people & companies marine technology incubator that offers companies a place to start-up operations in the heart of the marine technology corridor. BIRNS chose the south east coast of Massachusetts due to its central location and ability to serve the growing concentration of marine technology companies in New England. According to a recent study by the University of Massachusetts there are nearly 500 marine technology companies located in MA, RI, CT, NH and Maine with some 60 percent of these located within about an hour drive from New Bedford. For more information visit www.birnsaquamate.com Applied Signal Purchases REMUS 600 Hydroid received a contract for a REMUS 600 system from Applied Signal Technology, Inc (AST), a provider of end-to-end systems for high resolution, wide-area seafloor mapping. The contract marks Hydroid's first contract for the REMUS 600 since expanding its licensing agreement with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to include the larger REMUS vehicles developed at WHOI's Oceanographic Systems Laboratory (OSL). Dan Sternlicht, AST's Acoustic Systems Department Manager, said "Current autonomous undersea vehicle (AUV) CONOPS store synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) data on vehicle hard drives, with beam forming and analysis occurring post mission. Integration of AST's low-power SAS processor directly onto the REMUS 600 motivates a fundamental rethinking of AUV operations. On-vehicle interpretation of SAS imagery will enable transmission of sortie reports while the AUV is still in the field, significantly speeding up data analysis and providing opportunities to affect missions in progress. AST is pleased to be working with Hydroid in the first demonstration of this transformational capability." Hydroid Ships 100th REMUS 100 System Hydroid LLC announced that with the recent shipment of a system to the New Zealand Navy they have shipped their 100th REMUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle system since the founding of the company five years ago. The REMUS system delivered in October is configured with a sensor suite specifically suited to meet the Navy's requirements for mine countermeasure activities (MCM). Representatives from the New Zealand Navy spent a week at Hydroid in Pocasset, Mass., participating in factory acceptance testing prior to shipment. For more information visit www.hydroidinc.com Hundreds of Acoustic Modems Shipped by LinkQuest LinkQuest Inc. has shipped hundreds of its underwater acoustic modems for applications worldwide in recent months, extending the market of its best-selling acoustic modem, which is based on Broadband Acoustic Spread Spectrum (BASS) technology. LinkQuest has shipped a large number of underwater acoustic modems for long-term fishery and environmental monitoring projects, forming some of the largest undersea acoustic communication networks in history. Long-range UWM3000 modems were installed for India's large Tsunami monitoring network, sending critical sensor data from the deep sea to surface buoys in real-time. Fugro, Seatronics, Ashtead and other commercial companies have purchased a large number of UWM2000, UWM3000 and UWM4000 modems for offshore oil filed applications. Numerous government organizations, large research institutions and universities, including USGS, NOAA, UK's Southampton Oceanography Center, Korea's KORDI, Germany's Baltic Sea Research Institute and National University of Singapore, have also placed orders for various models of underwater acoustic modems. For more information e-mail email@example.com 50 MTR Aker Kvaerner Awarded PPL Shipyard Contract Aker Kvaerner won a contract with PPL Shipyard Pte. Ltd. in Singapore for delivery of drilling equipment for a Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 jack-up drilling rig. The total contract value for Aker Kvaerner is approximately $15m The rig is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2008. January 2007
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