SubC Imaging equipment part of HMAS Sydney shipwrecks expedition
SubC Imaging have worked with Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum to successfully survey the shipwrecks of Australian warship HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean 200 km west of Shark Bay, Western Australia. The water depth at the site is approximately 2500m.
It is very easy for companies to fall into a habit of “this is how we have always done it” or “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” There are many articles, motivational posters, white papers, blogs and cartoons all across the online media world outlining the downfall of stagnation in business. There are also many more advocates for innovation now compared to previous decades, most likely due to all of the content pushing innovation on us.
Houston-based subsea specialist, FMC Technologies, has reportedly started a next stage of workforce reduction in Norway as it marks a drop in offshore activity and feels the cost control sting from the oil companies.
MMT, specialists in high-resolution marine surveys, has successfully completed offshore integration trials of their new high-speed remotely operated vehicle with Sonardyne International’s SPRINT inertial navigation system.
The 2,000 meter rated vehicle, named Surveyor Interceptor, has been developed by MMT to improve the speed and efficiency of seabed mapping and pipeline inspections surveys. Its revolutionary design features a hydrodynamic hull and powerful drivetrain enabling the vehicle to travel at up to six knots, around 50% faster than conventional Work-class ROVs. The accuracy of SPRINT complements the vehicle’s state-of-the-art imaging and mapping sensors, resulting in improved survey data quality and substantially reduced ‘cost per kilometer’ of surveys.
Aker Solutions has notified employees at its subsea services facility in Ågotnes, Norway, that it has become necessary to adjust the plant’s workforce capacity because of a decline in activity in the Norwegian market.
Norway has overtaken Russia as western Europe's topgas supplier, data from state firms shows, indicating the European Union's drive to reduce its dependence on Russian energy is bearing fruit.
The sharp drop in oil prices has been another factor, as Norway offers more flexible pricing and big buyers held off buying from Russia in the hope the fall in crude price levels would eventually filter through to Russian gas.
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