Issue 552
18 September 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division selects Sonardyne for underwater vehicle testing ground

Underwater target tracking technology from Houston-based Sonardyne Inc., has been chosen by the US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division for use at its South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF).

 

Located in Maryland, Carderock Division is the U.S. Navy’s research, engineering, modelling, and test centre for surface and undersea technologies. Carderock’s SFOMF provides a demanding open ocean test environment for subsea systems and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) in development for both the Navy and wider maritime industry.

 

To support this work, Carderock Division has ordered Sonardyne’s high accuracy Ranger 2 Ultra Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic tracking system, complete with a GyroUSBL transceiver, Nano and Wideband Sub-Mini 6 Plus (WSM 6+) transponders. Mobilised aboard vessels-of-opportunity, the Ranger 2 system will enable operators to track the precise underwater position of any subsea system or UUV that comes through the SFOMF for testing. The system offers the capability of tracking systems in both shallow and deep water, near the surface and over very long ranges. By purchasing both Nano and WSM 6+ transponders, all sizes of vehicle can be accommodated, from man-portable models through to extra-large (XLUUV) designs.

 

For more information, visit www.sonardyne.com

CGG conducts innovative rich-azimuth multi-client survey nw of shetland

CGG has commenced acquisition of a high-density, rich-azimuth, towed-streamer multi-client survey in the UK West Shetland Basin. The 3,600 sq km survey has received strong industry support and been designed in collaboration with major international oil companies. It focuses on delivering high-resolution seismic data in a prospective but underexplored area north-west of the Shetland Isles over the northern part of the Rona Ridge. A fast-track PreSDM data set will be available in Q1 2019.

 

The innovative acquisition geometry is designed to image multiple targets from shallow Tertiary and Cretaceous plays to complex fractured Devono-Carboniferous reservoirs by undershooting the volcanic intrusions and shallow unconformities present in the area. Two vessels, the Oceanic Vega and the Geo Caribbean, are being deployed. Each vessel operates triple sources using simultaneous source technology.

 

The data will be processed in depth using CGG’s state-of-the-art broadband imaging technology, including advanced de-blending and Full-Waveform Inversion velocity modeling. The final data will be available in mid-2019.

 

For further information visit www.cgg.com

FUGRO begins marine site investigation at iberdrola’s baltic eagle offshore wind farm

Fugro has commenced a marine site characterisation programme at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea. Under a contract worth over €10 million, Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a programme of standard and advanced laboratory testing.

 

The fieldwork takes place between August 2018 and February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Scout. To enhance quality and bring operational efficiency to the project, Fugro will deploy the proven Geobor-S piggy back drilling system, and its team of geophysical, geological and geotechnical experts will complement and optimise the final deliverables.

 

The data will inform the design of the foundations for the wind turbines and offshore substation, which will be installed in water depths of up to 45 metres.

 

With a total capacity of up to 476 megawatts and spanning an area of 35 square kilometres, the Baltic Eagle wind farm is located 30 kilometres off the coast of the German island of Rügen.

 

For more information visit https://www.fugro.com/

Teledyne RDI increases bottom-tracking range by 60% in next generation family of DVL products

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) has announced the release of a new proprietary Extended Range Tracking (XRT) option which is capable of extending the bottom tracking range of its’ Pathfinder and Pioneer Doppler Velocity Logs (DVL) by 60%.  This latest development allows users to attain bottom lock faster and more efficiently than ever before, further increasing user control and confidence during subsea missions.  Extensive in-house and customer testing has proven this extended range in a wide array of conditions and terrains, and in fact, has exceeded design expectations.

 

Teledyne RDI’s DVLs are the long-time industry standard for providing precision navigation solutions for subsea vehicles. The new XRT option is available with new DVL sales, or as a fast and easy, firmware upgrade for customers with existing Pathfinder or Pioneer DVLs.

 

For further information visit  http://www.teledynemarine.com/dvls.

GEBCO-NF Alumni Team completes successful 24-hour sea-trials ahead of competing in $7m Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE final

The GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team has today confirmed the successful completion of its first 24-hour sea-trials, in preparation for the final round of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. The sea-trials assessed various operating protocols and procedures. The team’s progression from the semi-final round was first announced by the XPRIZE at a London award ceremony in March – and having secured sufficient funds and completed significant improvements to its entry, the team has scheduled another two 24-hour sea-trials to be completed before the challenging final round.  The team’s ongoing partnership with The Nippon Foundation has facilitated the technological developments required to “map the gaps” of the world’s ocean floor through participation in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE.

 

The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous, fast, high-resolution ocean exploration.

 

Following their semi-final success, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team has expanded to include more than 70 individuals who are actively working on some aspect of the team concept. Of these, 15 are alumni of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO postgraduate training programme, based at the University of New Hampshire. The alumni represent the 12 countries of Russia, Egypt, South Africa, USA, Mauritius, Peru, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Israel, Poland and Brazil. They benefit from ongoing training and opportunities to cultivate their skills via continuous technology development and sea-trials in preparation for the XPRIZE final.

 

In addition to strengthening human resources, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team has been continually developing their concept, adding new technology and improving systems and processes informed by the lessons learned in the semi-final round. The team’s improved concept utilises a purpose-built Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), rated to operate at depths up to 4,500 metres, which includes all of the company’s most up-to-date technologies. The AUV is supported by a SEA-KIT™ unmanned surface vessel, USV Maxlimer. The SEA-KIT™ vessel has been designed and built by Hushcraft in the UK, and has the unique ability to autonomously launch and recover the AUV.  The surface vessel acts as an active communication link during subsea survey operations.

 

It is hoped that the team’s technology will find wider applications once the XPRIZE is completed, and discussions are ongoing with The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project to see how this might be achieved. Seabed 2030 is an international programme with the goal of mapping the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by 2030, in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14: to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

 

For further information visit https://www.gebco-nf.com/

IOSTIA Announces Industry-First Healthcare Program for Members

In response to challenges of the exploding cost of healthcare coverage in the United States, IOSTIA partners with other industry associations to offer an affordable and accessible solution.

 

The  International Ocean Science & Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA) announces a new program for its U.S.-based members aimed at providing employer members, their employees, and self-employed industry professionals a viable, cost effective, and accessible healthcare program. Entitled the IOSTIA Healthcare Program, this innovative new program couples two ACA-compliant preventative care options, with a medical cost sharing program to cover significant and catastrophic medical events.

 

For further information visit www.iostia.org/healthcare.html

FUELSAVE set to face the co2 challenge

FUELSAVE, the Germany-based manufacturer of the unique fuel saving additive FS Marine+, has applied to become a partner of the CO2 Challenge, the initiative set up by US conglomerate Cargill, entrepreneurial cooperative group Rainmaking and classification society DNV GL.

 

The CO2 Challenge aims to partner with start-ups and technology companies with systems capable of reducing a vessel’s CO2 emissions in line with international climate strategies and targets. Since the initiative was launched in June 2018, it has received some 70 applicants from 20 different countries.

 

While the FUELSAVE application has yet to be assessed, the partners have set strict entry criteria to ensure that only companies with viable technologies capable of reducing a ship’s carbon footprint by 10% can apply.

 

For more information about the CO2 Challenge, visit www.co2-challenge.com.

Dynautics Ltd announces electronics interface to Torqeedo Cruise motors

Dynautics Ltd, the leader in intelligent marine electronics for unmanned boats successfully supplied an electronic interface with Torqeedo Cruise 4 electric outboards motors on Marine Technology Ltd. HydroDron- 1 in Poland.

 

For further information visit www.dynautics.com

Elmeridge Cables Limited are very pleased to announce the launch of their new website

Elmeridge Cables Ltd have launched a new website and are confident it is more user-friendly and easier to navigate. The website lists the core sectors they operate in as well as the individual applications within these sectors, which are updated from time to time so worth bookmarking the site.

 

As well as updating the website they have created a new sharper logo.

 

To view the new website visit www.elmeridge.com

ON THE MOVE

UTEC strengthens its rapidly growing Middle East operations with key appointment

UTEC, a global survey company in subsea services group Acteon, has appointed Nadir Rahmatullah as the commercial and strategy director of its Middle East and Caspian operations.

 

Rahmatullah was most recently managing director of UTEC StarNet, a specialist division of UTEC providing survey, inspection and data management services to the oil and gas, telecommunication, renewables, civil engineering and nuclear sectors. He joined UTEC’s parent company, Acteon Group, under its Pacer Programme, which is designed to attract high-achieving, driven individuals. The programme gave Rahmatullah the opportunity to work at a high level within the group and helped to fast-track him into senior management, including the role of Acteon global head of operations.

 

For more information visit www.utecsurvey.com

Subsea equipment manufacturer Applied Acoustics adding new engineers to its team.

Expansion plans have necessitated the employment of new technical staff at Applied Acoustic Engineering, based in Great Yarmouth, UK.  Recent BSc Electronic Engineering graduate Will Oakey has joined the production area; Will Shave, another BSc qualified engineer, is working on new developments in the company’s seismic profiling systems and HND qualified Sean Evans is using his thirty years of technical expertise to improve the quality and build of the latest sparker systems.

 

Applied Acoustic Engineering is seeking to employ further engineers particularly with electronic design and software skills to work with them on some ambitious projects.

 

For further information visit  www.appliedacoustics.com

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

Registration opens for the NOC’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2018

Registration is now open for the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2018, which will take place from 13-15 November at the waterfront site in Southampton. MATS 2018 promises to be the biggest showcase to date, with a record number of abstracts received and a wide range of exhibitors already on board.

MATS 2018 will feature a packed three-day programme of workshops, talks, demonstrations and networking, presenting a unique and valuable opportunity to find out about the latest developments in marine technology and how this technology is set to develop in the years to come. The event also enables organisations to engage with the NOC to explore opportunities around funding, sharing ideas and getting those ideas in front of influential, high profile users from the marine and maritime industries.

The event will welcome a broad roster of speakers from across academia, industry and government organisations. Each day of the showcase will see leading figures from the world of marine autonomy and technology take to the stage to present on innovative, disruptive technologies, as well as presentations on current developments and future priorities and challenges.

Day one will round off with an icebreaker session featuring posters from NEXUSS students, highlighting research from some of the bright emerging talent that will be coming forward over the next few years. Day two will feature a parallel session from the UK Hydrographic Society, with the day being rounded off with an informal networking supper. New for 2018 will be our series of ‘MAS 101’ sessions, chaired by leading experts on various marine vehicle and technology types, offering a chance to lift the lid on what makes them operate. Further details on this will be announced soon.

Marine autonomy is a transformative technology that continues to generate huge interest from major industry sectors, including offshore renewable energy, oil and gas, and defence, and the showcase event was established by the NOC in 2015 in response to this interest.

Outside of industry, the technology has also captured the public imagination in the last 12 months with the popularity of ‘Boaty McBoatface’, the name given to one of the NOC’s Autosub Long-Range autonomous vehicles. ‘Boaty’ completed its first pioneering under ice mission earlier in the year.

For further information and how to register visit https://conference.noc.ac.uk/mats-2018-delegate-registration

4th European Dredging summit – 6 & 7 March 2019, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Sustainable Vessels & Greener Future

The world in which dredging industry operates, is rapidly changing. Climate changes, regulations, technological innovations and global trade developments with emphasis on sustainability have significant impact on dredging.

 

Where will the effect be felt the most and what business strategies do we see emerging dredging industry in future?

The latest in ACI’s global series of dredging summit will once again bring together leading experts from across the sector for two days of engaging presentations and interactive discussions tackling the latest challenges & opportunities facing the European dredging industry.

 

This event has varied programme, balancing the focuses in different disciplines of the industry.

Hear from an outstanding line-up of the industry’s leading executives and decision makers & network in an informal environment with a relatively small, targeted, senior-level audience from the dredging industry.

Key Topics Include:

 

Future economic trends & keeping up with environmental legislations at European market

The importance of monitoring for effective project development: Measuring, designing and implementing

Challenges and possibilities of being financed by EU

Impacts and benefits of Water Injection Dredging

Environmental Impact of capital dredging & disposal

Cost effective & green solutions: Dredging as the answer to climate changes

Cities & Ports: Improving relationship with local authorities

 

The need of control emission & ensuring new investments: Effective Operations for dredging companies

This senior executive inner circle event will unite leading decision makers in the dredging  community, with an emphasis on environment, governmental policies, technical advances and economical opportunities.

Harbour Masters

Environmental Managers

Heads of dredging departments

Ports engineers

Project developers

Business development managers

Equipment & Technology suppliers

Solution providers

Consultants

Government Officials

Policy Makers

 

For more information and how to register visit https://www.wplgroup.com/aci/event/dredging-summit-europe/

IMCA members are invited to take part in quickfire ‘totally technology’ session at annual seminar, The Netherlands, 28-29 November

The Quickfire ‘Totally Technology’ session has been a regular feature at the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminars.

 

An invitation is extended to all IMCA member companies to present their ideas and innovations to 300 industry leaders at the Annual Seminar taking place at the World Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 28 to 29 November.

 

The proposed presentation and an abstract explaining the technology or innovation in 150 words, plus any supporting video/ photographs /charts /web links, should be submitted to IMCA by 30 September at [email protected]

 

Six companies will be chosen to present in the Quickfire Totally Technology session.
Full information on the Quickfire Technology Session can be found at https://www.imca-int.com/events/imca-annual-seminar-2018-the-hague/quickfire-technology-session/

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

Fugro are delighted to host the #62 Marine Measurement Forum on behalf of the committee on 17 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 28 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 https://www.fugro.com/media-centre/events/event/2018/10/17/default-calendar/marine-measurement-forum-(mmf) 

Meet AXYS at WindEnergy, Hamburg, September 25-28 September

AXYS is exhibiting at the 2018 Global Wind Summit in Hamburg September 25 – 28. AXYS are exhibiting on stand 301.04b which is part of the Canadian Pavilion and located in Hall B1.

 

This event is an ideal opportunity to learn about the latest AXYS FLiDAR WindSentinel enhancements, including work toward becoming the first FLD to reach Stage 3 of the Carbon Trust roadmap. Additionally, AXYS will be providing information about their sea-state monitoring solutions specifically designed for offshore wind farms.

 

AXYS also invite you to:

Learn more about their O&M solutions by visiting the poster – “Reducing the cost of construction, operations & maintenance with real-time sea state data(#302); and  attend the Pre-Construction: Modelling the Wind Resource Session – Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 13:15 – 14:30 chaired by AXYS President & CEO, PS Reilly.

 

To schedule a meeting during the event, please email Breanne Gellatly at [email protected]

Marine Data Management Awareness Course – 16 October 2018, London

IMarEST are hosting a marine data management awareness course. The course shows how effective data management can improve your organisation’s efficiency in data acquisition, storage and analysis. It will ensure you understand data use with respect to corporate risk, re-use, audit and traceability whilst at the same time minimising costs.

 

For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marine-data-management-awareness-course-tickets-48196847067

Conference Marine Minerals: 31 October – 1 November, London

Geological Society of London are hosting a Marine Minerals conference at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

The Geological Society is pleased to host this conference on marine minerals as part of its Year of Resources theme. A wide range of international speakers will attend and panel discussions involving audience and speakers will take place.

 

To register visit  www.geolsoc.org.uk/events or to find out more information visit www.geolsoc.org.uk/marineminerals18

JOB POSTINGS

EGS International Ltd are recruiting experienced geophysicists, Bordon, Hampshire, UK

Full time, Permanent

EGS International Ltd is part of leading international group of companies with offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. EGS provide global specialist multi-disciplinary marine survey support, and deliver solutions to the Renewable, Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Power, Mining and Offshore Construction industries.

Due to an increased workload we are looking for experienced geophysicists to join our expanding geoscience team in Bordon, Hampshire (United Kingdom). The role has both offshore and onshore elements which will allow successful candidates to be part of a variety of different projects, from tendering to the product delivery stage.

Offshore you will be part of a hard-working and dedicated team working on complex projects in global locations. You will be acquiring with high quality geophysical data on a variety of vessels in challenging marine environments. Onshore you will form part of multidisciplinary team delivering our client focused products using industry leading techniques while contributing to the innovation and improvement of processing workflows within the department.

Requirements;

Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar position and a university degree in a Geophysics or related subject.

Experience in offshore windfarm and cable route surveys.

Experience in marine geophysical surveying with a thorough understanding of geophysical techniques and demonstrable experience in acquiring, processing and interpreting geophysical data.

Experience in Kingdom, SonarWiz, Oasis Montaj, RadexPro (or equivalent) and GIS packages is preferred.

Party Chief experience is advantageous.

Site work rotations can be as short as a few days but also up to 6 weeks, therefore the ability to work away from home for long periods is essential.

 

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.

 

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

Joining the EGS team will allow you to expand your skills and knowledge within the marine survey industry and provide you with excellent opportunities to actively develop your career through mentoring and professional training.  EGS offer you a competitive salary, including company pension and the opportunity to join a professional body such as the Geological Society.

 

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, Bordon, Hampshire, UK

Full time, Permanent

 

EGS International Ltd is part of leading international group of companies with offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. EGS provide global specialist multi-disciplinary marine survey support, and deliver solutions to the Renewable, Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Power, Mining and Offshore Construction industries.

 

Due to an increased workload we are looking for experienced geophysicists to join our expanding geoscience team in Bordon, Hampshire (United Kingdom). The role has both offshore and onshore elements which will allow successful candidates to be part of a variety of different projects, from tendering to the product delivery stage.

 

Offshore you will be part of a hard-working and dedicated team working on complex projects in global locations.  You will be acquiring high quality bathymetric data on a variety of vessels in challenging marine environments. Onshore you will form part of multidisciplinary team delivering our client focused products using industry leading techniques while contributing to the innovation and improvement of processing workflows within the department.

Experience in processing UK nautical charting datasets is highly desirable.

 

Requirements;

Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar position and a university degree in Hydrography or a closely related marine discipline.

Experience in offshore windfarm and cable route surveys.

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

Acquisition experience in QINSy, Kongsberg SIS, Sonardyne Ranger.

Processing experience in Caris HIPS & SIPS, QINSy Qloud, Qimera.

Experience in processing UK nautical charting datasets is highly desirable.

Experience of working in the shallow inshore environment is advantageous.

Party Chief experience is advantageous.

Site work rotations can be as short as a few days but also up to 6 weeks, therefore the ability to work away from home for long periods is essential.

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.

 

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

 

Joining the EGS team will allow you to expand your skills and knowledge within the marine survey industry and provide you with excellent opportunities to actively develop your career through mentoring and professional training.  EGS offer you a competitive salary, including company pension and the opportunity to join a professional body such as the Hydrographic Society.

 

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]

International Business Development Manager, US or UK/Europe

Business Waze are assisting a search for a position within a survey services and product company in the upstream oil and gas sector. We are looking for an independent and targeted individual to manage and execute business development activities worldwide. This role has global responsibility and includes significant international travel.

 

The primary responsibility is to develop relationships with both existing and new customers. The sales activity is to build the customer interface, ascertain potential requirements for current services and identify new market opportunities. This will include the preparation of quotations, proposals, detailed technical presentations and to present technical papers at industry conferences. Beyond selling and marketing the services, it is important that you understand subsea survey technology and can evaluate potential competitor threats and business trends.

 

Qualifications and Skills:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; MBA degree desirable.

8+ years upstream offshore industry experience in survey, sales or project management.

Broad knowledge of marine construction surveying, offshore operations and international operations.

Able to comfortably interact at a senior level with customers.

Ability to generate complex proposals, skillfully lead contract negotiations and have astute commercial experience.

Able to multi-task on multiple projects while traveling internationally.

Knowledge of current digital marketing processes, customer relationship management systems, Microsoft Office suite and Google (Docs, sheets, etc.) applications.

Benefits: The remuneration package for this role is structured with strong incentive for sales and growth targets.

 

We are looking for a self-motivated individual with a high level of creativity, influence, resourcefulness and passion for the industry. Please forward your resume/CV to [email protected]. Please send resumes in PDF only.

 

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