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www.sea-technology.com August 2017 / st 63 tery pack that would be pressure and temperature tolerant to 6,000-m depth. After a great deal of development work and lab testing, the two-year project is now approaching the critical open-wa- ter trials phase. This real-world testing will demonstrate the performance and benefits of the battery pack. In order to replicate different de- mands, the battery pack will be fitted into two AUVs: the Deepbots UUV and the U.K. National Oceanogra- phy Centre's Autosub Long Range, the same type of vehicle as "Boaty McBoatface." The open-water trials are due to commence in August. MATE Competition Focuses on ROVs' Role in Seaports Sixty-five teams from 17 countries participated in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Cen- ter's international underwater robotics competition. Top honors in the Explor- er (advanced) class went to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) from Hong Kong, while Wat- sonville Firefighters' Seal Team 1272 from Aptos, California, captured first place in the Ranger (intermediate) class. During the event, held in the Viking Aquatics pool at Long Beach City Col- lege in Long Beach, California, student teams competed using ROVs that they designed and brought to life. This year's ROV competition high- lighted the role ROVs play in securing the health and safety of today's sea- ports. Participants were also encour- aged to think about how this technol- ogy may influence the port cities of the future. During the competition, stu- dents operated their ROVs to handle tasks such as locating containers that had fallen off a cargo ship, construct- ing an underwater tunnel and cleaning up contaminated sediment. The First Digital Underwater Communications Standard After 70 years of the "Gertrude" analog standard, the support of NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) has allowed the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimenta- tion (CMRE) to develop JANUS, an open, digital standard. Standards are critical enablers for interoperability, and this new standard in underwater digital communications is the first step toward the underwater version of the smartphone and the In- ternet of Underwater Things (IoUT). The formal acceptance of JANUS as a standard by NATO comes at the end of a 10-year process of research, development, negotiation, campaign- ing, testing and refinement to achieve the alignment of key stakeholders in the user, research and industrial com- munities. JANUS is intended to serve both military and civilian applications internationally. Most Cargo Ships Compliant With SOLAS ECDIS Mandate Almost three-quarters of cargo ships over 20,000 gross tonnage (GT) were compliant with the SOLAS-mandated ECDIS deadline of July 1, 2017, ac- cording to the United Kingdom Hydro- graphic Office (UKHO). A further 3,828 cargo ships over 20,000 GT have yet to make the transi- tion to using an ENC (electronic navi- gational chart) service and therefore do not yet meet SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations on ECDIS carriage. The SOLAS ECDIS regulations now also cover cargo ships over 50,000 GT. Ninety percent of these larger ships are considered ECDIS ready. ST Caldwell Marine International, LLC is seeking a SENIOR MARINE SUBSEA SURVEYOR Caldwell Marine International, LLC is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Senior Marine . This is an interesting and challenging senior-level position that would involve the setup, operation, and oversight of all company-performed marine survey operations. These operations would be related primarily to Caldwell's Differential Global Positioning Systems (DGPS) as applied to subsea power cable installation. In addition, preferred candidates should have familiarity in the installation, operation and maintenance of related marine and subsea equipment. Ideally, successful candidates would have experience in the following disciplines: ● Experience in the setup and operation of marine navigation software suites such as WinFrog, HYPACK DredgePack, etc. ● Experience in the operation and maintenance of marine electronic equipment such as DGPS systems, radio modems, echosounders, subsea cameras and other related equipment. Travel is required. We offer competitive salary and benefits including PTO, medical, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending and a 401k retirement plan with company match. Interested candidates should forward their cover letters and resumes to: JAGrecruiting@CaldwellMarine.com

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