Seafloor Mapping

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IUEM Chooses iXblue Equipment

Navigation, positioning and underwater imaging solutions provider iXblue said it has been chosen by the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) to provide 8 Canopus long baseline (LBL) transponders for a geodetic mission off the coast of Sicily. Deployed on the seabed, 2,500 meters below the surface, the Canopus transponders will measure the crustal deformation along the North-South Alfeo faults with a millimeter-scale resolution over the course of four years.Hubert Pelletier, Head of iXblue Acoustic division, said, “Because the Canopus transponders precisely meet the exacting requirements

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Ocean Infinity to Conduct AUV Surveys for Petrobras

U.S. based seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity announced Wednesday that its Brazilian partner has been awarded a contract to provide high-resolution hydrographic mapping services to Brazilian national oil company Petrobras.Working under contract to Brazilian offshore consulting company Cepemais, Ocean Infinity will go to work in the the Campos, Espirito Santo and Santos basins offshore Brazil, mapping an area of 5,000km2 and inspecting 12,000km of pipelines. Work will commence in mid-2019, and the contract duration is for three years.Ocean Infinity will operate a fleet of

Dr. Nicklas Pisias, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University, is the 2018 recipient of the Maurice Ewing Medal, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Navy and the American Geophysical Union. (Photo courtesy of the AGU)

Oceanographer Pisias Honored by US Navy, AGU

work underlies, and has had a strong influence on, current climate research.”Since the Maurice Ewing Medal’s creation in 1974, multiple ONR-sponsored researchers have won the prize. These include Dr. Walter Munk, who invented the concept of surf forecasting; geophysicist John I. Ewing; and marine seismologist Dr. John Orcutt

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Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019, Marine Technology Reporter visits with show director Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions for his insights on the development an direction of the organization’s Oceanology Americas event, scheduled for February 25-27, 2019, in San Diego.Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Oceanology International Americas 2019 is set for San Diego. Give us an overview of the exhibition… by the numbers… from the 2017 event. What are your expectations, in numbers, for 2019?Well, we’re hugely excited to be

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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

tests for oil and gas deposits off the East Coast, joining a lawsuit from environmentalists concerned the tests harm whales and dolphins.Seismic testing uses air gun blasts to map out what resources lie beneath the ocean. Conservationists say the testing, a precursor to oil drilling, can disorient marine animals that rely on fine-tuned hearing to navigate and find food. The tests lead to beachings of an endangered species, the North Atlantic right whale, they say.New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said the tests would harm marine species, jeopardize coastal ecosystems and pose a "critical

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3D at Depth Expands

Subsea laser LiDAR (SL) technology and 3D data visualization solutions specialist 3D at Depth said it has expanded several global office locations and launched a new portfolio of services designed to support cohesive workflow efficiencies for offshore oil field design through decommissioning. The new line includes: terrestrial dimensional control to support subsea data collection workflows; subsea tooling design solutions; remote sensing, and real-time LiDAR data collection. These new services will compliment 3D at Depth's existing portfolio of solutions and deliver additional 3D insight to measure

Seagull fitted with KATFISH for remotely operated mine countermeasures and underwater surveillance
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Kraken Completes Sea Tests of KATFISH with Elbit Systems

in Israel.Elbit Systems has developed a state-of-the-art Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) named “Seagull”. Seagull is a multi-mission USV platform boasting high autonomy levels and modular features, allowing it to be rapidly reconfigured for a wide array of missions – including anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.“Elbit Systems’ Seagull USV is one of the most advanced ocean drones in the world,” said Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO. “With KATFISH integrated on Elbit’s Seagull USV, the system can provide remotely operated, unmanned

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Exploring Deep-seafloor Mineral Deposits

mineral deposits, which can provide vital new metals for emerging technologies, including those that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, were formed by hot springs on the seafloor. The big question facing geologists is whether these deposits – the vast majority of which now lie under a blanket of marine sediment – still contain valuable metals. Have the minerals dissolved since they formed thousands of years ago beneath the Earth’s crust, or become even more concentrated?Project ULTRA will set out to  address these questions using a robotic drilling rig to drill the deposits. This

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

As commercial shipping and energy activities picks up in the Arctic region, the prospect of accidental oil spills in this pristine environment remain a concern. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking the lead – through the U.S. Coast Guard – to develop a subsea robotic system to map and report on spills.“Because of ice coverage and the tyranny of distance, it is difficult to get resources and assets up in the Arctic in a quick manner,” said Kirsten Trego, Executive Director of the Coast Guard’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil

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Subsea Robotics: SOI Mission Discovers New Hydrothermal Vent and Species

, along with scientists from Oregon State University, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, demonstrated the multi-disciplinary use of submarine robotics while investigating an area of unique geologic activity where submarine volcanism in heavily sedimented basins results in high temperature venting with unusual chemistry and geology.The nested-scale mapping approach allowed the team to efficiently progress from large scale exploratory seafloor

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Blyth Catamarans Delivers New Survey Vessel

a top speed of 28+ knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots being powered by two MAN V8 1000hp engines with five blade props from Clements Engineering.The Swansea University department of biosciences will use the vessel for coastline survey, mapping critical habitats, studying water quality, observing marine wildlife and deploying marine equipment.In order to cater for building larger vessels in the future, the company recently opened an onsite factory featuring a 9m high building with gantry

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Admiral Tim Lowe to Head UK Hydrographic Office

replacement is sought for John Humphrey, the current Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who will leave at the end of January 2019.Rear Admiral Lowe said: “I look forward to taking the helm as Acting Chief Executive, whilst we continue to transform the UKHO into a world-leading marine geospatial information agency. It is an exciting time for our team as we transition to a data centric, digital first organisation whilst continuing to deliver on our wide spectrum of responsibilities, including our obligations to support safe passage in UK waters, provide hydrographic services to

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

, which ping back depending on the depth and topography of the ocean floor. That creates data points, which can be converted into a map."With advanced sonar technology it really is like seeing. I think we've come out of the era of being the blind man with the stick," said Robert Larter, a marine geophysicist at the British Antarctic Survey."We can survey much more efficiently - and, not only that, but in much greater detail," he said, adding that the work was painstaking."The ocean's a big place!" he said.The advent of new technology such as underwater drones and

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Swathe Services Provides New Product to ABP Humber

Swathe Services has announced a new bespoke custom Peli-case product which has been designed to fit the surface components of an R2SONIC Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder (MBES) SIM box and Inertial Navigation System.  This product is specifically designed for use in open boats such as ABP Humber’s 5 meter RIB.  The Peli-case incorporates all the required bulkhead connectors for external cable fittings; an inverter for operating off a DC battery power and a shrouded cooling system.  As part of this small boat solution, ABP Humber also purchased a bespoke designed and built transom transducer

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UK Hydrographic Office Taps Lowe as Chief Executive

and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who will leave at the end of January 2019.Lowe is a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy and joined the UKHO as UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015. In his role, he has led a number of key projects for the UKHO. This includes the Commonwealth Marine Economies and Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping programs to support the development of blue economies in territories across the world.The Minister with responsibility for the UKHO Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence, said: “I would like to thank John for his leadership as CE of the UKHO

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India Plans Deep Dive for Seabed Minerals

Nemo appeared to get one thing wrong, however, in asserting deep sea minerals "would be quite easy to exploit".Over the next decade, the Indian government plans to pump in more than $1 billion to develop and test deep sea technologies like underwater crawling machines and human-piloted submarines, according to the earth sciences ministry.If it works, the equipment will be able to reach depths of up to 6 kilometers (3.7 miles), where metals can be 15 times more concentrated than in land deposits.The ISA allows India to explore an area in the Indian Ocean of 75,000 square kilometers (about

MATE At-Sea Internship Opportunity

the 2019 MATE/UNOLS Long-Term Internship (approximately six months) through January 18, 2019. Please share this with undergraduate students or recent graduates from an undergraduate program who you think would be interested and qualified. Applicants must be ready to enter the job market in the field of marine technology with academic studies completed before departing. The departure date will be in April (but we will consider qualified applicants that can depart up to May 13th). This is an incredible opportunity to work onboard research vessels and be exposed to a wide range of marine technologies and

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MMT: Image Processing in Focus

Since the launch of its Surveyor ROV as primary tool of inspection and survey through the production of High-Resolution imagery, marine surveying firm MMT said it has taken another step forward.In a long-term collaboration, of more than a decade, between industry and academic research, MMT and Reach have conducted deep sea (up to 2,200 meters deep) high resolution photogrammetric surveys of more than sixty historically important shipwrecks in the Bulgarian Black Sea between 2016 and 2017.The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP), funded by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust and led by

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Nautilus Minerals to Acquire Production Support Vessel

The underwater mineral exploration company headquartered in Toronto Nautilus Minerals Inc. is currently negotiating the terms of an agreement with arm's length third parties that would involve the creation of a new joint venture company - Vessel JV - to be owned by the third parties and Nautilus’ subsidiary, Nautilus Minerals Niugini Limited (NMN).The purpose of the Vessel JV would be to fund the acquisition of the Production Support Vessel (PSV) that Nautilus had previously arranged to be procured through MAC Goliath Pte Ltd (MAC) and the integration costs of installing the mining equipment

Participants at The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project regional mapping meeting for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans gathered in Palisades, New York. (Photo: The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed)

First Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project Meeting

Bathymetric Compilation, the Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) Synthesis, EMODnet Bathymetry, AusSeabed, University of Tasmania, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research in Germany, the Republic of Mauritius Ministry of Defence and Rodrigues, the Marine Institute Ireland, the Geological Survey of Canada, and offshore survey company Fugro.Further presentations focused on tools and technologies, and included a presentation from the IHO Data Center for Digital Bathymetry, an overview of recent and ongoing gap analysis conducted by NOAA to assess coverage

Edd Moller presents Fusion 2 on launch day during OSEA 2018 in Singapore (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Unveils Fusion 2

Underwater positioning and navigation specialist Sonardyne International Ltd. has launched a new integrated acoustic and inertial positioning platform for marine survey contractors and offshore construction companies.Available from today, Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 Long BaseLine (LBL) and Inertial Navigation System (INS) software has been written from the ground up to offer a single solution aiming to make field development projects faster and easier. With Fusion 2, the separate software applications, vessel-fit hardware and often complex communication interfaces that have been typically required to

EdgeTech 2205 sonar image of ARA San Juan 230kHz at 400m range scale (Credit: Ocean Infinity)

Sonar Helps Find Missing Argentine Submarine

EdgeTech, a manufacturer of high-resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, said its side scan sonar technology was used to help find the missing Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan, which was recently located in 900 meters of water off Argentina's Atlantic Coast after a yearlong search.The deepwater search was performed by Ocean Infinity and its advanced fleet of 6,000 meter rated autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) equipped with EdgeTech 2205 Side Scan Sonars. The ARA San Juan was imaged by the EdgeTech sonar operating at a frequency of 230kHz and a 400-meter range scale.EdgeTech&r

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Argentine Submarine Found After Yearlong Search

The Argentine Navy submarine that went missing a year ago off the country's Atlantic Coast was found by a private company involved in what had been a massive search for the vessel and its 44-member crew, the defense ministry said in a news conference on Saturday.The ARA San Juan submarine was discovered by marine tracking contractor Ocean Infinity, 907 meters (2,975 feet) below the ocean surface. The vessel was found in an underwater canyon with its tail partially "imploded," Argentina's Defense Minister Carlos Aguad said.Given the poor visibility at the site, the ministry said it

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Two MVP30-350 Systems for Geological Survey of Ireland

of survey operations, Canadian manufacturer AML Oceanographic announced.The two MVP30-350 systems were ordered for installation aboard a pair of 16-meter survey catamarans that will help complete a large scale project to map all Irish waters by 2026. GSI is working on the project in partnership with the Marine Institute of Ireland under the joint program INFOMAR.The first of the two systems was commissioned aboard RV Mallet in November 2018, with delivery of the second MVP30-350 for RV Keary to occur in 2019.“The MVP is expected to improve productivity by over 10 percent, but more importantly they

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Oil Removed from WWII Era Shipwreck

A U.S. Navy led team has removed 229,000 gallons of oil from a sunken World War II era German heavy cruiser that has been resting on the seafloor near the Marshall Islands for more than 70 years.After being transferred to the U.S. as a war prize, the cruiser Prinz Eugen was loaded with oil and cargo and used to assess survivability of warships during the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests in the Pacific. The ship survived two atomic blasts before being towed to Kwajalein Atoll, where it capsized and sunk in December 1946.Now, 72 years later, a project team led by Stephanie Bocek of the Navy's

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Teledyne CARIS to Sponsor GEBCO Symposium

of ocean floor mapping. The symposium is being held alongside GEBCO’s technical and guiding committee meetings and will contribute to the future directions of the Seabed 2030 world ocean mapping initiative.Andy Hoggarth, Director of Business Development - Teledyne CARIS, and Co-Chair of the Marine Domain Working Group of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), will be delivering the keynote speech at 9:30 a.m.His address at the symposium will speak about the importance of data standards to support the interoperability of bathymetry data, as well as discussing the industry’s latest trends

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Construction Starts on OSU's Research Ship

with OSU to build a second similar research vessel, which will be operated by a consortium led by the University of Rhode Island.“This new class of modern vessels will support future research focused on the physical, chemical, biological and geologic processes in coastal waters,” said Roberta Marinelli, dean of Oregon State’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. “This research is critical to informing strategies for coastal resilience, food security, and hazard mitigation not only in the Pacific Northwest but around the world.”The ships will be equipped to conduct

Participants at the first Arctic, Antarctic & North Pacific mapping meeting for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, held at Stockholm University, October 8-10 (Image: The Nippon Foundation / GEBCO)

Seabed 2030 Meeting Held in Stockholm

; the Italian Ministry of Defense; the Norwegian Hydrographic Service; the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Italy’s National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics; Fugro; Kongsberg Maritime; TE Subcom; the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain; and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, among others.Following updates on mapping activities, the meeting broke out into working groups to discuss how to overcome technical challenges in compiling data from multiple sources into a final gridded product, with decisions taken on the specific algorithms to be used. The

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C-MAP Launches High-res Coastal Bathymetry

Digital marine cartography and cloud-based mapping company C-MAP,announced the release of a new feature for C-MAP chart cards – Coastal High Resolution Bathymetry (HRB).Offering anglers the latest and most detailed contour data for their C-MAP charts, Coastal HRB enhances current MAX-N+ cards with the highest resolution depth contour detail available. Combined with the custom depth shading available in all Navico chartplotters, it is especially helpful to fisherman who are looking to highlight those areas where fish gravitate. Available now, Coastal HRB comes with new chart purchases from data

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TGS Remains Upbeat as Shares Drop

Oslo-listed seismic surveyor TGS fell more than 10 percent after reporting disappointing third-quarter results on Thursday, as oil firms were still too cautious to spend despite a raft of upbeat earnings.TGS, which maps the seabed in search of hydrocarbon deposits for oil firms, reported quarterly operating profit of $24 million, down from $26 million a year ago and missing a forecast of $37 million returned by a Reuters poll.While oil companies like Shell, BP and Total are reporting bumper profits in the third quarter, they are keen to control costs, so their suppliers are yet to reap the benefits

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Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

waves breaking on a hadal shore. His mind keeps working while his body sleeps.Another measure of Cui’s influence is in the work done by his students, whom he guided through their PhDs to develop their natural talents, and his trusted colleagues. His students have brought to operational status a submarine crew Rescue Bell, and a 500m ADS (Advanced Diving System), that functions like a Newtsuit. Cui started and passed to colleagues the development of 4,500m manned submersible, named Shen Hai Yong Shi, or Deepsea Warrior. Professor Cui modestly accepts no credit for this work.Cui is currently leading

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Video: Soil Testing Vehicle Dives Deep

DEME Group's GSR (Global Sea Mineral Resources) exploration activities in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) during the company's 2017 Pacific campaign narrowed in on three major elements: resource assessment, technology and environment.To verify resource estimates undertaken during GSR's 2014 and 2015 campaigns, nodules were collected using deep-sea dredges and box cores.The technological aspects involved the deployment of Patania I, the first tracked soil testing device vehicle to reach and travel the seafloor at depths of more than 4,500 m. The vehicle is the first of a series of three

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L3 ASV to Conduct UK Autonomous Navigation Study

has announced that it has received U.K. government funding for a pioneering project on autonomous navigation of maritime vessels. The company will conduct a study with its partners in the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), focusing on the future of marine navigational data and charts. The project is funded by the Department for Transport’s Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) and aims to promote early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations with the potential to advance the U.K.’s transport system.L3 ASV&rsquo

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Teledyne CARIS to Present at Hydro 18

Marine mapping software developer Teledyne CARIS said it will present at the Hydro 18 Conference and Trade Exhibition taking place in Sydney, Australia from October 30 to November 1.The Teledyne CARIS team will present on two separate occasions during the conference:  Interactive workshop, ‘Knowing our Oceans and Understanding our Future through Automation’ on October 30 at 1 p.m. Join team of experts and learn how to keep pace with the volumes of data generated by modern survey operations, ensure it is of suitable quality, and turn it into more information products to support our

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20’ WAM-V Delivered to XPrize Finalist TeamTao

competition.The new WAM-V has a range of over 400 nautical miles, can carry up to 600 lbs of payload, has a top speed of 15+ knots, and has passed rigorous open-ocean testing to ensure it is a stable platform for sensor deployment.“This is an exciting addition to our product lineup,” said Marine Advanced Research President and CEO Mark Gundersen. “With multi-day endurance in blue water, it brings a host of new capabilities to the marketplace.”Nick Ridley, TeamTao’s surface system design lead, commented, “We searched the global market for a suitable ASV platform. The

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Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Finalists to Compete off Greece

, and Culture and Sports. The operational team is also working with multiple other organizations, including the National Centre of Scientific Research Demokritos, Office of the Mayor of Kalamata, Municipal Port Fund of Kalamata, Hellenic Coast Guard/Central Port Authority, and the Hellenic Center for Marine Research to ensure smooth operations by providing logistical assistance. Competition organizers also continue to work with Fugro, an industry leader in ocean mapping; and Esri, the global leader in geographic information system (GIS) software. XPRIZE is also partnering with Singularity University

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UK Hydrographic Office to Maximize Geospatial Data

publicly-held data and make it easier to access and use.By doing so, it is estimated the commission will unlock up to £11 billion of extra value for the U.K. economy each year.As one of the 6 partner organisations on the commission (Geo6), the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) holds a broad range of UK marine geospatial data ranging from the seabed to the ocean’s surface. This includes high resolution bathymetry depicting the seafloor, as well as information on the water itself like density, salinity, temperature and movement.Specialist teams also process information on maritime security, marine

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'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

global networks of seafloor telecommunication cables.The so-called "smart boulders" revealed some surprising findings that will help inform where best to lay the seafloor cables that keep the internet running. Published this week in the journal Nature Communications, this research shows that submarine avalanches of rock and sand, which have been notoriously difficult to directly measure due to their powerful nature, can travel across the seafloor at almost 30 km/hour (similar to a human sprinter), and are powerful enough to move objects weighing almost one metric ton for several kilometers.Over

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The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29

A wreck-diving archaeologist and his quest to discover a missing submarineYou get an idea before you even walk in his door that Tomas Termote’s life is bound up with the sea, or at any rate what lies beneath it. Outside his house in Ostend, on the Belgian coast, stands the biggest anchor you’ve ever seen—over 16 feet high, weighing five tons. It was hand-forged for an old British man-of-war, and a trawler hauled it up from the seabed of the English Channel, a stone’s throw from here.Out in the backyard, there’s a creepy-looking mine from the First World War, about a foot

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UKHO Conducts Seabed Mapping in St Lucia

The U.K. Hydrographic Office (UKHO) said it has deployed a motorboat to survey the waters of St Lucia as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Program.Following a stakeholder meeting with the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) and wider government earlier this year, priority areas will be surveyed, capturing sonar data of St Lucia’s main ports and approaches. These include Castries to Marigot Harbor, Rodney Bay, Vieux Fort Bay and Soufriere Bay. The survey is expected to be completed in October.Data from the survey will be used to update navigation charts of the region

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RNLN Integrates SeeByte’s Neptune into its AUVs

The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has integrated SeeByte’s Neptune software into its new generation Remus 100 fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).Neptune provides a payload control architecture, goal-based mission planning, and real-time autonomy engine for Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) to plan and execute well known patterns of behavior. Neptune expedites and optimizes single-vehicle and multi-vehicle operations.Neptune can be used to coordinate fleets of unmanned assets for MCM missions enabling operators to easily coordinate various assets to search, classify and map, reacquire

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ASL Hires Acoustics Scientist Pearce

ASL has appointed Dr. Steve Pearce to the position of acoustics scientist.In his new role, Pearce will be involved in the design of new underwater acoustics products. It is expected that he will become the Product Manager for the Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) and will accept the responsibilities that are presently fulfilled by David Lemon. As part of this role, he will assist with data processing and will coordinate customer support inquiries.Pearce brings to ASL over a decade of experience in underwater acoustics R&D. He earned his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in 2014, where his

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MacDonald to Lead Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

Kendra MacDonaldhas been tapped as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC), responsible for leading the organization to build Canada’s ocean economy into one of the country’s most significant and sustainable value-creating economic segments.The OSC is an industry-led collaboration that is created around a critical mass of ocean-based companies in Atlantic Canada to tackle the shared challenges of multiple ocean sectors through a collaborative program of innovation activities. The OSC is a national undertaking, with investment from companies in eight provinces

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UKHO Conducts Seabed Mapping in Dominica

The U.K. Hydrographic Office (UKHO) said it has deployed a motorboat to survey the waters off Dominica as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Program.Following a stakeholder meeting with Dominica’s Maritime Authority and wider government in late 2017 after Hurricane Maria, priority survey areas were agreed to capture seabed mapping data of Dominica’s main ports and approaches.Surveying is expected to continue throughout September, focusing on areas including Roseau, Portsmouth and Soufriere Bay.Data from the survey will be used to update navigation charts of the region, as well

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New EMODnet Bathymetry Data Product

functionality and extended coverage of Europe’s seas. The recently launched bathymetry product is available free of charge for viewing and downloading, and sharing by OGC web services from the EMODnet Bathymetry portal.The EMODnet DTM is a tool used for a whole range of applications in marine science, sustainable ocean governance, and blue economy activities such as planning of pipeline trajectories, locations of offshore wind farms or planning of harbor extensions. In science, the DTM supports oceanographers in providing a base geometry for hydrodynamic models, marine geologists for

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Mapping the Future

Marine Technology Reporter catches up with Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D, Senior Director, Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE and members of the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team as the conclusion to the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE fast approaches.The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration. The prize will stimulate even greater exploration and mapping of the ocean floor, helping to uncover our planet’s greatest wonders and resources for the benefit of humanity. The winner will be

SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System deployed during ANTX2018 (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken, ThayerMahan Demonstrate SeaScout for US Navy

Kraken Robotics Inc. wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., in cooperation with ThayerMahan Inc., demonstrated its SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System during the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) held last month in Newport, R.I. This was the first at-sea test and evaluation carried out since both companies signed a strategic alliance agreement in February 2018.U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Michael Connor (retired), ThayerMahan’s President and CEO, said, “It’s our fundamental mission to integrate and deploy the latest sensors

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New KONGSBERG Mapping Cloud Solution

KONGSBERG has unveiled its new data handling solution, Mapping Cloud, which provides easy storage of different types of data within the Cloud, offering an accessible and practical means of uploading and distributing real-time data, which can be subsequently made available to use in diverse applications and products.Mapping Cloud enables existing PC applications to be run in a Virtual Machine (VM) environment, and allows users to efficiently manage data processing, archiving and sharing with partners and customers through web browsers. With Mapping Cloud, data uploaded in e.g., Australia could be

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to recover a surface mooring that is part of the OOI Global Array in the Irminger Sea south of Greenland in 2016. (Photo by James Kuo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

NSF Awards Contract to Continue Ocean Observatories Initiative

A state-of-the-art marine facility delivering data and new insight to the ocean science community, policy-makers and the public worldwide has received additional support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).The NSF awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year, $220 million contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include the University of Washington (UW), Oregon State University

CCOM at UNH Partners with FarSounder

The Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) at the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire has added 3D forward-looking sonar technology expert FarSounder as a partner in its Industrial Associates Program.Students in the CCOM program are working toward becoming experts in the field of ocean mapping. With the addition of FarSounder’s technology, the students have the opportunity of hands on experience with this unique technology and the potential to apply the data collected to their research.In addition to providing students the benefit of identifying obstacles ahead of the ship

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Aker Bets on Software Engineers for Its Oil Business

When the owners of Norwegian oil firm Aker BP decided to digitise its assets and operations, they searched high and low for the right software company. But they failed to find a suitable one.So instead they set up their own, Cognite, to create digital maps of Aker BP's oil industry assets, integrating data from equipment such as pumps, heat and pressure sensors, maintenance records and even staff rotas to improve efficiency and safety.Less than two years later, Cognite is selling its software to Aker BP's rivals and one competitor, Sweden's Lundin Petroleum, has even agreed to share its

Figure 1: The Sea Otter Surf Zone Crawler

Seafloor Crawlers: New Robotic Tools for Challenging Missions

in the lower energy boundary layer. The low profile further minimizes current drag. The vehicle has operated in 1.5-m plunging surf and can cross soft terrain that will not support human loads. Recent tests demonstrated the ability to carry 40-kg payloads as well as tow a 45-kg sled across various marine surfaces.Specs of the Otter-SZC include:Symmetrical dual-sided operation for operation in the heavy surfWeight: 45-kg dry, 1-m long, 55-cm wide and 25-cm high (expandable in length and width)Speed: forward or reverse, variable up to 1-m/sNavigation: 3-axis IMU, FOG, dual encoders, dual-sided, dual-frequen

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A System of Systems Approach to Mine Countermeasures

A team of underwater, surface and aerial unmanned vehicles was recently deployed Newport, R.I. to demonstrate a “System of Systems” approach to expeditionary mine-countermeasures (MCM).The multi domain unmanned assets were deployed by Teledyne Marine and its industry partners at The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport during the 2018 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) August 29-31.The multi-vehicle, multi-company demonstration began with a Power Docks Blue Isles Autonomous Power Microgrid platform simulating providing power to all vehicles. A Teledyne Oceanscience

The GEBCO-NF Alumni team concept sets sail from Horten, Norway, on the first of three 24-hour sea-trials. The team observed the successful round of tests from a guard vessel, seen here behind USV-Maxlimer. (Photo: GEBCO)

Competitor Preps for XPRIZE Final with 24-hour Sea Trial

on the collaborative approach, Yulia Zarayskaya, training program alumnus and Project Lead, noted that “the skills acquired by the alumni through the data processing development, as well as working alongside team partners and suppliers, puts them at the forefront of rapidly developing autonomous marine operations and the modern processes of transforming data into useful information.”It is hoped that the team’s technology will find wider applications once the XPRIZE is completed, and discussions are ongoing with The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project to see how this might be

Vessel position using Sonardyne and Guidance Marine technology compared with RTK Global Positioning System data. (Image: Sonardyne International)

Project to Enable Autonomous Navigation in Denied Environments

A new project involving leading ship technology companies aims to help unmanned autonomous vessels navigate, even when they lose access to global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).  The project will combine underwater positioning systems from Sonardyne International Ltd. and Guidance Marine Limited’s relative surface positioning systems into one integrated solution to enable vessels to maintain safe passage in GNSS-denied environments or for dynamic positioning systems to maintain their position if they lose GNSS access or other sensors fail.The AutoMINDER (Autonomous MarIne Navigation in

The rotating head of the overview sonar, with the Sonic 2022 on it. (Photo taken with ROV Jason. Credits: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI/MARUM, V18)

MultiBeam EchoSounder Enables First-of-its-kind Research

, there is a concern that rising ocean temperatures could lead seafloor methane hydrate deposits to dissociate, which would result in a greater volume of methane released in the ocean, and potentially reaching the atmosphere, and therefore causing a high risk for humanity.Scholars at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany, and the University of Washington in Seattle are working on a project initiated in 2017 called M3, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that monitors the natural release of methane at the Southern Hydrate Ridge (SHR)

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

AI Guides Rapid Data-Driven Exploration of Changing Underwater Habitats

A recent expedition led by Dr. Blair Thornton, holding Associate Professorships at both the University of Southampton and the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, demonstrated how the use of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence at sea can dramatically accelerate the exploration and study of hard to reach deep sea ecosystems, like intermittently active methane seeps. Thanks to rapid high throughput data analysis at sea, it was possible to identify biological hotspots at the Hydrate Ridge Region off the coast of Oregon, quickly enough to survey and sample them

High-resolution bathymetric map of the Carson Basin, a frontier region offshore Newfoundland. Fugro acquired the data which will help E&P companies to evaluate lease options for Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2019 licensing round. (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Goes Seep Hunting off Eastern Canada

A geophysical acquisition portion of a 2018 Carson Basin seep hunting program offshore eastern Canada recently completed by Fugro covered an area of 18,875 square kilometers in water depths from 300 to 3,300 meters in this frontier region offshore Newfoundland. From its deepwater survey vessel, Fugro Searcher, Fugro acquired multibeam echosounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column) and sub-bottom profiler data which were used to interpret geologic features and optimize target selection for geochemical sampling and heat flow measurements.The second portion of the program –

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne Marine)

5 Minutes with Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine

Teledyne Marine Group has been a consolidator in the subsea space for more than a decade, today totaling 23 companies. Teledyne Marine’s MTR100 entry is focused on insights on the moves in the market from Mike Read.As we continue to navigate through a historic downturn in the offshore energy sector, can you give us your view of the market? Where you see opportunity in the coming 12 to 24 months?We are optimistic on the health of the marine market across all market sectors over the next 12 to 24 months. Our interconnect and instruments businesses are beginning to see the effects of stabilization

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Fundraising Campaign Launched For 10-Year Dolphin Research Project

Dr. Richard Connor, Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, has embarked on a journey to Shark Bay in the western part of Australia where he has studied a wild population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins since 1982.Dr. Connor is the co-Director of the Dolphin Alliance Project (DAP), and President of the nonprofit Dolphin Alliance Project, Inc., which is aggressively seeking donations to continue funding DAP research.The Dolphin Alliance Project’s mission is to learn everything they can about these unique underwater creatures during the Dolphin Decade, an ambitious ten-year

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