MEMS Motion Tracking

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Symbiotic Autonomy for Deep Water Survey

Marine technology partners have developed a new long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution.ASV Global (ASV), in partnership with Sonardyne International Ltd., the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and SeeByte, have delivered a long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution after a two-week trial in Scotland’s Loch Ness. The tests were the culmination of the three-year ‘Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System’ collaborative project, part-funded by Innovate UK and Dstl, which set out to produce an integrated system to perform low cost, full water

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Oceanscan Invests in Sonardyne Acoustics

International equipment supplier Oceanscan has added underwater acoustic positioning technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. to its rental fleet. The Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) vessel-based systems and Wideband Sub-Mini 6 (WSM 6) transponders have been acquired by Oceanscan following client demand for accurate and reliable underwater tracking technology to support their projects, especially in the growing offshore wind and shallow water hydrographic survey markets. Compact, portable and quick to install, Mini-Ranger 2 offers a standard operating range of 995 meters, extendable

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U.S. Rig Count Drops, But E&P Spend Up 13%

U.S. energy companies this week cut oil rigs for a second straight week, and notched the first monthly fall since March.Drillers cut four oil rigs in the week to June 29, bringing the total count down to 858, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday. <RIG-OL-USA-BHI>That was the first time drillers cut rigs for two weeks in a row since October 2017. For the month, the rig count decreased by one, its first decline since March.For the quarter, however, the count rose by 61, its biggest gain since the second quarter in 2017, after

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Barge Master 3D Motion Compensated Crane for Wagenborg

Wagenborg awarded Barge Master a contract for a second 3D motion compensated crane for its new walk-to-work vessel Kasteelborg. The first motion compensated crane on the Kroonborg has increased the workability from approximately 180 to 330 days per year. “The crane works quite happily in three meter seas,” said Haije Stigter, former program manager at ONEgas/Shell, notes - adding that it “works like a dream.”The Barge Master Crane, as configured for the Kroonborg, makes it possible to continue safe and stable crane operations even in the North Sea’s famously rough condition

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Multifunctional Plough Completes First Job for Assodivers

Subsea equipment designer and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) said its Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough, delivered to Greek offshore contractors Assodivers Ltd in Spring this year, has completed its first offshore job in the Baltic sea.The Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough is the newest addition to SMD's power cable installation and protection product range. This plough has configurations for boulder clearing, trenching and backfill. The boulder clearance pass clears a 13.0m wide route including surface and submerged boulders. The trenching pass creates an engineered ‘Y’ trench profile

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i-Tech Services Earns Inspection Classification Approval

Services, a Subsea 7 company, said its Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) capabilities have been certified to deliver to guidelines set by American Bureau of Shipping, DNV-GL, Bureau Veritas and Lloyds Register.UWILD is required to ensure the structural and operational integrity of a marine asset while on location. i-Tech Services’ inspection division performs these tasks using the latest remotely operated vehicle (ROV) imaging, cleaning and tooling technologies to deliver safer, more cost-effective subsea inspections for all types of assets.Conducting these surveys in-situ saves

Figure 1: The first iteration of the Tentacle is designed for Kraken’s KATFISH. (Image: Kraken)

Meet Kraken’s Tentacle Autonomous LARS

From elephant trunks to octopus legs, nature abounds with tentacles that are adept at precise manipulation.At Kraken Robotics, we wanted to see what nature could teach us about better manipulation methods for launching and recovering marine vehicles and equipment. Inspired by the sophisticated feedback loops and dynamic response times found in creatures such as the elephant, octopus and jellyfish—and even the occasional carnivorous plant—we undertook an 18-month research and development program into biomimetic design.Getting into or out of the water is by far the highest-risk operation for

A 25-foot section of inland underwater oil barrier is laid out on a dock prior to deployment, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The three-foot high barrier is made of PVC and X-Tex fabric, and is designed to let water flow through while trapping oil. Weighted chains and scour flaps prevent oil and sediment from flowing underneath the barrier. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Research and Development Center)

Coast Guard Tests Underwater Oil Barrier System

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center oil spill response research team are testing an underwater barrier system designed to mitigate the impacts of sunken oil traveling along a river bottom.Mitigating or reducing the impact of oil is usually accomplished by minimizing the spread of oil on the river bottom and deflecting it, either to a collection area for recovery or away from sensitive areas. The underwater barrier system tested in Kalamazoo at the end of April 23 was specifically designed for deployment in inland water bodies such as rivers, streams and small lakes.Although

GTT Studying Gravity Based Systems for LNG Projects

French engineering company GTT said it has been assigned by two major companies to carry out Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies on new Gravity Based System (GBS) projects for separate linquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.The first one, signed with an European EPC, concerns a large LNG liquefaction project comprising several concrete caissons with several liquid gas membrane tanks, while the second concerns a smaller and metallic GBS project conducted with an Asian partner for providing energy to an island.The two types of GBS are made of caissons consisting in concrete or metallic structures

Crevasses near the grounding line of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica. (Credits: University of Washington/I. Joughin)

Accelerating Antarctic Thaw Speeds Sea Level Rise

An accelerating thaw of Antarctica has pushed up world sea levels by almost a centimeter since the early 1990s in a risk for coasts from Pacific islands to Florida, an international team of scientists said on Thursday.Antarctica has enough ice to raise seas by 58 meters (190 ft) if it ever all melted, dwarfing frozen stores in places from Greenland to the Himalayas and making its future the biggest uncertainty in understanding global warming and ocean levels.The frozen continent lost almost three trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017, the 84 scientists said in what they called the most complete

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Shell Feeds Gas to Australia's New Prelude FLNG

Royal Dutch Shell has introduced gas to its 490 meter (1,600 ft) long Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit as part of the cooling process before start-up, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Wednesday.Gas was fed to the unit from liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Gallina, she said. Thomson Reuters Eikon ship tracking data shows that the vessel left Prelude FLNG port on June 7."This will cool down the tanks and process equipment and pipework with gas and is an opportunity to test processes and systems before the subsea wells are opened at start-up," she said.Shell and Inpex Corp

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Canadian Hydrographic Service Grows Its USV Fleet

The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) has taken delivery of two additional autonomous unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), bringing its fleet to four systems.The 2.5-meter USVs, built and delivered by Florida based SeaRobotics Corporation, are complete hydrographic systems including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, cast winches, deployment carts and road trailers.The SeaRobotics USVs are being deployed across Canada supported by regional training performed by SeaRobotics. CHS, part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, has completed the first year of operation and the analysis of the efficiency and

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JW Fishers Pipe Tracking Made Easy

What do modern day people and ancient Egyptians have in common? You guessed it; underground piping! It has been discovered that the very first metal piping can be traced back thousands of years to copper pipes buried and used by Egyptians to carry wastewater. The first manufactures of modern metal pipes, however, first appeared well over a century ago in Great Britain. No matter what material is used to manufacture buried or undersea piping, keeping track of these complex systems has been a challenge from the very beginning. The Global Positioning System constellation of satellites revolutionized

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AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

A collaborative research project called Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System (ASSSS) aims to deliver an integrated system to provide a means of conducting low cost, shore based, full water column marine surveys using multiple unmanned systems. The project, part funded by Innovate UK, hopes to encourage wider adoption of unmanned systems.The project is being led by a U.K. based developer of unmanned and autonomous marine systems, ASV Global. It combines the advantages of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) to further data gathering opportunities.

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Maersk Drilling: First Order for "Chela" Crane

Maersk Drilling awarded GustoMSC the first order for the uniquely designed crane Chela, which is to be installed on Maersk Invincible (GustoMSC CJ70 design) which is currently operating on Valhall for AkerBP. Chela is desgined to improve safe handling underneath the cantilever and reduce total time spent on wells.     Chela offers an extra hand in operations as, due to its crablike motion characteristics, it can reach below the cantilever as well as elevate towards the main deck, providing crane access to an area traditionally blocked by the cantilever when drilling. “We are

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Submarine Excursions Now Available in the Maldives

Relax by the pool, sip a cocktail on the beach, explore the marine environment in a submarine . . .Guests at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru are able to go beyond the typical vacation experience with an underwater flight excursion aboard the three-person DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S, a submarine designed specifically for underwater tourism.For $1,500.00 (+12% GST) per flight, a trained submarine pilot will take up to two guests below the surface to explore the beautiful Maldivian waters in DeepFlight Adventures’ newest 8-meter sub. Over the course of an hourlong dive, passengers

MDL TTS-4/310 Series Tensioner (Photo: MDL)

MDL Awarded Umbilical Installation Project

U.K. based Maritime Developments said it has won a flex lay contract on a major gas field in the Mediterranean Sea.The project, due to start in 2019, will cover installation of an umbilical connecting the production wells to a fixed offshore processing platform.The work will be carried out using MDL TTS-4/310 Series Tensioner, a 110-metric-ton unit, operated by MDL personnel, as part of the MDL Offshore Service.According to MDL, the system will allow safe and efficient handling of the product thanks to its 5m track length and wide cylindrical track opening for passing of umbilical end fittings.

Keel Laid for Second Bibby Wavemaster

Construction on Bibby Marine Services’ second service operations vessel (SOV) is underway at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania less than a year after Bibby took delivery of sister ship Bibby Wavemaster 1.Bibby ordered the new SOV in early 2018 after lining up a charter for the vessel in December 2017. The new vessel, scheduled to be delivered in 2019, will go to work under contract for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and EnBW for maintenance operations on two windfarms in German waters: Hohe See and Albatros, both owned by EnBW and Enbridge.The steel plates for the second SOV had been cut at the

Wellhead schematic (Photo: DNV GL)

New Recommended Practice for Wellhead Fatigue Analysis

DNV GL releases new recommended practice for wellhead fatigue analysis to improve analysis consistency in the industry.The recommended practice(RP) DNVGL-RP-E104 Wellhead fatigue analysis has now been published. This publication is the result of a phase 2 Joint Industry Project (JIP) involving 16 oil companies and supersedes the April 2015 edition of DNVGL-RP-0142.The content of the updated RP provides specific recommendations on how to perform wellhead fatigue analysis in a consistent manner, and how to solve what have been considered as the main challenges related to wellhead fatigue analysis.

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Dual GyroUSBLs for Allseas' Lorelay Stinger

Offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company Allseas has ordered Sonardyne International’s GyroUSBL acoustic positioning technology for two systems for its 236 meter long lay vessel Lorelay.Used in conjunction with a Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) topside which also formed part of the order, the GyroUSBL transceivers will be installed on the end of the Lorelay’s stinger to acoustically track a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) deployed to ensure a pipe is accurately touching down in the permitted corridor.USBL transceivers are routinely deployed through the hull or

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iXblue Equips Manned Submersible for Titanic Mission

and operates in the low frequency band for deep sea tracking operations. To communicate with Posidonia during each dive, Titan is equipped with iXblue’s MT8 compact low-frequency transponder.“Everyone at iXblue is very excited to be part of the Titanic Survey Expedition.” States Marine Slingue, Sales Director at iXblue. “We are thankful for the renewed trust OceanGate puts in us after a first partnership back in 2016 for the survey of the iconic wreck of Andrea Doria. It is a real vote of confidence for our products to be chosen again -- especially to explore and help survey

Kongsberg’s Yara Birkeland unmanned container ship concept. (Image: Kongsberg)

Ocean Autonomy: Norway to the Fore

Marine autonomous systems working independently and in connected systems are fast becoming a growth sector within the ocean industry space, including the oil and gas industry.The emergence of new marine autonomous systems appears to be a weekly occurrence. As costs have reduced in numerous areas, from sensors to satellites, some of these systems are also coming within the grasps of ordinary citizens, as well as ocean scientists, looking to unlock the secrets of the deep.Part of the drive for these systems, in the oil and gas industry at least, is to reduce use of manned surface vessels, which are

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SMD to Supply Work Class ROV to China

 Subsea equipment design and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has signed a contract to supply its Atom Mk1 1000m 100hp Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system to Chinese power specialist China Southern Power Extra High Voltage Power Transmission Company (EHV, CSG), a subsidiary of the state-owned China Southern Power Grid (CSG).    The ROV will be used for inspection of the 31km physical power cable connections in the Qiongzhou Strait between Hainan Island and mainland China. The Qiongzhou strait often experiences high currents so it was essential that CSG chose

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Subsea 7 Awarded Contract Offshore Nigeria

Subsea 7 S.A. announced it was awarded a contract by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) for the Production Uplift Pipeline Projects (PUPP) in shallow water, offshore Nigeria.   The contract scope includes engineering, construction, transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of 20 kilometres of 24" Corrosion Resistant Alloy (CRA) pipeline between the Idoho Platform and the terminal onshore and of 2 kilometres of 24" CRA pipeline between the Edop and Idoho Platforms, as well as associated topside modifications and tie-ins at both ends. Engineering and procuremen

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EdgeTech Debuts Next-gen 6205s

EdgeTech introduced its next-gen Swath Bathymetry & Side Scan Sonar System, the EdgeTech 6205s.  Building on the 6205 system, EdgeTech redesigned the 6205s in a smaller, lighter package with additional features and functions that are designed to make on-water survey operations more effective and efficient.  The EdgeTech 6205s produces real time, high resolution, 3D maps of the seafloor while providing an enhanced and fully integrated swath bathymetry and dual frequency side scan sonar system.    The new 6205s system offers co-registered dual frequency side scan and bathymetry

Deployment of the Remus 600 to join the rest of the fleet - 5 AUVs and 1 USV - to begin an unmanned multi-vehicle collaborative mission. (Photo courtesy: Javier Gilabert)

Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills

(UPCT), 2University of Porto, Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory (LSTS), 3University of Zagreb, Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST), 4University of Cyprus, Oceanography Centre, 5SASEMAR, Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, 6Irish Coast Guards, 7The Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS, 8Tallin University of Thechnology - TUT, 9University of Girona - UG, 10University of the Balearic Islands - UIB,  11Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskatelige Universitet – NTNU, 12Marine Technology Unit CSIC.     Tracking in-water oil spills before reaching the surface

Fig.3. Located at 200 m depth, two ADCPs (150 kHz, 5-beam 600 kHz) are installed on the fixed platform of an SPM. (Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/ISS; Dive R1832, VISIONS ‘15 expedition)

ADCPs: Action in OOI's Cabled Observatory

; Sound waves propagate through the water column so echoes are returned and processed from many depths. The vertical range of this collection of measurements - called a profile of ocean current velocities - is greater for lower frequency sound waves.   Introduction Thanks to a spirited cadre of marine scientists and engineers, high-tech ocean observatories are now operational. These sites provide a continuous presence in the ocean for sustained and interactive observing. Many combine innovative infrastructure with multi-discipline marine sensors.   Installed at various depths, these observatorie

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GustoMSC Evolves Chela the "Smart" Crane

Nearly two years ago GustoMSC introduced a smart crane for lifting and wireline operations under the drilling cantilever. Two years later, following industry feedback and further development, the equipment has evolved into Chela, named after the Greek word for a crab’s claw. Chela offers an extra hand in operations, and due to its crablike motion characteristics, it can reach below the cantilever as well as elevate towards the main deck, providing crane access to an area traditionally blocked by the cantilever when drilling.   Three key elements to enhance the overall efficiency of the

Ocean surface currents around the world. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The Evolution of Ocean Models

will improve the ocean’s predicted mean state and variability,” he says. “But the overall computational effort is rather big.”   “So our ability to simulate the ocean will improve, but gradually.”     (As published in the Mach 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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M² Subsea Taps Imrie to Lead Sales and Marketing

M² Subsea has appointed Andrew Imrie as global sales and marketing director.   With a career spanning more than 20 years in the global oil and gas industry, Imrie joins M² Subsea from Ampelmann where he was commercial director, based in the Netherlands. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles with Proserv, Amec, GE Oil & Gas and National Oilwell Varco. His broad industry experience, coupled with his strong commercial track record has seen him develop new and profitable business opportunities throughout his career.   As global sales and marketing director, Imrie

Unique System Purchases Two Pipe Trackers

Division Director. “The product complements our existing fleet and means that we can offer the most wide-ranging suite of solutions for our clients’ cable and pipeline detection requirements.”   Ed Cheesman, Senior Manager, Sales & BD, Instruments & Imaging, Teledyne Marine, said, “We are delighted to be able to supply our new HydroPACT 660 pipe tracker to Unique System (UK) Ltd. Teledyne TSS has a long-standing relationship with the Unique Group globally, and they have been delivering subsea detection and tracking systems to the various companies in the Unique

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

Digital Ocean: Making Subsea Data More Easily Accessible

The digital ocean is a reality and U.K.-based digital communications marine 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

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

The participation of Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE in the world-leading Oceanology International 2018 marine science exhibition and conference in the ExCeL, London adds an extra incentive to visit an already pivotal event.   Now in its 49th year, Oceanology International is renowned as an invaluable global maritime technology business networking hub, with 8,500 industry professionals from more than 79 countries anticipated to attend this year.   The 36-month Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition was launched in December 2015, with a $7 million prize purse, and challenges teams from

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SBG Systems Launches Navsight Marine Solution at OI2018

SBG Systems releases at the Oceanology International trade show in London (UK), the Navsight Marine Solution, a full high performance inertial navigation solution designed to made surveyors’ tasks easier on both shallow and deep water.   Built on a proven technology, Navsight strengthens SBG Systems position as leading innovator in the marine technology market. Navsight Marine Solution consists in an Inertial Measurement Unit available at two different performance levels (from shallow to deep water), and connected to Navsight, a rugged processing unit embedding the fusion intelligence

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PIL, PSA, IBM Conclude Successful Blockchain Trial on Chongqing-Singapore Route

 Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL), port operator PSA International, and technology giant IBM Singapore have concluded a successful blockchain trial, having signed a memorandum of understanding in August 2017.   Following the signing of the MOU, the companies worked on a Proof Of Concept (POC) exercise, built on IBM Blockchain Platform, applying and then testing a blockchain-based supply chain platform to track and trace cargo movement from Chongqing to Singapore via the Southern Transport Corridor.   The trial successfully achieved the following objectives:

Fig 1 – Echoscope XD, Echoscope and Echoscope C500 Sonars (Image: Coda Octopus)

Meet the Future of Visualization and Mapping Sonars

of the area being inspected and cannot image moving objects. Many subsea applications require technology that can facilitate real-time 3D decision making of both static and dynamic operations.   Coda Octopus Products Ltd. has recognized this market requirement and has been at the forefront of marine survey operations for nearly 25 years. The company started as the first pioneer of digital acquisition and processing for geophysical survey, and this innovation and emphasis on research and development (R&D) has characterized the company ever since. Coda Octopus has continued to lead the geophysical

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Wave Buoy Measurements on a Hexapod

, and gained valuable experience in the measurement procedures with the hexapod.      The Author Sanne van Essen is Project Manager at the Business Unit Ships at MARIN, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands.     (As published in the January/February 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Left to right: Konrad Mech, Director of Subsea Channel Management at Kongsberg Maritime AS, and Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Group (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group, Kongsberg Maritime Restore Partnership

Geoacoustics range among others. The underwater navigation products include the HiPAP range of underwater positioning systems and the cNODE underwater positioning transponders.   KONGSBERG also provides a range of products and solutions for underwater acoustics that help with search and recovery, marine engineering, security and surveillance and various other underwater applications. The KONGSBERG range includes solutions for positioning, GPS tracking, and motion monitoring among others.         Konrad Mech, Director Subsea Channel Management at Kongsberg Maritime AS,

FairfieldNodal Welcomes New Member to Its Board of Directors

Seismic nodal technology and services firm FairfieldNodal has welcomed Knut Eriksen as the newest member of its Board of Directors.   Eriksen recently retired from Oceaneering International where he served as Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. He has also held other key executive positions in the oil and gas industry, on the operator, service company and contractor sides of the business. He brings industry experience, strategic orientation, demonstrated business development track record and in-depth understanding of the offshore oil and gas segment as

Calibrating the equipment: Newton’s M3200UW scans a pipe using Sonardyne’s SPRINT 500 and Fusion 6G software to remove the risk of latency and timing jitter, to gain centimetric level precision. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Underwater Laser Mapping on the Move

Subsea technology companies Newton Research Labs Inc. and Sonardyne International Ltd, UK. have completed tests to integrate Newton Labs’ underwater laser scanners with Sonardyne’s acoustically-aided inertial navigation system for underwater vehicles, SPRINT-Mapper.   The companies say the milestone paves the way for greater adoption by industry of mobile laser mapping technology to survey seafloor sites and subsea structures, and eliminates many of the challenges currently faced by users when attempting to configure advanced sensor technologies from different vendors prior to

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WHOI Spins Off Tech Start-up EOM Offshore

to help prevent lethal collisions. As growth continues in emerging offshore renewable floating power-generation platforms, EOM Offshore’s power-handling capacity and fatigue-resistant hoses offer key advantages to promote growth in this market.   “EOM Offshore is emblematic of advanced marine technology spawned at WHOI by its ingenious scientists and engineers. New ownership intends to work with those same brilliant founders to continue EOM’s product and service excellence while providing WHOI with an ongoing royalty stream that will contribute to WHOI’s continued ocean leadership

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Fairbank Joins SBG Systems’ Sales Team

MEMS-based inertial motion sensing solutions supplier SBG Systems has hired Chelsea Fairbank as Sales Engineer in North America. She will team up with Jack Mawson, Sales Manager North America at the company’s U.S. office in Huntington Beach, Calif. and will be in charge of the marine and education segments.   Fairbank has an extensive background in the hydrographic industry, starting her career as hydrographic surveyor. During her five years with Fugro, she worked on international hydrographic and cable route surveys working with a broad range of Inertial Navigation Equipment integrated

Germany’s research vessel Maria S. Merian will use its new Sonardyne tracking technology to conduct science operations around the world, including the subpolar Norwegian Sea. (mage: Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG, Research | Forschungsschifffahrt)

German Research Vessel Upgraded

Ranger 2 deep water acoustic tracking technology produced by Sonardyne International Ltd. has been installed on the Maria S. Merian, one of the most modern vessels in the German research fleet.   Delivered through Sonardyne’s in-country agent, Scholz Ingenieur Büro GmbH, the system was chosen as a replacement for the vessel’s existing third-party Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) acoustic equipment to enable science teams to precisely track the position of deep-water science systems including unmanned robotic platforms and seafloor landers to beyond seven kilometers.   Operated

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MTS: New Webinar Series on Oil Spill Impacts

In support of a collaboration between the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the MTS will host a three-part webinar series in support of a TechSurge focused on the effects of oil spills on the environment and public health occurring in February 2018. The first webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 4-5 p.m. ET.  The topic of the webinar series is Introduction to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). Essentially, the webinar will share insights into the research of the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the

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Oceanology International '18: Conference Schedule Finalized

respective fields, and the potential for enlightened, galvanizing discussion and the cross-fertilization of progressive ideas is genuinely exciting.” The conference program gets under way on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 with a Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics track,chaired by Andy Hill, Marine Geohazard Technical Authority at BP Exploration, and Richard Salisbury, Senior Consultant at Fugro. This session will discuss data collation and examination methods used in mapping offshore seabed and sub-seabed environments, highlighting the benefits such studies confer upon the renewables, oil

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Subsea Infrastructure: Challenges & Solutions

As offshore oil and gas reserves become ever more difficult and costly to recover, the demand for innovative technology has never been greater. Joe Orrell, managing director at RED Engineering, considers some of the challenges in subsea infrastructure design and the role of fast track engineering solutions.   The offshore oil and gas industry, even in times of low prices and abundant supply, is driven by the almost relentless search for new fields to replace those coming towards the end of their natural productive lives. Often this forces exploration in ever more challenging environments and

Teledyne TSS Launches New Pipe Tracker

Teledyne Marine division Teledyne TSS has expanded its range of subsea pipe and cable detection and tracking products with the launch of the new smaller HydroPACT 660 pipe tracking system.   The 660 has been designed to help reduce the cost of subsea pipe surveys by allowing the use of smaller classes of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). In addition, TSS is also expanding the capabilities of its larger HydroPACT 440 pipe tracking system by introducing a new 24VDC upgrade kit.   The new, compact HydroPACT 660 sports a single small form factor coil array measuring 1,200mm x

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New C-DRONE for Undisturbed Wave Spectrum Measurements

this problem, MARIN evaluated airborne drones for the measurement of wave characteristics. Airborne drones have become widely available over the past few years, have increasing reliability and have lowered in price. However, for wave elevation measurements under strong, gusty wind conditions in a harsh marine environment their applicability and reliability is limited. Moreover, commercial deployment of flying drones requires expensive certification and training. This led us to develop the C-DRONE: an autonomous/remote operated vehicle which can be deployed and retrieved using a rope and hook to measure

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Finding Monsters on the Ocean Surface

The study of extreme wave events in the ocean has become a popular area of research in recent years. Aside from seafarers, extreme waves impact coastal communities and are of great interest to marine renewable energy companies. This is particularly prevalent in the face of coastal erosion, rising sea levels and uncertainty in how the wave climate will change in a warming world. However, much of the current research is based on modeling and experiments. Extreme wave events – including storm waves, rogue waves, storm surges and tsunamis – are rare, and as such are difficult to observe and

Aquabotix’s Integra AUV/ROV is designed for multiple underwater missions across several sectors. Photo: Aquabotix

Aquabotix Debuts New Integra AUV/ROV

UUV Aquabotix Ltd. debuts its second-generation hybrid underwater vehicle, the Integra AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle). Single-person deployable, portable and lithium ion battery-powered, the Integra AUV/ROV allows users to conduct multiple underwater missions, while providing a cost-efficient alternative to deploying separate AUVs and ROVs for individualized tasks.    The Integra AUV/ROV can be configured with multiple sensors and maneuvered by an easy-to-use intuitive platform accessible from any web-enabled device. The vehicle is designed for use across

Roddy James, N-Sea Chief Operating Officer (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea Develops UXO Detection System

Subsea IMR provider N-Sea has launched Magsense, a vertical gradiometer array specifically designed for highly accurate Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) campaigns.   Developed in-house by N-Sea, the system has been designed to collect and record high resolution data in magnetically noisy subsea environments and hostile conditions, delivering improved accuracy, efficiency and safety in the detection of UXO.   “Specifically designed for wide seabed survey, with highly accurate UXO target detection and accurate modeling, [Magsense] is suitable for use in all environments,” said N-Sea

Fig.1. Sodebo Ultim arrives home after Thomas Coville’s record-breaking trip. (Photo Credit: Team Sodebo)

Around the World in 49 Days

Sodebo to improve boat performance. As well as directly reporting leeway to the helmsman, the DVL data helped with evaluating refinements to the boat’s foils and dagger boards.   Observing Remote Parts of the Oceans Vessels such as Sodebo Ultim that sail through remote seas can collect new marine information about poorly known regions. The French Ocean Agency IFREMER partnered with Team Sodebo on this project. These researchers plan to analyze water currents observed from Sodebo Ultim. Part of the work will be comparing these direct observations with currents inferred from satellite altimetry

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Ashtead Bolsters US Team

Global subsea equipment specialists, Ashtead Technology, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steven Thrasher as regional vice president for the Americas. Bringing almost 20 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Thrasher, who will be based in Houston, Texas, will head up Ashtead’s US operation as it gears up for further growth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and neighbouring markets.   Prior to joining Ashtead, Thrasher held a number of senior and technical positions at FTO Services, C-Innovation and Schilling Robotics.   He began his career in the

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Teledyne RD Instruments Updates Sentinel V ADCP

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) said it has added new features for its Sentinel V Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). Originally designed for self-contained current profiling and waves measurement applications, the ADCP’s functionality was recently expanded to allow for real-time applications at data rates of up to 16 Hz. Now, two additional features have been added:  an option for bottom-tracking for moving boat applications and a new utilities software to interface with TRDI’s existing VMDAS software program to simplify vessel mounted data applications. Teledyne RDI said

Deep BV immediately put its new Sonardyne Mini Ranger 2 USBL tracking system to work in a project to survey an area for unexploded ordnance. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Deep BV Takes Delivery of Sonardyne Positioning Equipment

Dutch survey company Deep BV has purchased underwater acoustic technology supplied by Sonardyne International, UK, to support its inshore, harbor, coastal and offshore activities.    Within days of the order, the two Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking systems and WSM 6+ mini transponders were delivered to Deep BV’s headquarters in Amsterdam and were put straight to work during an operation to search for unexploded ordnance (UXO).    Sonardyne said Mini-Ranger 2 boasts a number of features that makes it suited for underwater operations such as UXO surveys

An Integrated Rigs to ReefsTM subsea layout. (Photo: Xodus)

Offshore Decommissioning: New Reefing Solution Unveiled

.   “Importantly, this industry-first offering provides a clear pathway for the transfer of ownership to state agencies.”   The partnership combines Xodus’ decommissioning capabilities with Subcon’s track record in the design and construction of purpose-built marine habitats.   While the rigs to reef solution has a proven track record for generating decommissioning cost savings and for creating effective habitat, the question of who has enduring liability for the structure remains open, Xodus noted. The IR2R model employs methods of relocation, augmentation

The CARTHE drifter (Photo: GreenWave Instruments LLC)

Meet the CARTHE Drifter

Surface currents in the upper 1 ocean are very important in driving the fate of marine debris and pollutants but are also challenging to measure. Tracking the upper ocean in an effective manner may require massive deployment of GPS tracked drifter buoys, which until now were expensive, cumbersome and quite polluting themselves (i.e. made of PVC, ABS and Nylon). The CARTHE drifter is an answer to the need for a compact, user-friendly, robust, yet eco-friendly solution. Scientists with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), in collaboration with the

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Oceaneering Adds New Reel Drive System

Oceaneering International, Inc. has taken delivery of an 800-metric-ton SWL (Safe Working Load) reel drive system (RDS) from Maritime Developments (MDL).   The modular system will be used to deploy and retrieve SURF products (subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines) on board the company’s new-built multi-service vessel, Ocean Evolution and joins Oceaneering’s global fleet of flex-lay equipment.   Rated for over 1,300-metric-ton DWL (Dynamic Working Load), the RDS is rated for handling 14m diameter reels weighing 800 metric tons under dynamic, sea-state conditions. The RDS

The Smartrak system deployed on the front of an AUV. The dark-colored Smartrak gradiometers can be seen mounted downwards on the white mounting frame. The sensors are fitted with fairings to reduce drag through the water. The AUV is flown close to the seabed during tasks. (Photo: INNOVATUM Ltd.)

Track Cables and Pipelines with an AUV

missions using survey tool Smartrak from U.K. based INNOVATUM Ltd. The company designs, manufactures and operates compact, low-powered magnetic cable and pipeline tracking systems.   INNOVATUM said recent tests have successfully demonstrated fully autonomous passive magnetic tracking of a submarine cable by AUV, using Smartrak.   INNOVATUM has released the AUV data protocol for a standard communications format between Innovatum Smartrak and AUVs. The data protocol allows operators and AUV manufacturers to prepare AUVs for cable and pipe tracking tasks. The data protocol document is available

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

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 subsequently able to pinpoint the exact location of the wreck which was lying in 40 meters of water.    Rescue 116, a Sikorsky S92 search and

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