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UN Research Warns of Toxic Side Effects of Desalination
The fast-rising number of desalination plants worldwide—now almost 16,000, with capacity concentrated in the Middle East and North Africa—quench a
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90 Percent of Heat Gained On Earth Absorbed by Ocean
A study conducted at University of Oxford shows that more than 90% of the increased heat on the planet between
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iXblue and Forssea Partner on Advanced LBL Deployment
iXblue, which designs and manufactures advanced navigation, imagery and subsea positioning solutions, and Forssea, a robotics startup that develops autonomous
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ST Conference Preview: Oceanology International Americas
The simple fact that the Oceanology International marquee has not merely survived but flourished in the 50 years since the
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Ballast Management Legislation Signed into Law
Legislation that sets standards for incidental water discharges from vessels has been signed into public law.  The Frank LoBiondo Coast
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Corpus Christi Ship Channel will be Deeper by 2020
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation received a $93 million contract award for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project. Dredging
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Editorial: Ship Recycling Industry Needs More Global Options
In an annual editorial on the ship recycling business, Dr. Nikos Mikelis, non-executive director of cash buyer GMS, analyzes the
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World’s Largest LNG Bunker Supply Vessel Begins Operations
In December 2018, the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos started operations in Northwest Europe. Chartered by Blue LNG,
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Carl Mancuso Hired as Product Line Manager at Teledyne Benthos
Carl Mancuso has joined Teledyne Marine as the director of product line management for Teledyne Benthos, which consists of acoustic
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Office of Naval Research Honors 2019 Young Investigators
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) recognized 25 awardees of the 2019 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The recipients will share
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Norwegian Company Wins US Offshore Wind Contract
Equinor has been declared the provisional winner of one of the three leases offered in the U.S. government’s wind lease
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War-Fighter Unmanned Vehicles Developed for U.S. Marines
L3 OceanServer was awarded a contract to support the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for an Iver3 UUV to be
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Legislation to Address Harmful Algal Blooms Advances
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Environment Subcommittee, applauded the House passage of S.
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Manned Submersible Completes 4,000-Meter Validation Dive
OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush successfully piloted the deep-diving, five-person submersible, Titan, on a solo 4,000-meter dive. Rush joins James Cameron
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Coast Guard Cutter Celebrates 50 Years of Service
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast is celebrating the ship’s 50 years of maritime service. Since the
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Merchant Marine Medals Awarded to Crew for Service During Hurricane
Officers and crewmembers of the SS Wright, a U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) ready reserve force (RRF) ship, were recently honored with
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Happy Holidays from Makai Ocean Engineering
What to do when Santa needs clean energy? Makai has some ideas!
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Subsea Survey AUV System Comes with Advanced Sonar
Kongsberg Maritime has launched the HUGIN Superior AUV system with enhanced data, positioning and endurance capabilities for subsea survey operations
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Kreuz Subsea Hires its First Non-Executive Director
Global integrated subsea services business Kreuz Subsea has announced the appointment of Knut Eriksen as the board’s first independent non-executive
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$1.5 Million Grant to Establish Coral Gene Bank, Study Coral Diseases
Mote Marine Laboratory has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to seed 130 acres of Florida reefs with resilient varieties
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Dead Zones that Choke Marine Life Also Found in Freshwater Streams
Hypoxic dead zones, which occur when dissolved oxygen levels in water drop so low that fish and other aquatic animals
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Wave Energy Converter and Smart Subsea Hub Installed
Finnish wave energy developer Wello Oy launched the next iteration of their Penguin wave energy converter (WEC) into the water
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Annual Safety in Seas Awards Competition is Now Open
In 1972, a submersible accident took the lives of two divers from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. The tragedy illustrated
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Submersible Vehicles Collect Data on Atlantic “Blue Hole” Marine Sink
TDI-Brooks International is deploying RV Brooks McCall to Belize to join the Blue Hole Expedition. The vessel will provide the
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USCG Cutter Returns Home after Four Months in the Arctic
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Healy has returned to their home port in Seattle following a
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Sea Technology, Vol. 59, No. 11—November 2018
November 2018 Undersea Defense/Antisubmarine Warfare    
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Two-Way Broadcast is Live On Board Atlantis in the East Pacific Ocean
Scientists and engineers on a deep-sea expedition aboard the research vessel Atlantis in the East Pacific Ocean will be broadcasting
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Youngest Scuba Diver in the UK Hired as Scientific Sales Engineer
Surrey-based Planet Ocean Ltd Has hired Aaron Clark to its sales team as a technical scientific sales engineer to be
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Deepwater Lamps Installed on Triton Subs for Manned Seafloor Expedition
Teledyne Bowtech has supplied modified LED-V series deep water lamps for installation on board Triton submarines for the Five Deeps
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NOAA Launches New System for Reporting Nautical Chart Errors
On Nov. 16, 2018, NOAA released ASSIST, a new system for submitting questions and reporting nautical chart errors to NOAA’s
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Fish and Wildlife Foundation Awards More than $280 Million to Gulf States
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the sixth round of grants from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF), including
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Homeland Security Hosts HAZMAT Demo for First Responders in Houston
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is hosting a demonstration of integrating emergency response technologies
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Combination INS and LBL Software Simplifies Offshore Survey Operations
A new platform is available that offers a reduction in complexity and overhead for offshore operations. The Fusion 2 long
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Chinese Academy of Science Purchases ROTV for Ocean Research
The Chinese Academy of Science has purchased the first TRIAXUS ROTV to be utilized aboard its research vessels in the
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Alvin Manned Submersible Makes its 5000th Dive
The Alvin manned submersible vehicle made its 5,000th dive during an expedition to the Guaymas Basin in the Gulf of
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Satellite Technology to Inform Coral Reef Monitoring System
Satellite technology is informing a global coral reef monitoring system and providing imagery that will help scientists understand the current
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Missing Argentine Submarine Found
The Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan, which went missing last year with 44 crew members on board, has been found
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Golfer Michael Behrens Hired as MacArtney Commercial Officer
Once an elite amateur golfer who played for Denmark’s National Team, Michael Behrens from Kolding, Denmark has been hired as
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VideoRay Releases Pro 5 Mission Sensor System
VideoRay has announced the launch of the Pro 5, a mission specialist series (MSS) configuration that builds on the capabilities
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Marine Litter Program Offers Global Forum for Cooperation
Experts from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), part of the UK government, are working alongside colleagues
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Research Examines Microplastics in Wild-Caught Fish Near Barrier Reef
Microplastics and other man-made fibers have been found in a popular fish species on the Great Barrier Reef. A recent
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Software to Digitize Shipping Health, Safety, Environment Ops
UniSea AS, a software developer and consultancy specializing in solutions for the shipping industry, has been selected by Tidewater Inc.
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$67.2 Million Dedicated to Coastal Resilience Program
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), NOAA and their partners announced $28.9 million in new grants for the restoration
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Online Platform Provides Virtual Trade Show for Oil and Gas Professionals
OilTechConnect.com, an oil and gas industry platform that allows communication between oil and gas professionals, technology companies, consultants, investment companies,
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Tidal Data Tool Provides 36-Hour Flood Forecasts
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has launched a flood forecasting tool called Tidewatch that allows users to obtain
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Water Resources Development Act of 2018 Signed Into Law
  The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, included as title I of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of
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General Dynamics Releases New Portable UUV
General Dynamics Mission Systems released the new Bluefin-9 autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) at the OCEANS ’18 conference in Charleston,
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Teledyne CARIS Moves to Softkey Licensing for its Software Applications
Teledyne CARIS is moving to new software licensing technology. Clients will first see this implemented in conjunction with the upcoming
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Metal Shark Expands into Towboats with new Alabama Shipyard
U.S. shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced its entry into the towboat market with a contract to build three 120-ft. by
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“Ocean Shock” Interactive Web Series Details Disaster Trends for Fish Worldwide
Reuters reporters and photographers spent more than a year collecting stories and little-reported data for a series revealing a natural
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Sea Technology, Vol. 59, No. 10—October 2018
October 2018 Environmental Monitoring, Remote Sensing & Pollution Control
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SonarWiz Used in BentProp Project To Discover Seafloor Wreckage
Chesapeake Technology, the company that makes SonarWiz data collection and post-processing software, has renewed its multi-year partnership with the BentProp
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DoD Seeks Proposals for Underwater Munitions Detection Technologies
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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Floating Wind Turbine Offshore France is Producing Electricity
The Floatgen floating wind turbine installed 22 km off the French Atlantic coast became fully operational last month. The turbine
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Numerical Modeling of an Offshore Small Floating Platform with Flexible Connections
Marine resources, rights and interests have garnered a great deal of attention within the scientific community; an array of different
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UTEC Makes Key Appointments in its Geomarine and StarNet Units
UTEC, a global surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, has appointed Jon Beatty to lead its Geomarine business unit
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Smart Boulders Designed to Move with Seafloor Avalanches to Assess Cable Routes
Robotic sensors disguised as boulders, or ‘smart boulders’, have been used to measure the initiation and evolution of huge seafloor
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Naval Group and ECA Group Collaborate on Mine Hunting Tech for Belgian and Dutch Navies
Naval Group and ECA Group recently established a technological and commercial partnership in the field of unmanned mine warfare. The
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Falmouth Scientific to Integrate Seismic Technology into ExxonMobil Design
Falmouth Scientific, Inc. (FSI) has received a patent immunity from ExxonMobil for its cable head marine seismic source (CHS) patent
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Marine Science and Technology Company Chelsea Joins Sonardyne
Subsea technology developer Sonardyne International Ltd. has acquired maritime and marine science technology specialist Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd. The acquisition
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