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Okeanus Announces Acquisition of DT Marine Winches

Winches are available for individual rental or part of a Launch and Recovery Package.

HOUMA, La. – Okeanus Science and Technology, LLC (Okeanus) is pleased to announce the addition of three types of DT Marine winches to its fleet of oceanographic and marine scientific rental equipment. The winches can be outfitted with various types of cable and synthetic rope to perform nearly any job requiring the launch and recovery of subsea equipment and assets.

With three horsepower options available for rental (25, 50 or 125 hp), Okeanus’ selection of winches feature line pull capacities ranging from 4,000 to 20,000 pounds. The 25 and 50 hp winches, typically included in rental packages with smaller equipment, can be spooled with 2,000 m and 6,000 m of ½-inch line respectively, while the 125 hp model can be spooled with 6,000 m of .680-inch line for dependable towing and launch of large pieces of equipment.

Each model is highly reliable and simple to operate, and can be outfitted with a variety of coaxial cable, wire rope or synthetic rope to tow survey equipment or perform sampling operations. Winches are available for rental individually or as part of one of Okeanus’ customized Launch and Recovery packages, which includes an accompanying A-Frame, Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU), hydraulic hose and valve kit, and appropriately sized block to match the cable type in use. A Launch and Recovery equipment rental package can be tailored to suit nearly any project’s specifications.

“We at Okeanus are pleased to add this fleet of DT Marine winches to our equipment rental catalog as another way to continue to serve the subsea and oceanographic research and survey markets,” said Benton LeBlanc, Vice President and General Manager of Okeanus. “By providing all critical components necessary for the successful launch and recovery of underwater assets, Okeanus creates value for its customers from the deck to the seafloor by giving them the ability to lease these assets rather than having to purchase them.”

Okeanus Announces Acquisition of GyroUSBL

The high-precision tracking and positioning tool is now available for rental.

HOUMA, La. – Okeanus Science and Technology, LLC (Okeanus) is pleased to announce the addition of the Sonardyne Ranger 2 GyroUSBL (GyroUSBL) system to its fleet of oceanographic and marine scientific and research equipment. The GyroUSBL is used for acoustic positioning of underwater equipment by providing a highly precise, real-world geographic coordinate position from below the surface.

The GyroUSBL is designed for high-precision target tracking to a range of 4,000 m, as well as for dynamically positioned (DP) vessels. Due to its built-in gyro, the USBL can be quickly and readily deployed without the need for post-installation calibration, providing significant savings in time and operational costs. The integrated Lodestar Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS)/Inertial Navigation System (INS) provides precise recording of all motion and acoustic data, heightening positioning accuracy and effectively removing many sources of error associated with standard USBL systems.

The highly portable GyroUSBL can be installed on nearly any size vessel and provides value across such subsea platforms as installation, target tracking and surveying. New 6G acoustic communication eliminates on-deck downtime by enabling the acoustic reconfiguration of beacon settings; 4,000m and 1,000m omni-directional beacons are available. The recent acquisition of the GyroUSBL is a testament to Okeanus’ reputation as a premier provider of specialized, state-of-the-art subsea rental equipment solutions across numerous applications.

“We at Okeanus are excited to announce the addition of the GyroUSBL system to our fleet,” said Okeanus Vice President and General Manager Benton LeBlanc. “Its capabilities provide us another opportunity to help our customers allocate their valuable capital resources toward completing their projects on time and on spec without the need to invest in physical assets that require repositioning in the future to provide value.”

Okeanus Science and Technology, LLC is a premier provider of state-of-the-art hydrographic, metocean, flotation, water collection and geophysical equipment rental services and solutions.

Okeanus Announces Hire of New Vice President and General Manager

Benton LeBlanc will work to expand product line and service offerings for the firm.

HOUMA, La. – Okeanus Science and Technology, LLC (Okeanus) is pleased to announce the addition of Benton LeBlanc. As Vice President and General Manager, LeBlanc will be responsible for helping further develop the Okeanus brand and expand the company’s product line and service offerings. He brings extensive management experience in the financial and procurement sectors of the marine industry as well as the offshore equipment rental business.

As a facilitator of both strategic and organic growth, LeBlanc will be responsible for day-to-day operations of Okeanus, expansion into international markets, and management of the firm’s customer base.

“I look forward to cultivating Okeanus’ reputation as a premier worldwide provider of rental solutions for the subsea and oceanographic market. We hope to become an integral part of our clients’ customer service and asset utilization strategies by leveraging industry knowledge and high-quality support,” LeBlanc commented.

Okeanus Takes Delivery of Deepwater Box Cores

Custom-designed, deepwater box cores available for lease through Okeanus

Okeanus Science and Technology LLC (Okeanus) is pleased to announce the addition of custom-designed, deepwater box cores to its catalog of equipment available for lease. As part of its suite of equipment, Okeanus offers clients a variety of box cores sizes. The most recent additions to Okeanus’ box core line are the largest class offered for leasing and have openings measuring 50 cm x 50 cm with a depth of approximately 60 cm. Fully laden by weights, the new box core design weighs nearly 1,200 lbs. The design of this box core allows single increments of up to 20, 35-lb weights to be easily added or removed from the frame. This ability to adjust the weights helps manage the penetration depth of the box core and increases the chance of obtaining an acceptable box core sample in a variety of sediment densities.

By combining a box core and a winch spooled with synthetic line, Okeanus can provide clients with a superior deepwater sediment sampling package. The addition of an Ultra Short Baseline System (USBL) and navigation package allows for exact geographic recording of where the box core makes contact with the seafloor and may be used to steer the box core to a preselected location. For biological sampling efforts, Okeanus carries custom-designed infaunal sieving stations that greatly cut down on the time required to process a sample.

All of these systems and others are available from Okeanus in Houma, Louisiana. For further information, please call (985)-346-4666 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Okeanus Science & Technology, LLC, formed in 2013, is an organization wholly focused on providing the oceanographic professional with all of the tools necessary to complete a project on time and on budget, no matter the water depth or location.

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11989-A FM 529
Houston, TX 77041, USA

+1 713.460.1400

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2261 Denley Road
Houma, LA 70363, USA

+1 985.346.4666

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