Issue 511
14 November 2017:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Indian tsunami detection network reaches 10th anniversary; pioneer recognised with international award

A network of deep water acoustic sensors which for the past decade has provided coastal communities around India with early detection of tsunami waves, has undergone major refurbishment by subsea technology company, Sonardyne International Ltd., UK.

The detection system is owned and operated by India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) based in Chennai, and was conceived following the deadly Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. Deployed at key locations in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, the Sonardyne Bottom Pressure Recorders (BPRs) detect the characteristic changes in water pressure (as little as 1 centimetre in 4,000 metres depth) caused by an earthquake in the deep ocean. If a tsunami is detected, a widescale alarm is raised to alert vulnerable communities.

For more information on Tsunami Detection Systems, visit https://www.sonardyne.com/product/tsunami-detection-system/

EdgeTech introduces new OEM acoustic release components for customisable underwater release packages

EdgeTech, a leader in high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, recently introduced a group of new OEM acoustic release components for customizable underwater release packages. Extending from a long line of reliable acoustic release products, EdgeTech introduced the OEM component product line for those individuals and groups that have unique underwater release requirements that often require custom built solutions.

With the ability to select individual OEM components, users can purchase the high-quality electronics, transducers and release mechanisms that can be found in the commercial-off-the-shelf EdgeTech Acoustic Release products on an OEM part basis. Using the EdgeTech OEM acoustic release components, customers can completely customize their underwater release package while maintaining the high-quality aspect of the core release functionality.  Additionally, all electronics and transducers are compatible with the reliable EdgeTech surface deck boxes such as the 8011 and the PACS, ensuring complete acoustic command and control of the subsea package.

For more information please visit: http://www.edgetech.com/products/acoustic-releases/oem-acoustic-release-components/#productTab2

Aquabotix secures WS Darley & Co as US distributor

Aquabotix

UUV Aquabotix Ltd is pleased to announce the addition of W.S. Darley & Co. (Darley), a 100-year-old designer, manufacturer and distributor of firefighting, defense and emergency services equipment, as a distributor for Aquabotix in the United States. Through this partnership, Aquabotix will work closely with Darley Defense, a specialty division of Darley that markets new and existing products to the US Department of Defense, to provide its underwater vehicles and camera systems to the US Navy.

Aquabotix’s portable and easy to launch Hybrid AUV/ROV and Endura ROV are designed to aid the navies of the world by identifying and addressing increased underwater threats. These threats often occur in hazardous environments that are difficult and dangerous for divers.

Darley Defense has executed large federal contracts dating back to pre-World War II and is a contract vendor in Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) Programs for both fire and emergency services equipment and special operational equipment. The TLS Programs allow authorized government agency customers to quickly and easily allocate funds to procure mission-critical equipment and services. Darley is a supplier and contractor to the US Navy, US Army and US Coast Guard, and is a GSA Schedule (GSA Advantage) prime supplier.

For more information, please visit www.aquabotix.com.

Leonardo S.p.A. awards MetOcean Telematics surface scoring and simulation system contract

MetOcean Telematics makes further gains into the global defence and security market, with a contract to supply OTO Melara a division of Leonardo S.p.A., with its Mobile Acoustic Scoring & Simulation System (MASS). The state-of-the-art portable navy gunfire scoring & simulation system will be utilised by the Leonardo S.p.A. Defence Systems Division in the evaluation of the next generation of extended range navy gun systems.

MASS is a free-floating buoy range that was developed to enable warships to undertake self-conducted Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) or Naval Gunfire Scoring Simulation (NGSS) test and training exercises. The system eliminates the need for a fixed land range and provides better training proficiency. The MASS may be deployed and retrieved rapidly at any time in the open ocean and in high seas. The system has the flexibility to use either High Explosive (HE) and/or Blind Loaded & Plugged (BL&P) shells. As well, the system is calibrated for use with the majority of navy calibre guns. The MASS range may be positioned anywhere and utilised for long-range as well over the horizon firing of projectiles.

For additional information about MetOcean Telematics or any of its products, please visit www.metocean.com or contact: [email protected].

Newton Labs introduce new M500UW

In response to industry demand for ultra high-resolution scanning at depth, Newton Labs, a manufacturer of underwater laser scanners, is pleased to introduce its new M500UW. This ultra high-resolution scanner duplicates the high-resolution scanning of the M210UW but at depths of up to 500 Meters and adds to Newton’s most extensive line of subsea scanners.

This high resolution underwater laser scanner is specifically designed for capturing ultra high-resolution metrology data and can be deployed on ROV and AUV submersibles. It can also be cable serviced for depths of up to 100 meters.

The M500UW expands on Newton’s most extensive in the world of subsea high-resolution laser scanning product line, perfect for underwater metrology and IRM.

The M500UW easily interfaces with IMU devices, either integral to the ROV/AUV or exterior IMU systems. The scanner draws its power from the MUX or ROV/AUV and only requires 24VDC and GigEthernet from the MUX or ROV/AUV. The M500UWUW is depth rated to 500 Meters and is easily mounted on ROV or AUV submersibles

For further information visit http://www.newtonlabs.com/M500UW_landing.htm

"Marine noise budgets" – a new method to manage the impact of underwater noise

Cefas scientists have published a study which proposes a new methodology to manage the impact of underwater noise on marine life.

The work, titled “Marine Noise Budgets in Practice” and published in the journal Conservation Letters, allows policy makers to measure how much noise pollution a particular marine species or protected area is exposed to, and to set targets to manage pollution levels.

Underwater noise pollution can disturb or injure many marine animals, from the largest whales down to microscopic zooplankton. The study will assist ongoing efforts in the UK to better manage underwater noise. Noise can be produced by activities such as shipping, sonar, explosions, pile driving (e.g. to construct offshore wind farms) and geophysical surveys (e.g. to look for oil and gas beneath the seabed).

The new method considers the population density of marine animals and their exposure to noise pressure across a managed area of ocean to map the risk it poses. In doing so, policy-makers can better target efforts to manage this noise.

The open-access research has been published in Conservation Letters and is available here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/conl.12420/abstract.

New features added to Teledyne RD Instruments Sentinel V ADCP

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) has released two new key features for its highly popular Sentinel V Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), further adding to the system’s versatility. Originally designed for self-contained current profiling and waves measurement applications, the ADCP’s functionality was recently expanded to allow for real-time applications at data rates of up to 16 Hz. Now, two additional key features have been added: an option for bottom-tracking for moving boat applications and a new utilities software to interface with TRDI’s existing VMDAS software program to simplify vessel mounted data applications.

The 5-beam Sentinel V represents Teledyne RDI’s next-gen family of ADCPs, building upon the unparalleled success of TRDI’s Workhorse product line. With profiling ranges from <1m to >150m and a 200m depth rating, the Sentinel V ADCP is ideally suited for a wide variety of coastal and upper ocean data collection applications.

Details and an updated brochure can be found at https://goo.gl/pmWSV7.

USV Z-Axis Depth Sensor™

Unabara’s Z-Axis Depth Sensor™ functions as a survey quality Hydrographic Echo Sounder System specifically designed for use aboard Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV’s).

It is ideal for manufacturers of USV’s as an OEM product. Unabara provides OEM customers with complete hardware and software integration assistance. Two COM ports are available for Control/Setup and Data Outputs.

Unabara’s Z-Axis product brings a number of “firsts” to the echo sounder industry. The transducer element component is Unabara’s proprietary design integral to the Z-Axis sensor housing. Their low-ringing, minimum sidelobe transducer design allows for a minimum operating depth of 0.10 meter (4 inches).

The entire Z-Axis product, including the transducer components and all electronics, is contained in a single robust housing which is nearly neutrally buoyant and requires only 12 Volts D.C. (11 to 16 vdc nominal) with 125 ma. power consumption. Various mounting configurations are possible. If the USV is a small, low draft, thin hull type, thru hull mounting is typical. For twin-hull (catamaran) USV’s, the product can be mounted between the hulls. If desired, over-the-side mounting is easily accomplished.

For further information, visit http://www.unabara.us/

Rovco wins three-year Gwynt y Môr windfarm contract

RovcoUK subsea company Rovco has been awarded a three-year contract to support one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms, Gwynt y Môr, which lies eight miles off the coast of North Wales in the UK.

Rovco will be providing its ground breaking underwater ROV 3D visual survey solution, alongside traditional video, blueview sonar and cathodic protection analysis techniques.

Gwynt y Môr consists of 160 turbines that generate enough energy for more than 400,000 homes across the country. It extends over an area of about 80km² and includes two offshore substations and 134kms of onshore cable installations.

Rovco will deploy its Sub-Atlantic Mojave ROV from its fleet, kitted out with 3D inspection equipment as part of the bespoke inspection programme. These observation class ROVs are best suited to the issues associated with the strong currents found in the Liverpool Bay area.

For more information about Rovco, visit www.rovco.com

Ocean bottom seismic acquisition enhanced with cable control software

A best-in-class cable deployment control software was used to enhance a successful at-sea trial deployment of ocean bottom nodes in the Norwegian North Sea from 17-23 August. The trial was conducted by inApril AS, using their node-based seabed acquisition system called Venator and supported by Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. with their subsea cable deployment software, MakaiLay™ – Seismic module.

inApril is a new Norwegian seismic equipment supplier that developed Venator, which focuses on high speed and ‘hands-off’ installation and retrieval of seabed nodes. Their test was conducted over a part of the Edvard Grieg field (PL 338) which is operated by Lundin Petroleum.

During the trial, the MakaiLay™ seismic software provided real-time feedback to the inApril team based on the proprietary cable model calculations to ensure that the nodes were placed on the seabed accurately during the installation, and that the cable was not over tensioned during the recovery. Careful control during the recovery is the key to avoid dragging the nodes along the seabed.

For further information, visit www.makai.com, or watch the inApril sea trial video: http://www.inapril.com/2017/09/full-scale-north-sea-trial/

Naval Dome and Lloyd’s register team up to develop cyber security standards for ships

Israel-based cyber security specialist Naval Dome has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lloyd’s Register (LR), a leading global provider of engineering and technology-centric professional services. The MoU is aimed at establishing standards and guidelines for maritime cyber defence.

As part of the collaboration agreement, LR will carry out a series of pilot tests using the company’s cyber security software onboard a LR-classed vessel. The Naval Dome system is the first multi-layer cyber defence solution developed specifically for maritime applications.

Naval Dome’s governmental level intelligence grade, combined with a specific focus on maritime defence and a product designed to minimise human interaction, were the primary reasons behind LR selecting the Israeli company as its project partner.

Using intelligence agency security technology, Naval Dome’s device blocks internal and external cyber-attacks to provide maximum protection with minimal human intervention. It integrates with existing systems and software, providing real-time cyber alerts and blocks malicious files to prevent unauthorised access to critical systems and data.

For further information, visit https://www.navaldome.com/

Attollo Offshore joins London Stock Exchange Group’s ELITE

Attollo Offshore, a leading offshore marine operator, is delighted to announce it has joined London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) international business support and capital raising ecosystem, for high growth companies, ELITE.

The Aberdeen-based company, renowned for its superior management of assets required for late field life, rig-less well intervention, plug and abandonment and offshore wind projects across Europe, opened the London market on Wednesday 8 November.

The Stock Exchange was opened by Aberdeen MP, Ms Kirsty Blackman, who welcomed the eighth cohort to ELITE UK, which includes two other Aberdeen-based companies.

ELITE is LSEG’s international business support and capital raising ecosystem for ambitious and high-quality companies, with over 100 UK companies making up the 750-strong international ELITE community.

For further information, visit http://www.attollo-offshore.com

Industry mourns subsea stalwart’s passing

David Pridden (66) passed away last weekend following a brave battle with cancer.

The industry veteran became the inaugural Chief Executive of Subsea UK in 2004, several months after the organisation was formed by Government and industry.

With a long and illustrious career in the oil and gas industry, Mr Pridden was latterly Chairman of Seanamic Group, Chair of the Trustees of the UK’s National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and a member of the Simmons Private Equity Investment Committee.

Over the years, he held a variety of senior positions in both large and small subsea contractors, including launching and successfully growing his own business.

Mr Pridden was appointed chief executive of Subsea UK in June 2004, a position he held for five years. During this time, he spear-headed a campaign to raise the profile of the subsea industry, which included getting the word “subsea” into the dictionary.

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

SeaBat and Teledyne PDS training in Aberdeen

Teledyne Marine is pleased to announce the next SeaBat and Teledyne PDS Multibeam software training in the Aberdeen (UK), between 11-15 December. The combined week-long training will cover the essentials for SeaBat operations and PDS acquisition and processing software. This training is ideally suited for existing users to hone their skills and get more in depth with equipment and software. The SeaBat and PDS training can be taken separately, but is most beneficial as a combined training event.

For further information please see: http://www.teledyne-pds.com/trainings/seabat-and-teledyne-pds-multibeam-training/ or mail [email protected]

Delawarde Consulting exhibits for first time at The Maritime Alliance’s 9th annual BlueTech week

Delawarde Consulting, specialists in marketing, strategy and business development for companies focused on water and ocean technologies, announces its inaugural exhibition at the Bluetech Summit and Tech Expo as part of the Maritime Alliance’s 9th annual BlueTech Week.

Delawarde Consulting focuses on growth strategies for hi-tech organisations that touch water and the environment. Servicing oceanographic, hydrologic, maritime, and water/wastewater clients in both the private and public sectors, we develop innovative strategies and provide implementation support from ideation to successful execution.

Principal Consultant Chris Ward is a former Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Xylem Analytics, and has over 30 years of practical experience spanning government, small business, and large corporations.

For further information, visit www.delawardeinc.com

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

Teledyne Oceanscience Adds Vitad Pradith to their Team as Technical Sales Manager

Teledyne Oceanscience is pleased to announce the addition of Vitad Pradith to the team in the role of Technical Sales Manager. Pradith was the Project Lead for Unmanned Systems at HYPACK where he successfully led the development of the NEXUS Unmanned Aerial LiDAR System. Pradith facilitated HYPACK installations aboard many Unmanned Surface Vessels including the integration of new sensors and improving the user experience with these platforms.

Additionally, Mr. Pradith was a Physical Scientist for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey for over a decade providing technical direction and support to the Navigation Response Teams (NRT). He lead many sensor and technology evaluations related to hydrography and emergency response applications and introduced hydrographic data processing improvements using high performance FOG computing.

Mr. Pradith holds a Masters in Geospatial Sciences from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelors from San Francisco State University.

For further information, visit www.oceanscience.com

Horizon Geosciences welcomes new Project Manager

Horizon GeosciencesHorizon Geosciences are pleased to welcome a new Project Manager, Ross Compton to our company. Ross has an MSc in Applied Marine Science, a PhD in Marine Studies and 12 years’ experience in the offshore industry having joined WGP Seismic in 2005. He joins Horizon from RPS where he was most recently responsible for the provision of Marine Mammal Observers and Passive Acoustic Monitoring services in support of marine seismic, construction and UXO operations in addition to the provision of Seismic and Navigation Client Representatives.

Ross becomes part of Horizon Geosciences Ltd.’s growing UK business, providing offshore site investigation services within the North Sea and surrounding regions. He will take particular responsibility for Geophysical investigations and will also continue his role providing consultancy services to the IAGC as their EAME Representative.

For further information, visit www.horizon-geosciences.com

JOB POSTINGS

Mechanical Engineer, Fugro, Hampshire UK

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Mechanical Engineer to join one of the leading international hydrographic and geophysical survey companies, FUGRO. You will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment systems, mobilising and commissioning the systems onto survey vessels and supporting ongoing operations of the equipment. Based in the Portchester Hampshire office and when required will include travel within coastal Western Europe and occasionally world-wide.

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

Working closely alongside the other Fugro operations and engineering teams world wide;

Assisting with vessel mobilisations of survey equipment in Portchester office and on site within UK & coastal Western Europe and occasionally if required worldwide;

Undertaking repairs and planned maintenance of equipment in Portchester office and when required within UK & Europe and occasionally if required worldwide;

Supporting the ongoing operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment deployed on survey vessels including diagnostic and troubleshooting of any technical issues the equipment displays;

Preparing and testing mechanical  equipment systems, compile detailed interfacing documents and connection diagrams in advance of mobilisation onto survey vessels;

Preparing spares, tools and consumables for survey projects;

Maintaining all documentation related to the installation, calibration, servicing and repair of survey equipment per established Fugro procedures;

Testing and evaluating survey prototypes in the workshop and at sea.

Ensuring survey systems comply with relevant safety regulations including LOLER and PUWER.

 

Qualifications: Beneficial but not compulsory BSc, BEng, HND or BTEC Level 5 and above in Mechanical Engineering

Experience: Significant mechanical engineering experience

Closing date: 1 December 2017

To apply and for more details please visit https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=2932

Electrical & Electronics Engineer, Fugro, Hampshire UK

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Electrical and Electronics Engineer to join one of the leading international hydrographic and geophysical survey companies, FUGRO. You will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of electrical & electronic equipment systems, mobilising and commissioning the systems onto survey vessels and supporting ongoing operations of the equipment. Based in the Portchester Hampshire office and when required will include travel within coastal Western Europe and occasionally world-wide.

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

Working closely alongside the other Fugro operations and engineering teams world wide;

Assisting with vessel mobilisations of survey equipment in Portchester office and on site within UK & coastal Western Europe and occasionally if required worldwide;

Undertaking repairs and planned maintenance of equipment in Portchester office and when required within UK & Europe and occasionally if required worldwide;

Supporting the ongoing operation and maintenance of electrical & electronic equipment deployed on survey vessels including diagnostic and troubleshooting of any technical issues the equipment displays;

Preparing and testing electrical & electronic equipment systems, compile detailed interfacing documents and connection diagrams in advance of mobilisation onto survey vessels;

Preparing spares, tools and consumables for survey projects;

Maintaining all documentation related to the installation, calibration, servicing and repair of survey equipment per established Fugro procedures;

Testing and evaluating survey prototypes in the workshop and at sea.

 

Qualifications: Beneficial but not compulsory BSc, BEng, HND or BTEC Level 5 and above in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Experience: Significant electrical & electronic engineering experience

Closing date: 1 December 2017

To apply and for more details please visit https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=2931

Software Engineer, Fugro, Wallingford UK

Fugro are a leading, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions for large constructions, infrastructure and natural resources. Fugro 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, Fugro employ approximately 11,000 employees in around 60 countries.

Fugro’s office in Wallingford delivers a number of key services supporting projects in both the marine and land environment.

The Monitoring and Forecasting Department provide an integrated marine management and advisory solutions to monitor multiple data systems and improve the performance, efficiency and safety of production assets, and are currently looking for a suitable candidate to join the team as a Software Engineer.

The duties and responsibilities include:

The design and building of monitoring systems for offshore installations.

Development and delivery of specialised data acquisition software to interact with third party data sources.

Development of active display data display web pages to present datasets.

Configuration and testing of Company real-time data acquisition software.

Preparation of technical documentation and Establish technical procedures

Providing remote support to on-site field staff

Testing and integrating equipment

Suggest and implement improvements to technical procedures where applicable

 

Your skills/attributes will include:

Degree related to software, or an Electrical/Electronic Engineering degree.

C#, VB.NET are essential

HTML, JavaScript, SQL Database skills are desirable

Must be computer literate, and have skills in PC and network support

Knowledge of offshore meteorological systems and real-time data acquisition, processing and data management is desirable, and not essential.

Good communication skills, written and verbal and a good team player with the ability to develop good working relationships with clients and colleagues.

 

For more information please visit our web site: https://www.fugro.com/careers/

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