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NOAA Intros New OceanReports Tool

A new web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning created by NOAA and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, will give everyone from ocean industries to coastal managers, students, as well as the general public the opportunity to be an ocean explorer from their own computer.U.S. ocean waters comprise nearly four million square miles and is one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the world. Now, when users outline any area in the U.S. EEZ using the OceanReports tool, they can get detailed information about habitats and species, industries in

3D at Depth SL3 non-touch data collection process with the TBD-1 Devastator Aircraft (Credit: Air/Sea Heritage Foundation photo by Brett Seymour)

Subsea Wreck Brought to Life by Lasers

National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center; Evan Kovacs, an innovative engineer and experienced technical diver who runs Marine Imaging Technologies; Matt Christie, Senior Subsea LiDAR Specialist with 3D at Depth; Brian Kirk, an expert local guide and original co-discoverer (with historian/explorer Matt Holly) of the wreck of BuNo 1515; plus archaeologist/divers Chris Dostal, Carolyn Kennedy, and Michael Terlep. Advisors from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute were also part of the expedition planning and post-production stages.Although

Chris Gibson, VP of Sales & Marketing at VideoRay.

One-on-One: Chris Gibson, VideoRay

4, Pro 5, and Defender on an oil rig. Photo credit to Dean Nafziger of UROV. Image: VideoRayPlease provide an overview of the VideoRay ROV family today.VideoRay is well-known for our three-thruster, yellow ROVs. These ROVs are portable, rugged, and reliable. We have sold more than 4,000 Pro 4, Scout, Explorer and Voyager models.  However, over the last several years VideoRay has added the Defender and Pro 5 product lines based on our modular Mission Specialist technology. Mission Specialist technology was developed to solve additional customer requirements. Mission Specialist systems have more powerful

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SeaBird Scores Contract Extension

SeaBird Exploration announced Tuesday that its contract for the Eagle Explorer with CGG has been extended by approximately 80 days for another survey in Northern Europe. The contract is now firm until August 15, 2019, with further options for CGG to extend with up to 60 days.The Eagle Explorer has been on a 160-day contract with CGG since acquired in November and completing its 10 year class docking in December 2018 and is currently working as a source vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

OiA ’19 Conference Chairman, Ralph Rayner, on stage at Catch The Next Wave in San Diego in 2017. Photo: Oceanology International

Oi Americas Set for San Diego

, President, Marine Technology Society (MTS); and Jason Giffen, Assistant Vice President, Planning & Green Port, Port of San Diego.Tuesday, 26 February 2019, meanwhile, will see the staging of another one-day event, Catch The Next Wave: Frontiers of Exploration, organised in partnership with The Explorers Club and a cornerstone of Oi events since 2012. Utilising speaker pairings of explorers and scientists or technologists, the event has been devised to illustrate how closely aligned the disciplines of exploration and technology have become, as interdependent drivers each spurring the other onwards

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

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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

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