Seafloor Mapping

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.  

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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

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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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Kongsberg Control System for New SEA-KIT USV

Kongsberg’s latest marine robotics innovation, the new autonomous surface vehicle control system K-MATE, is to be integrated with SEA-KIT, a new class of maritime autonomous surface vessel being built by U.K. manufacturer Hushcraft and operated by SEA-KIT International.   SEA-KIT is a USV that can carry a deployable and retrievable payload of up to 2.5 tons. It is based on the AUV-USV concept, which could lead to more efficient, safer and cost-effective seafloor mapping operations, as well as providing a platform for numerous applications in a wide range of maritime sectors.   The

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

NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

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

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Surveyors Search for WWII ‘Highballs’

, which was moored specifically for the tests in Loch Striven.    Extending off the Firth of Clyde just North of the Isle of Bute, Loch Striven forms a narrow sea inlet about 8 miles long and during World War II the upper reaches of the loch were used for training operations on midget submarines as well as the Highball program. The area was highly restricted and the authorities went to some effort to obscure the entrance to the inlet to keep the covert activities secret.   The X-Craft midget submarines were armed with two side-cargo explosive charges containing 4,400lbs of Amatol

A 3-D image from NOAA Ship Fairweather multi-beam sonar. The profile of the F/V Destination is clearly visible, including the bulbous bow to the right, the forward house and mast, equipment (likely crab pots) stacked amidships, the deck crane aft, and the skeg and rudder. (Image: NOAA)

Crab Fishing Vessel Wreck Found off Alaska

 Two NOAA ships, en route to scientific missions in Alaskan waters, helped locate the missing fishing vessel Destination at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation. The Destination and its six crew members were lost February 11, 2017, while fishing for snow crab northwest of St. George, Alaska.   NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, a fisheries survey vessel, conducted the first survey from April 30 through May 1. The Dyson used its multibeam echo sounder to search the area around the last known position of the Destination. While the ship was not able to positively identify any

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Telegraph Recovered from Lusitania Wreckage

More than 100 years after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, divers have recovered yet another artifact from the wreckage of the historic ocean liner.   The Lusitania was sailing from New York to Liverpool on May 7, 1915 when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the Head of Kinsale. A second explosion then led to the vessel’s sinking and the loss of 1,198 lives, marking a key moment in World War I history.   The latest artifact brought up from the Lusitania is a telegraph, the second to be retrieved from the ship’s wreckage in recent months (the other was recovered from the

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EdgeTech Upgrades its Sonar Software

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

Harry Barnhum (Photo: InterAct)

Barnum Joins InterAct PMTI

InterAct, an Acteon company, announced that Harry Barnhum, P.G., has joined its team as a Principal Consultant and Regulatory Manager.   A licensed professional geologist, Barnum has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has managed all aspects of oil field development, including reservoir analysis, drilling and facility optimization, waterflood and steamflood injection program design, property valuation, regulatory and safety compliance, training, mapping and field engineering. He has managed both onshore and offshore oil production facilities and has written and implemente

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GoM Dead Zone is the Largest on Record

This year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone,” an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life, has grown larger than scientists had initially predicted, becoming the largest measured since dead zone mapping began in the GoM in 1985. At about 8,776 square miles, the dead zone is roughly as large as New Jersey.   The annual forecast, generated from a suite of NOAA-sponsored models, is based on nutrient runoff data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Both NOAA’s June forecast, which predicted a measured size of 8,185 square miles, and the actual size show the role of

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US Firm Offers to Resume Search for MH370

A U.S. seabed exploration firm has offered to take on the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, families of passengers and a Malaysian government minister said on Wednesday, in a bid to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.   The Boeing 777 disappeared in 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard. Analysis of radar and satellite contacts suggested someone on board may have deliberately switched off the plane's transponder before diverting it thousands of kilometres out over the Indian Ocean.   Australia, Malaysia and

Small, deep-water Alaska green sponge (Image: NOAA Fisheries)

A Sea Sponge could Help Battle Cancer

.   Discovery sparks global collaboration By the time Stone found the sponge, his groundbreaking research in Alaska had already intrigued leading biomedical researcher Mark Hamann, the Charles and Carol Cooper SmartState Endowed Chair at the Medical University of South Carolina. Hamann has studied marine life to develop drug leads for more than 20 years. While Hamann explores the ocean in search of rare natural compounds, he also constantly monitors publications for other scientists’ discoveries, which led him to Stone.   After the green sponge was discovered, it quickly became a focal

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

Unique Seafloor Data Provides Insight to Scientific Communities

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

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Scientists Explore Canada’s Deep Ocean Seamounts

conditions tens of kilometers away from their summit.   From July 18 to August 1, 2017, researchers onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship John P. Tully will survey and collect the first-ever underwater footage of the Union and Dellwood seamounts, gathering insight into these valuable Canadian marine habitats, and helping to gain a better understanding of other regional seamounts for which data is sparse. Data gathered during this mission will also help to inform the planning and management of the future Marine Protected Area.   According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the research will

Matthew Wilson (Photo: QPS)

Wilson Joins QPS Sales Team

QPS has hired Matthew J. Wilson in a marketing and sales position at QPS-US Inc, effective September 1, 2017.   Wilson joins QPS from NOAA Office of Coast Survey, Atlantic Hydrographic Branch, Norfolk, Va. where he is served as a Physical Scientist since 2008.   Wilson received a M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in December 2016, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. He has a M.S. in Ocean Mapping from University of New Hampshire, December 2012.

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Deepwater Atlantic Habitats Study Commissioned

 TDI-Brooks International, Inc. said it has been awarded an interagency five year, multimillion dollar study focusing on the exploration and investigation of deepwater biological communities located in U.S. federal waters of the northwest Atlantic Ocean, potentially including offshore Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.   The study, entitled “Deepwater Atlantic Habitats II: Continued Atlantic Research and Exploration in Deepwater Ecosystems with Focus on Coral, Canyon and Seep Communities,” is being funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Ocean Radar Detects Mini Tsunami 40 Minutes before Impact

In May 2017 the Dutch coast was hit with a “mini tsunami” that brought a flood wave more than 2 meters tall, sweeping away beach chairs, boats and parasols.   No one was seriously injured, thanks to the fact that the wave reached the beaches very early in the morning, at about 5:30 am local time.   About 50 kilometers southwest of Zandvoort there are two WERA ocean radar systems installed at Monster and Ouddorp. These systems are owned by Rijkswaterstaat (a part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) and measure the ocean currents around the entrance of the

The 2016 winning image captured using an EM 710: VRB Pipeline Survey Image – (©Didik Rusmanto PT.EGS Indonesia)

Kongsberg Launches Bathymetric Image Contest

The KONGSBERG 2017 Bathymetric Image Contest is now open for entries. All users of Kongsberg Maritime’s bathymetric systems, including the EM family of single and multibeam echo sounders, the M3 sonar and GeoSwath solutions are invited to submit their best images captured on these, and other current KONGSBERG systems.   The provider of the winning image will receive a GoPro camera while the providers of the second and third place images will receive a set of Bose speakers. Additionally, the 12 best contributions will be included in the official KONGSBERG 2018 Underwater Mapping

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EdgeTech Delivers Multi Phase Echo Sounder to UNH CCOM

EdgeTech, provider of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, recently delivered a 6205 Multi Phase Echo Sounder (MPES) system to the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC).     The EdgeTech 6205 MPES produces real-time, high resolution, three dimensional (3D) maps of the seafloor while providing co-registered simultaneous dual frequency side scan imagery.  EdgeTech said its Multi Phase technology allows a user to collect wide swathe, wide angle, high resolution bathymetry data that’s

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Stephen Joins Ashtead Technology

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has appointed Scott Stephen as its new Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) sales manager.   Based at the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, Stephen will be responsible for business development and general sales and rental of NDT equipment and accessories, including phased array, ultrasonic flaw detection, corrosion mapping, eddy current flaw detection, hardness testing, composite inspection and thickness management.   Stephen joins Ashtead from RSL NDT where he held the role of UK manager and was previously with Euro NDT as general manager

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Marine Mapping Agreement for Northern Ireland

OceanWise announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide the Government of Northern Ireland with marine mapping. The award reinforces OceanWise as the primary supplier of marine mapping to both the public and private sectors in the U.K. The agreement includes Marine Themes, Marine Themes DEM and Raster Charts XL (eXcluding Land) provided in the form of datasets and as OGC compliant web services. The data will be used to support desktop GIS and as input to web based applications. The agreement means that OceanWise is able to push ahead with further product enhancements, such as greater

Figure 1: Data flow diagram for vertical uncertainty component of the Hare-Godin- Mayer MBES uncertainty model (Calder, 2007).

Seamless Hydrographic Workflow: Processing Evolved

has undergraduate degrees in Geomatics Engineering and Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton, NB, Canada, where he also completed his PhD studies in the field of refraction related echo sounding uncertainty.     (As published in the June 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Klein's Mine Hunting Capabilities on Display

 Klein Marine Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitcham Industries, Inc., said it has concluded a week of trials and demonstrations in conjunction with the Mine Hunting Challenge and Industry Days in Zeebrugge, Belgium.   In the waters outside the Belgian Navy's Mine Hunting Training Center, the sonar systems manufacturer showcased its new Klein 5900, the latest high-resolution, high-speed multi-beam side scan sonar towed by the Seagull, an advanced, highly configurable unmanned surface vehicle developed by Elbit Systems.   The trials were conducted in difficult sea

Seabed Geosolutions Wins Brazil Survey Work

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

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Wallace Joins Rovco as CTO

U.K.-based subsea company Rovco has appointed Dr. Iain Wallace o its senior management team as chief technology officer (CTO).   A former technical lead for the European Space Agency, Wallace will drive the development of a real-time 3D vision system for ROVs and AUVs. He will also explore how artificial intelligence can be used to solve asset integrity issues by extracting actionable information from traditional video survey data.   As CTO, he will enhance Rovco’s underwater photogrammetric 3D modeling capabilities utilizing the latest simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM)

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University of Gothenburg Selects HUGIN AUV

The University Of Gothenburg has chosen Kongsberg Maritime’s HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to expand Sweden’s capabilities in the field of marine research using unmanned platforms. The HUGIN, which will be funded by grants from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and managed by a project team with representatives from the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and Stockholm University, will be recognized as a national asset for marine research projects around Sweden and further afield.   The University of Gothenburg has chosen a HUGIN configuratio

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The Autonomous Future of Seabed Mapping

fact, thanks to advances in satellite monitoring by pioneers such as David Sandwell and colleagues, we now have coverage of the entire ocean.    While these maps are only at a resolution of around 5 kilometers – less than current global maps of Mars and Venus – it has given us submarine topography data in locations we weren’t able to access previously. For us to really understand what lies under the surface, scientists must travel to the site and use acoustic techniques such as sonar and multibeam bathymetry to produce detailed maps. But, the financial and logistical obstacles

SeeByte Wins Belgian Navy Contract

Belgian Navy buys 10 licenses of SeeByte’s SeeTrack software for its AUV fleet   SeeByte, creator of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, said it has sold 10 SeeTrack licenses, including personnel training, to the Belgian Navy. SeeTrack will be integrated onto its AUV fleet which will be deployed for Mine Counter Measures (MCM).   The software package includes additional specialist modules designed for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations, SeeByte said. These include Automatic Target Recognition (ART), Change Detection Tool, Performance Analysis Training Tool (PATT) and

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How Does Ocean Circulation Impact Marine Protected Areas?

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

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All Eyes on Ireland

the Irish Government’s ‘Our Ocean Wealth’ strategy has ambitious targets to increase the turnover from the country’s ocean economy to exceed €6.4 billion by 2020 and to double the value of its ocean wealth to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2030.   Ireland’s GDP from the marine sector at 0.8 percent represents significant opportunities for growth given that the international average is about 2 percent and Ireland is a maritime nation with significant marine resources. The Our Ocean Wealth strategy has a target to grow this to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2030 based on economic

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Teledyne Optech Environmental Monitoring In Focus

. Viktor Feygels will present “CZMIL as a Rapid Environmental Disaster Response Tool”. Using case studies from CZMIL and its predecessor systems, Dr. Feygels will describe four distinct applications of Teledyne Optech lidar bathymeters.   In addition, Research Scientist Hieu Duong and Marine Business Manager Bob Marthouse will present “Small-Object Detection using Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL)” at the Teledyne CARIS International User Group Conference in Ottawa, Canada.   “CZMIL has proved to be ideally suited for rapid environmental assessment

Kraken Wins Repeat AquaPix Contract

Kraken Sonar Inc. said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a repeat contract valued at over C$400,000 (US$296,000) by a leading European defense contractor. Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the customer’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in Q3, 2017.   AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs, manned and unmanned surface vessels and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal

Marine Technology Reporter - June 2017 Edition

The June 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available here.   This edition includes features on: Autonomous Seabed Mapping – Advances in satellite monitoring increase mapping coverage of the entire ocean. Ed Hill – The NOC Executive Director discusses the science and technologies advancing ocean studies. Data Processing – The hydrographic workflow has evolved thanks to a paradigm shift in data processing. Read more at http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201706/.

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