Metal Pollution: the New Danger for Corals in Warming Oceans

In a study led by Cornell University (US), and published in the journal Ecological Applications, scientists report evidence of metal pollution creating danger for the soft coral sea fans. "We know warming oceans pose an existential threat to coral reefs around the world," said ecologist Allison Tracy, who conducted this work with Drew Harvell, professor of marine biology. "Action to alleviate the impact of warming oceans is a priority, but understanding the role of pollutants in coral disease and mortality gives us more options for solutions." Plastics Versus Metal While plastics and microplastics are a well-known threat to the world's... (read more)
2019-11-21 08:49:17

UK Hydrographic Office Starts Seabed Mapping Surveys of the Falkland Waters

In November, the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) will be conducting seabed mapping surveys of the Falkland Island coastal waters to support safe maritime trade and the development of a sustainable blue economy. The collection of hydrographic data is vital to supporting safe trade, sustainable economic growth and the protection of coastal communities from the effects of climate change, says the UKHO. As part of the UK government’s Overseas Seabed Mapping Programme, the UKHO will lead the collection of this data through vessel-based seabed mapping surveys of the Falkland Island coastal waters. Data from these surveys will initially be used to... (read more)
2019-11-19 09:07:10

This Is How Indonesia Fights Against Environmental Crimes

The Indonesian government has launched the 'Indonesia Operation 30 Days At Sea' programme that will last from November to December 2019. It aims to fight against environmental crimes that have polluted Indonesian waters, tempo.co, an Indonesian news site reports. The Director General of Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Rasio Ridho Sani, stated last Sunday that this is the biggest ever government programme against marine pollution. The programme, called Indonesia Operation 30 Days at Sea, has the following tagline: 'Stop Environmental Damage, Save our Ocean'. Several Indonesian ministries have been involved in the programme under the coordination of the Environment Ministry,... (read more)
2019-11-19 08:35:25

This Is How a Project With the Deep and Long Moorings Is Done

Metocean Services International is nearing completion of a project with the deep and long moorings. Since the company was founded in 2003, MSI has conducted hundreds of mooring deployments in 55 countries worldwide. In late 2018, Total contracted them to mobilise what would be their longest moorings for deployment in the deepest water so far (3,150m) at locations just north of the border between South Africa and Namibia. Meteorology, Waves and Current Profiles The moorings comprise a surface buoy to measure meteorology, waves and current profiles as well as an I-type mooring to measure full water column current profiles and water... (read more)
2019-11-13 11:25:21

'Caribbean Faces Numerous Threats To Its Natural Resources'

TCarta Marine, a global provider of geospatial products and services, has opened an office in Kingston, Jamaica, led by Carol Fisher. Officially operating as a separate Jamaican company, TCarta Caribe offers the complete line of TCarta satellite-derived bathymetry, seafloor classification, land use/land cover, and air quality solutions to Jamaica and the entire Caribbean region. “Jamaica and many nearby Caribbean islands are developing nations seeking to balance economic growth with environmental preservation,” said TCarta President Kyle Goodrich. “The Caribbean faces numerous threats to its natural resources from hurricanes, rising sea levels, and pollution, but budgets are limited,” he added. Senior Hydrographer Carol... (read more)
2019-11-13 10:37:03

Joint Guidelines to Improve Safety in Polar Waters Published

Maritime trade between Arctic destinations and the rest of the world is expected to expand. An increasing number of ships are now undertaking voyages in polar waters. Technical developments in ship design and equipment continue to facilitate more and more ship operations in remote polar areas, despite challenging and unpredictable sea and weather conditions. The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), adopted by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), requires shipping companies intending to operate in polar waters to develop a Polar Water Operational Manual (PWOM) in order for their ships to be issued with a... (read more)
2019-11-10 11:02:42

UKHO's Phil Payne Talks About Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping Programme

"Check and double-check your data before getting somebody else to check it for you", says Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office when he talks about hydrographic programmes to support the blue economic growth, intentional projects and the use of lidar for charting purposes. "There will be a continued drive towards autonomy and automated processing.” Prior to his work with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), Phil Payne spent 25 years in the Royal Navy as a hydrographic and meteorology specialist. Since joining the UKHO in 2016, he has worked in a number of different roles, most recently as its Survey... (read more)
2019-11-06 10:50:35

‘Hydrography is Both a Science and a Technique’

7 Questions to the New Director General of the French Hydrographic Office
Chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director general of Shom, the French hydrographic office, in July 2019. In this interview, Hydro International asks him about the latest developments regarding the world of hydrography, climate change and artificial intelligence. “It’s becoming more urgent than ever to measure the ocean.” Chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director-general of Shom, the French hydrographic office, in July 2019. In this interview, Hydro International asks him about the latest developments regarding the world of hydrography, climate change and artificial intelligence. “It’s becoming more urgent than ever to measure the ocean.” Laurent Kerléguer was born in Brest, France, and has always lived by – or close to – the sea. Although he never had a ‘dream job’ as a child, he always had the feeling that his career would be linked to the sea. “For me as an engineer, hydrography is the perfect... (read more)
2019-10-29 11:34:23

TerraSond Completes First Geophysical Survey for Mayflower Wind

TerraSond, an Acteon company, has completed a high-resolution geophysical survey for Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC. The two-month campaign, which began in July 2019, surveyed an area, 20 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA, that can support up to 1,600 MW of offshore wind. The wind farm is scheduled to deliver energy in the mid-2020s and has the potential to power up to 680,000 homes. The project is TerraSond’s first with Mayflower Wind. High-resolution Geophysical Data TerraSond acquired high-resolution geophysical data using a complete suite of equipment in... (read more)
2019-10-29 09:17:18
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