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The CARTHE drifter (Photo: GreenWave Instruments LLC)

Meet the CARTHE Drifter

Surface currents in the upper 1 ocean are very important in driving the fate of marine debris and pollutants but are also challenging to measure. Tracking the upper ocean in an effective manner may require massive deployment of GPS tracked drifter buoys, which until now were expensive, cumbersome and quite polluting themselves (i.e. made of PVC, ABS and Nylon). The CARTHE drifter is an answer to the need for a compact, user-friendly, robust, yet eco-friendly solution. Scientists with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), in collaboration with the

Martin Klein with a Klein  multibeam side scan sonar. “We were proud that side scan was able to finally replace the old wire drag technology.” (courtesy Martin Klein and the MIT Museum)

Klein's Side Scan Sonar, Then and Now

The company known today as Klein Marine Systems, Inc. has origins stretching back to the 1960s when Marty Klein, who many consider to be the father of side scan sonar, began building his own devices from his home in Lexington, Mass. As this iconic subsea technology company approaches 50, MTR speaks with Marty Klein as well as Klein Marine System’s general manager, Frank Cobis.    When did you realize you were destined for a career in the subsea world? Marty Klein: Wow. It started back in 1961 when I was a senior at MIT and I had to do a thesis. I like to build things, but I

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EIVA Cable Telemetry Kit Available as an OEM Product

EIVA now offers a cable telemetry kit based on the technology used in the company’s range of ScanFish remotely operated towed vehicles (ROTVs) as an OEM product for integration with subsea sensor and sonar systems.   All ScanFish ROTV systems surveying the world’s seas for some of the major players in the maritime industry include this technology, meaning the ScanFish Cable Telemetry Kit has proven its worth in many different applications.   Now, by splitting up the telemetry components of the ScanFish ROTV system for integration with other pieces of equipment, EIVA said it

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New Oilfield Comms Products from Moog Focal

 Moog Focal has introduced the Quad Serial Server (QSS) module, which combines a 4-channel serial server with integrated 3-port Ethernet switch on a single 3U Eurocard to seamlessly integrate serial interface sensors with modern Ethernet-based control systems. It also enables transmission of Ethernet data over legacy serial telemetry links.   The QSS has extra connectors for modular expansion, enabling the addition of more serial ports, 4-20 mA channels, and fault-tolerant CAN Bus interfaces. This product interfaces with all types of SIIS level 1, 2, 3 and IWIS compatible data interfaces.

NORsat-1 in EMC test at SFL. Two AIS antennas may be seen at the top, and four Langmuir probes off to the sides. The solar wings of the satellite are at the bottom. (Photo: Space Flight Laboratory)

Microsatellites Launched for Maritime Monitoring, Comms and Science

 The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the successful launch of two Norwegian microsatellites developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway and the European Space Agency. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the satellites into orbit launched from Baikonur at 06:36:49 UTC Friday, July 14, 2017.   Shortly after launch both satellites were contacted from ground stations in Svalbard and Vardo, Norway. Both satellites are healthy based on initial telemetry, and commissioning is underway.   The first satellite

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New Tide Gauge, Water Temperature Monitoring Network in UAE

A three year project to design, install and deliver a fully operational network of 34 water level and temperature monitoring stations for Bayanat LLC in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been completed by OceanWise working with its licensed partner, Seatronics, an Acteon company,   The stations are positioned at strategic locations within UAE from the Western Region to the border with Oman, a distance of over 400 km.   Water level is being measured using Valeport VRS-20 Radars with water temperature being measured using PT100 sensors from General Acoustics. All equipment is solar

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OSIL Delivers Ocean Observation Buoy in Chile

in the region of Los Lagos,” is intended to detect early warning signs of harmful environmental changes such as red tides, algae bloom, fish mortality, volcanic eruptions and extreme weather events, and the data gathered will also serve as a reference for all stakeholders in Los Lagos’ marine ecosystem. The system was supplied locally through Casco Antiguo

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Valeport: Tide Gauge Sales on the Rise

Valeport has reported a surge in sales of tide gauge equipment in its most recent quarter.   The U.K. manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation said that sales of tide gauge equipment rose 22 percent over the same period in 2016, reporting that sales across its portfolio of tide gauge instrumentation including TideMasters, Radar sensors and the TideStation are significantly ahead of forecast.   Valeport’s tidal observation hub, TideStation, optimizes performance of instrumentation and is designed to be flexible in its configuration and has Valeport&r

KONGSBERG’s new ocean gliders. L-R: Kongsberg Seaglider, Oculus shallow water and Seaglider M6 deepwater system (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg to Market Two New Underwater Gliders

Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. announced it has completed negotiations with CoMotion, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, to obtain the sole rights to produce, market and continue development of two new underwater glider systems.   Ocean gliders are a specialized type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Rather than using a propeller to move through the water, they use fixed wings and changes in buoyancy to achieve both vertical and forward motion. The vehicles move through the water in a saw-tooth trajectory and surface periodically to communicate data

Saipem's new Innovator 2.0 ROV (Photo: Saipem)

Work Class ROVs

An invaluable resource for the marine industry, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) perform a multitude of tasks, from pipeline inspection to subsea construction, often equipped with an array of cameras, sonars, sensors, manipulators and other tools to go to work where divers cannot. Power and payload, ruggedness and reliability: these are crucial to the heavy class ROVs examined here in part 2 of MTR’s ROV technology series.   DOER Marine DOER’s H3000 is a midsize work class ROV. Designed for multimission use from a variety of platforms, the H3000 is well suited to underwater tasks

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STR Increases Rental Inventory

ready for the next cast.   Neil Jackson, Sales and Operations Manager at STR, said, “These latest acquisitions are a welcome addition to our extensive inventory of rental equipment enabling us to offer our customers the very latest technology to support their business operations. Neptune Marine Services will be the first customers to use this product on their upcoming project in Australia.&rdquo

cNODE Micro (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Introduces cNODE Micro

Kongsberg will unveil the innovative cNODE Micro system at Ocean Business this week. As the smallest member of the highly regarded cNODE series of subsea transponders, the new cNODE micro is designed to provide range accuracy better than 2 cm and is ideally suited for divers and shallow water ROVs, at depths down to 600 meters. With dimensions of 245 x 55 mm, cNODE Micro is both compact and light weight. It uses Kongsberg Maritime’s proprietary Cymbal digital acoustic protocols to provide the optimal positioning performance using the Kongsberg range of SSBL systems, from μPAP through

cNODE IQAM (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Introduces cNODE IQAM

The capabilities of Kongsberg Maritime’s cNODE series of transponders for underwater acoustic positioning and data link are expanding with the introduction of cNODE IQAM at Ocean Business.   In a first for the established technology-leading transponder range, Kongsberg is offering the ability to log internal sensors and/or customers’ external sensors, transforming cNODE into a compact, self-contained subsea monitoring system, complete with data processing, positioning and data communication functionality. cNODE IQAM (Intelligent Data Analysis and Monitoring) is an advanced

ASV Global’s C-Worker 5 ASV will be outfitted with KONGSBERG equipment at Ocean Business (Photo: ASV Global )

How Integration Can Optimize ASV Operations

Kongsberg Maritime Ltd is teaming up with ASV Global at Ocean Business 2017 to demonstrate how the deep integration of sophisticated Kongsberg survey, communication and positioning technology is vital to leveraging the power of a new generation of advanced Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV). In addition to on-water demonstrations, Kongsberg is also planning a booth packed with new technology at Ocean Business, based on the theme of ‘Delivering data from the seabed to your office’. Alongside the first showing at a UK event of the ground-breaking Eelume swimming robot, the company will

The worksite (Image: DOF Subsea UK)

Next-Generation Subsea Metrology: Better Measurements, Fast

the 3D laser data with precise underwater acoustic and inertial navigation information, it is now possible to generate centimeter resolution engineering models from which accurate measurements can be instantaneously and repeatably captured.   Shared Knowledge & Communication In conventional marine construction support terminology, metrology is the work done by surveyors and ROV to acquire various subsea measurements, typically between flanges on separate pieces of subsea infrastructure. These measurements allow precise fabrication of subsea jumpers and spool-pieces.   Traditionally

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OSIL to Launch Next Gen Small Field Buoy

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) said it will introduce the latest incarnation of the Small Field Buoy at the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K.   The platform, which is now a more maneuverable 55cm in diameter, also offers an improvement to the high visibility profile of previous platforms, meaning it is better suited to frequent redeployments in high-traffic coastal and port areas, according to the manufacturer. The buoy is suitable for all applications, including scientific studies, water quality monitoring, coastal engineering projects, harbor and coastal monitoring and

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Uncharted Depths: Exploring the Marianas with SuBastian

ocean.    With some areas reaching depths more than 36,000 feet, scientists rely on a range of pioneering deep-sea technologies to survey the unexplored regions of the Mariana Trench. In 1987, the submersible Alvin was the first to visit the nearby Mariana Back-arc, a zone of highly active submarine volcanism and hydrothermal vents hidden 13,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. After returning to the Back-arc 30 years later equipped with the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s new underwater vehicle SuBastian, scientists can now fill gaps in our understanding about the biogeography of these

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Atlantic Canada Profiles: Seaformatics Systems

optional release and recovery mechanism. The MPG, a scaled down version of the PHBM technology, is configured to be integrated with any moored system or buoys to power sensors and systems at any level in the water column.       (As published in the January/ February 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Waves in and around Lord’s Cove can be as large as 13m in just 25m depth. Although this is rare, waves in the 8m range in winter and 2m range in summer are not uncommon. Statistically, waves are larger than 1.5m 80% of the time. (Photo: Wave Energy Center)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: CNA's Wave Energy Center

to develop land-based aquaculture using water supplied by an ocean wave-powered pump. Recognizing potential research opportunities within this specialized sector, the center has since expanded to include the development of wave measurement instruments and the testing of anticorrosive and antifouling marine coatings – all set in the harsh North Atlantic waters off Newfoundland’s southeast coast.   The facility, which is housed in a former fish plant in the community of Lord’s Cove, has grown to include a variety of automated data acquisition systems including a weather station

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Monitoring Buoy Network Installed in UAE

A network of eight environmental monitoring buoys has been installed off the coast of Abu Dhabi, UAE by Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL).   The 1.2m coastal buoys, installed in water depths ranging from 6-16m in various locations along the UAE coastline amid extensive coral formations and seagrass beds, are equipped with multiparameter sondes for water quality monitoring, and GPRS telemetry equipment.   The robust buoys are designed for extended deployment in harsh coastal environments in a range of water depths. The rotationally molded PE hulls are foam filled to prevent the

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AXYS Metocean Buoy Supports Offshore Wind

AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) has announced that a WatchKeeper meteorological and oceanographic data buoy has been recently deployed approximately 60km offshore along the Northern coast of Poland in the Baltic Sea. This buoy, procured by polish developer Baltic Trade and Invest (BTI), will be used as part of their upcoming Environmental Impact and Assessment campaign in the Baltic Sea. This campaign will form part of the Environmental application for the offshore wind farm development “FEW Baltic II”. The WatchKeeper buoy is equipped to provide wind speed and direction, air temperature

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OSIL Offers New Low-cost Satellite Modem

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has added a new low-cost, low-power satellite modem to its range of telemetry equipment. The system will publish data, including traditionally high cost/volume currents and waves, from any location globally using the Iridium satellite network.    Monthly line rental costs are minimal, and data costs are kept low (as little as 4p per message) by using SBD messaging with big bundle deals available for multiple or long term deployments. Conventionally current and wave data transmitted via satellite has proved expensive for the end user owing to the

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AUVs Under Ice: Past Milestones, Promising Future

The marine environments beneath ice are arguably some of the least accessible on earth. Ice is a formidable physical barrier that can range in thickness from centimeters to hundreds of meters—an impediment that has not diminished our desire to uncover the secrets that lie beneath.    In the heyday of manned submarines, under-ice was seen as an important operating theater, where the ability to listen and monitor one’s foes was crucial. As manned submarines have given way to unmanned vehicles, the duties of under-ice research have widened to include more fundamental motivations

EMO DOMINO-7 Mk-2 fiber optic multiplexer system (Image: MAcArtney)

MacArtney Supplies EMO Mux Systems to Unique System

The newly established MacArtney Canada office has delivered EMO multiplexer systems designed to offer up to 2,000 watts of DC power distribution for Unique System LLC (USA), a Unique Maritime Group company and integrator of turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers based in New Iberia, La. and Houston.   Unique System, which specializes in the supply of equipment for sale and rental to the diving and offshore industries in the Gulf of Mexico region, has taken delivery of two EMO DOMINO-7 Mk-2 fiber optic multiplexer systems at its Houston branch, joining the company’s ROV rental pool

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MetOcean, JouBeh Merge to Form metOcean telematics

MetOcean Data Systems has merged with JouBeh Technologies, resulting in the formation of new company metOcean telematics. MetOcean Data Systems is a developer and manufacturer of data acquisition and telemetry systems, and JouBeh Technologies is a global Iridium satellite reseller. Collectively, metOcean telematics will be positioned to provide complete end-to-end telematics services, with a focus on niche MetOcean solutions and custom defense and security products. The merger will be effective January 1, 2017. “MetOcean and JouBeh have collaborated closely over the years, they have

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New Dredge Monitoring Buoys for Jan De Nul

Data buoy manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have supplied eight buoy platforms to Jan De Nul Group, experts in dredging, marine construction and specialized services to the offshore oil, gas and renewables industries.    The 1.2m buoys will be used on dredging or renewables projects as platforms for environmental monitoring. Each buoy incorporates a variety of sensors from different manufacturers, including AML Oceanographic, Campbell Scientific and Nortek, with specialist seabed frames for current monitoring work.    OSIL said it worked closely with Jan

Darwin is a major multi-modal port serving shipping and cargo markets.  The port conveys a wide range of exports and provides services for offshore oil and gas rigs. (Photo: Port of Darwin)

ADCP-based Monitoring System Aids Operations in Darwin Harbor

Near real-time data assist mariners navigating strong and complex currents   Located in Australia’s northern Top End, the port of Darwin has long been a strategic gateway to/from Asia. Founded in 1869, today Darwin is a major multi-modal port serving shipping and cargo markets. Ships range from container and general cargo to cruise and naval vessels. Exports include livestock and minerals as well as bulk liquids like LNG. As well, the port provides services for offshore oil and gas rigs.   Due to Australia’s increasing trade links with Asian neighbors, the port and facilities

Emily MacPherson (Photo: MetOcean)

MTR100: MetOcean Data Systems

; 21 Thornhill Drive, Dartmouth, NS, Canada B3B 1R9 Phone: 902-468-2505 Email: [email protected] www.metocean.com CEO/President: Tony Chedrawy Number of Employees: 54 Annual Sales: $15m Sales Manager: Emily MacPherson     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: develogic

German-based develogic develops and manufactures turnkey customized data-acquisition and telemetry solutions for marine monitoring applications. The company has developed a building block system containing all necessary elements for collecting data anywhere in the ocean and transporting it to the customers’ office.   Develogic’s end-to-end design and manufacturing process integrates electronic and 3D mechanical design, multi-physics and structural simulation, 3D CAM and computer-aided inspection. In addition to the custom solutions business, develogic also specializes in marine

USACE Field Research Facility in Duck, N.C. (Photo: Pat Dickhudt)

Datawell Wave Buoy Supports NASA Beach Stability Study

 A new Datawell Directional Waverider (Mk III) wave buoy has been deployed nine miles offshore of Wallops Island, Va. The buoy was funded by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for stability studies of an engineered beach. The beach was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District in 2012 to protect NASA's Wallops Island Launch facilities. It was partially renourished in 2014 to restore its protective capabilities following extra-tropical storm Sandy. The Waverider incorporates some of Datawell’s novel engineering in its standard buoy. Solar panels power the buoy by

FOCUS 3: the 3rd generation FOCUS vehicles in the family of ROTV systems designed, developed and manufactured by MacArtney (Image: MacArtney)

MTR100: MacArtney

Worsøe, Vice-President, Technology Bjarke T. Ovesen, Vice-President, System Solutions Lasse Rasmussen, Vice-President, Engineering Number of employees worldwide: 300 in group companies, 160 in associated companies.      (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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TRIAXYS Wave Buoy Features AIS Aid to Navigation

AXYS Technologies announced the addition of AIS vessel tracking to its signature wave buoy series, TRIAXYS. The SRT Chronos Aid to Navigation (AtoN) AIS is an IALA and IEC compliant device that broadcasts buoy position and weather information to local vessel traffic.    This new feature both protects the buoy from collision by notifying vessels of its whereabouts and can also act as an additional telemetry method, providing data within radio range.   “This is the first time that a wave buoy has been equipped with AIS and confirms our strategy of continuous improvement for the

Max Ivanov and Scott Mowery with NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services install an improved current sensor system on a navigation buoy in Chesapeake Bay. The system transmits real-time current speed and direction observations via satellite to help mariners more safely navigate busy shipping channels. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) developed a more reliable, cost-saving version of a current sensor system that can now be placed at more remote locations along navigation channels.    The updated Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) system provides real-time current speed and direction observations where many mariners need it most—at U.S. Coast Guard Aids-to-Navigation (ATON)

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MTR100: EvoLogics

; Ackerstr. 76, Berlin, Germany, 13355  Phone: +493046798620  Email: [email protected]   https://evologics.de/   CEO/President: Dr. Rudolf Bannash, Dr. Konstantin Kebkal  Number of Employees: 40     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne)

Teledyne Maintains Course

In what has become something of an MTR100 tradition, MTR visits with a trio of executives from Teledyne, a diverse company with links in each sector of the market, for insights on current developments and future trends. This year we speak with Mike Read, President of Teledyne Marine; William Egan - Vice President Sales & Marketing – Imaging & Instruments for Teledyne Marine; and Ken Nagengast, SVP, Global Technology & Group CTO.   Teledyne has grown steadily, serving as a market consolidator over the past decade. Please discuss the overall corporate strategy devised to align

MacArtney’s FOCUS 2 vehicle subjected to a SAT out of Eckernförde, Kiel, on board the M/V Elizabeth Mann Borgese of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (Photo: MacArtney)

New ROTV System to Aid German Naval Research

WehrTechnische Dienststelle (WTD 71), developer of new underwater technologies for the German navy, has acquired a MacArtney FOCUS 2 ROTV system representing a stable and flexible instrumentation platform as the basic tool for its development efforts.    With the purpose of testing SAS sonar technologies for mine detection, a full scale on-site demo of a Raytheon ProSAS installed on a FOCUS 2 ROTV system was organized for WTD 71. The advantages of the FOCUS 2 ROTV as a flexible instrumentation platform were recognized by the researchers at WTD 71, who instantly came up with new ideas for

TideStation (Photo: Valeport)

Valeport Debuts New Tidal Observation Solution

TideStation is a new self-contained tidal observation solution from Valeport that aims to optimize performance of instrumentation and provide a simple to install and maintain tidal observation hub.   With Valeport’s tide gauge system at its core, the compact and robust TideStation is designed to be flexible in its configuration, offering pressure, radar and hybrid tidal observation techniques coupled with interfaces to other meteorological, telemetry and third party systems.   Simplicity of installation and use was at the forefront of the TideStation’s development, Valeport

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CMS-Geotech Launches Vibrocore Monitoring Acquisition System

Vibrocoring is an established fundamental phase of marine seabed investigations, but its importance is often underestimated and much vibrocoring is carried out somewhat blindly, ie lowering the unit to the seabed, vibrating for a set time and recovering to the surface in the hope that an adequate sample has been obtained.   CMS-Geotech is a U.K. specialist in vibrocoring and CPT site investigation and over the last 12 months has developed a new monitoring system, VAMP, to maximize the reliability and robustness of the sampling procedure while improving core sample integrity and efficiencies.

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CMS-Geotech Launches New Monitoring System

Vibrocoring is an established fundamental phase of marine seabed investigations, but it’s importance is often underestimated, and much vibrocoring is carried out somewhat blindly, ie lowering the unit to the seabed, vibrating for a set time and recovering to the surface in the hope that an adequate sample has been obtained.   CMS-Geotech Ltd. is a U.K. leader specializing in vibrocoring and CPT site investigation, and over the last 12 months has developed a new monitoring system, VAMP, to maximize the reliability and robustness of the sampling procedure whilst improving core sample

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IOOS Awards $31 Mln for Ocean Observation

measurements along the west coast of Alaska that faces severe coastal erosion and creating stakeholder driven networks like the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network. AOOS will continue to support sea ice detection and ecosystem observing buoys in the Arctic, as well as piloting the use of gliders to track marine mammals. In the next five years the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) will operate a diverse observing system in the coastal ocean, its bays, and estuaries. Real-time observations and conditions forecasts support marine operations, make ocean commerce safer and

Wave Energy Converters in shared mooring arrangement (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime to Support EU Wave Energy Project

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, is to provide mooring and risk management support to the European Union’s OPERA (Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy Cost) project.   Global Maritime is part of a 12-member consortium led by TECNALIA (the first privately funded applied research and technological development center in Spain) for the three and a half year program with the objective being to progress offshore wave energy development, reduce costs, and ‘de-risk

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OSIL Small Field Buoys Deployed on Dredge Projects

International data buoy manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) are reporting extensive use of its 0.7m Small Field Buoy on international dredging projects.   The lightweight, easily repositionable buoys can be repeatedly deployed to follow in the path of dredgers in order to monitor plume activity, and are often complimented by the OSIL 1.2m Tern buoys, which provide more permanent monitoring stations for long term projects.   The robust buoys are constructed from rotationally moulded polyethylene hulls that are foam filled for added security. Instrumentation is securely

The WHOI-designed and -built Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Sentry was used to locate the voyage data recorder from the sunken cargo ship El Faro. (Photo by Walter Cho, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

WHOI Helps Locate El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder

 A team of scientists and engineers from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), U.S. Coast Guard and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have located the voyage data recorder (VDR) of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro, which sank during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015, killing all 33 crew aboard.    The VDR was located at approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday in the waters between Florida and the Bahamas at a depth of approximately 4,600 meters. The team used a tandem system of unique vehicles to locate the coffee can-sized recorder: The autonomous underwater vehicle

The couple in the middle are Martin and Mairi Wickett. The gentleman on the left side was Mike Reynolds, Ports Director for A&P shipping who was also part of our presentation endorsing the WITT by A&P shipping, Mike has since left A&P and is now WITT Project Manager. The gentleman on the right is Jason Ball of Moffat & Nichol, sponsors of Ocean Exchange ‘Leap to Zero’ General Dynamics Gulfstream event in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo: WITT Ltd.)

Offshore Innovation in Motion

target approaching, the race is well underway to shape the future of the industry through innovative solutions which offer long-term promise in both power efficiency and affordability. Described by some as the most exciting new development in renewable energy since the invention of the solar panel, the Marine WITT (Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer) is a unique technology with the power to harness energy from motion. WITT Ltd., a new one-to-watch company based in Plymouth, U.K., are making waves in the offshore energy sector with the invention of this novel transmission system which has the ability to

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Applied Acoustics Debuts Nexus 2

At this year’s Oceanology International Conference & Exhibition in London, Applied Acoustic Engineering (AAE) launched several new products, including an enhanced USBL system. Nexus 2 is the second generation two-way digital system designed and produced by the U.K.-based company that takes the performance and features of the Nexus USBL system to a new level. Developed with an emphasis on far greater accuracy whilst positioning over an extended operational range, the Nexus 2 provides a reliable and secure acoustic link with an extremely low susceptibility to interference.   Fundamental

SDM system (Image courtesy of Seatronics)

Seatronics and RTS Achieve 100 SDM System Installations

Seatronics, an Acteon company, and Norwegian associates RTS have achieved 100 global installations with the Subsea Deflection Monitoring system (SDM).    The SDM is a time-saving monitoring solution used for the deployment and installation of subsea structures. Time-stamped data from pressure and attitude sensors are transmitted through an ROV hot stab connection or an acoustic modem. When installing the structure, the operator has full online feedback of its heading and deflection. The hotstab serves as a contingency solution where power and telemetry from an ROV can run the SDM. Additional

R/V Cefas Endeavour (Photo: Cefas)

Deepwater HD Camera Enhances Cefas Monitoring Capability

Cefas’ marine monitoring capability has been further enhanced with the installation on board the R/V Cefas Endeavour of a new and unique SeaSpyder deepwater high definition camera system manufactured by technology experts Subsea Technology & Rentals (STR).    The system which is based around STR’s standard SeaSpyder package also boasts bespoke features which are the result of a collaborative design effort between STR and Cefas. The deepwater telemetry system has the capability to acquire full HD video and high resolution stills imagery of the seabed down to 3,000 meters

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Partners Aim to Transform Acoustic Monitoring

and optimal array deployment.   Analysis of the trial data showed a very high Signal to Noise ratio. AutoNaut’s unique wave propulsion technology makes it an extremely quiet platform and, with proven reliability for long mission duration, there is clear potential for sound measurement and marine mammal monitoring. The full acoustic signal was transmitted in true real time from the USV by Seiche’s WPAM system. The next step will be to build up range capability. During the Roadford trials, up to 50 meters of PAM cable was towed by the AutoNaut to assess the ideal array length for surveying

Legislation Aims to Spur Great Lakes Research

Peters, Stabenow, Benishek introduce bipartisan legislation to boost Great Lakes funding, modernize research capabilities   U.S. Senators Gary Peters (Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Reps. Dan Benishek, M.D. (Mich.-1) and Mike Quigley (Ill.-5) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation last week to spur Great Lakes funding and research efforts and help support effective fishery management decisions.   The Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act aims to give the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the legislative authority to support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and

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Seafloor Systems Launches Hydrographic Survey ASVS

Seafloor Systems has launched its line of autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) developed for hydrographic survey applications.   The EchoBoat-ASV is a multi-payload, remotely and autonomously controlled survey boat, featuring portability, improved thrust and large payload capacity. The HyDrone-ASV is a remotely and autonomously controlled singlebeam survey catamaran platform for bathymetric surveying. Seafloor’s range of ASV’s combine workhorse utility and capability with modern, advanced microelectronics making owning and operating an ASV affordable to all in the Hydrographic Community.

Figure 1. SST and Navy personnel recover STAFAC array in November, 2015. (Photo: SST)

SST Completes Engineering Project for the US Navy

Sound & Sea Technology Inc. (SST) has recently completed the recovery, upgrade and redeployment of an undersea acoustic array which is part of a system the used by the U.D. Navy for subsea acoustic measurements (Figure 1). The array is moored near The South Tongue of the Ocean Acoustic Facility (STAFAC) on Andros Island, Bahamas (Figure 2) and has a tracking and communication system and seafloor cable system for power and telemetry. The system consists of two vertical high gain measurement system (HGMS) array structures moored in 4,000 feet of water; an underwater tracking and communication

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OI 2016: Growing Aquaculture Opportunities

The growing economic importance of the aquaculture industry in the marine environment, and the opportunities for technology transfer are highlighted by the day-long ‘Aquaculture’ conference stream on Wednesday 16 March at Oceanology International 2016 (OI 2016) the world’s largest exhibition and conference for marine science and ocean technology (London’s ExCeL, March 15-17). This follows the successful debut of the topic at OI in 2014. Like all the component parts of Oceanology International it is free to attend. Looking forward to OI 2016, the Chairman of the Aquaculture

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New Small-form Subsea Positioning Transponders

Following on from the end of 2015 launch of its new generation underwater positioning system, HiPAP 502, Kongsberg Maritime is introducing a new range of mini medium frequency subsea transponders. With a smaller form factor, improved operational functionality and design, and the use of modern materials the new cNODE MiniS family supersedes the KONGSBERG Mini SSBL transponders (MST) range, which was first available in 2002. Expanding the cNODE portfolio, the cNODE MiniS 34-180 and cNODE MiniS 34-40V are the smallest transponders for use with HiPAP, cPAP and µPAP underwater positioning systems

USCGC Polar Star (Photo: USCG)

Kongsberg Installs CCTV System for USCG Icebreaker

in 1976 but in 2006 went into caretaker status when the crew was reduced and the ship kept ready for a return to ice. In 2013 the Polar Star was officially reactivated and reassumed its variety of missions throughout the polar regions. The Kongsberg Maritime CCTV range is a scalable harsh environment marine platform that incorporates a combination of high quality in-house design with modified off the shelf (MOTS) video camera stations, telemetry and control components. The exposed cameras on the Polar Star are manufactured from stainless steel and engineered to withstand harsh exposed marine environments

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Sonardyne Demonstrates its Technology for NASA

Subsea engineering company, Sonardyne International Ltd., UK, has demonstrated its wireless integrity monitoring technologies during a series of in-water demonstrations held at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) in Houston.   Hosted by OneSubsea, a Cameron and Schlumberger Company, senior oil company executives, chief engineers, equipment specifiers and offshore operators attended the two-day technical symposium in November to witness first-hand the capabilities of Sonardyne’s and other vendors’ subsea innovations. The event was followed by a further two days of demonstrations

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Deep Ocean Engineering

latest technology to the market, Deep Ocean has recently diversified its product line with the introduction of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Leveraging the knowledge and experience of the ROV world, the new USV product line continues that same tradition of an integrated robotic solution for various marine applications. In addition to offering a complete range of standard ROV and USV systems, Deep Ocean provides customized solutions for clients with specific requirements. Tailor-made solutions are engineered from component technologies, which have been proven in various industry applications. The

MTR100: develogic GmbH

[email protected]    W: http://www.develogic.de/ CEO/President: Markus Motz No. of Employees: 17      develogic subsea systems is a German-based company with a focus on developing and manufacturing turn-key customized data-acquisition and telemetry solutions for marine monitoring applications.  To be able to deliver cost-effective systems with short turnaround times the company has developed a building block system containing all necessary elements for collecting data anywhere in the ocean and transporting it to the customers’ office. Available technology

MTR100: MacArtney Underwater Technology Group

pressure cycling. Other pressure vessel benefits include lid integrated penetrators and the user friendly ‘clamp-lock’ system which allows for swift test mobilization and turnaround. Optional features include live video monitoring and in-vessel temperature control.   The MTR100 is Marine Technology Reporter's Annual report on 100 leading companies in the subsea industry, published in the July/August 2015 edition of MTR - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazin

Deep Trekker

MTR100: Editor’s Choice - Five Stand-Outs

adopted around the world as the go to underwater observation tool. Based on clean-sheet, innovative engineering, Deep Trekker offers a new breed of submersibles. Deep Trekker products are used across the world for applications including aquaculture, commercial diving, salvage, military, oil & gas, marine survey, research and recreation. As the World’s first fully Portable Vectored ROV, Deep Trekker’s DTX2 patented pitching system is combined with powerful vectored thrusters for unprecedented flexibility and movement in the water. Forward, reverse, up, down, and lateral movements are

MTR100: EvoLogics GmbH

environments and enhanced with special algorithms for signal processing and data management. The company’s extensive experience with sensor integration allows it to provide customers with turn-key solutions ranging from initial deployment up to recovering the equipment.   The MTR100 is Marine Technology Reporter's Annual report on 100 leading companies in the subsea industry, published in the July/August 2015 edition of MTR - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazin

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