Issue 517
2 January 2018:

General Ocean News

Fugro’s Data Brings Successful Close To The Search For Lost Sub AE1

Fugro’s role in the expedition to find HMAS AE1 has helped to solve Australia’s oldest naval mystery, 103 years after the First World War Australian submarine vanished off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

In waters over 300 metres deep, Fugro deployed its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from survey vessel, Fugro Equator. On Wednesday, 19th December an object of interest was located and further inspection confirmed that it was AE1.

Using specialised survey technology, including a multibeam echosounder mounted on the hull of Fugro Equator and its Echo Surveyor 5 AUV, Fugro scanned the seafloor to collect detailed data. The AUV flew at a constant altitude of 35 metres, through strong undersea currents and the complex terrain of the search area, that was located between two land masses.

The resulting 1-metre resolution images provided confidence that positive identification of targets could be made. Following analysis of the data, unusual features were catalogued, assessed and prioritised for additional detailed investigation that included AUV and drop camera operations. The first images captured show the vessel is remarkably well preserved and apparently in one piece.

“The success of this campaign is due to the efforts of all the teams involved and as one of the world’s most experienced operators of AUVs, Fugro is proud to have been a part of the search,” said Paul Seaton, Fugro’s Regional Business Development Manager. “It is particularly rewarding to know that the information gained from this expedition will be held by the Australian National Maritime Museum for future generations to remember.”

Following the discovery of the submarine, a small commemorative service was conducted onboard the Fugro Equator to remember the 35 crew, made up of Australian, New Zealand and British subjects, who lost their lives in 1914. Efforts are being made to contact the descendants of the crew.

For more information please contact Paul Seaton [email protected] or visit

Cyber Penetration Tests Underscore Maritime Industry’s Nightmare Security Scenario

Naval Dome has demonstrated the maritime industry’s nightmare security scenario with a series of cyber penetration tests on systems in common use aboard tankers, containerships, superyachts and cruise ships. Test results revealed with startling simplicity the ease with which hackers can access and over-ride ship critical systems.

With the permission and under the supervision of system manufacturers and owners, Naval Dome’s cyber engineering team hacked into live, in-operation systems used to control a ships’ navigation, radar, engines, pumps and machinery.

While the test ships and their systems were not in any danger, Naval Dome was able to shift the vessel’s reported position and mislead the radar display. Another attack resulted in machinery being disabled, signals to fuel and ballast pumps being over-ridden and steering gear controls manipulated.

According to Shefi, the Naval Dome hack was able to alter draught/water depth details in line with the spurious position data displayed on screen.

A third controlled attack was performed on the Machinery Control System (MCS). In this case, Naval Dome’s team chose to penetrate the system using an infected USB stick placed in an inlet/socket.

Naval Dome’s innovative cyber security technology provides a complete multilayer solution for the maritime industry. The level of security provided offers maximum protection for any vessel, according to the world’s highest standards including intelligence agencies standards.

For further details visit

Fugro’s Oil Seepage Mapping Collaboration Wins Environmental Leadership Award

Fugro has been honoured with an Environmental Leadership Award from The Maritime Alliance, a California-based non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable, science-based ocean and water industries. The recognition was received in San Diego during the organisation’s BlueTech Week, an international gathering of over 485 marine professionals from academia, government, and industry.


Sharing in the award was Planck Aerosystems, a drone intelligence company specialising in highly autonomous unmanned aerial systems. Fugro collaborated with Planck Aerosystems on a project to identify and map oil seepage from abandoned offshore well sites in Santa Barbara County. The work was performed for long-time Fugro customer Aqueos Corporation under contract to the non-profit environmental group Heal the Ocean. Results from this project prompted the California State Assembly to pass legislation SB-44 funding a legacy oil and gas well removal and remediation programme through 2028. The legislation was signed into law in October.


The Maritime Alliance cited the Fugro/Planck Aerosystems collaboration as a prime example of member companies working together for mutual benefit, as well as to the benefit of the ocean environment. Craig McLean, assistant administrator and acting chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), presented the awards.


“We are grateful to be recognised by The Maritime Alliance for this collaboration,” said Todd Mitchell, remote sensing manager for Fugro. “Partnerships such as this are an important part of our business process, and we are pleased to have helped facilitate a solution that has effected legislative change for the good of all stakeholders.”


In addition to the Environmental Leadership Award, Fugro received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, signed by Representative Duncan Hunter.


For further information email [email protected] or visit

New Company Announces Opening Of Houston Hub

A new name in global positioning services has announced the opening of a regional hub in Houston.

Recently-launched International Geomatics Group has been founded by well-known industry figures Steve Rampton (CEO) and Ken Adams (COO) and will be the marine focus for disruptive DGPS (Differential Global Positioning Services) provision.

It has just 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.

Core to the delivery of all International Geomatics Group projects is the “ICE” (Innovation, Communication, Execution) philosophy which ensures that, throughout the life of the project, the scope is continuously reviewed and the team liaises with the client on project aims to execute safely and reliably, delivering results, on time and on budget.

Commenting on the opening of the Houston hub, International Geomatics Group CEO Steve Rampton said: “As part of the planned growth of our new company, we are delighted to put down roots in one of the world’s leading energy hubs.  Situated on the western edge of Houston’s Energy Corridor, this high-specification facility and its location will correctly position us to service our clients and we are already taking advantage of the many benefits this is bringing.”

International Geomatics Group can be found at 23603 West Fernhurst (Suite 2203), Houston, Texas 77494.  To find out more visit

Wärtsilä’s Energy Storage Solution For North Sea Giant Reduces Costs And Emissions

The technology group Wärtsilä has agreed to retrofit the world’s first energy storage solution on board a large offshore supply vessel. The North Sea Giant, one of the world’s largest and most advanced subsea construction vessels, will be fitted with an energy storage system that reduces the vessel’s energy consumption, operating costs and exhaust emissions.

The retrofit energy storage system improves the operational efficiency and environmental footprint of the North Sea Giant, responding to key requirements of Norwegian North Sea Shipping AS, the owner of the vessel. The solution provides power redundancy and increases responsiveness of vessel operations.

Typically, a vessel with dynamic positioning uses two or more engines simultaneously to secure back-up power. This means that the engines’ load run low. By using a hybrid/battery system to provide the needed back-up power, the operational engine can be used closer to its optimal load. In addition to the hybrid/battery solution, the agreement signed in August 2017 includes transformers, filters, switchboard, shore connection equipment, upgrades of existing components and commissioning.

The North Sea Giant is a DP3 vessel. The ship is listed in the most advanced category of vessels that apply dynamic positioning. Installation of an energy storage solution into a class DP3 vessel has never been carried out before and requires a redefinition of applicable classification rules. Therefore Wärtsilä and North Sea Shipping AS are working in close collaboration with the DNV-GL classification society.

North Sea Shipping AS owns, operates and provides management services for advanced offshore supply vessels. Based in Austevoll on the west coast of Norway, the company has extensive experience in offshore shipping.

For further information, please contact: Cato Esperø, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Norway, Wärtsilä Services, [email protected], Tel: +47 901 03 145 or visit

Introducing JW Fishers’ New Proton 5 Marine Magnetometer

JW Fishers has specialized in the design and manufacture of underwater search equipment for almost 50 years. They are delighted to be releasing their new magnetometer in early 2018. They listened to their customers and have designed a 5th generation magnetometer with many new features;

The NEW Proton 5 is a top performing, microprocessor driven, marine magnetometer detection system:

–           The system is fully digitized and displays the current 5-digit measurement on a new easy to read 6-inch LCD screen that is backlit for night operations. Up to 80 of the previous measurements are displayed graphically in a history plot on the screen. User friendly menus allow easy configuration of all operation settings.

–           System tuning is now possible directly from the control box. The new “auto tuning” feature greatly simplifies set-up when operating in different locations. This will allow the user to quickly tune the magnetometer without having to disassemble and manually configure the device.

–           With the optional altimeter, the towfish distance from the ocean bottom is displayed on the LCD screen.

–           A unique feature of the towfish is its ability to be separated into two parts so that it easily fits into a watertight Pelican® case for storage and transportation.

For further information please contact [email protected] or visit

Job Postings

Systems Integration Engineer, OSIL, Havant, Hampshire

Ocean Scientific International Ltd is a leading supplier of bespoke environmental monitoring and sampling equipment. Using state of the art technology and innovation we deliver tailored solutions to an international customer base spanning marine, freshwater and terrestrial applications.

Due to ongoing expansion OSIL are looking to recruit an additional Scientific Systems Engineer to assist with the design, build, installation of Met Ocean and scientific systems.

Joining the Systems Team, you will use your skills to assist in solving client problems then assisting with the design, build and install multi-instrument environmental monitoring platforms worldwide. This varied role will see you support the development of products, improve and add to the Systems Team capabilities. Teamwork is at the heart of this role as you work closely with the customer and experts from other organisations.

The role includes:

Assist with the design and build of environmental monitoring systems

Specifying and procuring components

Testing and integrating equipment

Configuring communications (VHF, GSM, Satellite)

Configuration and testing of real-time data acquisition software

Installation, commissioning and maintenance world-wide

Preparation of technical documentation

Remote support to clients

While you will be based at OSIL in Havant, Hampshire, you will also be required to work overseas and UK.

Position Requirements:

Experience with scientific or commercial instrumentation

Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Science qualifications

Strong computing and IT knowledge

Embedded Software Development

Able to work in the offshore environment

Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English and confident working at heights

Accurate analysis skills for both data and with high precision scientific instruments

Salary: Starting salary according to experience

Please apply in writing with CV, to Kay Snooks, OSIL, Culkin House, C7/C8 Endeavour Business Park, Penner Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 1QN, UK.  Email [email protected]

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