On midnight on March 24, 1989 the United States suffered the second worst oil spill in U.S. History. That was when the Exxon Valdez hit ground while navigating through very shallow waters. In addition to the Exxon Valdez and more local oil spills and cruise ship groundings, there was an epidemic of Atlantic Right Whales and other marine mammals being hit and killed by vessels. It was obvious that a new generation of navigation tools was needed and in 2001, Rhode Island based company FarSounder was born.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wore an incredulous look.
He’s a sailor. He knows that a depth sounder lets you know how deep the water is and he knows how useless that information can be once you’ve hit a rock.
But last Wednesday, he was being shown a device that not only informs mariners what’s ahead under water, but what it might be.
Whitehouse was intrigued.
The tragedy of the luxury cruise liner Costa Concordia, which capsized on the rocks off the coast of the Italian Island of Giglio on January 13, should remind us that collisions at sea are not rare.
BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Rhode Island State House goes green on Saturday, Nov. 5 for the second year at the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association's (RIMA) 10th annual fundraising gala, A Golden Moment for Rhode Island Manufacturing. The gala will showcase the many success stories that local manufacturers have to tell, despite the challenging economic climate.
Underwater Security From Farsounder
Security below the waterline gets a boost from FarSounder. The Rhode Island company, known for its forward-looking sonar, has developed a swimmer detection system for large yachts. The system uses five or more transducer modules located in strategic positions around the yacht so the beams slightly overlap.
JAMESTOWN — Boaters shouldn’t be ridiculed if they fear the dark, particularly when it cloaks things large enough to crush a hull.
That’s where sonar technology comes in, which detects underwater objects and measures water depth by emitting sound pulses and noting their reflected return.
Chris Ash of Sandstrom Carbide told U.S. Sen. Jack Reed Monday morning that shortly after he and his father redesigned their Warwick company’s website, “one day, I got a call from Siberia.”
Now, the company that specializes in machine products and components is examining whether it can create a part that the Russian businessman believes has the potential to be used in machines all over the world, Ash told Reed at a roundtable of business leaders and Bryant University officials.
The grounding of the tug Pathfinder on 23rd December 2009 was nothing really momentous in the great scheme of maritime casualties that happen regularly and continually on a global basis. No, what made this incident particularly newsworthy was the location, Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The same spot where the Exxon Valdez came to grief over 20 years ago.
Superyachting often pioneers systems that then filter down to everyday use
Superyachting is to sailing what Grand Prix Formula One is to motoring. It is at the top end of each activity that technology is pioneered and then filters down to everyday use...Devices that show underwater obstacles in 3D are useful when trying to pass through a reef or find a spot to anchor.
Sonar to save the whales (Boston stopover)
Das Forward Looking 3D Sonar System (FS-3 DT)
VEINLAND | ”Das Forward Looking 3D Sonar System (FS-3 DT)” mit Dual Transmission™ Technologie kann als Teil der Navigationsausrüstung von Schiffen zur Erhöhung der Sicherheit im Seeverkehr beitragen. Eingebaut im Bug eines Schiffes dient es dabei u.a. zur Erkennung von Hindernissen unterhalb der Wasseroberfläche. Vertriebs- und Servicepartner der vorausschauenden 3DSonar Systeme in Deutschland ist die Veinland GmbH, Seddiner See/Neuseddin.
FarSounder's sonar detects lurking navigation hazards
Going bump in the night is never fun. Though that’s what a lot of fishing boats do when they make the run up Alaska’s Inside Passage. It’s especially true in early spring when the rivers are running high, pulling logs off the banks and then dumping them into the narrow waterways lying between the shores of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska and the bordering coastal islands.
A new style of 3D sensor hopes to do for sonar technology what radar and GPS has done for surface navigation
Many different types of marine sonar are in use today. Some use one narrow, downward-looking beam, such as depth sounders and fish finders. Others only see a narrow slice of water. Examples of such 2D systems include sidescan sonar and small craft navigational sonars. Effective obstacle detection and avoidance, however, requires continuously updated range, bearing, and depth information on all of the underwater hazards in front of a ship.