Underwater Systems News

Dr Peter Ramsay (Photo: Mitcham)

Mitcham Appoints New Tech Positions

internal development, acquisition or partnering with others.Before joining Mitcham, Meecham served as Chief Technology Officer for Northern Defense Industries for six years.  Prior to that, his experience includes technology and engineering positions at Sonardyne International and Thales Underwater Systems.  Meecham, who has published a number of articles concerning marine acoustic technology, holds an M.Sc. (P.C. Interfacing & Software Applications) and a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College, London, U.K.In his role, Dr Ramsay's initial focus will be to guide the development of

CMA CGM to Support Notilo Plus Rollout

industrial development of Notilo Plus, a Marseilles-based start-up specialized in autonomous underwater solutions, in order to help them launch their industrialization.Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater dronesFounded in 2016 and based in Marseilles and Lyon, Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater systems featuring artificial intelligence and data enhancement capabilities. It develops “made in France” autonomous solutions targeting the fields of maritime transportation, leisure and infrastructure.Last December, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA

Thyssenkrupp’s MUM concept. Image from Thyssenkrupp.

Robotics: The Next Gen in Subsea Vehicles

MUMs (and daughters) of invention: Sea nymphs and MUMs are inspiring a new generation of underwater systems and vehicles. Elaine Maslin takes a look.The list of applicants to enter the underwater domain is growing fast. The concepts vary, from underwater autonomous motherships able to carry an array of payloads over long distances to swarms of drop deployed ocean bottom nodes that can find their way to pre-programmed locations.At energy:connected, as the Oslo-based Subsea Valley cluster and annual conference is now called, some of these concepts were outlined, including those from two Norwegian

Photo: JW Fishers

JW Fishers’ Dropped Video Systems for Aquaculture

off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia where the SIMCorp field crew was conducting a baseline benthic habitat survey (ocean mapping). The team’s experience speaks for itself as Senior Project Manager Bob Sweeney’s summary perfectly describes the precision, accuracy, and quality of our underwater systems: “the majority of our work is with the fish farming sector, Atlantic salmon and Rainbow trout, throughout Atlantic Canada where we are working on both proposed and existing aquaculture sites at depths of 20m to 300m. In this particular case, an aquaculture producer retained our services

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

A SmallSat AUV Network

;The superpower in AUVs and marine robotics is our close friend and collaborator, Joao Tasso (De Sousa).”In fact, Portugal is a powerhouse of AUV development and research. Apart from hosting the biennial IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Symposium, the country boasts both Tasso’s Underwater Systems & Technology Laboratory, or LSTS, and the researchers of INESCTEC. Prof. De Sousa recently led a Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition aboard their Falkor research vessel that explored ocean salinity fronts using multiple areal and underwater robots. He’s also been known to lecture NATO

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

oil & gas companies, their providers, and underwater vehicle manufactures spent the day generating a development strategy for AUVs for subsea applications,” said Bob Melvin, the Vice President of Engineering at Teledyne Marine Systems.  “Their number one requests was to make underwater systems that can perform subsea tasks.  To reach this goal there is acknowledgement that the commercial sector will need to leverage advances made in the defense sector.  But for this to become reality, operators need to be able to trust the AUV will complete its mission and return with useable

(Image: ISE)

ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

Canadian underwater systems and robotics manufacturer International Submarine Engineering Ltd. (ISE) announced it has sold its latest ISE Explorer autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to China Ocean Mineral Resource R&D Association (COMRA). This ISE Explorer AUV is the first rated for operations at 6,000 m depth.The modular design of the ISE Explorer enables it to carry multiple payloads in its spacious, swappable, and customizable payload section including Multibeam Echosounders, Sidescan Sonars, Sub-bottom Profilers, Synthetic Aperture Sonars, High Definition Cameras and Laser Systems, CTDs and

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

Strategy from the National War College, is one of the world’s leading purveyors and developers of subsea technology.Several years ago at the home of then-CNO Admiral (Ret.) Gary Roughead, Marine Technology Reporter was invited to take part in a meeting and discussion on the future of Unmanned Underwater Systems, a meeting with a clear signal: improve subsea technologies, particularly in the area of power density, to allow the Navy to carry out its missions in a safer and more efficient manner.  That mandate stands today, as the U.S. Navy continues to push the envelope on subsea systems.No. 3Paul

Kraken's KATFISH - High Speed Actively Controlled Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

US Navy Tests Kraken’s KATFISH SAS

. NAVSEA along with its predecessor organizations have been responsible for the design, construction, delivery, maintenance and disposal of the U.S. Navy’s ships and ship systems. NUWC is the center for the majority of research, evaluation, engineering operations, and assistance for national underwater systems. It also offers support for domestic weapons systems for any kinds of undersea resources. NUWC DIVNPT has extensive expertise, capabilities, and information in underwater unmanned vehicles, sonar and signal processing

Saab Seaeye’s Sabertooth hybrid ROV/AUV (Photo: Saab)

Unmanned Vehicles May Soon Take Up Residency Subsea

optic tether real-time communication/control at excursion ranges of up to 12km and can operate much further in AUV mode, without the fiber cable.For autonomous operations, Sabertooth is fitted with sensor reactive control and enhanced navigation capabilities, says Peter Erkers, sales director, underwater systems, during the Subsea Valley conference in Oslo in March. These capabilities, including autonomous docking, got Sabertooth on Italian oil firm Eni’s Clean Sea project, a subsea monitoring system covering oil spill detection, pre-planned surveys along flowlines and pipelines, and inspection

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