Seabed Geosolutions Secures Ocean Bottom Node Contract

Seabed Geosolutions has been awarded a large 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) survey in the Santos Basin in Brazil. Seabed Geosolutions’ Manta node system will be used. The seven-month contract is valued at around USD90 million and is scheduled to commence at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 or in early 2018. Stephan Midenet, CEO of Seabed Geosolutions expresses to be pleased to have acquired the industry’s largest ever OBN survey, spanning more than 1,600 km2. The Manta technology is expected to deliver a breakthrough in efficiency of ocean bottom surveys. Seabed Geosolutions is a joint venture between... (read more)
2017-06-26 01:07:32

Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

The Team Behind the Map
In October 2017, The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, which plans to map 100% of the world’s ocean floor by 2030, held its first meeting of regional data centre heads at the National Oceanographic Centre at Southampton University. Along with the head of the global data centre, a soon-to-be appointed project director, dedicated research teams, and in partnership with The Nippon Foundation, they will be responsible for delivering the project’s mission. Regional Data Centres The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project will utilise four Regional Data Assembly and Coordination Centres (RDACCs). Each will be supported by a Regional Mapping Committee, and... (read more)
2017-12-05 01:39:53

Non-invasive Exploration and Sub-seabed Imaging

Originally developed for the US Air Force to detect buried ordnance, BakhtarRadar is now available for civil marine applications for the first time. The technology offers 4D imaging seabed and sub-seabed, detection by material and not by density, GPS target locating and no limitations regarding salinity, sand depth, soils or overburden.   BakhtarRadar's principal marine applications include energy and minerals exploration, sub-seabed mapping/volumetric imaging and shipwreck detection. Depth of penetration is up to 300ft. of water and seabed (depending on local conditions and size of the submerged target). This technology is now available through a service contract or joint venture.... (read more)
2010-10-04 02:48:02

UKHO Conducts Seabed Mapping in Belize

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has deployed two vessels to survey the waters of Belize as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) programme. Following a stakeholder meeting with the Belize Port Authority and wider government earlier this month, priority areas will be surveyed, capturing sonar data of Belize's main ports and approaches. High-frequency mapping sonars are being used, which have no negative impact on an area's diverse ecosystems and marine life. The surveying is expected to continue throughout February and will focus on areas including Belize City, Big Creek and Commerce Bight. Updated charts Information from the survey... (read more)
2018-01-24 09:56:49

Seabed Geosolutions Secures Two New Contracts

Seabed Geosolutions will soon mobilise for the variation order that was signed today by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) with CGG to conduct a shallow water seabed survey estimated to take 12 months. In addition, Seabed Geosolutions has mobilised for an ocean bottom cable survey in Asia Pacific with a value of approximately USD55 million. This survey is expected to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2015. The survey for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is over the Ghasha-Butini field has a value of around USD125 million. The recent successful completion of the Hail-Shuweihat survey has promoted this... (read more)
2015-07-27 11:47:00

Commercial Tidal Power Project Secures Seabed

The Crown Estate, manager of the UK seabed, has awarded an ‘Agreement for Lease’ for a commercial demonstration site for electricity production from tidal currents to the Swedish marine energy company Minesto. Minesto will prepare consent application for the site near Holyhead Island in Wales prior to the construction of a 10MW marine energy array in 2016, which will supply electricity to approximately 8,000 households. The decision forms part of The Crown Estate’s UK-wide wave and tidal stream leasing round, which saw rights awarded for for five new tidal stream sites across the UK, each with the potential to deliver... (read more)
2014-07-14 12:00:00

Seabed Digital Elevation Model to Accompany Datasets

Independent marine data management and publishing specialist OceanWise Ltd (UK) has established off-the-shelf marine mapping datasets including Raster Charts and the vector dataset Marine Themes. To accompany the datasets, OceanWise has created Marine Themes DEM, a seabed digital elevation model (DEM) at 1 and 6 arc seconds utilising single and multi-beam hydrographic survey data from the UK Hydrographic Office and other agencies. Offering exceptional value, OceanWise mapping and data management products are being used widely across central and local Government, NGOs and the commercial sector. To accompany the above datasets, OceanWise has created Marine Themes DEM, a seabed digital elevation... (read more)
2012-09-06 11:29:54

Strategic Alliance for Deepwater Seabed Drilling

Gardline Geosciences, UK, specialists in the offshore geotechnical and geophysical market, and Canyon Offshore, USA/UK, have entered into a 3-year strategic alliance to provide seabed drilling, sampling and in-situ services to complement Gardline’s existing capability in the offshore site-investigation market. Eric Zon, managing director of Gardline Geosciences, stated "This agreement is a perfect synergy to enable Gardline to offer full geotechnical services in the deepwater market and to add enhanced operational performance in extreme shallow water-environments." Scott Sparks, senior vice president of Canyon Offshore, commented "This strategic alliance enables both companies to enhance the services provided to the offshore geotechnical... (read more)
2012-09-12 02:13:13

Seabed Demo Days for Hydrographic Equipment

To celebrate the end of the summer, Seabed (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) organised demo days on 6 and 7 September 2016. Clients, business contacts and suppliers were invited to see new equipment in action: the Norbit IWBMS integrated multibeam sonar, the inertial systems of Seabed, AML Oceanograhic X-series and sensors, the SubseaTech Catarob ATS-03 USV, the ilinks Mobile Lidar system and the Synergetik admodus USP PRO ultrasound density probe. The survey vessel took participants into the busy port of Amsterdam for the demonstrations. On the cruise that was attended by Hydro International, Peter Koldgaard Eriksen explained the concept of the Norbit multibeam... (read more)
2016-09-08 02:38:35

International Seabed Authority Meets in Jamaica

Serious Business at the Home Base of Usain Bolt and Reggae Music
Overlooking the large and choppy natural port of Kingston, Jamaica, and surrounded by waving palm trees, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) headquarters hosted the 23rd ISA Annual Session from 8-18 August 2017. Highlights of this session were allowing for Poland to explore an area near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge for polymetallic sulphides mining and the extension of India’s contract for polymetallic nodules exploration. Furthermore, the first draft of the Exploitation Regulations was published online. The Assembly is presided by  Eugénio João Muianga (Mozambique). He emphasized during the opening the responsibility and active role of the Assembly in addressing challenges and opportunities... (read more)
2017-08-16 04:33:53
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