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Cyber-Enabled Ship is Officially Noted by Lloyd’s Register
MV COSCO Shipping Aries, a 20 K TEU container ship delivered to COSCOS in January, is the first ever container ship
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Office of Naval Research Awards $16 Million to Young Investigators
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) today announced awards of $16 million through its 2018 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The
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New Stamp Series Features Edith Widder’s Deep Sea Bioluminescence Photographs
A new series of U.S. Postal Service stamps features photographs of bioluminescent deep sea creatures taken by Edith Widder, founder
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Sea Technology, Vol. 59, No. 2—February 2018
February 2018 Instrumentation: Measurement, Processing & Analysis
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Stokes Drifters use GPS to Track and Monitor Ocean Currents
A Florida State University researcher developed a new technology that can track the oceans’ currents and surface circulation. Ocean currents
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Ocean Acidification Makes it Harder for Corals to Build Skeletons
A new study published Jan. 29 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows how ocean acidification makes
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Cable Survey Completed for Offshore Renewables Wave Hub Test Site
UK-based Rovco performed a subsea cable survey and inspection for the world’s largest and most technologically advanced offshore renewables test
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Nature Conservancy Receives $165M to Preserve Coastal California
The Nature Conservancy purchased eight miles of coastal habitat in Santa Barbara County in California with a $165 million gift
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Oil Seepage Mapping Collaboration Wins Environmental Leadership Award
  Fugro received an Environmental Leadership Award from The Maritime Alliance (TMA), a California-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainable, science-based
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Ice and Sediment Samples Show Glacial and Interglacial Temperature Variability
Feb. 5, 2018—On the basis of a unique global comparison of data from core samples extracted from the ocean floor
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World Ocean Council Hosts Forum on Investing in Sustainability
The World Ocean Council (WOC) is hosting a program on investing in ocean sustainable development as part of the Sovereign
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Ocean Technology Incubator Seeks Tenants that Innovate
The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Nova Scotia, Canada is seeking tenants in the ocean technology sector
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Nominations Open for NOIA Safety in Seas Awards
Nominations are open for the 2018 NOIA Safety in Seas Awards competition. The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has held the Safety
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New Population of World’s Rarest Fish Found Near Tasmania
A new population of a species believed to be the world’s rarest fish has been found off the coast of Tasmania,
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U.S. and Russia Propose Bering Strait Shipping Routes
As a result of increased shipping traffic in Arctic waters, the international Maritime Organization received a proposal from the United
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Safety Bureau Identifies 36 Gas Release Hazards Offshore Gulf of Mexico
A recent review by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) examining compliance and incident data throughout the Gulf
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Computer Simulation Counters Flooding on Coral Reef Coasts
Scientists have developed a computer simulation tool to predict short-term flood hazards on coral-reef-lined coasts and to assess longer-term impacts
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Chilean Port Plans Major Expansion
Physical modelling studies for a major breakwater at a proposed port expansion project in San Antonio, Chile are underway by
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Recreational Discard of Cod in the Gulf of Maine May be Depleting Stocks
Research in the Journal of Marine Science estimates that “the recreational contribution to the total catch of Atlantic cod (Gadus
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Continued Oxygen Depletion Creates More Ocean Dead Zones
Ocean “dead zones” — regions of the sea where oxygen is severely or entirely depleted and most forms of life
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Antarctica’s Dotson Ice Shelf is Melting from Below
The European Space Agency’s CryoSat satellite and its Copernicus Sentinel-1 missions have been used to measure subtle changes in the
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Sea Technology, Vol. 59, No. 1—January 2018
January 2018 Annual Review & Forecast
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Meta Analysis of Papers Classifying Deep Sea Life Shows We Know Very Little
In a review published in the journal Molecular Ecology, scientists from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University examined all knowledge
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Manned Submersible Will Laser Scan Titanic Wreckage
The Titantic Survey Expedition will use a 2G Robotics dynamic underwater laser scanner installed on OceanGate’s Cyclops2 manned submersible vehicle
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Port of Corpus Christi to Construct New Yard For Wind Turbine Parts
The Port Corpus Christi Commission on Dec. 12, 2017 approved a contract for construction of an additional 25-acre laydown yard
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International Cable Protection Committee Call for Papers
The International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) will celebrate 60 years of submarine cable infrastructure development and maintenance with the 2018
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Strategic Sri Lankan Port is Controlled by China Through a 99-Year Lease
Sri Lanka transferred control of its port Hambantota to China in a 99-year lease, a plan designed to relieve the
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Federal Judge Dismisses Sailors’ Radiation Exposure Class Action
A federal judge on Friday dismissed without prejudice the latest class action filed by hundreds of U.S. sailors exposed to
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Hydroscience Technologies, Inc., Solid Seismic, LLC, Bankruptcy Case
In re Hydroscience Technologies, Inc., Solid Seismic, LLC, Bankruptcy Case No. 17-41442 pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the
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DOI Proposes to Lease 90 Percent of U.S. Outer Continental Shelf
The U.S. Department of the Interior released a proposal Jan. 3, 2018 to lease 90 percent of the U.S. outer
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Twenty Years of Satellite Imagery: Watching Earth Breathe from Space
NASA’s launch of the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) in 1997 began what is now a continuous, global view of
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U.S. Coast Guard to Launch its First Satellites in 2018
The U.S. Coast Guard is planning to launch its first satellites in 2018 to demonstrate the use of satellites for
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Hyundai Shipbuilding Stocks Drop 29 Percent
Hyundai Heavy Industries stock fell by a record 29 percent today after the company announced a plan to sell 12.5
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A Holiday Message from Makai Ocean Engineering
Merry Christmas! Enjoy the Makai Ocean Engineering holiday video. Each year, Makai Ocean Engineering produces a unique holiday video. You
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Happy Holidays from Teledyne Marine!
Merry Christmas! Enjoy the 2017 Teledyne Marine holiday video.  
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DNV GL Issues Approval for Exoskeleton LNG Tanks
Liquified natural gas experts GTT and maritime engineers Technolog received a general approval for ship application (GASA) from classification company
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Hydrogen-Powered Vessel Paves the Way for Zero-Emission Shipping
A hydrogen-powered passenger vessel, Hydroville, was launched by the Antwerp-based maritime group Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB). It is the first
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Drilling and Survey Ships Assist Engineering of 1,100-Kilometer Coastal Highway
Engineering projects along a coastal highway route that crosses fjord locations in Norway will require a variety of solutions that
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New Subspecies of Manta Heads from Florida to Smithsonian
A novel species of manta that washed ashore in Boynton Beach in August was collected for transportation from Harbor Branch
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Where Blue Sharks Cross Paths with Commercial Fishing, Ecological Problems Lurk
Ten blue sharks were tagged in June 2016 off the East Coast of the U.S., and satellites then collected information
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Single-celled Phytoplankton are Behind the Great Calcite Belt Algal Bloom
Research published in the journal Biogeosciences examines the chemistry behind an annual algal bloom and the algae that cause it
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Sea Technology, Vol. 58, No. 12—December 2017
December 2017 Diving, Underwater Vehicles & Imaging
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Research Q&A from MEAM: What Genetics Contributes to Ocean Conservation
The Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) information service interviewed four marine genetics researchers to find out “How genetics can improve
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New Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters Named
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced the names for its Sentinel Class of fast response cutters (FRC), each vessel being
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A European Consortium is Trying to Build Floating Ocean Spaces
A consortium of seventeen European partners is trying to create floating workspaces at sea by developing a standardized, cost-efficient, modular
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U.S. Navy ROV Deployed to Recover Argentine Sub
RV Atlantis, operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, departs today on a mission to locate and recover the Argentine submarine, ARA
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Tropical Cyclone Ockhi Expected to Weaken Before Landfall
NASA’s Terra satellite passed over the Arabian Sea on Dec. 4 and found Tropical Cyclone Ockhi moving north as desert
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Investigating Dissolved Black Carbon in the South China Sea
Organic matter in the oceans in the form of dissolved black carbon can provide clues about long-term marine carbon cycle
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$7M Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announces Semifinalists
Nineteen semifinalists will undergo the first round of judging in the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a $7 million competition geared toward deep-sea
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Solar Boat with Electric Engine Makes 7,200-Mile Trip
A custom vessel designed by Capt. Jim Greer completed a 7,200-mile voyage running solely on solar panels, batteries and an all-electric
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Floating Tidal Energy Platform in Pre-Deployment Trials
  Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) designed a floating tidal energy platform, the PLAT-I, a 32-meter long trimaran-style platform that is 280 kW-rated.
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RV Atlantis is Redirected to Help Search for Missing Argentine Submarine
RV Atlantis, operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), was diverted Nov. 21 to help search for the missing Argentine
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