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Thursday, September 29, 2016

US Hearing to Focus on New Ocean Technologies

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week to examine the proliferation of new ocean technologies, how such technologies could improve government performance, and any impediments that exist in the use of such technologies. The federal government is responsible for recording, understanding, monitoring and protecting the oceans in the Exclusive Economic Zones which surround United States and territories out to 200 miles, and even in areas of the ocean beyond those littoral zones. Understanding and monitoring both the physical characteristics of these areas and how these areas are being used is vital to our national defense…

General Dynamics AUV Detects Threats to Ship Hulls

HAUV is a two-man-portable hovering AUV designed for ship hull inspection. Photo GD

General Dynamics Mission Systems featured the Bluefin Robotics hovering-autonomous underwater vehicle (H-AUV) at OCEANS 2016 in Monterey, California. The Bluefin Robotics H-AUV locates, identifies and maps structural issues on a ship’s hull including large ocean going cargo ships, petroleum and chemical tankers, cruise ships and military surface and sub-surface vessels without dry-docking the ship. “Inspecting ship hulls and other underwater surfaces can be a manpower- and cost-intensive part of a ship’s observation and maintenance…

IOOS Studies Ocean Tech Providers' Economic Impact

In September 2013 the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) launched a study to determine the ocean observation sector's impact on the U.S. economy. This nationally-focused effort will inventory companies classified as providers of technology to U.S. IOOS and intermediate users who add value to U.S. IOOS information for delivery to end users. ERISS Corporation and The Maritime Alliance are conducting the study which will examine characteristics such as the number of provider and intermediate user companies, size of these companies, volume of activity, volume of exports and number of employees. Company narratives will be collected to understand how US IOOS has helped industry planning and operations, as well as perceived potential for growth and investment.

Oceans ‘10 Wrap Up

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Oceanic Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE/OES), two organizations focused on the marine industry, welcomed more than 1,800 attendees from around the world to the Oceans ‘10 MTS/IEEE Conference & Exhibition, Sept. 20-23, 2010, Seattle, Wash., USA. At the major international forum for scientists, engineers and those with key related interests, participants contributed presentations and learned about the latest research results, ideas, developments and applications in oceanic engineering and marine technology. “We are pleased that attendees realized great success and positive experiences through the Organizing Committee’s dedicated conference planning…

Westwood Opens OTE ’10 in Newport

OceanTech Expo (OTE) 2010 opened the morning of Tuesday, May 25, 2010 in Newport, Rhode Island, with John Westwood, chairman of Douglas-Westwood delivering a powerful keynote speech detailing the tremendous opportunities, and challenges, surrounding the rapidly expanding ocean business. London-based Douglas-Westwood is one of the world’s leading authorities in the research, analysis and forecasting in more than 25 different marine sectors, including offshore oil and gas, ocean observation and the subsea vehicles market. “At the end of the day, the U.S. is the largest ocean industry market,” Westwood said. Westwood’s 45 minutes presentation kept the attention of the OTE delegation…

UMass Hosts Atlantic Observation System Planners

The School for Marine Science and Technology of UMass Dartmouth hosted a consortium of 20 universities and organizations last week to plan the initial stages of a system to monitor the changing conditions and health of coastal waters from to . The consortium is developing a sophisticated network of weather stations, satellites, coastal radars and robotic underwater vehicles to produce a three-dimensional view of conditions in the coastal Mid-Atlantic. The current, three-year phase of the project is funded with an $8.7-million grant from the . The Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System, or MARCOOS, will provide decision-makers with information that will aid in search-and-rescue operations…

Oceanology International 2014: More Details Announced

Companies operating in the marine science and ocean technology have only one more month to submit an abstract for next year’s Oceanology International 2014 conference. Taking place at London ExCeL between Tuesday and Thursday, March 11 and 13, 2014, the next Oceanology International is due to be the busiest of its series, with already 86.6% of exhibition spacebooked and eightone-day conference programs taking place alongside three new panel discussions. Professor Ralph Rayner is again the overall conference chairman, and that many key players in the relevant sectors have agreed to chair a program in their area of expertise. Dr. Professor Michael Bruno, Dean, Stevens Institute of Technology, U.S. Justin Crump, CEO, Sibyline Risk and Security Consultancy, U.K.

DOF Subsea to Launch AUV Service

Sean Halpin (Photo: DOF Subsea)

Integrated subsea services provider DOF Subsea will stage the European launch of a new addition to its suite of services next week. During the Ocean Business event at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, U.K. from April 14-16, the company will showcase its newest service, utilizing three Slocum Gliders, named the DOF Skandi Explorers, a technology which has previously only been seen in academic and defense circles. The new glider equipment is described as a cornerstone of the company’s Ocean Observation System (OOS) due to its ultra-efficient…

CLS Installs First Iridium-Based LRIT Terminals

Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) announces on Feb. 3 that it has sold its first Iridium-based compliant Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) terminals in partnership with Iridium Satellite LLC. CLS is a provider of satellite-based environmental data collection, location and ocean observation services. Through the CLS-Iridium partnership, CLS also delivered corresponding LRIT Conformance Test Certificates on behalf of the flag administration. The new SOLAS LRIT regulation requiring LRIT capabilities went into force December 31, 2008, and applies to all passenger and cargo ships above 300 gross tons. For months, shipowners worldwide have been testing their onboard equipment for compliance with IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1296.

Congress Maritime Safety Hearing: PortVision CEO Testifies

Dean Rosenberg testifies: Photo PortVision

Maritime industry business intelligence provider PortVision says that its CEO, Dean Rosenberg, testified before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. "Yesterday I was honored to have the opportunity to testify before the US House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The purpose of the hearing was to focus on new ocean technologies, how these technologies can improve government performance, and any impediments that exist in the use of these technologies.

Vice Adm. Brown Confirmed as NOAA Deputy Administrator

 Retired Vice Admiral Manson Brown (photo courtesy of the DoD)

Retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson Brown was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for NOAA. Brown joins NOAA after 36 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. As deputy administrator, Brown will play a major role driving the Obama administration and NOAA priorities for weather and water services, climate science, plus the agency’s integrated mapping and Earth-observing capabilities.

Stevens Selected as Maritime Research Center of Excellence

Photo: Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology announced it has been selected as the lead institution for a new Center of Excellence for Maritime Research (CMR). The selection, announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate will provide Stevens with $2 million per year for five years. The Center will also include the following partner institutions: MIT, University of Miami, Rutgers University, University of Puerto Rico and Elizabeth City State University.

DHS Selects Stevens Institute for Maritime Research

Stevens Institute of Technology for Maritime Research Center of Excellence

Stevens Institute of Technology has been selected as the lead institution for a new Center of Excellence for Maritime Research (CMR). The selection, announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate will provide Stevens with $2 million per year for 5 years. The Center will also include the following partner institutions: MIT, University of Miami, Rutgers University, University of Puerto Rico and Elizabeth City State University.

San Diego Launches Blue Tech Vision

As part of a new blue tech vision that will create more maritime jobs for the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Supervisor Greg Cox today proposed an initiative that was jointly approved by the City of San Diego and County of San Diego to help give San Diego’s blue economy a boost by creating a blue tech incubator. Mayor Faulconer said, “Thanks to our fast-growing blue-tech economy, San Diego has yet another opportunity to be a global leader in technology and innovation. Our coastal city is uniquely positioned to be the perfect global breeding ground for water-related technology, innovation and jobs. Supervisor Cox said…

January Lakes Coal Trade Cut in Half

The stumbling economy took its toll on the Great Lakes coal trade in January. Shipments totaled only 778,971 net tons, just half the volume of a year ago, and certainly one of the slowest Januarys in recent memory. With the Lakes now largely closed by winter, the low January coal total could come back to haunt the nation if power plants find themselves short of coal. A recently-released study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that Great Lakes shipping annually saves its customers $3.6b in transportation costs compared to the land-based modes. However, all U.S.-Flag lakers are now in winter lay-up and undergoing annual maintenance, so the fleet would not be able to meet any demand for coal until March at the earliest. Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) announces on Feb.

Gateway Technology for Ocean Measurements

JAMSTEC President Asahiko Taira with Walter Munk on the deck of D/V Chikyu in front of the ship's drilling derrick. Credit: JAMSTEC

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, in collaboration with two private industry firms, are developing potentially breakthrough technologies to capture vital information from the world’s oceans. Scripps researchers John Orcutt and Jon Berger developed a Memorandum of Understanding with Horton Wison Deepwater (HWD) and John Crane Production Solutions (JCPS) in developing new, uniquely stable and long-lasting ocean buoys with sensors moored to the seafloor to measure ground motion…

Navy's Global Ocean Forecast System Goes Public

Oceanography file image CCL

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) & the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) within the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have entered into a formal agreement that results in NCEP using Navy developed global ocean forecast model technology to make environmental ocean forecasts for public use. “Development of an advanced global ocean prediction system has been a long-term Navy interest,” said Dr. Gregg Jacobs, head, NRL Ocean Dynamics and Prediction Branch.

Ocean Exploration Vessel Will Knock on Neptune's Door

Image courtesy of SeaOrbiter

A new ocean exploration vessel, 'SeaOrbiter' which the designer claims will provide permanent and continuous observation and research operations at the heart of the ocean is almost fully funded, ready to be built. Jacques Rougerie describes himself as a visionary architect who aims to deliver a new vision of underwater exploration with his SeaOrbiter, the culmination of over 30 years of research dedicated to bionic marine architecture and exploration of the undersea world. Internationally renowned…

NOAA, NASA & BOEM to Monitor Biodiversity

NOAA, NASA and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have joined together to support three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales. The projects, to be funded at approximately $17 million over the next five years, subject to the availability of funds, will demonstrate how a national operational marine biodiversity observation network could be developed.

MTS Elects Four to Board of Directors

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) announced the results of its recent elections for positions on its Board of Directors. The following Vice Presidents were elected: Jill Zande, Education and Research; Ray Toll, Industry and Technology; Donna Kocak, Publications; and Justin Manley, Government and Public Affairs. Election results were announced at the Society’s Annual Meeting during OCEANS’11 MTS/IEEE Kona in Hawaii. Jill Zande is the Associate Director and ROV Competition Coordinator for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center. “Each year over 400 schools, middle through university, participate in MATE ROV competitions.

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 25

1799- Having existed essentially nameless for 8-1/2 years, Alexander Hamilton's "system of cutters" was referred to in legislation as "Revenue Cutters."  Some decades later, the name evolved to Revenue Cutter Service and Revenue Marine. 1940- The ocean station program was formally established on 25 January 1940 under orders from President Franklin Roosevelt. The Coast Guard, in cooperation with the U. S. Weather Service, were given responsibility for its establishment and operation. The program was first known as the Atlantic Weather Observation Service and later known (and "beloved') by thousands of Coast Guardsmen who served after World War II as the "Ocean Station" program.

This Day in Coast Guard History – Jan. 25

1799- Having existed essentially nameless for 8-1/2 years, Alexander Hamilton's "system of cutters" was referred to in legislation as "Revenue Cutters."  Some decades later, the name evolved to Revenue Cutter Service and Revenue Marine. 1940- The ocean station program was formally established on 25 January 1940 under orders from President Franklin Roosevelt. The Coast Guard, in cooperation with the U. S. Weather Service, were given responsibility for its establishment and operation. The program was first known as the Atlantic Weather Observation Service and later known (and "beloved') by thousands of Coast Guardsmen who served after World War II as the "Ocean Station" program.

NOAA Announces 2005 Budget Request

Retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, unveiled President Bush's proposed 2005 budget for the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Speaking to more than 125 stakeholders in Washington, D.C., Lautenbacher said NOAA's request totals $3.4 billion, an increase of $146.9 million over the FY 2004 request. "This proposed budget maintains and enhances the services and programs for our scientific understanding of the oceans and atmosphere and allow us to sustain the nation's environmental health and economic vitality," said Lautenbacher. The budget request is based on NOAA's Strategic Plan goals. Key increases are below.

 

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