Subsea Contractor Orders 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon

Independent subsea contractor Film-Ocean has ordered its tenth Saab Seaeye Falcon, making the company one of the biggest fans of the world’s most popular underwater robot, according to John Bloomfield, global business development manager at the subsea contractor. He explains Film-Ocean’s specially devised deployment methods: “Utilising our collapsible launch and recovery system (LARS), which has allowed us to deploy the Falcon from some tight positions on oil platforms, FPSOs and wind farm installations, we have also incorporated a Falcon in our containerized system, which has a combined zone II control room and integrated LARS with 1100m of tether.” Chain Measuring System... (read more)
2019-09-16 10:20:07

NOC’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2019

Registration is now open for the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2019, which will take place from 12-14 November at the waterfront site in Southampton. MATS 2019 promises to be the biggest showcase to date, with a record number of abstracts received and a wide range of exhibitors already on board. MATS 2019 will feature a packed three-day programme of exhibits, presentations, panel discussions and networking, offering a unique and valuable opportunity to find out about the latest developments in marine autonomous technology and how this field is set to develop in the years to... (read more)
2019-09-05 02:44:50

CGG Begins New 3D Broadband Survey in Deepwater Brazil

CGG has started acquiring Nebula 3D, a new, large, long-offset BroadSeis™ survey located in the Campos and Santos Basins, offshore Brazil. With an initial focus on Brazil’s 15th License Round blocks, the data is being acquired by the Geo Caribbean and a portion of the survey will provide 3D data coverage where no other 3D data currently exists. CGG Geoscience’s Subsurface Imaging Centre in Rio will employ the latest, most advanced data processing techniques to deliver exceptional imaging of pre-salt structures in these prolific basins. Supported by Industry Funding Dechun Lin, EVP, Multi-Client & New Ventures, CGG, said: “CGG has... (read more)
2019-08-27 08:22:45

Autonomous Sailing Platform to Gather Data for Offshore Wind Projects

Norwegian offshore wind developer Equinor and US-based start-up Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) have launched a 16 ft autonomous sailing platform to cut the cost of gathering data needed for developing offshore wind projects. The wind and solar-powered Datamaran vessel, developed by AMS, carries a LiDAR device to collect data on wind and weather conditions at remote offshore wind lease areas. Over the last 18 months, Equinor and AMS have conducted studies and built prototypes to test the system. These studies have shown dramatic improvements in lead time, cost and areal coverage versus today’s options, according to the partners. The maiden Datamaran... (read more)
2019-08-20 02:04:20

AML Moving Vessel Profiler to Augment NSCC’s Seafloor Mapping Work

A newly acquired AML Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) will help Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) develop improved methods of mapping the seafloor. With its ability to conduct real-time, vertical profiles continuously and automatically, the MVP200 is expected to improve the efficiency and quality of data collection. Looking to add ground-truthing to the process of multibeam data acquisition, AML and NSCC are working together to integrate lights and a high-resolution camera to the tow body that houses the underway profiling system’s sound velocity (SV), conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD), or multiparameter instrumentation. Ground-truthing is a critical step in validating the seafloor characteristics for interpretation of... (read more)
2019-08-08 09:19:02

Next Geosolutions Sells Out the Season in the Med

Next Geosolutions, the international geoscience and offshore engineering support service contractor, has recently been awarded three marine survey contracts from three different clients to be carried out in direct continuation in the Mediterranean Sea. The projects will involve a full range of marine survey disciplines including onshore, nearshore and offshore activities, most of which will be undertaken by using ROV-mounted sensors and tools. The first one, which has just been successfully completed, encompassed multi-discipline survey tasks aimed at supporting a deep-water survey pipeline project, involving geophysical, environmental, archaeological and UXO survey and relocation activities. Eastern Mediterranean Sea The other two missions... (read more)
2019-07-30 11:44:31

Ocean Robots Make Subsea Cable Surveys Faster and Cheaper

Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can perform subsea cable surveys faster and more economically than ships with towed instruments, according to a recent study of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). “AUVs can cut down on ship costs and weather delays while reducing the time required to gather the data operators need to assess their underwater infrastructure", said Anthony Kirincich, a physical oceanographer at WHOI. Subsea Cable System WHOI researchers deployed an AUV to survey a subsea cable system in Buzzards Bay that links Martha’s Vineyard, an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, to grid power from the mainland. Buzzards Bay is a bay of the Atlantic Ocean adjacent... (read more)
2019-07-30 10:07:58

La Minerve, Vanished in 1968, Discovered off Toulon

The French navy has located La Minerve, one of its submarines that disappeared more than 50 years ago. Onboard were 52 crewmembers.  The submarine was discovered on the seabed at a depth of 2,370 metres, 27 miles (45km) off the port of Toulon, the home of a French naval base in the Mediterranean. In January 1968 the submarine disappeared whilst on a military exercise. Until now repeated searches have failed to find the vessel. A senior French naval officer told Agence France-Presse the submarine was discovered by the Seabed Constructor, a subsea support and construction vessel of the US company Ocean Infinity. The submarine... (read more)
2019-07-23 01:27:11

Marine and Diving Contractors Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), the two major trade associations in the commercial diving industry, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on matters of operational safety, training standards, and the mutual recognition of diver qualifications. The two organizations have had a close relationship for a number of years and earlier this year established the International Diving Industry Forum (IDIF) together with the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), to reduce and control the risks associated with diving in the oil and gas industry globally. Share Views and... (read more)
2019-07-10 05:01:31

Fugro Succeeds with Seep Survey License Sales Offshore Newfoundland

Fugro and partner Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI), are reporting recent success selling multiple licences for data from frontier regions offshore of the east coast of Canada. The data was acquired during two separate hydrocarbon seep surveys in the Orphan Basin (2017) and Carson Basin (2018), both situated on the continental margin of Newfoundland. The comprehensive data packages are being licensed by Fugro and include multi-beam echosounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column), sub-bottom profiler data, heat flow measurements and shipboard geochemical screening analyses; advanced geochemical analyses, including biomarkers on select samples, are also included. Heat Flow and Geochemical Sampling... (read more)
2019-07-12 07:42:31
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