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NOV 2018

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36 ST | November 2018 www.sea-technology.com Multi-Vehicle System Combines Technologies for Mine Countermeasures Teledyne Marine and its industry partners showcased an autonomous, system-of-systems approach to expedi- tionary mine-countermeasures (MCM) using multi-do- main unmanned assets. The demonstration took place at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport during the 2018 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX). It involved at least eight different types of software, vehicles and technologies in the pipeline, from powering the vehicles to neutralizing a target. Companies Pledge to Support Women in Maritime Jobs KVH pledged its support for Women in Maritime, an initiative of Maritime UK that aims to promote fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector, bring- ing together leaders from across the industry to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in mar- itime and, crucially, within senior roles across shipping, ports, marine and business services industries. Local History Mapping Application Helps Students Learn Ocean Mapping in Real Time The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) at the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire has added FarSounder as a partner in their in- dustrial associates program. FarSounder technology pro- vides students the benefit of identifying obstacles ahead of the ship with local history mapping (LHM). This appli- cation draws a virtual 3D image of the ocean floor as a ship sails over. This bathymetric image is updated with every ping and displayed as an overlay on top of a chart. New Company Forms to Sell Seaview Products Long-time Seaview managers Jason Romesburg, Ian Smith and Jason Abrahamsen have formed a new compa- ny to manufacture and distribute Seaview products. They say dealers and end-users can expect the same quality products and customer service that they received at PYI, since the new owners have been with Seaview for 16 years. The team has a combined 50-plus years in the ma- rine industry and plans to expand the Seaview line and increase production in a new, larger facility in eastern Washington. Explorer AUV for Chinese Mineral R&D International Submarine Engineering (ISE) sold its lat- est ISE Explorer AUV to China Ocean Mineral Resource R&D Association (COMRA). The ISE Explorer AUV is rat- ed for operations at 6,000-m depth. Its modular design enables it to carry multiple payloads including multi- beam echosounders, side scan sonars, sub-bottom pro- filers, synthetic aperture sonars, high-definition cameras and laser systems, CTDs and chemical sensors, or any combination of AUV payloads. Toronto Group Acquires Ops Software Company Helm Operations was acquired by Toronto-based Vo- laris Group. Founded in 1999, Helm Operations is a de- veloper of marine operations software for the workboat market. Following an acquisition by ClassNK in 2014, the company released its newest platform, Helm CON- NECT, in 2016. Today, Helm CONNECT is a fast-growing software platform in the marine industry, used by 150 companies and 3,000 vessels worldwide. Phoenix is Certified to Perform Underwater Welding Phoenix International Holdings received American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) approval of a Class A wet un- derwater fillet welding procedure specification for ASTM A 131 and Group II steels of the American Welding So- ciety D1.1 structural welding code. With this approval, Phoenix can now perform permanent underwater weld repairs to classed vessels and structures. Former Microsoft Software Architects Join Olis Olis Robotics, formerly BluHaptics, acquired White Marsh Forests (WMF), a machine learning start-up based in Seattle. WMF was launched by former Microsoft soft- ware architect Steve White, along with Don Marsh, who was a principal software architect at Microsoft. Olis cre- ated a software platform that allows pilot-controlled ser- vice robots to recognize objects such as valves, tools and dangerous objects in the field. The Olis operating system (OlisOS) also allows for new levels of precision control, progressive levels of autonomy and advanced situational awareness for remotely operated robots. Briggs Acquires Three Canadian Companies The Briggs Group acquired three marine companies in Canada: Foreshore Technologies, Balanced Environ- mental and Ocean Tech. Foreshore Technologies Inc. is an underwater survey and inspection company that spe- cializes in diving, environmental survey, structural sur- vey and marine operations. Balanced Environmental Ser- vices is an expert in permitting, licensing, consultation, applications, planning and project delivery. Ocean Tech Constructors is a harbor support company that special- izes in the design, manufacture, installation and main- tenance of floats, gangways, pontoons and breakwaters. Montrose Port to Host Simulated Emergency Training Ethos Empowerment invested six figures in a new fa- cility at Montrose Port to deliver interactive emergency response training sessions. The company also launched its latest oil and gas process simulator, which is used for both emergency response and control room operator coaching. The simulator is designed to play a fundamental role in offshore emergency response training and increasing safety for personnel involved in demanding offshore op- erations. The technology positions individuals on a virtu- al offshore platform to interact with realistic emergency situations. ocean business

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