Fugro Kicks Off Cable Route Site Investigation for Sofia Offshore Wind Farm

Fugro’s multipurpose vessel Fugro Pioneer left the Port of Sunderland in the UK earlier this month to kick off a 6-month offshore site investigation and survey campaign for innogy’s Sofia offshore wind farm. With a consented capacity of 1.4 GW, Sofia will be one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms; Fugro will provide geophysical and geotechnical services over the project’s 220 km export cable corridor, in what is believed to be one of the longest cable route surveys ever performed for an offshore wind farm, as well as further works on the wind farm array.  Subsurface Conditions The objective... (read more)
2020-02-20 10:53:04


Ever since I was a young boy, I've always known what I wanted to be: a journalist. It has never been anything else, at least not for longer than a few days. I am not sure if the television show Lou Grant triggered my wish to report on whatever happens in the world for a newspaper or a radio station, but the series about a grumpy editor at the fictional newspaper Los Angeles Tribune certainly fuelled my ambition. I must have been around ten or eleven years old and probably didn’t understand the show at all, but I felt that... (read more)
2020-02-18 09:41:40

Indian Navy Carries Out Hydrographic Surveys in Sri Lanka

The Indian Navy's Sandhayak-class ship INS Jamuna, which recently arrived in Sri Lanka, will carry out detailed hydrographic surveys and several shore-based survey activities over the two-month deployment period, officials said last week. The project is based on a mutual agreement to carry out a joint hydrographic survey off the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, the Indian Navy said in a statement. Over the two-month deployment period, the ship will carry out detailed hydrographic surveys and several shore-based survey activities. Navy personnel will embark the ship during the conduct of the joint survey. Additionally, they will also be provided with "hands-on... (read more)
2020-02-18 08:30:10

Australia Improves Maritime Safety with South-West Pacific Partners

Shaping strategic policy in the fields of hydrography, nautical charting and related navigational safety was the focus of the South-West Pacific Hydrographic Commission Meeting, held in Wollongong last week. Members of the South-West Pacific Hydrographic Commission work together to improve maritime safety through hydrographic capacity building and forging strong connections as a maritime community. Commodore Fiona Freeman, RAN, Hydrographer of Australia, hosted the event and said it presented an opportunity for delegates to discuss developments in surveys, charting and maritime safety information. “The Australian Hydrographic Office is the nation’s official hydrographic agency, responsible for meeting Defence’s obligations for the provision... (read more)
2020-02-13 10:05:19

Two New Oceanographic Vessels Will Join the NOAA Fleet

NOAA is in the process of acquiring two new oceanographic ships as part of the agency’s fleet rebuilding effort. Once in service, the new ships will support a wide variety of missions, ranging from general oceanographic research and exploration to marine life, climate and ocean ecosystem studies. The first ship, to be named Oceanographer, will be homeported in Honolulu. The second ship, to be named Discoverer, will be assigned a homeport at a future date. Both ships will continue the legacies of their namesakes, the first Oceanographer having served in the agency’s fleet from 1966 to 1996 and her sister... (read more)
2020-02-13 09:25:40

This Is How Sonar Noise Can Be Cleaned And Classified

Teledyne CARIS, a Teledyne Technologies company, has announced the release of HIPS and SIPSTM 11.3. This new software upgrade will introduce the first-ever COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) release of an AI solution for classifying and cleaning sonar noise. Teledyne CARIS seeks to reduce significantly the need for manual cleaning and to move data swiftly from acquisition to review. The Sonar Noise Classifier automatically identifies the vast majority of sonar noise, resulting in a reduction of manual cleaning effort by a factor of up to 10x at an accuracy of 95%. This allows the hydrographer to focus more time on other important aspects... (read more)
2020-02-13 08:48:40

Easy Ways to Utilize Hydrographic Survey Data

Maritime software company QPS and GISGRO, an online platform created by the Finnish high-tech company VRT Finland, have joined forces to enhance the utilization of hydrographic data. Integration of the two software in March 2020 will provide hydrographic surveyors with an easy way to share the complex 3D data with their clients, who can gain major benefits by further sharing and utilizing the data in their daily operations. Digital 3D modelling has reached the underwater world; for example, in forms of seabed scanning for safe navigation and scanning of underwater structures for maintenance purposes. The constantly growing amount of digital... (read more)
2020-02-11 10:31:19

RRS Discovery Sets Sail Along the Drake Passage for Hydrographic Survey

Recently, RRS Discovery set sail from Chile to begin a hydrographic survey along the Drake Passage. As part of the ORCHESTRA programme, the expedition team will take measurements of ocean temperature, salinity, oxygen isotopes, and currents to help them quantify how the Southern Ocean stores and transports heat. They will also be taking measurements of nutrient cycles and of microplastic pollution. ORCHESTRA is a NERC-funded Long Term Science programme that involves scientists from many NERC Centres. This ambitious 5-year project began in spring 2016 and will use a combination of data collection, analyses and computer simulations to radically improve our... (read more)
2020-02-11 09:15:44

Fugro Awarded Aker Energy Contract for Pecan field Surveys Offshore Ghana

Aker Energy has awarded Fugro a contract for geotechnical and geophysical survey services in relation to the Pecan field, offshore Ghana. The surveys will obtain critical seabed and sub-seabed information to facilitate the planning and emplacement of the Pecan subsea infrastructure and the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) ship. “This project will build on the extensive experience that our vessels and staff have gained in Ghana and the wider West Africa region, and we look forward to using this knowledge to execute a safe and successful campaign,” said Jaco Stemmet, Fugro’s Director for Africa. Geophysical Survey Data The contract... (read more)
2020-02-11 08:46:35

Founder of the Five Deeps Expedition Launches New 2020 Voyage

Through collaboration between investor and explorer Victor Vescovo, Triton Submarines and EYOS Expeditions, the 2020 Caladan Oceanic expeditions will yet again visit never-before-seen ocean depths and famed historic sites. A first of its kind two-person research submersible, designed and manufactured by Triton specifically for extreme deep-sea exploration endeavours, will bring its stories of the voyage to the world in near real-time between February and July of 2020. The vessel, the Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) Limiting Factor, is the first commercially certified full-ocean-depth submersible. It will be transported and deployed into the ocean depths by the Deep Submergence Support Vessel (DSSV)... (read more)
2020-02-07 02:14:24
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