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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Kongsberg Launches Complete Survey Vessel

pole with pre-installed motion sensor, GPS heading & position system and sound velocity sensor. The operator uses a console mounted ruggedised laptop to plan and control the survey. The vessel is even equipped with a VHF radio and is coastguard approved for use at sea with an International Marine Certificate.   By design, the GeoSwath CSV is effective in a wide range of shallow survey applications. Its shallow draft, high top speed and manoeuvrability combined with the stability of a catamaran hull make it ideal for use in both marine surveys and on canals, river and lakes. The ability

USNS Maury  (US Navy photo by Robert Fluegel)

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

Underwater GPS Developer Kit (Photo courtesy of Blue Robotics)

Water Linked Launches Underwater GPS System

Norwegian technology supplier Water Linked has launched a new Underwater GPS system that leverages traditional GPS along with Water Linked’s unique underwater acoustic positioning technology.   Designed to enable underwater positioning in a wide new range of marine technology applications, this system is priced at $4,800, half the cost of existing underwater positioning systems. The Underwater GPS Developer Kit is available for order with the first deliveries expected in June 2017. California-based Blue Robotics is the first partner to integrate the Water Linked Underwater GPS

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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

Six micro-UUVs ready for delivery (Photo: Riptide)

UUV Manufacturer Aims Big by Going Small

Different Batteries Options  Energy Option: Predicted Endurance @ 2 knots (per foot of battery volume) Alkaline: 30 hours Lithium Ion (Rechargeable): 36 hours Lithium Ion (Primary): 100 hours Open Water Power: 400 hours   (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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SoCal Tech Focus: Global Ocean Design

standard with an o-ring face seal, four 7/16-20 tapped connector ports with blanking plugs, and a vacuum port. With only 5psi vacuum differential (approximately 10psi internal), the spheres are held together with nearly 300-lbs of force.      (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

The worksite (Image: DOF Subsea UK)

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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New Inertial Sensors for Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicles

Embedded sensing systems developer LORD Sensing MicroStrain said it has expanded its portfolio of sensors for unmanned and autonomous vehicles for air, land and sea with the introduction of the 3DM­GX5 family of inertial sensors.   “We have a large portfolio that shares the same software and protocol, allowing customers to move up and down the product line where they need varying levels of precision with MEMS Inertial Sensors or GNSS,” said Andy Winzenz, Commercial Director, LORD Sensing. “Customers can stay within the LORD family and dial into their needs. LORD continues

Mapping Drone Powered By HYPACK

Southeastern geospatial solutions company SurvTech Solutions, Inc. has selected the NEXUS 800 powered by HYPACK as its aerial mapping solution.    When asked why the HYPACK Solution was chosen, SurvTech Solutions president David O’Brien said the answer is simple: “Our goal was to acquire upland data simultaneous with subaqueous data and make a seamless point cloud of upland and submerged data. The integration of the Puck with our heading RTK GPS, IMU and sonar was extremely straightforward and HYPACK was there every step of the way. Since that integration, we have been collecting

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US Defense Department Orders 60 ROVs for Explosives Disposal

Mobile Units around the globe.   The new SeaBotix vLBV 300 systems will be fitted with a range of commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment, including SeaBotix's unique tracked crawler attachment skid, imaging sonar, tooling options, altimeter and USBL/GPS navigation capability plus the Teledyne Marine autonomous ROV navigation package – SMARTFLIGHT.   "Teledyne SeaBotix is honored to be awarded this contract," said William Kikendall, President of Teledyne SeaBotix. "Teledyne SeaBotix ROVs are robust and reliable systems that are used by EOD and other military and security

High-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders chartplotters Photo Lowrance

Lowrance Debuts High Powered HDS Multifunction Displays

a network of CHIRP transducers. In addition to integrated wireless connectivity that enables anglers to download software updates and map purchases directly to the unit, HDS Carbon features Bluetooth control of multiple Power-Pole shallow water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub 2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease with HDS Carbon using proven Lowrance navigation technology, built-in C-MAP Insight mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and compatibility with the most expansive selection of optional cartography

Mosaic generated by SIPS Backscatter engine (Image: Teledyne CARIS)

CARIS Onboard 1.1 Launched

Marine mapping software developer Teledyne CARIS has released CARIS Onboard 1.1, which enables users to process data in near real-time resulting in minimized data conversion and processing times. Designed with autonomous operations in mind, CARIS Onboard will save time as less interaction is needed for automated survey activities.   This release introduces several new processes including the incorporation of the SIPS Backscatter engine. Backscatter mosaics can now be generated alongside surfaces in near real-time. This version also presents the ability to compute GPS tide, and apply observed

New System Taps Ocean Thermal Energy to Power Underwater Vehicles

its location with a GPS beacon for a recovery by ship.   The seed round funding for continued research, development and commercialization of the TREC Battery ended in December 2016, including funds from angel investors, and grants from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Breakout Labs and Schmidt Marine Technology Partners.   Seatrec said it is continuing to pursue revenue growth with a focus on research and development for its next generation of commercial products, including a high-endurance underwater free-drifting UUV scheduled for sea trials in 2017, an underwater glider in 2018/19 and

RockBLOCK has been integrated on specially developed wave buoys deployed on to sea ice floes in the Arctic and Antarctic by NIWA. (Photo: Rock Seven)

‘Small Satcom’ Aids Polar Climate Research

With the growing need to secure new data from remote and inhospitable areas of scientific interest balanced against commercial challenges and tough competition for academic budgets as a background, the U.K.’s Rock Seven is reporting an upsurge in its Iridium satellite communication products being used for environmental science applications in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Several successful deployments have proven the robustness of the company’s RockBLOCK and RockFLEET systems, the manufacturer said, highlighting its suitability for reducing costs not only in the research sector, but also

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OSIL Offers New Low-cost Satellite Modem

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has added a new low-cost, low-power satellite modem to its range of telemetry equipment. The system will publish data, including traditionally high cost/volume currents and waves, from any location globally using the Iridium satellite network.    Monthly line rental costs are minimal, and data costs are kept low (as little as 4p per message) by using SBD messaging with big bundle deals available for multiple or long term deployments. Conventionally current and wave data transmitted via satellite has proved expensive for the end user owing to the

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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View from the Top: Dr. James Delgado, NOAA Director of Maritime Heritage

March 25, 1921 bound for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii had vanished without a trace.   Fast forward to March 23, 2016. NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) revealed to worldwide media that the wreck had finally been found – almost by accident – in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in California. The announcement was made after several family members of the captain and crew had been personally notified – a job Dr. James Delgado, NOAA’s director of maritime heritage and his colleagues, take very seriously.   Just a week earlier, arriving at the house

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New Fisheries Research Vessel for Angola

, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towage operations.   KONGSBERG’s delivery is focused on design, engineering, equipment, material and services for the Integrated Bridge System, Dynamic Positioning System, marine ecosystem monitoring and seabed mapping. The contract was awarded based on KONGSBERG’s well proven ability to deliver state-of-the-art integrated systems for research vessels, which provide efficiency and performance benefits in both vessel operational and scientific applications.   

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

Emily MacPherson (Photo: MetOcean)

MTR100: MetOcean Data Systems

; 21 Thornhill Drive, Dartmouth, NS, Canada B3B 1R9 Phone: 902-468-2505 Email: [email protected] CEO/President: Tony Chedrawy Number of Employees: 54 Annual Sales: $15m Sales Manager: Emily MacPherson     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Hydroid Announces REMUS Software Updates

Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid, Inc., a manufacturer of marine robotic systems, has released version 7.4.0 software updates for its REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and REMUS Vehicle Interface Program (VIP), an intuitive graphical interface that allows users to view the vehicle's status, program missions and download the data, all from one easy-to-use program.   According to Hydroid, the 7.4.0 software updates include:    REMUS Vehicle Added Support for the Line Capture Line Recovery (LCLR) Module: This allows for increased operational flexibility for autonomous

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MTR100: Valeport Ltd.

TQ9 5EW  Phone: +44 1803 869292 / Email: [email protected] CEO/President: Matt Quartley Annual Sales: $11.5m Sales Manager: Kevin Edwards Number of Employees: 84 / Square Footage: 28,000     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: Yunzhou Tech

real-time transmission measurement. Since the draft of our survey boat is only 20cm, it gives good for  survey performance in offshore and shallow water area.   Email: [email protected]     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

M.V. Shengking (Photo: CNCo)

Industry Collaboration Helps Oceanographers Study Climate

Measuring devices being installed on a cargo ship will provide oceanographers with vital data on the oceans’ ability to slow the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as part of a major new collaboration between industry and the National Oceanography Center (NOC).   The cargo ship belongs to the China Navigation Company (CNCo) who are partly funding this project. Scientists from the NOC, will work with CNCo using its multi-purpose vessel, m.v. Shengking to record changing patterns in the flow of carbon dioxide between the air and oceanic surface waters. The data will be sent

Coast Guard R&D Center researchers board a helicopter as they prepare to evaluate remote Alaskan sites to establish a communications relay network. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Research & Development Center staff)

USCG Evaluates Comms Equipment in Alaska

Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluates state-of-the-art communications equipment and Next Generation Incident Command System in Alaska   At nearly 663,000 square miles, Alaska is the biggest state in the United States and over twice the size of Texas. The state’s size and the remoteness of its northern communities make emergency response challenging. In response to growing economic and tourism interests in the Arctic, Coast Guard District 17, Alaska Command and the State of Alaska and other state and federal partners will conduct a mass rescue exercise called Operation

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


Webinar: HydroSurveyor-M9 powered by HYPACK Max

Wondering how the new HydroSurveyor-M9, CastAway-CTD and HYPACK integration might simplify bathymetric data collection in a practical (and budget-friendly) way? A webinar will be held August 23, 9 a.m. PDT, as SonTek Product Manager Isaac Jones and HYPACK General Manager Harold Orlinsky give an overview and share customer examples of how this powerful instrument/software duo is solving real-world problems today. HYPACk said registrants will learn how to: Get quality data faster and with less fuss. Water sound speed corrections are interpolated based on location and time with the fully

A dynamic array of sensors for NC State’s Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) will aid in valuable data collection. (Photo: SeaRobotics)

SeaRobotics Delivers USV for NC State University

SeaRobotics Corporation has delivered the USV 2.5, an autonomous 2.5 meter unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to the Center for Marine Science and Technology at North Carolina State University.   The USV, built by SeaRobotics, was funded by an award from the National Science Foundation’s Marine Lab Facilities Program. Given the diverse capabilities of the USV, it will be utilized as both an experiential-based teaching tool and to conduct basic and applied research in lake, river, estuary and costal environments.   The USV 2.5 is equipped with a suite of scientific instrumentation that

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Magnetic Sledge Aids Underwater Object Retrieval

A new magnetic sledge introduced by Oslo-based Miko Marine is capable of retrieving ferrous objects as small as a fingernail from underwater.   Measuring two meters by one meter, the sledge is made from aluminum and equipped with 10 permanent magnets. When towed over the seabed, the sledge can pick up objects that may be covered by sand or silt and achieve results that would be difficult or impossible for divers to equal, said Miko Marine, a salvage technology company that has particular expertise in the use of magnets.   Each magnet is suspended independently beneath the sledge from a

The German polar research vessel Polarstern off the coast of Spitsbergen. (Foto Sebastian Menze)

RV Polarstern Starts Arctic Season

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are setting out with the research vessel Polarstern towards Spitsbergen, to use newly developed equipment in the Arctic Ocean. Autonomous instruments on the seabed, in the water column and in the air will complement the long-term measurements of the deep-sea research group. In this way researchers can analyse the climatic changes in the Arctic and their impact on the fauna in the future with higher temporal and spatial resolution. For the first time the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) "Tramper&

Swathe Services Named HYPACK Dealer for UK, Ireland

Swathe Services announced that they are now a HYPACK dealer for the U.K. and Ireland.   This means that they can now offer HYPACK hydrographic survey software to customers purchasing R2Sonic packages and also to anyone operating within the offshore industry.   The HYPACK 2016 software system provides surveyors with all of the tools required to design surveys, process data, reduce it and generate a high quality end product.  It can be used for a wide range of tasks, from collecting hydrographic survey data or environmental data to simply positioning a vessel in an engineering project.

Endura (Photo: Aquabotix)

New Mini Inspection Class ROV: The Endura

Aquabotix, a marine technology company delivering the accessibility of today’s electronics products to the world of underwater ROVs, announced the availability of the Endura. The Endura has been engineered for dependability and functionality across a wide range of underwater applications, Aquabotix said.    Endura is easy to use: ready for the water in three minutes, basic driver competency is developed in about three hours with professional proficiency achieved in three days. Endura is intelligent, with a full computer is built inside the vehicle and auto controls are available in

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US Navy Seeks Improved Undersea Capabilities

Undersea navigation and positioning system development to begin for U.S. Navy   BAE Systems informs it has been selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an undersea navigation system aimed at enhancing the U.S. Navy’s ability to provide precise, global positioning throughout the ocean basins.   The contract will support a program called the Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation (POSYDON), which seeks to allow undersea vehicles to accurately navigate while remaining below the ocean’s surface.   POSYDON aims to replace

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SCRIPPS Procures ROV from Shark Marine

SCRIPPS institution of OCEANOGRAPHY, an oceanic research institution on the southwestern coast of the United States, has acquired a Shark Marine Barracuda ROV. The Barracuda will be used in conjunction with the Shark Marine Navigator, procured by the institute a couple years back.   The Barracuda is a high power, lightweight two man deployable ROV, packed with technology and plenty of thrust to get the job done. The ROV can operate at multiple power levels, from 2,000 to 6,000 watts. Allowing for a small or large generator depending on the thrust required for the job. The Barracuda boasts a

Water Level Data Quality Control Manual Updated

The U.S. IOOS QARTOD Project Publishes Manual Update for Real-Time Quality Control of Water Level Data   The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Real-Time Oceanographic Data (QARTOD) project has released the Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Water Level Data Version 2.0, which helps data providers and operators to ensure the most accurate real-time data possible.    The U.S. IOOS QARTOD project has published nine data quality-control manuals since 2012, five of which have been revised. The manuals are based on U.S. IOOS-selected

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Teledyne PDS 4.1 Introduces Visual Project Management and Setup

Teledyne PDS 4.1 software now features Visual Project Management and Setup. It includes an improved user interface which provides a visual presentation of the survey tracks on the World globe. When zoomed in on, it will appear as a flat plane to be viewed in detail showing the GPS tracks data and the extent of the projects. Project information is available on the World globe or in the projects list. Any data type that can be visualized, for instance grid models, charts, and guidance types, can be selected and viewed with one click of the mouse. The selected data type will be used automatically in the

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Cyberhawk Uses UAV for Internal Power Station Boiler Inspection

Cyberhawk Innovations, the world leader in aerial inspection and survey using Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicles (ROAVs), has completed its first ever commercial internal steam boiler inspection, for one of the world’s leading power companies in Bulgaria.   The project, which follows on from Cyberhawk’s world first internal tank inspection using ROAVs last year, was carried out at an operational thermal power plant (TPP) and included a visual inspect of all equipment for integrity and damage assessment.   ROAVs, also known as UAVs or drones, were selected as the preferred

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Van Oord selects Valeport SVPs

Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors, a leading contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects has selected Valeport’s SWiFT SVP for its various survey activities.   The SWiFT SVP is designed to ensure a seamless workflow and has an integral GPS to geo-locate every profile.  The compact unit features high accuracy sound velocity, pressure, temperature, salinity and density measurement, plus integral GPS and re-chargeable battery.  Suited for coastal, harbour and inland hydrographic survey use, Van Oord is to deploy the SWiFT SVP as part of their

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

Global map of the variations in the pull of gravity derived from satellite radar altimetry.

Evolution of Ocean Exploration: Mapping the Seafloor with Geodesy

maps, it would take 125-200 ship-years to survey the deep oceans alone, costing billions of dollars. Gravity models are powerful tools for charting large areas of the ocean where tectonic structures and deep ocean basins remain unmapped by ships or hidden under thick sediment.   Now, the new marine gravity model announced by a team of international scientists’ shows unprecedented resolution of the seafloor uncovering several new tectonic features. It is an exciting time for ocean exploration as each new year reveals more of the uncharted oceans, catalyzing new developments in plate tectonics

DPS 432 (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Position Refrence System Integrates GNSS Services

Kongsberg Maritime has expanded its established satellite position reference system portfolio with the introduction of a new system that integrates all available Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and all possible correction services. The new DPS 432 combines full decimetre accuracy with high integrity and availability of GNSS data, supporting the safety and efficiency of offshore operations that rely on advanced Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems. DPS 432 integrates signals from GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo, and regional correction signals including SBAS (e.g. WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS, GAGAN)


Long Beach Police Choose HYPACK Marine Search

HYPACK has sold its HYPACK Marine Search to the Long Beach, Calif. Police Department, to be integrated with the department’s existing Edgetech 4125, Kongsberg MS 1000 and Diver 6 equipment.   HYPACK said its Marine Search is a simplified and user-friendly software package suited for police/fire/marine departments. The package is designed to enhance search operations by improving efficiency and safety of divers through better real time navigation information and reduced time spent on the water.  It integrates a GPS and Side-scan sonar to provide real-time bottom coverage with targeting

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A Sea of Robots

Researchers develop a swarm of aquatic robots that learn to cooperate by themselves    A team of researchers from the Institute of Telecommunications at University Institute of Lisbon and from University of Lisbon in Portugal are the first to demonstrate a swarm of intelligent aquatic surface robots in a real-world environment. Swarms of robots have the potential to scale to hundreds or thousands of robots and cover large areas, making them ideal for tasks such as environmental monitoring, search and rescue and maritime surveillance.   “Swarm robotics is a paradigm shift: we

SBG Names Swathe Services as UK Distributor

SBG Systems has appointed Swathe Services to be an authorized sales and support distributor for the marine hydrography market in the UK and Ireland. This includes all products within the Ellipse, Ekinox and Apogee product lines and includes the Split-Box with associated components. SBG Systems offers a complete line of high performance and miniature Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS), Motion Reference Unit (MRU), Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) with embedded GNSS receiver (INS/GNSS).  Their inertial navigation systems allow accurate data georeferencing whether a SONAR or LiDAR is

Australian UAV Director James Rennie prepares the drone on the aft deck of the Aurora Australis (Courtesy Australian UAV)

Drone Technology Aids Antarctic Ship Operations

   A quadcopter drone has helped navigate the Aurora Australis through the sea ice on its annual resupply voyage to Casey station. Flown off the aft deck of the ship, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) provided the crew with real-time imagery of the sea ice conditions ahead of the ship, optimising navigation decisions.   Australian Antarctic Division Future Concepts Manager, Matt Filipowski, said the drone was a valuable addition to the current suite of sea ice navigation tools, which include satellite imagery and radar.   “This is the first time the Australian Antarctic

Vessel equipment specifiers from across Europe witnessed first-hand the capabilities of Sonardyne’s NOAS as an important new aid to vessel navigation and underwater obstacle avoidance (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Demonstrates Vessel Navigation Capabilities

Maritime security technology company, Sonardyne International Ltd, has demonstrated the capabilities of its Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance Sonar, NOAS, during three days of water borne demonstrations in Plymouth, south-west England.   More than 25 equipment specifiers, owners’ representatives and vessel operators from the European superyacht industry, commercial shipping and naval community attended the event in late November to witness first-hand the capabilities of NOAS as an important new aid to vessel navigation and underwater obstacle avoidance.   Above the water, innovatio

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Fugro Awarded a Three-Year Positioning Contract by PGS

Fugro has been awarded a three-year contract by PGS for the provision of precise satellite positioning systems for its entire seismic vessel fleet.   PGS is a global provider of marine seismic and electromagnetic services, data acquisition, imaging, reservoir services and multi-client library data.   Fugro, a provider of precise satellite positioning to the offshore oil and gas industry, will supply PGS vessels with a number of completely independent Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). These systems include Fugro’s recently launched Starfix.G4 - the first commercial

Lance is equipped with iXBlue INS (Photo: iXBlue)

FOG Technology for High Latitude Navigation

imaging solutions provider iXBlue, who says FOG continues to break performance boundaries where other gyroscope technologies have reached their limits.   FOG and inertial navigation systems (INS) technologies perform even in extreme applications such as mission critical space operation, nuclear submarine stealth operation and high latitude (North) navigation. Navigation in the northern latitudes is especially difficult mainly because of the alignment. The physical effect that is measured for the alignment is the projection of the earth’s rotation rate on the horizontal plan. The higher the

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Swathe Offering the New Valeport SWiFT

Following the launch of Valeport’s new SWiFT SVP earlier this year, Swathe Services becomes the first company to offer the profiler for hire.   Featuring high accuracy SV, pressure and temperature plus integral GPS, rechargeable battery, LED status indications for GPS, battery and communications, the hand held profiler is billed by Valeport as its best, most professional and affordable SVP yet.    The new titanium profiler is easy to handle at 2kg and features charging via USB and a battery life of up to one week.   Official distributors of Valeport products, Swathe

MTR100: Hydroid Inc.

. The larger boat is equipped with a launch system. No. of Employees: 148 Part of Kongsberg Maritime’s AUV Group, Hydroid is the world’s most trusted manufacturer of advanced Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). REMUS AUVs provide innovative and reliable full-picture systems for the marine research, defense, hydrographic and commercial offshore/energy markets. REMUS vehicles are the most advanced, diversified and field-proven AUVs in the world. REMUS AUVs are combat-proven AUVs in operation with the U.S. Navy. The Company Historically, the sheer magnitude of the ocean has made

MTR100: Valeport

Velocity Probes / Sensors, Altimeters, Bathypacks, Depth and Pressure sensors, Radar Level Sensor,  Current Meters, Tide Gauges, Wave Recorders, CTD’s, Multi-Parameter CTD’s, new Fluorometer and optical sensor range, plus a  GPS Echo Sounder.      The MTR100 is Marine Technology Reporter's Annual report on 100 leading companies in the subsea industry, published in the July/August 2015 edition of MTR -

MTR100: SBG Systems

supplier of MEMS-based inertial motion sensing solutions. The company provides a wide range of inertial systems from miniature to high accuracy. Combined with cutting-edge calibration techniques and advanced embedded algorithms, SBG Systems products are ideal solutions for Aerospace, Land, and especially Marine (surface and subsea) projects such as vessel motion monitoring, ROV and AUV control, Hydrography, and Buoy positioning. SBG Systems designs, manufactures, and calibrates all its products. SBG Systems adds value to its inertial systems by designing specific data fusion algorithms and calibration techniques

Clockwise from top left; Louisville Fire Dept dive team members with their Fisher side scan, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s diver with Pulse 8X, Rochester Police dive team member with their SCAN-650 sonar, Chief David Pease of REDS Team with Pulse 6X and recovered handgun. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Dive Teams Depend on Detection Devices

Press Release -- Public safety dive teams depend on sonars, ROVs and underwater metal detectors to accomplish underwater search operations safely and effectively, says underwater search systems designer and manufacturer JW Fishers Mfg.   When a New York man accidentally fell from a concrete ledge into the Genesee River, the Rochester Police dive team was immediately dispatched. The incident commander made the decision to deploy a SCAN-650 scanning sonar recently acquired from JW Fishers. The sonar transmits a sound wave that sweeps a circle up to 200 feet in diameter. The wave bounces off

Deep Trekker

MTR100: Editor’s Choice - Five Stand-Outs

adopted around the world as the go to underwater observation tool. Based on clean-sheet, innovative engineering, Deep Trekker offers a new breed of submersibles. Deep Trekker products are used across the world for applications including aquaculture, commercial diving, salvage, military, oil & gas, marine survey, research and recreation. As the World’s first fully Portable Vectored ROV, Deep Trekker’s DTX2 patented pitching system is combined with powerful vectored thrusters for unprecedented flexibility and movement in the water. Forward, reverse, up, down, and lateral movements are

EchoBoat-MB (Photo: Seafloor Systems)

EchoBoat-MB Making its Way to Mexico

Seafloor Systems delivers EchoBoat-MB to Consorcio IUYET S.A. de C.V.   Seafloor Systems announced the delivery of one of its EchoBoat-MB systems to Consorcio IUYET S.A. de C.V., one of Mexico's largest engineering firms.   The EchoBoat-MB is a remotely controlled, multipurpose vessel capable of carrying multiple sensors for hydrographic survey projects. The system delivered to Consorcio is equipped with Sonic 2020 Multibeam Echosounder by R2Sonic LLC, Ekinox-D High Accuracy Dual GPS Inertial System by SBG Systems, miniSVS Sound Velocity Measurement Sensor by Valeport Ltd and HYSWEEP

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Hamar, Norway Bjørn Espen Aase, Managing Director,  RECAB Norway T:  +47 62 54 02 91 E: [email protected] W:   “RECAB is a provider of rugged computers; we are a hardware company,” said Bjørn Espen Aase, Managing Director, RECAB Norway. “We create innovative computer systems for demanding applications, and that includes rough environments found at sea.” We met with RECAB at the recent Norshipping in Oslo to catch up with this fast-growing computer integrator, a company which sees its business spread across many industrie

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New Sound Velocity Sensor from Valeport

Valeport has released the latest addition to its portfolio of sound velocity sensors and profilers, the SWiFT SVP.   The SWiFT SVP handheld profiler has been designed from the outset with the intention of a seamless workflow, and has integral GPS to geo-locate every profile, the manufacturer said, adding that this new compact unit features high accuracy sound velocity, pressure, temperature, salinity and density measurement, plus integral GPS, rechargeable battery and LED status indications for GPS, battery and communications.   Using a ‘twist and go’ switch on the unit

Anthony Morales dives with his Pulse 8X detector in Puerto Rico recovering lost jewelry and other “treasures”. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Metal Detecting Makes Diving a Treasure Hunt

Many scuba divers are discovering the fun and excitement underwater metal detecting can bring to their diving, says underwater search equipment manufacturer JW Fishers, who notes taking a detector along on a dive turns it into a completely new experience, even for divers that have “done it all”: underwater photography, spearfishing, rebreathers, scooters, etc. As one diver said, “It doesn’t take a gold bar to get the adrenaline pumping; any discovery feels like treasure. It’s like an Easter egg hunt.”   Puerto Rico has a long rich history and is often referred

Underwater Metal Detecting Makes Every Dive a Treasure Hunt

Underwater Metal Detecting Makes Every Dive a Treasure Hunt

Many scuba divers are discovering the fun and excitement underwater metal detecting can bring to their diving. Taking a detector along on a dive turns it into a completely new experience. Even divers that have “done it all”; underwater photography, spearfishing, rebreathers, scooters, etc, are surprised with the thrill they get finding things with a detector. As one diver joyously exclaimed, “It doesn’t take a gold bar to get the adrenaline pumping, any discovery feels like treasure. It’s like an Easter egg hunt!”   Puerto Rico has a long rich history and is

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