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China Builds World's Largest Silent Research Vessel

;"When the boat is sailing, it is so quiet that fish beyond 20 meters under the water are not disturbed," Wu Gang, chief designer of the ship from the No. 708 Research Institute under China State Shipbuilding Corp, said."We will use the vessel for comprehensive and inter-disciplinary marine science research," said Yan Ju, vice president of the Qingdao-based Ocean University of China

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The Great Barrier Reef: 3D Habitat Map

and underwater landscape for the more than 3,000 reefs within the 350,000 km2 of the GBR.EOMAP's cutting edge technology provides essential data for this revolutionary project, in which the University of Queensland (UQ), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science are partners.The resulting maps will be at an un-precented 10m horizontal grid resolution and reveal bathymetry (water depth), geomorphic zonations and bottom types, in addition to the predicted coral types.“No maps exist to date that provide so much detail for every single reef,&rdquo

GEOTRACES carousel deployment showing Cortland cable. Image: Cortland

Case Study: Cables in Underwater Missions

for underwater sampling and monitoring are diverse. Projects can include seismic surveys, marine life studies and pollution tracking. The cables are manufactured differently from general industrial versions, hand-build for often unique purposes. Notably, Cortland has worked with the School of Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts to produce a specially designed electrical coaxial cable to conduct a census of Atlantic sea scallops, and with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to decrease deployment infrastructure and costs for tsunami warning buoys. Both

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'Elusive' Omura Whale Spotted

A new research paper by Dr. Salvatore Cerchio of the New England Aquarium and recently published in Frontiers in Marine Science shows that the elusive Omura whale has now been spotted in many more tropical and warm temperate waters around the world. After Dr. Cerchio released the first video ever taken of these slender, 33 to 38 ft. long whales in 2015, marine biologists, ecotourists and bloggers from around the world have since reported more than one hundred sightings of what once seemed to be a species of ghost whale. For decades, the only available specimens to be found were the remains

Court Clayton (Photo: WHOI)

WHOI Hires New Chief Development Officer

Fundraising and philanthropic giving expert Court Clayton will take over as the new Chief Development Officer (CDO) Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the marine science and engineering institution announced.Clayton will be responsible for leading the development team and expanding philanthropic revenue from individuals, corporations and foundations. The team will focus on establishing new ‘Accelerator Funds’ which will increase funding for innovative research, education and advancement.“We are dramatically stepping up our efforts to expand the impact of Woods Hole Oceanograp

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

to consider. For example, the high current shallow water nature of renewables installation and IRM work differs from deep water oil and gas construction and intervention applications. Also, nuclear decommissioning activities demand different tasks to be completed, compared to aquaculture or marine science applications - and of course their environments are very different. The market demands a wide range of platforms and a high degree of customization for the specific sector needs.          In this regard Bates counts Saab Seaeye’s iCON ecosystem of intelligent robotic

OiA ’19 Conference Chairman, Ralph Rayner, on stage at Catch The Next Wave in San Diego in 2017. Photo: Oceanology International

Oi Americas Set for San Diego

of the ocean economy.”OiA will also include a Future Tech Hub to alert delegates to some of the most forward-thinking technologies on the market, while a Careers Day on Wednesday, 27 February will proffer practical advice and indispensable insights for students aiming to launch careers in the marine science sector – the industry pioneers of tomorrow.To register for OiA ‘19, visit

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C-Enduro Delivered to Royal Navy

data and potentially form part of a future capability to be delivered by the MHC program,” said Alex du Pre, MHC Team Lead at Defense Equipment and Support.This project marks the fourth delivery of a C-Enduro vessel, and previous successful missions include an 11-day over-the-horizon marine science mission north of Scotland for the National Oceanography Center

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Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

almost 3,000, and our plan is for 4,000-5,000 by 2021.(Photo: Reed Exhibitions)Unlike other events, the USP of Oceanology International is that it brings together buyers from multiple industries and geographies, unified by their interest in ocean technologies. Although the events were created from a marine science perspective, they now derive attendance from up to 17 different ocean tech-buying industries including offshore energy, aquaculture, defense, ports, telecoms, utilities, and many more. This is the template we are working towards for Oi Americas, and it’s the reason why industry stakeholders

(L-R) Chelsea’s Brian Phillips and John Ramsden, Sonardyne.  (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Acquires Chelsea Technologies Group

Subsea technology developer Sonardyne International Ltd. said it has acquired maritime and marine science technology specialist Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd. as part of a long-term growth strategy that includes market diversification.In acquiring Chelsea (also known as CTG), Sonardyne said it looks to strengthen its presence in the maritime, marine and ocean science sectors and create new opportunities in the water environmental, defense and process control markets. Chelsea will gain access to Sonardyne’s considerable research, production, testing, compliance and global distribution capabilities

The heavy 800 kg frame that was moved by the flow (© 2017 MBARI)

'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

; Innovation Program, which aims to better understand how natural hazards impact infrastructure and society. The field program was led by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, supported by United States Geological Survey, Ocean University of China, Quindao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Durham University, Hull University, University of Southampton and National Oceanography Center

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