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as a dedicated regional edition for those across the Americas to meet, learn and see the latest technologies. The London event regularly attracts a healthy proportion of North American visitors, but this Americas event brings together five times more people, and adds in those from Latin America and the Caribbean too. Many people can’t afford the time and cost of crossing the pond to London, but San Diego is a far easier proposition for most – and delightfully warm in February! – which is why we generate a sizeable 98% unique audience to this new event. What a great chance to make brand-new

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

$3 trillion to the world economy by 2030, up from $1.5 trillion in 2010.POLITICAL RIFTSSome parts of the oceans - the east coast of the United States, areas around Japan, New Zealand and Ireland - are relatively well mapped, experts said. Others, including the West African coast or that off the Caribbean, remain largely blank.The introduction of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an international treaty, allowed countries to determine their continental shelves and exclusive economic zones - legitimate territorial claims off their coasts.It also spurred a rush to

 Applying Ecofix on the corroded areas of a rudder. (Photo: Subsea Industries)

Performing Coating Systems for Different Applications

is really a guarantee, not just a commercial promise.Over the last couple of years alone Subsea Industries has completed several big offshore projects, including two project for Exmar NV. Exmar, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, introduced the world’s first floating LNG liquefaction barge, the Caribbean FLNG, in 2013. The main reason for choosing Ecolock was to protect the underwater hull from corrosion for at least 15 years without having to drydock or repair or replace the hull coating. Another key factor in choosing the hull coating system was the need for a clean, environmentally safe hull

Jamaica Updates Hydrographic Information

or in maritime works, because the updated, more reliable charts will show not only depths and configuration but also what is actually on the seabed at this time.”Ian Davies, UKHO Hydrographic Programme Manager and Chris Thorne, UKHO, Head of Partnering and Engagement – Eastern Atlantic and Caribbean, delivered the workshop.Thorne said: “Hopefully the future is very bright for Jamaica. Their marine economic value will improve. There will be greater reliability in the data on the charts. The cruise industry will have more confidence in visiting Jamaica and to utilise more and more of the

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Morrison, iSIMS Introduce iJacket

the iJacket is 100 percent ROV and AUV accessible, which eliminates the need for divers to carry out inspections,” Detiveaux said.DNV GL has awarded iSIMS with an Approved in Principle (AiP) for the iJacket design method and Morrison is the exclusive fabricator for North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and the north coast of South America

Location map for CGG’s rich-azimuth survey north-west of the Shetland Isles.
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CGG Deploys Two Vessels for Survey NW of Shetland

in Q1 2019.The acquisition geometry is designed to image multiple targets from shallow Tertiary and Cretaceous plays to complex fractured Devono-Carboniferous reservoirs by undershooting the volcanic intrusions and shallow unconformities present in the area. Two vessels, the Oceanic Vega and the Geo Caribbean, are being deployed. Each vessel operates triple sources using simultaneous source technology.The data will be processed in depth using CGG’s state-of-the-art broadband imaging technology, including advanced de-blending and Full-Waveform Inversion velocity modeling. The final data will be

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New ASV Delivered for Post-hurricane Surveying

A new autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) has been delivered to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for rapid post-hurricane hydrographic surveys in the Caribbean.After a severe climatic event, such as a hurricane, hazards to navigation impede the rapid delivery of aide as well as access to critical infrastructure through ports and harbors. Use of the SeaRobotics Corporation’s 3.6-meter, collapsible ASV will allow rapid deployment and completion of the hydrographic surveys necessary to reopen infrastructure enabling delivery of life saving goods and services.“SeaRobotics is pleased to participate

Richard Branson with Usain Bolt (Photo: Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator)

Caribbean States Kick Off Green Defense Against Disasters

British billionaire Richard Branson and two dozen Caribbean nations and territories announced in Jamaica on Thursday the creation of a multi-million dollar program to turn the hurricane-prone region into a green tech hub resilient to disasters.The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator marks the culmination of talks that began with Branson's push, starting last year, to replace fossil fuel-dependent utilities with low-carbon renewable energy sources in the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.Hurricanes Maria and Irma left trails of destruction as they crashed through the region last September.Branson has

Glider data will help forecasters make better predictions this hurricane season (Photo: NOAA)

Ocean Gliders: The New Storm Chasers

Unmanned ocean gliders go deep to help improve hurricane forecastsA fleet of 15 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), or gliders, will be deployed to collect important ocean data in the Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean that could prove useful to forecasters this hurricane season.NOAA, the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System and university partners will begin deploying the torpedo-shaped, remotely-operated, battery-powered gliders from vessels off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in mid-July. Ten of the gliders will come from the U.S. Navy, and the others from NOAA.The gliders will

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Caribbean Set to Ride the 'Blue Economy' Wave

Caribbean countries should dive into the "blue economy" to exploit marine resources, giving their economies a much needed boost, while protecting coastal eco-systems, economists said.The island nations - which have 80 times more sea than land - been hampered by low growth and high debt, and they will need to attract financing to develop sectors like ocean renewable energy and marine biotechnology, they said."We very much see the blue economy as fundamentally central for the Caribbean region's economic growth," said Tahseen Sayed, the World Bank director for Caribbean countries

The progression from Landsat satellite imagery, to a satellite derived bathymetry surface, to a bENC (Bathymetric Electronic Navigation Chart). The location is Golfo de Guanahacabibes, Cuba. (Credit: Aaron Sager)

MG3 & Satellite Derived Bathymetry

. With this goal in mind, MG3 Survey UK Limited has turned to Earth observation satellites flying hundreds of miles overhead to get a better idea of what obstacles lay beneath the waves in the most perilous coastal zones.One of MG3’s vessels recently returned from completing a survey in the Caribbean where the planning team relied on multiple bathymetry products, including satellite-derived data, to perform a ‘desktop mapping’ of the numerous jagged coral reefs in the area. This work was done long before the ship embarked on its voyage. In fact, MG3 employed the data even before

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