• Sarah Whiteford

Remote DP monitoring unveiled; Saipem $1.1B contract; turtle rescue; hydrogen drones

It’s Good News Monday!



This Monday we talk about:

  1. Remote monitoring for offshore DP unveiled

  2. Partners to develop marine hydrogen drone delivery service

  3. Indonesian Navy Releases Rescued Turtles

  4. Saipem wins US$1Bn deepwater subsea installation contracts

  5. EC-OG to supply Halo battery system for autonomous offshore power trials in Hawaii

  6. DEME reinforces its offshore wind fleet with acquisition of Viking Neptun



Remote monitoring for offshore DP unveiled


DP controls rendering

“Navis joystick and DP controls can be remotely monitored through KVH Watch (source: Navis)”. Image from Riviera.


“Navis Engineering has become a solutions partner on KVH Industries’ internet of things (IoT) connectivity programme to enable key vessel control systems to be monitored remotely”. Navis is going to offer KVH Watch Cloud Connect services to monitor dynamic positioning systems. Primary market is offshore energy vessels like rigs, drill ships, shuttle tankers, and cruise ships, as well as autonomous vessels. An on-board server collects data from hundreds of sensors using a hybrid-cloud architecture, making the data available for analysis, reporting, and visualizations. The whole system runs on an isolated local area network (LAN) that is secure and separate from regular network systems.


This is exciting news as OneStep Power has discussed remote monitoring of dynamic positioning systems in the past. We test DP2 and DP3 vessels for fault ride through, doing our work on location on the vessel. Remote monitoring opens up the potential for future remote testing and many other possibilities!




Partners to develop marine hydrogen drone delivery service


Hydrogen powered drone rendering

“DMI and 42air will develop delivery services using hydrogen fuel cell UAVs (source: Doosan Mobility Innovation)”. Image from Riviera.


Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI) and 42air will be working together on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) powered by hydrogen fuel cells. DMI makes hydrogen powered drones with more than two hours of flight time that can be used for delivery, inspection, monitoring, and safety. “The increased flight time is owed to the fuel cells which have four to five times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries, making hydrogen-powered drones beyond visual line of sight-capable and suited for delivery purposes.” 42air is an autonomous transport company that has delivered to ships on the Mississippi River in line of sight operations. The two companies will partner to build bigger and faster drones with the goal of making deliveries to ships around the port of Los Angeles and to platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.




Indonesian Navy Releases Rescued Turtles


Green sea turtle swimming in shallow water

“Green sea turtle. Photo: NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center”. Image from gCaptain.


Last week on the Indonesian Island of Bali, 33 endangered green sea turtles were released as tourists watched and cheered their return to the ocean. They were rescued by the Navy from poachers in December and rehabilitated at the Bali Conservation and Natural Resources Agency. The area has become a trafficking hub for marine turtles and anyone involved in the trade can see up to five years of jail time. The hope is that these turtles will go on to reproduce and bolster the population of green sea turtles who have been dwindling due to poaching and plastic ingestion.




Saipem wins US$1Bn deepwater subsea installation contracts


Saipem pipe laying vessel Castorone on the water

“Saipem pipelayer Castorone will lay pipe on the Scarborough project (source: Saipem)”. Image from Riviera.


“Saipem has won two subsea construction contracts for offshore oil and gas projects in Australia and Guyana with a combined value of US$1.1Bn”. The Italian company received orders from Woodside’s Scarborough project off Western Australia and ExxonMobil’s deepwater Yellowtail off Guyana. Saipem will install a 36 inch diameter, 430km long export trunkline to onshore facilities, the second LNG train at the Pluto facility. The pipe will be installed in depths up to 1,400 meters and will have one of the lowest carbon intensity sources of LNG in the world. Pipelay vessel Castorone will start operations in mid 2023 with first cargo in 2026.


The ExxonMobil project will be in the Stabroek block of the Yellowtail oilfield and starts with engineering and procurement which is expected to lead to a major installation. “Saipem will be responsible for engineering, procurement, construction, and installing the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines in water depths of around 1,800 m” for a new floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit. Saipem’s FDS2 vessel is expected to complete the operations.




EC-OG to supply Halo battery system for autonomous offshore power trials in Hawaii


Halo undersea battery storage system rendering

“Halo subsea battery storage system (source: EC-OG)”. Image from Riviera.


EC-OG is delivering the first commercial Halo subsea battery storage system for an autonomous offshore power sea trial. The lithium-ion device will be at the US Navy Energy Test Site off the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It’s designed to be an uninterrupted power supply on the sea floor for high-value assets. Also present in the trial will be C-Power’s autonomous offshore power system (AOPS) in partnership with the US Department of Energy, Saab aerospace company, Biosonics, and Franatech, an underwater gas monitoring specialist. AOPS provides energy storage, power, and data for unmanned activities. Halo will be integrated with the AOPS system to provide power, data, and communications for subsea payloads.




DEME reinforces its offshore wind fleet with acquisition of Viking Neptun


Viking Neptun on the water

“Once acquired by DEME, Viking Neptun will be upgraded with a second turntable (source: DEME)”. Image from Riviera.


DEME entered an agreement to purchase the DP3 offshore installation vessel Viking Neptun from Eidsvik. DEME looks to support its growth in the wind industry and has plans to upgrade the ship with additional cable carrying capacity. Currently, Viking Neptun can hold 4,500 tonnes of cable below deck, but will receive an on deck turntable to add an additional 7,000 tonnes of capacity. The vessel already has a battery pack installed with the latest environmental technology. This is DEME’s second cable installation vessel after Living Stone.



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