Issue 532
24 April 2018:


Fugro’s ultra-deepwater surveys support seabed mining exploration

Fugro is commencing its first project supporting deep sea polymetallic nodule mining under a contract awarded by seafloor mineral exploration company Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. (NORI), a subsidiary of DeepGreen Metals Inc. In the deep waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, its specialist marine geoscience team will perform detailed site characterisation surveys.

The project, which began on 19 April, will advance NORI’s polymetallic nodule project. Polymetallic nodules are potato-sized concretions enriched in nickel, copper and cobalt. These nodules also contain metals and non-metals important to ‘green-tech’ enterprises, such as electric vehicles and wind energy production.

The site characterisation surveys will involve acquisition of high-resolution imagery and geophysical data, and sampling of minerals from the seafloor. Fugro will also measure geotechnical properties, catalogue the mineral resource and help NORI to determine optimal mining areas. The data acquisition and sampling will take place in water depths of up to 4,500 metres over a 400-square-kilometre-area between the Clarion and Clipperton fracture zones. The field work will be accomplished using the company’s Echo Surveyor VII autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and specialised seafloor sampling equipment.

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Allseas touches down with Sonardyne dual GyroUSBLs on Lorelay stinger

Allseas, a global leader in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction, is to take advantage of the performance and operational benefits available from Sonardyne International’s acoustic positioning technology, following an order for two GyroUSBL transceivers for its 236 metre long lay vessel, Lorelay. This will be third vessel in the Allseas fleet to be equipped in this way, with systems already in operation on the Pioneering Spirit and Solitaire.

Used in conjunction with a Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) topside which also formed part of the order, the GyroUSBLs will be installed on the end of the Lorelay’s stinger to precisely track an ROV deployed to ensure a pipe is accurately touching down in the permitted corridor.

Mounting a GyroUSBL on a stinger is now a widely adopted practise amongst pipelay vessel operators, with the technique having first appeared on the market in 2013. By combining a USBL transceiver and Lodestar Attitude and Heading Reference System in the same assembly, GyroUSBL can be sited well away from vessel noise interference, even on a dynamic structure such as a stinger, and deliver reliable underwater target tracking performance.

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TCarta Delivers Satellite-Derived Land/Sea Floor Surface Models for Caribbean Disaster Recovery

TCarta, a global provider of marine geospatial products, has delivered pre- and post-disaster surface models for the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda for use in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The satellite-derived surface models contain seamless datasets of onshore elevation and offshore water depth measurements for each island.

The UK government commissioned the Hurricane Irma disaster mapping for Antigua and Barbuda as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme. TCarta won a competitive tender, which specifically requested end products derived from satellite imagery.

Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean in September 2017. The governments of Antigua and Barbuda requested accurate data for onshore land elevations and offshore water depths from before and after the storm hit. The datasets will be used in digital change detection analyses to determine how Irma altered the surfaces of the land and seafloor. This will be vital information in repairing onshore drainage systems and updating coastal navigation charts.

For the seafloor dataset, the TCarta team generated Satellite Derived Bathymetry products by extracting accurate water depth measurements from high-resolution multispectral imagery acquired by the DigitalGlobe WorldView satellites. In the clear Caribbean waters around Antigua and Barbuda, bathymetric points were delivered on a 2-meter spacing to deeper than 20 meters.

The TCarta team created digital surface models of the terrain on Antigua and Barbuda, utilizing a technique to derive surface elevations at 0.5-meter point spacing from multiple WorldView images captured over the islands. Vegetation was then removed from surface models to yield bare-Earth elevation models. TCarta delivered the high-quality before-and-after datasets to the UK government which in turn distributed them to scientists on Antigua and Barbuda for damage assessment and planning for the coming hurricane season.

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Custom EMO multiplexer system from MacArtney to Asian customer

The requirements for reliable transmission of large amounts of data and video from ROVs, ROTVs, ocean observatories and instrumentation packages are constantly being sharpened. Gathering high-quality data from the deep sea is an immense undertaking, which calls for ensuring that multiple sensor and equipment types work in perfect unison and that all data are efficiently transmitted to the surface for analysis.

A custom version of MacArtney’s EMO DOMINO-7 fibre optic multiplexer system (MUX) was built for installation on an ROV in Singapore with the aim of upgrading the subsea survey and camera interfaces of the ROV.

The DOMINO-7 MUX is a compact fibre optic system with a wide range of MUX channel and power supply configurations. Offering 3 videos with 10 bit data channels, the DOMINO design also offers 2 x industry standard multibeam ports, consisting of gigabit Ethernet (GBE) communications, coupled with 48 VDC supply voltage, all provided within the same connection.

During the past couple of decades, MacArtney has built up a strong and versatile track record of supplying in-house developed and manufactured EMO and NEXUS multiplexers and complete telemetry solutions to OEMs, system providers and operators all over the world.

The EMO and NEXUS ranges of MacArtney include several standard models spanning from advanced fibre optic and HD video capable systems, through electric coax cable compliant multiplexers to bespoke customer-specified or completely customised telemetry solutions. Beyond interfacing a vast variety of sensors mounted on board a given application, EMO and NEXUS multiplexers work to provide and sustain a safe and efficient fibre optic link between surface and seabed.

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Bibby Offshore continues to take the lead in diving safety

Bibby Offshore has become the first to deploy a pioneering diving safety system in the North Sea.

The company, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, provided its divers with the innovative Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus (COBRA), during a recent contract with BP North Sea.

Working at depths of up to 110 metres, the Bibby divers using the COBRA system to deliver electrical umbilical installation, subsea control module (SCM) change-out, and production and controls system integrity testing, deisolation and commissioning services.

COBRA, developed by JFD, is a simple, highly reliable bailout system which offers divers up to 45 minutes of fully independent breathing gas in an emergency situation.

Bibby Offshore’s deployment of the system is a first for the North Sea since its introduction to market last year, with the company playing a key part in testing during 2017.

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AML delivers 20 Cabled UV Biofouling Control Systems to Oregon State University

Following a successful test in which Cabled UV prevented marine growth on oxygen sensors and cameras deployed in situ for six months, Oregon State University (OSU) has purchased 20 Cabled UV biofouling control systems.

Canadian manufacturer AML Oceanographic’s Cabled UV was selected for the Endurance Array, a multi-scaled array developed under the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), for its suitability for fragile and complex surfaces.

OSU’s trial is the latest in a string of in situ deployments successfully completed through the use of AML’s biofouling control solutions, Cabled UV and UV•XchangeTM.

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4000-meter manned submersible for titanic survey expedition equipped with iXblue’s inertial navigation systems and USBL subsea positioning solution

OceanGate, Inc., a provider of manned submersible services, and iXblue, a global company that provides innovative solutions for navigation, positioning and underwater imaging, are combining forces to conduct the first manned submersible expedition to the wreck of the RMS Titanic since 2005. iXblue’s Phins 6000 inertial navigation system and Posidonia USBL positioning system will both be used for the accurate and reliable navigation and positioning of OceanGate’s Titan, the newest addition to the company’s fleet of deep sea manned submersibles and the first privately-owned manned submersible capable of reaching Titanic depths.

iXblue’s unique strap-down Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) technology, Phins 6000 subsea Inertial Navigation System (INS) provides accurate position, heading, attitude, speed and depth information as the manned submersible captures laser data and the first ever 4K images of the RMS Titanic shipwreck and debris fields. Its high-accuracy inertial measurement unit is coupled with an embedded digital signal processor that runs an advanced Kalman filter for optimum positioning of the subsea vehicle.

Increased positioning precision of Titan on the shipwreck site will be provided by Posidonia, iXblue’s long range and high accuracy USBL system that is operated from the surface ship and will be calibrated thanks to a Phins surface INS. Designed to track subsea vehicles to depths of 6,000 meters at ranges reaching over 10,000 meters, Posidonia uses advanced acoustic modulation, as well as digital signal processing technology and operates in the low frequency band for deep sea tracking operations. To communicate with Posidonia during each dive, Titan is equipped with iXblue’s MT8 compact low-frequency transponder.

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New miniature INS module from Xsens with external GNSS receiver input offers highly accurate orientation, velocity and positioning data

Xsens expanded their MTi product portfolio by introducing the MTi-7, a miniature Inertial Navigation System (INS) module which uses input from an external Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver to provide an accurate, real-time position, velocity and orientation data stream.

The MTi-7 module, which has a compact 12 mm x 12 mm footprint and weighs less than 1 gram, consumes under 100 mW, making it ideal for use in space- and power-constrained devices such as drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), as well as autonomous or remote-controlled mapping and imaging equipment.

Operating at output data rates up to 800 Hz, the MTi-7 achieves very low latency of 2 ms, allowing for real-time operation of dynamic functions such as flight control and camera stabilization. The module also offers a position and velocity output, suitable for the navigation of autonomous ground vehicles in sectors such as smart farming and robotics.

The high performance of the MTi-7 is due to the advanced sensor fusion algorithms developed by Xsens to synchronize the inputs from the module’s on-board accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer with the signals from an external GNSS receiver or barometer. The raw sensor signals are combined and processed at high speed in the MTi-7 module to produce a real-time data stream showing the device’s horizontal and vertical position, velocity, roll, pitch and yaw. This user-friendly data stream may be supplied to a host processor via a standard I2C, SPI or UART interface.

Based on the design of the successful MTi 1-series, the MTi-7 offers a straightforward upgrade path for current MTi-1 users on the same form factor. It is also able to provide heading, positioning and orientation accuracy more commonly found in much larger, heavier and higher-power devices.

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Vattenfall procure OceanWise Raster Charts XL

Vattenfall, the Swedish energy group, have procured OceanWise Raster Charts XL (eXcluding Land) as a seamless Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) for Northern Europe.

Based on standard nautical charts, and therefore with a familiar look and feel, Raster Charts XL are marine charts which have had all the land and other non-marine features removed. Meta-features such as scale bars, source data diagrams and title blocks have been removed meaning they no longer hide more useful information. Removing the land means Vattenfall can combine the WMTS with their own sources of land mapping data to give improved coverage in the coastal zone.

Raster Charts XL have been developed by OceanWise in response to the increasing requirement for high level, relevant and more accurate marine mapping data. As modern businesses seek ways in which to work smarter, accessible intelligent data is essential for successful marine planning and monitoring.

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Chesapeake Technology Offers Dongle Free SonarWiz License Option

Chesapeake Technology Inc. announced the immediate availability of SonarWiz licenses that do not require a dongle. In what may be an industry first, users now have the option to buy secure SonarWiz post-processing licenses with an electronic code instantly. Dongle free licensing is available with SonarWiz 7.1 and later.

Electronic-only licenses effectively give users a faster and more convenient way to get up and running, while eliminating the risk of missing or lost dongles. It also avoids downtime if a dongle is left on board or in the office when planning to work at home.

Although technically “node-locked” to a specific PC, a license can be moved from one PC to another in seconds. This is as easy as clicking “deactivate” on one PC and “activate” on another after entering the ID number and Activation key. The user controls the license via the CTI License Manager utility included with SonarWiz 7.1 and later.

The new dongle free licensing scheme is available with SonarWiz 7.1 and later. Data collection and network license options are planned for Q2 2018.

For more details, contact +1(650) 967-2045 or [email protected].

From Oxfordshire lab to the North Sea: next-generation wind turbine foundations are being deployed at Borkum Riffgrund 2

The Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm, for which construction has begun in the German North Sea, will have 56 8MW turbines, including 20 next-generation suction bucket foundations. Prior to their deployment, the novel foundations were part of a research project carried out with Ørsted by HR Wallingford in its Oxfordshire Fast Flow Facility.

It is well known that the action of waves and currents can lead to erosion of the seabed around wind turbine foundations. This phenomenon, known as scour, poses a risk to the stability of the foundation and, in extreme cases, has the potential to cause structural failure. Although scour is relatively well understood for traditional monopile foundations, this is not necessarily the case for complex foundation types.

HR Wallingford  worked with Ørsted to help to refine the design of the suction bucket foundation , as part of a research project investigating scour effects and the most suitable scour protection for the novel foundation structures.

The ten-month study included physical modelling and complex analysis, looking into the types and extents of scour protection that would be required for the suction bucket foundation to be deployed in the North Sea. Testing was also undertaken to assess the likely impacts of scour protection around the cables required to transport power from offshore wind turbines to onshore transformer stations.

Harland and Wolff are manufacturing the suction buckets for the foundations, while GeoSea vessel Innovation is handling their installation.

The 450MW wind farm, whose location is some 40km northwest of the island of Borkum, and which is  co-owned by Orsted and Global Infrastructure Partners, is expected to be fully commissioned during 2019.

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Wärtsilä welcomes global shipping’s agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions

The technology group Wärtsilä announces its strong support for the agreement reached at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. The agreed plan is for shipping to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 percent from 2008 levels by 2050.

Maritime transport has always played a major role in making it possible for a truly global economy to function. Shipping connects countries and markets, thus forming the backbone of international trade. The sector has, therefore, a responsibility to strive for sustainable performance in its operations so that emissions and pollutants are minimised.

Wärtsilä has long focused its development work on introducing technologies that enable shipping to significantly lower its environmental load.

Increased adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel will be needed to accelerate the reduction in GHG. The progress already made in LNG-related innovations can lower emissions of GHG from vessels by as much as 30 percent. The potential for even further reductions is being created by the constant development of new technologies. LNG as a marine fuel has a crucial role in GHG reduction roadmap, and provides the basis for other actions to even further reduce the emissions of shipping. Wärtsilä puts a great effort to create offering enabling effective utilisation of LNG.

Digitalisation is benefitting society at large and will have a positive impact on shipping. Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision, which utilises high levels of digitalisation and connectivity, aims at increasing overall resource efficiency, minimising the environmental burden, and increasing the safety and reliability of maritime transport.

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Moog Focal Launches New 2-Channel Singlemode Fiber Optic Rotary Joint

Moog Focal has launched a new 2-channel singlemode Fiber Optic Rotary Joint (FORJ).  The Model 319 FORJ is designed to transfer multiple high data rate optical signals across a rotating fiber optic interface and can be used in standalone applications or integrated as a sub assembly into larger electrical and fluid slip ring assemblies.

The Model 319 design has been optimised to offer impressive technical performance at a much lower cost compared to the existing dual channel singlemode FORJ options. The Model 319 is ideal for challenging dual channel fiber optic communication applications that require a rotary interface and can also be used in single channel applications that require a back-up communication channel.  Its innovative and independent cell design prevents the catastrophic failure scenario of both communication channels if one of the channels fails.

The Model 319 can be integrated with Moog Focal Electrical Slip Rings and Fluid Rotary Unions, including Hazloc applications to create bespoke slip ring solutions. Its ruggedised design has been tested and qualified to MIL-STD-167-1 vibration and MIL-STD-810 functional shock standards.

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New-build Kreuz Challenger mobilised for long-term Brunei Shell contract

International integrated subsea services company Kreuz Subsea has mobilised the recently delivered new-build dive support vessel, Kreuz Challenger, as part of its seven-year contract with Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn. Bhd. (BSP).

The contract, which runs until 2022, includes supporting BSP with inspection, repair and maintenance services to be carried out on offshore oil and gas structures in Negara Brunei Darussalam’s territorial waters.

Typically located in water depths of up to 80 metres, these include drilling platforms, production stations, mini-production stations with combined drilling and production functions, gas compression stations, vent jackets, two single buoy moorings, Brunei’s LNG loading jetty, and various pipelines.

The DP-2 DSV Kreuz Challenger has been purpose built by the Vard shipyard in Norway to meet all BSP’s standards and requirements, as well as the current industry recognised diving system assurance, DNV class standards and IMCA regulations. The vessel can accommodate 105 personnel and is equipped with a 100-ton active heave compensation crane, a 12-man saturation diving system, and a self-propelling hyperbaric lifeboat.

Kreuz Subsea, a world-class specialist in project management and engineering, has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Bruneian offshore marine services company, SPHI Marine Sdn. Bhd. The partnership has seen SPHI Marine acquire an equity interest in the firm’s Brunei operations.

As part of the JV, Kreuz Subsea has committed to developing local personnel with competencies in the field of offshore commercial diving and ROV services through the transfer of technical knowledge over the tenure of the BSP contract. To date, it has trained more than 80 Bruneian subsea workers to internationally acceptable standards.

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Pipetech launches Active Caisson Management to drive efficiencies

Pipetech, the independent process system integrity specialist, has launched a new Active Caisson Management service following a number of recent projects with North Sea operators.

Caissons are prone to damage from fatigue and erosion, which can lead to defects and wall failure resulting in a knock-on impact on production and safety, costing the industry millions of pounds every year.

Pipetech’s Active Caisson Management solution aims to drive cost efficiencies, whilst maintaining asset integrity throughout the lifecycle of the caisson. It involves a single sourced, full range of services including inspection, cleaning, coating and planned and programmed maintenance and repair scheduling. The company has already delivered a number of caisson projects with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, Statoil, Aker BP ASA and Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd.

Caisson failures have been recorded as the cause of numerous shutdowns, with structural failures leading to dropped objects. Clamp repairs are time consuming, expensive and in many cases can result in the defects occurring in new areas on the caisson. Pipetech’s Active Caisson Management solution addresses wall thickness and defect issues with integrity in mind, significantly reducing the likelihood of failure.

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Attollo Secures £Multi-Million Jack up Contracts

Attollo Offshore, a leading offshore marine operator, has heralded Q2 by signing multiple £multi-million jack up contracts within the oil & gas and renewable energy sectors.

The contracts will see the Aberdeen-based company – renowned for its smarter operations of the assets required for late field life, decommissioning, rig-less well intervention, plug and abandonment and offshore wind projects – provide propelled and non-propelled accommodation jack up rigs to operators until the end of 2018.

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Queen’s Award Recognises Hydro Group International Success

It has been announced that subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group plc, has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade.

The Awards acknowledge exceptional businesses across the UK, celebrating the cream of the country’s entrepreneurs and innovative minds. Open to almost all UK-based businesses, the International Trade category recognises those who have demonstrated substantial international growth in overseas earnings and commercial success within their sector.

Widely recognised as the market leaders in creating innovative and bespoke engineered cable/connector assembly solutions for subsea applications, Hydro Group has employed a consistent strategy of international growth for over 30 years.

The streams that make up Hydro Group – Hydro Bond Engineering and Hydro Cable Systems – are supported by Hydro Group’s Singapore-based division Hydro Group Asia (launched in 2015), and Hydro Group Systems, which launched in North America in 2017.

Hydro Group will be presented with a Grant of Appointment scroll by Aberdeen City’s Lord-Lieutenant, with representatives of the company attending a royal reception later in the year.

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Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) Europe - Call for Speakers

Building upon Teledyne Marine’s highly popular TMTW event hosted biennially in the USA, Teledyne Marine has decided to host this event in Cannes, France on October 9-11, 2018 to address the needs of customers in Europe and the surrounding area. As with the US based TMTW, this event will allow speakers, influencers, and attendees from around the globe to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of marine and inland technologies. This three-day workshop will once again include customer presentations, product/software training, networking opportunities, and on-water demonstrations provided by Teledyne Marine’s top-tier manufacturers.

A cornerstone of this users’ conference is presentations given by customers sharing their field and laboratory experience utilizing Teledyne products.  The three-day workshop will include three concurrent morning tracks dedicated to the following broad topic areas:  Offshore Energy; Oceanographic Research; Hydrography; Defense/Security; Aquaculture/Fisheries; and Civil Engineering/River Monitoring.

Teledyne’s customers are encouraged to submit an abstract sharing their experience using Teledyne products in any of these applications.  Abstracts can be submitted for speaking slots or poster paper presentations. All accepted speakers will receive free admission to the event; poster paper presenters will receive a €75 discount off their registration fee.  Abstracts are due May 15, 2018.

Full details and an online abstract submission form can be found on the Teledyne Marine website at:

IOSTIA Webinar, Friday 4 May, 12:30

You’re invited to attend the next Meet IOSTIA Webinar – Friday, May 4, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. (EDT). Bhavin Shah from member Anekonnect Incorporated will provide an overview of their subsea connectors services and taking Q&A. They’ll also provide an update on IOSTIA activities like BlueTech Expo.

To register, visit

MMF#61 programme taking shape for 24 May 2018

The Steering Group for the Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) series of twice yearly, one day networking seminars announces that the hosts for MMF61, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, Middlesex, are close to completing the programme for the day but have extended the ‘call for speakers’ deadline to Tuesday 1 May.

Oceanbuzzers are urged to register to attend the event as soon as possible and join their peers at what is always a great opportunity to hear all about latest developments and technologies in the marine measuring world.

NPL is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and its expertise covers a range of diverse disciplines ranging from underwater acoustics and medical ultrasound through to quantum mechanics and ionising radiation. Opportunities to view in-house facilities will be included in the day’s programme.

For further details of the day’s proceedings, to register to attend or to offer a presentation visit

Demonstration of Trimble's New Marine Product Line, 26 April, Vancouver

An introduction to Trimble’s New Marine Product Line Trimble Marine Construction (TMC) Software Teledyne BlueView BV5000 with MotionScan Merlin Vessel-based LiDAR System, will take place on 26 April, 2018 in Vancouver, WA.

During the presentation by Trimble and Measutronics Corporation, you can expect:
an office seminar ‘Sonar imaging system considerations and introduction of Trimble’s new Marine product line’; Systems overview to include Trimble Marine Construction Software, Teledyne Blueview BV5000 with MotionScan, and Merlin Vesselbased LiDAR System; and on the water demonstration of systems listed above.

For more information, contact Rosemary at (863) 644-8712, email [email protected] or visit

Call for Abstracts Now Open for Shallow Survey 2018 Conference

The 8th International Conference on High Resolution Surveys in Shallow Water is now accepting abstracts for its conference, taking place October 1-3, 2018, in St. John’s, NL at the Delta Hotel.

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Canadian Hydrographic Service invites interested parties to submit proposals for presentations on high resolution surveys in shallow water.

All conference abstract submissions must be made by e-mail to Kirk Regular or Paul Brett at [email protected] no later than May 15, 2018. Notification of decisions on submitted abstracts will be issued on June 15, 2018.

In keeping with the broad scope of promoting progress in seabed mapping in the coastal environment, we welcome abstracts from a wide swath of approaches to shallow water hydrography – from multibeam, to swath (or swathe), to LiDAR, to satellites; AUV’s, ASV’s, UAV’s, and advanced data processing, fusion and visualization techniques – highlighting both the practical developments in these technologies, as well as advancements in our understanding of the seabed gained as a result.

The conference organsers would like to showcase the technologies being developed to address current and future hydrographic requirements are enabling the hydrographic community to ask questions and set standards that were previously not practical to even consider.

A template for proposal submission can be found at

Announcing the Applanix 2018 Airborne User Group Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, November 27-29

The Applanix 2018 Airborne User Group Meeting has been scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain on November 27-29. The meeting is designed for Applanix customers to: benefit from advanced product training, learn about Applanix product plans, and engage in discussions directly with Applanix product experts – all while enjoying beautiful Barcelona, the enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture, and a world-class dining and entertainment scene.

This year’s meeting will span three days, and has four specific goals: To deliver informative training sessions on POSPac MMS and POSPac UAV, the APX series of boards, and POS products;    To provide customers and partners with a platform for sharing their most recent projects and experiences; To facilitate networking opportunities to encourage growth and collaboration within the industry;         To give customers a chance to experience the food, culture, and atmosphere of beautiful Barcelona.

Sessions over the 3-day agenda will include: a Direct Georeferencing Workshop; discussions comparing manned versus unmanned aerial surveys, and advancements in scanning options; and invaluable training workshops with our expert Customer Support Team.

Registrants will save €100 off the regular price if they register before August 20th.

To learn more about Applanix’ 2018 User Group Meeting, visit

Naval Dome wins intelligence award for its maritime cyber protection system

Naval Dome’s Maritime Cyber Protection System (MCPS) received the renowned Marine Intelligence prize last night during the Marine Propulsion Awards and gala dinner.

The annual technical awards, which this year took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, recognise innovations across a range of marine engineering and technology sectors. Awards were presented for best efficiency improvement technology, best emissions reducing technology, best innovation, best maritime intelligence innovation, and ship of the year.

The Maritime Intelligence Award, sponsored by OSISoft, is bestowed on companies or individuals that have developed a product, system or process that optimises the use of data, communications or other IT technology. The winning entry must demonstrate how the use of its technology has significantly improved a ship’s or fleet’s efficiency, economy or operation.

Using intelligence agency security technology, Naval Dome’s MCPS is designed to prevent internal and external cyber-attacks with minimal human intervention. It integrates with existing systems and software, providing real-time cyber alerts and blocks malicious files to prevent unauthorised access to critical systems and data.

During trials, Naval Dome performed a series of cyber-attacks on live navigation systems, engines and other machinery control systems. The attack was able to shift the vessel’s reported position, mislead the radar display, turn on and disable machinery, and override the fuel control, steering and ballast systems. In a second test using the MCPS software, the same attack was carried out, but the hack was unsuccessful, unable to penetrate any of the ship’s systems.

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Sonardyne welcomes Derek Lynch as its new Global Business Manager for Marine Vessel Systems

Navigation and positioning technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, has announced the appointment of Derek Lynch as its new Global Business Manager for Marine Vessel Systems. Derek joins Sonardyne with immediate effect and brings with him extensive experience gained over 25 years working within the offshore energy, maritime and naval sectors.

Derek has held senior management positions with several leading edge technology companies involved in positioning, navigation and vessel control systems, including maritime software developer Sea Information Systems, Nautronix where he was Vice President Sales for Dynamic Positioning and Vessel Control Systems, GNSS service provider Veripos and most recently, Positioneering, where he was a founding member of the company set up to pioneer new approaches to precise GNSS positioning solutions.

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The Ocean Business Team are Hiring! Join us as Operations Executive, Gloucestershire

Diversified Communications UK is part of a rapidly growing, highly successful trade exhibition and media group, with their head office in Maine, USA. Here in the UK, Diversified Communications organise 15 highly successful trade shows, all of them leaders in their sectors as well as publishing several market leading trade magazines.

This exciting position requires the successful applicant to jump head first into a hands on, busy role with a dynamic events company who pride themselves on offering the best customer service in the industry. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with 2 – 3 years event experience within an operations background who wants to progress to the next step within a growing team.

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