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Walter Munk: 1917-2019

Ocean, Munk’s team transmitted low-frequency underwater acoustic signals. The location had been chosen because the sound waves could travel on direct paths to listening stations in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The premise was validated as stations from Bermuda to New Zealand to the United States West Coast all received the signal. The time the signal took to travel was a function of the temperature of the water it traveled through.After being widowed by wife Judith in 2006, Munk found love again. In 2009, he met Mary Coakley, chair of the Friends of La Jolla Shores organization, and

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DOE: $28M Available for Floating Offshore Wind

Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS). ATLANTIS projects will develop new technologies for floating, offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) using the discipline of control co-design (CCD).“The United States has 13,000 miles of shoreline, which is a huge opportunity to lead the world in capitalizing offshore wind,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in a press release. “The ATLANTIS projects will help advance American offshore wind production and the accompanying job, manufacturing

L3 OceanServer Awarded GSA Contract

with warfighter-driven attributes. It features longer runtimes and precise navigational accuracy, enabling long ingress/egress missions that provide greater standoff distances and increased mission safety. L3 OceanServer has a proud history of working with various government agencies, including the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy, making this GSA contract a logical next step in business development

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Crude & Fuel Outlook: Fund Managers Neutral

sale of crude and refined fuels, with positions edging up slightly in the first week of the new year, amid hopes a recession can be averted.Oil prices have bounced off their recent lows, the U.S. dollar has weakened against most other major currencies and expectations of a trade deal between the United States and China are rising.Portfolio managers raised their net long position in ICE Brent crude futures and options by 6 million barrels to 158 million barrels in the week to Jan. 8.Funds also boosted their net long position in European gasoil by 3 million barrels to a total of 5 million barrels, according

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The Oceans Are Warming Faster than Expected

of 3,900 floats deployed in the oceans since 2000, showed more warming since 1971 than calculated by the latest U.N. assessment of climate change in 2013, they said.And "observational records of ocean heat content show that ocean warming is accelerating," the authors in China and the United States wrote in the journal Science of ocean waters down to 2,000 meters (6,600 ft).Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are warming the atmosphere, according to the overwhelming majority of climate scientists, and a large part of the heat gets absorbed by the oceans. That in turn is forcing fish to flee

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EIVA Named Distributor for Sea-Bird Scientific Solutions

have announced the signing of an agreement that outlines a promising future for both companies, in which EIVA will serve as official distributor of all salt water Sea-Bird Scientific products in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.Sea-Bird Scientific, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, United States, developer and manufacturer of solutions for the measurement of salinity, temperature, pressure and related oceanographic parameters in marine environments.With customers involved in every sector of maritime industries, Sea-Bird Scientific sensors and systems are deployed around the world by

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Aquabotix Awarded U.S. Navy Project Contract

UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) has announced that it has been awarded an approximately US$70,000 contract to support a United States Navy project. The project will involve further developments to Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver product. This initial development project will conclude with a testing and demonstration to various U.S. Navy personnel.Whitney Million, Aquabotix’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “This is a second project involving SwarmDiver and the United States Navy, in the last seven months. SwarmDiver can be used broadly, in numerous mission types. This development contract

 A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting bids totaling more than $400 million from European energy giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA.. Photo: 
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BOEM "Blown Away" by Record U.S. Offshore Wind Auction

.Combined, the three leases represent nearly 390,000 acres (157,800 hectares) near the Massachusetts islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and Rhode Island's Block Island.The same areas failed to sell at a 2015 auction, reflecting the industry's changing view of the potential of the United States as a market for offshore wind."Mayflower's entry into U.S. offshore wind is exciting," Mayflower Director John Hartnett said in a statement. A wind farm capable of powering more than 680,000 homes could come online by the mid-2020s in its lease area, Mayflower said.Equinor said

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Europeans Sweep Record US Offshore Wind Auction

.Combined, the three leases represent nearly 390,000 acres (157,800 hectares) near the Massachusetts islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and Rhode Island's Block Island.The same areas failed to sell at a 2015 auction, reflecting the industry's changing view of the potential of the United States as a market for offshore wind."Mayflower's entry into U.S. offshore wind is exciting," Mayflower Director John Hartnett said in a statement. A wind farm capable of powering more than 680,000 homes could come online by the mid-2020s in its lease area, Mayflower said.Equinor said

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Global Fishing Watch, USCG Examine Illegal Fishing

Global Fishing Watch is teaming up with the United States Coast Guard Research & Development Center (CG RDC) to conduct research on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and share analysis to advance global efforts to improve fisheries management.Global Fishing Watch (https://globalfishingwatch.org) and CG RDC are exploring pathways to collaborate on relevant research activities, such as the establishment of analytical methodologies to evaluate open-source vessel movement data, catch data and satellite imagery, to advance international understanding on IUU fishing and its impacts.

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

become more important in the coming years, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It expects the ocean economy to contribute $3 trillion to the world economy by 2030, up from $1.5 trillion in 2010.POLITICAL RIFTSSome parts of the oceans - the east coast of the United States, areas around Japan, New Zealand and Ireland - are relatively well mapped, experts said. Others, including the West African coast or that off the Caribbean, remain largely blank.The introduction of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an international treaty, allowed

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AREG Membership on the Rise

contacts, had the opportunity to present our technology at their events and been given the chance to get involved in projects that are in line with our business strategy to grow in this market.”Earlier this year, AREG entered into a partnership with The Business Network for Offshore Wind in the United States giving offshore wind related members the opportunity to collaborate and pursue commercial, strategic and policy interests in the U.S. and the U.K.AREG is also a key member of the Europe Leading Blue Energy (ELBE) project, which seeks to position Europe as the world’s technological and industrial

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US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

The United States could yet impose new sanctions to try to block construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the European Union, the U.S. ambassador to the EU said on Tuesday.Asked if Donald Trump could take further measures to thwart a project which the president has said would leave EU countries even more beholden to Moscow for their energy, Gordon Sondland said: "We have not deployed the full set of tools yet that could significantly undermine if not outright stop the project."Addressing an audience at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels

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Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

, for James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGE Expedition, and other international hadal research projects. “Weicheng has the determination to get this done. His influence may ultimately be felt in the funding priorities of nations who once led in hadal exploration: France, Russia, Italy, and the United States.”Directly, and through his advisors, Cui has invited the world ocean science community to join him in the exploration of the unknown worlds hidden in the depths.Says Professor Cui, “Through innovative approaches and advanced technologies we are committed to taking up the challenge

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Interview: TMA's Michael Jones on BlueTech Week

your reach is global, but looking in your own backyard and Southern California, can you give your insights on how this region, this cluster, has evolved over the last decade?With 3.3 million inhabitants, San Diego is California’s second-most populous county and the fifth-most populous in the United States. There is an amazing array of government, industry, military and university assets in the region. In addition, looking at the larger Cali-Baja region – there are about 7 million inhabitants. TMA has played a crucial role in helping develop an increasingly unified regional Blue Voice. This

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'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

Council (NERC). Dr. Clare was supported by the NERC “Environmental Risks to Infrastructure” Innovation Program, which aims to better understand how natural hazards impact infrastructure and society. The field program was led by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, supported by United States Geological Survey, Ocean University of China, Quindao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Durham University, Hull University, University of Southampton and National Oceanography Center

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The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29

than a year before, a German U-boat sank the liner Lusitania in the Irish Sea, and 128 Americans died. President Woodrow Wilson put Germany on notice that “unrestricted submarine warfare”—the shoot-first tactic that U-boat skippers took up after early losses—would bring the United States into the war. Now UB-29 had done it again, and Wilson threatened to break diplomatic relations. Cowed, Germany signed the “Sussex Pledge.” Henceforth, her U-boat captains would surface and search merchant ships for munitions. If armaments were found, the sub crew could sink the ship

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