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Resourceful: Norwegian AUV and oceanographic researchers work in sync. Photo Credit: Professor Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU AMOS

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

to lay the communications cable of a Cold War acoustic array on the seabed from a research station on an island to one on an ice-flow. Recently, another ISE AUV made headlines in Australia for taking University of Tasmania researchers on a mission to survey the southern polar ice.Payload-flexible: ISE Explorer 6000 class and ISE 3000 R&D AUVs. Photo Credit: International Submarine EngineeringAUV network“I think the ability to coordinate survey logistics with multiple AUVs is something that has been done,” says ISE business-development manager, Phil Reynolds, in possible reference to AMOS&rsquo

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

. In 2001, he was the inaugural recipient of the Prince Albert I Medal in the physical sciences of the oceans, which Prince Rainier of Monaco created in cooperation with the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans. Among Munk’s favorite honors was the 2014 awarding of the Explorer’s Medal from the Explorer’s Club, an organization founded in 1904 that includes some of the last century’s most famous names in science and exploration among its members.More recently, in 2018, Munk received the French Legion of Honor with the rank of Chevalier (Knight) in Paris

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INVENTION: Pitching a Tent Underwater

underwater habitat – a subsea ‘basecamp’ if you will – that  provides a portable deep-sea space for divers, a habitat and dedicated life support system that provides creates a breathable environment. Developed by NYU Meyers professor Winslow Burleson and diving pioneer and explorer Michael Lombardi, the system was awarded a patent in December 2018.While advances in technology have enabled divers to explore deeper and stay there longer, these excursions require divers to undergo decompression to prevent decompression sickness. Long decompression stops before an ascent can leave

Osprey Explorer (Photo: SeaBird Exploration)

SeaBird Scoops Two Contract Extensions

Marine seismic surveyor SeaBird Exploration announced Thursday it has secured extensions for two existing contracts.The contract for the 2D/3D shallow water vessel Voyager Explorer, which is working on an ocean bottom node survey in the Far East, has been extended by approximately 90 days until March 2019, with an option for another 30 day extension.The 2D long offset/source vessel Osprey Explorer, which is working on an ocean bottom node survey in the the Gulf of Mexico, had its contract extended from initially 60 days to currently approximately 180 days. Following the completion of this contract

SeaBird Wins 2D Survey in the Americas

Cyprus based marine seismic player SeaBird Exploration said it has been awarded a contract to acquire 2D seismic data for an international oil and gas company in the Americas region.The survey is due to commence during the second quarter of 2019 and is estimated to run for approximately two months.SeaBird will use the 1979-built vessel Harrier Explorer for the work.

Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

, the most popular topics and technologies will include Unmanned Vehicles, Vessels and Robotics, Ocean Observation and Sensing technologies and Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics. We’re also reprising our “Catch the Next Wave” program from London, organized in association with The Explorers Club, which highlights how the spirit of exploration drives forward science and technology. Speaker pairings, comprising a leading explorer with a scientist or technologist, will once again examine the role technology plays in exploring environments on the seafloor, in the oceans, on the oceans

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India Plans Deep Dive for Seabed Minerals

In the 1870 Jules Verne classic "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", underwater explorer Captain Nemo predicted the mining of the ocean floor's mineral bounty - zinc, iron, silver and gold.India is catching up with that only now, as it prepares to unearth treasures down below, aiming to boost its economy.The floor of the world's seas is scattered with vast beds of black potato-shaped polymetallic nodules comprising copper, nickel, cobalt, manganese, iron and rare earth elements.These natural goodies are key to making modern gadgets, from smartphones and laptops to pacemakers, hybrid cars

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Teledyne Bowtech: Lamps for the Five Deeps Expedition

Teledyne Bowtech, A Division of Teledyne  Limited, has announced the supply of modified LED-V-Series deep water lamps for installation on board Triton submarines for the Five Deeps Expedition, a collaboration between investor and explorer Victor Vescovo of Caladan Oceanic, Triton Submarines and EYOS Expeditions.After three years of intensive efforts from some of the world’s leading oceanographers, submarine engineers, and scientists, the Five Deeps Expedition is launching as the first global ocean journey to send a manned submersible vessel farther and deeper than any in history. An expeditio

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SeaBird Takes Delivery of Seismic Vessel from CGG

Norwegian seismic surveyor SeaBird Exploration said it had taken delivery of the Geowave Voyager from France's CGG, and the vessel has been renamed Eagle Explorer.The vessel was acquired fully rigged with 40km streamer and dual source, for $17 million and a NOK 120 million private placement.As part of the purchase agreement, SeaBird will have a preferred supplier status with CGG when using the Eagle Explorer.SeaBird and CGG have entered into a 160-day contract for the vessel, operating as a source vessel, with options for CGG to extend.The vessel will go to work starting in December, after completin

(Image: Professor Cui Weicheng, Shanghai Ocean University)

Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

board of some of the world’s most preeminent figures in deep ocean science and technology, including Bathyscaph Trieste pilot #1 Dr. Don Walsh, Dr. Sylvia Earle who brings her Ocean Everest advocacy, Russia’s MIR Program Director Dr. Anatoly Sagalevich, DEEPSEA CHALLENGER co-designer and explorer James Cameron, WHOI’s Andy Bowen, Newcastle University’s Dr. Alan Jamison, Scripps Institution’s Dr. Douglas Bartlett, and other distinguished scientists and engineers.In addition to starting the HAST program at Shanghai Ocean University, Cui is advising a start-up group founding

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Voices: Jill Zande, MATE II

nod to the location as this year’s competition theme.The competition has certainly evolved over the years – and not just in terms of numbers. About five years ago we added a fourth competition level or class called NAVIGATOR (the progress is now SCOUT – NAVIGATOR – RANGER – EXPLORER).Why was that done?We did this because, in 2008, we recognized that middle schools were the fastest growing population of competition teams. We certainly hadn’t tried to proactively reach that population. As a matter of fact, our MATE grant focused on community colleges and linkages between

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ISE Sells 6000m-rated AUV to China

Canadian underwater systems and robotics manufacturer International Submarine Engineering Ltd. (ISE) announced it has sold its latest ISE Explorer autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to China Ocean Mineral Resource R&D Association (COMRA). This ISE Explorer AUV is the first rated for operations at 6,000 m depth.The modular design of the ISE Explorer enables it to carry multiple payloads in its spacious, swappable, and customizable payload section including Multibeam Echosounders, Sidescan Sonars, Sub-bottom Profilers, Synthetic Aperture Sonars, High Definition Cameras and Laser Systems, CTDs and

Vessel position using Sonardyne and Guidance Marine technology compared with RTK Global Positioning System data. (Image: Sonardyne International)

Project to Enable Autonomous Navigation in Denied Environments

laser instrument, which takes range and bearing measurements from targets mounted on buildings or stationary surface structures in the ocean, to calculate the vessel’s position and maintain positioning between targets.During trials earlier this year, a CyScan was mounted on Sonardyne’s Echo Explorer survey vessel incorporating additional GeoLock functionality. During a transit, between Sonardyne’s Plymouth Sea Trials and Training Centre and at the company’s classroom facility in nearby Turnchapel, where surface markers were located, the two instruments were used to calculate Echo

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Studying Aliens of the Deep

the most innovative tools available. These deep-sea organisms, some being thousands of years old, deserve to be treated with a similar gentleness when we’re interacting with them,” said collaborating author David Gruber, Ph.D., who is a 2017–2018 Radcliffe Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, and Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Baruch College, CUNY.The idea to apply folding properties to underwater sample collection began in 2014 when first author Zhi Ern Teoh, Ph.D. took a class from Chuck Hoberman, M.S., a Wyss Associate Faculty Member and Pierce Anderson Lecturer

Kraken Enters R&D Partnership with NOAA

Exploration and Research is a fast moving and forward-thinking division of NOAA, always eager to identify and adopt the latest marine technology available to increase the efficiency and capability of their missions. We are highly impressed with the telepresence capability aboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer and OER's goal to provide real-time data from their expeditions to the scientific community. We feel this will be a truly symbiotic relationship between NOAA OER and Kraken by combining their real-time, global data transfer capabilities with our real-time processing incorporated to all of our

Seabed Geosolutions Wins GoM Extensions

and gas fields in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Seabed Geosolutions has recently started as planned with the original workscope, and the additional surveys will increase the total duration to around five months. The extension secures backlog continuity for the CASE Abyss ocean bottom node crew and the Hugin Explorer vessel.Seabed Geosolutions supports the optimal development and production of oil and gas fields by providing high quality seismic data collected directly on the seabed. These data are used for detailed reservoir characterization, monitoring of the impact of production and detection of potential

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

oft-discussed ‘next generation’.  As Zande celebrates her 20th anniversary with MATE, our “Number Five” in the MTR Top 10 shares the challenges and rewards of building and maintaining its signature student ROV competition.No. 6Dr. Sylvia EarleAn American oceanographer and explorer known for her research on marine algae, Dr. Sylvia Earle has lived by her mantra, “no blue, no green.” She has spent her lifetime protecting and conserving the world’s oceans.Sylvia Earle is President and Chairman of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance. She is a National Geographic

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