Glider Sets World Record
9,000-Nautical-Mile Pacific Crossing
Pacific-crossing (PacX) Wave Glider, Papa Mau, completed last week its
9,000-nautical-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean to set a new world
record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle.
Papa Mau, built by Wave Glider manufacturer
Liquid Robotics (Sunnyvale, California), weathered gale-force storms,
fended off sharks, spent more than 365 days at sea, traveled around the
Great Barrier Reef and surfed the East Australian Current to reach its
final destination in Hervey Bay near Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia.
The glider measured more than 1,200 miles of a
chlorophyll bloom along the Equatorial Pacific. These blooms indicate
proliferation of phytoplankton that is fundamental to ocean life and
climate regulation. While typically monitored through satellite
direct validation of chlorophyll blooms at this resolution provides a
link between scientific modeling and in-situ measurement
of the Pacific Ocean.
Liquid Robotics is providing open access to this data as part of its
PacX Challenge, a global competition seeking new ocean applications and
research using the PacX data. The winner will receive a $50,000
research grant from BP plc (London, England) and six months of Wave
Glider data services.
The company also announced the five PacX finalists: J. Michael Beman,
of the University of California Merced; Nicole Goebel, of the
University of California Santa Cruz; Andrew Lucas, of the Scripps
Institution of Oceanography; Elise Ralph, of Wise Eddy (Boston,
Massachusetts); and Tracy Villareal, of the University of Texas.
Caption: The Papa Mau
Wave Glider arrives in Australia.
Source: Liquid Robotics press release
Coast Guard Not Ready to Invest
In Shoreside Arctic Infrastructure
Due to lack of
funding and a tough fiscal climate in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Coast
Guard does not expect to invest in shoreside Arctic infrastructure in
the near future, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp said last Friday.
The Coast Guard has "no organic land infrastructure" existing in the
Arctic and is "locally insufficient" in icebreakers, Adm. Papp added.
The Polar Star is being
refurbished for next year, while the Polar
Sea is being dismantled to be used for parts. The Coast Guard has
requested $8 million in fiscal year 2013 to begin
constructing a new icebreaker.
When asked about sequestration's effects
on the Coast Guard's budget and eight
cutters, Papp said the service was evaluating different scenarios as it
waited to see what develops, calling the looming cuts "amorphous."
The U.S. Coast Guard needs better communications in the Arctic, Adm.
Papp said. Future infrastructure and technology requirements will be
addressed in the service's forthcoming Arctic strategy.
Rescue 21, the Coast Guard's very high-frequency FM distress network,
most of the continental U.S. but does not cover Alaska. This
is because that region previously did not have much offshore activity,
and setting up such a network there would be costly and challenging.
Since Arctic operations are available only in the summer, the Coast
Guard would not need to use this system year-round. So as a substitute
for shoreside facilities, a large cutter with worldwide command and
control communications is positioned in the region.
"I'm confident in the future we're going to need some permanent
infrastructure, but I'm not in a position right now to say exactly what
that is or how much of it we're going to need," Papp said. "Our further
operations and Arctic strategy will address that."
After struggling with its identity over the past few years and trying
to avoid overlap with the U.S. Navy, the Coast Guard has moved its
maritime governance. Papp said he didn't want the Coast Guard to be
another Navy—it must be a standalone service focusing on proper
training and regulation enforcement.
AUV Now Available With EdgeTech 2205
OceanServer Technology's (Fall River, Massachusetts)
Iver2 AUV can now be equipped with an EdgeTech (West Wareham,
Massachusetts) 2205 high-resolution side scan sonar.
With the EdgeTech 2205, the Iver2 AUV can gather high-resolution
imaging in surveys of littoral waters. The 2205, designed specifically
for use on AUVs, represents EdgeTech’s latest generation of
electronics, transducers and software optimized for the size and
power constraints of a small-platform
Recently, an Iver2 AUV with the integrated EdgeTech 2205 successfully
conducted surveys in coastal areas in Florida,
Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The data demonstrated the
ultrahigh-resolution underwater imagery of the
EdgeTech dual simultaneous 400/900-kilohertz system produced on board
Caption: A marine archaeologist utilizing the
Iver2 AUV in the Adriatic Sea.
Source: OceanServer press release
Subsea Orders Panther XT Plus ROV
Singapore-based Kreuz Subsea recently took delivery
of a Panther XT Plus ROV, manufacturer Saab Seaeye Ltd. (Fareham,
England) said last week.
The ROV will be deployed from Kreuz Subsea’s dive support vessels in diving
operations throughout the region. The first planned mission is in
Myanmar, where a Kreuz client is seeking a work-class package.
The delivered Panther XT Plus comes with two Schilling Robotics'
(Davis, California) Orion manipulators, a Tritech (Westhill, Scotland)
Super SeaKing sonar, various cameras, and a tether management
system with A-frame launch and recovery system, and control cabin.
The deal was struck with Oceanvision, Saab Seaeye’s distributor in
Singapore and service and support center in the region.
This is Saab Seaeye's second sale to Kreuz, the first being a Cougar
Source: Saab Seaeye press release
Acquires Oil and Gas, Renewables Firms
Maritime AS (Kongsberg, Norway) has acquired Trondheim, Norway-based
InTurbine, a renewable and wind power consultancy firm. Kongsberg Oil
& Gas Technologies AS (Kongsberg) is also in the process of
purchasing Apply Nemo AS (Lysaker, Norway), an independent supplier of engineering
services, products and solutions for subsea oil and gas applications.
The Apply Nemo AS acquisition is expected to be completed in early
January. The company has 172 employees
and is well established in the North Sea and Australia.
InTurbine joined Kongsberg Maritime's Merchant Marine Division in
Trondheim at the beginning of the month. It will support the operations
and expansion of Kongsberg's recently opened Centre for Wind Farm
The Wind Farm Management center, a joint venture between Kongsberg
Maritime AS and its parent company Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (Kongsberg), was
established to develop solutions for wind farm control, condition
monitoring and the operation of wind turbines globally.
Source: Kongsberg Maritime AS, Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies AS press
to Replace Navy Mine-Hunting Dolphins in 2017
The U.S. Navy will replace 24 of its 80 mine-hunting
dolphins with Mark 18 Mod 2 Kingfish UUVs starting in 2017, The San
Diego Union Tribune reported.
The Kingfish UUV, developed by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Point Loma in California, has been in limited use by the Navy for more
than two years. Based on a Hydroid (Pocasset, Massachusetts) REMUS 600,
it is 12 feet long and can run for 24 hours.
The U.S. Navy has found that dolphins' echolocation enables them to
locate sea mines. Other marine mammals, like the California sea lion,
also have demonstrated the ability to mark and retrieve objects in the
ocean. Eighty bottle-nosed dolphins and 40 California sea
lions are trained, studied and deployed under the Navy Marine Mammal
The Navy has not determined whether the Kingfish program will cost more
than this $28 million program. The benefit of the UUVs is that they can
be manufactured quickly and readily deployable, especially compared to
the seven-year period required to train dolphins for mine hunting.
Sea lion jobs will not be cut, and unemployed dolphins will be assigned
to other work, the Navy said.
Source: The San Diego Union Tribune, U.S. Navy
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