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NORBIT DCT – Hydrographic Survey Made Easy

mapping and imaging hydrography technology has emerged in the transitional market of users of single-beam (or sidescan) to multibeam technology. That is driven by multibeam wide-coverage, high accuracy, high resolution and efficiency of survey.For the past years, NORBIT has been leading the manufacturing of ultra-high resolution curved-array bathymetric mapping solution and its technology has been widely accepted by the maritime markets across the world. The integrated hardware offerings have set the grand entry path for the users of these systems, due to simple mobilization and operation of

Optimized drive: Fred Olsen Ocean’s Brave Tern. Image: Handout/Fred Olsen

Offshore wind: One-stop Power Conversion

chain. “Since the start of our company in 2006, we have delivered 6,000 converters in China for onshore turbines. One of our key Chinese customers also has our converters offshore,” he says, adding, “but we have not yet produced any equipment for marine.”The Switch had local manufacturing at several locations in China before the outfit was acquired by Yaskawa.  In Hangzhou, The Switch’s people work with Finland-based contract manufacturer and system supplier, Scanfil, where they make full-power converters for wind. A factory in Lu’an makes converter components

Brad Moore (Photo: PMI)

PMI Adds Moore as Manager, Sales & Marketing

PMI Industries, Inc., an engineering and manufacturing company with a global presence servicing energy (both fossil fuel and renewables), marine, research, and government industries, has hired Brad Moore as Manager, Sales & Marketing. Moore will be responsible for leveraging PMI’s brand worldwide and directing the company’s sales efforts. Moore recently was the Senior Business Development Manager at Beckett Energy Systems (Ohio, USA). Prior to Beckett, he was Vice President of Marketing for the Oatey Company (Ohio, USA). Mr. Moore received an MBA in marketing & finance

Photo: JW Fishers

JW Fishers’ Dropped Video Systems for Aquaculture

aquaculture fish farms. With a skyrocketing global population and food demands growing at an incredible rate, the aquaculture specialist’s job is no easy task. The first necessity is having the “right tools for the job,” and this is where JW Fishers’ 50+ years of experience manufacturing underwater search equipment comes into play. JW Fishers’ underwater video systems are a perfect tool for underwater research. The DV-2 dropped video system is a clear example of a video system that can be mounted in a frame and set on the floor of the ocean for fish observations in their

(Photo: Riptide)

BAE Systems Acquires Riptide

as part of the FAST Labs organization, where scientists and engineers innovate capabilities to address some of the toughest challenges in the defense, aerospace and security domains. The FAST Labs team will work to mature Riptide’s platform technology, demonstrating new solutions, and scaling manufacturing production.BAE Systems said it expects to maintain the Riptide facilities in Plymouth, Mass

Fibron held a new branding launch event at the Karbach Brewery Houston during the week of OTC. Pictured, left to right: Pat Herbert, Investor / Advisor; Bruno Cianfini, Managing Director; Dale Hislop, Sales Director; Patrick Kearney, Technical Director; and Marco Cano, Sales Manager – Americas. (Photo: Fibron)

Fibron Gets a New Start

refreshed new start.”Sales Director, Dale Hislop, commented, “Leveraging our 32 plus years of experience and successful dedication to the subsea market, our market share in the oil and ROV, seismic and diving markets not only continues to grow but is highly recognized.”Fibron has a manufacturing facility in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, UK, about 40 miles north of London, with sales offices in Aberdeen, Houston and Singapore

Deployment of a C-BASS VLF sound projector: a recent product launch from GeoSpectrum Technologies that fulfils a range of operational roles for the marine sector. Photo: GeoSpectrum Technologies.

Tech Talk: GeoSpectrum Acoustic Solutions

.Components designed and manufactured by the company are tested with a range of on-site equipment to ensure these meet customer requirements: this equipment includes pressure and environmental chambers and NIST-traceable calibration equipment, and the company has a production facility capable of manufacturing more than 1000 hydrophones a day.GeoSpectrum’s wide-band omnidirectional hydrophones include an integral, low-noise voltage- or current-signalling preamplifier and can be configured to operate over customer-defined bandwidths with required sensitivity and also allow for customizable gain

GEOTRACES carousel deployment showing Cortland cable. Image: Cortland

Case Study: Cables in Underwater Missions

, marine abrasion, compression and even attack by sea-life. It must flex and bend to deal with winching, marine currents, and pressures exceeding 550 bar (55,000 kPa).Each cable provides the physical connection for real-time power and communication connectivity. Designs have to be rigorous, and manufacturing takes attention to detail and proven processes.Material gainsThe requirements for underwater sampling and monitoring are diverse. Projects can include seismic surveys, marine life studies and pollution tracking. The cables are manufactured differently from general industrial versions, hand-build

Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

looking into submarine power cables … by accident. We did not really believe that there was much develop. However, it’s been proven that our 30 years of subsea distribution system experience had a lot to offer the cable industry. It seems today’s designs are more based on existing manufacturing facilities than the optimum design for floating wind and installations. Its like with electrical cars, it is hard to rebuild your gasoline engine factory,” he says, adding that he sees Unitech as “the Tesla” of offshore power cables.The timing is right for a new Tesla of that

Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and SubCom announced that the marine survey for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system has been completed and the cable route finalized. The companies also announced the addition of a landing station in Bosaso, Somalia. Image: Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and SubCom

DARE1 Marine Survey, Somalia Landing Station Complete

, which will connect Djibouti (Djibouti), Bosaso (Somalia), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya). With a finalized route length of 4,747 km, DARE1 will deliver up to 36 Tbps of capacity to East Africa.The project is progressing on schedule with the marine survey completed on January 21, 2019. Manufacturing of the undersea cables and repeaters will begin in April 2019 and the system will be ready for commercial traffic in June 2020.Bosaso is a port city in Puntland, Somalia and is the region’s commercial capital and a major seaport within the state. The two fiber-pair, repeatered Bosaso segment

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
Courtesy of Oceaneering International

One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

Today, we have less than 50% of the onshore support group prior to the downturn, yet we are still efficiently serving our customers and business. We’ve been able to streamline our operations globally by implementing operational excellence initiatives.At one point, prior to the downturn, we were manufacturing ROVs at the rate of one approximately every week. There was an overcapacity in the market, however, so we turned our attention to refurbishing and upgrading existing equipment. Instead of building new ROVs, we’ve been refreshing our existing fleet and advancing them by introducing cutting-edge

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