Oceanology International 2010 Preview (1)

Oceanology International, the world's premier event for the marine science and ocean technology community, will this year be held in London, UK, from 9th to 11th March. Over 6,600 attendees are expected to drop in on this event, visiting the world largest exhibition with over 500 suppliers, the associated biennial conference, or are attracted by the many vessels and networking opportunities. This preview aims to give a foretaste of this year's exhibition that is the largest ever held, with pavilions from Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and individual exhibitors from nearly 30 countries. We invited exhibitors to introduce themselves... (read more)
2010-03-01 04:45:38

Meet the Hydro International Team at Oceanology International (R-Y)

In the third week of March, the entire marine world will be gathering in London, as this is where the biannual Oceanology International event is taking place. The exhibition and the conference bring together technological and scientific developments. With over 550 exhibitors and a state of the art conference programme OI12 is definitely the place to be. OI12 will be held from 13 to 15 March at the ExCel Exhibition and Conference Centre in LondonĀfs Docklands. The organisers are expecting at least 7,000 visitors to attend. Hydro international will of course be present. We not only have a stand (No.... (read more)
2012-03-08 10:09:21

Candidates Presenting for IHO Office

First IHO Assembly to Elect Secretary-General and Directors
During the first IHO Assembly taking place from 24 to 28 April 2017 in Monaco, the represented Member States will elect the new Secretary-General and directors. There are currently nine candidates. 'Hydro International' posed the same 5 questions to all of them. Read on for a multi-interview in which they present themselves. The full interviews are available at www.hydro-international.com/iho-2017 . Giuseppe Angrisano and Joost Boers, Hydro International Some coastal states are not yet members of the IHO. How do you envisage improving the number of the IHO Member States? Bessero I would continue to focus on raising awareness of governments and other decision-makers... (read more)
2017-03-13 11:22:59

Market Prospects for AUVs

This article is based on the results of a new studyThe AUV Gamechanger Report 2008-2017published by Douglas-Westwood Ltd. This report aims to consider the prospects for this game-changing technology and value the future markets for AUV manufacturers to 2017.<P> Un-tethered Autonomous Under­water Vehicles (AUVs) have the potential to change the game in many areas of underwater oper­ations. Long an area of research, AUVs are beginning to show their abilities as cost-effect­ive tools in applications ranging from deep-water survey for the offshore oil and gas industry to military oper­ations. The growing need for many facets of ocean observation also offers great... (read more)
2007-10-27 12:00:00

Understanding the Unthinkable

The Titanic Disaster and Its Aftermath
In the night of 14 April 1912, the unthinkable happened. The mightiest ship afloat, the brand new White Star Line ship Titanic, was on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York. The ship was advertised as unsinkable. And, if unsinkable, why should there be adequate lifeboats for all the passengers and crew? The ship departed from Southampton on 10 April. Less than five days later, it was at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. More than 1,500 people perished within three hours of striking an iceberg, which ripped the bottom out of the ship. How this happened is... (read more)
2012-04-19 05:02:26

Hydrography in China

Hydro International interviews Professor and Commodore Liu Yanchun, P.R. China
China has more than 900 lakes, some 5,800 rivers, of which five are very large, an 18,000km-long coastline and more than 6,000 islands in about 3.50 million square kilometres of sea area. All of this has to be surveyed and charted under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government. Ports are expanding rapidly and new ports are being built, also requiring an enormous hydrographic surveying effort. How is China doing this? What are the roles and responsibilities of the Maritime Safety Administration, the Chinese Navy, port authorities and surveying companies? We asked the head of the Department of Hydrography and Cartography... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Echo Sounders versus Air Bubbles in Research Vessels

Lessons from Experience
Within echo sounding circles it is well known that air bubbles may have a negative effect on echo sounding systems. This article briefly presents the German way of dealing with air bubbles from sweep-down and cavitation processes as well as our experiences with the last three large research vessels (RVs Polarstern, Meteor and Maria S. Merian). The practical experience resulted in the development of an optimised new hull form for the replacement of RV Sonne. The new ship is now under construction at a German shipyard and will be delivered in autumn 2014. The basis of all echo sounding systems... (read more)
2014-02-27 03:37:56

Hydrography for Exploration

Interview with Roger Lott, Head of Survey for BP Exploration, London, UK
In the last half century Hydrography has grown from a Government commitment, solely for the purpose of producing nautical charts and information for safe navigation, into a science indispensable to all sorts of offshore industrial activities. One such activity is offshore Oil and Gas exploration and exploitation. It is well known that this offshore industry has given birth to many fascinating technical developments in hydrography. Roger Lott, Head of Survey for BP Exploration based in London, agreed to be interviewed by Hydro international to inform the readers concerning specific items in offshore surveying for this industry. Can you give the... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

International Geosurveying: the Perfect Job

Interview with George Darling, Gardline Group Chairman
The growing offshore exploration of the 1980s led to a booming need for survey-ships and many vessel-operating companies were founded, sometimes with only one old vessel. Saturation of the market resulted; many could no longer meet increased special and technical requirements for modern surveys and so disappeared, went bankrupt, were sold or merged with a bigger operator. Some, however, broadened their scope, modernised their fleet and sailed successfully into the international surveying business, offering not only hydrographic, geophysical, cable-route and EEZ-surveys but also oceanographic, environmental, geotechnical, data-processing and charter services. We interviewed the founder and present chairman of such a... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

From the National Societies

East Australia Region Commander (CMDR) John Maschke of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and chair of the East Australia Region of the Australasian Hydrographic Society was recently elected to the position of fellow within the Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI). John has had a long and varied career in the RAN, predominantly within the Australian Hydrographic Service. After receiving his education in Sydney, he briefly entered the Australian Public Service in 1973 before joining the RAN on 2nd April 1974. After completing Adult Recruit Training in 1974, John was employed as a survey recorder in the RAN Hydrographic Service until 1977,... (read more)
2007-10-27 12:00:00
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