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January 2013 Issue

Kongsberg Acquires Oil and Gas, Renewables Firms
Kongsberg Maritime AS (Kongsberg, Norway) has acquired Trondheim, Norway-based InTurbine, a renewable and wind power consultancy firm. Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies AS (Kongsberg) is also in the process of purchasing subsea service company Apply Nemo AS (Lysaker, Norway).

The Apply Nemo acquisition is expected to be completed in early January. The company has 172 employees and is well established in the North Sea and Australia.

InTurbine joined Kongsberg Maritime's Merchant Marine Division in Trondheim at the beginning of December. It will support the operations and expansion of Kongsberg's recently opened Centre for Wind Farm Management.

Sonardyne and Oceaneering Demonstrate ROV Dynamic Positioning Capabilities
A recent trials partnership between Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England) and Oceaneering International Inc. (Houston, Texas) has resulted in the development of a Fly-By-Wire (FBW) system for ROV control at any depth. Results showed that continuous hovering of the ROV was possible, as well as automatic navigation to waypoints.

A Sonardyne SPRINT system was installed on one of Oceaneering's Maxximum ROVs and integrated with a Sonardyne Ranger 2 ultrashort baseline system for acoustic aiding of the inertial navigation system (INS). The trials took place at 3,057 meters in the Gulf of Mexico.

The majority of navigation systems utilize an attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) and DVL to provide a relative or dead-reckoned position. These systems are subject to time- and distance-based position errors and only operate close to the seabed, meaning midwater operations are conducted via manual control. The FBW system uses dual output of INS and AHRS data from SPRINT to provide dynamic positioning.

FoundOcean Sets up Office in Germany
FoundOcean (Marlow, England) in December opened an office in Bremen, Germany, expanding to one of the key markets for the offshore wind industry.

A recent €10 million investment in FoundOcean from private equity fund Ambienta SGR has enabled this expansion. The office will support the company's renewable energy clients in Europe. Carsten Michels was named as the business development manager for the new office.

DCNS, PIRIOU in Talks to Form Maritime Security Ship Joint Venture
DCNS (Paris, France) and PIRIOU (Concarneau, France) have entered into negotiations to set up a joint venture specializing in maritime security ships built to civilian shipbuilding standards.

Drawing on DCNS's experience in naval defense and PIRIOU's background in civilian shipbuilding, the joint venture would employ a small team dedicated to responding to calls for tenders and managing contract execution with a view to winning new business for its parent companies' industrial, logistics and engineering activities in France.

NATO Restructures Maritime Command Headquarters
Northwood Headquarters in Middlesex, London, England became host to NATO's new Maritime Command as of December. Northwood's recent focus has been on Operation Ocean Shield, countering Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean.

The change is a result of a larger program decided at NATO's 2010 Lisbon Summit. Following a four-month transition period, NATO's Maritime Command Naples will deactivate in March.

Kreuz Subsea Orders Panther XT Plus ROV
Singapore-based Kreuz Subsea took a delivery of a Panther XT Plus ROV, manufacturer Saab Seaeye Ltd. (Fareham, England) said in December.

The ROV will be deployed from Kreuz Subsea's dive support vessels in diving operations throughout the region. The first planned mission is for a client in Myanmar.

The ROV comes with two Schilling Robotics' (Davis, California) Orion manipulators, a Tritech (Westhill, Scotland) Super SeaKing sonar, various cameras and a tether management system with A-frame launch and recovery system, and control cabin. The deal was struck with Oceanvision, Saab Seaeye's distributor in Singapore.

MSI Installs Real-Time Current Measurement Systems For Three-Year Monitoring Program
Hobart, Australia-based Metocean Services International (MSI) recently completed the installation of three real-time current profile monitoring buoys offshore Curtis Island at Gladstone in Queensland, Australia, for Arrow Energy (Brisbane, Australia) as part of a three-year monitoring program.

Data will be used as part of development of the proposed Arrow LNG Plant on Curtis Island. The plant is expected to produce up to 18 million tonnes per annum of LNG and include construction of up to four trains or processing plants.

Each 1.25-meter data buoy is fitted with a Teledyne RDI (Poway, California) current profiler as well as Satel Oy (Salo, Finland) radio and JouBeh Technologies (Dartmouth, Canada) Iridium transmitters.

ROVOP Purchases 5 Schilling ROVs, Simulator
ROVOP (Aberdeen, Scotland) will invest around £15 million in the next 18 months in work-class hydraulic ROVs, supplied by Schilling Robotics (Davis, California), with the first ready for use in January 2013.

Around 60 jobs, including ROV pilot-technician positions, and training programs will accompany the purchase of five ROVs. ROVOP is also investing £250,000 in a Schilling Robotics ROV simulator.

Calegeo Turns Around Integrated Survey Reports Less Than Two Weeks After Vessel Mobilization
Calegeo (Buxton, England) has completed two full site investigation surveys, including 2D high-resolution and boreholes, offshore Congo from its vessel Highland Spirit. The assessment was issued within three days, followed by the first draft of the site survey report six days after the start of survey operations.

The DP2 Highland Spirit, permanently mobilized with a geophysical site survey and drilling package, returned to port after completing the first geophysical site to change acquisition mode from geophysics to geotechnics. This process, completed in six hours and without a port call, involved modifying the geophysical-mounted equipment in the moon pool to allow the drill spread to be deployed. The method was repeated for the second site.

The data were processed on board by Peak Processing using ProMAX (Burbank, California) systems and interpreted in IHS's (Englewood, Colorado) IHS Kingdom.

IMCA Publishes New Contracts for ROVs, Vessels
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published an IMCA R 013 Rev. 1 and IMCA R 017, which set out clauses and variations relevant to ROV and support vessel operations.

IMCA is aiming to raise awareness on contracting matters among its members and their clients, facilitating dialogue and providing a generic, familiar document that can be built on as appropriate for each contract.

Aberdeen Harbour Narrows Down Expansion Sites
Nigg Bay, located south of Aberdeen Harbour in Scotland, has emerged as a likely site for the expansion of Aberdeen Harbour.

The Aberdeen Harbour Board has submitted a document to Scotland's National Planning Framework, which outlines the findings from an ongoing feasibility study assessing the viability of potential expansion options.

The other locations considered, Cove Bay and the North Beach, were ruled out after assessing impact on traffic levels and land availability. Nigg Bay will undergo further analysis.

Furuno Creates Cyprus Subsidiary
Furuno (Cyprus) Ltd., Furuno Electric Co. Ltd.'s (Nishinomiya, Japan) new subsidiary, has been established in Limassol, Cyprus. Furuno Hellas S.A. (Keratsini, Greece) will supervise and coordinate the activities of Furuno Cyprus.

Applied Acoustics Sells 200th USBL System
Applied Acoustic Engineering (Great Yarmouth, England) has sold its 200th ultrashort baseline (USBL) system to rental company Sonar Equipment Services (Great Yarmouth).

The system bought was the Spread Spectrum rack-mount Easytrak Nexus USBL, the fifth purchased by the company for its rental pool. The Nexus USBL is manufactured by Applied Acoustics.

Seatronics Adds SeaBat Systems To Rental Pool
Seatronics (Aberdeen, Scotland) has purchased four RESON (Slangerup, Denmark) SeaBat 7125-ROV2s, six ROV2 upgrades with G5 processors and two SeaBat 7101s.

Seatronics is the world's largest rental supplier of 7125-ROV2 solutions with the largest fleet of SeaBat solutions. Seatronics now owns 28 ROV2 systems. During 2012, Seatronics purchased nine systems and 10 upgrades, including eight SeaBat 7125-ROV2s and two SeaBat 8125Hs.

BMT Acquires Oceanica
Oceanica Consulting Pty Ltd. (Wembley, Australia) in November joined BMT Group Ltd. (Teddington, London). The acquisition will expand BMT's capacity and technical offering in Western Australia's buoyant market.

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