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AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

in Plymouth over 13 days and included night-time operations. These trials focused on gathering solstice side scan data for sea floor mapping using the ALR and transmitting real-time snippets of the data containing interesting features back to the ASV using the BlueComm 200 underwater optical communications system.The follow and search behaviors executed by the C-Worker 5 could be configured to follow the target at an offset to the course and can also be configured to respond to different target sources such as an automatic identification system (AIS) which was also seen in this set of trials.Other

The first in the series will be the 20 m RALamander 2000, equipped with Fi Fi 1 capability, with a total pumping capacity of 2400 m3/hr with optional foam. Image: Kongsberg/RAL

Remotely Operated Fireboat Under Development

attacked more quickly in situations where toxic smoke or explosion risk may delay or even prevent manned assets from responding effectively. RALamander can serve as a force multiplier with conventional firefighting assets, or be deployed on its own.   The Kongsberg Maritime control & communications system will feature a robust high-bandwidth, low latency wireless link to a semi-portable RALamander operator console that can be located on a manned fireboat, or other vessel of opportunity such as a tug or pilot boat. In common with other KONGSBERG autonomous control systems, the versatile architecture

Saab’s Sabertooth vehicle can be configured as a conventional tethered ROV or free-flying AUV depending on the operational requirements of the user. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Saab Seaeye Selects Acoustics for Sabertooth Hybrid Vehicle

its latest consignment of AvTrak 6 acoustic communications and navigation hardware to defence and security company Saab’s subsidiary Saab Seaeye. Offered as an optional-fit sensor on the Sabertooth hybrid AUV/ROV, AvTrak 6 forms part of the vehicle’s integrated navigation and communications system. It allows mission updates, status checking and navigation aiding to be wirelessly sent to and from the vehicle, eliminating the need for the vehicle to re-surface or dock with an underwater garage.   The unique design of Saab’s Sabertooth vehicle allows it to be configured

(Image: WFS Technologies)

New Tool for Subsea Wireless Crack Monitoring

TSC have launched Seatooth ACFM, a wireless smart NDT monitoring solution designed to reduce subsea inspection costs.   TSC‘s ACFM array probe is a tool that can be installed on offshore structures to monitor the growth of surface breaking cracks, and Seatooth is a subsea wireless communications system immune to biofouling, surface noise and turbidity that provides communications through seawater and through the splash zone.   Combining the technologies together, Seatooth ACFM is a nonintrusive, easy to deploy wireless network solution which can be retrofitted to offshore structures

TideStation (Photo: Valeport)

Valeport Debuts New Tidal Observation Solution

meteorological, telemetry and third party systems.   Simplicity of installation and use was at the forefront of the TideStation’s development, Valeport said.  The single unit includes all infrastructure required to maintain power to the tide and meteorological equipment and communications system contained within.  A low-cost turnkey solution, TideStation is suited to a broad range of sectors including port and harbor operations, surveying, dredging and many other applications.     Accessing data from the water level monitoring equipment within the TideStation is

The Subsea Internet of Things

for the first time, thanks to an Edinburgh-based underwater electronics company opening up its wireless communications technology to the commercial marketplace.    WFS Technologies said it has established itself as the world leader in Seatooth technology, a through-water wireless communications system. Up until now, this has been mostly used in the offshore and defense sectors. Seatooth technology, however, can be equally applied to smartphones, smart watches and wrist-based performance monitors.   “Consider how WiFi has impacted on the way people run their everyday lives

MSV Ocean Alliance (Photo courtesy of Oceaneering International)

Shell Charters Oceaneering Vessel for IMR

309 feet (94 meters), a Class 2 dynamic positioning system, accommodations for 69 personnel, a helideck, a 150-ton active heave compensated crane and a working moonpool. The vessel is outfitted with two Oceaneering work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and is equipped with a satellite communications system capable of transmitting streaming video for real-time work observation by shore personnel.   Oceaneering said the vessel is expected to be used by Shell to perform subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) projects and hardware installations. IMR projects are anticipated to include

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Divex to Supply US Navy with Helicom Matrix

Divex has been awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Navy with its diver communications system the HeliCom Matrix. Divex, a subsidiary of James Fisher and Sons plc, has received the order from the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) through American partner, Chase Supply Inc. To be used at their deep trials and training facility in Panama City, Florida, the HeliCom Matrix is a fully digital diver communication system that provides communications for the chamber complex and wet test chamber. The client required a system where they could communicate with all personnel from one central system and

BIOSwimmer from Boston Engineering

Getting Defensive

Maintenance; Operational Capability Assessments; Test and Evaluation; Acquisition and Operational Logistics; Installation and Checkout; Mine Warfare; and Anti-Submarine Warfare.  Its products include: Fire Department Management System; Automated Notification System; Fire Station Alerting and Communications System; Electronic EMS Reporting System; and Incident Management and Control Systems.  Progeny Systems Established in 1995, Progeny Systems is a privately-held, high-tech corporation headquartered in Manassas, Va. Its mission is to improve warfighters’ capability while reducing

NASDive DCU on board HMS Belos

Nautronix Commission Largest NASDive Digital Diver Communications System

Provider of through water communication and positioning technology to the offshore industry, Nautronix, have commissioned the largest NASDive digital diver communications system for GDA, who were working on an upgrade of the communication system on board Submarine Rescue Vessel, the MV Belos for the Swedish Navy. The vessel provides support for the Swedish Navy, and is fitted with hyperbaric chambers to facilitate rescue of submariners in the event of an incident. It was recently on an exercise with the NATO Submarine Rescue system. Following that exercise the chamber system upgrade took place

École Polytechnique de Montréal in practice mode

Three Weeks to Submarine Race in Gosport

to her role in managing complex programs. In 2013 Liz moved from BMT Defense Services in Bath, U.K. to BMT Fleet Technology in Ottawa, Canada where her combined skills of program management and experienced submarine designer are underpinning her role as Program Manager for upgrading the External Communications System on the Victoria Class Submarine, as BMT supports Babcock Canada deliver the Victoria Class In-Service Support Contract. •Commodore Peter Hurford OBE, FREng, FIMechE Peter Hurford trained as a submarine marine engineer officer in the Royal Navy. After 10 years sea service in four

NASDive

The New Standard in Diver Communications

and cables and connectors deteriorate. Keen to address these challenges and set new standards in diver communications, Aberdeen-based through water communication and positioning technology company Nautronix, has developed NASDive. NASDive represents the latest generation, fully digital, diver communications system which will be launched on stand number 60 at Subsea Expo at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center from February 5-7, 2014, where the system will be available for demonstrations. Mark Patterson, CEO explained, “In the past 30 years Nautronix has been a market leader in the

ICTINEU 3 Development of a Research Submersible

load for longer missions (up to 10 hours) and enough power to respond to an emergency with high power requirements. An optimal selection and configuration of thrusters, the proportional motor drives and the architecture of the whole electric system will add efficiency to the vehicle. Power and communications system has been dimensioned so they can adapt to any task and mission requirements, with capability to upload any instrument from the client in an easy and quick way. •    Improvement in safety. Three different active safety systems (manually actuated) have been implemented

Artist rendering of the subsea support vessel BAE Systems will build for Oceaneering.

Oceaneering Taps BAE Systems to Build New Subsea Support Vessel

2 dynamic positioning system, accommodations for 110 personnel, a helideck, a 250-ton active heave compensated crane and a working moonpool. The vessel will be outfitted with two 13,000 foot-rated Oceaneering work class remotely operated vehicles. The vessel will also be equipped with a satellite communications system capable of transmitting streaming video for real-time work observation by shore personnel. It is scheduled for delivery in 2016. The DP2 vessel will be Marin Teknikk of Norway’s MT6022 design and will be equipped with a 250-ton crane capable of reaching 4,000-m water depth. It will

Oceaneering Announces Newbuild Subsea Support Vessel

system, accommodations for 110 personnel, a helideck, a 250-ton active heave compensated crane, and a working moonpool.  The vessel will be outfitted with two 13,000 foot-rated Oceaneering work class remotely operated vehicles.  The vessel will also be equipped with a satellite communications system capable of transmitting streaming video for real-time work observation by shore personnel. The vessel will be used to augment Oceaneering's ability to provide subsea intervention services in the ultra-deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM).  These services are required to perform

An Oceaneering DSV: Photo courtesy of Oceaneering

New Subsea Support Vessel Ordered by Oceaneering

have an overall length of 353 feet, a Class 2 dynamic positioning system, accommodations for 110 personnel, a helideck, a 250-ton active heave compensated crane, and a working moonpool. Two 13,000 foot-rated Oceaneering work class remotely operated vehicles will also be provided. A satellite communications system capable of transmitting streaming video for real-time work observation by shore personnel will also be installed. The vessel will be used to augment Oceaneering's ability to provide subsea intervention services in the ultra-deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM).  These services

MTR100 '13: Sonardyne International Ltd.

and subsea vehicle positioning deliver greater overall precision and accuracy than acoustics, GPS/GNSS or inertial alone. Wireless Communications – Reliable through-water acoustic communications is something that Sonardyne is renowned for. In 2012, The Company: introduced a unique optical communications system developed in collaboration with WHOI; BlueComm has since been used to successfully control a tetherless underwater vehicle. Sonar Imaging - Sonardyne technology is protecting vulnerable waterside facilities and vessels from the threat of attack, enabling AUVs to gather pixel-perfect imaging

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