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A marine technician hauls in the CTD (conductivity, temperature, and depth) rosette on a research cruise in the Sargasso Sea. © Maya Thompson

BIOS: North Atlantic Carbon Sink Shrinking Due to Warming

An analysis of North Atlantic Ocean water masses has made it clear that the effects of a warming planet extend beyond biology—they impact the physics of ocean circulation, too. The research, recently published in Nature Climate Change, was conducted by scientists from the University of British Colombia, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), the French Institute for Ocean Science at the University of Brest, and the University of Southampton.One particular layer in the North Atlantic Ocean, a water mass called the North Atlantic Subtropical Mode Water (STMW), represents around 20% of the

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Damen Inks Deal for Hydrographic R/V

.Cotemcar  will build the hydrographic and oceanogrpahic research vessel for DIMAR (Direccion Maritima – Maritime Authority) at their Mamonal location. The vessel, which will be 83 meters in length with a beam of 16 meters, will be the largest and most complex vessel ever to be built in Colombia.DIMAR will operate the vessel in Colombian waters,  both Pacific and Caribbean, and will also sail it to the Antarctic. The vessel has various types of hydrographic equipment on board, including all deck equipment, for example, a large A-frame on the aft, and also extensive laboratory capacity

Arjen Van Dijk  (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Names Van Dijk CCO Americas

Svitzer has appointed Arjen Van Dijk as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for the Americas region.With more than 15 years in global shipping and transportation, the 43 year old Dutch maritime professional brings to Svitzer extensive knowledge and insights. He speaks Spanish and has lived and worked in both Argentina and Colombia and has worked in various other Latin American countries. Arjen Van Dijk is joining the Management Team in Svitzer’s regional head office in Miami.

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

Performing Coating Systems for Different Applications

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 to facilitate the required class inspections.One of the Ecolock projects was planned to be deployed in Colombia where there is a lot of fishing activity. So besides durability and the knowledge that the coating would stay on for long enough, the owner and the local authorities wanted to be absolutely sure that no toxic elements would be leaching into the aquatic environment. Not during regular activity and

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$17B Spanish Galleon San Jose: EdgeTech Instrumental

and sonar data analysis for the project was supplied by GK Consulting of Derry NH. The San Jose was a 62-gun flagship galleon of a Spanish fleet carrying gold, silver and emeralds from the mines of Peru back to Spain.  It was sunk June 8, 1708 in a battle with the British off of Cartagena, Colombia. The ship sank so quickly that there were only 11 survivors of the 600 people onboard. EdgeTech side scan sonar systems provide operators the ability to image large areas of the sea floor during important deep-water searches when the whereabouts of sunken objects are largely unknown.  EdgeTech&rsqu

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Argentina Sticking with Submarine Program despite Disaster

complete.   Argentina spends about 1 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, less than its neighbors Chile, Brazil and Peru.   Peru has six subs, Chile four and Brazil plans to increase its five-vessel fleet by four over the next few years. Ecuador and Venezuela each have two and Colombia has four.   “Submarines are an excellent strategic weapon to use in inter-state conflicts. Thankfully, in our region we have optimal relations with our neighbors. But that can change,” Calle said.   Subs are used to patrol sovereign maritime areas and can transform themselves

Juan Manuel Santos (Photo: Juan David Tena - SIG)

Colombia Moves to Salvage Treasure from Spanish Shipwreck

Colombia is making progress towards salvaging a Spanish galleon carrying jewels and coins that sank more than 300 years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday after receiving a proposal from an investor to bring it to the surface.   The ship named San Jose, thought by historians to be carrying one of the largest unsalvaged maritime treasures, sank in 1708 near the historical Caribbean port of Cartagena, and its wreckage was located in 2015.   "The discovery of this ship - one of the most important that navigated in our seas during colonial times - begins a new chapter

Mexico Auctions Two-thirds of Blocks in Shallow Water Oil Tender

Mexico on Monday auctioned two-thirds of the shallow water oil and gas blocks up for grabs in the latest round of its energy market opening, surpassing the cautious estimates of officials last week.   Italy's Eni, Colombia's Ecopetrol and Capricorn Energy, a unit of Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy , were among the companies at the forefront of the bidding for 15 blocks in the southern Gulf of Mexico.   Ten of the 15 blocks were taken up in the auction.   Eni took one of the blocks by itself and two in consortium with other companies. One comprised Capricorn and Mexican oil firm Citla

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OPTECH South 2017: Littoral Challenges in Colombia

Concepts and Technologies Examined at Sea and Ashore    Naval experts from around the world are meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Operations and Technology (OPTECH) South 2017 conference.  The event is being conducted by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Littoral Operations Center (LOC), supported by the Office of Naval Research-Global and the Colombian Naval Science and Technology Office and Swedish defense company Saab.   The littoral is the complex “near shore” environment where hydrography, geography, commerce, fishing, mining, boundaries

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