Remote Sensing

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Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program

in its field.   Principle investigators from eight out of the 10 newly joined universities and institutes gathered in Tokyo last December to partake in an international symposium titled “Limits of Oceans”. They discussed a range of topics including major effects of climate change on marine ecosystems; seafood dilemma of health benefits vs. health hazards from contaminants; and modern slavery in the fishing industry.   Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation noted the sense of crisis: “A sustainable ocean is of the utmost importance for people. If current conditions

U.S. Navy file photo of a C-2A Greyhound (U.S. Navy photo by Kenneth Abbate)

Downed US Navy Aircraft Found in Philippine Sea

A U.S. Navy team has located a C-2A Greyhound aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on November 22.   The downed aircraft rests at a depth of about 18,500 feet, making the salvage operation the deepest recovery attempt of an aircraft to date, the Navy said, adding it will make every effort will be made to recover the aircraft and fallen Sailors, despite very challenging conditions.   Eight of the 11 crew and passengers on board were recovered immediately following the crash. For the next three days, the U.S. Navy led combined search and rescue for the three missing Sailors with 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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As US Opens Up Offshore Waters, Eastern GoM Beckons

President Donald Trump's administration has proposed opening up nearly all of America's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, but the industry says it is mainly interested in one part of it, now cordoned off by the Pentagon: the eastern Gulf of Mexico.   The industry's focus on an area located near a sprawling network of existing platforms, pipes and ports could ease the path to new reserves, and assuage the drilling opponents near other places offered under the Interior Department's proposed drilling plan issued last week, like California's Pacific

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Scientists Alarmed by Starfish Eating Great Barrier Reef

A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia’s world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday, prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals.   The predator starfish feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over them and using digestive enzymes to liquefy tissue, and the outbreak hits as the reef is still reeling from two consecutive years of major coral bleaching.   “Each starfish eats about its body diameter a night, and so over time that mounts up very significantly,” Hugh

Dr. Kelly Gleason investigates a ginger jar at the Two Brothers shipwreck site (Credit: NOAA)

Hawaiian Islands Shipwreck Makes History – Again

him to abandon ship. They all spent a long night clinging to small boats for survival and were rescued the next morning by a passing ship. As for the Two Brothers, it was lost beneath the ocean for 188 years. In 2008, Two Brothers was found 600 miles northwest of Honolulu, in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, during a NOAA-led expedition to study marine archaeology in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Upon further investigation, NOAA maritime archaeologists also found some of the ship’s equipment — blubber hooks, harpoon tips, lances and cooking pots. Two Brothers is

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SEAIOCMA Extends Cable Maintenance Contract

 Offshore and subsea services company Global Marine, part of the Global Marine Group (GMG), said its maintenance contract with SEAIOCMA (South East Asia and Indian Ocean Cable Maintenance Agreement) has been extended for five-years, running to the end of 2022.   The SEAIOCMA maintenance zone agreement, which is a cooperative club managed by 46 cable owners, provides the repair of submarine cables that carry international telecommunications traffic. SEAIOCMA spans the area between Djibouti in the west, Perth in the south, Guam in the east and the northern tip of Taiwan. This is the third

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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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Aquabotix Adds Global Distributors

and private firms to drive advances in ocean technologies.   Aquatech Services, which will represent Aquabotix in Australia and New Zealand. Aquatech is a Perth-based provider of nationally endorsed first aid, oxygen and scuba training solutions and services, with an expert focus in the marine and diving environments.   Seismic Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd., which will represent Aquabotix in Australia and New Zealand. Based in Salisbury, Queensland Australia, Seismic Asia Pacific is a leading provider of hydrographic, oceanographic and geophysical systems within Australia and throughout

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

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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Submarine Power Cables Protection

Submarine power cables are largely deployed in various offshore renewable energy sources such as wind, wave and tidal installations to transfer power to shore, but also in oil and gas platforms and ocean science observatories. They ensure the power supply to remote areas and by connecting regional electrical transmissions enable global energy trading.   The growing importance of the marine renewable energy sector and the word’s focus on environmental issues have made submarine power cables an infrastructure of critical importance. Most efficient and reliable installation and protection

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UK Partners Launch Autonomous Navigation Project

tools to facilitate both improved over the horizon navigation for ASVs, as well as pilot training on how to interact and manage ASVs in congested waterways.  Only by bridging this knowledge gap can we accelerate the wider adoption of unmanned systems and increase trust in their feasibility by mariners around the world.&rdquo

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Unique Multiple Corer for Project in Papua New Guinea

A uniquely modified Multiple Corer has been shipped to Australia for use in a project in a remote location of Papua New Guinea.   The corer, produced by seabed sampling specialists Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL),  has been converted into a modular design to allow it to be transported by helicopter. The frame can easily be broken down into two stackable pieces that allows the overall shipping height of the corer to be greatly reduced, and enables quick reassembly of the system ready for deployment.   The hydrostatically damped Multi Corer is constructed from stainless

Garrot, a Canadian Coast Guard’s launch dedicated to the hydrographic survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service recently converted to unmanned mode by ASV Global. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Hydrographic Survey Vessel Converted for Autonomous Ops

ASV Global said it has converted a 26ft hydrographic survey launch to enable it to operate autonomously using the ASView control system, while maintaining its ability to operate in a conventional manned mode. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work.   This delivery to the CHS marks ASV Global’s 10th unmanned conversion of a customer vessel using the ASView system.   ASView enables the launch to follow planned

Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem vision is centred on high levels of connectivity and digitalisation. Photo: Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

Wärtsilä Introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem Vision

the changes taking place in the shipping industry to deliver value and optimisation for its customers.   By orchestrating these developments through the use of high levels of connectivity and digitalisation, Wärtsilä intends to lead the industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem.   “The world is moving towards a future that is more and more connected, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the shipping sector. The opportunities offered through smart technology will foster a new era of collaboration and knowledge sharing with customers, suppliers

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Tidal Energy Test Site Installed in Cape Cod Canal

A first of its kind in the U.S., the Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS) was installed in the Cape Cod Canal during the past two weeks. On November 22, a barge owned by AGM Marine, Inc. pulled up its moorings and was towed back to New Bedford, leaving the BTTS to stand ready for business.    AGM Marine drove three piles in the first three days and assembled the structure on top of the piles. In the past two days, the work platform was secured along with the winch that will power the lifting member that turbines will be attached to. The structure is now secure in the water off the Railroad Bridge

Dr. Miguel Morales Maqueda (center) with Alicia Mountford and Liam Rogerson, the group from Newcastle University carrying out research in Antarctica as part of the ORCHESTRA project. (Photo: Newcastle University)

Researchers Set out to Study the Southern Ocean

CO2 levels in oceans are long term projects funded by government laboratories BAS and NERC.   Orchestra will run for five years and it is expected that it will then continue, making it a 10 year project.    Dr. Maqueda said, This has been a true collaboration; internally between the Marine Sciences and Civil Engineering departments of Newcastle University and also externally working with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) on a national research project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), led by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). It is good for Newcastle

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

Unmanned Vehicles In, On and Above the Water

As part of the annual BlueTech Week in San Diego, attendees were given an opportunity to see several unmanned vehicle technologies in action.   The main event was put on by a team consisting of Marine Advanced Research, Inc.; Planck Aerosystems, Inc.; and Teledyne Marine, Inc. (all with bases in California). Together, the team demonstrated multi-interoperability among five different unmanned systems on the water, in the air and subsea. A Z-Boat 1800RP unmanned surface vehicle (USV) from Teledyne Oceanscience used Odom MB2 multibeam sonar technology to search for and inspect targets of interest

Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Testing Altered

hopes with Puerto Rico that we can resume our planning in time for a NOAA Bonus Prize test in 2018,” added Virmani.   To support the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, a highly qualified international and independent judging panel consisting of experts in seafloor mapping, data analysis, marine and drone technologies, and underwater discoveries has been established: Victor Abbott, Ph.D., formerly of the University of Plymouth; Aida Alvera-Azcarate, Ph.D., University of Liege; Douglas Au, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; Catherine Ball, Ph.D., Remote Research Ranges; Christina Kellogg

Figure 1: UAS programs are ideal for visually inspecting remote assets, such as rig components or subcomponents in difficult-to-reach areas. (Credit Oceaneering)

Aerial Drones Take Flight Offshore

to improve data-gathering capabilities and safety with maximum cost efficiency and flawless execution.     The Author Todd Chase is Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager, Global Data Solutions, Oceaneering International.     (As published in the October 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Lockheed Martin to Design an Extra Large UUV for the US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $43.2 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the design of its next autonomous underwater vehicle.   The Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) Orca is a two phase competition, including the currently awarded design phase and a competitive production phase for up to nine vehicles to meet increasing demands for undersea operational awareness and payload delivery.   Lockheed Martin said it will design long-range autonomous vehicle to perform a variety of missions, enabled by a reconfigurable payload bay. Key attributes include extended vehicle range

With Live Remote Control, users of Aquabotix’s underwater vehicles and cameras are given the ability to pilot their devices remotely from any web browser-enabled device, anywhere in the world (Image: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Introduces Remote Piloting Capabilities

Users of Aquabotix’s underwater vehicles and cameras now have the ability to pilot their devices remotely from any web browser-enabled device, from anywhere in the world, thanks to the newly introduced Live Remote Control from UUV Aquabotix Ltd.   Live Remote Control enables users to operate Aquabotix’s Endura ROV (remotely operated vehicle), Hybrid AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle) and AquaLens Connect (networked underwater camera system) during underwater activities from any location globally, using browser-based devices such as computers, phones

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Hurtigruten Brings Underwater Drones to Exploration Cruising

live experience Wireless range: At least 30 m Cable length: 75 m Wireless drone controller for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets Blueye App for android/iOS smartphone/tablet Quick charger for charging drone, WSU and drone controller     (As published in the October 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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

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New ASV Delivered to University of Southampton

where a smaller vehicle is better suited to missions. The design incorporates a large payload bay to enable payload flexibility.   The vessel has a modular, lightweight design for ease of transport and mobilization. Its shallow draft and payload capacity make C-Cat 3 suited shallow survey and marine science applications. C-Cat 3 is powered by two electric motors and can be controlled manually or to follow preprogrammed routes that can be updated at any point through a PC based GUI.   The C-Cat 3 includes the core functionality proven in all ASV Global vessels and systems, autonomous

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TE SubCom Announces Contract for Jupiter Cable

service providers, has announced that the supply contract for the JUPITER Cable system has come into force.   Scheduled to be ready for service by early 2020, the JUPITER Cable system will connect the following locations: Maruyama, Japan; Shima, Japan; Los Angeles, California, USA; and Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines. The new transpacific route will provide greater diversity of connections and enhanced reliability for customers, as well as optimal connectivity to data centers on the West Coast of the United States.   “The demand for bandwidth in the Pacific region continues to

Z-Boat 1250 (Photo: Teledyne Oceanscience)

New Remotely Operated Hydrographic Survey Boat

Teledyne Oceanscience has introduced a new remotely operated hydrographic survey boat suited for inland waters such as streams, rivers and lakes.   The new trimaran style Z-Boat 1250 is “sturdy enough for tough terrain but light enough to be one person portable,” according to Teledyne. The vehicle has a lightweight hull manufactured from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, and is IP67 rated, which makes it well suited to survey in most water conditions. The vehicle weighs in at less than 50 pounds, including all instrumentation. A collapsible sliding crossbar makes the

Figure 1: Hell Bay 4 demonstrated collaboration using robots from different manufacturers. 10 systems networked together through a central command station. (Photo Courtesy SeeByte)

Unmanned Forces: Building a Multi-Domain Autonomous Fleet

out into commercial markets where they are commonly used for surveillance, survey and delivery tasks.  In maritime, autonomy is progressing to sectors outside of the early adopter mine countermeasures (MCM) domain, such as oceanography and oil and gas. Unmanned systems have cr opped up in various marine industries whether that is assisting warfighters in MCM operations, marine researchers and projects in the commercial maritime industry. However the MCM community is by far the biggest end user of unmanned maritime systems which are equipped with varying levels of autonomy. While several steps have

Cirroteuthidae morphospecies swimming above the seafloor (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Price of Subsea Mining

imagery was collected with a baited camera (CA02, CA06, CA07, CA08, CA09) and samples collected with a baited trap (TR08) are also indicated. All maps were created by Seafloor Investigations Ltd for the ABYSSLINE Project using ArcGIS software.     (As published in the October 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Dynacon, Scantrol Partner to Provide Active Heave Compensation

A launch and recovery systems (LARS) manufacturer has teamed up with a supplier of active heave compensation (AHC) control systems to offer AHC functionality.   Dynacon, a Texas-based business line Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., is a manufacturer of handling systems for remote operational vehicles (ROV) and has supplied more than 250 ROV LARS Systems and almost 500 ROV winch systems. Scantrol is an independent supplier of control systems and has specialized in AHC. More than 1,000 vessels worldwide are deployed with a Scantrol system onboard.    Together, the companies will offer

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SKF Launches Magnetic Bearings Tuning Service

SKF has rolled out a new service called 'certified tuning E300V2', which leverages the capabilities of the E300V2 control cabinet for SKF S2M magnetic bearings. The development is as a spin-off from a previous subsea electronic system developed for the Norwegian Åsgard project and offers the ability to monitor and control magnetic bearings from a remote location.   “The new service allows machine tuning to be conducted by an OEM from their own site, with their own technicians and without SKF’s physical presence,” explained Jérémy Lepelley, project manager

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Wave Glider to Help Protect Marine Sanctuaries

New solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments will be developed through a multi-year agreement between Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR).   At the core of the long-term environmental monitoring and surveillance of the Pacific’s most diverse and endangered underwater ecosystems will be Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider, an autonomous surface ocean robot that will be used to help address long-term monitoring and scientific data collection gaps that are not

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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

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Advanced Monitoring Proves Its Capabilities Offshore

New monitoring technology developed by RED Engineering has been used for the first time to improve accuracy, speed and safety during the installation of jacket foundations for wind turbines at the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd project in the Moray Firth, Scotland.   The development by the North East-based firm of engineers features remote proximity sensors to confirm the correct engagement of an internal lifting tool (ILT) in use by Seaway Heavy Lifting, a Subsea 7 company.   These are connected to a remote monitoring system providing improved control of the lifting tool and confirming

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

with help from U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding, researchers are working toward making that scenario a reality. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) received $5.7 million from ARPA-E's Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program for two projects that have set out to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels and bio-based chemicals.   "By focusing on the technological challenges to growing and harvesting macroalgae (seaweed) efficiently and cost-effectively,

UWSP’s Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (Photo: University of Wisconsin Stevens Point)

Aquaculture's Next Big Thing?

Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers hone in on walleye, saugeye.   More than a thousand walleye are in the six sets of circular water tanks at the UW-Stevens Point (UWSP) Aquaponics Innovation Center in Montello, Wis. And they swim around in near-total darkness, their environment protected by several sets of pitch-black curtains.   “Walleye are sunset and nighttime feeders,” explained Chris Hartleb, UWSP professor of aquaculture and the caretaker of this walleye colony. “This way, they can feed 24 hours a day. Plus, they’re very skittish fish—it takes almost

Algae-Station NC (Image: CTG)

CTG Introduces New Non-contact Algae System

A new Algae-Station Non-Contact system from water quality sensor designer Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) will be launched at Sensing In Water (UK) on September 27-28 and WEFTEC 2017 on October 2-4.   The Algae-Station NC provides water process control operators with a unique monitoring system which reduces cleaning and maintenance requirements that are commonly associated with in situ sensors, reducing cost of ownership of these type of sensors, CTG said.  These non-contact systems, up till now only available for such parameters as turbidity and flow, are now, with the Algae-Station NC

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

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New York Noise: A Risk for Endangered Whales

Noise in New York has always grated on people and now, with the cacophony engulfing surrounding waters, it is threatening the city's newly discovered neighbors: endangered whales. Rare North Atlantic right whales and other species that use tonal and pulsating songs to find food and mates have been detected in New York waters by an underwater monitor that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society installed last year. Aerial surveys since March have revealed 61 whales, including eight right whales, four sperm whales and 21 fin whales, all endangered species

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Fugro to Open ‘Hydrography Center of Excellence’

and maintain focus on our core customers, most specifically NOAA.”   To support these efforts, David Millar has been appointed to serve as government accounts director for the region. He will be responsible for growing and diversifying Fugro’s government portfolio in both Land and Marine Divisions across the Americas, with a strategic emphasis on coastal zone management. Millar formerly served as the regional hydrography service line director, and is relocating from San Diego to the Washington, D.C., area.   Filling Millar’s former post is Mark MacDonald. A professional

Autonomous surface vehicle on Kirk Lake in Eugene, Ore., during field trials. (Credit: Dylan Jones)

Smarter Ocean Robotics

now that we are in a robotics revolution. In almost every industry, from healthcare to hospitality, robots are emerging that can successfully complete a task without the human element. Artificial intelligence (AI) is also advancing at phenomenal rates beyond what some imagined possible this decade. The marine sectors have embraced robotics in data collection and exploration, but the infancy of AI in our industry delays progress toward the perfect synergy between humans and machines in the underwater realm.   The problem is, for robots exploring complex ocean environments, ‘smart thinking&rsquo

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Solar Storms Linked to Beaching of Sperm Whales in North Sea

storms, German scientists have said.   Twenty-nine sperm whales washed up on German, Dutch, French and British shores between January and February 2016, surprising scientists after only 82 previous beaching of sperm whales had been documented since the 1990s.   Klaus Heinrich Vanselow, a marine biology expert at the University of Kiel in Germany, studied the connection between whale strandings and two major solar storms that took place at the end of December 2015.   The solar storms which create the Northern Lights phenomenon could also have caused the world's magnetic field to shift

ROV Hatchet Black Sea MAP Investigative Underwater Vehicle (Credit: Martin Hartley)

Final Cruise Sets Sail for Black Sea MAP

along the shoreline at that time?   On August 25, 2017 the Black Sea MAP (Maritime Archaeological Project) team set sail from the Bulgarian port of Burgas for the final phase of the project aboard the R/V Havila Subsea, one of Havila Shipping ASA’s fleet, with MMT/Reach providing specialist marine surveying capability and world record breaking technology being used to investigate the depths of the Black Sea.   The team of marine and maritime scientists is led by the University of Southampton and Black Sea MAP’s principal investigator Professor Jon Adams; Professor Lyudmil Vagalinsky

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

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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

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RoboSub Competition: 20 Years of Fun and Learning

. "It provides students with career field experiences and, for the Navy, it provides a venue for development and better understanding of autonomous undersea vehicles [AUV]."    Autonomous systems will extend the air, surface, underwater and ground vehicle capabilities of the Navy and Marine Corps, as shown in recent exhibitions like Unmanned Warrior and the S2ME2 ANTX [Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise].   "As unmanned and autonomous technologies advance, the Navy will continue to improve the science behind autonomous

Phase IV started with a series of ‘work-up’ dives used to practice technical diving techniques and refine the photogrammetric imagery acquisition protocols before visiting deeper sites. Here, NOAA Diver Joe Hoyt swims above the debris field off the stern of wooden bulk carrier New Orleans. He maintains a consistent altitude off the bottom, necessary to ensure broader coverage of the debris field features as the relate to the main vessel remains. (Credit: NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctua

Cutting Edge Tech Helps Find Lake Huron Shipwrecks

Researchers at NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary have recently completed a four-phase research project to test the application of technology to locate, document and explore shipwrecks lost in Lake Huron. Under a grant from NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary assembled an interdisciplinary team of researchers from around the country to support an expedition based from the sanctuary’s Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, Mich.    Thunder Bay’s superintendent, Jeff Gray, summarized the importance

Remote surveillance test setup at DNV GL offices (Photo: DNV GL)

Remote Surveillance for Subsea Equipment Manufacturing

The oil price collapse of 2014 triggered a wave of cost reduction among upstream businesses that saw global oil and gas companies slash capital expenditures by about 40 percent between 2014 and 2016. For DNV GL, the message was clear: everyone in the supply chain must advance cost reduction strategies for the offshore industry to remain competitive.   With innovation and cost savings in mind, DNV GL developed a solution for remote surveillance service for subsea equipment manufacturing.   The primary goal of this new alternative was based on cost savings, improved safety for surveyors

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DNV GL Performs Offshore Drone Survey

Classification society DNV GL said its surveyors have carried the group’s first offshore drone survey on the semisubmersible vessel Safe Scandinavia in the North Sea.   The 25,383 GT tender support vessel (TSV) Safe Scandinavia is owned and operated by Prosafe, supporting Statoil’s drilling operations off the coast of Norway. Using camera-equipped drones, DNV GL’s drone pilots checked the TSV’s fairleads and their connection with the vessel’s two columns as part of the intermediate survey.   “We chose to try the drone survey, as it helped us optimize

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MetOcean Telematics Wins Canada Satcom Contract

MetOcean Telematics said it has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide global satellite communications to the Canadian Government, exclusively through the Iridium network.   The agreement will feature MetOcean Telematics hardware products and services, deployed for use by more than 150 Canadian Government agencies. The Iridium network satellite constellation offers 100 percent global coverage, including the polar regions, such as the remote Arctic territory of northern Canada.   MetOcean Telematics notes it has significant experience providing remote monitoring technology for

Artist’s impression of RRS Sir David Attenborough (Image: Cammell Laird and British Antarctic Survey)

FarSounder Sonar for RRS Sir David Attenborough

The new $180 million polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough currently under construction at the Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard in the Port of Liverpool City Region, U.K. is slated to be equipped with FarSounder's longest range sonar system, the FarSounder-1000.   The new, state-of-the-art ship, owned by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), will enable scientists to explore and undertake science in new areas of the Antarctic and Arctic seas.   With the vessel’s ability to embark on longer voyages and explore some of the most remote aquatic regions of the world

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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

Fugro’s bathymetric survey has produced unique seafloor data for this scientific image, showing the Diamantina Escarpment, with specific geological features labelled. (Photo: Fugro)

Unique Seafloor Data Provides Insight to Scientific Communities

for missing flight MH370, has provided a detailed map of the seafloor topography in the search area. Following the disappearance in March 2014 of the Malaysia Airlines flight, the southern Indian Ocean search, led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), was acknowledged as one of the largest marine surveys ever conducted. Geoscience Australia supported the ATSB, providing specialist advice and capability and an understanding of the remote environment in which the search was conducted. Fugro deployed specialist survey vessels, equipped with sidescan and multibeam sonar equipment mounted on

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Bourque Joins Sea Machines

Following a recent capital investment and the growing global interest from the marine sector, Sea Machines Robotics said it has been expanding its crew and is poised for further growth, expecting to deliver first generation systems to marine customers this summer.   Over the past two months, Sea Machines has added multiple new members to its experienced team of engineers, scientists and mariners. Among the new hires is Phil Bourque, the company’s new director of business development. Bourque is tasked with building the sales and marketing structure of the company, as well as spearheading

Artist impression Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) for the Australian Antarctic Division.  (Photo: Radio Holland)

IT Package Ordered for Australian Arctic Research Ship

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS, Vlissingen) has awarded Radio Holland a contract to supply the IT systems on board the state-of-the-art Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) newbuild for the Australian Antarctic Division.   The 160m ASRV is a survey vessel which combines icebreaking, survey and supply activities. The vessel will be able to break ice up to 1.65 meters at a speed of 3 knots and will supply Australia’s permanent research stations in Antarctica and Macquarie Island with cargo, equipment and personnel.   Radio Holland said it will deliver a large IT infrastructu

The fleet of Saildrones are being prepared for a summer and fall of science from the Bering Sea to the Arctic to the far reaches of the tropical Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Saildrone Inc.)

NOAA to Deploy Saildrones for Climate Study

During the next four months, NOAA scientists will deploy Saildrone unmanned ocean vehicles to hard-to-reach locales such as the Arctic and the tropical Pacific with the goal of better understanding of how ocean changes affect weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals.   The Saildrone is wind and solar-powered research vehicle resembling a sailboat, capable of performing tasks at sea such as met ocean data collection, environmental monitoring and fish stock analysis, autonomously or under remote control. For NOAA, the vehicles will soon travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching

Ed Hill (Photo: NOC)

Voices: NOC Executive Director Ed Hill

At the National Oceanography Center (NOC) in Southampton, U.K. for Ocean Business 2017, Marine Technology Reporter was able to sit down with Professor Ed Hill, NOC Executive Director, to discuss the science and technologies moving ocean studies forward.   Please give an overview of your activities here at the National Oceanography Center. The National Oceanography Center is part of the Natural Environment Research Council which is the main body that funds environmental science, including oceanography, in the U.K. We are a national facility. We undertake research in large-scale oceanography

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Oil Spill Detection: Remote Sensing Equipment Tested

sensors (2Excel Aviation) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (Sky Futures and Bristow Group) Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) (Blue Ocean Monitoring and Planet Ocean) A surveillance kite with COFDM link (Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)) IP Mesh Network on vessel and crew (Briggs Marine and DTC) SCAT (Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Technique) based surveys testing a new SCAT e-tool   A minimal amount of oil was released under carefully controlled conditions and with approval from the Marine Management Organization (MMO) following a rigorous planning and stakeholder

The MTS/IEEE OCEANS’17 Aberdeen Student Poster Competition (SPC) award winners, from left to right: Faye Campbell (Conference LOC SPC Chair), Bilal Wehbe (Second Place), Klemen Istenic (First Place), Habib Mirhedayati Rouds (Third Place), and Dr. Philippe Courmontagne (IEEE OES SPC Chair). (Photo courtesy IEEE OES)

60th OCEANS Conference Held in Aberdeen

Cosponsors the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) jointly hosted the OCEANS '17 MTS/IEEE Aberdeen from June 19-22, 2017 in Aberdeen, Scotland. The event, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), marked the 60th edition of the global ocean engineering and marine technology forum.   “The overall conference was a great example of local Scottish marine technology, and, at the same time, brought to Aberdeen marine science and technology experts from around the globe,” said Professor John Watson, Chair for OCEANS Aberdeen.

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