Issue 514
5 December 2017:


FUGRO wins Ørsted contracts for site investigations at two large-scale U.S. offshore wind projects

Fugro has been awarded contracts by Ørsted to undertake geotechnical investigations at two large-scale offshore wind development sites. Ørsted is pursuing the development of these two new projects – Bay State Wind, located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and Ocean Wind, 10 miles off the New Jersey coast – to bring wind energy to American consumers and businesses.

The marine site characterisation at both sites involves highly specialised sampling and in situ testing which Fugro will perform from its dedicated DP2 geotechnical drillship, Fugro Explorer. For laboratory testing and reporting services Fugro will draw on its expertise from Norfolk, VA and Houston, TX in the USA as well as Wallingford (UK) and Nootdorp (Netherlands), with the objective of providing fully integrated deliverables. Prior to the contract awards Fugro carried out geoconsulting desktop studies and geotechnical ground truthing for Ørsted.

Site investigations commenced at the end of November and are expected to continue for three months. The projects will be conducted under Fugro’s QHSSE management system, which is in accordance with industry leading QHSSE and operational standards.

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Subsea UK and Scottish Enterprise launch £15million R&D funding call for underwater innovation

Industry body Subsea UK in partnership with Scottish Enterprise has today announced that it has opened an R&D funding call for innovation projects to drive forward research and development projects between Scotland and Japan that will help solve the industry’s most complex technological challenges.

The strategic agreement aims to help both countries capitalise on opportunities in the growing subsea sector. The two parties will provide equal funding, totalling approximately £15million to support joint projects between the two countries that maximise the use and development of digital technologies and challenge conventional industry methods and techniques.

Organisations are being asked to step forward for support by identifying how their ideas, products and services meet the needs of the evolving subsea sector. Applications are being sought under the following themes:

Subsea digital oilfield technologies (real-time underwater communication, inspection, monitoring and control, subsea sensors, robotics and artificial intelligence)

Subsea oil and gas innovation (well productivity and intervention, well design, low-cost drilling, decommissioning, subsea factory, remote monetisation and challenging field development)

Companies can submit an expression of interest via the Subsea UK website up until March 2018 with full proposal applications due by June 2018.

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Virtual simulation created for river users to navigate the Boston Barrier

The Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the Boston Barrier has received approval, giving the Environment Agency the go-ahead to proceed with the construction and operation of the £100 million flood defence scheme to better protect Boston’s homes and businesses from the risk of tidal flooding. As part of the public enquiry, HR Wallingford’s UK Ship Simulation Centre worked with Mott MacDonald and the Environment Agency to create a virtual navigation simulation to help river users better understand what navigating the river would be like, both during the construction phase and when the barrier is in place.

Construction is due to begin in The Haven – the tidal stretch of the River Witham – in January 2018, and will better protect against tidal surges, such as was seen in December 2013, when over 800 homes and businesses in the Boston area were flooded. A key element throughout the project has involved ensuring extensive consultation takes place with the local community, river users and businesses, to achieve environmental and economic benefits for the town, and to avoid particular groups being disadvantaged as a result of the barrier being built.

In October 2016, river users were invited to the UK Ship Simulation Centre at HR Wallingford where they could experience the navigation of their vessels under the conditions that will exist both during the construction and operation phases of the Boston Barrier. The barrier is designed to operate over the next 100 years, and the presence of the structures associated with the new barrier will alter the flows that vessels currently encounter.

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Valeport MIDAS SVX2 selected by Saab Kockums

A leading manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation, Valeport, has announced its contract to supply four customised MIDAS SVX2 probes to Saab Kockums.

The MIDAS SVX2 is an advanced probe, combining sound velocity with salinity and density technologies to provide a versatile instrument which delivers superior data profiles. The MIDAS SVX2 was selected for its commercial off the shelf (COTS) status which contributed to project cost and lead time efficiency.

Swedish manufacturer, Saab Kockums, develops leading-edge, world-class naval technology to design, build and maintain naval surface vessels and submarines that incorporate the most advanced stealth technology.

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MacArtney winches for offshore wind farm project

The Borkum Riffgrund Offshore Wind Farm 2 is located in the North Sea approx. 55 km off the north-west coast of Germany and is one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms. The wind farm consists of 56 wind turbines, and it is going to power 460,000 homes annually.

MacArtney winches provide a high degree of reliability during operation and are intended for operation on the Borkum Riffgrund offshore wind farm. They represent robust and energy-efficient features for pulling both inter array cables and export cables into the substation which forms the heart of the wind farm collecting and exporting power generated by turbines through specialised submarine cables.

The scope of supply of this Fulgor/Hellenic Cables order for the offshore wind farm project includes two MacArtney 150 kN and 200 kN electrical cable pulling winches. The purpose of the winches is to bring inter array cables and export cables from the seabed onto the substation deck. The power cables are to be pulled through a number of J-tubes onto the substation for connection. The 200 kN winch is a stationary winch for pulling export cables, and the 150 kN winch rorates 360 degrees, enabling a straight pull to all J-tubes. The pull is generated through 260 m steel wire, 15 t work load, and 320 m steel wire, 20 t workload, for the 150 kN and 200 kN winches respectively.

MacArtney supplies additional equipment consisting of a DNV approved password-secured ‘capacity reduction mode’ which enables cable installers to use smaller sheave blocks to install the inter array cables. In addition, the supply includes an integrated data logger with an extra large 15.4 inch HMI, and 360 degrees rotation for optimised operation, which reduces the costs of reversible units and sheave blocks.

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Ballast-Check 2 approved by Saudi Aramco for Indicative Compliance Testing

Following detailed scientific and technical evaluation by the Environmental Protection Department of Saudi Aramco, the Turner Designs’ Ballast-Check 2 Handheld PAM Fluorometer (USA) is approved as a valid Ballast Water Sampling Instrument. Saudi Aramco will now accept results from certified technicians using Turner Designs Ballast-Check 2 Handheld PAM Fluorometer in addition to the other previously approved instrumentation. Saudi Aramco announced in August that all ships calling at its ports and terminals are required to provide ballast water test results to show compliance with the IMO BWM 2004 convention. It has been a challenge to sample all the arriving ships and Saudi Aramco looks forward to having additional certified technicians and instrumentation performing the tests.

Ballast-Check™2 is a small, lightweight, highly durable handheld fluorometer ideal for quick indicative compliance checks of ballast water. Factory set, Ballast-Check 2 is ready for use right out of the box, no calibration necessary. Extremely simple one-button measurements display estimates in less than 1 minute of both algal abundance and algal activity, providing ship crew or port state control with an indication of risk for exceedance of the regulation. Small, battery-powered, water-proof, and easy to use, Ballast-Check 2 is perfect for field use. Ballast-Check 2 is ideal for quick on-the-spot assessments of the effectiveness of a Ballast Water Treatment System.

Turner Designs is working closely with several service providers to train and certify them to support Saudi Aramco as more are needed. Turner Designs is partnered with Wilhelmsen Ships Services to provide worldwide sales and support of Ballast-Check 2 to ship owners and operators.

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Royal Navy team awarded prestigious medal for world first nuclear reactor repair technique for submarines

The Royal Navy Submarine Mechanical Specialists team has won a prestigious industry medal for their innovative adaptation of freeze seal isolation, which has been used in a worldwide first for a technically challenging repair of a submarine nuclear reactor.

A technique using liquid nitrogen to freeze and isolate sections of pipework was adapted by the team in order to meet the challenging engineering environment presented by submarines due to restrictive space and geometry.

The work resulted in the first ever deployment of a triple freeze seal to repair a nuclear reactor, giving the UK Submarine Enterprise increased flexibility in its operations, with applications across the entire global nuclear industry.

The medal is awarded jointly by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) and the British Computer Society (BCS).

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Naval Dome responds to Clarksons cyber attack

The recent announcement that ship broker Clarksons confirmed its computer systems were breached in a major cyber-security attack is a further indication how the global maritime industry is very much in the cross-hairs of the cybercriminal.

The rise in the number of onboard and shore-based systems that are connected to the Internet and the use of wireless and cloud-based technologies is changing the security landscape. The shipping industry must make sure that these developments do not expose all sectors of the shipping industry, including the cruise, leisure and merchant segments, to the sophisticated and diverse methods used by hackers, political and environmental activists, business competitors and ransom pirates.

While there is no argument that increased connectivity will deliver significant commercial and operational advantages, today, more than ever, cyber security has to be the number one priority for the shipping industry. To this end, Naval Dome are working with key stakeholders to establish global cyber maritime defence standards and guidelines based around their intelligence agency grade, multi-layered cyber protection technology.

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OSIL supply unique Modular Multiple Corer for Papua New Guinea project

International seabed sampling specialists Ocean Scientific International Ltd have shipped a uniquely modified version of the industry standard Multiple Corer to Australia for use in a project in a remote location of Papua New Guinea.

The corer has been converted into a modular design to allow it to be transported by helicopter. The frame can easily be broken down into 2 stackable pieces that allows the overall shipping height of the corer to be greatly reduced, and enables quick reassembly of the system ready for deployment.

The hydrostatically damped Multi Corer is constructed from stainless steel and features detachable core assemblies, which enables the core tubes (or if necessary the entire core tube assembly) to be removed from the corer for analysis or storage. The core tubes are sealed top and bottom once the sample has been taken, allowing rapid retrieval of the corer without jeopardizing sample integrity.

The corer will be used to provide seabed sediment samples for benthic fauna and geochemical analysis, as part of an environmental monitoring program for a mining project. The OSIL corers are capable of collecting up to 12 samples simultaneously, which include a high-quality undisturbed sediment sample and the overlying supernatant water, making them ideal candidates for use in environmental assessments.

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MAKO Tidal Turbines in the Buka Passage, Bougainville, PNG

Australian-based companies MAKO Tidal Turbines Pty Ltd and Kleinhardt Pty Ltd have signed a Co-operation Agreement with the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) which will see a business case and funding plan developed for a renewable-based electricity grid for the Buka town, underpinned by tidal energy from the Buka Passage.

Under the Agreement, Sydney Australia based MAKO will survey the Buka Passage for its tidal energy potential and will establish a demonstration site in conjunction with local businesses.

Kleinhardt, an economic development adviser based in Cairns, Australia will commence preparation of a business case for the upgraded grid given the key role that reliable and cost-effective electrical power will have in all the economic development projects they are helping to facilitate.

Initially, MAKO will undertake detailed resource mapping of the Buka Passage using its proprietary systems and will separately install a tidal turbine demonstration site to provide electricity to a local shoreline business.

In addition, MAKO and Kleinhardt will identify suitable partners to formulate a business case for a renewable-based electricity grid to meet the needs of the 50,000 people living in and near Buka Town. Also, sources of funding will be investigated to ensure the electricity grid can be upgraded to meet the needs of a growing population in the region.

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RS Aqua supply three RBR maestro CTDs with Turner Designs fluorometers to Bangor University

RS Aqua have supplied three fast response RBRmaestro CTDs with integrated Turner Designs fluorometers to Bangor University for a long term coastal observatory project measuring high resolution oceanographic, meteorological and water quality data parameters around the coast of North Wales.

Capable of measuring up to 6 times every second, these customised RBRmaestro loggers will be deployed for several months at a time in areas of high tidal current speeds. They will collect conductivity, temperature and pressure via RBR’s full oceanographic specification fast-response CTD, with turbidity and fluorescence data collected via fully integrated Turner Designs Cyclops-7 fluorometers, fitted with wipers to keep the optical sensor heads free from fouling.  The equipment is to be used as part of a series of collaborative R&D projects with commercial partners operating in the marine renewable energy sector.

RBR’s multi-channel maestro loggers offer users flexible measuring schedules, optional fast sampling up to 32 Hz and ample power for extended deployments. Twist activated WiFi communications and external serial data and power connections make these loggers ideally suited to both moored and profiling applications.

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Marlink and Radio Holland strengthen their long-term partnership

Marlink has acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business to further strengthen its global leadership in maritime VSAT while Radio Holland will focus on its core business, providing efficient NavCom, ICT and maintenance solutions to the shipping industry.

Marlink and Radio Holland have concluded a partnership agreement whereby Marlink has acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business. The partnership builds on the complementary strengths and extensive expertise of the two leading technology companies and enables Marlink to further strengthen its global leadership in maritime VSAT. Radio Holland will be the preferred global sales and service partner and offer Marlink’s world-class and future-proof satcom connectivity portfolio in combination with its well-established maritime electronics solutions. Furthermore, Radio Holland and the Marlink Group, including Telemar, will intensify their existing cooperation in NavCom sales and servicing.

The partnership between Marlink and Radio Holland will give maritime customers access to an unrivalled portfolio of broadband connectivity solutions, in particular to VSAT services. By innovating and co-creating new solutions and applications, the two companies will enable efficient digital vessel operations to cater for evolving needs of their maritime customers.

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Global maritime technology cooperation centre network officially launched

A global network of centres of excellence in marine technology was officially launched on Monday (4 December) at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The Directors of five regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the global maritime technology centre network.

The network of MTCCS – in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific – is the mainstay of the GMN maritime technology project, run by IMO and funded by the European Union.

The MTCCs are expected to provide leadership in promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations, and the reduction of harmful emissions from ships. Through collaboration and outreach activities at regional level, the MTCCs will help countries develop national maritime energy-efficiency policies and measures, promote the uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport and establish voluntary pilot data-collection and reporting systems.

The GMN project supports IMO’s work in meeting three key UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 13, which includes a commitment to combat climate change and its impacts; SDG 7, which commits to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; and SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure. The GMN project promotes international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, in particular energy-efficiency and advanced, cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and fosters investment in energy infrastructure and clean-energy technology.

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Autonomous Survey Day in Banbury – hosted by QPS, 4D Ocean, Applanix and Norbit, 12 December 2017

A FREE one-day workshop on Autonomous Survey is being held on Tuesday 12 December at the QPS office in Banbury. Initial presentations will be followed by an on-water demonstration of the SeaRobotics ASV 2.5 at Banbury Reservoir by 4D Ocean with QINSy controlling the vehicle and a near real-time Qimera Live session running back to the office. The afternoon will feature how the data is processed, autonomous survey issues/requirements and a questions & answers session.

Please email [email protected] to book your FREE place and to receive more information.

CTG presenting & demonstrating the FastBallast Compliancy Monitor at the BWMTech Conference (12-13 Dec, London)

Chelsea Technologies Group’s Maritime Manager, Stephanie Lavelle will be presenting & demonstrating the CTG FastBallast Portable Ballast Water Compliance Monitor at the BWMTech Conference to be held on 12-13 December at the Hilton, Tower Bridge.

The FastBallast Portable Ballast Water Compliance Monitor is capable of determining the phytoplankton cell density of ballast water at the IMO D2 & USCG Discharge Standards (10 to 50 µm range). The Compliance Monitor is available as a portable dual function discrete and flow-through analysis system, solely as a portable discrete sampling system or as a fully integrated system for continual flow-through analysis.

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Northern Challenge 2017: Teledyne Gavia and Teledyne SeaBotix participate in Multinational EOD Exercise, supporting NATO‘s Partnership for Peace

Every fall, Iceland hosts its annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) exercise, Northern Challenge, welcoming NATO members and partners supporting NATO‘s Defense Against Terrorism Program. Northern Challenge is a multinational exercise, helping train members of NATO‘s Partnership for Peace program. This year, participants included Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States (including Army, Air Force, and Navy), and other NATO members and partners.

Thirty groups were assigned EOD focused tasks, based on realistic scenarios, using the equipment provided. In support of Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) EOD teams, a Gavia AUV and a SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV were utilized during the two weeks of exercises, assisting the ICG in identifying potential threats in one of two harbors used for the exercises.  The SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV was equipped with a Teledyne Bowtech camera and lights for visual inspection, an Imaging sonar for long-range target finding in low water visibility, a Teledyne RDI DVL and automated navigation package to reduce operator fatigue, and a grabber with two degrees of freedom for manipulation. Teledyne operators assisted the ICG and varying NATO groups by operating the vehicles based on the needs of the given task. The main task for the AUV was change detection, locating foreign objects with high-resolution side scan sonar.  The ROV‘s role was to use high definition video to confirm contacts that could be possible Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threats. The goal of the exercise was to share knowledge and expertise among military departments.

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Aquabotix Appoints Business Leader David Batista As Chief Executive Officer

UUV Aquabotix Ltd today announced the appointment of David Batista as Chief Executive Officer. The Company’s current CEO and founder, Durval Tavares, will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer.

In his new role as Chief Technology Officer, Tavares will lead development of the company’s underwater ROV and Hybrid AUV/ROV technology, with a particular focus on application in high-demand verticals such as military, security and law enforcement, aquaculture and marine construction and maintenance.

Batista is the former Senior Managing Director of independent financial services firm Viriathus Holdings LLC. He has more than 20 years of experience working with small-cap listed companies, both in the U.S. and Australia. While at Viriathus Holdings, Batista closed more than 40 investment and M&A transactions for domestic and international clients, in addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the firm. Batista previously held roles with HPC Capital Management Corp., SoundView Technology Group and Lehman Brothers Inc. A graduate of C.W. Post College, Batista also has several post-graduate qualifications from The New York Institute of Finance.

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Greensea Names Marybeth Gilliam to Chief Operating Officer

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA™, the universal marine industry operating platform, today announced that Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales, Marybeth Gilliam has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position at Greensea. Gilliam joined Greensea in 2015 and has lead the company through an explosive period of sales growth.

Effective immediately, Gilliam will be responsible for operations, services, and sales. Gilliam will be responsible for ensuring continued sales growth while improving efficiencies and profitability.

Marybeth Gilliam has over 25 years of experience including founding, operating, and leading her own marketing and strategic planning company for 14 years. She has worked with such well-known companies as Lucas Arts, NEC, Micron, Pandora, SoundHound, Eisenhower Medical Center, and TBWA Chiat Day.

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Ashtead bolsters US team to drive growth in the Gulf of Mexico

Global subsea equipment specialists, Ashtead Technology, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steven Thrasher as regional vice president for the Americas.

Bringing almost 20 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Thrasher, who will be based in Houston, Texas, will head up Ashtead’s US operation as it gears up for further growth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and neighbouring markets.

Prior to joining Ashtead, Thrasher held a number of senior and technical positions at FTO Services, C-Innovation and Schilling Robotics.

He began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1998, when he joined Sonsub as a ROV technician where he eventually advanced to ROV Superintendent, delivering the mobilisation and commissioning of several high-profile projects.

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M2 Subsea bolsters European business development team with new appointment

M2 Subsea, a global independent provider of ROV services, has bolstered its European business development team with the appointment of David Sinclair as business development manager – renewables and decommissioning. Based in Aberdeen, David will be responsible for leading the company’s business acquisition strategy for both these sectors in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Europe.

Bringing more than 10 years of industry experience, Mr Sinclair joins M2 Subsea from Bibby Offshore where he held the position of engineering and innovation manager.

Graduating with a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, David started his career as a project engineer at Global Pipelay Operations Group before progressing to senior engineering roles at Subsea 7 and Technip Offshore Wind.

He has extensive experience in marine technology and an established a track record in achieving project success utilising his technical and managerial skills.

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RTSYS welcomes its new head of sales and marketing, Christophe Piquet

As part of its long-term strategy aimed at developing its success further, RTsys, a company specialized in acoustics and drones for scientific and military applications, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christophe PIQUET as its new Head of Sales and Marketing with immediate effect.

Christophe will be responsible for contributing to RTsys’ overall strategy and increasing offerings to both existing and new clients. Christophe will oversee marketing, strategic business partnerships and international sales and will report into Vidal Teixeira, CEO.

Christophe joins from Safran Electronics & Defence, where he has had various roles since 2010. His last role saw him responsible for the Naval Inertial Navigation Systems Department at Safran. Prior to this he was responsible for the Sales of Safran’s naval INS on different continents (North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia) with important success like the U.S Coast Guard or the Canadian Navy.

Christophe studied at HEC Montreal in Business Administration and received a Master Degree in Political Science from Luiss University in Italy. Christophe speaks fluently three languages (English, French and Italian) and is passionate about Soccer and Sailing.

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