Issue 556
16 October 2018:


Sonardyne acquires maritime and marine science technology specialist Chelsea

Leading subsea technology developer Sonardyne International Ltd. has acquired maritime and marine science technology specialist Chelsea Technologies Group. The acquisition is part of a long-term growth strategy for Sonardyne, to diversify into markets where it sees an opportunity to build on its core technology base and expertise in underwater acoustic and optical communications, navigation and autonomous monitoring systems.


In acquiring Chelsea (also known as CTG), Sonardyne will both strengthen its presence in the maritime, marine and ocean science sectors and create new opportunities in the water environmental, defence and process control markets. Chelsea will gain access to Sonardyne’s considerable research, production, testing, compliance and global distribution capabilities, allowing the company to access many more international territories.


Chelsea, based in West Molesey, Surrey, has a broad base in environmental sensing technology spanning markets in fresh and waste water, oceanography and a wide range of industrial applications. In addition to its optical engineering capability, it provides underwater acoustic products to both civilian and defence customers. Chelsea has seen considerable expansion over recent years, fuelled in no small part by innovations including FastBallast and Sea Sentry, used for ship ballast water compliance testing and ship exhaust gas scrubber, wash water monitoring. These are helping maritime operators meet recently introduced stringent international regulations aimed at reducing the impact of global shipping operations on the environment.


Chelsea will remain an independent business, as part of the Sonardyne group of companies. Chelsea’s Brian Phillips will become Executive Chairman of the company, while Stephen Fasham will move from a senior management role at Sonardyne to become Managing Director at Chelsea. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.


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A new ocean-going ASV from Marine Advanced Research

The first 20’ WAM-V has been delivered to TeamTao, a finalist in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize competition. “This is an exciting addition to our product lineup,” said Marine Advanced Research President and CEO Mark Gundersen, “with multi-day endurance in blue water, it brings a host of new capabilities to the marketplace.” The new WAM-V has a range of over 400 nautical miles, can carry up to 600 lbs of payload, has a top speed of 15+ knots, and has passed rigorous open-ocean testing to ensure it is a stable platform for sensor deployment.Oceanbuzz - ASV

Nick Ridley, TeamTao’s surface system design lead commented, “We searched the global market for a suitable ASV platform. The catamaran system from WAM-V, with its stabilized payload platform and proven remote and autonomous capability, became the clear winner. Its scalability and deployment flexibility make this system a great base platform as we grow into the future”. The 20’ WAM-V ASV will be used by TeamTao to launch and retrieve a swarm of undersea drones capable of mapping the ocean floor at a depth of 4km.

Marine Advanced Research is planning a production run of 20’ WAM-Vs configured for hydrographic survey and oceanography, starting in 2019. The WAM-V is an innovative class of watercraft from 8’ to 150’ that can be tasked with port surveillance and security, UAV & UUV deployment and retrieval, MCM (Mine Countermeasures), nodal communications, benthic operations survey, maritime interdiction, and offshore oil and gas operations.

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Modus provides hybrid AUV services to Fugro in Australasia under a new collaboration agreement

Modus Seabed Intervention Ltd, a North East UK headquartered subsea specialist, has entered into a collaboration agreement with Fugro to provide hybrid AUV pipeline survey and inspection services within Australasia.Oceanbuzz - fugro


The collaboration enables Fugro to offer the Modus H-AUV (Hybrid AUV), the most capable and advanced subsea AUV available, to perform high speed survey and inspection whilst maintaining best in class data quality.


The collaboration has been awarded its first contract and the Modus H-AUV spread has been mobilised to Australia with a suite of state-of-the-art survey sensors and ancillary equipment, including the Cathx laser and photogrammetry system and docking unit allowing deployment and recovery on the seabed to perform pipeline integrity survey work on Australia’s North West Shelf. Utilisation of the H-AUV spread delivers significant efficiency gains in terms of data acquisition speed and quality whilst allowing.


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The First Battle-Tested GPS Interference Mitigation Solution is Available for Offshore Applications

ERIPOS, part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, is pleased to introduce the VERIPOS GAJT-710-MS anti-jamming antenna. VERIPOS GAJT-710-MS is designed to mitigate intentional and unintentional interference and jamming in the most challenging offshore environments.

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Interference and jamming are growing threats in the offshore oil and gas environment that can cause major delays in projects and impact vessel, operational and crew safety. The VERIPOS GAJT 710-MS antenna works to nullify the interference or jamming source that’s trying to overpower the satellite signals that GPS positioning systems use to determine location. With the source nullified, the receiver can acquire and track GPS signals while maintaining high-accuracy positioning. The technology that the VERIPOS GAJT 710-MS uses has been battle-tested and proven to work in some of the most demanding environments, protecting GPS signals when it matters most.


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Arctic Rays Launches New Ultra-High Output Lights and a Pan & Tilt at Oceans 2018 in Charleston

Arctic Rays, LLC will be showcasing three new ultra-high output LED lights along with a compact pan & tilt for the underwater market at the Oceans 2018 conference in Charleston.


The new LED lights are part of the Arctic Rays’ proven Dragonfish line and include the following:

Dragonfish II – a high output 30,000 lm dual-channel continuous dimmable torch rated for 6,000 meters.

Fusion-4 – an ultra-high output 120,000 lm strobe with a fast 2Hz repetition rate rated for 6,000 meters.

Fusion 6 – an ultra-high output 180,000 lm strobe with a fast 2 Hz repetition rate rated for 6,000 meters.


In addition to the new Dragonfish lights, Arctic Rays will have the new Hammerhead ultra-compact Pan & Tilt on display. The Hammerhead offers unlimited rotation in both axes with a torque of 6.8 N-m (5 ft-lb) and absolute position feedback in a 316 S.S. housing. The air-filled housing is rated for 1,000 meters or 6,000 meters if PBOF.


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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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Blue Ocean Consulting Ltd, New Consultancy Company in the Marine Sector

With thirty years experience in the marine sector, Mark Calverley has launched a new company: Blue Ocean Consulting. The company provides support to clients in three key areas: Metocean Consultancy, Innovation and Marine Autonomy.


Blue Ocean’s Metocean Consultancy can help to optimise client spend on Metocean activities by guaranteeing appropriate data is utilised within each stage of a project, and ensuring these data are readily available to support all stakeholder activities. The company offers support in the definition of Metocean scopes of work; both desktop studies and measurement programmes for development, as well as operations, technical review of tender submissions and work undertaken.


Blue Ocean Consulting supports innovation by working with companies to properly define the problems they are facing, taking forward appropriate solutions. Mark Calverley offers knowledge of the market and an extensive contact network to innovators new to the Marine Sector.

Blue Ocean Consulting has an excellent working knowledge of the Marine Autonomous regulatory framework, and is able to support clients in ensuring compliance.


Blue Ocean Consulting Ltd supports activities in the Marine Sector through the application of technical and scientific skills and knowledge, coupled with strong commercial acumen and a client focused approach.


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Australia’s science community gets hands-on robotics training

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has begun training students to operate their new Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic vehicle, the most popular system of its class in the world.

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This follows Falcon training for CSIRO staff at the organisation’s facility in Hobart, Tasmania, by BlueZone, Saab Seaeye’s distributor in the region.

The course was adapted to give hands-on practical training for CSIRO staff in a week-long training program that includes theory and practical sessions, set near dockside facilities in Hobart.


CSIRO staff are pleased that the training focuses on ‘real world practicalities’.


Widely adopted by the marine science community for a variety of missions in the most challenging environments in the world, the Falcon’s advanced iCON intelligent control architecture makes for easy role change and ready customisation.


Not only does iCON allow a variety of equipment to be installed on board and in underslung skids, but the Falcon has the thruster power and control to offer extreme manoeuvrability whilst also remaining stable when undertaking precision filming and delicate tasks in strong crosscurrents.

This ability for precise station-keeping allows the operator to concentrate on the task at hand.


The global success of the Falcon concept comes from having packed five powerful thrusters and an intelligent distributed control system into a compact 1 x 0.5 x 0.6 metre versatile system that can operate at 300m and 1000m and has been proven worldwide since 2002.


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Shallow Water... Deep Trouble II - what a difference a decade makes, 18 October 2018, Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road, Norwich, UK

Site investigations in the nearshore and shallow water can present unique challenges, with potentially significant variations in ground conditions, bathymetry and environmental parameters within individual development sites and construction time scales. Investigations may be for a range of purposes – from providing baseline environmental information and site characterisation through to informing engineering decisions and infrastructure siting. Since the first ‘Shallow Water … Deep Trouble’ meeting was held in 2005 in Norwich, there have been major advances in data acquisition technology, analytical techniques, data processing and visualization, that have improved site investigation practice and advanced our understanding of the shallow water zone.


This meeting will report on a range of approaches to shallow water site investigation, as well as providing an update on recent methodological advances, that allow for successful site investigations in a challenging environment. The meeting will be of interest to all those working in nearshore and shallow waters – with contributions from industry, academia, contractors and consultants.


Registration Fees £75 for SUT and/or EEEGR members; £125 for non-members Includes lunch, refreshments and drinks reception


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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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Least Squares Adjustment for Offshore Survey, Newcastle University, 21 – 23 January 2019

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.

Fee: £965.00

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All-Energy 2019 and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2019), SEC Glasgow, 16-16 May 2019



The Call for Papers for both All-Energy 2018 and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2019) has been launched and is online at and The duo of events will be held at Glasgow’s SEC on 15 and 16 May 2019.

The All-Energy 2019 conference will look at topics that come under all four ‘pillars’ of the event – renewable power; low carbon heat; energy efficiency in the built environment; and low carbon transport (via SUMS 2019).


All-Energy 2018 and SUMS 2018 attracted a total audience of just over 7,000; 300+ exhibiting company; nearly 500 speakers, including four Ministers (the First Minister of Scotland; the UK’s Minister for Energy and Clean Growth; and both Scotland’s Energy and Transport Ministers) in a packed and informative conference; and compliments in plenty. A large number of the conference presentations can be downloaded free of charge from the shows’ websites.

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Gardline Limited are hiring, Full time, Permanent Position

Gardline Ltd are looking to recruit the following full-time, permanent personnel


Geophysical Engineers

Geotechnical Operators

Geotechnical Engineers

Acoustic Equipment Technicians

Marine Acoustician

Vessel Project Manager

Seismic Processing Geophysicists

Insurance Officer (Maternity Cover)

As an experienced professional, you will join the class-leading Gardline team to deliver high-quality, data-driven insight to industry, across the Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy sectors.

For more information and to apply for these positions please visit or send your CV and covering letter to:

Gemma Coote, Recruitment Coordinator at Gardline Ltd, Endeavour House, Admiralty Road, NR30 3NG or email [email protected]

Gardline can offer the right candidate a rewarding career in the marine science survey industry. This is offered alongside a competitive salary, including company pension and private healthcare as well as the opportunity for development and progression.

Fugro GB Marine Ltd are looking to recruit an Oceanographic Engineer, Wallingford, UK

Deadline for application submission is 11th November 2018.


Fugro GB Marine Ltd is one of the world’s foremost provider of commercial meteorological and oceanographic measurement, assessment and consulting services, with offices located around the globe.


Fugro are enjoying a sustained period of growth and as a result they have a vacancy for an experienced Oceanographic Engineer. This is both an exciting and varied role and offers you the opportunity to work for a growing global company.


As an Oceanographic Engineer, you will assist in and undertake the design, build and maintenance of offshore metocean monitoring systems. You will be assigned to projects to design, build and commission; and also support existing real-time data acquisition and monitoring systems for the oil and gas sector through maintenance and defect investigation.


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


Benefits for this Wallingford based role include a competitive salary accompanied by an attractive package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance, 24 days annual leave, private medical insurance and a subsidised restaurant.


If you are interested to join Fugro’s talented team, please apply by submitting a CV to: [email protected] quoting ref 4093.

Bibby Hydromap are hiring an Engineering Manager, Bromborough, UK

Bibby HydroMap are looking for an Engineering Manager to join their dynamic and expanding team, it is a full-time, predominantly office-based, role within the engineering department located in Bromborough, Wirral.


The successful candidate will possess excellent organisational and communication skills. You will be liaising closely with the Commercial and Operations departments and working to tight deadlines to ensure project requirements are met within the allocated time and budget.


Bibby HydroMap are offering a competitive salary accompanied by an attractive benefits package.


If you’re looking for a new challenge and are driven, motivated and want to be part of a growing business, send your CV outlining your qualifications and skills and capabilities to [email protected].


Bibby HydroMap specialise in the acquisition, interpretation and reporting of highly accurate and precisely positioned seabed and sub-seabed survey data. Bibby HydroMap have extensive expert knowledge together with the use of innovative technology supports a range of offshore operations.


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EGS International Ltd are recruiting experienced hydrographic surveyors, Bordon, Hampshire, UK

Salary: Dependant on experience

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 they are looking for experienced hydrographic surveyors to join there expanding hydrographic 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.



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]

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