Wednesday, December 6, 2023

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First BGC Argo float retrieved by RV Investigator, November 2023. ©  Amelia Pearson

Deep-sea Probe Recovered from Southern Ocean

In a first for the Australian research organization CSIRO’s research vessel (RV) Investigator, a robotic float has been recovered from the Southern Ocean after its three-year mission sampling deep waters about 500 kilometers south of Tasmania.Argo floats drift at a ‘parking depth’ of 1,000 meters, then sink to 2,000 meters and rise to the surface every 10 days, taking measurements along the way. At the surface they transmit the data via satellite, then descend again.  BGC (for biogeochemical) Argo float no.5906623 performed this cycle 290 times since it was released from RV

(Photo: All American Marine)

All American Marine Launches New Research Vessel for NOAA

Bellingham, Wash. boatbuilder All American Marine (AAM) has launched the newly built research vessel Gannet for NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS).The newbuild is a 52- by 19-foot semi-displacement aluminum catamaran hull that was developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft Design in Auckland, New Zealand. The vessel is based on the proven design elements found in the recently commissioned research vessel Storm Petrel, built for NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.This versatile research vessel will navigate inland waterways and offshore ocean routes in the southeastern

Rendering of the new Near-Shore Fishery Research Vessel. Credits: Robert Allan Ltd.

Canadian Coast Guard Orders Hybrid Research Vessel

Shipbuilder Chantier Naval Forillon in Gaspé, Quebec has received an order to build a new Near-Shore Fishery Research Vessel (NSFRV) for the Canadian Coast Guard.Expected to join the Canadian Coast Guard fleet as early as 2027, the new vessel will be the agency's first-ever diesel-electric hybrid vessel with a battery energy storage system, designed to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.Announced last week by Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the contract was awarded for $55.5 million (excluding taxes) as part of Canada's National

Ronald H. Brown (Photo: Wade Blake / NOAA)

Markey Wins Deal to Refurbish Winches for NOAA Research Vessel

Seattle-based deck machinery company Markey Machine said it has recently secured a contract from Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding for winch refurbishment aboard NOAA research vessel Ronald H. Brown. The three Markey oceanographic winches that have been aboard for 27 years will receive varied upgrades.“NOAA is working to maximize the service life of each of its vessels, in part by investing in mid-life repairs,” said Jamie LeCompte, NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown project manager. “Upgrading and refurbishing these winches is an important part of making the Brown more efficient, cleaner

Kongsberg Sensors and Equipment for Germany's New Ocean Research Vessel

Norwegian marine equipment and technology firm Kongsberg will provide scientific sensors and scientific handling equipment for Germany’s new ocean research vessel, the 135-metre Meteor IV. The new 10,000GT vessel will be able to house 35 scientists plus 36 crew. Meteor IV will be built by MeyerFassmer Spezialschiffbau (MFSB) for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The vessel, due for delivery in 2026, replaces existing research vessels Meteor and Poseidon.“We need to build a better understanding of our changing climate and the effect it has on the marine environment

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