ROV Planet Articles

Developing Lavrans and Kristin Q in the Norwegian Sea

Equinor and the partners Petoro, Vår Energi and Total E&P Norge have decided to develop the Lavrans discovery and the Kristin Q-discovery which is a part of the Kristin field. This constitutes phase 1 of the Kristin South project, and today the plan for development and operation (PDO) will be submitted to the minister of petroleum and energy. Capital expenditures for this first phase will total about NOK 6.5 billion.

AREG Appoints CEO

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) has appointed David Rodger as CEO as the organisation seeks to further develop support to members and increase links with stakeholders to assist net zero strategies across north east Scotland and beyond.

Fugro’s Geo-data Platform to Accelerate Delivery of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project

Fugro has completed the first phase of a 2-year contract with Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (Atlantic Shores) to build and manage a centralised, cloud hosted Geo-data repository for the company’s lease development off the coast of New Jersey in the US.

Seafloor Team Discovers Submerged Plane During Routine Testing

Folsom Lake is a large, man-made reservoir in very close proximity to Seafloor’s headquarters. It’s also our go-to testing ground for various hydrographic survey equipment aboard our unmanned survey vessels (USVs). While conducting a routine sonar system check on Folsom Lake, Seafloor Systems Inc. hydrographers Jeffrey Riley and Tyler Atkinson came across an unusual object on the lakebed – a submerged plane.

WITT Energy Awarded £350k MoD Contract

WITT Limited, the South West of England based renewable energy tech company, has secured a £350k contract with the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to develop energy harvesting technology for the subsea environment. DASA is a cross-Government organisation and part of the Ministry of Defence; it finds and funds innovation to support UK defence and security.

AWS Wave Energy Converter Takes Shape in Glasgow Ahead of Testing

Last week AWS Ocean Energy achieved a critical milestone in the construction of its 16kW Archimedes Waveswing wave energy converter when the two major sub-assemblies were joined together and the Waveswing finally took shape. Final hook-up of the internal systems is now under way at Malin Marine in Glasgow and AWS expects to start commissioning and dry-testing early in July, before deployment at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in Orkney later this year.

The Rise of Underwater Robotics in Focus at Subsea UK Event

Call for speakers now open for Subsea UK’s Underwater Robotics conference in October Subsea UK's annual Underwater Robotics conference will return this October with a live-streamed event demonstrating the latest advances in underwater robotic technology and exploring the opportunities and challenges of an autonomous future.

University of Guyana to Establish World-Class Subsea Centre of Excellence in Partnership with COAST Foundation

The University of Guyana, on Thursday, 17 June 2021, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Caribbean Oceanography Aquaculture and Subsea Technology (COAST) Foundation to collaborate on the establishment of a Subsea Centre of Excellence training facility. This would now allow the University to deliver world-class programmes designed to prepare students for careers in Subsea Operations and Engineering.

Ashtead Technology Enters into a Global Partnership with Hydromea

International subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has entered into a global rental partnership with Switzerland-based Hydromea, the innovative subsea wireless access provider.

Registration Open for Offshore Energy 2021

The registration for Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2021 is now live! The event, to be held on 26 & 27 October in Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands, will attract thousands of offshore professionals and hundreds of exhibiting companies.

1000th Turbine Installed in UK Waters

Leading renewable energy firm Ørsted has today confirmed that their 1000th offshore wind turbine has been installed in UK waters. As part of the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm installation, the 16th turbine to be erected at site symbolises the world leader in offshore wind’s millennial milestone.

iXblue demonstrates future hydrographic capabilities with DriX Unmanned Surface Vessel during IHO 100th anniversary

Invited by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) to demonstrate the most modern hydro-oceanographic technologies during the celebrations marking the 100 years of existence of the international organization, iXblue demonstrated its DriX Unmanned Surface Vessel, in the presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco, Dr. Mathias Jonas, IHO Secretary-General, Mr. Laurent Kerléguer, Director General of the French Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (Shom), and Amb. Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.

The European Marine Board launches policy brief for sustained ocean observation

The European Marine Board (EMB) has launched its policy briefing: Sustaining in situ Ocean Observations in the Age of the Digital Ocean which highlights the critical needs and benefits of a fit-for-purpose business and funding model for systematic, sustained ocean observations on National, European and Global levels.

Instrument Manufacturer Expands Undeterred by the Pandemic

Leading oceanographic and hydrographic instrument manufacturer, Valeport, has continued to innovate and expand by launching a new company dedicated to providing highly accurate, innovative instruments to the Water industry. The new company, Valeport Water Ltd, will leverage the expertise and manufacturing capabilities of its sister company, Valeport.

Hydro Group Completes Final investment Phase with Hi-speed Braider Handling Cables up to 100mm Diameter

Following the installation and commissioning of their new extrusion line, Hydro Group has invested further in the cable manufacturing arm of the business, with the procurement of a new 48 carrier horizontal braider. This is the final phase of a circa £1 million investment programme which has seen major facility improvements to align with the company’s current project commitments.

Engineering Apprentice Forges Pathway to Energy Career with SengS

SengS is currently supporting Callum Turnbull through his graduate apprenticeship at Robert Gordon University (RGU). The Ellon-based firm, part of integrated manufacturing specialist Pryme Group, provides engineering, testing, control and hydraulic systems, and tooling to the oil and gas, aerospace and defence industries, among others.

Cygnus Mini ROV Success in Collaboration with DeepTrekker

The Cygnus Mini ROV Mountable thickness gauge has been specially designed to be mounted onto small observation ROVs with or without a manipulator facility. And most recently, Cygnus worked with the renowned Canadian ROV & crawler specialist-manufacturer “Deep Trekker” - to achieve full integration with their unique and polyvalent ROVs.

Scott Olson Joins INSPIRE Environmental, Connecting Cutting-edge Marine Science Capabilities with Innovation in Engineering

INSPIRE Environmental (Newport, Rhode Island) has hired Scott Olson as Senior Field and Innovation Manager to enhance and expand the company’s underwater engineering capabilities. Bringing more than three decades of experience in project management, systems engineering, and field operations, as well as a lifelong passion for marine exploration, Olson will play a lead role in cementing INSPIRE’s place as the nation’s leading provider of seafloor habitat monitoring for the emerging offshore energy industry.
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