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Merwede shipyard. The vessel will have an overall length of 133m and a beam of 24m. It will be equipped with a pipelay suite for installing flex- ible flowlines and umbilicals, includ- ing a Vertical Lay System tower and twin underdeck carousels, a 250t crane from Huisman and twin 3000m-rated ROVs. The ship is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2010. Mel Fitzgerald,

Subsea 7's CEO, said, "We have invested in excess of $1bn in new ves- sels and equipment between 2006 - 2008. Seven new vessels will join the fleet between 2007 and 2009. This investment in yet another new vessel demonstrates our considerable com- mitment to becoming the Subsea

Partner of Choice for our customers and reinforces our confidence in the market going forward." "It also builds on Subsea 7's already strong working relationship with the Merwede ship- yard where we have successfully built the Seven Oceans and Seven Seas on time and on budget, and also with


Fugro GEOS Supports

SUT Scholarship

Fugro GEOS has continued its commitment to the scholarship pro- gram run by the Society for

Underwater Technology — Houston

Chapter (SUT Houston). The com- pany will provide a $5,000 under- graduate scholarship as part of the overall program that sees SUT

Houston offering three $5,000 undergraduate scholarships and a $10,000 graduate scholarship; and corporate sponsors, including Fugro

GEOS, between them offering a fur- ther $15,000-worth of support. "This is the 4th year that we have offered a scholarship to be adminis- tered on our behalf by SUT

Houston," said Rob Smith, VP Sales & Marketing of Fugro GEOS Inc. "During that time we have been proud to sponsor some extremely tal- ented young people, and look for- ward to meeting the student who will be benefiting from our scholarship during the 2008-9 academic year."

Applicants are encouraged and wel- comed from the fields of marine sci- ence, technology and engineering or mainline science and engineering courses where students can demon- strate an interest in pursuing a career in the marine field or a marine appli- cation for their studies.

Undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of full- time study, and must be enrolled full time while receiving the scholarship.

Applicants can be students of any nationality in full-time study at any accredited college or university with- in the United States.

Full details of how to apply for a scholarship and further information about SUT Houston can be found at The dead- line for application is June 15, 2008.

The scholarships will be awarded for academic year 2008-09.

RESON SeaBat 7101

SeaBat 7101 is a small and lightweight sonar, which can be mounted on underwater vehicles (ROV or towed) or rapidly deployed onto survey craft of opportunity. This makes it ideal for a number of applications like subsea inter- vention & monitoring, guid- ance & navigation, site & route surveys as well as rig re- entry.

A bathymetric sonar operat- ing at 240kHz, the SeaBat 7101 measures discrete depths over a wide, 150° swath to a maximum range of 500m. A true, time-delay beamformer uses a combination of amplitude and phase detect for maximum performance across the entire swath. Roll stabilization maximizes efficiency during sur- vey operations. Dense sounding coverage is achieved with a combination of 240 equi-distant beams and a range-dependent ping rate of up to 40Hz.

The SeaBat 7101 transducer is available for operating depths of 120, 300, 1500, and 3,000 m. It is available as a complete system or as an upgrade to the existing SeaBat 8101 systems. The SeaBat 7101 will be available from summer 2008.

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