Monday, February 20, 2017

Training & Education

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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

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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,

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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

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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: jdelia@ohmsettnj.com www.ohmsett.com (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Scripps alumnae Amber Jackson and Emily Callahan. (Photo: Theresa Stafford / Black Hand Gallery)

Diving Deep for Conservation

below the surface of these oil and gas platforms to determine the best possible “afterlife” scenario for these complex structures.   The two women met in 2013 while taking a scientific diving course at Scripps Oceanography, where both were pursuing Master of Advanced Studies degrees in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. A conversation soon emerged about Rigs-to-Reefs, which is the name of a state law and associated program that essentially converts decommissioned oil and gas rigs into artificial reefs.   “What you’re focusing on with Rigs-to-Reefs is everything below

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Seafloor Systems Expands Latin America Sales Team

Seafloor Systems, Incorporated has appointed Mauro Romani as Sales Support Engineer for the Latin American market. Romani, who previously served as a Geotechnical Equipment Specialist for Golder Associates based in Lima, Peru, brings his customer service, sales engineering and technical support experience into this new position, reporting to Josh Grava, Vice President of Sales. He will directly support dealers and customers in Latin America with sales and training as well as product demonstrations for the Seafloor range of echosounders and remote and autonomous survey vehicles. Romani will be based

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MTR100: ASV

, mine countermeasures, security and naval gunnery training. ASV maintains an active role in industry working closely alongside relevant authorities and maritime institutions to develop and promote responsible autonomous operations at sea. The company played a pivotal role in the publication of the U.K. Marine Industries Alliance (MIA) Maritime Autonomous Systems Code of Conduct published in March 2016. ASV’s technology is ever evolving with the company’s product line having expanded to meet growing demand for new applications. ASV’s purpose built platforms range from 2m catamarans to

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SMP Delivers Air/Gas Diving Spread for GloMar Subsea

Preston-based Submarine Manufacturing & Products Ltd (SMP) said it has manufactured and supplied a bespoke air/gas diving spread unit for an international subsea service contractor.   GloMar Subsea approached SMP to design, develop and manufacture a fully certified 20-foot containerized recompression support chamber, alongside a 20-foot all-inclusive machinery and mixed gas dive control, to support its offshore diving activities.   The entire bespoke project was designed, fabricated, painted, assembled and tested by our team of design engineers and workshop technicians at SMP’s

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

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Ashtead Technology Lands Deal with Van Oord

processing systems for worldwide offshore construction operations.    The agreement will see Ashtead supply five SubC Imaging DVRO systems to the Dutch-based company, allowing them to record multiple 3D, HD and SD video channels simultaneously for future offshore construction, dredging and marine engineering projects.    Built to deliver vivid video footage in real-time, add overlays, stream video and audio over a secure network, the DVRO system provides high quality footage of the underwater world. The system is also fitted with a remote technical support function to provide

MTR100: Open Ocean

the necessary metocean data and statistics to characterize the offshore site, design their infrastructure and plan their long term operations.   Open Ocean is an innovative startup company based in Brest and Paris, France, which conceives since 2011, online decision-making solutions for industrial marine activities. Its team of oceanographers, trained in the best research oceano-graphic institutes of the world (UPMC, IFREMER, University of Washington) specialize in high resolution modeling, statistical analysis and big data mining. After having acquired several key references in the wave and tidal

K-Sim Engine’s BigView system – students exercising at Chalmers University

KONGSBERG Signs Contracts for LNG Cruise Ferry Simulators

Kongsberg Digital, the new KONGSBERG software and maritime simulation technology division, has signed contracts with Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology, Kalmar Maritime Academy and Linnaeus University that include development of a state-of-the-art LNG (Dual Fuel) Cruise Ferry simulator model for the K-Sim Engine simulator platform. The new K-Sim Engine model is scheduled to be delivered in Q1 2017, in order to provide readiness for forthcoming regulations. Handling LNG fuel and other low-flashpoint fuels on ships will become part of maritime training standards in 2017, following

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MTR100: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime is a marine technology company with a portfolio of innovative solutions designed to overcome challenges in all marine industry sectors, including merchant, offshore, subsea, naval and fisheries. Kongsberg says it offers the largest portfolio of technology available from any single supplier, thus maximizing performance by providing “The Full Picture.” The company delivers a wide range of systems for subsea survey and construction, maritime security, environmental monitoring, dynamic positioning and navigation systems, marine automation, safety management, cargo handling

Turbulence measurements using VMP profilers

Rockland Scientific to conduct Victoria Turbulence Observation Retreat

 Building on series of international training workshops in Brazil, Chile, France, Poland, Vietnam and the U.K., Rockland Scientific brings the next turbulence measurement event to its Canadian headquarters.  The 2016 Victoria Turbulence Observation Retreat, "VicTOR 2016", is a 5-day VMP training course that covers all aspects of turbulence measurements using VMP profilers, from basic measurement theory, to the setup, operation, maintenance, deployment and processing of VMP turbulence data. The workshop is scheduled for October 17-21, 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia Canada.

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Scorpene Submarine Data Leak: Setback to Indian Navy

 India has began multiple investigations to determine the extent of damage caused by the reported massive leak of secret data detailing the combat and stealth capabilities of the Indian Navy’s soon-to-be-inducted Scorpene submarines.   The government thinks that the leak of the detailed plans for the stealth submarines of the Indian Navy, built by the French military manufacturer DCNS (in which the French government has majority stakes), is a matter of serious concern.   'The Australian' newspaper on Thursday uploaded a fresh tranche of leaked documents relating to information

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MTR100: Seafloor Systems, Inc.

, and large payload capacity. The vehicle can be monitored while under way, in both Auto and Manual modes, while within line-of-sight range.    Email: carol.cartier@seafloorsystems.com www.seafloorsystems.com       (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Caley Ocean Systems

system - one of the most ultra-compact, fully road transportable, bell handling systems ever made.   Based in Scotland and established in 1968, Caley Ocean Systems – a business within the Seanamic Group – produces offshore handling systems for the oil and gas industry; oceanographic, marine science and naval emergency vessels; and offshore power and telecom cabling. The company’s services include marine and offshore handling systems development, design consultancy, professional project management and engineering services. Caley Ocean Systems provides full installation and commissioning

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ROVOP to Create New Jobs on GoM Growth

efficiencies to meet our customer’s needs. In Houston, we have seen a steady growth curve since inception and we expect that to continue for the rest of the year.”   ROVOP also supports industry education and collaboration in the US.   Betts said: “We supported the first Marine Technology Camp in Traverse City, Michigan, by sharing our knowledge with tomorrow’s industry pioneers. This proved an excellent platform for demonstrating how better collaboration, communication and education can support the younger generation and ultimately benefit the sector in the long-term

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Santos in the Red on LNG Project

 Australia’s third-biggest oil and gas producer Santos Ltd  reported a first-half net loss of $1.1 billion after taking a $1.05 billion charge on its Gladstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Queensland, reports Bloomberg.   However, Santos Chief Executive Kevin Gallagher said the company may run its Gladstone liquefied natural gas plant (LNG) below its 7.8 million tonnes a year capacity, but said there was no plan to mothball one of its two production units, reports Reuters.   "We wouldn't be looking to ever mothball one train," Gallagher said:

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Custom ROV Solution for Stinger Technology

Stinger Technology AS has taken delivery of a customized Seaeye Falcon ROV to be used for offshore subsea operations under a contract awarded by Dong Energy.    The assignment includes environmental sampling and inspection inside the oil storage tank of the Siri platform. Siri is located in block 5604/20 in the north-western part of Denmark’s North Sea sector, about 220 kilometers off the Danish coast. Production on the Siri platform first started in 1999. DONG Energy is 100 percent licensee of the Siri licence. The Siri platform is also host for the nearby Nini, Nini East, Cecilie

Students to benefit from hands-on experience in the Arctic Photo Arctic Info

Geological Students to be tested in Arctic

Novosibirsk State university this year, together with the Russian Academy of Sciences will begin sending students of geological and geophysical faculty to practice in the Arctic. It provides matching grants, which had previously received NSU, he told journalists on Wednesday Director of the Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS Mikhail Epov. First specialists sent to "Arctic field" in the current year, according to TASS. "We won a competitive grant to the so-called strategic academic unit - geological and geophysical studies in the Arctic. There's one of the main tasks

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Thales to Take Key Role in 'Exercise Unmanned Warrior'

Thales is set to play a key role in a major U.K. Royal Navy exercise later this year to understand how unmanned systems might add real innovative operational capability in a military maritime environment.   Exercise Unmanned Warrior will bring together the Royal Navy and 40 organizations from defense, industry and academia in October, representing the largest exercise of its kind.    More than 50 vehicles, sensors and systems from across defense and industry will be deployed the Ministry of Defense exercise centered around the U.K. coast of Scotland and West Wales.   As an

New High Voltage Subsea Power Cable Joint

Power CSL has launched a high voltage jointing system that aims to reduce the cost of repairing subsea cables in the offshore renewables and oil and gas sectors.   The joint, unique in its design, is suitable for the offshore repair of a wide range of high voltage subsea cables. It takes 48-60 hours to install, cutting down the waiting time for a suitable weather window and repair vessel time on station.   “Several years of research and analysis have gone into developing this joint, which has many advantages over other repair solutions, particularly in terms of cable range-taking

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New Hydraulics Training Course at The Underwater Center

The Underwater Center has introduced a new hydraulics course which will provide candidates from a wide range of industries an introduction to fluid power systems.   Hydraulics are an essential component of many industrial applications in manual and automated plant, from forestry, agriculture and marine engineering, to complex robotic and mechatronic systems.   The Underwater Center has developed the course to give candidates an introduction to the principles of fluid mechanics and provide hands-on experience using the Center’s new training equipment.   The course deals with

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Teledyne CARIS Announces CARIS 2017

Teledyne CARIS announced its 16th International User Group Conference, "CARIS 2017". It will be held in Ottawa, Canada at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel from June 19 to June 22, 2017. This four day conference is the largest gathering of CARIS software users worldwide. Participants will have access to on-site training opportunities for HIPS and SIPS and specialized user group meetings focused on innovations found within Hydrographic Production Database (HPD)and Bathy Data BASE (BDB) The timing of the conference coincides with Canada's 150th year anniversary and the city will be alive with

Peruvian Navy diver Fonseca with JW Fishers Pulse 8X metal detector, Inset: Pinellas County Sheriffs diver searches for weapons with Pulse 8X  (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Metal Detectors Help Police, Military

A growing number military dive teams and law enforcement agencies are putting underwater metal detectors to work in their search and recovery operations.   They use these detectors for a variety of tasks including locating explosive devices, searching for weapons and evidence, salvage operations, looking for lost anchors and chains, and for finding for objects dropped from ships and piers. United States and Peruvian Navy divers have cooperated on several missions including the salvage of a sunken ship in Panama harbor. Peruvian Navy diver Rafael Jimenez Fonseca says “Our team relies on

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