Issue 557
23 October 2018:


Ocean Business announces a Call for Abstracts for Offshore Survey Conference

Offshore Survey 2019, which takes place alongside Ocean Business in Southampton, UK has announced a call for abstracts.

This will be the sixth Offshore Survey conference and all interested parties are invited to submit an abstract online by 14 December 2018. Each abstract will be peer-reviewed and a final program will be announced in January 2019.


Offshore Survey provides a unique mix of global technology and business from all corners of the industry.  With this in mind it offers the perfect platform to share cutting edge information with an international audience. The offshore survey community are encouraged to come forward with papers suitable for sessions on the following:

Subsea Positioning

Hydrographic and Seabed Systems

Survey Operations

Data Processing and Visualisation

Industry and Professional Issues


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Offshore Survey 2019 runs alongside Ocean Business, the hands-on ocean technology and training forum held at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK from 9-11th April 2019. For more information on Ocean Business and Offshore Survey 2019,

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A-2-Sea Awarded MCA Nautical Charting Contract

A-2-Sea Solutions Ltd awarded 3 to 5 year contract with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Civil Hydrography Programme


Following a competitive tender period, A-2-Sea Solutions have been awarded the Lot 3 Routine Resurvey contract as part of the Civil Hydrography Programme (CHP), managed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The Routine Resurvey requires the acquisition of high resolution multibeam bathymetry in dynamic, shallow water areas where changing seabed levels are significant for the safety of navigation. Once acquired and post processed to a high standard, the data will undergo rigorous quality assurance processes by the UKHO before being used to update the UK’s nautical charts and publications.


The contract award continues the momentum of development for the survey department and adds to a series of survey contracts and frameworks that have been awarded to A-2-Sea Solutions in 2018.


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UTEC extends surveying capabilities with new autonomous underwater vehicle launch and recovery system

UTEC, a global surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, recently successfully commissioned its new launch and recovery system (LARS) for the fleet of seven autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) it uses for seabed surveys in the oil and renewables industries.


UTEC’s new LARS is a floating garage that enables an AUV to be launched and recovered without needing a small boat, thereby simplifying operations and improving safety. It also increases efficiency and reduces costs by enabling AUV surveys in parallel with construction or laying activities, as the LARS can be deployed from the same work vessel.


The LARS will see its first use on a pipeline inspection offshore West Africa later this month.

The system’s design uses flanged and bolted steel and aluminium tubulars for quick assembly and disassembly to ease transportation and storage. It can also be used for subsea launches. Global navigation satellite and ultra-short-baseline positioning systems can be mounted on the LARS to seed the AUV’s inertial navigation system positioning.


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Collaborating to make ROVs small and user-friendly

When VideoRay was designing a subsea vehicle so compact it could be checked in as luggage at the airport, it teamed up with Nortek to keep the size down, while keeping the positioning accuracy high.


Putting together a highly specified remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) is a complex business, requiring fluid integration of components and software from several different manufacturers. Getting it all to work together takes a high level of collaboration between professionals, located around the world.

A case in point is the deployment of Nortek’s DVL1000 Doppler Velocity Log on the Defender models now being produced by Pennsylvania-based VideoRay, the world leader in inspection-class ROVs. Nortek collaborated with both VideoRay and Vermont’s Greensea Systems – which supplied the OPENSEA operational software platform, inertial navigation, and an autonomous control system for the ROV – to create a versatile, powerful and extremely compact vehicle. In fact, it’s small enough to be checked on to an airplane as luggage.


Small but powerful:The Defender is part of VideoRay’s new Mission Specialist Series (MSS) of ROVs. Its size and software set-up mean it can be operated by one person, while still being capable of replacing larger, more costly vehicles in doing many tasks. Weighing just 18 kg in air, the Defender is highly maneuverable and powerful, and comes equipped with multibeam sonar. Despite its size, it’s also a “workhorse” ROV, capable of lifting a payload of 10–12 kg routinely, and potentially up to 23 kg in some configurations.


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Wärtsilä opens the first International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence in the world

The technology group Wärtsilä opens an International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence (IMCCE) today in Singapore. The IMCCE consists of a Maritime Cyber Emergency Response Team (MCERT) and a cyber academy. The IMCCE is a world’s first industry solution for the marine industry, founded by Wärtsilä together with its strategic partner in cyber security, Templar Executives. The IMCCE will provide a focal point for the industry to help drive the cyber awareness and response to cyber incidents.


The MCERT is an international cyber intelligence and incident support platform enhancing cyber resilience for the entire maritime ecosystem. It provides international intelligence feeds, advice and support, including real-time assistance to members on cyber attacks and incidents, and a Cyber Security Reporting Portal (CSRP) for its members. The MCERT operates from the Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre facilities launched today in Singapore.


The MCERT is based on a membership model and for those who want to lead the cyber agenda in the industry, it offers an Advisory Board membership. The Advisory Board will comprise of key stakeholders from the Maritime ecosystem in the areas of shipping, oil & gas, ports and cruise ships.


The Cyber Academy’s courses will cover a range of relevant topics, from cyber security coaching for senior management to cyber awareness for all organisational levels within the maritime industry.


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OceanWise supplies new Tide and Weather Systems to all ABP South Wales Ports

Associated British Ports (ABP) South Wales has chosen OceanWise to supply, install and maintain new tide and weather systems across its five South Wales ports: Cardiff, Port Talbot, Newport, Barry and Swansea. ABP is a leading UK port operator that owns and operates a network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales.


The OceanWise system uses specially developed telemetry which has been tested and proven in often-harsh marine environments. The data from the tide and weather sensors is displayed via the cloud-based publishing platform Port-Log, which stores, disseminates and shares this important environmental data. The five ABP South Wales ports all now have access to their live tidal and weather data via PortLog on a 24/7 basis, as well as historical data for long term analysis (which also enables more accurate predictions).


By upgrading the sensors and moving to Port-Log, which is specially designed for marine operations, the ports will benefit from improved visibility and access to their data which should help improve efficiency.


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New research produces toolkit to optimise the design of floating offshore renewable energy devices

Being able to understand and predict the behaviour of offshore floating structures, under typical or extreme environmental loads, is central to being able to assess their viability. This is particularly important in the case of offshore renewable energy where devices are intentionally placed in highly energetic marine sites.  Now, new research at HR Wallingford in collaboration with the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) in the US, has developed a toolkit which can be used to optimise the design of floating offshore renewable energy devices, by accurately simulating the response of these floating structures under realistic sea states.


A variety of concepts for floating offshore renewable energy devices is under development around the world, and each one presents its own challenges.  This is not only due to the marine environments in which the devices may be placed, where they will frequently be exposed to significant wave forces, known as hydrodynamic loads, but also due to their respective operating methods.  While floating wind turbines aim to limit the response to wave loads, wave energy converters, for example, are tuned to have a high response to the most energetic waves.


The toolkit consists of two main components: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) using Proteus open-source software, and Multi-Body Dynamics (MBD) using the Chrono open-source solver.  Both models have been thoroughly validated separately and together.


The research project has been sponsored by CHL and the Engineer Research and Development Centre (ERDC), and HR Wallingford, under a joint collaboration agreement.  Additional support was provided by the IDCORE doctorate programme from the Energy Technologies Institute and the Research Councils Energy Programme.


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Marine-i backs innovative research approach for coastal wildlife

Marine-i, the EU funded programme set up to boost marine innovation in Cornwall, has made a grant award to The Rock Pool Project. This organisation is led by marine ecology specialists and has a mission to raise awareness of the wide variety of species that inhabit rock pools and their importance to the marine ecosystem.


The funding from Marine-i has been used to carry out initial development work for an app which would be used by students and by the general public to gather valuable data on rock pool wildlife, as The Rock Pool Project’s Director.


Marine-i have supported the project with a Rapid Innovation Grant. These are ‘easy access’ 100% grants of up to £2,000 which can be used to purchase products or services that help a business take its innovation to the next level. The Rock Pool Project has used the grant from Marine-i to fund a scoping session with a technology consultancy and map out their business plan.


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Second MacArtney TRIAXUS ROTV adds value to oceanographic research organisation

Over the centuries, our human understanding of the physical and biological aspects of the ocean has made huge advancements. From initial observations of the tides made by Aristotle and Strabo to Benjamin Franklin’s first scientific study of the Gulf Stream, made by measuring water temperatures during his Atlantic crossings, our understanding of our oceans has valuably increased.


Now with the MacArtney TRIAXUS ROTV aboard research vessels like the RV Investigator, we are able to push the boundaries of our understanding.

MacArtney has recently supplied a second system for use on the RV Investigator. This TRIAXUS E version features an even higher payload capacity and enables the installation of a wide range of sensors targeted to the specific needs of oceanographic research. The scope of supply from MacArtney in this case included:

The TRIAXUS extended E version

The Sea-Bird SBE 911 Conductivity, Temperature and Depth Instrument (CTD)

A Transmissometer to determine the excitation of the water medium to gauge clarity at ranging ocean depths

A Fluorometer to measure the parameters of Chlorophyll a to provide data on concentrations of algae in the water column

A PAR Sensor or Photosynthetically Active Radiation sensor to determine photon energy available for the photosynthesis processes in the water column


Custom sensor packages supported by the NEXUS fibre optic multiplexer and MMI (Man Machine Interface) mean the TRIAXUS can be programmed topside to perform various functions and undulations whilst being towed. Fibre optic umbilical cabling allows for the feedback of data in real time. Specially developed for this high-speed oceanographic data acquisition work the TRIAXUS provides a versatile and seamless system.


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Sentinel Marine makes further fleet investment with new platform supply vessel

Offshore support vessel operator Sentinel Marine is adding to its state-of-the-art fleet with the purchase and major refit of a multi-role ship. The Aberdeen-based firm, which has just seen the eighth of nine new builds commence operations in the North Sea, expects that Scotian Sentinel will enter service in November as a Group A combined PSV/ERRV.


The vessel, which will perform a dual platform supply and emergency response and rescue role, was purchased from a Canadian seller and is currently in dry-dock where she is being upgraded to fully comply with UK standards.


It comes just a few weeks after Bailey Sentinel, which led to the creation of a further 24 jobs at Sentinel Marine, arrived in Aberdeen following construction at a shipyard in China. One further ERRV will complete the firm’s fleet of new-build ships – the youngest and most efficient in the North Sea – and is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.


The recent investment has resulted in dozens of new jobs being created both on and offshore, with 350 people now employed by the firm. The growth in staff numbers at Sentinel Marine’s Aberdeen headquarters has led to the firm relocating to new, larger premises at The Exchange on Market Street.


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Drafinsub picks top falcon for extensive operations

Declaring the Saab Seaeye Falcon, ‘the industry standard’, Italian underwater works company, Drafinsub, chose the top selling Falcon electric robotic vehicle for the wide ranging and complex tasks undertaken by the company.

The long-established company – with its all-inclusive diving operations that include their new nine-man 300msw saturation units – undertakes extensive underwater works offshore, along with dams, nuclear installations and inside tunnels. Work includes pipeline construction, cable laying, offshore platform maintenance and mine clearance.

Drafinsub says they will use the Falcon for various tasks including:

Diver assistance in shallow and deep water (300 msw)

Non-destructive ultrasonic testing with an onboard Cygnus, and cathodic protection with an onboard probe

General visual inspections on pipelines and other structures.


In addition they use robotic vehicles for the placement and recovery of the famous Bisson’s Abissi sparkling wine bottles, stored underwater in Portofino, as the seabed is considered an ideal environment in terms of constant temperature, half light and pressure.


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Coastal Partnerships Network Annual Forum 2018, 27th - 28th November, Cardiff

The event is the national Continuing Professional Development event for Coastal Partnership Officers, members of their Steering Groups or Boards, partner representatives and anyone who works, or is interested in working, in partnership on the coast. It provides up to date information on the latest legislation and key issues affecting or affected by coastal management and helps to showcase different aspects of the work of coastal partnerships – their latest technological as well as social and cultural projects – to inspire others. It serves as the key networking event for CPN members and partner organisations, enabling them to build links and benefit from shared experience on a national scale.


The programme and booking can be accessed via the following link:






Final Call for Subsea UK Award Nominations

Industry body, Subsea UK has issued a final call for entries ahead of its prestigious 2019 business awards.The awards recognise companies and individuals who are leading the way in Britain’s £9billion subsea sector.


Entries are being sought for the subsea company of the year (large and small), the most promising young person in the sector, outstanding contribution by an individual to the industry and emerging enterprise.


The awards will also recognise achievements and innovations in technology, safety and exports, with the innovation and technology award, sponsored by Simmons & Co. International, and the global exports award, sponsored by the Department for International Trade.


Nominations can be made online via by Friday 26th October.

An independent judging panel of industry leaders will score each entry according to the agreed criteria and the shortlist of finalists will be announced in December 2019.


Accolades will be presented at a gala dinner, organised by Subsea UK on 6th February during Subsea Expo, Europe’s largest subsea conference and exhibition.


Subsea Expo will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 5-7th February 2019.


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Ocean Engineering Technician – Mechanical, UKRI- NERC NOC, Southampton

£22,224 – £25,557,Full time, Permanent


The Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.


The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of NERC, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.


About the role

NERC are looking for Mechanical or Engineering Technicians to join our Ocean Engineering Team.


The Ocean Engineering Team forms part of the wider National Marine Facilities Team (NMF), responsible for the provision of safe, efficient and effective marine science equipment and support infrastructure, both ashore and at sea.


You will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of complex marine instruments, equipment and systems, including the operation and deployment of hydraulic and pneumatic handling systems, sediment coring, and seismic equipment.


Whilst at sea, you will form part of the on-board technical support team with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of on-board equipment.


How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.


Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.


The closing date for applications is 11th November 2018.


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