Applications For The Australasian Hydrographic Society Award 2020 Are Open

The Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) has announced that applications are now being received for the Society’s 2020 Education Award.  The $3,500AUD award is provided to a student whose study - in the opinion of the Award Panel - best promotes hydrography and related sciences and best recognises the efforts of the student involved in the study of hydrography and related sciences. Applications are open from 1 Feb to 31 March annually. The Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) is a learned non-profit society that promotes the science of hydrography and marine exploration. The Society comprises members who are practising or retired hydrographic surveyors, and those that have... (read more)
2020-01-21 03:29:07

Fugro And Colombian Maritime Authority Complete Seep Hunting Study

Fugro and the Colombian Maritime Authority (Dirección General Maritima, DIMAR) have completed a joint environmental seep hunting study to help assess the country’s resource potential in the Caribbean Sea. The study involved shallow water seabed sediment coring, geochemical analyses, and seabed heat flow measurements. Fugro also provided classroom and vessel-based training to DIMAR personnel. “This project and training were carried out to support DIMAR’s strategic objectives, including developing the skills of our personnel, and producing technical and scientific information to support Colombia’s maritime authority,” stated Petty Officer First Class Luis Olarte, project manager for DIMAR. Offshore Analyses The field programme... (read more)
2020-01-21 03:01:56

Fugro Wins Geotechnical Site Investigation Contract off the Dutch Coast

Following last year’s geotechnical contract for the Hollandse Kust (west) Offshore Wind Farm Zone, Fugro has been awarded a geotechnical site investigation contract for the Ten noorden van de Waddeneilanden Wind Farm Zone (TNWWFZ). The final deliverable for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) will be a data package which can be used to prepare a detailed integrated geological and geotechnical soil model, on which wind farm developers will base future tenders. The fieldwork will take place from February to May this year, and the project will comprise two phases: a... (read more)
2020-01-16 03:57:37

“Blue technology industries will help the expansion of the hydrographic market”

A view of hydrographic technology and the market for 2020
In the last decade, there has been a steady march towards the automation of hydrographic data collection. Jim Gardiner, a research scientist at Valeport, views the technical and commercial challenges in hydrographic operations. In the last decade, there has been a steady march towards the automation of hydrographic data collection. Jim Gardiner, a research scientist at Valeport, views the technical and commercial challenges in hydrographic operations. In terms of multibeam technology, we’ve seen continual advancements from the main players such as Teledyne Reson, Kongsberg, R2Sonic and the emergence of Norbit. Alongside this, there has been a steady improvement in GPS, inertial positioning systems and acquisition/processing software. As the capability of these systems has improved, it has placed a focus on the importance of accurate and reliable sound velocity data. To achieve accurate bathymetry,... (read more)
2020-01-14 12:09:38

Dutch Company Delivers Piling Template for Offshore Windfarm

Dutch-based Subsea technology company Seatools secured a contract from an undisclosed EPC player for the design and delivery of a piling template hydraulic and instrumentation system. The system will be used for pile installation during the construction of an offshore wind farm in Taiwan. Survey Equipment Pile installation will take place in the second quarter of 2020. During this phase, the pre-piling template will accurately position and guide the pin piles. Meanwhile, the integrated instrumentation package includes a wide range of survey equipment to monitor every step of the installation process in real-time. The package also enables post-pile installation surveys... (read more)
2020-01-13 12:24:29

Wind and Metocean Data to Derisk Future Offshore Wind Farms

France-based company Akrocean has been awarded a four-year deal with Meteo-France to deliver wind and metocean data required to derisk future offshore wind farms off the French coast. Data will be delivered through the deployment of Akrocean's Windsea floating lidar. The platforms will be equipped with other atmospheric and oceanic sensors to also cover the needs of the French Navy's Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department (SHOM) and the French Agency for Ecological Transition and Regional Cohesion (CEREMA). Akrocean sales and projects director Maxime Bellorge said: “This is a contract to carry out all of the measurement campaigns in French waters over... (read more)
2020-01-13 11:57:57

Danish Hydrographic Office Turns to GIS for Automated Maritime Charting

A Radical Update Was Needed
Denmark has challenging seascapes to map and chart. It has a rich history of nautical charting that dates back to the seventeenth century, and many of its navigational products for Greenland were created in the 1960s. When GPS started to gain prominence, a radical update was needed. Apart from its 42-mile land border with Germany, the peninsular country of Denmark, with its scores of bays, straits, and fjords,  is surrounded almost entirely by the North and Baltic Seas. Denmark is also composed of more than 400 islands, including the Faroe Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean between the United Kingdom... (read more)
2019-12-19 02:23:42

Did Unmapped Rocks Cause the Sea Diamond Disaster?

In April 2020, it will be 13 years since the state-of-the-art cruise ship Sea Diamond sank after hitting a volcanic rock off the Greek island of Santorini, resulting in the death of two French passengers. The current Greek government is now trying to decide whether to raise the wreck from the deep. The vessel, owned by Louis Hellenic Cruises, ran aground along the coast of Santorini with nearly 1,200 passengers and 400 crew. Following an evacuation of everyone on board, the ship was towed offshore and sank. After a lawsuit had been filed against them, investigations were carried out by the... (read more)
2019-12-17 10:21:36

Will New Long-endurance Navigation Capabilities in Loch Ness Discover Its Secrets?

New standards in long-endurance underwater navigation and automated subsea positioning have been set following the successful completion of a joint project led by subsea technology specialist Sonardyne International Ltd., with partners the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and L3Harris. The two-year, £1.4 million Precise Positioning for Persistent Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (P3AUV) project, part-funded by Innovate UK, set out to integrate existing and emerging technologies to deliver a step-change in unmanned platform endurance and navigational precision. In addition, the project also set out to increase the use of autonomy in offshore survey positioning operations using unmanned surface vessels (USVs), and in the... (read more)
2019-12-12 10:30:58

How Ocean Researchers Obtain Critical Measurements at a Lower Cost

Understanding the three-dimensional nature of the ocean is becoming a critical focal point of ocean research, but it can be a costly affair. Paired with Nortek current profilers, Del Mar Oceanographic’s Wirewalker is giving researchers from around the globe a cost-effective way to answer vital questions surrounding the functioning of ocean processes. This information helps improve environmental monitoring and climate forecasting, which in turn assists in developing measures to adapt to our changing climate. Information on the three-dimensional structure of the ocean is proving increasingly vital for multiple research projects. These include characterizing the ocean mixed layers in order to... (read more)
2019-12-12 08:57:15
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