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Industry Event Showcases the Latest Subsea Tech

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology put the spotlight on the latest subsea technology at its annual Technology Showcase event held yesterday in Aberdeenshire. The event welcomed more than 140 industry peers to highlight the latest tools, products and services from leading subsea manufacturers.   Ashtead welcomed to its purpose built facility in Westhill representatives from manufacturers such as iXblue, Kongsberg, Sonardyne and Teledyne Marine, who showcased their technologies and discussed how they are supporting the subsea industry in meeting the challenges of increasingly complex

EPA Grant Supports Clean Underwater Coating Development

in communities.    Companies compete for SBIR Phase I awards of up to $100,000 by submitting research that addresses key environmental issues. After receiving a Phase I award, companies are eligible to compete for Phase II awards of $300,000 to further develop and commercialize the technology.   EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR Program established by the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982

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New Industry Association IOSTIA Launched

A newly created industry association has set out to provide programs, services and a unified voice on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory agencies to companies that sustainably and commercially utilize the oceans.   The new 501(c)(6) industry association, the International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA, pronounced IO-sha), has been launched to serve the oceans science and technology space. IOSTIA represents companies that commercially and sustainably utilize and explore the Earth’s oceans, as well as businesses that provide technology and services for sectors

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will be a keynote speaker. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Teledyne Marine Workshop Set for San Diego

Teledyne Marine will host its second biennial Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, CA, scheduled for October 15-18, 2017. TMTW will attract hundreds of attendees from around the globe, who will converge to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies and applications.   This year’s TMTW will include more than 50 industry speakers spanning four concurrent morning tracks focused on the utilization of marine technology for offshore energy, oceanography / hydrography, civil engineering / water resources, and defense /

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The ROV that Explored USS Indianapolis

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis was found by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his team on August 19, 2017. A state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was deployed to confirm and document the shipwreck in its resting place some 5,500 meters below the surface in the Philippine Sea.   For the design, manufacture and commissioning of the specialty ROV, Allen and his company Vulcan Inc. received support from 3U Technologies, LLC, who said it was initially contracted by Vulcan in 2012 to investigate 6,000-meter ROV solutions to extend Allen’s passion for

Oceanscan Invests in Applanix Multibeam and INS

from 170 to 450kHz and swath coverage from 10° to 160° are selectable on the fly, during survey operations. The latest features are also included offering 1024 soundings per ping and the new Pipeline mode.   Adil Ali, Oceanscan Subsea Sales Manager, said, “R2Sonic’s multibeam technology and products are of the highest quality and are sought after pieces of kit; these recent acquisitions will add new capability to our hydrographic survey offering. Oceanscan plans to make further investments to enhance our industry position as a leading supplier of subsea sensors and technology

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BMT Debuts VENARI-85 MCM Concept Design

be capable of clearing mines faster over a greater area and with less risk to the crew, while simultaneously providing broader utility to navies around the world. According to BMT, VENARI-85 offers a flexible platform that is capable of a spectrum of roles which is future-proofed and able to evolve as technology advances in the unmanned and offboard systems markets take shape.   Combining BMT’s ship design pedigree with QinetiQ’s integration expertise, and drawing upon the experience of mine warfare operators from several different navies and system suppliers, VENARI-85 has been specifically

Kraken Bags $1.6 Mln Contract

robotics and software. Delivery of the entire contract is expected in 4Q 2017.   Karl Kenny, Kraken President and CEO said, “We’re delighted with this contract award from a highly valued customer. Over the past 18 months, Kraken has made a series of prudent investments in people and technology to advance the performance and affordability of our sensors and underwater robotics. It’s increasingly evident by our recent contract awards that these investments are paying off. The proven capabilities and reliability of our solutions provide our customers with a true technological edge

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab Orders an ROV

has placed an order for an unmanned underwater vehicle to be used for the creation of multidimensional maps of oceanic environs as part of its Ocean Worlds exploration program.   The 300-meter depth-rated Endura 300 commercial-grade remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was ordered from Aquabotix Technology Corporation, the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary UUV Aquabotix Ltd. ther ROV will be integrated with a range of specialist sensors.   NASA will use the vehicle to create multidimensional maps of oceanic environs as part of its Ocean Worlds exploration program, which is undertaking ocean exploration

Ocean Infinity Selects Kraken's AquaPix

Kraken Sonar Inc., a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems, said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately C$3,000,000 (US$2.5 million) by Ocean Infinity.   Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix (Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor) solution onboard eight of Ocean Infinity's HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). Delivery of the systems is planned to commence during the fourth quarter of

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Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Design Passes ABS Review

; “After 10 years of development, this is a major milestone for our program, and we expect the VolturnUS hull concept to continue to attract private investment from the U.S. and around the world. Nearly 70 percent of the U.S. offshore wind resources can be captured using the UMaine VolturnUS technology, and we are looking forward to working with offshore wind developers across the U.S.”   The patented VolturnUS, developed by the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center is based on a concrete four-column semi-submersible hull concept.   In 2013, the UMaine team successfully

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Thales Invests to Advance Autonomy

Thales is announcing a major commitment to develop future autonomous and unmanned technology across air and sea by investing in two new UK-based trials and training centers.   Following Thales’s successful trials during the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise in 2016, Thales is now investing in two trials and training centres based in West Wales and in South-West England to test and develop autonomous systems for both military and civil activities.   "Investing in these facilities enables the safe test, evaluation and training of autonomous platforms, innovative

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Ashtead Names Lestrange UK Regional Director

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has hired Brett Lestrange as its new U.K. regional director, responsible for leading the company’s U.K. sales and technical teams. He will be based in Aberdeen.   Bringing to the role more than 25 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Lestrange joins Ashtead from HCS Control Systems where he held the position of chief executive officer. Prior to this, he was a founding partner of Frontrow Energy Partners and held a number of senior and technical positions at Expro Group, including head of subsea. Originally from Sydney, Australia

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EIVA Cable Telemetry Kit Available as an OEM Product

EIVA now offers a cable telemetry kit based on the technology used in the company’s range of ScanFish remotely operated towed vehicles (ROTVs) as an OEM product for integration with subsea sensor and sonar systems.   All ScanFish ROTV systems surveying the world’s seas for some of the major players in the maritime industry include this technology, meaning the ScanFish Cable Telemetry Kit has proven its worth in many different applications.   Now, by splitting up the telemetry components of the ScanFish ROTV system for integration with other pieces of equipment, EIVA said it

Saab Seaeye Joins NOC Robotics Innovation Center

comprises hardware and software building blocks that allow the rapid and harmonious migration of options across different systems, resulting in accelerated development and innovation.   Adam Schink, Marine Robotics Innovation Center Manager at the NOC, added, “The concept of transformative technology is already creating a future where readily adaptable systems are able to resolve varied and complex tasks at a much lower cost than ever before. We are delighted to welcome Saab Seaeye to the Innovation Center – forging links with industry and academia is vital in expanding these frontiers

The SWiFT SVP is the latest profiler from Valeport, featuring Bluetooth comms, a rechargeable battery, integral GPS and LED status indicators (Photo: Valeport)

Oceanscan Offering New Valeport Sensors

.   Kevin Edwards, Valeport Sales & Marketing Manager, commented, “We have supplied Oceanscan for a number of years and are pleased to support the firm as it continues to grow. We design all our instruments with the users’ needs in mind and are confident that the latest Valeport technology will provide great benefits to Oceanscan customers.”   Adil Ali, Oceanscan Subsea Sales Manager, added, “Valeport’s technology and products are proven, high quality, reliable and ubiquitous, and these recent acquisitions will no doubt add new capability to our product offering

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Oceangoing Lab: The Real Test of a Nutrient Analyzer

 The U.K.’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. As such, the NOC has a heavy requirement for seawater analysis. However, in addition to analytical work at the NOC’s facilities in Southampton and Liverpool, the organization’s researchers also need to be able to analyze samples on board a variety of research vessels. Under these conditions, high levels of precision and reliability can be a challenge for most laboratory equipment, so NOC has invested in SEAL Analytical segmented flow

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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).

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