How GPS Trackers and Drones Help Locate Floating Debris

An estimated 600,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear ends up in the oceans every year. According to the United Nations, some 380,000 marine mammals are killed each year, either by ingesting it or being caught in it. Mary T Crowly of the Ocean Voyages Institute describes how GPS trackers are being used to mark the ghost nets. An estimated 600,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear ends up in the oceans every year. According to the United Nations, some 380,000 marine mammals are killed each year, either by ingesting it or being caught in it. Mary T Crowly of the Ocean Voyages Institute describes how GPS trackers are being used to mark the ghost nets. The Ocean Voyages Institute is a non-profit organization based in Sausalito, California (US). It leads the way in utilizing and adapting existing maritime equipment with innovative approaches to ocean cleanup. For the past 40 years, the Ocean Voyages Institute has devoted its efforts to... (read more)
2020-04-02 12:20:06

ChartWorld International Acquires Maritime Services in Vancouver, Canada

ChartWorld, the digital chart agent and ECDIS manufacturer, has announced the acquisition of Maritime Services Ltd. as the latest addition to the ChartWorld Group. Steven van de Schootbrugge, ChartWorld’s CEO, commented, “We have seen double-digit growth in the North American region in recent years due to our navigation solutions that cover everything fromhardware as a service, SAAS, electronic charts, support and service. Our customers can ensure their ECDIS and digital navigation systems are automatically updated and are always compliant with shore-based oversight, for one all-in monthly fee. Global Support “Now is the right time to strengthen our commitment and on-the-ground presence... (read more)
2020-04-01 04:44:30

New Launch and Recovery System Brings Operational Improvements

Kongsberg Maritime has developed a new LARS (Launch and Recovery System) solution for its HUGIN range of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), which is set to bring about a series of far-reaching operational improvements. This solution benefits from the integrated combination of in-house technologies that the Kongsberg group offers. After evaluating techniques and procedures in-depth, Kongsberg Maritime has arrived at an optimal solution, namely to have the new LARS operating from midships, with the release and capture of HUGIN marine robots occurring beneath the sea surface. Launching and Recovering AUVs Underwater Launching and recovering AUVs underwater, away from the splash zone, lessens... (read more)
2020-03-31 09:53:30

Norwegian Hydrographic Service Measures Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic

In response to the current global situation, the Norwegian Hydrographic Service has implemented several measures aimed at minimizing disruption to the delivery of navigationally important publications. All employees are now working remotely and the Notice to Mariners and updates to electronic navigational charts (ENC) and paper charts are being produced as normal. “However, the production of tracing as well as all surveying activities have been temporarily suspended due to the logistical problems inherent with remote working. The PRIMAR RENC operation continues as normal, with staff working from home office”, Gudmund Jønsson, director of Seachart Authority says. PRIMAR is an international collaboration dedicated... (read more)
2020-03-28 10:45:55

Flemish Hydrography Continues Survey Operations in Priority Areas

Flemish Hydrography of the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (Belgium) has taken preventive measures to ensure the safety of its staff and to fulfil its social and economic responsibilities. Using modern ICT tools, all office-based staff are now working from home, says Koen Vanstaen, director of Flemish Hydrography. Hydrographic Survey Operations Hydrographic survey operations have been halted for non-urgent areas or where it was not possible to maintain social distancing guidelines, but continue in priority areas to keep ports and harbours open for business. Thanks to our dedicated staff and partners across the agency and government, Flemish Hydrography continues to publish and... (read more)
2020-03-25 09:39:05

Nekton's First Descent: Midnight Zone Has Been Cancelled

Although there are no cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) aboard the expedition’s research vessel the DSSV Pressure Drop, the decision has been made to cancel the expedition. Nekton and the Seychelles  and Maldives governments remain committed to undertaking this important research and the expedition will be rescheduled when the situation allows. “Due to the unprecedented global situation and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we have made the decision to cancel the expedition. We are very disappointed, but we know it is the right thing to do. We remain fully committed to our work in the Indian Ocean and look forward to... (read more)
2020-03-22 09:56:02

Fugro's CEO: “Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World”

Interview with Mark Heine
Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialized survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and describes itself as a geodata specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, no challenge is too great to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership styles, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42

Venice Canals Look Clearer Due to Italy's Coronavirus Lockdown

Although in the first place the coronavirus has a huge impact on our daily lives and poses a serious threat to many of us, the outbreak of the disease has some remarkable side effects. For example, due to a lack of debris from tourists and near-zero boat traffic under Italy's ongoing coronavirus lockdown, the city of Venice is enjoying crystal clear waters in its world-famous canals. Even dolphins have been spotted in the canals. The clear waters are a tiny bright spot in the city, whose economy has been virtually wiped out since tourists fled the area at the beginning... (read more)
2020-03-19 10:31:08

Hydrographic Mapping is Critical for the Caribbean

It is a Service Provided Inconsistently by the Developed Nations
Considered paradise by the legions of tourists who visit each year, the Caribbean islands are developing states that struggle to maintain a delicate balance between economic expansion and environmental preservation. Hydrographic mapping, a critical element in achieving this equilibrium, has been a service provided inconsistently by the developed nations upon which many of the islands are still dependent. Affordable new geospatial technologies, however, offer Caribbean islands the opportunity to reduce their traditional reliance and assume greater control over their economies and natural resources. Considered paradise by the legions of tourists who visit each year, the Caribbean islands are developing states that struggle to maintain a delicate balance between economic expansion and environmental preservation. Hydrographic mapping, a critical element in achieving this equilibrium, has been a service provided inconsistently by the developed nations upon which many of the islands are still dependent. Affordable new geospatial technologies, however, offer Caribbean islands the opportunity to reduce their traditional reliance and assume greater control over their economies and natural resources. The islands of the Caribbean, collectively known as the West Indies, were colonized for centuries by seafaring... (read more)
2020-03-18 10:08:24

Explorers Reach the Deepest Point in the Red Sea

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After successfully diving to the deepest point in the Mediterranean Sea, the Calypso Deep, in mid-February, Victor Vescovo and the Caladan Oceanic crew sailed through the Suez Canal and into the Red Sea. In cooperation with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, Caladan made multiple manned dives into the little-explored Red Sea and, for the first time, to its deepest point: the Suakin Trough. The team also dived the shallower, but scientifically important Kebrit Deep (Arabic for 'sulfur'), 250 miles to the north. Utilizing the state-of-the-art full ocean depth submersible DSV Limiting Factor from... (read more)
2020-03-12 10:15:22
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