International – July 2019
NAPA, ChartWorld Voyage
NAPA and ChartWorld have partnered to provide revolutionary artificial intelligence-driven voyage planning and optimization.
Past voyages are automatically evaluated via data sets collected from ChartWorld’s route network to find improved routes the vessel could have taken. These voyages are also automatically analyzed by NAPA’s algorithms for operational efficiency.
SubConn Adds Production Facility
The MacArtney Group and SubConn Inc. have worked together to find a production solution for the SubConn connector range. MacArtney’s sale successes have long put pressure on the production of SubConn connectors, but now SubConn has invested in a 2,300 m2 new location that is set to double its existing production facilities.
The first connectors are expected to come out of the new facility by October 1, 2019.
UK Regulator Authorizes QuietSea Marine
Mammal Monitoring System in UK Waters
Sercel’s successful deployment of its QuietSea passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) system has been extended to the U.K., following approval by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) of its use for a seismic survey operated by CGG in waters off the Shetland Islands.
Sercel’s QuietSea sensors are designed to fully integrate with seismic acquisition or navigation systems, and are incorporated with the hydrophones in the Sentinel streamer.
OSIL Buoy for EU-funded
Coastal Erosion Project
Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) has supplied a 1.2-m data buoy platform to the ORION joint research and development center for use as a real-time monitoring station on an EU-funded project managing coastal erosion.
The Harmonized Coastal Corrosion Management Framework for Enhancing the Implementation of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol (HERMES) project required a platform with the ability to record a full profile of water column currents, tidal variations, wave parameters (significant wave height, wave period and propagation direction), and estimated suspended particular matter concentrations, with the data transmitted to a base station on land in real time, complete with software to analyze and process the data with a graphical display.
Expro Increases Offerings
Expro has introduced two new well-access solutions. The Intervention Riser System (IRS) will safely establish and maintain well access throughout riser-to-surface operations, replicating the functionality of the blow-out preventer. The Riserless Well Intervention (RWI) system provides a reliable wire through-water integrated solution for intervention and/or abandonment operations.
Partnership to Deliver RMS
To Norwegian Spar Platform
BMT has partnered with Sonardyne to deliver to Subsea 7 its riser monitoring system (RMS).
The RMS has been adopted by the world’s largest spar platform, Aasta Hansteen, operated and owned by Equinor ASA.
Ashtead Technology’s Global
Ashtead Technology has completed its $2 million investment in a new Houston facility as part of ongoing international growth plans.
Ashtead Technology also recently completed the expansion of its Singapore base following increased market demand in the Asia-Pacific region.
Sonardyne Nav Systems
Oceaneering International Inc. has ordered hybrid navigation systems from Sonardyne Inc. for its subsea resident vehicles Freedom and E-ROV.
The two resident vehicle systems are to be fitted with Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav, which combines a SPRINT INS sensor, Syrinx 600-kHz DVL and a high-accuracy intelligent pressure sensor in a single unit.
Belgium Government Selects Chelsea
Technologies for Ballast Water Benchmarking
The Federal Public Service (FPS) Mobility and Transport, the arm of the Belgium government responsible for shipping, has selected Chelsea Technologies to provide benchmark portable testing for compliance with ballast water standards.
Belgium is one of the first European nations to enforce the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention.
Sabertooth for Modus
Modus has placed an order with Saab Seaeye for the next vehicle in its hybrid AUV (HAUV) fleet. The 3,000-m-rated Saab Sabertooth will be delivered in the third quarter of 2019.
The new system will be equipped with extended autonomous endurance and increased thrust for high-speed survey and will be prepared for the integration of advanced and high-resolution sensors.
Evac Ballast Water Solution
Backed by IMO
The Evac Evolution Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted IMO Type Approval. The system has been designed and manufactured by Cathelco, which has been part of Evac Group since May 2018.
The system has been tested to the latest IMO requirements and the recent Ballast Water Management Code.
WOC Joins World Benchmarking Alliance
The World Ocean Council (WOC) has become an official “Ally” of the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA). The WOC will work with the WBA and its network of Allies to develop criteria and benchmarks for sustainable development relevant to the ocean business community.
FLAGSHIPS Project to Deploy
Two Hydrogen Vessels
The European innovation project FLAGSHIPS has been awarded €5 million from the EU to support deploying two commercially operated zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels in France and Norway.
The FLAGSHIPS project will help create two newbuild vessels, one in Lyon, France, and one in Stavanger, Norway. The project started in January, and the hydrogen ships will start operation during 2021.
Collaboration to Support Advances in 3D Printing
DNV GL and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) are supporting academic advances in additive manufacturing—the process of 3D printing—for the maritime, oil and gas, and other industries through a four-year research collaboration agreement.
Two new doctoral student (Ph.D.) positions are being created through the Industrial Postgraduate Programme, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and DNV GL. A further full-time research fellow post is also being created at NTU’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing.
The research agreement will focus on developing industry standards, quality assurance processes, certification and supply chain tracking for the additive manufacturing sector.
3D printing is expected to become a $450 million market in the oil and gas industry by 2021, rising to $1.4 billion by 2025.
Cargotec Cooperates to Solve
Maritime Industry Inefficiencies
Cargotec will continue joint projects with several start-ups as an outcome of the Rainmaking Trade & Transport Impact Programme, a maritime start-up collaboration platform to address the largest challenges in maritime, cargo transport and logistics.
Kalmar is collaborating with Arundo Analytics, Cogniac and Predictronics. MacGregor will partner with Arundo Analytics, Geollect, Intelligent Cargo Systems and NauticAI. Navis is cooperating with Loginno, a logistics IoT visionary.
Growth Ambitions for
Aberdeen Tech Firm
Viewport3 has moved to larger premises in Dyce, following an exceptional year of growth that saw its turnover jump 34-fold. Viewport3 provides underwater 3D scanning and reverse engineering services using ROV or diver-mounted cameras to obtain technical-grade point-cloud data for operators and marine contractors.