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Seattle Coast Guard Crew Returns from Arctic in Time for Thanksgiving
Coast Guard Cutter Healy and its 87 crew members returned home to Seattle in time for Thanksgiving following a five-month
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Eight Personnel Rescued from Crash in Philippine Sea
The U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) continue search and rescue efforts in the Philippine Sea after a
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Abstracts Due for OCEANS’18 Conference
Dec. 1, 2017 is the deadline to submit abstracts in the call for papers from OTO’18 (OCEANS’18 MTS / IEEE
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Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Address Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia
U.S. House Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and David Joyce (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to better prepare for,
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Sea Technology, Vol. 58, No. 11—November 2017
November 2017 Undersea Defense / Antisubmarine Warfare
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Statoil to Remotely Operate Offshore Rig from Onshore Control Room
Statoil has created its first control room for operating an offshore drilling platform from an onshore location. The platform, Valemon,
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Summit Drives Action on Decarbonization of Global Shipping
“Ambition 1.5˚C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan” is a summit held in Bonn, Germany today as part of the 23rd Session
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Call for Papers on Control Applications in Marine Systems and Vehicles
The 11th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles – IFAC CAMS 2018 is now accepting paper
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Carbon Risks to Ship Financiers Detailed in Executive Report
An executive report released this month details the complicated relationship of ship-financing banks, their risk premiums and lending portfolios with
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Senior NOAA Official Calls for Retraction of Study on Illegal Fishing
Chris Oliver, recently appointed NOAA assistant administrator for fisheries, has called for retraction of a paper that finds one-fifth of
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Dead Gulf Coast Reef Reveals Bursts of Ancient Sea-Level Rise
Researchers at Rice University’s Earth, Environment and Planetary Sciences department traveled 50 miles offshore Corpus Christi to document a particularly
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First Permanent Tidal Test Structure in U.S. to be Installed This Week
The first of its kind in the US, the Bourne Tidal Test Structure is being moved by barge today to Cape
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Electromagnetic Telemetry Aids Wireless Transmission of Well Pressure Data
Oilfield services company Expro reported the first wireless transmission of reservoir pressure data to the surface from an abandoned subsea
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Unmanned Systems Innovators Will Pitch to Investors in San Francisco
San Francisco-based venture accelerator Investorfest Media is working with AUVSI Novus Unmanned to host a showcase of inventors and early-stage
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Sea Technology and IOSTIA Partner to Assist Blue Tech
  The International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA) is a new 501(c)(6) industry association representing businesses that provide
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Northwestern Michigan College Offers Underwater Robotics Program
Northwestern Michigan College is the first in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Technology, including
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First Full-Scale Topseis Survey Completed in the Barents Sea
The inaugural TopSeis survey was completed in the Barents Sea to image a complex carbonate reservoir located at depths of
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Bureau Veritas joins Global Industry Alliance to Support Low-Carbon Shipping
Inspection and certification organization Bureau Veritas joined 15 other members in the Global Industry Alliance (GIA), a public-private partnership that
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Finland Installs Smart Beacons to Make Fairway Safer
The fairway maintained by the Finnish Transport Agency and the Port of Rauma installed 33 smart beacons to increase visibility
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The Inaugural Smart Ship Awards Honor Digital Change-Makers
Nominations are open for the inaugural Fathom Smart Ship Awards through Nov. 10, 2017. Focused on the digitization of shipping,
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National Sailing Hall of Fame Inducts Eight Sailing Heroes
The National Sailing Hall of Fame inducted its 2017 members at a ceremony hosted by the New York Yacht Club at
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IOSTIA to Host Government Export Services Webinar
The International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA) will host a webinar on government export services Nov. 14, 2017
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Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Researchers Confirm 900 Year-Old California Tsunami
  A group of UC Santa Barbara geologists and their colleagues used ground-penetrating GPR radar to determine the breadth and
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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Begins Today
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is holding its 76th annual meeting at the Waterside Marriott Hotel in Norfolk, VA Oct.
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Sea Technology, Vol. 58, No. 10—October 2017
October 2017 Environmental Monitoring, Remote Sensing & Pollution Control
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Rolls-Royce To Offer Marine Engines with Electric Turbocharge by 2021
  Rolls-Royce Power Systems has acquired exclusive rights to G+L innotec’s cross-charger technology, which implements electrically-assisted charging of off-highway combustion
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Offshore Energy Conference Highlights Marine Energy
The Dutch Energy from Water Association (EWA) and Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) are leading a five-hour event in Amsterdam
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Australian “Ring of Steel” Seeks to Repel Seafaring Refugees
Australia is carrying out an initiative to repel refugees traveling by boat and seeking asylum there. Called the “ring of
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U.S. Navy Testing a Variety of Unmanned Vehicles
The Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office is testing as many unmanned vehicles as possible to gain insight into future uses
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Wind and Solar System Offers Promise for Sustainable Eco Ships
The Aquarius Eco Ship uses the Aquarius MRE integrated wind and solar power system developed by Eco Marine Power to
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Interdisciplinary Maritime Robotics Workshop Continues in Croatia
Breaking the Surface (BTS) is an international interdisciplinary field workshop of maritime robotics and applications held in Biograd na moru, Croatia
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First Non-Pemex Rig is Moored Off Mexico’s Coast
InterMoor, a provider of mooring services, foundation solutions and offshore installations, has moored the first privately-operated rig in Mexico’s offshore
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Details Released on Cargo Ship That was Sunk in Hurricane Jaoquin
On Sunday Oct. 1, The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation released the details of the sinking of cargo
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A Review of UK Marine Science & Technology Sectors
The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) published its Ninth Annual Review of the Marine Science and Technology Sector. The ninth
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Hurricane Monitoring with Buoys as Biogeochemical Observatories
Sea-Bird Scientific, September 2017–The center of Hurricane Irma may have missed Florida’s eastern shore, but its effects did not. Florida
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Maritime Boundary Between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire Settled
The dispute over the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire was settled on Saturday, September 23, 2017 with a decision
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Webinar Today on DoD Funding Opportunity for Environmental Science, Technology R&D
The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development
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Sea Technology, Vol. 58, No. 9—September 2017
September 2017 Geophysical Exploration / Seafloor Engineering
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World ECDIS Day Celebrates Advances in Digital Navigation
  World ECDIS Day will be held September 20, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany to bring together experts and maritime industries
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Aquabotix Wants to Deploy Technology to Assist with Surveying Hurricane Damage
Aquabotix is an underwater robotics company that makes underwater drones called autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs), as
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Tour USS Indianapolis: Live-Streaming from 18,000 Feet Under the Sea
Tonight, a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) will shoot video 18,000 feet under the sea to take viewers on a live-streaming tour
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NASA Project to More Thoroughly Understand Ocean Carbon Flux
Beginning in summer 2018, twelve groups of scientists will undertake field expeditions to perform robotic sampling, optical instrumentation deployments, light
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New Ocean Technology Group Promises a Fresh Voice on Capitol Hill
The International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA) officially launched Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Located in Washington, D.C., IOSTIA
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USGS Installs Sensors to Gain Data from Irma
The U.S. Geological Survey is installing storm-tide sensors today in the Florida Keys to assist with data collection as Hurricane
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Hurricane Watch: Irma Approaching Virgin Islands
The National Hurricane Center has issued a public advisory stating that Hurricane Irma will move over portions of the Virgin
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Hurricane Update: Offshore Oil and Port Infrastructure
The U.S. Coast Guard reported ships entering and exiting the Houston Ship Channel on Labor Day and the Port of
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International Ocean Film Festival Submissions Open
The 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) is now accepting film submissions. IOFF is the biggest festival of its kind
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Q&A: Jeff Orlowski’s ‘Chasing Coral’
If you haven’t seen “Chasing Coral” yet, we highly recommend you watch it. (It’s streaming now on Netflix.) This engaging
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More Rain to Come as Hurricane Harvey Returns to Land
The fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston, Texas is experiencing disastrous rains from category 4 hurricane Harvey, which made
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Smithsonian Scientists Use Sonar to Count Endangered Manatees
Panama’s largest manatee population is thought to live in the San San Pond Sak in the province of Bocas Del
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August 2017 E-Book Now Available
Sea Technology‘s August 2017 issue is now available. If you’re not already a subscriber, sign up for free here to
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