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

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

Oceaneering Selects Valeport Sensor Technology for Its Subsea Freedom Vehicles

Oceaneering International has selected Valeport sensor technology for integration into its subsea Freedom vehicles.  Oceaneering’s next-generation hybrid ROV, Freedom, will be fitted with Valeport Bathypack, Altimeter and Hyperion Fluorometer sensors.  Hydrographic and oceanographic instrument designer Valeport, worked closely with Oceaneering’s engineering team to meet challenges in communication and connector requirements. The Valeport sensors in the Midas Bathypack were ethernet enabled to offer precision sound velocity, conductivity, temperature, depth and altimeter data, which is used to enhance the operational capability of the Freedom resident vehicle. The subsea vehicle is also equipped with Valeport’s compact and robust environmental monitoring sensor, the Hyperion Fluorometer,... (read more)
2019-09-04 06:36:54

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

Autonomous Sailing Platform to Gather Data for Offshore Wind Projects

Norwegian offshore wind developer Equinor and US-based start-up Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) have launched a 16 ft autonomous sailing platform to cut the cost of gathering data needed for developing offshore wind projects. The wind and solar-powered Datamaran vessel, developed by AMS, carries a LiDAR device to collect data on wind and weather conditions at remote offshore wind lease areas. Over the last 18 months, Equinor and AMS have conducted studies and built prototypes to test the system. These studies have shown dramatic improvements in lead time, cost and areal coverage versus today’s options, according to the partners. The maiden Datamaran... (read more)
2019-08-20 02:04:20

Autosub Long Range Vehicles Complete Sea Trials in Scotland

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The latest Autosub Long Range (ALR) vehicles being developed by the UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have completed their first round of commissioning trials in the waters of Loch Ness, Scotland, marking a major milestone on their journey to active service. The new autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), ALR1500 - named after the 1500m depth to which they can dive - carried out a range of test missions of increasing complexity over a period of three weeks in July and August to test the vehicle’s enhanced functionality, including Terrain Aided Navigation and environmental profiling capabilities. Explore our Oceans Funded through the... (read more)
2019-08-20 10:01:06

Saildrone Completes First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica

A seven-meter (23-foot) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV), called a saildrone, has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. The vehicle, known as SD 1020, was equipped with a suite of climate-grade sensors and collected data in previously unchartered waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. The SD 1020 survived freezing temperatures, 15-meter waves, 70 knots winds, and collisions with giant icebergs to complete the nearly 1200 nautical miles mission in 196 days. Collisions with Giant Icebergs The 196-day mission was launched from Southport in Bluff, New Zealand, on 19 January 2019, returning to the same port... (read more)
2019-08-06 01:27:03

Oil Spill Data Direct to Internet-enabled Devices

UK-based global marine monitoring systems manufacturers Ocean Scientific International (OSIL) can provide oil spill monitoring data and alarms directly to internet-enabled devices from any location with GSM/GPRS or satellite coverage. The non-contact oil spill monitoring systems can be terrestrial or aquatic (using moored floating buoy platforms or fixed stations in shallow waters), and individual sensors can be networked together to cover multiple locations, with a single secure login to view all data. Autonomous Detection of Spills The sensors are equipped with a pulsed UV LED beam and optical photo-detector with on-board software to enable immediate and autonomous detection of spills in vulnerable areas.... (read more)
2019-08-01 02:56:25

Next Geosolutions Sells Out the Season in the Med

Next Geosolutions, the international geoscience and offshore engineering support service contractor, has recently been awarded three marine survey contracts from three different clients to be carried out in direct continuation in the Mediterranean Sea. The projects will involve a full range of marine survey disciplines including onshore, nearshore and offshore activities, most of which will be undertaken by using ROV-mounted sensors and tools. The first one, which has just been successfully completed, encompassed multi-discipline survey tasks aimed at supporting a deep-water survey pipeline project, involving geophysical, environmental, archaeological and UXO survey and relocation activities. Eastern Mediterranean Sea The other two missions... (read more)
2019-07-30 11:44:31

Satellite Information to Increase Safety and Efficiency in Maritime Operations

A German consortium has developed a service providing detailed data on sea ice in polar regions where internet connections are slow, providing electronic navigational charts for poorly surveyed waters and software solutions to support maritime decision-making with satellite data. In July 2019, the partners completed the R&D stage of the MARSAT project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Smarter Routing in Higher Latitudes “It’s not science fiction anymore,” said Dr Lasse Rabenstein, CEO of Drift+Noise Polar Services, a company specialising in the mapping of polar ice. “Fully automated, 24/7, near real-time ice image information for polar waters... (read more)
2019-07-30 10:30:42
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