What Are the New Global Initiatives for Mapping the World’s Entire Ocean Floor?

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Three new global initiatives for mapping the world’s entire ocean floor have been announced in London at a special conference organised by The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, the international collaborative project to produce a complete, freely available map of the seafloor by the year 2030. They will be overseen by the new Seabed 2030 Director, experienced UK hydrographer and former naval officer Jamie McMichael-Phillips, whose appointment was also announced at the conference. The conference titled 'From Vision to Action', took place at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday 22 October, was convened to mark the progress made in the... (read more)
2019-10-24 09:30:16

How Does the Poggy, the New Bionic AUV, Operate?

EvoLogics from Berlin, Germany, has introduced Poggy - a novel, bionic autonomous underwater vehicle that uses Fin-Ray® technology. The vehicle is being developed as part of the BONUS SEAMOUNT collaborative R&D project and made its first dives at the Breaking The Surface 2019 workshop in early October. Nicknamed Poggy, the AUV is one of a kind; a novel, bionic design with two propulsion thrusters and two independent flexible 'tails' that give the robot mobility features. Its dual-tail construction is an original idea that stemmed from previous work on EvoLogics’ Manta Ray AUV and its lifelike 'flapping wing' propulsion system. The design... (read more)
2019-10-22 11:01:14

Unique Group Signs Agreement with iXblue to Acquire Five DriX Units

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has signed an agreement to acquire five Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) DriX units from French company iXblue, marking an investment in the Group’s global portfolio of survey products. With an aim to continually introduce latest cutting-edge technology for offshore survey operations, Unique Group’s new addition is designed for a wide range of tasks such as geophysical and hydrographic surveys, touchdown monitoring of pipelines, subsea positioning, and ROV/AUV tracking.  DriX, with its long endurance, increased hydrodynamics and flexible sensor payload, can significantly improve the efficiency of offshore operations and act as a true force... (read more)
2019-10-10 11:12:53

Seafarers Can Now Change Their Course

Job Opportunities for those with Marine Backgrounds
Do you have a marine background and are you looking for a new job? Being a USV pilot could be the next step in your career, James Ives, CEO of XOCEAN explains. Do you have a marine background and are you looking for a new job? Being a USV pilot could be the next step in your career, James Ives, CEO of XOCEAN explains. His company currently has openings for USV Pilot & Surveyor positions as well as Software Engineers and plans to recruit an additional 60 employees in the next year to meet increasing market demand. As an extensive buyer of ocean data in his previous role as CEO of a marine engineering business, founder James Ives saw a need to transform the way in which ocean data was captured. As... (read more)
2019-10-03 03:41:16

Shipwreck Monitoring in the North Sea

Surveyors Discover World War One Submarine
In order to guarantee nautical depths, the Rijkswaterstaat survey department runs an annual seabed monitoring programme. In July 2019, research vessel MS Arca left its homeport of Scheveningen, the Netherlands, to conduct a shipwreck survey that included a World War One submarine. In order to guarantee nautical depths, the Rijkswaterstaat survey department runs an annual seabed monitoring programme. In July 2019, research vessel MS Arca left its home port of Scheveningen, the Netherlands, to conduct a shipwreck survey that included a World War One submarine.  As an executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat facilitates smooth and safe maritime traffic in the Dutch North Sea. One of its activities is an annual seabed monitoring programme. Apart from a few deeper spots, the Dutch part of the North Sea is in general 35 metres deep, while the coastal... (read more)
2019-10-03 02:57:46

Ben Frederiks

Ben Frederiks studied marine biology and hydrography and started working at Rijkswaterstaat in 2015. His current position is as a hydrographic surveyor at Rijkswaterstaat’s Survey Department. His main work area is the Dutch North Sea. (read more)
2019-10-03 02:49:37

Optimizing the Choice of DVLs for Noisy Environments

Reliable navigation and positioning underpin productive use of submerged vehicles, leading to optimized operations, expanded capabilities, and greater cost-effectiveness. For 25 years, Teledyne RDI Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) have been an industry-leading solution for this need. DVLs are sonar systems that accurately measure a vehicle’s speed over ground and altitude above the seabed. The high precision and fast update rates of Teledyne RDI’s data have enhanced subsea operations, from high-resolution spatial surveys to low-altitude stationkeeping. Moreover, Teledyne RDI DVLs have delivered robust navigation over highly demanding terrain, such as rugged hydrothermal vent fields on mid-ocean ridges. Field Trials To operate... (read more)
2019-10-03 11:27:57

IHO Assembly and Hydrographic Industry Exhibition

A Hydrographic Industry Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the next formal gathering of all the Member states of the IHO.  This will be the 2nd Session of the Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization.  The gathering will take place at the Auditorium Rainier III in Monaco.  The Assembly and Hydrographic Industry Exhibition will run from 21 – 24 April 2020.  Election for a Director Position This event presents industry stakeholders with the unique opportunity to engage over four days with the heads of the world’s national hydrographic administrations, national Hydrographers and their support staff.  An election for a... (read more)
2019-09-30 11:33:27

MSI Installs Wave Buoys for Indian Ocean Islands

  As part of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI), MSI was awarded a contract for the installation of AXYS TRIAXYS directional wave buoys in Comores, Seychelles and Madagascar. These buoys will contribute to increasing the decision-making and planning capacity of institutions mandated for marine and coastal management and the data will be used to, inter alia, allow monitoring and mitigation of oceanographic risks such as sea-level rise, swells and storm surge that may lead to coastal hazards. Radio and Satellite Telemetry  Each of... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:15:55

Subsea Contractor Orders 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon

Independent subsea contractor Film-Ocean has ordered its tenth Saab Seaeye Falcon, making the company one of the biggest fans of the world’s most popular underwater robot, according to John Bloomfield, global business development manager at the subsea contractor. He explains Film-Ocean’s specially devised deployment methods: “Utilising our collapsible launch and recovery system (LARS), which has allowed us to deploy the Falcon from some tight positions on oil platforms, FPSOs and wind farm installations, we have also incorporated a Falcon in our containerized system, which has a combined zone II control room and integrated LARS with 1100m of tether.” Chain Measuring System... (read more)
2019-09-16 10:20:07
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