Monday, February 20, 2017


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

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

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

Scenes from OI 2016 in London. (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Preview: OI North America 2017 San Diego

Oceanology International North America: OI 2017 set to cover the full extent of marine science and ocean technology    The first edition of Oceanology International North America (OINA), established from the well-known OI event in London, will make an impact within the ocean science and technology industries in San Diego, Calif. in February 2017.   OINA is set to capture the full extent of the marine and ocean technology industries in North America. The event is the newest addition to the Oceanology International portfolio, with the flagship Oceanology International event in London

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Engineers Expand the Window for Installing Monopiles

Longitude Engineering – a specialist marine engineering subsidiary of the LOC Group – working closely with Rampion and its contractors, has developed an  analysis and modeling process to fully understand why large monopiles oscillate in relatively small wave heights; and to increase the operating window for their installation. Monopiles and turbines are increasing in size as wind farms move farther offshore.    At the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which is currently under construction off the south coast of the U.K., the developer was concerned that these large structures

Oceanology International heading to North America (Oceanology International 2016 at ExCeL London pictured) (Photo: OINA)

OI North America 2017 Registration Open

is now open for the debut Oceanology International North America (OINA) exhibition and conference. Taking place at the San Diego Convention Center, California on February 14 – 16,2017, OINA is an exciting new biennial series that will bring together 1000s of professionals from the ocean science and marine technology communities across the Americas and globally. Based on the same uniquely diverse approach that has helped to establish OI London as the leading event of its kind, OINA is set to become the must-attend forum for industry, academia and government looking to share knowledge in order to

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Exploring Alien Oceans with AUVs

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

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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:     (As published in the July/August

James Crawford (Photo: Turner Designs)

MTR100: Turner Designs

to these tools, Turner Designs introduced Enviro-T2 for inline monitoring of cyanobacteria in water treatment plants.       Email: / CEO/President: James Crawford     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Teledyne Optech to Present CZMIL Capabilities at Oceans 16

Teledyne Optech said Chief Scientist Dr. Viktor Feygels will attend the Oceans 16 MTS/IEEE conference in Monterey, Calif. on September 22 to present the object-detection capability of the Optech CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar.   The presentation is titled “Meeting the International Hydrographic Organization Requirements for Bottom Feature Detection Using the Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL)” and was co-written with Teledyne Optech’s Vinod Ramnath and Brant Smith, and with Yuri Kopilevich of ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia.   In his

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MTR100: nke Instrumentation

is involved in several research projects, both nationally and internationally, and works in partnership with scientific institutions such as Ifremer and CNRS.   Email:     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Valeport Ltd.

TQ9 5EW  Phone: +44 1803 869292 / Email: 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

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: ASL Environmental

backscatter and for the measurement of ice draft (proxy for ice thickness) for 6-month to 24-month deployments in some of the planet’s most isolated areas.    Email:       (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: McLane Research Labs

, as well as custom instrument housings.   121 Bernard Saint Jean Drive, E. Falmouth, MA 02536 Phone: 508-495-4000 Email: CEO/President: Susumu Honjo (CEO) Number of Employees: 16     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Falmouth Scientific, Inc

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. has a long history of supplying precision instruments and services into the marine science community and oceanographic markets. Throughout the years FSI has been recognized for high quality instrumentation to measure physical ocean and fresh water parameters. The company is no longer only known for these measurement systems as it has made a place for itself in the marine survey industry with advanced seismic, sub-bottom, and side scan sonar systems. These systems are a result of its strong engineering design knowledge, extensive field experience, and its rich history in

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MTR100: Nortek AS

quality by removing contamination from fish or other influences.   Vangkroken 2, Rud, Norway 1351 Phone +47 6717 4500 Email: CEO/President: Atle Lohrmann Number of Employees: 100     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Rockland Scientific Inc.

viability of tidal power generation infrastructure. In 2011, Rockland formed a strategic partnership with JFE Advantech, a major oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer in Japan, covering distribution and new sensor technologies. In 2013, Rockland formed a strategic partnership with Partrac, a marine data acquisition company specializing in oceanographic surveys. Partrac utilizes Rockland’s technology and expertise to provide turbulence measurement solutions for the U.K. tidal energy industry. Such information is useful to the optimization of turbine design, site selection and turbine layout

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MTR100: Aquatec Group

Aquatec Group creates instruments, services and solutions for measurement, monitoring and communication underwater, providing solutions for all water environments, including offshore structures and pipelines; oceans, estuaries, rivers and lakes; and marine mammals and fisheries.   Founded by the current managing director in 1990 as a specialist consultancy in oceanographic instrumentation design, Aquatec has since established a diverse portfolio of products for the measurement of oceanographic and process parameters, including temperature, depth, turbidity, suspended sediment, motion, orientation

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

Oregon State University Seeks New Research Vessels

in addition to cost factors.   In January 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected OSU as the lead institution to finalize the design and coordinate the construction of a vessel – and possibly up to two more – a project considered crucial to modernizing the country’s marine science research capabilities.   These “regional class research vessels” are designed for studying coastal waters out to beyond the continental rise as part of the U.S. academic fleet that is available to all ocean scientists conducting federal- and state-funded research and educational

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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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Mediterranean Excursion for Applied Acoustics’ Deep Tow Sparker

The Applied Acoustics deep-tow sparker DTS-500 has recently been deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, off the continental slope of Majorca, working on a project with SOCIB, the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forcasting body. Assisted by SOCIB’s Oceanographic Instrumentation Technician, Carlos Castilla Álvarez, the DTS-500 was deployed in deep water, up to 500m, at a distance up to 1km from the SOCIB research vessel.    “We achieved greater than 60m penetration and with increased data resolution, up to 15cms, the sub-bottom profiling results were excellent across

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

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

New ROTV System to Aid German Naval Research

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

TideStation (Photo: Valeport)

Valeport Debuts New Tidal Observation Solution

TideStation is a new self-contained tidal observation solution from Valeport that aims to optimize performance of instrumentation and provide a simple to install and maintain tidal observation hub.   With Valeport’s tide gauge system at its core, the compact and robust TideStation is designed to be flexible in its configuration, offering pressure, radar and hybrid tidal observation techniques coupled with interfaces to other meteorological, telemetry and third party systems.   Simplicity of installation and use was at the forefront of the TideStation’s development, Valeport

Ross Stevens (Photo: Fugro Geoservices)

Stevens Named Managing Director of Fugro Geoservices

2012, he was appointed deputy MD of Fugro Engineers BV based in the Netherlands. He returned to Fugro Seacore as a director in 2015, ahead of its integration in October 2015 as part of Fugro GeoServices Ltd.   During his time at Fugro, Stevens has developed extensive experience in managing global marine site investigations in oil and gas and the renewables markets.   Commenting on the appointment Stevens said: “To be taking on the position of MD is a great honor, especially at a time when Fugro is playing such a key role in site characterization for the UK’s new nuclear program

The new polar research vessel will be equipped with MacGregor offshore cranes and Triplex systems specifically designed for handling research equipment in extreme temperature environments (Image: MacGregor)

MacGregor to Equip China’s New Polar Research Ship

The Polar Research Institute of China has ordered a new 14,300gt polar research vessel. Designed by Aker Arctic Finland, it will be the first vessel of its type to be built in China, though a shipyard has yet to be named.   The 122.5-meter multifunctional icebreaker will be able to handle ice up to 1.5 meters thick, achieving a continuous icebreaking speed of two to three knots. It will have an endurance of 20,000 nautical miles and with a full 90-person crew, it will be able to cruise for 60 days without resupply.   MacGregor, part of Cargotec, said it has won an order to supply MacGregor

The Signature500 is mounted on the turbines that are operating in the EDF Paimpol-Bréhat project. This image was shot shortly before the deployment of the second turbine on the seabed. (Photo: EDF)

Defining Optimum Operational Speeds for Tidal Turbines

It is crucial for OpenHydro to obtain precise current, wave and turbulence information as they are delivering two of the world’s first grid connected tidal arrays.   Tidal turbine manufacturer OpenHydro Technology Ltd, a DCNS company, have opted for Nortek’s Signature instrumentation to aide in their understanding of the environment in which its 16 meter diameter tidal turbines operate.   Two such turbines have already been deployed on EDF’s Paimpol-Bréhat project in France. Two more turbines are in the final stages of completion and will be deployed in the Bay

AML Oceanographic Opens Nova Scotia Office

AML Oceanographic, a manufacturer of instrumentation and sensors for hydrographic surveying, environmental monitoring and more, has opened a new office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.   The office will be staffed by recent additions to the AML team: Mark Smith, Darrell Groom and Murray Eisan, whose backgrounds in the ocean technology industry bring a wealth of practical experience to AML and its customers. In addition to providing customers extended access to AML service and support, their focus will be on the technical development and production of sensor platforms and instrumentation.

Aquatec Taps Seascape for Distribution Representation

Seascape Subsea Technology has signed on as a representative for the distribution of Aquatec Group’s underwater instrumentation for oceanographic, environmental and coastal applications in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg.    Seascape will provide sales support for Aquatec’s AQUAscat acoustic suspended sediment profilers, AQUAlogger temperature and depth loggers, AQUAlogger 210TY turbidity logger and AQUAmodem Op1L optical modem.

Fugro deployed its WARIS to monitor bpTT’s subsea equipment integrity in an area of strong currents (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Enables Safer Drilling for BP in Strong Currents

Fugro has provided a spectrum of services to BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC (bpTT) to allow safe drilling and completion of five subsea wells in an area of strong currents. The services include wellhead motion (fatigue) monitoring, metocean measurements and positioning services.   The positioning activities were carried out onboard the drilling vessel as well as on the three supporting anchor handling tugs (one tug had subsea acoustic ROV positioning). Fugro provided bpTT with dimensional control survey services, DGNSS verification, gyrocompass calibration and offset measurements, navigation at the

Ocean, Space-themed Missions for MATE ROV Competition

the moons of the planet Jupiter. On May 21, teams of local elementary, middle school, high school, and after-school clubs will compete in an underwater robotics competition that focuses on the use of technologies used for ocean and space science and exploration. Hosted annually by Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition encourages students from Alpena, Flint, Stockbridge, and other Michigan towns to learn and apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills as they develop underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or

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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

Mike Theobald (Photo: WFS Technologies)

Theobald Joins WFS Technologies as Project Director

WFS Technology has appointed Mike Theobald as Project Director for Australia and SouthEast Asia.   Having worked in the subsea industry for over 25 years, Theobald will bring considerable subsea control systems knowledge and understanding to the role, as well as an insight into how best to use Seatooth products and technology.   Theobald started his career with FSSL (formally Kvaerner Oilfield Products now Aker Solutions) in 1988, just as subsea systems were gaining popularity.    His core discipline is in subsea control systems. Roles with both operators (BP, Maersk Oil

Coast Guard to Host Underwater Robotics Competition

The U.S. Coast Guard will host local students participating in Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Oahu Regional Competition Saturday at Base Honolulu.   The contest’s top winners will travel to Houston to compete against the winning teams of other regional MATE international ROV competitions, June 23 to 25 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Lab.   The students are preparing for journeys to the depths of the Earth’s oceans and the farthest reaches of Europa, one of the moons of the planet Jupiter. The teams from local elementary, middle school

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OSIL Small Field Buoys Deployed on Dredge Projects

International data buoy manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) are reporting extensive use of its 0.7m Small Field Buoy on international dredging projects.   The lightweight, easily repositionable buoys can be repeatedly deployed to follow in the path of dredgers in order to monitor plume activity, and are often complimented by the OSIL 1.2m Tern buoys, which provide more permanent monitoring stations for long term projects.   The robust buoys are constructed from rotationally moulded polyethylene hulls that are foam filled for added security. Instrumentation is securely

MacArtney and dotOcean delivery of an integrated solution comprising dotOcean’s DensX density profiler with a MacArtney winch system for Government Agency RWS Photo MacArtney

MacArtney Winch Deployment from Vessels of Opportunity

five different standard winch models constructed from high-quality stainless steel. Customers choose between a broad range of specifications including speed, pull, motor size and cable capacity. MacArtney CORMAC M winches are portable, dependable and versatile systems capable of handling multiple marine applications and tasks. The winches feature a modular and compact design allowing for flexible system installation on board vessels having confined deck space. Ultimate application Dutch Rijkwaterstaat (RWS) is the end user of the integrated dotOcean/MacArtney solution and it is to be deployed

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Oregon State Seeks Shipyard Input for New Research Ship

the vessel.   In January 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected Oregon State as the lead institution to finalize the design and coordinate the construction of the vessel – and possibly up to two more – a project considered crucial to maintaining the country’s marine science research capabilities.   The design phase has been completed by The Glosten Associates, a naval architecture firm based in Seattle, and the RFI is a chance to generate market interest and to get feedback from industry on the design and other project documents. OSU plans to issue a

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

Casey Moore (Photo: Sea-Bird Scientific)

View from the Top: Casey Moore

commercial businesses: The Ocean Research Business Unit and The Sea-Bird Coastal Business Unit. "When it comes down to it we are an Ocean Science business, and we build sensors for ocean scientists … that’s at the core."     (As published in the April 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)  

Mosaic of Reson 7125 data over Plymouth Harbour, U.K., processed in SIPS Backscatter (Image: CARIS)

Teledyne to Acquire CARIS

Technologies Incorporated and CARIS jointly announced that the CARIS business and its international affiliates have agreed to be acquired by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teledyne. CARIS, headquartered in Fredericton, New Brunswick, is a developer of geospatial software designed for the hydrographic and marine community. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The closing of the transaction, which is subject to customary conditions, is anticipated to occur in the second quarter of 2016.   Founded in 1979, CARIS pioneered software for processing and visualizing sonar data, as well as for producing

Swathe Services, CEE Hydrosystems Ink Distribution Deal

, U.S., has entered into a new 2016 distributor agreement with Truro, U.K. based Swathe Services, hydrographic survey instrumentation sales and support specialists. The appointment is the latest in a series of new agency agreements with the goal of further promoting the new CEE echo sounder systems for marine and freshwater survey environments. James Williams, Managing Director of Swathe Services said, “We are looking forward to our partnership with CEE HydroSystems. The company has a strong quality focus, high integrity, with an emphasis on driving their technology forward and continuing to

Barracuda in action - Algeria Photo Damen

Damen Delivers Reservoir Dredge Package

The Damen Field Service crew has just returned from commissioning the Barracuda cutter suction dredger in Algeria. The customised Damen Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) 500 has been delivered with a complete dredging package including a booster station and dredge piping enabling immediate start up. The CSD500 will perform maintenance dredging in a reservoir. As reservoir dredging can be quite a challenge, the standard dismountable CSD500 has been customised. Its job is to clear a water reservoir in an inland location in Algeria. As it is relatively deep, the CSD500 has been fitted out with a longer

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

Subsea Boosting Starts in the Gulf of Mexico

OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, announced the successful commission and startup of subsea boosting systems installed in ultradeep waters, located in the Gulf of Mexico.   “We strive to deliver the solutions that help customers reduce costs while increasing recovery from the reservoir, and in this case, our subsea boosting technology is enabling the customer to optimize production from one of the world’s deepest subsea reservoirs,” said Mike Garding, president, OneSubsea, Schlumberger.   Installed in depths of approximately 2,100 meters, the subsea boosting systems

UNOLS Offers Deep-Submergence Training Cruise

A 2016 Deep Submergence Training Cruise on the R/V Atlantis is being proposed to include a 2-day pre-cruise workshop July 26-27, 11 d at sea with telepresence July 28 to August 7, with HOV Alvin (5 science dives) and AUV Sentry, plus a 1 d post-cruise follow-up August 8; sailing Woods Hole, Mass. to Morehead City, N.C.   This is the first leadership training cruise with deep-submergence assets, and it will be the first ‘telepresence’-enabled leadership training program. Partway through the cruise, participants on R/V Atlantis will move to the Inner Space Center (ISC) at the University

David Baumley (Photo: WFS Technologies Ltd)

Baumley Joins WFS for Scandinavia Sales

WFS Technology Ltd has appointed David Baumley as Sales Manager for the Scandinavia region. He will be based in Bergen, Norway.   Baumley will extend the market reach of WFS’ Seatooth enabled products in the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish markets. These systems provide effective, reliable and affordable subsea wireless instrumentation, control products, sensor systems, networks and communication solutions for use in underwater environments, according to the manufacturer.   Baumley has a wealth of managerial experience, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Prior to this appointment

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AMS Secures $3.5M to Fund Autonomous Ocean Monitoring

Marine data services company Autonomous Marine Systems Inc. (AMS) announced it has secured $1.6 million in seed funding, which, together with the $1.9 million in grant funding that the company won in 2015, will help the company advance existing contracts with customers in the Department of Defense and offshore energy industry, and allow the company to pursue interest from other private and public sector customers both domestic and international.   The company has paid pilots scheduled through 2017 in key markets throughout the world. “Long duration, unblinking ocean observation will allow

MacArtney and dotOcean delivery of an integrated solution comprising dotOcean's DensX density profiler with a MacArtney winch system for Government Agency.

MacArtney Brings dotOcean to North America

MacArtney continues to expand its business portfolio through a new partnership with dotOcean for North American markets. The agreement consolidates MacArtney’s strong position in key markets and provides customer access to the extensive range of dotOcean sediment and soil measurement products. MacArtney has via its subsidiary MacArtney Inc. signed an agency and sales representative agreement with dotOcean covering the North American continent. dotOcean is a Belgian company specialising in sediment and soil measurement systems and instrumentation. The products included in this partnership

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Trelleborg to Exhibit Subsea Solutions at UI 2016

Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation will showcase its range of solutions at the Underwater Intervention Conference in New Orleans, where the company will present its portfolio of subsea innovations, including its hollow glass microspheres, Eccospheres and Eccofloat syntactic foam buoyancy for remotely operated vehicles (ROV).   While at the show, delegates will get the opportunity to meet with Trelleborg’s Robert Kelly and James Guenard to discuss the importance of choosing the correct buoyancy option for subsea vehicles, as well as its new manufacturing technique that

New Approach to Subsea Systems will Reduce Cost, Risk

Ashtead Technology is publishing a White Paper at Subsea Expo to demonstrate how a new approach to the installation and integrity management of subsea systems can significantly reduce risk and cost in subsea operations.   A leading, independent provider of subsea technology and equipment has developed an advanced suite of integrated subsea monitoring and data systems to support critical aspects of construction and integrity management.   Using a building-block philosophy, Ashtead has designed a flexible core system that provides multi-channel communications and data management capabilities

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Seatronics Achieves Valeport Calibration Facility Reaccreditation

Seatronics, an Acteon company, is the first to sign up to enhanced accreditation as a supplier of third party calibrations to the ROV and survey communities, globally. The enhanced accreditation is provided by Valeport; the UK’s leading manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation. Seatronics has established calibration facilities in Aberdeen, Singapore and Houston. The original calibration facility was established in Aberdeen in 2003 to manage Seatronics’ extensive range of Valeport assets. Since then, the facility has been extended to handle increased

Edgetech Signs Distribution Agreement

EdgeTech signed an agreement with Equipment and Consulting for Hydrographic Operations (ECHO81) to act as an exclusive 6205 MPES Representative for the Americas.    ECHO81, a distributor of marine survey instrumentation, offers equipment, installation, training and support services focused on hydrographic survey operations.  ECHO81’s founder and principal, Damon Wolfe started the company after years of extensive field experience.  Damon has been serving the hydrographic industry since 2008.  His career as a hydrographer started at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Seatooth PipeLogger Thermal Insulation (Image: WSF)

WFS Cuts Cost of Monitoring Pipeline Temperature

WFS Technologies (WFS), producer of underwater wireless instrumentation and control solutions to the offshore oil and gas and renewables industries, announced the launch of Seatooth PipeLogger Thermal Insulation (TI), an asset integrity monitoring and flow assurance product designed to reduce the cost of monitoring process temperature of subsea pipelines and jumpers with up to two inches of thermal insulation.   The Seatooth PipeLogger TI incorporates an RTD (Resistance Temperature Device) housed in a novel mount designed to trap heat from the insulated pipeline. Process temperature is measured

Seatooth PipeLogger Corrosion Monitor (Image: WFS Technologies)

Reducing the Cost of Subsea Corrosion Monitoring

WFS Technologies (WFS), a supplier of underwater wireless instrumentation and control solutions to the offshore oil and gas and renewables industries, has launched the Seatooth PipeLogger Corrosion Monitor, designed to reduce the cost of long term monitoring of subsea pipelines and jumpers.   The Seatooth PipeLogger Corrosion Monitor incorporates Ultrasonic Thickness (UT) sensors that monitor wall thickness to an accuracy of 0.1 millimeters through up to 6 millimeters of pipe insulation. Up to eight UT sensors can be integrated with a single Seatooth PipeLogger to measure wall thickness at key

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TE Connectivity Expands in China

TE Connectivity (TE) is serving the Asian market with a new location and increased capabilities   TE’s new manufacturing facility in Kunshan, China is delivering the company’s C-Lite cable family of marine classified cables, expanding the offering to its customers in Asia. The new location targets reduced lead time, taking the average delivery time from 12 weeks down to just five weeks, the company said.   At Marintec China 2015, TE will feature the C-Lite line, which with the recent addition of the China Classification Society (CCS), are now certified by eight marine classific

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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Project Mars: The future of Autonomy

of events and initiatives. “This historic symbolism of a ship crossing the Atlantic was greatly apparent to us, and we began to ask ourselves, what if we could mark that occasion with something transformative; something that referenced that landmark sailing but pushed forward the boundaries of marine technology?” said Jones. “Rather than looking back 400 years, we could look forward to the next 400. So now we have this focus on September 2020, we will need to move quickly to ensure all of the funding, development and testing is completed.” THE DESIGN MSubs will be

R/V Sikuliaq Research vessels like R/V Sikuliaq are built to conduct scientific observation and experimentation.

New Ships Join the US Research Fleet

vessels are destined for additional oceanographic service, as they will be transferred to the navies of Mexico and the Philippines respectively,” says Schnoor. According to Schnoor, the new deep-ocean, general-purpose research vessel will study ocean chemistry and geology, underwater acoustics, marine biology and ecosystem management, and marine technology development. “There is still much to be learned about our oceans and the Neil Armstrong will certainly be a part of many future discoveries.” With its crew of 20, the 238-foot vessel can conduct science expeditions up to 40 days

Sahil Gandhi (left) with Sharad Kumar (right). (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Expands into Saudi Arabia

such as Nortek SeaDarQ and Nortek Oceanografische Instrumentation in the Netherlands, and Trio DataCom in Melbourne.   The Riyadh office is already open, Dammam will follow in early 2016, and services provided will include those offered by Unique Group’s five divisions: Survey Equipment; Marine & Subsea; Buoyancy & Ballast; Diving Equipment; and On-site Engineering. These new bases will also open up further opportunities for Unique Group’s recently-acquired GSE Rentals, a rental specialist of Geophysical, Hydrographic and Oceanographic marine survey equipment.   Unique

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