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Dr Peter Ramsay (Photo: Mitcham)

Mitcham Appoints New Tech Positions

technologies within the hydrographic industry and assist in identifying and developing new opportunities.Prior to joining Mitcham in January 2020, Dr Ramsay held a number of important positions within the hydrographic industry, including Director and co-owner of Marine GeoSolutions in Australia and South Africa.  Dr Ramsay's extensive list of publications includes one book, 18 peer-reviewed publications and 36 conference abstracts. He holds a PhD (Marine Geophysics) and a BSc Honors in Engineering Geology and is a Certified Professional Hydrographic Surveyor Level 1 with the Surveying &

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MSI completes 'Deepest, Longest Moorings' to Date

In late 2018 Total contracted Metocean Services International (MSI) to mobilize what would be MSI's longest moorings for deployment in the deepest water to date (3,150m) at locations just north of the border between South Africa and Namibia.The moorings comprise a surface buoy to measure meteorology, waves and current profiles as well as an I-type mooring to measure full water column current profiles and water quality.Because the top of the I-type mooring needed to be near the surface, special attention was paid to the mooring design.This was modeled using third party software to ensure that the

Dr.  Jyotika Virmani and Dr. Marlon Lewis at OceanObs’19. Photo: OceanObs’19

OceanObs’19: Innovation Expanding Ocean Observations

science, leadership, and mentorship. A panel of four leading women in ocean science offered insights from their own careers. Rosie Alegado from the University of Hawaii served as moderator and the panelists included Barb Kirkpatrick from the US, Nelly Florida from Indonesia, and Juliet Hermes from South Africa. They were joined by almost 40 more women in the field who served as ambassadors to answer questions and inspire discussion during a networking reception.The breaking waves event was just one example of how the OceanObs’19 program fostered creative discussions and new relationships in the

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Winner Annouced

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 was funded by The Nippon Foundation, a Japanese private non-profit organisation, and the prize money will be reinvested by foundation into the development of

The 95-meter Hydrographic Survey Vessel is said to be the most complex vessel ever built in South Africa  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg on board South African Navy Survey Vessels

Capability Project.Kongsberg technology will be used on a state-of-the-art new Hydrographic Survey Vessel being built by Southern African Shipyards (SAS) in Durban. Due for delivery in 2022, the new 95 meters long, 17.5 meters wide ship is billed as one of the most complex vessels to be built in South Africa and will replace the SAS Protea, which has been in service since 1972. Built to a VARD Canada ice-strengthened design, its top speed of 18 knots, 10,000 nautical mile range and 44-day mission endurance will enable high quality mapping surveys throughout the southern hemisphere.Kongsberg Maritime

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Boat Made of Flip-flops Sails for Cleaner Seas

plastic pollution and will work closely with its citizens to find solutions, he added.Skanda, meanwhile, is looking forward to undertaking more such voyages around Africa in the fight against plastic waste.“We are still fundraising to build a bigger boat so that we (can) sail to Cape Town in South Africa and to (all of) Africa," he added.(Reporting by Wesley Langat; Editing by Robert Carmichael and Megan Rowling. Credit: Thomson Reuters Foundation

MATE At-Sea Internship Opportunity

marine technicians on shore and at sea and learn how to operate and maintain a variety of scientific and navigational equipment in support of shipboard scientific research. This internship may involve travel to Seattle, WA and the surrounding area; Woods Hole in Falmouth, Massachusetts; Cape Town, South Africa; and Montevideo, Uruguay (cruise plans are still in development.)Internship projects will vary from one cruise to another and correspond to the cruise objectives set by the lead scientists for each cruise. Previous interns have worked on cruises to support science projects ranging from chemical

(Credit: J. Vorneveld in Morris et al. (SAEON) 2017)

Persistent Profiling of the Greater Agulhas Current

capture this incredibly dynamic system, each campaign fixed ADCPs atop mooring lines and on the seabed as part of extensive observational arrays.For a decade, Dutch scientists focused on the strength, variability, and structure of upstream flows feeding the Agulhas.Later, off the south-east corner of South Africa, U.S. researchers completed the Agulhas Current Time-Series Experiment (ACT) that monitored for three years. One use of their data was ground-truth to create a long-term satellite-based index for changes in the Agulhas Current.And now, an ongoing multinational program continues the work&mdash

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

Team has expanded to include more than 70 individuals 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

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