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U.S. DOE Grants $21M for Offshore Wind Tech Projects

wind turbines, which is expected to reduce the impact of offshore wind development on commercial fishing and reduce costs. The mooring system will be demonstrated on a full-scale floating offshore wind turbine as part of the New England Aqua Ventus I project.Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of Massachusetts will collect high-quality offshore wind resource data off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, then use the data to improve atmosphere-ocean simulation tools and reduce uncertainty in offshore wind resource assessment and forecasting."Each project will leverage cost-shared funding

Rebecca Chhim (Photo: NAVSEA)

NUWC Division Newport Names Chhim Director of Cybersecurity for Undersea Warfare

that she conducted with software developers ensuring that SWFTS subsystems successfully integrated the cybersecurity capabilities and performed the appropriate testing to validate its cybersecurity integrity.Chhim earned a bachelor’s degree in object-oriented mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 2005 and a master’s degree in cybersecurity from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, in 2007.“These past four years were invaluable to my professional and personal growth and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had here at NUWC Division Newport,&rdquo

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USA: Fugro Completes Mayflower Wind Site Survey

Dutch offshore survey services provider Fugro has completed a large site characterization field program off the coast of Massachusetts for Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies and Ocean Winds.The 6‑month program involved high‑resolution Geo‑data acquisition within the project’s 520‑km2 lease area and along the export cable routes. These data will support permitting, design, and installation of the proposed wind farm, which could generate up to 800 MW of renewable energy for over half a million homes.Webinar: Offshore Wind: North American Opportunities and ChallengesFugro

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Valeport onboard Mayflower Autonomous Ship project

uvSVX and VA500 Altimeter provide exactly what we need to safely navigate and enable great science at sea," said Brett Phaneuf, MAS project director.The original Mayflower travelled at a maximum speed of around 2.5 knots and took more than two months to reach its destination, landing in Plymouth Massachusetts on 21 December 1620. The modern, upgraded autonomous Mayflower travels at up to 15 knots and should arrive in less than two weeks.“With sensor technology guiding the MAS decision making, this is an exciting demonstration of autonomous seafaring technology and we are immensely proud that

Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and HII Executive Vice President and President, HII Technical Solutions Andy Green break ground on HII’s Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence. (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Building Unmanned Systems Hub

. The company’s new unmanned systems facility in Hampton will support America’s national security and play a key role in strengthening our economic recovery as we continue working to rebound from this health crisis.”“The new campus complements our current facilities in Massachusetts, Florida and Washington that have been delivering marine robotics to the Navy for nearly 20 years,” said Duane Fotheringham, president, Technical Solutions’ Unmanned Systems business group. “In order to manufacture and support large and extra-large UUVs, the size of the manufacturing

Scientists Arjuna Balasuriya (bottom right) and Camille Monnier (top right) along with staff from Teledyne Marine wait after deploying AutoTRap Onboard™ for an ANTX mine hunting test. Source: Teledyne

AUV Case Study: Marine Roboticists are Turning AUV Sight into Perception

in length and 50 to 130 kilograms in weight. They can perform ocean surveys with advanced equipment like long-range side scan sonar, highly useful for commercial, defense, and scientific purposes.A Teledyne Gavia prepared for testing with AutoTRap Onboard™ at Ashumet Pond in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. Source: Teledyne Marine.When mounted to the belly of a Gavia vehicle, the sonar creates an image roughly 100 meters wide of the seafloor below. Images from different passes by the vehicle can be stitched together to provide a comprehensive picture or survey of the seafloor.Surveys are performed

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Underwater Noise Study Completed for Washington State Ferries

A Massachusetts-based acoustical engineering consulting firm recently completed an underwater radiated noise study to quantify noise, potential impacts to orcas and other marine life, and methods of reducing noise for Washington State Ferries (WSF). Noise Control Engineering (NCE), a subsidiary of naval architecture and marine engineering firm Glosten, said its study included measurement of nine vessels representing all seven operating classes of WSF vessels. The firm specializes in noise and vibration design, measurement and control for marine, industrial and commercial applications.NCE utilized

Removing dock debris left in the wake of Hurricane Florence, September 2018. (Photo: North Carolina Coastal Federation)

More Than $5.9 Mln Invested in Marine Debris Cleanup Projects

implement locally based, cost-effective activities to remove marine debris, including derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris.Approximately $1.4 million will support 13 marine debris prevention projects in Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington. These projects will provide the knowledge and resources necessary to change behaviors, raise awareness and promote the long-term prevention of marine debris.Marine debris is not only a threat to wildlife in our ocean, Great Lakes and waterways

The Teledyne Webb Research built Slocum G2 Glider dubbed Silbo circumnavigated the Atlantic Ocean in four legs. Photo: Teledyne Marine.

"An Epic Mission": Slocum Glider "Silbo" Circumnavigates the Atlantic Ocean

extend across the island.  Silbo then went on to complete a western crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.In 2016, Silbo was updated at the Teledyne factory with an extended energy bay and thruster in preparation to circle the Atlantic Ocean.  Launched in the early spring of 2016 from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Silbo interacted with international science teams from several countries, collected scientific and critical engineering data along the way for a variety of programs, and returned to Cape Cod in late June of 2020.  Other than a scratched hull repair, the only maintenance that Silbo received

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