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Innovative Tidal Power Project Proceeds in the Scottish Sea

of the renewable energy transition. In its current offshore strategy, the EU Commission is aiming for 40 gigawatts of ocean energy by 2050 - generated in wave or tidal power plants, floating photovoltaic systems and by using algae to produce biofuels.The O2 project has also received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the FloTEC project as well as the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg North West Europe program under the ITEG project.Image courtesy SK

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Europe's Offshore Wind Investments to Keep Growing After Record Year

Offshore wind investments in the European Union and Britain in 2020 were more than double the level projected at the start of the year and should continue to grow in 2021, an industry group said on Wednesday.The record 26.3 billion euros ($31.9 billion) invested in offshore wind projects in Europe last year was a figure not expected until 2025, Guy Brindley, financial analyst at Wind Europe, said."The investments we saw in 2020 were a lot higher than what we were expecting for the required build-out at this stage, so it is a very positive number," Brindley said.Final investment decisions

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CorPower Ocean Attracts Investment for Wave Energy Tech Project in Portugal

Portuguese wave energy technology project."Portuguese authorities have joined the Swedish Energy Agency, EIT InnoEnergy, and private investors to support CorPower’s flagship HiWave-5 demonstration project in northern Portugal," the company said."The investment supported by the European Union is provided through the NORTE 2020 Program operated by aicep Portugal Global (Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency) and CCDR-N (Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission)," CorPower Ocean said.The CorePower wave energy converter is of point absorber type, with a

Left: Lab-On-Chip chemical sensors (foreground) with autonomous underwater vehicle (submarine) Autosub Long Range behind. Right: CAD model showing Autosub Long Range with seven Lab-On-Chip nutrient sensors in the nose and four Lab-On-Chip and one electrochemical sensor for the ocean carbonate (CO2) system at the stern. (Images: NOC)

New Project Aims to Revolutionize Ocean Observations and Measurements

are uniting to develop a range of new in-situ sensing, imaging and sampling technologies that will improve our understanding of the chemistry and biology of the ocean under a new project being coordinated by the National Oceanography Center.Funded by a €8.9 million ($10.5 million) grant from the European Union's Horizon 2020 program, TechOceanS – Technologies for Ocean Sensing – will pioneer five new sensors, two imaging systems, a novel sampler and an artificial intelligence-driven image processing methodology, all capable of robust operations at depths beyond 2,000 meters.TechOceanS

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Op/Ed: An Antarctic Marine Protected Area is Long Overdue

for a precautionary management approach to commercial fishing and keeping some fishing areas open for access.The proposed MPA would stand for 70 years, with a review every decade so zones can be adjusted to preserve ecosystems.No more disastrous delaysThe commission is made up of 25 countries and the European Union. In its upcoming meeting, the proposed MPA will once again be considered. Two other important MPA proposals are also on the table in the East Antarctic and Weddell Sea.A map of the current and proposed marine protected areas under consideration. Cassandra Brooks, Author providedIn fact, for eight

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Med Exploration Dispute Draw EU Sanctions for Turkey

The European Union is preparing sanctions against Turkey that could be discussed at the bloc's next summit on Sept. 24 in response to the eastern Mediterranean dispute with Greece, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday.The measures, meant to limit Turkey's ability to explore for natural gas in contested waters, could include individuals, ships or the use of European ports, Josep Borrell said. The EU would focus on everything related to "activities we consider illegal", he added.He spoke in Berlin where EU foreign ministers met to discuss support for Greece after Athens ratified a

Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test. (Photo: NOAA)

Subsea Mining: The Race is On, But Effects are Unclear

and make sacrifices for the greater good.An old treaty with a new purposeCountries regulate seabed mining within their marine territories. Farther out, in areas beyond national jurisdiction, they cooperate through the Law of the Sea Convention, which has been ratified by 167 countries and the European Union, but not the U.S.The treaty created the International Seabed Authority, headquartered in Jamaica, to manage seabed mining in international waters. This organization’s workload is about to balloon.Under the treaty, activities conducted in areas beyond national jurisdiction must be for &ldquo

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, president of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden. © Christoffer Lomfors

Ocean Influencer: Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University (WMU)

incorporate evidence-driven and interdisciplinary research, features issues such as: marine debris, Sargassum, and marine spatial planning in the eastern Caribbean; a land-to-ocean PhD program for candidates from developing countries; and automation and robotics for ship survey purposes under the European Union’s H2020 program.  From her prominent position and with years of maritime industry legal work, Doumbia-Henry is aware of the problems threatening the future of the world’s oceans. The biggest risks, she said, were those linked to unsustainable anthropogenic activities, such as

Ashtead -DMS installed on a Subsea Template as seen from ROV camera. Photo: Ashtead

Challenges of Underwater Structure Monitoring for Offshore Operations

of liquid CO₂ to an onshore terminal on the Norwegian west coast. From there, the liquified CO₂ is transported via pipeline to an offshore storage location subsea in the North Sea for permanent storage. The CCS project is instrumental in helping to reduce CO₂ emissions and is a step towards the European Union’s efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.It marks the first occasion Ashtead Technology has been involved in a CCS programme, providing a leading subsea services company with its integrated Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) - a suite of structural monitoring

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