Russian Antarctic Vessel Docks in South Africa as Green Groups Protest
A Russian research vessel which has been prospecting for oil and natural gas in the Antarctic docked in South Africa on Saturday following protests by green campaigners who say its operations in the region violate a treaty banning mineral exploration.Several members of the Extinction Rebellion environmental group held banners reading "Hands off Antarctica" as the polar explorer ship Akademik Alexander Karpinsky arrived as scheduled in Cape Town's port during the morning.Earlier this week, several dozen protesters from Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion demonstrated at the port, saying
Babcock Wins £45 Million Contract to Maintain UK Research Vessels
2006-built RRS James Cook are operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). They conduct oceanic exploration around the world, undertaking multi-disciplinary marine science to unlock the mysteries of the deep ocean.All three vessels use state-of-the-art technologies such as autonomous underwater vehicles, including the famous NOC Autosub called Boaty McBoatface.Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair of NERC, part of UK Research and Innovation, said, "The U.K.’s fleet of advanced research ships provides state-of-the-art facilities for scientists to conduct research of our oceans
US Navy to Name Oceanographic Survey Ship USNS Robert Ballard
, has been designated as the ship’s sponsor.The $149 million oceanographic survey ship was ordered from Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard Halter Marine—now Bollinger MS Shipbuilding—in June 2021, and its keel was ceremonially laid in October 2022.Equipped with a moon pool for unmanned vehicle deployment and retrieval, T-AGS 67 will be a multi-mission ship that will perform acoustic, biological, physical and geophysical surveys, providing much of the U.S. military’s information on the ocean environment. The vessel will be over 350 feet long with an overall beam of 58 feet.
Dates for INMARTECH 2023 Announced
INMARTECH 2023: June 20-22, 2023, Barcelona, SpainINMARTECH Symposia were initiated, and are coordinated, by the annual International Research Ship Operators meetings (IRSO, formerly ISOM) with the purpose of providing a forum for marine technicians to meet and exchange knowledge and experiences, thereby aiming to improve equipment performance, deployment and operational techniques during scientific cruises on research vessels.For more information on INMARTECH 2023, Click Here.
Danfoss to Power US' New Hybrid-electric Research Vessel
Danfoss Power Solutions’ Editron division has been chosen by the Pacific Power Group and Seattle shipbuilder Snow & Company to provide the drivetrain system powering the U.S. Department of Energy’s first hybrid-electric research vessel. Due to enter operation in February 2023, the vessel will be used by PNNL-Sequim.The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a research center specializing in research advancing sustainable energy through decarbonization and energy storage. The new research vessel will enable PNNL-Sequim to carry out the testing and research needed to support