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SensorTech Debuts New Piezoelectric Material

Sensor Technology Ltd. (SensorTech) has recently released BM402, a new Navy Type I (PZT-4) piezoelectric material specifically formulated as a replacement for Channelite-5400, an industry leading material for more than 50 years that has become difficult to obtain in recent months.   “Being able to provide a material that so closely matches the legendary Channelite-5400 is something that we’re quite proud of,” said Niru Somayajula, company President and CEO. “Channelite-5400 is a high quality Navy Type I ceramic with outstanding performance. The bar was set very high.

Firmware Updates for NOVATECH iBCN (Iridium Beacon)

MetOcean Telematics has released a new firmware update adding new capabilities to the iBCN (Iridium Beacon).   The firmware updates build upon the iBCN’s power efficiency and ability to be reconfigured via over the air commands. The update contains numerous improvements based on suggestions and feedback received from iBCN users. These include GPS status check, power up quick reports, transmission of current GPS location, LiNC integration and message format.   GPS Status Check — Allows the beacon to use GPS satellites as a method to recognize it has surfaced. With this feature

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OPTECH South 2017: Littoral Challenges in Colombia

on underwater sensor networks.    “From the point of view of the LOC, we have always thought the experience of other nations was important because you have reason to focus on your own coastlines and nearby seas while the US Navy has been used to either retaining sea control in the open oceans or projecting the power of U. S. air and missile strikes, Marines landings or Special Forces operations on the land side of the littorals. Therefore, we sponsor these conferences very much to listen and to learn,” said Hughes.  

Saipem's new Innovator 2.0 ROV (Photo: Saipem)

Work Class ROVs

class ROV. Designed for multimission use from a variety of platforms, the H3000 is well suited to underwater tasks where station keeping, maneuverability and power are key. Typical applications include deep-water survey, sampling, documentary filming, search/recovery/salvage, submersible support/rescue, ocean observatory support, oil/gas/alternative energy support, tunnel and aqueduct inspection. H3000 is rated for 3,000m standard. This versatile, powerful vehicle is designed to take advantage of changing technology to provide years of service and upgradability.   DOER’s Ocean Explorer 1

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Turbidity Sensor Features Integrated Wiper

Turbidity measurements are often made in shallow waters, and keeping the instrument optical face clear is particularly important. With this in mind, San Jose based Turner Designs has introduced a new turbidity sensor that aims to address this issue with a simple solution. Its new Turbidity Plus is an accurate single-channel turbidity sensor including an integrated wiper which is triggered by the user. The turbidity sensor is designed for integration with multiparameter systems and dataloggers from which it receives power and the wiper trigger. Turbidity Plus delivers a voltage output proportional

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Young Debuts New Ultrasonic Anemometer

The R. M. Young Company has introduced the ResponseONE Ultrasonic Anemometer.   The ResponseONE Ultrasonic Anemometer (Model 91000) is fully wind tunnel tested and calibrated to provide accurate wind measurement over an operating range of up to 70 meters/second (156 mph). Wind speed and direction data is provided at up to 10 updates per second and made available via a variety of standard serial output formats including SDI-12, NMEA, RMYT and ASCII text.   According to the manufacturer, the sensor features durable, weather proof construction and low power consumption.

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Kongsberg Launches Complete Survey Vessel

The new GeoSwath Compact Survey Vessel (CSV) was shown for the first time at Ocean Business in Southampton, U.K. in early April. The first-ever KONGSBERG developed survey vessel integrates all the equipment needed to survey shallow coastal and inland waterways quickly. It is based on a powerful and maneuverable two-person catamaran equipped with the latest GeoSwath 4 shallow water multibeam system.   The GeoSwath CSV features a 30 HP outboard motor and is road transportable on the supplied lightweight trailer, which enables launch and recovery from even the remotest of locations. With a draft

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To Create a Sustainable Future – Digitalize Offshore Energy

Surrounded by some of the world’s most productive seas, the U.K. generates more electricity from offshore wind than any other country. Developments over the last 12 months suggest a promising future for the U.K.’s leading green energy sector. In 2016, capital spending commitment reached recorded levels, and the cost of offshore electricity fell by nearly a third in four years. Alongside this prevailing success, the operation and maintenance (O&M) of wind farms has the potential to form an industry worth $2.5 billion annually by 2025. Hindered by “primitive” methods, there

USNS Maury  (US Navy photo by Robert Fluegel)

CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson toured the Navy's newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), April 8 to gain a better understanding of the oceanographic information the ship provides to the Department of Defense.    The CNO is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy and is responsible for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the Navy.   "Naval forces require information about the physical environment to operate safely and effectively," said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, oceanographer of the Navy

DiskDrive Thruster (Photo: Hydromea)

Hydromea Showcases New Tech

Switzerland based designer and manufacturer of small autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) Hydromea exhibited its swarm-capable Vertex AUV along with the LUMA250LP optical modem, a Mini FT-07 fast temperature sensor/logger and the DiskDrive underwater thruster at Ocean Business in Southampton, U.K. The LUMA 250LP is a compact 100 x 50 x 40mm optical modem for fast underwater communication, up to 250kbit/sec, down to 6,000m depth. Its very low standby power consumption makes it ideal for battery-powered infrastructure and video-streaming for mini-ROVs. The manufacturer also displayed its Mini

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STR Increases Rental Inventory

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR); global specialists in the design, production and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore industry; continue to grow its rental equipment inventory with the addition of the new automated sound velocity profiling system developed by Teledyne Oceanscience using Valeport's RapidSV Profiler.    Teledyne’s rapidCAST and Valeport’s SVT Probe, purchased during the recent Ocean Business exhibition in Southampton, U.K., will be the latest products to join STR’s diverse range of sensor deployment and handling systems. 

US Navy Orders Unmanned Mine-hunting Vessels

 The U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) program has placed an order for two additional on-water unmanned vehicles for use as part of its Mine Counter Measure Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MCM USV) mission, which includes mine-hunting and potentially mine-neutralization, as well as mine-sweeping.   The fourth-generation Common Unmanned Surface Vehicles (CUSV) will be supplied by Textron Inc. business unit Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, who received the $14.8 million contract to delivery of the two CUSV in 2018.   The CUSV is a multi-mission unmanned surface

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SBG Systems Debuts New Post-processing Software

 SBG Systems has unveiled its new in-house post-processing software Qinertia at the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K. After the survey, this full-feature software gives access to offline RTK corrections, and process inertial and GNSS raw data to further enhance accuracy and secure the survey.   For more than 10 years, SBG Systems has been designing inertial navigation systems from the internal Inertial Measurement Unit to the filtering with GNSS data. Expert in real-time data fusion, the company takes another step in the surveying industry by unveiling Qinertia, a fully in-house

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New Survey Equipment for Port of Hamburg

and high accuracy, this dual head survey system enables easy and quick downloading and sharing of data relevant in relation to hydrographic surveying.   MBT, MacArtney Germany, provides customer-specific solutions, installation and training in hard- and software. Our core competences comprise oceanographic, geophysical, and hydrographic measuring instruments and systems. So far, MBT, MacArtney Germany, has also equipped Deepenschriewer II and the Deepenschriewer III with a high resolution dual head multibeam echosounder. The Deepenschriewer II uses a SeaBat T20-P and the Deepenschriewer III

cNODE Micro (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Introduces cNODE Micro

Kongsberg will unveil the innovative cNODE Micro system at Ocean Business this week. As the smallest member of the highly regarded cNODE series of subsea transponders, the new cNODE micro is designed to provide range accuracy better than 2 cm and is ideally suited for divers and shallow water ROVs, at depths down to 600 meters. With dimensions of 245 x 55 mm, cNODE Micro is both compact and light weight. It uses Kongsberg Maritime’s proprietary Cymbal digital acoustic protocols to provide the optimal positioning performance using the Kongsberg range of SSBL systems, from μPAP through

cNODE IQAM (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Introduces cNODE IQAM

The capabilities of Kongsberg Maritime’s cNODE series of transponders for underwater acoustic positioning and data link are expanding with the introduction of cNODE IQAM at Ocean Business.   In a first for the established technology-leading transponder range, Kongsberg is offering the ability to log internal sensors and/or customers’ external sensors, transforming cNODE into a compact, self-contained subsea monitoring system, complete with data processing, positioning and data communication functionality. cNODE IQAM (Intelligent Data Analysis and Monitoring) is an advanced

MacArtney EMO Nano Mux and topside (Photo: Forum Subsea Rentals)

Forum Brings Multiplexer Technology to Rental Market

.   Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is a global oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion, production and infrastructure sectors of the oil and natural gas industry.   Forum Subsea Rentals products and representatives can be found on the Forum Energy Technologies at Ocean Business 17

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EvoLogics at Ocean Business 2017

EvoLogics GmbH, experts in underwater information systems from Berlin, Germany, will proudly showcase the company’s recent developments at the Ocean Business 2017 exhibition in Southampton, UK, including new products, developer solutions and successful R&D efforts.   EvoLogics GmbH from Berlin, Germany, designs and manufactures underwater communication and positioning systems as well as smart robotic solutions. The company’s core technologies stem from bionic concepts that fuse state-of-the-art engineering with the best ideas found in nature. EvoLogics “ecosystem” of

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ScanFish ROTVs Now Feature ‘3D’ Steering

The EIVA ScanFish remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) models have always been able to follow the seabed, keep a fixed depth, or undulate up and down through the water. Up until now, it has not been possible to also have the ROTV effectively move side-to-side.   However, after trying out various setups and running tests with customers to ensure feasibility, ScanFish ROTVs have an additional way to move through the water. EIVA has developed a way to modify existing ScanFish ROTV models with ‘3D’ steering – that is, the ability to not only swim up and down, but sideways as

Six micro-UUVs ready for delivery (Photo: Riptide)

UUV Manufacturer Aims Big by Going Small

Riptide looks to outfit a growing market: smaller UUVs   Unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) trace their history to the Special Purpose Underwater Research Vehicle (SPURV) developed by the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory in 1957. While the UUV was conceived decades ago it was the remotely operated undersea vehicle (ROV) market, with offshore oil and gas providing a significant driver, which initially saw significant technical and product developments.    It was not till the late 1980s and early 1990s, that UUVs began to be noticed again.   New

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NATO Science Mission Employs ‘Double Muscle’

Commencing on her first NATO sea trial of the year, the NATO research vessel (NRV) Alliance has sailed out with new assets on board that aim to enhance collaborative robotics for MCM applications, including a new vehicle, which only apparently duplicates the CMRE MUSCLE prototype. On the aft deck of the NRV Alliance, sailing for the first CMRE (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation) scientific campaign of 2017, there are two very similar robots. One is the MUSCLE vehicle, a reliable prototype developed by CMRE for seabed mapping with automatic behavior capabilities. The other is not just

Man and machine: Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems team are determined to deliver the standard operating platform for the marine industry. (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea: Redefining the Connection between Man and Machine

diving. I went to school and earned an undergraduate degree in physics from Davidson College in North Carolina. I earned my undergrad in Physics – Computational Physics, and following graduation I went right offshore as a diver, working as a salvage diver for a number of years, moving to deep ocean salvage.    How did you work help to shape your career? As a diver I was a contractor, so I worked for a lot of (the salvage companies). And then I worked for Phoenix International, (working) ROVs and AUVs on search and salvage, mostly deep ocean. I wrote my first computer program when

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New Full Color 3D Underwater Laser Imaging System

Kraken Sonar Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotik GmbH will introduce its new SeaVision system at the Ocean Business conference to be held in Southampton, U.K. from April 4-6, 2017.   The SeaVision RGB underwater laser imaging system offers the resolution, range and scan rate to deliver dense full color 3D point cloud images of subsea infrastructure with millimeter accuracy in real time. The initial system is designed for deployment on underwater robotic platforms such as remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). A handheld diver system is planned for

Saab’s Sabertooth vehicle can be configured as a conventional tethered ROV or free-flying AUV depending on the operational requirements of the user. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Saab Seaeye Selects Acoustics for Sabertooth Hybrid Vehicle

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd has delivered its latest consignment of AvTrak 6 acoustic communications and navigation hardware to defence and security company Saab’s subsidiary Saab Seaeye. Offered as an optional-fit sensor on the Sabertooth hybrid AUV/ROV, AvTrak 6 forms part of the vehicle’s integrated navigation and communications system. It allows mission updates, status checking and navigation aiding to be wirelessly sent to and from the vehicle, eliminating the need for the vehicle to re-surface or dock with an underwater garage.   The unique design

Example of a Synapsis INS, installed on a research vessel. (Photo: Raytheon Anschütz)

VARD Selects Synapsis INS For an Advanced Research Vessel

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract for the supply of a Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to an advanced research vessel. VARD Holding Limited, a major global designer and shipbuilder of specialized vessels, with their subsidiary VARD Electro AS, have selected Raytheon Anschütz’ Synapsis INS for a new research  vessel.  The Synapsis INS is part of a large equipment and electrical installation package, which VARD Electro AS will provide to Cochin Shipyard Ltd.   The INS consists of a total of six workstations for chart

ASV Global’s C-Worker 5 ASV will be outfitted with KONGSBERG equipment at Ocean Business (Photo: ASV Global )

How Integration Can Optimize ASV Operations

Kongsberg Maritime Ltd is teaming up with ASV Global at Ocean Business 2017 to demonstrate how the deep integration of sophisticated Kongsberg survey, communication and positioning technology is vital to leveraging the power of a new generation of advanced Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV). In addition to on-water demonstrations, Kongsberg is also planning a booth packed with new technology at Ocean Business, based on the theme of ‘Delivering data from the seabed to your office’. Alongside the first showing at a UK event of the ground-breaking Eelume swimming robot, the company will

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SoCal Tech Focus: Global Ocean Design

Patented technology and innovative design are found in Global Ocean Design’s line of benthic landers, range-and-bearing-to-target locating beacons, moisture removing vacuum purge systems, pressure-activated switches, polystyrene instrument spheres, burnwire release devices and more.    The Nanolander, is a self-contained exploratory vehicle utilizing 10” buoyancy spheres for long duration benthic and mid-water exploration and monitoring using third party sensors packages, from such manufacturers as SeaBird and RBR. Two versions are available, rated for 1km or 10km depths.

SoCal Tech Focus: Tecnadyne

and linear actuators, pan and tilt positioners, hydraulic power units, position sensors and pressure compensators for use on remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), manned submersibles and other subsea platforms. Many ROV manufacturers (including ECA Robotics, Deep Ocean Engineering, Outland Technology and Shark Marine, to name a few) use Tecnadyne thrusters on their vehicles. Tecnadyne products are presently being used on thousands of vehicles throughout the world, operated by many offshore oil service companies, universities and research institutions. Recent customers

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Next-Generation Subsea Metrology: Better Measurements, Fast

DOF Subsea, together with subsea technology companies Sonardyne, 2G Robotics and Seatronics (an Acteon company), successfully demonstrated a new underwater surveying technique in December that could significantly shorten the time needed to map underwater structures and offshore sites.    Representatives from across the North Sea energy sector, including senior figures from oil majors, contracting companies and service providers, attended the demonstrations which were held over three days at The Underwater Centre in Fort William.    The event was organized by DOF Subsea to

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Next Geosolutions to Survey World’s Longest Interconnector

Geoscience and engineering service provider Next Geosolutions said it has been awarded two survey contracts, which together represent a multimillion euro figure, for the North Sea Link (NSL) project, the first electricity link between U.K. and Norway.     The first contract, due to commence in April, will see Next Geosolutions provide cable protection survey work for Statnett, the Norwegian transmission system operator.    The two week workscope will involve cable inspections for the Skagerrak electricity transmission system and NorNed power cable interconnectors. The interconnec

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OSIL to Launch Next Gen Small Field Buoy

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) said it will introduce the latest incarnation of the Small Field Buoy at the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K.   The platform, which is now a more maneuverable 55cm in diameter, also offers an improvement to the high visibility profile of previous platforms, meaning it is better suited to frequent redeployments in high-traffic coastal and port areas, according to the manufacturer. The buoy is suitable for all applications, including scientific studies, water quality monitoring, coastal engineering projects, harbor and coastal monitoring and

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Uncharted Depths: Exploring the Marianas with SuBastian

A crescent shaped scar on the earth’s crust marks the location of the deepest known part of the world’s ocean.    With some areas reaching depths more than 36,000 feet, scientists rely on a range of pioneering deep-sea technologies to survey the unexplored regions of the Mariana Trench. In 1987, the submersible Alvin was the first to visit the nearby Mariana Back-arc, a zone of highly active submarine volcanism and hydrothermal vents hidden 13,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. After returning to the Back-arc 30 years later equipped with the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s

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WFS, Seatronics Demonstrate Drone-to-ROV Wireless Communications

Subsea wireless automation provider WFS Technologies, and marine rental equipment specialist Seatronics Inc, an Acteon company, demonstrated Drone-to-ROV wireless communications at a Subsea Internet of Things  event in Houston. The demonstration took place on the February 15th at Delta SubSea (DSS) test tank facility in Houston, Texas and was attended by representatives from Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP.  Seatooth wireless controllers were integrated with a Seatronics Predator II Inspection Class ROV and a DJI Inspire drone. 2-way data communications between the ROV and the drone

U.S. Navy mine test targets being readied for Knifefish at-sea mine-hunting evaluation (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

US Navy Tests UUV for Mine-hunting Operations

The General Dynamics Mission Systems Knifefish team completed a comprehensive evaluation of Knifefish, an autonomous surface mine countermeasure (SMCM) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). In coordination with the U.S. Navy, the test events took place off the coast of Boston using submerged Navy mine test targets. The evaluation represents a significant milestone in the Knifefish program and demonstrates the UUV’s capability to detect and classify potential mines, at a variety of depths, each posing a unique threat to naval vessels operating in a mission area.   “The information and

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New CTD from Idronaut

Idronaut said it will present a new low power, high performance CTD at Ocean Business 2017.   The new Ocean Seven 310 CTD (OS310) can be interfaced with up to 14 analog sensors and two digital sensors.   In addition to Idronaut’s full suite of sensors, including the Idronaut pH sensor, the OS310 can be equipped with UV antifouling and an innovative optical dissolved oxygen sensor.   Sampling rates are user configurable from 1Hz to 28Hz to suite demanding monitoring activities.   The OS310 can be used as a stand-alone data logger or for full ocean profiling with

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

Fiber-optics (FO) technology is finding new uses in subsea applications. Fiber allows longer transmission distances and higher data rates than copper — a fortuitous development, as offshore drilling moves to deeper depths. Petroleum exploration and production are also becoming smarter, as operators pursue real-time information and analysis of both the individual well and the entire production chain from well to topside or land-based platform. Compared to copper, the high bandwidth of fiber allows richer data streams and much longer step-out distances (i.e., distance between subsea installation

DEDAVE AUV in Fraunhofer’s test tank in Ilmenau, Germany (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken, Fraunhofer Ink Tech Licensing Deal

.    “Our team is very impressed with many features of the DEDAVE’s unique design, including the open-frame architecture, tool-free access to payload sections and faster turnaround with pressure tolerant components,” said David Shea, Kraken’s VP Engineering. “As ocean technology engineers, we know that every component in the ocean environment has a finite lifetime and eventually will fail and need to be repaired or replaced. The DEDAVE architecture is extremely robust and easily serviceable with limited training, and without specialized tooling or handling equipment

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New Underwater Laser Scanner from 2G Robotics

2G Robotics said it will publicly launch its new underwater laser scanning solution, the ULS-500 PRO, at the April 2017 Ocean Business Exhibition in Southampton, U.K.   Now ready for market after several months of development and testing, the ULS-500 PRO will replace the ULS-500 for high resolution subsea survey. With better accuracy and real-time data acquisition, the new ULS-500 PRO improves upon 2G Robotics’ dynamic underwater laser scanning solution by increasing the ease with which surveys can be performed.   The ULS-500 PRO’s sample rates facilitate faster vehicle

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

Another Greensea 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.

Govt. Funds Help OceanWorks Improve Its Junction Boxes

It’s a go ahead for new design development and configuration for the established OceanWorks International observatory communication nodes, thanks to approved funding from The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).   The OceanWorks Subsea Instrument Interface Modules (SIIM), or junction boxes originally were developed for the Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Neptune and Venus observatories, where they have been in place since 2006. There is a total of 14 junction boxes that have been delivered to ONC for deployment on both Neptune and Venus.

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Large Rogue Waves More Common than Previously Thought

Meteorological Institute colleague captured new information about extreme waves, as one of the steepest ever recorded passed by the North Sea Ekofisk platforms in the early morning hours of Nov. 9 2007.   Within the first hour of the day, the Andrea wave passed by a four-point square array of ocean sensors designed by the researchers to measure the wavelength, direction, amplitude and frequency of waves at the ocean surface.   Using the information from the wave set—a total of 13,535 individual waves—collected by the system installed on a bridge between two offshore platforms

Engaging Future Leaders for Ocean Technology

OceansAdvance Inc. (OA) the Ocean Technology Cluster of Newfoundland & Labrador, announced a  collaboration with the Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP) for “Into the Deep: Ocean Technology R&D and Commercialization for Youth” to be held on March 9, 2017  at the Johnson Geo Centre.   This one-day event will gather science students from schools in the St. John’s Metro Area and live video broadcasts to various school classrooms throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Also participating in this initiative is Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN)

KATFISH undergoing sea trials in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland in February 2017 (Photo: Kraken Sonar)

KATFISH Completes Phase One Sea Trials

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has successfully completed phase one sea trials of its KATFISH towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar system.   Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, “These are exciting times in the underwater robotics industry. Customers are starting to fully understand the cost and risk mitigation benefits of unmanned systems. Both military and commercial markets are showing encouraging growth as they are now incorporating unmanned vehicles and intelligent sensors in their procurement plans and budgets. In fact, industry analysts Market Info Group estimates that the

WHOI scientists used deep-sea vehicles, including Sentry to locate the voyage data recorder (above) from the El Faro on the seafloor 15,000 feet deep. The VDR offers clues to understand why the ship tragically sank in 2015, killing 33 crew members aboard. (Photo: NTSB)

Why Did the El Faro Sink?

. A search expedition mounted in October located the wreck and discovered that the bridge had separated from the hull. Days later, when the search team located the bridge, the mast and the VDR were not on it. In April 2016, the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) asked for help from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, calling in two deep-sea vehicles WHOI operates for scientific research.   Aboard the WHOI-operated research vessel Atlantis, a coordinated team of scientists and engineers from WHOI, NTSB, and the Coast Guard deployed Sentry, a WHOI autonomous deep-sea vehicle equipped

Modus unveils Saab Sabretooth for cost effective survey, inspection

with Saab Dynamics, Modus has developed the Saab Sabretooth to offer greater endurance and speed, and is also developing advanced sensor payload packages and operating methodologies. The vehicle is expected to contribute to more cost-effective survey and inspection projects in the offshore, defence and oceanographic sectors. First commercial use Following successful trials in Sweden and the UK, Modus is preparing the advanced spread for its first commercial deployment. The system will be used to fulfil pre-engineering, construction support and life-of-field condition monitoring requirements. The

AgilPose implemented on a UAV for a precision hover/land system. The company plans to launch the system for underwater precision docking in UUVs. (Photo: Agile Sensor Technologies)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: Agile Sensor Technologies

Agile Sensor Technologies, a manufacturer of intelligent robotic components based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, has launched its new performance monitoring multi-motor controller Synapse.   Developed for industrial and military UAVs, Synapse advances beyond traditional electronic speed controllers (ESCs) to offer flight data recording, real-time propulsion system feedback, faster controller response time, and the ability to increase flight time by approximately 10%.    Typically, UAVs and other electric vehicles require one ESC per motor, adding bulk to the vehicle without any

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SeeByte Software Supports USV

SeeByte, creator of smart software technology for unmanned systems, and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK), a specialist in delivery of innovative maritime systems, have together successfully integrated SeeByte’s Neptune software onto AEUK’s ARCIMS unmanned surface vessel (USV) mission system.   ARCIMS is an USV specifically designed for multi-role applications including MCM, ASW, Hydrography and security. ARCIMS hosts the AEUK autonomy engine specifically developed for towing mission systems and includes collision avoidance capabilities. This agreement sees SeeByte and AEUK develop the

First live trials of the Eelume underwater robot took place in Trondheim, Norway Photo Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime: Reshaping Underwater Operations

Eelume AS has released the first live video footage of its game changing take on underwater intervention vehicles. With the support of Kongsberg Maritime as a development partner, the unique new Eelume robot has torn up the marine robotics rulebook to create a futuristic, snake-like vehicle designed to live permanently underwater and carry out underwater intervention tasks that would normally require the mobilisation of expensive surface vehicles for divers or to launch and retrieve ROVs or AUVs. The footage captured at the PREZIOSO Linjebygg Subsea Test Center during trials in the Trondheimsfjord

The multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. Image courtesy Furuno

Furuno's Multi-Beam Sonar reaches new depths

Furuno is proud to announce that it is bringing side-scanning capabilities to its flagship NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 MFDs with its latest network sensor called the DFF3D. This multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. This deep-water Sonar delivers a sidebar detection range of an unprecedented 650+ feet, while being able to see down to over 1,000 feet. The DFF3D utilizes a new, compact multi-beam transducer, along with Furuno’s own advanced signal processing, to produce eye-popping

Falcon (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Saab Seaeye’s Falcon ROV Gets a Boost

Saab Seaeye said it has enhanced the Falcon's intelligent control system with its advanced iCON behavior-based intelligent control architecture, meaning the electric robotic vehicle can now host many new features as an advanced platform for further automation and behavior-based software development.   Station‐keeping and fine position adjustment is a new attribute that reduces the operator's workload by allowing them to concentrate on the task at hand. Fitting a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and interface node has made this possible.   It is also now possible to add higher accuracy sensors

Jim Hanlon (Photo: Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise)

Atlantic Canada: Where the World’s Subsea Technology Grows

Atlantic Canada is a ‘Silicon Valley’ of sorts for the global ocean community, a comparatively small but highly intelligent and energized cluster of academia, government and industry laser focused on growing its connection to everything ocean. MTR spoke with Jim Hanlon, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise, for his take on the current speed and future direction of this innovative cluster.   For our readers not familiar, can you give a brief overview of Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise and its role in ocean related activities on Canada’s East

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Atlantic Canada Profiles: SULIS

Changing the way we see the oceans   From its inception, SULIS has focussed on improving subsea vision. “Both optical quality and field of view are significantly compromised when you put a terrestrial camera lens behind a flat port (window), underwater,” said Adam Gobi (BEng, MSc), founder and CEO of SULIS Aquatic Technologies. “A dome-shaped port helps with field of view, but it is a crude optical element that adds additional optical distortions and aberrations that must be properly considered in the optical design process.”   It is these sorts of optical limitatio

FAST-3 underwater sensor platform gets ready for deployment near the FORCE test site in the Minas Passage, NS (Photo: FORCE)

New Monitoring Platform Launched in Minas Passage

A new underwater monitoring platform has been deployed in the world’s highest tides, designed to capture environmental data from the Bay of Fundy.   “FAST-3,” the third sensor platform built and deployed by the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), was successfully lowered to the sea floor in the Minas Passage on Friday, February 2.   “FORCE was created to explore whether in-stream tidal energy can be a safe, viable alternative to fossil fuel use, and help protect our ecosystem from the long term impacts of climate change,” said FORCE general

(Photo: Sonardyne)

Innova Selects Sonardyne INS, DVL for Resident ROVs

Norwegian subsea engineering and technology company Innova AS has selected acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. for two new in-field resident remotely operated vehicles (ROV) being built in the country.   Each ROV will be installed with a co-housed Sonardyne SPRINT Inertial Navigation System (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) to provide tightly coupled navigation data that will support a wide variety of survey and inspection missions in water depths up to 4,000 meters.   The contract was announced on the opening day of the Seabed Mapping

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New Alkaline Battery System for the Oceanographic Market

The new Energy Sales Pressure-Tolerant Battery System (PTBS) is an alkaline battery solution specifically for the oceanographic community, set to be unveiled at Oceanology International North America, February 14-16, in San Diego.   Energy Sales, Inc. said its new design replaces the need for housings made of titanium or other costly advanced composite materials. Working with the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab (UW/APL), the company sought to develop a cost-efficient battery solution specific to the deep ocean – depths that range from 1,800 to 3,000 meters.   “Coll

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LCJ Captures Ultrasonic Solid-State Wind Sensors

LCJ Capteurs produces solid state ultrasonic wind sensors built for the harsh marine environment. Their durability and user friendly operation also lend them well to use in weather stations and industrial applications, such as agriculture. These innovative sensors are now available through Fugawi based in Toronto, Canada. Fugawi has been an industry leader in software and digital charts for the marine industry since 1995. In addition to its own software, Fugawi distributes high tech marine products such as the NMEA 2000 Actisense gateways. “We are proud to add the LCJ Capteurs’ unique

The Rayfin Autonomous Machine Vision System. (Photo: SubC Imaging)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: SubC Imaging

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, creates some of the most advanced underwater imaging systems in the world, including state-of-the-art cameras, lights, lasers and DVR Overlay solutions for media management. Since its founding in 2010 SubC has developed an international clientele in the offshore energy, ocean sciences and aerospace and defense sectors with clients in over 20 countries.   SubC focuses on enabling its clients to more easily acquire high quality visual data using their platform of choice and helping them better manage and use that information for improved decision making. SubC also

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

Seaformatics Systems is a new startup ocean technology company with its sights set on changing the way oceans are monitored subsea – especially in remote and difficult to access, harsh environments – through its subsea power harvesting and telemetry systems. A barrier to collecting long term data in these environments is a sustainable supply of power to the instruments and data communications infrastructure. With the challenges imposed by such environmental conditions one of the only suitable power sources are batteries. Specialized vessels must be used to deploy and recover data from the

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