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Photo: Oregon State University

Construction Starts on OSU's Research Ship

be called Taani (pronounced “tahnee”), a word used by the Siletz people meaning “offshore,” is scheduled for delivery to Oregon State in the spring of 2021, and will be fully operational after a year of outfitting and testing.Research missions utilizing Taani will focus on the U.S. West Coast. Meanwhile, NSF has contracted with OSU to build a second similar research vessel, which will be operated by a consortium led by the University of Rhode Island.“This new class of modern vessels will support future research focused on the physical, chemical, biological and geologic processes

(Photo: Principle Power)

Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

commercial tenders.Principle PowerThe technologies being developed to enable floating offshore wind farms have generated a lot of buzz, and for good reason. High-tech floating structures unlock the potential for clean wind energy in waters – especially deep waters – such as off the U.S. West Coast and in parts of Asia where traditional fixed-foundations cannot be supported.Among the leaders in this space is California-based Principle Power and its patented triangular shaped floating wind turbine foundation WindFloat. The semi-submersible three-column offshore platform features water entrapment

The Ocean Cleanup system (Photo: Seatools)

Seatools to Supply Monitoring System for The Ocean Cleanup

into the performance of the first-ever ocean cleanup system.   The contract was awarded by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans from floating plastic. The group will deploy the system during trials starting later this year on the U.S. West Coast.   “Besides the fact that we thoroughly support this meaningful initiative, the project is compelling from a technological viewpoint as well, said Jan Frumau, Managing Director at Seatools. “It requires a unique combination of technologies and capabilities. We will be able

Photo: Statoil

Statoil’s NY Offshore Wind Project Named 'Empire Wind'

and register to receive updates. Statoil currently has seven offshore wind projects online or under development in Europe, including the world’s first floating offshore wind project in Scotland—a technology which could also prove pivotal in generating offshore wind power for the U.S. west coast and Hawaii. The company’s offshore wind portfolio has the capacity of providing more than one million European homes with renewable energy

Dr. Cisco Werner (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Names Werner Director of Scientific Programs

managing a multidisciplinary scientific enterprise of basic and applied research on the living marine resources.  He assumed his new role on June 12, 2017.   Prior to being named Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor, he served as the Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC). Cisco brings extensive experience leading scientific efforts in the federal government and previously in academia as Director and Professor of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Chairman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel

Voyager Drifter Buoy (Image: Fastwave)

Fastwave’s Voyager to Be Used in the Ocean Cleanup Project

on ocean currents to transport the plastic towards collection arrays that concentrate the material, so that it can be extracted and re-cycled.  The project is focused on the “great garbage patch” in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,500 nautical miles from the U.S. West Coast. Validation of the ocean plastic transport models is a requirement for the next phase of the project, commencing in October. This will be achieved by deployment of drifter buoys from a long range Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft. Fastwave’s Voyager drifter buoy will be used for this

Another Step toward Wind Energy off California

basis, or whether a competitive process is required. The proposed project would consist of 100 floating foundations, each supporting a wind turbine generating 7-8 megawatts of energy. A single transmission cable would bring the electricity to shore. The proposed lease area, about 33 nautical miles northwest of Morro Bay, covers 67,963 acres of federal lands in water depths of 2,600‐3,300 feet.    “This is a compelling opportunity that would assist California in meeting its ambitious and critically important renewable energy goals,” Director Hopper noted. “We will continue

Map shows the location of seawater samples taken by scientists and citizen scientists that were analyzed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for radioactive cesium as part of Our Radioactive Ocean. Cesium-137 is found throughout the Pacific Ocean and was detectable in all samples collected, while cesium-134 (yellow/orange dots), an indicator of contamination from Fukushima, has been observed offshore and in select coastal areas. (Figure by Jessica Drysdale, Woods Hole Oceanographic Insti

Fukushima Site Still Leaking After 5 Years

of radioactivity in the ocean off our shores are available publicly thanks to ongoing efforts of independent researchers, including Ken Buesseler, a radiochemist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), who has led the effort to create and maintain an ocean monitoring network along the U.S. West Coast.   Since 2011, Buesseler has received contributions from citizens, small businesses, foundations and large companies to enable the sampling of nearly 1,000 seawater samples for Fukushima radionuclides. Buesseler has been involved in seven cruises off Japan, sampling off Fukushima at least

NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker.

Krill Installs VFMMS on FRV Reuben Lasker

Vessels (FSV) and one of the most technologically advanced fisheries vessels in the world. Funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and built by Marinette Marine Corporation in Wisconsin, the ship’s primary objective is to support fish, marine mammal, and turtle surveys off the U.S. West Coast and in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. Reuben Lasker is classed as a Fishery Survey Vessel (FSV). All FSVs are American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Ice Classed "C0". The ship has a low sound signature to reduce reactions of fish to the presence of the ship and provides for a low

Researchers Prepare Oceanic Trash Clean-Up Plan

debris spanning hundreds of miles of open sea where plastic outnumbers organisms by factors in the hundreds. The debris, concentrated by circular, clockwise ocean currents within an oblong-shaped "convergence zone", lies near the Hawaiian Islands, about midway between Japan and the U.S. West Coast. The trash ranges from microscopic pieces of plastic to large chunks. Working for about a month, the group collected samples as small as a grain of sand and as large as discarded fishing nets weighing more than 2,000 pounds. They mapped the area, using aerial balloons and trawling equipment

Photo by Jan Kocian

One for Wasted Sea Stars

a set of symptoms, including lesions and tissue decay on the arms and body of starfish that eventually cause parts of the creature to fall off and can lead to death.   The disease is becoming increasingly prevalent and affects sea stars in coastal habitats and aquariums alike, heavily impacting West Coast populations in particular since summer 2013, states the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), a large-scale, long-term monitoring and research program led by investigators at four universities along the U.S. West Coast: Oregon State University, UC Santa Cruz

Photo: Ocean Sonics

Ocean Sonics Wins Deal in Canada; Adds US Distributor

Ocean Sonics announces sale of 10 hydrophones in Canada, as well as a new U.S. West Coast distribution agreement   Ocean Sonics Ltd., an ocean technology company that designs and manufacturers digital hydrophones, has sold 10 of its 3,500m icListen Smart Hydrophones to Ocean Networks Canada for the Smart Oceans program, a new initiative of the University of Victoria that addresses the limitation of conventional technologies to allow continuous year-round, sub-second observations with dozens of measurement types, accessible through the Internet to any audience.   The flagship icListen HF

Blue whale off S. California: Photo CCL WPPilot

Navy-Funded Whale Tagging Study Begins

A Navy-funded study to continue documenting blue and fin whale distribution, occurrence and movement patterns along the U.S. West Coast and throughout the Eastern Pacific has begun, informs U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs. Oregon State University researchers will attempt to locate and attach up to 24 long-term satellite tracking tags to blue and fin whales off Southern California.

 The researchers will deploy from Santa Barbara or Long Beach, depending on reported sightings of blue and fin whales. The team's goal is attachment of 12 tags to blue whales and 12 tags to fin whales. These location-

FASTER Cable run route: Image NEC

Google Consortium to Lay 'FASTER' Trans-Pacific Cable

x 6 fiber-pairs). This new cable system will be landed at Chikura and Shima in Japan and will feature seamless connectivity to many neighboring cable systems to extend the capacity beyond Japan to other Asian locations. Connections in the United States will extend the system to major hubs on the US West Coast covering the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle areas. The six-company consortium is comprised of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and SingTel. The name FASTER was adopted to represent the cable system’s purpose of rapidly serving

Photo courtesy Marcon

Time Charter of DP-1 Research Vessel Fixed

Alco 12-251F diesels totaling 4,000BHP at 900RPM turning 115" dia. CP propellers. The vessel has a range of about 4,800nm and a maximum speed of about 14kn. She is U.S. Coast Guard Certified to carry 44 persons. Charterer will utilize the Ocean Pioneer to test a new ROV design offshore the U.S. West coast. Marcon International, Inc. has concluded numerous others sales and charters with the owner over the years, but this is the first transaction with the Charterer. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction. To date this year, Marcon has brokered eight sales and charters including a

Fisheries Survey Vessel Reuben Lasker (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Takes Delivery of New Fisheries Survey Vessel

NOAA has taken delivery of Reuben Lasker, the agency’s newest high-tech fisheries survey vessel from Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company. The 208-ft. ship will primarily support fish, marine mammals and turtle surveys off the U.S. West Coast and in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. “Reuben Lasker represents a significant milestone in the agency’s efforts to provide world-class marine science platforms,” said Rear Adm. Michael S. Devany, director of the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Corps. “This state-of-the-art ship will

Hawaiki Signs TE SubCom to Supply Transpacific Cable System

Limited, owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has signed a turnkey supply and installation contract with US submarine cable vendor TE SubCom. The agreement is a milestone in Hawaiki’s planned 14,000 km trans-Pacific cable linking Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the U.S. west coast, the company said. Under terms of the multimillion dollar deal, TE SubCom will design and lay an industry-leading coherent fibre optic cable system capable of 10 Tbps per fibre pair on the Australia/New-Zealand to U.S. trunk. A number of Pacific Islands located next to the cable route will

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