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The Ocean Cleanup Kicks Off

A first-of-its-kind floating ocean cleanup system is undergoing a final round of testing before it begins removing plastic pollution from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch halfway between Hawaii and California.The system developed by the Dutch nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup was launched from San Francisco Bay on September 8 and towed 350 nautical miles by the vessel Maersk Launcher to an offshore test site. System 001 will now undergo two weeks of trials before continuing its journey to start collecting debris at the world’s largest accumulation of ocean plastic some 1,200 nautical miles off the

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Ocean Robots Gather Live Data from Volcano Lava Flow

Two high-tech autonomous ocean robots have been deployed to capture live ocean data close to where lava is flowing into the ocean from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano.By using Liquid Robotics’ unmanned Wave Gliders, scientists have the rare opportunity to study the effects of the lava entering the ocean, the plume it creates and the interactions of the lava and seawater directly from the surface of the ocean. Scientists note that very few volcanic eruptions and lava flows have ever been monitored in real time from the ocean.Over a three-week mission, the long-duration wave and solar powered Wave

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Remote Monitoring System Delivered for The Ocean Cleanup

to removing plastic from the world’s oceans.The monitoring system is currently integrated into the first-ever ocean cleanup system at The Ocean Cleanup’s assembly yard in Alameda, Calif.In the third quarter of 2018, The Ocean Cleanup’s system will be deployed into the waters between Hawaii and San Francisco. The primary goal of the Pacific trials is to confirm the performance of the cleanup system in a fully operational configuration, before commencing The Ocean Cleanup’s large-scale cleaning plans in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.During the upcoming trials, Seatools&rsquo

A smaller prototype tested in Galway Bay, Ireland. (Photo: Ocean Energy)

The OE Buoy is Taking Shape

constructing a marine hydrokinetic convertor called the OE Buoy for U.S. and Irish based wave-power pioneer Ocean Energy. Once completed in spring 2019, the 125 feet long, 68 feet tall, and 59 feet wide wave device will be towed to the U.S. Navy Wave Energy Test Site on the windward coast of O’ahu, Hawaii.The private sector project is supported by the U.S. and Irish governments and their agencies as part of an agreement committing both governments to collaborating on marine hydrokinetic technologies.The 125-foot OE Buoy has a potential rated capacity of up to 1.25 MW in electrical power production

WAM-V USV (Photo: Marine Advanced Research)

Drone Boats to Face-Off in Global RobotX Challenge

Challenge will battle for cash prizes and bragging rights by completing a series of tasks to demonstrate navigation and control; obstacle detection and avoidance; station keeping and docking; and observation, identification and reporting of a specified target.The competition, set to take place in Oahu, Hawaii from December 8-15, will include students from 13 universities representing Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S.The purpose of the challenge is to foster innovation as students develop their skills in systems engineering and autonomous command and control, while collaborating with

The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (Photo: NOAA)

Energy Industry Says 'No Thanks' to Trump Offer of Marine Sanctuaries

focused on the region that would be most affected by the review.   Officials for those companies did not respond to requests for comment.   Other sanctuaries under review include the Thunder Bay Sanctuary in the Great Lakes, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts in the Atlantic, and sites off Hawaii, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.   Government offshore drilling lease data reviewed by Reuters shows the oil industry is bidding on less offshore acreage with less money than it has in years, in part because onshore reserves have become easier to tap with new drilling technology

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Wave Glider to Help Protect Marine Sanctuaries

New solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments will be developed through a multi-year agreement between Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR).   At the core of the long-term environmental monitoring and surveillance of the Pacific’s most diverse and endangered underwater ecosystems will be Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider, an autonomous surface ocean robot that will be used to help address long-term monitoring and scientific data collection gaps that are not

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Statoil’s NY Offshore Wind Project Named 'Empire Wind'

to receive updates. Statoil currently has seven offshore wind projects online or under development in Europe, including the world’s first floating offshore wind project in Scotland—a technology which could also prove pivotal in generating offshore wind power for the U.S. west coast and Hawaii. The company’s offshore wind portfolio has the capacity of providing more than one million European homes with renewable energy

Cirroteuthidae morphospecies swimming above the seafloor (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Price of Subsea Mining

deep-sea basins at depths of 3,500 to 6,500 meters across the world’s oceans. The most profitable fields, however, are found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Within the Pacific, an area around the size of Europe called the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), extends from the west coast of Mexico to Hawaii. This region has the world’s largest and most valuable beds, hosting around 21 billion metric tons of nodules, that form at a sluggish rate of a few millimeters every million years.   As the CCZ is in international waters, it falls under the mandate of the International Seabed Authority

Official U.S. Navy file photo of a Bluefin-21.

Unmanned Vehicles Aid Search for Argentine Sub

than a half dozen countries to search for an Argentine navy submarine missing with 44 submariners on board in the southern Atlantic.   One Bluefin 12D (Deep) UUV and three Iver 580 UUVs operated by the U.S. Navy's recently-established Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, have joined in the search for ARA San Juan, last seen on Wednesday, November 15, in the San Jorge Gulf, a few hundred kilometers off the coast of southern Argentina.   The U.S. Navy said its UUVs are uniquely capable to help in the search, as both can deploy quickly to scour wide areas of

Wheelhouse of the USS Ward (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

Wreckage of USS Ward Found in the Philippines

images just prior to the anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.   At 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941, the Wickes-class destroyer fired America’s first shot in World War II when its crew sighted and sank a Japanese midget submarine just outside of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii about an hour before the air attack began.   Three years later to the day, on December 7, 1944, the vessel (since converted to a high-speed transport ship and redesignated APD-16) was lost after coming under attack by several kamikazes while patrolling Ormoc Bay off the island of Leyte. Unable

Dr. Kelly Gleason investigates a ginger jar at the Two Brothers shipwreck site (Credit: NOAA)

Hawaiian Islands Shipwreck Makes History – Again

on the open ocean and, eventually, cannibalism — found its way to Herman Melville, who used the incident as fodder for his classic novel, Moby Dick. Years later and in control of the vessel Two Brothers, Pollard gained notoriety again when his ship hit a shallow reef off French Frigate Shoals in Hawaii on the night of February 11, 1823. Fearing a repeat of his harrowing experience with the Essex, Pollard hesitated about what to do but his crew persuaded him to abandon ship. They all spent a long night clinging to small boats for survival and were rescued the next morning by a passing ship. As for

A smaller prototype tested in Galway Bay, Ireland. (Photo: Ocean Energy)

Irish Wave Buoy to Be Deployed at US Navy Test Site

Despite some 7,000 miles separating Ireland and Hawaii, the two islands have a lot in common. The islands’ peoples have always looked to their respective oceans for resources, inspiration and opportunity.   Today, Irish company Ocean Energy announced its wave energy convertor OE Buoy will be built by Oregon-based Vigor and deployed at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site on the windward coast of the Hawaiian Island of O’ahu in the fall of 2018. The contract value is $6.5 million out of a total project value of $12 million for this first of a kind grid scale project at the U.S.

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Coral Reefs at Risk of Dissolving: Study

; The report said it was “unknown if the whole reef will erode once the sediments become net dissolving” and whether reefs “will experience catastrophic destruction” or merely a slow erosion.   Some reef sediments were already starting to dissolve, such as at Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii, where other pollutants were contributing.   Eyre said it was unclear if the dissolution of sediments could be a long-term threat to entire islands, from the Pacific to the Caribbean. Other studies say that deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions can limit acidification.   Most studies

MakaiLay’s new 3D Viewer showing the vessel, plough and cable shapes for progressive time steps seen behind the vessel. Relevant GIS data can be imported, such as digital terrain tiles on the bathymetry and aerial imagery overlay on the terrain in the background, as is shown here (Image: Makai Ocean Engineering)

MakaiLay Software Installed on Prysmian Cable Layer

2021.   “We made it our priority to extend our popular real-time submarine cable installation management software to submarine power cable installations and we are excited that an industry leader like Prysmian Group has decided to use our software,” said Dr. Jose Andres, president of Hawaii based Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc., producer of MakaiLay. “We have added specific tools to satisfy the unique demands of power cable installations and we will continue to enhance the software as we receive feedback from our installation partners.”   MakaiLay integrates data from

Modeled mass concentration of plastics in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Image: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation)

The World’s Largest Ocean Garbage Patch is Growing Rapidly

The world’s largest heap of ocean garbage is growing at an alarming rate.   The 600,000-square-mile collection of ocean plastic and trash floating halfway between California and Hawaii known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains four to 16 times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially, new analysis reveals.   It’s estimated some 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in the area, and it is rapidly getting worse, according to a study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal

Divers prepare to go underwater for the fastening of the mooring line to its anchor (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

US Coast Guard Tests Environmentally Friendly Buoy Moorings

, even though they weren’t eligible to receive a cash prize under the America COMPETES Act.  From among the proposals, S&T found a potential solution to the problem in a simple, but effective, buoy mooring system. Instead of a concrete sinker, Cole Keaoulu Santos, an innovator from Hawaii, proposed a narrow screw anchor; instead of a heavy metal chain, he suggested an elastic rope to prevent scraping of the ocean floor.“We consider DHS S&T a key partner to introducing technology and innovation into the Coast Guard. Leveraging the DHS public prize competitions allows us to

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