Version of DeepWorks ROV Simulator
Integrates Saab Seaeye Electrical ROVs
Services Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) announced on Monday that it has
developed a new version of its DeepWorks ROV simulator for the Saab
Seaeye Ltd. (Fareham, England) family of electric ROVs, supporting
console integration of the Seaeye Tiger, Lynx, Cougar XT and Panther
XT/XT Plus models.
DeepWorks now allows rapid building and evaluation
of new electrical ROV configurations, helping operators find the best
arrangement and mountings for cameras, sonars and tooling while
ensuring the vehicle remains dynamically stable.
DeepWorks allows trainers to assess pilot skills by determining how
long it takes them to complete tasks, how smoothly they operate the
controls, and how well they respond to faults and deal with hazards.
DeepWorks can also be used for assessing the overall mission difficulty
and skills competency required.
The Seaeye overlay tells the pilot
where the ROV is and its depth, pitch and roll, and camera tilt angle.
Other features include independent viewpoint control, sonar
interpretation and fault simulation.
Thrusters have initially been tuned for the Seaeye Tiger ROV, with
other models to follow.
Caption: Saab Seaeye Tiger ROV approaching
jacket to perform structural inspection.
Source: Fugro Subsea Services press release
Wind Energy Facility
To be Constructed in Massachusetts
Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the construction of the New
Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal in Massachusetts, which will be the
first facility in
the U.S. designed to support the construction, assembly and deployment
of offshore wind projects. It will be a multipurpose facility that will
enable the Port of New Bedford to handle high-volume bulk and container
shipping, as well as large specialty marine cargo.
The project is expected to go out to bid
to prospective developers within the next several weeks and to be
completed in 2014. The final cost of the terminal is estimated to be
approximately $100 million.
Apex Companies LLC's (Rockville,
Maryland) waterways division will serve as Massachusetts' permitting,
design and construction consultant.
Construction will include dredging and
removal of contaminated sediment for the passage of deepwater vessels,
construction of a 1,000-foot-long extension to the existing South
Terminal bulkhead, placing of the clean sediment generated from the
dredging behind the bulkhead to create additional acres of productive
land for staging commercial-scale offshore wind projects, and
construction of a confined aquatic disposal cell offshore for
Caption: A map of the Port of New Bedford,
Source: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and
Environmental Affairs press
Dead in Black Elk Gulf Explosion,
BSEE Demands Company Improve Safety Performance
On November 16, an explosion and fire occurred aboard
Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC's (Houston, Texas) West Delta
32 platform in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 17 miles southeast of
Grand Isle, Louisiana. There were 22 workers on the platform at the
time of the incident. One was found dead, and nine were injured, one of
whom died last Thursday. Eleven workers were safely evacuated.
The fire was extinguished within an hour. The U.S. Coast Guard
confirmed following an over flight that there is no visible sheen. The
production platform has been shut in since mid-August.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) notified
Black Elk last Wednesday that the company must take immediate steps to improve its safety performance
on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This precedes any potential
enforcement actions following the conclusion of the bureau’s
investigation into the incident.
“Black Elk has repeatedly failed to operate in a manner that is
consistent with federal regulations,” said BSEE Director James A.
By December 15, the company must submit a performance improvement
that details the steps it will take to ensure compliance in its
operations. If the company does not demonstrate improved performance,
it will face further enforcement actions, which could include
revocation of its designation as an operator on all its facilities on
Caption: An explosion and fire on Black Elk's
West Delta 32 platform in the Gulf of Mexico on November 16. (Photo
Source: Black Elk Energy, BSEE press releases
Denies PG&E Geophysical Survey Application Due to Environmental
San Francisco, California-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) plans to
study offshore earthquake faults near the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant
were denied earlier this month by the California Coastal Commission,
sided with environmental groups’ concerns about the welfare of nearby
marine life, the San Francisco
PG&E had submitted a proposal to conduct high-energy seismic survey
operations in waters offshore of San Luis Obispo County, and
temporarily install and operate an array of seismic monitoring devices
onshore. Active air-gun operations, generating an acoustic pulse of
approximately 230 to 252 decibels at the source every 11 to 20 seconds,
would have been limited to about 17 days: 9.25 for surveys, five for
equipment calibration and testing and two for contingency.
PG&E acknowledged the survey’s environmental effects, offering to
fund a monitoring program and cease air gun use if marine mammals drew
near. The commission found that it did not have enough data to
determine if these methods were the least environmentally damaging and
that the plant being earthquake safe, as PG&E insisted, regardless
of any new data meant there was no need to put marine mammals at risk.
Caption: PG&E's Diablo Canyon Power Plant in
California. (Photo Credit: PG&E)
Francisco Chronicle, California
Coastal Commission report
Anderson Joins C & C Technologies
Brian Anderson (pictured) announced last Tuesday that
he has accepted the position of autonomous surface vehicles (ASV)
technical sales manager at C & C Technologies' (Lafayette,
Louisiana) Houston, Texas, offices. He will pursue market expansion for
the line of powered ASVs now being built and operated by C & C
through its sister company, ASV Ltd. (Portchester, England).
Previously, Anderson was vice president of oil and gas sales for Liquid
Robotics Inc. (Sunnyvale, California), vice president of marketing and
sales for SeaBird Exploration Americas (Houston) and vice
president of marketing for Fugro Robertson Ltd. (Llandudno, Wales).
Source: C & C
Technologies press release
Sandy Exposes Shipwreck on Fire Island
Hurricane Sandy has fully exposed a buried wrecked
schooner on the Fire Island National Seashore in New York, Newsday
reported. It is the remains of the Bessie
A. White, a four-masted coal
schooner built in 1919, wrecked in 1922 and periodically uncovered by
storms, the National Park Service said. The wooden ship is a post-Civil
War cargo vessel built before 1880, the Long Island Maritime Museum
Fire Island is a barrier island that was entirely submerged in
the wake of Sandy. The dune that had buried the wreck eroded about 72
feet, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Archaeologists and park
officials are documenting the remains before the sea reburies the wreck
Caption: A wrecked schooner has been exposed on
Fire Island by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo
Credit: Cheryl Hapke/ U.S. Geological Survey)
Source: Newsday, OurAmazingPlanet
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