Hydrographic Services

The Canadian Coast Guard’s Heather McDonald cuts the first steel at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyard, marking the start of construction of Canada’s most modern science research ship. (Photo: Seaspan Shipyards)

Seaspan Shipyards Begins Building Canada's New Research Ship

Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV) is being built under Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) at Seaspan’s multi-program Vancouver Shipyard concurrently with the first Joint Support Ship (JSS) for the Royal Canadian Navy.The OOSV will support oceanographic, fishery, geological and hydrographic survey missions, replacing the CCGS Hudson due to retire in 2024. Hudson was Canada’s first ocean science vessel when it entered service in 1964 and is the longest serving ship in the Canadian Coast Guard fleet.Described as a floating laboratory, the new OOSV will be outfitted with specialized

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Sea Ranger Service Names Pullens Managing Director

Sea Ranger Service, the Netherlands-based company that has been carrying out surveying and research tasks in the North Sea with emissions-free sailing offshore work vessels since 2018, has appointed Christel Pullens as its new managing director effective March 1, 2021.A WISTA board member with nearly 25 years of technical and commercial experience in shipbuilding and offshore, including as senior sales manager projects at Dockwise (now Boskalis), head of sales and marketing at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion and global sales and marketing director at Alewijnse, Pullens said she is joining the Sea

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Teledyne CARIS Launches Onboard360

of in-progress surveys.“We are pleased to offer our customers the ability to collect with confidence using CARIS Onboard360," said Andy Hoggarth, VP Sales and Marketing. "Our Ping-to-Chart solution is now complete with the inclusion of the simplest acquisition software available for hydrographic survey operations whilst providing significant reductions in ship to shore turnaround times.”Available as a perpetual or SaaS annual license

“We have noticed a significant upturn in requests for unplanned multibeam echo sounder-based surveys especially around offshore wind farms, and are confident that establishing a team to specialise in producing high quality data in these challenging conditions is the most effective way to meet the specialised needs,” said Andres Nicola, CEO of Nicola Engineering

VIDEO: New Marine Survey Firm Nicola Offshore Open for Business

Nicola Offshore)"Fulfilling its laser-sharp focus of providing fast-turnaround surveys for offshore oil and gas, and renewable energy clients, Nicola Offshore has developed an advanced marine data acquisition platform based on ProMarine fast workboats fitted with the unique integrated  Hydrographic Survey System (iHSS) from marine data acquisition specialist, Subsea Europe Services GmbH," Nicola Offshore said.Andres Nicola, CEO of Nicola Engineering said, “We have noticed a significant upturn in requests for unplanned multibeam echo sounder-based surveys especially around offshore

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UCO, Gulfxstream Collaborate to Cut Subsea Inspection Cost

and survey tools can also be fitted to the ROV. MV Viking is certified to carry 12 people and, with ample deck space, means client personnel and equipment can be onboarded for a range of mission specific tasks.Projects are envisaged to include underwater inspection of marine and renewable structures, hydrographic surveying, environmental monitoring and ocean research, search and rescue, hull inspections at sea or in port, emergency response for cable and pipeline damage identification, aquaculture survey and support, media and film production and even unique leisure experiences.In addition, it can provide

32,000 miles of Alaskan coastline pose a challenge and an opportunity for Satellite Derived Bathymetry. Technologies developed to survey water clarity in daily satellite imagery (upper right inset) can be used as a tool to determine precise collection of high-resolution imagery for Satellite Derived Bathymetry surveying (lower right inset). Image courtesy TCarta

TCarta Wins NOAA Grant to Enhance Satellite Derived BathymetryTech

marine environments worldwide.“With the NOAA SBIR grant, our objective is to explore what SDB can achieve in Alaska’s coastal waters with the expectation of applying our findings to the greater Arctic region,” said TCarta President Kyle Goodrich. “This research will benefit hydrographic surveying, coastal zone management, infrastructure development, and other coastal marine projects at high latitudes.”Begun in 2020, the NOAA SBIR Phase I research expanded the potential sources of satellite imagery for the Alaskan coast. Winter darkness, floating sea ice, turbulent spring

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BMT Wins US Navy Cable Ship Replacement Study Contract

program.The Navy’s only operational cable ship, the nearly 40-year-old USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7), is approaching the end of its service life, and the Navy is interested in recapitalizing its undersea cable installation and repair capabilities, as well as adding the new mission sets of acoustic, hydrographic, and bathymetric survey; and deploying and recovering unmanned underwater vessels.  BMT's contract consists of capability and cost trade studies in key areas, investigation of options to maximize affordability and producibility, and development of a concept design. Partners on the project

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Oceaneering Wins Integrated Rig Services Deal in Gulf of Mexico

Oceaneering's Subsea Robotics (SSR) and Offshore Projects Group (OPG) have been awarded an integrated rig services contract covering the Murphy Oil-operated Khaleesi/Mormont and Samurai fields in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The work scope includes the provision of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) with collocated ROV tooling and technicians, remote positioning and metrology survey resources, and installation and workover control system (IWOCS) equipment and technicians. Work is scheduled to begin in early 2021 and carry into 2022.    Earl Childress, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial

Caused by storm and tidal surges, coastal inundation poses a significant risk for seaside communities around the world. (Image source: UKHO).

UKHO Launches Innovation Challenge to Address Coastal Problems

Latest stage in ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Program invites participants to develop solutions that use marine geospatial data to assess the risks and mitigate the effects of storm surges and floodingThe UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) launched a new marine innovation challenge, focused on identifying the causes and risks of coastal inundation and mitigating its effects.As part of the ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Program, the challenge invites participants to develop solutions that provide disaster relief agencies with a clear view of coastal inundation situations, and support other groups to identify

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Subsea LiDar Specialist Ventures into Offshore Geophysical Survey Business

activities focused in the areas of offshore wind farms, pipeline routes, environmental site surveys, offshore oil and gas projects, and civil engineering surveys. The firm said that its new division was supported by a team of experienced LiDAR experts, 3D data specialists, geophysical, and hydrographic professionals providing "a multi-disciplined approach to guide, identify and analyze data acquisition initiatives across survey campaigns.""Since the company formation, we’ve focused on developing flexible site and subsea asset characterization technologies designed to reduce

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Autonomy: Inside the Building of Ocean Infinity’s Armada Fleet

allow for higher sea-state launch and recovery.Image Courtesy Ocean InfinitySome vessels will be able to take two vehicles on board, to provide flexibility but also redundancy, says Michael King, business development manager at Ocean Infinity. “We’re also going to be able to tow various hydrographic and geophysical sensors, towed side scan sonars, magnetometers,” he says.The firm has a wide range of potential work in its sight, from survey to UXO capability for the offshore wind market, 2D and 3D seismic, oceanographic and metocean data acquisition and geotechnical capability. It&rsquo

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NOAA Selects Woolpert to Collect Topo-Bathy Lidar, Imagery for Remote Hawaiian Islands

on and around Necker Island, Nihoa Island and the French Frigate Shoals.Woolpert will process and deliver the lidar and imagery data, along with normalized reflectance imagery, for use in nautical charting and benthic mapping. The data will be used in support of operations by NOAA Ship Rainier, a hydrographic survey vessel, updating the nation’s nautical charts in the Pacific Ocean and supporting numerous other programs within NOAA, including the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Coral Reef Program and NOAA Fisheries.“This data will enhance the safety and efficiency of the NOAA Ship

Anchor and lumber on the bottom of Thames River near New London ferry docks (Image: ThayerMahan)

Series of High-res Surveys to Track Changes in Thames River

habitats and short-term, small-scale changes in bathymetry important to the health of Connecticut’s Thames River and Long Island Sound ecosystems. Marine technology company ThayerMahan, which recently completed an underwater survey using its SeaScout system to capture high-quality hydrographic imagery of the river, said the survey is being conducted under a National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology (NIUVT) project in conjunction with the University of Connecticut (UConn)’s Department of Marine Sciences.ThayerMahan’s SeaScout system is an actively stabilized towed

Offshore Services Firm OceanPact Completes $227 Million IPO

Brazil maritime services provider OceanPact Servicos Maritimos has concluded a 1.22 billion reais ($226.51 million) initial public offering, according to a securities filing on Wednesday.OceanPact priced the offer at 11.15 reais per share, at the bottom limit of the indicative range of up to 13.85 reais per share.The company raised 920 million reais in the offering, aimed at expanding its fleet of boats and buying other equipment, while shareholders sold about 300 million reais in shares.($1 = 5.3860 reais)(Reporting by Aluisio Alves; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Chris Reese)

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Autonomous Navigation – with or without GNSS

Director last year. He oversees the development and delivery of all products and systems, including those for marine autonomy applications. Before joining Sonardyne, Malik spent nine years working in the software industry on various development and systems integration projects. He has an MSc in Hydrographic Survey from University College London

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Ultra Supports Kraken Robotic Systems with ILS Services for KATFISH

Ultra Sonar Systems (Ultra) has joined forces with Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. (Kraken) to support the supply of its SeaScout system to the Royal Danish Navy.SeaScout is comprised of Kraken’s KATFISH towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar vehicle, Tentacle Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS) and will be integrated onto the Royal Danish Navy’s optionally unmanned surface vessels in support of their mine countermeasure activities.KATFISH is a high speed, actively stabilized towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar vehicle designed to be deployed from manned or unmanned surface vehicles.

The Sea Machines-enabled autonomous vessel Sigsbee conducts survey missions seven days per week, effectively doubling the conventional productivity. (Photo: DEA)

Unmanned Vessel Launched to Survey Western Galveston Bay

remote-helm control system to fulfill a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contract.Sigsbee, which is serving as an autonomous daughter craft for the project, is effectively doubling coverage by operating without an onboard crew, while collaboratively following another DEA-staffed hydrographic survey vessel, which serves as the mothership. The goal is to cover the Bay’s large and shallow survey areas more efficiently than traditional, crewed survey vessel operations. DEA operators located aboard the mothership are commanding the unmanned Sigsbee as it conducts survey missions

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ORE Catapult taps Oceanspace Communication for PR Services

The UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Selects Oceanspace Communications for Public Relations & Campaign SupportSpecialist maritime and offshore PR firm joins new team tasked with elevating the British businesses, people and technologies leading the charge against global warmingThe Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has appointed Oceanspace Communications to its new Public Relations, Graphic Design and Filmography Framework Agreement to provide Public Relations & Campaign Support services. The Bournemouth-based agency joined the new framework this month, following a nationwide

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Survey: UK Subsea Industry Shows Signs of Optimism

.”Rovco is one Subsea UK member which has capitalised on the rapid growth in offshore wind and believes the survey reflects the relatively buoyant mood in the industry as a result of diversification into this market. The Bristol-based global provider of remotely operated vehicle and hydrographic services, has reported more than trebling its revenues in the last 12 months.Rovco Chief executive, Brian Allen, said: “Having initially started out in oil and gas, almost 90% of our business now comes from the offshore wind sector. As a result of winning significant work in the renewable energy

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Petronas Extends ROV Services Contract with Tanjung Offshore

Malaysian oil firm Petronas Carigali has extended a subsea inspection services contract with Tanjung Offshore, a subsidiary of T7 Global.T7 Global said Tuesday that the contract extension, signed in December, was for the provision of underwater inspection services using mini-ROV."The contract was first awarded on 23 August 2019 and the duration was from 3 September 2019 to 2 September 2020. The contract’s duration has been extended to 31 May 2021." T7 said, without providing financial details.Petronas, T7's Tanjung Offshore Ink Offshore Platform Deal

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Valeport Debuts new SWiFT CTD Profiler

to operate even with cold hands. The end cap features user-friendly LED status indications for GPS, battery and communications.With an operational battery life of up to five days and the convenience of charge via USB, the SWiFT CTD is intended for offshore, coastal, harbor and inland environmental and hydrographic survey use.Constructed from titanium to provide unmatched durability, the CTD sensors are housed in a strong acetal sensor guard.  An optional deployment cage is also available to bolt onto the instrument to help get the SWiFT CTD to depth in fast flowing currents. The new SWiFT CTD  

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Rovco Tapped for Subsea Services at Beatrice Wind Farm

Rovco, a UK-based provider of ROV and hydrographic services, has signed a contract to carry out work on offshore wind farm Beatrice, the Scottish largest operational offshore wind farm.  Rovco, which did not share the value of the contract, said it would carry out a campaign of inspection and survey work across nominated subsea jacket locations on the wind farm, including Export and Inter-Array cables to assist in informing the current condition and any potential maintenance planning at the site. The project will use the DPII vessel, Glomar Wave to deploy a WROV solution for asset and cable

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Subsea Europe, Cyprus Subsea Partner Up

.Sören Themann, CEO, Subsea Europe said, “Adding Cyprus Subsea to our team of trusted partners brings a new dimension to our activity. While extending our geographical reach is in line with our next day delivery goals, the capability to characterize oceanographic processes in and around hydrographic survey sites will give our clients a more complete picture of their study regions and how they are changing.”Cyprus Subsea Managing Director, Dr. Daniel Hayes, added, “We recently decided to invest in increasing capacity for seafloor surveying and recognized that the complexity of

DVocean is an 8-meter-long, 2.65-meter-wide survey boat. (Photo: HafenCity University)

Subsea Europe Services Supports Hydrographer Training in Hamburg

Donation of multibeam technology and support strengthens hydrographic research capabilities of university’s new dedicated survey vesselMarine survey technology specialist Subsea Europe Services GmbH has pledged to support HafenCity University in training a new generation of expert marine hydrographers by ensuring availability of the latest hydroacoustic technology aboard the new survey boat DVocean.Based in Hamburg, HafenCity University is the only facility in Germany certified to the highest standards of training for marine surveyors. Its hydrography program was modernized in 2016 and subsequentl

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Boskalis Buys Rever Offshore's Subsea Services Business

Dutch marine contractor Boskalis on Monday acquired all the shares of Rever Offshore’s subsea services business.Rever, formerly known as Bibby Offshore, provides solutions in the area of subsea construction, inspection, repair, and maintenance. The company has operated in the North Sea out of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.Through this transaction, Boskalis will acquire two diving support vessels of which one is fully owned (Rever Polaris) and a second chartered (Rever Topaz). The group employs an onshore staff of around 130 in addition to approximately 220 offshore workers. The 2020 annual

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VIDEO Interview: Subsea Europe Services: Driving the ‘Survey System-as-a-Service’ Business Model

to make it possible for every organization to collect and evaluate marine data professionally. During our first year in business we made a significant investment in the rental pool. We currently have more than 10 systems up to date. We've developed and also successfully implemented the integrated Hydrographic Survey System concept. And we've grown our field support capabilities so we have a total of five people, which I think is a great achievement under the COVID-19 dominated world.I know everything today is viewed through a COVID-19 lens, and we will be getting back to that later, but when you

The winner of UCLs NORBIT prize this year is James Gibbons. Photo courtesy Norbit/UCL

Gibbons Wins UCL's NORBIT Prize

This year, NORBIT UK chose to sponsor an academic prize for a high achieving student at UCL (www.ucl.ac.uk). The academic staff of the Geospatial Science and Hydrographic Surveying course agreed that the NORBIT prize should be awarded to the top student during teachings to have graduated in 2020.The winner this year is James Gibbons, who has a background in Earth Science and an active interest in structural, physical and chemical properties of the subsurface. The Geospatial Science and Hydrographic Surveying course expanded his knowledge of these disciplines while also allowing him to “gain

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What's In Store for 2021? More Remote, More Data, More Autonomy

will be of use in the offshore wind industry for blade inspection – but also bigger and more capable ROVs, including work class, for inspection, repair and maintenance and even geotechnical work, says Karl Daly, director, IRM services Europe, at Fugro, speaking at the recent joint IMCA, SUT, Hydrographic Society in Scotland seminar. Instead of contracting a DP vessel, operators will be contracting for delivery of data, he says.While initially there will have to be a human in the loop for all operations, from the growing number of remote operations centers popping up, the future will move to one

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Fugro's Positioning Services for Petronas' Suriname Drilling Program

Dutch offshore services company Fugro has said it has won a contract with Malaysia's Petronas, to provide positioning services for Petronas' exploration program offshore Suriname.The news comes just days after Petronas said it had discovered hydrocarbons in its Block 52, off Suriname. Under the 2-year contract, which has already started,  Fugro is deploying its Starfix precise positioning solution to help ensure safe and efficient transit, anchoring and drilling activities for the program’s semi-submersible rig and support vessels."Work on the contract has already begun

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PD Ports chooses NORBIT Multibeam Tech

NORBIT Subsea will supply an Integrated Wideband Multibeam System (iWBMS) to PD Ports. With NORBIT iWBMS and integrated iLiDAR capability, PD Ports will be outfitted for fast, efficient hydrographic, engineering and dredging surveys."After a comprehensive tender evaluation process, we are delighted that the experienced team at PD Ports chose the leading NORBIT equipment and support services, " said John Fraser, NORBIT. "PD Ports has been using multibeam systems for many years and, following the recent NORBIT commissioning on the Tees Sentinel vessel, we are delighted to now offer the

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BV Classes High-tech Research Vessel Jákup Sverri

54 meters in length, Jákup Sverri, which will conduct work for the Faroe Marine Research Institute, is packed with the latest specialized and highly automated equipment for oceanographic and fishing research activities, including pelagic and bottom trawling, underwater acoustic research, hydrographic, seismic, ROV operations, and plankton and bottom sampling.To support its wide-ranging operational profile the vessel – which features four scientific laboratories – has also been equipped with a dynamic positioning (DP) system and is outfitted for operation in ice and cold climates

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Send in the Drones: First aerial drone-dipping sensors take off with Valeport

A new system for autonomous airborne hydrographic survey has been launched by THURN Group. The THURN QuickDip system of data collection uses aerial drones to carry Valeport sensors on pre-planned survey routes to deliver an efficient and repeatable method of gathering survey data from inaccessible or dangerous waters.THURN Group developed the innovative QuickDip technology for inland and coastal water-ways to offer a range of benefits including: rapid data collection from multiple sites of interest, repeat-able map-based surveys to monitor change detection, the ability to safely collect data from

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Paramount Launches another Boat for S. African Navy

Paramount Maritime launched its second of three next-generation Survey Motor Boats (SMBs) for the South African Navy in a move that will enhance the capabilities and infrastructure of the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO). This follows the launch of the first Survey Motor Boat to the South African Navy in August 2020.Veecraft Marine, a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime, had been tasked with the design and manufacture of the three Survey Motor Boats, all of which having taken place in their shipyard in Cape Town, South Africa.In addition to the three Survey Motor Boats to be delivered to

Solstad Taps IKM Subsea for ROV Services in Taiwan

ROV manufacturer and operator IKM Subsea Singapore has won a contract with the Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad for ROV services at the construction support vessel, the Normand Baltic.The contract will see  IKM Subsea provide the Merlin WR200 Workclass ROV with toolings and personnel for an offshore wind farm Installation project in Taiwan. Project mobilization will start in the first quarter of 2021. The contract duration is and duration is 150 days plus options."With the uptrend in the renewables market in the region, we have envisioned to be part of it and this contract is a great

L3Harris Expands RI Facility to Service USN Contract

L3Harris Technologies announced plans to expand in Ashaway by investing $1.5 million in its operations. The company will add more than 40 positions and increase its manufacturing space to 92,000 square feet.The L3Harris facility develops and manufactures technology the U.S. Navy uses in submarines for surveillance and detection. The expansion will support the Navy’s recent contract award of $31m for L3Harris to build next-generation towed sonar systems for submarines.L3Harris’ Ashaway location has provided undersea sensor systems since 1991, including the TB-29C and TB-34A towed array

Valeport Promotes Frankland

Valeport promoted Guy Frankland to Head of Marketing, as it targets market leadership in the environmental sensors sector.  The internal appointment of Frankland, former marketing manager, marks the latest step in the strategic growth plans for Valeport, a leading oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrument manufacturer.With more than 20 years’ experience in strategy, brand and digital marketing, Franklandjoined Valeport in 2018 and has been responsible for overseeing a comprehensive refresh of the brand that has served the subsea sector for more than 50 years, supporting Valeport&

iHSS-Compact is delivered in a single, ‘person-portable’ Pelican case for fast deployment and streamlined set up. Photo: Subsea Europe Services

SUBSEA TECH: Compact Hydrographic System for Shallow-Water ‘Gap-Filler’ Surveys

Subsea Europe Services GmbH has introduced a new compact version of its unique integrated Hydrographic Survey System (iHSS). Dubbed iHSS-Compact, it is designed to meet demand for shallow-water ‘gap-filler’ marine surveys and simplifies the acquisition of commercial grade marine data for users of any experience.iHSS-Compact is designed to provide a low-cost, turnkey marine survey package for deployment on almost any vessel. The system is delivered in a single, ‘person-portable’ Pelican case for fast deployment and streamlined set up.iHSS-Compact can be pre-configured and

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SeaRobotics Launches Utility Class ASV

;the option of modular upgradeable expansion to multi-ASV deployments,” Dennis said.One of the first confirmed contract awards is from CSA Ocean Sciences, a U.S.-based marine environmental consultancy firm that already uses a number of other SRC ASV models on large-scale environmental, hydrographic and geospatial survey projects.Speaking of the order, CSA CEO, Kevin Peterson, said, “We are excited about the addition of the SR-Utility 3.0 to our existing fleet of SR-Surveyor M1.8s and the benefits that this breakthrough technology offers to our customers. Having a highly reliable and

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Rovco, CWind Wrap First Phase of East Anglia ONE Subsea Inspection Works

Rovco, a UK-based provider of ROV and hydrographic services has completed the first stage of its long-term contract awarded by CWind for its annual subsea balance of plant (BOP) and cable inspection works at East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm in the UK. The East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, with the capacity to produce 714MW of electricity, first delivered power to the UK grid in early September 2019. All 102 turbines are now installed and the wind farm was fully commissioned in July 2020CWind, part of the Global Marine Group, was awarded a multi-year framework from ScottishPower Renewables and

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RV OceanXplorer Rebuild Completed by Damen

hangar was added to the superstructure as well as extensions on both sides of the accommodation decks to house new cabins over the (increased) full beam of the vessel. Following the structural part, the work included overseeing the complete integration of all ship’s systems including specialist hydrographic and laboratory systems and an innovative IT infrastructure to facilitate the combination of state-of-the-art research facilities with the on board Hollywood standard cinematography and media studios.The ship is unique in its combining of up-to-the-minute research facilities – courtesy of

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Fugro to Deploy Latest RAMMS Tech to Map Lake Huron

Fugro is mobilizing its Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS) to Ontario, Canada, to acquire 3,147 square kilometers of high-resolution bathymetry data over Lake Huron for the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS).The survey is expected to last six months from data collection to data delivery and will support the agency’s ongoing nautical charting updates in the country’s Great Lakes region.Fugro has used RAMMS throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe since launching the next-generation airborne lidar system in 2018. In addition to nautical charting, RAMMS has supported

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Vestdavit Wins NOAA Marine Davit Deal

to provide service, support and spares for the variety of marine davits it has supplied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).NOAA operates a fleet of research and survey vessels that conduct a wide variety of missions, including oceanographic research, marine life studies and hydrographic surveys. Davits are needed to handle RHIBS of different sizes and 30ft Hydrographic Survey Launches, depending on the NOAA mission.The all-embracing five-year contract is valued at up to US$2.5 million and aligns with U.S. Department of Commerce requirements. It covers 20 davits delivered to multiple

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Ultrabeam, USS team up to deliver Autonomous Pipeline Survey

Ultrabeam Hydrographic teamed up with Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) to conduct a pair of subsea gas pipeline inspection surveys in Northern Ireland.   Both companies are based in the UK and offer unmanned platforms as an alternative to traditional manned survey vessels.  The contract was awarded by Mutual Energy, which wanted experience on how unmanned autonomous platforms can increase the knowledge of their pipelines while reducing risk and overall cost."Mutual Energy contracted with Ultrabeam Hydrographic in August 2020 to perform inspection surveys of our Larne and Belfast

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Petrobras Taps Oceaneering for BOP Tethering Services

Subsea services provider Oceaneering has been awarded a BOP tethering services contract offshore Brazil with the Brazilian oil firm Petrobras.The scope of work under the contract includes data acquisition and real-time riser analysis for dynamic positioning rig operations for up to seven wells in water depths between 150 meters and 700 meters.The contract is for one year with the option to extend for an additional year.  Oceaneering did not provide the financial details of the deal.Oceaneering will provide eight suction piles that will be manufactured locally as well as 10 wellhead load relief

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PLA, USS Support University College London Course

The Port of London (PLA) Hydrographic department teamed up with Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) to provide educational support to University College London’s (UCL) IHO CAT A course in Hydro-graphic Surveying.The PLA have supported the University by providing lectures in current Hydrographic techniques and equipment as well as supporting their student field projects.  However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the final element of this year’s support had to be conducted virtually.  The PLA, in conjunction with the USS and UCL, devised a two-week schedule which incorporated a combination

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Maersk Supply Service, Ørsted Working on Offshore Charging Buoy

Danish offshore vessel specialist Maersk Supply Service and its compatriot offshore wind developer Ørsted have teamed up to test a prototype offshore charging buoy.The buoy will act as a safe mooring point and a charging station for vessels, potentially displacing a significant amount of marine fuel with "green" electricity. The prototype buoy has been developed by Maersk Supply Service while Ørsted is responsible for the buoy’s integration with the electrical grid at the offshore wind farm. The charging buoy will be tested in the second half of 2021, where it will

Kongsberg Maritime’s HUGIN AUV is a powerful tool for deep-water hydrographic surveys. Photo: Kongsberg

Four HUGIN AUVs for the Indian Navy

vessels currently in build for the Indian Navy. GRSE Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Vipin Saxena said: “We are pleased and look forward to making use of the HUGIN AUVs from KONGSBERG, which will augment the Indian Navy’s capabilities for coastal and deep-water hydrographic surveys to aid maritime operations, and will act as a force multiplier.”The AUVs will be supplied with containers and launch and recovery systems, plus training and support

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Valeport onboard Mayflower Autonomous Ship project

are immensely proud that our instruments are involved in the project,” said Kevin Edwards, Valeport’s Head of Sales.Valeport has supplied the subsea sector for more than 50 years and continues to innovate and lead the way in the design and manufacture of precision instrumentation for the hydrographic and oceanographic communities.https://www.marinetechnologynews.com/news/solar-powered-autonomous-mayflower-604843Photo Courtesy: Mayflower Autonomous Ship project/Valepor

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Curtin Joins Acteon as TerraSond Managing Director

into an agile, multidisciplinary, client-focused survey company. Thomas is stepping back from his role as managing director but will continue as a consultant and to assist Bill during the transition to his new role.”TerraSond’s recent milestones include winning a seventh consecutive hydrographic surveying contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) worth up to $250 million over five years across all contractors; providing site investigation work for offshore wind projects; and pioneering the use of automatous survey vessels. With other Acteon companies, TerraSond

USS Delivers Unmanned Surface Vessel to Tetra Tech

something small, portable, and customizable to our requirements all in a short delivery timeframe. This USV has a stable catamaran configuration and modular payload pods which stood out from the other USVs on the market in this size class. Working with the team at USS it was evident that practical hydrographic surveying knowledge had influenced the platform design from day one. They understand not only how to build the vessels, but how they will be used in the field. It's clear that this USV has been designed for surveyors, by surveyors. The knowledge and professionalism of the team at USS

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New Survey Boat Launched for South African Navy

Paramount Maritime, a Paramount Group company, said it has launched the first of three next-generation Survey Motor Boats (SMBs) to the South African Navy in continued support of its programs to enhance the capabilities and infrastructure of the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO).In addition to the three Survey Motor Boats to be delivered to the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO), this program also provides for the delivery of a Hydrographic Survey Vessel and a Sea Boat as well as a third, fully operational inshore Survey Motor Boat, to remain ashore and in reserve.Veecraft

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Ocean Influencer: Mike Read, Teledyne Marine

, instruments, imaging, interconnect and seismic solutions. Here are some latest technology advances:Z-Boat 1800T, Trimble Edition(Teledyne Oceanscience)Teledyne Marine’s new Z-Boat 1800T ready for your next inspection or mapping project.The Z-BOAT 1800-T is a high-resolution shallow water hydrographic unmanned survey vehicle with an Odom Echotrac E20 Singlebeam Echosounder and dual antenna Trimble BX992 GNSS heading receiver. Each sensor is integrated into a compact, portable, and cost-effective package. The combination of Trimble’s precise heading and positioning/guidance paired with

Sea-Kit's Uncrewed Surface Vessel Ends 22-Day Offshore Mission

bathymetric surveying as they remotely operated the multibeam and ensured optimized data acquisition. USVs to redefine offshore operationsTravis Hamilton, Product Manager at Teledyne CARIS said: “At Teledyne CARIS, we are inspired by projects that align with our passion for innovation in hydrographic survey. We were pleased to support this project with our automated hydrographic processing solutions CARIS Onboard and CARIS Mira AI that apply workflows designed to remotely support the unique challenges of uncrewed surveys from shore-based stations.” The proven ability to conduct

Fugro's New USV to Chart Waters Off South Australia

waters of South Australia’s Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait as part of the Australian Government’s HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP).The Dutch-based offshore survey services company will carry out  the 998 km2 survey will be conducted on behalf of the Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO), which will use the data to update nautical charts for safer navigation. Data will also be shared with scientific agencies, including Geoscience Australia and the national AusSeabed community.This area within Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait is the major waterway for the

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iXblue Equips Ifremer's New 6000m AUV

;s AUV design perfectly. Successful former experience with Echoes 5 000 will be reconducted with the upcoming, optimized new generation release of the sub-bottom profiler.”“We are very excited to be onboard the CORAL project and to offer turnkey SAS technology to Ifremer scientific and hydrographic surveyors,” states Lionel Fauré, technical and business Manager of iXblue Sonar Systems Division. With extended expertise in combining sonar, inertial navigation and acoustic positioning technologies, iXblue has developed one of the most advanced and accurate solutions for seabed

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Swathe Services Takes Delivery of SBG Ekinox Navsight INS

Swathe Services has recently added the SBG Ekinox Navsight to its equipment demo pool. After trials on manned and unmanned vessels operating under bridges, in harbors and offshore for hydrographic applications, the performance of the Ekinox Inertial Navigation System (INS) has been exceptional, the company reports.Its small compact subsea form factor and weight makes this system light and easy to install with portable sonar systems. It is suited for shallow water applications and comes at a good price, the manufacturer says.James Williams, Managing Director at Swathe, says, "Since we became the

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UKHO Taps Sparkes as Acting Chief Executive

The U.K. Hydrographic Office has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes, the current U.K. National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, to the position of acting chief executive and accounting officer.Sparkes will hold the position while a permanent replacement is sought for Tim Lowe CBE, the previous UKHO chief executive and accounting officer, who announced his retirement Friday.Commenting on Lowe’s retirement, Sparkes said, “On behalf of the senior leadership team and all at the U.K. Hydrographic Office, I want to acknowledge and thank Tim for the significant

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Geo Plus Takes Delivery of New Survey Vessel

Dutch shipbuilder Royal Niestern Sander has delivered the hydrographic survey vessel ‘Geo Ranger’ to Geo Plus, after 14 months of constructing, installing, commissioning and testing.The vessel last month successfully passed its sea trials on the river Ems.The ship was designed together with Conoship International BV and will be rented out by Geo Plus to parties that perform research, such as dredging companies and companies that build and maintain offshore wind farms. The 41 meters long, 8.7 meters wide  DP2 Geo Ranger is equipped with two high-class Azimuth stern thrusters and

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Oceaneering Nets 3-year Inspection Services Contract with Chevron in Angola

Offshore and subsea services provider Oceaneering has secured a contract with Chevron's Angola subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC)Under the three-year contract, Oceaneering's Asset Integrity division will provide inspection services onshore Cabinda, Angola, and offshore Angola on Blocks 0 and 14. The contract is scheduled to begin in Q2 2020.Oceaneering said that the contract award followed a recent contract win for inspection services for a major Middle East operator based in Dubai.Kishore Sundararajan, Senior Vice President, Asset Integrity Group, stated: “We are

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USVs: A Solution for Inspecting Dams and Guarding Waterways

a family of MANTAS unmanned vessels built on a catamaran hull. Ameren Missouri selected a twelve-foot MANTAS for this underwater bathymetric imaging. For this task, the MANTAS was equipped with a Teledyne Reson T20 Multi-beam Echo-sounder/Sonar.(Photo: Jack Rowley)The objective of the Keokuk Dam hydrographic survey was to map and inspect underwater structures with an unmanned surface vehicle followed by the USV performing the survey of the upstream and downstream sections of the dam. The deliverable was a comprehensive, on-location hydrographic survey which further evolved into a complete high-resolution

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