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New SeaHow skimmer systems can be implemented to almost any work boat over 6 m in length. Skimmers are designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently. These features provide totally new operational efficiencies especially for near shore and coastal oil spill response.??SeaHow operates one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of oil spill response vessels. Over the 30 years that SeaHow has carried out OSR (oil spill response) work, it has found several challenges with the existing equipment. As a result of three years of product development, SeaHow launches its own product line of skimmers, addressing the key challenges OSR organizations face today.

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Proposal Due Date: 3 April 2015.

The Joint Industry Programme on Exploration and Production Sound and Marine Life - Phase III seeks proposals to provide a literature review that will contribute to understanding the status and potential of aerial and marine autonomous technologies, including but not limited to Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technologies (either surface or underwater) to conduct mitigation monitoring and/or population surveys for marine mammals and other marine species.

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Valeport are using Ocean Business as the launch platform for a new sound velocity profiler, which will be on show for the first time at Ocean Business (14-16 April, Southampton, UK). Recognized as world leaders in sound velocity technology, Valeport’s latest addition to their portfolio of sound velocity sensors and profilers is the new SWIFT SVP. This new compact unit will feature high accuracy SV, Pressure and Temperature as you would expect, plus integral GPS, re-chargeable battery, LED status indications for GPS, battery and comms, Bluetooth interface and operation via a free APP or standard software.

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A tool for removing oil trapped in submerged vessels has been developed in Norway by design specialists Miko Marine. With the launch of the Moskito the company has addressed the pollution threat that exists with the large numbers of sunken ships around the world that still contain significant quantities of oil in their tanks as cargo or bunker fuel. Many of the thousands of ships sunk during the Second World War now have seventy years of corrosion eating at their plates and the days are drawing inexorably closer when the pollutants that they contain will escape. The only answers are to either seal the wreck at great expense or to recover the pollutant in a controlled manner. Now, with the introduction of the Moskito, removing the oil is a speedy and cost-effective operation.

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Looking towards 2050, Europeans will be using their maritime and inland waterways space for transport; offshore food production, energy generation, mineral exploitation as well as for urban dwelling; tourism, manufacturing and trade. This calls for ambitious emission reductions and meeting stricter safety requirements with the advent of new technologies and operations scenarios. This also requires training of highly specialized manufacturing and operating personnel to use new vessels and systems and provide services in this future waterborne environment. Therefore more than 50 stakeholders (shipowners, ship yards, marine equipment supplier, classification societies, research, academia, SMEs etc) joined forces and established the European research association “Vessels for the Future” to work on 40 demonstrations including an overarching Pan-European Vessel Demonstrator to achieve 80% reduction in CO2, 100% reduction of NOx and SOx and a reduction of risk by a factor of 10 by 2050.

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CorrBlock™ is time-release, biodegradable corrosion inhibitor block friendly to marine ecosystems. This safe to handle and easy to apply block is formulated using renewable soybean-based wax and proven Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) technology. When immersed in water CorrBlock™ slowly dissolves and releases calculated amount of inhibitors required for corrosion protection of a system.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO’s) Water Power Program, makes strategic investments in the Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) subprogram, including transformational technology innovations that seek to maximize generation from water power resources while addressing key market deployment and environmental impact challenges. The Program aims to achieve cost-competitiveness with local hurdle rates of 12 to 15 cents per/kWh by 2030. The Program addresses technology needs and opportunities in MHK, which would otherwise not be addressed by the private sector on its own.

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Pioneering techniques that use satellites to monitor ocean acidification are set to revolutionize the way that marine biologists and climate scientists study the ocean.

This new approach, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, offers remote monitoring of large swathes of inaccessible ocean from satellites that orbit the Earth some 700 km above our heads.

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Canada’s first and only scientific Wave Glider completed its mission remotely uploading fish-migration data from 184 fixed, underwater receivers. The receivers are part of a 205 km animal tracking-array used by Canadian scientists to track the movements of sharks, seals, tuna, salmon, eels and other fish or marine mammals carrying acoustic tags.

It doesn’t look like the stealthy science-fiction drones of Hollywood as it bobs along the surface (it glides smoothly on a calm day), but this bright yellow surfboard packs major scientific punch at low-cost and low-risk.

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