Issue 507
17 October 2017:


Sonardyne acoustic technology used in hunt for flight recorder at helicopter crash site

A mission to search for the wreckage of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter which crashed into the Atlantic earlier this year was supported with underwater locating equipment from Sonardyne International Ltd.

Within hours of rescuers arriving at the scene of the accident off the west coast of Ireland, a Sonardyne Scout USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) acoustic tracking system owned by the country’s Marine Institute, and operated from a local fishing vessel, had detected emergency signals being transmitted from the aircraft’s flight data recorder (FDR). Using an ROV, search teams were subsequently able to pinpoint the exact location of the wreck which was lying in 40 metres of water. The ROV was also equipped with a Sonardyne ROV-Homer system which was used to ‘home’ directly in on the signals from the Dukane pinger. To make moving around through the debris field easier for the ROV’s pilot, a number of transponders compatible with the ROV-Homer were deployed to act as navigation waypoints. Irish navy divers later recovered the flight recorder which was found to be in good condition and transferred it to the UK for analysis.

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OSIL equipment withstands hurricane Ophelia

University College Cork have reported that a network of field-based Remote Turbidity Stations manufactured by Ocean Scientific International Ltd have “survived a battering from hurricane Ophelia”.

Gerard Morgan, manager of the Aquatic Services Unit at the Environmental Research Institute (University College Cork, Ireland) informed OSIL that the systems were performing as intended and continually reporting real-time data throughout “the worst storm in Ireland for more than a generation”.

The self-contained systems also unintentionally recorded an unprecedented data-set; an “intense run-off event” that was predicted by the Met Office which could provide a unique insight into the effects of the storm.

The sampling sites in the South West of Ireland were one of the first locations to experience the full force of the winds that exceeded 96mph (156kph) in places, demonstrating that OSIL bespoke integrated systems are some of the most robust and reliable monitoring systems available globally.

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Fugro boosts offshore wind projects in Taiwan

Global experience at over 100 offshore wind farms has led to involvement for Fugro in the emerging offshore wind farm market in Taiwan.

Complementing its 30 years of experience offshore Taiwan, Fugro has completed geotechnical and geophysical surveys for feasibility studies, installation, commissioning and cost-effective operation of offshore wind farms in UK, European and North American waters. In 2016 it undertook the first geotechnical and geophysical survey and metocean study project in Taiwanese waters for a major offshore wind developer for engineering design and environmental impact assessment purposes.

Amongst Fugro’s successful projects in the region’s oil and gas sector is a large-scale clearance survey for an exploration 3D seismic survey programme. The survey was conducted with International Ocean Vessel Technical Consultant Co Ltd (IOVTEC), with whom the company has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Optimising their service offerings in marine site characterisation under this MoU, Fugro and IOVTEC will also install a lidar buoy to collect wind resource data off the Taiwanese coast in January 2018. In addition to its surveying activity, IOVTEC will provide logistic and operational support to Fugro’s offshore metocean projects.

The agreement will see the two companies cooperate on marine survey projects in the waters surrounding Taiwan, with IOVTEC expanding survey services in the country and Fugro providing fit-for-purpose technology, equipment and expertise.

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Network of monitoring buoys for Kiel Canal Project

OSIL have supplied a network of 7 off 1.9m data buoys to DHI in Denmark in support of a long term monitoring project in Kiel, Germany, for deployment in October.

The sturdy buoy systems each incorporate 2 Sea-Bird Scientific WET Labs multiparameter water quality sensors; one mounted at the surface within the robust central buoy structure to prevent damage to the instrument, and the other securely located on a unique mooring frame suspended 2m above the seabed that also accommodates a Nortek AWAC on a gimbal to monitor currents and waves. The exclusive mooring design includes a data swivel to ensure that the subsea instruments can continually report data without the risk of cable entanglements in the dynamic environment.

The buoys have a substantial power consumption rate owing to the high sampling frequency and real time data transmitted almost continuously, as required by the client, resulting in unique adaptations made by OSIL to the top frame design to accommodate methanol fuel tanks & cells at the customer’s request with the addition of secure storage for the tanks and cells, and exhaust vents.

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Partrac deliver final sea bed erosion datasets for flagship aquaculture project

Leading UK marine survey company Partrac Ltd recently provided key sea bed erosion data to the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), for a project funded by the Scottish Government since 2013, aimed at upgrading a fish waste dispersion model (NEWDEPOMOD) used by the Regulator to underpin the consenting process for the domestic aquaculture industry.  The NEWDEPOMOD model will contribute to the industry’s growth strategy for aquaculture in Scotland to 2030, an ambitious, industry-led plan for sustainable growth across the entire aquaculture value chain.

Partrac worked in conjunction with scientists from SAMS, Oban, and led a series of offshore data collection programmes at 11 commercial marine aquaculture sites off the Scottish west coast. The work involved the use of benthic flume technology to measure seabed erosion parameters, which the model needs in order to compute waste erosion, settling and dispersion. Benthic flumes are devices that are deployed to rest on the seabed and can be used to apply a controlled flow stress onto the surface of submerged sediments, and thereby determine the stability directly. Two flumes of the Voyager series were deployed at fish farm sites collecting data on seabed erosion parameters at organically impacted locations.

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Associated British Ports Humber takes delivery of R2SONIC 2024 with Integrated INS and 6-year extended warranty, Valeport Sound Velocity Sensor and Hypack Software Suite

Swathe Services are pleased to announce that they have recently delivered a complete multi-beam sonar solution to the Hydrographic Department at Associated British Ports Humber. After reviewing several systems and a series of challenging demonstrations Mike Abbey, Hydrographer for the River Humber, chose the SONIC 2024 with Ultra High Resolution and Raw Water Column options for their Hydrographic survey vessel ‘Humber Sounder’.

The Humber ports support 23,000 jobs and together handle more than 58 million tonnes of cargo each year. The River Humber, which drains one fifth of the area of England, is one of the UK’s most challenging areas in which to undertake Hydrographic survey operations.

To find out more about Swathe Services and the solutions they offer please visit: or get in touch with James Williams on +44 (0)1872 275 642 or email: [email protected].

Collaborating with Florida State University to study oil spill outcomes

HR Wallingford is one of a team of six research institutions led by Florida State University (FSU) which has been awarded a $2.8 million grant to expand our understanding of how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico.

Prof Eric Chassignet, director of FSU’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Studies (COAPS), will lead the team of scientists who will use the grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the role that microbes play in determining the fate of oil and its impact on marine ecosystems.

The Consortium for Simulation of Oil-Microbial Interactions in the Ocean (CSOMIO) is an interdisciplinary team brought together by the project’s Scientific Director at FSU, Dr Steve Morey. Consisting of experts in physical oceanography, ecology, biology, chemistry and marine sediments, the group will investigate how microbes influence the biodegradation and accumulation of petroleum in the water column and marine sediments of the deep ocean and shelf.

HR Wallingford will be measuring the properties of natural and oil-affected floc in situ using a unique floc camera system known as the LabSFLOC system. The floc camera was developed by Prof. Manning and utilizes a low-intrusive, high magnification video camera to observe flocs as they settle.

The team of research institutions also includes Texas A&M University, the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Scientists from the six institutions will use recent model developments, and results from field- and laboratory-based microbial and sediment studies, to develop simulations to investigate the impacts of potential future oil spills under different scenarios and conditions (temperatures, oxygen levels, particulate matters and transport).

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INNOVATUM software update enhances accuracy of SMARTRAK

The accuracy of the SMARTRAK cable and pipeline tracking system is enhanced by the release of a new software update from INNOVATUM.

The update to the software enhances the accuracy of Smartrak in both Passive Magnetic, and Active DC modes.

In addition, the new software updates the Geographic Magnetic Field information.

The software is free to download at

For further information, contact Terry Slater at [email protected] or Rob Nunn  [email protected]

Final call for Subsea UK Award nominations

Industry body, Subsea UK has issued a final call for entries ahead of its prestigious 2018 business awards. The awards recognise companies and individuals who are leading the way in Britain’s £9billion subsea sector.

Entries are being sought for the subsea company of the year (large and small), the most promising young person in the sector, outstanding contribution by an individual to the industry and emerging enterprise. The awards will also recognise achievements and innovations in technology, safety and exports.

An independent judging panel of industry leaders will score each entry according to the agreed criteria and the shortlist of finalists will be announced in January 2018.

Accolades will be presented at a gala dinner, organised by Subsea UK on 8 February during Subsea Expo, Europe’s largest subsea conference and exhibition.

Nominations can be made online via by Friday 3 November.

Horizon Geosciences Simultaneously Operate 3 North Sea Site Investigation Vessels

Horizon Geosciences continues its increased involvement in the North Sea renewables market, marked by the milestone of having three simultaneously mobilised site investigation vessels working on different offshore wind farm projects last month. The Horizon Geobay, now in its 5th year as a predominantly geotechnical drilling vessel, was completing a series of sampling boreholes at a Scottish offshore windfarm, whilst the Kommandor Stuart in her second year with Horizon Geosciences performed a multibeam bathymetric survey for a UK offshore windfarm and the newly mobilised Atlantic Carrier carried out seabed geotechnical operations at a potential French offshore windfarm site.

All three vessels will now congregate to work on the same project ensuring that required timeframes for data delivery are met. Cameras will be at the ready to capture this unique event.

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Kokusai Cable Ship places contract with SMD for Plough A-Frame and Twin Self-fleeting Drum Cable Lay System

Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) are pleased to announce the signature of a contract with Kokusai Cable Ship Co. (KCS) for the design and manufacture of cable lay equipment and a plough A-frame, to be installed on KCS’s new purpose-built cable laying vessel.

SMD will produce two self-fleeting drum cable engines, complete with an integrated control system, at their facilities in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The company’s dedicated Deck Equipment business unit will undertake the project as specialists in the design and manufacture of cable handling solutions, launch and recovery systems and winch packages.

Delivery of the equipment will take place in Summer 2018 to Port Colombo in Sri Lanka. SMD’s scope of supply includes the two electrically-driven self fleeting drum cable engines (DCE), draw-off / hold-back (DOHB) engines, electric drive and control system, deck and bridge console, two cable transporters, and the latest cable management software. In addition, SMD will supply a 50te SWL A-Frame for plough operations.

The drum cable engines will feature a unique and patented self-fleeting mechanism, which employs a cam-driven arrangement of moving staves to fleet the cable. This innovation removes the use of knives, greatly reducing cable wear.

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Deep Ocean Engineering: NIS-300 Digital Control Console Successfully Passed CE and FCC Compliance Testing

Deep Ocean is proud to announce that the NIS-300 digital control console has successfully passed the CE and FCC qualifications. The digital control console’s design has fewer connectors and reduced weight. The unit contains real-time diagnostic and can be monitored, serviced and upgraded remotely. Therefore, the cost of ownership is greatly reduced. It is compatible with new and existing Phantom Firefly and P-150 Systems.

Some features include a digital pilot box, an integrated DVR with audio annotation, optional USB gamepad control support, text, graphic, video, overlay, and universal power supply (90-285 VAC 50/60 Hz Single Phase).

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ECA Group and THYCON partner for Future Australian Submarine Program

ECA Group and THYCON announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding during last PACIFIC 17 exhibition held in Sydney in the beginning of October 2017 to address the challenges of the Future Australian Submarine and other Defence programs.

ECA Group, the French company specialised in Subsea Robotics and Systems including tailor made solutions for submarine equipment’s such as Power electronic cabinet (static variators, speed variators) silent electrical motors, steering gear console also being one of the world specialists for magnetic signature management systems.

THYCON is a major long term supplier to the Australian Department of Defence providing 50, 60 & 400Hz frequency converters, UPS, rectifiers and CCR equipment, as well as bespoke power quality solutions.

Together, ECA Group and THYCON offer an enhanced capability to fulfil the requirements of the world’s critical defence needs, while ensuring sustainment of Australian projects over the long term is supported with local design, manufacturing and after sales care. This alliance brings together two great companies with many years of complementary expertise and experience.

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HYPACK announce Marine Search and Rescue Webinar: Software Making a Difference, 8 November, 11.00 – 11.45 (EST)

On Wednesday 8 November, join Jerry Knisley of HYPACK, a Xylem Brand, as he guides you through HYPACK® Marine Search and Side Scan software. This software is dedicated to marine search and recovery operations. It will help decrease search time, better prepare divers for rescue/recovery operations and ensure that your areas are cleared during search operations. Throughout this webinar you will learn more about data collection, post processing, real world examples and much more. The webinar will also include information about real-time mosaicking and targeting of side scan data from side scan sonars.

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Subsea UK conference to examine latest underwater technology, 21 November, Aberdeen

The latest subsea technologies and adaptations developed in response to increasingly challenging market conditions will be among the topics under the spotlight at Subsea UK’s 2017 Underwater Vehicles Conference.

Formerly known as the Subsea UK ROV Conference, the event will welcome experts from across the industry to debate a range of subjects including the global cost challenges, sustainability and efficiency improvements, as well as market drivers and restraints.

Recent market research revealed that the underwater vehicle market is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, due to the increased demand for underwater robotics for survey and seabed mapping, offshore drilling, and pipeline inspection.

Sponsored by ROV service provider ROVOP, Tritech, Teledyne Marine, Omega Subsea and ROV Planet, the conference will take place on Tuesday 21 November at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

For further information and to register for the event, please visit

Robots take centre stage at Marine-i event, 22 November, Penryn

The use of robotics and artificial intelligence in marine technology will be the theme of Marine-i’s next Discovery Room event. This free event will take place on Wednesday 22 November at Tremough Innovation Centre, Penryn.

Marine-i is an EU-funded scheme that 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 and expertise on a specific theme of marine technology, delivered in a series of short, punchy presentations and followed up by interactive workshops and Q&A sessions.  Marine-i events provide businesses with a comprehensive overview of the topic and insight into potential market growth opportunities.

Speakers for the event include market-leading companies such as Ørsted (previously Dong Energy (UK)), Cornwall-based TouchByte and Autonomous Systems developer SEICHE, as well as experts from the University of Exeter and Plymouth University. ORE Catapult will discuss the challenges involved and Innovate UK will talk about national funding opportunities. There will also be interactive exhibits and innovative technologies on display.

Attendance at the event is free, and delegates can register at the following link:


OceanWorks welcomes technical director

OceanWorks International is pleased to welcome back Harald Grob as Technical Director.

Having spent almost half of his 30+ years of experience with OceanWorks, it’s a befitting role that Mr. Grob takes on; leading the technical staff and providing innovative solutions to OceanWorks customers in all markets.

Prominent in Harald’s extensive background is his ability to develop innovative technical solutions and provide technical leadership from concept design through to successful construction and testing phases.

During his previous time with OceanWorks Harald played a key role in the development of the US Navy Pressurized Rescue Module System (PRMS) as well as numerous other challenging subsea projects for OceanWorks’ scientific, and oil & gas clients.

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Kraken Appoints New Board Member

Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) is very pleased to announce that retired Vice Admiral Michael J. Connor, United States Navy, has joined its Board of Directors.

In a 35-year career in which he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in the United States Navy, Connor commanded at the ship, squadron and task force levels. His assignments included command of USS SEAWOLF, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, Submarine Squadron Eight, Undersea Forces in the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf.

He held several concurrent titles during his last assignment; including Commander, United States Submarine Forces, Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Commander, Allied Submarine Command. He served as commander of U.S. submarine forces from September 2012 until September 2015.

Vice Admiral Connor led the US Navy Submarine Force into robotic undersea systems, achieving key milestones including the first operational deployment and recovery of an unmanned underwater vehicle from a submarine. He also led innovation efforts that began the shift away from undersea search operations based on expensive platforms and moved toward operations based on large numbers of inexpensive vehicles.

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Product Line Specialist – Marine Geophysics/Sub-bottom Profiling, Applied Acoustic Engineering, Norfolk, UK

Applied Acoustic Engineering is a manufacturer of high value marine related electronic-acoustic products that include subsea positioning and tracking systems, and a market leading range of seismic survey equipment. Established for more than 25 years the company has an international client base across many industry sectors that is supported by a global distributor network.

Due to business growth there is currently an opportunity for a Product Line Specialist with expertise in Marine Geophysics and Sub-bottom Profiling.

The role reports to the Group Technical Manager and requires a candidate who has the capacity to be the driving force behind the technical evolution of the company’s extensive range of subsea geophysical survey products. The position involves the evaluation, design, trialling and testing of our next generation of products, along with the implementation and management of their progress into production. As a Product Specialist, there will be a requirement to offer support to our sales team and assist with post sales advice and technical support to customers, including the possibility of undertaking field demonstrations and conducting on-site and in-house training sessions.

Desired skills, knowledge and experience:

Qualified to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject

Good communication skills

Observant, inquisitive and have an ability to solve problems

Previous experience in Marine Geophysics a distinct advantage

Good attention to detail

Ability to travel unhindered domestically and internationally

Ability to work independently or as part of a team

IT literate, familiar with MS Office applications

High standard of written and spoken English

Self-motivated and customer focussed

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Technical Sales Specialist, Modulus Technology Ltd, Norfolk, UK

Modulus Technology is part of the AAE Technologies Group along with multi-award winning sister company Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd.  Modulus is the Group’s innovation division that applies in-house engineering expertise to develop and manufacture tailored solutions for offshore energy companies, oceanographic institutions and naval defence forces worldwide.

Due to business growth Modulus Technology requires an experienced sales and engineering professional to develop its diverse customer base, turning project requirements into deliverable products as well as assisting with the development of a specialist product range.

Working alongside the design and engineering teams the successful candidate will be responsible for expediting and overseeing projects and enquiries, with the additional responsibility of generating new leads and opportunities for the company.

Although based in the Great Yarmouth group head office, regular UK travel is envisaged with the opportunity for some occasional international travel.  Reporting to the directors of the company, this opportunity would suit a qualified engineer with a track record in technical sales, excellent people skills and the ability to converse on a technical level.

Desired skills, knowledge and experience;

Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline (e.g. mechanical/electrical and electronic/hydroacoustic)

Ability to interpret customer requirements to align with company capabilities

Minimum 3 years’ experience in a customer facing sales environment

Ability to travel unhindered domestically and internationally

Ability to work independently or as part of a team

IT literate, familiar with MS Office applications

High standard of written and spoken English

Self-motivated and customer focussed

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