Hydrographic Sonar News

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Marine Survey Work Starts for Greenlink Interconnector

Limited, a subsidiary of Element Power. The commencement of the GMS represents a significant milestone in the development of the project, in preparation for the start of construction scheduled for 2020.MMT’s geophysical marine survey work comprises intertidal topographic survey, geophysical / hydrographic nearshore and offshore data acquisition, geotechnical investigations with vibrocoring / piston coring and cone penetration testing (PCPT), environmental sampling and imagery, infrastructure crossing survey with ROV, UXO survey, and geotechnical boreholes to inform horizontal directional drilling

SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System deployed during ANTX2018 (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken, ThayerMahan Demonstrate SeaScout for US Navy

Kraken Robotics Inc. wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., in cooperation with ThayerMahan Inc., demonstrated its SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System during the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) held last month in Newport, R.I. This was the first at-sea test and evaluation carried out since both companies signed a strategic alliance agreement in February 2018.U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Michael Connor (retired), ThayerMahan’s President and CEO, said, “It’s our fundamental mission to integrate and deploy the latest sensors

Kraken Awarded $1 Million Defense Contract

Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kraken Robotics Inc., has recently received a sonar signal processing software contract valued at approximately $1 million dollars from an international defense contractor. The 12-month contract is with a new customer and will be supported by Kraken’s recently established Acoustic Signal Processing Group.Kraken aid it is targeting additional international opportunities in this segment and sees major opportunities within the upcoming Canadian Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade, the Canadian Surface Combatant program and other international

CCOM at UNH Partners with FarSounder

The Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) at the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire has added 3D forward-looking sonar technology expert FarSounder as a partner in its Industrial Associates Program.Students in the CCOM program are working toward becoming experts in the field of ocean mapping. With the addition of FarSounder’s technology, the students have the opportunity of hands on experience with this unique technology and the potential to apply the data collected to their research.In addition to providing students the benefit of identifying obstacles ahead of the ship

Saab Seaeye’s Sea Wasp MCM ROV (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Subsea Defense: Extending Unmanned Capabilities

The defense sector is looking for ways to extend its reach and capabilities, with underwater robotic and autonomous systems and sensors.Extending the capabilities of submarine warfare systems without the need for humans is a key focus in the marine defense space. Navies feel under threat; they have limited budgets and worries about resurgent maritime forces from Russia and China, while new technologies – robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems – are increasingly available to an ever-wider range of players, creating what are termed asymmetric threats in an ever-wider

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UKHO Names Armour Director of Customer Division

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the appointment of Cathrine Armour as the new 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.

The GEBCO-NF Alumni team concept sets sail from Horten, Norway, on the first of three 24-hour sea-trials. The team observed the successful round of tests from a guard vessel, seen here behind USV-Maxlimer. (Photo: GEBCO)

Competitor Preps for XPRIZE Final with 24-hour Sea Trial

for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (University of New Hampshire), highlights what a valuable global resource this capacity-building program is. The team also benefits from the experience of academics from a range of fields including geology, geomorphology and geophysics, as well as surveyors from national hydrographic offices, navies and industry. This diversity is still one of our greatest strengths.”In addition to strengthening human resources, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team has been continually developing its concept, adding new technology and improving systems and processes informed by the lessons learned

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

SES Orders Teledyne Odom Singlebeam Echosounders

Teledyne Marine said it has scored a significant order from Texas-based Survey Equipment Services (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

Sonar Training Target Module for Gavia AUV (Image: Teledyne Gavia)

Teledyne Gavia Introduces ASW Training Target Module

Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) manufacturer Teledyne Gavia said it has recently delivered a Sonar Transponder Module (STM) for ASW training to an undisclosed military customer.The STM module made by Scanmatic AS of Norway and integrated into a Gavia payload module is capable of receiving and retransmitting sonar signals for training sonar operators. The STM consists of a flooded transducer compartment, an electronic compartment and a hydrophone that is towed behind the Gavia AUV. The STM is programmable to emulate different types of realistic submarine target characteristics including sizes and

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Okeanus Delivers Magnetometer Winch Systems

Marine equipment and engineering services provider Okeanus Science & Technology (Okeanus) delivered of two Okeanus Model DT3030EHLWR winch systems to the Colombian Navy for magnetometer deployments.The Model DT3030EHLWR winch is a general purpose, highly transportable winch designed for a wide variety of oceanographic applications such as sub-bottom profiling, side scan sonar, CTD or other similar operations. Each of the two fully integrated systems features a gearbox-hydraulic motor drive, primary automatic fail safe brake, secondary manual band brake, automatic bi-directional level wind

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New ASV Delivered for Post-hurricane Surveying

A new autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) has been delivered to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for rapid post-hurricane hydrographic surveys in the Caribbean.After a severe climatic event, such as a hurricane, hazards to navigation impede the rapid delivery of aide as well as access to critical infrastructure through ports and harbors. Use of the SeaRobotics Corporation’s 3.6-meter, collapsible ASV will allow rapid deployment and completion of the hydrographic surveys necessary to reopen infrastructure enabling delivery of life saving goods and services.“SeaRobotics is pleased to participate

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Bibby Hydromap's DriX Completes Trials

to provide a true extension of survey capability from shallow and inshore waters to a full offshore environment, DriX is a new breed of AUSV that is the first autonomous survey platform to truly rival the performance of a traditional survey vessel.The versatile system has the ability to accommodate a hydrographic and geophysical survey payload and to aid positioning of underwater vehicles, facilitating data collection on a variety of marine projects.Guillaume Edeline, Business Development Manager at iXblue said: "DriX continues to build its successful track record across the hydrographic and offshore

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Kongsberg's Operational Advisory Solution for Harsh Environment Semi-Submersible

Odfjell Drilling has awarded Kongsberg Maritime the contract to deliver a real-time monitoring and advisory solution to provide operational safety and non-productive time (NPT) improvements for the 6th generation semi-submersible, Deepsea Stavanger. The contract is in specific relation to an upcoming offshore South Africa campaign awarded to Odfjell Drilling.Kongsberg Maritime’s integrated services and systems delivery for Deepsea Stavanger is designed to provide high operational safety and availability in deepwater harsh environments, strong currents and high waves. The scope of supply includes

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne Marine)

5 Minutes with Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine

five categories:Teledyne Marine ImagingTeledyne Marine Imaging group develops and manufactures acoustic and digital subsea imaging systems for a variety of application areas including offshore, hydrography, civil engineering, dredging and defense & security. Brands include: BlueView, Bowtech, Odom Hydrographic, PDS, RESON, and new tech in 2018 includes:Teledyne Odom Hydrographic launched its next-gen Echotrac E20 singlebeam echosounders: easy-to-use, dual-frequency, compact, robust and fast to mobilize.Teledyne RESON introduced 3D MotionScan MBES SeaBat T20 with a 3-operation modes and pan & tilt

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Whale Tracks Found in Areas Targeted for Deep-sea Mining

A series of depressions forming mysterious “tracks” on the seafloor may be an unprecedented record of deep-diving whales. The observations were made by an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in a region of the Pacific Ocean targeted for deep-sea nodule mining, as part of a new study led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton.Initially perplexed by the mysterious tracks, researchers concluded they were not related to mining or scientific operations within the area; they appeared too large to be created by fish or any other typical deep-sea animals; and

Kraken Enters R&D Partnership with NOAA

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The data and information OER collect can be used to enhance ocean research, inform policy and management decisions, develop new lines of scientific inquiry, and advise NOAA and the United States on critical issues.The agreement signed between Kraken and NOAA’s OER defines a joint research and development partnership

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Autonomous Vehicle Completes Survey Mission off Alaska

An autonomous surface vessel recently went the distance for a hydrographic survey mission along a remote stretch of Alaskan coastline.ASV Global and TerraSond said they recently completed a hydrographic survey for charting off the coast of Alaska. The 10,649km survey was carried out by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 unmanned vessel alongside the Q105 survey ship acting as the mother vessel. Fitted with a multibeam echosounder, the C-Worker 5 carried out 53 percent of the survey.Throughout the operation the C-Worker 5 was remotely monitored using ASV Global’s ASView control system from a station on

Kraken Bags AquaPix Sonar Contract

Kraken Robotics Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at over C$450,000 by a leading military customer for its AquaPix Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar system.Kraken said the customer's name could not be disclosed due to the confidential nature of the application. Delivery is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.Karl Kenny, Kraken President and CEO, said, “This is the third AquaPix contract from this customer. The reason this customer has once again selected AquaPix is because it is the industry leading sonar system, which provides

A dive team investigates sonar targets collected via the REMUS 100 AUV,  with RV Norseman II sailing in the background (Photo: NOAA)

US Destroyer Wreckage Discovered off Remote Alaskan Island

For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark surface of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol. Seventy-one U.S. Navy Sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast, during a brutal and largely overlooked early campaign of World War II.Heroic action by the crew saved the ship, but for the families of the doomed Sailors, the final resting place of loved ones lost in the predawn hours of Aug. 18, 1943 remained unknown.On July 17, a NOAA-funded team of

Kraken's KATFISH - High Speed Actively Controlled Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

US Navy Tests Kraken’s KATFISH SAS

The U.S. Navy is testing a high-speed actively controlled towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system for multi-mission applications, including mine countermeasures.Canadian based developer of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems Kraken Robotics Inc. said its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) creating a new a joint research and development relationship with U.S. Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center – Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT).The overall objective, Kraken said, is to provide NUWC

Denmark’s GST Selects New Depth Management System

selected and are excited to begin implementation.”  Geodatastyrelsen (GST) follows successful CARIS software integrations in the other Nordic countries. In 2016, Teledyne CARIS was awarded two major implementation contracts providing both Bathy DataBASE (BDB) for survey data management and Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) for chart production to The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto. In 2015, Teledyne CARIS was awarded a major implementation contract providing Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Other successful implementations in the Baltic

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Scientists Map Fast-moving Fault off Alaska

Researchers from NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey and their partners have completed the first high-resolution, comprehensive mapping of one of the fastest moving underwater tectonic faults in the world, located in southeastern Alaska. This information will help communities in coastal Alaska and Canada better understand and prepare for the risks from earthquakes and tsunamis that can occur when faults suddenly move.Since 2015, scientists have been gathering data on the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault system, a 746-mile long strike-slip fault line that extends from offshore of Vancouver Island, Canada

In an area that extends above 80 degrees latitude, Fugro is collecting high res seabed data for Norwegian authorities mapping programme, MAREANO. (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Resumes Norwegian Seabed Mapping Project

Fugro has been awarded a hydrographic survey contract, valued at NOK 44.7 million (approximately €4.7 million), by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service. The survey is part of the MAREANO seabed mapping program, which is financed by Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Climate and Environment. Fugro has successfully completed numerous surveys for the program since 2006, collecting more than 100,000 square kilometers of data.In water depths that typically range from 80 meters to 1,700 meters, the survey area of approximately 14,500 square kilometers is located

Fugro’s new first-of-its-kind airborne multibeam system, RAMMS, provides efficient bathymetric lidar surveys for nearshore and coastal mapping (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Advances Bathymetric Lidar Mapping Capabilities

.The sensor’s compact design allows for rapid deployment on small aircraft of opportunity, including unmanned, fixed-wing aircraft. The resulting operational efficiencies are enhanced through rapid processing and data transfer capabilities.“We believe RAMMS will bring significant value to hydrographic organizations, coastal zone/floodplain managers and engineers,” Saade said, noting a successful hydrographic charting demonstration project recently performed in Belize, covering 165 square kilometers. Fugro is currently using RAMMS to complete several large-scale surveys in the Americas

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Autonomous Vehicle Maps the Arctic Seafloor

increasing.A team of engineers and students from the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, together with personnel from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, recently returned from an Arctic voyage that deployed an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) from the NOAA hydrographic ship Fairweather, a first from a NOAA vessel in the region.The Fairweather spends each summer surveying the seafloor in West Coast and Alaskan waters to improve the nation’s nautical charts. In the Arctic, many of these charts are built from scant sounding data, often from measurements that

(L-R) Phil Middleton, Seatronics Group MD, with Andy Williamson from Underseasense (Photo: Seatronics)

Seatronics Doubles Its Stock of R2 Sonic Multibeam Systems

equipment, has doubled its stock of Sonic 2024 Multibeam Echosounders with the acquisition of 11 new systems from long-term supplier R2 Sonic.Over the last 18 months, the increased projects within the oil and gas industry and the booming activity in the offshore wind farm sector have seen a rise in hydrographic surveys all around the world. Responding to this increased need and to serve their customers with innovative solutions, Seatronics have more than doubled their stockholding of Sonic 2024 systems with an investment in excess of $2 million.The Sonic 2024 is a broadband - wideband high resolution

A District vehicle retrieves a survey vessel at the New York District's reconstructed Caven Point Marine Terminal in Jersey City, N.J., June 12, 2018. The new boat ramp enables launching and retrieving craft during all points in the tide cycle. A section of the Hydrogaphic Surveys class was taught aboard survey vessels on the water in New York-New Jersey Harbor. (Photo by James D'Ambrosio)

New Site Hosts Corps’ Hydrographic Survey Training

What do hydrographic surveys ― the scientific measurement and description of physical features at the bottom of bodies of water ― have to do with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and marine construction? In a word, plenty.Francis Postiglione, chief of the New York District's Survey Section, Operation's Division, said, "Surveying is at the root of all projects in coastal and inland waterways," adding, "Surveying also plays a large role during the bidding process and awarding of contracts, especially with estimating costs."Importance of SurveysHydrographic surveys are important

NERC Purchase NORBIT WBMS Systems for AUV Project

Seeking a robust system that has been proven for under-ice mapping, the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) has appointed NORBIT to supply two multi-beam echosounder (MBES) sonar systems for use on the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) new 2,000m depth rated AUV platform Autosub2KUI.With the small form factor WBMS Deep Water multibeam systems, NORBIT’s systems will ensure high data quality and ease of operation for the team at NOC often operating in challenging environmental conditions, the manufacturer said.This will support future under-ice and deepsea science, including a

David Millar (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro’s Millar to Serve on IHO-IOC GEBCO Guiding Committee

David Millar, Fugro’s government accounts director for the Americas region, has been appointed by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) to serve on the Guiding Committee of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Project.GEBCO is a nonprofit organization operating under the joint auspices of the IHO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It aims to provide the most authoritative portrayal of global ocean depths and the undersea feature names.The 14-member Guiding Committee

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Rovco to Double Its Workforce

U.K.-based Rovco has announced plans to double its workforce as it prepares for further global expansion following a robust year of growth for the company.The subsea ROV and hydrographic company has secured inspection and survey projects across the globe in industries including oil and gas and renewables (wind and wave), as well as securing its first environmental survey using detailed 3D modelling. Over this period, the company has grown from 3 to 19 staff and is on course to double its headcount by the end of 2019.To accommodate its rapidly expanding team, the firm recently relocated to larger

The Gwynt Y Mor wind farm. Photo from Rovco.

Subsea Robotics for Renewables

As the global fleet of offshore renewables fleet increases, ways to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency and safety of operations and maintenance work, using robotics and autonomous systems, will also grow. Elaine Maslin reports.Robotics and autonomous systems are moving into many areas of modern day life. It’s becoming harder to avoid them, from our phones to automotive systems and now offshore energy renewable projects.Both are seen as tools to do otherwise dull, dirty or dangerous work, without human involvement, but also as a way to reduce operational cost and to produce more reliable

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Oceanscan Invests in Sonardyne Acoustics

2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) vessel-based systems and Wideband Sub-Mini 6 (WSM 6) transponders have been acquired by Oceanscan following client demand for accurate and reliable underwater tracking technology to support their projects, especially in the growing offshore wind and shallow water hydrographic survey markets. Compact, portable and quick to install, Mini-Ranger 2 offers a standard operating range of 995 meters, extendable up to 4,000 meters, and the ability to simultaneously track up to 10 subsea targets (e.g. divers, ROVs and structures) at very fast update rates. It is considered

Meet LT Laura Dwyer: NOAA Officer, Navy Oceanographer

and protect our natural resources.The Navy-NOAA MOA recently renewed is designed to conduct personnel exchanges between the two services to leverage expertise for the benefit of each agency and to provide developmental assignments.French, the first NOAA Corps Officer at NAVOCEANMIWCEN, had sailed on a hydrographic ship and was able to bring his knowledge and understanding of the ocean environment to help stand up the data fusion cell (DFC), which collects and process the all the data collected by various sources in a mine warfare operation. The DFC excels at creating tactical environmental analysis and

Ocean Infinity’s AUVs being prepared to autonomously map the ocean floor, aboard Seabed Constructor (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity Donates Data to Seabed Mapping Project

of data not previously included in the global grid – an area larger in size than Nigeria.Recognizing the power of crowdsourced data as a tool to empower all those who use our oceans to contribute to science, Seabed 2030 has been requesting donors to deposit their data with the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB), a digital repository in Boulder, Colorado in the U.S. “As the recognized archive for global bathymetry, we’re excited to be a part of this international effort to map our oceans by continuing to provide access to

New Underwater Inspection System for LA County Sheriffs

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has taken delivery of a new CodaOctopus Underwater Inspection System (UIS) to aid in real-time threat assessment, hazardous object identification and change detection.The UIS was sold and delivered by Coda Octopus Group, Inc. for a contract value of $665,000.“Members of LASD - Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) were extremely pleased to take delivery of this state-of-the-art piece of equipment, which they will use mainly for counter-smuggling/terrorism (CBRNE screening), seafloor search and recovery of evidence and targets and to assist in

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Looking to the Future of Satellite-derived Bathymetry

Day (SDB Day) organized by EOMAP on June 6-7 to anticipate what’s to come for SDB technology in the next years and revealed future opportunities for providers and users.EOMAP CEO, Dr. Thomas Heege, commented, “The support for the SDB Day was fantastic. All relevant institutions – hydrographic offices, marine industry, service providers and research institutes – picked up on the themes of capabilities, data integration, requirements and quality standards. Joint considerations are really coming to the force, which is great to see.”Initially established as a reconnaissance

Knifefish mine countermeasure UUV (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

Knifefish UUV Completes Sea Acceptance Tests

General Dynamics Mission Systems announced its team has completed all stages of formal Sea Acceptance Testing (SAT) of Knifefish, the U.S. Navy's Surface Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) system.Knifefish is a medium-class MCM UUV intended for deployment from the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship and other Navy vessels. The vehicle is designed to reduce risk to personnel by operating in the minefield as an off-board sensor while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries.The recent tests were conducted off the coast of Boston using Navy mine test targets and included

3D image of Mevagissey Harbour which was generated using data collected by the new Ultrabeam Hydrographic vessel (Image: Ultrabeam Hydrographic)

EU Grant Supports New Unmanned Survey Vessel

A pioneering hydrographic survey company has been awaded grant funding from Marine-i, the EU funded program set up to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.The company, Ultrabeam Hydrographic, which provides ultra high resolution hydrographic surveys for clients with marine based assets, such as harbors, subsea pipelines and oil and gas platforms, has developed a new type of unmanned surface vessel believed to be the first of its kind.The Ultra-USV 3-meter catamaran carries a full suite of high-tech survey equipment and has been designed to gather fast, accurate and

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Easier Access to UK Tidal Data

The U.K. Hydrographic Office has released a new ADMIRALTY application programming interface (API) that puts U.K. tidal data in the hands of software developers.The U.K. Tidal API gives developers access to accurate data from the U.K.’s largest authoritative network of tidal stations, allowing them to build tidal height and time predictions into their own online applications. These predictions can be useful for a wide range of coastal activities, whether choosing the best time to go surfing and sailing around the U.K.’s beaches, or helping emergency services to plan resource placement and

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Canadian Hydrographic Service Grows Its USV Fleet

The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) has taken delivery of two additional autonomous unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), bringing its fleet to four systems.The 2.5-meter USVs, built and delivered by Florida based SeaRobotics Corporation, are complete hydrographic systems including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, cast winches, deployment carts and road trailers.The SeaRobotics USVs are being deployed across Canada supported by regional training performed by SeaRobotics. CHS, part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, has completed the first year of operation and the analysis of the efficiency and

Hamina-Class Corvette (right) pictured next to a Rauma-Class vessel (Photo: Kongsberg)

Finnish Defense Forces Upgrade Naval Sonars

Kongsberg Maritime said it has been awarded a contract by Finnish Defense Forces (FDF) to deliver ST2400 VDS (Variable Depth Sonar) upgrades to the SQ2000MLU program for the Hamina-Class Corvettes fleet.The ST2400 VDS is designed to provide accurate and highly reliable performance for detecting submarines, mines and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles in Littoral waters. The ST2400 VDS upgrade will enable the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability on all four Hamina-Class Corvettes operating in the Baltics.The ST2400 VDS is a medium-frequency sonar designed with an emphasis on performance and operation in

NORBIT Establishes Oceans Business Unit

, technology and R&D capacity under one umbrella, with the objective of creating a global supplier of technology, products, solutions and services for the entire ocean space domain.NORBIT Oceans will include the following:•NORBIT Subsea AS, which provides wideband multibeam sonars for hydrographic applications and subsea leakage detection for the oil and gas and maritime industries.•NORBIT Aptomar AS, which provides integrated field monitoring services for the marine and offshore industries. NORBIT acquired the company from a group of venture investors last year.•NORBIT Aqua;

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MH370 Search Comes to a Close

The U.S.-based company that has been scouring the seas in a hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 said its current search will soon draw to a close without having been able to crack one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014. It’s believed someone may have deliberately switched off the plane’s transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean.Following an unsuccessful $160 million search effort conducted by Australia, China and Malaysia that was called off in January

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$17B Spanish Galleon San Jose: EdgeTech Instrumental

EdgeTech said it was key to the discovery of the most valuable shipwreck in the world. Sought after by treasure hunters for more than 300 years, the wreck of the Spanish Galleon San Jose was finally discovered on November 27, 2015 and just recently made public. The search was performed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Remus 6000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with an EdgeTech 2200 Side Scan Sonar.  AUV mission planning and sonar data analysis for the project was supplied by GK Consulting of Derry NH. The San Jose was a 62-gun flagship galleon of a Spanish fleet

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UK Hydrographic Office Appoints Makewell CTO

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) appointed Terry Makewell to the position of Chief Technology Officer.   Makewell has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership positions in government, academia and the creative industries, and will be instrumental in further developing the UKHO as a world-leading center in the marine domain. This will support the UKHO in delivering its vision of becoming the world-leading marine geospatial information agency and hydrographic office by 2020.   Makewell  joins the UKHO from the Office for National Statistics, where he held the role of Chief

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Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded a $1.25 million grant by the United States Office of Naval Research (ONR) to undertake research in support of autonomous unmanned marine vehicle platforms for coastal surveillance, coastal surveys, target tracking and protection of at-sea assets. The five-year project will entail developing unmanned surface vehicles that serve as “motherships” for unmanned underwater vehicles and aerial drones, thereby enabling multi-vehicle, multi-domain capability that may serve as a mobile coastal monitoring

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Mappers Look to Chart World's Ocean Floor by 2030

;For too long now we have treated our own oceans as a forgotten frontier."The project is a collaboration between Japan's philanthropic Nippon Foundation and GEBCO, a non-profit association of experts that is already involved in charting the ocean floor. GEBCO operates under the International Hydrographic Organization and UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency."We are not driven by profit, we are driven by science," Bindra said."There's unanimity within the scientific and the mapping community that a map is essential."Still, the ocean economy is expected directly to

New Hydrographic Survey Vessel for USACE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District accepted delivery of a new high-speed foil assisted hydrographic survey vessel, due to be commissioned on May 31, 2018.The all-aluminum catamaran, S/V Ewell, measures 61’-4” length overall with a 24’ beam. The vessel has two levels; the first has survey stations, and a pilot house is on the second level. The vessel has a galley, mess and sleeping accommodations.Designed to conduct hydrographic surveys using sophisticated multibeam and single beam sonars, the new vessel features Norbit Multibeam sonars and single frequency

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Valeport Unveils New Probe

A new probe that combines the power of the SWiFT SVP and a turbidity sensor has been launched by British oceanographic and hydrographic instrument specialist Valeport. The new SWiFTplus uses Valeport’s high accuracy sensor technology which incorporates turbidity observations with sound speed, temperature and pressure sensor technology to also provide computed conductivity, salinity and density. This is coupled with Bluetooth connectivity and a rechargeable battery.The handheld profiler, constructed from Titanium, has been designed from the outset with the intention of a seamless workflow and has

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AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

A collaborative research project called Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System (ASSSS) aims to deliver an integrated system to provide a means of conducting low cost, shore based, full water column marine surveys using multiple unmanned systems. The project, part funded by Innovate UK, hopes to encourage wider adoption of unmanned systems.The project is being led by a U.K. based developer of unmanned and autonomous marine systems, ASV Global. It combines the advantages of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) to further data gathering opportunities.

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Kraken Achieves Military Standard Certification

Kraken Robotics Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has completed military standard certification testing of the KATFISH-M, a ruggedized version of Kraken’s KATFISH Towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar Platform.KATFISH-M incorporates a Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) in a compact, lightweight and hydro-dynamically stable towed body. It uses advanced signal processing and algorithms to provide real-time, detection and classification against underwater mine threats.Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, “This military standard certification enables Kraken to address over $100

The progression from Landsat satellite imagery, to a satellite derived bathymetry surface, to a bENC (Bathymetric Electronic Navigation Chart). The location is Golfo de Guanahacabibes, Cuba. (Credit: Aaron Sager)

MG3 & Satellite Derived Bathymetry

based in Bristol, UK. At the time, TCarta was establishing itself as a provider of a new type of near-shore water depth map data called satellite derived bathymetry.“As business partners, our companies worked collaboratively because we could provide an offering that combined the MG3 deep-water hydrographic survey data with our coastal satellite derived bathymetry product,” said Richard Flemmings, Operations Director for TCarta.The TCarta product appealed to MG3 because the satellite imagery could provide accurate seafloor depth data in the shallow coastal areas where it’s often too risky

(Photo: Forum Energy Technologies)

University of Limerick Buys ROV for Renewables Research

The University of Limerick (UL) will deploy a brand new remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to support its research into subsea inspection and intervention campaigns on renewable energy sector infrastructure.The new underwater vehicle, a Comanche 2,000 meter observation class ROV designed and manufactured in-house at Forum Energy Technologies’ Kirkbymoorside Yorkshire facility, was officially launched at the docks in Limerick City by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD.The Comanche ROV was selected due to its high

RV Thomas G. Thompson (Photo: University of Washington)

US Navy-owned Research Vessel Back in Action

Research vessel (R/V) Thomas G. Thompson (AGOR-23) has gained a new lease on life following a recently completed 18-month upgrade to improve operating systems, bolster its research capabilities and extend its working life for the U.S. Navy and scientific organizations.The Navy-owned vessel has been operated and maintained University of Washington since 1991, under a charter lease agreement with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-which manages the ship on behalf of the service.The $52 million refit, which was sponsored by ONR, the University of Washington and the National Science Foundation, extended

(Photo: Fugro)

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

Jon Holmes (Photo: Swathe Services)

Holmes Joins Swathe Services

Ex naval captain and marine consultant Jon Holmes has joined Swathe Services as business development manager.The U.K. based hydrographic survey services company said created the new role to maintain and increase product sales and services as well as manage long-term strategic growth. Holmes was made ship’s captain of six naval vessels during his full career as a hydrographic surveyor. After his time with the Navy, he worked at the University of Plymouth’s Hydrographic Academy and then as a marine consultant.

The Royal Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel HMS Magpie (Photo: Royal Navy)

UK’s New Naval Survey Ship Passes Sea Trials

The U.K. Royal Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel encountered a bout of rough weather during sea trials in the Irish Sea.Launched less than a month ago, HMS Magpie is the newest addition to the Navy's hydrographic squadron, replacing veteran survey launch Gleaner decommissioned earlier this year after 35 years’ under the White Ensign.The new 18-meter catamaran is being delivered by Atlas Elektronik UK through a subcontract with Cork shipbuilder Safehaven, based on the firm’s Wildcat 60 craft.The vessel is due to be formally handed over to the Royal Navy next month and be

ARIS Voyager 3000 encased in a titanium shell for deep sea exploration (Photo: Sound Metrics)

Sound Metrics Expands ARIS Product Line

High-resolution, multi-beam imaging sonar manufacturer Sound Metrics launched its latest addition to the ARIS (Adaptive Resolution Imaging Sonar) product line at Oceanology International in London earlier this year.The new model, known as the ARIS Voyager 3000, is depth rated to 4,000 meters and is currently available with 3.0 MHz and 1.8 MHz operating frequencies.Sound Metrics said the ARIS Voyager 3000 offers a sleek titanium design and delivers on what many customers have been asking for: the same high-resolution sonar imagery of an ARIS, but in a deep rated system.“We actually sold two

UKHO Purchases Multibeam Survey Equipment

NORBIT said it has been appointed by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) as the single framework supplier until August 2020 for survey equipment and associated engineering support to enable British Overseas Territories and other Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) develop their own hydrographic survey capability to meet IHO standards.NORBIT iWBMS equipment installations will be conducted in cooperation with local government authorities who will provide suitable vessels and facilities, ultimately enabling the growth in knowledge and capability of local hydrographic services. NORBIT will

Dr. Jeremy Dillon (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Appoints Dillon as Chief Scientist

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced that Dr. Jeremy Dillon has joined Kraken’s wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. as Chief Scientist.Dr. Dillon has 20 years of experience in research and development with a background in signal processing and mathematics. As an original member of Kraken's Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) team, he developed the signal processing algorithms for the AquaPix SAS imaging and bathymetry software. He also invented Kraken’s AquaTrak Correlation Velocity Log, participated in numerous sea trials and was the principal investigator for a multi-year DRDC

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