Call for Abstracts for OI China 2015 and OI 2016

The organisers of Oceanology International have issued a Call for Abstracts for both Oceanology International China 2015 and Oceanology International 2016. Deadlines are 31 July 2015 for submissions for the Oceanology China 2015 conference, and contributions for Oceanology 2016 need to be received by 28 August 2015.   Now in its third edition, the Oceanology International China Conference is developed with government and industry associations, connecting the latest marine science and ocean technology solutions with China's Blue market development ambitions.  The conference programmes will consist of technical sessions on the latest advancements in: •             unmanned underwater vehicles •             hydrography survey... (read more)
2015-05-01 09:50:04

Acta Marine Names DP2 Walk to Work Construction Support Vessel

The construction of Acta Marine’s new built Ulstein SX195 vessel is progressing well and on schedule at Crist shipyard in Poland. Acta Marine announces that the vessel will sail under the name Acta Auriga. Upon delivery the Acta Auriga will join Acta Orion, her semi-sister vessel, and as such form the second vessel in the Acta fleet dedicated for walk to work, offshore logistics and accommodation services for a variety of clients in the offshore renewable industry. The vessel is named after the constellation Auriga, Auriga means ‘the charioteer’ in Latin. The charioteer plays a crucial role in logistics and... (read more)
2017-09-13 09:40:20

Aberdeen Port Expansion Study

Aberdeen Harbour Board, UK, has commenced a major feasibility study into the potential expansion of facilities at the port. The potential for expansion will be considered alongside specific criteria, with the need for efficient and effective access links and minimising traffic being of prime importance. The study, involving external consultancies working alongside the Harbour’s management team, is designed to explore the future requirements of present and potential port users while also assessing what could be physically provided in order that a comprehensive and clear business case can be considered. The initial findings are expected in the new year. Continued growth... (read more)
2012-09-12 02:30:18

Canada-wide DGPS Service to be Decommissioned

Canada-wide DGPS Service (CDGPS) is to be decommissioned by 31st March 2011. CDGPS, the free GNSS augmentation initiated as a public service by the Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG), has been broadcasting continuously since October 2003, with a North American footprint that extends from Mexico to 15° north of the Arctic Circle. The CDGPS L-band broadcast has been carried by SkyTerra Communications Inc.'s MSAT communications satellites, which are expected to be replaced this year by the next-generation SkyTerra satellites. Significant new investment in infrastructural changes would be required to migrate to a new communication satellite. Given that several alternatives to... (read more)
2010-04-09 09:31:54

IMarEST in the Offshore Industry

Experts from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) welcome the opportunity to explain the extensive services the Institute offers both individuals and companies involved in the offshore oil and gas industry when it exhibits at ONS 2008 from 26 to 29 August 2008. Within the offshore sector individual IMarEST members include professionals involved in a wide rang of activity including oil and gas exploration and production; environmental and risk analysis and management; subsea engineering and technology; renewables - offshore wind, wave and tidal; hydrography; oceanography; supply and dive support vessels; geology; geophysics; naval architecture; vessel support throughout... (read more)
2008-08-04 01:53:40

Ranger 2 USBL on World’s Largest Offshore Construction Vessel

The Swiss Allseas Group has selected Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system for the world’s largest pipelay and platform installation/decommissioning vessel, Pieter Schelte. The Ranger 2 USBL system will be used as a high-precision independent acoustic reference for the vessel’s Kongsberg dynamic positioning (DP) system during structure installation or pipelay operations when maintaining a steady position is a critical requirement. The Sonardyne system measures the range and bearing from a vessel-mounted acoustic transceiver to a transponder deployed on the seabed or attached to a pipe as it is lowered from the surface. The vessel’s relative position to... (read more)
2014-12-17 09:45:00

More Than 250 USBL Acoustic Positioning Systems

iXBlue, France, is celebrating a major sales milestone for its acoustic products, more than 250 USBL systems since the introduction of POSIDONIA (very-long-range USBL) in 1999 and GAPS (pioneering single-enclosure USBL-INS) in 2004. Latest 4th-generation GAPS, with L/USBL and DP features, was delivered to SapuraAcergy, an engineering and construction contractor, specialising in deep-water installation, decommissioning, and conventional activities for the Oil&Gas industry in Asia Pacific region. POSIDONIA latest customer is Deep Ocean Search (DOS), a Survey and Recovery Company, with very deep water salvage applications, off the coast of South Africa and elsewhere. SapuraAcergy needed USBL with higher accuracy than... (read more)
2015-04-19 04:09:00

High-resolution Multibeam Surveys Completed

Coastline Surveys Ltd (UK) has completed three high-resolution multibeam hydrographic surveys in the Southern North Sea, using the latest-generation R2SONIC 2024 combined with an iXBlue Octans MKIII Gyro / MRU and C-NAV 3050 RTK GPS positioning. The survey vessel MV FlatHolm managed to complete the three surveys in quick succession during short weather windows, with minimal downtime due to weather for clients in offshore dredging, marine renewables and energy decommissioning sectors. Vessel mobilisation was supervised by Andy Johnson, CSL’s head of Hydrographic Services, who brought his extensive knowledge and experience of the R2SONIC 2024 system to bear on the projects.... (read more)
2012-12-07 12:00:00

IMCA Publishes Renewables Contracting Principles

The ‘IMCA Renewables Contracting Principles’ can now be downloaded from the Safety and Legislation section of the The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA, UK) website. In the document, IMCA presents the Renewables Contracting Principles, which are to a large extent similar to the other contracting principles published and are also based on the FAIR acronym. FAIR, IMCA’s risk allocation goals, are as follows: •      Fair (not equal) and realistic distribution of risk in proportion to relative rewards •      Allocation of risk – to the party best placed to assume •      Insure – sufficient scope... (read more)
2015-09-22 11:30:21

Deepwater Wireless Video Camera

UK-based WFS has announced the launch of Seatooth Video, the improved edition of its subsea wireless video camera. The subsea wireless video camera is enhanced with Seatooth S300 technology, removing the need for a second monitoring ROV. It provides a second perspective on complex tasks, and helps ensure that operations are completed ‘right first time’ without the risk of ROV umbilical snags. The camera is capable of providing wireless video streaming at a range of up to 4.5m, at 4,000m water depth, in H.264 CIF (352x288) with up to 10 frames per second. The control module integrates with ROV Ethernet... (read more)
2014-05-14 11:20:34
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