Ireland News

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

Competitor Preps for XPRIZE Final with 24-hour Sea Trial

than 70 individuals who are actively working on some aspect of the team concept. Of these, 15 are alumni of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO postgraduate training program, based at the University of New Hampshire. The alumni represent the 12 countries of Russia, Egypt, South Africa, U.S., Mauritius, Peru, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Israel, Poland and Brazil. They benefit from ongoing training and opportunities to cultivate their skills via continuous technology development and sea trials in preparation for the XPRIZE final.“Our expanded team is a remarkable example of what can be achieved through

Photo: DP Energy

NRCAN Grant Triggers Major Investment in the Bay of Fundy

;thrilled that NRCAN has recognized the value and potential of the tidal sector as well as the merits of the project proposed. In 2008 DP Energy added Ocean Energy to its Wind and Solar Energy projects and has been actively involved in the marine energy sector, developing projects in the UK, Northern Ireland and Canada since then. Uisce Tapa represents an opportunity to realize a project of meaningful scale in one of the most energetic tidal sites in the world”. Mr. De Pietro was also keen to acknowledge the backing which the industry has received from the Province of Nova Scotia to date in addition

MV Franklin ( © MMT Sweden)

Marine Survey Work Starts for Greenlink Interconnector

field work for the Greenlink interconnector, one of Europe’s most important infrastructure projects, gets under way with the launch of the first of MMT’s survey vessels, MV Franklin.The offshore and nearshore surveying along the proposed route of the electricity link between the UK and Ireland is expected to take approximately 40 days, depending on weather conditions. MMT were awarded the contract for the Greenlink Marine Survey (GMS) by Greenlink Interconnector Ltd in August.Further survey work along the 170km marine route will be undertaken by vessels MV Seabeam, MV Edda Fonn and RED7

Swathe Services Takes Over as HYPACK Distributor

Swathe Services will take on responsibility for sales and maintenance of HYPACK software solutions in the U.K. and Ireland following the closure of HYPACK’s U.K. partner Del Norte Technology.U.S. company HYPACK – A Xylem Brand is a supplier of hydrographic survey and data processing software for single beam, multibeam, side scan sonar and many other applications in the hydrographic survey and dredging industries.Swathe Services, the Cornwall, U.K. based hydrographic survey services company specializing in Multi-Beam Echo Sounder (MBES) surveying, takes over HYPACK distributor duties for

(Photo: RS AQUA)

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

The Maritime Alliance Seeks Executive Director

development. The ideal candidate would be in position to start on November 1, 2018.Entering its 13th year in 2019, TMA has over 90 regional and international members and is a proud charter member of the BlueTech Cluster Alliance made up of 10 leading BlueTech clusters from 8 countries (Canada, France, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, U.K. & U.S)The Executive Director works closely with the President and the Board of Directors to promote a common Blue Voice and create an ecosystem of companies, policy makers, economic development officials, researchers, educators, innovators and students that collaborate

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

The OE Buoy is Taking Shape

valued at $15 billion in 2017 and it is predicted that by 2025 the market will be worth over $26 billion. By 2030, the world is projected to face a 40 percent global water deficit under the business-as-usual scenario.Commenting on the project, Sean Davis, Regional Director, North America for Enterprise Ireland noted, “The partnership between Vigor and Ocean Energy exemplifies the partnership between Irish innovation and American business wherein information and ideas are shared across the Atlantic to create opportunities, investment and jobs on both sides of coasts. This project has the added potential

(Image: Aquabotix)

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

(Photo: FORESEA)

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

(Photo: TechWorks Marine)

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 http://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201711

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

© Richard Carey / Adobe Stock

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

(Photo: Forum Energy Technologies)

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

Marine Technology Magazine Cover Oct 2018 - Ocean Observation: Gliders, Buoys & Sub-Surface Networks

Marine Technology Reporter is the world's largest audited subsea industry publication serving the offshore energy, subsea defense and scientific communities.

Subscribe
Marine Technology ENews subscription

Marine Technology ENews is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for MTR E-news