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Kira Coley

Planet Ocean Welcomes Kira Coley

Planet Ocean and its principals.  Kira will spend most of her time working with principals and customers on “science behind the measurement” activities and is available to provide help and assistance from that perspective. Kira studied at University of East Anglia and the University of Portsmouth graduating with a B.Sc (Hons) in marine biology.  She has extensive field experience gained as a marine research scientist with the “Frontier Project” in Madagascar, the University Of Palermo, Sicily and as a marine mammal researcher with the whale and dolphin trust Scotland

Lesley Maxwell (left) and Nick Knight

InterMoor UK Expands Management Team

Marine Services Ltd. Knight, who will also be based in Aberdeen, U.K., comes to InterMoor from Viking SeaTech where he was operations supervisor. Knight has more than 12 years’ experience in marine engineering. Previously a chief petty officer in the Royal Navy, he graduated from the University of Portsmouth, U.K., with a foundation degree in mechanical engineering following an apprenticeship in marine mechanical engineering. Departing the Royal Navy in 2011, Knight served in various technical and operational roles in the oil and gas sector, including overseeing several complex deepwater mooring

University of Plymouth’s Saab Seaeye ROV launched off their vessel RV Falcon Spirit (Photo: Marine-i)

Marine Robots Take Center Stage

make valuable new contacts who could help accelerate new business ideas to market.”   Speakers for the event include market-leading companies such as Ørsted (previously Dong Energy (UK)), Cornwall-based TouchByte and Autonomous Systems developer SEICHE, as well as experts from the University of Exeter and Plymouth University. ORE Catapult will discuss the challenges involved and Innovate UK will talk about national funding opportunities. There will also be interactive exhibits and innovative technologies on display.   Attendance at the event is free, and delegates can register

C-Stat on Trials: Photo credit ASV

ASV Mobile Station-Keeping Buoy Delivered

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) delivers first C-Stat 2 Mobile Station Keeping Buoy to Japan's Tohoku University. Designed and developed by ASV, the buoy will be used by the University to help predict earthquakes off the Japanese coast.  The C-Stat hull is made of aluminium with a PU coated closed cell foam fender and is powered by a hybrid diesel-electric drive system. An integral fuel tank provides an endurance of four and a half days in currents of up to 3.5knots and over 20 days in lower speed currents such as 1.5-2 knots. The vessel can be controlled by a UHF data link for line of

AUV control room: File photo

Hydroid Sponsors 2014 AUV Hydrographic Bootcamp

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) says it is to sponsor the AUV Hydrographic Bootcamp, taking place August 3 - 8, 2014 at the University of New Hampshire’s Judd Gregg Marine Science Complex in New Castle, NH. The symposium will focus on developing new methods of AUV operations, data collection, processing and display. The intensive six-day course is by invitation only, and will teach participants about the operational methods of AUVs to collect bathymetric data for the purposes of nautical charting and the

(Photo: BAE Systems)

UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

and deliver the U.K.’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service.   Based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the South East of the Isle of Wight, BAE Systems will work with ASV Global (ASV), Blue Bear Systems Research (Blue Bear), Marine Electronic Systems (MES), SeeByte and the University of Southampton to provide the service’s infrastructure, with other organizations set to join later on.   Together, the Solent LEP and partner organizations are investing £1.5 million ($2 million) in this project, the first of its kind in the U.K.   The new service, expected

NOC Workshops to Address Robotics Challenges

A program launched by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), ‘A Year of Autonomy’, will offer five workshops to address the common challenges faced by robotic systems on land, sea and air by encouraging shared learning and collaboration. These challenges include; the development of artificial intelligence, societal acceptance and energy management.    This initiative is part of the South Coast Marine Cluster and aims to help the autonomous systems industries in this region to grow and position the South Coast as a hub for innovative, high value companies.    Speaking

Rapp Marine to Equip New OSU Research Vessel

Rapp Marine said it has been selected by Gulf Island Shipyard, LLC, as the Overboard Handling System Single Source Vendor (OHS SSV) for Oregon State University’s (OSU) 193 ft x 41 ft multi-mission Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV), with the option of two additional vessels. Funding for the RCRV project is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the contract design of the RCRV was developed by Glosten. The first vessel is currently under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, La.    Under the scope of the OHS SSV, Rapp Marine is responsible for integrating

Jason Smith (Photo: IMES)

New Portsmouth Office for IMES

IMES informs it has moved to premises in Portsmouth as the company targets further strategic growth. The new 5,500 sq ft premises, based at Voyager Park on Portfield Road, Portsmouth, feature a load testing area for lifting equipment, a component assembly area and purpose-built painting area. IMES, which is headquartered in Aberdeen, has a team of 70 across its seven operations. The company’s Portsmouth operation was previously based at the city’s Portfield Industrial Estate. IMES has additional UK operations in Aberdeen, Bristol, Plymouth, Rosyth and Sheffield.It also has an

Lockheed Martin Seeking Atlantic Canada Companies for Shipbuilding Projects

companies. New Brunswick companies include Accreon, Belledune Port Authority, CARIS, Cirrus9, CLS Lexi-Tech, DEW Engineering, Fleetway Facilty Services, GreenNexxus, iBridge, Industrial Rubber, ING Robotics, Innovatia, Mariner Partners, NB Naval Center, Port of Dalhousie, Salient Training Solutions, University of New Brunswick, Valcom Consulting Group and others. Nova Scotia companies include Accu Translation, Akoostix, Amirix/Vemco, Armament Technology, Aspin Kemp and Associates, Atlantis Systems EduPlus, Bluedrop Performance Learning, Canadian Maritime Engineering, CarteNav, Dalhousie University

Photo: OSIL

OSIL Buoys in Tidal Turbulence Study for SEACAMS2

International Data Buoy manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have shipped a network of 3 off 1.9m data buoys to Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences for participation in a major project to study tidal turbulence at the Menai Strait in Wales.    SEACAMS2 is a project to assist the development of marine renewable energy in Wales that is run as a partnership between Bangor and Swansea universities, and is funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund. The aim is to improve the design and effectiveness of tidal energy capture devices.   The OSIL

New Study Will Examine Hydrate Blockage in Subsea Jumpers

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is leading a joint industry project (JIP), supported by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), to provide industry with a better understanding of the mechanism of hydrate growth and blockages.   The 12-month study, entitled ‘Hydrate Deposit Growth in Subsea Jumpers (HyJump)’, currently has the support of industry partners, including Chevron, Total and Woodside, and is welcoming more participants to join the project.   To simulate the flow geometry and risk of hydrate blockage in subsea equipment, the project will see the development

TechSurge: Ocean Energy for non-Grid Connected Applications

of power, be it on islands that are supplementing expensive diesel power, in offshore arrays for oceanographic operations or for military operations in remote water side locations. Sponsored by Teledyne Marine, ODI, the event will begin with an onsite tour of the "Living Bridge" project at University of New Hampshire, and will include a welcome reception on November 2 followed by a full day technical program on November 3. The two day program on renewable ocean energy will feature 17 technical presentations on topics related to wave energy and tidal energy devices. There will be a user panel

(Photo: ASV Global)

ASV Expands into South America

Autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) manufacturer ASV Global announced its expansion into the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro with the formation of ASV Global do Brasil LTDA to offer sales, customer support and operational services in the region.   With its latest expansion, ASV Global, which already operates from Portsmouth, U.K. and Louisiana, U.S., said it intends to bring the latest in ASV technology to the emerging South American market by working alongside local universities and authorities.   “There are lots of opportunities in Brazil and South America for autonomous systems to

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) transits the Thames River as it departs Naval Submarine Base New London for a six-month deployment. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

USS Providence Returns Ahead of Schedule

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard delivered USS Providence (SSN 719) back to the Fleet 23 days ahead of schedule and on budget April 7.   USS Providence arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard December 4, 2015, for a Pre-Inactivation Restricted Availability (PIRA). The project team and ship's crew worked seamlessly throughout the maintenance availability to meet the Naval Sea Systems Command's mission priority of the on-time delivery of ships and submarines.   "As a team, the shipyard with the captain and crew of Providence, focused on the positive plan forward," said project superintendent

USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740). (U.S. Navy photo by Rex Nelson)

US Navy Sub’s Motor Generator Restored

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) has completed the restoration of the motor generator set for the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) on February 23 – three days ahead of schedule, the U.S. Navy reported.   PNSY was already restoring a motor generator set for Rhode Island, a process that typically takes 12 to 18 months, when Trident Refit Facility (TRF) Kings Bay informed the shipyard they wanted to replace the motor generator set during the upcoming availability, 10 months earlier than the regularly scheduled overhaul. To support the timeline of this change

Global map of the variations in the pull of gravity derived from satellite radar altimetry. http://topex.ucsd.edu/grav_outreach

Evolution of Ocean Exploration: Mapping the Seafloor with Geodesy

of new seafloor features in deep-sea marine territories marks a huge milestone in understanding our planet.     Acknowledgements Professor David Sandwell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography The Author Kira Coley graduated with a BSc. (Hons) Marine Biology degree from University of Portsmouth and has extensive experience as a Field Scientist in various locations.     (As published in the March 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter: http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/magazine)  

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