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Microplastics Accumulate in Deep-Sea Life Hotspots
Research published this month reveals that microplastics often accumulate on the deep sea floor in the same place as diverse and dense
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Preparing For Future Undersea Warfare: Insights from Former Rear Admiral Robert Tarrant CB
The significant increase in submarine activity seen over the last three years in the Atlantic region and the proliferation of
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Washington State Develops Plan to Examine Vast Area of Pacific
The state of Washington’s department of ecology has developed a marine spatial plan that covers an area of the Pacific
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Open Architecture Autonomy On US Government UUV Mission Controllers
Riptide and Draper will implement the maritime open architecture autonomy (MOAA) that Draper developed as an extensible open architecture framework
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Annual Sustainability Report Notes Marine Trends: Good News and Bad
The United Nations 2018 Sustainable Development Goals Report reviews the progress made during 2018 on the 17 sustainability goals set
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South African Vessels Outfitted with Hydrographic Software
Teledyne CARIS will deliver a full software solution to the South African Navy Hydrographic Office, including software that will be
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Chile the First Country in Americas to Ban Plastic Bags
In May, Chile’s House of Representatives voted to approve a ban on plastic bags. “The law will apply to all
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ST Conference Preview: Anti-Submarine Warfare 2019
As the submarine threat grows, it is vital that NATO’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) forces can operate together decisively. The Anti-Submarine
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Dynamic Laser Scanner Released in 6,000-m Version
Oceaneering presented the Oceaneering Freedom ROV and 2G Robotics ULS-500 Pro 6K dynamic laser scanner at the Offshore Technology Conference
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International Diving Industry Forum Established to Minimize Risks
The International Diving Industry Forum (IDIF) has been established by three key industry stakeholders: the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA);
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New York City Develops Marina For Recreation and Education
New York City is rediscovering its waterfront roots—thanks in part to an eight-acre marina that has taken shape at the
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EU Coastal Erosion Project Uses OSIL Data Buoy Platform
Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) supplied a 1.2-m data buoy platform to the Orion joint research and development center for
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U.S. Coast Guard Discusses Its Developing Role in the Arctic
SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander discussed the service’s strategic outlook for the Arctic, its new class
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Market Report Discusses Trends in Anti-Submarine Warfare
Anti-submarine warfare has once again risen high on the agenda for NATO’s maritime forces. Ahead of the inaugural Anti-Submarine Warfare
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Pollution Threat from Grounded Barge in Alaska
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) worked with contractors Saturday to mitigate the potential pollution threat posed by a derelict barge
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Israel Shipyards Develops Ships to Combat Maritime Terrorism
At LAAD 2019, the Latin American defense and security exhibition held in Brazil this month, Israel Shipyards introduced coastal defense
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US Navy Updates Protocol for Reporting UFOs
The U.S. Navy is drafting new guidelines for personnel to report unauthorized and unidentified aircraft sightings—what were previously called “unidentified
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MacArtney Connector Series Offers Wide Range of Options
The MacArtney Group has launched the TrustLink Metal Shell connectors series, which is now in stock across the globe. The
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Careers: The Journey to Mastering Ocean Electronics
Stay tuned for the full story, coming online this June at Sea Technology. Viviana Castillo is a research scientist and
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Sea Technology, Vol. 60, No. 3—March 2019
March 2019 Electronic Charting/Vessel Management/Ports & Harbors/Dredging/Homeland Security
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Phoenix Promotes Jon Regh to Houston Area Manager
Phoenix International Holdings Inc. promoted Jon Regh to area manager of its Houston, Texas location. In his new role, Regh
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World’s Largest Construction Vessel Fitted with All-Silicon Gyroscope
Silicon Sensing Systems Ltd’s latest inertial measurement technology has been used in AD Navigation AS’s new pilot’s aid, the ADX
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ROV Launch & Recovery System Delivered to New Zealand Navy
Hydramec Offshore completed the supply, integration and operational testing of a fully-active heave-compensated launch and recovery (LARS) system for a
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Collaboration to Develop Large Ocean-Going Autonomous Vessel
Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced during Singapore Maritime Week a memorandum of understanding with both ST Engineering Electronics Ltd., an information communications
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Copernicus Sentinel-6 Satellite Mission Will Track Sea Level
A constellation of satellites will monitor sea levels on earth over the next decade using advanced microwave radiometers. The satellites,
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DHS Centers of Excellence Chosen for Summer Research, July Competition
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today the selection of nine teams from
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Scientists want to search for life on Jupiter’s moon. They’re starting in Antarctic oceans.
An autonomous robot is practicing to explore Europa. By Justin Lawrence, Planetary Science, Georgia Institute of Technology The harsh and
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WWII Marine Corps Hero RV Burgin Dies at 96
R.V. Burgin, a WWII Marine Corps hero, died Apr. 6 at the age of 96. Funeral services will be held
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KVH Videotel Hires Jason Baretto As European Sales Manager
Following news of the promotion of Raal Harris to managing director at KVH Videotel earlier in the year, the company
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iXblue Launches its First Navigation-Grade Accelerometer
iXblue has announced the launch of the iXal A5, the company’s first navigation-grade accelerometer dedicated to high-performance applications. It is
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U.S. Judge in Alaska Blocks Attempt to Open Arctic, Atlantic to Expanded Drilling
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in Alaska overturned President Donald Trump’s attempt to open areas in the Arctic and
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Sea Technology, Vol. 60, No. 2—February 2019
February 2019 Instrumentation: Measurement, Processing & Analysis
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Scholarships Available for Students in Marine Studies Programs
Last year, the Marine Technology Society (MTS) awarded approximately $60,000 in scholarships to students attending full-time marine-related undergraduate and graduate
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Kongsberg Gruppen Acquires Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine
Following European Commission approval, Kongsberg Maritime parent company Kongsberg Gruppen (KONGSBERG) has completed the acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine (RRCM).
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Inaugural Ocean Mapping Meeting Held in New Zealand
A gathering of ocean mapping experts and maritime officials in Wellington, NZ, was the inaugural mapping meeting of The Nippon
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Why a Green Climate Deal Needs More Blue
By David Helvarg and Jason Scorse From Texas to Alaska, Saipan to the Florida Keys, sea level rise and intensified
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Microbes in Fishes’ Slimy Mucus Coating Could Lead to New Antibiotic Drugs
By Sandra Loesgen, Oregon State University One day in the future, you may take a pill to treat an illness
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Icebreakers Measure ADCP Transects in Drake Passage
Deep, strong ocean currents circle the globe in the Southern Ocean. This influential flow, known as the Antarctic Circumpolar Current,
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WHOI Report Details Threats to Endangered Whales
A new report from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) details threats and solutions for the critically endangered North Atlantic right
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First Electricity Generated to UK Grid by Device at EMEC
Spanish tidal energy developer, Magallanes Renovables, has generated its first electricity into the U.K. national grid following connection at the
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Stockholm Water Prize Awarded to Jackie King
Dr. Jackie King is named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for her game-changing contributions to global river management. She
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Modular USV Designed For Survey Operations
Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) has designed and built the next-generation accession-class USV for use in nearshore and offshore industries. The
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Bruce Meredith is BIRNS Technical Sales Manager
BIRNS Inc. announces that Bruce Meredith has joined its sales team as technical sales manager. In his new role, Meredith
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Expedition in Seychelles Explores Ocean Health
Teledyne Marine has entered a partnership with Nekton Deep Ocean Exploration as an official subsea technology partner through value-in-kind contribution
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IMEA Seeks Board Members, Donors and Partners Worldwide
The International Marine Electronics Alliance, Inc. (IMEA), which is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation affiliated with the National Marine
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UNESCO Report Says Billions are Deprived of Water
Access to water and sanitation is internationally recognized human right. Yet more than two billion people lack even the most
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O&G Lease Sale Scheduled for Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters
On Mar. 20, 2019, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conducting a lease sale offering more than 78
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World Ocean Forum Features Sea Level Exhibit
The World Ocean Observatory is a community advocating for the health and sustainability of the ocean by providing a network
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Study Examines how Dumped Munitions Move Underwater
University of Delaware researchers are studying how unexploded ordnance and munitions that were dumped in the oceans move underwater in
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U.S. Icebreaker Returns After 107-Day Antarctic Mission
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned to its home port in Seattle, Washington this week after
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US Senate Confirms New Acting EPA Administrator
On February 28, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as the 15th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Port Association CEO Testifies on Clean Diesel Projects
The CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Kurt Nagle, testified Mar. 13 before the Senate Committee on
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New Version of SonarWiz Offers Fast Processing
Chesapeake Technology will release SonarWiz 7.4 in April 2019, with updates to many of the software modules. Side scan updates
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Marine Technology Society Has New Executive Director
MTS, the Marine Technology Society, announced the appointment of Kathleen Herndon, Ph.D. as its next executive director. A graduate of
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Developed Countries Reduce CO2 With Less Fossil Fuel, More Efficiency
Efforts to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and tackle climate change in developed economies are beginning to pay off, according
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OceanScan-MST Uses iXblue Phins for Lightweight AUVs
iXblue’s Phins Compact Series has been selected by OceanScan-MST, the Portugal-based manufacturer of the lightweight, cost-effective AUV (LAUV), to equip
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Marine Surveyor Search App Links Customers to Surveyors
The International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) launched a new free app for iOS and Android devices that allows users
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Sea Technology, Vol. 60, No. 1—January 2019
January 2019 Annual Review & Forecast
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Alaskan Ecosystem Observatory Uses Moored Sensors to Gather Data
Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks recently published an article using data gathered with a submerged observatory in the
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Amphibious Transport Dock Ship Participates in Exercise in Thailand
An amphibious transport dock ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy participated in the Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand Feb. 12-23,
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