Issue 508
24 October 2017:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Teledyne Oceanscience introduces a portable, remotely operated, single beam survey boat

Teledyne Oceanscience announces the release of the new Z-Boat 1250, a remotely operated hydrographic survey boat that is sturdy enough for tough terrain but light enough to be one person portable. The new Z-Boat 1250 is outfitted with a single beam echosounder and is ideally suited for inland waters such as streams, rivers, and lakes.
Teledyne new Oceanscience Z-Boat 1250’s new trimaran style boat has a lightweight hull manufactured from ABS plastic. The 1250 is IP67 rated, which makes it well suited to survey in most water conditions. Thanks also to its collapsible sliding crossbar, the new Z-Boat 1250 is easily transported by a single operator making surveys in remote areas possible. The new Z-Boat’s innovative propulsion system uses two thrusters, one in each outrigger, and an advanced 2.4 GHz remote control transmitter that differentially adjusts the two thrusters to steer the boat. The design is exceptionally rugged with no rudder or steering linkages.
Applications for the Z-Boat 1250 include mining pits and tailing ponds, environmentally sensitive areas, construction and inspection zones, dams and reservoirs, harbors, rivers, and more.
For further information, visit www.oceanscience.com and www.teledynemarine.com

US Naval Research Laboratory plans to use an Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) to conduct ecosystem research

The US Naval Research Laboratory has purchased an Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler autonomous echosounder to conduct observations of small zooplankton for ecosystem research. The internally-powered scientific echosounder will store acoustic backscatter data and will be mounted to an apparatus that will move the instrument up and down the water column in order to observe the dynamic behavior of zooplankton. The technology employed by this echosounder uses multiple high frequencies to ensonify the small particle sizes of the zooplankton.
The Navy will use the instrument to support ongoing research in coupled, ecosystem-circulation modeling, underwater optics and remote sensing.
For further information, visit www.aslenv.com

Fugro secures new contract for marine site investigation in Mexico

Fugro, in conjunction with long-time associates, Constructora Subacuática Diavaz, S.A. de C.V., has been awarded a large survey contract by Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex. Valued at approximately USD 10 million, the contract covers work between August and December 2017.

Offshore operations, including multi-site high resolution geophysical and geotechnical surveys together with laboratory testing and geoconsulting services, will support design and/or installation of platforms, pipelines, jack-up platforms and deepwater facilities.

For further information, visit https://www.fugro.com/

OceanWise Offers Continuity for Marine Mapping Users

OceanWise is sorry to hear the announcement that SeaZone will no longer be selling or renewing licences for HydroSpatial or any of its other marine mapping data.

OceanWise, as a licensed reseller of UK and other Hydrographic Office sourced material, is able to offer both new licences and renew old ones, thus ensuring data users continue to have a valid licence to allow them to use the data and avoid breach of copyright.

OceanWise provides high quality mapping to meet the needs of the marine community. Its third generation Marine Themes data and seabed Digital Elevation Model (DEM) have been used for many years by the public and private sectors, including within central government and numerous agencies. Raster Charts XL is truly innovative, providing users with the ability to combine a chart background with more suitable and up to date land mapping or satellite imagery.

For further information, visit https://www.oceanwise.eu/

Ashtead Technology signs rental partnership for Silverwing products

Ashtead Technology has been appointed as the preferred rental partner in the UK for all Silverwing products, a line of NDT inspection equipment by Eddyfi Technologies. The agreement represents another new partnership with Eddyfi Technologies; Ashtead recently signed a five-year collaboration agreement for TSC products – also by Eddyfi Technologies.
As part of the agreement, Ashtead will be extending their rental fleet to include the Silverwing Floormap 3DiM Tank Floor Scanner, Handscan Mini Tank Floor Scanner and Vacuum Boxes. “The addition of these instruments demonstrates our commitment to support the technologies that meet our customers’ asset integrity inspection requirements,” says Ashtead Technology Regional Sales Manager, Steve Drake.
For more information on Ashtead Technology’s fleet of NDT rental instruments, visit www.ashtead-technology.com.

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Liquid Robotics Collaborate to Protect Vulnerable Marine Sanctuaries and Ecosystems

Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR) announced a multi-year agreement to develop solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments. Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider, an autonomous surface ocean robot, will be the core technology to conduct long-term environmental monitoring and surveillance of the Pacific’s most diverse and endangered underwater ecosystems. This partnership will help address the critical long-term monitoring and scientific data collection gaps that are not economically feasible with traditional research assets.

The innovative use of autonomous systems and services to augment NOAA’s ONMS current resources will greatly enhance their ability to assess and evaluate the increasing threats posed by Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU); Water quality and marine debris; Coral reef damage and bleaching; Climate change

This partnership provides services to the National Marine Sanctuary System’s six sanctuary units, as well as:     NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS); The State of Hawaii and the Territory of American Samoa; The Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HHWNMS); National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS); Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) and remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

For further information, visit www.liquid-robotics.com

How ocean science students gain valuable skills for future employment

Nortek’s innovative Doppler instrumentation is now helping students at UK’s Bangor University to understand the processes behind the sedimentation, while gaining valuable skills for future employment.
These coastal engineering skills may ultimately also help engineers and public servants understand and protect the integrity of our coastlines.
Students from the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, have a 30-year tradition of heading to the Laugharne Estuary in south Wales each summer to investigate the sediment dynamics of this energetic environment.
Survey data, collected by successive generations of students over this period, indicate that the estuary is infilling with fine marine sand at a rate of 1-2 cm per year.The sediment transport results primarily from strong asymmetric tidal currents causing the influx of sand from Carmarthan Bay on the dominant flood tide.
Additionally, locally-generated wind waves in the shallow estuary may contribute at different frequencies and complicate the overall picture. A newly introduced exercise utilising Nortek’s Doppler instrumentation is helping the students to understand the processes behind this long-term trend in sedimentation.
For further information, visit http://www.nortekgroup.com/

EIVA introduces deep learning features for data processing

In order to address deep learning and the possibilities this technology brings, EIVA established a dedicated software development team earlier this year. The team consists of engineers specialising in machine learning, machine vision and deep learning.
One of the results of the team’s efforts is NaviSuite Deep Learning, which is a new product offering in addition to the other NaviSuite software products for maritime survey and construction operations. It is able to perform two tasks: Classification – Identifying what is in a data set and Segmentation – Marking where the identified objects are in the data set.
Deep learning technology makes it possible to let software automatically recognise and localise objects in various types of data, typically photos and video. This has the potential to save companies specialising in for example pipeline inspections, habitat mapping or UXO detection countless hours of manual work – just to mention a few possible applications.
NaviSuite Deep Learning is a black box software product that works in combination with the eventing features in NaviPac, the NaviSuite product for navigation and positioning, and NaviModel, which is dedicated to 3D/4D modelling and visualisation.
It is applicable in three different ways, that is, as aA cloud service (hosted at EIVA); a rack computer; an onboard computer; training NaviSuite Deep learning with millions of data samples.
For further information, visit https://www.eiva.com/

Krosys and Evoqua strengthen seaCURE® system’s position in Korean ballast market

Evoqua Water Technologies’ partnership with Krosys was strengthened with the unveiling of a SeaCURE® Ballast Water Treatment System during the Kormarine 2017 exhibition in Busan, South Korea.
The electrochlorination unit (ECU) skid showcases the Korean engineering company’s competence in building, installing and commissioning Evoqua’s high-end ballast water treatment technology in the Korean newbuild and retrofit markets.
The development represents another success for both companies, following the order Krosys secured earlier this year for SeaCURE systems to two 115,000dwt crude oil tankers destined for Singaporean interests.
Krosys serves the Korean market from its facility in Busan, in the heart of South Korea’s ship building industry. To date, the business has delivered more than 2000 fresh water generators and is a dominant supplier of reverse osmosis (RO) fresh water generators for the Korean navy. It can now add ballast water treatment to that list.
The ballast water treatment system utilises a process that injects biocide into ballast seawater before it reaches the large surface filter intakes to reduce the growth marine organisms that become harmful to filters.
Available as a compact skid or as modular components, the system is suitable as a newbuild or retrofit installation since biocide generation takes place in small side streams from the main ballast water thus reducing system footprint and optimizing available space. It can also be configured to provide marine growth protection for critical onboard seawater cooling systems.
For further information, visit http://news.evoqua.com/press-releases/all/all/all

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

The Leading Edge of Value-Based Subsea Inspection, 1 November, Scotland

The Society for Underwater Technology, The Hydrographic Society in Scotland and The International Marine Contractors Association invite you to their annual joint seminar.
We have experienced a tremendous rate of development in technological capability which has enhanced the efficiency of our operations. These include a significant decline in the cost of data processing and storage, miniaturisation of subsea sensors, increased computing capacity, quick, reliable, wireless communications, increased utilisation of subsea robotics and sophisticated data analytics and artificial intelligence. However, within a cost constrained environment stakeholders must drive development towards a value based solution.
See the full programme online: https://thsis-sut-imca-seminar2017.eventbrite.co.uk
Wednesday 1st November 2017, Aberdeen Asset Management Suite, AFC, Pittodrie Stadium, Pittodrie St, Aberdeen AB24 5QH
Early bird rate £75 (available until 13th October)
Delegate rate £95
Payment and registration at https://thsis-sut-imca-seminar2017.eventbrite.co.uk, there will be no provision for payment on the door.

OceanWise Marine Data Management and GIS Workshop

OceanWise, supported by the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), hosts its popular annual Data Management & GIS Workshop on Wednesday 22 November 2017, at The School of Economic Science, 11 Mandeville Place, London W1U 3AJ.
Our keynote speaker will be Ed Parsons, Chief Technology Officer at Google. This year’s theme is ‘Modernising Our Approach to Data Management’ so if you are:struggling to come to terms with the volume of data you collect, perplexed by the processes needed to manage that data or unsure of the value and benefit GIS can bring to your operations then the event should be of interest to you.
We will be discussing recent developments in marine data as well as providing advice, guidance and demonstrations of how GIS technologies and OceanWise products and services can deliver savings in time, effort and money.
As always, the workshop provides a great opportunity to informally network, share experiences with government, industry and academic practitioners and stakeholders involved in managing assets or providing decision support and situational analysis across the marine and coastal space. Lunch is provided!
Please register on our website at www.oceanwise.eu or contact Janet Lockey at [email protected] or telephone +44(0) 1420 768262

Make your voice heard at all-energy 2018: call for papers published

All forms of on- and offshore renewable energy generation and other topics including energy efficiency; low carbon heat and heat networks; energy storage; community and local energy; renewables for the farming/landowning community; decentralised energy; energy systems; grid-related issues; sustainable cities; CCS and much more will once again come under the conference spotlight at All-Energy 2018. Next May’s show is the 18th in the annual series, and the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference will be held at Glasgow’s SEC on Wednesday 2 – Thursday 3 May 2018.
The Call for Papers has now been published and is online at www.all-energy.co.uk and abstracts (300-word summaries) on proposed presentations are invited on a long list of topics which can be found on the website. There is a deadline of 14 December for submissions.
Call for Papers information is all online at www.all-energy.co.uk; and at www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com for the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS) exhibition and conference.