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2014
Jul 21, 2014 spacer MTS ROV Committee Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners
2013
Dec 11, 2013 spacer ROV Manual Second Edition Released
Nov 30, 2013 spacer MBARI Honors Dr. James R. McFarlane
Oct 20, 2013 spacer ISE BUILDS AND DELIVERS HYSUB ROV
Jun 19, 2013 spacer MARINE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY'S ROV COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS 2013 ANNUAL 2013 SCHOLARSHIPS
2012
Nov 12, 2012 spacer A TIGER TO EGYPT
Oct 19, 2012 spacer DEPTH MILESTONE FOR UNIVERSITY EXPLORER AUV
Jul 25, 2012 spacer SNK OCEAN CO LTD ORDERS ISE HYSUB ROV
Jul 23, 2012 spacer SURF Subsea Celebrates Second Anniversary
Jun 06, 2012 spacer The Mojave – Hibbard Inshore’s newest addition to its ROV fleet.
Jun 06, 2012 spacer Sabertooth Cuts Teeth in Rocky Mountains
Jun 05, 2012 spacer JAMES McFARLANE RECEIVES QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL
Mar 02, 2012 spacer Unique Maritime Group adds the Light Weight Taut Wire MK 15 B to its Rental Fleet
Feb 14, 2012 spacer ECA CSIP Ltd to exhibit new 'Micro Arm 5E' at Oceanology 2012
Feb 09, 2012 spacer PREVCO’ SELLS ITS 3000th PRV!’
2011
Sep 01, 2011 spacer ISE ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF VICE PRESIDENT
Aug 30, 2011 spacer JAMES McFARLANE RECEIVES IEEE VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL AWARD

Aug 28, 2011 spacer USACE, Army divers team up for solutions at Kajaki and Dahla dams
Jun 21, 2011 spacer The Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee announces the winners of its 2011 Annual Scholarships
Feb 22, 2011 spacer Kongsberg Expands the Envelope of Multibeam Sonar Performance with the new M3MultiMode Multibeam Sonar™
2010
Sep 15, 2010 spacer Deep Sea Intervention Opens ROV Tooling Manufacturing Facility in Singapore.
Jul 26, 2010 spacer Autonomous Surface Vehicles, Ltd. joins C & C Technologies, Inc. as a part of Global Fusion, Inc.
Jul 08, 2010 spacer The Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee Announces the winners of its 2010 Annual Scholarships

2014
Jul 21, 2014 spacerspacer MTS ROV Committee Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners
Houston, Texas, July 15, 2014: Justin Burnett, Riley Wilbur, John Lutchko and Kip Kacking have been selected as recipients of the Marine Technology Society’s 2014 ROV Committee Scholarships. In addition Brian Grau, Wesley Ivester, Camille Pagniello and Nicholas Sopwith received MTS ROV Committee MATE Center Scholarships.

Justin Burnett was awarded $10,000 and attends University of Nebraska Lincoln majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Riley Wilbur was awarded $7,500 and will attend University of Vermont where he is pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree. John Lutchko received $5,000 and attends Northwestern Michigan College studying Marine Engineering Technologies. Kip Hacking attends Brigham Young University majoring in Electrical Engineering and received $2,500.

As winners of the MTS ROV Committee MATE Center (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Scholarships Brian Grau was awarded $10,000 attends Santa Clara University studying Mechanical Engineering. Wesley Ivester was awarded $7,500 and will pursue an Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Camille Pagniello received $5,000 and is pursuing a degree in Marine Biology and Physics from Dalhousie University. Nicholas Sopwith who will be studying Electrical Engineering at University of California, Davis received $2,500.

All will be recognized during the Awards Presentations at Underwater Intervention ’15 in New Orleans, Louisiana (www.underwaterintervention.com).

Since 1994 the MTS ROV Committee has awarded over $400,000 to deserving students who have an interest in Remotely Operated Vehicles. Scholarship applications for 2015/16 must be postmarked by April 15, 2015. Details on how to apply and additional information click here .

2013
Dec 11, 2013 spacerspacer ROV Manual Second Edition Released
The ROV Manual, Second Edition Released Robert L. Wernli (First Centurion Enterprises) and Robert D. Christ (SeaTrepid International) are proud to announce the release of The ROV Manual, Second Edition, which provides a complete training and reference guide to the use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for surveying, inspection, and research purposes. The authors are well-known experts in the field and were supported by input from a broad network of industry specialists. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and substantially expanded, with nine new chapters, increased coverage of mid-sized ROVs, and extensive information on subsystems and enabling technologies. Useful tips are included throughout to guide users in gaining the maximum benefit from ROV technology in deep water applications. Intended for marine and offshore engineers and technicians using ROVs, The ROV Manual, Second Edition is also suitable for use by ROV designers and project managers in client companies making use of ROV technology.
  • A complete user guide to ROV technology and underwater deployment for industrial, commercial, scientific, and recreational tasks.
  • Substantially expanded, with nearly 700 pages that include nine new chapters and a new five-part structure separating information on the industry, the vehicle, payload sensors, and other aspects.
  • Packed with hard-won insights and advice to help you achieve mission results quickly and efficiently.

The ROV Manual, Second Edition is available on line in both print and e-book versions.

About the Authors

Robert Wernli, Sr. is President of First Centurion Enterprises. He is an engineering consultant with 40 years experience in the field of ROVs and undersea technology. In addition to his technical publications, he is an award-winning author in fiction where he is continuing his work on a series of underwater techno-thrillers. www.wernlibooks.com.

Robert D. “Bob” Christ is President of SeaTrepid International, LLC, a full-service subsea robotics company operating a fleet of over 35 ROVs worldwide. Mr. Christ began his ROV career with Oceaneering then continued on as a co-founder of VideoRay (a leading OCROV manufacturer) and has continued his career as the founder of SeaTrepid. He has dual BS degrees from Louisiana Tech University and lives in heart of the US Offshore Oil & Gas industry in Southeastern Louisiana. www.seatrepid.com.

Editors: For additional information, the authors can be contacted as follows: Robert L. Wernli or Robert D. Christ


Nov 30, 2013 spacerspacer MBARI Honors Dr. James R. McFarlane
PORT COQUITLAM, BC – On November 6th, 2013 Dr. James R. McFarlane, President, International Submarine Engineering Ltd was honoured with this year’s David Packard Distinguished Lecturer award from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute (MBARI). McFarlane contributed to MBARI's formative years as a critical advisor to David Packard and as a participant in several engineering reviews.

Research Chair Bruce Robison remarked, "Jim McFarlane is a gifted, innovative engineer with an outstanding track record of designing and building undersea vehicles." McFarlane delivered a lecture at MBARI titled "Genesis and metamorphosis of underwater work capability", reviewing different submersible vehicle designs and components that make them operate optimally.

Doug Au, MBARI's director of engineering development commented, "I am very pleased that we can have someone who was so involved with MBARI in the early days come back and provide a distinguished lecture. I hope we can use his insight as MBARI looks to the future and conceives our technical roadmap."


Oct 20, 2013 spacerspacer ISE BUILDS AND DELIVERS HYSUB ROV
PORT COQUITLAM, BC - International Submarine Engineering Ltd is pleased to deliver a new Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and Tether Management System (TMS) to Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd. Fukada’s HYSUB 100HP ROV is a multi-purpose vehicle that will be used for scientific and commercial purposes as well as inspecting and salvaging seafloor items. Designed to operate from one of Fukada’s new research vessels, the ROV has a 2,000 M depth rating. The ROV is equipped with thrusters, sensors, six lights, eight cameras, ISE’s Magnum Manipulator and other auxiliary equipment needed to carry out the vast requirements for Fukada’s subsea operations.

The new HYSUB ROV complements Fukada’s existing fleet of ISE ROVs, renamed HAKUYO, that includes a 150HP 3000 M depth ROV, as well as their recently built Explorer Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). To accommodate their expanding fleet of ROVs, Fukada received a new ROV handling system built by Hawboldt Industries out of Nova Scotia, Canada. “We have been supporting Fukada since 1991 here at ISE.” says Jim McFarlane, Sr, President. “It is an honour to continue to serve them with this latest vehicle in their fleet.”

Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd. Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd.'s was established in 1910 and was originally based in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture. Originally concentrating on salvage alone, Fukada's operations expanded following reorganization in 1949. Their head office is in Osaka, Japan, and their business expands to include marine construction, bridge installation and civil engineering. Their fleet includes the MV Musashi, which has the world's largest class floating crane, capable of lifting 3700 tons. Fukada’s fleet of ISE ROVs cover all operations required for the company, including cable burial, salvage, research and survey, making Fukada one of Japan’s largest full service subsea equipment and service suppliers.


Jun 19, 2013 spacerspacer MARINE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY'S ROV COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS 2013 ANNUAL 2013 SCHOLARSHIPS
Houston, Texas, June 17, 2013: Grace Anne Young, Andrew Augustyn, Blake Hoover and Goh Han Hwee have been selected as recipients of the Marine Technology Society’s 2013 ROV Committee Scholarships. In addition Christopher Konstad, Kip Hacking, Anne Crago and Christian Welch received MTS ROV Committee MATE Center Scholarships.

Grace Young was awarded $8,000 and attends MIT majoring in Ocean Engineering. Andrew Augustyn was awarded $6,000 and attends Alpena Community College where he is pursuing an Associates Degree in ROV Technology. Blake Hoover received $4,000 and attends BYU majoring in Technology and Engineering. Goh Han Hwee attends Newcastle University majoring in Naval Architecture received $2,000.

As winners of the MTS ROV Committee MATE Center (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Scholarships Christopher Konstad was awarded $8,000 will attend UCLA. Kip Hacking was awarded $6,000 and attends BYU pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Anne Crago received $4,000 and attends Texas A&M Corpus Christi majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Christian Welch received $2,000 and is pursuing degree in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at MIT.

All will be recognized during the Awards Presentations at Underwater Intervention ’14 (February 10 – 13, 2014) in New Orleans, Louisiana (http://www.underwaterintervention.com).

Since 1994 the MTS ROV Committee has awarded over $340,000 to deserving students who have an interest in Remotely Operated Vehicles. Scholarship applications for 2014/15 must be postmarked by April 15, 2014. For details on how to apply and additional information on the MTS ROV Committee, click here.


2012
Nov 12, 2012 spacerspacer A TIGER TO EGYPT
Egypt's National Institute of Oceanology and Fisheries (NIOF) has chosen a Tiger ROV from Saab Seaeye as their preferred vehicle to undertake a range of studies in the Mediterranean.

The NIOF chose the Tiger over other makes of ROV as it can handle the strong currents of the Mediterranean and dive to 1000 meters.

The compact Tiger ROV can be fitted with a wide range of equipment

They like its small, easily handled size that needs little deck space on a small vessel.

Yet despite its compact size, a range of sonars, cameras and tools can be added as needed to undertake the wide scope of tasks planned by the Institute.

For instance a four-function manipulator has been included that will manoeuvre a specially designed Saab Seaeye scoop for collecting seabed samples.

For detailed observation work, the Tiger also comes equipped with a wide-angle low light B&W camera and a colour zoom camera.

The overall mission of the NIOF is to seek accurate information on the different Egyptian aquatic environments, including typographical features, to improve knowledge of the economic resources in seas, lagoons and fresh water bodies, along with gaining an understanding of their interactions and influencing factors. This will include studying and monitoring the physical, chemical and biological changes in Egyptian waters.

Specially designed Saab Seaeye scoop can be attached to the Tiger for collecting seabed samples

These studies will seek to achieve the sustainable development of marine and fresh water resources and increase their potential for food by introducing new techniques in fisheries and aquaculture.

This will include exploiting the natural resources, discovering new fishing grounds and developing methods for mid and deep-water fisheries management to protect the fish stocks.

They aim to increase fish productivity through developing and introducing new methods of fish culture in marine floating aquaculture cages along with intensifying research on protecting fish against fish diseases, and keeping a high rate of fish production.

In addition, the Tiger ROV will help the NIOF understand hazardous phenomena such as storm surges, coastal erosion and the sudden increase of the sea water level.

Saab Seaeye underwater vehicles are widely used in marine science across the world because along with handling a wide variety of instruments and tooling, their powerful thrusters can hold the ROVs steady in strong currents whilst undertaking delicate sampling and gathering tasks, and detailed filming and observation missions.

ROVs have been used to gather information on conditions for coral colonization and growth where sensors on the ROV acquired data on temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen concentration, pH, turbidity and fluorescence. Also, the under-ice Antarctic krill population has been filmed by an ROV to help understand the relationships between the krill, the sea ice and ice algae.

The ability of an ROV to work tirelessly and with precise manoeuvrability in demanding and restricted conditions has made these vehicles ideally suited for working in and around fish farming cages where they are used to monitor the health of stocks, as well as routinely inspect the integrity of the cage structures.

The NIOF, in undertaking their studies using the Tiger ROV, will be collaborating with a wide range of national and international scientific and educational institutions.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

Oct 19, 2012 spacerspacer DEPTH MILESTONE FOR UNIVERSITY EXPLORER AUV
International Submarine Engineering Ltd is pleased to learn of its customer’s new depth record obtained by the ISE Explorer Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) ‘Eagle Ray’, a cooperative venture of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi. Operated by the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology (NIUST), the Eagle Ray AUV completed a survey in the Gulf of Mexico to a depth of 1634 meters.

“This is a new depth record for Eagle Ray and she performed brilliantly,” stated Roy Jarnagin, Undersea Vehicle Systems Engineer for NIUST. “The survey was conducted at 50 meters altitude while acquiring multibeam sonar and chirp subbottom profiler data. We are currently operating from the LUMCON vessel RV Pelican. The AUV operations personnel in addition to myself are Dr. Arne Diercks, Max Woolsey, Marco D’Emidio, Steven Tidwell, and Clayton Dike.”


Initially built and delivered in 2003, the Explorer class AUV is rated by the USM for deepwater operation to 2200 meters. Its 5.5 meter length provides payload volume for mission-specific sensors, as well as the multibeam sonar and conductivity-temperature-density (CTD) sensor. Surveys greater than 150 km long and deployments over 36 hours in duration can be achieved.

In addition to Eagle Ray, NIUST operates a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) SeaBED class AUV named Mola Mola. This vehicle also completed a mission to a depth of 1612 meters. The Mola Mola vehicle acquires photographs of the seabed while operating at 3 meters altitude. Eagle Ray AUV (photo courtesy of NIUST) Explorer is ISE’s current medium size AUV. It is available in several depth ratings and configurations to satisfy the needs of scientific, defence and commercial sectors. In addition to USM/UM, Explorer AUVs can be found with esteemed organizations around the globe including Ifremer, France, University of Bremen, Germany, and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). NRCan’s Arctic Explorer AUVs are two vehicles performing under ice survey missions. The Arctic Explorer AUV completed more than 1000 kms of unsupervised survey. This was the first sea floor survey under the ice by an AUV. It also recorded the second deepest dive by an AUV in Arctic waters of 3162 meters. ISE also built the Theseus AUV. It was designed to lay 220 kilometre fibre-optic cables in the Arctic for the Canadian and US navies. Theseus was deployed to the Arctic for trials in 1995 with cable laying missions taking place in 1996. Until very recently, Theseus was the largest AUV in operation and held the record for the longest AUV mission – 460 kilometres, all of which was under ice. International Submarine Engineering Ltd. ISE was formed in 1974 to design and build underwater vehicles. Based just outside Vancouver, Canada, ISE has delivered 240 vehicles and over 400 robotic manipulators to more than 20 countries around the world. The ISE family of vehicles includes ROVs, AUVs, submersibles, semi-submersibles, and active towfish. ISE has a robotics capability, having built underwater manipulators for a variety of functions and land based robotic systems including an automated car refueling station and the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator training system. ISE’s HYSUB ROVs have been used in offshore drilling support, pipeline inspection, scientific research, cable maintenance, accident investigation and torpedo recovery.

For more information, please contact:
International Submarine Engineering Ltd.
1734 Broadway Street, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3C 2M8 Canada
T: +1.604.942.5223 F: +1.604.942.7577 www.ise.bc.ca info@ise.bc.ca

Jul 25, 2012 spacerspacer SNK OCEAN CO LTD ORDERS ISE HYSUB ROV
PORT COQUITLAM, BC – International Submarine Engineering Ltd is pleased to announce a contract to build another HYSUB Remotely Operated System (ROV) for SNK Ocean Co Ltd, a Japanese marine services company based out of Tokyo, Japan.  SNK will be provided with a 100HP ROV with depth capability to 2000 meters.

ISE HysubThis 100HP ROV with TMS joins several other ISE ROVs that SNK has in its fleet. The ROV will be outfitted to perform tasks that will assist biological studies.  SNK enhances its services with an ROV that will include six thrusters – four forward and two vertical, support for six lights, eight cameras, Imagenex sonar, collection basket with hydraulic door with the skid, tether management system, and ISE’s control system, ACE.    

Vehicle delivery is scheduled for March, 2013. 

In 2010, ISE provided SNK with a 150HP 3000M depth HAKUYO ROV, together with a custom designed jet skid for cable burial operations.

SNK’s 150HP 3000 M depth HAKUYO built and delivered in 2010.

SNK’s fleet of ISE ROVs, renamed HAKUYO, cover all operations required for the company, including cable burial, salvage, research and survey, making SNK one of Japan’s largest full service subsea equipment and service suppliers.

SNK Ocean Co. Ltd.

SNK Ocean Co. Ltd. And ISE have enjoyed a long-standing relationship that extends over 20 years, with ISE delivering SNK’s first ROV in 1991.  SNK provides marine vehicles including offshore construction equipment for resource missions, wreck and salvage operations.  For more information, please contact Mr. S. Saito, SNK Ocean Co. Ltd., email s-saitoh@snk-ocean.co.jp.

International Submarine Engineering Ltd.
ISE was formed in 1974 to design and build underwater vehicles. Based just outside Vancouver, Canada, ISE has delivered 240 vehicles and over 400 robotic manipulators to more than 20 countries around the world.
The ISE family of vehicles includes ROVs, AUVs, submersibles, semi-submersibles, and active towfish. ISE has a robotics capability, having built underwater manipulators for a variety of functions and land based robotic systems including an automated car refueling station and the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator training system. ISE’s HYSUB ROVs have been used in offshore drilling support, pipeline inspection, scientific research, cable maintenance, accident investigation and torpedo recovery.


Jul 23, 2012 spacerspacer SURF Subsea Celebrates Second Anniversary

SURF Subsea, Inc., a provider of deepwater construction services, is pleased to announce that it is celebrating the 2nd year anniversary of the company.  Although the company is relatively new, the accumulated years of experience of the personnel employed by SURF number in the decades of service to the Oil and Gas Industry.  Further, our total workforce including onshore, offshore, and marine is comprised of SURF company employees; thereby enabling us to offer our Clients a stronger team that has an unparalleled combination of industry familiarity and expertise coupled with improved dedication and sense of ownership for the successful completion of each project.

For our second year, the US Flagged 292ft SURF Challenger completed dozens of projects, accumulating more than 210 days of utilization performing a wide range of tasks including the installation of deepwater rigid and flexible jumpers, flying leads, and subsea trees; well plug and abandonments; extensive pipeline inspections using HD video and instrumentation; decommissioning operations; numerous Subsea Control Modules (SCM) recoveries, change outs, and installations; precise and intricate hazard surveys; and even provided rig alternate solutions to the plug and abandonment challenges our Clients have faces.  All work was performed maintaining an excellent safety and environmental record.

On our latest project, the SURF Challenger is directly involved with the recovery, flushing, and abandonment of an 8 inch flowline in over 2400 FSW.  This task shows off her capabilities utilizing the active heave compensated 125T Deepwater Deployment Tower.

To assist with maximizing our vessel and personnel effectiveness and efficiency for our Gulf of Mexico Clients, our new 8-acre dock facility "SURF Port" strategically located in Port Fourchon is now being developed and expected to be ready by year-end.

SURF Subsea, Inc. is a committed supporter of the Oil and Gas community including the Marine Technology Society, Offshore Marine Services Association (OMSA), The Hydrographic Society of America, The Society for Underwater Technology, the Bright Light Foundation, Oilfield Helping Hands, Light the Night, and various other industry related associations.


Jun 06, 2012 spacerspacer The Mojave – Hibbard Inshore’s newest addition to its ROV fleet.
Leading underwater service provider, Hibbard Inshore announces the newest addition to its Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) fleet – the Mojave. Purchased from Sub-Atlantic™, the Mojave sets new standards for compact ROVs as the most power vehicle for its size.

Hibbard Inshore is enthusiastic about their new purchase. “With the success of the other vehicles we have purchased through Sub-Atlantic™, such as the Mohican and Navajo, we were confident in purchasing the Mojave. We’re excited about utilizing this vehicle in conditions where cross currents affect the ROV’s stability,” said senior project engineer Dave Malak..

The vehicle’s vectoring thrusters allow the Mojave to remain stationary in strong cross-current conditions, increasing productivity during inspections..

In March the Mojave will debut in the field by plugging leaks in the bottom of a 180m surge shaft. “We’re looking forward to using the Mojave for this project where stability is a factor,” said ROV supervisor Chester Schultz..

The Mojave joins Hibbard Inshore’s diverse fleet of ROVs, offering clients an even wider array of solutions for their specialty underwater projects. .

About Hibbard Inshore Headquartered in Auburn Hills MI, Hibbard Inshore is a global engineering services company specializing in the use of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). With a premier fleet of ROVs and experienced staff, Hibbard Inshore is able to provide the expertise and technology necessary to solve the complex challenges of the inshore and offshore industry. .

For more information contact http://www.hibbardinshore.com..

Jun 06, 2012 spacerspacer Sabertooth Cuts Teeth in Rocky Mountains
Hibbard Inshore, the Michigan based deep tunnel and underwater specialist is first to order the new Saab Seaeye Sabertooth hybrid long-range AUV/ROV..

Although ideal for hard to access subsea tasks, the Sabertooth hybrid has found its first role high in the Rocky Mountains.

Hibbard was quick to spot the benefit of a powerful vehicle that can swim 40 km down a tunnel at speed and cope with the kind of turbulent conditions that normally make life too unstable for primary inspection sensors. It means that for the first time a complete shutdown of water flow during tunnel inspection is no longer necessary. Director Jim Hibbard was keen to pioneer the vehicle after seeing how the breakthrough product could benefit long tunnel projects around the world.

By combining the technologies of both AUV and ROV vehicles into a single unified resource Saab Seaeye has created a vehicle with the range and manoeuvrability of an AUV, yet with the tooling capability of a light-work ROV.

A choice of three operational modes is possible: autonomous roaming; attached fibre-optic cable; or umbilical carrying power and communications.

With its excursion range of 40 km and depth rated option to 3000 metres, it can embark on either long range programmable missions, or under operator control around set targets, with obstacle avoidance and precise manoeuvrability for safe and easy access, including swimming around and working inside complex structures.

Where operating space is tight, the Sabertooth’s 360 degree manoeuvrability allows it to orientate itself into any position − even directly up, or down – from where it can attend to its light work or inspection task.

Where access is seasonally restricted, it can remain underwater for a year at an isolated location, in resident mode, at its docking station, ready to be deployed on task as needed, under the remote guidance of an operator.

At the docking station tooling packs can be stored ready for use; batteries re-charged, data and video downloaded and fresh instructions uploaded.

About Hibbard Inshore Headquartered in Auburn Hills MI, Hibbard Inshore is a global engineering services company specializing in the use of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). With a premier fleet of ROVs and experienced staff, Hibbard Inshore is able to provide the expertise and technology necessary to solve the complex challenges of the inshore and offshore industry. .

For more information contact http://www.hibbardinshore.com..

Saab Seaeye is the world leader in electric ROV manufacture and now incorporates Saab’s underwater vehicle systems which provide tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry, and commercial applications.

Jun 05, 2012 spacerspacer JAMES McFARLANE RECEIVES QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL
Dr. James R. McFarlane, OC, CD, P.Eng., FCAE, founder and president of International Submarine Engineering Ltd. received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on April 11th, 2012.

Presented by The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Dr. McFarlane received his medal at a presentation ceremony held at the HMCS Discovery in Vancouver. The Diamond Jubilee Medal was presented to Dr. McFarlane By Command of Her Majesty The Queen in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne and in recognition of his contributions to Canada.

Dr. McFarlane started ISE in 1974 and has been involved with the design, construction, and operation of manned, tethered and untethered Remotely Operated Vehicles as well as subsystems of these vehicles including manipulators and computer control systems. Since that time, Dr. McFarlane has been a part of engineering teams that have built over 400 robotic manipulators and over 200 vehicles. In addition to his Officer of the Order of Canada designation in 1989, Dr. McFarlane has received numerous awards including, inter alia, the BC Science Council Award for Industrial Innovation, the BC Science and Engineering Gold Medal, the IEEE Engineer of the Year Award and the MTS Lifetime Compass Distinguished Achievement Award. In October, 2011 he received the Diver Certification Board of Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the underwater industry.

Dr. McFarlane is the author of many papers on submarines, manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). He has also made keynote presentations in Europe, India, Japan, China, Korea, USA and Canada. Two notable presentations include the inauguration of the India Chapter of IEEE, Oceanic Engineering Society at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) in 2008, and the Institute of Industrial Science, at The University of Tokyo in 2010. McFarlane has served on many boards and committees world wide and has been a guest speaker at many different conferences around the globe. Most recently, he lectured to students and faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai, India on submarine design and engineering. International Submarine Engineering Ltd. ISE was formed in 1974 to design and build underwater vehicles. Based just outside Vancouver, Canada, ISE has delivered 240 vehicles and over 400 robotic manipulators to more than 20 countries around the world.

The ISE family of vehicles includes ROVs, AUVs, submersibles, semi-submersibles, and active towfish. ISE has a robotics capability, having built underwater manipulators for a variety of functions and land based robotic systems including an automated car refueling station and the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator training system.

Mar 02, 2012 spacerspacer Unique Maritime Group adds the Light Weight Taut Wire MK 15 B to its Rental Fleet
Unique Maritime Group, one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, announced today the introduction of the Light Weight Taut Wire MK 15 B to their rental pool inventory.

The Light Weight Taut Wire Mk 15B is a position-reference system used extensively with Dynamic Positioning of vessels, which is designed to provide accurate data of a surface vessel’s movement with respect to the position of a depressor weight on the sea floor. Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Maritime Group commented on the addition “We are happy to introduce this Cost-effective, Well-proven and reliable technology to our customers with an operational water depth upto 300 m”. The Light Weight Taut Wire Mk 15B is a position reference system designed for use in deck-mounted port or starboard position on surface vessels. A wire is maintained at a constant tension by means of a depressor weight on the sea-bed and a pneumatic and electric servo-assisted “mooring” system. Any movement of the vessel will cause the tensioned wire to deviate from its initial inclination. This movement activates potentiometers mounted in the gimbal (sensor) head and produces changes of analogue signals directly proportional to the deviation in inclination, which is interfaced to the Dynamic Positioning of the vessel.

Feb 14, 2012 spacerspacer ECA CSIP Ltd to exhibit new 'Micro Arm 5E' at Oceanology 2012
ECA CSIP Ltd are to exhibit their range of Electronic Manipulators at Oceanology 2012. Included in the display will be their latest addition the 'Micro Arm 5E', an electronic 5 function lightweight manipulator designed for the small inspection class ROV. Weighing just 2.75 Kg in water.

Feb 09, 2012 spacerspacer PREVCO’ SELLS ITS 3000th PRV!’
Prevco has sold more than 3000 of its ‘Titanium Dual Seal Pressure Relief Valves’ in less than a year and the product has become one of its fastest selling accessory items. The valve is typically fitted to subsea housings where internal components may cause off-gassing, i.e. batteries/electronics or where high external temperatures may cause pressures to increase to dangerous levels. The valves can be fabricated from Anodised Aluminium (100 meters rated) or Titanium (6000 + meters) treated with a dielectric coating which helps to prevent galling and corrosion from dissimilar metals. The valves typically crack at either 5psi or 10psi and make removal of endcaps completely safe. The product is available from both the USA and UK branches. More info at Prevco.com

2011
Sep 01, 2011 spacerspacer ISE ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF VICE PRESIDENT

Port Coquitlam, BC, September 1st, 2011 – International Submarine Engineering Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of James A.R. McFarlane as Vice President, ISE Ltd.

Mr. McFarlane commenced his subsea vehicle development and piloting career in 1979 when he started with International Submarine Engineering Ltd. From there he became an ROV pilot and technician in the offshore oil and gas industry, military mine counter measures and search and recovery operations. In 1987, Mr. McFarlane took his experience to Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) becoming the Chief ROV Pilot for MBARI’s VENTANA ROV. In 1997 he became Director, Technical Support with MBARI.

In 2003, Mr. McFarlane formed McFarlane Marine Services, LLC a consulting company to support subsea technical system development and marine operations for a diverse client list. In 2007 he became Vice President, Sound Ocean Systems Inc., and was involved with, inter alia, design, manufacturing, business development and daily corporate operations. In 2009 Mr. McFarlane became Head of the Office of Resources and Environmental Monitoring for the International Seabed Authority in Kingston, Jamaica.

Mr. McFarlane is a member of the Marine Technology Society and a Fellow National of the Explorer’s Club. He is an experienced speaker and has been involved in the creation of many documentaries and educational videos on marine technology and its use in oceanographic research.

Mr. McFarlane brings his corporate development, extensive technical and subsea systems experience back to ISE and looks forward to reconnecting with all ISE staff and customers.

International Submarine Engineering Ltd.

ISE was formed in 1974 to design and build underwater vehicles. Based just outside Vancouver, Canada, ISE has delivered more than 240 vehicles and over 400 robotic manipulators to more than 20 countries around the world. The ISE family of vehicles includes ROVs, AUVs, semi-submersibles, active towfish and manned submersibles. ISE has a robotics capability, having built underwater manipulators for a variety of functions and land based robotic systems including an automated car refueling station and the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator training system.


Aug 30, 2011 spacerspacer JAMES McFARLANE RECEIVES IEEE VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL AWARD


Dr. James R. McFarlane, founder and president of International Submarine Engineering Ltd. has been awarded the IEEE Vancouver Section Centennial Award for a lifetime of contributions to underwater vehicles and robotics and the Canadian advanced technology sector. This is Dr. McFarlane’s third IEEE Award, following a Technical Achievement Award in 1987 and Engineer of the Year in 1998.

The award was presented to Dr. McFarlane by Charles Henley, the IEEE Centennial Awards Committee Chair on August 23rd 2011 at the celebration ceremony of IEEE Vancouver’s 100th birthday.

Dr. McFarlane started ISE in 1974 and has been involved with the design, construction, and operation of manned, tethered and untethered Remotely Operated Vehicles as well as subsystems of these vehicles including manipulators and computer control systems. Since that time, Dr. McFarlane has been a part of engineering teams that have built over 400 robotic manipulators and over 200 vehicles. In 2009, ISE was inducted into the Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame and was also named as one of Canada’s top 40 defence companies. Dr. McFarlane is the author of many papers on submarines, manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), including the world’s first automobile refueling system for Shell. He has also made keynote presentations in Europe, India, Japan, China, Korea, USA and Canada. Two notable presentations include the inauguration of the India Chapter of IEEE, Oceanic Engineering Society at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) in 2008, and most recently at the Institute of Industrial Science, at The University of Tokyo in 2010.

McFarlane has served on many committees for international meetings and has been honoured as guest speaker at many conferences around the globe. He has also received numerous awards including the Officer of the Order of Canada, BC Science Council Award for Industrial innovation, and the BC Science and Engineering Gold Medal.

About IEEE Vancouver Centennial Celebrations

IEEE Vancouver celebrates its centennial in 2011. A series of events are planned to commemorate the section’s rich history and the many contributions made by its members. Centennial committee members have commenced assembling historical records and artifacts, and a display will be constructed illustrating IEEE Vancouver’s history with the goal to publish a permanent record of its first century.

International Submarine Engineering Ltd.

ISE was formed in 1974 to design and build underwater vehicles. Based just outside Vancouver, Canada, ISE has delivered more than 240 vehicles and over 400 robotic manipulators to more than 20 countries around the world. The ISE family of vehicles includes ROVs, AUVs, semi-submersibles, active towfish and manned submersibles. ISE has a robotics capability, having built underwater manipulators for a variety of functions and land based robotic systems including an automated car refueling station and the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator training system.


Aug 28, 2011 spacerspacer USACE, Army divers team up for solutions at Kajaki and Dahla dams
Maintaining underwater structures at dams, even under the best of circumstances, takes periodic inspection and repair. The Kajaki and Dahla dams in southern Afghanistan, however, have not had the benefit of either for several years, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to remedy the neglect.

U.S. Army divers, at the request of the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, arrived at the district’s headquarters at Kandahar Airfield in early August to help inspect both the Kajaki and Dahla dams. Their plan was to use a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to collect data and images of the gate structures, release valves, inlet tunnels and trash racks. The team intended to obtain data, such as sediment buildup, structural integrity and concrete cavitations and provide it to USACE engineers and project managers working to analyze and improve the dams’ integrity.

“When we first decided we needed to look below the surface, we didn’t know who to call,” recalled Noori Nader, project manager for the Kajaki Dam. “After spending several months contacting everyone I could think of, Sue Fox (the South District’s safety manager) had the solution.”

“I have a long work history with the Army dive teams,” said Fox. “As the deputy diving coordinator in the (USACE) Portland District, I worked with them every year at our dams in Portland. I also worked with an Army dive team in Iraq in the past and knew they would be perfect for this mission. Once we got the go ahead from our command, I coordinated with the team to get them here; it actually happened quite quickly.”

The dive team

The four-Soldier dive team deployed from the 7th Engineer Dive Team, 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, to Kuwait in February. The team—1st Sgt. William “Scott” Baumgartner, Staff Sgt. Sean Rowley, Sgt. John Hoover and Sgt. Britton Hall—support military operations in the U.S. Central Command’s area of operations from their base in Kuwait, but this was their first mission in Afghanistan.

“We work throughout Centcom’s AOR and have done a lot of diving in Iraq to support bridging operations primarily; however, we perform a full spectrum of dive operations as well,” said 1st Sgt. William Baumgartner, a master diver and the team lead for this mission.

In addition to bridging operations, during its one-year deployment, the team may be called upon to perform body recovery, obstacle removal, port opening, underwater surveying and demolition, salvaging, vessel security and inspections, and force protection missions.

“We are a dive team,” said Baumgartner. “But this mission required no diving at all.” The team did its entire fact finding through surface observation and the ROV.

The ROV findings will help the district’s engineers determine the best way to repair the various components of the Kajaki Dam and its irrigation tunnel. At the Dahla Dam, the data collected will help engineers determine the extent of sediment buildup at the reservoir and the conditions at the entrance to the outlet tunnel.

Mission One – Kajaki Dam

The Kajaki Dam was constructed in the 1950s by an American construction company as part of the Helmand Arghandab Valley Authority Project. The project was an ambitious undertaking by the Afghan and U.S. governments and was designed to store water for downstream irrigation.

In the 1970s, U.S. Agency for International Development funded the hydro power plant construction at the dam which included two 16.5-megawatt generators.

Years of neglect, however, have taken a toll on the dam and its ability to perform as designed. Work is ongoing to improve power generation as well, but this reconnaissance mission was solely to evaluate the irrigation component of the dam.

The original construction of the irrigation intake structure includes a trash rack that prevents debris from entering the tunnel and causing damage to the downstream valves and a 98-ton concrete maintenance bulkhead gate. The gate has a steel wheel which is supposed to open and close with a crane. The operational weight capacity of the crane is only 75 tons and therefore, it cannot raise and lower the gate.

“The crane failed, leaving the gates stuck in a fully open position,” said Noori. “So, no maintenance can be performed on the structure and we didn’t know its condition.

“As a result of the permanently opened concrete gate, the next component of the irrigation system, the downstream intake tower, relies on a set of roto valves for emergency closure and a set of jet valves for a regulated release of irrigation water from the reservoir,” Noori continued.

Neither of the valve systems was designed to function in the capacity, so South District engineers are concerned that their condition has deteriorated over the years.

“Without a functioning maintenance bulkhead gate, there is no way to take the valves off-line for preventative maintenance or to assess the reliability of the system,” said Noori. “Should the valves fail, there is the potential for an uncontrolled release of water into the irrigation system.”

Uncontrolled release means flooding for the Helmand River valley. If water from the reservoir is allowed to freely flow downstream, potentially there would be loss of property. Additionally, the hydroelectric power station at the Kajaki Dam would be rendered inoperable, effectively cutting off renewable power to Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

As a result of the potentially tenuous condition of the valves and maintenance gate, there is risk of failure.

“The repair of the intake structure is essential to the longevity of the irrigation and hydroelectric systems,” said Noori. “This mission is the first step to determining the scope of repairs required to make the dam structures function as intended.

“I will use these findings and the ROV video to develop a specific contract, and pass these findings on to the contractor. They will now be able to ‘see’ the condition of the structure underwater,” continued Noori. “Having the information will make a big difference in defining the potential repair project.”

Inspection

The dive team and Fox made their way to the Kajaki Dam area via helicopter to FOB (forward operating base) Zeebrugge, located adjacent to Kajaki Reservoir.

Basing out of Zeebrugge, the team rose early to arrive at the dam by 5:30 a.m. each of the five days they were there. After a short briefing from the U.S. Marines about the security situation in the area, the team learned that not just insurgents were nearby. Jackals, scorpions, hornets and cobras were also real and present threats.

“We saw scorpions and hornets, and we heard the jackals every night,” said Fox.

Like all missions in Afghanistan, the dive team encountered a few issues they were not expecting. Although they anticipated deploying the ROV from their Zodiac boats, extremely low water levels prevented them. As a result, the team had to deploy the ROV from the intake tower, some 150 feet above the water surface.

Almost immediately, the deployment of the ROV became problematic. The 150 feet of cable tangled with the chain used to deploy the trash racks. Before the mission could continue, the ROV had to be freed so that it could continue its descent into the reservoir.

An additional challenge was the scarcity of fuel for the ROV. Low-quality, contaminated fuel was all that could be found and the ROV’s function was impaired as a result. “We spent about 1.5 hours the second day we were at the dam just repairing the ROV. We had to disassemble it, clean it and then reassemble before we could continue the recon mission,” said Baumgartner.

Despite the frustration of the first day, what the ROV encountered under the water gave the USACE team some much needed optimism.

Findings

“We expected a significant amount of sediment to collect at the intake gate,” said Noori. “What the ROV video showed, though, was a sediment level of less than 1/8 inch. We didn’t know what to expect with respect to the condition of the intake structure. But what the ROV found was that the gates were in good condition as were the intake openings.” There was a small leak that requires repair, but according to Noori, the fix is not complex.

Next, the ROV inspected the trash racks. Those were all in good condition, but trees and boulders were caught in the racks and must be removed. A guiderail was twisted and bent which will require repair. Nevertheless, Baumgartner said the trash racks were fairly clean and there was good flow.

At the irrigation tunnel outfall, the ROV was focused on the concrete walls and tunnel floor. Some scouring has occurred over time, exposing the rebar which will require repair, and some unidentified piping under the valves will require evaluation.

“We are pleased with what the ROV found and the dive team’s efforts,” said Noori. “With this data we can develop a comprehensive plan to repair the irrigation structure at Kajaki.”

Mission II – Dahla Dam

After nearly a week at Kajaki Dam, the dive team split up. Rowley and Hall returned to Kandahar Airfield to plan the dive team’s return to Kuwait. Baumgartner, Hoover, Fox and Steve Bredthauer, South District’s project manager for the Dahla Dam, continued on to FOB Frontenac, their base of operations for the dam inspection.

“Delta Troop, 5-1st Cavalry were our hosts for the Dahla Dam inspection,” said Baumgartner. “We met with them the night before our mission to get the mission plan and threat brief.”

The following morning, the team departed FOB Frontenac in a MRAP (mine-resistant, armor-protected) vehicle convoy to Dahla Dam. After a 20-minute ride, the team arrived and began its inspection.

“The mission here was much different than the mission at Kajaki,’ said Fox. “ We weren’t able to perform an underwater inspection because August is the peak of irrigation season and the dam could not be shut down.”

Baumgartner and Hoover instead measured the intake tower and determined the elevation measurements at the tower and its base. They took elevation measurements of the outfall structure and roughly estimated the total footprint of the reservoir.

“The goal was to get a general idea of shape of the reservoir because it’s a dynamic body of water,” said Baumgartner. “We also needed to see if there was any unexploded ordnance, trees or boulders that would impede navigation for our next trip out here.”

The dive team will be returning in the fall to conduct a hydrographic survey and contour of the bottom of the reservoir to determine the maximum pool depth, which equates to how much water can be stored for future years. USACE will use that data and compare it to similar data obtained in the 1970s to determine how much sediment accumulates during the spring floods.

“This mission was successful all the way around and it feels good to be involved in such an important project,” said Fox. “We had some frustrating moments, but the information gained will help the projects progress and will make the next trip out here easier.”

Baumgartner agreed. “One of our big concerns is weather and its potential impact on our follow-on mission. There are no docks or boat ramps, so the marshy and muddy banks of the reservoir may be difficult to navigate and launch from. Having that information in advance will help us plan more effectively.”

Noori looks forward to the team’s return. “They have other capabilities that we could use in the future, such as surveying and measuring the level of cumulated sedimentation in the reservoir. I look forward to the team coming back and helping us with that task,” Noori concluded.


Jun 21, 2011 spacerspacer The Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee announces the winners of its 2011 Annual Scholarships
Houston, Texas, June 2, 2011: Trevor Uptain, Adam Simko, Michael Filimon and Zachary Miller have been selected as recipients of the Marine Technology Society’s 2011 ROV Committee Scholarships. In addition Russell Ives, Houston Fortney, Kip Hacking and Sebastian Baca received MTS ROV Committee MATE Center Scholarships.

Trevor Uptain was awarded $10,000 and will be attending the University of Washington studying Mechanical Engineering. Adam Simko was awarded $7,500 and will attend UC Davis studying Mechanical Engineering. Michael Filimon received $5,000 and will attend the University of Rhode Island pursuing a Masters in Ocean Engineering. Zachary Harris received $2,500 and is attending Florida Institute of Technology studying Ocean Engineering.

As winners of the MTS ROV Committee MATE Center (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Scholarships Russell Ives was awarded $10,000 and will attend Auburn University studying Mechanical Engineering. Houston Fortney received $7,500 and will pursue an Electrical Engineering degree at Purdue. Kip Hackling received $5,000 and will attend Brigham Young University pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Sebastian Baca received $2,500 and is attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo pursuing a degree in Marine Science. All will be recognized during the Awards Presentations at Underwater Intervention ’12 in New Orleans, Louisiana www.underwaterintervention.com

Drew Michel, Chairman of the ROV Committee of MTS initiated the scholarship program in 1994. Since then it has awarded over $250,000 to deserving students who have an interest in Remotely Operated Vehicles. Scholarship applications for 2012/13 must be postmarked by April 15, 2012. Details on how to apply and additional information on the MTS ROV Committee can be found on this website.


Feb 22, 2011 spacerspacer Kongsberg Expands the Envelope of Multibeam Sonar Performance with the new M3MultiMode Multibeam Sonar™
Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. announces the introduction of the M3 MultiMode Multibeam Sonar™. The M3 Sonar™ is characterized by truly innovative design, versatility, and ease of use in a light, compact design. The first two models of the M3 series are intended for the underwater vehicle market, in particular, work class ROV operations. According to Peter Fox, Ph.D., Principal Systems Engineer of Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. and leader of the development team, “The M3 Sonar™ is a radical departure from conventional multibeams; with a simple, elegant user interface driving a versatile multichannel sonar transceiver capable of extreme spatial and temporal agility, with highly innovative composite transmit and receive transducers, a state-of-the-art-signal processing with true time delays, dynamic focussing, and pulse compression; all orchestrated to produce The Full Picture in stunning quality”. Truly Innovative The M3 MultiMode Multibeam Sonar™ combines imaging, profiling and true zoom modes in a single design. Short range (0.2 meters) and long range (100 meters) imaging capability plus multiple true zoom windows are now possible. Dynamically variable bandwidth provides optimized images and target detection with high resolution and enhanced shadows. Versatile ROV operators can now take advantage of the high refresh rate of conventional multibeam technology or tradeoff refresh rate for Enhanced Image Quality Modes providing detailed images of exceptional quality. The M3 Sonar™ enables operators to use the same sonar for obstacle avoidance at 100 meters range and close work in zero visibility conditions. Enhanced Image Quality Modes and true zoom windows provide high resolution and high Signal-to-Noise Ratios where the operators need it, with centimetre range resolution and beamwidths less than 1°. The sonar is available in either 500 m or 4000 m depth rated versions for shallow or deep water applications. Compact The M3 Sonar™ provides the sophistication and performance levels formerly found only in high end multibeam sonar in a compact package of only 3.8 kg. dry weight with an 18 cm diameter and 14 cm length. Compact deep water rotators from Kongsberg enable operators to aim this compact multibeam where they want it. Easy to Use The M3 Sonar™ employs a new user interface with an elegant simplicity that provides intuitive control, based on the task at hand. The M3 Sonar provides an unmatched viewing volume for navigation and obstacle avoidance with a 120 degree (horizontal) and 30 degree (vertical) coverage with a maximum range of 100 metres. The vertical coverage is also adjustable to suit the operator’s requirements. Ethernet telemetry is standard. About Kongsberg Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd., (KML) based in Port Coquitlam Canada is the manufacturer of the M3 Multi-Mode Multibeam Sonar™. KML supplies a worldwide customer base with a range of products for defence, fisheries, oilfield, scientific and other underwater acoustic applications. Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. is part of the Subsea division within Kongsberg Maritime, a business area of Kongsberg Gruppen, a publicly traded company on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

2010
Sep 15, 2010 spacerspacer Deep Sea Intervention Opens ROV Tooling Manufacturing Facility in Singapore.
DSI Singapore opens new dedicated facility to develop and manufacture remote intervention ROV tooling and sub-sea engineering products for sale and rental. Deep Sea Intervention Pte. Ltd. is a global supplier to the offshore oil and gas industry providing in-house design, development and fabrication of standard or customized remote intervention ROV tooling and other sub-sea engineering services and products. Based in Singapore, DSI supplies a turnkey engineering solution from concept through to design, prototyping and manufacturing in the fields of mechanical engineering, hydraulic and automation. DSI works closely with its clients to provide an “ad-hoc problem solving” solution to time critical projects. The new 5,500 sq. feet facility in Loyang Industrial Estate includes a dedicated manufacturing area which is equipped with the latest CNC 4-axis milling machine, CNC lathe, Conventional Lathe and Mill, 3D CNC routers, 3D digital scanning laser, state of the art 3D CAD/CAM computer design software and in-house engineering department. Through its subsidiary company AMC which specializes in the design, development and manufacture of advanced composite materials, DSI is now also able to offer its clients an unrivalled range of innovative products of low weight and maximum strength for a growing number of offshore applications. DSI Can offer the following equipment for Sale or Rental: - ROV 1 – 4 Torque Tools and associated ancillaries ROV Hot Stab Systems both API and ISO versions available ROV Docking Probes (ISO) ROV Friendly Sub Sea Valves (Various configurations available) ROV Cable Cutting Systems (Various sizes available) Equipment Under Development FLOT’s, Torque Tool Control Systems, AX / VX Seal Replacement Tool, Brush Cleaning Systems, ROV Friendly Shackles, Tooling Skid, Survey Skid, Camera Boom Arms, Observation Vehicle Manipulators, Chop Saw and more to come !!! For More Information Please contact Mr. Stuart Kendal TEL: +65 6542 7717

Jul 26, 2010 spacerspacer Autonomous Surface Vehicles, Ltd. joins C & C Technologies, Inc. as a part of Global Fusion, Inc.
Lafayette, Louisiana, July 8, 2010 - Global Fusion, Inc., an international marine services company, is pleased to welcome Autonomous Surface Vehicles, Ltd. , to the Global Fusion family of companies.

ASV will join C & C Technologies, Inc. as a part of Global Fusion's Unmanned Systems Group.

ASV is based in the United Kingdom. The company provides unmanned marine vehicle services and products worldwide with commercial, military, and academic applications. Services include the following:
- Conversion of conventional craft to unmanned craft
- Concept design, testing, prototype construction and sea trials
- Detailed design and engineering services for specific projects

The company also provides the following products:
- Fast marine target drones
- Unmanned survey and surveillance vehicles
- Mobile buoy networks for positioning of underwater vehicles
- Minehunting platforms for naval mine warfare applications - Fast towed-body vehicles

ASV can be contacted at +44.1243.784.333 or at the following address:
Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd.
Unit 6A
Trafalgar Wharf
Hamilton Road,
Portsmouth,
Hampshire PO6 4QB, UK

About Global Fusion
Global Fusion is a privately owned international marine services group based in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. The Global Fusion family of companies provide a range of marine services including offshore positioning, survey, geoscience, and autonomous marine vehicle services worldwide. For more information, please contact Thomas Chance at +1.337.210.0000.

Jul 08, 2010 spacerspacer The Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee Announces the winners of its 2010 Annual Scholarships
Houston, Texas, June 3, 2010: Zachary Miller, Camille Pagniello, Robert Lister and Zachary Harris have been selected as recipients of the Marine Technology Society’s 2010 ROV Committee Scholarships. In addition Eduardo Moreno, Steven Roberts and Kendall Samuel-Jakubos received MTS ROV Committee MATE Center Scholarships.

Zachary Miller, who will be attending the Florida Institute of Technology was awarded $10,000; Camille Pagniello who will be attending Hawaii Pacific University received $7,500. Robert Lister who will attend Embry Riddle and Zachary Harris who will attend Webb Institute each received $5,000.

As winners of the MTS ROV Committee MATE Center (Marine Advanced Technology Education)scholarships, Eduardo Moreno who will attend the University of Arizona was awarded $7,500, Steven Roberts who is undecided as to which University he will attend at this point received $3,000 and Kendall Samuel-Jakubos who will attend the Univeristy of Rhode Island received $2,000. All will be recognized during the Awards Presentations at Underwater Intervention ’11 in New Orleans, Louisiana www.underwaterintervention.com).

Drew Michel, Chairman of the ROV Committee of MTS initiated the scholarship program in 1994. Since then it has awarded almost $200,000 to deserving students who have an interest in Remotely Operated Vehicles. Scholarship applications for 2010/11 must be postmarked by April 15, 2011. Details on how to apply and additional information on the MTS ROV Committee can be found at on in the education section on this website or click here.