Instrumentation

Project to Standardize Subsea Processing Progressing

Subsea processing offers great potential for the oil and gas sector, but is also a relatively young field of technology, causing costly and inefficient tailor-made solutions. A DNV GL-led joint industry project (JIP) on standardizing subsea processing aims to reduce cost in a lifetime perspective. Initially focusing on subsea pumping, the partners in Phase 1 have now concluded the functional description of subsea pumping, while Phase 2 will deliver standardized guidelines. With all the four leading system suppliers on board, new operators are still welcome to join the project.    According

The 385 tonne topside of the Aquaterra Sea Swift being installed. It features a helideck and emergency accommodation with provision for six wells (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Sea Swift: New Platform Operational in Egypt

Global offshore engineering solutions provider Aquaterra Energy has designed, fabricated and installed a new Sea Swift platform for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the lead contractor for Amal Petroleum Company’s (AMAPETCO) Amal field in the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt. The Sea Swift is a Conductor Supported Platform (CSP) and is installed in 23 meters water depth. It included a 385 metric ton topside featuring a helideck and emergency accommodation with provision for six wells. The new topsides facility for the Amal-C platform involved designing process, piping, electrical

A satellite image shows Falkor’s track and the colors in ocean water. Colors indicate the amount of chlorophyll, where red is the highest and blue the lowest. (Image: NASA/ Norman Kuring)

New Tech Gives Insight to Ocean Color for NASA Satellites

Having recently returned to land on board Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) research vessel Falkor, NASA Scientists have made important observations of phytoplankton with new technology to support current and future satellite observations.   A swath of new instruments were debuted during a 25 day expedition across the Pacific exploring a wide variety of oceanic ecosystems. The focus of chief scientist Dr. Ivona Cetinic´, USRA/NASA, and her multidisciplinary team of oceanographers, engineers, biologists and computer scientists was to explore ocean particles, and more specifically the

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Valeport: Tide Gauge Sales on the Rise

Valeport has reported a surge in sales of tide gauge equipment in its most recent quarter.   The U.K. manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation said that sales of tide gauge equipment rose 22 percent over the same period in 2016, reporting that sales across its portfolio of tide gauge instrumentation including TideMasters, Radar sensors and the TideStation are significantly ahead of forecast.   Valeport’s tidal observation hub, TideStation, optimizes performance of instrumentation and is designed to be flexible in its configuration and has Valeport&r

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New Custom Cables for Subsea Monitoring

 Novacavi released its new P_22SSA ruggedized custom cable to support monitoring activity of the marine environment.   This electro-optical-mechanical custom cable enriches the manufacturer’s diverse production range of subsea armored cable for detection and instrumentation in defense and environmental monitoring applications.   Key advantages of this armored halogen free low smoke cable are high working load performance, protection against electromagnetic interference, compactness and versatility.

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Teledyne, Greensea Partner for ROV Visualization & Control

Teledyne Marine has partnered with Greensea Systems, Inc to unite the intelligence of Greensea's OPENSEA operating platform with many of Teledyne's key technologies. Teledyne Marine Workspace ROV provides a single user interface that enables added functionality and intelligent operation to Teledyne's imaging, instrumentation and navigation solutions for a range of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from observation class to work class. Teledyne Marine Workspace ROV introduces a fully customized interface for ROVs with system-level solutions and built-in intelligent capabilities. Incorporation of

An ROV equipped with underwater dynamic laser mapping equipment from 2G Robotics and Sonardyne prepares for its next survey mission (Photo: Sonardyne)

Partners Developing Dynamic Subsea Laser Mapping

for dynamic scanning.   Edward Moller, Global Business Manager for Construction Survey at Sonardyne, said, “The level of detail visible in the post-processed images we’ve gathered on projects in recent months, has to be seen to be believed; small bolt-holes, individual chain links, marine growth and even painted markings can all be clearly seen. In terms of wide-area seabed visualization, it’s a real game-changer.”   Chris Gilson, Product Development Manager at 2G Robotics, said, “This new partnership eliminates the complexities most subsea customers face

BMT Takes New Approach to Big Data Management

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Scientific Marine Services has launched an initiative driven by over 20 years’ experience of measuring and modeling data for the global oil and gas industry.   The solution, Data Exploration and Analytics Platform for Actionable Insights (DEAP-AI), is an intelligent studio capable of processing large and small datasets using a rich set of processing libraries, developed with support from IT company Capgemini and hosted by an cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).   “Our goal with this platform is to unify data acquisition, transmission

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McLane Awarded as a Top Small Business Exporter

McLane Research Laboratories, Inc. has been selected by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a 2017 Exporter of the Year for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.    “McLane has not only been a recipient of SBA STEP grants that have assisted in defraying costs to promote American exports, but has also worked with the MA Export Center and the Small Business Development Center to reach new markets globally,” said SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson.  “It is truly amazing what our small businesses in the Commonwealth are doing internationally due to a

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Valeport Appoints Harvey as Financial Director

U.K. based manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation Valeport has appointed Phill Harvey to the new post of financial director. He joins the senior management team to oversee all financial aspects of the business.    Harvey brings to the role more than 30 years’ experience in the financial sector supporting many SME manufacturers and exporters. His commercial background includes roles at Handelsbanken and Lloyds Bank.   Valeport managing director, Matt Quartley, said, “Valeport is rapidly expanding into new markets, delivering new

Image courtesy of Lori Johnston, RMS Titanic Expedition 2003, NOAA-OE.

Manned Sub to Survey Titanic Wreckage

A new mission will send the first manned submersible to the Titanic wreck since 2005.   The mission will see a survey expedition team use the latest subsea imaging technology and a newly built manned submersible to assess the condition of the shipwreck and document artifacts in the debris field. The OceanGate Expeditions exploration team will conduct annual surveys of the wreck in collaboration with experts from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory AIVL at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of an ongoing long-term study to document the current condition of the Titanic

Govt. Funds Help OceanWorks Improve Its Junction Boxes

It’s a go ahead for new design development and configuration for the established OceanWorks International observatory communication nodes, thanks to approved funding from The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).   The OceanWorks Subsea Instrument Interface Modules (SIIM), or junction boxes originally were developed for the Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Neptune and Venus observatories, where they have been in place since 2006. There is a total of 14 junction boxes that have been delivered to ONC for deployment on both Neptune and Venus.

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Norway’s New Oceanographic Icebreaker Launched

to undergo final outfitting ahead of its delivery by the end of 2017.   Kronprins Haakon will be owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute for the Norwegian Government, while the vessel, taking its name from the heir to the Norwegian throne, will be used by the same institute and by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the Norwegian governmental body for oceanographic research and fishing, and by the University of Tromsø.    The high-tech icebreaker was designed by Rolls-Royce Marine to operate in the polar waters, providing a high-tech facility for the study of the marine environment

FAST-3 underwater sensor platform gets ready for deployment near the FORCE test site in the Minas Passage, NS (Photo: FORCE)

New Monitoring Platform Launched in Minas Passage

it can co-exist with other uses of the Bay.”   FAST-3 includes a suite of sensors to gather data on fish presence and behavior, including an acoustic zooplankton and fish profiler and an autonomous scientific echo sounder.   “This platform will help us continue to enhance our marine life monitoring program,” said Wright. “While international research indicates fish and marine mammals generally avoid in-stream tidal turbines, we need to test those findings here in the Minas Passage, with the best tools available.”   Results from the current FAST-3 deployment

Thierry Boyer (selfie) and Deep Trekker ROV above the HMS Erebus wreck. (© Parks Canada)

All Hands on Deck: ROVs and AUVs Aid Search for Franklin

Marine and subsea unmanned vehicle technology is playing an increasingly greater role in underwater archaeology, including the search for the historic shipwreck Franklin.   For centuries, the ever-changing sea ice of the Northwest Passage made the route through the Arctic Ocean unpredictable and, on occasions, virtually impassable. Yet, since the 1500s the promise of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the economic benefits which would follow, were enough to entice many expeditions into this treacherous pass. One such explorer, Sir John Franklin, set sail in 1845 from England with

Waves in and around Lord’s Cove can be as large as 13m in just 25m depth. Although this is rare, waves in the 8m range in winter and 2m range in summer are not uncommon. Statistically, waves are larger than 1.5m 80% of the time. (Photo: Wave Energy Center)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: CNA's Wave Energy Center

to develop land-based aquaculture using water supplied by an ocean wave-powered pump. Recognizing potential research opportunities within this specialized sector, the center has since expanded to include the development of wave measurement instruments and the testing of anticorrosive and antifouling marine coatings – all set in the harsh North Atlantic waters off Newfoundland’s southeast coast.   The facility, which is housed in a former fish plant in the community of Lord’s Cove, has grown to include a variety of automated data acquisition systems including a weather station

The Fusion combines AUV, ROV and diver navigation and propulsion into one system. (Photo: Nortek)

A Breakthrough in Hybrid Underwater Vehicles

A collaborative effort has produced a new generation in underwater systems, breaking with tradition by uniquely combining several underwater systems into a single platform.   The Fusion from U.S. manufacturer Strategic Robotic Systems is a breakthrough in hybrid underwater vehicles, combining AUV and ROV capabilities with diver navigation and propulsion – all in one system.   Essential to making this forward leap possible was Norwegian scientific instrumentation company Nortek AS and its Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), as crafty engineering and high-end bespoke sensors have helped to

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New Subsea Storage Technology Introduced

In January of this year, Dutch subsea technology company Seatools completed an R&D program on a subsea liquid storage technology. During the program – a continuation of an earlier engineering study performed on behalf of Statoil Petroleum AS – the storage technology passed a full product qualification test program and will now be applied at a Pile Installation Frame operated by Seaway Heavy Lifting.   The oil and gas industry’s shift toward seabed positioning of (pressure-balanced) equipment like pumps, compressors, and related power grids that can compromise switch gear

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Case Study: Mapping a Glacial Landslide

that would allow them to see below the surface to determine the thickness of the landslide debris. Along with Shugar were a large group of scientists from Columbia University, the National Park Service, University of British Columbia and elsewhere.   The team’s plan was to map the submarine deposits with the UW-Tacoma’s Z-Boat 1800 RP named ‘Jökull’ (Icelandic for glacier) with help from Jeremy Venditti, a professor from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and Doug Bonno, an undergraduate student at UW Tacoma. Also on site was another much larger boat, the USGS

OI London 2016 (Photo: Eric Haun)

New Ocean ICT Expo Planned for OI London

International London (OI London) is set to expand with the launch of the Ocean ICT Expo, a brand new parallel exhibition focused on the IT, communications and data solutions that form the technical foundation for modern oceanspace research and industry.    Taking place in conjunction with the marine science and ocean technology event Oceanology International 2018 at ExCeL London on March 13-15, 2018, the all new Ocean ICT Expo has been developed as a showcase for innovative enabling technologies, including the latest satellite communication, data and networking services that facilitate safe

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Monitoring Buoy Network Installed in UAE

A network of eight environmental monitoring buoys has been installed off the coast of Abu Dhabi, UAE by Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL).   The 1.2m coastal buoys, installed in water depths ranging from 6-16m in various locations along the UAE coastline amid extensive coral formations and seagrass beds, are equipped with multiparameter sondes for water quality monitoring, and GPRS telemetry equipment.   The robust buoys are designed for extended deployment in harsh coastal environments in a range of water depths. The rotationally molded PE hulls are foam filled to prevent the

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science Orders Research Vessel

Virginia Institute of Marine Science of Gloucester Point, Va. awarded a contract to Meridien Maritime Reparation of Matane, Quebec to construct a 93-foot research vessel. JMS Naval Architects of Mystic, Conn. designed the research vessel to replace VIMS’s current vessel, the R/V Bay Eagle.   The primary mission of the Institute’s fleet is to provide inshore and offshore work platforms for the support of fisheries related oceanographic research projects. The new vessel will be capable of conducting fisheries assessments of greater capacity, in deeper waters and with a larger science

OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

fast approaching, exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new technology developments to the ocean science community. Taking place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance, exhibition space at OINA 2017 is already over 90 percent booked. Teledyne Marine (booth #D20) will be out in force at OINA 2017 in San Diego CA. In addition to its full line of instruments, imaging, vehicles and interconnect products, the company will promote the newest product developments from across its brand portfolio including; the Teledyne Oceanscience rapidCAST underway

Scenes from OI 2016 in London. (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Preview: OI North America 2017 San Diego

Oceanology International North America: OI 2017 set to cover the full extent of marine science and ocean technology    The first edition of Oceanology International North America (OINA), established from the well-known OI event in London, will make an impact within the ocean science and technology industries in San Diego, Calif. in February 2017.   OINA is set to capture the full extent of the marine and ocean technology industries in North America. The event is the newest addition to the Oceanology International portfolio, with the flagship Oceanology International event in London

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Engineers Expand the Window for Installing Monopiles

Longitude Engineering – a specialist marine engineering subsidiary of the LOC Group – working closely with Rampion and its contractors, has developed an  analysis and modeling process to fully understand why large monopiles oscillate in relatively small wave heights; and to increase the operating window for their installation. Monopiles and turbines are increasing in size as wind farms move farther offshore.    At the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which is currently under construction off the south coast of the U.K., the developer was concerned that these large structures

Oceanology International heading to North America (Oceanology International 2016 at ExCeL London pictured) (Photo: OINA)

OI North America 2017 Registration Open

is now open for the debut Oceanology International North America (OINA) exhibition and conference. Taking place at the San Diego Convention Center, California on February 14 – 16,2017, OINA is an exciting new biennial series that will bring together 1000s of professionals from the ocean science and marine technology communities across the Americas and globally. Based on the same uniquely diverse approach that has helped to establish OI London as the leading event of its kind, OINA is set to become the must-attend forum for industry, academia and government looking to share knowledge in order to

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Exploring Alien Oceans with AUVs

such a mission might be possible in the future. And it definitely is a plus that one day I might be able to tell my kids ‘I was part of the project that paved the road to finding extraterrestrial life,’” concluded Hildebrandt.     (As published in the October edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Novacavi

with Aquancable, a range of unique bespoke cables for maritime and underwater technologies including high performance tow cables, ROV cables, fiber optic hybrid cables, umbilicals, armored cables, as well as subsea detection and instrumentation cables. Novacavi is also focusing on its range of custom marine coax tow cables. Among them both heavy steel armored coax tow cables for harsh specialist applications and lightweight, neutral, positively or negatively buoyant coax tow cables for underwater environment.   Email: [email protected] www.novacavi.it     (As published in the July/August

James Crawford (Photo: Turner Designs)

MTR100: Turner Designs

to these tools, Turner Designs introduced Enviro-T2 for inline monitoring of cyanobacteria in water treatment plants.       Email: [email protected] /www.turnerdesigns.com CEO/President: James Crawford     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Teledyne Optech to Present CZMIL Capabilities at Oceans 16

Teledyne Optech said Chief Scientist Dr. Viktor Feygels will attend the Oceans 16 MTS/IEEE conference in Monterey, Calif. on September 22 to present the object-detection capability of the Optech CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar.   The presentation is titled “Meeting the International Hydrographic Organization Requirements for Bottom Feature Detection Using the Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL)” and was co-written with Teledyne Optech’s Vinod Ramnath and Brant Smith, and with Yuri Kopilevich of ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia.   In his

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MTR100: nke Instrumentation

is involved in several research projects, both nationally and internationally, and works in partnership with scientific institutions such as Ifremer and CNRS.   Email: [email protected] www.nke-instrumentation.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Valeport Ltd.

TQ9 5EW  Phone: +44 1803 869292 / Email: [email protected]  www.valeport.co.uk CEO/President: Matt Quartley Annual Sales: $11.5m Sales Manager: Kevin Edwards Number of Employees: 84 / Square Footage: 28,000     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

FOCUS 3: the 3rd generation FOCUS vehicles in the family of ROTV systems designed, developed and manufactured by MacArtney (Image: MacArtney)

MTR100: MacArtney

Worsøe, Vice-President, Technology Bjarke T. Ovesen, Vice-President, System Solutions Lasse Rasmussen, Vice-President, Engineering Number of employees worldwide: 300 in group companies, 160 in associated companies.      (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: ASL Environmental

backscatter and for the measurement of ice draft (proxy for ice thickness) for 6-month to 24-month deployments in some of the planet’s most isolated areas.    Email: [email protected] www.aslenv.com       (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: McLane Research Labs

, as well as custom instrument housings.   121 Bernard Saint Jean Drive, E. Falmouth, MA 02536 Phone: 508-495-4000 Email: [email protected] www.mclanelabs.com CEO/President: Susumu Honjo (CEO) Number of Employees: 16     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Falmouth Scientific, Inc

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. has a long history of supplying precision instruments and services into the marine science community and oceanographic markets. Throughout the years FSI has been recognized for high quality instrumentation to measure physical ocean and fresh water parameters. The company is no longer only known for these measurement systems as it has made a place for itself in the marine survey industry with advanced seismic, sub-bottom, and side scan sonar systems. These systems are a result of its strong engineering design knowledge, extensive field experience, and its rich history in

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MTR100: Nortek AS

quality by removing contamination from fish or other influences.   Vangkroken 2, Rud, Norway 1351 Phone +47 6717 4500 Email: [email protected] www.nortek.no CEO/President: Atle Lohrmann Number of Employees: 100     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Rockland Scientific Inc.

viability of tidal power generation infrastructure. In 2011, Rockland formed a strategic partnership with JFE Advantech, a major oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer in Japan, covering distribution and new sensor technologies. In 2013, Rockland formed a strategic partnership with Partrac, a marine data acquisition company specializing in oceanographic surveys. Partrac utilizes Rockland’s technology and expertise to provide turbulence measurement solutions for the U.K. tidal energy industry. Such information is useful to the optimization of turbine design, site selection and turbine layout

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MTR100: Aquatec Group

Aquatec Group creates instruments, services and solutions for measurement, monitoring and communication underwater, providing solutions for all water environments, including offshore structures and pipelines; oceans, estuaries, rivers and lakes; and marine mammals and fisheries.   Founded by the current managing director in 1990 as a specialist consultancy in oceanographic instrumentation design, Aquatec has since established a diverse portfolio of products for the measurement of oceanographic and process parameters, including temperature, depth, turbidity, suspended sediment, motion, orientation

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne)

Teledyne Maintains Course

In what has become something of an MTR100 tradition, MTR visits with a trio of executives from Teledyne, a diverse company with links in each sector of the market, for insights on current developments and future trends. This year we speak with Mike Read, President of Teledyne Marine; William Egan - Vice President Sales & Marketing – Imaging & Instruments for Teledyne Marine; and Ken Nagengast, SVP, Global Technology & Group CTO.   Teledyne has grown steadily, serving as a market consolidator over the past decade. Please discuss the overall corporate strategy devised to align

FAST-1 recovered by Dominion Victory (Image: FORCE)

New Site Data Collected for Fundy Tidal Project

of what’s happening at the FORCE test site.”   The platform was retrieved in mid-July, and analysis of sensor data is now underway. Reliable site data is critical to all aspects of in-stream tidal energy development, including both turbine design and understanding any effects on the marine ecosystem.   The Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) program encompasses three separate underwater platforms, onshore radar, meteorological instruments, and a tide gauge. Headlining the program is FAST-1. At 4.5-tonnes and 4-metres in length, this platform is designed for frequent deployment

Oregon State University Seeks New Research Vessels

in addition to cost factors.   In January 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected OSU as the lead institution to finalize the design and coordinate the construction of a vessel – and possibly up to two more – a project considered crucial to modernizing the country’s marine science research capabilities.   These “regional class research vessels” are designed for studying coastal waters out to beyond the continental rise as part of the U.S. academic fleet that is available to all ocean scientists conducting federal- and state-funded research and educational

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Demo Event Showcases Cutting-edge Offshore Instrumentation

Technologies, the two-day event featured specialist equipment manufacturers from the US, Canada and France who took the opportunity to highlight developments in a range of areas.   Using Forum’s newly opened purpose built 6x5x4.5m test tank in Aberdeen, representatives from ITER systems, EMO Marine Technologies and Remote Ocean Systems (ROS) were able to display a number of products that had not previously been demonstrated in Scotland’s North-East.   Christian Blinkenberg, sales director for global services at Forum, said: “Financial pressures across the industry have placed

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Mediterranean Excursion for Applied Acoustics’ Deep Tow Sparker

The Applied Acoustics deep-tow sparker DTS-500 has recently been deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, off the continental slope of Majorca, working on a project with SOCIB, the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forcasting body. Assisted by SOCIB’s Oceanographic Instrumentation Technician, Carlos Castilla Álvarez, the DTS-500 was deployed in deep water, up to 500m, at a distance up to 1km from the SOCIB research vessel.    “We achieved greater than 60m penetration and with increased data resolution, up to 15cms, the sub-bottom profiling results were excellent across

A dynamic array of sensors for NC State’s Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) will aid in valuable data collection. (Photo: SeaRobotics)

SeaRobotics Delivers USV for NC State University

SeaRobotics Corporation has delivered the USV 2.5, an autonomous 2.5 meter unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to the Center for Marine Science and Technology at North Carolina State University.   The USV, built by SeaRobotics, was funded by an award from the National Science Foundation’s Marine Lab Facilities Program. Given the diverse capabilities of the USV, it will be utilized as both an experiential-based teaching tool and to conduct basic and applied research in lake, river, estuary and costal environments.   The USV 2.5 is equipped with a suite of scientific instrumentation that

MacArtney’s FOCUS 2 vehicle subjected to a SAT out of Eckernförde, Kiel, on board the M/V Elizabeth Mann Borgese of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (Photo: MacArtney)

New ROTV System to Aid German Naval Research

WehrTechnische Dienststelle (WTD 71), developer of new underwater technologies for the German navy, has acquired a MacArtney FOCUS 2 ROTV system representing a stable and flexible instrumentation platform as the basic tool for its development efforts.    With the purpose of testing SAS sonar technologies for mine detection, a full scale on-site demo of a Raytheon ProSAS installed on a FOCUS 2 ROTV system was organized for WTD 71. The advantages of the FOCUS 2 ROTV as a flexible instrumentation platform were recognized by the researchers at WTD 71, who instantly came up with new ideas for

TideStation (Photo: Valeport)

Valeport Debuts New Tidal Observation Solution

TideStation is a new self-contained tidal observation solution from Valeport that aims to optimize performance of instrumentation and provide a simple to install and maintain tidal observation hub.   With Valeport’s tide gauge system at its core, the compact and robust TideStation is designed to be flexible in its configuration, offering pressure, radar and hybrid tidal observation techniques coupled with interfaces to other meteorological, telemetry and third party systems.   Simplicity of installation and use was at the forefront of the TideStation’s development, Valeport

Ross Stevens (Photo: Fugro Geoservices)

Stevens Named Managing Director of Fugro Geoservices

2012, he was appointed deputy MD of Fugro Engineers BV based in the Netherlands. He returned to Fugro Seacore as a director in 2015, ahead of its integration in October 2015 as part of Fugro GeoServices Ltd.   During his time at Fugro, Stevens has developed extensive experience in managing global marine site investigations in oil and gas and the renewables markets.   Commenting on the appointment Stevens said: “To be taking on the position of MD is a great honor, especially at a time when Fugro is playing such a key role in site characterization for the UK’s new nuclear program

The new polar research vessel will be equipped with MacGregor offshore cranes and Triplex systems specifically designed for handling research equipment in extreme temperature environments (Image: MacGregor)

MacGregor to Equip China’s New Polar Research Ship

The Polar Research Institute of China has ordered a new 14,300gt polar research vessel. Designed by Aker Arctic Finland, it will be the first vessel of its type to be built in China, though a shipyard has yet to be named.   The 122.5-meter multifunctional icebreaker will be able to handle ice up to 1.5 meters thick, achieving a continuous icebreaking speed of two to three knots. It will have an endurance of 20,000 nautical miles and with a full 90-person crew, it will be able to cruise for 60 days without resupply.   MacGregor, part of Cargotec, said it has won an order to supply MacGregor

The Signature500 is mounted on the turbines that are operating in the EDF Paimpol-Bréhat project. This image was shot shortly before the deployment of the second turbine on the seabed. (Photo: EDF)

Defining Optimum Operational Speeds for Tidal Turbines

It is crucial for OpenHydro to obtain precise current, wave and turbulence information as they are delivering two of the world’s first grid connected tidal arrays.   Tidal turbine manufacturer OpenHydro Technology Ltd, a DCNS company, have opted for Nortek’s Signature instrumentation to aide in their understanding of the environment in which its 16 meter diameter tidal turbines operate.   Two such turbines have already been deployed on EDF’s Paimpol-Bréhat project in France. Two more turbines are in the final stages of completion and will be deployed in the Bay

AML Oceanographic Opens Nova Scotia Office

AML Oceanographic, a manufacturer of instrumentation and sensors for hydrographic surveying, environmental monitoring and more, has opened a new office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.   The office will be staffed by recent additions to the AML team: Mark Smith, Darrell Groom and Murray Eisan, whose backgrounds in the ocean technology industry bring a wealth of practical experience to AML and its customers. In addition to providing customers extended access to AML service and support, their focus will be on the technical development and production of sensor platforms and instrumentation.

Aquatec Taps Seascape for Distribution Representation

Seascape Subsea Technology has signed on as a representative for the distribution of Aquatec Group’s underwater instrumentation for oceanographic, environmental and coastal applications in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg.    Seascape will provide sales support for Aquatec’s AQUAscat acoustic suspended sediment profilers, AQUAlogger temperature and depth loggers, AQUAlogger 210TY turbidity logger and AQUAmodem Op1L optical modem.

Fugro deployed its WARIS to monitor bpTT’s subsea equipment integrity in an area of strong currents (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Enables Safer Drilling for BP in Strong Currents

Fugro has provided a spectrum of services to BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC (bpTT) to allow safe drilling and completion of five subsea wells in an area of strong currents. The services include wellhead motion (fatigue) monitoring, metocean measurements and positioning services.   The positioning activities were carried out onboard the drilling vessel as well as on the three supporting anchor handling tugs (one tug had subsea acoustic ROV positioning). Fugro provided bpTT with dimensional control survey services, DGNSS verification, gyrocompass calibration and offset measurements, navigation at the

Ocean, Space-themed Missions for MATE ROV Competition

the moons of the planet Jupiter. On May 21, teams of local elementary, middle school, high school, and after-school clubs will compete in an underwater robotics competition that focuses on the use of technologies used for ocean and space science and exploration. Hosted annually by Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition encourages students from Alpena, Flint, Stockbridge, and other Michigan towns to learn and apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills as they develop underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or

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US Navy Seeks Improved Undersea Capabilities

Undersea navigation and positioning system development to begin for U.S. Navy   BAE Systems informs it has been selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an undersea navigation system aimed at enhancing the U.S. Navy’s ability to provide precise, global positioning throughout the ocean basins.   The contract will support a program called the Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation (POSYDON), which seeks to allow undersea vehicles to accurately navigate while remaining below the ocean’s surface.   POSYDON aims to replace

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Theobald Joins WFS Technologies as Project Director

WFS Technology has appointed Mike Theobald as Project Director for Australia and SouthEast Asia.   Having worked in the subsea industry for over 25 years, Theobald will bring considerable subsea control systems knowledge and understanding to the role, as well as an insight into how best to use Seatooth products and technology.   Theobald started his career with FSSL (formally Kvaerner Oilfield Products now Aker Solutions) in 1988, just as subsea systems were gaining popularity.    His core discipline is in subsea control systems. Roles with both operators (BP, Maersk Oil

Coast Guard to Host Underwater Robotics Competition

The U.S. Coast Guard will host local students participating in Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Oahu Regional Competition Saturday at Base Honolulu.   The contest’s top winners will travel to Houston to compete against the winning teams of other regional MATE international ROV competitions, June 23 to 25 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Lab.   The students are preparing for journeys to the depths of the Earth’s oceans and the farthest reaches of Europa, one of the moons of the planet Jupiter. The teams from local elementary, middle school

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OSIL Small Field Buoys Deployed on Dredge Projects

International data buoy manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) are reporting extensive use of its 0.7m Small Field Buoy on international dredging projects.   The lightweight, easily repositionable buoys can be repeatedly deployed to follow in the path of dredgers in order to monitor plume activity, and are often complimented by the OSIL 1.2m Tern buoys, which provide more permanent monitoring stations for long term projects.   The robust buoys are constructed from rotationally moulded polyethylene hulls that are foam filled for added security. Instrumentation is securely

MacArtney and dotOcean delivery of an integrated solution comprising dotOcean’s DensX density profiler with a MacArtney winch system for Government Agency RWS Photo MacArtney

MacArtney Winch Deployment from Vessels of Opportunity

five different standard winch models constructed from high-quality stainless steel. Customers choose between a broad range of specifications including speed, pull, motor size and cable capacity. MacArtney CORMAC M winches are portable, dependable and versatile systems capable of handling multiple marine applications and tasks. The winches feature a modular and compact design allowing for flexible system installation on board vessels having confined deck space. Ultimate application Dutch Rijkwaterstaat (RWS) is the end user of the integrated dotOcean/MacArtney solution and it is to be deployed

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Oregon State Seeks Shipyard Input for New Research Ship

the vessel.   In January 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected Oregon State as the lead institution to finalize the design and coordinate the construction of the vessel – and possibly up to two more – a project considered crucial to maintaining the country’s marine science research capabilities.   The design phase has been completed by The Glosten Associates, a naval architecture firm based in Seattle, and the RFI is a chance to generate market interest and to get feedback from industry on the design and other project documents. OSU plans to issue a

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