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Forum Bags Mojave ROV Deal

products company Forum Energy Technologies said it has sealed a contract to supply a Mojave remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for the Norwegian firm ESEA Marine.Sub-Atlantic Mojave will also be used by ESEA Submarine’s sister company, ESEA Marine AS, which has customers that include fish farms, port authorities and insurance companies, said the international oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion and  production sectors of the oil and natural gas industry.In addition, the Mojave will play a training role in helping ROV pilots to develop their skills.Georg Stranden

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All IOOS Regional Networks Are Now NOAA-certified

and aquaculture, weather forecasting and much more.”Scientists, shippers and disaster response crews and others use data from NOAA-certified IOOS associations in many different ways:The U.S. Coast Guard uses certified data from buoys and high frequency radar data to aid in search and rescue.Port authorities around the nation use real-time data from buoys, current meters, tide gauges and high frequency radars to safely guide cargo ships in and out of harbors.Emergency responders use current, wave and wind data to respond to hazardous materials spills, and to help forecast where oil, sewage and other


Easier Access to UK Tidal Data

trading internationally. Its U.K. tidal database contains height data from over 600 tidal gauges around the U.K., making up the U.K.’s largest network of tidal stations. The database also includes over 40 stations in the Environment Agency's U.K. National Tidal Network and stations from Port Authorities at many of the U.K.'s primary and secondary ports. With access to all this data, applications will be able to generate tidal predictions for up to 6 days in advance at a wide range of locations across the U.K. coastline. The interface also allows developers to create applications that identify

MTS Tech Breakfast: Maritime Cyber Security

in military, political and financial operations. Cyber threats are rapidly evolving and traditional risk management practices are often overwhelmed by the novel and the unexpected. Maritime organizations represent critical infrastructure, and stakeholders in this arena include but are not limited to port authorities, terminal operators, shipping companies and various other entities need access to the latest information, best practices and technologies.   “By forming this committee, MTS Cyber plans to provide an international forum for the development of thought leadership and the exchange of

The value of imports at major U.S. shipping ports for the year 2014. (Image: Esri)

A Location Strategy for Funding Port Infrastructure

in underkeel clearance along the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast ports.   The revelation that ports are contributing funds disproportionately generally results in discussions of how to best attain full usage of money by more equitable distribution. This is an American Association of Port Authorities talking point, and it is a positive step toward addressing the myriad needs of our marine transportation system beyond mere channel dredging. Harbor berths, for example, need to be deep enough for the water level at every stage of the tidal cycle to accommodate the loading of ships. However

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

mapping and navigation systems.   He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the SS American Memorial and he is affiliated and actively involved with the Navy Submarine League, U.S. Submarine Veterans, U.S. Hydrographic Society, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute, American Association of Port Authorities and the Mine Warfare Association.    Dentzman holds a Master of Science (MS) in Geological Oceanography from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geology from the University of Illinois

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Forum Delivers ROV to Norwegian Firm

vehicle (ROV) to ESEA Submarine AS to perform a variety of offshore roles, including inspection, survey and salvage work.   The powerful and compact Sub-Atlantic Mojave will also be used by ESEA Submarine’s sister company, ESEA Marine AS, which has customers that include fish farms, port authorities and insurance companies.   In addition, the Mojave will play a training role in helping ROV pilots to develop their skills.   Georg Stranden, general manager at ESEA Submarine, said, “We see opportunities in the Norwegian inshore market and found the Mojave suitable for the

Greg Murphy - Executive Director, The Maritime Alliance & TMA Foundation

View from the Top: Greg Murphy

. One area of particular focus for TMA is to engage organizations across Latin America. For example, TMA will be working with the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) – part of the Organization of American States (OAS) – to develop topics that will be of interest to the 34 national port authorities from across the Caribbean and Latin America that are members of CIP. With San Diego’s cluster of maritime technology companies, this is the right place and the right time to launch OINA. We welcome you to visit San Diego for the business development and networking, and stay for the beautiful

Seagrass Fact Sheet courtesy Port of Townsville

Report on Health of Seagrass in Cleveland Bay

of the monitoring in Townsville over the past few years were encouraging, with a large scale recovery of seagrasses being recorded. “This program is part of a network of seagrass monitoring along the east and west coast of Queensland conducted with funding and support from Queensland port authorities. Townsville has been a stand-out in terms of the speed of recovery of seagrasses from widespread losses that occurred to 2011,” Dr Rasheed said. “This monitoring partnership has resulted in a substantial contribution to the understanding of seagrass health across the State, with

Seamless topo/bathy data from Optech CZMIL Nova’s recent survey of Korea’s coast (image courtesy KHOA)

Teledyne Optech to Bring Bathymetry Solutions to OI

and two infrared channels, the Titan maps both land and shallow coastal waters efficiently in the same flight. In addition, the Titan’s three separate wavelengths enable automated target classification, helping surveyors differentiate trees, soil, grass and more.   Harbor managers and port authorities looking for a low-cost survey solution will be interested in the integrated lidar/sonar solution developed with our sister company Teledyne RESON. By combining a long-range Optech ILRIS terrestrial lidar scanner with a RESON SeaBat multibeam echosounder on a light watercraft, this solution lets

The 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit

and meet regulatory peers is underway.   Infocast’s 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit will take place in Long Beach, CA, from February 3-5, 2015. The Summit will host Regulators, Ship Owners & Operators, Shipbuilders, Water Treatment Specialists, Marine Equipment Suppliers, Port Authorities, Shipping/Maritime Associations and others as they exchange information and strategize cost-effective, practical solutions for BWM system compliance now and going forward. Click HERE to download the full Summit agenda. Click HERE to sign up for the conference & summit.   Why

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Greenpeace Targets Russian Tanker at Rotterdam Port

a cargo of 67,000 tons of crude oil, loaded on the continental shelf of the Pechora Sea, Russia.   “We are extremely disappointed that our vessel has been the subject of an irresponsible publicity stunt by Greenpeace, which occurred despite the measures taken by our ship and the port authorities, including the Coast Guard and the Marine Police. Mikhail Ulyanov is an ultra-modern high ice class shuttle tanker, with a technical specification above most of her peers, including conventional tankers transporting crude from oil-fields on the continental shelf of the North Sea,” said

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NOAA Begins Hydrographic Survey Season

due to storms, erosion, and development. To keep the nation's suite of over a thousand nautical charts up to date, the Office of Coast Survey annually plans hydrographic survey projects to measure water depths and identify new navigational hazards. Survey planners consider requests by marine pilots, port authorities, the Coast Guard, researchers and others when setting the year's schedule. Alaska's Kodiak Island is one priority this year, and NOAA ships Rainier and Fairweather will update old and sparse depth measurements in response to increased demand from the tourism and commercial fishing industries

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300 Missing After Korean Ferry Capsizes

, who said he had spoken to members of the sunken ferry's crew, said the area was free of reefs or rocks and the cause was likely to be some sort of malfunction on the vessel. There were reports of the ferry having veered off its course, but coordinates of the site of the accident provided by port authorities indicated it was not far off the regular shipping lane. Several survivors spoke of hearing a "loud impact" before the ship started listing and rolling on its side. Within a couple of hours, the Sewol was lying on its port side. Soon after, it had completely turned over, with

LNG Bunkering: All One Needs to Know ...

, as well as onboard and onshore storage and safety issues. Potential problem areas in the use of LNG, such as weathering, sloshing and methane slip, are sensibly and clearly analysed. Liquefied natural gas is poised to become a viable and widely used alternative to conventional marine fuels. As port authorities and shipowners work together on the creation of bunkering infrastructures, and stringent environmental regulations limit the use of high sulphur fuels, there is a clear global impetus for making the switch to LNG. Draffin takes a close and informed look at bunkering procedures, including delivery

US Ports Dredging FY2014: Record Grant Recommended

fiscal 2014 appropriation bill for the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which includes a record $1 billion draw from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for maintaining America’s federal navigation channels and related infrastructure. "The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) congratulates (Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee) Chairman Diane Feinstein and the entire subcommittee for recognizing the importance of keeping America’s federal navigation channels accessible for the crucial movement of ocean-going freight and passenger

Canadian Government Supports Port Security R&D

, Minister of Industry, has announced a $2-million repayable contribution for research and development activities on new maritime surveillance technology being performed by AXYS Technologies Inc. Minister Raitt made the announcement at the 55th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities in Nanaimo, British Columbia. AXYS specializes in environmental monitoring systems for ports worldwide. This project will help the company develop applications that collect, analyze and display sensitive maritime data to enhance port and harbour security. Users will be able to monitor potential

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