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(L-R) Matt Kingsland, NOC and Paul Griffiths, Sonardyne, with the SPRINT-Nav 700 at the NOC robotics lab during Ocean Business (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav 700 selected for new under-ice AUV

The UK’s center of excellence for oceanographic sciences, the National Oceanography Center (NOC), has selected high-performance hybrid navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. for the next generation of its Autosub autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), targeted for under-ice operations.The NOC, based in Southampton, will incorporate Sonardyne’s highest performing SPRINT-Nav inertial navigation system (INS) into the new 2,000 meter depth-rated Autosub, which is being specifically developed for carrying high-performance sensors on the most demanding research missions under

Photo courtesy of Prysmian Group

New Submarine Cable System for Canada

to the mainland power grid in the Canadian province.Prysmian Group will be responsible for the design, manufacture and installation of a 300 mm² 69 kV three-core submarine cable system with XLPE insulation for a total of 20 km. All submarine core cables will be produced at Prysmian’s center of excellence in Montereau (France), while the cable armoring will be manufactured at Prysmian’s state-of-the-art factory in Nordenham (Germany), part of the Group after the merger with General Cable. Completion of the project is scheduled for October 2019.The first cable will run approximately for

Largescale pipe ready for dispatch by rail from Liberty Pipes, Hartlepool (Photo: Liberty)

Liberty Wins North Sea Pipe Contract

Gupta and the GFG alliance made a bold investment in Hartlepool at a time when the steel industry was in rapid decline and their vision and confidence is clearly now bearing fruit. It’s not only good for Hartlepool jobs and the local economy, it puts Hartlepool on the map both as an emerging center of excellence for a resurgent steel industry and as a place for business to invest in.&rsquo

“Two Thales unmanned surface vessels are pictured entering Plymouth Sound for the first time.”

Photo credit: Shaun Roster Photography

Sensor and AI System for Plymouth Sound

M Subs Ltd has announced it has installed a ‘game changing’ sensor system with connected artificial intelligence (AI) machine-learning technology around Plymouth Sound as part of the vision to turn the city into a center of excellence in maritime autonomy and unmanned vehicles.Plymouth-based M Subs  will operate a secure network of cameras, radars, and other sensors which will provide situational awareness and communications with the unmanned vehicles operating out of the city’s harbor.The system will also provide the command & control of unmanned vehicles using the nearby

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

Research. “With better real-time data, more effective response strategies can be developed and deployed.”To help the Coast Guard map oil spills under ice, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has been working on an underwater robot for the past four years through a DHS Center of Excellence, the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage, in partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.The result of this research is the Tethys Long Range Autonomic Underwater Vehicle or LRAUV, a helicopter

Michael Behrens (Photo: MacArtney)

MacArtney Hires Behrens as CCO

of Southern Denmark, and is currently finishing an MBA in Business Administration. Behrens' career began in international sales, and over the years he has taken sales director and business management roles with leading technology companies from Saab to ABB. Within ABB, he headed up the Center of Excellence specializing in power projects and instrumentation. He's also an elite amateur golfer who played for Denmark’s National Team.“My focus will be to expand business with our existing customers as well as establishing MacArtney in new markets with a clear customer focus,&rdquo

Cathrine Armour (Photo: UKHO)

UKHO Names Armour Director of Customer Division

Director of its Customer Division.Armour brings experience in leading data, science and technology-centric organizations, and will be instrumental in developing the UKHO as a leading marine geospatial information agency and hydrographic office.Armour joins the UKHO from Catapult’s South West Center of Excellence in Satellite Applications, a partnership led by the University of Exeter to stimulate the data economy; helping UK businesses develop new products and solutions using satellite technology. Armour also led the development of the Ordnance Survey’s Geovation Hub and accelerator program

Echotrac E20 with laptop and transducer (Image: Teledyne Marine)

SES Orders Teledyne Odom Singlebeam Echosounders

(SES) for a number of its new singlebeam echosounders, the Teledyne Odom Hydrographic Echotrac E20.The Echotrac E20 is the next generation of Odom Hydrographic’s singlebeam echosounders, built on new sonar technology at the factory in Denmark, Teledyne Marine’s Sonar Technology Center of Excellence.Designed for ease of use and portability, the Echotrac E20 is a dual channel survey echosounder operating from 10 to 300 kHz operating frequency and from 0.2m to 6km depth range, delivering precise depth information from the first ping.According to the manufacturer, the Echotrac E20 features

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne Marine)

5 Minutes with Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine

. The process is driven through customer insight and innovation, providing information to the right people at the right time to ensure that optimal decisions are made with regard to new product development. We have Technology Centers of Excellence located around the world including an Interconnect Center of Excellence in Florida, an Acoustic Imaging Center of Excellence in Denmark, and an Unmanned Vehicles/Platform Integration Center of Excellence in Massachusetts. Teledyne Marine also benefits significantly from a close relationship with Teledyne Scientific, an internally funded Research & Development

(Photo: The Underwater Centre)

The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

of standards are maintained. We are very pleased to be able to provide our direct support to the Centre during these challenging times alongside other like-minded partners. Going forward we encourage all U.K. operators and contractors, using or providing diving services, to support this U.K. center of excellence.”Susan Smith, Acting Area Manager, Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), said, “The Underwater Centre is internationally recognized as a world-class training center, and is a real asset to Lochaber. We are delighted to support this innovative

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Fugro to Train Saudi Students in Marine Technology

Fugro’s new partnership with KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) was marked recently with the inauguration of the KAUST - Fugro Center of Excellence for Marine Technology. The new center will provide training in ROV operations and hydrographic survey within the Kingdom as part of the Saudization program.KAUST’s facilities and location, on the shore of the Red Sea, are ideal for addressing the challenges associated with mapping the Red Sea, large tracts of which remain unexplored due to extreme depths, temperature and salinity.“This close working relationship

Courtesy Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions Upgrades Aberdeen Site

success story of tremendous importance to the UK," said Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, who is opening the facility today. "By investing in this new facility and further broadening its capabilities, Aker Solutions is contributing to Aberdeen’s reputation as a center of excellence for subsea services and demonstrating its confidence in the basin’s future potential." The services hub, located just outside Aberdeen in Dyce, will retain its capability to manufacture new equipment such as subsea control modules for Aker Solutions’ North Sea customers

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Fugro to Open ‘Hydrography Center of Excellence’

Fugro has announced plans to establish a Hydrography Center of Excellence for the Americas, utilizing specialist resources including autonomous vessels and aircraft, integrated data acquisition techniques, remote processing and large data transfer to reduce risk, increase accuracy and streamline project timelines for clients.   With the opening of the Houston-based center, which will handle a wide range of hydrographic project types, including nautical charting, cable routing and Law of the Sea boundary claims, Fugro said it is formalizing its coastal zone mapping services using complimentary

Molly Donohue Magee

Undersea Technology: A Strategic Rhode Island Advantage

applications of undersea technology creates economic growth. It is exciting, for example, when academia can cross-pollinate their research with smart commercial applications, such as Greenfins LLC partnering with the University of Rhode Island to develop the first U.S.-based Tuna Research Center of Excellence.   When one thinks of who are the important players in this cluster, the first thoughts often go to government and giant corporations (and with good reason —organizations such as Electric Boat and Raytheon are valued corporate leaders), but it is the small and medium enterprises

From left to right: Simon Harvey, Proserv’s head of operation at Great Yarmouth; David Lamont, CEO; and Iain Smith, region president  for UK and Europe; at the site of the company’s new facility in Great Yarmouth. (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Opening New Subsea Tech Center

and plans for growth in the area.   “Consolidating operations into a modern purpose-built site will make us leaner, more efficient and better placed to deliver for our global customer base, whilst creating capacity for future expansion. The center will serve as a global hub and Center of Excellence for our subsea communication and controls activities and ensures we remain at the forefront of our field.   “I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Great Yarmouth Borough Council for their unwavering support over the years in getting us to this exciting

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) transits the Thames River as it departs Naval Submarine Base New London for a six-month deployment. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

USS Providence Returns Ahead of Schedule

work package more than three weeks ahead of schedule.   The on-time completion of submarine availabilities is critical in the maintenance of today's fleet and is essential to maintaining maritime superiority and expanding the advantage. PNSY, a field activity of NAVSEA, is the Navy's center of excellence for attack submarine overhaul, repair and modernization

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Hunting for Hydrocarbon Seeps in the Gulf of Mexico

throughout the entire deepwater area of the northern Gulf of Mexico. TGS will license the data to exploration and production companies to support development activities in this prolific region.   Fugro Exploration Geoscientist, Garrett Mitchell, a member of Fugro’s dedicated Global Center of Excellence for Seep Hunting in Houston, noted the personal and professional honor he felt to be involved in a project of this magnitude. “With the acquisition of the Otos seep survey, Fugro will have mapped almost 1,000,000 square kilometers of seep and geological features over the entire Gulf

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