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Phoenix Promotes Troy Magness to Louisiana Diving Operations Manager as Founding Member Tom Bailey Retires

08.04.2021
Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix), a worldwide leader in underwater solutions, announces the promotion of Troy Magness to Diving Operations Manager of our Louisiana location following the retirement of one of our founding members Tom Bailey. In his new role, Troy will be responsible for overseeing offshore commercial diving activities and personnel including developing and managing project plans, scheduling, logistics, and tracking professional development, all the while ensuring that safety remains a top priority.

NOAA Partners with University of Southern Mississippi on Uncrewed Systems

08.04.2021
NOAA and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) signed a 10-year agreement today to partner on ways to improve how uncrewed systems (UxS) are used to collect important ocean observation data and augment NOAA’s operational capabilities. The agreement provides a framework for collaborating with NOAA scientists and UxS operators on projects to further UxS research, development and operations.

Key Addition For Subsea Specialists

07.04.2021
An up-and-coming name in the subsea survey sector has announced another key appointment who will be central to the next chapter of the company’s ambitious growth journey. Carlo Pinto has been recruited as Chief Commercial Officer at Sulmara Subsea, bringing to the newly created role more than 20 years of experience in a range of technical, commercial and management roles. Based in Milan, he will add strength to the company’s commercial offering internationally.

Second Annual Captain Don Walsh Award For Ocean Exploration Is Now Open For Entries

07.04.2021
Awarded jointly by both societies, the Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding, sustained, international contribution to the development, application, or propagation of marine/ underwater technology toward the advancement of ocean exploration. The award is named in honour of Captain (Ret) Don Walsh, an accomplished American oceanographer, explorer, retired naval officer, and marine policy specialist. He and Jacques Piccard were aboard the bathyscaphe Trieste on January 23, 1960 when it made a record descent into the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest point of the world's oceans. Dr. Edie Widder, an MTS member, won the inaugural award in 2020.

Maersk Drilling Awarded four-well Drillship Contract with Shell in Malaysia

07.04.2021
Maersk Drilling has secured a contract with Shell Malaysia for the 7th generation drillship Maersk Viking to drill four development wells at the Gumusut-Kakap project offshore Malaysia. The contract is expected to commence in December 2021, with an estimated duration of 150 days. The firm contract value is approximately USD 34m, including a mobilisation fee. The contract includes five additional one-well options for work offshore Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei Darussalam.

Oi Connect Platform Training Webinar

07.04.2021
The team behind Oceanology International are putting together the final touches to Oi Connect – the leading digital meetings platform for the ocean tech and science community.

Hydramec supplies Scorpion LARS to Louis Dreyfus TravOcean for wind services

07.04.2021
Hydramec have designed and built a bespoke Launch and Recovery System (LARS) for Louis Dreyfus Travocean which is being used to Launch their own purposely designed ROV, which will be put to in the wind energy sector.

Centurion’s Seanic Joins TEAMER Marine Energy Testing Network

07.04.2021
Seanic Ocean Systems, a Centurion company providing subsea engineering services, has joined the U.S. Department of Energy-supported Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) program.

Dive Technologies and Metron Team up for Subsea Surveys

07.04.2021
Boston-based subsea robotics company Dive Technologies has entered into commercial partnership with Metron to offer fully autonomous seabed surveys.

Helix Robotics and UTEC Install Tidal Turbine in Japan

07.04.2021
Offshore energy services provider Helix Robotics Solutions partnered with UTEC Survey, an Acteon Group company, to support the recent installation of Simec Atlantis’ demonstration tidal turbine in Japan.


ROV Specialist Grows International Footprint

07.04.2021
Scottish ROV specialist HPR ROV has signed a two-year agreement with Saudi-based Intelligent Energy Services (i-Energy) to act as its exclusive agent in the region.

VARD Wins North Star Renewables Contract for three SOVs to Operate on Dogger Bank Wind Farm

06.04.2021
VARD, one of the world’s major designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that it has secured contracts for the design and construction of three Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) for North Star Renewables in Scotland. The state-of-the-art hybrid trio will operate on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the North Sea.

Archer Knight Expands Global Footprint with Move into Asia Pacific

06.04.2021
New Singapore-based operation strengthens ties to the region Energy market intelligence specialist Archer Knight has hailed launching its new Asia Pacific venture as a “major statement of intent”.

New renewables lead created at Ashtead Technology

06.04.2021
Ashtead Technology has created a new role to head up its increasing activities in renewable energy.

The Future is Green and Blue for Subsea

02.04.2021
Subsea UK unveils new TV debate style event to highlight opportunities in the energy transition and the blue economy

Dodge Pick-Up Truck Located Using Underwater Sonar

02.04.2021
The James River is a tributary of the Missouri River. It is roughly 710 miles long and spans over 20,000 square miles of North and South Dakota with more than 70% of the river’s drainage occurring in South Dakota. River conditions during normal years include both still-water and flooding on both the James River and its tributaries. Water easily breaches the low banks, and these floods tend to cover a significant portion of the floodplain. When the river is still, water quality drops and it becomes quite difficult to see more than a few feet underwater.

Fully-Integrated Imaging Payload for Small AUVs Released by Arctic Rays

02.04.2021
Arctic Rays, LLC has released Swordfish, a fully-integrated, geo-referenced, still and video imaging system payload for small AUVs.

BIRNS Introduces New 1V and 1B Coax Connectivity Solutions

02.04.2021
75Ω Performance in a 50Ω Footprint/SHF Band Ku Capabilities BIRNS, Inc. a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high performance connectors, cable assemblies and lighting systems, has introduced new RF subsea connector contacts that offer groundbreaking performance attributes. Coax subsea connectors had in the past been challenged in a range of design requirements, in many cases resulting in poor impedance, high losses, and inability to provide open face pressure resistance. However, BIRNS launched proprietary RF technology with contacts capable of open face pressure ratings to 1433m, UHF insertion loss of ≤0.7 dB at signal frequencies to 3GHz and maximum UHF voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) of 1.7:1.
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