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(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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New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

A new research vessel for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has completed sea trials and is transiting to its home port in Virginia.The new vessel, the R/V Virginia, will support the institution’s fisheries research projects and greatly expand VIMS’ capability to perform general oceanographic research in the Chesapeake Bay as well as mid-Atlantic coastal waters. Interest in the new research vessel is already growing rapidly as next season is almost fully booked with science cruises.The 93-foot vessel was built by Meridien Maritime Reparation. JMS Naval Architects performed

3D visualisation of the Canary Islands (Image: EMODnet)

New EMODnet Bathymetry Data Product

functionality and extended coverage of Europe’s seas. The recently launched bathymetry product is available free of charge for viewing and downloading, and sharing by OGC web services from the EMODnet Bathymetry portal.The EMODnet DTM is a tool used for a whole range of applications in marine science, sustainable ocean governance, and blue economy activities such as planning of pipeline trajectories, locations of offshore wind farms or planning of harbor extensions. In science, the DTM supports oceanographers in providing a base geometry for hydrodynamic models, marine geologists for studying

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

of our Ocean with innovative research technologies, operational practices, advanced data analysis, engaging storytelling, and open sharing of new knowledge. SOI seeks to advance the frontiers of ocean research by providing state of the art technological and informational support to pioneering marine science and technology development projects at sea. SOI prides itself on providing facilities aboard research vessel Falkor that help to propel marine science forward such as its high performance computing system, global internet connectivity, dedicated custom-built remotely operated vehicle (ROV SuBastian)

A dive team investigates sonar targets collected via the REMUS 100 AUV,  with RV Norseman II sailing in the background (Photo: NOAA)

US Destroyer Wreckage Discovered off Remote Alaskan Island

Scripps Institution of Oceanography and co-founder of Project Recover. “We could clearly see the broken stern, the gun and rudder control, all consistent with the historical documents.”“We’ve entered a new age of exploration,” added Mark Moline, director of the School of Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware and co-founder of Project Recover. “New sensors and improved underwater robots that can bring back real-time images are driving new discoveries.”Hallowed groundWrecks like Abner Read are protected from activities that disturb, remove, or damage

Cefas’ Wave Glider Lyra sailing away on the start of the 41 day mission after being deployed from RV Cefas Endeavour. (Photo: Cefas)

Scientists Complete 1700km Autonomous Acoustics Mission

Program to deploy Wave Gliders in the turbulent North Sea. The mission produced high quality data critical to understanding the changing ocean environment and its’ impact on the fish and zooplankton populations.”“We’re excited to see how adaption of new platforms improve marine science” says Tonny Algroy, sales director Underwater Science at Kongsberg Maritime. “Our goal is to optimize the EK80 scientific echosounder system for any platform, with consistency between measurements done from research vessels and new platforms.”Cefas scientists will use the experience

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Average Sized Dead Zone Expected in the Gulf of Mexico

.  It is the culmination of a multi-year academic-federal partnership to develop a suite of NOAA-supported hypoxia forecast models. The partnership included teams of researchers at the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, North Carolina State University and the USGS. Some of these groups are also developing independent forecasts, released in coordination with NOAA and using the USGS data.NOAA and its partners continue to develop additional hypoxia forecast capabilities. For example, new forecasts are being used

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AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

position updates to improve dead reckoning while the AUV provides status updates and basic survey information back to the ASV to be transmitted to shore.The project team involving software company SeeByte; provider of underwater acoustic, inertial, optical and sonar technology Sonardyne; and the marine science research and technology institution National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are carrying out trials in Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands this week (May 14, 2018).The latest round of testing builds upon the capability demonstrated in two previous trials in 2017.The initial trial in May 2017 saw the

A Record-setting Journey to the Atacama Trench

recovering a benthic lander named DOV Audacia (Audacity), three times to deeper than 8,000 meters, the last to a record depth of 8,081 meters deep. Using a Mocness Trawl the expedition also collected plankton at a record depth of 5,000 meters. The Atacamex 2018 expedition represent a milestone for marine science in Chile, as researchers there pursue seminal work in deep-sea exploration and research.The hadal zone is the deepest region of the ocean, from 6,000 to 11,000 meters below sea level. Their access and study is extremely difficult due to the high pressures and great difficulties of reaching these

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NYK to Sponsor Shell XPrize Finalist

of ocean floor in 24 hours at ocean depths up to 4,000 meters. The results will be announced in December 2018.   NYK is proud to be able to make use of its business monohakobi (transport) to support Japanese engineers and technology advancement that are contributing to improvements in marine science and technology around the world.   * Team KUROSHIO A Japanese collaborative research team formed to participate in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition. Sponsors include the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC); the University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial

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OSIL: Oil Spill Monitoring Buoys Fuel International Interest

 Integrated systems manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) reports high levels of interest in its oil spill monitoring buoys following several recent installations in the Middle East and exposure at the ocean technology and marine science exhibition Oceanology International.   The buoy systems are designed to integrate a real time noncontact hydrocarbon sensor in the high visibility top frame design, which is equipped with a pulsed UV LED beam and optical photo-detector with on-board software to enable the buoys to detect oil spills on water autonomously and immediately

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Scientists Alarmed by Starfish Eating Great Barrier Reef

the outbreak hits as the reef is still reeling from two consecutive years of major coral bleaching.   “Each starfish eats about its body diameter a night, and so over time that mounts up very significantly,” Hugh Sweatman, a senior research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio.   “A lot of coral will be lost,” he said.   That would mean a blow for both the ecosystem and the lucrative tourism industry which it supports.   The crown of thorns were found in plague proportions last month

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MTS: New Webinar Series on Oil Spill Impacts

as Executive Director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, and prior to that as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Edward Buskey, Principal Investigator, Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) Consortium. Dr. Buskey came to The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in 1986 as a Research Scientist, and was promoted to Professor in 1999. His research interests have focused on studies of the behavioral ecology of marine zooplankton, and how sensory perception mediates behavioral adaptations for locating food resources, avoiding predators and finding

XPRIZE Senior Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., will give a closing keynote at Catch The Next Wave. Credit: XPRIZE

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announcements at OI2018

The participation of Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE in the world-leading Oceanology International 2018 marine science exhibition and conference in the ExCeL, London adds an extra incentive to visit an already pivotal event.   Now in its 49th year, Oceanology International is renowned as an invaluable global maritime technology business networking hub, with 8,500 industry professionals from more than 79 countries anticipated to attend this year.   The 36-month Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition was launched in December 2015, with a $7 million prize purse, and challenges teams from

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Next Generation AutoNaut USV Unveiled

to the development.”   “The versatility of the 5-meter is key,” said Phil Johnston, Business Development. “With so many options for the sensor payload it’s a game-changer in terms of how we can provide solutions for clients, whether in oil and gas, defense or marine science.”   See the new 5-meter AutoNaut USV on stand A251 at Oceanology International, ExCeL London, March 13-15, 2018.  

Deployment of the Remus 600 to join the rest of the fleet - 5 AUVs and 1 USV - to begin an unmanned multi-vehicle collaborative mission. (Photo courtesy: Javier Gilabert)

Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills

, 2University of Porto, Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory (LSTS), 3University of Zagreb, Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies (LABUST), 4University of Cyprus, Oceanography Centre, 5SASEMAR, Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, 6Irish Coast Guards, 7The Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS, 8Tallin University of Thechnology - TUT, 9University of Girona - UG, 10University of the Balearic Islands - UIB,  11Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskatelige Universitet – NTNU, 12Marine Technology Unit CSIC.     Tracking in-water oil spills before reaching the surface

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