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Sunday, September 22, 2019

National Oceanography Centre News

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BMT CEO Sarah Kenny Appointed OBE

BMT Group Ltd (previously British Maritime Technology) said that Sarah Kenny, Chief Executive of BMT has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.The accolade, for services to the Maritime Industry, and Diversity, reflects her long-standing commitment and contribution to supporting and promoting the United Kingdom’s maritime industries, in addition to her work on STEM and promoting the importance and value of diversity in the sector.Sir John Hood…

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The Impact of Future Global Tides on Energy

The first comprehensive study of the impact of global sea-level rise on tides has implications for future coastal flood risk, harbour management, and the long term planning of tidal energy sites. This research, published in Continental Shelf Research by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), University of Southampton and Deltares, shows that sea-level rise can significantly alter tides across the world in many different ways in both space and time. The change will be most pronounced in shelf seas on the east coast of the Americas…

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Bleak Outlook for World's Oceans

Global warming will disrupt four-fifths of the world's oceans by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, Reuter's quoted scientists as saying. The situation is threatening fish that are the main source of food for a billion people. Curbs on man-made emissions, however, would give marine life more time to adapt to warming conditions or for marine life from algae to cod to shift to cooler waters nearer the poles, they said. "By 2050 around four-fifths of the ocean surface will be affected by ocean acidification and ocean warming…

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UK Minister Calls for Investment in Maritime

Government minister Anna Soubry has heaped praise on Britain’s marine and maritime sectors and urged international businesses to invest in “the U.K.’s world-leading infrastructure and expertise”. The Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise delivered her rousing endorsement to hundreds of delegates at INVESTINBLUE, the showcase for the U.K. maritime industry held as part of the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool. Her message was that Britain…

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Arctic Shipping Routes May Open by 2080 -NOC

Commercial summer shipping across the North Pole may be possible by the end of the century, with the first potential crossings feasible for ice-strengthened ships around 2040. According to this study, by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Arctic shipping could potentially account for as much as 10 percent of all cargo transported between Europe and the Pacific. It will help supply communities and industries along the coasts of Siberia and Canada. A simulation…

New Launches, Demonstrations Set for Seawork

Europe’s commercial marine and workboat exhibition held in a working port, Seawork International, has released its plans for demonstrations, launches and conferences. Organizers say Voith will announce a new marine propulsion system that produces more thrust, reduces noise and vibration, while cutting operating costs. The Smart Surfaces’ Duplex fouling from Tudor Streamline Surfaces will debut at Seawork, which is expected to attract considerable interest from commercial boat operators having been initially developed by the U.S.

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ASV Wins Maritime Autonomy R&D Funding

ASV Ltd, in partnership with nine other commercial and research organisations, have been awarded funding by Innovate UK to undertake in excess of £3million worth of research and development for Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS). Three separate projects involving ASV will look to address different areas covering the wide spectrum of activities concerning Maritime Autonomous Systems. These include software and communications, operations and regulations, autonomous vehicle interaction and launch and recovery.

Waveglider in rough seas

Robot Fleet Completes Pioneering Mission

The second phase of an ambitious project to gather valuable information on ocean processes and marine life using a fleet of innovative marine robots has just reached its conclusion. Co-ordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the Exploring Ocean Fronts project took place off southwest England and saw the largest deployment of robotic vehicles ever attempted in UK waters. The marine robots, which are powered by a combination of wave, wind and solar power, are controlled by satellite communications and can cover hundreds of kilometres in a single mission.

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Study: Rising Sea Level Puts 150 Million at Risk

For 150 million people living in coastal areas around the world, rising sea level will become a genuine threat, according to a new international study which found evidence the sea level has been rising over the past 200 years – and continues to rise. Ocean warming and glaciers/ice sheets melting are the causes of the sea level rise, said Dr. Svetlana Jevrejeva from the U.K.’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC), who coauthored the scientific research paper “Trends and acceleration in global and regional sea levels since 1807…

UKHO Chief Executive, Ian Moncrieff CBE with William Heaps at the award ceremony in Southampton.

William Heaps Wins UKHO Alexander Dalrymple Award

William Heaps, Assistant Marine Advisor and Hydrographic Manager of the U.K.’s leading port group, Associated British Ports (ABP) has been presented with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office’s (UKHO’s) Alexander Dalrymple Award at a ceremony in Southampton. This prestigious award is dedicated to Alexander Dalrymple who formed the hydrographic office in 1795 and is a symbol of recognition for outstanding dedication and contribution to world hydrography. William was honored with…

U.K.'s Liverpool Bay Dredging Secret Discovered

New research tracking the movement of dredged sediment around Liverpool Bay could save millions of pounds in dredging costs. Each year, sediment must be dredged from the port and deposited elsewhere to maintain access for commercial vessels. But according to the new study by scientists at the National Oceanography Center in Liverpool, the dredged material appears back in the port again within just a few weeks of its removal, carried by sea currents. The team used computer models to predict the movement of a particle of dredged material once it had been deposited in the bay.

UK Ocean Technologies Expo Biggest Yet

Ocean Business 2013 at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton will welcome 300+ worldwide companies to its upcomeng show. One of the most exciting elements of the show is that visitors can actually see equipment in action and ‘test-drive’ products before they purchase. This year’s Ocean Business is running an unmissable programme of free training and demonstrations, running over 180 hours where leading companies will introduce new products, technologies and techniques.

New Oceanographic Data in Major Ship-Routing Trial

New data that enables ships and superyachts to improve their routing efficiency is being trialled with a major cruise line company. The data, provided by oceanographic data specialist Tidetech, will allow captains and deck officers to route their vessels more efficiently, saving time, fuel and money while reducing environmental impact.The scientific data can be integrated with onboard navigation systems and provides an accurate feed of global ocean currents, sea surface temperatures…

A Sonardyne Wideband Mini-Transponder was installed on the Holland 1 ROV and also on its tether management system.

Sonardyne helps major scientific discovery on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Sonardyne International’s Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) acoustic positioning technology has played a crucial role in a scientific mission to discover a new eco system on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. The Irish led VENTuRE expedition used the Ranger 2 equipment to track the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Holland 1 over three kilometres below the sea surface as it searched for and filmed evidence of the newly named Moytirra Vent Field. The mission to find and study the deep sea vent field on the mid Atlantic Ridge was undertaken from the Irish research vessel, RV Celtic Explorer.