April 2015


MacArtney and Sea-Bird Scientific join forces to supply winch, CTD, and sensor packages to multiple Turkish research vessels
The R/V Seydi Ali Reis, one of the Turkish ships taking advantage of the MacArtney/Sea-Bird Scientific partnership. 
MacArtney Underwater Technology and Sea-Bird Scientific are joining forces to deliver cutting-edge complete oceanographic instrumentation solutions to research vessel operators and other ocean science clients around the world. A good example of the growing success of this mutual effort can be found by looking at Turkey - where no less than four complete packages will find their way to research vessels within the scope of just one year.  

A key common denominator for the type of oceanographic package procured by these Turkish research clients is the powerful combination of MacArtney CORMAC Q winch systems and Sea-Bird Electronics CTDs and water sampling systems. In addition, clients can mix-and-match instrumentation from Sea-Bird Scientific's broad range of optical and water quality sensors from WET Labs and Satlantic to form a complete turnkey CTD package corresponding with their specific scientific measurement needs.  


According to Sea-Bird Scientific's President, Casey Moore, "by joining forces with MacArtney, we are able to provide complete solutions - from surface to seabed - assuring our clients that the best solutions are also the most convenient to implement".   


For the full story with more details on the new Turkish systems, please  visit Marine Technology News.

New Family of PAR Sensors   

We are pleased to announce the recent launch of new and improved versions of Satlantic's popular family of PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) sensors. Among the major improvements with the serial (digital) version are a more powerful controller capable of sampling at speeds of up to 100 Hz, integrated temperature and tilt sensors to support post deployment QA/QC analysis, and user-programmable analog voltage signal output (with selectable ranges on either linear or logarithmic scales). All these new features are packaged into smaller and lighter form factors for easier mounting on crowded sensor packages.


The new PAR sensor is now available in two versions optimized for the main field applications:

  • Shallow Acetron plastic sensor for profiles to 1000 m depth
  • Deep titanium version for profiles to 7000 m depth

The new PAR sensors now includes both analog and digital+analog telemetry for easy integration onto a wide range of sensor platforms, including Sea-Bird's SBE 911plus, SBE 25plus, and SBE 19plus V2 profiling CTDs.


For a complete list of features and specifications for Satlantic's new PAR sensors, please visit satlantic.com/PAR  

SeapHOx pH+CTD+DO Sensor Launches This Spring! 



The Sea-Bird Scientific SeapHOx combines the Satlantic SeaFET pH sensor with the Sea-Bird Electronics SBE 37-SMP-ODO MicroCAT CTD+DO sensor. With the SeaFET's field-proven performance and the SBE 37's pumped flow path and multiple anti-fouling technologies, the integrated package enables scientists to: 

          • Improve deployment duration, providing reliable CTD+DO measurements.
          • Integrate collection of pH data with the critical oceanographic and biological measurements of temperature, salinity, and oxygen.

The SeapHOx integration approach was originally developed by Dr. Todd Martz of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  A SeapHOx built by Dr. Martz' team is currently entered into the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE as a part of Team Durafet.


The SeapHOx will be available in late spring 2015.

Thetis Moored Profiler with Hazard Avoidance


The WET Labs Thetis Profiler is a submersible vertically profiling platform for use in coastal marine and fresh water environments.


The platform is designed to sample the water column distributions of physical, biological, chemical, and optical properties at a fixed geographical location over extended periods of time, providing sub-meter scale vertical resolution over the water column. It is designed to carry a number of physical, optical, and biological sensors, with expansion ports for up to a total of 8 instruments. Since the Thetis is a completely self-contained profiler, the recovery, deployment, and maintenance of the unit is greatly simplified. 

      • Designed for coastal and inland waters
      • Completely self-contained system with "winch-on-board" for precise vertical control
      • User-selectable sensors, sampling, and telemetry
      • Adaptable mission control
      • Survivability in rough seas
      • Small craft deployable
      • Single point-of-contact for service, support, and warranty


Environmental Versatility and Hazard Avoidance
The Thetis Smart Park feature is the ability to "hide" and provide safety against:



Watch a short video with the Thetis Profiler in action on our YouTube Channel! 

Meet The People Behind Sea-Bird Scientific  

David Murphy

Director of Science (Ocean Research Business Unit)


Dave received his B.S. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In his 24 years with Sea-Bird, Dave has had many responsibilities in production, R&D, training, software development, and calibration. As Director of Science, his current focus is on oceanographic sensor design, characterization, and calibration. He is responsible for providing science input for product development, SBE's Metrology work, oversight of SBE's calibration facilities, consultation with Sea-Bird's key customers, presentations at scientific conferences, and customer training.

Dave frequently travels for Sea-Bird, providing training to customers around the world and participating in customer cruises to field test Sea-Bird equipment under development.
Meet Dave at Ocean Business 2015, Booth L9.
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