Ocean Scientific International Ltd News

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OSIL's Autonomous Profiling Winch

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have produced a compact autonomous profiling winch that will operate unmanned for 30 days.OSIL were approached with a requirement for a 24V waterproof winch system to mount to existing Automated Surface Vehicle systems. The winch will undertake 10 profiles per day, with a 15kg payload, for 30 days continuously.The design was constrained by the size of the available space and a maximum weight restriction, in addition to the payload requirements.The winch has 200m drum capacity using 3mm diameter Dyneema, and is equipped with a level wind to prevent entanglements

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OSIL Unveils Microplastics Sampler

Oceanic microplastic pollution is a growing concern across the globe as new and existing marine litter continues to degrade and fragment through physical and chemical processes.Global environmental monitoring experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has developed a new Microplastics Sampler for the collection of water samples for the analysis of plastic particles smaller than 5 mm including fragments, films, pellets/nurdles, granules/beads, filaments and foams.The unique device is a large volume water sampler that allows researchers to collect and characterize suspended and sinking particles

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New Hammerhead Towed Profiling System

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) announced the latest addition to its product range, the Hammerhead deep water towed profiling system.The Hammerhead is designed for rapid surveys from small boats in estuaries, lakes, rivers and inshore coastal areas, and can easily be deployed by one person. The system allows users to obtain a vastly expanded dataset over a wider and more comprehensive survey area than would be obtained from traditional spatial profiling methods and can be programmed to collect data from a single depth/altitude above the seabed, or to follow an undulating pattern.The simple

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New ROV Tools for Deep Sea Mining Monitoring

Global environmental monitoring and sediment sampling experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have augmented its offering of deep sea sampling equipment for remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) with a multiple water sample collection system with inbuilt water quality monitoring.OSIL’s range of ROV tools now not only includes the instrumented water sample collection system, but also an undisturbed sediment sampling system, an instrumented pressure activated camera system, and a deep sea solenoid actuator, which can be adapted to suit application requirements.The ROV tools are

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OSIL Supply US Antarctic Program with Multi Corer

Global seabed sampling experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd delivered a 12-station Multiple Corer to Colorado-based ASC, the support contractor to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), for use in Antarctic waters.The corer will be deployed by upcoming projects in the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration, a joint project of the U.K.’s Natural Environment Research Council and NSF’s Office of Polar Programs, which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program.The corer will be used to investigate the role of the Southern Ocean biological pump in regulating atmospheric carbon dioxide

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OSIL's Turbidity Monitoring for Aberdeen Harbor Expansion

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have provided construction company Dragados UK with a turbidity monitoring solution to report on the dredging activities of the Aberdeen Harbor Expansion Project. OSIL have supplied two 1.9m buoy platforms, equipped with standalone turbidity sensors, and were on-site for the installation of the buoys in addition to conducting pre-installation monitoring during the build and testing of the buoys. OSIL were able to complete the entire process from quotation to installation (including meeting clients, specifying requirements, building and shipping the buoys)

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OSIL Debuts Deep Sea Camera System

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) launched its new expandable Deep Sea Camera System, a pressure activated self-contained system which allows for the integration of additional instrumentation.The system is activated by a pressure switch in the intelligent battery pack which can be programed at the surface to turn the camera on and off at specific depths, preventing users from having to record and review hours of wasted footage, and can also independently or concurrently activate any instrumentation that is connected to it.Data is recorded onto a standard Micro SD memory card. Several hours of

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MacArtney, OSIL Partner in China

Dedicated to extending business relations and activities in the growing Chinese market, MacArtney has entered into a business partnership agreement with Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL).The newly established strategy and business plans applying to the Asian markets, among others, have led MacArtney Singapore to enter into the exclusive sales agreement with OSIL, a provider of tailored integrated systems for environmental monitoring in all marine environments, from shallow coastal waters to full ocean depth.With such an agreement, MacArtney said it is confident of being able to cover the ocean

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OSIL Buoys in Tidal Turbulence Study for SEACAMS2

International Data Buoy manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have shipped a network of 3 off 1.9m data buoys to Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences for participation in a major project to study tidal turbulence at the Menai Strait in Wales.    SEACAMS2 is a project to assist the development of marine renewable energy in Wales that is run as a partnership between Bangor and Swansea universities, and is funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund. The aim is to improve the design and effectiveness of tidal energy capture devices.   The OSIL

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OSIL Delivers Multi Corer for China’s XMU

Global seabed sampling experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) said it has delivered a 12 station Multiple Corer to XMU University in China.   The hydrostatically damped Multi Corer is capable of collecting up to 12 samples simultaneously, which include a high-quality sediment sample and the overlying supernatant water.    The corer is constructed from stainless steel and features detachable core assemblies, which enables the core tubes (or if necessary the entire core tube assembly) to be removed from the corer for analysis or storage. The core tubes are sealed top and

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Unique Multiple Corer for Project in Papua New Guinea

A uniquely modified Multiple Corer has been shipped to Australia for use in a project in a remote location of Papua New Guinea.   The corer, produced by seabed sampling specialists Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL),  has been converted into a modular design to allow it to be transported by helicopter. The frame can easily be broken down into two stackable pieces that allows the overall shipping height of the corer to be greatly reduced, and enables quick reassembly of the system ready for deployment.   The hydrostatically damped Multi Corer is constructed from stainless

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OSIL Rolls Out ROV/AUV Mounted Sediment Corer

U.K.-based Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has introduced a new sediment corer designed to be mounted to the skids of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) or autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).    The self-contained system will allow sediment samples to be collected during routine ROV operations and can be daisy chained together to allow multiple core assemblies to be installed as one system.  The assemblies are powered and controlled by the customers own skid control unit and have been pressure tested for use in depths of up to 1,200m, with deeper units currently in development

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OSIL Calibration Department in Demand

UK-based OSIL’s (Ocean Scientific International Ltd) in-house calibration department said it continues to experience high levels of demand, particularly for salinometer servicing and repairs from its global client base. OSIL are global representatives for Guildline salinometers, holding common components in stock to ensure a quick turnaround, and are ideally placed regarding calibration standards for conductivity and salinity as OSIL operates the IAPSO Standard Seawater service from within its facilities. OSIL provides support, calibrations and repairs for a wide range of hydrographic instrument

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OSIL: Oil Spill Monitoring Buoys Fuel International Interest

 Integrated systems manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) reports high levels of interest in its oil spill monitoring buoys following several recent installations in the Middle East and exposure at the ocean technology and marine science exhibition Oceanology International.   The buoy systems are designed to integrate a real time noncontact hydrocarbon sensor in the high visibility top frame design, which is equipped with a pulsed UV LED beam and optical photo-detector with on-board software to enable the buoys to detect oil spills on water autonomously and immediately

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OSIL Marine Snow Catchers for NASA Research Project

Oceanographic equipment manufacturer Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have equipped the NASA EXPORTS Field Campaign with three Marine Snow Catchers and will contribute to the upcoming PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) Mission that aims to provide insight into Earth’s ocean and atmosphere using remote sensing.Marine Snow Catchers are large volume water samplers with separable top and bottom sections that allow researchers to collect and characterise suspended and sinking particles in the water column. This provides a greater understanding of the export processes of the

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OSIL Delivers Ocean Observation Buoy in Chile

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 and includes a swivel to prevent entanglements, while the secure top frame

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OSIL Launches 3 Axis Accelerometer to Aid Piston Coring

Deep sea sediment corer manufacturer Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has released a convenient accessory for its Giant Piston Corer, an accelerometer, which will aid operators with deployments.   The accelerometer can calculate the attitude of the corer head on penetration of the corer into the seabed, and the penetration rate of the barrel string, which will assist operators with multiple deployments in the same location by ensuring optimal deployment conditions and sample recovery. The accelerometer is housed in a hard anodized aluminum canister that is rated to full ocean depth.

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