Fugro Kicks Off Cable Route Site Investigation for Sofia Offshore Wind Farm

Fugro’s multipurpose vessel Fugro Pioneer left the Port of Sunderland in the UK earlier this month to kick off a 6-month offshore site investigation and survey campaign for innogy’s Sofia offshore wind farm. With a consented capacity of 1.4 GW, Sofia will be one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms; Fugro will provide geophysical and geotechnical services over the project’s 220 km export cable corridor, in what is believed to be one of the longest cable route surveys ever performed for an offshore wind farm, as well as further works on the wind farm array.  Subsurface Conditions The objective... (read more)
2020-02-20 10:53:04

This is How Underwater Instruments can Support Pioneering Tsunami Research

High-accuracy, long-endurance underwater instrumentation from Sonardyne Inc. is set to play a major role in helping scientists across the US better understand and possibly predict earthquake and tsunami risk at a far greater scale than has been possible before. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, through a US$5.5 million grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), is procuring equipment to be used by the broader scientific community to study seafloor deformation. Comprising of more than 50 Sonardyne Fetch subsea sensor logging nodes, this major new equipment pool will also include Sonardyne’s advanced acoustic positioning modules fitted to three Liquid Robotics Wave... (read more)
2020-02-18 01:40:08


Ever since I was a young boy, I've always known what I wanted to be: a journalist. It has never been anything else, at least not for longer than a few days. I am not sure if the television show Lou Grant triggered my wish to report on whatever happens in the world for a newspaper or a radio station, but the series about a grumpy editor at the fictional newspaper Los Angeles Tribune certainly fuelled my ambition. I must have been around ten or eleven years old and probably didn’t understand the show at all, but I felt that... (read more)
2020-02-18 09:41:40

Easy Ways to Utilize Hydrographic Survey Data

Maritime software company QPS and GISGRO, an online platform created by the Finnish high-tech company VRT Finland, have joined forces to enhance the utilization of hydrographic data. Integration of the two software in March 2020 will provide hydrographic surveyors with an easy way to share the complex 3D data with their clients, who can gain major benefits by further sharing and utilizing the data in their daily operations. Digital 3D modelling has reached the underwater world; for example, in forms of seabed scanning for safe navigation and scanning of underwater structures for maintenance purposes. The constantly growing amount of digital... (read more)
2020-02-11 10:31:19

Fugro Awarded Aker Energy Contract for Pecan field Surveys Offshore Ghana

Aker Energy has awarded Fugro a contract for geotechnical and geophysical survey services in relation to the Pecan field, offshore Ghana. The surveys will obtain critical seabed and sub-seabed information to facilitate the planning and emplacement of the Pecan subsea infrastructure and the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) ship. “This project will build on the extensive experience that our vessels and staff have gained in Ghana and the wider West Africa region, and we look forward to using this knowledge to execute a safe and successful campaign,” said Jaco Stemmet, Fugro’s Director for Africa. Geophysical Survey Data The contract... (read more)
2020-02-11 08:46:35

Founder of the Five Deeps Expedition Launches New 2020 Voyage

Through collaboration between investor and explorer Victor Vescovo, Triton Submarines and EYOS Expeditions, the 2020 Caladan Oceanic expeditions will yet again visit never-before-seen ocean depths and famed historic sites. A first of its kind two-person research submersible, designed and manufactured by Triton specifically for extreme deep-sea exploration endeavours, will bring its stories of the voyage to the world in near real-time between February and July of 2020. The vessel, the Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) Limiting Factor, is the first commercially certified full-ocean-depth submersible. It will be transported and deployed into the ocean depths by the Deep Submergence Support Vessel (DSSV)... (read more)
2020-02-07 02:14:24

When Can We See an Image of a Fully Mapped Ocean?

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Schmidt Ocean Institute has come together with The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project for the joint signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to share all of its collected mapping data with the project. According to the Seabed 2030 Project, about 32 million square kilometres or 15% of the ocean has been mapped. The million square kilometre milestone is a big one for Schmidt Ocean, accounting for 3% of this mapping contribution and the discovery of 14 new underwater features. Schmidt Ocean Institute is one of more than 100 organizations to formally support the initiative. Seabed 2030 is a global initiative... (read more)
2020-02-02 08:42:10

MacArtney Develops New Pressure Testing Facilities

MacArtney is soon to supply and test several underwater connectors for INFN - the National Institute for Nuclear Physics. INFN for the IDMAR Research Infrastructure in Sicily supports, among others, the KM3NeT (Cubic Kilometre Neutrino Telescope) infrastructure in the Mediterranean Sea. MacArtney Underwater Technology will be working with INFN for the duration of a system solution project to provide junction box mechanical frames and pressure vessels designed to host OPAs (Optical and Power Assemblies) for the connection of neutrino detection units from the seabed. Connected from the shore station by approximately 100 kilometres of high-speed electro-optical cable, the MacArtney supplied... (read more)
2020-01-30 01:20:25

How Does Valeport Help Tor Bay’s Underwater Rainforest?

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Valeport has pledged its support to a campaign to protect the vital ‘underwater rainforest’ which is under threat off Tor Bay, on the SW coast of the UK.  To mark the hydrographic and oceanographic instrument manufacturer’s 50th anniversary, it will partner with a UK coastal zoo and aquarium to help protect seagrass, a remarkable plant that flowers underwater and forms dense meadows in shallow coastal areas. These meadows capture carbon at a greater rate than tropical forests, making them important in combating climate change.   Like coral reefs and rainforests, these underwater gardens are full of life. And like those... (read more)
2020-01-29 10:34:52

Remotely Controlled USV Undertakes Survey Work for Wind Farm

In a first for the offshore wind sector, a vessel remotely controlled from shore took to the sea off Suffolk (UK) over the weekend to undertake survey work for Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm, a joint venture between SSE Renewables and innogy, a German energy company. The XO-450 Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), owned and operated by UK-based XOCEAN, carried out seabed surveys on seven of the turbines at the 140-turbine wind farm, located 23 kilometres off the UK coast. The unmanned vessel is around the size of an average car (4.5 metres) and half its weight (750kg) and can be... (read more)
2020-01-27 09:52:26
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