Monday, February 20, 2017

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OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

fast approaching, exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new technology developments to the ocean science community. Taking place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance, exhibition space at OINA 2017 is already over 90 percent booked. Teledyne Marine (booth #D20) will be out in force at OINA 2017 in San Diego CA. In addition to its full line of instruments, imaging, vehicles and interconnect products, the company will promote the newest product developments from across its brand portfolio including; the Teledyne Oceanscience rapidCAST underway

NOAA scientist recovers Fishers TOV towed video system after completing survey, Inset: Sterling Fire Department diver exits reservoir with their Fisher DV-1 drop video. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

a camera instead of a diver in the initial stages of an underwater search to save time and increase safety. They can make a permanent record of a dive site, search operation, underwater crime scene, or evidence. These video systems also help scientists study the health of the aquatic environment and its marine inhabitants.   One agency utilizing the underwater video system is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management. Their primary mission is to provide data and tools to other government agencies, private sector organizations, and the scientific community

Photo: Paul Unterweiser

Tech File: Blue Robotics BlueROV2

of nearly a dozen engineers and technicians working full time designing fresh new approaches to the challenges of ocean exploration. http://www.bluerobotics.com   The Author Paul Unterweiser is a retired U.S. Navy officer, USCG licensed master, ROV pilot and, for the last 10 years, president of Marine Simulation, a software company located in North Carolina specializing in developing training simulators for ROV pilot schools and other marine industry applications. http://www.marinesimulation.com     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Credit: Harris Caprock/Oceaneering

Uncontended Voice and Data Through TDMA Networks

; On November 1, 2016, Harris’ CapRock Communications commercial business was acquired by satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited in a cash transaction valued at $425 million.     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Spotting the Zooplankton Observatory near Heligoland from the ship Neuwerk. (Photo Alfred Wegener Institute)

Researchers Develop Underwater Observatory

The vastness of the sea and its sometimes harsh conditions often pose a challenge to marine researchers. In the North Sea near Heligoland, scientists from the Thünen Institute for Sea Fishing, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht (HZG) have now installed an extraordinary device: an optical-acoustic underwater observatory. It is capable of capturing and automatically identifying the smallest marine life underwater - around the clock and even under conditions where no research ship can leave the port. Microscopically small creatures, fish larvae, jellyfish as

Kraken Establishes German Subsidiary

Kraken Sonar Inc. has established a new German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH (KRG), to commence operations at the Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre effective January 1, 2017.   According to Kraken, the move to expand operations into Germany corresponds to strong growth in the region where the company has an increasing base of customers and strategic partners.   In addition to customer support, KRG will focus on the development of 3D imaging sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for underwater robotic platforms. Machine learning is a type of AI that

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Explosives Cleared from Baltic Sea Wind Farm Site

Remaining munitions from World War I, World War II and the Cold War have been removed from the site of the future Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea, allowing installations to begin securely in 2017 as planned.   The construction site, with an area of 39 square kilometers halfway between the island of Rügen and the Danish island of Bornholm, is now completely free of explosive ordnance, E.ON announced.    The operation to clear the site of explosives took four months in all and started with an examination of the seabed. State-of-the-art cameras and sonars

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Tuco Debuts New ROV Support Boat

A new vessel design dedicated to the ROV support boat market has been unveiled by Denmark’s Tuco Marine: the new 15-meter ProZero ROV support boat is optimized as a working platform for underwater work, and work performed in support of divers and ROVs. These operations include underwater inspection, investigation, excavation, construction, repair or maintenance of machinery and structures, and the salvage of sunken property.  The ProZero 15 meter ROV support boat is designed with the optional feature, of being remotely controlled by a Remote Command System to enable unmanned piloting of

CWind Provides ROV Services at Amrumbank West

CWind, a services provider to the offshore wind industry, has completed a project for E.ON, site wind farm owner, to undertake inspections of the monopiles, scour protection and cables at a number of locations at Amrumbank West offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany.    The V8 Ocean Modules Inspection Class ROV was deployed from one of CWind’s 22 strong-fleet to conduct the survey. The ROV was fitted with a super high definition camera and provided clear survey results, even in poor conditions and low visibility. CWind subsequently provided comprehensive reporting on the findings

A Hydrex diver bending propeller blades back in to shape (Photo: Hydrex Underwater Technology)

Propeller Repairs Increase as Winter Approaches

Hydrex Underwater Technology has registered an increase in the number of vessels experiencing propeller damage. Dave Bleyenberg, Hydrex Production Executive, explained: “While winter months usually result in an increase in propeller repairs, this normally occurs between January and March. But we have already attended a number of vessel inspections on propeller blades broken or damaged by ice or debris.” In November, a Hydrex team was called out to Taranto, Italy, to inspect a 27,500dwt general cargo ship, whose engineers had reported excessive vibration from its five blade, 5m

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New 4 Channel Helium Unscrambler

C-Tecnics continues to expand its communication range adding its new 4 Channel Helium Unscrambler unit: the C-Phone HE 4R. The C-Tecnics Unscrambler is Suitable for diver’s communication and Saturation Diving system communications. C-Tecnics also offer Bunk Boxes and chamber speakers. The unit can also be supplied with the C-Tecnics Wireless headset. C-Tecnics, a U.K. based company are market leaders in the manufacturing of subsea video, cameras, lighting and communications systems for the diving, ROV and Scientific markets. C-Tecnics also manufacture a range of diver equipment and Hyperbari

Fugro Awarded US Government Survey Work

Fugro said it has secured a five-year survey contract from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Task orders under this indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) type contract will support the architect and engineering survey and mapping support services for the military, civil and federal agencies of the Corps team, Mobile District.   Using a variety of airborne sensors and systems, including topographic LiDAR, bathymetric LiDAR, digital cameras and multispectral/hyperspectral imagers, Fugro will provide integrated data collection and processing in support of the USACE&rsqu

The new ship comes with a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi as a key on-board resource package (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Cougar ROV Chosen for New Supply Ship

Shipbuilding and offshore services company Timsah’s new multipurpose supply vessel, built for hire, is to be launched complete with a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi underwater vehicle as a key onboard resource package.   The A1 class 2441 ton ship is rated for towing, firefighting and offshore support and includes a helicopter pad and accommodation for 60 crew.   Founded in 1961, Timsah operates globally and in particular throughout the Middle East.   The new vessel will continue to expand Timsah’s activities and has been conceived to meet future demands, the company said.

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AutoNaut Partners with NOC Robotics Center

AutoNaut Ltd has formally become a partner with the Marine Robotics Innovation Center. U.K.-based AutoNaut and the NOC have maintained a long-term relationship since 2013 and this move is a sign of the company’s increasing ambitions.   Recent investment from the Seiche Group has enabled AutoNaut to expand manufacturing facilities and engineering expertise as well as recruit several new members of staff. A desk in the innovation center will be utilized by AutoNaut Ltd technical and business development personnel to work alongside the NOC’s marine autonomy and robotics team.   Th

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C-Tecnics Names Pommec Netherlands Distributor

U.K. based subsea equipment and electronics manufacturer C-Tecnics has appointed Pommec as its new distributor in the Netherlands .   Pommec is a European manufacturer and worldwide supplier of commercial diving equipment based in the Netherlands.   C-Tecnics manufactures subsea cameras, lighting, video and communications systems for the diving, ROV, and scientific markets. C-Tecnics also manufacture a range of diver equipment and hyperbaric equipment.   “Teaming up with C-Tecnics as our stocking distributer was a natural route,” said Pommec Sales Director Kees Voogd.

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New Market Player M² Subsea Buys a Fleet of 32 ROVs

of ROV services globally and offer its customers solutions for inspection, repair, maintenance, decommissioning and light construction.    Heading up the business is Mike Arnold, who brings 35 years’ experience in the subsea industry as original founder of Rovtech as well as Hallin Marine UK and Bibby Offshore’s ROV services unit. He is joined by a management team of other subsea veterans including Mark Wood and Mike Winstanley.   “The time is absolutely right for a new ROV services provider with a fresh approach that can, through experience, expertise, the correct

(Image: DFKI GmbH/ Meltem Yilmaz)

Exploring Alien Oceans with AUVs

such a mission might be possible in the future. And it definitely is a plus that one day I might be able to tell my kids ‘I was part of the project that paved the road to finding extraterrestrial life,’” concluded Hildebrandt.     (As published in the October edition of Marine Technology Reporter

RV Meen Shandhani (Photo: Photos: IMC/Bangladesh Department of Fisheries)

FRV for Bangladesh

Navigation. Its steel hull has a molded beam of 9.2m, depth of 4.6m and  design draft of 3.3m corresponding to a deadweight of just over 194 tons. It is expected to commence extensive fisheries resource surveys in the Bay of Bengal.     (As published in the October 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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OFG Expands AUV Capability

acoustic tracking and following capabilities.    The incredible high resolution imagery produced by the HiSAS system gives offshore oil and gas companies the ability to build and maintain a precise GIS database of the positions and conditions of their seafloor assets, natural features, marine archeology inventories, UXOs and other features of interest such as plumes. Seafloor minerals exploration teams will also benefit greatly with regards to geological interpretation. 

Dr. Breece with Fisher sonar tech Brian Awalt. Along with husband and colleague Dr. Bill Breece (Photo: JW Fishers)

Archaeologists Dive into History

expanding their underwater archaeology programs in an effort to give students a broader educational experience and a better understanding of our maritime history. The field of underwater archaeology is rapidly growing as more scientists and researchers learn to scuba dive, and the equipment required for marine exploration becomes more affordable.    Long Beach City College in California is one of the many institutions involved in these efforts. They recently added the Maritime Archaeology, Science and Technology (MAST) program led by Dr. Laurel Harrison Breece. She is a member of the Registry

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C-Tecnics Hires Jamieson as Business Developer

Scott Jamieson has been employed in Business Development for subsea camera and lighting company C-Tecnics.   Jamieson brings to the role more than 30 years experience within the subsea industry as a senior manager for key equipment manufacturers around the world.   In spite of the offshore industry downturn, C-Tecnics said it is looking to the future and investing in personnel and new products. Director Mark Marie confirmed, “We are planning for growth and expansion and believe that investment in excellent, capable personnel, along with releasing new products, is key to our future

Oil spill recovery: Drone technology can aid disaster response effectively as in oil spill cleanup. (Photo: GettyImages/ESRI)

Drones: The Next Great Leap in Hydrography

outside the world of shipboard navigation as both industry and conservation have gone offshore to meet the increasing demands of a growing global population. By 2020, the subsea sector of oil exploration and extraction is expected to account for 20% of total crude oil production. In addition, global marine fisheries, which provide 15% of all animal protein consumed by humans, have been steadily collapsing for the last half century. As the needs of developed economies grow, so too must the tools to understand the new marine environments from which humanity seeks to satisfy those needs. Hydrographic

Part of the objects in the Patch are underwater, so the Optech CZMIL’s depth-penetration capability was crucial for surveying. (Image courtesy The Ocean Cleanup)

Teledyne Optech Aids Study of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Teledyne Optech said it has partnered with The Ocean Cleanup in their Aerial Expedition research mission, where the Optech CZMIL (Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar) carried out the first in a series of low-speed, low-altitude survey flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.    Every year, about eight million tons of plastic enters the oceans. Part of the trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, the largest located between Hawaii and California. Plastic in these garbage patches over time breaks down into tiny plastic particles that can be eaten by fish and birds, thereby

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ROV Tech File: Meet the Phantom T5 Defender

. It is equipped with a 12 gauge “shotgun” explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) device that fires its disrupter at point-blank range to disable a potential threat.    The underwater drone has been under development for 18 months, tested in real-life situations by dive teams and marine units of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, military bomb teams, search and rescue agencies and homeland security tactical units.   Utilizing the fully integrated Greensea system, the Phantom T5 Defender is piloted either manually with joysticks or automatically using waypoints

(R-L) Captain Chris Hearn, Director, Center for Marine Simulation and Maria Halfyard, Manager, Applied Research and Industrial Projects  in the Offshore Operations Simulator which is outfitted with a DP system (controller is on the left) (Photo: National Research Council of Canada)

Station-Keeping In Ice

in ice environments. Model testing and simulation—both in the development of an ice model and the visualization of mathematically based scenarios—are playing key roles in an applied research project underway in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.    The Center for Marine Simulation (CMS) at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University in St. John’s, in partnership with the Government of Canada’s National Research Council Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering (NRC OCRE) also in St. John’s and Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Ltd., are conducting

INIDEP vessel (Credit Astilleros Armon Vigo SA)

Marine Ecosystem Assessment Solution for Research Ship

Argentina’s National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) has selected an extensive suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology from Kongsberg Maritime for installation aboard its new oceanographic and fishing research vessel.   Currently under construction at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA and due for delivery mid-2017, the new 52m research ship will be built as a silent vessel, which combined with the advanced Simrad marine ecosystem package will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists. The combination of acoustic systems

Kongsberg Inks Dealer Agreement with Symphotic Tii

Norway headquartered Kongsberg Maritime, through its U.S. subsidiary Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc (KUTI, has entered into a dealer agreement with Symphotic Tii Corporation for distribution of its subsea solutions in California.    The agreement, which focuses on the provision of Kongsberg Maritime’s underwater and positioning technology, extends the availability of subsea products in the U.S., particularly for exploration and research companies based on or near the West Coast of America.   “We are excited to offer the market-leading products developed by Kongsberg

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MTR100: Remote Ocean Systems

technology and operational reliability our customers demand and need – whether it’s the latest LED lighting design or an ultra low-light camera for deep water inspections.   Email: sales@rosys.com www.rosys.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: develogic

German-based develogic develops and manufactures turnkey customized data-acquisition and telemetry solutions for marine monitoring applications. The company has developed a building block system containing all necessary elements for collecting data anywhere in the ocean and transporting it to the customers’ office.   Develogic’s end-to-end design and manufacturing process integrates electronic and 3D mechanical design, multi-physics and structural simulation, 3D CAM and computer-aided inspection. In addition to the custom solutions business, develogic also specializes in marine

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MTR100: Aqueos Corporation

Subsea service provider Aqueos Corporation offers a full range of services that includes marine construction, commercial diving, remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and vessel contracting services. The Aqueos-designed and -built SPLASH (Special Purpose Live-boat And Survey Hull) solution is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built vessel with a twin jet drive and superior diving capabilities to address and mitigate hazards associated with Live-Boating. SPLASH is based on a proven, durable catamaran type hull and power plant, which produces a rugged, lightweight, stable and high speed vessel. Built specifically

L3C-HD (Image: Teledyne Bowtech)

Teledyne Bowtech Bolsters Underwater Camera Lineup

Teledyne Bowtech has introduced the updated L3C-HD and the new L3C-HDX underwater cameras to its range of high definition and compact tooling cameras. Both cameras are lightweight and compact, and are suited to tooling, diving and ROV/AUV operations.   Approximately 40 percent smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the updated L3C-HD camera now features full HD 1080p up to 60fps to add the full list of HD-SDI outputs available (720p 50, 720p 60, 1080i 50, 1080i 60 and 1080p 50). The camera also features simultaneous SD and HD-SDI output capability and is fitted with a fixed focus wide angle

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Industry Costs & ROV Technology

 Douglas-Westwood (DW) has recently updated its work-class remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) outlook and sees potential for nearly 7.5% compound annual growth in expenditure from 2016 to 2020.    This is function of recovery in the IRM, drill-support and construction support markets (which employ just over 900 Work ROV units), all of which have been impacted by the downturn.   Operating through the downturn has been a challenge for many ROV/vessel companies. We have seen distressed sales of units and expect more to come. Price pressure on the vessel contractors has

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SMP Delivers Air/Gas Diving Spread for GloMar Subsea

Preston-based Submarine Manufacturing & Products Ltd (SMP) said it has manufactured and supplied a bespoke air/gas diving spread unit for an international subsea service contractor.   GloMar Subsea approached SMP to design, develop and manufacture a fully certified 20-foot containerized recompression support chamber, alongside a 20-foot all-inclusive machinery and mixed gas dive control, to support its offshore diving activities.   The entire bespoke project was designed, fabricated, painted, assembled and tested by our team of design engineers and workshop technicians at SMP’s

MTR100: Deep Trekker Inc.

of up to 2.5 knots, while the DTX2 is larger with 4 vectored thrusters for improved lateral movement and can reach depths of 305m and operate in currents of up to 3.5 knots.    Email: sales@deeptrekker.com www.deeptrekker.com/ (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)  

Teledyne Marine Plans 2nd Technology Workshop

Teledyne Marine said it plans to host its second biennial Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop in which speakers, influencers and attendees from around the globe will converge to explore, learn and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies spanning commercial, academic and defense applications. The 2017 event, slated for October 15-18 2017, will once again be hosted at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, Calif. This three-day workshop, which is preceded by a day of networking activities, will include customer presentations, product/software training, field service meetings, networking

FOCUS 3: the 3rd generation FOCUS vehicles in the family of ROTV systems designed, developed and manufactured by MacArtney (Image: MacArtney)

MTR100: MacArtney

Worsøe, Vice-President, Technology Bjarke T. Ovesen, Vice-President, System Solutions Lasse Rasmussen, Vice-President, Engineering Number of employees worldwide: 300 in group companies, 160 in associated companies.      (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

CH2M diver with Fishers DHC-2, Inset – Grieg Seafarms aquaculture technician with Fishers DV-2 drop video (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Aquaculture and Marine Research

jurisdictions. “Our teams have worked with a variety of species including Atlantic salmon, Arctic char, Rainbow trout, Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, green sea urchins, blue mussels, sea scallops and sea cucumbers,” said founder Bob Sweeney. SIMCorp’s clients include many of the marine finfish operators in the Atlantic region. The company employs teams of professional marine biologists and technicians who are fully equipped to work on all stages on production. One of the tools the teams employ is Fishers drop video system. SIMCorp biologist Janelle Arsenault routinely works with

Ross MacLeod (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Technology Lands Deal with Van Oord

processing systems for worldwide offshore construction operations.    The agreement will see Ashtead supply five SubC Imaging DVRO systems to the Dutch-based company, allowing them to record multiple 3D, HD and SD video channels simultaneously for future offshore construction, dredging and marine engineering projects.    Built to deliver vivid video footage in real-time, add overlays, stream video and audio over a secure network, the DVRO system provides high quality footage of the underwater world. The system is also fitted with a remote technical support function to provide

Brian Allen (Photo: Rovco)

Meet the UK’s Newest Underwater Robotics Company

company Rovco has officially launched September 5 with the announcement of its first U.K. contract. An independent company focused on underwater integrity, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), surveying and subsea services for both oil and gas, and renewables, Rovco has secured a contract with a U.K. Marine Trust.    Headquartered in Bristol, the new, privately funded organization aims to become a leading ROV and inspection company within the next three years, with expertise and capacity to carry out underwater inspection projects across the globe. The company is also about to embark on

Photo: The port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam Port Tests In-Water Drones

 The Port of Rotterdam is pioneering a new technology it says will make the port smarter: a water drone.   Ever since the 'insane' plan of Pieter Caland to build the Nieuwe Waterweg, new solutions that make the port of Rotterdam smarter, more efficient, better and more sustainable are thought up constantly. One of the latest developments is the water drone.   “Innovation flows through Rotterdam, like the water through the Maas,” a poetic entrepreneur once said. That is definitely true. Not because it is 'nice to have', but because it is a necessary step towards a successfu

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MTR100: Schmidt Ocean Institute

students from around the world has been an exciting part of Falkor’s mission, providing opportunities to see what the practice of ocean science looks like from on board, in the classroom or online.   SOI showcases breakthrough ocean research made possible with advanced technologies, such as marine robotics, high performance computing, telepresence and broadband ship-shore connections. The abilities it has developed give SOI the chance to accelerate scientific understanding of ocean systems, and increase public awareness. This is demonstrated by the high definition video provided by SOI from

C-Worker 5

ASV Global, TerraSond Complete First Unmanned Hydrographic Survey

ASV Global and TerraSond have completed a 5172 nautical mile hydrographic survey in the Bering Sea, off Alaska. TerraSond used the C-Worker 5 Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) alongside its Q105 survey ship for a duration of 36 days. The C-Worker 5 completed 2275 nautical miles of survey lines operating as a force multiplier, running parallel survey lines to the Q105. Both vessels ran multibeam sonars and simultaneously towed side scan sonars. The C-Worker 5 was operated using ASV Global’s ASView control system from a control station on the Q105 vessel. ASView used exported survey lines

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MTR100: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime is a marine technology company with a portfolio of innovative solutions designed to overcome challenges in all marine industry sectors, including merchant, offshore, subsea, naval and fisheries. Kongsberg says it offers the largest portfolio of technology available from any single supplier, thus maximizing performance by providing “The Full Picture.” The company delivers a wide range of systems for subsea survey and construction, maritime security, environmental monitoring, dynamic positioning and navigation systems, marine automation, safety management, cargo handling

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MTR100: Saab Seaeye

Founded in 1986, electric underwater robotic systems manufacturer Saab Seaeye produces a diverse range of pioneering ROVs and system packages for virtually all subsea tasks across a range of industries, including oil and gas, renewable energy, hydro and civil engineering, marine science, aquaculture, nuclear engineering, telecoms, security and emergency, salvage, seabed mining, leisure and defense. It has a turnover of around $70 million. Technologically, the Saab Seaeye vehicle range comes in various sizes, power and tasking options that extend from compact systems to work systems. They extend

VideoRay’s Mission Specialist Series (Photo: Eric Haun)

MTR100: VideoRay

, power systems ranging from 75 to 1,600 Volts as well as an on-board battery option, different manipulators, positioning and sensors for radiation, water quality, and more.   Email: info@videoray.com www.videoray.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Coda Octopus Products

software and hardware solutions within its 3D, MOTION and GEO range of products, Coda Octopus has built a reputation of delivering high quality solutions.   Email: theresa.esser@codaoctopus.com www.codaoctopus.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)  

MTR100: AXSUB

diving operations.   112 Montee Industrielle - Suite 200, Rimouski QC, Canada G5M 1B1 Phone: +1.418.731.1539 Fax: +1.418.731.1557 Email: eric.gaudreau@axsub.com www.axsub.com CEO/President: Eric GAUDREAU Number of Employees: 5   (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)  

Equipped with Sonardyne acoustic and inertial navigation technology, SuBastian will provide scientists from around the world with new opportunities to explore and study the ocean. (Photo: SOI)

Schmidt Selects Sonardyne Navigation for SuBastian

The international science community’s newest ocean research platform, a deep-rated remotely operated vehicle (ROV) called SuBastian, will be positioned and navigated using acoustic and inertial technologies supplied by Sonardyne Inc., based in Houston.    Built by the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), a private nonprofit operating foundation located in California, SuBastian will provide scientists from around the world with new opportunities to explore and study the ocean. Capable of diving to 4,500 meters, the vehicle has been equipped with a state-of-the-art equipment package that

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New System Monitors Vessel Motion, Impact

UK Electronic Solutions (part of NSSLGlobal Group), has announced Oceanic Dynamics, a new self-contained motion and impact monitoring system suited to offshore vessels. Created by UK Electronic Solutions, Oceanic Dynamics protects the longevity of offshore assets by monitoring and reporting vessel impact on structures, passenger comfort and safety, and engine performance and reliability. Offshore structures have highly stringent requirements when it comes to the total impact force allowed from docking vessels. Vessels are generally obliged to remain within prespecified ranges of impact force

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MTR100: Tritech International

(mechanical and multibeam), to bathymetric sensors, to hydraulic and mechanical equipment, Tritech is able to support many subsea applications from the traditional ROV/ AUV markets to aquaculture and cave diving. Tritech offers its Gemini multibeam imaging sonar to monitor and often track mammals and marine objects around marine current turbines and more recently to detect sharks and ultimately protect human life around beaches. Tritech’s technology has also been applied in law enforcement and SAR operations where then Gemini, along with Tritech’s shallow-water side scan, has enabled ease

Duane Fotheringham (Photo: Eric Haun)

MTR100: Hydroid

the REMUS vehicle at WHOI, in 2001 von Alt co-founded Hydroid, creating an independent company to commercially manufacture, support and further develop the REMUS systems. It now offers advanced, diversified and field-proven REMUS AUVs that provide innovative and reliable full-picture systems for the marine research, hydrographic, commercial offshore/energy and defense markets. The REMUS AUV is the culmination of 16 years of leading-edge R&D and boasts a proven track record for reliable and consistent field operations. Helping to facilitate and advance comprehensive ocean exploration, Hydroid&rsquo

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ARIS Explorer Aids UXO Identification Mission

Manufacturer of high-resolution acoustic imaging sonars Sound Metrics has supplied an ARIS Explorer 3000 to aid in the identification and classification of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) along the coastline of the North Sea, an area known to be particularly turbid due to strong currents and large amounts of sediment swept into the seabed by neighboring rivers. As a result of these conditions, optical cameras are often ineffective, and other imaging sonars lack the clear, sharp detail afforded by the ARIS Explorer 3000, according to Sound Metrics.   The clarity provided by the ARIS Explorer 3000 in

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne)

Teledyne Maintains Course

In what has become something of an MTR100 tradition, MTR visits with a trio of executives from Teledyne, a diverse company with links in each sector of the market, for insights on current developments and future trends. This year we speak with Mike Read, President of Teledyne Marine; William Egan - Vice President Sales & Marketing – Imaging & Instruments for Teledyne Marine; and Ken Nagengast, SVP, Global Technology & Group CTO.   Teledyne has grown steadily, serving as a market consolidator over the past decade. Please discuss the overall corporate strategy devised to align

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MTR100: SubC Imaging

new technological depths for harsh, subzero, ice-infused environments, with an eye on future demand for Arctic applications.   Email: rtc@subcimaging.com Website: http://subcimaging.com/ CEO/President: Chad Collett     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Scantrol Deep Vision wins Nor-Fishing Innovation Award

skipper will be able to program the system for size and species of desired catch. Deep Vision will automatically sort the catch in the trawl so that desired catch goes into the trawl and the rest swims through.   Scantrol Deep Vision has developed the system in close cooperation with Institute for Marine research and the award money will be used to connect with and discuss the system with the end users in the commercial trawl fisheries:   “The award money gives us an opportunity to invite to a meeting with fishermen to discuss how the system can best be implemented for use in trawl fisheries

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The Quest for the Moho

Between Earth's crust and mantle lies a mysterious boundary   Prologue: A Valiant Quest For much of his half-century career, Henry J. B. Dick has been on a quest to reach a mysterious line several miles beneath the seafloor with a curious name: the Moho.   The Moho is widely believed to be the boundary between Earth’s crust and an underlying layer of denser rocks in Earth’s interior called the mantle. It is named after Croatian seismologist Andrija Mohorovic, who first detected it in 1909 by examining seismic waves moving through the Earth.   Ever since, earth scientist

A battleship marks the point where HMS Hampshire sank 100 years ago and the tower that commemorates the lives lost can be seen on Marwick Head, Orkney. (Courtesy Keith Bichan, Roving Eye Enterprises.)

Sunken WWI Battleship HMS Hampshire Surveyed

later, a Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic system operated by Roving Eye Enterprises examined the wreck in a collaborative project that includes the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, with licensed permission from the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   Sandra Henry, a marine archaeologist from the Institute said that the remote survey has provided many new insights into the sinking and wreck of the HMS Hampshire, adding that ongoing work will continue to develop the knowledge base, revealing new information as they continue to gather and process data.   Although

Bumblebee AUV with BlueView Sonar (Photo: BlueView)

Case Study: M900-90 2D Multibeam Imaging Sonar

2D imaging sonar selected by National University of Singapore’s Bumblebee AUV Robotics Team   Product: M900-90 2D multibeam imaging sonar Application: ROV build project Project: Singapore Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge Organization: National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Bumblebee Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team (BBAUV) Robotics Team Date: 2016 Location: Singapore   Teledyne BlueView supported National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Bunblebee Autonomous Underwater Vehcile (BBAUV) team with the M900-90 multibeam imaging sonar. BBAUV designs and builds

MacArtney’s FOCUS 2 vehicle subjected to a SAT out of Eckernförde, Kiel, on board the M/V Elizabeth Mann Borgese of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (Photo: MacArtney)

New ROTV System to Aid German Naval Research

WehrTechnische Dienststelle (WTD 71), developer of new underwater technologies for the German navy, has acquired a MacArtney FOCUS 2 ROTV system representing a stable and flexible instrumentation platform as the basic tool for its development efforts.    With the purpose of testing SAS sonar technologies for mine detection, a full scale on-site demo of a Raytheon ProSAS installed on a FOCUS 2 ROTV system was organized for WTD 71. The advantages of the FOCUS 2 ROTV as a flexible instrumentation platform were recognized by the researchers at WTD 71, who instantly came up with new ideas for

New HD Underwater Ocean Camera

OceanLED introduced its new “EYES” HD underwater ocean camera - the premier underwater video camera for yachts and boats of all sizes. OceanLED new EYES HD can be mounted anywhere, including the cockpit, allowing the owner to capture the magic of his/her very own underwater aquarium in full 1080p High Definition video from any vantage point.  EYES HD is the ideal way to capitalize on the moment the fish strikes or when one is lucky enough to swim with the dolphins.   The Tritonium optical lens is also scratch and sea growth resistant.    “Our new EYES HD

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