OceanTech Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific venues where ocean business solutions are realized and demonstrated live

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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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
China

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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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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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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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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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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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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)
- MELTIN MMI
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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
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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 Organization (IHO) standards / Datasets / 
'Using Machine Learning to Derive Benthic Habitat Maps'

- On behalf of the South African Council for Geoscience, 'Scientists set to work and developed a tool to classify seafloor bathymetry and a predictive tool that classifies geological data into substrate maps using machine learning techniques.'
- R2Sonic 2024 multibeam echosounder
- Applanix POS M/V Oceanmaster inertial motion reference unit (IMU)

- C-Nav 3050 DGPS
- QPS Qinsy and Qimera software

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Image: Teledyne Marine 2021 Photo Contest Website

Friday Fun / Ocean Technology / Global 
'Teledyne Marine invites customers to share photos of Teledyne products in action in the office, lab, or field; or data samples collected using Teledyne Marine products.'
 - Images entered with votes received are posted online - enter, vote or view entries and votes received - - interesting!
- 'The Contest ends September 3, 2021'

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Image: German astronaut Alexander Gerst Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic / URI NewsRemote Ocean Observation / Satellite Ocean Observation / Big Data / Data Analysis / Zooplankton / Sun Light / Cloud Cover / CALIPSO satellite /  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler / ADCP / Radiometer / Isolumes / Space Based Laser / North America / Suggested by an "OceanTech Asia Pacific" Reader


Clouds and zooplankton "mini-migrations" tracked by University of Rhode Island Associate Professor Melissa Ormand by combining and analysing data from ocean surface research and NASA "EXPORT" satellite data


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Image: offshoreWIND.bizOffshore Renewable Energy / Offshore Floating Wind Turbine Foundation / Asia / Energy Transition

Korea Industry Ramps Up Offshore Floating Wind Turbine Capabilities:

- Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) unveiled a 9.5 MW large-scale floating wind platform on 19 July
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- Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) recently announced the  development of a semi-submersible floating foundation for 10 MW-class wind turbines with partners the Korean Register of Shipping (KR) and Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO)  Click for more
Image: Columbia Power Technologies, Inc. (C-Power) / Ocean News & Technology
Offshore Renewable Energy / Wave Energy Conversion / Autonomous Offshore Power Systems (AOPS) / Marine Kinetic Energy / SeaRAY 

C-Power: Oregon, USA based firm converting wave energy on a kilwatt basis to power autonomous offshore assets 

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Image: Upstream OnlineOffshore Renewable Energy / Offshore Wind /  Energy Transition / Utility Scale / Commercialization

 Utility-scale offshore wind electricity generation capacity:
- China (30/06/21): 11.13 gigawatts  
- United Kingdom (31/12/20): 10.4 gigawatts 
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Image: GOV.UKMarine Environment / Marine Management / Marine Management Strategies / Marine Surveillance / Marine Enforcement / Marine Sustainablility / Suggested by an "OceanTech Asia Pacific" Reader

The United Kingdom produces a marine management training and development platform that could serve as a model for other counties and organizations
The United Kingdom’s Blue Belt Programme, which supports delivery of the UK government’s commitment to provide long term protection of over four million square kilometres of marine environment across the UK Overseas Territories (UKOT), recently launched a comprehensive online training platform. This will provide training and development of skills across a wide range of marine management themes.


- The training modules have been designed specifically for and are currently only available to the UKOTs within the Blue Belt Programme – St Helena, Ascension Island, and Tristan da Cunha, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Pitcairn Islands and South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands – however the subject areas are suitable for countries worldwide

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Image: NOC / Ocean News & TechnologyEnvironmental Impact / Offshore Decommissioning / Oil / Gas / AUV / Autosub Long Range (ALR) / NOC

‘Boaty McBoatface’ to dive into action after being launched from the shore in Shetland to carry out environmental assessments at three decommissioning sites in the northern North Sea
- The Autonomous Techniques for infraStructure Ecological Assessment (AT-SEA) project, led by the United Kingdom's  National Oceanographic Centre (NOC), will trial the concept of using submarines like 'Boaty' for high-tech, low-impact monitoring for potential environmental impacts at these "end of life" offshore oil fields

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Image: Eco Wave Power

Wave Energy Converter / Commercialization / Public Listing / Finance / Renewable Offshore Energy / 

Eco Wave Power Global AB onshore wave energy technology company completes a USD 9.2 Million Nasdaq Public Offering

- Listing follows three grants approved in June from the ILIAD Consortium,  the Wohl Clean Growth Alliance and Innovate UK 

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Image: SEA-KIT / Ocean News & Technology

Uncrewed Surface Vehicles USV / Unmanned Marine Systems UMS / Autonomy / Lloyd’s Register / Certification

SEA-KIT received the first UMS certification ever awarded by Lloyd's Register for SEA-KIT's new 12 meter X-class USV developed for Fugro

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AI / Renewable Energy / Offshore Inspection Maintenance Repair / Machine Learning / Autonomy

Technology in reducing the environmental impact of offshore asset maintenance

- Offshore wind farm cables, foundations, and all other components of the turbines need continuous monitoring and maintenance

- Manually interpreting potential risk factors and recognizing changes in the seabed has, to date, only been done by placing tens of people offshore on each vessel to do this work.


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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 MagazineSubnero introduces a new class of acostic multichannel modems
- Capable of transmitting and recording arbitrary waveforms

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Image: Teledyne Marine

Teledyne Marine to re-broadcast "A Celebration of Innovation" virtual product launches for Asia on July 14 & 15 begining at 1:00 PM China Standard Time (GMT +8)
Product launch and advance registration details are posted on Teledyne Marine's website:
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Image: C-Max / Vigo WinchMoving 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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 Image: MingYang Smart Energy / offshoreWind.biz

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.

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Image: SonardyneRemote 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.ukRenewable 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 EngineerRenewable 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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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 HKURobotics / 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 UNHAcoustics / 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 NewsDistributed 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 & TechnologyUXO / 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 InnovationRenewable 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 EngineerOffshore 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 InternationalArtificial 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 NewsOffshore 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: 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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Navigation 


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
 AUV

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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 “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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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
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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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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

里斯本丸的残骸上的水面扬起挽歌,送别二战时随沉船遇难的828个英灵

里斯本丸沉船带走的战俘的后人们不敢相信,竟能在今日,在这千里之外的沉船残骸的海面上,倾听海洋学家细细道来77年前先人渡过的最后一刻……再见吧父亲!

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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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Investment

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/  
第二届海洋工程地质国际研讨会
2nd International Symposium on Marine Engineering Geology(ISMEG2019) Dalian
18-20 Oct 2019                 http://ismeg2019.dlut.edu.cn  
2019第十一届届中国(海南)国际海洋产业博览会

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  
第20届中国国际海事技术学术会议和展览会
Marintec China 2019 Shanghai
3-6 Dec 2019       https://www.marintecchina.com  
第十届中国(北京)国际海洋工程技术与装备展览会
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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Image: Nandini Ramesh, University of California, Berkeley

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..

 

Overview 

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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OPPORTUNITIES FOR OCEAN BATHYMETRY TRAINING

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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IMarEST & WOC
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OceanTech 2019
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