Issue 538
12 June 2018:


MMT completes geophysical seabed survey for AQUIND Interconnector

MMT has recently completed a geophysical seabed survey and delivered the final report for the proposed AQUIND Interconnector offshore cable route.

MMT surveyed a corridor between Portsmouth in the UK and the coastal region of Dieppe in France. MMT utilised two vessels: M/V Franklin for offshore works and M/V Seabeam for nearshore works.

Four cables, bundled as two pairs, will be installed along the surveyed route totalling approximately 190km in length. No major obstacles to the cable route were uncovered during the survey.

The survey results will inform Environmental Impact Assessments in both countries and will be further refined during the geotechnical survey campaign. AQUIND and its advisors are keeping all stakeholders in both countries informed of the ongoing activities.

AQUIND looks forward to working with MMT on the geotechnical campaign to analyse seabed soil during the summer of 2018.

AQUIND Interconnector remains on schedule according to the development programme.

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Top Oceanographers Select Wave Gliders to Study Arctic and Southern Oceans

Top oceanographers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Scripps) and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington (APL-UW) have selected Wave Gliders, the most experienced, long duration ocean robots, as their sensor platform to conduct advanced scientific research in the most inhospitable and remote regions of the Arctic and Southern Oceans. Using Liquid Robotics Wave Gliders, proven in extreme ocean conditions (sea state 6+), scientists will obtain real time data and rare insights into the dynamic conditions that drive the world’s weather and climate. This data is critical for scientists to understand and improve global ocean weather modelling and climate prediction.

The oceanographers leading these important missions are:

Dr. Eric Terrill and Dr. Sophia Merrifield – Coastal Observing Research and Development Center (CORDC), Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Dr. Ken Melville and his team at the Air-Sea Interaction Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Dr. Jim Thomson and his team in the Stratified Ocean Dynamics of the Arctic (SODA) program at the Applied Physics Laboratory-University of Washington (APL-UW)

Each team will integrate sophisticated oceanographic and atmospheric sensors onto the Wave Gliders to measure extreme wave states, winds, temperature, and salinity in the upper layers of the ocean. Historically, these regions have been under sampled due to the dangers and risks of operating in these turbulent oceans. With the help of unmanned systems, the oceanographers will be able to observe the real time weather and climate conditions safely from shore.

Working together with Liquid Robotics, these top oceanographers have successfully conducted long duration scientific missions in the Arctic, Pacific, Southern and the North Atlantic oceans. Exploring the vast, remote regions of our ocean, especially in the Arctic and Antarctica, is incredibly challenging. Deploying Wave Gliders in the most energetic sea conditions on Earth will help scientists gain a better understanding and modeling of our changing planet.

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OceanWise awarded 4-year GIS Marine Data contract for the Scottish Government

OceanWise has been awarded the Framework Agreement for the provision of GIS Marine Data to the Scottish Government.

OceanWise will be delivering marine mapping data products and services including Marine Themes Vector, Marine Themes Digital Elevation Model (DEM), Raster Charts and Raster Charts eXcluding Land (XL) to Central Government Departments and Agencies, as well as Regional Councils, all of whom will benefit from having access to the data for decision support and asset management.

OceanWise’ data mapping products have been designed to provide data that is fit for purpose, in the right format, accurate and up to date. Marine Themes Vector, for example, has been engineered into logical data layers for easy loading and efficient use in desktop and web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The data attributes have been specifically designed to provide the best possible information for analysis. Chart boundaries have also been removed to create a seamless, simplified dataset.

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Revolutionary new survey vessel secures grant support from Marine-i

Marine-i, the EU funded programme set up to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has made a grant award to a pioneering hydrographic survey company, Ultrabeam Hydrographic. This company provides ultra high resolution hydrographic surveys for clients with marine based assets, such as harbours, subsea pipelines and oil and gas platforms.

Ultrabeam has developed a unique new type of unmanned surface vessel, the Ultra-USV, a 3-metre catamaran which has been designed to gather fast, accurate and highly detailed survey data in challenging locations. It is believed to be the first unmanned survey vessel of its kind. As well as carrying a full suite of high-tech survey equipment, this compact craft is powered by 4 electric thrusters in a vectored thrust layout. This thruster configuration means the craft can make very precisely controlled movements in any direction, similar to the way an aerial drone operates. This

Marine-i’s grant funding support will enable Ultrabeam to proceed with a fully engineered prototype for extensive sea trials, with a view to bringing this new unmanned surface vessel to market by the end of 2018.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is a £9.3m collaboration between the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. It brings together key infrastructure and expertise to enable technology innovation in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly’s marine sector, which has been identified as an area of high growth potential by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

Full details can be seen at

Teledyne PDS introduces new ways of visualising and controlling Single beams with the Online SBES Echogram view

Teledyne PDS has released a new view to display singlebeam echogram data and to control the singlebeam device. The Online SBES Echogram view and features have been developed to enable singlebeam users in the hydrographic and dredging markets to be more agile in their survey process. The new features eliminate the need to use external visualisation or command and control software, enabling more screen space for the actual survey information. Currently, Odom DSO data (EchoTrac singlebeams) and RESON GT data (Navisound singlebeams) are supported.

The Echogram view has the capability to display up-to four depth channels simultaneously, displaying one channels’ echogram data. Next to this, there are common UI controls to tune the view to a personal layout for optimum experience.

When the view senses that there are singlebeams attached which are able to be controlled, the singlebeam of which the echogram is displayed can be controlled. Additional Command and Control tabs will be automatically available as well.

The Teledyne PDS team has created an instructional video for using the new view and its features. Watching this video will provide the full benefits enabling you to maximise the view’s benefit instantly. Watch the video to get started with the Online Singlebeam Echogram view:

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MetOcean Telematics to deliver next-generation satellite broadband solutions

MetOcean Telematics has signed an agreement with Iridium Communications Inc. to become a land and maritime-mobile service provider for its next-generation satellite broadband technology, Iridium Certus. This agreement will allow MetOcean Telematics to provide its clients with enterprise-grade broadband functionality using the only truly global communications solution.

Iridium Certus will be commercially available in the next few months, providing initial speeds of 352 Kbps that will eventually reach up to 1.4 Mbps. It will be powered by Iridium NEXT, a next-generation $3 billion satellite constellation that will provide higher quality voice and enterprise-grade broadband functionality.

MetOcean Telematics is a certified reseller for the Thales’s LINK satellite communications solutions, MissionLINK and VesseLINK which are powered by Iridium Certus and provide highly reliable connectivity for mission-critical communications. These products allow MetOcean Telematics to provide truly globally connected communications solutions using the fastest and most competitive L-band satellite broadband solutions.

Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM.

For additional information about MetOcean Telematics or any of its products, please contact [email protected].

Horizon Geosciences completes site investigation fieldwork on Vineyard Wind Project

Horizon Geosciences together with subcontractor Seaforth Geosurveys Inc. has recently completed the fieldwork phase for geophysical surveys and geotechnical investigations at the site of the proposed Vineyard windfarm, offshore Massachusetts, USA, on behalf of Vineyard Wind.

Horizon provided the dynamically positioned geotechnical drilling vessel Horizon Geobay, which has previously performed over 10,000m of geotechnical borehole investigations for offshore wind development. A number of deep geotechnical boreholes were drilled at the specific locations of offshore wind turbines to provide soils data for foundation engineering and installation assessment. A complex lab testing programme is currently ongoing. Seaforth has performed geophysical work from the vessel Kommandor Iona to provide bathymetry, seabed imaging, sub-bottom and magnetometer data for seabed clearance, inter array cable routing, and lateral variability assessment. Both vessels worked closely with Vineyard Wind and BOEM to ensure the project specifications were met.

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Navigation simulation supports design for Tangguh LNG expansion

Work has commenced to expand Tangguh LNG plant in Indonesia, which has been operated by BP Berau Ltd since 2009. The addition of a third train will increase liquefaction capacity of LNG by 3.8 million tonnes per year, which also leads to an expansion of the marine export facility and construction of a second LNG jetty. McConnell Dowell Indonesia, who are conducting the detailed design and construction of the jetty, commissioned HR Wallingford to conduct ship navigation simulation studies, to inform the suitability of the jetty design.

As part of the design process for the jetty, HR Wallingford undertook a combined fast time and real time ship navigation simulation study. These two elements were used to examine all of the navigation aspects of the Tangguh LNG expansion project, including navigation to and from the second jetty, towage requirements, limiting environmental operational conditions, anchorage areas and safety exclusion zones.

The first element of the work, the fast time simulation, used HR Wallingford’s Ship Simulation System running in fast time mode. This is used to assist in the design of relatively straight channels. The study focused on the channel and approaches to the new jetty and examined a number of classes of LNG carriers and condensate tankers.

The second element, the real time navigation simulation, which used a full mission bridge simulator, focused on the final approaches and the turning manoeuvres, where real time simulation is a more reliable tool. In preparation, HR Wallingford’s expert flow modellers constructed a 2D hydrodynamic model of the area. This was then validated against in-situ flow measurements which had been carried out prior to the study.

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Forum Energy Technologies expands European in-country operations

Forum Energy Technologies, has moved to expand its operations in Europe by appointing a new single distributor for its extensive fleet of subsea vehicles across The Netherlands and Belgium.

Seascape Subsea Technology BV will represent Forum Energy Technologies for the sale of the company’s range of remote operated vehicles (ROV’s) in the two countries, including its recently launched electric ROV, the XLe Spirit.

Designed and built in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside facility in Yorkshire, the XLe Spirit is the first offering from the company’s new generation of electric observation class ROV’s.

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Sercel extends capability of 508XT Seismic Acquisition System to transition zones

CGG announced that Sercel has launched a transition zone version of its state-of-the-art 508XT seismic acquisition system. Seismic crews will now be able to deploy the 508XT solution in marsh zones and water depths of up to 25 m.

Designed with reinforced hardware to withstand the complex challenges of operating in shallow water environments, the new 508XT transition zone system also benefits from Sercel’s unique fault-tolerant X-Tech™ cross-technology architecture, featuring local storage and automatic rerouting to maximize survey productivity. With its 100% real-time monitoring capability it also brings users peace of mind that operations are running smoothly.

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Scour researchers collaborate to future-proof offshore wind turbine monopiles

World leading scour researchers from Ghent University, Leibniz University Hannover and the University of Porto, alongside IMDC nv and the Department of Mobility and Public Works (Belgium), are about to start work on a collaborative project at HR Wallingford’s Fast Flow Facility (FFF) as part of PROTEUS, an EU-funded Hydralab+ project. The research project aims to improve the design of scour protection around offshore wind turbine monopiles, as well as future-proofing them against the impacts of climate change.

PROTEUS, which stands for the ‘PRotection of Offshore wind Turbine monopilEs against Scouring’ will facilitate the conducting of a series of large scale experiments over a seven week period in the FFF flume at HR Wallingford’s UK physical modelling facilities.

Although recent improvements to infrastructure and higher voltage cables mean that offshore wind energy is now cheaper than new nuclear power, further cost savings can be achieved.

Lifetime extension is another promising route to reducing the costs of offshore wind turbines, so examining the foundation and behaviour of the scour protection around the monopile is another element of this research project.

Hydralab+ which is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme brings together facilities and researchers in experimental hydraulic and hydrodynamics.

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Makai is developing smart software automation tools to improve reliability and efficiency of submarine cable planning and installation

New software which can communicate and automatically control the cable engine and the DP system of cable laying vessels is being developed on the best-in-class cable deployment control software MakaiLay. This software takes advantage of the new generation of installation hardware equipped with digital I/O mechanisms that make easier to use their measurements in real-time and to automatically control their operation. Smart algorithms are used in Makai’s Auto-Slack and Auto-NAV software to generate the next optimal sequence of instructions that the cable engine and the vessel DP should follow to accurately install the submarine cable with the target bottom tension/slack and along the desired route.

Smart software tools are also being added to the most used route engineering software in the world, MakaiPlan, to automate processes and check for errors in some of the repetitive and tedious tasks that route planners have to perform. Examples include: assigning cable types based on water depth, maintaining proper spacing between repeaters, maintaining proper crossing angles, avoiding steep slopes, dealing with buffer zones between the cable route and other assets and obstacles in the area, and others. With the increasing computational power and decreasing data storage costs of the latest computers, it is possible to implement these checks in real-time as route planning proceeds. This makes the route planning process more efficient, and more importantly, significantly reduces the risk of errors.

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IMCA updates ‘guidance on safety in shipyards’

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has updated its ‘Guidance on Safety in Shipyards’ IMCA HSSE 032, IMCA M 221. The document provides guidance to vessel owners and operators when preparing contracts and procedures for vessel dry docking or extended maintenance periods alongside in a shipyard.

Originally published in 2013, the revised document addresses traffic management in shipyards.

The revised guidance also includes information on occupational health and worker fitness/health in shipyards including: waste management, toilet facilities, drinking water, food hygiene control, disease prevention and local control of malaria or other diseases with vectors such as mosquitoes, flies and rodents.

IMCA members can download the document free of charge; non-members can purchase the revised guidance at £25 +VAT from [email protected]

NETmc Marine building HD DVRs for stock and adding additional HD DVRs to its demo/rental pool

With the recent acceleration in the take up of HD video inspections in the offshore market, NETmc Marine has begun building HD DVRs for stock and adding additional HD DVRs to its demo/rental pool. These MPEG4 units are suitable for recording video from HD SDI cameras from most of the usual camera manufacturers and come with video overlay, the HD SDI input is downscaled to give a composite output for displaying on older monitors and HD SDI pass through as standard. Options include, support for integrity management software; Dual Format recording – record general footage in SD whilst recording selected footage in HD; support for composite input – allows the recording of a composite input instead of the HD SDI.

For further details and pricing contact [email protected]

Singapore MPA selects aqua-tools B-QUA kit for ballast water testing

French water microbiology expert aqua-tools has won a tender to supply Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) with its B-QUA ballast water test kits.

A public tender was issued in March inviting several companies to quote for supplying a number of kits to the MPA for use by both port and flag state control authorities.

Five B-QUA ballast water monitoring solutions and test kits will be supplied by Singapore headquartered Atlas Marine Services (AMS), which manages B-QUA sales and distribution across the Southeast Asia region. AMS was instrumental in securing the order.

Another criterion aqua-tools met was that the method needed to deliver confidence that the results demonstrated a scientific correlation between the indicative method and detailed analysis, both in the lab and in the field.

AMS, in cooperation with aqua-tools, will provide training to MPA personnel on how use the test kits. Training will be in two stages, starting this month.

Singapore, the world’s second largest container port, with more 130,000 vessels calling the port each year, is also the world’s largest bunkering hub, registering more than 50mt in annual bunker sales.

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£1.5million investment made into Montrose Port

Montrose Port Authority, a leading support and service hub for the energy industry, has received a £1.5million Ports Mode Shift Grant from the Scottish Government.

Following on from a period of significant investment for Montrose Port Authority, the funding feeds into the Port’s strategic growth plans which will allow larger cargo vessels to dock in Montrose.

The Grant will support the development of two new North quaysides – berths seven west and eight. This will increase the Port’s capacity, depth alongside and associated utilities work, which in turn will increase the maximum potential size of berthing vessels from 12,000 to 18,000 deadweight tonnage.

In addition, the move will deliver environmental benefits, removing an estimated 1.26m tonnes of freight from roads and 86,000 HGV lorry journeys.

The latest investment is expected to secure ongoing employment in the Port, with changes to the quaysides expected to be complete by summer 2019.

Reflecting its growth, the Port recently celebrated a record-breaking month announcing 453,444 gross tonnes of vessel activity during May 2018; beating its previous record by an additional 116,299 tonnes.

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NOC's 2018 Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS 2018)

The call for abstract submissions for the NOC’s 2018 Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) is currently open. The deadline for submissions is 15 July.

Following on from the success of MATS 2017, this year’s event will take place from Tuesday 13 November to Thursday 15 November. MATS 2018 will primarily focus on developments and innovations in the 12 months since the last event and will also look forward to where marine autonomous technology and exploration is heading in the next five years.

This year’s themes are outlined on the Conference webpages. The submission form is available online:

19th JABLTCX workshop, June 26-28, 2018, Providence, Rhode Island, USA: NAKANIHON and RIEGL to give joint presentation on helicopter-based airborne bathymetric LiDAR systems

After successfully integrating and mobilising a brand new RIEGL VQ-880-GH Topo-Hydrographic Laser Scanning System last year, NAKANIHON will report on their first experiences and results at this year’s Joint Airborne Bathymetry LiDAR Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) workshop in Providence, Rhode Island.

The presentation will be given by Kohei Wakamatsu from NAKANIHON’s research-survey division on Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. and will be backed up by Dr. Martin Pfennigbauer from RIEGL.

For details, see the full program:

Teledyne Benthos Acoustic Modems meet NATO’s new JANUS Interoperability Standard

On May 21–25, Teledyne Benthos took part in a 5-day JANUS Interoperability Fest hosted by the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), based in La Spezia (Italy), at which various vendors tested their JANUS protocol capabilities. The Teledyne Benthos UTS-9400 deck box and ATM-900 Series Modems were tested and proved their ability to provide an interoperable real-time implementation of the JANUS protocol utilising commercial-off-the-shelf acoustic communication (ACOMMS) hardware.

Subsea ACOMMS technology has come a long way over the past two decades and is now commonly used as a primary communication and data link to the vast proliferation of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Although there are a number of commercial communication solutions and protocols available, until recently, there has not been a set standard to ensure the interoperability between equipment from the various ACOMMS manufacturers.

To address this need, over the past ten years the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation has been leading the efforts to develop a digital underwater coding standard aimed at providing a baseline common denominator for underwater acoustic communications. This new standard is called JANUS, named after the Greek God in control of beginnings and transitions. As of March 2017, JANUS is now recognized as a NATO standard referred to as STANAG, a Standardization Agreement by all the NATO Nations.

According to a recent CMRE press release, once adopted globally, JANUS can make military and civilian, NATO and non-NATO devices interoperable, providing them all with a common language with which to communicate and arrange to cooperate.  Put simply, JANUS is an interoperable marine radio channel 16 for digital underwater communications devices. Over the past several years, the standard has been extensively tested at sea in exercises involving a number of partners (universities, industries and research institutions) covering a range of application scenarios.

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Marine-i event to scan the future horizons for technology innovation in the South West

A free business event will take place on 12th July 2018 at China Fleet Country Club in Saltash, Cornwall

‘2030 – New Horizons’ is a forum which will bring businesses from across the South West together with UK national and regional policy makers. It will focus on the future landscape for Research, Development and Innovation in the region.

Hosted by Marine-i, an EU funded programme that is promoting innovation in marine technology in Cornwall, the forum is open to all businesses in the region that have an interest in future Research, Development and Innovation, including high-tech sectors such as Aerospace and Agri-Tech.

The event will highlight the need for businesses to keep abreast of national initiatives such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund as well as the vital role of public sector support in areas such as project planning, signposting and commercialisation.

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ReCAAP ISC Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2018 addresses proactive response among stakeholders to counter piracy in Asia

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre organises jointly with BIMCO and INTERTANKO for the first time its annual conference in Hong Kong, China

The annual ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2018 was held for the first time in Hong Kong, China, to reach out to the shipping community in China and beyond.

ReCAAP ISC and co-organisers BIMCO and INTERTANKO, with the support of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, developed this year’s conference, themed “Counter Piracy: Proactive Response” to underscore the importance of staying vigilant and not taking for granted the success that Asia had achieved in reducing the number of piracy and sea robbery incidents over the past decade.

Taking stock of the current situation in Asia and sharing the situation of piracy and sea robbery in other parts of the world including the Horn of Africa and Gulf of Guinea, the Conference features speakers from the Philippine Coast Guard, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Indonesia’s BAKAMLA, EU NAVFOR (Horn of Africa), MDAT-GoG (Gulf of Guinea), ReCAAP ISC, and the shipping industry.  Together, these speakers addressed the issues and situations across Asia, the Horn of Africa, and the Gulf of Guinea.

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Project Manager, Fugro, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

Ref number: 3722

Closing Date: 01 July 2018

Job Summary: Fugro are a world leading, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions. Fugro is currently seeking additional Project Management expertise within Site Characterisation, within the Marine Geophysical Service line, across Europe and Africa.

Key responsibilities:
To plan, organise, control, co-ordinate, lead, motivate to achieve optimal balance between cost, time, quality, benefit and risk in marine geophysical projects;

To support the development of a positive safety culture;

To develop project documentation including project execution plans;

To monitor project budgets, schedules and performance against KPI’s;

To supervise project teams and motivate;

To communicate with clients, internal partners, and sub-contractors;

To support the tendering process;

To support and promote a Team Fugro culture.

Position requirements:

Fugro are looking for candidates who are excellent, reliable and efficient. Fugro require first class communicators that adopt a proactive and systematic approach with a competitive attitude.

M.Sc. or B.Sc. level in an industry associated discipline;

Marine experience is highly preferable;

Geophysical/Hydrography experience is highly preferable;

Excellent knowledge of the English language (verbal and written);

The work will involve business travel.

What Fugro offer:

A challenging and diverse job in an international environment;

A dynamic and informal work atmosphere;

Strong emphasis on personal development;

External and internal training courses to develop specialist and project management skills;

Fugro offers competitive terms of employment.

To apply and for more details please visit:

Nortek recruiting for UK Office

Nortek are looking for a Sales and Technical Support Engineer to join us full time in our Southampton office based at the National Oceanography Centre. If you’re driven, motivated and able to communicate effectively, please send us a cover letter and a CV outlining your qualifications and skills and capabilities.

As Nortek are a manufacturer of advanced acoustic instruments that measure currents and waves, your role will primarily focus on sales of these instruments to new and existing customers. Additional responsibilities will include supporting our customers with technical queries about their instruments as well as helping them to analyse their data.

The position is expected to last for a period of 9 months, ideally starting in July. For more information about Nortek and what we do, please visit our website

To apply or to ask further questions, please contact Claire Cardy at [email protected].

Various roles at Gardline, Europe

Gardline, a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., is a multidisciplinary marine survey company, providing a comprehensive range of marine services including geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveys.

Established in 1969 in Great Yarmouth, Gardline has grown to become one of the world’s largest and well reputed marine survey companies. Gardline’s services are delivered across industry sectors with an interest in the marine environment, including wind, oil and gas operators, EPIC contractors, governments and public bodies, environmental consultants and telecommunication companies.

A truly global company, Gardline operates worldwide, with principal offices in Europe.

Gardline are currently looking to expand in the following disciplines:

Offshore Geophysicists

Office Geophysicists

Geophysical Engineers

Geotechnical Operators


Software Engineers

Source Mechanics

Party Chiefs

Visit their website for full details on the above job roles

If you believe you have the experience, skills and ambition for these challenging role, please e-mail your CV and covering letter to [email protected].

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