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Fishing nets and debris being removed from the North Pacific Gyre by the crew of S/V KWAI. © Ocean Voyages Institute

OVI: 103 Tons of Garbage Removed From North Pacific Gyre

port of Honolulu at the end of June after a 48-day expedition successfully removing 103 tons (206,000 lbs.) of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone (more commonly known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or Gyre).The Pacific Gyre, located halfway between Hawaii and California, is the largest area with the most plastic, of the five major open ocean plastic accumulation regions, or Gyres, in the world’s oceans.This expedition sets a record for the largest at sea clean-up in the Gyre to date, and more than doubles Ocean Voyages Institute’s own

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Near- or Below-normal Hurricane Season Predicted for Central Pacific

and eastern Pacific Ocean where hurricanes form, and because El Nino is not present to increase the activity.”This outlook is a general guide to the overall seasonal tropical cyclone activity in the Central Pacific basin, and does not predict whether, or how many, of these systems will affect Hawaii. The hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30.“Regardless of the number of tropical cyclones predicted, this outlook serves as a reminder to everyone in the State of Hawaii to prepare now,” said Chris Brenchley, director of NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Contract Awarded for Undersea Op Training Facility

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii awarded a $54,279,000 firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of an Undersea Operational Training Facility (UOTC) April 15 to Hensel Phelps Construction Co., of Honolulu, Hawaii. The contract also contains one Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment line item and one unexercised option, which if awarded would increase cumulative contract value to $57,494,949.The work to be performed provides for an UOTC that will support a variety of functions including operator and undersea vehicle training via the use of a combat training tank, and applied

MBARI researchers head out into Monterey Bay to deploy a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (LR-AUV), an underwater robot that is programmed at the surface and then travels underwater for hundreds of miles, measuring water chemistry and collecting water samples as it goes.  Credit: Brian Kieft (c) 2015 MBARI

MBARI Works at Unlocking Ocean Biology

before needing to be recovered and recharged.  An internal buoyancy engine also permits fine-level depth control, important behaviour when trying to sample the biologically rich thin-layers found throughout the oceans.This technology was put to the test during a project with the University of Hawaii, who acquired three LRAUVs with ESPs. The goal was to allow greater access to the sea than their ship schedule allowed in order to study the microbial populations that inhabit a Deep Chlorophyll Maximum (DCM – a region ~120m deep with maximum concentrations of chlorophyll).The culmination of

(Image: Lost 52 Project)

Sunken Submarine USS Stickleback Found

A World War II era submarine sunk during a Cold War training exercise off the shores of Hawaii more than six decades ago has been discovered by a team of ocean explorers utilizing pioneering robotics and methods at the forefront of today's underwater technology.USS Stickleback (SS 415), lost in nearly 11,000 feet of water 62 years ago, was discovered by veteran ocean explorer and Tiburon Subsea CEO Tim Taylor and his "Lost 52 Project" team equipped with a combination of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and advanced photogrammetry imaging technology.

Map courtesy of SOI

SOI Maps One Million Square Kilometers of Seafloor

McMichael-Phillips.Schmidt Ocean Institute brings unique value due to its focus on mapping remote regions that require high-resolution seafloor imagery to contribute to expansion or additional protections. Some of its large mapping efforts have focused on the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica, and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati.Gaining visuals of the ocean floor is critical to unlocking a better understanding of the world’s oceans. There are predicted to be millions of unknown species whose function and contribution to ocean

Dr.  Jyotika Virmani and Dr. Marlon Lewis at OceanObs’19. Photo: OceanObs’19

OceanObs’19: Innovation Expanding Ocean Observations

the justification and strategy for full implementation of the physical and carbon observing system. This conference demonstrated the scientific and societal benefits of a sustained ocean observing system.Ten years later, over 1,500 members of the global ocean observing community gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii (16-20 September). The OceanObs’19 conference aimed to further align the science, technology, and capacity of ocean observing to address growing societal needs. Prior to the conference, Community White Papers were solicited from all interested groups, including scientists and end-users. These

Image: Department of Energy

US Offshore Wind Pipeline Reach 25.8GW

have exclusive site control, meaning the developer has a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes, said Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, prepared by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase, it said.The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctions for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts brought in winning bids of $135 million—more than three times

Saipem’s Hydrone R – in the flesh and ready for real world testing. Image from Saipem.

MTR100: Five "Ones to Watch"

maintenance free gear box and a standard Siemens generator set.Even Hjetland, engineering manager for BOLT Sea Power, says it’s a design that’s been worked on for more than 12 years but that now has experience operating offshore Norway, the UK and in the Pacific (at a US Navy site off Hawaii). One of its next jobs is to provide a platform for a temporary 4G base station in the North Sea, working with communications firm Tampnet, to support field construction operations.The lines used to drive the winches are UV (sunlight) and marine growth resistant, and the system still generates power

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