Remote Sensing

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight, set throughout the bay.   Australian and British autonomous underwater vehicle teams used remote environmental monitoring units to scan the bay floor and identify mine-like objects.   The US and New Zealand then sent out divers to confirm whether or not they were mines, said Lieutenant Teina Hullena of the

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Greensea Adds Wingart as Quality Control Engineer

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

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

Fiber-Optic Connector Technology for O&G Ops

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

Trimble to Distribute Teledyne's PDS Software

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

Joe Turner, Co-founder, Exocetus, and the Exocetus Coastal Glider (Photo: Greensea)

Exocetus Selects Greensea for Navigation and Control

system is entering the market – this time with the versatile, long duration, Exocetus Coastal Glider. Greensea is providing its commercially available navigation, control and automation product based on the patent-pending OPENSEA operating platform – the first operating platform for the marine industry – for the command and control of the Exocetus vehicle and sensors.     The Exocetus AUV carries more payload and is faster than competing gliders, according to the manufacturer. It also operates well in changing salinity conditions common along the coast. “But the

Domenti Apakidze on the Black Sea with his JW Fishers side scan sonar (Photo: JW Fishers)

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

 A variety of sonar systems are now being used by law enforcement and public safety dive teams, universities and salvage companies for recovery operations, subsea surveys and marine research. Sonars produce almost photographic images of the underwater environment regardless of water clarity. Side scan sonar can sweep several hundred feet of ocean, lake, or river bottom in one pass of the boat allowing large areas to be searched or surveyed quickly. Scanning sonar, which operates in water similar to the way radar operates in air, can image a 200 foot circle on the bottom in less than a minute.

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Proserv Debuts New Subsea Sampling Tool

Global energy services company Proserv has launched a new subsea sampling cylinder that can improve the quality of results and reduce risks normally associated with sample transfer. Based on existing technology, the Proserv Subsea Sampling Cylinder (SSC) is the world’s first fully qualified and certified ‘for shipping’ sample cylinder to be deployed in a subsea environment. The system accurately captures well properties throughout the lifetime of a field. Subsea cylinders allow operators to take representative production samples from a subsea  system for direct transfer to

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Semifinalists Announced

Lehigh Tide (Bethlehem, PA, United States) – Led by Matthew Ciolino - The Lehigh University team is creating a cost-effective autonomous underwater vehicle that can accurately scan the ocean. Ocean Quest (San Jose, CA, United States) – Led by Danny Kim, the team endeavors to design a marine STEM platform for students worldwide to enable project-based learning with new technology and techniques. Oceanzus (Durham, NH, United States) – Led by James Case, the team is creating a continuous operating platform that supports multiple survey assets to realize the mapping goal.

This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was seen in the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument while exploring the informally named “Enigma Seamount” at a depth of about 3,700 meters. Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA's Okeanos Explorer Journeys Into Pacific Deepwater

.7 miles (6,000 meters) deep. The 2017 explorations will run through September and are part of the third and final year of NOAA’s Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds, known as CAPSTONE, a major multi-year science initiative focusing on the deep ocean of U.S. marine protected areas in the central and western Pacific.   Managers of protected areas, the science community, and others will use the information NOAA collects to make informed decisions and learn more about the deep ocean.  “With each expedition we not only provide scientists and

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Wärtsilä joins battle against ocean plastics

sales begin. The city of Helsinki and the Port of Helsinki will manage daily maintenance of the Seabins. Sustainable and environmental initiatives Wärtsilä is a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and a signatory to the UN Global Compact, and is shaping the traditional marine and energy markets with sustainable and renewable solutions, all aimed at improving the environmental footprint of marine transport and power production. Wärtsilä provides cutting edge technology for reducing emissions from ships, by providing exhaust gas cleaning systems and dual-fuel

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Semi-Finalists to be Announced at OINA

2018. “Creation, innovation and exploration drive scientific discovery and technological advancement. The synergies we see in the technologies highlighted at Oceanology International North America and Catch the Next Wave drive these advancements and will truly change our understanding of the marine realm,” said Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., prize lead of the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE and senior director of XPRIZE’s Planet and Environment domain. “At this meeting, XPRIZE will be announcing the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE semi-finalist teams and the diversity of next generation

Thierry Boyer (selfie) and Deep Trekker ROV above the HMS Erebus wreck. (© Parks Canada)

All Hands on Deck: ROVs and AUVs Aid Search for Franklin

Marine and subsea unmanned vehicle technology is playing an increasingly greater role in underwater archaeology, including the search for the historic shipwreck Franklin.   For centuries, the ever-changing sea ice of the Northwest Passage made the route through the Arctic Ocean unpredictable and, on occasions, virtually impassable. Yet, since the 1500s the promise of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the economic benefits which would follow, were enough to entice many expeditions into this treacherous pass. One such explorer, Sir John Franklin, set sail in 1845 from England with

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Atlantic Canada Profiles: Seaformatics Systems

optional release and recovery mechanism. The MPG, a scaled down version of the PHBM technology, is configured to be integrated with any moored system or buoys to power sensors and systems at any level in the water column.       (As published in the January/ February 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Seafloor Systems Debuts EchoBoat-G2

Seafloor Systems, Inc., a provider of customized hydrographic mapping solutions for the survey and civil engineering communities, has designed the EchoBoat-G2 unmanned survey vessel (USV) that can execute survey missions via remote control or semi-autonomous, utilizing modified Mission Planner Drone software. With Seafloor’s AutoNav auto pilot module, the operator can preplan survey waypoints, upload via RF to the vehicle, and the EchoBoat drone will automatically execute the mission, going from waypoint to waypoint, then return to base.    Users can inspect, secure and maintain

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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

M² Subsea CEO Mike Arnold (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea Opens Aberdeen Office

The fledgling subsea business, which secured private equity investment towards the end of 2016, has moved people and equipment into headquarter premises in Arnhall Business Park at Westhill in Aberdeenshire.     With sights set on becoming one of the largest independent providers of ROV services globally, M² Subsea is off to a flying start in 2017, recruiting onshore commercial and operational personnel, taking possession of 27 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and mobilizing 10 of them onto a diverse fleet of subsea vessels.    The company, which is also based in Houston

Ashtead’s newly formed engineered measurement solutions group – (L to R) Mark Ellington, Scott Smith, Ross MacLeod, and Alistair Birnie. (Photo: Ashtead)

Ashtead Technology Launches Engineered Measurement Solutions Group

Ashtead Technology is launching a new service to increase efficiency and drive down risk and cost in subsea and marine operations. By applying its engineering and technical know-how to solve specific subsea challenges, Ashtead has already delivered integrated product applications to several of its clients and is currently using this approach on projects worth £6million. This has spurred Ashtead on to establish a dedicated Engineered Measurement Solutions Group to focus exclusively on this solutions-based approach to complex applications, including attitude monitoring, vibration and stress

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Case Study: Mapping a Glacial Landslide

that would allow them to see below the surface to determine the thickness of the landslide debris. Along with Shugar were a large group of scientists from Columbia University, the National Park Service, University of British Columbia and elsewhere.   The team’s plan was to map the submarine deposits with the UW-Tacoma’s Z-Boat 1800 RP named ‘Jökull’ (Icelandic for glacier) with help from Jeremy Venditti, a professor from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and Doug Bonno, an undergraduate student at UW Tacoma. Also on site was another much larger boat, the USGS

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

Russell Callender, Assistant Administrator at NOAA’s National Ocean Service Maritime, Oceanology International Conference 2016. Photo OINA

OINA Speakers Announced

the development of oil spills. Jaffe will explain the development of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) and how miniaturisation has resulted in the availability of lower cost vehicles. Ryan Thomas, Technical Director of OARS-HPSG will also feature in the technical sessions at OINA. With an education in Marine Geology and Geophysics Thomas has over 17 years’ experience working in the marine survey industry and will be presenting on the subject of Big Data, Visualization & Modeling with a focus on Scalable Processing and Visualization Tools for Large Datasets. Another notable speaker is Russell

Last year’s OAA winners Photo Society of Petroleum Engineers

Finalists for 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards Announced

Finalists for the 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards, sponsored by TAQA, have been announced today {Friday 13 January}.   Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, the annual awards recognise some of the industry’s most innovative technology developments as well as talented individuals and exceptional large and small company performance.   This year’s shortlist comprises a wide cross-section of the offshore sector, with companies large and small, spanning a variety of sub-sectors, represented.   Categories including Innovator, Emerging Technology

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New Mort Collector for Offshore Fish Farms

On behalf of its client De Maas SMC, Dutch subsea technology company Seatools completed a feasibility and conceptual design study on a Remotely Operated Mort Collector (ROMoC). The study resulted in a highly automated mort collection system capable of effectively collecting dead fish in large-scale offshore fish farms as currently developed by De Maas SMC.    In addition to innovative large-scale fish farm concepts, the trend toward offshore fish farming also requires the development of related systems, such as a fish farm cleaning system. This system facilitates efficient and reliable

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BMT ARGOSS Launches Ice Charting Capability

BMT Group subsidiary BMT ARGOSS has launched its ice charting capability which will supplement its weather forecasting offering to provide a more enhanced and cost effective service to customers looking to harsh environments.   Jean-Paul Lindeboom, Director of Metocean Weather Forecasting at BMT ARGOSS, said, “This combined capability under one roof is unique to the market.  More and more of our clients are looking at these new, harsher environments, therefore having both a comprehensive understanding of the weather and the ice regime makes sense as a complete package, providing cost

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

A massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf. (Image Credit: NASA/John Sonntag)

Vast Iceberg Poised to Crack off Antarctica

A vast iceberg, expected to be one of the biggest ever recorded with an area almost the size of the U.S. state of Delaware or the Caribbean island state of Trinidad and Tobago, is poised to break off Antarctica. A rift, slowly developing across the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula in recent years, expanded abruptly last month, growing by about 18 km (11 miles). It is now more than 80 km long with just 20 km left before it snaps, scientists said. "The Larsen C Ice shelf in Antarctica is primed to shed an area of more than 5,000 square km (1,930 square miles) following further

Rosane Zagatti (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group & the FlatFish AUV

on the seabed in a docking station and perform visual inspections and 3D reconstruction of subsea equipment and pipelines with high precision, a significant improvement over the existing autonomous vehicles,” concludes Zagatti.     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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ROV Finds Crashed Jet's Black Box in the Black Sea

Russia has found the main flight recorder from a military plane that crashed into the Black Sea killing all 92 on board, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, amid unconfirmed reports that authorities had grounded all aircraft of the same type.   The recorder, one of several reported to be on board, contains information that could help investigators identify the cause of Sunday's crash, which killed dozens of Red Army Choir singers and dancers en route to Syria to entertain Russian troops in the run-up to the New Year.   Investigators have so far said that pilot error or a technical fault

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Uncontended Voice and Data Through TDMA Networks

; On November 1, 2016, Harris’ CapRock Communications commercial business was acquired by satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited in a cash transaction valued at $425 million.     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Bishop to Chair UK’s Geological Remote Sensing Group

Charlotte Bishop, Remote Sensing Projects Manager, NPA Satellite Mapping, CGG, has been elected as Chair of the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG).    The GRSG is a special interest group of the Geological Society of London (GeolSoc) and the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), and while both parent organizations are based in the U.K. the GRSG is an international organization with members around the globe.   Bishop is the youngest Chairs the GRSG has ever had, as well as the first woman in its 27-year history to hold the position. She has served on the Group’s

An unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boat operates autonomously during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. During the demonstration four boats, using an ONR-sponsored system called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command Sensing), operated autonomously during various scenarios designed to identify, trail or track a target of interest. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Video: US Navy Tests Autonomous Swarmboats

harbor approach defense.   “The U.S. Navy knows our most important asset, without question, is our highly trained military personnel,” said Dr. Robert Brizzolara, the program officer at ONR who oversees the effort. “The autonomy technology we are developing for our Sailors and Marines is versatile enough that it will assist them in performing many different missions, and it will help keep them safer.”   ONR completed the first major demonstration of CARACaS technology on the James River in Virginia n 2014. At that time, the transportable kit containing the autonomy

UH students preparing their autonomous robotic vessel at RobotX at Sand Island (Photo: Navatek)

Student Robotics Competition Held in Hawaii

Long time kama’aina company Navatek, together with RoboNation, the Office of Naval Research, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and the support of Hawaii’s Senator Brian Schatz, have brought an international robotics boat competition to Hawaii for the first time – raising awareness of the maritime industry and demonstrating how technology can be used to care for and better understand the ocean – a perfect combination for Hawaii’s youth.    The Maritime RobotX Challenge brings together more than 200 students from 13 universities in Australia, Singapore, Japan

Boeing and Liquid Robotics have collaborated on extensive integration on the Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft (SHARC), a version of the Wave Glider, since 2014. The SHARC, integrated with Boeing’s advanced sensors, connects intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities ranging from satellites to manned and unmanned aircraft to sub-surface crafts. (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Boeing to Acquire Liquid Robotics

Aiming to grow its seabed-to-space autonomous capabilities, Boeing said it has entered into an agreement to acquire Liquid Robotics, developer of the Wave Glider ocean surface robot.   “With Liquid Robotics’ innovative technology and Boeing’s leading intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions, we are helping our customers address maritime challenges in ways that make existing platforms smarter, missions safer and operations more efficient,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.   In September 2014, Boeing and

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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

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SMP to Supply Wet Bell LARS to Bergen University

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) has secured a contract with Norwegian company Alf Lea to supply a complete wet bell system to Bergen University.    Alf Lea approached SMP to design and manufacture a wet bell launch and recovery system (LARS) with supporting 20ft DNV containerized machinery and dive control.    All aspects of the project are to be designed, manufactured and tested by the company’s workforce at the workshop site located in Preston, Lancashire.   The wet bell LARS has been designed to operate within a compact footprint to minimize the

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Tuco Debuts New ROV Support Boat

A new vessel design dedicated to the ROV support boat market has been unveiled by Denmark’s Tuco Marine: the new 15-meter ProZero ROV support boat is optimized as a working platform for underwater work, and work performed in support of divers and ROVs. These operations include underwater inspection, investigation, excavation, construction, repair or maintenance of machinery and structures, and the salvage of sunken property.  The ProZero 15 meter ROV support boat is designed with the optional feature, of being remotely controlled by a Remote Command System to enable unmanned piloting of

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Tidal Turbines to Power Remote Site in Indonesia

indicated that tidal current near the site can run at up to 2.5 meters per second providing an ideal site for harnessing tidal energy. Diesel generators currently provide all of the electrical power for the wood chipping operation and supporting infrastructure.   “This endeavor to introduce marine renewable energy on a logging site plays well with our commitment to sustainable carbon-neutral forest management,” Muljadi Tantra, Deputy Managing Director of GFPT explained. “PT BUMWI has been a pioneer in this, and is one of the first mangrove concession to obtain the Forest Stewardship

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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Sea Machines Gets a $50k Boost from MassChallenge

Boston based tech company Sea Machines Robotics was named a $50,000 GOLD-level Boston winner at the annual MassChallenge Awards, which drew more than 1,500 leaders and supporters from the local entrepreneurial community to celebrate the MassChallenge entrepreneurs at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.   A developer of technology for autonomous and remote-commanded oceanic commercial vessels, Sea Machines systems allow surface craft to operate and navigate safely and efficiently with or without an on board crew. Initial applications ready to take advantage of autonomous systems are oil

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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 –

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AUVs Under Ice: Past Milestones, Promising Future

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

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Delving Deeper with AUVs

vehicles not widely available until around 2000.    Today, with advances in technology, gliders operate with little or no need for powered systems and are typically used offshore to investigate environmental, metocean or water-mass structures.   Ashtead Technology, a leader in marine technology and subsea services, has been an exclusive distributor of Blue Ocean’s fleet of Teledyne Webb Research Slocum gliders since striking a global asset management agreement last year with the provider of ocean data solutions.   Blue Ocean’s Slocum gliders can be equipped

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New Market Player M² Subsea Buys a Fleet of 32 ROVs

of ROV services globally and offer its customers solutions for inspection, repair, maintenance, decommissioning and light construction.    Heading up the business is Mike Arnold, who brings 35 years’ experience in the subsea industry as original founder of Rovtech as well as Hallin Marine UK and Bibby Offshore’s ROV services unit. He is joined by a management team of other subsea veterans including Mark Wood and Mike Winstanley.   “The time is absolutely right for a new ROV services provider with a fresh approach that can, through experience, expertise, the correct

Artists impression of the ‘Hrönn’. (Photo: Automated Ships Ltd.)

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

existing technology to develop a robust, flexible and low-cost ship to become the market leader and offer not only a capable work-boat but provide an unparalleled R&D asset for the furtherance of this emerging industry sector.  KONGSBERG’s role in the project is to deliver all major marine equipment necessary for the design, construction and operation of Hrönn. The leading global maritime technology manufacturer will deliver all systems for dynamic positioning and navigation, satellite and position reference, marine automation and communication. All vessel control systems including

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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

TechSurge: Ocean Energy for non-Grid Connected Applications

The Marine Technology Society’s next TechSurge “Production of Renewable Ocean Energy for Small, Non Grid Connected Applications” is set to take place November 2-3 in Portsmouth, N.H. The event is the brainchild of MTS’ Marine Renewable Energy Committee, who recognized the need and opportunity to bring technologists together to focus on small non-grid connected applications of ocean energy. There are many applications for this sort of power, be it on islands that are supplementing expensive diesel power, in offshore arrays for oceanographic operations or for military operations

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

"They are the foundational recyclers of the lake." Trina McMahon (left) Katrina Forest and UW-Madison graduate student Jeff Dwulit-Smith have helped hone our understanding of actinobacteria. (Credit: Aaron R. Conklin)

We [Heart] Actinobacteria

Backed by funding from Wisconsin Sea Grant, UW-Madison researcher Trina McMahon has become the worldwide authority on the key bacteria in freshwater lakes.   Every ecosystem has a top dog, a species that out-evolves and outcompetes everything else to survive and thrive under a wide range of conditions. In freshwater lakes, that champion is a special group of actinobacteria, small microbes—like, really, really tiny —that make up a superabundant group of bacteria that’s involved in most of what goes on in the freshwater universe.   Nobody knows more about freshwater

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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. 

Dr. Breece with Fisher sonar tech Brian Awalt. Along with husband and colleague Dr. Bill Breece (Photo: JW Fishers)

Archaeologists Dive into History

expanding their underwater archaeology programs in an effort to give students a broader educational experience and a better understanding of our maritime history. The field of underwater archaeology is rapidly growing as more scientists and researchers learn to scuba dive, and the equipment required for marine exploration becomes more affordable.    Long Beach City College in California is one of the many institutions involved in these efforts. They recently added the Maritime Archaeology, Science and Technology (MAST) program led by Dr. Laurel Harrison Breece. She is a member of the Registry

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New Dredge Monitoring Buoys for Jan De Nul

Data buoy manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have supplied eight buoy platforms to Jan De Nul Group, experts in dredging, marine construction and specialized services to the offshore oil, gas and renewables industries.    The 1.2m buoys will be used on dredging or renewables projects as platforms for environmental monitoring. Each buoy incorporates a variety of sensors from different manufacturers, including AML Oceanographic, Campbell Scientific and Nortek, with specialist seabed frames for current monitoring work.    OSIL said it worked closely with Jan

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ROS Introduces New Positioner Technology

Remote Ocean Systems (ROS) has developed a new lightweight pan and tilt positioner that can be computer controlled and programmed. The new P15 positioner includes a heavy-duty connector that enables RS485 communication protocol for precise positioning and allows for field firmware upgrades. The P15 is a smaller, lightweight rugged design that is ideal for small ROV’s and bridge and dam inspections. It can handle payloads to 15 lbs with an accuracy level of 0.1”+/- 0.1”. The P15 is available air filled (70 meters) or oil filled for depths to 6,000 meters.

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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

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

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US Drafts Rules to Reduce Survey Impact on Marine Life

BOEM announces Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Gulf of Mexico geological and geophysical surveys, recommends strongest practicable safeguards to eliminate or reduce impacts to marine mammals and coastal environments   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced the availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that recommends strong measures to protect marine mammals and coastal environments in the Gulf of Mexico from the potential impacts of geological and geophysical (G&G) surveys for oil, gas and minerals.   Co

WFS Appoint IMEC as Agent in Malaysia

WFS Technologies of Livingston, Scotland, has appointed Kuala Lumpur-based Independent Marine & Engineering Consultants Sdn Bhd (IMEC) as exclusive agents for the Malysian market. The two companies will work together to expand the use of subsea automation in this sector.    IMEC was founded in 2010 to offer a network of technical expertise in Southeast Asia. It operates across a range of engineering and design disciplines including subsea support and installation. The company has a wide array of contacts and the agreement will give WFS access to this important network and local supply

Cefas’ Wave Glider Lyra secured on deck of THV Alert following recovery after a successful 48-day mission in the North Sea. (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Autonomous Marine Water Sampling Completed ‘On-demand’

scientists assess the health of the world’s oceans. Harmful algal blooms can lead to fish mortality events and cause toxicity in shellfish species which, if consumed, can be dangerous to human health. Using experimental daily satellite images of a harmful algal bloom (courtesy of NEODAAS, Plymouth Marine Laboratory), Cefas scientists navigated Lyra to a small suspected bloom of Karenia sp. north of the Dogger Bank. Once in the area of the bloom, scientists monitored the near-real time data from the on-board chlorophyll sensor to confirm its presence. They then commanded the water sampler on Lyra

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

Photo: Ocean Conservancy

Young American Sailors Call for Action on Marine Pollution

Leading offshore sailors Charlie Enright and Mark Towill are sounding the alarm about the danger posed by marine debris and pollution, after recent research from the Ocean Conservancy estimated a staggering eight million tons of plastic trash is entering the ocean every year.   The duo spent much of last year in the most remote waters of the globe during the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race - and observed an eye-opening amount of debris littering the ocean all over the planet.   Enright, 32, led a discussion on the topic in front of representatives from the United Nations, the US State Department

MacArtney Supplies LISST-VSF to Europe

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

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