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Deep Down Taps Simmons as COO

Offshore equipment and services company Deep Down said it has appointed Micah Simmons as Chief Operating Officer, a new role at the company. Simmons' appointment is part of a broader management realignment effort initiated last month, which included the appointment of Deep Down CFO Charles Njuguna to serve as CEO.Simmons was most recently Vice President of Project Management for Global Operations in Siemens Oil and Gas, based in Houston. Prior to Siemens, he spent 20 years with TechnipFMC most recently as a Vice President, Global Supply..Simmons earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of

CODA Elects Plumb to Board of Directors

Coda Octopus Group, Inc. (CODA) (Nasdaq: CODA), a leader in real-time 3D sonar technology and real-time subsea intelligence, announced the election of J. Charles Plumb, Captain, USNR (Ret.) to its Board of Directors. Captain Plumb was elected at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders.Captain J. Charles Plumb is a retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot and former Vietnam Prisoner of War. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service, and his military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the P.O.W. Medal. Since his

Photo: David Vargas/Lindblad Expeditions

MTR100: #3 Sven Lindblad, Lindblad Expeditions

we?” said Lindblad. “I am not being pessimistic, I am realistic. We must be proactive and leave value. We must protect our asset and avoid destructive intrusion. A surfer doesn’t want to go to Bali and surf through plastic bags.”Lindblad is a member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands; serves on the Board of The Safina Center, on The Hubbard Council of the National Geographic Society, and on the Board of Trustees of RARE; was named commissioner of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Arctic Climate Change in 2008, is a founding

Fairfield Geotechnologies Names Sugahara CEO

Seismic data processing and licensing company Fairfield Geotechnologies announced Tuesday that Chris Sugahara will succeed Charles "Chuck" Davison as CEO of the company.Sugahara, a third-generation family member at Fairfield Maxwell, is a Senior Vice President and the Treasurer of the company. Prior to joining Fairfield in 2004, he served as an Associate in the Hedge Fund Investments Group at Credit Suisse Asset Management and an Analyst in the Private Wealth Management division of Credit Suisse First Boston. Sugahara is the Chairman of the Sugahara Family Ownership Board, the Chairman of

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Magseis to Acquire Fairfield Seismic Technologies

confidence in the combined management team. We are also pleased that the transaction will provide Fairfield-Maxwell additional capital for potential reinvestment in Fairfield Geotechnologies’ remaining data licensing and data processing business.”The Chairman, CEO and President of Fairfield, Charles W. (Chuck) Davison, has been proposed as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Magseis upon completion of the Transaction. Anthony Dowd, President and CEO of Fairfield-Maxwell Ltd, has been proposed as a member of Magseis' nomination committee

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A System of Systems Approach to Mine Countermeasures

both object avoidance and threat mitigation for the Z-Boat. A Teledyne Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) then conducted a search-classify-map sidescan survey of the basin. Teledyne CARIS-Onboard, which was running on the Gavia AUV, performed mosaicing of the sidescan data in near real time while Charles River Analytics’ ATR software, also running in near real time on the Gavia AUV, used advanced image processing algorithms to analyze the CARIS mosaics and perform automatic target recognition (ATR).The coordinates of a mine-like object were passed to Marine Advanced Research’s WAM-V

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Arctic Offshore Salmon Farm to Come Online in Late 2020

Norway Royal Salmon is on track to begin output from its Arctic Offshore Farming development project in 2020, CEO Charles Hoestlund told Reuters on Tuesday."We are on track to begin output of small salmon in autumn 2020 (and then it takes 1-2 years before harvesting)," Hoestlund said while presenting the company's second-quarter earnings."Investments are in the range 625-650 million Norwegian crowns ($74-$77 million) for two facilities with 3,000 tonnes of salmon in each of them," he said.Norway Royal Salmon was awarded development licences this year to produce up to 5,990

Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Studying Aliens of the Deep

fields of soft robotics and origami-inspired engineering to apply those technologies to solve problems in an entirely different discipline, and we are excited to see the ways in which this synergy creates novel solutions,” said Wood, who is a Founding Core Faculty member of the Wyss Institute, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS, and also a National Geographic Explorer.“Collaboration across disciplines is a defining feature of the Wyss Institute, and this work exemplifies how new innovations can emerge when scientists from vastly different fields start communicati

Researchers converted their three-finger soft manipulator to a two-finger version, seen here performing a pinch grasp on an extremely delicate sea cucumber. (Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

A Soft Solution to a Hard Underwater Problem

laboratory. The research is reported in PLOS One.“When interacting with soft, delicate underwater creatures, it makes the most sense for your sampling equipment to also be soft and gentle,” said co-author Rob Wood, Ph.D., a Founding Core Faculty member of the Wyss Institute who is also the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “It’s only recently that the field of soft robotics has developed to the point where we can actually build robots that can grasp these animals reliably

Unique Group Enters into West Africa JV

relationship and offering for our local clients.“Unique Group holds a large range of products which will now be more accessible for customers in the area. It is an exciting time for both companies and we look forward to the future while supporting the oil and gas industry in the region.”Sir Charles K Wami, CEO of Charkin Maritime & Offshore Safety Ltd, commented, “Partnering with Unique Group extends our global presence and together we can continue to deliver products and services which are among the best in the world.  The in-depth industry knowledge and work ethic held by

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