Issue 537
5 June 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

HIPS and SIPS 11.0 Simplifies Bathymetric Processing Workflow

Teledyne CARIS™ is pleased to announce the release of HIPS and SIPS™ 11.0. This release introduces several improvements making it easier for users to start new projects and process data, as well as an enhanced user experience while interacting with survey data.

For users looking for the simplest way to open and process their data, HIPS and SIPS now supports Drag and Drop for raw sensor files. When you Drag and Drop files onto the application, the raw data is automatically processed, georeferenced, and a gridded surface is created.

Version 11.0 also offers one-step processing. The new Georeference Bathymetry function is a single step which initiates Sound Velocity Correction (SVC), Load Tide, Apply Tide, Merge, and Compute Total Propagated Uncertainty (TPU). The same trusted algorithms are still applied but with the added benefit of being combined into a single process. This creates a more streamlined user experience requiring less interactions, and eliminates the need to concatenate Sound Velocity Profiles into a single file.

Interface changes in HIPS and SIPS 11.0 improve data interaction and provide a consistent user experience across the CARIS™ product line with enhanced filtering, grouping, and display set-up properties.

Another new capability is the concept of having Dynamic or Static layers for tracklines. This allows the user to create a rule based layer using any of the trackline attributes. The dynamic trackline layer is a great way to manage your processing workflow, as data can be automatically grouped into layers based on what stage it is in at the process.

For further information, visit www.teledynecaris.com

Wärtsilä solutions chosen for new environmentally-friendly dredger

The technology group Wärtsilä will provide the engines, propellers, and control system for a new, large-size hopper dredger being built by the Netherlands-based shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group. The vessel has been ordered by Cemex UK, a leading supplier of building materials. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in March.

Wärtsilä will prepare the engines ready for use with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to reduce emissions, making the vessel compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III regulations. When delivered, the 103-metre long, 4975 gross tonnage dredger will be one of the most environmentally sustainable ships of its type in operation.

Wärtsilä’s full scope of supply includes two Wärtsilä 26 engines, two Wärtsilä 4D775 controllable pitch propellers (CPP), and the Wärtsilä ProTouch control system. The Wärtsilä 26 engine is widely used in the dredger market, while the 4D775 CPP is a new and advanced offering. The Wärtsilä ProTouch system is a state-of-the-art response to market demands for a modern, compact control device. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard commencing at the end of 2018. The ship is expected to commence operations in the North Sea during the latter part of 2019.

Damen operates more than 50 shipyards, repair yards, and related companies worldwide. In recent years the company has ordered Wärtsilä propulsion machinery for newbuild cargo ships and research vessels.

For further information, visit www.wartsila.com

Idronaut unveils the new VIP Deep Blue probe for the monitoring of trace metals down to 4000 depth

IDRONAUT, a market leader in submersible instruments, is enhancing its products portfolio by introducing the VIP Deep Blue, a no-compromise, state-of-the-art analytical system for the monitoring of trace metals in the aquatic environment.

The VIP Deep Blue satisfies the need for an in-situ system that can perform simultaneous measurements of Cu(II), Pb(II),Cd(II), Zn(II) and Mn(II) in fresh or sea water with a sensitivity at the ng/L level that until now was not available. It can be controlled either by an operator from the surface or can operate in a fully autonomous mode using pre-programmed sequences.

The VIP Deep Blue can operate down to depth of 4000m so will be of interest to oceanographic research institutes and industrial customers (Geology, Mineral resources) studying deep volcanic vents and deep ore deposits.  A detailed description of the product can be found at the following link:

http://www.idronaut.it/cms/view/products/in-situ-trace-metals/vip-deep-blue/s383.

 

High demand for INNOVATUM equipment and services continues

Since January 2018 INNOVATUM has been experiencing continual robust demand from the Offshore Renewable sector, for both Smartrak and Smartsearch systems, for subsea cable depth of bury survey and cable route survey. There is also increasing demand for their cable magnetising services, which enhance the tracking capability of Smartrak to detect unpowered subsea cables. Simultaneously their existing systems are being enhanced with updated technology and new products are in development.

For further information, visit http://www.innovatum.co.uk/

 

Keeping fisheries sustainable with ground breaking new acoustic technology

To keep stocks sustainable, fishery scientists and managers need to understand the dynamics and structure of fish stocks, as well as the resources those fish depend on. What scientific instrumentation can be used in this respect? Echosounders can help quantify the biomass and behavior of fish, as well as the plankton and/or krill that many fish species eat. Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), on the other hand, provide information about currents, which can shape the availability of plankton.

With fisheries management beginning to take on a more holistic ecosystem approach and funding becoming more limited, collaborations between physical and biological scientists are coming to fruition more and more. Scientific instrumentation therefore needs to follow suit to match these changing needs. The Signature100 lends itself well to collaborations between physical and biological scientists, since it uniquely combines the capabilities of an ADCP and a biological echosounder in one. It is currently the only instrument in the world providing this combined capacity.

Since the samples from the ADCP and echosounder are already accurately synchronized with each other in the one instrument, processing the data afterwards also becomes much more efficient.

For further information, visit https://www.nortekgroup.com/products/signature100

Aqua-tools’ B-QUA nominated for Seatrade Clean Shipping Award

Aqua-tools’ B-QUA ballast water monitoring technique, which is based on an advanced Adenosine Tri-phosphates (ATP) testing methodology, has been nominated in the Clean Shipping category of this year’s Seatrade Awards.

Earlier this year, the French company’s B-QUA was approved for use by the Saudi and Canadian port state control authorities. B-QUA is said to be the only test kit on the market capable of providing microbiological measurement readings in under 1 hour and across all organism factions. The 10-50µm and >50µm ranges are analysed within 50 minutes, while results of bacteria analysis can be provided in 15 minutes.

Those nominated for the Seatrade Clean Shipping Award must demonstrate a new or improved upon technology that supports the industry’s objective of clean and sustainable shipping.

A panel of judges, which includes experts from leading industry associations BIMCO, CLIA, HELMEPA, IACS, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and OCIMF, will decide which of the six finalists takes home the award on the evening of the 29th June.

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

Ocean Sonics technologist becomes certified in female directed course

Jillian Duggan, 25, the in-house biologist and ocean technologist at Ocean Sonics is a newly certified PAM, passive acoustic monitoring, operator. Duggan passed the Edgewise Environmental PAM operators course with merit last week in Newfoundland. She also participated as a guest lecturer during the course, instructing on hydrophone use within PAM systems.

The course is the first of its kind to be offered. Based on Canadian standards for Mitigation of Seismic Sound in the Marine Environment, the course shows students how to use PAMGuard technology to identify the sounds of at risk and endangered marine mammal species and mitigate the sound of seismic survey air guns, providing the animals safe passage through seismic work areas.

As the offshore industry continues to thrive in Newfoundland and Labrador, ensuring the protection of marine mammals and their natural environment is close to Duggan’s heart. Seeing firsthand the increased awareness and protection that acoustic monitoring offered at risk species, Duggan sees PAM systems as an excellent solution for mitigating the dangerous effects of ocean noise pollution.

Duggan’s participation in the PAM operators course was inspirational in more ways than one for the young technologist. Being a female in a typically male dominated field has been at times difficult. With few role models and little representation, participating in a course led by female experts and learning alongside nine other keen female students, the momentous nature of the course was not lost on her.

Duggan sees a shift in the industry. Gender is still a barrier in male dominated STEM careers, however many talented and capable women are breaking these barriers down, becoming role models and experts in their field.

For more information visit www.oceansonics.com

CGG adds two new surveys to Anadarko Basin coverage

CGG has completed acquisition of its Chickasha 3D survey in Grady and Caddo Counties, Oklahoma. CGG has also purchased the rights to the Ft. Reno 3D survey in Canadian County, adding to its continuously growing data library. The addition of these two surveys, along with our Yukon survey, will provide extensive coverage of the Scoop and Stack play in the Anadarko Basin and will provide our clients with greater insight into the geology of the area.

High-end imaging of all three data sets will deliver better understanding of the facies distribution of the Meramec, Osage and Woodford play intervals in the Scoop and Stack. A preliminary pre-stack time-migration (PSTM) is complete and a 5D interpolated PSTM will be available in Q2 2018. This will pave the way for a full Reservoir Optimisation Package (ROP) on both the Chickasha Merge and Yukon 3D surveys.

For further information, visit www.cgg.com

Piloting the world’s largest short sea RoRo vessel into Dublin Port

Receiving over 8,000 ships a year and with a throughput of 36 million tonnes, Dublin is Ireland’s premier port, handling almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland.  On 20 April 2018, the latest generation in roll on/roll off (RoRo) super ferries, the MV Celine, was christened and welcomed to the port prior to becoming a regular visitor as part of its weekly schedule. Even before the Celine was built, Dublin Port’s Pilots and Ship Masters had been preparing for its arrival by taking part in simulator familiarisation and training at HR Wallingford’s UK Ship Simulation Centre.

The MV Celine – LNG ready to allow for future running on gas –  is the newest vessel to join the shipping line, Compagnie Luxembourgeoise d’Navigation (CLdN), which specialises in short sea RoRo cargo. At 234m in length – longer than two football pitches – it is the largest short sea roll-on/roll-off vessel in the world. With a capacity of 8,000 lane-metres, it represents the next generation of super ferries servicing Dublin Port, providing additional capacity for customers trading with Continental Europe via the ports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.

HR Wallingford previously worked closely with CLdN to create an accurate hydrodynamic model of the Celine prior to the ship build being completed. Ship Masters and Maritime Pilots then carried out simulation-based familiarisation sessions using one of the ship simulators at HR Wallingford’s UK Ship Simulation Centre, with Tug Masters working alongside in integrated tug simulators. This was used to determine how the ship would handle in comparison to other large RoRo ships, and to identify the limits within which the new vessel could be manoeuvred safely in the busy Dublin Port environment, where it would pass adjacent berths with other large moored vessels, such as cruise ships.

Watch a short video of extracts from the simulator familiarisation and training at the UK Ship Simulation Centre, together with actual drone footage of the Celine arriving at Dublin Port. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ2qXgD8zx4

Evac to acquire leading marine and offshore equipment manufacturer Cathelco

Evac, a provider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries, is to acquire Cathelco, a leading global manufacturer of equipment for ships and offshore installations. Cathelco customers include Evac’s current marine and offshore customer groups, including ship owners, shipyards, fleet managers, rig owners and operators, oil companies, navies, and designers.

The acquisition gives Evac the opportunity to further expand its cleantech solution portfolio to its customers with the addition of new systems, while also opening up new business opportunities in terms of ballast water treatment systems. It will extend Evac’s offering in three main areas: pipework anti-fouling systems, which prevent the build-up of bio-fouling in pipework and also suppress corrosion; hull corrosion protection systems, which prevent hull corrosion and therefore reduce vessel fuel consumption; and ballast water treatment systems, which remove organisms and pathogens from ballast water using UV and filtration technologies.

Cathelco’s sales turnover in the 2016/2017 financial year was 31 MEUR. This translates to a direct increase of about 30% in Evac Group’s turnover, from 105 MEUR to over 136 MEUR.

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

Iridium continues to attract world class maritime service providers for Iridium CertusSM

Iridium Communications Inc. announced that seven additional service providers have signed agreements to provide the Iridium Certus service for maritime applications. Globecomm, Network Innovations, Pivotel, MVS USA, IEC-Telecom, MetOcean and Samsan Enterprise Company now further broaden the base of Iridium’s distribution for its next-generation L-band broadband service. These seven companies will play a critical role in delivering what will be the fastest and most competitive L-band satellite broadband solution to the maritime industry, enabling a truly global “connected ship” environment. This announcement comes shortly after Iridium became the second-ever recognised service provider for the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS), ending a decades long industry monopoly and continuing the company’s maritime vertical momentum. Iridium is now working to introduce GMDSS service as soon as possible.

Iridium Certus service providers are representative of the global nature of Iridium’s network and its partner ecosystem. In an industry that has lacked variety in available communications offerings, Iridium Certus will provide a new, complete satellite communications solution that is high quality and competitively priced. Operating over Iridium’s next-generation, global low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network called Iridium® NEXT, Iridium Certus will be the only satellite broadband solution that can provide reliable connectivity anywhere in the world.

Iridium Certus is currently undergoing live testing on state-of-the-art, small-form-factor terminals, built by Thales and Cobham. The VesseLINKTM by Thales and SAILOR 4300 by Cobham terminals are testing well and delivering positive results, validating network performance expectations, including achievement of 352 Kbps data speeds and high quality voice calling. Initial service offering speeds will debut at 352 Kbps and will later be upgradable to 704 Kbps with a firmware upgrade.  Iridium Certus will not only support multiple speed classes and capabilities, but will also provide safety services and a range of streaming options. Once commercially available, the Iridium Certus service will play a key role for maritime communications, as it will support a variety of connectivity requirements, while also being able to withstand the harsh conditions of remote operations.

For more information about Iridium Certus, visit https://www.iridium.com/company/industryleadership/iridiumcertus.

For more information about Iridium NEXT, please visit www.IridiumNEXT.com.

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

Waves SIG meeting! Newcastle 2018

Ocean wind waves: Observing, modelling & forecasting. A meeting of the Challenger Society Special Interest Group on Ocean Wind Waves

This year the Challenger Society Special Interest Group on Ocean Wind Waves will meet on the morning of Friday 14 September at the University of Newcastle. It will take place immediately after the 18th Biennial Conference of the Challenger Society for Marine Science which runs from Monday 10 September to Thursday 13 September (https://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/challenger-2018/)

This is the third meeting of the Wind Waves ‘SIG’, which aims to bring together scientists, engineers and modellers from across the UK, interested in observing, modelling and forecasting ocean surface waves generated by winds. Waves are not explicitly covered by the session themes at Challenger 2018, therefore this meeting will be complimentary to the main conference.

Take part by emailing your talk title to [email protected] by Friday 15th June 2018

Contributions on all aspects of ocean wave observing, modelling and forecasting, and energy generation are welcome. This is an informal and friendly meeting, with short talks limited to 10-15 minutes. Everyone is encouraged to offer a talk, from post-­graduates to professors. You can also choose to bring work in progress or advertise your latest publication.

The meeting is free to attend, but there may be a small charge for tea & coffee. Location and timing details will follow, but for now please register your interest by emailing [email protected]. Do please pass this on to colleagues who might be interested in attending, particularly students and new members of your research group. We look forward to seeing you in September!

JOB POSTINGS

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.

Senior Hydrographic Surveyor – Aspect Land & Hydrographic Surveys Ltd, Irvine, UK

A Senior Hydrographic Surveyor with ALHS will assist the Hydrographic Survey Manager and wider management team with the running of the Hydrographic Survey Department, with responsibility for the management of delegated projects to meet agreed timescales and client expectations and involvement in the supervision, training and development of staff within the hydrographic survey team.

Key Responsibilities:

Support the Hydrographic Survey Manager in the efficient running of the department.

Participate in the supervision and training of Hydrographic Surveyors/Graduate Hydrographic Surveyors.

Undertake hydrographic surveys including on site data collection, post processing, analysis, presentation, charting and reporting of survey data, acting as Project Lead when required.

Co-ordinate and progress survey activities in accordance with Scope of Work, Technical Specifications and relevant procedures, to ensure compliance with QA processes.

Assist with vessel and survey equipment maintenance to ensure that calibration, certification and servicing routines are completed in accordance with manufacturer and industry standards.

Maintain and take responsibility for a healthy and safe working environment and work in accordance with company policy and statutory requirements at all times, ensuring compliance by junior staff.

Key Skills:

Candidates should have a degree in a survey/marine related discipline and/or professional accreditation (e.g. RICS, MCInstCES or MIMarEST etc)

Demonstrable relevant industry experience at senior level.

Experience in Hypack acquisition and Fledermaus processing software.

Acquisition and processing of Multibeam & Singlebeam Bathymetry and data from Side-scan Sonar, Geophysical & LiDAR Sensors.

CAD & GIS skills are essential

Boat handling experience, RYA/MCA Commercial endorsement advantageous.

Ability to tow trailers

Ability to spend periods of time away from home is essential.

Driving License.

Candidates must live within (or be willing to relocate to) a commutable distance of the company office in Irvine.

Applicants should submit a current CV to [email protected]

Hydrographic Surveyor - Aspect land & Hydrographic Surveys Ltd, Irvine UK

A Hydrographic Surveyor for ALHS, will be involved in projects across a broad range of survey disciplines, from the planning stage to final reporting and will be encouraged to take ownership of assignments to ensure that client expectations are met.

Key Responsibilities:

Undertake hydrographic surveys including on site data collection, post processing, analysis, presentation, charting and reporting of survey data.

Progress survey activities in accordance with Scope of Work, Technical Specifications and relevant procedures, to ensure compliance with QA processes.

Assist with vessel and survey equipment maintenance to ensure that calibration, certification and servicing routines are completed in accordance with manufacturer and industry standards.

Maintain and take responsibility for a healthy and safe working environment and work in accordance with company policy and statutory requirements at all times.

Keep up to date with technical developments, standards and working practices and assist with implementation where appropriate.

Assist with training of other Hydrographic team members and with the sharing of interdepartmental expertise to facilitate cross-discipline projects.

Key Skills:

Candidates should have a degree in a survey/marine related discipline and/or professional accreditation (e.g. RICS, MCInstCES or MIMarEST etc)

Demonstrable relevant industry experience.

Experience in Hypack acquisition and Fledermaus processing software.

Acquisition and processing of Multibeam & Singlebeam Bathymetry and data from Side-scan Sonar, Geophysical & LiDAR Sensors.

CAD & GIS skills are essential

Boat handling experience, RYA/MCA Commercial endorsement would be advantageous.

Ability to tow trailers

Ability to spend periods of time on site and away from home is essential.

Driving License.

You must live within (or be willing to relocate to) a commutable distance of the company’s office in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

Applicants should submit a current CV to [email protected]

UAV Aerial, Land & Hydrographic Data Processor - Aspect Land & Hydrographic Surveys Ltd, Irvine UK

A Hydrographic Data Processor with ALHS will be responsible for taking a leading role in progressing data processing to assist with the progression of projects within agreed timescales, performing data processing and QA processes as well as assisting with the preparation of reports and deliverables to client specifications.

Data processing involves the use of a suite of different software packages, including Hypack, Fledermaus, POSPac MMS, Trimble TBC, ACAD, Static, Mobile & Aerial acquired LiDAR & Photogrammetry and Point Cloud Classification & Vectorisation.

Key Responsibilities:

Support the Land & Hydrographic Survey Managers to ensure that best practice is adopted in relation to data processing within the land & hydrographic survey departments.

Assist surveyors with project preparation, data processing and reporting.

Provide technical knowledge to the commercial team to assist with tendering and enquiries.

Effectively apply specific geodesy and datum conversion requirements.

Review/QC project documentation and final reports to ensure completeness and accuracy.

Remain up to date with industry software and processing techniques.

Work closely as part of a team.

Key Skills:

The following attributes are desirable:

Candidates should have a degree in either a survey/land/marine related discipline and/or professional accreditation (e.g. RICS, MCInstCES or MIMarEST etc)

Relevant industry experience

Experience in Hypack acquisition and Fledermaus processing software.

Acquisition and processing of Multibeam & Singlebeam Bathymetry and data from Side-scan Sonar, Geophysical & LiDAR Sensors.

Large, high resolution, data-set manipulation between above water and below water acquired data.

3D Point Cloud Editing of LAS & XYZ files

CAD & GIS skills are essential

You must live within (or be willing to relocate to) a commutable distance of the company’s office in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

Applicants should submit a current CV to [email protected]

Graduate Hydrographic Surveyor - Aspect Land & Hydrographic Surveys Ltd, Irvine UK

Vacancies exist for university graduates to join the team at Aspect Land & Hydrographic Surveys Ltd at Graduate Hydrographic Surveyor level. These positions offer training and experience across a broad range of survey disciplines, with subsequent opportunities for career advancements available within a progressive company.

You must live within (or be willing to relocate to) a commutable distance of the Aspect Land & Hydrographic Surveys Ltd office in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

CV’s should be submitted to [email protected]