Acquires AquaPix Sonar Intellectual Property
Systems Inc. (St. John's, Canada) has acquired all intellectual
property rights to the AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS)
technology platform from Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc. (St.
Kraken was spun-out from Marport, which has incubated the development
of the AquaPix SAS system for the past two years. The SAS technology
assets consist of all hardware and software intellectual property
targeted to military and commercial applications. The transaction had
a closing date of December 31, 2012.
"SAS technology has existed for a number of years, but the platforms
have generally been aimed at meeting military requirements," said Karl
Kenny, president and CEO of Kraken Sonar. "As such the resulting
products have been very expensive. In contrast, the AquaPix development
effort targeted dual-use applications from the start.”
Caption: The AquaPix INSAS2 integrated into an
ISE Explorer AUV.
Source: Kraken Sonar press release
Giant Squid Caught on Video for the First Time
During a dive
near the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific, scientists captured footage
giant squid in its natural habitat—a first for this species whose
previous sightings have been limited to beachings or being caught by
To film the squid, the crew utilized two deep-sea submersibles
with panoramic views, ultrasensitive camera systems with light
invisible to squid, bioluminescent lures and squid attractants.
The Discovery Channel and Japanese broadcaster NHK captured imagery
during a four-year project that included more than 285 hours in the
sub dives (some at depths greater than 3,000 feet) and a crew of
scientists, including oceanographer and marine biologist Dr. Edie
Widder, marine biologist Steve O'Shea and zoologist Dr. Tsunemi
Kobodera of the National Science Museum of Japan.
The NHK crew has been studying and filming the underwater life in this
region for more than 10 years in cooperation with Japan's National
Museum of Nature and Science. Other previous attempts to capture
footage of a live giant squid yielded the first-ever still photographs
of a giant squid in 2004, and another giant squid was captured floating
on the water surface in 2006.
The footage will air on the Discovery Channel in a program titled
"Monster Squid: The Giant is Real," which premieres at 8
p.m. on January 27. NHK will also air their special this month.
Below is a video clip of the squid, as
shown on U.S. News & World Report:
Still image of the giant squid while being captured on video in its
natural habitat for the first time. (Photo Credit: NHK, NEP, Discovery
Source: Discovery Channel press release
EIVA Partner to Provide Survey Solution
CARIS (Fredericton, Canada) and EIVA a/s (Hasselager,
Denmark) have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on
providing offshore survey organizations with a solution that acquires
and processes survey data through to managing and manipulating the data
in an enterprise GIS environment, the companies announced on Tuesday.
Additionally, the software product lines from EIVA and CARIS are in the
process of being further integrated, allowing for seamless workflow
without data conversions and the choice to use the individual modules
as needed and in desired order.
EIVA's NaviPac survey acquisition software is supported by CARIS’ HIPS
and SIPS data-processing software. Processed bathymetry from HIPS and
SIPS is available for further manipulation, including pipeline
inspection work, in EIVA's NaviModel 3D application.
NaviModel also has the ability to utilize CARIS' Bathy DataBASE for
data storage and retrieval, and allows delivery of digital datasets
utilizing standard geospatial formats.
Source: CARIS press
Arctic Drillship Returns to Harbor
After Running Aground on Alaskan Shoreline
Shell’s (The Hague, Netherlands) Arctic-class drillship, Kulluk, arrived on Tuesday at a
harbor on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, after
being towed from where it ran aground on the southeast
shoreline of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska.
The Kulluk was driven aground
by violent weather on December 31, while being towed
by the MV Aiviq from Alaska to Seattle, Washington.
There has been no loss of life and no significant injuries as a result
of this incident, Shell said. The company reported no environmental
impact and no leakage of the low-sulfur diesel fuel or hydraulic fluid
stored in strong tanks on board the vessel.
The drillship will now undergo a safety assessment before resuming its
journey to its winter harbor for repairs and maintenance. More than 600
people are engaged in the incident response.
"At this stage, it’s too early to gauge any impact on our ongoing
exploration plans, but with the Kulluk
now safely recovered, we’ll
carry out a detailed assessment of the vessel to understand what those
impacts might be," Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Co. (Houston,
Texas). "In the meantime, we will participate in the U.S. Coast Guard’s
investigation into the causes of this incident and will implement
Environmentalists have renewed their efforts in calling for an Arctic
drilling moratorium. According to FuelFix.com,
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
has asked the Coast Guard and Shell to explain why they didn’t offload
diesel fuel from the Kulluk,
which does not have its own propulsion
engines, before the trip. The double-hulled drillship's three fuel
tanks are estimated to contain 140,000 gallons of low-sulfur diesel
fuel, which officials said were used for ballast and to operate cranes,
winches and other equipment on the vessel, FuelFix.com reported.
Caption: Shell's drillship Kulluk.
Sources: Shell press release and FuelFix.com
International Recovers F-16 Aircraft
International Holdings Inc. (Largo, Maryland) has successfully
completed the underwater search and recovery of a U.S. Air Force F-16
aircraft from more than 16,400 feet of seawater (fsw), the company said
In early August 2012, at the direction of the U.S. Naval Sea
Systems Command’s Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage
and Diving (SUPSALV), Phoenix mobilized the Navy’s ORION deepwater side
scan sonar system, the CURV 21 ROV, and the motion-compensated,
30,000-pound Fly-Away Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS).
All equipment was transported over land from Phoenix’s facility in
Largo to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. From there,
military transport aircraft moved the equipment to Hawaii, where the
gear was loaded aboard USNS Navajo (T-ATF 169).
After a 10-day transit to the crash site, underwater search operations
commenced using the Navy’s 20,000-fsw-depth search system, ORION. After
searching the initial planned search area spanning a
2-by-4-nautical-mile area, search operations shifted to another
high-probability area and the suspected F-16 debris field was
Next, Phoenix personnel deployed the CURV 21 ROV and conducted a
video survey of the area in which the flight data recorder and engine
were identified. Over the next 10 days, the Phoenix team piloted the
CURV 21 ROV through 12 dives and recovered all critical items desired
by the embarked accident investigating board.
During the operations, the team faced extreme water depths and adverse
weather conditions, including erratic high winds, large waves and
Caption: The CURV 21 ROV.
Source: Phoenix International Holdings Inc. press
BlueView Adds Lightweight,
10° Down-Angle Options to M Series Sonar
Teledyne BlueView (Seattle, Washington) introduced
Wednesday two options to its mini M Series 2D Multibeam Imaging Sonar:
lightweight and built-in 10° down-angle. These options are designed for
micro-ROV and diver handheld platforms.
The lightweight model reduces the M Series weight by 30 percent, from 5
pounds to 3.4 pounds in air with near neutral buoyancy in water. The
built-in 10° down-angle enhances usability by improving imaging of
bottom or surface targets without having to tip the sonar or platform
Caption: Teledyne BlueView's mini M Series,
available with lightweight and 10° down-angle options.
BlueView press release
in Sea Technology...