Multibillion dollar oil and gas boom on Newfoundland’s horizon

“It’s a recipe for an oil and gas bonanza. Start with the staggering 52 billion barrels of oil and 200 trillion cubic feet of gas estimated under the seafloor. Add a dozen of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, up to a hundred exploratory wells over the coming decade and the potential for jobs galore. The result is a nearly $4-billion race to find the next big energy project off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.” View Article

NOAA launches ‘the next Lewis and Clark expedition’

“NOAA officials say they’re following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and the nation’s pioneering astronauts. The undertaking is “fairly audacious,” as one top official described it. But the work is already underway, with roughly 40% of the EEZ mapped in recent years. The zone covers more than 13,000 miles of coastline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of ocean.” View Article

Space-tech firm MDA back in Canadian hands with $1B sale to investors including Balsillie

“The space technology firm behind the iconic Canadarm is returning home after being bought by an investor group that includes prominent business leaders John Risley and Jim Balsillie. The $1-billion deal to acquire MDA — once-known as MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates — from Colorado-based Maxar Technologies Inc., will see the company’s headquarters move back to Canada, the group said. Balsillie, the former co-CEO of BlackBerry Inc., is also expected to take a seat on the company’s board of directors.” View Article

Ocean Infinity lines up seismic work in Angola

“The seismic company has recently expanded its fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), while also noting its progress in battery technology. In November, Ocean Infinity said it had reached a milestone in battery technology for AUVs, in partnership with Kraken Robotics. The improved batteries increase possible survey range for an AUV to nearly 700 km, with the vessels able to operate for more than four days without a charge. This has effectively doubled their endurance and capacity, a company official said.” View Article

MAN-PORTABLE SAS: The Future of Shallow Water Surveying

“Mapping of the nearshore and surf zone environments is vital for marine safety, security, and environmental/archeological protection. The conventional method of surveying in shallow water with manned survey vessels is challenging and often hazardous because the risk of running aground is high. Utilizing unmanned vehicles such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) significantly reduces the risks while increasing operational efficiency. Man-portable AUVs are quickly becoming recognized as ideal shallow water survey platforms due to their ease of handling and rapid deployment. Operators can deploy several unmanned AUVs at once, which decreases both the deployment and survey time. For shallow water operations, the ideal imaging sonar must fit on a small AUV while providing the sophisticated technology needed to operate in the shallow water environment.” View Article

Unmanned Maritime Systems

“The U.S. Navy’s plans to develop advanced and diverse fleets of unmanned surface and undersea vehicles and vessels clearly demonstrate the service’s growing interest in this emerging area of naval warfare. Unmanned systems will play a signficant role in the future of surface and undersea warfare. Fifty percent of the new ships identified in the Navy’s Surface Capability Evolution Plan (SCEP), which lays out the four major shipbuilding pillars for the future, will be unmanned vessels. Likewise, the Navy’s submarine force envisions manned submarines deploying and operating with growing numbers of extra-large unmanned vehicles that independently deploy from pier-side in future operations.” Sea Technology – Unmanned Maritime Systems

10 Tech Trends to Impact Shipping Industry

“The report ‘Technology Outlook 2030’ said that the relationship between humans and technology is switching, with humans increasingly augmenting the decisions of artificial intelligence, rather than the other way around. For example, in the next decade there will be a greater proliferation of autonomous vehicles, whilst energy production and transmission will increasingly become the domain of algorithms rather than people.”   View Article

SubSLAM Live: Live 3D Subsea Streaming Tech Debuts

“Rovco launched “SubSLAM Live” a 3D Streaming technology which it says will allow a video live stream 3D underwater pointclouds to any device in the world. According to the company, the stereo camera technology system sends images and 3D models of assets from the seabed to a computer browser in any location globally. This offers customers instantaneous access to information as an inspection or construction activity is taking place.” View Article

EU Targets 450 GW Offshore Wind by 2050

“The EU Commission’s big goals for offshore wind – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and Governments take the right approach to maritime spatial planning, said a report. According to the WindEurope report examines where 450 GW of offshore wind could be deployed most cost-effectively around Europe, bearing in mind there is only 20 GW today. 450 GW of offshore wind is part of a European Commission scenario to deliver climate neutrality by 2050.” View Article

‘World-first’ resident subsea drone to operate at Njord for Equinor

““In our vision, ‘Life of Field’ is an IMR engineering support concept that involves a combination of asset management and inspection/intervention. Typically, oil companies have commissioned annual inspections of their subsea assets, but in some cases, these are only performed every three years. And these campaigns have not been generating sufficient information for the industry’s present needs. If, however, you can provide low-cost inspection with a resident Hydrone, you can then start generating large volumes of ‘big data’ that allow you to really monitor any changes in the subsea asset. You can then do preventive intervention or predictive maintenance.”

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