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Electron microscope image of enzyme degrading PET plastic (Credit: Dennis Schroeder / NREL)

Plastic-eating Enzyme Holds Promise in Fighting Pollution

digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET - a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles. PET plastics can persist for hundreds of years in the environment and currently pollute large areas of land and sea worldwide. Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made the discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme thought to have evolved in a waste recycling center in Japan. Finding that this enzyme was helping a bacteria to break down, or digest, PET plastic

Kira Coley

Planet Ocean Welcomes Kira Coley

Planet Ocean and its principals.  Kira will spend most of her time working with principals and customers on “science behind the measurement” activities and is available to provide help and assistance from that perspective. Kira studied at University of East Anglia and the University of Portsmouth graduating with a B.Sc (Hons) in marine biology.  She has extensive field experience gained as a marine research scientist with the “Frontier Project” in Madagascar, the University Of Palermo, Sicily and as a marine mammal researcher with the whale and dolphin trust Scotland

Lesley Maxwell (left) and Nick Knight

InterMoor UK Expands Management Team

Marine Services Ltd. Knight, who will also be based in Aberdeen, U.K., comes to InterMoor from Viking SeaTech where he was operations supervisor. Knight has more than 12 years’ experience in marine engineering. Previously a chief petty officer in the Royal Navy, he graduated from the University of Portsmouth, U.K., with a foundation degree in mechanical engineering following an apprenticeship in marine mechanical engineering. Departing the Royal Navy in 2011, Knight served in various technical and operational roles in the oil and gas sector, including overseeing several complex deepwater mooring

The Chatty Scientist Founder and Marine Technology Reporter contributor Kira Coley. (Photo: The Chatty Scientist)

Meet The Chatty Scientist

their research, increase exposure and connect with audiences around the world.   The Chatty Scientist is the brainchild of the platform's founder and CEO, Kira Coley, a contributing writer to Marine Technology Reporter, freelance science writer and lecturer in science communication at the University of Portsmouth, U.K.   Coley said, “The training options available these days are too limited – not everyone wants to learn everything there is to know about science communication in one go. And, who has the time? Trainers need to rethink how we can best work with scientists so they

Photo: Concordia Maritime

Concordia Maritime, Swedish Institute to Measure Microplastics in the Oceans

of microplastics and potential consequences for living organisms. In addition to the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, the preliminary study, which is financed by Concordia Maritime, is being conducted in collaboration with the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at The University of Gothenburg and SMHI (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute).   The volumes of microplastics in the oceans are a problem that has attracted increasing attention but so far, there is insufficient knowledge of either the volumes or the consequences for the environment and living

(File photo: Polarcus)

Mannering Named Polarcus Chairman

Michael Mannering has been nominated to succeed Polarcus’ outgoing chairman of the board, Peter Rigg, with effect from the 2018 AGM on May 10.Rigg will retire after a decade as chairman of the marine geophysical company, having served in the role since the company’s inception in 2008.Mannering has previously held many senior corporate positions in Schlumberger as well as chairman and, subsequently, non-executive director of Songa Offshore until its acquisition by Transocean. He has a BSc (First Class) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton.

(Illustration by Natalie Renier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Atlantic Ocean Circulation at Weakest Point in 1,600 Years

A key cog in the global ocean circulation system hasn’t been running at peak strength since the mid-1800s and is currently at its weakest point in the past 1,600 years, as suggested by new research led by University College London (UCL) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). If the system continues to weaken, it could disrupt weather patterns from the United States and Europe to the African Sahel, and cause more rapid increase in sea level on the U.S. East Coast.When it comes to regulating global climate, the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean plays a key role. The constantly moving

(Photo: BAE Systems)

UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

and deliver the U.K.’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service.   Based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the South East of the Isle of Wight, BAE Systems will work with ASV Global (ASV), Blue Bear Systems Research (Blue Bear), Marine Electronic Systems (MES), SeeByte and the University of Southampton to provide the service’s infrastructure, with other organizations set to join later on.   Together, the Solent LEP and partner organizations are investing £1.5 million ($2 million) in this project, the first of its kind in the U.K.   The new service, expected

C-Stat on Trials: Photo credit ASV

ASV Mobile Station-Keeping Buoy Delivered

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) delivers first C-Stat 2 Mobile Station Keeping Buoy to Japan's Tohoku University. Designed and developed by ASV, the buoy will be used by the University to help predict earthquakes off the Japanese coast.  The C-Stat hull is made of aluminium with a PU coated closed cell foam fender and is powered by a hybrid diesel-electric drive system. An integral fuel tank provides an endurance of four and a half days in currents of up to 3.5knots and over 20 days in lower speed currents such as 1.5-2 knots. The vessel can be controlled by a UHF data link for line of

AUV control room: File photo

Hydroid Sponsors 2014 AUV Hydrographic Bootcamp

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) says it is to sponsor the AUV Hydrographic Bootcamp, taking place August 3 - 8, 2014 at the University of New Hampshire’s Judd Gregg Marine Science Complex in New Castle, NH. The symposium will focus on developing new methods of AUV operations, data collection, processing and display. The intensive six-day course is by invitation only, and will teach participants about the operational methods of AUVs to collect bathymetric data for the purposes of nautical charting and the

Photo: © British Crown

UKHO Supports HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities.   Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS Gleaner using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth.   As well as providing advice during data collection, the final dataset was then validated by the UKHO to ensure it was the to the

Jason Smith (Photo: IMES)

New Portsmouth Office for IMES

IMES informs it has moved to premises in Portsmouth as the company targets further strategic growth. The new 5,500 sq ft premises, based at Voyager Park on Portfield Road, Portsmouth, feature a load testing area for lifting equipment, a component assembly area and purpose-built painting area. IMES, which is headquartered in Aberdeen, has a team of 70 across its seven operations. The company’s Portsmouth operation was previously based at the city’s Portfield Industrial Estate. IMES has additional UK operations in Aberdeen, Bristol, Plymouth, Rosyth and Sheffield.It also has an

Autonomous underwater vehicle Boaty McBoatface (Photo: NOC)

Boaty McBoatface Completes First Antarctic Mission

to February 2018, the AUV was deployed in the southern Weddell Sea during RV Polarstern cruise PS111 as part of the Filchner Ice Shelf System (FISS) Project – a collaboration involving leading U.K. research institutions including the NOC, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Met Office Hadley Center, University College London, University of Exeter and Oxford University, and international partners including Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), and University of Bergen (UiB). The AUV plays a critical role in the project that aims to investigate and describe the current state of the complex atmosphere-ice-ocean

NOC Workshops to Address Robotics Challenges

A program launched by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), ‘A Year of Autonomy’, will offer five workshops to address the common challenges faced by robotic systems on land, sea and air by encouraging shared learning and collaboration. These challenges include; the development of artificial intelligence, societal acceptance and energy management.    This initiative is part of the South Coast Marine Cluster and aims to help the autonomous systems industries in this region to grow and position the South Coast as a hub for innovative, high value companies.    Speaking

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) transits the Thames River as it departs Naval Submarine Base New London for a six-month deployment. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

USS Providence Returns Ahead of Schedule

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard delivered USS Providence (SSN 719) back to the Fleet 23 days ahead of schedule and on budget April 7.   USS Providence arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard December 4, 2015, for a Pre-Inactivation Restricted Availability (PIRA). The project team and ship's crew worked seamlessly throughout the maintenance availability to meet the Naval Sea Systems Command's mission priority of the on-time delivery of ships and submarines.   "As a team, the shipyard with the captain and crew of Providence, focused on the positive plan forward," said project superintendent

USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740). (U.S. Navy photo by Rex Nelson)

US Navy Sub’s Motor Generator Restored

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) has completed the restoration of the motor generator set for the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) on February 23 – three days ahead of schedule, the U.S. Navy reported.   PNSY was already restoring a motor generator set for Rhode Island, a process that typically takes 12 to 18 months, when Trident Refit Facility (TRF) Kings Bay informed the shipyard they wanted to replace the motor generator set during the upcoming availability, 10 months earlier than the regularly scheduled overhaul. To support the timeline of this change

Lockheed Martin Seeking Atlantic Canada Companies for Shipbuilding Projects

companies. New Brunswick companies include Accreon, Belledune Port Authority, CARIS, Cirrus9, CLS Lexi-Tech, DEW Engineering, Fleetway Facilty Services, GreenNexxus, iBridge, Industrial Rubber, ING Robotics, Innovatia, Mariner Partners, NB Naval Center, Port of Dalhousie, Salient Training Solutions, University of New Brunswick, Valcom Consulting Group and others. Nova Scotia companies include Accu Translation, Akoostix, Amirix/Vemco, Armament Technology, Aspin Kemp and Associates, Atlantis Systems EduPlus, Bluedrop Performance Learning, Canadian Maritime Engineering, CarteNav, Dalhousie University

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