Saturday, January 31, 2015

Seismic Vessel Tech News

Image: CTI

CTI Releases Quarterly SonarWiz Update

Chesapeake Technology, Inc., (CTI) announced its new processor engine designed for high-volume interferometric sidescan sonar and shallow-water multibeam data. CTI has also enhanced import options for sidescan sonar and magnetometer data and made more than 30 customer- and manufacturer-driven enhancements throughout the product.   The new bathymetric processing engine has been designed to minimize the manual labor required to process and visualize high-volume shallow water sounding data. According to CTI, vessel configuration is made easier with new default configurations for all supported

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New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year.   The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life, continuing the PLA Hydrography team’s survey work which facilitates safe navigation on the tidal Thames. As the U.K.’s busiest inland waterway, the river is a link for trade, travel and leisure and as home to the U.K.’s second largest port.   The CTruk MPC19 is a hydro-dynamically optimized twin-hull design that

Image: NOAA

NOAA Satellites Help Rescue 240 People Last Year

Last year, 240 people were saved from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters with help from NOAA’s fleet of weather satellites.   In addition to their role in weather forecasting, NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites can detect distress signals from emergency beacons carried by downed pilots, shipwrecked boaters and stranded hikers.  Information captured from these satellites, including location, are then relayed to first responders on the ground who assist with search and rescue efforts.   Of the 240

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Navigational Charts App Debuts at Ocean Business

An independent consultancy and software development company will launch a new web and PC based navigational charting app at Ocean Business 2015.   Norcom Technology Limited said its eChart software combines up to date information from different sources including wreck, cable, tide and geographical data for navigational charts, making it suited for use by companies carrying out desktop studies prior to installation of offshore structures, cables, pipelines and vessel monitoring.   For computational packages, the software will be made available on a 10.1” Windows 8 Tablet, for the

The UFO project relies on a complete connectivity package from MacArtney (Photo: MacArtney)

MacArtney Helps Land 'UFO' in the North Sea

Spearheaded by oceanographic experts from German Group Operations MBT GmbH, MacArtney announced it has delivered the full connectivity package for the innovative Underwater Fish Observatory (UFO) which was recently deployed in the North Sea.    Realized through cooperation between the Hamburg based Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, the Development Center at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel and MBT GmbH - the UFO project marks a noticeable leap forward in fish monitoring technology and methodology.    T

Technip awarded two subsea contracts in the Gulf of Mexico by Stone Energy Corporation

Technip Bags 2 Stone Energy's Contracts

Leveraging its unique subsea vertical integration -   Unique vertical integration - Technip to design, manufacture and install the flexible pipe -   First class assets and technologies - Technip to leverage its technologically advanced manufacturing plant and high performing vessel Technip has been awarded by Stone Energy Corporation both a flexible pipe supply contract and an installation contract for the Amethyst field, located on Mississippi Canyon 26, in the Gulf of Mexico. The first contract includes the detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, assembly and

Photo courtesy of InterMoor

InterMoor Completes Juniper Mooring Installation Contract

InterMoor has completed a mooring and foundation installation campaign for bpTT’s Juniper gas project offshore Trinidad and Tobago, reportedly the largest foundation installation campaign offshore Trinidad and Tobago to date.   InterMoor provided engineering and design services to identify a reliable and cost-effective mooring solution and performed configuration studies as part of the mooring analysis. The company designed and fabricated eight piles (4 ft in diameter by 128 ft long) at its facility in Morgan City, Louisiana, and provided offshore project management services for the

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Huisman Cranes for New Maersk Subsea Support Vessels

In December 2014, Huisman secured a contract from COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard for the delivery of four customized 400mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes and two 100mt Knuckle Boom Cranes onboard four new subsea support vessels (SSVs) for Maersk Supply Service. The first vessels, Marin Teknikk design MT 6027, are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2016.   The contract between COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard and Huisman contains an optional scope for two 400mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes for two additional vessels. Huisman’s sister company SMST will deliver the two 100mt Knuckle Boom Cranes with options

New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year.   The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life, continuing the PLA Hydrography team’s survey work which facilitates safe navigation on the tidal Thames. As the U.K.’s busiest inland waterway, the river is a link for trade, travel and leisure and as home to the U.K.’s second largest port.   The CTruk MPC19 is a hydro-dynamically optimized twin-hull design that

MacArtney Helps Land 'UFO' in the North Sea

Spearheaded by oceanographic experts from German Group Operations MBT GmbH, MacArtney announced it has delivered the full connectivity package for the innovative Underwater Fish Observatory (UFO) which was recently deployed in the North Sea.    Realized through cooperation between the Hamburg based Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, the Development Center at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel and MBT GmbH - the UFO project marks a noticeable leap forward in fish monitoring technology and methodology.    T

Technip Bags 2 Stone Energy's Contracts

Leveraging its unique subsea vertical integration -   Unique vertical integration - Technip to design, manufacture and install the flexible pipe -   First class assets and technologies - Technip to leverage its technologically advanced manufacturing plant and high performing vessel Technip has been awarded by Stone Energy Corporation both a flexible pipe supply contract and an installation contract for the Amethyst field, located on Mississippi Canyon 26, in the Gulf of Mexico. The first contract includes the detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, assembly and

Huisman Cranes for New Maersk Subsea Support Vessels

In December 2014, Huisman secured a contract from COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard for the delivery of four customized 400mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes and two 100mt Knuckle Boom Cranes onboard four new subsea support vessels (SSVs) for Maersk Supply Service. The first vessels, Marin Teknikk design MT 6027, are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2016.   The contract between COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard and Huisman contains an optional scope for two 400mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes for two additional vessels. Huisman’s sister company SMST will deliver the two 100mt Knuckle Boom Cranes with options

POSH Xanadu is a new generation DP3 Semisubmersible Accommodation Vessel (SSAV) for PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited (POSH). (Photo courtesy of PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited)

Dynamic Positioning & the Potential for USCG Regulations

  Dynamic positioning is a vessel capability provided by integration of a variety of individual systems and functions to automatically maintain a vessel’s position and heading by use of the vessel’s propellers and thrusters, and has been in use, particularly in the offshore oil and gas exploration business since the 1960s.  To date, use of dynamic positioning has relied on industry best practices, classification society rules, and guidance from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  If the US Coast Guard has its way, that may change soon.  On 28 November 2014

Unique Hydra's Purpose-Built HRF System (Photo: UMG)

UMG Targets Diver Safety in the Middle East

Unique Maritime Group (UMG) has set up a Hyperbaric Reception Facility (HRF) at its facility in the Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah. Reportedly the first HRF in the Middle East, UMG said the system, which was purpose built by UMG division Unique Hydra, will be installed to raise the safety level for divers operating in the area. UMG noted that major oil companies and dive operators with a view to utilizing the system have already shown considerable interest, and the first contract announcement by UMG is expected before the end of the month.   “Bringing one of our state of the art Hydra HRF

Ping DSP 3D Sidescan Data File Showing Seagrass Bed (Image: BioSonics)

Sonar Manufacturers Partner for Seagrass Surveys

BioSonics and Ping DSP Sonar Technologies Combine for Seagrass Surveys; 3D Sidescan and Scientific Single Beam Dovetail as Highly Effective Habitat Assessment System Two sonar manufacturers from the Pacific Northwest have joined forces in a cooperative effort aimed at improving efficiencies in aquatic habitat mapping. Seattle-based BioSonics Inc., and Ping DSP, with headquarters located in Victoria, BC, recently conducted trials to evaluate the effectiveness of a Ping DSP 3D Sidescan sonar combined with a BioSonics MX single beam echosounder as a means for locating and quantifying seagrass beds.

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Bourbon Expands ROV Fleet

BOURBON has commissioned three next-generation Heavy Duty Work ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles) designed by FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics. Capable of operating at depths of up to 3,000 meters, these underwater vehicles will be deployed on Multipurpose Support Vessels (MPSV) such as the Bourbon Evolution 800 series.   Fitted with high-tech equipment - manipulator arms, dynamic positioning, high definition camera, sonar and software - these HD Work ROVs are highly maneuverable. They can carry up to 3,000 kilograms of special measurement or intervention tools. They are suited for activities

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