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Advanced Monitoring Proves Its Capabilities Offshore

New monitoring technology developed by RED Engineering has been used for the first time to improve accuracy, speed and safety during the installation of jacket foundations for wind turbines at the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd project in the Moray Firth, Scotland.   The development by the North East-based firm of engineers features remote proximity sensors to confirm the correct engagement of an internal lifting tool (ILT) in use by Seaway Heavy Lifting, a Subsea 7 company.   These are connected to a remote monitoring system providing improved control of the lifting tool and confirming

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ScanFish ROTV Sensor Payload Expanded by 700%

Designed to function as platform for subsea sensors, the EIVA ScanFish remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) comes standard with a maximum sensor payload of 50 kg. But a design upgrade was needed when marine geophysical-geotechnical service delivery specialist PanGeo Subsea contacted EIVA to discuss the possibility of using the ScanFish together with its Sub-Bottom Imager (SBI) unit, which weighs 300 kg.   The EIVA R&D team took up the challenge in May 2017. Four months later, a ScanFish XL was introduced at the EIVA Days Denmark 2017. The ROTV itself measures 4.33x2.73x2.77 meters. It

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Buoy Network Monitors Kiel Canal Project

A network of seven off 1.9m data buoys supplied by OSIL to DHI in Denmark will be deployed to support a long term monitoring project in Kiel, Germany, starting in October.    The sturdy buoy systems each incorporate two Sea-Bird Scientific WET Labs multiparameter water quality sensors; one mounted at the surface within the robust central buoy structure to prevent damage to the instrument, and the other securely located on a unique mooring frame suspended 2m above the seabed that also accommodates a Nortek AWAC on a gimbal to monitor currents and waves. The exclusive mooring design includes

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms will be used to provide green power for homes and vehicles.   Now with help from U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding, researchers are working toward making that scenario a reality. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) received $5.7 million from ARPA-E's Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program for two projects that have set out to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels and bio-based chemicals.   "By

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New Dredging Sensors for Jan De Nul Group

 Subsea technology company Seatools said it is in the process of delivering an extensive range of dredging sensors to Jan De Nul Group. The sensors will be used to monitor the dredging operations of three trailing suction hopper dredgers currently under construction.    The delivery will comprise a broad range of dredging sensors, including (differential) pressure sensors, rotation angle sensors, inclination sensors and wire length sensors. The sensors supply real-time data on a wide range of dredging process and equipment parameters. As such, the instrumentation provides the basis

Vice Admiral Michael J. Connor (Photo: United States Navy)

Connor Joins Kraken Board

education includes a B.A. in Physics from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in National Security Studies from the United States Naval War College. Vice Admiral Connor is currently the CEO of ThayerMahan Inc., a company he founded to accelerate the United States' ability to effectively and efficiently monitor ocean activity using autonomous systems.   Karl Kenny, Kraken President & CEO said, "We are delighted to welcome Admiral Connor onboard the Kraken team. Mike is recognized globally as one of the foremost authorities in undersea operations. He has a deep understanding of undersea robotics

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

A wave of new and innovative research vessels are set to help scientists enhance their understanding of the oceans. MTR profiles several of these ships currently in designe and construction across the globe.   RRS Sir David Attenborough The U.K.’s new polar research ship rose to fame when Boaty McBoatface took the internet by storm as the leading vote getter in an online naming contest. The U.K.’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) eventually chose to call the ship RRS Sir David Attenborough, a name better fit for a $256 million high-tech research ship (though the Boaty

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

at MIT and I had to do a thesis. I like to build things, but I seemed destined to work on some very theoretical project. I knew of Harold Edgerton, the famous professor, and I went into his lab and asked if he had anything interesting that I might work on. He introduced me to his world and partly to the ocean world, and I think I was hooked right from the beginning.   What kind of projects was [Edgerton] working on at the time? MK: Edgerton was famous for the development of strobe light – he’s known as “Papa Flash” – but back in the late ’50s he was introduced

GeoSphere data log shows the layered formation structure in the well. (Image: SLB)

GeoSphere: Mapping-while-drilling Evolution

Logging-while-drilling (LWD) technologies have evolved significantly in the past decade. Today they integrate sophisticated algorithms 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

Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

Can mimicking insect behavior provide a way to map the ocean floor? Can robotic-controlled flying and diving drones be both bird-like and fish-like in the race to explore the ocean depths? As a global group of 19 semi-finalist teams in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE compete to create innovative autonomous technologies to image and chart the unknown in a cold, dark and hull-crushing undersea world at depths down to 4,000 meters, we look to the innovation that will advance our understanding of our planet.    In exploring the deep ocean, we’re seeing that new robotic approaches can

Algae-Station NC (Image: CTG)

CTG Introduces New Non-contact Algae System

A new Algae-Station Non-Contact system from water quality sensor designer Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) will be launched at Sensing In Water (UK) on September 27-28 and WEFTEC 2017 on October 2-4.   The Algae-Station NC provides water process control operators with a unique monitoring system which reduces cleaning and maintenance requirements that are commonly associated with in situ sensors, reducing cost of ownership of these type of sensors, CTG said.  These non-contact systems, up till now only available for such parameters as turbidity and flow, are now, with the Algae-Station NC

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Navy Awards Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Development

 The Navy awarded a $5.1 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) of the Columbia Class submarine Sept. 21.   The IPPD contract award is for the design, completion, component and technology development and prototyping efforts for the Columbia Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). This work will also include United Kingdom unique efforts related to the common missile compartment.   "The Columbia class submarine is the most important acquisition program the Navy has today," said Secretary of the Navy

Kraken Bags $1.6 Mln Contract

Kraken Robotics Inc. said its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract worth more than $2 million (US$1.6 million) for the delivery of advanced sensors, underwater robotics and software. Delivery of the entire contract is expected in 4Q 2017.   Karl Kenny, Kraken President and CEO said, “We’re delighted with this contract award from a highly valued customer. Over the past 18 months, Kraken has made a series of prudent investments in people and technology to advance the performance and affordability of our sensors and underwater robotics.

Kraken Sonar Changes Its Name to Kraken Robotics

Kraken Sonar Inc. has changed its name from Kraken Sonar Inc. to Kraken Robotics Inc., reflecting its evolution from manufacturing sensors to supplying complete robotic systems, software and services in the unmanned maritime systems (UMS) market.   The company will begin trading under its new name effective Friday, September 22; its stock symbols will remain the same: TSX-V: PNG and OTCQB: KRKNF. Kraken’s Canadian operating subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been renamed Kraken Robotics Systems Inc.   While the public company name and Canadian operating subsidiary names will

Spreegrund (Photo: SBG Systems)

Case Study: High Accuracy Survey under Bridges

Client: WSA Berlin Application: Hydrography/Charting Product: Apogee-E Inertial Navigation System Project: Multibeam echo sounder stabilization and data georeferencing   The vessel Spreegrund, property of WSA Berlin, has been equipped by MBT, part of MacArtney group, with state-of- the-art equipment including the Apogee-E, the highest accuracy inertial navigation system from SBG. One of the main goals was to obtain very good results when surveying under bridges.    The catamaran survey vessel named Spreegrund serves as survey vessel on German lakes, adjacent canals and

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

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

Norsafe, Kongsberg to Develop USV in Joint Initiative

Norsafe said it has been working alongside Kongsberg to develop an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) to act as a combined autonomous and data collection platform with different sensors. Kongsberg selected Norsafe AS as a partner for multipurpose USV manufacturing because of their well-known reputation for building robust and high quality crafts for extreme environments. Throughout the  process of finding the right partner, Norsafe showed the capability of creating an innovative and robust design, which fitted well to Kongsberg’s requirements.   Engineered for military and commercial

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New Industry Association IOSTIA Launched

A newly created industry association has set out to provide programs, services and a unified voice on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory agencies to companies that sustainably and commercially utilize the oceans.   The new 501(c)(6) industry association, the International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA, pronounced IO-sha), has been launched to serve the oceans science and technology space. IOSTIA represents companies that commercially and sustainably utilize and explore the Earth’s oceans, as well as businesses that provide technology and services for sectors

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

Teledyne Optech chief scientist Dr. Viktor Feygels will attend the Oceans 17 MTS/IEEE in Anchorage, Alaska, September 18-21, to present results from Optech 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

Image of Avro Arrow model captured by Kraken's AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Image: Kraken)

Sonar Images Show Historic Avro Arrow Discovery

A search team has recently unveiled images that show the first of nine Avro Arrow free-flight models believed to be sitting at the bottom of Lake Ontario.   Search program organizers OEX Recovery Group held a press conference in Toronto last Friday to unveil sonar and underwater camera images that showcase a free-flight Avro Arrow model launched in a series of tests from 1954 to 1957 as part of the Avro Arrow design program.   The free flight models were launched over Lake Ontario in a series of flight tests conducted in the 1950s as engineers developed the revolutionary Arrow, which

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

Next generation Wave Glider heading out to sea (Photo: Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company)

Liquid Robotics Debuts Next Generation Wave Glider

sensor payloads and increased energy and storage capacity required for long duration maritime surveillance, environmental monitoring and observation missions.   “From the very first Wave Glider we’ve had a passion and relentless commitment to make the world’s best unmanned ocean robot,” said Roger Hine, CTO and Co-founder, Liquid Robotics. “With our next generation Wave Glider, we've applied learning from approximately 100 years of cumulative water time to enhance an already well-proven design. The result is our Wave Gliders are better prepared than ever before

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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

The SWiFT SVP is the latest profiler from Valeport, featuring Bluetooth comms, a rechargeable battery, integral GPS and LED status indicators (Photo: Valeport)

Oceanscan Offering New Valeport Sensors

Oceanscan, a provider of sales and rentals of subsea, survey, NDT, inspection and ROV equipment, has extended its service offering with an investment in a range of new products from marine instrument manufacturer Valeport.    Among Oceanscan’s new equipment is Valeport’s SWiFT SVP, the SVX2 combined CTD/SVP and the miniIPS Intelligent Pressure Sensor.   The acquisition will replace legacy systems, and as part of the company’s investment, three Oceanscan technicians will receive bespoke training from Valeport to help clients get the best performance from the new

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

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Royal Navy Unveils Fish-like Submarine Concepts

has inspired the next generation of British scientists to be bold in their ambitions and I congratulate them for their inspiring work.”   Commander Peter Pipkin, the U.K. Royal Navy's Fleet Robotics Officer, said, “With more than 70 percent of the planet's surface covered by water, the oceans remain one of the world's great mysteries and untapped resources.   “It's predicted that in 50 years' time there will be more competition between nations to live and work at sea or under it. So it's with this in mind that the Royal Navy is looking at its future role, and how it will

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Trelleborg Suite Supplied to Prelude FLNG

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has supplied a suite of products to Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility, the largest offshore facility ever constructed. Prelude, which is 488 meters long, 74 meters wide, and made with more than 260,000 tons of steel, will extract and liquefy natural gas from a site in North West Australia.   Trelleborg supplied its gas transfer technology and SafePilot navigational and piloting systems for Prelude.   “Our SafePilot solution, SSL, ESL and radio ESD for tandem condensate offload have been used on Shell’s Prelude FLNG,” said

Coiled carbon nanotube yarns, created at the University of Texas at Dallas and imaged here with a scanning electron microscope, generate electrical energy when stretched or twisted. (Image: University of Texas at Dallas)

Stretch for Power: High-tech Yarn Generates New Energy

A new, high-tech yarn that generates electricity when stretched or twisted could use ocean waves and human motion to lower man's dependency on fossil fuels, researchers said on Thursday.   An international team of scientists said in a study they had developed a stretchy yarn made of carbon nanotubes - tiny strands of carbon atoms up to 10,000 times smaller than a hair - that produces electricity from a host of natural sources.   "The easiest way to think of twistron harvesters is, you have a piece of yarn, you stretch it, and out comes electricity," said Carter Haines, a lead

The CEION2 transmitter with corrosion and erosion monitoring probes, the DCU4 unit and the signature CEION spiral sensing element (Image: Teledyne Cormon)

Teledyne Upgrades Corrosion Monitoring Equipment

Teledyne Cormon, a member of Teledyne Marine that provides subsea and surface corrosion and erosion monitoring equipment for the oil and gas market, said it has upgraded its signature CEION and DCU product lines.   CEION is an evolution of the ER metal loss measurement technique, allowing a shorter time for the sensor to detect a change than a standard ER measurement.   The new range of topside transmitters and loggers is based on ER measurement principles with the CEION2 products offering both metal loss and temperature data, suitable for use in corrosion and erosion monitoring applicatio

OI London Issues Final Call for Speakers

Marine science and ocean technology event Oceanology International 2018 has issued a public call for abstracts by September 15, 2017 for the opportunity of inclusion in its technical conference program line-up of speakers.   Technologists, scientists, engineers and experts in their field are invited to submit a 300-word proposal on a variety of topical specialist subjects which reflect the conference’s series of 11 free-to-attend technical tracks chaired by a prominent list of industry leaders already confirmed for next year’s event from March 13-15 at ExCeL London.   Speakers

Reliable and constant measurements of environmental currents and other oceanographic environmental conditions can markedly improve the performance of fish farms in Chile. (Photo: Nortek)

Maximizing the Potential of Chile's Fish Farms

more efficiently and profitably.   “Doppler technology has already helped improve safety and efficiency in Chilean ports. Now, the country has the potential to improve the performance of its aquaculture by fully adopting Doppler technology,” said Christian Haag, managing director of oceanographic service provider Mariscope Ingenieria SPA in Chile, and a representative for Doppler technology provider Nortek in the Chilean market.    Why is measuring waves and currents with Doppler technology a key part of making aquaculture more efficient?   Reducing aquaculture

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New PAR Measurement Logger Launched

Designer and manufacturer of freshwater and oceanographic monitoring systems and instruments Precision Measurement Engineering has launched the new miniPAR Logger that logs photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), water temperature and tilt measurements. The completely submersible logger measures the amount of diffused sunlight through water, which can be beneficial for understanding nutrient loading, photosynthesis and algal blooms in natural waters up to 100 meters deep.    The miniPAR sensor is a Li-Cor Underwater Quantum Sensor, which measures PAR from all angles in one hemisphere.

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Kongsberg Control System for New SEA-KIT USV

. 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 SEA-KIT vessel provides a next generation, long-range, long-endurance ocean capability that does not exist today. It is able to operate without assistance for months at a time and is the first of a new generation of craft that can truly operate independently.   K-MATE is capable of being integrated with almost any vessel via an electrical interface. It provides adaptive

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Saudi Aramco Buys Teledyne Gavia AUV

The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) has acquired an autonomous underwater vehicle from Teledyne Gavia.   The Gavia Offshore Surveyor AUV system is expected to enhance Saudi Aramco's agility in meeting high demands for hydrographic survey services through the company's in-house survey operations. The Gavia system will be utilized predominantly for debris survey and pipeline inspection in the Arabian Gulf, with a potential service extension for other type of surveys in water depths up to 1,000m in the Red Sea region.    Saudi Aramco selected the AUV due to its modularity

Artist’s impression of RRS Sir David Attenborough (Image: Cammell Laird and British Antarctic Survey)

FarSounder Sonar for RRS Sir David Attenborough

The new $180 million polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough currently under construction at the Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard in the Port of Liverpool City Region, U.K. is slated to be equipped with FarSounder's longest range sonar system, the FarSounder-1000.   The new, state-of-the-art ship, owned by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), will enable scientists to explore and undertake science in new areas of the Antarctic and Arctic seas.   With the vessel’s ability to embark on longer voyages and explore some of the most remote aquatic regions of the world

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New OEM Temperature Sensors from S9

Soundnine Inc. (S9) has launched new OEM Digital Temperature Sensors for integration on underwater instrumentation, drifting buoys, ROVs, AUVs or industrial and laboratory applications.   Two mechanical configurations are offered: a screw-in type having 7/16-20 threads commonly used on underwater bulkhead connectors, or plain shank version. The screw-in type has an optional screw-on probe guard. Both are available with wire leads or solder connections. The serial interface can be either RS-232 or 3.3V logic level. The sampling interval is user programmable and sampling starts automatically when

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SeaRobotics Delivers USVs for Hydrographic Surveying

SeaRobotics Corporation said it has built and delivered two complete autonomous 2.5‑meter unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to a government hydrographic service. The USVs are complete hydrographic systems, including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, a cast winch, deployment carts and road trailers.   According to SeaRobotics , the contract reinforces the commitment government and commercial entities are making to take unmanned surface vehicles out of the laboratory and research environment and integrate them into the world of professional surveyors. The efficiency and cost effectiveness

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Scientists Explore Canada’s Deep Ocean Seamounts

A team of scientist from Fisheries and Oceans Canada has set out on a mission to study the oceanographic conditions on and around two intriguing seamounts in Canada’s new Offshore Pacific Area of Interest off the coast of Vancouver.   A seamount is a mountain rising from the seafloor that does not reach the water's surface, and thus is not an island. They are often biological diverse hotspots, providing habitats for many species and can have a significant effect on local circulation patterns, altering conditions tens of kilometers away from their summit.   From July 18 to August 1

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Case Study: Klein System 5900 Side Scan Sonar

Klein Marine System’s flagship 5900 high-resolution and high-speed side scan sonar is designed for use as either a conventional towed system or a payload for an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). Klein recently tested its newest sonar features in Israel on the USV Seagull, Elbit’s versatile platform for mine hunting and antisubmarine warfare. Among these features is the ability to control and stream full-resolution side scan sonar images via satellite.During a recent test, the Klein 5900 made several passages over the wreck of the Italian Submarine Scirè, sunk by the British naval

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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.

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UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year.   BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K.’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service.   Based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the South East of the Isle of Wight, BAE Systems will work with ASV Global (ASV), Blue Bear Systems Research (Blue Bear), Marine Electronic Systems (MES), SeeByte and the University of Southampton to provide the

The fleet of Saildrones are being prepared for a summer and fall of science from the Bering Sea to the Arctic to the far reaches of the tropical Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Saildrone Inc.)

NOAA to Deploy Saildrones for Climate Study

During the next four months, NOAA scientists will deploy Saildrone unmanned ocean vehicles to hard-to-reach locales such as the Arctic and the tropical Pacific with the goal of better understanding of how ocean changes affect weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals.   The Saildrone is wind and solar-powered research vehicle resembling a sailboat, capable of performing tasks at sea such as met ocean data collection, environmental monitoring and fish stock analysis, autonomously or under remote control. For NOAA, the vehicles will soon travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching

Ed Hill (Photo: NOC)

Voices: NOC Executive Director Ed Hill

At the National Oceanography Center (NOC) in Southampton, U.K. for Ocean Business 2017, Marine Technology Reporter was able to sit down with Professor Ed Hill, NOC Executive Director, to discuss the science and technologies moving ocean studies forward.   Please give an overview of your activities here at the National Oceanography Center. The National Oceanography Center is part of the Natural Environment Research Council which is the main body that funds environmental science, including oceanography, in the U.K. We are a national facility. We undertake research in large-scale oceanography

MiniPod 101G GPS Receiver (Photo: Modulus Technology)

New Submersible GPS Receiver for Marine Surveyors

A new, robust submersible GPS receiver with integrated L1 + L2 antenna has been launched for the marine survey market. The MiniPod 101G is a lightweight yet rugged product providing streamer head and tail positioning, source positioning for 3D UHR seismic operations and is suited for the positioning of subsea excavation vehicles,  or towed sensors such as magnetometers, that operate in shallow waters.   The new product comes from Great Yarmouth, U.K. based Modulus Technology Ltd, part of the AAE Technologies Group, and a sister company to Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd. Modulus is the

Geoffrey Abbott (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Hires Abbott as Robotics Engineer

Greensea, creator of the universal marine industry operating platform OPENSEA, has hired Geoffrey Abbott as its new robotics engineer, responsible for advancing Greensea’s user interface and vehicle control systems for original equipment manufacturer products.   As a robotics engineer at Greensea, Abbott will help further the company’s ability to easily integrate, configure and deploy its technology across vehicles and sensors in the marine industry.   Abbott was previously a software development manager at MyWebGrocer, where he led a team in the Rapid Application Development

Avro technicians prepare an Avro Arrow test model attached to a Nike booster rocket to fire out over Lake Ontario at Point Petre in the 1950s (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Set to Hunt for Avro Arrow Artifacts

and Bennett Jones LLP. Support for this project is also being provided by the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Military Institute and Canada Company.   Karl Kenny, Kraken President & CEO said, "During our 150th birthday, I can't think of a better example of how advanced Canadian ocean technology is being used to search and find advanced Canadian aerospace technology. This expedition is sure to be nostalgic for the countless fans of the Avro Arrow, which became a symbol of world-class Canadian technology. Continuing in the tradition of the Arrow, the entire Kraken team is very

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MacArtney Delivers Automatic Bolt-torquing Tool to Siemens Gamesa

MacArtney said it has supplied an automatic bolt-torquing tool to Siemens Gamsea. The complete turnkey system designed, engineered and manufactured by MacArtney for the renewable energy sector tightens pre-mounted bolts/nuts between the hub and the generator without manual involvement.   The supply consists of two parts: a Turner tool that creates rotation of the generator and an automatic bolt tool for torquing. The Turner tool unit is transportable by a standard 3 T rapid forklift, and the torqueing tool is portable in a customized storage carriage certified for lifting.   After

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Oil Spill Detection: Remote Sensing Equipment Tested

imagery (MDA, Earth-I, Airbus, Telespazio) Infra-red and Ultraviolet sensors on the OSRL UKCS aircraft (2Excel Aviation) Airborne hyperspectral sensors (2Excel Aviation) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (Sky Futures and Bristow Group) Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) (Blue Ocean Monitoring and Planet Ocean) A surveillance kite with COFDM link (Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)) IP Mesh Network on vessel and crew (Briggs Marine and DTC) SCAT (Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Technique) based surveys testing a new SCAT e-tool   A minimal amount of oil

AML Oceanographic products include a modular range of instruments with field-swappable sensor heads. (Photo: Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd.)

Modulus Technology Adds AML Oceanographic to Its Portfolio

Modulus Technology based in Great Yarmouth, U.K., is now representing Canadian manufacturer AML Oceanographic in the U.K. and Eire.   Modulus Technology is part of the AAE Technologies Group, along with Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd. Modulus is the Group’s innovation division, dedicated to both developing new technological products and representing similar manufacturers, such as AML Oceanographic, that complement its service and support functions.   Founded in 1974, AML Oceanographic (formerly Applied Microsystems) has more than 40 years’ experience in the field of oceanogra

Scott Stephen (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Stephen Joins Ashtead Technology

, Abu Dhabi, Houston and Singapore, recently gained certification from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for the calibration of NDT equipment and has expanded its NDT equipment rental fleet.   Having previously gained UKAS accreditation for the calibration of survey, positioning and oceanographic sensors, this most recent approval also covers the delivery of calibration services for ultrasonic testing equipment used by NDT inspection companies.   From its state-of-the-art laboratory in Aberdeen, Ashtead provides calibration services to the internationally recognised UKAS standard

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French Bathymetric Survey Vessel Renovated and Refurbished

Global multibeam solution provided by MacArtney guarantees functioning of bathymetric surveys carried out close to the harbor of Bayonne in the southwest of France.   Located on the western border between Basque Country and Gascony, the harbor of Bayonne belongs to the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine which is under obligation to provide information to the various harbor operators about the depths in the areas of the harbor.   MacArtney France is the supplier of the multibeam solution for the bathymetric vessel ‘Ingénieurs Lesbordes’ and is likewise the integrator of the

To be equipped with a suite of GE’s marine technologies, Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s newest deep-water diving support vessel (DSV) will become the world’s first-class deep-water DSV with a multi-saturation diving system and pipe lay system. (Photo: GE Marine)

Spread of GE Tech Ordered for DSV Newbuild

Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s (SSB) new ship is purpose-designed for a range of roles including deep-water salvage operations, deep-water pipelay and construction as well as a saturation diving capability for up to 24 divers in two bells. Recently, GE’s Marine Solutions has been chosen by SSB, one of the largest rescue and salvage companies in the world, to provide a suite of marine technologies including power and propulsion equipment, dynamic positioning (DP) and automation and control systems to its newest deep-water dive support vessel (DSV). The vessel will become the world’s

ThunderFish Alpha being delivered to Kraken's facility in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland (Photo: Kraken)

ThunderFish Alpha AUV Delivered to Kraken

the DEDAVE AUV, which has now been acquired by Kraken.   The Fraunhofer AUV program was developed to create a versatile and compact vehicle that's easier to handle than existing systems while providing increased modular payload space and faster turn-around survey times. The vehicle can operate in ocean depths up to 6,000 meters and is equipped with state-of-the-art sensor systems; including Kraken's AquaPix MINSAS sonar. Other sensors include obstacle avoidance sonars, multi-beam echo sounder and advanced navigation/positioning sensors. It incorporates pressure-tolerant battery technology from

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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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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Scientists Predict Third Largest GoM ‘Dead Zone’

large shrimp at the marketplace and an economic ripple effect on the Gulf shrimp fisheries.   “The Gulf’s summer hypoxic zone continues to put important habitats and valuable fisheries under intense stress,” said Rob Magnien, director of NOAA’s Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research. “Although there is some progress in reducing nutrients, the effects of the dead zone may further threaten the region’s coastal economies if current levels remain.”   This NOAA-sponsored forecast is based on nutrient runoff and river discharge data from the U.S.

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Tech File: The Apium Data Diver

The Data Diver is a new type of vehicle: a hand launched gps enabled boat that doubles as a motorized profiling system. With only two moving parts, the vehicles travel at up to 4 knots, reversing motor direction to dive vertically up to 100 meters. Apium developed these vehicles to study swarm control algorithms to perfect the simple and intuitive control of groups. With this swarming ability and the company’s rugged “drive and dive” vehicle architecture, new types of distributed data collection are possible. Apium is currently developing a product based upon this technology, with

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OSIL Delivers Ocean Observation Buoy in Chile

The University of Los Lagos (Chile) has recently installed an oceanographic observation system in the Seno de Reloncaví (Reloncaví Sound) immediately south of Puerto Montt in Southern Chile, the first of its kind in the Patagonian region.   The 1.9m buoy system was specifically designed and produced by U.K.-based integrated systems providers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) to accommodate and integrate the instrument package required by the university project. A uniquely designed deployment bracket holds an ADCP and a current meter 5m below the buoy on the mooring assembly

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University of Gothenburg Selects HUGIN AUV

sensors such as the Contros HydroC CO2. KONGSBERG will also deliver a HUGIN Operator Station (HOS) Payload Operator Station (POS) and Acoustic Positioning Operator Station (APOS) for communication and full control of the HUGIN and payload from the mothership.   “In order to map the ocean environment to the degree that vital climate change research requires, we need to focus more on increasing our use of autonomous observation platforms,” said Anna Wåhlin, Professor in Oceanography, University of Gothenburg. “Our new HUGIN AUV will significantly expand our ability

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