Seafloor Mapping

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DISCOVER Ocean Observing Prizes Awarded

, DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System.Part of the American-Made Challenges series, the Ocean Observing Prize inspires innovators to integrate marine renewable energy with ocean observation platforms, ultimately revolutionizing our capability to collect the data needed to understand, map, and monitor the world’s oceans

Kraken’s KATFISH system back onboard after completing Phase 1 of offshore survey work under the OceanVision project. Photo: Kraken

Kraken Debuts Ultra High Def Upgrade for AquaPix Imaging Sonars

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced it has achieved a practical resolution of 2 cm with a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS), Kraken’s AquaPix MINSAS.“For demanding subsea survey missions in mine countermeasures, infrastructure monitoring and oil & gas exploration; data quality is of the essence," said Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President & CEO. "The sensor that gets the job done most effectively is one that combines Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) imagery with an extremely high area coverage rate.  Kraken’s latest development, the next

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Schmidt Offers Online Educational Content for Students

universities and science organizations--like NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Western Australian Museum -- are designed to help students gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, the ocean, its role in the world, and the latest technology that is facilitating marine exploration.Resources include downloadable lesson plans, posters, videos and interactive exercises for K-12 students like this comic on mapping the seafloor. The lessons cover topics from robotics and engineering to marine biology and underwater topography. Lessons help students learn about underwater

Electric Motor Selection for Underwater Vehicles: Considerations of Partial Load Efficiency

with electrical power as the “fuel” and generic motor curve shapes (such as “constant-torque, constant-power”) for early-stage design. And, of course, we are deep into a prediction model for off-design partial load efficiency maps!Read this story in the March 2020 edition of Marine Technology Reporter: https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/202003/#page/2

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Tidal Power Firm gets Funding from Scottish Gov't

path that tidal power is currently on and also has exciting application in the floating offshore wind market.  The subsea hub we have designed and developed is a key part of our overall cost reduction strategy for tidal power generation. This hub will also have direct application for other forms of marine energy such as floating offshore wind and wave energy. We are very proud to be taking the lead in realizing the full potential of our oceans' energy, delivering a cleaner energy future.I would also like to personally thank our dedicated marine energy team for their hard work bringing this project

Copenhagen Subsea Debuts the Gorilla ROV

for any task in short, the Gorilla is tough and strong, works reliably in challenging conditions, is simple to maintain with easy access spare parts and is easily controlled thanks to Copenhagen Subsea’s thruster technology.www.copenhagensubsea.comRead the Full Story in the March 2020 edition of Marine Tchnology Reporter: https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/202003/#page/52Allan Nygaard Bertelsen, CEO in Copenhagen Subse

A 600kHz, 100-degree scan from the EM2040 (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Upgrades Its Multibeam Echosounder

Kongsberg Maritime has released two new state-of-the-art features on its EM 2040 MKII multibeam echosounder. The first enables the use of dual high frequencies to survey wide swaths of the seabed at much higher resolutions than before, while the second facilitates simultaneous collection of back scatter data using multiple frequencies.The EM 2040 MKII is a broadband multibeam echosounder system, which uses frequencies from 200kHz to 400kHz to yield a wide swath of up to 170 degrees. With the new high frequency feature, the EM 2040 MK II will additionally employ 600kHz and 700kHz frequencies to

The survey of Ikka Fjord was conducted between the 20th and 21st June 2019, with the first day spent partly on training and familiarizng the cox with the survey requirements and reconnaissance to identify navigation hazards in the fjord caused by the columns and rock skerries as well as some acquisition. The second day was spent entirely on acquisition followed by demobilization of the spread from ‘Siku’. Image: Courtesy Norbit

Mapping the Ikaite Columns of the Ikka Fjord, SW Greenland

the formation of Ikaite meaning its presence can be explained. Without an inhibitor common calcite, not ikaite would otherwise form.In recent years ikaite has been found forming in Arctic and Antarctic sea ice. This is an especially interesting development as there are no known calcite inhibitors in open marine settings where sea ice can form, suggesting that there are other methods of Ikaite formation. If we can understand the key factors for ikaite precipitation, using Ikka Fjord and its columns structures as a case-study, then maybe ikaite formation could be industrialized and used for the removal of

SeapiX-C provides reliable digital elevation model from a static standpoint (Photo: iXblue)

iXblue Unveils Real-time Static Bathymetry Sonar

iXblue announced the launch of its new SeapiX-C solid-state 3D multibeam sonar. This new sonar offers real-time georeferenced static bathymetry capabilities to marine works operators for instant monitoring and decision-making.“Increasing efficiency and reducing vessel-time is a key focus for all companies working in the Offshore industry. Because we strive to always bring new innovative solutions to support operators in their daily operations, we developed a unique static bathymetry solution dedicated to marine works,” explains Frédéric Mosca, Head of iXblue’s Sonar

Ocean Power Technologies’ PB3 PowerBuoy wave energy pictured with single point mooring integrating power and data transmission connected to a subsea battery solution and AUV charging station. Developed with Modus Seabed Intervention utilizing a Saab Seaeye Sabertooth AUV, the concept has been submitted for U.S. government development and demonstration project funding consideration. (Image: OPT)

New Subsea Resident Vehicle Solution Taking Shape

Ocean energy solutions innovator Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) said it it is working with joint development partners Modus Seabed Intervention and Saab Seaeye to develop a new solution for carbon-free subsea autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) residency that would provide long-term, persistent deployment without support from manned vessels.“We believe a self-contained system powered by an OPT PowerBuoy and exempt from existing ocean infrastructure has the potential to revolutionize the industrial use of AUVs and make long-term residency a cost-effective reality,” said George Kirby, OPT

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Fugro Hired for Abadi Field Survey

Dutch offshore survey firm Fugro has won what it says is "a large marine survey contract" with Inpex offshore Indonesia.Fugro has been contracted to carry out geophysical and geotechnical surveys and the associated studies needed to support front-end engineering design (FEED) for offshore production facilities and the submarine pipeline to the onshore LNG terminal.This is in support of the Abadi gas field development in the Masela Block, in the Arafura Sea.Geo-data will be acquired using Fugro’s deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Echo Surveyor and the company's robotic

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Hybrid Hydrographic Boat Delivered in France

French builder Alumarine Shipyard has delivered a new hydrographic survey boat to the Port of La Rochelle.The eight-meter aluminum vessel, dubbed Cassiopée, is powered by a dual electric/diesel propulsion system. The newbuild is designed to transit at 20-25 knots under diesel power between the home port and the acquisition area, then shift to the electric outboards while performing scans of the seafloor.Electric propulsion and hybrid drives manufacturer Torqeedo said it worked closely with the naval architect and shipyard to specify, install and integrate the electric propulsion package consistin

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Teledyne CARIS to Display AI Sonar Noise Cleaning Platform at OI

; SIPSTM 11.3 software.At Oceanology International , there will be live demonstrations of noise cleaning using the CARIS Mira AI platform. Visitors to the CARIS booth are invited to “bring the noise” and have their data cleaned on the spot.Teledyne Optech will also be on hand to discuss its marine lidar surveying solutions. Learn about the advantages of the Optech Polaris terrestrial laser scanner that can operate from small watercraft, making it an excellent low-cost tool for mapping shorelines, checking oil rig stability, and surveying the underside of bridges.Live on-boat demos will showcase

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Klein Chooses RadarWatch for Korean Offshore Wind Farm

Klein Marine Systems Selects Cambridge Pixel’s RadarWatch and Target Tracking Technology to Protect Korean Offshore Wind FarmCambridge Pixel, a developer of radar display, tracking and recording sub-systems, has supplied its RadarWatch coastal surveillance software, target tracking and radar recording technology to Klein Marine Systems, a subsidiary of Mitcham Industries, Inc. as part of a project to protect an offshore wind farm and its associated submarine transmission line off the coast of South Korea.Cambridge Pixel’s radar display, tracking and recording technology has been integrated

Armed and ready: an Ecotone Underwater Hyperspectral Imager, or UHI, attached to an ROV (top) and stand-alone. Photo: Courtesy Ecotone

Pipeline IMR: An All-seeing Eye

offer the fastest fast way to environmental compliance and maintenance assessments over large areas.Speed is essential, for an environmental impact assessment survey — for an oilfield, a pipeline or a salmon farm — is only the start of site work. These early steps could entail photographing marine biology over an area that could comprise hundreds of kilometers (for a pipeline survey) or just a square mile for a salmon farm. For inspections of existing pipelines or other subsea infrastructure by ROV or UAV, the market offers no all-in-one survey tool of biology and pipeline health: bathymetric

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Kongsberg Sells HUGIN AUV System to NIOT

underwater vehicle.Developed in partnership with FFI, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, HUGIN continues to improve with new capabilities, sensors and behaviors being added each year.“We are honored to welcome NIOT to the HUGIN family,” said Richard Mills, Vice President of Marine Robotics Sales at Kongsberg Maritime. “Their new HUGIN AUV System is configured for their needs today and tomorrow with a multi-role capability. We look forward to working with the scientific teams from the Oceanographic Research Institutes of India over the coming years.&rdquo

SOI Executive Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani (Photo: XPRIZE)

Schmidt Appoints Virmani as Executive Director

.Virmani previously worked as associate director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and as a senior scientist at the Met Office, the United Kingdom’s national weather service.She has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Imperial College London, a master’s degree in atmospheric and marine environmental science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and a doctorate in physical oceanography from the University of South Florida.Virmani will join the institute at the end of February and will be based in Los Angeles. “I am delighted and honored to be joining

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Forum ROV to Support Arctic Research

research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. In 2020, it will be deployed at several locations spanning a latitudinal gradient from 58° to 77°N to study deep-water corals and cold seep eco-systems of the northern Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay. The project will generate critical knowledge of biodiversity and marine habitats needed for key ocean conservation initiatives in Canada”, said Dr. Alexandre Forest, Executive Director of Amundsen Science.The new Comanche ROV will be manufactured at Forum’s facility at Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire and delivered in the first quarter of this year

Blue whale in the Pacific Ocean. Photo credit: Jessica Morten, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, National Ocean Service, NOAA

Study: How Changes in Shipping Patterns Affect Whales

work began in La Jolla, California, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.  There she developed models to map the spatial distribution of many ocean species, helping the U.S. Navy plan training exercises so that they minimized impacts on marine life.On the East Coast, since the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than most of the world’s oceans, whale feeding patterns and distributions are changing. As water temperatures rise, some whales are moving farther north to find food. These changes could expose them to new risks, including increased

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The Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga

in the Kingdom of Tonga. The Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga Final Report contains critical information on the health and resiliency of coral reef ecosystems in Tonga, and provides scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders with invaluable information they can use to protect these fragile marine ecosystems.“Since Tonga is a developing country, about 66% of the total population’s livelihood depends upon seafood,” said Apai Moala, a Senior Geologist Assistant at the Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources (MLNR) who participated in the research mission. “I do believe

Kraken President & CEO, Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

Kraken Finalizes OceanVision Contract

Inc., has finalized the contract for the OceanVision project with the Ocean Supercluster and industry partners (Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador, Ocean Choice International and Nunavut Fisheries Association).OceanVision is a three-year, $18.8 million project focused on the development of new marine technologies and products to enable an underwater robotics data acquisition and data analytics as a service business. Under the OceanVision project, Canada's Ocean Supercluster will provide an investment up to $6.3 million, with the balance of project funding to be provided by other government

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PSW Takes Over EMAS Spoolbase In Norway

Norway's PSW Group has taken over the operation of the former EMAS spoolbase located in Gulen Industrial Harbor, Western Norway. In a statement on Wednesday, PSW Group said the agreement to take over the spoolbase covered all activities related to the production and spooling of pipelines for offshore use. The spoolbase will be named "PSW Spoolbase".The spoolbase capable of handling a wide range of subsea and offshore piping projects in Northern Europe has a 3700m2 fabrication facility including an integrated indoor tie-in area. It was constructed in 2014 to optimize logistics and

Ethan Edson of Ocean Diagnostics demonstrates some of his microplastic sensors. Credit: Ocean Diagnostics.

SMTP Helps to Power Future Ocean Tech

and science. Bubble barriers to trap plastic in river mouths and portable DNA scanners preventing illegal wildlife trafficking are just a few of the ground-breaking tools and technologies that are transitioning from dream to reality. And the unifying factor amongst these groups is support from Schmidt Marine Technology Partners (SMTP).SMTP is a relatively new program of the Schmidt Family Foundation, established in 2015, that is making significant impact in marine technology development for ocean conservation and research. They provide funding and business support to help groups develop technologies

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NOAA, Ocean Infinity Form Research Partnership

US-based subsea technology and data company Ocean Infinity said it will partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office to develop new tools for ultra-high-resolution ocean exploration and mapping.The four-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between Ocean Infinity and NOAA's Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) will aim to expand deepwater autonomous technologies that will help advance the transmission of ocean information and develop new data-collection and processing methods to increase the value and relevance of deep-ocean data. A key focus

NUI is lowered into the Aegean Sea before plunging to a depth of 500 meters to explore Kolumbo volcano. (Photo by Evan Lubofsky, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

WHOI Robot Takes First Known Automated Sample from Ocean

vehicle developed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) took the first known automated sample performed by a robotic arm in the ocean. Last month, an international team of researchers used one of WHOI’s underwater robots, Nereid Under Ice (NUI), to explore Kolumbo volcano, an active submarine volcano off Greece’s famed Santorini island.“For a vehicle to take a sample without a pilot driving it was a huge step forward,” says Rich Camilli, an associate scientist at WHOI leading the development of automation technology as part of NASA’s Planetary Science and Technology

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Research Vessel Equipped with Integrated IoT System

KVH Industries, Inc. and Kongsberg Digital completed the installation of their first joint maritime IoT system on an active working vessel.The team installed a KVH Watch VSAT antenna for IoT connectivity and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform on Simrad Echo, a Norwegian research vessel owned and operated by Kongsberg, which will continue normal operations during the pilot maritime IoT project. Together, KVH Watch and Kognifai Vessel Insight provide an integrated infrastructure for IoT connectivity and vessel-to-shore data.“While Vessel Insight works as an infrastructure for accessing contextuali

Seafloor map showing pockmark and micro-depressions in the seafloor off Big Sur. Image: © 2019 MBARI

Researchers Find Mysterious Seafloor Holes

During a recent survey of the deep seafloor off Big Sur, MBARI researchers discovered thousands of mysterious holes or pits in the seafloor. Scientists and resource managers want to understand how these pits formed because this area is the site of a proposed wind-energy farm. Researchers Eve Lundsten and Charles Paull describe their discovery this week at the Fall 2019 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.The researchers found two different sizes of holes. The larger ones, known as pockmarks, average 175 meters (almost 600 feet) across and five meters (16 feet) deep, and are

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Airborne Hyperspectral Survey, Mineral Mapping in Greenland

ASL Environmental Sciences (ASL) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada has, following a tender process, entered into a contract with the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Government of Greenland. Under this contract ASL will process and analyze a large amount of airborne hyperspectral data in order to produce mineral maps for the Gardar Province in south Greenland.Hyperspectral remote sensing (also referred to as imaging spectroscopy) provides image data recorded in a large number of wavelengths, many outside of the human visual range.  The image data can be used in the same fashion as a

A REMUS vehicle shows the traditional four element DVL array (Photo Courtesy Hydroid)

ADCPs & DVLs: Recent Tech Developments

computing are exciting developments not often seen in ocean instrumentation. But the demand for measurement of water’s motion is significant and drives equally significant innovation. The next decade of movement will be exciting.The Tasman DVL employs a single, phased array (Photo Courtesy Teledyne Marine

Map of basins encompassed by the NWS JumpStart package (Image: CGG)

Geoscience Packages Reveal APAC Prospectivity

French-based geophysical services company CGG reports it has completed JumpStart multi-client geoscience packages for the North West Shelf (NWS) of Australia and the Banda Arc in the Asia-Pacific region, and made both packages available to help enhance understanding of the prospectivity and assess new plays within the two high-potential regions.Mobilizing the full suite of CGG's geoscience capabilities to accelerate and support exploration efforts, the packages integrate all available data in a specific geographical area and frame it within a geological context.The NWS JumpStart package encompasses

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New Seabed Classification Software Launched

Coda Octopus has released the beta version of its software package for automated seabed classification. Integrated within the Survey Engine range, the software automatically interprets users' sidescan sonar data to detect and classify different seabed types.The seabed classification module uses AI (artificial intelligence) based methods to detect and classify seabeds in both type and geopgraphical extent  from sidescan sonar data. The extent boundaries are instantly visible to the user for validation and QC and can then be exported for use in chart and map generation, direct import to the

NotiloPlus’ Seasam AUV has been operating around the world. Photo from NotiloPlus.

Subsea Tech's 'March of Miniaturization'

all subsea operations have to be done by subsea vehicles. Another start-up, Birdview, is designing an aerial drone that can drop sensors into the water to gather data – or whatever you might want a subsea sensor to do. The Oslo-based company has already been working with Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen to provide a remote sensor for offshore fisheries – i.e. a drone that is launched from a fishing vessel and dips a sonar into the water to see if there are shoals of fish, which can then inform the vessel where it should go.Mohibb Malik, a Project engineer at Birdview

Sonardyne International Ltd. and National Oceanography Centre staff completed the P3AUV trials at Loch Ness, Scotland, this week. (Photo: Sonardyne)

AUV Project Boosts Endurance, Navigation Capabilities

of greenhouse gases,” says James Cowles, L3Harris UK. “The environmental footprint of an independent ASV or AUV is, by comparison, negligible.”“Combining all of these capabilities will bring about a step-change in AUV operations, providing a disruptive capability in the marine autonomy space,” says Matt Kingsland, NOC. “Indeed, reducing the cost and improving the navigation precision of autonomous ocean science in remote areas could bring a disruptive capability to a wide variety of applications.&rdquo

Solwara 1 project seabed mining tools. Courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Will 2020 be the year for Subsea Mining?

Anyone who has been around the Offshore Oil and Gas or the Marine industries for long has heard of plans for mining various minerals located on or just below the seafloor. In fact, when Howard Hughes built the Glomar Explorer in 1972, the cover story for its true mission – recovering a Soviet submarine - was that the rig would be used to mine manganese nodules from the deep ocean floor.  This cover story was so effective that it had the unintended consequence of stirring great interest in ocean mining among offshore companies and the general public.In the years since, there has been a great

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SOI Maps One Million Square Kilometers of Seafloor

Seabed 2030 Director Jamie McMichael-Phillips.Schmidt Ocean Institute brings unique value due to its focus on mapping remote regions that require high-resolution seafloor imagery to contribute to expansion or additional protections. Some of its large mapping efforts have focused on the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica, and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati.Gaining visuals of the ocean floor is critical to unlocking a better understanding of the world’s oceans. There are predicted to be millions of unknown species whose function

Duncan Mallace, newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer, XOCEAN and James Ives, CEO, XOCEAN. (Photo: XOCEAN)

XOCEAN Acquires 4D Ocean

Ocean data company XOCEAN announced on Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of autonomous hydrographic survey company 4D Ocean.The announcement follows the news of XOCEAN’s successful €7.9 million funding round earlier this month.XOCEAN, which uses marine robotics known as unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to collect ocean data, has recently delivered projects for clients including BP, Equinor, PX Group and the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The services provided by XOCEAN include mapping the seabed, inspecting subsea structures and monitoring the environment.Currently

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SubSLAM Live: Live 3D Subsea Streaming Tech Debuts

Rovco launched “SubSLAM Live” a 3D Streaming technology which it says will allow a video live stream 3D underwater pointclouds to any device in the world. According to the company, the stereo camera technology system sends images and 3D models of assets from the seabed to a computer browser in any location globally. This offers customers instantaneous access to information as an inspection or construction activity is taking place. Rovco put the tech on trial earlier in the year with an unnamed oil and gas super major at a renewable wind farm, and more recently in 0.5m of visibility at an

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XOCEAN Secures $8.7 mln in Funding

Ocean data company, XOCEAN, has announced the successful completion of a $8.7 million funding round. The purpose of this funding is to support the company’s international scaling plans and was fully subscribed by existing shareholders.XOCEAN is transforming the way ocean data is collected using marine robotics known as Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). The company has recently delivered projects for clients including BP, Equinor, PX Group and the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The services provided by XOCEAN include mapping the seabed, inspecting subsea structures and monitoring

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XOCEAN Attracts Funds for Global Growth

Ocean data company XOCEAN announced the completion of a €7.9 million ($8.8 million) funding round, fully subscribed by existing shareholders, to support its international growth plans.XOCEAN said it has set out to transform the way ocean data is collected by using unmanned surface vessels (USV) for services such as seabed mapping, subsea inspections and environmental monitoring.XOCEAN’s Chief Financial Officer, Karen May, said, “It is a really exciting time for the business as we scale. This new investment allows us to accelerate our growth with expansion into new markets internationall

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New Tech Aids US Navy Mapping

Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS), showcased last week during a Naval Oceanography event held at Southern Mississippi’s Marine Research Center, has resulted in improved maritime domain awareness for the US Navy, and demonstrates the value of federal investments in private-sector research, development and commercialization efforts.RAMMS is based on Areté’s Pushbroom Imaging Littoral Lidar System (PILLS), an airborne seabed mapping capability developed through a US Navy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. One of the primary yet challenging goals of SBIR

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TGS, WhiteStar Join for Combined Data Sources

Geophysical consulting and contracting services firm TGS has partnered with software solutions firm WhiteStar to provide combined data sources."The partnership will provide a robust solution combining TGS well data and WhiteStar land grid GIS data, coupled with field and pool data," a joint press note said.This partnership allows for TGS to add WhiteStar products to its data offerings for clients who need access to land grid and cultural data. These insights will be fully integrated into TGS’ mapping applications, R360 and LONGBOW, for fast, easy access.Furthermore, WhiteStar will

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CGG Grows Middle East Footprint

Geophysical services company CGG said it is bringing its integrated geoscience offering for exploration, field development and production optimization directly to the doorstep of national and independent oil companies in the Middle East, with the newly established Regional Geoscience Center in Abu Dhabi.The company, which noted it is seeing a high level of activity across the region, said its existing Abu Dhabi center has almost doubled in size to welcome the arrival of a team of geoscience experts in key technical disciplines to complement its existing seismic imaging and geoscience software teams.

At the 2019 CEDA Dredging Days, IADC’s Secretary General René Kolman (right) bestows the 2nd Young Author Award 2019 to Ms Liesbeth De Keukelaere (left) for her contribution to the paper “Mapping water quality with drones – test case in Texel”. Photo: IADC

De Keukelaere Wins IADC "Young Author Award"

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) bestowed the Young Author Award to Liesbeth De Keukelaere, R&D Professional at VITO in Belgium. IADC’s Young Author Award is given annually to “stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry”. The award is granted at industry-leading conferences, with a winning young author selected from the proceedings of the CEDA Dredging Days 2019, held on November 7-8, 2019, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.Ms De Keukelaere was selected as the Young Author Award winner for the co-authoring

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ABS Calls for New Tech in Marine Fuels

ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki, mapped out the future of marine fuels, indicating that the 2050 targets will require technology beyond today’s state-of-the-art.“Technology advances of the next decade may entirely change our view of the future, but based on what we see today we can identify three developmental pathways for future fuels distinguished by the onboard technologies they require. These are: the LNG or light gas pathway, the bio/synthetic pathway and the alcohol and heavy gas pathway,” he said.“Within each of these pathways are many variables

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New Floating Wind Center Launched

launched a new multimillion dollar national Floating Offshore Wind Center of Excellence to drive forward the development of next generation offshore wind technologies.The initiative is backed by up to £500,000 ($647,000) funding each from the Scottish Government and the Catapult’s Welsh-based Marine Energy Engineering Center of Excellence (MEECE), match funding from industry and active support from Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. The aim is to develop an internationally recognized center of excellence that will work to reduce the cost of energy from floating wind

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Ocean Cleanup Expands to Rivers

The Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup has just announced a new device to catch plastic before if flows into the ocean.The organization that develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, unveiled its invention to prevent the unrelenting flow of plastic pollution into the world’s oceans.The Interceptor, under development by The Ocean Cleanup since 2015, complements the organization’s founding mission by attacking the flow of plastic garbage at its source, the world’s vast network of rivers.“To truly rid the oceans of plastic, we need to both clean up

SeaTrac’s new SP-48 production model ASV. Buddy Duncan, SeaTrac.

On-Demand, Continuous Eelgrass Monitoring

the water of sediments and nutrients, and provides important habitat for shallow water species.South of Boston, the bays of Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth (DKP) form a large embayment whose eelgrass population, once thriving, is now severely diminished. A 2016 report from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) summarizes these data: the overall loss in DKP from 1951 to 2012 is 44.4%, with a concerning additional loss from 2012 to 2014 of 48%.The OpportunityResearchers believe that the decline in eelgrass has been caused by changes to the water quality in the embayment. Traditional methods

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China Offshore Wind Applies USV Intel Solution

A series of the latest solutions and achievements about Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) marine application was showcased at the 2019 China Marine Economy Expo, a national class exhibition that has extensive influence in the international industry.Among the eye-catching demonstrations, an unmanned solution about offshore wind farm operation and maintenance attracted the most attention from industry insiders and government officers.  The solution is featured with utilizing USVs to automatically monitor the scouring of pile foundations, submarine cables, offshore booster stations, etc., and map the

Dr. Eric Lindstrom is the new Chief Scientist at Saildrone (Photo: Saildrone)

Saildrone Hires New Chief Scientist

Saildrone announced the addition of Dr. Eric Lindstrom as Chief Scientist. Dr. Lindstrom has served as the Physical Oceanography Program Scientist in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C for the past 22 years, working with the QuikSCAT, Jason-2, Jason-3, SWOT, and Aquarius satellite missions, and as well as leading the Earth Science Division Climate Focus Area. Dr. Lindstrom is set to retire from NASA at the end of November 2019 and will join the Saildrone team on December 2, 2019.“Dr. Lindstrom has spent his entire career developing and quantifying ocean

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IBM Joins Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project

International technology giant IBM has joined a global consortium of partners, led by marine research organisation ProMare, that are building an unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic on the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage in September 2020.A new Mayflower will set sail 400 years after the historic voyage, this time using AI and other advanced technologies, the American IT major said.The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) will use IBM’s AI, advanced servers, cloud and edge computing technologies to navigate autonomously and avoid ocean hazards as it makes its

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Bibby Marine Appoints Samuels as CEO

Leading marine asset company Bibby Marine Ltd has appointed Helen Samuels as Chief Executive Officer to lead the company into its next phase of development.Helen Samuels will join the Group in January 2020 from Network Rail, where she currently holds the position of Engineering Director for their $6.4bn pa national capital program. Prior to this Samuels worked as Engineering Director for United Utilities, and also held a series of senior positions at Halcrow/CH2MHill (now Jacobs) including Operations Director, Global Director and Managing Director.Bibby Marine Limited is the holding company for Bibby

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#Oi2020 History

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China Hosts Deep-Sea Exploration Contractors Meet

in the Area.It is in the spirit that in July this year, ISA launched the DeepData database, aimed at making publicly available all the environmental data collected by contractors and other sources through one portal. Currently, the database contains biological, physical and geochemical parameters of the marine ecosystems from the seafloor to the ocean surface, submitted by ISA contractors and covering approximately 1 per cent of the Area.“The research undertaken by contractors is the main source of data and knowledge helping us to better understand the deep seabed ecosystems and functions,&rdquo

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WASSP Launches New Rapid Deployment Multibeam Sounder

WASSP Multibeam has launched its new rapid deployment multibeam sounder – the W3 Rapid Deployment System (RDS).Revealed at Pacific Expo 2019 in Sydney this week, W3 RDS has been designed for Navy’s, Maritime Police and Search & Rescue organisations for use where depths are unknown and to find safe navigation routes for larger vessels.When a fixed transducer installation in a small vessel such as a tender isn’t always practical, the W3 RDS has been designed around a portable Carbon fiber Mast that includes a transducer, motion sensor and satellite compass. This lets operators

MUSCLE Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Deployment. Photo courtesy of CMRE

NATO employs MUSCLE Memory to Find Mines

(MINEX).The center can also leverage its extensive modelling and simulation capabilities to evaluate the collaborative autonomous systems and concepts of operation in various and complex operating environments.About the AuthorEdward Lundquist is a retired U.S. Navy captain who write frequently for Marine Technology Reporter.  He travelled to La Spezia, Italy to report this story

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Commercial Hydrographic Training with USV

Swathe Services, a Hydrographic survey support company in Hayle, Cornwall UK ran what it calls the world’s first Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder training course using a remotely operated Unmanned Surface Vessel. Hydrographic Surveying is usually done with a manned survey vessel and takes many hours to complete. People came from as far afield as Norway, France, Slovenia, UK and the USA to attend the intensive 5-day course.As part of the training, the delegates mapped Hayle Harbor in Cornwall using an Unmanned Surface Vessel fitted with Multi-beam Echo-Sounder technology. The USV was remotely operated

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Subsea IMR Moves Robotic

to ROVsThe most obvious element of change in current practice is to remove the ship. A logical first move is to replace a large expensive crewed ship with an USV. This approach has been demonstrated by several players. In a defense-focused demonstration Teledyne Seabotix ROVs were operated from Marine Advanced Research WAM-V USVs. In commercial practice, SAAB ROVs have been supported by L3 ASV C-worker USVs. In these configurations the objective is primarily inspection. An operator ashore, connected via radio or satellite telemetry, can use the combined systems to examine structures or the seafloor

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New Handheld Control Pendant for ROV Navigation

Operators of SEAMOR Marine remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) will be excited about the newest release by the British Columbia-based company. Starting this fall, an all new Handheld Control Pendant will be available to pair with SEAMOR ROVs.The SEAMOR pendant is ergonomic, lightweight, easy to use, and more comfortable for pilots who are undertaking long jobs. SEAMOR Marine wanted to give users the option to step away from the console when needed while still being able to control the vehicle, particularly during launch and retrieval of the ROV, or when using an alternate display when navigating via

#Oi2020 History

Charleston, SC, home port to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. At a length of 274 feet, Ronald H. Brown can displace more than 3,200 tons and is outfitted with a suite of instruments for collecting and assessing scientific data above and below the ocean surface. This allows NOAA’s office of Marine and Aviation Operations to simultaneously measure the atmosphere and the ocean and increase its understanding of global climatic changes and other environmental issues. Onboard instruments include a system to measure carbon dioxide levels in the air and surface waters; Doppler radar; echosounders

Norske Shell’s HSE Advisor, Mats Hauge, Sonardyne’s Senior Project Manager, Nick Street and Norske Shell’s Senior Project Surveyor, Tomas Frafjord, inspect the first batch of Fetch PMTs heading to the Ormen Lange field. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Shell Chooses Sonardyne for Monitoring Campaign

Subsea monitoring specialist Sonardyne International said its long-endurance sensors will be used by Shell during a 10-year seabed subsidence monitoring campaign at Norway’s second largest gas field. the Ormen Lange .Setting out to continuously monitor any movement of the seafloor at Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea, Norske Shell will use the data to help detect changes that might be caused by ongoing gas extraction and inform its reservoir management strategy, as it continues to produce from the field over coming decades.By monitoring vertical displacement of the seabed, operators can

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