Issue 509
31 October 2017:


Ocean Business 2019 – Over 80% sold with 18 months still to go!

As one of the most unmissable events in the ocean technology calendar, exhibit space at Ocean Business is already over 80% sold. With still more than 18 months until the show is due to take place at the National Oceanography Centre, in Southampton UK, the organisers have been overwhelmed by how quickly re-bookings have been flooding in; “Never before have we had such an incredible response to re-booking exhibition space. Exhibitors see Ocean Business as the perfect platform to seek out new opportunities for a relatively low cost. Such a rapid and positive response has been astounding!” exclaimed Cheri Arvonio, event manager.

The 2019 event will see the same winning formula as in previous years with an international exhibition, three-day programme of hands-on training and demonstration sessions, a cutting-edge conference, various associated meetings, Ocean Careers and an amazing line of up social events keeping exhibitors and visitors networking around the clock.

The Ocean Business team have now opened up the last few remaining stands to new companies wishing to exhibit. Interested parties are encouraged to be quick as every show to date has been a sell out and for a number of years there has been a long waiting list. Space won’t be available for long!

For further information please email Cheri Arvonio at [email protected] or Tel: +44 (0)1453 836363.


New technology drives new science

The deepest 45% of the ocean depth range remains one of the most unexplored and inaccessible regions on the planet. Twelve people have walked on the moon while only three people have ever been to the deepest zone in the ocean — the hadal zone.

The hadal zone, waters deeper than 3.75 miles (6000 meters), covers an area larger than the size of Texas and has pressures approaching 1100 times atmospheric pressure, at the deepest point (16,000 psi, which is equivalent to having two rhinoceroses on your thumb). Very little is known about the circulation, mixing, chemical properties, and biological communities in the water of these deep ocean trenches.

This dearth of knowledge stems from a lack of suitable instrumentation with which to make observations. With a $1.2 million award from the W.M. Keck Foundation, a team from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, along with industry partners, is on track to build a Hadal Water Column Profiler (HWCP).

This uniquely capable profiling instrument will, for the first time:

Enable high quality physical, chemical, and biological sampling of the water column from the sea surface to the seafloor at 11km (36,000 ft) depth.

Withstand hundreds of cycles in and out of hadal pressures (that is, up and down in the water column). The instrument’s ability to create frequent depth profiles will allow researchers to observe important physical and chemical changes in the ocean environment.

Provide observations needed to illuminate important and vexing problems, such as how the deep ocean trenches are ventilated.

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Fugro applies market-leading seeps expertise to Canada’s growing offshore industry

Fugro has teamed up with Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) to acquire offshore hydrocarbon seep data in advance of Canada’s 2018 east coast bid round. Bathymetry, backscatter and water column anomaly data will be collected to pull together a comprehensive picture of surficial geological features.

These data will be used to identify and precisely target the best locations for geochemical sampling, enabling clients to improve and de-risk their exploration programmes. The information may also be used in a variety of further investigations such as establishing environmental baselines, evaluating seafloor geohazards and preliminary planning for field development.

The seafloor mapping will be performed by Fugro using its geophysical vessel, Fugro Discovery, and includes acquisition of 10,500 square kilometres of multibeam echo sounder data and sub-bottom profiler data. This will be followed by coring up to 150 geochemical targets and 20 heat flow measurements, complete with shipboard geochemical screening testing, further shore-based geochemical analyses (carried out by AGI) and an integrated, interpreted data package. AGI’s geochemical analyses will determine the hydrocarbon signature of the samples.

The comprehensive data package will be available in early 2018 and is being licensed from both Fugro and AGI.

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Performance 5000+ meter dive with six HUGIN AUV’s operating simultaneously

On 18 October Ocean Infinity launched six HUGIN AUVs, each with an independent mission that has surpassed a water depth of 5200 meters. This is the deepest dive undertaken by multiple AUVs commercially known. It is also a first for six HUGIN AUVs to simultaneously descend further than 5000 meters.

Upon the completion of Sea Trials in late July, Ocean Infinity has performed surveys at five different locations using the multiple AUV fleet all launched, monitored, and recovered from a 115-meter multiple purposes offshore vessel.

The mission of each AUV was observed by the operators onboard the vessel and custom mission planning software InfinityView, developed by 4D Nav was used. The coordination of the launch and recovery for each AUV is a vital part of every mission. The recovery of the AUVs for this mission began on the evening of October 19th.

The HUGIN AUV is rated for a water depth of 6000 meters. Ocean Infinity plans to descend to the 6000-meter water depth with all eight AUVs by mid-2018.

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Teledyne Gavia awarded contract for 6000m rated AUV

A global leader in the provision of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Teledyne Gavia announced today that the company has recently been awarded a contract for the supply of a 6000m rated AUV for deep water Search and Recovery applications for delivery in 2018.

The newly designed SeaRaptor AUV will incorporate a broad range of Teledyne content including acoustic modems, a flight data recorder beacon locator and sub-bottom profilers (Teledyne Benthos, Falmouth, MA), multi-beam echosounders and obstacle avoidance sonars (Teledyne RESON, Denmark), Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and Current, Temperature, and Depth sensor (CTD) (Teledyne RD Instruments, San Diego, CA), and onboard processing software (Teledyne Caris, New Brunswick, Canada). In addition, the vehicle will carry an Edgetech Side Scan Sonar with Dynamic Focus capability. Teledyne Marine’s ability to combine industry leading vehicle design, instrumentation, imaging sensors, and interconnect solutions from a single supplier into a turnkey package for customers makes the company unique in the unmanned underwater vehicle market.

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Swathe Services takes delivery of the NEW SBG Systems Ekinox2 Inertial Navigation System (INS)

As a result of continued and ever-increasing sales into the UK market, Swathe Services has recently invested in the NEW SBG Ekinox 2 series INS system. Originally released in 2013 the new generation of advanced and compact accelerometers & gyroscopes has enhanced the Ekinox INS attitude accuracy by a factor of two. Based on tactical grade MEMS chips the Ekinox 2 series now gives 0.02° roll and pitch, 0.05° heading, and a centimetre-level position. It is ideal for demanding application such as hydrography and mobile mapping on land, on the sea or in the air.

Since becoming a distributor for SBG in the UK and Ireland markets in February 2016, Swathe Services has now sold over 150 SBG INS systems across the Ellipse, Ekinox and Apogee series covering both the land and marine markets.  Whether multiple repeat orders or one of sales the SBG products have proven to offer exceptional performance at an amazing price, but most notably Swathe customers have seen 100 % reliability and robustness.

For a demonstration of the Ekinox2 INS or to find out about any other products that Swathe Services offers, please visit: or get in touch with James Williams on +44 (0)1872 275 642 or email: [email protected].

CGG delivers final PSDM products for Cairenn multi-client survey in Ireland’s Porcupine Basin

CGG announced completion of the Pre-Stack Depth Migration (PSDM) of its Cairenn multi-client survey in the Porcupine Basin, west of Ireland. Cairenn is the first of a series of multi-client surveys that CGG has recently been acquiring in the area. PSDM products for its Galway survey will be delivered before the end of the year.

The data sets from both surveys have been processed through an advanced velocity modeling and depth imaging sequence, including multi-layer tomography and full-waveform inversion, to deliver outstanding results, with exceptional clarity and deep imaging quality, from the Triassic/Jurassic fault blocks, through the Cretaceous section and up to the Cenozoic reservoirs. Fast-track results from additional surveys in the area acquired in 2017 have already been delivered, with final PSDM products due in the second quarter of 2018.

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The Maritime Alliance to launch a BlueTech Incubator in collaboration with Dentons US LLP, the City of San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The Maritime Alliance (TMA) has launched its BlueTech Incubator and has selected six companies to be included in its first cohort. The focus of the Incubator will be on products and services in the ocean and water domain with the goal of finding solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges and promoting the Blue Economy.

Companies in the incubator are tackling the ocean plastics problem and finding ways to harness energy from ocean waves. Other companies are developing sensors and solutions for residential water monitoring, developing software that provides meteorological and oceanographic decision-making tools for navigation, and shaping the digital future of the maritime industry.

The Incubator is located in class-A office space at the San Diego office of Dentons US LLP – the world’s largest law firm – in UTC-La Jolla and supported with a grant from the City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department. The Maritime Alliance is collaborating with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, part of UC San Diego, on programs that support entrepreneurship and innovation in the BlueTech space.

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Anglerfish - Miniature LED Flasher for AUVs and Gliders Released

Arctic Rays, LLC has released Anglerfish to the wider market – a proven robust miniature self-contained deep-sea LED flasher designed to aid in vehicle recovery. The 380 lumen LED with its 360 degree collimating optic can be seen from a distance as far away as 5 nmi from any direction. Its built-in daylight sensor prevents operation during daylight.  Standard output is a double burst every 2 seconds, customizable upon request. The Anglerfish easily mounts to vehicle masts and connects to power and control via a standard three pin connector.

Anglerfish is currently being used successfully on the Remus 100 and 600 AUVs. It was selected because it is low cost, low power, and is easily installed. In addition, unlike potted LED solutions, its 1 ATM housing design allows easy repair and replacement and is not as prone to leakage.

The compact design weighs only 30 grams in water, has a power draw of .55 W, and is available in depth ratings of 1,000 or 2,500 meters.

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MOTUS Wave Buoys exceed expectations: collecting valuable data all over the world

Since the launch in early 2017, the MOTUS Wave buoys have been very well received by the Marine Transport, Aquaculture and Oil & Gas industry, as well as the Research community.

Aanderaa have already received orders from six continents for wave measurement buoys, and the MOTUS is providing its users valuable long-term directional wave data in fairways, coasts and harbours.

MOTUS is a cost-effective sensor utilising the latest technology in miniaturised sensors coupled with advanced embedded software.

To meet the needs of customers, Aanderaa have incorporated the “Heave Timeseries” sampled at 4Hz. A number of time series derived parameters are calculated (H1/3, Hmax, Tz, and more) in addition to the existing frequency derived parameters. The MOTUS wave sensor completes the Xylem ODAS solution – ocean currents, water quality and meteorological measurements – offering a cost-effective solution to your application.

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Delve deeper into the ocean with drones

With the help of drones, areas of the ocean which have previously proved challenging to access are now within reach. Treacherous arctic conditions make exploration from a boat in these remote areas difficult, even for the most experienced researchers. Deploying drones enables researchers to capture accurate more reliable data, in a safer and more cost-efficient way. Intel are championing the use of drones in marine research and working in partnership with Parley for the Oceans and Oceans Alliance they are using ‘Snotbot’ drones to analyse the condition of whales and the environment. The drones collect spout water from whales in oceans around the world to help researchers better understand the rich biological data that whale snot holds, including DNA, stress and pregnancy hormones, viruses, bacteria and toxins.

Drones are also a critical aspect of offshore oil and gas development, with leading companies using drones to reduce the human risk factor, cut costs and save-time. Maersk Oil, who is using UAV’s to inspect vessels, reported that the inspection of a tank which used to take three to four days by rope-access is now completed in a day with the help of drones. These same companies are also using ROV’s (remotely operated underwater vehicles) for deep-sea exploration and detecting corrosion on structures.

European bodies are investing heavily in drones and in January 2017 the European Maritime Safety Agency issued the largest ever civilian maritime drone contract, valued at €67 million. Under the contract, drones will be used to assist with border control, search and rescue operations and monitoring pollution levels.

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Avitas Systems, a GE Venture, partners with Kraken to advance subsea robotic inspection

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has entered a strategic partnership with Avitas Systems, a GE Venture. The companies will integrate Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), acoustic and laser sensor technology and artificial intelligence-based navigation software into unique subsea inspection solutions for the oil and gas, offshore renewable energy, and shipping industries. The announcement was made during GE’s Mind + Machines event in San Francisco, California.

Routine subsea inspections can be slow and costly and often include manual visual inspection with large margins of error. Utilising enhanced imaging technology and inspection solutions will improve the jobs of inspectors and increase safety, accuracy, speed, cost efficiency and asset longevity. Avitas Systems will be able to complete subsea inspection with reduced cost and time, and operational footprint.

Kraken Robotics Inc. brings a broad range of cost efficient AUV technologies, such as underwater sensors, pressure tolerant batteries, thrusters and control electronics. Avitas Systems will integrate these technologies into an autonomous subsea inspection system. The data from this inspection will be uploaded into a state-of-the-art platform that includes robust data ingestion, automatic defect recognition, predictive analytics and a cloud-based visualization portal for oil and gas and offshore energy customers.

Across industries, Avitas Systems provides autonomous inspection with robots that can target specific points on industrial assets and follow precise paths from digitized 3D models. The paths’ repeatability enables artificial intelligence-based change detection and automated defect recognition for smarter inspection scheduling based on anticipated risk. Early detection and resolution of potential industrial issues means safer, more reliable operations and enhanced asset integrity. Working with Kraken Robotics, Avitas Systems will now be able to apply this process to underwater inspections.

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DeepWater Buoyancy announce new product pop-up buoy recovery system

DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc. announces that it has developed a Pop-Up Buoy Recovery System (PUB) and added it to their line of subsea buoyancy products. The PUB allows for direct retrieval of seabed packages, such as anchors, anchor lines, and bottom-mounted frames and instruments.

The new product was introduced in October at the 2017 Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop in San Diego, California. It was well-received by representatives, distributors, partners, and end-users.

Easily mounted to any framework, the assembly sits on the seafloor until the acoustic release is activated. Once the release completes its disconnection, the buoy subassembly lifts free from the canister subassembly and rises to the surface. A synthetic line connects the buoy directly to the framework of the seabed item and allows for retrieval.

The standard recovery system is designed to work with both the legacy Teledyne Benthos 875 shallow water release, as well as the new R500 series release. Though this model is built specifically for the Teledyne Benthos acoustic releases, the company can also fit the design to releases from any manufacturer.

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South Quay UK port expansion nears completion for PHC

The finish line is in sight for construction work to be completed on South Quay, UK, the first phase of Poole Harbour Commissioner’s (PHC) masterplan.

On budget and on schedule to be operational from January 2018, the £10 million expansion will draw a close to the ambitious seven year project. As the biggest new port development on the south coast for many years, South Quay will provide longer and deeper facilities to enable the port to continue to compete across a much wider range of shipping and marine activities.

Discussions are underway with a number of interested companies, while Cruise and Maritime Voyages have already announced South Quay as a new cruise port for sailing routes in their summer and autumn 2018 programme.

Construction of the new quay required 1,700 tons of steel piles, all of which was delivered by sea. In addition, 150,000 cubic metres of sand material has been used during development with reclamation fill taken directly from the port’s maintenance dredging scheme. With repair work taking place at nearby Poole Bridge, this has removed the need for additional congestion through road deliveries and enabled the use of a ‘waste’ product in the new construction.

BAM Nuttall Ltd, one of the UK’s leading civil engineering companies, was appointed as the main contractor by PHC to oversee the project. Once finished, the 200m long x 40m wide deep water quay will be over 9m in depth and able to provide accommodation for vessels up to 200m in length.

AISUS launches new tool for enhanced offshore inspection

AISUS has launched an improved internal gravity deployed ultrasonic scanning tool, SIRIUS-X, for completing ultrasonic corrosion mapping within offshore caissons, risers and conductors.

Following successful field trials, it recently completed its first caisson inspection programme for a major UK oil and gas operator. The projects were completed in 14 days and included internal inspection of the largest diameter caisson AISUS has delivered to date.

The SIRIUS-X is controlled from the topside, allowing inspection data to be captured above, within and below a variety of obstacles and diameter variations commonly encountered within caissons, without removing the tool.

It has been developed to maximise data accuracy and minimise the duration of inspections to meet the increasing demands of the offshore industry. Featuring a high torque rotary drive and a scanning speed of up to five metres per hour, its small cross-sectional footprint with minimal hydro-dynamic drag also allows it to perform during elevated sea states.

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Saudi Arabia’s response to ballast water requirements

The announcement confirming the ratification of the Ballast Water Convention (BWC) last September at IMO MEPC 71 finally provided the shipping industry with some solid timelines around the installation of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS). The decision to extend the deadline for the retrofitting of vessels with BWTS has been well-documented, and there may be many shipowners that breathed a sigh of relief. Yet, a year on, for those shipowners and operators who choose to take advantage of the extended deadline, it’s important to recognise that failing to follow the principle of the Convention may risk reduced commercial opportunities and reputational harm.

Two of the most powerful nations in world trade and the maritime economy have chosen to enforce strict ballast water regulations ahead of the required IMO compliance timelines. Since 21 June 2012 the United States Coast Guard (USCG) ballast water regulations require vessels that discharge ballast in U.S. waters to either install a treatment system or manage their ballast water in another approved way. In August 2017 the USCG issued a USD 5,000 fine to the operator of a freight vessel for unauthorized ballast water discharge into the Willamette River in Portland.

Saudi Arabia is another nation that is driving forward with enforcing ballast water regulations, in light of the recent announcement by the world’s largest oil producer, Saudi Aramco, that all vessels calling at its ports will be required to provide a ballast water sample and report. Saudi Aramco is among the highest receivers of ballast water from ships with over 180 million tonnes of ballast water discharged during cargo operations. As of 16 August 2017, all vessels using these ports are now required to demonstrate compliance with the Convention, with failure to do so likely to result in fines and detentions.

The fact that two important nations for shipping have moved ahead of regulation poses a quandary for shipowners and operators and created a two-tier environment, posing questions for those entering U.S, and Saudi Arabian ports: accelerate the installation of BWTS to comply, avoid U.S. and Saudi ports, or risk fines and detention?

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New-build Sentinel Marine ERRV bound for Breagh field deployment

A new multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) built by Aberdeen-based Sentinel Martine as part of a £110m investment has been deployed to operations in the southern North Sea. Forties Sentinel was officially named at a ceremony in Great Yarmouth.

Forties Sentinel has been contracted to INEOS Breagh to provide support for the firm’s production facilities in the Breagh gas field. INEOS has also chartered a second ERRV from the Sentinel Marine fleet – Sentinel Ranger – for the field.

The 61m vessel was officially named in a quayside ceremony by the ship’s godmother, Ylva Tuft, the wife of INEOS Oil & Gas chief executive officer, Geir Tuft, while Great Yarmouth port chaplain Rev Peter Paine performed the blessing. The charter for Forties Sentinel was brokered by Braemar ACM Shipbrokers.

It is the second vessel to be christened by Sentinel Marine in recent weeks, with Mariner Sentinel being deployed to Statoil’s Mariner field last month. She is one of nine new-build ERRVs ordered by the firm: six are already in operation and three are in various stages of construction at a shipyard in China.

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Least Squares Adjustment for Offshore Survey, 15-17 January 2018, Newcastle

This intermediate/advanced course is offered in association with Fugro. It provides geomatics professionals with an opportunity to strengthen their Least Squares and Statistical Analysis skills.

Topics covered include:
Error analysis and concepts of least squares
Efficient data handling using matrices
Review of fundamental concepts including:        Differentiation and linearization;    The least squares process from ground up;     Statistical testing

Audience: The course will have particular value for those working in the fields of offshore and land surveying, together with other high precision positioning applications (including GNSS). Software programmers in related fields will also find the course of benefit.

Fee: £965.00

Venue: Newcastle University

Details and online booking at, 0191 208 7439, [email protected]

VERIPOS holds Technology & Demonstration Day

VERIPOS, a global leader in the supply of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) positioning services to the offshore oil and gas industry held a Technology & Demonstration Day in Aberdeen on 5th October 2017.

VERIPOS, in co-operation with Aberdeen based work boat provider McLachlan Marine, held a number of sessions throughout the day at which participants attended a presentation followed by a demonstration of VERIPOS products and services onboard McLachlan Marine’s vessel – Ocean Predator.

The demonstrations included VERIPOS multi-constellation signal correction service Apex5, which utilises GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou and QZSS in the positioning solution. In addition to Quantum and GNSS Heading, attendees also had the opportunity to view current VERIPOS research and development work in GNSS/INS integration to increase reliability, redundancy and safety to the future VERIPOS solutions.

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3D at Depth expands senior team to drive growth and innovation

3D at Depth, a global provider of advanced subsea LiDAR systems and solutions, announced the appointment of Cory Moore as Global Offshore Operations Manager and Ian Roberts as Senior Mechanical Design Engineer.

Mr. Moore has over 20 years’ experience overseeing subsea survey and mapping projects with Tier #1 energy providers in Africa, Europe, and North and South America. During his tenure as a subsea survey engineer at Statoil and Chevron (Norway and the United States.), Moore helped design and lead survey solutions from concept through implementation with a focus on operational excellence and the use of technological innovations to increase offshore survey safety and efficiencies. Moore also held positions managing offshore survey operations for ProServ and Subsea7. His early career experience was spent at Fugro Marine Construction.  Moore will be responsible for the management, implementation and customer support for 3D at Depth’s global subsea LiDAR solutions.

Mr. Roberts joins 3D at Depth from Tidewater Subsea where he was responsible for remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) operations, engineering, and tooling design. In addition to mechanical and hydraulic subsea engineering, Roberts has implemented company document control systems for ISO 9000/14000 certification. Roberts’ expertise in ROV system integration, innovation and vessel installation will be a key component for his role with 3D at Depth as the company continues to advance their moving platform solution.

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Mike Jones to succeed Andrew Hodgson as SMD CEO

Andrew Hodgson is stepping down as CEO of Tyneside-based subsea engineering specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd. (SMD). He will be will be succeeded by his deputy Mike Jones. No stranger to the business, Jones has worked for SMD for over 25 years.

A director since 2004, Jones takes over following a planned two and a half year transition put in place when SMD was acquired by the Chinese company CRRC Times Electric in 2015, the world’s famous provider of electric railway propulsion and power control systems.

Andrew Hodgson has been at the helm of the company for nine years and led the business through its acquisition by the Chinese company, public listed in Hong Kong, in a £120 million deal as part of the firm’s strategy to penetrate new markets in which SMD has particular expertise.

In 2010 Jones led SMD’s Trenching, Mining and Renewable division, helping to secure its dominant position in subsea equipment for the growing Offshore Wind market, winning a Queens Award for the company 2012 and delivering a world-first in the deep water mining system for Nautilus Minerals.

For the past two years Jones has been Deputy CEO working as a Board Member and MD in China developing a team and SMD facility in Shanghai to establish local operations for the China market.

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MetOcean Telematics Appoints New Director of Business Development

Telematics is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Giordano as the Director of Business Development, MetOcean Telematics.

Nick brings over 16 years of International experience in the telemetry and diagnostics technology markets to MetOcean Telematics. He will be responsible for managing the Sales Support teams and implementing strategic growth and expansion plans for the company.

For additional information about MetOcean Telematics, visit or contact: [email protected].

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