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Royal NIOZ Acquires Three New Teledyne Webb Slocum Gliders

24.01.2023
Teledyne Marine announces selling and delivering three Webb Slocum gliders to the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). NIOZ conducts multidisciplinary applied marine research to address major scientific questions about our oceans and seas. After completing a competitive tender procedure, NIOZ acquired three Teledyne Webb Research G3 Slocum gliders. NIOZ Scientists, engineers, and ship technicians recently underwent operational and maintenance training on the systems with field support staff from Teledyne Webb Research and the UK’s National Oceanographic Center (NOC), which are Teledyne’s European Slocum Service Center. This training was conducted in Spain at SOCIB facilities in preparation for the glider science project to be undertaken initially by the RV Pelagia in the North Sea in the spring of 2023.

New Funding Allows Robot Fleet to Investigate Ocean Carbon Cycle

19.01.2023
The UK is at the forefront of a global shift to using high-tech robots to explore the ocean. The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) BIO-Carbon programme is investigating how marine life stores carbon dioxide (CO2).

New Funding Call to Develop New Robotic and Automation Solutions in UK Manufacturing

17.01.2023
The Made Smarter Innovation Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, has launched a new £6 million late-stage robotics and automation industrialisation funding call for collaborative research and development. Projects can seek grant funding for project values up to £4 million.

MacArtney takes Customer Support all the way to the North Pole

04.01.2023
MacArtney supplied and fitted a containerised MERMAC winch to Oden, the Swedish Maritime Administration's icebreaker and research vessel, for an expedition to the North Pole. The company was chosen as a supplier due to system flexibility and a vast experience in solution customisation rigged to customer applications.

UK Government Awards £45million to Maintain Flagship Scientific Research Vessels

13.12.2022
Babcock International’s Rosyth shipyard has been awarded £45 million to maintain the UK’s fleet of scientific research vessels, including the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) operated RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook.

Ground-breaking Search and Rescue Technology set for Commercialisation with £2.3m Investment

06.12.2022
Zelim, an Edinburgh based start-up pioneering unmanned search and rescue solutions, including the world's first remotely operated rescue vessel, has secured £2.3m equity investment. Most of the funding comes from lead investor, Kero Development Partners and Aberdeen based I7V, who are following initial investment in Zelim’s seed round in 2020.

University of Plymouth to Integrate GeoAcoustics GeoPulse Compact Sub-bottom Profiler into its Hydrography Programmes and Research Projects

23.11.2022
Hydroacoustic technology specialist GeoAcoustics Ltd and the University of Plymouth have signed a new technology partnership agreement based on the use of a GeoPulse Compact sub-bottom profiler for education and research purposes.

Boxfish ROV Future-Proofed with Autonomous Capability

01.11.2022
New Zealand underwater robotics company Boxfish Research announced that their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are now autonomous-capable, allowing customers to future-proof their vehicle investment. The capability to upgrade the Boxfish ROV platform to perform autonomous and semi-autonomous tasks promises to deliver better data, enhanced survey repetition and increased efficiency in underwater operations.

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 USBL for MBARI’s state-of-the-art research ship

25.10.2022
US oceanographic research centre Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) has chosen deepwater positioning technology from Sonardyne for its new, state-of-the-art scientific flagship the R/V David Packard. The 50 m-long research vessel, named in honour of MBARI’s founder, David Packard, is being built to undertake a diverse range of missions in Monterey Bay and beyond, supporting the institute’s mission to advance marine science and technology to understand a changing ocean.

Maldives Minister Declares Nekton Mission a Success

12.10.2022
The Environment Minister of the Maldives says the knowledge acquired by local and international scientists - who have spent the past month mapping and sampling the previously unexplored depths of the world’s lowest-lying nation - will be vital to help policymakers manage and protect the marine environment.


Sonardyne Ranger 2 Acoustic Tracking Technology Selected for New Irish Research Vessel

07.09.2022
Ireland's new state-of-the-art multi-purpose marine research vessel RV Tom Crean has entered service equipped with Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) underwater positioning technology from ocean science company Sonardyne.

Greensea Systems Inc. partners with sister company Armach Robotics and Maryland’s Maritime Environmental Resource Center (MERC) leading to contract award from US Navy’s Office of Naval Research

29.07.2022
Marine Software Pioneer, Greensea Systems Inc. has recently been awarded a contract for a 2-year Phase II Option Period by the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research to continue the technology development for an Autonomous Hull Cleaning Vehicle. This is a continuation of the work that Greensea has been conducting through a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program since 2018.

IQUA Robotics and Partners Awarded the PLOME Research Project

08.07.2022
A scientific team led by the University of Girona (UdG) will develop an underwater platform to intelligently monitor marine ecosystems in real time. The project is called “Platform for Long-lasting Observation of Marine Ecosystems” (PLOME) and is carried out jointly with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), the Universitat Politècnica de Madrid (UPM), the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC) and the company Iqua Robotics SL.

Boxfish Research Announces New Reseller Agreement with DK M-Tech

12.04.2022
Boxfish Research, a New Zealand manufacturer of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), today announced an authorised reseller agreement with DK M-Tech, a market-leading provider of specialised marine equipment in South Korea. This new business partnership introduces Boxfish Research’s innovative ROV systems to the Korean market and enhances DK M-Tech’s capacity to improve Korea’s maritime safety and marine environment.

Underwater System Being Developed for Office of Naval Research Reaches Unprecedented Depth for an Inspection-Class ROV

01.04.2022
RE2 Robotics, a leading developer of intelligent mobile manipulation systems, today announced that its Maritime Mine Neutralization System (M2NS) reached an unprecedented depth milestone of more than 1 kilometer during a recent open-water demonstration for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), the project’s sponsor.

Schmidt Ocean Institute Donates Research Vessel to the National Research Council (CNR)

14.03.2022
Founders Eric and Wendy Schmidt donate research vessel Falkor to Italy’s science agency to conduct ocean science in the Mediterranean and beyond. Schmidt Ocean Institute announced today the donation of its 82.9-meter research vessel, Falkor, to the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), expanding the science agency’s fleet of research vessels and continuing Falkor’s legacy of conducting ocean science. The ship will be renamed to Gaia Blu.

iXblue Delivers the Synthetic Aperture Sonar Dedicated to Ifremer's New 6000m-rated AUV

18.01.2022
Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Ocean Science, has received its new synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) from iXblue. It will equip the institute’s new 6000m-rated Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) dedicated to deep sea exploration.

Eastern Mediterranean Sea as Model Region to Study Future Changes in the Ocean

06.01.2022
Human activities affect the ocean in many ways. Warming and reductions in nutrient supply affect oceanic ecosystems. This has consequences for our food supply and the ocean’s uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide - and thus on the ocean's ability to mitigate climate change. The German-Israeli joint project "Eastern Mediterranean Sea as a model for Future Ocean Research" (EMS FORE) will investigate the consequences of these changes in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as a model region. The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany) is leading the five-year study together with the University of Haifa (Israel). The Helmholtz Association is funding the work as an "International Helmholtz Laboratory" with a total of six million euros.
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