Taiwan Boosts its Current Ocean Research With New Fleet

A new fleet of oceanographic research vessels is expected to be launched in the first half of 2020. This means a boost to Taiwan’s ocean current research and homeland security protection. The fleet will comprise four ships, three of which are to be delivered by early next year, including two 500-ton vessels and one 1,000-ton vessel. The new ships are domestically developed and manufactured through a collaboration between academia and industry, sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, reports CNA, the Central News Agency of Taiwan. Legend is Taiwan’s fifth-largest research vessel and was built by Triyards Marine Service, a Singaporean... (read more)
2019-09-02 12:34:47

Danish Navy Commits to Easytrak Duo

The Royal Navy of Denmark has ordered two Applied Acoustics’ Easytrak USBL underwater tracking systems for two different applications. The first for use in mine clearance operations in coastal waters and the second for deeper water oceanographic research. The requirements were outlined at the UDT conference in Hamburg in June 2006. At subsequent trials and demonstrations in the harbour at Esbjerg and at a military facility close to the city, AAE’s Portable unit was chosen. The deciding factor was Easytrak’s ability to provide accurate and stable tracking of divers in very shallow water, which is where the Navy’s diving team... (read more)
2007-01-08 09:14:20

Ballard to Explore NOAA's Flower Garden

Dr. Robert Ballard and an interdisciplinary team of scientists will explore the fascinating undersea landscape of NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). One of the 13 U.S. national marine sanctuaries, the FGBNMS is located approximately 115 miles off the Texas/Louisiana coast. Named for its colorful corals and sponges, the sanctuary was targeted for exploration because of its unique geology and biology. Its geological history also makes it a viable location to search for evidence of early human habitation that could predate current evidence of North America's first inhabitants. This expedition represents a collaboration between the National Oceanic &... (read more)
2007-02-26 09:48:23

Personnel Additions Teledyne RD Instruments

Teledyne RD Instruments (MA, USA) made the following additions to Teledyne RDI's sales and marketing team: Marc Sherman has been appointed Teledyne RDI's new Navigation Business Unit Sales Manager. Marc holds an E.E. degree from Ohio State University and has 20 years of technical sales and marketing experience, most recently in the field of precision molded micro optics.  Having started his career in the field of sound and vibration, he has performed diagnostic testing aboard a variety of marine vessels for both the commercial and DOD markets.  Marc rounds out the Navigation sales team, which also includes Omer Poroy, Business Unit... (read more)
2007-12-03 12:00:00

Lockheed Martin to Design Submersible RHOV

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has awarded Lockheed Martin a US$2.8 million contract for the initial design of the Replacement Human Occupied Vehicle (RHOV), a next generation three-person Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) that will be used by the U.S. scientific community. The contract has an option for subsequent construction of the RHOV once the initial design is completed and the project is approved to move forward.   Funded through the National Science Foundation, the RHOV is intended to replace the DSV Alvin, the human-occupied deep submergence vehicle currently operated by WHOI.  In more than four decades of operation, the Alvin... (read more)
2007-08-03 09:06:40

FlowQuest Current Profiler Sales

The sale of LinkQuest's FlowQuest line of acoustic current profilers has grown rapidly since its introduction. An extensive line of models has been used for a large number of diverse applications worldwide. LinkQuest recently provided Columbia University with a FlowQuest 600 system with WaveQuest directional wave measurement option, bottom tracking option, and Data Fusion function interfacing to a third party sensor and a FlowQuest 300 system with bottom tracking option and Data Fusion function.   These systems, along with previously purchased FlowQuest 600 systems, will initially be used in current and wave studies in Indonesian Seas. All profilers are equipped... (read more)
2008-09-10 10:30:46

Proteus Represents Mapping in British Trade Delegation to Libya

Proteus, a UK provider of satellite-derived bathymetric mapping and seabed classification services, represented the mapping industry in a British trade delegation to Tripoli, Libya, organised by the Libya-British Business Council (LBBC). Proteus presented potential solutions to coastal mapping challenges faced by Libya during meetings with the National Oil Corporation, Ports and Maritime Transport Authority, University of Tripoli, and Libyan Center for Remote Sensing. Proteus CEO, David Critchley, said that at every meeting, the company was introduced to government ministers and business leaders who are eager to begin rebuilding Libya. Mapping would be the critical first step in rebuilding infrastructure across... (read more)
2013-11-20 04:45:25

Swirling Currents Deliver Phytoplankton Carbon to Ocean Depths

A massive phytoplankton bloom unfolds each spring in the Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda to the Arctic. But what happens to all that organic material produced in the surface ocean? Melissa Omand, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, USA, is the lead author of a paper published on 26 March 2015 in the journal Science that highlights the significant role that swirling currents, or eddies, play in pushing non-sinking carbon to ocean depths. In the North Atlantic Bloom, millions of microscopic plants use sunlight and carbon dioxide (CO2) to grow and reproduce at... (read more)
2015-03-31 08:30:00

Grand Opening for EMODnet Secretariat Office

On Wednesday 19 February 2014, the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) celebrated the opening of its Secretariat Office at the InnovOcean site in Ostend, Belgium. At the InnovOcean site, the EMODnet Secretariat is now co-located with other organisations including Flanders Marine Institute, the European Marine Board and the IODE project office for IOC/UNESCO. More than 100 marine and maritime researchers, policy advisors, data experts and other stakeholders attended the inauguration which highlighted the importance of providing unrestricted access to marine observation data to generate critical knowledge about the seas and oceans, better manage our marine environment and support... (read more)
2014-03-17 09:08:34

Manganese Nodules as Breeding Ground for Deep-sea Octopuses

Manganese nodules on the seabed of the Pacific Ocean are an important breeding ground for deep-sea octopuses. As reported by a German-American team of biologists in the latest issue of the journal 'Current Biology', the octopuses deposit their eggs onto sponges that only grow locally on manganese nodules. The researchers had observed the previously unknown octopus species during diving expeditions in the Pacific at depths of more than 4,000 metres – new record depths for these octopuses. Their specific dependence on manganese nodules for brooding eggs shows that the industrial extraction of resources in the deep sea must be preceded... (read more)
2016-12-20 02:02:55
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