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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Winner Annouced

16 alumni of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Postgraduate Training Program at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), US. They are Dr Evgenia Bazhenova (Russia), Aileen Bohan (Ireland), Dr Mohamed Elsaied (Egypt), Andres Fitzcarrald (Peru), Tomer Ketter (Israel), Christina Lacerda (Brazil), Jaya Roperez (Philippines), Azmi Rosedee (Malaysia), Ivan Ryzhov (Russia), Hadar Sade (Israel), Sattiabaruth Seeboruth (Mauritius), Masano Sumiyoshi (Japan), Neil Tinmouth (South Africa), Dr Rochelle Anne Wigley (US), Dr Yulia Zarayskaya (Russia), and Dr Karolina Zwolak (Poland).The team’s entry into the competition

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Nexans Wins $113m Subsea Contract

French cable company Nexans said that  it has been awarded a full turnkey contract worth more than $113m  for the manufacturing, delivery and installation of 350 kV HVDC submarine cable in the Philippines.Nexans has been awarded a full turnkey contract for the submarine link of the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) launched by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).To optimise the delivery of the submarine cabling system for the MVIP to connect the three power grids of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao into one unified national grid, Nexans will leverage on its global

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Nexans Wins Contract in the Philippines

Nexans announced Tuesday it has been awarded a full turnkey contract worth over 100 million euros for the manufacturing, delivery and installation of 350 kV HVDC submarine cable in the Philippines.In the last 15 years, power consumption in Philippines increased by almost 80 percent to achieve over 94,370 GWh in 2017, according to the Philippines Department of Energy.To meet the country’s growing energy needs, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is looking to unify and reinforce the national grid with the launch of the Mindanao Visayas Interconnection Project, for which Nexans

The GEBCO-NF Alumni team concept sets sail from Horten, Norway, on the first of three 24-hour sea-trials. The team observed the successful round of tests from a guard vessel, seen here behind USV-Maxlimer. (Photo: GEBCO)

Competitor Preps for XPRIZE Final with 24-hour Sea Trial

who are actively working on some aspect of the team concept. Of these, 15 are alumni of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO postgraduate training program, based at the University of New Hampshire. The alumni represent the 12 countries of Russia, Egypt, South Africa, U.S., Mauritius, Peru, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Israel, Poland and Brazil. They benefit from ongoing training and opportunities to cultivate their skills via continuous technology development and sea trials in preparation for the XPRIZE final.“Our expanded team is a remarkable example of what can be achieved through international collaboratio

Illegal Fishing: Philippines CG Apprehends 5 Boats

, one of the fishing vessels likewise yielded one (1) Caliber 45 during the conduct of board and search procedure. The “Danish Seine” method of fishing is strictly banned in the Philippine waters because it violates Section 92 of Republic Act 8550, also known as the Fisheries Code of the Philippines, which reiterates the prohibition of the use of any fishing gears that destroy and damage coral reefs, sea grass beds, and other fishery marine life habitats. The apprehended vessels identified as FB YUMIE-2, FV ROSALINDA-2, FB YAN MAE, FB YANYAN and FB KIA JANE respectively were later towed

RV Thomas G. Thompson (Photo: University of Washington)

US Navy-owned Research Vessel Back in Action

generation and distribution systems, stronger compliance with environmental requirements, and reduced obsolescence of various systems and components."Since finishing the refit earlier this year, the revamped Thompson has sailed to New Zealand and Taiwan-and will travel to India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, South Africa and Australia in coming months. Research projects include using special floats to measure the ocean's temperature and salinity, mapping underwater mountains, and studying the heat flow generated by an aquatic volcano and hot springs."The R/V Thompson has performed very well

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Hydro Group Scoops Queen’s Award

support, which has driven a significant increase in overseas business. “This has allowed us to focus efforts on further international growth, and the past 24 months have seen Hydro Group successfully develop new strategic partnerships in Australia, Denmark, Turkey, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and Indonesia. “To receive recognition in the form of a Queen’s Award is a succinct illustration of the commitment the Hydro Group team has brought to the company’s international ambitions; we accept the honor with the utmost appreciation and pride.” Hydro Group

Prysmian to Order Cable Layer Newbuild

contracts in 2017 with an order intake of approximately €1 billion developing a solid order book in excess of €2,400 million as of December 31, 2017. Recent main interconnection projects secured include IFA2 for a submarine link between Britain and France and an NGCP interconnection in the Philippines. In the offshore wind connections market, Prysmian has been awarded projects by RTE to link three offshore wind farms to the French electricity grid

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Philippines Bans Foreign Research Ships

no clear explanation for the about-face by the mercurial Duterte, who has cultivated warm ties with China, ostensibly to attract loans and investments and lessen Manila's dependence on the United States.   The area of focus is Benham Rise, which the United Nations in 2012 declared part of the Philippines' continental shelf. Manila last year renamed it "Philippine Rise".   "Let me be very clear about this: the Philippine Rise is ours and any insinuation that it is open to everybody should end with this declaration," Duterte told a cabinet meeting on Monday, according

RV Petrel (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

depth, combined with the unknown condition of the C-2A, will make recovery extremely difficult, the Navy said.   Before the Navy’s salvage team can work to recover the aircraft, Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) personnel aboard the 250-foot RV Petrel will depart from the Philippines to survey and map the ocean floor of the wreck site using a side-scan-sonar and remote operated vehicle (ROV). The Allen-owned research and exploration vessel is equipped with some of the world’s most advanced underwater equipment and technology, making it capable of exploring depths to

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Coral Reefs Get Sick from Plastic Waste -Study

of fisheries was the best way to strengthen coral reefs to enable them to fend off man-made threats such as more plastics.   "This is not a story about 'let's give up on corals'," he told Reuters. "Overfishing today is the biggest threat." He said nations from Belize to the Philippines were acting to regulate fisheries on corals. (Reporting By Alister Doyle; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)  

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