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.”

The US Navy Needs Offensive Undersea Drones

“Imagine a system of unmanned systems ready to employ kinetic or non-kinetic effects to a hostile warship or to multiple warships simultaneously. Picture an adversary held at risk and having to account for an anonymous ocean bottom-stored system of UUVs instead of simply having to account for vertical launch cells on United States’ ships or aircraft in the region. Envision the reach the U.S. Navy could have in extending sea denial and in projecting undersea power forward in support of a globally stretched submarine force. This is the future of undersea warfare.” View Article  

Navy Refining Unmanned Surface, Underwater Vehicle Command Structures

“ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is taking steps to mature organizations that oversee unmanned surface and undersea vehicles, with the Surface Development Squadron (SURFDEVRON) 1 missions, functions and tasks being finalized and a second unmanned underwater vehicle squadron being stood up. On the surface side, an Oct. 17 document shows SURFDEVRON-1 will fall under Naval Surface Force Pacific for administrative control and under U.S. 3rd Fleet for operational control. The squadron will control the three Zumwalt-class destroyers and any medium and large unmanned surface vehicles, and it will be supported by a slew of San Diego-based training-, warfare development- and maintenance-related commands.”   View Article

DARPA Awards Contracts for Angler UUV Program

“DARPA has announced that it has awarded six contracts for work on the Angler unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) program, which aims to develop advanced autonomous robotic systems capable of performing physical intervention in undersea environments. The new systems will have to operate without reliance on GPS and human intervention, and perform functions in support of underwater infrastructure establishment and maintenance.” View Article

TechnipFMC Seeks to Partner, to Invest in New Subsea Autonomous Technology

“TechnipFMC, a leading builder and manager of oil and gas infrastructure, is looking invest in new technologies and partner with other firms to support autonomous and semi-autonomous subsea operations. “TechnipFMC has really shifted their thinking from the not-invented-here kind of let’s-do-everything-all-in-house thought all the way to looking at venture capital investment in start-ups and also what we call open innovation,” said Diana Grauer, TechnipFMC’s director of external technology engagement. “And what that gives us an opportunity to do is bring technology startups, small firms (and) other third parties into our ecosystem and into our supply chain in a collaborative way. And that way we can support those groups and those technologies and help them help us provide solutions to our customer.”” View Article

Navy Seeking New Technology For Unmanned Boats, Subs

“The Navy is looking to bolster its fleet of unmanned surface and subsurface systems with a slew of new platforms and upgrades. The service’s portfolio of unmanned underwater vehicles, or UUVs, includes extra-large, large, medium and small variants, according to Capt. Pete Small, program manager for unmanned maritime systems in the program executive office for unmanned and small combatants. The Navy recently awarded a contract to Boeing for production of five Orca extra-large UUV prototypes, he said during a conference hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International in Washington, D.C.” View Article

Near-record investment expected as ‘bow wave’ of activity heads for Newfoundland offshore

Big money to be spent “The first wave will crest by 2021, with oil giants like ExxonMobil, Chevron, Equinor and CNOOC committed to spending $1.7 billion. That activity has begun, with ExxonMobil set to start drilling on a prospect identified through Nalcor’s long-running geoscience program. By 2022, BP Canada, Navitas Petroleum, Nexen Energy and Husky have committed to spending $763 million. And further out, to 2024, BHP, Equinor and Suncor, plan to invest $1.4 billion in exploration.”   View Article

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