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Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar (Photo courtesy of UKHO)

Vice Adm. Badhwar Receives Alexander Dalrymple Award

power of their blue economies.”Adding his thoughts on the award, Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar said: “This recognition would not have been possible without the support of my colleagues in the National Hydrographic Department, who worked tirelessly towards achieving the goals set forth by the United Nations and IHO. Last but not the least, I am also grateful to all my fellow hydrographers worldwide for acknowledging our work.&rdquo

(Image: Lost 52 Project)

Sunken Submarine USS Stickleback Found

recommissioned on September 6, 1951 and served at San Diego as a training ship. It was decommissioned a second time on November 14, 1952 and converted into a Guppy IIA type submarine. Recommissioned on June 26, 1953, Stickleback joined Submarine Squadron 7 at Pearl Harbor. Stickleback supported the United Nations forces in Korea from February to July 1954 when she returned to Pearl Harbor. From 1954 to 1957, she conducted intelligence gathering operations off of the Soviet Union.On May 28, 1958, Stickleback was participating in an antisubmarine warfare exercise with the destroyer escort USS Silverstein

Solwara 1 project seabed mining tools. Courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Will 2020 be the year for Subsea Mining?

coastal state’s regulations.  Some of the Pacific Island nations which early on had significant offshore mineral discoveries have enacted their own legislation to govern mining.  For the many areas of commercial interest which fall outside these coastal state boundaries; the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which established the International Seabed Authority (ISA) came into force in 1994. The ISA has since then met with stakeholders to further its main goals of regulating deep-sea mining and protecting the ocean environment from any harmful effects of mining operations

(Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity Launches Large-scale Ocean Study

scientists and academics, will contribute to providing a base line study of deep sea ecosystems. The information obtained from the samples will contribute to better understanding the oceans’ ecosystems and environment, which in turn will facilitate their conservation and protection in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.Ocean Infinity and NTNU have developed specific equipment for deep-sea sampling from Ocean Infinity’s remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and the operators have been trained by scientists from NTNU to ensure the data is gathered and stored in the best possible

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO Launches Compendium

trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient, for the more than 10 billion tons of goods which are traded by sea annually across the globe.IMO is not the only organization dealing with electronic data exchange in maritime transport. But others, notably the World Customs Organization, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the International Standards Organization, have aligned their own data structures with the IMO Compendium to promote harmonization

Cobalt-rich ferromanganese crust in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Christopher Kelley / NOAA)

China Leading the Deep Sea Mining Race

and electric car batteries, and the need to diversify supply.The ISA has already signed 30 contracts with governments, research institutions and commercial entities for exploration phase, with China holding the most, five contracts.The body, which was established to manage the seabed resources by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), is aiming to adopt seabed mineral exploitation rules by July 2020."I do believe that China could easily be among the first (to start exploitation)," Michael Lodge, ISA general-secretary, who visited China last week, said."The demand for

Swedish icebreaker Oden (Photo: University of Rhode Island)

Scientists Find Micro Plastic in Arctic Ice

the impact of manmade climate change on the Arctic, whose role as the planet's cooling system is being compromised by the rapid vanishing of summer sea ice.But the plastic fragments -- known as microplastic -- also served to highlight how the waste problem has reached epidemic proportions. The United Nations estimates that 100 million tonnes of plastic have been dumped in the oceans to date.The researchers said the ice they sampled appeared to be at least a year old and had probably drifted into Lancaster Sound from more central regions of the Arctic.Plastic snowfallThe team plans to subject the

Photo: JW Fishers

JW Fishers’ Dropped Video Systems for Aquaculture

as a vast food producer by the increase in the population of the world.” - T.F. GaskelAquaculture specialists perform their research to gain knowledge and develop their skills in the farming of aquatic life and to better understand the necessary tasks for the preservation of these species. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has determined that 50% of the world’s food-fish come from aquaculture fish farms. With a skyrocketing global population and food demands growing at an incredible rate, the aquaculture specialist’s job is no easy task. The first necessity is

Riachuelo submarine during launching. Image Marinha do Brasil

World Navies: Brazil´s Riachuelo Submarine

and mineral resources. The incredible environmental and financial wealth found in these waters, and under the seabed gave way to the term - Blue Amazon – relating to the Amazon Jungle. The Blue Amazon officially covers an area of 3.5 million square kilometers. However, Brazil is calling on the United Nations to expand its borders to the limits of the continental shelf, which should raise the sea area to about 4.5 million square kilometers - equivalent to half of Brazil's land area.To protect this natural heritage and guarantee Brazilian sovereignty at sea, the Brazilian Navy (BN) invests in the

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