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NOAA scientist recovers Fishers TOV towed video system after completing survey, Inset: Sterling Fire Department diver exits reservoir with their Fisher DV-1 drop video. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

rescue team patrols and responds to incidents on the Ohio River and other waterways within the county. The team has been using the Fishers towed video systems for a number of years and Captain Dale Appel reports, “the TOV has helped us recover many drowning victims, locate evidence, find submerged vehicles, sunken vessels and many other things.”   Sterling Fire Department in Massachusetts and Morton County Sheriff’s Department in South Dakota are also using the video system to assist in their underwater operations. Both departments have JW Fishers DV-1 drop video which is lowered

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

First Monopile Loaded at Sif’s Maasvlakte 2 Location

Sif loaded its first monopile on board a seagoing vessel. The ship in question is the Innovation, a heavy-lift jack-up vessel owned by Geosea, part of the Belgian DEME Group. It was also the first job handled at the new section of Maasvlakte 2’s deep-sea quay (port number 8317). Monopiles are used for the foundations of offshore wind turbines. They can weigh up to 1,000 metric tons apiece. All in all, four monopiles will be loaded for transport today. Together with the so-called ‘transition pieces’: connecting sections that are used to join the turbine towers to the monopiles.

Mine disposal vehicle SeaFox launched from the minehunting vessel Homburg of the German Navy (Source: NATO/Cedric Artigues)

Tech Upgrade for German Minehunting Vessels

for the modernization of three minehunting vessels of the Frankenthal class (Type 332) in service with the German Navy.   The objective of this project, which bears the designation MJ 332 CL, is to equip the three boats with the Integrated Mine Counter Measure System (IMCMS) and the mine disposal vehicle SeaFox of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK. On top of that, the vessels will be given the capability for controlling the “Seehund” ROV, which until now has only been integrated on the minesweepers of the Ensdorf class (Type 352). In addition to the shipboard adaptations, a shore-based training and testing

Angus Taylor Photo gov.au

$124 mi Reef Authority Funding Boost for Townsville

Australia’s lead management agency for the Great Barrier Reef will receive a $124 million funding boost over the next 10 years from the Turnbull Government. The funding commitment for the Townsville-based Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is great news for the North Queensland region and Townsville, and follows the signing of Australia’s first City Deal for Townsville earlier this month. Frydenberg said the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which has been managing this acclaimed World Heritage Area for more than 40 years, will receive an additional $34.1 million over

High-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders chartplotters Photo Lowrance

Lowrance Debuts High Powered HDS Multifunction Displays

Lowrance announced today the release of a high-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders/chartplotters – Lowrance HDS Carbon. The new Lowrance HDS Carbon adds a high-performance dual core processor, multi-touch SolarMAX HD screen, dual channel CHIRP and Network Dual Sounder to the proven features that have made HDS multifunction displays the choice of anglers at all levels. The HDS Carbon series includes 12-, 9- and 7-inch models. Anglers in the market for a want-it-all integrated system need a processor that can smoothly drive the high-tech capabilities of HDS Carbon like

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

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

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 developments from across its brand portfolio including; the Teledyne Oceanscience rapidCAST underway profiling system, four new multibeam sonar systems from Teledyne Reson, a new line of acoustic releases by Teledyne Benthos

Photo: Blake Midnight / DOD

US Defense Department Orders 60 ROVs for Explosives Disposal

Manufacturer of underwater observation class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) Teledyne SeaBotix said it was recently awarded a multimillion dollar operational capability upgrade contract with the U.S. Department of Defense through distributor, Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS).   Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Units have a long operational history with Teledyne SeaBotix ROVs and have utilized the capabilities of both the LBV and vLBV systems for several years. The upgrade program will result in delivery of 60 new Teledyne SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV systems for EOD Mobile Units around the globe.

EMGS's 3D EM vessels; BOA Galatea, BOA Thalassa, Atlantic Guardian and EM Leader. Photo EMGS

EMGS' Vessel Utilisation Soars

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) releases information on vessel activity and utilisation 4-5 working days after the close of each quarter. The Company defines vessel utilisation as the percentage of the vessel charter period spent on contracted or multi-client data acquisition. Downtime (technical or maritime) and some standby activities are not included in the utilisation. Vessel utilisation for the fourth quarter 2016 came in at 89% compared with 21% for the fourth quarter in 2015. For the full year 2016, the vessel utilisation was 70%, whereas the utilisation for the full year 2015 year

(Image: Teledyne Webb Research)

Teledyne Debuts New Controller and Firmware for APEX

Teledyne Webb Research has released 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

Rosane Zagatti (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group & the FlatFish AUV

, Bahia, Brazil.    “The main system of the project comprises a hovering, observation class AUV capable of ‘living’ subsea for extended period of times,” said Zagatti. “It includes data connection to a docking station for recharging the internal batteries of the vehicle in between inspection and data transmission to surface. Autonomy is assured by a software stack capable of controlling the vehicle, without human intervention, so that the vehicle can safely and reliably execute the task of navigating from docking station to a specified subsea structure, inspect

© EDF (Courtesy of Ocean Energy Europe)

New Open Source Software for Designing Wave & Tidal Energy Arrays

A newly launched open source software package aims to assist project developers to design wave and tidal energy arrays by identifying optimal layouts, components and procedures.   DTOcean, which stands for Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays, has been produced through a three-year collaborative project funded by the European Commission. The software package is now available as a free download along with manuals and tutorials from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center website.   DTOcean work planning has been implemented as five content-orientated Work Packages

Mike Wilson (Photo: ESS)

‘Early Adopter’ ESS Reaps Benefits of Renewables Switch

Subsea and engineering technology company Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd (ESS) said it had benefited as an ‘early adopter’ as it moved from its traditional focus in oil and gas in to the renewables and interconnector markets.   Banchory-based ESS forecast turnover in the current financial year will double to between £23-£25 million, with profits jumping to around £5 million and staff numbers growing from 35 to 50 employees.   ESS said it was responding to fresh opportunities to deploy its innovative technologies in emerging markets in the Baltic Sea, the Far East

Image: Soundnine

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

Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Jaroslav Obu

Retreating Arctic Coasts Cause Drastic Changes

The thawing and erosion of Arctic permafrost coasts has dramatically increased in the past years and the sea is now consuming more than 20 meters of land per year at some locations. The earth masses removed in this process increasingly blur the shallow water areas and release nutrients and pollutants. Yet, the consequences of these processes on life in the coastal zone and on traditional fishing grounds are virtually unknown. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) urge to focus our attention on  the ecological consequences of coastal

Pic from Youtube video. Courtesy: Cybernetica AS

Carmanah Acquires EKTA Marine Aids

 Carmanah Technologies Corporation  has completed the acquisition of the EKTA marine aids to navigation assets from Cybernetica AS of Estonia.    The company had previously announced its intention to acquire the EKTA branded products and contracts on November 29th, 2016.   "The acquisition accomplishes two important steps in our growth strategy," said John Simmons, Carmanah CEO. "The ETKA products will strengthen our worldwide product portfolio and allow us to provide more comprehensive single-source solutions for our marine customers. At the same time

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Op/Ed: A Nail in the Coffin for US Offshore Exploration

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement slamming the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).    In yet another ‘Black Friday’ announcement targeting the offshore oil and natural gas industry, the BOEM blanket denial of seismic survey permits is an unsurprising attempt to put another nail in the coffin of sensible energy exploration in the Atlantic. Not only does this decision conflict with BOEM’s own scientific conclusion that

US Denies Atlantic Seismic G&G Permits

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has denied six pending geophysical and geological (G&G) permit applications to conduct airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean.    In announcing its decision BOEM cited a number of factors, including a diminished need for additional seismic survey information because the Atlantic Program Area has been removed from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.      “In the present circumstances and guided by an abundance of caution, we believe

A massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf. (Image Credit: NASA/John Sonntag)

Vast Iceberg Poised to Crack off Antarctica

A vast iceberg, expected to be one of the biggest ever recorded with an area almost the size of the U.S. state of Delaware or the Caribbean island state of Trinidad and Tobago, is poised to break off Antarctica. A rift, slowly developing across the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula in recent years, expanded abruptly last month, growing by about 18 km (11 miles). It is now more than 80 km long with just 20 km left before it snaps, scientists said. "The Larsen C Ice shelf in Antarctica is primed to shed an area of more than 5,000 square km (1,930 square miles) following further

Patrick Grandelli (Photo: PCCI)

PCCI Appoints Grandelli as Chief Engineer

PCCI, Inc. has announced that Patrick Grandelli, P.E. has joined PCCI’s Alexandria office as a Chief Engineer. He will be responsible for providing engineering, design, installation and program/project management services to U.S. Government and commercial clients in the ocean facility and renewable energy industries.  Grandelli is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and naval energy/operations staff officer who also served on three U.S. navy warships. He has two decades’ experience in the analysis and design of large subsea pipelines, ocean energy systems, and the conduct of

In Norway, the 5-7 well exploration campaign in the Barents Sea is at the core of the activity plan. (Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland) Statoil

Statoil to Enhance Exploration Drilling

Statoil plans to drill around 30 exploration wells in 2017, an increase of around 30% compared to 2016. More than half of the wells will be drilled on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). “Taking advantage of our own improvements and changed market conditions, we have been able to get more wells, more acreage and more seismic data for our exploration investments in later years,” says Tim Dodson, Executive Vice President for Exploration in Statoil. This allows us to firm up a strong drilling program for 2017, totalling around 30 exploration wells as operator and partner. The upcoming

Source: Russia Defence Ministry

ROV Finds Crashed Jet's Black Box in the Black Sea

troops in the run-up to the New Year.   Investigators have so far said that pilot error or a technical fault, rather than terrorism, are most likely to have caused the Defence Ministry's Tupolev-154 to crash into the sea.   The black box, which was found by a remote-controlled underwater vehicle at a depth of around 55ft (17 metres) and 1 mile (1,600 metres) from the resort of Sochi, has been sent to a Defence Ministry facility in Moscow for analysis.   "The casing holding the flight recorder is in a satisfactory condition," the ministry said in a statement.   "

USNS Bowditch (Photo: U.S. Navy)

China to Return Seized US Underwater Drone

 China's Defense Ministry said on Saturday it plans to return an underwater U.S. drone seized this week by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea, but complained the United States was "hyping up" the incident.   The drone was taken on Thursday, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory. It prompted the Pentagon to go public with a diplomatic complaint, and drew criticism from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to take a more aggressive approach in dealing with Beijing.   The drone was collecting data about the salinity, temperature and clarity of

China Seizes US Underwater Drone in South China Sea

protest and a demand for its return, U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday.   The drone was taken on Dec. 15, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory, about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines just as the USNS Bowditch was about to retrieve the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), officials said.   "The UUV was lawfully conducting a military survey in the waters of the South China Sea," one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.   "It's a sovereign immune vessel, clearly marked in English not to be removed from the water - that

Photo: Fugro

Airborne Hydrographic Survey Commissioned After NZ Earthquake

Fugro’s LADS technology is being deployed in New Zealand to assist in relief efforts following the damaging 7.9 magnitude earthquake near Christchurch on November 14, 2016. At the request of the New Zealand Government, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight is to conduct a rapid hydrographic survey of the seafloor in the coastal margins of 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

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

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