Norbit launches new MBS

Norwegian-based multibeam echosounders manufacturer Norbit launches the Winghead. The Winghead is a true 1024 beams multibeam echo sounder, with the iconic NORBIT curved arrays, a frequency agility from 200kHz to 700kHz and a resolution of 0.5 x 0.9 degrees at the center frequency of 400kHz. Peter Eriksen, Norbit Oceans Business Unit Directo Peter Eriksen commented on the launch of the new MBS: “Winghead complements Norbit’s current offering of our well-established WBMS platform, is a new concept from the ground up and the pinnacle of three years of a secretive development effort. Winghead is an innovative modern platform, which will enable... (read more)
2020-07-01 11:40:26

Pushidrosal Prepared Safe Routes for Lombok and Sunda Strait

The Indonesian Hydrography Office (Pushidrosal) conducted large hydrographic surveys between 2016 and 2017 to obtain full coverage of bathymetry and other required hydro-oceanographic data of the Sunda Strait and the Lombok Strait. The survey used modern methods and equipment from KRI RIGEL - 933 and KRI SPICA - 934, not only for study material and design exercises for the new Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS), but also to provide a high level of trust for international navigation in both straits. New TSS and other routing measures in the Sunda Strait and the Lombok Strait, all in accordance with the United Nation Convention on the... (read more)
2020-06-26 12:55:34

INMARTECH 2021

With the current COVID-19 situation in Spain an around the world, the mobility restrictions and the uncertainty of the near future measures we have decided to postpone INMARTECH. The CSIC Marine Technology Unit and the IRSO committee have agreed that the best and safer decision to all of us is to postpone the meeting until September or October 2021. This decision was not easy to make as we were excited about welcoming you all in Barcelona and host the bi-annual INMARTECH meeting.    INMARTECH Symposia were initiated, and are coordinated, by the annual International Research Ship Operators meetings (IRSO, formerly ISOM) with the purpose... (read more)
2020-02-03 10:00:03

Mariscope Introduces Innovative Solutions in Underwater Cleaning and Measurement using ROVs

Mariscope Meerestechnik is a Germany-based company that has been a pioneer in the development of underwater robotic solutions for more than 25 years, and is specialized in underwater systems integration customized to customer’s needs. Mariscope has now added the Commander MK III Off-shore to its range of products – a new ROV with very special features. This vehicle was designed, developed and manufactured to carry out special offshore tasks, and later adapted to other activities such as biofouling control-related tasks in aquaculture. The world, in the context of a global pandemic like the one that exists today, needs systems and... (read more)
2020-05-14 03:31:23

Hydrographic Education During a Lockdown

Experiences in the Netherlands
On 12 March, the Dutch government decided to ‘lockdown’ all activities involving multiple persons, including education. That decision immediately affected the hydrographic institutions in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has an active four-year Cat A course in Ocean Technology at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences – Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (MIWB), and a 3+3 month Cat B course at Skilltrade. Both had to cope with the lockdown in different ways due to their different set-ups and student populations. Organizational Situation After Lockdown Although education is not a ‘contact’ profession in the strict sense (or at least it shouldn’t be),... (read more)
2020-05-08 03:15:49

μMA-X System Supports US Navy Next Generation Small-class UUV Evaluation

Mitcham Industries announced that its Klein Marine Systems unit recently delivered the first micro-MA-X (μMA-X SystemTM) in support of US Navy Next Generation Small-Class Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) evaluation sponsored by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). DIU is a defence organization focused exclusively on fielding and scaling commercial technology across the U.S. military to help solve critical problems. The μMA-X system is the first in a series of new imaging products based on Klein’s previously announced MA- XTM technology and designed for both commercial and military unmanned vehicle markets. The reduced size and power requirements of the μMA-X system make... (read more)
2020-04-28 10:09:30

Enhancing Port and Harbour Security with Unmanned Surface Vehicles

As readers of Hydro International know, the world’s ports and harbours are crucial to global trade. From Singapore to Antwerp, to Shanghai, to Rotterdam, to Los Angeles to other mega-ports and hundreds of other smaller ports, these crucial nodes are critical to world trade. A disaster like a fire, explosion, or a major oil spill could close one of these ports for an indefinite time. The secondary effects of such a catastrophe could include releasing a huge amount of pollution into rivers and oceans. As readers of Hydro International know, the world’s ports and harbours are crucial to global trade. From Singapore to Antwerp, and from Shanghai to Rotterdam, Los Angeles, other mega-ports and hundreds of other smaller ports, these crucial nodes are critical to world trade. A disaster like a fire, explosion or major oil spill could close one of these ports for an indefinite time. The secondary effects of such a catastrophe could include releasing a huge amount of pollution into rivers and oceans. The magnitude of providing comprehensive security for an average size port – let alone some of the world’s... (read more)
2020-04-17 09:56:56

Product News: ISA500-11K Sets New Standard for Deepwater Altimeters

Depth-rated to 11,000 metres, the ISA500-11K provides the highest levels of stability, accuracy and range, setting a new standard for deepwater altimeters. Based on the architecture of the ISA500 range of altimeters, the ISA500-11K has a distance measurement capability in excess of 120 meters and proven millimetre accuracy. With an optional integrated Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), the sensor can also provide highly stable heading, pitch and roll readings. Provided in robust titanium housing and fitted with a Subconn BH8M-SS connector as standard, the altimeter is built to withstand the harshest of underwater environments. In comparison to the existing... (read more)
2020-04-07 01:13:45

Navico Inks Coast Guard Contract Through 2025

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad®, B&G® and C-MAP® brands has signed a 5-year agreement with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to provide C-MAP cartography under the USCG’s Small Boat Product Line (SBPL). Navico was selected for a competitive award by the USCG for products that met all of their technical needs. Navico prides itself on its superior consumer support, accuracy of data and overall level of service. Navico’s C-MAP will deliver cartography cards to 300 different stations across America, twice a year. The SBPL aligns all boat support resources under a single entity with authority and accountability for maintenance and logistics for all boats in the Coast... (read more)
2020-04-01 04:31:45

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: All Cruises and Field Work Have Been Cancelled

Personal Message from Mark Abbott, WHOI President and Director
“We are facing a truly unprecedented situation”, WHOI president and director Mark Abbott says in a personal message on the institute's website. “I have watched with concern as the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) incidences has steadily increased around the world, in the United States and in Massachusetts, and I am hoping that you and your family and friends stay safe during this outbreak. “The duration, scale and impact of the outbreak remain uncertain. Yet, in the face of this uncertainty, the WHOI community has pulled together to support one another, think creatively and devise new ways to press ahead with... (read more)
2020-03-28 04:47:37
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