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  • Writer's pictureSarah Whiteford

Hologram tech tested; Maersk rescue; Batteries in OSVs; AR cameras; New CO2 well

It’s Good News Monday!

This Monday we talk about:

  1. Hologram technology tested for seafarer training

  2. Maersk Line, Limited Tanker Makes Nighttime Rescue in Aegean Sea

  3. Batteries in OSVs: inflection point reached

  4. Fugro's Augmented Reality Camera to Assist with Sepetiba FPSO Mooring

  5. Transocean's Offshore Drilling Rig to Drill Carbon Injection Well in Norway

  6. SH Minerva: built for remote and polar regions

Mark O'Neil in a hologram speaking with someone in Manila

“CSM's Mark O'Neil speaks to Captain Faouzi Fradi in Manila using a hologram in a portal (source: CSM)”. Image from Riviera.

Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) is demonstrating hologram technology to improve training and communications. Mark O’Neil, the CSM president and chief executive can be seen above using the technology to address an audience in the Philippines from 8,900 km away in Cyprus. The portable technology created a 4k resolution 3D hologram in real-time, enabling a new level of interaction for business meetings and teaching. The technology was developed by PortL, based in California, who worked on the project for a year before it was launched. The 2.4m tall box houses speakers for the hologram’s voice along with microphones and cameras for complete two-way communication. They said there was no latency or delay and it was like having the person right there in the room.

MT Maersk Peary tanker vessel at anchor near a coast

“MT Maersk Peary. Photo courtesy Maersk Line, Limited”. Image from gCaptain.

“The crew of a Maersk Line, Limited tanker conducted a nighttime rescue of a mariner who was in the water for 24 hours after his vessel capsized in the Aegean Sea.” The MT Maersk Peary was called from Rescue Center Piraeus, Greece while transiting the Aegean Sea to search for a capsized vessel. After about an hour of canvassing the search zone, the Captain saw something in the water, which turned out to be a missing mariner. Maersk Peary launched a rescue boat and retrieved the mariner safely and continued to search for any other survivors.

TechnipFMC Deep Arctic vessel on the water

“TechnipFMC’s IMR, dive support and construction vessel Deep Arctic was refit with a 1.2 MW battery hybrid power system (source: Alan Jamieson)”. Image from Riviera.

As more OSVs are refitted with battery packs, the responsibility is turning to OSV owners to invest in the technology even if their clients won’t. Battery upgrades can come with other technology upgrades as well to increase safety and efficiency. In March, Maersk Minder will receive battery technology and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system from Wärtsilä. OSV upgrades like this can reduce fuel consumption by 20% and reduce engine runtime by 40%. Solstad Offshore, along with a grant from Innovation Norway, is investing a total of almost $44M to install batteries and shore power connections on 11 OSVs over three years. Corvus Energy, a leading battery supplier has found that even when grants are not available, owners are taking the plunge with proven battery technology.

Note from OSP: OneStep Power tests dynamically positioned vessels for fault ride-through, a necessary step in retrofitting battery technology (and running a system in closed bus). We have proprietary technology that performs safe, non-destructive, repeatable tests for DP2 and DP3 vessels. If you’re considering battery technology or want to reduce costs with some simple testing to run in closed bus, give us a call.

View of an underwater structure with an augmented reality camera

Underwater view with augmented reality camera. “Credit: Fugro”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

Maersk Supply Service awarded Fugro, a Dutch geodata specialist, a contract for subsea survey and positioning to support the subsea installation of an anchoring system. The system is for the FPSO Sepetiba at the Petrobras deepwater Mero 2 project in Brazil. Fugro will use their QuickVision augmented reality (AR) camera for the install. AR technology eliminates the need for the installation of sensors, reducing time and cost compared to traditional technologies. Fugro will guide the installation of 24 subsea torpedo piles and mooring lines and support positioning for other construction activities.

“Mero 1 and Mero 2 projects are part of the Mero field under Libra Consortium responsibility, in which Petrobras is the operator (40 %) with the following partners: Shell Brasil (20 %), TotalEnergies (20 %), CNODC (10 %) and CNOOC Limited (10 %), together with state-owned company Pré-sal Petróleo S.A. – PPSA – as the manager of the production sharing contract.”

Semi-submersible drilling rig

Drilling rig. Image from Offshore Engineer.

Equinor plans to use the Transocean Enabler, a semi-submersible oil drilling rig, to drill a carbon injection well and sidetrack, supporting the Northern Lights Carbon Capture Storage Project. According to Offshore Engineer, Northern Lights is a cross-border emissions mitigation project in Europe and “a joint venture created by Equinor, Shell, and TotalEnergies.” When completed, the project will provide an opportunity for companies across Europe to store CO2 safely underground.

Swan Hellenic SH Minerva cruise ship sailing down a waterway

“The cruise ship is fitted to be upgraded to hybrid (source: Swan Hellenic)”. Image from Riviera.

Swan Hellenic has built its first cruise ship, the SH Minerva, which will sail remote polar regions. Its first expedition will be a nine-day New Year cruise of the Antarctic, symbolizing a restart of the 70 year old brand after a group of entrepreneurs acquired it in 2020. The vessel is classed Polar Code 5 (PC-5) which means it can operate year-round in polar areas. Safety is the number one concern with this type of vessel - it is equipped with return to port features and testing found it could maintain 6 knots in 0.9m of ice. Four diesel generators power the vessel, with plans to install a battery up to 3-MW in power eventually, making it compliant with some marine sanctuaries that will be requiring zero emissions operation. The ship is dynamically positioned with two Becker rudders, one 750kW stern thruster, and two 500kW bow thrusters for position keeping without dropping anchor. It also contains advanced wastewater treatment for zero wastewater emissions. It holds 120 crew and 160 guests. Helsinki Shipyard has two other ships on order from Swan Hellenic.

Smile, it’s Good News Monday! :-)


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