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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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World-Renowned Oceanographer, Scientist Walter Munk Dies at 101
Walter Munk, who gave the allies a strategic edge in WWII, helped nurture a university into existence, and became a
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Paul Allen’s RV Petrel Finds USS Hornet Wreckage
One of the most important aircraft carriers in WWII history has been located by the crew of Paul Allen’s RV
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Marine Restoration Pilot Projects Examine Cross-Border Challenges
UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the European Commission launched MSPGlobal, a new global project on maritime spatial planning. The
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Marine Minerals Data Available For Planning Coastal Resilience
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) launched the Marine Minerals Information System (MMIS), a state-of-the-art tool to assist decision-makers
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Real-Time Iridium Satellite Vessel Tracking Service Launched
The final six payloads for a second-generation constellation, exactView RT, are now operational, which completes the roll-out of world’s first
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NASA-Sponsored Research Instrument Measures Particle Size Distribution
Sequoia Scientific has completed a NASA-sponsored phase II small business innovation research (SBIR) project spearheaded by Principle Investigator Dr. Wayne
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Norwegian Drilling Company Joins Carbon Capture Research Group
Vår Energi, and oil company operating on the Norwegian continental shelf, has entered into a partnership with the Norwegian Carbon
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Autonomous Antisubmarine Vessel Completes Trip to Pearl Harbor
Sea Hunter, an autonomous surface vessel that can patrol with no crew onboard for months at a time, recently completed
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Marine Atlas Tools Use Extensive Data Network
The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) launched a new Atlas of Marine Life, which provides data products and
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US Navy Attack Submarine Competes in Japan Maritime Defense Exercise
A U.S. Navy Los Angeles-class attack submarine participated in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) submarine competition (SUBCOMP) this week.
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Applied Acoustic Engineering Hires Hollie Moran in Sales
Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd. hired Hollie Moran to the company’s sales team as the new sales manager for the EMEA
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Carbon Trust Seeks Solutions for Floating Offshore Wind Operations
Marine-i, in cooperation with the Carbon Trust, announced three new tender opportunities designed to help improve technology in the floating
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Bigger Scholarships for Students Who Pursue Naval Engineering
The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) scholarship program is increasing its undergraduate award from $3,000 to $4,000 and broadening
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Optical Dissolved Oxygen Logger Allows Long-Term Deployment
RBR released the RBRduet³ T.ODO optical dissolved oxygen logger for applications down to 6,000 m. The optical oxygen sensor provides
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Singaporean Vessels Equipped With Saturation Diving Gear
Unique Group entered into a contract with Singapore-based POSH Subsea to offer integrated diving solutions. Unique Group will design, manufacture
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Online Marketplace for ROVs Launched by Scottish Company
Scottish company ROVHUB launched an online marketplace that connects ROV owners with opportunities worldwide and allows ROV seekers to shortlist
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Maritime Infrastructure Projects in China Use Current Profiling Tools
Content from Nortek China’s recent wave of infrastructure renewal has included a large portfolio, such as ports and other developments,
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Ocean Conservation Victories are Lacking
Scientific American annually publishes a list of the most important ocean conservation achievements of the year, and the list for
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Chesapeake Technology Hires GM, Opens East Coast Office
Chesapeake Technology Inc. has appointed Harold Orlinsky as general manager and opened a new office on the East Coast of
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Polar Scout Project Tests Mini Satellites Over Arctic
The U.S Coast Guard (USCG) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Program, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security
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Underwater Drone Offers 360-Degree Lighting and Video
The 360-ROV is a high definition, 360° spherical, modular ROV and lighting system that uses eight high-definition cameras and a
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Solar Power System Tested on Passenger Ferry
The Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project is evaluating a solar power system developed by Eco Marine Power (EMP)
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Scholarship Available for Students Pursuing Marine Industry Careers
The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) is offering a $2,500 scholarship to an outstanding student pursuing education and a career
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RBR Opens New Office at Ocean Innovation Center
Ottawa-based sensor developer RBR is joining a collaborative ocean technologies center called COVE. COVE, the Centre for Ocean Ventures &
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PGGM and Shell Explore Potential Joint Acquisition of Eneco
PGGM, a cooperative Dutch pension fund service provider, and Shell have joined forces to explore the opportunity to participate in
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AGU Releases List of Projects Going to Ruin During Shutdown
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) reports that the current U.S. government shutdown is negatively affecting Earth and space science research.
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Immersed Technology Monitors Monaco Land Extension Project
A solution that is now operational was developed by RTsys for the Monaco land extension project, which is located between
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Norway Awards Record Number of Offshore Drilling Licenses
Norway, a country known for its wealth from oil and gas extraction, issued a record number of offshore drilling licenses
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Documentary Highlights Deepwater Spill Impacts on Deep-Sea Corals
“Jewels of the Gulf” is a 16-minute documentary that highlights research by the ECOGIG Global Program into Deepwater Horizon’s continued impacts
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$12.5 Million Investment Funds Sea Machines Technology Research
Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics closed a $10 million investment, bringing the total capital the company has raised to $12.5 million.
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Pioneering Oceanographer Honored By Navy, American Geophysical Union
By Warren Duffie Jr., ONR For his work in the establishment of a new scientific field, Dr. Nicklas Pisias received
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Sea Technology, Vol. 59, No. 12—December 2018
December 2018 Diving, Underwater Vehicles & Imaging
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US, British Navies Perform Drills in South China Sea
Arleigh-Burke guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll (F231) conducted operations together
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