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Open Seas Instrumentation Inc.

Company name(s)

Legal/Operating Name
Open Seas Instrumentation Inc.

Company contact information

Mailing address

124 Petpeswick Rd W
MUSQUODOBOIT HARBOUR , Nova Scotia
B0J 2L0

Location address

124 Petpeswick Rd W
MUSQUODOBOIT HARBOUR, Nova Scotia
B0J 2L0

Company Profile


Open Seas is a manufacturer of equipment for physical oceanographers and marine biologists.

Marine Biology products are various types of fully instrumented zooplankton sampling sytems. These are multiple net, with propietary datalogger and deck operating software. They include the Bioness, Mininess, RMT and Tucker Trawls.

The company also specializes in highly stable mooring systems for oceanographic instrumentation. The SUBS line is a system used for mooring current meters, ADCP's, acoustic and and optical instruments. By using patented streamlined buoys, the moorings are kept very stable, vortex shedding is virtually eliminating which substantially reduces mooring oscillation, and instrument data is significantly enhanced.

Open Seas provides trawl resistant bottom mounts for
instrumentation (primarily ADCPs and ADPs), significantly reducing fishing gear depredation.

Subs streamlined buoys have been configured as Sidescan tow bodies which allow sidescan sonar operators to work and obtain good data in sea
states that were previously impossible.

The company has recently introduced a line of low torque oceanographic swivels. These are primarily used on instrumented moorings. They are ball bearing, oil-filled, pressure compensated and low maintenence. Presently available in 1 tonne SWL, stainless 316 construction.
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Dan Wellwood
Title:
President
Area of Responsibility:
Management Executive.
Telephone:
(902) 889-3339
Facsimile:
(902) 889-3313
Email:
dan@openseas.com

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Country of Ownership:
Canada  
Year Established:
1993
Exporting:
Yes  
Primary Industry (NAICS):
334512 - Measuring, Medical and Controlling Devices Manufacturing
Primary Business Activity:
Manufacturer / Processor / Producer  
Number of Employees:
Product Name:
Bioness
Multiple Net Zooplankton Sampler.
Towed by vessel for either horizontal or oblique profiling.
One sq. metre mouth area.
10 net system, complete with CTD and flow meters.
Records discrete data sets for each net.
Capable of operating with or without conducting tow cable.
Complete with operating software.
Also see "Mininess" for .25 sq m system.

Product Name:
ADCP Moorings
Highly stable ADCP/ADP buoys are manufactured and in use world-wide. Standard models are available for RDI, Sontek and Nortek instruments.

ADCP/ADP moorings must be stable to obtain good data. The instruments cannot differentiate between current movement and instrument movement. Spherical mounts move from side to side due to vertex induced shedding. By using SUBS instrument buoys, shedding is virtually eliminated, and a highly stable
platform is provided, ensuring good data sets.

Product Name:
Trawl Resistant Shields
Open Seas introduced the first Trawl Resistant Shields for Blue
Water ADCPs, and continues to produce shields for both the older
larger instruments, and the newer small ACPs/ADPs. Several
models are available from small units for lower risk environments
up to full protection in the most demanding applications.

Product Name:
Tucker Trawl
An opening and closing mid-water trawl used for zooplankton
research. It is typically a single net system with either a 1.0m
or 2.5m effective mouth area, and is available either fully
instrumented including CTD and electronic fow and pitch sensors,
or with a mechanical closing activated by a messenger system.

Product Name:
IKMT Net
A mid-water trawl, used for zooplankton research. It is a highly
stable net system, not subject to mouth pitch changes at varying
tow speeds. It utilizes a depressor to maintain depth. This net
is typically open to depth.

Product Name:
RMT
The RMT is a Rectangular Mid-water Trawl, and typically has two
nets, one mounted above the other. Towed from a bridle above the
top net, it typically has an opening and closing top net with
effective mouth area of 2 to 2.5m, and a larger lower net, often
open to depth. A typical designation would be RMT 2+8,
indicating a top net of 2 sq m, and a lower net of 8 sq m, both
being effective mouth sizes. These systems are usually fully
instrumented.

A fairly large crane is required for deployment/recovery due to
the overall system size.

Product Name:
SUBS Buoys
SUBS Streamlined Underwater Buoyancy System is a product line consisting of streamlined buoys used on instrumented moorings. By eliminating the vortex shedding typical of spherical flotation, mooring movement is significantly reduced. This
eliminates the data errors and under-reporting which is commonly reported for mechanical and electro-magnetic and acoustic current meters.

SUBS are also being used on optical moorings, hydophone arrays
and sediment traps.

Models available for coastal deployment (<200m) and deep ocean
(to 6000m).

Product Name:
Sidescan Towing
A new and innovative method of towing sidescan fish, which allows
an operator to obtain very good data in heavy seas, where
previously it would not have been possible to operate a towed
system. Good data can be obtained up to Sea State 4. The system
also provides good bottom avoidance.

Significant operational savings can obtained when a vessel is not
idled by sea state.

Product Name:
Oceanographic Swivels
Swivels, Oceanographic. Low torque, pressure compensated for operation at any depth. Designed for low maintenence, and long life. Oil filled pressure compensated , AISI stainless 316 construction. Currently available in 1 tonne safe working load model.

Product Name:
Mininess
Multiple Net Zooplankton Sampler.
Towed by vessel for either horizontal or oblique profiling.
.25 sq. metre mouth area.
10 net system, complete with CTD and flow meters.
Records discrete data sets for each net.
Capable of operating with or without conducting tow cable.
Complete with operating software.
Also see "Bioness" for 1.0 sq m system

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Alliances:

  • Sales/Marketing

Strategic alliances:

Interested in joint R&D efforts in the fields of oceanographic
instrumentation and mooring technology.

Interested in obtaining foreign distribution in South America and
Europe.

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Classification codes

Dun and Bradstreet Number:
249944349 +
CAGE Code:
L5353
Third-Party Information Liability Disclaimer

Some of the information on this Web page has been provided by external sources. The Government of Canada is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information supplied by external sources. Users wishing to rely upon this information should consult directly with the source of the information. Content provided by external sources is not subject to official languages, privacy and accessibility requirements.

Contacts

Contact information

Dan Wellwood
Title:
President
Area of Responsibility:
Management Executive.
Telephone:
(902) 889-3339
Facsimile:
(902) 889-3313
Email:
dan@openseas.com
Description

Company description

Country of Ownership:
Canada  
Year Established:
1993
Exporting:
Yes  
Primary Industry (NAICS):
334512 - Measuring, Medical and Controlling Devices Manufacturing
Primary Business Activity:
Manufacturer / Processor / Producer  
Number of Employees:
Products, services and licensing

Product / Service / Licensing

Product Name:
Bioness
Multiple Net Zooplankton Sampler.
Towed by vessel for either horizontal or oblique profiling.
One sq. metre mouth area.
10 net system, complete with CTD and flow meters.
Records discrete data sets for each net.
Capable of operating with or without conducting tow cable.
Complete with operating software.
Also see "Mininess" for .25 sq m system.

Product Name:
ADCP Moorings
Highly stable ADCP/ADP buoys are manufactured and in use world-wide. Standard models are available for RDI, Sontek and Nortek instruments.

ADCP/ADP moorings must be stable to obtain good data. The instruments cannot differentiate between current movement and instrument movement. Spherical mounts move from side to side due to vertex induced shedding. By using SUBS instrument buoys, shedding is virtually eliminated, and a highly stable
platform is provided, ensuring good data sets.

Product Name:
Trawl Resistant Shields
Open Seas introduced the first Trawl Resistant Shields for Blue
Water ADCPs, and continues to produce shields for both the older
larger instruments, and the newer small ACPs/ADPs. Several
models are available from small units for lower risk environments
up to full protection in the most demanding applications.

Product Name:
Tucker Trawl
An opening and closing mid-water trawl used for zooplankton
research. It is typically a single net system with either a 1.0m
or 2.5m effective mouth area, and is available either fully
instrumented including CTD and electronic fow and pitch sensors,
or with a mechanical closing activated by a messenger system.

Product Name:
IKMT Net
A mid-water trawl, used for zooplankton research. It is a highly
stable net system, not subject to mouth pitch changes at varying
tow speeds. It utilizes a depressor to maintain depth. This net
is typically open to depth.

Product Name:
RMT
The RMT is a Rectangular Mid-water Trawl, and typically has two
nets, one mounted above the other. Towed from a bridle above the
top net, it typically has an opening and closing top net with
effective mouth area of 2 to 2.5m, and a larger lower net, often
open to depth. A typical designation would be RMT 2+8,
indicating a top net of 2 sq m, and a lower net of 8 sq m, both
being effective mouth sizes. These systems are usually fully
instrumented.

A fairly large crane is required for deployment/recovery due to
the overall system size.

Product Name:
SUBS Buoys
SUBS Streamlined Underwater Buoyancy System is a product line consisting of streamlined buoys used on instrumented moorings. By eliminating the vortex shedding typical of spherical flotation, mooring movement is significantly reduced. This
eliminates the data errors and under-reporting which is commonly reported for mechanical and electro-magnetic and acoustic current meters.

SUBS are also being used on optical moorings, hydophone arrays
and sediment traps.

Models available for coastal deployment (<200m) and deep ocean
(to 6000m).

Product Name:
Sidescan Towing
A new and innovative method of towing sidescan fish, which allows
an operator to obtain very good data in heavy seas, where
previously it would not have been possible to operate a towed
system. Good data can be obtained up to Sea State 4. The system
also provides good bottom avoidance.

Significant operational savings can obtained when a vessel is not
idled by sea state.

Product Name:
Oceanographic Swivels
Swivels, Oceanographic. Low torque, pressure compensated for operation at any depth. Designed for low maintenence, and long life. Oil filled pressure compensated , AISI stainless 316 construction. Currently available in 1 tonne safe working load model.

Product Name:
Mininess
Multiple Net Zooplankton Sampler.
Towed by vessel for either horizontal or oblique profiling.
.25 sq. metre mouth area.
10 net system, complete with CTD and flow meters.
Records discrete data sets for each net.
Capable of operating with or without conducting tow cable.
Complete with operating software.
Also see "Bioness" for 1.0 sq m system

Market

Market profile

Alliances:

  • Sales/Marketing

Strategic alliances:

Interested in joint R&D efforts in the fields of oceanographic
instrumentation and mooring technology.

Interested in obtaining foreign distribution in South America and
Europe.
Sector

Sector information

Classification codes

Dun and Bradstreet Number:
249944349 +
CAGE Code:
L5353
Last Update Date 2016-01-25
Date Modified: