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Oceans 2016 Tech Preview in Marine Technology Reporter

The September 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is the “Oceans 2016” edition, and to that end MTR will publish technology shorts highlighting the latest technology developments from exhibiting companies.  To participate, simply send to Eric Haun ([email protected]): Words: 100 to 200 Images: 300 dpi/.jpg (images of products, people and/or logo) Deadline: Friday, August 19, 2016.

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Custom ROV Solution for Stinger Technology

Stinger Technology AS has taken delivery of a customized Seaeye Falcon ROV to be used for offshore subsea operations under a contract awarded by Dong Energy.    The assignment includes environmental sampling and inspection inside the oil storage tank of the Siri platform. Siri is located in block 5604/20 in the north-western part of Denmark’s North Sea sector, about 220 kilometers off the Danish coast. Production on the Siri platform first started in 1999. DONG Energy is 100 percent licensee of the Siri licence. The Siri platform is also host for the nearby Nini, Nini East, Cecilie

The iXblue RAMSES (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Boosts Rental Fleet with Subsea Navigation Technology

Ashtead Technology, a leader in marine technology and subsea services has expanded its equipment rental pool following a significant investment in a state-of-the-art subsea navigation system which has been proven to deliver faster, more accurate results in the toughest environments.   The iXblue RAMSES is an acoustic synthetic baseline positioning tool with self-contained computing, for simple, efficient, real-time underwater navigation. Coupled with iXBlue inertial navigation system (INS), it delivers extreme precision in even the world’s most challenging seas.   It can be used to

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STR Acquires Cable Counter Technology from Remontec

Great Yarmouth based Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR); global specialists in the design, production and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore industry have acquired the product rights to Remontec’s cable counter technology.   Under the terms of the agreement, STR now own the design and copyright covering all Remontec’s T- Count Cable Counter range and have commenced a manufacturing and product development programme to ensure continued availability.   The robust wireless cable counter blocks are already used by STR’s customers for various

Ross MacLeod (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Technology Lands Deal with Van Oord

 Aberdeen-headquartered Ashtead Technology said it has secured a deal with international contractor Van Oord to provide the latest generation of video processing systems for worldwide offshore construction operations.    The agreement will see Ashtead supply five SubC Imaging DVRO systems to the Dutch-based company, allowing them to record multiple 3D, HD and SD video channels simultaneously for future offshore construction, dredging and marine engineering projects.    Built to deliver vivid video footage in real-time, add overlays, stream video and audio over a secure

Dr. Gordon Drummond (Photo: NSRI)

NSRI to Help Companies Get Technology off the Ground

 NSRI to Help Companies Get Technology off the Ground   The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) is hosting its second annual Developers Day event on September 15 in a bid to further support companies to get their technology to market.    The session will feature a series of presentations outlining available resources and the support organizations which can provide assistance with research and development, tax, funding and patenting.   Representatives from HGF Ltd, Johnston Carmichael, Burness Paull, Astrimar, and Simmons & Co will also take to the stage to

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‘A Step Forward in Submarine Radar Technology’

Kelvin Hughes, a U.K. baesd designer and supplier of navigation and security surveillance systems, announced that it can now bring all the benefits of its SharpEye radar technology to submarines.   Traditionally, submarines only use radar for navigation in and out of port because a high power RF transmission can compromise its ability to remain undetected. However, with its low power output – up to 300W as opposed to the 25kW of legacy submarine radar systems – SharpEye can reduce the probability of detection by ESM systems.   Due to the solid state technology at the heart of

Teledyne Marine Plans 2nd Technology Workshop

Teledyne Marine said it plans to host its second biennial Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop in which speakers, influencers and attendees from around the globe will converge to explore, learn and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies spanning commercial, academic and defense applications. The 2017 event, slated for October 15-18 2017, will once again be hosted at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, Calif. This three-day workshop, which is preceded by a day of networking activities, will include customer presentations, product/software training, field service meetings, networking

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MTR100: Outland Technology

From its inception in Gretna, La. in 1984, Outland Technology Inc. has strove to design and manufacture a broad range of high quality video and audio products using high volume components adapted for specific applications. Today Outland’s product line is expanding, and its worldwide presence continues to grow. The company provides high quality complete dive systems worldwide for primary customers in marine, military and industrial markets, and it continues to innovate and expand its product line, which has resulted in expanding facilities and staff. Outland moved into its 6,000 sq. ft. building

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Industry Costs & ROV Technology

of the vessel becomes highly critical – a few lost-days of vessel availability means the difference between a small margin or a loss on the project.   Moray Melhuish of ROV specialists ROVOP made this point in his address at the SMM Conference in Hamburg last week, highlighting that ROV technology is moving forward rapidly and a young fleet of units with modern (and manufacturer-supported) equipment and controls is key to ensuring uptime.    Some of the technology drivers in the industry include the adoption of sonar and HD cameras and the ability to work in turbulent shallow-waters

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MTR100: OceanServer Technology

OceanServer Technology, Inc. is a manufacturer of man-portable Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), with more than 250 AUVs deployed worldwide. The Iver3 AUV is an affordable, COTs vehicle used for general survey, subsurface security work, MCM applications and serves as a research platform for a variety of applications. The Iver3 AUV is a rugged, simple to operate AUV system that incorporates open software architecture and a well-defined hardware interface that enable researchers and OEMs to quickly adapt the Iver for a variety of applications. The vehicle comes standard with OceanServer’s

Niru Somayajula (Photo: Sensor Technology Ltd.)

MTR100: Sensor Technology Ltd.

Sensor Technology Ltd. manufactures custom hydrophones, ultrasonic and acoustic transducers, as well as the piezoelectric ceramics at the heart of these devices, offering existing designs as well as fully custom components. With machining, assembly and testing facilities all in-house, Sensor Technology Ltd. is capable of taking customers from concept, to prototyping, to full-scale production.   The custom transducers and hydrophones produced by SensorTech often serve as a critical component in next generation systems for applications including mine hunting, sub-bottom imaging, trawl monitoring

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MTR100: Aquabotix Technology

Aquabotix Technology Corporation, developer of smart technology for ROVs, has helped to create a new breed of ROVs: the ROV/AUV hybrid. Its HydroView and newly launched Endura ROVs are remotely controlled via a tether with the added functionality of autopilot commands.   Endura, which employs the latest software and hardware innovations, has been engineered for dependability and functionality across a wide range of underwater applications. It outperforms other mini ROVs in thrust, dependability and software performance. Endura is easy to use, ready for the water in three minutes, and basic

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ROS Introduces New Positioner Technology

Remote Ocean Systems (ROS) has developed a new lightweight pan and tilt positioner that can be computer controlled and programmed. The new P15 positioner includes a heavy-duty connector that enables RS485 communication protocol for precise positioning and allows for field firmware upgrades. The P15 is a smaller, lightweight rugged design that is ideal for small ROV’s and bridge and dam inspections. It can handle payloads to 15 lbs with an accuracy level of 0.1”+/- 0.1”. The P15 is available air filled (70 meters) or oil filled for depths to 6,000 meters.

The world’s first subsea compression systems at Statoil’s Åsgard field will help recover an additional 306 million barrels of oil equivalents in a more cost-effective, safe and green manner. (Image: Aker Solutions)

The Next Generation in Subsea Compression Technology

more cost-effectively, safely and with a smaller environmental footprint than a traditional platform, according to Aker Solutions, who delivered the system in collaboration with partners such as MAN and Statoil.   “We're proud to have played a leading part in developing this groundbreaking technology, which is proving its value as we now mark one year of strong operations since going on stream,” said Hervé Valla, chief technology officer at Aker Solutions.   The next step: a system that is leaner and even more cost effective. Aker Solutions and MAN Diesel & Turbo came

Lloyd’s Register, TCOMS Partner on Technology Development

Lloyd’s Register (LR), an engineering, technical and business services organization, and the new Technology Center for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) have agreed to jointly develop technology, infrastructure and skills necessary for future marine and offshore systems, digital and data innovation, and robotic autonomous systems in a marine environment. TCOMS will allow industry partners, technology partners, incubators, regulators and the research community from Singapore and around the world to connect and collaborate through physical and digital modelling of marine and offshore

Tandem L is the name of a new satellite radar system Photo Alfred Wegener Institute

New Satellite Technology Boosts Glacier Research

sheets for the first time using a tomographic method and, for example, makes the penetration of the melt water visible. "The new tandem L radar Operates in the so-called L-band range. It Emits radio waves with a wavelength of 24 centimètres, Which in contrast to the previous satellite technology penetrate up to 100 meters deep in ice and snow. THUS, glaciologists would have the first opportunity to extensively screen the topmost ice layer of the glaciers and ice sheets from space and to map Their inner structure. in addition, we can therefore measure the changes in the glacier surface

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