Monday, February 20, 2017

Fiber Optics

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OceanGate Begins Building a New 5-man Sub

Manned submersible operator OceanGate Inc. said it has started building Cyclops 2, an all-new privately owned sub capable of taking five people to depths of 4,000 meters – or approximately two and half miles deep – for human exploration of more than 50 percent of the ocean depths.   Having been in development for several years, with initial design and engineering beginning in 2013, Cyclops 2 has now entered the construction phase with an order for two titanium hemispheres and two matching titanium to carbon fiber interface rings from fabricator of reactive metals Titanium Fabrication

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Airborne Hydrographic Survey Commissioned After NZ Earthquake

of the South Island.   RAN LADS commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Commander Susanna Hung, explained the mission. “We will fly over the area and collect hydrographic survey data, which will reveal what has happened below the waterline, and identify any shifts in the ocean floor which mariners need to be aware of.”   The RAN’s Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) system has been developed by Fugro for safe, high speed and cost effective surveys of shallow coastal areas. Under a long term contract to the RAN, Fugro provides the LADS technology, a de Havilland Dash 8-202

Bill Mildon, president Photo  Hydro Group Systems

Mildon Appointed President, Hydro Group

in Pinellas County, Fla.   With nearly 40 years’ experience in undersea product development from complex sonars to sensors and undersea cable and connectors, Mildon has held a number of senior positions, most recently as technical director at Nest Technical Services. He has led teams in submarine penetration designs, under water connectors and numerous fiber optic inter-connect products.   In his new role Mildon will be focused on shaping and delivering Hydro Group Systems to carry the same vision of Hydro Group Plc, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Along with developing this vision in

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New Cyanobacteria-Sensitive Optics for Enviro-T2 In-Line Fluorometer

Turner Designs’ Enviro-T2 detects Cyanobacteria in a low-cost in-line monitor Enviro-T2 is an in-line fluorometer suited for drinking water or wastewater facilities that want to detect cyanobacteria and algae in their water flow. It is an accurate, single-channel fluorometer which easily integrates with data collection systems providing a 4 – 20 mA output proportional to the fluorescence from chlorophyll in water. The Enviro-T2 Red Excitation Fluorometer has maximum sensitivity for better detection of cyanobacteria; the Enviro-T2 Blue Excitation Fluorometer is configured with maximum

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AUVs Under Ice: Past Milestones, Promising Future

The marine environments beneath ice are arguably some of the least accessible on earth. Ice is a formidable physical barrier that can range in thickness from centimeters to hundreds of meters—an impediment that has not diminished our desire to uncover the secrets that lie beneath.    In the heyday of manned submarines, under-ice was seen as an important operating theater, where the ability to listen and monitor one’s foes was crucial. As manned submarines have given way to unmanned vehicles, the duties of under-ice research have widened to include more fundamental motivations

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US Shore Landing for Monet Submarine Cable

TE SubCom said it has completed the U.S. shore landing for the Monet Submarine Cable, a 10,556km cable that will connect Boca Raton, Fla. to Fortaleza and Praia Grande, Brazil, where shore landings were completed earlier this year.   Monet is owned by Google, Algar Telecom, Angola Cables and ANTEL. The 100G-capable cable system will provide a low latency route from Brazil to North America with a minimum bandwidth of 60 Tbps.   “With our system supply partners at TE SubCom, we’ve seen tremendous progress on Monet in the past several months, making today’s U.S. shore

Well Cap Clamp. Photo: 3D at Depth

World's First Fabrication of Subsea Well Part Using LiDAR Data and 3D Printing

 Fugro and 3D at Depth, a global provider of advanced subsea LiDAR systems and solutions, announce the world's first application of subsea LiDAR data used to 3D Print an accurate 1:1 physical model of a damaged well part.    The ability to use accurate spatial data in subsea part fabrication with 3D printing, introduces a wide range of possibilities to reduce costs across intervention planning and Life of Field programs.    The subsea part fabrication was part of a larger project conducted in early 2016, using 3D at Depth's subsea LiDAR SL 2 technology and point cloud

Aqua Comms Taps Bayliff as CEO

cable development, private equity and government clients in the industry, and Vice-Chairman of the United Nations joint task force that examined the gathering of disaster mitigation and climate information from the global web of undersea cable systems. He also served as CEO and a board member of Huawei Marine Networks, which he led from a start-up to initial success in the subsea cable construction industry while introducing several major, technological advances into the marketplace. Prior to this, he was a member of the executive team of FLAG Telecom where he served as an officer and deputy chairman

EMO DOMINO-7 Mk-2 fiber optic multiplexer system (Image: MAcArtney)

MacArtney Supplies EMO Mux Systems to Unique System

The newly established MacArtney Canada office has delivered EMO multiplexer systems designed to offer up to 2,000 watts of DC power distribution for Unique System LLC (USA), a Unique Maritime Group company and integrator of turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers based in New Iberia, La. and Houston.   Unique System, which specializes in the supply of equipment for sale and rental to the diving and offshore industries in the Gulf of Mexico region, has taken delivery of two EMO DOMINO-7 Mk-2 fiber optic multiplexer systems at its Houston branch, joining the company’s ROV rental pool

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TE Subcom Supplies MAREA Submarine Cable System

Facebook, Microsoft, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, has announced that TE SubCom has been named the system supply partner for the new MAREA submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean.   TE SubCom has completed the route survey and begun manufacture of the system at its facility in Newington, New Hampshire. The parties are on track to begin laying cable using TE SubCom’s state-of-the-art cable installation ships next year, with a scheduled completion date of October 2017.   As announced by Facebook and

Proposed cable routing for PLCN (Image: TE Connectivity Ltd.)

Facebook, Google among Builders of New Transpacific Cable

Undersea communications technology company TE SubCom has partnered up with Facebook, Google and Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd. (PLDC) to co-build a 12,800 km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles with ultra-high capacity transmission. Scheduled for commercial launch in summer of 2018, the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will become the highest-capacity transpacific route when completed largely thanks to TE SubCom's C+L technology, which effectively doubles the available bandwidth and capacity per fiber

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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

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Alaska’s (Hidden) Frontier

and subterranean of the seafloor. This makes Alaskan waters one of the most comprehensive, dynamic and economically viable platforms to work with. The platform includes 45,000 miles of sophisticated shoreline, two oceans, three seas and the Gulf of Alaska. It also has the world’s largest submarine canyon with depths to 24,000 feet, extreme tidal ranges with 16 knot currents known as tidal racing, ice-free ocean, frozen ocean and a seasonal mix of both.   Alaska is 53 miles from Russia, it boarders Canada, connects to the Arctic and is the northern gateway for Pacific Ocean maritime

Deep Sea Mooring Will Supply Mooring Equipment Services To Safe Zephyrus Semi-Submersible Accommodation Vessel (Photo: Global Maritime)

GM Deep Sea Mooring Secures Det Norske Oljeselskap Contract

Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring, a provider of offshore mooring services in Norway, has signed a contract with Norwegian operator Det norske oljeselskap to support Prosafe’s semi-submersible Safe Zephyrus accommodation rig in the Ivar Aasen North Sea field. The contract also includes support to the Maersk Interceptor ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig.   Deep Sea Mooring, which has already installed the pre-lay system, will supply mooring and pre-lay equipment; offshore personnel; mobilization and demobilization services; and operational planning for the Safe Zephyrus accommodation

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MTR100: Lankhorst Ropes

; family and LANKO ‘Strong & Light’ family, which provide an optimal combination of breaking strength, life-time safety and ease of handling .   Email: info@lankhorstropes.com www.lankhorstropes.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

MacArtney Supplies LISST-VSF to Europe

Specialized instrument made specifically for ocean optics communities is to be applied by German Center for Materials and Coastal Research providing a scientific basis for sustainable development and future-oriented coastal management.   The coasts represent an important field of research. The area in which land and water meet is a hot spot of species diversity and exchange processes and calls for closer analysis and assessment. This is undertaken by e.g. Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, German Center for Materials and Coastal Research. They will be using a LISST-VSF which is going to be deployed

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MTR100: Silicon Sensing Systems

to FOG-based products – as well as systems suitable for a wide range of navigation and stabilization requirements.   With a heritage dating back more than 100 years, Silicon Sensing Systems Ltd and its predecessor companies have a unique record in delivering gyroscope systems to the marine industry. Based in Plymouth in the southwest of the U.K., Silicon Sensing Systems produces low-cost highly reliable gyros. Having gained entry into the consumer car market, the company now produces up to 4 million devices per year, and more than 30 million to date. The company is now jointly owned

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MTR100: Novacavi

with Aquancable, a range of unique bespoke cables for maritime and underwater technologies including high performance tow cables, ROV cables, fiber optic hybrid cables, umbilicals, armored cables, as well as subsea detection and instrumentation cables. Novacavi is also focusing on its range of custom marine coax tow cables. Among them both heavy steel armored coax tow cables for harsh specialist applications and lightweight, neutral, positively or negatively buoyant coax tow cables for underwater environment.   Email: ff@novacavi.it www.novacavi.it     (As published in the July/August

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Allspeeds Unveils its Largest Fiber Rope Cutter

Allspeeds has unveiled its largest standard Webtool fiber rope cutter so far: the Webtool SL165 softline ROV tool, capable of cutting soft and fiber ropes up to 165mm diameter. Deployable either on the manipulator arm of a work class ROV or integrated within a maritime handling system, the cutter operates at any water depth. Fiber rope is widely used in subsea anchoring, equipment deployment and construction, as an alternative to steel wire. The need to handle higher loads has prompted the use of larger diameter ropes. In the event the rope needs to be cut, the Webtool guillotine cutting action

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MTR100: Focal Technologies Corporation

Focal Technologies, a Moog Inc. company, has 32 years experience in the marine industry, specializing in providing electrical slip rings, fiber optic rotary joints, hydraulic utility swivels and fiber optic multiplexer solutions for the worldwide marine industry including ROV, seismic, FPSO turret and oceanographic applications. From design to deployment, Focal’s team specializes in providing solutions for the worldwide marine industry, with innovation and performance incorporated along the way.   Product features include hybrid packages that combine fiber, electrical, and fluid rotary

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

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MTR100: Chelsea Technologies Group

within the Chelsea Technologies Group crosses throughout the company’s core market sectors with key state-of-the-art technologies commonly adopted through the market groups. Chelsea Instruments Ltd. was established in 1965 as a spin off from Imperial Collage, London. It merged in 2001 with Marine Acoustics Ltd. to form Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd. A team of  scientists and engineers are engaged in design, development, production engineering and marketing of a wide range of oceanographic sensors, sonar systems, acoustic transducers and towed vehicle systems. Applications include environment

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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

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Galway Bay Observatory Goes Live

Subsea observatory off Ireland’s coast goes live with Teledyne Marine interconnect   Ireland currently imports most of its energy from sources outside the country, but has an excellent natural resource in the form of ocean power off of its west coast, in Galway Bay. To take advantage of this clean, natural energy resource would make a major environmental and social contribution, and reduce Ireland’s carbon impact. Harnessing the energy from ocean activity will require a detailed understanding of the ocean’s behavior in this location, then subsequent commercial development to

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MTR100: Allspeeds Ltd

a new blade-on-blade cutting design that maintains the roundness of the steel wire rope cross-section makes it much easier to re-use cut ropes during drilling operations.   Email: info@allspeeds.co.uk www.allspeeds.co.uk     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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

FAST-1 recovered by Dominion Victory (Image: FORCE)

New Site Data Collected for Fundy Tidal Project

of what’s happening at the FORCE test site.”   The platform was retrieved in mid-July, and analysis of sensor data is now underway. Reliable site data is critical to all aspects of in-stream tidal energy development, including both turbine design and understanding any effects on the marine ecosystem.   The Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) program encompasses three separate underwater platforms, onshore radar, meteorological instruments, and a tide gauge. Headlining the program is FAST-1. At 4.5-tonnes and 4-metres in length, this platform is designed for frequent deployment

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Demo Event Showcases Cutting-edge Offshore Instrumentation

Technologies, the two-day event featured specialist equipment manufacturers from the US, Canada and France who took the opportunity to highlight developments in a range of areas.   Using Forum’s newly opened purpose built 6x5x4.5m test tank in Aberdeen, representatives from ITER systems, EMO Marine Technologies and Remote Ocean Systems (ROS) were able to display a number of products that had not previously been demonstrated in Scotland’s North-East.   Christian Blinkenberg, sales director for global services at Forum, said: “Financial pressures across the industry have placed

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Cables Installed for NEPTUNE Research Observatory

Following last year’s work in recovering failed fiber optic cables serving the NEPTUNE deep sea research observatory off the west coast of Canada, the U.K. headquartered Global Marine Systems Limited has now completed the final part of this maintenance contract after installing the replacement cables.    An initiative of the University of Victoria, Ocean Networks Canada operates extensive monitoring networks and undersea observatories for scientific research. One of these is NEPTUNE, the subsea infrastructure for which comprises an 800 km loop of fiber optic cable connected to

The Leopard launched inside its TMS ready for studies into hydrothermal reef formations and ecological research ‐ and laying seismographic monitors (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

The Island of Gold, the Leopard and the Falcon

gold and other valuable mineral reserves created by hydrothermal activity from hot water venting at 300°C which contains dissolved metals that form ore deposits when cooled.    Seeing the potential for extracting these minerals, Tokyo University has engaged Kaiyo Engineering, a specialist marine science company, to undertake seabed research using two Saab Seaeye robotic systems, the Leopard and the Falcon, to explore the feasibility of mining the gold, cobalt and the copper-rich manganese crust.   The University’s program is a quest to establish world-leading exploration technologies

The first two Bibby apprentices – left to right – Ed Beattie and Alan Mackintosh. (Photo: The Underwater Center)

Underwater Center Links with Bibby for ROV Apprenticeships

Scottish subsea training facility, The Underwater Center, has partnered with Bibby Offshore to provide ROV apprentices with the opportunity to gain practical, unique hands-on experience.   The apprentices, who are employed by Bibby Offshore but are still too young to go offshore, will benefit from operational experience in the field with live ROVs and will undertake a  wide variety of tasks including the mobilization/demobilization of the work class ROV.   The first two apprentices have completed three weeks of training where they gained experience in the Center’s mechanical

MacGregor's fiber-rope retrofit system is designed in modules for rapid installation (Image: MacGregor)

Fiber-rope Retrofit Extends Subsea Crane Capabilities

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched a fiber-rope retrofit option for its subsea cranes; the modular upgrade replaces the crane's original steel wire rope with synthetic fiber rope, using the same technology as MacGregor’s fiber-rope crane, the FiberTrac 1500, introduced earlier this year. These cranes combine MacGregor's offshore crane technology with the fiber-rope tensioning technology perfected by Parkburn Precision Handling Systems. According to MacGregor, fiber rope’s advantage when used in this context is that it weighs virtually nothing in water, so regardless of the

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iXblue Offers a Full Range of INS for All AUV Types

 iXblue Offers a Full Range of INS for All AUV Types   With Phins C3, C5 and C7 range, iXblue now provides fully scalable systems that cover all inertial navigation needs for any size of AUV. Based on iXblue’s silent true solid state Fiber-Optic Gyroscope technology, the Phins Compact Family guarantees high accuracy, unrivalled reliability and proved robustness.   The iXblue’s Phins Compact Family has been designed to offer the AUV industry players the ability to choose an inertial navigation system adapted to their vehicle, whatever their size and mission, from accurate

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MacArtney Expands into Atlantic Canada

Business acquisition of EMO Marine Technologies Ltd. (EMO Marine) consolidates MacArtney’s presence on the Canadian east coast; acquiring the Canadian company ensures optimum positioning of the sixth regional operation in the North American market   Canadian manufacturer of subsea communication systems, EMO Marine, is the latest acquisition of the MacArtney Group. EMO Marine is a technology company founded in 2012 specializing in engineering and manufacturing of a range of fiber optic video/data transmission systems appropriate for various marine and subsea applications.    MacA

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Technip Bags Statoil's Umbilical Supply Contract

Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Technip Umbilicals Ltd.(1) has been awarded a contract by Statoil ASA to supply the umbilical(2) to the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field offshore Norway. This field is located approximately 8 kilometers North West of the Oseberg field center at block 30/9-30/6 on the Norwegian continental shelf, at water depths of 100 meters. The contract covers project management, engineering and manufacture of over 9 kilometers of static steel tube umbilical. The umbilical includes a large bore integrated service line and multiple power cables. Technip Umbilicals’

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Norway's Subsea Valley Eyes the Future of Things

“underwater drone” for the mass consumer market.   “It’s for exploring and inspecting out-of-the-way, not easy-to-get-to locations,” she says. With one camera, a main thruster, two vertical thrusters and two GoPro cameras for quality, the Blueye is envisioned filming marine life; inspecting subsea infrastructure for gas leaks or surveying a ship’s hull or harbor for the unexpected. The potential for this throw-overboard technology as a diver’s companion is plain to see, as are its possible military applications.   Offshore, the Blueye could cheaply

Sea Wasp (Image: Saab)

Saab Develops Underwater Anti-IED Robot

Designed to combat below-the-surface terrorism, Sea Wasp is the latest generation remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from defense and security company Saab.   Presented at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md., Sea Wasp has been engineered to relocate, identify and neutralize underwater improvised explosive devices (IEDs). While most underwater IED threats are disposed of manually by trained explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers, Sea Wasp is operated remotely by two-person teams from the surface, allowing operators to keep a safe distance from the explosives.

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Tuco Marine Bags Wind Farm Service Boat Order

Tuco Marine Group of Denmark informs it has inked a new order for its 11-meter wind farm service boat from the ProZero series of fast rescue boats, daughter crafts and workboats.   Tuco said the new order is from a major, but for now undisclosed, company in the European offshore market, and marks the third sale in a row of the group’s 11-meter wind farm service boat, a vessel designed specifically to the far offshore wind farm market as a daughter craft to the SOVs that are to enter this market during the coming seasons.   The ProZero 11-meter wind farm service boat is a dedicated

Richard Luff (Photo: ITF)

INTECSEA Senior VP Luff Joins ITF Board

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) has appointed Richard Luff to its board as a nonexecutive director.   A chartered Civil Engineer, Luff has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector and currently serves as INTECSEA’s senior vice president for the Europe and Africa region.   ITF, a not-for-profit organization focused on the commercial needs of its members, has facilitated the launch of more than 200 projects from early stage concepts through to field trials and commercialization.   Luff began his career in 1974 and has since worked in the oil and gas

Markus Huber (Photo: R&M)

R&M Names Huber as N. America Manager

 Recently acquired Silicon Valley-based REALM Communication Group Inc. will operate under R&M USA Inc. as of May 1   Swiss Cabling and Connectivity specialist R&M announced that Markus Huber will lead its North American Operation and become President of its U.S. subsidiary.   During his career, Huber has held various senior management positions within the ICT industry. He has been Sales director of a large System Integrator and Managing Director of a leading ICT Distributor in Switzerland. Within R&M, Markus founded and managed R&M Far East with its subsidiaries in

The WHOI-designed and -built Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Sentry was used to locate the voyage data recorder from the sunken cargo ship El Faro. (Photo by Walter Cho, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

WHOI Helps Locate El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder

 A team of scientists and engineers from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), U.S. Coast Guard and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have located the voyage data recorder (VDR) of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro, which sank during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015, killing all 33 crew aboard.    The VDR was located at approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday in the waters between Florida and the Bahamas at a depth of approximately 4,600 meters. The team used a tandem system of unique vehicles to locate the coffee can-sized recorder: The autonomous underwater vehicle

OCTANS NANO (Image: iXBlue)

STR Adds iXBlue Equipment to Its Rental Portfolio

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), a provider in the rental of marine equipment to support the offshore survey, IRM, subsea construction and renewable sectors, has increased its portfolio of specialized subsea rental equipment with the purchase of iXBlue’s OCTANS NANO.   iXBlue, a navigation, positioning and imaging solutions provider, is supplying the OCTANS NANO subsea gyrocompass for utilization by STR clients in ROV and structure monitoring operations. The order is part of STR’s expanding range of iXBlue navigation and positioning technology and comes hot on the heels of

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New Hybrid Cable for Optical Fiber Configuration

Novacavi has just engineered a special hybrid cable for latest electro optical transmission systems in marine application. It is specifically designed with single mode and multi mode fiber optics in several different protocols all together within one metal tube in combination with other electrical components. This customized hybrid cable is conceived as a perfect functional solution with a reliable pressure and temperature resistance in optimized shape. “We offer our technical expertise and manufacturing efficiency focusing on continuous improvement in applications of fiber optic technology.

The hand operated winch set for lowering the Falcon (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Camper Comfort for Freezing Falcon Team

Working in minus ten degrees centigrade high up in the French Alps, the Jifmar team found that the most comfortable and convenient way to inspect the Tignes Dam was to load their Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV system and themselves into a recreational camper.   Jean-Baptiste Loiselet, ROV Operations Manager at Jifmar, the offshore service and dam inspection company explains why the camper makes an ideal mobile base station.   “The Falcon is small enough to easily mobilize and we can contain the whole system and ourselves on board the camper for working in remote locations without facilities

R/V Neil Armstrong sails into San Francisco Harbor at the conclusion of the first leg of its inaugural voyage in late 2015. (Image by Aerial Productions, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Research Vessel Neil Armstrong Joins WHOI Fleet

;t be seen just by looking at the ship that sets Neil Armstrong apart from other ships in the fleet. Though it's still too early to tell for certain, observations during Armstrong’s initial cruises indicate that its fuel consumption will be noticeably less than other ships. At the same time, its marine diesel engines comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations to reduce exhaust emissions from large, ocean-going ships. The separators that remove oil from seawater used as coolant and ballast meet and often exceed international limits for oily water discharged back to the ocean

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iXBlue Launches ROVINS NANO

iXBlue is launching ROVINS NANO, an inertial navigation system designed for ROV navigation.  Based on iXBlue’s fiber optic gyroscope technology, ROVINS NANO has been designed for ROV pilots performing maintenance and construction operations. It offers the stability and accuracy of the inertial position, outputting true north, roll, pitch and rotation rates. Paul Wysocki, iXBlue ROVINS NANO Product Manager, said: “ROVINS NANO is able to directly transmit the ROV’s position with extreme accuracy thanks to its integrated INS algorithm capable of collecting acoustic data. This is

Midco diver with Fishers PT-1 pipe tracker, Inset - Castle diver with Fishers CT-1 cable tracker (Photo: JW Fishers)

Tracking Underwater Pipes and Cables

pipes buried up to 16 feet in the bottom, and the cable tracker is powerful enough to detect a power or communications cable at more than 30 feet away. New Jersey based Castle Group is employing both of these devices in their operations. The group consists of three firms; WJ Castle and Associates with marine engineering expertise, Hydro Marine Construction offering a complete range of commercial diving services, and Simplified Bridge Systems specializing in bridge construction. Founder William Castle has been providing marine construction and engineering services for over 30 years, and served on a number

R/V Cefas Endeavour (Photo: Cefas)

Deepwater HD Camera Enhances Cefas Monitoring Capability

Cefas’ marine monitoring capability has been further enhanced with the installation on board the R/V Cefas Endeavour of a new and unique SeaSpyder deepwater high definition camera system manufactured by technology experts Subsea Technology & Rentals (STR).    The system which is based around STR’s standard SeaSpyder package also boasts bespoke features which are the result of a collaborative design effort between STR and Cefas. The deepwater telemetry system has the capability to acquire full HD video and high resolution stills imagery of the seabed down to 3,000 meters

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CWDM for the Subsea Market

functions over significant distances with zero latency. As this article highlights, CWDM is a proven technology with exceptional capabilities and expansion potential.     For more information email the author at emiskovic@nc.rr.com.     (As published in the March 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter: http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/magazine)  

AAE-1 Cable System Upgrade Underway

, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France. Project implementation is progressing at full speed with the wet system manufacture complete, initial dry plant equipment installation and site acceptance testing complete at over half of the landings, and the commencement of marine installation with four main lay cable ships and numerous support vessels presently working, for a scheduled Ready for Service by end of 2016.   “AAE-1 is among the largest, most complex systems ever constructed, and TE SubCom’s portion includes 12 branching units, 16 landings and

iXBlue M-series

iXBlue to Equip SAAB A26 Submarines

iXBlue will equip the two type A26 next-generation submarines with MARINS units, the state-of-the-art in fiber-optic gyroscope technology. Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, February 23rd, iXBlue, a global leader in navigation, positioning and imaging solutions, is providing MARINS inertial systems to outfit the Swedish Navy’s two future A26 class submarines. Scheduled to be operational in 2024, the A26 is a unique and high-tech submarine with proven modular design. Built by Saab, it is considered today as the world’s most modern submarine program. For this new world-class submarine

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New Flexible Buoyant Hybrid Cables

New Flexible Buoyant Hybrid Cables for Inspection Class ROVs With the rise of smaller inspection class ROVs, the need for neutrally buoyant hybrid tethers has become clear, says Linden Photonics Inc. Linden Photonics has introduced a new buoyant hybrid cable with extreme flexibility.  By carefully controlling the specific gravity of the cable, a density can be achieved to allow the cable to float just behind the ROV.  The precise control of buoyancy is critical so that the ROV is neither pulled up nor dragged down. Smaller ROVs are highly maneuverable and their versatility is

The ProteOMZ expedition team; Courtesy Schmidt Ocean Institute

“ProteOMZ” Surfaces Findings in Low Oxygen Ocean Waters

a 22 day expedition, called “ProteOMZ”, aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor. During this voyage the team implemented the first large-scale deployment of a new protein biomarker technology. The “targeted metaproteomics” approach will be used to diagnose marine microbial populations and their interaction with ocean chemistry. Using underwater pumps, the upper 1 kilometer of the ocean’s microbial microbiome was sampled by filtering 85,000 liters of seawater over a 7,000 kilometers transit from Hawaii to Tahiti. The voyage on R/V Falkor focused

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Experts Partner to Launch Fiber-rope Crane

is also suitable for retrofit on existing subsea cranes. This enables upgrading the capabilities of existing construction vessel fleet without having to build new vessels, an important feature to meet the requirement for reducing the cost level of the industry.   Parkburn is a U.K.-based marine handling systems provider that has spent over 40 years perfecting the deep-water handing systems required in fire-rope cranes. Its fiber-rope winch system can be delivered as digitally controlled electrically-driven, or hydraulic-driven. Features include integral active-heave compensation and power

Deep Trekker DT340 Pipe Crawler (Image: Planet Ocean)

New Pipe Crawler Launched

Deep Trekker Inc. announced the unveiling of a new breed of pipe crawlers now available in the U.K. from Planet Ocean Ltd.   The DT340 Pipe Crawler is completely self-contained in two carrying cases, requiring no dedicated service truck to operate. Along with onboard batteries, the system requires no generators or additional power source.   “The infrastructure put in place to support our cities are quickly ageing,” commented Sam Macdonald Deep Trekker President. “Councils and service companies are looking for ways to inspect these pipelines to understand what maintenance

Final fixation of GreenLink connector to its plate (Photo: SABELLA)

Tidal Turbine Connected with Onshore Electricity Grid

French marine renewable energy pioneer SABELLA has completed a cable operation connecting a tidal turbine to an onshore grid.   The operation was carried out in the Fromveur Passage, off the island of Ushant, France, and the future outcome of connecting the two halves is a coverage of 15 to 20 percent of the Ushant island’s electricity consumption needs. Completed with the help of a MacArtney connectivity solution, the ‘Sabella D10’ tidal stream turbine project includes two drymate GreenLink connectors, one linked with the turbine, the other one connected to the export cable.

TE SubCom Boost Cable Manufacturing Capacity

, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and producer of undersea communications technology, has increased capacity throughput of cable manufacturing at its wet plant factory by 50 percent in an effort to continue meeting customer and market demand, the company announced. In addition, the company has expanded its marine fleet capability to include a sixth 3-meter plow, providing 3-meter burial tools across the entire construction fleet.   SubCom achieved a 50 percent increase in capacity throughput through an upgrade to its existing power conductor manufacturing lines, as well as the addition of new lines

MTCS UK Set to Impress China's COOEC

During the recent state visit to Britain by China's President, Xi Jinping, U.K. based, MTCS (UK) Ltd (Maritime Training and Competence Solutions), were on location in Shenzen, delivering High Voltage training to COOEC personnel, China’s offshore engineering construction company.   U.K. Ministers were expecting more than £30 billion of trade and investment deals to be struck during the President's visit, with the Treasury hoping that within 10 years China will be Britain's second biggest trading partner.   With this in mind, Richard Warburton, Managing Director, MTCS (UK) Ltd

Gen 5 Multiplexer Courtesy Seatronics

Seatronics, Meridian Complete Mexico Pipeline, Deliver Cost Saving

  Seatronics has completed a project with marine services organisation Meridian Ocean Services (Meridian) in Mexico. The aim of the project was to inspect and chart existing pipelines along the coast of Ciudad Del Carmen, and required a full survey equipment spread utilising a Forum Comanche ROV. As a light work class ROV would be inappropriate for the type of planned inspection (due to the payload capacity of 250 kg) Seatronics proposed the implementation of the RTS Gen 5 Multiplexer as a suitable solution for the identified issue, as well as the use of a technician to help with the integratio

DOE’s Bergman, Sabo & Takeda

Deep Ocean Engineering

latest technology to the market, Deep Ocean has recently diversified its product line with the introduction of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Leveraging the knowledge and experience of the ROV world, the new USV product line continues that same tradition of an integrated robotic solution for various marine applications. In addition to offering a complete range of standard ROV and USV systems, Deep Ocean provides customized solutions for clients with specific requirements. Tailor-made solutions are engineered from component technologies, which have been proven in various industry applications. The

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