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CSA Unveils Risk Management Capabilities in Latest International Venture in Perth, Australia

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) continues to rise to challenges faced by the international oil and gas industry to identify, minimize, and mitigate environmental risk associated with offshore exploration and production activities. CSA announces its international venture in Perth, Australia, which will integrate the company’s international network of marine environmental consulting services with the risk management expertise of Ms. Sarah Watson the regional director and native Australian with extensive global experience in the oil and gas industry.

CSA’s Perth office offers the region its global expertise in marine science, operations, and data services, including:
• Marine Environmental Services for Spill Response – from planning, permitting, monitoring, and impact assessment, CSA assists the industry with preparing for and responding to oil spills.
• Environmental Data and Geospatial Services – leveraging technology, geographic information systems (GIS), and subject matter experts to provide comprehensive data collection and management solutions for a range of global projects and clients; in particular, EDGSonline, CSA’s web-based data mapping application;
• Marine sampling capabilities – providing oceanographic expertise and equipment for conducting specialist studies for habitat characterization and sensitivity, discharge fate and effects, and regulatory compliance.

“The industry is under increasing pressure to minimize risk and environmental impact while maximizing efficiency,” commented Ms. Watson. “Joining forces to offer CSA’s services and experience in Australia and the Asia Pacific region allows us to better support industry activities in the region and to meet a spectrum of environmental risk management requirements.”

CSA brings 46 years of specialized experience in marine environmental consulting, serving the energy industry worldwide through offices in the United States, the Eastern Mediterranean, Qatar, Trinidad, Brazil, Singapore, and Australia. CSA’s expertise in coastal, marine, and deep ocean surveys, sampling, monitoring, assessment, and mitigation is built on the integration of science, operations, and an understanding of environmental data collection, management, and analysis within geospatial domains.

Teledyne Marine Photo and Video Contest 2016

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Continued Global Partnership for Seatronics and 2G Robotics

Seatronics, an Acteon company, leaders in the rental and sale of marine electronic equipment, are delighted to announce the renewal of their global sales and distribution partnership with 2G Robotics, specialists in high precision underwater laser scanning and imaging technology.

2G Robotics’ underwater laser scanners generate true-scale submillimeter resolution 3D models of subsea structures and environments in real-time. The systems provide notable improvements in accuracy, precision, and cost efficiency for subsea survey, inspection, and engineering operations. The high density point cloud data generated by the systems equips engineers with the detail needed to comprehensively assess subsea assets, develop effective design and repair solutions, and make informed decisions in order to ensure continued safe offshore operation. The systems can be diver deployed or integrated with ROVs or AUVs for dynamic scanning. 2G Robotics’ ULS-500 laser system has been specifically developed for dynamic scanning with development focused on subsea vehicle integrations, high sample rates, timing synchronization, and continuous data acquisition for faster, more efficient inspections.

Providing market-leading marine equipment has always been a top priority for Seatronics. With underwater laser scanning becoming a leading inspection solution for integrity management, Seatronics is excited to be offering 2G Robotics’ laser systems for rental and sale through Seatronics’ global bases. The renewal of the partnership between 2G Robotics and Seatronics will continue to benefit customers by enabling worldwide access to 2G Robotics’ advanced inspection technology and to Seatronics’ industry expertise and global technical support.

Jason Gillham, CEO, 2G Robotics said, “We first partnered with Seatronics in January 2015. Through the partnership, 2G Robotics and Seatronics have been able to strategically secure new growth opportunities and further expand global reach to better serve customers. We look forward to advancing the relationship and collaborating with Seatronics in the year to come.”

Phil Middleton, Group Managing Director, Seatronics, “I’m excited to have renewed our partnership with Jason and the team at 2GR. Recent developments and forthcoming deployments utilizing the ULS-500 integrated with ROV platforms to perform mobile mapping and dynamic inspections present significant opportunities. Together, we can provide real cost savings to our clients which is critical in the present environment.”

Rowe Technologies Appoints Ransone Technology Associates as Exclusive Agent for USA Mid Atlantic Region

Rowe Technologies, Inc. [RoweTech] has announced the appointment of Ransone Technology Associates [RTA] as an exclusive agent for distribution in the following states of the Mid-Atlantic region – Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Washington DC, and GSA contracting. RTA will be selling and supporting their equipment across the region.

Rowe designs, develops, and manufactures ADCPs [Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers] for applications in oceans, lakes and rivers. Rowe ADCP/DVLs are used on AUVs and ROVs in coastal and deep ocean applications. Rowe manufactures products using the most established and modern acoustic Doppler sonar technologies in a broad and versatile product line of high performance electronics for current profile and bottom vehicle-tracking velocity measurements.

Ray Mahr of RoweTech says that “we are excited about the addition of RTA to our team of agents throughout the USA and the world, especially as they are so well-respected in the oceanographic and hydrographic communities.”

The RTA agreement is one of many that RoweTech has with key agents worldwide, and the addition of Chic Ransone adds another agent with extensive experience in the oceanographic and hydrographic markets. Chic Ransone states “that he is looking forward to providing these leading edge Doppler acoustic products to the broad market he represents”. Chic has been active in the marine representation market place for more than 30 years.

Paul Smulders appointed CEO of Radio Holland

Per 15th May, Paul Smulders has been appointed CEO of Radio Holland. Having worked at Radio Holland for a number of years already until 2012, Paul is welcomed back to the company. Radio Holland is part of the RH Marine Group (formerly Imtech Marine).

Paul Smulders returns to Radio Holland where he started his career ashore in 1989 as sales engineer deepsea, after a career at sea as nautical officer. From 1993 on he fulfilled various positions, such as sales manager for the Radio Holland Hong Kong sales activities in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and in the Netherlands as Area Sales Manager and Managing Director of Radio Holland Netherlands. Paul played a pivotal role in growing a successful Radio Holland organization, renowned as specialist in NavCom and Maintenance in the global maritime industry.

In 2012 he left Radio Holland to become CEO at Netwave Systems B.V., manufacturer of maritime data collection systems. At Netwave Systems, Paul gained experience at the manufacturing side, providing him in-depth insight in all matters related to manufacturing of navigational products. As a result, Paul built up know-how and experience in managing manufacturing processes, including the involved sales and service aspects.

René ten Brinke, CEO of RH Marine Group says: “With his knowledge of the global maritime market and all its stakeholders, knowing our company well, and with his experience of leading a manufacturing company, we are happy Paul decided to return to our company. We are confident he will play a key role to lead the global Radio Holland organization to further growth. Focus will be on strengthening the global, market-leading position of Radio Holland and our strategy and mission to support our customers run smarter, more profitable businesses with less downtime and lower operational expenditure.”

NOC to Invest £10m Into Autonomous Systems

A £10m investment will be made through the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of global marine science and technology innovation by developing a new 1500m depth-rated Autosub Long Range (ALR1500) and a new 6000m depth-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (Autosub6000 Mk2). This will support future under-ice and deep-ocean science, including a number of upcoming major marine research programs such as the Changing Arctic Ocean program.

RRS Discovery with some of NOC’s autonomous vehicles in the foreground. Photo courtesy: NOC

There will also be investment in command-and-control systems for efficient fleet management, and new equipment to support the NERC–EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in ‘Smart and Autonomous Observing Systems’, called NEXUSS – ‘NEXt generation Unmanned System Science'.

NERC will also invest up to £5m in an open call for novel sensor development suitable for deployment on various submarine and surface platforms including the new MAS platforms described above.

This new investment will provide unprecedented capability in ocean observing for all of the UK marine science community with persistent presence of hostile and previously inaccessible deployment of significant new capacity to tackle some fundamental “global environmental science” questions. Further information will be announced later this year.

"This investment will help develop ambitious new technologies for researching the oceans and maintain the UK’s world-class status in autonomous marine platforms." said NERC’s chief executive Professor Duncan Wingham. "It will also support specialized skills and training in this exciting area, producing the skilled scientists, engineers and technologists who will carry out innovative marine science in the decades to come."

Professor Ed Hill OBE, the Executive Director of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), said: “We see this investment as a further endorsement by NERC of the strength, excellence, and ambition of UK marine science, and this will see the UK leading new capabilities in developing new ocean observing technologies. This will give unprecedented opportunity to observe complex biogeochemical and biological processes and do so in very difficult and hostile environments including extended endurance beneath the Arctic Ocean sea-ice and Antarctic ice shelves which are increasingly seen as critical environments in understanding global climate change. NOC will be working with the wider marine science community to prioritize the investment in new autonomous platforms and marine sensor development over the five-year period.”

Liquid Robotics and Ingenieros Electrónicos Asociados Partner to Provide Unmanned Systems and Solutions for Argentina and Uruguay

Photo courtesy: Liquid Robotics

Liquid Robotics®, a leader in Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), announces a new channel partnership with Ingenieros Electrónicos Asociados (IEA), one of Argentina’s trusted suppliers of oceanographic electronics and naval communications. This channel agreement enables IEA to sell, support, and service Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders® throughout Argentina and Uruguay. Wave Gliders are wave powered ocean robots that collect and communicate real-time ocean data without the need for fuel, while performing long-duration missions.

Key points of the agreement include:
• IEA will provide sensor and technology integration, mission and deployment services, and technical support for Wave Glider customers in the military, Coast Guard, commercial, oceanographic and meteorological markets.
• IEA can offer the Wave Glider to their existing customer base and new customers.
• The partnership will focus on delivering cost-effective, unmanned solutions to address some of the most pressing national issues including maritime security, marine protected areas/exclusive economic zone protection, fisheries management, and oceanographic monitoring.

“Partnering with Liquid Robotics allows us to offer a ground breaking technology to our many loyal customers,” said Ing. Wendell Jones, Socio Gerente, Ingenieros Electrónicos Asociados. “The Wave Glider platform allows us to address and solve many more of our customers’ most challenging problems.”

Liquid Robotics continues expansion of their international presence and market growth through partnerships with industry leaders with technology, sales, and go-to-market local expertise. For South America, the distribution partners currently include: Innervycs (Chile) and CI2 (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela).

“Liquid Robotics is honored to enter this agreement with IEA, an industry leader throughout Argentina and Uruguay,” said Daniel J. Middleton, Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Liquid Robotics. “Through this partnership, we now have the ability to deliver solutions using the Wave Glider platform to provide persistent, real-time ocean data, while reducing the cost and risk associated with maritime operations.”

Engaging Investors in the World Ocean Council “Ocean Investment Platform”

In the keynote interview at the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Summit (SWFI) - Singapore, 24-25 April, 2016 - the World Ocean Council (WOC) CEO, Paul Holthus, described for institutional investors the opportunities for investing in responsible ocean economic development.

Holthus provided an overview of the ocean economy and recent trends for wealth fund operators and asset managers during the interview conducted by Jacques Demers, Managing Partner of Agawa Partners and Agawa Fund Management. He highlighted the opportunities for long term investment in key sectors, including port infrastructure development and adaptation, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, offshore renewable energy and other areas.

Carl Linaburg, Chairman of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, said, “Our Institute has been actively supporting and conducting research into the potential for fiduciary institutional investors to pursue ocean focused investment opportunities. Paul’s introduction, at our Asia Institute Summit, of both the World Ocean Council and the range and scale of potential ocean related investment opportunities was a serious “eye-opener” that our members and participants fully welcomed and appreciated“.

The plans for the WOC “Ocean Investment Platform” were outlined to the SWFI Summit participants. The platform development follows on from the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) 2015 session on “Investment and innovation for ocean sustainable development”.

The WOC “Ocean Investment Platform” will provide a global structure and process to bring the investment community together with major ocean use companies and the companies providing the technology and solutions for ocean sustainable development challenges.

The platform will be a forum to identify, articulate and evaluate ocean industry opportunities for investment in responsible ocean development. Through this, and collaboration with other forward-thinking platforms such as the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, the WOC will facilitate synergies and economies of scale among investors and the ocean business community as a way to accelerate ocean sustainable development.

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Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) 2016: 30 Nov-02 Dec, Rotterdam

“Ocean 2030: Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean Business Community”

The next World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) will take place in Rotterdam. The specific venue and draft program will be announced soon. Mark your calendars for this unique gathering of the global ocean business community.

NEW TECHNOLOGY: Teledyne Oil & Gas Receives "Spotlight on New Technology" Award

Teledyne Oil & Gas is the proud recipient of the "Spotlight on New Technology" award from OTC. This award recognizes products that have the potential to make a significant impact on the oil and gas industry.

The winning technology from Teledyne Oil & Gas is an Electrical Optical Flying Lead (EOFL). The EOFL consists of a Nautilus Rolling Seal Hybrid Wet Mate Connector and a 7- or 12-Way Nautilus Electrical Wet Mate Connector on either end of a subsea jumper assembly. A qualified electrical/optical converter is embedded into the PBOF hose. The system helps optimize subsea data transmission network architecture, potentially reducing operational costs and system complexity.

Check out this new technology - and many other innovative offshore solutions in Booth 5633!

Second Kongsberg AUV and Subsea Technology Equipped Indonesian Survey Vessel Ready for Duty

The second of two 60 meter oceanographic and hydrographic vessels designed and built by OCEA in France for the Indonesian Navy was handed over following a commissioning ceremony in Jakarta this March. The KRI 934 Spica, is the sister ship to the June 2015 delivered KRI 933 Rigel, which is already on active survey duty in Indonesian waters. Both are highly advanced aluminum multi-purpose ships, with ‘Full Picture’ technology packages delivered by Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime.

The KRI 932 Spica is the sister ship to the June 2015 delivered KRI 933 Rigel. Both feature Kongsberg technology. Image courtesy: OCEA

OCEA’s unique vessel design and aluminum construction is ideally suited to achieving highly accurate survey results at speed due to producing less cavitation across the hull during surveying. According to OCEA’s Director of Sales, Fabrice Epaud, this enables Kongsberg Maritime’s hydroacoustic systems on board to operate optimally and deliver highly accurate data at speeds up to 15 knots, close to almost twice that of standard survey operations.

“Aluminum is smooth in the water, hence creating less bubbles, which will enable the Indonesian navy to get the best results possible from the KONGSBERG subsea equipment,” explains Epaud. “It’s our job to make the best of the survey equipment we are installing for the customer, so we place a lot of emphasis on the integration when constructing a survey or multi-purpose vessel. The result is considerably more efficiency, which can save the customer time and money by completing more survey miles faster, and to a very high standard.”

The Indonesian Navy’s new vessels will be utilized to gain a better understanding of the seabed and waters of the Indonesian archipelago, so have been equipped with the most efficient and up to date technical and scientific equipment. OCEA worked in partnership with SHOM, the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the French Navy, to optimize the selection and integration of the hydroacoustic equipment in addition to providing scientific training for crews and technical assistance in Indonesia.

The identical KONGSBERG scope of supply for both the KRI 934 Spica and KRI 933 Rigel includes a HUGIN AUV per vessel, EM 2040 and EM 302 multibeam echo sounders, EA 600 single beam echo sounder and side scan sonar, in addition to HiPAP hydroacoustic positioning systems. Both vessels have their own 8 m survey launches also equipped with Kongsberg Maritime subsea technology including the EM 2040 multibeam and EA 400 single beam echo sounder. The KRI 933 Rigel also makes use of an advanced Kongsberg Maritime Dynamic Positioning system.

“This was an extensive ‘Full Picture’ subsea delivery for two very advanced vessels designed and built by one of the leading shipyards in Europe,” said Helge Uhlen, VP subsea Sales, Kongsberg Maritime. “We have worked closely with OCEA to ensure the vessel owner can get the most out of the technology we have supplied, helping them to operate effectively and generate precise results even when surveying at high speed. It’s testament to the sophisticated design and construction methods OCEA uses and our on-going co-operation that survey results from the KRI 933 Rigel have already surpassed expectations.”

Oceaneering’s Remote Piloting and Automated Control Technology Selected for OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award

Oceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering” or the “Company”) will be recognized at the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) with a Spotlight on New Technology Award for its Remote Piloting and Automated Control Technology (RPACT).

The RPACT was selected based on its innovative technology, broad appeal to the industry, proven capabilities through full-scale application, and significant impact with benefits beyond existing technologies.

6-2Oceaneering-logoThis advanced technology revolutionizes operational efficiency allowing SMEs or ROV pilots to establish ROV control through a satellite or wireless network link to support operations at a remote work site. The RPACT diminishes operational and environmental risks while reducing potential damage to tooling, manipulators and subsea assets.

“We are honored to be recognized by OTC with this prestigious award. The Spotlight on New Technology highlights the latest and most advanced technologies that are leading our industry. Our RPACT technology is an example of how we apply our engineering expertise to deliver technology solutions to meet the challenges faced by our customers in the oilfield services industry,” said Rod Larson, Oceaneering’s President.

OTC will take place May 2-5, 2016 in Houston, and the Spotlight Awards will be presented on May 2 in the NRG Center Rotunda Lobby. The Spotlight on New Technology Awards—a program for OTC exhibitors—showcase the latest and most advanced hardware and software technologies that are leading the industry into the future.

NOAA Names New Leader for NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program

NOAA announces that Jonathan R. Pennock, Ph.D., the director of New Hampshire Sea Grant and a longtime coastal scientist, will be the new leader of NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program.

The announcement comes as Sea Grant is celebrating 50 years of serving America’s coastal and Great Lakes communities by providing innovative science to address a range of environmental and economic issues.

Preparing for CTD deployment in the Gulf of Maine. Photo credit: Jonathan Pennock

“Jonathan will bring to NOAA Sea Grant a strong scientific background and significant experience creating vibrant research programs and forging partnerships that are making a difference for coastal communities,” said Craig McLean, NOAA assistant administrator for NOAA Research.

In addition to serving as director of New Hampshire Sea Grant for the last 10 years, Pennock has been the deputy director of the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

He previously worked with both the Delaware and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant programs, served as president of the National Sea Grant Association, and served on the NOAA Research’s Senior Research Council as the SGA representative.

Pennock fell in love with the ocean growing up in Delaware and spending part of his summer vacations exploring tidepools on the coast of Maine. While earning a bachelor’s in biology from Earlham College in Indiana, he did a semester of study on the west coast of Florida. He received a master’s in marine studies and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Delaware. His connection and appreciation of Sea Grant goes back to his graduate school days when he received Sea Grant support for his doctoral research on how estuaries are affected by nutrient runoff from our land use.

Pennock will take the reins of the National Sea Grant College Program in mid-summer.

New Offshore Vessel Uses Corvus Lithium Ion Energy Storage System (ESS)

Østensjø Rederi AS has christened their new offshore construction vessel, Edda Freya. This new vessel was designed and built for the Greater North Sea market and utilizes an environmentally friendly and fuel saving diesel electric hybrid propulsion system powered by a Corvus Energy ESS (Energy Storage System).

The subsea construction vessel was designed with a focus on cable laying operations, offshore construction and IMR operations. The vessel’s first mission will be with DeepOcean, performing installation work for Statoil on the Maria development in the Norwegian Sea and specifically, the modification of the Statoil platforms Kristin and Heidrun. Such critical and high precision work will be made possible by the vessel’s highly reliable propulsion and DP3 positioning systems. The Edda Freya, with a length of 150 metres, a width of 27 metres and 2,300 square metres of total deck space will be a powerful tool in the offshore construction market. The vessel is well equipped for such offshore work with a 150T dual tensioner vertical lay system and a 3000-ton carousel situated below deck.

The fuel saving, environmentally friendly propulsion system (Siemens BlueDrive PlusC) was implemented by Siemens in cooperation with Østensjø Rederi. By using variable rotational speed with optimal operation of the diesel generators in combination with the Corvus ESS, the system will significantly reduce fuel consumption and the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and greenhouse gasses (CO2/methane).

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