Offers Vessel Motion Monitoring Systems
For Use During Transfers at Wind Farms
International Ltd. (OSIL), based in Havant, England, launched last
Thursday its portable Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS), designed
to monitor motion of a vessel during transfers in offshore
wind farm operations.
With a second-generation six-degrees-of-freedom sensor, the VMMS
monitors safety thresholds for heading, heave, pitch, roll, sway and
yaw. This battery-powered system has a removable hard disk for data
retrieval, and is programmed to display a red signal to indicate when
it is unsafe to transfer. Safety thresholds are customizable.
Caption: The Vessel Motion Monitoring System.
Source: Ocean Scientific International Ltd. press release
Wins Contract for ACTUV Program
The U.S. Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded SAIC Inc. (McLean,
Virginia) a prime contract for the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous
Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program to build and test a prototype
unmanned autonomous surface vessel.
The $58 million contract provides a three-year period for program
phases two and three, with a $1 million 18-month option for phase four.
SAIC will provide a final design and production plan for the ACTUV
prototype in phase two, construct the prototype in phase three and
complete government testing in phase four.
Work will be performed primarily in Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Mississippi, California, Washington, Rhode Island and Oregon.
The ACTUV program aims to develop an unmanned autonomous surface vessel
with the ability to track a quiet diesel-electric submarine overtly for
months over thousands of kilometers, with minimal human input. SAIC
provided conceptual design services in phase one of the program,
creating a trimaran solution.
Caption: An artist's concept of the ACTUV
tracking a submarine.
Source: SAIC press
Subsea's Q1000 Trenching ROV Completes Tests
Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical's (Richmond,
England) Q1000 trencher has successfully finished offshore trials,
after being tested in multiple conditions with all system functions
operating satisfactorily. The Q1000 was mobilized on the Reef
Despina in late October at the Port of Sunderland (Newcastle upon
The trencher was delivered to Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical,
following 10 months of design and build in collaboration with
manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd., based in Newcastle upon Tyne,
The Q1000 is a modern free-flying ROV jet trencher, which can operate
in water depths up to 2,000 meters and in a variety of soil conditions.
The trencher has 1,000 horsepower installed and is suited to the
burial of rigid and flexible pipelines, umbilicals and cables to 3
meters trench depth.
Caption: The Q1000 Trench ROV on board the Reef
Source: Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical press release
Delivers TrackLink for Autosub6000 AUV
LinkQuest Inc. (San Diego, California) has delivered
its third TrackLink 10000 ultralong-range ultrashort baseline (USBL)
acoustic tracking system with integrated acoustic modem function to the
National Oceanography Centre in the U.K., the company announced last
The TrackLink will support the positioning and tracking of the center's
The TrackLink 10000 system is capable of reaching a range of 11,000
meters using a directional transponder and a range of 7,000 meters
using an omnidirectional transponder. The acoustic modem function is
fully integrated with the USBL tracking function to avoid the typical
acoustic interference between communication and positioning systems.
Caption: The TrackLink 10000 USBL
acoustic tracking system.
Sells Two Mojave ROVs to Consulting Firm
Forum Energy Technologies Inc. (FET), based in
Houston, Texas, will supply two Sub-Atlantic Mojave ROV systems to
Cummings Consulting Inc. (Defuniak Springs, Florida).
The Mojave systems, capable of reaching depths of 300 meters, will be
deployed for assessment analysis immediately off the coast of Florida,
FET announced on Tuesday.
Under the contract, FET will equip both ROVs with tooling systems such
as electric winches, touch-screen control monitors, sub-can control
systems, sonar, and color and monochrome cameras. Also included are two
three-function manipulators and FET's VisualSoft data capture software.
Caption: The Mojave ROV.
Source: Forum Energy Technologies Inc. press release
Services Hires New Marketing Coordinator
Swathe Services has hired Chloe Tidy (pictured),
as its new marketing and logistics coordinator. She will take over from
Claire Manley. Tidy received her bachelor's in geography last year and
completed a master’s in business and management. She has studied
French, gaining interpreting and translation skills, and worked on many
digital marketing campaigns.
Source: Swathe Services press release
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