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Indonesia, Norway to Cooperate on Deep Sea Technology

Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (By dfa-deplu)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg agreed to cooperate on deep sea technology for oil and gas exploration and maritime sector. Norway has been advanced on deep sea technology and Indonesia thinks it is beneficial to have cooperation in this sector because many of its oil reserve are located in deep sea," Indonesian Energy and Mines Minister Sudirman Said said. Most of Indonesia's oil and gas reserves are located in deep sea in the eastern part of the country.

China Prepares for 7.000-meter Manned Submersible Dive

"Xiangyanghong 09":Photo credit China SOA

China's manned submersible Jiaolong, which reached 5,188 meters below the sea during its deepest dive in the Pacific Ocean this year, is on its way to attempt a 7,000-meter dive in the Marianas Trench, according to the State Oceanic Administration (SOA). China's intention is to develop deep-sea technologies and equipment, including comprehensive research ships, mothership of manned undersea grafts, and deep-sea autonomous underwater vehicles, according to Liu Cigui, head of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).

Robotics Ocean Monitoring Alliance Formed in Africa

Slocum glider off Cape Town (Photo: BOM)

Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM) announced that it has entered a strategic business alliance agreement with Sea Technology Services (Pty) Ltd (STS). Under the alliance, BOM will initially base one of its Slocum Gliders in Cape Town to be deployed on regional ocean monitoring programs, with STS providing associated marketing and engineering support services. Additional gliders are available. Clients will have access to BOM’s web based glider data visualization platform. Demand for ocean…

Airmar Acquires Marport Commercial Fishing Division

Airmar Technology Corporation, a company that designs, engineers and manufactures ultrasonic transducers and sensor technology, announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Marport Deep Sea Technologies’ Commercial Fishing division, a leading developer of advanced sonar technology. Airmar will also acquire the Marport name and the web domain as a part of the transaction. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. Airmar began collaborating with Marport approximately eight years ago and has a history of working together to develop products that have been commercialized. Airmar and Marport will continue to jointly develop new products in the same manner…

Marport Opens New Office in Ottawa Area

Ottawa, Ontario – May 2, 2011 – Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc., a leading developer of advanced sonar technology for commercial and military applications, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Kanata, Ontario. Known as "Silicon Valley North", Kanata boasts a strong and vibrant high tech community and is within a 20 minute drive of downtown Ottawa. The new office will provide engineering and sales support to Marport’s commercial, government, and defence industry customers. A dedicated R&D team will also be located in the facility to support new development of underwater sensing, communications and imaging products based upon Marport’s award-winning Software Defined Sonar® technology platform.

Chiles Offshore Wins Award

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) awarded Chiles Offshore the 2002 Safety in Seas Award, recognizing their outstanding contribution to the improvement of safe operating procedures in the offshore industries. Selected by a blue ribbon panel of judges composed of representatives from the US Coast Guard, the Minerals Management Service and the National Academy of Sciences Marine Sciences Board, Chiles Offshore was recognized for their complete, rig- specific orientation, and the CrewMaster(TM) rig-based progressive training program. CrewMaster(TM) is part of Chiles Offshore's comprehensive professional development program, known as SkillMaster(TM).

Calabrese Joins JRC

Al Calabrese has joined the staff at JRC in their High Seas sales department overseeing the Gulf Region and Florida. He brings over 40 years of electronics experience, and is FCC certified, with a technical background in troubleshooting, research and development, failure analysis, production methods as well as marine electronics communication and navigation sales, service, and installation. Most recently, he worked as East Coast Manager of Sales and Service for GSI Marine, Inc responsible for training and supervision of technical personnel and day-to-day operations. High Seas Technology, Radio Holland, and General Dynamics are companies The US Navy was the first entry Calabrese made into the electronics field…

Sound & Sea Wins Navy Contract

Sound & Sea Technology Inc. won a five-year military contract worth up to $29.5 million to provide ocean engineering services for U.S. naval facilities around the world, according to a recent HeraldNet report. The company will lead a team that includes 11 subcontractors in a range of projects for the Navy, including assisting with undersea cable installation, offshore structure and buoy work, and improving harbor and port security. The contract's first year gives Sound & Sea and its contractors more than $5.7 million. The Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center, based in Port Heuneme, Calif., has the option of renewing the contract for the following four years, through 2010. Source: HeraldNet

Distinguished Rear Admiral Joins Marport Board

Ottawa, Ontario – May 4, 2011 – Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc., a leading developer of Software Defined Sonar® technology, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rear Admiral Millard S. Firebaugh, USN (ret) to the Marport Board of Directors. Admiral Firebaugh has held distinguished leadership positions in research and development, naval ship and system design, submarine technology and advanced electronics. “On behalf of the entire Marport organization, I would like to welcome Admiral Millard Firebaugh to the Marport Board of Directors.

Jeppesen Active at Asia Pacific Maritime 2014

Jeppesen said it will be very active at Asia Pacific Maritime 2014, participating in industry symposiums and highlighting its Fleet Optimization and E-Navigation Solutions during this leading global shipping industry exhibition, scheduled for March 19-21 in Singapore. Central to Jeppesen’s Asia Pacific Maritime 2014 presence will be a Maritime Exhibitor Forum presentation by Terrence Moore, Jeppesen senior manager, Commercial Marine Sales.On Wednesday, March 19 at 13:00, Moore will present Solutions at Sea — Technologies for Improving Efficiency and Safety, demonstrating to industry attendees how Jeppesen’s integrated technologies can reduce fuel and maintenance costs, enhance vessel safety, and improve on-time arrivals, vessel condition and cargo integrity.

Sonar Synthetic Aparture IP Rights Secured by Kraken

Kraken Sonar Systems acquires all Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the AquaPix® Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) technology platform from Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc. The SAS technology assets consist of all hardware and software intellectual property targeted to military and commercial applications. The transaction had an effective closing date of December 31, 2012. A number of different underwater activities rely on high quality seabed imaging. Offshore exploration, ocean science, seabed mapping and military missions are examples of applications with growing demands for improved seabed image resolution. Until recently, sidescan sonars and multibeam echo-sounders have been the leading technology for detailed mapping and imaging of the seafloor.

Successful New Design ROV Testing in Atlantic Ocean

The first pressure-tolerant ROV successfully tested in the deep Atlantic. In early May 2012, a new pressure-tolerant ROV named Erno2, designed by Enitech GmbH (Rostock, Germany), was successfully tested within the framework of the “Pressure-tolerant deep-sea systems” project of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Driven by electric thrusters, the light vehicle easily manoeuvred above the seabed, streaming live video from over 4000 m deep with its 3 video cameras and LED lights. The actual robot was attached to its tether management system (TMS) during the two-hour descent into the deep. It left the TMS 20 m above the seafloor and continued its journey being remotely controlled.

Navy Ocean Services Contracts Awarded to Five Firms

Floating crane: File photo

The US Department of Defense inform that five firms are to share in a broad range of ocean engineering services contracts with a combined maximum dollar value of US$99-million. DoD explains that the work to be performed provides for ocean engineering services in support of projects involving ocean cable systems, ocean work systems (such as shipboard load handling systems and undersea work systems), waterfront facilities, offshore structures, moorings, and ocean construction equipment.

Ocean Works Sets Up Turkish Subsidiary

Sub-sea technology company, OceanWorks International, establishes OceanWorks Aykor as Its Turkey subsidiary. OceanWorks Aykor is a joint stock company established in Turkey by two organizations, OceanWorks International Corporation, and Aykor A.S. who has been OceanWorks International’s representative in Turkey since 1998 and a provider of complex systems to international military customers. OceanWorks Aykor will focus on the design and manufacture of technologies, systems and products for Subsea and Marine Engineering applications. These applications are to include ship systems related to submarine rescue ,diving systems including hyperbaric chambers and related systems, as well as custom designed and built solutions to meet customer requirements.

American Phoenix

BAE Systems joined with Mid Ocean Tanker Company (MOTC), Mid Ocean Marine and Alterna Captial Partners earlier this year to commission the American Phoenix, a U.S. Flag/Jones Act-qualified product-chemical tanker. Measuring 616 x 105 ft. with a laden draft of 36 ft. and a cargo capacity of 49,000 dwt, American Phoenix is the largest vessel ever built and launched in the State of Alabama. BAE Systems was contracted to complete construction of the American Phoenix and prepare it for use. The vessel is owned by MOTC, a joint venture between Mid Ocean Marine and private equity firm Alterna Capital Partners. The vessel will conduct trade initially in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sea Technology:Underwater Intervention 2003 Set for New Orleans

Dubbed "the most important three days for Underwater Contracting," Underwater Intervention is slated to convene from February 10-12 in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. With a full and diverse technical program and an impressive roster of exhibitors from around the globe, UI '03 seems to be on track to fulfil this claim. New Orleans is historically a favorite venue for Underwater Intervention, and in fact the exhibition is scheduled to be held in New Orleans through 2010. The spacious Convention Center provides enough floor space for over 250 exhibit booths. For the 10th consecutive year Underwater Intervention is co-sponsored by the ROV Committee of the Marine Technology Society and the Association of Diving Contractors International, Inc.

Lloyd’s Register to Develop Trimaran Rules for U.K. Royal Navy

Lloyd's Register has been contracted by the U.K. operation of multi-hull vessels including trimarans. carried out by the UK MoD and the US DoD on RV Triton, the QinetiQ-owned research vessel. Future Surface Combatant or the US Focused-Mission Ship is key to achieving the benefits that multi-hull warships offer. element models, is one of the major challenges facing ship designers. empirical formulae, designers can obtain a robust design in a much shorter timeframe. designs, with confidence that the general design is sound. and in service front line naval vessels for maintenance in Lloyd's Register class. public domain technical standards offers similar lower risks for other projects.

Murray & Associates Hosts Third Fishing Challenge

Photo credit: Shane Roeser, Trans Marine Propulsion Systems

A group of industry professionals from the commercial maritime sector gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at 8 a.m. on February 8 to participate in Murray & Associates LLC’s 2014 Fishing Challenge. The naval architect and marine engineering group hosted the tournament for the third consecutive year as a way to gather clients and maritime business professionals for a day of fishing on Florida’s beautiful waters. In total, the tournament drew 60 participants, including representatives from…

Langh Tech Debuts New Water Treatment Systems

(Image: Langh Tech)

Langh Tech’s new generation of water treatment systems has been launched with upgraded membrane technology to increase water cleaning capacity. In 2017, Langh Tech launched a second generation of water treatment systems based on a new type of membrane filter elements. With the new elements, Langh Tech said a 50 percent increase in water cleaning capacity can be reached compared to the previous elements, without increasing the size of the water treatment units. The new membrane elements has been tested onboard Langh Ship’s M/S Marjatta from the first half of 2017…

Navigational Safety Program Starts Sea Trials

The QinetiQ Platform Support Services Group is to fit ORPHEUS, a new navigational safety tool, to a Royal Navy frigate. ORPHEUS will be installed on HMS Northumberland in August for year-long trials after demonstrations onboard a sistership, HMS Marlborough, proved a veritable success. QinetiQ will then install the system to two more Type 23 frigates, HMS Somerset and Montrose, later in the year. ORPHEUS, an acronym for Onboard Risk Performance Hazard Evaluation System, is a dedicated and flexible operator guidance system that provides clear and concise information on how a ship will perform in a variety of heavy weather scenarios. Taking thee years to develop, it displays measured motions, predictions of motions at alternative speeds, and heading combinations alongside operating limits.

SEA TECHNOLOGY:Successfull AUV operation Ormen Lange

Norsk Hydro ASA contracted Stolt Offshore to perform AUV seabed charting in the Storegga slide August/September 2002. NUI AS with the AUV NUI Explorer was subcontracted by Stolt Offshore to perform the AUV services. Pushing the exploration and production of oil and gas into ultra-deep water is facing a significant challenge of installing subsea production equipment and transport pipelines in rough and complex seabed terrain. The pipeline systems to bring the oil and gas ashore often have to cross steep escarpments leading to shallower continental shelves. As a result detailed knowledge about seabed conditions becomes a key factor affecting the engineering and construction activities. Identification of the most optimal site and pipeline route means significant lower construction cost.

Sea Technology:Halmatic Building World's Tallest Yacht Mast

295-ft. (89.9-m) Mast to support 2,900 sq. Halmatic is manufacturing a 295-ft. (90-m) mast that will be fitted on the world's biggest sloop, currently under construction by its parent Vosper Thornycroft Shipbuilding, part of the VT Group. Mirabella V will be around 246 ft. (75 m) long and its mast will support some 2,900 sq. m. of sail. Halmatic will use its long-standing expertise in composite manufacture to produce the hollow carbon epoxy mast, which will have a maximum cross section of 1.5 m and structural thickness of up to 32 mm. The mast is manufactured in halves, with one comprising a complete length and the other divided into three sections. Framework for the mold will be made from MDF cut on VT's advanced laser cutting and profiling machine.

Supreme Court of Norway Denies Scanmar Appeal

Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc., a developer of advanced sonar technology for commercial and military applications, announced that the Supreme Court of Norway has denied Scanmar’s appeal in their lawsuit against Marport. The litigation between Scanmar AS, Scantrawl AS and Henning Skjold-Larsen on one side (“Scanmar”) and Marport Canada Inc, Marport Iceland Ehf and Pronav AS on the other (“Marport”) has finally come to an end. The Supreme Court of Norway concluded that the case contains neither principal matters of importance nor any other circumstances which required an appeal to be heard. patents. Marport claimed the same patents to be invalid. The case was later extended to encompass Scanmar’s claim for compensation based on an alleged infringement of the Norwegian Marketing Act.

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