Issue 563
4 December 2018:


Offshore Survey 2019 Call for Abstracts – Deadline 14 December 2018

There is still time to submit an abstract for the Offshore Survey conference taking place at Ocean Business in Southampton, UK from 9-10 April 2019. The deadline is next week, 14 December 2018!

Offshore Survey is one of 2019’s unmissable industry and professional conferences.  It’s always a popular event and has gained a reputation for attracting the very best papers, with a unique mix of global technology and business.  The conference offers a golden opportunity to share cutting edge information and the committee welcomes submissions for sessions on:

Subsea Positioning

Hydrographic and Seabed Systems

Survey Operations

Data Processing and Visualisation

Industry and Professional Issues


Each abstract will be peer-reviewed and a final programme will be announced in January 2019.

Click here for more information on submitting an abstract:

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 9-11 April 2019. For more information on Ocean Business and Offshore Survey 2019, please visit


Autonomous Vehicles, the Highlight of Ocean Business 2019 Training & Demo Programme

Visitors to Ocean Business 2019 will see a record number of autonomous vehicles taking part in demonstrations, when the show returns to Southampton from 9-11 April 2019.  184 hours of live demonstrations of the latest ocean technology will take place back-to-back on board vessels, in dockside waters, in the test tank and in classrooms; giving visitors a chance to see the latest products first hand in their real environment.


All training and demonstration sessions are FREE to attend and visitors can simply book in on a first come first served basis at the show.  To see the full programme, please click here

The live demonstrations run alongside an exhibition of more than 360 International exhibitors, an Offshore Survey conference, associated meetings hosted by leading organisations, an Ocean Careers events and a variety of social and networking opportunities.


For more information, please visit

View the T&D Programme online

Ocean Business Dinner Tickets Now on Sale

The famous Ocean Business dinner has returned, but this time at the Luxury Southampton Harbour Hotel. Located in Ocean Village, Southampton it features a stunning contemporary design. Guests can catch up with friends old and new whilst taking in the views across the marina.


The evening will take place on Wednesday 10 April and will start with pre-dinner drinks, followed by a three course meal, promising a night to remember.

Act quick as availability is limited!


Tickets are £85 +VAT per person, to purchase your ticket, email Apinya Wright [email protected]


STR becomes early adopter of Sonardyne’s new Fusion 2 software and 6 ‘plus’ hardware at OSEA 2018

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), a multi-disciplinary technology expert specialising in the design, production, rental and sale of innovative marine survey equipment, has become the first company to invest in Sonardyne International Ltd.’s new Long BaseLine (LBL) and Inertial Navigation System (INS) software, Fusion 2. The announcement was made following Sonardyne’s launch event at OSEA 2018 in Singapore.


STR will upgrade its existing 6G hardware to Sonardyne’s new 6 ‘plus’ variants, which, combined with Fusion 2, will make marine survey and offshore construction projects faster and easier than ever.


Sonardyne’s new Compatt 6+ and ROVNav 6+ hardware has been designed to get the best performance from Fusion 2, a brand new software package that provides a single system from which surveyors can perform all of their LBL, acoustically-aided INS and Sparse LBL operations, with more functionality and capability than they’ve had before, including real-time SLAM calibration.


This performance is achieved with Wideband 3, which allows, for the first time, sensor telemetry data (e.g. pressure, depth, temperature) to be embedded within navigation (ranging) telemetry data, which means that there are no pauses in tracking when installing subsea structures, allowing operators to know exactly what’s happening at all times and reducing risk.


For further information visit

Sea Level Variation Study using GPS and an Ice Profiling Sonar in the Disko Bay Region of Western Greenland

OceanbuzzDr. David Holland of New York University, in collaboration with Dr. Natalya Gomez at McGill University, is leading an investigation of sea level variations in the Disko Bay region of western Greenland.  A shore-based system compares the direct arrival of GPS signals to the signals reflected off the sea surface to obtain sea level. The presence of sea ice and icebergs complicates the measurements. A shore-mounted camera provides information about the surroundings and the presence of sea ice and icebergs when there is daylight.  Underwater sonar devices can supplement the camera-based observations and eliminate the dependence on daylight to characterise the ice.


An ASL Ice Profiling Sonar (IPS) was chosen to make ice-draft measurements.  Two sites located within 150m of shore in water depths of 20–30m were selected.  One of the sites near Jakobshavn Glacier could not be accessed by a boat so it had to be accessed by a combination of helicopter and a small rubber boat.  ASL’s engineering team was tasked with designing and building a lightweight mooring system which could be deployed by two people using the small rubber boat. In the summer of 2018, the field team successfully deployed both mooring systems.  The team is currently looking forward to the 2019 field season to service the shore-based and mooring-based instruments and recover the data stored on site.


For more information visit

Royal Navy supports successful trial of new micro-robots ecoSUB provides 100% data for MASSMO 5b

ecoSUB, has been successfully trialled in the North Sea off Orkney during a marine robot demonstrator mission co-ordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).


ecoSUB is a new type of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) developed by Planet Ocean in partnership with the NOC. The vehicles are around 0.5 metres in length and weigh only 4 kg, and are therefore classified as ‘micro-AUVs’. Despite their small size, they are capable of diving to 500 m (2500m for ecoSUB-m25) and have sufficient battery power to stay underwater for several hours.


Two of the new ecoSUB-µ5-SVP vehicles were deployed from the Royal Navy’s HMS Enterprise during the trial and successfully collected Sound velocity profile data to depths of 100 m. These data will be compared with those collected by traditional ‘over-the-side’ instruments deployed from the ship, allowing the Royal Navy and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to assess the benefits of this new robotic technology.

Whilst the subs were deployed and recovered by the RN, initially the vehicles were piloted by our senior software engineer Jérémy Sitbon on board the Enterprise, but following his departure, further deployments were undertaken from Enterprise with piloting done remotely from NOC over the Iridium satellite.


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MMT focuses on image processing

Since the revolutionary launch of the Surveyor ROV as primary tool of inspection and survey through the production of High-Resolution imagery, MMT now takes a new step forward.


In a long-term collaboration, of more than a decade, between industry and academic research MMT and Reach have succesfully conducted deep sea (up to 2200 m deep) high resolution photogrammetric surveys of more than sixty historically important shipwrecks in the Bulgarian Black Sea between 2016 and 2017.


The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP), funded by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust and led by the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology, has uncovered new archaeological and scientific information spanning more than two millenia of human seafaring in the area. Amongst many of these shipwrecks was the 2,400 year old Ancient Greek merchant vessel, considered today the world’s oldest and deepest intact shipwreck ever to be discovered.


These photogrammetric models are the result of the combination of high resolution imagery to produce accurate 3D models of the shipwrecks integrated with high quality multibeam and laser bathymetry to achieve optimum scaling and positioning results. MMT is proud to take on board University of Southampton’s visiting fellow Dr Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz into their photogrammetry department who, together with his team, was in charge of the photogrammetric programme of the Black Sea MAP.


For further information visit

Navenor’s Bearing problems solved with Thordon Retrofits

Thordon Bearings has completed a range of water-lubricated and grease-free bearing installations to a third salt lugger in the Salinor/Navenor fleet, following the successful retrofitting of bearings to problematic newbuilds.


The Brazillian owner opted for the Thordon package following the rapid failure of the bronze and phenolic bearings supplied by a competitor to two newbuilds at the Manaus Shipyard delivered in 2015.


The salt carrier Nossa Sra. das Das Vitorias was retrofitted with Thordon’s SXL propeller shaft bearings after just three weeks of operation, while sistership Dona Zita was retrofitted with RiverTough shaft bearings and hardened steel liners in 2016.


For more information visit

CGG and OMV continue cooperation with multi-year extension of dedicated center

CGG announced today that its contract with OMV to operate a dedicated center at its head office in Vienna has been renewed. The contract will run for a further three years. During this period OMV will continue to benefit from onsite access to CGG’s subsurface imaging and reservoir characterisation expertise and technology. The support given by the center to image and interpret OMV’s geophysical data and the collaborative spirit in which the teams work together help to provide greater insight into OMV’s worldwide acreage.


The two companies have worked together as strategic partners since the center first opened in 1979. The tailored service delivered by experienced in-house geoscientists gives OMV access to CGG’s latest technologies as well as the support of experts and compute capacity from CGG’s Paris and London hubs.


For further information visit

Integrity Heavyweight Announces Investment in Aberdeen

The ROSEN Group, leading providers of cutting-edge integrity solutions, continues to implement its North Sea growth strategy, by announcing the opening of a new Aberdeen office.


Since opening the new office on Queen’s Road, ROSEN are already working with several of the major operators in the North Sea providing pipeline integrity, asset life extension and corrosion management services.


Acting as a hub for the company’s North Sea integrity consultancy services, ROSEN’s Aberdeen base is headed up by Technical Manager, Bryn Roberts, who brings with him over 25 years’ experience in integrity, materials, corrosion and welding engineering for both service companies and oil and gas operators.


For further information visit


Kreuz Subsea appoints industry veteran to its board

Global integrated subsea services business, Kreuz Subsea, has announced the appointment of Knut Eriksen as the board’s first independent non-executive director.


Mr Eriksen, who took up the advisory position on Friday, 1 December 2018, will support the business on a strategic level and help to identify future growth opportunities.


He is an experienced leader in the field, having worked for more than 35 years in the oil and gas sector around the world. In addition to having managed operations, he has delivered organisational transformation strategies which have successfully supported business operations in Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, UK, Norway and North America.


For the past two decades Mr Eriksen has held senior management roles, including president of engineering at Aker Maritime and senior VP roles at Oceaneering International and NATCO Group, focusing on operations and business development. Additionally, he has held the position of VP – worldwide deepwater development at Unocal Corporation.


Mr Eriksen has also been instrumental in driving core values, HSE initiatives and establishing joint ventures for global businesses.


For further information visit


iXblue Annual User Conference 2019 - Call for Abstracts, Deadline 15 December 2018

Don’t miss out on your chance to submit papers for iXblue Annual User Conference that will take place at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), on January 22nd, 2019


The Conference will bring together key players in the maritime market such as hydrographic offices, universities, institutes, port authorities, survey and dredging companies, as well as offshore construction contractors.


iXblue Annual User Conference is a golden opportunity for participants to share their experience on the latest technologies and gain valuable insight and inspiration on how to address the challenges of their sea operations, with a unique mix of global technology and business.


iXblue welcomes submissions for customers feedback about iXblue products for:

Navigation & Subsea Positioning

Hydrographic and Seabed Mapping Systems

Survey Operations

Data Processing and Visualisation

University, Industry and Professional Issues solved using iXblue products


Submit your abstract

For more information, contact [email protected]

Finalists announced for prestigious subsea awards, 6 February 2019, Aberdeen

The finalists have been announced for next year’s Subsea UK awards, which recognise the companies and individuals who are leading the way in the UK’s £7.5billion subsea sector.


The prestigious awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.


The awards will take place during Subsea Expo, which runs from 5-7th February 2019 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. This year’s event will have the theme ‘Innovating the Future’ and will look 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.


For more information on the awards, or to book a table, please visit

Agenda for Digital Utilities Europe 2019 taking place on 8-9 May in London.

The 4TH annual conference will once again bring together key industry stakeholders to address current challenges of the digitisation in the utilities sector and receive expert insights on business cases, financial aspects and technological advancements in the industry. It will feature latest case studies, discussions and interactive networking sessions focusing on latest innovation and technology, cyber security, customer experience and much more.


To view the updated agenda please

All-Energy 2019, 15-16 May 2019, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow

The UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, All-Energy 2019, which takes place at Glasgow’s SEC on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May 2019, has once again attracted Shepherd and Wedderburn as its headline sponsor.


In addition to its Headline Sponsor role, Shepherd and Wedderburn will also sponsor the Offshore Wind Theatre, the Sustainable Cities Theatre (in which energy efficiency plays a key role); and two of the show-floor Quick Fire Seminar theatres – Wave & Tidal; and Offshore Wind.


Further information

All-Energy is supported by trade associations, government departments, professional bodies and learned societies, and is held in association with the Renewable Energy Association; Highlands and islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), with Glasgow as its Host City, and the Society for Underwater Technology as Learned Society Patron.


Full information on exhibiting sponsorship packages and the conference is available on the show’s website at

Marine-i event will shine a spotlight on new Wave Energy Technology

Marine-i will host a special ‘Meet the Buyer’ workshop on 24th January to showcase the development of AMOG Consulting Ltd’s innovative Wave Energy Converter Concept.


Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i was set up to promote marine innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It has provided funding to AMOG to support the assembly and testing of the new device in Cornwall.


This one-third scale device will be tested at the Falmouth Bay test site in summer 2019, following testing at the COAST laboratory at University of Plymouth and fabrication within the Cornwall Marine Enterprise zone. This workshop will cover some of the challenges faced in the development of this unique marine technology, demonstrating lessons learned and opening discussion amongst industry members to help overcome any limitations and highlight commercial opportunities.


This workshop will be hosted at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth and is free to attend. Delegates can view full details and reserve their place by visiting:

Tidal energy demonstration at Sentosa Island, Singapore

A new milestone has been reached for marine renewable energy in Southeast Asia.Oceanbuzz

MAKO Energy Pte Ltd (ME) will be embarking on a tidal energy demonstration project in Singapore using the MAKO.7 tidal turbines, following the signing of a collaboration agreement on 28 November 2018 with the venue host, Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC).


Under the agreement, SDC will support ME’s project by providing a testbed off the Sentosa Boardwalk to demonstrate the use of existing marine structures, in this case a concrete pylon, in mounting a turbine that reduces the cost of producing electricity.


Harnessing tidal energy involves the installation of turbines which convert the kinetic energy in flowing water into electricity for local use or for charging batteries.  Tidal energy is 100 percent predictable and is forecast to increase its share of the energy mix, particularly in Southeast Asia.


For further information visit


CM Sourcing, Client Manager, Taunton, Somerset, UK

Job Overview:

Working within the Operations Team, the Client Manager is responsible for liaising with a small group of clients and understanding their freelance staffing requirements. They will then be responsible for sourcing the appropriate contractor for the role and overseeing negotiations and all aspects of the resulting contracts.


Responsibilities and Duties:

Liaising with clients, working closely with them to source the best possible freelance personnel to fulfil their requirements.

Building relationships with individuals in the freelance community, understanding their needs and placing them on appropriate projects.

Negotiating rates and terms to ensure both the client and the contractor are fully satisfied with the final contract.

Work closely with the operations assistants to ensure contractors arrive on site promptly and in accordance with the client’s needs.

Assist with travel arrangements and other ad hoc bookings (Such as training courses) to ensure the smooth running of the project.

Be on call over weekends where needed i.e. crew changes/emergency travel.

Attending industry events to network with new and existing clients and contractors.


Qualifications / Experience:

Ideally has 5-10 years of experience within the offshore survey industry.

Experience of working within an operations / crewing department is a plus but not essential.

Must be organised and a good communicator.


To apply send your CV to Mike McLean [email protected]

Deadline for application is 15 January 2019

Three new vacancies at RS Aqua, in Sales, Marketing & Logistics

RS Aqua is continuing to grow, in terms of revenue, capabilities and complexity. To support this ongoing growth, and to complement and enhance the high performing team that already have, Rs Aqua are recruiting for three new members of the team. The roles are:

Sales Administrator

Marketing Coordinator

Logistics & Compliance Executive


The job descriptions and links to apply are available here:

Recruitment is being handled by the  external HR consultants, Agile HR Consulting. Agile HR are handling all of the job applications and pre-qualification for interviews. If you or a member of your extended network are a top performer based in the South / South East of England, if you like to work hard, have fun, value integrity, diversity, collaboration and innovation, and if you want to work with the UK leading Marine Science Technology Distributor then RS Aqua would love to hear from you!

Gardline Limited are hiring…Come and join the team!

Whilst expanding its core business areas, marine survey experts Gardline Ltd are looking to recruit the following full-time, permanent personnel -:

Geophysicists (all levels)

Geophysical Engineers

Geotechnical Operators

Geotechnical Engineers

Acoustic Equipment Technician

Seismic Processing Geophysicists




Calibration Technician

Marine Mammal Observer

Marine Acoustic Technician

Marine Environmental Scientist

Environmental Reporting Scientist

Environmental Project Managers

Logistics Supervisor

PAT Engineer


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 the website


Similarly, please feel free to 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.

Project Manager, Fugro GB Marine Ltd, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

As a Project Manager you are responsible and accountable for the delivery of projects. The prime responsibility is to ensure both an effective and efficient execution of the agreed work in such a way that the QHSE, technical, commercial and contractual requirements are met. You will be managing offshore projects utilising specialist survey vessels and equipment in a global market.


The duties and responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to:

To plan, organise, control, co-ordinate, lead, motivate to achieve optimal balance between cost, time, quality, benefit and risk in marine geophysical projects;

To support the development of a positive safety culture; to develop project documentation including project execution plans;

To monitor project budgets, schedules and performance against KPI’s; to supervise and motivate project teams;

To communicate with clients, internal partners, and sub-contractors; to support the tendering process; to support and promote a Team Fugro culture.


Fugro are looking for candidates who are excellent, reliable and efficient. They require first class communicators that adopt a proactive and systematic approach with a competitive attitude.


To apply and for more details please visit:

Oceanographer, Fugro GB Marine Ltd, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

The Coastal Oceanography Department has the following vacancy for an Oceanographer based within the team in the Portchester office.


Fugro are one of the world’s leading, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions for large constructions, infrastructure and natural resources. They provide the technical data and information required to design, construct and maintain large structures and infrastructure in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. Working around the globe, predominantly in energy and infrastructure markets, they employ approximately 10,000 employees in around 65 countries.

Their office in Portchester delivers a number of key services supporting projects in both the marine and land environment.


The Oceanographer duties and responsibilities include:

Metocean survey – setting up metocean equipment, preparing moorings, mobilising vessels, deploying equipment, collecting metocean data.

Equipment selection and preparation prior to survey work, and demobilisation following survey.

Processing and quality control of measured metocean data.

Writing technical reports.


Attributes will include:

Degree in Oceanography or related discipline.

Ability to work well as part of a team.


Fieldwork experience is desirable, but not essential. Understanding of metocean equipment and knowledge of the offshore renewables industry is also desirable, but not essential.


For more information please visit the web site:

Project Manager, Fugro GB Marine Ltd, Wallingford, UK

Fugro GB Marine Ltd is one of the world’s foremost provider of commercial meteorological, oceanographic and structural response acquisition, analytics and advisory services.


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


As a Project Manager you will direct and manage assigned projects to ensure that the goals and objectives of the programme are achieved safely within the scheduled timeframe and budget.

Responsibilities include:

Developing, leading and proactive management of assigned programmes through the entire project lifecycle.

Budget management experience is critical to ensure we monitor, manage and deliver financial parameters of both company and client.

Building strong client relationship to ensure clear understanding of current programme and future variation opportunities.

Utilise technical skills to deliver field and site-based activities.

Oversee project logistics and liaise with subcontractors and suppliers.

Report writing, expenditure approval and people related requirements.

Manage project contract handovers effectively and efficiently ensuring that all recommendations and continuous improvement initiatives are communicated.


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

The ideal candidate will have:

A degree or higher-level qualification in Scientific Engineering or Engineering Project Management.

Previous experience of project management.

Strong client and delivery focus.

Previous experience of real-time data collection systems.

Knowledge of offshore or maritime aspects would be beneficial.


Benefits on offer:

Benefits for this role include a competitive salary accompanied by an attractive package.

If you are interested to join Fugro’s talented team, please apply by submitting a CV to: [email protected] quoting ref 4200


Deadline for application is 21 December 2018.


Hydrographic Surveyor, Spectrum Geosurvey, Hampshire, UK

Spectrum Geosurvey specialise in coastal geophysical surveys, supporting a wide range of clients in the offshore renewables sector. Spectrum Geosurvey are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to join a growing team based in the Lymington office.


The successful candidate will be required to perform a variety of roles within the company and be prepared to travel and work offshore and away from home on a regular basis. Supported by an experienced team, the candidate will have 2 or more years’ experience within the offshore industry and will be responsible for the following activities:

Acquisition, quality checking, processing and interpretation of data from various survey systems including multibeam sonars, sub-bottom profilers, RTK & PPK GPS, side scan sonar and USBL systems;

Vessel mobilisations, project management and survey planning, calibrate and maintain survey equipment;

Technical report writing & charting;

Production and checking of final deliverables;

Research new technologies & techniques to keep Spectrum on the cutting edge;

Assist with the development of new procedures for tasks including survey operations, data processing and data management.


Required education/experience & attributes:

Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject such as Geophysics, Geology, Hydrography or similar;

High attention to detail and able to work efficiently to meet deadlines;

Full, valid UK driving licence;

Competent in the use of Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel and Word;

Willing to work in the offshore marine environment and away from home for several weeks at a time;

Ability to take initiative and work unsupervised.



Working knowledge of Teledyne PDS & POSPac MMS;

Land survey techniques;

GIS knowledge and experience of GIS software;

An understanding of the importance of data management;

An interest in offshore survey techniques, offshore energy & infrastructure;


Please send your CV to: [email protected]

Closing date: 15/01/2019

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