Sonardyne Reveals Latest Seabed-to-shore Subsea Technologies

Underwater technology provider Sonardyne International Ltd. has announced new additions to its 2020 product line-up. With a focus on compact yet capable unmanned and vessel instruments, Sonardyne has unveiled SPRINT-Nav Mini, a compact guidance and control solution, as well as ADCP functionality for its Syrinx Doppler velocity log (DVL) and a smaller, lighter version of its popular Gyro USBL transceiver. Fixed Frequency Outputs SPRINT-Nav Mini provides guidance and control outputs – orientation, velocity, altitude and depth – in a single instrument that weighs just 0.7 kg in water for the 300 m-rated version. By tightly fusing the information from each of... (read more)
2020-03-26 01:00:08

Fugro's CEO: "Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World"

Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030.... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42

Venice Canals Look Clearer Due to Italy's Coronavirus Lockdown

Although in the first place the coronavirus has a huge impact on our daily lives and poses a serious threat to many of us, the outbreak of the disease has some remarkable side effects. For example, due to a lack of debris from tourists and near-zero boat traffic under Italy's ongoing coronavirus lockdown, the city of Venice is enjoying crystal clear waters in its world-famous canals. Even dolphins have been spotted in the canals. The clear waters are a tiny bright spot in the city, whose economy has been virtually wiped out since tourists fled the area at the beginning... (read more)
2020-03-19 10:31:08

MOSAiC Aerial Survey Campaigns Temporarily Suspended Because of Coronavirus

Polarstern Crew Continues to be Unaffected by the Corona Pandemic
The Norwegian government recently announced comprehensive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, effective immediately. As a result, all travellers to Norway from non-Nordic countries who do not have a residence permit will most likely have to immediately leave the country again or be placed in quarantine for 14 days. In response, and due to the highly dynamic development of the coronavirus pandemic, the MOSAiC project management has decided to temporarily suspend the aerial survey campaigns planned for this spring and based in the Svalbard archipelago, which is under Norwegian administration. There are currently three icebreakers underway in the Central... (read more)
2020-03-18 04:56:49

Explorers Reach the Deepest Point in the Red Sea

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After successfully diving to the deepest point in the Mediterranean Sea, the Calypso Deep, in mid-February, Victor Vescovo and the Caladan Oceanic crew sailed through the Suez Canal and into the Red Sea. In cooperation with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, Caladan made multiple manned dives into the little-explored Red Sea and, for the first time, to its deepest point: the Suakin Trough. The team also dived the shallower, but scientifically important Kebrit Deep (Arabic for 'sulfur'), 250 miles to the north. Utilizing the state-of-the-art full ocean depth submersible DSV Limiting Factor from... (read more)
2020-03-12 10:15:22

Don’t Miss the Oi2020 Technical Conference

In the free-to-attend Oi2020 Technical Conference, you will hear from experts and thought leaders about a variety of disciplines in different sectors. Happening across the three days of the event, the technical tracks will focus on key areas of application and technology across the whole of the Oceanology range. Technical insights, updates on the industry and case studies will provide you with the information and inspiration you need for your futures projects. Check www.oceanologyinternational.com for details and the latest updates of each day programme. 1. Offshore Energy Development - Sponsored by Bibby Hydromap This conference track will explore the developments... (read more)
2020-03-05 08:46:31

Chartwell Marine Launches Scanwell Shallow Draft Survey Vessel

In response to calls from the scientific community, ports and industrial surveyors, Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design, has announced the launch of its Scanwell shallow draft survey vessel providing unparalleled standards of versatility and safety in one and half metre waters. The Scanwell range is available in multiple hull sizes – 10m, 12m, 15m and 19m – enabling use in a wide variety of applications, such as offshore energy, port infrastructure and scientific expeditions. There are already two vessels on order, the company says, the first of which has been recently delivered, a 10m survey vessel and... (read more)
2020-02-26 08:34:48

UTEC Completes Survey Subcontract for McDermott in the Middle East

UTEC, a global surveying company in the Acteon subsea services group, completed consecutive as-built and post-construction anchor debris clearance surveys using remotely operated vehicles (ROV) for McDermott International. The company mobilized a DP2 offshore support vessel in early December 2019 with work- and observation-class ROVs and a nearshore survey workboat for the as-built campaign. The anchor debris clearance campaign used the same vessel with a sub-bottom profiler, a side-scan sonar, a multibeam echosounder and a magnetometer. Geophysical Survey in Shallow Waters  “We are delighted to have completed these surveys,” said Nadir Rahmatullah, UTEC commercial director for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:52:17

Combined Mexican and Spanish Search Expedition for Sunken Galleon

Researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and Spain’s National Museum of Underwater Archaeology will try to find the wreckage of a Spanish galleon which went down carrying gold, silver and precious gems worth billions. Both countries have agreed to join forces to search for the legendary Nuestra Señora del Juncal,  which sank in a storm nearly 400 years ago. It disappeared to the bottom of the ocean in October 1631 after setting sail with its fleet from Veracruz, on the east coast of Mexico, bound for Spain. Many sailors feared the galleon was already doomed as its commander died... (read more)
2020-02-24 09:51:21

Arctic Ice Melt Is Changing Ocean Currents

A major ocean current in the Arctic is faster and more turbulent as a result of rapid sea ice melt, a new study from NASA shows. The current is part of a delicate Arctic environment that is now flooded with freshwater, an effect of human-caused climate change. Using 12 years of satellite data, scientists have measured how this circular current, called the Beaufort Gyre, has precariously balanced an influx of unprecedented amounts of cold, fresh water — a change that could alter the currents in the Atlantic Ocean and cool the climate of Western Europe. The Beaufort Gyre keeps the... (read more)
2020-02-13 08:35:07
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