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IUEM Chooses iXblue Equipment

Navigation, positioning and underwater imaging solutions provider iXblue said it has been chosen by the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) to provide 8 Canopus long baseline (LBL) transponders for a geodetic mission off the coast of Sicily. Deployed on the seabed, 2,500 meters below the surface, the Canopus transponders will measure the crustal deformation along the North-South Alfeo faults with a millimeter-scale resolution over the course of four years.Hubert Pelletier, Head of iXblue Acoustic division, said, “Because the Canopus transponders precisely meet the exacting requirements

(Photo by Vasilis Mentogianis / RPM Nautical Foundation)

Ancient Shipwrecks Found in Greek Waters Tell Tale of Trade Routes

discoveries of the century in that we now have a new story to tell of a navigational route that connected the ancient Mediterranean," Campbell told Reuters.The vessels and their contents paint a picture of ships carrying goods on routes from the Black Sea, Greece, Asia Minor, Italy, Spain, Sicily, Cyprus, the Levant, Egypt and north Africa.The team has raised more than 300 antiquities from the shipwrecks, particularly amphorae, giving archaeologists rare insight into where goods were being transported around the Mediterranean."Ninety percent of the shipwrecks that we found in the Fournoi

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DOF Subsea Wins Pipeline Survey Contract

Subsea services provider DOF Subsea said it has recently inked a new contract to undertake the pipeline inspection on the Transmediterranean Pipeline Company Limited (TMPC) Pipeline System in Q3 2017. The scope involves inspection of five submarine pipelines between Sicily and Tunisia and during the scope, DOF Subsea will survey over 750 km of pipeline. DOF Subsea said it will deploy the high specification survey vessel MV Geosund to complete the inspection work scope and pipeline intervention. The latest contract award comes after DOF Subsea completed a similar scope for TMPC in 2014.

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Italian Submarine Romeo Romei Delivered

home from the naval base in Tobruk on June  10, 1940 with the declaration of War, taking the lead of the submarine Pier Capponi and standing out for audacious and successful combat missions, so much to be defined the abysses corsair. In a war mission led on  November 10, 1940 in the Strait of Sicily (50 miles SE from Malta), he attacked a British naval formation - consisting of an aircraft carrier and two battleships convoyed by several destroyers – probably heavily hitting a battleship.   On March 31, 1941, the unit left Messina for a mission, heading towards the central Mediterranean

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Eni Debuts ‘Clean Sea’ Technology

cost.   Clean Sea can be operated in either autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) or surface controlled remotely operated vehicles (ROV) mode and is therefore more versatile than ROV based technologies.   Eni will establish two logistics bases, one in Angola for West Africa and the other in Sicily for the Mediterranean region, with a dedicated operative team to cover worldwide routine activity.   In the Mediterranean basin, Clean Sea will be operated by Enimed in Gela. Starting from the first quarter of 2016, two teams will be in charge of the maintenance and operation of the vehicle

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Submarine Warfare: NATO Strengthens Anti-Sub Skills

to safety. “Sicilian Maritime Command (MARISICILIA) will support the exercise assets during their operational port visit in Augusta and Catania harbours, in order to provide them logistic support, in details for refuelling operations, medical assistance and personnel accommodation” said Sicily Maritime Commander Rear Admiral (LH) Nicola De Felice (Italian Navy).   Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA-16 will be supported by an In-Stride Debriefing Team (IDT) who will produce an analysis of the trainings from submitted highlights signals. The team will analyse anti-submarine warfare events real

EIVA Dives into the Med

time with the Italian company Marine ONE.   Marine ONE will be the first company in Italy to hold the title as authorized EIVA representative.   EIVA Day Italy 2015 to be the first joint activity  The new agreement kicks off with an EIVA Day Italy taking place next week in Sicily on 27 October at the Nautical College of Catania (Istituto Tecnico Nautico Statale Duca degli Abruzzi), at which both EIVA and Marine ONE will be present. The event offers offshore professionals a chance to learn more about EIVA’s solutions and services and how the company in cooperation with

The Brigitte Bardot sails off the coast of Siracusa during Op. Siracusa 2014.

Sea Shepherd Global Launches Operation Siracusa

  Following on from the incredibly successful 2014 campaign, Sea Shepherd Global launches Operation Siracusa 2015. Led by Sea Shepherd Italia, the campaign aims to defend the fragile ecosystem of the Plemmirio Marine Reserve, off the Eastern coast of Siracusa in Sicily, against illegal fishing. Already, the impact of the 2015 campaign has been felt. On Friday May 22, the first day of patrols for Operation Siracusa 2015, Sea Shepherd volunteers came across a vessel that they suspected to be engaged in illegal fishing activity. The vessel was discovered at night, with two divers close-by in the

Italy May Have Found Ship Carrying 900 Drowned Migrants

been found, a navy spokesman said, "Yes ... The location and length are correct, but we cannot be certain."   Lawlessness in Libya, where two rival governments are vying for control, has given almost free rein to traffickers. Two survivors of the disaster were arrested on the island of Sicily last month on suspicion of trafficking people on the ship.   After interviewing survivors, prosecutors concluded that more than 750 people were likely to have been aboard, many locked in the hold. Other reports suggested the death toll could be up to 900. Twenty-eight people were saved.  

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Interoute Opens New Diverse Fibre Route in Southern Italy

landing stations in Southern Italy. The new 1,300 km stretch of fibre is part of Interoute’s 7,000 km Italian network, which helps make up its 67,000km pan European platform. The new route will provide diverse, high capacity connectivity from Interoute’s landing stations in Mazara del Vallo (Sicily) and Bari (Puglia), for submarine cables looking to connect to Europe. In recent years cables from Greece, Malta, Tunisia and Israel have all come ashore at Interoute’s Southern Italian landing stations. Submarine cables play an integral role in international economic cooperation and social

The WHOI SeaBED AUV ‘Jaguar’  ready for deployment through a very thin layer of Antarctic sea ice. This helped produce the world’s first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice using an AUV. Credit: Peter Kimball, WHOI

A New Era of Antarctic Exploration: AUVs in Polar Science

in our efforts to understand how this vital component of the climate system is responding to change,” Dr. Williams.   Kira Coley is a freelance writer with a Marine Biology degree from University of Portsmouth and experience as a Field Scientist in various locations including Madagascar, Sicily, and Scotland. She is now a PhD researcher and regularly publishes articles and technical papers discussing key research topics in the marine sciences, oceanography and offshore industry. (As published in the January/February 2015 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews

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