Educating Italian Shipping Industry: Navigation and Simulation Seminar

The newly appointed Transas Marine representative in Italy – CAIM – hosted their annual seminar for the shipping industry in Sorrento on 15th November 2006. The free seminar was held in conjunction with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and Transas Marine UK Ltd. Attendees were informed about recent developments relating to electronic navigation and other official data/products available via CAIM. During the seminar, Transas presented their range of on-board navigation systems. Of particular interest to attendees were the Navi-Sailor 3000 ECDIS, the latest Integrated Navigation System (INS), Transas Light INS, and S-VDR. Presentations of Transas Simulation systems and Transas... (read more)
2006-12-04 12:00:00

Two Additional Gavia Offshore Surveyors for UTEC Survey

Teledyne Gavia from Iceland has received an order for two additional 1,000m depth-rated Gavia Offshore Surveyor Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to UTEC Survey (USA). The UTEC Gavia AUVs are fully equipped for geophysical surveys in near-shore environments out to 1,000 metres. The vehicles are fitted with swath bathymetry, sidescan sonar, subbottom profiler modules and a depth-rated camera with strobe lighting. The two most recent vehicle purchases come with the DVL aided ROVINS154 Inertial Navigation System module (iXBlue, France), providing a high accuracy INS in a package that is not of US origin so it does not automatically come under the... (read more)
2013-12-12 09:43:24

DP Reference Technology Upgrade for Noble Globetrotter I

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation PLC has selected acoustically aided inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Inc., Houston, for its ultra-deep water drillship Noble Globetrotter I. The Marksman DP-INS system is being used to provide a high-integrity, independent subsea position reference for the vessel’s GE DP3 dynamic positioning (DP) system as it drills exploration wells in water depths up to 10,000 feet. Built in 2011, the Noble Globetrotter I is significantly smaller than a conventional drillship but has the same operational capacity. The reduction in size has been achieved through design features such as a hoistable drilling floor, multi-purpose tower and... (read more)
2017-05-29 09:05:57

Subsea Navigation for Pipelay Vessel LV 108

Sonardyne, based in Houston, USA, has supplied acoustically aided inertial navigation technology to offshore engineering, procurement, construction and installation company McDermott International for its Lay Vessel 108 (LV 108). The Sonardyne Ranger 2 Pro DP-INS system, the highest specification available from Sonardyne, is being used to support touchdown monitoring surveys of submarine cables, umbilicals and pipelines and as an independent position reference for the LV 108’s Kongsberg dynamic positioning (DP) system. McDermott’s LV 108 entered service in 2015 and is currently on contract in the Ichthys field, Western Australia. Designed as a fast-transit, dynamically positioned (DP 2) vessel for subsea... (read more)
2017-01-11 03:39:26

Swathe Services to Distribute SBG Systems in UK and Ireland

SBG Systems has appointed Swathe Services to be an authorised sales and support distributor for the marine hydrography market in the UK and Ireland. This includes all products within the Ellipse, Ekinox and Apogee product lines and includes the Split-Box with associated components. SBG Systems offers a complete line of high-performance and miniature attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS), motion reference units (MRU) and inertial navigation systems (INS) with embedded GNSS receiver (INS/GNSS). The company's inertial navigation systems allow accurate data georeferencing whether a sonar or Lidar is mounted on a manned survey vessel, an unmanned surface vehicle (USV), a remotely operated... (read more)
2016-02-04 12:40:47

NORBIT Multibeam System for Emma Rentals

Peter Eriksen of NORBIT delivered a NORBIT iWBMS system for Emma Rentals during Oceanology International 2016. The iWBMS is the tightest-integrated high-end multibeam echosounder with built-in GNSS/INS. Several jobs have already been contracted by Emma Rentals, both for inland waterways and off the Baltic coast. The NORBIT iWBMS system including the Applanix Wavemaster 2 OEM GNSS/INS will also serve as an important asset for Emma Technologies' research activities within the field of advanced backscatter processing. Emma Technologies, a manufacturer of  ASVs/ USVs, has chosen NORBIT as the most compact and user-friendly fully integrated MBES for mobile inspections on such vehicles.... (read more)
2016-04-12 09:40:17

A Comparison of Five Main Metrology Techniques in Use Today

IMCA Guidance on Subsea Metrology
Subsea metrology is the process of acquiring accurate measurements for the connection of subsea structures and pipelines. IMCA’s guidance covers the most commonly used techniques today. These are long baseline (LBL) acoustics, both diver taut wire and digital taut wire, photogrammetry and inertial navigation systems (INS). This article covers basic principles, along with engineering requirements, different methods and technologies, and some of the advantages and limitations for each technique. The objective of subsea metrology is to determine accurately the relative horizontal and vertical distance between subsea assets, as well as their relative heading and attitude. Absolute positioning is not necessary... (read more)
2014-04-07 01:26:23

Neptune Adopts Sonardyne’s All-in-one Technology Platform

Australian headquartered subsea services specialist Neptune has become the latest company to adopt Sonardyne International's new all-in-one acoustic and inertial positioning technology platform to support its offshore survey projects. The order, made through Sonardyne’s Singapore subsidiary, includes the supply of Fusion 2 software, Compatt 6 seabed transponders and ROVNav 6 LBL (Long BaseLine) vehicle-mounted transceivers. The Compatt 6s and ROVNav 6s will be Sonardyne’s latest ‘plus’ hardware platform (6+), engineered to unlock the full capabilities of Fusion 2. Seamless Environment Built from the ground up Fusion 2 software offers a seamless environment in which surveyors can perform all of their... (read more)
2019-07-10 01:41:41

DP-PHINS Adds to Acoustics

France-based iXBlue has expanded the functionality of its industry-leading PHINS inertial navigation system (INS). The new DP-PHINS is designed to interface with any third-party acoustic positioning equipment to provide INS-enhanced acoustic data input to marine dynamic positioning (DP) systems. DP-PHINS can also take data from a range of additional sensors, some not normally associated with DP, such as Doppler VelocityLogs (DVL), for use in maintaining vessel position. Using INS with acoustics in this way produces positioning data that is smoother, more accurate and is updated at a higher rate. Consequently, station-keeping performance is significantly improved, vessels use less fuel, and... (read more)
2013-04-09 03:12:08

UAE Shipbuilder Selects IXSEA

UAE Systems Integrator Company Abu Dhabi Systems Integration LLC (ADSI) has selected IXSEA navigation equipment on behalf of UAE Navy. The IXSEA systems will be used for navigation and positioning and, in the case of the missile boats, to provide attitude measurement for weaponry alignment and stabilisation. ADSI is the Combat System Integrator (CSI) of 12 Ghannatha-class missile boats, which will use IXSEA's MARINS Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). A further 12 Ghannatha-class transport boats will be upgraded to use PHotonic Inertial Navigation System (PHINS).   MARINS is the first high-performance INS to be based on IXSEA's Fibre Optic Gyroscope (FOG)... (read more)
2010-10-18 11:31:51
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