iXBlue to Equip Submarine Programme for Swedish Navy

Saab, Sweden, has entered into a seven-year contract with iXBlue to equip the two type A26 next-generation submarines with MARINS units, including fibre-optic gyroscope technology. Scheduled to be operational in 2024, the A26 is a high-tech submarine with proven modular design. The iXBlue MARINS inertial navigation system enables stealth autonomous navigation, providing very accurate heading, roll, pitch, speed and position, under severe GNSS-denied environment. Built by Saab, it is considered today as the world’s most modern submarine program. As the submarine will be specially built to operate submerged for extended periods, with excellent manoeuvrability in all waters, the inertial equipment... (read more)
2016-02-24 09:43:31

Zupt and Sagem Working Together

Zupt, USA, has entered into an agreement with Sagem (Safran) for the development of the subsea hydrographic and oil & gas market for the Sagem BlueNaute product range. This will include standard subsea heading, pitch, roll and heave products as well as aided inertial options (USBL smoothing and Sparse LBL) to be combined within the subsea BlueNaute products. BlueNaute is based on hemispherical resonator gyros (HRG), a patented Sagem (Safran) technology that was initially used in spacecraft. This new‐generation inertial navigation system is already used in aerospace, which has very demanding reliability requirements. BlueNaute has been developed to be fully... (read more)
2014-03-12 01:05:01

Dual Head Echo Sounder Installation

MMT Group has purchased and installed a Kongsberg EM2040D dual head multi-beam echo sounder on its survey and ROV vessel IceBeam. By operating an EM 2040 dual head, MMT is even-better prepared to perform surveys that meet the IHO-S44 special order.   According to Kongsberg, this is the first multi-beam echo sounder to combine all of the advanced features of deepwater echo sounders to the near-bottom sounding environment. Such features include dual swath per ping to maintain a high survey speed; FM chirp to achieve a much longer range capability; complete roll, pitch and yaw stabilisation and near-field focusing both... (read more)
2011-10-31 11:24:26

EASYTRAK

Applied Acoustic Engineering has announced the full scale launch of their new Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) tracking system, first seen at Oceanology International 2004. The UK based company has designed EASYTRAK as an economical solution for tracking a variety of targets including ROV’s, towfish and divers. EASYTRAK is compatible with all of Applied Acoustics’ transponders, with the added versatility of being able to track most other makes. 94 standard frequencies are pre-programmed into EASYTRAK, with the facility to set up an additional 4 user defined channels. A built in pitch roll and heading sensor has been added for automatic position compensation,... (read more)
2004-06-07 12:00:00

iXSea Signs €1.5m Deal with French Navy

iXSea announced that a contract for €1.5m has been signed with DCN (Direction des Constructions Navales) on behalf of the French Navy. This contract is the second part of a large contract signed last year and will involve equipping OCTANS and PHINS products for navigational and combat systems on different types of French Navy surface vessels. OCTANS III, an IMO-certified gyrocompass and still the smallest of its class in the world will be installed on the F70 and F67 Frigates and will also be equipped on the A69 corvettes, helicopter carriers and oil tankers. Maintenance free, it is based on... (read more)
2005-01-31 12:00:00

Louis Dreyfus TravOcean Orders Two Saab Seaeye Leopards

Specialist submarine cable installation company Louis Dreyfus TravOcean, France, has ordered two Saab Seaeye Leopards for touchdown monitoring and support. The pioneering Leopard work vehicle, with its 11 thrusters and iCON intelligent control system, will provide TravOcean with a stable work platform that is unrivalled amongst ROVs – particularly in strong currents. Greater flight stability under variable loads is delivered by the iCON system - including pitch and roll stabilisation – to give stable flight even with large tools and sensors deployed. ICON independently manages each device on the vehicle, including auto redundancy to keep the ROV working even with multiple equipment... (read more)
2016-01-28 09:30:48

Payload Upgrade for Bibby Tethra

In addition to performing planned five-year vessel maintenance, Bibby HydroMap has also upgraded a number of key systems on the 27.5m DP1 catamaran, Bibby Tethra. The most notable is the installation of a dual-head Kongsberg EM2040 multibeam echosounder, providing superior sounding density along track at a reasonable vessel speed. The single transmitted, dual receiver system allows surveying of up to 10 times water depth, thus matching the capability of the dual head Teledyne Reson 7125 on Bibby Athena. After being announced as the first buyers of Sonardyne's Mini-Ranger 2 USBL in April 2015, the high performance of the unit has... (read more)
2016-05-09 08:33:15

Applanix Aboard Coast Guard Icebreaker for Arctic Survey Trip

Applanix' POS MV position and orientation system technology will be working with nautical sensors aboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy, which left port in early August 2007 to map the sea floor off the Alaskan arctic coastline. The installed POS system will assist onboard marine echo sounder systems and other vessel sensors during bathometric mapping by measuring sensor and ship positioning and orientation during data capture, even under the most demanding sea and ice conditions.   One of the main purposes of the mapping work, to be carried out aboard the Healy, is to determine the extent of the... (read more)
2007-10-02 04:25:06

GPS Satellite Compass OEM Agreement Extended

Today, from the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2010 exhibition, Hemisphere GPS, Canada, expanded its multi-million dollar OEM agreement with ComNav Marine of Vancouver, Canada. Hemisphere GPS will manufacture the world's smallest (42cm) GPS compass available on the market today under a private branding agreement for ComNav Ltd. The Vector G1 GPS satellite compass will be sold with ComNav's autopilot, radars and chart plotter solutions for pleasure boats and light commercial vessels. Based on Hemisphere GPS' patented Crescent Vector II technology, Vector G1 calculates reliable heading accuracy of 0.75 degree and 60 centimetre positioning with SBAS corrections while providing heave,... (read more)
2010-11-17 11:28:21

Subsea 7 Receives MRU with Serial Number 5000

Kongsberg Seatex, the position reference systems division of Kongsberg Maritime celebrated a significant achievement in the development of its Motion Reference Unit (MRU) today (March 11th 2008) by presenting Subsea 7, one of the world's leading Subsea engineering and construction companies, with the MRU marked SN 5000.   Martin Day, Subsea 7's Global Survey Manager, accepted the special MRU during a presentation on the Kongsberg Maritime stand at Oceanology International. Showing the company's support for this almost industry standard system, an order for two further units has been received from Subsea7.   Over many years Subsea 7 has purchased significant... (read more)
2008-03-26 10:12:44
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