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Yohei Sasakawa launches the operational phase of The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 project in Tokyo in February 2018. Photo: GEBCO Seabed 2030

OiA '19 & GEBCO Seabed 2030

a key technical session at the Oceanology International Americas 2019 conference and exhibition (OiA ’19) in the San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 14.30-16.00.In the half-century since the first Oceanology International was staged in Brighton in 1969, this well-respected ocean science forum has expanded to become a must-attend event with a worldwide profile and commensurate influence, now represented with offshoots in new territories – China and the US. OiA ’19, the second Oi to be held in San Diego, coincides with the conference and exhibition’s 50th anniversary

Rendering of RV Svea (Image: Skipsteknisk)

AML Equips New Swedish Research Vessel

; explained Daniel Bergman Sjostrand, Oceanographic Engineer at SMHI.AML said the contract was secured through its local agent in Spain, Casco Antiguo.MVP systems have been provided to organizations around the world seeking to reduce the technical and financial unpredictability of hydrographic and ocean science surveys. Due to strong demand for the solution, AML has expanded its Nova Scotia operations and relocated to a new customized production facility to accommodate a higher volume of MVP builds

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

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

Carter, the experience meant meeting and working closely with Don Walsh, one of the few to have visited the depths of the Mariana Trench, alongside Jacques Piccard, and then U.S. Navy Oceanographer, and later Chief Scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Rick Spinrad.Ocean science has also continued to develop and expand. There have been improvements in ocean sensing – including how much data is being collecting, the quality of it and then what can be done with it through computer modelling. Jaeger highlights the developments in salinity and sound speed measurements

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

vehicle control technology and is the creator of OPENSEA, an open architecture software framework for marine robotics across various vehicle sectors.  “We develop software and hardware that revolutionizes the working relationship between people and machines both on and under the surface of the ocean,” said Kinnaman, who, like many in the sector “started working with vehicles as an ROV pilot after leaving a diving career. Now I am focused on what vehicles could be for the next generation of the subsea industry.”Kinnaman has been a leading voice in aiming to change what he perceives

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

Filmmaker James Cameron to open future-focused Catch the Next Wave conference with specially made welcome videoAfter 50 years as a mouthpiece and marketplace for the most transformative developments in ocean science and technology, Oceanology International (Oi) is due to celebrate its half-century with the Oceanology International Americas 2019 (OiA ‘19) conference and exhibition in the San Diego Convention Center, 25-27 February 2019, organised in association with The Maritime Alliance and featuring a Welcome Video by filmmaker James Cameron among its many highlights.From its comparatively

(Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Saab Seaeye Progresses Vehicle Residency

.The underwater robotics company said its Sabertooth hybrid autonomous/remotely operated underwater vehicle (AUV/ROV) can now successfully dock in a safe and controlled manner at different kinds of remote stations.“This breakthrough is significant for both the offshore energy industry and ocean science who have been watching developments in residency technologies for the substantial operational and financial benefits possible from remote residency,” Saab Seaeye said in a press release.According to Jan Siesjö, chief engineer at Saab Seaeye, Sweden, “Sabertooth is the only hovering

Sabertooth in tank (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

ROV: e-Robotic's Deep Water Dock

Saab Seaeye has shown that underwater e-Robotic vehicles can deep water dock at remote sub-resident resident docking stations for data transfer, assignment instructions and battery charging.This is significant for both the offshore energy industry and ocean science who have been watching developments in residency technologies for the substantial operational and financial benefits possible from remote residency.Saab Seaeye said that its iCON based Sabertooth AUV/ROV vehicle, fitted with a Blue Logic inductive device, can now successfully dock in a safe and controlled manner at different kinds of remote

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

the new knowledge his research yielded, but in the quality and diversity of the questions he considered. An ethos he expressed throughout his career was for scientists to take risks, pursue new directions, and embrace the educational value of failure.“Walter Munk has been a world treasure for ocean science and geophysics,” said Scripps Oceanography Director Margaret Leinen. “He has been a guiding force, a stimulating force, a provocative force in science for 80 years. While one of the most distinguished and honored scientists in the world, Walter never rested on his accomplishments

Image: MacArtney Singapore

MacArtney Delivers TRIAXUS ROTV to China

South China Sea.The Chinese Academy of Science, via MacArtney agent Geo Marine Technology Ltd, has purchased the first TRIAXUS ROTV to be utilized aboard CAS research vessels in the South China Sea.This milestone sale means that the MacArtney TRIAXUS ROTV is the first of its kind to enter the Chinese Ocean Science market and forecasts a future need for ROTV facilitated research in this region.Marine Observation Technology is a developing market as research organizations seek out cutting-edge technology to facilitate their research.In this case, the areas of the Marine Observation Technology focus are triple-fol

RBR Opens Office in China

announced it has opened RBR China in Qingdao. The wholly-owned foreign enterprise under the direction of RBR Ltd. (Canada) will support the growing customer base and collaborative business development activities in China, the company said.“The market in China is huge and the local innovation in ocean science research, operational oceanography, deep sea studies and autonomous vehicle development is tremendous. RBR’s continued investment in China will help enable more innovative projects in China and allow RBR to share these experiences and applications with the rest of our global oceanographic

(Image: Professor Cui Weicheng, Shanghai Ocean University)

Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

advanced ocean technology by sharing his ideas with PhD candidate students, junior faculty, and now, with Rainbowfish, to employees.With a commitment to global sustainability and academic collaboration, Cui has assembled an advisory board of some of the world’s most preeminent figures in deep ocean science and technology, including Bathyscaph Trieste pilot #1 Dr. Don Walsh, Dr. Sylvia Earle who brings her Ocean Everest advocacy, Russia’s MIR Program Director Dr. Anatoly Sagalevich, DEEPSEA CHALLENGER co-designer and explorer James Cameron, WHOI’s Andy Bowen, Newcastle University&rsquo

Neil Gordon is chief executive of Subsea UK  (Photo: Subsea UK)

Subsea State? Steady with Waves of Optimism

many young people, not helped by the recent downturn, it’s even more imperative that we demonstrate to the next generation that subsea is an industry in its own right; an industry which works across many diverse vertical markets in oil & gas, marine renewables, aquaculture, defence and ocean science.Against this backdrop, Subsea UK provides leadership to help the sector deliver the growth and high value performance that ensures it makes a valuable contribution to the economy. It’s worth reminding ourselves of the vital role subsea plays in helping achieve MER UK (maximizing economic

(L-R) Chelsea’s Brian Phillips and John Ramsden, Sonardyne.  (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Acquires Chelsea Technologies Group

. said it has acquired maritime and marine science technology specialist Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd. as part of a long-term growth strategy that includes market diversification.In acquiring Chelsea (also known as CTG), Sonardyne said it looks to strengthen its presence in the maritime, marine and ocean science sectors and create new opportunities in the water environmental, defense and process control markets. Chelsea will gain access to Sonardyne’s considerable research, production, testing, compliance and global distribution capabilities, allowing the company to access many more international

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to recover a surface mooring that is part of the OOI Global Array in the Irminger Sea south of Greenland in 2016. (Photo by James Kuo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

NSF Awards Contract to Continue Ocean Observatories Initiative

A state-of-the-art marine facility delivering data and new insight to the ocean science community, policy-makers and the public worldwide has received additional support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).The NSF awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year, $220 million contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include the University of Washington (UW), Oregon State University

(Photo: Teledyne Marine)

A System of Systems Approach to Mine Countermeasures

at The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport during the 2018 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) August 29-31.The multi-vehicle, multi-company demonstration began with a Power Docks Blue Isles Autonomous Power Microgrid platform simulating providing power to all vehicles. A Teledyne Oceanscience Z-Boat 1800 RP autonomous surface vessel (ASV), started the exercise by performing a bathymetric and LiDAR survey of the basin. Next, a Planck Aerosystems Shearwater unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) conducted surface surveillance for both object avoidance and threat mitigation for the Z-Boat

Mike Read (Photo: Teledyne Marine)

5 Minutes with Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine

low light and HD technology cameras.Teledyne Bowtech’s LED-K-Series lamp now includes four lumen outputs; 2,100, 3,200, 4,200 or 5,000 lumens.Teledyne Marine InstrumentsThe Teledyne Marine Instruments provides subsea and surface sensors that span a range of technologies, including: navigation; ocean currents/waves measurements; CTDs; acoustic communications, positioning and releases; pipe and cable tracking; corrosion monitoring, and more. Instruments brands include: Benthos, Cormon, Oceanscience, RD Instruments, and TSS, and new tech in 2018 includes:Teledyne TSS reports high demand for its

Dinner plate jelly spotted during a descent to Main Endeavour Field (Copyright: 2018 ONC/OET/Nautilus Live)

Ocean Networks Canada: 'Wiring the Abyss'

Basin site in late July. The collection of detailed measurements over two years will assess the deep-sea site, approximately 200 kilometers southeast of Vancouver Island, for future use.“A potential full-scale neutrino observatory at Cascadia Basin would benefit particle physics, astrophysics, ocean science and marine biology by offering reliable long-term detection capabilities,” said Benoit Pirenne, ONC’s executive director of user engagement.The equipment being used to detect neutrinos is also sensitive to bioluminescence, providing scientists with data to study trends in this emission

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