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Arctic Rays Chooses GTS as West Coast Rep

Arctic Rays LLC, an underwater technology specialist in the design and manufacturing of high-performance lights, cameras and sub-sea equipment, has announced GTS Consulting as the company’s west coast representative. The territory for GTS Consulting on behalf of Arctic Rays includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Zooglider (top) with a selection of zooplankton imagery the robot has captured. Top photo: Benjamin Whitmore

New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically

and engineers have modified a common physical oceanography instrument to be able to image zooplankton as it glides through the ocean.The robot, a first-of-its-kind sensing instrument dubbed Zooglider by Mark Ohman, a biological oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, uses as its platform a Scripps-developed glider known as Spray. Ohman and Scripps instrument developers outfitted the torpedo-shaped Spray gliders with a camera (called Zoocam) and a device researchers call Zonar that gathers acoustic data about zooplankton – free-drifting microscopic

(Photo: The Ocean Cleanup)

Ocean Cleanup Device Malfunctions

A first-of-its-kind floating ocean cleanup system deployed to collect plastic pollution from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been taken out of service early after it broke apart while operating halfway between Hawaii and California.The wind- and wave-propelled cleanup system, launched from San Francisco in September by Dutch nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup, consists of a 600-meter-long U-shaped floating barrier with a three-meter skirt below that glides at the ocean surface to collect plastic and funnel all debris at its center.Operations have been put on hold after an 18-meter section separated from

Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

with Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada), Chevron, Florida State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and University of California – Santa CruzPassive Gulf of Mexico Loop Current Observations from HF Radar Across the Yucatan StraitThis project will procure, install, and operate high frequency radar systems to measure surface currents at two locations in the Yucatan Channel region of the Gulf of Mexico: Isla Contoy and

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

Vehicle or LRAUV, a helicopter-portable, torpedo-shaped system with oil sensors and navigation capabilities. This robot can provide real-time data for first responders by producing and transmitting 3-D maps of crude oil, diesel, gasoline and kerosene spills. ADAC recently tested this technology in California and plans to do more tests this year and next, including under-ice tests.Meet LRAUVWork on LRAUV started in January 2015, the idea born from the stress around the Deep Water Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, which was measured with “limited sensors and short duration platforms

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Subsea Robotics: SOI Mission Discovers New Hydrothermal Vent and Species

AUV, ROV Seafloor Mapping Systems Used on an expedition aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V FalkorSchmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor recently discovered a spectacular new hydrothermal vent field, named JaichMatt, in the Souther Pescadero Basin, Gulf of California.The vents were identified using Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution’s (MBARI) Dorado autonomous underwater vehicle to conduct exploratory seafloor surveys with one meter lateral resolution. Simultaneously, MBARI's new Low Altitude Survey System was used from Schmidt Ocean Institute’s ROV SuBastian to map

Subsea Global Solutions Acquires Muldoon Marine Services

Muldoon Marine Services (Muldoon), a commercial diving firm based in Long Beach, Calif."This is an exciting day for the SGS family as this acquisition will further solidify our position as the market leader in underwater ship maintenance, repair and marine construction solutions both locally in California and abroad," said Paul Peters, Chief Executive Officer of SGS. "Muldoon has been operating in the Long Beach area and nearby ports for 30+ years with a solid track record and an exceptional customer service history. After many years of competing against one another we are enthusiastic

Michael Jones (Photo: TMA)

Interview: TMA's Michael Jones on BlueTech Week

Sessions with an amazing array of speakers, four tracks with six panels each, and 40 exhibitors – more than ever before. And the third annual BlueTech Investor Day is attracting more investors than ever before.We know that your reach is global, but looking in your own backyard and Southern California, can you give your insights on how this region, this cluster, has evolved over the last decade?With 3.3 million inhabitants, San Diego is California’s second-most populous county and the fifth-most populous in the United States. There is an amazing array of government, industry, military

Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill assists NOAA personnel with the disentanglement of a whale three miles southwest of Santa Cruz. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

USCG, NOAA Rescued an Entangled Whale

An entangled whale off the coast of California was rescued with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).NOAA personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., on Monday, requesting assistance in locating a whale that had become entangled off the coast of Santa Cruz.The Coast Guard launched the Monterey-homeported 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat Hawksbill to search for the whale, while a helicopter crew was dispatched and located the whale approximately three miles southwest of Santa Cruz.Once on scene, the

Small remnants of thicker, multiyear ice float with thinner, seasonal ice in the Beaufort Sea on Sept. 30, 2016. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Alek Petty

Arctic Sea Ice is Youngest and Thinnest Now

The Arctic Ocean's blanket of sea ice has changed since 1958 from predominantly older, thicker ice to mostly younger, thinner ice, according to new research published by NASA scientist Ron Kwok of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.With so little thick, old ice left, the rate of decrease in ice thickness has slowed. New ice grows faster but is more vulnerable to weather and wind, so ice thickness is now more variable, rather than dominated by the effect of global warming, according to NASA's Earth Science News Team.Working from a combination of satellite records and declassified

The heavy 800 kg frame that was moved by the flow (© 2017 MBARI)

'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

of this multi-year project -- the most ambitious attempt yet to measure these avalanches -- a total of 15 events were successfully tracked, some of which traveled for over 50 kilometers into the deep sea.More than 50 instruments were installed on and above the seabed within Monterey Canyon offshore California, including the novel smart boulders designed to travel within the avalanches and measure their speed and movement. One of these smart boulders was also attached to a heavy 800 kilogram frame that was carried several kilometers down the canyon within a slurry of sand and rock fragments. The presence

GeoSpectrum Technologies C-BASS low frequency sources (Image: GTI)

GTI to Supply Low Frequency Sources to Scripps

GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) announces it will supply the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California San Diego) with two “C-BASS” low frequency sources.This new technology will allow researchers to conduct low frequency acoustic experiments more efficiently and less expensively than previously possible, GTI said. A successful field trial at Seneca Lake last December caught the attention of Scripps, resulting in the purchase.The fully coherent C-BASS are tuned to operate at 34 Hz and are capable of continuous operation. The energy efficient sources are physically

(Photo: The Ocean Cleanup)

The Ocean Cleanup Kicks Off

A first-of-its-kind floating ocean cleanup system is undergoing a final round of testing before it begins removing plastic pollution from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch halfway between Hawaii and California.The system developed by the Dutch nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup was launched from San Francisco Bay on September 8 and towed 350 nautical miles by the vessel Maersk Launcher to an offshore test site. System 001 will now undergo two weeks of trials before continuing its journey to start collecting debris at the world’s largest accumulation of ocean plastic some 1,200 nautical miles off the

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California Offshore Wind Project Progresing

Northern California energy authority RCEA and a consortium of private companies, including Aker Solutions and Principle Power, have submitted a lease application to advance the first commercial scale project for floating offshore wind in the United States.The application for the offshore wind energy development off the coast of Humboldt county in Northern California has been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).In April this year, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) selected a consortium which includes Aker Solutions, Principle Power and EDPR Offshore to enter into a public-pr

Abel Nemeth (Photo: BIRNS)

Nemeth Joins BIRNS as Manufacturing Engineer

experience in lean and six sigma manufacturing, including the use of MSA/GR&R, SPC, DOE, and FMEA in a variety of quality environments such as TS-13485/21CFR820, TS-16949, AS9100, Global Food Safety, and ISO-9001.  Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in statistics from California State University, Hayward

L3 Technologies Wins Navy Deal

L3 Technologies, Ocean Systems Division, Sylmar, California, was awarded a $49,364,268 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity sole-source contract to provide support and repair services for the TB-23 towed array systems and related test equipment. L-3 will evaluate, salvage, repair and refurbish TB-23/BQ Towed Array System modules and associated test equipment and provide inventory management services. Support services include the engineering and technician services for tasking in the following areas: engineering and technical services, depot operations, logistics

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

a lot of buzz, and for good reason. High-tech floating structures unlock the potential for clean wind energy in waters – especially deep waters – such as off the U.S. West Coast and in parts of Asia where traditional fixed-foundations cannot be supported.Among the leaders in this space is California-based Principle Power and its patented triangular shaped floating wind turbine foundation WindFloat. The semi-submersible three-column offshore platform features water entrapment plates that, through damping effects, reduce motion due to waves. Work to build the floating base and install a turbine

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