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

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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

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

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OT 2019 Program Guide

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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

- Additional information will be posted

Ocean Technology Events - China 
Fourth National Ocean Optics Summit Forum 


- Chinese Society for Optical Engineering (CSOE)

- Zhejiang University

- Main topics of interest:

- Optical properties of water,

- Underwater optical information detection technology,

- Underwater optical communication technology,

- Ocean optical remote sensing technology and applications

- The application of optics in marine ecology, environmental monitoring and resource exploration

Website (Chinese)

Organizers and Co-Organizers (English)
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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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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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Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind Power/Investment

Global oil and gas company dives into offshore wind energy production 
- BP to buy 50% share of Equinor's Empire Wind and Beacon Wind assets on the United States' east coast for about USD 1.1 billion
- Forming a strategic partnership for future growth in US offshore wind power 

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Robotics/USV/ROV/UAV/Machine Learning/Multi-agent control

Surf’s Up! for robots to team-up and clear coastal seafloor plastic waste in two Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML pilot projects
- Depths of 20 to 30 meters
- The
 Port of Hamburg in Germany and a Dubrovnik, Croatia tourist beach
- SeaClear project partners are the Technical Universities of Munich, Delft, Dubrovnik and Cluj-Napoca as well as SubSea Tech Marseille, the Hamburg Port Authority and the DUNEA Regional Development Agency Dubrovnik

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Asset Management/Digital Twins/Offshore Energy/Offshore Platforms

Digital Twins come of age: global energy and petrochemical  heavy weight Shell signs "an enterprise agreement with Kongsberg Digital for digital twin software to be deployed across its assets and capital projects".

- "Digital twins drive efficiency by enabling remote operations, automation and significantly improved collaboration" - Yuri Sebregts, Chief Technical Officer Shell

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`Offshore Engineering/Platforms/Offshore Energy

The new marine built environment: now and the future

- The ocean area directly and indirectly affected by human construction is approximately "two million square kilometres, or more than 0.5% of the total marine area"
- "Development mostly occurs near coasts, which are the most biodiverse and biologically productive environments."

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Robotics/Platforms/Offshore Engineering

Bugs, Frogs and more coming for offshore Multi-Platform Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair in Extreme Environments (MIMREE)

- "For the offshore wind sector, the sheer volume of structures being installed is driving a push for robotic systems to do inspection, maintenance, and repair work safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively."

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Ocean Research/Oceanographic Training/Ocean Research Vessels

Sun Yat-sen University launches new research and training vessel, "Sun Yat-sen University", now China's largest, in Shanghai

- "WANG DONGXIAO Head of School of Marine Sciences Sun Yat-sen University: "We set up a 760-square meter fixed laboratory for sample processing, analysis, and detection. The ship can also carry more than ten experimental mobile container modules, which will be pre-equipped and lifted onboard."
- "ZHANG WENLONG Head of Construction: "The construction took only ten months, because the six main parts were constructed separately at the same time then combined."
114.3 m x 19.4 meters|15,000 nautical miles| 60-day expeditions| 100 crew members.

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Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind

Preparing for offshore wind's new dimensions
- Partners Ocean Installer and Vard to develop new installation vessel

- Capability goals: install  next generation of offshore wind turbines weighing in excess of 1,000 tones with heights over 150 meters above seal level 

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Over 40 years of submersible robotic innovation and development at Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

- Orginal article in Chinese
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- Translation (Google) PDF download
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Future Tech /Data Acquisition/Data/Analytics

“Data analytics and predictive analytics is where the big value lies"

- "the quality of data starts with its collection: 'Garbage in, garbage out,'” 

- "an industry entrenched in silos without effective means, or impetus, to communicate more frequently, to share data, information and insight so that the same plots of subsea turf are not studied again and again by varying groups with different agenda."

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Unmanned Vehicles/LARS - Launch and Recovery Systems

Bespoke Okeanus active heave compensated umbilical winch and skid mounted A-Frame style LARS used for NiGK’s new state-of-the-art seabed drill to successfully recover cobalt crust core samples 

- Strict factory acceptance tests and sea trials were conducted on the Okeanus system before delivery to end user Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation for deep-sea mining

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Image: “Westküste 100” real-world laboratory/Offshore Engineer

Renewable Energy/Green Hydrogen

Green hydrogen "industrial scale" pilot project funded for developing offshore wind and other production, storage and distruibution technologies in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany
- Partners include: EDF Germany, Holcim Germany, OGE, Ørsted, Raffinerie Heide, Stadtwerke Heide, and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions as well as the Heide region development agency and Westküste University of Applied Sciences

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Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind/Foundations

SPT Offshore to design and install suction pile jacket foundations for the Fujian Changle Waihai offshore wind project in China 
- Cooperation with Fujian Yongfu Power Engineering

Changle Areas A (300 MW; 40 turbines, 15 on suction pile jacket foundations) and C (496 MW; 62 turbines, all on suction pile jackets)  with water depths 37 - 45 meters located 31–50 km offshore from Changle, Fuzhou City, China

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Finance/Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind

North American floating offshore wind project attracts major international energy investors

Mitsubishi Corp and RWE will form the USD 100 million "New England Aqua Ventus" J/V to acquire, develop and operate a project conceived and initiated by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center of the University of Maine in 2008.
- The University of Maine will own the intellectual property associated with the VolturnUS floating hull concept and license the technology to the Aqua Ventus project

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Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind

Robotic scarecrows keep the the guano from hitting the deck

- Seabird droppings can cover 50 - 60% of some offshore wind structures
- Scaretech Global successfully completes a one year trial project at a substation of Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, 27km off the Suffolk Coast of the United Kingdom.

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USV/Bathymetric Imaging

USVs used for bathymetric dam imaging to avoid catastrophic failures

- Removes divers from hazardous environments 

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 Offshore Wind/Navigation/Positioning

Precise satellite positioning utilized by Fugro supports the installation of of the three semi-submersible turbines of the WindFloat Atlantic floating wind farm
- Three 8.4 MW turbines will have an installed capacity of 25 MW
- Customised solar and wind powered remote positioning system with real time connection to ROV and support vessel.

- Water depths of 100 meters 
- 20 km off of the the west coast of Viana do Castelo, Portugal 

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The Challenge: Map a difficult portion of the most sediment laden river in the world utilizing a compact Autonomous Surface Vessel equipped with multibeam echo sounder system
- Location:  Qiankun Bay, Yellow River, China
- Date: April 2020
- USV: OceanAlpha ME120 Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)          
- Device: Hydro-tech MS400P small multibeam echo sounder system

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Image: Hywind Scotland (Equinor)/The Maritime Executive

Machine Learning/Marine Renewables/Offshore Wind

New technologies essential to make floating wind farms cost-effective

- "the necessary cost reductions cannot be achieved by doing more of the same, or sharpening the efficiency of existing methods and technologies."

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Image: Vicki Ferrini/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University/The Guardian


The Challenge: Chart the entire global seabed by 2030 

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International Events

Oceanology International confirmed for December 1 - 3 2020 at London Excel

- United Kingdom government approves business-to-business  exhibitions from October 1 2020

- 25th edition celebrating 50 years of Oceanology International

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Oceanology International 

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Renewable Energy/Wave Energy

Utility scale ocean wave energy pilot project planned for offshore Vizhinjam International Seaport, Kerala, India announced by Oscilla Power

- "This region has been identified as having one of the highest wave energy intensities in India"

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Autonomous Expeditions

"Silbo" - a Teledyne Webb Research Slocum G2 Glider - circumnavigated the Atlantic Ocean in four segments, completing the journey with three battery swap/light maintenance/training/survey
stops in just over four years:

- Cape Cod, (USA)  to Ireland: 6557 km/ 330 days.
-  Ireland to Canary Islands (Spain): 3695 km/178 days
- Canary Islands to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: 6256 km/418 days
- St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to Martha's Vinyard (off of Cape Cod, USA): 6236 km/348 days

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Renewable Energy/Tidal Energy

Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology partners with European Marine Energy Centre for 4.5 MW grid capacity tidal energy test site
 - Korea Tidal Current Energy Centre (K-TEC) site on the Jang-Juk Strait in the southwestern East Sea
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Ocean Technology Investment

Digital subsea products manufacturer Tianjin Deepinfar Ocean Technology raises USD 17 million in new funding
- Producer of AUV, ROV, underwater Gliders and COPEX Drifting Buoys

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Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind

Grid connected 10 MW Dongfang Electric Corporation Offshore Wind Turbine is now China's largest

- Prototype testing and verification at Xinghua Bay Wind Farm Phase II off  Fujian province
- About 115 meters above sea level with a rotor  diameter of 185 meters
-Capable of meeting 20,000 household's average annual power
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Launch & Recovery Systems/Robotics

Robotic Launch & Recovery System (LARS) successsfully trialed in conditions as high as sea state 4
- Sealartec LARS features hydrodynamic floating structure with robotic capture device and an autonomous processes control decision making algorithm

- Recovery manned or unmanned vessel up to sea state 6

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Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind

Pioneering Danish wind turbine inventor dives into manufacturing floating offshore foundations
- Henrik Stiesdal 'has seen global wind capacity grow from virtually nothing in 1978 to more than 600 gigawatts today'
- “We could power California many times over with their offshore resource”

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Image: Larissa Büdenbender/GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Marine Biotechnology

Bioinformatics methods and machine learning applied to discover new, bioactive components of the Baltic Sea seaweed Fucus vesiculosus and its fungal symbiont against infectious bacteria or skin cancer

Researchers at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel successfully discovered marine molecules as potential remedies against infections and skin cancer in an alga and its fungal symbiont originating from the Kiel Fjord.

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Open Ocean Fish Farming

150,000 cubic meter semi-submersible fish farm installed 72 km off of the Fujian, China coast  

 - De Maas Semi-submersible Spar Fish Farm (SSFF)
 - SSFF150 design connected to its 7-point spread mooring system using Stevpris-type anchors
 - Operator Fuding Seagull will stock it with large yellow croaker (Larimichthys crocea)

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Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind/Autonomous Systems

Breakthroughs reported in project to demonstrate autonomous inspect and repair capabiliy for offshore wind farms

Innovate UK funded "Multi-Platform Inspection, Maintenance and Repair in Extreme Environments (MIMRee) Project:
Planning and executing inspection and repair missions 

 - Fully autonomous inspection repair and mainteance missions

- Moving human technicians out of extreme environments 

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Renewable Energy/Floating Offshore Wind

French and Japanese companies team together to  develop commercial scale floating offshore windfarms 
JERA - Japan's largest utility company, 
Ademe Investissement - French state owned investment company and
Ideol - French floating offshore wind specialist

- Goal of at least 2 GW
- Upcoming tenders for commercial  floating offshore windfarms in Scotland and France targeted.

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Renewable Energy/Offshore Wind

Shanghai Electric commissions China's first 8MW offshore wind turbine

he wind turbine, tested onshore at the Shantou Haojiang offshore industrial park, produces 20% more electricity than their current 7MW  unit with an approximate 11% reducition in Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE).
"The 8MW turbine is the outcome of an agreement inked in March 2018 with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), which gives the company a license to produce and sell SGRE's 8.0-167DD offshore machines in the Chinese market...."

Blade length: 81.4-meters
Rotor diameter:167 meters
Swept area: 21,900 square meters

Video: Shanghai Electric/Offshore Engineer 

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Image: Swedish icebreaker Oden mapping in previously uncharted areas of Northern Greenland during the 2019 Ryder Expedition/ON&TThe Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

19% of the global ocean floor is now mapped - up from 6% at Seabed 2030 Project's launch in 2017 

"to empower the world to make policy decisions, use the ocean sustainability and undertake scientific research based on detailed bathymetric information of the Earth's seabed"

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Image: RivieraUnmanned Uunderwater Vehicles UUV/AUV

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems completes feasibility study for developing large modular underwater vehicles.
Potential missions include difficult access Artic explorations, offshore wind, offshore oil & gas and any mission needing to transport payloads.

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Image: Neptune EnergyRenewable Energy/Repurposing Offshore Platforms

PosHYdon, the Dutch pilot project to produce green hydrogen on an existing offshore platform with wind energy, gas and seawater moves forward with more partners 
Initiators NexStep - the Dutch repurposing association, TNO - the Dutch applied scientific research association and Neptune Energy are joined by 
Gasunie, Eneco, DEME Offshore, NOGAT, and Noordgastransport.

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Image:Phys.OrgRemote + Surface Ocean Observation and Analysis

Kuroshio current strengthening from typhoon - mesoscale eddy interaction, an international research team hypothesizes

Researchers participated from the Ocean University of China and Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, the Second Institute of Oceanography, the Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa

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Ocean Infinity's New Armada will increase its remote capabilities  progress with latest Kongsberg Marine ROV Launch and  Recovery System (LARS)

Ocean Infinity's "Armada" will initially consist of 15 custom designed USVs cabable of remotely launching and recovering ROVs and AUVs - "Kongsberg says its LARS is an essential component in a system designed to ensure that no people are required at sea while carrying out subsea operations." 

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Image: Benjamin Silden/Marine Technology News Anchoring Systems
Island Offshore, a Norwegian offshore vessel contractor working with Ocean Installer on behalf of Equinor, shared recent photographs of work underway on the Johan Castberg floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO)  project off Norway in the Barents Sea

"one of the most comprehensive anchoring projects globally in 2020 "

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Image: Zhejiang UniversityTidal Energy/Renewable Energy

First 30 kW, followed by 60 kW, then 120 kW and now 650 kW - Zhejiang University's horizontal axis tidal turbine resumes operation in the the Zhoushan archipelago

This project is to develop solutions to three key problems confronting use of Tidal Current Turbines -  efficiency, reliability and stability.

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Note: OceanTech Program 2021 will be held June 19-21 on Zhejiang University's Ocean College Campus in Zhoushan

Image: Soil Machine Dynamics/Offshore EngineerOffshore Wind Energy/Renewable Energy

Boskalis receives a unique Soil Machine Dynamics pre-lay plough to prep for installing 380 kilometers of energy export cables on the sea floor for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm 

When completed the 1.4 gigawatt wind farm will be the world's largest with 165 wind turbines, each towering 190 meters above sea level

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Image: THyPSO by HydroWing/Offshore EngineerTidal Energy/Renewable Energy

Tidal energy to hydrogren - project by HydroWing and Tocardo aims to solve intermittency and transportation problems

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Image: SIMEC Atlantis Energy/CNBC Tidal Energy/Renewable Energy

500 kilowatt tidal stream turbine project in the Zhoushan archipelago, China bests the Covid 19 pandemic 

April 2020 installation of the 18 meter rotor diameter turbine from partner The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) in Wuhan

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Image: OceaneeringAutonomy/Robotics

Offshore operations -  challenges and developing technologies

“Today we’re doing IMR [inspection, maintenance and repair] on subsea wells by an IMR vessel with ROVs with 70-80 people on board” Rune Aase, Equinor

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Image: Professor He/City University of Hong Kong Wave Enerrgy/Renewable Energy
City University of Hong Kong Professor and his team develop a three compnent lightweight wave-energy-driven electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction system that can capture ocean wave energy, and convert it into formic acid, a liquid fuel.

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Image: KSTAR/pv magazineRenewable Energy

Aqua Farming goes solar in onshore reservoirs in Cixi in China's Zhejiang province 

Hangzhou Fengling Electricity Science Technology recently completed the 120 MW second and final phase of the 320 MW project

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Image: SEA-KIT/Offshore EngineerUnmanned and Autonomous Operations

Fugro and SEA-KIT partner for USVs and AUVs for marine asset inspections

Remote and autonomous solutions being developed in conjunction with Fugro's global remote oprations centers

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Image: Offshore Engineer/SaipemRenewable Energy

Italy's Saipem/Moss Maritime and Norway's Equinor partner to develop a modular floating solar panel park system designed for rougher weather conditions and more locations
The technology will be based on the in-house developed concept by Moss Maritime, part of Saipem's XSIGHT division dedicated to high value-added services

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OceanAlpha and Kongsberg team for Port of Hamburg survey USV
"Echo.1 will be able to travel up to six hours at a time in the harbor to improve the understanding of the water depths and provide information about the condition of the quay walls."
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Image: Oceanology International/Marine Technology News Ocean Technology Events - Reed Exhibitions

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

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

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

Summaries and link from GPS World

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

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

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

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

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Image: Deploying SeaRaptor - ON&T, Teledyne Gavia

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

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

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

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Image: Del Mar Oceanographic Ocean Measurements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone Expansion

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

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Ocean Industry News

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

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

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  Ocean Industry Event:

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

Abstract Submissions Open September 26, 2019

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26 Sept 2019

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Ocean Industry Investment:

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

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Ocean Industry News

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese Society of Oceanography

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

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

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

eDNA autonomously collected by laboratory carrying UAV

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

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

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First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica 

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

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

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

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

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Man-Portable Multibeam USV Unveiled by Picotech

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

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

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

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

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

How the world's fisheries are interconnected

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

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

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

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Global Ocean Observing System Report Card 2019:

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

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

8,933 in situ ocean observing platforms

170 satellites continuously monitor the global ocean and atmosphere

86 countries involved in ocean observations

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

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

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

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

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel 

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

“How healthy is your ocean?”

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

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Autonomous data collection:

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

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

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

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



OceanTech Program
OT 2019
Zhejiang University
Zhoushan Campus

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


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

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

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

Dates set for OT 2021 – May 19-21

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

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

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Be There for LIVE Demonstrations!!

LIVE Demons and research entities exhibiting at OceanTech 2019  (May 16-18, Zhejiang University Zhoushan Campus).  Among exhibitors:  Second Institute of Oceanography, China; 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