How GPS Trackers and Drones Help Locate Floating Debris

An estimated 600,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear ends up in the oceans every year. According to the United Nations, some 380,000 marine mammals are killed each year, either by ingesting it or being caught in it. Mary T Crowly of the Ocean Voyages Institute describes how GPS trackers are being used to mark the ghost nets. An estimated 600,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear ends up in the oceans every year. According to the United Nations, some 380,000 marine mammals are killed each year, either by ingesting it or being caught in it. Mary T Crowly of the Ocean Voyages Institute describes how GPS trackers are being used to mark the ghost nets. The Ocean Voyages Institute is a non-profit organization based in Sausalito, California (US). It leads the way in utilizing and adapting existing maritime equipment with innovative approaches to ocean cleanup. For the past 40 years, the Ocean Voyages Institute has devoted its efforts to... (read more)
2020-04-02 12:20:06

Do You Offer e-Learning or Remote Training Programmes?

Government measures to limit the effects of the coronavirus are forcing many people to work from home. In addition, trade shows, conferences and other meetings have been postponed or cancelled. Various companies and institutions have therefore developed educational programmes and digital product presentations. For example, last week we reported on the Saildrone educational programme. E-learning modules can also be found on the website of KONGSBERG. Their remote training programme is delivered through established virtual classrooms and online training tools. Virtual Learning Environment The virtual learning environment allows remote students to learn using their own vessel’s software, assisted live by a... (read more)
2020-03-31 11:26:49

Fugro's CEO: “Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World”

Interview with Mark Heine
Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Fugro is among the leading and largest specialized survey companies in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and describes itself as a geodata specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, no challenge is too great to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership styles, strategies for finding new employees, and... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42

This is the Impact of the Coronavirus on IHO activities

Given the rapidly evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the IHO is actively monitoring the situation in order to maintain as best as possible the activities of the Secretariat while striving to protect the health of its personnel and Member State representatives, the IHO states. "Depending on the evolution of the virus, measures may affect the regular operations of the Secretariat, the participation of the Secretariat's staff members in events outside Monaco and the conduct of meetings of IHO bodies in Monaco." In order to minimize the likelihood of the risk of infection, the IHO Secretariat will assess participation... (read more)
2020-03-19 12:33:35

Postponed, Not Cancelled

Shortly before this issue of Hydro International was printed, Oceanology International 2020 announced that the exhibition is to be postponed until December, following the escalation of COVID-19 in Europe. Our team will produce a show special with the latest updates of the trade show and we’ll be publishing the Show Daily. Don’t miss out on these excellent opportunities to inform your customers. In the meantime, keep sending us your news updates. More than 30 years ago, I had just accepted a new position in the government organization where I worked and I was instructed to organize our participation in a trade show. For me, that was a totally new experience. Although I had visited many trade fairs, I had no idea what was needed to produce a professional and well-organized presentation. I also had no idea of ​​all the advertising and marketing opportunities that a scholarship offers. Fortunately, I was surrounded by professionals who knew how to approach such a project. Nevertheless, it was still a surprise to see how many sleepless... (read more)
2020-03-17 10:49:21

Gaps M5, an Omnidirectional USBL System for Accurate Location

iXblue, a provider of navigation, subsea positioning and imagery solutions, announces the launch of the Gaps M5, a new compact, export-free and omnidirectional USBL system for accurate location, positioning and tracking of subsea assets. The latest addition in iXblue’s new USBL product range, the new Gaps M5 joins the renowned Gaps (now Gaps M7). Gaps M5 integrates an Attitude and Heading Reference System based on iXblue FOG technology for stable heading, roll and pitch compensation and a true north reference. Smaller, lighter and easy to install, Gaps M5 is ready-to-use and calibration-free. It offers accuracy better than 0.5% up to... (read more)
2020-03-17 09:38:09

Sonardyne Instruments to Support Pioneering Tsunami Research

High-accuracy, long-endurance underwater instrumentation from Sonardyne Inc. is set to play a major role in helping scientists across the US better understand and possibly predict earthquake and tsunami risk at a far greater scale than has been possible before. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, through a US$5.5 million grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), is procuring equipment to be used by the broader scientific community to study seafloor deformation. Comprising more than 50 Sonardyne Fetch subsea sensor logging nodes, this major new equipment pool will also include Sonardyne’s advanced acoustic positioning modules fitted to three Liquid Robotics Wave Gliders.... (read more)
2020-03-10 04:11:03

Joining Forces to Provide Unmanned Maritime Services

Groton-based ThayerMahan, a provider of autonomous maritime security solutions, announced that it has teamed with iXblue, a global high-tech company specializing in navigation, acoustic positioning and underwater imaging, to provide unmanned maritime and survey services using iXblue’s DriX Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in North America as well as in other parts of the world. Benefitting from ThayerMahan’s far-reaching expertise in maritime domain awareness, and from iXblue’s multi-purpose and cost-effective USV, both companies will be able to address a wide range of maritime and survey applications including offshore renewables, oil & gas, hydrographic surveys and ISR, as well as monitoring and... (read more)
2020-03-10 01:37:31

Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority Calls for Gender Equality

Gender equality is a prerequisite for economies and communities to thrive. Women’s equal participation promotes sustainable, inclusive development and strengthens capacity in all sectors, including deep-sea scientific research. We know that women today account for only 38% of the world’s researchers in ocean science, and the rate is even lower for women from developing countries. This must be corrected. Therefore, and recognizing the benefits of fully including women in ocean science, ISA is committed to increasing the active participation of women through targeted capacity-building initiatives, including deep-sea industry training, the Endowment Fund, secondments and internships. But this is only the... (read more)
2020-03-10 09:45:33

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
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