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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

Special Thanks to our OT 2019 Patron

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Industry News

6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2022

September 11-16, 2022 Hangzhou, China

OceanTech Program 2021 May 19 - 21  
Zhejiang University
Zhoushan Campus
Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province

Final Program Guide
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Ashtead Technology invests over £1m in new EdgeTech sonar technology
The new systems include:

- The 2050-DSS Side Scan and Sub Bottom System, Edgetech's latest which comes complete with a combined towfish, digital telemetry that runs over a single coaxial cable, a 19-inch rack mount topside interface, and EdgeTech’s DISCOVER acquisition software.
-  Also included in Ashtead Technology's upgrade are the 4205-Tri-Frequency Side Scan Sonar System, the 4200-Side Scan Sonar System, the 2205-ROV Side Scan and Sub Bottom System
- Ashtead Technogy is a global subsea equipment solutions specialist with 10 international operations

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Offshore / Renewable Energy / Green Hydrogen / Commercialization

Could offshore renewable energy + hydrogen  renew both the global environment and the global post-COVID 19 economy?

- Italy is now budgeting for its development

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids launches new transformers for floating offshore wind power

- 'floating systems come with their own challenges. Floating structures are constantly in motion, exposed to vibrations and shocks from waves up to 15 meters in height; 365 days a year, for their whole lifetime.'

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Image: Subnero / Echo Magazine Subnero introduces a new class of acostic multichannel modems
- Capable of transmitting and recording arbitrary waveforms

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Image: C-Max / Vigo Winch Moving vessel profiling from C-Max enables water column sampling without stopping ith new Vigo Winch

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Image: Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) Rivers, estuaries, and bays of China from Space - 14 images captured by China's Gaofen-1 (GF-1) high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite published by the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

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Offshore Wind Energy / Floating Foundation 

MingYang Smart Energy unveils its new MySE5.5MW floating turbine
- First floating foundation offshore wind turbine design in China
- Designed for harsh South China Sea environment - typhoons and extreme waves
- Assembled at MingYang’s Yangjiang manufacturing facility
- Demonstrator will be installed at China Three Gorges’ 400 MW Yangxi Shapa III offshore wind farm.

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Image: Simec Atlantis / Renews  Tidal Energy 

Simec Atlantis Energy's Japan project passes local pre-use inspection tests

-  Installed in January 2021, it has generated more than 90 megawatt-hours of power
-  AR500 tidal turbine is installed at Naru Island, Japan
- Now recognised as an official power generation facility

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Limnology / Potamology / Land Hydrology / Physical Geography
Southern China's Annual River Floods

- Fang Li, Founder and CEO of Laurel Industries, referred to southern China’s annual river flooding problem during the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) sponsored inaugural OceanTech China Market Roundtable last week during OceanTech Program 2021 in Zhoushan.

Will conditions worsen?
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Remote Monitoring / Seafloor / Offshore Oil & Gas / Plate Tectonics
Sonardyne’s 'Seabed Deformation Monitoring System' brings it recognition with the United Kingdom’s highest business award, a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on advice of the Prime Minister

The Seabed Deformation Monitoring System:

- Detects and records minute changes to seabed topography over very long time periods

- Utilizes a network of instruments deployed on the seabed to measure underwater horizontal distances and vertical depths
- Engineered using low power electronics, long life batteries, wireless communications, and pressure tolerant housings
- Can be remotely operated from over-the-horizon for over a decade
- Supplied to industry and academia starting in 2007

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Image: insider.co.uk Renewable Energy / Tidal Energy / European Marine Energy Centre EMEC

'World’s most powerful tidal turbine' launched by Orbital Marine Power in Scotland 

- 2MW  10 meter blades  600+ meters swept area
- 680 tonnes  74 meters long hull 
- Retractable legs with twin 1MW power generating nacelles
- Low-cost access to all major components 
- TEXO Fabrication managed the turbine build
- Osprey Heavy Lift managed the transfer 
- After commissioning 'Orbital O2' will be connected to the EMEC in the Orkney Islands

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Image: Minesto/Offshore Engineer Renewable Energy / Tidal Energy / IP Intellectual Property / Commecialization / Faroe Islands

'Marine Kite' technology developed by Minesto granted an additional patent for new technology adding flexibilty to its operating depths
- 'the only verified marine power plant that operates cost efficiently in areas with low-flow tidal streams and ocean currents.'

- 'Deep Green' ocean energy technology is now protected by 11 patent families
- Minesto (Sweden) now has 92 approved patents
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Image: Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

AUV / Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle / Littoral Operations / Extreme Environment Exploration

Developing a 'Spherical Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Shipwreck Interior Exploration'. Key attributes include:
- smooth, spherical hull with 360-degree sensor coverage
- a fixed, upward-angled thruster core
- inherent buoyancy
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Image: University of Hong Kong's BREED robotic team/ University of Hong Kong HKU Robotics / Soft Robotics / Biomimiocry / Biomimetics / HKU
University of Hong Kong student engineering team again snaps robotic fish world speed record
“By using flexible and soft methods in the tail design, we achieved our present record from the original 1.2m/s. This is the key to underwater propulsion.” - Timothy Ng, HKU mechanical engineering graduate BREED robotic team leader
- 2.18 meters per second on 50 meter swim - HKU's 'SNAPP'
- 2.39 meters per second on 50 meter swim - Olympian Cesar Cielo
- 2.10 meters per second on 50 meter swim - Olympian Michael Phelps

- 1.0 meters per second Harvard's 'Tunabot'
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Image: One of the MANTA data products allowing standardized analysis of ocean sounds / University of New Hampshire UNH Acoustics / Subsea Environment / Sensing / Communication
Developing "standardized methods for collecting, processing and reporting ocean sound levels.” is the goal of a new project lead by an international team at the University of New Hampshire

- “Sound is the dominant sensory mode for marine life and humans for sensing the underwater environment, so understanding how the background ocean sound levels are changing will provide insight into how sensory systems (both biological and electronic) are impacted.” - Jennifer Miksis-Olds, research professor and director of UNH’s Center for Acoustics Research and Education. 

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Image: Diane Rivet Sladen et al. nature com. 2019 / Marine Technology News Distributed Acoustic Sensing DAS / Interferometry / Fiber Optic Sensing / Marine Seismology

Lighting up the ocean's dark cables to listen to the seafloor - an update

- "there’s no way to measure what’s happening on the seafloor using remote sensing"

- "currently only possible to use the first 50-100 km of a cable"

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Image: Ocean News & Technology UXO / Offshore Engineering / Offshore Platforms / Offshore Renewable Energy / ALARP
Avoiding unwanted surprises from undetected Unexploded Ordinance - UXO
- "T
he marine environment is home to an estimated 1.3 million tonnes of UXO

-  If you extracted all the UXO devices in the marine environment and placed them end to end, the line of munition would stretch from Amsterdam to Hong Kong
- 95 % of potential targets listed during a typical UXO survey turn out to be false positives"

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AI / Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Data Analysis

Would a 'balanced education' be a benefit for creating Artificial Intelligence?
- 'First, researchers from Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, China, compared different neural networks to find out how well they perform at art classification.'
- 'Then they asked the different neural network models to identify the art style of other images'
- 'The difference between buildings and nature is obvious to us, but to a computer, they both look like images with similar elements of “outside”.'
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Image: Nova Innovation Renewable Energy / Turbines /Tidal Energy
Nova Innovation is putting tidal energy to work in Scotland while expanding overseas

- Islanders charge up with tidal power in the remote Shetland Islands 
- Scotch whisky to be distilled by tidal power in the Sound of Islay in the Hebridean islands
- 1.5 MW tidal energy project in Nova Scotia in the Petit Passage at the gateway of the Bay of Fundy under construction with Phase I scheduled to go live this year.
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Image: Bourbon/Offshore Engineer Offshore Renewable Energy / Floating Foundation / Wind Turbine
Assembly and towing times for modular "building block" floating wind turbine foundation are measured in days or weeks instead of months
- Bourbon Subsea Services has won a contract with TetraSpar Demonstrator ApS, to manage the transportation and installation of the 3.6 MW Floating Wind Turbine prototype off Norway.

 - each foundation is assembled from tubular steel modules, most of which are common to all configurations.
- manufacturing takes place in factories using industrialized methods, and their assembly near the site as well as towing are measured in days or weeks, instead of months
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Dylan Davis, Dani Buffa, Amy Wrobleski/Hydro International
Artificial Intelligence AI / Machine Learning / Data / Bathymetry / Hydrography / Sonar /  Radar / Lidar / Computer Expectations / Marine Archeology / Sinkhole Extraction Algorithm

"Hydrological Algorithms Help to Uncover Sunken History"

"With breakthroughs in remote sensing technology (specifically sonar and radar), researchers have been able to acquire highly resolved maps of ocean floors. Consequently, we can also locate cultural objects - like shipwrecks – sitting on the bottom of oceans, lakes and other bodies of water."

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Image: Hydro International Artificial Intelligence AI / Marine Geomatics / Data / Bathymetry / Hydrography / Commercial Marine Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) 

Artificial Intelligence emerging in Hydrography
"With the ever-increasing and affordable availability of capacity and computing power to process and store data, the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) in marine geomatics, ocean sciences and hydrography is palpable."

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Image: Sonardyne/Marine Technology News Offshore Subsidence / Sensors / Large-scale Seabed Monitoring / High Speed Acoustic Modem 

Next generation in-situ self-calibrating long endurance  Fetch Ambient-Zero-Ambient (AZA) pressure monitoring transponders (PMTs) deployed at scale by Sonardyne at Shell Ormen Lange offshore field in the southern part of the Norwegian Sea
- "In-situ calibration unlocks the ability to be able to monitor seafloor subsidence with centimetric accuracy for up to 10 years, without a loss of precision or any need for retrieval and recalibration of the sensors"
- "A unique control system periodically cycles the pressure sensor from ambient seabed pressure to near-zero, enabling comparison to a highly accurate low-pressure reference sensor for calibration. The reference sensor is never subjected to ambient pressure and is accurate to changes of less than a millibar, or about 1cm of head of water"
- 120 km offshore 800 – 1,100 m water depth
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Image: Guorui Li / New Scientist

Robotics / Soft Robotics / Pressure Tolerant Electronics (PTE) /

Silicone rubber soft robot uses wings to “fly” through the deepest portions of the ocean:

- Free swimming through the South China Sea at a depth of 3,224 metres reaching speeds of 5 centimetres a second

- Tested tethered for 45 minutes at depths reaching 10,900 metres in the Mariana Trench

- 22 centimetres long and 28 centimetres in wingspan, based on the snailfish

- Developed by a team led by Guorui Li at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China Click for more

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Image:Marine Energy Wales/International Water Power & Dam Construction Renewable Energy Generation / Tidal Energy Generation / Wave Energy Generation
Update on Tidal and Wave Power Projects
"A number of firms and organisations are working together to push forward the development of wave and tidal power projects, while investments are being secured for new projects and other schemes are demonstrating their feasibility."

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Image: Eelume/CNN Business  Robotics / Inspection Maintenance & Repair / Subsea Residency /

Robotic snake eyes subsea IMR
- Eelume is a flexible,dexterous robotic arm body 6 meters long with cameras mounted on both ends
- Interchangeable modular construction capable of operating tools and intervention tasks
- Subsea residency (at up to 500 meters) for up to 6 months
- Transit range of up to 20 kilometers 
- Eelume's partners include Kongsberg, Equinor and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

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Image: Zhao Qiang / Floornature Zhejiang University / International / Architecture / Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang / UAD

An architectural look at Zhejiang University's new International Campus
- Chief architects: Dong Danshen, Lao Yanqing
- Architects: Ye Changqing, Chen Jian, Chen Yu, Lu Ji, Yang Yidong, Hu Huifeng
- Area: 66.67 hectares (666,700 sqm)
- Total construction area: 399,231.31 sqm

- Inaugurated in 2017 and completed at the end of 2020

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         Image: Or Haviv, Partner and Head of Ventures, Arieli Capital. Photo: Hadar Yakov/CTECH

Ocean Economy / Ocean Technology / Ocean Sustainability / Ocean Economic Benefits / Global Blue Economy

"The development of ocean technologies is doubly important for us – ecologically and economically," explains Or Haviv, Partner and Head of Ventures at Arieli Capital

" The global economic value of the ocean is estimated at ~ USD$ 24 trillion. Studies demonstrate that the ocean is ranked seventh among the world’s ten leading economies, generating USD$ 2.5 trillion of goods and services per year."

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Image: isol8/Offshore Engineer Materials / Decommissioning / Plugging / Abandonment / Offshore Wells / Platforms / Applied Technology / Applied Materials Science

High costs of decommissioning spur development of new materials and techniques for wells' plugging and abandonment
Costing millions with no direct ROI in sight, plugging and abandonment account for about 49% of wells’ total decommissioning costs
  "Well decommissioning activity outstripped exploration,        appraisal, and development activity combined on the UK Continental Shelf for the fourth year running" - Kenny McAllister, Aberdeen section chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
- isol8: metallurgically bonded-alloy barrier technology
- BiSN: thermite melted bismuth-based alloy plugs
- WellStrøm: electrically melted bismuth alloy 
- Interwell Cannseal: epoxy annular isolation technology
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Image: Global Wind Energy Council website Renewable Energy / Offshore Wind Energy / Offshore Platforms

Over 6 GW New Offshore Wind Power Generating Capacity Installed Globally in 2020 - Matching pre-COVID 2019 level - Global Wind Energy Council
  • China – 3,060 MW
  • Netherlands – 1,493 MW
  • Belgium – 703 MW
  • UK – 483 MW
  • Germany – 237 MW
  • South Korea – 60 MW
  • Portugal – 17 MW (floating)
  • US – 12 MW
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Image: CorPower/Marine Technology News Renewable Energy / Wave Energy / Marine Energy / Finance / Blue Economy / Green Technology / Investment

Surf's Up! for CorPower's wave energy technology with 9 million Euros new funding led by Midrock for commercial scale demonstration

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Image: Ocean Infinity/Marine Technology News Robotics / Systems Integration / Platforms Integration / Autonomy / USV / AUV /Surveying /Remote Operation

Robots exploring the open ocean, launching, directing and recovering multiple robots

 "Back in 2017, Ocean Infinity made a novel move; deploying six autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), instead of just one, from a single vessel, vastly increasing the ground that could be covered in a single survey. Now the firm is taking the use of remote, robotic systems a significant step further."

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Image: Sonardyne/Marine Technology News Offshore / Uncrewed Surface Vessel / USV / Sensing / Data Acquisition / Offshore Wind Industry

Sonardyne and HydroSurv Unmanned Survey collaborate on a new end to end seabed data to shore service based on HydroSurv’s REAV-40 USV coupled with seafloor and vessel-mounted instruments from Sonardyne:
- Self-transiting USV
- Acoustic positioning of and data harvesting from seabed instruments

- Real-time acquisition of geo-referenced current profile data
- Secure cloud-based systems
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Hydrokinetic Energy / Wave Energy / Tidal Stream Energy / Renewable Energy 

Tidal and Wave Energy Generation -  Crucial Technologies for Green Power Grids?
- "global wave and tidal stream energy production rose tenfold between 2009 and 2019"
- "wave energy itself has proven difficult to harness...The key problem is variability"

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Offshore Floating Platforms / Renewable Energy / Offshore Wind Energy / Semi-submersible / Desalination

Floating offshore wind turbine powered desalination plant being developed for first deployment later this year

- SYNLIFT Industrial Products is leading the project with partners thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, CRIST Shipyard, SYNLIFT Industrial Products, and, technology partners Prysmian Group, Boll & Kirch Filterbau, AEROVIDE, StoGda Ship Design & Engineering, EMS Maritime Offshore
- Three module sizes: 15,000, 30,000 or 50,000 m3 per day
- Middle East deployment expected
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Image: Oregon State University/Offshore Engineer Hydrokinetic Energy / Wave Energy / Renewable Energy

PacWave South project moves forward to become the United States' first federally permitted grid connected ocean wave energy testing facility

- Pacific Ocean location about 11 kilometers southwest of Newport, Oregon
- Four test berths to support up to 20 floating or underwater wave energy converters - installed capacity not to exceed 20 megawatts
- Facility construction and operations to be managed by Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
- Operations starting in 2023
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Pollution / Environment / Robotics / Commercialization / Inland Waterways / Coastal Regions

Clearbot cuts ocean pollution by scooping through one square kilometer of surface water / grabbing 200 liters of waste at a time in key pollution conduits- coastal areas and inland waterways
-  Hong Kong based Open Ocean Engineering's aquatic robot, Clearbot, launched in 2019, utilizes a computer vision system to spot trash and litter.
- Remote or autonomous operation - team operation enabled
- 48 hours per battery charge
- Clearbot will automatically return to its docking station to empty its full refuse bin or if its battery charge is low
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Image: Hydro-International Ocean Observation /  Data and Knowledge Sharing / China / European Union

The National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS) of China and the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), providing a clear framework for joint efforts underway efforts through the EMOD-PACE and CEMDNET projects:
I. The sharing of available in-situ, earth observation and modelled marine data;
II. The exchange of knowledge and best practices related to marine data and information product R&D and associated technology;
III. The development and implementation of common work plans between NMDIS and EMODnet in relation to ocean reanalysis, seabed habitat mapping, ecological vulnerability and coastal zone adaptation.

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AUV / Autonomous Underwater Vehicle / Synthetic Aperture Sonar / Wide Swath Multibeam Echo Sounder / Sub-bottom Profiler / Magnetometer

15 day mission potentionial with new Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN Endurance AUV - a single vehicle is capable of mapping areas up to 1,100 square kilometers in one mission.

- Broadband high spead digital data transmission when surfaced
- Payloads can include a variety senors

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Image: Danish Energy Agency Renewable Energy / Offshore Wind Energy / Green Electricity

Denmark moves forward with North Sea artificial island for new offshore wind energy hub

- "The energy hub in the North Sea will be the largest construction project in Danish history."
- Initial projected capacity is 3 gigawatt and will be operational around 2033
- The new energy hub is projected to produce and store enough green energy to cover the electricity needs of 3 million European households.
- The island energy hub and associated offshore windfarms will be located at least 80 km west of the coast of Jutland. Around 200 wind turbines are expected in the first phase of the project.
- Estimated cost is 210 billion Danish crowns (USD$ 33.9 billion) 

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Image: Sonardyne/Marine Technology News Autonomous Navigation / Global Navigation Satellite Systems GNSS / Navigation / Inertial Navigation System INS / Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GNSS / USV ROV AUV UUV / Doppler Velocity Log  DVL /Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler ADCP 

Sonardyne demonstrated a SEA-KIT X class USV augmentred with their SPRINT-Nav, a hybrid acoustic-inertial navigation system matched against a USV equipped with RTK GNSS in British trial

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Image: Sustainable Marine Energy/Hellenic Shipping News Renewable Energy / Tidal Energy / Floating Platform
Edinburgh, Scotland based Sustainable Marine Energy's Bay of Fundy floating tidal energy platform project in Grand Passage on Digby Neck, Nova Scotia, Canada is the third recent attempt to tap into the Bay's enormous tidal energy potential

- The 420kW PLAT-I 6.40 platform with six four meter diameter turbines mounted on a tri-hulled surface vessel will initially be moored between Brier and Long islands for trials
-  Full output projected at up to nine megawatts of electricity to the Nova Scotia grid
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Images: Corpower Ocean and OPS Composite Solutions/Corpower Ocean Renewable Energy / Wave Energy / Composite Materials

Portuguese-Swedish wave energy developer Corpower Ocean and Norwegian engineering firm OPS Composite Solutions will join forces for the COMPACT (COMposite Pressure cAsing for CosT) Project, combining sector leading Wave Energy technology with low-cost composite design and fabrication processes

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Image: Hydro-International OceanTech Program 2021's Media Partner Hydro-International

The Top 10 Articles and News Stories for 2020 - part II

5. Developing a New Approach to Marine Surveying  
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4. German U-boat Surveyed a Century after Wartime Sinking   
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3. Subsea Autonomy is Moving Beyond Waypoints      Click here

2. Bathymetry from UAV Imagery and Machine Learning  
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1. State of the Art in Multibeam Echosounders Click here

Image: Hydro-International
OceanTech Program 2021's Media Partner Hydro-International

The Top 10 Articles and News Stories for 2020 - part I

10. Automatic Calibration for MBES Offsets Click here

 9. How Does Backscatter Help Us Understand the           Seafloor?  Click here
8. Hydrospatial and the Marine Environment    
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7.Sentinel-2 Coastal Charting Worldwide   Click here
6. Hydrographic Education During a Lockdown               
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Image: TechnipFMC/Offshore Engineer UxV/USV//ROV/AUV/Communications Buoy /Autonomy/Subsea Robotics

For 2021 and Beyond:


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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  Image: Seatrade Maritime News Autonomous  Robotics  Unmanned Surface Vehicle  (USV)

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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26 Sept 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