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In 2019, Nautilus plied the Pacific waters off the island of Nikumaroro, searching for any sign of Amelia Earhart's lost plane. In the cool, dark control room, we kept a 24-hour vigil. (Gabriel Scarlett/National Geographic Image Collection)

VIDEO: Up Close and Personal with Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard

Ocean explorer and scientist Dr. Robert D. Ballard opens up on his personal life and his world-famous ocean discoveries like never before in his new book, “Into the Deep.” Best known as ‘the man who found the Titanic,’ Marine Technology Reporter had the opportunity to interview Ballard on the contents of the book, a book released yesterday with a follow-up National Geographic television special scheduled for June 14, 2021, taking a deep dive into his dyslexia, the importance of his family throughout his career, and reflections on what’s important – and what is not

Coda Octopus released the new Echoscope4G C500 Inspector system, designed as a modular, mobile platform to make sonar deployment simple and fast. (Photo courtesy Coda Octopus)

Coda Octopus Debuts Echoscope4G C500 Inspector System

power, control and data.The C500 sonar is mounted on the ISAR rotator offering a wide range of pan motion. In addition, an adjustable tilt bracket allows simple adjustment of the vertical field of view to suit different applications and environments. A laptop running CodaOctopus Underwater Survey Explorer (USE) or 4G USE software completes the suite providing real-time 3D visualization including integrated pan control of the sonar via the ISAR rotator. The C500 Inspector system can provide relative positioning and real-time monitoring capability for scene awareness and diver 3D tracking. The

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Divers Find Deepest Known Shipwreck USS Johnston

A privately funded mission has found, surveyed and filmed the USS Johnston, the world’s deepest known shipwreck, offshore Samar Island in the Philippines Sea.The expedition was backed by Victor Vescovo, is an entrepreneur, explorer and retired U.S. Navy Commander who personally piloted his submersible DSV Limiting Factor down to the wreck during two separate, eight-hour dives 21,180 feet (6,456 meters) below the ocean's surface. These constituted the deepest wreck dives, manned or unmanned, in history."The image is impressive and we look forward to seeing the rest of the data

View from the AUV less than a meter from docking. International Submarine Engineering Limited

Beneath the Waves: Keep Your AUV Safe by Docking Subsea

Find out about ISEs experiences with getting its Explorer class AUV to dock autonomously during it’s recent sea trials.The atmosphere on the bridge of ISE’s vessel Researcher is tense. All mission checks are complete; conditions are optimum for docking; everything looks good. The vehicle, a 5-meter-long Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (or AUV), is on mission underwater. Updates from the AUV are now limited to acoustic chirps every 30 seconds and everyone is waiting anxiously. Will it succeed?Whenever an AUV is sent underwater to test new systems it is an exciting time, and for the ISE team

Mark Heine, Fugro CEO - Credit: Fugro

Fugro to Sell Seabed Geosolutions to PXGEO

restructuring costs and other cash liabilities related to the wind-down of the remaining parts of the  Seabed Geosolutions’ organization. The negative EBIT impact, related to the restructuring and associated costs, is estimated at EUR 8 to 10 million. Fugro will retain the Hugin Explorer vessel and potential liabilities and claims related to ongoing litigation, in line with previous disclosures.Mark Heine, Fugro CEO said he was am pleased to announce the divestment, "which is a key priority on our 2021 management agenda."" [The divestment] represents the final step

Last call of the JCR at Rothera (Photo: Alex Wallace / BAS)

RRS James Clark Ross Makes Its Last Antarctic Call

to resupply the U.K. stations in Antarctica for another year. Later this month the ship will make one final stop to her home port of the Falkland Islands to refuel before making the six-week journey back to the U.K.RRS James Clark Ross, named after the 19th Century British Royal Navy officer and polar explorer, was built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders in Wallsend, U.K., and launched in 1990. For the past three decades the 99 meter, 5,372 GT ship has been a floating platform for biological, oceanographic and geophysical research. She contains some of Britain’s most advanced facilities for oceanographic

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Ireland’s New Research Vessel to Be Named Tom Crean

due to enter service in 2022 will be named the RV Tom Crean, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue announced. "I am delighted to announce the name of Ireland's new marine research vessel is the RV Tom Crean, acknowledging the contribution of a legendary Irish Explorer," McConalogue said.Tom Crean was a renowned seaman and explorer who undertook three major groundbreaking expeditions to the Antarctic in the early years of the 20th Century which sought to increase scientific knowledge and to explore unreached areas of the world, at that time.A native of Annascaul

Discoverer will have the ability to deploy remotely operated vehicles to explore the ocean. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA's New Ocean Exploration Ship to Be Based in Newport, RI

of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps. “From its Rhode Island homeport, this ship will shed new light on unexplored areas of the ocean with the promise of bringing us many exciting discoveries.”When commissioned, Discoverer will replace the 32-year-old Newport, R.I.-based NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as the only federal vessel dedicated to ocean exploration. The new ship will join NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow, a fisheries survey vessel also based in Newport, at a NOAA marine support facility soon to be built at Naval Station Newport.Discoverer will also support the many strong partnerships that

Rendering of the AUV and the Towed Dock. Image: ISE

ISE Completes Phase 1B of Autonomous AUV Docking Test

begin its next mission. This essentially eliminates the risks of launching and recovering during rough sea states as well as greatly reducing the amount of downtime between missions.The purpose of phase 1b was to develop a prototype and prove the concept in a real-world subsea environment using the ISE Explorer AUV and the new dock prototype. At a distance up to 90 meters, the AUV uses multi-beam sonar to align itself with the dock and navigate towards the target. Once it is within a range of 10 meters, the AUV automatically switches to camera tracking and homes in on the light array on the dock. Over

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