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NOAA to Christen New Research Vessel

NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will christen its new research vessel on May 12. The R/V Shearwater, a 62 ft., high-speed Teknicraft aluminum-hull catamaran research vessel is the first research vessel built specifically for sanctuary use. The vessel's onboard facilities and equipment can support extensive research and scuba dive operations such as marine mammal and seabird research, archeological/cultural research and collecting data for emerging management issues. Local Dignitaries are expected to be hand including, Congresswoman Lois Capps Frank Kelly, Santa Barbara Harbor Commissioner Captain Ted I. Lillestolen (NOAA Corps), associate deputy assistant administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service, Daniel J. Basta, director, National Marine Sanctuary Program and Chris Mobley, manager, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Williams Joins Braemar Seascope Research Team

Photo courtesy Elaborate Communications

Global shipbroker Braemar Seascope Ltd has underlined its commitment to delivering top quality market data and analysis by welcoming a new Research Manager to its London-based research team. Joining the research department is Mark Williams, an economist and consultant. Mark is a proven communicator and strategist and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the shipping markets. He has been tasked with reorganizing and boosting the capture

SSC Release Research Reports

The Ship Structure Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, among others, released four new research reports. SSC-429 is entitled "Rapid Stress Intensity Factor Solution Estimation for Ship Structures Applications". SSC-430 is entitled "Fracture Toughness of a Ship Structure". SSC-431 is entitled "Retention of Weld Metal Properties and Prevention of Hydrogen Cracking". SSC-432 is entitled "Adaptation of Commercial Structural Criteria to Military Needs".

RALion Contract For Australian Research Vessel

RALion, a Joint Venture between Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C., Alion Science and Technology Corporation of McLean, Virginia, and Alion Science and Technology (Canada) Corporation of Kanata, Ontario, has just been awarded a contract to design a new Research Vessel for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia. The contract has been awarded by Sembawang Shipyard Pte. Ltd

National Shipbuilding Research Program Awards

$14.6 MILLION IN NEW COST‐REDUCING SHIPBUILDING R&D PROJECTS The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has awarded funding for six new research and development projects to continue the program’s mission to reduce the costs associated with U. S. shipbuilding and ship repair. These new projects, valued at approximately $14.6 million in both Navy funding and industry cost share

BHP Billiton Commits $20 mi to Telethon Kids Institute

A$20 Million Partnership A Win for Western Australian Kids

In the largest donation in Telethon history, BHP Billiton has committed $20 million over the next five years to the Telethon Kids Institute to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Western Australia. The first annual instalment of $4 million will kick-start the yearly Western Australian Telethon on Saturday night. The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is a registered charitable trust that has a philosophy to financially support the medical and social welfare of children and young people

Two Navy Research Vessels Enter Construction Phase

Construction for two new research ships funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) officially got underway with a keel-laying and dedication ceremony Aug. 17 in Anacortes, Wash.   Contracts for both state-of-the-art Ocean-class Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessels were awarded in late 2011 and earlier this year. During the traditional ceremony, the first pieces of steel comprising the keels for AGOR 27 and 28 were etched with the keel certifiers’

NSRP Approves Twelve US Navy-Related R&D Projects

National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) approves US$1.8-million for 12 new cost-reducing projects. The NSRP Executive Control Board selected 12 new research and development projects for award as part of the National Shipbuilding Research Program’s (NSRP) core mission to reduce the costs associated with Navy shipbuilding and repair. The projects, totaling approximately US$1.8-million, will be executed through the NSRP Ship Production Panels which serve as the program’s primary public

US ONR Supports Navy's New Energy Partnership

Rear Adm. Klunders Address: Photo credit USN

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is committed to development of alternative energy sources, moves ahead with new research effort. The Energy Systems Technology and Evaluation Program (ESTEP) that has started in FY13 is bringing together key players during a five-year period to conduct real-world tests on advanced energy technologies at Navy and Marine Corps installations.
 Addressing the recent Naval Energy Forum in Washington, DC, Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm

Fincantieri to Build New Norwegian Polar Institute Ship

“Kronprins Haakon”: Rendering courtesy of Fincantieri

The ship will be named “Kronprins Haakon”, in honour of the heir to the Norwegian throne and will be built in Italy in the Fincantieri integrated shipyard in Riva Trigoso-Muggiano, before undergoing final outfitting and sea trials in Norway at VARD – a member of the Fincantieri Group. The new vessel, designed by Rolls Royce Marine, is due to be launched in the second half of 2016, and to be fully operative from the beginning of 2017

UK Marine Industries Alliance Welcomes UK Polar Ship Decision

Polar Ship Research (Photo: UK Marine Industries Alliance)

The U.K. Marine Industries Alliance has welcomed the government’s announcement that the preferred bidder to build a state-of-the-art $308 million polar research ship is a U.K. company. The new polar research ship, which will operate in both Antarctica and the Arctic

Northern Fleet Adds Research Vessel

The newest research ship Amber was a part of the Northern Fleet

  The latest oceanographic research vessel "Yantar" has arrived at the base of the Northern Fleet in Murmansk region. This was announced by Head of Press Service of the Federation Council Vadim Serga. "The crew has completed the transition from the Atlantic Ocean to the

Cammell Laird Seals the Deal for UK Polar Ship

NERC chief operating officer Paul Fox and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret seal the deal in Birkenhead on November 19 (Photo: Cammell Laird)

The deal has been finalized for marine and engineering services company Cammell Laird to begin work on the U.K.’s new £200 million polar research ship.   The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be

Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc.   New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S

Maersk Oil Targets North Sea Lead

Maersk Oil is investing nearly $5 billion in Culzean and the first phase of Johan Sverdrup, one of Norway’s largest ever discoveries. (Image: Maersk Oil)

Maersk Oil says there is still huge potential value in the North Sea, citing projects like Culzean – which received board approval this month – and Johan Sverdrup, as the Danish oil and gas company aims to improve from its current rank of ninth to become a top-five producer in the

Train Lobby Pushes to Weaken Safety Rule

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is set to be a chief beneficiary of a bid by Senate Republicans to weaken new regulations to improve train safety in the $2.8 billion crude-by-rail industry, a key cog in the development of the vast North American shale oil fields.

CSIRO Discovers Extinct Volcanoes off Sydney Coast

Four undersea volcanoes have been discovered off Sydney. Photo CSIRO

  While searching for baby lobsters no bigger than a 50-cent piece, Australian researchers discovered a series of giant volcanoes off the coast of Sydney. The four previously unknown volcanoes, which are now extinct, are situated about 250 kilometres off Sydney in about five kilometres of

New Research Vessel for University of New Hampshire

Image: AAM

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) has entered into a contract with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for the design and construction of a new aluminum catamaran research vessel. AAM will build the 48’ x 17’ catamaran custom devised by Teknicraft Design, Ltd. of Auckland, New Zealand

Climate Change Boosts Galapagos Penguin Population

A new study compared sea surface temperatures with endangered Galapagos Penguin population counts and found that the penguin population doubled while waters cooled around their nesting islands. (Courtesy of Snowmanradio/Flickr)

New study finds shifting winds and ocean currents helped double endangered Galapagos Penguin population   Shifts in trade winds and ocean currents powered a resurgence of endangered Galapagos Penguins over the past 30 years, according to a new study led by researchers at the Woods Hole

ABS Drives Game-changing Tech through Research

University Partnership Symposium spotlights research that aims to contribute to sustainable solutions for industry.   Classification society ABS has revealed technological advances at its recent University Partnership Symposium in Houston.   

R&D Project Targets Better Gangway Operability

Image: Kongsberg Maritime

R&D project established to optimize gangway operability through new DP philosophy and simulation training   Kongsberg Maritime is working with Norwegian shipping company Østensjo and the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (Marintek) on a new research and development

Climate Change Will Forever Alter Key Ocean Microbes

Image: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

 Global warming will irrevocably mutate a micro-organism that plays a crucial role in the ocean food chain, reports a study.   Trichodesmium (referred to as “Tricho” for brief by researchers) is likely one of the few organisms within the ocean that may “repair”

Arctic Ice 'Too Thick' for Shipping Route

Photo: Inhabitat

 Sea ice in the Arctic is still too thick for Northwest Passage commercial shipping route in spite of warming temperatures. This is according to new research from York University.   Despite climate change, Arctic sea ice remains too thick and treacherous, says the study

Cammell Laird to Build Polar Research Ship

Image: Cammell Laird

The U.K. Government announced Monday that Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has been selected as the preferred bidder to build the nation’s new £200 million polar research ship.   The decision follows a 12-month competitive tender process that involved bids from companies in the U.K

New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Image: JMS Naval Architects

JMS Naval Architects will complete the Contract Design Package next month of a 93-foot research vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science to replace its current research vessel, R/V Bay Eagle. A solicitation will be issued to shipyards by the end of the year.  

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