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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

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Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program

Ten new research institutes from Europe, North America and Australia have joined the Nereus Program research partnership, bringing the total to 17.   Launched in September 2011, the program is an international collaboration between The Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia with the aim to make comprehensive forecasts of the ocean’s future, the program has grown into one of the world’s largest research initiatives in its field.   Principle investigators from eight out of the 10 newly joined universities and institutes gathered in Tokyo last December to

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

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

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: 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

Mark Grabowski (Photo: Teledyne Marine)

Grabowski Joins Teledyne Marine

he served as a project oceanographer for coastal studies and deep water operation; and DOF Subsea Inc., where he performed extensive survey and positioning field work in support of deep water drilling and subsea construction operations.   Grabowski earned a BS in Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University

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 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason lands on the seafloor at Havre submarine volcano to retrieve a heat flow monitor. (Photo: Multidisciplinary Instrumentation in Support of Oceanography (MISO) Facility, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Scientists Study Largest Underwater Volcanic Eruption

at the Havre volcano northeast of New Zealand, and was the largest to take place underwater in the past century.   “We knew it was a large-scale eruption, approximately equivalent to the biggest eruption we've seen on land in the 20th century,” said Rebecca Carey, a volcanologist at University of Tasmania and co-chief scientist on the expedition to investigate the historic silicic eruption—a particular type of eruption that produces viscous, gas-filled lava, that often occurs explosively.   In 2015, the University of Tasmania led a mission to explore, map and collect erupted

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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

Michael Pentony (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Names Pentony Atlantic Fisheries Administrator

; Before joining NOAA Fisheries in 2002, Pentony worked for five years as a policy analyst for the New England Fishery Management Council, primarily on issues related to habitat, marine protected areas, and the deep-sea red crab fishery.   He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University in North Carolina, and a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Between college and graduate school, Pentony served for six years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as an engineering project manager on a variety of military satellite

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

TechSurge: Ocean Energy for non-Grid Connected Applications

of power, be it on islands that are supplementing expensive diesel power, in offshore arrays for oceanographic operations or for military operations in remote water side locations. Sponsored by Teledyne Marine, ODI, the event will begin with an onsite tour of the "Living Bridge" project at University of New Hampshire, and will include a welcome reception on November 2 followed by a full day technical program on November 3. The two day program on renewable ocean energy will feature 17 technical presentations on topics related to wave energy and tidal energy devices. There will be a user panel

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ASV Expands into South America

Autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) manufacturer ASV Global announced its expansion into the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro with the formation of ASV Global do Brasil LTDA to offer sales, customer support and operational services in the region.   With its latest expansion, ASV Global, which already operates from Portsmouth, U.K. and Louisiana, U.S., said it intends to bring the latest in ASV technology to the emerging South American market by working alongside local universities and authorities.   “There are lots of opportunities in Brazil and South America for autonomous systems to

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

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