OceanTech Asia Pacific

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OceanTech Program (OT 2021)

May 19 - 21, 2021
Zhoushan Campus, Zhejiang University, China

Asia sees ocean business solutions demonstrated live in Zhoushan, China

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OceanTech Program 2021 
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Zhoushan Campus
Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province
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Chennai February 21-24
IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society
Marine Technology Society

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Oceanology International
15-17 March 2022 London Excel

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Zhejiang University
Zhoushan Campus
Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province
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Image: EC-OG First commercial delivery of a new lithium-ion based subsea battery storage system for an autonomous offshore power sea trial 
- EC-OG specializes in intelligent energy     management and storage technologies
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Image: Matheus Couto / Oceanographic Fun Friday / 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference -AWTEC / Suggested by an OceanTech Asia Pacific reader

The waves of Ilha Mãe - Mother Island - in the Itaipu Sound off of the Rio de Janeiro coast in Brazil

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Image: QYSEA  Multi-modal air - sea Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) recently demonstrated for offshore and marine operations at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, Japan
International collaboration by
- KDDI: telecommunications 
- PRODRONE: aerial drones
-  QYSEA: underwater robotics
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Image: offshoreWIND.biz AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Ming Yang Smart Energy continues international expansion by securing its first contract in the Japanese market to deliver three MySE 3.0MW typhoon-proof turbines to a 9 MW Japan Sea offshore wind energy project

- MOU with the United Kingdom government to enter the UK market and establish offshore wind energy manufacturing facilities in the UK signed earlier in December

- Follows recent European orders for the Chinese turbine manufacturer for offshore wind energy projects

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Image: Science Source / IEEE Spectrum Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE - over 400,000 IEEE members in over 160 countries) selection of the top 2021 Artificial Intelligence (AI) articles published in IEEE Spectrum 

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Image: OilPrice.com AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2022

An overview of tidal power generation with large projects set for Canada and United Kingdom
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Image: Doppler Effect by emilegraphics from NounProject.com Ocean College Zhejiang University research team develops prototype underwater long distance acoustic modem

- Led by Professor Qu Fengzhong the modem realized 90 percent of transmission rate at a speed of 3.07 KBps (kiloBytes per second) over 14 km

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Image: Highlander / Data Centre Dynamics China moves forward on undersea data centers to conserve energy off the coasts of Hainan Island and Guangdong

- Guangdong province, a major tech hub which includes the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, has published a five-year plan for its marine economy, which includes a goal to encourage "high energy consuming data centers" into the sea to reduce the energy used in cooling them.

Hainan Port is pushing ahead with plans for a commercial data center using 100 or more pressure vessels, powered by a nearby nuclear power plant. 

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Image: California Institute of Technology / AZo Robotics A Reinforcement Learning algorithm is being utilized to develop an AI technology for oceanic navigation by ocean currents

- Engineers at California Institute of Technology, Harvard University and ETH Zurich are refining the model for use by autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV)

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Image: Ocean by Natasja Buer Toldam from NounProject.com

Offshore Renewable Energy / Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference AWTEC

"...biggest investment in a generation into tidal power." recently announced by the United Kingdom government
-  Will invest £20 (USD26,460,800) million per year in Tidal Stream electricity as part of its flagship renewable energy auction scheme
- The £20 million additional ringfenced budget is for Tidal Stream projects, not Tidal Range (which is a different technology).
- Builds on previous offshore wind development experience: "between the first allocation round in 2015 and the most recent round in 2019, the price per unit (MWh) of offshore wind fell by around 65%."
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Image: A chimney structure from the Sea Cliff hydrothermal vent field located more than 8,800 feet (2,700 meters) below the sea’s surface - Ocean Exploration Trust / Phys.org Suggested by an OceanTech Asia Pacific Reader:

"New possibilities for life at the bottom of Earth's ocean, and perhaps in oceans on other planets"

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Image: Adepth Minerals AS / Ocean News & Technology "FlexiCore" deepsea mineral core sampling technology to be further developed and refined by Adepth Minerals AS with cooperating partners Seabed Solutions and DeepOcean through a USD 1.3 million grant from Innovation Norway
- Key elements include the ability to
- Core in sloping and variable terrain
- Core at an angle from vertical
- Change drilling bits at the seabed
- Take core samples at multiple locations without recovery to the surface 

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Image: Orsted / reNEWS.BIZ AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) teams with offshore wind developer consortium to investigate potential marine environmental impacts from floating offshore wind developments

- If the consortium’s ScotWind bids are successful, future research projects may include:

- How fishing interests and offshore wind can work together to study how fish, marine mammals and seabirds interact with floating offshore wind farms

-  Increasing the role of marine robotics in collecting data before and after the construction of floating offshore wind farms at remote sites

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Image: Eelume/Kongsberg Maritime / Marine Technology News

Robotics / Biomimetics / Autonomy / Inspection Maintenance Repair IMR / Commercialization

Eelume's "Robotic Snake" secures its first commercial deployment with Argeo AS for subsea pipeline inspection

- One Eelume snake robot can usually cover 50-75 square kilometers

- Argeo plans to match the autonomous snake robot to one of its Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USV)

- Argeo looks to replace up to 70% of legacy vessel activities by using the Eelume robot as a resident inspection tool for offshore wind and oil & gas

- Eelume was founded in 2015 with active participation from Kongsberg Maritime from that date onward

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Image: BeeX BeeX, Singapore developer of the Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV) 'A.IKANBILIS', raises a seven-figure seed investment round to operationalize marine autonomy for shallow water, where critical marine infrastructure is under-served

- The round is led by Cap Vista, with participation from
- Quest Ventures – Maritime Fund
- IMC Ventures
- SEEDS Capital
- National University of Singapore

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Image: Clinton & Charles Robertson / Wikimedia Commons

Learning more about a Big Fish by harnessing ocean engineering and technology 

- Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and College of Engineering and Computer Science develop a novel "tag" for documenting the Atlantic goliath grouper's (Epinephelus itajara) fine scale behavior

- Each multi-sensor "tag" includes a three axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer (IMU); a temperature, pressure and light sensor, a video camera and a hydrophone 

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Image: Hydro International During October and November 2020, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) partnered with IIC Technologies and XOCEAN to conduct an uncrewed survey in the world's largest fresh water National Marine Conservation Area in North America's Lake Superior

- Two Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs) were remotely controlled via satellite

- The overall objective was the assess the operational readiness of commercial, 'off the shelf' USV technology in harsh real time conditions

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Image: Sustainability by Lemon Liu from the Noun Project

Renewable Energy / Finance / Investment

International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced in Glasgow a new climate finance initiative - "MPCC", partnering with Allianz through Allianz Global Investors and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority

- USD 3 billion fund combines institutional investor contributions with IFC's own funds

- to scale up climate-responsible financing for private companies in emerging markets

- global platform for climate-smart investment aligned with the Paris Agreement.

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Indian Ocean / Deep Sea / Polymetallic Manganese Nodules / Hydrothermal Sulphides / Cobalt Crust / Gas Hydrates / Chemosynthetic Biodiversity / High Temperature Hydrothermal Vents / Low Temperature Methane Seeps / Tectonic Boundaries

India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) initiates the launch of the country's "Samudrayaan" manned deep ocean program

- The core of the manned submersible vehicle MATSYA 6000  will be a sphere made of special grade titanium alloy of 80mm thick and 2.1m diameter.

- Capable of carrying three crew to depths of 6,000 meters on missions lasting 12 hours with a 96 hour emergency reserve

- Qualification trials are scheduled for December 2024

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Image: Carnegie Clean Energy / Renew Economy Asia Pacific / Offshore Renewable Energy / Wave Energy Conversion / Off Grid / Offshore Platforms / Asian Wave and Tidal Technology Conference AWTEC / Commercialisation

Carnegie Clean Energy funded for wave energy powered moored aquaculture scaled demonstration project

- Project will be a spin off of Carnegie Clean Energy’s CETO wave energy technology

- Funding partners include Huon Aquaculture and Tassal Group, two of Australia’s largest aquaculture companies

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Off Grid Energy Independence
Asia / Offshore Renewable Energy / Wave Energy Conversion / Off Grid / Offshore Platforms / Asian Wave and Tidal Technology Conference AWTEC / Commercialisation

Eco Wave Power moves towards commercialization in China with signing an MOU with CIMC Offshore Engineering Institute Co Ltd (CIMC OEI) to:

- Establish a pilot plant in China utilizing Eco Wave Power's technology

- Explore possibilities for offshore application of the Eco Wave Power technology

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Image: Xinhua (2017)

Polar / Arctic / Robotics / Ice-floe / Tansuo 4500

“Self-contained Chinese robot scoops up soil samples from Arctic Ocean seabed to study Mid-Atlantic Ridge”

- Combined acoustic remote control and automatic guidance

- Developed at the Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

- 12th Chinese high-latitude expedition on the icebreaker MV Xue Long 2

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Image: “Visual Capitalist”

Limnology / Saline Lakes / Fun Friday

The World’s 25 Largest Lakes
- Approximately 100 million lakes with a surface area larger than one hectare (2.47 acres) globally

1        Caspian Sea 143,000 sq mi (371,000km²)        Saline

2       Superior        31,700 sq mi (82,100km²)  Freshwater

3        Victoria         26,590 sq mi (68,870km²)  Freshwater

4        Huron 23,000 sq mi (59,600km²)  Freshwater

5        Michigan       22,000 sq mi (58,000km²)  Freshwater

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Image: Fuad Azminuddin, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) / Teledyne Marine

Friday Fun / Ocean Technology / Global 
Teledyne Marine 
2021 Photo/Data Contest Winners
- Over 80 qualified entries
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Image: CNA

Sustainable Food Production / Environment / Ports and Harbors
A new mode of 'ocean ranching'?

- A floating three-storey glass and steel platform is home to a herd of cows in Rotterdam Harbor; the Floating Farm commenced operations in 2019

- Top level: the cows’ living quarters; Middle level: their milk is turned into cheese, yoghurt and butter; Bottom level: the cheese is matured

- "We are on the water, so the farm moves with the tide - we rise and fall up to 2m. So in case of flooding, we can continue to produce," says Minke van Wingerden.

-‘the farm is set to turn a profit for the first time at the end of 2021, with consumers apparently ready to pay the €1.80 (US$2.12) a litre for milk produced there, compared to around €1 at a supermarket.’

- The cows’ manure is turned into garden pellets

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Image: FINANCER by Vectors Point from the Noun Project

Renewable Energy / Finance / Investment

'HSBC, Temasek launch debt financing platform for sustainable infrastructure'

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Image: The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project  The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in recognition of both organisations’ work to advance our understanding of ocean bathymetry.
Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO to inspire the complete mapping of the world's oceans by 2030, and to compile all bathymetric data into the freely available GEBCO Ocean Map

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Image: National Oceanography Centre / Marine Technology News National Oceanography Centre (NOC – UK) cites success in its four-year SOLSTICE-WIO program in the Zanzibar archipelago of Tanzania to demonstrate how marine robots have the potential to transform ocean research for developing nations

“The results also demonstrate the value of coastal community engagement as part of the technology transfer process, ensuring that local communities, such as artisanal fishing communities that are likely to share the same space as these technologies, are willing to accept a shift in research approaches by national agencies”  Dr Matthew Palmer, Chief Scientist of Marine Autonomous & Robotic Systems, NOC

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Image: Sofar Ocean Technologies / TechCrunch

Commercialization / Standardization / Open Standards / Connectivity / Suggested by an "OceanTech Asia Pacific" Reader

Sofar Ocean Technologies and partners seek to drive ocean technologies and data acquisition with their new Bristlemouth open hardware standard
“The lack of a hardware connectivity standard is a huge hindrance to development and innovation. Today, a large portion of budgets allocated to development of new ocean technologies are spent toward resolving fundamental technical bottlenecks — power, data and communications connectivity — rather than on actual ocean innovation,” CTO Evan Shapiro, Sofar Ocean Technologies

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Image: Lin Ching-lun /  Taipei Times

AWTEC / Offshore Renewable Energy / Asia / Tidal Energy Converters / Ocean Current Energy  Converters / Suggested by an "OceanTech Asia Pacific" Reader

Assessing Taiwan’s ocean current and tidal based electric power generation potentials

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Image: U.S. Navy / Interesting Engineering Flippin' Fun Friday / History of Technology / Acoustics / Oceanography / Suggested by an "OceanTech Asia Pacific" Reader

Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) marks 60 years of flippin' for oceanic research

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Image: North Wind Picture Archives / Alamy / BBC Fun Friday / History of Science / Oceanography / Expedition

'HMS Challenger: The voyage that birthed oceanography'

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Image: 'Crystal' © Ray Collins / Alice Austin / Huck

Fun Friday / Waves / Asian Wave & Tidal Energy Conference AWTEC

‘A day at sea with big wave photographer Ray Collins’

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Image: Asian Development Bank Investment / Green Bonds / Sustainable Finance / Asia / Oceania / Renewable Offshore Energy ORE / Wave Energy / Tidal Energy / Offshore Wind Energy

Asian Development Bank (ADB) issued its first Blue Bond as part of ADB's 2019 'Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies'  which targets to initiate sustainable investments in Asia and the Pacific by committing to invest and provide technical assistance of at least USD $5 billion by 2024.

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Image: Inge Johnsson / Alamy / China Dialogue Ocean

Investment / Green Bonds / Sustainable Finance / Asia / Oceania / Renewable Offshore Energy ORE / Wave Energy / Tidal Energy / Offshore Wind Energy

Do Blue Bonds need new standards?

"Over the past 12 months, Chinese institutions have been arriving on the blue finance scene. Last September, the Bank of China’s Paris and Macau branches issued, respectively, US$500 million (3.2 billion yuan) in three-year blue bonds and US$442.5 million (3 billion yuan) in two-year blue bonds. These proceeds will fund current and future ocean-related projects in China, the UK and France, such as wastewater treatment plants, treating effluents before they are discharged into the sea, and offshore wind power. In November, the Qingdao Water Group issued 300 million yuan (US$46.4 million) of blue bond debt. Chinese institutions have now issued more blue bonds than institutions from any other market."

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A Predicted Ocean

15 – 17 September 2021

"The ocean has an enormous impact on our planet – its climate, food resources, environment and other significant elements of our lives. By understanding the ever-changing conditions, we will get to "A Predicted Ocean" and sustain a healthy ecosystem."

Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in partnership with UNESCO

"The Predicted Ocean Laboratory uses a value chain approach to bring everyone together – from small research groups to large companies, from input suppliers to service providers. Our goal is to address the need for more closely integrated observations and modelling, relevant collaborations around the world and connections to stakeholders and user communities. The laboratory highlights existing gaps and potential solutions for ocean prediction. By embracing the Ocean Decade, the lab innovatively marks a collaborative way forward to establishing a systematic, interdisciplinary ocean prediction, and information systems to benefit society."

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Image: ECOncrete / NoCamels Commercialization / Investment / Private Equity / Carbon Sink / Breakwaters / Ports / Offshore Structures /

ECOncrete, which creates environmentally sound concrete blocks that enhance the biological and ecological value of urban, coastal, and marine infrastructure while increasing their strength and durability, announced it secured more than USD $5 million Series A funding
- Lead investor is Bridges Israel
- New investors include Barclays and a North American family office

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Image: Ocean Aero

Commercialization / Investment / Private Equity / USV / AUV / AUSV / Wind Energy / Solar Energy / Ocean Observation / Data Collection

Ocean Aero Announces Series C Funding for ramping up production of the company’s TRITON Generation III Autonomous Underwater and Surface Vehicle and accelerating development of specialized payload capabilities

- Advantage Capital and the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) led the funding, joining Energy Innovation Capital and WTRMLN Labs, LLC 

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Image: Maxar Technologies / AP

Offshore Energy / Offshore Platforms / Environmental Risk / Environmental Remediation / Tropical Cyclones / Decommissioning

Tropical Cyclone Ida leaves trail of leaking decommissioned offshore pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico
- 240 kmh winds 
-"The area where the spill is located has been drilled for oil and gas for decades. Federal leasing maps show it contains a latticework of old pipelines, plugged wells and abandoned platforms, along with newer infrastructure still in use"

- "The United States Coast Guard said on Monday (Sep 6) it was investigating nearly 350 reports of oil spills in and along the US Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Ida."

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Image: Kongsberg Ferrotec / Offshore Engineer Kongsberg Ferrotech is rolling out a new  self-propelled robotic system - 'Nautilus' - to perform close inspection and in-situ composite repairs on underwater pipelines - expanding soon to include 3D printed repairs 

- The Nautilus subsea habitat is a self-propelled pipeline inspection and repair system delivering DNV qualified composite repairs even for through-wall defects.

- Nautilus technology will be available for commercial applications and operations in Q3 2021

- Under development for over five years

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Image: Vincent West / File Photo / Reuters Siemens Gamesa launches production and commercial use of recyclable offshore wind turbine blades

"Siemens Gamesa, which produces blades up to 125 metres long, uses a resin with a special chemical structure that allows it to separate the other materials, which can then be reused"

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Image: Ronnie Whims, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

ROV / Cooperation / Suggested by an "OceanTech Asia Pacific" Reader

Jason rescued Hercules and Argus, both stranded on the Pacific seafloor in 2,200 meters (7,220 feet) of water off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.

-  ROV 'Hercules' and 'Argus', owned and operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, were servicing Ocean Networks Canada's seafloor instruments at the Endeavor Hydrothermal Field, when the tether connecting them to their support ship, the exploration vessel (E/V) 'Nautilus', separated.

ROV 'Jason', which is owned and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), was engaged on a mission 200 miles (321 kilometres) away.

- Teams at eight Canadian and United States oceanographic organizations assisted in planning and achieving the recovery of 'Hercules' and 'Argus'

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Image: Ecns.cn Research Vessel / Geophysical / Seismic / Survey 

Shiyan 6 (Experiment 6), China's new comprehensive scientific research vessel under the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, sets out on its maiden voyage from Guangzhou through the Pearl River Estuary and the northern area of the South China Sea
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Image: TotalEnergies / Offshore Engineer

Robotics / Offshore Platforms / Commercialization / Asia / Europe / North America / Offshore Energy

'a number of legged and tracked robots made their first steps onto and around offshore facilities in Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway and the US.'
- Total Netherlands 
Taurob Inspector
- BP 
- Boston Dynamics Spot
- Petronas
ANYBotix ANYmal C

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Image: U.S. Geological Survey / Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

Estuary / Coastal Ecosystems / Dams / Suggested by an "OceanTech Asia Pacific" Reader

Measuring human habitation impact on coastal estuaries and bays through time by establishing baselines

Dr Yuanyuan Hong's University of Hong Kong research team used 'tens of thousands of small fossil shells preserved in sediment on the seafloor to reconstruct Hong Kong's marine ecosystem over the last ~50 -- 100 years'

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The Pearl River Delta - Landsat satellite images 1973 - 2019

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Image: MELTIN MMI / Digital Ship

Robotics / Maritime / Commercialization / Asia /

Ahoy! Aye Aye....Robots Onboard!  Global marine transport group Mitsui O.S.K. Lines enters MoU with cyborg technology developer MELTIN MMI to install remotely controlled robots for hazardous environment work areas aboard its vessels
- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)
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Image: Carbon Trust

Commercialization / Offshore Renewable Energy /  Offshore Wind Energy / Offshore Floating Platforms / De-risk / Heavy Lift / Inspection Maintenance Repair / Seabed Mooring

Latest Carbon Trust Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP) report identifies inherent challenges that need to be addressed to maximise the efficiency of commercial-scale floating offshore wind farms:

- Heavy lift maintenance
- Tow-to-port
- Mooring in challenging environments

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Image: Aquaterra Energy / Ocean News & Technology

Offshore Decarbonization / Off Grid Renewable Power / Solar Energy / Wind Energy / Hybrid Renewable Energy / Uncrewed / Autonomous Monitoring / Commercialization

Aquaterra Energy's renewables powered  solution for shallow water "minimums'  offshore monopile oil and gas rig
- Designed for DeNovo Energy Limited for installation off the west coast of Trinidad in Q4 2021 to
- Minimize time:
- for build and implementation
- to first oil or gas
- Reduce:
- capex
- emissions
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Image: Southern Ocean Laboratory / The Maritime Executive

Research Vessel / Autonomous / Automated Launch & Recovery LARS / Navigation / Asia /  "Intelligent Fast Mobile Ocean Stereo Observation System (IMOSOS)" /  Wave Energy / Solar Energy

Autonomous 88 meter research vessel commissioned by Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai, China) to deploy a new "Intelligent Fast Mobile Ocean Stereo Observation System (IMOSOS)" 3D array of autonomous drones on the surface, subsea and in the air
- The 2,000 dwt vessel will be capable of semi-autonomous and autonomous operations
- Twin A-frames for over-the-side operations
More than 50 unmanned systems
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Image: Anna Pellivert / CTECH 

Innovation / Technology Transfer / Commercialization / Universities / Research

'To spur innovation, tech ecosystems can’t afford to overlook academia'
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International Hydrographic Or

Industry News - COPY

Image: Oceanology International/Marine Technology News Ocean Technology Events - Reed Exhibitions

Oceanology International 2020 at ExCel London is rescheduled for December 1 to December 3 2020

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Image: Oceans 2020 Ocean Technology Events - IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society / Marine Technology Society

Oceans 2020 Singapore at Marina Bay Sands Convention Center is rescheduled for August 11 to August 14 2020

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Image: SAUVC Ocean Technology Events - SAUVC

Singapore AUV Challenge - SAUVC 2020 - Singapore, August 14 to August 17
7 Years * 19 Countries * 93 AUVs * 0 Controls - Completely Autonomous

SAUVC is organised by IEEE OES Singapore with support of National University of Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic

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Image: Mocean Energy via RECHARGE
Wave Energy
 "...a genuine opportunity to showcase the potential for renewable energy to power a subsea application.”

Being launched by North Sea developer Chrysaor , the pilot project's partners include Mocean Energy (Blue Star wave energy converter),  EC-OG (HALO system for powering subsea tiebacks and offshore AUVs), Modus (AUV operator) and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (Scotland).

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Image: Science Alert "...challenges to actuation, control, and power requirements in soft robotics."

Bionic jellyfish may soon be swiming in a sea near you

"...this biohybrid robot uses 10 to 1000 times less external power per mass than other aquatic robots reported..."

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Image: Offshore Engineer and Heerema Marine Contractors Ocean Engineering Southeast Asia and Australia - Offshore Platforms

"...decommissioning, followed by renewable energy and then conventional oil and gas, are the top three opportunities" 

"...a million tonnes of steel to be removed and thousands of wells to be sealed"

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Image: DNV GL Marine Acoustic Pollution

Norway based global marine accredited registrar and classifical society,  DNV GL, addresses growing levels of noise from human operations at sea

Ocean University of China's scientific research vessel 'DONG FANG HONG 3' awarded 'SILENT-R', achieving the strictest levels

Image: ON&T Sustainable Fishery and Fishery Management

Aker BioMarine deploys Sailbuoy wind and solar USV to harvest big data for Antarctic krill fishery management

"the use of the ocean data drone significantly reduces the financial and environmental costs of searching for krill. All the data collection carried out by the drone has a carbon footprint of zero."

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Image: Ocean Infinity Technology & Sustainability

A new "armada" of technologically advanced Unmanned Surface Vehicles by Ocean Infinity will take to the seas this year.

Each USV will be capable of launching and recovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and be fully equipped for offshore data acquisition and intervention down to a depth of 6,000 meters.

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 : Hydroid - REMUS 600 High-Resolution Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (HISAS) 2040 Image. Image is 20m x 20m and has a resolution of 2cm x 2cm. Edge Computing

Hydroid adds an in-mission processor on a REMUS 600 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) 

Post mission data downloading time significantly reduced

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 Image: Science  - LWM/NASA/LANDSAT/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO Blue energy

Unlocking the energy potential of  estatuaries

 Utilizing chemical differences between fresh- and saltwater to generate electricity

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Image: NOAA/Wikimedia

Five papers on Maritime Issues presented at the Institute of Navigation’s (ION) annual ION GNSS+ conference September 16–20 2019 

Summaries and link from GPS World

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 Traditional drifters and small SPOT Trace buoys - photo credit: E. Zettler NIOZ / ON&T Space Tracking

Seaweed and Satellites 
NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Utrecht University reseachers are using Globalstar Satellite Trackers to untangle the Sargassum mystery

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Image: Hydromea’s LUMA modem. Hydromea; Offshore Engineer 
Ocean Technology Trends

"A rising march of miniaturization in Subsea Tech" 
"Smaller remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and smaller autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are growing in number and in turn driving smaller technologies that support them."

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Image: Deploying SeaRaptor - ON&T, Teledyne Gavia

SeaRaptor autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), successfully completes client's sea acceptance testing
Teledyne Marine's 6,000M rated AUV included Teledyne instrumentation: acoustic modems, ascent and descent weight releases, a black box pinger locator, sub-bottom profiler, multi-beam echosounders, obstacle avoidance multi-beam sonar, Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), Current, Temperature, and Depth sensor (CTD) , and onboard processing software.  Also carried by the SeaRaptor delivered: Edgetech Side Scan Sonar with Dynamic Focus capability, an iXblue Phins 6K INS system, and a CathX Camera and strobe system.
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Ocean Observation

Space based Lidar cloud scanning data repurposed to reveal new insights to the earth’s greatest animal migration

The diel vertical migration is critical for carbon sequestration in the deep ocean.

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Image: Del Mar Oceanographic Ocean Measurements

 “The challenge is to see enough of the ocean in a single experiment that we can figure out how it works,”
Dr. Robert Pinkel, Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and co-founder of Del Mar Oceanographic

Lower cost, wave powered solution uses fewer moving parts and functions as a "Force Multiplier".
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Ship Design

Oldendorff  Carriers and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms set out to investigate disruptive improvements in ship design and propulsion 

"Anticipated research areas include morphing structures, hydrodynamic cloaking, moving boundary layers, and alternative energy sources."

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Image: Kracken Robotics, Inc
Subsea Power

New pressure tolerant hot swappable batteries rated at 20 kWh each from Kraken Robotics successfully tested on several missions over 5,000 meters depth and one mission lasting over 100 hours on Ocean Infinity's Kongsberg Hugin AUVs.

Unique pressure tolerant gel encapsulation technology for lithium polymer batteries provides an attractively priced, more environmentally friendly alternative

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SD 1020 on its voyage aro und Antartica
Image: Saildrone/Popular Mechanics
Autonomous navigation and vehicles

UPDATE - Antarctica Autonomous Circumnavigation Voyage - More of the Story

- Three vessels set out; two encountered severe difficulties and autonomously returned to base; one vessel - SD 1020 - completed the 22,000 kilometer autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica.

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Image: National Satellite Oceanic Application Center Satellite Oceanic Remote Sensing 

Color and water temperature gallery released by China's National Satellite Oceanic Application Center

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   Image: Laurel Technologies World War II Memorial Service - sinking of the 'Lisbon Maru' off of Zhoushan



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A tugboat will go at it (almost) alone in 2020

ABB, in collaboration with Keppel O&M’s technology arm Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech) will jointly develop the technology for autonomous vessels and retrofit a 32-metre tugboat with digital solutions

"The intent of our technology is not to entirely remove the crew, but rather to relieve the crew from the tasks that can be automated and thus enable them to perform at their best during critical operations,” 

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Shanghai’s municipal government issued Opinions on the Further Promotion of Foreign Investment in Shanghai

investment liberalization and facilitation of Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) and Lingang New Area 

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Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone Expansion

Lingang area is located in the southeast tip of Shanghai and is already home to over 500 projects, which include the presence of leading foreign companies like Tesla, General Electric (GE), and Siemens AG.

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Ocean Industry News

New low visibility ROV scanning imaging sonar for navigation and related tasks is now on the market

Blue Robotics’ Ping360 sonar is a compact and economical mechanical scanning sonar featuring an open communication interface facilitating other applications using its data.

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  Ocean Industry Event:

The 5th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (AWTEC 2020), to be held in November 8 - 12, 2020 in Hobart, Lutruwita (Tasmania), Australia. 

Abstract Submissions Open September 26, 2019

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Ocean Industry Investment:

Survey technology company and energy producer combine forces in quest to disrupt ocean bottom seismic data acquisition.

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Ocean Industry News

New Wave Glider Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) is more robust with simplified
pre-launch operations including streamlined storage, transport, and mobilization.

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China's first domestically built polar icebreaker "Xuelong 2," or "Snow Dragon 2", berths at its home port in Shanghai, east China, July 23, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Jiansong)

 Xuelong 2 (Snow Dragon 2) to set off on its maiden voyage to Antartica in October

China's first domestically built polar icebreaker will begin its journey during the seventh China Marine Economy Expo, Oct.14 - 17 from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

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China Ocean Industry Events  
2019(第四届)青岛国际海洋科技展览会 2019(4th)Qingdao International Ocean Science & Technology Exhibition 24-26 September 2019      http://www.ostexpo.com/  
2nd International Symposium on Marine Engineering Geology(ISMEG2019) Dalian
18-20 Oct 2019                 http://ismeg2019.dlut.edu.cn  

Chinese Society of Oceanography

The 11th China (Hainan) International Marine Industry Exposition  iOCEANS CHINA 2019

25-27 Oct 2019         
第七届Oi China中国展(上海国际海洋技术与工程设备展览会)
Oceanology International China  Shanghai
13-15 Nov 2019     https://www.oichina.com.cn/zh-cn.html  
第八届世界海洋大会BIT's 8th Annual World Congress of Ocean (WCO-2019)  Xiamen 2-4, Nov 2019       http://www.bitcongress.com/WCo2019/welcomemessage.asp  
Marintec China 2019 Shanghai
3-6 Dec 2019       https://www.marintecchina.com  
China Maritime  Beijing
26-28 Mar 2020     http://www.chinamaritime.com.cn/  

The ESP prior to its placement in the autonomous vehicle that will take it to sea. © 2018 MBARI

eDNA autonomously collected by laboratory carrying UAV

"The merging of robotics, DNA analytics and marine operations will lead to a transformation in how we do ocean sciences"

 - Jim Birch, who oversees the MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) group that developed the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP)

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First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica 

The mission, sponsored by the Li Ka Shing Foundation,  completes pioneering 22,000 kilometre (13,670 miles) autonomous voyage around Antarctica, encountering freezing temperatures, 15-meter (50-foot) waves, 130 km/h (80 mph) winds, and collisions with giant icebergs.

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Engineers developing a radical design for a super-fast robot submersible 

"Developers said the prototype will be capable of 10 knots and could dive to a depth of 1,000 metres (3,281 feet) – or surface from that depth – at about three metres a second, taking about 5½ minutes."

"Bold" design poses many hard questions for the research team

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Man-Portable Multibeam USV Unveiled by Picotech

"Combined with a small COTS USV, such as Seafloor Systems' HyDrone USV, PicoPOD is the only man-portable multibeam USV on the market.”

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Electricity-Driven Undersea Reactions May have Been Important for the Emergence of Life

Scientists from the Tokyo Institute of Technology/Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) discover unusual chemical reactions in deep sea environment laboratory simulations.

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EdgeTech performs high resolution  side scan sonar imaging for inspection and mapping of a key transportation canal 

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Is my fish your fish?  Or, is your fish my fish?

How the world's fisheries are interconnected

International researchers used their expertise in oceanography, fish biology, and economics and combined data from satellites, ocean moorings, ecological field observations, and marine catch records, to build a computer model of how eggs and larvae of over 700 species of fish all over the world are transported by ocean currents.

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Zhejiang University participates in the UK-China ORE project, an industrial and educational partnership between the UK and China for the Offshore Renewable Energy sector.

Research on five collaborative, interdisciplinary projects aiming to tackle key technology and engineering challenges affecting the development of ORE systems presented at the UK-China Joint Renewable Energy Conference July 8-9 in Qingdao

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Global Ocean Observing System Report Card 2019:

US$ 1,500,000,000,000/year – estimated Ocean Economy in 2030

2,000,000 Temperature and Salinity profiles acquired in 20 years by the Argo program

8,933 in situ ocean observing platforms

170 satellites continuously monitor the global ocean and atmosphere

86 countries involved in ocean observations

18 Ocean and 9 Atmosphere Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) observed

Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

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Image: CC0 Public Domain "Nitrogen is of fundamental importance for life on Earth. Depending on the forms and compounds in which it occurs, it can promote life, but also limit it." 

Oceanic nitrogen cycle research moves on board research vessels MARIA S. MERIAN and METEOR in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel 

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Photo: A crescent-shaped dust plume off the west coast of northern Africa. Credit: NASA

“How healthy is your ocean?”

iAtlantic, the largest study ever of the Atlantic Ocean,involving researchers from 33 institutions across Europe, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Canada and the US in a new multidisciplinary research program seeking to assess the health of deep-sea ecosystems across the full span of the Atlantic Ocean. Work will span the full scale of the Atlantic basin, from the tip of Argentina in the south to Iceland in the north, and from the east coasts of USA and Brazil to the western margins of Europe and Africa.

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Autonomous data collection:

Ocean researchers from around the globe are quietly working with Mermaids (and have been for over 10 years) to learn much more about the earth’s active seismic events

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USV Maxilimer - XPRIZE Diverse, multi-national team clinches Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE for Advancements in Autonomous Ocean Exploration

“The Team is characterized by its diversity, from its global distribution, to diverse backgrounds ranging from ocean mapping, hydrography, geology, engineering, boat design, software development, physics and computer science that includes representatives of academic institutions, national hydrographic offices, industry and non-profit organizations.”
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Ocean mapping - XPRIZE The team, strategy and the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE
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OT海洋人才荟的事业平台于OT 2019项目中诞生,持续为中国海洋界服务

OT 2019项目于2019年5月16日在浙江大学舟山校区举行一连三天的集学术会议、海洋高新技术装备展览、海上和实验室现场产品演示、技术交流会、人才招聘等综合性国际盛事。OT项目旨在依托中国海洋界自身的力量,让海洋界的专家、学者、科研机构、企事业单位等交流、学习、合作,建立新资源,聚焦国家在海洋技术装备领域的重大需求,为加速提升国家海洋技术装备水平作出贡献。同时为年轻人的发展提供机会,让年他们能在中国海洋界一大盛事当中接触顶尖的科学家和科技人员。OT海洋人才荟的事业平台由此诞生,将持续地为中国海洋界提供服务!目前发布招聘信息的单位和企业包括:上海交通大学海洋学院、厦门大学近海海洋环境科学国家重点实验室、浙江大学海洋学院、浙江国际海运职业技术学院、劳雷海洋、青岛海研电子有限公司、天津科技大学海洋与环境学院。有关招聘信息請按这..



OceanTech Program
OT 2019
Zhejiang University
Zhoushan Campus

May 16 - 18 2019
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OT 2021 set for May 19-21 at  Zhejiang University's Ocean College Campus in Zhoushan


LIVE Demos Drive OT 2019 Program at Zhejiang University's Zhoushan Campus

OT 2021 set for May 19-21 at Zhejiang University's Ocean College Campus in Zhoushan

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“Slam-dunk” OT 2019 Program conducted live on Zhejiang University Zhoushan Campus

Dates set for OT 2021 – May 19-21

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Experts to consider a broad range of technological advancements in applications
Speakers announced for the International OceanTech Symposium May 16 at Zhejiang University Zhoushan Campus...
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University forum dives deep into collaboration and technological disruption to solve oceanic mysteries
PolyU hosts the first-of-its-kind international Marine Robotics Forum in HK

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WOC SMART Ocean-SMART Industries Program Assists to Promote Nippon Foundation - GEBCO Training Program in Ocean Bathymetry

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Be There for LIVE Demonstrations!!

LIVE Demons and research entities exhibiting at OceanTech 2019  (May 16-18, Zhejiang University Zhoushan Campus).  Among exhibitors: South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry and Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Ocean University of China …. Click for more


OceanTech 2019 in Action-- view live demos at Zhejiang University's Zhoushan Campus May 16 - 18

Seven Live Demos confirmed :
1. Live demo of Multibeam survey demo coordinated with Zhejiang University's Zijingang survey ship as mother vessel, carrying R2Sonic 2024, arrayed with two USVs -- 5.5m and 3m -- each with an R2sonic 2022 or 2024 on board…..
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OceanTech 2019 Program (OT 2019) –
May 16-18, 2019
The organizer announces the Program’s partnering organizations
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International Marine Industrial Partners
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The water in the deep ocean can provide insight and help unlock the earth's mysteries....
The long memory of the Pacific Ocean
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Beyond oil….Norway scans the seabed for minerals... ...
Norway Finds Deepsea Mineral Deposits
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Some of the most advanced AUVs and ROVs in the making may appear to be very familiar to you...
Octopus-Inspired Robots Can Grasp, Crawl, and Swim
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Three different approaches to enhancing robotic functionality
Three creepy, yet useful robots for rescue missions and deep space travel
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New Strands for Seismologists?

The seafloor cables that ferry internet
traffic across oceans could be used to collect data.
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A high precision airborne magnetic survey in September 2017 transformed into a mission for Fang Li, CEO of oceanographic systems provider Laurel Technologies.  Using a Flying-Cam SARAH 4.0 UAV platform integrated with Scintrex CS-VL Cesium-Vapor Magnetic sensor and the AARC51 adaptive aeromagnetic real-time compensator from RMS Instruments, a survey was performed over open-ocean near Zhoushan.   It located a shipwreck, subsequently identified as the Lisbon Maru, a WW2 Japanese freighter sunk on October 1, 1942. The survey led to Fang's quest to unfold 1834 untold stories belonging to 828 forgotten soldiers behind this ship that sank 76 years ago.
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Chinese Community Launches International OceanTech Program in the Nation's Leading Marine Cluster. Click for FULL STORY