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New ASV Delivered for Post-hurricane Surveying

(Photo: SeaRobotics Corporation)

A new autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) has been delivered to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for rapid post-hurricane hydrographic surveys in the Caribbean.After a severe climatic event, such as a hurricane, hazards to navigation impede the rapid delivery of aide as well as access to critical infrastructure through ports and harbors.

Shearwater to Buy Schlumberger’s Seismic Business

Norwegian marine geophysical services company Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the marine seismic acquisition assets and operations of Schlumberger’s geophysical services product line, WesternGeco.The transaction, which remains subject to regulatory

US Destroyer Wreckage Discovered off Remote Alaskan Island

A dive team investigates sonar targets collected via the REMUS 100 AUV,  with RV Norseman II sailing in the background (Photo: NOAA)

For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark surface of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol. Seventy-one U.S. Navy Sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast,

US Navy Tests Kraken’s KATFISH SAS

Kraken's KATFISH - High Speed Actively Controlled Synthetic Aperture Sonar (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

The U.S. Navy is testing a high-speed actively controlled towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system for multi-mission applications, including mine countermeasures.Canadian based developer of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems Kraken Robotics Inc. said its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc.

NSF Grant to Enhance Satellite-derived Bathymetry Technology

TCarta will deploy machine learning and computer vision techniques to enhance satellite derived bathymetry in the littoral zone. (Image source: Copernicus Sentinel data 2018)

Marine geospatial products provider TCarta Marine has been awarded a research and development grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance and automate multiple techniques for deriving seafloor depth measurements from optical satellite imagery. The ‘Project Trident’ research seeks to transform

Fugro H1 Profit Boosts Shares

(File photo courtesy Fugro)

Dutch deep-sea prospector Fugro on Wednesday surprised the market with a first-half profit, driven by strong growth in offshore wind projects, sending its shares sharply higher.The company, hit by a downturn in the oil sector in recent years, reported first-half earnings before interest and tax (EBIT), excluding exceptional items, of 4.

NERC Purchase NORBIT WBMS Systems for AUV Project

Seeking a robust system that has been proven for under-ice mapping, the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) has appointed NORBIT to supply two multi-beam echosounder (MBES) sonar systems for use on the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) new 2,000m depth rated AUV platform Autosub2KUI.With

Algoma Joins Whale Conservation Efforts

Photo courtesy of Algoma

Algoma Central Corporation, the largest fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Waterway, is adding the crews from 27 of its vessels to an expanding network of whale watchers. For the first time, the crews on Algoma’s self-unloaders, bulkers, tankers and cement carriers

BMT Supports Commissioning of the Royal Navy’s HMS Magpie

Photo by BMT

 BMT has supported the Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) team in the delivery and subsequent commissioning of the Royal Navy’s (RN) HMS Magpie which will join the RN’s hydrographic squadron, replacing the veteran Inshore Survey Vessel HMS Gleaner.    The commissioning of HMS Magpie took place on 28th June 2018,

Ocean Infinity Donates Data to Seabed Mapping Project

Ocean Infinity’s AUVs being prepared to autonomously map the ocean floor, aboard Seabed Constructor (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Texas-based surveying company Ocean Infinity has donated survey data from its search for missing Malaysian airliner MH370 to The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project which aims to map the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by 2030.The 120,000 square kilometers of data will be incorporated into

Green Bed Leveler for Dutch Dredging

(Photo: Klaas Kramer)

With the delivery of the Peter last Thursday, Dutch Dredging (Baggerbedrijf de Boer) claims to have added “the world's most sustainable bed leveler” to its fleet.The 22.4-metre-long vessel, built by Hoekman Shipbuilding in Urk, the Netherlands, complies with International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Deep Ocean Exploration is the 21st Century ‘Space Race’

KUROSHIO is integrating technologies owned by Japanese universities, institutes and companies for a unique collaborative approach centered around AUVs. (Photo: Woodruff Patrick Laputka)

A new version of the Space Race is happening, with researchers aiming for the deep ocean.Human history has shown us to be a resourceful species, always using the tools available to us to explore, understand and utilize the bounty of resources around us to create a better life. We have come a long way

Polarcus Names Oestergaard COO

(Photo: Polarcus)

Seismic vessel owner Polarcus Limited has appointed Lars Oestergaard as chief operating officer effective immediately. He will lead the company’s geophysical, operations and sales teams as well as the EHSQ department.Oestergaard joins Polarcus from Maersk Drillingm, where he held a number of operational and commercial roles,

Sri Lanka Signs Deal for $50 Mln Offshore Seismic Study

Sri Lanka on Wednesday signed an agreement with a subsidiary of U.S. firm Schlumberger for a $50 million seismic study off the country's east coast to evaluate any prospective oil resources, a senior government official said.Sri Lanka signed the agreement with Eastern Echo DMCC, a subsidiary of Schlumberger,

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