Training & Education

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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Guam Bolsters Oil Spill Recovery Capacity

Lamor recently commissioned itsLSC 4C Side Collecting Oil Skimming System for Guam’s Oil Spill Response Operations Company (OSROCO) and T&T Marine Salvage (T&T) making it the largest skimming system in the region.   OSROCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabras Marine, and T&T operate the skimming system as well as an array of small crafts, and other specialized response equipment. OSROCO, Cabras and T&T employees are trained and certified in accordance with the U.S. Federal Government’s oil spill response and safety standards. Additionally, the companies’

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Interview: Margaret Leinen - Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography – one of the premiere institutions of ocean research and higher learning on the planet – is the hinge of the Southern California blue economy. MTR recently spent some time with Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor, Marine Sciences, UC San Diego, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, for her insights on the path forward.   I’m sure we can find Scripps’ ‘vital stats’ online, but can you give a brief overview of the Institution that you run? Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is a thriving center for

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Training Cruise and Workshop for New Scientists

of equipment? Need samples or data to initiate a research project? If so, you may want to apply to participate in the 2017 UNOLS Great Lakes Chief Scientist Training Cruise.   Funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the cruise and pre-cruise information workshop will instruct early career marine scientists, including PhD students, post docs, and first- or second-year faculty members, on how to effectively plan for, acquire and utilize time at sea for multidisciplinary research and education.   The program will occur from June 6 to June 12, 2017, and will include a four-day cruise

Irving Shipbuilding Invests in Ocean Technology Programs

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. said it has made a multimillion dollar investment to support marine innovation and commercialization in Nova Scotia and across Canada.    The shipbuilder is investing $4.52 million in the newly established Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), an ocean innovation centre to be located on the waterfront in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The investment over the next five years represents the largest private sector contribution COVE has received to date.    At COVE, ocean science research, start-ups, R&D-intensive companies, industry and Nova

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Preview: Ocean Business 2017

be held in the exhibit halls and on the second day the highly anticipated gala dinner will be held at The Grand Cafe, one of Southampton’s most prestigious venues.    Running alongside Ocean Business is Ocean Careers, offering advice and career opportunities within the ocean technology, marine science and offshore industries. Incorporating a mix of one-to-one meetings and presentations from industry leaders, Ocean Careers is an interactive event designed for all those looking to move into the industry. It is clearly becoming harder for many graduates, newly qualified engineers and the

Jonathan Fether (Photo: OceanWorks)

OceanWorks Names Fether ADS Product Line Manager

out the training and support for the ADS. Finding new manufacturers and sourcing component suppliers is also a significant part of his new role.   Fether has been in the subsea industry for over 13 years in a variety of roles that include operations and support technician for deep diving submarine rescue vehicles, lead mechanic, machinist, electronics and hydraulics technician.   With the planned design changes and optimization of the OceanWorks ADS HARDSUIT Fether lends a highly experienced hand to the decisions going forward

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Forum Delivers ROV to Norwegian Firm

Forum  Energy Technologies, Inc. has delivered a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to ESEA Submarine AS to perform a variety of offshore roles, including inspection, survey and salvage work.   The powerful and compact Sub-Atlantic Mojave will also be used by ESEA Submarine’s sister company, ESEA Marine AS, which has customers that include fish farms, port authorities and insurance companies.   In addition, the Mojave will play a training role in helping ROV pilots to develop their skills.   Georg Stranden, general manager at ESEA Submarine, said, “We see opportunities

Forum’s ROV simulator provides two subsea missions for visitors to California Science Center. (Photo: Forum)

Forum ROV Simulator is a Hit at CA Science Center

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has delivered a custom built simulator to California Science Center, the largest hands-on science museum in the Western United States. The dual simulator station provides visitors with the experience of operating a subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for themselves.   The core technology used in the simulator is Forum’s proprietary VMAX ROV Simulation Software used by Forum’s ROV customers for training and evaluation of their ROV pilots. Forum’s development team have tailored the control interface within the software to allow the virtual ROV

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New Training Courses from Teledyne

Teledyne RESON A/S announced a new series of SeaBat and Teledyne PDS training courses set at different global locations covering the latest hardware and software technology.    Teledyne PDS and Teledyne SeaBat Multibeam Sonars are used for many seabed mapping and dredging operations.   The open courses cover Teledyne PDS for Dredge or Multibeam operations and SeaBat training. Teledyne also offers a combined training session covering everything from SeaBat installation to producing a deliverable in Teledyne PDS.     Global Training Manager, Pim Kuus, said, “Besides

OINA 2017 - San Diego Aerial (Photo: OINA)

Eduation & Career Day Set for OINA 2017

, on Tuesday, February 14, will look at the best ways to cultivate industry entrepreneurs and work force. The Education & Career Development Day will bring together ocean science educators in this field to run a series of presentations to visiting high school students considering a degree in marine science and college students looking to break into the marine industry. Students The morning Careers session for college students will offer an insight on the scope and scale of the career paths available within the marine science and technology sectors, a look into some of the exciting and emerging

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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

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

Wood Group Bags Hess Contract in Malaysia

Wood Group has been awarded a five year contract with Hess Exploration & Production Malaysia. The operations and maintenance contract is to support Hess' new-build fixed and floating offshore facilities in the North Malay Basin development area located approximately 150km north east of the Peninsular Malaysia, and includes a one-year extension option. Delivered by Wood Group's Kuala Lumpur office, the contract will support up to 130 new full-time positions in Malaysia. Integrated operations and maintenance services including core offshore personnel, onshore technical support, training and

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Innovative New Falck Training Center

Falck is due to open a new training center on the Maasvlakte in 2018. It will become an international, high-profile safety-knowledge center for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry. The first steps have been taken January 24, 2017 with Falck and the Port of Rotterdam Authority entering into a contract under which the site is issued to Falck.   Falck, which specializes in safety and safety training, is set to leave its current site on the Beerweg when its lease with the Port of Rotterdam Authority ends in the spring of 2018. This situation has

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Oil Spill Response Preparedness and Proficiency Comes with Practice

The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility is the premier training site for spill response personnel. Training at the facility takes the learning out of the classroom and into the 2.6 million gallon wave/tow test tank. That’s where students receive hands-on exercises with the latest spill response equipment and techniques used in the field.    Over the past 20 years, in partnership with Texas A&M University National Spill Control School (NSCS), Ohmsett has offered a hands-on oil spill response curriculum designed to provide response personnel

Wave Sentinel at sea (Photo: GMS)

Global Marine Systems Awarded ACMA Contract Extension

Global Marine Systems Limited announced has that it has been awarded the renewal of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement (ACMA), alongside its Atlantic partner for maintenance services, Orange Marine.   The new contract began on January 1, 2017, and runs for five years, through to December 2021. ACMA is a non-profit cooperative subsea maintenance agreement consisting of 60+ members.  ACMA members are companies responsible for the operations and maintenance of undersea communications and power cables, as well as Oil & Gas Platform operators, in the Atlantic, North Sea and

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AXYS Metocean Buoy Supports Offshore Wind

AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) has announced that a WatchKeeper meteorological and oceanographic data buoy has been recently deployed approximately 60km offshore along the Northern coast of Poland in the Baltic Sea. This buoy, procured by polish developer Baltic Trade and Invest (BTI), will be used as part of their upcoming Environmental Impact and Assessment campaign in the Baltic Sea. This campaign will form part of the Environmental application for the offshore wind farm development “FEW Baltic II”. The WatchKeeper buoy is equipped to provide wind speed and direction, air temperature

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MoU Centered on Australian Future Submarines

Flinders University and four of France’s leading Graduate Schools of Engineering have entered into an academic and research cooperation agreement relating to Australia’s Future Submarine Program. The agreement between Flinders and a consortium comprised of ENSTA ParisTech, École Centrale de Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique will be signed at a ceremony to be witnessed by South Australia’s Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Susan Close and the Deputy Chief Executive of DCNS and General Manager of Australia’s Future Submarine

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

Easydredge 2700 DRAGADOS ARGENTINOS DASA S.A. Photo Royal IHC

Royal IHC wins multiple contracts for Dredgers

going to build a multi-purpose 5,450m3 TSHD, to be named DC ORISANT, for a joint venture between Den Herder (Reimerswaal Dredging) and Group de Cloedt. The vessel can perform a wide range of projects due to the integrated design and dredging equipment. The dredge installation has been designed to dredge marine aggregates (sand and gravel) for the construction industry. The DC ORISANT is also extremely suitable for performing regular dredging projects, such as maintenance dredging and beach nourishment. The DP2 installation enables the vessel to perform support activities for the construction of offshore

Ocean Business Training & Demo Program Unveiled

The organizers of the Ocean Business show have unveil the training and demonstration program for Ocean Business 2017, taking place in Southampton, U.K. at the National Oceanography Centre, April 4-6, 2017.   “With some of the leading names in the business presenting their new innovations, this really is an unmissable opportunity to learn about the latest technologies,” said Cheri Arvonio, Event Manager. “We have over 180 hours of free training and demonstrations, where customers can actually try out the latest technologies in their real environments, be it in a test tank

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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

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Harris Pye to Refurbish Kishorn Port Dry Dock Gates

Harris Pye begins work today on refurbishing the historic dock gates at Kishorn Port, last opened nearly 25 years ago. This will be the first step in making them, and the Kishorn dry-dock, operational once more. The contract value is £340,000 and the work will be undertaken in a six week period.   The hollow concrete gates were last opened nearly 25 years ago when the Skye Bridge caissons were constructed there in 1993. The dock was also where the Ninian Central production platform, one of the largest concrete structures ever to have moved across the face of the earth, was constructed in

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Roxtec Seals Deal on $1.8 bln North Sea Wind Farm Project

Roxtec has secured a major contract to deliver its innovative safety seal solutions to an ambitious £1.5billion ($1.8 bln) offshore wind farm project in the North Sea. Roxtec UK managing director Graham O’Hare said the firm will deliver cable transit systems which are a key safety component to safeguard workers, structures and equipment on a substation platform being created as part of the Dudgeon Offshore Windfarm.   The deal will see a wide range of sealing solutions used on the platform, which will sit 20 miles offshore near the seaside town of Cromer in North Norfolk.   Mr

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

Mine disposal vehicle SeaFox launched from the minehunting vessel Homburg of the German Navy (Source: NATO/Cedric Artigues)

Tech Upgrade for German Minehunting Vessels

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK said it has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the modernization of three minehunting vessels of the Frankenthal class (Type 332) in service with the German Navy.   The objective of this project, which bears the designation MJ 332 CL, is to equip the three boats with the Integrated Mine Counter Measure System (IMCMS) and the mine disposal vehicle SeaFox of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK. On top of that, the vessels will be given the capability for controlling the “Seehund” ROV, which until

Personnel from FTA and Teledyne CARIS (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

Finnish Transport Agency Chooses Teledyne CARIS

Through a competitive tender process, The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto (FTA), who is responsible for Hydrography in Finland, has selected Teledyne CARIS to provide a new bathymetric data management system. This will be a fundamental part of FTA’s infrastructure to manage existing bathymetry, as well as managing and validating incoming bathymetric surveys provided by external contractors.   The MERTA project, which has a seven figure contract value, will include the deployment of software, migration of existing bathymetric datasets, and will provide new optimized workflows at

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$124 mi Reef Authority Funding Boost for Townsville

Australia’s lead management agency for the Great Barrier Reef will receive a $124 million funding boost over the next 10 years from the Turnbull Government. The funding commitment for the Townsville-based Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is great news for the North Queensland region and Townsville, and follows the signing of Australia’s first City Deal for Townsville earlier this month. Frydenberg said the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which has been managing this acclaimed World Heritage Area for more than 40 years, will receive an additional $34.1 million over

US Approves $25 Mln Radar Sale to the Philippines

The U.S. government has approved the sale to the government of the Philippines of two Sea Giraffe radars and related equipment, support and training for about $25 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Wednesday.   The Philippines requested the sale to improve monitoring of its territorial waters. The radars will be installed on two Philippines Navy ships and the principle contractors will be VSE Corp and Saab.   The radar sale will allow the Philippines to beef up its maritime security and helps reinforce an important U.S. regional security relationship at a time

EIVA's New Blended Learning Courses

EIVA NaviSuite software users can now join EIVA’s new blended learning courses.   The agendas of the traditional classroom courses have been amended to include more advanced subjects, supplemented by basic training via dedicated eLearning modules. The result is more extensive training, which starts as soon as users sign up online. EIVA has redesigned their training setup to more easily match users’ needs and open hours. Also, this allows the software provider to offer more advanced training. The result of these redesigns is blended learning.  Advanced classroom courses

Kongsberg Maritime worked with students and researchers aboard the RV Gunnerus Photo Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime: University Students Test Own DP algorithms

;s donation of the K-Pos system and on-going support of the R/V Gunnerus. “This DP test campaign is unique. For the first time our PhD students have been given the opportunity to test their own work in real conditions,” said Roger Skjetne, Professor at NTNU’s Department of Marine Technology and cruise leader. “While our simulators provide a deep insight into how different DP control algorithms will affect a DP vessel dynamically, to actually have access to a vessel with an industrial-level DP system allows the PhD students and researchers at NTNU AMOS to truly understand

Marine Technology Apprenticeship Candidates Sought

Northwestern Michigan College is seeking candidates for its Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship program in marine technology, the only one in the nation with a focus on remotely-operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.   NMC will provide the classroom training from classes in the marine technology bachelor of science curriculum. The program’s goal is to develop graduates ready to perform applied technical work in this industry sector. This includes the calibration, deployment, operation, maintenance, and management of marine technology assets, including data collection,

Signing ceremony custom-built TSHD ANP Uruguay

Royal IHC Bags Uruguay Order for TSHD

Works of Uruguay and Mr Andre Mechi, Senior Project Manager IHC Latin America. An important criterion for the award of this contract, as defined by the country’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, was to comply with the local content regulations, ensuring close participation of the local marine industry. IHC has therefore developed a tailor-made optimum solution for this project, in line with its strategic focus on internationalisation. The overall project management will be executed by IHC's Latin American organisation located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The basic design and detailed

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Iver3-AUV Plays Active Role in Unmanned Warrior

OceanServer Technology recently participated in the first ever Unmanned Warrior (UW) in Loch Alsh, Scotland. Part of Joint Warrior, the semiannual, U.K.-led training exercise is designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare setting in which to prepare for global operations . The event also provides a stage research and training on the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Multiple Iver AUVs were put in active roles by members of the Royal Navy, U.S. Navy and the Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

Tandem L is the name of a new satellite radar system Photo Alfred Wegener Institute

New Satellite Technology Boosts Glacier Research

layer of the glaciers and ice sheets from space and to map Their inner structure. in addition, we can therefore measure the changes in the glacier surface with tandem L ", says Professor Angelika Humbert, Head of the Glaciology Section at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). For the tandem-L mission, she and her team had INITIALLY Analysed data from the already operating satellites TerraSAR-X and tanDEM-X. On the basis of this, theywere able to develop methods of analysis and filtration That Could be used to understand the origin of the structures

From left to right: Alastair Pettie, Rune Haukom, Steve Nell, Shaun Ortell, Pierre Marais, Wojtek Kowalczyk  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Opens South African Facility

turns toward maritime resources as part of ‘Operation Phakisa’; a program implemented to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans. Kongsberg Maritime’s diverse technology portfolio can support all major pillars of the Operation Phakisa maritime program, including: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, marine protection and ocean governance/monitoring.   The Kongsberg Maritime South Africa facility currently combines office and warehouse space in addition to a testing lab, with plans already in place to open training facilities

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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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

Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN 786) salute after bringing the ship to life during a rehearsal for the submarine's commissioning ceremony. Illinois is the U.S. Navy's 13th Virginia-Class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the state of Illinois. (U.S. Navy photo by Darryl I. Wood)

US Navy to Commission Submarine Illinois

The U.S. Navy is set to commission its newest fast attack submarine during an October 29 ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. The third Virginia-class block III submarine and 13th of the Virginia-class fast attack class, the future USS Illinois (SSN 786) has the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include antisubmarine and antiship warfare, mine delivery and minefield mapping. It is also designed for special forces

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ASV Global Records 1,000 Days of USV Operations

ASV Global, manufacturer of Autonomous Surface Vehicles, has reached the landmark of 1,000 days of unmanned operations.    The milestone was reached during the Unmanned Warrior 2016 event which saw more than 50 unmanned vehicles operating in a variety of themed activities. The event enabled the Royal Navy to see firsthand how these types of systems and sensors could integrate into current and future operations. A number of ASV Global developed vehicles and systems participated in the event including converted vessels such as BAE Systems’ Pacific 950 and Pacific 24 RIBs and Dstl’s

Bourne Tidal Test Site Receives Preliminary Permit from FERC

The Bourne Tidal Test Site is now a bit closer to reality. The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) was notified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has been approved for a preliminary permit to set up a test site for tidal energy in the Cape Cod Canal.    “This is the first and very important step to gaining all the regulatory permits required for the test site, which will be the first in the United States,” said MRECo Director, John Miller. “MRECo was given preliminary permission to work in an area that covers more than just the spot

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Renishaw Opens Office in Taiwan

Renishaw (Taiwan) Inc, subsidiary of global precision engineering company Renishaw, has moved to a larger facility within the Taichung City Precision Machinery Innovation Technology Park.   The new office covers over 1,100 square meters and includes product showrooms, training facilities and live demonstration areas, allowing Renishaw to offer enhanced commercial and technical support to customers. It was officially opened on October 5, 2016 with a ceremony that was performed by senior Renishaw managers, government officials and representatives from Taiwanese industry.   “2016 is

Aqua Comms Taps Bayliff as CEO

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

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New Aerial Mapping Drone Launched

The NEXUS 800 UAV is a unique and cutting-edge mapping solution unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by HYPACK, Infinite Jib, SBG Systems and Velodyne.   The NEXUS 800 powered by HYPACK is a full end-to-end solution that represents a new paradigm in UAV data collection by seamlessly harmonizing LiDAR data with photogrammetry. The NEXUS 800 is an out of the box turnkey system that tightly integrates hardware and software to provide an advanced and seamless solution for LiDAR survey planning, data acquisition, post processing and analysis, and product creation.   The NEXUS 800:

The Deputy First Minister with Dr Heidi Burdett at the Lyell Center’s aquarium laboratory. (Photo: Heriot-Watt University)

Deputy First Minister Opens Lyell Center

A pioneering global research center for earth and marine science and technology based at Heriot-Watt University has been opened by the Deputy First Minister John Swinney.    Bringing together the expertise of the British Geological Survey with the academic innovation of Heriot-Watt, the Lyell Center will ensure future generations of researchers are equipped and capable of meeting the global science and technology challenges facing the world.    Through championing innovation, collaboration and enterprise, this Scottish-based research facility is tackling some of the major

An operator performing in-office simulations of a cable lay during Makai’s training course. (Photo: Makai)

Makai Offers Advanced Course for Cable Lay Operators

work through scenarios using an in-office cable lay simulator with the guidance of a master-level MakaiLay operator. Drawing on lessons from over 35 years of cable laying experience, the course prepares graduates to address contingencies correctly and efficiently as they arise at-sea.   Global Marine Systems Limited (GMSL) recently sent six of its experienced operators to Makai’s headquarters in Hawaii to complete the MakaiLay Level-II course. "The MakaiLay Level-II course provides vital training for our more experienced cable engineering personnel, giving them the latest tools and

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tammy Helm from the Naval Oceanography Operations Command programs a REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle prior to a mission as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Unmanned Warrior: The Science behind the Systems

and work to identify and provide technical solutions to capability gaps currently facing our operational naval forces.   Office of Naval Research-Global sponsors 25 science advisors at naval commands around the world. Our job takes us to the front lines to understand challenges facing our Navy and Marine Corps, and to world-wide technology hotspots to foster relations and bring innovative solutions to Sailors and Marines.   This year, I’ve been tasked by the Office of Naval Research and U.S. Fleet Forces Command to be the technical director for a U.S. team of scientists and engineers

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DNV GL Offshore Diving Guideline Now Available in English

 DNV GL Offshore Diving Guideline Now Available in English Cut Caption Photo: DNV GL   Working offshore underwater can be a challenging and sometimes risky task. Many factors – including the tides, different diving platforms, varying operational scenarios and the interactions between other offshore and underwater actors off the German coast – result in a complex and changing working environment. To fill the guidance gap and help to make offshore diving work safer, DNV GL has released a new “Offshore Diving Guideline”, which is now also available in English.

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OSIL Supplies Niskin Bottle for St Helena School

Prince Andrew School, St Helena has received a donation of a 5L Niskin bottle from Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) in the U.K. OSIL offered the sampling equipment to marine science teacher and marine enrichment leader Bev Tyson, who hoped to ensure the school could participate in different environmental investigations, including the ASC worldwide micro plastics project.   Measurements of salinity, temperature, pH and dissolved nutrients will be taken, and the data fed into several different investigations. Samples will also be taken at various depths and sent to the ASC worldwide

Data from the Petermann Fjord (Image courtesy Martin Jakonsson Stockholm University)

Kongsberg's Acoustic Scientific Research for RSS Sir David Attenborough

the South Atlantic. “The RRS Sir David Attenborough will be a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary science platform and the UK’s largest and most advanced research vessel. It will enable cutting-edge science across a broad range of disciplines (physical, biological and chemical oceanography, marine geology and geophysics, and atmospheric science) required to understand the impact of a changing polar environment on our planet. In so doing it will help maintain the UK at the forefront of polar research,” said Professor David Vaughan, Director of Science at British Antarctic Survey. The

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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

Another turbine is installed at the U.S.Block Island site in August 2016 (Photo: Business Network for Offshore Wind)

Partnership Aims to Accelerate US Offshore Wind Ambitions

The U.K.-based Carbon Trust and the U.S.-based offshore wind supply chain organization Business Network for Offshore Wind have entered an agreement which will see them collaborate to support the development of the offshore wind sector in North America. To underpin this commitment the organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which details activities that the Carbon Trust and the Business Network for Offshore Wind will focus on over the next year to support and accelerate the deployment of offshore wind in the U.S. Initial areas of interest will include offshore wind measurement

Ecosse carousel (Photo: ESS)

Ecosse Subsea Systems Wins $3.9m Carousel Contract

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) have been awarded a £3 million ($3.9 mln) contract by an international infrastructure group to design and build a 1500-ton carousel and associated spread.   The carousel will be used for the storage of spare cables required for UK offshore windfarm projects and will be located at a strategic north east port for fast deployment should the need arise.   The carousel will have the capability to be upgraded to 2000 tons and will be designed by ESS engineers at their Banchory headquarters and partially manufactured at subsidiary firm Masfab in County Durham.

Combat System Integrator for Future Submarines

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced that Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the preferred Combat System Integrator for Australia's Future Submarine Program, subject to further discussion on commercial matters.   Minister Payne said this is an important step in the development of Australia’s regionally superior future submarines. “Lockheed Martin Australia will be our Combat System Integrator to partner with Defence and DCNS to design and integrate the combat system of

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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

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Tropical Coral reefs lose their Zooplankton through Ocean Acidification

how the reefs may change when the world's oceans absorb more and more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and the acidity of their water rises due to climate change," says coral expert and study co-author Prof Claudio Richter of the Alfred Wegener Institute, the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. The extent of the ocean acidification is indicated by the pH of the water. The lower this value, the more acidic the water. In tropical seas, researchers usually measure a pH of 8.0 or higher. If this value drops due to acidification, though, the species which are important for a coral

Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNV GL. (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL & “The Future of Spaceship Earth”

At a presentation this morning at the United Nations in New York, Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNV GL led a presentation on “The Future of Spaceship Earth,” a global forecast on the outlook for the world to 2050. The skinny: The world needs to move further, faster on multiple fronts to ensure the sustainable future of the planet.    Calling for “extraordinary action” to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as presented in 2015, Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNV GL introduced “The Future of Spaceship Earth,” a global forecast on the outlook for the world

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Prosafe Crew to Train Using a New Lifeboat Simulator

Virtual Marine Technology said it has delivered a second lifeboat simulator system to Prosafe. The simulator was custom built for training lifeboat coxswains onboard the Safe Zephyrus, one of Prosafe’s newest accommodation rigs.    The Safe Zephyrus was constructed at Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd in Singapore. The vessel complies with Norwegian regulations and is capable of operating in the harshest environments and with the highest standards of safety. It can accommodate up to 450 people in single person cabins.   The installation of the lifeboat simulator took place in Scapa Flow

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MTR100: Ohmsett

testing;  behavior of dispersed, weathered and emulsifies oils; cold weather and broken ice conditions, sorbents; temporary storage devices; viscous oil pumping and oil/water separators. Email: [email protected] www.ohmsett.com (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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