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Fugro’s new first-of-its-kind airborne multibeam system, RAMMS, provides efficient bathymetric lidar surveys for nearshore and coastal mapping (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Advances Bathymetric Lidar Mapping Capabilities

are enhanced through rapid processing and data transfer capabilities.“We believe RAMMS will bring significant value to hydrographic organizations, coastal zone/floodplain managers and engineers,” Saade said, noting a successful hydrographic charting demonstration project recently performed in Belize, covering 165 square kilometers. Fugro is currently using RAMMS to complete several large-scale surveys in the Americas with projects in other regions expected to follow.RAMMS is the second major technology innovation offered by Fugro in partnership with Areté Associates. In 2015 the companies

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Coral Reefs Get Sick from Plastic Waste -Study

better management of fisheries was the best way to strengthen coral reefs to enable them to fend off man-made threats such as more plastics.   "This is not a story about 'let's give up on corals'," he told Reuters. "Overfishing today is the biggest threat." He said nations from Belize to the Philippines were acting to regulate fisheries on corals. (Reporting By Alister Doyle; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)  

Example of high resolution sonar data of shipwreck, showing capability to provide detailed and accurate models of seabed features to inform safety of navigation and environmental management (Image: UKHO)

Seabed Mapping Underway in Belize

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has deployed two vessels to survey the waters of Belize as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Program, the organization has announced.   Following a stakeholder meeting with the Belize Port Authority and wider government earlier this month, priority areas will be surveyed, capturing sonar data of Belize's main ports and approaches. High frequency mapping sonars are being used, which have no negative impact on its diverse ecosystems and marine life. The surveying is expected to continue throughout February and will focus on areas including

The new center will investigate key underwater and coastal archaeological sites around the world. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Marine Archaeology Center Launched

to study the Late Bronze Age collapse of the Mycenaean civilization led by Levy and Scripps paleobiologist Richard Norris in the summer of 2016.    Over the next two years, the center plans to launch a series of research projects in the eastern Mediterranean, southern Peru, Puerto Rico, Belize, and along the California coast.   “There are hidden coastlines all around the world where civilizations and cultures flourished, and so that’s the place that we want to sample when we do these studies,” said Levy, holder of the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient

In it's 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Update, NOAA's National Weather Service indicates there is a 70 percent chance of 12 to 17 named storms. (NOAA)

Atlantic Hurricane Season to be Stronger than Expected

today that La Niña is slightly favored to develop during the hurricane season.   To date, there have been five named storms, including two hurricanes (Alex and Earl). Four made landfall: Bonnie (in South Carolina), Colin (in western Florida), Danielle (in eastern Mexico), and Earl (in Belize and Mexico).   As we move into the peak of hurricane season, when hurricanes are most frequent and often at their strongest, NOAA urges coastal residents to make sure they have their hurricane preparedness plans in place and to monitor the latest forecasts. Learn how NOAA forecasts hurricanes

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Forecasters Predict Strong Atlantic Hurricane Season

announced today that La Niña is slightly favored to develop during the hurricane season.   To date, there have been five named storms, including two hurricanes (Alex and Earl). Four made landfall: Bonnie in South Carolina, Colin in western Florida, Danielle in eastern Mexico and Earl in Belize and Mexico

Screenshot from Raising Shrimp

Film Examines Cutthroat World of Shrimp Trade

out domestically.” The 50-minute film was shot along the Texas Gulf Coast, where shrimp trawling vessels drag heavy chains across the sea floor and in mangrove ecosystems that provide shrimp nursery habitat. It visits ocean-based shrimp farms and laboratory shrimp-rearing facilities in Texas, Belize and China. Danylchuk and Caplow’s latest work asks what happened to the American shrimp fishery and what a more local source of shrimp might mean for our health and the health of our nation. Danylchuk said, “‘Raising Shrimp’ is a much stronger film because it has a greater

Wärtsilä Direct Electric Heating

Wärtsilä to Supply Direct Electric Heating for Chevron African Offshore Oilfield

Electric Heating (Wärtsilä DEH) system for Chevron Overseas Congo Limited's Lianzi offshore development project, located off the Republic of Congo and Angolan coasts. The 9,000-kW system will be used to heat the 43-km subsea production pipeline between the Lianzi field and the Benguela Belize Lobito Tomboco (BBLT) platform. The Lianzi field lies approximately 100 km off the coast of the Republic of Congo, and the BBLT platform is located in Angola. The pipeline lies in some 900 metres of water. DEH is a flow assurance tool used to avoid ice-like structures called hydrate plugs and the

Nexans DEH System: Image courtesy of Nexans

Nexans DEH System in Deep ...

that their field-proven DEH solution provides eco-friendly and cost-effective flow assurance for subsea production pipelines. The contract with Subsea 7 is valued at approximately 25 million Euro, and the field is operated by Chevron Overseas (Congo) Limited. The Lianzi fields tie back to the Benguela Belize Lobito Tomboco (BBLT) platform located in Angola Block 14. With a water depth between 390 and 1,070 meters, this will be the world’s deepest DEH system. The contract with Subsea 7 covers the delivery of a complete DEH system, including DEH Riser Cable, Armored Feeder Cable, a 43 km long

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