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JUN 2017

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www.sea-technology.com June 2017 / st 9 soundings )) US-Cuba Joint Research Expedition Underway. The RV F.G. Walton Smith arrived in the port of Havana, Cuba, May 16 for a research cruise running to June 13. The vessel will circumnavigate Cuba, conducting daily ROV dives to focus on the mesophotic reef sites at depths of 30 to 150 m. The purpose of the expedition is to discover and characterize the extent of mesophotic reefs in Cuba and compare the health and connectivity among the mesophotic and shallow coral reef systems in Cuba and the U.S. This project could serve as the basis for a long-term relationship among U.S. and Cuban scientists and collaborators (Sea Technology, December 2016). )) One Sea to Achieve Autonomous Commercial Maritime Traffic by 2025. MacGregor, part of Cargotec, is one of several leading global companies that have teamed up for the advanced co-creation ecosystem, One Sea. Founded in 2016, the goal for the ecosystem's partners is to jointly develop the world's first system of autonomous ships. The vision is to enable fully remote-controlled vessels in the Baltic Sea in three years and to achieve autonomous commercial maritime traffic by 2025. Leading the One Sea ecosystem is DIMECC (Digital, Internet, Materials & Engineering Co-Creation). The association of Finn- ish Marine Industries also supports this work, and the Finnish funding agency TEKES has invested in the project. The One Sea ecosystem is the latest in a series of collaborative initiatives by MacGregor and is one of many projects designed to create products and develop software and solutions to enable autonomous vessel traffic. MacGregor is collaborating with Rolls- Royce on research and development in autonomy for cargo ship navigation and cargo systems on board container ships. )) China Seeks to Expand Maritime Trade. Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing in May by describing the principles, progress and plans for what is intended to be the world's largest global infrastructure and trade development initiative. At the event, the World Ocean Council (WOC) highlighted the need and opportunity for ocean industry leadership on sustainable development in relation to the "Maritime Silk Road" component of the Belt and Road Initiative and ocean ecosystems. At the SiLKS Summit, also in Beijing in May, WOC proposed develop- ing a leadership group to bring together the ocean business community and other ocean partners in China and elsewhere to identify the priorities for understanding and addressing the risks and opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative for ocean sustainable development. )) USV Market to Grow to $938.5 Million by 2022. A new report on the USV market by MarketsandMarkets estimates its value at $470.1 million in 2017 and predicts it will reach $938.5 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 14.83 percent from 2017 to 2022. This growth can be attributed to rising demand for maritime security, protection of shallow waters and ports, and the need for ocean data and mapping. There is high demand from navies for surveillance, reconnaissance, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures. The sensor segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. North America dominates the USV market, driven by increasing demand for water quality monitoring, ocean data mapping, asymmetric threats and maritime security. In Europe, the focus is on mine countermeasures. )) First Fully Electric, Autonomous Container Ship. The vessel YARA Birkeland will be the world's first fully electric and au- tonomous container ship, with zero emissions. Operation is planned to start in the latter half of 2018. The vessel, named after YARA's founder, Kristian Birkeland, will reduce NOx and CO 2 emissions. It will initially operate as a manned vessel, moving to remote operation in 2019 and expected to be capable of performing fully autonomous operations from 2020. It will be a game-changer for global maritime transport, contributing to meeting the UN sustainability goals. )) BSEE Gets New Director. Former Louisiana state official Scott A. Angelle will head the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Envi- ronmental Enforcement (BSEE), which fosters safe and responsible energy production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf through regulatory oversight of oil and gas operations. Angelle, who previously served as vice chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, was to assume his new position May 23. Angelle, who will serve as the fourth director in BSEE's history, has held numerous positions in Louisiana state and parish governments, including secretary of the Louisiana Depart- ment of Natural Resources. In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, Angelle served as a liaison to the federal government and negotiated an early end of the previous administration's drilling moratorium. Angelle is a native of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and has a B.S. in petroleum land management. )) E-Procurement for Better Business Management. With continued global economic challenges and a rapidly changing mar- ket, the digitalization of procurement can tangibly enable shipowners and operators to drive further efficiencies, maximize productivity and reduce operational expenditure, while helping suppliers within the industry to manage their global busi- ness, build their brands, receive more requests, improve quoting efficiency, and increase win rate, according to ShipServ. The significant advances that have been made in connectivity and the development of sophisticated, sustainable and insight-rich e-commerce platforms create a unique opportunity for both buyers and suppliers within maritime. Collaborative communi- ties can be built where purchasers and suppliers effectively use the vast amounts of data and information available and share knowledge to create procurement strategies that work for both sides. ST

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