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Dee Caffari (left) is the skipper of "Turn the Tide on Plastic. Boat captain Liz Wardley (right) looks after the scientific devices during the races. Photo credit: Sören Gutekunst, GEOMAR.

Science

On 10 December 2017, seven high-tech racing yachts started from Cape Town, South Africa heading to the Southern Ocean. It marked the beginning of one of the toughest legs of the around the world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). The next destination is Melbourne, Australia.

Assessments of the North Atlantic right whale population based on five assessment methods. The Pace model (red arrow) shows a point estimate along with error bars representing the 95% probability range. By general agreement, the most reliable population number through 2016 is 451 right whales, based on the Pace model. For details on calculations and further information, please see the full Right Whale Report Card at www.narwc.org.

Science

The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium is extremely concerned about the population status of the North Atlantic right whale.

A common coral called Montastraea cavernosa off the Broward coast, with the white margins showing the diseased areas and areas of exposed coral skeleton. Photo credit: Nova Southeaster University CRRAM Lab.

Science

South Florida's corals are turning into lifeless skeletons and have not recovered after bleaching and disease.

OGL received samples from Antarctica collected aboard the RV Laurence M. Gould, shown here next to Palmer Station. Photo credits: Detrich Lab & Wikimedia Commons.

Science

When you imagine the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica, you probably think about ice and penguins. You may not realize that there are astounding species that thrive in these cold, stable, oxygen-rich waters. Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) recently acquired valuable samples from this southern sea.

NOAA Ship Rainier anchored in Cuyler Harbor adjacent to San Miguel Island, California. Photo credit: NOAA.

Science

Ocean surveying is not just for nautical charts.

A special issue of the Advances in Atmospheric Sciences is highlighting recent scientific work in Arctic climate and its impacts on Eurasian weather and climate. Links to each of the papers is presented below.

Officials from 9 countries and the European Union reached agreement on November 30 on an historic international accord that will protect 1.1 million square miles of the Central Arctic Ocean. Once signed, the legally binding agreement will prevent commercial fishing in the region for at least 16 years while scientific research is conducted to learn more about its marine life.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking to recover the full $1.042 billion of its reinsurance coverage to help pay the federal flood insurance program’s losses from Hurricane Harvey. Those paid losses exceeded the minimum threshold for the NFIP’s reinsurance coverage, according to the Insurance Journal.

For Doug Gibson, the executive director of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in California, a 29 November 2017 event was more than two decades in the making, according to an article in The Coast News.

According to an article at MRCTV, Scientists are calling for a worldwide ban on glitter, warning that the arts and crafts supplies are a hazard to the environment, particularly the ocean.

The Trump Administration is considering removing some protections for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, both in the central Pacific Ocean, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England.

Regulation

The Trump administration is considering rolling back federal protections for a number of national monuments. While most are on land and relatively accessible, three are deep below the ocean’s surface and many miles from the mainland: The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, both in the central Pacific Ocean, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) are proposing to amend the effective date of the 2015 rule defining “waters of the United States.”

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is now accepting applications for scientific participants on Expedition 383 Dynamics of the Pacific Antarctic Circumpolar Current, aboard the JOIDES Resolution. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.

Subsea UK in partnership with Scottish Enterprise has opened an R&D funding call for innovation projects to drive forward research and development projects between Scotland and Japan that will help solve the industry’s most complex technological challenges.

A fishing boat in the Columbia River.

Opportunity

The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) has one vacancy for a fish biologist located in any of the following location: Seattle, WA, Lacey, WA or Portland, OR. The salary range is $90,955 to $142,352 per year and the deadline to apply is 19 December 2017.

OceanWise seeks a Marketing Coordinator to support their promotional and sales activities internationally. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing OceanWise’s marketing plan and contributing to the plan as they grow into the role.

Imagine starting the day in London demonstrating the coolest Underwater Drone to potential customers and then enjoying dinner in Copenhagen before your morning meeting with the world's largest shipping company the next day... Meet thousands of potential clients and customers for our world-class products through our strong marketing efforts, and have the opportunity to bring them the absolute best underwater robots on the market.

Deep Trekker Inc. is currently seeking a Business Development ROCKSTAR to be based from their Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada offices. As a customer facing driver of new robotics business at Deep Trekker Inc., you will assume responsibility for the generation of sales originating from customers and reseller channels in a variety of industries around the world. This role offers the opportunity for worldwide travel, 360-degree account ownership, and a fun work environment with a young, energetic team.

The task of the Business Development Representative is to increase the Company’s sales for its Remotely Operated Vehicles. Deep Trekker Inc. is headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON.

Key Responsibilities

  • Driving ROV sales to meet/exceed annual revenue targets in select industries and regions;
  • Promoting the awareness of the Deep Trekker products and building long term relationships with operators, channels, and prime contractors;
  • Managing leads, accounts, and reseller channels through consistent and proactive communication
  • Monitoring industry media for suitable business opportunities;
  • Actively prospecting and reaching out to potential customers by using trade publications, media, internet research and social media in order to drive new business for Deep Trekker products
  • Preparing all quotations, paperwork, and invoices to complete sales and manage accounts
  • Ensuring that Deep Trekker is included on all relevant bid lists for procurement in government and military;
  • Overseeing the preparation of pre-qualification submissions
  • Following-up with clients on submitted bids and ensuring that clarification requests and questions are responded to;
  • Participating in and leading client negotiations;
  • Ensuring delivery of products by working closely with the manufacturing and shipping departments
  • Assisting and coordinating in the preparation of technical documentation such as sample procedures, schedules and training;
  • Providing weekly reports;
  • Consistent daily data input and updating of the CRM system;
  • Assisting sales of selective long term and channel opportunities;
  • Maintain knowledge on current product features, pricing, offerings, policies, and procedures;
  • Provide customer service on proposed systems, and post-sales support and customer service
  • Develop product quotations for new and existing customers
  • Make and deliver invoices and track payments, shipments and other details
  • Manage incoming customer calls and conduct outbound proactive calls to existing leads or customers
  • Perform administrative duties such as managing sales database, spreadsheets and processing POs
  • Schedule services for customers based on internal resources and requirements
  • Communicate with all customers and internal staff in a respectful and informative manner
  • Promote the company’s products at tradeshows and open house events
  • Attend regular sales meetings to review accounts and brainstorm strategies
  • Research new markets and provide reports, lead lists, and other information as requested
  • Respond to inbound sales emails
  • Answer inbound sales calls
  • Perform other duties as required
  • Travelling domestically and overseas

Key Working Relationships

With the CEO, COO, CTO and Marketing

Desired Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate is wicked smart, with an unnatural level of energy and ability to get stuff done.

  • You must ooze enthusiasm, and thrive where things move lightning fast! Must have experience in sales and leadership;
  • a similar sales and marketing role in the subsea services market is an asset, but not required
  • You must possess the ability to communicate with people who are hardworking, “in the trenches” types, but be equally polished and confident enough to deal with high level C-execs and government personnel
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills;
  • Able to understand technical concepts and turn a wrench from time to time;
  • Confident at using MS Office, CRM, and accounting software;
  • Flawless English writing and speech; Other languages an asset
  • Creative thinker, Self-starter;
  • Ability to travel worldwide EXTENSIVELY at a moment’s notice

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Associate

Required licenses or certifications:

  • Valid Canadian Passport
  • Driver's License

On behalf of the Wind Energy Technologies Office, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled U.S. Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium FOA.

Aquabotix’s Integra AUV/ROV is designed for multiple underwater missions across several sectors

Products

UUV Aquabotix Ltd (Aquabotix) introduced its second-generation hybrid underwater vehicle, the Integra AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle). Single-person deployable, portable and lithium ion battery-powered, the Integra AUV/ROV allows users to conduct multiple underwater missions, while providing a cost-efficient alternative to deploying separate AUVs and ROVs for individualized tasks.

Human activities in the ocean such as fishing, marine energy, transport, etc. can have an impact on marine ecosystems, often in multiple ways.

Landing String Solutions LLC has signed an agreement with Trelleborg’s offshore operation for Trelleborg to manufacture its patented landing string buoyancy system featuring 100% composite materials. Through this agreement, both companies aim to market the solution to a wider customer base globally.

The Greenland Climate Research Centre will be taking delivery of a SeaBat T50-R Extended Range high-resolution multibeam sonar. The sonar will be hull mounted on R/V Sanna. R/V Sanna operates as a research vessel on the West Greenland coast, collecting valuable data about Greenland's marine resources and oceanographic environment.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions launches a unique rotary seal with “outstanding performance and reliability” when running at greater speeds and higher temperatures.

Echoscope® was used to monitor the cable touch-down position during the cable lay process.

Products

Coda Octopus are delighted to report successful deployment of the Echoscope® real-time 3D sonar system on the Race Bank offshore wind farm project by DeepOcean. The Echoscope® was used for a vast number of tasks including live cable touch-down monitoring and position recording, monitoring of first and second end pull-ins, cable-cut marking and survey of the as-laid inter-array cables.

Photo credit: Vattenfall / CC BY-ND.

Companies

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator announced a new €2.3 million project, Wind Farm Control Trials (WFCT) designed to demonstrate how effective implementation of control strategies can reduce the cost of offshore wind. The project will investigate the impact of focusing on strategies that aim to improve energy generation across an entire wind farm, rather than individual turbines.

Runde Environmental Centre (REC) and Innovation Norway (IN) are cooperating to build a bilateral cooperative cluster for deep-sea environmental monitoring and knowledge. Called the DeepSea Environmental Monitoring Cluster, it will emphasize integration and connection.

Cape Wind would have placed 130 turbines on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. Image courtesy of NOAA.

Companies

Once well-positioned to become the nation's first off-shore wind farm, Cape Wind has given up on trying to develop a 46-square mile site in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts, and relinquished its federal lease, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Rutter Inc. has delivered their sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection to a port in Saudi Arabia. Rutter’s system will be fully integrated by the port’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) provider to add environmental protection capabilities to their traffic management system. Rutter’s technology is currently being integrated into the system, with full deployment in 2018.

SMD is the technical lead on VAMOS, which enables access to high grade EU reserves of deeper seated minerals by providing a new Safe, Clean and Low Visibility Mining Technique.

Companies

UK-based subsea engineering specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has successfully completed first stage testing in a pioneering project which is set to uncover valuable European mineral resources.

The foundation and well of an old house in Sacandaga Lake. Photo courtesy of JW Fishers.

Companies

What can be done when disaster strikes and the unforgiving sea claims expensive or invaluable objects? JW Fishers has assisted in the recovery of countless ships, anchors, aircraft, indispensable equipment, and, in the most devastating of cases, love ones.