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ASV Wins Maritime Autonomy R&D Funding

courtesy of  ASV Ltd,

  ASV Ltd, in partnership with nine other commercial and research organisations, have been awarded funding by Innovate UK to undertake in excess of £3million worth of research and development for Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS).   Three separate projects involving ASV will look to address different areas covering the wide spectrum of activities concerning Maritime Autonomous Systems. These include software and communications, operations and regulations, autonomous vehicle interaction and launch and recovery.   “ASV is delighted to be leading this pivotal research and development that will help secure the UK’s place at the cutting edge of maritime autonomy”, said Dan Hook, ASV Managing Director.   With growing demand for the operation of Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) over the horizon, ASV will be working with D-RisQ, Cranfield University and Frazer Nash Consultancy to develop and prove this capability. The project will address software development as well as collision avoidance and regulatory considerations.   ASV will be using the C-Enduro alongside the National Oceanography Centre’s Autosub Long Range to develop a low cost, integrated, shore based method of surveying the full water column. This autonomous surface/sub-surface survey system project also involving Sonardyne and SeeByte will offer long term and low cost surveying and monitoring operations for the offshore energy and mining industry.  

MariTEL Wins Nine FCC Maritime Licenses

MariTEL, a nationwide provider of VHF marine wireless telecommunications, has won all nine Federal Communications Commission maritime licenses for an aggregate cost of $6.8 million. After eight days and 44 rounds of competitive bidding, MariTEL won sole rights to 20 channels in the spectrum range 156-162 mHz. The nine territories cover 43 states and 100 percent of U.S. navigable waterways. The licenses will enable the company to create a single nationwide system

ICCL and CI Launch Project to Protect Sensitive Marine Areas

The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) and Conservation International (CI) announced a joint initiative to develop a global map that integrates additional sensitive marine areas into cruise line navigational charts where wastewater discharge should be avoided. This global mapping project comes as a result of a series of recommendations on wastewater management for the cruise industry developed by an independent science panel comprised of leading marine experts

Ingall Shipbuilding Awards Grants to Local Schools

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)  announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has awarded $70,500 in grants to 19 school districts and organizations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The grants will be used by the districts for various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects. "These STEM grants provide school districts with resources that math and science teachers can use to get students excited about solving hard problems," said Irwin F

'White Space' Waterway Communications System Evaluated

Pittsburgh Workboat: Photo courtesy of Metric Systems

Hosted by the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, Metric Systems Corp. carried out Beta-testing of its 'White Space' spectrum wireless networking systems with successful results. The trial was a tough, real-world application showcasing the superior propagation capabilities of the newly opened unlicensed TV bands, called White Space spectrum, says Metric Systems. Using the production RaptorX (VHF/UHF Network Radio) continuous high-definition broadband wireless video communication was established

Offshore Oil & Gas: Brazil’s Northern Frontier

Seismic Streamer MV Oceanic Endeavour. Photo: Michel Floch

In an effort to spread out oil and gas production to other parts of the country and increase overall oil production, Brazil has finally intensified hydrocarbon exploration along its northeastern and northern coasts. These are some of the poorest regions in the country and infrastructure for oil and gas exploration is minimal, yet significant discoveries and seismic indicators of large reservoirs are tantalizing and have attracted major local and foreign investors

Citizen Science Volunteers Needed to Transcribe Ship's Logs

NOAA and the National Archives seek citizen science volunteers to transcribe weather data from historic ship logs. NOAA and the National Archives and Records Administration are turning to citizen science volunteers to make a wealth of weather data recorded in old ship logs available to climate scientists worldwide. NOAA, National Archives, and Zooniverse – an alliance of scientific organizations that hosts citizen science projects such as Old Weather (www.oldweather

U.S. Navy Names Research Vessel to Honor Sally Ride

Sally Ride (Photo: Scripps)

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the nation's newest research vessel will be named R/V Sally Ride, in honor of the former UC San Diego faculty member who was the first American female astronaut and the youngest American to fly in space. The ship is owned by the U.S. Navy, will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and will have its home port at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma on San Diego Bay.

UNOLS Call for Nominations

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) seeks nominations & applications to fill Council and Committee vacancies in 2013. The open positions include:     •    UNOLS Council - 1 position     •    Deep Submergence Science Committee - 3 positions     •    Fleet Improvement Committee - 1 position

Mystery Barges Emerge on Both US Coasts

Photo courtesy of Portland Tugboat LLC

Two cargo barges have popped up on either coast of the country, prompting wild rumors about whether Google is behind the floating enigmas and what projects could possibly be in store, reports the Christian Science Monitor. On the edge of Treasure Island, an old Navy base in the San Francisco Bay, the 250-foot long, 72-foot wide, four-story tall cargo barge with the registration BAL 0010 is not open to the public, and is heavily guarded at all times

Singapore Strengthens Maritime Ties with Norway

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, and Norway State Secretary, Ms Dilek Ayahn, at the Joint Statement Signing Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Shipowners Association. Photo MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), represented by Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, signed a Joint Statement with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on October 10 during the State Visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Norway

World’s Largest LNG Bunker Supply Vessel Chartered

(Image: Bomin Linde LNG)

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier Bomin Linde LNG said it has secured a capacity of 7,500 m3 LNG bunker supply vessel, the largest of its kind to date, via a time-charter contract signed with ship owner Bernhard Schulte on September 30, 2016.  

Sir David Attenborough Lays Keel for New Polar Research Ship

(Photo: Cammell Laird)

U.K. shipbuilder Cammell Laird held one of the largest ceremonies in its history when Sir David Attenborough joined more than 1,000 people for the keel laying of the new £150 million polar research vessel.   Construction was officially started by the world-renowned naturalist and

Damen Partners with TeamTec for BWTS

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Green Solutions has signed a letter of intent with Norwegian company TeamTec to supply and service the AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system.   The system combines filtration and a proven, eco-friendly chemical treatment solution optimized for medium-sized to large vessels

Grand Bahama Shipyard Expands Sales Team

Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) has added three regional sales directors to its Marketing and Sales Division, with posts in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Middle East.   According to the shipyard, their prime objectives will be to increase yard exposure

Royal Navy Warship Goes to Libya

RFA Mounts Bay (Photo: UK Royal Navy)

 The UK provided RFA Mounts Bay to support the Danish-led maritime operation, escorting a Danish transport ship through the Mediterranean as it carried the chemicals, the Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary have announced.   Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile was destroyed

Seaspan Hosts Atlantic Canada Industry Day

More than 100 people representing over 70 companies attended Seaspan Shipyards’ second annual Atlantic Canada Industry Day hosted in Halifax today. During the session, attendees received an update on Seaspan’s progress on its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) Non-Combat package of

ABB Names Jouret Chief Digital Officer

ABB has appointed Guido Jouret as Chief Digital Officer, reporting to ABB’s CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, effective October 1, 2016. Jouret, a pioneer of the Internet of Things, will lead the next level of development and deployment of ABB’s digital solutions for customers globally and

Navtor Takes Lead for Autonomous Ship Project

 NAVTOR e-Navigation Project Manager Bjørn Åge Hjøllo

NAVTOR will spend the next three years helping the EU chart a route towards autonomous vessels, as it was selected to represent the maritime industry in the ENABLE project - conceived to prove, verify and validate the safety of autonomous vehicles in Europe

First NYK Transoceanic Liner Recognized

Photo: NYK Line

 The moored museum ship Hikawa Maru was officially designated as an Important Cultural Property by the nation’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.   Hikawa Maru is a Japanese ocean liner that Yokohama Dock Company built for Nippon Yūsen Kabushiki

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Students

Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships  Photo Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships during last night’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif

Danish Business Minister to Meet with Shipping Leaders

Troels Lund Poulsen (Photo: Jens Astrup)

With his participation in the Danish Maritime Forum on October 26 the Danish Minister for Business and Growth will highlight the need for greater global cooperation when meeting with maritime key leaders from around the world.   Around 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea

Merger Unites Canada/US Shipping Voices

The Baie St. Paul discharges stone in August 2015 at the construction site of the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal. (Photo: Canada Steamship Lines/Mario Faubert)

The Chamber of Marine Commerce will assume the assets, liabilities and staff of the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) following a new merger agreement that aims to create a united voice for commercial shipping in Canada and the United States.  

Nor-Shipping Crowd-Sources to Turn Industry Problems into Profit

Nor-Shipping invites the next generation to find solutions to this generation’s challenges through its unique ‘Problem to Profit’ initiative. The leading global maritime event week, taking place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from May 30 to June 2, 2017

MPA Academy Trains Over 110 Global Maritime Leaders

Participants from various regions at the 6th Maritime Public Leaders Programme (MPLP). Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) training arm, the MPA Academy (MPAA) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), jointly organised the 6th MPLP from 3 to 7 October 2016, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) under the Singapore Cooperation

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