Hydrographic Sonar News

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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.

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

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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

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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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

U.S. Navy owned research vessel R/V Atlantis deploys the cable-controlled Undersea Recovery Vehicle (CURV-21) during night operations. The CURV is designed to meet the U.S. Navy's deep ocean recovery requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet, and was used to support the Argentine Navy's search for the ARA San Juan (S-42). (U.S. Navy photo by Alex Cornell du Houx)

US Exits Search for ARA San Juan

 The U.S. Navy said it has begun to wind down operations as part of the international search for the still-missing Argentine submarine A.R.A. San Juan that vanished in the South Atlantic in mid November.   The U.S. joined the Argentina-led multinational search efforts within 24 hours of learning of the missing submarine on November 17, and is now drawing down, having twice swept the search areas assigned by the Argentine Navy with advanced sensors.   U.S. planning and analytical specialists will continue to support the efforts through data analysis.   At its height, U.S.

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Laser Scanner Delivered for Norwegian MCM

focused specifically on locating and identifying mines. The Hugin systems enable users to conduct fast and efficient operations with zero surface visibility while improving safety conditions by allowing personnel to remain outside the minefield.   In peacetime, the AUVs also contribute to hydrographic operations.   2G Robotics said the ULS-500 PRO dynamic underwater laser scanner system will contribute to the detection, classification and assessment of mines. 2G’s system acquires data in real-time and provides users with 3D models of targets and environments accurate to the sub-centimet

U.S. Navy file photo of a C-2A Greyhound (U.S. Navy photo by Kenneth Abbate)

Downed US Navy Aircraft Found in Philippine Sea

A U.S. Navy team has located a C-2A Greyhound aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on November 22.   The downed aircraft rests at a depth of about 18,500 feet, making the salvage operation the deepest recovery attempt of an aircraft to date, the Navy said, adding it will make every effort will be made to recover the aircraft and fallen Sailors, despite very challenging conditions.   Eight of the 11 crew and passengers on board were recovered immediately following the crash. For the next three days, the U.S. Navy led combined search and rescue for the three missing Sailors with the

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US Navy to Test Saab’s Antisubmarine Training System

Defense and security company Saab said it will demonstrate its antisubmarine warfare (ASW) training system for the U.S. Navy (USN) as it investigates a replacement ASW training systems for its Undersea Warfare Training Range.   According to Saab, the Navy will evaluate Saab’s AUV62-AT – an artificial acoustic system that mimics a submarine – against USN systems through the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program.   The demonstration is planned for summer 2018, with an option to continue testing into 2019.   “With submarine usage on the rise, antisubmarine

The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason lands on the seafloor at Havre submarine volcano to retrieve a heat flow monitor. (Photo: Multidisciplinary Instrumentation in Support of Oceanography (MISO) Facility, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Scientists Study Largest Underwater Volcanic Eruption

In July 2012, airline passengers flying over the Southwest Pacific Ocean spotted a large and unusual object floating on the water’s surface.    That object, which turned out to be a giant raft of pumice, was evidence that an underwater volcanic eruption had occurred. And as the raft continued to grow to roughly the size of Philadelphia, scientists observed that the eruption was extraordinarily large.   The eruption had occurred at the Havre volcano northeast of New Zealand, and was the largest to take place underwater in the past century.   “We knew it was a

The U.S. Navy's REMUS 600 AUV is fitted with Kraken’s AquaPix MINSAS Synthetic Aperture Sonar. (Photo: Kraken)

Real-time Sonar Fit onto US Navy Minehunting AUV

A real-time synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) system has been integrated and tested on board a U.S. Navy autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that will perform minehunting duties for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island.   The AUV, a fully modular REMUS 600 manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid, was designed through funding from the Office of Naval Research to support Naval operations requiring extended endurance, increased payload capacity and greater operating depth, such as minehunting.   The AquaPix MINSAS SAS, developed by Kraken Robotic Systems Inc.,

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Coda Octopus Rolls Out New Real-time 3D Sonar

Coda Octopus Group, Inc. announced the launch of the first product within its fourth-generation range of sonars, the Echoscope4G Surface. The patented Coda Octopus Real Time 3D sonar is the world’s only commercially available real-time 3D sonar that enables vision, mapping and measurement in real time in low or zero visibility conditions underwater, the manufacturer said.   This first product within its next-generation (4G) range, Echoscope4G Surface, is designed for nearly plug-and-play ease of use for shallow water operational needs not to exceed 20 meters water depth. The Surface

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Expedition to Capture First 4K Images of the Titanic

A manned submersible set to survey the RMS Titanic wreck site this summer will be equipped with a range of high-tech underwater imaging equipment that will capture the first ever 4K images of the historic shipwreck. Starting in June 2018, manned submersible services provider OceanGate Inc. will lead a group of scientists, content experts and mission specialists to explore and survey the wreck site in a series of week-long missions from St. John’s, Newfoundland. For the mission, OceanGate's manned submersible Cyclops 2 will be equipped with cameras and lights from Canadian firm SubC Imaging

C-Worker 7 (Photo: ASV Global)

ASV’s C-Worker 7 Goes to Work for Subsea 7

A 7-meter autonomous surface vessel (ASV) was recently deployed to support offshore services provider Subsea 7 during pipelay operations off the coast of Egypt.   The C-Worker 7 vehicle manufactured by U.K. firm ASV Global was fitted with a survey suite comprising a multibeam echosounder and side scan sonar in order to carry out touchdown monitoring in support of the pipelay vessel Seven Antares.   A custom payload frame was designed to house the survey suite specified for the mission. The modular frame slotted into the C-Worker 7’s moonpool to mount and deploy the sensors. Extensive

Example of high resolution sonar data of shipwreck, showing capability to provide detailed and accurate models of seabed features to inform safety of navigation and environmental management (Image: UKHO)

Seabed Mapping Underway in Belize

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has deployed two vessels to survey the waters of Belize as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Program, the organization has announced.   Following a stakeholder meeting with the Belize Port Authority and wider government earlier this month, priority areas will be surveyed, capturing sonar data of Belize's main ports and approaches. High frequency mapping sonars are being used, which have no negative impact on its diverse ecosystems and marine life. The surveying is expected to continue throughout February and will focus on areas including

3DSS-iDX-450 Sonar with new Sonar Interface Unit (Photo: PingDSP)

New Shallow Water Bathymetry Solution Unveiled

MRU, GNSS or INS systems aboard a fully equipped survey launch or unmanned vehicle.   Ping DSP’s flagship 3DSS-DX sonar has established the utility of combining accurate wide swath bathymetry with high resolution 3D (and 2D) imagery and the iDX now extends that capability as a complete hydrographic/imaging solution for customers who want both versatility and installation/operating simplicity without sacrificing performance.    The compact size (4" dia. x 25" long) of the 3DSS-iDX make it easy to use on almost any size vessel or Autonomous/Remote Controlled Surface Vehicle

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US-built Survey Vessel Bound for Israel

berth, galley and head with shower are designed to keep crew comfortable. The survey package includes a computer work station for three, hydraulic A frame, aluminum davit and aft deck moon pool for equipment deployment. Vibration dampening mounts and acoustic dampening insulation will ensure accurate hydrographic readings.   The client commented during sea trials that the vessel will be an excellent tool for their operations throughout Israel and the Mediterranean

RV Petrel (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

The U.S. Navy said it has contracted a research vessel owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to survey the location of a downed C-2A Greyhound plane before attempts are made to recover the aircraft from 18,500 feet below the surface in the Philippine Sea.   The C-2A Greyhound was transporting 11 crew and passengers when it crashed into the ocean on November 22, 2017, killing three.   On December 29, A Navy team using a towed pinger locator (TPL-25) system discovered the aircraft resting on the seafloor at a depth of 18,500 feet, an unprecedented depth for the salvage of an aircraft.

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Kraken Wins Offshore Wind Energy Competition

Kraken wins award for SeaVision 3D underwater laser imaging system   Kraken Robotics Inc. German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH, was named a winner in the Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) competition. The OWA is a collaborative R&D program funded by nine offshore wind developers and the Scottish Government to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy. Kraken Robotik was one of only four companies selected in the competition.   Kraken will receive hands-on mentoring and advice from the nine OWA industry partners, which collectively represent over 75 percent of the European

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Fairbank Joins SBG Systems’ Sales Team

has hired Chelsea Fairbank as Sales Engineer in North America. She will team up with Jack Mawson, Sales Manager North America at the company’s U.S. office in Huntington Beach, Calif. and will be in charge of the marine and education segments.   Fairbank has an extensive background in the hydrographic industry, starting her career as hydrographic surveyor. During her five years with Fugro, she worked on international hydrographic and cable route surveys working with a broad range of Inertial Navigation Equipment integrated with LiDAR and Multibeam Systems to generate end-products of topographic

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Ocean Infinity Buys Its 9th HUGIN AUV

Ocean Infinity, the U.S. company currently searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, said it has grown its fleet of 6,000 meter rated Kongsberg HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).   The latest purchased HUGIN vehicle, Ocean Infinity’s ninth, will be specifically configured to conduct under-ice surveys and features Kongsberg’s Highly Integrated Synthetic Aperture Sonar (HISAS).    Other sensors include a Kongsberg EM2040 multibeam echosounder installed in an upward facing modular payload section for surveying the underside of the ice, as well as an

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Tritech Unveils New Multibeam Imaging Sonar

The new 720im sonar from U.K. manufacturer Tritech International Limited is said to be the world’s smallest multibeam imaging sonar.   As the latest addition to Tritech’s Gemini range, the small sized and competitively priced sonar brings multibeam imaging technology to situations not previously possible.   At 500g and 63mm wide, the 720im is significantly smaller than comparable sonars, yet it delivers superior quality sonar imaging from an ultra-compact unit thanks to state-of-the-art microelectronics and proven sonar technology.   “The Gemini 720im has been in

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UKHO Creates High Density ENC of the Bristol Channel

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has disclosed details of a new Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) which could help to improve situational awareness and safety.   Developed to cover an area of the Bristol Channel known as ‘The Bridge’, this ‘high density’ ENC displays depth contours at one-meter intervals, allowing ECDIS to set safety contours at corresponding levels to support navigation through shallow water.   ECDIS will select safety contours based on a safety contour depth value set by the mariner. As most charts contain depth contours at

Example illustrating how pile dwellings were built by our ancestors and their way of living - via the multibeam solution (Photo: MacArtney)

University of Vienna Acquires New Multibeam Equipment

A project to create 3D models of pile dwellings in Austrian lakes thousands of years ago has resulted in the acquisition by the University of Vienna of a multibeam solution supplied by MacArtney.   The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology is a research institute dedicated to the development of new techniques and methodological concepts for landscape archaeology. Its research program combines geophysics, aerial imaging, computer science and geomatics to develop efficient and universally applicable approaches for non-destructive detection, documentation

Photo from Oceanology International 2016, showing the Dockside Exhibition Area

Expanded Waterfront for Oi18

Visitors to Oceanology International 2018 (Oi18) at ExCel, London (March 13th-15th ,2018), will once again be able to participate in a series of live product demonstrations from the event’s waterside exhibitor area on the Royal Victoria Dock. As one of the most popular attractions for Oceanology International visitors, this year’s dockside and on-water demo programme has been expanded and will now comprise daily demonstrations to offer an even more valuable experience for those attending, whilst allowing exhibitors to share their product’s effectiveness in a marine environment.

File photo: NOAA Ship Fairweather underway in Alaska (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Releases 2018 Hydrographic Survey Plans

Beginning in April, NOAA’s four hydrographic survey ships – Thomas Jefferson, Ferdinand Hassler, Rainier and Fairweather – will set out along with private contractors to tackle their assigned survey projects over the course of the 2018 field season.   Below are NOAA’s priority areas for planned survey projects 2018:   Alaska North Coast of Kodiak Island – Last surveyed in 1932, this survey project focuses on areas inadequate for safe navigation, particularly along the corridor of vessel traffic transiting from Kodiak.   West of Prince

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Glider-Based Ecosystem Study

Fish Profiler (AZFP) 38, 125 and 200 kHz instrument in the Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica).  The deployment lasted 3 weeks and the glider was recovered on January 31, 2018.     The purpose of this deployment was to obtain mesoscale and sub-mesoscale measurements of hydrographic processes and simultaneous biological distributions and abundance. From the resulting data, the researchers will examine the interactions between multiple trophic levels (phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish) and their relationships to the physical hydrographic driving forces such as sea ice and

Fig 1 – Echoscope XD, Echoscope and Echoscope C500 Sonars (Image: Coda Octopus)

Meet the Future of Visualization and Mapping Sonars

The images below were generated in a single pass of the survey vessel, without any post-processing of the data required and significant detail around the piles is clearly visible.   The patented Echoscope range of real-time sonars are more than visualization tools, as they enable the capture of hydrographic quality data in real-time from the same sensor. This enables an operator to use the sonar for a multitude of purposes, such as visualization of a valuable asset as it is accurately placed on the seabed, and then simultaneously using this data to provide the as-built or as-laid survey.   The

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OSIL Calibration Department in Demand

, holding common components in stock to ensure a quick turnaround, and are ideally placed regarding calibration standards for conductivity and salinity as OSIL operates the IAPSO Standard Seawater service from within its facilities. OSIL provides support, calibrations and repairs for a wide range of hydrographic instruments from its well-equipped facilities and offer a range of calibrations , pre-deployment verifications and services for CTDs, Sound Velocity, Current Meters & Tide Gauges, Multiparameter Sondes and AML X Change Sensors in addition to the Guildline Salinometers. Supported manufacturers

MVP300 (Photo: AML Oceanographic)

Xiamen University Selects AML’s Moving Vessel Profiler

has purchased a Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) for the research vessel Jia Geng.   The university’s State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science will use the deep water underway profiling system, MVP300, to collect CTD, sound velocity and environmental data in support of both hydrographic and ocean science applications. The ability to collect high density data in real-time while the vessel is underway will produce higher quality results than can be achieved with static profiling systems, and in a fraction of the time.   The contract was secured through manufacturer AML Oceanograp

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UKHO Conducts Seabed Mapping in Tonga to Support Blue Economy

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has chartered a motor launch to survey the waters in the Kingdom of Tonga as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies Program.   State-of-the-art multibeam sonar equipment will be used to map key areas of the seabed in the approaches to the harbor of the capital, Nuku'alofa, on the main island of Tongatapu.   This information will be used to update nautical charts and publications, help Tonga meet its international maritime obligations, including the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and elements of the Implementation of the IMO Instruments Code

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SBG Systems Launches Navsight Marine Solution at OI2018

position in all conditions, such as surveying under a bridge, or during a GNSS outages due to coastal infrastructures (buildings, harbor cranes, etc.) The Navsight Marine Solution supports RTK and every Precise Point Positioning service (Marinestar, TerraStar, etc.). It is compatible with the main hydrographic software such as Hypack, QINSy, or Teledyne PDS for seamless integration into existing workflows.   Navsight Marine Solution Availability Navsight is ITAR Free. All models are available for order. Ordering information and delivery time are available from SBG Systems representatives and

Side Scan Sonar Image of USS Lexington Wreckage and it’s Aircraft on the Sea Floor.  Credit to Paul Allen, the R/V Petrel team. (Photo: EdgeTech)

EdgeTech Sonar Utilized in Search of the USS Lexington

EdgeTech, a leader in high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, was recently  honored to learn that it’s industry leading side scan sonar technology was once again used by the Research Vessel Petrel and Paul Allen’s talented team in the discovery of the USS Lexington.   The USS Lexington, one of the first aircraft carriers built and commissioned by the United States of America, was sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 off the coast of Australia. The wreckage was discovered in approximately 3,000 meters of water. EdgeTech side scan sonar systems

The SeaCat autonomous underwater vehicle (Photo: ATLAS MARIDAN)

ATLAS MARIDAN to Offer AUV Rental Services

ATLAS MARIDAN ApS. of Rungsted Kyst (Denmark), a subsidiary of the German naval systems supplier ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, has launched an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) rental service. The opportunity to rent ATLAS ELEKTRONIK’s latest unmanned underwater technology shall support customers within the offshore oil and gas, renewable energy, UxO and naval markets.   The AUV SeaCat has recently finalized its serial maturity process and concluded certifications covering a wide range of requirements for system robustness, environmental conditions, navigational accuracy and transport safety.

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Klein Marine Offers Side Scan Sonar Training

Klein Marine Systems, a manufacturer of side scan sonars, will be hosting a three day side scan sonar training at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, N.H. Practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, N.H.   Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2 .     Training Topics Principles of underwater acoustics (Sonar Record Analysis, Targets & Shad-ows, reflectivity of underwater materials

REMUS M3V (Photo: Hydroid Inc.)

Hydroid Introduces New High Speed, Low Cost Micro AUV

Marine robotics manufacturer Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, announced the release of the new REMUS M3V compact, one-man portable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).   Low cost and ready to use right out of the box, this micro AUV supports numerous applications including search and survey; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); marine research; and multi-vehicle missions. The REMUS M3V can dive up to 300 meters in depth. It is an A-size (36” x 4.875”) vehicle with no fins or appendages outside the A-size envelope and can be used for multi-domain

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US Navy Submarines Surface in the Arctic Circle

 A pair of U.S. Navy submarines recently surfaced in the Arctic Circle as part of multinational maritime exercise north of Alaska.   Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) and Seawolf-class fast attack submarine, USS Connecticut (SSN 22) surfaced in the Arctic Circle March 10 during the multinational maritime Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018.   Both submarines, as well the UK Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant (S91), are participating in the biennial exercise in the Arctic to train and validate the warfighting capabilities of submarines in extreme cold-water conditions

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New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

NOAA acting administrator retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., has appointed three new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support safe navigation and coastal resilience.   The new members of the panel are: Sean M. Duffy Sr., executive director, Big River Coalition, New Orleans, La. Retired USCG Capt. Ed Page, executive director, Marine Exchange of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska Julie Thomas, senior advisor, Southern California, Coastal Ocean

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Teledyne Brings Bathymetic Solutions to CHC-NSC

Teledyne CARIS and Teledyne Optech will have a combined presence at the 2018 Joint Canadian Hydrographic and National Surveyors Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, March 26-29. Visitors interested in the latest in ocean mapping software, and the swift progress taking place in lidar surveying and mapping solutions can drop by stand 407 to learn more.   Teledyne CARIS is offering a half-day workshop on March 26th at 1pm. Learn about the new, simplified processing workflow found in HIPS and SIPS, capabilities and opportunities which can be leveraged through Bathy DataBASE, and advances in

Side Scan Sonar Image of USS Juneau Wreckage on the Sea Floor.  Credit to Paul Allen, the R/V Petrel team.

EdgeTech Sonar Utilized in USS Juneau Discovery

EdgeTech, developer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, said its side scan sonar technology was used in another very noteworthy underwater find. Just weeks after locating the USS Lexington, the research vessel Petrel and Paul Allen’s team has located the sunken remains of the USS Juneau.   The USS Juneau, a US Navy light cruiser, was sunk in November 1942 during World War II.  Located in over 4,000 meters of water the historic vessel can be seen in this very clear, low-noise EdgeTech 2205 sonar image.  The amazing image shows the large 2 kilometer

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ASV Global to Supply USV to University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has awarded a contract to ASV Global for the provision of a C-Worker 5 Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The 18’ USV will be used for testing, training, and establishing procedures and protocols for use of the system by NOAA on future hydrographic programs.    Monty Graham, Director of USM’s School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), said, “The C-Worker 5 from ASV Global will be a great addition to support USM’s growing capabilities in Unmanned Marine Systems Certification and our research toward improved mapping and

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EdgeTech Debuts Next-gen 6205s

EdgeTech introduced its next-gen Swath Bathymetry & Side Scan Sonar System, the EdgeTech 6205s.  Building on the 6205 system, EdgeTech redesigned the 6205s in a smaller, lighter package with additional features and functions that are designed to make on-water survey operations more effective and efficient.  The EdgeTech 6205s produces real time, high resolution, 3D maps of the seafloor while providing an enhanced and fully integrated swath bathymetry and dual frequency side scan sonar system.    The new 6205s system offers co-registered dual frequency side scan and bathymetry

Søren Skifter Christensen, MacArtney South America Operations. (Photo: MacArtney)

MacArtney Expands Global Presence

MacArtney Group recently reinforced its sales activities in the South American and Swedish markets.  A long-standing cornerstone of the MacArtney strategy is to continuously strengthen their global outreach and customer support through strategic local presence in key markets. The fact of selling and supporting products and systems locally provides MacArtney’s customers access to rapid response to enquiries and mobilisation of service. This dedication to local presence will be of key importance to the success of the two new operations representing MacArtney products and systems.   MacA

UW’s New Research Vessel Ready for Work

The University of Washington School of Oceanography took delivery of the former R/V Aora last August in Hartlepool, England after purchasing the vessel from a private party. The vessel, renamed R/V Rachel Carson, underwent a drydock maintenance period at MacDuff Shipyard in Scotland and was transported to the Pacific Northwest via two cargo ships.    Since the vessel’s arrival at UW on December 28, 2017, UW has been preparing and transforming the former fisheries research vessel into a capable Local Class oceanographic research vessel. R/V Rachel Carson's first research cruise starts

Vineyard Wind to Begin Third Round of Surveys

Offshore wind farm development company Vineyard Wind said it will begin the third in an ongoing series of undersea marine surveys in early April to gather geological and ecological information that will inform ongoing permitting reviews.   Vineyard Wind seeks to build the first large-scale offshore wind energy project in the U.S., to be located 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.   Areas to be surveyed by way of video surveys, seafloor sampling, sonar and boring samples include routes under consideration for submarine cables, including Lewis Bay, as well as the wind turbine area

ThunderFish prototype undergoing sea trials in Halifax Harbour, November 2017. (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken AUV Prequalified for Canada’s BCIP

The Canadian Government has notified Kraken Robotics Inc. subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., that its Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) application has been approved. The company has been prequalified into the program for its ThunderFish 300 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for military and scientific applications. Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, "We are proud to have achieved prequalification status with the BCIP. This is yet another significant milestone in Kraken’s evolution to becoming a vertically integrated underwater robotics company.” T

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MacArtney Supplies Survey Equipment to Geo Group

Turnkey customer-specific concept including installation and training in hardware and software to support Geo Group, Germany, in mapping subsea areas.   MacArtney Germany has effected supply, installation and setting-to-work of several multibeam echo sounder systems and navigation equipment for hydrographic survey applications.   Being an internationally operating company providing solutions ranging from classic geoengineering services onshore to special tasks offshore, the Geo Group consists of 18 subsidiaries in Germany and Poland.   Scope of supply The deliveries made by MacArtney

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JW Fishers Celebrates 50 Years

In 1968, Jack W. Fisher began developing underwater search equipment, setting the stage for JW Fishers to become a trusted name in underwater search equipment.The JW Fishers story began in the mid-1960s when Jack, an avid diver, required an underwater metal detector for use on a salvage project. He discovered that there was no such device available, and over the next several years he built his own. Jack’s detector, called the Mark 1, quickly gained popularity and customer demands for new and more powerful models developed quickly. As a result, the company expanded the product line from diver-held

Autonomous underwater vehicle Boaty McBoatface (Photo: NOC)

Boaty McBoatface Completes First Antarctic Mission

credible sea-level projections for the next 50 years.”Dr. Michael Schröder from the Alfred Wegener Institute - Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research is chief scientist on PS111, commented, “The ALR’s mission underneath the Filchner Ice Shelf fills the gap between our hydrographic section in front of the ice shelf and the three sub-ice shelf moorings deployed 60 km south of the front in austral summer 2016/17 as part of the FISS project. With these data we hope to shed light on the processes controlling the exchange of water masses across the ice shelf front, which might

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize Field Pared to 9

And then there were nine … Field pared in the quest to win $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize   “We have been mapping what lies beneath the seas for hundreds of years, but we have a very long way to go,” said Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., prize lead and senior director of Planet and Environment at XPRIZE in a recent interview with Marine Technology Reporter. “We only have 10 to 15 percent of the seafloor mapped to any decent resolution, and the ocean covers 70 percent of the planet.”   And so proceeds the latest Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize, a race to

Thorco Cloud - preparing a Moskito for deployment Photo Miko Marine

Oil Recovered from Sunken Ship Thorco Cloud

More than 440 tons of heavy fuel oil was extracted from the tanks of the sunken general cargo vessel Thorco Cloud. The wreck lies in two sections 1,730 meters apart and 70 meters down in the middle of the eastbound traffic lane of the Singapore Strait following a collision in December 2015. The heavy oil in the fuel tanks and in trapped compartments was seen as a major pollution hazard. Both the bow and stern sections contained fuel tanks that required emptying, so the Thorco Cloud’s owner, Marship GmbH, supported by the P&I insurance company Standard Club, contracted Jaya Salvage

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

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

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

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

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.

(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

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

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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

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