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SEAMOR: ROV to Last Ice Project in Canada

as a versatile vehicle that easily pairs with a variety of accessories. This particular model will be equipped with a handheld pendant controller, and a fiber optic tether multiplexer upgrade. These will help control a wide array of on-board instrumentation such as USBL underwater positioning system with GPS integration, the ROV to be tracked in real-world coordinates in real time, and an integrated Tritech Micron Echosounder which permits the ROV to measure its height above the seafloor and maintain its height with our auto-altitude system. This vehicle will also come with a dual function gripper, a

Near the Bear Island, in the Svalbard archipelago, the INBIS channel kept its unique submarine relief during the Last Glacial Maximum (image: José Luis Casamor (GRC Marine Geosciences /University of Barcelona)

Researchers Study Unique Arctic Channel

the planet’s sea floorsMany unknown landscapes in our planet are under oceanic waters. Nowadays, sea floors and polar regions build up two big frontiers for research in the field of Earth Sciences. In this context, the application of advanced technologies in scientific campaigns – differential GPS, high resolution multibeam bathymetry, 2D and 3D reflection seismic imaging, remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) – was a methodological revolution that broadened the precision of bathymetry maps in sea floors.The INBIS channel is located in the northern western side of the Barents Sea

Nortek staff in China mobilizing the Signature VM package under the attentive eye of end user Wang Yan, Senior Manager of Hydrology at CCCC’s Zhongjiao No.1 Hangwu Engineering Reconnaissance Design Institute. As Signature VM is a straightforward plug-and-play system for current surveying, the crew were able to sail out for a test survey after only approximately 30 minutes of setup. Image: Nortek

Current Profiling & China’s Maritime Infrastructure Drive

package is designed to ensure high data quality and that both errors and initial installation time are reduced. The ADCPs and the linked software provide accurate profiles in conjunction with an Advanced Navigation GNSS compass mounted on the vessel, which provides navigation and heading data based on GPS.    The Signature VM’s ADCP as it is mounted for current surveying in Qingdao harbor.  Image: Nortek“Without this essential data, as well as the verification of the mathematical model, the design and construction of ports and offshore developments would have no basis,&rdquo

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Scripps Adds New Research Vessel

control to direct the boat’s movements. The IPS system, which is moving from the leisure boat market to commercial vessels, gives the operator fine motor control of the boat for delicate maneuvers.The boat also has Volvo Penta’s Dynamic Positioning function, which utilizes the ship’s GPS coordinates to hold the vessel’s position and heading like an invisible anchor. The ability to hold the ship’s position is critical for researchers to take the time needed to gather data for their research.The fast coastal research vessel has a range of 500 nautical miles, a cruising speed

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R/V Bob and Betty Beyster: New CAT For Scripps

instrument deployment and recovery, and engineered deck sockets for securing portable equipment. These capabilities enable a wide range of scientific activities that support education, research, and instrument development.Bob and Betty Beyster features a dynamic positioning system (DPS) that integrates GPS navigation data with propulsion controls to automatically maintain heading and position, even in strong currents and windy conditions. These capabilities enable the precise control required for remotely operated vehicles, CTD casts, mooring deployments, and other operations required for science.The

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

that same year, following the gas discovery of 1965. “I and others were helping to map the sea bottom for rigs and pipelines, while, in the background, providing equipment for defence and ship building, etc.,” says Klein.The development of electronic and a new global positioning system (GPS) would spur them on.  Indeed, the advent GPS revolutionized navigation. While rudimentary at the time, compared with to, it was an eye-opener for those who got to try it out. “I recall our first sat-nav system, with black punch tape that fed out of one machine to be hand fed into the next

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

of consumer electronics, it is very rapid product development. The AUV community is moving quickly into the next 25 years.ASVs ThenAs with AUVs, MIT was a source of early autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) development. There were significant parallels with AUV work. Early prototypes in the 1990s did not use GPS, lacked WiFi, and struggled with payloads. Like the Odyssey AUVs these vehicles used a fully autonomous approach without any vehicle interaction once a mission was launched. One area of early innovation on the surface was the use of internal combustion engines for propulsion. These early ASVs were

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NATO Uses IoT to Study the Oceans

and pollutants such as plastic.With a requirement to track large quantities of drifters, SPOT Trace’s low device cost and affordable data charges were key factors in NATO’s procurement decision. Buoys are fitted with a small (7x5 cm) SPOT Trace device which includes an integrated GPS receiver, simplex transponder and motion sensor.NATO STO CMRE is conducting several studies in parallel. One, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, is using SPOT Trace-equipped drifters to conduct oceanographic studies in the Alboran Sea in the Mediterranean, between the Iberian Peninsula

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Sea Level Variation Study Using GPS and an Ice Profiling Sonar

Dr. David Holland of New York University, in collaboration with Dr. Natalya Gomez at McGill University, is leading an investigation of sea level variations in the Disko Bay region of western Greenland.  A shore-based system compares the direct arrival of GPS signals to the signals reflected off the sea surface to obtain sea level. The presence of sea ice and icebergs complicate the measurements. A shore-mounted camera provides information about the surroundings and the presence of sea ice and icebergs when there is daylight.  Underwater sonar devices can supplement the camera-based

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Sonardyne Leads AUV Collaboration Project

navigational accuracy by integrating low- and high-power Inertial Navigation System (INS) sensors.  Geraint West, Global Business Manager - Oceanographic, Sonardyne said, "The accuracy of low-power sensors degrades over time and AUVs consequently often have to surface to reinitialise with a GPS fix. However, by including high-performance, high-power navigation instruments, like our SPRINT INS, and integrating them with the low-power instruments to dramatically reduce power consumption, vehicle operators will get the best of both worlds, which will enable longer-duration independent deployments


New GPS Interference Mitigation Solution

gas environment that can cause major delays in projects and impact vessel, operational and crew safety.The new antenna from VERIPOS, part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, works to nullify the interference or jamming source that’s trying to overpower the satellite signals that GPS positioning systems use to determine location. With the source nullified, the receiver can acquire and track GPS signals while maintaining high-accuracy positioning.The technology that the VERIPOS GAJT 710-MS uses has been battle-tested and proven to work in some of the most demanding environments

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Mapping the Future

the surface, how challenging is it to ensure controlled, safe navigation of both vessels during mapping operations?The system architecture of autonomy for planning, analysis and execution is similar for AUVs and USVs but there are differences in sensors and functions because of the environment. Lack of GPS and radio communication are fundamental constraints to AUVs that are solved by acoustics and aided inertial navigation systems.USVs need advanced scene analysis and route planning to navigate safely in areas with maritime activity. There are significant thresholds to sufficient functionality and robustness

Figure 1: The Sea Otter Surf Zone Crawler

Seafloor Crawlers: New Robotic Tools for Challenging Missions

.Specs of the Otter-SZC include:Symmetrical dual-sided operation for operation in the heavy surfWeight: 45-kg dry, 1-m long, 55-cm wide and 25-cm high (expandable in length and width)Speed: forward or reverse, variable up to 1-m/sNavigation: 3-axis IMU, FOG, dual encoders, dual-sided, dual-frequency GPSControl: user selects fully autonomous (pre-programmed), tether, or radio controlBattery: rechargeable Li-ionPorts: charging port, programming Ethernet port, two guest Ethernet portsThe Sea Otter design is modular. The starboard and port side pontoons are core pieces, but the length, width and ground

Vessel position using Sonardyne and Guidance Marine technology compared with RTK Global Positioning System data. (Image: Sonardyne International)

Project to Enable Autonomous Navigation in Denied Environments

in nearby Turnchapel, where surface markers were located, the two instruments were used to calculate Echo Explorer’s position. Less than 0.5 metre positional deviation over a 1 kilometre transit was achieved during the trial, when compared with local, shore-based RTK Global Positioning System (GPS) data.Trials later this year will to incorporate water track velocity data, using Sonardyne instruments, to further aid the INS positioning. Guidance Marine will also deploy its recently launched SceneScan product, which maps surface features of structures, such as offshore oil platforms, processes

Dinner plate jelly spotted during a descent to Main Endeavour Field (Copyright: 2018 ONC/OET/Nautilus Live)

Ocean Networks Canada: 'Wiring the Abyss'

monitored the Endeavour hot vents since 2009.This year’s expedition also installed the last set of earthquake early warning sensors on ONC’s offshore observatory along the Cascadia subduction zone. ONC and Natural Resources Canada have been simultaneously installing land-based seismic and GPS sensors on Vancouver Island. Once completed, ONC’s comprehensive earthquake early warning system will be tested and delivered to Emergency Management BC by March 2019. The BC government has invested $5 million to help develop the existing system

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New ASV Delivered for Post-hurricane Surveying

high-precision bathymetric surveys, water quality analysis, hydrographic surveys, shallow water, force multiplier and many other applications. The ASV was delivered with a fully integrated Edgetech 6205 multi-beam echo sounder (MBES), R2Sonic 2022 with Type II I2NS motion reference unit and dual antenna GPS system, as well as a surface sound velocity probe and a cast winch deploying a CTD—all tightly integrated with HYPACK software

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Remote Monitoring System Delivered for The Ocean Cleanup

. The sensors are linked to five solar-powered electronic pods, which will be mounted on the barrier. The pods communicate to each other via a WiFi mesh network and satellite connection, enabling The Ocean Cleanup to monitor its system remotely and retrieve data in real time – including images and GPS locations – from its headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Seatools performed an extensive engineering trajectory on behalf of The Ocean Cleanup. Conscientious structural engineering of the pods and power management are exemplary of this process. The pods, which will be subject to oceanic

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