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Connecting The Nation With Newcastle’s Own Multi-Million-Pound Plough

North Shields based manufacturer, Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) recently handed over a purpose-built pre-lay plough to marine service providers Boskalis, for use at Ørsted’s offshore wind farm Hornsea Two.

Fugro Starts NOAA Project to Update Florida’s Nautical Charts

Fugro has begun work on its first task order under a recently awarded multi-year hydrographic services contract with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Located off the north-west coast of Florida, the project involves acquisition of high-resolution bathymetry data over four sites totalling approximately 1475 km2. Deliverables will be issued to NOAA by December and they will use this information to update charted depths and features in the region, many of which predate the 1950s.

Supercluster on a Mission to Increase Value of Canada's Marine Economy

In the midst of the global pandemic, when it seems the world is standing still, people and businesses are still focusing on the future. One group is playing a big role to help companies and entrepreneurs build ocean-based business ideas that will create jobs and bring new money to the economy. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, born in 2018 from a marriage of private investors and government funding and based in Atlantic Canada, is setting out to increase the value of this nation's ocean economy by $14 billion and 3,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. Oceanindustries in Canada contribute about $30 billion a year to the economy and make up 1.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

NOVACAVI Launches its Selection of Cables for Underwater Technologies: Aquancable Standard Range

A long-term expertise in custom cable design and manufacturing for underwater technologies, led NOVACAVI to identify and come up with a selection of subsea and marine cables suitable for a wide variety of underwater technologies where no cable customization is required but the most efficient, reliable and available cable solution is strategic. Standard cables in various lengths and combination ready in stock to be delivered or to be manufactured in short delivery times to cope with any request.

Important Milestone Bokalift 2 Crane Vessel Conversion

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) is pleased to announce an important milestone in the conversion project of its new crane vessel Bokalift 2. Yesterday, a steel cutting ceremony took place at the shipyard Drydocks World in Dubai. This milestone marks the beginning of an important new phase in the modification of the vessel’s hull and deck.

Ex Formula 1 Engineer Joins Leadership Team at WFS Technologies

WFS Technologies has further strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of a former Formula 1 engineer as Head of Engineering and Projects. Colin Drysdale takes up the post and will be responsible for leading the successful delivery of projects at WFS which specialises in subsea wireless automation.

Historic Investment Decision for Transport and Storage of CO2

Equinor, Shell and Total have decided to invest in the Northern Lights project in Norway's first exploitation licence for CO₂ storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Plans for development and operation have been handed over to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Another Record-breaking Sabertooth for Hibbard

Hibbard Inshore has purchased a second Saab Seaeye Sabertooth underwater robotic vehicle. The Michigan-based company was first to adopt the pioneering Sabertooth technology for long tunnel inspection, breaking their record with a 12 kilometre Australian run using their initial Sabertooth vehicle.

Lobbying IMO on Behalf of Offshore Workers

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is playing a key role in two industry groups lobbying the IMO to support a recommendation for Governments and national authorities to facilitate the movement of offshore energy sector personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is designed to ensure they are considered ‘key workers’, essentially to enable ease of movement during mobilisation and demobilisation for offshore sector crew changes.

Base Selected for World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Equinor and SSE Renewables, the two companies behind the world’s biggest offshore wind farm Dogger Bank, have today announced plans to build a new Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Base at the Port of Tyne.

JW Fishers’ Metal Detectors: Zero Visibility Search Capabilities

JW Fishers’ signature underwear metal detector is the Pulse 8X. It has provided operators with the right tool for the job for over 25 years and is still the leading underwater metal detector in use worldwide by law enforcement, military, fire and rescue departments, public safety dive teams, commercial divers, and wreck hunters. The recent addition of the SAR-1 underwater metal detector has proven to be an outstanding compliment to the Pulse 8X when zero-visibility conditions make the SAR-1’s vibration feature and ultra-bright LED display a necessity. The SAR-1 boasts much of the P8X’s technology, but it is contained in a wireless, “snareless”, vibrating casing that is second to none when mission requirements dictate safe and efficient operations in the most unforgiving conditions.

Belgian Navy Renew SeeByte’s SeeTrack v4 Licenses for Another Year

SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software solutions for unmanned maritime systems, are pleased to announce the renewal of their latest SeeTrack v4 licenses to the Belgian Navy for their fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles and Belgian-Netherlands Naval Mine Warfare school, EGUERMIN.

USS Nevada located by SEARCH and Ocean Infinity

SEARCH, Inc. (SEARCH), the largest underwater and terrestrial archaeology firm in the United States, and Ocean Infinity, the marine robotics company, are pleased to announce the discovery of USS Nevada (BB-36), one of the U.S. Navy’s longest serving battleships, and viewed as the epitome of American resilience and perseverance.

Welaptega Asset-based Mooring Inspection Results in Cost Savings for Premier Oil

Leading underwater inspection provider, Welaptega, has successfully completed a mooring inspection campaign for Premier Oil in the Central North Sea.

New Remote 3D scanning Service Boosts Business for North-east Firm

Aberdeen-based 3D scanning specialists, Viewport3 have experienced record uptake of a new service offering following its acceleration to market to help with challenges the industry is currently facing.

New Hammerhead XT Extra Torque, Low Cost, Ultra-Compact Pan & Tilt Released

Arctic Rays, LLC has released a high torque version of their miniature Hammerhead pan and tilt for use on multiple platforms, including ROVs, HOVs, ASVs, landers and fixed platforms. In addition, the standard 316 SS unit can be supplied in 6061 Aluminum for weight critical applications. The original Hammerhead and the new Hammerhead XT are both available as single axis rotators.

ECA Group has been Awarded a Significant Export Contract to Modernize Robots Dedicated to Naval Mine Warfare.

This contract, worth around € 20 million will last over 48 months and will allow to modernize the mine clearance capacities of the customer, a Navy, in order to improve their performance against sea mines. The evolution of the mine threat in maritime areas is a current and growing concern for many countries.

Greensea Expands into Europe with Wight Ocean.

Greensea Systems, Inc., an industry-leading marine robotics company headquartered in Richmond, Vermont, is pleased to announce that it is expanding its international presence to meet increasing customer demand for its trusted open architecture navigation, control, autonomy, and human-machine interface technology.

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