Subsea Contractor Orders 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon

Independent subsea contractor Film-Ocean has ordered its tenth Saab Seaeye Falcon, making the company one of the biggest fans of the world’s most popular underwater robot, according to John Bloomfield, global business development manager at the subsea contractor. He explains Film-Ocean’s specially devised deployment methods: “Utilising our collapsible launch and recovery system (LARS), which has allowed us to deploy the Falcon from some tight positions on oil platforms, FPSOs and wind farm installations, we have also incorporated a Falcon in our containerized system, which has a combined zone II control room and integrated LARS with 1100m of tether.” Chain Measuring System... (read more)
2019-09-16 10:20:07

MSI Provides Metocean Data to Support Construction of Breakwater

MSI, a company that provides meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) measurement services, was recently contracted to install a range of equipment for a period of between 2 and 4 months in the Moroccan port of Laayoune. The city of Laayoune is a hub for fishing and for phosphate mining in the region.As part of port expansion plans, contracting company Archirodon was awarded an EPC contract which includes the construction of a new 950m breakwater. Part of the breakwater will act as a quay structure for the berthing of vessels to provide loading/unloading facilities of solid and liquid bulk. Other infrastructure that... (read more)
2019-09-12 12:59:15

Hydrography is both science and technology

In July, chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director-general of SHOM, the French Hydrographic Office. Hydro International discusses with him the latest developments regarding the world of hydrography, climate change and artificial intelligence. "It becomes more urgent than ever to measure the ocean”, he says. Read the full interview in our September/October issue.  Laurent Kerléguer was born in Brest and has always lived by the sea or close to it. Although it was not clear as a child what his job would be, he thinks he has always known it would be linked to the sea. "Being an engineer,... (read more)
2019-09-05 03:05:34

Hydrographic Instrumentation Specialist

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Hydrographic Instrumentation Specialist. Special Instructions to Applicants Review of applicants begins immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Be sure to include: 1) a cover letter detailing qualifications; 2) a current curriculum vitae and; 3) names and contact information for three references. Southern Miss is an R1 Carnegie Research University – high research activity and is the premier university in the Gulf South for marine science. The Division of Marine Science is located at the John C. Stennis Space Center, which is a “federal city”... (read more)
2019-09-05 02:26:01

Corals Capable of Surviving Extreme Conditions in Mangrove Lagoons

Researchers have discovered corals capable of surviving extreme conditions in mangrove lagoons around Australia's Great Barrier Reef by using a photosynthetic strategy that trades fast growth for survival. Led by Emma Camp from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia, a team of scientists found 34 species of coral that were regularly exposed to extremely low pH, low oxygen levels and highly variable temperatures. The coral resilience was found in two mangrove lagoons, the Woody Isles and Howick Island, according to a study published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series. Stress Tolerance in Corals The discovery, the researchers hope, will... (read more)
2019-08-31 09:45:14

Electric Underwater Robotic Vehicle Supports Ocean Research

An electric underwater robotic vehicle, manufactured by Saab Seaeye Falcon, is to help support a network of oceanographic and atmospheric sensors that are part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) transforming ocean research. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the overall OOI program is managed by Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The moored, mobile autonomous, and cabled sensors provide real-time data access to address critical issues such as climate change, ecosystem variability, ocean acidification, and carbon cycling.  The Falcon will conduct operations in support of mooring deployments and recoveries. This would include inspections of instruments and mooring systems, as well as attaching... (read more)
2019-08-22 02:26:45

Old Fashioned or Just Safe

Not long before this issue of Hydro International went to press, a major problem with Galileo, the European equivalent of the American GPS system, occurred. A few days later, the malfunctioning system has still not been corrected. It appeared to be an incident related to the Galileo ground infrastructure that resulted in a temporary interruption of the Galileo Initial Services. Disrupted Hydrographic and Oceanographic Operations Galileo is widely used by most of the commercially available receivers. Multi-constellation GNSS receivers will remain unaffected and compute position and timing using other constellations, said experts for the European GNSS Agency, the industry, the... (read more)
2019-08-06 09:01:59

Five Ages Old Shipwreck in the Baltic Remains a Mystery

A team of scientists has revealed the remains of an intact and astonishingly preserved 500-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic, using state-of-the-art underwater robots. But the ship’s identity remains a mystery. The pristine but unknown ship (okänt skepp in Swedish) is probably 'the best-preserved shipwreck of its period to be discovered in recent times', according to archaeologists from the University of Southampton. It is believed to be from the Early Modern Period (late 15th – early 16th Century). The vessel has been located by archaeologists at a depth of around more than 120 metres some 100 miles South East of Stockholm. The shipwreck was explored by... (read more)
2019-07-23 09:10:44

Laurent Kerl├ęguer appointment general manager of the French Hydrographic Service

Laurent Kerléguer is appointed general manager of the French Hydrographic and Oceanographic Serves. (Service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine). The chief engineer of the armament was born on December 29, 1965 in Brest, France. He graduated from ENSTA Paris in 1988. After embarking on the PH Jeanne d'Arc from 1988 to 1989 he joined the Atlantic Hydrographic Mission aboard the Borda as Assistant Hydrographer Engineer to the Director. Technical Director of French Polynesia In 1992 he became head of the Applied Oceanography section of the Shom Military Marine Science Center in Brest, which he held until 1996. He then joined... (read more)
2019-07-19 11:40:41


We are looking forThe Geodata Agency's hydrographic office has, as maritime authority, responsibility for the maritime survey and charting in the Danish, Greenlandic and Faroese waters. The office is looking for a skilled hydrographer that can work independently with complex details, see great opportunities and solutions and who has the courage to think forward.The tasksYou will help us improve the technical support for our surveyors, processing and quality assurance of maritime survey data and development of our data processes. The production of correct depth data is the foundation for the production of charts in both Denmark, the Faroe Islands and... (read more)
2019-07-11 01:04:45
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