Issue 553
25 September 2018:


L3 strengthens unmanned maritime capabilities with acquisition of ASV global

L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced that it acquired ASV Global, LLC, a leading unmanned surface vessel (USV) and autonomous vessel control systems company on September 20. This acquisition strategically enhances L3’s full spectrum of unmanned maritime capabilities, including integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solutions, future surface combatant unmanned off-board sensors, and integrated unmanned surface and undersea vessel (USV/UUV) operations. The new company will be known as L3 ASV.

Based in Louisiana and the United Kingdom, L3 ASV delivers surface vessels in a range of sizes, currently from 10 to 42 feet, with proprietary software and control systems and proven unmanned system autonomy architectures. These time-tested capabilities have been demonstrated on multiple vessel types and sizes with over 1,500 operating days of service. Additionally, the company’s autonomy systems are consistent with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs) published by the International Maritime Organisation.


L3 Technologies is an agile innovator and leading provider of global ISR, communications and networked systems, and electronic systems for military, homeland security and commercial aviation customers. With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defense technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space. The company reported 2017 sales of $9.6 billion.


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Ashtead delivers installation monitoring services to Subsea 7 on Utgard development

Global subsea equipment specialist, Ashtead Technology, has successfully completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea 7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, located in blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea.

The contract, which was awarded by i-Tech Services on behalf of Subsea 7, saw Ashtead’s Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) used to capture critical data required to safely deploy a subsea template in water depths of 110m from Subsea 7’s vessel, the Seven Arctic.

The DMS monitors structure deflection, heading, pitch, roll, depth and suction at differential pressures, in real-time. This minimises the risk of structural damage throughout the installation and allows informed decisions to be made during critical operations, ensuring safety requirements are met.


The DMS was optimised to the water depths required for the scope of work at Ashtead’s UKAS accredited calibration laboratory in Aberdeen, UK. The calibration procedures improved the resolution and noise reduction of the sensors utilised.

Once installed on the structure, the system ran autonomously, and was controlled remotely via radio frequency communications, an acoustic data link and a ROV electrical hot stab, removing the need for direct ROV or diver intervention. Ashtead utilised a range of measurement sensors and positioning tools to enhance the accuracy of the data collected, ensuring maximum performance of the system.


This approach to subsea system installation was developed by Ashtead to minimise potential risks and reduce costs in subsea operations.


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MacArtney supplies Moog Focal LVEOS Swivel to Norwegian turret and loading systems provider

Providing integrated solutions, systems, products and services to the subsea oil and gas market -OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company will supply the Moog Focal LVEOS to the FPSO operating in Block SK10 of the Helang gas field located off the coast of Sarawak, Malaysia.


Due for delivery in the mid-fourth quarter of 2018, the Moog Focal model 430 provides a rotating connection for low voltage power, electrical signal and optical cables in a single package. The shaft is configured with hanging turret side cable pigtails that are factory installed.


This model is designed to be located at the top of a swivel stack to allow functionality of a multichannel fibre optic rotary joint. The swivel is certified as a flameproof enclosure with increased safety junction boxes on the ship’s side. It is approximately 2.8 m high with a diameter of approximately 0.7 m and weighs approximately 1 ton.


The global partnership between Moog Focal and the MacArtney Group represents a solid business alliance, which offers considerable expertise and support to subsea oil and gas customers. Thus, possessing comprehensive experience and in-depth knowledge of marine and underwater technology solutions, MacArtney pride themselves on providing excellent support of Focal products.


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Five new offshore wind contracts for Ampelmann in the North Sea

Ampelmann, the global leader in offshore access solutions, has won five new offshore wind contracts over the course of September. These projects will see two A-type and three E-type systems installed on vessels operating in the North Sea. Four of the five contracts have been secured by Ampelmann’s recently opened office in Hamburg, Germany.

This is an important achievement for the company as the offshore wind market continues to strengthen and Walk to Work (W2W) operations become increasingly important. To date, Ampelmann has enabled the safe transfer of 400,000 people and seven million kilograms of cargo in the offshore wind sector worldwide.


An Ampelmann E-type system has been installed on the Viking Neptun vessel to enable supporting works at the Merkur wind farm in the German North Sea. The E-type provides safe offshore access in rough sea waters and can compensate wave motions up to 4.5m Hs.


In response to increasing demand in the region, Ampelmann has also expanded its team in Hamburg. Caspar Blum has been appointed Business Development Manager and will support the company’s growth ambitions in offshore wind.


Ampelmann will be celebrating its latest achievements at this year’s WindEnergy Hamburg, 25 – 28 September. The company will be exhibiting at stand 108, Hall B4 at the Hamburg Messe.


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Meritaito and 4D Ocean win MCA’s CHP Lot2

Two leading survey companies, Meritaito (Helsinki, Finland) and 4D Ocean (Banbury, UK) have teamed up to provide MCA with the latest hydrographic technology, accurately, efficiently and at an affordable price. Meritaito will conduct the vessel based survey operations and 4D Ocean will use autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) to conduct the nearshore sections of the surveys.

Meritaito bring their wealth of experience of conducting hydrographic surveys around the thousands of islands off Finland to these surveys in addition to their recent years’ experience from the Barents Sea and the Southern Baltic Sea. The contract is for three years and includes some un-surveyed sections of the Scottish west coast, amongst other areas around the United Kingdom, which are very tricky to survey using manned survey vessels. Using ASVs in these areas will allow these areas to be surveyed safely, accurately and efficiently. Data from the manned and autonomous survey vessels will be combined for each survey and delivered as one complete dataset to the UK Hydrographic Office for validation and chart production.


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LNG industry set to benefit from new mooring analysis tool

This month sees the launch of SHIPMOOR, an innovative new mooring analysis tool which has been designed to improve safety for the LNG industry, reducing the risk of disconnections between LNG terminals and carriers.  Developed as a result of a collaboration between HR Wallingford and Witherby Publishing Group, SHIPMOOR is an easy-to-use, internet-based application that facilitates mooring analysis, matching data on LNG vessels and terminals to support ship to shore compatibility assessments.

Primarily designed to make the assessment of mooring an LNG carrier alongside a berth a straightforward process, and reduce the likelihood of error with pre-entered ship and berth data, SHIPMOOR uses the combined power of cloud-based servers to undertake the static (Phase I) and dynamic mooring (Phase II, where required) analysis for each vessel.

SHIPMOOR provides reliable and accurate ship/shore mooring assessment, including 3D visualisation of the mooring arrangement with a 3D interactive tool for the development and examination of mooring plans.


By optimising a process that is usually completed manually, SHIPMOOR helps to minimise errors and provides reliable data to port operators, vessel owners/charterers and cargo owners by maintaining up-to-date characteristics of individual ships and LNG terminals in a central database.


SHIPMOOR will officially launch at Witherby and SIGTTO’s stand (A147) at Gastech Barcelona.  All exhibition attendees are invited to view a demonstration of the portal.


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Teledyne marine vehicles promotes Pete Furze, CAPT/USN (ret), to director, Navy Programme Development-Vehicles

Teledyne Marine – Vehicles announced today that Pete Furze has been promoted to Director, Navy Program Development – Vehicles. Furze has most recently been Teledyne Marine’s Product Line Manager for APEX profiling floats where his leadership has grown Teledyne’s market presence and customer satisfaction.


Furze is a retired US Navy captain with thirty years in the Navy meteorology and oceanography community. He served afloat and ashore, including command of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and Commander, Undersea Surveillance. Since transition in 2009, Furze has worked with small and large businesses, including the role of Contract Program Manager at NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center while with CSC Applied Technologies.


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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 

INEC 2018 – 14th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition; incorporating the International Ship Control Systems Symposium (iSCSS)

Next weeks speakers and delegates from 18 countries will meet in Glasgow at INEC 2018 – the 14th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition, incorporating the International Ship Control Systems Symposium (iSCSS).


Being held 2 – 4 October at the Technology & Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, this duo of IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology) Learned Society conferences, organised by FIGS Events, will also play host to up to 40 school students aged 10-18 years old from four schools on Wednesday 3 October when a STEM Day is staged as the event’s contribution to the UK’s Year of Engineering 2018.


Not only will the Royal Navy Outreach van be parked outside the venue for the day and welcoming the young visitors aboard, but exhibitors (including Babcock International Group, BAE Systems, BMT, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, L3 MAPPS, Lloyd’s Register, IMarEST, Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), Primary Engineer, Rolls-Royce, Royal Navy, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC), Steller Systems Ltd and Wärtsilä) are eager to meet the students, to talk about the initiatives being run by their organisations.


In the opening plenary session (2 October) Captain Mike Rose RN and Captain Dave Joyce RN from the UK Ministry of Defence will be speaking on ‘Defence youth STEM outreach – inspiring the next generation’.


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Subsea Expo 2019 to focus on underwater innovation, 5-7 February 2019

Industry experts are being urged by Subsea UK to showcase the most advanced technologies and lead discussions on the current and future subsea challenges at next year’s flagship event, Subsea Expo.


The 14th annual conference, which takes place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 5-7th February 2019, will examine and debate key industry topics including autonomous subsea systems, smart innovation, clean energy, and transformational technology.


With the theme ‘Innovating the Future’, the event aims to stimulate high-level discussions on subsea technology and the rise of digitalisation. Looking at how they are accelerating the ability to deliver sustainable energy and achieve operational efficiency.

Industry body, Subsea UK is calling for speakers to step up to the plate and discuss how embracing disruptive and enabling technologies can generate greater levels of transparency, efficiency, and performance.


With 75% of exhibition stands now sold, Subsea Expo 2019 is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors and over 150 exhibitors. The event is an opportunity for those in the industry to showcase new products, introduce different approaches and make their voice heard.


The deadline for speaker submissions is 5th October 2018.


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Maritime Media Awards 2018, reception and dinner at drapers’ Hall, London EC2N 2AN, 31 October 2018

This year’s awards reception and dinner will take place on Wednesday, 31st October, in London.   The event is to celebrate, recognise and support those journalists, writers, programme makers and digital media specialists who promote the maritime sector.

The theme for this year’s event is “How do we value the Ocean”.   The event will be attended by over 200 prominent members of the international maritime community and media including some very special guests.

6 awards will be handed out on the night, the shortlist for these will be announced on 1st October:

The Desmond Wettern Award for Best Journalism

The Mountbatten Award for Best Book

The Donald Gosling Award for Best Television or Film Production

The First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media

The Desmond Wettern Fleet Award

Maritime Fellowship Award


If you would like to attend this years ceremony, the reservation form can be downloaded from our website:

The inclusive cost of the reception and dinner including wines is £110, although bookings made before 30 September are discounted to £100. Payment can be made either by cheque or bank transfer.  Formal invitations will be posted on receipt of payment.

For further information visit [email protected].

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.


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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.

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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

Teledyne CARIS’ Burns Foster to debut advanced algorithms for machine learning at Shallow Survey 2018

Teledyne CARIS will be unveiling the hydrographic industry’s first use of machine learning for sonar noise removal at Shallow Survey 2018.


Burns Foster, Manager of New Product Initiatives, Teledyne CARIS will speak on the topic of ‘Advancing Hydrographic Data Processing through Machine Learning’ on 2 October at 1:30pm. Attendees will learn how this newly assembled machine-learning algorithm is being used to automatically identify and remove common types of noise in sonar systems.


Also presenting at the conference will be Bob Marthouse, Director of Operations and Marine Business Manager, Teledyne Optech. Find out how the CZMIL bathymetric lidar system can help overcome commonly encountered natural phenomena that may impede shallow water surveys. Join his presentation ‘High Resolution Airborne Lidar Bathymetry in Shallow Water: Considering Natural Limitations’ on 1 October at 11:30am.


Visit representatives at booth #26 for a demo of the newest version of HIPS and SIPS and discover how technological advancements like machine learning, automation, and one-step processing will create efficiencies and streamline your bathymetric workflow.


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Instrumentation Engineer, Fugro GB Marine LTD, Wallingford UK

Fugro GB Marine Ltd is the world’s foremost provider of commercial meteorological and oceanographic monitoring, measurement, assessment and consulting services.

Be part of our success

Fugro are enjoying a sustained period of growth and as a result have a vacancy for an experienced Instrumentation Engineer based in the Wallingford office.  If you are looking for an exciting and varied role which offers you the opportunity to work for a growing global company, then this could be the job for you.


As an Instrumentation Engineer you will assist in and undertake the design, build and maintenance of high specification, integrated, real-time metocean and response monitoring systems for the offshore industry.  You will be assigned to projects to design, build, commission and service systems, support existing real-time data acquisition and monitoring systems through maintenance and defect investigation.


Responsibilities include:

Assisting or leading in the design and build of monitoring systems for offshore installations meeting O&G industry specifications

Specifying and procuring equipment

Testing and integrating equipment

Configuration and testing of company real-time data acquisition software

Visits to offshore installations to conduct installation, commissioning and maintenance duties

Offshore travel required


The role is based in the Wallingford (UK) office and will require some offshore field trips.


The ideal candidate will have:

Degree in Ocean Science, Electronic Engineering or Instrumentation discipline, or similar experience/qualifications

Previous experience of electronic instrumentation and real-time data collection systems

Sound high-level IT and network understanding


Fugro offer:

Benefits include a competitive salary and offshore allowance accompanied by an attractive package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance, 24 days annual leave and private medical insurance.

If you are interested to join Fugro’s talented team, please apply by submitting a CV to: [email protected] quoting ref 4024


Deadline for application submission is 20th October 2018.


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