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Photo: Station Sandy Hook Assists Survey Vessel

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Crews from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook and the Coast Guard Cutter Line assist the operator of the 34-foot survey vessel Michele Jeanne after the boat began to take on water in Ambrose Channel near New York Harbor, N.Y., Dec. 27, 2008. (Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)


Subsea Construction Vessel Ordered by DOF

DOF Subsea Vessel: Image credit DOF Group

DOF Subsea Group has contracted with STX OSV for the construction of an Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (OSCV). The new ship will be of OSCV 12 design, developed by STX OSV with a total length of about 161 meters and a beam of 32 meters. Delivery is scheduled in the first quarter of 2015. The DOF Subsea Group is a specialist subsea service business that provides subsea construction, subsea engineering, inspection


Italian Navy New Multibeam Echo Sounder Projects

In 2000 the Italian Navy Hydrographic Service installed two EM 300 multibeam echo sounder systems on their two new survey vessels, the Galathea and the Arethusa. These two vessels have a wide spread of equipment from Kongsberg Maritime including EA 500 single beam echo sounder, a towed sidescan sonar, dynamic positioning system, etc. In the beginning of this year the Italian Navy Hydrographic Service again awarded


Marcon Announces Sale of Survey Vessel

Marcon International, Inc. announced the sale of the seismic / survey vessel Romano (ex Cape Romano, ex-Don Bollinger) from Victoria H LLC (part of the North American Marine Transportation Group) to Brone Positioning and Survey of Lagos, Nigeria on private and confidential terms. The 1965 American Marine Corporation built unit was originally commissioned by Cheramie BoTruc and rebuilt in 1983. The vessel was subsequently sold to Bollinger Machine Shop. in 1995 and then onto Sea


NOAA Research Vessel Exceeds Standards as Quiet Vessel

Photo Credit: NOAA The newly constructed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fishery survey vessel Henry B. Bigelow has exceeded international standards as an acoustically quiet vessel, according to a report released by the U.S. Navy. NOAA received the results from a battery of underwater acoustic tests done by the Navy on the ship at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center on Andros Island in the Bahamas.


Kongsberg Demonstrate Powerful Compact Multi-beam Sonar

EM2040 sonar display: Image credit Kongsberg

At the Muiderzand marina in The Netherlands, Kongsberg customers gathered for a working demonstration of the EM2040 Compact multibeam system on board the survey vessel ‘Havenschap 1’. The Havenschap 1 is equipped with a moon-pool mounting configuration to accommodate the EM2040C single sonar head together with a dual frequency single beam transducer; a proven concept and easy to install. The demonstrations took place over different areas including


Krill Installations on NOAA Vessels Complete

Krill Systems Inc., a provider in advanced Vessel Fuel Measurement and Monitoring Systems (VFMMS), is pleased to announce successful installation and sea trial of two systems on-board the NOAA research vessels Henry B. Bigelow and Pisces.   NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow and NOAA Ship Pisces represent the first two fittings of a multiple vessel NOAA contract awarded in a competitive bid, on an unrestricted basis


NOAA Mariner Dies When Survey Launch Capsizes

Eric Koss of Woodinville, Wash., was killed August 13 when the hydrographic survey launch he was piloting in Prince William Sound, Alaska, capsized after being struck by high waves, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said today. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Koss, a member of the crew of the NOAA hydrographic survey ship Rainier, and two other crew members, David Fischman and NOAA Corps Ensign Jennifer Johnson


IXSEA Launches Refitted Survey Vessel

IXSEA has completed work on the SV John Lethbridge on behalf of Comex Deep Sea Salvage Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Subsea Resources PLC. The refit was undertaken by H2X shipyard in cooperation with IXSEA and COMEX SA. The vessel is currently in the Atlantic working on a number of projects including the Miranda project and the Ella project. The survey ship is equipped with top of the range sonar equipment, fitted by IXSEA


NOAA Ship Rainier Returns to Alaska for Sea Floor Surveys

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NOAA Ship Rainier returns to Alaska to conduct sea floor surveys in support of safe navigation.   NOAA Ship Rainier has begun a month long survey of the sea floor near Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island as part of a multi-year effort to update nautical charts for the area. In addition to supporting marine navigation, data acquired by the 231-foot hydrographic survey vessel will also support marine ecosystem studies and improve inundation models for areas vulnerable to tsunamis


EBDG’s Turner, Wood Earn PMP Designation

David Turner (left) and Mike Wood. Courtesy EBDG

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a provider of architectural and engineering services to the marine industry with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, announced that David Turner and Mike Wood have earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.


Maritime Activity Boosts in Search for Flight 370

Photo: Höegh Autoliners

The maritime industry has ramped up contributions to the worldwide search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as an international team scours for signs of the Boeing 777 which went missing nearly two weeks ago with 239 people on board. Merchant and navy ships have recently helped to relaunch a


Nordic Clinches $23.5m Offshore Seismic Contract

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Singapore-based offshore specialist Nordic Maritime has been awarded a $23.5 million contract to provide 3D marine seismic data acquisition and processing services off the coast of Andhra Pradesh, India, to Cairn India Limited, starting later this month.


Hold-harmless Clauses May Not Be So Harmless

Robert Hodge

ITIC has warned that the so-called ‘hold harmless’ clauses in many of the contracts entered into by its members may contain pitfalls which could prejudice their rights.   A mutual hold-harmless indemnity clause should provide that each party to the contract agrees to take


Australian Navy Surveys Antarctica

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp Surveying Newcomb Bay. Photo: ABHSO Dyer, Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy’s Deployable Geospatial Survey Team returned from a six-week Antarctic expedition to collect essential data for navigational charts and scientific research. The team sailed from Hobart in RSV Aurora Australis on December 11


Tecton Acquires Endurance Exploration

Tecton Corporation (TTNC) has acquired Endurance Exploration Group, LLC,  a development stage company that specializes in subsea shipwreck research, search and survey, inspection and recovery projects, in a share exchange agreement.  


Seismic Vessel to be Refit at Shipdock Amsterdam

Polarcus Naila. Photo: Damen

Ship repair and conversion yard Shipdock Amsterdam, part of Damen Shipyards Group, received a contract for the propulsion upgrade of the 3D Seismic Vessel Polarcus Naila. The ultra-modern vessel will arrive at Shipdockin February 2014 for its six-week conversion.


New Sonar Allows Hydrographic Surveying at Speed

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Sweden's MMT Group has purchased a new Kongsberg EM2040-04 dual TX high resolution multibeam system which has been installed on their survey vessel 'MV Seabeam'. The new EM 2040-04 dual TX model, which consist of two TX-Transmitters and two RX-Receivers is designed for mapping in shallow areas at


Two Maersk Vessels Honored for Rescue Operations

Kiefer, Exec. VP AMO, Hon. Helen Delich Bentley, Chip Jaenichen U.S. Maritime Administrator

Two Maersk Line Ltd. ships have been honored with Mariners’ Plaques for performing rescues at sea. The awards to the officers and crews of the containership, Maersk Utah, and the oceanographic survey vessel, USNS Bowditch, were presented at the Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) award dinner


Lost NZ Ferry Propeller Found 120m Down in Cook Strait

Ferry Aratere: Photo courtesy of Interislander

The propeller had been lost earlier this month from the Interislander ferry, the 'Aratere', which is expected to be out of service for 6 months as a result, but the propeller has now been found in Cook Strait by Seawork Salvage Co., contracted by KiwiRail, reports Radio New Zealand.


Navy's 'USNS Bowditch' Checking Philippine Pilotage Waters

USNS Bowditch lowering inshore survey boat: Photo credit USN

As U.S. Navy assets steam towards the Philippines to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Navy hydrographers are busy charting safe passages through potential navigation hazards created by the receding storm surge


Examining Glycerol as a Potential Marine Fuel

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The Technology Strategy Board GLEAMS project is currently investigating technology by which marine vessels will be able to surpass the very highest regulatory standards required for sulphur and nitrous oxide emissions, as well as slashing their carbon emissions and potentially reducing fuel costs


Introducing the Fast Surveyboat 7.50

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DutchWorkboats and Stema Systems introduced the “Survey-machine” at Europort 2013. This survey boat is in production once it is on location – it is a carefree money maker to her owners. Surveyors keep high standards of data quality and yet are able to keep ahead of dredging


Venezuela Releases Detained Survey Ship

Photo: BBC

Venezuelan authorities said they will release a U.S.-operated  oil-exploration survey vessel Teknik Perdana and its 36 crew members after detaining the ship last week, multiple sources reported. The 285-foot vessel was taken into custody while conducting a seismic study in resource-rich


Osiris Order Specialist Shallow-water Survey Vessel

Bibby Tethra: Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore

Osiris Projects, part of Bibby Marine Survey Services, announce the start of construction by French shipbuilder Socarenam in Boulogne, of a sister ship to 'Bibby Tethra', to be named 'Bibby Athena'. A few subtle changes to the design for the new vessel reflect the company’s development into


 
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