SUBSEA SURVEY IRM 2011 – December 13-15, 2011, Houston, Texas
Subsea Survey, now in its 6th year , is supported by The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) and the Association of Diving Contractors (ADC). The event will focus on the technology and methodology of seafloor survey and mapping operations, metocean operations, along with the technology to meet the offshore industry’s inspection requirements and enable repairs and maintenance to be accomplished by divers, ROVs, AUVs, remote monitoring systems, and specialized tools. The move to perform IRM tasks in shallow to ultra-deep waters using these advanced techniques has led to the expansion of the Subsea Survey technical program and exhibition to include all aspects of the global subsea survey, metocean and IRM markets. Read more.

NEWS

New Vessel For Wind Industry
In the first quarter of 2013, Fugro will take delivery of a new-built vessel, M/V Fugro Pioneer, which is the first of Fugro’s dedicated Offshore Survey Costal Vessel series. Featured on Stand 11121 at EWEA Offshore Amsterdam, the new vessel will operate in north-west European waters. Read more.

Demand Forecasr for ROV Support
A report by Douglas-Westwood (UK) forecasts strong growth in demand for ROV support of offshore operations between 2011 and 2015, driven by a significant rise in offshore exploration and subsea field development activity. The research indicates that all the market drivers of the work-class ROV business are in a period of growth, and the report forecasts that total annual expenditure on ROV support of underwater operations will grow from 891 million in 2010 to 692 million (USD) in 2015. Read more.

If There’s Ice in the Water …

The National Ice Center is responsible for providing data on “the frozen sea” – where ice lies, how old and how thick it is, and where leads (open channels) have opened. Read more.

Shell Digs Deep Setting World Record
Shell Oil is now producing oil from the world’s deepest subsea well at its Perdido Development, utilizing advanced technology to lead the way in increasing the company’s ability to produce more domestic oil and gas resources. The well, at 9,627 feet below the water’s surface, is located in the Tobago Field 200 miles southwest of Houston in the ultra-deep water of the Gulf of Mexico. Tobago is jointly owned by Shell (32.5%, as operator), Chevron (57.5%), and Nexen (10.0%) and is one of three fields producing through the Perdido drilling and production platform. Read more.

UN agencies unveil ten proposals to safeguard the ocean
UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNDP, IMO and FAO have prepared a Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability, which sounds the alarm about the health of the ocean, and explains how it influences our everyday life by regulating the climate, providing highly-nutritious food and by sustaining livelihoods and economies. It recalls that although the ocean accounts for 70 percent of the surface of our planet, only one percent of it is protected. It proposes a series of concrete measures. Read more.

New underwater model to assess noise impact on marine life
HR Wallingford, the international hydraulic and environmental engineering consultancy, has formed a partnership with Loughborough University to develop a new underwater acoustic propagation and noise-impact model. Designed to work with proven HR Wallingford ecological models, the new model is an important first step in assessing the impact of underwater noise on fish and sea mammal behaviour. It can be applied in marine renewable energy, oil and gas extraction, dredging and other settings. Read more.

First WindFloat Platform Deployed with Turbine Off Portugal
Summary: Principle Power of the US and Portuguese group EDP have successfully deployed a full-scale WindFloat platform with a 2MW Vestas turbine off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal. It is the first offshore turbine to be sited in open Atlantic waters, and the first deployment of a semi-submersible structure supporting a multi-megawatt unit. Read more.

COMMENTING OPPORTUNITIES

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management invites public comment on a proposed set of auction formats which may be used to issue commercial renewable energy leases on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Comments should be submitted electronically or postmarked no later than January 20, 2012. Read more.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Underwater Intervention 2012
January 24–26, 2012 New Orleans, La. Website

Oceanology International 2012
March 13 – 15, 2012 ExCel London Website

International Marine Forensics Symposium 2012
April 3 – 5, 2012 National Harbor, MD Website

Offshore Technology Conference 2012
April 30 – May 3, 2012 Houston, Texas Website

Oceans’12 MTS/IEEE Yeosu
May 21 – 24, 2012 Yeosu, Republic of Korea Website

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Diving Safety Officer, Univeristy of Rhode Island, US – RI – Kingston
The position is full-time, calendar year and is limited to 06/30/2012 with extension contingent on funding. Read more.

Assistant Professor, Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island, US – RI – Kingston
The Department of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Read more.