Snake-like Robots Engineered for Subsea Maintenance
Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil have signed an agreement with Eelume, a NTNU spin-off company, to accelerate new technology that aims to significantly reduce costs related to subsea inspection, maintenance and repair operations. Read More.
Industry Welcomes First Ocean-Going Vessels Capable of Running on Methanol
Starting in April, Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Westfal-Larsen Management (WL), and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest) are proud to welcome innovative, clean-burning, fuel-efficient vessels to the sea. These seven 50,000-deadweight tonne vessels are built with the first-of-its kind MAN B&W ME-LGI 2-stroke dual fuel engines that can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or gas oil. Read More.
ASC Builds Four C-Worker 5 Vehicles
ASV has completed the construction of four C-Worker 5 vehicles. These autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) will be added to ASV’s global lease pool in the second quarter of 2016. While the C-Worker 5 can accommodate a variety of client payloads and applications, it was specifically designed as a hydrographic survey force multiplier. Read More.
US Department of Energy Announces Funding for Marine Hydrokinetic Research
The Energy Department announced a $22 million funding opportunity for new research, development, and demonstration projects to advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems that generate electricity from waves, tides, and currents and to improve environmental monitoring technologies that will help minimize environmental impacts. The funding will support projects that reduce the cost of electricity from MHK systems and help protect the marine environment, thus increasing sustainable electricity generation from ocean and river energy resources. Read More.
Major offshore drilling regulation coming soon
Federal regulators are putting the finishing touches on their offshore drilling regulation meant to prevent undersea well blowouts. Tommy Beaudreau, chief of staff at the Interior Department, said the well control rule from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will be finalized soon. It’s the most significant rule stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, in which a well blowout killed 11 workers and caused a uncontrolled oil spill for 87 days at a BP-owned well. Read more.
European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project
On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. Read more.
New Unmanned Vehicle for Maritime Warfare
Drawing on know-how derived from generations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) design, development and operation and its naval capabilities, Elbit Systems’ newest offering in the unmanned platform field is Seagull - an organic, modular, highly autonomous, multi-mission unmanned surface vehicle (USV) system. Read more.
Sonardyne Demos Technology for NASA
Subsea engineering company, Sonardyne International Ltd., UK, has demonstrated its wireless integrity monitoring technologies during a series of in-water demonstrations held at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) in Houston. Read More.