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Fish Tracked from DNA 'Finprints' Left in Waters off New York

Scientists have tracked fish off New York by following the traces of DNA left in the water, a technique that could help gauge life in rivers, lakes and the oceans around the world, a study showed on Wednesday.   Fish leave bits of slimy skin, scales and excretions as they swim around - clues that let scientists detect 42 different species of fish including herring, bass and eels in water drawn from the Hudson and East Rivers off Manhattan, it said.   "Rather than get a big boat and a big net ... we just tied a bucket onto a rope and threw it into the river," lead author Mark

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New Personal Submarines Unveiled

Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx introduces five new research submarines that open up the deep to private explorers and oceanographic research organizations.    The deepest diving submersible of the new C-Researcher series is the two-person C-Researcher 2, which has an operating depth of 2,000 meters.    The two-person model also comes in a 500 meter rated version, while the three-person designs are built for 480 meters, 1,100 meters and 1,700 meters.   Two key innovations on the C-Researcher submersibles are the Pressure-Tolerant Lithium-ion battery technolog

Supervisor Greg Cox at the grand opening of the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market in San Diego in August 2014. It is a great success story in the local Blue Economy. (Photo: The office of Supervisor Greg Cox)

Greg Cox: Growing the Blue Economy

While San Diego is a historical maritime hub, with enviable weather and direct deepwater access to the Pacific Ocean, the growth of its “Blue Economy” needed a single, seemingly simple push. A name.   “I think a big part (of the growth and evolution in the Blue Tech Economy) is that it has a name now,” said Supervisor Greg Cox. “Five years ago if you would have asked me what I think about the blue tech economy, I might not have known what you were talking about. Having a name that ties in all of the companies and employment opportunities, having a name gives us a

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SoCal Tech Focus: Global Ocean Design

in Global Ocean Design’s line of benthic landers, range-and-bearing-to-target locating beacons, moisture removing vacuum purge systems, pressure-activated switches, polystyrene instrument spheres, burnwire release devices and more.    The Nanolander, is a self-contained exploratory vehicle utilizing 10” buoyancy spheres for long duration benthic and mid-water exploration and monitoring using third party sensors packages, from such manufacturers as SeaBird and RBR. Two versions are available, rated for 1km or 10km depths. These are widely deployable from ships of opportunity

SoCal Tech Focus: Tecnadyne

For more than 30 years Tecnadyne has been a leader in the worldwide subsea robotics industry, manufacturing underwater brushless DC propulsion systems, rotary and linear actuators, pan and tilt positioners, hydraulic power units, position sensors and pressure compensators for use on remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), manned submersibles and other subsea platforms. Many ROV manufacturers (including ECA Robotics, Deep Ocean Engineering, Outland Technology and Shark Marine, to name a few) use Tecnadyne thrusters on their vehicles. Tecnadyne products are presently

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ASV Global Opens Mission Control Center

, U.K., forming a hub for the company’s ongoing development of its ASView autonomous vessel control system.   The new center, officially opened by Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, is capable of operating and monitoring the company’s fleet of autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) all over the world using satellite communication links, and will also be used for operator training and simulation exercises.    The center has been partly funded under Innovate U.K. funding awarded to the company in 2015 under a project called ‘Unmanned Safe Maritime Operations

Firmware Updates for NOVATECH iBCN (Iridium Beacon)

MetOcean Telematics has released a new firmware update adding new capabilities to the iBCN (Iridium Beacon).   The firmware updates build upon the iBCN’s power efficiency and ability to be reconfigured via over the air commands. The update contains numerous improvements based on suggestions and feedback received from iBCN users. These include GPS status check, power up quick reports, transmission of current GPS location, LiNC integration and message format.   GPS Status Check — Allows the beacon to use GPS satellites as a method to recognize it has surfaced. With this feature

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Polarcus Amani Delivered to Sovcomflot

 A 5.5 year bareboat charter agreement between Polarcus Limited Norwegian subsidiary Polarcus Amani AS and SCF GEO AS (Sovcomflot) has been signed, and the vessel delivered to Sovcomflot in Bergen.   The vessel was delivered without streamers, providing the Polarcus fleet with one excess streamer package, which the company said will significantly reduce its capital expenditure requirements through 2017 and 2018.   The Polarcus Group now has two vessels on long-term bareboat charter and operates a fleet of four vessels in the contract market.   Duncan Eley, Group CEO said

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OPTECH South 2017: Littoral Challenges in Colombia

Concepts and Technologies Examined at Sea and Ashore    Naval experts from around the world are meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Operations and Technology (OPTECH) South 2017 conference.  The event is being conducted by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Littoral Operations Center (LOC), supported by the Office of Naval Research-Global and the Colombian Naval Science and Technology Office and Swedish defense company Saab.   The littoral is the complex “near shore” environment where hydrography, geography, commerce, fishing, mining, boundaries

Saipem's new Innovator 2.0 ROV (Photo: Saipem)

Work Class ROVs

An invaluable resource for the marine industry, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) perform a multitude of tasks, from pipeline inspection to subsea construction, often equipped with an array of cameras, sonars, sensors, manipulators and other tools to go to work where divers cannot. Power and payload, ruggedness and reliability: these are crucial to the heavy class ROVs examined here in part 2 of MTR’s ROV technology series.   DOER Marine DOER’s H3000 is a midsize work class ROV. Designed for multimission use from a variety of platforms, the H3000 is well suited to underwater tasks

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Hull Cleaning Robot Deployed in Rotterdam

Recently the hull of the vessel Vlieborg from Wagenborg has been cleaned in the Port of Rotterdam by Fleet Cleaner and OH Ship Cleaning. The vessel was heavily fouled with slime and algae, which were all removed from the hull and captured by the installation. The collected wastewater was carefully filtered in order to comply with environmental regulations. Since the Vlieborg was not loaded during the cleaning, a large portion of the fouled hull had to be cleaned above water. Onno Steenweg, superintendent at Wagenborg, emphasizes the importance of above water cleaning: “Because most of the

Skandi Búzios (Photo: TechnipFMC)

PLSV Skandi Búzios Begins Work off Brazil

Skandi Búzios, a pipelay support vessel (PLSV) owned 50/50 by a joint venture formed between TechnipFMC and DOF Subsea, has commenced an eight-year charter contract with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), as scheduled on April 13, 2017.   Skandi Búzios is the sister ship of the Skandi Açu, which started its charter contract on August 13, 2016. These two vessels each have 650 tons flexible pipelay tension capacity, enabling the installation of large diameter flexible pipes in the ultra-deepwater Brazilian pre-salt area.   Under the joint venture agreement

The WIN WIN Concept. (Image: DNV GL)

WIN WIN: Wind Powered Oil Recovery Concept Progresses

The DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. The project is currently moving into its second phase, which includes refining and testing the electrical systems, and investigating possibilities for broader applications. The project consists of four partners: DNV GL, ExxonMobil and ENI Norge – all part of the first phase – and the Norwegian Research Council – a new participant for this second phase.  The first phase of the project determined

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ECA Group to Deliver ROV for Dams Inspection in China

ECA Group said it will provide a H300 remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to the Guangdong Research Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower, in China, to aid in inspections of hydro-electric dams and related power plant.   Hydraulic dams require inspection, and the use of ROVs help to permit ongoing survey, thus avoiding the emptying the upstream reservoir constraint.   Parts to be monitored and inspected are most frequently the dam wall itself, but also other specific parts like the spillway, the structures – also called "overflow channels" – used to

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Kongsberg Launches Complete Survey Vessel

The new GeoSwath Compact Survey Vessel (CSV) was shown for the first time at Ocean Business in Southampton, U.K. in early April. The first-ever KONGSBERG developed survey vessel integrates all the equipment needed to survey shallow coastal and inland waterways quickly. It is based on a powerful and maneuverable two-person catamaran equipped with the latest GeoSwath 4 shallow water multibeam system.   The GeoSwath CSV features a 30 HP outboard motor and is road transportable on the supplied lightweight trailer, which enables launch and recovery from even the remotest of locations. With a draft

Adams, Lewis Join FairfieldNodal Data Processing Team

Brian Adams and Andrew Lewis have joined FairfieldNodal as the company continues to focus on growing its data processing technology portfolio and service offerings.   Adams assumes the role of Technical Sales Manager, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, tasked with growing FairfieldNodal’s data processing business with an expanded technical portfolio in the Permian Basin and Gulf of Mexico.    Lewis joins FairfieldNodal as Manager of Reservoir Services, Fairfield Seismic Technologies. Reservoir characterization will be a new service offered to FairfieldNodal customers.   Form

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Arctic Seas a 'Dead End' for Floating Plastic

The Arctic is a dead end for floating plastic waste dumped in the Atlantic Ocean off Europe and the United States and swept north by ocean currents to a polar graveyard, scientists said on Wednesday.   Levels of plastic found east of Greenland and in the Barents Sea off Norway and Russia were far higher than expected for the sparsely populated regions, according to the report showing how man-made pollution extends even to remote parts of the globe.   "The northeastern Atlantic sector of the Arctic Ocean appeared as a dead end for the surface transport of plastic pollution," the

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2D Seismic Survey in the Caspian Sea

Geology Without Limits (GWL) announced in conjunction with the Geological Survey of Iran (GSI) and the Ministry of Industry, Mine & Trade, it will acquire about 4,800 km of 2D seismic, marine gravity and magnetic data in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea.   The official agreement was signed by the parties in Tehran on March 11, 2017. The 2D survey, supported by industry funding, will be acquired in Q3-Q4 2017 and will provide new high-end seismic data covering the entire Iranian sector.   The survey area is defined by a thick sedimentary cover and deep basement rock bedding

USNS Maury  (US Navy photo by Robert Fluegel)

CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

, and includes a moon pool used for launch and recovery of the systems. Richardson was particularly interested in Naval Oceanography's innovation in advancing oceanography - for platforms and sensors, as well as the moon pool and the array of unmanned systems used (including unmanned underwater vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, drifting buoys, profiling floats and moored GPS buoys).   Richardson's tour included the moon pool bay, and static displays of unmanned systems and data processing systems. He also visited the bridge, staterooms and a lifeboat. Richardson concluded the visit

A diver surveys the wreck of Lucinda Van Valkenburg, a wooden three-masted schooner that sank just north of Middle Island in 1887. (Photo: Tane Casserley/NOAA)

History Meets Technology in Shipwreck Alley

. Expected results of this phase of work will be a number of “targets,” or non-natural items, discovered along the lake floor.   The third phase of work, from June 19 through 30, brings in another partner, Michigan Technological University. They will provide an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to investigate targets identified by the sonar operations that take place in May. This AUV system provides high-resolution sonar images of the targets, aiding in identification of shipwrecks.   The final phase of work, from July 10 through 21, will deploy divers to take video footage

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SoCal Tech Focus: Planck Aerosystems

Planck Aerosystems builds unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for maritime professionals. Based in San Diego, Planck was founded on the idea that putting an aircraft on every boat would represent a transformational change to maritime industry through improved data acquisition, situational awareness and safety. Planck has built the technology to make the dream of putting a drone on every boat a reality.  Founder Josh Wells and lead engineer Allan Matthew conducted a series of technology demonstrations during Oceanology International North America (OINA), held in San Diego February 14-16, 2017. During

AgilPose implemented on a UAV for a precision hover/land system. The company plans to launch the system for underwater precision docking in UUVs. (Photo: Agile Sensor Technologies)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: Agile Sensor Technologies

military UAVs, Synapse advances beyond traditional electronic speed controllers (ESCs) to offer flight data recording, real-time propulsion system feedback, faster controller response time, and the ability to increase flight time by approximately 10%.    Typically, UAVs and other electric vehicles require one ESC per motor, adding bulk to the vehicle without any additional functionality. A traditional ESC serves only one primary function: to control an electric motor’s speed. Agile compresses the functionality of multiple ESCs into one compact hub, while also adding features not possible

Autonomous vessels provide the key to the future safe conduct of naval operations in hostile and hazardous environments. (Photo: Thales Group)

Tomorrow’s Defense: Unmanned Vehicles Enter the Naval Arena

the twice-yearly multinational ‘Joint Warrior’ exercise to set a more challenging environment for the participants and allow the Royal Navy to see first-hand how some of the systems and sensors could integrate into current and future operations.   Unmanned Warrior saw more than 50 vehicles, sensors and systems operating in a number of themed activities in the U.K. Ministry of Defense exercise areas based around Scotland and Wales, the organizers deliberately trying to keep the scope of activity as broad as possible with few, if any, constraints on what participants were allowed to

Source: Russia Defence Ministry

ROV Finds Crashed Jet's Black Box in the Black Sea

troops in the run-up to the New Year.   Investigators have so far said that pilot error or a technical fault, rather than terrorism, are most likely to have caused the Defence Ministry's Tupolev-154 to crash into the sea.   The black box, which was found by a remote-controlled underwater vehicle at a depth of around 55ft (17 metres) and 1 mile (1,600 metres) from the resort of Sochi, has been sent to a Defence Ministry facility in Moscow for analysis.   "The casing holding the flight recorder is in a satisfactory condition," the ministry said in a statement.   "

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

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