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Tech Spotlight: JW Fisher’s CT-1 Cable Tracker

What options exist when safe mission execution depends upon the identification and tracking of important power or communication cables? Both on land and submersed, the location and mitigation of important cables is an essential step in any construction or salvage project. JW Fishers Mfg. has the tool for the job; the CT-1 Cable Tracker, specifically designed to locate and track buried power and communication cables, both on land or underwater.This advanced tracking system comes complete with everything needed to effectively track subsea cable. The CT-1 package consists of a shore-based signal injector

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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

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Ocean Microstructure Glider Workshop Announced

Rockland Scientific and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences announced a specialized training program for Rockland turbulence measurement systems that are integrated with ocean gliders.   Ocean Microstructure Glider (OMG) 2018 will be hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Glider Initiative & Collaboration (MAGIC) at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences St. Georges, Bermuda from May 28 to June 1.   Classroom and field training will be optimized for both scientists and technicians and facilitated by instrument specialists from Rockland Scientific.   Fees to attend OMG 2018 are $1

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Oceangoing Lab: The Real Test of a Nutrient Analyzer

 The U.K.’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. As such, the NOC has a heavy requirement for seawater analysis. However, in addition to analytical work at the NOC’s facilities in Southampton and Liverpool, the organization’s researchers also need to be able to analyze samples on board a variety of research vessels. Under these conditions, high levels of precision and reliability can be a challenge for most laboratory equipment, so NOC has invested in SEAL Analytical segmented flow

One of DONG Energy's turbines in the U.K. (Photo: DONG Energy)

Virgina Offshore Wind Project Moves Forward

An offshore wind project in the U.S. mid-Atlantic is moving forward, as project owner Dominion Energy Virginia has signed an agreement and strategic partnership with DONG Energy to build two 6-megawatt turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.   The two companies will now begin refining agreements for engineering, procurement and construction. Dominion Energy remains the sole owner of the project.   Engineering and development work on the newly named Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project is expected to begin immediately by DONG Energy to support the targeted installation by the

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science Orders Research Vessel

Virginia Institute of Marine Science of Gloucester Point, Va. awarded a contract to Meridien Maritime Reparation of Matane, Quebec to construct a 93-foot research vessel. JMS Naval Architects of Mystic, Conn. designed the research vessel to replace VIMS’s current vessel, the R/V Bay Eagle.   The primary mission of the Institute’s fleet is to provide inshore and offshore work platforms for the support of fisheries related oceanographic research projects. The new vessel will be capable of conducting fisheries assessments of greater capacity, in deeper waters and with a larger science

‘GliderPalooza’ Offers Glimpse of Underwater Weather

The U.S. IOOS-coordinated GliderPalooza sets the stage for oceanographers to collect critical ocean data from instruments attached to gliders.   Gliders are autonomous underwater vehicles that contain a small battery pack and use changes in buoyancy to propel themselves vertically and horizontally through the water. Their relatively low cost compared to use of oceanographic vessels has resulted in a proliferation of their use as either a substitute for or addition to traditional oceanographic sampling strategies.   One of several coordinated glider deployments organized by U.S. Integrated

Bram and HyBIS (Photo: NOC)

New Tech for Deepsea Deposit Exploration

A research expedition leaving Southampton today, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), will address the massive technical challenges in exploring for seafloor mineral deposits. This expedition will take place on board the RRS James Cook, marking a decade of service that has seen this ship travel 218972 miles in pursuit of science – the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe 10 times.   Seafloor hot-springs, or hydrothermal vents, form deposits of minerals rich in copper, zink, gold and rare–earth elements, and may prove to be future resources for these important metals.

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IOOS Awards $31 Mln for Ocean Observation

More than $31 million has been awarded in grants from the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) to support ocean, coastal and Great Lakes observing efforts throughout the United States, Caribbean and Pacific.   IOOS said the funds, which are to be distributed primarily as five-year cooperative agreements, are augmented by contributions from other federal offices and agencies, as well as outside groups including: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), the National

Polar King. Photo: GC Rieber Shipping ASA

GC Rieber Charter Agreement with Reach Subsea

GC Rieber Shipping ASA has entered into a time charter agreement with Reach Subsea for the CSV Polar King to support Norwegian University for Science and Technology’s (NTNU) scientific operation under the MarMine Project in the mid-Atlantic ridge.    The project will deploy ROV, AUV and grabs for seabed mapping and sampling for geological and biological research related to marine mining.   Estimated duration is three weeks.   “We’re excited to yet again take part in research and exploration activities in the North Atlantic region, an activity which forms an

RoweTech Names RTA Mid-Atlantic Agent

Ray Mahr, Jr. the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for ROWE TECHNOLOGIES, Inc. (RoweTech) has announced the appointment of Ransone Technology Associates (RTA) as an exclusive agent for distribution in the following states of the Mid-Atlantic region – Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Washington DC, and GSA contracting.   RTA will sell and support RoweTech equipment across the region. Rowe designs, develops and manufactures acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) for applications in oceans, lakes and rivers. Rowe ADCP/DVLs are used on AUVs and ROVs in coastal

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New Maps Reduce Threats to Whales, Dolphins

 Scientists have created highly detailed maps charting the seasonal movements and population densities of 35 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises – many of them threatened or endangered – in the crowded waters of the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.   “These maps show where each species, or closely related group of species, is most likely to be at any given time of year,” said Laura Mannocci, a postdoctoral research associate at Duke University’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Laboratory (MGEL). “This makes it easier to monitor and manage them, and

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New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

JMS Naval Architects will complete the Contract Design Package next month of a 93-foot research vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science to replace its current research vessel, R/V Bay Eagle. A solicitation will be issued to shipyards by the end of the year.   The primary mission of the Institute’s fleet is to provide inshore and offshore work platforms for the support of fisheries related oceanographic research projects. The new vessel will be capable of conducting fisheries assessments of greater capacity in deeper waters and with a larger science complement than the Bay Eagle.

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Tropical Storm Forms Off US Mid-Atlantic Coast

Tropical storm Claudette, the third named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic season, formed east of the mid-Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.   Claudette was located about 290 miles (465 kilometers) south-southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts and was packing maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.   Claudette was moving towards the northeast near 15 mph (24 km/h) and is not expected to be a threat to the United States, the NHC said.     (Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman and Vijaykumar

L-R: Kirk Regular, Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University, Tommy Furey, Dr Peter Heffernan, Fabio Sacchetti, Marine Institute, Marcos Miguel Páscoa Parreira Rosa, Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). Photo: Marine Institute

Marine Institute Maps Atlantic Sea Bed

 A team of international scientists, led by the Marine Institute in Ireland, has completed a transatlantic sea bed mapping exercise, which has revealed previously uncharted seabed features including mountains and ridges taller than Carrauntoohil.   Footprints of icebergs moving across the seabed, an ancient glacial moraine and a mountain higher than Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry have been mapped across the Atlantic by the team of scientists on board the State’s research ship, the MV Celtic Explorer.   It followed the route taken by ships dropping the first transatlantic telecommunic

Oceans 15 MTS/IEEE Focuses on Change

The premiere North American conference and exhibition on marine technology will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on National Harbor from October 19-22, 2015. The conference is now accepting abstracts for technical presentations. The Technical Program draws its topics from the areas of interest of the co-sponsoring professional societies, the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Oceanic Engineering Society of IEEE (OES). The topics reflect the wide variety of ways in which marine technology and ocean engineering impact society every day, from advancements in ocean

Winning image, Submitted by Jason White, Operations Field Manager and taken with the Kongsberg Maritime OE14-408 Digital Stills Camera. Copyright of the Undersea vehicles Program, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Underwater Image Competition Winners Announced

Kongsberg Maritime has selected the winners of The Full Picture Photo and Video Competition, which ran from August 26-November 30, 2014. With iPad Minis on offer as prizes and the chance for some entries to be used in Kongsberg Maritime marketing activities, the company’s international camera user-base submitted a wealth of fantastic underwater stills and video. Visitors to the Kongsberg Maritime booths at this week’s Underwater Intervention 2015 in New Orleans and Subsea Expo 2015 in Aberdeen can see some of the best entries on display.   In the end, the judges decided to select

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