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Harvey Gulf Hires Dunn as Subsea VP

services firm looks to grow its subsea business.Dunn, formerly of Oceaneering, has been hired as a member of Harvey Gulf's executive management team to assemble and manage Harvey Gulf’s subsea vessels, team and operations.Prior to Oceaneering, Dunn was the director of operations at Meridian Ocean Services, a subsea service provider acquired by Oceaneering in 2016. He is also an unlimited USCG chief engineer and worked for Chevron Shipping’s tanker and floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) fleets.In connection with the announcement, Harvey Gulf CEO Shane Guidry said, &ldquo

Gen 5 Multiplexer Courtesy Seatronics

Seatronics, Meridian Complete Mexico Pipeline, Deliver Cost Saving

  Seatronics has completed a project with marine services organisation Meridian Ocean Services (Meridian) in Mexico. The aim of the project was to inspect and chart existing pipelines along the coast of Ciudad Del Carmen, and required a full survey equipment spread utilising a Forum Comanche ROV. As a light work class ROV would be inappropriate for the type of planned inspection (due to the payload capacity of 250 kg) Seatronics proposed the implementation of the RTS Gen 5 Multiplexer as a suitable solution for the identified issue, as well as the use of a technician to help with the integratio

MER, Meridian Announce Strategic Partnership

Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC (MER) and Meridian Ocean Services, LLC (Meridian) have entered into a strategic partnership agreement, the companies announced Monday.   The agreement will see the companies cooperatively focus on the delivery of underwater inspection and imaging services, in an enhanced and integrated format, to a targeted base of infrastructure, marine, industrial and environmental clients throughout the U.S.    “We see this agreement as an important component of the growth plans within both our commercial diving and environmental sectors,” said Brian

Science lets us know more about the oceans.  In the past I think we looked at this as an infinite resource, but science has told us it is not. The oceans are finite. A year after the Japanese tsunami we were seeing marine debris wash up on U.S. and Canadian shorelines; it’s not that big of a world.  Dr. Holly Bamford

Insights: NOAA's Dr. Holly A. Bamford

.  We had a diverse set of programs each with their own elevator speech, and when I came in as the head of that organization, I tried to bring them all together around some centralized themes. Coming out of that we as a team developed integrated priorities that truly enhanced our coastal and ocean services. We merged budget lines and shared resources which fostered coordination and partnerships across the organization. We also created one of the biggest coastal programs in the agency by merging programs together and getting people to work together.  And what this does is it helps people on

Cobbett Hill Earth Station

Cobbett Hill Earth Station Boosts Maritime Broadband Services

  VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that UK-based independent teleport operator Cobbett Hill Earth Station is upgrading the network of its maritime services unit, ION (International Ocean Services) to the iDirect Evolution 3.2 Platform. The acquisition of maritime satellite communications provider ION in 2013 marked Cobbett Hill Earth Station’s expansion into the commercial maritime market, which according to NSR will hold close to 1 million in-service units by 2023. This will be the first in a series of technology

Falcon on environmental monitoring mission

Meridian Adds Two Saab Seaeye ROVs

Meridian Ocean Services has added two Saab Seaeye Lynx ROVs to its Falcon fleet to undertake a wider range of deeper inspection tasks at short notice. The company has already won a niche in the market for undertaking fast response assignments in the offshore fields of America, Trinidad and Mexico. It has created a suite of rapidly deployable ROV packages comprising Saab Seaeye Lynx and Falcons set in small-footprint containerized systems ready for speedy deployment from a 150 foot vessel. Nat Spencer, Meridian’s Principal and Director of Business Development, explains that the Lynx

The wreck of the Auk-class minesweeper HMS Pylades sunk by a German midget submarine during the night of July 8, 1944 while anchored as part of the Trout defensive line (see HMS Magic above). The wreck is lying on its port side with the bow to the top. The ship’s superstructure is still clearly evident to the left while the partly upturned hull forms the shallowest part of the image.

D-Day Mapping Mission

served, a massive survey and archeological effort is underway sponsored by France Televisions, 13 other broadcasters and the Normandy region. The French Navy (Marine National) and Department of Underwater and Undersea Archeological Research (DRASSM) were involved as well. Involvement from Sherrell Ocean Services, Trimble Navigation, Ltd. and Measutronics Corporation, a Trimble authorized marine dealer, was also instrumental in making this expedition possible.  Each company involved is committed to the effort and is graciously donating their time, equipment and expertise to the project. Covering

“Through the prize, we aim to catalyze ocean acidification research, spur the  development of the ocean services industry, inspire innovations in ocean sensing technology  and stimulate the free market to meet the growing demand for ocean pH sensors by producing inexpensive, accurate and durable sensors that can be deployed on many platforms.” Paul Bunje, XPRIZE’s, Senior Director of Oceans

X (Prize) Marks the Spot

and ease of use. An independent judging panel will assign points throughout three competition trial phases: lab, coastal and sea. XPRIZE plans to announce the winners in Summer 2015. Bunje said, “Through the prize, we aim to catalyze ocean acidification research, spur the development of the ocean services industry, inspire innovations in ocean sensing technology and stimulate the free market to meet the growing demand for ocean pH sensors by producing inexpensive, accurate and durable sensors that can be deployed on many platforms.” And by offering large monetary incentives, XPRIZE believes

Meridian Recovers Body of Canadian First Nations Elder

Meridian Ocean Services said it recovered the body of Canadian First Nations Elder Solomon Roberts from the icy waters of Otter Lake in northern Saskatchewan. After searching more than 450 acres underwater, Meridian, a provider of subsea inspection and support services using remote and autonomous underwater vehicles, helped return Elder Roberts, of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, to his family. In November, 66-year-old Elder Roberts, from the town of Grandmother’s Bay, fell through the ice on his snowmobile. Members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band located Elder Roberts’ snowmobile but as

Oceans of Opportunity: XPRIZE Offers $2M

, teams will not only develop breakthrough technical solutions to measure ocean chemistry – a critical step in addressing the environmental challenge of ocean acidification–but will provide a solid foundation for new enterprise that will catalyze the growth of new industries. And from ocean services–an industry based on the data to come from new sensors–to marine technology, there are potentially billions of dollars of opportunity on the table for new enterprises. And a multitude of ocean health solutions are waiting to be discovered. Join us on this journey. Form a team and

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