Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation
As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Marine Technology Reporter explores half a century of subsea technology development and discovery. Oceanology International Americas runs February 25-27, 2019 in San Diego.When Oceanology launched in 1969 in the seaside resort of Brighton the world was a very different place. For a start, Brighton was home to the mods and rockers, who would square off against each other on the town’s elegant seafront. The British currency included shillings and ha’ pennies and man had yet to step foot on the moon.More crucially…
Shipbuilding: One-on-one with David M. Thomas, Jr.
BAE System’s San Diego yard is a critical player in keeping U.S. Navy ships operatingWalk with David M. Thomas, Jr., VP & GM, San Diego Ship Repair, BAE Systems, and a few things become immediately clear: Dave Thomas is passionate about cleanliness and order, as the San Diego yard is compact and bustling with work, yet impeccably clean. Dave Thomas is passionate about safety, and he takes the health and welfare of every employee, colleague, client and guest personally. Most of all, Dave Thomas is passionate about everything U.S. Navy. Following a distinguished U.S.
Oceana Goes to London to Protect UK Seas
Oceana, the largest international ocean advocacy organisation, has opened the organisation’s office in London to strengthen Oceana’s policy and research work to protect marine life and restore fish populations in the United Kingdom (UK).“Oceana is joining the marine conservation community in the UK at a turning point in public engagement and concern for the oceans. Now we need to move beyond conserving the oceans to actually restoring marine life and rebuilding fish populations…
RV Neil Armstrong Arrives in Woods Hole
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. “What a wonderful day for Woods Hole, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the entire ocean science community,” enthused WHOI President and Director Mark Abbott. “We’re very proud to have been selected by the Office of Naval Research to operate the Neil Armstrong. Six years ago, the U.S.
Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso Shipped for Renovation
Jacques Cousteau’s ship Calypso, star of the “Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”, was loaded on March 14 in Concarneau, France for shipment to Turkey, where the legendary oceanographic vessel will undergo renovations. From 1951, Calypso sailed the world undertaking scientific explorations until January 8, 1996, when she was involved in a mooring accident and sank. Now raised and once renovated, the Calypso will remain at the service of science and education, as Jacques Cousteau wished.
Under the Pole Divers Breathe Easy Thanks to AST
UK firm Analox Sensor Technology Ltd. (AST) is backing an expedition which aims to produce previously unseen footage of submarine Polar Regions: 'Under the Pole Part II – Discover Greenland' has been inspired by explorer and diver Jacques Cousteau. AST say that a small team of divers/explorers, supplied with the company's vital safety equipment, has now embarked on a journey which will see them spending 22 months crossing the Polar region. In the first 20 days, the team reached Torshavn in the Faroe Islands…
Belize Court Stymies Offshore Drilling Plans
Belize's Supreme Court declared offshore drilling contracts issued by the Government of Belize (in 2004 and 2007) null and void. The ruling, handed down by Justice Oswell Legall , was in response to a case brought by Oceana, COLA, and the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage. It effectively ends the Belizean government's immediate effort to allow offshore oil drilling in the Meso American Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. The court overturned the contracts after determining that the government failed to assess the environmental impact on Belize's ocean, as required by law, prior to issuing the contracts. The court also found that contracts were made to companies that did not demonstrate a proven ability to contribute the necessary funds…
Scientists Link Climate Change and Gray Snapper
Models Project Northward Distribution Shifts Using Temperature, Estuarine Habitats as Key Factors. NOAA scientists continue to develop and improve the approaches used to understand the effect of climate change on marine fisheries along the U.S. east coast. Their latest study projects that one common coastal species found in the southeast U.S., gray snapper, will shift northwards in response to warming coastal waters. In a study published online December 20 in the journal PLOS ONE…
Cousteau's Son to Host Cruise Ship Sailings
Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highly-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, announces that world-renowned oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will guest host four sailings in 2013. Mr. Cousteau is a diplomat for the environment, educator, author, and film producer communicating his passion and concern for the Earth's oceans. For more than 60 years, he along with his father, the legendary Jacques Cousteau, and his family, have been part of the greatest exploration of the oceans in all of history. In 1999, Mr. Cousteau founded the Ocean Futures Society to explore global oceans…
Dettweiler Promoted to New Position
Nauticos Corporation of Hanover, Md., promoted Tom Dettweiler to general manager and executive vice president. In his new capacity, Dettweiler will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. He has been with Nauticos for 10 years and previously served as director of operations. Dettweiler's 25 years of experience include serving as a science officer for renowned ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau aboard the Calypso. He also ran a business in deep-sea mining and served as operations manager for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Deep Submerge as well as much work in support of the U.S. government. In addition, Dettweiler was operations manager for the expeditions that led to the discovery of the Titanic in 1985.