Issue 550
04 September 2018:


Bibby HydroMap trials new Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel – DriX

UK-based survey specialist Bibby HydroMap have announced the successful completion of testing of ‘DriX’, the 8-metre Autonomous Unmanned Survey Vessel (AUSV) developed by iXblue.


Designed to provide a true extension of survey capability from shallow and inshore waters to a full offshore environment, DriX is a new breed of AUSV that is the first autonomous survey platform to truly rival the performance of a traditional survey vessels. The versatile system has the ability to accommodate a hydrographic and geophysical survey payload and to aid positioning of underwater vehicles, facilitating data collection on a variety of marine projects.


The key purpose of the trials, covering a 5-day period, was to rigorously test the performance and survey capabilities of DriX in a demanding marine environment. Testing took place in and around the Gwynt Y Môr offshore wind farm, operated by Innogy Renewables UK Ltd. The 576MW offshore wind farm is in a tidally-challenging area off the North Wales coast and is the fourth largest operating offshore windfarm in the world.


Specific locations of interest were identified within the wind farm environment to provide a direct comparison with conventional survey methodologies. Fitted with a Teledyne RESON SeaBat IDH T50 multibeam echosounder, the system was able to acquire unprecedentedly clean bathymetry at speeds greater than 8 knots, remaining on the intended survey line  in cross-tides in excess of 1.5 knots.


With a unique hydrodynamic gondola housing the payload, DriX has

been designed to dramatically reduce the amount of aeration around the multibeam echosounder. During the trials, a significant improvement was realised when compared to the conventional deployment methods seen with the majority of vessel-mounted multibeam echosounder systems.


During operations QPS’s Qimera Live was running on board DriX but controlled by technical staff on the support vessel enabling the fully-processed multibeam echosounder data to be downloaded straight from DriX at the end of each mission. All data is processed in real-time from the support vessel with very little need for further processing ashore, shortening processing timescales and speeding up delivery of critical information.


Bibby HydroMap feel confident that DriX has the potential to significantly reduce survey and operational costs for asset owners and operators in the future, whilst reducing the exposure of offshore staff to unpredictable and challenging marine environments.


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FUGRO acquires data in frontier region seep hunting programme offshore eastern Canada

Fugro has successfully completed the geophysical acquisition portion of a 2018 Carson Basin seep hunting programme offshore eastern Canada. The workscope covers an area of 18,875 square kilometres in water depths from 300 to 3,300 metres in this frontier region offshore Newfoundland. From its deepwater survey vessel, Fugro Searcher, Fugro acquired multibeam echosounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column) and sub-bottom profiler data which were used to interpret geologic features and optimise target selection for geochemical sampling and heat flow measurements.


The second portion of the programme – coring for geochemical sampling, shipboard geochemical screening analyses and heat flow measurements – commences in August, once targets are agreed upon by geoscientists at Fugro and Nalcor Energy, an investor in the programme. Shore-based, advanced geochemical analyses, including isotopes and biomarkers on selected samples, will be coordinated by Amplified Geochemical Imaging, Inc., Fugro’s partner on this project.


The data package and final, integrated report will be available in early 2019; these will help exploration and production companies to evaluate lease options for Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2019 licensing round later that year.


These data will continue to be useful throughout the life of the field for any clients purchasing data licences. A variety of further investigations – establishing environmental baselines and habitat mapping, evaluating seafloor geohazards, and preliminary planning for field development – ensures the data will deliver long-term value to these companies.


In offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, purchases of geoscience data programmes in advance of a licence round may be eligible to be applied to the work commitment bid in the event of a successful bid in the licence round.


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First-of-its-kind scientific project possible thanks to R2Sonic MultiBeam EchoSounder

With the increasing concern on global warming, there is a strong focus on methane emissions from the seafloor.


Indeed, today large quantities of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, are trapped within the seafloor in the form of so-called gas hydrates, solid ice-like deposits, which are only stable at particular conditions of high pressure and low temperature.  As a result, only a small volume of methane bubbles up into the ocean and therefore the quantity reaching the atmosphere is not threatening despite its greenhouse effect.   However, there is a concern that with the temperature increase of oceans, the seafloor methane hydrate deposits will dissociate, which would result in a greater volume of methane released in the ocean, and potentially reaching the atmosphere, and therefore causing a high risk for Humanity.


Scholars at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany, and the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA are working on a project called M3, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that consists in monitoring the natural release of methane at the Southern Hydrate Ridge (SHR) off the coast of Oregon State.


This real-time monitoring is performed by a MultiBeam EchoSounder (MBES).  Until recently it was unconceivable to envision a long-term monitoring due to the high power consumption of the MBES.  Once more, R2Sonic is breaking barriers:  the MBES Sonic 2022 offers high performances while ensuring low power consumption, making the M3 project possible.  The objective is to conduct this project over 2+ years in order to gather as much data as possible to help scientists determine if there is a relationship with ocean warming and volume of methane release in the ocean.


The Sonic 2022 is mounted on a tripod that lays on the seafloor, and is connected to the Regional Cabled Array of the Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI), an underwater cabled observatory funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which provides power supply and two-way communication to the instrument.  The Sonic 2022 rotates 360° to survey the ocean for methane emissions in all directions.


The project was initiated in 2017 and the MBES was recently deployed in June 2018.

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Expansion and enhancement of the FSI ACM-plus family of current, wave, and tide meters

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. (FSI) is pleased to announce the expansion of the well-established ACM-PLUS Family of Current, Wave, and Tide measurement instruments to include new features and options.


The PLUS Family is capable of long-term unattended deployments because of its low battery power consumption and expanded internal data memory. These instruments also have a standard real-time data port which customers can remotely access via cables, acoustic modems, inductive modems, AIS AtoN (Aid to Navigation) transmitters, as well as turnkey cellular data plans with cloud based web services through the ThingSpeakTM IoT Analytics Platform.


In the past FSI has offered two standard housings – a 200 meter version for shallow water applications, and a titanium 7,000 meter version for deep moorings and other full ocean depth deployments. Based on customer feedback FSI has recently updated and requalified the shallow version to be rated to depths of 300 meters. Additionally they have added an anodized aluminum 3,000 meter version to the menu.

Along with the new depth ratings, FSI is announcing the option of integrating an internal pressure sensor to embed real-time depth readings into the instrument’s serial data output. Full-scale accuracies of 0.01% or 0.03% are available. And for those who need it, FSI’s fully integrated CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) module is still available for the 300m and 7,000m versions.


Existing Customers with older 2D-ACM and 3D-ACM models should contact FSI to learn about the cost-effective PLUS-UPGRADE program to refurbish, recalibrate, and update their instruments to get the full benefits of the PLUS architecture. Upgrades can be done at FSI or at its authorized repair centers, and the upgraded instrument will come back to them with a fresh, one-year warranty.


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Wärtsilä at the forefront of radar technology with new solid state offering

The technology group Wärtsilä announces the introduction of its new Nacos Platinum solid state S-Band radar system. This next generation marine radar offering promotes safety via optimised target detection, regardless of the prevailing environmental conditions. Furthermore, the compact design enhances system reliability, while the elimination of a magnetron creates a significant reduction in maintenance costs compared to conventional radar systems.


Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum radar systems are an integral part of the company’s industry-leading navigation offering. They have particularly strong market penetration in the cruise, ferry, and luxury yacht segments. The solid state system is expected to enhance this market position even further. The first units are scheduled for delivery in mid-2019.


The new system will be featured at the SMM conference and exhibition to be held in Hamburg, Germany from September 4 to 7 on the Wärtsilä stands, B6.220 and B6.310.


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Roro tank project resounding success for Hydrex

Hydrex diver/welders have installed a new echo sounder and speed log system in the shell plating of a roro vessel during its scheduled port stay in Eemshaven, a coastal town in the province of Groningen in the north of the Netherlands.


Following an inspection of the vessel’s tank where the echo sounder was to be installed, a small hole was drilled into the shell plating to pinpoint the exact location on the waterside of the hull.


The Hydrex team then built and installed its bespoke mobile drydock system, mobdock, over the area to provide a dry working environment inside the tank without water ingress. A section of the adjacent frame was removed to give welders greater access. The edges of the opening were then prepared for the installation of the echo sounder base flange which was positioned and secured with a full penetration weld.


Following the installation an independent inspector carried out NDT testing of the weld seams. The system valve was then installed on top of the flange by the Hydrex team and the cofferdam removed from the hull.


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TDI-Brooks begins coring program in Brazil for TGS

TDI-Brooks International, Inc (under contract to TGS), has deployed the R/V Proteus to Brazil to begin an offshore coring program with advanced geochemistry analysis.


The program in Brazil follows the successful Gigante and Otos programs in 2016-2017 in the Gulf of Mexico. The multi-client program in Brazil will span over 4 months for the Proteus, to include 330 Piston Cores, 33 JPCs and 33 HF sites, with a second phase to start early 2019. The Proteus will be available on the spot market for projects in Brazil during the 4th Quarter of this year. The 2016-2017 programs covered approximately 289,000 km2 with TDI-Brooks executing over 250 navigated piston cores with 750 baseline petroleum advanced geochemistry analysis, 140+ 20m Jumbo Piston Cores (JPC) for stratigraphic analysis and age dating and 150 heat flow (HF) flow measurements for basin modelling.


TDI-Brooks have a major focus on Environmental Baseline Surveys (EBS) offshore Mexico over the past 24 months. In 2017, we conducted EBS projects for Chevron (Block 3), Total (Block. 2) and BHP at the Trion development all in the Perdido area.

This year so far they have conducted EBS projects for Total (Block. 15, shallow water), Petronas (Block. 6, shallow water) and Chevron (Block. 22, deep-water) with three (3) upcoming EBS projects for DEM in blocks 30, 16 and 17. We will follow on to BP’s Block 34.


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New 100% grant scheme making waves in marine technology innovation

The new Rapid Innovation Grant scheme is now available through Marine-i and is attracting considerable interest from innovative marine technology businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the new scheme is a stream of the Marine Challenge Fund. It offers 100% grants of up to £2000 to businesses in order move their idea or innovation to the next level. The grant can be used to purchase services or equipment.


Ocean Hydraulics in Redruth is the first business to receive grant funding through the scheme. Freelance engineer Mike Curnow has traded as Ocean Hydraulics since 2003. He has engineered a wide number of innovative products for the offshore sub-seabed site investigation and construction industries, both in the UK and overseas.


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INNOVATUM’s pre-lay magnetisation of subsea cable

INNOVATUM’s pre-lay magnetisation of subsea cable is becoming an essential part of the “go to” solution  for achieving verified Depth of Bury survey results for  windfarm and telecommunications cables. INNOVATUM’s  magnetisation service for subsea cables is seeing a further  surge in demand since July 2018., and is on course to significantly  excede the forecast number and length of various cables to be magnetised in 2018.


Innovatum’s controlled magnetisation process imprints a magnetically similar signal onto the entire length of the cable, producing steady, repeatable data. This facilitates the detection of the cable by the Innovatum SMARTRAK cable tracking system when deployed to perform the  post- lay Depth of Bury survey. Each cable has a unique magnetic signature, which lasts the life time of the cable.


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ABP Barrow names latest addition to survey vessel fleet in honour of late colleague

The Port of Barrow has celebrated the latest addition to its fleet of survey vessels, the Christine H, by hosting a naming ceremony in memory of a former, valued colleague.


ABP’s new vessel takes her name from ABP Barrow colleague, Christine Holmes, who sadly passed away in July 2017. The team at the Port of Barrow felt it would be a fitting tribute to Christine to name the vessel after her and continue her long association with the port.

A group of ABP customers including Underwater Diving Services, James Fisher and Sons Plc, Bay Towage, as well as Christine’s family and friends, joined ABP’s Short Sea Ports Director, Andrew Harston and ABP colleagues at the event.

Reverend Robin Ham from St George’s Church also attended the naming ceremony, blessing the boat and all attendees. Barrow Sea Cadets were also in attendance and provided a guard of honour for the invited guests.


ABP’s Port of Barrow, together with Garston, Silloth and Fleetwood is part of the North West division of ABP, and together they contribute £550 million to the UK economy.


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Novacavi’s cable solutions chosen for in-situ monitoring down to 4000m depth

Novacavi’s custom cable solutions have been chosen for the new Idronaut VIP Deep Blue probe for the monitoring of trace metals in the aquatic ecosystems down to 4000m depth.


Established in 1975 as a specialist cable manufacturer, Novacavi designs, manufactures and provides in-house bespoke cables matching customers’ exact requirements – even if small quantities are needed in a variety of high-demanding applications.


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Your Chance to showcase your Product line to the Geospatial Audience at GEO Business, London, 21-22 May 2019

As you may already know the Ocean Business team also organise the UK’s largest geospatial technology trade show which is being held in London from 21-22 May 2019.  As more of the technologies cross over from underwater to over ground, we are seeing a growing number of our Ocean Business exhibitors and visitors attending the event. So for 2019 we are excited to introduce a Marine Zone at GEO Business which will has a prime location on the show floor.

Bibby HydroMap were keen to book early and have already committed to a corner location on the Marine Zone. Chris Almond, Business Development Manager said “Having attended as a delegate for several years 2018 was our first time exhibiting. The turnout at the show, especially on our stand combined with our well-attended workshop made exhibiting at 2019 an easy decision. The inclusion of a Marine Zone in 2019 promises to appeal to those participating in geospatial activities in either a coastal, marine or a slightly wet environment.”

The world’s leading manufacturers of 3D visualisation and laser scanners attend GEO Business plus a growing number of companies that offer solutions for working in the subsea and marine environment.   If you are looking to diversify your current product line or already offer solutions that are focused on marine applications for inland waters, rivers and protected harbours – GEO Business will attract the right audience for you.

GEO Business follows a similar format to Ocean Business, the event is FREE to attend and Visitors have the opportunity to meet with more than 200 of the world’s leading geospatial manufacturers and providers plus there are more than 90 workshops that will showcase the latest innovations from across the industry. The 2018 event also had 19 Seminar sessions featuring 68 cutting edge presentations, including Coastal / Inshore, Surveying, Laser scanning and UAV’s.

We hope you are keen to hear more and join us at GEO Business 2019. We have put together a fantastic package especially for the Marine Zone which includes extra publicity and a targeted Marketing campaign. All stands also come with a 30 minute Complimentary workshop session (subject to availability)

To find out more about exhibiting please visit or for further information contact, Sheila Ramaiya, [email protected],  +44(0) 1453 836363

Maritime Law Enforcement and Regulatory Officers from 15 Countries Meet in Yangon, Myanmar for ReCAAP ISC Capacity Building Workshop to Share Best Practices in Combatting Piracy and Sea Robbery in Asia

Twenty-six maritime law enforcement and regulatory officers from 15 countries gathered in Yangon, Myanmar today to participate in a three-day capacity building workshop organised by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and hosted by its Myanmar Focal Point, the Myanmar Navy. The participants are from the Focal Points of 14 ReCAAP Member States and from the maritime law enforcement agency of Malaysia. Focal Points are the government agencies designated by ReCAAP Member States to be the primary points-of-contact for the ReCAAP information sharing network.

The capacity building workshop will feature sharing by local government authorities including the Myanmar Navy, the Myanmar Maritime Police Force and the Myanmar Department of Maritime Administration addressing issues such as inter-agency coordination and port and ship security. In addition, the Bangladesh Coast Guard, the Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Centre (Thai-MECC), the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will present case studies from their respective experiences.

ReCAAP ISC will explain the latest situation of piracy and sea robbery in Asia as well as the roles and functions of ReCAAP Focal Points, while the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore will deliver a lecture on international maritime law and piracy-related regulations. Table top exercises on incident reporting by ReCAAP Focal Points and group discussions on timely and accurate information sharing will be also conducted during the workshop.

The countries participating in the ReCAAP ISC Capacity Building Workshop in Yangon, Myanmar include 14 ReCAAP Member States (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam) and Malaysia.

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Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 3 – Mini Projects

The latest round of the A4I programme from Innovate UK and its partners (NPL, NEL, LGC & STFC) has now opened! Up to £3M is available in total for this round. But you need to be quick to take advantage of this opportunity as the first stage of problem submission closes at noon on 6th September.

The first two rounds of the Analysis for Innovators programme has helped many companies to overcome problems that limited productivity by helping companies to use the expertise and facilities at NPL, LGC, NEL and STFC.

A4I is a very different programme from Innovate UK – as it is designed to help UK businesses address difficult problems that restrict their potential productivity and competitiveness.  The scope is very wide (chemical, physical, biological and computing) but the problems must be of a measurement or analysis nature.

A4I targets real industry problems that exist with existing products and processes. As such it is of interest to companies that have not traditionally considered applying for funding. Any size of business, with any type of measurement or analysis problem, are eligible to apply.

Examples of the companies that were funded under A4I Round 1 can be found at: Analysis for Innovators winning projects

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Marine Measurement Forum #62 – Registrations and Call for Speakers now open - Fugro, Wallingford on 17th October 2018

Fugro are delighted to host the #62 Marine Measurement Forum  on behalf of the committee on 17th October 2018.  The non-profit making Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) series of twice yearly, one day networking seminars is a fantastic opportunity to catch up and network with your peers whilst hearing about  latest developments and technologies in the Marine Measuring world.

Call for Speakers deadline has been set for 28th September 2018  – Readers who would like to offer a presentation at MMF62 should provide a short abstract and professional overview to Chris Janson at Fugro via [email protected]

The event will be held at Fugro House in  Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Lunch and Refreshments are provided.

Places are limited and readers interested in attending the event are urged to register as soon as possible.

To register interest in attending the event please visit 


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.



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.

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CMSourcing are recruiting experienced hydrographic surveyors

Fulltime, permanent position

CMSourcing Ltd are recruiting experienced hydrographic surveyors to join our small team of staff. We are looking for 3 hydrographic surveyors for a combination of site and shore-based processing. Site work would be through CMSourcing, an established agency within the industry. This would be an extremely varied role working for multiple clients on a variety of projects. Data processing in our head office would be through our sister company, CMGeomatics.

University degree in Hydrography.
Eligible to work in Europe without visa restrictions.
Experience in QINSy / Qimera preferred. Experience with Caris HIPS & SIPS or EIVA considered.

3+ years offshore experience

Current medical, BOSIET/FOET certificates, seamans book.

This role does require time away from home, however, no requirement to relocate.

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to: [email protected]

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