering service provider Next Geosolutions has been awarded a Geophysical, UXO & Geotechnical contract to Prysmian SRL for the MONITA Project in the Adriatic Sea. Through the collaborative effort of the survey team, Atlas Professionals successfully secured exclusive supplier status to Next Geosolutions for the whole project.


The growing economic importance of the aquaculture industry in the marine environment, and the opportunities for technology transfer are highlighted by the day-long ‘Aquaculture’ conference stream on Wednesday 16 March at Oceanology International 2016 (OI 2016) the world’s largest exhibition and conference for marine science and ocean technology (London’s ExCeL, 15-17 March). This follows the successful debut of the topic at OI in 2014. Like all the component parts of Oceanology International it is free to attend, online registration is at

SMD Deliver Deep Sea Mining Vehicles

This week marks a significant milestone for subsea engineering company SMD as the MV Happy Delta, loaded with the world’s first deep sea mining vehicles, leaves the port of Tyne. In late 2007 SMD was awarded with a contract to design and build the world’s first deep sea mining vehicles for Canadian listed company Nautilus Minerals. Eight years on, having worked in close partnership with the customer, this massive feat of engineering is complete. The SPTs and associated equipment, totalling over 1000 Tonnes, have now been loaded onto the vessel which has set sail for Duqm Port in Oman where they will undergo further testing.
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