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September 2015 Issue

Korean Registry Approves
Transas ECDIS

Transas received ECDIS type approval from the Korean Registry, making Transas one of a few companies holding an ECDIS certificate from the South Korean maritime authority.

The certificate issued by the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute proves the system’s compliance with all ECDIS-related regulations valid for the South Korean Flag state and covers not only Navi-Sailor ECDIS in premium and standard configurations, but also all Transas supplementary components for usability benefits and system integration.

All tests were successfully passed within one week at the certified Transas R&D facilities.

New Touch-Based
Bridge Concept

VARD has developed a new bridge concept in SeaQ Bridge: “finger-grip” vessel control. Functionally and ergonomically, the pad-like “levers” integrated in the SeaQ Propulsion Control fit perfectly in the hand and provide customizable haptic feedback.

The interface in enabled by technology from Lilaas, which has adapted its breakthrough LO1 control technology to deliver touch-sensitive functionality.

VARD says that its objective has been to deliver controls that report high-level data instantly, reducing the user’s cognitive load to enhance performance in high-pressure situations.

Although close to each other, the multi-device azimuth and thruster controllers are readily distinguishable in look and feel. Propulsion Control levers are also digitally represented on the console screens for visual reinforcement.

Explorer DVLs for
Light AUV

Teledyne RD Instruments has supplied Portugal-based underwater vehicle systems designer and manufacturer OceanScan-MST with five Explorer DVLs. The Explorer DVLs have been successfully integrated on OceanScan-MST’s flagship product, the light AUV, a one-man portable AUV.

Students Test AUVs
At RoboSub Contest

High-school and college engineering students worldwide competed for bragging rights and cash prizes at the 18th International RoboSub Competition.

The week-long competition, cosponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International Foundation, was held in San Diego at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Transducer Evaluation Center (TRANSDEC) pool.

The pool is a unique facility that simulates a large body of water. It measures 300 by 200 ft. and is 38 ft. deep with 6 million gallons of water. It provides RoboSub participants an ideal environment for navigating their AUVs through realistic missions.

The mission theme for this year’s contest was based on the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy. AUVs had to navigate and complete an obstacle course, with tasks such as “check the flux capacitor” and “travel through the time portal”, without human or computer interaction by team members.

Missions ranged from simple tasks, such as touching colored buoys, passing over a PVC pipe without touching it, and dropping markers into a bin, to complex tasks, such as firing mock torpedoes through a cutout in a piece of plywood, identifying sound from an acoustic pinger, grabbing and moving an object, and surfacing the AUV.

San Diego State University took the top prize of $6,000. National University of Singapore won the second prize of $4,000. Maritime State University won the third prize of $3,000.

Successful Field Testing
Of PMM-PCP System

Borets has successfully conducted a North American field trial of its PMM-PCP system, the first permanent magnet motor (PMM) running at a slow speed without a gear reducer to drive a progressing cavity pump. The PMM-PCP system ran successfully for Crescent Point Energy in Canada from May 2014 until April 2015. The system increased the well uptime from 53.4 percent to 98.7 percent, saving Crescent Point substantial workover costs and lost production time.

PMM motors are equipped with an extremely high power density, which results in the motor being 40 percent shorter and lighter, with 18 percent better electrical efficiency and a very flat power factor over a varying load.

Ventana Gets Control
System Upgrade

Greensea completed its control system upgrade for Ventana, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s (MBARI) work-class ROV. The 1,850-m-rated vehicle received a new software platform that supports advanced automation and control for the vehicle, including station-keeping.

Ventana successfully completed midwater and benthic collections in the first operational days after the upgrade. The plan is to follow up with a cable survey. MBARI has 60 total dives scheduled for Ventana this year.

Underwater Centre Enhances
Training Courses

Students who are undertaking ROV Pilot Technician and Closed Bell training at The Underwater Centre are to benefit from newly revamped courses.

Students on the three-week ROV Pilot Technician Course will now benefit from unique training elements, including time on the Centre’s Loch Sunart ROV vessel and training in the ROV electrical and mechanical workshops.

The Centre has overhauled the seven-week Premium ROV Course to include a condensed and more focused electronics module, as well as introducing the courses: High Voltage and Electrical Safety Awareness; T4: Introduction to Titan 4 Manipulator Training; Fibre Optics; Working at Height; and experience using the VMAX Triton XL Simulator.

The HSE Closed Bell Courses will include a new practical introduction to using a self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboat; practical introduction to bolt tensioning; Kirby Morgan Hat Users Course; and the IMCA Diver Medic ticket.


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