XPRIZE Blue Button Challenge

On Tuesday 15 March 2016, XPRIZE held an engaging workshop to design a prize to turn big ocean data into valuable products. During the workshop, 'Design a Prize - The Blue Button Challenge', participants worked collaboratively to develop a number of challenges to turn existing ocean data into services for users that engage the ocean. Through these challenges, software developers and others will create a suite of apps that are market-ready tools that transform our capacity to act based on ocean data, for users and customers as diverse as the shipping industry to school children. Based on the outcomes of... (read more)
2016-03-21 02:14:57

Promoting the Blue ­Economy Concept

The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) recently held its 25th Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 16 to 21 June 2014. Commission 4, focusing on hydrography, was well represented with six technical sessions, including one specifically dedicated to the concept of the Blue Economy. This important concept is not as widely known among the international hydrography community as one would desire, and so Commission 4 sought to expose the international audience in attendance. Noted speakers at the technical session included Mr. Gordon Johnston, Commission 4 vice-chair, Administration and Communication, and Admiral Mustpha Iptes, director of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO),... (read more)
2014-07-17 02:31:05

Helping Make Blue Water Green

From December 2008 through October 2010, Arjen van Eijk and Florian Dirkse of the Netherlands will set sail on an adventure and produce a documentary targeted at raising awareness about the critical role oceans play in our world's climate. To ensure these two sailors will safely complete their "Care for the Ocean" mission, Hemisphere GPS and its partners Saderet and Nautikaris have donated navigation equipment.     With Hemisphere GPS' VS100 Compass aboard, Florian and Arjen will be able to precisely guide their 10m sailboat from the Galapagos Islands to the Suez Canal, while covering more than 47,000 kilometres of... (read more)
2009-02-26 10:47:14

Launch of Oxford Blue Systems

RBR Europe Ltd (UK) has launched a new company Oxford Blue Systems Ltd. This company represents manufacturers of complementary equipment for survey, off-shore, monitoring and research applications. System integration for monitoring equipment, data buoys and real-time data web-hosting, will also be key services. Products of Oxford Blue Systems include echo sounders and altimeters for scour detection, magnetometers and side-scan sonar for survey, inspections and recovery, rugged water-proof computers and UAS unmanned aircraft for aerial reconnaissance. The portfolio will be expanded as suitable equipment and sensors are identified. (read more)
2013-07-26 12:00:00

Major European H2020 Blue Growth Project

The Bringing together Research and Industry for the Development of Glider Environmental Services (BRIDGES) consortium has won 8 Million Euros in the latest EU Horizon 2020 competitive funding in the areas of Blue Growth, under priority ‘Unlocking the potential of seas and oceans’. By funding this Research & Innovation Action, the European Commission clearly supports the emergence of a European champion in underwater glider technology and the miniaturised sensor industry. To address the European long-term strategy for sustainable growth in the ocean economy, the Horizon 2020 call ‘Delivering the subsea technologies for new services at sea’ supports the design and... (read more)
2015-05-29 11:29:09

EMEC Shortlisted for Blue Economy Business Awards

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC, UK) has been shortlisted for the ‘Blue Economy Business of the Year’ award at the European Commission’s Blue Economy Business Awards 2016. Organised by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), the Blue Economy Business Awards are aimed at showcasing excellent practices from industry and honouring those who have made a specific contribution to bringing and developing innovation in the blue economy. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on 12 September 2016 in Hamburg, Germany, during the first summit of the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum. To date,... (read more)
2016-08-08 08:56:52

European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project

On 1 February 2016 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 technologies for deep-sea mining that place minimal pressure on the environment. The technical side of the project is dedicated to subsea harvesting equipment in addition to the in-situ seafloor and sea surface processing of polymetallic nodules. The operational aspect focuses on sea operations and logistics, including compliance with, and development of, rules and regulations and... (read more)
2016-02-11 01:08:01

Slocum G2 for Blue Ocean Monitoring

Teledyne Webb Research has sold and delivered a Slocum G2 to Blue Ocean Monitoring for use in commercial oil & gas-related applications. The Slocum device delivered to Blue Ocean Monitoring is equipped with an environmental characterisation optics (ECO) sensor, a conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) sensor, and an oxygen optode. All Slocum G2 are 1,000m-rated and are hybrid (propeller) ready. While approximately 500 Slocum gliders have been sold for academic and military applications, including fleets of gliders to the U.S. Navy, Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) and the United Kingdom National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the delivery to Blue Ocean Monitoring marks the... (read more)
2014-11-25 11:37:59

The Blue Economy to Offer New Dimensions

Is the hydrographic profession changing as a result of the new ways of communication and chart production? A joint FIG (Federation of Surveyors) and IHO (International Hydrographic Organization) workshop was held alongside Ocean Business on Tuesday 9 April aimed at setting a forward-looking strategy for the ‘Blue Economy’ and examining the combined views of both governmental and non-governmental organisations. Supported by the UKHO (UK Hydrographic Office) and industry via the Maritime Alliance and IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association), the workshop looked at the combined need for maritime knowledge and at what industry and government are hoping to achieve over the... (read more)
2013-04-10 11:05:49

Flying Start for Blue Pelican Associates

Blue Pelican Associates BV (BPA) is an engineering and consultancy firm, operating worldwide in the fields of maritime and civil infrastructure, environment, transportation and the (offshore) energy sector. BPA resulted from the merger of five independent engineering and consultancy firms, all of which have extensive and long-lasting global expertise in dredging and port development. The partners in Blue Pelican Associates are: Wil Borst (Netherlands Dredging Consultants BV), Peter Hamburger (Hamburger Management BV), Dik Roukema (Delphi Consult BV), Gaby Schouten (Dutch Marine Engineering BV) and Michiel Westermann and Jaap Smit (Primo Consultants Rotterdam BV). Headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, the company... (read more)
2007-05-10 01:29:04
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