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

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

mechanical systems (MEMS), helping vessels to understand where they are, has been important, says Manley, as well as the development of payload sensors. “We have had multibeam sonar for a long time, but it was expensive, complex, very large and typically built into the hull of a ship. Those instrumentation providers created a new wave of digital sonar, modern circuits, there’s been an evolution in transceivers and these shrank and have become to some extent more affordable.“The improvement in autonomy, artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc., they have matured. In the 1990s

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Subsea Electrification: Subsea Power Evolves

for use in subsea vehicles, oceanographic systems, and deepwater oil and gas infrastructure. The batteries have been used in short-duration, high-power demand applications and long-duration, low-power demand situations. Applications include autonomous underwater vehicles for propulsion, control, and instrumentation; in remotely located infrastructure equipment for valve control and pipe shearing; and in oceanography sensing set-ups such as those for monitoring the salinity and temperature of ocean water over a period of time.Compared to lead acid batteries, SeaSafe battery packs – weigh one-quarter

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Partners Designing Autonomous Seismic Nodes

;For Shell, Brazil is an important center for attracting partners and technological development.”Shaun Dunn, Global Business Manager, Exploration and Surveillance, Sonardyne, said, “The project will use our significant expertise in the design of long-endurance battery-powered subsea instrumentation, as well as our wireless through-water acoustic and optical communications technologies. Leveraging these will help to create a unique capability that will greatly enhance the cost effectiveness of on-demand seismic surveys and continuous seafloor deformation monitoring offshore Brazil.&rdquo

Teledyne Gavia will formally introduce its new 6000 meter rated AUV --  SeaRaptor --  at Ocean Business 2019 in Southampton in April.

Teledyne Gavia: New SeaRaptor 6000m AUV

processing software (Teledyne Caris). In addition, the first vehicle delivered also carried an Edgetech Side Scan Sonar with Dynamic Focus capability, an iXblue Phins 6K INS system, and a CathX Camera and strobe system. The integration of Teledyne Marine’s industry leading vehicle design, instrumentation, imaging, and interconnect solutions from a single supplier, as well as the incorporation of third party sensors into a turnkey package for customers, makes the company unique in the unmanned underwater vehicle market

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Shipbuilding: Damen TSHD for Portuguese Dredging Company

mind. The in-board Damen dredge pump type BP5045MD can both deliver spoil to the hopper hold and empty the hold by pumping the cargo ashore via a bow coupling unit. The hopper is fitted with two overflows to optimize the loading performance, and the loading process is monitored by dedicated dredging instrumentation.The Jose Duarte began dredging as soon as she left the yard, on a maintenance job nearby. To boost her efficiency in maintenance jobs, she has a degassing system on board. That assignment plus some mining contracts near Lisbon have demonstrated the value that the Jose Duarte has on offer &ndash

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IUEM Chooses iXblue Equipment

positioning solutions, the Canopus LBL transponder was developed in tight collaboration with major scientific partners. Easy to deploy and to use thanks to its user-friendly MMI (Man-Machine Interface), it is especially suited for scientific and industrial applications that require high autonomy, instrumentation, repeatability and accuracy. Thanks to its hundreds of acoustic codes for interrogation and reply, Canopus can be used in the most complex environments without any acoustic interferences. It features underwater acoustic communication between transponders, transceivers and surface equipment and

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More Tenants Move into COVE Facility

and business growth.RBRRBR creates instruments to measure the blue planet. From the ocean abyss to the polar ice cap, its sensors track water parameters – temperature, depth, salinity, dissolved gases, pH and many others.“RBR is one of Canada’s well-established ocean instrumentation companies headquartered in Ottawa. It’s great to have them establish a strong business development presence here on the Atlantic Coast at COVE,” Hanlon said.RBR Sales Director, Eric Siegel, said, “RBR works to think globally and act locally. The office location at COVE allows

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McLane Research Announces New WTS-LV Deep Option

for this single event sampler include 4L/min, 8L/min or 30L/min pump heads, 3-tier filter holder for an additional level of pre-filtering, 293mm filter holder, cartridge filter holder, or vertical intake filter holder.McLane Research Laboratories manufactures time-series in situ oceanographic instrumentation for scientific deployments in the open ocean, and freshwater environments. Three main oceanographic product lines are available: profilers, samplers and flotation.McLane instruments have been deployed worldwide in some of the most remote oceans on earth. Products are delivered worldwide both

Aaron Clark (Photo: Planet Ocean)

Clark Joins Planet Ocean

Surrey based oceanographic and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Planet Ocean Ltd has hired Aaron Clark as the newest member of its sales team. Clark will serve as Technical & Scientific Sales Engineer, based at the firm's Camberley headquarters.Clark graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a B.Sc (Hons) in Marine Biology and is a keen SCUBA diver, qualifying as one of the youngest scuba divers in the U.K. after having been selected for a trial to lower the age for qualification. Subsequently he has gone on to obtain qualifications in advanced open water diving and scientific

Michael Behrens (Photo: MacArtney)

MacArtney Hires Behrens as CCO

an MBA in Business Administration. Behrens' career began in international sales, and over the years he has taken sales director and business management roles with leading technology companies from Saab to ABB. Within ABB, he headed up the Center of Excellence specializing in power projects and instrumentation. He's also an elite amateur golfer who played for Denmark’s National Team.“My focus will be to expand business with our existing customers as well as establishing MacArtney in new markets with a clear customer focus,” Behrens said of his new role

RBR Opens Office in China

Oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer RBR announced it has opened RBR China in Qingdao. The wholly-owned foreign enterprise under the direction of RBR Ltd. (Canada) will support the growing customer base and collaborative business development activities in China, the company said.“The market in China is huge and the local innovation in ocean science research, operational oceanography, deep sea studies and autonomous vehicle development is tremendous. RBR’s continued investment in China will help enable more innovative projects in China and allow RBR to share these experiences and

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Persistent Profiling of the Greater Agulhas Current

and satellite-based observations. And drifters, gliders, and floats can provide snapshots. Yet there is no substitute for hanging around in these deep and energetic flows.For scientists to see long-term trends and large-scale connections, these moored arrays must collect sustained time series. Their instrumentation and mooring lines must be resilient. And high-speed upper-ocean currents must be measured. For all these ocean-observing requirements, Teledyne RDI ADCPs remain a uniquely relevant solution

Marine Technology Reporter - October 2018

Hero”: Shanghai Ocean University’s Professor Cui Weicheng is breaking new ground in the subsea sector, both in science and business.Ocean Observation: Two decades of moored ADCPs off southern Africa, as the Greater Agulhas Current is suspected to influence the global climate system.Instrumentation: The acquisition of seismic data using nodes placed on the sea floor, Ocean Bottom Seismic (OBS) and its use in deep water with Ocean Bottom Nodes (OBN) have been growing rapidly.SeaExplorer Underwater Glider: A new tool to measure water velocity; glider-based ADCPs yielding promising results

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New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

sampling and coring activities. There is also ample room and services to install a 20-foot science van for specialized science missions. The new research vessel take’s advantage of the latest technology through transducer fairings prepared to receive an extensive array of acoustic instrumentation for the gathering and processing of data in support of fisheries research, oceanography, and geophysical sciences. A full size server rack, with dedicated closed loop cooling and UPS power supply has been fitted to the dry lab in anticipation of the requirements of scientific users.The aft deck

Elizabeth Paull (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Hires Paull as Business Development Manager

Elizabeth Paull has joined Sonardyne International Ltd. as Business Development Manager to help support and develop the firm’s business within the growing aquaculture and renewables industries, the navigation and positioning technology company announced.Paull, who joins Sonardyne from subsea instrumentation and systems company Aquatec Group, will also focus on other developing ocean industry markets, such as subsea mining, for Sonardyne’s widening portfolio of products.The ocean space is home to an increasing number of offshore renewables facilities, including offshore wind farms and marine

Barry Cairns, Vice President – Europe, Africa & Brazil, at Sonardyne, and Andrew Aldrich, Operations Manager at BMT, at Rio Oil & Gas this week. (Photo: Sonardyne)

BMT and Sonardyne Partner on Subsea Monitoring

it easier for them to make safety critical decisions at the right time, the companies said.BMT and Sonardyne already have a strong working relationship and see this agreement as an opportunity to offer a further step-change in the solutions provided to customers. BMT will bring 30 years of marine instrumentation design experience and extensive integration expertise to the working arrangement, while Sonardyne will provide access to subsea data logging and communication technology including its SMART low-power subsea sensors.The two companies said they are already working on proposals for major operators

Gary Notman (Photo: PTS)

PTS Gains ATEX Certification for Test Pumps

a competitive advantage in the rental market.Established in 2008, the PTS specializes in rental, sales and calibration of equipment to the energy industry from its base in Denmore Industrial Estate, Bridge of Don.The company focuses on five key niche specialist areas: Pressure test equipment and instrumentation rental; hazardous area equipment rental; radio communications equipment; flushing units, and the supply of hydraulic and pneumatic products

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