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Map of World's Seafloor Takes Shape Despite Crisis

, Mercury or Venus and that charting the depth and shape of the seabed will help understand the impact oceans have on the earth’s climate.As the world’s ocean economy grows in coming years, data will also be vital to boost knowledge of marine ecosystems and marine life as well as future food supply patterns.Seabed 2030, which is working to bring together all available bathymetric data to produce a comprehensive map said on Sunday that the area mapped had risen from 15% to 19% in the last year, from only 6% when the initiative began in 2017.“Over the next year, we anticipate similar

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ABB's Hybrid Power and Propulsion for Færøysund Live Fish Carrier

the event of power outage or blackout. In environmentally sensitive areas, stored energy, supported by clean shore power connected via ABB technology, will enable emission-free operation.“This is a very sophisticated live fish carrier whose energy efficiency contributes to sustainability in the food supply chain it serves and in its working environment,” said Sindre Sætre, head of ABB Marine & Ports business in Norway.  “Building on years of ABB experience in hybrid power solutions, we are proud to make a first delivery for a ship of this specialized type. The order also

Luva-flowlines heading for the field on board the Seven Oceans (Photo: Statoil)

Statoil: High Activity in Deep Waters

the Asta Hansteen field and Sandnessjøen this summer, totalling 17 port of calls.   When large construction vessels like this arrive, they lead to buzzing activity, on the base, at Aker’s premises and in the local community in general – involving a range of services from food supply to transportation.   “The Aasta Hansteen SURF project has led to major spin-offs in North Norway, for example manufacturing of subsea templates, spooles and suction anchors as well as coating of pipes for the Polarled pipeline and also base services. Drilling on the field will start

R/V Sally Ride (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego)

New Research Ship Sally Ride Sails for Home

;s most technologically advanced oceanographic research vessels and will put that technology to work in missions throughout the northern Pacific Ocean. With it, seagoing scientists will work toward goals of fundamental importance to society: preserving the fisheries that are vital to the world’s food supply, discovering new chemical compounds that are the basis for antibiotics and cancer therapies, avoiding the large-scale instability in natural systems that is a consequence of climate change, and filling in the jigsaw puzzle of global tectonics that lets us understand the risk of seismic events

Ocean Farming AS, supported by Kongsberg Maritime AS, building the world’s first automated ‘exposed’ aquaculture facility (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

First Offshore Aquaculture Development Green Lighted

fish, the concept delivers significantly improved yields that will prove important in the decades to come as part of Norway’s strategy to leverage its aquaculture and offshore expertise to meet the challenges of accelerating population growth and the pressures this places on the world’s food supply chain,” commented Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime.   “To succeed in placing fish farming in exposed areas as a viable solution to address the food gap challenge, we need to integrate and harmonize a wide range of maritime and offshore technologies, for the fish

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Sunscreen Ingredients Might Harm Marine Life

;The onslaught of pollutants in our oceans, from giant islands of plastic in the Pacific to tiny nanoparticles, cannot continue,” said John Kaltenstein, Marine policy analyst with Friends of the Earth. “We must quickly address these threats to marine life and fisheries upon which our food supply depends.” Nanomaterials reflect a convergence of chemistry, physics and engineering at the nanoscale to take advantage of unique physical properties associated with chemicals in this small size range. Nanoparticles are measured in nanometers (nm); one nanometer is billionth of a meter

The team will use the deep-submergence vehicle, Nereus, to collect both biological and sediment samples. Nereus will stream imagery from its video camera to the ship via a fiber-optic filament about the width of human hair. This state of the art vehicle, developed by a team of engineers at WHOI, dove to the deepest part of the ocean—Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench—on its first mission in May 2009. (Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Exploring One of the Deepest Ocean Trenches

be devoid of life, trenches may actually be home to many unique species. For one reason, there is growing evidence that food is plentiful there. While it is still unclear why, organic material in the ocean may be transported by currents and deposited into the trenches. In addition to looking at how food supply varies at different depths, the research team will be investigating the role that energy demand and metabolic rates of trench organisms play in community structure and how these biological systems differ from their shallow water relatives. "The energy requirements of hadal animals have

Lease Approved for L.A. Marine Research Campus

and ocean-related problems. Once complete, the campus will provide work environments for researchers and scientists from major colleges and universities, government agencies and industries to study critical problems facing urban oceans today – from climate change to rising sea levels, from food supply to freak weather patterns, to a host of other pressing issues.  For the first phase of the project (Berth 56 and 57), the Port has agreed to make improvements to the wharf and subsurfaces to ready the property for development. AltaSea will be responsible for upgrading the existing historic

Google Demonstrates Liquid Galaxy

BLUE: Ocean Film and Entertainment

film to teach locals what is at stake in their own backyards. She pointed out that when a reef system is failing, natives may be the last to know why. Films can change that by motivating artisan fishermen to adopt bans on destructive practices that lead to the collapse of their livelihoods, and their food supply. Efforts like these have resulted in bans on commercial diving for lobsters, while targeted media exposure has helped to ban shark finning in nine countries since the first BLUE Ocean Film Festival in 2009. In closing remarks, HSH Prince Albert II, who also participated in BLUE 2012 in Monterey

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