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IDEX: Demo of Aquabotix SwarmDiver EDGE

.The SwarmDiver EDGE system has been designed to alert for threats of manned and unmanned vehicles, including militarized vehicles and hobby drones with explosives, or swimmers planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) through utilization of a swarm of the vehicles  equipped with high intensity lights. This capability can be used to ensure the security of vessels and other targets of interest to opposing forces in ports or through geographical bottlenecks, where there have been reports of numerous attacks in recent years

Luis Araujo, CEO, Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions Revenues Up 8%

. This is shared through our global organization, ultimately saving time and money for our clients."Key contracts powering the results include ones from CNOOC to deliver a subsea production system in the South China Sea. Also in the fourth quarter, Aker Solutions landed a strategic win on Northern Lights with Equinor as the project initiator and with Shell and Total as partners. This is a full-scale carbon-capture project. In Africa, its operations have gone according to plan with solid execution of major projects including Kaombo in Angola.Demand for early-phase work continues to grow, and in the

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Arctic Rays Chooses GTS as West Coast Rep

Arctic Rays LLC, an underwater technology specialist in the design and manufacturing of high-performance lights, cameras and sub-sea equipment, has announced GTS Consulting as the company’s west coast representative. The territory for GTS Consulting on behalf of Arctic Rays includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

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Case Study: Floating top marks for piles in flooding rivers

. Beacons with a low focal plane run the risk of being fully submerged when the water levels rise.During flooding above focal plane the beacons will not be visible and the waterway will no longer be navigable under these conditions as the beacons themselves become submerged obstacles. Top marks and lights will probably be damaged and, following the floods, beaconing must be inspected and repaired to restore full navigability of the channel, which implies cost and delay in the river operational navigation.The use of buoys vs. floating top marksBuoys are an excellent solution for river channels with

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Teledyne Bowtech: Lamps for the Five Deeps Expedition

Puerto Rico Trench (Atlantic Ocean 8,408 meters), the South Sandwich Trench (Southern Ocean 8,183 meters), the Java Trench (Indian Ocean 7,290 meters), the Mariana Trench/ Challenger Deep (Pacific Ocean 10,925 meters), and the Molloy Deep (Artic Ocean 5,573 meters).Teledyne Bowtech have been supplying lights for Triton vehicles for many years and since became the standard fit. As a result, Teledyne Bowtech were commissioned to design a bespoke lamp, designed to operate in up to 11,000 meters of seawater and with a lumen output of 15,500. Designed to also meet Triton’s input voltage specification

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The Ocean Cleanup Kicks Off

cleanup operations.While System 001's primary objective is to prove the technology and start the cleanup, a secondary goal is to collect performance data to improve the design for future deployments. The system is equipped with solar-powered and satellite-connected sensors, cameras and navigation lights to communicate its position to passing marine traffic, and enable extensive monitoring of the system and the environment. The Maersk Launcher will also remain active as an observation platform for several weeks after delivering System 001 to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.In order to begin tackling

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New ASV Delivered for Post-hurricane Surveying

survey payload, the ASV includes excellent situational awareness and enunciation aides. An automatic identification system (Class B AIS) is used to identify and track other vessels in the area and to enunciate the position of the ASV. Other aides include a real-time viewable PTZ video camera, navigation lights, an autonomous and remotely operated horn, a LIDAR based obstacle detection system, and streamlined data acquisition line planning and post processing interface system utilizing a SeaRobotics’ specific ASV driver for HYPACK Survey and HYSWEEP.These systems leverage SeaRobotics’ extensive

NORBIT Establishes Oceans Business Unit

provides integrated field monitoring services for the marine and offshore industries. NORBIT acquired the company from a group of venture investors last year.•NORBIT Aqua; a range of specialized solutions for the aquaculture industries, including high power submersible and dimmable multispectral lights for fisheries and cage-based farming.•NORBIT Defense; customized underwater acoustics, radar and camera command and control systems  and naval intelligent antenna systems for submarines and surface vessels.“Our engineers have developed a range of ground breaking technologies, products

A Record-setting Journey to the Atacama Trench

sensor did not work below 1500m.The self-recording underwater video camera was developed for this project by SubAqua Imaging (San Diego, CA), and Pisces Design (La Jolla, CA). The 14.8vdc/32Ah battery pod with internal BMS to power the LEDs worked well (Global Ocean Design). The pressure compensated LED lights have some improvement needed to function more reliably.With the trench so close to the shore, Hadal Explorer James Cameron, who stayed in touch with the expedition, surmised that gigantism might be observed among the Atacama Trench benthic amphipods. Samples of large amphipods were indeed captured


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OSIL: Oil Spill Monitoring Buoys Fuel International Interest

these monitoring systems can be transmitted from the buoys via GSM, UHF radio and satellite to a base station and can be integrated into the clients own computer systems, providing users with a variety of alarm options including email and text alerts, audible alarms or visual indicators such as flashing lights. The systems can also be equipped with additional water quality or MetOcean sensors depending on customer requirements.    The systems are available for a variety of buoy platforms, from 1.2m to 3m in diameter, with OSIL engineers providing customers with an installation service complete

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Expedition to Capture First 4K Images of the Titanic

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, including one Rayfin 4K camera, one 1Cam MK6 and Aquorea LED lights, as well as digital video recording and overlay media management software. The advanced equipment will be the primary means for capturing images and video of the iconic wreck throughout the expedition


Philippines' Duterte Green Lights China's Sea Research

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines’ Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.   Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna.   The United Nations declared Benham Rise, off the Pacific coast, part of

The Planck UAS returns to the WAM-V (Photo: Eric Haun)

Unmanned Vehicles In, On and Above the Water

;s 16’ WAM-V USVs to track the location and activity of the Z-Boat, holding station in the air to indicate targets of interest. A second WAM-V then traveled to the area to deploy a SeaBotix remotely operated vehicle (ROV) outfitted with an array of Teledyne technologies (Bowtech camera and lights, BlueView sonar, SeaBotix grabber and RDI Pathfinder DVL) to inspect the suspicious object on the seafloor or on the pier.   Also among the companies with vehicles in action was Arizona based Hydronalix, Inc., who demonstrated its remote controlled rescue buoy EMILY. Travelling at speeds up

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Hurtigruten Brings Underwater Drones to Exploration Cruising

Less than 8 kg Speed: At least 2 m/s (4 knots) Run-time: At least 2 hrs normal operation Thrusters: 4 x 350 W; plus 2 rear, 1 vertical center, 1 lateral Automation: Auto heading, auto depth Camera: Full HD 1080p/30fps, wide angle lens Search Light: Powerful LED below camera, with fittings for extra lights as payload Sensors: Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with 3-axis gyro and 3-axis accelerometer; depth sensor; magnetometer; temperature (inside and outside) Payload: Standard fittings for payload on both top and bottom side of drone Software: Remote update of drone software Wireless transmitter:

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

situational awareness and monitor vehicle health with minimum effort to maintain focus on mission goals.”   Synchronized pilot and co-pilot chairs allowed vehicle control and navigation to be switched between pilots, complete with touchscreen displays to support simultaneous operation of lights, cameras, positioning and hydraulics. The system even included an automated ascent and descent for the umbilical winch that enabled pilots to automatically synchronize ROV depths.   “Greensea’s OPENSEA control system is crucial to our success for extreme deep diving operations

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Solar Storms Linked to Beaching of Sperm Whales in North Sea

had been documented since the 1990s.   Klaus Heinrich Vanselow, a marine biology expert at the University of Kiel in Germany, studied the connection between whale strandings and two major solar storms that took place at the end of December 2015.   The solar storms which create the Northern Lights phenomenon could also have caused the world's magnetic field to shift by up to 460km (286 miles) which, he said, would interfere with the whales' sense of orientation.   That could explain why the whales swam into the relatively shallow North Sea rather than follow their traditional routes

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