Oceanology International 2016 Provides Update on Ocean Technology

Promising Event for Oceanographic and Hydrographic Community
Hydro International traditionally prepares a preview of Oceanology International to help you prepare for the highlights of what businesses on the show floor will be presenting. The Hydro International preview offers you a selection of the more than 350 companies from 32 countries that will be present at the trade show. The total surface is over 8,000 square metres so consider wearing your walking boots!  Joost Boers, editorial manager, Hydro International There will also be is a conference during Oceanology focusing on streams like Trade & Innovation; Marine Technology and Services Sector Role in the Blue Economy; Marine Renewables; Positioning & Metrology; Green Shipping;... (read more)
2016-03-01 11:47:03

Ocean Business Ready for Business

Hands-on Update on Ocean Technology – Science and Business
The bi-annual event Ocean Business is coming to the NOC, Southampton from 4-6 April 2017. Three days of ocean technology engineering and science, knowledge sharing, hands-on training and demos as well as networking. The exhibition space is completely sold out, including more than 340 exhibitors. A selection of the businesses represented give a taster of their innovations in this preview. Better still, of course, is to come and see and experience for yourself! Ocean Business is more than just a trade show. There will also be seminars, workshops by suppliers, a general conference as well as a conference organised by... (read more)
2017-03-13 02:39:32

Exploring Coral Reef Sustainability

The Island of Bonaire in the Southwest Caribbean, a Marine Protected Area since 1979, has one of the most pristine coral reefs in the region. The last synoptic survey of the leeward coast was by the Dutch scientist Dr Fleur van Duyl in the 1980s and parts of the deeper reef have never been mapped. In January 2008, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded a unique expedition to Bonaire, deploying three compact Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) carrying various oceanographic instrumentation packages and a swath bathymetry sonar.<p> The crystal-clear watersand schools of reef fish made an enchanting setting... (read more)
2008-08-27 12:00:00

Ocean Business 2011 Preview

The third edition of Ocean Business will take place in Southampton, UK, from 5 – 7 April. The organisation anticipates more than 4000 visitors at the event, with 309 exhibitors from 19 countries. Ocean Business 2011 will be bigger than the previous editions, but will retain the cosy element, with exhibitors all taking relatively small stands. This time the organisation will have more vessels coming in, and there will be a full training and demonstration programme again. The organisation also found new locations for the offsite social events and the gala dinner venue is twice as big as last time.... (read more)
2011-03-16 04:15:56

Triaxus, a 3-D Underwater Undulating Towed Vehicle

Undulating towed underwater vehicles have been used for a number of years, mainly in the ocean science community, hydrographic industry and by navies. When looking at the systems currently in use, there are several issues and problems to be addressed such as size and weight of vehicle and winch/cable, sufficient space for payload sensors, payload sensor power supply and data transfer, tow cable breaking strength/drag/diameter, 2-D undulation / 3-D undulation. Undulating towed underwater vehicles have been used for a number of years, mainly in the ocean science community, hydrographic industry and by navies. When looking at the systems currently in... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Underwater Wireless Video Communication

New Horizon of Underwater Explorations
This article presents the development, production and testing of wireless underwater acoustic video communications, which is unique in the world today. It also discusses the implementation of this technique on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s) to perform inspections of underwater oil and gas pipelines. The achieved characteristics, limitations and upcoming prospects are presented. Currently, there are about 1000 Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and up to 700 AUVs in the world, according to Douglas-Westwood. In the coming 4 to 5 years it is expected that this fleet can be increased by 50-60% and may be even more than doubled. The vast majority... (read more)
2016-09-27 04:18:23

Managing UXO Risk in Offshore and Renewables Projects

The Need for a Survey Strategy
With the increase of offshore marine projects over the decades, demand for a cost-effective and efficient risk-based approach for the mitigation of UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) has become a priority for offshore construction teams. From the numerous projects for the offshore renewables and major gas distribution projects in North West Europe it was learned that offshore UXO mitigation is mostly a survey issue, as the survey industry can provide the tools to locate, identify and manage potential UXO. This article suggests a best practice strategy coming from experience gained with offshore marine project management and modern survey methods. In the more... (read more)
2015-08-27 02:04:24

Current Profiling Advances Improve Tidal Energy’s Competitiveness

The rapid growth of interest in tidal energy has highlighted the role of current profilers, able to measure the speed and direction of currents with increased accuracy in some of the harshest marine environments in the world. While the turbines produce the power, current profiling technology plays an important role in maximising the efficiency, and hence competitiveness, of this promising area of renewable energy. The use of seabed-mounted turbines to generate power from tidal currents has been steadily progressing through the experimental stage, with just a handful of small projects dotted around the world. However, this is a sector that... (read more)
2016-08-25 11:27:25

Rovins Nano: A Cost-efficient and Compact INS for Flexible Subsea Operations

iXblue, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of state of the art navigation and subsea positioning solutions, is constantly striving to think of new innovative systems and develop cutting-edge technologies to meet its customers’ ever-evolving demanding requirements in terms of operations efficiency. The company has developed a complete range of field-proven subsea inertial navigation products that are recognised for their reliability and unrivaled performance. (This article is brought to you by iXblue) The iXblue range of inertial products offer a flexible solution, suited for a wide range of subsea operations. The entry-level product in the range is Rovins... (read more)
2018-10-23 10:52:16

AUV and ROV Technology Plays Key Role in Historic Discovery

WWII Wreck Located in South Pacific
An underwater research and exploration vessel has played a key role in locating a major US aircraft carrier lost during World War Two. The R/V Petrel, owned and operated by philanthropist Paul Allen, discovered the remains of the USS Hornet on the seabed, 5,330 metres below the surface of the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands in late January 2019. This article looks more closely at the importance of underwater technology in enabling this historic find. The R/V Petrel is an expedition ship belonging to Vulcan Inc, a company founded by explorer and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft... (read more)
2019-03-05 10:22:21
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