Trelleborg Supplies Bespoke Gasket to Protect Historic Ship on the Åland Islands

Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation has supplied a specially designed Gina gasket (G110-80) to a bespoke dry dock, built for the purpose of protecting the renowned historic ship Pommern, located in Mariehamn on the Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea. Built on the Clyde (Scotland) in 1903, Pommern is the only tall ship in the world that has remained structurally unaltered since her days in active service. Since 1953 she has served as a museum ship, moored next to the award-winning Åland Maritime Museum. The dock, which is unique in that it is built out in the water, was constructed... (read more)
2019-05-13 08:48:57

Underwater Noise Monitoring in the North Sea

Jomopans Project to Monitor Continuous Sound
Sound is of vital importance for marine animals. Eleven institutes from the countries bordering the North Sea have joined forces in the Jomopans project to implement a novel monitoring strategy for underwater sound. Due to the growth of human activities in the sea, sound pollution is a growing concern for marine environmental managers. High levels of anthropogenic noise disturb animals, but the integrated impact of noise on the marine ecosystem is largely unknown. In the Joint Monitoring Programme of Ambient Noise in the North Sea (Jomopans) project, measurements at sea are combined with noise maps from numerical modeling to assess the quantitative levels of sound at sea. Sound is of vital importance for marine animals. Eleven institutes from the countries bordering the North Sea have joined forces in the Jomopans project to implement a novel monitoring strategy for underwater sound. Due to the growth of human activities in the sea, sound pollution is a growing concern for marine environmental managers. High levels of anthropogenic noise disturb animals, but the integrated impact of noise on the marine ecosystem is largely unknown. In the Joint Monitoring Programme of Ambient Noise in the North Sea (Jomopans) project, measurements at sea are combined with noise maps from numerical modeling to assess... (read more)
2019-06-18 04:01:43

Will Hydrographic Geospatial Data Pass the Fit-for-purpose Test?

Build a Forward-thinking Marine Community
In 2017, OceanWise outlined the work of the UN-GGIM. The Committee of Experts endorsed the terms of reference for establishing a Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information. Here, Dr Mike Osborne and John Pepper provide a timely update on what has been happening since then. In 2017, OceanWise outlined the work of the UN-GGIM. The Committee of Experts endorsed the terms of reference for establishing a Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information. Here, Dr Mike Osborne and John Pepper provide a timely update on what has been happening since then. The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) aims to address global challenges relating to how geospatial information is created, managed and utilized. The UN seeks to overcome these challenges by improving access to fit-for-purpose geospatial information and for it to be an essential enabler on meeting the global community’s Sustainable... (read more)
2019-06-18 02:00:08

Definitive Global Map of Ocean Floor Doubles Data

The data available to produce the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor has more than doubled, just two years after the launch of an international effort to produce a complete map by the year 2030. Following the efforts of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has now increased from 6% to 15%. This is equivalent to around 32,000,000 square kilometres of bathymetric data, an area greater than the landmass of African. Heeding the call from Seabed 2030, the industry is now making significant contributions to the mission with around 570,000 square kilometres of... (read more)
2019-06-17 09:54:15

Pioneer Grows Saab Seaeye Falcon Fleet

ASI Marine, a pioneer in long tunnel excursions and international operator for inland marine work, is expanding its Saab Seaeye Falcon fleet. Renowned for being the first to exploit the Falcon’s adaptive intelligent technology by sending the 300 metre rated remotely operated underwater vehicle on a five-kilometre-long tunnel inspection, the company is now adding the 1,000 metre rated Falcon version to their collection. Inland Operations Bob Clarke, manager of ROV services at ASI Marine, said “We are familiar with the Falcon’s potential, its operation and its maintenance. It’s also compatible with umbilical tethers already in our inventory and it is... (read more)
2019-05-28 10:20:03

Acceleration Development of Innovative Artificial Reef System

ARC Marine, the company that invented a pioneering system for building artificial reefs, has received a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i to enable it to progress to the next stage of the project. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, UK, grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation. ARC Marine’s unique system for building artificial reefs is called Reef Cubes. This patented invention is a robust and simple interlocking modular system that is ideal for restoring complex marine environments. It has... (read more)
2019-05-10 11:17:41

Wärtsilä Fleet Operations Increase Safety and Efficiency in Arctic waters

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, to roll out a Wärtsilä Fleet Operations solution for their fleet of Arctic shuttle tankers. The aim is to promote sustainable development and to increase the safety and efficiency of operations in the sensitive Arctic waters. Wärtsilä will also provide a core solution for the company’s fleet operation centre. The solution has been developed as a result of the collaboration between Sovcomflot and Transas, a Wärtsilä company. It provides a unique integrated infrastructure that combines the bridge systems, cloud data management, data services, decision support tools, and... (read more)
2019-04-29 11:57:14

Hydrographic Data Essential for Security of Life at Sea

The decade of ocean science, starting in 2020 will make the future bright for the marine geospatial industry, said rear admiral Tim Lowe, acting Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and the National Hydrographer. Lowe was talking about the era of geospatial data at Offshore Survey, the conference held at the fringes of Ocean Business 2019, the ocean technology exhibition in Southampton, UK, at the National Oceanography Centre. Better Informed Decisions Lowe emphasized that hydrographic data supports and further grows prosperity, sustainability and security of life at sea. According to him, it’s up to the hydrographic field to... (read more)
2019-04-16 12:56:26

Royal HaskoningDHV Develops Master Plan for the Mekong Delta

Dutch-based Royal HaskoningDHV has been selected to deliver the first integrated Master Plan for the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, funded by the World Bank. The plan will set out development orientations and spatial planning across different disciplines in the Mekong Delta to 2030, with a further view towards 2050. Digitally based decision-making is a critical component of this future-focused plan. Trade Mission An official signing ceremony took place on 9 April, witnessed by Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, both visiting the country as part of a trade mission, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam,... (read more)
2019-04-11 10:20:34

Port of London Authority Demonstrates MBES Technology at Ocean Business

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has increased their Multi-beam Echosounder (MBES) technology for hydrographic surveying of the Thames waterways with the purchase of a second R2Sonic 2024 MBES, supplied by Swathe Services. Demonstrations at Ocean Business As well as survey operations by the PLA, the Thame and its systems are heading to the industry event, Ocean Business on 9-11 April, Southampton, UK, where R2SONIC will conduct daily MBES demonstrations. The R2Sonic 2024 will be fitted to their newly converted hydrographic survey vessel Thame to support the range of survey tasks undertaken by the busy PLA Hydrographic Service. Regular surveys... (read more)
2019-04-08 10:25:53
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