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MTR100: #1 Wendy Schmidt

and connecting with the public. Schmidt Ocean Institute’s maturing Artist-at-Sea program has also become a model emulated by others, hosting a total of 27 artists who have participated alongside scientists on Falkor and communicated their research through unique art.Further innovation in ocean technology has been showcased by Schmidt’s early investment in Saildrone, unmanned surface wind and solar powered vehicles that are now engaged in a wide variety of research and observation missions for clients like NOAA. It was Schmidt’s willingness to take a risk on the company’s commercial

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Kraken's OceanVision Moving Ahead

it is already driving exciting domestic and international opportunities. With a growing focus on productivity challenges and a deep understanding of the operational environment, we expect OceanVision will help accelerate innovation and disrupt antiquated business models in many industries across the ocean technology community,” Kennny said.“This is a big step in our journey to sustainably grow Canada’s ocean economy through collaboration,” said Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Ocean Supercluster. “This project embodies what the Ocean Supercluster seeks to accomplish in the sustainable

Deploying the Kraken Katfish.

Offshore Survey Vessels: Ready for Faster Sensors

of LeeWay Marine, I am again evaluating robots, but from the perspective of finding a commercial solution that offers a competitive edge.LeeWay owns and operates survey vessels from the Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. COVE is one of several ocean technology hubs in Atlantic Canada (Canada’s four eastern-most provinces including Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick) and, therefore, we are immersed in a community which is hell-bent on developing the latest and greatest (sometimes not) ocean technology

Co-author Arnfinn Nergaard.

Book Review: Getting Down to It; 50 Years of Subsea Success in Norway

book, this time on the Norwegian rig industry; another fascinating tale.Getting Down to It; 50 Years of Subsea Success in Norway will be launched at UTC Bergen in Norwegian and in English on June 12.UTC 2019 is June 11-13. The event is co-hosted by the Underwater Technology Foundation (UTF) and GCE Ocean Technology, supported by the City of Bergen, with organizing partners the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) and the Society of Underwater technology (SUT). To find out more about this year’s program, visit https://www.utc.no/progra

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COVE Welcomes Aboard IBM Canada

in residence.“We are very pleased to welcome IBM Canada to COVE,” says Jim Hanlon, CEO at COVE. “IBM has proven its commitment to the growing field of ocean data analytics and we feel this new tenancy at COVE further helps support COVE’s position as a significant hub for ocean technology, not just in Nova Scotia, but globally.”IBM is one of Canada’s top 10 private R&D investors and last year contributed more than $478 million to Canadian research activities. In September 2018, it was revealed that IBM, along with COVE, Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier

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More Tenants Move into COVE Facility

in the ocean sector located in Halifax Harbor, in Nova Scotia, Canada.COVE's mission is to propel the ocean economy by providing high quality marine infrastructure and a collaborative space in which a community of ocean enterprises can start, grow and prosper. Its primary goal is to support ocean technology commercialization and business growth.RBRRBR creates instruments to measure the blue planet. From the ocean abyss to the polar ice cap, its sensors track water parameters – temperature, depth, salinity, dissolved gases, pH and many others.“RBR is one of Canada’s well-established

Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

excited to be working with our partners, including local host, The Maritime Alliance, to deliver this next edition of the event in San Diego in February, and our plans are coming together really well. We’ve added a second exhibit hall this time, welcoming around 200 exhibitors of the latest ocean technology, up from 150 last time.I am also thrilled that we have managed to gain access to the water at the rear of the convention center – and thanks to the Port of San Diego for their help – so we will be providing a selection of on-water demos allowing attendees to see and experience the

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GCE Subsea Announces Rebrand

Norwegian subsea cluster group GCE Subsea announced it will change its name to GCE Ocean Technology as it widens its focus to include other ocean industries beyond the traditional oil and gas sector."Our new name gives us a more distinct identity and is more inclusive as it reflects, to an even greater extent, what is and will be the cluster’s focus areas in the years to come," the group said in a press release of Friday. The name change will take effect from February 1, 2019.The revised strategy and rebrand reflects a green shift within the industry and the Norwegian government’s

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India Plans Deep Dive for Seabed Minerals

- more and more countries, including manufacturing powerhouses India and China, are eyeing the ocean."We have to depend on ocean resources sooner or later ... there is no other way," said Gidugu Ananda Ramadass, head of India's deep sea mining project at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) in the southern city of Chennai."For the future of mankind ... the ocean is the only hope," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.India, Asia's third-largest economy, is going full steam ahead in anticipation of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) - a U.N. body that

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Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

Professor Cui Weicheng: Shanghai Ocean University, Director, Hadal Science and Technology Research Center (HAST), Co-Founder, Rainbowfish Ocean Technology CompanyDirector of Shanghai Ocean University’s Hadal Science and Technology Center (HAST), Lingang (New City), Pudong District, is one of those leading and influencing the development of advanced deep-sea technology. He is on an extraordinary mission to build a fleet of manned and unmanned vehicles capable of routine dives to the bottom of any ocean trench. His approach to solving the basic start-up funding problem is likely the first in the

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