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

Special Thanks to our OT 2019 Patron

Special Thanks to our OceanTech Program 2021
Media Partners

Industry News

OceanTech Program 2021
May 19 - 21
Zhejiang University 
Zhoushan Campus
Zhoushan China

Application form (PDF download)
Demo-Booth-Seminar-Conference Package

Call for Papers/Topics and subtopics of interest (September 2020)
Zhejiang University internet announcement - Chinese

English list

The brochure outlining Ocean College, Zhejjiang University's marine experimental and testing facilities, some of which will be available for Live Demonstrations during OceanTech 2021. The PDF will download directly by clicking the link below:

Introduction to Ocean College Zhejiang University Experimental Facilities

Previous event: OceanTech 2019 video highlights: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list= -wN9RFVvfxN8MWkU

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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: 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: Pelamis Wave Power/Deutsche Welle

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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Image: SYNLIFT Industrial Products/Offshore Engineer

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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Image: Open Ocean Engineering/The Logical Indian

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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Image: Kronsberg Maritime/Offshore Engineer

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:

"...more sensors, data, and data analytics that will feed subsea robotics, automation, and remote hubs and cyber-physical systems"

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 Image: MingYang Smart Energy/ Energy Service Desk (Chinese) Renewable Energy / Offshore Wind Power Generation / Hybrid Drive

Second phase of the
Xinghua Bay offshore wind farm in Fujian, China received its first Mingyang Smart MySE8.3-180 offshore typhoon resistant wind turbine unit.

- Developed for high wind and typhoon risk areas

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Image: Equinor/Offshore Engineer

Renewable Energy / Offshore Wind Power Generations / Floating Offshore Wind Foundation / Dynamic Positioning System / Motion Reference Unit

New floating offshore wind farm to provide 35% of the annual power demand for five Equinor offshore oil and gas platforms

Robotic steel cutting initiated construction of the 88 MW Hywind Tampen in October, 2020

Suppliers include:

- Kvaerner - floating concrete spar substructures with shared anchors

- Siemens Gamesa – 11 x 8 MW SG 8.0-167 DD turbines

- JDR Cable System Ltd – electric cables

- Subsea 7 AS – electric cable installation

- Kongsberg Maritime - positioning and monitoring equipment, based on their DPS position reference system and Motion Reference Unit (MRU).

- Wood Group – positioning and monitoring engineering; modifications to existing offshore oil and gas platforms

- Equinor – wind farm operation and maintenance

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Image: Bombora/CNBC Renewable Energy/Wave Energy/Offshore Wind Energy/Hybrid Systems

Multimodal transport group Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) will partner with Bombora Wave Power to identify sites for Bombora's mWave systems and hybrid wave and offshore wind energy installations around Japan and in the region.

“We know that there is (an) excellent wave resource to be found around this coastline”
“Having a partner with the expertise of MOL alongside us will help progress projects in this region.” 
- Ryota Yamada, 
Bombora Wave Power's Asia Pacific development manager.

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Image: Ramboll/Riviera

Offshore Platforms/Renewable Energy/Offshore Engineering/ Digital Twins/Foundations/Jacket Braces/Structural Failure/Scour/Corrosion

Ramboll's digital twin project tests reveal "
significant potential to extend the lifetime of foundations for wind turbines and offshore substations"

- Few sensors at easily accessed locations
- Structural loads  and integrity issues:
-- Jacket brace failure
-- Excessive scour
-- Corrosion
- Detect and identify anomallies

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Image: RWE/Greentech Media

Renewable Energy/Offshore/Green Hydrogen/Grid

AquaVentus consortium envisions green hydrogen production as a solution to future grid congestion

- 10 GW of islanded green hydrogen production by 2035
AquaVentus consortium is led by RWE and includes:
-- Siemens Energy
 -- Vattenfall,
 -- Vestas,
 -- Siemens Gamesa 
  -- Shell

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Image: SeaTrac Systems/Ocean News & Technology

USV/ Marine Aquatic Research/ Oceanography/ Meteorological Monitoring/ Environmental Monitoring/ Hydrography/ Acoustic Monitoring/ Data Gateway/ Data Harvesting/ Mobile Buoy

SeaTrac Systems Launches Open Solar-Powered Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) for Near Shore to Open Ocean Applications

- Sensor agnostic
- Automatic Identification System (AIS)
- Collision avoidance system
- 5 knots speed
- 500W payload power
- 70 kilograms payload

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Image: Ocean Inifinity/Inside Unmanned Systems Sensors/ GNSS/ Data Acquisition/Intervention /Global/Dynamic Positioning/Inertial Navigation

Sonardyne's technologies will fill critical "crew" roles in Ocean Infinity's new robotic "Armada" fleet

- Underwater platform navigation, tracking, control, communications and uninterrupted surface navigation
-Track and control multiple robotics systems simultaneously

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Image: Equinor/SINTEF Anchoring Systems/Floating Offshore Wind Turbines/Maintenance/Control Systems/Grid Connection.

Norway's Equinor and SINTEF agree to collaberate in four key strategic areas:-

- Offshore wind
- Marine systems
- Energy systems
- Modeling studies related to these areas

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Image: EvoLogics USBL/Positioning/Buoy/GNSS/RTK/NMEA strings/Wi-Fi 

EvoLogics introduces a new portable USBL buoy

- Design concept based on a long stem with a minimal cross-section derived from fishing floats, which are stable in rough seas

- The buoyant body is constructed of carbon and glass fiber composite

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Image: OceanAlpha Ocean Surveying/Remote Operations/Subsea Mapping/Subsea Inspection

OceanAlpha L25 marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) utilizing a Teledyne RESON T50-P multibeam sounder completes surveys of the undersea tunnel sections of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

- Underwater terrain mapping of 500 meters × 200 meters above the immersed tube tunnel at the Zhuhai end of the bridge
- A portion within 100 meters of the West Artificial Island
- The L25 USV arrived at the first survey location after 20 kilometers of autonomous navigation
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Image: Riviera Real-time Remote Monitoring/Renewable Energy/Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence

"Submarine High-fidelity Active-monitoring of Renewable energy Cables" (SHARC) project launched by the United Kingdom's National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

- Goal is to improve the operational efficiency of offshore renewable energy generation by addressing the failure of submarine cables.
-  Early detection of potential threats to cables or better prediction of potential failure
- The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is the end-user and key stakeholder
- NOC will lead a team of experts in marine geoscience, distributed fibre optics design and instrumentation, ocean technology and engineering, machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithm design, and exploitation and modelling of dynamic and static cable rating.

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Image: Oceanology International/Reed Exhibitions Ltd International Events

Exhibition/Conference -- FREE!

Oceanology International will now be virtual 
- "Oi Connect"online 10am – 6pm GMT
- December 1 - 4, 2020
- Oceanology International Americas is postoned until 2023
- Oi Connect to serve a global audience
- 1-2-1 30 minute video meetings and Industry led virtual speed networking sessions over the 4 days
- Dedicated extensive conference program

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Image:Teledyne CARIS Ocean Surveying/Data Analytics/Remote Operatios/Ocean Mapping
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster awards funding for Teledyne CARIS to develop software for remote operations survey processing with three key deliverables:

- Enhance Teledyne CARIS’s existing desk-top product leverage the cloud technology to deliver consistent access for global users in every possible circumstance

- Support for remote mapping operations to underpin advancements in ocean robotics

- Virtual training through the CARIS Cloud Platform for future ocean mappers

Partners include Ocean Floor Geophysics and educational stakeholders the University of New Brunswick and Memorial Universities’ Fisheries and Marine Institute.

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Image: Vard/Ocean Infinity/gCaptain Unmanned Vessels/Marine Robotics/Remote Control

Ocean Infinity boosts its Armada unmanned survey fleet with an order for eight new 78 meter multi-platform meter vessels from Vard/Fincantieri:

- design and engineering at Vard  Design and onboard control systems at Vard Electro, both in Norway.

- construction will be at the Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam

- Vard Electro’s SeaQ Integrated Automation System and SeaQ Power Management System for remote operations

- Remote control, light crewed or uncrewed operations

- alternative fuel-capability including green ammonia

- The first 78 meter vessel is expected to launch in 2022, joining nine 21 and 31 meter vessels expected to launch in 2021

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Image: Ocean Business International Events

Ocean Business postponed until July 2021

- The ocean technology exhibition and training forum will now take place from 6-8 July 2021 at the National Oceanography Centre, in Southampton United Kingdom

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Ocean Technology Events - China

Fourth National Ocean Optics Summit Forum 
Hangzhou China October 18 - 20 2020


- Chinese Society for Optical Engineering (CSOE)

- Zhejiang University

Forum Reports

Opportunities and Challenges in the Application of Satellite Ocean Color Sensors in China

Exploring the Deep-sea LIBS Technology on the Move

Visible light communication challenges and prospects

Space-based Laser Active Detection Technology

Intelligent Online Observation Network of Typical Marine Ecosystems

High-precision/Hyperspectral/ High-dimensional Marine Ecological Environment Perception and High-speed Underwater Optical Wireless Communication

Sub- Forums

01 Study on Optical Properties of Water

02 Underwater Optical Information Detection Technology

02 Underwater Environment Parameters and Target Detection

03 Comprehensive Remote Sensing in the Atmosphere and Ocean

04 Marine Ecology

04 Marine Coral Reef Remote Sensing

05 Aerosol Optical Measurement and Calculation in the Atmosphere and Ocean

06 Underwater Optical Communication Technology

07 Demand for Optical Sensors in Deep-sea Equipment Research and Development

07 New In-situ Ocean Optical Sensor

08 Ocean Color Satellite Development and Data Application

09 High Temporal Resolution Remote Sensing with Geostationary Ocean Color Imager

09 Ocean Laser Remote Sensing

09 Remote Sensing of Solar Flare over Ocean

10 Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere and Ocean

10 Aerosol and cloud observations, inversion and radiation effects

Speakers - Chinese and English PDF Direct Download   

Full Agenda - PDF Download here

Photo Gallery Fourth National Ocean Optics Summit Forum

Website (Chinese)

Organizers and Co-organizers
PDF Direct Download

Images: NOC/Marine Technology News  Left: Lab-On-Chip chemical sensors (foreground) with autonomous underwater vehicle (submarine) Autosub Long Range behind. Right: CAD model showing Autosub Long Range with seven Lab-On-Chip nutrient sensors in the nose and four Lab-On-Chip and one electrochemical sensor for the ocean carbonate (CO2) system at the stern.  Ocean Observation/Imaging/Sensors/Sampling/ In-situ 

Analyzing “Essential Ocean Variables” in-situ is the goal for a new European multi-national research and development project. 

- TechOceanS – Technologies for Ocean Sensing - to develop sensing, imaging and sampling technologies: five new sensors, two imaging systems, a novel sampler and an artificial intelligence-driven image processing methodology  
-  $10.5 million grant from the European Union's Horizon 2020 program
- The United Kingdom's National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is coordinating TechOceanS with participation by ocean technology experts from Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom 

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Image:Invinity battery system graphic/European Marine Energy Centre Renewable Energy/Tidal/Green Hydrogen/Battery Storage

Continuous Green Hydrogen production project based on combining tidal energy and battery storage for announced by the European Marine Energy Centre for an archipelago north of mainland Scotland

- 1.8 megawatt hour Invinity Energy Systems “flow battery” 
-  Tidal energy test site located on the island of Eday, Orkney

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Image: MIT Researchers/The Science Times Acoustics/Sensors/Navigation/Piezoelectricity

Researchers are developing an underwater battery-free pinpointing system that reflects modulated acoustic signals from its environment rather than emitting them

"changing a battery is no simple task when it's attached to a migrating whale" - Fadel Adib, who leads the research group and is the Doherty Chair of Ocean Utilization as well as an associate professor in the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Image:Or Haviv, Partner and International Innovation Manager at Arieli Capital. Photo: Hadar Yakov/CTech Technology Innovation/Incubator/Accelerator/Investment

International tech and innovation investment company teams with China partners to develop new ocean technology innovation center in Sanya on China's southern Hainan Island

Arieli Capital, a holdings and investment company with offices in New York, China and Tel Aviv, has signed a cooperation agreement with Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City Administration and with China Merchants Group

- China Merchants Group will invest over $500 million toward establishing an international ocean technology ecosystem in Sanya.

-  The innovation center will be led by Arieli Capital and will incorporate an investment fund, accelerators, and incubators.

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Image: Off Grid Energy Independence Renewable Energy/Wave Energy/Investment/Software

Real time wave energy power production verification software developed by Eco Wave Power of Sweden
- "With this software, Eco Wave Power will put an end to some of the prevailing problems in the wave energy industry - which significantly affect commercialization efforts - by verifying the production, while predicting the failures...." said Inna Braverman, Founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power
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Image: Aquanaut - Houston Mechatronics Inc./ Ocean News & Technology Robotics/Subsea Navigation/Subsea Control

Ocean robotics manufacturer focuses on developing core competencies by opting for marine industry universal open software architecture 

- Greensea, creator of OPENSEA®, chosen by Houston Mechatronics Inc "to quickly integrate an executive control and mission planning solution onto Aquanaut, our transforming AUV/ROV."

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Image: "Smart Buoy" / Dalhousie University

Port & Harbour Management/Marine Pilots/ Machine Learning
Canada's Dalhousie University and its ocean data analytics company DeepSense team produce a machine learning method for predicting wind speed and wave height measurements for Halifax Harbour's port management and ocean community.
- To provide continuity of critical information
- Safe navigation of vessels within the Port of Halifax 
- Safe transfer of Halifax Marine Pilots between pilot boats and commercial vessels
- The DeepSense/SmartAtlantic project is a collaboration between:
- the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE)
- DeepSense
- the Halifax Port Authority (HPA)
- the Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association (CMPA)
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Image: Ideol/Greentech Media Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind Turbines/Floating Foundations

Floating offshore wind energy generation - what sinks down and what floats up?
A guide to four current technologies for floating wind turbine foundations and some of their strengths and weaknesses for different offshore environments:
- Spar buoy design
Semi-submersible platform design 
-  Barge with a damping pool 

Tension-leg platform with a taut mooring system

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Ocean Technology Events - China

October exhibitions on the OceanTech Asia Pacific agenda:

- Fourth National Ocean Optics Summit Forum October 18 - 20, 2020
Hangzhou, China

- 2020 China Marine Economy Expo
October 15 –18, 2020 Shenzhen, China

Image: Fugro/Marine Technology News Subsea Technology/ROV/USV/AUV/Robotics/Machine Learning

The Quest for Offshore and Subsea Robotic Residency
- Eliminating fully crewed vessels
increase ROV availability
- Reduce cost and carbon emissions

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Image: Ocean Business/Diversified Communications UK International Events

Ocean Business
- April 13 to 15 at the National Oceanography Centre
Southampton, United Kingdom
Exhibition | Training & Demonstrations | Ocean Careers Conference | Co-hosted Meetings | Social Events

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Image: Tetrahedron/offshoreWIND.biz Offshore Installation/Vessels/Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind Turbines

A different motion principle and structural load transfer underpin a next generation offshore turbine crane from Tetrahedron
- Future proof for turbines rated up to to 20 MW
- Designed for both existing and new jack-up vessels
- DNV GL verified
- Planned delivery before 2022 in Rotterdam
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Image: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate/Marine Technology News Deep Sea Mining

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) teams with TIOS and Island Offshore for a five-week seabed mineral research expedition on the Mohn Ridge in the northwestern Norwegian Sea
- Objectives:
- Investigate under the seabed by drilling shallow boreholes in the mineral fields
- Test the drilling technology in these ocean depths 
-  Operator TIOS drilled in 3000 metres of water to secure samples of mineral deposits

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Image:The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University Education/Training/Simulation/Research

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada. opens $ 440,000 Underwater Exploration Laboratory. GRI Simulations' Virtual Remotely Operated Vehicle (VROV) will be utilized by students and faculty for:

- Learning to pilot ROVs and hone skills with the industry technology in a safe environment

- Researchers for visualizing data in high-fidelity

- Mapping, including the 4D OCEANS Laboratory team focused on mapping the spatial complexity of the ocean from the seafloor to surface

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Image:Image:CHENG LABORATORY/YE QIU/Penn State News Biomimicry/Sensors/Robotics/Machine Learning/Biomechanics/Sampling

Human hands and skin inspire biomimetic sensor development
- “We can also use these sensors on soft robotics to manipulate delicate objects, like catching a fish, or even in a disaster when they may need to crawl into irregular spaces and move debris.” - Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Early Career Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

-  International scientific team from Zhejiang University of Technology in China and The Pennsylvania  State University in the United States

- Partial funding provided by The National Science Foundation of China, the Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Provincial Universities of Zhejiang, the 111 Project and the Zhejiang Lab’s International Talent Fund for Young Professionals

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Image: WaveKiller/Ocean News Coastal Engineering/Typhoons/Beach Erosion/Tourism

Bubbling up to break down coastal waves

- Wave Killer System "creates immensely thick walls of air bubbles

- 10, 20, even 50 feet wide that can span for miles on end

- changes the medium of the water from liquid to

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Image: Terradepth/Marine Technology News

Mapping/Data Analytics/Unmanned Vehicles/

Start-up Terradepth seeks to "Leap Frog" the scale and productivity of Ocean Mapping

 - New generation of AUV

- AUVs and hybrid AUVs as task multipliers

- Current costs must be reduced

- No reliance on dedicated surface vessels

- AI and machine learning on sonar data

- Goal: Multi-dimensional, globally accessible data sets

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

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

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

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

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

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Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone Expansion

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

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Ocean Industry News

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

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

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  Ocean Industry Event:

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

Abstract Submissions Open September 26, 2019

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Ocean Industry Investment:

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

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Ocean Industry News

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese Society of Oceanography

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

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

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

eDNA autonomously collected by laboratory carrying UAV

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

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

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First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica 

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

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

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

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

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Man-Portable Multibeam USV Unveiled by Picotech

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

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

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

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

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

How the world's fisheries are interconnected

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

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

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

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Global Ocean Observing System Report Card 2019:

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

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

8,933 in situ ocean observing platforms

170 satellites continuously monitor the global ocean and atmosphere

86 countries involved in ocean observations

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

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

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

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

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel 

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

“How healthy is your ocean?”

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

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Autonomous data collection:

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

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

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

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



OceanTech Program
OT 2019
Zhejiang University
Zhoushan Campus

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


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

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

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

Dates set for OT 2021 – May 19-21

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

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

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Be There for LIVE Demonstrations!!

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


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

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

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