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High-tech Sensors Advance Tsunami Monitoring

. Impacts from this program will provide observations to advance natural resources quantification, natural hazard estimation, baseline climate studies, and the monitoring of marine noise pollution.The equipment was funded through an award to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies by Science Foundation Ireland with additional support from the Geological Survey, Ireland

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iSURVEY Reports Success in Q1 2017

, has reported a strong end to 2016 and a positive first quarter of 2017, including ongoing recruitment due to a string of significant contract wins. New business this year includes: A three-year, non-exclusive call-off contract with Shell UK Ltd, Shell NAM, Norske Shell and Shell E&P Ireland for the provision of rig positioning and surveying services A four-year contract with Maersk Oil Danish Business Unit, with iSURVEY named the nominated first caller contractor for survey and positioning services A marine construction survey support contract with Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific

Marine Technology Reporter -- May 2017 Edition

The May 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available here.   This edition includes features on:   Subsea Defense: The move toward autonomy is in full force, particularly in anti-submarine warfare   Ireland's Blue Economy: The Emerald Isle taps into is burgeoning blue economy   Offshore Renewables: BOEM's Jim Bennett discusses the present and future of U.S. offshore wind   Port Infrastructure: Port infrastructure projects lie at the heart of American commerce and security   Read more at http://digitalmagazines.

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Fugro’s Newest Survey Vessel Goes to Work

 Fugro Venturer, the newest of Fugro’s purpose-designed, standardized survey vessels, has departed on her maiden voyage that takes her to the deep waters of Ireland’s Atlantic margin and the far North of the Barents Sea.   The 72-meter vessel is a platform for technological innovation, where Fugro’s trademark technologies such as OARS (centralized command centers with direct access to offshore survey projects), Back2Base (enabling large amounts of survey data to be sent from offshore vessels to onshore processing centers and clients) and ROAMES (a powerful asset management

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All Eyes on Ireland

Dr. Edel O’Connor discusses Ireland’s rapidly expanding subsea industry.   Ireland’s ocean economy is a growing and vibrant part of the overall Irish economy, with up to 9 percent blue growth reported over recent years. The vision set out in the Irish Government’s ‘Our Ocean Wealth’ strategy has ambitious targets to increase the turnover from the country’s ocean economy to exceed €6.4 billion by 2020 and to double the value of its ocean wealth to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2030.   Ireland’s GDP from the marine sector at 0.8 percent represents

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Marine Mapping Agreement for Northern Ireland

OceanWise announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide the Government of Northern Ireland with marine mapping. The award reinforces OceanWise as the primary supplier of marine mapping to both the public and private sectors in the U.K. The agreement includes Marine Themes, Marine Themes DEM and Raster Charts XL (eXcluding Land) provided in the form of datasets and as OGC compliant web services. The data will be used to support desktop GIS and as input to web based applications. The agreement means that OceanWise is able to push ahead with further product enhancements, such as greater

MaRINET2 Spurs Offshore Renewables Tech Development

a competitive call for proposals. This support aims to accelerate the next generation of offshore renewable energy technologies toward the marketplace by providing technology testing at MaRINET2’s network of testing facilities.    Coordinated by MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland) in University College Cork, MaRINET2 is a €10.5 million ($12 million) project, funded by the European Commissions’ Horizon 2020 program. The project provides support to technology developers of offshore wind, wave and tidal) to test their devices in research facilities and in real sea

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Aquabotix Adds New Global Distributors

Aquabotix’s global network in the recent month, under the guidance of the new Chief Development Officer Ted Curley. The other new distributors are as follows: Sadaret Ltd has joined the Aquabotix distributor network as a non-exclusive representative for Aquabotix in the United Kingdom and Ireland to help the company better penetrate the U.K. and European regions. Sadaret specializes in the supply of survey and positioning equipment and services to a wide variety of markets, including marine and land survey, oceanography, precision agriculture, GIS data collection, vehicle telematics and

Scout USBL system mobilized on a local fishing vessel searches the waters around Blackrock for the “black box” pinger signal, before deploying an ROV equipped with ROV-Homer to locate it. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Acoustic Technology Aids Search for Downed Helicopter

wreckage of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter which crashed into the Atlantic earlier this year killing all four crew members, was supported with underwater locating equipment from Sonardyne International Ltd.   Within hours of rescuers arriving at the scene of the accident off the west coast of Ireland, Sonardyne Scout USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) and ROV-Homer acoustic tracking and relocation systems, owned and operated by the country’s Marine Institute, had detected emergency signals being transmitted from the aircraft’s flight data recorder (FDR). Using an ROV, search teams were

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Offshore Renewables Technologies Get a Boost from FORESEA

€11 million ($13 million) project financed by the Interreg North West Europe program which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access to a world-leading network of test centers: the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) (UK), SEM-REV (France), SmartBay (Ireland) and Dutch Marine Energy Center (Netherlands). Access is awarded through a series of competitive calls for application.   The awards, FORESEA says, highlight the leading role Europe plays in ocean energy RD&I globally, with continued strong demand for testing in European ocean energy

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Finding Monsters on the Ocean Surface

of depth to wavelength is used as a parameter to differentiate between long and short waves. Tsunamis and storm surges are typically very long waves, so they are considered shallow water waves. Storm waves and rogue waves are much shorter in wavelength relative to ocean depth.   The west coast of Ireland is a perfect location to observe extreme waves, especially when it comes to storm waves and rogue waves. Indeed, Atlantic swells propagate eastward toward the coastline of Ireland. Depressions from the Atlantic regularly bring very unsettled weather across Ireland. A few weeks ago, post-tropical

Marine Technology Reporter - November/December 2017 Edition

2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available – in print, and online.   This edition includes features on: How ADCP technology is helping to solve sustainable energy needs   The advanced technology used in studying extreme wave events off Ireland   Offshore wind: A look at the world's largest untapped market   Aker Solutions' VP for subsea lifecycle services in Brazil weighs in on IMR technology and initiatives   Read more at

A smaller prototype tested in Galway Bay, Ireland. (Photo: Ocean Energy)

Irish Wave Buoy to Be Deployed at US Navy Test Site

Despite some 7,000 miles separating Ireland and Hawaii, the two islands have a lot in common. The islands’ peoples have always looked to their respective oceans for resources, inspiration and opportunity.   Today, Irish company Ocean Energy announced its wave energy convertor OE Buoy will be built by Oregon-based Vigor and deployed at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site on the windward coast of the Hawaiian Island of O’ahu in the fall of 2018. The contract value is $6.5 million out of a total project value of $12 million for this first of a kind grid scale project at the U.S.

XPRIZE Senior Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., will give a closing keynote at Catch The Next Wave. Credit: XPRIZE

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announcements at OI2018

, Chief Surveyor, TOTAL; ‘Computer Vision Survey of Offshore Structures’ (15.15-15.35) with Diego Carvalho, Vision Engineer, Fugro Intersite; and ‘Towards Resilient Positioning’ (11.20-11.45) with Dr Nick Ward, Research Director, General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK & Ireland. “Global Navigation Satellite Systems have become essential for maritime positioning,” says Dr Ward, “but they are vulnerable to disruption. There is a need for an integrated approach to positioning using all available means.” In addition to the insights provided by the

Sonardyne 6G Wideband Acoustics allows simultaneous operations by  multiple platforms. (Courtesy Sonardyne International)

Digital Ocean: Making Subsea Data More Easily Accessible

technology firm Sonardyne International Ltd is one of the organizations driving innovation to enable the extension of electronic and communications connectivity into the subsea domain. Based on a presentation given by Tom Rooney, Lead Trainer at Sonardyne, at the Digital Ocean conference held in Galway, Ireland in June 2017, this article describes the current state of play in the subsea acoustics and optical communications technology field, presents examples of the many ways these technologies are being applied and considers how the digital ocean may work in the future.   U.K.-based subsea acoustics

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Efforts to Curb Plastic Litter in Oceans are Working

least one plastic bag in the greater North Sea, off Britain's east coast, more than halved since 2010 to 16 percent, scientists in Britain and the Netherlands said.   Prior to 2010, the average was 40 percent, said the study which spanned 25 years.   Several European countries, including Ireland, Denmark, France and Britain, have introduced plastic bag levies since 2003, which have led to massive reductions in their use.   "The action of all these nations ... meant there are less bags being distributed, less bags ... escaping into the marine environment," Thomas Maes, co-author

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University of Limerick Buys ROV for Renewables Research

and lighting systems and sonars. The systems will be used as a test bed for research to develop capabilities for inspection, maintenance and repair work on Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) infrastructure in the challenging strong wave and current conditions at MRE test-sites and offshore MRE sites in Ireland and further afield. The ROV system is home ported at Limerick Docks in the Republic of Ireland.University of Limerick President, Dr. Des Fitzgerald, stated, “The advanced robotics technology developed at UL will be crucial in supporting the burgeoning marine renewable energy sector. It will

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