MOSAiC Arctic Expedition Reaches North Pole

On 19 August 2020, the world’s largest and longest polar research expedition – known as MOSAiC – reached the North Pole after making an unplanned detour owing to lighter than usual sea-ice conditions. The expedition is now entering its final stage, during which researchers will study the last piece of the Arctic puzzle: the growth of new sea ice marking the end of the summer season. In September 2019, the German research icebreaker Polarstern set sail from Tromsø, Norway, to spend a year drifting through the Arctic Ocean – trapped in ice. After leaving the ice floe it had been... (read more)
2020-09-22 10:51:01

iSURVEY Helps Identify North Sea Shipwreck

During a recent offshore power cable cut and seal project on the Olympic Taurus, iSURVEY were part of the team tasked with identifying a shipwreck found three years previously during a routine inspection of the Skagerrak power cable. The wreck lies 13 nautical miles from Kristiansand in southern Norway, and was investigated using an ROV-mounted multibeam echosounder. Following the survey, it was determined that the wreck was that of the long-lost German warship Karlsruhe, famous for leading the assault on Kristiansand during the invasion of Norway in 1940. Until this discovery, Karlsruhe had remained the last World War Two German warship whose... (read more)
2020-09-15 09:17:06

Teledyne CARIS AI Software Contributes to Successful UTAS USV Mission

Teledyne CARIS, a Teledyne Technologies company, was an integral part of the illustrious team involved in the ground-breaking uncrewed offshore survey mission in the Atlantic Ocean. Teledyne CARIS’ Mira AI and CARIS Onboard software were present on the vessel to enable autonomous survey and real-time processing operations. The mission’s Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) built by SEA-KIT mapped over 1,000 sq. kms of the ocean floor in 22 days, while being continuously monitored via satellite communications at its Remote Operations Centre in Essex, United Kingdom. A specialized team comprised of the GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team operated the survey equipment and provided... (read more)
2020-09-11 11:38:00

Applied Acoustics Launches Pyxis Integrated Inertial USBL System

Applied Acoustic Engineering (AAE) has announced the launch of its next-generation USBL system, Pyxis USBL. Taking its name from the constellation Pyxis Nautica – the mariner’s compass – Pyxis USBL combines the best of AAE’s subsea acoustic tracking technology with a highly advanced inertial navigation system (INS) from a respected name in the industry, to create a state-of-the-art, inertially aided Ultra Short Baseline system capable of accurate subsea tracking with survey-grade performance. The combination of AAE’s Sigma 2 acoustic protocols and SBG Systems' high-precision Navsight Apogee Marine INS brings together two leading names in the field of marine technology, resulting... (read more)
2020-09-10 03:10:16

Subsea Docking Station Project Wins ONS Innovation Award 2020

Blue Logic has been awarded the Innovation Award 2020 from ONS in the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) category, for its development of an open-standard subsea docking station for underwater vehicles.  The ONS Innovation Awards recognize the crucial importance of cutting-edge technologies and solutions. This year’s awards were announced on 1 September during ONS 2020 Digital, this year's variant of ONS.  Blue Logic’s seabed-installed docking station enables underwater vehicles or drones to be permanently deployed subsea by providing access to power for charging and communications for upload/download of inspection and assignment data.  Long-term Deployment of Underwater Drones The ability to... (read more)
2020-09-07 09:45:21

Russian Survey Vessel Explores 14,000km Cable Route across Arctic Seabed

On 6 August 2020, the Professor Logachev survey ship set out from Kirkenes, Norway on course for Russian Arctic waters. Over the next three months, the ship and its crew will sail 6,500km along the north Russian coast. The Norwegian border town could become a hub for an almost 14,000km-long telecom cable between Asia and Europe. Researchers are this summer exploring the best route across the Arctic seabed. Their mission is to look into the deep to examine the sea bottom. Their findings will be crucial for the future of Arctic Connect, the project developed by the Finnish company Cinia... (read more)
2020-09-04 01:29:59

Unmanned Boat Used in High-salinity Brine Lake

In early July 2020, an OceanAlpha ME120 unmanned surface vessel (USV) joined the national potash mining project in Lop Nur in the Chinese province of Xinjiang to conduct routine bathymetric surveys. Lop Nur used to be the largest lake in north-western China before it dried up in 1972. Known as the ‘Sea of Death’, Lop Nur is located in the south-eastern part of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is now an enormous desert, with no grass, streams or birds, where summer temperatures can reach record highs. So, what is an unmanned boat doing in a dry lake? Following a discovery by... (read more)
2020-09-01 12:47:35

US$1M to Enhance Autonomous Vehicle for Monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms Project

As part of the NOAA-led Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Ocean Technology Transition (OTT) project, the University of Washington, Oregon State University, Ocean Aero, the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) and NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center partners will receive US$1M in funding over the next three years to enhance and deploy Ocean Aero’s Triton Class autonomous vehicle to augment HAB sampling at remote offshore locations on the Oregon and Washington coasts. “Harmful Algal Blooms can cause severe environmental, economic and societal damage, and the water sampling system we are developing with the University of Washington Applied Physics... (read more)
2020-09-01 08:35:49

Fugro Wins ROV Services Contracts with Petrobras in Brazil

In partnership with Solstad and Oceanpact, Fugro has been awarded three long-term contracts by Petrobras to provide remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services for a variety of subsea activities in Brazil. All three contracts are for three-year fixed periods with additional one-year options. Fugro will provide a total of five work class ROVs for these contracts, each outfitted with tooling and survey spreads that are operational in water depths of up to 3,000m. One ROV spread will be installed on the Solstad AHTS Far Statesman to conduct anchor handling and other subsea support activities. The remaining ROV spreads will be deployed... (read more)
2020-09-01 09:01:11

How Robotic Technology Officially Identified the World War II Submarine S-28 Gravesite

Discovered by the Lost 52 Expedition Team
After 75 years, and using advanced imaging technology, ocean explorer Tim Taylor and his Lost 52 Expedition Team have officially discovered the final resting place of the 49 sailors of the U.S. submarine S-28 (SS-133) off Oahu, Hawaii. The U.S. Navy recently validated the identity of the wreck, which Taylor located in 2017. The date of 4 July 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the submarine loss, which was conducting exercises at the time that she disappeared. “The discovery of the USS S-28 as part of my ‘Lost 52 Project’ continues to honour the men, their mission and their memory. It is... (read more)
2020-08-24 10:28:16
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