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Asso Group Expands its Fleet with the Offshore Construction Vessel “SBM Installer”

The Asso Group is excited to announce the acquisition of the DP-3 DSV-CSV “SBM Installer”, following a purchase agreement with SBM Offshore. The vessel was taken over today by the Asso Group in Algeciras, Spain, and was renamed “Athena”, hoisting the Greek flag. Over the next days she will be re-classed with ABS and join the Group’s expanding fleet for primary use as a Trenching Support Vessel to sustain the Group’s heavy project backlog in the coming years.

Another Saab Seaeye Tiger-N ROV Goes Nuclear

Built to survive in nuclear storage ponds, a sixth Saab Seaeye Tiger-N robot has been ordered for the Sellafield nuclear site. The sixth Seaeye Tiger-N joins a fleet of nuclear-environment enabled Seaeye Tiger-Ns, deployed to gather and sort, metre-long, 15kg radioactive fuel bars, for removal to long-term storage, among other roles.

Ashtead Technology Bolsters Rental Fleet with Investment in Innova Multiplexers

International subsea equipment rental and solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has further strengthened its rental fleet with a significant investment in twelve new Matrix MK II+ multiplexers from Innova.

SEA-KIT and Fugro Ink Contract for Next Generation 18m USV

World leading Geo-data specialist, Fugro, has ordered a SEA-KIT XL Class Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) for future North Sea operations. The 18m USV, the first of its kind, will be built at SEA-KIT’s expanding UK production facility on the Essex coast.

NOC’s Professor Ed Hill Receives CBE for Services to Ocean and Environmental Sciences

The National Oceanography Centre’s Chief Executive, Professor Ed Hill, received the insignia of a CBE at an investiture at Windsor Castle held by HRH the Duke of Cambridge.

New Contract for BOA SUB C

BOA OCV have been awarded a new contract in the North Sea for the subsea construction vessel BOA SUB C. The contract is with a large international contractor for construction and decommissioning projects. Commencement of contract is May 2022 for a firm period of 150 days plus options which, if declared, will keep the vessel utilized into 2Q 2023.

Forssea Raises €3.8M to Finance its Commercial Deployment

Underwater robotics company Forssea Robotics raises €3.8M from SOFILARO (Crédit Agricole), Qair Innovation (Jean-Marc Bouchet) its historical investors and as well as a France 2030 grant.

Fugro Secures Cable Route Survey Contract for Denmark’s Energy Islands

Fugro has secured a new contract with Energinet to undertake cable route surveys for the North Sea Energy Island project. The Energy Island will serve as an offshore power plant distributing up to 10 GW of offshore wind to Denmark and other neighbouring markets. Fugro will perform a combination of geophysical, geotechnical services and laboratory testing to provide valuable insight into the ground engineering challenges along the cable route from the Danish landfalls to the future artificial island location.

EdgeTech Announces the Availability of the 6205s2 Swath Bathymetry & Side Scan Sonar System

EdgeTech, the leader in high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, has recently introduced the 6205s2 Combined Swath Bathymetry & Side Scan Sonar System. Building on the success of the popular 6205 and 6205s systems, EdgeTech has redesigned the 6205s2 and achieved a more compact and lighter package with additional features and benefits including the options for an integrated INS, the higher resolution frequency pair of 850/1600 kHz, and EdgeTech’s gap-fill side scan output.

iXblue Delivers the Synthetic Aperture Sonar Dedicated to Ifremer's New 6000m-rated AUV

Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Ocean Science, has received its new synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) from iXblue. It will equip the institute’s new 6000m-rated Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) dedicated to deep sea exploration.

Baird Capital Invests in Subsea Technology & Rentals (STR)

Baird Capital’s Global Private Equity team today announced an investment in Subsea Technology & Rentals (“STR”), a leading independent subsea rental equipment and specialist services provider to the offshore energy industry. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

bp and EnBW Successful in ScotWind Offshore Wind Bid

bp and EnBW have been awarded a lease option off the east coast of Scotland to develop a major offshore wind project — to be known as Morven. The award was made in the highly competitive ScotWind leasing round, the results of which were announced by Crown Estate Scotland today.

RTsys Delivers the EMSO Generic Instrument Module in Partnership with IFREMER

The EMSO: European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory is the European network of seabed and water column observatories formed in ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) since September 2016. It has now 9 members: Italy, France, Ireland, Spain, Romania, Greece, United Kingdom, Portugal and Norway, represented by recognized research institutes.

Subsea Construction Contracts Awarded to DOF Subsea

DOF Subsea is pleased to inform that a key Renewables Client has awarded an extension to an ongoing subsea Construction contract in the North Sea. In direct continuation of the ongoing project, Skandi Acergy shall be further utilized up to 169 vessel days.

World’s First Sea-to-Air Drone Redefines Marine Operations

In recent weeks, Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI, commercial drone manufacturer PRODRONE, and underwater robotics firm QYSEA Technology unveiled the world’s first ‘Sea-Air Integrated Drone’ during a flight showcase at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama. The revolutionary drone aims to modernize offshore and marine operations with its intelligent capabilities, high working efficiency, and minimized manpower required.

C-Kore Systems Receive Their 2nd Queen’s Award for Enterprise

C-Kore Systems Limited from Escrick, York is celebrating as they were honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time in 3 years. Following their award for Innovation in 2019, they have now been recognised for their contribution to International Trade. The formal Queen’s Award presentation was an ideal opportunity for the C-Kore team to take a moment and reflect on their achievements so far.

Novacavi Supplies Special Armoured Cable for Data Buoy

NOVACAVI has recently been asked by Mobilis to design and manufacture a special electric data cable for their new DB 24000 EOL data acquisition buoy. This specially engineered armoured cable presents a copper four-conductor configuration and a double armour made of high tensile 316 stainless steel, preformed and prestressed wires.

TotalEnergies Successfully Tests FORSSEA’s Innovative LBL “Quick Latching Cage” Mounted on LBL in the Deepwater Environment.

These past 3 years, TotalEnergies have been collaborating with FORSSEA to qualify the ATOLL ROV, dedicated to fast LBL deployment and recovery. ATOLL uses a robotized latching system guided by visual aided docking algorithms. Each LBL temporary frame or acoustic transponder must be equipped a bullet to allow quick interfacing with the ATOLL ROV.

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