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Sonardyne acquires maritime specialist Chelsea Technologies will remain independent while greatly eading subsea technology benefiting from the added, engineering developer Sonardyne and financial support offered by this International Ltd, a leading acquisition, in addition to accessing subsea technology company, a broadened international reach. Of have acquired maritime and marine particular strategic importance is the science technology specialist Chelsea option we have to use Sonardyne’s Technologies Group Ltd. volume manufacturing capabilities to Chelsea, based in West Molesey, Surrey, (L-R) Chelsea’s Brian Phillips and satisfy our burgeoning order book for has a broad base in environmental sensing John Ramsden, Sonardyne maritime products.” technology spanning markets in fresh and In acquiring Chelsea, Sonardyne will waste water, oceanography and a wide both strengthen its presence in the maritime, marine and range of industrial applications. In addition to its optical ocean science sectors and create new opportunities in the engineering capability, it provides underwater acoustic water environmental, defence and process control markets. products to both civilian and defence customers. Chelsea will gain access to Sonardyne’s considerable Fuelled to no small degree by its involvement in the research, production, testing, compliance and global rapidly developing, maritime/green shipping markets, where it has introduced a number of new products, Chelsea distribution capabilities, allowing the company to access has seen considerable expansion over recent years. Its many more international territories.  innovations include FastBallast and Sea Sentry, used for “Chelsea, like Sonardyne, is a UK-based, privatelyship ballast water compliance testing and ship exhaust gas owned, technology driven company with a deep scrubber, wash water monitoring. understanding in software and sensor development,” says Sonardyne Managing Director John Ramsden. The acquisition is part of a long-term growth strategy “They have strong footholds in shipping, hydrographic for Sonardyne, to diversify into markets where it sees and ocean science markets, which complement our an opportunity to build on its core technology base and expertise in underwater acoustic and optical communications, capabilities. We believe there are exciting opportunities for us in these sectors, which will be part of our future navigation and autonomous monitoring systems.  growth.” Brian Phillips, Executive Chairman, Chelsea, says, “we

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Improving salmon management with HealthPortal ollaborative tool, iWise HealthPortal, recently launched in Norway, is a new tool aimed at improving the management of fish health in the salmon industry. The system has been developed by Benchmark in close partnership with two of Norway’s leading fish health service providers, MarinHelse and Akerblå. Ralf Onken, Head of Software at Benchmark says, “we are delighted to launch a new tool designed to allow effective collaboration between producers, health providers, third-party inspectors and suppliers across the Norwegian salmon sector. The HealthPortal is the result of successfully combining Benchmark’s diverse and international expertise, with our partners’ deep understanding of the particular conditions and challenges in Norway. We believe industry collaboration is critical to realise our vision for a more sustainable and resilient food system”. The iWise system allows farmers and producers to collect, visualise and analyse all of their health-related data and share this with their health partners, and third parties. Disease is one of aquaculture’s most limiting factors and the iWise HealthPortal is a critical tool in driving wellinformed action to improve fish health. Lene-Catrin Ervik, Director of Fish Health at Åkerblå, a Norwegian Fish Health provider, explains why they joined this initiative,“several of our big customers who produce salmon across multiple regions of Norway had expressed a strong need for collecting all their health data in one standardised way, storing it in one safe place, independent

of one particular health provider. From my experience as a fish health professional I know that creating a tool for the whole sector will be a gamechanger in the management of fish health at an industry level”. The iWise Health Portal is a cloud-based system that will improve efficiency in regular fish health work through automatically generated templates, tables and figures. It arrives already connected with established suppliers and plug-ins including FishTalk, Mercatus and The Aquaculture Register. Furthermore, Health Portal simplifies registration of data, report and journal generation required by food safety authorities and standards like Global GAP, and ASC. All information is stored on a secure database, users retain full ownership of their data and control over who they share information with. Per Anton Sæther, Fish Health Director at MarinHelse, also a partner in the project, says, “the HealthPortal is an important tool to safeguard the quality and efficiency of the work we do. Together we have worked hard to develop a dynamic fish health journal that also lets us disseminate health developments in an easy and clear way.”

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DEC 2018 - International Aquafeed magazine  

DEC 2018 - International Aquafeed magazine