Hydrographic Sonar News

Rapp Marine to Equip New OSU Research Vessel

under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, La.    Under the scope of the OHS SSV, Rapp Marine is responsible for integrating the systems required for science mission and cargo handling operations. The overboard handling systems will consist of the oceanographic winch and hydrographic winch systems, which will supply various tension members to the stern A-frame, main crane and overboard handling apparatus. The portable winch will also supply the tension member used with the portable side A-frame and portable crane.    The primary application of the oceanographic

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

will see the two companies cooperate on marine survey projects in the waters surrounding Taiwan, with IOVTEC expanding survey services in the country and Fugro providing fit-for-purpose technology, equipment and expertise.   “IOVTEC brings to the MoU its specialist skills in domestic hydrographic and bathymetric surveys for coastal mapping, government port and harbor agencies, dredging and marine contractors and offshore wind farm developers in Taiwan,” said Jerry Paisley, Fugro’s Director for Marine Site Characterization in the Asia Pacific region. “Fugro’s offshore

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Sonar Technology to Be Used to Detect Sharks in the US

A state-of-the-art sonar system first developed and deployed by Shark Mitigation Systems (SMS) in Australia is now being recommended for use in Southern California, where an increase in the shark population has been observed.   While shark attacks in California are rare (there have been 177 documented shark incidents in California since 1950, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife), the number of shark sightings has been on the rise. Some of the predators on the western U.S. coastline can measure up to 12 feet in length, posing a threat to surfers and beachgoers.   In

FTA’s and Teledyne CARIS’ project team together at the kick-off meeting for the start of the project (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

Finland Selects CARIS Hydrographic Production Database

The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto (FTA) has selected Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) as the new system for chart production for current and future needs. With many lakes, an archipelagic sea and an estimated 40,000 islands, the FTA has a large and complex portfolio of navigational charts to maintain. The project to implement HPD will include deployment of software and the migration of existing products into an optimized workflow where data is centrally managed and various product types are derived from one updated source. The system will provide a platform where user-friendly,

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First Ever USV-supported Cable Route Survey

;s mother ship. ASView used exported .dxf survey lines from the TerraSond survey planning system to autonomously execute an accurate survey with minimal human intervention.    ASV Global has supported TerraSond for three consecutive years refining the use of autonomous systems in hydrographic survey applications. This year’s deployments follow on from a 2016 charting survey completed in the Bering Sea, off Alaska where ASV Global and TerraSond marked an industry first by completing a 9,578km hydrographic survey, 4,213km of which were completed unmanned. Combined, these operations

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

with particular silence requirements to avoid disturbing the sea environment. The ship was built according to criteria ensuring minimum environmental impact and reduced radiation of noise underwater, so as to allow studies on fish and marine mammals. She will be able to carry out its oceanographic and hydrographic research activities in any area of operation. Kronprins Haakon will set sail for scientific expeditions starting in 2018.   LNG Fueled Research Ship for Germany The Fassmer shipyard in Germany is currently constructing a new research vessel to be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt

Argentina’s new oceanographic and fishing research vessel 52m Victor Angelescu (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Installs Marine Ecosystem Assessment Solution on Research Ship

Kongsberg Maritime has successfully completed the installation of an extensive suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology aboard the Victor Angelescu, the Argentinian National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development’s (INIDEP) new oceanographic and fishing research vessel.   Built at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA, the new 52m research ship is a silent vessel, which combined with the sophisticated Simrad marine ecosystem package will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists.   Kongsberg installed and integrated the majority of

Becoming a NVIDIA member will allow Rovco to enhance its 3D reconstruction capabilities and inspection techniques. Picture – 3D reconstruction of jacket structure. (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Joins NVIDIA Inception Program

micro to large inspection vehicles, Rovco has the resources required to provide inshore/offshore services and inspections anywhere in the world. Offering a unique approach to technical subsea challenges, Rovco has the expertise to deliver a high quality, extremely innovative solution for underwater hydrographic survey and inspection services, using state-of-the-art cameras, scanning 3D sonars, multibeam echosounders and various leading edge survey technologies

Martin Klein with a Klein  multibeam side scan sonar. “We were proud that side scan was able to finally replace the old wire drag technology.” (courtesy Martin Klein and the MIT Museum)

Klein's Side Scan Sonar, Then and Now

The company known today as Klein Marine Systems, Inc. has origins stretching back to the 1960s when Marty Klein, who many consider to be the father of side scan sonar, began building his own devices from his home in Lexington, Mass. As this iconic subsea technology company approaches 50, MTR speaks with Marty Klein as well as Klein Marine System’s general manager, Frank Cobis.    When did you realize you were destined for a career in the subsea world? Marty Klein: Wow. It started back in 1961 when I was a senior at MIT and I had to do a thesis. I like to build things, but I

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Applied Acoustics Supplies 500th USBL System

Applied Acoustics said it has reached a company milestone with its latest contract to supply subsea positioning equipment to a major European subsea pipeline contractor.   Contractors working in the Gulf of Finland in the eastern Baltic Sea have selected Applied Acoustics’ Nexus 2 USBL system to carry out sidescan sonar surveys in advance of engineering works as well as for use in marine archaeological operations. The award of this contract marks the 500th USBL system that the Great Yarmouth, U.K. based manufacturer has supplied to the marine industry.   According to the manufacturer

Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

Can mimicking insect behavior provide a way to map the ocean floor? Can robotic-controlled flying and diving drones be both bird-like and fish-like in the race to explore the ocean depths? As a global group of 19 semi-finalist teams in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE compete to create innovative autonomous technologies to image and chart the unknown in a cold, dark and hull-crushing undersea world at depths down to 4,000 meters, we look to the innovation that will advance our understanding of our planet.    In exploring the deep ocean, we’re seeing that new robotic approaches can

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Aquabotix Adds New Global Distributors

, GIS data collection, vehicle telematics and ocean ecosystem management (OEM). Seafloor Systems has joined the Aquabotix distributor network as a non-exclusive representative for Aquabotix in California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, in the U.S. With more than 20 years of experience in the hydrographic community, Seafloor Systems specializes in integrated hydrographic survey solutions, and has strong expertise in complete turnkey and integrated Multibeam and Single Beam solutions. Seafloor Systems maintains the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), universities

Curtiss-Wright Winch Systems for US Navy Sonar

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has been selected by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to provide its winch system technology for use in a new Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) for the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class.   Raytheon recently announced that it had been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to develop the VDS, a mission-critical anti-submarine warfare asset that will be deployed from the LCS to locate and track submarines. Curtiss-Wright joins Raytheon's agile, dedicated team of industry experts committed to advancing the design to a full Pre-Production Test

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Navy Awards Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Development

 The Navy awarded a $5.1 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) of the Columbia Class submarine Sept. 21.   The IPPD contract award is for the design, completion, component and technology development and prototyping efforts for the Columbia Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). This work will also include United Kingdom unique efforts related to the common missile compartment.   "The Columbia class submarine is the most important acquisition program the Navy has today," said Secretary of the Navy

3DSS-DX-450 Sonar (Image: Ping DSP)

Ping DSP Releases MBES Mode Bathymetry Software

Aiming to raise the bar for shallow water mapping and imaging, Ping DSP has introduced its new MBES Bathymetry Engine.   With a useable swath width of up to 14 times water depth, the 3DSS brings accurate, wide swath echo sounding to shallow water and provides the same operational and bathymetric performance benefits of Multibeam Echosounders but over the larger swath.   Ping DSP said the new MBES Mode uses an advanced new seabed detection algorithm that takes advantage of the dual head nature of the 3DSS sonar and its high resolution 3D imaging capability to achieve swath widths far

Kraken Sonar Changes Its Name to Kraken Robotics

Kraken Sonar Inc. has changed its name from Kraken Sonar Inc. to Kraken Robotics Inc., reflecting its evolution from manufacturing sensors to supplying complete robotic systems, software and services in the unmanned maritime systems (UMS) market.   The company will begin trading under its new name effective Friday, September 22; its stock symbols will remain the same: TSX-V: PNG and OTCQB: KRKNF. Kraken’s Canadian operating subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been renamed Kraken Robotics Systems Inc.   While the public company name and Canadian operating subsidiary names will

Oceanscan Invests in Applanix Multibeam and INS

detect, making it an ideal high-resolution sonar. When UHR is selected, the beam width is 0.6° x 0.6° providing narrow beam widths – invaluable for detail offshore site surveys such as pipeline inspections, trench mapping, cable lay operations, wreck surveys or other micro bathymetry/hydrographic applications.   User-selectable frequencies from 170 to 450kHz and swath coverage from 10° to 160° are selectable on the fly, during survey operations. The latest features are also included offering 1024 soundings per ping and the new Pipeline mode.   Adil Ali, Oceanscan

Teledyne CARIS Names Codevintec as Italian Distributor

; Codevintec has been a distributor in the geomatics industry for many years. As a contribution to Teledyne CARIS’ list of distributors, Codevintec can now provide survey companies, scientific research organizations and mapping agencies in this region further information about the Ping-to-Chart hydrographic software solutions, which include support for Airborne Lidar Bathymetry (ALB) operations, big data management and autonomous operational solutions

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FarSounder Overlays S-57 & S-63 Charts

FarSounder’s SonaSoft software’s latest release has been upgraded to be compatible with S-57 and S-63 Charts. Anyone using these chart formats is now able to overlay realtime data on their charts using FarSounder’s software and reap the many benefits of its innovative Forward Looking Sonar (FLS).   “The operators of those ships preferring to use S-57 and S-63 charts are important to us. Our team has worked diligently, with the user in mind, to make this option a reality for them,” said Cheryl M. Zimmerman, CEO.    The software upgrade will provide many

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Fugro to Open ‘Hydrography Center of Excellence’

including autonomous vessels and aircraft, integrated data acquisition techniques, remote processing and large data transfer to reduce risk, increase accuracy and streamline project timelines for clients.   With the opening of the Houston-based center, which will handle a wide range of hydrographic project types, including nautical charting, cable routing and Law of the Sea boundary claims, Fugro said it is formalizing its coastal zone mapping services using complimentary geophysical and geotechnical techniques to benefit a wide range of applications including resource development, infrastructure

ROV deployment from the RV Petrel (Photo: 3U)

The ROV that Explored USS Indianapolis

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis was found by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his team on August 19, 2017. A state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was deployed to confirm and document the shipwreck in its resting place some 5,500 meters below the surface in the Philippine Sea.   For the design, manufacture and commissioning of the specialty ROV, Allen and his company Vulcan Inc. received support from 3U Technologies, LLC, who said it was initially contracted by Vulcan in 2012 to investigate 6,000-meter ROV solutions to extend Allen’s passion for

Image of Avro Arrow model captured by Kraken's AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Image: Kraken)

Sonar Images Show Historic Avro Arrow Discovery

A search team has recently unveiled images that show the first of nine Avro Arrow free-flight models believed to be sitting at the bottom of Lake Ontario.   Search program organizers OEX Recovery Group held a press conference in Toronto last Friday to unveil sonar and underwater camera images that showcase a free-flight Avro Arrow model launched in a series of tests from 1954 to 1957 as part of the Avro Arrow design program.   The free flight models were launched over Lake Ontario in a series of flight tests conducted in the 1950s as engineers developed the revolutionary Arrow, which

Ocean Infinity Selects Kraken's AquaPix

Kraken Sonar Inc., a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems, said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately C$3,000,000 (US$2.5 million) by Ocean Infinity.   Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix (Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor) solution onboard eight of Ocean Infinity's HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). Delivery of the systems is planned to commence during the fourth quarter of

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EIVA Cable Telemetry Kit Available as an OEM Product

EIVA now offers a cable telemetry kit based on the technology used in the company’s range of ScanFish remotely operated towed vehicles (ROTVs) as an OEM product for integration with subsea sensor and sonar systems.   All ScanFish ROTV systems surveying the world’s seas for some of the major players in the maritime industry include this technology, meaning the ScanFish Cable Telemetry Kit has proven its worth in many different applications.   Now, by splitting up the telemetry components of the ScanFish ROTV system for integration with other pieces of equipment, EIVA said it

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BMT Debuts VENARI-85 MCM Concept Design

. Such an approach not only avoids compromise and repurposing costs in later years, it also maximizes the ability to conduct effective MCM throughout life.”   Derived from the Latin meaning, ‘to hunt or chase’, the VENARI-85 design is optimized for next generation warfare and hydrographic technology and can operate large numbers of air, surface and subsurface unmanned vehicles. This flexibility in design provides a clear development path to enable future generations of unmanned technology and operating concepts to be hosted from VENARI-85 as they mature and develop over the coming

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The AUV That Helped Find USS Indianapolis

A team of civilian researchers led Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen have found the wreck of the World War II heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), lost July 30, 1945.   Aiding Allen’s team in the discovery was a 6,000-meter-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), the REMUS 6000, manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid Inc., which gathered the sonar data that helped locate the USS Indianapolis, 72 years after it was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese Navy near the end of World War II.   The wreckage was found on August 19, sitting 5,500 meters below the surface in

SeaCat SAS during initial testing on ARCIMS USV with Kraken MINSAS in June 2017 (Photo: Kraken)

AquaPix MINSAS integrated onboard ATLAS SeaCat AUV

Kraken Sonar Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., has been awarded a contract valued at over C$425,000 ($336,600) by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Canada to supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the Atlas SeaCat autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in September 2017. AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal processing software optimized for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraint

Marine Technology Reporter - September 2017 Edition

The September 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available – in print, and online. This edition includes features on: Ocean observation: robotics and artificial intelligence pave the path forward.   Research vessels: update on the new fleet currently under construction   Voices: Marty Klein, the 'father of side scan sonar'; and Frank Cobis, vice president and general manager of Klein Marine Systems   Seafloor engineering: the mapping-while-drilling evolution   Port insights: Digital transformation of port operations

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JW Fishers' Splash in the Empire State

New York State is richly endowed with freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs, as well as portions of two of the five Great Lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and streams. These inland bodies of water serve as drinking water, provide flood control to protect life and property and support recreation, tourism, agriculture, fishing, power generation and manufacturing. They also provide habitats for aquatic plant and animal life.   The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating

M3 Sonar mounted on Seabotix vLBV ROV. (Photo: Teledyne Seabotix)

Teledyne Seabotix ROV Integrated with Kongsberg M3 Sonar

The Kongsberg M3 Sonar system can now be mounted on the Teledyne Seabotix vLBV Observation Class ROV. The M3 Sonar is a 2D multibeam system with sophisticated imaging and profiling capabilities. It provides high-resolution and easy to interpret images by combining the rapid refresh rate of conventional multibeam sonar with image quality comparable to a single-beam sonar. The new M3 Sonar integration package developed by Teledyne Seabotix enables detection of small objects at distances of more than 150 meters combined with a 120° to 140° field of view, allowing the operator to see the

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Teledyne CARIS Launches S-100 Online Workshop

Teledyne CARIS is offering a new self-paced, online training program, which examines the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) S-100 Standard and the related S-101 Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) Production Specification.   This informative workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning about the new S-100 Standard, and will help answer commonly asked questions including: What is S-100? What are some of the benefits? What is an S-101 ENC and how does it relate to S-100? What is the current status of S-100 and S-101? What are some other products

AUV with EdgeTech Sonar Installed (Photo: EdgeTech)

EdgeTech Sonar Utilized in USS Indianapolis Discovery

Manufacturer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology EdgeTech said its AUV-based side scan sonar system played a key role in the recent discovery of the USS Indianapolis wreckage 5,500 meters deep in the Philippine Sea. The sinking of the USS Indianapolis had the greatest loss of life from a single ship in the history of the U.S. Navy. The EdgeTech 2205 AUV-based sonar system is one of the many advanced underwater technology systems on-board the RV Petrel which discovered the wreckage recently. The system is integrated into a deep water autonomous underwater vehicle

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Hydrographic Survey Boat Delivered to Nelleman Survey

Danish shipbuilder Tuco Marine Group has delivered a fully-equipped 12-meter ProZero DC to serve as a platform for hydrographic surveys for Nelleman Survey A/S.   According to the builder, the 12-meter ProZero DC boat’s deep and sleek V-bottom offers good seaworthiness and directional stability, essential qualities when performing hydrographic surveys.   “Seaworthiness and directional stability are some of the most sought-after parameters when it comes to modern, high-speed workboats,” explained Martin Kyndi from Tuco Marine. “This is why we focus so strongly on

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UKHO Supports HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities.   Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS Gleaner using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth.   As well as providing advice during data collection, the final dataset was then validated by the UKHO to ensure it was the to the

Underwater image captured using an EM 712 multibeam echo sounder (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Canadian Coast Guard Expands Mapping Capability

Kongsberg Maritime said the Canadian Coast Guard has chosen its high resolution EM 712 multibeam echo sounders for the medium icebreakers CCGS Pierre Radisson and the CCGS Des Groseilliers.    Gathering critical hydrographic data can be a challenge in the Canadian Arctic. The innovative, retractable design of the new EM 712 echo sounder systems optimizes performance of the sounder when deployed and protects it when the vessel is breaking ice.   When deployed, the high-resolution EM 712 collects valuable navigational and scientific data from otherwise inaccessible parts of the planet

Phase IV started with a series of ‘work-up’ dives used to practice technical diving techniques and refine the photogrammetric imagery acquisition protocols before visiting deeper sites. Here, NOAA Diver Joe Hoyt swims above the debris field off the stern of wooden bulk carrier New Orleans. He maintains a consistent altitude off the bottom, necessary to ensure broader coverage of the debris field features as the relate to the main vessel remains. (Credit: NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctua

Cutting Edge Tech Helps Find Lake Huron Shipwrecks

Researchers at NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary have recently completed a four-phase research project to test the application of technology to locate, document and explore shipwrecks lost in Lake Huron. Under a grant from NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary assembled an interdisciplinary team of researchers from around the country to support an expedition based from the sanctuary’s Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, Mich.    Thunder Bay’s superintendent, Jeff Gray, summarized the importance

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ROV Used for Cherry Lake Dam Inspection

A Phantom T4H remotely operated vehicle (ROV), designed and built by Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., has completed an inspection of the intake riser at Cherry Lake Dam near Yosemite in California.   The dam, built in 1956, has provided water and power to the San Francisco Bay Area, Modesto and Turlock districts for over 60 years, and the structure has not been seen since its construction. The Phantom T4H ROV documented the state of the dam’s water intake riser and the position of the gates at a depth of 258 feet (78.6m), about a quarter of the ROV’s rated capability.   The

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Surveyors Search for WWII ‘Highballs’

The Klein System 4900 Side Scan Sonar was put to good use on the West Coast of Scotland in support of diving operations on a sea inlet once referred to as the Secret Loch.   In World War II, British engineer Sir Barnes Wallis invented the bouncing bomb that was designed to skip over the surface of a stretch of water, avoiding anti-torpedo nets, before sinking directly next to a dam wall or battleship target. The initial bombs, codenamed Upkeep, were used successfully against the Ruhr dams in Northern Germany.    Developed in parallel with the Upkeep bombs were a smaller spherical

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Saudi Aramco Buys Teledyne Gavia AUV

The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) has acquired an autonomous underwater vehicle from Teledyne Gavia.   The Gavia Offshore Surveyor AUV system is expected to enhance Saudi Aramco's agility in meeting high demands for hydrographic survey services through the company's in-house survey operations. The Gavia system will be utilized predominantly for debris survey and pipeline inspection in the Arabian Gulf, with a potential service extension for other type of surveys in water depths up to 1,000m in the Red Sea region.    Saudi Aramco selected the AUV due to its modularity

A 3-D image from NOAA Ship Fairweather multi-beam sonar. The profile of the F/V Destination is clearly visible, including the bulbous bow to the right, the forward house and mast, equipment (likely crab pots) stacked amidships, the deck crane aft, and the skeg and rudder. (Image: NOAA)

Crab Fishing Vessel Wreck Found off Alaska

30 through May 1. The Dyson used its multibeam echo sounder to search the area around the last known position of the Destination. While the ship was not able to positively identify any contacts as the Destination, it did narrow the search area.   A second survey by NOAA Ship Fairweather, a hydrographic survey vessel, was conducted on July 8 and 9. The Fairweather used its multibeam sonar, designed for seafloor mapping and object detection, to locate the Destination in approximately 250 feet of water.    With the wreckage and debris field located by NOAA ships, a U.S. Coast Guard

Petty Officer Third Class Higuchi Shoma, Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), center, pilots USS Pioneer during 2JA 2017 Mine Countermeasures Exercise (2JA-17 MCMEX) as Mineman First Class Zachary Abel, right, observes. 2JA Mine Countermeasures Exercise is an annual bilateral exercise held between the U.S. Navy and JMSDF to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies in mine countermeasure operations. (Photo by William McCann)

US, Japan Conclude Mine Countermeasures Exercise

U.S. naval forces and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force concluded 2JA mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) after 10 days of unit-level and combined MCM-related drills on July 28.    2JA MCMEX is an annual bilateral exercise held between the U.S. and Japan to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies in mine countermeasure operations. This year marks the 100th time that the U.S. and the Japanese have conducted bilateral mine countermeasures together, often conducting them twice a year, since bilateral exercises of this type began in 1962.    The exercise

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Valeport Supports Quest for Marine Discoveries

Valeport, a manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation, said it is supporting scientists to expand knowledge of marine biodiversity with its latest CTD profiler, the fastCTD, which records the conductivity, temperature and depth of sea water.   The fastCTD is integral to the research kit that will accompany respected marine biologist Dr. Sonia Rowley as she undertakes her latest expedition to the island of Pohnpei, in the western Pacific Ocean, from August 2 until September 13. The trip follows in the wake of successful explorations at Pohnpei, the Cook and

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EdgeTech Upgrades its Sonar Software

EdgeTech enhances Discover software with new coverage mapper and target logger   EdgeTech, producer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, has released a new version of its Discover sonar software. The new software coverage mapper module has advanced navigation features allowing the setup of survey lines with a left/right steering indicator to assist in survey line control. Background navigation charts and other imagery such as multibeam bathymetry and satellite imagery can be layered or blended with individual transparency control, a feature unique to this software.

From left to right: Dr. Jan Albiez, Dr. Sylvain Joyeux and Patrick Paranhos (Photos: Kraken)

New Hires Join Kraken Robotik

Kraken Sonar Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotik GmbH has added several new members to its team: Dr. Jan Albiez, Director of Engineering; Dr. Sylvain Joyeux, Senior Software Scientist; and Patrick Paranhos, Director, Business Development.   Kraken Robotik GmbH Managing Director, Dr. Jakob Schwendner, said the three new hires are “recognized leaders in underwater robotics” who join the company “as Kraken continues to prepare for more growth in our market areas and product lines.”    Dr. Jan Albiez –Director of Engineering After being employed for six years

rendering of the Atair; first vessel in the BSH fleet with LNG technology  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Germany Orders LNG Fueled Research Ship

The Fassmer shipyard in Germany is currently cinstructing a new research vessel to be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency.   The new 75-meter-long ship, the Atair, will replace her 30 year old namesake, and will be the first German research vessel operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel.   The engines for the new vessel will be supplied by Wärtsilä, who will also supply exhaust cleaning systems based on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and the LNGPac system for complete fuel gas

Artist’s impression of RRS Sir David Attenborough (Image: Cammell Laird and British Antarctic Survey)

FarSounder Sonar for RRS Sir David Attenborough

The new $180 million polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough currently under construction at the Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard in the Port of Liverpool City Region, U.K. is slated to be equipped with FarSounder's longest range sonar system, the FarSounder-1000.   The new, state-of-the-art ship, owned by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), will enable scientists to explore and undertake science in new areas of the Antarctic and Arctic seas.   With the vessel’s ability to embark on longer voyages and explore some of the most remote aquatic regions of the world

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SeaRobotics Delivers USVs for Hydrographic Surveying

SeaRobotics Corporation said it has built and delivered two complete autonomous 2.5‑meter unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to a government hydrographic service. The USVs are complete hydrographic systems, including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, a cast winch, deployment carts and road trailers.   According to SeaRobotics , the contract reinforces the commitment government and commercial entities are making to take unmanned surface vehicles out of the laboratory and research environment and integrate them into the world of professional surveyors. The efficiency and cost effectiveness

Fugro’s bathymetric survey has produced unique seafloor data for this scientific image, showing the Diamantina Escarpment, with specific geological features labelled. (Photo: Fugro)

Unique Seafloor Data Provides Insight to Scientific Communities

The release of bathymetry data by Geoscience Australia has revealed seafloor maps with a resolution 15 times higher than those previously produced using satellite data. The bathymetric survey, conducted by Fugro during Phase One of the search for missing flight MH370, has provided a detailed map of the seafloor topography in the search area. Following the disappearance in March 2014 of the Malaysia Airlines flight, the southern Indian Ocean search, led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), was acknowledged as one of the largest marine surveys ever conducted. Geoscience Australia supported

Matthew Wilson (Photo: QPS)

Wilson Joins QPS Sales Team

QPS has hired Matthew J. Wilson in a marketing and sales position at QPS-US Inc, effective September 1, 2017.   Wilson joins QPS from NOAA Office of Coast Survey, Atlantic Hydrographic Branch, Norfolk, Va. where he is served as a Physical Scientist since 2008.   Wilson received a M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in December 2016, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. He has a M.S. in Ocean Mapping from University of New Hampshire, December 2012.

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Case Study: Klein System 5900 Side Scan Sonar

Klein Marine System’s flagship 5900 high-resolution and high-speed side scan sonar is designed for use as either a conventional towed system or a payload for an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). Klein recently tested its newest sonar features in Israel on the USV Seagull, Elbit’s versatile platform for mine hunting and antisubmarine warfare. Among these features is the ability to control and stream full-resolution side scan sonar images via satellite.During a recent test, the Klein 5900 made several passages over the wreck of the Italian Submarine Scirè, sunk by the British naval

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New Water Jet Promises to Boost Soil Cutting Capabilities

A new high velocity water jet, designed, developed and patented by subsea excavation specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is engineered to facilitate the excavation of soils previously considered too dense to excavate using traditional mass/controlled flow techniques.    The centrally-located jetting systems move away from customary designs which place jets at the side of mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) tools. JFSE said it is the only M/CFE provider that can place its jets centrally, and this new technology reduces velocity degradatio

Avro technicians prepare an Avro Arrow test model attached to a Nike booster rocket to fire out over Lake Ontario at Point Petre in the 1950s (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Set to Hunt for Avro Arrow Artifacts

Kraken to deploy its ThunderFish robot and AquaPix sonar during search for 60-year-old Avro Arrow aircraft models in Lake Ontario   A new search mission will seek to locate nine Avro Arrow free flight models launched over Lake Ontario in a series of tests from 1954 to 1957. The missing models are one-eighth scale replicas of the famed Canadian flying jet, and were part of the final flight design tests done prior to the production of the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow aircraft, often referred to as the Avro Arrow.   The goal of the search is to discover the resting place of nine models, recover

The 2016 winning image captured using an EM 710: VRB Pipeline Survey Image – (©Didik Rusmanto PT.EGS Indonesia)

Kongsberg Launches Bathymetric Image Contest

The KONGSBERG 2017 Bathymetric Image Contest is now open for entries. All users of Kongsberg Maritime’s bathymetric systems, including the EM family of single and multibeam echo sounders, the M3 sonar and GeoSwath solutions are invited to submit their best images captured on these, and other current KONGSBERG systems.   The provider of the winning image will receive a GoPro camera while the providers of the second and third place images will receive a set of Bose speakers. Additionally, the 12 best contributions will be included in the official KONGSBERG 2018 Underwater Mapping

John Schneider (Photo: FarSounder)

Schneider Joins FarSounder Board

Cruise ship marine operations expert John Schneider is joining the board of directors at FarSounder, Inc.  Over the last 12 years, Schneider has worked in the cruise ship segment of the marine industry as fuel and energy optimization manager (Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises), superintendent engineer (Celebrity Cruises), and as vessel manager for ResidenSea’s residential passenger vessel The World. In this position, he was responsible for the overall management of the vessel within the marine operations department reporting to both WSM and to ResidenSea's Senior Management. Schneid

(Photo: EdgeTech)

EdgeTech Delivers Multi Phase Echo Sounder to UNH CCOM

EdgeTech, provider of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, recently delivered a 6205 Multi Phase Echo Sounder (MPES) system to the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC).     The EdgeTech 6205 MPES produces real-time, high resolution, three dimensional (3D) maps of the seafloor while providing co-registered simultaneous dual frequency side scan imagery.  EdgeTech said its Multi Phase technology allows a user to collect wide swathe, wide angle, high resolution bathymetry data that’s

As part of the exclusive package, the HUGIN AUV will be delivered with its own stinger and storage and shipping container (Image: Kongsberg)

HUGIN AUV Now Available in a Turnkey Package

A new turnkey HUGIN package, featuring the synonymous autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and all systems needed to store, transport, launch, operate and recover it from survey operations anywhere in the world is now available as a limited release from Kongsberg.   “Although many HUGIN AUVs are delivered as turnkey solutions on a customized basis, this is the first time we have offered a HUGIN AUV as a predefined package with everything ready to go,” said Richard Mills, Director Sales Marine Robotics, Kongsberg Maritime.   As a turnkey solution, Kongsberg said, the package

AML Oceanographic products include a modular range of instruments with field-swappable sensor heads. (Photo: Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd.)

Modulus Technology Adds AML Oceanographic to Its Portfolio

.   Founded in 1974, AML Oceanographic (formerly Applied Microsystems) has more than 40 years’ experience in the field of oceanographic instrumentation. Headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, AML Oceanographic designs and manufactures instrumentation and deployment systems for hydrographic surveying, environmental monitoring, and other subsea applications. Known for its field-swappable sensors and UV biofouling control, AML recently acquired the Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) from Rolls-Royce to provide end to end sound velocity solutions to the hydrographic market

Photo: MacArtney Group

French Bathymetric Survey Vessel Renovated and Refurbished

.   MacArtney France is the supplier of the multibeam solution for the bathymetric vessel ‘Ingénieurs Lesbordes’ and is likewise the integrator of the diverse steps of modification which were imperative to the successful adaptation of the vessel to the prevailing International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) survey standards.   The bathymetries produced are essential for navigation (permissible draft, obstacles) and dredging operations (decision support, control) and they are also necessary for the hydro-sedimentary knowledge of the river Adour, the various channels of access

Juan Manuel Santos (Photo: Juan David Tena - SIG)

Colombia Moves to Salvage Treasure from Spanish Shipwreck

Colombia is making progress towards salvaging a Spanish galleon carrying jewels and coins that sank more than 300 years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday after receiving a proposal from an investor to bring it to the surface.   The ship named San Jose, thought by historians to be carrying one of the largest unsalvaged maritime treasures, sank in 1708 near the historical Caribbean port of Cartagena, and its wreckage was located in 2015.   "The discovery of this ship - one of the most important that navigated in our seas during colonial times - begins a new chapter

Atair II (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor Bags Equipment Order for German Research Vessel

in Berne, Germany. The order was booked into Cargotec's second quarter 2017 order intake. MacGregor equipment deliveries are planned for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2019.   The new dual-fuel (LNG) 74m vessel, Atair II, is under construction for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). It will operate in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, conducting hydrographic surveys and wreck search operations in addition to marine environmental monitoring. The vessel will have a 200m2 working deck that features laboratories and an air pollution measurement station.  

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