Fugro Commences Barents Sea Metocean and Ice Network Project
Fugro has begun a three-year period of metocean and ice data acquisition as part of the Barents Sea Metocean and Ice Network Project. The data will help operators to better understand relevant operational uncertainties and risk factors in the region known as “The Far North. The Barents Sea represents a frontier region for oil and gas exploration. The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has recognised this and in its guidance states that appropriate measures to mitigate risk should be undertaken. Read More.
Maritime Surveillance Drone Testing to Begin this Summer
The AR5 Life Ray UAS, developed by TEKEVER, has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to demonstrate the first European maritime surveillance system where drones are integral to operations. The first demonstration will be performed this summer over the Maltese waters of the Mediterranean sea, said Pedro Sinogas, TEKEVER CEO, at the AUVSI Xponential show in New Orleans, La. Read More.
Houston Section Luncheon Presentation April 28
Enhanced oil recovery operations are less common offshore in comparison to their mature counterparts onshore. A biological enhanced oil recovery (EOR) solution initially deployed offshore in the North Sea has been validated with multiple onshore demonstrations and is now available for mature, offshore facilities to promote preferential oil flow in water-flooded sandstone reservoirs. This presentation by Dr. Michael Pavia, Chief Technology Officer with Glori Energy, covers rapid increase in oil production and oil-water ratios in as little as 2-4 months following initiation of biological EOR. Read More.
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.