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shore wind power technologies. The three projects selected today are aimed at deploying offshore wind in- stallations in U.S. waters by 2017:  Fishermen?s Energy will install Þ ve 5-MW direct-drive wind turbines ap- proximately three miles off the coast of Atlantic City, NJ. This project will use a U.S.-developed twisted jacket foundation that is designed to be sim-pler and less expensive to manufacture and install. FishermenÕs project will act as a laboratory for researchers to learn about offshore wind and investigate in- teractions between turbines. Principle Power will install Þ ve 6-MW direct-drive wind turbines ap- proximately 18 miles off the coast of Coos Bay, Oregon. The U.S.-developed WindFloat semi-submersible ß oating foundation will be installed in water more than 1,000 ft. deep, demonstrat-ing an innovative solution for deep wa- ter wind turbine projects and lowering costs by simplifying installation and eliminating the need for highly special-ized ships.  Dominion Virginia Power will in-stall two 6-MW direct-drive wind tur- bines 26 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, using a U.S.-designed twisted jacket foundation. DominionÕs project will demonstrate installation, operation and maintenance methods for wind tur- bines located far from shore. Addition- ally, the Dominion project will install and test a hurricane-resilient design to ensure that offshore wind facilities placed in hurricane-prone U.S. waters are reliable, safe, and cost-effective. AAE-1 Cable System Comes into Force The AAE-1 Consortium, owners of the Asia-Africa-Europe-1 submarine cable spanning approximately 25,000 km connecting Asia, Middle East, Af- rica and Europe; and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea commu-nications technology, announced that the contract for the majority of seg- ments of the AAE-1 system has come into force. AAE-1 will link Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe with low latency, high capacity transmis- sion. Each trunk Þ ber-pair in AAE-1 segments supplied by TE SubCom has a cross-sectional capacity of min-imum 80 x 100Gbps and each branch is implemented with optical add/drop multiplexing (OADM) nodes con- taining TE SubComÕs industry lead- ing OADM wavelength re-use tech- nology. When completed, the AAE-1 system will connect landings in Hong Kong SAR, (China), Vietnam, Cam- bodia, Kuala Kurau (Malaysia), Sa- tun (Thailand), Mumbai (India), Ka-rachi (Pakistan), Al Bustan (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Doha (Qatar), Aden (Yemen), Djibouti, Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Zafarana and Abu Talat (Egypt), Chania (Greece), Mar- seille (France), plus other landings under development. AAE-1 will deploy 100Gbps tech- nology with wavelength add/drop branching units along the lowest la- tency route with design capacity of over 40 terabits. AAE-1 is one of the largest cable systems launched and will stimulate an exponential busi- ness growth in participating countries by providing robust, reliable and low- est latency connectivity. Meridian Ocean Services added two Saab Seaeye Lynx ROVs to its Falcon ß eet to undertake a wider range of deep- er inspection tasks at short notice. The company has already won a niche in the market for undertaking fast response assignments in the offshore Þ elds of America, Trinidad and Mexico. Nat Spencer, MeridianÕs Principal and Director of Business Development, ex- plains that the Lynx, with its TMS and enhanced operating features, will ex- pand the companyÕs range of inspection roles in deeper platform work, around buoys, artiÞ cial reefs and for cleaning and diver support. He said the Falcons are already deployed on a range of these tasks, which include monitoring Þ sh populations around artiÞ cial reefs cre- ated by rigs. Here the Falcons Þ lm and record the effect on local Þ sh when in- vasive species are introduced that follow rigs when moved from one location to another. Meridian Adds Two Saab Seaeye ROVs Marine Technology Reporter 57MTR #4 (50-64).indd 57MTR #4 (50-64).indd 575/12/2014 10:24:14 AM5/12/2014 10:24:14 AM

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