Bay Of Biscay News

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Salvors Survey Grande America Wreck

Seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity said it has conducted urgent subsea search, inspection and operations on the wreck of the MV Grande America, which sank in the Bay of Biscay on March 12.Grande America capsized and sunk last month after its cargo of containers and vehicles caught fire during a voyage from Hamburg to Casablanca.Having entered into an agreement with marine services and salvage company Ardent, Ocean Infinity deployed its fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to locate the wreck. The firm then used its remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) to conduct

Wave Energy Converters in shared mooring arrangement (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime to Support EU Wave Energy Project

costs, and ‘de-risk’ new technologies.   As part of the project, Global Maritime will be responsible for providing mooring and risk management support to the 42 meter-tall spar type, wave energy converter (WEC) due to be operational in August 2016. The WEC will be based in the Bay of Biscay up to two nautical miles offshore in 85 meters of water.   David Sutton, CEO of Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, said: “Wave and tidal energy is a tremendously important element of the future energy mix with the World Energy Council estimating that up to 10% of worldwide

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Robots Help Map England’s Deepwater Canyons

the 200km canyon down to the size of an individual cold-water coral polyp, and will be used to inform the management of the only English Marine Conservation Zone in deep water.    This ‘nested map’ is the result of a recent scientific expedition to the Whittard Canyon in the Bay of Biscay, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). It works in a way not unlike a set of Russian dolls, with the most detailed map sitting within a larger scale one, which sits within a larger map still.    Submarine canyons are some of the most complex deep-sea environments on this

Blue Whale Photographed in English Waters

on camera by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) on board the RRS James Cook.    The huge mammal, twice as long as a double-decker bus, was spotted on August 24 approximately 400 kilometers southwest of Cornwall, over a deepsea canyon on the northern margin of the Bay of Biscay.   the whale was photographed by Prof. Russell Wynn of the National Oceanography Centre, who said, “I was undertaking our daily marine mammal survey and enjoying watching up to seven Fin Whales around the ship, when the Blue Whale suddenly surfaced about a kilometer away. I had just

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Research Vessel Heincke: Serving Science for 25 years

designed as a multi-purpose vessel, equipping her to support nearly any type of marine research. At the beginning of her service life in the early 1990s, the focus was primarily on biological and oceanographic research. But as early as her second year, the ship left for extended expeditions in the Bay of Biscay, where the spotlight was on plankton and the oceanography and development of fish and crab populations. In the years that followed, further expeditions ranged as far as the Canary Islands and into the Mediterranean, often in connection with international projects. However, her main research

Cairn Energy Drops Ibiza Oil Drilling Plans

the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce that it intends to withdraw from four exploration permits in the Gulf of Valencia," a spokesman said.   The company will maintain other projects in Spain, including applications for new licences offshore the Gulf of Lion and the Bay of Biscay, he added.   Cairn, which currently has no revenue as it focuses purely on exploration, has earmarked nearly three-quarters of its $185 million 2015 exploration budget for its West African projects, including three new wells offshore Senegal.     (Reporting by Karolin Schaps

EU Sees Blue Economy as Area for Sustainable Growth

for example). Blue growth is a "focus area" in the new Horizon 2020 program, with a specific €145 million budget for 2014-2015 alone, and further opportunities across the program. Around 30% of the seafloor surrounding Europe has not yet been surveyed. This varies from 5% of the Bay of Biscay and the Iberian Coast to more than 40% of the North Sea and the Ionian and central Mediterranean. A better understanding of what is happening below sea level will provide a better knowledge of ocean resources and a better understanding of how these can be used sustainably. Skill gaps are already

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