Fugro Detours for Ifremer’s Mayotte Underwater Volcano Survey

A Fugro vessel heading from the Netherlands to South Africa has made a ten-day detour to support Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, in monitoring a giant active underwater volcano off the east coast of Africa. Ifremer is performing important research on this unique volcano, but the latest mission was thrown into jeopardy by the Covid-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions. When Fugro heard, they diverted the specialist hydrographic survey vessel Fugro Gauss to Mayotte in the Mozambique Channel to support Ifremer’s vital hydrographic survey. Fugro’s global hydrographic footprint, combined with its sustained investment in remote... (read more)
2020-05-27 10:58:34

Walter Geibert

Dr Walter Geibert is a geoscientist who uses natural radioactivity to study the timescales of chemical, physical and biological processes in the ocean. He studied in Trier and Bremen, followed by positions as a researcher at the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban, and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, where he is now a senior scientist. (read more)
2020-05-26 08:39:07

Dutch Survey Company Selects Sea Machines Autonomy for Unmanned Hydrographic Survey Operations

Underwater survey company Deep will upgrade one of its survey vessels with a Sea Machines SM300 autonomous control system. The Sea Machines system enables remote command of the vessel, including navigation and positioning, the control of on-board auxiliaries and sensors, and ship-to-shore data flow. The vessel, operating in multiple areas of the Wadden Sea, will be commanded by personnel in the Amsterdam office. Deep will initially deploy the Sea Machines-enabled vessel for a mission to survey the Wadden Sea, a challenging shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands located north of the Netherlands. With no surveyors on board the vessel... (read more)
2020-05-25 11:06:30

EvoLogics Modems Now Authorized for US Navy Use

EvoLogics underwater acoustic modems were recently listed as Authorized for Navy Use (ANU), following a lengthy period of testing and technical evaluation by Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Emergency Ship Salvage Material (ESSM) system. The ANU programme provides a list of selected diving equipment, tools and accessories that have undergone design safety reviews, testing and evaluation to ensure diver safety and acceptability. Engineers at ESSM who conducted the testing of the EvoLogics 18/34 kHz USBL modem system concluded “the system to be more accurate than our ability to physically measure the angle and distances between the USBL and... (read more)
2020-05-14 11:34:45

NOAA Certifies San Francisco Bay Shipping Channel with Top Surveying Rating

There is a risk factor when navigating in and out of the busiest ports in the US, particularly at the helm of some of the world’s largest deep draft vessels. Mariners rely on tide and water level information, wind and weather data, but perhaps most importantly, they rely on electronic navigational charts and the quality of depth measurements that comprise them. Recently, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey certified the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hydrographic surveys for the Pinole Shoal Channel in San Francisco Bay. The Pinole Shoal Channel – a critical waterway for bulk carriers and tankers to... (read more)
2020-05-11 02:29:29

‘Pentamaran’, the Next-generation Hull Form for Autonomous Operations

Designed to meet the specific challenges of long-range autonomous operations, the ‘Pentamaran’ design has been optimized by UK-based BMT to reduce fuel consumption and increase its adaptability across multiple applications. Leading the way in multi-hull applications, BMT has released details of its next-generation Pentamaran platform for autonomous applications. Offering a myriad of applications for defence and commercial innovators, these innovative vessels may be custom-configured for military, patrol, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and hydrographic survey work. The design is the latest from the BMT’s team of expert naval architects and engineers who have been at the forefront... (read more)
2020-04-21 08:27:31

Delph Subsea Positioning Software

Delph Subsea Positioning Software (read more)
2020-04-09 10:28:20

Product News: MATS LT, Modem for Underwater Acoustic Communication and Positioning

MATS LT is a cost-effective micro modem dedicated for underwater acoustic communication and positioning. Its small size, weight and reduced power consumption make MATS LT an ideal solution for compact AUVs. Highly efficient, the micro underwater acoustic modem allows a communication range up to 3,500 meters. MATS LT is available in two versions: cased (water resistant up to 500m) or uncased ready for integration in your own solution. (read more)
2020-04-07 12:57:19

Preparing the European Fleet of Research Vessels for the Future

Greater Use of Autonomy Will Influence the Numbers of Personnel Required on Board
Recently, the European Marine Board published a report on the current status of the European fleet of research vessels. This Position Paper describes how the fleet will need to develop in the future to ensure that it will continue to provide the same high level of support to science and hydrography globally, as well as highlighting ways in which management could be made more efficient. This article is an extract of the report. Recently, the European Marine Board published a report on the current status of the European fleet of research vessels. This position paper describes how the fleet will need to develop in the future to ensure that it will continue to provide the same high level of support to science and hydrography globally, as well as highlighting ways in which management could be made more efficient. This article is an extract of the report. Many of the global challenges facing the world today – climate change, food and water security, health and well-being, sea-level rise and economic development – are driving... (read more)
2020-04-06 12:17:06
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