Real-time Marine Environmental Monitoring System

Australia-based Fastwave has recently received orders for over 50 OceanStar telemetered marine environmental monitoring systems. Most of the systems are to be deployed as part of the broader marine environmental management programme being implemented in support of Chevron Australia's Wheatstone offshore LNG project. The OceanStar system enables real-time data acquisition from water quality sensors located on the sea floor. The system acquires readings from the sub-sea instruments and transmits via Iridium satellite a range of water quality parameters such as turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen and temperature. It has been used for environmental compliance monitoring on most of Australia's large offshore... (read more)
2012-09-26 01:18:43

Fugro GEOS Environmental And Marine Monitoring System

An environmental and marine monitoring system has been designed and commissioned by Fugro GEOS for Total’s new-build Usan FPSO. The real-time meteorological and marine data essential for safe offshore operations are provided by sensors located on a surface Wavescan buoy together with a range of instrumentation onboard the facility. Built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea, the 320 metre long Usan FPSO is a critical component in Total’s second biggest project offshore Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Prior to its three-month voyage to the Usan oilfield, Fugro GEOS’s environmental and marine monitoring system was installed onboard in South Korea.... (read more)
2012-06-22 12:00:00

AUVs for Environmental Recognition and Sensing

ECA Group is currently involved in a European project called 'Smart and Networking Underwater Robots in Cooperation Meshes (SWARMs)' in order to increase the knowledge level in underwater robotics. SWARMs is a Europe-wide project started in July 2015 involving 35 partners from 10 European countries for 3 years. The total cost of this project is EUR17.3 million (EU funding EUR6.4 million). The project includes the development of new meshes using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), among other things. This sprawling project aims is to develop several innovative solutions such as: New cooperative autonomous meshes using heterogeneous robotics system (for example: AUVs, ROVs... (read more)
2016-09-06 01:49:32

Port-Log for ABP’s Environmental Monitoring

Associated British Ports (ABP) has contracted OceanWise to install Port-Log across all of ABP's 21 UK ports. The project has not required any of ABP's existing sensors to be replaced. A major benefit of is its ability to accommodate a wide range of sensors from different manufacturers. Consequently, pressing deadlines for installing and testing the system were able to be met. The service utilises OceanWise' Smart Telemetry units to transmit data to a cloud server, providing real-time publishing of monitoring data direct to individual VTS centres at each Port Cluster, as well as to other users and devices at... (read more)
2017-01-17 11:28:56

Advancing Environmental Academic Research info El Niño

Researchers at the Institute of Oceanology in Qingdao, China, are using the Nortek Signature55 current profiler to improve the understanding of El Niño and advance their environmental academic research. According to Yu Fei, senior researcher, doctor and director at The Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS), information about Western Boundary Currents in the lower latitudes of the Pacific and their influence on low-frequency pulsing of warm currents are vital for scientific research. Until now, there was insufficient data about these patterns in connection with dynamic ocean circulation research and its relation to climate. Longer Current Profiling Range The testing... (read more)
2016-05-19 10:43:55

Eni Tests AUV for Environmental Monitoring

An AUV designed to carry out subsea environmental monitoring along predetermined tracks is being tested by Eni Norge. Together with its subsidiary Tecnomare, Eni Norge has completed the research and development project "CleanSea". The development of an AUV, carrying out sampling which is important as part of monitoring the marine environment, was one of the aims of the project. The AUV is equipped with multiple propellers, enabling it to stop, hold its position and adjust its movements as required and in response to sensor data. It is pre-programmed and carries out the job it is asked to do. The robot... (read more)
2013-11-29 02:27:40

Environmental Protection and Offshore Drive Innovation

"Green" technologies, offshore engineering and ship financing were the keynote areas at this year's SMM that closed on 10th September, a trio of subjects which will be vital for the future. These subjects were also prominent in the supporting programme, which comprised a large number of conferences and workshops. SMM 2010 gave a stimulus to the industry, with 2,003 exhibitors from 58 countries, and 50,000 trade visitors from all parts of the world. The largest group of visitors was from the shipowners and shipping companies, followed by machinery and plant manufacturers, and the shipbuilding and shipyard industry. 69% of the... (read more)
2010-09-13 10:14:58

Repeat Order For Subsea Environmental Monitoring System

Fastwave Communications has received a repeat order for its satellite based turbidity monitoring system. The system is part of Western Australia's largest marine monitoring project, being developed and implemented by Woodside Energy. Woodside is developing the giant Pluto gas project, located off the remote North West coast of Australia. The repeat order is to support an expansion of the marine monitoring system.   The world class monitoring program provides early detection of conditions that could affect coral reefs over 1100 square kilometres of the environmentally sensitive Mermaid Sound, where a major pipeline dredging project is underway to bring the gas... (read more)
2008-11-17 11:18:45

Deep-sea Mining Requires Transparent Environmental Management

For three years researchers from 11 countries have been working intensively on questions about the consequences of deep-sea mining on ecosystems and environmental aspects in the 'MiningImpact' project coordinated by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. This week, they discussed their findings at the project`s final meeting at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. They also presented recommendations for the protection of the marine environment. In the 19th century, some researchers believed that below water depths of 1,000 metres life was not possible. Today we know they were wrong. However, the deep sea still surprises scientists. Until... (read more)
2017-10-20 08:27:27
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