Issue 536
29 May 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

MacArtney supplies autonomously operating winches for naval application on USVs

US based aerospace and defence development and manufacture company Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a Textron, Inc. business, has taken delivery of winch systems from MacArtney.

The scope in question comprises design, manufacture, assembly, test and delivery of autonomous launch and recovery systems custom-engineered to adapt to specific customer requirements. The winches are designed to comply with the MIL standard 901D for shock and vibration. Emphasis has been put on tailoring the design and features to the conditions that they will be experiencing throughout their service lives.

The winches are designed and engineered for optimal durability. They feature a modular and compact design allowing for flexible system installation on USVs. The ultimate purpose of the vehicles is the autonomous use of sweeping, localisation and neutralisation of mines and other explosive devices with-out human interaction.

The materials in the state-of-the-art winches include aluminium and special alloys which make them light-weight and corrosion resistant, which in terms of pull force/winch weight ratio will allow for added fuel capacity of the USVs.

For further information, visit www.macartney.com.

Bibby Offshore secures multimillion North Sea contract

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has secured a two-phase multimillion pound contract with a leading oil and gas and production company.

The contract, awarded in April, will see Bibby Offshore carry out IRM services across a number of the operators North Sea assets. Engineering work for this project has started, with the initial offshore phase due to commence in Q2 this year and a further campaign scheduled for Q3.

Bibby Offshore’s multi-role diving support vessel, Bibby Topaz, will be the primary vessel utilised to carry out the base workscope, with the company’s multi-purpose dive support and offshore construction vessel, Bibby Polaris, utilised to support activities if required.

For further information, visit www.bibbyoffshore.com.

Adaptable Deep Sea Camera System from OSIL

UK based manufacturers of innovative oceanographic systems Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have announced the launch of their new expandable Deep Sea Camera System, a pressure activated self-contained system which allows for the integration of additional instrumentation.

The novel system is activated by a pressure switch in the intelligent battery pack which can be programmed at the surface to turn the camera on and off at specific depths, preventing users from having to record and review hours of wasted footage, and can also independently or concurrently activate any instrumentation that is connected to it.

Data is recorded onto a standard Micro SD memory card. Several hours of video footage can be built up over repeated deployments depending on the camera resolution settings and memory card used. Larger power packs are available for extended deployments. Recharging and data transfer takes place via an external connector.

The self-contained system delivers even under extreme low-light conditions and gives high quality images in fine detail. The system employs a full HD camera together with a dimmable all-purpose LED light, and a battery pack that can either be integrated into the same housing as the camera or kept as a separate component depending on system requirements.

The camera is equipped with a 2750 lumen LED light with variable intensity to allow adjustments to be made for visibility. The standard housing is rated to 6000m, but systems for shallower use are also available.

For further information visit www.osil.com

4D Nav & i-Tech services announce: successful trial of remote acoustic metrology

An acoustic jumper metrology was successfully conducted using the Sonardyne Connect software in conjunction with 4D Nav’s remote survey system in a joint program between 4D Nav and i-Tech Services. The metrology took place as part of remote survey trials during a Subsea 7 project earlier this year in the Gulf of Mexico.

Acoustic long baseline (LBL) data and pressure sensor data were collected at a network operations center (NOC) onshore in Houston. The direct interface to the Sonardyne 6G transceiver (ROVNAV) enabled by the Connect software allowed full control of LBL data collection as well as logging of pressure sensor data for depth loops. The remote survey system included video and voice which allowed the surveyor onshore to communicate with offshore personnel to direct the operation. Connect’s procedure-oriented user interface is well suited to conducting remote metrology operations. It breaks procedures down into tasks and allows local control to continue if communications are interrupted by having a non-LBL surveyor confirm all tasks in a procedure are complete and to move on to the next procedure. Being able to control an LBL operation in this manner combined with suitable written procedures and detailed pop-up diagrams in its user interface opens the door to remote LBL operations.

The experience gained during the trial will be used to develop robust written procedures such that operations can be directed from shore, eliminating mobilisation and travel cost and optimising utilisation of specialist personnel.

For more information visit www.4dnav.com

Oceangate and Virtual Wonders join forces to create photorealistic 3D interactive experiences of the RMS Titanic

OceanGate Inc., a provider of manned submersible services has formed an exclusive partnership with Virtual Wonders, a leader in 3D data and virtual reality media production. To digitally preserve the historic wreck site, Virtual Wonders will use data captured during the 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition to create an ultra-high-resolution 3D model of the wreck for scientific purposes, and as the base for the production of multiple cross-platform 3D immersive experiences.

The six-week expedition is scheduled to depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland in June 2019. The team of experienced explorers will use data captured by the submersible’s external cameras and laser scanner to digitally preserve the submerged wreck site. In addition to the scientific outputs, this data and imagery will be used to create multiple console gaming, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences, such as the opportunity to virtually pilot a digital version of Titan down to the Titanic wreck. The photo-real, spatially accurate models from the expedition can also be used as digital film sets, interactive museum exhibits and immersive theme park rides.

Since her sinking in 1912, the RMS Titanic has been rapidly decaying in the extreme conditions found at nearly 2.5 miles below the sea surface. A number of estimates have been made about the length of time left before Titanic is no longer recognisable as a shipwreck. The range of opinions is due, in part, to the limited number of manned and unmanned expeditions to the historic wreck. The 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition will be the first time in 13 years that people will directly view the world’s most famous shipwreck.

For further information, visit www.oceangate.com and www.titanicsurveyexpedition.com

AML’s Moving Vessel Profiler Selected for New Chinese Icebreaker

The Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) has chosen AML Oceanographic’s MVP300 as the profiling system for their new icebreaker, Xuelong 2. “We chose MVP300 to collect high density real-time CTD profiles without stopping the vessel. The MVP system also allows us to collect other scientific data such as Chlorophyll A, Dissolved Oxygen, and Turbidity. We will achieve better quality data and save valuable vessel time,” said Project Director Shuoren Wang.

With numerous expedition objectives ranging from climate change research to natural resource studies, the MVP will be a critical system in support of realising the icebreaker’s mandate.

This is the second contract for the deep water, underway profiler MVP300 secured through AML’s local agent, Laurel Technologies Company of Hong Kong, within the last four months.The solution to be supplied to PRIC includes the MVP, instrumentation, installation, and training services.

For further information, visit https://amloceanographic.com/

Fugro’s contribution to global ocean mapping earns NOAA commendation

Fugro’s leadership in advancing global ocean mapping has earned it a formal commendation from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The recognition came during a recent industry briefing with Fugro and NOAA about The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, a global initiative to map the world’s oceans by the year 2030.

Given that more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans remains unexplored and unmapped, NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Craig McLean, underscored the importance of the role of the commercial sector in meeting the project’s ambitious timeline and highlighted Fugro’s involvement to that end. Over the past year, the company has contributed more than 65,000 square kilometres of high-resolution crowd sourced bathymetry data to NOAA in support of the project. Fugro is collecting the seabed data while transiting between offshore survey projects.

Fugro’s contributions to the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project will be used to inform global policy, improve sustainable use and advance scientific research. Additionally, crowd sourced bathymetry data acquired by Fugro in the North Atlantic Ocean is feeding into a regional initiative known as the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation. Signed in 2013 between the United States, Canada and the European Union, the statement provides a means for understanding the shared waters of the North Atlantic for scientific, environmental and economic benefits. The Galway Statement specifically references seabed mapping as an activity where cooperation will result in multilateral and mutual benefits.

For further information, visit www.fugro.com

USS gets green light to build new accession class USV in Hayle, Cornwall UK

The next generation of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV’s) the Accession Class from Unmanned Survey Solutions, has been given the green light thanks to funding from Marine-i Marine Challenge Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

USS have successfully introduced the Inception Class Mark 1 and Mark 2 USV’s to the survey market. Built by surveyors, for surveyors, these USV’s survey shallow coastal or inland waters. The Accession Class next generation USV is a much larger vessel for use in offshore operations and is now about to become a reality thanks to Marine-I and ERDF.

The 4.5m Accession Class USV will be a robust marine autonomous multi-role USV with integrated airborne drone capabilities.

Designed for use by the Offshore industries and with the ability to operate long endurance applications in the open seas. It will work as a force multiplier with a mother vessel and will integrate a variety of payloads including the launch and recovery of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s).

USS are delighted to announce the start of the new Accession Class USV project and are grateful to the Marine-i team for all their support and assistance.

For further information, visit https://www.unmannedsurveysolutions.com/

Ocean Sonics releases Coastal Acoustic Drifting Buoy

Ocean Sonics, a leader in smart hydrophone technology, has developed a coastal acoustic drifting buoy. Practical uses include but are not limited to marine mammal monitoring, real-time noise measurement, environmental assessment and improving compliance with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Designed with the user in mind, the buoy weighs in at 23KG and measures 1 meter in length and 0.5 meter in width and is easily deployed by a singular user without the use of a crane or any additional equipment. Features include Wi-Fi for real-time set-up, status and spectral display, remote WIFI access (up to 100m), GPS time sync, on/off switch for icListens and buoy and hydrophone synchronisation within one microsecond.

This drifting buoy also possesses the ability to be moored and was designed to be acoustically quiet. While drifting, it excels at reducing flow noise, even in fast moving water. For example, the buoy mitigates the flow noise generated near tidal turbines to improve clarity and quality of recordings. The buoy is exceptional at capturing the desired ocean sounds without interruption or interference from the buoy or, if stationary, its mooring. With configuration for up to 6 hydrophones and selectable cable lengths using smart cables, the buoy adapts easily to any project.

For further information, visit http://oceansonics.com/

TCarta Delivers Satellite Derived Bathymetry Data to Total for Hydrocarbon Exploration Project

TCarta, a global provider of marine geospatial products, has delivered satellite derived bathymetry (SDB) to Total SA, one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers. Total will use the water depth data for preparing seismic survey works off the coast of Myanmar.

TCarta generated the SDB dataset by digitally extracting accurate water depth measurements from multispectral imagery acquired by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite. The resulting bathymetric data had a point spacing of 10 meters with measurements to a depth of 15 meters. The deliverable covered a 30-square-kilometer area around Preparis Island in the Bay of Bengal.

Total contracted with TCarta for the Preparis Island project following a benchmark study that also generated high-quality bathymetric data from Sentinel-2 imagery.

SDB products created by TCarta have become extremely popular among energy exploration and production companies, as well as environmental organizations and infrastructure development firms, due to their cost effectiveness and rapid turnaround. In addition, the remote collection of imagery by satellite poses no risk to personnel or the environment. And the bathymetric data can be captured in all parts of the world, even where security restrictions limit operation of aircraft or ships.

Another TCarta product used extensively in offshore hydrocarbon exploration and production is the Global GIS Bathymetry Package. This GIS-ready dataset provides a level of marine information superior to public-domain data for areas throughout the world. The 90- and 30-meter products each contain a Digital Bathymetry Model with spot-depth values, contour lines, and high-resolution shorelines derived from multiple data sources. These include nautical charts, single- and multibeam survey data, LiDAR, SDB, altimetry data and seismic survey derived depths.

For further information, visit www.tcarta.com

The German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB) at Wilhemshaven/Germany, part of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum ordered the first OKTOPUS GmbH giant multiple-corer with 20 core tubes

Since 2016 OKTOPUS GmbH offers its new three hydrostatical damped multiple corer versions MC 04-08, MC 08-12 and MC 12-20 with 4 and up to 20 core tubes to be used on small ships working in shallow and coastal water areas as well as on large modern research vessels for deep sea deployments. Compared to the older versions, the advantages of the converted frameworks are primarily the stainless steel Oktopus Modular Frame System (MFS). Do away with welded connections in favour of flexibility, hand-in-hand with effective transportation and space-saving storage even for air transport, as well as additional sensors or a video telemetry system and lights which can easily be attached. Excel is the new entire core tube holder which can quickly be detached from the head including the sample for immediate further treatment in the lab or storage if required. The area required of the 4 leg, 1.1m high framework is 1.882m x 1.882m, the total height of the multiple corer is 1.8m. Compared to the up to today largest version with 12 core tubes, 20 successfully sampled core tubes means 66% more samples from one deployment and saving valuable ship time especially during deep-sea research cruises and monitoring tasks.

For further information please visit www.oktopus-kiel.de.

Successful testing programme with enhanced Wärtsilä’s navigation systems promotes operational safety and efficiency

The technology group Wärtsilä is utilising its strong in-house capabilities to create further advances in operational efficiency and safety for ship owners and operators. The latest in the company’s drive towards harnessing innovative and creative technologies to build more sustainable and cost-efficient shipping took place in a successful testing programme onboard the cruise ship ‘Costa Atlantica’, belonging to Carnival’s Costa Crociere fleet. The testing enabled the crew to have better understanding of the ship’s trim, thereby enhancing both safety and efficiency. This has been made possible through the combined use of Wärtsilä’s Eniram Trim and Nacos Platinum systems.

By introducing the Eniram Trim functionality, which allows immediate response to changing conditions and the maintaining of an optimum trim in real time, for use with Wärtsilä’s renowned Nacos Platinum control system for navigation, automation and dynamic positioning, substantial operator benefits can be accrued. These include better operational visibility, fewer workstations, and improved customer support in the collection and subsequent analysing of data. The combining of the Eniram and Nacos technologies makes the system easier to use and creates greater availability of the needed guidance information. This information is available on all the Nacos screens, thus providing greater visibility and awareness. The overall result is improved efficiency and safer operation of the vessel.

Eniram, a specialist company providing energy management technology to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, was acquired by Wärtsilä in 2016 to be a catalyst in creating a digital and performance driven company. The Eniram Trim analysis is based on a unique model of a vessel’s hydrodynamic characteristics, the information gathered by attitude sensors installed on the vessel’s hull, and the vessel’s automation and bridge systems. The input gained enables the Eniram Trim to calculate the optimal trim in real time, which leads to lower fuel consumption and greater cost savings than is possible with conventional trimming methods.

The Wärtsilä NACOS Platinum system represents a unique combination of control systems for navigation, automation and dynamic positioning, as well as power and propulsion. By integrating all these functions into a single system, the vessel can be navigated, controlled and monitored from various onboard positions. The truly multi-functional operator stations enable unequalled flexibility and convenience.

For further information, visit www.wartsila.com

EdgeTech Sonar Instrumental in Discovery of 17 Billion Dollar Spanish Galleon San Jose

EdgeTech, the leader in high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, was key to the discovery of the most valuable shipwreck in the world. Sought after by treasure hunters for more than 300 years, the wreck of the Spanish Galleon San Jose was finally discovered on November 27, 2015 and just recently made public.

The search was performed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Remus 6000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with an EdgeTech 2200 Side Scan Sonar.  AUV mission planning and sonar data analysis for the project was supplied by GK Consulting of Derry NH.

The San Jose was a 62-gun flagship galleon of a Spanish fleet carrying gold, silver and emeralds from the mines of Peru back to Spain.  It was sunk June 8, 1708 in a battle with the British off of Cartagena Colombia. The ship sank so quickly that there were only 11 survivors of the 600 people onboard.

EdgeTech side scan sonar systems provide operators the ability to image large areas of the sea floor during important deep-water searches when the whereabouts of sunken objects are largely unknown.  EdgeTech’s unique side scan sonar frequency pairing options such as 400 / 900 kHz enable very high-resolution searches while 75 / 230 kHz combinations provide long range 2,000 meter wide swath searches such as the one recently that resulted in the discovery of the USS Indianapolis. EdgeTech sonars are the benchmark for deep water searches and are presently in service on the ongoing Ocean Infinity search for Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370.  EdgeTech takes great pride in knowing its high quality reliable underwater acoustic imaging systems continue to assist in these demanding endeavours.

For more information please visit: www.edgetech.com

Subsea support vessel Geo Ocean III welcomed into the fleet

The DP II Geo Ocean III will be operated by the GEOxyz Offshore division and benefits from a WROV, 40t offshore crane, 54t stern A frame, 30t AHC winch, 6 x 6m moon pool with 30t A-frame and accommodation for 56 persons.

The Geo Ocean III is built for the rigours of the North Sea and is a cost-effective solution providing integrated geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveys, UXO operations, IMR, construction support and trenching projects to our customers. Her seaworthiness and large back deck make her the ideal candidate.

For further information visit, http://www.geoxyz.eu/

Distribution Agreement with SHOSHIN

Impact Subsea is delighted to announce the appointment of the SHOSHIN Corporation as a distributor of Impact Subsea products within Japan. The marine equipment department of SHOSHIN will provide local sales and technical support for Impact Subsea’s range of underwater Altimeters, Depth Sensors, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems.  The department will also provide support for the forthcoming Impact Subsea miniature imaging sonar.

With offices located throughout Japan; SHOSHIN will provide an excellent level of customer service for Impact Subsea sensor users within the area.

The SHOSHIN team will be attending OTO’18 in Kobe from the 28th to 31st May 2018. For those who wish to meet the SHOSHIN team and see the latest Impact Subsea sensors in operation, the team will be available on stands 49 & 50.

For further information, visit http://www.impactsubsea.co.uk/ and https://www.shoshin.co.jp/

Hanseaticsoft takes part in EU-project for health management on merchant ships

Hanseaticsoft, a leading provider of cloud-based software for shipping companies, announces its participation in the EU-funded project “e-healthy ship”. The overall project goal of “e-healthy ship” is the optimisation of health management on board of container and merchant vessels. The project also aims to improve health care for workers on the high seas, further develop onboard health promotion, and facilitate the implementation of health and safety regulations.

By developing and using innovative IT technology, the networking of established maritime information systems will be tested, scientifically evaluated, improved and further developed. All elements serve the health, well-being and empowerment of the seafarers as well as the protection of personnel resources on vessels of shipping companies operating in the German city of Hamburg.

To achieve these goals, the interdisciplinary team, consisting of scientists in occupational and shipping medicine, software developers and shipping companies will analyse and empirically survey the needs of seafarers on board four vessels, conceptualise the e-health platform and its contents, test the usability of the platform on board ships and finalise the design of its contents.

Based on the findings, an interdisciplinary concept for e-health management and for further suitable interventions will be designed resulting in an e-health platform to support and relieve nautical officers in the medical care of crew members.

For further information, visit www.e-healthy-ship.eu

CWind to use BareFLEET across entire CTV fleet

BareFLEET, the award winning fleet monitoring system launched by marine innovation company Reygar, will be installed across CWind’s full fleet of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV).

CWind’s CTVs play a big role in supporting offshore wind turbine construction and maintenance for wind farm operators. Responsible for transporting wind farm technicians quickly and safely to and from sites, CWind’s CTVs are often required to operate in challenging weather conditions and within tight timescales.

BareFLEET automatically records a host of data on vessel performance, including machinery health and alarms, fuel efficiency, trip distance, vibration, vessel motion, impact and navigational information – all of which is gathered automatically and sent back to shore.

Data gathered by BareFLEET for CWind also includes details on when and where crew transfers have taken place, what the vessel heave motion was like at the time, and with what force it pushed onto the turbine tower.

Another big advantage for CWind is the amount of information that is available and relevant for their clients.

CWind is part of Global Marine Group and owns and operates 20 Wind Farm Support Vessels in the UK and Europe, with BareFLEET currently installed and operational on eight vessels.

Visit Reygar at Seawork International 2018 on stand PO67 to find out more about BareFLEET, including a demonstration. For further information, visit www.reygar.co.uk

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

TMTW Call for Speakers Extended to June 15

This year, the highly popular Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) will travel to Europe to engage customers and users on the continent. 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.

A major factor in the success of past workshops is the participation of engaging and knowledgeable speakers to share their field and laboratory experience. Each morning of the 3-day workshop will be dedicated to industry experts sharing their valuable experience utilising Teledyne products in a wide array of field applications.

If you have an interesting application you’d like to share, please submit an abstract today. Accepted speakers receive free admission to this event.

For further details, visit http://www.teledynemarine.com/events/TMTW2018

Finning showcases latest Cat® propulsion engines and offers exclusive parts deal at Seawork International 2018

Finning UK & Ireland (Finning) will be showcasing its latest high-performance Cat® engines on stand PO39 at Seawork International 3-5 July 2018, plus offering attendees the chance to take advantage of an exclusive discount on Cat parts. Visitors to Finning’s stand will have the opportunity to view the new Cat C7.1 marine propulsion engine, as well as the well established C18.

The new C7.1 engine uses a common rail fuel system and advanced electronic control for optimum combustion and reduced noise levels. Superior reliability is maintained through the engine’s gear-driven jacket water pump and sea water pump, and its self-priming fuel system ensures the C7.1 starts smoothly and with no visible smoke. The engine also contains a closed crankcase ventilation system for improved engine room cleanliness, as well as a maintenance-free valve train with hydraulic valve lash adjustment.

Meanwhile the C18 propulsion engine, commonly used throughout the commercial marine sector, is available in a wide range of Marine Society classifications. It offers advanced combustion technology to help optimise fuel consumption, while meeting required emissions standards without aftertreatment. Its enhanced fuel injector system utilises crank timing and A4 ECM technology for even greater performance, while its separate-circuit fresh water aftercooling system and industry-leading power reserve provides assured reliability.

For more information about Finning, please visit www.finning.com/marine.

Ocean Sonics CEO Nominated for Ernest C. Manning Award

The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation released the nominees shortlist for the 2018 Ernest C.Manning Awards. Among the nominees are the CEO’s of three Atlantic Canadian companies, including Ocean Sonics CEO, Mark Wood.

Mark Wood has been working with ocean acoustics in Great Village, NS, since 2000.  Ocean Sonics designs and builds innovative products to improve the quality and success of underwater sound measurements. The icListen Smart Hydrophone is used around the world as the standard for acoustic monitoring, streaming and hydrophone arrays. The streamlined design makes icListen products easy to deploy and use. Understanding ocean sounds has never been easier with Ocean Sonics innovative products and data analysis services.

Other Atlantic Canadian nominees include: Chris Cowper-Smith, Stephen Fitzgerald and Robert Garrish of Spring Loaded Technology in Halifax, NS, and Scott Everett of Eigen Innovations in Fredricton, NB.

Atlantic Canadian nominees will be honoured on June 14th at a reception to be held at Emera headquarters in Halifax, featuring a keynote address by Chris Huskilson, former CEO of Emera. All nominees will be considered for the national awards at the awards gala in Toronto this November.

UNAC-LOW Stakeholder workshop

You are kindly invited to attend to the UNAC-LOW Stakeholder Workshop that will take place on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at CNR-INSEAN, the Marine Technology Research Institute of the Italian National Research Council in Rome, Italy.

The Workshop offers the stakeholder community the chance to interact with the consortium of EURAMET’s EMPIR 15RPT02 UNAC-LOW Joint Research Project, through dissemination of project’s results obtained so far and adaptation of its next activities to current stakeholders’ needs.

The project aims at developing the European Metrological Capacity in underwater acoustic calibration for acoustic frequencies below 1 kHz by providing traceable measurement capabilities to meet the need for calibration of hydrophones and autonomous underwater acoustic noise recorders, in support of regulation and EU Directives dealing with marine environmental noise protection.

Stakeholders that can benefit from project results and improvements include:

– industrial manufacturers and suppliers of hydrophones and underwater sound measuring systems;

– end user community (scientific institutes, consultants, academia, …);

– regulatory bodies and licensing authorities dealing with environmental impact assessment.

Participation to the workshop is free of charge. If you plan to attend, please visit the project web site at empir-unaclow.com and register using the online form.

An exhibition area will be available on site. For further information, visit https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-project-empir-unac-low-stakeholder-workshop-43123844580?aff=eprofsaved

3rd International Conference on Protection against Overtopping (June 2018, UK) - Conference programme announced

The 3rd International Conference on Protection against Overtopping is taking place from 6-8 June in Grange-over-Sands in the UK’s Lake District.

The increasing demand for dam, levee and seawall safety and flood protection has prompted new research and advancements, and a greater need for cost-effective measures in overtopping protection as a solution for overtopping concerns at levees, dams and seawalls. This conference brings together leading experts from practice, research, development, and implementation for two days of knowledge exchange followed by a technical tour.

Details of conference programme and the technical visit are now available to view via the conference website. The focus of the conference will include:

Critical issues related to levees, dams and seawalls

New developments and advanced tools

Overtopping protection systems

Overtopping simulators / test facilities

Overtopping failure mechanisms

System design and performance

Applications and innovative solutions

Case histories of overtopping events

Physical modelling techniques and recent studies

Numerical modelling methods.

Delegate passes for the three days can be booked online. An accommodation package of two nights B&B plus evening meal, is also currently available to book. Please see website for more details or contact the conference secretariat.

For further details, visit http://www.protections2018.org/Protections2018/homepage

FEMME 2018, 11-14 September, Bordeaux, France

KONGSBERG are proud to announce that they are hosting their 16th Forum for the Exchange of Mutual Multibeam Experiences (FEMME) in Bordeaux, France during September 2018.

FEMME is an open forum arranged exclusively for users of the KONGSBERG multibeam product range. FEMME was established as a forum to enable customers to exchange experiences and ideas; inspiring each other and contributing to improved system performance. The forum features workshops, demos and presentations and papers from guest speakers as well as from KONGSBERG’s own knowledgeable team.

For further information, visit http://bit.ly/2shdZ9E

Continued Success for Bachmann Training

It has been a busy Winter and Spring period for Bachmann Training with a continued expansion of their Marine Electrical Training Courses.

With a number of off-shore based marine companies using their facilities, for example, MTU (Rolls Royce) Engines, Fugro Offshore and Britannia Aggregates have taken electrical training courses at Bachmann’s Lee-on-the-Solent based training centre.

June is set to be very busy with the following courses running: –

Basic Electrical Safety – 1 day course – (Fully Accredited) – June 1st, 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

(SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE on this course offered at just £320 per person for June 1st and 6th bookings)

Chief Engineers Fault Finding – 5 day course – June 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th

Marine Electrical Fault Finding – 2 day course – June 5th and 26th

High Voltage Awareness – 1 day course – June 1st, 8th, 15th, 18th & 28th

To book a place on any of the above courses or for an informal discussion please call

Keith Austin on 023 9387 7693 or email: [email protected]

www.bachmanngroup.com/bachmann-training

 

M. Timo C. Gaida from Delft University of Technology recognised as winner of the Multispectral Challenge at GeoHab 2018

  1. Timo C. Gaida from Delft University of Technology was recognised as the winner of the Multispectral Challenge at GeoHab 2018 for its research paper “A multispectral Bayesian method for improved discrimination performance of seabed sediment classification using multi-frequency multibeam backscatter data”. The three judges Lloyd Huff, Jonathan Beaudoin and Chris Tiemann selected Timo C. Gaida’s research paper among six submissions from Institutions from around the world.

 

R2Sonic launched the Multispectral Challenge at GeoHab 2017, following the introduction of the Multispectral Mode available with R2Sonic Multibeam Echosounder Sonic 2026. This new feature enables the collection of multi-frequency backscatter data, spatially and temporally coincident, using one system only.  Surveying the seafloor with this new feature will result in different measured acoustic responses which was suggested that it could help improve bottom characterisation.

 

The goal of Multispectral Challenge was to develop an algorithm that robustly and repeatedly determines bottom type based on multispectral data.

 

All research papers took different mathematical approaches to attempt to segment the seafloor based on multispectral backscatter data. Learn more about all six papers online:  https://www.r2sonic.com/geohab2018/.

 

All papers concluded that access to synchronised (in time and space) multi-frequency backscatter data is a cornerstone in the development of solutions for bottom characterisation.

 

If you’re interested in conducting research on multispectral seafloor characterisation and want access to the data set or would like to collect multispectral backscatter data in a specific area, please contact R2Sonic: [email protected]

 

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

Impact Subsea Strengthens Management Team

Leading ROV & AUV sensor manufacturer Impact Subsea is pleased to announce the strengthening of its management team.

Craig Thorburn has been appointed as Operations Manager within the company and will be responsible for product production and customer support.

Craig will be based at the Impact Subsea headquarters in Aberdeenshire and have responsibility for the continuing expansion of the production and support functions.

Prior to joining Impact Subsea, Craig has gained over 15 years of experience working in various customer focused engineering roles within the subsea sector.

For further information visit http://www.impactsubsea.co.uk/

Aquaterra Energy promotes leadership team to drive growth strategy

Aquaterra Energy, a leader in global offshore engineering solutions, announced two pivotal senior management promotions to spearhead its continued growth strategy. George Morrison becomes Group CEO of parent company Aquaterra Energy Group, while James Larnder fills Morrison’s previous role as the new Managing Director of the Aquaterra Energy business.

The news follows last year’s multi-million-dollar investment from EV Private Equity, which initiated a period of rapid growth. In his new position, Morrison will focus on expansion within the oilfield market through strategic acquisitions while Larnder will drive further business growth and product innovation within Aquaterra Energy.

Aquaterra Energy will continue to develop its existing products and services such as its new Aquaterra Express tools and equipment rental service, which offers easy access to an essential range of in-demand, standardised solutions. In addition, Well Start, aimed at the early phases of platform well construction, will be rolled out globally after the excellent response from North Sea operators. The company also plans to expand its modular Sea Swift platform to include new designs to suit a greater breadth and depth of field developments worldwide.

The company also plans to continue its expansion geographically, following on from the opening of its offices in Norway earlier this year. In addition, Aquaterra Energy will embark on a major recruitment drive to grow its global operations, sales and engineering teams, enabling it to fuel future innovations.

For further information, visit https://www.aquaterraenergy.com

IMCA announces new president

In accordance with its constitution, International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announces that Iain Grainger is its new President and Chairman of the Board. Iain, Vice President Commercial at McDermott, takes over from Harke Jan Meek. Furthermore, that Pieter Heerema from Allseas becomes the new Vice President.

For further information, visit www.imca-int.com and [email protected].

JOB POSTINGS

Systems Engineer (Oceanographic), OSIL

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

Due to ongoing expansion they are looking to recruit an additional 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 oversees and UK.

Position Requirements:

Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Science qualifications

Experience with scientific or commercial instrumentation

Strong computing and IT knowledge

Able to work in the offshore environment

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

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]

Exciting opportunity for a Sales Engineer, Fugro, UK

Fugro GB Marine Ltd are enjoying a sustained period of growth and as a result have a vacancy for an experienced Sales Engineer based in our Wallingford office.

This is an interesting and varied role and offers a fantastic opportunity to work for a growing global company.

Responsibilities include:

Interacting with clients on the phone and by email to undertake sales and tendering activities as part of the Department’s existing sales team.

Preparation of quotations, co-ordination of tenders and proposals and management of costings using existing sales documents and spreadsheets. (Average project value band of £30k to £1m).

Production of periodic reports including live quotes, future prospects, developing opportunities, sales visit potentials and competitors.

Actively participate in a monthly sales team meeting together with the Line Manager reviewing the status of all issued quotes, key prospects emerging, market information, etc

Participating in technical and contractual negotiations with Clients.

The role is within the Offshore Systems division of Fugro GB Marine Ltd, based in the Wallingford office.  The division’s core work is the design, build, installation and maintenance of integrated, high specification metocean, helideck and response monitoring systems for the offshore Oil & Gas industry.

What you will need to be successful: You must have previous experience of Sales Engineer activities and hold a degree or higher level qualification in science or engineering.  You will have a strong attention to detail and high regard for accuracy along with your ability to communicate at all levels.

What Fugro offer:
This is a permanent full time post based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
A competitive salary accompanied by an attractive package.

If you are interested please apply by submitting a CV to: [email protected]  quoting ref 3055.

Deadline for application submission is 14th June 2018.