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Multiple USBLs Ordered by Japanese Naval Forces
The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has awarded a major contract to Applied Acoustic Engineering (AAE, UK) for the supply of a number of USBL tracking systems and associated equipment.
Following sea trials in Japan and a competitive tender process, JMSDF took the decision to invest in seven of AAE’s Alpha Portable systems after witnessing and accepting the key criteria of tracking stability, portability and ease of use. Predominantly intended for use with its naval search and rescue dive teams, JMSDF has also specified AAE’s 210 Micro/Remote transponders as the ideal beacon to attach to its divers.
CSIRO from Australia is undertaking a survey tour towards the Australian Bight for a baseline survey looking for oil traces in the water. The surveyors are deploying a CTD and a gravity corer measuring possible traces of oil in the water column. The survey mission also consists of hydrographic mapping techniques, GIS and environmental specialists to make sure the situation before exploration is mapped well in order to know what the environmental consequences of an eventual oil seepage or leak may consist of.