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Environmental Monitoring


June 2014 Issue

Fugro GEOS, Sonardyne to Head CO2 Monitoring System
Fugro GEOS (Wallingford, England) in partnership with Sonardyne (Yateley, England) is leading a three-year, all-British project for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to develop a carbon dioxide monitoring system using marine robotics. Valued at £1 million in the first year, the project aims to provide assurance that carbon dioxide stored deep below the seabed in carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites is secure.

A consortium of British multidiscipline partners will examine the requirements for the measurement, monitoring and verification (MMV) system. The project will result in the construction of a technology demonstrator with sea trials, a comprehensive review at the end of the three-year period, and a solution to a legislative requirement to monitor potential carbon dioxide leaks and their effect on the environment.

The Consortium will develop an integrated leak detection system that is capable of both wide area coverage by AUVs/ASVs and continuous automated monitoring of high-risk areas. For these sites, the use of Sonardyne's Automatic Leak Detection Sonar (ALDS) has been proposed.

Data will be relayed to shore using a combination of wireless acoustic and satellite communications and existing reservoir infrastructure acting as surface-to-shore relay stations.

Major Maritime Test Facility Progresses Towards Opening
Work to create one of the world's largest maritime test facilities has entered its final stage following the completion of a £3 million development at HR Wallingford's site in Oxfordshire, England. Work has now begun on the fit-out of specialist facilities within the building to enhance the company's scour, sediment and structure modeling capabilities.

The new building houses the Fast Flow Facility, a unique, dual channel for wave-current-sediment modeling. The 75-meter-long, 4-meter-wide flume will be capable of generating waves up to 1-meter high and currents of up to 5 cubic meters per second. It will hold up to 1 million liters of water.

The building will also house HR Wallingford's Ship Simulation Centre, with four real-time, 360° field view simulators, including two tug bridge simulators.

PGS to Acquire Seismic Data Offshore Eastern Canada
Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), based in Oslo, Norway, expands its MultiClient library offshore eastern Canada in 2014 with a further 30,000 kilometers of 2D seismic data in the Labrador Sea and Newfoundland Flemish Pass. In June 2014 the MV Sanco Spirit will start seismic and gravity data acquisition using the multisensor PGS GeoStreamer technology in these areas. The new data will complement PGS's existing 47,600 kilometers of 2D data acquired during 2011, 2012 and 2013 in this region.

Final data will be available to clients in the third quarter of 2015.

In July the MV Atlantic Explorer, also utilizing GeoStreamer, will commence acquisition of seismic and gravity data in the Tail of the Bank area of Southeast Grand Banks covering an initial 15,000 kilometers.

Hyde Marine Partners With Choice Ballast, Seaking Electrical
Hyde Marine Inc. (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania) has established two partnership agreements for engineering and installation of the chemical-free Hyde GUARDIAN Gold Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) System domestically and internationally.

Hyde Marine selected Cleveland, Ohio-based Choice Ballast Solutions, LLC as an engineering partner.

Hyde Marine also selected Birkenhead, England-based Seaking Electrical Group, which will serve as an installation partner for European markets.

The Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWT process uses efficient filtration and ultraviolet disinfection to treat ships' ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port.

NRC Releases Reports on Arctic Oil Spills, Research
The National Research Council (NRC) has released the reports 'Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment' and 'The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions.'

The oil spill report assesses the current state of science and engineering regarding oil spill response in Arctic waters and identifies key research priorities, critical data and monitoring needs, mitigation strategies, and important operational and logistical issues becoming increasingly significant due to likely increases in shipping traffic and oil and gas activities in the Arctic Ocean. The NRC report also calls for the need for additional Coast Guard infrastructure and response drills to test equipment in the region. The emerging issues report is designed to provide guidance on future research questions in the Arctic over the next 10 to 20 years, identifying the key scientific questions that are developing in different realms of Arctic science. It identifies research infrastructure needs and collaboration opportunities.

Iceland Fishing Vessels to get Wärtsilä NOx Reducer
The new Wärtsilä Corp. (Helsinki, Finland) NOx Reducer will be fitted to two new fishing vessels under construction at the Celiktrans yard in Turkey.

The ships are owned by HB Grandi (Reykjavik, Iceland), one of Iceland's largest fishing vessel operators. Delivery is scheduled in the second and fourth quarters of 2014.

The Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR), an exhaust after-treatment system for removing harmful nitrogen oxide emissions from medium-speed marine engines, has been upgraded with a new and improved design.

The upgraded version features a flexible and more compact design to enable easier and faster onboard installation. It is also compatible for both marine diesel fuel and heavy fuel oil engine operation. The auxiliary units have also been improved; for example, centralized units for multiple installations with built-in redundancy are now available.

The Wärtsilä NOR enables vessels to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Tier III NOx emission regulations, thus allowing them to operate freely within the current and planned Emission Control Areas (ECAs) designated by the IMO.


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