Why You Should Invest in Full Strength Underwater Cable Terminations

  Blog Summary: 80% of unexpected challenges and delays in marine projects is cable failure. Cable failure creates risks for losing expensive subsea equipment. Full-strength underwater cable terminations prevent cable failure during deployment and retrieval of subsea equipment. Unlike other helical terminations, PMI’s grips are built to hold your subsea cable to the full-rated breaking… Read More

PMI attends the International Partnering Forum for Offshore Wind

The PMI team had a good week attending the recent International Partnering Forum for Offshore Wind in Princeton, NJ.  The exhibit hall, networking opportunities, and especially the B2B meetings with supply chain partners were great opportunities to meet with other developers, cable manufacturers, contractors, and installers. While this conference doesn’t have as much of an… Read More

PMI Attends Oceanology International 2018

The Oceanology International conference covers such a wide range of industries, all with the common mission of measuring, developing, protecting, or operating in the world’s oceans, providing lots of room for potential collaborations and idea sharing among market leaders. Being a conference with numerous offshore/subsea market leaders in attendance, it provides an opportunity for attendees… Read More

How Ice Could Impact Subsea Cables and the Great Lakes’ Offshore Wind Success

Ice hasn’t necessarily put a chill on the development of offshore wind in the Great Lakes of North America, but it does pose a significant challenge — both in the design of offshore wind turbines and the maintenance of subsea power transmission cables. Winter is a wildcard for the Great Lakes because the offshore wind… Read More

Synthetic Cables

Why Should You Consider Synthetic Cables for Your Marine Energy Project

Steel cables have unmatched strength and stability, which is why they’re so common in dry-land uses like elevators, construction cranes, and suspension bridges. But steel cables have troubles in marine environments: they rust, they sink, and they’re just hard to handle easily. Synthetic cables are showing up these days in a lot of marine engineering… Read More

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Planning a Marine Energy Project: Cable Considerations

Whether marine energy project planners deploy wind, wave or tidal devices, they cannot afford to overlook the basics: transmitting power back to the mainland via electrical cables. There’s an abundant body of knowledge on transmitting electrical power via underwater cables because power companies have been doing it decades. Indeed, Europe’s mature offshore wind industry has amassed… Read More

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Are Cable Issues Undermining Offshore Wind Success?

Offshore wind technology gets better every year with more innovative turbine and blade designs. But no matter how well they design a wind turbine, engineers perpetually confront the unique difficulties of exporting electricity back to shore. Subsea power cables are built with the demands of open ocean in mind. Multiple layers of alloy and fiber… Read More

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Subsea Cable Trade Group Widens Focus to All of Europe

A trade association representing the subsea cable industry in the United Kingdom widened its focus in March 2016 to cover all of Europe. The new European Subsea Cables Association (ESCA) takes the place of Subsea Cables UK. The trade group provides a forum for people who own, manage or service subsea telecommunication and power cables… Read More

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What kind of ocean equipment will be needed for subsea power grids?

Subsea power grids require two major kinds of ocean equipment: subsea power cables to convey electricity to the grids, and generating equipment to distribute electricity to pumps and other devices required to find and extract crude oil. Even in a time of depressed petroleum prices, oil companies still value deep ocean engineering and they like… Read More

Fixing damaged cables

How Robots are Fixing Damaged Subsea Cables

We have previously discussed the various ways subsea cables can be damaged underwater (Link: https://pmiind.com/damage-to-subsea-cables-a-huge-risk-to-offshore-wind-farms/), but how are these cables fixed? The answer lies on a ship like the Pierre de Fermat, a ship specially designed for undersea cable repairs.  Once the break location is identified, the ship launches a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to retrieve… Read More