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Marine Robots Detect Whales in the Deep Ocean

A submarine glider, owned by Blue Ocean Monitoring, prepares for its first dive after being deployed off Orkney (Photo: NOC)

 A fleet of marine robots built and operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and its partners has detected whales and porpoises and recorded the sounds they make in a survey of the deep ocean off northern Scotland.   In the summer of 2017 a fleet of 11 autonomous marine robots was deployed

Students Bring Robotics to US Naval War College

A group of students from the robotics teams at Slater Junior High School and Shea High School from Pawtucket, R.I. visited U.S. Naval War College (NWC) on Tuesday, December 12.    The students brought two robots which they designed and built to NWC to demonstrate to the NWC students, staff and faculty

N-Sea Develops UXO Detection System

Roddy James, N-Sea Chief Operating Officer (Photo: N-Sea)

Subsea IMR provider N-Sea has launched Magsense, a vertical gradiometer array specifically designed for highly accurate Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) campaigns.   Developed in-house by N-Sea, the system has been designed to collect and record high resolution data in magnetically noisy subsea environments and hostile conditions,

Eye on Design: C-DRONE

(Image: MARIN)

New autonomous system for undisturbed wave spectrum measurements   During trials the correct measurement of metocean conditions is crucial for reproducibility, performance prediction and to avoid disputes between different stakeholders. MARIN believes its new C-DRONE can make it much easier to obtain accurate measurement data.

UK Partners Launch Autonomous Navigation Project

(Photo: BMT)

As unmanned surface vessels continue to gain ground globally, a new project in the U.K. sets out to address challenges relating to the coexistence of autonomous systems and traditional manned vessels in shared water space. The £1.2 million ($1.6 million) research project, dubbed SWANS (Shared Waterspace Autonomous Navigation by Satellite),

Batista Named CEO at Aquabotix

David Batista (Photo: Aquabotix)

UUV Aquabotix Ltd has named David Batista as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding the company’s current CEO and founder, Durval Tavares, who will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer.   In his new role as CTO, Tavares will lead development of the company’s underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle)

Kawasaki Tests Prototype AUV in UK Waters

(Photo: Kawasaki Heavy Industries)

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced it has completed verification testing of its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in U.K. waters.   With a focus on the growing demand for pipeline maintenance in the offshore oil and gas fields, Kawasaki said it has been developing AUVs utilizing sophisticated

SeeByte to Extend US Navy Unmanned Capability

(Image: SeeByte)

SeeByte said it has been awarded a Naval Sea Systems Command contract valued at $22.59 million over five years to provide engineering, technical support and training services for the MK18 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Family of Systems (FoS).   The award allows the government to execute task orders

Hydroid Names Rogers VP of Engineering

Dr. Andrew K. Rogers has joined Hydroid Inc. as vice president of engineering, responsible for leading all engineering and program management activities at the Massachusetts based Kongsber Maritime subsidiary, including research and development, new product development, program planning and execution and product support.

Researchers Set out to Study the Southern Ocean

Dr. Miguel Morales Maqueda (center) with Alicia Mountford and Liam Rogerson, the group from Newcastle University carrying out research in Antarctica as part of the ORCHESTRA project. (Photo: Newcastle University)

A team from Newcastle University has arrived in Antarctica this week as part of a major new research project to measure the rate of uptake of heat and CO2 in the Southern Ocean.   Dr. Miguel Morales Maqueda, Alicia Mountford and Liam Rogerson from Newcastle University have joined the ORCHESTRA research

Unmanned Vehicles Aid Search for Argentine Sub

Official U.S. Navy file photo of a Bluefin-21.

A fleet of four high-tech unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) deployed by the U.S. Navy have joined ships and aircraft from more than a half dozen countries to search for an Argentine navy submarine missing with 44 submariners on board in the southern Atlantic.   One Bluefin 12D (Deep) UUV and three Iver 580 UUVs operated by the U.

SMD Tests Subsea Mining Vehicle Prototype

The VAMOS vehicle at SMD’s Head Office Turbinia Works (Photo: SMD)

A new robotic underwater mining vehicle prototype has completed first stage testing in a project set to uncover valuable European underwater mineral resources.   U.K.-based subsea engineering specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) is technical lead on the VAMOS (viable alternative mine operating system) project,

UK Ship Register Signs its First Unmanned Vessel

C-Worker 7. Photo: ASV Global

 The UK Ship Register has signed its first ever unmanned vessel to the flag, showing how it is adapting to the changes of the maritime industry.    ASV’s C-Worker 7 will be used for work such as subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring. It can be used under direct control, semi-manned or completely unmanned.

Denmark Zooms in on Developments in Autonomous Shipping

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 A conference on autonomous ships hosted by the Danish Maritime Authority zooms in on the potential for using new technology on board ships.   Before long, the Danish Maritime Authority can take the next step in its efforts to create a sound and safe framework for utilising new technology in shipping.

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