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Rovco to Launch Live 3D Subsea Technology

Subsea services company Rovco said it is set to launch its advanced live 3D subsea survey system.Following two years of extensive research and development activity, the new technology will begin field trials this month. The system has been developed to effectively manage the increasing complexity of subsea operations, using real-time 3D vision and AI data analysis to cut the cost of underwater inspections and maintenance.The launch is made possible by a £1.2 million ($1.6 million) investment from three U.K.-based investment houses, Green Angel Syndicate, Cambridge Angels and Bristol Private

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AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

marine surveys using multiple unmanned systems. The project, part funded by Innovate UK, hopes to encourage wider adoption of unmanned systems.The project is being led by a U.K. based developer of unmanned and autonomous marine systems, ASV Global. It combines the advantages of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) to further data gathering opportunities. The ASV follows the AUV in order to provide position updates to improve dead reckoning while the AUV provides status updates and basic survey information back to the ASV to be transmitted to shore.The project

The progression from Landsat satellite imagery, to a satellite derived bathymetry surface, to a bENC (Bathymetric Electronic Navigation Chart). The location is Golfo de Guanahacabibes, Cuba. (Credit: Aaron Sager)

MG3 & Satellite Derived Bathymetry

Operation of marine survey vessels in shallow-water coastal environments is a dangerous endeavor. A subsurface obstruction can tear a multi-beam sonar from its tow cable, resulting in loss of the expensive device and potential delay in the expedition. Lost equipment, however, is a minor inconvenience compared to the equally real possibility of the ship running aground in poorly charted waters, endangering the safety of its crew and incurring millions of dollars in damage.For this reason, survey vessel operators invest considerable time and money to minimize the risk involved in each voyage. They are

High-resolution bathymetric data acquired by Fugro, draped over pre-existing, publicly available GEBCO data for comparison (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Sells Seep Data Before Canadian Offshore Bidding

Fugro and partner Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) have reported recent success selling licenses for data from a frontier region offshore Canada. The data were acquired during a hydrocarbon seep survey, heat flow and geochemical coring campaign in the large Orphan Basin, situated on the continental margin of Newfoundland.The comprehensive data package is being licensed from both Fugro and AGI and includes multibeam echo sounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column), sub-bottom profiler data, heat flow measurements and shipboard geochemical screening analyses; shore-based screening

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Revving Up a New ROV

western, it’s a bit of an irony that a group of middle-school educators and students were on Lake Mendota in Madison to plumb what they couldn’t see. They were engaged in water-quality analyses. The occasion also represented the maiden voyage of the Trident, a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) Sea Grant obtained through an organization known as OpenROV for use as a teaching tool.Prairie River Middle School Teacher Lynn Kurth brought four students from her hometown of Merrill, and Sue Nelson accompanied four charges from her middle school in Rochester, Minn.Sam Johns, one of the

Marine Technology Reporter - May 2018

The May 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is now available in print and online.This edition includes features on:Subsea residency: robotic systems move closer to living on the seafloorResearch facilities: MTR goes inside Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, where the U.S. Navy tests scale models in big facilities Subsea engineering: powering up the seafloor in an effort to boost oil and gas productionNew tech: the latest from gliders to USBLsResearch vessels...and moreRead more at https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201805/.

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DeepOcean Wins Equinor Susbsea Deal

 Subsea services provider DeepOcean has been awarded a long-term contract involving subsea life of field services on Equinor-operated fields.   The award covers onshore project management, engineering and offshore operations utilising a variety of vessels within the DeepOcean fleet of high quality vessels.    Offshore operations may include life of lield services such as standard inspection and survey work involving use of Work Class and Observation class ROVs, installation and replacement of subsea modules and X-mas trees using Module Handling Systems as well as scale squeeze

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Valeport Unveils New Probe

A new probe that combines the power of the SWiFT SVP and a turbidity sensor has been launched by British oceanographic and hydrographic instrument specialist Valeport. The new SWiFTplus uses Valeport’s high accuracy sensor technology which incorporates turbidity observations with sound speed, temperature and pressure sensor technology to also provide computed conductivity, salinity and density. This is coupled with Bluetooth connectivity and a rechargeable battery.The handheld profiler, constructed from Titanium, has been designed from the outset with the intention of a seamless workflow and has

THE PAP Observatory buoy on the ocean surface (Photo: NOC)

Scientists to Investigate Human Impacts in the Ocean

temperature, oxygen and nutrients. Each year, new and innovative ocean measuring equipment is tested at this site.Over the last three decades of sustained ocean observing at the PAP-SO, scientists have seen a number of major changes in seabed fauna. This latest expedition will use the remotely operated vehicle HyBIS to survey the seabed. The HyBIS system will be used to take thousands of seafloor photographs to investigate what is driving these dramatic changes. HyBIS will also be looking for plastic and other litter at depths of up to 4,850 meters (about three miles).NOC scientist Dr Henry Ruhl, who

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Resen Waves Raises $1.3 Mln Capital

Danish renewable energy technology company Resen Waves said it has raised £1 million (roughly $1.3 million) capital through West Hill Capital.The company, which has developed a standalone small-scale wave energy device called the Resen Waves Power Buoy, said the new capital will be used to establish sales and marketing operations in Aberdeen focused on the offshore oil and gas sector as well as to further research and product development in Denmark.Resen Waves founder and CEO, Per Resen Steenstrup, said, “Our initial target market is the $6 billion offshore oil and gas decommissioning

New Hydrographic Survey Vessel for USACE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District accepted delivery of a new high-speed foil assisted hydrographic survey vessel, due to be commissioned on May 31, 2018.The all-aluminum catamaran, S/V Ewell, measures 61’-4” length overall with a 24’ beam. The vessel has two levels; the first has survey stations, and a pilot house is on the second level. The vessel has a galley, mess and sleeping accommodations.Designed to conduct hydrographic surveys using sophisticated multibeam and single beam sonars, the new vessel features Norbit Multibeam sonars and single frequency

The open day at UV 4312 Fish Farm Support Vessel  (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shows New Class of Fish Farm Vessels

Damen has held the first viewing of its UV 4312 Fish Farm Support Vessel.  The new class is the result of extensive discussions with the global fish farming industry and the result is a versatile vessel specifically designed to undertake the maintenance and support tasks particular to saltwater fish farms. The open day took place at the group’s headquarters at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and was held for the benefit of operators from across the global sector. The 43-meter, 499 metric ton GT Utility Vessel (UV) 4312 builds on the development work that went into its smaller predecessor; the

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Statoil to Become Equinor, Dropping 'Oil'

Shareholders in Norway's largest company, Statoil, will approve on Tuesday the board's proposal to drop "oil" from its name as its seeks to diversify its business and attract young talent concerned about fossil fuels' impact on climate change.From Wednesday, the majority state-owned company will change its 46-year-old name to Equinor and trade on the Oslo Exchange under the new ticker EQNR.The Norwegian government, which has a 67 percent stake in the firm, has said it will back the move.The oil and gas company said the name change was a natural step after it decided last year to

An ROV monitors the Moskito during oil recovery from the Thetis (Photo: MIko Marine)

Oil Removed from Decades-old Swedish Shipwreck

Miko specialists joined the Marine Works dive team aboard their catamaran and took a single Moskito to the wreck located 30-minutes from the port of Kungshamn. Diver surveys had identified the optimum penetration points on the wreck which were cleaned of marine growth by hand and by remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to ensure a secure fixing for the Moskito’s three electro-magnetic feet.Marine Works divers had found substantial openings in the tank filling pipes through which much oil had already escaped. Nevertheless, over the following two days the portside aft tank and the engine room were drilled

Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) at a resolution of 10m (Image: TCarta)

Satellite Derived Bathymetry Aids Hydrocarbon Exploration

U.K. based marine geospatial products provider TCarta said it has delivered satellite derived bathymetry (SDB) to one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers, Total SA, who will use the water depth data for preparing seismic survey works off the coast of Myanmar.The SDB dataset, which covered a 30-square-kilometer area around Preparis Island in the Bay of Bengal, was generated by digitally extracting water depth measurements from multispectral imagery acquired by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite. The resulting bathymetric data had a point spacing of 10 meters with

Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV) (Photo: Textron)

Autonomously Operating Winches for Naval USVs

U.S. based aerospace and defense development and manufacture company Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has taken delivery of new purpose-built autonomous launch and recovery winch systems specifically designed for the high-endurance Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV).The custom-engineered winches were designed, manufactured, assembled, tested and delivered by MacArtney to adapt to Textron Systems’ specific requirements.In designing the winches, MacArtney said it placed special emphasis on tailoring the design and features to the conditions that they will be experiencing throughout their

Illegal Fishing: Philippines CG Apprehends 5 Boats

A total of 74 crews including boat captains were apprehended by the joint personnel from Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) 3004 vessel manned by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 5, and Coast Guard Station (CGS) Masbate in coordination with Local Government Units onboard five (5) Danish Seine (Hulbot-Hulbot, Buli-Buli) fishing vessels at vicinity Balud, Jintotolo and Zapatos Islands along Sibuyan Sea in Masbate yesterday, May 12. While conducting maritime patrol at the vicinity, personnel from MCS 3004 sighted said hulbot-hulbot vessels

Interview: David Millar, Fugro

our overall portfolio. In general, however, we see increased demand for reducing the human footprint offshore, while producing more efficient and more cost-effective operations. As a result, we are developing and offering services with increased automation, not only in terms of autonomous and unmanned vehicles, but also in terms of command and control technologies, such as OARS, and processing techniques, such as artificial intelligence machine learning.How has the energy swoon impacted Fugro? How is Fugro most the same, most different, from five years ago?Fugro is a leaner, more customer-focused organization

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Submarine Excursions Now Available in the Maldives

Relax by the pool, sip a cocktail on the beach, explore the marine environment in a submarine . . .Guests at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru are able to go beyond the typical vacation experience with an underwater flight excursion aboard the three-person DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S, a submarine designed specifically for underwater tourism.For $1,500.00 (+12% GST) per flight, a trained submarine pilot will take up to two guests below the surface to explore the beautiful Maldivian waters in DeepFlight Adventures’ newest 8-meter sub. Over the course of an hourlong dive, passengers

Ocean surface currents around the world. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The Evolution of Ocean Models

During the 1970s, the first global ocean models emerged at research centers across the U.S. Back then, their construction was basic by modern standards, but like the models of today the researchers creating them aimed to simulate the world’s oceans by coding the mathematical equations of fluid motion on a sphere. Those efforts made use of the most sophisticated computing power available at the time, but realistic simulations of the ocean were years away.   Today, things have moved along.    Ocean modelers are much closer to simulating accurate representations of the real ocean

Modeled mass concentration of plastics in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Image: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation)

The World’s Largest Ocean Garbage Patch is Growing Rapidly

The world’s largest heap of ocean garbage is growing at an alarming rate.   The 600,000-square-mile collection of ocean plastic and trash floating halfway between California and Hawaii known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains four to 16 times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially, new analysis reveals.   It’s estimated some 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in the area, and it is rapidly getting worse, according to a study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal

One of USS Lexington's anti-aircraft guns (Image: Vulcan Inc.)

Greensea Aids Historical Shipwreck Discoveries

OPENSEA operating platform provides a unified, integrated system and supervised autonomy to R/V Petrel’s ROV with cutting-edge features such as automated ascent and descent winch control system, synchronized pilot and co-pilot chairs, integrated system control touchscreen displays, and a multi-vehicle user interface. Since launching Petrel, Allen’s underwater research team has discovered more than a dozen lost naval ships, including the USS Indianapolis, USS Ward, USS Cooper and several Japanese warships. The two recent discoveries of WWII ships USS Lexington and USS Juneau, have

ThunderFish prototype undergoing sea trials in Halifax Harbour, November 2017. (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken AUV Prequalified for Canada’s BCIP

The Canadian Government has notified Kraken Robotics Inc. subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., that its Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) application has been approved. The company has been prequalified into the program for its ThunderFish 300 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for military and scientific applications. Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, "We are proud to have achieved prequalification status with the BCIP. This is yet another significant milestone in Kraken’s evolution to becoming a vertically integrated underwater robotics company.” T

Dr. Jeremy Dillon (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Appoints Dillon as Chief Scientist

using a high resolution multi-frequency Doppler current profiler that is used for measuring turbulence and sediment transport in the ocean bottom boundary layer.Dr. Dillon continues to have strong interests in acoustics, synthetic aperture imaging, GPU-accelerated computing, underwater navigation and vehicle control systems. His upcoming work will apply machine learning to further improve seabed imagery and to automatically recognize targets and other objects of interest on the seabed

Riptide UUVs Feature Maritime Open Architecture Autonomy

Riptide Autonomous Solutions said it has reached an agreement with Draper to implement Maritime Open Architecture Autonomy (MOAA) on all Riptide unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) delivered to the U.S. government.The not-for-profit research and development company Draper developed MOAA for the U.S. government as an extensible open architecture framework for autonomous mission controllers for autonomous undersea vehicles (AUVs). MOAA capabilities have been demonstrated at-sea on multiple AUV classes with capabilities applicable to various undersea mission areas. This work represents millions of dollars

Marine Technology Magazine Cover May 2018 - Hydrographic Survey: Single beam and Multibeam Sonar

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