Issue 546
07 August 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Fugro conducts marine lidar bathymetry survey for New South Wales office of environment and heritage

(OEH), on behalf of the New South Wales Government, Australia.

The project will deliver data as part of OEH’s Seabed NSW programme, announced earlier this year, and involves the collection of high resolution, seamless bathymetry across the New South Wales coastal and marine environment. The data will assist in mapping the seafloor and sediment compartments along the NSW coast. This information will enable councils, scientists and government agencies to better understand nearshore processes and allow them to model coastal hazards at a local scale with far greater accuracy than traditional marine survey methods.

The bathymetric data will also shed light on the structure and range of habitats on the seafloor off NSW beaches which will assist in the management of the marine estate into the future.

Fugro is utilising airborne lidar bathymetry (ALB) sensors to conduct the work, capturing data along the shore to depths of around 30 metres. The ALB systems enable safe and efficient survey without impacting the environment or disrupting activities on the ground or water. The specialised technology was developed in Australia and is supported by ongoing research and development programmes.

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

CBO Isabella upgrades to Sonardyne 6G to meet Brazil’s new contracting specifications

Sixth generation (6G) underwater positioning technology from Sonardyne Brasil Ltda. has been chosen by vessel owner and operator Companhia Brasileira de Offshore (CBO) to meet Brazil’s stringent new contracting specifications for subsea positioning.

 

The multi-functional Compatt 6 transponders and Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) HPT transceivers that make up the order will be utilised alongside existing Sonardyne technology onboard the ROV support vessel CBO Isabella in support of a wide variety of subsea operations, including structure installation, pipeline metrology and ROV tracking.

 

On long-term contract to Petrobras since 2010, the CBO Isabella opted to have available two independent acoustic positioning systems so that operations can continue in the event of a single system failure. For the past few years, this requirement has been met through a combination of Sonardyne’s Fusion LBL, Optimised Ranger 2 USBL and SPRINT INS technologies. Replacing the CBO Isabella’s previous generation through-hull transceivers with fully digital HPT transceivers completes her upgrade to 6G, providing the vessel with the flexibility to meet virtually any project requirement in any water depth.

For more information, visit www.sonardyne.com

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology selects TRIAXYS Wave Buoy Network

AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) is pleased to announce that they have recently won a tender in partnership with Metocean Services International (MSI) to supply Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) with four TRIAXYS Wave buoys.

 

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government. In support of the Bureau’s marine weather and ocean services, a wave observing system that enables continued automated observation and reporting of hydrological surface waves at Kangaroo Island, South Australia and Strahan, Tasmania was required.

 

The TRIAXYS accurately measures and transmits directional wave data using the TRIAXYS solid state wave sensor, which provides near real-time access to continuous wave measurements and does not require annual calibration.

 

The first two TRIAXYS Wave buoys have been delivered to BoM and are scheduled for deployment in August. The remaining two wave buoys will be built and sent in the fall of 2018. The MSI technical team will be on hand to assist BoM with deployment of the buoys and setting up operations.

For further information, visit www.axystechnologies.com

MetOcean Telematics Opens in Australia

MetOcean Telematics, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Melbourne, Australia. The company has an extensive history as a leading Iridium satellite value-added-reseller and will use the new office to accelerate growth and support existing customers in the Oceania region.

 

With a presence in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom the new office will increase the company’s international footprint and further support regional demand. MetOcean Telematics is experiencing rapid growth internationally, and the new location will allow the company to be close to existing customers, and support further growth for its Telematics, MetOcean Systems, Defence and Security product lines.

 

MetOcean Telematics corporate headquarters, including the research and development and production facilities, are located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. The company develops and manufactures state-of-the-art data acquisition and end-to-end telematics solutions, with a focus on niche MetOcean solutions and custom Defence and Security products. As a prominent global Iridium Satellite Value-Added Reseller focused on hardware solutions, data services, and support, MetOcean Telematics is a leader in the satellite communications industry.

 

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

Subsea 7 Utilises Newton Labs Underwater Laser Scanner for Hess Corporation Project

Last year, Newton Labs again created an industry milestone by introducing for the first time very high resolution laser scanner systems rated for subsea depths of up to 500 meters. These high precision scanners will be available to depths to 4000 meters later this year. Upon learning this news, the i-Tech Services Division at Subsea 7 approached us with an interesting and previously unavailable requirement. Their goal was to utilise the Newton Labs M500UW to create very high precision scans for a Hess Corporation project.

 

The Hess Corporation work specifically required scan resolutions at 500 Meters depth in the range of 0.1mm resolution to solve a unique maintenance issue with an underwater Hub. The i-Tech Division of Subsea 7 chose to utilise the precision of the Newton Labs M500UW as it allowed for necessary correction of a burr and damage on the interior of the Hub. This damage needed to be brought to exact tolerances. With the high resolution data measurements created by the Newton Labs M500UW, the i-Tech Services team was confidently able to scan, polish and re-scan the burr until the required dimensions were successfully achieved.

 

The ability to achieve such high resolution scanning with conversion to measurable 3D CAD models at subsea depths of more than 100 meters has never previously been available to the market. With the introduction of the M500UW and the upcoming deployment of models rated to depths of 4000 meters, Newton Labs is continuing forward as a true innovator in the subsea industry. For more than 11 years, we have proudly offered the most extensive and widely deployed line of precision underwater laser scanner solutions in the entire world.

 

For further information, visit

https://newtonlabs.com/index.html

RTS becomes the official Distributor of R2Sonic in Norway

RTS has been appointed as the exclusive Distributor of R2Sonic in Norway.

 

This is a significant milestone in R2Sonic’s expansion into Norway. As the Norwegian market continues to grow, RTS, global provider of subsea equipment, is the adequate partner to represent R2Sonic and provide knowledgeable and personalised support.

 

For further information, visit www.rts.as

Cefas Scientists complete 6-week, 1700km autonomous fisheries acoustics mission

A state of the art technique for mapping and counting schools of fish has been tested on an autonomous marine platform in the North Sea, offering a new method for collecting data on fish stocks.

 

Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, UK) and Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company, USA have successfully deployed, tested and recovered a remotely piloted Wave Glider, which was adapted to allow scientists to collect high quality broadband fisheries acoustics data.

 

As part of a multi-vehicle mission under the UK NERC/Defra funded AlterEco project, the Wave Glider called Lyra was deployed in the central North Sea about 270km north-east of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK by RV Cefas Endeavour. She spent 41 days at sea, repeatedly covering a 64 km long transect along which valuable data were collected under different conditions, before finally being recovered by RV Cefas Endeavour, 20km off Lowestoft. While deployed, the Wave Glider was remotely piloted 24/7 by the Liquid Robotics’ Operations Team from their California headquarters in Silicon Valley almost 9000 km away and covered over 1700km at sea.

 

Preliminary results suggest that evidence has been captured of diurnal (day-night) vertical migrations of zooplankton and other organisms in the water column, as well as schools of fish. At the start of the deployment, net samples of zooplankton were collected aboard the RV Cefas Endeavour, which will be used to help identify the organisms that are acoustically detected.

For further information, visit www.cefas.co.uk and https://www.liquid-robotics.com/wave-glider/overview/

Attollo continues success from Race Bank to Borkum Riffgrund 2

Last month, offshore marine operator Attollo Offshore mobilised a jackup accommodation unit to one of the world’s most innovative renewable energy projects – Ørsted’s Borkum Riffgrund 2.

 

The contract follows on from Attollo’s recent success in the Southern North Sea’s Race Bank windfarm project, which is now widely recognised as the benchmark for the successful construction and delivery of a windfarm.

 

Developed in the German North Sea, Ørsted’s Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm comprises the largest wind turbines in the German North Sea and is expected to produce sufficient electricity to power nearly half a million homes per annum.

 

Attollo’s workscope will see the Aberdeen-based company – renowned for its smarter operations of offshore assets – provide accommodation and construction support for the hookup and commissioning of the 450MW high voltage substation.

 

For further information, visit http://www.attollo-offshore.com

UTM celebrate their 1st birthday

It’s UTM’s 1st birthday! Drawing on 30 years of combined experience, UTM was started to provide high quality recruitment services to the offshore industry. 12 months on, they’ve grown, developed and invited 5 new members into the team.

 

UTM are also pleased to announce that they have achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification. UTM will continue to strive for the highest quality service to maintain their reputation as leading hydrographic survey, ROV and renewable energy recruitment specialists.

 

A huge thank you to everyone UTM have worked with throughout the year for their dedication and professionalism. UTM look forward to creating more successful partnerships in the years to come.

 

For further information, visit http://bit.ly/UTMTestimonials

HD video over twisted pair just got easier

The NETmc Marine DVCiR, the only complete end-to end camera and recording system designed for video over ROV Ethernet, can also be used over a twisted pair by use of a converter bottle. Due to their latest engineering initiative NETmc Marine have greatly improved the connection over twisted pair making it more robust. As such they have been able to transmit HD video over quite low quality copper conductors, thus allowing almost any ROV with an older umbilical, to which they can fit a system, to support HD transmission, subject to length limitations. Connectivity over cable lengths of 2km or more is expected, subject to other cable specifications.

 

There is also a DVCi system for divers, micro-ROVs and a multi-channel pipeline system

 

For further information, visit http://netmcmarine.co.uk/site/software/e-inspect-1

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

Opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors: Future Oceans2 – IMBeR Open Science Conference, Brest, France 17-21 June 2019

Future Oceans2 is an opportunity to join the world’s leading researchers to present advances in science from all disciplines that contribute towards – ocean sustainability for the benefit of society: understanding, challenges, and solutions.

 

In addition to delivering an update of the pertinent science, Future Oceans2 will foster productive inter- and trans-disciplinary discussions and provide a forum to strategically map future research directions. Within this context, Future Oceans2 is based around three overlapping themes – Theme 1. Understanding and quantifying the state and variability of marine ecosystems; Theme 2. Improving scenarios, predictions and projections of future ocean-human systems at multiple scales; and Theme 3. Improving and achieving sustainable ocean governance.

 

Future Oceans2 is the second IMBeR Open Science Conference. The 5-day conference will have up to 10 concurrent sessions each day, and will be preceded by 2 days of workshops.

 

For further information visit: http://imber.info/resources/images/prosjekter/imber/meetings/2019-osc/Future_Oceans2_opportunites_for_sponsors_and_exhibitors.pdf

Experience the future of ship management Hanseaticsoft to launch Crewing 2.0 at SMM Hamburg 2018 4th– 7th September 2018

Hanseaticsoft GmbH a provider of innovative, cloud-based maritime software, is exhibiting at this year’s SMM in Hamburg, the leading international maritime trade fair and will be officially launching their updated and enhanced crewing module, Crewing 2.0, available within Cloud Fleet Manager (CFM).

 

Cloud Fleet Manager is the company’s web-based platform which allows information to be centralised, processed and accessed in real time using apps and mobile devices. The Crewing module helps optimise crewing processes, including the interaction, administration and appraisal of seafarers, with intelligent features available to support companies in every phase of their daily business.

 

Hanseaticsoft’s Crewing 2.0 offers improved performance and responsiveness, plus it’s now available in any browser and optimised for use on smaller screens, such as tablets. There are many new functionalities and enhancements, including an expanded Payroll module and the ability for seamen to log into Cloud Ship Manager to autonomously enter their rest hours on board.

 

New features include a Travel Expenses app, which allows the crew to enter travel requests and related expenses directly while on board, a Cashbox app to ease the handling of cash on board (in multiple currencies), a Bonded Store app functioning as an onboard shop and a Pharmacy app to manage medication on board, plus a new Crew Portal so seamen can manage their data and documents autonomously.

 

Additionally, the solution has been extended so that it can now also be used by third-party crew managers and agencies, enabling them to coordinate the crew management for multiple companies according to their specific requirements and guidelines.

 

Visit Hanseaticsoft in hall B4.EG at stand number 112. For further information please visit www.hanseaticsoft.com.

OceanWise will be running a Marine Data Management Awareness Course in conjunction with IMarEST on Tuesday the 16 of October 2018

This one-day Marine Data Management Awareness Course is organised in co-operation with and hosted by IMarEST at 1 Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ from 0930-1630.

 

On this course you will learn:

What Marine Data Management is, why data is such an important resource and why it matters to your organisation.

The basics of Data Life-Cycles, Data and Metadata Standards, Co-ordinate Reference Systems, Data Quality, Sharing and Publishing.

You will also take part in a discussion on the challenges organisations face in achieving Data Management ‘Best Practise’.

If you are involved in data collection, ingestion, analysis, sharing and re-use then this course will provide you with an extremely valuable insight on the world of data because ‘your data really does matter’.

 

To register and view full details of the event please go to

https://www.imarest.org/events/category/categories/imarest-event/marine-datamanagement-awareness-course-2

 

Discounts are available for IMarEST members

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

ABPmer extends Metocean team with key hires

Marine consultancy, ABPmer, has announced that Robin Stephens, Dr Ian Wade and Dr Sarah Taws have joined their Metocean Team. The appointment of these experienced metocean specialists reflects the company’s focus on broadening its metocean consultancy service.

 

The expansion of the Metocean Team will enable ABPmer to scale operations whilst meeting the increasing global demand for its metocean data and associated services.

 

For further information, visit www.abpmer.co.uk

JOB POSTINGS

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.

 

Responsibilities:

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.

 

To apply and for more details please visit https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3794

Geophysicist, Fugro, Offshore / Portchester, Hampshire, UK

Permanent, full-time

An exciting opportunity has arisen for marine Geophysicists to join Fugro, one of the world’s leading global hydrographic and geophysical survey companies. Based either offshore (Europe) and / or in the Fugro office in Portchester (UK);

 

If based in the Portchester office, there will be some periods of offshore time required. Offshore periods will be between four to six weeks at a time. Shorter periods away from the Portchester office may also be required, for example during vessel mobilisations or at remote processing locations;

 

If based offshore, period of time offshore will be four to six weeks. Occasional short periods each year, will also be required in the Fugro office in Portchester. In order to conduct training and periodic progress reviews.

Both graduate and experienced candidates are welcome to apply.

 

Key Responsibilities:

To collect, quality check and process shallow seismic data, including sub-bottom profile systems such as boomer, pinger, chirp and sparker systems;

To collect, quality check and process sidescan sonar and magnetometer data, including UXO data processing and interpretation;

Undertake interpretation of seismic data to provide our clients with detailed geological information;

Assist with equipment maintenance

Undertake offshore surveys, including assistance with vessel mobilisations, when required;

Undertake and assist in the production of technical reports;

Operate in accordance with all Fugro QHSE procedures and work instructions;

Assist with project management and survey planning, when required.

Fugro are pleased to offer:

An opportunity for training and career progression within Fugro;

The chance to work in challenging environment committed to individual professional development;

Being part of an exciting company at the forefront of marine geophysical survey work and consultancy.

 

To apply and for more details please visit: https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3802

Closing date: 19 August 2018

Senior Marine Consultant, MarineSpace, UK

MarineSpace is a marine planning and environmental consultancy which provides specialist advice and services to clients across a range of sectors. As part of the company’s continued expansion they are seeking to employ a senior marine consultant to join their experienced team.

 

MarineSpace provides services to the marine aggregate, offshore wind, OFTO, wave & tidal, oil and gas, subsea cables, coastal/marine engineering and ports/harbours sectors.  The successful candidate will be required to provide input to a range of projects but with a specific focus on the offshore wind and subsea cables sector. Therefore, specific experience of project-work in these sectors is required.

 

The location of the position could be in any of their existing offices in Southampton, Pembroke Dock, Peterborough or Norwich although you will be required to travel to meetings at the Head Office in Southampton and also attend client meetings as required.

 

Key responsibilities:

Authoring and QA of technical reports (EIA, HRA, scoping reports, monitoring reports);

General project management;

Stakeholder and client engagement; and

Business development.

Requirements:

Essential

Minimum BSc (preferably MSc) in a relevant technical subject;

At least 5 years professional experience in marine consultancy or a technical marine field;

Demonstrable project delivery experience relevant to MarineSpace’s core activities, with specific project experience in the offshore wind and/or subsea cables sector;

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and Pdf software;

An understanding of UK marine policy, legislation, consenting and environmental issues;

Excellent written and oral communication, organisational and time management skills; and

Ability to work independently and part of a team as/when required.

Desirable

Practical knowledge of specific marine industry sectors, as described above;

Experience of design, management and delivery of physical and / or biological seabed surveys;

Experience of interpretation of marine monitoring data;

Terms of employment will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

 

To apply, send your CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 20 August 2018.

Fugro have a vacancy for an OARS Operator based in the Aberdeen office

Fugro is a leading provider of marine asset positioning services, experienced in the time-critical planning and execution of marine positioning projects. Throughout the world, we combine our technological resources in order to undertake complex projects and deliver the highest standards of performance.

 

An integral part of this is our remote service offering. The Office Assisted Remote Services (OARS) team strive to be the leading support providers for operational integration of acquisition, analytics and support via remote operations.  We aim to deploy digital resources to resolve geographical restrictions in operations through command, control and communicate functionality. A career in the OARS command centre will be challenging but rewarding to the right people who see remote services as fundamentally important to support the requirements of the industry. Communication is a large part of the role and the ability to remain professional at all times whilst interacting with a range of stakeholders is essential, delivering information confidently and concisely.

 

Position responsibilities include:

Planning and supervising survey activities.

Remotely operating online survey software and monitoring data quality to ensure required specification is achieved.

Receiving/making calls to remote project locations and providing confident, clear and concise information.

Maintaining up-to date accurate vessel information and comprehensive handover notes.

Conducting reporting and processing.

Maintaining and developing experience with different software applications and techniques.

Complying and continuously improving standardisation and best practice of OARS Command Centre

The right candidate will be qualified in relevant survey related discipline and have previous experience within the offshore sector, specifically in the areas of survey and positioning activities.

 

For full details and to apply, please go to www.fugro.com/careers.

Closing date is 21/08/18

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