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28 ST | July 2018 www.sea-technology.com and algorithms to provide real-time detection and classi- fication against underwater mine threats. Titanic Survey Expedition Rescheduled to 2019 OceanGate has rescheduled its 2018 Titanic Survey Expedition to the summer of 2019. To conduct the first manned expedition to Titanic since 2005, OceanGate built Titan, a five-person submersible designed to dive to depths of 4,000 m. Deep-sea testing began in April near Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas, but upon arrival the sub's electronics sustained lightning damage that affected more than 70 percent of its internal systems, preventing testing and delaying the mission. Waterjet Robotics Receives Funding For Continued Product Development Waterjet Robotics U.S.A. has secured a seven-figure funding package with Decathlon Capital Partners. The company's products are used throughout the internation- al marine industry for removing vessel coatings for sur- face preparation in an automated and environmentally sensitive manner. This market consists of ships, barges and other large vessels, both commercial and military, in drydocks at the 3,000 shipyards that service the more than 80,000 vessels at repair facilities worldwide. 65,000 Square Kilometers of Data Earn NOAA Recognition for Fugro Fugro's leadership in advancing global ocean map- ping has earned it a formal commendation from NOAA. Over the past year, the company has contributed more than 65,000 sq. km of high-resolution, crowd-sourced bathymetry data to NOAA in support of the seabed 2030 mapping project. Fugro is collecting the seabed data while transiting between offshore survey projects. 310-Year-Old Spanish Shipwreck Discovered The wreck of the Spanish Galleon San Jose was dis- covered on November 27, 2015 and recently made public. The search was performed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) REMUS 6000 AUV equipped with an EdgeTech 2200 side scan sonar. The San Jose was a 62-gun flagship galleon of a Spanish fleet carrying gold, silver and emeralds from the mines of Peru back to Spain. It was sunk June 8, 1708 in a battle with the British off of Cartagena, Colombia. BIRNS Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification The BIRNS Quality Management System is certified to ISO 9001:2015 by DNV GL after an audit of its business and manufacturing processes. The ISO 9001:2015 stan- dard focuses on risk-based thinking and accountability in all organizational processes, leadership involvement and demonstrated commitment to understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties, with the result of continual improvement. KVH Connectivity Added to 45 BW Group Vessels BW Group has chosen KVH's connectivity services for 45 additional vessels in its fleet. The two companies will also pursue a connectivity contract for BW's LPG Riptide Implements Open Architecture Autonomy On US Government UUV Mission Controllers Riptide and Draper will implement the maritime open architecture autonomy (MOAA) that Draper developed as an extensible open architecture framework for auton- omous mission controllers for AUVs through millions of dollars of investment and decades of research and devel- opment. Draper has received approval from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport to provide MOAA as an option on all Riptide UUVs sold to the U.S. government or government-purposed vehicles. Patrol Boats Delivered to Curacao Coast Guard Four new high-speed patrol boats manufactured by Metal Shark for the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) have been commissioned on the island of Cu- racao. The new vessels are the first to be delivered un- der a 12-boat order announced last year. The 38 Defiant monohull patrol boats are the result of a multiyear effort by the DCCG to replace its fleet of open-cockpit RIBs. The new vessels will serve as the DCCG's main intercep- tors, patrolling the territorial waters of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Saba. Remote Survey Trials Include Successful Acoustic Jumper Metrology An acoustic jumper metrology was successfully con- ducted using the Sonardyne Connect software in con- junction with 4D Nav's remote survey system in the Gulf of Mexico. Acoustic long baseline (LBL) data and pres- sure sensor data were collected at a network operations center onshore in Houston. The direct interface to the Sonardyne 6G transceiver enabled by the Connect soft- ware allowed full control of LBL data collection, as well as logging of pressure sensor data for depth loops. Multispectral Challenge Produces Mathematical Solutions for Multispectral Backscatter Data M. Timo C. Gaida from Delft University of Technol- ogy was recognized as the winner of the Multispectral Challenge at GeoHab 2018. R2Sonic launched the Mul- tispectral Challenge following the introduction of the multispectral mode available with R2Sonic's multibeam echosounder Sonic. Given that each frequency provides different acoustics returns, it was believed that the multi- spectral mode could be a game-changer for bottom char- acterization. The challenge was to develop an algorithm to determine bottom type based on multispectral data. Kraken Synthetic Aperture Sonar Receives Military Standard Certification Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. completed military stan- dard certification testing of the KATFISH-M, a ruggedized version of its KATFISH towed synthetic aperture sonar platform. KATFISH-M incorporates a synthetic aperture sonar in a compact, lightweight and hydrodynamically stable towed body. It uses advanced signal processing ocean business

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