Deep-sea Submarine

Visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show can explore the C-Explorer deep-sea submarine from 22nd to 25th September 2010. The submersible was designed for a maximum depth of 1,000 metres and comes equipped with modern lithium-ion batteries which allow it to remain submerged for up to twelve hours at a time. The submersibles are not only used for private purposes, but are also suited for oceanographic research and underwater photography. The design makes it simple to fit a wide range of research equipment, such as a sonars or manipulator arms. This C-Explorer 2 can accommodate a trained pilot and one passenger.... (read more)
2010-09-07 09:44:39

Deep Sea Seismic Systems

Please find the product survey on seismic systems  in the product survey section of this website.  (read more)
2010-07-19 02:42:45

Deep-Sea Vents Discovery

Scientists aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook have discovered a new set of deep-sea volcanic vents in the chilly waters of the Southern Ocean. The discovery is the fourth made by the research team in three years, which suggests that deep-sea vents may be more common in our oceans than previously thought.   Using an underwater camera system, the researchers saw slender mineral spires three metres tall, with shimmering hot water gushing from their peaks, and gossamer-like white mats of bacteria coating their sides. The vents are at a depth of 520 metres in a newly-discovered seafloor crater close... (read more)
2011-02-15 12:39:18

Monitoring Deep-Sea Industry

Writing in the scientific journal Nature, scientists have called for increased discussion of independent monitoring of deep-sea hydrocarbon industry activity with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of its ecological impact. The hydrocarbon industry is increasingly searching for hydrocarbon resources at much greater depths and developing drilling technology to exploit them. However, drilling the seafloor at great depths is technically very challenging and carries with it poorly known risks.     “The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last year and the subsequent discovery of unexpected hydrocarbon accumulation at mid-water depths underscores the need for independent monitoring... (read more)
2011-05-13 12:00:00

Deep-sea Soundings from Boats

An Early Technology
During the pioneering years of deep-sea sounding it became apparent that sounding from a sailing vessel often gave improbable results because of the drift of the vessel and the inability to maintain a perpendicular sounding line. In early 1840, Sir James Clark Ross overcame this problem by mounting a sounding reel on a ship’s boat. During sounding operations, this boat was held directly over a vertical sounding line while held in place by two other small boats acting as oar-propelled thrusters. However, attempts to sound from drifting ships continued for a number of years. Whether sounding from boat or ship,... (read more)
2012-06-06 03:52:36

Pioneering Deep-Sea Robot Lost

A pioneering deep-sea exploration robot, one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships, was lost at sea Friday 5th March on a research expedition off the coast of Chile. The fifteen-year old Autonomous Benthic Explorer, affectionately nicknamed ABE, was launched late Thursday night and had reached the seafloor to begin its 222nd research dive when, in the early hours of Friday morning, all contact with the surface vessel abruptly ceased. All efforts to reestablish contact failed. The vehicle was designed, built and operated by scientists and engineers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic... (read more)
2010-03-12 12:00:00

From Deep Sea to Deep Space during NASA Demonstrations

Sonardyne International Ltd., UK, has successfully demonstrated its wireless integrity monitoring technologies during a series of in-water demonstrations held at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) in Houston, Texas, USA. OneSubsea, USA, hosted the two-day technical symposium in November 2015 where senior oil company executives, chief engineers, equipment specifiers and offshore operators could witness the capabilities of Sonardyne’s and other vendors’ subsea innovations. The event was followed by two days of demonstrations organised by underwater vehicle manufacturer, Saab Seaeye, with Sonardyne as its primary technology partner. Located near NASA's Johnson Space Centre, the NBL is an underwater training facility used to prepare astronauts for... (read more)
2016-01-12 03:54:46

MacArtney Supplies Winch for Deep-Sea Search

MacArtney won the tender to supply a MERMAC R40 winch for a Benthos deep tow sonar system. The winch is to be installed on board the search and rescue vessel Nan Hai Jiu 102 and the search for flight MH370 is going to be reinitiated in June 2016 by an Australian-based search team. The MacArtney MERMAC R electrically driven winch in question is a robust and advanced vehicle handling system which safely controls the launch, operation and recovery of ROVs and towed vehicle systems. Featuring high power and speed, minimal maintenance requirements, a rugged and compact design, active heave compensation... (read more)
2016-05-19 03:17:17

SMD Delivers Deep Sea Mining Vehicles

Subsea engineering company SMD has passed a significant milestone as the MV Happy Delta, loaded with the world’s first deep sea mining vehicles, has left the Port of Tyne in the UK. As well as the three mining machines or seafloor production tools (SPTs), SMD designed and manufactured the full spread equipment required to remotely operate, launch and recover the SPTs from the deck of the ship onto which they will be installed in 2017. The SPTs and associated equipment, totalling over 1,000 tonnes, have been loaded onto the vessel which has set sail for Duqm Port in Oman where... (read more)
2016-02-02 04:15:59
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