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The rotating head of the overview sonar, with the Sonic 2022 on it. (Photo taken with ROV Jason. Credits: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI/MARUM, V18)

MultiBeam EchoSounder Enables First-of-its-kind Research

could lead seafloor methane hydrate deposits to dissociate, which would result in a greater volume of methane released in the ocean, and potentially reaching the atmosphere, and therefore causing a high risk for humanity.Scholars at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany, and the University of Washington in Seattle are working on a project initiated in 2017 called M3, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that monitors the natural release of methane at the Southern Hydrate Ridge (SHR) off the coast of Oregon State.This real-time

From left to right: Dr. Jan Albiez, Dr. Sylvain Joyeux and Patrick Paranhos (Photos: Kraken)

New Hires Join Kraken Robotik

for six years as researcher in robotics at FZI in Karlsruhe, Germany, Albiez received his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe in 2007 for his work on biologically inspired walking machines. He then worked at the underwater robotic branch of DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) in Bremen. DFKI is one of the world's largest nonprofit research institutes for artificial intelligence. In 2014, Jan moved to SENAI CIMATEC in Salvador, Brazil where he served as technical leader on the BG/Shell FlatFish AUV project and trained a 20-person robotics team.    Dr. Sylvain Joyeux

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Arctic Ice Sets New Record Low for Winter

; Worldwide, last year was the warmest on record for the third year in a row, despite government efforts to rein in man-made greenhouse gas emissions under a 2015 Paris Agreement that aims to phase out the use of fossil fuels this century.   Earlier on Wednesday, scientists at the University of Bremen in Germany published similar findings. Their data showed that the ice covered just 14.49 million square kilometres (5.59 million square miles) on Feb. 22, almost the size of Russia, fractionally smaller than the previous winter low of 14.58 million square kilometres set last year in satellite records

DEDAVE AUV in Fraunhofer’s test tank in Ilmenau, Germany (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken, Fraunhofer Ink Tech Licensing Deal

maritime sensor and robotics technology.  We look forward to a long-term relationship with Kraken and will help them continue to develop advanced robotic technologies that can be commercialized in world class products.”   Dr. Jakob Schwendner, Managing Director of Kraken Robotik GmbH in Bremen said, “We look forward to furthering our relationship with Fraunhofer. The heart of underwater robots are software algorithms - in other words the artificial intelligence interacting with the sensors and interpreting the data received, and thereafter directing the robot to take appropriate

Rosane Zagatti (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group & the FlatFish AUV

. The FlatFish project concept was created by BG Brasil, a subsidiary of Shell, with DFKI, SENAI-Cimatec and EMBRAPII as partners in the project. The prototype, currently in sea trials, is being developed to carry out 3D visual inspections in high resolution of subsea pipelines and infrastructure. “Bremen, Germany based DFKI, our partner in the FlatFish project, had a key role in the development of the AUV. As a global reference for artificial intelligence and robotics, they were responsible for training and developing the technical capability for the Brazilian researches involved in the project.

Kraken Establishes German Subsidiary

Kraken Sonar Inc. has established a new German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH (KRG), to commence operations at the Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre effective January 1, 2017.   According to Kraken, the move to expand operations into Germany corresponds to strong growth in the region where the company has an increasing base of customers and strategic partners.   In addition to customer support, KRG will focus on the development of 3D imaging sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for underwater robotic platforms. Machine learning is a type of AI that

Control site Ambient. Photo source :Alfred Wegener Institute PR

Tropical Coral reefs lose their Zooplankton through Ocean Acidification

of member institutions, information about the scientific program and the BIOACID bodies as well as facts about ocean acidification can be found at the website www.bioacid.de. Lead author Joy N. Smith was funded through the EU doctoral program MARES. She gained doctoral degrees from the universities of Bremen and Plymouth.  

Some Like it Hot: Scientists Drill off Japan for Sizzling Life

Celsius (249.8°F) around a volcanic vent on the seabed in the Pacific Ocean off the United States.   Scientists will now drill into rocks where temperatures reach 130°C (266°F) in a two-month trip off southern Japan starting on Sept. 12, said Kai-Uwe Hinrichs, of the University of Bremen in Germany who led the scientific proposal for the mission.   He reckoned life was likely to exist at temperatures around a maximum 85°C to 90°C (176°F-194°F) beneath the surface. He said there was probably less food in such rocks, heated by the molten core of the Earth, than

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MacArtney Bolsters German Market Presence

Adding high-grade competences to its portfolio of system sales causes MBT GmbH, MacArtney Germany, to generate a wider field of activity in terms of geographical market coverage in Germany.   MBT GmbH has acquired Bremen based CPU GmbH, provider of equipment for underwater technical systems, as of April 1, 2016.   CPU GmbH remains an independent entity with Christoph Reuter carrying on his job as Managing Director of the company. CPU GmbH will relocate to the Innovation and Technology Center of the University of Bremen and will keep its current name during a transition phase.   &ldq

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Global Marine Takes Majority Stake in CWind

O&M services to its current capabilities.   CWind has to date supported the construction and operation of more than 26 wind farms in the North Sea, Irish Sea and the Baltic delivering a broad range of construction and O&M services. Substantial growth has led CWind to open a new office in Bremen, Germany in 2014. In its last financial year finishing September 30, 2015, CWind had total annual revenues of $40.3 million; Global Marine reported revenues of $137.1 million during the same period.   CWind operates an 18-strong fleet that executes activities in support of wind farm owners

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Nordsee One Wind Farm Construction Kicks Off

.   The Nordsee One project will be executed by the world’s biggest jack-up vessel Innovation that recently completed construction of the nearby offshore wind farm Godewind. After some modifications in order to be prepared for the next challenge, the Innovation, sailing under German Flag with Bremen as port of registry, arrived at the port of Cuxhaven. Cuxhaven will serve as the base port from which the construction works will be executed.   With a length of 147.5 meters, a width of 44 meters and equipped with a Dynamic Positioning 2 (DP2) system, the self-propelled Jack-up vessel is

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