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Free Workshops: Earth Observation for Marine Environments

, satellites, high altitude platforms, drones, remote sensors, etc.•Sea Fisheries - July 9, 10:30-12:20 a.m. at Harwell, Oxfordshire or online via webinar•Aquaculture - July 9, 2-5 p.m. in Bari, Italy or online via webinar•Water-level Rise and Coastal Erosion- July 17, 9-11:30 a.m., France or online via webinar•Monitoring and Surveillance of the Marine Environment - July 17, 1-4 p.m., France or online via webinarThe workshop/webinars will facilitate discussion among a group of experts and commercial organizations in order to explore real opportunities, solutions and challenges

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MoU Centered on Australian Future Submarines

Flinders University and four of France’s leading Graduate Schools of Engineering have entered into an academic and research cooperation agreement relating to Australia’s Future Submarine Program. The agreement between Flinders and a consortium comprised of ENSTA ParisTech, École Centrale de Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique will be signed at a ceremony to be witnessed by South Australia’s Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Susan Close and the Deputy Chief Executive of DCNS and General Manager of Australia’s Future Submarine

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Macron Approves Offshore Windpower Projects

approved the windpower projects in a similar Twitter post.The future of the projects had been in some doubt after the French senate earlier this year rejected a government proposal to renegotiate and possibly cancel projects to generate a combined 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind power on six sites on France's west coast awarded in 2012 and 2014.(Reporting by Brian Love; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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Australia Submarines: It is Japan vs. France

on Tuesday. MHI chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga says Soryu-class submarines have proven capability, unlike the untested French and German designs. "We have the only proven submarine," he said.   The French counterpart said only a “complete submarine power’’ such as France can provide the strategic partnership Australia needs for its future defence.    The head of France’s DCNS Australia Sean Costello says Australia and France are now fighting side-by-side against Islamic State but this strategic engagement will be entrenched for decades at an unprecedente

France Picks: GE is the One for Alstom

France chose General Electric to form an alliance with Alstom on Friday - rejecting an offer from Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - but said the deal still needed some work and added it would buy a 20 percent stake in the hotly-contested company. Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said he had used a newly- created state decree to reject both of the existing offers as not being in France's strategic interest, and had formulated fresh demands to GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt. The decision ended weeks of suspense surrounding one of Europe's fiercest industrial battles in years, but left

CARIS to Host 15th International User Group Conference in France

CARIS is pleased to announce its 15th International User Group Conference, CARIS 2014, will be held in Brest, France from June 2 – 5, 2014. The four-day user group conference will be the world’s largest gathering of CARIS users, providing an invaluable opportunity for new and existing users to congregate. The theme of the conference will focus on Developing the Blue Economy. The blue economy refers to all economic activities associated with our oceans and seas and is an important topic in the marine industry. In our efforts to sustain our oceans, hydrography will play a significant

France to Launch Third Offshore Wind Tender

France plans to launch a tender to build turbines for the country's third offshore wind farm, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said in a statement on Monday.   The wind farm is to be off the northern harbour town of Dunkerque, Royal said without specifying the size of the tender nor when bidding would close.   France, unlike Britain, Germany and Denmark, does not yet have any offshore wind turbines installed. But it has already awarded two other tenders for offshore wind farms.   Royal said the new tender would include a new procedure of "competitive dialogue" with the

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France sinks Japanese, German Sub Bids

Fleet of 12 submarines to be built in South Australia; decision has political implications at home, abroad. France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a A$50 billion ($40 billion) deal to build a fleet of 12 submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday. The victory for state-owned naval contractor DCNS Group underscored France's strengths in developing a compelling military-industrial bid, and is a blow for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to develop defence export capabilities as part of a

Vice Adm. Louis-Michel Guillaume, left, commander of French Submarine and Strategic Oceanic Forces, Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, middle, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and Rear Adm. Robert K. Tarrant, commander Operations of the Royal Navy, sign an agreement to increase coordination for anti-submarine warfare activities between France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom.  Photo: United States Navy

UK, France, US Sign Trilateral Submarine Agreement

 Naval leaders from the United Kingdom, France and the United States signed an agreement June 1, designed to increase coordination for anti-submarine warfare activities of the three countries as they operate in the 5th Fleet area of operations.   Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan signed the trilateral agreement with Vice Adm. Louis-Michel Guillaume, commander, French Submarine and Strategic Oceanic Forces (ALFOST) and Rear Adm. Robert K. Tarrant, commander, Operations of the Royal Navy, at Donegan's headquarters in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

MORPH Robots Tested in France

During the week from July 22-27, 2013 tomorrow’s underwater robots were tested at the European  center of Underwater Technologies, located at Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, located near Toulon, in Southern France. The tests were carried out by research engineers in the scope of a four-year-research-program named MORPH (Marine Robotic System of Self-Organizing, Logically Linked Physical Nodes). Launched in February 2012, MORPH is funded by the European Commission with a budget of €8.5 million. 32 researchers from five countries and nine

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French Bathymetric Survey Vessel Renovated and Refurbished

Global multibeam solution provided by MacArtney guarantees functioning of bathymetric surveys carried out close to the harbor of Bayonne in the southwest of France.   Located on the western border between Basque Country and Gascony, the harbor of Bayonne belongs to the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine which is under obligation to provide information to the various harbor operators about the depths in the areas of the harbor.   MacArtney France is the supplier of the multibeam solution for the bathymetric vessel ‘Ingénieurs Lesbordes’ and is likewise the integrator of the

France Eyes Water Current Turbine Projects

During his trip to Cherbourg, France, on September 30, 2013, French president François Hollande officially kicked off the development of a French tidal power sector by announcing a call for expression-of-interest to build four pilot sites, each with 4-10 water current turbines, in two high potential areas off the French coast: one in Raz Blanchard (Basse-Normandie), the other in Fromveur (Brittany). Leveraging this momentum, elected officials from Basse-Normandie led a delegation of representatives from the French region's research, training and economic development organizations, to visit

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EurOceanique to Become MacArtney France

The MacArtney Group said that as of January 2014, long standing MacArtney Group member, EurOceanique, will carry out a name change to become MacArtney France. MacArtney France Founded in 1994 and operating out of modern office and workshop facilities in Rousset, MacArtney France employs a strong and experienced team of engineers, sales professionals and technicians supporting the entire range of MacArtney systems and products. Under the locally established name EurOceanique, the company has operated as a MacArtney Group subsidiary for the last 8 years. With the name change, MacArtney France

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France Eyes Role as Tidal Energy Powerhouse

French Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Sébastien Lecornu, announced preliminary studies to the launch of a tidal energy tender in Paris yesterday evening. The announcement is an important first step and strong message to the sector. A tender for tidal energy will see France become the global center of tidal energy manufacturing.   The tides in northern France are among the most powerful in the world. Following a decade of R&D development, tidal energy technology is now ready to use this resource. Tidal farms will generate predictable renewable energy, while

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Australia, France Meet to focus on Future Submarine Program

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and her French counterpart, Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, today agreed to strengthen the Australia-France defence relationship by establishing formal annual Australia-France Defence Ministers meetings.   Minister Payne said Australia and France have a close and long-standing Defence relationship, based on shared interests in contributing to the rules-based global order and strong cooperation in the Pacific.   “Building on these links, and in light of the cooperation that we will have for decades to come under the Future Submarine

France to Open Up Hydropower Sector

France has decided to open up its hydropower sector to competition after years of delays and against the wishes of many Socialist MPs, former energy minister Delphine Batho said on Monday. Many utilities and big electricity consumers have expressed an interest in France's hydroelectric sector, which is dominated by former state monopoly EDF, given that the cost of facilities that can run for decades has mostly been recouped. But voices in the Socialist government, in office since May 2012, opposed opening up the sector, arguing that the French taxpayer, who financed hydropower stations through

FairfieldNodal Expert Moving to France

To better meet the growing demands in Europe for its cable-free ZLand and Z700 seismic systems, FairfieldNodal is pleased to announce that Serge Rambaud will be relocating from the US to France.   Rambaud has served as the regional sales manager for the Americas for 15 years. From his new location, he’ll be able to provide clients with faster response and regional expertise, as well as track current trends in the European market.    

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