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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.

Society News

OCEANS'15 Washington DC and OCEANS'16 Shanghai - Plenary Sessions Now Available online!

Now online! View the OCEANS'15 Washington DC and OCEANS'16 Shanghai plenary videos here.

India Section Launches Search and Rescue Techsurge

The recently formed India Section of MTS is currently organizing Search & Rescue At Sea, a Techsurge to be held on June 30, 2016 in Chennai, India. The Techsurge will be the sections first major event since forming officially in 2015. This workshop will focus on the modern technologies available and on providing a platform for stakeholders to discuss challenges faced in the field. The program will include numerous technical presentations, a keynote address and a student poster competition.  For full conference and registration information please click here.

April 25th Capitol Hill Briefing on the Arctic - video now online!

The MTS Capitol Hill Briefing on the Arctic is now available online to view. Visit the following website

Renewable Ocean Energy Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for the Marine Renewable Energy Committee's recently announced Techsurge is now open. The "Production of Renwable Ocean Energy for Small, Non Grid Connected Applications" Techsurge will take place November 2-3 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  For full Abstract submission guidelines please read here.

MTS and Northwestern Michigan College team up for a Marine Summer Camp!

Please join MTS and Northwestern Michigan College for a week-long, hands-on experience using several marine technologies. Participants will log time on research vessels, collect data using ROVs, sonar, sensors and buoys and learn about the multiple applications of these technologies. Read More.

MTS DP Committee Recipient of OTC 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) has named the Dynamic Positioning Committee the recipient of its prestigious 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award. This is only the second time in the 45 year history of the OTC that the award has been bestowed on an institution.

The Internationally acclaimed Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes major technological, humanitarian, environmental and leadership contributions to the industry. Read more

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Upcoming Conferences

TechSurge - Search and Rescue at Sea
30 June 2016
MTS India Section - Chennai, India
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Oceans In Action
August 17-18, 2016
Stennis Space Center, MS, USA
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OCEANS'16 MTS/IEEE Monterey
September 19-22, 2016
Monterey, CA
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Techno Ocean 2016
October 6-8, 2016
Kobe, Japn
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Dynamic Positioning Conference
October 10-12, 2016
Houston, TX
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OTC Arctic Technology Conference
October 24-26, 2016
St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador
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