Data Processing

Adams, Lewis Join FairfieldNodal Data Processing Team

Brian Adams and Andrew Lewis have joined FairfieldNodal as the company continues to focus on growing its data processing technology portfolio and service offerings.   Adams assumes the role of Technical Sales Manager, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, tasked with growing FairfieldNodal’s data processing business with an expanded technical portfolio in the Permian Basin and Gulf of Mexico.    Lewis joins FairfieldNodal as Manager of Reservoir Services, Fairfield Seismic Technologies. Reservoir characterization will be a new service offered to FairfieldNodal customers.   Form

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Statoil Downplays Risks Ahead of Arctic Drilling

Norway's Statoil on Monday played down concerns that drilling in the Arctic is risky, days before it kickstarts its drilling campaign in the Barents Sea, where the country believes around half of its remaining resources could be located.   Despite opposition from environmentalists, the company plans to drill five wells in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea, including Korpfjell, which will be the world's northernmost well and in a formerly disputed border area with Russia   "We will start drilling the first well, Blaamann, during May ... followed by Kayak, Gemini (Nord), Korpfjell

Firmware Updates for NOVATECH iBCN (Iridium Beacon)

MetOcean Telematics has released a new firmware update adding new capabilities to the iBCN (Iridium Beacon).   The firmware updates build upon the iBCN’s power efficiency and ability to be reconfigured via over the air commands. The update contains numerous improvements based on suggestions and feedback received from iBCN users. These include GPS status check, power up quick reports, transmission of current GPS location, LiNC integration and message format.   GPS Status Check — Allows the beacon to use GPS satellites as a method to recognize it has surfaced. With this feature

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Polarcus Amani Delivered to Sovcomflot

 A 5.5 year bareboat charter agreement between Polarcus Limited Norwegian subsidiary Polarcus Amani AS and SCF GEO AS (Sovcomflot) has been signed, and the vessel delivered to Sovcomflot in Bergen.   The vessel was delivered without streamers, providing the Polarcus fleet with one excess streamer package, which the company said will significantly reduce its capital expenditure requirements through 2017 and 2018.   The Polarcus Group now has two vessels on long-term bareboat charter and operates a fleet of four vessels in the contract market.   Duncan Eley, Group CEO said

Piezo Kinetics Acquires CTG’s Ceramics Division

Piezo Kinetics Inc., manufacturer of specialty piezoelectric ceramic elements and assemblies, has acquired Channel Technologies Group’s (CTG) Ceramics Division’s assets, including all powder formulations and inventories of finished products. The CTG Santa Barbara, Calif.-based subsidiary manufactures piezoelectric ceramics for the medical, energy, defense and commercial maritime industries. Terms of the cash acquisition were not disclosed.   Piezo Kinetics, a member company of the Crest Group, manufactures piezoelectric ceramics within a broad range of applications for the medical

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Ocean Power Technologies Relocates HQ

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) has announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing center to support increased operational needs and allow for projected growth over the next several years.   OPT’s new, larger facility in Monroe, N.J. will offer approximately 56,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, nearly doubling the size of its current facility in Pennington, N.J.    OPT manufactures the PowerBuoy, which uses ocean waves to provide electric power and communications for offshore applications.   “Our ability to deliver

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Technology Advances Fisheries Management

Real or near-real time management of Pacific purse seine tuna fisheries is now possible for the first time in history, changing the game for fisheries management.   Observer electronic reporting tools – through the new Observer eReporting App –will now be used to help reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and bolster supply chain transparency and traceability in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fisheries.   A 2016 analysis conducted by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) showed that nonreporting, misreporting and underreporting represented

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Rolls-Royce to Provide Mooring System for Statoil's Njord A

Rolls-Royce has been chosen by Norway-based engineering and construction services firm Kvaerner to provide a mooring system for Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil’s oil platform, Njord A. Njord A is being upgraded by Kvaerner and Rolls-Royce has been chosen to provide an upgrade to its mooring system. The contract has a value of about £15 million ($19 mln).   Njord A is a semisubmersible floating steel platform, with an integrated deck with drilling and processing facilities, as well as living quarters. It is normally located in the Njord oilfield, around 130 km northwest of the

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Swedish Hydrographic Office Implements CARIS Production System

Teledyne CARIS said its Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) has been implemented as the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) production system, replacing the legacy software previously employed by SMA for the management of spatial data.   The SMA is responsible for accessibility and safety in the Swedish waters. Services include but are not limited to, pilotage, icebreaking, maritime traffic information, maritime and aeronautical search and rescue and hydrography.   HPD supports the creation of paper and electronic charts, special publications and data services and has been customized

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WIN WIN: Wind Powered Oil Recovery Concept Progresses

The DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. The project is currently moving into its second phase, which includes refining and testing the electrical systems, and investigating possibilities for broader applications. The project consists of four partners: DNV GL, ExxonMobil and ENI Norge – all part of the first phase – and the Norwegian Research Council – a new participant for this second phase.  The first phase of the project determined

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Young Debuts New Ultrasonic Anemometer

The R. M. Young Company has introduced the ResponseONE Ultrasonic Anemometer.   The ResponseONE Ultrasonic Anemometer (Model 91000) is fully wind tunnel tested and calibrated to provide accurate wind measurement over an operating range of up to 70 meters/second (156 mph). Wind speed and direction data is provided at up to 10 updates per second and made available via a variety of standard serial output formats including SDI-12, NMEA, RMYT and ASCII text.   According to the manufacturer, the sensor features durable, weather proof construction and low power consumption.

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2D Seismic Survey in the Caspian Sea

Geology Without Limits (GWL) announced in conjunction with the Geological Survey of Iran (GSI) and the Ministry of Industry, Mine & Trade, it will acquire about 4,800 km of 2D seismic, marine gravity and magnetic data in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea.   The official agreement was signed by the parties in Tehran on March 11, 2017. The 2D survey, supported by industry funding, will be acquired in Q3-Q4 2017 and will provide new high-end seismic data covering the entire Iranian sector.   The survey area is defined by a thick sedimentary cover and deep basement rock bedding

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To Create a Sustainable Future – Digitalize Offshore Energy

U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a $1.2 million contribution from Dong Energy, Siemens Wind, GE Energy Solutions, Scottish Power Energy Networks, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Hydrasun, Nova Innovation, British Approvals Service for Cables, JDR Cables and the European Marine Energy Centre.   The Holistic Operation and Maintenance for Energy from Offshore Wind Farms (Home-Offshore) team will include scientists and engineers from Manchester, Warwick, Cranfield, Durham and Heriot-Watt universities. Over the next three years, Home-Offshore will create an advanced

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CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson toured the Navy's newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), April 8 to gain a better understanding of the oceanographic information the ship provides to the Department of Defense.    The CNO is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy and is responsible for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the Navy.   "Naval forces require information about the physical environment to operate safely and effectively," said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, oceanographer of the Navy

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WFN Strategies Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

WFN Strategies has gained international recognition for its quality management system.   Submarine cable system implementation company WFN Strategies has, after two years of development, successfully achieved accredited certification to the ISO 9001 international standard for quality management.   ISO 9001 is a quality management standard that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization – an association of governmental and nongovernmental organizations from many countries. The ISO 9001 standard is utilized to certify quality management systems that focus on

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Fish Tracked from DNA 'Finprints' Left in Waters off New York

Scientists have tracked fish off New York by following the traces of DNA left in the water, a technique that could help gauge life in rivers, lakes and the oceans around the world, a study showed on Wednesday.   Fish leave bits of slimy skin, scales and excretions as they swim around - clues that let scientists detect 42 different species of fish including herring, bass and eels in water drawn from the Hudson and East Rivers off Manhattan, it said.   "Rather than get a big boat and a big net ... we just tied a bucket onto a rope and threw it into the river," lead author Mark

Joint hydrographic and seabed characterization survey in coastal waters off Davis station, Antarctica. (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australian Scientists Study the Antarctic

Australian scientists recently concluded several Antarctic geoscience and geophysical data acquisition surveys in hopes of helping to increase understanding of these precious environments to better manage and protect them. Geoscience Australia's Antarctic Geoscience program, which carries out marine and onshore research for the Australian government, has completed three Antarctic surveys during the 2016-2017 field season. Three Geoscience Australia marine specialists, Dr. Jodie Smith, Kim Picard and Ian Atkinson, were part of a two month survey of the near-shore region near Australia's Davis

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UK Navy Upgrades Ambient Noise Prediction System

to produce regular forecasts of ambient noise conditions in the ocean. The results enable the U.K. Royal Navy vessels to plan operations and improve the effectiveness of their sonars, allowing them to adjust elements such as sonar frequencies and depths accordingly.   Noise sources in the marine environment have changed considerably over the past few years, as have the quality and resolution of meteorological forecasting models and geo-acoustic data. The upgraded ANPS will incorporate the latest available environmental information and take advantage of higher resolution meteorological models

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STR Increases Rental Inventory

ready for the next cast.   Neil Jackson, Sales and Operations Manager at STR, said, “These latest acquisitions are a welcome addition to our extensive inventory of rental equipment enabling us to offer our customers the very latest technology to support their business operations. Neptune Marine Services will be the first customers to use this product on their upcoming project in Australia.&rdquo

FairfieldNodal Hires New Personnel

growth.   Mike Gilliam has joined FairfieldNodal as Vice President of Operations, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, and will oversee the operations project management and crewing functions for the Data Acquisition unit. With operational experience in the oil and gas industry, specifically in the marine environment, Gilliam will bring knowledge and insight to ROV operations.   Richard Bottomley has joined FairfieldNodal as Strategic Account Director, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, and will be responsible for helping the company capture new available market share. As FairfieldNodal continues

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Buoy Harnesses Wave Energy to Power Instruments at Sea

A new buoy from Danish company Resen Waves harnesses wave energy to provide continuous power and real time data connectivity to autonomous instruments and machinery in the oceans as a plug and play solution.   While instruments and machinery in the sea have traditionally been powered by batteries, PV or diesel generators, this typically requires regular ship operation to replace batteries or supply of fuel and maintain diesel generators. This is not always possible due to weather and can become costly, meaning power is often economized by cutting back on data transmission, which limits the

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SBG Systems Debuts New Post-processing Software

 SBG Systems has unveiled its new in-house post-processing software Qinertia at the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K. After the survey, this full-feature software gives access to offline RTK corrections, and process inertial and GNSS raw data to further enhance accuracy and secure the survey.   For more than 10 years, SBG Systems has been designing inertial navigation systems from the internal Inertial Measurement Unit to the filtering with GNSS data. Expert in real-time data fusion, the company takes another step in the surveying industry by unveiling Qinertia, a fully in-house

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New Survey Equipment for Port of Hamburg

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has added its third integrated dual head multibeam survey system to its range of hydrographic survey equipment.   HPA conducts around 900 surveys per year in the port of Hamburg, and it uses its smallest survey vessel Deepenschriewer IV primarily for multibeam surveys for depth control and documenting in shallow water areas.   For this purpose, MBT, MacArtney Germany, has supplied, installed, and set to work a dual head multibeam echo sounder system that includes high-resolution multibeam echo sounder Teledyne RESON SeaBat T20-R, a Valeport SWiFT sound

NovAtel Unveils Oceanix Nearshore Service

Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology, has unveiled its Oceanix Nearshore correction service at Ocean Business in Southampton, UK.   Oceanix Nearshore, a subscription-based GNSS correction service for Precise Point Positioning (PPP), provides sub-decimetre positioning for marine applications such as dredging, hydrographic survey, mapping and coastal patrolling. The robustness of Oceanix infrastructure sets it apart from the competition. Oceanix precise corrections data is generated utilizing a network of over 80 strategically located GNSS reference stations globally

FairfieldNodal, Ikon Science Team Up

FairfieldNodal has announced an exclusive alliance with Ikon Science, an industry leader in geoprediction software sales and services, to offer complete reservoir services to the oil and gas industry.   For nearly four decades, FairfieldNodal has been a trusted industry resource for multi-client seismic, data acquisition and data processing services. With this strategic alliance, the company can offer its customers an expanded technology portfolio that includes data acquisition, data processing and, now, reservoir services.   To meet today’s challenging economic environment,

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Kongsberg Introduces cNODE IQAM

The capabilities of Kongsberg Maritime’s cNODE series of transponders for underwater acoustic positioning and data link are expanding with the introduction of cNODE IQAM at Ocean Business.   In a first for the established technology-leading transponder range, Kongsberg is offering the ability to log internal sensors and/or customers’ external sensors, transforming cNODE into a compact, self-contained subsea monitoring system, complete with data processing, positioning and data communication functionality. cNODE IQAM (Intelligent Data Analysis and Monitoring) is an advanced

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A New Standardization for Subsea Forgings

Steel forgings are essential building blocks for subsea components, but tailor-made solutions to meet end-users’ specific requirements have caused long delivery times. A joint industry project (JIP), led by DNV GL, has now taken the next step in subsea standardization by harmonizing requirements for quality management of forgings.   The recommended practice (RP) ‘Steel forgings for subsea applications – quality management requirements’, DNVGL-RP-B202, will enable delivery of high quality forgings at reduced delivery times and cost.   Complementing the RP ’Ste

MacArtney EMO Nano Mux and topside (Photo: Forum Subsea Rentals)

Forum Brings Multiplexer Technology to Rental Market

Forum Subsea Rentals, a Forum Energy Technologies business, has announced that new multiplexer video and data acquisition technology is available to their global rental market following significant investment in MacArtney’s EMO range. The acquisition of DOMINO-7 Mk II and NANO-MUX multiplexers has been made in response to a growing demand for compact, lightweight designs which deliver enhanced operational efficiencies while supporting a complex array of subsea sensors. The investment not only expands Forum’s extensive range of multiplexers, it brings the newest kit - the NANO-MUX- to

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EvoLogics at Ocean Business 2017

configuration options, offered for EvoLogics devices. EvoLogics engineers worked on atomic clock integration within the framework of the WiMUST (Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology) R&D project, where collaborators focus on engineering an intelligent distributed underwater array of marine robots for seismic acoustic surveys. EvoLogics is proud to be part of WiMUST with the company’s hardware and software solutions. Development, research and innovation are the cornerstones of EvoLogics, and underwater “internet of things” that enables intelligent cooperation between

Multibeam bathymetry on the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge  (Photo: Teledyne)

Teledyne CARIS Launches HIPS Essential

Teledyne CARIS has announced  the release of HIPS Essential, the newest edition to the flagship HIPS and SIPS suite of products. It has been designed keeping the needs of Ports and Waterways, small survey companies and small hydrographic offices in mind. HIPS Essential is a lightweight subset of the powerful HIPS and SIPS application. It is ideally suited for organizations or individuals wanting a streamlined software package for bathymetry processing. HIPS Essential includes the tools necessary to support both singlebeam and multibeam sonar data including the necessary calibration routines

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Hydro Group Completes MeyGen Contract

cable up to the nacelle, including the dynamic cable, the in-board connection system and the mechanical loading system, transmitting a power output of 1.5MW at 4.0kV per turbine and incorporating fibre optic links.   Mr Whyte continued: “As offshore installation costs are the highest in any marine infrastructure, minimising those costs has been a strong focus for us. We design our systems to mate and de-mate (connect and disconnect) in less than one hour to ensure offshore installation cost is reduced.   “Further to this, Hydro Group’s system is designed for minimal maintenance

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NATO Science Mission Employs ‘Double Muscle’

Commencing on her first NATO sea trial of the year, the NATO research vessel (NRV) Alliance has sailed out with new assets on board that aim to enhance collaborative robotics for MCM applications, including a new vehicle, which only apparently duplicates the CMRE MUSCLE prototype. On the aft deck of the NRV Alliance, sailing for the first CMRE (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation) scientific campaign of 2017, there are two very similar robots. One is the MUSCLE vehicle, a reliable prototype developed by CMRE for seabed mapping with automatic behavior capabilities. The other is not just

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SoCal Tech Focus: DimEye

surfaces. By capturing about 30 images per second with laser line, the density of the point cloud can easily be selected during the post-processing step through the selection and extraction from the video of the corresponding number of images.     (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)  

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Deepwater 4G LTE System Deployed off US

RigNet, Inc. has deployed its first deepwater 4G LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico, dramatically increasing capacity to its licensed 4G wireless network for the region’s oil and gas customers.   For the past 21 years, RigNet’s network in the GOM has delivered carrier-class services to the oil and gas industry servicing more than 300 facilities from Texas to Alabama. RigNet’s connectivity solutions exceed 100 Mbps.   The new 4G LTE system expands and increases RigNet’s capabilities to deliver business grade services to deep water locations in the remote area of the

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New Full Color 3D Underwater Laser Imaging System

Kraken Sonar Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotik GmbH will introduce its new SeaVision system at the Ocean Business conference to be held in Southampton, U.K. from April 4-6, 2017.   The SeaVision RGB underwater laser imaging system offers the resolution, range and scan rate to deliver dense full color 3D point cloud images of subsea infrastructure with millimeter accuracy in real time. The initial system is designed for deployment on underwater robotic platforms such as remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). A handheld diver system is planned for

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SoCal Tech Focus: Energy Sales

Output Voltages: 3V to 63V Scalable Capacity: 357 Ah to 17 Ah Chemistry: Alkaline Termination Style: Custom Brand: Energy Sales Packaging: Individual Non-Rechargeable Max. Operable Depth: 3,000m  Min. Temperature: 35.6°F     (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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L&N Scotland Introduces Synthesis System to Subsea Market

Specialist subsea manufacturer, L&N Scotland has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of its named Synthesis system. In accordance with the company’s review and development program, L&N Scotland has introduced its latest product and service offering to combat the current constraints faced by subsea operators during product integration stages. By definition Synthesis is the combination of components or elements to form a connected whole. The new system, designed and developed by L&N Scotland, showcases a significant advancement in the application of small-bored tubing

Saab’s Sabertooth vehicle can be configured as a conventional tethered ROV or free-flying AUV depending on the operational requirements of the user. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Saab Seaeye Selects Acoustics for Sabertooth Hybrid Vehicle

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd has delivered its latest consignment of AvTrak 6 acoustic communications and navigation hardware to defence and security company Saab’s subsidiary Saab Seaeye. Offered as an optional-fit sensor on the Sabertooth hybrid AUV/ROV, AvTrak 6 forms part of the vehicle’s integrated navigation and communications system. It allows mission updates, status checking and navigation aiding to be wirelessly sent to and from the vehicle, eliminating the need for the vehicle to re-surface or dock with an underwater garage.   The unique design

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SoCal Tech Focus: Blue Robotics

survey of the hull of the Battleship USS Iowa name just a few of the many missions performed recently with the BlueROV2.    The BlueROV2 has been and will continue to be critical in advancing ocean accessibility for the masses.      (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Example of a Synapsis INS, installed on a research vessel. (Photo: Raytheon Anschütz)

VARD Selects Synapsis INS For an Advanced Research Vessel

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract for the supply of a Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to an advanced research vessel. VARD Holding Limited, a major global designer and shipbuilder of specialized vessels, with their subsidiary VARD Electro AS, have selected Raytheon Anschütz’ Synapsis INS for a new research  vessel.  The Synapsis INS is part of a large equipment and electrical installation package, which VARD Electro AS will provide to Cochin Shipyard Ltd.   The INS consists of a total of six workstations for chart

ASV Global’s C-Worker 5 ASV will be outfitted with KONGSBERG equipment at Ocean Business (Photo: ASV Global )

How Integration Can Optimize ASV Operations

Kongsberg Maritime Ltd is teaming up with ASV Global at Ocean Business 2017 to demonstrate how the deep integration of sophisticated Kongsberg survey, communication and positioning technology is vital to leveraging the power of a new generation of advanced Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV). In addition to on-water demonstrations, Kongsberg is also planning a booth packed with new technology at Ocean Business, based on the theme of ‘Delivering data from the seabed to your office’. Alongside the first showing at a UK event of the ground-breaking Eelume swimming robot, the company will

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Hydrographic Surveys for MCA in the Shetland Islands

MMT has since 2006 been one of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency´s Civil Hydrography Program survey providers of high resolution multi-beam bathymetry, providing hydrographic data for updating nautical charts for safe navigation and efficient maritime transport. Currently MMT UK, based in Banbury Oxfordshire, is undertaking two hydrographic surveys in the Shetland Islands on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.   One survey runs from Yell to Unst and is a 45 day survey running along the coastlines. The other survey is a 90 day survey from Yell to Lerwick and is covering a

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Next-Generation Subsea Metrology: Better Measurements, Fast

the 3D laser data with precise underwater acoustic and inertial navigation information, it is now possible to generate centimeter resolution engineering models from which accurate measurements can be instantaneously and repeatably captured.   Shared Knowledge & Communication In conventional marine construction support terminology, metrology is the work done by surveyors and ROV to acquire various subsea measurements, typically between flanges on separate pieces of subsea infrastructure. These measurements allow precise fabrication of subsea jumpers and spool-pieces.   Traditionally

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Fisheries Research Vessel Ordered for Germany

The German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE) has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the construction of a new fisheries research vessel following a European tendering process, realized by the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau, BAW).   With the vessel, to be called the Walther Herwig, the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) will support Germany’s fisheries and oceanographic research programs.   Measuring 85 x 17,40 meters

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SoCal Tech Focus: Planck Aerosystems

the aircraft and land the aircraft on the boat, all while underway. The aircraft does all controls onboard, and compensates for boat pitch, roll, heave and forward motion – to guide takeoff and landing with centimeter-level accuracy.     (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Arctic Ice Sets New Record Low for Winter

The extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has set a new record low for the wintertime in a region strongly affected by long-term trends of global warming, U.S. and European scientists said on Wednesday.   Sea ice around the North Pole expands to its biggest extent of the year in February or March after a deep freeze in the winter polar darkness and shrinks to the smallest of the year in September, at the end of the brief Arctic summer.   Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual maximum extent on March 7, the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite record, according to the

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Training Cruise and Workshop for New Scientists

of equipment? Need samples or data to initiate a research project? If so, you may want to apply to participate in the 2017 UNOLS Great Lakes Chief Scientist Training Cruise.   Funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the cruise and pre-cruise information workshop will instruct early career marine scientists, including PhD students, post docs, and first- or second-year faculty members, on how to effectively plan for, acquire and utilize time at sea for multidisciplinary research and education.   The program will occur from June 6 to June 12, 2017, and will include a four-day cruise

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OSIL to Launch Next Gen Small Field Buoy

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) said it will introduce the latest incarnation of the Small Field Buoy at the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K.   The platform, which is now a more maneuverable 55cm in diameter, also offers an improvement to the high visibility profile of previous platforms, meaning it is better suited to frequent redeployments in high-traffic coastal and port areas, according to the manufacturer. The buoy is suitable for all applications, including scientific studies, water quality monitoring, coastal engineering projects, harbor and coastal monitoring and

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Uncharted Depths: Exploring the Marianas with SuBastian

ocean.    With some areas reaching depths more than 36,000 feet, scientists rely on a range of pioneering deep-sea technologies to survey the unexplored regions of the Mariana Trench. In 1987, the submersible Alvin was the first to visit the nearby Mariana Back-arc, a zone of highly active submarine volcanism and hydrothermal vents hidden 13,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. After returning to the Back-arc 30 years later equipped with the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s new underwater vehicle SuBastian, scientists can now fill gaps in our understanding about the biogeography of these

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WFS, Seatronics Demonstrate Drone-to-ROV Wireless Communications

Subsea wireless automation provider WFS Technologies, and marine rental equipment specialist Seatronics Inc, an Acteon company, demonstrated Drone-to-ROV wireless communications at a Subsea Internet of Things  event in Houston. The demonstration took place on the February 15th at Delta SubSea (DSS) test tank facility in Houston, Texas and was attended by representatives from Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP.  Seatooth wireless controllers were integrated with a Seatronics Predator II Inspection Class ROV and a DJI Inspire drone. 2-way data communications between the ROV and the drone

Illustration of the Johan Sverdrup field center (Photo: Statoil)

Johan Sverdrup Development Enters Phase 2

The Johan Sverdrup partnership has now decided to proceed with (DG2) Phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup development, awarding FEED contracts to Aker Solutions, Kværner and Siemens.   Phase 1 of Johan Sverdrup is under development, with first oil scheduled for late 2019.  The partners will now proceed with maturing Phase 2 for the investment decision and submission of the plan for development and operation (PDO) in the second half of 2018. Phase 2 is scheduled to come on stream in 2022. “We must take a generational perspective on the Johan Sverdrup development. Working closely

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New CTD from Idronaut

Idronaut said it will present a new low power, high performance CTD at Ocean Business 2017.   The new Ocean Seven 310 CTD (OS310) can be interfaced with up to 14 analog sensors and two digital sensors.   In addition to Idronaut’s full suite of sensors, including the Idronaut pH sensor, the OS310 can be equipped with UV antifouling and an innovative optical dissolved oxygen sensor.   Sampling rates are user configurable from 1Hz to 28Hz to suite demanding monitoring activities.   The OS310 can be used as a stand-alone data logger or for full ocean profiling with

From left to right: Jakob Prei, EVA-320 and Kaja (Photo by Marko Kesküla)

Case Study: Surveying Wrecks around Estonia

Dago was built in England in 1912 as a cargo ship. The ship was taken into use by the Russian navy during WWI, and was rebuilt as an armed minesweeper carrying the bow number 4. Dago was anchored West of Osmussaar island on October 23, 1915 due to bad weather, when she was attacked by the German submarine U-9. The torpedo was shot from a short distance and hit the minesweeper right in the center. The vessel foundered immediately. Seven crew members were killed. Video   Myrtle The gunnery ship-minesweeper Myrtle was built in England in 1915. The ship arrived to Estonia during the days

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Greensea Adds Wingart as Quality Control Engineer

Greensea has appointed Kevin Wingart as Quality Control Engineer. In this role he will lead the company's quality control department and is primarily responsible for designing and implementing methods for process control and quality assurance.   Prior to joining Greensea, Wingart worked as a principal engineer for ERIN Engineering and Research where he performed probabilistic risk assessment for nuclear power plants. Wingart served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an Information Technology Specialist and one year in the Peace Corps as a renewable energy technology transfer volunteer. He

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Hunting for Hydrocarbon Seeps in the Gulf of Mexico

In collaboration with multi-client geoscience data company, TGS, Fugro continues to map the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico to pull together a complete picture of geological features, including hydrocarbon seeps.   This latest survey, Otos, follows the completion of another TGS industry-funded Gigante survey in 2016, on the Mexican side of the 1,500-kilometer wide Gulf. Fugro has deployed two state-of-the-art geophysical survey vessels to acquire multibeam echo sounder (MBES) and sub-bottom profile data over the western, central and eastern regions of the United States’ continental slope.

Figure 1: TE Connectivity’s SEACON 24/48 Channel HydraLight Wet Mate connector for optical subsea distribution systems. (Image: TE Connectivity)

Fiber-Optic Connector Technology for O&G Ops

may have generous lead-ins to guide the mating halves together.   Connecting Traditional Packaging to Subsea Applications To a great extent, subsea fiber optic connectors use new ways of packaging tried-and-true technologies, rather than radically new and unproven approaches. TE Connectivity Marine Oil & Gas adapts technologies that were well-established for telecom, network, aerospace and military applications to subsea applications. Subsea connector technology relies on ultra physical contact (UPC) and, more recently, angled physical contact (APC) for better performance (especially with

DEDAVE AUV in Fraunhofer’s test tank in Ilmenau, Germany (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken, Fraunhofer Ink Tech Licensing Deal

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement for underwater robotics technology with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB) in a strategic move to further strengthen its IP portfolio.   Fraunhofer is the largest organization for applied research in Europe with 69 institutes, over 24,500 employees and a €2.1 billion annual budget. Since 2012, Fraunhofer has been developing intellectual property and technology related to underwater robotics. Over C$6 million has been invested in Fraunhofer's underwater

Photo: 2G Robotics

New Underwater Laser Scanner from 2G Robotics

2G Robotics said it will publicly launch its new underwater laser scanning solution, the ULS-500 PRO, at the April 2017 Ocean Business Exhibition in Southampton, U.K.   Now ready for market after several months of development and testing, the ULS-500 PRO will replace the ULS-500 for high resolution subsea survey. With better accuracy and real-time data acquisition, the new ULS-500 PRO improves upon 2G Robotics’ dynamic underwater laser scanning solution by increasing the ease with which surveys can be performed.   The ULS-500 PRO’s sample rates facilitate faster vehicle

Wave Glider with BGAN dome, two cameras and additional sensors (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Tech File: BGAN Satcom for the Wave Glider

Equipping unmanned systems in the ocean with faster and higher bandwidth communications options opens doors for researchers to more effectively monitor, manage and protect the ocean. Liquid Robotics now offers a BGAN satellite communication option for the Wave Glider, an unmanned surface vehicle, that enables persistent and mobile ocean monitoring over long durations. This service allows a Wave Glider to access 100x more satellite bandwidth (464 kbps vs 2.4 kbps) in locations around the world, when compared to traditional approaches such as Iridium RUDICS based communications. The additional bandwidth

Trimble to Distribute Teledyne's PDS Software

Trimble partners with Teledyne Marine to distribute its software for construction, hydrographic survey and dredging operations   A new agreement will see Trimble distribute a branded version of Teledyne's PDS software package for hydrographic survey, construction and dredging operations—Trimble Marine Construction Software. The software provides measurement and positioning to improve marine construction efficiency and safety.   According to Trimble, its Trimble Marine Construction Software expands its portfolio and extends its connected approach for marine construction companies to

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