Issue 522
6 February 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

World-first autonomous subsea survey and inspection system could save European wind farms £1.1bn

A Darlington-based subsea specialist is developing an innovative approach to enable autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to remain at offshore wind farm sites without a support vessel. The move could shave £1.1billion from the operating cost of Europe’s offshore wind farms and would be a world-first in the sector.

Modus Seabed Intervention, in partnership with Osbit Ltd and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, is trialling an AUV docking station. The design will enable vehicle re-charging, as well as the upload of acquired data and download of mission commands.

The use of AUVs to survey and inspect offshore wind farm subsea infrastructure is a relatively new cost-efficiency measure in this sector. Replacing support vessels with the AUV docking station could further reduce expenditure. In addition to the estimated £1.1billion saving across the current 11GW offshore wind farm fleet over the next 25 years, the scheme will also significantly reduce the need for staff to work in often hazardous environments.

The Autonomous Vehicle for the Inspection of offshore wind farm Subsea Infrastructure (AVISIoN) project has received funding from Innovate UK. This will enable further development, testing and demonstrations of Modus’ existing Hybrid AUV capability, and docking station.

For further information, visit www.modus-ltd.com

Newton Labs and Sonardyne complete underwater mobile laser mapping systems integration

Subsea technology companies, Newton Research Labs Inc., and Sonardyne International Ltd, UK. today announced they have completed tests to integrate Newton Labs’ underwater laser scanners with Sonardyne’s acoustically-aided inertial navigation system for underwater vehicles, SPRINT-Mapper.

Newton and Sonardyne entered into a formal collaboration agreement in late 2017 to develop and promote dynamic underwater laser mapping, a rapidly emerging survey technique which significantly reduces the time needed to carry out inspections using underwater vehicles, including ROVs and manned submersibles. The work carried out at Newton’s facility in Seattle in January included configuring the inertial and time synchronisation data output from SPRINT-Mapper to pass directly into Newton’s high-performance range of underwater laser scanners.

For further information, visit http://www.newtonlabs.com/index.html and https://www.sonardyne.com/

itech launches the world’s smallest multibeam imaging sonar

Tritech International Limited [Tritech] has announced the release of the 720im sonar, which adds another model to the popular Gemini range. The sonar’s small size and competitive price, brings multibeam imaging technology to situations not previously possible. Weighing less than 500g and measuring only 63mm wide, the new unit is significantly smaller than other comparable sonars available. Utilising state-of-the-art microelectronics and proven sonar technology, it delivers superior quality sonar imaging from an ultra-compact unit.

Tritech already has to its record, one of the smallest mechanical sonar in the world – the MicronSonar. When launched, this ground-breaking sonar was considered a game changer in the industry. It utilises Digital Sonar Technology (DST) and despite its miniature size, delivers sonar imagery of clarity and resolution normally associated with larger and more expensive models. The 720im extends that innovative technology into the multibeam arena. Additionally, its compact size and weight removes payload issues encountered on ROVs.

Tritech’s sonar technology has been deployed worldwide in a broad range of applications ranging from the subsea oil and gas industry through to diverse uses such as shark detection.

For further information, visit http://www.tritech.co.uk/

Sonardyne debuts it’s smallest ever underwater tracking technology at Underwater Intervention

Subsea technology company, Sonardyne International Ltd, has unveiled its smallest ever underwater target tracking system, Micro-Ranger 2. The move was made at this week’s Underwater Intervention exhibition in New Orleans where the company is showcasing its diving and marine robotics product line-up.

Micro-Ranger 2 is Sonardyne’s third Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic tracking system to be built around its Sixth-Generation (6G) hardware and Wideband 2 digital acoustic technology platform. But whereas Ranger 2 and Mini-Ranger 2 are designed for complex and deep water survey and positioning operations, the new entry-level model in Sonardyne’s USBL family introduces features that make it ideal for tracking divers and small vehicles in rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

Ease-of-setup and ease-of-use have been key areas of engineering focus during the development of the new Micro-Ranger 2 resulting in a system which is extremely small and light, and can be deployed from the side of a small boat, pontoon, or even USV.

For further information, visit http://sonardyne.com

Melodi: successful test of the underwater exploration drones

Between 20 and 23 November 2017, in the Hyères Bay near Toulon (The Var), RTsys and its partners Créocéan and ECA Group successfully tested the operation of a group of 3 drones intended to search for sulfide lenses within the framework of the MELODI project: 2 RTsys drones and one from the ECA Group. They are coordinated using an embedded electro-acoustic module developed by RTsys.

Given the very high economic stakes represented by the mining potential of the wide ocean depths, the states have structured the regulations, notably by AFIM (Autorité Internationale des Fonds Marins) and the national authorities having jurisdiction over their economic areas. Consequently, exploration permits have been mainly granted in 3 areas on the ridges of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

These lenses, very rich in metals, have been detected at depths between 800 and 4,000m, generally at around 2,000m. The areas concerned by metal prospecting are of gigantic size and concern hundreds of thousands of km2, whereas the areas considered exploitable are only a few hectares. To find them, it is therefore necessary to be efficient over very large areas and to be very accurate in much smaller areas, Currently, there is no method available allowing this mapping in an extensive manner.

The MELODI (Magnetic ELectromagnetic Ore DetectIon) project therefore uses 2 methods (MAGNETIC and ELECTROMAGNETIC) to be used by autonomous underwater drones to detect minerals in the form of sulfide lenses. It is performed by a consortium managed by CREOCEAN and including: CREOCEAN – ECA – RTSYS – NAVAL GROUP – MAPPEM.

The MELODI project is intended to create a demonstration project to detect and map magnetic anomalies by drones, such as deep ocean bed mineral resources, particularly sulfide lenses. It is based on the use of coordinated AUVs which can sweep large areas at low cost. The recent test phase in the Mediterranean Sea has proved the communications device developed by RTsys. It consists of a sealed chamber 320mm long by 120mm in diameter which is suitable for all models of carrying AUV, as long as it has navigation elements (position, etc.), a precise clock with PPS (Pulse Per Second) for synchronization, mission management software and swarm management algorithms (formation, positioning, etc.). Installed on the master drone supplied by the ECA Group, this device transmits its position to the two RTsys AUVs.

For further information, visit www.rtsys.eu

Ellipse 2 Micro Series Brings Industrial-grade IMU, AHRS, and INS to High Volume Projects

SBG Systems releases the Ellipse 2 Micro Series, a new product range reducing size and cost of high performance inertial sensors for volume projects. Ellipse 2 Micro Series is available as an IMU, or as an AHRS or INS running an Extended Kalman Filter.

The new Ellipse 2 Micro is available as an IMU for calibrated sensor data, or as an AHRS/INS delivering accurate orientation and navigation using an external GNSS receiver.

Combining state-of-the-art MEMS-based gyroscopes, accelerometers, and magnetometers, the new Ellipse 2 Micro Series is establishing new standards in micro MEMS IMU accuracy and reliability. Following the extensive SBG production process, the Ellipse 2 Micro Series is fully calibrated in temperature to eliminate measurement errors such as sensor bias, gain, linearity, alignment, and g-sensitivity to provide a constant behavior in all conditions. The high-quality Ellipse 2 Micro benefits from a 2-year warranty.

SBG Systems has been manufacturing inertial sensors for more than 10 years and is especially recognised for the added value of the embedded algorithms. The R&D team has been adjusting motion profiles to platforms (UAV, car, vessels, etc.) and specific conditions (vibrations, high dynamics, low motion, etc.) to reach the highest reliability. Weighting only 10 grams, the Ellipse 2 Micro benefit from this high expertise to provide a 0.1° accurate attitude and connects to external GNSS for navigation, offering a remarkable weight/performance ratio to integrators.

For more information visit: https://www.sbg-systems.com/products/ellipse-micro-imu-ins

3D at Depth Completes 300 Offshore LiDAR Metrologies

3D at Depth Inc., a global provider of advanced subsea LiDAR (SL) systems and survey support services, announced the company has completed its 300th subsea LiDAR spool metrology. The subsea LiDAR measurement, conducted offshore within the Mediterranean Sea, covered 8 long spool metrologies with lengths greater than 90m and was completed in 24 hours.

The project delivered considerable savings overall for the EPIC installation contractor and provided valuable 3D data for the oil and gas major (end user). 3D at Depth is the world’s leading expert in subsea LiDAR technology and first introduced subsea LiDAR metrologies for the offshore market 3.5 years ago in the Gulf of Mexico. This 300th metrology marks a significant milestone in the offshore survey market, as customers continue to see the clear advantages of subsea LIDAR laser metrologies over traditional laser scanning and conventional methods.

To date, the Company has conducted metrology projects in the US, Europe, Mediterranean and Asia and has operated in up to 4,000 meters in depth. Each 3D at Depth subsea LiDAR (SL) laser system is powered by proprietary point cloud processing software with in-house patented technology and a customized optical design. The success of 3D at Depth’s metrology process is based on the unique features of subsea LiDAR technology which includes touchless, total beam control scans, multi-return Time of Flight (TOF) data formats and ranges up to 45 meters during the data collection process.

For further information, visit www.3datdepth.com

CGG extends Oklahoma coverage with Yukon multi-client survey

CGG has completed acquisition of its Yukon 3D multi-client survey in Canadian County, Oklahoma. The 219-square-mile full-azimuth data set is designed to image the Stack play of the Anadarko Basin west of Oklahoma City.

Imaging efforts will focus on gaining a better understanding of the facies distribution of the Meramec, Osage and Woodford play intervals. A preliminary prestack time-migrated (PSTM) product is due for completion in March. A final PSTM, incorporating orthorhombic anisotropy, with 5D regularization and interpolation of azimuths and offsets, will be delivered in the second quarter of 2018. This high-end processing workflow will pave the way for a full Reservoir Optimization Package (ROP).

To enhance reservoir characterisation, ROPs aid understanding by delivering state-of-the-art reservoir-oriented subsurface imaging and enhanced reservoir description, utilising CGG’s RoqScan™ rock physics workflows. This leads to predictive model generation of key properties that control production, including spatial reservoir quality, permeability, porosity and reservoir thickness. These are then used to create calibrated geomechanical models including geostatistical inversion for completion optimisation.

For further information, visit www.cgg.com

Unique Group restores key dealership agreement with Kongsberg Maritime for Middle East

Unique Group, one of the world’s most prominent integrated subsea and offshore solution providers, has re-established a dealer agreement with Kongsberg Maritime AS for the Middle East region. Under the business cooperation agreement, Unique Group’s offices in the region will offer sale and service of KM’s wide range of underwater mapping, navigation, acoustics and camera solutions to customers in the territories of Bahrain, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE. The two companies presently have an agreement in place for Nigeria and Kenya.

The Kongsberg Maritime range of underwater mapping products includes the EM 712RD®, EM 2040C® and 2040P®, EA440/EA640, and the Geoacoustics range among others. The underwater navigation products include the HiPAP® range of underwater positioning systems and the cNODE® underwater positioning transponders.

KONGSBERG also provides a range of products and solutions for underwater acoustics that help with search and recovery, marine engineering, security and surveillance and various other underwater applications. The KONGSBERG range includes solutions for positioning, GPS tracking, and motion monitoring among others.

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

Danish EIVA expands with a team in Brazil

The Danish software and hardware engineering company EIVA expands its activities in Latin America with a dedicated business development team located in São Paulo, Brazil.

With the Brazilian team, EIVA is able to accommodate the increasing interest in its hardware and software products for offshore and shallow water construction and surveying operations from specialist operating in Latin America. Moreover, the company is able to provide customers in the region with a local point of contact with strong ties to the Danish headquarters.

Point of contact with many years of experience and strong technical expertise

The new Brazilian team will be headed by Antonio Felipe Silva, who brings with him 13 years of experience in the offshore industry. He started his career as an ROV support technician and quickly moved on to more sales- and management-focused positions, which also included collaboration with EIVA in more recent years.

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

Wärtsilä boosts its QuantiServ service offering by acquiring LOCK-N-STITCH

The technology group Wärtsilä is expanding the service offering of its QuantiServ business line with the acquisition of the American engineering company LOCK-N-STITCH. The acquisition strengthens Wärtsilä’s service portfolio for customers operating multiple brands.

The QuantiServ business line within Wärtsilä Services was established in 2016 to provide support and maintenance services for customers operating equipment by multiple brands – including Wärtsilä acquired service brands (e.g. Deutz, Sulzer, Stork, Nohab, Crepelle) and/or other manufacturers’ brands – both in the marine and energy sectors. The services offered are reconditioning services, in-situ services as well as flexible repair and overhaul services for auxiliary and generating sets.

LOCK-N-STITCH specialises in cast iron repairs, and its expertise will complement the service offering of the QuantiServ business line. By incorporating the technologies and skills of LOCK-N-STITCH into the QuantiServ products portfolio, customers operating multiple brands can be offered a more comprehensive service. Furthermore, LOCK-N-STITCH has experience in the application of 3D technology for repair services. The recent development includes utilisation of 3D scanners for scanning of broken parts and 3D design of tailor made replacement castings.

Ownership of LOCK-N-STITCH was transferred to Wärtsilä on February 1, 2018.

For more information about QuantiServ business, please visit www.quantiserv.com.

Cyber security tests on Zim Genova containership demonstrate naval dome solution

Naval Dome has successfully completed the pilot testing of its multi-layered cyber security system for Lloyd’s Register aboard XT Shipping’s Zim Genova. The 4300TEU containership was operational during the tests, which were supervised by the classification society and bridge systems provider Totem Plus.

The pilot tests, carried out as part of the classification society’s initiative to develop cyber security guidelines, and the first of their kind on a vessel in transit, evaluated the Naval Dome system’s ability to defend ships against a variety of cyber-attacks.

Although the Naval Dome system can be installed on multiple ship systems, the tests were confined to a back-up ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) to mitigate against the risk of any system or operational failure. The Naval Dome cyber security system also underwent extensive terrestrial testing with the Totem Plus ECDIS prior to shipboard installation.

The tests demonstrated Naval Dome’s ability to thwart rogue and unintended system breaches. This included the detection and alerting of any unapproved media, such as USB sticks, spurious system updates, system anomalies and access by unauthorised personnel.

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

Underwater seal repairs avoid drydock and off-hire costs

Following a spate of stern tube seal failures, Antwerp-based Hydrex has reiterated its capability in carrying out repairs to stern tube seals during a ship’s routine port visit, saving the expense and loss of revenue of unscheduled drydocking.

Stern tube seals can suffer undue wear or damage due to a variety of causes, causing water ingress and oil leaks. With ever-tightening environmental regulations resulting in heavy penalties for oil pollution, rapid and timely repairs are essential.

The company’s flexible Mobdock repair method allows seals to be repaired or replaced while the ship is afloat in harbour, allowing shipowners to keep vessels earning revenue by avoiding extra visits to drydock.

It is not always straightforward to replace seals. There can be considerable variation in the size of the stern tube itself and the liners can be worn down and show ruts. In the case of the tanker in Antwerp, a thorough underwater inspection of the stern tube seal assembly revealed that a rope and a fishing net had become entangled. Hydrex divers removed both, and the flexible Mobdock was installed to allow the repair work to be undertaken in dry conditions.

Hydrex technicians removed three damaged seals and replaced them with new ones. Hydrex worked in close cooperation with the seal manufacturer, which allowed the company to provide the client with original spare parts, thus guaranteeing a sound repair using the best quality material. To help ensure this, a technician from the seal manufacturer was in attendance during the repair.

For further information, visit http://www.hydrex.be/

New company announces key collaboration

A new name in global positioning services has announced a key collaboration which aims to significantly expand its portfolio of products and services.

International Geomatics, a global DGPS service provider to the offshore marine sector, are pleased to announce they have teamed with Hemisphere GNSS, and are offering Hemispheres’ ‘Atlas’ DGNSS technology to meet its clients’ offshore positioning needs.

This comprehensive suite of equipment incorporates a broad spectrum of hardware including an option to integrate with clients’ existing DGPS receivers, and complements the delivery of the International Geomatics’ “ICE” (Innovation, Communication, Execution) value-driven philosophy.

International Geomatics Group was founded in late 2017 by well-known industry figures Steve Rampton (CEO) and Ken Adams (COO).  It recently opened its first office on the western edge of Houston’s Energy Corridor where it anticipates recruiting up to six new members of staff by the middle of 2018.

To find out more about International Geomatics, visit www.int-geo.com

UK Hydrographic Office looks to establish framework for the provision of hydrographic equipment and its ongoing support

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is the UK’s agency providing hydrographic and geospatial data to mariners and maritime organisations across the world.

Tasked with assisting other nations to improve their hydrographic infrastructure, the UKHO is looking to establish a contract for the provision; storage; shipping; fit and support of a range of hydrographic survey equipment to worldwide locations.

The contract will allow the UKHO to draw on services in a timely manner to fulfil equipment provision requirements, primarily in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that are Overseas Territories or within the Commonwealth.

For further information, visit https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Taunton:-Surveying,-hydrographic,-oceanographic-and-hydrological-instruments-and-appliances./V7T72Y5D2M

ECOLOCK long-lasting protection for offshore hulls

Ecolock is designed to protect offshore units for decades without the need for drydocking. Increasingly, floating production units such as FPSOs, FSOs, FLRSUs and others used for offshore oil and gas exploration, drilling, storage and transport need to stay out of drydock for 15, 25 even 40 years.

Ecolock is an extremely tough and durable coating designed to remain in excellent condition for 15 – 25 years without drydocking, repair or replacement. Ecolock can be cleaned underwater as often as needed to meet the UWILD and weight requirements of FPSOs, drill ships and other offshore units.

Ecolock is completely non-toxic. It is a hard, impermeable coating which even the toughest barnacle will not penetrate. Barnacles, coral and other fouling organisms can therefore be removed completely, leaving no trace and restoring the coating to its original condition.

As long as it is standardly applied, Ecolock comes with a 10, 15 or 20 year warranty. The thickness of the coating can be increased to extend its longevity. Even if minor mechanical damage does occur, because of the superior adhesion of Ecolock no undercreep will occur.

If you would like to learn more about Ecolock,visit https://subind.net/coating-systems/product/15/ecolock

IMO launch new informative web page on sulphur 2020

The main type of “bunker” oil for ships is heavy fuel oil, derived as a residue from crude oil distillation. Crude oil contains sulphur which, following combustion in the engine, ends up in ship emissions. Sulphur oxides (SOx) are known to be harmful to human health, causing respiratory symptoms and lung disease. In the atmosphere, SOx can lead to acid rain, which can harm crops, forests and aquatic species, and contributes to the acidification of the oceans.

Limiting SOemissions from ships will improve air quality and protects the environment.

IMO regulations to reduce sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions from ships first came into force in 2005, under Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (known as the MARPOL Convention).. Since then, the limits on sulphur oxides have been progressively tightened.

From 1 January 2020, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas will be reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass). This will significantly reduce the amount of sulphur oxides emanating from ships and should have major health and environmental benefits for the world, particularly for populations living close to ports and coasts.

Visit IMO’s new informative web page on sulphur: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/Pages/Sulphur-2020.aspx

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

Marine-i event powers into the future, Falmouth, 21 February

The next Marine-i Discovery Room event will focus on two power systems that will play a vital role in the future of marine vessels: Hybrid Propulsion and Smart Battery Technology.  It takes place at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth on Wednesday 21st February.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i provides support for the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Its Discovery Room events are designed to draw together all the very latest thinking on a specific theme of marine technology and highlight opportunities for businesses.

Expert speakers will include Professor Chris Hodge, President of IMarEST; Richard Winter of VETUS UK; Phil James from Barrus UK; Graeme Hawksley of Hybrid Marine; Ken Wittamore of Triskel Marine; Trevor Jackson of Metalectrique Battery Systems; and Darren Barnett of MTU UK. Topics will range from the latest state of the art hybrid systems, to the naval applications of the technology and the financial case for operators. The day will be chaired by Professor John Chudley, Director of Professional Development at IMarEST.

Attendance at the event is free, and delegates can register at the following link: https://www.marine-i.co.uk/events

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is a £9.3m collaboration between the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Full details on the project can be seen at www.marine-i.co.uk

Marine Measurement Forum #61 at NPL Teddington on 24th May 2018

The Steering Group for the non-profit making Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) series of twice yearly, one day networking seminars is delighted to announce details for the upcoming MMF61. The event is scheduled for Thursday 24th May 2018 and will be hosted by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, Middlesex.

Detailed information on the day’s proceedings, including a call for presentations and event registration, can be found at http://www.npl.co.uk/events/24-may-2018-the-61st-marine-measurement-forum-mmf

Young Professional finalists revealed for the 2018 Offshore Achievement Awards

Four young offshore industry professionals have been recognised for their career achievements after securing places on the shortlist for the 2018 Offshore Achievement Awards (OAAs), sponsored by TAQA.

Chris Stewart, engineer at Expro, Laura Steedman, graduate mechanical engineer at BP, Lyndsey Thomas, offshore operations engineer at Nexen, and Jennifer Brown, offshore HSEA supervisor at Nexen, are the finalists in the Young Professional award category.

From 20 applications an initial shortlist of six candidates were interviewed. The four shortlisted individuals impressed judges in a rigorous panel interview process, and the winner will be announced at the prestigious ceremony next month.

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday March 22 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

For more information and booking details, please visit www.spe-oaa.org. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, please contact [email protected] for details.

eMaritime Group release updated IHO Presentation Library 4.0 for Annual Competency Assurance Training (ACAT)

The eMaritime Group has just launched their new 4.0 ACAT module to ‘bolt-on’ to their already comprehensive Annual Competency assurance Training Course available at: www.emaritimetraining.com

ACAT is used daily by shipping companies around the world. It gives them an affordable ECDIS training assurance tool that ensures the competency of all officers with navigational duties and directly relates to the 2018 inspection regime – all at an average cost of £8 per officer. Please feel free to watch the you-tube video of an entire on-line course (which can also be downloaded and completed `off-line` for ships without internet) at the above link or the eMaritime Training website.

For further information, visit www.emaritimetraining.com

Adjusting to a new reality at Subsea Expo

Subsea UK is urging the industry to face the future and adapt to the new reality when it brings its annual flagship event to Aberdeen this week. More than 5,000 people from 49 countries are set to descend on the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre from 7-9 February when Subsea Expo 2018 returns.

This year’s theme – ‘Facing the Future’ – will examine what must be done to reinvent the industry in a lower price environment and ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position.

More than 150 organisations will be showcasing their products and services, including 36 first-time exhibitors. The 2018 programme is packed with high profile industry speakers from a number of companies including Aker Solutions, BP, Wood and Shell UK. Presentations will cover maximising global opportunities, small pools, data gathering, ROVs, visualisation, pipelines, life extension and efficiency, and inspection and integrity.

Entrance to the exhibition and conference is free of charge. To avoid queues, pre-registration is recommended at www.subseaexpo.com.

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

New appointment in the SBG Systems’ sales team

Chelsea Fairbank is joining SBG Systems North America team as Sales Engineer. She will team up with Jack Mawson, Sales Manager North America in our US office based in Huntington Beach, CA and will be in charge of the Marine and Education segments.

Chelsea has an extensive background in the hydrographic industry, starting her career as hydrographic surveyor. During her 5 years with Fugro, she worked on international hydrographic and cable route surveys working with a broad range of Inertial Navigation Equipment integrated with LiDAR and Multibeam Systems to generate end-products of topographic and hydrographic data for both public entities such as Tetra Tec and Alcatel and government agencies such as NOAA, CHS, NHS. Her technical knowledge and industry experience is later applied in her position as Applications Engineer for Teledyne, working with various Oceanographic/Hydrographic equipment, predominantly for the sale, support, and development of a fully mobilized Remotely Operated Hydrographic Survey Boat, expanding her expertise of surveying applications throughout other markets such as land surveying, military defense, and mining.

She joins SBG Systems at an exciting time where SBG is emerging as a leader in the IMU and INS industries in marine, air and land based applications as well as releasing a full-featured Post-processing Software to complement the SBG INS units.

For further information, visit https://www.sbg-systems.com/news/blog

AgileTek underlines strategic growth with key appointments

Subsea engineering analysis consultancy, AgileTek, has underlined rapid growth in 2017 with two new appointments and a key promotion. Soo-hyeong Kim has joined the company as a Graduate Engineering Analyst, alongside Andrew Olson, who has taken on the role of Business Development Engineer.

The company is also building on recent successes in the Asian market, after securing a major cable and umbilicals contract in China. In recognition of the growing subsea market in Asia, further business development in this region will be led by Manuel Pimentel, who has been promoted from Senior Engineering Analyst to Regional Development Manager (Asia).

Soo-hyeong, 29, previously worked at a computer aided engineering software provider, while Andrew, 22, recently graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

AgileTek was founded in 2015 with a strong senior team, and has grown through the recruitment of graduates and young professionals since then. In a team of nine engineers, three have been recruited as graduates and six are under 30, which underpins the company’s commitment to providing opportunities for young people.

For further information, visit https://www.agiletek.co.uk/

JOB POSTINGS

Hydrographic Surveyor, Fugro, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

An exciting opportunity has arisen for hydrographic surveyors to join Fugro, one of the world’s leading global hydrographic and geophysical survey companies. The roles will involve office-based and offshore work. Graduate and experienced candidates are welcome to apply.

Key Responsibilities

Acquire and quality-control hydrographic data. Datasets include but are not limited to multibeam echosounder, multibeam backscatter, GNSS and USBL;

Process and report on hydrographic data. Datasets include but are not limited to multibeam echosounder, multibeam backscatter, GNSS and USBL;

Mobilisation and demobilisation of vessels;

Assist with tendering and commercial work;

Assist with equipment maintenance;

Assist with geophysical survey, processing and reporting;

Author, update and follow work instructions and procedures;

Train and supervise less experienced staff in hydrographic survey methods;

Ensure adherence to current QHSSE policies and practices.

Qualifications

A qualification in hydrography or closely-related subject is essential;

A Bachelor’s degree or higher in hydrography or closely-related subject is desirable but not essential.

Key Skills

The following attributes are essential:

Good English language skills, verbal and written;

Experience of an industry-standard hydrographic software package, such as: Applanix POSPac, CARIS HIPS/SIPS, Fugro Starfix, QPS QINSy;

Understanding of hydrographic survey principles;

Excellent computer literacy, including working experience of Microsoft Office;

Excellent attention to detail, quality and safety;

Able to manage own time and deliver to tight deadlines;

Able to work flexible hours and travel when required;

Able to work offshore for periods of up to 6 weeks.

The following attributes are desirable:

Experience of working offshore;

Experience in defence, oil and gas, ocean science, renewables and/or survey industries.

To apply and for more details please visit https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3160

Research Vessel & Marine Systems Manager, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland, AFBI Newforge, Belfast

Salary: £47,749 – £52,334

Department: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI)

The RV Corystes, owned and operated by AFBI, currently undertakes a far reaching and dynamic at-sea scientific work programme to acquire scientific evidence to support statutory and policy responsibilities in the marine fisheries and marine environmental areas.

AFBI is seeking to recruit a Research Vessel & Marine Systems Manager to manage the ship management contract as well as the electronic instrumentation and marine systems engineering services within the branch. You will have a high degree of interaction with the ship managers, the crew and scientists. You will take a leading role in innovation, health and safety management and the development of charter opportunities. The role requires strong leadership, effective decision making and excellent communication skills.

Further appointments may be made from this competition should AFBI positions become vacant which have similar duties and responsibilities.

For more detailed information and to apply, please go to www.nicsrecruitment.org.uk

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting: HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email: [email protected]

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC224852.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Monday 19 February 2018.

Applications are particularly welcomed from Roman Catholics and females as these groups are currently under-represented within AFBI. AFBI is an Equal Opportunities Employer. All applications for employment are considered strictly on the basis of merit.

Offshore Party Chief, Fugro, Offshore / Portchester, Hampshire, UK

Contract Type: Permanent, full-time

Closing Date: 02 March 2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Party Chief’s to join Fugro, one of the world’s leading global hydrographic and geophysical survey companies. You will be required to lead offshore operations acquiring hydrographic and geophysical data on survey vessels around the world. Managing a wide variety of projects in various fields including renewables, oil and gas and utilities. Focus on your core trained discipline (Survey, geophysics, Engineering) will still be a large part of the job.

Responsibilities:

To oversee offshore operations

Lead offshore survey teams, maximising productivity and efficiency.

Interpret and implement all contract requirements for each project.

Ensure project deliverables are produced on-time and to the standard demanded by the project requirements.

Liaise with client representative and the project manager.

Implement and administer safe working practices amongst offshore survey team, including implementing all Fugro GB Marine Limited’s safety policies and procedures where they involve the offshore survey team.

Oversee all mobilisation checks and calibrations.

Oversee the production of high-quality project documentation including operational logs, QA and processing logs, daily meeting minutes, calibration details, safety briefing logs, mobilisation checks, daily progress reports and documenting verbal instructions from client.

Oversee all offshore quality control and provide final approval of all offshore deliverables.

Ensure that all offshore requirements have been completed to the required standard prior to leaving the survey site.

 

To apply and for more details please visit https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3224

Geophysical Engineer, Fugro, Offshore / Portchester, Hampshire, UK

Contract Type: Permanent, full-time

Closing Date: 02 March 2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen for offshore engineers to join Fugro, one of the world’s leading global hydrographic and geophysical survey companies. You will be required to work with hydrographic and geophysical equipment and data acquired by survey vessels from around the world. The roles will involve office-based and offshore work. Graduate and experienced candidates are welcome to apply.

Key Responsibilities

Acquire and quality-control geophsyical data. Datasets include but not limited to Sidescan sonar, Sub-bottom profiler, EIVA ScanFish and Magnometer.

Process and reprot on geophysical data. Datasets include but are not limited to Sidescan sonar, Sub-bottom profiler, EIVA ScanFish Magnometer;

Mobilisation and demobilisation of survey equipment;

Assist with equipment maintenance;

Assist with bathymetric survey, processing and reporting;

Author, update and follow work instructions and procedures;

Train and supervise less experienced staff in geophysical survey methods;

Ensure adherence to current QHSSE policies and practices;

Work closely with other Fugro survey teams worldwide.

Qualifications

A qualification in geophysics or closely-related subject is essential;

A Bachelor’s degree or higher in geophysics or closely-related subject is desirable but not essential.

Key Skills:

The following attributes are essential:

Good English language skills, verbal and written;

Experience of an industry-standard geophysical software package, such as: Edgetech Discover, Geometrics MagLog, Fugro Starfix Suite, EIVA ScanFish III Flight, Geosuite AllWorks, Innomar SESWIN.

Understanding of geophysical survey principles;

Excellent computer literacy, including working experience of Microsoft Office;

Excellent attention to detail, quality and safety;

To apply and for more details please visit: https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3225

Geophysicist, Fugro, Offshore / Portchester, Hampshire, UK

Contract Type: Permanent, full-time

Closing Date: 02 March 2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen for marine geophysicists to join Fugro, one of the world’s leading global hydrographic and geophysical survey companies. Based either offshore (Europe) and / or in the Fugro office in Portchester (UK);

If based in the Portchester office, there will be some periods of offshore time required. Offshore periods will be between four to six weeks at a time. Shorter periods away from the Portchester office may also be required, for example during vessel mobilisations or at remote processing locations;

If based offshore, period of time offshore will be four to six weeks. Occasional short periods each year, will also be required in the Fugro office in Portchester. In order to conduct training and periodic progress reviews.

Both graduate and experienced candidates are welcome to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

To collect, quality check and process shallow seismic data, including sub-bottom profile systems such as boomer, pinger, chirp and sparker systems;

To collect, quality check and process sidescan sonar and magnetometer data, including UXO data processing and interpretation;

Undertake interpretation of seismic data to provide our clients with detailed geological information;

Assist with equipment maintenance

Undertake offshore surveys, including assistance with vessel mobilisations, when required;

Undertake and assist in the production of technical reports;

Operate in accordance with all Fugro QHSE procedures and work instructions;

Assist with project management and survey planning, when required.

 

Fugro are pleased to offer:

An opportunity for training and career progression within Fugro;

The chance to work in challenging environment committed to individual professional development;

Being part of an exciting company at the forefront of marine geophysical survey work and consultancy.

To apply and for more details please visit: https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3235

 

Planet Ocean Ltd is recruiting, software & electronics design engineers, Southampton

Planet Ocean are seeking software & electronics design engineers to work with their ecoSUB robotics team based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton to develop the next generation of intelligent, micro, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.

For more details, please visit http://planet-ocean.co.uk/wp/?p=4995 or request further information from [email protected]