Seismic Vessel Tech News

UNOLS Seeks Nominations for Council Positions

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of academic oceanographic institutions working in cooperation with agencies of the U.S. Federal Government to ensure broad access to modern, well-operated, state-of-the-art research vessels, submersibles, aircraft, and facilities required to support a healthy and vigorous research and education program in the ocean sciences.   UNOLS informs it is currently actively engaged in the academic research fleet modernization efforts, in exploring environmental sustainability for the fleet, and in outreach initiatives for

(Image: Hydro International)

New Maps of Seafloor off San Francisco

coverage in the Santa Barbara Channel (Oxnard to Gaviota) and from Marina northward to beyond the Russian River. The maps are created through the collection, integration, interpretation, and visualization of swath sonar data, acoustic backscatter, seafloor video, seafloor photography, high-resolution seismic-reflection profiles and bottom-sediment sampling data.   The California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program is a collaborative effort supported by the USGS, the California Ocean Protection Council, NOAA, California State University at Monterey Bay, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and many

Image: MacArtney

Vsense to Bring MacArtney Underwater Tech to Israel

The MacArtney Group has signed a representative agreement with Vsense Technologies Ltd., a technology company based in Israel. The two companies will team up to offer underwater technology products and solutions to clients within Israeli markets.   Operating out of high-tech Kibbutz Einat in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, Vsense Technologies designs, develops and markets video, audio, data surveillance, recording and COFDM transmission systems serving government agencies, defense contractors, industrial clients and academic institutes. Through a representations department, Vsense represents

New Launches, Demonstrations Set for Seawork

Europe’s commercial marine and workboat exhibition held in a working port, Seawork International, has released its plans for demonstrations, launches and conferences.   Organizers say Voith will announce a new marine propulsion system that produces more thrust, reduces noise and vibration, while cutting operating costs.    The Smart Surfaces’ Duplex fouling from Tudor Streamline Surfaces will debut at Seawork, which is expected to attract considerable interest from commercial boat operators having been initially developed by the U.S. Navy, as the company claims it has

The Brigitte Bardot sails off the coast of Siracusa during Op. Siracusa 2014.

Sea Shepherd Global Launches Operation Siracusa

  Following on from the incredibly successful 2014 campaign, Sea Shepherd Global launches Operation Siracusa 2015. Led by Sea Shepherd Italia, the campaign aims to defend the fragile ecosystem of the Plemmirio Marine Reserve, off the Eastern coast of Siracusa in Sicily, against illegal fishing. Already, the impact of the 2015 campaign has been felt. On Friday May 22, the first day of patrols for Operation Siracusa 2015, Sea Shepherd volunteers came across a vessel that they suspected to be engaged in illegal fishing activity. The vessel was discovered at night, with two divers close-by in the

Image: True Heading

Sweden’s First AIS Aid to Navigation Deployed

True Heading, manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions, GPS compasses and app navigation, has supplied an AIS Aid to Navigation (ATON) beacon to the Port of Stockholm, Sweden.   Located at Stockholm Stream (Stockholm Ström) and the first of its kind in Sweden, local authorities launched a new buoy with the True Heading ATON transponder to assist commercial and recreational ships moving in and out of the busy harbor. Navigation buoys traditionally are marked with lights; however, to make this buoy more visible to mariners, the True Heading AIS ATON transmitter will

R/V Atlantis (Photo: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

UNOLS Seeks Fleet Improvement Committee Chair

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) informs it is seeking nominations to fill a Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) Chair position.   The position, which becomes vacant in Fall 2015, would see the selected candidate assume leadership after the 2015 Annual UNOLS meeting on December 3-4, 2015.   The FIC works to assure the continuing excellence of the UNOLS Fleet and to assure that the number, mix and overall capability of ships in the UNOLS fleet match the science requirements of academic oceanography in the U.S.   At this time, FIC is engaged in several

Signing of agreement between GAC EnvironHull and Statoil at Statoil’s Headquarter in Stavanger, Norway. From left to right: Åshild Eltervåg, Nadia Nikmanesh, Elin Haave, Karl Ingvar Jorgensen and Robert Anderson. (Photo: Simon Doran)

Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC

Eco-friendly HullWiper technology to fight fouling and enhance efficiency for oil and gas company fleet    GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the international energy company Statoil to provide underwater hull cleaning services for its vessels operating in Scandinavia, the Middle East and the Far East.   From the second quarter of 2015, GAC EnvironHull, part of global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group, is using its HullWiper technology to remove fouling from the Statoil fleet of long term chartered vessels to enhance efficiency and reduce fuel

Arctic icebreaker

Alaska, Washington to Build Arctic Icebreakers

  Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up six icebreakers for use by the U.S. Coast Guard. The senators believe that the Coast Guard and the Navy need the icebreakers — which cost billions of dollars — to complete their missions and keep up with Russia and China’s growing icebreaker fleets and activity in the Arctic. “Icebreakers protect America’s Arctic interests and support Washington state shipbuilding jobs,” Cantwell said in a statement. Senator Dan

Jonathan McGregor (Photo: Jee)

Jee to Support Enhanced Oil Recovery Project

carried out by Jee’s highly experienced engineers on this innovative project will allow for informed decisions to be made, with the aim of successful long-term oil recovery.”   A new platform development for EOR is a world first. The project will utilize technologies including 4-D seismic imaging, horizontal drilling and pump technology. Development drilling is expected to take place from 2015 until 2020.  

Sea Shepherd Global Launches Operation Siracusa

  Following on from the incredibly successful 2014 campaign, Sea Shepherd Global launches Operation Siracusa 2015. Led by Sea Shepherd Italia, the campaign aims to defend the fragile ecosystem of the Plemmirio Marine Reserve, off the Eastern coast of Siracusa in Sicily, against illegal fishing. Already, the impact of the 2015 campaign has been felt. On Friday May 22, the first day of patrols for Operation Siracusa 2015, Sea Shepherd volunteers came across a vessel that they suspected to be engaged in illegal fishing activity. The vessel was discovered at night, with two divers close-by in the

Alaska, Washington to Build Arctic Icebreakers

  Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up six icebreakers for use by the U.S. Coast Guard. The senators believe that the Coast Guard and the Navy need the icebreakers — which cost billions of dollars — to complete their missions and keep up with Russia and China’s growing icebreaker fleets and activity in the Arctic. “Icebreakers protect America’s Arctic interests and support Washington state shipbuilding jobs,” Cantwell said in a statement. Senator Dan

Fugro Symphony (Photo: Fugro)

Fire Aboard Fugro Vessel

Fugro confirmed there was a fire onboard its ROV support vessel Fugro Symphony around 2:30 a.m. this morning.   The 2011-built vessel was docked at Peterhead Harbor in the U.K. at the time of the incident.   The fire was contained in a small area of the vessel and extinguished in the presence of emergency services personnel. No injuries were reported.   All nonessential personnel onboard were immediately evacuated as a precaution, but have since returned to the vessel once it was confirmed safe to do so.   Fugro said it has a team presently onboard to investigate the cause

DNV GL has developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept – dubbed ‘Solitude'

Unmanned FLNG: ‘The Future of LNG Technology’

DNV GL has developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept that it says overcomes many of the challenges currently faced by those looking to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields.   Called Solitude, the concept demonstrates how technological advances – most of the technology already within reach - can be combined into a solution that offers some 20 percent reduction in annual OPEX, only adding a few percent increase in CAPEX and at the same time increase the overall safety.   FLNG technology is developing rapidly as part of the industry’s quest for resources in

RV Polarstern

RV Polarstern Sets Course for Spitsbergen

  On Tuesday, 19 May 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its home port in Bremerhaven, setting a course for the Arctic. Led by Dr Ilka Peeken from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) a team of 53 researchers from 11 countries will investigate the effects of climate change in the Arctic, from the surface ice floes down to the seafloor. RV Polarstern will enter the sea-ice zone north of Spitsbergen. Covering two shallow regions on their way to deeper waters, the scientists on board will focus on the processes at work in the ice-covered

The PGS fleet is the most efficient and flexible. Courtesy PGS

PGS ASA - First Mover Offshore Mexico

  Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) commenced operations of a MultiClient 2D seismic program offshore Mexico on May 16th. The two 2D vessels Atlantic Explorer and Sanco Spirit will acquire multiple projects recently approved by the Mexican government. The first program to be acquired is the Mexico Well Tie MC2D which will provide clients with an excellent grounding for understanding the hydrocarbon prospectivity in the area. Fast track products will be available in June 2015.   "PGS is proud to conduct its first commercial seismic acquisition project in Mexico after approval of the

ABB Equipment for High-tech Ocean Simulator

ABB secures complete electrical and control package for world’s most sophisticated ocean simulator   The world’s first circular wave and tidal current test facility is using a package of ABB electrical and control equipment, including servo drives and low voltage variable-speed drives, to simulate energetic sea-states typically found in British, European and international waters.   Located at the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings campus, the £10.3 million ocean energy research facility comprises a 25 m diameter test tank. A central floor section

d’ROP Bibby’ Hydromap’s Custom-built ROV

Self-dubbed a ‘revolution in coastal ROV survey,’ Bibby HydroMap unveiled its d’ROP system onboard its new survey vessel, Bibby Athena, a the National Oceanographic Center in Southampton, UK. MTR spoke with Andrew McLeay, Managing Director of Bibby HydroMap, for details.   In an industry where innovation is common, Bibby HydroMap’s d’ROP system truly stood out at an active Ocean Business last month in Southampton. d’ROP is a custom developed solution by the company, touted to be a revolution in coastal ROV survey with particular productivity gains in shallow

“The defense community is ahead of the commercial market with regard to processing real-time high resolution data in-mission and making the vehicle respond to it.” Richard Mills, Kongsberg Maritime

AUVs: Getting Defensive

and organizations to create advances in the fields of hydrography and underwater positioning for scientific and commercial applications. Kongsberg Maritime Subsea solutions cover all aspects of technology on the seabed, in the water, and on a wide variety of vessels involved in hydrographic and seismic survey, offshore support applications and maritime construction. Put in perspective the importance of the military market to your company in terms of percentage of sales.     Sales to military operators and defense research organizations have always been an integral part of our

Ship-related debris on the sea floor, including an anchor  (Source: ATSB, photo by Fugro)

MH370 Searchers Find Shipwreck

Teams searching the Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have discovered a previously uncharted shipwreck.    Search vessel Fugro Equator’s deep tow system detected a cluster of small sonar contacts in the southern part of the search area, 12 nautical miles to the east of the 7th arc. The sonar data was carefully analyzed and categorized to be “of potential interest but unlikely to be related to MH370.” It could not, however, be ruled out, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said.   “We were cautious about this,” said the

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