Subsea technology company Rovco has secured Innovate UK funding to develop a 3D visualization system as part of a two-part artificial intelligence demonstrator project potentially worth £1.0 million (US$1.35 million).

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Billed as “the most realistic subsea training and testing facility in the world,” the Underwater Centre at Fort William boasts its own sheltered, multiple-depth seawater dive site, a private pier complex, a 1.5 million litre indoor seawater dive tank and full residential accommodation. Based on the banks of Loch Linnhe, a tidal sea loch at the southern end of Scotland’s Great Glen, and run by a team of highly-skilled and experienced instructors and training staff, the Centre enjoys an enviable reputation for training commercial divers and ROV operators, and as a venue for large-scale sea trials. Dr Gareth takes a look inside

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ROV market outlook

Posted by Charles Decuir on January 3, 2018 10:30 AM EST
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The ROV market isn’t out of the woods yet, with plentiful supply in the market dampening any perceived uptick in activity. But, offshore wind might offer some respite. Elaine Maslin reports (first published in the January 2018 OE). 

The remote operated vehicle (ROV) market has had a tough time during the last few years due to its reliance on drilling operations. 

The impact of the downturn on utilization rates and pricing, as well as the market outlook, was discussed by Andrew Reid, managing director of Douglas Westwood, part of Westwood Global Energy Group, at Subsea UK’s Underwater Vehicles Conference in Aberdeen late November.

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In an effort to bolster its European development team, MSubsea has brought in Mr Sinclair to lead the firm’s business acquisition strategy.

Based in Aberdeen, Mr Sinclair will take the lead in the renewables and decommissioning sectors within the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Europe.

Mr Sinclair has held previous senior roles at Subsea 7 and Technip Offshore Wind.

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MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has awarded Vroon Offshore a contract for VOS Start to support the commissioning phase of the Borkum Riffgrund II offshore windfarm.

Vroon said the contract, which will come into effect in early 2018, “underlines the strong relationship between Vroon and MHI Vestas and is recognition of the service quality being delivered by VOS Start and her crew to the MHI Vestas team in the context of the commissioning of the Walney Extension offshore windfarm since August 2017.”,subseawalktowork-ship-bags-further-deal-from-mhi-vestas_50097.htm

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Subsea UK has highlighted the ‘huge opportunity’ for subsea companies to play a role helping to meet renewable energy targets.

At an event chaired by Subsea UK chief executive Neil Gordon, speakers active in the offshore oil and gas industry described growing opportunities in offshore wind.

The event included speakers from Siem Offshore Contractors, Ecosse Subsea Systems, DeepOcean, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and James Fisher Marine Services, who discussed synergies between the subsea and offshore renewable industries, shared lessons learned, and examined the role that offshore renewables will play in the future energy mix.,subsea-event-highlights-huge-opportunities-in-offshore-wind_49251.htm

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The offshore wind industry continues to focus on ever-larger turbines as a means of cost reduction, but there is also a huge opportunity to reduce costs by focusing on operations and maintenance 

Recognition that O&M costs can be reduced significantly is leading to greater attention on new vessel concepts and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. But it doesn’t stop there: autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) or unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs as they are sometimes known) have a potential role to play too.,unmanned-inspectors-can-provide-comprehensive-om-picture_48604.htm

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Fugro has been awarded a joint contract with Boskalis for survey and identification of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the Borssele Wind Farm Zone. The multimillion-Euro contract, for Dutch transmission systems operator TenneT TSO B.V., includes specialised survey and identification work in relation to cable routes for the planned grid connection between TenneT’s two offshore platforms and its high-voltage substation onshore.

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