Monday, February 20, 2017

Fresh Water Monitoring

OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

fast approaching, exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new technology developments to the ocean science community. Taking place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance, exhibition space at OINA 2017 is already over 90 percent booked. Teledyne Marine (booth #D20) will be out in force at OINA 2017 in San Diego CA. In addition to its full line of instruments, imaging, vehicles and interconnect products, the company will promote the newest product developments from across its brand portfolio including; the Teledyne Oceanscience rapidCAST underway

NOAA scientist recovers Fishers TOV towed video system after completing survey, Inset: Sterling Fire Department diver exits reservoir with their Fisher DV-1 drop video. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

a camera instead of a diver in the initial stages of an underwater search to save time and increase safety. They can make a permanent record of a dive site, search operation, underwater crime scene, or evidence. These video systems also help scientists study the health of the aquatic environment and its marine inhabitants.   One agency utilizing the underwater video system is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management. Their primary mission is to provide data and tools to other government agencies, private sector organizations, and the scientific community

Mike Wilson (Photo: ESS)

‘Early Adopter’ ESS Reaps Benefits of Renewables Switch

Subsea and engineering technology company Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd (ESS) said it had benefited as an ‘early adopter’ as it moved from its traditional focus in oil and gas in to the renewables and interconnector markets.   Banchory-based ESS forecast turnover in the current financial year will double to between £23-£25 million, with profits jumping to around £5 million and staff numbers growing from 35 to 50 employees.   ESS said it was responding to fresh opportunities to deploy its innovative technologies in emerging markets in the Baltic Sea, the Far East

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New Compass Module Simplifies Wind Sensor Integration on Buoys

Soundnine Inc., a manufacturer of sensors, inductive modems and real-time systems for marine research and monitoring, has introduced its new Inline Compass Module (ICM) that combines heading and tilt data with wind speed data from RS-232 wind sensors to produce a serial data stream of wind speed and vector-averaged wind direction on buoys or other moving platforms. It’s suited for upgrading existing sensor installations and can also be operated without a wind sensor as a digital compass and accelerometer. The ICM contains a three-axis magnetometer and accelerometer that measure heading and

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Nautilus Orders Hyperbaric Testing System

Optime Subsea informs it has signed a contract with a German manufacturer of VITROVEX deep sea pressure housings, Nautilus Marine Service GmbH, for the delivery of a new hyperbaric testing system simulating hydrostatic pressures found at water depths up to 13,000 meters.    The 19,000-psi hyperbaric pressure vessel will be manufactured by Optime Subsea in Notodden, Norway, located in the Norwegian subsea oil and gas cluster known as “Subsea Valley”.   The hyperbaric testing chamber will have a diameter of 700 mm and a height of 1,400 mm. It will be delivered and installed

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Teledyne Debuts New Controller and Firmware for APEX

Teledyne Webb Research has released the APF-11 controller and firmware as the new core of the Autonomous Profiling Explorer (APEX).   With nearly 8,000 floats deployed during the past 16 years, APEX has long been the workhorse of the Argo Program monitoring temperature and salinity in the upper 2,000 meters of the world’s oceans. Teledyne said its engineers designed the new controller and firmware to ensure APEX continues that role for years to come.   Recent Argo Program expansion to monitor upper ocean biogeochemical and optical properties carries the requirement for additional

Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Jaroslav Obu

Retreating Arctic Coasts Cause Drastic Changes

in this process increasingly blur the shallow water areas and release nutrients and pollutants. Yet, the consequences of these processes on life in the coastal zone and on traditional fishing grounds are virtually unknown. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) urge to focus our attention on  the ecological consequences of coastal erosion in the January issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to the scientists, an interdisciplinary research program is required, and must involve policy-makers as well as inhabitants of the

The innovative and efficient Incat Crowther design will ensure Sentinel will be on the job for decades (Photo: Vigor)

New Research Vessel Delivered to State of California

project began in February 2015, and the vessel was launched in October 2016, with sea trials occurring since the launch.   Principal Dimensions Length Overall: 18.3m Length Waterline: 17.1m Beam Overall: 7.3m Draft (hull): 0.9m Draft (prop or max): 1.1m Depth: 2.35m Construction: Marine grade aluminum   Capacities Fuel Oil: 1,700 liters Fresh Water: 470 liters Sullage: 190 liters Passengers: 20 Crew: 5   Propulsion and Performance Speed (Service): 18 knots Speed (Max): 21 knots Main Engines: 2 x Cummins QSB6.7 Power: 2 x 350hp / 260kW @ 2,800rpm Propulsion:

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Nod to Statoil for Norwegian Sea Drilling

The PSA has given Statoil consent to drill exploration well 6507/3-12 in the Norwegian Sea. Statoil is the operator for production licence 159B in block 6507/3 in the Norwegian Sea west of Sandnessjøen. The PSA has given Statoil consent to drill exploration well 6507/3-12 in a prospect named Mim. The drilling location is around 8 kilometres south-west of Norne, with the coordinates: 65o 58' 04" N 07o 56' 01" E Water depth at the site is 381 metres. Drilling is scheduled to begin in early January 2017 and will last 27 days. A possible sidetrack from the well will take a

Photo: Paul Unterweiser

Tech File: Blue Robotics BlueROV2

of nearly a dozen engineers and technicians working full time designing fresh new approaches to the challenges of ocean exploration. http://www.bluerobotics.com   The Author Paul Unterweiser is a retired U.S. Navy officer, USCG licensed master, ROV pilot and, for the last 10 years, president of Marine Simulation, a software company located in North Carolina specializing in developing training simulators for ROV pilot schools and other marine industry applications. http://www.marinesimulation.com     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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China’s New Polar Research Vessel under Construction

Construction on China’s new state-of-the-art polar research ship is underway at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China, with delivery scheduled for 2019.   In 2012, the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) awarded a contract for the concept and basic design of the research icebreaker to Aker Arctic, who tailored the design for specific scientific missions in the Arctic and Antarctic.   After the concept had been developed, Aker Arctic performed model tests in open water and ice at its Helsinki laboratory in order to verify the vessel’s performance. The basic design is now

New US Wave Energy Test Facility

capable of harnessing the significant wave energy resources along U.S. coastlines.   Up to $40 million has been awarded by the U.S. Energy Department for the design, permit and construct of the open-water, grid-connected national wave energy test site in Newport, Oregon.   The new Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site will be constructed by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University with a combination of federal and non-federal funds, and is scheduled for completion by early 2020.   The pre-permitted site was designed to meet the

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Uncontended Voice and Data Through TDMA Networks

; On November 1, 2016, Harris’ CapRock Communications commercial business was acquired by satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited in a cash transaction valued at $425 million.     (As published in the November/December 2016 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Boskalis to Reinforce Houtrib Dike

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces that the Dutch Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) intends to award the contract for the reinforcement of the Houtrib dike to Boskalis and its partner Van Oord. The contract carries a value of EUR 90 million of which Boskalis' share amounts to EUR 45 million. The project entails the reinforcement of the Houtrib dike on both sides with sand and rock over a distance of 25 kilometers. The activities will be carried out in the period 2017-2020. The dike reinforcement project is part the Dutch Flood Protection

MBARI engineer Brian Kieft with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on board the USGS vessel with the Tethys LRAUV, in the southern portion of Lake Michigan (Credit: Brett Hobson © 2016 MBARI)

AUV Mission in the Great Lakes

, and at this point in time the folks at MBARI are working on making that happen. And we would be very attracted to deploy [Tethys] again – potentially even somewhere else – if it can also measure fish abundance.”     (As published in the November/December edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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How to Find a Stuck PIG in a Subsea Pipeline

Finding a stuck PIG in your subsea pipeline, a step-by-step guide   Shutting down a subsea pipeline as a result of a PIG blocking up the system can cost a business tens of millions of dollars in lost production.    Industrial technology specialist Tracerco is on hand to guide you on remedying a blocked subsea pipeline as a result of a stuck PIG in the quickest time possible. Just follow these steps to find the solution:   1. Safety first A stuck PIG not only creates an immediate production issue which will impact on a business’ revenue, but it also has the potential to

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Obama Bans New Drilling off Alaska, Part of Atlantic Shore

region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region's harsh conditions is limited."   Canada will designate all Arctic Canadian waters as indefinitely off limits to future offshore Arctic oil and gas licensing, to be reviewed every five years through a climate and marine science-based life-cycle assessment.   The law under which Obama is acting enables a president to withdraw certain areas from leasing or drilling "for any public purpose," such as to limit the impacts of climate change, according to a legal briefing by the Natural Resources Defense

U.S. Sees China Returning Drone Soon

The United States expects China to return an underwater drone "relatively soon" after a Chinese naval vessel seized it in the South China Sea last week, triggering U.S. protests, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday. One scenario saw a U.S. Navy destroyer receiving the drone from China at an agreed upon location in the South China Sea, one of the officials said. Both officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said talks with China were progressing. The Pentagon says the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV) used unclassified, commercially available technology to collect

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Changing Climate, Oceans and America’s Fisheries

Across America, changes in climate and oceans are having very real and profound effects on communities, businesses and the natural resources we depend on, according to Dr. Richard Merrick is the chief scientist for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Fishing communities face extra challenges, as droughts, floods, rising seas, ocean acidification, and warming oceans change the productivity of our waters and where wildlife live, spawn and feed. And there is much at risk – marine fisheries and seafood industries support over $200 billion in economic activity and 1.83 million jobs

USNS Bowditch (Photo: U.S. Navy)

China to Return Seized US Underwater Drone

 China's Defense Ministry said on Saturday it plans to return an underwater U.S. drone seized this week by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea, but complained the United States was "hyping up" the incident.   The drone was taken on Thursday, the first seizure of its kind in recent memory. It prompted the Pentagon to go public with a diplomatic complaint, and drew criticism from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to take a more aggressive approach in dealing with Beijing.   The drone was collecting data about the salinity, temperature and clarity of

High-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders chartplotters Photo Lowrance

Lowrance Debuts High Powered HDS Multifunction Displays

a network of CHIRP transducers. In addition to integrated wireless connectivity that enables anglers to download software updates and map purchases directly to the unit, HDS Carbon features Bluetooth control of multiple Power-Pole shallow water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub 2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease with HDS Carbon using proven Lowrance navigation technology, built-in C-MAP Insight mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and compatibility with the most expansive selection of optional cartography

China Seizes US Underwater Drone in South China Sea

seizure "a remarkably brazen violation of international law."   U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Maybus cited a "growing China" as one of the reasons that the Navy needed to expand its fleet to 355 ships, including 12 carriers, 104 large surface combatants, 38 amphibious ships and 66 submarines.   The seizure will add to concerns about China's increased military presence and aggressive posture in the disputed South China Sea, including its militarization of maritime outposts.   It coincided with sabre-rattling from Chinese state media and some in its military establishment

Study to Examine Impacts of O&G Rock Dumping

sandbanks and associated fragmented smaller banks formed as a result of tidal processes as well as biogenic (Sabelaria spinulosa) reefs.    Intertek Energy & Water will use its extensive knowledge of the physical and biological environment of the North Sea, gained from 30 years working on marine and coastal infrastructure projects, to deliver this study for JNCC. The study will compare typical sediment profiles and characteristics associated with oil and gas rock dumping operations, with those within North Norfolk and Saturn Reef cSAC/ SCI. It will also assess the potential physical impacts

US Approves $25 Mln Radar Sale to the Philippines

The U.S. government has approved the sale to the government of the Philippines of two Sea Giraffe radars and related equipment, support and training for about $25 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Wednesday.   The Philippines requested the sale to improve monitoring of its territorial waters. The radars will be installed on two Philippines Navy ships and the principle contractors will be VSE Corp and Saab.   The radar sale will allow the Philippines to beef up its maritime security and helps reinforce an important U.S. regional security relationship at a time

EnerMech Secures Subsea 7 Australia Contract

EnerMech has been awarded its first contract by Subsea 7 in the Australian oil and gas market.   The mechanical engineering group will perform a range of subsea flowline and umbilical pre-commissioning on the Woodside-operated North West Shelf (NWS) Project’s Persephone project and North Rankin Complex in Western Australia.   The workscope includes flooding, hydro-testing and dewatering of flow lines & well jumpers and testing all hydraulic, electrical and optical cores on the main line umbilical, EFL’s and HFL’s with work expected to start this month (December).

Spotting the Zooplankton Observatory near Heligoland from the ship Neuwerk. (Photo Alfred Wegener Institute)

Researchers Develop Underwater Observatory

The vastness of the sea and its sometimes harsh conditions often pose a challenge to marine researchers. In the North Sea near Heligoland, scientists from the Thünen Institute for Sea Fishing, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht (HZG) have now installed an extraordinary device: an optical-acoustic underwater observatory. It is capable of capturing and automatically identifying the smallest marine life underwater - around the clock and even under conditions where no research ship can leave the port. Microscopically small creatures, fish larvae, jellyfish as

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Nutrient Pollution is Widespread in US Lakes -EPA

A recent study has found that nutrient pollution is widespread in the U.S. lakes, with four in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus, according to national assessment conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, lower oxygen levels, degraded habitat for fish and other life, and lower water quality for recreation. The National Lakes Assessment also found an algal toxin – microcystin – in 39 percent of lakes but below levels of concern. Low concentrations of the herbicide atrazine were found in 30 percent of

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U.S.House Passes New Water-Resources Measure

Today's passage of S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), formerly known as Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), by the U.S. House of Representatives, moves the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project closer to securing the authorization necessary to begin construction. "We applaud the House for passing this legislation before the end of the year, which is critical to modernizing ports and port-related infrastructure across the country," said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. "The South Carolina Delegation worked extremely hard to move this bill

Seabed Worker ROV Photo Swire Seabed

Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

investing in new assets and facilitating the company’s development and expansion in both current and new market segments,” says CEO, Swire Seabed, Arvid Pettersen.   Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, Swire Seabed is a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore, a diversified marine services conglomerate. Swire Seabed prides itself on its strong track record of undertaking a wide range of subsea operations and its team of highly experienced onshore and offshore specialists.   Swire Seabed’s other subsea vessels are Seabed Worker, Seabed Supporter and Seabed Prince

Aboard RSV Aurora Australis at the front of the Totten Glacier in 2015 – the first time a ship had been able to access the front of the Totten Glacier which is normally surrounded by thick sea ice. (Photo: Paul Brown)

Expedition to Study Ocean’s Role in Glacial Melting

understand how the Southern Ocean is changing and how these changes are likely to affect the East Antarctic ice sheet.   A team of around 30 scientists, technicians and PhD students from CSIRO, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC (ACE CRC), the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, and the Australian Antarctic Division will leave from Hobart on Australia’s icebreaker Aurora Australis today (Thursday).   Chief Investigator and CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere scientist, Dr. Steve Rintoul, said the team hopes to reach areas surrounding the Totten

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Troll Solution Wreck Removal Completed

Bay of Campeche when it listed, killing two workers.   Initial efforts were made to refloat and salvage the jack-up, though the Troll Solution collapsed and sank into the seabed in approximately 30 meters water depth, coming to rest within 2 meters from the active CAAN-A platform.   Enter marine services and salvage company Ardent, who then deployed assets from several countries, including the Conquest MB-1 crane barge and a 1,000-ton hydraulic wreck grab from the Netherlands, as well as further support vessels deployed from the U.S. and Mexico.   The Conquest MB-1 with a maximum

Slocum glider with 200 kHz AZFP echosounder under test (Photo: ASL Environmental Sciences)

Ocean Glider Equipped with Fishery Echosounder

NOAA's Beaufort Laboratory (National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Southeast Fisheries Science Center) collaborated with the Center for Ocean Technology and College of Marine Science of the University of South Florida to instrument an echosounder into an ocean gilder to extend surveys of pelagic and demersal fishes associated with rocky reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast U.S. Atlantic.   ASL Environmental Sciences (ASL) supplied a purpose-built 200 kHz single-frequency scientific echosounder, a modification of ASL's proven Acoustic Zooplankton and Fish Profiler (AZFP), to Teledyne

Installed thruster during shipdeck prelaunch check (Photo: Copenhagen Subsea)

Copenhagen Subsea: New Milestone for Thruster Reliability

Copenhagen Subsea A/S is introducing a new standard for testing subsea thrusters    The new standard for testing subsea thrusters implemented by Copenhagen Subsea A/S dictates a remarkable 1,000 working hours of continuous operation at maximum power. Once tested and validated, the thruster must still maintain full functionality and unaffected performance.   When operating in open water, the cost of a failing subsea thruster is critical. Every malfunction, delay or maintenance-break related to the subsea exploration vessel will set back the entire operation. Imagine for a moment this

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SMP to Supply Wet Bell LARS to Bergen University

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) has secured a contract with Norwegian company Alf Lea to supply a complete wet bell system to Bergen University.    Alf Lea approached SMP to design and manufacture a wet bell launch and recovery system (LARS) with supporting 20ft DNV containerized machinery and dive control.    All aspects of the project are to be designed, manufactured and tested by the company’s workforce at the workshop site located in Preston, Lancashire.   The wet bell LARS has been designed to operate within a compact footprint to minimize the

No Bids for 6th Oil Block in Mexico's Salina Basin

Mexico's oil regulator said there were no bidders for the sixth block tendered in the Gulf of Mexico's Salina Basin a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.     (Reporting by Adriana Barrera)

Chevron, Pemex, Inpex Win Block in Mexico Deep Water Oil Auction

Mexico awarded a consortium of Chevron, Pemex and Inpex Corporation the third block tendered from the Gulf of Mexico's Perdido Fold Belt off the U.S.-Mexico maritime border in a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.   Block 3 is a 651 square mile (1,686.9 square kilometer) block which the energy ministry says contains some 1.304 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in light and extra light crude. (Writing by Dave Graham)

China Offshore Oil Wins First Block in Mexico Deep Water Auction

Mexico awarded China Offshore Oil Corporation the first block tendered from the Gulf of Mexico's Perdido Fold Belt off the U.S.-Mexico maritime border, in a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.   Block 1 is a nearly 650 square mile (1,678 square km) block which the energy ministry believes contains some 625.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in extra light crude. (Writing by Dave Graham)

Total, ExxonMobil Win Block in Mexico Deep Water Oil Auction

Mexico awarded a consortium comprised by Total and ExxonMobil the second block tendered from the Gulf of Mexico's Perdido Fold Belt off the U.S.-Mexico maritime border in a historic deep water oil and gas auction on Monday.   Block 2 is a 1,149 square mile (2,976.6 square km) block which the energy ministry says contains some 1.440 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in light and extra light crude as well as natural gas. (Writing by Dave Graham)

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Tuco Debuts New ROV Support Boat

A new vessel design dedicated to the ROV support boat market has been unveiled by Denmark’s Tuco Marine: the new 15-meter ProZero ROV support boat is optimized as a working platform for underwater work, and work performed in support of divers and ROVs. These operations include underwater inspection, investigation, excavation, construction, repair or maintenance of machinery and structures, and the salvage of sunken property.  The ProZero 15 meter ROV support boat is designed with the optional feature, of being remotely controlled by a Remote Command System to enable unmanned piloting of

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Deep Ocean Engineering Introduces Digital Control Console

Deep Ocean Engineering has introduced its new digital control system, the Phantom Digital Control Console (Model# NIS-300), compatible with new and existing Phantom Firefly and P-150 Systems. The new design of this digital control console has fewer connectors and reduced weight. The unit contains real-time diagnostics and can be monitored, serviced and upgraded remotely, resulting in a lower cost of ownership. Other features include a digital pilot box, an integrated DVR with audio annotation, an optional USB gamepad control support, a text and graphic video overlay and a universal power supply (90

Howard Woodcock, Chief Executive, Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore wins Shell Contract

Bibby Offshore won a contract with Shell, due to commence in Q1 2017, that will see Bibby Offshore provide engineering and subsea construction activities in the Gannet G field in the Central North Sea.    Bibby Offshore is contracted to use utilize its multipurpose dive support and offshore construction vessel - Bibby Polaris - and its integral 1000 ton basket carousel to lay flexible pipe systems in water depths of approximately 95m.    The company has also collaborated with a third party operator who will carry out trenching operations after the initial workscope is complete.

A Hydrex diver bending propeller blades back in to shape (Photo: Hydrex Underwater Technology)

Propeller Repairs Increase as Winter Approaches

Hydrex Underwater Technology has registered an increase in the number of vessels experiencing propeller damage. Dave Bleyenberg, Hydrex Production Executive, explained: “While winter months usually result in an increase in propeller repairs, this normally occurs between January and March. But we have already attended a number of vessel inspections on propeller blades broken or damaged by ice or debris.” In November, a Hydrex team was called out to Taranto, Italy, to inspect a 27,500dwt general cargo ship, whose engineers had reported excessive vibration from its five blade, 5m

Size-frequency distributions for meteotsunamis for each Great Lake. (Credit: Bechle, A. J. et al. Meteotsunamis in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Sci. Rep. 6, 37832; doi: 10.1038/srep37832 (2016).)

Meteotsunamis: An Underrated Hazard in the Great Lakes

A team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has found that small, one-foot, tsunamis caused by thunderstorms (meteotsunamis) happen more than 100 times per year on the Great Lakes. Also, larger meteotsunamis of nearly three feet occur once per year on average.    The team headed by Adam Bechle, J. Phillip Keillor Fellow with the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and Wisconsin Sea Grant, and Chin Wu, UW-Madison professor of civil and environmental engineering, analyzed 20 years of data from 32 water-level stations on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes. Most meteotsunamis

Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy Photo Australian Government Media Release Service

$45 mln to bolster Reef Protection

The Australian and Queensland Governments are investing $45 million in an Australian first to improve water quality and reduce sediment run-off across the Great Barrier Reef. The $45 million Great Barrier Reef Gully and Streambank Joint Program will deliver a cohesive program of restoration work in key catchments including Burdekin, Fitzroy and Cape York. The joint program between government, the private sector, research institutions and conservations groups includes scientific investigation to understand the nature of gullies and the restorative activities required to fix them. Other work

Kristina Effler, Global Business Manager Photo Alfa Laval

Effler Appointed Business Manager, Alfa Laval PureBallast

Beginning December 2016, Kristina Effler will assist marine customers navigating ballast water treatment alternatives as the new Global Business Manager for Alfa Laval PureBallast. Effler assumes the role just as the global shipping industry prepares for the implementation of the IMO BWM Convention’s entry into force in September 2017.  Effler brings 12 years of experience in various positions throughout the Alfa Laval organization. Most recently, she served as the Global Business Manager for the PureNOx system within the company’s Marine Division. In this capacity, she was

Five UC San Diego Professors Named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nation’s largest general science organization, has awarded the distinction of fellow to 391 members, including five from Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California San Diego.   New fellows will be honored for “their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished” on February 18 during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. Continuing a tradition started in 1874, AAAS members are considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by a

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Tidal Demonstrator to Be Built by HydroQuest and CMN

with support from the University of Caen Normandie, involves installing an ocean-based 1 MW hydrokinetic tidal turbine at the Paimpol-Bréhat site, as part of an agreement with EDF, from the second half of 2017.   The project was selected in France’s call-for-projects, “Marine renewable energies and pilot river turbine farms”, funded by the State in the context of its Investments in the Future Program and operated by ADEME.   The demonstrator’s goal is to validate this machine’s performance under real operating conditions, with plans for commercializati

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New Project Uses Drones to Monitor Ship Emissions

Global maritime technology innovator Martek Marine said it has been included on a framework contract by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) services in the maritime environment.   EMSA was established for the purpose of ensuring a high, uniform and effective level of maritime safety and prevention of pollution by ships.   Due to the recent entering into force of the new limits for sulphur content of marine fuels since January 1, 2015, Directive (EU) 2015/253 of February 16, 2015 laying down the rules concerning the sampling and reporting

A drilling ship Polar Pioneer in the Chukchi Sea, August 2015 (Photo: Mark Fink / Shell)

Obama Administration Bars New Oil, Gas Exploration off Alaska

The Obama administration on Friday blocked new exploration for oil and gas in Arctic waters, in a win for environmental groups that had fought development of the ecologically fragile region.   The Department of the Interior released a 2017 to 2022 leasing plan that blocked drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off northern Alaska. It also limited petroleum development in the Cook Inlet off south-central Alaska.   Environmental activists have battled drilling in Alaska to protect whales, walruses and seals, and as part of a broader movement to keep remaining fossil fuels in the ground.

RockBLOCK has been integrated on specially developed wave buoys deployed on to sea ice floes in the Arctic and Antarctic by NIWA. (Photo: Rock Seven)

‘Small Satcom’ Aids Polar Climate Research

With the growing need to secure new data from remote and inhospitable areas of scientific interest balanced against commercial challenges and tough competition for academic budgets as a background, the U.K.’s Rock Seven is reporting an upsurge in its Iridium satellite communication products being used for environmental science applications in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Several successful deployments have proven the robustness of the company’s RockBLOCK and RockFLEET systems, the manufacturer said, highlighting its suitability for reducing costs not only in the research sector, but also

BISSO MARINE Completes GoM Dive Campaign

Full service offshore and subsea infrastructure services contractor BISSO MARINE said it has completed a two-month saturation diving campaign in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Using its 126.4m x 30.4m construction barge Bisso Subsea Vision, configured with a 12-man ABS Classed 300m saturation system, BISSO MARINE performed a variety of subsea infrastructure services including several subsea abandonments in water depths ranging from 91m to 220m.   Other scopes of work included a Reverse 'J' recovery of several miles of unpiggable 6" pipeline from 122m of water.  The 6" pipeline was

Environmental Dredging Seminar  Photo Damen

Damen Holds Environmental Dredging Seminar in China

Damen Shipyards Group has concluded an informative seminar on the subject of Environmental Dredging for key players in the Chinese dredging industry. The two-day seminar presented several new developments from the field of environmental dredging. More than 50 representatives from  over 20 Chinese dredging companies attended the seminar, which took place at the beginning of November. The event visited two of Damen’s Chinese yards:  Damen Yichang Shipyard on the first day and Damen Shipyards Changde on the second. “The invited companies included the big state-owned dredging

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New Subsea Encoder for Deep Water Operations

SCANCON Encoders has introduced its newly tested SCH68SUB model, an encoder designed specifically for subsea operations.   In recent years, exploration and production companies have focused on designing and installing subsea facilities, but one of the many difficulties they encountered was the inability of encoders to work in the subsea environment unless housed in a pressurized container. Recognizing the need for an encoder that could operate in this harsh ocean environment, Scancon developed the SCH68SUB, which it said is the industry’s first heavy-duty encoder for use in subsea operation

Bill Mildon, president Photo  Hydro Group Systems

Mildon Appointed President, Hydro Group

in Pinellas County, Fla.   With nearly 40 years’ experience in undersea product development from complex sonars to sensors and undersea cable and connectors, Mildon has held a number of senior positions, most recently as technical director at Nest Technical Services. He has led teams in submarine penetration designs, under water connectors and numerous fiber optic inter-connect products.   In his new role Mildon will be focused on shaping and delivering Hydro Group Systems to carry the same vision of Hydro Group Plc, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Along with developing this vision in

FlexMoT live monitoring software Photo Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

FlexMoT for Monitoring & Detection of Offshore leaks

Leaks on offshore platforms present a hazard to the marine environment and human health. The monitoring system FlexMoT will detect irregularities and provide a warning system for disasters. The system was presented at this year’s OCEANS’16 in Monterey.   (Rostock/Darmstadt/Graz) Accidents in offshore oil & gas drilling are dangerous. The damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago shows how high the costs can be for nature and those responsible. Now, a solution was presented at this year’s OCEANS Conference.   FlexMoT is an

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Iver3-AUV Plays Active Role in Unmanned Warrior

OceanServer Technology recently participated in the first ever Unmanned Warrior (UW) in Loch Alsh, Scotland. Part of Joint Warrior, the semiannual, U.K.-led training exercise is designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare setting in which to prepare for global operations . The event also provides a stage research and training on the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Multiple Iver AUVs were put in active roles by members of the Royal Navy, U.S. Navy and the Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

Tandem L is the name of a new satellite radar system Photo Alfred Wegener Institute

New Satellite Technology Boosts Glacier Research

layer of the glaciers and ice sheets from space and to map Their inner structure. in addition, we can therefore measure the changes in the glacier surface with tandem L ", says Professor Angelika Humbert, Head of the Glaciology Section at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). For the tandem-L mission, she and her team had INITIALLY Analysed data from the already operating satellites TerraSAR-X and tanDEM-X. On the basis of this, theywere able to develop methods of analysis and filtration That Could be used to understand the origin of the structures

Barry Macleod, managing director Photo Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore Wins Shell Subsea Deal

Bibby Offshore, the leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has this year been awarded two contracts from Shell to provide inspection services on assets in the Corrib Natural Gas field in the North Atlantic Ocean.   The first contract, completed in June this year, saw Bibby Offshore’s construction support vessel Olympic Ares - equipped with Quantum Work Class and SeaEye Cougar Inspection Class ROVs - perform subsea inspections 83km off the North West coast of Ireland, in water depths of approximately 360m.   The 40 day campaign involved pipeline survey inspectio

From left to right: Alastair Pettie, Rune Haukom, Steve Nell, Shaun Ortell, Pierre Marais, Wojtek Kowalczyk  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Opens South African Facility

turns toward maritime resources as part of ‘Operation Phakisa’; a program implemented to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans. Kongsberg Maritime’s diverse technology portfolio can support all major pillars of the Operation Phakisa maritime program, including: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, marine protection and ocean governance/monitoring.   The Kongsberg Maritime South Africa facility currently combines office and warehouse space in addition to a testing lab, with plans already in place to open training facilities

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SeeByte Supports Unmanned Warrior Operators

SeeByte, developer of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, announced its participation in Unmanned Warrior. SeeByte was involved in four threads: Automatic Target Recognition (ATR), Command and Control, Collaborative Autonomy and Smart ROV Control. As part of this exercise, SeeByte supported the U.S. Navy Lab of Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC-PCD), Defence Research and Development Canada, an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence, and the U.K.’s Defence Science and Technology Lab (Dstl).    Together with ASV Global, Bluebear, and

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