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Deep-Sea Coral Gardens, Graveyards Discovered Off Australia

Park is already known as a biodiversity hotspot for marine species such as whales and dolphins, however, a recent expedition focused on the deep sea has now revealed rich and diverse ecosystems inhabiting the cold waters deep within the canyon. Led by researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA), these discoveries were only made possible by the philanthropic Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) deep-sea remotely operated vehicle, SuBastian, which is capable of sampling depths to 4,500 meters.The team strategically collected deep-sea corals, associated fauna, seawater, and geological

SOI Executive Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani (Photo: XPRIZE)

Schmidt Appoints Virmani as Executive Director

the ocean in unprecedented ways. I look forward to leading this incredible organization and collaborating with scientists from around the world as we advance the health of and knowledge about our ocean.”Falkor (Photo: SOI)The research vessel Falkor is currently on a year-long initiative in Australia and the Pacific to conduct seven science and engineering expeditions with teams of scientists and researchers from around the world. Using the underwater robot SuBastian, scientists for the first time will be able to explore deep sea canyons and coral reefs around Australia that have never been

The Riptide AUV (Credit BAE Systems)

Good Undersea Vehicles Come in Small Packages

by Riptide is benefitting from this process.Another small AUV that has recently come on scene is the RangerBot. This vehicle takes a different approach to delivering an affordable solution for end users. The RangerBot was designed by engineers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. The team at QUT work in a robotics center focused on machine vision. They also work to support environmental assessments on the Great Barrier Reef. A key paradigm shift was enabled when the team, recognizing that water conditions in their target environment were very clear, chose to employ exclusively

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Polarcus Kicks Off Australia Survey

Polarcus has begun the latest phase of the Cygnus regional multi-client 3D survey in the Vulcan Sub-basin, offshore north-west Australia, the marine geophysical company announced on Monday.The 1,500-square-kilometer Phase 3 South survey, covering the Skua, Swift and Montara area, completes over 7,200 square kilometers of continuous XArray Triple Source coverage.The Cygnus anisotropic PSDM dataset provides exploration geoscientists with a 3D dataset which allows evaluation of the basin including a number of farm-in opportunities and several areas of open acreage.The prospectivity of the basin has again

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Aurora Expeditions Christens Sylvia Earle

offers services to Antarctica and Arctic,  will build a second expedition ship, the Sylvia Earle, scheduled to debut in October 2021.The 126-passenger vessel  named ‘Sylvia Earle’, to honor the renowned marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer.The order comes shortly after the Australia-based company introduced its first new expedition ship in 2019, the Greg Mortimer, named for the Australian mountaineer and Aurora’s founder.The new ship is one of the vessels in owner, SunStone Ships’, INFINITY class. Constructed at CMHI, they have been designed by Ulstein Design &

Dr Peter Ramsay (Photo: Mitcham)

Mitcham Appoints New Tech Positions

;s products and technologies within the hydrographic industry and assist in identifying and developing new opportunities.Prior to joining Mitcham in January 2020, Dr Ramsay held a number of important positions within the hydrographic industry, including Director and co-owner of Marine GeoSolutions in Australia and South Africa.  Dr Ramsay's extensive list of publications includes one book, 18 peer-reviewed publications and 36 conference abstracts. He holds a PhD (Marine Geophysics) and a BSc Honors in Engineering Geology and is a Certified Professional Hydrographic Surveyor Level 1 with the

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OSIL Giant Piston Corer for CSIRO

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia have purchased a 24m Giant Piston Corer system for the RV Investigator from Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL).The modular deep sea sediment coring system comprises four 6m-long barrels, a stainless steel head with removable lead weights and a mechanical trigger arm with 1m long pilot core. The system has been specified with deck stands, deck storage for the head and barrels and a comprehensive package of tools and spares.The OSIL Giant Piston Corer systems can achieve recovery rates of over 95% in soft

Map of basins encompassed by the NWS JumpStart package (Image: CGG)

Geoscience Packages Reveal APAC Prospectivity

French-based geophysical services company CGG reports it has completed JumpStart multi-client geoscience packages for the North West Shelf (NWS) of Australia and the Banda Arc in the Asia-Pacific region, and made both packages available to help enhance understanding of the prospectivity and assess new plays within the two high-potential regions.Mobilizing the full suite of CGG's geoscience capabilities to accelerate and support exploration efforts, the packages integrate all available data in a specific geographical area and frame it within a geological context.The NWS JumpStart package encompasses

NotiloPlus’ Seasam AUV has been operating around the world. Photo from NotiloPlus.

Subsea Tech's 'March of Miniaturization'

The firm’s founders, Felix Schill (CTO) and Alexander Bahr (COO), had started out designing a swarm of miniature AUVs back in 2003. After going their separate ways – one to do a PhD at MIT in underwater navigation and the other one to do a PhD in underwater mesh network communication at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, they came together at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland where they started working together again on miniature AUVs.But, while trying to build them, they realized that they couldn’t find small enough

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JFD Submarine Rescue System Triumphs

JFD has set new global benchmarks for international submarine rescue following the successful completion of rigorous exercises off the coast of Western Australia.In a range of weather conditions, JFD’s fully-integrated submarine rescue system demonstrated its robustness and reliability in the triennial Pacific Reach, a multi-lateral series of exercises, hosted in 2019 by Australia with the participating nations of South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and the United States and many other observing countries from the Indo-Pacific region.Designed to simulate a real-life submarine rescue emergency using

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