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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.


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


China Opens New Maritime Development Zone

A new zone in the west coast of Jiaozhou Bay covering about 2,096 square km of land and 5,000 square km of water, has been designated in east China's Shandong Province to steer the country's marine development, according to Xinhua. The Qingdao West Coast New Area (QWCNA) of Huangdao District in coastal Qingdao aims to pilot innovation in marine technology and serve as a strategic base for deep sea and off-shore exploration.


Oregon State Seeks Shipyard Input for New Research Ship

(Rendering: The Glosten Associates)

Oregon State University to issue RFI on ship project after design completion   The design phase for a project to construct a new regional class research vessel to replenish the United States academic fleet is complete, and Oregon State University will issue a request for information (RFI)


Oceans Gasping for Breath, Oxygen Running Low!

Deoxgenation due to climate change is already detectable in some parts of the ocean. New research from NCAR finds that it will likely become widespread between 2030 and 2040. Other parts of the ocean, shown in gray, will not have detectable loss of oxygen due to climate change even by 2100. Image Credit: NCAR

 Rising levels of CO2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification.   Climate change has caused a drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans in some parts of the world


UK Ship Named for BBC Naturalist, but Boaty McBoatface Lives On

A new 200 million pound ($290 million) polar research ship is to be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough but the government promised on Friday that "Boaty McBoatface", the name which topped a public poll, would not be ignored.


Coast Guard, Homeland Security Open Joint R&D Facility

The ribbon is cut at the Coast Guard Science and Technology Innovation Center. Left to right: Capt. Dennis Evans, Mayor Michael Passero, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, Adm. Thomas Jones, Dr. Robert Griffin, Anh Duong (Coast Guard Photo by Corey J. Mendenhall)

Coast Guard Research and Development Center along with DHS Science and Technology Directorate officially open a new Science and Technology Innovation Center   The Coast Guard Research and Development Center, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security


RV Neil Armstrong Arrives in Woods Hole

The research vessel Neil Armstrong was met by a jubilant crowd at the WHOI dock Wednesday, as it arrived to its homeport for the first time. (Photo by Daniel Cojanu, WHOI)

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to its home port at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) dock for the first time Wednesday, escorted by the WHOI coastal research vessel R/V Tioga, two Coast Guard vessels and fireboats from neighboring towns.   


Clough Wins Woodside Contract

Image: Woodside Energy Ltd

 Perth-based Clough has been awarded an engineering services contract by LNG operator Woodside Energy.    The contract covers the full spectrum of engineering services including concept and feasibility studies, front-end engineering and design (FEED)


New Flag for NATO Research Vessel

Admiral Foffi speech  Vice Admiral Filippo Maria Foffi, Commander in Chief of the Italian Naval Fleet, gives his speech. On the right Rear Admiral (Ret.) Hank Ort, STO CMRE Director

The larger of CMRE’s ships is now operated by an Italian military crew under an Italian Navy Flag. On 9 April 2016, at the Italian Naval Base in La Spezia (Italy), the Raising of the Italian Flag Ceremony was held in the presence of Italian and NATO civilian and military authorities


MHI Establishes MHI Australia Pty. Ltd.

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Today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) launched operations at MHI Australia, Pty. Ltd. in Sydney. Creation of the new entity has two overriding ambitions: 1) to strengthen ties with Australia's governmental institutions and economic and industrial sectors


RV Belgica to Undergo Electrical Systems Refit

RV Belgica (Photo: Alewijnse Marine Systems)

System integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems said it has won an order for an electrical systems refit aboard RV Belgica, an oceanographic research vessel owned by the Belgian state.   Prior to the assignment, Alewijnse carried out a year-long research project on a limited lifetime extension


John P. Murtha Completes Acceptance Trials

John P. Murtha (LPD 26) (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced the completion of acceptance sea trials for the company’s 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD 26). The ship, built at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division


ExxonMobil, Employees Donate $45 Mln for Higher Education

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ExxonMobil and its employees contributed a total of $45.4 million to institutions of higher education across the country as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2015 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses contributed $13


Golden Ocean Names New CEO and CFO

Photo: Golden Ocean

The board of Golden Ocean Group Ltd. announced a pair of leadership appointments, naming Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal as the new Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS and Per Heiberg as the new Chief Financial Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS.  


Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple


El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Located

Voyage data recorder next to El Faro mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The voyage data recorder (VDR) belonging to sunken cargo ship El Faro was found early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced.  


Senate Markup Provides Funding for Oceanographic Vessels

File Image: NOAA Research / Survey vessel

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved a Commerce, Justice, Science bill that would provide $75 million to build a new Regional Survey Vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and $159 million for the design and construction of three






 
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