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Hydromea and Unplugged Receive EUR 2M to Build a Miniature Resident Underwater Drone System

Hydromea, a Swiss-based autonomous underwater robotics company, partnered up with Unplugged, a Norwegian leader in inductive charging and data transfer technology, to develop a resident underwater drone system for continuous inspection and monitoring of underwater assets. The partnership received EUR 2M in grant funding from their respective national organizations and the project will take 30 months to complete. Under the project, the partners will develop a robust, resident drone solution with the initial focus on the aquaculture industry. The system will be designed to remain underwater for months at a time and perform daily data sweeps, providing farmers with up-to-date comprehensive condition monitoring of its operations remotely.

C-Innovation Provides Efficiency and Increased Production with Completion of 46th Well Intervention

C-Innovation (C-I), an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and its family of companies, has announced the completion of its 46th well intervention in the Gulf of Mexico.

Teledyne Slocum Glider Successfully Deployed from a U.S. Navy Helicopter

Teledyne Marine and the U.S. Navy successfully executed the first-ever undersea glider launch from a helicopter and the first-ever successful deployment from an aircraft. The Teledyne-owned Slocum glider, configured with Littoral Battlespace Sensing – Glider (LBS-G) mine countermeasures (MCM) sensors, was launched from the ramp of U.S. Navy helicopter flying “low and slow” over shallow waters. Teledyne Marine provided Slocum glider piloting and technical support in theater. "We are excited to be a part of another series of firsts! In this instance, the first launch from a helicopter and the first-ever successful glider deployment from an aircraft. Teledyne Marine takes pride in our continued innovation and support of the U.S. Navy as it expands the operational envelope of underwater gliders." said Dr. Thomas Altshuler, Senior Vice President, Global Maritime Defense Strategy and Business Development Teledyne Technologies.

Underwater Intervention Conference and Exhibition to Join the International WorkBoat Show in 2023

Organizers of the International WorkBoat Show and the Underwater Intervention Conference and Exhibition (UI) announced that the two events would be co-located in New Orleans in 2023. The International WorkBoat Show is the largest business-to-business commercial marine expo in the United States. UI is the premier event for the entire underwater industry. “We see a tremendous upside for both our attendees and exhibitors with this co-location and we could not be more thrilled about expanding this new partnership with these amazing industry stakeholders,” said Bob Callahan, group vice president and event director of the International WorkBoat Show.

Nauticus Robotics and Leidos Execute $2.7M Contract Extension

Nauticus Robotics, a developer of autonomous robots using artificial intelligence for data collection and intervention services for the ocean economies, today announced it has been awarded an additional $2.7 million under its current contract with Leidos Holdings, a FORTUNE 500® science and technology leader. The funded extension allows continued development of an Aquanaut-derivative in preparation for customer adoption decisions and government opportunities expected later this year.

VIDEO: Guardian Sea Class Subsea Robotic System: Dexterous Underwater Manipulation

The Sarcos Guardian Sea Class underwater manipulation robot is designed to provide human-like manipulation capabilities in complex and often dangerous underwater environments. Its flexible two-armed system can be teleoperated or controlled with optional autonomous and semi-autonomous control.

Kongsberg’s Advanced Maritime Broadband Radio Solution Granted FCC Waiver

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted permission to Kongsberg to use the 5.725-5.850 GHz communications band for its Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) products. The permission was granted in 2022, with a focus on deliveries in 2023 and beyond.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Announces a Quarter of the Ocean Now Mapped

An additional 5.4 million square kilometres of new data - equating to an area twice the size of Argentina - has been added to the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor, with 24.9 per cent of the seabed now mapped. The latest figure was announced by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco during the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Assembly, currently taking place in Monaco. Formed by the representatives of its 98 Member States and Observers, the Assembly meets triannually to discuss new developments in technical standards, ocean mapping and agree on resolutions to guide activities.

Saipem: FlatFish winner of 2023 Spotlight on New Technology Award by OTC

Saipem has been conferred the 2023 Spotlight on New Technology® Award by Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) for its FlatFish Autonomous Underwater Inspection Drone. The award is assigned by OTC to those exhibitors who are revolutionizing the future of offshore energy through technological advancement and innovation. The conference is one of the world’s leading offshore energy events, held this year from 1-4 May in Houston, Texas.

U-Boat Worx Appoints Moravia Yachting as International Partner for the Sale of the Nautilus Submarine

U-Boat Worx is delighted to announce the appointment as the exclusive international partner for the sale of the U-Boat Worx Nautilus submarine to Moravia Yachting. The U-Boat Worx Nautilus is the world’s first superyacht submarine. This incredible hybrid-electrical sub offers deep-sea exploration to a depth of 150m.

LOTOS Choose Seaeye Leopard for Baltic Fields

LOTOS Petrobaltic, part of multi-energy concern ORLEN, has ordered Saab’s Seaeye Leopard work class robotic vehicle to service underwater infrastructure within Poland’s B3 and B8 oil fields in the Baltic Sea.

Excitement and Determination Light Up the Conversation at Ocean Census Launch

With over 150 ocean advocates present, it was no surprise that new ideas for collaboration were springing up every few minutes at the launch of Ocean Census on Thursday 27 April at the Royal Institution, London, UK.

Ashtead Technology Signs Rental Agreement with i2S with Access to Orphie Technology

International subsea rental equipment and solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has signed an exclusive rental agreement with France-based i2S, specialists in underwater robotics and imaging solutions.

NOAA, Proteus Ocean Group to Explore Uses of Groundbreaking Underwater Lab

NOAA and Proteus Ocean Group have signed a formal agreement to use the “underwater space station of the ocean,” PROTEUS™, to advance marine science, research and education. Together, NOAA and Proteus Ocean Group seek to develop a deeper understanding of the ocean environment and reveal solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing concerns, including those related to climate change.

Subsea Integration Alliance Awarded Contract Offshore Egypt

Subsea7 today announced the award of a substantial contract to Subsea Integration Alliance1 by bp and its JV partner Wintershall Dea for the Raven Infills Project, offshore Egypt.

Innovative JBS Secures Contract for its Patented Sea Axe Subsea Excavation Technology

JBS Group, the innovative multi-disciplined engineering solutions and products provider, has had its best ever start to a year with £3m worth of contracts secured. The latest contracts involve fabrication work, screw conveyors and its patented Sea Axe subsea excavation technology. Peterhead-based JBS has increased its team from 50 to 62 in the past six months which includes the addition of two apprentices. JBS delivered fabrication projects for operators and energy services firms. The work included flying lead deployment frames – part of a wider collaboration project with Scottish engineering firm HCS Control Systems – and several other large-scale fabrication workscopes for long-standing clients.

Subsea Technology Specialists Team Up to Meet Growing Demand from Offshore Wind Sector

Subsea Europe Services and Rental Technology & Services (RTS) have embarked on a new strategic partnership with focus on expanding their mutual subsea equipment rental pools and collaborating to create solutions that will deliver marine survey and underwater inspection efficiencies using new sensors, communication systems, autonomous platforms and digital technologies.

Nauticus Robotics Successfully Completes Live Testing of its AI-Enhanced Mine Countermeasure Vehicle to Advance Second Defense Innovation Unit Project

Nauticus Robotics, a developer of autonomous robots using artificial intelligence for data collection and intervention services for the ocean economies, today announced its successful completion of a live offshore demonstration with the U.S. Navy of its AI-enhanced mine countermeasure vehicle. The achievement advanced Nauticus to the next phase of the Defense Innovation Unit’s (“DIU”) Autonomous Explosive Ordinance Disposal (“EOD”) Maritime Response Vehicle (“AEMRV”) program. The AEMRV represents one of two Nauticus programs with the DIU – a Department of Defense organization that strengthens the national security by accelerating the adoption of leading commercial technology throughout the military and growing the national security innovation base.

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