to Provide Six REMUS AUVs
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For German Navy
After trials by
the German Bundeswehr Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons (WTD
71) in Eckernförde, Germany, the Federal Office of Defence Technology
& Procurement has placed a contract for six REMUS 100 AUVs
manufactured by Hydroid Inc. (Pocasset,
Massachusetts) to enhance the capabilities of the German Navy’s mine
Halter Marine, DCNS Team Up on USCG Proposal
VT Halter Marine Inc. (Pascagoula, Mississippi) and
DCNS (Paris, France) have partnered to submit a proposal to the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security for the design and construction of
offshore patrol cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). VT Halter
Marine will be the prime contractor and DCNS will be its
exclusive subcontractor for the offshore patrol cutter platform design.
Tether Used in Bathymetry and Biotope Survey In Saudi Arabia
Recovery and Inspection Services (Seattle, Washington) recently
assisted King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in
using a VideoRay (Phoenixville, Pennsylvania)
Pro4 ROV to complete more than 200 kilometers of bathymetry and biotope
survey transects in the Red Sea.
Inc. Opens Fourth Office
In North America
Underwater Technology Group (Esbjerg, Denmark) opened on Tuesday an
office on the U.S. West Coast located in San Diego, California, forming
the fourth branch of its North America-based subsidiary MacArtney Inc.
(Houston, Texas). MacArtney West Coast will serve the underwater
of major OEM, offshore, ocean science and
defense stakeholders in California. >>
Coralbots, Heriot-Watt University
Heriot-Watt University are developing coralbots, a swarm of intelligent
to help save coral reefs. Scottish corals are threatened by adverse
impacts of bottom fishing
that damages and kills large areas of reef. At present, this process of
regrowth is assisted by volunteer scuba divers reassembling coral
fragments on the reef framework. But the method has only limited
success because they cannot spend long periods underwater nor reach
depths of over 200 meters where some of the deep-sea coral grows.
swarm of autonomous underwater robots will operate according to a
simple set of "micro-rules" to seek out coral fragments and recement
them to the reef.
The idea for the project, which is led by Dr. Lea-Anne Henry, with
professor David Corne, Dr.
Neil Robertson and professor David Lane, was born at a brainstorming
session of an interdisciplinary
research training event where Henry and Corne came together "in a
dance," Corne said. Henry had long had the idea of using robots
to help repair coral reefs, and Corne figured that swarm
robotics would make it possible.
Sea Technology magazine
recently asked the team about how the project is progressing. >>
Shoal Offshore Wind Farm Opens
Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Norfolk, England, was
officially opened last Thursday. Sheringham Shoal
is owned equally by Statoil (Stavanger, Norway) and Statkraft (Oslo,
Norway) through the joint-venture company Scira Offshore Energy Ltd.
(Norfolk, England). The opening took place four years after Scira was granted consent
by the U.K. government to build the wind farm and three years after
construction began. >>
Lease Sale to Offer 38 Million Acres in
Central Gulf for Oil and
Gas Exploration, Development
The Bureau of
Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer 38 million acres in the
Central Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration and development, the
U.S. Department of the Interior announced last Monday. This sale will
build on two major Gulf of Mexico lease sales in the last year—a
21-million-acre sale held last December and a 39-million-acre sale held
in June. >>
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19 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
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