MEMS Motion Tracking

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

Photo: Maritime Developments

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

© Sergei Uryadnikov / Adobe Stock

Sonar Technology to Be Used to Detect Sharks in the US

has been on the rise. Some of the predators on the western U.S. coastline can measure up to 12 feet in length, posing a threat to surfers and beachgoers.   In order to provide an early warning to the relevant authorities managing beach safety, sharks can be detected and tracked using the SMS marine monitoring system utilizes Tritech International Limited Gemini 720is multibeam sonar technology in conjunction with its SharkTec software.   Tritech’s original high-definition sonar imaging software, conventionally used in the subsea oil and gas sector, was adapted by utilizing shark

New Study Will Examine Hydrate Blockage in Subsea Jumpers

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is leading a joint industry project (JIP), supported by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), to provide industry with a better understanding of the mechanism of hydrate growth and blockages.   The 12-month study, entitled ‘Hydrate Deposit Growth in Subsea Jumpers (HyJump)’, currently has the support of industry partners, including Chevron, Total and Woodside, and is welcoming more participants to join the project.   To simulate the flow geometry and risk of hydrate blockage in subsea equipment, the project will see the development

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

The overall effect diagram of New Buoyant Tower solution with storage (Photo: Wison)

Wison Launches Buoyant Tower Solutions with Storage

Wison Offshore & Marine has developed a new Buoyant Tower solution with condensate or oil storage, adopting Wison’s proprietary Buoyant Tower technology. This floating concept provides a new economic and reliable option for the oil and gas development in the shallow to medium-depth waters.   Originally invented by Ed Horton and Lyle Finn, the Buoyant Tower technology was first applied to BPZ CX-15 project offshore Peru when both Ed and Lyle worked for Horton Wison Deepwater Inc. (HWD), now renamed as Wison Offshore Technology Inc. with 130+ patents originated by Ed Horton and his

CGG Completes Perdido Subsalt Survey for Pemex

CGG has completed ahead of schedule an 11,500 sq km wide-azimuth (WAZ) survey on behalf of Pemex in the deepwater Perdido area. This new survey has been acquired perpendicularly to existing WAZ data and the combined Imaging of this first large-scale orthogonal WAZ data set is expected to provide significantly enhanced subsalt imaging results. A fast-track TTI RTM image for the first block of approximately 5,200 sq. km was delivered earlier than planned, helping to guide the client’s drilling operations. This landmark survey also saw the first deployment of Sercel’s QuietSea next-genera

Curtiss-Wright Winch Systems for US Navy Sonar

Integrated Defense Systems to provide its winch system technology for use in a new Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) for the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class.   Raytheon recently announced that it had been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to develop the VDS, a mission-critical anti-submarine warfare asset that will be deployed from the LCS to locate and track submarines. Curtiss-Wright joins Raytheon's agile, dedicated team of industry experts committed to advancing the design to a full Pre-Production Test Article, expected to be complete in late 2018.    "Curtiss-Wright&rsqu

3DSS-DX-450 Sonar (Image: Ping DSP)

Ping DSP Releases MBES Mode Bathymetry Software

Aiming to raise the bar for shallow water mapping and imaging, Ping DSP has introduced its new MBES Bathymetry Engine.   With a useable swath width of up to 14 times water depth, the 3DSS brings accurate, wide swath echo sounding to shallow water and provides the same operational and bathymetric performance benefits of Multibeam Echosounders but over the larger swath.   Ping DSP said the new MBES Mode uses an advanced new seabed detection algorithm that takes advantage of the dual head nature of the 3DSS sonar and its high resolution 3D imaging capability to achieve swath widths far

Spreegrund (Photo: SBG Systems)

Case Study: High Accuracy Survey under Bridges

Client: WSA Berlin Application: Hydrography/Charting Product: Apogee-E Inertial Navigation System Project: Multibeam echo sounder stabilization and data georeferencing   The vessel Spreegrund, property of WSA Berlin, has been equipped by MBT, part of MacArtney group, with state-of- the-art equipment including the Apogee-E, the highest accuracy inertial navigation system from SBG. One of the main goals was to obtain very good results when surveying under bridges.    The catamaran survey vessel named Spreegrund serves as survey vessel on German lakes, adjacent canals and

ROV deployment from the RV Petrel (Photo: 3U)

The ROV that Explored USS Indianapolis

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis was found by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his team on August 19, 2017. A state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was deployed to confirm and document the shipwreck in its resting place some 5,500 meters below the surface in the Philippine Sea.   For the design, manufacture and commissioning of the specialty ROV, Allen and his company Vulcan Inc. received support from 3U Technologies, LLC, who said it was initially contracted by Vulcan in 2012 to investigate 6,000-meter ROV solutions to extend Allen’s passion for

An Air-Deployable Expendable Ice Buoy is deployed in the high Arctic near the North Pole from a Royal Danish Air Force C-130 aircraft operating out of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, as part of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP). Photo: United States Navy

US Navy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean

 The U.S National Ice Center (USNIC) in coordination with the Office of Naval Research, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, the Danish Joint Arctic Command, Environmental and Climate Change Canada and University of Washington deployed buoys into the Arctic Ocean during a joint mission.  The joint mission was conducted to collect weather and oceanographic data to enhance forecasting and environmental models thereby reducing operational risk for assets in the Arctic.   "Polar lows are like hurricanes of the north and the data collected from these buoys will help us with

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will be a keynote speaker. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Teledyne Marine Workshop Set for San Diego

Teledyne Marine will host its second biennial Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, CA, scheduled for October 15-18, 2017. TMTW will attract hundreds of attendees from around the globe, who will converge to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies and applications.   This year’s TMTW will include more than 50 industry speakers spanning four concurrent morning tracks focused on the utilization of marine technology for offshore energy, oceanography / hydrography, civil engineering / water resources, and defense /

(Photo: Seatools)

Seatools Upgrades FPROV on Van Oord’s FFPV Stornes

In June of this year, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Seatools completed the upgrade of the fall pipe ROV installed on Van Oord’s flexible fall pipe vessel Stornes. The depth upgrade enables Van Oord to perform precision rock installation in water depths of up to 2,100 meters.   Seatools initially delivered the fall pipe ROV in 2007, with a depth rating of 1,350 meters. Over the years, the 300 kW fall pipe ROV, executed with a range of dynamic positioning modes such as auto-heading, auto-track, and auto-swing, successfully performed precision rock installation operations in

Andy Warder (Photo: Pharos Offshore)

Pharos Offshore Names Warder COO

Pharos Offshore announced Andy Warder has joined the team as Chief Operations Officer with immediate effect.   Warder joins Pharos with over 25 years’ experience in the offshore industry holding senior and executive management positions with a track record of successfully growing his business units and providing strong support and solutions to Clients predominantly throughout the Asia Pacific regions.  

(Photo: Global Marine Group)

Global Marine Group Extends UK Footprint

Offshore engineering services provider Global Marine Group (GMG) has expanded its operations base in the United Kingdom to include the Port of Blyth, Northumberland.   Blyth, a modern, well-specified port, has emerged as a major support base for U.K. offshore energy projects. Operating from the Port of Blyth, both of GMG’s two business units, CWind, which provides services to the offshore wind industry, and Global Marine, which provides fiber optic cable solutions to multiple sectors, will be able to offer regionally-focused support, resulting in faster mobilization, greater flexibility

Prelude FLNG (Photo: Trelleborg)

Trelleborg Suite Supplied to Prelude FLNG

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has supplied a suite of products to Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility, the largest offshore facility ever constructed. Prelude, which is 488 meters long, 74 meters wide, and made with more than 260,000 tons of steel, will extract and liquefy natural gas from a site in North West Australia.   Trelleborg supplied its gas transfer technology and SafePilot navigational and piloting systems for Prelude.   “Our SafePilot solution, SSL, ESL and radio ESD for tandem condensate offload have been used on Shell’s Prelude FLNG,” said

Oceanic Champion (Photo: CGG)

CGG Starts Seismic Survey Offshore Brazil

 CGG said it has started work on Espirito Santo IV, a large BroadSeis 3D multi-client survey in the deep and ultra-deep waters of the Espirito Santo Basin offshore Brazil.    The vessel Oceanic Champion is acquiring the survey which is expected to take seven months. This industry-supported survey will cover 10,300 sq km and be processed at CGG’s Rio de Janeiro Subsurface Imaging center. The high-end broadband sequence will include the latest 3D deghosting, Full-Waveform Inversion (FWI) velocity modeling and Tilted Transverse Isotropy (TTI) imaging. Fast-Track PSDM products will

Coiled carbon nanotube yarns, created at the University of Texas at Dallas and imaged here with a scanning electron microscope, generate electrical energy when stretched or twisted. (Image: University of Texas at Dallas)

Stretch for Power: High-tech Yarn Generates New Energy

A new, high-tech yarn that generates electricity when stretched or twisted could use ocean waves and human motion to lower man's dependency on fossil fuels, researchers said on Thursday.   An international team of scientists said in a study they had developed a stretchy yarn made of carbon nanotubes - tiny strands of carbon atoms up to 10,000 times smaller than a hair - that produces electricity from a host of natural sources.   "The easiest way to think of twistron harvesters is, you have a piece of yarn, you stretch it, and out comes electricity," said Carter Haines, a lead

M2 Subsea Achieves ISN Safety Approval

ROV services provider M2 Subsea said it has secured the seal of approval from ISNetworld (ISN) in the U.S. for its Safety Management System following an evaluation of its internal system for managing its health and safety.   ISN is an internationally recognized resource for connecting companies with safe, reliable contractors and suppliers and is designed to meet internal and governmental record keeping and compliance requirements. It measures key performance indicators among workers in meeting industry needs and regulations.   Mike Arnold, chief executive officer of M2 Subsea, commented

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 will support the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s work by enabling science teams to precisely monitor the position of underwater systems including Boaty McBoatface. (Image: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Ranger 2 for RRS Sir David Attenborough

engineering services, Rolls Royce is supplying a comprehensive package of control systems and equipment for the vessel, including the DP system. This will utilize data from Ranger 2 to maintain a stable vessel position as equipment and vehicles are deployed and recovered in some of the most challenging marine environments on the planet.   Sonardyne’s contract includes the supply of two through-hull deployment machines, seafloor and vehicle-mounted tracking transponders, and topside control hardware and software. The first equipment deliveries to Cammell Laird for integration into the vessel

Photo: MacArtney

MacArtney's CEMAC for Safe Cable Handling

MacArtney’s offshore cable handling equipment named CEMAC is designed  for power and telecommunication cables and for cable handling operations within the renewable energy industry, in particular the offshore wind sector.   In addition to supplying challenging subsea solutions from concept to completion, MacArtney has also specialized in designing and manufacturing vessel deck systems and equipment for the renewable energy industry and in particular the offshore wind sector.   The equipment in question, the so-called CEMAC offshore handling equipment, belongs to a product line

OI London Issues Final Call for Speakers

Marine science and ocean technology event Oceanology International 2018 has issued a public call for abstracts by September 15, 2017 for the opportunity of inclusion in its technical conference program line-up of speakers.   Technologists, scientists, engineers and experts in their field are invited to submit a 300-word proposal on a variety of topical specialist subjects which reflect the conference’s series of 11 free-to-attend technical tracks chaired by a prominent list of industry leaders already confirmed for next year’s event from March 13-15 at ExCeL London.   Speakers

(Photo: Ocean Power Technologies)

Ocean Power Technologies Establishes Houston Presence

New Jersey based Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) said it has established a presence in Houston to more effectively support the company’s oil and gas business development activities.   The company’s daily business development activities in Houston will be managed by OPT’s new Director of Global Applications, David Marchetti, who work with customers to understand their challenges and develop unique solutions which integrate the OPT PowerBuoy to support customer subsea remote offshore operations from concept through deployment and beyond.   OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy

North Atlantic right whales (Photo: Jolinne Surrette / Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Orders Ships to Reduce Speed to Prevent Whale Deaths

Certain ships are being ordered to reduce speed because of the deaths of at least 10 North Atlantic right whales in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence during the past two months, the government said on Friday.   The deaths have made 2017 the deadliest year for the endangered marine mammal since scientists began tracking their numbers in the 1980s, researchers said.   The ministries of transport and fisheries issued a temporary order for vessels 20 meters or longer to slow to a maximum of 10 knots in the western portion of the Gulf, which stretches from Quebec to north of Prince Edward Island.

© tomonet000 / Adobe Stock

Study: Climate Change Shifts Timing of River Floods

Climate change has shifted the timing of flooding in European rivers in the past 50 years, causing deluges earlier in the northeast and later around parts of the Mediterranean, scientists said on Thursday.   Floods affect more people worldwide than any other natural hazard and U.N. estimates put the amount of damage they cause at $104 billion a year. Predicting the timings can help protect people and guide crop plantings, irrigation and hydropower generation.   "Climate change has impacted flood timing in Europe," lead author Guenter Bloeschl of the Vienna University of Technolog

The scientific base of Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, as seen from the sea. The future Satellite Ranging Station will be located between the two antennas visible in the image. Credits: Norwegian Mapping Authority/Per Erik Opseth. Photo: NASA

NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

 NASA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art satellite laser ranging station 650 miles from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, help track changes in the ice sheets and improve the efficiency of marine transportation and agriculture.   The Arctic station will be the latest addition to a global network of space geodetic stations, which measure and monitor the size and shape of Earth, its orientation in space, the exact location of points on its surface and how these locations change over time. Space

(Image: EdgeTech)

EdgeTech Upgrades its Sonar Software

EdgeTech enhances Discover software with new coverage mapper and target logger   EdgeTech, producer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, has released a new version of its Discover sonar software. The new software coverage mapper module has advanced navigation features allowing the setup of survey lines with a left/right steering indicator to assist in survey line control. Background navigation charts and other imagery such as multibeam bathymetry and satellite imagery can be layered or blended with individual transparency control, a feature unique to this software.

(Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Deaths of North Atlantic Right Whales Puzzle Scientists

 North American conservationists are scrambling to find out why North Atlantic right whales are dying in unprecedented numbers, with nine deaths in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence in two months, according to Canadian authorities.   The nine deaths make 2017 the deadliest year for the endangered marine mammal since scientists began tracking their numbers in the 1980s, said Kim Davies, a Dalhousie University post-doctoral fellow who is pioneering a way to track their activity in real time.   There are only about 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world.   Human activity has

(Photo: SeaRobotics)

SeaRobotics Delivers USVs for Hydrographic Surveying

Geoff Douglass, USV development manager at SeaRobotics.   SeaRobotics Corporation, headquartered in Stuart, Fla., specializes in small, smart vessels that are remotely or autonomously operated. Its clients include major military and commercial organizations, both U.S. and foreign. SeaRobotics' marine survey software interfaces with most data acquisition hardware, software and sensing systems to produce multi-spectral, DGPS-stamped data for survey, research, or surveillance efforts. Applications for SeaRobotics vessels range from bathymetric and hydrographic surveys to coastal, harbor and riverine

Figure 1 (Image: Klein Marine Systems)

Case Study: Klein System 5900 Side Scan Sonar

Klein Marine System’s flagship 5900 high-resolution and high-speed side scan sonar is designed for use as either a conventional towed system or a payload for an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). Klein recently tested its newest sonar features in Israel on the USV Seagull, Elbit’s versatile platform for mine hunting and antisubmarine warfare. Among these features is the ability to control and stream full-resolution side scan sonar images via satellite.During a recent test, the Klein 5900 made several passages over the wreck of the Italian Submarine Scirè, sunk by the British naval

MARIN's Olaf Waals pictured with the scale model of a mega floating island in its Offshore Basin in a storm of waves, wind and currents. (Images: MARIN)

First Floating Mega Island Tested

Floating ports and cities possible solutions to sea level rise and overcrowded cities    MARIN (Maritime Research Institute) tested an innovative concept for a floating mega island. The island comprises 87 large floating triangles that are flexibility connected to one another. Together they form a flexible floating island that can be as large as 1 to 5 km in cross-section. Olaf Waals, project manager and the concept developer: “As sea level rises, cities become overcrowded and more activities are carried out at sea, raising the dikes and reclaiming land from the seas are perhaps no

Photo: MacArtney Group

French Bathymetric Survey Vessel Renovated and Refurbished

Global multibeam solution provided by MacArtney guarantees functioning of bathymetric surveys carried out close to the harbor of Bayonne in the southwest of France.   Located on the western border between Basque Country and Gascony, the harbor of Bayonne belongs to the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine which is under obligation to provide information to the various harbor operators about the depths in the areas of the harbor.   MacArtney France is the supplier of the multibeam solution for the bathymetric vessel ‘Ingénieurs Lesbordes’ and is likewise the integrator of the

Photo: Sonardyne

Sonardyne to Track Vietnamese Divers and ROVs

 Sonardyne’s subsea technology used for tracking the position of divers and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) as they carry out surveys and inspections has been selected by Vietnam-based Thien Nam Positioning JSC to supports its offshore activities in the region.   The Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) acoustic tracking system, the first to be delivered into Vietnam, was supplied through Sonardyne’s subsidiary in Singapore. It has the capability to simultaneously and precisely track up to 10 underwater mobile targets and benefits from the same Wideband acoustic signal

Seabed Geosolutions Wins Brazil Survey Work

Fugro said its joint venture with CGG has secured a contract from Petrobras for a 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) survey in the Brazilian Santos Basin.   The seven month contract awarded to the survey firms’ joint venture Seabed Geosolutions is valued at around $90 million and is scheduled to commence at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 or early 2018, Fugro said.   According to Seabed Geosolutions CEO, Stephan Midenet, the OBN survey is the “industry’s largest ever” and will span more than 1,600 square kilometers.    Midenet added that Seabed Geosolution

Photo: NOAA

Scientists Predict Third Largest GoM ‘Dead Zone’

Larger-than-average low and no oxygen area in Gulf of Mexico may affect the region’s shrimp fisheries   This summer’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – is forecasted to be approximately 8,185 square miles, or about the size of New Jersey, U.S. federal scientists predict.   NOAA said this would be the third largest dead zone recorded since monitoring began 32 years ago – the average Gulf dead zone since then has been 5,309 square miles.   The Gulf’s hypoxic or low-oxygen

One of the cable tensioners added to Briggs’ range of equipment (Photo: Briggs Marine)

Briggs Marine Strengthens Subsea Offering

U.K. marine contractor Briggs Marine said it has invested more than £1 million into its subsea services division over recent months.   The company has enhanced its subsea cable repair and installation capabilities with the addition of two new 15Te tracked cable tensioners to its existing cable handling equipment portfolio. The tensioners were employed immediately in the renewable energy sector to deliver power to cable installation operations for Briggs’ subsea services division.   Briggs has also invested in two cable storage tanks, extending its Burntisland-based cable depot

Chesapeake Bay (Photo: NOAA)

Scientists Predict Larger ‘Dead Zone’ for Chesapeake Bay

and anoxic (oxygen-free) zones are caused by excess nutrient pollution, primarily from human activities such as agriculture and wastewater. The excess nutrients stimulate an overgrowth of algae, which then sinks and decomposes in the water. The resulting low oxygen levels are insufficient to support most marine life and habitats in near-bottom waters, threatening the Bay’s crabs, oysters and other fisheries.   Spring rainfall plays an important role in determining the size of the hypoxic zone. In 2017, the Susquehanna River delivered 81.4 million pounds of nitrogen into the bay slightly greater

Photo: NOC

How Does Ocean Circulation Impact Marine Protected Areas?

Researchers at the National Oceanography Center (NOC) studying the U.K.’s four largest Marine Protected Areas have found that, because of the ocean’s vigorous circulation, even remote, seemingly pristine habitats, are not isolated from human activities, and may be vulnerable to pollution and overfishing impacts.   In recent years, a number of large Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been set up around the world to create ‘safe havens’ for marine life. These have been established to help with biodiversity and habitat preservation, to restore damaged ecosystems, and also

NOAA hyrdographic survey vessel Ferdinand R. Hassler (Photo: David Hall, NOAA)

NOAA Hydrographic Survey Spending in Question

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) needs to improve its strategy for analyzing costs and expanding private sector involvement in collecting hydrographic data, says a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).   As one of its many duties, NOAA is tasked with collecting hydrographic data. This data, which is used in helping to create critical nautical charts, is either collected using NOAA’s own fleet of four survey vessels, or acquired through the private sector.   Asked by Congress to review NOAA’s hydrographic data collection efforts

Jean-Jacques Biteau, Vice-President, EAGE; Professor Sebastian Geiger, Heriot-Watt University; Chris Ward, President, EAGE. (Photo: Heriot-Watt)

Alfred Wegener Award to Professor Geiger

Professor Sebastian Geiger, Director of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) and Foundation CMG Chair at Heriot-Watt University, has been awarded the 2017 Alfred Wegener Award by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). The Award is made to an Association member who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of time to the scientific and technical advancement of one or more of the disciplines in the Association, particularly petroleum geoscience and engineering.   The citation for the Award mentioned that his contributions to the field of carbonate

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

Image: Kongsberg

Tech File: Kongsberg’s Compact Survey Vessel

GeoSwath 4R system is pre-calibrated so that the survey operation can commence immediately on arrival, and no time is wasted running additional survey lines.    Its shallow draft, high top speed and maneuverability combined with the stability of a catamaran hull make it ideal for use in both marine surveys and on canals, river and lakes. The ability to steer tight survey grids makes it a fast and accurate addition to the surveyor’s portfolio.   The new GeoSwath 4R system offers unsurpassed productivity in shallow waters with at least 12x water depth coverage right up to the waterline

Photo: NOAA

'Above-normal' Hurricane Season Forecasted

U.S. weather forecasters on Thursday predicted more tropical storms in 2017 than normal for the Atlantic hurricane season, which last year brought one of the deadliest recorded storm systems that killed several hundred people.   Meteorologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said there was a 70 percent chance of seeing between 11 and 17 named tropical storms this season, which begins on June 1 and runs for six months.   "There is a potential for a lot of storm activity this year," Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator

Image: Bosch Rexroth

New Split Hoist System from Bosch Rexroth

 A new ‘split hoist’ heave compensation system from Bosch Rexroth combines active and passive heave compensation (AHC and PHC) elements with a sophisticated control system to enable AHC functionality to be added to new and existing hoisting installations. Using a modular and mobile design, the new split hoist system is especially interesting for use with existing multi-part reeved hoisting equipment.   The new split hoist heave compensation system supports a much higher working load, while also improving system efficiency by as much as 80 percent, according to the manufacturer.

Sonardyne said tight integration between its Syrinx DVL and SPRINT INS will provide accuracy, precision and integrity for Kasetsart University’s long range AUV (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Navigation Chosen for Thai AUV Program

A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) being developed by a joint-research program between PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) and Kasetsart University (KU), Bangkok, Thailand will feature marine robotics navigation technology supplied by Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd, of Singapore.   The order for Sonardyne’s SPRINT inertial navigation system (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) was placed by the PTTEP-KU and will be integrated on a 4,000 meter rated, long endurance AUV being built for applications including pipeline maintenance and oil-spill detection.

(Photo: CMRE)

Anti-Submarine Warfare: Unmanned Future

Hidden under the vast crystal blues of the Pacific, a submarine is hunted from above. A centuries-old game of cat and mouse drives the technological advancements in the ongoing race to conquer the undersea realms. Today, enhanced capability in both anti-submarine and anti-surface technology is transforming anti-submarine warfare, known as ASW.    Modern submarines are not only quieter than their ancestors, but they are also better equipped to deal with the threats that shadow them from above. For now, submarines are ahead in the race. But, with the emergence of unmanned autonomous technology

Photo: Teledyne Marine

Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop: Call for Speakers

Teledyne Marine has issued a call for speakers for its joint Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) to be hosted in San Diego, Calif.; October 15-18, 2017.   Building upon the group’s 2015 inaugural event, Teledyne Marine’s 23 brands will once again join forces to host an expanded users’ conference in which users from around the globe will converge to explore, learn and share their experience on a broad range of applications and technologies.   A key component of this users’ conference is presentations given by customers sharing their field and laboratory

Photo: Seatools

Seatools Debuts New Dredging Monitoring Systems

Seatools has introduced the fourth-generation DipMate backhoe dredging monitoring and control systems, with an upgrade that encompasses two models: Essential and Pro.   Seatools described Essential as a cost-competitive visualization system that contains all essentials for efficient backhoe dredging, while the Pro is an advanced version that can be delivered with a range of automation modules enabling operators of all skill levels to dredge safely and maximize dredging productivity.   “Since we first launched DipMate, the system gained tremendous popularity among backhoe dredger

Image: TenneT

Energy Island: Europeans Mull North Sea Hub

A plan set in motion by three European transmission system operators (TSO) aims to develop mammoth offshore wind farm infrastructure in the North Sea supported by at least one manmade island.   First unveiled in June 2016, plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub project will now press ahead to develop a large offshore renewable European electricity system following the signing of a trilateral agreement by TenneT TSO B.V. (Netherlands), Energinet.dk (Denmark) and TenneT TSO GmbH (Germany) in Brussels on March 23, 2017.   Central to the plan is the construction of one or more islands in the

KONGSBERG’s new ocean gliders. L-R: Kongsberg Seaglider, Oculus shallow water and Seaglider M6 deepwater system (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg to Market Two New Underwater Gliders

Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. announced it has completed negotiations with CoMotion, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, to obtain the sole rights to produce, market and continue development of two new underwater glider systems.   Ocean gliders are a specialized type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Rather than using a propeller to move through the water, they use fixed wings and changes in buoyancy to achieve both vertical and forward motion. The vehicles move through the water in a saw-tooth trajectory and surface periodically to communicate data

Fugro Awarded Survey Work Papua New Guinea

 Fugro has been awarded a total of six hydrographic survey contracts by the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) of Papua New Guinea to help contribute capacity development in the country, which has over 5,000 kilometers of coastline.   The surveys will be conducted utilizing a combination of Fugro’s Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) and multibeam echo sounder (MBES) sensors and a seamless dataset will be delivered to the NMSA.   “As a pioneer of ALB development, Fugro has a solid track record in applying this advanced technology for mapping shallow water environments

PFLNG Satu (Photo: © TechnipFMC plc.)

Changing the Landscape of LNG Production

Successful completion of the Petronas Floating LNG facility (PFLNG) Satu is a milestone for the oil and gas industry and for the Malaysian energy giant.   Designed by consortium leader TechnipFMC and fabricated at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in South Korea, PFLNG Satu achieved the first-ever production of LNG offshore in December 2016.   The 365-meter by 60-meter facility processes, produces and offloads LNG in situ, directly above natural gas reservoirs. FLNG allows the monetization of remote, marginal and stranded offshore gas fields that cannot be developed

Frontera Offshore loading M² Subsea’s ROVs onto the MPSV Tehuana (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea, Frontera Join Forces in the GoM

M² Subsea has joined forces with Frontera Offshore to deliver remedial pipeline work for Permaducto, a subsidiary of Grupo Protexa, in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) oilfield in the Bay of Campeche, 65 miles north east of Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico. This contract also marks the first award for M² Subsea in the Gulf of Mexico region.   The project will see personnel from M² Subsea’s Houston base on-board Frontera Offshore’s chartered multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) Tehuana, to facilitate pre and post lay surveys for Frontera Offshore. The survey work will be carried out

The Nexus 2 features bi-directional spread spectrum acoustics for precise and reliable positioning (Image: Applied Acoustics)

STR Doubles Order from Applied Acoustics

16 target tracking as well as a new comprehensive range of software features and survey tools such as the common interrogate frequency (CIF), greatly enhanced accuracy and geo-referenced graphical overlay.   Scott Johnstone, Managing Director at STR commented, “As providers of specialist marine equipment and supporters of Applied Acoustics’ products we had no hesitation in purchasing two Nexus 2 systems to support our customers’ operations worldwide. STR are keen to develop alliances with well-established manufacturers and these latest acquisitions will be a welcome addition

MDL Spread on board the vessel in Trinidad (Photo: MDL)

MDL Spread Concludes Trinidad Job

Maritime Developments’ flex-lay spread has concluded its latest project in the Atlantic.   MDL’s 400-metric-ton reel drive system and patented four-track tensioner - both forming part of the MDL Offshore Service fleet - were deployed alongside the company’s unique Portable Vertical Lay System (PVLS), as part of a flexible installation offshore Trinidad and Tobago.   The system mobilized on board the North Sea Giant at the start of the year, before heading to the Caribbean for the 35-day campaign, which included numerous flexline and umbilical lays.   Once the

Image: Hydratight

Custom Tech Used in Subsea Pipeline Repair

Engineering teams from U.K.-based subsea connector specialists Hydratight and Norwegian technologists Connector Subsea Solutions (CSS) have completed a milestone deepwater pipeline repair in Western Australia.   A 4” MEG line owned by a major-NOC required urgent repair. It was pressure rated to 400 bar and was located at 830m, so required a customized solution.  The international team designed, manufactured and installed a diverless Structural Deepwater Pipeline Repair Clamp for the project.   Prior to installation of the clamp, CSS and Hydratight also prepared the pipe using

Firmware Updates for NOVATECH iBCN (Iridium Beacon)

MetOcean Telematics has released a new firmware update adding new capabilities to the iBCN (Iridium Beacon).   The firmware updates build upon the iBCN’s power efficiency and ability to be reconfigured via over the air commands. The update contains numerous improvements based on suggestions and feedback received from iBCN users. These include GPS status check, power up quick reports, transmission of current GPS location, LiNC integration and message format.   GPS Status Check — Allows the beacon to use GPS satellites as a method to recognize it has surfaced. With this feature

(L-R) RED Engineering’s Richard Kent, Joe Orrell and Toby Bailey on Newcastle’s Swing Bridge celebrating their success in winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Photo: RED Engineering)

RED Engineering Wins Queen’s Award

to designing and delivering complex engineering challenges.    The Queen’s Award is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a U.K.-based company and is given annually to those who have realized outstanding success and achievement.   RED Engineering (formerly RED Marine) provides consultancy, bespoke equipment and testing services for clients in the offshore oil and gas, renewables and nuclear decommissioning sectors.   The firm’s outstanding innovation in the fast track design, build and testing of offshore clamps was singled out in the award citation

Marine Technology Magazine Cover Oct 2017 - AUV Operations

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

Subscribe
Marine Technology ENews subscription

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

Subscribe for MTR E-news