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15 Apr 2021

Palfinger Equipment for Ocean Infinity's Robotic Vessel Fleet

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Palfinger, an Austrian manufacturer of hydraulic lifting, loading, and handling systems for marine applications, has won a contract to deliver equipment for Ocean Infinity's fleet of robotic vessels to be built by VARD.Ocean Infinity, a U.S.-based marine survey, and robotics company in February 2020 said it would build the world's largest fleet of unmanned surface vessels - the Armada, "to serve a wide range of industries by being fully equipped to perform a multiplicity of offshore data acquisition and intervention operations down to a depth of 6…

18 Mar 2021

Norway: IMR to Use Kongsberg USVs, AUVs for Marine Ecosystem Monitoring

Credit: Kongsberg Maritime

Norwegian maritime technology and equipment specialist Kongsberg Maritime will supply Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR) with four autonomous vessels. The scope of supply includes two Kongsberg Maritime Sounder USVs (Unmanned Surface Vehicles) and two KONGSBERG AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), which will form the practical basis of the institute’s long-term strategy to develop the monitoring and management of marine environments and resources.According to Kongsberg Maritime…

17 Mar 2021

Drone Swarms Sent from Uncrewed Vessels Could be Used for Offshore Wind Farm Inspections

(File image: Ocean Infinity)

U.S.-based seabed survey company Ocean Infinity, is, together with the University of Portsmouth, Airborne Robotics, and Bentley Telecom, working to develop an autonomous offshore wind farm inspection capability utilizing aerial drone swarms deployed from an uncrewed marine robotic vessel.Using 5G and satellite connectivity, the project will see a swarm of drones autonomously inspect wind turbines subsequently removing the need for manual, human inspection, Ocean Infinity, a company that is currently building a fleet of unmanned surface robots - the Armada - said.As part of the project‚Ķ

02 Mar 2021

Ocean Infinity to Buy MMT

Credit: Ocean Infinity

US-based seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity on Tuesday said it had agreed to acquire the Sweden-based subsea survey firm MMT."Ocean Infinity and MMT are excited to announce an acquisition that brings together MMT’s deep expertise and established track record as a distinguished marine survey and data analytics provider and Ocean Infinity’s best-in-class robotic technology and operational expertise," the companies said without sharing the financial details…

15 Feb 2021

Autonomy: Inside the Building of Ocean Infinity’s Armada Fleet

Image Courtesy Ocean Infinity

Back in 2017, Ocean Infinity made a novel move; deploying six autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), instead of just one, from a single vessel, vastly increasing the ground that could be covered in a single survey. Now the firm is taking the use of remote, robotic systems a significant step further.Back in 2017, Ocean Infinity made a novel move; deploying six autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), instead of just one, from a single vessel, vastly increasing the ground that could be covered in a single survey.

10 Feb 2021

Cummins QSK95s: Big Electric Power for Conversion of Ariake to FPSO

Oil Tanker, ARIAKE ready for Conversion. (Photo courtesy Cummins/Haig-Brown)

Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels are essential tools in the search for oil  in deeper waters, further from shore-based facilities. Typically, the large FPSO is stationary with a number of wells feeding oil into its holds. The oil can then be pumped off to shuttle tankers that transport it to shore side tanks and refineries.FPSOs are big expensive pieces of equipment. Some of them are converted from ocean going oil tankers. Such is the case with the 333 by 60-meter, very large crude carrier, VLCC Ariake, which was purchased for conversion to an FPSO.

05 Feb 2021

China's Latest Weapon Against Taiwan: The Sand Dredger

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Taiwanese coast guard commander Lin Chie-ming is on the frontline of a new type of warfare that China is waging against Taiwan. China’s weapon? Sand.On a chilly morning in late January, Lin, clad in an orange uniform, stood on the rolling deck of his boat as it patrolled in choppy waters off the Taiwan-run Matsu Islands. A few kilometers away, the Chinese coast was faintly visible from Lin’s boat. He was on the lookout for Chinese sand-dredging ships encroaching on waters controlled by Taiwan.The Chinese goal…

27 Jan 2021

Museum Buys Rare Spanish Armada Maps to Keep Them in England

(Photo: The National Museum of the Royal Navy)

A set of 10 hand-drawn, 16th century maps showing the progress of the Spanish Armada that attacked England in 1588, an event that shaped national identity, will remain in the country after a museum raised 600,000 pounds ($824,000) to buy them.The ink and watercolor maps, thought to be the earliest surviving images of the battles between the fleets of Queen Elizabeth I of England and of Philip II of Spain, had been at risk of export after a private sale last year.The government placed an export bar on the maps in July…

17 Dec 2020

Solstad on a Roll: Scores Vessel Charters in India, Australia

Credit: Solstad Offshore

Just hours after announcing three contracts for its platform suppliers in the North Sea and Suriname, Norwegian offshore vessel operator Solstad Offshore released a separate statement on Thursday, announcing charters for three construction vessels.These charters are with an unnamed "large international contractor" and are for the construction support vessels Normand Navigator, Normand Frontier, and Normand Australis.The three vessels will be used for projects on the east coast of India.

09 Dec 2020

Sonardyne's Sensors for Ocean Infinity's Armada USV Fleet

Credit: Ocean Infinity

Ocean Infinity, a U.S. based marine survey firm developing the world's largest fleet of unmanned surface vessels - Armada - has ordered Sonardyne sensors for its robotic vessels.As reported previously, Ocean Infinity in February launched Armada, a marine technology and data company boasting the industry's largest fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USV).Sonardyne said Wednesday it would provide the first wave of Ocean Infinity‚Äôs new Armada fleet with key sensor technologies for underwater platform navigation‚Ķ

23 Nov 2020

Ocean Infinity to Expand Armada Fleet with 'World's Largest' Robotic Vessels

Credit: Ocean Infinity

Marine and offshore survey company Ocean Infinity, which recently announced plans to build the world's largest fleet of unmanned surface vessels - the Armada, is now adding what it says are "world's largest marine robotic vessels" to the Armada fleet. Apart from being large‚ÄĒ78 meters long‚ÄĒthese new robotic vessels will be optionally crewed. Ocean Infinity has ordered eight vessels from Norway's VARD. The first large vessel is expected to launch in mid-2022."Designed for today‚Äôs tasks but with tomorrow‚Äôs in mind‚Ķ

06 Oct 2020

Gibbs & Cox to Develop 'Sea Train' Concept

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Naval architecture firm Gibbs & Cox said it has been awarded a multi-phase contract from the U.S.' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and demonstrate a connectorless "Sea Train" concept.DARPA's Sea Train program aims to demonstrate long range deployment capabilities for a distributed fleet of tactical unmanned surface vessels. The program seeks to enable extended transoceanic transit and long-range naval operations by exploiting the efficiencies of a…

24 Sep 2020

Powering the World's First Fleet of Robot Ships

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The maritime and scientific community have set themselves the ambitious target to map the entire ocean floor by 2030. Volvo Penta and Danfoss Editron will play a role by powering a novel fleet of unmanned surface robots for subsea exploration.The companies have been commissioned for the unique venture by Grovfjord Mek. Verksted (GMV) shipyard, to power the world‚Äôs first fleet of autonomous robot exploration vessels for commercial use. The seafloor analysis and oceanography company Ocean Infinity has invested in the ‚ÄėArmada‚Äô fleet of super-advanced unmanned vessels.

10 Sep 2020

Iranian Tanker Rounds Africa en Route to Venezuela

Forest (© Berd Rohr / MarineTraffic.com)

Two Iranian-flagged tankers transporting fuel are sailing round Africa’s Cape of Good Hope en route to the Atlantic Ocean, according to Refinitiv Eikon’s vessel tracking data.The medium-size vessels Forest and Fortune, carrying about 300,000 barrels of fuel each loaded at Iran’s Bandar Abbas terminal last month, are bound for Venezuela, according to sources with knowledge of the shipment.Gasoline scarcity in Venezuela has worsened in recent days due to insufficient domestic production…

03 Jul 2020

Chilean Navy Sailors Make New Friend after Rescuing Dog from Frigid Waters

Image Credit: Chilean Navy/Twitter

Chilean Navy sailors made a new best friend this week when they pulled a dog from the country's frigid coastal waters.The sailors spotted the struggling dog about a mile offshore from the bridge of their ship and sent out a Zodiac raft to pull the pooch from the cold waters of Talcahuano Bay to safety."Yesterday, we were returning to our port base in Talcahuano after a mission to relieve marine infantry that were supporting the health quarantine in the Chiloe area, and approximately one mile from docking…

05 Jun 2020

Kongsberg's LARS for Ocean Infinity's Armada Robotic Ships

(Image: Ocean Infinity)

Norway's Kongsberg Maritime has signed its first contract for its ROV launch & recovery system (LARS) specifically designed to handle remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from unmanned vessels.The contract has been signed with Ocean Infinity, who will install the system on their Armada fleet of robotic ships.To remind, US-based seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity in February launched Armada, a new marine technology and data company boasting the industry's largest fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USV).Armada…

15 Apr 2020

ONGC to Extend Armada Sterling FPSO Contract

File Photo: Armada Sterling - Credit: Keppel Corp.

Indian oil and gas company ONGC plans to extend the contract for the Armada Sterling FPSO, owned by a joint venture between Bumi Armada and Shapoorji Pallonji Oil and Gas Private Limited.Bumi Armada said Wednesday that its JV company had recently received notification from ONGC, about the oil company's plan to extend the contract of the Armada Sterling FPSO from April 20, 2020. "According to ONGC, approval for the formalisation of the contract extension has been delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown in India‚Ķ

10 Apr 2020

The Numbers Tell the Story of Oil Industry Crisis

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Global oil producers and refiners are struggling with a series of unprecedented dislocations as the simultaneous epidemic and volume war between Saudi Arabia and Russia rip through every element of the supply chain.Some idea of the extraordinary speed and scale of the disruptions was evident in the "Weekly Petroleum Status Report" published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday.The United States is the world's largest oil consumer and producer, though it is…

23 Mar 2020

Saudi Arabia's Tanker Power Play Could Backfire

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Top exporter Saudi Arabia has chartered an armada of ships to flood the market with additional oil, but in the process has driven freight costs so high refiners are reluctant to take the shipments.That could leave the kingdom stuck with tens of millions of barrels in expensive ships at anchor when the coronavirus outbreak has destroyed oil demand and international prices have lost more than half their value compared with the start of the year.Following the failure to persuade…

23 Mar 2020

Ocean Infinity’s Hunt for the Submarine San Juan

The San Juan, before she was lost. Source: Ocean Infinity

The search for the Argentinian submarine was like hunting for the proverbial needle in a hay stack, except that it was a piece of straw. Elaine Maslin reports. At 7.19am, local time, on November 15, 2017, the last message was received from the San Juan submarine. She belonged to the Argentinian navy and was on a routine mission from Ushuaia in the Patagonia region to Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires province when she lost contact with the military. Fifteen days later, neither the submarine nor any debris had been found and the crew of 44 sailors were presumed dead.

10 Sep 2019

Bumi Armada Sells FPSO for $40 Mln

Malaysian oilfield services company Bumi Armada Bhd has found a buyer for its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Armada Perdana in Nigerian company Century Energy Services (CESL) for RM167.17 million ($40 million).Kuala Lumpur-based floater player said in a Bursa Malaysia filing that its subsidiary, Armada Oyo Limited (AOL), had entered into an agreement with CES) for the sale of the Armada Perdana.CESL plans to redeploy the vessel to another field in Nigeria, said the statement.CESL has already paid $4.5 million out of a $5.5 million deposit to AOL, with the outstanding amount to be satisfied before the end of the year.Additional vessel expenses incurred from August 1 until the delivery date of the FPSO will be offset against the purchase price.Then…

22 Nov 2019

FPSO Vessel Revenue to Reach $8.30Bln by 2026

The global floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel market is expected to grow at a robust rate of 11.80% during the forecast period 2016 to 2026. Additionally, the revenue in the global FPSO vessel market is projected to reach up to US$8.30bn by the end of 2026.Growing demand for alternative sources of oil due to continual depletion of existing oil reserves drives the global FPSO vessel market, said a report by Transparency Market Research Market (TMR).On the basis of geography, Latin America held a large share until 2016. In the upcoming years Brazil is projected to hold a major share in the global floating production storage and offloading vessel market.

12 Nov 2019

Southeast Asia Bullish on OFS Market

Offshore project sanctions in Southeast Asia could lift greenfield investments in the oilfield services market by nearly 70 percent in 2020, said Rystad Energy.According to Norwegian energy research firm, the growth will be driven by a handful of new mega-projects across Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam, according to the latest tally of project commitments in Southeast Asia by the Norwegian energy research and consulting firm.New final investment decisions (FIDs) in 2021 are expected to sound the starting gun for big contract awards in Vietnam, Indonesia and even politically-troubled Brunei.“We anticipate that operators will aim to place most of the associated contracts within their domestic markets…

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