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Global Reef Expedition: Mission to Tonga

anthropogenic stressors, the landscape of these habitats is regularly shifting. The science and conservation community has realized the importance of baseline studies to help track how these precious reef ecosystems are changing. The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation launched the Global Reef Expedition (GRE)—the largest coral reef survey and mapping expedition in history—to conduct much-needed baseline research on the health and resiliency of coral reefs. This cornerstone study used standardized sampling methods to research the ever-dynamic coral reef benthic and fish communities

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NOAA Teams Up with Industry to Explore Ocean Depths

to this partnership unparalleled capabilities and technologies to explore the hadal zone — the deepest, darkest and coldest region of the ocean found below 6,000 meters or 3.7 miles. This expertise was on display in Vescovo’s recent successful missions in 2018 and 2019 called The Five Deeps Expedition,offsite link during which he journeyed in a human-occupied submersible vehicle to depths ranging from 3.5 miles to 7 miles into the deepest trenches of the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic oceans.“NOAA will collaborate with Victor Vescovo because he has the passion and technological

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Schmidt Offers Online Educational Content for Students

Ocean Institute’s You Tube channel, Facebook page and website. Additionally, Artist-at-Sea cartoonist Lucy Bellwood will do a live reading of SOI’s comic, “Mappin’ the Floor” on Friday, April 10 at 10a.m. PST.Falkor is on a year-long initiative to conduct seven science expeditions along all four sides of the Australian continent. The footage and samples collected will have important implications for the sustainability and protection of these underwater ecosystems.The current expedition, led by Dr. Nerida Wilson from the Western Australian Museum, began in Fremantle on March

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Kraken Reports Contracts Worth $2.8 Million

, which must be inspected regularly.Under a recently signed Canadian government contract for our SeaVision underwater laser imaging platform, Kraken expects to be working with Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team in the Arctic this summer, as a continuation of the 2014 Franklin Expedition.In the last six months, Kraken has completed several successful demonstration trials and commercial contracts with offshore oil and gas customers in North and South America for laser scanning of a wide variety of subsea assets.PowerSubsea Pressure Tolerant Batteries – SeaPowerCompleted delivery

RENDERING OF NEW VIKING SHIP: This rendering shows what the new Viking expedition ships will look like, including the hangar for launching small vessels. Credit: Viking

NOAA-Viking Public Private Partnership, a Win-win for Research

;Another set of cruises will head to the Arctic and Antarctica.  Viking is building two new vessels: the Viking Octantis and the Viking Polaris, under construction now in Norway, by Fincantieri’s VARD.In a press release Viking writes that it has created “the thinking person’s expedition.”  Indeed, Viking has partnered with the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute, whose scientists will undertake fieldwork on board.  Beyond the cruise partnership opportunities, Viking has also endowed a professorship at the Institute and is helping to fund

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Sunken Submarine USS Stickleback Found

Marines."  The Discovery of the Stickleback is part of the ongoing "Lost 52 Project" supported in part by STEP Ventures and has been recognized by JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) as the first and most comprehensive offshore underwater archaeological expedition in Japanese waters

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Fleet Xpress Chosen for Nekton Project

oceans. “The ocean is a key part of each Maldivian,” said President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of Maldives. “71% rely on the ocean for their primary source of income. We have committed to a 5-year initiative to advance ocean protection and sustainably develop the blue economy. This expedition will help us establish the long-term sustainability of our economic growth, livelihoods and jobs through establishing marine protected areas to build ocean resilience”Deep ocean locations are often also the farthest from shore side support. For high-tech research vessels monitoring and managing

Deep-Sea Coral Gardens, Graveyards Discovered Off Australia

Bremer Canyon Marine Park is already known as a biodiversity hotspot for marine species such as whales and dolphins, however, a recent expedition focused on the deep sea has now revealed rich and diverse ecosystems inhabiting the cold waters deep within the canyon. Led by researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA), these discoveries were only made possible by the philanthropic Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) deep-sea remotely operated vehicle, SuBastian, which is capable of sampling depths to 4,500 meters.The team strategically collected deep-sea corals, associated fauna

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The Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga

Scientists publish latest findings from the largest coral reef expedition in historyThe Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has published their findings from extensive coral reef surveys conducted in the Kingdom of Tonga. The Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga Final Report contains critical information on the health and resiliency of coral reef ecosystems in Tonga, and provides scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders with invaluable information they can use to protect these fragile marine ecosystems.“Since Tonga is a developing country, about 66% of the total population’s

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Polarcus Seismic Vessel Refit Completed

heavier vessels compared to floating docks.”The news comes shortly after Navalrocha delivered its first ever BWTS project for the Paxoi bunker tanker capping off an active 12 months notching up than 30 drydock, wet basin and pier-side projects. Recent work has involved livestock carriers, polar expedition vessels, car-ferries, tugboats, cargo-carriers, cruise ships and sailing vessels. The yard is also driving further expansion in the LPG and product carrier markets.Middle East operator Polarcus is responsible for delivering high-end towed streamer data acquisition and imaging services from pole

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