News Archive for Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime Acquires Contros Systems & Solutions GMBH

Kongsberg Maritime AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, has acquired the remaining 90% of the shares of the Germany based underwater chemical sensors specialist Contros Systems & Solutions GmbH. Contros was established in 2006 and is based in Kiel, close to Hamburg. The company develops, produces and markets underwater sensor systems to detect dissolved gasses such as hydrocarbons, CO2 and oxygen, as well as pH and total alkalinity (TA). Contros has built a strong reputation as a provider of complete systems for offshore early leak detection and environmental monitoring.

At the end of 2013, Kongsberg Maritime and Contros entered a cooperation agreement enabling a smart integration of modular sensor packages into Kongsberg Maritime solutions for subsea monitoring. As part of this agreement, Kongsberg Maritime took a 10% shareholding in Contros. In the past 15 months, Kongsberg Maritime solutions integrated with Contros technology have been well received in the global markets. Read more…

World’s Largest Construction Vessel Ready for Action with KONGSBERG DP, Bridge and Automation

Following its inauguration ceremony in Rotterdam on 27th February 2015, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit will start its first job offshore Norway this summer with an integrated Dynamic Positioning (DP) and manoeuvring system based on state-of-the art Kongsberg Maritime technology. The Kongsberg Maritime delivery includes forward and aft bridge systems in addition to an extensive automation network and the HiPAP subsea position reference system.

Eight years in the making, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit single-lift vessel is the largest construction vessel in the world. Kongsberg Maritime has been involved with this ground-breaking project from near the very start, having been selected by Allseas to provide the Dynamic Positioning system for Pioneering Spirit (then Pieter Schelte) early in 2008. Read more…

New Wind Turbine Service Jack-Up Vessel Delivered to DBB With a Kongsberg ‘Full Picture’ Technology Package

The new ‘Wind Server’ Wind Turbine Service Jack-Up Vessel was delivered to owner DBB Jack-Up Services in December 2014, with a full complement of Kongsberg Maritime control and automation technology on board. Built at Nordic Yards in Wismar, Germany, Wind Server went into operation maintaining offshore wind turbines throughout Northern Europe in February 2015.

Wind Server’s ‘Full Picture’ technology solution covers navigation, automation and maneuvering systems, and is designed to support safety and efficiency during complex offshore maintenance operations. The integration of Kongsberg Maritime’s unique network Radar solution with the K-Master aft bridge, K-Chief Alarm Monitoring & Control System, K-Bridge Integrated Navigation System and K-Pos DP-22 Dynamic Positioning based on DNV DYNPOS AUTRO (DP II) and K-Thrust thruster control, makes Wind Server one of the most advanced Jack-Up service vessels in the world. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime Launches New and Improved EM 710 Multibeam Echo Sounder

Kongsberg Maritime has launched an advanced MK-II version of its de facto industry standard EM® 710 multibeam echo sounder. The new EM 710 MK-II sets new standards for seabed survey by increasing range and swath coverage over the original EM 710 by up to 40%.

Like its predecessor, The EM 710 MK-II is a high to very high resolution seabed mapping system capable of meeting all relevant survey standards. The EM 710 MK-II has a maximum range of approximately 2800m, a significant improvement over the original version’s 2000m, while swath coverage has increased to 3000m from 2000m. This will result in reduced survey time for the end user. Kongsberg Maritime’s engineers have achieved this by increasing the frequency band used when transmitting from 40 to 100 kHz. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime Deliver Welding Cameras For Remote Pipeline Repair System

Kongsberg Maritime Camera Group has designed, manufactured & delivered a new underwater video camera for use on an advanced subsea Remote Pipeline Repair System (RPRS). The cameras are specifically designed to monitor the welding arc and welding pass in an unmanned hyperbaric welding habitat, when operating to depths of 1,500msw.

The camera has been extensively tested & qualified for use in an argon gas environment during welding operations. An extremely wide dynamic range (WDR) image sensor is used, which provides the RPRS operating team real-time close-up viewing of the welding process while at the same time allowing detail of the adjacent welding pass to be seen with minimal image/visual degradation from the intensity of the welding arc. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime Underwater Image Competition Winners Announced

Kongsberg Maritime has selected the winners of ‘The Full Picture Photo and Video Competition’, which ran from 26th August until 30th November 2014. With iPad Minis on offer as prizes and the chance for some entries to be used in Kongsberg Maritime marketing activities, the company’s international camera user-base submitted a wealth of fantastic underwater stills and video. Visitors to the Kongsberg Maritime booths at this week’s Underwater Intervention 2015 in New Orleans and Subsea Expo 2015 in Aberdeen can see some of the best entries on display. Read more…

FEMME 2015 Call for Papers Extended As Delegate Registration Opens

Registration has opened for the FEMME 2015 conference, set to take place in Singapore on 17-19 November 2015. Kongsberg Maritime encourages its multibeam product users to register early to ensure their place on the 14th biennial Forum for Exchange of Mutual Multibeam Experiences (FEMME 2015).

The deadline for conference paper abstracts has been extended to 1st March 2015. The majority of the FEMME 2015 schedule is reserved for user presentations, giving the international hydrographic community a platform to engage colleagues with technical studies and application reviews. Read more…

Kongsberg Underwater Mapping Group Trains Future Hydrographers In Japan

Kongsberg Maritime has contributed to an extensive hydrography training course taking place in Japan. The company’s Underwater Mapping group supported the international cooperation effort by supplying training on state-of-the-art Kongsberg Maritime shallow water multibeam survey equipment.

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) invited eight participants from Australasian countries as far afield as Kirabati, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea to participate in a seven months group training course in hydrographic survey. The course was run by the Japanese Coast Guard and successful participants are accredited with the IHO Cat B survey category certification. Read more…

M3 Bathy Shallo Water Multibeam Approved To IHO S-44 Standard

Kongsberg Mesotech’s M3 Bathy System, a powerful, entry-level survey system for shallow-water bathymetric applications is now officially designated compliant with IHO S-44, a reference standard for companies engaged in hydrographic surveying, marine engineering or nautical charting.

The IHO compliance consists of various criteria including vertical accuracy and target detection standards. In order to assess IHO-S44 compliance, these criteria were tested during an experiment performed by the Ocean Mapping Group at the University of New Brunswick. Read more…

SAAB Chooses Kongsberg Sonar and Multibeam Systems For Swedish Submarines

Defence and security company SAAB has selected a cutting-edge Kongsberg Maritime hydroacoustic package for installation on two Swedish A19 submarines. The delivery will consist of SA9510S Mine Avoidance and Navigation Sonar for submarines and the leading EM 2040 Dual RX multibeam echosounder.

The main purpose of the SA9510S sonar is to detect mines, obstacles and the sea-floor in a wide swath ahead of the submarine. The sonar generates target warnings or alarms with sufficient time available to perform an avoidance manoeuvre. It is a vital tool providing information to crew for bottom navigation purposes and for submerged navigation. The SA9510S sonar has the ability to detect and display the bottom profile in several selected horizontal directions in front of the submarine. Mine-seeking and submerged navigation can be performed simultaneously. Read more…

A Record Year For Kongsberg Maritime Underwater Camera Orders

Kongsberg Maritime has reported that its Standard Products team generated more orders in 2014 than any single year before it. This record breaking performance was driven by the popularity of the Kongsberg Maritime OE14-370 Colour Zoom Camera and the long-standing support of many of the leading subsea survey, science and construction organisations, including Fugro, Oceaneering and Saab Seaeye.

Launched in 2013, the OE14-370 Colour Zoom Camera is designed to complement Kongsberg Maritime’s industry standard ROV inspection colour zoom camera, the OE14-366a. Using the latest CCD technology to give improved image definition and features including a built-in field memory for slower shutter speeds, a ‘snapshot’ capability and text insertion, the new OE14-370 proved popular with ROV operators immediately and its popularity continued to grow throughout 2014. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime: New Quick-Deploy ‘PulSAR’ Side Scan Sonar for SAR Operations

Kongsberg Maritime has introduced a new tow fish side scan sonar for use in Search and Recovery (SAR) missions as well as underwater inspection, engineering and scientific surveys. Developed by Kongsberg Geoacoustics and available now, PulSAR is designed for intuitive operation and easy deployment by non-specialised personnel, enabling effective short-notice surveys using vessels of opportunity.

The PulSAR system acquires high resolution acoustic images of the seabed using a compact, rugged stainless steel tow fish that is operated with a water protected (IP66) deck unit and small cable hand reel. The system can be deployed on small vessels such as open RIBs. Large areas can be surveyed efficiently revealing small objects and structures in great detail. PulSAR operates in a frequency range of 600 kHz to 1 MHz and both FM and CW source signals can be selected in order to optimise the range and resolution for the given survey task. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime: Aalesund University College Upgrades to All-New K-Sim Navigation Simulator

Aalesund University College has become one of the first Kongsberg Maritime simulator users to migrate to the cutting-edge new simulator technology platform, K-Sim Navigation. In a contract signed on January 6th 2015 following an open tender by the College, Kongsberg Maritime will deliver a new K-Sim Navigation aft and forward bridge configuration, which is DNV Class B compliant with an integrated DP2 simulator. Installation is scheduled for May 2015. The University College has also signed a contract for an upgrade of all hardware of the College’s existing KONGSBERG Polaris ship’s bridge simulators to K-Sim Navigation. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime Completes Supply of High Performance CCTV System Upgrade for USNS Zeus (T-ARC-7)

Kongsberg Maritime has successfully completed a project to supply a new Horizon Marine CCTV System upgrade for the ‘USNS Zeus’. The new system replaces the first large vessel CCTV System supplied by Kongsberg Maritime, originally delivered to the USNS Zeus in 2002.

The CCTV system has been fully upgraded in two phases culminating in final delivery in November 2014. The Kongsberg Horizon CCTV range is a scalable harsh environment marine platform that incorporates a combination of high quality in-house design with modified off the shelf (MOTS) video camera stations, telemetry and control components. Read more…

Enhancements On The International Space Station (ISS) On Its Way

After close to 350 million AIS messages from over 142 000 different unique ships, the highly successful NORAIS ship-detection system from KONGSBERG/FFI on the International Space Station is to be upgraded. The next generation NORAIS 2 has several enhancements compared to the original NORAIS and is scheduled to be launched on the autonomous space vehicle, SpaceX on December 19.

The Columbus AIS (COLAIS) experiment began in June 2010, detecting signals from Automatic Identification System (AIS) units, mostly carried on a mandatory basis by all commercial vessels. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime Launches New Bathymetric Image Competition

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that its latest bathymetric image competition starts today, December 1st 2014 and will run through to March 1st 2015. All Kongsberg Maritime bathymetric echosounder system users are invited to find out more and upload their images at http://kongsberg.webprosjekt.com/contest/

The best three images chosen by a Kongsberg Maritime panel of judges will win an iPad Mini. Additionally, the top 12 images will be used in the 2016 edition of the Kongsberg Maritime Subsea calendar. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime Launches K-SIM Navigation, The Next Step in Realism for Ship’s Bridge Simulation

Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled its latest generation ship’s bridge simulator, K-Sim Navigation, which meets the requirements of the most demanding navigation training for merchant, offshore and naval vessels. Designed for the future of advanced and integrated simulation training, K-Sim Navigation is based on a new cutting-edge technology platform enabling more realistic training scenarios and enhanced user benefits for both instructors and students. Read more…

New Compact High Resolution Monochrome Camera from Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime, a leading developer of underwater imaging products has launched an all new high resolution monochrome CCD camera. The OE15-100D camera is smaller yet has a deeper rated housing and wider Angle of View (AOV) in water than any of its predecessors, whilst maintaining KONGSBERG’s exceptionally high standard of build and image quality. Read more…

New environmental monitoring solution for gas hydrate exploration and production to be developed as part of ‘sugar’ EU project

Kongsberg Maritime Embient, with KONGSBERG partner company Contros Systems and Solutions, has been selected to develop and deliver innovative technologies and strategies for environmental monitoring during Gas Hydrate exploration and production as part of the EU ‘SUGAR’ (Submarine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs) project.

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology started the 3rd phase of the more than €10 million joint project SUGAR at the beginning of October 2014. The project is a ground-breaking initiative in Gas Hydrate exploration, production and monitoring. The third phase will last three years and will lead into a European venture with world-wide impact for Gas Hydrates as a new energy source. Read more…

Kongsberg to Deliver Ocean Observatories for Seabed Research

CAGE, Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate has selected Kongsberg Maritime to develop and deliver two ocean observatories. The observatories will be deployed off the coast of Svalbard (Norwegian islands in the Arctic Ocean) during 2015, to monitor methane leaks from the seabed. The contract for this project was signed 6th October 2014. Read more…

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