Issue 528
27 March 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Greensea system utilised by Vulcan Inc. in two historically significant shipwrecks

Greensea Systems, Inc., a global leader in marine robotics, is proud to provide the state-of-the-art inertial navigation, system control and autonomy technologies utilised in the recent historic discoveries by Vulcan Inc. of the USS Lexington and Juneau shipwrecks.

R/V Petrel, owned by Paul A. Allen, found the USS Lexington on 4 March at 3,000 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. This discovery was quickly followed by the sighting of the USS Juneau on 17 March, 4,200 meters subsea off the coast of the Solomon Islands.

Greensea’s software is part of the technological advancement facilitating exploration at extreme depths. The Greensea OPENSEA operating platform provides a unified, integrated system and supervised autonomy to R/V Petrel’s ROV with cutting-edge features such as automated ascent and descent winch control system, synchronised pilot and co-pilot chairs, integrated system control touchscreen displays, and a multi-vehicle user interface.

Greensea takes great pride in being part of the deep sea exploration done by R/V Petrel. Since launching Petrel, Allen’s underwater research team has discovered an additional 14 lost warships, including the USS Indianapolis, USS Ward, USS Cooper, and several Japanese warships.

For further information on the USS Lexington, USS Juneau, and other Vulcan projects, please visit the following websites: www.paulallen.com and www.vulcan.com.

MacArtney to supply yet another generator rotation tool to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

The generator rotation tool (GRT) creates efficient solutions for long-term storage of nacelles and helps ensure max lifespan of turbines. The employment of the GRT has turned out to be an important milestone for the logistics function of Siemens Gamesa. Having been striving to create efficient solutions for long-term storage, Siemens Gamesa has included a GRT in their portfolio with the potential to ensure cost reduction and help ensure max lifespan of their turbines.

The nacelles are subject to long-term storage and therefore require maintenance to prevent bearing degradation during standstill. If not regularly rotated, the main bearings may suffer corrosion and quality damage, for which reason keeping components well-lubricated at all times is important.

The battery-powered and radio-controlled mobile unit supplied by MacArtney is remotely driven under the nacelle with hub and mounted generator, while the nacelle is stored on its transport frame. After correct positioning of the GRT under the generator, the fully automated process is initiated.

Equipped with embedded software and an intelligent battery package, the GRT is able to operate efficiently and silently 10 hours a day. The GRT is thus part of the equipment securing long-term storage of SWT-6.0/7.0/8.0 nacelles with generator and hub.

The GRT represents a fast, easy, and reliable method for ensuring the long-term quality of stored nacelles. Performing at least five complete 360° revolutions every 14 weeks, the GRT provides for a practice of keeping the main bearing well-lubricated as the GRT makes sure that the grease in the bearing is properly distributed.

For additional information, visit www.macartney.com.

EdgeTech introduces the 6205s Next Generation Swath Bathymetry & Side Scan Sonar System

EdgeTech, a leader in high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, has recently introduced the Next Generation Swath Bathymetry & Side Scan Sonar System, the EdgeTech 6205s. Building on the success of the popular 6205 system, EdgeTech has redesigned the 6205s in a smaller, lighter package with additional features and functions that are sure to make on-water survey operations even more effective and efficient. The EdgeTech 6205s produces real time, high resolution, three dimensional maps of the seafloor while providing an enhanced and fully integrated swath bathymetry and dual frequency side scan sonar system.

The new 6205s is unrivaled in its swath coverage in shallow water when compared to other single head bathymetry-only systems. The system offers co-registered dual frequency side scan and bathymetry with swath coverages up to 200° with a selection of equidistant and equiangle output options. Additionally, the 6205s is the only bathymetry system to now offer EdgeTech’s motion tolerant side scan sonar feature for operation in more adverse weather conditions. New, higher-resolution, shallow-water-optimised, frequency pairs are also available in the 6205s.

The 6205s incorporates EdgeTech’s Full Spectrum® technology to exceed IHO SP-44, NOAA and USACE specifications for feature detection and bathymetric point data uncertainty. The 6205s also interfaces to most third-party acquisition and processing software packages.

For more information please visit: www.edgetech.com

OSIL Oil Spill Monitoring Buoys fuel international interest

Integrated systems manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd are reporting high levels of interest in their Oil Spill Monitoring buoys following several recent installations in the Middle East and exposure at the world leading ocean technology and marine science exhibition, Oceanology International.

The buoy systems are uniquely designed to integrate a real time non-contact hydrocarbon sensor in the high visibility top frame design, which is equipped with a pulsed UV LED beam and optical photo-detector with on-board software to enable the buoys to detect oil spills on water autonomously and immediately alert the users to any changes to protect vulnerable areas day and night, even under harsh weather conditions. The buoys can detect a variety of hydrocarbon based substances, and can be set up to ignore other materials that fluoresce in the same wavelength.

Real time data from these monitoring systems can be transmitted from the buoys via GSM, UHF radio and satellite to a base station and can be integrated into the clients own computer systems, providing users with a variety of alarm options including email and text alerts, audible alarms or visual indicators such as flashing lights.  The systems can also be equipped with additional water quality or MetOcean sensors depending on customer requirements.

The systems are available for a variety of buoy platforms, from 1.2m to 3m in diameter, with OSIL engineers providing customers with an installation service complete with full training in the operation and maintenance of the equipment and on-going system support.

For further information, visit www.osil.com

Rovco secures internationally recognised DNV GL accreditation

UK subsea services company, Rovco, has been awarded ISO 9001 accreditation from global industry certification body, DNV GL. Following an independent assessment of Rovco’s quality management systems, the Bristol-based company received the internationally recognised ISO certification to the latest 2015 standard. DNV GL provides classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil and gas, power and renewable industries.

The ISO 9001: 2015 accreditation affirms a company’s ability to consistently deliver products and services that meet statutory and regulatory industry requirements, underpinning Rovco’s commitment to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction.

With the expertise and capacity to carry out underwater inspection projects across the globe, Rovco is focussed on developing the 3D and Artificial Intelligence products and services required to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and minimise risks in subsea operations.

Since its launch in 2016, Rovco has made great strides to push the boundaries and change the way underwater inspections are performed. Offering a unique approach to technical subsea challenges, by adapting technologies for the underwater environment, Rovco has the skills and tools to reduce the risks associated with asset management.

For further information about Rovco visit www.rovco.com.

New hyperbaric pressure testing system at Nautilus Marine Service

As of January 2018, Nautilus Marine Service GmbH operates a hyperbaric testing chamber with capability that extends to full ocean depth and beyond (1.300bar/18.850psi).

In order to further secure the company’s leading market position and continue to meet the high demands for the quality of VITROVEX enclosures, Nautilus Marine Service is horizontally integrating and expanding their in-house capabilities by being able to verify and test all of their products and components to the highest standards possible.

The pressure chamber is primarily designed to meet the challenging demands for conducting tests on VITROVEX® glass enclosures and related products, and has been optimised in terms of speed, accuracy and robustness over traditional pressure test facilities.

The pressure test chamber is available to outside clients also to carry out contracted pressure testing, which would support the region’s different manufacturing disciplines and industries in increased testing capabilities where deep water tests and simulations are necessary.

For further information, visit www.vitrovex.com and www.nautilus-gmbh.com.

Aqua-tools’ B-QUA to be used in Canadian ballast water surveillance programme

The Government of Canada is testing aqua-tools’ B-QUA ballast water sampling and monitoring kit for possible use in the Canadian ballast water surveillance programme.

The programme is being led a research scientist from Fisheries and Oceans Canada out of the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, in Burlington, Ontario. The research scientist leading the programme was also involved in a 2015 study to test the efficiency of various ballast water testing methods onboard the research vessel Meteor on behalf of Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).

The aqua-tools equipment was one of the methods employed in sampling the ship’s ballast water during 28 trials of paired sampling devices. These trials, believed to be the first time that multiple sampling devices had been tested under real operational conditions, compared the capability of various sampling and analysis tools for measuring organisms of various sizes, zooplankton, phytoplankton and bacteria.

The Canadian laboratory then carried out additional research to better understand the capabilities of different tools, visiting multiple ships with treatment systems and taking samples of treated ballast water. Various analysis and monitoring methods were used.

B-QUA proved fully capable of providing analysis of organisms in the 10-50µm and >50µm ranges, with typical results for this test provided in 50min. The larger bacteria particles were measured within 15min. The trial verified that the aqua-tools kit was particularly user-friendly.

The test kit uses aqua-tools’ new generation Adenosine Tri-phosphates (ATP 2G™) monitoring technique. First generation ATPs are normally measured using bioluminescence methods, but these are ineffective for water with high saline concentrations, such as seawater, so can be unreliable when used for testing the efficacy of ships’ ballast water treatment systems.

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

CGG GeoSoftware donates Seismic Reservoir Characterisation Software to Delft University of Technology

CGG GeoSoftware has donated its Jason and HampsonRussell seismic reservoir characterisation software suites to Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands.

The donation of a full HampsonRussell suite and the renewal of an enhanced Jason package will enable students at the Department of Geoscience & Engineering to expand their theoretical and practical knowledge of quantitative reservoir characterisation and inversion techniques.

CGG GeoSoftware has been donating its software for research and training purposes since 1986 and over 130 universities and colleges now participate worldwide.

For further information, visit www.cgg.com

Wärtsilä VOC recovery system can save tons of fuel each year for two new shuttle tankers

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply its Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) recovery technology, LNG fuel gas handling systems and the auxiliary engines for two new shuttle tankers being built for Singapore based AET Tankers at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. The order, worth in total more than 30 MEUR, was booked in January 2018.

The ships will operate on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as the primary fuel, but VOC – the gas evaporating from the oil cargo tanks – will also be utilised as fuel by mixing it with the LNG, thereby reducing the vessels’ bunkering needs. This is made possible by Wärtsilä’s VOC recovery system, which by combining the VOC with the LNG, provides the potential for savings of over 3000 tons of fuel each year per vessel. This is in addition to the notable environmental benefits the use of gas as fuel provides by enabling a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.

This ground-breaking technology for creating a fuel mix of LNG and recovered VOC, both for the 2-stroke main engine as well as the 4-stroke auxiliary engines, is expected to ignite the interest of tanker fleet owners around the world. Improved economic and environmental performance is a clear industry target for future operations.

Wärtsilä’s scope of supply for each of these ships includes the VOC recovery plant, the liquefied VOC fuel tank, the fuel mixing unit, the LNG fuel tank and fuel supply system, the gas valve unit (GVU) and two Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing in the autumn of this year.

The 277 metres long, 125,000 DWT tankers will operate mainly for Statoil, the Norwegian state owned energy company, in the North Sea.

For further information, visit www.wartsila.com

OMM join forces with NSS to deliver new cost saving innovation at vital time for industry

Offshore Marine Management have entered into a long-term collaboration with North Sea Systems Limited (NSS), the specialist developer of cable monitoring and subsea systems, to bring a cost saving innovative tool to the market.

CableFish® is an effective Touchdown Monitoring Tool for cable installation which can be utilised in all marine environments. It was engineered to overcome issues with damage and suspension during cable installation, as well as to reduce significant delays and expense, by providing continuous visual and position monitoring of the cable touchdown point at a fraction of the cost of an ROV.

The announcement comes at an important time for the offshore renewables industry, which has been identified as a vital point of focus for Britain as its exit from the EU approaches. A major report by the Government Office for Science Foresight, Future of the Sea published last week has estimated that the value of the world’s oceans is set to double to £2.14tn by 2030, but that the UK will miss out if it continues to rely on traditional industries such as oil and gas. Instead, innovations in emerging sectors such as offshore renewable energy could pave the way to economic growth, echoing the message of BEIS’ Clean Growth Strategy launched at the end of last year.

The delivery of this tool is just one example of the work OMM is doing to lead the way in the offshore renewables industry and represents a further contribution to the organisation’s ethos of innovation and diversification; offering cost effective, time saving, and quality solutions.

The Future of the Sea foresight report can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-of-the-sea–2

To find out more about CableFish® visit http://offshoremm.com/cablefish/

OceanWise’s Will Girard wins at the 2018 Apprentice of the Year Awards!

OceanWise’s Will Girard, who started with the team in September 2016, has won an award in recognition of his high standards of achievement, outstanding commitment and excellent progression at the recent Apprentice of the Year Awards 2018.

Will joined OceanWise as Business Administration Apprentice, seeking to gain a qualification whilst working, and has gone from strength to strength becoming an integral part of the team.

For further information, visit https://www.oceanwise.eu/

OGIC invests more than £300,000 into new UK projects

The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has invested more than £300,000 into three new projects which have the potential to cut operational costs and improve efficiency in the oil and gas industry. The projects will see three UK companies work with Scottish universities to develop innovative technology to solve current industry challenges and represent the latest investments by OGIC.

The first project will see Blue Gentoo work with the University of Aberdeen to develop an Intelligent Hydrate Tool (IHT). The tool will automatically control MonoEthylene Glycol (MEG) injection by monitoring hydrocarbon parameters – calculating both the MEG required and any subsequent injection adjustments in real time – without routine human intervention.  The IHT will learn effective human and computer devised injection strategies for hydrate prevention, reusing them in the appropriate circumstances and providing a detailed justification of the adopted strategy. Combining AI technology, proven software and engineering techniques, the system also aims to enhance oil recovery, minimise production risks and offer environmental benefits.

The second undertaking will see Robert Gordon University working with Cambridge-based CorrosionRADAR Ltd, to take its new remote monitoring and analytics system to the next stage. The device has been developed to monitor corrosion in isolation using permanently mounted sensors to locate problem areas within complex pipeline networks. The company will also work with University of Strathclyde, to support its short and long-term R&D strategy.  In a further stage, Corrosion Radar will seek to partner with a firm to perform field trials and early adoption of the technology. The system will allow operators to move from reactive inspections, to a more targeted, informed and condition based programme, minimising the risk of failure and costs.

And the third venture will see Phoenix RDS work with Heriot-Watt University to develop a flow control device (FCD), specially designed for injection. The project aims to identify ways to optimise the FCD so the required pressure drop during injection is achieved with minimal degradation of the fluid’s properties. The project also includes a field trial using scaled models to confirm the validity of the design.

Last year, OGIC pledged more than £1.5 million, supporting over 25 projects both in the UK and overseas. For further information, visit http://www.ogic.co.uk/

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

25th Armourstone Users Group Meeting – 9 May 2018, Aberdeen, UK

This annual meeting facilitates the exchange of news and views about the use of armourstone for coastal defences and breakwaters in the UK and around the world. Delegates will receive useful technical updates, along with plenty of time for discussion and networking. The meeting has proved to be of interest to all practitioners in the field including those involved in the supply, specification and use of armourstone. It is a unique opportunity for the meeting of quarry operators, shipping companies, contractors, designers and end-user authorities.

The date of this year’s meeting is Wednesday 9 May 2018 and the venue is the Aberdeen Douglas Hotel, 43-45 Market Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5EL. The meeting will feature presentations on key issues and technical developments, and during the afternoon will include a site visit to the South Harbour development in Nigg Bay.

Registration is now open, and there is discounted early booking fee of £205 (excluding VAT) available for registrations received on or before 9 April 2018. After 9 April the standard fee of £255 (excluding VAT) will apply. The optional evening dinner is £35 (excluding VAT).

The Young Professionals Award will also be taking place again this year. This is an opportunity for young engineering professionals and other professionals with less than 10 years post-graduate experience to submit short written papers describing some aspect of an armourstone project with which they have been involved, whether in concept development, detailed design or construction. Successful candidates will then be asked to present their papers at the meeting where the winner will be decided. The deadline for submission of papers is 4 April 2018, please email to [email protected].

For more information and to register please visit http://training.hrwallingford.com/ or contact us at [email protected].

IMCA puts personal resilience on the agenda at MCEDD, 9-11 April

Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), will be speaking at the Marine, Construction & Engineering (MCE) Deepwater Development Technical Conference (Milan, 9-11 April) on IMCA’s latest safety initiative on “Resilience in the Workplace”.

Since the IMCA Resilience Awareness Programme was launched online in late January, there have been over 4,000 downloads and views from the IMCA website and its YouTube page. The Programme was developed by leading members of IMCA eager to help the industry’s workforce cope and adjust to the challenging business environment in recent years. It is tailored specifically for the marine contracting industry but is freely available to all sectors for the betterment of the whole industry.

Filming for the videos took place onboard vessels of Subsea 7, Saipem, and Heerema Marine Contractors. The Programme is sponsored by IMCA’s board member companies: Allseas, Fugro, Heerema Marine Contractors, Saipem, Subsea 7, TechnipFMC and McDermott International and is based on the Shell Resilience concept.

The full Resilience Awareness Programme can be found at https://www.imca-int.com/publications/resilience/ and information on MCEDD is at http://mcedd.com/

Marine-i highlights exciting future for composite materials

The next Marine-i Discovery Room event will shine a spotlight on composite materials and the vital role they will play in the marine industry in future. The event, titled Composite materials – sector challenges and opportunities for innovation, takes place on Monday 30th April at St Austell Business Park Conference Centre.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i provides support for marine technology businesses operating in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Its Discovery Room events bring together the very latest thinking on a specific theme of marine technology and highlight the implications for marinetech businesses.

The event will also explore ‘end of life’ reuse and recycling challenges and will feature expert speakers from the National Composite Centre, Multimarine Manufacturing, and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Attendance at the event is free, and delegates can see more details and register at: https://www.marine-i.co.uk/events

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is a £9.3m collaboration between the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Full details on the project can be seen at www.marine-i.co.uk

2018 Offshore Achievement Award winners revealed 23 March, 2018

Winners of the 2018 Offshore Achievement Awards announced in a celebration of industry talent, innovation and enthusiasm. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section revealed the 11 winners to an audience of more than 450 people, with categories covering technology innovation, company performance and individual achievement across the UK offshore energy sector.

Ray Riddoch, UK managing director at Nexen was named this year’s Significant Contribution winner thanks to three decades of shaping and influencing the offshore energy industry. Other individual winners included John Fraser of Sparrows Group for Above & Beyond, Laura Steedman of BP for Young Professional and Alan Higgins, who received a Special Recognition Award for his efforts in education and promoting STEM subject.

Further award winners included Guardian Global Technologies, Osbit Ltd, Coretrax Technology and Score (Europe) Ltd. Two winners were announced for the Collaboration Award, BP & Subsea 7, and Connected Competence.

SPE Aberdeen Section Awards were also presented to two members; Brenda Wyllie, for her transformation of the annual DEVEX conference and Graham Skinner, for his outstanding efforts visiting schools to promote careers in the energy industry.

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

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

National Maritime Charity Chief Executive Retires

Charity chief executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams CBE RN, has retired from the national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society, after 14 years at the helm.

At an afternoon event hosted in his honour at the Charity’s Chichester headquarters and attended by Charity staff and local volunteers, Commodore Williams was presented with the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Admiral of the Fleet Sir Julian Oswald Award by the Society’s Chairman, Captain Nigel Palmer OBE MNM, in recognition of his services.

In the last year the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has paid out a total of £1.4M in over 2,000 cases of need – over 1,500 being regular beneficiaries whose circumstances necessitate on-going financial support.  The Charity also received nearly 500 new applications for assistance, demonstrating the vulnerability of those from this often-neglected sector of society, leaving retirees and their families combating long term consequences.

The Charity has appointed Captain Justin Osmond RN as its new chief executive with Captain Osmond taking immediate responsibility for its activities, including the Society’s Skill & Gallantry Awards, which it has been presenting since 1851 for heroism at sea, and the annual maritime photographic competition, which launches in June.  Over the coming months he will also be meeting many of the Society’s national volunteer network of more than 180 Honorary Agents.

For further information, visit https://shipwreckedmariners.org.uk/

Evac Group appoints Tuomo Valkonen as Chief Financial Officer

Tuomo Valkonen, M.Sc. (Econ), has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Evac Group, effective as of May 1, 2018. He will be based in Espoo, Finland, and report to Tomi Gardemeister, President and CEO of Evac Group.

Tuomo has more than 20 years’ experience in various financial roles. Previously, he has worked as the CFO at HKScan Group and CFO at CPS Color Group.

Evac is a provider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries. The company has executed over 20,000 marine, 2,000 offshore, and 2,500 building projects worldwide. Evac has employees in Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Norway, Sweden, and the USA, and representatives in more than 40 countries. The company’s turnover was 105 million euros in 2017.

CGG announces the appointment of Sophie Zurquiyah as Chief Executive Officer & the cooptation of two new Board members

CGG announces the appointment of Mrs Sophie Zurquiyah as CEO. This nomination should be effective at the end of the annual general meeting to be held on April 26, 2018.

Sophie Zurquiyah was previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the GGR segment, Technology and Global Operational Excellence. She joined CGG in 2013 after 22 years in the oilfield services industry, working for Schlumberger in global executive positions ranging from business, operations, functional to technology, based in France, the United States and Brazil. She is a graduate from École Centrale de Paris, holds a master in Numerical analysis from the University of Paris VI (UPMC) and a master in Aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado.

The CGG Board also announces the cooptation of Mrs Helen Lee Bouygues to replace BPI France Participations, resigning from its Board position, for the remainder of its term, i.e. until the general meeting called to approve the financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020. Also, the cooptation of Mrs. Heidi Petersen to replace Mr Didier Houssin, resigning from his Board position, for the remainder of his term, i.e. until the general meeting called to approve the financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.

For further information, visit www.cgg.com

JOB POSTINGS

Oceanographer, Fugro, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Oceanographer to join one of the leading international oceanographic survey companies, Fugro GB Marine Limited. Specialising in renewable and coastal engineering projects, Fugro’s Coastal Oceanography Department, based in Portchester (UK), are seeking a keen and highly motivated Oceanographer to join the team. Both graduate and experienced applicants are welcome.

The duties and responsibilities include: Metocean survey – setting up metocean equipment, preparing moorings, mobilising vessels, deploying equipment, collecting metocean data; Processing, analysis and quality control of measured metocean data; Gradual build-up of project management responsibilities for coastal projects – client contact, financial management, decision making, equipment and vessel sourcing, project documentation; Equipment selection and preparation prior to survey work, and demobilisation following survey.

Qualifications required: A degree in Oceanography or related discipline is essential.

Skills required: Eagerness to learn, enthusiasm for the role, keen interest in physical oceanography and ability to work well as part of a team.

Experience required: None essential but desirable to have fieldwork experience, understanding of metocean equipment and programming expertise.

To apply and for more details please visit https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3342

Robotic Systems and Software Engineer, Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS), National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOC)

£28,200 – £32,130

Fixed Term (3 years)

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Robotic Systems and Software Engineer to join the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

Candidates will be joining a team of enthusiastic engineers who are designing and operating the NOC fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and are developing new concepts in marine autonomous systems (MAS).

Applicants should have a degree in Software Engineering, Robotics or other relevant area. Excellent software implementation skills (C++) are essential. It is desirable that you have hands-on practical experience in embedded, real time control and navigation, as well as familiarity with robotics middleware (e.g. ROS) and other relevant software packages (e.g. Matlab). An understanding of the underwater environment and the underlying physics would also be useful. Additional desirable requirements include strong skills in written and oral English communication, organisation and teamwork.

The Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group at National Oceanography Centre develops, operates and maintains the UK’s marine science robotic fleet. The fleet is housed in a new state of the art facility, which is ranked as one of the best in Europe. The fleet consists of large propeller driven AUVs, subsea gliders, unmanned surface vehicles and ROVs. This fleet, amongst the largest of its kind, is used by the UK science community and wider stakeholders to address global marine science questions.

For further information about the role and to apply, please visit http://topcareer.jobs/ quoting reference number IRC244670.

Closing date: 8th April 2018.

Subsea Construction Surveyor/Subsea LiDAR Specialist (SLS), 3D at Depth

Locations:

2 x Houston, Texas

1 x United Kingdom

3D at Depth is looking for a full-time Subsea Construction Surveyor/Subsea LiDAR Specialist (SLS) to support our clients with operations, data processing, training and project support. The SLS will become a leader in the fast-growing subsea laser scanning market. Projects will be in the offshore Oil and Gas market and the SLS will be required to work on rigs or vessels supporting global projects. The SLS will work under the Global Offshore Operations Manager in Houston, TX. Expected travel could be up to 50% and competitive compensation offered.

The responsibilities include:

On-shore client project and product support

Project planning

Off-shore systems integration and operations

Processing point cloud data to develop or validate client deliverables; off-shore and on-shore

Delivering technical training

System logistics support and field readiness

Applicant requirements:

US Citizen or Permanent Resident for the US positions

UK Citizen or Permanent Resident for the UK Position

Offshore experience and ability to hold applicable certifications

Offshore construction survey experience; MBE, Online, Offline

3+ year offshore experience

AutoCAD 3D experience

Excellent presentation skills

Detail oriented

Good writing skills

Computer troubleshooting skills; networking, Windows 7 thru 10

Technical degree in related field

Preferred Skills:

Point cloud processing experience

Leica Cyclone experience

Survey experience

Offshore sensor integration

Client support experience

For more information or to apply for the position visit: http://www.3datdepth.com/careers

Project Support Manager, 3D at Depth, Houston, Texas

3D at Depth is looking for a full-time Project Support Manager to enhance our global operations.  The project support manager will be a key player in supporting the fast-growing subsea LiDAR laser scanning market. Projects will primarily be in the global offshore Oil and Gas market with the person managing onshore base operations, logistics and technical interfaces.  The Project Support Manager will work under the Global Offshore Operations Manager and be based in Houston, TX. (Expected travel could be up to 15%.)  Competitive compensation offered.

The responsibilities include:

On-shore project and product support

Coordinate equipment inspections and repairs

Coordination project mobilisations

Systems integration and testing

Logistic support and asset tracking

International freight logistics

Import and export compliance for the USA and Europe

Third party supplier relations

Applicant requirements:

US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Survey support experience

Global and international logistics support

Ability to pass medical /physical (lift 50lbs)

Knowledge of Offshore survey construction projects

5+ years’ experience

Detail oriented

Self-motivated

Computer troubleshooting skills; networking and software skills

Technical degree in related field or equivalent experience

Preferred Skills:

Asset tracking

Knowledge of Import / export compliance

Survey equipment troubleshooting

Survey sensor integration

Project support experience

For more information or to apply for the position visit: http://www.3datdepth.com/careers

Experienced Hydrographic Surveyors, EGS International

EGS (International) Ltd are recruiting experienced hydrographic surveyors to join the team. They have positions available for both a joint site/office role, and an office only role for experienced processors. As an experienced surveyor, you will be involved with all aspects of a project to include; tendering, survey planning, vessel mobilisation, equipment calibration/verification, survey acquisition, data QC, data processing, processing QC and final reporting. Working in small survey teams on complex projects, surveyors will be acquiring high quality bathymetric data. You will also be involved in the acquisition of other geophysical datasets (side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer, multi-channel seismics, CPT, Vibrocore and grab sampling) and working closely with the engineering department to assist in troubleshooting of any equipment related issues. Experience in online QC to ensure that the data is meeting client specifications is essential.

For a surveyor looking for an office only role, you will be relied upon for processing large multibeam datasets in Caris HIPS & SIPS to meet the client requirements. Experience in processing UK nautical charting datasets is highly desirable.

Requirements:

University degree in Hydrography or a closely related marine discipline.

Equipment knowledge of these systems or similar: Kongsberg MBES, Applanix POS MV, Sonardyne USBL.

Acquisition experience of these or similar: QINSy, Kongsberg SIS, Sonardyne Ranger.

Processing experience an advantage for site role: Caris HIPS & SIPS, QINSy Qloud, imera.

Caris HIPS & SIPS experience essential for office role.

Experience of working in the shallow inshore environment.

Party Chief experience an advantage.

Self-motivated, with the ability to work well under pressure in a team environment.

Current medical, BOSIET/FOET certificates are an advantage.

Eligible to work in the UK and possess a full UK driving licence.

You must live or be willing to relocate to a commutable distance of the EGS office in Bordon, Hampshire

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to: The HR Manager, EGS International Ltd, Unit 27 Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants GU35 9QE or email: [email protected]

Experienced Geophysicists, EGS International, Bordon, Hampshire

EGS (International) Ltd are recruiting Experienced Geophysicists to join the Geoscience Department.

As an experienced geophysicist, you will be involved with leading all aspects of a wide range of marine survey project including survey planning, vessel mobilisation, equipment calibration/verification, survey acquisition, data QC, as well as data processing, interpretation and final reporting.

You will be part of a hard-working and dedicated team working on complex projects. You will be acquiring high quality geophysical data (side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer, single and multi-channel seismic), as well as collecting seabed samples (cores and grabs) while working closely with the Engineering Department assisting in troubleshooting of any equipment related issues. Experience in online QC to ensure that the data is meeting client specifications and EGS’ high-quality standards is essential. Party Chief duties will be required on occasions.

Requirements

Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar position

BSc and/or MSc in Geophysics or related subject.

Experience in marine geophysical surveying with a thorough understanding of geophysical techniques and demonstrable experience in acquiring, processing and interpreting geophysical data.

Advantageous software experience: IHS Kingdom, CTI SonarWiz and Geosoft Oasis Montaj, Radex Pro (or equivalent) and GIS packages.

Experience of working in shallow inshore environments and Party Chief experience will also be an advantage.

Site work rotations can be as short as a few days but also up to 6 weeks, therefore the bility to work away from home for long periods is essential.

Self-motivated, with the ability to work well under pressure in a team environment.

Current medical, BOSIET/FOET certificates are an advantage.

Eligible to work in the UK and possess a full UK driving licence.

You must live or be willing to relocate to a commutable distance of the EGS office in Bordon, Hampshire

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to: The HR Manager, EGS International Ltd, Unit 27 Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants GU35 9QE or email: [email protected]

Charting & GIS Manager, EGS International, Bordon, Hampshire

An experienced Charting & GIS Manager is required to join the EGS International survey team, covering all aspects of charting deliverables preparation and submission, including the collation of all supporting electronic data in GIS and CAD format. You will be part of a hard-working and dedicated team, working on a wide range of marine survey projects.

This role is critical to ensuring delivery of data to EGS’ high-quality standards. The successful candidate will be a meticulous, organised, team player, with the ability to work under their own initiative to tight deadlines while managing multiple projects.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following key tasks:

Leading and managing the Charting & GIS Department

Supervising and mentoring of junior staff

Creating maps and charts

Creating project deliverables in GIS & CAD formats

Providing GIS & CAD support for the tendering and survey planning process

Conversion of geospatial data into different co-ordinate systems

Using GIS software for data processing & analysis

Define charting & GIS standards and manage geospatial data according to project requirements

Assisting and supporting all company employees with GIS & CAD related issues

The successful candidate will ideally possess the following attributes:

Minimum 2 years of experience in a Senior or similar position

Related university degree in GIS or related discipline

Marine survey experience is an advantage

Extensive knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS and extensions such as 3D Analyst

Experience in using alternative, open source GIS software such as QGIS is an advantage

Proficiency in Python would be desirable

Experience using AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map 3D software

Competence in data management

Experience of producing INSPIRE/MEDIN metadata is an advantage

Good presentation and communication skills

You must live or be willing to relocate to a commutable distance of the EGS office in Bordon, Hampshire

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to: The HR Manager, EGS International Ltd, Unit 27 Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants GU35 9QE or email: [email protected]

Reporting Manager, EGS International, Bordon, Hampshire

An experienced Reporting Manager is required to join the EGS International survey team, covering all aspects of technical report preparation and submission, including the collation of all supporting electronic data.  You will be part of a hard-working and dedicated team, working on a wide range of marine survey projects.

This role is critical to ensuring delivery of data to EGS’ high-quality standards. The successful candidate will be a meticulous, organised, team player, with the ability to work under their own initiative to tight deadlines while managing multiple projects.

You will be required to:

Organise and manage required resources for report input while liaising with other internal departments

Manage reporting schedules and deadlines

Ensure Quality Control and Quality Assurance procedures are strictly managed and adhered to at all times

Ensure that the deliverables meet or exceed the Client specification

EGS are looking for a candidate with a keen eye for detail and the necessary technical skills and experience to fulfil an integral team role.

Desired skills, knowledge and experience:

Minimum 2 years of experience in a Senior or similar position

Strong geosciences or hydrographic background (related university degree or relevant experience)

Excellent, proven technical report writing skills with a meticulous attention to detail

Well organised and self-motivated, ability to work within high pressure situations and to tight delivery deadlines

Proficient user of Microsoft Office

Ability to maintain consistent in-house document style/format

Knowledge of industry standard geophysical interpretation software packages (IHS Kingdom, Oasis Montaj, SonarWiz) is an advantage

Knowledge of GIS software packages would be desirable

You must live or be willing to relocate to a commutable distance of the EGS office in Bordon, Hampshire

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to: The HR Manager, EGS International Ltd, Unit 27 Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants GU35 9QE or email: [email protected]

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