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Scientists Produce Data from Largest Single Volcano

Project carried out by Schmidt Ocean Institute

  Tamu Massif is a volcano the size of New Mexico and lurks 6,500 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. During their 36 day expedition, the science team undertook a survey of immense proportions mapping an area nearly one million square kilometers in size. Not only were they able to gather new high-resolution acoustic imagery of this little known volcano, but they also collected 1.7 million magnetic measurements to better understand how such a large volcano was formed. The rocks of the giant volcano record the Earth’s magnetic field at the time they were erupted, giving scientists clues about the timing and process of eruption. The science team aboard R/V Falkor led by University of Houston marine geophysicist Dr. William Sager, were able to gather an immense amount of data, and already have some very interesting findings. Dr. Sager thinks that they may have found another mountain on the west end of the volcano that could have formed at the same time as Tamu Massif. “One thing that stands out about this survey is its sheer size. It was an ambitious cruise to cover all of Tamu Massif, the world’s largest known single volcano”, said Sager. “In all, we spent about 477 hours collecting data over the volcano, which will allow us to produce the best bathymetry map ever of Tamu Massif.”


'Seasteading' Movement Third Conference

Founder-chairman Patri Friedman Addresses: Photo credit Seasteading Institute

The recent Seasteading Institute conference united those who aspire to live in experimental communities founded in permanent ocean habitations The Seasteading Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to enabling the establishment of permanent communities on the ocean, recently held its third conference, at San Francisco’s Le Méridien Hotel. Since 2008, The Seasteading Institute has been the focal point of the seasteading movement


FAU Gets Funds to Help Create Base at Sea

Florida Atlantic University is helping the U.S. military move to the next level, according to a report on www.bocaratonnews.com. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has provided $2 million to the university to design and build a sea base – a large platform to be used as a jumping-off point for the operations of a Navy unit. FAU’s SeaTech – Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering in Dania Beach – received a $2 million grant from ONR to investigate, design and build a prototype.


UDEI Hosts Wind Energy Symposium

Cristina Archer: Photo credit UD

Experts explore future of wind energy research in two-day symposium at the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI). How would wind turbines in the ocean alter the wind flow? Is wind energy a practical solution for powering electrical grids? Forward-looking questions such as those were addressed by experts in the field of wind energy at a recent symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI)


IRS on Talent Acquisition Spree

   IRClass, the Leading Ship Classification Society has hired 17 of the brightest and best Naval Architecture students from the elite technical institutes of India.   IRClass celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. In keeping with the philosophy of acquiring the brightest talent, IRClass has visited four technical institutes of India namely, IIT-Chennai, IIT-Kharagpur, Indian Maritime Institute-Vizag and CUSAT-Kochin for campus placements to induct best talent from the


Energy from the Ocean: The Ocean Thermal Energy Converter

A 1MW plant developed by the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) which will be built for installation off the coast of South Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, in the South Pacific Ocean.

Despite historic lows in traditional oil and gas energy markets, research and develoment continues in earnest on a number of projects designed to produce green energy. The latest, an Ocean Thermal Energy Converter (OTEC) from KRISO, received Approval in Principle from classification society Bureau Veritas.  KRISO (Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean engineering), established in 1973, is a government-funded research institute in the Republic of Korea and the leader in technology


Piracy Fight Becoming a Private Battle

Map Courtesy of Lowry Institute

New report reveals boom in private military security forces fighting Indian Ocean pirates. Research into the use of private military security companies in the Indian Ocean has found the fight against Somali-based pirates has become a private battle as global defence cuts reduce naval counter-piracy deployments. The report, 'Pirates and Privateers: Managing the Indian Ocean's Private Security Boom'  sheds new light on the serious problem of Somali piracy and highlights new problems


Jensen Hires Jianjun Qi

Jianjun Qi

Jensen Maritime Consultants hired its third naval architect, Jianjun Qi, in the company’s new office in the New Orleans business district, reporting to Jensen General Manager Sergio Fifi. Qi brings to Jensen a decade of naval architecture, marine engineering and shipyard expertise.  Before joining Jensen he worked as a naval architect at Incat Crowther, of Morgan City, La., a diversified naval architecture group


Oceans '13 MTS/IEEE San Diego Preview

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Heeding the call to join “An Ocean in Common,” authors flooded the Oceans ‘13 MTS/IEEE San Diego technical program committee with a record number of abstracts in a single day. Special topics include an Ultra-deep track discussing current and prospective robotic technologies, plus a panel of scientists to consider research questions. Oceans2013 Chair Bob Wernli, and Co-Chair Kevin Hardy, developer of the unmanned landers for James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge Expedition


Cruise Ship Data to Assist Ocean Scientists

Celebrity Equinox (photo courtesy Celebrity Cruises)

Celebrity Equinox becomes third Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. vessel to feature technology that helps scientists understand effects of climate change Last week, as Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Equinox completed its scheduled drydock in Cadiz, Spain, it joined Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas in a program that tracks ocean circulation dynamics and measures atmospheric and oceanographic conditions, on repeated journeys.


Arctic Discovery Shocks Scientists

Photo: Arctic Program

 A report from the Washington Post described how high Arctic temperatures had risen by about 36 degrees Fahrenheit last month, coinciding with record-low sea ice levels.   Scientists have just discovered something int he Arctic that could totally change how they see the drastically


INTTRA Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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Marking its 15th Anniversary in 2016, INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, looks back on the success of its innovative platform while embracing its future as the digital leader in logistics - growing rapidly and expanding its offering.  


NOIA Slams BOEM’s Denial of Offshore Seismic Permits

Randall Luthi Photo NOIA

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic OCS. “In yet another ‘black Friday’ announcement targeting the offshore oil


Webb Awards Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Wistort (Photo: Crowley)

Hannah Wistort, Webb Institute class of 2017, is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship.   Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort for her academic excellence and leadership skills


New Course for Energy-Efficient Ship Operation

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Maritime educators in China are the first to undergo a newly developed course designed to assist maritime training institutes to introduce the topic of energy-efficient ship operation into their teaching curriculums.    More than 30 participants from maritime universities


Researchers Develop Underwater Observatory

Spotting the Zooplankton Observatory near Heligoland from the ship Neuwerk. (Photo Alfred Wegener Institute)

The vastness of the sea and its sometimes harsh conditions often pose a challenge to marine researchers. In the North Sea near Heligoland, scientists from the Thünen Institute for Sea Fishing, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht (HZG) have now installed an


Wärtsilä, CSSC Ink BWMS Manufacturing Deal

New manufacturing license agreement for Ballast Water Management Systems was signed by Dr Joe Thomas, Director, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions and Mr Zou Xiubin, Director, Jiujiang Precision Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has signed a manufacturing license agreement with Jiujiang Precision Measuring Technology Research Institute, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), based in Jiujiang, China.   The two-way agreement provides CSSC with access to technology and the


Vancouver Shipyards Appoints Tinto as VP

Tony Tinto (Photo: Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards)

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has announced the appointment of Tony Tinto to Vice President, Planning & Estimating.   Tinto joined Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) in 2006 as a Project Manager, before moving over to affiliate company Vancouver Drydock in 2007 in a similar


ZAMAKONA Completes "J UAN THING" Refit

Juan de la cosa Photo SHIPYARD ZAMAKONA PASAIA

Shipyard Zamakona Pasaia completed last week the repair and maintenance of health dry rescue ship and maritime assistance "JUAN THING" the Social Marine Institute.   The ship 75 meters long by 14 meters wide, has required the implementation of various repairs and general


East-West Shippers See First Increase in Contract Rates

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes saw a reversal of trend in 4Q 2016, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of 50 multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight rates.


Tax Sops for Indian Shipping Industry

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pic: PIB, Govt of India

 In order to support the Indian shipping industry, the Government of India has exempted Customs and Excise Duty leviable on bunker fuels used in Indian flag vessels for transportation of mix of EXIM, domestic and empty containers between two or more ports in India.   


Obama Bans New Drilling off Alaska, Part of Atlantic Shore

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, in a push to leave his stamp on the environment before Republican Donald Trump takes office next month.   Obama used a 1950s-era law called the Outer Continental Shelf


Arctic Drilling Ban Gives Canada Leg Up -US Lawmakers

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U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday slammed an agreement made with Canada to ban offshore Arctic drilling, saying Ottawa's plan to review its ban every five years gives Canada a leg up on energy exploration.   U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a ban on new oil and gas drilling


Arctic Warms Up

A stone inukshuk on the hillside above Qaanaaq is still in the shade as the first light of dawn catches the icebergs in the frozen fjord. Image courtesy Andy Mahoney. Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center

 Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave.   The surging warmth in the past two months has already left scientists jittery


Busan Port May Hit by Shipping Alliance Reshuffle

Photo: Busan Port Authority

 The upcoming reorganization of global shipping alliances is likely to hit Korea’s largest port in Busan and  the harbor volume of Busan Port is expected to drop by 3.5 percent from next year, the Korea Herald reported quoting Korea Maritime Institute (KMI)’s report.  






 
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