Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Surface Vehicles News

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

Seafloor Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Teledyne

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 of control and redundancy, non-corrosive materials, an integral transducer well and multi-sensor payload capability. It allows the hydrographic surveyor to reliably and effectively tackle multibeam surveys in shallow waters or difficult

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

Near real-time data assist mariners navigating strong and complex currents   Located in Australia’s northern Top End, the port of Darwin has long been a strategic gateway to/from Asia. Founded in 1869, today Darwin is a major multi-modal port serving shipping and cargo markets. Ships range from container and general cargo to cruise and naval vessels. Exports include livestock and minerals as well as bulk liquids like LNG. As well, the port provides services for offshore oil and gas rigs.   Due to Australia’s increasing trade links with Asian neighbors, the port and facilities

(Credit: James Delgado Collection)

View from the Top: Dr. James Delgado, NOAA Director of Maritime Heritage

changed in the world of maritime archaeology? Technology has changed so rapidly in the undersea world that I feel in some ways as if we have catapulted out of one century to another. Whether it’s positioning with GPS and better satellite range, or robotic technologies such as remotely operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles, we have the ability to move more quickly and efficiently with less expense. Additionally, more people have embraced the concept of multidisciplinary missions. It’s more cost-effective and enables people to bring different elements to the table.   

Vector Hawk (Image: Lockheed Martin)

First Underwater Unmanned Aircraft Launch from an AUV

A small, unmanned aerial 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

Combat System Integrator for Future Submarines

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced that Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the preferred Combat System Integrator for Australia's Future Submarine Program, subject to further discussion on commercial matters.   Minister Payne said this is an important step in the development of Australia’s regionally superior future submarines. “Lockheed Martin Australia will be our Combat System Integrator to partner with Defence and DCNS to design and integrate the combat system of

Photo: ODE

Engineering Representative Appointed for Lake Erie Wind Project

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) in Cleveland, Ohio has appointed international engineering and operations support services contractor Offshore Design Engineering Limited (ODE), part of the DORIS Group located in the U.K., as the engineering representative for Icebreaker Wind, a 20.7 megawatt offshore wind project in Lake Erie, and the first freshwater offshore wind project in North America.   The appointment is the latest development in a three-year relationship between ODE and LEEDCo, the regional non-profit corporation that has proposed this six turbine wind demonstration

Future Unmanned Naval Systems for MMCM Program

and the future operational use of unmanned naval systems.” Guénaël Guillerme, CEO of ECA Group: “ECA Group has been providing both French and UK navies with MCM subsea robots for nearly 40 years. We are proud that our wide and unique experience in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles is recognised by those two navies in MMCM program.” Dan Hook, Managing Director at ASV Global: “This contract culminates years of collaborative development work around the use of autonomous systems for MMCM applications. We’re excited to progress to this next stage of the contract

Gemini 720is (Image: Tritech)

Oceanscan Invests in Tritech’s Gemini Systems

and Narrow Beam Imaging (NBI) units from the company’s range of multibeam imaging sonars.   Launched in March 2016, the Gemini 720is is an upgrade of the Gemini 720i combining the benefits of high-definition imaging with long-range target detection making it suited for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) platforms, including installation on pan and tilt units.    The enhanced electronics offer real-time visualization and a fast update rate of 30 Hz across a 120 degree field-of-view. The Gemini 720is is also ideally suited for target recognition

ECA, Vestdavit to Jointly Develop LARS for Unmanned Systems

On the occasion of Euronaval, ECA and Vestdavit have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the next generation of launch and recovery systems (LAR) for unmanned maritime systems (UMS).   The use of UMS, remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) as well as unmanned surface vehicles (USV) by navies but also by oil and gas, scientific and other customers, requires their operation from various types of ships, even in high sea states. In addition, when a combination of different types of vehicles are used from the same vessel, they need to be managed, stored and

Capreolus Project Map (Image: Polarcus)

Polarcus Survey Played Key Role in Locating the Roc-2 Well

Carnarvon Petroleum Limited announced October 19 that the Roc-2 well test successfully flowed gas and condensate to surface over the course of a sustained test program.   The well was located using Polarcus' Capreolus 3D multi-client data within Quadrant Energy operated WA-437-P exploration permit, in Australia's North West Shelf. The Drill Stem Test flowed gas at rates up to 51.2 million scf per day and 2,943 barrels of condensate per day. Equivalent to 11,476 barrels of oil per day. The Roc-2 DST has clearly shown that the Triassic, Caley formation is capable of gas and condensate production

Bourne Tidal Test Site Receives Preliminary Permit from FERC

The Bourne Tidal Test Site is now a bit closer to reality. The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) was notified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has been approved for a preliminary permit to set up a test site for tidal energy in the Cape Cod Canal.    “This is the first and very important step to gaining all the regulatory permits required for the test site, which will be the first in the United States,” said MRECo Director, John Miller. “MRECo was given preliminary permission to work in an area that covers more than just the spot

US Offshore Gulf of Mexico Photo Research and Markets

Update on US Offshore GoM Timbalier 37 project

In their latest release, US Offshore Shallow Water Gulf of Mexico South Timbalier 37 Project Panorama presents a comprehensive overview of the asset. This upstream report includes detailed qualitative and quantitative information on the asset, provides a full economic assessment and reflects several parameters including (but not limited to) geological profile, asset development and specific challenges. Based on this analysis, future outlook for the asset is presented with possible trends and related scenarios identifying upside/downside potential. Scope - Overview of the asset based on an

One of the leg extensions being lifted in place for installation at MPI’s Tees Offshore Base in Middlesbrough, UK Photo MPI Offshore

MPI Resolution’s Leg Extensions Raises Capabilities

MPI’s wind-turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Resolution, is currently undergoing installation of leg extensions at the company’s Tees Offshore Base in Middlesbrough, UK. Following these modifications, MPI Resolution will be able to operate in water depths of up to 35m, depending upon the site-specific data. This represents a gain of up to 7m on the previous jacking capabilities of the vessel and substantially increases the operability as a result. Modification works started in mid-September and the ten-week work schedule is being undertaken by local fabrication and engineering

BOEM-funded Hurricane Sandy initiative is creating a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in federal waters in the Atlantic. Photo Lamont-Doherty

BOEM and Atlantic Sand Assessment Project

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) will dedicate the Atlantic Sand Assessment Project (ASAP) core storage repository on Tuesday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. The collection is a result of the BOEM-funded project to create a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in Federal waters in the Atlantic. The project involved collecting, analyzing and cataloging sediment cores from federal waters offshore 11 East Coast states from Miami, Florida, to Massachusetts beginning in 2015. The core analysis provides important information on


EMGS Amends Deal for Atlantic Guardian

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has signed an extended charter agreement for the vessel Atlantic Guardian with North Sea Commander Shipping AS (owner of the vessel) at new and improved commercial terms. The new terms are valid as of 1 October 2016. EMGS and the owners have agreed to a reduction of the charter hire rate by approximately 27% and a new 5 year term for the charter. "We are pleased to see that our suppliers are contributing to the targeted cost savings in the Company. The new terms provide for a sound commercial basis when the market turns," says Christiaan Vermeijden

Image: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Norway, Russia to Swap Seismic Data in Oil Search

Russia and Norway have agreed to exchange seismic data from the two countries' Arctic maritime border in a bid to help the search for oil and gas, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said in a statement on Wednesday.   "This agreement is extremely important, it allows us to achieve a better understanding of the regional geological conditions on both sides of the demarcation line and, not least, of geological structures that span across the line," said NPD assistant director of exploration, Stig-Morten Knutsen.   The oil and gas industry uses seabed seismic data to help

Erik Anderson (Photo: EdgeTech)

Anderson Joins EdgeTech

Erik Anderson has joined EdgeTech as Hydrographic Product Engineer based in the company’s Boca Raton, Fla. office.     Previously with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey, Anderson brings extensive hydrographic expertise to the organization. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Master of Science in Hydrography and Category “A” International Hydrographic Certification.   Anderson has over 10 years of experience in the field of marine surveying working with equipment such as side


New Aerial Mapping Drone Launched

The NEXUS 800 UAV is a unique and cutting-edge mapping solution unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by HYPACK, Infinite Jib, SBG Systems and Velodyne.   The NEXUS 800 powered by HYPACK is a full end-to-end solution that represents a new paradigm in UAV data collection by seamlessly harmonizing LiDAR data with photogrammetry. The NEXUS 800 is an out of the box turnkey system that tightly integrates hardware and software to provide an advanced and seamless solution for LiDAR survey planning, data acquisition, post processing and analysis, and product creation.   The NEXUS 800:

Autonomous Boat Monitors Ocean Noise: Plymouth University Marine Institute scientists are working with AutoNaut and its nearly silent 5m wave-propelled USV, which tows a Seiche Ltd passive acoustic monitoring array, on a project studying how increasing levels of manmade noise in the sea is affecting marine life. (Photo: AutoNaut)

Silence Your Ships

Anthropogenic (manmade) sound is creating havoc among marine mammals and other aquatic species. These creatures have very sensitive hearing, which they rely on to find food and mates and (for some) to communicate and navigate. Sound waves can travel much further and with much less loss of strength in water than in air. In pre-industrial times, the oceans were relatively quiet. Sailing ships generated almost no subsurface noise. A whale’s call could be heard by another whale hundreds of miles away in ambient conditions. The substantial and growing amount and volume of anthropogenic noise in the

Gilles Lambaré, CGG, (center) and Sheng Xu, Statoil, (right) being jointly presented with the SEG Reginald Fessenden Award by SEG President, John Bradford (left). (Image: SEG)

Lambaré Wins SEG Reginald Fessenden Award

Gilles Lambaré, Research Director, EAME, Subsurface Imaging, CGG, has been distinguished with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ (SEG) Reginald Fessenden Award in recognition of his initiation of the concept of common-angle migration and demonstration of the potential of that approach to seismic imaging.    The Reginald Fessenden Award is given to a person who has made a specific technical contribution to exploration geophysics, such as an invention or a theoretical or conceptual advancement, which, in the opinion of the Honors and Awards Committee and the Board of

Image: DCNS

New Drones Are Being Developed for the French Navy

The future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) program is being designed by DCNS and Airbus Helicopters, who have joined forces to pool naval and aerospace skills and expertise.   The teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will be equipped to address all technical challenges arising from the naval integration of the drones through the creation of a robust system architecture that can evolve and adapt to meet every need, the developers said.   For DCNS, drones are the roving eyes of the battle system; their

L-R: Gerard Keser, N-Sea CEO; Jochem Langenhuijzen, Bodac CEO; Paul van Waalwijk van Doorn, N-Sea General Manager; Dirk van de Vleuten, Bodac Manager  (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea, BODAC Partner for UXO Projects

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, and BODAC UXO have announced an agreement to jointly market and execute marine UXO Survey, Identification and Removal projects across Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia.  In doing so, they will have the capability to offer developers, contractors and operators of offshore windfarms a complete suite of UXO solutions.    N-Sea has gained an impressive track record of unexploded ordnance campaigns, with experience in the investigation and mapping of potential targets using state of the art survey methods, ROVs and divers. With a history of 60

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

area for underwater hazards and simulated targets was provided to tactical units using ocean gliders and sensors to map the ocean floor. The Hell Bay IV trials have achieved a few world-first milestones testing interoperability of multi-national, mixed squads of unmanned underwater, surface and air vehicle systems. Over-the-horizon command and control of unmanned systems was further advanced by successfully routing operational data between underwater and airborne vehicles to an ashore command and control node. Expeditionary defense against adversary unmanned underwater vehicles is a growing

Recovery Mission Photo USN

USNS Grasp, DPAA Begin Recovery Mission

U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 and civilian members from the USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) began operations Sept. 23, in support of a Defense Personnel Accounting Agency (DPAA) mission off the coast of Montalto di Castro, Italy. The DPAA mission is designed to recover the remains of U.S Airmen who have been MIA since their B-24 bomber aircraft were shot down by enemy aircraft  March 3, 1944. U.S. Army Capt. Troy Davidson, DPAA Underwater Recovery Team Leader stated, “DPAA strives to give our POW/MIA families what solace and answers we can by providing

Oil spill recovery: Drone technology can aid disaster response effectively as in oil spill cleanup. (Photo: GettyImages/ESRI)

Drones: The Next Great Leap in Hydrography

Hydrographic charting is becoming more important outside the world of shipboard navigation as both industry and conservation have gone offshore to meet the increasing demands of a growing global population. By 2020, the subsea sector of oil exploration and extraction is expected to account for 20% of total crude oil production. In addition, global marine fisheries, which provide 15% of all animal protein consumed by humans, have been steadily collapsing for the last half century. As the needs of developed economies grow, so too must the tools to understand the new marine environments from which

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