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OceanTech Program 2023 
May 17-19
Zhejiang University
Zhoushan Campus
Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province
China
6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2023 (AWTEC)
May 19-22, 2023
Zhoushan and Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
China

OceanTech Program 2021 
May 19 - 21  
Zhejiang University
Zhoushan Campus
Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province
China
Final Program Guide
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Images: Ocean Infinity / Marine Technology News (top and bottom) / Splash 247 (center)
Fun Friday

Ocean Infinity, based in Houston USA, unveiled its first optionally crewed, low emission Armada 78-meter robotic ship
- First of eight 78 meter remotely controlled green ammonia powered ships
Six 85 meter and nine 21- and 36-meter ships are also being constructed and fitted out to yield a projected robotic fleet of 23 vessels

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Image: CHCNAV / GPS World Fun Friday

CHC Navigation (CHCNAV) has launched the i73+ pocket-sized GNSS receiver
- Powered by 624 GNSS channels
- The i73+ delivers 3-cm accuracy at up to 30º pole tilt, increasing point measurement efficiency by 20% and stakeout by 30%
- Weighs only 0.73 kg including battery

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Image: CNBC AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

“World’s first rapid testing facility for tidal turbine blades" officially opened in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh
- USD $5.64 million facility that can test tidal turbine blades under strenuous conditions
- FastBlade facility would use a 75 metric ton reaction frame that was able to apply “powerful forces on turbine blades more than 50 feet long.”
FastBlade is a partnership between aerospace firm Babcock International and the University of Edinburgh backed by a grant of USD $2,261,450 from the United Kingdom government


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Image: TouchWind / offshoreWIND.biz AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), the Japan based global maritime transportation group, and, Netherlands based TouchWind recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop TouchWind’s floating wind turbine with a tilting angled one-piece rotor

- TouchWind claims considerable potential savings with its unique design
- MOL recently signed MOUs with Seawind Ocean Technology, also a floating wind turbine developer based in the Netherlands, and with Bombora Wave Power, a wave energy developer based in the United Kingdom

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Image: HK Electric AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Hong Kong SAR China moves forward on an HK Electric proposed 150 MW offshore wind farm with environmental permit approval 

- The proposed 600 hectares site, located off Lamma Island about four kilometers away from the Lamma Power Station, has an average wind speed of about 7.1 meters per second
- Tendering is planned to start in 2024 and commissioning in 2027

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Image: Feritech Global Feritech Global to launch an adaptable survey device offering simultaneous deployment of up to three geotechnical tools
- Sampling can be achieved using the two powered feed systems, coupled with any two of the following tools: Vibrocorer, Cone Penetration Testing equipment, push corer or rotary coring drill
- The Feritech heat flow system can also be deployed simultaneously
- "Greatly reduces the length of time needed to complete a site survey, especially in deep water.”
- Designed for use in "specific areas of geotechnical surveying, such as for cable routes and
pipelines"

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Image:  Yuman Gao and Rui Jin / New Scientist

Fun Friday / Robotics / Navigation

Trajectory planning system for collision-free flight of drone swarms

- Zhejiang University researchers designed a trajectory planning method that processes data from onboard sensors and incorporates collision avoidance, flight efficiency, and swarm coordination to optimize swarm flying within a few milliseconds
Inspired by how flocks of birds can flexibly coordinate their collective flight paths
- Demonstrated in a bamboo forest
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Image: Innvotek / Offshore Engineer  Robotics / AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

“It can work continuously, it doesn’t get cold, doesn’t need tea breaks.”

- Robots evolving to solve the challenges of utility scale offshore wind farms

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Image: JessicaVz / Wikimedia Commons AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Using machine learning along with data from wave tank experiments, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers developed an updated model of breaking waves 

The new model should:
- help hone the design of offshore structures
- improve predictions for how the ocean interacts with the atmosphere
- Researchers from Aix-Marseille University, Kyoto University, University of Geneva and Delft University of Technology participated in the study


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Image: John Curran / Technology Record Clearbot Neo, a recently developed robotic Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) utilizing a Microsoft Azure cloud based Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform, is designed to scoop floating rubbish from designated sections of harbours, canals and rivers before the garbage reaches the ocean

- An onboard camera photographs each piece of rubbish that lands on the conveyor belt and transmits the image and GPS location to the company’s data compliance system to aid in identifying the source

- Water quality data is also obtained

- Recent University of Hong Kong graduates computer engineers Gupta and Utkarsh Goel were inspired by witnessing local workers in Bali, Indonesia

- In 2020 they received an "AI for Earth" grant from Microsoft and over the next year developed the AI model entirely on the Azure platform

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Image: Fugro First group from geo-data specialist FUGRO completes Maritime Autonomous Surface Systems (MASS) professional certified training conducted by SeaBot XR at their training academy CEbotiX, the National Centre for Operational Excellence in Marine Robotics based in Southampton, United Kingdom

- First professional certification for operating Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USV)


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Image: Offshore Engineer AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference / Commercialization

Bolt checking robot with six legs climbs up wind turbines in the quest to reduce maintenance risks and costs, extend turbine lifetimes at sea and minimize overall downtime

"EchoBoltBUG" is the product of a collaboration involving:

- BladeBUG
- EchoBolt
- GE Renewable Energy 
- Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult
- Innovate UK

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Image: Zhejiang University Fun Friday - Update

It has taken 17 years to complete the digital publication of "The Series of Ancient Chinese Paintings"

- A “masterpiece” created with craftsmanship in 17 years at Zhejiang University

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Image: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Fun Friday

"Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: The Art and Science of Boat Design" - MIT OpenCourseWare 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Syllabus: Click here
Five video lectures: Click here
Suggested reading: Click here
Image: Eco Wave Power / electrek

AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Eco Wave Power to construct and commission a 2 megawatt (MW) wave energy power plant in Port Adriano, Mallorca, Spain

- Spain's first wave energy power plant
- 20 year project
- Sufficient for powering 400 households at full capacity

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Image: The News "For the love of ocean" - Interview with Dr Nuzhat Khan, Director General, National Institute of Oceanography, Pakistan

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Image: Zhejiang University Zhejiang University School of Mechanical Engineering team, led by Professor Zou Jun, honored with a Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva for developing a customizable, self-healing soft pump for robots
 
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Image:  Ti Gong / Zhejiang University / SHINE / Shanghai Daily Fun Friday

"'The Great Series of Chinese Paintings through the Ages," compiled and published by Zhejiang University and Zhejiang Cultural Heritage Bureau, is a large-scale national project spanning different dynasties and countries.'

- 12,500 Chinese paintings 
-      260 cultural organizations and museums
-  1,500 paintings and archival items, ranging from the pre-Qin period (prior to 221 BC) to Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), are currently on display at Zhejiang Art Museum in Hangzhou through April 20.

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Image: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference / Fun Friday

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): 'MIT OpenCourseWare is an online publication of materials from over 2,500 MIT courses…Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required.'

‘Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems (13.022)’

Lecture Notes - download PDF notes of the course’s lectures – 23 topics total, including:

1        Conservation Laws and Boundary Conditions (PDF)

2        Linear and Second-Order Wave Theory (PDF)

3        Plane Progressive Regular Waves (PDF)

4        Wave Energy Density and Flux (PDF)

5        Wave Momentum Flux (PDF)

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Image: Orsted / Ericsson AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Ørsted’s under construction Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms receive Asia's first private network from Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) and Ericsson


- Mobile broadband network in the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands

- 35 to 60 kilometers offshore

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Image:  Hydro International

Case study: Satellite-derived Bathymetry in Optically Complex Waters
- Dublin Bay
- Sentinel-2 imagery from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Copernicus Programme
- Multibeam data from the INFOMAR Programme
- Tide data  from the Irish National Tide Guage Network

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Image: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) / Marine Technology Reporter Hydromea, the Switzerland-based underwater communication and robotics company, showcases its new LUMA™ X wireless optical modem:

- Data Rate:  10 Mpbs

- Range:  50 m
- Depth Rating:  6,000 meters
- Transparent Link:  no API required

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Image: Vaarst Vaarst pulls in USD 20 million to advance its SubSLAM technology, machine learning platform and data platform 
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he start-up company is a provider of subsea 3D computer vision technologies; supporting the offshore wind, wave & tidal, scientific, maritime security, and civils industries.
- Based in the United Kingdom, the Series B round was led by energy transition investor Legal & General Capital, alongside the venture capital arm of the international energy company Equinor. Existing shareholder Foresight Group also participated alongside In-Q-Tel, Inc.
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Image: CIMC

"100 Fish-Farm Boxes Project" kicks off with the first four boxes recently installed by CIMC Raffles near Nanhuangcheng Island of Yaitan, off East China's Shandong province.

- Plans envisage 100 deep-water intelligent cages to establish an ocean ranch with the largest scale, the highest equipment level and the best comprehensive benefits in Asia in Yantai sea area

- Each intelligent cage, self-developed by CIMC Raffles, measures 60 meters in length and 60 meters in width with a breeding volume of 70,000 cubic meters, each cage can produce an annual fishery output of 600 to 700 tons.

- CIMC Raffles draws heavily on its experience in oil and gas as it transitions to a different sector of the Blue Economy

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Image: Verton / Create Engineers Australia Verton: Canceling the wind for windy wind turbine blade installation 

- “By making one create more resistance, and making the other one less resistant, you can pretty much balance out the effect of the wind on the blade.”

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Image: Argeo / https://argeo.no Inside Argeo's new ultra-deep water autonomous vehicle (AUV) Hugin 6000 from Kongsberg:
o Synthetic Aperture Sonar: 	HISAS 1032
o Multibeam:			EM2040
o Sub-Bottom Profiler:		EdgeTech DW-216 (2-16 KHz)
o Colour camera:		CathX Hunter UHD + LED panels
o Laser:			CathX Dual Mode Laser profiling
o Environmental sensors: WetLabs FLNTU Turbidity o Magnetometer: Applied Physics o Electro Magnetics: *Argeo Robotics Cathodic Protection Measurement "Listen" o Electro Magnetics: *Argeo Robotics EM system "Whisper"
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Image: Joshua Stevens, T.J. Smyth et al / Elementa: Science of The Anthropocene 2021 / ScienceNews Offshore light pollution charted in a new atlas produced by marine biogeochemist Tim Smyth and colleagues at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory in the United Kingdom

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Image: © 2022 Endurance22 / Endurance22 Fun Friday / Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914 – 1917)

'The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust is pleased to confirm that the Endurance22 Expedition has located the wreck of Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship which has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.'



Press Release

Full website with expedition details, history, image galleries and more

British Film Institute - "Restored BFI footage shows Shackleton's Endurance ship crushed by ice"


New Scientist - "Rare images from Shackleton’s expeditions showcase the power of early Antarctic photography"

BBC - "Endurance expedition shown in rare images in Manchester"

Image: Zhejiang University Artificial upwelling carbon sink project with an Aoshan Bay seaweed farm in Qingdao, China completed after 40 months
- 'The world’s famous fisheries are primarily located in natural upwelling areas'
- Improvements in seaweed farm yields, carbon sink efficiency and system reliability

- Listed as a marine carbon sink program by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
-  Led by Zhejiang University in cooperation with Xiamen University, Hangzhou Dianzi University and Shandong University

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Image: Ivan Bandura / Iliad, Digital Twin of the Ocean Digital Twin of the Ocean European Union project moves forward
- "The ILIAD consortium (INTEGRATED DigitaL Framework FOR Comprehensive MARITIME DATA AND INFORMATION SERVICES), which includes 56 international partners, will develop virtual representations of the sea that will integrate and extend existing EU earth observing, modelling digital infrastructures and computing facilities to provide highly accurate predictions of future developments."
- "Eight Digital Twin pilots will be undertaken in a number of key areas, led by the existing industrial partners, utilizing existing skills and technologies."
- The 36 month, Euro €19 million (USD $21 million) project is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program
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Image: The University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Mānoa / Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences - The University of Texas at Austin International 'SMART Cables' project aims to transform a million kilometers of existing and expanding global fiber optic telecommunication cables on the ocean floor for
- Global detection of subsea earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis
- Conducting
 low-cost deep ocean observation sensor networks 
- The University of Texas project in support of the United Nations "Science Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunications (SMART) Cables" collaboration

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Image: Deep Sea Instrument Capsule, Frank E. Snodgrass, Science, Vol. 162, No. 3849 (Oct. 4, 1968), pp. 78-87 / Marine Technology News Ocean Landers: their technology, design, mission and deployment strategies along with some of their benefits 





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Image: INGINE / Energy Global AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Wave energy developer INGINE ramps up international expansion from its Korean base, concentrating on off-grid projects and IPO
- Fifth year of wave energy operation for the Jeju Bukchon Wave Power Plant 
- Projects underway for sites in Vietnam, Indonesia and British Columbia, Canada
- INWave converter absorbs close to shore wave energy, eliminates submarine cables with an onshore power generation unit
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Image: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg/Getty Images / IEEE Spectrum Fun Friday / Artificial Intelligence AI / Big Data

Big Data: Is Smaller Better?
An interview with Andrew Ng:
- 'data-centric AI movement'
- '"small data” solutions to big issues in AI'

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Image: Luis Lamar / Marine Technology News Fun Friday

'Orpheus' and preparing for deep ocean expeditions on distant planets
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA)
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
- 'image-based terrain relative navigation (TRN)'

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Image: Elements / Visual Capitalist AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Global Transitional Energy Investment in 2021 - an overview

- The top ten countries investing in Transitional Energy combined total in 2021 is estimated to be USD $512 billion
- China invested the greatest amount - USD $266 billion
- The European counties collectively invested USD $219 
- The United Staes invested USD $114 billion

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- The above information, combined with each country's 2020 GDP, and, expressed as 2021 Transitional Energy Investment as a percentage of each country's GDP

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Image: Indico Capital Partners / TechCrunch Finance / Investment / Venture Capital / Growth Equity 
USD $55 million 'Blue Economy Fund' launched in Portugal by Indico Capital Partners
- For Start-ups and SMEs operating out of Portugal
- The company will invest in technology  that will have a positive measurable contribution towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 14 aimed at “Life underwater”


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Image: The Endurance at night, as seen in South: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Glorious Epic of the Antarctic (1919) / British Film Institute

Fun Friday / Antartica / Expeditions 

'Shackleton and South: the journey back to sub-zero'

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Image: Thomas Frank, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) / Ocean News The Mare-IT project, led by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) / Robotics Innovation Center, developed a new two-armed Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capable of performing complex inspection and maintenance tasks for offshore infrastucture energy platforms and systems during extended subsea missions.

- Objectives were to reduce human risks while increasing efficiency and cost effectiveness

- Companies involved in the Mare-IT project included:

    IOE IMPaC GmbH

    ROSEN Technology and Research Center GmbH

    SAP SE

    Wittenstein cyber motor GmbH

- Sponsors Included:

    Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

    German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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Image: offshoreWIND.biz

AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

MingYang Smart Energy awarded 1 GW offshore contract for its MySE 11-230 typhoon-proof hybrid-drive 11 MW turbines 

- Guangdong Electric Power Development's 600 MW Qingzhou 1 and 400 MW Qingzhou 2 will be off the coast of Guangdong province in South China

- Once fully commissioned in 2023, the two wind farms will provide 3.6 TWh of clean power annually, saving 1.05 million tonnes of coal consumption and reducing 2.78 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year

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Image: MIT MSEAS Lab / MIT News

“Using advances in scientific computing to address the ocean’s many challenges”

A summary of some projects at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):

- Bio-inspired underwater devices

- Swarming algorithms for robotic vehicles

- Improving ocean modeling and predictions

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Image: Bombora Wave Power / Renew Economy AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

Bombora Wave Power gets a USD $4.7 million boost from global maritime transportation group
 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)
- Investment to accelerate the commercialization of Bombora's "mWave" energy technology
-  To complete a 1.5MW mWave validation project off the coast of Wales 
- Bombora is also working on hybrid offshore fixed and floating wind / wave technology platforms with TechnipFMC

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Image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA) / Hydro International The Tonga Volcano Eruption Tsunami as recorded by Pacific Ocean uncrewed platform metocean observation instruments
- Weather Station Buoys
- Uncrewed Surface Vehicles (USVs)
- Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) systems
-  Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS)

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Image: EC-OG

First commercial delivery of a new lithium-ion based subsea battery storage system for an autonomous offshore power sea trial 

- EC-OG specializes in intelligent energy management and storage technologies

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Image: Matheus Couto / Oceanographic  Fun Friday / 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference - AWTEC / Suggested by an OceanTech Asia Pacific reader

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

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Image: QYSEA

Multi-modal air - sea Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) recently demonstrated for offshore and marine operations at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, Japan

International collaboration by
- KDDI: telecommunications 
- PRODRONE: aerial drones
- QYSEA: underwater robotics

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Image: offshoreWIND.biz 

AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

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

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

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

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Image: Science Source / IEEE Spectrum 

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

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Image: OilPrice.com

 AWTEC - 6th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2022

An overview of tidal power generation with large projects set for Canada and United Kingdom

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Image: Doppler Effect by emilegraphics from NounProject.com  Ocean College Zhejiang University research team develops prototype underwater long distance acoustic modem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Image: Ocean by Natasja Buer Toldam from NounProject.com

Offshore Renewable Energy / Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference AWTEC

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

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


Click for moreImage: Adepth Minerals AS / Ocean News & Technology"FlexiCore" deepsea mineral core sampling technology to be further developed and refined by Adepth Minerals AS with cooperating partners Seabed Solutions and DeepOcean through a USD 1.3 million grant from Innovation Norway
- Key elements include the ability to
- Core in sloping and variable terrain
- Core at an angle from vertical
- Change drilling bits at the seabed
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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
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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Image: Del Mar Oceanographic Ocean Measurements

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

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

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

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

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Image: Kracken Robotics, Inc
Subsea Power

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

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

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

UPDATE - Antarctica Autonomous Circumnavigation Voyage - More of the Story

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

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Image: National Satellite Oceanic Application Center Satellite Oceanic Remote Sensing 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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