Issue 549
28 August 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

ASV Global and TerraSond complete 5,639km unmanned survey

ASV Global and TerraSond are pleased to announce the successful completion of a hydrographic survey for charting off the coast of Alaska.

 

The 10,649km survey was carried out by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 unmanned vessel alongside the Q105 survey ship acting as the mother vessel. Fitted with a multibeam echosounder, the C-Worker 5 carried out 53% of the survey.

 

This operation marks ASV Global and TerraSond’s fourth unmanned charting survey for NOAA in as many years. The total unmanned survey lines completed now stands at almost 15,000km.

 

Throughout the operation the C-Worker 5 was remotely monitored using ASV Global’s ASView™ control system from a station on TerraSond’s mother ship. ASView™ used exported .dxf survey lines from the TerraSond survey planning system to autonomously execute an accurate survey with minimal human intervention.

 

For more information visit www.asvglobal.com.

M2 Subsea completes North Sea survey and inspection project with Ithaca Energy

M2 Subsea, the global independent provider of ROV services, has completed a contract with Ithaca Energy UK Limited to conduct a subsea system survey of a North Sea field.

 

The company deployed the Go Electra multi-service vessel equipped with a Triton XLX work class ROV to the Stella field, located 280km off Aberdeen with a water depth of 85m.

 

The scope of work included the survey and inspection of subsea systems including pipelines and subsea structures. M2 Subsea mobilised a team from its Aberdeen headquarters this month to carry out the work.

 

For further information visit https://www.m2subsea.com/media/

JW Fishers gives back to the community

JW Fishers Mfg., Inc. takes pride in being a family owned and operated business and believes in giving back to communities whenever possible. Over the past 50 years, JW Fishers has donated equipment or gift certificates to many deserving organisations. The company has developed a complete line of underwater search equipment that is offered in times of need. JW Fishers products have helped many individuals including dive rescue squads, public safety dive teams, police departments, and fire departments locate drowning victims and weapons used in the commission of a crime.

 

This past year, a SAR-1 underwater metal detector was donated to Dan Lieb, President of the New Jersey Historical Divers Association, Inc. The SAR-1 was specifically designed for use by dive teams attempting to locate objects in low visibility environments. The SAR-1 was used as raffle prize and the money collected helped with the restoration of the historic building which is home to the New Jersey Shipwreck Museum at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ. The proceeds will also go toward updating the electrical system to current code.

 

Members of the NJ Historical Divers exhibited the SAR-1 at the Ocean Wreck Divers annual flea market in Tom’s River, NJ. More than two hundred attendees saw the SAR-1 and many given a demonstration of the detector in action. A number of artifacts were buried and scattered throughout a sandbox. Individuals were asked to locate the buried objects with the detector. This allowed the end user to experience the SAR’s effectiveness and ease of operation. The detector was also exhibited at the Beneath the Sea show (largest consumer trade show of its kind) in New Jersey. Several thousand attendees saw the SAR-1 and many tried it out, and had fun finding the artifacts. Approximately two hundred raffle tickets were sold, helping the NJ Historical Divers Association meet their fund-raising goal.

 

For more information visit www.jwfishers.com

Teledyne Oceanscience and Survey Equipment Services team up for custom sensor integrations

Teledyne Marine is proud to announce the addition of Survey Equipment Services (SES) out of Katy, TX, as the first authorized Value Added Reseller (VAR) under Teledyne Oceanscience for the Z-Boat 1800 unmanned surface vessel.  SES has a successful history of selling and supporting the Teledyne Oceanscience Z-Boat 1800 and is now under agreement with Teledyne to integrate and support new technologies and sensors on the Z-Boat 1800 that are beyond the standard sensor suite offered by the company.

 

For further information visit www.teledynemarine.com

Caintech expand hydrographic services with purchase of NORBIT iWBMS

NORBIT are proud to announce the supply of an iWBMS (Integrated Wideband Multibeam System) to Caintech Ltd. With NORBIT iWBMS capability, Caintech will be benefiting from the latest generation sonar technology performance allowing flexible installation options for both vessel deployment and on their forth coming delivery of a Seafloor Systems EchoBoat USV.

 

With a truly fully integrated and tightly coupled multibeam survey system, the NORBIT iWBMS provides high data quality and ease of use for Caintech who will operate in often interesting and challenging environmental conditions. Benefiting from high resolution and wide coverage, the NORBIT system will be initially used for a number of marine engineering inspection applications.

 

For further information visit www.norbit.com/subsea

RipTide Selects Teledyne RD Instruments DVL for Vehicle Navigation

Teledyne RD Instruments’ (TRDI) new ultra-compact 600 kHz Pathfinder Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) has been selected by Riptide to provide precision navigation capability for their Micro UUV for a recent order for the US Navy.  The Pathfinder delivers a small form factor, advanced features, and Teledyne’s extensive track-record for delivering proven navigation solutions.   Riptide’s Micro UUV has quickly gained favor within the marine industry for its highly flexible, open source design, which provides users with an affordable platform well suited for new autonomy, power system, subsea sensor, and payload development.

 

Riptide continues to work closely with Teledyne RDI and other Teledyne Marine brands to integrate leading edge enabling technologies into their innovative autonomous solutions.

 

For more information visit www.rdinstruments.com & https://riptideas.com/

IMCA’s freelance personnel competence portfolio goes live

Competence portfolios are increasingly important to potential employers. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has developed an electronic document that enables freelance or agency professionals to demonstrate their experience and competence.

 

The IMCA freelance e-portfolio, made available initially for offshore survey roles in April 2018, provides competence assurance to contractors and their clients. Similar material for ROV personnel is being prepared for release before the end of 2018, and there is considerable interest in extending the concept for use by diving personnel.

 

Further information on the e-portfolio is available free of charge at www.imca-int.com/core/competence-training/competence/assessment-e-portfolios/

 

Huon Aquaculture doubles falcon fleet

Huon Aquaculture has boosted investment in underwater robotic technology by doubling their fleet of Saab Seaeye Falcons to four vehicles. The two new Falcons will join the fleet to inspect nets, rigging and moorings at Huon’s aquaculture pens.

 

The pens are positioned in areas of strong current and rough water favoured for salmon farming as it mimics their natural habitat. Designed for such strong currents and turbulent waters, the Falcon can remain steady under robust conditions whilst undertaking delicate or rugged tasks and manoeuvre with precision as needed.

 

The Falcon’s iCON behaviour-based intelligent control architecture offers precise positioning and active station-keeping to let the operator concentrate on the task in hand thereby reducing their workload.

 

Huon sees the Falcon as ideal for aquaculture operations as its low profile allows deployment sideways between a walkway and the net. They also like that its thrusters have no shaft seals to service or inspect and no oil within the vehicle.

 

The vehicle’s intelligent control system allows for a wide range of equipment to be easily added and changed for many different tasks.

 

By adopting the Falcon concept, Huon has chosen the most popular vehicle of its class in the world. Its global success comes from having packed five powerful thrusters and an intelligent distributed control system into a compact 1 x 0.5 x 0.6 metre versatile system that can operate at 300m and 1000m and has been proven worldwide since 2002.

 

For further information visit  www.saabseaeye.comwww.huonaqua.com.au

 

New Application of acoustic zooplankton fish profiler used to examine the onset of hypoxia using cyanobacteria as marker

Urban freshwater environments are often being exposed to nutrient loading through groundwater movement and runoff of potent fertilizers. These nutrients impose imbalances that influence biological and chemical processes. The impacts are generally negative, causing onsets of algal blooms and widespread fluctuations in oxygen levels. Through an ongoing monitoring program, Rob Bowen of Diversified Scientific Solutions has been conducting surveys of dissolved oxygen, pH, oxidation-reduction potential, temperature, nitrogen and phosphorous at Swan Lake, in Victoria, BC.

 

Cyanobacteria play a key role in the oxygen production in this system as there is an abundance of the species Aphanizomenon flos-aquae. Over the last three years, it has been observed that the lake experiences a dramatic collapse of oxygen in the late summer leading to hypoxia and fish kills. Using a drop-down camera, pre-hypoxic conditions have shown an abundance of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae throughout the water column. Once hypoxia is established, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae die and drop to the bottom of the lake.

 

In this study, an ASL Environmental Sciences’ Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) will be deployed over the late summer to collect data during this transitional period. There are a growing number of successful ocean deployments for this instrument to detect zooplankton and fish presence and abundance. Because Aphanizomenon flos-aquae are relatively large acoustic targets, it is hopeful that this new application of the AZFP will provide valuable insights into the dynamics of this freshwater system.

 

For further information visit www.aslenv.com

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

Operators and Inspectors spotting a trend in gaps of seafarers basic knowledge in ECDIS.

The seafarer’s results during the on-line 1.27 Generic tests almost perfectly marry the recently published list of observations made by inspectors.  There is still clearly knowledge gaps, in particular with the new S52 PL 4.0 updates.

 

Over 1000 users in August 2018 alone have refreshed their annual competency in IMO ECDIS 1.27 Generic with the ECDIS Ltd World renown course which is now on-line at a non-profit price, or available for download.

 

for more info visit: www.eMaritimeTraining.com

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

Greensea appoints new applications engineer, service manager

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA®, the universal open software architecture for the marine industry, has recently announced the appointment of Regina Yopak as Applications Engineer, Service Manager. Regina comes to Greensea with extensive at-sea experience having spent several tours as Lead Navigator and Mapping Specialist on board E/V Nautilus for the Ocean Exploration Trust. In addition to her offshore experience, Regina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Environmental Science, and a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Greensea Systems, Inc. is a global leader in advanced robotic systems for high-level tasking, interoperability, and intervention. Greensea’s OPENSEA ® operating platform provides a fully-distributed, open software framework for highly integrated systems across all brands of sensors, devices, and equipment while cutting-edge technologies for navigation and autonomy elevate system intelligence.

 

Since opening in Richmond, Vermont in 2006, the company has successfully installed Greensea systems on over 800 manned, unmanned, surface, and subsea vehicles.

 

To learn more, visit www.greensea.com

JOB POSTINGS

Fugro GB (North) Marine Ltd have a current vacancy for a Tendering Project Manager based in Aberdeen, UK

Permanent, Full time

Closing date: 4th September 2018

A competitive salary accompanied by an attractive package.

 

The position of Tendering Project Manager is jointly responsible for business acquisition and marketing functions of Fugro.  They will be tendering and negotiating for contracts and will participate in business development and client liaison and relationship management in support of the business strategy and performance targets.

 

Specific responsibilities include:

Liaising with Clients on a regular basis and develop sound business relationships

Marketing of business line services within geographical areas of Fugro

Liaising with other Fugro entities in joint commercial activities

Preparation of pre-qualification and tender documentation in accordance with Fugro common IMS in consultation with Business Line Managers

Negotiation of contract terms in consultation with the Contracts Manager

Handover of contract information to Project managers in accordance with Fugro common IMS

Providing support to others in the Commercial Department

Assessing and identifying project risk at the pre-proposal stage

Keeping informed of Fugro capacities and capabilities in business lines and in general.

 

The right candidate will have broad commercial, technical or project management experience, preferably in the survey sector of the oil and gas industry but consideration will be given to high caliber candidates from other oil and gas sectors.  The role will be based in Aberdeen (UK) and may involve infrequent domestic and international travel.  Fugro are looking for candidates who are professional, reliable and efficient. Fugro require first class communicators that have a proactive and systematic approach with a cooperative attitude.

 

To apply visit  www.fugro.com/careers.

FUGRO have a current vacancy for Hydrographic Surveyor, Offshore/ Portchester, Hampshire, UK

Permanent, full-time

Closing Date: 16 September 2018

 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for hydrographic surveyors to join Fugro, one of the world’s leading global hydrographic and geophysical survey companies. You will be required to work with hydrographic and geophysical data acquired by survey vessels from around the world. The roles will involve office-based and offshore work. Graduate and experienced candidates are welcome to apply.

 

Key Responsibilities:

Acquire, quality-control, process and report hydrographic data. Datasets include but are not limited to multibeam echosounder, multibeam backscatter, GNSS and USBL;

Mobilisation and demobilisation of vessels;

Assist with tendering and commercial work;

Assist with equipment maintenance;

Author, update and follow work instructions and procedures;

Train and supervise less experienced staff in hydrographic survey methods;

Ensure adherence to current QHSSE policies and practices;

Work closely with other Fugro survey teams worldwide.

Qualifications:

A qualification in hydrography or closely-related subject is essential;

A Bachelor’s degree or higher in hydrography or closely-related subject is desirable but not essential.

 

Key Skills:
The following attributes are essential:

Good English language skills, verbal and written;

Experience of an industry-standard hydrographic software package (Applanix POSPac; CARIS HIPS/SIPS; Fugro Starfix; QPS QINSy);

Understanding of hydrographic survey principles;

Excellent computer literacy, including working experience of Microsoft Office;

Excellent attention to detail, quality and safety;

Able to work flexible hours and travel when required;

Able to work offshore for periods of up to 6 weeks.

The following attributes are desirable:

Experience of working offshore;

Experience in defence, oil and gas, ocean science, renewables and/or survey industries.

 

To apply and for more details please visit: https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3948

Teledyne Marine current job vacancy for a Hydrographic Surveyor, UK

Due to continued growth Teledyne Marine is looking for a Hydrographic Surveyor to join the team in the UK. The Hydrographic Surveyor plays an integral role in the success of Teledyne Marine’s Engineering Services department and we are looking for a highly motivated, skilled, quality minded and well organised individual, who is willing and able to see technically complex projects through to their completion. The position is based out of Teledyne Marine’s facilities in Aberdeen.

 

Responsibilities / Activities:

Manage the installation and commissioning of integrated multibeam survey systems, involving:

Sensor integration design.

Vessel installation management, dimensional control and calibrations.

Authoring and executing acceptance test protocols.

Training and customer support.

Precise, prompt and courteous customer support, technical help and training.

Assigned to the 24/7 after-hours support hot lines on a rotational basis.

Provides same-day response for customer-support related calls and emails during normal working hours.

Prepare technical documentation and drawings for hydrographic survey solutions.

Perform internal product testing, support and feedback into research and development.

The position is expected to include between 120 and 150 travel days per year.

Daily availability, to include evenings and weekends when necessary, to reach goals and deadlines.

 

Qualifications, Experience & Skills:

Degree level qualification in a hydrographic survey related discipline. (Cat A or similar)

Multibeam surveying experience in the hydrographic industry at a minimum of 3 to 5 years.

In depth knowledge of at least one of the leading hydrographic software packages for multi­beam survey.

Experience installing and configuring hydrographic equipment and software is an advantage

Excellent communication and customer liaison skills, both written and oral.

Experienced speaking effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization in presentations, training and Q&A seminar.

Self-motivated, and able to work independently.

Ability to work internationally in a team environment and build relationships with internal and external partners.

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Only candidates that are EU or EEA citizens or who already have permanent residence and working permit to the UK will be considered for the position.

 

More information is available at http://bit.ly/2w8gZXH

To apply, please email your CV with a covering letter to [email protected]

 

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