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Flying new Routes Subsea

commercial officer. Based on the battery capacity of Modus’ current HAUV, surveys covering about 60km can be run on a single autonomous charge, with survey time depending on speed and payload.Modus’ background is in subsea trenching services. When the company was looking to invest in new technology, it felt that the ROV market was mature, if not saturated, so Modus looked to diversify and acquired a Remus AUV with a view to providing lower cost survey and inspection services from vessels which were already out working. The intention was to piggy back off vessels and let the Remus go off and

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Ocean Infinity Names Paul Helmore as CCO

roles, and brings a track record of managing complex commercial situations and driving international growth.  He joins Ocean Infinity from Schlumberger, where most recently he was Director Global Accounts, responsible for overseeing relationships with many of the company’s fastest growing, technology led, customers, said the seabed survey and ocean exploration company.During his career at Schlumberger Helmore held senior positions in Data Consulting Services leading a consulting led organisation providing world class advice and support in complex oilfield related projects.He also managed global

Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

“subsea power cable (and) umbilical factory” to a wind park’s power requirements. The custom cable mounts onto, moves aboard and, if desired, spools directly from a modified offshore vessel or new-build design!“Yes, (the floating vessel and floating cable factory) are the same technology developed and patented by Cabletanker. We have tested a prototype and are now building a pilot with capacity for 500 (tonnes),” Unitech Subsea Systems CEO, Gunnar Birkeland, tells MTR. He says Unitech, which has a strong presence in the Houston, can save grid operators a large chunk of CAPEX

Photo: McLane Research Laboratories

McLane IFCB Helps in Rust Tide Study

mortality associated with these events.Photo: McLane Research LaboratoriesThe Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) is an in-situ automated submersible imaging flow cytometer that generates images of particles in-flow taken from the aquatic environment. The IFCB uses a combination of flow cytometric and video technology to capture high resolution images of suspended particles. Laser- induced fluorescence and light scattering from individual particles are measured and used to trigger targeted image acquisition; the optical and image data are then transmitted to shore in real time. Collected images during continuous

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

. The trove is potentially also, “the largest known primary cobalt resource in the world.”AUV visuals: Swire Seabed’s user interface. Photo: Swire SeabedProven techniquesThe company says a 2016 multi-year R&D pact between the (Aberdeen Proving Ground) in Maryland and Deep Reach Technology of Houston identified over 180 MM t of REEs and Sc. Not surprisingly, and in light of its recent REE discoveries, Norway has announced it will follow the Cooke Isles example of issuing licenses to qualified subsea mining companies.Ocean Minerals’ qualified offshore process involves lowering

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New Subsea Wireless IP Camera Technology

Next generation subsea technology deployed for the first time in the North Sea has helped to improve safety and reduce costcfor an offshore oil and gas project, said Scotland based WFS Technologies.The firms's new cutting-edge computing and subsea wireless IP camera technology deployed on a pipeline construction project enhanced diver safety and generated significant cost savings by avoiding the need for additional subsea vessels, it said.The work was undertaken for a new subsea pipeline which was recently installed and was necessary to bypass a platform being decommissioned. As part of the final

Benthic’s PROD system working offshore (Photo: Benthic)

Acteon Acquires Benthic

agreed to acquire offshore marine geotechnical and geophysical survey company Benthic. The transaction is expected to complete in May 2019.Houston headquartered Benthic adds deepwater and ultra-deepwater surveying capabilities to Acteon through its proprietary portable remotely operated drill (PROD) technology. Benthic’s latest generation PROD system can conduct in-situ penetration testing and collect samples and cores in extremely challenging conditions, including seabed slopes greater than 20° and water depths exceeding 3,000 meters.Richard Higham, Acteon chief executive, said, “Having

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New WAM-V Distributor for Australia

is a key market for us as one of the global leaders in the use of autonomous solutions to address the challenges facing our oceans,” said Mark Gundersen, President and CEO of Marine Advanced Robotics. Marine Advanced Robotics is the sole designer and manufacturer of the WAM-V, a vessel technology designed to provide stability, portability and scalability to the marine industry. WAM-Vs range in size from 2.5 meters to 30 meters.“We have a number of WAM-Vs in Australia doing some great work, and we are pleased to be represented by one of the premier suppliers of blue technology,&rdquo

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Kongsberg Sells First Sounder USV

Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract to deliver its newly introduced Sounder unmanned surface vehicle (USV) system to the largest fishing company in Peru, the marine technology company unveiled at Ocean Business this week.Equipped for deployment in fishery applications, the new multipurpose USV system will become a resource in TASA’s plans to overhaul and optimize operations throughout its 48-vessel fleet, Kongsberg said.The fully integrated and calibrated USV solution offers a high definition fishery sonar combined with a wideband echosounder from Simrad, operable from a laptop PC or radio

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Klein Debuts MA-X Imaging Technology

Side scan sonar equipment developer Klein Marine Systems has developed a new, patent-pending technology called MA-X it believes will redefine ocean imaging, Klein's parent company Mitcham Industries announced this week.MA-X is essentially the next generation of side scan sonar whose arrays are physically mounted at an angle relative to the towfish or autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) platform, Klein Marine Systems said. In this way, each narrow fan-beam is oriented at a downward and forward-grazing angle, resulting in an acoustic track over the sea bottom that starts from the port and starboard

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Subsea Power Hub Tested in Aberdeen

Subsea energy storage and power generation specialists EC-OG said it has demonstrated the capabilities of its Subsea Power Hub (SPH) for powering subsea production equipment using battery power alone, during a recent workshop test program in Aberdeen.During the trials, supported by the Oil & Gas Technology Center (OGTC) and a North Sea operator, the SPH was used to power a commercial Subsea Control Module (SCM) and local power distribution system. By operating the SCM using lithium ion battery technology, located within EC-OG’s proprietary Energy Storage and Intelligent Energy Management System

(L-R) Matt Kingsland, NOC and Paul Griffiths, Sonardyne, with the SPRINT-Nav 700 at the NOC robotics lab during Ocean Business (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav 700 selected for new under-ice AUV

The UK’s center of excellence for oceanographic sciences, the National Oceanography Center (NOC), has selected high-performance hybrid navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. for the next generation of its Autosub autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), targeted for under-ice operations.The NOC, based in Southampton, will incorporate Sonardyne’s highest performing SPRINT-Nav inertial navigation system (INS) into the new 2,000 meter depth-rated Autosub, which is being specifically developed for carrying high-performance sensors on the most demanding research missions under

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Forum Unveils eROV Simulator Training

.Andy McAra, VMAX product director, said, “Following the launch of the XLe Spirit vehicle last year, we recognized the need to integrate the system into our existing VMAX software to provide both training and evaluation capabilities for our customers.“The demand for our 3D simulator technology is continuing to grow as the industry recognizes the value of an immersive learning experience. VMAX eliminates the need to deploy a physical vehicle for training purposes and allows pilots to interact with the eROV in a safe and controlled environment, providing increased efficiencies and reducing

GeoPulse USV (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Introduces GeoPulse USV

data without needing user-controlled analogue pre-processing.GeoPulse Compact consumes only 11% of the power requirements of earlier GeoPulse systems, while still providing the same data quality and accuracy, and a data rate exceeding 100Mbps. Its adaptable digital processing and waveform selection technology (2-18Khz) ensures that the optimal power signature, pulse shape and configuration can be chosen to suit a broad range of specific survey tasks.Combining frequency-modulated (Chirp), continuous wave (Pinger) and Ricker (Mexican hat) pulse forms, the GeoPulse Compact offers the best amalgam of penetration

3D at Depth SL3 non-touch data collection process with the TBD-1 Devastator Aircraft (Credit: Air/Sea Heritage Foundation photo by Brett Seymour)

Subsea Wreck Brought to Life by Lasers

An innovative underwater survey technique that integrates photogrammetry with Subsea laser LiDAR (SL) technology has helped create accurate, precise, reverse engineered 3D models of a rare and historically significant aircraft resting at the bottom of the sea.The technique was developed during an October 2018 expedition with the nonprofit Air/Sea Heritage Foundation to document the largely intact wreck of a US Navy Douglas TBD-1 Devastator aircraft on the seafloor of the Jaluit Lagoon in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).Of the 129 Devastators built, all were either lost in battle, destroyed

Pioneering Spirit (Photo: Silicon Sensing)

Advanced Tech Helps Guide Pioneering Spirit

Marine pilots relied on the latest inertial measurement technology to help guide the world’s largest construction vessel during a recent call at Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam.Measuring 372 by 124 meters, Allseas' Pioneering Spirit is the largest construction vessel in the world, designed for the single-lift installation and removal of large oil and gas platforms and the installation of record-weight pipelines.With large vessels such as this, final entrance and docking maneuvers in the close confines of port are typically controlled by a pilot. When Pioneering Spirit made its way into

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EvoLogics Presents 'Tiny' Modems

T are capable of simultaneous tracking and reliable bi-directional data transmissions with advanced networking. The “tiny” modems are fully compatible with existing EvoLogics hardware and deliver a great performance in most challenging conditions.EvoLogics S2C spread-spectrum communication technology stems from bionic concepts and over the years evolved into a whole ecosystem of products. This includes several series of underwater acoustic modems, modular underwater positioning systems (USBL, LBL, SBL), as well as a framework for developers in both networking and hardware design.The S2C R &ldquo

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