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NOV 2018

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www.sea-technology.com November 2018 | ST 43 More Falcons for Salmon Farming Huon Aquaculture has doubled its fleet of Saab Seaeye Falcons to four vehicles. The two new Falcons will join the fleet to inspect nets, rigging and moorings at Huon's aquaculture pens. The pens are po- sitioned in areas of strong current and rough water favored for salmon farming because it mimics the sal- mons' natural habitat. Huon produces more than 24,000 tonnes of farmed salmon a year. Collaboration to Provide Satellite Service Singtel and KVH Industries Inc. have partnered to provide shipping companies a seamless broadband satellite service with KVH's mini- VSAT broadband satellite connec- tivity across Asia-Pacific. This satellite service will facil- itate the use of digital solutions to improve operational efficiency, crew welfare and onboard safety. Vessels can harness real-time data on engine performance gleaned from onboard sensors to facilitate preventive maintenance and re- duce maintenance costs; obtain in- formation on weather patterns and sea currents to determine the ship's most fuel-efficient route; and pro- vide onshore operations staff regu- lar updates on cargo status. Singtel will provide its maritime customers with KVH's product and service offerings, including Agile- Plans, a subscription-based connec- tivity solution for commercial fleets. New Digital Ship Notation for Efficient Use of Digital Tech RINA has launched the Digital Ship Notation, the first additional class notation available for ship- owners willing to demonstrate the added value of their ship or fleet through the efficient use of digital technology. GNV is the first com- pany to receive the new notation, certifying 11 ships of its fleet, all equipped with a data collection system. RINA invested in the develop- ment of its own RINACube plat- form, launched in December 2017. It is cloud-based and can gather and integrate data and digital as- sets from various sources, interact- ing seamlessly with most common technologies on board. Students Developing AUV To Target Invasive Lionfish Undergraduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are building an autonomous underwater robot that could help reduce the threat posed by an inva- sive species of fish that, unchecked by natural predators, threatens the well-being of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems in the coastal U.S., including commercially and recreationally important native fish. In a multiyear effort launched last fall, WPI student teams are de- veloping an untethered robot de- signed to autonomously hunt and harvest lionfish. The project's goal is to reduce the invasive species' impact on marine ecosystems from the Caribbean up to the coasts of Florida and Georgia. Since the fish is a pricey delicacy, the robot also could provide a new source of in- come for local fishermen. Autonomous Navigation Without GNSS Sonardyne International Ltd. and Guidance Marine Ltd. are working together on a project that will help unmanned autonomous vessels navigate, even when they lose ac- cess to global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). The project will combine Sonardyne's underwater positioning systems and Guidance Marine's relative surface positioning systems to enable vessels to main- tain safe passage in GNSS-denied environments, or for dynamic po- sitioning systems to maintain their position if they lose GNSS access or other sensors fail. The Innovate UK-backed Au- toMINDER (Autonomous MarIne Navigation in Denied EnviRon- ments) project will also create a common interface structure to al- low the different sensors to be fed into one platform and develop an industry standard. Digitalization Research To Aid Oil, Gas Industry The Oil & Gas Innovation Cen- tre (OGIC) is supporting three new research projects centered on how digitalization can improve efficien- cy and cost savings for the oil and gas industry. Three companies have teamed up with Robert Gordon University's (RGU) School of Com- puting Science and Digital Media to carry out research into the digital transformation of the oilfield. DNV GL is developing an in- teractive program extracting and processing information from imag- es of piping and instrumentation diagrams and other types of engi- neering drawings. This will speed up the collection of data for use in technical applications. ComplyAnts is developing an automated system to manage the compliance process, aiming to deliver a fully functional prototype within 12 months. IDS is developing a data-driven tool to predict task durations, associated risk and NPT. Space Project to Refine Ocean Color Measurements Led by the European Space Agency with support from the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, the FRM4SOC (Fiducial Reference Measurements for Satel- lite Ocean Colour) project aims to catalog the quality and uncertainty of various commercial radiometers to increase confidence in satellite measurements of ocean color. Sea-Bird Scientific participated with 13 organizations from eight countries. For stage one, Sea-Bird sent OCR-200s to several calibra- tion labs for comparison data. Stage two involved sending HyperOCRs and members of Sea-Bird's sci- ence team to the Estonian Space Research Centre for field measure- ments and analysis of sensor un- certainty. Among the participating scientists, researchers from Sea-Bird Scientific were the sole ones from an instrument manufacturer. ST marine electronics

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