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United Nations Endorses the BORA Blue Ocean Research Alliance Programme

02.08.2023
The UK’s leading ocean research institution, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and Subsea7, a global leader in delivering offshore projects and services for the energy industry, are proud to have received endorsement from the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development for their BORA Blue Ocean Research Alliance®. This has been awarded under the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS) Programme, which supports efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and bring ocean stakeholders together in a common framework.

EVENT: Oceanology International - London - 12-14 March 2024

31.07.2023
Oceanology International is the world’s leading marine science and ocean technology exhibition and conference. Scheduled to take place on 12-14 March 2024 at ExCeL London, this free-to-attend event serves as the industry’s main marketplace for those involved in exploring, monitoring, developing, or protecting the world’s oceans and waterways. The show brings together the industry, academia, and government for three days of structured networking meetings, live on-water demonstrations, technical sessions, and product showcases from over 500 exhibitors.

Thailand’s State Energy Major Invests to Join Collaborative Wave Power Subsea Project

31.07.2023
Thailand’s state energy company, PTTEP, has joined the Renewables for Subsea Power (RSP) collaborative project which is intended to prove the concept of powering subsea equipment with wave power and intelligent subsea energy storage.

Numurus Announces NEPI Engine to Accelerate Development of AI and Robotic Automation Applications

27.07.2023
Numurus’ customers have reduced their AI and robotic automation software development times from years to months. Ocean Aero turned to the NEPI software engine to accelerate its advanced threat-detection capabilities for its autonomous platform, the TRITON. Within six months of starting its 360-degree maritime detection automation project, Ocean Aero interfaced five directional cameras with onboard AI and demonstrated threat-detection capabilities on its TRITON AUSV.

Sea Axe Controlled Flow Subsea Excavation Contract Wins for Innovative JBS

27.07.2023
JBS Group is executing a series of contract wins for its Sea Axe technology. The company is undertaking – or has already completed – several projects in the UK and internationally with the patented solution which enables fast, large-scale mass flow excavation (MFE).

XOCEAN Opens New Technical Centre and Announces the Creation of 300 New Jobs

26.07.2023
XOCEAN, the leading provider of carbon-neutral ocean data, has today announced the creation of 300 new jobs as part of its strategic growth plan. The jobs announcement comes as the XOCEAN team welcomed Minister of State for Trade Promotion and Digital Transformation, Dara Calleary, to mark the official opening of its new Technical Centre near Carlingford, Co. Louth. From this facility, XOCEAN serves a growing list of international customers, primarily in the rapidly growing offshore wind market.

Benthic Completed CPT Site Investigation for Equinor’s Baltyk II and III Offshore Wind Farms in the Baltic Sea

26.07.2023
Benthic, a Geo-services brand in Acteon’s Data and Robotics division, completed a site investigation comprising cone penetration tests (CPTs) using its portable remotely operated drill (PROD) that has enabled the design of foundations for about 100 wind turbines and two offshore substations for the Baltyk II and III wind farms offshore Poland in the Baltic Sea. The work for the developments, which are 50–50 joint venture between Norwegian energy company Equinor and Polish power utility company Polenergia, was performed at 16 locations in 40–55 m water depths.

Successful Launch and Recovery of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle from Underway Submarine

24.07.2023
L3Harris, along with industry partners, developed and integrated a homing and docking solution that enabled launch and recovery of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from an underway submarine, referred to as Torpedo Tube Launch and Recovery (TTL&R). Today, L3Harris is the first company to accomplish a fully autonomous launch and recovery of an AUV from an underway submarine, leveraging its proven Iver4 AUV technology. L3Harris is eager to enable the TTL&R capability for real-world missions.

Robosys Partners with Lynx Power Catamarans in Delivering AI Driven Maritime Autonomy Solutions

24.07.2023
AI based Maritime Autonomy & Navigational specialist, Robosys Automation, is partnering with Lynx Power Catamarans in delivering a fully autonomous multi-role vessel. Constructed and designed by Lynx Power Catamarans, headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, the Lynx Multi-Role Vessel (MRV) has been designed for specialist maritime duties including surveillance and patrolling.

FET Supplies Electric Observation Class ROV to the Memorial University of Newfoundland

19.07.2023
Forum Energy Technologies (FET) secured a contract from the Memorial University of Newfoundland to supply an electric observation-class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to its Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI), School of Ocean Technology.

Base Materials Diversifies into Subsea Buoyancy Market with New £1million Production Facility

19.07.2023
Base Materials establishes new 10,000 square feet state-of-the-art production facility in Birmingham, UK, marking a significant investment designed to propel subsea buoyancy growth.

Subdron Raises €1.3M in Pre-Seed Funding to Decarbonize the Shipping Industry and Revolutionize Underwater Inspections

18.07.2023
subdron GmbH, an innovative startup specializing in autonomous underwater navigation and data processing for advanced underwater inspections, announced today the successful raise of €1.3M in pre-seed funding. The investment round was co-led by xista science ventures, a renowned venture fund focused on scientific advancements, and Faber, from its Ocean / Climate Tech fund, with participation from esteemed investor Saber GmbH. The influx of capital will enable subdron GmbH to accelerate the development and deployment of its cutting-edge technology, poised to transform the way underwater structures are inspected for biofouling and structural integrity.

Exail and UNH Open New Maritime Autonomy Innovation Hub

18.07.2023
Exail, a global innovator in the field of maritime autonomy, has opened a new innovation hub that will engage in all aspects of marine autonomous operations to help meet the challenges of the growing blue economy.

Cellula Robotics Strengthens Leadership Team with New Corporate Development Officer, Neil Manning

18.07.2023
Cellula Robotics Ltd., a renowned pioneer in AUV systems and subsea fuel-cell power, is delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Manning as its new Corporate Development Officer. This strategic move aligns with the company's dynamic expansion in both size and technical expertise over the past 18 months.

USV AS Orders First Unmanned Surface Vessel

18.07.2023
USV AS has contracted Astilleros Gondán shipyard to build an unmanned surface vessel (USV), capable of significantly reducing emissions and operating expenses compared to conventional vessels utilised for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) work.

Fugro Supports Curaçao’s Ambition to Become a Regional Leader in the Production and Export of Green Energy

17.07.2023
The Government of Curaçao has asked Fugro to map the seabed of the island’s surrounding waters for future development of floating offshore wind farms. The Curaçao Government’s target is to realise 6GW in renewable energy capacity by 2035, which is more than the domestic need for energy, ultimately enabling the production and export of green hydrogen. This development is a hugely important step for Curaçao in its efforts to accelerate the transition to green energy and strengthen its economy. The survey work by Fugro follows on a feasibility assessment by research organisation TNO, which concluded that Curaçao’s territorial waters are some of the best in the world for large scale deployment of floating offshore wind.

Bedrock Raises $25.5 Million in Series A funding Round to Revolutionize Seafloor Exploration and Accelerate Offshore Wind Energy Development

17.07.2023
Bedrock, the leading vertically integrated seafloor data acquisition and distribution platform, has secured $25.5 million in its Series A funding round, bringing its total funding to date to $33.5M. The funds will be utilized to bring its unique data offering to the offshore wind market this year, and grow the company's proprietary unmanned autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) acquisition system. Bedrock has the potential to accelerate and reduce risks for the development of offshore wind energy projects, a key strategic interest supported by the Biden administration with significant support from the IRA (The Inflation Reduction Act).

Indonesian Search and Rescue Company Partners with SMD

13.07.2023
To enable deeper dives on underwater missions, Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency, Basarnas, has recently purchased a Hydraulic Atom ROV from UK company Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD).

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