river energy

Subsea hardware is a natural fit for river energy exploration

Drawing energy from river currents represents a massive untapped source of electricity development. This is especially true in countries like Canada, where rivers and coastal waters provide an enormous range of development options that can provide growth and economic benefits. Indeed, Canada is emerging as a leader in the global marine renewable energy industry, thanks… Read More

ocean telegraph

How the first ocean telegraph cable helped catch a murderer in 1910

Like the Internet of today, telegraph cables were the communication tool that made the Victorian world a little smaller. Laid along the Atlantic Ocean floor in 1858, running from Ireland to Nova Scotia in Canada, it provided near-instant communication between two halves of the globe. And it proved powerful when Dr. Hawley Crippen attempted to escape… Read More

offshore energy

Why offshore energy companies need proven subsea cable terminations

When laying and retrieving submarine cables on the seabed, or performing a cable pull from a vessel to an offshore wind platform, it is often necessary to hold a cable end onboard for up to seven days. Cables must be anchored firmly onboard to keep them in place, and this anchoring is normally done by… Read More

subsea cable repair

When it comes to subsea cable repair, time is of the essence

A typical subsea cable repair equals several days for the ship to reach fault position. It’s 3-5 days once the ship is on site and even longer if bad weather is involved. And this doesn’t include projects that involve mobilization, delays and operational difficulties. One splice alone can be 12-24 hours to repair and requires… Read More

equipment testing

Investing in equipment testing definitely has its rewards

Subsea umbilical cables are subject to corrosion, hydrostatic pressure, high internal pressures and near-freezing temperatures. Stresses from movement in a riser, a floating rig, and the ocean currents themselves are common. Because of these conditions, testing your ocean cable hardware is necessary and should be mandatory. Understanding failure mechanisms is the best way to anticipate… Read More

hardware renewable energy

Keeping up with the hardware needs of renewable energy

  Submarine power cables are going to be critical to bring renewable energy on shore as this industry grows. And this industry is going to grow fast as many non-utility purchasers, such as IKEA, Facebook and Google, are jumping on the bandwagon and beginning to invest in wind power. It’s imperative that these growing energy… Read More

subsea cable damage

Preventing cable damage at the forefront

Did you know that submarine cables are at most risk of damage during installation? Stresses placed upon the cable as it is installed can manifest and cause catastrophic failures to your system. The time it takes to repair such a cable can vary from weeks to many months and becomes a costly endeavor. Using a… Read More

energy training

Marine technology training happening in our own backyards

Equipping ROVs is a growing industry for us, so it’s exciting to read about America’s very first Bachelor of Science in Maritime Technology program, offered by Northwestern Michigan College, and their special Falcon ROV. The Falcon is the most widely used ROV in the industry and students are most likely to come across in their working life. We’re thrilled… Read More

subsea equipment

The ups and downs of subsea equipment costs

Subsea equipment (umbilicals, risers, flowlines) and pipelines are generally one third of all expenditure of a total project. Equipment purchases add up quickly and in order to save costs, companies will be looking for hardware with proven results – hardware that increases efficiency and quickly realizes a significant return on investment. Statoil CEO Eldar Sætre recently stated that over the… Read More

subsea projects

Take control by reducing the costs of your subsea projects

If you are looking to lower costs and improve the economic outcomes of deepwater projects, you should consider the hydrodynamic efficiency of your subsea hardware and how that impacts your fuel costs. It’s everyone’s favorite pastime, but no one can predict what the oil price might be—it’s an uncontrollable aspect that can and will again dramatically impact this… Read More