Issue 529
3 April 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Chesapeake Technology offers new SonarWiz License options

Chesapeake Technology is pleased to announce the release of SonarWiz 7.1 and two new modules. Users now have the option to buy SonarWiz Magnetometer and SonarWiz Multibeam as standalone licenses. This gives users both a lower priced entry point and an upgrade path.

The SonarWiz 7.1 release adds productivity enhancements and automates many steps. Drag and drop bathymetry dramatically increases the speed of the import and merge process, and the automated vessel creation saves time. New Multiple EGN tables streamline workflow and speed up signal processing.

Unified waterfall windows with sidescan, bathymetry and backscatter allow users to pick contacts and digitize features across 3 data types simultaneously. The enhanced colour palette support makes it much easier to adjust individual files, and user specified tide and sound velocity during data acquisition gives users greater control and precision.

For further information, visit www.chesapeaketech.com

AutoNaut Ltd 5-metre unmanned surface vessel (USV) delivered to NTNU

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has taken delivery of a 5-metre wave-propelled unmanned surface vessel, built by AutoNaut Ltd. The vessel will be used by NTNU for development in autonomous systems and oceanographic studies.

NTNU has a strong focus on ocean observation, and a multi-disciplinary approach for climate change science is taken at the Center for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU-AMOS) in Trondheim, Norway.

The AutoNaut USV is one of a new generation of 5-metre boats now rolling off the production line of the Chichester-based company. The new 5-metre has more power and space available, which makes it a versatile platform capable of long-duration missions. This new AutoNaut USV incorporates several design upgrades, including refinement to the wave-foil technology and an improved launch/recovery system.

NTNU will station their AutoNaut at the Trondheim campus while working closely with their collaborators across Europe and the United States.  In the next few months, AutoNaut is being put to work in the world’s first official test bed for autonomous shipping in Trondheimsfjord.  A key role of the NTNU AutoNaut will be to record persistent observations, including ADCP, CTD and meteorological data in the Trondheimsfjord, Froan archipelago, followed by missions off Svalbard.

For further information, visit www.autonautusv.com

Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System submitted for USCG Type Approval

The technology group Wärtsilä has submitted its Aquarius Electro-Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval (TA) after successfully completing all the testing procedures required.

Wärtsilä received type approval from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2013 for the Electro-Chlorination system and the same successful design was used for the USCG application. This current testing has again proven the consistent performance of the Wärtsilä solution, and demonstrates the high reliability, robustness and effectiveness of the system.

The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS utilises proven filtration and electro-chlorination technology, while maintaining a high degree of safety, operability and reliability. It ensures compliance with regulations, even with varying levels of water quality. Safety has been a fundamental consideration in the design, and hazard analyses aimed at eliminating installation and operational risks have supported its development. The Wärtsilä range of ballast water management systems is backed by Wärtsilä’s global service network.

Wärtsilä also offers a BWMS using filtration and ultra-violet (UV) irradiation. The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV system is type approved according to the IMO Convention and has an Alternative Management System (AMS) acceptance certificate from the USCG. It is currently undergoing full USCG TA testing with completion expected during 2018. The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV is also certified for installation in hazardous areas (EX).

Wärtsilä’s dual technology offering, provides the broadest range of BWMS solutions for fleet wide compliance.

For further information, visit www.wartsila.com

Marine-i announces £1 million innovation fund for robotics and autonomous vessels

Marine-i, the EU funded programme set up to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, is inviting applications to a £1 million innovation fund.

The fund has been created to support research, development and innovation in marine robotics and autonomous vessels. This is an area of marine technology that has been growing rapidly over recent years and which offers major commercial opportunities for those businesses that can develop the technologies of the future.

Some of the key drivers for innovation are expected to be improving the reliability of autonomous systems, using robots to replace people in hazardous environments, increasing mission capabilities, and improving offshore monitoring.

The Marine-i team has released a Call for Applications, which gives full details on the fund and explains how businesses can apply. This can be seen here

Applications for funding support must be submitted by midnight on 27th April 2018.

Full details can be found at www.marine-i.co.uk

Saudi approval for aqua-tools’ B-QUA ballast water testing kit

The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has today confirmed that aqua-tools’ B-QUA ballast water analysis kit will be included in the list of recommended equipment for use by ballast water testing providers affiliated to Saudi Aramco contracted shipping agents.

B-QUA is an indicative test capable of analysing all three ballast water factions – bacteria, 10-50µm, and >50µm – onboard ship in less than 40 minutes.

As a first step, prior to a detailed analysis for compliance, an indicative analysis of ballast water discharge may be undertaken to establish whether a ship is potentially in compliance with the Convention” IMO BWM.2/Circ.42/Rev.1 28 May 2015.

The Saudi Administration decided to widen the scope of ballast water sampling to all commercial ports in Saudi Arabia. Previously, ballast water sampling was only undertaken in ports operated by Saudi Aramco, the national energy company.

Saudi Aramco’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has set itself a target to collect as much sample data as possible with regard to the effectiveness of ships’ ballast water management systems (BWMS). EPD says that data collection will continue until at least September 2019, while the industry is going through an experience building phase with regard to BWMS.

The EPD set certain standards for sampling equipment to be used in this exercise and the inclusion of the B-QUA equipment demonstrates that it meets all EPD technical requirements in relation to data and report integrity/security.

The Saudi Government is currently developing its national legislation on BWMS, which will include indicative sampling approval processes. When this legislation is finalised, it may be necessary for sampling systems to enter a further approval phase depending on the data collected during EPD’s evaluation process and whether additional criteria need to be added.

Furthermore, depending the location and season, it is possible for zero presence of phytoplankton in the sea water, which is why some testing labs may have trouble in performing the type approval protocol.

For further information, visit http://www.aqua-tools.com/en/ballast-water/

Nidec ASI to supply shore-to-ship power to the docks of Genoa port: a major project worth 8 million euros, which meets the new environmental sustainability standards

The multinational Nidec ASI, leader in the Industrial Solutions sector of the Nidec Group, has signed a contract worth 8 million euros with Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea to design and construct a “shore-to-ship” project for the port of Genoa. This is an advanced electrical supply system that will enable docked vessels to plug in to the national grid from the dock, thereby accessing all the energy they need to be fully operative without having to switch on their on-board engines.

Nidec ASI, whose technical and financial bids scored the highest in the tender, was one of the first players to promote shore-side electricity, a decisive solution for reducing the environmental impact of port activities and for saving energy. The project responds to the need to comply with the directives of the European Union which, since 2003, has been urging ports to adopt shore-to-ship systems in order to reduce the polluting emissions of vessels in port. By 2025 this recommendation will become binding for all European ports.

Thanks to the system devised by Nidec ASI, emissions of SOx, NOx, CO2 and PM, which are a significant source of pollution for densely populated areas, are considerably reduced, to the benefit of public health. Moreover, by plugging ships into the national grid, and thereby avoiding the use of on-board diesel generators, the noise pollution that upsets tourists and inhabitants of the neighbouring areas is also greatly reduced.

For further information, visit http://www.nidec.com/en-Global/

Hanseaticsoft’s Cloud MRV now helps shipping companies comply with the new IMO-DCS regulation from 2019

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has introduced a mandatory Data Collection System (DCS) for international shipping, which requires ships above 5,000 gross tonnage to start collecting and reporting fuel consumption and CO2 data to an IMO database from 2019.

To help companies comply with the new regulation, Hanseaticsoft, a leading German software provider, has updated its Cloud MRV module to allow companies to easily capture and report the data required for IMO-DCS in the same place. This solution is available as a single app or integrated into Hanseaticsoft’s ship management platform, Cloud Fleet Manager free of charge for existing customers.

Like the EU MRV regulation that came into force in January 2018, the IMO-DCS has been developed to sustainably monitor and reduce emissions by measuring CO2 emissions in the maritime industry. EU MRV and IMO-DCS schemes overlap in various areas, with the IMO-DCS regulation covering the rest of the world.

The new regulation defines guidelines for monitoring, reporting and verifying CO2 emissions for vessels with more than 5000 GT. IMO-DCS data will be reported to a ship’s flag state after the end of each calendar year and then it will be verified to ensure it has been reported in accordance with the requirements before a statement of compliance is issued for the ship.

Customers using the Cloud MRV will be able to easily capture and analyse data using one system and have quick and easy access to reports about the fleet at any time. As data can be entered directly on board – it will save the crew time. The data collection requirements include the origin and destination information; the amount of fuel consumed in total and the emission factors; the amount of CO2 emitted; the distance travelled; time spent at sea, as well as the cargo carried and details of transport work.

For further information, visit www.hanseaticsoft.com

IMCA and OCIMF to work together to improve OVID

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) have agreed to establish a joint committee to review, share and progress developments of the Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) system. The aim will be to improve the efficiency of the vessel assurance process by pooling the knowledge and expertise of oil companies and their marine contractors, while at the same time maintaining the highest standards of vessel assurance and risk management.

The joint committee will discuss and review various elements of the system on an ongoing basis, to ensure continuous improvement.  Elements to be reviewed include the Offshore Vessel Particulars Questionnaire (OVPQ), the Offshore Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (OVIQ) and the Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA).

For further details, visit www.imca-int.com and www.ocimf.org

SPE Aberdeen awards £20,000 of student bursaries

Students at universities around the country have received a financial boost from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section as part of its 2018 bursary programme.

Each year, the bursaries are open to students studying oil and gas related subjects from the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, the University of Dundee, Heriot Watt University and the University of Strathclyde. More than 65 students, from undergraduate to PhD levels, applied for this year’s programme, with 20 awarded funding.

A shortlist of students was selected and invited to attend an interview panel, which allowed judges to decide who the recipients of the top awards of £2500 would be. A further 15 students were awarded £500 each.

Each of the students were presented with their awards at SPE Aberdeen’s monthly technical meeting on 28 March. The top bursary recipients have also been invited to present at SPE Aberdeen’s events over the coming months.

For further information, visit http://www.spe-uk.org/

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

Teledyne Marine Receives Spotlight on New Technology Award

Teledyne Marine was recently recognised by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), the largest global industry event for oil and gas, with a 2018 Spotlight on New Technology Award for the FlameGuard™ P5-200. OTC recognises innovative technologies each year with the Spotlight on New Technology Award, which showcases advanced solutions that will lead the industry into the future.

The FlameGuard™ P5-200 is a flame-proof ceramic electrical penetrator for use as part of the fire-resistant envelope of an offshore surface wellhead and Christmas tree system. The penetrator is a key technology element in a 5 kV electrical feedthrough system that provides three-phase power to downhole electrical submersible pumps (ESPs) in offshore dry trees. The penetrator is rated as fire resistant in accordance with API 6FB, Part II.

The ceramic material was developed by the New Product Development team at the Teledyne Oil & Gas Technology Development Center, in partnership with the advanced materials scientists at Teledyne Scientific, in response to customer demand for a fire-resistant, downhole electrical penetrator.

For more information, visit: http://www.teledynemarine.com/p5-200?ProductLineID=100

Call for papers: Testing the Waters for Ocean Wind, Wave, Tidal Energy Development in New England, 16 May 2018, 10:30 - 6:00

The purpose of this conference is to bring together representatives of industry, government and research to share updates on the progress, opportunities and challenges of commercialising ocean energy in the US. Ocean energy is seen as a large, untapped frontier with initial successes demonstrated in Europe in the form of large offshore wind farms, with more modest testing and demonstrations of more nascent wave and tidal technologies.

There are many risks and high costs to developing devices that can survive in the harsh ocean environment. One fundamental solution to de-risk the development of new technologies is to provide developers with a place to test their devices in the ocean waters, close to shore near infrastructure, a ready supply chain and a capable workforce, to facilitate commercialisation.

With recent investments by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and others in the Wind Technology Test Center; the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal (designed to serve as an assembly area for offshore wind operations) and the newly installed Bourne Tidal Test Site, MA is looking more and more attractive as place for ocean energy device developers to test equipment and manufacture it here for the US and export markets.

Call for Technical Poster Abstracts: Submit Poster Abstract no Later than 30 April 2018 to Conference manager, Maggie Merrill at [email protected]

For further details and to register visit https://www.umassd.edu/innovate/events/marinerenewableenergyconference/

Enter ASL‘s 2018 Early Career Scientist contest to win the use of the autonomous scientific echo sounder for 3 months

The goal of this open proposal program is to support the oceanographic research community by lending, free of charge, a battery-powered AZFP 125/200/455/769kHz or 38/125/200/455kHz mooring cage and battery for a 3-month maximum deployment period along with the support from ASL’s team of experts. This instrument loan program is open to early-career scientists and engineers, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and others involved in oceanographic or freshwater work.

With the unmatched combination of multiple frequency operation with low power and extended endurance, the ASL Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler™ (AZFP™) offers a new, economical way of obtaining reliable measurements of marine environmental conditions in the water column. The AZFP™ can monitor the presence and abundance of zooplankton and fish within the water column by measuring the acoustic backscatter returns at multiple ultrasonic frequencies. Other sonar targets realized from the sonar backscatter data include bubbles and suspended sediments. The AZFP is a powerful tool for scientific research and environmental monitoring in oceans, lakes and rivers. For more details on the AZFP, refer to our product brochure.

To apply to this program, send a summary proposal (maximum length 4 pages) of your study and description on how it would benefit from the use of the AZFP’s capabilities. The selection criteria involve a number of factors including:

Relevance of the project: the measurements obtained should advance the understanding of physical and/or biological phenomena of importance to the aquatic environment

Innovation of the project including scientific merit

The ability of the party to deploy and recover the instrument

Interested applicants may send proposals before June 15, 2018.

For further information, visit www.aslenv.com

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

MacArtney steps up Group presence globally: The international sales organisation of the MacArtney Group reinforces its sales activities in the South American and Swedish markets

A long-standing cornerstone of the MacArtney strategy is to continuously strengthen their global outreach and customer support through strategic local presence in key markets. The fact of selling and supporting products and systems locally provides MacArtney’s customers access to rapid response to enquiries and mobilisation of service. This dedication to local presence will be of key importance to the success of the two new operations representing MacArtney products and systems.

MacArtney – South America Operations is headed by Søren Skifter Christensen, a Dane who is a permanent resident in Chile where he has been working for the past 15 years. Søren was previously a Danish Commercial Attaché in Chile and is experienced in business development and promotion of Danish companies in South America. Søren lives in Santiago de Chile.

MacArtney – Sweden Operations is headed by Emil Andersson who will be focusing on system sales in the Swedish market. Emil has lots of experience with underwater technology, having been working with this field in Swedish and Australian companies during the past 10 years. Emil is a graduate engineer having a background within sonar and underwater video technology. Emil resides in Mölnlycke, Sweden.

In their capacities as MacArtney representatives, the new operations get access to the entire range of MacArtney products, systems and integrated solutions. Through the MacArtney Group headquarters in Esbjerg, Denmark, the Sweden and South America operations benefit from working together with highly trained and multi-disciplinary engineering and project management departments dedicated to developing and providing solutions for even the most complex subsea challenges.

For further information, visit www.macartney.com

Kreuz Subsea continues growth strategy with senior appointments

Global integrated subsea services business, Kreuz Subsea, has strengthened its senior management team with two key appointments at its Singapore headquarters to support its global expansion plans.

Pradeep Verma has joined the company as chief commercial officer while Marek Kaminski is welcomed as director of marine assets. The duo brings more than 50 years of combined oil and gas experience to Kreuz Subsea.

Mr Verma will be responsible for strengthening the company’s position in its core markets of India, Asia Pacific, and the growth of business into the Middle East market.

As director of marine assets, Mr Kaminski will be responsible for the overall supervision of the company’s owned and chartered fleet.

These recent additions to the senior management team follow on from last October’s changes to the top positions at Kreuz Subsea which saw AJ Jain recruited as chief executive officer and Balaji Bhashyam as chief operating officer. The firm also appointed Phil Bradbury as QHSE director at the end of 2017.

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

JOB POSTINGS

Technical Sales Representative, Teledyne Benthos, US

Teledyne Marine is a group of leading-edge undersea technology companies that have been assembled by Teledyne Technologies Incorporated.

The Technical Sales Representative identifies and sells our products and services to the Oceanographic and Scientific communities located in the Eastern United States. The primary role of this position is to capture sales for Teledyne Marine products, both directly and through distributors. The Technical Sales Representative has a strong awareness of Teledyne Marine product offerings and applications to be able to sell the proper solution to the customer.

Responsibilities include:

Drives Teledyne Marine acoustic sensor sales to meet booking and revenue targets via direct and indirect sales activities with a heavy focus on the US and Canada for Acoustic Sensors and Imaging Systems.

Promotes of, but is not limited to, Acoustic Releases, Acoustic Modems, Acoustics Locators, Glass Flotation, Hydrophones, Acoustic Positioning Systems, ADCPs, DVLs, and Imaging Systems.

Interests the client in purchasing products, negotiates a price, and completes the sale, which includes preparing standard quotations, following-up for sale capture, etc.

Establishes new accounts by identifying potential customers; planning and organizing sales call schedule.

Actively manage the channels to ensure they are fully engaged, optimised and driven to succeed.

Participate in developing and implementing regional sale strategy including plans and programs to maximize market penetration of product line including new market entry, both direct and through channel partners.

Arrange and hold technical seminars, product presentations and customer demonstrations both direct and through channel partners.

Understands customer requirements and suggests appropriate sensor and platform integrations and solutions.

Helps to build and maintain a library of application notes for the product line.

Forecast sales volume, process sales orders, maintains the sales and customer contact databases.

Responsible for ensuring that the pricing and discount policy is adhered to and maintained within the authorised limits.

To find out more about this role and to apply, visit https://careers-teledyne.icims.com/jobs/6260/technical-sales-representative/job

Technical Sales Manager, Teledyne Impulse, US

As part of the Teledyne Marine group, Teledyne Impulse designs and manufactures highly reliable electrical and optical interconnection systems for a broad range of harsh environment applications.

The Technical Sales Manager will promote the sale of Teledyne Interconnect Solutions products by visiting current and potential customers, supporting the existing Reps in North America, presenting our capabilities & services, seeking new applications, enhancing relationships with current and new contacts and fostering good will.

Responsibilities include:

Sales support duties and typical specific activities in support of all inside sales persons, shall include:          Pick up prints and samples pursuant to generating quotations;          Drop off quotes and sales samples or first article prototypes;      Perform physical follow-up visits to close an order or renew interest;          With input from customer support representatives and others:

Formulate specific customer visit strategy that promotes an immediate return or satisfies a specific short term goal.

Makes periodic customer visits and communicates via e-mail and phone to promote our strategic long-term relationship building agenda.

Collaborate on customers: Identify, initiate and build relationships with important accounts to grow business base. Activities may include, but are not limited to:

Assist in the evaluation and pursuit of key accounts sharing tactics and agreeing on sales strategy.

Continually seek to uncover new applications with existing contacts.

Continually seek to identify new contacts within the same company.

To the best of ability, provide technical product support.

Using customer contact experience, assist in new applications proposal generation and provide contract review input

Look for and communicate possible product development opportunities that may be uncovered while visiting customers.

Identify and report significant trends especially where you are supporting multiple accounts within the same market segment.

Actively participate in research activities.

As required, prepares periodic sales report showing sales volume and potential sales within assigned geographic territory.

For more information or to apply for this position, please visit:  https://careers-teledyne.icims.com/jobs/5013/technical-sales-manager/job

Hydrographic Survey Engineer / Technical Support Consultant, Teledyne CARIS, The Netherlands

Teledyne CARIS is a world leading developer of geospatial software for ocean mapping and marine information systems with its headquarters in Fredericton, Canada. Their EMEA office, located in The Netherlands is servicing clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The team are seeking an experienced and motivated Technical Support Consultant / Hydrographic Survey Engineer. You will be playing a key role in a dynamic international team, working together on high level spatial problem solving and assurance of customer satisfaction.

In this role you will:

Work within the Support & Training department as a Technical Support Consultant in the field of hydrographic data processing, digital terrain modelling, bathymetric data management engineering analysis and related areas;

Provide support via the online HelpDesk system, email or phone to our clients;

Provide software training in the Netherlands office as well as at client sites throughout the EMEA region and possibly beyond;

Build close working relationships with existing clients;

Analyse current client systems and issues, identify technical problems, formulate and demonstrate integrated solutions;

Exude confidence and provide formal professional presentations;

Use and build industry knowledge to discover new potential clients, opportunities and markets;

Provide onsite support for Teledyne CARIS users;

Have the potential to be involved in marketing and sales activities of Teledyne CARIS EMEA, including attending international conferences and exhibitions;

Provide onsite consultancy, once fully experienced within this role.

To be successful in this role, you will:

Have a degree in Hydrography, Geomatics or a related Ocean Science or Geoscience discipline;

Alternatively, have relevant employment history in hydrographic surveying of minimum 2 years;

Be willing to travel frequently to other countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East;

Be fluent in English and a second language (Italian, Spanish, German, French or Dutch – others might also be considered);

Have the capability of conducting high level consultancy and training;

Be a highly organised and flexible, capable of adapting rapidly to changes in technology;

Have strong social, inter-cultural and communicative skills.

To find out more about this role, visit http://www.caris.com/careers/details.cfm?jID=84&r=2