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The Riptide AUV (Credit BAE Systems)

Good Undersea Vehicles Come in Small Packages

can be continually updated by both the community and the company. This allows user driven software changes such as new user interfaces to shape the operating experience and delivery of improved ROV capabilities to the global Trident community.This easy to use, high performance package is available on Amazon staring at $1,700. It is truly a new era for accessible, and useful, ocean robots. Those looking for a tethered experience can select a highly optimized system or a modular approach with more end-user configurability. In either case, for the cost of a modern laptop or PC one can be fully equipped

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Amazon's Pink Dolphins Threatened by End of Fishing Ban

The Amazon river dolphin is an intelligent and friendly mammal that appears to grin and flush like a human blushing when it gets excited.But some are concerned about the world's largest freshwater dolphin coming under threat again in Brazil, where fishermen hunt and kill it illegally to make bait for a catfish called piracatinga.A legal moratorium on fishing the piracatinga ended last month, prompting calls for its renewal from environmentalists and researchers such as biologist Vera da Silva, who has worked to preserve the so-called pink river dolphins for 25 years."I never stop being amazed

Two new Robert Allan Ltd custom-designed pusher tugs are now being operated along the Amazon River system by Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd)

New Pusher Tugs for Hidrovias do Brasil

Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. has started operating two new pusher tugs custom-designed by Vancouver, Canada based Robert Allan Ltd, pushing barges containing bulk products along the Amazon River system. This HB PIRARARA shallow-draft pusher tug and sister vessel HB PIRARUCU have a Robert allan RApide 4000-Z3 tug design and were constructed by Estaleiro Rio Maguari in Belem, Brazil.Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations were used in the early phases of the design work to optimize the hull shapes and minimize total convoy resistance, and the Z-drives fitted in customized tunnels designed to optimize

Pic: Port of Antwerp

Antwerp Port, Amazon Test Drones

The SAFIR consortium of partners – Amazon Prime Air, Aveillant, C-Astral, DronePort, Elia, Explicit, Helicus, Port of Antwerp, Proximus, SABCA, Skeyes, Tekever and Unifly – tested the first simultaneous drone flights today in Sint-Truiden DronePort, for among other things package deliveries, inspection flights and emergency situations. European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc also followed the demonstrations from the front row. SAFIR stands for "Safe and Flexible Integration of Initial U-space Services in a Real Environment," a project funded by the EU.After the

Riachuelo submarine during launching. Image Marinha do Brasil

World Navies: Brazil´s Riachuelo Submarine

Ocean. Along this coastline and offshore is where the country develops its fisheries activities, maritime trade and the exploitation of a variety of biological and mineral resources. The incredible environmental and financial wealth found in these waters, and under the seabed gave way to the term - Blue Amazon – relating to the Amazon Jungle. The Blue Amazon officially covers an area of 3.5 million square kilometers. However, Brazil is calling on the United Nations to expand its borders to the limits of the continental shelf, which should raise the sea area to about 4.5 million square kilometers

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Total Invites Activists to Drilling Site Off French Guyana

coral. Activists say delicate coral reefs discovered in the area risked being damaged by the drilling operations.Total's invitation the French Guyana site comes days after Brazil's environment agency Ibama rejected the energy major's application to drill in five blocks that lie in the Foz do Amazonas Basin near the Amazon rainforest region.Ibama has now rejected Total's application five times. It said this rejection was the final one in the regulation process.The French Guyana project and the Amazon basin drilling plan have drawn fierce criticism from Greenpeace and other non-governmental

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McDermott Pipelayer Set for Major Refit

The Netherlands based Royal IHC said it has been awarded a contract to modify McDermott International Inc.’s pipelay and construction vessel Amazon. The scope includes the delivery of an innovative and complete J-lay system to the Houston based company.IHC will be responsible for the overall management of the modification project, from the design through to the integration of the new equipment. It includes the construction and installation of the IHC-designed and patented J-lay system, and associated onboard multijoint factory, modifications to the ship’s structures, and the removal and

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Rovco Completes Amazon Reef Survey for Greenpeace

U.K. subsea services company Rovco said it has completed an underwater survey of the Amazon Reef, off the northern coast of Brazil, for environmental organization Greenpeace.The Bristol-based firm carried out a full 3D seabed survey, deploying its SubAtlantic Mojave and Seaeye Cougar remotely operated vehicles (ROV) while using its latest 3D reconstruction technology. The project also required Rovco to mobilize a survey grade, fully redundant Ultra-Short Base Line (USBL) system for accurate subsea positioning.Findings revealed the existence of coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon, which extends

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Total Determined to Drill Amazon Basin as Greenpeace Storms AGM

Total is determined to push ahead with its plans to drill for oil in the Amazon basin, it said on Friday as Greenpeace activists interrupted its annual general meeting in protest at the project.The French oil major wants to explore Brazil's Foz do Amazonas basin, but Brazil's environmental agency rejected its licence application on Tuesday for a fourth time.As the company's annual general meeting opened in Paris on Friday, four activists from Greenpeace descended by rope from the ceiling above the stage, unfurling banners reading "Let's save the Amazon's coral reef".

COMPAC bearings with key slots for fixed key Thordon Bearings

Log-In Logística selects COMPAC

to maintain. Performance will be assessed and if the results show an advantage, the owner has said it will consider the system for further newbuildings.”   When delivered from the Chinese shipbuilder in April 2019, Log-In Polaris will operate in the Brazilian cabotage from Manaus, up in the Amazon river, to Buenos Aires in the Rio de la Plata.   Last year, Thordon received a record number of containership COMPAC contracts, with orders from Lomar, Tropical Shipping, COSCO Shipping and Matson Navigation. To date, Thordon has supplied its water lubricated shaft system to more than 40 containers

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