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JUN 2018

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36 ST | June 2018 Funding Awarded for UK Deep-Learning Research ASV Global is leading a £1.2 million research proj- ect to enhance the safety and reliability of autonomous navigation using deep-learning machine vision systems that are trained with a combination of simulated and re- al-world data. The Synthetic Imagery training for Machine Vision in Extreme Environments (SIMVEE) project will build upon ASV's existing, COLREG cognizant, autonomous colli- sion avoidance and path planning capability. The project will use BMT's REMBRANDT simulator to train vision al- gorithms to detect and classify objects. Major Expansion for Samson's Spain Distributor Samson is increasing its presence in Spain as major distributor Baitra S.L. expands its facilities. Baitra has been a partner distributor of Samson products since 2015, supporting the commercial and recreational ma- rine industries in Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean Sea and Bay of Biscay regions. Baitra's new location on the northwest coast of Spain in Nigran (Pontevedra) in- creases the size of their facility six-fold. Chelsea Technologies Transitions to Higher Accreditation Standard Following a triennial two-day audit by inspection, ver- ification, testing and certification company SGS, Chelsea Technologies Group has transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 accreditation. Based on quality management princi- ples, the ISO 9001:2015 certification defines the way an organization operates to meet the requirements of its customers and stakeholders, including customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making and re- lationship management. Singapore ROV Outfitted with New Multiplexer A custom version of MacArtney's EMO DOMINO-7 fiber-optic multiplexer system (MUX) was built for instal- lation on an ROV in Singapore with the aim of upgrading its subsea survey and camera interfaces. The DOMINO-7 MUX is a compact fiber-optic system with a range of MUX channel and power supply configurations. Offering three videos with 10-bit data channels, the design also offers gigabit Ethernet (GBE) communications coupled with 48-VDC supply voltage. Mining Deep-Sea Polymetallic Nodules Fugro is supporting deep-sea polymetallic nodule mining in a contract with Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. Polymetallic nodules are potato-sized concretions en- riched in nickel, copper and cobalt that also contain met- als and nonmetals important to green tech enterprises. The surveys involve high-resolution imagery, geophysical data and sampling of minerals from the seafloor, as well as geotechnical properties, cataloging mineral resources and determining optimal mining areas in water depths of up to 4,500 m over a 400-sq.-km area. The field work will employ the Echo Surveyor VII AUV. New Partnership Brings Advanced Cybersecurity Education to Malaysia Naval Group, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malay- sia (UPNM) and EURECOM are developing cybersecurity training in Malaysia with a high-level digital security pro- gram The project involves human capital development at the master's, Ph.D. and postdoctoral levels. The master program will be available at the UPNM campus by 2019. The project will enable students from UPNM to take master's courses and Malaysian professors to train at the French institute EURECOM in Sophia Antipolis. Offshore Pipeline Company Installs Acoustic Positioning Systems Allseas is installing two Sonardyne GyroUSBL acous- tic positioning technology systems on its 236-m lay ves- sel, Lorelay. Used in conjunction with a Ranger 2 USBL (ultrashort baseline) topside, the GyroUSBL transceivers will be installed on the end of the Lorelay's stinger to acoustically track an ROV deployed to ensure a pipe is accurately touching down in the permitted corridor. New Ballast Manufacturers' Association Formed Following the announcement of further delay of the 2004 IMO Ballast Water Convention implementation dates, a group of industry insiders gathered to draw up the framework for the Ballastwater Equipment Manufac- turers' Association (BEMA), which held its first annual meeting and elected its inaugural board of directors in April. The need for this association arose from a growing demand for well-founded information on the practicabil- ity of ballast water treatment technologies, as well as on the technical and environmental aspects of implement- ing ballast water management regulations worldwide. OSM Opens Operations Center in Singapore OSM is opening a Singapore-based Maritime Oper- ations Centre, a maritime innovation hub with an eco- system of digital partnerships. The operations center will enhance 24/7 fleet support through data management, descriptive analytics and predictive model optimization paired with machine learning. Onboard and shore-based crews will be able to access the same information, while incident response abilities will be assisted through 24/7 access to all operational data and full-time monitoring. Decommissioning Consortium Launches A new global decommissioning consortium that in- cludes Lloyd's Register (LR), WorleyParsons and Ardent brings together collective experience to reduce the inter- faces, costs and risks of decommissioning for the oil and gas industry. The consortium includes experts on all as- pects of decommissioning, from late life management to planning, readiness for removal, execution, waste man- agement and monitoring post-removal. The consortium has the capability to take well operatorship, duty-holder- ship and title of offshore structures, in addition to provid- ing independent third-party assurance. international

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