Issue 548
21 August 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

CMS-Geotech support SOCOTEC in Edinburgh

The CMS Geotech team are currently busy supporting SOCOTEC on a six week ground investigation project for Scottish Water at Portobello Beach near Edinburgh, Scotland.  The investigation will help to determine options to improve bathing water quality by determining the geotechnical & chemical properties of the seabed deposits, as well as the underlying superficial soils & bedrock. SOCOTEC have deployed a 215 tonne 18m x 18m modular jack up barge specifically constructed for this project.

 

The CMS team will support  a series of detailed ground investigation works and will be collecting marine sediment samples to 6m below bed level using a high powered vibrocoring unit.  Sediment subsamples will be taken and tested for contamination levels to Marine Scotland licence requirements.

 

The well proven high powered vibrocore built by CMS Geotech was transported via road from its base in Lowestoft last week to be mobilised on site by the geotech team, who travelled up to Burntisland over the weekend.

 

The work is scheduled to be completed mid-week and the sediment samples collected will be taken to SOCOTEC’s in-house independent laboratories for testing.  The marine sediment analysis will provide vital information to help Scottish Water improve the quality of the bathing water quality at Portobello and Fisherrow.

 

Find out more about the CMS-Geotech capabilities at https://bit.ly/2exo9yt

Read more about the project at https://bit.ly/2w5kZHK

 

Kongsberg GeoAcoustics extends small survey vessel product line to include sub-bottom profiling

Conducting sub bottom profiling in shallow water bodies has always been a challenging job but should now be made easier by the latest additions to the GeoAcoustics’ product line.

 

At Oceanology International this year Kongsberg GeoAcoustics Ltd launched its sophisticated new ‘GeoPulse Compact’ sub-bottom profiler system as both a compact Over the Side (OTS) mounted version and a towed version. This product is now available as an option for their Unmanned Surface Vessel and their Compact Survey Vessel.

 

GeoAcoustics already market two solutions for shallow water surveying, the GeoSwath USV and the GeoSwath CSV. The GeoSwath USV is based upon the EchoBoat ASV from Seafloor Systems Inc. and is fitted with a 500 kHz GeoSwath 4 system to measure bathymetry and side scan simultaneously. At 1.8m long and weighing 55 Kg the USV can be easily deployed by two people for up to 6 hours autonomous or remotely controlled surveying.  The GeoSwath Compact Survey Vessel (CSV) is designed for larger bodies of water and is a 3m long manned catamaran fitted with a 25hp 2-stroke outboard engine. The CSV as standard if fitted with a GeoSwath 4 system and both vessel include Seatex GNSS compasses and motion reference units. Both vessel will operate in as little as 35cm of water making them ideal for shallow water bodies.

 

For further information https://www.km.kongsberg.com/

IMCA issues reactivation of DP vessels after layup information note

Following a period of improving industry metrics during 2017, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has recognised that member companies could now consider reactivating their owned and managed DP vessels following a period of layup, and has issued a focused information note on this.

 

IMCA formed a workgroup, chaired by Mike Meade of M3 Marine, comprising vessel operators, consultant companies specialising in DP, and system manufacturers from its global membership, to produce a 15-page information note designed for use by vessel owners and operators and their Marine Superintendents.

 

The information note features ten main headings, under which are over 200 memory jogging bullet points. It is a useful aide memoire for professionals engaged both in preparing for, and during, the reactivation of DP vessels.

 

For further information on IMCA www.imca-int.com

The Danish Geodata Agency selects Teledyne CARIS to provide new depth management system

Through a competitive process, The Danish Geodata Agency (Geodatastyrelsen – GST) has selected Bathy DataBASE™ (BDB) as the new system for Depth Data Management for current and future needs. The robust system will help increase efficiencies in data management and optimize the maritime production chain, from survey to chart.

 

GST is responsible for surveying and charting the waters around Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland to ensure safe passage at sea, in accordance with international standards and conventions. The project to implement BDB will include deployment of software and migration of existing data. Implementation of the new system is scheduled to begin mid-September 2018, with completion in the spring of 2019.

 

Geodatastyrelsen (GST) follows successful CARIS software integrations in the other Nordic countries. In 2016, Teledyne CARIS was awarded two major implementation contracts providing both Bathy DataBASE™ (BDB) for survey data management and Hydrographic Production Database™ (HPD) for chart production to The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto. In 2015, Teledyne CARIS was awarded a major implementation contract providing Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Other successful implementations in the Baltic Sea region include solutions for the Norwegian, German, Polish, Latvian, Netherlands, and United Kingdom hydrographic agencies.

Fast Sampling Tilt Recorder

For use on subsea gear and underwater vehicles Star-Oddi announces a new product in the Starmon data logger series, the Starmon tilt.

The logger measures three directional acceleration, tilt angle (X, Y, Z axis), pressure/depth and temperature. Starmon tilt is designed with a fast response temperature probe. The time constant is only 2 seconds which makes it ideal for profile measurements when going through different temperature layers down the water column. It also makes it ideal for ROV and fishing gear studies.

 

For acceleration-tilt it is possible to record as fast as 100 measurements per second (100 Hz) and down to 10 Hz for all sensors.   
The large memory size can store 3.3 million recordings for each parameter.

Battery life depends on the sampling interval but lasts over a decade on a 1 minute interval as an example. The durable instrument has a replaceable battery.

 

The robust housing makes it ideal for studying movements and behavior of fishing gear and subsea equipment. Mounting brackets are available for making attachment easier. Various depth ranges are available up to 2000 m maximum.

 

The user can view a 3-D image of the logger in an application software, showing the tilt angle at each data point. Automated animation playback of the orientation changes can be activated.

For further information, visit www.star-oddi.com

 

Wärtsilä equipped Canadian ferry will have minimal environmental impact

A new 92 metre long ferry built for the Canadian operator Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), and fitted with a broad scope of Wärtsilä solutions, has been delivered. The final commissioning of the vessel took place at the Chantier Davie Canada shipyard in June 2018.

 

The MV Armand-Imbeau II will operate on LNG fuel, and Wärtsilä’s vast experience and capabilities in delivering a fully integrated system comprising the dual-fuel engines, the fuel storage, control and supply system, and extended project management, was the key factor in the award of the contract. By operating the vessel on clean burning LNG fuel, STQ – Québec Province ferries operator – will minimise the environmental impact of its operations. The decision is also in line with the Québec’s Maritime Strategy, which seeks to protect the integrity of the province’s river and marine ecosystem.

 

The full scope of Wärtsilä’s supply comprises four Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines, the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, control and supply system, an Integrated Automation System (IAS), the Power Management System (PMS), the electric drive system, the Wärtsilä communication and control center, on-site management and project integration engineering.

 

The ferry will operate on the Saguenay river on the Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine route. It is capable of carrying more than 430 passengers and 110 cars or 16 tractor units.

 

Wärtsilä has earlier supplied the dual-fuel engines and LNGPac system for MV F.-A.-Gauthier, the first LNG fueled ferry owned by STQ. It was built in Italy and delivered in 2015.

 

The technology group Wärtsilä is at the forefront of harnessing the changes taking place in the shipping industry to deliver high efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability for its customers. By orchestrating these developments through the use of high levels of connectivity and digitalisation, Wärtsilä intends to lead the industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem.

 

For further information www.wartsila.com

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

IMCA Contracts and Insurance Seminar, 20 September 2018, UK

Venue: Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG

 

The full programme for ‘Back to the Negotiating Table – Working Together’, the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Contracts & Insurance Seminar has been published. Being held on the afternoon of 20 September at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, it will be chaired by Nathalie Louys, Chair of IMCA’s Contracts & Insurance Committee and Subsea 7’s General Counsel.

 

Three highly topical themes will be examined at the half-day seminar: ‘Ethics and compliance – a shared challenge’; ‘Achieving a FAIR and sustainable risk allocation’; and a panel discussion ‘Working together: realigning the risk foundations for long term success’. A networking reception will be held immediately after the Seminar.

 

The topics will be addressed by speakers from oil companies including Ryan Hartman, BP’s Vice President, Ethics & Compliance; and John Prowting of Chevron. Contractors will be represented by Subsea 7’s Andrew Hayward, Group Head of Compliance and Ethics; Todd Krammers of McDermott; Simona Livia Rasini, Head of Business Integrity, Saipem; and David Blackmon of Heerema Marine Contractors and Vice-Chairman of IMCA Contracts & Insurance Committee. Legal and insurance specialists speaking will be Clare Kempkens of KL Gates LLP; Simon Moore of Stephenson Harwood LLP; and Nick Coffery and Joe Brennan both of INDECS.

 

Allen Leatt will be speaking on The challenge of delivering large complex projects’ at the seminar.

 

The full programme and link to registration is at www.imca-int.com/events/contracts-insurance-seminar-2018-london/ with further information available from [email protected] or from +44 (0) 20 7824 5523.

Teledyne Marine / DASCO Equipment Joint Users Conference, 18-19 September, Nova Scotia, Canada

Teledyne Marine and local manufacturers’ representative, DASCO Equipment, have announced the availability of the schedule for their jointly hosted Users’ Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on September 18-19, 2018.  This event, which will concentrate on oceanographic and hydrographic technology, will include customer presentations, product / software training, on-water demonstrations, and the opportunity to consult with Teledyne’s technology experts.  As with Teledyne Marine’s other workshops, this User Conference will encourage idea sharing, lessons learned and networking opportunities in a relaxed, yet highly productive, environment ideally suited for learning and engagement.

 

Full event details, including the schedule and online registration can be found at:  http://www.teledynemarine.com/events/canadian-users-conference-2018/

 

Find out more about the unique Ping-to-Chart™ solution by visiting www.teledynecaris.com

From Tyneside to Asia…Wallsend company uses its expertise to help save the planet

The region was proudly represented at a recent international event in Sarawak, Malaysia attended by some of the world’s most innovative and creative minds with the aim of trying to find solutions to a host of global environmental and conservation challenges.

 

The two engineers, Andrew Ambrose-Thurman and Hua Khee Chan both from Wallsend-based pioneering subsea and engineering company, Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD), took part in “Make for the Planet Borneo” which was hosted by Conservation X Labs at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress event.

 

The gathering brought together 15 teams consisting of some of the world’s leading engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, coders, makers, and creative thinkers to help solve global conservation challenges.

Here are just some of the many wonderful conservation ideas that Andrew and Hua Khee helped to develop during the international event. They included:

 

Coral Reef Mapping Drone – designing equipment to map coral reefs at high resolution, speed of capture, positioning, low cost and repeatability at a time when the oceans are at high risk from pollution.

Ocean Orchards – to create new large-scale fish habitat with lanes for fishing boats, in order to make millions of tonnes of new fish in response to global fish stocks being in decline over the past decade.

Garbage Star – a low cost tool that grows fish and collects discarded plastics at the same time.

Plank of Cameras – high resolution cameras made from mobile phone parts for measuring plastic in rivers.

 

For further information about Make for the Planet Borneo please visit www.makefortheplanet.com/solutions-borneo and to learn more about the pioneering work of SMD please click on www.smd.co.uk.

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

Sonardyne appoints new Global Business Manager for Subsea Asset Monitoring

Underwater engineering and technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. has announced the appointment of Stephen Auld as its new Global Business Manager for Subsea Asset Monitoring.

 

Stephen, who joined Sonardyne last June (2017), takes over the role from Stephen Fasham, who has been promoted to a newly created role within the business focussing on growth and investment opportunities.

 

Sonardyne’s portfolio of acoustic positioning, sonar imaging, data logging and wireless communications technologies is already well established in the offshore energy sector across a range of applications, including leak detection, riser monitoring, reservoir surveillance and pipeline creep.

 

Before joining Sonardyne last year, Stephen was Business Development Manager at Liquid Robotics Oil and Gas, which was a joint venture between oilfield services company Schlumberger and Liquid Robotics Inc. Before joining Liquid Robotics, Stephen was Managing Director at CodaOctopus Products Ltd.

 

For more information read the full article;  https://www.sonardyne.com/sonardyne-appoints-global-business-manager-for-subsea-asset-monitoring/

JOB POSTINGS

EGS International Ltd are recruiting junior hydrographic surveyors, Hampshire, UK

Full time, Permanent

 

EGS (International) Ltd are recruiting junior hydrographic surveyors to join the team. Positions are for joint site/office roles. Site work can be anywhere in the world and last from a few days up to two months. Office work is in the EGS office in Bordon, Hampshire. As a junior surveyor you will be mainly involved with multibeam data acquisition, online QC and data processing. However you may also, under direction from senior hydrographic surveyors, get involved with all aspects of a project to include; tendering, survey planning, vessel mobilisation, equipment calibration/verification, survey acquisition, data QC, data processing, processing QC and final reporting. Working in small survey teams on complex projects, you will be acquiring high quality bathymetric data.  You may also be involved in the acquisition of other geophysical datasets (side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer, multi-channel seismics, CPT, Vibrocore and grab sampling).

 

Requirements

Essential

University degree in Hydrography or a closely related marine discipline.

Self-motivated, with the ability to work well under pressure in a team environment.

Eligible to work in the UK and possess a full UK driving licence.

 

Desirable

Equipment knowledge of Kongsberg MBES, Applanix POS MV, Sonardyne USBL.

Acquisition experience of these or similar: QINSy, Kongsberg SIS, Sonardyne Ranger.

Processing MBES using: Caris HIPS & SIPS, QINSy Qloud, Qimera.

Current medical, BOSIET/FOET certificates are an advantage.

You must live within or be willing to relocate to a commutable distance of the EGS office in Bordon, Hampshire

 

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to: The HR Manager, EGS International Ltd, Unit 27 Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants GU35 9QE or email: [email protected]

EGS International ltd are recruiting experienced hydrographic surveyors, Hampshire, UK

Fulltime, permanent

 

EGS (International) Ltd are recruiting experienced hydrographic surveyors to join the team. Positions are for joint site/office roles. Site work can be anywhere in the world and last from a few days up to two months. Office work is in the EGS office in Bordon, Hampshire. As an experienced surveyor, you will be involved with all aspects of a project to include; tendering, survey planning, vessel mobilisation, equipment calibration/verification, survey acquisition, data QC, data processing, processing QC and final reporting. Working in small survey teams on complex projects, experienced surveyors will be acquiring high quality bathymetric data.  You will also be involved in the acquisition of other geophysical datasets (side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer, multi-channel seismics, CPT, Vibrocore and grab sampling) and working closely with the engineering department to assist in troubleshooting of any equipment related issues. Experience in online QC to ensure that the data is meeting client specifications is essential.

Experience in processing UK nautical charting datasets is highly desirable.

 

Requirements

Essential

University degree in Hydrography or a closely related marine discipline.

Eligible to work in the UK and possess a full UK driving licence.

Self-motivated, with the ability to work well under pressure in a team environment.

Equipment knowledge of these systems or similar: Kongsberg MBES, Applanix POS MV, Sonardyne USBL.

 

Acquisition experience of these or similar: QINSy, Kongsberg SIS, Sonardyne Ranger.

Processing experience using these or similar: Caris HIPS & SIPS, QINSy Qloud, Qimera.

Experience of working in the shallow inshore environment.

 

Desirable

Party Chief experience.

Current medical, BOSIET/FOET certificates.

You must live within or be willing to relocate to a commutable distance of the EGS office in Bordon, Hampshire

 

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to: The HR Manager, EGS International Ltd, Unit 27 Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants GU35 9QE or email: [email protected]

EGS International Ltd are recruiting a HSEQ Manager, Hampshire, UK

Full time, Permanent

 

An experienced HSEQ Manager is required to join the EGS International team.  Reporting to the Directors, you will be responsible for providing HSEQ support and advice across the business. You should be fully conversant with ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO45001 auditing standards and have demonstrable experience in an HSE role.

 

Responsibilities for this role will include:

Manage and maintain the HSE and Quality Management Systems

Produce HSEQ documentation, risk assessments for office, site and safety files

Delivery of training and advisory sessions to personnel and contractors when required.

Office and site induction

Reporting, analysis/examination and follow up all HSEQ incidents

Preparation of HSEQ documentation for inclusion in PQQ’s and Tenders

Act as Management Representative and competent person for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO45001

You will be primarily office based (though some site work will be required), with the ability to work well under pressure and in a team environment.

 

Desired skills, knowledge and experience:

CMIOSH/NEBOSH or similar qualifications.

Minimum 5 years of experience in a Senior or similar reporting position

Well organised and self-motivated, ability to work within high pressure situations and to tight delivery deadlines

Proficient user of Microsoft Office

Ability to ensure consistent in-house document style/format is maintained

 

You must live or be willing to relocate to a commutable distance of the EGS office in Bordon, Hampshire

 

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to: The HR Manager, EGS International Ltd, Unit 27 Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants GU35 9QE or email: [email protected]

 

OceanWise seek a Front-End Web Systems Developer

OceanWise has an excellent opportunity for a ‘front-end web systems developer’ to

join its growing team that specialises in providing leading-edge marine data

acquisition, management and publishing.

 

The right candidate will be responsible for developing intuitive and scalable interfaces

for customer-facing SaaS applications, managing OceanWise’ online presence, and

contributing to web-based projects for customers.

 

Working within a team, the candidate will take command of projects from start to

finish, using technologies such as AJAX, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 to make

the user interface ‘pop’.

 

A knowledge of the marine environment is advantageous, but not essential. More

important is that the applicant is a professional developer with 3-5 years’ experience

who is seeking new challenges in this exciting sector.

 

More details and a downloadable pdf can be found at:

https://www.oceanwise.eu/about-us/careers/

 

To apply email  [email protected] , with their CV and covering

letter/email explaining how they are suitable for the role

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