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

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean, Munk’s team transmitted low-frequency underwater acoustic signals. The location had been chosen because the sound waves could travel on direct paths to listening stations in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The premise was validated as stations from Bermuda to New Zealand to the United States West Coast all received the signal. The time the signal took to travel was a function of the temperature of the water it traveled through.After being widowed by wife Judith in 2006, Munk found love again. In 2009, he met Mary Coakley, chair of the Friends of La

(Image: Rockland Scientific)

Ocean Microstructure Glider Workshop Announced

Rockland Scientific and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences announced a specialized training program for Rockland turbulence measurement systems that are integrated with ocean gliders.   Ocean Microstructure Glider (OMG) 2018 will be hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Glider Initiative & Collaboration (MAGIC) at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences St. Georges, Bermuda from May 28 to June 1.   Classroom and field training will be optimized for both scientists and technicians and facilitated by instrument specialists from Rockland Scientific.   Fees to attend OMG 2018 are $1

In order to better understand how corals are interacting with microbes in surrounding reef waters, the researchers set up aquaria-based experiments using colonies of the coral P. astreoides. (Photo: Stacy Peltier, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)

Study Reveals Corals' Influence on Reef Microbes

As they grow, corals are bathed in a sea of marine microbes, such as bacteria, algae, and viruses. While these extremely abundant and tiny microorganisms influence coral communities in a variety of ways, a new study by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) reveals that corals also have an impact on the microbes in waters surrounding them.   In novel lab observations of interactions between corals and planktonic bacteria, known as picoplankton, researchers found that corals

(Courtesy Land Rover BAR)

The Role of Simulation Software in Yacht Racing

Volvo Ocean Race for almost a decade, winning three times in a row, with ABN Amro (2005/06), Ericsson Racing Team (2008/09) and Groupama Sailing Team (2011/12). Cape Horn Engineering is proud to be involved in the design team at Land Rover BAR, the British Challenger for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda 2017, whose aim is to #BringTheCupHome, where it all started in 1851.   With the company in its second incarnation as a partnership between original founder Rodrigo Azcueta and naval architect and marine engineer Matteo Ledri, the team has successfully expanded their range of activities within

Photo: SUT

Can a Lobster be an Archaeologist?

divers discover a missing 8,000 year old Stone Age civilization near the Isle of Wight. The 150-page-book has been drafted by SUT members who are marine scientists, divers, subsea engineers, academics and from the merchant navy. It covers topics such as: Why do ships go missing in the Bermuda Triangle? Are lake monsters real and do werewolves exist in the Arctic Sea? How to build an underwater robot Filming underwater movies Whirlpools and discovering treasures from sunken ships Where rubbish goes when it’s dumped at sea. Could living under the sea

Garbage Belt:  A rendering of plastic about to be processed. Credit: Ocean Clean-Up

Shipping’s Stake in an Ocean Clean-Up

another barrier into the densest reaches of the great brown Pacific gyre. In tow behind their sail boats, the plastic traps have shown that design and operational costs might come down, after it was found a shallower barrier also collects garbage. This summer, another Slat-led expedition heads for Bermuda, the Azores and the North Atlantic Garbage Patch. For aspiring engineers with sea legs, Slat says he’s hiring: two design and structural engineers; a hydrodynamic engineer and a finance intern. He’s also looking for volunteers with specialist training, including communications. Whatever

R/V Sikuliaq Research vessels like R/V Sikuliaq are built to conduct scientific observation and experimentation.

New Ships Join the US Research Fleet

Earth Observatory / MARCUS LANGSETH / NSF / 235 OCEAN/INTERMEDIATE CLASS SHIPS University of Hawaii / KILO MOANA / Navy / 186 Oregon State University / OCEANUS / NSF / 177 University of Rhode Island / ENDEAVOR / NSF / 185 Scripps Institution of Oceanography / NEW HORIZON / SIO / 170 Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences / ATLANTIC EXPLORER / BBSR / 168 REGIONAL CLASS SHIPS University of Delaware / HUGH R. SHARP / UD / 146 COASTAL/LOCAL CLASS SHIPS Scripps Institution of Oceanography / ROBERT GORDON SPROUL / SIO / 125 Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium / PELICAN / LUMCON

Pelagic longline vessel Captain Scott Drabinowicz and crew preparing to deploy a tag from the deck of the FV Eagle Eye II.

Tuna Study Uses New Tracking Methods

of the Large Pelagics Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found among other things that these fish cover a wide geographical range with pronounced north-south movements from Georges Bank to the Brazilian shelf, and they favor a high-use area off Cape Hatteras southwest of Bermuda for foraging. This NOAA-funded research, which used a new approach to study one of the most important commercial tuna species in the Atlantic, provides the longest available fishery-independent record of bigeye tuna movements to date. Data should help researchers to further characterize habitat

Rob and Rick Morton

Hydroid Completes Newport-Bermuda Ocean Race

Hydroid Regional Sales Manager Rick Morton competes in 635-mile race from Newport to Bermuda Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), today announced Regional Sales Manager Rick Morton has successfully completed the 49th Newport Bermuda Race, along with the Kongsberg team. The team finished in five days, placing 10th in their division and 75th overall, out of 162 boats. Only two hours separated the second place boat in their division from the 12th. Founded in 1926 by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

Celebrity Equinox (photo courtesy Celebrity Cruises)

Cruise Ship Data to Assist Ocean Scientists

health is understanding the atmosphere and its effects.” Funded in part by RCL’s Ocean Fund, The University of Miami’s OceanScope equipment on Explorer of the Seas has tracked ocean circulation dynamics since 2000, in the North Atlantic basin that the ship sails through while on Bermuda and Caribbean routes from the U.S. Northeast. The Allure of the Seas lab tracks these conditions through the Eastern and Western Caribbean, and has done so since 2012. The installation of an OceanScope lab on Celebrity Equinox will provide insight into the ocean dynamics in the Mediterranean Sea

Sargasso Sea image from video courtesy of SSA

Sargasso Sea Protection: 11 Countries Pledge to Support Pact

from North America, the Caribbean and Europe have committed support for the conservation of the Sargasso Sea eco-system for the benefit of present and future generations, informs the Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA). The Alliance explains that for more than two years, it has collaborated with the Bermuda government  in a push for the establishment of safeguarding measures for the Sargasso Sea, a unique two-million-square nautical mile ecosystem in the North Atlantic that is without effective legal protection, placing it at risk of long-lasting harm due to overfishing, pollution and more. The

(Credit: Center for Coastal Studies (CCS))

Boaters Enlisted to Help Track Whales

Marine Sanctuary and its sister sanctuaries across the Caribbean as part of Carib Tails, a new international citizen science effort. Carib Tails is a collaboration between the sanctuary and partners at Marine Mammal Sanctuary of the Dominican Republic, Agoa Marine Mammal Sanctuary/French Antilles, Bermuda Marine Mammal Sanctuary, the marine mammal sanctuaries of the Windward and Leeward Dutch Antilles, and the United Nations Caribbean Environment Program’s Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Program (UNEP/SPAW). By photographing the tails of humpbacks they encounter at sea, boaters can

Energy Endeavour in River Tees:Credit Antony Fleming

Northern Offshore's Jackup 'Energy Endeavour' Charter Extended

of US$160,000 per day. Gary W. Casswell, Northern Offshore’s president and CEO, said “We are pleased with the opportunity to continue our relationship with Wintershall and sincerely appreciate their commitment to Northern Offshore.” About the Company Northern Offshore, Ltd. is a Bermuda holding company which operates offshore oil and gas drilling units and one production vessel in various markets around the world, including the North Sea, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and West Africa. The company’s fleet consists of four drilling units (a drillship, a semisubmersible and

Drillship Energy Searcher: Image courtesy of the owners

Energy Searcher Gets Offshore Nigeria Contract

mooring system. It has a deck load capacity of 9,000 tons and is able to accommodate 110 people. The rig was completely refurbished and upgraded in 2006 and underwent its five (5) year SPS (May 2011) in Singapore, with additional upgrades in 2012. About the Company Northern Offshore, Ltd. is a Bermuda holding company which operates offshore oil and gas drilling units and one production vessel in various markets around the world, including the North Sea, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and West Africa. The company’s fleet consists of four drilling units (a drillship, a semisubmersible and

Zajonc Named to Tecton Board of Directors

. In 2001, Mr. Zajonc was part owner and a team member on the 16,000 foot discovery dive to the unidentified ship known as the Atlantic Target. Over 1,500 gold and silver coins and 65 artifacts were recovered from the deepest historic shipwreck ever excavated, a small merchant vessel that sank south of Bermuda some two hundred years ago. -- SS Republic. In August 2003 Mr. Zajonc joined Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.'s senior management team as General Counsel and was initially responsible for onshore support of Marine Operations. In November of 2003 gold was discovered on the wreck of the SS Republic

GPS Spoofing and the Potential Perils to Ships at Sea

.  In the real world, though, this is often not done.  We have become so reliant on GPS that we don’t question it.  In 10 June 1995, the cruise ship Royal Majesty ran aground in what amounted to a case of accidental spoofing.  The ship was returning to Boston from a voyage to Bermuda.  At dinner, the master explained to the passenger at his table how groundings were a thing of the past because the ship was equipped with all the latest navigation equipment, including GPS.  Unbeknownst to the navigating team on the bridge, as the ship approached the Massachusetts coast

Höegh LNG Reorganizes for Delivery of New FSRU's

under long-term contracts.  The company operates a fleet of six LNG transportation vessels and two floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs). In addition, Höegh LNG has four new FSRUs on order and has developed a solution for floating LNG production (FLNG).  Höegh LNG is a Bermuda based company with established presence in Oslo, Singapore, London and Tampa.  

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