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Peel Ports Group invests in Norbit Tech

Norbit recently supplied an iWBMSh Integrated Multibeam Survey Systems to Peel Ports Group.This latest generation sonar tech is providing survey capability both to its Mersey based Survey Vessel ‘Royal Charter’ plus their upcoming delivery of an L3Harris ASV Ltd vehicle.The Norbit iWBMSh now commissioned on the Royal Charter has replaced the vessels previously installed multibeam system.With the vessel now delivering high quality bathymetric and backscatter hydrographic data, Peel Ports have additionally installed a Norbit iLiDAR laser scanner to provide further survey capability in its

Philip Adams, Director UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Photo: UMass Dartmouth.

Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water

, supply chain and workforce, a study to be released this summer.Renewable energy systems are taking off. Solar, geothermal, traditional Hydro and natural gas led the way, and offshore wind is taking center stage here in the US. Marine technology suppliers and service providers have A LOT to offer; survey systems, meteorological systems, autonomous site characterization for monitoring and operations, making the South Coast of New England the hub for all this new activity

Ocean Evolution (Photo: Oceaneering)

Support Vessel Delivered to Oceaneering

with its ABS Well Stimulation and Well Intervention (WS/WI) ready notation and under deck capacity to store special products. Its capabilities are headlined by its 250-metric-ton active heave compensated (AHC) crane, two work-class remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) with AHC launch systems, survey systems and subsea tooling all built for work in up to 4,000-meter water depths.Mike Ellis, Vice President, Subsea Projects, said, “The Ocean Evolution is a world class vessel ready to service the construction and intervention needs of our customers in deepwater. We are excited about the upcoming

Figure 0 1 Survey Area in Bjørnafjord mapped with AUV and small vessel (Credit: DOF Subsea)

Catamaran and AUV Complete Joint Survey

of an AUV, supported by the small vessel equipped with a system to provide positional updates to the subsea vehicle, eliminating the requirement for traditional remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and an offshore sized vessel, but still providing the high data quality associated with the survey systems of the Hugin class of AUVs.The AUV containers were set up at a quayside location, where a storage area and processing office were also established and project personnel were accommodated in a hotel nearby.Working only during daylight hours, the data was collected in less than a week. In addition

BEN independently follows programmed lines (Photo: NOAA)

Autonomous Vehicle Maps the Arctic Seafloor

no additional data. As summer shipping increases in Arctic waters, a national effort is underway to improve the charts to ensure safety, but short summers, limited good weather, remote locations and the vast amount of seafloor to survey makes for a daunting task.Now, as the capabilities of autonomous survey systems are rapidly advancing, developing autonomous system technology and procedures is a key piece of Coast Survey’s autonomous systems strategy, which ultimately targets more efficient and effective data acquisition.The robotic boat that was deployed on this summer’s voyage, UNH&rsquo

UKHO Purchases Multibeam Survey Equipment

in cooperation with local government authorities who will provide suitable vessels and facilities, ultimately enabling the growth in knowledge and capability of local hydrographic services. NORBIT will provide through the UKHO, storage, shipping, installation and support of multibeam echo sounder and survey systems on a country by country basis worldwide.With fully integrated multibeam survey systems, NORBIT said it will ensure high data quality and ease of operation for NORBIT trained local agencies in often challenging environmental and economic conditions

Fugro will use its deepwater survey expertise to support the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE with high resolution bathymetry data of the competition area. (Image: Fugro)

Ocean Mapping: Fugro Partner with Shell on X-Prize

. The company has recently collected more than 1 million sq. km of high resolution bathymetry data per year globally, predominantly in water depths greater than 750 meters.   Fugro will acquire the seafloor data using a deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with sonar-based survey systems. This information will be used to ground-truth the work of 21 semi-finalist teams advancing to Round 1 of the competition. The challenge for the competing teams is to deploy their inventions to operate at 2,000 meters ocean depth, mapping 20% of the project site at 5.0 meters resolution, and

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MTR100: Kongsberg Maritime

for survey vessel operation and a portfolio of hydroacoustic systems and underwater vehicles for scientific and commercial use. Commercial fishing vessels also rely on Kongsberg Maritime’s Simrad equipment to maximize catch performance.    It develops cutting-edge hydroacoustic survey systems including multibeam and single beam echo sounders, and sonars, positioning and subsea communication equipment, heading and motion sensing instruments, and sound velocity sensors and processing software.   Kongsberg is also a leader in the field of underwater cameras and is the company

Saab Seaeye: Meeting the Challenges of Renewables

, buoyancy and weight – and a thinner 17mm tether cable that reduces the effect of drag.    It means that it can be used for tasks highly specific to the renewables industry, such as identifying the existence and location of buried cables. Innovatum, who design and manufacture such survey systems for tracking and detecting buried submarine cables and pipelines, use the Compact Cougar for this work, along with the even smaller Falcon, where not only do both vehicles have the power to handle the system array and the high currents, but they also have a low magnetic and acoustic noise signature


NORBIT Wins Orders from Jan De Nul

NORBIT informs it has secured orders from Jan De Nul Group, through its Benelux dealer Seabed BV, for several tightly integrated all-in-one turnkey multibeam sonar systems.   These compact survey systems allow for fast set-to-work on any sized survey platform while allowing for highest quality broadband FM data from a forgiving curved receiver array. The systems each include a full Inertial Navigation Systems and surface sound speed probe and only one cable from wet-end to the small splash-proof topside.   Norbit will conduct demonstrations aboard the AHOY Freedom during OI-2016 in

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