Issue 566
08 January 2019:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

EIVA named official distributor for Sea-Bird Scientific solutions with signing of new agreement

EIVA a/s and world-leading sensor manufacturer Sea-Bird Scientific have announced the signing of an agreement that outlines a promising future for both companies, in which EIVA will serve as official distributor of all salt water Sea-Bird Scientific products in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

 

Sea-Bird Scientific, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, United States, is the world’s largest developer and manufacturer of solutions for the measurement of salinity, temperature, pressure and related oceanographic parameters in marine environments.

 

With customers involved in every sector of maritime industries, Sea-Bird Scientific sensors and systems are deployed around the world by ocean researchers, resource managers and key stakeholders engaged in offshore exploration and ocean resource utilisation.

 

Through the years, EIVA has delivered a high number of ScanFish Rocio remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) solutions with Sea-Bird Scientific sensors, including a number of solutions in 2018.

 

The signing of the new agreement will only strengthen this collaboration on providing integrated solutions for the oceanographic market, with Sea-Bird Scientific’s sensors fitted on EIVA’s sensor platforms (ROTVs and wave buoys) as well as including winch systems when required.

 

For further information visit https://www.eiva.com/#cookieInfoshow

Microplastics Sampler developed by OSIL

Global environmental monitoring experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) are pleased to release a new Microplastics Sampler for the collection of water samples for the analysis of microplastics.

 

Oceanic microplastic pollution is an increasing concern in the worlds’ oceans, and continues to grow due to the degradation and fragmentation of existing marine litter through physical and chemical processes. “Microplastics” refers to plastic particles smaller than 5 mm and includes fragments, films, pellets/nurdles, granules/beads, filaments and foams.

 

The unique Microplastics Sampler from OSIL is a large volume water sampler that allows researchers to collect and characterise suspended and sinking particles in the water column. Traditional systems rely on towed nets which have issues with pressure waves affecting the different sizes of microplastics resulting in over/ under reporting of concentrations.  The new sampler allows for very precise placement within the water column and provides a more accurate and reliable representation of the true concentration of microplastics in the water column than might be achieved by traditional collection systems.

 

The sampler collects 50 litres of water in a single sample and upon recovery the device remains upright on deck to allow dense particles to slowly sink to the bottom. The upper 5 litres can be drawn off to be sampled for positively buoyant plastics, with the next 40 litres slowly drained through a tap for neutrally buoyant materials.  The bottom section of the water bottle, containing the remaining 5 litres of water and the dense plastic particles can then be disconnected from the main body. This lower section can then be analysed in the laboratory where the flat bottom of the chamber offers an excellent backdrop for photographing/ and or subsampling using a wide-bore pipette for further analysis.

 

OSIL constantly strive to improve and develop our understanding of the oceans through innovative and unique products. The Microplastics Sampler is another step forward in terms of providing tools that help achieve this aim.

 

For further information please visit www.osil.com

Forum’s new eROV means big savings for operators

Forum Subsea Technologies is driving cost efficiencies for the subsea sector with the addition of its latest electric remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

 

The recently launched XLe Spirit is the first observation-class ROV to utilise Forum’s Integrated Control Engine (ICE™) to bring greater functionality commonly only found in larger work-class vehicles. The advanced control electronics pod fitted to all Forum XLe observation class vehicles enables superior connectivity and expansion capabilities when compared with other ROV’s on the market. Ethernet interfacing allows for seamless integration with other industry sensors using common IP architecture and ease of remote data transfer.

 

The XLe Spirit incorporates a number of features to maximise its stability for use as a sensor platform, including regulated propulsion power, optimised thruster orientation and location, accurate thruster speed control and a wide range of auto-functions for positioning and flying.

 

The XLe Spirit has just completed a twelve-week test programme at Forum’s test tank in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire. It will be sent for sea trials in the first quarter of 2019.

For further information visit www.f-e-t.com

World first as River Moy Search & Rescue take delivery of their ARC Explorer Mk-II Side Scan Sonar

Following a series of extensive trials carried out on the river Moy in Ballina Co Mayo Ireland, with the team from the River Moy Search & Rescue, Marine Sonic Technology & Planet Ocean, we are pleased to announce that they have now taken delivery their system funded partially by local donations.

 

The dedicated RMSR team of volunteers are the first in the World to operate the new Mk-II system which offers a number of improvements over its popular predecessor including a stainless steel tow fish body, new tail section and enhanced software and is designed for search, survey, and recovery applications.

 

The trials and training which were carried out using an advanced prototype system at their Ballina facility included spotting and identifying divers lying on the bottom in difficult to isolate locations.

 

For further information visit https://planet-ocean.co.uk/wp/?page_id=131

Successful Launch of Formation-Flying Microsatellite Constellation Built by Space Flight Laboratory

Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the successful launch of three formation-flying microsatellites built by SFL under contract to Deep Space Industries for HawkEye 360 Inc. The microsatellites were launched last year into low Earth orbit on December 3, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

 

The HawkEye 360 Pathfinder microsatellites will detect and geolocate radio frequency (RF) signals from VHF radios, maritime radar systems, automatic identification system (AIS) beacons, VSAT terminals and emergency beacons. HawkEye 360 will apply advanced RF analytics to this data to help customers assess suspicious vessel activity, survey communication frequency interference, and search for people in distress.

 

SFL was selected for the mission by Deep Space Industries, the HawkEye 360 Pathfinder prime contractor, due to the importance of formation flying by multiple satellites for successful RF signal geolocation and analysis. SFL first demonstrated on-orbit formation control with smaller satellites in the 2014 Canadian CanX-4/CanX-5 mission.

 

Precise formation flying is critical to the HawkEye 360 RF system because the relative positions of each satellite in the constellation must be known to accurately geolocate the transmission sources of the radio frequency signals. For the triangulation to be calculated correctly, each satellite must be located with sufficient precision in space and relative to one another.

 

For further information visit www.utias-sfl.net

MacArtney FOCUS 3 leaves Denmark for the Applied Physics Laboratory in the United States

The FOCUS 3 represents the 3rd generation of FOCUS vehicles in the MacArtney ROTV family, all designed, developed and manufactured by MacArtney.

 

The FOCUS 3 is the result of more than 25 years of constant product development and customer feedback. The design philosophy of the FOCUS 3 system is to provide a robust, easy-to-use, accurate, steerable, open and flexible instrumentation platform that can be deployed for a wide variety of underwater data acquisition and inspection applications.

 

In this case, the FOCUS 3 will be deployed by APL to develop and test new methods for UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) detection and classification. Traditional UXO detection methods have detected small variances in the magnetic field strength of the seabed. These changes in the magnetic field could typically indicate that metallic objects like shells, mortars or naval mines were present – entombed beneath the surface. In the past magnetometers have been deployed in various configurations and on a variety of platforms.

 

More recent detection methods have included the use of sound – as used for many years in the mapping of subsurface sediment layers – but now APL with funding from the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) has taken this a stage further. By not only having the ability to detect the object but by also providing high-resolution imaging, spectral response, and most importantly in the cases of UXOs, the accurate position of the object using sonar technology.

 

For further information visit http://www.macartney.com

Horizon Geosciences announce the purchase of their new vessel, Horizon Nomad, a 2014 build, 60m, DP2 vessel

This vessel has been designed to cater to offshore geotechnical investigations and geophysical surveys complying with the marine standards set by the global oil and gas operators.

 

The vessel can be mobilised with the following range of equipment:

geotechnical drill rig

geophysical survey including UHR and 2D HR

shallow seabed sampling equipment

full range of ROVs

shallow water geophysical survey vessels

 

The purchase of this vessel is testament to Horizon’s continued success and will be a key resource as Horizon grow into new regions. The vessel will increase Horizon’s availability of permanently mobilised vessels something which is paramount in being responsive to their clients demanding schedules.

 

For futher information visit http://horizon-geosciences.com/news/

The Next Generation in Acoustic Backscatter Measurements

A new tool to measure both sediment concentration and sediment size is being built by ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. (ASL). The Multifrquency Ultrasonic Device (MUD™) is based on ASL’s successful Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP). The MUD and AZFP echosounders can be configured with up to four frequencies ranging from 38 kHz to 2 MHz. The MUD prototype is based on a set of higher frequencies (200 kHz, 769 kHz, 1.2 MHz and 2.0 MHz) that will allow for a broad range of particle size discrimination. While the AZFP is a high gain device for low scattering conditions and the greatest possible range, the MUD echosounder is a lower gain system that is being tuned to work in higher backscatter regimes such as the bottom or high concentrations of suspended sediment. ASL’s echosounders are designed for autonomous deployments, with small size and low power draw.

 

In May 2018, Dr. Gwyn Lintern of NRCan, in collaboration with university researchers, deployed a three frequency (200 kHz, 769 kHz, 1250 kHz) MUD in Bute Inlet, one of the principal inlets of the British Columbia coast. This site was selected due to its large number of seasonal turbidity flows. The timing of the deployment coincided with the spring freshet, a time where turbulent suspension of sediments was likely. On May 15th a turbidity flow event was detected by the MUD. All three frequencies clearly recorded the characteristics of the turbidity flow without saturating. These real-world data, along with further in-situ and laboratory calibrations will provide a method to develop multifrequency inversion techniques to resolve sediment concentration.

 

For further information visit [email protected]

Naval Dome introduces new dashboard for optimum cyber monitoring

Maritime security specialist Naval Dome has come up with an innovative approach to managing the cyber security status of all protected systems onboard ships, allowing shipboard and shoreside staff to monitor and evaluate fleet-wide system data, even when they are offline. Until now, only crew members have been able to access a ship’s offline data sets.

 

The Naval Dome Dashboard collects and collates all the data captured by the company’s multi-award-winning Endpoint cyber protection system for use either at the company’s HQ – where personnel can access both online and offline shipboard data – or onboard the vessel itself, to provide the master or chief engineer with a complete picture of the ship’s cyber status.

 

Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela says the Naval Dome Dashboard is particularly suitable for ships fitted with multiple, complex technologies. It can be tailored to the customers’ specific needs and can be integrated with existing dashboards.

 

Once the Endpoint system has gathered information from navigation and machinery equipment, such as ECDIS, RADAR, MCS and other critical equipment onboard, the data is accessed via an easy-to-navigate Dashboard display on a PC.

 

The Naval Dome Dashboard gives an exact picture of the critical equipment status, allowing users to quickly determine the number of PC-based systems onboard each ship and which of them are protected.

 

For further information visit https://www.navaldome.com/news.html

IMCA issues guidance to assist analysis and testing of DP systems

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidance to Identify DP System Components and their Failure Modes’ (IMCA M 247). The new document complements the Association’s existing guidance on Dynamic Positioning (DP).

 

IMCA M 247 identifies the different components of a DP system and provides guidance on how these systems might fail. DP Practitioners can use it for the production, review and testing of Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA), and annual DP trials. By following the guidance in this document, it contributes to the continuing improvement and reliability of DP operations.

 

For further information visit www.imca-int.com

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

EdgeTech Welcomes Richard Hill and Expands its Bathymetric Solutions Business Development

EdgeTech, the leader in high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, is excited to announce that Richard Hill has joined the organisation in the role of Director of International Business Development.  The role will initially focus on the expanding EdgeTech’s bathymetric marketing, sales and support in Europe and Asia.

 

Richard comes to the company with a strong background in hydrographic surveying and years of technical and business development experience in the industry.  Products and solutions in the EdgeTech bathymetric line include the newly released shallow water 6205s system as well as 2300 towed side scan, bathymetry, sub-bottom profiling systems and 2205 USV-optimised bathymetry systems as well as ROV and AUV based sonar systems which offer a combination of side scan, sub-bottom and bathymetry technology.  The 6205s overcomes the limitations of Multi Beam Echo Sounders (MBES) and Interferometric systems in shallow water by using EdgeTech’s unique Multi-Phase Echo Sounder (MPES) technology. This hybrid approach combines both beamforming and phase discrimination techniques to determine each sounding along the seafloor.

 

For further information visit www.edgetech.com

IMCA adds competence & training, remote systems and ROV specialist to its technical team

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced the appointment of Andre Rose as Technical Adviser – Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV.

 

Andre has spent most of the last 18 years working in the ROV industry. This has included time as a Pilot/Technician, Superintendent, ROV Manager and Client Representative.

He has a background with the Royal Navy, where he spent 19 years in its Fleet Air Arm working with rotary and fixed wing aircraft. Initially, he completed an apprenticeship in aircraft mechanical engineering, before being trained as an avionics engineer.

 

For further information visit www.imca-int.com

 

Ryan Riley promoted to MarineMax regional service and parts manager

MarineMax recently announced that Bryan Riley has been promoted to Regional Service and Parts Manager of Midwest and North Florida stores.

 

Bryan grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1989. He began his career in the Marine industry in 1993 when he started working at Port Arrowhead Marina as a Delivery Captain and later as Service Manager. Port Arrowhead Marina joined the MarineMax family in 2006 and afterward, Bryan became the Operations Manager. Along with his wife and two children, he enjoys boating and all watersports.

 

For further information visit www.marinemax.com

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

Dates Announced for Teledyne Marine’s 2019 Technology Workshop

Marine is pleased to announce the dates for their 2019 Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop.  This popular event will once again draw speakers, influencers, and attendees from around the globe to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of Teledyne Marine technologies spanning commercial, academic and defense applications.  The 2019 event will be hosted at a new venue, the Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, CA USA.  The dates will be October 6-9, 2019.

 

This three-day workshop, which is preceded by a day of networking activities, will include customer presentations, product/software training, field service meetings, networking opportunities, and on-water demonstrations provided by Teledyne Marine’s top-tier marine manufacturers. Technologies will range from: ADCPs, multibeam echosounders and 2D / 3D mapping sonars and software, navigation systems, AUVs, ROVs, gliders, floats, lights and cameras, acoustic modems, releases and positioning systems; autonomous surface vehicles, and interconnect solutions.

 

Full details and a call for speakers will follow at: www.teledynemarine.com/tmtw2019.

3.b) Training courses with HR Wallingford – new dates announced for Coastal processes and Coastal structures courses

Coastal processes and management course – 12-13 March 2019

 

This two-day course introduces methods used in designing and planning coastal engineering and management schemes, and is ideal for those who have just started or are about to start work on coastal management or engineering activities, including engineers and managers from local authorities, coastal landowners, regulators and operating authorities.

The course content includes:

Coastal management planning – An overview of the reasons for and history of changes and management of coastlines.

Waves and tides – An introduction and the requirements for coastal management.

Beach sediment transport/ morphology processes.

Planning coastal management and engineering schemes – An introduction to options, appropriate methods and assessing the potential effects of such works.

 

The registration fee for this course is £600.00 (plus VAT at 20%) per delegate, and includes all documentation, lunch and refreshments. Discounts are available when booking more than one place.

For more details please see http://bit.ly/CPM0319

The Society of Maritime Industries is seeking nominations for the 2019 Marine Science and Technology Business Person of the Year!

The UK marine science sector is a vibrant industry epitomised by enthusiastic and successful entrepreneurs and innovative engineers whose expertise has created leading edge technology supported by world renowned research institutions.

 

The Society of Maritime Industries, through its Marine Science & Technology Council, invites nominations for this prestigious biennial award which recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to the business of the marine science and technology sector in the UK.

Previous winners of the award have been Versha Carter (Intelligent Exhibitions), John Partridge (Sonardyne International), Matthew Quartley (Valeport), Ralph Rayner (BMT Group), Brendan Hyland (WFS Technologies), Keith Birch (National Oceanography Centre), Roger Scrivens (RS Aqua), Dan Hook (ASV), and Paul Ridout (OSIL), all of whom have exemplified the spirit of this award through their flair, innovation and business acumen.

 

For further information visit https://www.maritimeindustries.org/SMI-Marine-Science-Technology-Business-Person-of-the-Year-Award

JOB POSTINGS

Oceanographic Engineer, Fugro GB Marine Ltd, Wallingford, UK

Fugro GB Marine Ltd is 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.

 

Deadline for application submission is 11th January 2019.

Sales Manager, Den Bosch, The Netherlands

Teledyne CARIS is the world’s leading developer of geospatial software for ocean mapping and marine information systems with its headquarters in Fredericton, Canada.

 

As a member of our sales team the sales manager is responsible for the further expansion of our market share in close cooperation with the global. The combination of new business development and expansion of the existing customer database makes this a versatile role with great opportunities for an eager and enthusiastic individual in the effort to grow the market share and revenue of Teledyne Geospatial (CARIS and Optech) business unit products and services.

 

Develop and execute the territorial Sales Development Plan together with the regional sales teams at both Teledyne CARIS and Teledyne Optech.

 

Achieve the defined order and revenue targets through the sale of CARIS software products and services, and Optech Lidar and imaging sensor systems.

 

Actively chase market data and define growth opportunities and advise on new product initiatives towards the Products and Development teams.

 

Sales and product promotions at customers sites, at conferences/exhibition, on the phone or online.

 

We expect you to bring have a Bachelor level degree or other degree in a Geomatics/Geography related area and proven experience in the hydrography and geomatics, with a solid understanding of sonars, lidar and survey methods. Working knowledge of hydrographic survey, survey equipment and mapping is an asset.

Great networking skills and a genuine interest in our customer’s needs; understanding that value is different for every customer

Existing sales experience is preferred, but the willingness to sell and the desire to promote our solutions is key.

Great presentation and demonstrations skills.

Excellent organisation and negotiation skills.

Fluency in English and preferably one other European language.

 

For more details and to apply see: https://goo.gl/9icZMK or contact [email protected]

Hydrographic Surveyor – Teledyne Marine (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 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 multi­beam 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 organisation 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.

 

Special requirements:

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

 

More info

UK vacancy – http://bit.ly/2w8gZXH

US vacancy – https://careers-teledyne.icims.com/jobs/7073/field-service-engineer-certified-hydrographic-surveyor/job

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