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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


'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


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


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.


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


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


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


Voith Turbo Names Calhoun VP of O&G Sales

Shawn Calhoun (Photo: Voith)

Shawn Calhoun has joined Voith Turbo’s Power, Oil & Gas Division as Vice President of Sales – Oil and Gas, to be based at the company’s new Houston, Texas office with the mission of supporting existing customers and expanding Voith Turbo’s footprint in the oil and gas


SUNY Maritime College Names ABS Chairs

Dr. Christopher Clott (Photo: SUNY Maritime College)

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College has selected Dr. Richard Burke and Dr. Christopher Clott as its inaugural ABS chairs following a comprehensive search that drew an expansive range of applicants, the college announced today.  


Aker Philadelphia Appoints New CFO

Photo: Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA has appointed Jan Ivar Nielsen as Chief Financial Officer effective September 2015. Since 2009, Nielsen has held the position of CFO of VARD Holdings, a publicly listed global designer and builder of offshore and specialized vessels with 10 facilities


Australian Bio-Robots to Explore in the Indian Ocean

Nick Hardman-Mountford from CSIRO checks a BioArgo’s satellite communication link. Photo Credit: CSIRO

 CSIRO will be releasing a fleet of floating bio-robots between Christmas Island and Madagascar next week to measure biological indicators in the Indian Ocean including dissolved oxygen, nitrate, organic matter and particles.   A bio-robot is a robot which can measure properties


RILA Welcomes Introduction of Port Metrics Bill

In a letter sent Wednesday, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) for introducing legislation that would institute universal port performance standards and a formalized reporting structure for


Vancouver Shipyard Starts Building First NSPS Vessel

Kyle Washington – Seaspan Executive Chairman, Brian Carter – President, Seaspan Shipyards, John Weston – MP West VancouverSunshine CoastSea to Sky, Minister Finley – Public Works & Government Services Canada

  The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, joined by Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country


Webb Awards Crowley, Jr. Honorary Degree

L to R - President R. Keith Michel, Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., Dr. George Campbell, Jr. (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute presented Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Crowley Maritime (Oakland, CA), with an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science degree at Webb Institute’s 119th commencement on Saturday, June 20th. 


Collaboration Enhances Oil Spill Research

Oil from Deepwater Horizon spill washes ashore Louisiana’s coast in June 2010. (Photo courtesy of Governor Jindal’s office)

New partnership allows USF-led research team to better study oil spills; group will gain valuable access to cutting-edge technologies to aid in analyzing long-term impacts   The University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Marine Science announced a new partnership with Agilent


Paris Climate Summit - A Missed Opportunity

  As the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) closed today in the Bulgarian capital, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) called the meeting’s adoption of a resolution on climate change a “missed opportunity” to have a meaningful impact in the


SDSU Scientists Track Global Warming In Ice Patterns

Using a special band saw, SDSU chemistry professor Jihong Cole-Dai slices off a piece of ice core from Western Antarctica. The specimens are stored at -4 degrees Fahrenheit in the universitys Ice Core and Environmental Che

  SDSU scientists analyzed a half-mile slice of  Western Antarctica ice core to help determine that climate change begins in the Arctic and moves southward, according to chemistry professor Jihong Cole-Dai of the SDSU Ice Core and Environmental Chemistry Lab.  


Stevens to Study Shipping Containers’ Invasive Species

Photo: APM Terminals

Stevens Institute of Technology researchers have received a $2-million contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to improve detection of threats coming into the U.S. through container shipments.  


Offshore Wind Zone Core Samples Donated to Science

Core samples from Dogger Bank will be donated to the National Geological Repository

The wider scientific community is set to benefit from offshore wind developer Forewind’s years of surveys and research, as the organization donates all the core samples collected on Dogger Bank to a national science facility Monday, June 8, 2015.


EU Naval Force Mediterranean Mission Should Be Multi-Agency

File photo

The EU Naval Force mission in the Mediterranean will need to be multi-agency in outlook if it is to succeed.   Strong liaison across different agencies, including the commercial shipping sector will need to be a central element in the EU’s plans to act against human traffickers in


BALTOPS 2015 to Kick Off on Friday

BALTOPS 2015

  Seventeen NATO and partner nations will participate in the 43rd iteration of the multinational maritime exercise BALTOPS 2015 in Poland, Sweden, Germany, and throughout the Baltic Sea, June 5-20, 2015. BALTOPS is an annually reoccurring multinational exercise designed to enhance


Malaysian Shipping Masterplan by Year-end

Photo: Malaysian Shipowners’ Association (MASA)

 The Malaysian Shipping Masterplan draft, which seeks to identify issues and make recommendations on the criticality of the shipping industry, will be ready by 2015-end, Bernama reported as Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai saying.  






 
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