Issue 510
7 November 2017:


Ocean Business stands selling faster than ever!

After launching the remaining stands for Ocean Business 2019 last week, the team are now delighted to report that the show is now over 85% sold!

Stands for the sell-out exhibition are selling faster than ever so if you are interested in booking a stand we would urge you to act quickly.

For further information please email Cheri at [email protected] or tel: +44 (0)1453 836363.


RTSYS is developing a system for seismic research

The underwater volcano, Tagoro, off the coast of El Hierro Island, in the Canary archipelago, is being monitored closely by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) together with both Canarian Universities. They rely on RTsys expertise, who have designed a combined seismic and acoustic system especially for this research project. Submerged in October 2016, it will be resurfaced at the end of winter season in 2017.

In order to measure ground movement in the area of the Canaries archipelago, RTsys have designed a system combining 3 geophones; two pointing horizontally and one vertically. A hydrophone has been added to record the noise caused by the ground or by bubbles formed in the water by vibrations.

The device is original in that it combines and synchronises these four different analogue sensors with digital sensors measuring temperature, salinity and other environmental parameters. RTsys has been able to overcome this challenge thanks to the SDA card: the technological core of the Breton company’s products. Used on the ground by DC Ambientales (the Spanish distributor of RTsys products), this system has a battery life of around forty-five days. The data measured are recovered when the system is resurfaced.

The seismic research project in the Canaries archipelago area was driven by an underwater eruption off the coast of the island of El Hierro, on 10 October 2011, after 40 years of inactivity. In the weeks following the eruption, the first research projects were already underway. These projects are being continued by five Spanish research institutes as part of the VULCANO II project.

More about RTsys recorders:

Video of the scientific campaign:

More about the project:

Aquabotix releases live remote control technology

UUV Aquabotix Ltd introduced Live Remote Control, which allows users to pilot Aquabotix’s underwater vehicles and cameras from any web browser-enabled device, remotely, from anywhere in the world. This class-leading technology has applications for any business, research centre, security force of defence unit with a multi-site presence in the underwater world.

Live Remote Control enables users to operate Aquabotix’s Endura ROV (remotely operated vehicle), Hybrid AUV/ROV (autonomous/remotely operated vehicle) and AquaLens Connect (networked underwater camera system) during underwater activities from any location globally, using browser-based devices such as computers, phones and iPads, over the Internet, without the operator being physically present on-site.

Importantly, Live Remote Control also enables multiple operators (in multiple global locations, if needed) to operate the same unmanned underwater vehicle.

Live Remote Control is designed to expand the virtual presence of Aquabotix’s product users, allowing them to better monitor what’s happening at all times, while sharing data across multiple sites. The web-driven innovation also reduces the need for increased or expensive on-site manpower for underwater operations.

For further information, visit

Deep BV takes delivery of Sonardyne Mini-Ranger 2 positioning equipment to support UXO surveys

Deep BV, a Dutch survey company specialising in hydrography, marine geophysics and oceanography, has purchased underwater acoustic technology supplied by Sonardyne International, UK, to support its inshore, harbour, coastal and offshore activities.

The two Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking systems and WSM 6+ mini transponders were delivered to Deep BV’s headquarters in Amsterdam within days of the order being placed. One of the systems was put straight to work during an operation to search for unexploded ordnance (UXO) from onboard their 15 metre, twin hull research vessel, Deep Volans, and configured to track a remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) named Iron Lady. Accurate positioning is paramount for the Iron Lady’s control software in order to ‘fly’ the six metre-wide, gradiometer UXO set-up just two metres above the seabed.

For more information on Sonardyne Mini-Ranger 2 USBL, visit

OSIL Multiple Corer for XMU

Global seabed sampling experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd have delivered a 12 station Multiple Corer to XMU University in China.

The hydrostatically damped Multi Corer is capable of collecting up to 12 samples simultaneously, which include a high-quality sediment sample and the overlying supernatant water.

The well preserved samples consistently retrieved by users ensures that the OSIL Multiple Corers enjoy a privileged position as the primary corers for environmental impact assessment worldwide, and are universally acknowledged as being the only way of reliably collecting a truly undisturbed sediment sample from the seabed.

The corer is constructed from stainless steel and features detachable core assemblies, which enables the core tubes (or if necessary the entire core tube assembly) to be removed from the corer for analysis or storage. The core tubes are sealed top and bottom once the sample has been taken, allowing rapid retrieval of the corer without jeopardizing sample integrity.

The corers are available in a 600mm or 800mm length core tube specification.

For further information please visit or contact: [email protected] or call +44 (0) 2392 488 240.

Bibby Subsea delivers shell pipeline agreement

Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, has successfully completed a significant contract with Shell Pipeline, a subsidiary of Shell Oil US.

Through its strategic alliance with US diving company, Aqueos Corporation, Bibby Subsea completed the subsea decommissioning project in the Gulf of Mexico, utilising its diving support vessel Bibby Sapphire.

For the 16-day campaign the Bibby Sapphire was equipped with an SMD Quasar work class ROV to disconnect a previously decommissioned eight-inch oil export pipeline from a hot tap tee installed on the Amberjack Pipeline. The team was also tasked with removing the connecting subsea tie-in assembly, 353ft below sea level.

For further information, visit

FUGRO commences renewed ONGC survey contract offshore India

Fugro has commenced integrated survey work offshore India for the country’s multinational oil and gas company ONGC, under a three-year contract valued at approximately US$ 7.7 million.

The contract, awarded to Fugro for the third consecutive time, calls for engineering surveys in field developments off both western and eastern shores of India. The scope of the work includes bathymetric surveys, seabed mapping, shallow seismic profiling and well head investigation.

Deploying its dedicated survey vessel, Fugro Mapper, from September 2017, Fugro is performing surveys in water depths ranging from 10 metres to 100 metres.

For further information, email [email protected]

New calibration capabilities in HIPS and SIPS 10.4

Teledyne CARIS™ is pleased to announce the release of HIPS and SIPS™ 10.4. This version introduces the first commercial release of CIDCO’s Automatic Boresight Calibration tool, providing a systematic approach to calibration as an alternative to the traditional, manual patch test.

Borrowing adjustment techniques from the Lidar industry, the new Multibeam-IMU Automatic Calibration (MIBAC) algorithm developed by CIDCO is now available in HIPS™. The Automatic Boresight Calibration tool is designed to simplify both survey planning and post-processing for calibration requirements, requiring fewer survey lines in the field and providing a repeatable, robust calculation of the boresight angles between the IMU and sonar in post-processing in just a few clicks. The algorithm also provides immediate feedback to the processor on the quality and confidence of the calculation.

To learn more about this new tool, watch this short and informative video:

This release also includes support for additional formats such as R2Sonic TruePix™ imagery, Kongsberg KMALL, and Triton XTF for advanced processing in SIPS™ Backscatter.

For further information, visit

Finnish steel takes scientists into the deepest spot of the ocean – the Marianas Trench

A Chinese scientific research company Rainbowfish Deepsea Equipment & Technology Co., Ltd. will construct a deep-sea research vessel. A Finnish foundry TEVO LOKOMO LTD. ( has joined the project.

One of the goals of the project is to explore further down into the Marianas Trench – towards a point that has been measured to be the new deepest spot in the world.

TEVO LOKOMO has over 100 years of experience in cast steel. A manned submersible cabin casting will be manufactured at the steel foundry in Tampere, Finland. The cabin will be made from Vaculok® Maraging Steel, and it will withstand the extreme pressures at the depths of over 36 000 feet (11 000 meters). Previous MIR submersibles were manufactured in 1987 and their maximum depth was 19 685 feet (6 000 meters).

TEVO LOKOMO’s Vaculok® Maraging Steel is an ideal material for the venture due to its superior material properties. There is a thousand times higher pressure at the bottom of the Marianas Trench compared to the normal atmospheric pressure at sea level.

The multi-phase project will culminate in year 2020 when a group of scientists will descend into the depths of the Marianas Trench, and conduct scientific research work in circumstances not touched by humans yet. The venture will also break the depth record set by the film director and explorer James Cameron.

For further information, visit

Final five IMCA safety video and pocket cards available

The suite of 15 new safety training videos and associated pocket cards has now been completed by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). The final five videos and cards in the ‘Be prepared to work safely’ series are now available.


“The five latest videos cover hand/arm vibration, grinding wheel safety; protecting your eyes at work; electrical safety; and noise. The reaction to the initial ten videos and cards launched earlier in the year confirmed that the phrase “Are you prepared?” is key. It is a vital question that any worker, starting any task, should ask of him or herself. All feature the same blue animated character, which enables IMCA to publish safety promotional material with a common look and feel.” explains Richard Benzie, IMCA’s Technical Director.


The videos are available in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Indonesian, Italian, Latin American Spanish, Malay, Russian and Tagalog as well as in English, and are designed to appeal to a wide range of cultural backgrounds. IMCA member companies can download all videos and pocket cards, in any of the languages, for use within their organisations.


For further information visit and [email protected].

DeepWater Buoyancy announce new product pop-up buoy recovery system

DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc. announces that it has developed a Pop-Up Buoy Recovery System (PUB) and added it to their line of subsea buoyancy products. The PUB allows for direct retrieval of seabed packages, such as anchors, anchor lines, and bottom-mounted frames and instruments. The new product was introduced in October at the 2017 Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop in San Diego, California.

Easily mounted to any framework, the assembly sits on the seafloor until the acoustic release is activated. Once the release completes its disconnection, the buoy subassembly lifts free from the canister subassembly and rises to the surface. A synthetic line connects the buoy directly to the framework of the seabed item and allows for retrieval. The standard recovery system is designed to work with both the legacy Teledyne Benthos 875 shallow water release, as well as the new R500 series release. Though this model is built specifically for the Teledyne Benthos acoustic releases, the company can also fit the design to releases from any manufacturer.

For further information, visit

OMM signs framework agreement with Prysmian

Leading offshore services provider, Offshore Marine Management (OMM), has signed a 2year Frame Work Agreement (FWA) extension with Prysmian Group.

The 2-year FWA, which was agreed to supply a range of offshore support services to compliment Prysmian’s installation capability, was finalised in summer 2017.

OMM’s ability to offer flexible solutions to the highest standards was a major factor in the decision to continue the relationship for a further 2 years, building on the support that OMM has provided Prysmian Group since 2015 across the European market place.

The long-term relationship has seen OMM utilise their innovative new multi-mattress deployment system, MDS3 alongside additional subsea support, vessel management, tower support services, and cable storage.

OMM have completed a number of projects, including: BorWin3 and CoBrA route clearance, Wikinger and DolWin3 platform operational works, multiple Vessel Management and Cable Storage services. The new Boulder Clearance project is due to commence in Q4 2017 in the West Adlergrunde cluster.

For further information, visit

Marlink delivers Fleet Xpress on Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic support vessel

Marlink has migrated Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic krill harvester fleet support ship, La Manche, to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service. The system provides a significant boost to crew communication facilities on board as well as enables vessels to benefit from improved business intelligence and remote access to the vessel’s IT network. The service uses the XChange Universal Remote Access (URA) solution, one of Marlink’s many Value Added Services available on Fleet Xpress.

Aker BioMarine is the only krill supplier that controls the entire harvesting and production process and La Manche is a vital component of the company’s supply chain, which stretches from krill harvesting in Antarctic waters through a logistics hub in Montevideo to its krill oil manufacturing facility in Houston. La Manche, a 172-metre reefer with accommodation for up to 68 crew, services Aker BioMarine’s two krill harvesting vessels, Saga Sea and Antarctic Sea, which operate year-round in the Antarctic. As a support ship, La Manche’s core duties are to transfer crew and supplies and deliver the krill meal produced on the harvester vessels back to shore.

Fleet Xpress was the natural upgrade option on La Manche for reliable connectivity in the Southern Ocean, as it satisfies coverage demand over the vessel’s operational area. As Marlink is already Aker BioMarine’s existing supplier of C-band VSAT services for Saga Sea and Antarctic Sea, Aker BioMarine turned to Marlink to improve communication facilities aboard La Manche, with Inmarsat’s next generation high-speed service to complement Marlink’s own Value Added Services.

For further information, visit

IOSTIA Announces New Membership for Emerging Companies

The International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association, a 501(c)(6) industry association representing ocean or “blue” technology companies providing products and services to various maritime sectors, announced today a new category of membership to help support early-stage companies focused on innovations to advance the Blue Economy.

The Emerging Company membership category is designed to give young and innovative blue tech companies a more manageable point of entry to take advantage of the wide array of business-oriented programs, workshops and networking opportunities offered through IOSTIA membership. The category is open to privately held and private-public partnership organizations developing disruptive technologies that advance the economic impact of the marine industry.

IOSTIA provides a suite of programs to increase the visibility of companies through Hill outreach and advocacy, professional networking, business contracting and partnerships that will help keep government informed of innovation in the marine sector and help fast track the commercialization of products and services. IOSTIA is planning a series of workshops and CEO boot camps to help these companies grow their networks and business opportunities.

To be eligible for participation in the program, companies must be younger than three years or enrolled in a technology incubator program and have five or fewer employees. The membership may be continued for up to two years.

IOSTIA is active on LinkedIn at:


CTG's Stephanie Lavelle will be presenting at the Asian Emissions Technology Conference in Singapore on 6 November 2017

Stephanie Lavelle, CTG’s Maritime Manager will be presenting ‘Wash-Water Discharge Compliance’ on Monday 6 November at the Asian Emissions Technology Conference 2017, Singapore, Stephanie will outline CTG’s Green Shipping Initiatives for monitoring water from Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems to ensure vessels are fully compliant with global regulations.

CTG developed Sea Sentry, a DNV.GL certified fully autonomous wash water monitor that ensures compliance with the hydrocarbon limits set for discharging the water used to clean emissions. Sea Sentry has been so successful that it is now installed on over 80 vessels, providing operators with the highest level of confidence in compliance thanks to its unique sensor suite and unprecedented build standard.

For further information on CTG’s Green Ship Solutions, visit

Cyber security panel debate at MECSS 2017

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s (IMarEST) Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS 2017), being held in Glasgow on 22 and 23 November, will feature a highly topical Cyber Security Panel Debate entitled ‘Maturity, commonalities and differences in approaches to cyber security across transport’, organised by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in collaboration with IMarEST, and designed to help delegates prepare for the attack that will be coming their way.

“The IET Code of Practice: Cyber Security for Ships published in September lies at the heart of the debate, which will take place at the end of the first day of MECSS 2017,” explains MECSS 2017 Conference Chairman, Kevin Daffey, Director Engineering & Technology, Marine at Rolls-Royce. “The debate will build on previous successful collaborations between IMarEST and IET, as well as providing additional focus from two major Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) for this rapidly emerging and complex area for the maritime sector and wider industry.”

MECSS 2017 is organised by FIGS Events Limited on behalf of IMarEST at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC) in Glasgow, with an Industrial Visit to the University’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) open to all delegates the day before the official proceedings begin.

Full details on all aspects of MECSS is at

Teledyne Marine Successfully Hosts its Second Technology Workshop

Teledyne Marine is pleased to announce that the group has successfully hosted its second biennial users’ conference, entitled the Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW), October 15-18 in San Diego, California. Over 270 customers from around the globe converged in San Diego to attend this workshop, which included over 50 customer presentations detailing their utilization of Teledyne Marine products and technologies for applications spanning offshore energy, defense, ports & harbors, oceanography, aquaculture, dredging, hydrography and hydrology.

The event also included several afternoon plenary sessions presented by our OneTeam, which detailed Teledyne Marine’s joint solutions for applications spanning from the surface to the seafloor. These presentations were hosted in concert with a wide array of afternoon brand level product and software training sessions, including a dedicated advanced glider training and a hydrology track.

On-water demonstrations were conducted from two vessels highlighting the group’s collective imaging products. Alongside the boats were twelve dockside demonstrations focused on Teledyne Marine’s vehicles, sensors, and combined system capabilities.  These demonstrations depicted specific joint applications, including civil engineering, port and harbour security, and multi-vehicle collaboration.

For a full event recap, visit: or watch online

Exceptional experiences at the 60th Marine Measurement Forum

The Steering Group for the Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) announces that the 60th MMF, held at the LandRover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) facility in Portsmouth was an all-round success with an entertaining programme matched by the wonders of the hi-tech venue. The MMF60 organisers, iXblue are to be congratulated on registering just short of 90 attendees and for assembling a diverse programme. More detailed reports on the day’s event will follow through the normal media platforms and on the MMF website.

Speaking of the latter, MMF Steering Group member Roger Scrivens offered apologies to all MMF devotees that the MMF website was recently ‘down’. This appears to be due to ‘advances’ being introduced by the platform hosts that conflict with the format of the MMF presentation. For now, a temporary site has been uploaded but a permanent solution is on the cards. All are asked to remember that the MMF series is operated on a non-profit making basis and expertise is provided pro-bono. Roger emphasised that the Steering Group will get a more permanent solution up and running soon.

Looking forward, the next 4 MMFs are secured against the following schedule: MMF61 in Spring 2018 hosted by the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, MMF62 hosted by Fugro, Wallingford will be in Autumn 2018, MMF63 hosted by ecoSUB Robotics, Southampton is due for Spring 2019 and MMF64 is pencilled in (inked actually) for Autumn 2019 but the hosts name must be withheld until formal confirmation is received.

For all news on ‘matters MMF’, OceanBuzzers are encouraged to keep an eye on albeit recognising that the website is somewhat “provisional” for the moment.


Additional diving technical adviser joins IMCA

Tim Helsdon has joined the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) team as a Technical Adviser – Diving working with Bryan McGlinchy, the Senior Diving Technical Adviser, and fellow Adviser, Peter Sieniewicz.

IMCA’s Diving Division has some 330 member companies globally and is concerned with all aspects of equipment, operations and personnel related to offshore diving operations. The Division provides its members with advice on ways in which diving operations can be carried out safely and efficiently anywhere in the world.

Tim was with Bibby Offshore from 2006 until 2014, working initially on the conversion of the Bibby Sapphire. He was then selected for the Bibby Topaz design team, before moving on to restore the Aquamarine, and then taking the Toisa Polaris (now the Bibby Polaris) from delivery to full operational status.  Thereafter he worked as senior DTS onboard the Toisa Polaris for two years.

Since leaving Bibby Tim has worked with Vard Fincantierri; Red7Marine Offshore; DSV Advisory and, most recently, Calypso Subsea Services Ltd.

For further information visit and [email protected].


Mechanical Engineer for Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems (AUV Development) National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

This is an exciting opportunity for a Mechanical Engineer to play a key role in the design, development and testing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). You will join a team of engineers who are developing the NERC fleet of AUVs and new concepts in marine autonomous systems (MAS).

This is a 3 year Fixed Term.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Mr. Stephen McPhail ([email protected]).

Salary: £28,200 to £30,600 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. This role will involve periods of travel within UK and internationally. Occasional working at sea required, which would pay up to an additional £8,000 at current rates (up to a maximum of 90 days).

About you: Degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline with demonstrable experience of mechanical design. You will have experience of solving engineering problems and have helped ensure that projects are delivered within budget and time.

Good working knowledge of 3D design software (preferably Autodesk Inventor), and the creation of fully dimensioned and toleranced 2D drawings. Experience of dealing with external suppliers and manufacture of components would also be advantageous. You will be expected to be able to effectively communicate complex engineering concepts, both verbally and in writing.

What NOC can offer you: For more information, visit

How to apply: Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). To apply please visit quoting reference number IRC243168. Please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. If you are unable to apply online, please contact via telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Closing date: 19 November 2017

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