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Robotics Ocean Monitoring Alliance Formed in Africa

Slocum glider off Cape Town (Photo: BOM)

Blue Ocean Monitoring enters into strategic alliance with Sea Technology Services   Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM) announced that it has entered a strategic business alliance agreement with Sea Technology Services (Pty) Ltd (STS). Under the alliance, BOM will initially base one of its Slocum Gliders in Cape Town to be deployed on regional ocean monitoring programs, with STS providing associated marketing and engineering support services.  Additional gliders are available. Clients will have access to BOM’s web based glider data visualization platform.   Demand for ocean monitoring programs in the region is increasing due to more activity in the natural resources sector and the requirement for greater environmental accountability, BOM noted.   Locally, there has been rapid growth in the awareness that ocean robotic platforms can provide an additional tool to supplement and enhance existing and emerging ocean survey techniques, with the associated increase in presence resulting in the availability of cost-effective real-time high-volume data.     Derek Needham, Managing Director of STS, said, “We are aware of multiple regional ocean monitoring programs for which we can now tender using the joint capabilities of the alliance. More broadly speaking, we have set our sights on becoming the leading ocean monitoring business for survey and other companies in Africa


Sound & Sea Wins Navy Contract

Sound & Sea Technology Inc. won a five-year military contract worth up to $29.5 million to provide ocean engineering services for U.S. naval facilities around the world, according to a recent HeraldNet report. The company will lead a team that includes 11 subcontractors in a range of projects for the Navy, including assisting with undersea cable installation, offshore structure and buoy work, and improving harbor and port security


SEA Wins $5.4m Contract

Systems Engineering Associates Corp. (SEA CORP) has won a $5.4m contract to help replace traditional periscopes on Navy submarines with electro-optical technology. The contract calls for SEA CORP to provide support for Photonics Imaging Systems programs at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport. The work will include program management, administrative support, engineering analysis, problem reporting and correction and integrated logistics support for systems using


Navigational Safety Program Starts Sea Trials

The QinetiQ Platform Support Services Group is to fit ORPHEUS, a new navigational safety tool, to a Royal Navy frigate. ORPHEUS will be installed on HMS Northumberland in August for year-long trials after demonstrations onboard a sistership, HMS Marlborough, proved a veritable success. QinetiQ will then install the system to two more Type 23 frigates, HMS Somerset and Montrose, later in the year. ORPHEUS, an acronym for Onboard Risk Performance Hazard Evaluation System


Successful New Design ROV Testing in Atlantic Ocean

The first pressure-tolerant ROV successfully tested in the deep Atlantic.   In early May 2012, a new pressure-tolerant ROV named Erno2, designed by Enitech GmbH (Rostock, Germany), was successfully tested within the framework of the “Pressure-tolerant deep-sea systems” project of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).   Driven by electric thrusters, the light vehicle easily manoeuvred above the seabed


Deep Sea Mining Agreement Reached

Deep sea minerals PNG: Image Nautilus

The opening of the world's first mine in the deep ocean comes closer to reality as Canadian mining company, Nautilus Minerals, signs an agreement with the Papua New Guinea Government to start excavating an area of seabed. The project will extract ores of copper, gold and other valuable metals from a depth of 1,500m, The mine will target an area of hydrothermal vents where superheated, highly acidic water emerges from the seabed, where it encounters far colder and more alkaline seawater


UK's Latest Submarine Arrives Homeport For Sea Trials

Submarine Ambush: Photo credit MOD

'Ambush', second of the Royal Navy's, new Astute Class attack submarines, sails into Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde today to begin sea trials. The 7,400-tonne submarine sailed from the shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, where she was built, to HM Naval Base Clyde in Scotland. The seven Astute-class boats planned for the Royal Navy are the most advanced and powerful attack submarines Britain has ever sent to sea


Europort Advanced Technology Conferences

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Shipping’s need to squeeze maximum value out of available assets is finding sharp focus, as the global maritime and offshore industries gather at Europort 2013, Rotterdam (Ahoy Rotterdam, November 5-8). In line with its stated aim to showcase Pioneers in Maritime Technology, Europort has tapped into the maritime industry’s state-of-the-art for 2013. Its Advanced Technology Conferences (ATC), organized by Ahoy in close collaboration with HME


TGS Announces 2 projects in the Norwegian Barents Sea

TGS

  TGS commences new 2D and 3D multi-client projects in the Norwegian Barents Sea. Both surveys will provide customers with high quality data prior to the closing of the 23rd Norwegian Licensing round. The HFCE14 is a 3,100 km2 3D multi-client survey, extending TGS' existing multi-year 3D Hoop coverage to more than 20,000 km2. The survey will be acquired by the M/V GECO Eagle towing 10 streamers and will cover similar Jurassic targets as the new Wisting light oil discovery.


Thoma-Sea Launches US-flagged OSV

Photo: TAI

Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI) of New Orleans, La., announced that another derivative of a vessel built from TAI’s EnviroMax designs was launched.   Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC has launched a 6,300 DWT Technology EnviroMax 310 OSV from its Lockport, La. shipyard on April 28. The owner of this vessel is a major oil and gas support vessel company. The EnviroMax 310 vessel is U.S. flagged and will serve worldwide markets


New Passenger Boarding Bridges for Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral (Image: Canaveral Port Authority)

ADELTE, a provider of Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs) and Global Services to cruise and ferry terminals, has been awarded two contracts by the Canaveral Port Authority to design, manufacture and install four custom-made HYDRA models SPBBs at Cruise Terminals 5 and 10.  


India, Brunei Discuss South China Sea Dispute

Indias Vice President Hamid Ansari and Sultan of Brunei, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.  Photo Credit: PTI

 Underscoring that India and Brunei have equal stakes in the security and prosperity of a "shared Asian neighbourhood", both countries held discussion on Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea which has the potential to affect free maritime traffic in Southeast Asia


Sea Hawk Debuts VMG Hard & Fast Racing Finish

Fresh Water Boaters Hard, Fast Racing Finish Sea Hawk

Sea Hawk today  announced the introduction of VMG Hard & Fast Racing Finish, a revolutionary new bottom coating geared specifically for fresh water sail boaters and power boaters looking to enhance the performance of their vessels. VMG


European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project

Project Blue Nodules Deep Sea Mining Concept Courtesy EC

On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. It will develop and test new highly-automated and sustainable


Japan Warns against China's Maritime Activities

Photo: Japanese Foreign Ministry

 Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida warned against China's increasing maritime activities, such as artificial land construction in the South China Sea, reports Nikkei.   Referring to tensions over China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea


FURUNO Launches Two Radar Models

FAR-15x3 (left) and FAR-15x8 (right) (Photo: FURUNO)

FURUNO has announced that two new Radar models FAR-15x3 series and FAR-15x8 series will be ready for launch very shortly. These two Radar models have been developed with the concept of delivering high performance and excellent operability at the same time.  


San Jacinto Maritime Technology and Training Center Now Open

Photo courtesy of The San Jacinto College

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus is now open for maritime training along the Port of Houston.   Located at 3700 Old State Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas, the 45,000-square-foot Maritime Technology and Training Center sits 14 feet above


Jastram, Eco Marine Sign Agreement

Photo: Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced that it has entered into a sales and support agreement with Jastram Technologies Ltd. of Canada. This agreement paves the way for EMP to begin offering a wide range of products and services to the Canadian shipping and offshore sector.  


C&W Networks Selects Xtera for Submarine Cable Upgrade

Submarine Cable Systems. Pic: Xtera

 C&W Networks, part of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), the largest telecommunications service provider across the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and United States with more than 48,000 miles of subsea fiber-optic network has selected Xtera Communications, Inc


BIG DATA & Maritime: The Downside

Tony Baker, Loss Prevention Director

North P&I Club Warns on Downsides of "Big Data" on Ships There is no question that the era of "Big Data" -- and all that those two words encompass -- will be transformational in the maritime market for the coming generation


Performance Monitoring, Verification Drives Orders, Investments for Norsepower

NAPA data analysis and fuel-saving verification leads to €3 million investment and first commercial order for a Flettner rotor Credit Norsepower

Finnish engineering company, Norsepower today announced that it has received €3 million in investment from a syndicate led by venture capital fund Power Fund III and has installed a second rotor sail on Bore’s Ro-Ro vessel MS Estraden


Merus Technology for VOS Paradise

Image: Pronomar

Vroon Offshore Service B.V., an international shipping company with a fleet of approximately 90 offshore vessels, has again trusted in Merus technology, commissioning Pronomar to install four Merus rings on platform supply vessel VOS Paradise this week after sister ship VOS Pace was equipped with


SailSafe: A SEA Change for the Better

British Columbia Ferry Services

BC Ferries has improved its safety record, operational practices – and at the same time, its bottom line. In 2007, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) initiated a union-management joint endeavor to create a world-class safety culture


SharpEye Radar for Trinidad & Tobago CG Patrol Craft

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes, a designer and supplier of navigation and security surveillance systems, announced the installation of its new SharpEye upmast radar system on four new vessels commissioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.  


ABS, COSCO Partner on Arctic Shipping Development

Parties bring together technical capabilities on trans-Arctic shipping Facing changing climate conditions in the Arctic which have effectively generated new opportunities shipping in the region, classification society ABS and commercial shipper China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) have






 
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