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Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem vision is centred on high levels of connectivity and digitalisation. Photo: Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

Wärtsilä Introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem Vision

 The smart technology group Wärtsilä is at the forefront of harnessing the changes taking place in the shipping industry to deliver value and optimisation for its customers.   By orchestrating these developments through the use of high levels of connectivity and digitalisation, Wärtsilä intends to lead the industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem.   “The world is moving towards a future that is more and more connected, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the shipping sector. The opportunities offered through smart technology

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Kraken Sets out to Advance Offshore Digitalization

Oil and gas companies are no stranger to big data, technology and digital innovation, but Canada based marine technology company Kraken Robotics Inc. believes the industry has yet to take full advantage of the opportunities that derive from using big data and robotic technology in a meaningful way. A single drilling rig can generate terabytes of data every day, yet only a small fraction of it is used for decision-making, it said.   Now, under a contract recently awarded to Kraken subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., the company will develop underwater sensors and robotics in order to

MTS Tech Breakfast: Maritime Cyber Security

The 2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast series is an opportunity to bridge the gap between how MTS and Federal Government Agencies work and communicate. This member-exclusive event brings together industry thought-leaders and MTS members to facilitate the discovery of innovative and practical solutions to policy challenges surrounding marine technology.    The future of maritime cyber security is an important topic for government, industry and academia. In the inaugural event for the MTS Maritime Cyber Security & Infrastructure Committee (MTS Cyber), the Technology Innovation Breakfast

NSRI: Project Director Sought

The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) says it is recruiting a director to drive market-led research and technology development in the subsea industry.    The subsea focused technology research arm of Subsea UK is seeking to replace current project director, Dr. Gordon Drummond, who is returning to Subsea 7 following his three year secondment to NSRI.   NSRI facilitates and coordinates research and development activities within the U.K.’s subsea sector. The successful candidate will be responsible for building on NSRI’s success in ensuring the U.K.’s subsea

Andrew Aurigema, Eric Gaudreau, Bradley Scott Jones and Tim Ratcliffe (Photo: AXSUB)

AXSUB, Darkwater Vision Partner

 AXSUB and Darkwater Vision have agreed to partner on research and development activities for a underwater vision product line developed using UVAS Technology (underwater vision augmentation system), a patented technology. AXSUB will also act as a manufacturing agent for products dedicated to the commercial diving sector, and the agreement provides for the sharing of distribution channels.   “With AXSUB we found a partner that complements our product line and one that offers a strong presence in the commercial diving market while offering new strategic capacities to our business”

Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Testing Altered

;The deep sea off the southern coast of Puerto Rico was initially chosen as the Round 1 Field Test location for the 19 semifinalist teams competing in the $7 million Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. However, due to the island’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria, the first round of testing will now be a Technology Readiness Test comprised of site visits to each team, judged against 11 key measurement criteria. Round 1 begins in November 2017 and continues until February 2018, and will ensure the teams are challenged with rigorous criteria that show their technologies are capable of meeting the operational

The Planck UAS returns to the WAM-V (Photo: Eric Haun)

Unmanned Vehicles In, On and Above the Water

, Inc.; and Teledyne Marine, Inc. (all with bases in California). Together, the team demonstrated multi-interoperability among five different unmanned systems on the water, in the air and subsea. A Z-Boat 1800RP unmanned surface vehicle (USV) from Teledyne Oceanscience used Odom MB2 multibeam sonar technology to search for and inspect targets of interest near the dock, while a Planck Shearwater unmanned aerial system (UAS) launched from one of Marine Advanced Research’s 16’ WAM-V USVs to track the location and activity of the Z-Boat, holding station in the air to indicate targets of interest

MMT´s Survey and ROV vessel Franklin (Photo: MMT)

MMT Begins AQUIND Interconnector Survey

an offshore geophysical survey for the AQUIND Interconnector project.   The works will involve a geophysical survey of the proposed cable corridor between the landfall areas near Portsmouth in England and near Dieppe in France.   MMT said it will utilize two vessels equipped with survey technology including multibeam echo sounders, side-scan sonars and sub-bottom profilers: M/V Franklin for offshore works and M/V Seabeam for nearshore works.   AQUIND, MMT and their representatives maintain ongoing contact with U.K. and French fisheries, which may be affected by the survey, in order

Karl Lander (Photo: Greensea)

Lander Joins Greensea as Account Executive

, having most recently served as Executive Officer aboard the USCGC Healy, where he was responsible for the internal operations of an 85-member crew and managed a 137-member cross-functional team during a 64-day scientific expedition to the North Pole.   Lander earned a M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from Portland State University, and a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He is a Certified Surface Supplied and SCUBA Diver with experience in military and scientific expeditions

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How Many Red Snapper Are in the Gulf of Mexico?

How many red snapper are in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico? A two-year, $12 million independent study led by a team of university and government scientists aims to come up with an estimate.   Several stakeholder groups have expressed concerns that there are more red snapper in the Gulf than currently accounted for in the stock assessment.   In 2016, Congress directed the National Sea Grant College Program and NOAA Fisheries to fund independent red snapper data collections, surveys and assessments, including the use of tagging and advanced sampling technologies. Sea Grant and NOAA

Pål Narve Somdalen delivers the morning keynote speech at the BlueTech Summit & Tech Expo in San Diego on November 8, 2017 (Photo: Eric Haun)

BlueTech Week: International Smart Collaboration in Focus

Delivering the keynote address to a packed room during the BlueTech Summit & Tech Expo in San Diego on November 8, Pål Narve Somdalen, Counselor for Trade and Industrial Affairs, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington D.C., discussed Norway’s role within the maritime, marine, energy and technology sectors, and touched upon areas for collaboration with partners in the U.S. and around the globe.   Now in its ninth running, the annual BlueTech Week encompasses seven events from November 6-10, and this year centers on the theme “smart ocean, smart water.” As Somdalen evidenced

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'National Marine Technology Week' Date Set

Congressmen Farr and Young introduce a bi-partisan Congressional Resolution designating September 22, 2013 through September 28, 2013, as “National Marine Technology Week”. Resolution coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Marine Technology Society and OCEANS 2013 in San Diego. The Marine Technology Society is an international community of ocean engineers, technologists, policy-makers and educators that provides the ocean community with forums for the exchange of information and ideas through its peer-reviewed MTS Journal, conferences, newsletters and Web site (www.mtsociety.org).

Deep BV immediately put its new Sonardyne Mini Ranger 2 USBL tracking system to work in a project to survey an area for unexploded ordnance. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Deep BV Takes Delivery of Sonardyne Positioning Equipment

Dutch survey company Deep BV has purchased underwater acoustic technology supplied by Sonardyne International, UK, to support its inshore, harbor, coastal and offshore activities.    Within days of the order, the two Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking systems and WSM 6+ mini transponders were delivered to Deep BV’s headquarters in Amsterdam and were put straight to work during an operation to search for unexploded ordnance (UXO).    Sonardyne said Mini-Ranger 2 boasts a number of features that makes it suited for underwater operations such as UXO surveys

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Wanted: Ocean Technology ‘Disruptors’

Technology ‘Disruption’ is the name of the game in ocean technology in 2017, and in-step with Marine Technology Reporter’s 12th Annual “MTR100”, the editors this year will single out the 20 top “Disruptors” of 2017. If you believe your company has a technology or system that should be featured in this special ocean technology focus, skip the online MTR100 application process and email editorial director Greg Trauthwein ([email protected]) or Managing Editor Eric Haun ([email protected]) directly.

SITECH Technology Dealer Established in Myanmar

SITECH Myanmar joins the first fully dedicated global distribution network for construction technology solutions    Trimble announced today that a SITECH Technology Dealer has been established in Myanmar. SITECH Myanmar joins the network of SITECH dealerships—a fully dedicated global distribution network offering a portfolio of construction technology systems to heavy contractors.    SITECH Technology Dealers represent Trimble and Caterpillar machine control systems for the contractor’s entire fleet of heavy equipment regardless of machine brand, along with Trimble&rs

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OTC Names Technology Award Winners

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which takes place May 4-7 in Houston, has announced 17 technologies that will receive the Spotlight on New Technology SM Award. The 2015 awards will be presented May 4, in the NRG Center Rotunda Lobby.   The Spotlight on New Technology Awards—a program for OTC exhibitors—showcase the latest and most advanced hardware and software technologies that are leading the industry into the future. Winning technologies were selected based on the following five criteria: New: less than two years’ old Innovative: original, groundbreaking

GofM Subsea Equipment Order for FMC

," said Tore Halvorsen , FMC Technologies' Senior Vice President, Subsea Technologies. "We look forward to supporting ExxonMobil as they overcome the technological challenges of this ultra deepwater development." Houston-based FMC Technologies, Inc. is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry, with 18,900 employees and operates 30 production facilities in 16 countries. www.fmctechnologies.com  

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