Issue 555
09 October 2018:


MacArtney deliver new water level measuring stations in the Wadden Sea

Since June 2018 MacArtney Germany has delivered, maintained and serviced water level measuring stations in the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea, near the Island of Sylt.

The Wadden Sea is an intertidal zone that lies between the coast of northwest Europe and the low-lying Frisian Islands. It consists of a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its diverse nature, it is an area of strict environmental conservation.


MacArtney has delivered six measuring stations to a German energy supplier in May this year including six Tide Masters designed by British manufacturer Valeport, equipped with Data Telemetry Units. The Tide Master device acts as a water level recorder; it can accurately record the height of the water and record meteorological data by utilising an ultrasonic wind speed and direction sensor. Five of the units included pressure sensors to determine the changing water levels for the purposes of data collection, with the further use of the results for hydrodynamic modelling.


These measuring stations each consist of a 2.5 m long stainless steel pole that is vertically anchored in the tidal flats. The pressure sensors are positioned approximately 20 cm above the seabed to determine the changing water levels. On the upper part of the pole, protected by stainless steel housing, are the secure and waterproof mounted Tide Master device and modem.


The online data transmission enables both direct access to current data and the capability to frequently check the functionality of the measurement stations. The systems will be operated for approximately four months, and maintained throughout by MacArtney Germany.


The sixth and final unit, located on the nearby mainland, is equipped with a MetPak weather station including: wind speed and direction, air-temperature, pressure and humidity sensors – enabling the monitoring of the wide-ranging wind conditions influencing the changing water level.


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Acoustic zooplankton fish profiler used to detect fish and plankton movement between arctic marine and lagoon environments

The North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management (NSB-DWM) deployed a multifrequency (38, 125, 200 and 455 kHz) ASL Environmental Sciences’ Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) in the nearshore Beaufort Sea at an Arctic lagoon pass near Utqiagvik/Barrow, Alaska (USA), in July 2018.  The data retrieved from the AZFP will be used to determine the presence of fish and plankton under ice and their movements between the marine and lagoon environments especially during freeze-up and break-up seasons.  Jigging and net sampling will be conducted to collect fish and plankton samples throughout the year in order to verify acoustic targets and to determine if the nearshore environment is an important overwintering habitat for Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) and neritic plankton which are critical components of the Arctic marine food web.


The AZFP was mounted on a low profile mooring frame and oriented to look upwards.  It will record data continuously for a year and it is also equipped with a CTD and an adjacent current meter.  These data will help detect the habitat parameters that may be associated with changes in fish and plankton distribution in the nearshore environment.


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NOAA Awards Teledyne Webb Research $7 Million IDIQ Contract

Teledyne Webb Research, a division of Teledyne Technologies (NYSE:TDY) provide neutrally buoyant, autonomous drifters and profilers, autonomous underwater gliding vehicles, and moored underwater sound sources, has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the provision of Slocum gliders, sensors, and service components. The award has a maximum value of $7,000,000 USD over five years, with an initial procurement in excess of $600,000 USD.


The U.S. Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program of the NOAA Fisheries Service has conducted ship-based acoustic and oceanographic research surveys around the Antarctic Peninsula since 1986. Data collected from this Program are used to provide advice to the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) that establish catch limits for the Antarctic krill fishery.


Climate changes have altered the distribution, intensity and timing of this important fishery over the last decade. The fishery season, for example, has expanded as both sea-ice extent and distribution have declined. This expansion leads to a potential negative impact on ecosystem health such as known areas of krill-dependent predators.


In an effort to systematically provide ecological data at appropriate spatio-temporal scales, and over a longer sampling season, the U. S. AMLR Program has implemented a krill research program that will utilise an array of moorings and gliders around the Antarctic Peninsula. Data collected from this research will replace traditional ship-based surveys and will provide standardized spatial and temporal data to better understand the consequences of overlap among krill, predators, and the krill fishery, and provide other dynamic oceanic attributes of the study area. Along with arrays of moored ADCPs and CTDs, NOAA has developed a glider-based survey program.


Teledyne Webb Research G3 electric Slocum gliders, equipped with Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profilers (AZFP) using three acoustic frequencies (38, 67 and 125 kHz) to record backscatter of krill biomass. This sampling Program will commence in October of 2018, and is expected to provide the framework for sustained ecosystem monitoring using autonomous platforms. This Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) services contract will provide The U. S. AMLR Program with the ability to continue to build out its glider fleet, add additional science components and service the gliders.


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International subsea services provider DOF Subsea has chosen acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Brasil Ltda.

International subsea services provider DOF Subsea has chosen acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Brasil Ltda. to support its deepwater operations from three vessels offshore Brazil.


The three vessels will be equipped with Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav all-in-one subsea navigation instrument for underwater vehicles. All three vessels are on long-term contract in Brazilian Waters. A remote operated vehicle (ROV) on one of the vessels will also be fitted with a Sonardyne Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), in place of its existing system.


SPRINT-Nav combines Sonardyne’s SPRINT sensor, Syrinx 600 kHz DVL and a high accuracy intelligent pressure sensor in a single housing, making it one of the smallest combined inertial navigation instruments on the market. DOF Subsea’s multiple SPRINT-Nav systems will be used to support ROV operations, as part of construction, inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) work in depths down to 3,000 metres.


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New Hammerhead towed profiling system

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. are pleased to announce the latest addition to their product range, the Hammerhead coastal towed profiling system.


The Hammerhead is designed for rapid surveys from small boats in estuaries, lakes, rivers, and inshore coastal areas and can easily be deployed by one person. The system allows users to obtain a vastly expanded spatial dataset quickly and efficiently, thereby maximising the vessel time.  The Hammerhead allows users to collect data from a single depth or perform an undulating profile between 2 set depths.


The simple body frame design is able to accommodate the mounting of a wide variety of third party instruments, including side scan sonar, SV units, CTDs and multiparameter sensors. Data from the on-board instruments can be either included in the real-time output displayed on the Hammerhead touchscreen topside control box, or can be read separately into an independent software.


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Falmouth Scientific receives patent immunity for Exxonmobil’s cable head source patent

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. (FSI) has received a patent immunity from ExxonMobil for ExxonMobil’s Cable Head Marine Seismic Source (CHS) patent (US 9,864,081). This immunity enables FSI to incorporate its seismic source with HawkEyeTM Clear Signature technology into ExxonMobil’s CHS concept for near-zero offset data acquisition in 3D marine seismic surveys.


ExxonMobil’s CHS concept generates near-zero offset traces by placing an acoustic transmitter on one or more of the cable-end buoys, preferably the head but also the tail, that provide flotation to each streamer and tow umbilical. ExxonMobil’s CHS concept also significantly enhances the characterization of the near-surface complexity for seismic acquisition on the continental shelf.


As detailed in the patent description, an acoustic transmitter placed at the cable buoy needs to have a stable source signature, be very reliable, be relatively small, have relatively low-power requirements and be electrically powered. An acoustic transmitter with these characteristics can get its power and be controlled by the existing electrical power and telemetry in the buoy, and should be capable of remaining in the water for the duration of the seismic survey. Falmouth Scientific’s seismic source with HawkEyeTM Clear Signature technology is the preferred acoustic transmitter on the market that best meets all of these requirements.


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Pioneering marine conservation technology saves large scale marine bycatch

Fishtek Marine, a pioneer in marine conservation technology, is seeking £900,000 of investment to further grow their products which are designed to make the global commercial fishing industry more sustainable by deterring the unintentional death or capture of other marine species, known as bycatch.

The money raised will be used to launch a ‘pinger’ which uses acoustics to alert dolphins, porpoise and whales to the presence of fishing gear. It will also be put toward the development and testing of four new products which will be launched over the next three years.


Bycatch from fishing nets and lines is responsible for the deaths of over 300,000 dolphins, porpoises and whales, 300,000 seabirds and 250,000 turtles every year. Death in fishing gear due to entanglement is the leading threat to the 80 plus species of whales, dolphins and porpoises.


Set up by entrepreneurial brothers Pete and Ben Kibel in 2016, Totnes-based Fishtek Marine has a portfolio of products designed to be used alongside existing fishing gear.


The company sells its existing products to fishing companies and distributors in 35 countries and expects to generate sales of £370,000 in its second year of operations – a 290% increase from the previous year. Due to new fishing legislation and growing awareness of marine conservation, the directors are aiming to grow the business to £10 million turnover within five years. All products are designed and manufactured in Devon.


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C-Innovation opens new Port Fourchon dock facility to strengthen subsea services

C-Innovation, LLC (C-I), an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and its family of companies, has opened a new dock facility in Port Fourchon, La., to expand the capabilities of its Subsea Services group.


With more than 550 ft of open quayside, Bayou Lafourche is a main entrance into the facility, which is supplied with a Manitowoc 777 crane and forklifts for rapid mobilizations of C-I’s subsea construction and inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) fleet of vessels, including the 525 ft long Island Venture offshore construction vessel.


The dock facility, which will be manned 24 hours a day, will serve as the base for C-I’s Fourchon operations and features client offices, conference rooms with full streaming connectivity, bunk houses and parking for offshore crews.


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Seawater breakthrough in production of climate-friendly fuel bioethanol cuts demands on freshwater

IN the fight against global warming, bioethanol fuel is seen as a climate-friendly alternative to petrol and its adoption has been encouraged by many governments.  But producing it requires huge amounts of freshwater – a precious resource in many parts of the world.  Now, scientists at the University of Huddersfield have shown how it is possible to use a seawater-based system instead.


A new article in a leading journal describes how a strain of marine yeast can be used with seawater and a substrate, such as molasses, for a fermentation process that produces bioethanol.  Current methods can have a water footprint of more than 1,000 litres of fresh water to produce a single litre of the fuel.


The initial experimental work was carried by Dr Zaky, supervised by Dr Du, while they were based at Nottingham University.  Further analysis was then carried out at the University of Huddersfield, after Dr Du had taken up his post at its School of Applied Sciences and where Dr Zaky completed his doctoral project.


The next step is to develop the use of a marine substance – such as seaweed – as an alternative to the likes of maize or sugar cane in the bio-refining process.


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Marine-i helps Cornish company to pioneer innovative marine propulsion system

A Cornish company is planning a completely new development in electric marine vessels, with the help of a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i.


Whiskerstay Ltd is based in Falmouth and was set up three years ago by Dr Rachel Nicholls-Lee, who is a naval architect with a background in yacht design and marine renewables. She is currently one of the leading experts in electric vessel design working in the South West. Rachel Nicholls-Lee explains:


Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i was set up to support marine innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Its Rapid Innovation Grant scheme offers 100% grants of up to £2,000 to businesses in order move their idea or innovation to the next level. The grant can be used to purchase services or equipment.


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BMT Wins Marine Monitoring Contract with BP

BMT has won a contract to provide multiple marine monitoring systems for BP’s new Mad Dog Phase 2 semi-submersible floating production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. These systems will play an important role in ensuring the day to day operations of the facility are conducted safely.


The Mad Dog Field is one of BP’s largest discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico to date.  Mad Dog Phase 2 will have the capacity to produce up to 140,000 gross barrels of crude oil per day from up to 14 production wells. BMT will install its Integrated Marine Monitoring System which comprises several sub systems relating to environmental monitoring and facility response.  Its purpose will be to provide key data in real time to the offshore operators and to collect detailed data sets to support long term integrity monitoring of the asset.


BMT’s Independent Remote Monitoring System (IRMS) will provide additional monitoring capability particularly during periods of evacuation due to hurricanes. The IRMS will continuously transmit data and imagery back to stakeholders on shore during the passage of a hurricane to help BP perform crucial asset monitoring during unmanned operations.


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Swathe Services becomes the distributor for HYPACK in the UK and Ireland after Del Norte Technology closes

Managing Director of Del Norte Technology Laurie Smith recently announced his retirement after more than 50 years in the business. Del Norte, the UK partner company to HYPACK, officially closed with Laurie’s retirement. Swathe Services will now take on responsibility for sales and maintenance of HYPACK software solutions. The company will continue to run bi-annual Multi-Beam Echo Sounder HYPACK training courses to improve surveyors’ knowledge and efficiency using HYPACK software.


US company HYPACK – A Xylem Brand is a leading supplier of hydrographic survey and data processing software for the hydrographic survey and dredging industries.


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UTEC makes key appointments for its StarNet and Geomarine business units

UTEC, a global surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, has appointed Jon Beatty to lead its Geomarine business unit and long-term employee Greg Hammond to head its StarNet business unit.


Beatty joins UTEC Geomarine as managing director and is responsible for its range of geotechnical services, which, when combined with UTEC’s geophysical survey offering, provides a one-stop solution for seabed characterisation and sampling. He has more than 25 years of international experience with Schlumberger, having served in technical and management positions spanning reservoir characterisation, well construction and completion, and production.


Hammond takes on the StarNet business unit director role having been with the business for more than 13 years. During this time, he has been instrumental in StarNet’s development, most recently as business development manager. Previously, Hammond supported the development of iSite, StarNet’s visual asset management solution.


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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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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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IMCA Annual Seminar: speakers announced for diving technical day on the 28-29 November 2018, The Hague, The Netherlands

Seminar theme: ‘Working Together: Getting back to business – oil companies and contractors finding new ways of working’


The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar with its theme ‘Working Together: Getting back to business – oil companies and contractors finding new ways of working’, on the 28 and 29 November, will feature a day-long Diving Technical Session. The IMCA Annual Seminar will be held at the World Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands.


The Diving Session, on 29 November, will cover topics on ‘Revision of the IMO Diving Instruments’, ‘Health, Fitness and Medical Issues in Diving Operations’, and ‘Competence for Dive Team Members’, including descriptions of IMCA’s plans for Diving Supervisor Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the proposed development of ‘Competence Assessment e-Portfolios for Diving Roles’.


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Partrac, Principal Oceanographer, South Devon, UK

Closing date for applications, 31 October 2018.

Partrac are on the hunt for a talented Principal Oceanographer to join the South Devon team to help deliver innovative, and challenging oceanographic and marine survey projects.


Partrac, a leading provider of oceanographic survey and consultancy is seeking to recruit a passionate and experienced Principal Oceanographer to be based in their Devon facility.  The Principal Oceanographer will be responsible for ensuring quality oceanography is provided to our clients through an integrated approach from survey design, instrument selection, calibration strategies, survey methodologies and reporting.


A highly motivated and technical team-player who is methodical, organised, and logical, the successful candidate will have the interpersonal skills to be able to work on multidisciplinary projects in a small team. You will be degree educated in an oceanographic or allied subject, possess an excellent understanding of a wide range of oceanographic equipment, its limitations, survey techniques and how to ensure that the highest quality of data is obtained from each survey.


Demonstratable experience of Wave buoys, Acoustic current profilers, CTD’s, tide gauges, and suspended sediment sensors is essential. Knowledge of positioning software and RTK is beneficial.

Minimum requirements:

Experienced in writing succinct, accurate method statements and technical reports.

Excellent proof-reading skills.

Ability to work to deadlines and work on multiple projects.

The candidate will have a degree in oceanography, marine science or coastal engineering.

Extensive metocean survey experience.

Desired Training and Certifications: –

BOSIET/STCW/GWO sea survival

Offshore Medical.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.

The position will be at Partrac’s Devon facility.


To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter telling us why you want to work for Partrac and how your skills and experience will benefit the team.

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Partrac, Oceanographer Vacancy, South Devon, UK

Partrac are on the hunt for talented Oceanographers to join the South Devon team to help deliver innovative, and challenging oceanographic and marine survey projects worldwide.


Partrac, a leading provider of oceanographic survey and consultancy, is seeking to recruit Field Oceanographers with 2-3 years commercial oceanography experience., based at their Devon facility.

As part of the measurement team, you will have some experience in metocean survey, including the preparation and deployment of oceanographic equipment. Tenacity, flexibility, attention to detail and an ability to be positive and focused in a range of challenging environments are essential characteristics.


Duties and Responsibilities

Perform and assist with oceanographic and marine survey planning, survey mobilisation, deployments, equipment calibrations, servicing, fault finding/problem solving and improving data quality.

Adhere to and contribute to Partrac’s QHSE management system.

Work closely and effectively with project managers, oceanographers, geophysicists, geoscientists and hydrographers on large scale projects.



A degree (or equivalent) in Oceanography, Marine Science or Hydrographic Survey. The ideal candidate will have experience with some/all of the following: –

Strong awareness and experience of industry QHSE requirements.

Oceanographic mooring deployments.

Knowledge of wave, current and tide monitoring equipment.

Vessel Mounted ADCP transect surveys.

Resolve equipment software, hardware and data communication issues.

RTK positioning and associated navigation / survey software.

Competence in Microsoft Office packages.

Strong analytical and communication skills.

Ability to work reliably both independently and in a team environment.

Be flexible with a willingness to travel for projects.


Desired Training and Certifications: –

BOSIET/STCW/GWO sea survival certificate.

Offshore Medical.

Slinging/Rigging/Banksman training.


To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter telling us why you want to work for Partrac and how your skills and experience will benefit the team.

Email: [email protected] Ref: OCEANSW

Teledyne Marine, Hydrographic Surveyor, UK and US

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


Responsibilities / Activities:

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

Sensor integration design.

Vessel installation management, dimensional control and calibrations.

Authoring and executing acceptance test protocols.

Training and customer support.

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

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

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

Prepare technical documentation and drawings for hydrographic survey solutions.

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

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

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


Qualifications, Experience & Skills:

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

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

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

Experience installing and configuring hydrographic equipment and software is an advantage

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

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

Self-motivated, and able to work independently.

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

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.


Please only apply if you are eligible for work and permanent residence in the UK or US.

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