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Minister Price. Photo: Australian Govt

World First: Patrol Vessels Deploy 3D Printers

.The Morrison Government will invest $1.5 million in the two-year Supersonic Deposition 3D printer pilot, which will lead to a significant increase of parts availability compared to what the regular supply chain can provide.Minister for Defense Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, congratulated the Charles Darwin University’s Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, along with industry partner SPEE3D, for producing the cutting edge and uniquely Australian capability.“This high-tech machinery enables metal components to be produced quickly and efficiently, meaning our ships can get back on the water

Photo: Jan De Nul Group

Jan De Nul Completes Port Hedland Dredging

main export commodity. Currently it facilitates the safe and efficient management of approximately 6,000 vessel movements each year.Jan De Nul Group further customized its fleet in order to meet the planning and strict operational and environmental requirements. The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Charles Darwin was fitted with an in-house designed ripper draghead, providing enhanced capabilities. In addition and for specific areas within the dredge area, the Hopper Dredger Juan Sebastián de Elcano was equipped with an in-house developed milling draghead, adding to the flexibility and cost/time

Photo: David Vargas/Lindblad Expeditions

MTR100: #3 Sven Lindblad, Lindblad Expeditions

?” 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 Ocean

A new study compared sea surface temperatures with endangered Galapagos Penguin population counts and found that the penguin population doubled while waters cooled around their nesting islands. (Courtesy of Snowmanradio/Flickr)

Climate Change Boosts Galapagos Penguin Population

increasing stresses on ecosystems, but biology sometimes surprises us," said Karnauskas. "There might be places—little outposts—where ecosystems might thrive just by coincidence."   The Galapagos Penguin population tenuously hangs onto the islands that so enthralled Charles Darwin during his visit in 1835. The penguins once numbered around 2,000 individuals, but in the early 1980s a strong El Nino – a time when sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific are unusually warm – brought their numbers down to less than 500 birds. Dogs, cats and rats introduced

Photo courtesy of T&T Salvage

Shipwreck Refloated Near the Galapagos

were successfully removed prior to refloating the ship wreck that lie sunk on a rocky volcanic shoreline for over two months. The salvage team’s efforts were credited with protecting the historic and environmentally sensitive island where the HMS Beagle first landed in 1835 with naturalist Charles Darwin.   The T&T Salvage team included Salvage Master Ted Hosking, with over 50 years of experience salvaging ships around the world, Jim Elliott former USCG COTP and Certified Type-1 Incident Commander, plus seasoned project managers, naval architects, salvage engineers, and technicians

View on the vessel from the coast of the Galápagos (Photo courtesy of Mammoet Salvage)

Salvage Crews Avert Disaster in the Galápagos

the island of San Cristobal. Recognizing the imminent disaster and threat of pollution to the UNESCO world heritage site, the Government of Ecuador contracted Mammoet Salvage and CPT to begin immediate operations to remove the ship. The grounding occurred in the same harbor that naturalist Charles Darwin visited in 1835. The diverse and unique wildlife there led to his theory of natural selection and the publishing of the book Origin of Species and the theory of evolution. In 2001, a grounded ship in the same harbor caused a great deal of damage to the marine life, especially the marine iguana

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