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First Manned Dive to the Titanic in 14 Years

A groundbreaking expedition in early August led a team of experts and scientists 3,810 meters below the ocean's surface to the Titanic's final resting place at the murky depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.The series of five dives over eight days aboard a high-tech Triton 36,000/2 manned submersible Limiting Factor were the first to carry humans to the historic wreck site in 14 years.Patrick Lahey, Triton Submarines president and Co-Founder, and pilot for three of the five dives, said, “The most fascinating aspect was seeing how the Titanic is being consumed by the ocean and returning to

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Further Delay for Vineyard OWP

Wind announced the manufacturing by Sif of 84 monopiles for Vineyard Wind’s offshore wind project (OWP) in Massachusetts USA.The installation of the monopiles is subject to a schedule that includes seasonal restrictions on pile driving activity as a protective measure for the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whales.Sif’s ability and confidence to meet this schedule was an important consideration in being selected by Vineyard Wind. Sif scheduled the production of these monopiles for the first half of 2020, said the company.The requirement of an additional Environmental Impact Study (EIS)

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Offshore Wind: Regulatory “Takes” – Take a Close Look

;s IHA is controlling and attenuating noise and related acoustical repercussions from pile-driving, installing the vertical infrastructure to support wind towers.  These sounds impact numerous species – whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals.  Some of these animals – the North Atlantic right whale, for example – are among the most protected classes of wildlife.For North Atlantic right whales, again, as example, the IHA requires “enhanced clearance measures,” including extended clearance zones, that must be monitored.  If a right whale is detected, pile

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Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

period closed on May 30, 2019), NMFS proposed extending a year-long IHA to Vineyard for this project, assuming it complies with an extensive series of mitigation measures, including seasonal restrictions on pile driving, expansive clearance zones around the pile-driving equipment (especially for North Atlantic Rights Whales), and sound attenuation devices. (84 Federal Register 18346-18381, April 30, 2019.)  Delays in completing environmental reviews and compliance with species laws could hamper current wind farm progress.  Developers Bring Money and Jobs to Local CommunitiesEuropean developers

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Currents Not Linked to New England Sea Level

There is no direct link between major North Atlantic ocean currents and sea level along the coast of northeastern United States, according to a recent study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).The study, published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, examined both the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)—a conveyor belt of currents that move warmer waters north and cooler waters south in the Atlantic—and historical records of sea level in coastal New England.“Scientists had previously noticed that if the AMOC is stronger

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Offshore Survey Vessels: Ready for Faster Sensors

confident in the data harvested by these machines. I watched real-time as Kraken Robotics’ KATFISH (towed synthetic aperture sonar, SBP, MBES) was hovering 10m above the ocean floor, being towed at 8 knots and capturing high resolution imagery of a never-before-discovered wreck in the North Atlantic. I watched the faces of experienced hydrographers who couldn’t believe the level of automation associated with post-processing and the speed with which the product could be delivered to the client. So, given the operational efficiencies robotics can inherently deliver, one would expect

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Design Studies for Replacement of R/V DANA

and other design issues have been scrutinized and evaluated to arrive at optimal design solutions, which prioritizes regulatory compliance, safety, and environment.The DTU Aqua operating area will primarily be the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Bothnia, the Kattegat, the Skagerrak, the North Sea, the North Atlantic and Greenlandic waters in summer and autumn. The vessel is designed to operate world-wide including the geographical coverage area of the IMO Polar Code up till approx. 80o N depending on the ice situation.The capacity of the vessel includes single and double cabins for 34 crew and personnel

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US Still Processing Atlantic Seismic Permits

said on Monday.Atlantic coastal state lawmakers, businesses and conservation groups are adamant that Interior should not allow seismic testing - a process that often uses powerful air guns to map resources below the ocean floor - arguing the surveys hurt marine life, such as the endangered North Atlantic right whale.Newly confirmed Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said last week the agency’s five-year plan for oil and gas drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) would be sidelined indefinitely after a March court ruling blocked drilling in the Arctic and part of the Atlantic Ocean

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Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning

warm to cold water—or ‘overturning’ and its month-to-month variability—is occurring in regions between Greenland and Scotland, rather than in the Labrador Sea off Canada, as many past modeling studies have suggested.Overturning variability in this northeastern section of the North Atlantic was seven times greater than in the Labrador Sea, and it accounted for 88 percent of the total variance documented across the entire North Atlantic over the 21-month study period.These findings can help scientists better predict what changes might occur to the MOC and what the climate impacts

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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

.Seismic testing uses air gun blasts to map out what resources lie beneath the ocean. Conservationists say the testing, a precursor to oil drilling, can disorient marine animals that rely on fine-tuned hearing to navigate and find food. The tests lead to beachings of an endangered species, the North Atlantic right whale, they say.New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said the tests would harm marine species, jeopardize coastal ecosystems and pose a "critical threat" to the natural resources, jobs and lives of New Yorkers. "The Trump administration has repeatedly put special interests

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