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R/V Point Sur Captain Nick Allen recovers the Medusa. Image courtesy of Danté Fenolio

Giant Squid Filmed in America's Backyard

Scientists are usually pictured on screen as sober and humorless types, pre-occupied with numbers and empty facts. However, nothing could be further from the truth, at least among the scientists we know.We are deeply passionate about our fields, sometimes to the point of obsession. Yet we are also trained from the beginning to control this passion, not so that we can be seen as serious or important, but so that we don't fool ourselves. It is so easy to fall in love with an idea to the point that we can convince ourselves that it's true even when the data do not agree. And so we fight to keep

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Offshore Wind – A Brief History

, wood, steel and iron, were adaptable to specific localities and conditions.After 1893, DOE’s timeline jumps 48 years to 1941, recording that the largest wind turbine of the time delivered 1.25 megawatts to a Vermont utility.  But there’s a lesson in that almost half-century gap.  America’s electric utilities had developed rapidly, but without wind.  Electrical systems, and new demands placed on systems, needed constant, steady power – think coal and hydro.  Intermittent wind was fine for remote, singular places, but insufficient for new electrified urban railways

Deploying the Kraken Katfish.

Offshore Survey Vessels: Ready for Faster Sensors

the volume of “post processed” ones and zeros per unit time is the only way you can possibly have a growing revenue curve per asset. Therefore, value is directly related to speed of data collection/processing and only speed.Speed on the ocean is not new. LeeWay recently commissioned North America’s fastest offshore data acquisition vessel which has a max speed of 55 knots. Install 5400hp in a 100,000 lb. boat and voila! However, regardless of the installed power and stability offshore, as soon as the sensors are turned on, we cut the throttles to 6-8 knots because that’s the

CMA CGM Libra at South End Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The port is a significant contributor to the regional economy: a recent economic impact report by Chris Lowe Planning and Management Group found that its output from operations in 2017/18 was C$1.97 billion, up 15 percent from 2015/16 values. Photo: Steve Farmer

PORTS: Halifax goes Digital

overall value of Port of Halifax operations and exporter output was worth C$4.56 billion in economic output to Nova Scotia in the same period. Photo: Steve FarmerReal-time informationThe Port of Halifax is now is taking steps to become one of the most digitized ports on the eastern seaboard of North America with its Port Operations Centre on its website,, acting as a critical digital tool for the sharing of real-time information with customers and the larger community. Shippers and cargo-owners can find up-to-the-minute information on terminal gate metrics, weekly dwell time, predictive

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Offshore AUV, ROV Market to Grow 18.2%

, low weight, reliability, low noise, and ease of packaging in comparison to mechanical propulsion systems, the report says.Geographically, the Middle East and Africa accounted for maximum share of 27% of global offshore AUV and ROV market, driven primarily by offshore oil and gas activities. Latin America is also expected to see strong growth, the report says. 

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Environmental Studies Wrap Up for Exxon Off Guyana

International said on Tuesday it has completed two Environmental Baseline Studies (EBS) for ExxonMobil offshore Guyana.The US supermajor is operator of several blocks offshore Guyana, including Canje, Kaieteur and Stabroek, which is classified as one of the most prolific offshore oil potentials in South America and is still growing in reservesIn April ExxonMobil announced its 13th discovery in the Stabroek block called the Yellowtail-1 well. The 26,800-square-kilometer field is estimated to hold more than 5.5 billion Boep/d, and is located about 120 miles offshore Georgetown, Guyana.TDI-Brooks said the

Pharos Offshore’s latest addition to its rental fleet, the Q1000 high-powered jet-trenching ROV (Photo: Pharos Offshore)

Pharos Adds Jet-Trenching ROV

bury subsea cables, the company said.It fills a market gap for a mobile, reliable and high-powered jet trenching ROV and has been highly effective on a range of burial projects in recent years.So far this year, the company has reported work scopes for trenching and excavation campaigns in Europe, North America and South America. The company noted that tendering activity is picking up in other global regions too, as the Pharos Offshore Business Development teams make their way through to customers, globally.In addition, Pharos Offshore commented that with the large collation of orders the company has confirmed

Figure 6: A DOLPHIN Sonar trial result, SAS at three times Nyquist speed. Image: QinetiQ North America

DOLPHIN: Enabling Technology for Acoustic Systems

. Where radio waves do not propagate well, and light is absorbed quickly, acoustic signals help us map, see, locate and communicate. The many products and technologies that employ acoustics all depend upon signal processing, thus new processing approaches can impact many applications.  QinetiQ North America (QNA) and its partner Optimal Systems Laboratory (OSL) have developed DOLPHIN - a patented method using analog cancellation that eliminates receiver saturation and enables simultaneous transmit and receive.  Figure 1 describes this concept.Figure 1: The basic concept of DOLPHIN. Image: QinetiQ

Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

in energy businesses know that BOEM has to work equitably and transparently among all parties.  He said that President Trump’s recent Executive Order on regulatory streamlining is causing a fresh look at ways to work faster.Alla Weinstein is CEO of Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.  Recall it was Weinstein’s WEA lease request, in 2016, that started BOEM’s CA activities.  Weinstein was asked for her perspective on BOEM’s timeline and timeliness. “We believe BOEM is moving as fast as they can, realizing that the creation of an offshore

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's new Deputy Director & Vice President for Research Rick Murray (Photo: WHOI)

WHOI Names Murray Deputy Director & VP for Research

past to facilitate and ensure its bright future.”Over a career spanning nearly 30 years, Murray has participated on many research cruises in various capacities around the globe, and authored or co-authored approximately 100 peer-reviewed research papers. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a former councilor of The Oceanography Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Geophysical Union.Murray received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, and also graduated from the Sea Education Association’s program in Woods Hole. After receiving his

Diego Baraldi is C-Kore's new South American sales manager (Photo: C-Kore Systems)

Baraldi Joins C-Kore Systems

C-Kore Systems announced it has hired Diego Baraldi to represent the subsea testing tools manufacturer as Sales Manager – South America.Baraldi has more than 15 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas sector, starting his career with Halliburton as Field Engineer and then working for Lupatech as Business Development Manager. For the past six years he has worked for Fugro in Brazil, starting as the Service Line Manager, before moving to Business Development Manager.“The principles of [C-Kore’s] cost-saving tools fit extremely well with the wishes of the South American market

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