Issue 554
02 October 2018:


AutoNaut USV accompanies The Ocean Cleanup in the Pacific Ocean

An AutoNaut unmanned surface vessel (USV) has been launched alongside the revolutionary system of The Ocean Cleanup, the non-profit organisation deploying advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The Ocean Cleanup System 001, also known as “Wilson”, is undergoing extensive sea trials approximately 350 nautical miles from San Francisco, to test the behaviour of the system. If all goes well, it will relocate to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (GPGP) where it will begin the challenge of removing tonnes of plastic debris. The role of the AutoNaut USV is to conduct long-term monitoring of the surrounding environmental conditions and provide information on “Wilson” itself.

The AutoNaut USV is operating directly alongside The Ocean Cleanup’s at-sea garbage-collection system. The small autonomous craft is overseen remotely by an operator at sea and a small team based on the south coast of England. Cameras on the AutoNaut’s mast and hull provide a live-feed view of “Wilson” both from above and below the sea surface. Onboard sensors provide a scientific understanding of the environment by measuring the sea surface waves, oceanic currents, water quality and weather conditions.


A send-off from San Francisco was seen live by viewers around the world who watched the Maersk Launcher tow The Ocean Cleanup “Wilson”, with AutoNaut on deck, under the Golden Gate Bridge. The next stage after this first two-week trial is to re-locate further offshore to the GPGP where the aim of the project is to remove 50% of ocean plastics every 5 years.


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i-Tech Services adds mini ROV capability to inspection fleet

i-Tech Services, a Subsea 7 company, has strengthened its underwater inspection and maintenance capability with the provision of new mini ROVs for performing subsea operations in challenging environments.


A cost-effective solution for smaller scopes of work, the mini ROVs are quick to deploy and can be transported easily to site via helicopter or airline carrier for faster transportation.


Despite their compact size, the mini ROVs have high maneuverability and power-to-weight ratio allowing them to carry small tools and manipulators for operating effectively in strong currents. They are well suited for rapid mobilisation and manual deployment from any platform, FPSO, barge or vessel of opportunity.


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Engineering consultancy BMT and subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. have signed a Teaming Agreement

A Leading engineering consultancy BMT and subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. have signed a Teaming Agreement to provide advanced integrated marine integrity monitoring solutions to the oil and gas industry.


The agreement will allow the two companies to collaboratively provide smarter and more efficient through-life solutions for monitoring and managing critical subsea assets, including drilling and production risers, moorings and wellheads.


By jointly offering BMT’s monitoring and analysis capabilities with Sonardyne’s expertise in autonomous, long-endurance data collection and through-water telemetry, clients will benefit from a wider range of options to bring more subsea integrity data to their desktops faster, making it easier for them to make safety critical decisions at the right time. BMT and Sonardyne already have a strong working relationship and see this agreement as an opportunity to offer a further step-change in the solutions provided to customers.

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MacArtney’s Dutch subsidiary marks 20 years of existence and business development

MacArtney Benelux is part of the global MacArtney Underwater Technology Group specialising in the design, manufacture, sale and after-sales service of systems to offshore oil and gas, renewable energy industries, ocean science institutes, survey and subsea contractors, civil engineering customers and navies.


Possessing vast engineering competences, the company manufactures state-of-the-art products, fully integrated systems and innovative custom solutions, from design to installation. All designed and tested to perform in challenging underwater environments, and supported by training, after-sales service and local workshops.


MacArtney Benelux BV was founded on September 1st 1998 and headed by Ron Voerman, who still sustains his position as Managing Director. The company started up in a modest office at the home address of Ron Voerman with no other staff.


Today, MacArtney Benelux has grown larger. Ron Voerman runs an efficient operation with 26 employees in modern administration and technical facilities conveniently located in Rotterdam-Hoogvliet. MacArtney Benelux houses an experienced sales staff as well as trained technical and administrative staff.


Apart from the broad range of underwater technology products for the subsea and offshore markets, the company specialises in: products for fishery, deep sea mining, light and camera systems, inspection, moulding, installing cables/connectors on board/location, developing dedicated moulding processes to assembly, complete electrical systems including PCBs, sensors and connectors. MacArtney Benelux also develop a special PU material for customer applications, where each individual material has a special set of required properties making it the unique solution for its intended use.


The MacArtney Underwater Technology Group is dedicated to maintaining a strong global presence. With 20 Group operations supplemented by a distributor network of 24 companies spread across the world, MacArtney solutions are always available locally – with full global support.


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AgileTek cements Korean growth with partnership agreement

Subsea engineering analysis consultancy, AgileTek, has underlined growth plans in South Korea through the formation of a collaborative agreement with Blue Wind Engineering.


The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will allow for future cooperation between the two businesses with the collective aim of expansion within the South Korean offshore wind industry. It also includes bilateral knowledge sharing of future projects and joint sales strategy within the regional market.


AgileTek, a Tekmar Group plc subsidiary based in London, operates in the offshore wind, offshore oil and gas and wave power sectors, conducting studies and analysis of flexible pipes, subsea power cables, umbilicals, marine hoses, cable protection systems and SURF ancillaries.


Headquartered in South Korea, Blue Wind Engineering was established to contribute to the development of wind power industry in the country, offering services ranging from the design of the offshore and offshore wind farms to the design and certification support of wind power components, production and construction.


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Marine tech business moves into Cornwall to target global resort market

A business which is aiming to bring a new form of renewable energy to tropical resorts is moving to Cornwall, thanks to support from Marine-i.


Global OTEC Resources is moving to Newquay this week. The business, which employs four people, is developing an innovative system using ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) designed especially for ‘off-grid’ resorts in the Maldives and Caribbean.


Global OTEC Resources has received a £140,000 grant from Marine-i, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and aims to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, through accelerating innovation.


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The sea opportunities introduces new ROV

The Sea Opportunities is an innovative start up ready to provide, with the best value for money, customized underwater robotic & sensors to satisfy several requirements.

Oil & Gas, environmental survey, sewage pipe – aqueduct & dums preventive survey, fish farm monitoring, coast safeguard for military remediation, harbour survey & hull survey, and much more.

The ROV is designed for work survey & maintenance with environmentally friendly, equipped with Full HD video camera and high performance fiber optic umbilical.

ROV Opportunity is a subsea robotic, controlled by fiber optic umblical, designed for underwater survey & difficult access place as aqueduct, harbour area, fish farm, dums, hydroelectric station, Offshore platform and exploration activity in the sea (depth rating 300 m. and max horizontal distance 2.000 m.), river and lake.

ROV Opportunity is designed with compact & hydrodynamic shape. Capable to fly nimbly&silent underwater, by means of vectorial thruster able to move with 4 degree of freedom: forward/backward, up/down, rotation left/right and translation left/right.

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Smart torque tool takes off

Considerable savings in major torque intervention projects are reported by five subsea operators who were early to adopt the new smart electric torque tool from TMT and Saab Seaeye and is now available as a rental option.


Offshore operator, McDermott, found they could get a rapid configuration change to their electric tool with accurate torque operations and speeds up to 30 rpm, operating eight valves requiring 90 to 107 turns each. At an optimum time of 10 minutes per valve, considerable vessel time was saved.


Sold in the northern hemisphere by Saab Seaeye, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electric underwater e-robotic systems, and in the southern hemisphere by Australia-based Total Marine Technology (TMT) its market reach has now been extended to the rental option.

The early success of the electric torque tool concept comes from being a self-calibrating, highly accurate torque control system set in a small, fast to set-up package.


A key benefit for subsea operators is the tool’s ability to adapt automatically to Class 1 to 4 fittings and torques whilst performing the integrity-critical task of opening and closing seabed valves and other torque tensioning tasks.


As a software-managed system, it is possible to achieve far more accurate and finer control and feedback than with an hydraulic system. At half the weight of its hydraulic equivalent, it can be operated from an electric robotic vehicle of a much smaller size than is normally required for hydraulic systems, allowing smaller support vessels to be used.


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Sonardyne welcomes new Business Development Manager for aquaculture and renewables industries

Navigation and positioning technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Paull as Business Development Manager to help support and develop the firm’s business within the growing aquaculture and renewables industries.


Elizabeth, who joins Sonardyne from subsea instrumentation and systems company Aquatec Group, will also focus on other developing ocean industry markets, such as subsea mining, for Sonardyne’s widening portfolio of products. Through her role, Elizabeth will also be developing partnerships and academic research programmes focused on the Blue Growth agenda.


Elizabeth is a Master of Oceanography from Southampton University and has an MBA from the Open University. At Aquatec, Elizabeth was Sales and Marketing Director. Elizabeth’s previous roles include working as a research scientist for Thames Water.

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ASL hires new Acoustics Scientist Dr. Steve Pearce

ASL is happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Steve Pearce to the position of acoustics scientist. Dr. Pearce brings over a decade of experience in underwater acoustics R&D to the ASL team.  He earned his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in 2014, where his studies focused on sidescan sonar signal processing to suppress multipath interference in the context of a multi-angle swath bathymetry array.  The key contributions of his thesis were the introduction and analysis of simple and effective beamforming methods applied in a novel context.  These methods are designed to attenuate multipath interference while preserving the seafloor return, and the effectiveness of these methods was established through theory, simulation, and numerous field studies.


Prior to joining ASL, Steve was a System Engineer at Kongsberg Mesotech and managed projects relating to singlebeam and multibeam sonar systems.  At Mesotech, Steve gained valuable experience in many aspects of the product lifecycle, including requirements gathering and refinement, hardware and software design, design verification and field testing, manufacturing and customer support.


In his new role at ASL, Steve will be involved in the design of new underwater acoustics products.  It is expected that Steve will become the Product Manager for the Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) and will accept the responsibilities that are presently fulfilled by David Lemon.  As part of this role, Steve will assist with data processing and will coordinate customer support inquiries.


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Marine-i event to launch new tool in High Frequency Radar

On Tuesday 16th October, Marine-i will stage a Discovery Room event which will focus on the use of High Frequency (HF) Radar in marine technology and launch an innovative new web visualisation tool created by the University of Plymouth. Businesses based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be able to use the HF Radar tool free of charge to help develop exciting new products and services.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i provides support for marine technology businesses operating in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Its Discovery Room events bring together the very latest thinking on a specific theme of marine technology.

The Ocean Science team at the University of Plymouth has installed a HF Radar system along the north coast of Cornwall, which provides spatial measurements of waves and currents in real time. The use of HF Radar for wave measurements is a fast-evolving field of marine science, and the University team are at the cutting edge of this technology.


Delegates will hear from expert speakers on the uses and capabilities of HF Radar, as well as hear about the unique new web visualisation tool which has been developed by the University of Plymouth team and is now entering beta testing. This tool will allow users to access the current and historic data from the University’s HF Radar station, by defining the geographical areas and date ranges that are of interest.


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Speakers announced for MMF62 at Fugro, Wallingford on 17 October 2018

The Steering Group for the Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) series has released details of some of the presentations scheduled for an action packed MMF62 which takes place at the Fugro Group headquarters in Wallingford in two weeks time.


Drs Thomas Dhoop and Charlie Thompson from the renowned Channel Coastal Observatory will be presenting “A coastal wave atlas for England” and their Hampshire based neighbours at ABPmer, represented by Paul Clement and Robin Stephens, will be discussing the “Monitoring and modelling of the hydrodynamics of Southampton Water”. Jordan Thomas from ASV Global will continue the Hampshire theme with a presentation on the “Innovate UK ‘ARISE’ project”.


“Developments in sub-seabed object detection and application for UXO Survey” is the title of a report from Laurent Jaunet, FMGBL Geopulse and Paul Ellis, Kongsberg whilst Ketil Horn from the Nortek Group will reveal “Nortek’s most recent ADCP development”.


These are just five of the twelve or so presentations listed on the day’s programme. As ever, the MMF offers a great opportunity for all involved in the acquisition and application of marine measurement to hear about the latest developments and projects in the sector, coupled with scope for significant networking, all at a low cost of £40 per head.


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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.


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Least Squares Adjustment for Offshore Survey, 21-23 January 2019, Newcastle university

Fee: £965.00

This intermediate/advanced course provides geomatics professionals with an opportunity to strengthen their Least Squares and Statistical Analysis skills.


Topics covered include:

Error analysis and concepts of least squares

Efficient data handling using matrices

Review of fundamental concepts including:

Differentiation and linearisation

The least squares process from ground up

Statistical testing


Audience: The course will have particular value for those working in the fields of offshore and land surveying, together with other high precision positioning applications (including GNSS). Software programmers in related fields will also find the course of benefit.


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Instrumentation Engineer, Fugro GB Marine LTD, Wallingford UK

Fugro GB Marine Ltd is a provider of commercial meteorological and oceanographic monitoring, measurement, assessment and consulting services.


Fugro are enjoying a sustained period of growth and as a result they have a vacancy for an experienced Instrumentation Engineer based in their office in Wallingford.  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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