Monday, February 20, 2017

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OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

With the inaugural Oceanology International North America (OINA 2017) conference and exhibition fast approaching, exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new technology developments to the ocean science community. Taking place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance, exhibition space at OINA 2017 is already over 90 percent booked. Teledyne Marine (booth #D20) will be out in force at OINA 2017 in San Diego CA. In addition to its full line of instruments, imaging, vehicles and interconnect products, the company will promote the newest product

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New Compass Module Simplifies Wind Sensor Integration on Buoys

Soundnine Inc., a manufacturer of sensors, inductive modems and real-time systems for marine research and monitoring, has introduced its new Inline Compass Module (ICM) that combines heading and tilt data with wind speed data from RS-232 wind sensors to produce a serial data stream of wind speed and vector-averaged wind direction on buoys or other moving platforms. It’s suited for upgrading existing sensor installations and can also be operated without a wind sensor as a digital compass and accelerometer. The ICM contains a three-axis magnetometer and accelerometer that measure heading and

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Teledyne Debuts New Controller and Firmware for APEX

the APF-11 controller and firmware as the new core of the Autonomous Profiling Explorer (APEX).   With nearly 8,000 floats deployed during the past 16 years, APEX has long been the workhorse of the Argo Program monitoring temperature and salinity in the upper 2,000 meters of the world’s oceans. Teledyne said its engineers designed the new controller and firmware to ensure APEX continues that role for years to come.   Recent Argo Program expansion to monitor upper ocean biogeochemical and optical properties carries the requirement for additional sensors. APF-11 meets this need by

Rosane Zagatti (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group & the FlatFish AUV

The development of AUVs capable of being launched from FPSOs or actually being docked at the seafloor next to the subsea systems has been an industry goal for some years and offers a solution to two major problems: making deepwater subsea inspection become a simple task and decreasing the related costs. MTR’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Rosane Zagatti, BG Group’s Subsea Technology Manager, about its FlatFish AUV project, which promises to bring solutions to deepwater infrastructure inspection challenges.   Subsea systems are now an integral part of offshore oil production and

Scenes from OI 2016 in London. (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Preview: OI North America 2017 San Diego

Oceanology International North America: OI 2017 set to cover the full extent of marine science and ocean technology    The first edition of Oceanology International North America (OINA), established from the well-known OI event in London, will make an impact within the ocean science and technology industries in San Diego, Calif. in February 2017.   OINA is set to capture the full extent of the marine and ocean technology industries in North America. The event is the newest addition to the Oceanology International portfolio, with the flagship Oceanology International event in London

Photo: Paul Unterweiser

Tech File: Blue Robotics BlueROV2

, Rustom “Rusty” Jehangir came up with a novel design that turned into a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, just two years later, Blue Robotics has grown to a staff of nearly a dozen engineers and technicians working full time designing fresh new approaches to the challenges of ocean exploration. http://www.bluerobotics.com   The Author Paul Unterweiser is a retired U.S. Navy officer, USCG licensed master, ROV pilot and, for the last 10 years, president of Marine Simulation, a software company located in North Carolina specializing in developing training simulators for

Credit: Harris Caprock/Oceaneering

Uncontended Voice and Data Through TDMA Networks

associated with an on-site service technician.   With this setup, customers are allowed to freely roam wherever they want worldwide and the equipment self-configures to the most appropriate connection in the given conditions – making IoT applications a reality, even in the middle of the ocean. This type of reliability opens a window to what customers can achieve through communications technology and connectivity, allowing them to derive benefits from the IoT that weren’t previously available.    Uncontended TDMA Networks  Another way Harris CapRock achieves connectivity

MBARI engineer Brian Kieft with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on board the USGS vessel with the Tethys LRAUV, in the southern portion of Lake Michigan (Credit: Brett Hobson © 2016 MBARI)

AUV Mission in the Great Lakes

, how they can support fish which are important for people, and how they store and process carbon, so that helps us understand the role of climate,” Warner said. “Ultimately, this multi-tool approach to this kind of research is critically important and has been shown to be really effective in oceans, but hasn’t been used to as much degree in the Great Lakes or other fresh water systems.”   The research team is now in the early stages of data analysis which will ultimately lead to a number of papers in 2017.   As for future AUV deployments in the Great Lakes, &ldquo

“During this summer we had the drilling operation based on our 3D and 4D images. But CAGE undertook several expeditions this year that also focused on retrieving data regarding the development of marine ecosystems in the dark ocean floor areas of the Arctic.” – Prof. Jürgen Mienert, CAGE Director (Photo: CAGE)

Methane: The Arctic's Buried Treasure

In pursuit for the Arctic’s buried treasure: methane   Trapped beneath permafrost and ocean sediments, the release of the world’s largest natural gas resource, methane, has become a hot topic for international research. As rising temperatures continue to warm the Arctic region, the vast frozen fields of gas, known as gas hydrates, grow unstable beneath the retreating ice. The Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment, and Climate (CAGE) strives to address one of the greatest scientific uncertainties: how much greenhouse gas threatens to escape the sub-seabed sediments and what will

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Seatools Debuts Subsea Compensator Range

Dutch subsea technology company Seatools has introduced its new subsea hydraulic compensator range: the Advanced series.   This new subsea compensator range, based on the preceding Hyco range, delivers improvements in robustness, durability and standardization, according to the manufacturer.   Seatools, a specialist in subsea hydraulic systems, said it performed an extensive development trajectory that led to the Advanced series. The new range, meant for heavy-duty subsea hydraulic systems – such as subsea vehicles (e.g. ROVs and trenchers) and dredging systems (suction tube SHPU

Airmar Acquires Former Materials Systems Inc.

 Airmar Technology Corporation has acquired the assets of the former Materials Systems Inc. (MSI) group located in Littleton, MA from Channel Technologies Group (CTG). MSI was founded in 1991, sold to CTG in October 2014, and post-acquisition, will be incorporated as MSI Transducers Corp.  AIRMAR’s President and CEO, Matthew Boucher, stated, “The integration of our piezoceramic transducers and sensor technology coupled with MSI’s piezocomposite transducer offerings enables us to diversify our product line and significantly broaden our offerings to the commercial and

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

Video: US Navy Tests Autonomous Swarmboats

The U.S. Navy is examining new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions, putting autonomous unmanned vessels to the test in a recent demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay.   Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), together with partners from industry, academia and other government organizations, leveraged a combination of high-tech software, radar and other sensors to get a “swarm” of rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) and other small vessels – “swarmboats” – to collectively perform autonomous patrol missions with only remote human

Mosaic generated by SIPS Backscatter engine (Image: Teledyne CARIS)

CARIS Onboard 1.1 Launched

Marine mapping software developer Teledyne CARIS has released CARIS Onboard 1.1, which enables users to process data in near real-time resulting in minimized data conversion and processing times. Designed with autonomous operations in mind, CARIS Onboard will save time as less interaction is needed for automated survey activities.   This release introduces several new processes including the incorporation of the SIPS Backscatter engine. Backscatter mosaics can now be generated alongside surfaces in near real-time. This version also presents the ability to compute GPS tide, and apply observed

Spotting the Zooplankton Observatory near Heligoland from the ship Neuwerk. (Photo Alfred Wegener Institute)

Researchers Develop Underwater Observatory

the distribution patterns of the micro-organisms and particles with a high spatial and temporal resolution, without affecting the living communities by means of fishing gear or samples. In addition, it can register the distribution and sink rate of small organic particles, the so-called "snow of the oceans". These particles are an important component of the carbon fluxes in the oceans and thus have an influence on the climatic conditions as well as their change. The underwater device is based on the combination of an acoustic Doppler flow meter (ADCP) with a video plankton recorder (VPR)

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Airborne Hydrographic Survey Commissioned After NZ Earthquake

the north east coast of the South Island.   RAN LADS commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Commander Susanna Hung, explained the mission. “We will fly over the area and collect hydrographic survey data, which will reveal what has happened below the waterline, and identify any shifts in the ocean floor which mariners need to be aware of.”   The RAN’s Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) system has been developed by Fugro for safe, high speed and cost effective surveys of shallow coastal areas. Under a long term contract to the RAN, Fugro provides the LADS technology, a de Havilland

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

Boeing to Acquire Liquid Robotics

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

Kraken Establishes German Subsidiary

Kraken Sonar Inc. has established a new German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH (KRG), to commence operations at the Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre effective January 1, 2017.   According to Kraken, the move to expand operations into Germany corresponds to strong growth in the region where the company has an increasing base of customers and strategic partners.   In addition to customer support, KRG will focus on the development of 3D imaging sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for underwater robotic platforms. Machine learning is a type of AI that

Jeff Bartkowski (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Hires Director of Business Development

Jeff Bartkowski has joined Kraken Sonar Inc. as Director of Business Development, effective December 5, 2016.   Bartkowski has been employed in the marine technology industry for over 12 years in subsea positioning, inertial navigation systems and high resolution sonar products. He has sales and business development experience with both commercial and defense customers and has worked at both larger marine technology companies such as Teledyne-Reson and iXBlue and start-ups such as Sea Machine Robotics. He is a graduate of New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   “Over

Christopher Pyne MP Photo Parliament of Austraila website

Thales Awarded Collins Sonar Upgrade Design

the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Thales Australia has been awarded a $100 million contract  to design a major sonar system upgrade for Collins class submarines.   Minister Pyne said Thales Australia will engage other Australian-based companies including Sonartech Atlas and L3 Oceania, as well as suppliers from the United Kingdom (UK) and France to design the Collins sonar system upgrade.    "The sonar system upgrade will install improved sonar sensor arrays aboard each of the Collins submarines, as well as improved signal processing systems," Minister

Five UC San Diego Professors Named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nation’s largest general science organization, has awarded the distinction of fellow to 391 members, including five from Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California San Diego.   New fellows will be honored for “their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished” on February 18 during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. Continuing a tradition started in 1874, AAAS members are considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by a

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New Project Uses Drones to Monitor Ship Emissions

Global maritime technology innovator Martek Marine said it has been included on a framework contract by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) services in the maritime environment.   EMSA was established for the purpose of ensuring a high, uniform and effective level of maritime safety and prevention of pollution by ships.   Due to the recent entering into force of the new limits for sulphur content of marine fuels since January 1, 2015, Directive (EU) 2015/253 of February 16, 2015 laying down the rules concerning the sampling and reporting

Fugro Awarded US Government Survey Work

Fugro said it has secured a five-year survey contract from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Task orders under this indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) type contract will support the architect and engineering survey and mapping support services for the military, civil and federal agencies of the Corps team, Mobile District.   Using a variety of airborne sensors and systems, including topographic LiDAR, bathymetric LiDAR, digital cameras and multispectral/hyperspectral imagers, Fugro will provide integrated data collection and processing in support of the USACE&rsqu

RockBLOCK has been integrated on specially developed wave buoys deployed on to sea ice floes in the Arctic and Antarctic by NIWA. (Photo: Rock Seven)

‘Small Satcom’ Aids Polar Climate Research

With the growing need to secure new data from remote and inhospitable areas of scientific interest balanced against commercial challenges and tough competition for academic budgets as a background, the U.K.’s Rock Seven is reporting an upsurge in its Iridium satellite communication products being used for environmental science applications in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Several successful deployments have proven the robustness of the company’s RockBLOCK and RockFLEET systems, the manufacturer said, highlighting its suitability for reducing costs not only in the research sector, but also

NOC Workshops to Address Robotics Challenges

A program launched by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), ‘A Year of Autonomy’, will offer five workshops to address the common challenges faced by robotic systems on land, sea and air by encouraging shared learning and collaboration. These challenges include; the development of artificial intelligence, societal acceptance and energy management.    This initiative is part of the South Coast Marine Cluster and aims to help the autonomous systems industries in this region to grow and position the South Coast as a hub for innovative, high value companies.    Speaking

The new ship comes with a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi as a key on-board resource package (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Cougar ROV Chosen for New Supply Ship

Shipbuilding and offshore services company Timsah’s new multipurpose supply vessel, built for hire, is to be launched complete with a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi underwater vehicle as a key onboard resource package.   The A1 class 2441 ton ship is rated for towing, firefighting and offshore support and includes a helicopter pad and accommodation for 60 crew.   Founded in 1961, Timsah operates globally and in particular throughout the Middle East.   The new vessel will continue to expand Timsah’s activities and has been conceived to meet future demands, the company said.

SEA’s KraitArray sonar (Photo: SEA)

SEA’S KraitArray Sonar Performs at UW16

Cohort plc company SEA completed demonstrations of its KraitArray array sonar system towed from the Liquid Robotics SHARC Wave Glider Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) and a BAE Systems P950 rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB), also performing in unmanned mode, at the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 16 (UW16) exercise off the West Coast of Scotland.   SEA has developed the advanced KraitArray which is a configurable thin line (16mm) acoustic array comprising 32 channels that provide a 50m acoustic aperture. The KraitArray is more than a small ASW towed array. UW16 proved the capability of the

Bill Mildon, president Photo  Hydro Group Systems

Mildon Appointed President, Hydro Group

Subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group has appointed William “Bill” Mildon, as president of newly formed Hydro Group Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary in Pinellas County, Fla.   With nearly 40 years’ experience in undersea product development from complex sonars to sensors and undersea cable and connectors, Mildon has held a number of senior positions, most recently as technical director at Nest Technical Services. He has led teams in submarine penetration designs, under water connectors and numerous fiber optic inter-connect products.   In his new role

FlexMoT live monitoring software Photo Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

FlexMoT for Monitoring & Detection of Offshore leaks

Leaks on offshore platforms present a hazard to the marine environment and human health. The monitoring system FlexMoT will detect irregularities and provide a warning system for disasters. The system was presented at this year’s OCEANS’16 in Monterey.   (Rostock/Darmstadt/Graz) Accidents in offshore oil & gas drilling are dangerous. The damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago shows how high the costs can be for nature and those responsible. Now, a solution was presented at this year’s OCEANS Conference.   FlexMoT is an

Computer-generated image of Kraken’s Autonomous Launch & Recovery System (A-LARS) with the KATFISH Synthetic Aperture Sonar underwater towbody (Image: Kraken)

Canadian Government Backs Kraken

a tremendous partner to Kraken and we are very grateful for their continued support."   The NRC funding will be used to expand Kraken's Handling Systems Division that is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This group is led by Mr. Bill Spencer who has extensive experience in the aerospace and ocean engineering fields. Bill was recently the Engineering Manager at Rolls-Royce Naval Marine and responsible for the development of advanced launch and recovery systems used by a wide variety of military, commercial and ocean science customers

New GeoSwath 4 Deck Unit (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Upgrades its Shallow Water Multibeam Echo Sounder

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

U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

Will Naval Operations Heat up in the Arctic?

As diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean expands navigable waters, scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research have traveled to the region to study the changing environment and provide new tools to help the U.S. Navy operate in a once-inaccessible area.   "This changing environment is opening the Arctic for expanded maritime and naval activity," said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research. "Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge of this environment is essential for reliable weather and ice predictions to ensure the safety of future scientific and

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Delving Deeper with AUVs

What lies beneath? Subsea industry to delve deeper with underwater robotics   Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and buoyancy-driven gliders have revolutionized the way the subsea industry gathers oceanographic data and despite the volatility of oil prices, it is predicted that the demand for this technology will continue to grow over the next five years and beyond. Although the sustained low oil prices have reduced budgets and put a cap on the development of new technology, operators are quickly beginning to realize the cost saving benefits of underwater gliders forcing them to rethink

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New Tool for Subsea Wireless Crack Monitoring

WFS Technologies and TSC have launched Seatooth ACFM, a wireless smart NDT monitoring solution designed to reduce subsea inspection costs.   TSC‘s ACFM array probe is a tool that can be installed on offshore structures to monitor the growth of surface breaking cracks, and Seatooth is a subsea wireless communications system immune to biofouling, surface noise and turbidity that provides communications through seawater and through the splash zone.   Combining the technologies together, Seatooth ACFM is a nonintrusive, easy to deploy wireless network solution which can be retrofitted

Oceanology International heading to North America (Oceanology International 2016 at ExCeL London pictured) (Photo: OINA)

OI North America 2017 Registration Open

One year on from its official launch, online registration 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

VR surface created with HIPS and SIPS 10 (Image: Teledyne CARIS)

Teledyne CARIS Unveils HIPS and SIPS 10

Teledyne CARIS has released HIPS and SIPS 10, introducing new capabilities for automation, efficiency and usability through the integration of the Process Designer and the simultaneous introduction to the first commercially available solution for generating Variable Resolution (VR) Surfaces from source data.   Inspired by CARIS Onboard, the Batch Processor has been replaced with the new Process Designer. It provides access to the most important HIPS and SIPS processes including bathymetry and imagery workflows, base surfaces, mosaic and VR surface creation.   The Process Designer allows

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Liquid Robotics, Boeing Demonstrate Warfare Capabilities

Defense, Space & Security. “Our work during Unmanned Warrior demonstrates without a doubt the practicality of using autonomous systems to provide real-time actionable intelligence to our warfighters.”   In addition to the ASW mission, two SHARCs equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensors were deployed to the North Atlantic to gather data that ultimately contributed to sensor prediction models for Unmanned Warrior and Joint Warrior, a major biannual collective training exercise also hosted by the Royal Navy. The SHARCs operated 24/7 in harsh conditions unfavorable

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ASV Global Records 1,000 Days of USV Operations

of ASV technology and is a real testament to all of the hard work and dedication from the team.”   The 1,000 days of unmanned operations cover a wide variety of applications that have been carried out by ASV Global platforms over the past six years. These applications include hydrography, oceanography, subsea positioning, mine countermeasures, ISTAR and naval gunnery training.    The figure only accounts for the amount of time that ASV Global has spent operating its own vehicles, and does not include the number of successful unmanned operations undertaken by its customers in

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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

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

Seafloor Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Teledyne

community,” said John Tamplin, President, Seafloor Systems. Teledyne BlueView’s products are employed for a variety of applications, including underwater navigation, monitoring, tracking and inspection applications for the energy, transportation, civil engineering, search and recovery, and oceanographic industries and more.   Seafloor Systems has been a distributor for Teledyne Odom/RESON for many years, and is known in the industry for providing turnkey singlebeam and multibeam hydrographic survey equipment and vehicles including the EchoBoat-ASV, featuring dual-DC motors for ease

Ports of Jersey Purchases Multi-Beam System

Ports of Jersey in the U.K. has taken delivery of a new Multi-Beam system from Swathe Services. Following an extensive trial period and tender process, Ports of Jersey selected Swathe Services to deliver the R2Sonic Sonic 2024 with TruePix and UHR 700 kHz capability.   The comprehensive equipment, software and support package was chosen by Aaron Gavey, Deputy Marine Operations Manager, to enhance the organization’s new commercial survey capability.   Gavey and his team also chose the new SBG Systems Apogee-U Inertial Navigation System with a Hemisphere R330 RTK base station and

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Exploring Alien Oceans with AUVs

Shielded by a thick, brittle ice surface, a vast warm ocean hides beneath. Scientists consider Jupiter’s smallest moon, Europa, to be the most promising for alien life and have set in motion multiple concept ventures to design an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) which could successfully explore this remote, off-world environment. Many Europa-bound missions are yet to come to fruition and prove the feasibility of this ambitious and complex task, until now. After four years of research and development, the Europa-Explorer project, engineered by Germany’s Robotics Innovation Center (RIC)

Sercel SG-5 single sensor connected to the UNITE node RAUeX (image courtesy of Sercel)

Sercel Sells 10,000 UNITE Nodes to NIS

CGG announced that Sercel has sold 10,000 channels of its high-end UNITE cable-free land seismic acquisition system to NIS, the Serbian oil and gas company in which Gazprom Neft has a majority shareholding.   After having successfully deployed the UNITE system since 2014 in Romania, NIS have now decided to purchase a new complete batch of UNITE for survey projects that they will be conducting over the next several years. In combination with the Sercel SG-5, a high-sensitivity 5-Hz single-sensor geophone, UNITE offers NIS a superior, light, efficient and flexible solution for the most complex

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 Jeff Butcher are here from U.S 5th and 6th fleets and Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center. They are contributing their expertise to the technical dialogue and their leadership skills to the coordination across many participating commands, which include: Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; Naval Oceanographic Office; Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center; Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City and Dahlgren Divisions; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific; Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division; Navy Warfare Development

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New Glider Piloting Software from Teledyne Webb Research

license is included with the purchase of a new Slocum glider and dock server application. Several packages are available with, and without, data hosting options.   The Slocum glider is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) driven by a buoyancy engine capable of long-term deployment for measuring oceanographic parameters. The Slocum G2 glider has a maximum depth rating of 1,000m, requires very little power to operate, and can be deployed for as long as one year. The glider’s low logistics, high performance characteristics and modular design make it ideally suited for persistent ocean surveillance

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OFG Expands AUV Capability

HiSAS-equipped survey and pipeline inspection AUV Chercheur added to OFG fleet   OFG has invested in a 3000m-rated Hugin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Chercheur, equipped with a sensor and software suite for efficient inspection of pipelines and infrastructure, pipeline route studies, site geohazard surveys, environmental monitoring surveys, and other seafloor-based applications such as UXO, archeology, salvage, and minerals exploration.    Chercheur is equipped with high resolution interferometric synthetic aperture sonar (HiSAS), multibeam echosounder EM2040, a sub-bottom

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New Dredge Monitoring Buoys for Jan De Nul

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

Darwin is a major multi-modal port serving shipping and cargo markets.  The port conveys a wide range of exports and provides services for offshore oil and gas rigs. (Photo: Port of Darwin)

ADCP-based Monitoring System Aids Operations in Darwin Harbor

observing systems can also help reveal processes that impact the sustainable use of these areas (e.g., sediment transport, water quality). To boot, these data can provide ground truth and boundary conditions for computer models used in the port’s development projects.    Near Real-Time Ocean Observations Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) includes a station at the entrance to Darwin Harbour. Information for currents, tides, waves, temperature, water quality parameters (e.g., Chlorophyll-a, turbidity), wind and rainfall are recorded. More recently, bio-geochemical

Starmon TD (Image: Star-Oddi)

New Temperature-Depth Recorder

Star-Oddi has launched a new robust logger in the Starmon data logger serie, the Starmon TD.   For 15 years Star-Oddi has been manufacturing the Starmon mini with a temperature sensor, but now having the option to measure depth additionally has been welcomed by marine and fisheries scientists, the manufacturer said.   Starmon TD is designed with a fast response temperature probe. The time constant is only two seconds which makes it suitable for profile measurements when going through different temperature layers down the water column. It also makes it suited for fishing gear studies.

Part of the objects in the Patch are underwater, so the Optech CZMIL’s depth-penetration capability was crucial for surveying. (Image courtesy The Ocean Cleanup)

Teledyne Optech Aids Study of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Teledyne Optech said it has partnered with The Ocean Cleanup in their Aerial Expedition research mission, where the Optech CZMIL (Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar) carried out the first in a series of low-speed, low-altitude survey flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.    Every year, about eight million tons of plastic enters the oceans. Part of the trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, the largest located between Hawaii and California. Plastic in these garbage patches over time breaks down into tiny plastic particles that can be eaten by fish and birds, thereby

FAST 1 platform with the Dalhousie and FORCE field teams (left to right - Richard Cheel, Alex Hay, Joel Culina, Ben Feltmate, Murray Scotney). (Photo: Darren Pittman)

FORCE Uses ASL's Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler

The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) purchased one of ASL's single frequency 125 kHz Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profilers (AZFP) autonomous scientific echosounder for deployment on their instrumented mooring platform in Minas Passage in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.   FORCE is a Canadian center for in-stream tidal energy technology demonstration, located in the Bay of Fundy. The tidal flow through the Minas Passage boasts 14 billion metric tons of water, moving at speeds in excess of five meters per second. Understanding this powerful environment is critical to successful turbine

(Copyright: Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Folke Mehrtens)

A United Front in Ocean Observation

As the world’s oceans become increasingly exposed to rapidly growing pressures, long-term data sets are fundamental for monitoring these processes and understanding the complex and vast oceanic environment. In July 2016, the European Marine Board (EMB), a partnership of major national marine and oceanographic institutes in Europe, identified critical gaps within ocean observation and seafloor mapping capabilities. Their mission, along with many organizations and networks, is to unite existing ocean observing capacity and launch Europe into a time of ocean erudition.   For 20 years the EMB

Image: Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

New Fisheries Research Vessel for Angola

A new 74-meter fishery research vessel (FRV) will be built at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania and delivered to the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries in July 2018.   Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded a contract by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding of Vlissingen, the Netherlands to provide a diverse, integrated technology solution for the high-tech vessel, which was designed by Skipsteknisk and uses Silent-A/F/R technology to ensure highly accurate survey results from the advanced KONGSBERG scientific package.   Supported by KONGSBERG’s integrated technology, the Angolan Ministry of

Photo: MacArtney

Buoy Designed to Monitor Turbidity at Dredging Sites

that allows for integration of other types of sensors like CTDs, fluorometers, etc.    The hollow interior of the buoy contains the satellite modem installed for data transmission. The logger sends turbidity data at a predetermined interval on the satellite modem to the MacArtney developed MetOcean Gateway portal, a web-based data acquisition and data storage system that forms an integral part of the buoy system. The buoy is also available with a cellular data transmission system.    The buoy can be used via the satellite data service anywhere in the world, states Torsten Turla

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ROV Tech File: Meet the Phantom T5 Defender

Homeland security, law enforcement, military and search and rescue organizations in every region of the United States recently attended demonstrations of the Deep Ocean Engineering Phantom T5 Defender underwater drone in various locations around the country.   This specially-equipped remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was developed in collaboration with Greensea Systems, Tecnadyne, Tritech and Nortek, specifically to provide security organizations with a new technology solution that enhances their ability to accomplish their missions, while at the same time, minimizing risk to personnel.   Th

Vector Hawk (Image: Lockheed Martin)

First Underwater Unmanned Aircraft Launch from an AUV

vehicle (UAV) has been launched on command from an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) during a cross-domain command and control event hosted by the U.S. Navy.   In addition to Lockheed Martin’s AUV Marlin and UAV Vector Hawk, the Submaran, an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) developed by Ocean Aero, provided surface reconnaissance and surveillance.   “This effort marks a milestone in showing that an unmanned aircraft, surface vessel and undersea vehicle can communicate and complete a mission cooperatively and completely autonomously,” said Kevin Schlosser, chief architect

Photo: Teledyne Gavia

New Plug and Play Module for Gavia AUVs

Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) provider Teledyne Gavia announced the release of its new Science Bay Module, further expanding the capabilities of the Gavia AUV. The new a standard payload Gavia Science Bay module comes with several hull penetrations designed to accommodate a variety of scientific sensors. There are four penetrations that can accommodate WET Labs ECO pucks, two external wet plugs to provide power and serial communication for external devices, a slot for a SeaBird CTD and an Aanderaa Optode oxygen sensor, as well as a weak link on the bottom for towing external sensors. The new

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

Autonomous Marine Water Sampling Completed ‘On-demand’

commands over the Iridium satellite network. This meant that samples could be collected in areas of particular interest, in contrast to the previous mission in which sampling was done at preset times regardless of the route taken.   Sampling helps scientists assess the health of the world’s oceans. Harmful algal blooms can lead to fish mortality events and cause toxicity in shellfish species which, if consumed, can be dangerous to human health. Using experimental daily satellite images of a harmful algal bloom (courtesy of NEODAAS, Plymouth Marine Laboratory), Cefas scientists navigated Lyra

Fugro Aquarius (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Selects Sonardyne Acoustics for ROV Support Vessel

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

Submarine glider being deployed by RN personnel (Photo: NOC)

UK’s Largest Marine Robot Mission is Underway Off NW Scotland

missions, this latest phase sees the largest fleet of marine robotic vehicles simultaneously deployed in UK waters. The mission comprises seven submarine gliders and three surface Wave Gliders that are working together in fleets to collect a range of environmental data.   The National Oceanography Center (NOC) started the ‘Exploring Ocean Fronts’ program in 2014, working with partners across science, government and industry to field-test novel marine autonomous systems for long-endurance ocean monitoring.   Phase one saw a fleet of seven marine robots deployed from

MacArtney Supplies LISST-VSF to Europe

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

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