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Hybrid Energy Platform to be Installed at Jeju Island South Korea
Aberdeen-headquartered subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group plc has been awarded a contract with Korea Research of Ships &
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House Resolution Calls for Ocean Conservation and Resource Rebuilding
House Oceans Caucus co-chairs, Alaska Congressman Don Young and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing World Oceans Day on June
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Platforms Offshore Norway Go Electric, Replace Gas Power
The Norwegian company Equinor, formerly Statoil, has identified three offshore oil and gas platforms as candidates for replacing their gas
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UN Makes a Business Plan for Sustainable Ocean Management
The United Nations Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business launched on June 8, World Oceans Day, at UN headquarters
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Taiwan: The Latest Hotbed for Offshore Wind Technology
Taiwan has set a goal of 5.5 GW of offshore windpower and plans to install the majority of the infrastructure
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Mineral Similarities in Seashells and Chalk: Calcium Carbonate
Seashells are made mostly of calcium carbonate, also known as chalk, a mineral soft and crumbly enough to use for
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New US Coast Guard Commandant Assumes Watch
On Friday, June 1, Admiral Karl Schultz relieved Admiral Paul F. Zukunft as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a
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AUV Demand is Growing for Life-of-Field Inspections
A new report released by Westwood Energy examines the growing use of AUVs for life-of-field inspections at offshore oil and
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Water Power Industry Worth $66 Billion by 2038
A new report, “Wave, Tidal and Hydro Power 1W-10MW 2018-2038,” reveals that opportunities and progress in wave power are greater
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March for the Ocean this Saturday in Washington D.C.
The March for the Ocean event to be held this Saturday, June 9, is organized by Earth Day Network and
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Capitol Hill Ocean Week Starts Today
Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) brings together national and global stakeholders to address pressing science, conservation and management issues facing
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U.S. Navy Pacific Command Renamed to Indo-Pacific Command
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced Wednesday the renaming of the U.S. Pacific Command, which will now be called U.S. Indo-Pacific
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Latest Search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Concluded
Seabed intelligence company Ocean Infinity has concluded its latest search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 without locating the plane on the
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New British Naval Ship Undergoes Trials and Installations Before Transatlantic Voyage
New landing aids for jets and helicopters are being installed on HMS Queen Elizabeth during a 13-week capability insertion period
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Extreme Deep Ocean to be Explored with Hadal Deep Water Profiler
A three-year project led by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will apply a $1.2 million Keck Foundation award to
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XPRIZE Invites Innovators to Design New Series of Competitions
The XPRIZE Foundation announced an open call to innovators around the world to help it design future XPRIZEs in five
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Newest U.S. Navy Combat Ship to be Commissioned on Saturday
The U.S. Navy combat ship USS Manchester will be commissioned on Saturday, May 26 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The 420-ft.
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Lake Champlain Sea Grant Achieves Institutional Status
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Sea Grant College Program announce the designation of the Lake
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NOAA Report Shows Reduction in Overfishing of U.S. Stocks
The number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished has reached an all-time low, with three species of West Coast
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High Gulf Water Temperatures Caused Hurricane Harvey
Waters in the Gulf of Mexico had record-breaking high temperatures in the weeks before Hurricane Harvey in Aug. 2017. A
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$2.6 Million Awarded for Maritime Heritage Projects
The National Park Service and the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) are providing $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Grants
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Paul Allen Commits $4 Million to Jump-start Deep Ocean Monitoring
Argo is an array of more than 3,800 floats that are freely drifting around the globe to measure the temperature,
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European Commission Identifies Bottleneck in Blue Tech Development
The Horizon 2020 Columbus project released a guide that shares best practices, highlights bottlenecks and provides recommendations for successful knowledge
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Women Offshore Profiles Mother and Daughter Pilot-Mate Team
Women Offshore, an online organization promoting a diverse ocean workforce, reported that, “of the 1.6 million seafarers worldwide, there are
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Hydrophone in Monterey Bay Provides Live Stream of Ocean Sounds
Starting this week, anyone can eavesdrop on sounds in the deep sea via a continuous streaming YouTube video that carries
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Multi-Function Water and Power Vessel Approved for Further Development
Global inspection and certification provider Bureau Veritas has awarded “approval in principal” to a new vessel concept design that could
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Shape-Shifting AUV-ROV Robot Released
Houston Mechatronics announced a new subsea robot, Aquanaut, a multipurpose subsea robot that employs a shape-shifting transformation from an AUV to an
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Sea Technology, Vol. 59, No. 5—May 2018
May 2018 Communications, Telemetry, Data Processing
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Former AGU Executive Director A. F. “Fred” Spilhaus Jr. Passes
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has reported that former executive director A. F. “Fred” Spilhaus Jr. died on April 30
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Intergovernmental Collaboration Focuses on Marine Renewable Energy Issues
The Ocean Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Program (OES) is an intergovernmental collaboration working to advance ocean resources such as tides,
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Finland-Singapore Innovation Camp to Identify Student Marine Innovators
Supported under a memorandum of understanding between University of Turku (UTU) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), the inaugural Finland-Singapore
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Biocide Mapping Technology Traces Chemicals in O&G Operations
LUX Assure, a specialist chemical monitoring and management solutions to the oil and gas industry, has launched TraxBio, a biocide
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Time-Lapse Video Spies on Penguins to Gauge Foraging Habits
Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have developed a way to help determine the foraging success of Emperor
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Offshore Construction Vessel Industry Worth Almost $27 Billion
Online valuation platform VesselsValue launched a new section for the offshore construction sector to evaluate vessels ranging from pipe and
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Summer Expedition to Explore Species, Environmental Impacts in Northwestern Hawaiian Archipelago
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and its Papahānaumokuākea Research and Conservation Fund is awarding a $900,000 grant to
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Gas Hydrate CSEM Mapping Campaign Completed in Japan
Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc. in cooperation with Fukada Salvage and Marine Works, has completed its third high-resolution controlled source electromagnetic
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GeoHab Brings Together Geological and Biological Mapping Experts
GeoHab (Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping) is an international association of marine scientists studying biophysical (i.e. geologic and oceanographic)
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Current Turbine to be Installed on Congo River
Tropical Africa is criss-crossed by powerful rivers and has a considerable amount of untapped hydrokinetic potential. It is estimated that
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Fugro Helps Update Cayman Islands Nautical Charts
Fugro recently completed the data acquisition phase of a hydrographic survey project that is designed to update significant portions of
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Earth Day Founder Denis Hayes Comments on Plastic Pollution
An interview with Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970 who has continued the work through
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EarthX Opens in Dallas with Chasing Coral Screening, Sylvia Earle Talk
The Texas Earth Day festival, EarthX, kicks off tonight with a screening of Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Coral, a “green carpet”
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NY Maritime College Installs Environmental Compliance Tool on Training Ship
State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College will install Ocean Guardian, a digital environmental compliance tool, aboard the training ship Empire
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Sea Technology, Vol. 59, No. 4—April 2018
April 2018 Offshore Technology, Alternative Energy & Ocean Engineering
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MIT Releases Swimming Robotic Fish Made of Silicone Rubber
The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT unveiled a soft robotic fish, “SoFi”. The robot is intended to photograph rare marine
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Palau to Host the 2020 “Our Oceans” Conference
The Republic of Palau will host the 2020 edition of the Our Oceans conference, an event designed as a forum
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Floating Screen Project to Collect Juvenile Fish in Detroit Reservoir
Bremerton–based naval architecture and marine engineering firm Art Anderson Associates is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
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Resource Watch Platform to Provide Data on Natural Resources
World Resources Institute and the National Geographic Society are hosting an event on how current trends in data, technology, media
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Water Column Velocity Data Gathered at Bourne Tidal Test Site
As part of the research project, “Assessment of the Tidal Energy at a Demonstration Site: Cape Cod Canal, MA,” University
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Changes to Coastal Barrier Resources System
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has made available for public review and comment its proposed revisions to the
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Arctic Icebreaker Consortium to Facilitate Research Ship Use
Fifteen partners from 13 countries including two North American partners from the U.S. and Canada have joined forces to improve
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First LNG-Fueled Bulk Carrier Delivered
Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and ILSHIN LOGISTICS have successfully delivered the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier under the dual-class of Lloyd’s
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