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 the nautical charts of Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

The surveys were conducted on behalf of the United Kingdom and Cayman Islands governments after the project was awarded through a competitive bid contract, issued and overseen by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO).

Fugro mobilized two survey launches equipped with modern, multibeam sonar suites to capture seabed bathymetry data and as part of the survey, tidal observations and tidal stream measurements were also collected. The surveys were conducted to International Hydrographic Organization standards as specified by the UKHO.

Updating the nautical charts will support safe navigation in the region, improving access for trade and tourism related industries and enabling a wider range of ships to call safely at the islands. The information can also assist in infrastructure planning and development, improving resilience against forces of nature and helping the Cayman Islands meet its international maritime obligations.


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 the international Earth Day Network, gives the environmental leader a forum to call for an end to plastic pollution.

Talking with Mongabay, Hayes discusses the original impetus for Earth Day, its development over the years and the 2018 Earth Day theme: “End Plastic Pollution”. He also examines how the plastic problem is one of regulation, how the idea of sustainable behavior must encompass far more than it has up until now and how national “days” become memes in today’s digital world, so gauging their impact is completely different.

Read the full interview at Mongabay.

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” event to be held at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas.

On Friday night, Apr. 21, Sylvia Earle, the explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, will keynote the EARTHxGlobal Gala at the Texas Discovery Garden alongside ocean activist Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Earle will speak about her Mission Blue initiative, geared toward exploring and protecting the ocean with the help of new technologies that can reach the 95% of ocean that is still undiscovered. The initiative aims to increase ocean protection from 5.1% of the global ocean to 30% by the year 2030.

Learn more about EarthX at https://earthx.org/.

NY Maritime College Installs Environmental Compliance Tool on Training Ship

The SUNY Maritime College training ship Empire State. (Credit: SUNY)

State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College will install Ocean Guardian, a digital environmental compliance tool, aboard the training ship Empire State  for its summer sea term 2018 to provide cadets with hands-on environmental compliance training with the latest technology. SUNY Maritime is the first maritime college in the world to install Ocean Guardian on a training vessel.

Developed by Total Marine Solutions, Ocean Guardian is a digitization tool that matches a vessel’s location to a comprehensive regulatory database. The database includes international, national, regional, port and company regulations for discharge streams worldwide. The at-a-glance simplicity of Ocean Guardian helps operators immediately understand what can and cannot be discharged, while instant access to digital copies of regulations increases operator competency and understanding of regulations.

Total Marine Solutions will oversee the installation of Ocean Guardian, and SUNY Maritime alumna Anna Silva (’98) will be on hand to deliver training to officers, instructors and approximately 740 cadets before the ship departs campus. The ship will leave Throggs Neck, New York on May 7. This year, the ship will be calling on San Juan, Puerto Rico; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Glasgow, Scotland; Gaeta, Italy; and Ponta Delgada, Azores before returning to New York on Aug. 10, 2018.

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MIT Releases Swimming Robotic Fish Made of Silicone Rubber

SoFi’s lightweight setup includes a single camera, a motor, and the same lithium polymer battery that can be found in consumer smartphones. (Image Credit: Robert Katzschmann/MIT CSAIL)

The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT unveiled a soft robotic fish, “SoFi”. The robot is intended to photograph rare marine organisms up close by fitting into the crowd of animals underwater, mimicking the motions of swimming fish.

According to the report at MIT News, “The entire back half of the fish is made of silicone rubber and flexible plastic, and several components are 3-D-printed, including the head, which holds all of the electronics. To reduce the chance of water leaking into the machinery, the team filled the head with a small amount of baby oil, since it’s a fluid that will not compress from pressure changes during dives.”

For more on SoFi, watch the video below. Or, read the article and view images at MIT News.