Issue 519
16 January 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Next generation echosounders announced for Canadian Victoria Class submarine fleet

KNUDSEN Engineering ltd. is pleased to announce a 2-year contract award from the Canadian Dept. of National Defence for supply of ruggedised echosounders to replace the dry end portion of the deep and shallow echosounders currently fitted onboard Canada’s Victoria Class Submarine Fleet. Additionally, the contract will include installation and training at the Tactical Weapons System Training Facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each deliverable set includes recorders, remote displays, associated switches and ancillary dry end equipment. This order comes on the heels of recent sales of the KNUDSEN 320N Fathometer to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Foreign Military Sales.
The 320N Fathometer – now officially dubbed as the AN/UQN-10 by the U.S. Navy – is COTS equipment designed to meet critical low cost retrofit requirements, as well as the next generation choice for new ship builds. Designed and built in Canada, the Company looks forward to seeing their efforts at work in Canada.
For further information, visit https://knudseneng.com/

RS Aqua deliver two underwater winched profiling systems to ASV Global

RS Aqua have supplied ASV Global with two underwater profiling systems for use on their fleet of unmanned and autonomous surface vehicles. Each profiling system consists of a fast-response RBRconcerto CTD with fully integrated Turner Designs turbidity sensor, MacArtney EMO data multiplexer, acoustic modem, custom made fibre-copper hybrid cable assembly and custom made stainless steel instrument frame.
The RBRconcerto logger, featuring RBR’s new streamlined CT cell, is housed in a stainless steel instrument frame and lowered from the surface vehicle via a winch to collect multiple water column profiles of conductivity, temperature, pressure and turbidity measurements. Real-time RS232 serial data output from the RBRconcerto logger are transmitted back to the surface vehicle via fibre optic communications facilitated by the MacArtney Nano MUX multiplexer.
RBR’s family of multi-channel concerto loggers offer flexible measuring schedules, optional fast sampling up to 32 Hz and ample power for extended deployments. Twist activated WiFi communications and external serial data and power connections make these loggers ideally suited to both moored and profiling applications.
For more information visit www.rsaqua.co.uk

Rovco Secures Innovate UK Funding for 3D Visualisation Project

Subsea technology company, Rovco, has secured Innovate UK funding to develop a cutting-edge 3D visualisation system as part of a two-part Artificial Intelligence demonstrator project potentially worth £1m.
Working in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the first phase of the project will see Rovco develop the equipment and software required to produce live 3D data from challenging and extreme subsea environments. The technology will be trialled and tested at ORE Catapult’s renewable energy test facility in Blyth.
Phase two will include the development of a complete 3D vision-based survey solution using Artificial Intelligence (AI). The technology could reduce offshore inspection costs by up to 80%, exploiting recent advances in both camera technology and embedded graphic processing, while utilising small, intelligent, autonomous robotic vehicles.
Once trialled and tested, Rovco believes the technology could revolutionise the way energy companies manage and inspect their subsea assets, potentially saving hundreds of millions of pounds in offshore inspection costs each year.
The first phase of the project will be 70% supported by Innovate UK, and the remaining 30% will be funded by Rovco. The planned phase two is expected to be further backed by Innovate UK once technical feasibility is proven. This will see Rovco partner with an autonomous vehicle manufacturer and other innovative subsea companies.
As the UK Government’s leading technology innovation and research centre for advancing wind, wave and tidal energy, ORE Catapult will provide access to its state-of-the-art marine energy testing facilities and will assist in the delivery of project outputs to a wide range of end users.
For further information about Rovco visit www.rovco.com.

COSTOF2 synchronises submarine observatory sensors

Both in the coastal area and several thousand meters deep, COSTOF2 can power and control submarine observation station sensors and retrieve their data in real time. This tool was developed by Ifremer and transferred to the RTsys company, which is now industrialising it.
COSTOF2 (Communication and Storage Front-end – 2nd generation) is a data communication and backup tool, designed to be the core of marine and submarine observation stations. Initiated within the framework of the European infrastructure EMSO1, it was developed by Ifremer, who signed with RTsys, in December 2016, an operating contract for the device.
COSTOF2 allows the reliable and synchronized connection of up to 12 sensors (hydrophones, sonars, HD (4K) video cameras, multi-parameter sensors, etc.). These sensors are then coordinated and can be programmed via COSTOF2, using a web interface. This new generation distinguishes itself from the prior generation and the current market offering with:
Its capacity to manage significant digital data streams while consuming very little power (1.5 milliwatt on standby mode). It can be cabled or powered by batteries (the autonomy has been tested up to 12 months!); data transmission in quasi real-time and its ability to generate alarms (exceeding a threshold, detection…).
COSTOF2 is already used to equip the EMSO-Açores observatory², located at a depth of 1700 meters of the archipelago of the same name. This was used to validate the COSTOF2 system, by transmitting data once a day, including extracts of video data. In the future, COSTOF2 will be deployed in other EMSODev observatories. Two units have been produced by RTsys for this purpose at the end of 2017 and three coastal units are under production.
For further information, visit www.rtsys.eu

Wärtsilä HYTug design with hybrid propulsion can meet stringent environmental demands of new Brazilian port

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Petrocity, the parent company of the new port facility being built in the Brazilian city of São Mateus-ES, to develop a harbour tug design. The prime consideration is to maximise the ecological operational sustainability of the vessel since the environmental demands of the new port are among the most stringent in the world. For this reason, the design will be based on the recently launched Wärtsilä HYTug, which features hybrid propulsion and energy storage using batteries.
The Wärtsilä HYTug emphasises environmental sustainability, operational efficiency, and lower fuel consumption than is possible with conventional tug designs. The ‘first-of-its-kind’ fully integrated hybrid power module combines engines, the energy storage system, and power electronics optimised to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS). It marks a new frontier in marine hybrid propulsion.
The fuel efficiency of this design has the added benefit of reducing exhaust emission levels. Furthermore, when operating in ‘green’ mode, it is unlikely that there will be any visible smoke from the Wärtsilä HYTug since the load is being picked-up by the batteries. At the same time, the noise level of the tug will be notably reduced.
The new hybrid vessel features a very distinctive outlook while providing the power and manoeuvrability for practical tug operations. The overall design has been optimised for low hull resistance, high towing and escort performance, efficient sea-keeping, crew safety and comfort, as well as for easy maintenance.
For further information, visit www.wartsila.com

Introducing the new Woods Hole Group

Representatives from CLS America, Inc., Horizon Marine, Inc. and The Woods Hole Group Inc. announced the merging of the three companies effective January 1, 2018 resulting in the new company retaining the name The Woods Hole Group, Inc.
CLS America is a leading force in satellite technology while Horizon Marine’s expertise lies in offshore oceanography for the energy industry. The merger with Woods Hole Group provides services including: environmental assessment, fisheries and wildlife satellite tracking, ocean current forecasting, coastal engineering, ocean monitoring systems, habitat restoration and climate change planning projects.
Through its renowned expertise spanning over 30 years of operating satellite systems, CLS America contributes to global efforts in protecting the environment and enhancing security through direct operational support to government, institutions and industries in the environmental field.
Horizon Marine’s traditional services support the offshore energy industry with the most reliable data-driven metocean forecasting service available.
Traditional Woods Hole Group services related to Applied Ecology, Coastal Sciences and Engineering, and Ocean Measurement Systems remain. The new Woods Hole Group integrates advanced scientific and satellite services for new opportunities in innovation and leadership in the global marine environment.
For further information, visit www.woodsholegroup.com

Frame agreement and contract award with Statoil for survey and light construction work

Statoil has renewed and expanded MMT’s frame agreement. The successful co-operation between Reach Subsea and MMT Sweden has resulted in a new frame agreement covering both survey and light construction for the next three years. The frame agreement is call-off based, which means that Statoil can award contracts for survey and light construction projects in the North Sea on an as needed basis
As part of the frame agreement, MMT Sweden has in co-operation with Reach Subsea been awarded a contract with Statoil for survey and light construction work offshore Norway. The value of the contract is confidential. The work will be performed with the subsea vessel Havila Subsea from early February onwards and will include survey and light construction.
The frame agreement and the associated awarded work is of great strategic importance for both MMT Sweden and Reach Subsea.
The two companies have worked jointly together since 2013 and have gradually increased the market share within the segment of survey and light construction with the aim of being a key supplier for the major clients in this segment.
Furthermore, MMT and Reach have in recent years made large investments in this segment, developing a professional and experienced personnel base and building a modern fleet of vessels and equipment in order to be prepared for this project.
For further information, visit https://www.mmt.se/

No drydocking needed thanks to underwater stern tube seal repair in Antwerp

Last month one of Hydrex’s diver/technician teams carried out an underwater stern tube seal repair on a tanker berthed in Antwerp. The ship was suffering from an oil leak, making an on-site repair necessary.
Once the operation was approved all preparations were handled swiftly and the lightweight equipment was mobilized almost immediately. The team was on-site and ready to start the seal replacement when the vessel arrived in Antwerp.
The operation started with a thorough underwater inspection of the stern tube seal assembly. It was revealed that a rope and a fishing net were entangled around it. Both were removed by divers and the flexible mobdock was installed to allow for work in dry conditions. The team then removed the three damaged seals and replaced them with new ones. Working together with the OEM allowed Hydrex to provide their customer with original spare parts which guarantees the best quality material.
Using a Hydrex flexible mobdock the team was able to carry out the entire operation on-site and underwater, saving the owner an expensive and time-consuming trip to drydock. After the seals had been successfully replaced he could sail his vessel to her next stop free of oil leaks.
For further information, visit www.hydrex.be

Tank floor inspection technologies added to rental fleet

As part of its new rental partnership with Silverwing, Ashtead Technology has added a range of tank floor inspection technologies to its fleet of rental instruments. Manufactured by Eddyfi Technologies, the new equipment is all from the Silverwing product line and includes the Floormap 3DiM tank floor scanner; the Handscan manual tank floor scanner as well as Vacuum Boxes for bubble leak testing of tank floor welds.
These new instruments represent the cutting edge in tank floor testing. The Floormap 3DiM for example, operates at 500 mm/sec and combines two distinct technologies; magnetic flux leakage (MFL) for detection and sizing of corrosion, and surface topology air-gap reluctance sensors (STARS) which identifies whether the corrosion is on the top surface, or on the bottom surface of the floor plate. The Floormap 3DiM is also capable of detecting corrosion underneath paint or other surface coatings.
Unlike manual ‘stop on defect’ systems, all data is captured and stored by the Floormap 3DiM. This enables inspectors to produce accurate colour-coded corrosion maps of the tank floor, so that tank engineers can compare and review historical data sets to optimise repair strategies. In addition, high resolution sensor heads provide excellent probability of detection of indications that measure as little as 2mm in diameter. In combination with advanced signal processing and defect classification tools, this significantly improves corrosion detection and sizing capability.
For more information on the tank testing instruments available from Ashtead Technology, visit www.ashtead-technology.com.

HR Wallingford to undertake studies for San Antonio port expansion project

HR Wallingford is to undertake physical modelling studies for a major breakwater which forms part of the proposed port expansion of San Antonio, Chile. The Outer Port project, known as the Puerto de Gran Escala (PGE), represents a major expansion of the existing port infrastructure of San Antonio. The proposal involves staged development of the port over a 19-year time span, with an estimated overall cost of 3.4 billion USD.
The construction of the new breakwater to shelter the terminals involves a first section perpendicular to the coast, approximately 1.5 km in length, followed by another section of about 2.4 km long running parallel to the coast, for which over 1.8 km² of land will be reclaimed.
Located due south of the current port, the Outer Port will specialise in transferring containers. The planned dock length for each terminal is 1.73 km, allowing for the simultaneous docking of four large class E container ships, and a stacking area sufficient to operate up to 3 MM TEU annually.
The design includes an access channel and the dredging of the turning basin and the interior harbour to ensure accessibility for the E-class container ships, even under highly unfavourable weather conditions.
For further information, visit www.hrwallingford.com

Novacavi supports Danish defence subsea demining

Specialist cable manufacturer Novacavi has recently engineered, manufactured and supplied tough and size contained custom cables in support of the Danish Defence subsea demining program.
Tasked by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation, Novacavi technical project team developed a high technology underwater hybrid cable that allows ROVs to enhance and extend operational capabilities in Baltic Sea water.
This cable combines maximum strength with minimum diameter while guaranteeing efficient optical and data transmission, neutral buoyancy, hydrolysis and UV resistance and high friction to avoid slippage during use in the harsh tasks of ROV mine hunting.
This extra performance cable for harsh environments has been designed and manufactured for requested specific applications, but can be adapted as necessary to meet and exceed other special requirements.
For more details, please contact [email protected] or visit www.novacavi.it

RBR is introducing Generation³

RBR is pleased to announce the release of Generation³, the complete renovation of the core product line, encompassing standard loggers; RBRvirtuoso, RBRduo, RBRconcerto, RBRmaestro, compact loggers; RBRsolo, RBRduet, and the standalone sensors, the RBRcoda.
Two primary factors can sum up RBR’s Generation³ instruments; USB-C as the standardized connector on every instrument; and AA batteries – any AA battery, from alkaline to lithium – on every instrument. As an industry first, RBR’s Generation³ instruments will now feature the USB-C connector, making it easier for users to have one cable that fits all.
The use of any AA battery allows for a variety of deployment types, and in between alkaline and lithium thionyl chloride, there is a very interesting range of chemistries that RBR will support. Lithium Iron (LiFe) batteries are now widely available at a very good price with surprisingly large capacities. RBR will also now be supporting the nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable cell, that may not permit the longest deployments, but is very affordable, and has the ability to recharge several hundred times.
Learn more about RBR’s Generation³ instruments: https://rbr-global.com/2017/introducing-generation%C2%B3

New software tool automates subsea data processing workflow

Danish software engineering specialist EIVA has released a new tool, NaviSuite Workflow Manager, for automatic data processing of large amounts of subsea data, with minimum human involvement.
With the Workflow Manager, repetitive tasks are automated and executed in parallel by the software. This means that data is processed faster, and crew members’ time is spent more efficiently on errors, interpretations and quality control.
The first performance measurements on real-life operations data and workflow setups have shown positive results, with 50 hours of data processed in less than 2 hours. This is 25 times faster than other, typical data processing setups, where the industry has been satisfied with being able to process 1:1, that is, process one hour of data in one hour.
This particular performance measurement was reached with six AUVs running continuously, in parallel. All the data brought in by these was processed with a single crew, as opposed to increasing the crew size accordingly.
The Workflow Manager can be applied in various types of operations, including AUV/USV operations, and shallow water surveys and inspection operations.
For further information, visit www.applanix.com

Fastwave Voyager Oil Spill Tracking buoy in demand in 2018

Fastwave has recently delivered an order of Voyager satellite tracking buoys to the world’s largest oil spill response organisation, and has pending orders from a number of leading international oil and gas operating companies for as part of their oil spill response preparedness plans.
The air deployable Voyager is designed and manufactured in Australia by Fastwave, and is supplied complete with ocean current tracking data support software. As well as oil spill response applications, the long endurance Voyager is ideally suited for ocean current modelling studies and Search and Rescue applications.
For more information on the Voyager, please refer to www.fastwave.com.au or contact [email protected]

AXIS-GPS to provide Applanix products and solutions for land and air survey customers in Israel

Applanix, a Trimble Company, and AXIS-GPS announced that AXIS-GPS has been selected to provide Applanix’ products, support, and service to air and land clients in Israel.
Working with Applanix, AXIS-GPS increases its range of products with the addition of Applanix’ Position and Orientation Solutions for airborne and land vehicles including industry-leading POS AV and POSTrack, POS LV, DG for UAV OEM board sets, and POSPac MMS software. Working with AXIS-GPS, Applanix gains knowledgeable and expert representation in an important and growing marketplace.
The Applanix POS AV system (Position and Orientation System for Airborne Vehicles) is a hardware and software system specifically designed for Direct Georeferencing of airborne sensor data. By integrating precision GNSS with inertial technology, POS AV enables geospatial projects to be completed more efficiently, effectively, and economically. OEM board sets are available including those designed for use on UAVs (DG for UAV). POS LV is a compact, fully integrated, turnkey Position and Orientation System utilizing integrated inertial technology to generate stable, reliable, and repeatable positioning solutions for land-based vehicle applications. POSPac Mobile Mapping Suite is Applanix’ next generation, industry-leading software for Direct Georeferencing of mobile mapping sensors using GNSS and inertial technology.
For further information, visit http://info.applanix.com/e/310631/2018-01-11/hyfhr/89575330

Vroon Offshore Services and Ampelmann join forces for Arkona wind farm project

Vroon Offshore Services and Ampelmann have joined forces to deploy a Walk to Work (W2W) solution for the Arkona offshore wind farm, located in the German Baltic Sea.
Vroon’s VOS Stone vessel, the newest addition to its offshore-support fleet, will be mobilised with an Ampelmann A400 gangway system. The gangway, launched in 2017, will be utilised for the first time for W2W operations during array cabling work and commissioning of the Arkona offshore wind farm.
The A400 gangway system, developed specifically for the offshore wind market, combines the established motion compensation technology of Ampelmann’s A-type system with a new wider gangway to support the use of generic cargo trolleys, as well as for euro sized pallet trolleys. The system can transfer multiple personnel at a time and features an elevator to support ‘stepless’ policies.
The vessel will deploy in March 2018 with the project due to be completed by September.
VOS Stone is a newbuilding subsea-support W2W vessel designed to deliver safe and highly versatile support services to the offshore renewable and oil and gas industries. It is equipped with a 50ton active heave-compensated crane, high-standard accommodation and recreational facilities for 60 client personnel.
The joint contract further strengthens the long-standing partnership between Vroon and Ampelmann, which have collaborated on a number of projects since 2011.
For further information, visit http://www.ampelmann.de/en/

NorSat-3 Maritime Tracking Microsatellite ordered by Norwegian Space Centre, Under Construction at SFL

The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) announced today that NorSat-3, a 15-kilogram microsatellite, has been ordered by the Norwegian Space Centre, and that construction is well underway. NorSat-3 follows from the highly successful NorSat-1 and NorSat-2 satellites also built by SFL.
NorSat-3 will carry an experimental navigation radar detector to augment ship detection capabilities from its Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver. NorSat-3 will add another satellite to Norway’s assets in space – four in total so far, all producing data related to maritime traffic monitoring. Combining a navigation radar detector and AIS receiver will potentially provide much better maritime awareness for the Norwegian Coastal Administration, Armed Forces and other maritime authorities.
The satellite is funded by the Norwegian Coastal Administration and managed by the Norwegian Space Centre. The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is leading the development of the radar detector payload which is funded by the Ministry of Defence. NorSat-3 is a civilian satellite designed to capture signals from civilian navigation radar.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) message reception alone may not provide a complete picture of maritime traffic. The problem of missing or manipulated AIS messages can only be addressed through the use of supplemental sensing technology. In the case of NorSat-3, a navigation radar detector provides some supplemental support for more accurate ship detection and identification. Detections of navigation radar from ships will provide the ability to verify the accuracy of received AIS messages and also the ability to detect ships whose AIS messages have not been received.
For further information, visit www.utias-sfl.net

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

11th Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles - IFAC CAMS 2018, 10-12 September 2018 in Opatija, Croatia

IFAC CAMS conferences are providing a greater understanding of latest achievements in the field of automatic control applied to marine systems, marine robotics, and marine vehicles. IFAC CAMS 2018 will provide an excellent opportunity for industry, universities and research institutes to explore future trends in the domain of marine cyber-physical systems and to explore event for establishing new links and challenge novel innovative ideas. IFAC CAMS 2018 is a flagship event of the IFAC Technical Committee on Marine Systems.
Paper submission, draft paper deadline, registration and other important dates:
IFAC CAMS 2018 will take place from 10th – 12th September 2018 in Opatija, Croatia. Welcome reception will start one day earlier, on 9th September 2018.
Paper submission is now officially open: http://ifac-cams2018.com/submission/! The deadline for draft papers is 20 March 2018.
For more information about the conference visit ifac-cams2018.com.

Finalists revealed for the 2018 Offshore Achievement Awards

Finalists for the Offshore Achievement Awards, supported by principal sponsor TAQA, have been revealed today (16 January 2018).
The annual awards, which are hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, shine a spotlight on the best talent, performance and innovation in the industry.
This year’s shortlist recognises exceptional companies, both large and small, game-changing technology developments and individuals who go the extra mile in the offshore sector.
Over 100 entries were received, with particular interest in the Collaboration, Emerging Technology, Innovator and Young Professional categories. Young Professional will once again see the finalists interviewed before a shortlist of three is selected, with the winner announced at the ceremony on 22 March.
View the finalists for the 2018 Offshore Achievement Awards online: http://www.spe-oaa.org/finalists
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 22 March at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).
For more information and booking details, please visit www.spe-oaa.org. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, please contact [email protected] for details.

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) are hosting a free b2match event alongside Oceanology 2018 on 14 March and attendees to the event are cordially invited.

Oceanology 2018 (http://www.oceanologyinternational.com) is in its 49th year and is a world leading ocean technology marine science exhibition and conference. Attracting visitors from a variety of industries, including
Blue Growth
Oil & gas
Marine renewables
Maritime defence
The b2match event will be held at the Excel Centre London and registrations for the one-day brokerage are now open at: https://oceanology2018.b2match.io
Register now to book dedicated 30 minute meetings.

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

MMT appoints new CEO

Mr Peter Forhaug has been appointed by MMT board as acting CEO from 1 of January 2018 while the recruitment of a new permanent CEO is on-going.
Peter has a background in finance and has acted as a senior advisor to the board of MMT and is representing MMT at the board of the SMaRC research project.
Mr Ola Oskarsson, MMT’ founder, will assist Peter in the role of Vice President.
For further information, visit https://www.mmt.se/

Pipetech makes key appointments to support business growth

Independent pipe and process cleaning solutions specialist Pipetech has bolstered its team with senior appointments in Aberdeen and Stavanger.
Gavin Booth joins the company as sales manager for UK and Holland while Thomas Karlsen is welcomed as sales manager of Scandinavia. The duo brings more than 20 years of oil and gas experience to Pipetech.
Based at the company’s Aberdeen premises, Mr Booth will be responsible for driving key accounts for the business, working closely with the operations team in Aberdeen. He has held several senior positions within the energy industry including hire division deputy manager at ACE Winches and key account manager at ATR Group.
Joining Pipetech’s Stavanger team Mr Karlsen brings a wealth of oil and gas experience, most recently in the role of sales engineer at Quickflange for more than five years, working with key operators including Statoil, Conoco-Phillips and Aker Solutions.
He will be responsible for the company’s growth in Norway, Denmark and Sweden and already boasts an extensive local network in the region as well as a breadth of sales experience.
For further information visit www.pipetech.no

JOB POSTINGS

Hydrographic Surveyor, Fugro, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

An exciting opportunity has arisen for hydrographic surveyors to join Fugro, one of the world’s leading global hydrographic and geophysical survey companies. The roles will involve office-based and offshore work. Graduate and experienced candidates are welcome to apply.
Key Responsibilities
Acquire and quality-control hydrographic data. Datasets include but are not limited to multibeam echosounder, multibeam backscatter, GNSS and USBL;
Process and report on hydrographic data. Datasets include but are not limited to multibeam echosounder, multibeam backscatter, GNSS and USBL;
Mobilisation and demobilisation of vessels;
Assist with tendering and commercial work;
Assist with equipment maintenance;
Assist with geophysical survey, processing and reporting;
Author, update and follow work instructions and procedures;
Train and supervise less experienced staff in hydrographic survey methods;
Ensure adherence to current QHSSE policies and practices.
Qualifications
A qualification in hydrography or closely-related subject is essential;
A Bachelor’s degree or higher in hydrography or closely-related subject is desirable but not essential.
Key Skills
The following attributes are essential:
Good English language skills, verbal and written;
Experience of an industry-standard hydrographic software package, such as: Applanix POSPac, CARIS HIPS/SIPS, Fugro Starfix, QPS QINSy;
Understanding of hydrographic survey principles;
Excellent computer literacy, including working experience of Microsoft Office;
Excellent attention to detail, quality and safety;
Able to manage own time and deliver to tight deadlines;
Able to work flexible hours and travel when required;
Able to work offshore for periods of up to 6 weeks.
The following attributes are desirable:
Experience of working offshore;
Experience in defence, oil and gas, ocean science, renewables and/or survey industries.
To apply and for more details please visit https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3160

Electronic/Electrical Engineer, Marine Autonomous Robotics Systems (MARS) ROV Group, National Marine Facilities Sea Systems, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

£28,200 and £30,600 (dependent on skills and experience)
Full time
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are seeking an Electronics/Electrical Engineer to join their experienced team of enthusiastic engineers who are developing and operating the NERC’s ROV Isis and other deep towed equipment.
This role will support the ROV and deep towed equipment at sea and maintain service and upgrade the systems back at base. During sea-going operations, you will work with an experienced team and will be expected to fly and control the ROV to photograph and sample the deep oceans of the world. You will also trouble shoot and fix software and/or electronic/electrical problems as they arise. Sometimes these need to be fixed under tight time constraints and arduous conditions, so a practical can-do attitude is essential.
Back at base you will primarily work on servicing and developing the ROV team’s equipment, but you may also be required to work on other MARS Marine Autonomous System, as well as more broadly on the National Marine Facilities Sea Systems equipment.
This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.
For further information about the role and to apply, please visit http://topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc243695_7828.aspx
Closing date: 28 January 2018

Software Engineer, Marine Autonomous Robotics Systems (MARS) ROV Group, National Marine Facilities Sea Systems, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

£28,000 and £30,600 (dependent on skills and experience)
Full Time
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are seeking a Software Engineer to join their experienced team of enthusiastic engineers who are developing and operating the NERC’s ROV Isis and other deep towed equipment.
This role will support the ROV and deep towed equipment at sea and maintain service and upgrade the systems back at base. During sea-going operations, you will work with an experienced team and will be expected to fly and control the ROV to photograph and sample the deep oceans of the world. You will also trouble shoot and fix software and/or electronic/electrical problems as they arise. Sometimes these need to be fixed under tight time constraints and arduous conditions, so a practical can-do attitude is essential.
Back at base you will primarily work on servicing and developing the ROV team’s equipment, but you may also be required to work on other MARS Marine Autonomous System, as well as more broadly on the National Marine Facilities Sea Systems equipment.
This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.
For further information about the role and to apply, please visit http://topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc243699_7827.aspx
Closing date: 28 January 2018

2 Project Tendering Managers, Fugro GB Marine Limited, Wallingford

Fugro are a world leading, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions for large constructions, infrastructure and natural resources. They provide the technical data and information required to design, construct and maintain large structures and infrastructure in a safe, reliable and efficient manner.
Based in Wallingford, Fugro are currently looking for two individuals to join Fugro GB Marine Limited as Project Tendering Managers, with 2 or more year’s industry related tendering or marine investigation experience.
The duties and responsibilities associated with these positions include:
Assessing the viability of every opportunity to bid and ensure recommendations are documented;
Author, write and coordinate the writing of the proposals;
Determine the best technical strategy for every bid;
Determine the cost and fee for tenders;
Ensure all tender clarification questions are submitted on time;
Oversee the review of all draft contracts and assist with contract negotiations/ agreements;
Liaise with others to determine bid strategies;
Represent the business line, as necessary, at sales meetings & client negotiation;
Maintain and update CRM systems with all projects and opportunities.
You will work with a strong and talented team in a challenging environment and will need the following skills, attributes and experience:
BSc in Marine Science or Engineering
Excellent verbal and written communication with a methodical common-sense approach;
Exceptional inter-personal skills;
Problem Solver;
Strong numeracy skills;
Good Excel capabilities.
Benefits for this role include a competitive salary and benefits package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance, 24 days annual leave, private medical insurance and a subsidised restaurant.
Please apply by submitting a CV and covering letter, indicating your anticipated salary requirements, to [email protected] quoting reference 3126. Closing date for applications Monday 29 January 2018 at 5pm.
Fugro GB Marine Limited is an Equal Opportunities employer. All applications are judged on the relevant skills and experience of the candidate only.
For further information, visit https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3126

Driller, Geotech Division, Horizon Geosciences

The Driller is responsible for operating the drilling rig and support units, the safe and timely completion of the drilled hole, and provides direction and leadership to the roughnecks on all drilling related operations. He will also direct and control the mud mixing and hole sampling and testing activities and ensure these operations are carried out safely, in a timely manner, and to a high standard of which is expected of all Horizon personnel.
Responsibility and Principle Activity:
Liaise closely with drilling supervisor on all drilling and sampling activities
Ensure the accurate recording of hole depth, including sample and testing depths
Ensure personal safety and the safety of colleagues in the work place at all times
Ensure to deliver clear and effective communications to all drilling personnel
Interpret, understand and respond to downhole drilling conditions
Liaise closely with project geotechnical staff to achieve quality of sample
Assign a specified task and delegate responsibilities to all personnel
Submit detailed and accurate requisitions and authorize at the appropriate level
Ensure good housekeeping practices
Responsible to report any unsafe acts or potential hazards and adhere to the stop work policy
Mobilisation and de-mobilisation of drilling rig and related equipment.
Desired Requirements:
Minimum 5 years’ experience in the Geotechnical drilling industry
Experience working in difficult and demanding environments
Capable of working with people of different nationalities and cultures
Effective communicator and active listener
Fluent in written and spoken English
Computer literate
To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your experience to date and motivation for applying for this role together with your CV to [email protected] with Driller in the subject line.

Geotechnical Engineer, Horizon Geosciences, Bristol & UAE

Horizon Geosciences currently have vacancies for Geotechnical Engineers to join their expanding office in Bristol & UAE. The role involves office based engineering and reporting combined with offshore postings to site investigation vessels during project fieldwork.
The responsibilities for this role include:
Identifying technical requirements from scopes of work prior to project fieldworks
Supervision of geotechnical investigations using a variety of in situ testing and sampling equipment
Liaison with client representatives
Supervision and management of offshore and onshore geotechnical laboratory testing
Ensuring geotechnical data meets required specifications
Performing geotechnical engineering analyses for offshore structures
Producing factual and interpretive reports
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications, experience and skills:
A relevant degree in Engineering Geology, Geotechnics or Civil Engineering
Previous experience of site investigation an advantage
Willingness to travel and spend periods of time offshore
Fluent in written and spoken English with foreign language ability an advantage
Strong teamwork and leadership abilities
Computer literate to an intermediate or advanced level, including knowledge of MS Word; Excel; and MS Project
To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your experience to date together with your CV to [email protected] & [email protected] with “Geotechnical Engineer Application” in the subject line.

Senior Project Manager, Survey Division, Horizon Geosciences

The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for the supervision and management of specific projects assigned by the Projects Director. Responsible for all communications with Clients (commercial and contractual), directing the Party Chief/Team Leader, OPM or senior field staff, to ensure that projects are conducted Safely, within budget, in accordance with procedures to the contract specifications, and that the Company’s Integrated Management System is followed.
Responsibility and Principle Activity:
Provide assistance to the Projects Director in project organisation and allocation of project resources.
Correspond with clients on contractual and commercial matters.
Ensure project procedures are suitable and meet the requirements of the specific project.
Conduct project briefings to the survey teams including technical and HSE specific requirements.
Ensure field staff follows emergency procedures.
Ensure field staff report accidents / incidents.
Ensure projects meet the contract specifications within time frames.
Regularly contact and update clients with the project progress.
Monitor the performance of the projects and provide project costs and revenue information.
If required, initiate, check and submit contract variations.
Review and approve all project reporting and charting
Monitor field expenses and create project related invoices.
Track project related expenses and report internally on a monthly basis.
Line Management and development responsibility of a team of Assistant Project Manager’s.
Desired Requirements:
B.Sc. or Engineering Level in Hydrographic Surveying or related discipline.
Minimum of three years’ experience in Project management.
Familiar with the services and equipment used.
Familiar with basic accounting principles.
Fluent written and spoken English Language.
Computer literate (MS Office applications, MS Projects).
To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your experience to date together with your CV to [email protected] with Senior Project Manager in the subject line.

Crewing Manager, Horizon Geosciences

The crewing manager is responsible for the crewing of all survey projects. He/she will be principally responsible for the recruitment, development and movement of crew.
Responsibility and Principle Activity:
Liaise with the Technical team to plan crew rotations.
Monitor the personnel utilization database and provide accurate record keeping & reporting on the daily deployment sheet & personnel utilization database.
Liaise with management team to plan recruitment /Crewing needs for forthcoming projects keeping in view operational requirements.
Ensuring the crew department is fully prepared with any necessary visas, vaccinations, work permits etc.
Liaise with existing and new recruitment/manning agencies from different countries.
Liaising with freelance agents for personnel availability and negotiate the best possible rates.
Review and sign off timesheets for offshore personnel working on company projects.
Ensure cost effective travel is arranged for the crew joining and departing assigned vessels.
Verifying and approve project related expenses Inc. travel, offshore expense claims and other related operational expenses.
Allocate the project support team sufficiently in order to support the project manager with all live and upcoming projects.
Manage and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the operations teams.
Organisational Relationship:
The Crewing Manager reports directly to the Projects Director and supervises the operational coordinators.
The Crewing Manager works closely with all department heads and provides full support including, but not limited to, Project Management, Engineering / Logistics, Survey, Commercial and ROV departments.
Desired Requirements:
Minimum of 5 years experience in the field of offshore crew management.
Knowledge of the survey industry
Bachelor’s degree in a related field
Microsoft office (Excel, Word and Power point) proficient.
Fluent written and spoken English
To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your experience to date and motivation for applying for this role together with your CV to [email protected] with Crewing Manager in the subject line.

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]

Sales Executive – Aquatec Group, Sediment? Solved product range, Basingstoke

Full time, 37.5hrs per week
Aquatec Group is a dynamic subsea instrumentation and systems company, with a global customer base and wealth of experience. They are looking for a talented and versatile Sales Executive for the Sediment? Solved product range to join their growing team.
The key responsibilities for this role include:
Achieving monthly and quarterly targets
Providing excellent customer service to new and existing customers
Planning and carrying out outbound calls to potential customers
Preparing and submitting quotations
Recording and updating records on a CRM system, and effectively managing enquiries
Identifying and pursuing sales opportunities
Representing the company at national and international events
Carrying out sales visits to customers and potential customers
Providing sales support for international representatives
Supporting the Sales and Marketing Director in optimising sales and customer service
Essential criteria for the role are:
Relevant degree, or previous experience in a similar role
Minimum 3 years’ experience in a sales role
Excellent IT skills, including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and advanced knowledge of Excel
Enthusiasm and good organisational skills
Excellent telephone manner and customer service skills
Must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing
Able to work independently in the context of the wider company team
Willingness to travel
Desirable criteria for the role are:
Experience in subsea / marine industry
Additional details:
The job will be primarily UK based, but there may be opportunities for international business travel.
Candidates must have their own car and a full UK driving licence
Candidates must have entitlement to permanent work in the UK
Closing date is 31st January 2018.
Interviews will be scheduled in January and February 2018, and may commence before the closing date. To apply for the role, please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] with the reference ‘SE2018’.

Various roles, INNOVATUM

INNOVATUM seeks the following personnel:
Electronics Development Engineer.
Offshore Survey Technicians.
Electronics Bench Technician.
Full advertisements can be viewed at www.innovatum.co.uk news page.
Apply to: [email protected], include an accurate CV and supporting letter, indicating the post applied for.
INNOVATUM, established in 2008, designs and manufactures specialist subsea survey equipment, and has an operational division providing subsea cable and pipeline survey services to the renewable, oil and gas and telecommunications sectors.

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