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RWE Appoints Fugro to Start Geophysical Survey for Denmark’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm, Thor

RWE has appointed Fugro to complete a geophysical survey off the Danish west coast. Up to three survey vessels will be deployed to carry out a detailed pre-construction survey including a search for unexploded ordnance (UXO) up to approximately 34 kilometres off the coast of Thorsminde. The data acquired is important and will define the cable routes and exact turbine locations for RWE’s Thor offshore wind farm.

Kraken Robotics Announces $3m Boulder Detection Survey Contract for Offshore Wind Farm Project in Europe

Kraken Robotics Announces $3 Million Boulder Detection Survey Contract for Offshore Wind Farm Project in Europe. Kraken’s contract scope includes mobilisation of a dedicated survey vessel, deployment of optimal sub-bottom survey equipment, and expert personnel to provide specialist engineering design support to de-risk the installation of the project’s two large offshore substations. This survey campaign will be executed in Q4 2023 with Kraken’s Acoustic CorerTM technology providing accurate, high resolution 3D imaging of twenty-four sub-seabed cores, with the cores placed to maximise coverage over the foundation leg locations.

Compact Underwater Robot from Tethys Providing a Safer Alternative for Underwater Inspection

Divers can face difficult and dangerous conditions when performing essential underwater inspection, search and maintenance. Now a new Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) from Switzerland’s Tethys Robotics is providing a much safer alternative.

Discovery of Two Historic World War II Aircraft Wrecks in the Trondheimsfjord

In a remarkable exploration beneath the surface, the Royal Norwegian Navy's HUGIN Team 1 discovered two new aircraft wrecks in Trondheimsfjorden. The well-preserved World War II wrecks were quickly identified as the legendary Blohm & Voss BV-222 Wiking V2 and the Heinkel HE-115 S4+DH. The wrecks lie at an impressive depth of 318 and 253 meters, respectively, and have never been visited by divers or submersibles before. The last few weeks a team at Blueye Robotics have conducted several dives with underwater drones in the fjord to capture the first close-up images of the seaplanes in around 80 years.

Ocean Installer Awarded Eirin Gas Field Subsea Tie-back Contract from Equinor

The scope covers installation of structures, flexibles, umbilical, seabed rectification, tie-ins, and commissioning. It also includes design, fabrication, and installation of GRP covers and spool bringing important gas volumes to the European market.

UK Protection Enhanced as Underwater Surveillance Ship Enters Service

Dedicated at a ceremony in the heart of London, RFA Proteus will serve as the launchpad for remotely-operated vehicles and a home to a suite of specialist capabilities similar to those found in the oil and gas industries.

Maxwell Marine Wins Contract to Supply Anchoring System for First USVs

Maxwell Marine, the anchoring solutions specialist, has been contracted to design and supply a technical anchoring system for the first uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) which will be used for offshore met-ocean measurement campaigns in the wind farm industry. Ten of the vessels will be built by the Tuco Marine Group in Denmark for the world leading offshore wind farm developer, Ørsted.

NATO Defence Ministers Launch Initiative to Enhance Maritime Surveillance Capabilities

On 12 October 2023 NATO Defence Ministers and the Swedish Defence Minister endorsed the Digital Ocean Vision, a pioneering initiative to enhance NATO’s maritime situational awareness from seabed to space. The Digital Ocean initiative will transform Allied maritime domain awareness by enhancing coordination between national and Allied capabilities employed for maritime surveillance. This includes a broad range of assets from satellites to autonomous systems below, on, and above the sea.

HII is Awarded $347 Million U.S. Navy Lionfish Small UUV Contract

HII announced today that its Mission Technologies division was awarded a contract to build nine small unmanned undersea vehicles (SUUV) for the U.S. Navy’s Lionfish System program. The contract has the potential to grow to as many as 200 vehicles over the next five years with a total value of more than $347 million.

DeepOcean FlexiCore: A Next Generation Seabed Coring Solution

In addressing the subsea industry’s increasing requirements for geotechnical seabed sampling, a group of companies (DeepOcean, Seabed Solutions, and Adepth Minerals) are implementing a new coring methodology to significantly improve the efficacy of sampling and interpretation of subsurface seabed geology. This involves a marinised, off-the-shelf, and proven land-based coring system - referred to as ‘FlexiCore™’. This is mounted on to a subsea vehicle: the Seabed Excavator.

Reach Subsea has Signed a Survey Contract with Major Scottish Energy Firm SSEN Transmission

With reference to the release dated 17 August 2023 regarding notice of a contract award, Reach Subsea, the trusted data and subsea service provider for ocean-based industries, announces the signing of the final contract and further details on the assignment.

EverClean Goes Big on Data with EverClean IQ

EverClean’s innovative “Always Clean” hull management service delivers maximum hull performance for commercial vessel owners, and today, Greensea IQ is thrilled to announce another major advancement in maintaining that performance with the launch of EverClean IQ.

National Subsea Centre and SeaFlo Partner to Deliver Asset Digital Twin Lab

The National Subsea Centre (NSC), a centre of excellence for subsea research and technology development, today announced its multi-million-pound partnership with SeaFlo Consultancy Limited (SeaFlo), specialists in subsea and marine services. Together, the organisations will provide the underpinning research and technology development required to enable predictive maintenance for the energy industry.

BO-MTS AUVs, JASCO Applied Sciences and Ocius Bluebottle USVs Demonstrate Cutting-Edge Real-Time Acoustic Marine-Mammal Monitoring

Blue Ocean Marine Tech Systems (BO-MTS), JASCO Applied Sciences Australia and Ocius Technology combined to demonstrate near real-time detection, classification, and tracking of marine mammals using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) off the coast of Western Australia. The seven-day demonstration focused on detecting humpback whales during their southern migration.

Indonesian Customer Says Seaeye Falcon Tops Other Brands

Jakarta-based PT Fabila Teknik Sejahtra, has bought Saab’s Seaeye Falcon remotely operated robot, declaring it superior to other brands. The diving company will deploy the Falcon in their marine and offshore contracting services support across Indonesia.

Kraken Robotics Supports Multiple Countries at NATO Exercise

Kraken Robotics is pleased to announce its recent participation at Exercise REPMUS 23 in Portugal. The Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping with Maritime Unmanned System (REPMUS) is focused on capability development and interoperability, and the 2023 Exercise involved 15 NATO partners, as well as Sweden and Ireland. Kraken’s field support team was onsite throughout the exercise, working closely with three NATO navy teams (the US, UK, and Netherlands) utilizing three generations of HII’s REMUS unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), all of which were retrofitted with Kraken’s Man-Portable Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MP-SAS). The UUVs included MK18 Mod 1, REMUS 100 NGR, and REMUS 300 underwater vehicles, showing the versatility of MP-SAS and its capability to be used across multiple platforms.

VideoRay Acquires Blue Ring Imaging’s AI Capabilities for Underwater Robotic Systems

VideoRay, the producer of the Mission Specialist Defender robot recently selected by the US Navy for underwater mine detection and disposal, announced today that it has successfully acquired Blue Ring Imaging, a St. Petersburg, Florida-based innovator in 3D visualization, multi-view perception, and simulation for unmanned systems.

Nauticus Robotics to Acquire 3D at Depth in All-Stock Transaction

Nauticus Robotics, a developer of autonomous vehicles and robots for data collection and intervention services for offshore industries, announced the execution of a definitive agreement to acquire 3D at Depth, a global leader in commercial subsea laser LiDAR (Light Detection and Range) inspection and data services, for approximately $34 million in stock, before certain purchase price adjustments and the assumption of debt.

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