Seafloor Mapping

University of Chicago biologist Michael I. Coates (Credit: University of Chicago)

Ancient Sharks Likely More Diverse Than Previously Thought

did, Gladbachus may have been one of the first vertebrates to live in the water column – the space between the ocean's surface and bottom – where anchovies, sardines and herring make their home today.   That Gladbachus reconstruction model runs counter to some long-held notions in marine paleobiology. For a long time, sharks were considered "primitive," having evolved a body type long ago, with relatively little diversity in their early existence. But in the past decade, the scientific community has chipped away at that notion.   "Everything we're seeing now

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Coda Octopus Rolls Out New Real-time 3D Sonar

Coda Octopus Group, Inc. announced the launch of the first product within its fourth-generation range of sonars, the Echoscope4G Surface. The patented Coda Octopus Real Time 3D sonar is the world’s only commercially available real-time 3D sonar that enables vision, mapping and measurement in real time in low or zero visibility conditions underwater, the manufacturer said.   This first product within its next-generation (4G) range, Echoscope4G Surface, is designed for nearly plug-and-play ease of use for shallow water operational needs not to exceed 20 meters water depth. The Surface

The U.S. Navy's REMUS 600 AUV is fitted with Kraken’s AquaPix MINSAS Synthetic Aperture Sonar. (Photo: Kraken)

Real-time Sonar Fit onto US Navy Minehunting AUV

A real-time synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) system has been integrated and tested on board a U.S. Navy autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that will perform minehunting duties for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island.   The AUV, a fully modular REMUS 600 manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid, was designed through funding from the Office of Naval Research to support Naval operations requiring extended endurance, increased payload capacity and greater operating depth, such as minehunting.   The AquaPix MINSAS SAS, developed by Kraken Robotic Systems Inc.,

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Malaysia to Pay up to $70 Mln if MH370 is Found

Malaysia signed a deal on Wednesday to pay a U.S. seabed exploration firm up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 within 90 days of embarking on a new search in the Southern Indian ocean.   The disappearance of the aircraft en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard ranks among the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.   Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($157 million) search of a 120,000 sq. km area in January last year, despite investigators urging the search be extended to a 25,000-square

The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason lands on the seafloor at Havre submarine volcano to retrieve a heat flow monitor. (Photo: Multidisciplinary Instrumentation in Support of Oceanography (MISO) Facility, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Scientists Study Largest Underwater Volcanic Eruption

In July 2012, airline passengers flying over the Southwest Pacific Ocean spotted a large and unusual object floating on the water’s surface.    That object, which turned out to be a giant raft of pumice, was evidence that an underwater volcanic eruption had occurred. And as the raft continued to grow to roughly the size of Philadelphia, scientists observed that the eruption was extraordinarily large.   The eruption had occurred at the Havre volcano northeast of New Zealand, and was the largest to take place underwater in the past century.   “We knew it was a

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C-Innovation Forms Subsea Projects Group

Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) affiliate C-Innovation, LLC (C-I) has formed a turnkey subsea projects group. Capable of providing a complete solution to its global customer base without sourcing outside the Chouest family worldwide, the new group is based in ECO’s Houston office, at the heart of the energy corridor.    David Sheetz, manager of C-I’s Subsea Division, said, “This represents a significant milestone for C-I, and it helps solidify our reputation as a true turnkey provider of subsea services with the backing and support of the diverse family of companies within

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

Erie Hack was a $100,000 innovation challenge that activated more than 200 techies, creative thinkers, entrepreneurs and environmentalists from six cities around in the U.S. and Canada to tackle Lake Erie’s key challenges with creative tech solutions. (© Gerald Bernard / Adobe Stock)

Erie Hack: The Start to the Smart Lake

of H2O, diving deeper into one of the most challenging issues of our time and putting Lake Erie on the map as a hub of water tech innovation.     Tha Author Max Herzog is Project Manage at the Cleveland Water Alliance      (As published in the November/December edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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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

Parchment tubeworm in the field (Photo by Dr. Evelien De Meulenaere, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego)

Scientists Say Sea Worm May Have Superpowers

 A common sea worm that resides in muddy coastal seafloors may have powers that could potentially impact human health, according to researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.   Researchers discovered that a parchment tubeworm, the marine invertebrate Chaetopterus sp. – which is also known for its bioluminescence – is able to produce an important protein found in nearly all living organisms, ferritin, eight times more efficiently than humans.   “We were surprised to discover that even though the tubeworm ferritin

Proton 5 is due to launch in early 2018 (Photo: JW Fishers)

JW Fishers Debuts New Marine Magnetometer

JW Fishers said it will release its new magnetometer, Proton 5, in early 2018.The fifth generation magnetometer with many new features is a top performing, microprocessor driven, marine magnetometer detection system, the manufacturer said.   The system is fully digitized and displays the current five-digit measurement on a new easy to read six-inch LCD screen that is backlit for night operations. Up to 80 of the previous measurements are displayed graphically in a history plot on the screen. User friendly menus allow easy configuration of all operation settings.   System tuning is now

Photo from Catch the Next Wave at Oceanology International 2016 (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Parallel Events Add Depth to Oceanology International

professionals to highlight demonstrable technological achievements that are aiding exploration and research while stressing the ongoing importance of technological progress.”   Complementing Oceanology International 2018’s conference program, Ocean ICT Expo will address the demand for marine and ocean IT, communications, satellite and data storage solutions, with hundreds of highly targeted experts on hand. An additional seminar area will host presentations from global software, hardware and communication services professionals, applying ICT solutions to assist growth in ocean data acquisitio

The GEBCO-NF Alumni Team’s concept utilizes a SEA-KIT unmanned surface vessel, USV Maxlimer. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

K-MATE Autonomy Controller Put to the Test

Supported by KONGSBERG experts and technology, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team, one of 19 semi-finalist teams competing in the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, has completed technology readiness tests of its unique unmanned surface vessel (USV) / autonomous underwater vessel (AUV) concept and associated combination of communications hardware and software to process and transmit data remotely. The test event was held on the fjord outside KONGSBERG’s factory in Horten, Norway on Thursday, November 23.   All Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE teams will hold testing site visits around

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New Sonars for Shark Marine’s Navigator

Shark Marine Technologies said its Navigator series is now available with three different forward looking sonar solutions: Teledyne Blueview’s Proviewer line, Tritech’s Gemini and Sound Metrics’ Aris.    Teledyne Blueview sonars have been the standard forward looking sonars available on the Navigator since its early models, and now Tritech and Sound Metrics sonar options have been added in line with the Navigator’s initial design philosophy, that no single configuration is perfect for every job. This has been a key design aspect for the Navigator over the past 12

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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

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Klein Plans 2018 Side Scan Sonar Training

Side scan sonar manufacturer Klein Marine Systems will host three days of side scan sonar training, including a one day on-water practical training, from January 29-31, in Pensacola, Fla.   The training, organized with the support of Higgs Hydrographic Tek, will help participants to develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as hands-on experience with single beam sonar such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900.   Training topics include: Principles of underwater acoustics  - sonar record analysis, targets and shadows, reflectivity of underwater materials

At the DEMA Show 2017 (L-R):  Aquabotix Chief Development Officer Ted Curley; Audrey Darley, Director of Vendor Relations for Darley; and Henry “Ace” Thrift, Director of Business Development, Navy/SOCUM/Federal Team. (Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Adds US Distributor

partner in support of our growing U.S. Navy business with our Endura ROVs and new Hybrid AUV/ROV,” said Ted Curley, Chief Development Officer of Aquabotix.   Darley joins several recent distributors to Aquabotix’s global network, including Sadaret Ltd., Seafloor Systems, Deekay Marine Services and A2 Marine Solution.    “Aquabotix continues to partner with best in class distributors, including Darley, to help achieve our sales goals and increase our presence in the U.S.,” said Durval Tavares, CEO of Aquabotix.   Darley Defense has executed large

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

NSRI: Project Director Sought

, resulting in increased subsea technology related research and deployment across the U.K.   Through its technology roadmaps, associated workshops and industry engagements, NSRI is marrying the industrial need with the technology providers and research capability across the U. K. This includes marine renewables and subsea mining as well as subsea oil and gas. It has also delivered an online matchmaker service which receives around 600 hits per month, and a series of high profile events that have achieved exposure among the end users of technology, innovators, sponsors and academia.   Chairman

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Teledyne Marine Hosts its 2nd Technology Workshop

More than 270 customers from around the globe converged in San Diego from October 15-18 to attend Teledyne Marine’s second biennial users’ conference, the Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW). There, more than 50 customer presentations detailed utilization of Teledyne Marine products and technologies for applications spanning offshore energy, defense, ports and harbors, oceanography, aquaculture, dredging, hydrography and hydrology. The event also included several afternoon plenary sessions presented by Teledyne Marine’s OneTeam, which detailed the group’s joint

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New Tool for Offshore Inspection

Aberdeen-based AISUS has invested a six-figure sum in upgrading and developing cutting edge inspection technology as it looks to further broaden its range of services and increase its geographical reach to provide its customers with the most efficient, cost-effective technological solutions.   AISUS has launched an improved internal gravity deployed ultrasonic scanning tool, SIRIUS-X, for completing ultrasonic corrosion mapping within offshore caissons, risers and conductors.   Following successful field trials, it recently completed its first caisson inspection program for a major U.K.

SeaVision generates high resolution 3D imagery for predictive analytics. (image: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Partners to Advance Subsea Robotic Inspection

SeaVision sensor, which can flexibly attach to AUVs and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), combines laser scanning and optical imaging to provide highly detailed data for inspectors and operators. The sensor's unprecedented colourized laser imagery better detects and characterizes corrosion, cracks, marine growth and other defects. SeaVision's laser scanning process can be repeated thousands of times per second to generate coordinate values for millions of points on a surface. These points then become highly accurate and intricate 3D models of subsea infrastructure.   Avitas Systems will also

An AUV launch (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Six AUVs Dive Simultaneously at 5,000+ Meter Depths

A fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) recently launched during a survey mission in the North Atlantic have completed the deepest known commercial dive performed by multiple AUVs simultaneously.   The mission, carried out by seafloor monitoring, mapping and exploration firm Ocean Infinity, saw six Kongsberg HUGIN AUVs descend to ocean depths greater than 5,200 meters, reportedly a world’s first for this type of vehicle.   The 6,000m rated vehicles were launched on October 18, each with an independent mission that surpassed water depths of 5,200 meters, collecting MBES data

Fugro Discovery (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro, AGI to Supply Seep Data to Canada

Fugro said it has teamed up with Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) to acquire offshore hydrocarbon seep data in advance of Canada’s 2018 east coast bid round. Bathymetry, backscatter and water column anomaly data will be collected to pull together a comprehensive picture of surficial geological features.   These data will be used to identify and precisely target the best locations for geochemical sampling, enabling clients to improve and de-risk their exploration programs. The information may also be used in a variety of further investigations such as establishing environmental baselines

3D at Depth Expands Senior Team

from concept through implementation with a focus on operational excellence and the use of technological innovations to increase offshore survey safety and efficiencies. Moore also held positions managing offshore survey operations for ProServ and Subsea7. His early career experience was spent at Fugro Marine Construction.  Moore will be responsible for the management, implementation and customer support for 3D at Depth’s global subsea LiDAR solutions.     Roberts joins 3D at Depth from Tidewater Subsea where he was responsible for remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV)

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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Tech File: Hybrid AUV/ROV

digital framework for autonomy, but also the ability to quickly take control. It is a multi-mission vehicle that is poised to be a game-changer for the underwater robotics industry.     The Author Durval Tavares is CEO, Aquabotix     (As published in the October 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

The ST2400 VDS is a Varial Depth Sonar for Anti-Submarine Warfare applications (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Naval Sonars for Göteborg-Class Corvettes

Kongsberg Maritime said it has been selected to deliver ST2400 VDS (Varial Depth Sonar) systems for Anti-Submarine Warfare applications (ASW) to the Royal Swedish Navy as part of SAAB’s upgrade program for the Göteborg-Class Corvettes fleet.   The main purpose of the ST2400 VDS is to detect submarines, mines and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles in Littoral waters. The ST2400 VDS upgrade will strengthen the Göteborg-Class Corvettes Anti-Submarine capability operating in the Baltics.   The ST2400 VDS is a medium-frequency sonar designed with an emphasis on improving performance

Innovo’s reel drive system (Photo: INNOVO)

Unique Group Partners with INNOVO, Kongsberg

 Integrated subsea and offshore solution provider Unique Group has entered into a cooperation agreement with Aberdeen’s INNOVO. As part of the agreement, the companies will collaborate to provide sales and rental equipment and engineering solutions for the marine and oil and gas market sectors in the Middle East and South-East Asia region.   INNOVO provides services and high technology equipment for renewables, oil and gas and marine business sectors. INNOVO, best known for designing the first fully electric-drive cable laying system, offers a wide range of products, including

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

. In the early hours of July 30, 1945, having just completed a secret mission to deliver materials from California for the first operational atomic bomb, “Little Boy” to a naval base on the Pacific island Tinian, Indianapolis was en route from Guam to Leyte when it was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-58.   Indianapolis sank quickly – reportedly in just 12 minutes – leaving little time for the crew to deploy lifeboats or for an emergency signal to be sent. It is estimated that 800 of the nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines on board survived the sinking, but a communication error

Rapp Marine to Equip New OSU Research Vessel

Rapp Marine said it has been selected by Gulf Island Shipyard, LLC, as the Overboard Handling System Single Source Vendor (OHS SSV) for Oregon State University’s (OSU) 193 ft x 41 ft multi-mission Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV), with the option of two additional vessels. Funding for the RCRV project is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the contract design of the RCRV was developed by Glosten. The first vessel is currently under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, La.    Under the scope of the OHS SSV, Rapp Marine is responsible for integrating

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

sector a large-scale clearance survey for an exploration 3D seismic survey program. The survey was conducted with International Ocean Vessel Technical Consultant Co Ltd (IOVTEC), with whom the company has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).   Optimizing its service offerings in marine site characterization under this MoU, Fugro and IOVTEC will also install a lidar buoy to collect wind resource data off the Taiwanese coast in January 2018. In addition to its surveying activity, IOVTEC will provide logistic and operational support to Fugro’s offshore metocean projects.  

Neil Gordon (Photo: Subsea UK)

Underwater Vehicles Conference Set for November

revealed that the underwater vehicle market is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, due to the increased demand for underwater robotics for survey and seabed mapping, offshore drilling, and pipeline inspection.   Sponsored by ROV service provider ROVOP, Tritech, Teledyne Marine, Omega Subsea and ROV Planet, the conference will take place on Tuesday, November 21 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.   Bringing together representatives from the U.K. and international growing underwater robotics community, the event will also look at new and innovative ways

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

Ross to aid extended scientific research missions in both Antarctica and the Arctic.   The Polar Code 4 ice class vessel will be equipped with wide range of specialist scientific facilities, instruments and laboratories enabling scientists to study the ocean, seafloor and atmosphere. Robotic submarines and marine gliders will collect data on ocean conditions and marine biology and deliver it to scientists working in the ship’s on-board laboratories, while airborne robots and onboard environmental monitoring systems will provide detailed information on the surrounding polar environment.  

Argentina’s new oceanographic and fishing research vessel 52m Victor Angelescu (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Installs Marine Ecosystem Assessment Solution on Research Ship

Kongsberg Maritime has successfully completed the installation of an extensive suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology aboard the Victor Angelescu, the Argentinian National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development’s (INIDEP) new oceanographic and fishing research vessel.   Built at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA, the new 52m research ship is a silent vessel, which combined with the sophisticated Simrad marine ecosystem package will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists.   Kongsberg installed and integrated the majority of

Fast-track data from CGG’s latest Santos VII BroadSeis survey (image courtesy of CGG Multi-Client & New Ventures).

Building a National Resource Offshore Brazil

CGG has been present in Brazil for over 55 years, since the company began working with Petrobras in 1961. Its long-established Rio de Janeiro Subsurface Imaging Center, with its strong reservoir characterization group, has the largest computer capacity and greatest expertise in the region. In 2010, CGG also opened a technology center in Rio with a world-class R&D team, working with Petrobras and other local agencies to focus on solving local geoscience challenges. The company’s commitment to Brazil is demonstrated by its investment in over 170,000 km2 of 3D multi-client seismic data offshore

GeoSphere data log shows the layered formation structure in the well. (Image: SLB)

GeoSphere: Mapping-while-drilling Evolution

that take advantage of the ever-increasing technical complexity combining mechanical, electrica, and software systems that are implemented downhole. These achievements helps the users gain a better understanding of the reservoir while bring drilling into a new area of efficiency and cost savings. Marine Technology Reporter’s Correspondent in Brazil spoke to Jean Seydoux, Program Manager for Advanced Reservoir Mapping Technologies for Drilling and Measurement at Schlumberger, about their GeoSphere Mapping-While-Drilling Service.   What were the breakthroughs in this technology&rsquo

Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

and more than one semifinalist team in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is developing solutions that will feature biomimicry behaviors to build intelligent swarms, hives, and heavy lift drone solutions that that can fly back and forth from the deep ocean competition mapping site.   Eauligo and the Marine Bees Team Lead: Christopher Lewis To compete in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the France-based Eauligo team has taken its inspiration from nature and plans to launch a horde of miniature robotic submarines that will mimic bee behavior. Watching bees going from flower to flower in a garden,

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Aquabotix Adds New Global Distributors

UUV Aquabotix Ltd has added Deekay Marine Services, Pvt. Ltd as an exclusive representative for Aquabotix in India. A provider of support and services to marine industries in India for more than three decades, Deekay Marine Services is involved in various marine sectors, including hydrography, oceanography, surveillance systems, coastal security systems, engineering and marine surveying services.   Deekay Marine Services is the fourth distributor added to Aquabotix’s global network in the recent month, under the guidance of the new Chief Development Officer Ted Curley. The other new

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

Oceanscan Invests in Applanix Multibeam and INS

Swathe Services announced that Oceanscan has recently made a significant investment for an R2Sonic 2022 digital wideband multibeam system with integrated I2NS (POS MV Wavemaster) INS.    The Sonic 2022 is portable, the compact form factor making it ideal for integration into AUV, ROV, or small boat operations with a range up to 400m of water.    The 3,000m-rated Sonic 2022 unit is fitted with the 700 kHz UHR Option, Truepix backscatter and raw water column detect, making it an ideal high-resolution sonar. When UHR is selected, the beam width is 0.6° x 0.6° providing

Teledyne CARIS Names Codevintec as Italian Distributor

Marine mapping software developer Teledyne CARIS said it has selected Codevintec as a software distributor for Italy, the Adriatic countries, Greece and Lebanon.   Codevintec has been a distributor in the geomatics industry for many years. As a contribution to Teledyne CARIS’ list of distributors, Codevintec can now provide survey companies, scientific research organizations and mapping agencies in this region further information about the Ping-to-Chart hydrographic software solutions, which include support for Airborne Lidar Bathymetry (ALB) operations, big data management and autonomous

Aquabotix’s Endura (Photo: Aquabotix)

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab Orders an ROV

National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has placed an order for an unmanned underwater vehicle to be used for the creation of multidimensional maps of oceanic environs as part of its Ocean Worlds exploration program.   The 300-meter depth-rated Endura 300 commercial-grade remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was ordered from Aquabotix Technology Corporation, the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary UUV Aquabotix Ltd. ther ROV will be integrated with a range of specialist sensors.   NASA will use the vehicle to create multidimensional maps of oceanic

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FarSounder Overlays S-57 & S-63 Charts

, CEO.    The software upgrade will provide many more ships the safety of real-time 3D sonar data and the ability to create historical bathymetric maps, providing a significant amount of navigational awareness that was previously unavailable. According to FarSounder, it is a game changer for mariners to compare what their chart says is ahead of them to what a FarSounder sonar sees in real time, updating with every ping.   For those already using and loving C-MAP Professional charts, SonaSoft is still as easy as it always has been, FarSounder said. But now with this upgrade, 21st Century

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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

CZMIL surveyed hundreds of kilometers of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch aboard Ocean Force One  (Photo: Teledyne Optech)

Teledyne Optech to Present CZMIL’s Work for The Ocean Cleanup

CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar’s survey of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a large concentration of plastic debris covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometers in the north Pacific.   Dr. Feygel’s presentation, co-written with members of Teledyne Optech’s Marine group and in collaboration with Julia Reisser of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation and Yuri Kopilevich of ITMO University, is titled “Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) Participation in The Ocean Cleanup's Aerial Expedition Project”.   During the presentation, Dr. Feygels

Ocean Infinity Selects Kraken's AquaPix

Kraken Sonar Inc., a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems, said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately C$3,000,000 (US$2.5 million) by Ocean Infinity.   Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix (Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor) solution onboard eight of Ocean Infinity's HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). Delivery of the systems is planned to commence during the fourth quarter of

In an earlier NOAA-funded project, derelict fishing gear and other large marine debris were removed from remote Alaskan shorelines by the Gulf of Alaska Keeper. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Backs Marine Debris Removal/Research

Nearly $2.2 million in fiscal year 2017 funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program will support 15 new marine debris removal and research projects.   Four groups received a total of $935,156 for research to advance understanding of how microplastics interact with seafood species. Projects awarded through this grant competition will improve our understanding of the ecological risks associated with marine debris as well as the fate and transport of marine debris in nearshore, coastal environments. Arizona State University ($195,837)

Choctaw. Photo: Ocean Explorer, NOAA

Two Shipwrecks Found in Lake Huron

 NOAA maritime archaeologists and partners have located and identified two previously undiscovered historic shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The shipwrecks are the wooden steamer Ohio (1873-1894) and the steel-hulled steamer Choctaw (1892-1915).   In May 2017, a sanctuary-led expedition used high-resolution sonars to map the bottom of Lake Huron, during which they located the two ships.  At the time, researchers were confident they had discovered the 202-foot Ohio and the 266-foot Choctaw.  The team recently confirmed the vessels’ identities using

SeaCat SAS during initial testing on ARCIMS USV with Kraken MINSAS in June 2017 (Photo: Kraken)

AquaPix MINSAS integrated onboard ATLAS SeaCat AUV

Kraken Sonar Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., has been awarded a contract valued at over C$425,000 ($336,600) by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Canada to supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the Atlas SeaCat autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in September 2017. AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal processing software optimized for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraint

Marine Technology Reporter - September 2017 Edition

The September 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available – in print, and online. This edition includes features on: Ocean observation: robotics and artificial intelligence pave the path forward.   Research vessels: update on the new fleet currently under construction   Voices: Marty Klein, the 'father of side scan sonar'; and Frank Cobis, vice president and general manager of Klein Marine Systems   Seafloor engineering: the mapping-while-drilling evolution   Port insights: Digital transformation of port operations

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Stephen Lehmann)

Did Dispersants Help Responders Breathe Easier at Deepwater Horizon?

diminish oil slicks on the surface, causing less oil to taint shoreline beaches and marshes. In a new study, we reveal a key benefit of using dispersants: the subsea dispersant injection likely allowed emergency responders literally to breathe easier.   Chemical dispersants have been applied to marine oil spills for at least a half century, but the debate recently has become more politicized and acrimonious. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) warned about this in its 2005 study: Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects, predicting that “political issues” would become a factor

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

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

AUV with EdgeTech Sonar Installed (Photo: EdgeTech)

EdgeTech Sonar Utilized in USS Indianapolis Discovery

Manufacturer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology EdgeTech said its AUV-based side scan sonar system played a key role in the recent discovery of the USS Indianapolis wreckage 5,500 meters deep in the Philippine Sea. The sinking of the USS Indianapolis had the greatest loss of life from a single ship in the history of the U.S. Navy. The EdgeTech 2205 AUV-based sonar system is one of the many advanced underwater technology systems on-board the RV Petrel which discovered the wreckage recently. The system is integrated into a deep water autonomous underwater vehicle

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UKHO Supports HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities.   Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS Gleaner using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth.   As well as providing advice during data collection, the final dataset was then validated by the UKHO to ensure it was the to the

Investigators examine piece of aircraft debris (Photo: ATSB)

Australian Agency Believes it Can Locate MH370

Australia's main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search.   The agency's assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, on a flight to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.   But the Australian government rejected the conclusion of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Underwater image captured using an EM 712 multibeam echo sounder (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Canadian Coast Guard Expands Mapping Capability

Kongsberg Maritime said the Canadian Coast Guard has chosen its high resolution EM 712 multibeam echo sounders for the medium icebreakers CCGS Pierre Radisson and the CCGS Des Groseilliers.    Gathering critical hydrographic data can be a challenge in the Canadian Arctic. The innovative, retractable design of the new EM 712 echo sounder systems optimizes performance of the sounder when deployed and protects it when the vessel is breaking ice.   When deployed, the high-resolution EM 712 collects valuable navigational and scientific data from otherwise inaccessible parts of the planet

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

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