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The 2018 MATE International ROV Competition was held at the King County Aquatic Center in in Federal Way, Wash.  (Photo: MATE)

MATE ROV Competition Planned in Tennessee

like the MATE competitions. We appreciate Jill, the entire MATE organization, and their passion for advancing STEM education. We look forward to an exciting event.”Organized by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center and MATE II, the competition is supported by the Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee, the National Science Foundation, Eastman, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Teledyne Marine, and other technology and education-related organizations

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

in oceanography.“The U.S. Navy had funded most of the early ROV technology development in the 1960s including what was then named a ‘Cable-Controlled Underwater Recovery Vehicle’ (CURV),” recalls Jack Jaegar, who worked at Hydro Products and was a leading light in the Marine Technology Society. “This created the capability to perform deep-sea rescue operation and recover objects from the ocean floor.” The U.S. Office of Naval Research’s Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) became famous at the time and the SEALAB II underwater habitat was in operation off the

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

issues, requirements and developments relating to aquaculture, ocean and coastal infrastructure protection, offshore marine renewable energy and the overall Blue Economy. Confirmed presenters include Wendy Watson Wright, CEO, Ocean Frontier Institute; Plenary Co-Chair Rick Spinrad, President, Marine Technology Society (MTS); and Jason Giffen, Assistant Vice President, Planning & Green Port, Port of San Diego.Tuesday, 26 February 2019, meanwhile, will see the staging of another one-day event, Catch The Next Wave: Frontiers of Exploration, organised in partnership with The Explorers Club and a cornerstone

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Rebuilding Confidence in Reactivated DP Assets

as it did before lay-up.  Image Courtesy Bureau Veritas.In anticipation of these demands, MAC and Bureau Veritas have been active in the development of guidance and recommended practices to verify that reactivation has been addressed properly. MAC has been directly involved with The Marine Technology Society in developing The DP Asset Reactivation Guidance and has supported Bureau Veritas in the development of Guidance Note NI 649 DT R00 E, Guidance for the Lay-Up and Reactivation of DP Vessels.Both guidance documents are designed to support the efficient return of DP assets to service and

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Voices: Jill Zande, MATE II

meant in terms of knowledge and skill sets. ROV technicians emerged as an occupation in need of skilled individuals.At the same time we were researching this, two synergistic things happened: we found the little yellow book (How to Build Your Own Underwater Robot and Other Wet Projects) and the Marine Technology Society ROV Committee came to us looking for help. They recognized the need for ROV technicians and how those currently applying for the positions didn’t seem to have the right skills. They also recognized the lack of awareness of the industry and its occupations; they gave the example that

MTS ROV Committee Chair, Chuck Richards, presents the 2018 Corporate Excellence Award to Greensea president and CEO, Ben Kinnaman (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Wins MTS Corporate Excellence Award

Greensea Systems, Inc. received the 2018 Corporate Excellence Award presented by the Remotely Operated Vehicle committee of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) at Underwater Intervention in New Orleans, La.   The award, which is presented to companies that have made significant contributions to the ROV community, was accepted by Greensea’s CEO and president, Ben Kinnaman, and COO, Marybeth Gilliam.   “I was pleased to present this prestigious award to Greensea. Their products, specifically the OPENSEA operating platform, is a significant advancement for all subsea vehicles.

MTS 2018 Technology Innovation Breakfast Series

The MTS Technology Innovation Breakfast series provides a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between how Marine Technology Society (MTS) and Federal Government Agencies work and communicate. These member-exclusive networking breakfasts bring together industry thought-leaders and MTS members to facilitate the discovery of innovative and practical solutions to policy challenges surrounding marine technology.    The 2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast series finished in November with an event that focused on maritime cyber security. This breakfast was the inaugural event for the newly

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TechSurge: Advancing Oil Spill Research

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) are collaborating on an upcoming TechSurge event in New Orleans on February 5, 2018 that will focus on the effects of oil spills on the environment and public health. Recent investigations have yielded research results and technological advancements that will improve future studies and impact modeling efforts. The goal of this meeting is to bring together the GoMRI and MTS communities, share research findings, and begin discussions of how the two communities might work together to better prepare for the next oil

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MTS: New Webinar Series on Oil Spill Impacts

In support of a collaboration between the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the MTS will host a three-part webinar series in support of a TechSurge focused on the effects of oil spills on the environment and public health occurring in February 2018. The first webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 4-5 p.m. ET.  The topic of the webinar series is Introduction to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). Essentially, the webinar will share insights into the research of the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the

Tech for Breakfast: The Future of ASVs

2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast: The Future of Autonomous Surface Vehicles   The 2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast series is an opportunity to bridge the gap between how Marine Technology Society (MTS) and Federal Government Agencies work and communicate. This member-exclusive event brings together industry thought-leaders and MTS members to facilitate the discovery of innovative and practical solutions to policy challenges surrounding marine technology.    The next event will be held on October 31, in Pentagon City, Arlington, Va., from 7-9 a.m. and will feature a robust

Martin Klein with a Klein  multibeam side scan sonar. “We were proud that side scan was able to finally replace the old wire drag technology.” (courtesy Martin Klein and the MIT Museum)

Klein's Side Scan Sonar, Then and Now

using a very short pulse length and using a specially shaped beam in a towed vehicle that was towed near the seafloor to make much better pictures.   From there, what was your vision? MK: I made the side scan sonar at EG&G and introduced it to the world 50 years ago at a Marine Technology Society meeting in San Diego. EG&G started making a product that was very successful. There were some problems working at a big company. I never quite received the support that I wanted . . . and I had ideas to make better equipment, to improve it, to make other kinds of equipment, and I took

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