Fugro Supports 2 Ocean Mapping Initiatives with Crowdsourced Bathymetry Contribution

Fugro recently contributed more than 110,000 square kilometres of high-resolution bathymetry data in the North Atlantic Ocean to help improve the quality and coverage of seabed mapping in the region. The dataset, which covers an area the size of Iceland, was delivered to two complementary programmes: the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) and The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project (Seabed 2030). Crowdsourced Bathymetry “As is common across the world’s oceans, much of the Atlantic lacks the modern bathymetry data needed to properly understand the seafloor, its resources, and its processes,” said David Millar, Fugro’s government accounts director in the Americas.... (read more)
2019-05-21 09:41:06

3 Unmanned Surface Vessels Operated Simultaneously

Ocean Infinity, the seabed survey and ocean exploration company, will be supporting its partner Guardian Geomatics on an extensive hydrographic project for energy company Shell. The project, which is planned to commence in June 2019, will be run from Ocean Infinity’s ‘Seabed Constructor’ vessel and will collect hydrographic data over an area in excess of 800 square kilometres using up to three Ocean Infinity unmanned surface vessels (USVs). Operating Multiple USVs Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, said: “Our ability to utilize multiple USVs simultaneously to collect data across such a vast area, in such a short space of time, and... (read more)
2019-05-20 11:28:21

Unique 3D Habitat Map of the Great Barrier Reef

International aquatic remote sensing company EOMAP recently showcased its unique contribution to the world's first 3D habitat map of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) at the International Forum on Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB Day 2019) in Australia. The mapping project, titled ‘3D live habitats for the full extent of the Great Barrier Reef’, will for the first time provide maps of the predicted coral types and underwater landscape for the more than 3,000 reefs within the 350,000 square kilometres of the GBR. EOMAP’s cutting-edge technology provides essential data for this revolutionary project, in which the University of Queensland (UQ), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park... (read more)
2019-05-20 10:58:04

Remotely Controlled Unmanned Ship Crossing Dover Strait

SEA-KIT, a 12m-long uncrewed surface vessel (USV) designed and built in Essex, UK, docked in the Belgian port city of Oostende earlier this week following a successful transit from West Mersea. The voyage, which lasted 22 hours, represents the first commercial crossing of the North Sea by an autonomous vessel and marks a significant breakthrough in uncrewed ocean transit. Box of Oysters The SEA-KIT USV arrived at Oostende at 09:00 CEST on Tuesday 7 May, where it was welcomed by Belgian customs officers, who took delivery of a box of oysters caught around Mersea Island that SEA-KIT had delivered from... (read more)
2019-05-13 11:54:50

CSA Completes Field Surveys Offshore Puerto Rico

CSA Ocean Sciences (CSA), under a subcontract to Jacobs, has announced the completion of a comprehensive environmental monitoring survey. The survey included physical, biological and chemical field sampling and data collection for 301(h) waiver demonstrations at the Aguadilla, Arecibo and Ponce Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (RWWTP) outfalls offshore Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Aqueduct Authority (PRASA). Since 1999, CSA has been helping to evaluate compliance with receiving water quality standards and describe environmental conditions. Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers During this recent survey, CSA deployed and retrieved acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), a conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) water profiler with ancillary sensors... (read more)
2019-05-13 11:17:58

New Marine Robotics Technical Centre Creates 60 Jobs

Ocean data collection company XOCEAN has recently announced the creation of 60 new jobs at the official opening of its new Technical Centre near Carlingford (Ireland). XOCEAN is transforming the way ocean data is collected using innovative marine robotics known as unmanned surface vessels (USVs). This innovative technology is designed and manufactured by the company in the Republic of Ireland. Control Room to Operate USV Fleet Using USVs, XOCEAN provides turnkey ocean data collection services ranging from mapping the seabed to inspecting subsea structures to monitoring the environment. The new Technical Centre and 24-hour Control Room will act as a... (read more)
2019-05-10 12:25:04

Innovative Ocean Thermal Energy Project Progresses

Global OTEC Resources has announced that it has successfully completed the initial designs and feasibility studies for its cutting-edge ocean thermal energy project. It is now progressing to the detailed design of the key components, all with the aid of a further £80,000 grant from Marine-i. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the UK's marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation. Last September, Global OTEC Resources received a £140,000 grant from Marine-i which enabled the company to establish its operation in... (read more)
2019-04-30 02:20:01

Three Export Cable Circuits for Offshore Wind Farm

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the offshore export cable installation contract for the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm. The contract with a value greater than €100 million was awarded by Ørsted Wind Power A/S and consists of three export cable circuits with a total length of approximately 380 kilometres. Installation and Protecting The project scope includes the preparation of the offshore export cable route (geophysical survey, boulder clearance and seabed levelling through dredging), and the installation and protection of the cables. The three 130 kilometre long export cables will connect the offshore substation to the onshore substation... (read more)
2019-04-29 12:46:12

Valeport Launches Environmental Optical Sensors

Valeport, a British designer and manufacturer of hydrographic and oceanographic instruments, has launched two environmental optical sensors, a standalone turbidity sensor and a fluorometer. The first one of the new range, the Hyperion Turbidity, is the industry’s first standalone turbidity sensor that combines a Nephelometer and OBS readings in the same instrument. Created for inshore, coastal and oceanographic monitoring, this sensor delivers a minimum detection level of just 0.03 NTU (nephelometer) and can measure turbidity up to 6,000 NTU (OBS). The titanium housing, data output up to 16Hz and low power requirements ensure the sensor can be placed in situ for... (read more)
2019-04-29 10:48:40

Win the Use of an Autonomous Scientific Echo Sounder

For the fourth year in a row, ASL has announced its early career scientist award programme for ASL’s Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP). The winning applicant will receive, free of charge, a battery-powered AZFP complete with a mooring cage for a three-month maximum deployment period with support from ASL’s team of experts. Oceanographic Research The goal of this open proposal programme is to support the oceanographic research community. The AZFP comes in either 125/200/455/769 kHz or 38/125/200/455 kHz configurations. The instrument loan programme is open to early-career scientists and engineers, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and others involved in oceanographic or... (read more)
2019-04-23 10:02:50
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