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New AUV Obstacle Avoidance Pipeline Using ISS360 Sonar

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has pioneered a new obstacle avoidance pipeline for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) using the Impact Subsea ISS360 Imaging Sonar. The pipeline is intended to provide a reduced form factor, lower power requirement and a more cost effective solution than traditional approaches. The team successfully utilised the ISS360 Imaging Sonar integrated with a REMUS 100 AUV and demonstrated automatic obstacle avoidance capability with the new pipeline.

Equinor and BP Sign Agreement to Transform South Brooklyn Marine Terminal into Offshore Wind Hub

New York, NY—Equinor, and its partner bp, today announced an agreement to turn the storied South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) complex in Brooklyn, New York into a major regional hub for offshore wind. Under the agreement, the terminal will transform into a world-class offshore wind port capable of staging and assembling the largest, most sophisticated offshore wind technology components for the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects and for the growing U.S. offshore industry on the East Coast.

Intelligent Cougar for Japan's Offshore Renewables

Japan’s growing offshore wind industry is gaining a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi underwater robotic vehicle for cable burial inspection and other roles. Kaiyo Engineering has acquired the 2000m rated Cougar, incorporating intelligent control architecture, for deployment from a 250ton mother ship, the Kaiyo Maru.

Fugro to Showcase its Cutting-Edge Remote Solutions and Carbon Neutral Vision at Oi 2022

Fugro is back at Oceanology International (Oi), the global conference and exhibition that showcases the latest ocean technologies and developments. Fugro will shine a spotlight on their cutting-edge remote and autonomous solutions that not only reduce carbon emissions, but enable safer, more efficient offshore operations.

Fugro USV Project Team Wins Energy Industry Game Changer Award

Fugro’s Blue Essence uncrewed surface vessel (USV) has been awarded the Energy Industry Game Changer Award at the 2021 Energy Club WA Award, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Energy (AIE). The award is presented to an individual or team who have made an outstanding contribution to the energy industry resulting in significant advancement of the industry’s knowledge and capability.

World-Class Speakers Announced for Oceanology International Conference

Worldwide thought leaders from multiple fields of ocean science and technology will gather at Oceanology International’s (Oi) Technical Conference, running at London’s ExCel centre from 15-17 March 2022. The Technical Conference is the world-leading, high-level marine science and ocean technology conference that runs across the full three days of the show. The show organisers RX Global have worked with industry to source influential, engaging speakers who will showcase the latest advancements in offshore subsea operations and technologies to ensure conference attendees remain in the vanguard of the latest insights and information.

TerraSond to Support Vineyard Wind 1 Project in Massachusetts

TerraSond Ltd, a product and service line brand in Acteon’s geo-services segment, plans to invest in a new base in Massachusetts as part of its commitment to support the Vineyard Wind 1 project and wider US offshore wind developments. The company, which already has facilities in Alaska and Texas, has been confirmed as a preferred supplier for the subsea balance of plant inspection and survey services for the Vineyard Wind 1 wind farm, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The wind farm will be situated 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and 35 miles from mainland Massachusetts. It will be the first major commercial-scale offshore wind farm in US waters.

SEA-KIT Expands Production Facility to Meet Growing USV Demand

SEA-KIT International is expanding its Tollesbury production facility to deliver on a growing Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) orderbook. The news comes as Fugro, world-leading geo-intelligence specialist, snaps up SEA-KIT’s latest 12m X-class build for its growing Blue Essence fleet.

RCMP and SEAMOR Deepest Recovery and Arctic First

Last month in a tragic workplace accident in Nunavut, Canada, a bulldozer broke through the ice and was submerged to a depth of 160 meters. A highly skilled team of Canadian Police underwater investigators responded with SEAMOR Marine’s Chinook ROV, recovering the victim’s body from inside the bulldozer on the Arctic Ocean floor. It was the Canadian Police’s deepest underwater recovery in history and first operational dive above the Arctic Circle.

Innovation and Technology Award Win for Verlume at Subsea Expo Awards

Intelligent energy management and storage technologies specialist, Verlume, has won the award for Innovation and Technology at the 2022 Subsea Expo Awards. Organised by the Global Underwater Hub, the Subsea Expo Awards recognise the companies and individuals who are leading the way in the global underwater sector.

Subsea 7 and FLASC Secure Funding for Offshore Energy Storage Technology

Subsea 7 and technology partner FLASC B.V., are pleased to be awarded a grant from the UK government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for £471,760, to further develop an innovative offshore energy storage system. Funding has been awarded as part of the Longer Duration Energy Storage (LODES) Competition. The competition recognises the transition to increasing wind generated renewable energy, which presents growing opportunities for storage systems that support a secure, flexible and reliable electrical power supply.

Subsea Expo Hailed a Success as the Underwater Industry gets back to Face to Face Events

Subsea Expo 2022 has been hailed a major success after more than 4,000 visitors attended and exhibitors reported doing “real” business with strong interest in their products and services. The three-day conference and exhibition, organised by the Global Underwater Hub, is the first major industry event to take place since the restrictions on large indoor events were lifted.

MAATS Tech named Company of the Year at Subsea Expo Awards

MAATS Tech has been named subsea company of the year and David Bruton, Director Subsea at Crondall Energy, was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the industry at the Subsea Expo Awards last night (Wednesday 23rd February).

Ocean Infinity Broadens Remote Fleet Plans with Order of 85m Robotic Vessels From VARD

Ocean Infinity has contracted VARD for the design and construction of a new series of six multi-purpose offshore vessels, all of which will be operated from shore and will eventually utilise green ammonia as fuel.

EODEX Announces Major International Expansion

OFFSHORE UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) specialist EODEX Group has announced a major expansion into the US market, with the establishment of EODEX US LLC. The new US subsidiary will be based in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Following on from rapid growth of the UK operation and exponential rise in demand for their industry leading deflagration capability, EODEX US LLC will now bring EODEX’s proven world leading environmental UXO disposal solution to the US offshore market.

Subsea Europe Services Wins Six-Figure Funding to Accelerate Autonomous Survey Development

A new round of funding has strengthened hydroacoustic technology specialist Subsea Europe Service GmbH’s commitment to taking autonomous technologies to the next level for marine survey applications. The investment boosts the company’s unique approach which focuses on the integration of new generation smart, A.I. and machine learning enabled hydroacoustic systems with diverse survey platforms including Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Unmanned Surface Vessels, and crewed vessels as survey motherships.

Kraken Awarded $4.8 Million Subsea Battery Contract from Defense Industry Customer

Kraken Robotics, Canada’s Ocean Company™, is pleased to announce an order for subsea batteries from a US defense industry customer, for integration on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). The order is valued at $4.8 million with deliveries occurring in 2022. For confidentiality reasons, we cannot disclose the customer’s name.

OceanTools Launch World’s Most Powerful Dye, Leak & Cement Detection System

OceanTools, global leaders in subsea engineering, are delighted to announce the launch of the world’s most powerful dye, leak & cement detection system, the D10 DyeTector.

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