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MTS, SUT to Collaborate

The Marine Technology Society and the Society for Underwater Technology announced that they have entered into a three-year Memorandum of Agreement to explore ways to work together to the benefit of their collective membership.Both SUT and MTS focus on the facilitation, development, and application of marine science and technology for purposes of exploration, understanding, and sustainable use of the ocean and its resources. From their origins in the USA and the UK, MTS and SUT have grown into international organizations with similar levels of individual and corporate membership and with a complementary

Saab Seaeye’s Sabertooth AUV (Photo from Saab Seaeye)

Seaspace Race Underway at Saab Subsea Docking Demo

Åsgard field later and used for trials with Trondheim-based robotics firm Eelume’s snake-robot on a tether.Another SDS – the first built – is now installed in 365 meters water depth offshore Trondheim, following trials in the DORA facility there, as part of the autonomous underwater technology laboratory test facility run by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).During the demonstration event at Motala, Helge Sverre Eide, business manager, Blue Logic, said, “To maximize use of drones, we need to change the way we work and the way we think. If you have

Saab Seaeye’s Sabretooth it in its test tank (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Saab Seaeye eRobotics Campaign Wins UTC Award

achieved a world first in subsea vehicle deepwater residency capability, proving the potential for marine autonomous systems to take a greater role in underwater inspection, repair and maintenance methodologies, is the winner of the annual UTC Subsea Award.The UTC Subsea Award, presented by the Underwater Technology Foundation (UTF), is designed to recognize the many outstanding achievements within the subsea industry. The 2019 award was presented to Saab Seaeye’s Jan Siesjö, Chief Engineer, and Peter Erkers, sales director, for the Saab eRobotic Spring Campaign 2019, tonight at the Underwater

Co-author Arnfinn Nergaard.

Book Review: Getting Down to It; 50 Years of Subsea Success in Norway

equipment has been a rapid, at times turbulent, but always remarkable.There are many engineers who have seen through that journey, from the first exploration wells using Norwegian rigs in the mid-1970s to today. One has now written the history of subsea technology in Norway and this year’s Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) has been chosen for its launch, as the event itself marks its 25th anniversary.Getting Down to It; 50 Years of Subsea Success in Norway has been co-authored by industry veteran, and now professor emeritus at the University of Stavanger (UiS), Arnfinn Nergaard, and senior

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UK Govt Backs Aberdeen Subsea Engineering Hub

Global Underwater Hub in Aberdeen, helping established businesses thrive and creating new opportunities as the world makes the shift towards clean growth."Cementing Aberdeen’s place as an energy hub for offshore and renewables, the new hub would bring together areas of excellence in underwater technology under a single commercial vision. It would support industry, generate new skilled jobs and help us in the fight against climate change."UK government Business Minister Andrew Stephenson said, "As the UK continues to transition towards a low-carbon economy, the Global Underwater

Chris Gibson, VP of Sales & Marketing at VideoRay.

One-on-One: Chris Gibson, VideoRay

systems have become very popular.In what is becoming an increasingly crowded field, what is the VideoRay value proposition?While the recreational market is more crowded, the higher end industrial market for compact inspection-class ROVs is thinning out a bit. We design and manufacturer portable underwater technology that easily integrates with third party sensors, software and tooling. We realize there is not one solution that solves everyone’s problems, so we spend quite a bit of energy understanding what our customers are trying to do before we make recommendations – understanding that

Broadcasting from the deep on the Nekton First Descent mission using a BlueComm UV. (Photo: Sonardyne)

World First: Video Broadcast Live from Underwater

Pioneering subsea communications technology has enabled the world's first live broadcast stream to global audiences from an underwater submersible.Underwater technology company Sonardyne International said the international news agency Associated Press (AP) used its BlueComm wireless through-water optical modem technology to broadcast live from a two-person submersible operating in waters off the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean. AP said that the broadcast via YouTube was “the first multi-camera live signal in full broadcast quality from manned submersibles using optical video transmission

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

applied in a new industry, North Sea oil and gas exploration. The possibilities of new industries such as deepsea mining and seafloor habitation were also being discussed.Mid-century saw the first gas discovery in the North Sea, followed, a year later, in 1966, by the founding of the Society of Underwater Technology. An industry was born. Just three years later, so was Oceanology. Donald Brooks, of BPS Exhibitions, was its founder, launching the show at the Hotel Metropole on Brighton seafront – a multi-storey pile which had been revamped in the early 1960s to include an exhibition hall and a casino

Resourceful: Norwegian AUV and oceanographic researchers work in sync. Photo Credit: Professor Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU AMOS

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

military work.HUGIN Superior. Photo courtesy KongsbergOrdinary disruptionMissions — probable or imagined — are, to be sure, guiding supplier offerings of larger units to the world’s navies.Kongsberg Group’s US business, Hydroid Inc. (and Hydroid subsidiary Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc.) now offers the remarkable REMUS 6000, its numeric tag a nod its diving depth.With the software and electronics of the smaller, proven, multi-role REMUS 100, the larger REMUS is sure to impress a U.S. Navy contemplating missions as mind-blowing as patrolling transatlantic cables; knocking

The Kongsberg Maritime EM 124 1x2" mapped the Puerto Rico Trench to depths greater than 8,000 meters. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Sonar Assists Deepest Solo Sub Dive

fifth generation of a range of new multibeam systems from Kongsberg Maritime and is the successor of the EM 122."This was the very first delivery of the EM 124, and [it] has already proven to be a success with fantastic results," said Chris Hancock, vice president of sales for Kongsberg Underwater Technology. "Our expert technical team was able to optimize system performance and conclude successful sea acceptance trials just prior to the scheduled dive in the Puerto Rico Trench."EM 124 is a modular, state-of-the-art multibeam echosounder that performs high resolution seabed mapping

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EdgeTech Delivers ERB for Deewater Acoustic Release Mooring Recovery

EdgeTech, a provider of high resolution sonar imaging systems, acoustic release systems and underwater technology, said it recently delivered an innovative solution for deepwater acoustic release mooring recovery.The Emergency Recovery Beacon (ERB) is a self-contained, programable acoustic command transmitter and transponder in a 6,000 meter rated nickel aluminium bronze alloy housing that can be lowered from the side of a vessel below any surface noise, shipboard noise or thermoclines.The ERB is programmed through a serial port using a computer running a terminal program and can transmit EdgeTech LF

Marine Technology Magazine Cover Jun 2019 - Hydrographic Survey: Single & Multibeam Sonar

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