SEACON (europe) Ltd, part of the SEA CON® Group is proud to announce and celebrate being named winners of a Queen's Award for International Trade. This is one of the highest accolades available to celebrate success in international trade for businesses.
The award was made in recognition of our continued growth and commitment to our international customers and our year on year progress, not just in revenue but in customer relations and overall business development.
SEACON (europe) Ltd has seen exports in the European market grow from just over £1 million in 2010 to over £2.6 million in 2012 and global sales rise from £9.1 million to over £12.6 million in the same period. This is coupled with the continued high profile commitment to product development based on our clients needs and the needs of the market place in general. As a business we are also very proud of the significant contribution our staff have had on our performance, a contribution illustrated by our low staff turnover and team spirit.
All our product development is undertaken with an eye for sustainability and the environment at large. This care and attention has seen us develop our processes and products to maximize environmentally friendly strategies.
Kevin Hall, Sales Director for SEACON (europe) Ltd said "This is a great achievement and something we can all be very proud of. This is one of the highest accolades in business success and recognizes our commitment and achievements in international trade. We look forward to even greater success in the future."
While Managing Director, David Parker commented "We are very proud to be associated with the Queens award. This has been a magnificent team effort and just shows what can be achieved working together to build good customer relationships, supply quality products and deliver on time. This award is something that the whole of SEA CON can be proud of and we look forward to achieving even higher standards in the future."
Only 160 Queen's Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the field of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development.The awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.
The awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.
Leading subsea technology manufacturer Sonardyne International Ltd. is celebrating winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation for its 6G® underwater product range. Announced yesterday, Monday 21st April, the Queen's Award for Enterprise recognises and encourages commercial success resulting from outstanding innovative achievements by businesses in the UK. These are conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II, on advice of the Prime Minister, and are the highest award a UK business can receive.
Headquartered in Yateley, Hampshire, UK, with regional offices in Aberdeen, Brazil, Houston, Plymouth and Singapore, Sonardyne is recognised as a pioneer in the design and manufacture of underwater acoustic positioning, inertial navigation, wireless communications and sonar technology. Users for the Company's technology are found within the offshore energy, ocean research and maritime security industries. The Company was founded in 1971 by John Partridge and today remains privately owned, employing 310 people worldwide, 265 of which are based in the UK.
Launched in 2010, Sonardyne's award winning 6G (Sixth Generation) technology platform was judged to have addressed users' needs for underwater technology that is low risk, versatile and easy to use. Its performance over the previous generation technology can be likened to the difference between analogue and digital mobile telecommunications. 6G products have made an impact on diverse subsea operations around the world and, in 2013/14, were exported to 55 different countries.
"We are immensely proud and honoured to have won The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation with our ground-breaking development of 6G," said John Ramsden, Sonardyne's Managing Director. "When we set out down the path towards 6G, we wanted to develop a family of products that would maximise operational efficiencies and, at the same time, simplify use and minimise costs for our clients. Four years of export success, culminating in this prestigious award, is recognition of our achievements. 6G has brought tangible benefits wherever it has been put to work and is helping to redefine the way in which we explore our oceans and realise our global energy needs."
Representatives from the company will be presented with the award at a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Monday 14th July 2014.
Tesla Offshore LLC, a leading survey service provider offering comprehensive Geophysical, Geoscience, Marine Construction and Marine Salvage support in offshore waters around the world, is celebrating its 10th year in business. In 2014, Tesla Offshore has also achieved a benchmark in its strategic plan for growth marked by the launch of its state- of-the-art Tesla Bluefin-21 AUV program (http://teslaoffshore.com/services/AUV-Systems) reaffirming the company's commitment to enhancing its depth capabilities while expanding its global reach.
Upon reaching the 10 year milestone, Randall P. Bergeron, President and CEO of Tesla Offshore LLC, stated that, "2014 marks a decade of exceptional growth for Tesla Offshore, while maintaining consistently high standards of excellence in customer service. This dual accomplishment can best be attributed to the skill, dedication and integrity of our employees. Going forward, our team of highly respected industry leaders, now equipped with cutting edge AUV technology, is uniquely positioned to undertake the most challenging deepwater survey operations of our clients, anywhere in the world."
Tesla Offshore was established in 2004 by Randall P. Bergeron, Rick Clemmons, Donald Spicer, C.D. Schempf and Richard Habiak. The company adheres to a simple, yet uncompromising, business philosophy: Demand integrity of yourself and your co-workers; Offer only the highest quality compliant products and services; and, Focus on customer satisfaction as the best measure of success. Creating the unique character of Tesla Offshore began long before 2004. The company's core leadership has worked together since 1976. This extensive history provides a wealth of industry expertise resulting in unmatched project efficiency while delivering quality- assured survey services to its customers.
About the Tesla Offshore Bluefin-21 AUV
Nothing more clearly symbolizes the development of Tesla Offshore in these past 10 years than the addition of deepwater AUV services to its list of offerings. The Tesla Bluefin-21 AUV is a highly efficient untethered solution that enables full sensor suite operations at depths up to 4,500 meters, while maintaining the portability and flexibility necessary for deployment from vessels of opportunity worldwide.
The unique sensor suite onboard Tesla Offshore's AUV has been chosen to exceed the data quality, resolution and swath width of what is typically made available to today's deepwater survey customers. The system is the first AUV in the industry to boast a state-of-the-art synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) produced by Raytheon Applied Signal Technology. The PROSAS® Surveyor provides decimetric imaging resolution across swath ranges up to 450 meters per side, leading to increased survey efficiency at depth. Also included are broadband multibeam echosounder, chirp sub-bottom profiler, and a very high definition digital still camera.
This month Swathe Services has signed a Tritech International Ltd [Tritech] reseller agreement and will now be representing Tritech's StarFish Seabed Imaging Systems.
Tritech a Moog Inc. company, is a high-technology business dedicated to providing the most reliable imaging and ancillary equipment for use in underwater applications. StarFish Seabed Imaging Systems capture real-time sonar images of the seabed below. Built to a unique innovative design, StarFish systems are the most portable side scan sonars available on the market and are designed to be plug and play connecting to a PC or laptop via a USB connection.
The Tritech StarFish range fits perfectly with Swathe Services' already existing Z-Boat product line by The Oceanscience Group, which can now offer the Z-Boat 1800SS. Here, the StarFish side scan is attached to a special skeg under the Z-Boat in addition to a single or dual frequency echosounder and is perfect for wreck location or search and recovery projects.
Swathe Services are now official distributors for R2SONIC, The Oceanscience Group, Applanix, Valeport and BioSonics, as well as, official resellers of Renishaw MDL and Tritech's range of StarFish Seabed Imaging Systems. For further
In an effort to support increased growth and to provide local support of existing customers, Rowe Technologies, Inc. (RTI) is happy to announce the appointment of the following regional sales representatives:
The cutting-edge application provides real-time data and enhances the efficiency of incident responders.
A secure, login-based GeoPortal built and hosted by the CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) GeoSpatial Services business line has been used for tasks associated with planning, science, and operations for oil spill response. The GeoPortal serves as a tool for streamlining the planning, visualization, and coordination efforts of multiple contractors working on a cooperative damage assessment.
Specific tasks include enabling the tracking of multiple field teams on small vessels through SPOT real-time communicators; guiding operational decision-making based on observed progress of field teams; and providing an ability to assess transit times to, from, and between various study areas to improve field team efficiency, safety, and integration.
By providing a common frame of reference, the GeoPortal allows team members to store and view project-specific spatial data, including oiling observations over time, sampling designs, and sampling results. Spatial data integrated into the GeoPortal also includes GPS digital still photographs collected by field teams in airplanes, helicopters, boats, and on foot. The availability of these resources in one online location substantially improves communication and understanding among team members, regardless of location.
The GeoPortal provides intake capacity for field data and seamless migration into an enterprise database. This efficiency allows for real-time decision making to guide incident response decisions. The common operating platform is supported by ESRI's ArcGIS Server technology, which allows for "big picture" visualization and analysis. Senior Scientist Dr. Jodi Harney at CSA stated, "The GeoPortal has improved coordination, integration, and communication among teams responding to the incident and is providing a framework for subsequent data analysis and assessment." By unifying information in a common geographic context, the GeoPortal maintains diverse data in near real-time, which enables the creation of customized user-friendly reports. An example of a CSA GeoPortal can be found at https://www.csawebmap.com/geoportal.
This application is part of CSA's Marine Environmental Services for Spill Response, for which CSA assists clients in preparing for and responding to oil and gas releases and associated damage assessment. For more information on CSA's capabilities and marine environmental services associated with spill response, please visit our website at www.csaocean.com or call 772-219-3000.
CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. specializes in consulting services for Federal, State, and private industry clients in multidisciplinary projects, integrating science and technology to evaluate environmental activities throughout the world. CSA offers a wide variety of services related to environmental management and community planning to support clients working in marine, estuarine, wetland, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats throughout the United States and overseas.
$14 billion and 70-million man-hours expended, 778 miles cleaned milestone marks major step toward honoring BP's commitment to the Gulf
The U.S. Coast Guard today ended patrols and operations on the final three shoreline miles in Louisiana, bringing to a close the extensive four-year active cleanup of the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon accident. These operations ended in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi in June 2013.
"Reaching this milestone is the result of the extraordinary efforts of thousands of people from BP, local communities, government agencies, and academic institutions working together," said John Mingé, Chairman and President of BP America. "Immediately following the Deepwater Horizon accident, BP committed to cleaning the shoreline and supporting the Gulf's economic and environmental recovery. Completing active cleanup is further indication that we are keeping that commitment."
The large-scale cleanup effort, combined with early restoration projects and natural recovery processes, is helping the Gulf return to its baseline condition, which is the condition it would be in if the accident had not occurred. Although active cleanup has ended, the entire area of response is subject to the National Response Center (NRC) process. Coast Guard personnel are pre-positioned to investigate any further reports of oil-based material.
"BP has spent more than $14 billion and more than 70 million personnel hours on response and cleanup activities," said Laura Folse, BP's executive vice president for Response and Environmental Restoration. "Even though active cleanup has ended, we will keep resources in place to respond quickly at the Coast Guard's direction if potential Macondo oil is identified and requires removal."
From the beginning, BP worked under the Coast Guard's direction and in cooperation with state agencies and local governments to limit the accident's impact on the environment, and remove oil from the water and shoreline. Aerial reconnaissance flights were flown across approximately 14,000 miles of shoreline. Nearly 4,400 miles were ground-surveyed, with teams identifying 1,104 miles that experienced some level of oiling and 778 miles that required some measure of cleaning.
Cleanup Facts Members of the Unified Command worked collectively to protect and clean the Gulf shoreline. Amenity beaches were generally cleaned to depths of up to five feet, using mechanical equipment that sifts out residual oil and other debris from below the beach surface while returning clean sand to the beach. Non-recreational beaches and environmentally sensitive areas were generally hand-cleaned to depths of up to six inches, but deeper if it was ecologically safe and approved by the Coast Guard, stakeholders and others. Multiple techniques were used to treat oiled marsh areas and promote natural attenuation without causing further damage.
A comprehensive scientific effort was launched in mid-2012 to locate and remove potential pockets of subsurface material. In Louisiana, more than 40,000 holes and pits were excavated across seven barrier islands, and the vast majority either had no visible oil or levels so low that treatment was not appropriate or required. For example, just three percent of the more than 16,000 auger holes had oiling levels that required cleanup and less than 2 percent of the over 24,000 pits had heavy or moderate oiling.
Assessment teams continuously surveyed the shoreline and recommended treatment options. More than 100,000 tons of material was collected from the cleanup efforts. The total consists of not only the mixed residual material – which was typically 10-15 percent residual oil and 85-90 percent sand, shells and water – but during the first year of operations it also included other solid material such as debris and protective clothing.
Under the long-standing NRC process, the Coast Guard investigates reports of oil, identifies the source, and directs the responsible party to respond if necessary. Transitioning back to this system will reduce the number of people and vehicles on beaches and other areas, further minimizing disruptions to the environment and to visitors. People can report possible sightings of oil-based material to the National Response Center by calling 1-800-424-8802.
Cleanup Activities Guided by Science Science, including reports prepared at the direction of the Coast Guard by the multi-agency Operational Science Advisory Teams (OSAT), helped guide response activities and provide a better understanding of potential environmental and health risks.
OSAT-1, issued in December 2010, concluded that no recoverable Macondo oil remained in the water column or offshore sediments. In addition, none of the roughly 17,000 water samples collected and analyzed exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) benchmarks for protection of human health.
OSAT-2, issued in February 2011, found that residual oil in nearshore and sandy shoreline areas was highly weathered, and concentrations of constituents of concern were well below levels of concern for human health. The OSAT-1 Ecotoxicity Addendum, issued in July 2011, found no apparent increase in toxicity to aquatic life associated with the accident.
OSAT-3, finalized in early 2014, used a sophisticated scientific approach to identify potential discrete pockets of subsurface material. The OSAT-3 information was used to locate and recover potential subsurface material.
Meeting Commitments In addition to the cleanup milestone, BP has made significant progress meeting its commitment to support economic and environmental restoration efforts in the Gulf.
Paid more than $1 billion to support the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and to evaluate potential injuries and restoration options.
Reached agreement or agreement in principle with state and federal Trustees on 54 early restoration projects totaling approximately $698 million. Ten projects are already underway.
Paid $12.9 billion in claims, advances, civil settlements and other payments, such as tourism promotion, seafood testing and marketing, and behavioral health.
NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has released a proposal to expand the boundaries of Gulf of the Farallones (GFNMS) and Cordell Bank (CBNMS) national marine sanctuaries, two of 14 sites managed by NOAA, located off north-central California. The agency is accepting public and stakeholder comments on the proposal and related regulations through June 30.
The proposal is intended to protect the distinctive marine ecosystem north and west of the sanctuaries’ current boundaries. It would include waters and submerged lands off of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, including North America’s most intense “upwelling” site offshore of Point Arena. The nutrients brought to the surface during upwelling events at Point Arena are carried south into the sanctuaries by the prevailing California Current; these nutrients fuel an incredibly productive ocean area protected by GFNMS and CBNMS.
The sanctuaries are destination feeding areas for endangered blue whales and humpback whales, sharks, salmon, and seabirds like albatrosses and shearwaters that travel tens of thousands of miles. Food that results from the Point Arena upwelling center also supports the largest assemblage of breeding seabirds in the contiguous United States on the Farallon Islands.
“The waters off the northern California coast are nutrient-rich and drive a thriving marine ecosystem,” said Daniel J. Basta, director of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “These two sanctuaries provide great recreational and educational opportunities for thousands of visitors each year. Public comments are an important part of the process as we look at this proposal to expand the boundaries.”
Established in the 1980s, the sanctuaries together protect more than 2,000 square miles of ocean near the coast of San Francisco. Under the proposal, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary would be extended north and west from Bodega Bay in Sonoma County to a few miles north of Point Arena lighthouse in Mendocino County, including state and federal waters. Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary expansion would be extended west and slightly north to protect important subsea features such as Bodega Canyon.
During a review of both sanctuaries’ management plans, NOAA received comments from the public in 2001 expressing interest in expanding the boundaries north and west. In response, the revised management plans published in 2008 included a public process to consider possible expansion. Also, California Senator Barbara Boxer and former U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, whose district included areas near the sanctuaries, both introduced legislation several times in Congress between 2004 and 2011 to expand the sanctuaries’ boundaries. In 2012, under the authority of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, NOAA began considering the boundary expansion.
Public hearings are planned for the public to learn more about the proposal and comment on the proposal. Meetings are scheduled for:
May 22: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito, 6 p.m. June 16: Point Arena City Hall, 6 p.m. June 17: Gualala Community Center, 6 p.m. June 18: Grange Hall, Bodega Bay, 6 p.m.
Comments on the proposal may also be submitted through June 30 via:
•U.S. Mail: Maria Brown, Sanctuary Superintendent Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio San Francisco, CA 94129
These comments will be considered when preparing the final rule. If you have comments on multiple documents, you can record them individually (preferred) or as a combined comment on any document. All comments will be considered. For more information on the expansion proposal, visit: http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/expansion_cbgf.html
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary encompasses nearly 1,300 square miles of ocean and coastal waters beyond California’s Golden Gate Bridge. The sanctuary supports an abundance of species including the largest breeding seabird rookery in the contiguous United States, and other species such as whales and white sharks. Visit http://www.farallones.noaa.gov.
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, with its main feature, Cordell Bank, located about 49 miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge, is a destination feeding area for local and migratory marine life. The sanctuary’s productive waters and unique undersea topography provide the foundation for a rich and diverse marine community. Visit http://www.cordellbank.noaa.gov.
The OCB subsea infrastructure, including five seafloor nodes which form the existing seafloor observatory portion of the system, was originally designed by OceanWorks International. The system, deployed in 3000m of water in the Mediterranean Sea during the fall of 2010, has been providing scientists with real time data from sensor installations covering several hundred kilometers of the seafloor. The additional node base and node pods take full advantage of the upgradability designed into the system and allows the incorporation of improvements over the 25 year lifespan of the network.
OceanWorks International is an internationally recognized subsea technology company specializing in the design and manufacture of manned / unmanned subsea systems and specialized equipment for military, oil and gas, scientific, and other marine markets. Offering a full range of subsea system engineering, design and analysis, fabrication, testing, and project management services, OceanWorks has been at the cutting edge of deep submergence and diving technology, operations, and support for over 20 years and we look forward to providing subsea engineering solutions to our customers for years to come.
Melisa Reiter, a seasoned environmental consultant, will take the helm of the Tampa office
CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Melisa Reiter as Regional Manager in the Tampa Bay area. Ms. Reiter will work closely with CSA's scientific and business development staff to assist in the growth and diversification of CSA services along Florida's west coast. In addition to expanding the client base, she will be involved in project management and supporting ongoing work efforts. Regarding her new position, Ms. Reiter noted, "This opportunity provides me the ability to get back to my roots and for CSA to grow and diversify. It's a great outcome for everyone."
Ms. Reiter brings more than 25 years of environmental consulting and management experience to CSA. Her specialized expertise includes regulatory permitting, marine studies, habitat assessment and evaluation, water quality studies, seagrass mapping, aerial photograph interpretation, land use mapping, ecological assessments, threatened and endangered species studies, and wetland mitigation design and monitoring. Her regulatory permitting experience includes single-family home docks, canal dredge projects, large-scale marinas, seagrass assessments, and coral reef natural resource damage assessments. In addition to her consulting experience, Ms. Reiter is an accomplished scientific diver and a Professional Wetland Scientist.
With a diverse range of scientific and operations experience as well as a rich business development history of supporting and maintaining environmental consulting offices along the west coast of Florida, Ms. Reiter brings an essential combination of expertise and practical, real-world knowledge to her new position with CSA.
Nortek is hosting the 2014 Northern European User Conference, June 26-28, for oceanographers and ocean engineers. The organizer promises strong focus on networking, knowledge exchange and hands-on experience with equipment among colleagues and collaborators gathered at Dutch isle.
Nortek BV, NortekUK and Terra4 will host the 2014 Northern European User Conference in collaboration in late June. Organizers offer two days of user presentations, hands-on demonstrations, technical discussions, latest development news, and networking opportunities. Managing Director at Nortek B.V., Sicco Kamminga, is responsible for organizing the event.
‒ We have made an event that is suited to all disciplines of oceanography and ocean engineering. Whether from academic, government, or commercial sectors, we will cover relevant challenges and solutions, he says.
Showcasing the AD2CP
Nortek recently launched their new Signature55, which makes use of Nortek's AD2CP technology and Nortek Piezo's transducers to extend Nortek's current profiling range capabilities to a thousand meters. The same platform is also used in the new Signature1000 and Signature500, which are especially suited for studies of turbulence, while fulfilling standard current profiling needs.
‒ We are anxious to give our guests an up-close experience with our technology. To see how it works and gathers data in real life makes a huge difference in understanding the possibilities, Kamminga says.
Live demonstration at NIOZ
In collaboration with the National Oceanographic Institution for the Netherlands, NIOZ, symposium participants will receive a guided tour of the institute's Texel facilities as well as see live equipment demonstrations carried out by Nortek at the NIOZ harbor.
‒ With live demonstrations, users can share experiences with each other and consult with Nortek engineers on practical issues as they see the equipment in use, Kamminga added.
The arena for the symposium will be the Dutch island of Texel, the largest of the Frisian Islands and the most western of the Wadden Sea archipelago. Some of the primary benefits gained by attendees of Nortek technical symposia worldwide are the networking and collaboration opportunities established with colleagues in the industry. Therefore, in addition to a riveting technical program, several engaging social events are planned. These include a beachside barbecue in the evening and the viewing of the world's largest catamaran race, the Round Texel Race, averaging 600 participants annually, at the conclusion of the event.
‒ We can't wait to welcome our guests to informative days and pleasant evenings at the summertime island of Texel, Kamminga ends.
Ocean Sonics Ltd., has announced the appointment of two new distributors to its global network to increase awareness and sales of the icListen Smart Hydrophone in both Japan and Singapore.
Tokyo-based SHOSHIN Corporation will leverage its sales and marketing experience, and distribution capabilities within Japan to establish Ocean Sonics as the preferred provider of Digital Hydrophones. Under the terms of the agreement, SHOSHIN will also provide service and technical support for Ocean Sonics products.
Sea and Land Technologies (SALT), headquartered in Singapore, will supply, distribute, and support the technology of the icListen products in the ASEAN countries. The company already handles product ranges from many leading marine equipment companies making them ideal partners for Ocean Sonics and its range of acoustics products for the marine industry.
These new partnerships allow Ocean Sonics to be proactive in developing their global reach to customers in Japan and Singapore. These agreements will strengthen Ocean Sonics global expansion strategy.
Seatronics, an Acteon company, has invested more than £1 million in the latest technologies, sensors and tools available from Tritech International Ltd, a Moog Inc. company. Many of the products will enhance the ROV tooling capabilities, which are available through recently acquired Acteon Company, J2 Subsea.
Phil Middleton, Seatronics deputy managing director said, "As part of our strong international growth plans for J2 Subsea, we are adding to our already extensive stock of dredge pumps by purchasing multiple Merlin, Super ZipJet and AZ10 suction anchor pumps. The investment we made in Tritech systems recently will ensure that our rental fleet delivers what customers expect from Seatronics: the latest in high-quality technology.
"Tritech products have long been a staple of the Seatronics rental fleet and are widely regarded as industry standard. Furthermore, we have seen rising demand for the Gemini sonar range and have received enthusiastic feedback from many clients using these systems to great affect under low visibility conditions in the Southern North Sea and offshore West Africa."
Scott McLay, Tritech sales director, added, "Seatronics and Tritech have enjoyed a productive working relationship for many years. The investment Seatronics has made in Tritech's suite of sensors, dredge pumps and sonars, notably throughout 2013, is testament to this. Our relationship with Seatronics is one we will continue to support throughout 2014 and beyond. The new investment will give Seatronics' customers access to our latest technologies, sensors and tools."