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Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd Win International Growth Award

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd are delighted to receive the award for Great International Business Growth at this year’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Awards dinner. The high profile awards evening celebrated all that’s outstanding in business and enterprise in the Borough of Great Yarmouth, focusing on and recognising the achievements through innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and sheer determination of businesses of all sizes and from every sector.


The “what’s when” of the Oceanology International 2016 (OI 2016) conference programme has been announced, (15-17 March 2016, ExCeL London) with ten separate conferences making up a highly topical and relevant programme over the three days at the world’s largest ocean science and marine technology exhibition and conference.

‘Virtual dolphins’ help make the first trial of marine robotic software a success

Software that could better enable a fleet of robotic vehicles to work together to perform tasks such as seeking and tracking whales and dolphins, has been successfully trialled in Loch Earn, Scotland. This software acts like a ‘central brain’, making decisions about where the robots should go based on the changing environment around them, which is measured using in-built sensors. The trial was conducted by SeeByte and ASV with support from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

New Initiative Allows Primary Pupils to Delve Deep into the Underwater World

Primary schools across Scotland to benefit from a new teaching resource as Subsea UK works with education to encourage learning in science. A new, exciting initiative between industry and education will bring science to life in classrooms across Scotland. Subsea UK has been working with education bodies and teachers to create a resource which will capture the interest and imagination of primary pupils in science subjects. Aligned to the Curriculum for Excellence, Subsea Channel, will provide teachers with a resource which shows real-life applications of the scientific principles they teach.

ROV visual inspection in Absheron field

In October 2015, GAS Azerbaijani branch was awarded to provide ROV visual inspection of the existing TOTAL’s well head in the Absheron field. TOTAL is the operator of the Absheron offshore condensate gas field, and the development plan is currently being defined.

Bordelon Marine takes delivery of the M/V Brandon Bordelon, a DP2 Ultra-Light Intervention Vessel (ULIV)

“Cost Effective and Fit for Purpose” n November, 2015 Bordelon Marine takes delivery of the MV Brandon Bordelon. This highly specialized vessel features a helideck, a 60 ton AHC crane with 3000m of wire, POB (60), a mezzanine deck with internal office and control rooms capable of supporting two (2) full work class ROV systems. The vessel also offers 6,200 sq. ft. of clear useable deck space. The Brandon comes equipped with (2) two Ranger2 Pro thru-hull USBL full systems. The vessel delivers a fully integrated ROV control room, ROV support offices, below deck work and storage spaces, extensive communications and ROV data network, plug and play, with patch panel racks installed. … all tied into the vessel systems, bridge, office, and accommodation spaces. The vessel is designed with removable bulwarks around the entire aft of vessel along with power, water, air, and hydraulic oil connections on the deck. The vessel is also equipped with four additional below deck Tier 3 generators, providing fully redundant power to the crane and ROV systems.

Fugro provides underwater services to Total following contract award

Fugro has been awarded a five year contract for the provision of underwater services to Total E&P UK Limited (TEP UK). Under the contract, which runs from July 2015 and includes extension options for a further two years, Fugro is providing a full range of ROV services to conduct inspection, repair and maintenance activities on TEP UK pipelines, subsea assets and jackets

EuroROV chooses Forum Sub-Atlantic as preferred ROV supplier for new training school

EuroROV, the Spanish ROV training and engineering company, has taken delivery of a Forum Sub-Atlantic Mojave vehicle for its newly-launched ROV pilot training facility. The electric ROV, which was manufactured by Sub-Atlantic’s parent company Forum, is one of the most powerful observation vehicles of its size. Its compact, ergonomic design and lightweight construction allows rapid set up and deployment using any domestic power supply.

Compact underwater DC drives

High precision drives specialist, maxon motor introduces high-end solutions for underwater applications. Today’s modern technology must be equipped to withstand extremely harsh conditions found deep in the ocean. These conditions often include high pressure and high oxidation levels. maxon motor as a world leader in drive systems has worked closely with research institutes and universities to provide solutions that meet the many demanding challenges for electrical and mechanical components required for underwater systems.

IMCA publishes shared use of Sensors Guidance

Two documents on the shared use of sensors have been revised and merged to form one common document recently published by the International Marine Contractors Association as IMCA S023 ‘Guidelines on the shared use of sensors for survey and positioning purposes’.

2G Robotics Delivers Two Deep-rated Laser Systems to Oceaneering

2G Robotics recently delivered two deep-rated ULS-500 subsea laser systems to Oceaneering International, Inc.'s business unit, Oceaneering Survey Services (C&C Technologies) ("Oceaneering"), a leading provider of deepwater seafloor mapping services, subsea surveys and satellite positioning. Including these two ULS-500 systems, Oceaneering now utilizes six of the ULS-500 systems with its Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) as part of its advanced survey and inspection services for assessing pipeline and flowline integrity. Oceaneering has used the 2G Robotics ULS-500 system to accurately and efficiently inspect 2500 kilometers of pipeline and flowline.

Arctic Technology Conference Returns to North America in 2016

Call for Papers and Distinguished Achievement Awards Open The Offshore Technology Conference’s (OTC) Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) returns to North America for its fifth event in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, 24–26 October 2016. Located along the “path to the Arctic” — St. John’s is an ideal staging and proving ground for Arctic-related research and offers the global energy industry a strategic North Atlantic base of operations on international shipping lanes and sea routes.

SUT launches call for papers for 50th anniversary event

- Technical Conference will take place in November 2016 - The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) has launched a call for abstracts for a new technical conference to be held next year to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Underwater Centre provides MSc students with a deeper understanding of Working Subsea

The course will form part of a module for students attending the one year Subsea Engineering MSc The Underwater Centre is working with Robert Gordon University (RGU)’s School of Engineering to incorporate a commercial diving familiarisation course as part of the recently introduced MSc in Subsea Engineering one year full time course.

NSRI to explore opportunities in Japan

In partnership with Scottish Development International (SDI) the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) will be going on a trade mission to Japan from 16-20th November to explore the opportunities in subsea mining and renewables across East Asia.

Sonardyne appoints Robin Bjorøy as new Managing Director

Subsea technology company, Sonardyne International Ltd., UK, has today announced the appointment of Robin Bjorøy as its new Managing Director. Robin succeeds John Ramsden who leaves the position after six years in charge to return to Singapore following a transition period.

OCEANS'16 MTS/IEEE Shanghai Call for Papers

Due Date: November 15, 2016 Every Spring, the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society sponsor the OCEANS conference in either Asia or Europe. It is a prestigious conference/exhibition that draws hundreds of international attendees. The venue for OCEANS'16 MTS/IEEE Shanghai, the Shanghai International Convention Center, has a high reputation both at home and abroad for holding large-scale international conferences, has expansive meeting and exhibition space, with a riverside view, and is convenient to major airports and other local, modern attractions.

BIRNS introduces revolutionary new coax contacts

RF Connector Solution Features Low Insertion Losses While Capable of Open Face Pressure Resistance BIRNS, Inc. has launched a new range of coaxial subsea connector contacts with unheard of performance characteristics. The BIRNS Millennium™ series connectors developed with the new contacts have had groundbreaking testing results, including a maximum insertion loss of 0.7 dB at signal frequencies to 3GHz, with an associated maximum SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) of 1.7:1. Even more remarkable, the new coax contacts withstand open face hydrostatic pressure to depths of 1433m so far in initial testing protocols, with more testing currently under way. Additionally, the new design provides incredible ease of assembly and connects directly to a standard MIL-STD-348 SMA connector.
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