European Marine Energy Centre among Top Influencing World Projects

Established in 2003, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is one of the world’s leading facility supporting the testing, demonstration and verification of wave and tidal energy devices, with 20 developers from 11 different countries having tested their cutting-edge renewable technology at EMEC. There are numerous success stories including the world’s largest floating tidal test turbine, Scotrenewables’ SR1-2000, which has generated up to 7% of Orkney’s electricity needs on occasion. This activity has acted as a catalyst for economic growth in the region, encouraging local talent to take advantage of the jobs being created on their doorstep whilst also attracting... (read more)
2018-07-10 01:02:07

First International Satellite-Derived Bathymetry Day is a Success

With over 45 delegates from more than 15 countries around the world, the first international Satellite-Derived Bathymetry Day (SDB Day) organised by EOMAP was a great success. For the first time all relevant players came together on 6 and 7 June 2018 to anticipate what lies ahead for satellite-derived bathymetry (SDB) technology in the next years and to discuss future opportunities for providers and users. EOMAP CEO, Dr Thomas Heege, commented: “The support for the SDB Day was fantastic. All relevant institutions – hydrographic offices, marine industry, service providers and research institutes – picked up on the themes of capabilities, data integration,... (read more)
2018-06-15 09:35:40

The Shape of the Future of ECDIS

1 July 2018 will be a historic date for chart navigation at sea, states Mathias Jonas in a recent article. On exactly this day ECDIS carriage requirement will be mandated for any new and existing vessel of relevant size on international voyages. This date, however, will not gain any particular reaction from those who are affected and this is due to the applicability and implicitness of technology. It is fair to say that this date marks symbolically that ship navigation has accomplished the principal shift from analogue paper charts to the era of digital chart navigation. I was one of those... (read more)
2018-05-22 11:18:26

France and Australia Join Forces in Marine Industry

The University of Adelaide has partnered with French education institution ENSTA Bretagne to offer dual master's degrees in marine engineering. Announced during the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Australia, the dual master’s degree in engineering will be offered to skilled engineers for the Australian and global defence industries – specifically in submarine and shipbuilding. The programme, which will offer a Master of Marine Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Science in Marine Engineering, Surface Ships and Submarines from ENSTA Bretagne will begin in France in August 2018, and will continue at the... (read more)
2018-05-08 09:48:36

The Making of RV Kronprins Haakon

New Norwegian Ice-breaking Research Vessel
Norway is a maritime country with a very long coastline, plus it is very much a polar nation with 80% of its sea territory and 45% of its land mass north of the Arctic circle. It is the only country with territorial claims both in the Arctic and the Antarctic. In spite of this, Norway has not had a purpose-built polar research vessel since Roald Amundsen’s Maud (1917), having instead relied on converted commercial vessels for such purposes. That has all changed, however, now that Kronprins Haakon has come into service. This article provides insight into the making of this new multi-purpose research... (read more)
2018-04-17 10:51:23

30+ Years of Hydrographic Education

Category A Programme of Hamburg’s HafenCity Universities
A hydrographic education programme has been offered in Hamburg for more than 30 years. The programme was first offered in 1985 as an addition to an existing programme in general surveying, and the course became fully recognised as a Category A programme by the IHO in 1990. The Hydrography programme has been integrated as a specialisation in the two-year MSc in Geodesy and Geoinformatics at HafenCity University since 2009. In March 2017, the current programme was re-recognised as one of the first against the new standard S-5A. With the new recognition in place, the programme has shown that it is... (read more)
2018-04-10 10:45:06

Raft-mounted Multifrequency Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler with Cellular Modem

The National Research Institute of Fisheries Engineering (NRIFE, Kamisu) of the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA, Yokohama) has been deploying an ASL Environmental Sciences multifrequency Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP 125, 200, 455 and 769kHz) in Yamada Bay, 450km north of Tokyo, since 2013. The collected data is being used to understand seasonal variations of zooplankton in the water column. As the AZFP is battery powered and enclosed in a pressure case, periodic recovery has been necessary to access the data. To help the scheduling of the release of hatchery reared juvenile salmon and increase their survival in... (read more)
2018-03-06 08:50:58

The Importance of Continuous Education

How Fugro Academy Advances the Company’s Business
It is now well over ten years since Fugro Academy opened its doors within Fugro as a focal point for learning and development for the company’s 10,000-plus employees, who specialise in providing geoinformation and asset integrity services to a global client base. So, what is Fugro Academy and how does it contribute to the ongoing education and professional development of the largely technical workforce? Andrew McNeill, global talent development manager at Fugro, explains more. Fugro Academy was established in late 2006. Around that time, Fugro was working in a very buoyant market, particularly for services related to oil and gas,... (read more)
2018-02-14 10:27:53

UNESCO Reviews Tsunami Warning Systems

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) is holding an international symposium from 12 to 14 February to take stock of lessons learned concerning tsunami preparedness over the past 13 years, and challenges ahead. The first meeting on the subject took place in March 2005, following the deadly Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004. The symposium reflects the determination of the director-general of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, to rally the international community’s support for the development of tsunami warning systems, prevention through education and public campaigns to raise awareness of signs indicating the approach of such events. Increased awareness Considerable developments have occurred... (read more)
2018-02-12 09:52:23

Optimistic Outlook for Hydrographic Market

Hydro International Business Survey 2018
How is the hydrographic profession doing as a business? In the run-up to the start of 2018, 'Hydro International' decided to turn its sounder on and listen to the voices of the professionals. What do they think of the market position? What are the commonly felt challenges? And where do the opportunities lie in the near future? Does the sector have plans to expand, and are there investment initiatives? This article proudly presents the outcomes of the survey, and the outlook is optimistic. In preparation for the Hydro International Business Guide 2018, a business survey was conducted to see how the hydrographic business... (read more)
2018-01-11 01:14:46
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