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Wave Gliders to Study Arctic and Southern Oceans

to conduct advanced scientific research in inhospitable and remote regions of the Arctic and Southern Oceans.Using Liquid Robotics’ wave and solar powered Wave Gliders, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Scripps) and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington (APL-UW) will obtain real time data and rare insights into the dynamic conditions that drive the world’s weather and climate. This data is critical for scientists to understand and improve global ocean weather modeling and climate prediction.The oceanographers leading these missions are:Dr. Eric

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Chiarello to Keynote 2013 SHIPPINGInsight

his insights on the challenges and solutions for LNG propulsion in newbuilds and retrofits. Other conference speakers will address the technical and infrastructure issues regarding LNG as a marine fuel.” Joining Chiarello are confirmed panel moderators from the following shipping companies: -APL -Gemini Tankers -Heidmar -Maersk -M. T. Maritime Management -Nordic Tankers -NYK Line -Royal Caribbean -TBS/Roymar -V Ships An additional group of speakers or moderators will be announced soon, pending confirmation. In its second year following its inaugural launch, SHIPPINGInsight

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New Alkaline Battery System for the Oceanographic Market

, set to be unveiled at Oceanology International North America, February 14-16, in San Diego.   Energy Sales, Inc. said its new design replaces the need for housings made of titanium or other costly advanced composite materials. Working with the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab (UW/APL), the company sought to develop a cost-efficient battery solution specific to the deep ocean – depths that range from 1,800 to 3,000 meters.   “Collaborating with UW, we’ve been able to not only identify and design in better cost efficiency, but to demonstrate a remarkable

OceanGate Developing Manned Submersible With University of Washington

OceanGate Inc., (OGI) a global provider of deepsea manned submersible solutions, has announced a collaboration with the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab (APL-UW) on Project Cyclops, a new 3,000-meter manned submersible which will usher in a new era of increased access to the deep ocean for commercial exploration and research ventures. Scheduled to debut in 2015, Cyclops will allow up to five engineers, scientists or explorers to travel up to 3,000 meters below the surface for a myriad of tasks and operations, ranging from scientific study to oil and gas exploration and supervision

SoCal Tech Focus: Tecnadyne

on their vehicles. Tecnadyne products are presently being used on thousands of vehicles throughout the world, operated by many offshore oil service companies, universities and research institutions. Recent customers include Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Stanford University, University of Washington APL, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, GE Nuclear, Oceaneering International, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, L-3 and Electric Boat. Tecnadyne has recently focused its attention on the growing AUV market and the need for higher efficiency thrusters. AUV specific thrusters share many characteristics with

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SoCal Tech Focus: Energy Sales

to 900 Watt-hours (Wh). In addition, by using alkaline cells, the new system requires no United Nations (UN) transportation testing or certification.   “This pack designed by Energy Sales will reduce our costs for short term applications,” said Chris Siani, Sr. Electrical Engineer at APL/UW. “Load and pressure tests done at my lab show that this battery pack design operates well at pressures up to 4,400 psi (~3,000m), without the need for costly steel or titanium housings. We are looking forward to using this new battery pack in upcoming projects.”   Specifications Prod

Registration Open for SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference

operators in the current business climate. The confirmed keynote speakers for the conference are Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO of Tote, Inc., and Yasushi Nakamura, executive vice president of Class NK. Executives from major shipping companies will serve as speakers or panel moderators, including APL, Bernhard Schulte, Crowley/Jensen Maritime, Gemini Tankers, Hammonia Reederie, Heidmar, Interlake Steamship, Maersk Lines Ltd, M.T. Maritime Management, Nordic Tankers, NYK Line, OSG, Royal Caribbean, TBS/Roymar and V Ships. The conference program will include sessions on meeting regulatory challenges

The 6th Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-IMO GloBallast R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management met under the banner “Ballast Water Management Convention Photo IMO

Development on BWM highlights - IMO's R&D Forum

and reliability they are looking for. The R&D Forum heard the perspective of the shipping industry during the IMO-IMarEST Shipping Industry Forum session, including the views of many shipowners and private sector representatives from Canada. The GloBallast partner from the private sector, APL, Singapore, a member of the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) showcased its proactive approach under which it has installed ballast water treatment technology on most APL ships. APL encouraged other shipowners to install ballast water management treatment systems on board ships before the Ballast Water

What Falls Down Must Come Up Again: DARPA Place Contract

University of Washington to provide additional deep ocean design expertise. “We have enjoyed working and collaborating with Sparton several times over the past few years and we are pleased to be working with them again,” said Bob Miyamoto, Director for Defense and Industry Programs for the APL-UW. Jim Lackemacher, Vice President and General Manager of Sparton Defense and Security System concluded: “We are proud to be part of the DARPA team that is designing the next generation of disruptive USW solutions. This award recognizes our continued commitment to the current and future

Cyclops Subsea Manned Submersible: Image credit OceanGate

Submersible Cyclops : Hull Design "Revolutionary"

Inc. announced the completion of the initial carbon fiber hull design and feasibility study for its next generation manned submersible – Cyclops. Under a contract issued to Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), OceanGate, the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) and Boeing have validated the basic hull design for a submersible vehicle able to reach depths of 3,000 meters. With its large 180-degree borosilicate glass dome, the new vehicle will offer clients a chance to examine the environment, collect samples, and deploy technology in subsea settings

SHIPPINGInsight 2013 Announces Agenda and Speaker List

;   William Nugent, Vice President Technical Service Group, OSG Ship Management •    Joseph McKeown, Technical Director, V Ships US •    Robert Bullen, Fleet Manager, Maersk Lines Limited •    Mark Remijan, Manager of Operations, APL •    Johan Sperling, Vice President, Crowley/Jensen Maritime •    Capt. Donald Carroll, Vice President, Group Operations, MT Maritime Management Group •    Andres Aasen, Assistant Vice President, Global Maritime Tech Service, Royal Caribbean

Johns Hopkins University Orders Second Iver2 Research AUV

OceanServer Technology announced that the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has agreed to purchase another Iver2 AUV for delivery this summer. This second system provides additional capability for APL’s general research, including the development of underwater sensor systems.   Founded in 1942, APL is a not-for-profit center for engineering, research and development, and solves complex problems that present critical challenges to the nation.   Johns Hopkins APL will be taking delivery of an Iver2 EP42 platform that includes a second (user) CPU and intuitive

Under a contract issued to Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), OceanGate, the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) and Boeing have validated the basic hull design for a submersible vehicle able to reach depths of 3,000m.

Cyclops: A Revolutionary Hull Design

Inc. announced the completion of the initial carbon fiber hull design and feasibility study for its next generation manned submersible – Cyclops. Under a contract issued to Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), OceanGate, the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) and Boeing have validated the basic hull design for a submersible vehicle able to reach depths of 3,000m. With its large 180-degree borosilicate glass dome, the new vehicle will offer a chance to examine the environment, collect samples, and deploy technology in subsea settings in person and

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MacArtney Completes 40 FPSO Swivel Projects

, MacArtney has gained a track record as a Focal FPSO swivel supplier and provider of specialist engineering support to FPSO operators and FPSO swivel stack, mooring and turret manufacturers across the entire offshore industry. Notable MacArtney FPSO projects include the delivery of swivel solutions to APL/National Oilwell Varco, Framo Engineering and Bluewater. Beyond Focal swivels, the MacArtney scope of FPSO supply includes junction boxes, cables and connectors. According MacArtney Business Development Manager Anders Andersen, "One of the next exciting steps within FPSO swivel development

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AUVs Under Ice: Past Milestones, Promising Future

vehicles (AUVs) under-ice brings to life how and why the vehicles have developed and helps us make predictions about the form and capabilities of the AUVs of the future.    The Pioneers It all began in Spring 1972, when the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) deployed its Unmanned Arctic Submersible (UARS) beneath Fletcher’s Ice Island, an iceberg near the North Pole.   This untethered robot, a direct descendant of the very first AUV, was deployed through a hole cut into the ice and conducted a series of out-and-back transects, collecting

Fig.3. Located at 200 m depth, two ADCPs (150 kHz, 5-beam 600 kHz) are installed on the fixed platform of an SPM. (Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/ISS; Dive R1832, VISIONS ‘15 expedition)

ADCPs: Action in OOI's Cabled Observatory

data via a cable connection to shore.   A prime example is the Cabled Array in the NE Pacific Ocean. This observatory is part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Engineered by the Applied Physics Laboratory / University of Washington (APL / UW), the Cabled Array uses dedicated telecoms cables. They provide a high voltage supply and high-speed communication links to nodes as far as 500 km from shore.   Besides its high-tech infrastructure, the Cabled Array holds 150 instruments. Included are nine ADCPs operating at four different

UW’s New Research Vessel Ready for Work

;s arrival at UW on December 28, 2017, UW has been preparing and transforming the former fisheries research vessel into a capable Local Class oceanographic research vessel. R/V Rachel Carson's first research cruise starts on April 7 supporting Washington Ocean Acidification Center research headed up by UW APL's Dr. Jan Newton.    R/V Rachel Carson is a step up in capability from its predecessor, R/V Clifford Barnes. With the new ship's endurance, excellent ship handling and seakeeping capabilities, significantly increased lab space, and increased load handling capability - it is now possible

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