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OSIL Reports Export Milestone

monitoring systems manufacturer Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) says it has achieved an export milestone for global sales. Now exporting to more than 100 countries, OSIL’s global customer base is expanding despite a challenging climate, the company says.The 105th export country was Georgia with an order for Niskin Bottles and a Marine Nutrient Standards Kit shipped to an oceanographic laboratory for water quality monitoring. Other recent export sales include a 30m Giant Piston Corer system to Korean Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) for its ongoing sediment sampling

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Teledyne Benthos Acoustic Modems Aid in Innovasea Fish Tracking

;an aquatic research platform that connects universities, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and governments to track animal movements on a global scale. The OTN’s Pacific Ocean acoustic receiver arrays in the Queen Charlotte Strait, Juan de Fuca Strait, and the Northern Strait of Georgia span from Vancouver Island to the mainland, provide an integrated series of regional gates to document the coastal movements of acoustically tagged juvenile salmon migrating to sea, adult salmon returning from the sea to rivers in the region to spawn, and other coastal species’ movements.(Image:

Members of Professor David Barclay’s lab deploy an underwater acoustic reader. Copyright: David Barclay

Dalhousie University: Quiet Oceans Speak Volumes During Lockdown

measurable reductions in low-frequency sounds near major shipping routes between Canada and the U.S. Between January and April of this year, a hydrophone west of Vancouver Island recorded a 16% (1.5 decibels) decrease in noise power compared to the same time last year. And, in the usually busy Strait of Georgia, Barclay noticed that not only is the ocean getting quieter, but at a faster rate, too.The full effects of a quieter ocean are unknown, but they may lead to healthier marine mammal populations. “Free from the distraction and stress we cause, hunting would become easier, mating more convenient

The future Capt. Jacques Cartier, the second of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) to be designed and built by Seaspan at its Vancouver Shipyards (VSY), began sea trials on October 10, 2019. Photo: Seaspan Shipyard.

Seaspan-Built CCG Ship Heads for Sea Trials

attention is also given during Sea Trials to the extensive array of ship sensors that are embedded in the ship’s Drop Keel and to the quietness with which the ship’s engines perform at cruising and at fishing speeds and when in idle.Sea Trials will be largely conducted in the Strait of Georgia as part of a continuous 15-day exercise. Upon completion of Sea Trials, the ship will be moored at Ogden Point on Vancouver Island to prepare the vessel for Delivery to the Canadian Coast Guard, which is scheduled for later this year

Superheated hydrothermal fluid flows upwards from an underwater volcano 2000m below the Gulf of California, Mexico (Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

Scientists Find New Hydrothermal Field

mineral structures serve as biological hotspots for life. These newly discovered geological formations feature upside down ‘mirror-like flanges’ that act as pooling sites for discharged fluids.While exploring hydrothermal vent and cold seep environments, Dr. Mandy Joye (University of Georgia), and her interdisciplinary research team discovered large venting mineral towers that reach up to 23 meters in height and 10 meters across. These towers featured numerous volcanic flanges that create the illusion of looking at a mirror when observing the superheated (366ºC) hydrothermal fluids

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Offshore Pipeline Market to Grow 6.5%

period.The region is expected to have around 12,500 km of offshore pipelines addition in the upcoming years.The region is expected to increase its 70% demand in the next 15 years.Moreover, the region has offshore pipeline addition for around 12,500km during the forecast period.Countries such as Russia, Georgia, and Ukarine are likely to drive the growth of the offshore pipeline market during the forecast period.The major players in the global offshore pipeline market, are Saipem (Italy), Subsea 7 (UK), McDermott (US), Sapura (Malaysia), Wood Group (UK), Technip (UK), Fugro (Netherlands), Atteris (Australia)

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

University of Science and Technology (Poland).Other U.S. teams included: Amador Valley High School; Beaver Country Day School; California Institute of Technology; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Los Angeles; Cornell University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Gonzaga University; Kennesaw State University; Montana State University; North Carolina State University; North Dakota State University; Oregon Institute of Technology; Prairie View A&M University; Project Radian; San Diego City College; San Diego State University; University

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Vietnam Beach Awash with Tide of Blue Waste

dry shrimp between the mounds of plastic waste on the beach."When they finish they just throw the bags into the ocean. The trash floats to wherever the sea level rises," she said.Vietnam is the fourth-largest contributor to marine plastic pollution globally, a 2015 study by the University of Georgia showed.Globally, eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, according to the U.N. Environment Programme.The latest example was a pilot whale that died in Thailand with some 80 pieces of plastic rubbish found in its

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Paul Allen’s Crew Finds Another Historic Shipwreck

three significant battles during the Solomon Islands campaign before being sunk by Japanese torpedoes on July 6, 1943, during the Battle of Kula Gulf. All but 168 of Helena’s 900 crew survived the sinking and eventual rescue.Allen's team found the wreck 860 meters below the surface in the New Georgia Sound off the coast of the Solomon Islands.The Petrel crew, who found USS Helena in late March, has discovered more than a dozen other lost naval ships, including the USS Indianapolis, USS Ward, USS Cooper, USS Lexington, USS Juneau and several Japanese warships.“We do these missions as testament

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