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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Livestream

On Friday, May 31, the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE awards event will be livestreamed from Monaco where the winners of the $7 million global ocean mapping competition will be revealed.The three-year competition challenged teams to advance deep sea technologies for autonomous and unmanned, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration.Tune in here at 1:30 p.m. (ET) to see the overall and NOAA bonus prize winners announced.

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Walter Munk: 1917-2019

Munk was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences for his fundamental contributions to the field of oceanography, the first time the prize was awarded to an oceanographer. In 2001, he was the inaugural recipient of the Prince Albert I Medal in the physical sciences of the oceans, which Prince Rainier of Monaco created in cooperation with the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans. Among Munk’s favorite honors was the 2014 awarding of the Explorer’s Medal from the Explorer’s Club, an organization founded in 1904 that includes some of the last century’s

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

Seabed 2030 have been companies - in particular Dutch energy prospector Fugro and deep-sea mapping firm Ocean Infinity. Both were involved in the search for the Malaysian airliner MH370, which disappeared in 2014.But mapping the oceans goes back much further, said Mayer - to 1903, when Prince Albert I of Monaco was the first to do it comprehensively. The rudimentary method involved tossing overboard a "hunk of lead at the end of a rope" to plumb the depths.Technology evolved after the second world war to using echosound reflections, but that produced only a "blurry picture", said Mayer

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Mapping the Future

maps. In existence since 1899, the 7th International Geographic Congress held in Berlin nominated a Commission on sub-oceanic nomenclature that was also to be responsible for the publication of a general bathymetric chart.The Commission convened in Wiesbaden (April 15-16, 1903), with Prince Albert I of Monaco in the chair, and adopted the characteristics defined in a memorandum by J. Thoulet. The 24 sheets of Carte générale bathymétrique des océans were then printed in Paris in 1905. Although not widely known, GEBCO has been responsible for all subsequent version of the paper

Interview: David Millar, Fugro

methods. The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project is a global initiative that aims to correct this data shortfall by producing a definitive, high-resolution bathymetric map of the world’s oceans by the year 2030. The project originated during the 2016 Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping in Monaco and became operational in February of this year under the leadership of The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO [General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans]. The goal of the project is to enhance global policy decisions, improve ocean sustainably, and advance scientific research.A project of this scale can

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How Deep is the Ocean?

charting bodies of water, is essential to the safe, sustainable and cost-effective use of the world’s oceans.    This was International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s message at the 1st Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in Monaco (24 April).   Around 90% of the world’s oceans and 50% of coastal waters have never had their depth measured. And there are higher resolution maps of the Moon, Mars and Venus than for most of the world’s maritime areas.   In this context, hydrographers make a valuable contributio

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Partnership Opens the Oceans for Underwater Tourism

DeepFlight announced at the Monaco Yacht Show that it has partnered with Shanghai-based Rainbowfish Ocean Technology to open the oceans for underwater tourism. DeepFlight Adventures will offer submarine experiences at resorts and other locations around the world starting in 2017.    “We are delighted to partner with Rainbowfish Ocean Technology who has the resources, experience and capabilities that will allow us to bring the DeepFlight experience to more people around the world,” stated DeepFlight CEO, Adam Wright. “While we will continue to sell our submarines to the

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When It Comes to Inspiring Innovation, 'X' Marks the Spot

. Within 22 months of launch, deep-sea tests to depths of 3,000m were successfully conducted on the 5 final sensors (until then, most pH sensors operated at a maximum of 2,000m depth).    Prizes are being offered by others too. The World Climate Research Programme and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation announced the Polar Challenge to incentivize autonomous underwater sensing capabilities under ice. On the 300-year anniversary of the original Longitude Prize, the New Longitude Prize was launched to address the issue of antibiotic resistant drugs.    XPrize is currently running

Drydocks World marks key milestone in completing the world's largest turret

Drydocks World Completes World’s Largest Turret

for their record-breaking construction projects, and completion of the world’s largest turret is Drydocks World’s contribution towards the continuation of recording breaking projects in Dubai. This project exemplifies the global nature of the offshore industry, with designs completed in Monaco, construction in Dubai, the modules shipped to South Korea, and for use off Australia, together our companies have come together to create innovative technology for the global energy sector. Drydocks World has worked with SBM Offshore on several key industry-leading projects, in addition to a

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