Skincare Chemicals Threaten Coral Reefs and Other Marine Life

Common chemicals used in thousands of products to protect against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light have found to threaten corals and other marine life. Healthy coral reefs are one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. They provide billions of dollars in economic and environmental services, such as food, coastal protection, and tourism. Effects on Reef Ecosystems However, coral ecosystems around the world face serious threats from a number of sources, including climate change, unsustainable fishing, land-based pollution, coastal development, disease, and invasive species. Recently, scientists have discovered that some of the chemicals found in sunscreen and other personal health... (read more)
2019-06-10 11:20:01

Falcon Flies In Canada's First Nation Waters

The University of Victoria has engaged Ocean Dynamics to deploy a Saab Seaeye Falcon robotic vehicle for the inspection of instrumentation platforms monitoring the ocean around Canada’s north-west coast, particularly in First Nation coastal waters. A total of 50 instrumentation platforms, together with six observatories are plugged into over 900 kilometres of fibre-optic cable on the seafloor giving internet access to marine scientists and coastal communities to enable evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection. The University’s world-leading Ocean Networks Canada undertaking was launched in 2006 with the first “wired” seafloor observatory. Since then, community observatories have... (read more)
2019-06-06 03:03:34

Nortek Opens Australian Office to Build on Regional Demand

Nortek, a company specialized in Doppler-based measurements in marine environments, has opened its latest global office in Melbourne, Australia. This facilitates access to cutting-edge Doppler instrumentation for researchers and engineers in Australia and New Zealand. This is the company’s first office in the region, creating a strong local point of contact for sales and support. The Port Melbourne office also gives Nortek a platform from which to extend its reach throughout Australia and New Zealand, an area that has been important for the company since it was founded over two decades ago. Many Years of Experience The team currently consists... (read more)
2019-05-29 02:31:20

Cornish Marine Contingent Plans to Make Waves at Seawork 2019

Cornwall will be represented by five innovative companies at Europe’s largest marine exhibition, with the help of financial support from the Marine-i project. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation. Taking place in Southampton from 11th to 13th June, Seawork is Europe’s largest international marine and workboat exhibition. It will be attended by 8,000 high-caliber marine professionals from 70 countries, 40% of whom are directors or owners. It is, therefore, the perfect opportunity... (read more)
2019-05-28 03:30:40

Wärtsilä HY for Dredger Enhances Dredging Efficiency and Sustainability

Wärtsilä has launched the Wärtsilä HY for Dredger, a product based on Wärtsilä’s HY hybrid propulsion technology, which is aimed specifically at enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of dredging operations. The product was presented at a Future Dredger Day event held at the company’s Hybrid Centre in Trieste, Italy. A real-life demonstration of the product was given as well. Different Power Sources The Wärtsilä HY for Dredger features a combination of different power sources, including the engines and energy storage systems, the power distribution equipment, and the Energy Management System (EMS). The EMS ensures instant load taking and dynamic power... (read more)
2019-05-28 10:05:29

Fugro Supports 2 Ocean Mapping Initiatives with Crowdsourced Bathymetry Contribution

Fugro recently contributed more than 110,000 square kilometres of high-resolution bathymetry data in the North Atlantic Ocean to help improve the quality and coverage of seabed mapping in the region. The dataset, which covers an area the size of Iceland, was delivered to two complementary programmes: the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) and The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project (Seabed 2030). Crowdsourced Bathymetry “As is common across the world’s oceans, much of the Atlantic lacks the modern bathymetry data needed to properly understand the seafloor, its resources, and its processes,” said David Millar, Fugro’s government accounts director in the Americas.... (read more)
2019-05-21 09:41:06

3 Unmanned Surface Vessels Operated Simultaneously

Ocean Infinity, the seabed survey and ocean exploration company, will be supporting its partner Guardian Geomatics on an extensive hydrographic project for energy company Shell. The project, which is planned to commence in June 2019, will be run from Ocean Infinity’s ‘Seabed Constructor’ vessel and will collect hydrographic data over an area in excess of 800 square kilometres using up to three Ocean Infinity unmanned surface vessels (USVs). Operating Multiple USVs Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, said: “Our ability to utilize multiple USVs simultaneously to collect data across such a vast area, in such a short space of time, and... (read more)
2019-05-20 11:28:21

Unique 3D Habitat Map of the Great Barrier Reef

International aquatic remote sensing company EOMAP recently showcased its unique contribution to the world's first 3D habitat map of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) at the International Forum on Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB Day 2019) in Australia. The mapping project, titled ‘3D live habitats for the full extent of the Great Barrier Reef’, will for the first time provide maps of the predicted coral types and underwater landscape for the more than 3,000 reefs within the 350,000 square kilometres of the GBR. EOMAP’s cutting-edge technology provides essential data for this revolutionary project, in which the University of Queensland (UQ), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park... (read more)
2019-05-20 10:58:04

Remotely Controlled Unmanned Ship Crossing Dover Strait

SEA-KIT, a 12m-long uncrewed surface vessel (USV) designed and built in Essex, UK, docked in the Belgian port city of Oostende earlier this week following a successful transit from West Mersea. The voyage, which lasted 22 hours, represents the first commercial crossing of the North Sea by an autonomous vessel and marks a significant breakthrough in uncrewed ocean transit. Box of Oysters The SEA-KIT USV arrived at Oostende at 09:00 CEST on Tuesday 7 May, where it was welcomed by Belgian customs officers, who took delivery of a box of oysters caught around Mersea Island that SEA-KIT had delivered from... (read more)
2019-05-13 11:54:50

CSA Completes Field Surveys Offshore Puerto Rico

CSA Ocean Sciences (CSA), under a subcontract to Jacobs, has announced the completion of a comprehensive environmental monitoring survey. The survey included physical, biological and chemical field sampling and data collection for 301(h) waiver demonstrations at the Aguadilla, Arecibo and Ponce Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (RWWTP) outfalls offshore Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Aqueduct Authority (PRASA). Since 1999, CSA has been helping to evaluate compliance with receiving water quality standards and describe environmental conditions. Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers During this recent survey, CSA deployed and retrieved acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), a conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) water profiler with ancillary sensors... (read more)
2019-05-13 11:17:58
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