Oil Salvage Operation Extracts 400 Tons Of Heavy Fuel Oil from Singapore Shipwreck

A Miko Marine Moskito hot tap tool and oil recovery system was used to extract 400 tons of heavy fuel oil from the tanks of the sunken cargo vessel Thorco Cloud. The wreck lies in two sections 1,730 m apart and 70 m deep in the middle of the eastbound traffic lane of the Singapore Strait.

The heavy oil in the fuel tanks and trapped compartments has been a major pollution hazard since the collision in December 2015. Bumi Subsea provided ROVs and the vessel Surf Allamanda, owned by Bourbon Offshore, which served as the work platform during the oil salvage operation.

Hybrid Drive Systems Constructed in Estonia Pave the Way for New Law Enforcement Vessels

PBES and NORIS Automation GmbH entered a partnership on the hybrid drive systems for Europe’s first battery hybrid patrol vessel. The 45-m-long vessel is under construction at Baltic Workboats Shipyard in Estonia, and it will have 273 kWh of PBES Power 65 battery modules, which offer reduced sound and heat signatures. The PBES energy storage system is designed to integrate with the NORIS electrical infrastructure on the vessel.

International Insurance Provider Thomas Miller Acquires Technical Consultancy Brookes Bell

Insurance services provider Thomas Miller acquired Brookes Bell, a technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Brookes Bell provides services in emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal, scientific cargo expertise, forensic engineering and expert witness services. The firm is also a leader in research and development of ship design support to enhance maritime safety and technology.

Australian Organization Partners with Saildrone to Acquire USVs for Research

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO Australia) formed a partnership with San Francisco-based ocean technology start-up Saildrone to bring three USVs to Australia. CSIRO will use the Saildrone USVs to measure ocean temperatures, salinity and carbon, which is critical information for understanding the role of the oceans in the climate system. The three Saildrones will provide unprecedented access to parts of the ocean, particularly the Southern Ocean, that are otherwise unstudied.

Scottish Production Optimization Company Secures Investment from EV Private Equity

Aberdeen-based Enpro Subsea secured investment from EV Private Equity to grow its production optimization business into new and existing international markets and develop its range of production optimization and intervention technologies. Enpro began 2018 with projects ongoing in the U.K. Continental Shelf, West Africa and Gulf of Mexico. EV Private Equity is providing support as part of its pledge to invest $200 million into fast-growing North Sea businesses.

Legacy Locker Program Allows Reuse Of Recovered and Recycled Subsea Equipment

Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd. (SEA) and Spirit Energy are promoting the recycling of subsea production equipment under SEA’s Legacy Locker program. The companies are recycling two Aker third-generation subsea control modules (SCMs), following the decommissioning of Spirit Energy’s Ann field. SEA’s refurbishment of the equipment means the modules will be fully functional and available for reuse through Legacy Locker, a repository of new and refurbished equipment that is tested, refurbished, recertified or reverse-engineered by SEA’s subsea engineers.

Communication and Monitoring Systems Experts W·SENSE Join UK Marine Robotics Centre

Pioneering underwater wireless networking and communications systems developer W·SENSE Ltd. has joined the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a strategic partner. W·SENSE was initially established as part of the Sapienza University of Rome, specializing in monitoring and communication systems with pioneering patented solutions in the internet of underwater things (IoUT). The company has been editor of networked scenarios and of the NATO NIAG 190 on JANUS evolution, and it is currently coordinating the EC EASME ArcheoSub project.

Remotely Operated Fire-Fighting Vessels Will Offer ‘Eye-in-the-Fire’ Capabilities

Robert Allan Ltd. and Kongsberg Maritime are collaborating on the development of a remotely operated fireboat that allows first responders to attack port fires more aggressively. The RALamander fireboat offers in-close firefighting and “eye-in-the-fire” capabilities. The first in the series, the 20-m RALamander 2000, will be equipped with Fi Fi 1 capability with a total pumping capacity of 2,400 m3/hr with optional foam. A retractable mast can bring one of the three monitors to a high point of attack for shipboard or dock fires.

Chelsea Technologies Scrubber System
Receives ClassNK Certification

Chelsea Technologies’ Sea Sentry washwater monitoring system for ship exhaust gas cleaning systems has been certified by ClassNK. Sea Sentry provides a fully autonomous washwater monitoring system that monitors both the water inlet and outlet of wet exhaust gas scrubber systems.

Sea Sentry has the ability to accurately measure the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, absorbance, turbidity (to ISO 7027: 1999), temperature and pH of scrubber washwater. It can monitor open-loop, closed-loop and hybrid scrubber systems, setting the gold standard for accurate washwater monitoring.


ABS Approves Innovative Vessel with
LNG Power Generation and Storage

ABS granted approval in principle (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd. for its LNG power vessel, which is designed in accordance with the applicable requirements of ABS rules and IMO regulations.

The Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding vessel concept offers efficient LNG power generation and storage. The LNG power supply vessel integrates LNG receiver, storage, regasification, electric power generation and transmission, with LNG storage tank volume of 32,000 m3 and 100-MW power capacity.


Teledyne Participates in Multinational Exercise

Teledyne Gavia and Teledyne SeaBotix participated in a multinational explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) exercise: the Northern Challenge held in Iceland to provide training for members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. Thirty groups were assigned EOD-focused tasks based on realistic scenarios and using the equipment provided, which included a Gavia AUV and a SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV.

Participants included Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States (including Army, Air Force and Navy) and other NATO members and partners.


Wärtsilä’s Joint Venture in China is Operational

Wärtsilä opened CSSC Wartsila Electrical & Automation (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (CWE&A), a joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC). The opening was announced at the Marintec 2017 conference and exhibition in Shanghai. The new joint venture company will be headed by General Manager Christian Heinsohn.

Wärtsilä and CSSC also have joint venture engine and propeller companies, including the most modern controllable pitch propeller manufacturing facility in China and one of the biggest fixed-pitch propeller manufacturers in the world.


Hyundai and Lloyd’s Register Cooperate
On LNG-Fueled Ship Design and Development

Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) Group and Lloyd’s Register (LR) are cooperating to facilitate a number of LNG ship design projects. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), part of the HHI Group, will deliver one of the world’s largest LNG-fueled ships, a 50,000-dwt bulk carrier with a high-manganese LNG fuel tank. HHI also recently signed a contract to build the world’s first LNG-fueled Aframax tanker.

HHI and LR previously announced a joint development project to design 180,000-dwt-class bulk carriers; the design development is now almost finished and is in the process of receiving approval in principle. This design is optimized for short- to medium-haul bulk trade and long-haul bulk trade service. HAZID analysis was recently completed by Woodside, Anangel, GE, LR and HHI, who are cooperating to develop an LNG-fueled 250,000-dwt very large ore carrier.


Report Shows £7.5 Billion Subsea Industry
Supports 45,000 Jobs after Oil’s Downturn

Subsea UK, whose 300 members make up the bulk of the country’s subsea supply chain, conducted a business activity review that revealed the industry is currently generating annual revenues of £7.5 billion, compared to £8.9 billion in 2014. The report also revealed that, despite the downturn in oil and gas, the subsea sector still supports around 45,000 jobs in the U.K. This compares to around 53,000 three years ago. Neil Gordon of Subsea UK said the impacts are a reflection of the crash in oil prices and subsequent global downturn that led to deferral or cancellation of major subsea projects.


Robotic Mining Prototype to Uncover
European Mineral Resources

U.K.-based Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd. (SMD) successfully completed first-stage testing in the VAMOS (viable alternative mine operating system) project, a 42-month international research and development venture partly funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. SMD and its partners in the VAMOS consortium designed and built a robotic underwater mining prototype to perform field tests at four EU mining sites, at a cost of approximately €12.6 million.


Subsea Hard Coating is Chosen for
Exhaust Scrubber Application in China

Subsea Industries’ glass-flake, nontoxic hard coating Ecospeed will protect the exhaust scrubber outlets of three new container vessels under construction in Zhoushan, China. Coatings that can withstand very high exhaust gas temperatures and chemical pollutants are required in exhaust scrubber applications. Shipowners have experienced damaged pipework at the outlet end of the scrubber system due to the highly corrosive washwater produced during the exhaust gas cleaning process. Ecospeed’s coating has B1 classification by DNV GL.


UAE is First Arab Country to Achieve
IMO Council Category B Membership

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the first Arab country to win Category B membership into the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. The council election included nominees from 11 countries in the international marine trade sector including Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia. The announcement of UAE’s membership was made during the 30th General Assembly IMO meeting.


New Company Offers
Differential GPS

International Geomatics Group is a recently launched marine startup focused on differential global position system (DGPS) provision, as well as marine positioning services, exploration, inspection and digital data delivery. Co-founders include: Steve Rampton (CEO), who has more than 30 years of experience in offshore oil and gas, including ROV support and trenching; and Ken Adams (COO), an engineer and graduate of Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University in Scotland.


Subsea Installation Completed
In Record Time

Hydratight supplied and supported the subsea installation of three remote connectors within three weeks for Statoil off the west coast of Norway. The installation was performed using remotely operated equipment from the Pipeline Repair and Subsea Intervention Pool (PRSI Pool) managed by Statoil. The MORGRIP mechanical connectors were deployed on two 12-in. risers and one 16-in. riser at depths more than 300 m. Site integration trials were completed at Statoil’s PRS Base facility in Haugesund, Norway, prior to the connector deployment offshore.


Marlink and Radio Holland
Strengthen Long-Term Partnership

Marlink acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business to further strengthen its offerings of maritime VSAT while Radio Holland will focus on providing efficient NavCom, ICT and maintenance solutions to the shipping industry. Radio Holland will be a global sales and service partner and offer Marlink’s satcom connectivity portfolio. Radio Holland and the Marlink Group, including Telemar, will intensify their existing cooperation in NavCom sales and servicing.



OSIL Supplies Modular Multiple Corer
For Papua New Guinea Project

Ocean Scientific International (OSIL) delivered a 12-station multiple corer to Australia for use in a project near Papua New Guinea. The multi-corer is constructed from stainless steel, features detachable core assemblies and collects up to 12 samples simultaneously, which include a high-quality sediment sample and the overlying supernatant water.


Global Satellite Communications Office
Opens in Ålesund, Norway

Inmarsat opened a new office at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center (NMCC) based in Ålesund, Norway, the heart of Norway’s maritime community. From the Norwegian office, Inmarsat intends to intensify work with third-party innovators and digital disrupters to exploit high-speed broadband via Fleet Xpress through its Certified Applications Provider program.

Fleet Xpress combines Inmarsat’s Global Xpress high-speed data network operating on Ka-band with the ultra-reliable FleetBroadband service on L-band. Inmarsat Maritime is seeking to increase the penetration of Fleet Xpress services in the superyacht, cruise ship and offshore rig markets. Inmarsat recently signed a letter of intent to enable the Rolls-Royce Energy Management System (EMS) via Fleet Xpress, logging data in real time.


RTsys Helps Gauge the Impact
Of Noise on Marine Ecosystems

RTsys measurement devices have been qualified as suitable for submarine measurements within the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), a European collaboration to better understand the consequences of and regulate noise from human activities in the ocean.

The measurements will be made at low frequencies, concentrating on two one-third octave bands at 63 and 125 Hz, frequencies at which maritime traffic noise predominates over all other noise sources. RTsys recorders include precalculation software that directly supplies the indicators required by the MSFD, such as the acoustic pressure (SPL), the exposure level (SEL) and the third octaves. It can also emit alarms in real time in the case that the noise exceeds the thresholds determined in advance by the user.

Measurements are in progress and reports from collaborators will be delivered to Europe by summer 2018.


Ashtead Invests £1 Million in Technology

Aberdeen-based Ashtead Technology expanded its rental fleet with an investment of £1 million in navigation, positioning and imaging technology during 2017. Ashtead is currently the only rental company to offer the iXblue GAPS-NG system with the new telemetry capability, an ultrashort baseline (USBL) positioning system for locating subsea assets.


Drones Used in Ship Class Surveys

Robotics in Maintenance Strategies (RIMS) BV received a certificate as a Recognized External Specialist from ABS and RINA for remote inspection techniques using drones for surveying enclosed spaces.

RIMS was also the first company Bureau Veritas approved as a service supplier. The approval allows shipowners and managers to invite RIMS to support class surveyors by showing the objects to be inspected live on screen.


Statoil Installs Final Wind Turbine Offshore England

Installation of all turbines in the Dudgeon wind farm located 32 km off the coast of Norfolk, England, is complete, and it will be operated from Statoil’s office in Great Yarmouth. Dudgeon has been providing electricity to households since February, and when it is fully operational Statoil wind projects will deliver electricity to a total of 1 million people. The offshore wind farm installation, which included 67 turbines with a capacity of 6 MW each, totalled a cost below the expected budget of £1.5 billion.


Seabed Geotechnical Investigation Tool Targets
Offshore Soil Testing and Equipment Siting

Horizon Geosciences and Atlantic Marine teamed up to provide seabed geotechnical investigation using the Atlantic Carrier and Horizon’s 200-kN seabed CPT and sampling systems. The 200-kN CPT includes a standalone launch and recovery system, and the Atlantic Carrier has a vibrocorer and offshore soils testing laboratory suitable for gathering data for site assessment, ground modeling and turbine siting and export cable route and inter-array cable investigations.


New Website Engages with Young Marine Businesses

EU-funded Marine-i launched a new website,, to list funding sources and types of businesses that are eligible for support and to educate and engage businesses that are new to marine technology. Marine-i is a £9.3 million collaboration between the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Co. and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.


ROV Testing Tank Unveiled

M² Subsea built a 73,600-liter indoor fresh water tank for commercial testing of ROVs and ancillary equipment before they are deployed for domestic and international projects. The tank measures 8 by 4 by 2.3 m and includes a gantry crane with S.W.L 15 t and an independent 415-V three-phase 200-A power supply. The tank in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, is available to rent and can accommodate both work-class and observation ROVs.


World Ocean Council Launches Young Ocean Professionals Initiative

The World Ocean Council Young Ocean Professionals (YOP) Initiative is a global, multisectoral, educational network to support the future of sustainability in the ocean business community. It is geared to create corporate ocean responsibility, understanding of ocean biodiversity and economic activity impacts, tackle sustainable development challenges and secure a healthy ocean and sustainable ocean economy.


Finnish Environment Institute Takes Delivery
Of Algae Detection and Alarm System

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has taken delivery of a CTG ALGAE-Wader Pro system, an in-situ algae monitor providing data on chlorophyll a and other algae- based pigments to augment sample collection for laboratory analysis. It includes a CTG TriLux sensor that allows real-time data display and recording to a handheld unit with GPS and an alarm system to indicate algae levels of concern.


N-Sea Opens New Office in Germany

N-Sea, which provides inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services for the renewable, oil and gas, telecom and utility industries, is opening a new office in Stralsund, Germany, to support Germany’s offshore renewable energy market and provide ongoing maintenance and repair services to existing and planned wind farms.

The company appointed Jörg Butgen, who was previously head of marine operations and diving superintendent for Bard Offshore, as business development manager for the Germany office


Teledyne Optech and IGI Cooperate To Develop New Technology

Teledyne Optech formed a cooperative agreement with the German company IGI (Integrated Geospatial Innovations). The first product created via the cooperation is the Optech Eclipse high-precision LiDAR sensor with IGI’s CCNS-5 flight management system and AEROcontrol Compact inertial solution for small to mid-size area projects and/or high-precision corridor surveying. The sensor has a Class 1 laser with an 800-m range on 10 percent reflective targets (8 pts/m2 at 100 kt.), parallel scan lines and an integrated IGI DigiCAM-100 camera.


Anchor Field Testing Is Complete For Challenging Locations

Vryhof completed field tests with its STEVSHARK REX anchor at three locations in the North Sea famous for their anchoring problems due to stiff clays. The anchor has unique fluke and shank geometries and is designed to be effective in the mooring industry. Other tests included the anchor’s use by a rock cutter suction dredger on cemented soils and in a carbonate silty sand seabed overlaying calcarenite rock.


Virtual Simulation of the River Thames

HR Wallingford is assessing the Thames Tideway Tunnel project’s fleet of vessel masters at its U.K. Ship Simulation Centre to ensure they meet health and safety standards using a specially created virtual reality simulation of the route the boats will take. The Tideway project in London, which will upgrade the city’s sewer system for more than 8 million inhabitants, requires excavation on an enormous scale, and 4 million tons of material will be transported by river.


North P&I Club Receives Maritime Insurance Award

The North of England P&I Club won the Insurance Day Maritime Insurance Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards held at the National Maritime Museum in London, England. Judges cited North’s market-leading work in loss prevention and risk management, which includes a comprehensive range of practical loss prevention guides and briefings, as well as crew training and workflow guides.


Unique Antique Shipwrecks Detected in the Black Sea

The Black Sea MAP (Maritime Archaeological Project) completed in September mapped submerged submarine landscapes along the Bulgarian coast, where ancient shorelines can be found down to a depth of more than 100 m. Swedish company MMT and Norway’s Reach Subsea participated with underwater technology and survey and ROV vessels (MV Stril Explorer, 76 m; and MV Havila Subsea, 98 m). A total search distance of approximately 2,600 km has been mapped, and 50 sediment cores were collected for analysis. More than 60 new shipwrecks have been found, inspected and documented with work-class ROVs (Kystdesign Supporter and Shilling).


Parts on Demand Extends to International Service

Gardner Denver Petroleum & Industrial Pumps (P&IP) launched a parts-on-demand program in the Middle East. The program facilitates management of replacement inventory at customers’ regional locations, facilities or well sites and offers a large inventory in after-market parts and consumables. P&IP designs petroleum and industrial pumps for the global oil and gas industry, with repair shops and service facilities serving the drilling, well-servicing and fracking pumps market with aftermarket support, including high-performance consumables, field service and repair and exchange programs as well as training, technical support and partnership and supply agreements.


Argentinian Research Ship Outfitted With Deep Hydroacoustic Systems Integration

Kongsberg successfully completed the installation of a suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology aboard Victor Angelescu, the Argentinian National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development’s (INIDEP) new oceanographic and fishing research vessel. Built at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA, the new 52-m research ship is a silent vessel that, combined with the Simrad marine ecosystem package, will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists.


Acoustic Technology Used in Search For Helicopter Flight Recorder

A mission to search for the wreckage of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter that crashed in the Atlantic earlier this year was assisted by Sonardyne underwater locating equipment including the Scout USBL (ultrashort baseline) and ROV Homer acoustic tracking and relocation systems owned by the Irish Marine Institute. The mission detected emergency signals from the aircraft’s flight data recorder, and, using an ROV, search teams pinpointed the exact location of the wreck lying in 40 m of water.


New Rule to Accommodate Floating Storage and Regasification Units

Bureau Veritas published a new Rule, NR645, for the classification of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) that enables comprehensive classification of all types of floating storage and regasification assets. The new rules detail the requirements for technical and operational issues of FSRUs and provide two distinct class notations: Liquefied Gas Carrier FSRU notation, which enables gas trading in addition to floating storage and regasification terminal operations, and FSRU notation, for units dedicated to pure gas storage and regasification terminal operations and not intending to trade.