Monday, February 20, 2017

MEMS Motion Tracking

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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

McDermott Wins Offshore Contract from Saudi Aramco

McDermott International, Inc. said it has secured a contract award from Saudi Aramco for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of four jackets and three gas observation platforms offshore Saudi Arabia. The total weight of all structures combined is 11,595 tons.   “As the third fast-track jacket contract from Saudi Aramco in the last 18 months, this award is a testament to McDermott’s successful performance on previous fast-track projects for Saudi Aramco,” said Linh Austin, McDermott’s Vice President, Middle East & Caspian. “McDermott

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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How to Find a Stuck PIG in a Subsea Pipeline

Finding a stuck PIG in your subsea pipeline, a step-by-step guide   Shutting down a subsea pipeline as a result of a PIG blocking up the system can cost a business tens of millions of dollars in lost production.    Industrial technology specialist Tracerco is on hand to guide you on remedying a blocked subsea pipeline as a result of a stuck PIG in the quickest time possible. Just follow these steps to find the solution:   1. Safety first A stuck PIG not only creates an immediate production issue which will impact on a business’ revenue, but it also has the potential to

Tracking the UK’s Carbon from Soil to Sea

power of the highly distributed set of Centers NERC has across the nation to conduct this ambitious, sampling program. Besides the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) who lead this project, the centers include; the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), together with the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso, Scotland. Knitting together a sampling and analysis framework is no small task, for this reason LOCATE conducted a highly successful dry run in November 2016 in readiness for the formal start in the second week of January

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U.S.House Passes New Water-Resources Measure

Today's passage of S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), formerly known as Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), by the U.S. House of Representatives, moves the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction. "We applaud the House for passing this legislation before the end of the year, which is critical to modernizing ports and port-related infrastructure across the country," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. "The South Carolina Delegation worked extremely hard to move this bill

Seabed Worker ROV Photo Swire Seabed

Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

investing in new assets and facilitating the company’s development and expansion in both current and new market segments,” says CEO, Swire Seabed, Arvid Pettersen.   Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, Swire Seabed is a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore, a diversified marine services conglomerate. Swire Seabed prides itself on its strong track record of undertaking a wide range of subsea operations and its team of highly experienced onshore and offshore specialists.   Swire Seabed’s other subsea vessels are Seabed Worker, Seabed Supporter and Seabed Prince

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Nexus 2 USBL Available for Rent in the U.S.

Applied Acoustics’ new Nexus 2 USBL positioning system, launched at Oceanology in London earlier this year, is now available for rent in U.S. via the company’s American representatives Subsea Technologies Inc based in Katy, Texas.    Nexus 2 is the latest and most sophisticated system in the range of subsea USBL systems that are designed and manufactured by the Great Yarmouth, U.K., based company.  Incorporating advanced bidirectional spread spectrum acoustic protocols Nexus 2 achieves greater, reliable accuracy over an extended operational range. Embedded as standard

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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

The 4,200 sq km BroadSeis 3D seismic survey offshore Morocco was acquired by the Geo Caspian. (Photo: CGG)

CGG Achieves Near Real-time Imaging for Offshore Survey

CGG delivered imaging results in near real-time for a 4,200 sq km BroadSeis 3D marine seismic survey acquired offshore Morocco, providing the very-fast-track (VFT) RTM PSDM volume to the client four days after the last shot.  The crew of the CGG Geo Caspian worked in partnership with the client to complete the program ahead of schedule.  According to CGG’s CEO, Jean-Georges Malcor, “This exceptional achievement surpasses our record last year when we delivered 1,700 sq km of fast-track depth imaging data just nine days after acquisition for another survey offshore Morocco

Subsea Integration Alliance Awarded Deepwater Integrated EPCIC Contract

Subsea Integration Alliance has announced the industry’s first deepwater integrated subsea engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) multiphase boosting system award. This award, by Murphy Exploration & Production Company–USA, a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation, is for the industry’s longest deepwater subsea multiphase boosting tieback. Building on a track record of numerous engineering studies, this is the first EPCIC project award for Subsea Integration Alliance, which was formed July 2015 between OneSubsea, Schlumberger, and Subsea 7.

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Pacific Coast Marshes More Resistant to Rising Seas than Atlantic

A NOAA-sponsored study established a methodology and baseline for tracking the effects of climate change on coastal marshes. The initial study focused on 16 marsh areas in 13 states. The higher resilience rating for Pacific marshes is because West Coast marshlands are generally at higher elevations, and Pacific oceanographic circulation tends to push water away from the coast, reducing the effect of sea level rise. The study was conducted by NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The technical report, Assessing tidal marsh resilience to sea-level rise at broad geographic scales

Royal IHC 550t Reel Lay systeem for Shanghai Salvage Photo Royal IHC

Royal IHC, Shanghai Salvage Ink Reel Lay System Deal

Royal IHC have signed a contract with Shanghai Salvage in China for the supply of an integrated 550t Reel lay system. This will be the first Reel lay system in the Chinese market and will be one of the largest and most sophisticated Reel lay systems worldwide. The pipelay system, which includes not only rigid pipe but also flexible pipe lay capability, will be installed on the new offshore construction vessel of Shanghai Salvage. IHC Engineering Business, a subsidiary of Royal IHC, will lead this prestigious project, with engineering concept design already well underway. Project execution of

Production Vessel En Route to North Sea Kraken Field - EnQuest

The vessel needed to start production at EnQuest's Kraken oil field in the North Sea sailed away from Singapore on Nov. 23, the company said, indicating the oil field's start-up schedule remains on track. The field, one of the largest oil fields currently being developed in the North Sea, is expected to start producing first oil the first half of next year. The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel is set to arrive in the North Sea in mid-January, EnQuest said. (Reporting by Karolin Schaps)

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Phase 1 Cable Laying Complete at Rampion Wind Farm

Fugro said it has completed the first phase of cable laying operations on schedule at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the U.K.’s Sussex coast, as the program takes a break over winter.   The installation of 60 cables was completed at the end of October – three more than the 57 cables originally planned. Subsea construction vessel Fugro Symphony commenced site operations in August, having transported some 75 kilometers of cable to the Rampion site on its 2,000t carousel. Sister vessel Fugro Saltire completed cable burial in November using Fugro’s high performance Q1400

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New Subsea Encoder for Deep Water Operations

SCANCON Encoders has introduced its newly tested SCH68SUB model, an encoder designed specifically for subsea operations.   In recent years, exploration and production companies have focused on designing and installing subsea facilities, but one of the many difficulties they encountered was the inability of encoders to work in the subsea environment unless housed in a pressurized container. Recognizing the need for an encoder that could operate in this harsh ocean environment, Scancon developed the SCH68SUB, which it said is the industry’s first heavy-duty encoder for use in subsea operation

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AutoNaut Partners with NOC Robotics Center

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

Walter Robertson and Craig Smith (Photo:  NS Decom)

NorSea Group, Scotoil Combine as NSDecom

NorSea Group (UK) Ltd and Scotoil Services Ltd, two of the leading service companies in the onshore decommissioning sector, have joined forces as NSDecom. The new collaborative venture will  bring more efficient and cost effective benefits to the sector by providing a single project focal point for all services related to quayside and onshore decommissioning activity. Targeted at operators, project managers and lead contractors the new partnership combines the logistics expertise of NorSea Group with Scotoil’s track record of experience in waste management and NORM decontamination.

Left: Simon Gillet, CEO, Wave-tricity and Stewart Graves, managing director, Mainstay Marine Solutions (Photo: Mainstay Marine Solutions)

Mainstay Secures Funds for Wave Energy Converter

A designer, builder and maintainer of workboats and renewable marine energy devices has won a contract to build a new energy device for a £5.8 million scheme in South Wales.   Pembroke Dock-based Mainstay Marine Solutions will complete the first major stage of an innovative wave energy converter development project on behalf of client Wave-Tricity.   The contract win continues a successful period for Mainstay, which now employs 80, with 10 percent of the direct workforce consisting of apprentices. The firm’s turnover has increased by a third, from just under £4m to more

New GeoSwath 4 Deck Unit (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Upgrades its Shallow Water Multibeam Echo Sounder

Kongsberg Maritime has launched GeoSwath 4, the fourth generation of its GeoSwath shallow water multibeam echo sounder, brought up to date with new features, better software and improved performance after more than 10 years on the market.   GeoSwath 4 features a new look deck unit, which is smaller and lighter, with sufficient Ethernet, USB and serial interfaces to suit any combination of peripheral sensors. Inside, the new hardware enables the GS4 to transmit on both port and starboard transducers simultaneously, doubling the previous along track data density and increasing the performance and

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Silicon Sensing Supports Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project

On September 6, 1620, the Mayflower set sail for America with 102 intrepid early settlers bound for the new land across the Atlantic Ocean, a perilous journey which took 66 days to reach what we now know as Cape Cod, Mass.   To mark the 400th anniversary of this undertaking, a team led by U.S.-owned but Plymouth-based firm MSubs, and including Plymouth University and charitable research foundation ProMare, has initiated a plan to design and build a fully autonomous ship to make the same Atlantic crossing, completely unmanned, in 2020. During the voyage, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship –

ESS technical director Michael Cowie (Photo: ESS)

Ecosse Subsea Systems Invests In New Jetting Tool

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) is to invest up to £3 million ($3.74 mln) in developing a water-jetting tool which has the potential to double trench production rates in seabed trenching operations.   The subsea and engineering technology company has awarded a contract to Northumberland-based Osbit which specializes in bespoke engineering projects for international energy clients.   Osbit will be the lead detail design and development provider for the SCARJet subsea vehicle which features ESS’s unique water-jetting and burial performance enhancement technologies and complements

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Liquid Robotics, Boeing Demonstrate Warfare Capabilities

Liquid Robotics and Boeing have for the first time used a network of persistent unmanned surface vehicles (USV) to detect, report and track a live submarine in a naval demonstration.    Four Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft (SHARC) were deployed off the coast of Northern Scotland during the British Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 2016 demonstration. The autonomous surface vehicles used advanced Boeing acoustic sensors in the live anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission.    Over the two-week demonstration, the SHARCs detected and tracked an advancing unmanned underwater

BARKEEPER (Image: Fluid Systems)

The Future in Solids Control

For the past 34 years, Fluid Systems has provided solids control and drilling mud systems, engineering and equipment to the oil and gas, industrial and mining segments – both offshore and onshore.   Now with oil prices down and efficiency as important as ever, Fluid Systems provides the tools to help improve efficiency and accomplish or even surplus production goals with its latest technological novelties. The company brings to the table four innovations that it says offer the potential to save as much as 75 percent of solids control costs: the Barkeeper (Dual Density Solution), the Multi

Gemini 720is (Image: Tritech)

Oceanscan Invests in Tritech’s Gemini Systems

Tritech International Ltd, a Moog Inc. company, has secured a deal with Oceanscan for the purchase of multiple Gemini 720is and Narrow Beam Imaging (NBI) units from the company’s range of multibeam imaging sonars.   Launched in March 2016, the Gemini 720is is an upgrade of the Gemini 720i combining the benefits of high-definition imaging with long-range target detection making it suited for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) platforms, including installation on pan and tilt units.    The enhanced electronics offer real-time visualization

Aker Solutions to Acquire Majority Stake in Brazil's C.S.E.

Aker Solutions agreed to buy 70 percent of Brazilian C.S.E. Mecânica e Instrumentação Ltda, with an option to purchase the remaining 30 percent of the company three years after the expected close of the transaction by the end of the first quarter of 2017. The acquisition gives Aker Solutions access to Brazil's market for servicing existing oil and gas fields. C.S.E., which had revenue of BRL 322 million in 2015, provides maintenance, assembly, commissioning and crane operation services at offshore and onshore facilities. "Aker Solutions has established a solid

Seven Borealis (Photo: Subsea 7)

Subsea 7 Bags Offshore Egypt Contract

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a contract offshore Egypt by Pharaonic Petroleum Company to be executed at water depths of over 900 metres in the Atoll field. The contract scope includes the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of more than 40 kilometers of rigid pipelines and associated structures for the new Atoll field, tying into the existing Taurt field at a water depth of 100 meters. A 105 kilometer umbilical will also be installed linking the Atoll field to shore. Engineering and procurement services have already commenced. Offshore campaigns will take place in the

Teledyne RESON T50-R Ultrahigh resolution Multibeam Echosounder with fully integrated Inertial Navigation System (Image: Seafloor Systems)

Seafloor Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Teledyne

Seafloor Systems has signed an International Distributorship Agreement with Teledyne RESON and Teledyne BlueVew, business units of Teledyne Instruments, Inc.   BlueView manufactures a variety of underwater surveying systems, including M900-2250 2D and 3D imaging sonars, and BV5000 3D Multibeam inspection sonars. RESON manufactures the SeaBat Multibeam Sonar systems, including the new SeaBat T-series (SeaBat T50-P, T20-P, and new T50-R, T20-R).   Seafloor Systems provides and supports customized integrated turnkey sonar solutions, both sales and rentals. In addition, the company recently

L-R: Gerard Keser, N-Sea CEO; Jochem Langenhuijzen, Bodac CEO; Paul van Waalwijk van Doorn, N-Sea General Manager; Dirk van de Vleuten, Bodac Manager  (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea, BODAC Partner for UXO Projects

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, and BODAC UXO have announced an agreement to jointly market and execute marine UXO Survey, Identification and Removal projects across Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia.  In doing so, they will have the capability to offer developers, contractors and operators of offshore windfarms a complete suite of UXO solutions.    N-Sea has gained an impressive track record of unexploded ordnance campaigns, with experience in the investigation and mapping of potential targets using state of the art survey methods, ROVs and divers. With a history of 60

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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

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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

Location map of the CGG multi-client surveys in Mozambique (Image: CGG)

CGG Awarded Seismic Data Project Off Mozambique

and magnetic survey in the Southern Mozambique Basin.    The proposed multi-client seismic program in the Mozambique Zambezi region will form part of a comprehensive, fully integrated geoscience package that will give participating companies a better overall understanding of the region. Marine gravity and magnetic data will be acquired simultaneously with the seismic to aid regional interpretation. The interpretive phase of the program will benefit from the full range of geoscience expertise from CGG’s Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir businesses. This will include geological and

Stefan Eliasson, Phil Wilson (Photo: MMT)

MMT Appoints UK Sales Manager

MMT has appointed Phil Wilson as U.K. Sales Manager based in the Banbury office.    Wilson has a track record as a technical sales and business development leader gained in the marine and offshore environment, working in the energy, construction and earth and marine sciences sectors. He brings experience and knowledge on geophysical, geotechnical, environmental and metocean survey gained through previous engagements with marine survey, dredging and construction contractors. He joins MMT from Baker Hughes, where he was responsible for business development and sales of geomechanics and

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New Glider Piloting Software from Teledyne Webb Research

Teledyne Webb Research (TWR), a manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) including the Slocum G2 glider and Slocum hybrid glider, has released its new glider piloting software, the Slocum Fleet Mission Control Software (SFMC).   SFMC is a software suite used to manage multiple TWR Slocum glider deployments around the world. SFMC builds on the traditional Dock Server software application and provides a web based front end that allows for collaboration among multiple glider pilots.   TMR said the new SFMC software suite offers customers some key benefits including active

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OFG Expands AUV Capability

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

Location map of the different CGG multi-client survey products available in the Santos Basin. (Image: CGG)

CGG Starts Santos Basin Survey for Next Pre-salt Licensing

CGG said it has begun a large broadband 3D multi-client survey in the pre-salt area of the deepwater Santos Basin. Santos VII (Saturno) is the third phase in CGG’s pre-salt project collectively known as the Santos Basin Trilogy, designed to make ultramodern seismic datasets available as quickly as possible to support each phase in the pre-salt evaluation process in anticipation of Brazil’s next pre-salt licensing round.   Santos VII (Saturno) will cover an area of over 13,900 km2, including the highly prospective Saturno prospect, a major pre-salt opportunity with no 3D seismic

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Thales Ready for UK Navy Unmanned Systems Test

System across the future surface fleet.   Commander Peter Pipkin, the Fleet Robotics Officer said, “The technologies and concepts being demonstrated in Unmanned Warrior have the potential to fundamentally change the future of Royal Navy operations just as the advent of steam propulsion or submarines did for example. By working closely with a wide range of system providers from defense, industry and academia, Unmanned Warrior has also become the catalyst for a level of discussion and participation that sets the gold standard for collaborative projects.&rdquo

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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.   

Voyager Drifter Buoy (Image: Fastwave)

Fastwave’s Voyager to Be Used in the Ocean Cleanup Project

The Ocean Cleanup Project is developing technology to extract plastic and other debris floating in the world’s oceans. The technology relies on ocean currents to transport the plastic towards collection arrays that concentrate the material, so that it can be extracted and re-cycled.  The project is focused on the “great garbage patch” in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,500 nautical miles from the U.S. West Coast. Validation of the ocean plastic transport models is a requirement for the next phase of the project, commencing in October. This will be achieved

Ocean engineers from MIT, the University of Minnesota at Duluth and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have accurately simulated the motion of internal tides along a shelf break called the Middle Atlantic Bight — a region off the coast of the eastern U.S. that stretches from Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. (Image: Google Earth)

Scientists Uncover Explanation for Hidden Ocean Swell Interactions

rollercoasters called internal tides trundle along for miles, rising and falling for hundreds of feet in the ocean’s interior while making barely a ripple at the surface. These giant, hidden swells are responsible for alternately drawing warm surface waters down to the deep ocean and pulling marine nutrients up from the abyss.   Internal tides are generated in part by differences in water density, and created along continental shelf breaks, where a shallow seafloor suddenly drops off like a cliff, creating a setting where lighter water meets denser seas. In such regions, tides on the

Applied Acoustics' 1000 Series Beacon fixed on diver's jacket by GOSL survey crew (Photo: Applied Acoustics)

GOSL Picks Up Nexus USBL Positioning Systems

with the additional systems we own is a real plus.”   The company deploys its Nexus USBL systems with 1000 Series Mini positioning beacons and the smaller 200 Series Micro beacons from Applied Acoustics. The larger beacons are most often mounted on the GOSL work class ROVs, such as its Argus Mariner or its Super Mohawk , but are also used to track divers during inspection work, for example during a subsea Hose Change Out Project that took place in waters offshore Equatorial Guinea.   One of the most recent projects using one of GOSL’s Nexus systems was a Mattress & Spool Piece

Fugro Aquarius (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Selects Sonardyne Acoustics for ROV Support Vessel

One of Brazil’s most advanced ROV support vessels (RSV), the Fugro Aquarius, has specified acoustic positioning technology supplied by Sonardyne Brasil Ltda., to support its subsea inspection, repair and maintenance activities in the region.   Already delivered and fully commissioned, the Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system is being used to track the precise position of the vessel’s Work-class ROVs in water depths of upto 3,000 meters. It is also providing the vessel’s dynamic positioning (DP) system with position reference data to allow it to remain on-location whilst

FSI Pinger. (Photo: Falmouth Scientific, Inc.)

FSI: Two New Products to Find, Recover Autonomous Assets

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. (FSI) is pleased to offer two new products to assist in the relocation and recovery of autonomous underwater systems and assets:   -- SAF-553 Stand-Alone Flasher   -- ELPF-553 Flash-Pinger   These are small, lightweight, battery-powered, intelligent devices that can be mounted directly on AUVs, Gliders, or other underwater equipment for recovery after their mission duration has elapsed. Multiple user-programmable settings allow for selection of delay, timing, flashing, and frequency options which enable use in a variety of different applications.   &n

FUGRO’S CABLE LAY SPREAD

Fugro Reduces Offshore Wind Development Down Time

A development by Fugro for its work class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) has been utilised successfully in cable lay touchdown monitoring operations at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. A new track base unit, fitted to its FCV ROV, has been introduced to ensure highly accurate cable positioning during cable lay operations in strong currents. The unit ensures the continuation of operations in strong currents by enabling the ROV to run along the seabed instead of flying through the water. It is fitted to the existing ROV frame but can be detached easily if required. The unit was developed following

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

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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

Emily MacPherson (Photo: MetOcean)

MTR100: MetOcean Data Systems

; 21 Thornhill Drive, Dartmouth, NS, Canada B3B 1R9 Phone: 902-468-2505 Email: kburton@metocean.com www.metocean.com 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

Pulsar sidescan sonar tow fish (Image: Kongsberg)

New Real-time SonarWiz Interface for PulSAR Sidescan Sonar

Enhanced mapping capability allows for broader use of PulSAR for hydrography and other applications.   A powerful new tool for real-time seafloor mapping is available for those using Kongsberg GeoAcoustics' PulSAR sidescan sonar thanks to a new interface with Chesapeake Technology's SonarWiz mapping software.   The new SonarWiz interface allows PulSAR users to acquire data from multiple sensors, process imagery in real time, generate state of the art mosaics, create detailed contact reports and produce sophisticated outputs leveraging a wide range of formats.   “We wanted to

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Red Marine Delivers Clamp Handling System

Red Marine has delivered a Subsea Clamp Handling System to a U.S. based provider of subsea riserless light well intervention services. Working to a tight deadline, Red Marine delivered the fast-track project in eight weeks from initial consultation through to commissioning of the clamp handling system. With a Working Load Limit of 15 tons, the system is used to facilitate the installation of a Red Marine supplied umbilical clamp during well intervention operations. Between operations, the handling system can also be used to provide a safe storage and maintenance location for the clamp.  Gi

MTR100: RJE International

and R&D capability to expand and improve its product offering. The firm is currently working on several research projects which will enlarge its IP and growth potential.   Email: Sales@RJEInt.com www.RJEInt.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: SBG Systems

SBG provides 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 geared 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 delivers high performance and cost-effective MEMS-based Motion Reference Unit (MRU) and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) to the Marine industry

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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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Industry Costs & ROV Technology

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

Bosch Rexroth signed the Declaration of accession to the DeepSea Mining Alliance at the Rexroth booth of SMM ((f.l.t.r.: Michael Jarowinsky, Managing Director DeepSea Mining Alliance; Ad de Brouwer, Director Sales Marine and Offshore, Bosch Rexroth AG; Dr. Alexandre Orth, Manager Application Solutions & Support Marine and Offshore, Bosch Rexroth AG; Jörg de la Motte, Senior Vice President Sales, Industrial Applications, Bosch Rexroth AG; Dr. Martin Voss, Team Leader Industrial Ressource Harvesti

Bosch Rexroth Joins DeepSea Mining Alliance

Mineral raw materials from the sea may contribute to ensuring the longterm supply of industrial nations with important raw materials. The DeepSea Mining Alliance supports the development of deep sea mining projects in order to allow for an environmentally friendly extraction of these raw materials in the future. Bosch Rexroth has strengthened the Alliance since 6 September 2016. On 6 September, Bosch Rexroth signed the Declaration of accession of the DeepSea Mining Alliance on the occasion of the SMM. The DeepSea Mining Alliance founded in Hamburg in 2014 offers a platform for partners from industry

Teledyne Marine Plans 2nd Technology Workshop

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

Wave Glider (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Liquid Robotics Names Nordic Partner

Liquid Robotics, designer and manufacturer of Wave Gliders, announced a new business and technology partnership with Maritime Robotics, a Norwegian system integrator of autonomous maritime systems.   Joining Liquid Robotics’ Open Oceans Partner Program, Maritime Robotics is now an authorized partner to sell Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders and associated mission and integration services to customers throughout the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.   One of the first customers from this partnership is flight tracking service provider Flightradar24

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MTR100: LinkQuest Inc.

longer range with high accuracy. LinkQuest’s EchoSweep 300 Multibeam Echosounder is a high-resolution, robust and cost-effective swath bathymetric system for mapping of sea floor, inland waterways and reservoirs. LinkQuest also manufactures PinPoint LBL acoustic positioning systems and Precision Marine Geodetic Systems used for tsunami and earthquake monitoring and prediction.   6749 Top Gun Street, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121 Phone: 858.623.9900 Email: sales@link-quest.com www.link-quest.com CEO/President: Ning Xiao, Ph.D. Testing Capabilities: 12000 psi pressure testing facility

Dr. Gordon Drummond (Photo: NSRI)

NSRI to Help Companies Get Technology off the Ground

 NSRI to Help Companies Get Technology off the Ground   The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) is hosting its second annual Developers Day event on September 15 in a bid to further support companies to get their technology to market.    The session will feature a series of presentations outlining available resources and the support organizations which can provide assistance with research and development, tax, funding and patenting.   Representatives from HGF Ltd, Johnston Carmichael, Burness Paull, Astrimar, and Simmons & Co will also take to the stage to

Photo: Shark Marine

MTR100: Shark Marine

Canada-based Shark Marine Technologies Inc. develops and delivers innovative technologies for commercial diving, scientific research, survey firms, film production companies, search and recovery organizations and some of the most elite military and law enforcement agencies around the world, and has recently secured a pair of naval references. The company supplies video systems, ROVs and accessories, diver held systems, diver delivery systems, software, sonar systems, magnometers, tether management solutions, connectors as well as other custom products. Shark Marine’s MAKO diver delivery

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MTR100: Klein Marine Systems, Inc.

body sensor and subsystems. The sonar employs advanced signal processing techniques and superior acoustic design to improve overall along track target resolution. The UUV 3500 was developed as a side scan sonar with the benefit of an advanced bathymetry payload for the AUV, ROV and UUV markets. The Klein Marine Systems HydroChart 3500 is a lightweight, low-cost, wide-swath, professional shallow-water underwater survey mapping instrument that supports IHO SP-44 Special Order quality bathymetric survey data collection, co-registered with high-resolution side scan imagery for navigational charting, dredging

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