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OFFSHORE NEWS

Two dead after trawler sinks

ginamc writes:  

Two bodies have been recovered from heavy seas after a French trawler sunk off the Cornish coast.

Two coastguard helicopters, two RNLI lifeboats and various other vessels joined the search for the Bugalde Breizh, which went down 14 miles south west of Lizard Point.

A total of five crew members were believed to be aboard the 24-metre vessel. The other three crew members are still missing.

SCIENCE & TECH NEWS

Rover rolls on to Martian soil

The US robotic probe that landed on Mars 10 days ago has rolled off its lander and on to the Martian surface.
The Spirit rover rolled down the three- metre-ramp on to the red soil of Mars, widely considered one of the riskiest steps in the US Space Agency's mission.


If all goes well, it will take part in joint experiments with US and European orbital spacecraft.

It can now embark on its mission of exploration to find evidence of water, past and present, in the Martian soil.
Confirmation of the successful manoeuvre off its landing pad was given at 1000 GMT.

"Mars is now our sand box and we are ready to learn," Charles Elachi, director of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told a news conference in Pasadena, California.

INSPECTION NEWS (Subsea)

Digital Video Recorder

Diranne writes:  Netlink Inspection Systems release the latest product - Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

Netlink Inspection System's Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is a cost effective solution for recording both digital and analogue video in a format suitable for storage on DVD or CD.
The application is compatible with most video capture and sound cards, and is available in several different configurations: video recording with simple logging, video recording with simple eventing, and integration with a full featured eventing package (Inspection Manager Enterprise).

ROV NEWS

ROV's will be used to recover flight recorders

benny writes:  Robot dives for crash recorders
A deep-sea robot has begun searching for the flight recorders of a plane that crashed off Egypt's coast.

The submarine, Scorpio 2000, which can reach depths of 1,100 metres (3,600 feet), was tested in the Red Sea for a few hours on Tuesday before the real search began.

The "black box" recorders are believed to lie about 800 metres (2,600ft) down.

CONTRACT AWARDS

Subsea 7 Awarded Two Long Term Contracts

Global subsea contractor, Subsea 7 has been awarded two long term frame agreements to provide survey, ROV, and positioning services to Allseas in support of their offshore pipelay projects throughout 2004 and 2005 with an option for 2006.

ROV NEWS

Hybrid ROV to reach deep ocean floors.

For the first time since 1960, US scientists will be able to explore the deepest parts of the world's oceans, up to seven miles below the surface, with a novel underwater vehicle capable of performing multiple tasks in extreme conditions. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are developing a battery-powered underwater robot to enable scientists to explore the ocean's most remote regions up to 11,000 meters (36,000-feet) deep.

SCIENCE & TECH NEWS

Next-generation robots take the plunge

When Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh dived into the Marianas Trench in 1960, their visit was brief - just long enough to watch a flatfish skim the seafloor, exclaim their surprise at seeing life thrive at such depths, and make history as the first humans to touch the deepest part of the ocean.

After 20 minutes they returned to the surface. Their bathyscaphe, Trieste, had no camera when it touched bottom so there is no visual record of what the men saw there; the little flatfish was lost to posterity. Humans have not returned to the Marianas Trench since.



HROV will operate remotely and tethered

OFFSHORE NEWS

15,000 psi Closure Operating In GOM


Oceaneering Reflange Uni-Safe(tm) Closure shown in open and closed positions. (Oceaneering photo)

JOB NEWS

Perry Tritech Ltd. - Sales and Marketing Manager

danfrov writes:  Perry Tritech are looking for a Sales and Marketing Manager based in Aberdeen.

see The Press & Journal for details.

GENERAL NEWS

Fears Detox Drink could Distort Offshore Drug Tests

ginamc writes:  A Powder solution which could cheat drugs tests is being sold by an Aberdeen shop. Zydot Euro Blend and similar products are widely available over the internet.

Experts are testing the substance after a councillor made a formal complaint.

The powder, which costs £36, is designed to be added to water to make a drink which purifies urine.

There were calls last night for tighter restrictions to be introduced on the substance amid fears it could be used by offshore workers and other employees facing drugs tests.

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