Unmanned Vessels Map UK Nearshore
4DOcean and XOCEAN announced the completion of over 2,000 hours of unmanned bathymetric survey off the coasts of Scotland and England as part of the UK’s Lot 2 Civil Hydrography Program (CHP), administered by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) subcontracted by Meritaito.Operating two different unmanned vessels, 4DOcean and XOCEAN completed surveys of multiple nearshore locations between December 2018 and March 2019.The use of unmanned vessels offers significant benefits including safety with operators remaining onshore, efficiency with 24/7 operations and environmental with ultra-low
L3 ASV to Conduct UK Autonomous Navigation Study
L3 ASV 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.
UK Spurs Autonomous Shipping Development
The autonomous and smart shipping industry is set to receive a boost, after the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Department for Transport (DfT), in collaboration with the National Oceanography Center’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Center, successfully secured £1 million in a bid to accelerate the U.K. into a world-leading position in this area.The funding, awarded by the U.K. Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Regulators’ Pioneer Fund, will be used to pioneer new ways of regulating the autonomous and smart shipping
Hydrographic Surveys for MCA in the Shetland Islands
MMT has since 2006 been one of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency´s Civil Hydrography Program survey providers of high resolution multi-beam bathymetry, providing hydrographic data for updating nautical charts for safe navigation and efficient maritime transport. Currently MMT UK, based in Banbury Oxfordshire, is undertaking two hydrographic surveys in the Shetland Islands on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. One survey runs from Yell to Unst and is a 45 day survey running along the coastlines. The other survey is a 90 day survey from Yell to Lerwick and is covering a
CHP Extends MMT UK Survey Contract
Following three years of hydrographic survey, MMT UK has been awarded a further two-year contract extension with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency's Civil Hydrographic Program (CHP). This is the second time MMT UK have been awarded an extension following a successful first three years. MMT UK are contracted to survey the medium to deep CHP work in UK waters. MMT UK said it is known for its high quality data and for conducting the SS Richard Montgomery high definition wreck surveys using traditional survey methods combined with new laser techniques which has also been awarded to
WWI U-Boat Propeller Returned to German Navy
A brass propeller from the first U-Boat to be sunk a century ago has been given back to the country it belongs to, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. The propeller from the German World War I submarine U-8 was handed over by the MCA to members of the current Navy during a handover ceremony on the German Naval vessel Karlsruhe in the Portsmouth Naval Base. The propeller, recovered along with other historical items following a number of seizures of illegally recovered dive artifacts in the Kent area in 2014, came into the care of the U.K.’s Receiver of Wreck
Diver Pleads Guilty to Fraud Involving Historic Cannons
A commercial diver has pleaded guilty at Southampton Crown Court to a fraud offence in excess of £46,000 following a two year investigation by the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). The diver, Vincent Woolsgrove of Ramsgate, Kent, reported finding five cannons during the summer 2007, two from the wreck of the warship, London, and three in international waters off the coast of Kent. The cannons recovered from the warship were both very rare bronze Peter Gill and commonwealth cannons. The London was a second rate warship built in Chatham dockyard in 1654 and
New Tidal Wave Energy Device Completes Sea Trials
East. - Marine Operations: Orcades Marine Management Consultants, Williams Shipping, Kingston Marine Services (Cowes Harbour Commission), Andark Diving, Seastar Survey. - Key stakeholders: Yarmouth Harbour, Royal Yachting Association, Marine Management Organisation, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Natural England, Isle of Wight Council, Royal Solent Yacht Club.