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MacArtney Sponsors UK MATE ROV Team

This summer MacArtney UK Ltd. sponsored one of the first UK based entries to qualify for the MATE ROV competition in the United States.MacArtney UK Ltd. has provided a range of underwater connectors to an inspiring student-led team from the University of Sheffield. Avalon Underwater Robotics is the first entry from England to qualify for the prestigious MATE ROV competition.Established in 2001 the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, working in partnership with the Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee, created the MATE ROV competition. Seventeen years later, the competition

Jussi Åkerberg, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of AW-Energy Oy (Photo: AW-Energy Oy)

US Patent Approval for Wave Energy

AW-Energy Oy, a Finnish wave energy technology developer, received an “approval” for AW-Energy’s patent application from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).The patent [PCT/050485] provides AW-Energy with broad IP protection of its latest generation WaveRoller device including a range of operating improvements made to the device’s system and infrastructure, particularly on fail safe operating improvements to protect against extreme weather conditions.“This is a significant and exciting decision by the USPTO, and we view this announcement as recognition

Swedish icebreaker Oden (Photo: University of Rhode Island)

Scientists Find Micro Plastic in Arctic Ice

Arctic.Plastic snowfallThe team plans to subject the samples to further analysis to support a broader research effort to understand the damage plastic is doing to fish, seabirds and large ocean mammals such as whales.Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation in the United States, the expedition in the Swedish icebreaker  Oden ran from July 18 to Aug. 4 and covered some 2,000 nautical miles.Separately, German and Swiss scientists published a study on Wednesday based on samples from the Arctic, Swiss Alps and Germany that suggested microplastic is being blown vast

Admiral Karl Schultz – Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

MTR100: #2 Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, USCG

;MTR100". The full print and electronic edition of Marine Technology Reporter will be available shortly. Until then, presented here is the full story on Admiral Karl Schultz.The career biography of Admiral Schultz is predictably impressive for an officer that has ascended to the top of the United States Coast Guard. Admiral Schultz, who become the 26th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on June 1, 2018, hit the ground running and has been on a mission since day one to not only stress the importance of the maritime industry as a whole, but to inextricably link the U.S. maritime industry

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Teledyne Marine Opens Vehicles Service Center

, the company said. Customers of Teledyne SeaBotix and Teledyne Oceanscience will now have the option to have their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) repaired, refurbished and tested within Europe. Local service will eliminate the need to ship vehicles back to the United States, saving significant time, effort and money.The Service Center will feature a help desk offering ROV and USV users email access to a pool of support engineers and technicians to assist with vehicle questions or issues. A service team is also available for demonstration or technical assistance

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Regulatory Crewing Challenges for Offshore Wind Vessels

activities using foreign crew members.  A formal application to the Coast Guard is required to obtain such an exemption.  Upon approval of the exemption, the foreign citizen crew members will be able to obtain a B-1 (OCS) visa from a U.S. embassy in order to allow them off the vessel in the United States, or travel to the United States, to meet a vessel.  Crew members are not able to obtain the B-1 (OCS) visa until the Coast Guard exemption letter is issued.Unfortunately, the Coast Guard will not grant an OCS crewing exemption to a foreign-flag vessel engaged in offshore wind farm operations

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New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts

City.The selection of Orsted and Equinor continues the trend of European companies dominating the nascent U.S. offshore wind sector.The cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms has dropped dramatically in recent years but is far more costly than power from wind facilities onshore. The United States currently has just one small offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island that is also owned by Orsted, but larger projects are being developed both there and elsewhere in the Northeast.(Reporting by Nichola Groom; editing by Diane Craft and Jonathan Oatis

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Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

Now that the United States finally can envision steady winds blowing from the Atlantic Seaboard due to a pipeline of offshore wind farms on the horizon, the maritime industry can finally step up and earn some of the benefits. This includes shipbuilding, port construction, and worker training. This article reviews the key developments and forecasts the growth in maritime jobs.The federal and state governments share responsibility for developing offshore wind farms and bringing the wind into the power grid and, ultimately, to consumers.This shared responsibility arises from the fact that the federal

Illustration by Natalie Renier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Currents Not Linked to New England Sea Level

There is no direct link between major North Atlantic ocean currents and sea level along the coast of northeastern United States, according to a recent study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).The study, published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, examined both the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)—a conveyor belt of currents that move warmer waters north and cooler waters south in the Atlantic—and historical records of sea level in coastal New England.“Scientists had previously noticed that if the AMOC is stronger

Optimized drive: Fred Olsen Ocean’s Brave Tern. Image: Handout/Fred Olsen

Offshore wind: One-stop Power Conversion

With the United States and China about to start their respective offshore wind build-ups, grid operators wondering about the efficiency of their turbines or the emissions-areas compliance of their wind-service vessels will be warmed to know there’s someone they can talk to. Yaskawa’s The Switch — a Japanese industrial giant’s European environmental tech business — is offering one-stop wind-energy shopping. As with shipping, you can order permanent magnet generators, drives and converters for your wind turbines. Take heart. The lingo is the same. Yaskawa’s The

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