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The AUV in driving position with manipulators folded. Photo Copyright: DFKI, Thomas Frank

Tech File: Dual-Arm AUV Emerges from German Consortium

not only enables intuitive control and monitoring of the robot underwater but also ensures the smooth bidirectional flow of information with the plant operators and allows integration into existing business processes.The dual-arm AUV Cuttlefish is launched in the DFKI's Maritime Exploration Hall in Bremen. Photo Copyright: DFKI, Thomas FrankThe DFKI Robotics Innovation Center has successfully designed and built the AUV "Cuttlefish" in Mare-IT as an intervention AUV that can be freely positioned in the water column. The innovative AUV has two deep-sea gripping systems attached to its ventral

Image from Fall 2020 OceanVision Campaign – Flowlines and Risers. Image Courtesy Kraken

Kraken Announces $3.5m of Contract, Funding Awards

of $1.5 million, the customer’s fourth order of Kraken batteries.In addition, Kraken was awarded $2 million of funding awards across three projects. Work on these projects will be carried by Kraken’s acoustic signal processing team in Canada, Kraken’s AI and Machine Learning team in Bremen, Germany and Kraken’s subsea power team in Rostock, Germany.Execution of the contracts for deliveries of our SeaScout systems to the Danish and Polish navies continues and is on track and on budget. First shipments under these contracts will occur in Q4 this year

The Ocean Cleanup founder & CEO Boyen Slat on the Interceptor 002 in Klang River, Malaysia © The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean's Microplastics Mess: Technology & Technique to Identify & Clean Up

microplastics in the Arctic, particles transported over large distances by the atmosphere and later returned to land through precipitation. The team, led by Dr. Melanie Bergmann and Dr. Gunnar Gerdts, conducted analyses on snow samples from regions in Germany such as Heligoland, Bavaria and Bremen, as well as the Swiss Alps and the Arctic. In each location, the snow contained high concentrations of microplastics, even in the most remote of areas (in the Arctic, samples contained up to 14,400 particles per liter). When analyzing sea ice from the Arctic Ocean, the amount and distribution of

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Bennett Joins Kraken Board

growth.”Kraken Robotics is a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors, subsea batteries and thrusters, and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland with offices in Dartmouth, N.S.; Toronto, Ont.; Bremen and Rostock, Germany; and Boston, Mass.“I am excited to join Kraken as the market for marine robotics is on a strong growth curve,” Bennett said. “The Kraken team has put together an impressive array of industry leading products and formed significant partnerships to propel the

Image Credit: Fugro

Fugro Starts Shallow Water Survey for 2Africa Fiber-Optic Cable Project

, Fugro has already expedited the cable engineering and manufacturing phase by providing multibeam echosounder data to the ASN project team “on the fly” during the first phase of the project," Fugro said.Malte Cesson, Fugro’s Commercial Manager for Marine Site Characterisation in Bremen, Germany, said: “We are proud and honored to be selected by ASN for this project, which in its base configuration will be one of the largest of its kind. The challenging scope of work is further complicated by Covid-19 and the associated protocols but our unrivaled strategic partnership with

Photo: Thales Australia

For the Royal Australian Navy, Technological Leap Starts Small

;The system also allows for change detection.  If we found two objects on the bottom every week for a month, and then a third object shows up, maybe we need to check that out,” said Stephen.When mines are found and are to be destroyed, the SEA 1778 kit includes the Atlas Elektronik SeaFox (Bremen, Germany) expendable mine neutralization system, as well as the Rotinor (Stuttgart, Germany) Black Shadow diver delivery vehicle to transport divers to place detonation charges near mines, depending on the environment and tactical situation.  The MAS Zengrange (Wellington, New Zealand) Command

Simplified graphic showing how seafloor currents create microplastics hotspots in the deep-sea. Image Courtesy NOCS

SCIENCE: Seafloor Microplastic Hotspots Controlled by Deep-sea Currents

this information the team were able to show how ocean currents controlled the distribution of microplastics on the seafloor.This research forms part of an international research project at the University of Manchester (UK), the National Oceanography Centre (UK), IFREMER (France) and the Universities of Bremen (Germany) and Durham (UK).This project is part of wider research by the Microplastics Research Group at the National Oceanography Center that aims to understand the extent and implications of microplastic pollution on the health of marine ecosystems:

On April 9, 2020, "S43" as the third of four HDW Class 209/1400mod submarines was officially handed over by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to the Navy of the Arab Republic of Egypt. (Photo: © thyssenkrupp AG,

Thyssenkrupp in Talks About Possible Warship Unit Merger

, had been stressing the necessity and opportunities of German consolidation over the past two years.Consolidation was necessary to safeguard thousands of jobs and shipyard locations in Germany, he said.TKMS, which builds warships and submarines, operates at locations in Kiel, Hamburg, Emden and Bremen. It has annual sales of 1.8 billion euros and employs 6,000.TKMS has reported improving order intake and the parent company said in November it will invest 250 million euros by 2023.Possible would-be buyers of the business in the past were Rheinmetall and the French Naval Group. (Reuters reporting

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

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