Operating Platform for ROV Assists
Discovery of USS Indianapolis
Greensea’s OPENSEA (open software and equipment architecture) is a universal marine industry operating platform installed on Paul G. Allen’s deep-sea expedition vessel, RV Petrel, that provides unified, integrated system and supervised autonomy for the ship’s ROV.
The first use of the Greensea operating platform was in the discovery of USS Indianapolis, found 5,000 m below the surface of the Pacific Ocean in August 2017.
Fugro Establishes Hydrography Center
The Houston-based Hydrography Centre of Excellence will handle a wide range of hydrographic project types, including nautical charting, cable routing and Law of the Sea boundary claims.
Fugro is formalizing its coastal zone mapping services using complimentary geophysical and geotechnical techniques for resource development, infrastructure siting, coastal management and emergency response.
Kraken Changes Name to Reflect
Greater Focus on Robotics
Kraken Sonar Inc. changed its name to Kraken Robotics Inc. to reflect its focus on robotic systems for the unmanned maritime systems market. The company began trading under its new name in September, and its stock symbols remain the same.
The company’s Canadian operating subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. (KSSI), has been renamed Kraken Robotics Systems Inc. (KRSI).
Industry Executives Invited to Gain Knowledge
Of USCG Initiatives through Year-Long Academy
The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable created the 2017 Coast Guard Industry Academy, a one-year program to strengthen industry collaboration and knowledge of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) mission. The academy will open at USCG headquarters in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Vice Commandant Charles Michel.
Seats are reserved for 50 senior executives in maritime industries who will attend quarterly sessions beginning with dialog on securing maritime borders; facilitating commerce; maritime security and counterterrorism; inland waterways; sovereignty and presence in polar regions; and acquisitions.
ROV Manufacturer Expands
Aquabotix added four new distributors to its global network to support the company’s global expansion and the sale of underwater robotics products, including the Endura ROV, Hybrid AUV/ROV and AquaLens Connect underwater camera system.
The expansion includes moving into new global sectors and regions, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, India and Brazil.
The new distributors include Sadaret Ltd., Seafloor Systems Inc., Deekay Marine Services Pvt. Ltd. and A2 Marine Solution.
Man Overboard Alarm System Cellphone App
Records Victim’s Location
Weems & Plath entered an exclusive agreement to manufacture and distribute PanPan’s overboard system, CrewWatcher. This app-based crew overboard alarm system works like a virtual lifeline made up of a smartphone application and a small beacon that can be comfortably worn by each crew member. The alarm will trigger automatically in a man overboard (MOB) event, sound an alarm, and provide latitude and longitude coordinates, the time of the event and visual guides for rescuers.
Louisiana-Based Shipbuilder to Deliver
Five Passenger Vehicles to NYC Ferry
Metal Shark is building four 97-by-28-ft., 350-passenger U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter K vessels and one 85-ft., 150-passenger Subchapter T vessel for the New York City Ferry. These high-speed aluminum catamaran passenger vehicles are larger than those currently in use and operate at 24 kt. The Subchapter K, “Rockaway Class” vessels are powered by 12-cylinder, 1,400-hp Baudouin 12M26.3 diesel engines, coupled to ZF Marine ZF3050 gearboxes, turning custom five-blade Michigan Wheel propellers.
MAJ Participates in IMO Port Security Conference
The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) took part in a three-day conference in Belize City focused on potential threats to port security operations at the Belizean ports. The event was organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in conjunction with the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism based on the framework of the Agreement of Co-operation between the IMO and the Organization of the American States (OAS).
Collaborative Project for Harsh Environments
Yields Better Ice-Sensing and Analysis Tools
Rutter Inc. completed a collaborative initiative with Statoil Canada Ltd. and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador to improve offshore oil and gas operations in harsh environments with ice conditions. The resulting developments include new remote-sensing technology used in the automatic detection and tracking of ice and the integration of ice analysis features into Rutter’s sigma S6 systems. The sigma S6 is capable of providing automatic identification, outlining and drift tracking of ice floes, pans, ridges, icebergs embedded in pack ice and open-water leads.
UUV Manufacturer Awarded for Innovation
Frost and Sullivan presented Riptide Autonomous Solutions with its North American Product Leadership Award in the UUV market. John Vestri, Riptide’s CEO and CFO, attended the awards gala in Lost Pines, Texas, and judges cited Riptide’s leadership in innovation, including engineering for affordability, superior hydrodynamics and flexible energy solutions.
Early Adopter of Synthetic Crane Rope
Provides a Case Study on Wear, Durability
Viant Crane retrofitted one of its National NBT55 cranes with Samson’s K-100 synthetic hoist line, and after two years of use, the rope was returned to Samson’s lab for examination and testing. It was determined that wear was consistent with published specifications. The K-100 synthetic rope intends to replace steel-wire hoist ropes with a blend of high-modulus fibers with equivalent strength at similar diameters, allowing a crane’s load chart and load pull to remain unchanged while saving 80 percent of the weight of wire rope.
Weather Forecast Company
Acquired by DTN
DTN acquired Wilkens Weather Technologies, a Houston-based weather company, from Rockwell Collins Inc. Terms of the transaction were not released.
Wilkens Weather has 40 years of global forecasting experience and specializes in daily offshore and marine forecasting for the oil and gas and petrochemical industries with an emphasis on marine synoptic and tropical meteorology. It offers daily site-specific forecasts, tropical advisories, severe weather alerts, Web and mobile tools and 24-hour customer support.
Satellite Antenna Systems
KVH’s marine satellite antenna systems were recognized for their outstanding performance and reliability: the TracPhone V3-IP, which received the National Marine Electronics Association’s (NMEA) 2017 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite communications antenna category; and the TracVision TV3, which received the 2017 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite TV antenna category.
For Maritime Research
Québec and Argentina are working to establish long-term collaboration in order to engage their shared sustainable maritime development challenges.
Following the example of Québec’s Maritime Strategy, Argentina has adopted a strategic scientific research initiative, the Pampa Azul, which includes exploration, conservation, technological innovation and knowledge transfer.
The cooperation also includes publication of a special joint journal issue to unveil the findings of RV Coriolis II in the San Jorge Gulf, Argentina.
South African Distribution of Transponders
RJE International formed a new partnership with a South African distributor, Fisheries Resource Surveys. The agreement involves the distribution of acoustic pingers and transponders with the acoustic receivers to detect and locate equipment.
RJE is a provider of mission-critical products for underwater applications in military, commercial and scientific markets, particularly special operations. The company is focused on underwater relocation, tracking, diver navigation and sonar systems.
Horizon Marine Turns 35
Horizon Marine’s analysis and interpretation of oceanographic data and forecasts have become a staple of the offshore oil and gas industry since its humble beginnings with hand-plotted EddyWatch charts.
What began as a small business with a few employees was the seed for a multinational corporation, CLS (France), and evolved into a full-service oceanographic science company with sister companies Woods Hole Group (U.S.) and ProOceano (Brazil).