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For Illustration only; Image of a previous survey by NORBIT - Credit: NORBIT

NORBIT Scores 'Major' Sonar Systems Order in North America

Oslo-listed marine sensor provider NORBIT, has said it has won a "major order" from a governmental customer in North America.The order includes multiple NORBIT multibeam sonar systems, iWBMSh STX, which is a turnkey multibeam sonar system to be used for 3D and 4D bathymetric surveys and seafloor mapping, NORBIT said."The value of the order is approximately NOK 11 million [USD 1,1 million ] and the order is expected to be delivered from the Oceans segment during the third quarter this year," NORBIT said.The company did not say who the client was.This is the second contract award

Simon Douthwaite (Photo: SEAMOR Marine)

Douthwaite Joins SEAMOR Marine

Remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) firm SEAMOR Marine announced it has hired Simon Douthwaite as its new Sales & Marketing Manager. A scuba instructor and deep technical diver, Douthwaite brings sales and marketing expertise from a career in finance that spans four continents.Douthwaite has worked for major companies such as HSBC in Hong Kong and Investec in London where he sold investment services in the futures, commodities and stock markets to a broad range of institutional and retail customers. Simon has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.

RENDERING OF NEW VIKING SHIP: This rendering shows what the new Viking expedition ships will look like, including the hangar for launching small vessels. Credit: Viking

NOAA-Viking Public Private Partnership, a Win-win for Research

There was important cruise news in January: Viking – a premier European ocean and river cruise company - will offer two new “destination-focused travel experiences,” starting in 2022.  One set of cruises becomes Viking’s first foray in the inland North American market, in this case the Great Lakes.  Another set of cruises will head to the Arctic and Antarctica.  Viking is building two new vessels: the Viking Octantis and the Viking Polaris, under construction now in Norway, by Fincantieri’s VARD.In a press release Viking writes that it has created “the

Credit; iXblue's Drix USV

iXblue, ThayerMahan in Unmanned Surface Vessel Pact

in autonomous maritime security solutions has partnered up with iXblue, a company specializing in navigation, acoustic positioning, and underwater imaging.The two companies are teaming up to provide unmanned maritime and survey services using iXblue’s DriX Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in North America as well as internationally.In a statement on Monday, the companies said that ThayerMahan’s expertise in maritime domain awareness, and iXblue’s Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), would help both companies address a wide range of maritime and survey applications including offshore renewables

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#Oi2020 History

 Oceanology International North America debuted in 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center. It’s since been rebranded as Oceanology International Americas to reflect the international market with a U.S.-based audience.   Marine Technology Reporter has been commissioned to publish the Official “Oceanology International 50th Anniversary Edition” which will distribute with the MARCH 2020 edition of MTR. For information on advertising in this edition, contact Rob Howard @ howard@marinelink.com, t: +1 561-732-4368; or Mike Kozlowski @ kozlowski@marinelink.com, +1-561-733-2477.

Seafloor map showing pockmark and micro-depressions in the seafloor off Big Sur. Image: © 2019 MBARI

Researchers Find Mysterious Seafloor Holes

by MBARI scientists in 1999 during a seafloor survey using ship-mounted sonar. Over the last few years, additional surveys by MBARI and other organizations revealed over 5,200 pockmarks spread out over 1,300 square kilometers (500 square miles), making this area the largest known pockmark field in North America.More recently, MBARI conducted detailed seafloor surveys using sonar mounted on autonomous underwater vehicles. These surveys revealed thousands of smaller pits, which they termed micro-depressions. The micro-depressions average just 11 meters (36 feet) across and one meter (three feet) deep

(Photo: TerraSond)

Mayflower Wind Survey Wraps Up

, a magnetometer and passive acoustic monitoring sensor were deployed from the Geosea DP2 multipurpose support vessel. The acquired data are now being processed for delivery in November.The site is being developed by Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC, who in 2018 won the rights to develop a lease area that can support up to 1,600 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind. The wind farm, scheduled to deliver energy in the mid-2020s, has the potential to power up to 680,000 homes.“We used our offshore-wind-sector expertise to deliver a successful

Image: SAExploration Holdings, Inc.

SAExploration Wins AsiaPac Deal

depths up to 60 meters.The project is expected to last approximately 55 days and will occur primarily during the fourth quarter of 2019, it said.SAE offers a full range of vertically-integrated seismic data acquisition, data processing and interpretation, and logistical support services throughout North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.In addition to the acquisition of 2D, 3D, time-lapse 4D and multi-component seismic data on land, in transition zones and offshore in depths reaching 3,000 meters, SAE offers a full suite of data processing and interpretation services

Doug Copeland. Photo: Atlantic Shores

Atlantic Shores Launches Ocean Survey Ops

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America, announced the launch of ocean survey operations today within the Atlantic Shores lease area, in order to inform future turbine development.Survey operations encompass 183,000 acres located 8-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Barnegat Light and Sea Isle City and are expected to conclude by the end of October, weather permitting.The survey vessel Geosea will be utilized to characterize the seabed, collect samples and determine placement of data collection buoys, which will be

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