Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy Asks for Advice

Fausto Bravo is a lieutenant in the Chilean Navy, specifically in the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service and he would like some advice. "In December 2019, one of Chile's air force planes crashed in the Drake Sea and since then our government has been trying to bring relief to the families of the victims by trying to find clues or parts of the aeroplane on the ocean floor," he writes. "The problem that we have had is that our most modern multibeam sonar is a Kongsberg EM 122 that has beams that deploy with 1-degree aperture, but the depth of the sea... (read more)
2020-03-26 11:46:40

Kongsberg Maritime Releases New Features on its EM 2040 MKII Multibeam Echosounder

Kongsberg Maritime has released two new features on its EM 2040 MKII multibeam echosounder. The first enables the use of dual high frequencies to survey wide swaths of the seabed at much higher resolutions than before, while the second facilitates the simultaneous collection of backscatter data using multiple frequencies. These cutting-edge functionalities constitute a significant upgrade to the current system, which already offers outstanding range and resolution. Broadband Multibeam Echosounder System The EM 2040 MKII is a broadband multibeam echosounder system, which uses frequencies from 200kHz to 400kHz to yield a wide swath of up to 170 degrees. With the... (read more)
2020-03-26 11:08:11

Remote Hydrography Conference and Exhibition Postponed to September

The Remote Hydrography Conference and small accompanying exhibition, originally scheduled for 6–7 May 2020, has been postponed to 23–24 September 2020, following the latest set of measures issued by the UK government, according to a recent publication of the UK Hydrographic Office. Hydrographic surveying, and the roles of its practitioners, are in the midst of a paradigm shift. The development and adoption of disruptive technologies, techniques and solutions are increasing survey capacity, capabilities and productivity like never before, whilst simultaneously reducing the risks and costs involved. Autonomous and unmanned aerial, surface and underwater survey platforms, remote survey command and support services, and... (read more)
2020-03-19 01:56:35

Hydrographic Mapping is Critical for the Caribbean

It is a Service Provided Inconsistently by the Developed Nations
Considered paradise by the legions of tourists who visit each year, the Caribbean islands are developing states that struggle to maintain a delicate balance between economic expansion and environmental preservation. Hydrographic mapping, a critical element in achieving this equilibrium, has been a service provided inconsistently by the developed nations upon which many of the islands are still dependent. Affordable new geospatial technologies, however, offer Caribbean islands the opportunity to reduce their traditional reliance and assume greater control over their economies and natural resources. Considered paradise by the legions of tourists who visit each year, the Caribbean islands are developing states that struggle to maintain a delicate balance between economic expansion and environmental preservation. Hydrographic mapping, a critical element in achieving this equilibrium, has been a service provided inconsistently by the developed nations upon which many of the islands are still dependent. Affordable new geospatial technologies, however, offer Caribbean islands the opportunity to reduce their traditional reliance and assume greater control over their economies and natural resources. The islands of the Caribbean, collectively known as the West Indies, were colonized for centuries by seafaring... (read more)
2020-03-18 10:08:24

Hydrographic and Geophysical Surveys in Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean

Hydrographic and geophysical survey operations will be undertaken by INFOMAR in the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean between April and October this year, according to a recent marine notice from the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. INFOMAR is a joint programme between Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute, surveying unmapped marine territory and creating a range of integrated mapping products of the physical, chemical and biological features of the seabed. Covering some 125,000 sq. km of underwater territory, INFOMAR will produce integrated mapping products covering the physical, chemical and biological features of the seabed. Both Irish Marine Institute vessels,... (read more)
2020-03-10 08:47:01

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

UK Government and Southern Africa Cooperate to Develop the Marine Economy

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) are working with the Southern Africa and Islands Hydrographic Commission (SAIHC) to establish regulations and legislation that promote the growth of the region’s ocean economy. Across the world, we are becoming increasingly reliant on our oceans, depending on them for food, energy and livelihoods, these organizations say. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), our increasing dependence on this resource will mean our global ocean economy – which includes activities ranging from shipping and fishing to renewables – will grow to reach US$3 trillion by 2030.... (read more)
2020-03-02 10:07:16

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

India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology Signs Contract for AUV System

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that contracts have been signed for the sale of a HUGIN AUV system to the Indian National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), located in Chennai, India. This sale has been conducted in collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime India, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime AS. The HUGIN AUV system ordered by NIOT is rated to a depth of 6,000 metres and will be equipped with a KONGSBERG HISAS 1032 synthetic aperture sonar and EM2040 multibeam echosounder, designed for hydrographic and seabed classification applications. It will also carry a high-resolution colour still image camera, plus a range of environmental... (read more)
2020-02-24 08:36:32

Inspiration

Ever since I was a young boy, I've always known what I wanted to be: a journalist. It has never been anything else, at least not for longer than a few days. I am not sure if the television show Lou Grant triggered my wish to report on whatever happens in the world for a newspaper or a radio station, but the series about a grumpy editor at the fictional newspaper Los Angeles Tribune certainly fuelled my ambition. I must have been around ten or eleven years old and probably didn’t understand the show at all, but I felt that... (read more)
2020-02-18 09:41:40
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