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(Image: Professor Cui Weicheng, Shanghai Ocean University)

Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

, 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 Chinese experience, using government-private-public partnerships

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

Bachelor of Science in Physics, a master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and National Security Strategy from the National War College, is one of the world’s leading purveyors and developers of subsea technology.Several years ago at the home of then-CNO Admiral (Ret.) Gary Roughead, Marine Technology Reporter was invited to take part in a meeting and discussion on the future of Unmanned Underwater Systems, a meeting with a clear signal: improve subsea technologies, particularly in the area of power density

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Rising Tide of Innovation at Davos to Keep Plastic out of the Sea

Technology that could avoid the equivalent of 100 garbage bags of plastic waste being created per second received a funding boost at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday.   The five winners of the "Circular Materials Challenge", which focuses on the 30 percent of plastic packaging that is too small or complex to be recycled and often ends up in the ocean, will share the $1 million prize to develop their solutions, said the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and innovation network NineSigma.   The lightweight packaging used for products such as sauces, fresh coffee

SST Wins $15 Mln Order for Navy Seafloor Cable Project

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) has awarded a $15 million contract to Sound & Sea Technology, Inc. (SST) to integrate and install an underwater cable system in support of the Seismo-Hydroacoustic Data Acquisition System (SHDAS).    Under the contract, which represents SST’s largest task order from the Navy, SST will perform engineering tasks including installation of the system and shore landing. Previous work on this project has included the design and installation of the shore facility; design of the underwate

The German polar research vessel Polarstern off the coast of Spitsbergen. (Foto Sebastian Menze)

RV Polarstern Starts Arctic Season

. One of the UAV places GPS transmitters on the sea ice to record the ice drift. The observed data will be used to program the route of the autonomous underwater vehicle. The newly developed devices complement the long-term measurements, which the Helmholtz-Manx Plank Joint Research Group for deep-sea technology and ecology have been performing for more than 15 years in the so-called AWI Hausgarten (which means house garden) between Spitsbergen and Greenland. Resources of the Helmholtz infrastructure measure FRAM (Frontiers in Arctic Marine Monitoring) have been used to improve and to expand the long-term

The Lifesaver Energy Platform was deployed at the U.S. Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. (Photo: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center).

Lifesaver Energy Platform Installed off Hawaii

After several months of assembly, testing and integration, Sound & Sea Technology, Inc. (SST) successfully installed the Lifesaver Energy Platform (LEP) at the U.S. Navy's Kaneohe Bay Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Hawaii, an offshore infrastructure that was established and is managed by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Expeditionary Warfare Center. The Lifesaver Energy Platform is the first Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) device to be deployed at one of the new WETS deep water test berths and supports the Navy's interest in advancing renewable energy for Department of Defense applications.

Photo: Eni

Eni Debuts ‘Clean Sea’ Technology

Eni’s Clean Sea technology: from research laboratories to industrial application in the Mediterranean and West Africa.   Clean Sea, proprietary technology designed by Eni's research laboratories, will be used for the first time for marine environmental monitoring and offshore asset inspection in the Mediterranean region and West Africa.    Clean Sea is the result of one of Eni’s most recent research and development projects, focusing on environmental characterization and protection. Clean Sea aims to ensure improved marine environmental protection by enhancing the

Figure 1. SST and Navy personnel recover STAFAC array in November, 2015. (Photo: SST)

SST Completes Engineering Project for the US Navy

Sound & Sea Technology Inc. (SST) has recently completed the recovery, upgrade and redeployment of an undersea acoustic array which is part of a system the used by the U.D. Navy for subsea acoustic measurements (Figure 1). The array is moored near The South Tongue of the Ocean Acoustic Facility (STAFAC) on Andros Island, Bahamas (Figure 2) and has a tracking and communication system and seafloor cable system for power and telemetry. The system consists of two vertical high gain measurement system (HGMS) array structures moored in 4,000 feet of water; an underwater tracking and communication

Slocum glider off Cape Town (Photo: BOM)

Robotics Ocean Monitoring Alliance Formed in Africa

Blue Ocean Monitoring enters into strategic alliance with Sea Technology Services   Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM) announced that it has entered a strategic business alliance agreement with Sea Technology Services (Pty) Ltd (STS). Under the alliance, BOM will initially base one of its Slocum Gliders in Cape Town to be deployed on regional ocean monitoring programs, with STS providing associated marketing and engineering support services.  Additional gliders are available. Clients will have access to BOM’s web based glider data visualization platform.   Demand for ocean monitoring

Chevron USA recently used a Sea Catch TR18RAM as an emergency disconnect on the mooring line that secured an ocean going barge to the stern of a drill ship for well test flowback. (Photo courtesy Chevron USA)

McMillan, Sea Catch Celebrate 20 Years

and off-load hooks have been added to the general product line in recent years. Sea Catch began as a primitive set net release in Cook Inlet, Alaska and then as a skiff release for purse seiners in Prince William Sound. From there it found multiple release applications in various areas including sea technology, offshore hydrocarbon production/transfer, general maritime operations, drop testing, defense/military, navy/coast guard, movie special effects, and even aerospace. There are now more than 54 dealers worldwide to help facilitate the quick release needs of its customers. According to McMillan

Photo: AXYS Technologies

WindSentinel Awaits US Navy Deployment

AXYS Technologies Inc. announced it has completed pre-commissioning of a WindSentinel platform for the United States Navy project to validate an offshore floating LiDAR wind resource assessment system. AXYS teamed up with Sound & Sea Technology (SST) as well as DNV GL to secure the U.S. Navy contract and supply the system. The LiDAR underwent an initial six month side by side testing process overseen by DNV GL in 2013. Upon passing this test the LiDAR was integrated onto the WindSentinel platform. AXYS and SST personnel assisted in the commissioning of the WindSentinel platform the week of May

The Sabertooth double-hull can roam free for up to 40 miles, is depth-rated to 3,000 meters and has 360-degree orientation.

Breakthrough in Asset and Environmental Scrutiny

it possible to operate from docking stations, where data can be exchanged, either on wireless flyby, or direct docking, and where batteries can also be re-charged and interchangeable instrument modules attached remotely for various missions. Having successfully demonstrated the potential of Clean Sea technology during field tests on environmental monitoring, the team plan a second phase of field tests to demonstrate the more complex functionalities of asset integrity tasks. tecnomare.it seaeye.co

US Navy to Deploy WindSentinel Floating LiDAR

The teams of Sound & Sea Technology Inc, AXYS Technologies Inc, and DNV GL Inc have announced the award of a contract from the U.S. Navy for the validation of an offshore floating LiDAR wind resource assessment system. Sound & Sea Technology (SST) will provide overall management of the program, coordination with the Navy, ocean engineering expertise, environmental planning and installation support.  AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) will be supplying their WindSentinel floating LiDAR system. The WindSentinel uses the Vindicator III, the world's only simultaneous pulsed LiDAR with integral

Buoy with Protection Barrier: Photo credit AXYS

Offshore Buoy Needs Sea Lion Protection

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) working in conjunction with Sound and Sea Technology (SST) designed the barrier to ensure that seals and sea lions are prevented from climbing onto AXYS' WindSentinel offshore buoy during long term deployments in sea lion habitation areas. It has recently been constructed on the WindSentinel that will be deployed by the United States Navy off the West Coast of California. "The sea lions that inhabit the California coastal waters weigh around 300 Kg on average and our concern when deploying the WindSentinel is to ensure not only the safety of the equipment on deck

Successful New Design ROV Testing in Atlantic Ocean

, developed at Enitech GmbH, is set to replace the oil-filled containers that were previously used for pressure compensation, and is to become the enabling technology for compact, lightweight, robust and cost-effective unmanned deep sea vehicles. Enitech experts have been working on this deep sea technology since 2000. After developing pressure-tolerant thrusters and power supply systems for AUVs like DeepC and SeaOtter MKII (Atlas Elektronik, Bremen), Enitech GmbH came up with their own vehicle - the Erno2 - that was now successfully tested in on several deep sea missions. The ROV was co-financed

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