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

What Are the New Global Initiatives for Mapping the World’s Entire Ocean Floor?

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Three new global initiatives for mapping the world’s entire ocean floor have been announced in London at a special conference organised by The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, the international collaborative project to produce a complete, freely available map of the seafloor by the year 2030. They will be overseen by the new Seabed 2030 Director, experienced UK hydrographer and former naval officer Jamie McMichael-Phillips, whose appointment was also announced at the conference. The conference titled 'From Vision to Action', took place at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday 22 October, was convened to mark the progress made in the... (read more)
2019-10-24 09:30:16

How Does the Poggy, the New Bionic AUV, Operate?

EvoLogics from Berlin, Germany, has introduced Poggy - a novel, bionic autonomous underwater vehicle that uses Fin-Ray® technology. The vehicle is being developed as part of the BONUS SEAMOUNT collaborative R&D project and made its first dives at the Breaking The Surface 2019 workshop in early October. Nicknamed Poggy, the AUV is one of a kind; a novel, bionic design with two propulsion thrusters and two independent flexible 'tails' that give the robot mobility features. Its dual-tail construction is an original idea that stemmed from previous work on EvoLogics’ Manta Ray AUV and its lifelike 'flapping wing' propulsion system. The design... (read more)
2019-10-22 11:01:14

Six Russian Tankers Travelled the Eastern Part of the Northern Sea Route

At least six top ice-class Arc7 tankers travelled through the eastern part of the Northern Sea Route in the last days of September and early October. It is the most complicated part of the Arctic shipping route. Normally, ice lies thick in the area until late July and the waters start to freeze again in early October, the Moscow Times reports.  According to the Northern Sea Route Administration, two ships, the Vladimir Vize and Georgy Ushakov were on their way to or from South Korean ports, while the Nikolay Urvantsev, Fedor Litke, Vladimir Rusanov and Vladimir Voronin sailed to and from China. This constitutes almost... (read more)
2019-10-17 10:09:12

360-year-old Shipwreck Revealed Using Virtual Reality

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Exactly 360 years to the day since the Dutch merchant ship Melckmeyt (Milkmaid) was wrecked off a remote Icelandic island, experts have harnessed virtual reality to create a virtual dive of the wreck. The Melckmeyt was on a secret trading mission when it sank during a storm. Digital archaeology specialists from Australia’s Flinders University have worked with maritime archaeologists at the University of Iceland to create a 360-degree virtual view of the wreck, which was discovered in 1992. Caption: A scene from the virtual dive, with divers swimming over the wreck as it appears today, with areas of the wreck... (read more)
2019-10-17 09:17:10

Study Measures How Much of Corals' Nutrition Comes from Hunting

When it comes to feeding, corals have a few tricks up their sleeve. Most of their nutrients come from microscopic algae living inside of them, but if those algae aren't creating enough sustenance, corals can use their tentacles to grab and eat tiny prey swimming nearby. A new study from researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the University of New Mexico, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography is revealing that more of corals' nutrients come from this sort of hunting than previously expected, information that may help predict the fate of coral reefs as global ocean temperatures rise. The... (read more)
2019-10-09 10:10:06

Live Transmissions from the Deep

Exploring the World’s Most Unknown and Least Protected Ocean
Live transmissions from unexplored regions deep below the Indian Ocean have underlined the role that reliable, high-speed broadband is playing at sea in expanding knowledge and promoting a more sustainable future. Live transmissions from unexplored regions deep below the Indian Ocean have underlined the role that reliable, high-speed broadband is playing at sea in expanding knowledge and promoting a more sustainable future. Increasing our knowledge of the marine fauna that populates the depths and the physical systems governing ocean behaviour is essential for a scientific community seeking to better understand climate change and assist political strategies to protect the underwater environment. The remote setting creates challenges for scientists in what are increasingly collaborative endeavours, involving multi-disciplinary teams that are disparately located. Furthermore, researchers are often using advanced instruments that have never... (read more)
2019-10-03 03:25:02

USV Completes First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica

High-quality and Reliable Data Is Needed for Research Use
A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. USV SD 1020 left for the 196-day mission from Southport in Bluff, New Zealand, on 19 January 2019. It returned to the same port on 3 August after sailing over 22,000km (13,670 miles or 11,879 nautical miles) around Antarctica. During the mission, the vehicle survived freezing temperatures, 15m (50ft) waves, 130km/h (80mph) winds... (read more)
2019-10-03 03:08:58

Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Winners Talk Tech in Tokyo with Japanese PM

Prior to being awarded the four million dollar grand prize in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE this May, the members of the international GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team had found precious few opportunities to all meet face to face. For much of their three-year journey in the competition, communication was carried out remotely through email and Skype. A recent visit to Tokyo, however, offered a chance to sit down together and plan their next steps as a team and a broader network of alumni – as well as discuss the importance of ocean mapping with the Japanese Prime Minister. Meeting the PM... (read more)
2019-09-30 01:54:46

Call for Abstracts for the Remote Hydrography Conference

The Hydrographic Society UK is organizing a two-day Remote Hydrography conference at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton (UK) on 6-7 May 2020. The organizers are calling for abstracts. Hydrographic surveying is in the midst of a paradigm shift. The development and adoption of disruptive technologies and solutions are increasing survey capacity, capabilities and productivity like never before, whilst simultaneously reducing the risks and costs involved. Variety of Subjects Autonomous and unmanned aerial, surface and underwater survey platforms, remote survey command and support services, and techniques such as satellite-derived bathymetry (SDB), crowdsourced bathymetry (CSB), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML)... (read more)
2019-09-26 04:13:52
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