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Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

was to predict days when wave conditions would be most suitable to enable landing craft to get close to the beach.After the two worked out a scheme that yielded reliable predictions, they began training Navy and Air Force weather officers and their principles were applied to landings in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of war. The meteorologists they trained correctly predicted that the waves troops would face taking the beach in Normandy would be high but manageable.After the war, Munk returned to the dissertation he had set aside. He received a PhD in oceanography from the University of California Los

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New Submarine Cable System for Canada

Prysmian Group won a contract worth $19 million by New Brunswick Power Corporation (NB Power), the largest electric utility in the Atlantic Canada based in the province of New Brunswick. The Fundy Isles Project involves the development of a new submarine cable link which will allow the upgrade of the capacity of the existing submarine transmission system in the Passamaquoddy Region of the Bay of Fundy.The new power cable link will connect Deer Island, Campobello Island and Grand Manan Island to the mainland power grid in the Canadian province.Prysmian Group will be responsible for the design

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Ocean Infinity Searches for Lost S.Korean Ship

, Seabed Constructor, sets sail from Cape Town to begin the search for the lost South Korean ship, Stellar Daisy.Stellar Daisy sank on 31 March 2017, with the tragic loss of 22 of its 24 crew.  The ship, which was transporting iron ore from Brazil to China, is believed to have gone down in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 1800 nautical miles due west of Cape Town.The Ocean Infinity team is expected to be on site and commencing search operations by mid-February 2019.  Ocean Infinity will use its proven approach of deploying a fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) simultaneously to

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Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC)—a deep-ocean process that plays a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate—is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe, finds a new international study published Feb. 1 in Science.In the Atlantic MOC, warm, salty, shallow waters are carried northward from the tropics by currents and wind, and then converted into colder, fresher, deep waters that return southward through the Iceland and Irminger basins. In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, the study shows that most of the conversion from warm to cold

The Kongsberg Maritime EM 124 1x2" mapped the Puerto Rico Trench to depths greater than 8,000 meters. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Sonar Assists Deepest Solo Sub Dive

In December 2018, Victor Vescovo became the first person to reach the deepest part of the Atlantic, piloting his private submersible the Limiting Factor 8,376 meters below the ocean's surface to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench -- the deepest solo human submersible dive ever.It goes without saying that state-of-the-art subsea technology was key to the mission's success. The submersible, a Triton 36000/2, features a 90mm thick pressure hull and is the first commercially certified full ocean depth.New multibeam sonar technology from Kongsberg Maritime also played a big part in the feat.

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Vryhof Reports New Contracts

The Netherlands based offshore services provider Vryhof  announced on Tuesday its three businesses Deep Sea Mooring, Vryhof Anchors and Moorlink have been awarded up to $75 million in new contracts to start 2019.The contracts include deals for Vryhof Anchors for the WindFloat Atlantic wind farm, offshore Portugal, the world’s first commercial floating wind farm, and the Havfarm 1 offshore fish farm project in Norway, one of the world’s largest floating structures. In addition, Deep Sea Mooring (DSM) has secured contracts with Saipem Indonesia, Odfjell Drilling and Noble Drilling for

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Government Shutdown: Atlantic Seismic Permitting Blocked by Judge

from Democrats and environmentalists."The Court hereby enjoins the federal defendants, BOEM, and any other federal agency or entity from taking action to promulgate permits, otherwise approve, or take any other official action regarding the pending permit applications for oil and gas surveys in the Atlantic," Gergel wrote in his order.BOEM spokeswoman Connie Gillette said the agency will comply with the judge's order but could not comment further due to the pending litigation.The Trump administration's plans to open up offshore drilling along the eastern seaboard has riled state governments

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Forum Bags Mojave ROV Deal

Oilfield products company Forum Energy Technologies said it has sealed a contract to supply a Mojave remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for the Norwegian firm ESEA Marine.Sub-Atlantic Mojave will also be used by ESEA Submarine’s sister company, ESEA Marine AS, which has customers that include fish farms, port authorities and insurance companies, said the international oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion and  production sectors of the oil and natural gas industry.In addition, the Mojave will play a training role in helping ROV pilots to develop their skills.

“Two Thales unmanned surface vessels are pictured entering Plymouth Sound for the first time.”

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Sensor and AI System for Plymouth Sound

the assistance of Thales and a global and corporate partner leading in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence.  The results of this work will finalize development of the computing system at the heart of the maritime AI system to navigate the Mayflower Autonomous Ship across the Atlantic Ocean in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower sailing in 1620.In October 2018, Thales announced it was opening a new maritime autonomy center at Plymouth, with an aim to build relationships with industry and academia to operate unmanned vessels out of the Sound.M Subs is

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Ocean Infinity Joins Search for Lost Bulker

Ocean Infinity said it has been awarded a contract from the Government of South Korea to search for the wreckage of lost bulk carrier Stellar Daisy, which sank on on March 31, 2017, with 24 people on board.The Stellar Daisy was transporting iron ore from Brazil to China when it was lost in the South Atlantic Ocean, approximately 2,500 nautical miles due east of Uruguay.Ocean Infinity said it expects to commence search operations in January 2019 using its high-tech fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The company's CEO, Oliver Plunkett, said, “For the sake of all involved we

David Millar, Director TechX Program, The Oil & Gas Technology Center

TechX: Pioneering and Accelerating

up.In October last year, hot on the heels of these finalists graduating, we launched the global search for our next group of groundbreaking entrepreneurs.The TechX team and I have since taken to the road, visiting London, Manchester, Edinburgh as well as our home city of Aberdeen. We also crossed the Atlantic, holding roadshows in Houston and Boston, in a bid to attract the most innovative tech start-ups from around the world.Following applications closing on January 31, a select group will take part in a finalist bootcamp in February. The successful applicants who make it through the bootcamp will then

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More Tenants Move into COVE Facility

track water parameters – temperature, depth, salinity, dissolved gases, pH and many others.“RBR is one of Canada’s well-established ocean instrumentation companies headquartered in Ottawa. It’s great to have them establish a strong business development presence here on the Atlantic Coast at COVE,” Hanlon said.RBR Sales Director, Eric Siegel, said, “RBR works to think globally and act locally. The office location at COVE allows RBR to continue to network and collaborate with local commercial, academic and government clients, as well as get convenient exposure and

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Ørsted Collaborates with US Fishing Coalition on Offshore Wind

in a productive way and develop practical solutions as we all seek to coexist and thrive for a better tomorrow.”“It is extremely vital that our nation’s fishermen are heard when offshore wind projects are being developed,” said RODA Chairman and Director of Sustainability at Atlantic Capes Fisheries Peter Hughes. “Ørsted has made it clear that they want to be partners with the fishing industry, and we are optimistic that our work with them will set a standard ensuring that fishermen have direct input into wind farm designs and ensuring that their concerns are fully

The New Jersey Wind Energy Area, where hundreds of wind turbines may eventually be built, is shaded green and brown. Image: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior

Sea Breeze Study May Aid US Wind Farm Developers

A team of researchers at Rutgers University has used new forecasting methods to predict offshore sea breeze patterns on the Jersey Shore — data that could be useful for companies hoping to build wind farms off Atlantic City."The proposed, multimillion-dollar offshore wind farms industry may benefit from a Rutgers-led study that used sophisticated forecasting to understand sea breezes and make them a more predictable source of energy," said a press release from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.The behavior of offshore sea breezes, and how the ocean influences them, have

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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

.Seismic testing uses air gun blasts to map out what resources lie beneath the ocean. Conservationists say the testing, a precursor to oil drilling, can disorient marine animals that rely on fine-tuned hearing to navigate and find food. The tests lead to beachings of an endangered species, the North Atlantic right whale, they say.New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said the tests would harm marine species, jeopardize coastal ecosystems and pose a "critical threat" to the natural resources, jobs and lives of New Yorkers. "The Trump administration has repeatedly put special interests

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US Government Sued Over Atlantic Seismic Testing

Environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast.Seismic testing, which uses air gun blasts, violates federal laws that protect marine mammals, endangered species, and national environmental policy, according the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston, South Carolina, against U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the National Marine Fisheries Service.The U.S. fisheries service in November gave initial permission to five companies to conduct

Fig. 1: Teledyne RDI ADCP attached to a hydrographic package before lowering to great depths. Credit: J. Lemus (U. Hawaii). https://goo.gl/VfvYn1

Full-Depth Current Profiling Around the Global Ocean

were initially looking at deep currents in equatorial regions and in tropical and subtropical oceans. Features included deep currents, undercurrents, and eddies. More recently, LADCPs have supported scientific studies at high latitudes, such as exploring overturning circulations in the subpolar N. Atlantic and calculating widespread intense mixing in the Southern Ocean.HydrographyShip-based hydrography measures water properties from the surface to the seabed. Results come from lowering a continuous-profiling CTD and collecting discrete water samples. These “hydro” casts are unrivaled for

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