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July 2014 Issue

C-Worker Calibration Trials Successful in Rough Conditions
ASV Ltd.'s (Portchester, England) C-Worker 6 successfully carried out a seabed transponder calibration in 1,300-meter-deep waters. The trials took place in the Gulf of Mexico and were conducted in rough conditions with 2.5-meter waves.

C-Worker is the world's first unmanned oil and gas workboat. ASV designed and built the 6-meter vehicle at their waterside facility in Portchester. ASV has completed the build of a second C-Worker, with sea trials now taking place in the U.K.

Underwater Acoustic Monitoring System Completes Design Review
Acorn Energy, Inc. (Wilmington, Delaware) announced that their DSIT Solutions Ltd. (Givat Shmuel, Israel) subsidiary has completed a design review, which is the first milestone of a contract received in late 2013 to supply and support an advanced underwater acoustic monitoring system. The total value of the contract is in excess of $14 million, of which $11.2 million is a fixed amount with the balance being contingent on the customer's requirements.

Successful Testing for RTSAS Signal Processor
Kraken Sonar Systems Inc.'s (Conception Bay South, Canada) sea acceptance testing of its Embedded Real-Time Synthetic Aperture Sonar (RTSAS) Signal Processor for Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) was a success.

Kraken's RTSAS is a rugged, small-form-factor subsystem that incorporates an NVIDIA Kepler GPU. The GPU acts as a massively parallel embedded processor for synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) data. SAS provides ultrahigh seafloor image resolution at longer ranges than conventional sonar.

Redline Gets Contract for Marine Communications Network
Redline Communications (Mark-ham, Canada) has received a $1.6 million contract to deliver a marine communications network based on the recently announced RAS Extend Marine product. The customer, a government organization whose ships are used to patrol the waters of Canada's coastline, will use the Redline network to enhance its high-speed communications capabilities within 80 kilometers of its shoreline, where the fleet spends the majority of its time. Ships within 80 kilometers of shore can be connected cost-effectively, giving them real-time coverage of maritime borders and a holistic view of all ships for wide-area fleet tracking, sensor integration, support for prevention operations, and even Internet access for crews.

The deployment of the network is expected to start immediately, with full deployment expected by the end of 2014.

C-Scope Web, Mobile App Integrated Into NCA VTS
Kongsberg Norcontrol IT (Horten, Norway) has integrated its advanced C-Scope Web and Mobile Application module into the Norwegian Coastal Administration's (NCA) C-Scope Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) systems. Available for iOS and Android mobile devices, the C-Scope Mobile Application delivers secure, real-time VTS data. The VTS Traffic Image from the NCA's five VTS centers along the Norwegian coastline will be available to NCA staff wherever they may be. The C-Scope Mobile Application provides the VTS traffic image with electronic navigation charts, bathymetric ENCs, live fused radar and AIS tracks, shore-based radar video, weather and hydro data, and information source data.

By 2018, all the regional VTS centers of Horten, Kvitsøy, Brevik, Fedje and Vardø will be completed.

EMP to Start on Prototype of Aquarius USV
Eco Marine Power (Fukuoka, Japan), EMP, will begin work related to the construction of a prototype of its Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), which will include marine computer systems and lightweight flexible marine solar panels. The Aquarius USV will be powered by a solar-electric hybrid marine power solution. Onboard batteries will be recharged via solar panel or ship or shore power. Sensors will be able to collect data from above and below the waterline.

Potential applications are: harbor pollution monitoring, oceanographic surveys, maritime park surveillance, coastal border patrols and marine data collection.

Lab testing of technologies to be used for the Aquarius USV has already commenced, and a prototype is scheduled to commence operational tests in 2015.

WMB-3250 Multibeam Sonar Passes Third-Party Testing
WASSP Ltd. (Auckland, New Zealand) announced the release of an independent report on their WMB-3250 multibeam sonar, conducted by Environmental Mapping & Surveying.

'EMS's independent technical report clearly shows that the WMB-3250 is able to deliver the results and quality required for most entry level survey/mapping and dredge type applications where cost-effectiveness and ease of use are the prime requirement,' said Terry McDonald for WASSP.

Satellite Tracking, Notification Devices to go to Fishing Fleet
Globalstar, Inc.'s (Covington, Louisiana) value-added reseller, VehSmart (Victorville, California), has been awarded the first regional pilot project of its kind for Ecuador to outfit the Ecuadorian artisanal fishing fleet with life-saving satellite tracking and emergency notification devices. The project will initially outfit 4,000 small fishing boats with Globalstar's leading satellite transmitter, the SmartOne. SmartOne devices will provide Ecuadorian fishermen and women with a means for help at sea when facing a life-threatening emergency, e.g., piracy. By linking to Ecuador's National Emergency Response System, the SmartOne devices will be outfitted with a proprietary panic button that any sailor can activate discreetly to summon a rescue.

The satellite devices will also help the Ecuadorian Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries track the seasonal movements of the fishing fleet, police overfishing and better protect exclusionary zones.

Boat owners will be able to access information about their vessels, track the whereabouts of loved ones at sea and use historical data to identify prime fishing areas.


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