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Easing the exploration of uncharted waters

Superyacht News

A look at the latest navigation technology that is enabling yachts to go further afield while also cruising safely.


Although very little of the world’s oceans remains uncharted, depending on when an area was last surveyed, varying degrees of reliability means vessels are not able to rely solely on charts wherever they are in the world. The number of changes to the seabed floor dictates that a chart based on a survey from the beginning of the Admiralty, for example, is not likely to be accurate today. While commercial routes are kept relatively up to date by official charts, many parts of the oceans are inadequately surveyed from a yachting point of view...

Trends in Luxury Expedition Cruising

Cruise Critic

Cutting-edge Technical Equipment


Jill Schensul

Cutting-edge technology isn't just about toys. The luxury expedition ships of the next few years are safer and more ecologically friendly than ever before.

All new-builds, for instance, will use the latest "zero speed stabilizers," results in ships that remain steady in the water, even when at a standstill, which makes boarding Zodiacs and kayaks easier, as well as keeping mal de mer at bay aboard ship.

Development of Underwater Sonar as a Technique for Assessment and Classification of Pelagic Fish in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Institute


Principal Investigator: Austin Humphries (URI CELS/GSO)

Collaborators: Jason McNamee (RI DEM), Matt Zimmerman (FarSounder, Inc.), Jeremy Collie (URI GSO), Mike Jech (NOAA – NMFS)

Funding Source: Rhode Island Research Alliance

Collaboration for Safe Exploration

Future Cruise

Innovation in cruising is in full bloom. As cruise ship operators continue to seek out new, exciting experiences for their customers, they are rapidly expanding their offerings of exclusive destinations. Their customers are demanding unique itineraries which, in turn, demand the most advanced technologies to bring them there and back safely.

The technology behind extraordinary itineraries

International Cruise & Ferry Review

FarSounder’s Forward Looking Sonar identifies obstructions in the water up to 1,000 metres ahead, helping operators to keep ships, guests and crew safe.

Expanding their business to provide expedition cruises is a smart investment for cruise operators. However, while passengers crave unspoiled landscapes, chartered routes throughout polar regions and tropical hideaways are limited at best.

3D FLS & Navigating the “New Norm”

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

As more cruise vessels traverse the waters near the poles, we look at the tech designed to navigate safely.


Marianne Molchan, President Molchan Marine Sciences

NASA scientists call the accelerated melting of polar sea ice the “new normal,” an ice melt that has created an unprecedented increase in unexplored and uncharted waters. January 2017 satellite imagery revealed the lowest number of square miles of sea ice measured in the previous 38 years of record, and 100,000 square miles less than 2016. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists estimate that within the next two decades the Arctic Ocean will be free of multi-year ice in the summer.

Marine News - MN 100 Companies

Marine News


Pic1THE COMPANY: Since 2001, FarSounder has been perfecting a sonar that could show mariners where the water is safe to navigate. Their innovative 3D FLS, built in house from the ground up, now allows vessels to look ahead and navigate with confidence. Radar, depth sounders, ECDIS, and electronics charts with GPS are missing an important piece of information: What is under the water in front of my ship right now?

E-navigation and advanced radar gain momentum on the bridge

Passenger Ship Technology

Passenger Ship Technology


Martyn Wingrove

Wärtsilä, Sperry Marine and Raytheon Anschütz have advanced their bridge technology, while passenger ship operators can add extras such as FarSounder’s echosounder or ChartCo’s ECDIS overlays...

...Farsounder’s forward looking sonar can be included in integrated bridge systems. It enables navigators to see what is in front of them underwater in 3D and in real-time. Farsounder’s technology can reach up to 1,000 m in front of the ship and can detect icebergs, reefs, shipping containers, large whales and other navigation obstructions.

Anything 2D Forward Looking Sonars can do, 3D can do better?

Superyacht Technology Digital Magazine

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We pit 2D against 3D to understand what we can expect from different Forward Looking Sonars

With more and more exploration yachts choosing to operate in challenging environments, the risk of collision with poorly charted obstacles, wrongly placed obstacles (due to GPS malfunctions), or transient obstacles such as ice and submerged shipping containers, increases significantly. Groundings with large underwater structures such as rocks, reefs, sandbanks and shoals are unfortunately significant risks. And the annual costs of groundings and collisions run up into the billions every year.

Changes to Data Sourcing in Modern Times

Hydro International

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The New Data Paradigm


Marianne Molchan

Seaports, waterways and climate are inextricably linked. Weather anomalies change bottom contours and destroy aids to navigation compromising safety. In the past decade, maritime applications, maturingFinal Figure 1 marine technologies and crowdsourcing have given mariners access to near-real-time hydrographic data.

The Sea Less Travelled

The Crew Report

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Marianne Molchan

With more superyachts cruising atypical waters, the dangers presented by insufficient chart data are increasing. Marianne Molchan, president of Molchan Marine Sciences, looks at the role of forward-looking sonar and how it could be a game changer for the adventurous owner-captain team.

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Work locally, succeed globally

Providence Business News

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Cheryl M. Zimmerman

ANYONE who knows us has heard my mantra of "stay focused on our company goals." From the beginning, our goal has been to see our Rhode Island-made navigation sonars become the internationally recognized safety tool for ships navigating on all the world's oceans and inland waterways.One Last Thing_PBN Article