Issue 543
17 July 2018:


Consortium develops symbiotic autonomy for deep water survey

ASV Global (ASV), in partnership with Sonardyne International Ltd., the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and SeeByte, have successfully delivered a long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution.

A recent two-week trial in Scotland’s Loch Ness was the culmination of the three-year ‘Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System’ collaborative project, part-funded by Innovate UK and Dstl.

The aim of the project was to deliver an integrated system to perform low cost, full water column marine surveys using multiple autonomous systems.

During trials in and on the loch, Sonardyne’s USBL acoustic positioning and AvTrak telemetry systems enabled ASV’s C-Worker 5 Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) to locate, track, command and control the NOC’s Autosub Long Range (ALR) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). Position and mission status updates were transmitted to shore via RF communications.

The need to collect more data from the marine environment means that marine autonomous systems need to be at sea for longer. Pairing an AUV or unmanned underwater vehicle with an ASV means that positioning accuracy – crucial for high-quality survey data – can be optimised on missions lasting weeks, if not months, without the need for manned surface vessel support.

This game changing technology can open up dramatic cost savings in a wide range of maritime applications from pipeline survey to scientific coral exploration and deep water seabed mining.

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Ørsted Launches AXYS Technologies' FLiDAR Buoy to Assess Offshore Conditions for Ocean Wind Project in New Jersey

Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind and the developer of Ocean Wind – an offshore wind farm to be located 10 miles off the coast of Atlantic City – announced today the deployment of a specialized buoy designed to measure wind and wave conditions. The AXYS FLiDAR WindSentinel is a floating LiDAR solution that will measure wind speed and direction to help determine the best locations and positions for wind turbines on the federally leased area.

Floating LiDAR is an innovative technology that integrates a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) on a moored buoy to provide accurate and reliable data on wind speed, wind direction, and turbulence at turbine hub-height. The AXYS FLiDAR WindSentinel buoy is also outfitted with a range of other sensors to measure surface wind speed and direction, directional waves, ocean currents, tide, salinity, water temperature, atmospheric pressure and air temperature, all of which help give a comprehensive data set of environmental conditions useful for wind resource assessment, turbine siting and contract management data, and site weather character development. The AXYS FLiDAR WindSentinel operates autonomously is powered by its own renewable energy system.

Technical experts from both companies were on hand at the event to provide information about the Ocean Wind project as well as the FLiDAR WindSentinel buoy, which was launched out of Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City.

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Soundnine XTP Sensors Deployed on UpTempO Buoy

An experimental drifting buoy equipped with eXpendable Temperature and Pressure (XTP) sensors from Soundnine Inc (Kirkland, WA) was deployed for the UpTempo project.  The UpTempO project, headed by Dr. Mike Steele of the University of Washington, Polar Science Center, uses inexpensive buoys to measure the Upper layer Temperature of the Polar Oceans. The buoy was deployed in northern Hudson bay on June 14, 2018 by Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. It transmits real-time temperature and conductivity data to 25 meters deep, enabling scientists to measure the rate of surface warming as Arctic sea ice increasingly thins and retreats each summer.

Pacific Gyre Inc. (Oceanside, CA) integrated Soundnine’s inductive modem and seven XTP sensors into a modified drifting buoy. The XTP sensors are accurate to 0.005 deg. C; 10 to 20 times more accurate than temperature sensors on previous UpTempO buoys. The sensors are clamped to a jacketed wire rope tether. They communicate with the buoy through the wire rope using Soundnine’s inductively coupled telemetry.  The small size and streamlined shape of the XTP sensors should improve the survivability of the system through winter freeze-up (ice ridging) and allow this buoy to provide data throughout spring break up and the following summer.

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CTG Sea Sentry washwater monitor installed on scrubber retrofit in China

Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG), a world leader in the design and manufacture of sensors for the maritime sector, has announced that its Sea Sentry wash water monitoring system for ship exhaust gas cleaning systems has been installed in a Shandong Pure Ocean Technology scrubber, which has been retrofitted to Liberian-flagged bulk carrier BAO Glory, at the Weihai Xinhong shipyard in Weihai, China. The installation represents one of the first scrubber retrofits to be carried out in a Chinese yard, a reflection of the industry-wide acceleration in the global scrubber market.

The installation of scrubbers is increasingly seen an attractive compliance option that affords owners and operators the opportunity to continue to burn Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) at a lower cost. A recent report from Lloyd’s Register stated that an expected 1000 to 1500 vessels will be fitted with scrubbers by 2020, with order slots for installation ahead of the implementation of the global sulphur cap nearing capacity. With limited time remaining and with installation capacity becoming scarce, yards in China will see increased uptake in scrubber installations as the government seeks to bring capacity in line with demand.

Whilst the economic case for installing scrubbers is clear for many vessel types and payback period is relatively short, scrubbers are a costly capital expenditure – ranging from $2m to $6m per unit – and so it is crucial that compliance with environmental regulations can be proven. All varieties of wet scrubber systems use wash water which must be monitored at all times to avoid discharges that may exceed regulations and damage the environment. With an ever increasing number of scrubber units installed across the global shipping fleet, it is essential to ensure there is an accurate and robust monitoring capability in place to ensure compliance with wash water regulations.

CTG’s Sea Sentry provides a fully autonomous wash water monitoring system, which monitors both the water inlet and outlet of wet exhaust gas scrubber systems. The system has the ability to accurately measure the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, absorbance, turbidity (to ISO 7027: 1999), temperature and pH of scrubber wash water, and can monitor open-loop, closed-loop and hybrid scrubber systems, setting the gold standard for accurate wash water monitoring.

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Wärtsilä to assist Transocean with thruster maintenance optimisation and dry-docking cost reductions

Wärtsilä and Transocean will optimise the maintenance of all Wärtsilä thrusters installed within the Transocean fleet, while seeking to significantly reduce dry-docking costs by extending the service intervals of the thrusters. The agreement aims to deliver fewer interruptions to operations, which will result in benefits for both parties.

The performance-based agreement builds on the Wärtsilä Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS), that collects performance data from the thrusters and delivers it to a Wärtsilä Expertise Centre for analysis. Service experts analyse the data and determine a flexible maintenance schedule for each piece of equipment based on the actual condition of the equipment.

The agreement covers five semi-submersible rigs and one drillship, each of which has six to eight thrusters. Each thruster will be overhauled once during the 13-year agreement period. Spare parts and personnel, as well as the installation of the PCMS also fall within the scope of the agreement.

Transocean offers offshore drilling services worldwide. The company specialises in technically demanding environments, specifically ultra-deepwater and harsh environment.

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Ocean Sound Data an Essential Tool for Protecting Critically Endangered Whale Species

It’s believed the killer whales that make Canadas west coast their home are a special protector of humankind by many First Nations tribes in the area. As the whales population continues to drop perhaps it is time for the roles to be reversed and for us to take on the role of protector. The southern resident killer whale, SRKW, population reached a milestone last month of 75 individuals with the disappearance and presumed death of L92, a young male orca also known as Crewser. This is a population low not seen in thirty years.

In an effort to understand this critically endangered and declining population, a project was developed by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans called the Whale Tracking Network. This endeavour uses digital smart hydrophones developed by Ocean Sonics to acoustically track whale’s movements within their habitat as well as monitor disruptive noise introduced by human activity.

The Whale Tracking Network began its operations in January 2016 with additional deployments of Ocean Sonics icListen smart hydrophones throughout 2016 and 2017. In total 28 hydrophones were deployed in 9 nodes along with newly developed smart hubs. This massive hydrophone array was deployed in strategic sites around Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Each node has the ability to record, process and transmit data, allowing researchers the ability to monitor the SRKW population in real time.

Using specially developed classifiers, the DFO staff including managers, scientists and researchers process the data transmitted to Mount Parke on Mayne Island, and at their central DFO office on Annacis Island to listen for specific whale calls, shipping noise, ferry traffic and other anthropogenic sounds. This sound data is recorded, transmitted and analysed in order to examine potential effects on the SRKW population and their critical habitat.

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Ecospeed takes to The Mersey

The hull of the polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough took to the water on Saturday protected by the most environmentally-safe hull coating ever developed – Subsea Industries’ biofouling-reducing and washable Ecospeed.

The 15,000gt research vessel, scheduled for operational duties in 2019, will be one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world. The 128m long vessel will be capable of 60 days at sea without re-supply, covering a range of 18,898 nautical miles at 13 knots.

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Programme for IMCA annual seminar launched

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar, is to be held in The Hague on 28 and 29 November, with its theme ‘Working together: Getting back to business’.

Day 1 will focus on the strategies being developed by contractors in the new industrial landscape and developing new ways of working. Day 2 will be divided into two separate sessions to concentrate on IMCA’s Marine and Diving Technical Divisions and continues the Association’s successful series of technical seminars.

For the first time at an IMCA Annual Seminar, two awards – the IMCA Safety Award and the IMCA Environmental Sustainability Award – will be presented.

Networking opportunities: As with all IMCA events, networking opportunities abound. Evening registration and welcome drinks will take place on 27 November; and in addition to coffee breaks and lunch there will be a networking supper and drinks on the evening of 28 November.

Further information: Registration is now open via the IMCA website at with an early bird discount operational until 3 September. Information on all aspects of the Annual Seminar including exhibiting and sponsorship is available online and from [email protected]

Final call for posters for 2018 Early Career Researcher scientific poster competition

Sensing the Water Environment Scientific poster competition 2018:

£1,200 first prize

£500 second prize

£200 third prize

SWIG invites students and employees in the field of water sensor research to design a poster summarising their work. This is an opportunity for researchers within the water and environmental sectors to showcase their scientific talents and innovative thinking.

The SWIG Early Career Researcher Prize is intended to raise awareness of technological development and novel applications related to water measurements and thereby promote innovation in sensor research and commercial application. The competition is open to all ‘early career researchers’ to include undergraduate and postgraduate students either in full time education or within the first 4 years of employment within their area of expertise.

For full details of the competition, including terms and conditions, visit

To submit an abstract and a poster, please visit by the deadline: Friday 7 September 2018


N-Sea Strengthens Survey Capabilities with Key Appointment

UK and Netherlands-based subsea provider N-Sea has appointed Hans Van Peet as the company’s survey authority.

Hans van Peet, who joins the organisation from Heerema Marine Contractors, brings more than 30 years of specialist experience in survey, positioning and ROV intervention to the role. He previously led subsea services for a variety of leading offshore companies, including the technical management of major frame agreements for ROV and survey and positioning services.

N-Sea, known for its expertise in integrated survey services, specialises in survey and data management for: hydrographic and geophysical survey, UXO survey/ID/disposal, cable and pipeline inspection and construction and installation support. Based in the Netherlands, Hans will be responsible for overseeing all survey activities within N-Sea, as well as driving forward innovation of survey products, services and technology.

N-Sea specialises in subsea services for the renewable, oil and gas, and utility industries, as well as for civil contracting communities. With a focus on safe and efficient operations, N-Sea provides offshore survey and IMR services to subsea asset operators and tier 1 contractors.

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HR Wallingford’s Ben Gouldby appointed Visiting Professor in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton

HR Wallingford Chief Technical Director of Flood Risk, Ben Gouldby, has been appointed Visiting Professor in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton.  Ben, who takes up the appointment from July 2018 will be hosted at the prestigious National Oceanography Centre, where he will contribute to research and academic programmes, with a specific focus on coastal flood risk analysis.

Prior to the appointment, Ben collaborated with Dr Ivan Haigh, Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography at the University of Southampton, on research into extreme but plausible coastal flooding scenarios for England and Wales. The results of this analysis have now been used to inform the coastal flooding aspects of the Cabinet Office’s National Risk Register (NRR) of Civil Emergencies. The NRR provides a government assessment of potential major civil emergencies that could affect the UK over the next five years, and includes risks as diverse as cyber-attacks, volcanic eruptions and large-scale flooding.

In addition to providing opportunities for further collaborative research, Ben’s contribution will include engagement with the MSc in Engineering in the Coastal Environment, a programme which is strongly linked to industry, and which focuses on educating coastal practitioners aiming to work in coastal engineering, both in consultancies and relevant areas of government.

Chief Technical Director in the Flood Management Group at HR Wallingford, Ben has over 20 years’ experience in the development and application of a wide range of flood risk analysis models, and in the production of flood hazard and risk maps from a range of different flood sources.  Ben has led the technical development of the method which has been used to underpin the national flood risk assessment of England and Wales since 2004.  He has been involved in the application of these methods overseas in a number of different countries including the US.  Ben is a past recipient of the Institution of Civil Engineers Halcrow Prize, and a recent recipient of their Bill Curtin Medal for Innovation, in relation to his work on the climate change impacts from coastal flooding and multivariate modelling of extreme sea conditions around the coast of England.

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Kreuz Subsea completes executive team with CFO appointment

Global integrated subsea services business, Kreuz Subsea, has announced the appointment of Thomas Liew as the group’s chief financial officer. His arrival completes the company’s reorganisation phase of its international growth strategy.

Mr Liew has more than 20 years’ experience in senior financial positions, leading multi-entity organisations in the Asia Pacific region and has been instrumental in driving growth and profitability through the implementation of key operating structures.

His previous roles include VP Finance at ALSTOM Grid where he was CFO for ALSTOM’s EPC business in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to ALSTOM, Mr Liew also held key finance and strategy positions with SONY Electronics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, and SingTel Ltd.

Mr Liew’s appointment completes Kreuz Subsea’s leadership team. He is the company’s fifth executive hire since AJ Jain took over the reins as chief executive officer in October 2017.

Last month (June), Jerry Starling joined as director of diving. In April, Pradeep Verma took up the role of chief commercial officer and Marek Kaminski became director of marine assets. Phil Bradbury started as QHSE director at the end of 2017 following Mr Jain’s appointment.

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Report Co-ordinator, Fugro, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

Contract Type: Permanent, full-time
Closing Date: 12 August 2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Report Co-ordinator to join Fugro, one of the world’s leading hydrographic and geophysical survey companies. You will play a key role in the department, co-ordinating report production, liaising with senior members of the Geophysics team and ensuring the on-time delivery of reports. You will have previous experience of geophysical data processing, interpretation / reporting and be able to demonstrate a focus on quality. You will ensure that high quality reports are produced for clients in various fields; including renewables, oil and gas and utilities.



Produce and oversee the production of high quality geophysical survey reports;

Work with the senior project team to assign sufficient resources and enable the on-time delivery of reports;

Ensure a diligent, high level of quality control is undertaken, in accordance with Fugro’s quality management system;

Ensure that all reports comply with the requirement of Fugro’s quality management system and associated documentation;

Strive for the continuous improvement of reporting and associated guidance documents;

Monitor and track key deliverable deadlines and ensure that all reports are issued on time;

Undertake regular liaison between key project stakeholders, including Fugro personnel and our clients, to ensure that key project objectives are met;

Act as a reporting lead on projects with responsibility for liaising with clients in a technical capacity, undertaking overall report QC and ensuring that survey specifications and deadlines are met;

Manage, lead and provide training to other personnel in the department to, ensure that all reporting deliverables meet the project specification and Fugro quality standards.

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Marine Surveyors, Titan Environmental Surveys

Titan have vacancies for experienced marine surveyors of all levels and graduates looking to enter the marine surveying industry.

Titan’s nearshore survey operations require surveyors capable or interested in hydrographic, geophysical, environmental and met ocean nearshore surveys.

Responsibilities include:

project planning,

vessel mobilisation,

data collection,

vessel skippering,

data processing and reporting

Their values include:

High teamwork ethic

Commitment to achieve the highest quality data

Multi-skilled surveyors

Please submit your CV’s via the webform on Titan’s website; Titan will respond should your CV be suitable for their requirements.

Sensors Technician, UKRI- NERC NOC, Southampton

£22,224 – £25,557 (Dependant on qualifications and experience)
Full time, Open ended

The Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About the role: Sensor Technicians in the Sensors and Moorings Group are involved in many exciting projects. From deploying sophisticated sensors on the Atlantic sea bed in 6000 meters of water (returning a year later to retrieve them) to taking deep sea samples from the deck of a research ship off the coast of Africa or driving advanced electronic sampling vehicles towed thousands of meters behind the ship, there is lots to be involved in. From the Polar Ice Caps to the deepest parts of the ocean we need skilled and motivated engineers to keep the mission going.

You will be a key member of a team within the Sensors and Moorings Group supporting the NERC Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) through provision of safe, efficient and effective functioning of National Marine Facilities (NMF) marine science equipment and support infrastructure, both ashore and at sea. This support will include complex marine instruments, equipment and systems. A full training package will be given.

How to Apply: Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 29 July 2018.

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