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KATFISH Towed SAS Survey Systems (Credit: Kraken Robotics)

Kraken Wraps Up High-Res Route Survey Work in Australia

Canadian company Kraken Robotics has completed a contract to supply high-resolution seabed mapping sonar service to Precision Hydrographic Services (PHS), a customer supporting the Australian Department of Defence.The Australian Department of Defence project sought to undertake Hydrographic High Resolution Route Surveys (RS) for a number of Australian ports.The purpose of these surveys was to enable the collection of Maritime Geospatial Information (MGI) to support maritime domain awareness through the acquisition of high-resolution seabed foundation data and associated oceanographic data.Under the

HMCS Victoria is currently among Canada's most modern submarines. (File photo: Government of Canada)

Canada Plans to Acquire Up to 12 Submarines

Canada, looking to shore up its defense of the Arctic, is moving ahead to acquire up to 12 submarines and has started a formal process to meet with manufacturers, the defense ministry said.Canada updated its defense policy this year with a focus on protecting the Arctic and dealing with challenges from Russia and China. The procurement of submarines is a critical step in implementing that strategy, the defense ministry said in a statement.Citing global warming, Canada says the Arctic Ocean could become the most efficient shipping route between Europe and East Asia By 2050, thus raising the need to

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Germany, Eight Other Baltic Sea Nations Seek to Jointly Buy Naval Mines

Germany and eight other countries on the Baltic Sea aim to jointly procure naval mines, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said on Tuesday, as Russia is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the Baltic Sea region.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Washington, Pistorius said Russia had been challenging the borders in the Baltic Sea time and again."Just recently we have seen how Russia tries to extend Russian territorial waters outside Kaliningrad. We are all unmistakably clear that we will not allow such advances," he said."To that end, we need the

MTR100: Profiling Subea Leaders - Apply Today!

In its September/October 2024 edition, Marine Technology Reporter will publish the 19th Annual MTR100. The MTR100 is a report and ranking of the 100 leading companies, people and technologies in the global subsea sector. Here’s a link to the 2023 edition.This is editorial, this is free, but to be considered for inclusion you must apply. The application can be found here: https://mtr100.marinetechnologynews.com/Company/

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L3Harris, Seasats Trial Autonomous Ops

L3Harris Technologies joined maritime startup Seasats to test the advanced capabilities of an autonomous surface vessel (ASV) in the Pacific Ocean.Seasats and L3Harris demonstrated reliable, resilient and effective operations off the coast of Hawaii with a surfboard-size ASV after completing a 2,500-mile journey from San Diego, California, to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The 10-week voyage also proved the ASV’s seaworthiness while continuously operating in challenging conditions.“The ability of ASVs to prove their prolonged and reliable operations in the ocean is critical for establishing their

A Sea Baby uncrewed surface vehicle (File photo: Security Service of Ukraine)

Ukraine's Drone Success Shapes US Pacific 'Hellscape' Strategy

On a website run by the Ukrainian security service, donors anywhere in the world can pledge money to build Ukraine's cutting-edge "Sea Baby" unmanned maritime drones.It is a slick, professional site offering donors the chance to sign up for newsletters or even name the drone themselves if they donate the full $220,000 cost.Only six meters (20 feet) long and 60 cm (two feet) high above the water level, the craft can carry up to 850 kg of explosives up to 1,000 km (620 miles), often largely undetected thanks to its low profile and stealth material construction.Along with Ukraine's

Survitec Snags JMSDF Submarine Escape Suit Contract

Survitec won a multi-year servicing contract from Sojitz Aerospace, on behalf of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF), to service Submarine Escape Immersion Equipment (SEIE) MK11 suits carried on board its submarine fleet.With this contract, the company sets a new precedent, establishing an in-country servicing capability to accommodate the JMSDF’s SEIE servicing and maintenance requirements through a strategic partnership with Kawasaki head-quartered Marinair Liferaft Co. Ltd.Marinair Liferaft Co. will undertake the servicing of the SEIE MK11 suits in Japan in collaboration with

WAM-V (Credit: OPT)

OPT Concludes Ops with Multiple USVs for US Government

milestone, enabling immediate revenue recognition.WAM-V, short for Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel, is an innovative class of autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) that uses an articulating suspension system to minimize structural loading.WAM-V ASVs can provide a platform for multi-domain (air, sea, and subsea) marine autonomy for a variety of defense and security missions, including maritime domain awareness, high value asset protection, security perimeters, mine counter measures (MCM), anti-submarine missions, and border security.They  can also be outfitted with various sensor solutions (fixed or

A Sea Baby uncrewed surface vehicle (File photo: Security Service of Ukraine)

Ukraine's 'Sea Baby' Naval Drones Equipped with Rocket Launchers

Ukraine has equipped some of its naval drones with multiple rocket launching systems and used them to fire at Russian positions in combat, a Ukrainian intelligence source told Reuters on Wednesday.Ukraine, which no longer has any significant warships in its fleet, has used uncrewed naval drones packed with explosives to sail up to Russian warships in the Black Sea, detonating on impact.The systems have played a part in Kyiv's effort to push back Russian naval vessels from areas of the Black Sea used by commercial vessels to ship Ukrainian exports.The Ukrainian source, who declined to be named

Screenshots of SeeByte’s software showing Mission Planning, Monitoring and Post Mission Analysis for the SeaCat AUV (© 2024 SeeByte Ltd). Background image: ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK ARCIMS with SeaCat onboard (© 2024 ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK).

SeeByte Wins Deal to Continue UK Mine Hunting Capability Program Support

SeeByte has been awarded a three-year contract by Defense Equipment & Support (DE&S), part of the UK Ministry of Defense, to provide its suite of C2, mission-level autonomy, target recognition, support, and development services to the Mine Hunting Capability (MHC) Delivery Team and related programs in support of the Royal Navy.The contract has a three-year initial term with options to extend the duration up to two additional years. The base contract award is £2.4 million with the potential for future flexible tasking orders up to a maximum of £50 million over the full contract term.

Outpost-Bluebottle USV (Credit: Ocius Technology)

ThayerMahan and Ocius to Develop Long-Duration USV with Acoustic Sensor Arrays

ThayerMahan, an autonomous maritime surveillance and offshore solutions provider, and Australian autonomous uncrewed vessel developer Ocius Technology have signed an agreement to combine technologies to develop long-duration USV with acoustic sensor arrays to strengthen AUKUS Pillar II objectives.Under the agreement, ThayerMahan will install its outpost passive acoustic maritime surveillance system aboard Ocius's Bluebottle unmanned surface vessel (USV).This collaboration will generate uncrewed acoustic sensing systems that can be deployed to create distributed undersea surveillance networks in

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VideoRay Awarded $92.6 Million US Navy Contract

the Navy’s expanding needs for expeditionary mine countermeasure operations. Core technology onboard this platform has been developed by industry partners and includes: EOD Workspace control software and autonomy platform by Greensea IQ, Multibeam sonar and USBL positioning system by BluePrint Subsea, Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) for navigation by Nortek, and a 2-function manipulator by Eddyfi, which all combine to significantly expand vehicle capabilities while maintaining the size, weight and power (SWAP) specifications required to meet the Navy’s challenging requirements.Designed and built

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Babcock Receives SBTi Net-Zero Validation

Defense company Babcock Intern has been grated validation from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its science-based near and long-term emissions reduction targets aligned with reaching net-zero no later than 2050.In 2021, Babcock launched its Plan Zero 40 decarbonization strategy, which commits to the delivery of a 2030 science-based target in line with a 1.5 °C pathway and achieving 90% emissions reduction across its estate, assets and operations (Scope 1 and 2) by 2040, and net-zero across the full value chain (Scope 3) by 2050.Science-based targets provide a clearly-defined pathway

Kraken Robotics' KATFISH and ALARS systems (Credit: Kraken Robotics)

Kraken Robotics Scoops Multi-Million-Dollar Orders for Subsea Security Equipment

Canadian marine technology company Kraken Robotics has received orders for its subsea security equipment worth $3.7 million.The first order is for spares and sustainment of its KATFISH Mine Counter Measures (MCM) solution, totaling $2.2 million.In addition, Kraken received orders for AquaPix synthetic aperture sonars (SAS), worth $1.5 million.These systems will be integrated to Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) from new navy customers for use in mine hunting and subsea infrastructure security applications.Kraken did not disclose customer details, stating only that the delivers will take place in

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US Navy Announces First Mine Countermeasures Mission Package Embarked on USS Canberra

The U.S. Navy embarked the first Mine Countermeasures Mission Package (MCM MP) aboard USS Canberra (LCS 30), April 18, service officials announced. With the MCM mission package now onboard LCS 30, the Navy anticipates the first MCM Mission Package deployment in Fiscal Year 2025.As part of the embark process, the Navy installed sensors, unmanned vehicles, support containers and the software that enables Sailors to execute MCM operations from an Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship. The embarkation marks the formal turnover of the MCM mission package to the ship, signifying the crew is ready to

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Kraken Robotics Sees Strong Momentum Continuing

quarter and marked the company’s strongest quarter to date for both the product and service businesses.Revenue mix was 70% Product / 30% Service. Product revenue in the quarter was $19.6 million, an increase of 287% over the comparable quarter.The increase was the result of continued delivery of subsea batteries, work with the Canadian Navy on its Remote Minehunting and Disposal Systems program, the production of the company’s KATFISH product as well as the sale of Synthetic Aperture Sonar systems.Kraken is reiterating its 2024 financial guidance. For 2024, Kraken expects revenue between

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Maritime Risk Symposium 2024 – Great Power Competition and Gray Zone Engagement

present growing dangers to freedom of navigation, the maritime global commons, and world trade.  In 2024, gray zone activities against the maritime industry and the Marine Transportation System became front page news with drone attacks, ship sinkings, mining of grain-shipment corridors, cutting of subsea cables, and more. Due to adversarial actions, the industry itself is now at the center of attention for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Merchant Marine, inter-agency partners, state and local governments, and international stakeholders.  Vessels have been harassed and

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Dutch Government Picks France's Naval Group for Submarines Order

The Dutch government on Friday said it had picked French defense company Naval Group to build four new submarines in coming decades in a long-brewing deal seen by politicians as a potential lifeline for the national shipbuilding industry.The government said the first two submarines would be operational within the next 10 years. It did not specify the exact value of the multi-billion euro contract.The submarines will be of a size to both operate in shallow waters and take part in missions far from base.The agreement still has to be approved by the Dutch parliament, where several parties voiced discontent

L to R: Micael Johansson, CEO of Saab, and Arnout Damen, CEO of Damen Shipyards (Credit: Damen)

Damen and Saab Agree to Export C-71 Submarines

Damen Shipyards and Saab have agreed to export the advanced expeditionary C-71 submarines, which have been developed for the Royal Netherlands Navy to replace the current Walrus class.The agreement doubles the long-term prospect of employment and income for the Netherlands Naval Cluster with the replacement of the Walrus submarines by Saab-Damen.Saab and Damen have been working together since 2015 to build, modernize, and maintain the new expeditionary submarine for the Royal Netherlands Navy.The two companies have now also agreed to offer their advanced expeditionary submarines to Canada, which is

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